A/N: Okay, this is something that has been nagging me for years. Idea of merging both my favorite animes together. First Naruto, which has the absolutely best plot and amazing fight scenes. Character development, artwork in manga and all that. One Piece with its own plot, art work and jokes. Also, both have that Shounen manga 'not gonna give up' attitude. Damn, I love those. Anyway, and as usual, this if where Naruto is part of this world.
A/N: Some background to 'my' Naruto. First, he is a fishman. Yes, a fishman. Like Jinbe, Arlong and Tiger Fisher and to make things more enjoyable, he is Tigers son. Pretty good huh? Managing to bring that 'son of a hero and had a tragic life' part with this. Because he was his son, he used to be part of Sun Pirates with his mother, Kushina. Kushina-nee to others. After Tiger was killed, Kushina took his son away (which was her husband's last wish to take him somewhere safe) while Jinbe took the Pirates under his command. But his life was far from enjoyable as almost as soon as they left, they were caught by Marines and local humans who slaughtered Kushina while Naruto watched from his hideout where she had placed him. Naruto spend part of his life surviving bounty hunters and slave traders until Arlong, on his way to East Blue managed to pick him up. Arlong (and Jinbe and other pirates) had been his family, older brothers back in the day and he eagerly joined him on his crusade against humans. He was actually there when they first arrived into Cocoyasi village. Nami actually remembers him being there when Arlong shot her mother (of course, small fishboy with cold dead eyes didn't get much attention that day). For few years he spend in Arlong Park, slowly becoming one of the top members and growing stronger under his Aniki's tutelage, until easy life they were aiming wasn't pleasing him anymore. He remembered his father being a traveler and he too wanted to see the world when he left, promising one day to become stronger than any fishman pirate and making sure everyone knew the hero 'Tiger Fisher'. In his heart, even when it was filled with darkness and hatred towards humans, there was still that faint dream of his father that both humans and fishmen could be friends and live in harmony. That would be his "I will be Pirate King" "I will become the greatest Swordsman" "I will find All Blue" etc. the thing he fought for.
A/N: Naruto is portrayed to have bright yellow skin that that is sensitive to sunlight, forcing him to live under shade all the time. I would like to give him orange hair, but it would be too bright so I give him sunset red hair from his mother. He still has blue eyes though. He is a foxfish, giving him some fox-like traits. He is tall as Zoro and wears similar coat like Naruto did in Pain Arc and a Hitai-ate. Those are his main clothing he would wear when facing enemies. Otherwise he would dress in heavy robes, red goggles, cap that covers his head and a mask (if anyone watches Gintama, think about Kaguras dad, that gives pretty good idea what I'm after), to cover his skin. He has at least two tattoos. One on each back of his hands. First has Sun of the Sun Pirates and another is the shark of the Arlong Pirates.
A/N: During his travels, he was stranded, not being able to swim (temporarily) and beaten by some mountain bandits, left to rot on some god forbid rock middle of nowhere where he met a man, Jiraiya. Sage who liked to travelled a lot, even to the Grand Line. Because I like to play with ideas, I make him Pirate King, Gol D. Rogers former Nakama. He helps Naruto train in arts of Ninjutsu and helping him grow stronger for few years, they travel together. (A/N: About Narutos skills, it would be somewhat LIKE in canon, with clones, shurikens and ultimate move, Rasengan but he would also be adapt in Gyojin Karate. I'm also leaning for a weapon of shorts. Like Zabuzas blade or Samehada… not really sure cause I don't usually like these 'weapons that are so big that they must be compensating for something wink wink'. But now, idea of Fishman Naruto fighting with Executioners blade doesn't sound too bad… have to think and see how it goes) Slowly, Narutos heart begins to accept humans once again, that is until Jiraiya too dies in hands of his former student, whom Naruto will defeat few years later after running after him. That's the plot I summarized for this fic. The fic itself, would "officially" begin when Luffy and Zoro with their small rowboat ended up on this weird rock mountain island and their ship crashes. They start looking for new transportation when…
"I think we're not where we should be." Monkey D. Luffy announced when he scanned his surroundings.
"This island is a maze." Zoro agreed, after all, he didn't get lost. "What should we do, captain?"
They were standing on a rocky mountain road. They had been walking this road, ever since they had crashed their boat into small rocks hidden by the waves. Luckily, water had been shallow so the hammer hadn't sunk… too deep.
An old fisherman had told them about a small village on the other side of the island where there should be an extra rowboat if they wanted. "But be aware." He had warned them. "There are bandits on those mountains who hunt travelers. And then there's the Monster of the Mountain. Something even bandits are afraid of."
"Monster?" They had asked curiously.
"No one knows what he really is." The old fisherman had said quietly. "He is said to look like a man wearing heavy robes and always carrying an umbrella which he uses to attack on people who dare to enter his domain! He can breaks rocks with his bare hands! WITHOUT EVEN TOUCHING THEM! ! ! Some say that there is more of them or that he can create more soldiers by giving rocks he cuts life."
Guys had been very interested of course and decided to take the Monster Road like they called it now. Unfortunately, they were no completely lost and had no idea where they were. And to make things worse, there were no signs of monsters.
"What should we do now?" Luffy complained. "I really wanted to see that monster."
"Me too." Zoro smirked excited. "They say he can break rocks with bare hands. He must be strong."
"What's that?" Luffy said suddenly and pointed at something that caught his eye. They walked over to something that looked like a…
"Grave?" Zoro asked as he recognized the attempts of a burial. Couple things caught his attention. Red vest that was wrapped around the stone pillar. Headgear that was lying on the ground. Name 'Jiraiya' on the pillar, and finally the pillar itself. The pillar was made of the same stone that the rocks around them, expect it was somehow roughly cut. Not by a sword or blade. But by hand, if he wasn't completely mistaken. Excitement started to build up inside him when he started to imagine what kind of strong fighter this monster would turn out to be. He was about to touch the stone altar when his instincts told him that an attack was coming. He ducked just in time to avoid an arrow. He turned around and prepared to pull his swords. "Who's there?" He yelled.
