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Sanji slightly shifted when he felt someone enter his bed he opened one eye slightly and he saw the look on Ava's face. He wrapped his arms around her before kissing her forehead then fell back asleep.
Owen thought about going to ask Zoro if she could lay with him but part of her was afraid he would say no. So she stayed up on the main deck and made her way over to the center of the grass and laid down before looking up at the stars. "No more what if's... but it's so hard to not think of them when they plague my dreams..."
While everyone had either pleasant dreams or nightmares about what happened, Ava had nightmares about the men from her past. It started out with her finding the body of the little boy then hearing their voices. The only difference this time, Sanji didn't show up and she never got her courage to fight back. She remained frozen, terrified and screaming as they violated her over and over.
With a gasp she woke up and looked around seeing everyone still asleep. [i It was just a dream?] She reached up to her neck where Glyce had licked her earlier that day and it felt fresh. [i But it felt so real.] Still shaken from her dream she left the bed and went straight to where she knew the nightmares wouldn't reach her.
Tiptoeing into the room she went over to Sanji's bed where he lay fast asleep. She didn't want to wake him so she just lifted the side of his blanked and climbed in, curling up next to him. [i I'm not leaving and I wont go back to that.]
The girls had all fallen asleep in the lounge. The twins instead of nightmares which they were worried of getting they just had dreams of memories with their sister when they were younger.
Cydi shifted in her sleep slightly but the most she had for a dream was hazy so she couldn't really tell what it was about.
Raea tossed in her sleep slightly before she opened her eyes and she was surrounded by white. "What the?" She turned to look then heard a familiar giggle before someone put their hands over her face.
Raea felt her heart skip a beat. "Mari..." She instantly turned and wrapped her arms around the woman who she missed dearly. "Gods I've missed you."
Mari giggled then hugged her back. "I know I haven't visited lately. But I just wanted you to know something." She took a step back and when Raea looked up she saw her familiar green haired friend.
"Clove." Raea spoke in a soft tone.
"Raea, don't blame yourself. I did what had to be done. And I don't regret my decision. Don't waste your life mourning over mine. I want you all to thrive and follow your dreams." Clove smiled before walking over to her friend and taking her hand in her own. "I know it's a lot to ask. But keep an eye on my trouble makers too please?"
Raea nodded with a small smile. "Of course."
Mari giggled once more. "We will always be watching over you. I mean... I always have but now, we both will." She walked over and kissed Raea's cheek softly. "Love you."
Owen however wasn't having the best dreams that night. She tossed and turned as the scene replayed in her dreams over and over again. How she wasn't fast enough to save her. She jolted awake when she heard the gunshot for the second time. Her body dripping in cold sweat. [i I feel like I can't breathe in here.]
She frantically rushed out to the main deck trying to catch her breathe. She held onto the railing of the sunny and felt the tears run down her cheeks. "I'm so sorry Clove."
Ava smiled then left the bathhouse and headed towards the kitchen where she going Zoro and Luffy. Before sure could get a word out Zoro held the empty bottle that had been taken from her early.
"This is a 70 year old whiskey," Zoro began before looking at Ava, "Where did you get it?"
"I," she shifted uncomfortably at the question not wanting to answer, "Uhm."
"More importantly, why didn't you share?"
"Because it was mine," Ava replied before looking at Luffy. "About earlier, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have taken it out on you when you've been nothing but kind to us."
Luffy kept a serious expression for a while but it soon started to falter and soon he broke into a grin. "Don't worry about it," he chuckled, "I know your didn't mean it."
"But," Ava was going to argue until he shook his head, "Alright," she sighed. Before leaving the kitchen she smiled softly, "You're a good man Monkey D Luffy."
Zoro waited until Ava had left the kitchen before turning to his captain, "Do you think she'll stay?"
"Raea said to give her time," Luffy reminded as he stretched.
Ava silently entered the lounge as the rest of the Damned were asleep and went for the one empty bed. She crawled under the blankets and stared up at the ceiling until get mind quieted enough to bring get into Dreamland.
Sanji smiled with a nod. "You know you're always welcome in my bed." He chuckled softly before standing up and noticing the water on the floor. He grabbed a towel and began wiping up the water carefully.
After Nami and Chopper left the girls all headed to their beds. They all noticed one bed was empty.
"Do you really think Ava is going to leave?" Hattori asked with a shakey voice.
Raea shook her head. "I don't think so. I think that was drunk Ava talking. We're all family. And we have to stick together. So I think she's going to stay. And not only for that reason. She has Sanji too."
Hime nodded. "Yeah. She wouldn't leave us."
Raea yawned softly. "But anyways, we need to get rest. Try to get some sleep okay?"
The girls all nodded before saying good night.
"Did anyone else get hurt during the battle?" Chopper wanted to make sure everyone was okay before leaving them for the night.
Ava nodded, "Thanks." She stood up and reached for the door but stopped and looked back at Sanji. "I know I said I was going to stay with the others tonight but," she gave a sad smile, "Don't be surprised if I wind up in your bed later."
Hime and Hattori nodded. "O-Okay."
Raea nodded. "Yes, you two should get some rest. As we all should."
Chopper cleaned up Owen's wound and properly bandaged it. "There, you should be okay. How does your chest feel?"
Owen nodded. "A little sore. But it's okay."
Chopper nodded. "Do you mind if I take a look for bruising?"
Owen nodded. "Sure." She removed her shirt so Chopper could check for bruising. And sure enough there was a black and blue mark starting to form between her ribs.
He gently pressed and checked her back as well. "Well... it looks like your ribs weren't broken. So that's good."
