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"Luck is one word for it." Thea smiled as she took another drink, "Some people would call it fate. Really just depends on what you believe in." She set her glass down and placed her hands in her lap. "So, what did you do before you became a pirate? Obviously you weren't out there in the world alone so I know you had to be somewhere."
Sanji smiled softly at the mention of his mother. "I like to try and be the one regret she didn't have." He scratched the back of his head and thanked the waiter when he brought out the wine. He looked at Thea and couldn't stop smiling. "I've got to be the luckiest man alive."
Thea leaned forward a bit when she saw him flush. "I know exactly what you're thinking," she teased, "and you're right." After a moment she leaned back in her chair and smiled sweetly at him. "Always so considerate. Even when we were kids. Your mother would be proud of you."
Sanji's face flushed red at the thought of calling Thea his wife. [i Maybe one day I'll be lucky enough... but a bit too soon now.] He fixed his tie and once the waiter left he smiled softly at Thea. "Of course I remembered all of that. It's dire information when I'm making meals for you. I would never want to make a meal with an ingredient that makes you nauseous at the smell, as well as something you're allergic too. As a cook I would make a pretty crappy boyfriend if I didn't remember all of that." He smiled with a wink.
Thea was about to take a drink of her wine when Sanji started talking. She stopped and stared at him as he broke down each dish based on what she liked or didn't as well as what she was allergic to. "You remembered all that? How did you know my preferences hadn't changed since childhood?"
Once the waiter regained his composure, he nodded and took down the order. "Will there be anything else?"
"Mmm," Thea took a sip of her wine, "We'll take a bottle of this."
"Excellent choice ma'am. It will pair wonderfully with the dish your husband has picked for you."
At the word [i husband], Thea nearly choked on her drink. "H-he's not my," she cleared her throat, "I'm sorry but he's not my husband."
"Oh," the waiter flushed at his mistake, "My apologizes. I'll go put in your order. Excuse me."
Sanji listened to what the waiter started recommending and thought about each dish and what it entailed. He frowned as he shook his head. "Crevettes et Asperges is a pasta dish with shrimp and asparagus so you wouldn't like that. The shrimp fried quinoa you can't eat because here they cook it with pineapple so you'd have an allergic reaction. Myeolchi-muchim is made with anchovies so you may get sick from the smell. The last dish can be served in two ways. How do you prepare the sides?"
The waiter was rather impressed with the blondes insight on the menu and what each dish was prepared with so the question caught him offguard. "O-Oh we serve it with creamy garlic parmesean brussel sprouts."
Sanji nodded before smiling at Thea. "You'll probably enjoy that." He looked over the menu once more and pointed at what he would like. "And I've never heard of this. I'd like to try it please."
"Actually what caught my attention was the music," Thea replied. She looked over the menu for a moment before setting it down and looking at the waiter. "What would you recommend?" As he began listing things off, she just blinked. "Oh uhm, Sanji, what do you think?"
Sanji nodded with a smile. "That sounds great." He led her into the restaurant where they were quickly seated. "Not too busy but also not dead. You've got a great eye dear." He winked as he looked over the menu and tried to find a recipe he didn't already know.
There's smiled and leaned into him as they walked. She looked around as they walked, then something caught her ear. "Huh?" She came to a stop and turned her head in the direction of the sounds. "Hey, what about here? Looks like they have a live band. Which means there might be a dance floor too. That could be fun after we eat."
"Evin still isn't back, huh," Ivan asked
Quinn shook his head, "No. I'm about to go looking for her."
"Can I leave a message," Evin asked.
"They'll come looking for me if I disappear without a word."
"Fine. Give it to the shop keeper."
"Thank you." Evin walked over to the counter and wrote down a message onto a sheet of paper. When she was done she handed it to the shop keeper. "Can you give this to my friend?"
"What does she look like," the shop keeper asked.
"Short, tan skin, peach hair and amber eyes, probably with a blond guy in a suit. Just please, give this to her."
Sanji nodded with a smile pulling her closer. "I think that's a lovely idea."
Evin sighed softly. She couldn't tell if this was a bluff but he knew of Jace... and Jace would sleep with anyone that opened their legs for him. She knew he would be most vulnerable when in the bed... especially if the woman was good. She let out a breath and felt her chest tighten as the words left her lips. "Fine... I'll go with you. But you must promise me that nothing will happen to any of my crew mates."
