''Bring the next one in!'' a man, around his early 30 said. He had shoulder length chocolate brownhair and dark black eyes.
''Right away!'' another man said and walked towards a cell. Apparently, they were somewhere very low, where light couldn't reach. Not a single Sunray was seen and everything would have been pitch black if it wasn't for some candles, that lit the room up slightly.
The man unlocked the cell door and started walking towards a dark silhouette. A girl opened 1 of her icy blue eyes and closed it back immediately, because she didn't want to look at 1 of those 'hot-headed idiots' as she was calling them in secret. The man grabbed the blue-eyed girl under her shoulder, making her get up. He roughly dragged her into the illuminated part of the room, making her groan under her breath. Even though she was badly injured already, he just had to make it worse didn't he? The girl had cuts and bruises covering every part of her skin, dirt was all over her clothes. Her crimson red hair, pulled back by a sea blue rubber band shimmered in the light and danced with every forced step that she took.
'Can't he be a little more gentle? Jeez...' she thought to herself and growled under her breath.
''Can't you be a little more gentle?'' she voiced her thoughts bluntly and the man turned his head to face her, a scowl visible on his face.
''Why don't you just shut up girly?'' he growled a response and focused back ahead of himself.
''Rude bastard...'' Valentina mumbled under her breath and sighed dramatically.
''What'cha sighing for back there?'' the 'rude bastard' growled, not facing her. Valentina just shrugged her shoulders and grinned.
''It doesn't concern you in the slightest, does it?'' she said to him mockily and chuckled when the man growled again.
'Jeez, what's with this guy and growling?' Valentina sweat dropped at the thought but didn't say anything for the rest of the way. Suddenly,light filled her vision and she shotted her eyes tight. When she opened them again, she found herself being pushed on a big stage.
'What the...' she thought as she saw an older man, around 50 years old on the stage holding a microphone.
''Where are we, on a concert? Because if we are, then I don't wantto behere with an unpopular superstar!'' Valentina said jokingly and pouted. The whole room went quiet, everyone's jaws slightly dropped. The old man was the first to recover.
''No you aren't on a concert you! You're in the human auction hall! Now, be quiet!" he yelled at Valentina, who only smirked in response.
'He expects me to be quiet when I'm about to besold as a slave? This guy's weird!' Valentina chuckled at the thought but remained quiet.
''Anyways, this young woman here is Valentina D. White! She loves cleaning and washing! She's also really strong-!''
Before the old man could finish his sentence, Valentina busted out laughing. Everyone looked at her, some confused, some angry.
''Who told youthatcrappy information?!'' she said between laughs.
''It should have went like this: She hates cleaning and hates washing! But the part of me being strong is true, though!'' she corrected the man and chuckled.
''Why you little!'' he screamed, steam coming from his ears, that's how pissed off he was.
''What? I was just telling the truth old man.'' Valentina said in amusement and smirked again when the man growled.
''You should have kept your big mouth shut! Now no one will want to buy you!'' he barked at her and called the man who dragged her to the stage on it.
''Get her off my stage!'' the old man shouted while pointing to Valentina, who just chuckled.
''Pointing is rude old man.'' she said to him in a smart Alec tone and smirked.
''Shut up you! Go back to boiling your little liquids brat!'' he snapped at her and frowned. Valentina gasped dramatically.
''Well, well! looks like your source isn't that bad!'' she said in fake surprise, just to tick the man off again. She succeed.
''Brat!'' he snarled at her and pushed her. Valentina now frowned.
''Who gave you the right to touch me you stinking old man?! Huh?!'' she yelled at him and growled.
''I gave myself the right! I own you at the moment!'' he said to her and crossed his arms at his chest. He smirked.
''No one owns me! And no one ever will!'' she retorted back to him, scowling. She spat at his shoes, making the man's blood boil. He clenched his fists and counted to 10 in his head, trying to calm down.
''That girl sure has guts doesn't she?'' meanwhile,Nami said to the Straw hats, making them nod.
''She's interesting.'' Franky smirked as he watched Valentina bickering with the 'old man' in amusement.
''Hai. I wonder if she would let me see her panties?'' Brook wondered to himself before being hit on his skull by no other than Nami's fist.
''No way in hell she would!'' she said to him, angry.
''Yohohoho!'' the skeleton laughed while holding his skull.
''Anyway, that girl bought Camie some time. Maybe they will continue fighting until the end!'' the navigator said, sweat dropping as she watched the girl tick the man off.
''Aa!'' the other Straw Hat pirates agreed and turned their attention back on the stage. While they were talking, the scene of Valentina spitting on the purple head has already passed. Now, the man's face reddened in anger and he looked ready to kill. He was shaking in rage and his lips were forming a frown.
