When Portgas D. ‘Eddy’ Edward wakes up, he knows instantly he’s in trouble.
The only question is if it were of his own making or not.
For where there had once been the familiar setting the Thousand Sunny’s deck, he now finds himself stranded upon wooden docks, docks he doesn’t not recognise at that.
Slowly, the seven year old sits up, rubbing gently at the throbbing lump on his head as he tries to remember what happened.
They were sailing through the Grand Line, he recalls. Papa had been piloting Striker II, long stream of fire extending out from behind the boat, a lashing tail of propulsion that had the sea steaming as they cut through its waves. Mama had been on deck with him, Rheagle and Rogue sitting in her lap as she carefully went about reinforcing the alphabet for Rheagle.
Eddy remembers, he’d been helping. They’d been on the letter 'E’, he’d been using himself as an example, waiting for Papa to come aboard with new provisions. He was going to spend the month with them before heading back to the Whitebeards.
A few minutes later, and another ship had appeared out of nowhere. That’s where his memories start to get a little… fuzzy.
Peering around his new, unfamiliar location, Eddy tries reaching out with what rudimentary Haki powers he possess, but it slips right through his fingers. Not entirely unsurprising, given he’d only started learning a few months ago, but disheartening all the same.
His lower lip wobbles as his looks around again, reaching for the small sword always strapped to his belt. A gift from Gruncle Mihawk, who seems to be stopping by more and more often for 'training visits’. Papa insists he stops by far more than he did when they were young, but Mama keeps saying he (Eddy) is showing some real promise, so no wonder Mihawk’s interested.
Whatever that means.
“Hey, kid, you lost?”
Huddling into his long sleeve shirt (winter islands suck) Eddy peers up at the tall marine. Even though every damn marine seems tall to him.
This one is familiar though. Finally. If younger and with less scars than he’s used to.