Luffy also had dodged an arrow coming his way and glared up at the rocks when he didn't see a monster but ordinary bandits.
"Lame." He muttered uninterested and returned to dream what kind of monster would be cool. Something three meters tall. No! Five! And it should have enormous teeth and brown hair. It would talk like 'Monster eat human' 'Monster likes human'. That would be so cool!
Meanwhile Zoro was scanning his surroundings while ignoring the usual 'we are famous, look at my big sword, give up your life' speeches given by the local boss. Instead, he quickly counted his enemies, their weapons, their locations and summarized their skills etc. and prepared to finish them in one go. Bandits lost their patience when it was clear that these were not two who they could just scare into giving their things. "Charge!" They screamed as they rushed down the slope screaming like idiots.
Zoro pulled his swords and Luffy prepared to punch the first guy when a voice echoed through the valleys. "I have told you, you bandit scum to never approach this place!" Strawhats saw how bandits halted like they had frozen in place. "Prepare for punishment!"
Luffy followed the voice and his eyes caught something overly cool! Guy, like some mystical hero was standing on top of a rock, wearing a long coat, like a cape that was flapping in the wind. His face was hidden beneath all the wrappings and red goggles. In his forehead he wore a cool plate-thingy with a kanji for sun carved on it. He even wore gloves, like not to let even an inch of his skin be revealed, like a true hero! "S-s-s-so COOOL!" Luffy screamed as he saw the guy standing there.
Zoro sweat dropped to his scream, but couldn't help but smirk for the idea that someone worth his time had appeared.
Man on top of the rocks didn't waste time on useless words but leaped through the air and landed on the ground with his jacket floating as he came to a sudden halt.
"D-d-don't falter!" Leader of bandits screamed. "That's why we brought all the bandits of this island here! To finish this monster!"
Zoro narrowed his eyes when he heard more screams coming from both ends of the valley. They had indeed called reinforcements and his smirk even widened. This guy, monster or not, was enough of a threat to call all these bandits on himself.
Bandit leader didn't have anything more to say as this Monster leaped through the air, holding two weird knives in his both hands. Guys noticed that he was carrying a package on his back but it didn't last long when he swiftly cut his way through first bandits like they were thin air. Then he threw his knives into waiting enemies and they both fell down. Monster didn't stop there but continued his charge through the crowd, sending people flying with kicks and punches. He was just getting into it, when a bandit appeared on top of him and raised his sword. "Die!"
Monster raised his fist and blocked the sword like it was nothing. Bandits thought it was some black magic, but Zoro recognized the sound of metal plating over his fingers. Then he watched as the guy pulled his hand back and delivered a powerful punch, right into bandits face. Then, with a swift move, he took an umbrella out of his package and slammed into another bandits face, sending him flying. Then, like a raging hurricane, he rushed to the other side of the battlefield to send another couple twenty bandits flying.
"So awesome!" Luffy screamed. "That's decided! I want to make him my nakama!"
Zoro took a moment to consider things and deduced that it wouldn't be the worst thing if this guy became their nakama. He seemed like a strong straight up guy.
His thoughts were interrupted when someone tried to cut him down. It was so boring attack, that he responded before he even realized it. "Watch it!" He screamed but now, some of the bandits thought they were part of it. He quickly bit his Meitou and prepared for his Santoryou. These losers weren't even worth his time really so he simply charged at them and hoped to be done with them. And Luffy didn't really think anything expect how to drag the guy away. He just wanted this fight to be over so he could start his adventure with his new nakama. "Gomu gomu no Gatling Gun!" He rushed through the battle field, sending enemies flying without trouble.
Monster stopped what he had been doing, kicking a guy into his stomach to watch this sight. A Devils Fruit. Someone on the East Blue had them? And what kind of ability was that anyway? Well, he had seen weirder things in his life so he didn't stop for long.
Seeing how the three of them were all monsters of their own kinds, bandits threw away their weapons and run away screaming for mercy. This left the trio on the field, watching each other. "Hi!" Luffy waved his hand. "I'm Luffy! You're strong! Become my nakama!"
The offer was so blunt and quick that he couldn't answer anything but very dumbly "What?"
"Be my nakama!" He repeated proudly. "Let's become Pirates together."
"You two are pirates?" He asked confused.
"I'm Monkey D. Luffy!" He raised his thump. "I will be the Pirate King!" Then he pointed at Zoro. "This is my nakama Zoro! He wants to be the strongest swordsman." He offered his hand. "Let's go to the adventures together!"
Monster was dumbfounded for full minute that he almost took the offered hand. Almost. "Get that thing away from me!" He yelled and raised his umbrella. "Who would want to be your nakama! Get the hell out of my mountain or I will remove you!" Then, he started piling the bandits roughly before rolling them all down the hill. "You understand?" He asked dangerously.
Luffy saw his eyes through the red goggles. This guy was angry. He needed to deal with that soon.
"And you!" He pointed at Zoro who had followed this act quietly. "You get away from that grave! It's not for people like you to watch over!" He slowly made his way to the grave and started praying. "Leave us alone. Tell others too. This is my mountain! No one is allowed here!"
Zoro and Luffy watched each other's and understood that they needed to leave this guy alone. Without words, they left. Slowly, the Monster opened his umbrella and then he removed his headgear, goggles and mask and placed them on the ground, leaving his forehead protector on. Yellow skinned man with bright blue eyes sat before the grave, looking sad. "Don't worry, master, no one is going to bother us here. I will protect your grave and your memory." In the shadow of his umbrella, he retreated to pray.
