"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."
"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!"