Not long into the journey and it had already started to drizzle. Robin, Franky, and Brook trekked through an empty street of the island. All was silent except for the soft pitter-pattering of the rain drops and the sound of Brook tripping over a raised chunk of stone in the street and falling flat on his face. Robin looked down at the fallen skeleton. "Oh, my. Are you all right?" she asked, hoisting him to his feet with a few extra hands. Brook wiped himself off. "Well, despite the feeling of my head wanting to fall right off my spine, yes, I'm okay."
Robin and Brook began to continue on, however, Franky was stood in one place, hands covering his mouth. Brook turned to look at him, but was quick to let out a sigh. "Okay, Franky-san, just let it out." Franky then burst into laughter. "Oh, man! That was pretty damn funny!" He lifted his sunglasses to wipe tears escaping his eyes. He dropped the shades back over his eyes soon after, and exhaled. "Man, you're a funny guy, Brook."
"I'm glad you think my unfortunate actions are amusing," Brook responded.
Robin held up one of her hands, signalling for Franky and Brook to silence themselves. "You see the island in the very center of the island, right?" she questioned, looking back at the two. Franky and Brook exchanged glances. "Well, yeah, Nami kinda pointed that out earlier."
"Anyway," she looked back at the castle; its large scale looming over the rest of what seemed like a village, casting a large shadow, "I'm afraid that if we're too loud, there will be some castle guards coming after us."
"I dunno about that," Franky said, crossing his arms. He then took a three-sixty look around before resting his hands on his hips. "Like Zoro said, there really doesn't seem to be any life here. All the houses are worn down, and the streets are all old and stony...the castle looks just as old and stony."
"True. However, just because there's no sign of anything in these streets doesn't mean that there isn't anything happening within the castle," Robin stated.
"If there's a castle...then that means there could be a princess...and if there's a princess...then maybe-" Before Brook could finish his statement, Robin spawned a hand in front of his mouth to prevent him from saying his famous line. "Shall we go check out this mysterious castle?" Robin asked.
Franky and Brook nodded, eager to see what could lie within it.
"Luffy, for the last time, shut your stomach up!" Nami snapped as Luffy's stomach growled for what seemed like the thirty-seventh time. Luffy stood, hunched over, with his hands on his stomach. "Nami, I can't! I'm starving!" he whined. Nami sighed. "You only ate, I don't know, all of the food that Sanji made us earlier! Honestly, your stomach is a never-ending pit." Nami crossed her arms. Luffy laughed. "I'm proud of that."
"Oi, you guys, look at this," Usopp changed the subject, pointing to the castle. "Now that we've gotten closer, we're able to see entrances and stuff. It doesn't look like anyone's going in or out, so let's go back to Sunny and sail away! Yosh!" Usopp turned on his heels and began walking in the direction that they came from.
"Usopp! You can't just abandon all this money!" Nami called. Usopp continued walking away. "Money, schmoney, it doesn't matter at this point! I wanna get out of here without getting attacked by creepy ghost people, thank you very much!" Before Usopp could escape any further, Nami came and dragged him back to where Luffy was standing. "You're gonna care about money as long as I'm around!" Nami declared. "Okay, let's go!" She took one step, then, an arrow whizzed past her ear, causing her to stop abruptly. "H-huh...?" She turned her head slowly to see where the arrow had come from. Her eyes were wide with fright.
Suddenly, a cloaked figure emerged from behind an abandoned building. They pointed their bow and arrow at the trio, pulling back. Usopp and Nami shrieked, leaping into each other's arms. Luffy tipped his head. "Oi, you wanna fight?" He asked.
"Why are you here?" The cloaked figure questioned.
"Well...we wanted to have an adventure?" Luffy answered, seeming unsure about it.
"It's not every day that Monkey D. Luffy comes onto this territory. You're gonna answer to King Jed now, brat!"
Luffy tipped his head the other way. "Huh?"
Usopp leaned over and whispered in his captain's ear, "This creep kinda wants to kill you."
Luffy clunked his fist in his other palm with realization. "Ohhh. Okay then! Gum-Gum....Pistol!" Luffy's arm shot at the figure. It quickly made contact and sent the unfortunate soul flying. "Nice, Luffy!" Usopp cheered and high-fived a grinning Luffy. "That was easy, I was hoping for more of a challenge," Luffy said, adjusting his hat.
"You guys," Nami began speaking quietly, "did you hear that?! There's a king! That means big, big bucks!"
