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Dragon Swordswoman(MAN, Dammit!) [One Piece SI]

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by Colin Yeo, Oct 27, 2018.

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    Colin Yeo

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    Chapter 16: Twilight Isles, Part Seven


    Brittia, the capital of the Britt Kingdom.

    It is the largest castle town on all the island that has a population of about a hundred thousand people. The town itself is situated at the base of the island’s lone mountain with a deep moat dug around its perimeters as well as tall defensive walls surrounding the town with a bridge for both travellers and traders to cross, remnants of the late bloody civil war.

    Its buildings consist of wooden and brick houses with clay tile roofs, all separated into several districts. Each district is designated a coloured banner of its governing body, more than often being the ones that holds an official position in the main government office

    In the centre of it all, stood the symbol of the Britt Kingdom itself and the home of the royalty that rules over this land, Brittia Castle.

    A large castle made of white bricks with light blue roofs and two towers that acts as lookout points on its side with the kingdom’s flag fluttering proudly on top of its cone-shaped roofs, it is a monumental fortress that serves as both the royal court and the kingdom’s main government office for all its ministries.

    And right now, it is the place of havoc and chaos.

    Gunfire echoes within the walls, blood splattered all over the grass and brick-layered pavement, bloodied and sometimes horribly mutilated bodies of loyal soldiers scattered all over as the armed men continued their rampage.

    It all began with a large explosion somewhere at the back of the castle that was built into the mountain along with screams of soldiers and guardsmen who are unlucky enough to be caught in the blast. After that, groups of armed men rush out shouting, shooting and killing all the soldiers in the area.

    At the same time, many places around the castle has experience mutiny of their one, with random soldiers turning on their fellow men, to some of the guards attacking and sometimes killing the government officials that were assigned to. It is pure chaos, with no signs of it slowing down.

    Naturally, all soldiers posted in the capital, with exceptions to the ones guarding the city gates, are called to the castle as reinforcements to help quell the mayhem. But they aren’t able to, due to the fact that some time before this all started, the castle’s gates are closed and locked down, preventing anyone from entering or exiting.

    Despite this, the ones that are posted inside the castle are able to react with much urgency and as swiftly as they could, managing to keep the rampage locked in a single location. The few trained elite units are more than capable of stopping the terrorists from spreading their violence any further.

    Even so, they are kept in a deadlock against the terrorists. They are lacking in the required manpower to deal with them, holding them back is all they can do.


    One of the soldiers posted here hid under the window overlooking the courtyard, his musket smoking from a freshly fired shot. His white uniform shirt soaked with sweat and soot, his dark blue pants covered in dirt and gravel, while his cap has a few gashes from a few close-calls from enemy fire.

    He let out a tired sigh as he reloads his musket, turning to his partner who just finished reloading, “This situation looks bad, doesn’t it?”

    “Understatement of the decade.” He stated as he took aim from the window ledge, “We are outmanned and outgunned. There are no reinforcements coming, so we’re on our own. And to top it all off…” He fired a shot into enemy lines, “I’m down to my last round.”

    “I’m the same.” The soldier sighs, cocking back his musket’s trigger, “We are so screwed…”

    “Man, this is not how I expect today to go at all…” His partner groans, “And just when I’ve decided to propose to Elise too…”

    “Oh, that was today? Do you had it all planned out?”

    “With the dinner and the music and everything. Now… I’m not sure if I’m even going to survive long enough to do it.”

    “She’s going to be bawling her eyes out at our funeral.”

    “Oh, definitely.”

    “…Brother.” He looks at his partner with a resigned smile, “It’s an honor fighting alongside you.”

    “…Same to you, brother.” He nodded; a sob croaked out of his throat.

    “So…” The soldier stood up, gripping his musket tightly, “One last shot to end this?”

    “Yeah.” His partner followed suit, “Let’s greet death with a bang-”

    *BOOM!*

    They blinked at the sudden explosion, before peeking out of the window; just as a large column of flames bursts out of the hole the terrorists came out of. A large fireball flew into the air, before descending and crashing into the courtyard in an explosion of flames.

    And from that fireball, comes out a single man with embers emitting off his body, his mouth curled up in a smirk as he holds his orange hat in place. “Payback time, bitches!”

    “…What the fuck just happened…?”


    I let out a groan at the entrance that Ace has just did. Does he really have to do that? I get that the plan involved him dealing with the rampaging pirates but he doesn’t need to make a show out of it.

    Then again, this is the Gol D Roger’s son we’re talking about here; and if what Rayleigh says is true, then he is equally as boisterous as his father. Guess there are some things that are linked together by genetics….

    “Rein, we need to go, now.” Deuce tells me, knocking me out of my thoughts as he and Vi ran towards the castle, with me quickly catching up to them.

    On our way through the tunnel, Vi has outlined the plan Reginold has concocted for today’s events to us, as well as his decision to use Luna as a bargaining chip/hostage against her father. After that, Deuce has come up with a plan to deal with it and save the princess.

    First, Ace has to draw the pirates’ attention away from the soldiers, allowing them a chance to counterattack. When the pirates are distracted by him, we head into the castle and find the throne room. With luck, we’ll make it there before Desiree and call out Reginold for what he did. After that, we’ll deal with Desiree and rescue Luna.

    But, in the likely scenario she made it there before we did, we have to stop the deal from happening and rescue Luna. If needed, we have to save the king too.

    “You do know where you are going, right?” I asked Vi, just as Ace fires off another Fire Fist into the crowd of pirates, no doubt barbequing them to a crisp.

    “Don’t worry.” He nodded. “Reginold got us the schematics of the castle and outlined the shortest path towards the throne room.”

    “Wouldn’t we run into Desiree on the way there?” Deuce pointed out, “We could rescue her then.”

    “If we’re lucky.” Vi stated, “But Desiree has quite a head start from us. I doubt we’ll be to catch up to her before she reaches it.”

    “Then we need to hurry.” I noted as I pick up the pace, “Could you tell us more about Reginold? Any gimmicks we need to be aware of?”

    “Nothing in particular, to be honest.” The former rebel shakes his head, “I hardly communicated with him myself; only Desiree has any real contact with him over the years. I do know that he is a decent swordsman, but that’s about it.”

    “Then he might have other things we do not know about…” Deuce noted.

    Just as we are about to enter the castle, a loud laughter can be heard from the pirates that drew our attention.

    From the group of pirates, Tok shows himself with a flintlock pistol in his hand while his hand is raised towards a blast of flames that is coming towards him. But on further examination, something is off.

    The fire blast that Ace has fired seems to be frozen in place, not in ice but stopped moving completely. The fire, that would normally be flickering about like all fires should, looks stiff like it’s a prop and not an element of heat and destruction that it is.

    “Hahaha! Man, what a shocking turn of events!” The pirate captain laughed, “I thought my men had butchered you back in the camp, but I guessed I’ve thought wrong!”

    “What did you do!?” Ace shouted at him, “Why is my fire all weird?”

