One Piece ワンピース [Yonkō Saga / Totland Arc] : Sir “Thousand Arms” Cracker vs Captain "Strawhat” Luffy 

TBH I’m kind of disappointed how this fight turned out. After seeing Captain Jack “the Drought” I had certain expectations of the Yonkō Commander Captains, but Cracker’s fight quickly turned into a Usopp-esque joke match. Especially after he crawled out of his armor the hype was real!! Only to end in salt. Well I’m sure Oda-sensei has many more exciting fights planned for this arc so w/e let’s move it along! 

aerefyr  asked:

Fic title: wait, what do you mean you got a kid?

*giggles* come to think of it, I haven’t actually done an adoption au yet. must fix. 
edit: whoa maybe we shouldn’t have done that. what. idk what happened here. 

“Wait, what do you mean you got a kid?” 

Rex glared at the phone a moment before he realised two things: one, that it didn’t actually help him see Cody’s face; two, he was missing the - probably perfectly reasonable - explanation. Half asleep as he was, it took him a moment to figure out what to even do with that information. 

“- nearly bit the dumb bastard’s ear off. Anyway he’s a spitfire, you’ll like him.” 


“Gotta go, Rex, I’ll see you at work.” 

Rex growled something incoherent even to himself and probably unfriendly, but the line had already disconnected. Well, that was just lovely. His oldest brother was going to adopt a kid. Who had - almost bitten someone’s ear off? He couldn’t have heard that correctly. 

Anyway, he didn’t have that much time to ponder it. A scalding coffee and two shirts later he was out the door and in his car, still swearing but properly awake at least. That wasn’t really the intended mode of use for caffeine, but it worked. Another fifteen minutes and he was just outside Captain Fett’s office. 

When Rex finally gets through 9am traffic to the precinct, his older brother Captain Fett is sitting at his desk like their morning conversation never even happened. Except that it’s eerily quiet. Almost like Cody’s making an effort to make no sudden movements. Rex is also a little surprised that Cody, always professional at work, seems to be deliberately informal. He’s even telling Rex inane stuff, like how he’s going to stop for groceries on the way home. 

It’s weird until Cody asks him if he can introduce someone. That must be the kid he was talking about, Rex figures, as Cody waves him around the desk. So he carefully edges around until he can just see - 

A red-headed kid, nose in a book, sitting plumb on the floor with his back against the drawers of Cody’s desk, leaving him effectively hidden. 

At first blush, it seems like they’re dealing with a kid who ran off from a foster home. But as they start digging a little deeper, they discover Obi-Wan’s foster parents went missing a few months ago. Obi-Wan doesn’t talk about it much, but what they can get from him is that he was with someone - maybe an older brother? - by the name of Xan. Only, Xan got sick and they had to slow down and stay in the city a little longer. They thought they were okay, but someone found them and they got separated - 

And that’s how Cody found Obi-Wan fighting to bite a guy’s ear off. 

Not having much to go on, they start looking for this Xan character, though neither Cody nor Rex really trust that he had the kid’s best interests in mind. But their job is finding people, and eventually they track Xan down at a hospital, where - oh heck yes is he sick, poor kid’s got pneumonia - and looks like he had a run-in with a few rather large-sized fists. 

Xan’s not a minor - he’s just over twenty-one. Actually, for the last year and a half he’s been struggling to pay off his father’s debt, which was incurred through a serious gambling habit he’d tried to satisfy at the wrong establishment. Xan, on the other hand, is better at gambling - he counts cards, for one thing. But since he’s trying to win his dad’s debt back at the same establishment, that doesn’t actually help. They let him think he’s getting away with it for a little while, then they start pulling him into their - obviously - shady business. (when did this become a poker movie au)

Among other things, these guys are into breaking and entering and burgling. Xan’s usually on lookout. He gets a bad feeling about the whole thing when it turns out they’re heading for his neighbourhood. He figures, if it’s his guardian’s house (he’s been living with Qui-Gon, Micah, and Tahl while his dad is supposed to be working on the gambling habit) - then at least most likely no one is home at this time of day. Then he realises it’s not his home they’re going to, and he’s relieved for all of five minutes. 

But it has to be one time a job goes badly sideways - the owners are home when they’re not supposed to be, and Xan sees this kid he’s babysat before walking up the street towards him. And realises he knows this house. And makes a split second decision of - okay well distraction needed let’s get out of here. And then about half an hour later he realises oh shoot I can’t actually go back there at all. 

So he does his best and keeps running. 

It’s nice when you actually get your head straight and ask for help though. Which is what Cody and Rex are there for, and they’re very good at their jobs. Within a handful of months they dismantle the illegal gambling ring. Cody and Rex get to know Obi-Wan, and if they were half-serious about adopting the little fireball to begin with, now Cody is absolutely set on it. On a hint from Obi-Wan, they call Qui-Gon and tell him where to find Xan. Qui-Gon - no small surprise - is a professor of game theory. Though no particular friend of Crion’s, he and Micah and Tahl were close enough with Xan’s mother to offer to give him a place to stay when Crion ran into trouble. 

Qui-Gon had been especially hard-hit by Xan’s disappearance, as the kid had been his protégé of sorts. Xan had always had better rapport with Professor Jinn than with anyone else in the house, though Tahl was often the one to help him out of his worse moods. He could be unkindly snappish without realising. 

But when Qui-Gon comes to find Xan and ask him to come home, Qui-Gon also has the pleasure of meeting Obi-Wan, and takes a liking to the kid immediately. Which is how Obi-Wan suddenly ended up with a much larger family than originally intended. 

for the fic title meme

The most successful pirate in history was a Chinese prostitute. Cheng I Sao commanded 80,000 sailors and a fleet bigger than most country’s navies, which is why the government had to give up and offer her a truce. She retired with her loot, opened a gambling house, and later died, peacefully, a 69-year-old grandmother. Source