2020 update. Updating because after many requests I decided to upload a sequel. This is an edited version with some quality of life tweaks and changes.
Almost all my fics are connected, even if I wrote them in different order
2013 original author's note
Hello Everyone, this time I bring you all a different type of fic. Rest assured that I'm ahead on chapters and it will be updating regularly. Also, I swear this is not a Mary Sue kind of fic.
This fic is set in possible future, since we have no idea how One Piece is going to end, let's just all assume Luffy becomes Pirate King and then keeps on sailing with the rest of the crew to complete everyone's dreams. Obviously we could have new crewmates in the future but I'm sticking with the guys we have and adore now. As I write this, I'm in punk hazard arc.
The Wind of Change
The pirate era had changed and nothing was quite the same anymore, impressive changes had taken place in the world in a relatively short period of time following a clash between rebels, pirates, and the Marines.
The Celestial Dragons had been uncovered by what they really were and dethroned from their privileged place in society, the revolutionaries had achieved their goal, and a new global regime was taking order. After so many changes, so much war, destruction and loss - on all sides - a new world order was born… the Republic of the United Countries was slowly but successfully regaining trust and confidence on its citizens and member governments.
A new fleet Admiral was in charge, and all over the world people hoped that under the watchful eye of the lazy but just Aokiji a new kind of justice and world peace could be achieved.
In the pirate world, things had changed dramatically as well, many were claiming it was for the worse, and others said that things were better, but the fact was that things were quite different, the order had changed.
Pirates still roamed the seas… new emperors had arisen, and a new generation of rookies fought for a spot at the top, everyone dreaming of getting the chance to beat and challenge the new Pirate King.
Gone were the days where pirates were searching for the legendary treasure of the One Piece on the mystic island of Raftel, now, the vast majority of rookies were trying to find the new Pirate King and his infamous crew.
It was rumored that Monkey D. Luffy would reveal the location of Raftel, its grand treasure and the secret of the legendary weapons to anyone who could achieve the incredible feat of beating him in combat and defeating his crew. Whether this was true or not, nobody knew, since the new pirate King never denied nor confirmed the rumors.
One thing was for certain, lack of certainty never stopped a few fools from trying, and even if the rumors proved to be false, in the end, the mere prowess of defeating the pirate king and looting his famed ship would be a memorable feat in itself. A one-way ticket to fame and fortune.
Out of all the new generation of pirates, one of the most notorious was a man of the West Blue called Kazé, adventurer, handsome and especially powerful. The captain of the Wind Pirates was gaining fame and reputation each passing day.
The world had been in an uproar when the Straw Hat crew managed to conquer the grand line, newspapers with dramatic heading about the world having a new pirate king told the story of the Strawhat crew, that one day they were sailing in the confines of the New World and the next people knew about them, they appeared on the other side of the Red Line, over the East Blue.
Being that no one knew the exact route the new pirate king was following, or his intentions, there were only rumors in this regard; the most popular of them was that the pirate King simply wanted to conquer all the seas, since he had already conquered the Grand Line.
So far only a crew was close enough to track the whereabouts of the pirate King and were practically on their heels, the most difficult challenge so far had been following the Straw Hats across the Calm Belt on their route to the South Blue sea.
The lack of wind was not a problem because Kazé was a user of a Logia's Devil's fruit… a fruit that gave him a very interesting advantage both in combat and navigation.
Obviously the ability to thrust their well-crafted ship was important, and while the crew of the pirates of the Wind was composed of powerful warriors they were unable to do almost anything when a giant sea King attacked them.
After a hard struggle they managed to flee, not without receiving severe damage in their main mast, being practically left adrift. Later, after several hours floating at the mercy of the currents a cry of joy went out the watchtower.
"Captain! Captain! There is a Ship at sight sixty degrees to port ", the young Cabin Boy shouted in glee.
Excited, their captain ran toward the direction indicated and one of his crew members gave him a spyglass, a wild, rebel smile rose up to his eyes when he spotted the flag that he had craved to see for a long time.
"Send a distress signal!", he ordered with a commanding voice. Immediately, they shot a flare that broke out strong with a splash of red color in the broad sky of the afternoon.
They didn't have to wait very long for the other pirate ship to change course over their direction. Kazé felt his hands tremble in anticipation while he stood there gripping the railing so hard his knuckles turned white. His brown hair fell in gentle waves to the base of his neck, his jaw set firm in determination. The captain's clothing was simple but elegant, a silky white shirt, with a brown vest and a thick black belt with gold buckle holding everything in its place, pants to the tone and some sturdy leather booths complemented the attire.