    “Geez, I wonder…?” Tok smirked with a shrug of his shoulder, “Maybe your Devil Fruit is acting up?”

    “Tch, but this is great.” The freckled pirate captain snickers as he ignites his fist, “I was hoping to run into you! I’m going to pay you back for that kicking you did just now!”

    “Be careful, Ace!” Vi shouted out, “Tok has a Devil Fruit power too! He can stop anything in its tracks, no matter what it is!”

    “Huh? Stop things? What do you mean?”

    “Oi, oi, what’s the deal, Vi? Why are you selling me out like that!?” Tok shouted at him, “You betraying us, betraying your sister?”

    “No, I’m saving my sister.” He stated firmly before turning back towards the castle, “Come on! This way!”

    “Damn you… Stop them!!”

    With the command from their captain, the pirates all ignore the flames and rushes towards us. I prepare to transform into my half-dragon form to fight, only for Deuce to run past me before slamming his fist into the first one he runs into. “Deuce!”

    “You’re dealing with me!” He shouted at the pirates, his fists up in a semi-boxing stance, “Come on!”

    “You’re dead meat, asshole!!” One of the pirates shouted as he swings his sword–Hey, wait a minute there!! That’s Nanashi he’s holding!!

    “Hands off my sword!” I shouted as I rushed forward and lands my scaly fist into his cheek, knocking him out instantly as I grab my weapon out of his grasps and grimaced at the sticky handle, “Urgh, now it’s all sticky…!”

    “Did you really have to do that?” Deuce asked me as I plucked the sheathe from the pirate’s waistband.

    “This sword is a rental.” I tells him as I sheathes Nanashi, “And I’m afraid what Sen would do to me if I lost it to some random pirate.” Shivers went down my spine at the thought of the possible torturous training regiments he could force me to do if he finds out. “I can feel the aching muscles already…”

    “Sheesh… That’s one hell of a mentor you have there…”

    “…Why are you idiots just standing there!?” Tok shouted angrily, “Get them already!!”

    “A…Aye-aye, captain!!”

    “Don’t you look away now!!” Ace shouted as I saw him fires a fire blast at the pirate captain, who raises his hand again and stopped the blast in its tracks, “Damn it, again!?”

    “Rein! Deuce! We don’t have time to mess around!!” Vi calls out to us, “We have to go now!!”

    “He’s right.” Deuce nodded as he turns to me, “You go on ahead! Just leave these guys to me!”

    “You sure?” I asked.

    “Better you than me. Besides…” He gestured to Ace fighting Tok, “If that Tok guy is as dangerous as that rebel guy says he is, Ace going to need some backup.”

    “…Alright. I’m leaving them to you!”

    He nodded before rushing to meet the pirates coming towards us. I quickly run back to Vi, and we both run into the castle with him taking the lead.


    Ace fires another blast of fire at Tok, who once again stopped the attack by raising his hand up to it much to his irritation. He then walks around it and fires his firearm at the freckled pirate, who simply took the attack at face value as the bullet just goes through him with no effect as his ‘wound’ seals itself up with a slight flicker of flames.

    “Your attack won’t work on me.” Ace stated as he readies another fire blast, “But damn it, how you are stopping my flames!? What kind of Devil Fruit does that!?”

    “You really want to know?” Tok chuckles as he reloads his pistol, “Sure, I’ll tell you. I’ve eaten the Stop-Stop Fruit and became Stop-Human.”

    “Stop-Stop Fruit?”

    “I’m capable of stopping anything.” He explains, “No matter how big or how impossible it is, it would be stopped. Stones, water, even fire. No attack could touch me.”

    “Oh yeah? Let’s test that theory!!”

    Ace fires another fire blast right at the gear-themed pirate, who simply raise his hand to stop it. The blast, however, isn’t aimed at him and blast into the ground in front of him, blocking his view with flickers of fire and ember. Tok blinked at the sudden change in tactics, before Ace leap through the fire and ready his fist to punch him.

    “Eat my fist, you gear-head asshole!!”

    Tok’s eyes widen at that, before he smirked and raises his hand up to his attacker. Ace’s eyes widen as he suddenly stopped in mid-air, his body stiff as stone. ‘W-What the hell!?’

    “Wow, I’ve never seen a bigger idiot in my life!” Tok laughed as the freckled pirate’s eyes darted about in a panic, “Hahaha, you moron! I’ve said it before, didn’t I? I can stop anything! That includes human being too!”

    ‘Crap! I can’t believe I pulled a Luffy!’

    “Oh, but that’s not all.” He added as he raises his pistol and aimed at Ace’s shoulder. He then proceeds to cock back the hammer and pulls the trigger, firing a round into the freckled pirate. Normally, the lead bullet would just go right through due to his body being made of fire, but this time something unprecedented happened.

    The bullet instead pierces into his shoulder with a splutter of blood.

    ‘O-OW! What the fuck!? I shouldn’t be able to get hurt like that!’

    “I can tell you are surprised.” Tok chuckles as he reloads his pistol, “When I said I can stop anything, I meant stop them in all sense of the word. Their velocity, their movements, all of them stopped! From what I can tell, your body turns itself into fire whenever you got shot. But now that your body has stopped, it can’t turn into fire!”

    ‘T-This is bad!’

    “Which means!” He cocks and aims his firearm at the freckled pirate’s forehead, “I’m now able to kill you.”

    ‘S-Shit!’

    Tok’s grin widens at the prospect of ending his life as he slowly closes his finger around the trigger. He then took his sweet time to pull the trigger, slowly moving the trigger back as to savor the moment of finally killing the man that caused him so much trouble.

    But just as he is about finally fully squeeze the trigger, a handcuff is slapped onto his wrist.

    And not just any handcuff, it’s the very same sea-stone handcuff that was around the freckled pirate’s wrists just a few moments prior.

    “W-What the hell!?” Tok cried out, before dropping to his knees as he felt his strength left him. That immediately freed Ace from his power’s grasp, the freckled pirate dropping onto the ground with a loud thud.

    “Kept that just in case.” The gear-themed pirate turned to see Deuce walking up to him. The masked pirate has a few bruises here and there, but otherwise is pretty much unscathed and spotting one of the smuggest faces that ever graced the East Blue.

    “Y-You!? How!? What about my men!?”

    “Oh, took care of them.” He points at the unconscious pirates lying all over the ground, “I may have dropped out of medical school, but I’ve learned enough of the human body to know where to aim to deal the most pain.”

    “T-This can’t be…!”

    “Oi.”

    Tok flinched at the voice, turning to see Ace has walked up to him and is slowly cracking his knuckles with wide grin on his face, “Payback time.”

    “W-Whoa there! Let’s not get too hasty now–”

    What follows is the most satisfying beatdown Ace ever given since the start of his pirate career. The amount of violence against this one pirate is too much for words to describe. But the results are till the same.

    Tok is left groaning in pain and agony with multiple bumps and bruises, while the freckled pirate has the most satisfied smile on his face.

    “Whew! That’s refreshing!”