(Because this is a one-shot, I will skip some parts. Like here there would be the scene where Luffy and Zoro would be in town, in an inn or mayor who was good friends with Jiraiya, where they would hear a story of how the sage had lived on the mountains, doing something called 'research' for ages. He had even taught young men how to fight his way, until this monster came. Not heeding any warnings, he took the boy in and taught him too, but the boy betrayed and killed him. Of course, at this point, Zoro and Luffy remembered how Naruto had defended grave with passion and knew something didn't add up. Not wanting to leave the island yet, they returned to the mountain, to find Naruto fighting with Marines who had been called by bandits. They had tried to ambush Naruto while he was praying and ended up destroying the grave in the process, Naruto went berserk after that, forgetting to cover his skin. This was the first time, Luffy and Zoro realized he was a fishman. He defeated company of marines, but their officers appeared to be too strong for him. Later they would find out that Naruto was extremely sensitive to sun light and didn't last long without covering it which was why he nearly lost to them but refusing their help. That was the main reason for him using such heavy cloaks and umbrella all the time.
Then, at some point, marines would realize whose grave it was, Jiraiya the Toad Sage, former nakama to Pirate King and they trampled it even more to anger him. Luffy got angry at that too, because he understood the value of treasure and joined the fight. Then, Jiraiyas other student, one who really killed him came forward, as a marine captain, announcing the truth right there. Naruto and captain had been friends before he had turned on their master and they fought. There would be teary eyed confrontation until Naruto beat the shit out of the traitor by himself, earning Zoros respect.
Why I didn't write it now? Because I was feeling lazy! And I haven't really thought out those small things in plot how they would work.
Fight was over. Marines had fled or been defeated. Body of his former senpai lied there beaten. He himself didn't feel much better than he looked. He was full of cuts and bruises. He had broken bones and his skin was drying under the hated sun. He looked at the grave of his late master. The hitai-ate and vest were still there, even if they were badly trampled on. He could redo the altar stone, with time.
Then his eyes caught the pair that had (even if he hated to admit it) saved him. Luffy was currently doing what he had done with bandits. He piled the marines and pushed down the slope. Zoro in the mean time, was carving the name of his master into a rock. 'One day, you will find people who will understand you. Don't close your heart from them but accept them. Bonds are burden, but they are also support. All you have to do is lean on them-' His master had said to him. Slowly, he forced himself to stand up.
"Don't force yourself." Zoro said while trying to concentrate to cut the rock.
Then, Naruto turned towards Luffy who was watching him weirdly before lowering himself to the ground. He lowered his head and bowed to the two pirates. "Thank you for what you did."
"No problems." Luffy laughed and Zoro smirked. "We are glad to help. So, now, won't you become my nakama?"
"I…" Naruto watched the grave of his master when Zoro sliced it from rock.
"Your master was a Pirate Kings nakama. Don't you want to see the end of the Grand Line like he did?"
"I am from Grand Line." He mumbled but Luffy was too busy being excited out of his wits. He watched as this idiot jumped around, excited about adventures on the seas. To be honest, he missed the ocean. He missed the big blue where he could just swim and be. The feeling he had on his father's ship. Perhaps they would meet up with Arlong-aniki and others… or not. He would probably kill him for becoming crewmates with a human. Human… he looked at Luffy and then Zoro. Both were waiting for his answer. And neither seemed bothered by the fact that he was a fishman. Then again, they didn't seem very bright either (not that he himself was any genius). "You know, I'm a fishman, right?"
"And that's so cool!" Luffy yelled. "Think about it! You can swim all the time, get us food from where no one else can! Then you are strong, the way you use that umbrella like a sword and your ninja-like moves-" He began listing everything he thought was 'cool'.
"But I'm a fishman!" Naruto repeated more forcefully this time. "Humans hate and fear us. I… don't have good memories of humans, expect master Jiraiya."
"So?" Luffy asked. "You're a fishman, but we don't care. We are humans, and you shouldn't care. Let's be nakama! We are after all, already friends." He smiled widely.
"I can't forgive humans." Tiger Fisher had said once when they were sitting on deck. "But that doesn't I want you to harbor any bad feelings towards them."
"But Arlong-aniki said that we should rule over them! We are stronger than they are!" Little Naruto said convinced.
"This crew is full of people who have suffered because of humans." Tiger said to him, patting the sun tattoo on the back of Narutos hand. "This has been never-ending circle of hatred but I believe it will end someday. I don't want you to hate humans. When you meet one, keep an open mind." He looked into sunset. "I wouldn't want nothing more than the hatred between humans and fishmen disappear."
"Then I will do it." He turned to watch Naruto who smirked up to him. "I will make hatred disappear!"
Tiger laughed. "That's my boy." He ruffled his hair. "I'll be counting on you then."
"Fine." He took Luffys hand and he pulled him up. "I will be your nakama, Monkey D. Luffy and Ronoroa Zoro. My name is Uzumaki Naruto." He smiled. "Yoroshiku."
And that's how Naruto became part of the crew. Then we would enter the scene where he would be astounded that they were heading to the sea with rowing boat. But he is a fish, so he swam.
On another rowing boat, the new crew were enjoying their time. Luffy was looking at his hat and reminiscing. Zoro was sleeping and Naruto was sitting under his umbrella. His body was still badly wounded so he couldn't do much more, but he enjoyed it. He also used water from the ocean to cool himself every once in a while.
"You're getting our boat full of water!" Luffy complained when he did it again.
"I can't help it." He said back and cupped more water on him. "I've missed salt water. Back there, all I could get my hands was sweet water from a lake I lived in. But I'm a fishman. We are natives to ocean meaning nothing beats a good old fashion salt water." He dipped his head into the ocean and waved his hair around. "This is so cool!"
"Stop that!" Zoro screamed. "You're getting water on me!"
Okay, then we would enter the Buggy Island or whatever its name was. Luffy met Nami while Naruto (all caped up like a mystery man) and Zoro entered through coast. They would seek out their lost captain crumbling.
"Where the hell is that guy?" Naruto asked as they looked around the port of the town they were in.
"How should I know?" Zoro snapped back. "Anyway, you look there and I will look here." They took their different paths. Zoro was the lucky one, he ended up finding Luffy in a cage. Buggy challenged him into a fight, and they learned the terror Bara bara fruit.
Meanwhile Naruto was making new friends with a dog name Zuzu. He had beaten some Buggys henchmen while wandering around, but now he wanted to make new friend. "Shake." He said and offered his hand.
Dog bit his hand.
There was a quiet moment. "I'm going to kill you and then eat what remains." He said quietly.
