red shank
Charybdis, chapter 12: checkmate [Archive of Our Own]
Shanks x Makino // rated T // part 5 of Shanties For the Weary Voyager
By Organization for Transformative Works

The sneeze caught him unawares, the sheer force of it enough to rattle the desk, toppling the bottle of scotch perched on the edge, and only quick reflexes saved it from shattering on the planks. Although the rug might have cushioned the fall, Teach mused, righting the bottle, the contents sloshing against the glass. A damn good vintage, and still over half of it left, but then she had turned down his offer.

Her loss, obviously. Figures Red-Hair would marry someone so self-righteous.

“You’re a good match now,” he muttered with a snort. He’d sent Doc down to treat her cuts earlier, but they’d scar, alright. It really was a damn shame she hadn’t been quicker. She’d been unusually pretty.

He’d lost his temper, and he might have felt some regret that he’d compromised his own leverage, but even if the ‘well’ bit was up for debate, she was still alive, which was more than Red-Hair was counting on. It would probably work to his advantage, anyhow. Better a furious man than a broken one. The former was more likely to be desperate, and he needed Red-Hair to be that, not overconfident, and with nothing to lose.

And anyway, the scars added a certain…dramatic weight to the whole thing that made his grin stretch, thinking about it.

He really was a sucker for reunions. All the great stories had one, and the more dramatic the reveal, the sweeter the catharsis. Well – for the observer, anyway.

The reminder had him rifling through the contents of his desk for the book he’d been reading, and he was busy looking for it when the Den Den Mushi half-buried in the pile gave a sudden jerk.

He grasped for the receiver, shoving away a pile of ledgers and stray papers in the process. “Yeah?”

“Admiral,” came Lafitte’s voice, a slither of that cold amusement carrying it over the line, to fill his quarters. “We are being hailed.”

Where the hell had he put that book? A few coins tumbled over the edge at his searching, and removing one of the paperweights had one of the maps curling together, like a snake coiling in on itself. A curse slipped under his breath as he made to smooth it back out. “By who?”

There was a pause. Then, that same cool humour falling with a soft, musing hum –

“It’s Red-Hair.”

Day 2: SCARS

I hurt myself.

I’m terrible at quotes (and drawing Zoro–his proportions just throw me off). But before you ask, I don’t actually think any one character’s scars are selfish. I just imagine that they think the are. If it wasn’t for Luffy anyway.

(blue eyes mean internal scars)

  • Luffy: Thanks, Dad!
  • Red Haired Pirates:
  • Luffy: Why is everyone staring at me?
  • Benn: You just called Shanks “Dad,” you said “Thanks, Dad.”
  • Luffy: What? No, I didn’t. I said “Thanks, man.”
  • Shanks: Do you see me as a father figure, Luffy?
  • Luffy: No, if anything I see you as a BOTHER figure because you’re always BOTHERING me!
  • Benn: Hey, show your father some respect!

if you all ever need a good laugh, always remember that eustass kid thinks he has the ability to kill shanks

OP AU where One Piece is the new virtual reality mmo that’s just come out and is super fucking popular the world over.

At level 10, players choose whether they want to join the Marines, or become pirates.

Players who become pirates will then join up with other players to make their own “pirate crew” (guild) and set sail from their beginner island in search of new adventures.

Often, the pirate crews that beginners join at level 10 are just temporary crews until they reach one of the major cities, and can then part ways to join one of the bigger crews stationed in the Grand Line that usually have recruiters stationed at the major cities.

The beginner islands that users can choose from are scattered throughout the four Blues, and each island has its own loyalties.

The Conomi Islands, for example, are a popular starting island for players aspiring to become pirates, as it’s the HQ of the Arlong Pirates.

Whereas players looking to become Marines will, obviously, start at an island with a Marine Base.

Luffy, never being one to think things through or plan ahead, decides to choose his beginner island randomly and ends up at Dawn Island - one of the resort islands popular with those players who were just playing One Piece for the beautiful scenery. Most of these players never set foot in the Grand Line, and spend most of their time exploring the four Blues or meeting people and hanging out in the island they chose to settle down in. As a result, there aren’t very many quests to help a newbie level up, and Luffy ends up stuck on Dawn Island for a long long time as he slowly, painstakingly raises his levels through grinding, and saves enough money to buy a boat that will take him to at least one of the better suited beginner islands.

At one point, he’s almost saved when the Red Haired Pirates (a crew usually stationed in the second half of the Grand Line) visit Dawn Island so that their Captain can visit his irl wife at the bar she runs in-game, and so that she can meet the crewmates he’s always telling her so much about.

However the Captain, Red Hair Shanks, refuses to take Luffy along with them because he’s still only at level 7 and it’d be dangerous for him because even now there are like three Marine ships tailing the Red Hair Pirates, wondering what the hell they’re doing in the East Blue. He does offer to give Luffy enough Gold to buy a little boat for himself, but Luffy’s too proud to accept charity from another player.

In the end, the red hair pirates stay at Dawn Island for about a week, just relaxing before they’re thrown back into the fray of the New World, and during that time Luffy friends most of the Red Hair pirates, and also ends up accidentally eating the Gomu Gomu no mi, a super super rare item that Shanks had been planning to sell in the AH.

In the end, about a month or so after Shanks and his crew leaves, Luffy is finally able to get off Dawn Island, and begin his adventure towards becoming the Pirate King.

And the first crewmember he’s planning on recruiting?

The super infamous pk’er, Pirate Hunter Zoro!