    “Only you would think of beating someone up as refreshing…” His first mate muttered.

    “Hey, he has put me through shit since yesterday! I deserved this much!” He stated.

    “Damn it…” They heard Tok manages to grunt out, “This is not worth that hidden treasure he promised…”

    That caught their attention, as they turn their attention back to the groaning pirate who had realised what he just said, “What hidden treasure?”

    “Um…”


    Painful gurgle escapes the mouth of one of the elite guardsmen who collapsed onto the carpet along with his brethren-in-arms, cut down by one of their own.

    The current ruler of the Britt Kingdom, a man with dark brown hair in noble clothes of blue and white with an eye patch that goes by the name of Solaria Peragon, could only witness in shock of the betrayal by his most trusted adviser.

    The main throne room of Brittia Castle is the sole largest room in the entire building, designed to host at least several hundred men in one sitting. Its interior reflects on the kingdom’s national colours of white and red with a dash of yellow in some of the finer details, a large carpet is rolled out from the entrance to the thrones of the royal family, each designated to the current ruler’s family members.

    “R-Reginold…? What are you doing…!?”

    The carpet, once a beautiful shade of red with yellow lining, is stained with patches of wet blood dripped from the traitor’s broadsword. The former advisor snickers at the king’s surprised face, “Isn’t it obvious? I’m staging a coup.”

    “A coup!? Why!?”

    “Why else?” He flicks the blood off his weapon’s blade, just as the doors to the throne room is opened, “To usurp you from the throne, and to return the Twilight Isles to its TRUE ruler.” Desiree then proceeds to walk in, dragging his daughter with her as several men in similar attire to hers followed suit.

    “F-Father!” Luna cried out.

    “Luna!!” Solaria turns to Reginold with a glare, “Unhand my daughter at once!!”

    “I’m sorry that’s not possible.” The traitor tells him as he walks up to her, holding her head up by the chin, “For you see, I needed a little insurance against you.”

    “Let her go, Reginold!!” The king shouted as he stood up from his throne, his prostatic peg of a leg visible from his pants’ legs.

    “Ah, ah! Not so fast!” The noble man raises his blade up to the princess’s neck, its tip dangerously close to her windpipe, “Unless you do as we say, she’ll be bleeding quite intensively.”

    “Y-You…!” Solaria gritted his teeth while a growl vibrated from his throat. And with great reluctance, he sat back down, “Fine…what do you want?”

    “Oh, I’m not that one with the demands.” He gestured to Desiree who shoved their hostage into his arms.

    The rebel leader stomps up to him, drawing her sword out as she glares dagger at the ruling king, “Ten years ago. Do you remember ordering an attack on a small port town?”

    “W-What?”

    “Answer me!!” She raises her longsword to his neck, “Do you remember ordering an attack on a small, innocent, insignificant port town, all because some of us has the blood from the Latian Kingdom!? Did you have that town razed to the ground, just because I have the blood of Latian Royalty!?”

    “Latian… Royalty…?”

    “Yes!” Reginold cheered, “This girl right here is the granddaughter of the late Latian King, King Charles Constantine the II! By birth right, she is the rightly heir to the throne–”

    “Shut up, Reginold!!” Desiree turns to him with a cold glare, “I’m the one making the demands here, not you.”

    “…Very well. Please proceed.”

    She turns back to the king, her eyes burning with anger and vengeance, “Answer me, oh great ruler of this land. Did you have my town razed to the ground or not!?”

    “…I do not know what you are talking about.” He stated in confusion, “There was no such order given–”

    “LIES!” She shouted, slamming her sword into the gold-plated wooden throne to his shock as she got right up to his face, “Your kingdom flags were on those ships!! Your soldiers are spotted manning them!! It can only be your men who destroyed my town!! Tell me the truth!!”

    “Like I said, I have no idea what you are implying!” Solaria stated, “I have issued no such order! Are you sure you are not mistaken?”

    “…Fine. Keep lying.” Desiree growled, “It doesn’t matter if you admit to it or not. All that matters…” She pulls her weapon free before pulling back, aiming the blade’s tip at his throat, “…is that you pay for what you’ve done.”

    “FATHER!!” Luna screams in horror as the rebel leader prepares to stab the king’s throat.


    “A right turn here and down this corridor!” Vi instructed as we race through the castle with much haste, “The door to the throne room should be on our left.”

    “Are you absolutely sure?” I asked.

    “Yes, I’m sure. The door is pretty big. We can’t miss it.”

    As he said that, I notice in the distance a pair of large red doors that are at least several times larger than a normal door. That must be the throne room. But the door’s opened. This can’t be good…

    “FATHER!!”

    Luna’s screams caught my attention, the horror in her voice can’t mean anything good. I quickly pick up the pace and dashes through the opened door, just as I witness Desiree ready to stab her blade into the man that can only be the current king and Luna’s father.

    “DESIREE, STOP!!”

    Vi’s shouts from behind me had me springing into action, my feet quickly turn dragon as well as my tail grew to provide balance as I dash towards her at top speeds. For this distance, I have to strike fast. With that thought in mind, I have my hand on my sheathed sword while my other hand is gripping on the handle tightly. I have to use that form; the fastest form Sen has taught me so far.

    “Dragon Sword Style, Fourth Form: Lunging Fang!”

    The moment I reached her, I took to a stereotypical Iai stance, twisted my sheathe and performs a quick draw at her. Desiree was able to react and has turned her blade around to block my slash, my blade hitting her weapon with a loud ring. Seeing how her blade vibrated, my attack has hit strong and on point.

    “You…!?” She cried out.

    “Sorry, no kings are dying today…” I grunted out as I struggle to push my sword forward. The rebel leader let out a murmured curse and undid our little sword lock with a flick of her wrist, I barely managed to stop myself from falling by using my tail to steady myself.

    Once I got my bearings, I took to a fighting stance to prepare for any additional attacks.

    “R-Rein!? You’re alive!!” Luna cried out in sheer relief.

    “Vi!? What is the meaning of this!?” The man holding Luna hostage shouted. From what he just said, he must be Reginold.

    “I’m putting a stop to your plans, Reginold.” Vi stated firmly as he unsheathes his sword, “You’re not going to use me, Desiree, or anyone of us anymore.”

    “Vi…?” Desiree looked at her brother completely dumbfounded.

    “Using you?” Reginold chuckles, “What are you saying? I’m doing this for your sake–”

    “Quit it with your lies! I know what you did!” The former rebel accused as he pointed his sword at him, “Ten years ago, it wasn’t the Britt Kingdom that destroyed our town. No, it was you, wasn’t it? You destroyed our town!”

    “Huh?”

    “Wait, seriously!?”

    “He’s the one that…!?”

    “Come to think of it… he was very suspicious from the start…”

    “That son of a bitch, he has set us up from the beginning!!”

    “I can’t believe I’ve trusted him!”

