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Sitting on stage 8, Meijin passed the time by watching the town come alive. He watched as the vendors started to display their wares, as the shops opened up and as the cooks started picking up ingredients for brunch. At about 6:10, Trivalu heard a familiar voice. “Hey! Good Morning!” glancing over to where the shout came from, the Triviamaster saw Mat / Din strolling up to the stage. “How long have you been here!?” asked Mat as he arrived at stage 8.
“Oh, just about 10 minutes. I’m glad to see you here, Schizo-kun. I was worried that no one would remember to come here. In fact, could you do something for me? I’m betting that some of our nakama have just forgotten to come here, so I want to go out and collect them.”
Mat / Din seemed to be hesitant to comply, so Meijin said, “Tell you what, I’ll get someone to keep you company while I’m out.” He whistled a short, high pitched note, and a few minutes later, an Amazon parrot flew into the plaza and lighted on Trivalu’s shoulder. “Quiz, I’d like you to stay here with Mat / Din while I’m out.”
A smile came across Mat / Din’s face as Mat said, “Shorty and I would love to watch the stage!” Din replied, “Argh! Enough with the ‘Shorty’! But I guess that there’s nothing else better to do this early in the morning, so we’ll do it.”
“Thanks! You won’t regret this decision,” said the Triviamaster as he headed out to find the rest of the crew. Meijin walked down the main street, stopping at each alley and looking down it to see if anyone happened to fall asleep on the street. One of the alleys seemed to end with a little open area. Trivalu’s interest was piqued, as he approached and saw a lone tree in a patch of grass. What was more interesting was the sight of Jinn sleeping underneath the tree.
The Triviamaster approached the tactician and stood there for a second as he observed the sleeping man. Jinn seemed to be in a state of relaxation that Meijin hadn’t seen before. With his scarf over his eyes, Jinn mumbled something abut Jinntopia as he resettled and let out a sigh. Trivalu let out a short laugh as he nudged the tactician with the tip of his foot. Jinn mumbled, “Nooo, it’s so warm here in Jinntopia. I don’t want to leave!” A harder jab with the Triviamaster’s foot caused the scarf to come off of Jinn’s eyes and look up at the scoundrel that disturbed his sleep. The Triviamaster said, “Jinntopia, huh? Sound’s like a wonderful place, but it’s time to wake up.”
After just conking out, Jinn was once again rudely awakened. This time by a jab to the ribs. With a grunt, Eri peeled off Jinn's face and the scarf's owner forced an eye open. The sun was shining directly behind the problem maker so Jinn couldn't get a good look at who it was.
"Unh... Just five more minutes..." He turned over to lay on his side, using arms as his pillow. The instigator laughed and told him it was time to wake up. Who was he to tell Jinn what to do? But the voice sounded familiar...
"Come on now..." the voice continued, this time sounding even closer. Suddenly, Jinn felt a tug on his collar and then, he was pulled up to his backside, forcing Jinn to come alive. There, he was now face-to-face with this annoying guy; sunglasses' glaring off eachother, noses almost touching. The man grinned as Jinn blinked a few times, adjusting his eyes to being awake. "...the rest of the crew will think less of us if we're too late, eh?"
"Oi..." Jinn mumbled, his eyes still half closed. "It's way too early..." It was that Trivia-guy from the day before. He had almost forgotten about him... and the meeting. He continued to stare lifelessly into Meijin's eyes as if his brain was still in sleep mode. Meijin stood up straight and laughed a little, turning to the sun.
"Too early? Ha-ha! It's never too early when an brand new adventure beckons you." he stated rather excitedly before turning back to his sleepy nakama. Jinn seemed to just ignore him, exaggerating a long yawn with a full arm stretch. "Now, let's head over to the stage, alright?" The tactician rose, almost weakly, and scratched the back of his head. He patted out his clothes and wiped off any grass that had clung to him overnight. He ran his hand through his hair and looked at Meijin.
"...How's my hair?" The Triviamaster couldn't help but laugh again. He nodded at Mr. Fashion.
"It's just fine." he said with a smile and Jinn just blinked. With an almost unnoticable shrug, Jinn slumped his way past his new friend in the white jacket and started down the street. Meijin followed the boy with his eyes, noticing he was drearily making his way in the wrong direction. He waited a moment before speaking up.
