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." Emmie looked down at the food and smiled, "Hey Sanji, was making my favorite meal meant to be an apology?" She picked up one of the cherry tomatoes and popped it in her mouth, "You have nothing to apologize for."
"Emmie," Zoro began and stopped when he saw the look in her eyes. "Ava," he breathed out, seeing the woman he loved flash across Emmie's face.
"Zoro," Robin asked concerned, "Are you alright?"
[I She's growing up to be like you,] Zoro thought and chuckled, [i Out to show the world she's isn't just a pretty face.] When he heard Robin ask if he was okay he simply nodded before starting to eat.
"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 being 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, [i Well, I could probably get myself out of toss if I tried a little fat off the truth.] She was silent for a bit then let out a deep breath. "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.
Sanji grew irritated. "Well to me that all sounds like a trap. And you idiots went along with it. We don't need a damn escort to get back to the ship. I sure as hell don't know if I can trust any of you damn photo shoot workers." He held onto Emmie's hand keeping her close. "Finn I can handle it from here." He narrowed his eyes.
"Triljo?" Finn frowned, "He came on the scene almost immediately after Emmeryn's first magazine came out. We don't know much about him." He began leading them back towards the Sunny as he explained what he did know about Triljo. "Said your mother was a legend when we first met and he asked to do the shoot."
"What," Emmie narrowed her eyes, "It was his idea?" When there want an answer she became irritated, "Was it his idea?*
Finn stopped walking and looked at the two, "It was their idea. We were to escort you and do the shoot as normal then you were to leave with Triljo. Plans changed when you brought someone with you." He looked Sanji up and down, "They did not expect one of the Straw Hats, let alone one of the strongest ones."
Sanji set Emmie back down his face beet red. "Ah, right." He placed his hand on the small of her back as he led her towards Finn. "Hey Finn. What do you know about the other model. Trojan or whatever."
"Don't ruin it," Emmie replied with a chuckle and a smile as she knotted her fingers in his hair.
While the two were lost in their own little world the photographer had returned to grab a forgotten camera. [I What do we have here,] he thought when he spotted the two, [i Oh this is perfect.] He silently readied the camera and took a few shots of Emmie and Sanji below slipping back out.
Finn came back to expect them back to the Sunny and cleared his throat. "Not to interrupt but we do need to get you back."
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