Hime and Hattori happened to look over and they saw Owen with her shirt off. "Wow... Owen... where the hell were you hiding those?" Hime teased.
Owen's face turned red. But she couldn't think of anything to say.
"Well you do say she wears old lady clothes. Maybe those hid them?" Hattori added on.
Owen sighed softly. "You guys are horrible."
Hime and Hattori snickered before laughing.
Raea sighed softly as a small smile crossed her lips. [i At least they can still laugh.]
Sanji smiled. "He's not mad at you. He understands. But if it would make you feel better, I think he's still in the kitchen."
"I suppose," Ava pouted before going over to the pile of clothes and quickly put them on. She sat down and proceeded to go about drying her hair before she stopped and sighed. "I should apologize to Luffy."
"He hasn't really talked to us about it," Nami pointed out, "But, he may be willing to discuss it with you two." She gave a small smile, "But not tonight, okay?"
Owen nodded. "S-Sure. Sorry I didn't go see you sooner, Chopper." She lifted her leg up on the bed so it would be easier for Chopper to look at.
The twins looked at Nami as she left then both at the same time stood up. "Nami!"
When they saw the redhead stop they looked down once more before they both said in unison. "Do you think Luffy will talk to us about Ace?"
Sanji shrugged with a soft chuckle. "Wouldn't be the first time. But you should get some clothes on love. As much fun as it is when you have them off. Now isn't the time." He teased lovingly as he kissed her cheek.
Nami opened the lounge door holding more pillows, "We brought more pillows." She and Chopper entered and set them down, "Don't worry, Luffy didn't really hold grudges." She smiled slightly, "I'll be down the hall if you need anything," she said before leaving.
"Owen, do you mind if I looked at your leg now," Chopper asked as he removed his backpack.
"I know." Ava noticed that his clothes were starting to get wet too and she couldn't help but chuckled. "I'm sorry but it looks like you're a little wet now."
Sanji nodded with a smile. "Of course, love." He kissed her forehead softly before wrapping his arms around her. "I'm here when you need me."
Owen smiled softly and shook her head. "I think I'll manage. Thank you though, Robin." She walked past the two at the door and made her way down to the lounge.
As soon as she went to grab the door shesaw it open and Raea was there. "I heard the cups." She smiled softly before letting Owen in.
"I brought some tea guys." Owen smiled softly before setting it on the small table in the room before taking a seat on one of the beds.
Cydi smiled and nodded. "Thank you Owen."
Hime was talking about what if's. And Owen knew the feeling but she couldn't bring herself to tell them what Luffy had told her.
Hattori had been quiet for awhile but finally her voice was heard. "Hime... no more what ifs."
Hime looked at her sister curiously and saw her clenched fists and sighed. "Sorry... they just keep running through my mind."
Hattori shook her head. "No number of what ifs will bring her back... She's gone. The least that we can do is try to remember the good times... And follow our dreams like she wanted. She died so that we could live. And she didn't want any of us to blame ourselves... and pondering over the what ifs is us blaming ourselves."
Owen gently rubbed Hattori's back when Raea spoke up.
"Do you all remember the name Portgas D. Ace?"
The twins looked up curiously. "Vaguely... I remember he was a Commander for Whitebeards pirates I think. But didn't he pass away."
Raea nodded. "He was a really strong man. He had the flame flame fruit. But he died in a similar manner that Clove did. He died protecting someone he cared about. And the man that earlier Ava and you two were mad at. Was his brother, and the person he was protecting during his death. So... he can probably relate to you two more than you think."
The twins looked at one another then back to Raea. "But... earlier... we yelled at him... Do you think he would be willing to talk to us again?"
Raea chuckled. "I'm sure he didn't let it get to him."
"I should probably stay with the others tonight." As much as she wanted to, Ava know that it works be better for the crew if the Damned to stay together. She looked into his eyes and have a small smile, "But you can stay with me right now."
"Do your want some help," Robin offered.
Sanji kissed Ava's cheek and heard the door shut once more. "Do you want to stay with me tonight?" He asked curiously. He knew that when she had nightmares she liked to stay with him.
Owen looked over at Franky and nodded. "Thank you Franky. Do you know if the twins are in there?"
"Hattori was helping me set up the beds so she's probably still in there and Hime and Cydi looked like they were heading there as well." Franky responded.
Owen nodded. "I'll go see how they're holding up." She stood up before kissing Zoro's cheek once more before grabbing the tea kettle and a few cups then headed out of the room and to the lounge
"I love you too." Ava glanced at the door, "I do but you can just leave them by the door." She watched Raea set them down before backing out and she couldn't help but let out a giggle. She closed her eyes, relishing in the sensation of fingers going through her hair.
Franky walked into the kitchen and looked at the trio, "We set some beds up in the lounge so you can get some rest." He knew that if given the choice, Owen would likely stay with Zoro and Ava would choose to stay with Sanji.
"It's getting late," Robin ducked in under Franky's arm, "We can discuss what do you in the morning."
Sanji felt a wave of relief wash over him when she said she wouldn't leave him. "I love you Ava." He ran his fingers through her hair before kissing her softly only to hear the door open.
"Ava do you still need clothes?" Raea asked in a joking tone.
Owen sighed and nodded. "I know that... And I know Clove didn't regret her choice... But it doesn't stop the what ifs from entering our minds." She sat up straight and took another sip of her tea. "But... I plan on keeping my promises too. It'll be hard. But we will all make it through." She looked at Zoro and smiled before kissing his cheek then looking over at Luffy. "Thanks Luffy."
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