Alyce didn't have the energy to spit fire back at Zoro but she gently leaned her head against Sanji. "When my leg... is healed... I'll kick your ass... for being so grumpy... Grumps..." She gave a small smile before feeling herself getting lifted up.
"Sanji carry her down to the sick bay. I just want to check her to make sure." Chopper instructed.
Sanji nodded. "Alright."
After the two left Robin noticed the tint on Zoro's cheeks and chuckled softly. "Are you sure you're just following the buddy system? Your cheeks say otherwise." Robin teased with a chuckle.
"Next time? They won't be a next time. You're staying where I can see you," Zoro replied harshly. Though he was glad she was okay, he was annoyed that the situation happened at all.
"Zoro, that's a little mean, don't you think," Nami asked.
"I'm sure he's just concerned for her safety," Robin reasoned, "He's been by her side this whole time. It would make sense that he's developed a desire to protect her."
Zoro looked away, a faint time tint on his cheeks, "Have not. I'm just following Chopper's buddy system instructions until she can be on her own again."
After a few more chest compressions Alyce coughed up water and Sanji turned her head so she wouldn't swallow the water again.
"Alyce!" Luffy cheered and Chopper sighed with relief.
The color was very slowly coming back to her face. Sanji helped her sit up and she leaned against him. "W-What happened?" She coughed softly.
"Alyce dear, you gave us quite the scare. You fell off the figurehead."
Alyce looked around and smiled softly. "Thanks for not letting me die." She whispered softly. "I'll... be more careful... next time." She muttered between coughs.
"Shut up Eyebrows," Zoro replied as he looked at Alyce.
"Now isn't the time," Chopper scolded. "Sanji's right, she needs CPR." He looked at Sanji and have him a nod, signaling that it was okay to start chest compressions.
"What the hell was she doing in the figurehead anyway," Zoro asked.
"I was letting her sit there," Luffy relied with a shrug, "She was fine until she stood up."
Zoro was about to yell at Luffy for leaving her alone but fell silent as he looked back at her. She still want breathing, but it didn't look like Sanji was giving up. He could hear the cook muttering a count up to 30 before switching to giving her air. His eye twitched a little, but he didn't move.
"Come in Alyce," Sanji muttered before starting chest compressions again.
Alyce had lost consciousness under the water she felt the darkness surround her as she sank further down, the cast causing her to sink faster. She felt for a moment like something was bringing her back to the surface.
Sanji waited as they pulled the two back up to the ship. When he saw the familiar dark hair a smile appeared on his face until he saw how her head hung, "Alyce!"
When Chopper explained Sanji's heart skipped a beat. "I can give her cpr."
Zoro had been up in the crows nest lifting weights as Luffy had offered to help Alyce today. Even over the sound of his weights clinking to, he thought he'd heard a splash. He was about to disregard it until he heard a collective "Alyce" shout. Immediately his expression hardened and he set the weights down. When he looked out the window he saw Chopper and Luffy pacing around by the Sunny's figurehead, panicking. "Out, what's going on?"
"Alyce fell off the figurehead," Chopper replied before going back to panicking.
Zoro huffed before quickly leaving the crows and diving into the water after Alyce. It took a few seconds before he found her, unconscious and sinking. He mentally cursed as he swam towards her and wrapped an arm around her waist. [I Hang in there Alyce,] he thought as he returned to the surface and a rope waiting to pull them back to the ship.
"Is she alive," Usopp asked, concerned.
"Barely," Chopper replied as he checked her pulse, "She swallowed too much water. We need to get it out of her lungs to give her a chance."
"Hey I'm not happy about it either Grumps!" Alyce huffed before folding her arms over her chest and leaning back. [i Heal quicker stupid leg...]
A few weeks had passed with Alyce following the buddy system as best she could. Zoro was usually the one carrying her around not for the lack of Sanji trying, he would just always be there first. But today Luffy was the one helping her out.
"Is this okay?"
Alyce nodded. "Yeah, the view is beautiful here."
Luffy grinned. "This is my spot, but you can sit here for a bit."
Alyce chuckled. "Thanks, I'll make sure to take in the view."
Alyce turned around and saw the small reindeer. "Oh, yeah Chopper?"
"I need to check your leg again."
Alyce nodded with a slight sigh. "Luffy can you help me down?"
