Zoro scowled, "What's your deal with surgeries?"
Chopper began to prepare everything to drain the wound and reclean it. He ignored the two as they talked, almost glad Zoro was there to distract Alyce. Once he reopened the wound, he made a slightly bigger incision, then gently squeezed to force the puss out. This took a few attempts before he he was able to get back in the wound and disinfect it again. "This may hurt a little," he glanced over at Zoro, "Keep talking."
"You're distracting her. Keep talking."
Zoro huffed them looked back at Alyce, "Uh, so," he frowned, "How do you like it here so far?"
Alyce glared at the green haired man but gasped when he threw her over his shoulder. "H-Hey! Put me down!" But as he spoke she frowned knowing he was right. She would only put them in more danger.
She stayed silent as he carried her to the sick bay.
When Zoro and Alyce entered the sick bay Chopper turned around in his chair. "Zoro? Alyce?" When Zoro explained the situation Chopper immediately turned to Alyce. "Leg up please."
Alyce sighed and turned so she was laying on the bed. "Yessir."
When Chopper removed the bandage the wound looked more inflamed than before. "I knew it... it is infected... but how... I'm always careful."
Alyce sighed. "It's not your fault Chopper... My body unfortunately gets infections easily... I'm not surprised a bullet wound got infected.
"Well we're going to fix this. I wouldn't be much of a doctor if I couldn't help with infections."
Alyce froze. "I-I won't have to get a surgery will I?"
Chopper shook his head. "No it's not that dire yet. We'll get this fixed before then."
"Stubborn woman," Zoro grumbled as he stood up, "You'll need surgery if you don't get that looked at."
"What are your doing Mosshead," Sanji asked with a scowl.
"Taking her to Chopper." Zoro threw Alyce over his shoulder and kicked the door open. "If we get into trouble she'll slow us down. The sooner her leg is healed the better."
"So your idea of getting her better is to manhandle her?"
"Better than you treating her like she's breakable." Zoro pushed by Sanji and left the kitchen with Alyce still over his shoulder. "You're about as much trouble as Luffy." Once they reached sick bay, he sat her down on the bed and looked at Chopper. "She hit the table when the ship was hit."
Alyce chuckled. “I am reading from the beginning Grumps. I’ve read quite a few books and heard lots of stories but this log book. This book is my favorite yet.” She smiled softly but her smile faded for a moment. [i I wonder if Ace had a logbook...]
Lost in her thoughts for a moment a huge wave hit the ship causing Alyce to stumble forward into the table where the corner hit her directly in the wound. Her face turned red as she held back a yelp of pain as she held onto the wall for balance.
Sanji rushed over to her seeing her expression. “Alyce! Are you alright?”
Alyce waved her hand and shook her head. “I-I’m fine... j-just give me a moment...”
Robin frowned. “I’ll go get Chopper.”
When everyone looked at her with raised brows she scratched the back of her head.
“ I-It’s fine...”
Robin sighed. “It won’t be fine if your wound is infected.”
“But... I don’t want surgery...” She mumbled under her breath.
"Well," Nami smiled, "The only difference between fairytales and our adventures is that we usually end up in the news."
"And not in a good way," Usopp added.
Zoro leaned back in his chair, "Your should start from the beginning of you're going to read that." He glanced at Nami and chuckled, "There was a time when Nami used us as a means to an end. Turns out she only did it to save her home."
"He kept her prisoner," Luffy said point blank.
Alyce saw the look on Chopper’s face and raised her eyebrow. “Chopper don’t worry so much I’m fine.” She smiles softly. After Chopper rebandaged her leg she gave a small wave before heading to find a new spot to read more of the log book.
Later that night Alyce bursted into the kitchen with her eyes wide. “Y-You guys... you guys actually flew up into the sky wow this ship is incredible.”
Robin chuckled looking up from her book. “Actually that was a different shop. The ship you’re reading about right now is the Going Merry. But the ship you’re currently standing on is the Thousand Sunny.”
Alyce looked around and grinned. “You guys are amazing. These stories seem like they’re straight out of a fairytale and yet I believe every word.”
"Is there any specific location where its sore the most?" Chopper removed the bandages once Alyce was situated. He proceeded to clean around the outside of it then began examining it. He couldn't find anything wrong with it but he was concerned about the bright red skin that surrounded the wound itself. [i It can't be infected, can it?]
Nami looked down at her pose then looked up a the sky. It was still clear but she had the feeling there would be a storm coming soon. [i We aren't far from the next island but that storm will probably hit us before we reach it.]