"Oh, Jinn?" he called out and the sleepy scarf-wearing one looked back. "The stage is..." Meijin pointed in the other direction. "...that way." Jinn looked, rather annoyed, where Meijin had pointed and mumbled something to himself as he slowly made his way down the street in THAT direction. Meijin smirked and pulled out his notebook, flipping to the page he had about Jinn. Whipping out something to write with, he quickly read over some of his notes.
"Jinn Tsukiro. "Expert Tactician". Wears a long scarf named Eri. Devil Fruit user..." He started to add something to it. "...Not a morning person." With that, he tucked away his notebook and resumed his search of missing nakama.
Last edited by Cap'n Jefu (2006-10-25 00:30:51)
Sakurai trudged down the street to the stage, playing his guitar
"I got the bluuues.... I got the blu~ues... I got the why-the-heck-do-I-have-to-get-up-piss-early-in-the-morning-to-meet-a-weirdo-bluu~uues..."
He walked to the grassy side next to the stage and dropped flat on his back. He laid there, looking at the clouds, trying to capture the mood on the guitar.
After meijin left in search of sleepy nakama, Mat and the parrot looked at each other for a while. "well' asked Mat
"can you do somthing intersting?" The parrot, hearing these words grinned and flew away to the other siide of the stage, making way betwin him and Mat. At that time Din went and sat on the stage and yawned "after all, we came too early" he said "no ones seems to be coming soon"
"Not know shorty" said Mat and got up "the parrots going to do somthing amazing!" he said exitedly.
The parrot at the other end of the stage flew twords Mat/Din at great speed and preformed many amazing airborn tricks. After his grand preformence Quiz landed on the stage and gave a bow to the sound of Mat's applause. "Your quit a parrot" said Mat
"i'm sure we'll find you more usefull then this shorty here!" he said exitedly. .
"HAY!" he said to himself "I'm more usefull then a parrot!".
"of course you are" said Mat "I ment during a battel" he said and winked to the parrot
"ARE YOU SAING THAT A PARROT IS STRONGER THEN ME IN A FIGHT!" yelled Din.
"Not just any parrot, this ones especialy good!" said Mat exited agian
"i can beat theis parrot in a fight" said Din Ina determind voice "although i do not enjoy violance"
"see that parrot!, shorty's afraid of you!" said Mat and laughed.
"im not afrad a the parrot its just that i dont like violance!" said Din his face becoming red with anger. "ll show you my skill"
he said "ill leave you amazed at my skill with a Crossbow" he said and sent his hand to draw his crossbow from from his back. "damn i didn't take it" said Din in an annoyed low voice. Mat gave out a loud laugh and even the parrot semmed laough
"then ill fight you bare handed a mere parrot will not beat me at combat!" said Dib and jumped twords the parrot. The parrot easely doged Dins rekles attack cousing Din to fall on the ground. Din got up and cleaned some of the dirt frome his cloth at the sound of Mat's laoughter "told ya you couldn't beat it" he said.
Even a few minutes seem like forever while waiting impatiently with nothing to do. How long had the blacksmith said? A couple of minutes? It was past that and then some, but it wasn't anything close to an hour or even half of it, nerves ran high when time was counting down to the meeting and your swords weren't ready yet. Watching the clock didn't help much either. "Um..." hearing that made Kuro jump a bit and she looked quickly over to the blacksmith with a slight glare, but he continued. "You know, you could always just come back later." "That's the last thing on my mind," she replied.
Another five minutes passed since then and then the finished swords were finally brought out to her, wrapped in cloth. She took them, pulled the cloth off and inspected the blades, smooth and cool with a mirror-like look then shook the blacksmith's hand and paid him well. With blades back by her side she made her way to the stage at a quick pace, not even considering the time.
Jinn had trudged his way down the street, his brain being debateably awake at this point. The lone steps of his boots were the only thing to be heard as he turned a corner. Hands shoved in pockets, Jinn made his way down the street still, eyes on the ground, quite annoyed that he had to be awake so early in the morning. He turned down another street just out of instinct.