    Murmurs spread among the armed Latian soldiers, some of them even agreeing with Vi’s accusation. If this keeps up, we could turn the tables on him! This could be our chance–

    “…What nonsense are you saying?” Reginold huffed, “Me? Destroy your town? For what purpose would I do that?”

    “Isn’t it obvious!?” Vi shouted, “You wanted to use us to start this coup, to take the crown for yourself!”

    “I could’ve easily done that without your help.” He pointed out, “Sure, it’ll take longer, but the crown would’ve been mine anyway. There’s no need for me to fake the attack on your town just to get you guys on my side! In fact, it would be an even bigger hassle to do that! Why should waste my time doing such things?”

    “Grk!” I flinched at how good he is at defending himself. With a silver tongue like that, no wonder he has everyone fooled…

    “That is true…”

    “Why would he need to go so far just to start a coup?”

    “Maybe Vi is thinking a little too much into this…”

    Oh boy, this just backfired on us… If this situation was any less grave, I would have chuckled at how I’m witnessing what essentially is Ace Attorney: One Piece Edition.

    “B-But!” The former rebel stayed firmed, “Isn’t it too much of a coincidence that the Britt Kingdom just so happens to find out about us, bombarded us, and then just leave? And then YOU showed up out of nowhere and just so happened to know all this history and the identity of the ships that attacked us?”

    “That’s all it has been. A simple coincidence.” The former advisor chuckles, “Or fate, maybe? It did help us lead to this point. Regardless, what you are suggesting is nothing more than over imaginative daydreams. Why would I have to gain in this whole debacle? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing.”

    “Grk!”

    “Unless, you have proof of such?”

    “I-I…!”

    Oh crap, this doesn’t look good! If we can’t prove this to everyone, especially Desiree, then Reginold would have gotten what he wanted from this!

    Although, he did have a point.

    What did he have to gain from this? The crown is good and all, but that’s not worth the effort to trick an army into doing his bidding… Is there something else in it for him? Some kind of secondary objective to achieve by doing it this way?

    “If not, then it’s settled.” Reginold stated, “Vi. I don’t know what that girl has told you for you to have such an imaginative idea, but I’m willing to overlook it. On the condition that you kill this girl right here, right now.”

    “Huh!?”

    “No! You can’t!!” Luna screamed, only to grunt in pain as her captor put some strength into his grip.

    “Luna!!” The king cried out.

    “It’s now or never, Vi.” He stated firmly, “Kill her. Now.”

    “I… I…” Vi stuttered as he turns to look at me, his eyes betraying his feelings as he reluctantly raises his sword towards me. Damn it, is this it!?

    “NOT SO FAST!!”

    With that loud entrance, Ace leaps into the throne from adorn in flames. His fist ignites as he cocks his arm back, “Newly named special move! FIRE FIST!!” He then punches forward, blasting a fist-shaped fire towards Reginold who could only stare in shock at the sudden attack.

    Luna took his misdirected attention as her chance to escape, and stomps on his foot as hard as she can, which causes him to scream in pain and letting her go as she got out of the way of the attack.

    Unfortunately, the attack missed him and hits semi-harmlessly on the carpet. That, to our dismay, started a small fire that is slowly growing.

    “Ah! Fire!!” One of the soldiers cried out in a panic as they all rushed to stomp it out.

    “Ace, what the hell!?” I screamed at the freckled pirate, who has the gall to look sheepishly at his handiwork.

    “…Whoops?”

    “Ace! Rein!” Luna cried out as she ran towards us. Huh, she saved herself in the end. Not that I mind. Less work for me to do, and now Reginold has no insurance over what the king could do.

    “Hey, princess.” The freckled pirate greeted with a wave, “I’ve saw what you did back there. That was badass, especially for a princess!”

    “Hehe, thanks!”

    A realization then hits me. “Wait, why are you here?” I asked him, “What about Tok and the pirates?”

    “All taken care of.” He laughed, “Also, we may have found out something that might be important.”

    “Huh?”

    As if on cue, Deuce walked into the throne room dragging with him a heavily bruised Tok. His face is swollen akin to a grape with some of the bruises already turning purple, and he seems to be missing a few teeth as well. Damn, what did Ace put him through? Did he go full JoJo on him? Did I missed him going full JoJo on him!?

    “Deuce! You’re okay!” Luna stated happily.

    “More than okay.” The masked pirate stated with a grin as he lifts up Tok in front of him, “Go on! Tell them what you’ve told us!”

    “I…I won’t sa…say another… wo…word …!” The gear-themed pirate mumbles out with an edge of a trained warrior.

    All that façade is then broken when Deuce simply presses the knuckle of his index finger on Tok’s temple and twists, getting a loud scream of pain from him, “Okay! Okay! I’ll talk! I’ll talk!”

    What came out of his mouth more than seals the deal of Reginold intentions, it also revealed something we have no idea about up till now and places even more questions in our mind about the secrets of the Britt Kingdom.

    “Reginold claims that there’s hidden secret treasure hidden in the Brittia Castle!”

    “What!?” The king shouted in shock, his face pale as a ghost. Is there something we don’t know about?

    “And…?” Deuce asked, knuckle already touching his temple. That got the pirate captain to start spouting out more information.

    “He promised me a cut if I go along with his plan!”

    “And what plan would that be?” I asked.

    “…” A crack of a knuckle joint from Ace got him to continue in fear. “I’m to take my crew and bombard a port town to kingdom come wearing a flag from this place!”

    That got a gasp from both Vi and Desiree, and a flinch from Reginold. “Tok, you idiot!”

    “Hey! When I agreed to help you, you didn’t say I’ll get my ass handed to me by some wet-nosed rookie!!”

    “Wait, why go so far to do such a thing?” Luna asked, “There’s no point in tricking them if all he wanted is some treasure.”

    “He mentioned that only those of Latian Royalty can enter the place!” Tok confessed, “So he needed those two to get it!”

    Only Latian Royalty can enter? Then, this treasure must be left behind from the Latian reign?

    “Then…” Desiree looked at Reginold with anger in her eyes, “You lied to me? About everything!?”

    “…Tch.” Reginold clicks his tongue, “And it’s all going so well… Guess it goes to show that allying with a pirate is never a good idea.”

    “Reginold…!” The king got up from his throne, his eyes glaring at his former advisor, “How could you…!?”

    “Then, it’s true then!?” The rebel leader growled, “You’re the one behind the attack!?”

    “Guilty as charged.” The former advisor stated with a shrug of his shoulder, “Although to be fair, I didn’t think I’ve managed to pull this off so well. You are such a gullible fool.”

    “REGINOLD!!”

    With a roar, Desiree charges towards him with her sword ready to end him. Reginold simply smirks before opening his mouth and speak one phrase.

    “May the horns blow.”

    Once those words left his lips, the anger in Desiree’s eyes seem to fade as she slowed down her run until she stood next to him, slouched over and unmoving.

    “D-Desiree…?” Vi called out, confused and scared of what just happened.

    “What did you do, Reginold!?” Luna shouted.

