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The Art of Thieves

By Embrea
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EmbreaLana Mosi   203d ago

She was young, still in her early teens, when she started stowing away on merchant ships stocked full of various goods. They never noticed her hiding amongst the crates and bags. It shocked her though, because white hair isn’t common, so them not spotting her was strange. Unless they did notice her there but didn’t say anything. She’d never know though. As the ships traveled to their destination, she would carefully and as quietly as she could, place priceless pieces of artwork in her bags. These would range from small sculptures and statues to paintings that were placed in map tubes for safety. Once the ships docked, she would quickly sneak off before the captain and crew caught her.

This went on for a few years before someone caught her. It wasn’t anyone with the law. No. It was someone who worked in the underworld that was looking to recruit her. During her time with them, she excelled in her tasks. By the time she was 22, she had her own operation going and had become known as Mona Lisa to her peers and the rest of the world. She stole and sold the art pieces she had acquired in her earlier years, and even some of the newer ones as well. They also sold for well over their original price. The more popular pieces would sometimes have anonymous articles published about their new acquisition and where they would be located.

The chaos and uncertainty in her life and within her operation almost two years ago when she was 24. She had stolen a sculpture from the wrong man. He would then proceed to go after not only her but other thieves as well. And she would go on to sell the piece to the highest bidder. On top of that, she had found her then-boyfriend, also her right-hand man, in bed with one of her regular clients. The same woman who bought the sculpture she’d stolen. How she handled the situation would not only end her working relationship with the client but also would send her right-hand man (and ex-boyfriend) into the hands of the man that was hunting her down.

All of that led to now. She had unknowingly walked into a trap that had been set to capture her. Somehow though, she was able to get away with both the painting she was going to sell and the briefcase of money that she was to be paid upon completion of the sale. As she fled, she slipped into a clothing store and grabbed a few items off the rack before ducking into a changing room. When she emerged, she’d gone from wearing a blue top and shorts to wearing a red button-down that she had left unbuttoned, save for one button, a pair of black jeans, and a newsboy cap that hid all her hair. She quickly paid and left the store and headed for the nearest busy location.

That just so happened to be a restaurant. As she entered, she scanned the tables to see if one was a large enough group. When she located one, she made her way to it and slipped into the empty seat between a red-haired woman and a man with a long nose.

Usopp stopped eating and looked at the woman who just sat down. He looked her up and down then looked at the rest of the crew, hoping they were seeing her too. Then he noticed Nami shift to face the woman.

“Can we help you,” Nami asked, clearly annoyed.

“Pardon the intrusion, my name is Lana. I’ll cover the entirety of your meal if you pretend to know me,” the woman responded. She didn’t wait for a response before removing the art tube from her back and hiding it, and the briefcase, under the table.


“Because I’m being hunted,” Lana replied bluntly. “Was on a job, walked into a trap, managed to get away.”

“I don’t see a problem with it,” Luffy said while stuffing his mouth.
PotatoPirateSanji   203d ago

The crew for once had all decided to sit together for a meal on a busy island (all except Franky who was busy repairing the ship). Having heard that the cuisine was great Sanji was looking forward to learning some new recipes. The crew sat and chatted enjoying the food when a small woman with a cap covering her face sat among them.

Sanji listened to the woman speak and turned his eyes to the streets where he saw a few several men running down the street. Sanji kept his voice low but loud enough to where Lana could hear him. "Miss is that the name they're trying to find you as or a code name?"


A black cat with glowing yellow eyes sat on the rooftops staring down at the busy streets. [i Today would have been a great day for pickpocketing... if someone hadn't already caused a ruckus...] She hissed slightly before scratching behind her ear watching the streets below.
EmbreaLana Mosi   203d ago

Lana raised a brow as the blond man spoke to her. She considered his question and shook her head. "That is my name but not the name they know me by." Knowing how dangerous it would be for them to know who she really was, she didn't want to disclose the name the world knew her by. She lifted her head slightly so she could see out the window and saw a few of the men stopping to look in. This caused her to shift in her seat and take a deep breath. "I'd rather you not know the name they are looking for."

"Why is that," Chopper asked.

"Safety, for all of you and myself." She looked at the group, "Do we have a deal?"

"Luffy did say he didn't mind," Usopp pointed out before Nami could object. He wondered why she would though after the woman stated she would pay for their meal.
PotatoPirateSanji   203d ago

Nami saw where Sanji had glanced and after hearing the woman speak she noticed the woman fidget slightly and her gaze turned to the door. She gently draped her arm over Lana's shoulders with a smile. "We have a deal. Try not to fidget so much though. It makes you look guilty." She teased trying to lighten the atmosphere. 

Sanji glanced at Robin once the men stopped looking into the restaurant. "Can you see where they're heading?"

Robin nodded. "Of course, one moment." She crossed her arms and grew arms on some of the buildings and eyes on them as well. Searching the streets she noticed some men had stayed in the area while others looked to be heading towards the docks.

"A large group of them are heading for the docks. But some are staying behind." She spoke softly.
EmbreaLana Mosi   203d ago

Lana let out a deep breath and relaxed more. "Sorry, they've been after me for a while but this is the first time they got close to capturing me." Her gaze traveled back to the table where she saw the plates had piled up in the few minutes she'd been sitting there. It didn't stop her from raising her eyebrow in Luffy's direction.

"You have vitiligo," Chopper began, "don't you?"

"Vitiligo," Zoro repeated, confused.

"It's a discoloration of skin in patches, often times causing the skin to be light in some areas" Lana replied. "And yes, I have it."

"Is it restricted to your face and neck," Chopper asked, "I've never encountered someone with it."

"Not, it's everywhere."

"So whats in the tube," Zoro asked.

"A painting."

"A painting?"

PotatoPirateSanji   203d ago

Nami chuckled. "Don't worry about it. I've been there before. We all have in one way or another." She smiled warmly. "Do you have a ship you're needing to get to?"

