"Sanji," Emmie got up from her seat and walked over to the chef, "Calm down." She placed her hand over his clenched first to get him to relax. When she felt his fish unclench she sighed and looked up at him. "I know you'll win."
"We need to set ground rules," Zoro spoke causing Emmie to look at him.
"Ooor you could stop being over protective." With how she was standing, no one could tell that she was still holding Sanji's hand.
"No touching," he replied, "He doesn't need to touch you."
"Don't dates involve kissing," Chopper asked.
"Zoro don't you think you are overreacting," Robin asked a she set the paper down.
Just as Sanji had entered the room he was bombarded by random questions that confused him. "Wait wait wait... Sorry start from the beginning. What are you talking about?"
Once Robin explained to Sanji he was clenching his fist. "Like hell I'll let an old pervert get a date with Emmie. Of course I'll enter. And I'll win."
Emmie had to cover her mouth to contain her laughter from Zoro's reaction, though it had been expected. "Well who else would I think about? You won't exactly let anyone get that close to me unless they are part of the crew or family." She rested her elbow on the table tempted to see how he would react if she told him more. [I Maybe this way I'll get some idea of how he will react when we do tell him.]
"Emmie," Nami warned in a whispered tone.
"What? I'm not doing anything." She shifted her gaze back to Zoro, "It doesn't matter now anyway. It happened, it's over, subject dropped."
"In recent news," Robin began reading from the paper to change the subject, "A competition s been announced to eliminate suitors. The winner of said competition gets to spend the day in a private date with Emmeryn." When she looked up, Zoro and Emmie had the exact same expression.
"What did you say," Zoro asked before downing some alcohol.
"Come again," Emmie was trying to process the news.
"An elimination competition complete with a date," Robin repeated.
"Does it say what kind of competition? If it's something any of us are good at we can enter," Nami pointed out.
"Looks like Sanji is up," Nami chuckled.
"No! Absolutely not! I don't want eyebrows going in a date with Emmie," Zoro protested.
"I could do it," Usopp offered, "But I'm not the greatest cook."
"What about Chopper?"
"I'm better at making medicines than cooking," Chopper replied.
"It's a no go brother," Franky shook his head, "Someone has to guard the ship."
"Luffy," Zoro looked at his Captain and best friend.
"No," Nami, Chopper and Emmie shouted.
"He is a terrible cook," Nami sighed, "and he would probably be more focused on the food."
"And he might draw unwanted attention," Chopper added.
"What if Robin disguised herself as a guy," Zoro asked.
"Dad," Emmie looked at Zoro, "A bust like her's is not easily hidden. And don't think of asking Nami because it's the same problem."
"But why does it have to be eyebrows?"
Emmie glanced at the door at Sanji walked in, "Two reasons, 1) I can't enter myself and 2) He is the only option. Unless you'd prefer someone else winning? Really, you can let a complete stranger win or go the safe route and let Sanji win and get the date."
"She has a point," Robin smiled, "Besides, what harm could a date with our favorite chef cause?"
"Hey Sanji," Usopp called when he noticed the chef return, "How do you feel about winning a date with Emmie? If you say no then I'll just have to try my best."
Sanji at the time was taking a smoke break outside trying to think how he was going to make it up to Emmie. [i Dammit... Ava, it's times like this when I wish you'd appear and tell me what to do...]
When Emmie answered Zoro's eyes widened as he spit his booze out of his mouth. "You had to think of... Eyebrows?"
Sometime later, once dinner was ready and Emmie had finished scrubbing herself clean, everyone gathered in the kitchen. "Hey Emmie, why are you covering everything but you head," Usopp asked, not fully aware of what happened during the shoot.
"I don't want to talk about it."
"So, about the shoot," Nami brought a good to her lips and took a drink, "Aside from it being a trap, what was it like?"
Emmie popped some food in her mouth and after withdrawing the fork she pointed it at Nami. A few seconds later she swallowed her food, "If I tell you, will you drop it and never bring it up again?" Once the crew agreed she started taking again. "Have you ever been so uncomfortable with someone touching you that you had to imagine it was someone else just to make it bearable?"
"It was exactly like that."
"Who did you think about," Chopper asked, excited to know who it was.
"I'm curious to know too," Nami smiled and winked.
Emmie could feel all eyes on her and after being silent for a bit, she finally responded, "Sanji."
Sanji sighed softly calming down a bit. He looked up from his hands at Nami and smiled softly. "Nami... Thank you..."
Nami smiled. "Now go on. Make us some dinner because after I think you have a special someone who needs cheering up."
"Because you love her," Nami smiled softly, "You've protected her since she was born. She hasn't known danger because even though she's had all of us, you were the one always by her side." She leaned back in her chair, "I'm not going to tell you today it will be easy convincing him that you can still protect her, but I know you can do it."
"No... I'm a way... Zoro's right... I was supposed to protect her... And I couldn't. She was the one who had to do the quick thinking... Nami... How can I face him now and tell him I'll protect his daughter when I can't even protect her from Trojan..."
