Yes, folks. Me. Your favorite writer (not really). I have degenerated into the world of fan-fiction. Be sure not to leave this on my resume, mkay? So, what this is, is a crazy-ass idea. Yeah. I'm gonna "attempt" to "predict" what happens after the time skip. Wish me luck. I want the pool of sharks you guys dump me in to be filled with tiger sharks, too. I like tigers.
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A soft wind blew through Fuusha Village. The town was silent, as usual. Party's Bar was especially empty. The sound of running water rings throughout the empty saloon, alongside the clanking of dishes.
Chapter 598: The Direction the Wind Blows The color spread features the silhouettes of the nine Straw Hats staring into the sunset, with the Sunny docked in front of them.
Makino continued to wash dishes as the saloon door swung open, shocking the barmaid.
"Long time, no see," Makino smiled.
[Odabox: Makino - Barmaid of Party's Bar]
The person's silhouette stepped forward, closing the door behind it.
"Whatever," the voice of the silhouette replied. "The boys and I need some grub."
Dadan stood before Makino, her face wrinkling ever more, her expression stern as ever.
[Odabox: Curly Dadan - Bandit Leader]
"As you wish, Miss Dadan," Makino smirked.
The older woman scowled at the particularly peppy young barmaid, who readied Dadan's order.
"I assume you've heard," Dadan said solemnly. "That Blackbeard's sure causin' a ruckus. He took out half of Shanks's men just the other day."
"Hm," Makino sighed, her smile faded. "Please be okay, Luffy... and Garp-san, too."
The scene switched to Orange Town, where Mayor Boodle sat in front of his house, a somewhat larger Chou Chou kneeling next to him.
[Odabox: Boodle - Mayor]
[Odabox: Chou Chou - Dog]
"Look, Chou Chou," Boodle pointed with his pipe. "Those clouds in the distant. They're like to be ominous."
"Rika, what are you doing?" Ririka cried as her daughter, now much taller ran outside.
"Mom," Rika sighed. "Don't you feel it?"
"Feel what?" the mother scowled.
[Odabox: Rika - Young Girl]
"Those voices," Rika sighed. "They're coming back."
"Rika… How many times must I tell you, you aren't hearing voices.
In the town of Syrup Village, the slightly taller Usopp Pirates ran into Kaya's Clinic, panic in their voices.
"What is it?" Kaya asked as the boys barged into the room, where she was with a patient.
[Odabox: Kaya - Doctor]
[Odabox: Carrot, Pepper, and Onion - The Usopp Pirates]
"You gotta see this newspaper!" Onion cried, pushing it into her face.
"No way," Kaya gasped as she pushed it away.
"Yes way!" Carrot replied. "It's that butler, alright. He's made it to the New World somehow!"
The scene switched to an island filled with rare animals. A longer-beared Gaimon looked out to the ocean as he let out a sigh.
"Something's up. I can't tell what, though," he pondered.
[Odabox: Gaimon - Son-in-a-box]
The shadow of two men gleamed on the rocks beneath them, the ocean crashing all around them.
"Hey, Bro," one of the voices asked. "Think we're good enough yet to take on one of those Supernovas?"
"Not likely," the other responded, his chin resting on his hand. "But hey, we gotta get to the New World, Bro. That's where all the action is.
"Let's get a move on then, Johnny," the first man concluded.
[Odabox: Johnny and Yosaku - Bounty Hunters]
"Yeah," Johnny replied with a cocky grin. "I can't wait to sink my sword into the Mad Monk's heart."
The two men jumped from the rocky cliff onto a small ship beneath them.
In the meantime, the sound of chopping and boiling could be heard in a kitchen as several cooks chattered amongst themselves.
"Get back to work, you slackers," Zeff commanded, his peg leg ready to knock somebody out.
[Odabox: Zeff - Head Chef of Baratie]
"Sanji…" Zeff thought to himself. "You better be careful out there. What with Blackbeard's destruction of the New World being everyday news."
Zeff sighed as he walked out of the kitchen, his handkerchief hanging from his shoulder.
"Genzo!" Nojiko shouted to the old man, who sat underneath an umbrella reading the newspaper. "I see... so you've read it too."
[Odabox: Genzo and Nojiko - Cocoyashi Villagers]
"Yeah," Genzo sighed. "He's on his way back here, I'm sure of it."
