Well, I decided to try my hand at a fic. I've had some ideas for story arcs, and I guess I'll just incorporate them here.
It takes place after the Fishman Island arc, in the New World. I'm assuming the following things:
- Brook joins
- Nobody joins in the fishman arc
Ok! Let's get started.
Chapter One: New Beginnings
It was a bright day when the Thousand Sunny appeared on the opposite side of the Red Line. Everybody was standing on the back of the ship, looking at the huge whirlpool that had delivered them here.
Luffy broke out in a huge grin. "This is it! The second half of the Grand Line! We made it!" He began to dance with Usopp and Chopper, chanting something about Pirate Kings.
Nami scowled at the three dancing idiots. "Hey… Do any of you actually realize what's happening? We're in the New World now. Even Gecko Moria was thrashed here. This place is filled with amazingly powerful pirates... We need to be on gaurd at all times if we plan on surviving." She swatted a bug that was on her arm.
Usopp heard this, and began screaming "AHH! We're all going to die!!" over and over again. Chopper was frozen at the thought of someone that could beat Moria so easily. Luffy, however, was still wearing the same grin he had on before.
"Nami, calm down. We kicked Moria's ass, remember? We can handle anyone. We've taken out two Shichibukai, I think we can handle the New World. Now, where's Sanji!? I need victory meat! PARTY!" He smacked two flies, one on his face and one on his arms.
Robin flicked away a mosquito on her arm, then looked dreamily into the sky. It took her a second to comprehend that everyone seemed to be killing bugs. "Wait… Why are all these bugs everywhere?" she asked.
Zoro looked around. "Huh… that's strange. Well, wierd things happen in the Grand Line, I bet even more so in the New World. Don't give it a second thought. I'm taking a nap..."
Brook ran inside. "GAH!!" He screamed. "They're IN ME!!" Bugs were, literally, inside him, entering from any part of his body and crawling all over him. He ran to the bath house.
Sanji rolled his eyes. "Eh… I guess I might as well get dinner. It should take about thirty minutes, everyone get inside... These bugs are getting worse..."
There were now huge swarms of insects all around, ranging from flies to locusts. Franky was firing into the clouds with the weapons in his arms. "Die, bugs! Weapons Left! Weapons Left! SUUUUPAAAAAHHHHH~~~!"
Sanji looked a Franky and mumbled something about idiocy, then walked inside. Nami actually vocalized her opinion. "Franky, you moron! You can't kill them all… In fact, you'll be lucky to get any with those small bullets. Let's go inside."
Franky grumbled, picked up the still unconcious Chopper by a leg, and walked inside. Everyone else followed. At this point, Luffy was singing about the party. He eventually got Usopp to join in. Robin followed them, laughing.
On top of the crow's nest, a man was standing upright, unshaken by the swaying of the ship. The bugs didn't seem to notice him. He looked around the ship, then disappeared in what appeared to be a black cloud that floated down to the deck. When it reached the bottom, it reformed into him.
He was around six feet tall, with dark hair that fell to his waist. He was dressed in a black suit with the symbol of the World Government on it. However, the symbol was yellow. His eyes… His eyes could only be described as ambiguous. They hid his emotions completely, except for when he wanted them revealed.
"Interesting…" He muttered. "So this is the ship of the straw hats..." He looked at some bounty posters, then continued to walk around, inspecting everything. "They all seem rather incompetant... I wonder why the World Government wants them so much? Oh well... They're becoming a problem to us. I'll just finish them off now..."
He walked up to the door of the kitchen where they had walked into, and knocked on it.
Suddenly, all of the straw hats appeared around him, jumping from different windows of the ship. He was surprised by this, and yet pleased. "Ahh… So you knew I was here? Splendid, it appears I have underestimated you. Perhaps this will be a fun battle after all."
Zoro stared at the man with a fierce gaze. "Of course we did. Bugs appearing from nowhere? It couldn't be more obvious. You were also an idiot for standing on top of our mast. Did you actually think we wouldn't see you?"
The man smirked. His eyes showed his anticipation, like those of a cat awaiting it's mouse. "Heh… I was really hoping you would see me, as a matter of fact. I enjoy a dramatic entrance. It is one of my weaknesses. However, most of the people I appear in front of end up dead anyway." His playfully evil stare disappeared and was replaced with a serious gaze, focused on all of the straw hats one at a time.
"I'm here on behalf of the World Government. We've decided that it's simply too dangerous to allow you to live any longer. Therefore, in the name of project True Light, I will kill you all here and now. However, before that happens… Take a look at these."
The man threw the wanted posters on the ground, and everyone looked at them. They were shocked.
"Rubberman" Luffy: 420 Million Beri
"Devil Spawn" Zoro: 230 Million Beri
"Thief Pirate" Nami: 70 Million Beri
"Sniper King" Usopp: 50 Million Beri
"Black Leg" Sanji: 140 Million Beri
"Doctor Pet" Chopper: 80 Million Beri
"World End Woman" Nico Robin: 380 Million Beri
"Super Cyborg" Franky: 90 Million Beri
"Dead Bones" Brook: 100 Million Beri
"Interesting, eh?" Said the man. "Nico Robin, you may notice your rather startling bounty jump. That would be because the World Government is finally letting the True Light project influence the bounties. Tell me, what do you know of True Light?
Robin was indeed startled by her bounty, more so by this question. She had never heard anything of this organization, or 'project' as he called it. "I don't know what you're talking about. Who are you? What is your name?"
The man's eyes became playful again. "Ah, yes. How rude of me. My name is Exoske. I'm on the True Light council. The council consists of myself and five others. We are an influential group for the World Government and I have been dispatched to kill you all. Now, shall we begin?"
To be continued.
Well, there it is. For now, at least. Hopefully it doesn't suck.