Luffy and Usopp exchanged uncomfortable glances as their navigator's eyes turned into the sign of their currency. Usopp shuddered. "Y'know, that's actually terrifying. I think you should get Chopper to check that out. That is not normal."
"Shut up, Usopp. You don't start living life until you love money," Nami said.
"GUYS!" Luffy's eyes bugged out of his head as he pointed to the castle. "What's got you all wigged out?" Usopp questioned as he furrowed his brows and followed Luffy's finger. "I don't see anything, Luffy. There's just a person in that open window-ohh, wait there's a person in that open window. Wait, is that what you're wigged out about?"
"HEY! I'M LUFFY!" Luffy waved at the figure in the window. "DO YOU HAVE ANY FOOD?" he asked.
Usopp slapped him on the back of the head. "Luffy, stop! They could be an enemy!"
"She looks kinda fun. OIIII! GIVE US FOOD!" Luffy continued.
"DO YOU HAVE LOTS OF MONEY?" Nami joined in on the chaos.
Usopp flailed his arms madly, trying to stop his two friends from starting something potentially bad. "KNOCK IT OFF, YOU GUYS!" he shouted.
Then suddenly, the person in the window, who was determined as a female, disappeared from the window. Luffy frowned. "Damn, I wanted to eat something." Then, the group stood in silence for a few moments as the rain began to fall harder. "Guys..." Luffy started. Usopp and Nami looked at him, confused. "What is it?" Nami asked. A huge smile spread across Luffy's face. Then, he grabbed the both of them and began sprinting to the castle. "LET'S GO SEE WHAT'S IN THIS CASTLE!"
Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper were strolling around the eastern side of the island. Like always, Sanji and Zoro were bickering about something irrelevant. Meanwhile, Chopper was picking up a strange scent. "Hey, guys," Chopper waved at the arguing pirates to get their attention. They continued fighting. Chopper frowned. "Hey, guys!" The little reindeer made another attempt. No luck. Finally, Chopper grew into his Heavy Point and knocked the two upside the head.
"Jeez, Chopper, we have a sense of pain, you know," Sanji muttered, rubbing his head. "Correction, the dartboard has a sense of pain. I don't," Zoro corrected as he sat on the ground with a huge bump on his head. Sanji turned his head to glare at his nemesis. "Eh? You say something, kelp-head?"
Zoro jumped up and unsheathed a sword. "You bet I did, you question mark!"
Sanji leaned in, eyes aflame. "Wanna fight?!"
Chopper clocked them both on the head again, and this time, they shut up. "Guys, I smell something weird!" Chopper finally got his statement across.
"So?" Zoro asked, not having a care in the world as he sheathed the sword that was meant to slice up Sanji.
"It could be something important!" Chopper said.
"Yeah, like that person with a sword coming up behind you? That's important?" Sanji questioned, pointing a finger at a hooded person behind Chopper. Chopper screamed in terror and turned around to face the person with the sword. "AHH!" With a poof, he turned back into his regular form and his behind Sanji's legs.
Zoro kept a hand on his swords, waiting for the moment to attack as soon as this new person decided to do the same.
With a small huff, the stranger raised their sword and swung at Zoro, who quickly and easily deflected it with one of his blades. The sudden deflection caused the stranger's sword to go flying.
"Okay, punk, who are you, and what do you want with us?" Zoro questioned. He then pointed his sword at them to add an extra feeling of power.
"I should be asking you questions instead." The person took off their hood, revealing a young girl with sandy hair and troubled green eyes. Once the face of this girl was revealed to the group, Sanji began swirling around in a fit of happy cries. "What a beauty! I've never seen such a radiant glow~!" He spun in between Zoro and the girl and took her hand. "Mademoiselle, may I have the honor of preparing you a meal with my love poured into it?" The girl pulled her hand away from Sanji and awkwardly cleared her throat. "Um, no thank you. Now, I need to ask you people the questions here."
"Ask me anything, my love~!" Sanji swooned.
"Shut up, Saturn," Zoro commanded. "Anyway, go on with the interrogation." He folded his arms over his broad chest. "I'm listening."
"What do you pirates want with my home?" she asked.
"Ah, so you saw our flag, huh? That's a shame," Zoro answered.
"That's not an answer to my question," the girl said.