But he didn't have a time when he heard people coming closer. "Zoro? Luffy? What the hell happened to you?"
"S-stay out of my business…" Zoro with a serious wound to his chest complained. What made it more weird was… he was carrying Luffy… who was in a birdcage. "Do you… know anything about irony?"
"S-shut up!" Zoro said forcefully before collapsing in his feet.
"Are you these guys friend?" He turned his head to face the owner of the voice and his eyes shot wide behind his goggles. "Are you?" Cat burglar Nami asked with her arms crossed.
"Yeah!" Luffy answered in his behalf. "This Naruto! He is-"
"Part of this crew, yes I am." Naruto answered quickly, before he could say anything about him. He remembered Nami from his days on Arlong Park. True, they hadn't exactly changed pleasantries when they passed each other in hallway, but he knew her well enough to know her being part of anikis crew. Her Arlong Pirates tattoo was peeking from her shoulder, even if just a little. Same tattoo which he had in the back of his other hand.
He didn't want her to know, who he was. Not before he knew what she was doing here and what was her true relation with his aniki. But, he believed he knew what Nami really thought of fishmen. For now, he would hide beneath his cloaks and keep others from spilling his secret.
"Creepy." She said suddenly and looked away and turned towards Luffy who was playing with Zuzu. "Here, the key to the cage. You should get away from here while you still can."
"Thanks!" Luffy yelled. "Aren't you gonna be our navigator? C'mon, please!" He whined.
"Don't screw with me! I don't group up with pirates!" She snapped back when Zuzu suddenly ate the key.
"T-the key?" Zoro whimpered desperately and reached for his sword. "I will cut that stomach open and take the key myself!"
"Don't even joke like that!" Nami screamed and kicked him into head. Naruto just slapped his face. This was getting them nowhere.
At that point, the mayor appeared screaming and annoying making things even more complicated. They put Zoro into bed of a house and Naruto stayed to watch over him. Or rather, stay away from Nami and that annoying mayor.
While he sat there, he reminisced his days in Arlong Park. Back then, he had been an angry child, blaming the world for his parent's deaths. He remembered when his aniki had promised that they would subdue the humanity under their rule, he had been excited. Naruto touched his left hand, the place where he had this sun tattoo. It wasn't always a sun… but a Hoof of Soaring Dragon. He had born in slavery and nightmares of those hellish days hunted him once in a while.
After his parents death, especially after his mothers brutal death right in front of him, Naruto had been full anger and hatred. Those long months before Arlong-aniki came and rescued him had been filled with running, fighting and surviving. Then, when he came part of their crew, he proudly took the new tattoo on to the back of his hand.
When they had arrived on that Konomi Island, he had been walking among his friends and family to press their hatred on them. And it had felt good to beat the crap out of those people that day. Those who had stood against them and believed that normal humans could just stand up to fishmen? This train of thought had brought him to events when he first saw Nami. It was when they had found out that there were some people still living there. They had gone there to demand the fee to survive.
When she couldn't cough up the money, Naruto had witnessed how he had pulled the trigger like nothing. Right front of her two adopted daughters.
Naruto stood next to Arlong when the pinwheel-ossan was cut down by Kuroobi-ani. He hadn't even flinched even though he might have gotten few hits himself, if the rayfishman hadn't intervened. He turned his head slowly sideways when people from village became charging at them. "Eeh… They've become quite bloodthirsty " Arlong sighed when he noticed Naruto moving. "Itching to get some actions, huh?" He snickered as Naruto stepped between charging villagers and his crew. Arlong looked at other members. "Let him deal with those humans!" He and fishmen laughed excitedly. Then he turned towards Naruto. "Don't kill them." He said. "Just show them what we're made of. Can you do that?"
"If I must, Aniki." He muttered darkly.
"Should I assist him?" Kuurobi asked quietly.
Arlong made a quick assessment and brushed his hand. "Nah. Let the kid have his fun." Then he flashed a feral smirk. "It will help these people to see how weak they really are!"
Villagers charged forward, when this kid stepped front of them. They didn't care it was a kid. it was a fishman and so, he was enemy! But then the kid with the umbrella pulled his hand weirdly and the umbrella retracted.
Naruto, whose skin was burning under the sun, pulled twirled the umbrella in his hands and raised it over his head. Then, just like his mother taught him… mother… thought filled his heart with anger and hatred! Hatred for humans who killed her! Humans like the ones standing before him! He leaped forward and swung his umbrella.
Arlong and his pirates watched proudly when son of their beloved late captain was practically destroying humans. The boy was channeling all his hatred of life to his hand and weapon and used it to destroy them.
Even Nami, Nojiko and their mother witnessed the power of this child who singlehandedly defeated every one of their village. At one point, an adult fishman had to step forward to hold him back or the kid would kill them. "See that' humans!" Arlong raised his arms and laughed. "Even this little child is stronger than you! You, lowly humans, can't even compare to us! So, you will pay, or you will die." He turned around and pulled his pistol. "Like this woman. Thank you for giving us an example."
Bell-mere pushed her daughters aside.
"For the sake of your pathetic love."He pointed his pistol at her.
Naruto, bruised and spent, stepped next to him, under his umbrella. For one tenth of a second their eyes met, Bel-mere felt enormous emptiness in his eyes. Like there was nothing but hatred in that child's heart. She just wished her daughters would avoid such fate. "Nojiko! Nami!" She looked at the daughters, crying in the doorframe. "I love you."
Arlong pulled the trigger.
Girls were crying.
People had lost.
"See Naruto, this is how you will control humans." Arlong had said as he tucked the pistol back into his sash. "With fear and logic. Make them fear you, and then make them pay you." He laughed loudly so the whole island seemed to echo with his voice. "SHAAHAHAHA! During my reign, people who don't have money, will die! Do you inferiors understand?" They walked away, laughing and proud of what they had done that day.
Naruto had stayed behind for a moment, looking at the bodies of withering humans. Body of that former marine soldier. And daughters who were crying in the doorframe. "MOSNTER! ! !" One with orange hair screamed at him. "GIVE US BACK BELL-MERE-SAN! ! !"