Sanji was a little curious with how Nami was acting but didn't think too much on it. Instead he kept his gaze on the door.


The black cat walked among the street and scowled at the idiots running rampant trying to find whatever woman they failed to catch. That was when she heard the name of the target and about the items she had when she escaped. A small smirk appeared on her cheeks. [i Well you idiots... you ruined my day... guess it's my turn to ruin yours.] She turned down an alley and shifted back to her human form. Grabbing some random clothes from a clothesline nearby. She walked out of the alley and stumbled into one of the men after Mona Lisa. "Ah!"

"Miss watch where you're going!" The man sneered.

"I-I'm sorry some woman who was in a rush shoved me as she headed for the northern docks..."

"Woman in a rush... did you happen to see her?!"

"She had a brief case and some tube... I think she had light hair... it was hard to tell."

"Men! SHE HEADED TO THE NORTHERN DOCKS!" The man shouted before shoving her to the side and having several other men follow behind him. After she watched them run she smirked slightly and stretched. "Thank goodness... they were really cramping my style..."


Sanji noticed the men all start rushing away from the restaurant and grew curious. "Robin are any of them left out there?"

Robin shook her head. "They're all heading north from the looks of it."
EmbreaLana Mosi   203d ago

At the mention of the men running towards the north dock, Lana let out a sigh of relief, then removed her hat. "The crew won't be back at the ship for another hour or so. These deals normally have additional negotiating that needs to be done so they go off on their own for a bit. We're docked at the East dock though."


As the men got closer to the North dock, they noticed that a few ships were starting to depart. "Damnit!"

"Which one is she on," one asked.

"Follow each of them! Boss'll want to be certain!"
PotatoPirateSanji   203d ago

Robin kept her eye on the streets and grew curious about one woman who seemed all too pleased with herself.

"Hmm looks like you have a secret ally." She chuckled slightly.

Nami thought for a moment and nodded. "Well, we aren't docked too far off of the east docks. We can head over there with you after we eat if you'd like. From my understanding the northern docks are the furthest from the east docks anyways so that should give you enough time to get your crew and escape without them finding you."

Sanji looked at Robin curiously. "What do you mean?"

"It seems someone lied about seeing you running to the northern docks."
EmbreaLana Mosi   196d ago

"I'll have to thank this secret ally if I ever run into them."

The group continued to chat and get to know one another while they enjoyed their meal. It seemed she'd found a group of characters that were well suited to be in the same crew. She was lucky to have found them in her time of need. After a while the bill was brought over and Lana took care of it, as agreed.

Lana once again strapped the art tube to her back and picked up the brief case. Additionally she tucked the hat under her arm. "Shall we? I'm sure my crew is back at the ship and just waiting for my return."

"Those guys should be long gone by now but we'll still walk with you," Nami said.

"That's alright. I think I can manage now." To be honest, she wasn't sure how her crew would handle seeing her walk up with a bunch of people. They might view them as a threat she are didn't want to deal with the fallout. "If they're long gone then there isn't anything to worry about."

"We're going that way anyway so might as well go together," Robin reasoned.

After saying that, it appeared that Lana gave in and accepted walking with the large group. A short while later they came across someone running towards them at full speed.

"There you are," the young man shouted when he spotted Lana.

"He a friend of yours," Zoro asked.

"I'm her boyfriend," the man replied.

"Ex-boyfriend," Lana corrected.

Usopp and Nami exchanged a look before looking at Sanji to see how he would react. It was clear there was a tension between Lana and her ex. "You don't seem to want him around," Usopp pointed out.

"I don't. He's a cheating piece of garbage."

"I told you it was an accident," the man protested.

"An accident is an accident. You actively chose to sleep with her on multiple occasions."

"I said I was sorry!"

"So why is he still with you," Zoro asked.

"We work together," the two said in unison.

"So what happened," the guy asked.

Lana handed Usopp the briefcase. Well, she really just shoved it into his arms before crossing her own. "The buyer you found," she began, clearly unhappy, "The whole thing was a set up. The moment I walked through that door, they tried to capture me."


"Did you know?"


"Xalos, I swear if you put my life in danger for some petty breakup revenge..."

"The captain is the one who sent me to find you," Xalos argued. "He sent a few other men out too."

"I see."

"And I didn't know that client was setting a trap."

Lana scowled. "Fine. Let's go." She turned to the Straw Hats she bowed. "Thank you for helping me out earlier and offering to walk me to my ship. I hope we meet again someday." With a smile, she turned and started walking, then stopped to wave before going again.

"She seemed nice," Chopper said with a smile.

"Yeah," Usopp shifted the briefcase, "But she forgot whatever this is. It's heavy."

"Didn't she say it was money," Luffy asked.

"Too late now," Nami said we money signs on her eyes.


Two months later, Lana was on another job. It was a client that she had worked with in the past so she was a bit more comfortable with them. However, much like the job s few months prior, it turned out to be a trap. And unlike last time, she didn't get away.

"There," a burly older man said as he locked the cuff around her wrist. "That should hold you until the boss gets here."

"Let me go," Lana snapped.

"No can do dumplin," the man laughed, "But you'll have a friend soon. Got word that the Straw Hats docked earlier and we're going to get that redhead thief lady."


"Yeah that's her name." The man laughed at he closed the cell doors.

"You can't keep me on here," Lana shouted after him. When it was obvious he was no longer nearby by the lack of sound, sure started pulling in the chain connected to the wall. "Let me out of here!"
PotatoPirateSanji   195d ago

Nami stretched as she stepped off the boat on the newest island and smiled. "I heard this island is infamous for it's fashion sense. I can't wait to see what outfits they'll have." She turned and saw Robin standing on the boat looking more pale than usual. She smiled sadly. "Don't worry Robin, I'll bring you back some outfits too. Just get rest and you'll get over that cold in no time." She smiled reassuringly.

