✿ 64 MarcoAce
64. Clinging hug
Marco has long since gotten used to some very overexcited greetings. He’s had Luffy fling himself out a window to say hello, Thatch almost fall down a flight of stairs, Haruta jump off a flight of stairs, and Ace usually barrels straight into him, sometimes sniggering and picking him up, laughing about how light Marco is.
But this is weird, even by his usual standards.
Ace continues to cling to him, arms wrapped tight around his torso, and Marco can’t help but awkwardly pat his back, asking, “Are you okay?”
“My grandfather wants to meet my fiance.” Ace says to Marco’s shoulder, and Marco frowns, leaning back to stare at Ace.
“You don’t- have a fiance.”
Ace casts him a pleading, desperate look, and Marco’s eyes go wide.
“Please!” Ace begs before Marco can scrounge up anything in his defence, “He’ll kill me for lying to him. Or at least make me do a training session with him! I’m fit but I’m not that fit!”
“Why did you lie in the first place?” Marco hisses, looking over Ace’s shoulder to see a ridiculously buff old man grinning at the both of them, his lips stretched as wide as Luffy’s usually went.
“He keeps setting me up,” Ace whines.
“Just tell him no, yoi!” Marco says back, nose crinkling, but sighs in defeat and can tell Ace feels it when he’s gifted with a beaming smile and Ace quickly latching onto his hand. Ace bounces onto his tip toes and presses a quick kiss to Marco’s cheek.
“I owe you one.”
“Fuck yes you do,” Marco mumbles in reply, before giving Ace’s grandfather his most disarming, mild smile. “Hello, sir. It’s a pleasure to finally meet you.”
Ace’s grandfather laughs uproariously, “No need to be so falsely polite! I know you were trying to get out of this for months. All those trips right when Ace was supposed to bring you to dinner-” he slams his hand into Marco’s back, and Marco’s almost sent stumbling, looking up to see Ace’s grandfather still grinning, the hint of pissed mania to the glint of his teeth. “Can’t get out of it now, boy.”
While Ace’s grandfather laughs, Marco glares at Ace and hisses, “I’m gonna kill you.”
Ace grins sheepishly. “Love you too, birdbrain.”