"Lowly humans." He said back uncaringly and walked after his crew.
The time he had spent in Arlong Park he had spent training and hating humans. There, the child fishman quickly gained nickname 'Monster' which was kind of fun, thinking, he had the same nickname at the Island he spent the later years. Perhaps he was a monster.
"I just hoped that we wouldn't have to face them." He said quietly to himself. He didn't want to face his aniki if he could avoid it. He looked at snoring Zoro and thought how the two meatheads had saved him. Look at that, son of Tiger Fisher, Uzumaki 'Monster' Naruto was part nakama with humans.
"Would father be proud of me? He couldn't forgive them… but he did say he wan-"
His thoughts were interrupted by a powerful bang that came through the air and blasted in his ear and next thing he knew, the whole building was coming down on him. He dived in, to protect Zoro who was still sleeping, only to be hit by a falling timber right on his head. The next thing he knew, was swimming in Ryuguu palace, right into bosom of Mermaid Princess…
"Zoro! Naruto!" Luffty screamed when the big blast came through the village and destroyed the building. "They were inside!"
"A-are they dead?" Nami whispered and then Zoro stood up over the rubble and looked around, tired, carrying Narutos body.
"Zoro! Naruto!" Luffy laughed relieved. "You guys are okay?"
Swordsman didn't answer, just carried Narutos body with him. "I found this guy sleeping over me. What a careless guy. He could have died when that building crashed."
"Really? What an interesting guy!" Luffy laughed when he slapped at Narutos unconscious face. Only Nami noticed that his eyes were open and turned. And that big red bump in the middle of his forehead revealed a lot too.
"Anyway," Zoro dumped his friend on the ground roughly and Nami was sure there was some bone cracking.
"Careful!" She yelled. "He is your friend right?"
"He shouldn't have slept like that." Man said bluntly.
"LIKE YOUR ONE TO TALK! ! !" She screamed from top of her lungs.
At that point, Mayor would do his running with the Buggys which followed the scene where Luffy sent his Buggy-ball flying back at him. This rubble brought Naruto back. He stumbled on the scene where Zoro defeated Caboji, the unicycle swordsman. Luffy would fight with Buggy and Naruto would follow from sidelines. Then, they would follow, one more crew member.
Back on the sea, Naruto wanted nothing more than to dip his head into ocean, but now, with Nami sailing with her boat next to theirs, he didn't dare.
"A new ship?" He leaned on the new conversation. "What's wrong with this one?"
"This is a row boat!" Nami screamed from top of her lungs. Finally gotten two of the tree idiots to understand the necessity to get a new ship, she didn't want to repeat her arguments. "Shut up or you get to swim!"
"I wish I could." He muttered sadly and looked down at the waves.
Nami noticed his weird way of saying things. "I've been wondering, why do you wear so heavy clothes? What are you hiding?"
"My skin is sensitive to sun." He answered truthfully. "Do you have any more tattoos on you?"
She noticed that her hated tattoo of a sawshark was peeking beneath her sleeve and she quickly hid it best she could. "No!" She snapped angrily and walked to face opposite side of the boat, looking away from them.
Then we would enter Usopps village and deal with that black cat guy. This time, Naruto healed, would participate in a fight, dealing some OC or Naruto character I bring in to face him. Or something like that anyway. Finally, they would get a ship, Going Merry.
"A great ship!" Luffy yelled as he sat on top of the ships head. Everyone had found their places. Nami was guiding it, Zoro sleeping in the crow's nest, Usopp boasting where he had the space and Naruto sitting in the rear of the ship, his legs hanging over the waves. He really wanted to get rid of these clothes and go for a swim! He really, really, wanted to do that. But he couldn't do that. Not yet. He wasn't sure why, but he didn't.
He stepped into cabin and closed the door behind him and made sure to lock it. He then, removed his jackets, shirt and mask to check on his wounds. He had sustained some minor injuries during the confrontation with those cat pirates, but he was already healed for most part. Little over a week and he would be at full-strength.
"Gyojin Karate: Hyakumaigawara Seiken!" He punched the air and was pleased with the effects when he blew out a candle he had used to light the room. He wondered, if anyone had gotten any stronger like he had over the years? He was about to repeat the punch when he heard cannon fire upstairs. "What are those idiots doing now?" He wondered and changed his bandages, dressed and stepped on deck.
"Yo! Naruto!" Luffy yelled excitedly. "We're practicing with cannon! And I just made a decision! Usopp is our sniper!" Ignoring longnoses objections he began listing his crewmembers. "Zoro is a swordsman, Nami is navigator and Usopp is sniper and you are our monster!"
"Monster?" Usopp screamed. "That guy is an actual monster?"
"That's what people on his island called him!" Luffy explained. "Isn't it great? A real monster in our crew? !"
"I have other qualities than that!" Naruto screamed angrily.
"Yes, you know how to split rocks with your bare hands." Zoro listed the only thing he cared about.
"Really?" Usopp screamed again. "I just thought he was some ninja or something because of the way he dressed?"
"That's it!" Luffy yelled excited. "I'm captain, Zoro is our swordsman, Usopp sniper, Nami our navigator and Naruto is our monster ninja!"
"Drop the monster please!" He screamed and pulled his kunai. "I'm going to butcher you!"
This started a humorous game of tag which ended when Nami demanded the whole crew inside to rant on something… that completely passed Naruto. Something too technical for him to care. Right then, some people started rampaging on their ship, couple who turned out to be Zoros friends.
And we enter Baratie arc and get Sanji onboard. Again, Naruto isn't in much of a role here. I was thinking making him go angry like Luffy when Hawkeyes cut Zoro and leap out of water while holding his umbrella like a maze, only to be sidestepped like Luffy. While others would go after Nami who had taken the ship, he would stay behind with Luffy, making sure he didn't kill himself and would help to beat those Don Kriegs remnants. That wouldn't be much of a fight when he would simply beat the shit out of that Pearl guy without much effort, using move he learned from Jinbe. Gyojin Karate: Karakusagawara Seiken! That scene would go like this.