Robin smiled with a nod. "Alright, I'll leave it to you."

Since Chopper stayed on the ship with Robin almost everyone was split up. Luffy had went to explore on his own. Zoro had been the first one off the ship and was probably already lost. Sanji had to go restock on ingredients since the previous island had been quite a distance away. Franky was restocking on things needed to repair the ship. And Usopp was given a lengthy list from Chopper for medicinal ingredients.

Nami began heading into town looking at everyones outfits and smiled softly. "This is a pretty fashionable island.


A familiar cat sat perched on the roof of one of the buildings looking down at the town. "Hmm... so far nothing really stands out... Oh... they look rather familiar..." She saw a blonde man and a long nosed man heading down one of the streets. "Hmm... No idea why." She licked her paw and scratched behind her ear. "Well guess its time to get to work."
EmbreaLana Mosi   195d ago

Lana continued to struggle. She had the chain wrapped around her wrist and used both hands to continue trying to yank the chain from the wall. "Come on dammit!" To her Disney, the only thing happening was the cuff and chain digging and tearing at her skin. But that wasn't going to stop her because she refused to be a prisoner and didn't want wherever was keeping her to have the satisfaction of knowing they won. "Come on," she hissed.

Then she heard it, the crack. The wall was weakening being the plate. [I Just a little more.]


"Target in sight," a man muttered.

"Who are you talking to," a woman asked from beside man.

"Oh I was just saying it to be cool."

"Moron." The woman stood from her seat, "Let's go before we lose her." When the man nodded, the two began following Nami closely.


Having left the shop before anyone else, Zoro had planned to look around town. For the most part he had followed the road but branched off onto another path leading him back towards the docks. "What the hell?"
PotatoPirateSanji   195d ago

Nami headed to the clothing shops and began looking around. She missed Robin's company but wanted to get her an outfit that would cheer her up since she'd been out of it since she had gotten sick on the last island.

The two people following Nami awaited a distance away outside. The man groaned. "Why do women waste so much time shopping... I don't get it."

The woman hissed slightly before slapping his arm. "Would you stop complaining already. I have no idea why they even bothered sending us together... This is torture."


Nami finished her shopping and after haggling with the store owner she left the shop pleased with her purchases. She felt as if something didn't quite feel right and kept her hand at her side ready to draw out her climatact.


The cat looked around until she saw a swordsman wandering off by himself. She raised an eyebrow then noticed the swords that he held. [i Isn't that a legendary sword?] She thought to herself before a smirk came to her lips. "Bingo."
EmbreaLana Mosi   194d ago

The two strangers continued to follow Nami. After a while, the woman changed directions leaving just the man. It appeared that she'd given up on whatever it is they were doing. The man however, kept at it, making subtle commentary to himself as if someone else was with him. He followed Nami down a narrow, unpacked street and began to close in.

"I'm not interested," Nami said when she stopped to confront the man.

"Too bad" a woman's voice said from behind her, "because we are."

"Huh?" When she turned around, Nami felt something hit the back of her head then nothing as she blacked out.

"Grab her and let's go before someone shows up," the woman ordered.

The man nodded and tossed Nami over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. Then he ran off after the woman. "We did good."

"Shut up."


Even though Lana had continued to struggle, it seemed that crack was the only time the wall gave any sign of giving way. She sighed, all but ready to give up. Then she remember they had said they were going after Nami. She thought back to when Nami and the others had helped her when she was in need and it strengthened her resolve to get herself free. The metal cuff continued to dig into her skin to the point she had begun to bleed, but she didn't care. She placed one foot on the wall, gripped the chain, then pulled. When she fell back and landed on her butt, she realized she had pulled the chain from the wall. "YES!!"


Zoro stopped for a moment and looked around. He spotted a fisherman and proceeded to ask for directions.

"Oh," the man smiled and pointed, "You just follow this road here and keep going. Towns not too far away. Can't miss it."

"Thanks," Zoro replied before going off on his way again.
PotatoPirateSanji   193d ago

Usopp was walking around town with the bag of ingredients Chopper had requested and was making his way back to the ship when something shiny caught his eye. He turned and his eyes widened as he walked over to the discarded climatact. He knelt down and picked it up. "Nami?" He called out. He looked around and saw the discarded bag of clothes. "She would never abandon clothes she bought." He murmured to himself. "I need to warn the others." He quickly rushed back to the boat and ran into Sanji and Franky on the way. 


The cat followed closely smiling softly to herself amused at how easily this moss haired man got lost. "If only he could lose the swords." She spoke softly to herself.
EmbreaLana Mosi   166d ago

"What's the hurry brother?" Franky frowned as Usopp tried to explain what he found, but he was out of breath and everything is jumbled. "Slow down."

"Nami," Usopp sucked a breath in, "was taken. I found her climatic and her shopping bags."


Zoro had been following the path the fisherman had directed him to when he spotted Usopp, Franky, and Sanji. As he got closer he overhead what Usopp had said. His frown mimicked Franky's. "Where is everyone else?"


Lana stopped trying to find a way out of the cell when she heard talking not far off. She quickly shoved the pulled-out chain back into the hole in the wall and held it there, feigning trying to pull it out. Then she rested her head against the wall, making it seem like she had given up. "Stupid chain," she muttered to herself.

"There is no getting out of there," the man from earlier said. He opened the cell with his free hand and then tossed Nami in.

"What the hell did you do to her?"

"Just knocked her out," a woman's voice replied before appearing. "She was giving us trouble."

"I highly doubt that."

"Quiet! Vailo," the woman turned to the man, "Go call the boss and let him know we have both of them."

"But Trina there were supposed to be three," Vailo pointed out.

"You going to hunt that feline down? Cause I sure as hell don't want to try sorting through hundreds of cats that look similar. It's a waste of time."

"Geez, you don't have to be so mean about it," Lana sighed.

"Be quiet!"

"Bite me!"