"Stupid meeting... Why couldn't we just jump on a ship and sail the Grand Line?" he grumbled and kicked a misplaced tin can. Surprisingly, the can seemed to bounce back almost instantly. "What the...?" he muttered as he stopped and finally looked up from the street. Maybe a foot away from him was a solid wall and obviously, the end of the street. Jinn examined the wall for a moment before turning around quickly. An unfamiliar street lined with houses was all he saw. He searched for anything that looked remotely familiar to him but found nothing. The boy scratched his head. It seemed that he had been so absorbed in complaining about things, he got himself lost in a town he's never visited before. Jinn sighed. "...Looks like..." he started, slumping over even more. "...I'm lost."
Lucky for the tactician however, the sound of shoes clacking along the stone street was heard. Jinn looked up and to his surprise, he saw the blonde-haired girl from before. His new nakama. She didn't seem to notice him however and was moving quickly, probably intent on getting to the meeting.
"O-Oi!! K...Kuro-chan!" he shouted, waving his hand at her, hoping to grab her attention.
The white furry lama was still in deep sleep in his room. He snored like hell and he was curved in ball on his bed.
Suddenly, a ray of sun got trought the curtain, and shined right to Katos eyes.
*U-YAAWN* He yawned and lifted his upper body so that he was sitting on the bed. He streched his arms wide and sighed deeply..
"Whats the time...?" Kato thought half asleep and looked at the clock on the wall. It was a little over 06:00 am.
"Uuuuu... guess il take a shower." Kato said and took his towel and went to clean himself up in the shower.
"Uvhahaha.. its so warm! he thought while he rubbed the soap on himself. He hadn´t taken a shower for days so plenty of dirt was falling off from him. Kato was done in like 10 minutes and after that he dryed himself with the towel and his fur became white and bushy again.He put his clothes on, pulled his hood strings and packed his stuff and went to the counters of the inn, handed over the keys of his room and went outside.
It was bright and shiny outside and Kato was smiling at the sun. "Hmph. Guess il go to the stage 8 then.." He said and started wandering towards Stage 8
"Waking up eight in the morning... just to lie on the grass... I can feel-" Sakurai's song was interrupted by an old man who was walking by on his way to some obscure early-bird special. "S'cuse me young'un, but tha time is six-thirty. Yer song is off." Sakurai almost broke a string. "Whaa~at?"
Unknowingly, he had crossed two time-zones to get here, which had ruined his perception of time. "Someone invent a portable time-telling device that does NOT make you look like an old man!" he sighed and laid back on the grass. "Ke ke ke. Well, have a good day young'un. I am off to the prune-porridge and grapefruit salad at Fanny's. Sakurai shuddered and waved at the old man.
Kuro's mind wasn't home right now, it had taken a sail boat to drift along a sea of dreams and thoughts. "O-Oi!! K...Kuro-chan!" She slowed to a stop and looked around for a moment, hearing her name was like a dog whistle. Her mind fell from it's boat and returned home. It was the tactician/lead singer/whatever else he just so happened to be; she put on a hint of a smile and wandered over, slinging her bag over her shoulder, "Hey aren't you supposed to be at the meeting?" What a fine question, she thought. I'm asking him and I'm supposed to be there too.
Meijin gave a hearty chuckle as he walked down the main street to the inn. Stopping at a newsstand, the Triviamaster bought a paper and continued on. He was still smiling as he arrived back at the inn. Zason had definitely chosen some unique crewmates for this pirate ship. Going up the stairs, he arrived at the door for Yin’s room. Trivalu slowly opened the door and went inside. Yin was still asleep on his bed, with Icaris curled up on his chest. They both looked so peaceful, no where close to the agitated state that the Triviamaster had found them in last night.
Opening the window, Meijin sat down in the empty chair and leaned back on its two rear legs. He flipped through the paper, glancing at the headlines. Some Marines caught another high bounty pirate, a hurricane in South Blue demolished a whole island, the World Government is holding another summit, and some pirates are rampaging about in a part of the Grand Line. Trivalu found the bounty posters and thumbed through them. Some interesting new bounties appeared, as well as some raised bounties. ”Hmm, that Straw hat fellow seems to have done something impressive to have his bounty more than triple in this short amount of time.” the Triviamaster thought as he analyzed the wanted poster of the smiling pirate. A new wanted poster caught his eye, because it happened to belong to his mutinous first mate: ASSARISHITA “CHIARASCURO” KURO: B 20,000,000. “So, you’ve arrived, have you?” the Triviamaster said with a tinge of disgust in his voice.