    “Hahaha, oh, the wonders of hypnotism!” Reginold laughed as he explains, “I knew that Tok could, and would, betray me, and I’m no match for someone as youthful and strong as Desiree. As such, I have a certain phrase implanted into her head with the help of sleep hypno-therapy, that went spoken, give me full control over her actions.”

    “T-That’s…!” The king of Britt has his eyes wide in horror, “That’s the method once used by the Latian Kingdom as the means to create the ultimate toy soldier! But my father should have all records of it destroyed years ago!”

    “It was, but I was able to find out from the source.” He chuckles, “For I, Reginold Steward Hufflepuff, is the son of the noble man who has created it in the first place!”

    I have to hold back my laughter at his reveal. Seriously!? His middle and last names are Steward and Hufflepuff!? What kind of name is that!?

    Unfortunately, Ace didn’t hold himself back and proceeds to howl in laughter, “WAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! That’s the stupidest and dumbest name I’ve ever heard!!”

    “Grr…” The traitorous man obviously didn’t take this very well with how his veins are bulging at his temple, “Let’s see who’s laughing after I have you all killed. Desiree! Kill them all, starting with that interfering princess!!”

    With that command, Desiree robotically stood straight up, readies her sword and dashes right towards Luna with every intention to stab into her.

    “NO! LUNA!!” The king shouted in horror.

    “Luna, stand back!!” I managed to get in front of the princess in time and raised my transformed arm to intercept the attack, her blade scrapping against my tough scales. This isn’t over, as she starts slashing against me as I struggle to block her attacks with both Nanashi and my scales.

    “Desiree! Stop it!!” Vi shouted as she proceeds to land slash after slash, I barely manage to block some of them with a few manages to scape against my scales, “You can’t let that man control you! Fight it!”

    “It’s no use!” Reginold laughed, “The hypnotism is deep and unbreakable! Nothing you do will bring her out of it!”

    “Damn you!!” Ace shouted angrily, “Come here and fight like a man, you coward!!”

    “Wait, what about me!?” Tok cried, “You can’t just leave me here, Reggy!”

    “You’ve served your purpose well, Tok.” Reginold stated as he walked up to the king, his sword pointing at him, “But you’re a loose end I can’t allow to keep existing. And also…” He turns his head back and glares at him, “Don’t EVER call me Reggy.”

    As he got close to the king, he grabs the older man by the collar and places his blade near his neck, “Now, you’re coming with me. You’re going to lead me to the vault.”

    “T-The vault!? S-So you knew!?”

    “I’ve only heard rumours, and I also know that only the king knows of its existence and location.” The traitor pointed out with a smirk, “So, what is it going to be?”

    “Father!!” Luna cried out.

    “Farewell, dear princess!” He stated as he drags the king to behind the throne room where there’s another smaller door, “Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to have you and your father have a happy reunion in the afterlife!” And with that last sentence, he closes the door behind him.

    “Damn you!! Get back here!!” Deuce shouted.

    “Grgk!!” I felt her weapon manages to graze my side, the part of my half-transformed state that is no protected by the scales. Damn it, her strikes aren’t as precise as Vi’s, but they hit way harder. Even with my sword, I’m not sure I’ll be able to last long.

    “Sis!!” Vi screamed, “You have wake up!!”

    “Everyone, now!!”

    “We need to stop her!!”

    “Pin her down!!”

    “Sorry, Desiree!!”

    It is at this moment that a couple of the Latian soldiers took action and grabbed their leader by her limps as they struggle to hold her back. “Run, princess!!” One of them shouted out while the remainder of them crowds in front of us with sabers drawn, “You have to get out of here!”

    “Y-You guys!” Vi cried in shock, “What are you doing!?”

    “We have to atone for what we did! Every one of us!” The soldier holding her by the neck shouted.

    “But if we can at least keep Desiree from making the biggest mistake of all…!” Another that is holding her leg added in, “Then it’s worth risking our lives!!”

    “No! Stop!” He cried out, “Get out of there!”

    In no time at all, Desiree freed herself from their hold and proceeds to hack and slash them to the ground to our horror. Once they are bleeding out on the carpet unmoving, she robotically turns back to us, her gaze fixed on Luna, who is stunned in horror that the brutality of what just happened.

    “No…! They’re all…”

    I quickly got back into position and prepared to block her next attack with the rest of the soldiers taking defensive positions around us as well. Desiree first took to a jog, before sprinting right toward us with sword ready to stab right through me. Crap, crap, crap, here she comes! I ready my transformed arm, ready to intercept her attack with my scales.

    What I did not expect, to my upmost horror, is for someone to step right in front of us and took the attack.

    “VI!!!!”


    To be continued…



    There! Finally done this!!! Oh My God, this is one is one heck of a ride, from start to finish! Man, I’m having way too much fun writing this ending, so much that I’ve decided to split the climax into two parts. The second part would be uploaded shortly after, so stay tuned!

    That being said, the latest chapter of One Piece (Chapter 951, if you are wondering) is one heck of the interlude, with all sorts of things gearing up for the finale of the Wano arc. Although, I am curious about King’s race. I thought he was human, or at least sky people if the wings on his back is any indication, but I guess he is some other form of winged species?

    Also, a second clash between Yonko!

    Sky splitting, the sea’s roaring, man I knew they are going to fight, but I didn’t expect to get the same phenomenon as when Shanks clashed against Whitebeard. Guess that’s the thing that happen whenever two Emperor-level pirates fought?

    With that, I thank you all for reading this!
     
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    Colin Yeo

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    Chapter 17: Twilight Isles, Finale


    I couldn’t stare in horror at what just occurred, everyone around me is also dead quiet. The scene in front of me isn’t something I wanted to witness at all, especially after what we been through.

    “V-VI!!”

    Right in front of us, with a sword pierced right through him from the gut, Vi stood firm as he grasps his hypnotised sister’s arms with blood spewing from his wound and forming a growing puddle under him.

    “G-Got you…!” He breathlessly chuckles, “I’m not letting…! you go…! this time…!”

    “No, Vi! He got shish-kabob-ed!!” One of the soldiers screamed.

    “What are you doing, Vi!?” Another of them cried out.

    “Quick! We need to get him free!!” One soldiers bravely prepare to run up to them.

    “No! S-Stay back!!” Vi shouted at them, stopping the soldier in his tracks, “L-Leave this…! t-to… m-me…!

    “The kid’s nuts!” Tok stated in utter shock, “Why would he take the sword through the gut like that!?”

    “He cares too much for his sister…” Deuce pointed out, “He’ll do anything for her…! Even if…”

    “Yeah, but that’s crazy!” The gear-themed pirate cried out, “Even then, is he really planning to break her out of the hypnotism like that!? That trance should be unbreakable!”

    “S-Sis… Please…!” He coughed out, staring into the blank stare of his sibling who is already struggling to get out his grip, “You have to… snap out…! of it…! You can’t… let that man… control you…! Please, Desiree…! Please…! I can’t… afford to lose you… like this…!”

    “…Vi…?”

