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"It doesn't matter," Ava shrugged as she moved from the table to the counter. "I know you want to hit something, your body language gives it away. But I promise, I'm alright." Even though she was on the other side of the counter, she watched him carefully and part of her worried how what she told him would effect their relationship.
"Here is fine.," Zoro said with a nod before leaning in and kissing Owen. He started with her lips then slowly moved to get jawline, then her neck, and thought her collarbone.
Sanji smiled softly when he noticed her smile return. "Alright alright. Let me get us some tea." He kissed her softly before standing up to go grab a kettle to make them some tea. "Which would you like?"
Owen thought for a moment then giggled when he pulled her onto his lap. "Hmm... well... Everything else has happened up here..." Her face turned red once again. "B-But I'll let you decide. You'd probably know better than me." She turned herself in his lap so her legs were wrapped around his hips and her arms were wrapped loosely around his neck as she leaned into him.
Ava was about to say something when she remembered what she had planned for today. There were no tears for get to wipe away so she just looked at him, her smile slowly returning. "Oh, I almost forgot that I was going to show you something." She moved her hand a bit before kissing him, "But first, tea."
"The lounge should be free." Zoro moved into a sitting position and pulled Owen onto his lap, "Unless you'd prefer here?"
Sanji sighed softly rubbing his thumb over her hand. "Baby, I'm not going anywhere. I'll be around as long as you need me." [i Until my dying breath...]
When she mentioned the marine base he sighed softly with a nod. He listened to her talk about her past and he felt his blood boil he wanted to kick every ass of every man who had ever touched her. He wrapped his arm around her shoulder as he felt her lean into him.
Owen heard him sigh then looked at him before hearing him speak. Her cheeks flushed red and she was silent for a moment before smiling brightly and nodding. "Yes. Later then. I just hope no one walks in again." She chuckled softly before wrapping her arms around him once more feeling his warmth.
Ava forced a smiled and placed a hand on Sanji's cheek, "I'll be okay, they're just memories." She ran her thumb over his skin and leaned into him, breathing in his scent, "I believe you but you won't always be around." She thought back to when they broke into the Marine base and how he got hurt.
"Do you remember when we broke into the Marine base and you were electrocuted? The man who planned it, he called me sweetheart, it made by stomach churn. They always called me that, every one of them." The memories played over in her mind and her smile faded, "I hated it. 'Just relax sweetheart, I'm going to take my time' they'd say and each time I wanted it to end."
Raea was going to go into the kitchen for a drink when she heard what Ava said. Her heart wrenched as she listened to her friend talk about her past. [I She must really love him if she is willing to relive that pain to tell him.] She didn't know the whole story, just that the last time it happened she was there with a few others to stop it. She remembered that Ava wanted to stay with her for the following months, then they met Mari.
Once Ava was strong enough, confident enough, they fled and soon met the rest of the Damned. Since then, she hasn't seen Ava show a sign of weakness to anyone other than the crew.
Zoro sighed, surprised at how willing Owen sounded but chuckled regardless, "Later then?"
Sanji saw the hurt in her eyes and wrapped his arms around her. "I'll never let anyone hurt you ever again." He murmured softly before kissing her forehead. "You mean the world to me."
Owen nodded and smiled When she felt his arms around her once more. "I am sure. I've never felt like this before." She turned her head and kissed his cheek softly. "I only want you Zoro."
Ava looked down and tried to force the memories away, "Please." If she had to choose a memory that would haunt her, it would be the one of Sanji hurting her. He didn't have a choice then but she knew he regretted it and in the end, he got hurt too. "Sanji," she finally brought her gaze to his, "That is why I can do what I can do. But you're the only one that can touch me."
Zoro wrapped his arms around Owen and buried his face in her hair, "I want you to be sure."
Sanji sat down beside her and looked into her eyes. It was a look he wasn't used to it was a look of pain and sorrow. "Av... You don't have to tell me if it's too hard for you." He gently kissed her forehead. "Would you like some tea?"
Owen heard her name and froze she heard silence followed by a light thud she turned and saw Zoro. "Zoro..." When she heard the sniff followed by an apology she brought her hands to her mouth for a moment before her body moved on its own over to him. She knelt down in front of him and wrapped her arms around him. "Shh, it's okay. You don't have to apologize." She had tears in her eyes but they were of relief. She gently rubbed small circles on his back. "I had time to think about it after you left. And... If it's you... I know everything will be okay. And I want it to be you." She hugged him tightly. "Zoro... I love you."
"27," Ava said in response to Sanji's words, "It happened 27 times."