"You think you can beat me, weirdo?" Pearl asked from Naruto who was standing there, putting his umbrella down. "Or are you giving up already? I'm the great-"
Naruto didn't care about him or his rant. Just stepped front of him and took a deep breath. He had been training this move for a long time, and this was a perfect chance to practice it. He raised his hand and took his stance, just like Jinbe-aniki had done all those years ago.
"What?" Sanji screamed. "He tries to beat that armor with his bare hands? Is he crazy?"
Luffy just followed from the sidelines how his monster shinobi would do in such situation. Would he use that swirly ball thingy that had broken through rocks back on Usopps hometown?
"You want to try to beat my armor? Sure. Give it a try." Pearl laughed loudly and other pirates joined in ridiculing him.
But Naruto didn't hear any of that. He had closed his eyes and ears and even his heart from everything. All he had was going into this punch. One more deep breath. He began with a whisper: "Gyojin Karate:" Then he yelled. "Karakusagawara Seiken!" He brought his fist forward with incredible speed that even Pearl stopped for a moment, but then the fist came to a halt before every hitting his plating. There was silent moment. No one really understood why, but Naruto was still holding his form.
"D-did you forget your reach?" Pearl tried to act humorous, but something was definitely wrong. He could feel it in his guts. Then, the guy opened his eyes behind his goggles.
"I suppose it's not strong enough yet." He answered disappointed.
Right then, everyone went silent because Pearl was sent flying, his armor shattered, eyes turned and coughing blood.
"A-a-a-awesome!" Luffy was screaming, stars in his eyes. "See that! That's our crews shinobi monster!"
"Stop calling me that!" Naruto screamed at him.
After that, we would finally enter Arlong arc. Sanji now part of the crew with Yosaku as their guide, they would head towards Arlong Park. Naruto would be very anxious as it meant facing his brethren and everyone he used to torment for kicks. So, that brought me to this scene, they were on a boat, heading towards the island. Sanji would be with Yosaku inside the small boat, leaving Naruto and Luffy outside for a moment.
"Luffy, can I speak with you for a moment?"
"What is it?" Luffy asked interested. "Do you want to talk about your nickname? I too, 'monster' is cool, but it lacks something. That awesome move you made really made me think!"
"That's what I wanted to talk about." Naruto stopped him before he got serious. "Luffy, you never asked about my past."
"How I got to that island… or what I did before that island?"
"Ooh that." He smiled widely. "Naruto, you're a great guy. Things like that don't matter. You are my nakama. That's all."
"But…" Naruto took a deep breath. "I have done some things in my life I'm not ashamed but not particularly proud either."
"Oh?" Luffy tilted his head. "But that doesn't change anything. I don't care about your past." He said with more force this time and then he huffed firmly.
"Well, if you can keep that attitude when we reach that island." Naruto whispered when Sanji and Yosaku appeared from inside. Luffy forgot that they ever talked about the moment food was brought to the table. Sanji put a plate front of him. "Here." He offered it and looked at Naruto. "Shouldn't you take that mask of at least? You can't eat like that!"
"My skin is very sensitive to the sun." He answered while taking the offered meat before it would mysteriously disappear. "Don't worry about me."
Somehow, he managed to eat without taking his mask off. After meal, Yosaku told about Arlong and Jinbe, or at least rumors around them. "They are fishmen!"
"Fishmen… do you know them then, Naruto?" Luffy asked while turning towards him. Sanji and Yosaku looked confused.
"Yes. I know them. Arlong… hates humans." He answered slowly. "After his original crew was disbanded, he has been devoting his life on proving their superiority against humans. He is frighteningly strong and brutal."
"You seem to know a lot about this guy?" Sanji muttered while holding his cigarette.
"We have met in the past." He avoided the question. "I would like to suggest that we should avoid him if possible."
"That's right!" Yosaku yelled. "He is bad news! We should just take Anikis and the ship and take our leave!"
Luffy of course was too preoccupied to be concerned about anything else but eating his seconds to notice. Sanji on the other hand kept looking at Naruto suspiciously.
Then we would land and meet with Nojiko. For the first time, Naruto would hear the story from other people's perspective. I don't know what he felt, not necessarily shame or pity but it did affect him a bit. Then, they would meet up with Luffy and start their rampage on the Arlong Park.
"Let's go!" Luffy commanded.
"Yeah!" Came the united response from his crew.
"Naruto, we are going to beat all of them!" He said with certainty.
Usopp and Sanji were confused of those words, but Zoro somewhat understood the meaning. Behind his goggles Narutos eyes had not doubt anymore. "Arlong stands between me and my dream. He will go down."
"Yosh!" Luffy nodded firmly.
They entered the Arlong Park, where Naruto first saw his friends and brethren and Arlong-aniki sitting there. Luffy opened the battle by sending him flying. "Don't make my navigator cry!" He screamed with a frightening face.
Sanji would enter next, sending bunch of small fry flying.
Usopp would be next and then Zoro and finally Naruto, who had tucked his umbrella away.
Luffy used Mohmoo defeating every underling in the Park, leaving only leaders left. After he was sent to ocean, Luffys friends faced their enemies.
"Luffy needs help!" Zoro yelled.
"I'm on it!" Naruto yelled and jumped into ocean before anyone could even stop him.
"Fool, fighting fishmen underwater!" A large fishman, he had small eyes, sharp jagged teeth. He had long hair that reached his back with some pinned at the top. He also had six stripes on his face. He was wearing a light jumpsuit. (A/N: Go Google, search Fuguki Suikazan from Naruto Wiki. He will serve for now). On his back we he was carrying a large blade. "I will deal with him.
He jumped into ocean after Naruto.
"Damn!" Sanji yelled and was about to jump help his nakama. "Wait, you bastard!"
"Halt!" Zoro yelled, stopping him. "You don't have to worry about him."
"What are you talking about? These are fishmen. Naruto is going to drown!" He yelled.
"T-that's right! And Luffy is down there too!" Usopp agreed.