    “D-Desiree…!?”

    “W-What!? That’s impossible!!” Tok cried in shock, “Reggy’s hypnotism should be unbreakable!”

    “Their bonds…” Ace muttered, “Her connections to Vi manages to overpower Reginold’s control!”

    “Vi? What’s going on? Why–!” Her eyes widen in shock as she realised something, “Why… are you…?”

    “Hehe… damn it… you took so long to… wake up…” He coughed out, “But I’m glad… to have… you… back…”

    With those last words, he collapsed onto the ground in front of her, blood continues to spill out of his wound.

    “V-Vi!?” She screamed as she kneeled next to him, looking at the familiar sword in his gut in horror, “Did… did I did this…!?” Without must hesitation, she pulls the sword out of him, took off her vest and pressed it against his wound as hard as she could, “D-Damn it! It’s not stopping!!”

    We could only look on in both horror and pity as the sister desperately tries to save her dying brother. This isn’t right… this isn’t how it supposed to go, damn it!!

    Then, Luna runs up to them, kneeling next to the brother before doing something I didn’t think she would do. She proceeds to rip into her skirt, pulling out ribbons of cloth which she then uses to dress the wound as best as she can.

    “P-Princess?” Desiree is stunned silent at what is happening.

    After witnessing her actions, I affirm myself and ran up to them as well. I took off my jacket and uses it with Luna’s pieces of cloth to create a makeshift band-aid, not that it will do much with how severe the gut wound is. If we can’t get treatment for it soon, Vi could still die.

    It was then that sounds of heavy footsteps can be heard coming from the outside. I then saw Britt soldiers rushing into the room, armed to the teeth with muskets and sabres ready to be drawn, “Your highness!!” The leader of this platoon called out, a man of great physiology and posing one heck of a moustache that puts the Armstrong stache to shame.

    Like, damn! That is as masculine as any man can get!

    “General Strongbody.” Luna greeted, as I struggles to keep my laughter in check. Really!? His name is Strongbody!?

    “I’m sorry for taking so long!” He saluted her, “We’ve just manages to capture the last of the rebels around the castle!” He then turns to the Latian soldiers and their leaders, “Are these the last ones?”

    “D-Damn it…” Desiree cursed as she grabbed her sword. All the Britt soldiers quickly went for their sword and firearms in response.

    “Weapons down!!”

    The soldiers could only look at each other confusion over their princess’s orders.

    “There will be no fighting here.” Luna stated firmly, “We have a heavily injured casualty in need of immediate medical care. Get him to the doctors right now!”

    “B-But your highness, aren’t he part of the rebels?” The general asked confused, “Why are we helping out those terrorists? They are the reason the castle is in such a disarray!”

    “Even so!” The princess glares at Strongbody, who flinches under it, “They are still people that needed help! I would not have someone die if I can do anything to save him!”

    “B-But–”

    “But nothing, general!” She shouted, “When my grandfather founded this kingdom, he made it clear that we would not be as the very enemies we’ve fought! If there’s someone in need of saving, whether or not they are once our greatest enemies doesn’t matter!”

    “…you’re right. You’re absolutely right.” The general nodded with a firm salute, “Your orders are received, Princess Luna! Men! Escort the injured to the medical bay! And have the doctors prepared for surgery!”

    “Sir, yes, sir!!”

    With that, the soldiers all rush towards the injured, with one of them gently carries Vi to not worsen the wound any further. I could only look in awe at the speed the soldiers performed their medical assistance. Talk about efficient!

    “…Why…?”

    Luna turns to Desiree who could only look at her with stunned confusion, “We’ve hurt your people… we have caused so much destruction… so why are you helping us!? Don’t you hate us!?”

    “…I would be lying if I say I didn’t.” The princess stated, “But even so, you were used by Reginold like the rest of us. Not only that, you’ve lost your family due to him as well.”

    “So, you pity us then…?” The rebel leader growled.

    “No, not pity.” She stated, “Just… empathy. My grandfather has taught me that people would sometimes do bad things for bad reasons. But that doesn’t mean they deserve the worst of fates. An eye for an eye would turn the whole world blind, you know?”

    “Eye… for an eye…” Desiree chuckles, before blowing up into laughter, then slowly descends into sobs as she hugs herself, “Damn it… why didn’t I…?”

    I found myself a third wheel of this situation, unsure of what to do next. This is really awkward for me… I’m technically an outsider in this whole debacle, so I’m not sure where I’m fitting in.

    “*Sniff* Oh, this is so touching…!”

    The awkwardness is replaced my irritation when our captive pirate captain starts opening his damn mouth.

    “Ace, can you–”

    *WHACK*

    “BUARGH!”

    “Thank you!”

    “Not to spoil the mood, but we still have to deal with Reginold.” Deuce point out, “He still have the king.”

    “Ah! That’s right!” I realised. Due to the situation with Desiree and Vi nearly dying, I’ve completely forgotten about that crucial fact. Damn it! That bastard has to be a long gone by now! And we don’t even know where this ‘vault’ thing he is looking for.

    “Vault…”

    Luna’s musing got our attention, the princess seems to be deep in thought, “Vault… I think I remember seeing a vault somewhere before…”

    “Really!? Where!?” Ace asked.

    “Hm…” She thinks for a moment, before snapping her fingers in realization, “Ah! The tomb!”

    “Tomb?”

    “Yes! My grandfather has built a tomb under the castle where his late companions are put to rest! I remember him bringing me down there when I was younger! There’s a large door close to it, one that he has told me that it shouldn’t be opened at all cost!”

    “And do you know where this tomb is?” I asked.

    “I think I do!” She nodded.

    “That’s great! You think you could you lead us to it!?”

    “Yes, I can!”

    “I’ll stay behind.” Deuce informed us, “It’s not much, but I should be able to help out some of injured.”

    “Got it.” Ace nodded, “I’ll punch Reginold once for you.” His first mate gave him a nod in response.

    The three of us then book it to the exit, but I stopped when I saw a familiar weapon on the ground. Vi’s sword is lying on the ground with blood staining its handle and the underside of the hilt. He must have dropped it when he collapsed…

    “…”

    “Hey, Rein! Hurry up! He’ll get away if you don’t move!!”

    “Ah! R-Right!”


    The traitorous Reginold grimaced as a drip of water from the stalactites above him.

    After leaving the throne room with his hostage, he has his ‘king’ lead him towards the vault that he has heard so much about. His blade is still drawn and placed at Solaria’s neck, making sure the old man doesn’t get any funny ideas. ‘Just a little more. Once I’ve got the treasure, I’m going to be richest man in the East Blue! Then, I can finally ditch this place and live out the rest of my life in luxury!’

    ‘And all thanks to my dear old dad’s little scheming plans…’

    His father, one Ronald Steward Hufflepuff, was once a noble among the royal court of the Latian Kingdom. He was in-charged of the R&D department in the military, tasked with creating weapons of war against their uprising commoners, in where he was raised in status with the founding of hypnotising soldiers to be loyal and unfeeling killing machines.