His height and pose spoke volumes about his strength, anyone could tell he was in charge of the situation; certainly at twenty-six years old and with some six years at sea he didn't lack combat experience.
A hand rested suddenly on his shoulder, Kaze's gaze fell towards his second in command, the other man was smiling knowingly. He was a young thief who had been the first to join Kazé's crew a few years ago, skillful with daggers and words, they had caused ruckus together since the day they met over at the West Blue several years ago.
The pirates of the wind were a mostly adventurous crew, and there was no record of attacks to civilians by this band of Pirates , of course that didn't stop them being chased by the New Marines.
"This is the moment that we were waiting for, captain", Loto smiled, the first officer, dressed in a shirt of dark red, a white sash and black pants, his hair was black and bushy almost covering the left eye. Kaze only nodded
When the pirate ship with a figurehead of a cheerful Lion was close enough Kaze spotted several figures observing them from the distance, his eyes scanned the other deck, but couldn't find at first glance who he was looking for with more eagerness.
Suddenly he saw a figure climbing the bow, a young man dressed in a simple red silk unbuttoned shirt, a gold sash and black short pants, and the characteristic straw hat, a jovial voice welcoming them in greeting.
"Oi! You guys need help? I can ask Franky to help you he is the best shipwright ever!", and thus, without much ceremony, Kazé met the man he had sought for a long time-
The crew of the Wind Pirates, with some thirty members (small for the normal standards of a pirate, but big compared to the Straw Hats) hovered cautiously behind his captain in total expectation.
Quickly the crew of the pirate King steered the Sunny besides the Zephyr, which had a figure head consisting of a half horse with gusts of wind coming around its torso, it was a sturdy ship with two masts and large cabins, built to be fast and just a little bit bigger than Sunny but the damage done by the Sea Kings was evident.
With the Ships already almost in parallel positions, Kazé and Loto were able to observe the crew that came to their aid with more detail, some faces smiling and friendly, others colder, cautious. Despite never having seen them in person, Kazé knew them all, he had studied them in detail and gathered all the information he could get about them, wanted posters, newspaper clippings, he even carried a log with annotations of sightings and all the rumors he could collect about them.
He knew almost in detail all their abilities, and he recognized each face immediately.
"Kazé Anemoi, notorious rookie raising with an impressive billion berry after that incident at Dawn City", - a deep female voice whispered behind him.
The wind pirates were startled and many jumped in fright when they saw the woman suddenly appear on their deck
Kaze was put on guard and turned over in a hurry. A beautiful middle-aged woman regarded him with cold blue eyes; she wore a beautiful summer dress with a floral pattern and rich gold jewelry.
Kaze smiled slightly, -"Nico Robin, I presume"
"You presume correctly, by order of our captain, Monkey D. Luffy we are answering to your distress call", she announced it in a tone of voice that never manifested hostility… nor a warm welcome.
Kaze lifted his hands defensively and smiled,
"And thank you for your quick response my lady, our intentions are entirely peaceful"-
A thing similar to a long arm clung to what was left of the main mast of the Zephyr, a figure propelled itself from the sunny, and moments later the pirate King landed as if nothing on their deck, adjusting his hat.
At twenty three years old his face was a little more mature and had changed compared to his first Wanted poster's photo, his jaw was stronger, his muscles toned and impressive showing below his shirt, eyes sharper and a little more mature, but his smile, bright and wide, was the same.
"Robiiiinnnn".he whined with a childish tingle in his voice, "Stop scaring enemies away, I haven't kicked some serious asses for a while. If they wanna fight all the better shishihihi", he said while hitting his palm with a fist.
Robin simply nodded and smiled gently. Kaze raised his hands in a friendly manner while his crew muttered behind them different comments of the kind: this guy is the pirate king? He doesn't seem so strong; our captain is stronger!:
Kaze just smiled widely
"We don't mean to fight! As you can see we suffered serious damage while passing through the Calm Belt, and although I have a couple of good shipwrights, we do not have the materials here to make such big repairs", he paused a moment and then inclined his head slightly towards Luffy in respect.
"It is an honor to meet you at least, Pirate King",
Loto, the second in command was gazing at the interaction with interest.
Robin noticed this and simply narrowed her eyes.
"Shishishi, that is not really necessary", Luffy said dismissing the formality, but anyone could tell he was enjoying the ass kissing big time.