Trina scowled and opened the cell again to confront Lana. As she got closer, Lana stepped away from the wall and swung the chain at her. The second it connected with her face she stumbled back, wailing in pain, blood dripping to the floor. "What did you just do?!"

"I defended myself."

"W-where am I," Nami asked as she began to come to.

"Good, you're awake."

"Lana? What's going on?"

"No time to explain." Lana pulled Nami up and grabbed her hand while keeping her eyes on Trina and Vailo. "We're going now."

"Like hell," Trina snapped.

"I could make the right cheek look the same as the left," Lana threatened. At those words, she saw both Trina and Vailo back off. She pulled a still groggy Nami with her through the open cell door and down the hall. If it weren't for her being awake when they captured her, she wouldn't know her way out of the old prison. She was careful as she pulled Nami along because she didn't know the extent of how hard the other woman was hit in the head. That and her grip wasn't as tight as she'd like due to the blood and the searing pain of the open wound.

The moment they got outside they stopped for a moment. Nami reached back and rubbed the back of her head. "What the hell is going on?"

"Long story short, both you and I were targeted. I don't want to stand here and talk about it. "

Nami pulled her hand from Lana's, "We helped you! The lease you can do it tell me why they're after us!"

Lana sighed, "I don't know, okay! I don't know why we're being targeted or who is targeting us. Maybe I stole from the wrong person or something. I really don't know. Can we go now?"

"Fine," Nami sighed, "Probably a good idea to go anyway because its going to rain."



The men split up to look for Nami. Franky went with Sanji and Usopp went with Zoro. They searched the town first before branching out and looking further into the island. "I'm worried something bad happened to her," Usopp said.

"Like at Thriller Bark when she was kidnapped," Zoro asked.

"Something like that."
PotatoPirateSanji   116d ago

The cat followed the swordsman at a distance and frowned when he found people he seemed familiar with. "[i Dammit I never got a clear chance to take them...]" She frowned before scratching behind her ears. "[i Well I'll keep following maybe he'll get lost again.]" She listened in on the situation and her ears twitched slightly. "[i Taken huh... like that woman with the patchy skin...]" She laid down on the tree branch that she had been standing on.

"And I take it no one has seen Luffy in the midst of all of this either?" Sanji asked slowly getting more and more frustrated worrying about Nami.

EmbreaLana Mosi   116d ago

"Not since we got here. Which is weird," Usopp muttered, "Normally he's caused trouble by now."

"Maybe he got lost," Zoro suggested.

"He's not you."


Luffy had been wandering around when he spotted a black cat just lounging in a tree. As he got closer to it, he picked up the sound of his friends talking and it seemed like the cat was listening. Pulling himself up on the branch, he got pretty close to the cat before loudly saying, "Whatcha doing?"
PotatoPirateSanji   116d ago

She had been listening carefully when suddenly she heard a voice behind her. She screamed after being startled but it came out as a hiss. The branch cracked then followed by a snap with the two plummeting to the ground. She groaned as she stared at the straw hat man and narrowed her eyes.

Luffy was laughing at the whole situation until he saw the serious look on his friends faces. "Whats up?" He asked tilting his head to the side before trying to reach out to pet the cat who's fur was on end.
EmbreaLana Mosi   116d ago

The group let out a slightly annoyed sigh at Luffy’s arrival and his immediate need to touch the irritated cat. “Nami is missing,” Usopp replied. “I found her shopping bags and climatact in an alley, with no sign of Nami.”

“And anyone with a brain knows she wouldn’t just leave her stuff,” Zoro added.

Luffy stopped reaching for the cat and looked at his crew. His brow creased and his mouth downward in a frown. “We need to find her.”

“That’s what we were saying,” Usopp sighed. “We have a plan to split up to find her.

"Hopefully they haven’t left the island yet.”

"Finding Nami isn't the only problem now. She'll be hard to find now that it started to rain."


While Nami and Lana were running, Lana continued to try and get the shackles off her wrist. “You’d think with how old and brittle this thing is it would be easier to break. It was a pain to even get out of the wall.”

“And look what that got you,” Nami sighed, “Its dug into your skin and you’re bleeding.”

“Not the worst thing to happen. But it’s annoying to carry along.”

“Once we get back to the ship we can see if Franky will remove it.”

“Whenever that is.” Lana felt a few droplets hit her skin and she came to a stop. "Well, this is just great." She looked up at the sky, clearly annoyed, "Can't you just give me a break," she yelled.
PotatoPirateSanji   116d ago

Nami looked at the sky and shook her head. "This may work in our favor. The ship is docked at the northern part of the island."


The cat hissed at Luffy again before trotting over towards Zoro.

Sanji ignored the cat for the moment and thought for a moment. "Well, it looks like the rain could start getting heavier the longer we wait. We need to start looking for her now."
EmbreaLana Mosi   116d ago

"How is the rain going to work in our favor? Fun fact, I don't do storms and you mentioned earlier that it is going to storm." Lana pouted as she began to follow Nami in the direction of the ship. [i Sooner or later they're going to notice I'm missing I'll have to deal with Xalos again. Unless Ritroz is smart enough to send someone else to find me.] She hated dealing with her ex and only kept him around solely because he knew how her operation worked.


"Hey," Luffy frowned more, "How come the cat likes you more?"

"Luffy focus." Usopp crossed his arms, "Zoro and I will head this way, you still with Sanji and Franky."



After some time, and now soaking wet, Nami and Lana could see the Thousand Sunny off in the distance. It wasn't super clear to see because of the downpour, but the lion's head was hard to miss even in a downpour. "There," Nami said, "We're almost to the Sunny." Just as she said that thunder clapped loudly causing Lana to scream. "You weren't kidding about storms."