Meijin flipped to the listing of bounties and browsed through them. A name popped out, as he realized that he was on this new crew. Mumbling softly to himself, he said, “35 million, huh? Looks like I’ve underestimated that merman nakama of ours.” Moving down the list, he saw his own bounty: MEIJIN “TRIVIAMASTER” TRIVALU:
B 48,151,623.42. A small smirk came across his face as he reveled in the fact that his bounty was not a round number.
Trivalu finished reading through the bounty list and flipped over to the puzzle section. The Triviamaster finished the Sudoku and Kakuro and was in the middle of completing the crossword when Yin woke up. The archer looked over at the analyst leaning back in his chair as he said, “What time is it?” Leaning forward and getting out of the chair, Meijin stood up and said, “It’s about 6:30, time to get up and head over to stage 8. What will everyone else think if we show up late?” Yin blinked twice, as he sat up and began to get ready for the day.
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ooc: I'm dead tired but I really wanna keep this moving as much as possible. Sorry if it's a lame post.
Jinn was happy he had caught her attention. She must of known how to get to the stage since she was headed somewhere confidently. She made her way over, smile on her face and bag over her shoulder.
"Hey aren't you supposed to be at the meeting?" she asked. Jinn felt slightly embarassed but hid it well. He scratched the back of his head.
"...Yeah. But I got distracted by the lovely view!" Jinn exclaimed, trying to act friendly, turning behind him only to see nothing but grey cement. "...of this lovely wall." A sweatdrop appeared over Kuro.
"Yes, they sure do make good... walls here?" Kuro responded semi-sarcastically. They both let out an awkward laugh and then silence.
"So..." Kuro broke it. Jinn seemed to be infatuated with how much of a loser he was being as he was muttering to himself. He looked up at her as his response. "Care to go to the stage together then? If we don't get going, we're gonna be late." Jinn smirked and crossed his arms.
"Being fashionably late is something I do. It's just... my style." he said sort of cool-like. Kuro wasn't sure if he was being serious or not but giggled at him nonetheless.
"Alright "Mr. Fashion". Just don't fall too far behind, eh?" She winked at the tactician and started off down the street.
"Hey...!" Jinn complained. Mornings just weren't his thing. Realizing that without her, he probably wouldn't make it to the Stage in time, Jinn dismissed the poke at him and jogged up behind her a bit and kept pace down the different streets they travelled on.
It was a moment of serenity. The clouds were gliding across the sky, creating a visual sonata as a gust of wind picked up a few leaves and made them dance in the air. The bird-song was a strange jazz-symphosium when mixed with the excited caws of seagulls discovering fishermen coming in with the day's catch. Sakurai laid with a straw in his mouth, and closed his eyes.
"Man... I am SO BORED!" With a flick of his wrist, he shot a whip trailing into a tree, hunting for one of the ripe apples. Unfortunatly, Sakurai's vision was still affected by the lack of sleep, and his shot severed a branch, which fell on top of his face. "...*sigh* at least it's got an apple on it."
There had been a silence between them during the walk the ice was thick and refused to melt. Kuro took the bag off her back and carried it with both arms, chewing on her lower lip as a habit she couldn't break. It was silly... acting nervous over what? Nothing, nothing at all. She wasn't even sure if she was nervous or something else, she didn't even know what that something was. "So," she spoke slowly and calmly. "why do you want to join a pirate crew? It's nothing against you or anything, but, I dunno... I guess you just don't seem like someone who'd want to join."
Even with the stumbling it still made a fine ice breaker, words like that have been said before and those they were spoken to took it as an offense, so the stumbling was necessary to keep crew members together. Right? That's what she believed.
The water was calm and clear it was a sight to be seen by the docks, fish swam and gulls sung with a flap of white wings. A slight breeze passed through the hair of the lady siren who stood at the dock's edge and stared out to sea, holding the invitation between her fingers; the breeze turned to a gust and suddenly she was gone, the pirate crew's invitation dancing in the wind.