"Don't worry about him, I said." Zoro muttered while biting his Meitou. "If anyone is going to be okay, it's him."
Right then, the fishman who went after Naruto was sent flying through the surface, landing on the wall of Arlong Park.
"What the hell?" Everyone screamed in shock, expect Zoro who smirked satisfied. It seemed they could count on him after all.
"A-arlong-san… it's… dangerous…" Fuguki let out before coughing out blood and passing out. Punch that had landed on his gut had been so surprising and powerful that completely broken through.
"Who the hell was that guy?" Arlong demanded with low voice. "What are you waiting for? Kill these fools!" He commanded and Hachi charged at Zoro, Chew rushed after Usopp and Kurobi started fighting with Sanji. Meanwhile Naruto carried Luffys body safely out of water and handed him over to Nojiko.
"I'm busy, so help him." He said simply and dived back in before anyone could ask anything. Nothing else to do, they started giving cpr.
Right when Sanji defeated Kurobi inside the pool he had slipped and fallen into, and made it back to the dry land, Naruto emerged from the waves, glaring through his goggles. "You guys okay? That was crazy! Fighting fishman underwater! Are you suicidal?"
"Look whose talking." Sanji whispered between his gasps for air. "Watch out!" He yelled and pushed Naruto aside before Arlong could take a bite out of him. Instead, his teeth scraped Sanjis shoulder.
Naruto fell back into the pool, but quickly leaped back shore. "I really can't fight with this on." He whispered, looking at Zoro and Sanji who were at Arlongs feet. "Those are my nakama you're standing on." He said with dangerous voice. "Would you mind stepping away?"
"Why don't you make me?" Arlong gave a feral smirk.
Naruto watched at his nakama, people at the gate. Nami was with them, with Luffys hat. He supposed, there was no point hiding it anymore.
"I would lie, if I said I wouldn't have wanted to defeat you for a long time." He said slowly.
"Oh… but first I need to kill these things so you can have my full attention." He prepared to bring his fist down when something scraped his skin.
"HE SHOT WATER OUT OF HIS HAND! ! !" Yosaku and Johnny yelled excited.
"That was… Uchimizu!" Arlong recognized the technique and turned to face Naruto who had removed his glove. Sun tattoo was visible to everyone. And so was web between his fingers. "It can't be, Naruto?"
"It has really been long time, Aniki." Naruto removed the other glove, revealing his Arlong Pirates tattoo and then his mask.
He heard gasps from all around him when he revealed his face.
"So he really was a fishman…" Sanji whispered. "I was suspicious of it."
Naruto threw his clothes away, walking topless and taking his umbrella into his hands. "Step away from those humans, they are my nakama."
"N-naruto!" Nami screamed. "You were a fishman? All this time?"
"Of course. It's not something that happens over night." He answered simply. "I'm sorry for not telling, but I had to know, what your true relation with my anikis crew was."
He flipped his umbrella open and covered himself, slowly making his way to his aniki. While he was walking, people started recognizing him. "It's the monster child!" Naruto ignored their yells and moved front of Arlong. "Sanji, take that useless swordsman and have him stitched before he bleeds to death."
"Can you take this guy?" He asked between breaths.
"Without breaking a sweat." He answered, hoping that he sounded more confident than he actually was. His arm was going numb and it was harder for him to stand up. He could feel the slight scrape in his arm. That Fuguki bastard, his poisonous teeth had to graze him before he sent him flying. "Luffy should be up soon. I suppose I should let captain take care of the big boss himself." He muttered while standing before Arlong.
"Don't get killed, or I will cook you myself." Sanji muttered back while carrying Zoro. The wound on his chest had been ripped open and it was already a miracle he hadn't died yet.
"You shouldn't do that. I taste bad." He muttered while raising his umbrella. "Ready, aniki?"
"I don't know if I should be more angry of what you have done or disgusted with the idea of you worrying over some humans." He said angry. "When you left years ago on your journey, I didn't stop you because I thought you were like your father. Now, here I see you fighting me, your sworn brother because of some filthy humans!" He punched him quickly but Naruto raised his hand and blocked it. Sheer power sent him backwards. He had to struggle to stay up, but he did. "You did well, blocking that punch." He tightened his fist. "Naruto, it's not too late. Why do you fight against me, not with me like we used to? Like I fought with your father and mother all those years ago?" He narrowed his eyes. "You haven't forgot that, have you? The tragedy that has followed your life?"
Meanwhile, people of Cocoyasi village were talking, and not too quietly. "Why is Monster fighting with those pirates? What happened? Is it a powers struggle? Is monster using pirates to take over?" Same kind of muttering followed all the way until someone yelled: "Get lost you monster! We don't want your help!" And soon the whole group was screaming in similar manner.
"Noisy." Zoro muttered while leaning against the wall. Slowly, his fingers reached for his sword.
"See that?" Arlong asked. "You even try to help them, but those inferior beings fear you too much to realize it themselves! We should just join hands and butcher them!"
"It's true, that they hate me or don't trust me." He said quietly. He looked over his shoulder and his blue eyes found Nami, who hadn't said anything. She was standing there, confusion in her eyes. "I don't regret anything I have done over these past years!" His voice echoed through the Park like a thunder and everyone were silent. "Nor do I feel shame, or even sorry towards anything I have done, or anyone of your crew or any of my people for that matter!"
On other side of the wall, Luffys eyes were open.
"Did you hear that? He is practically bragging! Terrible! Go away, monster!"
"Zehahahaha! That's right, fear him, you humans, future of East Blue is in him!"
"BUT! ! !" Naruto yelled suddenly. "That doesn't mean, I am not going to challenge you here, today!"
"What?" Arlong asked. People hadn't quieted, if anything, they were even more angry with him. "What are you talking about? Have you forgotten your parents!" He yelled angrily. "Your father, hero of our people was betrayed by humans! Killed by humans! BECAUSE HE WAS A FISHMAN! ! !" Then he suddenly grinned angrily. "Nami, you should feel common with him, Naruto here too saw his mother being killed front of him! Expect with her, it wasn't a choice!" He yelled.