    Ronald, however, is a very greedy individual. Through connections with the underworld and having a great sense in human trafficking trade, he has accumulated wealth that far outshines any other nobles of his time. So much that every noble in the royal court with exception to the royal family sucked up to him in hopes of getting even a tiny fraction of his fortune.

    But despite acquiring such immense wealth, he still wanted more. He is so addicted to money and luxury, that he would do anything to get more. Which is when he found out about a secret ‘vault’ under the royal castle, where the fortune inside is worth at least several hundred of his own.

    Being the greedy nobleman that he is, he schemed to find this vault and secured the fortune for himself, going as far as to kidnapped several individuals connected to the royal family and torturing them for information. Despite his best efforts, he could only confirm its existence but never its location.

    And then, the rebellion won the war and secured the disbandment of the Latian Kingdom, paving the way to the founding of their own kingdom, the Kingdom of Britt.

    Like many nobles that refused to accept their new rulers, he too was banished from the island and forced to live the remainder of his life as a ‘filthy commoner’. Ronald couldn’t even stand to live such a modest life, choosing to remain living out his luxurious life. In the end, he ends up bankrupt and is driven into a life of poverty, and ended up dead on the road somewhere.

    Reginold was then born from one of his many sex slaves that were set freed after the war is over. His mother, however, was too broken after years of tortured and committed suicide soon after he was born, leaving him an orphan at the young age of three.

    Since at the such a young age, Reginold possess the same greedy personality as his late father. As he grew up, he became more and more obsessed with the idea of acquiring so much money that he would never has to worry about being poor again.

    Through his silver tongue that he has honed to perfection, he performed cons after cons, scamming people of their money and building his fortune step by step. He gotten so good, that a woman he conned into giving him her life savings still doesn’t believe that she got scammed at all.

    And then, when he too found out about his father’s plans in the ruins of his old mansion, he plotted to take the fortune for himself as well.

    “We’re here.”

    His former employer told him as they exited the cave, and into a large rocky room with eight coffins lied down with armoured knights carved into their lid. For some reason, there’s a large hole in the ceiling that let the sunlight shines in, illuminating the entire room. Grass filled the ground with a few flowers are planted around the coffins, their beautiful petals blooming under the bright afternoon sun.

    “The royal… tomb…?” He turns to his hostage with anger in his eyes, “I said to bring me to the vault!! Not to the resting place of some dead people!!”

    “You did, so I did.” Solaria looked at him before pointing at another entrance on the other end of the room, “Through there is where you’ll find the vault.”

    “Tch, then said so!” The traitorous man huffed in anger as he pushes his hostage along.

    After passing through another cave, they came face to face with the very thing that Reginold truly desired.

    In the large rock room, illuminated by the sunlight coming in from a small gap in the ceiling, there is a large gate carved out of rock locked into the stone wall, covered in moss and several artistic carvings of sorts. The wall it is in is covered from top to bottom with strange symbols carved into the stone.

    “This… this is it…!” He laughed as he tosses his hostage and weapon aside and rushes towards the door with a maniac look on his face. “Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes!! After so long, I’ve finally found it! The treasure, oh, the fortune! I can almost smell it behind this gate!”

    His maniac smile dropped when he saw no way of opening the gate. No keyhole, no lever, no nothing. He then turns to the king and asked, “How do you open this!?”

    “Who knows?”

    “What do you mean by that!?”

    Solaria got into a more comfortable sitting position, “When dad shown me this, all he told me about it is that this gate should never be opened at all cost. He never said anything about how this can be opened.”

    Reginold let out a growl as he searched the wall frantically for a way in. ‘There has to be something here! A switch? A hidden mechanism?’

    Unbeknownst to him, Solaria has got back on his feet, picked up his captor’s weapon and is slowly sneaking towards him with sword raised to kill. Once he got close enough, he took a deep breath and slashes down at his former advisor with the intention of beheading him right then and there.

    Unfortunately, Reginold has noticed his attack and duck down the arcing attack, swinging out foot out and tripping the king. Solaria dropped onto the ground on his back with a loud thud, which his captor took advantage of and stomps onto the king’s peg leg, smashing it into pieces.

    “D-Damn…”

    “Do you really think I wouldn’t notice?” He asked as he kick away the broken peg leg, “Wood on stone is pretty distinct.”

    “You wouldn’t get away from this!” Solaria shouted at him, “Even if you did get the treasure behind the vault, everyone knows about your betrayer by now! You could never escape!”

    “Oh, but you’re forgetting my little gift to your daughter.” Reginold stated with a smile as he walked over and pick up his sword, “Desiree would kill everyone in that room, and then if anyone enters that room, they would die too. No one would ever know what I’ve done.”

    “You bastard…! Are you that obsessed with treasure!?”

    “Yes, I am!” He proclaims proudly, “For you see, money is power, and power is strength, and strength is life! Money is the one truth in this world! Everything runs on money, and with enough money, I’ll be able to run everything!”

    “There’s no way I’m giving the Britt Kingdom to you!”

    “Oh, you misunderstand!” He tells his former king, “I have no desire to rule over anything! All I want is to have so much money that I’ll be living the luxurious life that I want for the rest of my days. So much money that I wouldn’t need to work for a day! That is all.”

    “And achieve that, you’re willing to destroy an entire town, to manipulate innocents to committing treachery!? All for getting rich!?”

    “I wouldn’t call it manipulating.” He stated, “It’s more like… persuasion.”

    “You traitorous bastard!” Solaria growled, “I can’t believe I’ve ever trusted you!!”

    “…You know what.” He walks up to the king and steps on his gut, his sword aimed at his throat, “Now that you have no more information for me, I’ve no more use for you. No point in leaving behind a loose end.”

    “You’ll never get away from this…!” The king growls, still ever defiant despite his position.

    “You know, if there’s one thing I’ve respected about you, it’s your tenacity.” Reginold confessed, “A shame, really. I’ve a feeling we could’ve been friends if the circumstances are different. Oh well. Say hello to the princess for me!” He raises his sword, prepares to pierce the windpipe–

    FIRE FIST!”


    The moment we enter the second room after the tomb, which looks gorgeous by the way, we are met with the sight of the traitor ready to plunge his sword into the king’s throat.

    Without a moment’s hesitation, Ace charges in and fires a Fire Fist at him. Reginold unfortunately dodges it, the flame blasting against the enormous stone gate on the opposite end of the room.

    “Damn it, stop dodging!!” The freckled pirate shouted at him.

    “How!?” The traitor shouted at us, “How are you still alive!? Desiree should have killed you all!”

    “She broke out of your control, Reggy.” I stated with what I felt like the most savage grin I’ve ever did in my entire life, “With a little help from the power of bonds.”

    “T-That’s impossible!!” He stated in horror, “My father made it so that the hypnotism is unbreakable!!”

    “Everything is possible with the power of love!” I proclaimed happily, revelling in the cheesiness of my words. Hey, if there’s a time for cheese, it’s here.