''Why you little! Clean that NOW!'' he yelled to Valentina, pointing to his wetted shoes but she didn't even flinch. Instead, she smirked.
''Why should I?'' she asked in a fake sweet voice and smirked.
''I mean, I can get out of here when I want to, so...!'' Valentina grinned and putted her hand on her neck-ring. She tried to get it off but she only succeeded in triggering the bomb. She smirked 1 last time and with 1 swift movement of Valentina's hand,the bomb blew up some place random. The whole hall stared at her in disbelief, their mouths dropped all the way down. It took several minutes for them to recover from the shock, but when they did, Valentina has already un cuffed herself from her sea stone cuffs.
''What...just happened?''Nami turned around to face the others but they seemed just as clueless as her.
'Who is she?' they all thought in sync without realising.
''Well, see ya!'' Valentina grinned and with a last wave, she disappeared into thin air. With this, she again made the hall lost for words. What they didn't know was, that she reappeared again in the back of her hall, 10 steps away from the Straw hats. They noticed it though. Valentina felt them watching her with wide eyes, so she looked at them and smiled slightly. She putted her finger in front of her lips and made a quiet 'psssh' sound. The crew recovered from their shock and they slowly nodded. With that, Valentina smiled and putted her head on the palm of her hand, watching the rest of the auction, her smirk never leaving her face. After she mysteriously 'disappeared', they luckily didn't go looking for her and she mentally laughed at that. Why they haven't done that, it was beyond her but she felt relieved by the fact. I mean, would you be happy if a couple of weaklings went searching for you, making you waste your time? Yeah I thought so. Valentina felt her smirk widen at the thought but she quickly focused on the stage.
'I wonder which unlucky soul will come on to the stage now...' she thought to herself, her eyes focused on the backstage. But when she saw the curtains lift, her smirk fell in a frown.
''A mermaid?'' she whispered quietly to herself before taking a glance at the Straw hats. She noticed that they were looking on the stage, their eyes wide. She became to get curious at their reactions.
'What's wrong with them?' she thought and started feeling tempted to ask them about it. But she didn't want to put her nose in other people's business so she remained quiet. The old man started rambling about the mermaid until he took the piece of a cloak off the aquarium, showing the mermaid, apparently known as Camie to the world.
''How much are you ready to!?''
Just as the old man started his sentence, a fat guy raised his hand and shouted out:''500.000 Belli!''
Valentina felt her eyes widen and her jaw drop at the man's price. But, when she looked at the pirates beside her, she knew that they weren't just surprised;they obviously felt horrified. They had their eyes wide open and their pupils were dilated in horror. She kind of felt sorry for them...
''Would anyone like to bid a higher price than that?'' the purple haired men asked, his smirk was telling that he knew that wasn't possible. After a few moments of silence, he finally declared that the mermaid,Camie, was from now on a slave to the fat guy, apparently known as 'The Celestial Dragon Charloss'. Valentina found herself growling under her breath at the sight of the man.
'I hate guys that think that they're something more that the others' she thought to herself, resisting the temptation to go to him and just beat him up in a bloody pulp.
'No, I can't do that!' she shook her head 'no' at the thought. But just then, a giant bird came crashing in the hall through the wall.
'Wait...Are thathumansriding it?!' Valentina widened her eyes as she saw the bird crashing the on floor, the men riding it unharmed.
''Why didn't you just land normally?!'' a boy with a straw hat asked the man who was rubbing his head.
''It wasn't my fault! And besides, it was you who told me to crash into the building!'' the man argued back.
''Luffy?!'' the Straw hats yelled out, surprised.
''Huh'''Luffy looked confusedly around himself until he noticed his crew.
''Ah! You guys are already here?!'' he asked them with a grin and laughed slightly.
''Anyway Luffy, why were you in such a hurry to get back to the Sunny anyway?'' someone said from behind Luffy, making the said boy turn around.
''Zoro too?'' the crew said, once again, in sync.
'How are those guys not harmed by the impact?!' Valentina wondered in her head, still shocked. A few feet away from her stood a raven haired boy, a teenager she presumed. He had on an unbuttoned blood-red vest with golden buttons, dark blue denim shorts with cuffs and sandals. He had his straw hat hanging loosely on his back. Beside him stood a man, slightly taller than the boy. He had light green hair and forest green eyes. He wore a tight muscle shirt, a light greenharamaki, dark green pants and boots. A few seconds later,Luffy started wildly looking around.
''Camie!?'' he called out the mermaids before turning around and seeing her in a giant aquarium.
Valentina felt surprised by the sound of the mermaids name coming from Luffy's lips.