Alyce glanced at Robin then back to the two bickering men. "They've always been like this huh? It's even logged in the books that they argued back then too."
Robin nodded. "I didn't join the crew until after their journey in Alabasta but yes since I've been with the crew they've always argued. And Nami said even before that as well."
Alyce chuckled softly. "It's kinda amusing." She looked at Chopper and nodded. "Sure, you can check my leg. I think it's getting a lot better it doesn't really hurt anymore its just sore."
"Alyce," Chopper popped his head out from the sick bay to find exactly who he was looking for in the hall. "Oh good! I want to look at your leg."
Zoro left the sick bay a moment later with what appeared to be a fresh bandage on his face. "You've been checking it multiple times daily Chopper, its probably fine."
"Too bad the same can't be said for your head," Sanji replied in passing under his breath, to which the swordsman twitched.
"Its not my fault something hit the ship and my weights fell."
"Oh my," Robin covered her mouth as she started to laugh, "Those two are at it again." She looked at Alyce, "Let me know when you get to Skypiea."
Alyce and Luffy had gotten a bit closer since she agreed to travel with them. She would join the guys and goof off only to get scolded by Nami for being stupid and from Chopper for not being careful due to her wound.
She had read most of the entries of the log book up to the alabasta arc of the log book. She smiled reading the little bit about Ace. "The world lost a great man..." She murmured softly as she flipped a page and headed out of the girls room, almost running into Robin.
"Oh, hello Alyce. How are you liking the log book?"
Alyce grinned. "It's amazing. It's hard to believe that you all actually did everything in this book... They sound so far fetched..."
Robin chuckled softly. "Wait until you get to the part about Skypiea."
Robin chuckled once more. "You'll see."
Usopp waved his hand in front of his face, "Don't do that. Luffy is an idiot so you'll probably end up dead if you follow his example."
"Hey," Luffy mocked being slightly offended but in truth, he knew Usopp had a point.
"You can stay with Robin and I for now," Nami offered, "Until we get a room set up for you. There is plenty of space in the bed for a third person." There were, of course, other places that Alyce could sleep, but in an actual bed would probably be more comfortable. "In the meantime, you could help with little chores around the ship. Its usually pretty tidy but sometimes we miss a few things."
"Once your leg heals enough," Chopper glanced towards the crows nest, "You can probably use Zoro's weights to get strength back in them."
During some point, Robin had disappeared and was just now returning. "Here," she handed their log book to Alyce, "To give you some insight on what you are getting yourself into."
"There is an entry in there from when we ran into Ace in Alabasta," Nami added.
Alyce raised an eyebrow as the swordsman left but then turned her attention to Luffy and nodded. "I'll try to live up to your example then." She chuckled. "I hate to ask this... but where will I be staying? I don't want to be a burden." She scratched the back of her head nervously.
"Decent?" Zoro had seen how she fought off the old man and was surprised that she only viewed her skills to be decent. Part of him wanted to test them for himself but with how her leg was it wouldn't be happening anytime soon. "I'll be in the crows nest."
Luffy watched the swordsman leave then looked at Alyce. "We have a log book of all our adventures. Since you're coming with us, you'll be in them too."
"Yeah," Chopper nodded, "It'll be fun!"
Alyce sighed and narrowed her eyes at the swordsman. “First you tell me I’m nothing special then after I agree with it you seem more interested in me. Make up your mind Grumps.” She ignored the swordsman for a movement before turning her attention back to Nami. “Well after a week of people constantly saying you’re someone who you aren’t... it can get a bit irritating. Especially when you’re hungry.” She rolled her shoulder slightly. “ Yes my Gran is sick. So nosey...” She stretches then sighed. “I’m decent at hand to hand combat, I can also use guns pretty well. But other than that I have no other experience with weapons. I agree that I’m not special because I dont have famous weapons or famous skills or devil fruit powers. I just have me.” She shrugged before glancing out the window. [i And Gran...]
"Hey Nami," Usopp looked at the navigator, "Didn't you do something similar in Alabasta?"
Nami's brow twitched, "Don't bring that up." She looked over at Alyce, "You've got some guts to do that in a town crawling with scummy men."
Zoro raised a brow at Alyce, "Your gran is sick?" He wasn't all the surprised at how easily she admitted that she wasn't all that special. Most people tried to prove that in some way or another they were. This was something that intrigued him. Shifting slightly, he asked another question, "What can you do? What is your fighting style?"
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