"Why would I lie about that?" Lana wrapped her arms tighter around herself and kept walking. It didn't take long for both women to misstep as they were heading down the hill and they started sliding. When they came to a stop it was near the edge of a cliff and they were about to fall off it. "Hang on," Lana shouted as she reached for Nami's hand when she noticed her slipping. With the ground being wet, there wasn't much of a grip and she too started to slip. Within moments, the wet ground gave way and the two women began to fall.
PotatoPirateSanji   116d ago

The cat stayed beside swordsman and the long nose man. mainly wanting to get away from the straw hat man so he wouldn't touch her. 

"Why does this cat keep following you? It really does seem to like you." Usopp spoke for a moment while walking beside Zoro.


After walking for a bit Sanji heard familiar voices followed by the sound of a cliff giving out. "Wait is that?" He looked up and saw the two girls falling. "Nami! And... Lana?!" Franky quickly threw Luffy in the direction of the two since there was nothing he could grab onto to shoot himself in their direction. He wrapped his arms around both women and prepared for the impact of the ground trying to cover both of them as much as possible. After the impact he looked at the two and asked if they were alright only to see Lana's wrists and frowned.

Sanji and Franky ran over shortly after and also noticed Lana's wrists. "We need to get her to Chopper."

Franky noticed the cuffs and nodded. "We also need to get these off."


As the three walked the feline woman heard a semifamiliar voice in the distance and stopped to listen. 

"I cannot believe you let them escape. It's one thing to be missing the stupid feline girl who is only one of our targets but to be missing all three after we told them we caught two?!"

"Me?! You were the one who stepped aside! I didn't see you do anything to try and stop them either!"

She froze for a moment. [i "Wait... Feline girl... that can't be me right? How do they even know about me... I'm always so careful."]
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

"Did you see what that white haired bitch did to my face?! My beautiful face! It's going to scar!"


When Lana didn't feel the impact of the hard ground and realized she was still alive, she opened her eyes. It took a moment to register that she was laying on something kind of squishy and soon noticed it was Luffy. "Oh my gods! Are you okay?"

"I'm good," Luffy grinned as he sat up. "Na..." He was cut off when Nami hugged him, grateful he saved her life.

"Other than getting a little scraped up from falling and probably a headache, she's fine. They didn't do anything to her."

"They," Franky asked.

"The people who took us." Lana once again started to struggle with her restraints. "Same ones that put these cuffs on me and locked me in a cell."

"If you keep doing that you'll only make it worse. Your wrists and hands are already cut up and bleeding," Nami sighed.

"I just want these off!"


"Do you think Luffy and them have had any luck," Usopp asked.

"Don't know. Hard to tell with this downpour," Zoro replied.

"Should we head back?"
PotatoPirateSanji   115d ago

The cat followed closely to the swordsman and her ears perked up when she heard the Straw hatted man's voice in the distance. [i "Looks like they found them."]

She ran over to the swordsman and used her claws to attach to his leg and climb up. Trying to tell them to go back to their friends. [i "The longer he stays with longnose looking for their friends the less of a chance I have to separate him from them and get his swords... I have to wait for an opportunity to present itself. I could be set for a long ass time if I sold those..."]


Sanji looked at Lana's wrists and frowned. "Well let's get back to the ship where its safer, and where there is a doctor. Franky can get those off then Chopper can patch you up."
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

"Can't he get them off here," Lana asked.

"I could," Franky admitted, "but..."

"Great!" Lana held out her wrists to him, "The sooner these are the off the sooner I can get going. I'd like to get off of this storm."

Nami sighed, "Just grab her and let's go."

"Why," Luffy asked. He immediately regretted it when thunder crashed, Lana screamed, and she latched onto him, crying.

"That's why."


Zoro's eye twitched as he felt claws lightly digging into his skin. When he noticed the cat climbing up him he went to remove it. "No."

"Maybe it's trying to tell us something," Usopp suggested.

"Yeah like it hates getting wet."
PotatoPirateSanji   115d ago

The cat glared at Zoro. [i "Idiot I'm trying to tell you your friends are safe."] She sighed softly then looked over at the man with the long nose and meowed while looking back in the direction they came from.


Luffy looked at the woman who was clinging to him and then thought for a moment before grinning. "I can get us back to the ship in no time!" He went to go rocket himself when Nami punched him in the head. 


Sanji removed Lana from Luffy before carrying her bridal style. "Don't worry. I'll get you to the ship quickly and safer than he would." He looked at the others and nodded. "Hopefully mosshead and Usopp come to the ship before the storm is too strong. But I'll head back with Lana first so Chopper can get started as soon as Franky removed the cuffs." With that he took off running.
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

Franky scratched his head and looked at Nami. "It would be the quickest way out if this storm." When Nami glared at him he held his hands up in defeat.


Lana scrunched her eyes closed as she held onto Sanji while he ran. She tried her best not to scream at the thunder but it didn't stop her from tightening her grip on his jacket. [I Don't think about it Lana. Focus on something else. Focus on..focus on the conventionality attractive man carrying you that smells good. Yeah! Focus on that!] Of course she was also mentally kicking herself for what she chose to focus on.


Usopp looked at the cat and the direction it was looking. "Or it's telling us to head back? Maybe they found them?"

"How do you know," Zoro asked.

"Cats have excellent hearing, it helps them hunt. Maybe it can hear Luffy and the others." He could tell Zoro was hesitant but let out a sigh of relief when he nodded.

"We aren't taking the cat."

Usopp laughed, "I think it says otherwise."
PotatoPirateSanji   115d ago

The cat smiled softly when Usopp understood. "[i Good at least he has a brain."] She purred softly when the swordsman said they weren't bringing the cat and stayed firmly on his shoulder before meowing. 


Sanji tighted his grip around Lana when he felt her gripping his jacket. "Hang in there Lana, we're almost there." He spoke softly trying to comfort her. As soon at he got close enough to the ship he jumped on board and Chopper rushed out to greet him only to see the injured woman in his arms. "Bring her to the medbay. And tell me what happened."
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

When they reacted the ship and she heard another voice, Lana opened her eyes. She looked at Chopper and sighed before holding her hands up. "Some psychos kidnapped me and locked me up in a rusty cell. I broke free, they threw Nami in with me, and we got out. Then we fell off a cliff."

