"So your cast is gone." Zoro was coming down from the crows nest when he saw the others celebrating. He frowned, his forehead creasing even more than usual. [i No more buddy system.] He didn't know why it bothered him but he was going to do his best to ignore it. "Congrats Freckles."
"How soon," Luffy asked with an excited grin.
"An hour or so if the wind remains in our favor," Nami replied.
"Mmm I could go for a tangerine not super hungry but a snack would be nice." Alyce smiled. "And I'll call you grumps as long as you stay a grumpass." She opened one of the books and started reading ignoring the green haired man hoping he would walk away because for some reason her heart was beating quite fast.
A few more days had passed and Chopper was examining Alyce's leg. After passing examination he gave her the okay to start training again. "Yes!!" She cheered happily as she could finally walk on her own again. "No more buddy system!" At the words leaving her mount she felt her heart sink a bit but ignored the feeling and headed back out on deck.
"Alyce your cast is gone!" Luffy pointed out.
Alyce grinned. "All healed!"
Luffy cheered and jumped around goofily with her.
"Luffy careful, you don't want to hurt her leg again." Nami sighed. "Perfect timing though, we have an island coming up soon."
Alyce grinned and stretched. "Ah, I can't wait to explore."
"Then stop calling me Grumps," Zoro replied. He noticed the slight flush on her cheeks but didn't point it out. [i Kinda cute.] He followed what she said and placed her in the lawn chair. "I'm going to see if Eyebrows has anything left from breakfast, you want anything?"
Robin looked at the pair from over her book, intrigued by what was going on. Zoro didn't seem as harsh as normal, and it looked like he and Alyce were bonding. She chuckled a little at the nicknames and how they seemed to feed off each other. [i He seems almost, happy.]
When Zoro agreed to carrying her she was caught offguard by the bridal style but what caught her even more offguard was the teasing nickname. When she heard him call her freckles her cheeks flushed pink slightly. "D-Don't call me Freckles!" She looked away from him and saw an open lawn chair and pointed to it. "There is fine."
Zoro looked at the stack of books she grabbed and wasn't surprised by the following request. Since she'd have to hold onto the books, he was left carrying her bridal style. Once he had her in his arms, he chuckled at her reminder of kicking his ass.."Whatever your say [I Freckles]." When they reached the main deck he looked around, "Where do you want to go?"
Alyce thought for a moment then grinned. "Mmm no not really I just wanted to see what other books you had. Since I already finished reading the log book." She carefully stood up and leaned against the table. Once she steadied herself a bit she grabbed onto Zoro to move a bit. "Mmm..." She hopped along looking at the books. She grabbed a few that looked interesting then looked back to the swordsman. "Can you carry me up to the main deck? It looked really nice out today I can lay out and read today." She smiled. When she caught what he said about the training she smiled with a small nod. "Sure, don't be grumpy when I kick your ass like I promised." She stuck out her tongue.
Zoro shrugged off the teased insult with a small smile. He listened to her talk about her leg and the fried almost instantly returned. "If you want help getting strength back in it, let me know. But it's good it doesn't hurt anymore." He looked around the room at the various books before sighing. "Is there a specific book you want?"
Alyce chuckled. "Then your personality could use some lightening up. You're gonna get wrinkles if you keep scowling all the time." She teased before looking up at him when he asked about her leg. "Hmm... it's okay... I can't wait until I can start training again though... I feel like this leg is going to be so weak because I've had to baby it." She stretched leaning back in the chair and sighed softly. "But it's not sore anymore. So that's a good sign right?"
"Whatever you say," Zoro chuckled a little. He raised a brow at her comment on him being a little less grumpy. "That's my personality," he pointed out as he led her to one of the chairs to sit down. He wasn't going to admit that maybe she had a point about him not being as moody. "I'm fine. What about you? How do your leg feel?"
Alyce made a yeep sound when Zoro caught her since he caught her by surprise. "To be fair, I'm not walking. I'm hopping. I'm still not using my leg." She grinned before wrapping her arms around his neck to steady herself once more. She looked down at her leg and carefully lifted it before looking back up at Zoro and nodded. "If you don't mind." She released her arms from around his neck and gently leaned against him as he helped her to the Library. "You seem much less grumpy today Grumps. You feeling alright?"
[I She's talking to herself?] Zoro continued to watch Alyce and smiled a little at the excitement in her voice about possibly being in the log book. He watched her stumble again and this time moved to catch her. "Chopper is going to lose his mind if he sees you walking around." He waited until she was steadied before he spoke again. "Library?"
Alyce carefully leaned against the wall and hopped her way towards the library. "I wonder what other books they have since I finished reading their log book." She murmured before she stumbled slightly but caught herself before she fell. "Hmm... y'know... I wonder... if I'll be in the logbook entries now since I'm staying with them." She chuckled softly. "To be in the straw hats Logbook... that's pretty awesome."
Zoro had woken up late, more like he just didn't want to get up, until he found himself rolling out if bed onto the floor. He cursed a but before getting up and getting dressed. [I I wonder who helped Alyce this morning.] Normally he was already waiting by her door when she got up, but, not today. As he was leaving his room, he noticed Alyce looking around followed by her grinning.
[I What are you up to?] He decided to not make his presence known until she tried leaving the room.
A few days had passed since Alyce had fallen overboard and she was staying off her leg the best she could.
She yawned as she sat up in the bed and carefully moved her leg to the ground. Both Nami and Robin were already awake so she had to carefully maneuver herself around the room without the use of one of her legs. She got herself dressed and leaned against the wall as she hopped on one leg towards the door.
She peeked outside and saw the coast was clear and grinned. "Just a few more days then I can hopefully get this cast off and get back to how things were before..." She murmured. [i Although, Grumpy has been acting weird lately.]
"Yeah, good luck with that," Zoro replied as he watched Sanji take Alyce away. He looked at Robin after hearing her comment and scowled. "Well she obviously can't do anything herself." He looked at the door that led below deck and contemplated following for a moment until he noticed how Robin was looking at him. "I don't like her," he defended before grumpily making his way back to the crows nest.
[I Of course your don't,] Robin thought with a smile.
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