THANK YOU, I RIPPED IT OFF FROM A GREEK MORTAL CHARACTER WHO COMES FROM ONE OF APOLLO’S STORIES WHICH HER NAME WAS “Sirene” AND I WAS LIKE “I wanna have a ‘y’ in there, and there’s also gotta be a ‘C’.” BECAUSE THAT’S THE FIRST LETTER OF MY ACTUAL NAME
A smile, then laughter. ( filled with warmth and oozing love, carrying comfort, affection, home — all things he’s giving to her freely, will always give to her when needed, and even when not )
He can only think of that time where she really did have his heart, given to her by Torao for who knows why, and all he can say is “But you took great care of it.”
Because it’s true. It was better taken care of than when he had it, and although it was returned eventually it was in the other’s possession for a good amount of time, and Luffy didn’t even mind, would have left it with her forever if she wanted.
“Besides, I’m a pirate.” And who ever heard of a selfless pirate? Nicolette was worrying about silly things again. ( but, that was okay. because all that meant was that Luffy had to remind her that she didn’t need to worry. that she wasn’t going to get rid of him that easily and a bit of hesitation meant nothing in the face of nakama )
“Nah, wanna find Torao and ask him to take out my heart again?” And he plucks his strawhat from his own head and plops it onto hers, because finding Torao would take time and while he can’t physically give his heart to her right now, he can do this. And really, it’s that simple. It is never a question of if she was worthy or not. It’s simply a question of if she knew she had it. ( and she does, always, for nothing would make him take it back and if her grip loosens in uncertainty he’ll just take her hands and hold it with her )