Chopper took a look at Lana's wrists and hands. "And this was from breaking free?"


"I can start cleaning your sounds but until these cuffs are off I can't do much else." He looked at Sanji, "How far away are the others?"
PotatoPirateSanji   115d ago

"They should be here soon."  Sanji spoke but as if on queue the others showed up. 

"Alright, let's see what I can do about the cuffs." Franky looked at the cuffs and then went to his workshop to find his tools. 

Usopp led Zoro and the black cat back towards the ship. He saw the familiar orange haired woman standing on the deck and smiled. "Looks like the cat knew they found Nami."

Franky came back up and frowned while scratching his head. "I'm not sure I have any tools that won't further injure you..."

Usopp climbed aboard and once the cat was on board as well she noticed the wound that the purple haired woman had. She caught what the robot man had said and frowned slightly. [i "It's not my problem."] She thought to herself until she saw the purple haired woman trying to yank the chains off again. When the crew tried to stop the woman she sighed in annoyance.

She trotted over and sighed before changing back into her human form. "Stop stop stop. There's a much easier way to do this." She grabbed a bobby pin from the orange haired woman's hair as she passed by and walked over to the cuffed woman. "Hold still." She bit the end of the pin off and bent it before gently holding the woman's wrists and worked on the cuffs. 

All of the straw hats looked confused as to where this woman who was just a cat had even come from or why she was helping Lana. But they stayed quiet until she was done and just watched.

The cuffs fell to the floor with a clunk and she let out a sigh. "There. At the rate you were going you probably would have lost one if not both of your hands. Those cuffs were really rusted. You could have gotten a bad infection." 

Luffy's eyes widened. "Wait, you were a person this whole time Cat lady!?"

Skadiene grimaced at the nickname and sighed softly. "Skadiene is my name. But just call me Denny since people can't seem to ever pronounce my name correctly anyways. Not like you'll need to know it for long." Her ear twitched slightly before her pupils narrowed to slits. "Crap they're getting closer."
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

"I'm not an idiot," Lana hissed, "I knew what I was risking when I was trying to break free and it broke skin." She went to rub her wrists now that they were free but was stopped by Chopper who immediately set to work on getting her patched up.

"They? As in the people who took Nami," Luffy asked.

"And Lana," Usopp added.


Xalos pushed fallen branches aside as he trudged along with Ritroz and a few of his men. "It's been hours and there's still no sign of her."

"If you hadn't decided to go off and get your dick wet instead of staying near her we wouldn't be looking for her," Ritroz snapped.

"She broke up with me. It's not my job to stay by her."

"Why she keeps you around is beyond me after what you did to her."

"Shut up old man."

Ritroz came to a stop and grabbed Xalos. "Listen here you little bastard. That girl has been through hell get whole life and for one brief moment in time I saw her happy, because you made her happy. Then you went and fucked it up by screwing one of her clients on multiple occasions. You destroyed her. If she gives the word I will end you without a second thought and feed your sorry corpse to the sea kings."
PotatoPirate     115d ago

"Wasn't calling you an idiot. But you do you dear." Skadiene shrugged before looking at the long nosed man and nodding. "Yeah my assumption. One of them seems pissed at the other for losing two because now they don't have any of their targets. Luckily, I'm pretty good at hiding as long as there's a high stray population."
EmbreaLana Mosi   115d ago

"At least you can blend in." Lana winced a bit as Chopper began to bandage her hands and wrists. She shook her head when he offered an apology. "Not the first time I've dealt with those lunatics. Been after me for a few months now. The first time they've actually managed to catch me though."

"Do you know who they are," Usopp asked.

"Not really. Not even sure who sent them after me to begin with."

Chopper finished up with Lana's wounds and offered her a few antibiotics to take over the next few days. "Considering the amount of rust that was on those shackles, it's better safe than sorry to have you take a few extra antibiotics. You'll also need to be careful with your hands and wrists until your wounds have healed."

Robin entered the room shortly after, wrapped in a blanket and not looking much better. "There is a group of men on deck. They're asking if we have seen Lana." She raised a brow at the group when she spotted Lana. "I suppose we have?"

"What did they look like," Lana asked.

"An older man with a beard and," Robin was cut off.

"A younger man with blue hair that looks kind of feminine?" When Robin nodded, Lana let out a groan. "Thats just dandy. He just [i had] to tag along on the search for me."

Usopp wanted to ask what was going on but turned to Denny instead. "So why didn't you turn into a human earlier instead of staying as a cat?"
PotatoPirate     115d ago

"I've known some people were after me but only heard about it in passing and stayed as a cat most of the time since it seemed to be safer." When Usopp asked why she didn't change into a human earlier she shrugged. "To be honest I wasn't going to change into a human at all. But seeing wounds like that bring back horrible memories so I had to do something before seeing her hands get separated from her body. Plus I didn't know if you could be trusted. Still don't really." She scratched behind her ear before eyeing the swords again but glancing elsewhere. She turned her attention to Lana and tilted her head. "I take it they're your friends. Since they hadn't said anything about you being a target."
EmbreaLana Mosi   114d ago

"The older man is my uncle." Though Ritroz wasn't related to her, Lana still viewed him as family and she knew he did too. When he found out what Xalos did he was furious. "The other one is my ex."

"The one who came looking for you when we first met," Nami asked.

"Same one."


"Long story." Lana stood up and headed for the door. "I'll get going. Thank you for fixing me up." When she got outside she saw that Ritroz and his men were on guard.


"She didn't seem to care about the consequences." Nami looked at Denny. " So you're a devil fruit user? Tell me, if you don't trust us then why are you still here and not out there? You've managed to stay hidden so far."

