I'm getting the Little Mermaid vibes, ya know? Riskua is Ariel, Ace is Eric, Thatch is Scuttle the seagull that tries *and fails* to get them together, while Sabo and Koala are Sebastian and Flounder just telling Ace to "Kiss the Girl". Then Mihawk and Shanks flip the boat because Ace 'isn't worthy' and that there was no way that he was getting anywhere close to those 'innocent' lips. Riskua has to save Ace cause he can't swim.
“Why were we even on a boat in a little lake if you can’t swim anyway?”
Riskua huffs, dragging Ace out of the water and slapping him on the back a few times; that huge-ass tattoo making an excellent target on just where to hit.
The flame user coughs, pond-water splashing onto the ground and Riskua’s hand evolves from smacking to soothing rubs; she knows what it’s like to be hacking up half the ocean after all, given all that time she’s spent hauling Luffy’s rubbery ass from the great blue.
“Se-seemed nice,” Ace hacks up, wiping at his mouth with one hand, the other still supporting his hunched over body, trembling.
Riskua feels kinda bad, because she knows what Ace really means.
He’d been content to sit on the shore; she’d been the one that wanted to go out onto the lake.
And for some stupid reason, he hadn’t wanted her to be on her own. For those ten minutes on the boat, the company, the atmosphere, it’d all been sort of nice, she’ll admit.
“Come on, let’s head back to the Merry, see if Sanji’s cooked some dinner yet.”
Holding out her hand, Riskua heaves Ace to his feet, turning to her back in the direction they’d come.
Only Ace’s fingers weave with hers before she can recall her arm, trapping their hands together as his long legs work to keep up with her quick pace.
Riskua takes a moment to consider their adjoined hands before shrugging it off.
She’s held hands with Luffy before, even if that’d just been their hands curled around one another, none of this threaded fingers stuff. There not much difference after all.
..and it sort of feels nice, she guesses.