Mornings after a night of heavy drinking are always so much fun. Especially when you wake up naked next to random person. When Ace woke up every move seemed to send a spike of pain from his rear up his spine to his already pounding head. He sighed and got up from a top Dante. After finding all his clothes, from all of those fun places they'd been thrown, Ace snuck out.
Once outside Ace called one of his younger brother Luffy's friends to come and pick him up. After a while a blue SUV came to his vision. The car belonged to Roronoa Zoro, a muscular green haired man, however Ace had called Zoro's boyfriend Sanji, after all Zoro got lost on his way to the bathroom IN HIS OWN HOUSE.''Yo, what were you doing in this dump?'' Ace simply flipped the blond man off as he got into the car. Sanji laughed. ''I've got the day off, how about you and Luffy come over for brunch.'' Sanji asked as they drove off. Ace grinned. ''Ha, so that's why you look like you crawled from a field. No ladies to impress.'' Sanji normally wore a suit, but today he was dressed in a beige T-shirt and black slacks. "Screw you Portgas. You wanna come for brunch or not?'' ''Sure, I'll just get Luffy… maybe take a shower.'' Sanji smiled. ''Great it's always fun to cook for more people.''
Once they arrived at the apartment building where Ace and Luffy lived Ace wobbled to the front door. He heard Sanji running after him. ''You could just take shower at my place.'' Sanji said as he settled to walk next to Ace. The man turned to look at Sanji. ''After what happened last time when I did that, I'd rather not.'' Sanji's smile vanished as the memory hit him. The last time Ace had stayed over and taken a shower at his place a very it had led a wild threesome, due to a drunken and disoriented Zoro. ''…He's not drunk now. I swear it's safe. And I don't think it was really that bad.'' Ace grinned. ''Nope, it wasn't, but right now I'm not in the mood.'' ''The sooner we get to my house, the sooner Luffy won't be crying in your ear about being hungry.'' This argument made Ace finally grunt in agreement.
The lift was broken so they had to use the stairs, which wouldn't have been much of a problem hadn't Ace lived in the 24th floor. Sanji didn't have any problems, but Ace was not so lucky, his innards were against moving. So after about 15 floors Ace threw up. ''Rough night?'' Sanji remarked. Ace lifted his face to smirk at the blond. ''Jealous?'' ''Of your agony? Hardly.'' Ace threw a punch toward the grinning man, who easily avoided the sluggish move. The blond ran up the next flight of stairs ''Come on now! Just 9 floors to go!'' He yelled after himself as he made his way further. Ace shrugged and started to climb again.
As Ace fumbled with the keys they heard footsteps from beyond the door. The door flung open revealing an excited boy. The kid's already wide smile grew even wider as he met Ace's eye. Lunging onto Ace with a four limb grip he made them both fall to the ground.
Sanji hopped out the way and laugh at the sight. Ace was laying beneath the boy who has repeating the man's name over and over again. ''Why didn't you come home last night? Marco promised he'd bring you back, but he just said you disappeared somewhere!'' The boy lifted his head and stared at Ace demanding an answer.
The boy was a teenager; he had black hair and an overall innocent face aside from the scar under his left eye. Ace ruffled the boy's dark hair. ''Sorry about that Luffy. I was really drunk and got derailed. But as it turns out something good came out of this, we get to go eat at Sanji's.'' Luffy seemed to forget about his brother's disappearance instantaneously. Ace pushed his little brother off him and got up. 'I should call Marco and apologize.' He thought as he got a fresh set of clothes before they went to Sanji's car.
Ace phoned Marco as soon as they were back in the car. ''Marco.'' ''Hey, it's Ace. Sorry I left you at the bar last night.'' ''It's fine. So did you get laid?'' ''Yes.'' Ace could hear the smile in Marco's voice. ''Can we assume your back in the books of us living or are you gonna get all melancholic again?'' ''I was not melancholic. And yes I'm great now.'' ''Good. We're all going to see pops today, you need to come too.'' ''Got it.'' After exchanging the time of their meeting Ace ended the call. Luffy was bugging Sanji about the food, asking if there would be a lot of meat. Luffy'd probably eat small rocks if the mood took him, but meat was somewhat of an obsession for the young man.
