They woke up an unfamiliar room and an unfamiliar man resting his head on the bed asleep.
a white sheet donned their body and their hand came up to their wrapped up head which pounded painfully. They blinked, where were they?? Everything felt like a haze. like they were standing on the edge of a strange dream.
Looking to the side they froze, on the bedside table sat a picture.
It was taken on a sunny day at the beach, the woman/man had brown hair and he/she was laughing with the man beside who wore a strange hat and tattoo’s all over his body. They looked down at the sleeping man then at the picture.
It was them, together in the picture. Did they known this strange man?? everything was fuzzy again.
Suddenly the man moved slightly and sat up, rubbing the sleep from his eyes and blinked owlishly at her.
“y-youre awake!” He said scrambling up and sitting on the edge of the bed and grasped their hand.
They gave him a strange look and slowly took their hand away from his. Law frowned.
“How do you feel?”
‘Who are you?”
Law froze and his breath caught. So his hypothesis was correct so it seemed. He knew that once they came out of the coma there could be a chance of amnesia and he hoped they could beat the odds.
But as they continued to stare at him quizzically with eyes that used to be filled with love and a fiery passion and he wished that for once his calculations could have been wrong.
“Who are you?” They said again more forcefully and Law had trouble swallowing.
“i..I’m the doctor of this ship” Law said finally.
“When came i go home?”
“You wish to go home?” he asked. He ran a tired hand down his face. How could he make them remember all of their years of being together, to prove it when all he had was a dumb beach picture. He looked once again at the foreign eyes, never in a million years would he have thought that those eyes would look at him without one ounce of love.
“At the next island we stop we can come up with something” he said slowly and got up to leave, he paused at the door. What was he waiting for? for them to call his name, to say they remembered, to beg him to come to bed one last time? But they sat there silent, in a foreign room in a foreign ship and Law closed his eyes.
He turned around quickly and walked back to them and grasped their hand, not letting them pull away.
“we…um, before your accident you were my lover, I only have one picture to prove it but you have to believe me”
“I’m sorry I dont remember:
He shrugs like it doesn’t matter, but it does, and they both knew it. “We’ll make new memories.”
Luffy watched as his s/o leaned over the ship, their elbows on the side and their hands under their chin watching the sea.
He frowned. When he had heard that they had finally woken up he went crazy, grabbing their hand and kissing them on the forehead and everywhere.
“G-get off of me!! I dont even know you!”
He had laughed, thinking it was all a joke but then he looked at the cold eyes that had always been crinkled in the corners from laughing.
“I think she just needs some time” Chopper said as he did his check up on them.
The rest of the crew introduced themselves but they only blinked at them. Luffy stood behind his crew looking at his s/o closely. No longer were they smiling or laughing. No longer were they the happy person he had fallen in love with.
“Get away from me” they gave him a sneer and luffy could only look down and walk back the way he came.
“the only memories she has could have been her painful childhood ones” Robin had said when Luffy put together a meeting in the crow’s nest when his s/o was asleep.
“That would make it incredibly hard for her to back to her old self” Sanji said as he exhaled smoke.
‘What should we do” Luffy asked.
‘The best we can do is hope her memories come back, I dont think it’s permanent but I cant be sure” Chopper said and with that the crew dispersed to go to bed.
Now Luffy watched them on the side of the thousand Sunny, a small smile graced their lips and Luffy had the urge to go over there. But he stayed where he was and turned away.
His s/o turned and saw Luffy walk away “I’m sorry I cant remember you, I cant fight the tide” they whispered, turning back to watch the sea.
He did everything in his power to make them remember. Taking them to their favorite places to eat and showing them pictures of the two of them together but he always got the same reaction.
‘I’m sorry i dont remember”
he would nod.
But today had been different. They had asked him to take them to more places and he happily obliged, after a day out on the town he turned to them.
“are you remembering?” he asked.
They shook their head no “No but the advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
And then they leaned over and kissed him on the cheek and he smiled for the first time in what felt like years. He grabbed their hand “Come on, this over here used to be your favorite spot to watch the sunset”
“People always talk about how hard it can be to remember things - where they left their keys, or the name of an acquaintance - but no one ever talks about how much effort we put into forgetting. I am exhausted from the effort to forget… There are things that have to be forgotten if you want to go on living.”
Sanji stood there with tears streaming down his face as his lover hiked up their backpack full of belongings.
“If….if i were to ever remember your love Sanji, I will cherish it forever” They said and turned away from the ship dock.
“Let’s not let this be your life tonight,” he says. “Let’s get back in the ship and pretend we’re sailing away because we want to… not because we need to. We can pretend I’m taking you somewhere amazing… somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. You can snuggle up to me and we can talk about how excited we are and we’ll talk about everything we’ll do when we get there. We can talk about the important stuff later. But tonight… let’s not let this be your life.”
They paused and looked back him, broken.
it was then that they remembered what had happened when they woke up that fateful day:
And when suddenly God opened their eyes and, with anguish in his cry,
uttered the words: ‘He has come for you’
they comprehended nothing and said softly: ‘Who?” Opening their eyes they had saw sanji sitting beside them.
she shook her head from the memory.
and with that Sanji sunk to his knee’s and they left with the wind.