Robin pulled the blanket tighter around herself and sniffled a little. "Why not offer something warm to eat and let them dry off? Its still pouring so I can't imagine anyone wants to be outside right now." She turned to Sanji, "If you're okay with making some hot soup?" She knew he wouldn't mind but she still made a point to ask.


"Whats wrong," Lana asked Ritroz.

"They're here somewhere," Ritroz narrowed his eyes as he looked through the storm, "Nearby. Waiting."


"The ones who took you."

Lana wrapped her arms around herself and looked around. "You can go after them if you want. I'm in no danger here."

"I know," he nodded, "These are the people who helped you before." He looked at her hands and frowned. "And they helped you now. I will trust them." Then he looked at Xalos and scowled, "If you leave her side again it'll be the last thing you do." With that, Ritroz and his men went in search of the kidnappers, leaving Lana and Xalos alone.

"Lets go," Xalos said, readying to leave.

"I'm not leaving. If you hadn't noticed its storming out." Lana made a move to go back inside only to feel a hand grab her. "Let go of me."

"We are leaving Lana and thats final." Xalos tightened his grip on Lana's wrist which resulted in a yelp coming from her. "What the hell?"

Lana drew back from him and cradled her now bleeding, bandaged wrist to her chest. "I said I'm not leaving!"

"Yes, you are. If I have to throw you over my shoulder then so be it!"

"Don't touch me!"
PotatoPirate     113d ago

Skadiene nodded. "Yeah I'm a devil fruit user. I think I accidentally ate it as a toddler? I can't remember how I obtained my abilities. And like I said. Purple hair was going to cut her wrists off trying to get those cuffs off. And that's way more blood than I want to see. As for why I'm hanging around now... I could hear the people who sounded like they were working for the kidnappers... Last thing I wanted was to be a stray cat in the woods and have them chance to pick me up. Figured I'd be safer choosing a band of pirates."

Sanji was about to respond to Robin when he heard Lana's cry that sounded like she was in pain and immediately dashed in her direction. 

Robin chuckled softly. "Ever the Prince Charming."

Sanji quickly was between Lana and the guy who was her ex. "Touch her again and I'll make sure it's the last time you touch her." He warned before turning to look at Lana. "Lana go see Chopper. He may need to stitch the wound. It looks like it's bleeding even more than before..." He suggested softly.
EmbreaLana Mosi   113d ago

Xalos shot a glare at Sanji who had interrupted them. "Mind your business peasant." He went for Lana again, only for her to back away from him.

"I'm staying," Lana repeated. "You're more than welcome to leave on your own. I sure as hell wont stop you."

"Ritroz made it clear that I have to stay near you," he hissed.

"Then sit down, shut up, and keep your hands to yourself." Lana looked at Sanji and smiled softly. "Thanks for coming to check on me. Sorry to be a bother." She turned and returned to the med bay so Chopper could fix her up again.


"You're welcome to stay as long as you'd like," Nami offered. She looked Denny up and down then tapped her chin. "If you'd like a change of clothes I'm sure Robin or I have something that might fit you."
PotatoPirate     113d ago

Sanji almost laughed when he was called a peasant. [i If only you knew you idiot.] He kept his attention on Lana and shook his head. "You're never a bother Lana. You don't deserve to be treated like a possession." He watched her walk back to Chopper just to make sure her ex didn't try anything stupid. Before he headed towards the kitchen. In passing a few crewmembers he briefly whispered to keep their eye on him. When he got to the kitchen he decided to make a warm stew since Robin was still sick and it was getting a little cold outside.


"Hmm you guys are oddly trusting for letting a total stranger on your ship anyways." Denny shrugged. "But I'd rather take my chances with you lot. I don't need clothes though. I've got a small bag I carry with--... I left it in the trees... Okay I may need to borrow one outfit..." She spoke softly scratching behind her ears.
EmbreaLana Mosi   113d ago

"You need help and we are in a position to offer it," Usopp shrugged. "Besides, if Nami hadn't said anything, Luffy would have and you wouldn't be given an option."

"He would have asked you to stay because of the cat thing," Zoro pointed out, remembering how Luffy kept trying to pet Denny earlier.

"I'll see what we have." Nami gave a smile before leaving the room and heading to her own. She dug through her closet until she found something that would likely fit Denny. Then she started looking for something for Lana.


"What do you think happened out there that Sanji wants us to keep an eye on that guy," Usopp whispered to Franky.
PotatoPirate     113d ago

Franky shrugged. "I'm not sure. But Lil Sis Lana did have to come back and see Chopper immediately after meeting with them..." 


Skadiene frowned but folded her arms over her chest. "As long as he doesn't try to pet me."


Sanji threw a bunch of vegetables, spices and meat into the stew as well as made a healthy broth for Robin.
EmbreaLana Mosi   113d ago

"The older one had already left when Sanji ran out," Robin pointed out. She'd be lying if she said she didn't spy just a little on Lana and her friends. "He seems more concerned with her safety that the other."

"So it's the other guy," Luffy asked with a frown.

Robin nodded. "I believe they had a disagreement about staying. Lana would rather be here."

Nami returned with a change of clothes for Denny and Lana. "Here you go," she handed one to Denny. "Wheres Lana?"

"Infirmary," Zoro huffed.

Nami nodded then left to bring the clothes to Lana. She overheard Lana explain to Chopper what happened on deck. "He sounds toxic," she said as she seen the clothes down on the empty chair. "I brought a change of clothes."


Some time later, dinner was done and everyone was seated at the table. "It smells amazing," Lana said with a smile.

"Sanji is the best," Luffy grinned.
PotatoPirate     113d ago

Sanji set down bowls for everyone except the guy who hurt Lana who was still standing outside. "Enjoy. I'm not sure how long you were captured but after an eventful day like today as well as being in the cold rain some stew should warm you up." He gently placed his hand on Lana's shoulder with a smile before heading back over to the kitchen to start picking up his mess from cooking.