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Kato was whistling while walking down the street towards the stage. He saw merchants selling their wares and people just rushing from place to place..U-Oh! theres the stage.. i wonder if anyone is around at a time like this?Kato thought and jogged to the stage. There Kato saw a familiar face "UOH!! Mat and Din! good morning, your´e early aren´t you?" Kato asked and blinked twice "Err.. why are you trying to whack a parrot?" Kato asked and sighed at them. He jumped on the stage , put his bag on his side , falled back and stared the clouds while waiting for an answer
Last edited by Plue (2006-10-28 02:45:34)
Mat turned to Kato and said "hi lama-man, my weakling of a brother just wants to show that he can beat this parrot in combat"
then he laughed and said "But he can't even touch him!"
"wel im not a fighter im the navigator" said Din very annoyed "then why did you even try!" said Mat
Din didn't answer and just tilted his head in shame.
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'Man... I'm so lost.'
On the crowded streets of tradetown, Byron Farmwell was looking for a place to stay, his over packed rucksack swinging around, as he looked left and right. From a birds eye view, the young man and his dangerously heavy pack pivoted on the spot, an island in a fast moving current of people, all with somewhere to go... All of them except Byron. Sighing, he took out a hankerchief and wiped his sweating brow, apologising almost non-stop as various comments from passers by filtered through.
'Hey! Watch where you're swinging that thing!'
'Stop blocking the road!'
'You smell like a mushroom!'
'HEY! WATCH IT- OOF!'
Byron whirled around to see who had just asked him that, hearing with a sinking feeling the meaty smack of his pack impacting with someone's face. He cringed, and turned around as slowly as possible, finding himself face to face with a big, angry dangerous looking man. there was a big red mark on his face where the bag had impacted.
'WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING SWINGING THAT DAMN THING AROU- ...huh?'
As the man had started shouting, Byron had delved down into his pockets and pulled out a wad of notes. He stuck it in the small gap in the agressors bunched up fists and wandered off, waving and smiling as he did so.
...It was probably a good idea to move now, since for some reason as soon as that happened once, people started bumping into Byron's rucksack non-stop. He wondered why that was sometimes. He looked at the amount of change he had left. it looked like he'd already spent two million beli just apologising to people in Trade town. He'd known that travelling cost money, but he'd had no idea apologies could get so expensive!
OOC: yes, i'm just setting up byron as a clueless, friendly and care free kind of guy. Bit of an idiot, and a total tourist. He's so absent minded he might even end up barging in on secret meetings by accident...
Sakurai was lying on his baqck next to the impromptu shrubbery he had "liberated" from the tyrrany of the apple-tree. Bored out of his mind for being early, he had started to lead an indepth convesation with it.
"I say, lord Shrubbington, T'is a rather peculiar formation of colombuous vapor that sojourns past our gaze this fine morn!" Sakurai said in a nasal british accent. He then adopted a deep, slurry voice for the shrubbery "Rather, sir Oh-Nagi! Such a wonderous sight to behold the sky play out its forms to us, jesting images on the high wind with not a care in the world. I bet it is even unemployed! *snicker* Ye~es *snicker* Qu~ite..." Sakurai made a pitched exhalation, almost sounding like a remote laugh "Good show, lord Shrubbington! Excellent form! Let us mock the cloudy blackguards till they realize loafing about is uncouth for gentlemen! T'is not a... oh... hello." Sakurai noticed Mat/Din and Kato peering over the edge of the stage, looking at him while trying to stifle a laugh.
'Good morning Skaurai" said Mat and laughed "what are you doing talking to yourllsef, I never seen anything so stupid in my life!"
"yeah!" said Din also laughing "what was that just now!"
"oh wait" said Mat "i did seesomthing more stupid" "my stupid orther trying to beat a parrot, and fail!"
Sakurai hearing this bursted into laughing as well "are you sirios!" he said in laughter
"yeah! he tryed to jump on it and fell on the floor" and both of then laughed even harder.
"SGUT UP" shouted Din standing up turninghis back to where Mat should be "stop laughing at me, do you think i enjoy bein weak! f course i would have like bieng a monsteros guy like my brother but im not!" he breathed heavily in anger and turned around
"i'm a NAVIGATOR and none here can chalenge my skill in that!"
"are you stupid!?" asked Mat still somewhat laughing "I know your not a fighter and i know your weak" then his voice and face truned very sirios "that why i'll always protect you" he said calmly "but you tryng to prove yourself as a fighter is stupid and funny as hell!"
he said and strated laughing agian
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Kato was still lying on the stage 8. Mat and Din were hazzling something with sakurai, thought kato didin´t know about this, he fell asleep! He was curved in a ball, using his bag as a pillow he was snoring there on the stage.