Nami listened and placed her have on Sanji's arm when she heard the remorse in his voice. "You did what you could in that situation, no one can fault you for that." She thought more on what he told her about the shoot, "It sounds more sexual than intimate. If you two want already," she paused, "it would have traumatized Emmie."
Emmie sunk into the water then proceeded to scrub every inch of her body. [I I shouldn't have gone through with it. I should have walked out the moment he touched me.] She hung her head, "So stupid. Now Sanju is being blamed for all of it."
Sanji watched as Emmie got frustrated and headed to the bathhouse. He sighed softly ignoring Zoro's furious looks. "I'm going to go make dinner." He spoke monotonously.
Nami and Robin exchanged glances and Nami nodded only to receive a nod in return. Robin turned to Zoro and tried to calm him down so he could think with a level head and Nami went after Sanji.
Sanji was lost in thought thinking about what to make for dinner when he heard the kitchen door open. He glanced to the left and saw it was Nami. "Yeah?"
"Sanji... what actually happened today? I'm the only one who knows about... you know. But what happened there?"
Sanji sighed. "I'm only going to briefly describe it because anyone else can walk in at any minute."
Nami nodded. "The floor is yours."
Sanji explained quickly what had happened at the studio and on the way back home. After he finished he sat down at the table and rested his head in his hands. "And the worst part is... if she hadn't managed to get him off balance... He would have taken her... Because when she's that close to him... I couldn't do anything because any of my kicks would have impacted her as well..."
"So you let them hurt her," Zoro growled.
"It wasn't his fault," Emmie defended as she pushed the two men apart. "We were outnumbered and he couldn't fight back without risking something happening to me." She dropped her arms then hugged herself, "I can still feel him holding me and breathing on my neck."
"Milo isn't my concern right now!"
"Zoro," Robin began, "Stop. You aren't helping the situation. Yes she got hurt and we are all angry about it but our concern should be what to do next. We know how persistent they were about getting Ava back, there is no telling what they will do to get Emmie."
"Guys! I'm right here! Don't I get a say in what we do," Emmie snapped, "Nevermind. I'm going to go wash today off."
"Did something else happen," Robin asked our of concern.
"I don't want to talk about it." She turned and headed straight for the bath house.
Sanji looked away from Zoro and sighed. "They were going to take her. No, everything is not fine. That whole damn photo shoot was in on it... The escort, the photographers, the second model. All of them. She's in more danger than we thought. Milo screwed up big time by putting that suitor bullshit in those magazines... They know she's alive... Zoro... I can almost guarantee it's the company Ava used to be a part of."
Emmie nodded and looked down, [i So it's back to just studyin and learning all I can about the world.] She placed her hand on her side where Triljo had been holding and flinched. Once she was placed back on her feet she lifted her shirt and saw a bruise in the shape of a handprint forming on her hip.
"Emmie," Usopp called a he ran into the ship with the others, "We've been looking for you."
"What is that," Luffy asked when he saw the darkened fingerprints on Emmie's side.
"There was an incident," Emmie replied as she put her shirt down, "But it's fine now. Everything is fine. Right Sanji?"
"Everything is not fine," Zoro growled at he placed himself between Emmie and Sanji. "What happened to protecting her Eyebrows?"
Sanji grabbed her arm carefully and held her close to him. [i If he tried to make a move now, we're severely out numbered... We need to regroup.] Without hesitation he lifted Emmie up bridal style. "Hold on." He whispered before spinning on his heel then sky walking over the group of men towards the ship.
"No more photo shoots. You're beautiful and stunning. You don't need uptight pricks to tell you that." His face was serious but then he made it to the ship and caught his breath. "They may be on our tail. I think it's Ava's old company."
"I don't think so," Finn said as he snapped his fingers causing the guards to close in.
"Do you think this is a joke," Emmie asked, "This is my life that you're messing with."
"The intimacy was meant to break you," a female voice said, "We did not expect you to have already experienced it." A woman with long purple hair pushed her way through the guards, "We have what we need so you are free to go, for now."
"They should have been back by now," Zoro said as he stood up, ready to go searching.
"Zoro relax, I'm sure they're fine," Nami reasoned.
"She's been gone since this morning, it's almost nightfall," Zoro growled. "I'm going looking for them."
"Why not just take her now," Trilji asked as he slid one arm around Emmie's waist and pulled her from Sanji. "It would be a pleasure to break her in." He kept his eyes on Sanji and tightened his grip on Emmie's hip, "You wouldn't mind sharing, would you?"
"Let go," Emmie hissed as she tried to move, "I'm not a toy.'
"I don't think I will," he replied as his free hand moved hair from her neck and started trailing his fingers across her collarbone. His gaze shifted to Sanji, "Tell me Black Leg Sanji, what is she worth to you?"
"You're starting to annoy me," she growled while moving her right leg behind Triljo's left causing them both to become unbalanced. While falling backwards she managed to free herself and lurched forward.
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