Alyce went to stand up but her knee locked up causing her to lose her balance. She went to grab something but realized that Luffy had gotten off the lion's head to help her down. She felt herself falling backwards and it almost felt like she was floating. But then after a moment she finally realized what was happening. She went to scream but felt the water surround her. [i O-Oh no, what do I do. I can't kick my leg to swim, and Chopper and Luffy can't swim? Will they get someone?! Will they leave me here?]
"And you're the one comparing her to a sack of flour and potatoes. You're both in the wrong," Nami scolded.
Zoro ignored them and carried Alyce to the lawn chair. Rather than dropping her, he crouched down so she could slide off, then promptly sat down against the wall, facing her. "Don't move."
"Hm," Robin lowered her book and glanced at Zoro, then at Alyce. "I take it Chopper said something about her leg?"
"Yeah. It was infected. She's not allowed to use it for a while to avoid irritation." Zoro crossed his arms over his chest, "Chopper ordered her to follow the [i buddy system] until she is fully recovered."
Alyce held on a bit tighter when the two started to bicker so she didn't fall off when Zoro stood up straighter.
Sanji felt the impact with his head and winced before rubbing the back of his head. "Namiiii but he's not treating her right!" Sanji retorted.
When asked where she wanted to be put down she looked around then pointed at the lawn chair. "u-Uhm, there's fine."
"Just focus on letting your leg heal," Zoro replied. When they reached the deck his ears were assaulted by Sanji's voice, and his face soured even more. "Mind your own business Eyebrows! I'm just doing what I'm told. And stop comparing her to food!"
The two argued for a bit before Nami sighed in annoyance and hit them both on the head. "Enough! Zoro, just put her down. Sanji, stop picking fights."
Zoro grumbled, "Where," he glanced back to Alyce.
Alyce grimaced at Zoro's voice and sighed. "L-Look I'm not happy about this either Grumpy." She took the pills then carefully slid off the bed onto Zoro's back. "God this is embarrassing..." She mumbled under her breath.
As they headed back to the main deck Sanji was picking up Nami and Robin's dishes from their drinks. As he lifted his head he smiled but then his smile faded when he saw how Zoro was holding Alyce. "MOSSHEAD! Do you even know how to treat a woman?! First you throw her on your shoulder like a sack of flour then you put her on your back like shes a basket of potatoes!" He groaned. "Treat her like a woman for gods sake!"
Zoro grumbled a bit under his breath as he watched Chopper hand Alyce some pills to take care of pain and swelling. [i Even Luffy isn't this much of a pain.] Once she had taken the pills, he crouched down in front of the bed, back facing Alyce. "Get on."
Chopper did his best to keep a straight face at the clear annoyance on Zoro's face as well as his current obedience. "As long as you follow doctors orders, you should be better in no time and then you wont have to be buddies anymore."
"W-Wait what do you mean buddy system? I'll be fine!"
"Last time you said that as well and your leg got infected."
Alyce opened her mouth to reply but knew he was right. "Aren't there like... crutches or something I could use. I already bother you guys enough. I don't need to have a babysitter to be a bother even more..." She brushed the wisps of hair to the side that were falling in her face. "I'll be more careful this time..."
Chopper shook his head. "No, as your doctor this is what is best for you. You will follow the buddy system. If Zoro is not available then someone else will help you. You basically only have one leg at the moment."
"Gods dammit this sucks..."
"You can thank Luffy for that," Zoro replied.
While the two continued to talk, Chopper finished up with Alyce's leg and stitched it back up. For added measure and to prevent reopening the wound, he bandaged it up. "You'll want to stay off it for a few hours. It will likely swell a little since we had to irritate it further to drain it. Until your leg is fully healed, as your doctor I am ordering you to utilize the buddy system."
"Yes," Chopper nodded, "and since you're here Zoro, you will be her buddy."
"What?! No way!"
Alyce rubbed the back of her head. "Anytime my Gran had to get a surgery she would get really sick afterwards... I was always there to take care of her so she would get better for a little while. But I don't want to get sick because I have to take care of her."
When Chopper told Zoro to keep talking she chuckled. "You suck at small talk. But I'll play along. The ship is amazing. It's definitely not what I would imagine a pirate ship to be. And your guys log book. It's got the most amazing stories I've ever read. They almost seem unreal. Scratch that, they do seem unreal. But I believe every word."
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