As Yin gathered his things, he turned to Meijin with his head down and softly said, “I know that you want me to join this crew, but I haven’t even met anyone except for you!” Trivalu scoffed and said, “Oh, come on! They’re great guys, I’m sure that they’ll warm up to you after a while.”
Yin lifted his head and locked eyes with the Triviamaster, “Don’t try and persuade me otherwise. I’ve got a lot of issues that I have to deal with right now. I’m flattered that someone would want me to join him, but now is not the right time.” Meijin turned to the window and looked out upon the emerging day as he said, “Well, if that’s your decision, I’m not going to stop you.”
Meeting Yin in the middle of the room, Trivalu extended his hand for a parting handshake, “I hope that you can solve your problems. Just keep your chin up and I’m sure that everything will work out fine.” The Triviamaster left the room and headed back into the street. He made his way out to the docks and stared out over the open ocean. Something caught his eye on the dock as he bent down to pick it up. It was an invitation for the White Bandana Pirates! On the back it had the name “ERIS” printed on it. Taking out his sketchbook and notebook, Meijin tore out the pages for Yin and Eris and crumpled them up.
Trivalu threw these paper balls out into the ocean and watched as they absorbed the water and eventually disintegrated. ”Two members gone. I wonder who else isn’t coming with us.” He let out a deep sigh as he headed back to stage 8. This time when he arrived, there were definitely more people around. Besides Mat / Din, Sakurai and Kato had joined the bunch. ”That’s strange, Jinn isn’t here yet. I told him to go straight to the stage. I guess he probably got lost.” Approaching the stage for the second time that day, the Triviamaster said, “Hey guys, I’m glad to see you made it!”
Jinn and Kuro continued walking in silence as they made their way, to what Jinn hoped, was Stage 8. She seemed like she knew where she was going anyway. The silence was nice for the tactician. He had never thought she was the type to enjoy it too. But maybe she wasn't? It did seem a bit awkward as the strolled down the old stone paths. Jinn crossed his arms and listened to the clacking of their feet.
"So," the blonde girl finally spoke. "why do you want to join a pirate crew?" Jinn frowned as they made their way down the street. He knew he was going to be asked this sooner or later but prefered the later. They didn't stop moving however, and even though she had asked him a question, she still faced forwards with Jinn behind her.
He wished something would suspend this conversation but knew nothing would. For Jinn, talking about the past was some deep, dark secret it seemed. He spoke to no one about his reasons for travelling or why he searched for pirates to travel amongst. He had his reasons though, that was for sure. He just didn't want to get anyone involved... it was his personal affair.
Already, he had hesitated more than one should when asked a question. 'Some breaking the ice, Kuro...' the thief thought to herself. 'He didn't even answer y--'
"I don't." Jinn said simply, interrupting the girl's thoughts. This caught her off guard, causing her to stop in her tracks and allow the scarf-clad one to pass. He continued to walk, arms crossed; a light breeze shuffling their hair. "I just need to get to the Grand Line is all."
A small shiver went up Kuro's spine. From what she had seen of him yesterday, she would not have expected him to be so... cold. Sure, she thought he was cool but not this kind of it. She watched his back for a moment as he still walked.
'It seems this one is a bit more cold and mysterious than I thought.' Suddenly, Jinn tripped a little over an inproperly laid stone in the street. Regained his balance, he huffed a bit as Eri tried to cover it up by wiping off his jacket. 'Well, maybe not TOO cold and mysterious.' Kuro smiled. 'I won't lose hope on this one yet.' she thought and hurried after her nakama to the now close-by Stage 8.
There they all were just as the invitations had instructed when first given out. The brothers, the doctor, Triviamaster himself, the pervert, and the tactician, including herself that was six people but wasn't their originally more than that? Once the stage was in full view the thief waved her hand to grab their attention, "Oi! Hope we're not late! Kinda got... lost." she called and glanced to Jinn, biting back a laugh, but that feeling lasted no longer than a second. The tactician's words were still fresh in her mind and though she would lose no hope to him, it was probably best to keep an eye out.
"Wasn't there more people?"