''Does he know her?'' she voiced her thoughts quietly,her eyes never leaving the captain of the Straw hats. She felt her lips tuck at the ends.
'He's interesting...' she said in her head and grinned had a feeling in her gut; a feeling, telling her that this day could get interesting.
''That idiot...''Nami mumbled to herself and sighed, before continuing.
''He always has to make a flashy entrance, doesn't he?''
Valentina's smirk widened at that.
'So he's always like this? This guy's funny...' she chuckled at her thought but continued watching the Straw hat's every move.
Luffy started making his way down the stairs to where Camie was, a serious expression was surprisingly on his always grinning face.
''No,Mugiwara, you shouldn't go!'' A Fishman tried to hold Luffy back, his 2 arms visible while the rest of them hidden underneath his jersey.
''Let go of me,Hachi!''Luffy struggled under the other man's grip, trying to get away. But unfortunately, that led to the expositor of Hachi's hidden arms. Disgusted gasp suddenly filled the hall, a lot of people backed away so they wouldn't get close to the Fishman. Valentina didn't understand the nobles; so what if he was a Fishman? What the heck is wrong with that? Those were her thoughts at the moment but as before, she decided to stay quiet. After all, she never even WANTED to understand how nobles think.
'' These people are over-reacting.'' Valentina grumbled under her breath and sighed. But suddenly, the sound of a gun shot made the hall to go quiet, as the Fishman fell to the ground, blood dripping out of his wound. Silence filled the room, until it was replaced by laughter. Valentina clenched her fists so she could fight down the anger, that was boiling inside her.
'What's wrong with these people? Someone's just been shot and they laugh?!' she growled and sent a glare at the man responsible for this: The Celestial Dragon Carloss. He was still holding up his hand and in it,he was holding a black pistol. Even smoke was still raising from the gun as the fat guy laughed.
''Ha ha, I just shot a Fishman!'' the man said while he continued laughing at the poor Fishman.Valentina stole a glance to Luffy, who had his eyes covered with the rim of his Straw hat, his expression unreadable.
'Is he going to laugh too?' she thought bitterly and waited for the sound of his laugh. It never came. Instead, she saw the boy glaring at the Celestial Dragon as he started going up the stairs, his fists clenched at his sides.
''Oi, oi! What's up with that glare?'' the Celestial Dragon asked Luffy, smirking. The raven head didn't say anything but he continued to walk towards the man with a frown. But as he passed Hachi, he felt something tug on his leg. It was the Fishman, holding onto it with his last bits of strenght.
''No,Mugiwara don't do this...You promised that no matter who gets hurt you wouldn't hurt a Celestia Dragon! You promised...'' he said to Luffy, hoping he would give up on the idea. Apareantley, he didn't.
''Gomen Hachi...Looks like I won't be able to keep that promise.'' And with that said, the straw hat wearing boy started walking forward again, when he ripped his leg from Hachi's grip. He stopped just in front of Charloss and sent a straight punch to his face, sending him flying into the wall.
Everybody in the room stared at Luffy in disbelief, their jaws dropped to the floor. Even the starfish,Pappagu and Hachi were looking at Luffy like they had seen a ghost.
''Sorry guys!''Luffy said, looking at his crew, ''Now the Admiral from the Navi HQ is coming right? And the battle ships!''
''Seriously Luffy...Because you went ahead and beat him up,''Zoro said as he pushed his sword back into the swords holder (Forgot what it's called...), '' I wasn't able to cut him!''
Nami started running down the stairs and kneeled in front of the Fishman.
''Hachi! Hang in there!'' she said to him, putting her hand on the Fishman's chest. Hachi growled under his breath and looked at the ceiling.
''You guys have done...A horrible thing.'' he said, his voice weak because he had lost too much blood.
''Well, it's Luffy we're talking about so it should be expected.''Nami smiled slightly as she turned around to look at the said boy. The boy grinned in response.
''Well...'' the blonde haired cook joined in the conversation as he lit up the cigarette he had put between his lips. He inhaled the cancer stick's smoke before exhaling it a few sounds later.
''It's clear what we're supposed to do next, right?'' the cyborg said, looking at a random place. Chopper, now in his human form, turned his head to face Franky.
''We gotta find the key to Camie's neck-ring right? I'm sure it has to be somewhere behind the stage!'' he said and looked at Camie then at Hachi.
''I'l look after Hachi's wound so we'll be leaving you the job of finding the key!'' the doctor said to the blue haired pervert. With that said, Chopper started walking towards Hachi.
''You guys...!''Pappagu said as he tried to hold back his tears. Meanwhile, the 2 remaining Celestial Dragons looked at Charloss in disbelief.
