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"Lets talk about something other than your outfits. Don't get me wrong, they are awesome, but that isn't why I like you." Nashi realized what just came out of his mouth and quickly slapped his hand over it. He then proceeded to sit there for the next several minutes chewing the inside of his cheek and mentally slapping himself.
"Just kiss already," Hori shouted before realizing she just blew her cover, [i Crap.]
Hime's face turned bright red when he mentioned the outfit. "I-I know... It's just... I thought maybe it would give us something to talk about... Anytime I try to talk to you... I just get so nervous and end up back in this room. So I guess it's sort of my fault for not taking action..." Hime gently ran her fingers through her hair since it was a nervous habit of hers.
"You don't have to make me another outfit to get me to talk to you." Nashi got tired of standing and took a seat at one of the other two stations, and watched at Hime ate. "I haven't been busy to avoid you," he admitted, "I just don't know what to say to you when I see you."
Hime's eyes widened. "W-What did you hear?" She wanted to clarify because she couldn't quite remember what she said and she hadn't even known he had been in there.
"I," Nashi rubbed the back of his neck, "I heard what you said in the kitchen earlier but I don't think you knew I was that." He shifted a bit trying to find the words to say and when nothing else came out he fell silent.
[i What is this idiot doing,] Hori thought as she watched the two.
Hime felt her heart beating faster when he wiped a stray tear. But when he pulled his hand away she looked down. "Y-Yeah." She took the plate of food then sat on the chair at Raea's station then began eating it. She silently ate at one point she stopped eating and gently bit her lip. [i He's right here... And I can't even speak...]
"Its not a burden," Nashi replied as he set the food down on the desk. He noticed how puffy she was from crying and frowned. "I've just been helping clean." He reached out to wipe a stray tear away but drew his hand back with a sigh, "You should eat, it will help calm you down."
Hattori sighed. "I'm going to spy and see how this turns out. Since I'm spying on the loudmouth I won't have to worry about cover being blown."
Hime jumped when she heard the voice and quickly shoved her work behind her as she stood up. "N-Nashi... I-I didn't know you were bringing me my food. S-Sorry..." She looked down and quickly rubbed her eyes trying to get all the tears away. "S-Sorry to burden you with this. I know you've been busy." She slowly walked toward towards him to take the plate with a small smile.
"Why are you women so scary," Nashi shouted has his once again hid his face.
"Because we're family," Ava replied numbly, "Now get moving before it gets cold and don't let Luffy anywhere near it."
[i I'm going to die on this ship,] Nashi thought as he stood up and grabbed the plate handed to him. "O-okay," he gave a small nod before making his way down the workshop where Hime was.
"So," Nami looked around, "Who wants to call the crew for lunch?"
Nashi saw Hime sitting at her desk, sniffling and sighed, "Hime, I brought you some food."
Hattori sighed. "Alright. Enough stressing. I've babied you two long enough." She looked at the plate Sanji prepared and walked over. "This is Hime's?" When he nodded she took the plate and brought it over to Nashi. "Bring this to her. She's been pouring over making you an outfit in hopes that you'll talk to her again. That's why she was stressed out. She tore the fabric and started crying. Go talk to her. You both need to talk. No amount of advice can prepare you for this. You just have to wing it."
Owen was a little startled at how serious Hattori was being. "Hori..."
"Just know... That if you use her. I will cut your dick off and shove it down your throat."
"He would probably talk to you even without the outfit you know." Hori sighed and looked at the clock, "Sanji is probably done making lunch now so I'll go get it. Just take a few deep breaths until I get back, okay?"
"Okay," Hime remained where she was and followed Hori's instruction.
Hori returned to the kitchen and noticed that Nashi was in there, "Why do you look like you've been stressing out too?"
"Because he has," Nami replied.
Hattori gently rubbed Hime's back as Hime sipped on her tea. "Hime?"
"Have you thought about just talking to him?"
At this Hime almost choked on her drink. "Hori!"
"What!? It's a serious question."
Hime sighed softly. "I have... But every time I try I get too nervous and just end up back in this room... So I thought.,, maybe if I had a present to give him... Then it would give us something to talk about..."
"I know," Nashi replied, "She was just in here and Hori wanted something to calm Hime's nerves."
"Kissing in the rain actually isn't a bad idea," Ava chuckled, "But you'll catch cold and frankly, none of us want to deal with that." She went and sat down at the table to join the others and tapped her fingers on the table. "The only part of you that you shouldn't be, is who you were when you were with Adachi."
Robin chuckled. "Just be you Nashi. She likes you for you. You don't have to go all out. Or pin her against a wall. Or kiss her in the pouring rain. You just have to be you. We can't really advise you on how to do that."
Nami frowned slightly. "Although... I do wish whatever you do you do kind of where we can see. Its been awhile since we've gotten to watch love blossom."
Owen chuckled. "Just be yourself. She's in the workshop now with Hattori."
Ava leaned in and gave Sanji a peck on the cheek, "Since your'e cooking that will have to suffice." When she heard Nami question she shook her head, "On the contrary, he just found out that Hime likes him too."
"You mean it wasn't obvious before," Nami chuckled as she sat down beside Nashi. "Don't worry too much over it. With any luck, you wont be as awkward as Luffy was."
"Or Owen and Zoro," Robin added as she sat on the other side of the man. "Have you figured out how to tell her yet?"
"No," Nashi whined.
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