Zoro made his way up to the crows nest and saw Owen cleaning up the glitter mess from before. "Owen," he began but fell down, not knowing what to say. He wanted to hug her but he didn't want to upset her further because of his previous actions. So he host stood there, watching, waiting, trying to get homeless to apologize until the eyes finally spilled out. "I didn't think you were ready, I'm sorry."
Sanji sighed and he could tell from the body language that he shouldn't pressure her to ask about the past. He merely walked over to her and wrapped his arms around her before kissing the top of her head. "I love you."
Owen had made it back up to the crows nest and was scrubbing away at the floors. Usopp had come in once and told her she didn't have to do that but when she ignored him he merely sighed and left.
Her chest felt heavy and she felt scared. Worrying was only making her feel worse and she couldn't stop worrying unless she occupied herself by doing something to distract her mind.
"If you don't feel comfortable, say it." There were a million things that Ava could have told Zoro to try and get it through to him that what happened was okay, but then she thought, [I What if I have him a scenario where what happened want okay.] She thought back to her past and how she started down her path and the pain it brought her.
"Ava," Zoro questioned when it looked like she spaced out.
"Listen to me," Ava began, "Say, for example, you couldn't control yourself when you were in the bath with her. You just gave in and took her, without knowing how she felt, how would your feel in the end?"
"But if you did.."
Zoro saw a flicker of pain in Ava's eyes, "I would hate myself."
"Do you hate yourself now?"
"I didn't do anything."
"You left her though. She probably feels abandoned so you need to go tell her today [I you] weren't ready."
Zoro didn't move, even though he knew she was right, instead he changed the topic, to Ava. "You weren't given a choice, were you? The first time?"
"The first," Ava replied numbly, "and every time until I met Raea. You don't always get to choose who you give yourself to, but Owen, she chose you. Don't make get regret it." She didn't even look up to know that Zoro had left after that statement, she just heard the scraping if the chair and the door closing.
Sanji flinched when he heard the slap. [i Well at least she's not beating him...] He thought to himself letting Ava take the reigns.
Owen sat back up and decided she should mop the floors now. So she went back down to fill up a bucket of water so she could mop the floors. On her way down she passed Clove.
"Owen, are you sure you don't want to talk about it?"
Owen shook her head. "Clove... please. I'm fine. Just... I need my space right now, that's all." With that she continued to the bathhouse to fill the bucket with water.
Clove sighed softly as she watched the blonde continue on. "Stubborn girl..."
Ava sat across from Zoro and frowned, "Start talking."
Zoro glanced at the door for a moment then looked at Ava and began telling her exactly what he told Sanji. He watched as her expression changed from one of irritation to one of annoyance and concern. What he didn't expect was the new stinging sensation on his left cheek. "What the hell?!"
"You just left her there?!" Ava sat back down and huffed, "You don't know anything, do you? No wonder she is upset."
Ava rubbed her temples and let out a groan, "It's not that you were moving too fast, was it? You got scared because she told you exactly how she felt. You don't feel that with just anyone, I would know."
"I didn't want her to think she had to," Zoro defended.
"That's the point of asking genius!"
Sanji sighed softly as he led the two to the kitchen and once the three got there he closed the door behind them and stood guard. "Love go easy on him. Let him tell his side then we may be able to give advice on how to help him fix it. Last thing he wants to do is hurt her." Sanji tried to calm Ava down so she wouldn't attack the unarmed swordsman.
Owen hummed softly to herself trying to clear her mind the best she could. Then as she threw the glitter into a bag she noticed something out of the corner of her eye. "His swords." She murmured softly before sighing. She walked over to the swords and just sat down in front of them and stared. "I hope he doesn't hate me..." She looked down and sighed before laying down on her side on the floor. "I already miss him..."
Clove sighed. "Ava's protective. I'll just leave it at that."
Ava sighed and shook her head, "No and I don't think she will either. She isn't good with this sort of thing." When she heard the door from the lower deck open she spotted Zoro and her mood went sour. If Sanji hadn't been holding her she would have likely hit him for whatever he did to upset Owen. "Kitchen," she muttered not taking her eyes off Zoro once.
Zoro was going to head up to the crows nest to clean up the glitter when he spotted Ava glaring at him. He didn't get a chance to get very far before he heard her mention the kitchen. His eyes went up the the crows nest where he had left his swords and he sighed, knowing that if he got in a fight with Ava, it would be without them.
"Why does it look like Ava wants to tear Zoro to shreds," Luffy asked as he turned his head away from fishing.
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