"What?" Nami asked confused.
"He didn't tell you? To his nakama? How Naruto and his mother used to run from place to place, being chased by Marines and bounty hunters! When they finally caught him, they butchered her! Her body being mutilated even after she was dead! Right front of her son. You remember, Naruto, when your mother hid you away, so they wouldn't catch you too! She wanted only to travel the world with her son and she was treated like a monster! She was killed, right front of you, her body being hacked time after time, right front of you! That's what you told me!"
Nami covered her mouth, remembering her own life and her own nightmare.
Nightmares of his past came to hunt Naruto. His father dying! His mother being killed!
And all this time, people in Cocoyasi village were screaming like crazy, not caring what they had heard. All they saw was a monster! Then, by accident, Narutos eyes caught a sight of some small brat who had followed her parents to fight. His angry eyes and screams caught his eyes.
"SO WHAT DO YOU FIGHT THESE PATHETIC HUMANS FOR? ! ? !"
"Don't pass hatred to our children!" A voice screamed in his head.
"There are countless kindhearted humans out there in this world! ! I understand that!" Another voice yelled with its last breath.
"It's a circle of hatred." A man with a smile said. "So I will let you to find an answer how to end it."
"Ossu!" Naruto said himself.
"Become my nakama!" Last and final voice yelled.
"I fight, for my dream." He raised his umbrella one more time and took a step forward. "For the dream of my father, my teacher and my queen!"
"Queen? You don't mean-" Arlong yelled.
"It's true that I'm a fishman and they are human. It's true that there is incredible amount of hatred between us. After all, there are some real assholes on both sides. There is no denying that!" He smiled. "But there are some kind hearted humans out there." Behind him, Zoro slammed his katana to the ground, hard while Sanji kicked the earth making a bang at the same time, when Usopp fired his cherry bomb, and Luffy screamed: "SHUT UP! ! ! Don't call my nakama a monster!" He yelled to the stunned villagers and walked past them to the Arlong Park. He passed Nami and smiled confidently. "I will beat the crap out of him, okay?"
"O-okay…" Nami whispered stun as well.
"Kind hearted humans?" Arlong asked ridiculously. "They are inferior to us in every way!"
"Aniki! It doesn't matter what they are, but who they are!" He smiled. "I'm going to destroy this circle of hatred between us and complete dreams that were trusted on me!"
"You fool." Arlong raised his hand, this time seriously. "I allowed you to talk, because I thought I could convince you, but now that I see it's futile, I'm going to beat to the ground! And you can't defend anymore in your current state! Don't think, I haven't realized it yet, poison running through your veins is slowly killing you. So, last chance, come to my side and I will give you antidote or die!"
Naruto took a deep breath and turned towards Luffy who was waiting for his turn. "Sorry, Luffy."
He tilted his head.
"I really wanted to get on an adventure with you guys, but I'm going to die here."
Luffys eyes darkened. "I don't plan on letting any of my nakama dying on me!"
"CONSIDER THIS A MERCYFUL DEATH! NARUTO!" Arlong brought his hand down and Narutos eyes couldn't even recognize it. He was prepared to die, when something wrapped around his neck and then he felt like strangled and then everything went black.
"YOU IDIOT! ! !" Strawhats screamed. Luffy had saved Naruto, but by slamming him to the wall so hard that he had lost consciousness.
"Hang in there, Naruto!" Sanji hurried to his friend. "Oy! Doctor! Help him!"
Doctor, who hated fishmen much as everyone else, but he couldn't just let a person die front of him. So he hurried forward, and blung his hands into boy. "He has gotten some dangerous poison on his body!" He explained. "If we don't get antidote soon, he will die!"
At the same time, Nami started running towards the Arlong Park. She knew where the antidote was.
"Hang in there, you fish!" Sanji cursed and watched the fight between captains. It appeared, that Arlong had seen Nami going inside, and tried to follow her, but Luffy kept him from doing so.
"You made my navigator cry!" He punched him into gut with rage. "You poisoned my ninja! I will not forgive you!"
At some point, Naruto managed to fight back into consciousness. Just in time to see doctor administer the antidote. "What…"
"Stay still. I don't want to send Nami back for more." Doctor said harshly.
"Nami… for more?" He asked and looked at the girl who was kneeling over him, but looking at the fight. "How strange… really."
Then Arlong Park came down. Arlong was defeated. By the time everyone were celebrating, Naruto was already walking. Of course, he couldn't really get with the mood.
"But seriously surprising. Why didn't you tell us, that you were a fishman?" Usopp asked.
"I don't know. Seemed like a good idea at the time." He answered and covered himself with his umbrella. "But my skin is really sensitive to the sun."
They enjoyed their time laughing until they were invited to the party to the Cocoyasi village. Others, expect Naruto went. "You're not coming?" Luffy asked, drooling of expectations of food.
"I don't want to bring others down by my presence." He laughed. "I'll just sleep at Merry. Don't worry about me."
Others left, leaving Naruto alone. He stood by Arlong Park with, imagining all the good times he had there. Then, he left.
On his way to the ship, he passed a grave. He remembered that this was Namis mothers grave. "Well, I'm here… Peace for your soul." He whispered solemnly and continued his walk. "I will not apologize what has happened in the name of hatred between our two races. Instead I will try to make up for everything by bringing it to the end."
Okay, I didn't want to do that big 'Naruto Arlong fight' that was expected, because I just didn't see it. I think it was more important that they talked rather than fought. Luffy deserves this fight. And this way, the feelings of the crew came clear, right?
Okay, they would leave for the Grand Line. Luffy would gain a bounty and half of me would like to give Naruto one too but for now, let's not. They would enter that island before Grand Line where Smoker is. During the execution scene, Naruto would use his ninja tools to open road towards Luffy with others.
I could write all year, but that would kill the purpose of One-shot. Real one would have more fights, and fillers and all that. This is just a general plot what I would try. But because I REALLY REALLY REALLY DO NOT want to begin another fic when my others are lacking, I let these here. Perhaps one day… who knows.
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