"You have my word. And unlike you we keep our word." He snapped his fingers and before Evin could react there was something clamped around her wrist.
"Sea prism bracelet. Lovely isn't it? Don't think we don't know about your powers. We want this to go smoothly so that attitude of yours will have to be altered. And we can't have you using those damn powers. Come. We leave now."
"Let's walk around some more to see what else there is." Thea lifted their hands and kissed the back of his, "Give us more time together."
Zoro sat down by the door of the sick bay and closed his eyes. He could hear Luffy talking to Emerza, but no response. [I If course there is no response, she's unconscious. Clinging to life. And it's your fault.] He wouldn't admit it to anyone else but he felt like he was too blame. He didn't stop her from getting taken. She was dying because of him.
Sanji nodded at Quinn's order and after what happened to Emezra the last thing on his mind was leaving Thea alone. "Hmm... I did see a rather small cafe not too far from the ships. But we can walk around and see if anything else catches your interest first, love." He held her hand gently intertwining their fingers together as they walked.
Luffy leaned over Emezra and let out a sigh of relief when he saw her chest rise and fall. "Don't die Emzy... Please... I've already lost one brother... I can't lose my only sister too..." He gently grabbed her hand and held it in both of his own while holding it against his forehead. "Please Emzy..."
Evin had been looking for supplies when an unfamiliar voice called a name she hadn't heard in years.
She froze as she looked over her shoulder. "Sorry you've got the wrong girl?"
"Considering your body language that's highly unlikely. Although I do commend you for being able to hide this long in plain sight. Your father would be livid if he knew what you've done to yourself. Tattoos, piercings, dyed hair."
"Like I give a rats ass what that bastard thinks. Why are you here? Either leave or I'll make you leave."
"We've been following you for awhile dear. Don't think for a moment you have leverage over us. We know that crew means a lot to you. And we've had our eyes on a couple of your crew mates for awhile. If you don't come quickly one of them may die. And it would all be because of you. So either, you come quietly. Or we do this the hard way. Your choice."
"Am I? Your friend with the blonde streak in his hair is currently having some fun with one of our agents, she's already spiked his drink. She can easily plung a knife in his chest as he's unconscious. Would you want that to happen?"
Evin's eyes widened. "Jace..." She clenched her fists and glared at the man before her. "Why the hell do you even want me? You said it yourself. My father would be disgusted to see me in this state. Ashamed even. So why the hell does he want me?"
"Because for some unknown reason. Royalty has agreed to take your hand in marriage."
Thea thought got a moment then returned Sanji's smile. "We can definitely go check out different restaurants."
"It's settled," Aspen and Quinn started shoving the couple of the ship.
Luffy nodded, "I'll be quiet." He stood up and went into the room, then silently sat by Emerza's side. "Don't die."
"H-get," Thea protested, "Stop trying to rush us."
"Just shut up and go have fun. Don't let anyone else ruin your fun," Quinn said. Before the two got too far off, here real after them, grabbing Sanji's shoulder and holding him back. "Keep her close." After releasing his shoulder, he returned to the ship. "Has anyone seen Evin?"
"I think she's still in town," Chase said, "She wanted to find some stuff so she could make something for Thea as a 'welcome back' type thing for when she returns to the ship."
"So," Thea smiled, "Did you see any places that you might want to try?"
Zoro headed below deck to sick bay to see Emzy, however he stopped when he saw Luffy already there. He was silent as he heard the conversation between the nurse and his captain. [I There's no telling when she'll wake up, huh? Luffy, stay by her side. She needs you now more than ever.]
Adam raised his eyebrow but nodded. "Just... be careful. She's weak, and be quiet as well. Although in this state I'm unsure if loud noises would even wake her up. But regardless she needs rest. If you agree to those terms then yes you can see her."
Sanji looked at Thea with a small smile. "We don't have to if you don't want to. But... we could always try a different restaurant?" He suggested with a kind smile.
Aspen looked at Thea after hearing Sanji's question to her. "You're a bit overdressed," she pointed out, "Did you go on a date earlier?"
"Well we were going to have lunch but," Thea hung her head, "We ran into my parents and a lot of things were said, mainly towards me. It kinda ruined the mood."
"Don't let us get in the way," Aspen waved her hand, "I'm sure Caramelle and Tallis can handle cooking for both crews while you two try and have your little date."
"Hush. You two have had to hide in that lounge for alone time and he's always worrying about feeding the crew. We've got things handled."
"Can I see her," Luffy asked.
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