"What are we gonna do!?" Nojiko shouted. "Every island he's come in contact with has been levelled!"
"Don't fret," Genzo sighed. "We won't bow down to that Arlong a second time."
"Buuuoooooooooooooooo!" Laboon bellowed as he and Crocus looked out to see.
[Odabox: Laboon the Whale and Crocus the Lighthouse Keeper]
"You feel it too?" Crocus asked the whale. "Those guys really are coming back, after all."
The sound of the erupting volcano ignited another battle between the two Elbaf warriors.
"Take this!" Dorry shouted as he slammed his fist forward.
"Why don't you?" Broggy replied as he swung his fist back.
"Damn!" both warriors shouted as they punched each other out cold.
[Odabox: Dorry and Broggy - Giants of Elbaf]
"Your majesty," a coatted soldier shouted as he entered the throne room of Cherryblossom Castle, panting heavily.
"What is it?" Dalton asked, raising his head at the sound of the commotion.
"Have you read the newspaper?" he replied. "They've finally got a seventh Warlord!"
"Who cares?" came the cackle of an old woman. "Not like it matters to us, right?"
[Odabox: Dalton - Captain of the Cherryblossom Guard]
[Odabox: Kureha - Queen of the Cherryblossom Republic]
"Isn't that right, Dalton?" she sneered, tossing her hair back as she slouched in her throne.
"Damn, she's not here either!" Pell sighed as he opened the door to the palace storeroom.
"Where have you gone, Vivi?" Chaka sighed, running through the streets of Alubarna.
"What on earth is going on?" Igaram pondered, staring out to sea, a tiny boat in the distance. "That couldn't be her..."
"Princess Vivi has gone out to sea!?" the three Captains of the Royal Army cried simultaneously.
[Odabox: Pell - Royal Army Captain]
[Odabox: Chaka - Royal Army Captain]
[Odabox: Igaram - Royal Army Captain]
"Vivi…" the king sighed, his head in his hands.
[Odabox: Nefertari Cobra - King of Alabasta]
Cricket laughed as he put out his cigarette, him and his comrades staring out to sea.
"Well, then," he beamed. "Looks like our favorite little pirate crew is coming back."
[Odabox: Shojo, Montblanc Cricket, and Masira - The Saruyama Alliance]
"They said in the paper that three of the Straw Hats were spotted on the open sea near Water 7," Shojo exclaimed.
An old man took a sip of pumpkin juice before handing it over to the younger man sitting next to him. "Are you sure, old man?" the younger man exclaimed.
"Nonsense," the older man laughed. "How else can we unite our people?"
"Go give them a good show, God," Gan Fall laughed heartily.
[Odabox: Gan Fall - Former God of Skypiea]
[Odabox: Wyper - God of Skypiea]
The people in the sky knew nothing of the happenings on the Blue Sea… –-page 19---
"Nmmmaaa," Kokoro laughed after putting down her bottle of brandy. "Couldn't come say hello?"
"Oh?" Iceberg asked the older woman, the two of them looking to the sunset, the rest of Galley-La working behind them. "Which ones do you think sailed by us?"
[Odabox: Iceberg - Mayor of Water 7]
[Odabox: Kokoro - Conductor of the Sea Train]
[Odabox: Paulie, Lulu, and Tilestone - Galley-La Foremen]
"If it was Franky," Iceberg sighed, looking to his pocket. "I'd have to hurt him. Right, Tyrannosaurus?"
Yet everyone on the Grand Line could feel it… –-Page 20---
Lola sighed as she looked out to the sunset from her ship.
"Mama...," she sighed. "Please be okay. You too, Nami-san."
[Odabox: Lola - Captain of the Rolling Pirates, Unhappily Unmarried]
"They're coming, right Shakky-san?" Camie pondered, looking up to her friend.
"You better believe it, Mermaid-chan," Shakuyaku replied with a smile.
Shakuyaku, Camie, Pappugg, and Hatchan all stared out to see from the Ripoff Bar.
"The wind is blowing straight for this spot," Shakky replied. "Where the Straw Hat Pirates will form anew."
[Odabox: Shakuyaku - Bartender]
[Odabox: Hatchan - Takoyaki Salesman]
[Odabox: Camie and Pappugg - Mermaid and Starfish]
The wind is blowing straight to Sabaody Archipelago!
Ch. 598 /end
Yep. There's a special place in hell for me. Sure is.