"Oi Franky!" he shouted loudly, "I think this guys could use some help!",
"Right away Straw Hat"
The Cyborg quickly jumped over the deck of the Zephir and then he started to chat with the other crew's shipwrights, measuring the extent of the damages and making calculations about how much material would be needed for repairs.
"If there is something we can do to compen…", Kaze began
"Meat, got any?", Luffy interrupted bluntly
Kazé furrowed his brows and made eye contact with his second in command, who just shrugged his shoulders and commented
" I believe we have some in reserve, yes"
"And booze!" Zoro shouted from his place resting at the mast of the Sunny.
"Don't forget the booze" the greatest swordsman in the world was as always playing dumb but keeping a close eye out for his captain and crew.
Kazé and his second in command glanced at each other again and could only nod, they had no other choice.
"Great!" Luffy shouted in glee "It's a party then, bring some food over!", he unashamedly ordered the other man's crew. Kazé's men could only nod in agreement, there was something in Luffy that willed them to obey.
"Sanji will cook a feast too!" he added later.
The Wind pirates didn't know exactly how but within minutes their ship was totally invaded by the other crew and things had turned into a party.
There was this strange skeleton man playing the guitar and singing, and the Pirate King was already dancing the can-can with a strange raccoon-like creature, a long-nosed freak, and half the Wind Pirate's own crew.
Kazé heard a feminine laugh close by and turned towards Sunny his gaze fell on a beautiful woman with hair like a sunset, rumor had she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, rumors were right. The weather witch, some people called her, but most knew her as Cat Thief Nami, the bright Navigator that had led the second Pirate King's ship to the end of the world and back safely.
Kazé swallowed a lump and unconsciously brushed his hair with his fingers, he's had his moments as lady's man in the past, but he wasn't a creep or a pervert like certain cook. He couldn't help himself and soon was floating towards Nami in a half logia state, appearing in front of her in the blink of an eye without actually boarding the thousand Sunny.
"I don't believe I have the honor", he said, making a small reverence.
Zoro was still played dumb laying there with his arms behind the head leaning on Sunny's main mast, but of course, his senses where set on this stranger; he couldn't detect any ill will at the moment. Obviously neither had the love Cook or his Captain for that matter.
Nami was surprised at first but then her face took a bored expression, it was always like this, men wanting to hit on her with cheese pickup lines. She knew about those perfect gentlemanly smiles his suitors always wore but Nami was sure all the love she needed was under lock on Sunny's vault, were gold practically overflowed the storages and were sometimes she liked to just go and lay there among her gold, just counting it was a pleasurable experience for her.
She wore so much gold on her person that it threatened to overshadow her natural beauty. Today she had chosen a thick gold necklace, a long pearl necklace, several gold bracelets in different widths and several rings and on her ears dangled two gold earrings in the shape of tears. For clothing, she had chosen a red skirt and a white frilly silk blouse with a cut so low it almost didn't leave anything to imagination.
She glanced at the other pirate captain with contempt, "I was wondering how you guys had managed to pass over the Calm Belt, but seeing your display, I've got an idea now".
"Yeah" Kazé smiled and continued, "I think I overdid it a little while trying to escape from those giant Sea Kings and ended up breaking our mainmast. If you know what I mean, those creatures were huge".
Nami's contempt was only made bigger by the weak attempt at conversation the other man was trying to make, raising her nose with a hand on her hip, she said
"I don't know what you mean, you know, Sea Kings don't dare attack the Pirate King".
Zoro chuckled at that but otherwise didn't move or open his eye.
Kazé just smiled, "I wouldn't expect less from the man regarded as the King of the Seas. I hope someday I can get to be as strong".
It certainly wasn't the kind of answer Nami expected, usually, rookies were just full of themselves, she couldn't help her smile.
"Well, you will have to work very hard for that, I assure you", she attempted to sound cold and detached like before, but the harshness no longer reached her eyes.
Over at the other ship, Luffy shouted at them, "Hey everyone, come over here already, these guys have a lot of food, shishishishi!", of course, he was already munching a piece of meat on the bone.
"Nami sis, I need you over here too", Franky called over.
Nami nodded and pulled out her clima tact, and with a swift movement climbed on it like a witch climbing her broom, she flew over the other ship.
When Kazé noticed the ability to control the air pressure around her a strong feeling of anticipation cursed over his body. Beautiful, powerful, she manipulated wind. His interest had peaked a hundred percent.
Smiling, he turned into his element and floated over the other ship behind her, things were far more interesting than he had anticipated.
To be continued…
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