Mika laughed, "Well, it doesn't look bad on you." He walked up to Clove, an idea popping into his head. "How about dinner when we get back? I know you had a thing with Blake but maybe you could give me a chance? I promise I'm far nicer than him."
Zoro watched as Amy slept, replaying the battle in his head. [I Ava may have tortured her but it looks like she used some of those techniques today.] He looked at the whip sitting in Chopper's desk then back at Amy. [I A whip really does suit her.]
Clove chuckled. "Not so much against my clothes... more so against me being single." She sighed softly. "She tends to think I need a man in my life and the way to get one quick is showing skin."
Amy gave a small nod not letting go of his hand before drifting back to sleep.
"Don't worry about it. You were doing great until he stabbed you." Zoro shifted his hand so he was the one holding hers, "Go back to sleep. Chopper said you lost a lot of blood. I'll be here."
"Does she have a vendetta against your clothing?" Mika waved off her comment about keeping his name longer, clearly unconcerned about it. "If it helps you feel comfortable, keep it."
Sanji held her close and smiled softly. "I love you too Dove." He kissed her forehead as he gently ran his fingers through her hair helping her sleep.
Amy gently put her hand over his and gently held it. "S-Sorry you had to take over for me..." She murmured softly not letting go of his hand.
Clove sighed. "It's not my choice... Whenever my sister knows I'm going away she always double checks my bag right before I leave... I don't know how she does it because I can never catch her doing it... Trust me... I didn't even know this was a dress I owned... The issue is that this is the least revealing of the items she's packed..." She sighed softly keeping Mika's jacket on her. "Sorry... I'll be keeping this a bit longer..."
"I know," Eli replied, "I know." After a short while, she fell asleep, any worry she felt from earlier, slipping away. [I I'm safe as long as I'm with him.] And it was true, no matter what danger she was in over the last few years, Sanji was always there. If she was in a situation she couldn't protect herself from, he came to her aid. "I love you," she muttered in her sleep.
"Not really any outfit I would have packed for the open sea," Mika chuckled when he saw Clove. Of course, his amusement didn't hide the blush that tinted his cheeks.
"Get some rest." Zoro brushed hair from Amy's face, "You did good today."
Sanji sighed softly and nodded. "Alright... I'll drop it." He held her close and kissed her neck softly."I just worry dove..."
Clove came back up to the top deck and sighed as she got stares from some of the marines. [i I swear to god I'll kill Hime when I get home...]
Amy stirred slightly and turned her head when she heard a voice. "I-I'm glad." She spoke in a soft whisper.
"Sanji," Eli breathed, "It's not your fault." At this rate they would both continue to blame themselves for what happened and she didn't want that. She sighed and gave him a quick kiss before closing her eyes. "Besides, I'm still alive and I can still say I love you so who cares if I'm a little banged up?"
Clove sighed as she looked over her other outfits she had brought with her. "God dammit..." She sighed as she pulled out two short dresses with v necks. "Hime..."
Sanji sighed. "I need to protect you better..." He muttered softly running his fingers through her hair.
"Told you," Mika chuckled as he saw the other marines look away. When Clove headed below deck he began to give orders for the return trip home.
"It's not your fault," Eli whispered as she turned to face him. She winced a bit as she knocked her arm but the pain quickly faded. "I knew the risk when I went out there. I guess I just never thought I'd be shot down."
Zoro opened the door to the infirmary and found Amy sleeping. She was pale, likely from the blood loss but there was still a faint amount of color on her face. He pulled up as chair and sat next to the bed. "He's dead Amy," he muttered.
Sanji sighed softly resting his head on her non injured shoulder. "I'm sorry Dove... I wasn't there to catch you this time..." he held her close as he kissed her shoulder. "I'm so sorry..."
Clove nodded before holding Mika's jacket to herself and walking over to Blake and looking around. All the marines pretended to look away and she chuckled slightly. "No one will miss you. You tyranical ass." She grabbed his jacket and pulled him to the side of the ship where she promptly lifted him and watched his body fall into the water only to sink moments after.
"Blake is dead," Zoro replied bluntly, "And it wasn't the government after her, it was Blake's pride. They should be safe." He rubbed the back of his neck, "How is Amy?"
"She's out of surgery and resting," Robin admitted, "But she's still unconscious."
"None of her organs were hit but ate lost a lot of blood," Chopper followed up. "She could be asleep for a while. You can go down and see her if your want."
"But not until you bring my waver back," Nami ordered.
"What are you talking about," Zoro groaned, "Franky brought the waver back during the battle." When Nami looked confused he shrugged and headed below deck to see Amy.
"Eli is okay too," Nami called after him.
"Yeah but Eyebrows is probably with her," he yelled back.
"Well, he is," Nami sighed, "Let's get going then."
"I still can't transform," Eli admitted as she lay next to Sanji, "Maybe there is still a fragment in my body." That seemed like a better explanation than admitting her fear is what kept her human. The only other time she crashed into a ship was two years ago when it was from exhaustion and she was still in raven form. All other times she's transformed during a fall, Sanji was there to catch her, except this time.
"I doubt anyone would care," Mika pointed out. He released Clove but left the jacket to cover her. "I'll give the orders to return home."
Clove's smiled as she watched the two leave then sighed softly. "I really want to just kick his corpse into the sea... but I feel like thats sort of against the rules as a marine." But when Mika mentioned her clothes her face turned bright red. "R-Right, I sh-should have some extras in my quarters..." She murmured softly trying to hide her face."
Robin watched the two shoot back over and quickly made a net with her arms to catch them. "Well... what happened?" She asked walking over to the two men just returned to the ship.
"The marines wouldn't be," Mika pointed out, "but the government does want her back. She has a wanted poster, alive only. She just isn't a top priority." He adjusted the cost and his hold on Clove. "Death is what he deserved."
"As long as Eli and Amy are out of danger," Luffy grinned, "Then everything is fine. We'll be going now." He grabbed into Zoro and shot his other arm over to the Sunny, sending them both flying.
"So uh," Mika cleared his throat, "Your clothes."
"That's true," Eli smiled, "and I'm all for extra kisses."
Sanji smiled and put his hands on her hips. "I'm fine with that dove. Doesn't mean I can't kiss you." He gently kissed her neck with a smiled before pulling back and kissing her lips.
Clove smiled softly she could tell how much these two men cared for those two girls. "To be honest the marines weren't overly obsessed with finding Elizander. He just felt like he had failed and it consumed him. So you should be left alone... well... at least until the marines come after you because you're the straw hats. He was a tyrant and a fool... You gave him a peaceful end that he didn't deserve."
"You do have a point." Eli giggled a little at the movement and shifted so she was straddling him, her uninjured hand on his shoulder. "Unfortunately for you, I'm supposed to be resting right now. So you'll just have to settle for cuddling with me until Chopper says otherwise."
"Then no," Zoro sheathed his swords and looked at Mika. "The best thing you ever did for her was let her go."
"Y-yeah." Mika thought back to the night he and Eli said goodbye and then to how she looked standing by Sanji. "She looks happy and free."
"She is." Zoro looked at Blake's body, "Now Amy is free of him too."
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