''How dare they do that to Charloss onii-sama?!'' the brown-haired girl said and clenched her fists.
''Not even otou-sama has ever hit him before!'' she finished and looked at the man standing beside her. The said man walked out of their 'special place' and looked at the Straw hats, his eyes filled with rage.
''How dare you hit my son?! How dare you lowly human hit him!?'' the man said and started shooting at Luffy who didn't move an inch from where he was standing, instead he just turned his head around. Suddenly, people started panicking.
''Oh no! He angered the Celestial Dragons! We better run!'' they whispered to each other in a panicked voice before making a run for the exit. The only ones remaining now were the Straw hat pirates, the Kidd pirates, the Heart pirates and Valentina.
'' I'll make you regret for messing with the descendants of those who created the world!'' Saint Roswald yelled out, continuing shooting at Luffy. Just as he said that,Sanji started running at him.
''Think we care about that you bastard?!'' he yelled at Roswald before kicking his gun away. Then, 2 guards, dressed like knights started making their ways toward the blonde haired chef.
''How dare you attack Saint Roswald?!'' they said loudly, gripping the daggers in their hands tightly. Sanji turned around before jumping into the air.
''Joue! Concasso!'' he yelled out and kicked the 2, making them fall unconscious. He kicked another one that came in his way before taking a step back. Suddenly, he bumped into someone's back, so he turned his head around to face the person.
''Get going Franky!'' he said when he saw the blue haired pervert behind him, back to back.
''Go free Camie-chan!'' he added as he watched Franky punch 1 of the guards. As soon as the shipwright sent the guy flying, he faced Sanji and started grinning.
''Got it! I'll handle it superbly!'' he said and took off.
More guards started to come into the building through the front door. They tried to squeezed their way in because many people still haven't exited and because of all the panic, they were fighting to come out of the building as fast as they could. Somehow, the guards have managed to get out of the overwhelming crowd and were now ready to fight the Straw hats.
Valentina was watching the battle, a playful smirk never leaving her face. She leaned on her palm even more, making herself more comfortable. The battle had certainly caught her interest and she wasn't planing on leaving until someone wins. But suddenly, she heard voices from outside. At first. she thought that the voices belonged to the run away nobles, but as soon as she heard someone say, that they will get all the guests out, she knew that it was the marines.
''What the heck are the marines doing here?'' she mumbled to herself and glared in a random direction. She thought hard but she couldn't find the right reason. Shrugging, she turned her attention back to the ongoing battle.
''You baka, trying to protect a mere fish!'' 1 of the guards yelled to Luffy, who just whipped him and the other guards with 'Gomu Gomu No Muchi'.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the hall, Zora had no problems dealing with the guards. As soon as a guard came running his way, he sliced him up.
''Got you!'' a group of guards yelled, earning a 'Ha?' from the swordsman, just before they threw themselfs over him, capturing him under their bodies.
''Tatsu...'' was heard from the bottom of the pile.
''Maki!''Suddenly, a tornado-like attack blew the guards away.
While the Captain and his First Mate fought with the knights, Franky had a hard time going backstage.
''Strong Right!'' he yelled out and threw his fist at the guards, sending them flying.
''And...'' he said, turning around. He took a deep breath, yelled out 'Fresh Fire!' and fired fire at a group of guards standing behind him. The guards now looked like headless fried chickens, running around like that. With that, Franky ran forward, beating every guard in his way up.
''What destructive strength!'' Sharlia said in disbelief, as she watched the Pirates beating up the guards, like they were nothing.
''Damn you!'' Roswald growled on his breath, a vein popping out of his forehead.
While they were talking, Nami decided to join in the battle as well but it unfortunately didn't go too well...For some time that is.
''Nooo!'' the orange haired navigator yelled out, hugging her Clima Tact to her chest, and it was all because a pair of guards was chasing her.
''Wait!'' they yelled from behind her, trying to catch up to her.
''Don't come here!'' she replied to them, still running. But then, she tripped over her own foot and fell down the stairs, bouncing off the seats like she was a ball. Finaly, she stopped falling but because of that, she was laying in a very awkward position. The 2 guards peeked from behind from behind a chair, where they found a blushing Nami. That lasted for a few seconds though.
''Watch out for thunderclouds!'' she said and smirked at the 2 man standing in front of her. The guards stared at her confused for a few seconds, their weapons still ready to stab the girl but then, a big dark cloud floated to the guards and stopped just above their heads.
''Thunderbolt Tempo!'' she yelled out, thunder gathering around her Tact before going into the cloud and shocking the poor guards, who unfortunately dressed in metal today.
Nami got up and dusted her clothes.
''Excuse me!'' she said and sticked her tongue out playfully.