Skadiene was skeptical but she took one bite and her ears perked up before she accidentally purred slightly only to quickly catch herself and clear her throat hoping no one noticed. "This is delicious Chef. Thank you. I think this is probably the fanciest meal I've had in a long time."

Sanji chuckled. "If you think that's fancy then you girls are in for a treat if you're staying around with us for a bit."
EmbreaLana Mosi   113d ago

"At least a few hours. Time works differently when you're locked in a cell focused on breaking free." Lana glanced at the door, almost feeling bad that Xalos was still outside. However, after thinking back about their argument, she shrugged. "I look forward to finding out."

Nami raised a brow at the interaction between the two but said nothing. "We should probably give you friend some food."

PotatoPirate     113d ago

Sanji chuckled. "Don't worry I'll take care of it." He grabbed a bowl and poured some stew in it before checking his pockets to make sure his lighter and cigarettes were still there. 

He headed onto the deck and saw the man from earlier. "Hey. Here's some stew. Figured you may be hungry." He held the stew out towards him.


Skadiene was nosey by nature at times so her ears perked up as soon as Sanji left the room to see if she could hear the conversation outside.
EmbreaLana Mosi   113d ago

"Careful," Lana tried to warn Sanji before he went outside, but it was too late. [I Hopefully Xalos isn't an ass to him.]

"So, why do you keep him around if he is like that?" Nami took a bite of her soup and looked at Lana.

"He wasn't always," Lana sighed, "But I guess like with most people, power got to him."

"What is it exactly you do," Robin asked.

"I'm an art thief. I steal it and resell it to the highest bidder. Xalos was in a rough spot when we met and I offered to help him." She let out a forced laugh, "This is where my kindness led."


"Thanks," Xalos said as he took the bowl of soup. He looked towards the kitchen then at Sanji. "So she's yours now or are you just that kind of person?"
PotatoPirate     113d ago

Sanji raised his eyebrow. "Just that kind of person? What a person who doesn't manhandle a woman who said no? A person who doesn't consider a woman an object? No she isn't [i my] woman. But she's still a human being. And deserves to be treated as such. If she was my woman you can be sure you wouldn't still be standing here on the ship. This [i peasant] would make sure of that." He spoke in annoyance before lighting his cigarette and taking a drag of it. "I know you're her ex. And for whatever reason she keeps you around. I'd say your lucky she hasn't kicked you to the curb considering how you treat her. I've seen you twice. And I'll be honest. I don't like you. I don't trust you. And if not for my personal reasons. I wouldn't have given you food due to these reasons."


Skadiene was quickly eating the soup but trying not to make a sound so she could hear the Chef outside talking to the ex. [i This is almost as interesting as watching a lover's quarrel from the rooftops.]
EmbreaLana Mosi   112d ago

Xalos scowled at Sanji's response. However, he didn't immediately say anything and ate some of the soup first. He was surprised at how good it was. After a minute or so he looked at Sanji again. "She's dangerous. Not in the physical sense, though she will slit someone's throat without a second thought. But she knows people, dangerous people." In truth, the whole time he's known Lana, she's never killed anyone or even harmed them. He wasn't even sure she knew how to fight. "I can see how you would view her as the victim in all of this. But trying to get her to leave was for the sake of you and your friends."
PotatoPirate     112d ago

Sanji's eye twitched at the mans words before he chuckled. "We'll thanks for your concern but it's unwanted and needed." He put out the cigarette and glanced in the mans direction. "Should the time come where she became a threat to us. Then we would take care of it. But it would be based off our judgement and no others. Especially not from someone who clearly holds a grudge against her." He put his hands in his pockets before heading back towards the kitchen. "You can leave the bowl there when you're done, I'll pick it up later." He headed back into the kitchen and noticed Skadiene's ear flick and chuckled slightly. He walked past her and whispered softly. "Heard everything did you?"

Skadiene flinched slightly then shrugged. "Guilty."
EmbreaLana Mosi   112d ago

"I almost hate to ask," Lana said when Sanji returned. She leaned back in her seat and sighed. "And I'm betting, just like everyone else here, your wondering why I keep him around."

"Well yeah," Luffy replied.

"I guess after everything he's done part of me still loves him."

"That isn't all," Robin said with a raised brow.

"No, it isn't." Lana let out a deep sigh, trying to figure out how to explain things. "He knows everything about me and if I made him leave, it could get me killed and anyone associated with me. Including him. But knowing him, he's found a way around not dying."
PotatoPirateSanji   112d ago

Sanji smiled at Lana softly. "It's not my place to ask. I may not like the guy. But none of us can force you to not spend time around someone. You're a grown woman and that's your choice." He went around and picked up empty dishes before bringing them back to the sink. 

Skadiene stood up and walked over to him. "I'll grab his dish from outside and bring it to you."

Sanji raised his eyebrow but smiled softly. "You don't have to do that Denny."

Skadiene chuckled. "I'm worried an actual fight might break out if you two stay near each other for two long. Quite frankly I'd rather not draw more attention than needed to the ship when the enemy is still lurking about."

Sanji didn't argue but just mumbled a thanks in return.

Skadiene headed outside scratching behind one of her ears. "Hey Ex guy. I'm here for the dish."

Xalos looked up and saw the gold eyes the striped markings and the black hair with blue strands. [i No way... this can't be the third target. I'm not that lucky am I?]

"Hello? Anything in that big head of yours?" Skadiene asked with a raised brow.

He snapped out of it and handed her the dish with a dashing smirk. "Ah sorry. Was just caught in awe with your beauty."

Skadiene sneered before snorting. "Yikes. Try again in a million years, dude." She took the bowl from him. And he went to touch her ears to which her pupils turned to slits and she hissed with a low growl. "Don't even think about it."

He backed off with a small smile. "Sorry, they look soft." [i It's definitely the third target.]


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