"We're not here to hurt anyone, I promise. We just came here in hopes of restocking our supplies, but it looked like no one was around where we docked, so we decided to start looking more in-depth on the island in hopes of finding something...but we haven't found anything." Chopper finished his answer with a warm smile.
A few moments of silence passed as the girl intently stared at Chopper. He shifted uncomfortably, and then he proceeded to hide behind Zoro. Finally, the girl blinked and her mouth dropped. "You have a talking pet!" She gasped, pointing at Chopper.
"It sure did take you awhile to realize that," Zoro said sarcastically.
"So...you're just here to gather supplies?" the girl asked in response to Chopper's answer, ignoring Zoro's comment. The trio nodded. Then, the girl sighed. "Unfortunately, this island doesn't really have anything to help with your needs. I'm living like an animal at this point."
"Are there others on the island?" Chopper asked, starting to worry a bit.
"Yes, but not much," the girl responded. "Just me, an elderly woman, and several families. It's awful, really."
Chopper let out a stressed sigh and looked at his surroundings. Then, he scratched his head. "This island is pretty big, though. It's just you guys?"
"Well, there's the king and all his guards and whatnot...but he doesn't count since he's the reason why the island is like this."
Before another word could be spoken, the girl flipped up her hood and pulled Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper, behind one of the many abandoned houses. "Damn it," she swore under her breath. "My sword is still out there."
"Why'd you drag us back here?" Zoro questioned, attempting to peek around the corner of the building they were just pulled behind. Quickly, the girl pulled him back. "Don't do anything reckless. Some guards are coming, and if they see you, they'll take you as a prisoner and give you to Jed, the king, so he can have a laugh as he kills you off."
"Huh," Sanji huffed out, "seems like a pleasant guy."
"Definitely sounds like loads of fun," Zoro added with a smirk.
Heavy footsteps thumped onto the wet stone street, right near the hiding place of the quartet. The girl barely poked her head around the corner to see what these huge men were going to do. One of the two men examined the sword that had been tossed. He motioned over to his companion to come look as well. Once the other man came to examine, it seemed as if they already knew that people were hiding nearby. "Probably that irritating girl again," one of the guards said, picking up the blade. "I'm surprised. She goes everywhere with this. Something must have happened in order for her to just leave this here."
"Th-they're huge," Chopper whispered with fright as he held a tight grip on Zoro's legs. The girl nodded in agreement. "They could easily chop someone to shreds with their axes."
"A-AXE-" Zoro knelt down and covered Chopper's mouth before he could squeak out his emotions towards the guards' weapons. "Keep quiet, or else we're gonna have to be facing those things, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for me, but I know you and our new friend over here don't want to deal with them," he whispered a warning. Chopper nodded with a heavy gulp.
"Hey, I think I heard something," one of the guards called out. Then, footsteps began to draw closer to where Zoro, Sanji, Chopper, and their mystery friend were hiding. The girl scrunched up her freckled face and swore a few times under her breath. Then, she began pushing the group further behind the building. Just as the footsteps were upon them, the other guard called out to his companion. "Never mind hearing something, one of our archers has been taken down by Straw Hat Luffy! We need to go for backup!" With that being said, the footsteps pattered away in a frantic matter.
The girl let out a huge sigh of relief. "Thank God, I thought we were dead meat."
"Damn, Luffy got some action before I did...and I don't really think we'd be the dead meat." Zoro said with a cocky smirk and exited their hiding place. He then picked up the girl's blade and held it out. "Come on, then. Let's go other places so I can slice some guys up."
Hesitantly, the girl came out of the hiding place and took her sword back from Zoro. "Thanks," she said.
"You know, we never got a name from you," Sanji said, also leaving the hiding spot with a still scared Chopper.
"Oh. My name's Angie."
"Ah," Sanji breathed out. "What a pretty name for a pretty gal~!"
"I never got your names, either. If I heard correctly, was yours Saturn?" Angie asked, pointing to Sanji. Zoro burst out laughing, and Sanji's face reddened with a mixture of anger and embarrassment. "SHUT IT, GRASSY ASS!" Sanji hollered at Zoro.
"Oh, I'm gonna cut you to pieces," Zoro said, pulling out a sword. Finally, another one of the infamous Zoro and Sanji fights broke out.
"Excuse them." Chopper sighed and looked up at Angie. "I'm Chopper! The scary green-haired guy is Zoro, and the other one is Sanji. They fight a lot."
"Ah, okay. That's fun."
"You have no idea."