Sanji lived in a row house at the outskirts of the town. It was one of those so called better neighborhoods where people with children lived. Sanji and Zoro of course didn't have kids and probably never would, Ace doubt that the two hotheaded men would be suited for taking care of a goldfish much less a child. The blond parked the car and Luffy ran to the door. ''Hurry Sanji, I'm hungry!'' He yelled while hopping up and down excitedly. Sanji sighed and went to open the door.
Ace dragged himself to the bathroom for a shower. He undressed and got in, the warm water felt nice against his skin. Ace closed his eyes and his mind drifted back to last night. He could remember the heat from the other man's body, the friction of the couch and the wet kisses left on his skin. Ace felt like his body was burning on the spots of the hickeys. His eyes shot open, this was not the right time to be thinking that so he turned the shower knob in decision of a cold shower. The cold killed all his nerves, but woke his brain up. Feeling refreshed Ace exited the shower and got dressed.
Ace could hear Luffy singing about meat as he went back downstairs. A green patch of hair was visible above the back of a couch in the living room. Ace looked quietly as a hand came up to scratch it while a yawn could be heard. ''Were you a sleep?'' Ace asked the man as he sat down on the couch. The other male turned to look at him.
The man was the owner of the oddly colored hair and Sanji's boyfriend, he had his regular white shirt and black pants on, his skin clearly tanned. ''Yep, until you guys showed up.'' He said in a gruff voice. Ace smiled ''Luffy can be a pain sometimes.'' Being the incredible social character he was Zoro just closed his eyes and ignored Ace who began to babble about the things Luffy did to bother him.
''Zo~ro~!'' Luffy whined as he came to living room. The man remained still so Luffy leaped on his lap. Zoro grunted refusing to open his eyes. Luffy and Ace shared a mischievous look. Luffy spun his stretchy limps around Zoro to pin him while Ace lit his hands. Zoro had his eyes wide open now. ''Let's get rid of that weird hair of yours.'' Ace exclaimed as the brothers smiled madly at the tanned male. ''Oi! Don't use your ability here Ace! You'll set the house on fire. And Luffy stop teasing your friend.'' Sanji, who'd been alarmed by the noise, yelled. ''We're just gonna make him look better for you!'' Ace yelled back with Luffy cannoning him with rapid yeses. ''No.'' Was all the answer Sanji gave them. Zoro sighed in relief when the others sat down in defeat. ''I hate those abilities. Why can't you at least act like your normal people?" Zoro muttered before getting up and slipping to the kitchen.
Both Luffy and Ace possessed demonic abilities despite being fully human. The brothers had been part of an experiment done by an organization called Order of the sword. The group was after demonic powers, and had run a test set with children they'd snatch from all over the country. Some of the children had been returned after the experiments were done, but most had died or forgotten of their previous lives as humans and joined Order of the sword's army.
Ace and Luffy were part of the smallest group of the kidnapped children. Kids who'd simply been returned were those who had not been given demonic abilities. The two brothers had been locked up for being too disobedient to join the army lines, but possessing demonic power could not be returned to their homes. They'd managed to escape along with others like them, now everyone was scattered around the world either hiding or planning on revenge.
Ace was spread on the couch and looked idly as Luffy pushed himself around the floor like a caterpillar. Zoro had sat on the floor in front of the couch after Sanji had exiled him from the kitchen, yelling about a disturbing moss head. The food had been eaten, it had been what one would expect from a world class chef. Yet of course Luffy had complained of how little there was of it and he rocked pack and forth in his way of pouting. The moment seemed so perfectly peaceful, the only sounds were Sanji washing the dishes, Luffy clothes rustling as he moved and Zoro's calm breathing as the man had fallen asleep. And Ace was bored. This sort of silence didn't fit him, he wished, no prayed that something would break the moment that seemed to hold them captive.
The older raven's phone rang like the song of a saving angel. He sat up and checked who the caller was before he answered, it was one his comrades Jozu. ''Hey dude. If it's about going to see pops today, Marco told me already.'' There was a silence at the other end. ''Jozu?'' ''You need to come to the hospital right now. One of your brothers has been killed.'' Ace was frozen.
Luffy turned on his back to give his brother a questioning look. ''Ace?'' The other turned to look at his younger brother. ''I gotta go to the hospital. Fast. I'll be there as soon as I can.'' Ace hung up as he jumped of the couch and ran towards the door. ''One of you needs to give me lift to the hospital. Unless of course you want me to drive.'' ''Hell no!'' Was Zoro's answer as he got off the floor and followed Ace. He wasn't about to let a man who suffered from narcolepsy drive his car.