Kuro turned and the half-wolf cook came running towards the group, waving an arm with a smile decorating her face. Mei slowed and let out a heavy breath, letting her lungs refill with their fuel, and panted, "I-I'm leaving." The smile was nothing truly happy, there was a bit of sorrow mixed into it but she was trying to be cheerful about this sudden decision.
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Quiz waddled over to Meijin and flew up to his shoulder. From his peripheral vision, Meijin caught a glimpse of Kuro and Jinn approaching the stage. Kuro was waving her hand and yelling, “Oi! Hope we’re not late! Kinda got . . . lost.” ”Hmm, that would explain a lot.” the Triviamaster thought. Jinn and Kuro finally got on the stage and Trivalu gave Jinn a hearty pat on the back, “Glad you could make it, buddy! I see that once again the fairer sex has gotten you lost.” Jinn blushed as he scratched at his temple and began, “Ummm, well . . . “
Across the plaza, Mei came running up to the stage. Catching her breath, she said, “I-I’m leaving.” A painful smile was pasted on her face as she let the decision set in. Meijin solemnly took out his books and removed the pages associated with Mei as he softly asked, “So, what brings this up?” The wolf-girl turned her gaze towards the ground as she explained, “Well . . . don’t get me wrong, I like you guys; but, every time that I happen to get close to someone, bad things happen. I’ve also got a deadly fear of sea kings, and I know the Grand Line is full of them. Let’s just say that I think you all will be better off without me.”
As she turned to leave, Trivalu said, “Mei . . . we’ll miss you. I hope that someday we’ll get to meet again. The rest of the crew stood in silence as they watched their cook walk away. The Triviamaster was never really good at goodbyes, so he pulled out a lighter and burned Mei’s information. As the pages smoldered on the stage, Meijin spoke, “Unfortunately, Mei is not the only nakama not joining us on our adventure. There are two others that have decided to part ways. Look around you. These are the members of the white bandana crew.”
Jinn spoke up, with an air of confusion in his voice, “If that’s true, then where’s the captain?” Trivalu let out a short laugh and said, “Well observed, tactician-san. That is correct; the captain is not here . . . yet. Although you may not see him, he is there. Just like the wind, which cannot be seen, but has enormous power, our captain is the power behind our crew. Even so, the time for our eventual meeting is approaching quickly.”
This time, Sakurai spoke up, “You said something earlier about a treasure in a chest that no key could open. That’s a cool riddle, and would make a great song, but I’m not so sure about the answer.” The Triviamaster sat down on the stage cross-legged and said, “Our captain has chosen each of us because we have a treasure in a chest that cannot be opened with any key.” Placing a hand on his chest, he continued, “Each of us has heart, a burning passion for our dreams and ambitions.”
Standing up, Trivalu said, “I know it’s early, but I wanted to make sure that everyone had an opportunity to finish up their business on this island. We’re going to meet at the docks on the west side of the island at 7:00 tonight. It is at that time that we will meet our captain.”
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"I hadn't really... thought about that," came a mumble from the thief. Truth be told she hadn't really thought of the riddle at all. She set her bag down, resting the blades by it's side, before sitting down herself and hugging a knee to her body. Meijin's words drifted through one ear and out the other silently then hit a sudden brick wall, bouncing to the brain which processed them a bit too fast. "We're going to meet at the docks on the west side of the island at seven tonight..."
"No... way..." Kuro bolted up and pointed to Meijin, some kind of shock in her tone. "You have got to be kidding me! We all woke up this early to get here and find out it's not until seven? Yeah sure, it's nice of you to bring us all together so we could meet, but c'mon! It's only... six-something, right?" Her hands went to her face and she sighed but laughed, "You just wait... I'll be waking everybody up before dawn once we're traveling."
Though she would not mention it, she would probably set some sort of a trap in her room at night to keep any wandering eyes or hands away. Now that Mei had left and she was the last female, what else could she do? In her mind, she saw herself in a maid outfit, cleaning and cooking while the men watched in joy. It made her shudder.
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Sakurai rose slowly and stared at Meijin with a empty gaze. Then he touched him and sent a few hundred volts through him. As Meijin gasped smoke, Sakurai pushed past him with his shoulder and walked away. "G'night..." he said and waved casually, muttering something about making people get up insanely early for no reason.