    “It’s all over, Reginold!” Luna shouted, “You’ve lost! There’s nowhere else to run!”

    “No, no, no…!” He mutters in shock, “Not when I’m so close…!” He seems to get an idea and went to grab the king, lifting him up into a chokehold and raised his blade up to his neck, “No body move! Unless you want a headless man as your king!”

    “Father!”

    “You damn coward!!” Ace shouted angrily, “Let him go!”

    “Nah-ah!” Reginold smirks as he places the sword very close to the king’s neck, “Not until I get what I want! Now, princess… tell me how to open the vault!”

    “Huh?” Luna could only blink at the sudden question.

    “You’re wasting your breath, Reginold.” The king tells him, “Not even Luna know how to open the gate.”

    “Shut up!” The traitor shouted as he knocks his sword’s pommel against his hostage’s head, getting grunt of pain in response.

    “Father! Let him go, Reginold!” The princess commanded angrily.

    “Then tell me! How do you open the vault!?”

    “Like I said…” The king groans as blood starts dripping from the head wound that he has just gotten, “She doesn’t know…!”

    “And I told you to shut up–”

    “I know how!!”

    Everyone is stunned silent at her sudden proclamation, her father especially looked extremely shocked. “Luna…? How do you…?”

    “T-Tell me!!” Reginold suddenly shouted, “How do we open it!?”

    “Okay first, you have to… um… let me think…” She posed to be deep in thought, slowly turns her head towards Ace for a moment, before turning to me and her eyes just that gestured forward to my confusion. Huh? Why is she…? I then looked at Ace, who gave me the same expression with a grin. Why is he–Oh. Oooh~! I get it…!

    “Come on, hurry up!” The traitor shouted with irritation heavy in his tone.

    “Let me try to remember… I think it has something to do with–NOW!”

    With that command, my sword is drawn and my feet transformed into their dragon state, just as Ace fires a smaller version of his Fire Fist right at Reginold. The traitor saw this and quickly moved one side to avoid the fire attack, which means it’s my turn to act.

    With my dragon speed, I made it across the room within a single moment with my sword poised for a thrust while my other hand is behind my back in a typical fencing stance. With this, I unleashed my attack aimed right at his head.

    “Dragon Sword Style, Third Form: Tail Spike!”

    I stabs forward Nanashi like a fencing sword, adding a little curve due to the fact that I’m wielding a katana. My blade flew and strikes towards Reginold’s head like a bladed dragon’s tail. He is quick enough manoeuvre his sword and direct my attack off course with his hilt, causing my attack to miss completely.

    Just as a smirk crept up his face from his assured victory over my attack, I pull out my hidden trump card from behind me.

    Before he can react, I plunge Vi’s gladius, which I’ve picked up from the throne room before coming here and has been hidden in my sash this whole time, into his shoulder blade as deep as I can get it in.

    This elicit a loud scream from him as he is forced to let go of the king, which I took advantage and uses my tail to wrap around abdomen. I then pull out Vi’s sword before retreating back to Luna with her father in tow, just as Ace came in with the finishing blow, as he proceeds to send a non-flaming fist to his face that sent him flying.

    “You are quite the bluff master aren’t you, Luna?” I stated as I put the king down on the ground gently.

    “I’m just glad you managed to get my message.” Luna stated with a sigh as she looked over her father, “Are you okay, father?”

    “Y-Yeah… I’m fine…” The king assures the princess, before looking at Reginold unmoving body, “Is he…?”

    “Nah, he’s alive, I think.” Ace stated, “I pulled my punch at the last minute.”

    “Why didn’t you just use your Fire Fist?” I asked him.

    “Punching the guy with my bare-fist is much more fun.” His answer just got a face-palm from me, especially when he said that with such a straight face.

    “Then… it’s over?” Luna asked.

    “Yeah.” I nodded at her question, “It’s finally over.”

    That got a huge sigh from the princes as she collapsed like a puppet who got its strings cut, falling onto her father’s lap, “Finally…”

    “You’ve worked hard, Luna.” The king assures her, “I’m sorry I have to put you through all of this.”

    “No, it’s fine.” She tells him, “As the crown princess, it’s my duty to fight for my kingdom, no matter the odds.”

    “…True, so very true.” He nodded with a smile, “I’m just glad you are okay.”

    “But still…” Ace walked up to the large stone gate in front of us, “He did all that nonsense all for this? Kind of a wasted effort, if you ask me.”

    “Just out of curiosity…” I turned to the two royalty in front of me, “Is it possible to open this gate in the first place?”

    “Well, grandfather said that this gate mustn’t be opened at all cost.” Luna stated, “So there must have been a way to open it. Sadly, he never told anyone before he passes.”

    “It’s the same with me.” The king nodded, “It just made me curious of why this vault shouldn’t be opened at all. Not that I’ll open it at all.”

    “…Hey! Come look at this!”

    Ace suddenly calling out to us got us curious about what he found. We then slowly made our way to him, I having to support the king in my half-dragon form due to his broken peg leg. When we made it to the stone wall, the freckled pirate proceeds to wipe away at some of the moss on the wall to reveal something curious and strangely familiar on the wall.

    “Well, this is peculiar…” The king noted, “Never saw that before.”

    “It looks like a keyhole.” Luna stated, “And this slight indent… it kind of looks like a–”

    “Clover.” I concluded. I looked down at Vi’s sword, turning the weapon so that I can view it from the front. Comparing it to the keyhole we found, I made an astonishing discovery.

    “It’s the same shape…! The gap is the size as the blade too!”

    “Whoa, seriously!?” Ace cried, “Then, that sword is the key!?”

    “Huh, that’s quite an interesting set up.” The king noted, “No one would expect a weapon to be a key.”

    “But is it really?” I wonders, “It could be just a coincidence that it’s the same shape.”

    “No, wait…” Luna thinks for a moment, “I think I’ve read somewhere that all Latian royalty has two types of weapon. A longsword like the one the leader has, and a short sword like the one you’re holding.”

    “Is it the same as this sword?” I asked her.

    “Yeah, I believe so.”

    “Only one way to find out.” Ace stated pointing at the keyhole, “Thrust it in, Rein!”

    “That sounds… so wrong…” I muttered in embarrassment at the hidden sexual joke, before doing exactly that. The moment the sword is all the way in, there’s a small click sound, before the sound of what seems to be gears turning can be heard.

    The ground starts to the shake as the large stone gate slowly slides open in front of our eyes.

    “No way…” The freckled pirate stares in awe, “It’s actually opening…!”

    “Is this a good thing… or a bad thing…?” I wondered out loud. We were told not to open it, after all. And yet here we are, opening the damn thing.

    “I’m sure it’s fine.” The king assures us, “As long as none of you mention any of this to anyone else outside. If you do… there will be consequences, understand?”

    “Y-Yes, sir!” I answered with a salute out of habit.

    “Sure, no problem.” Ace shrugged, “But if there’s treasure in there… do you think you can let me take some? Just a little pinch–”

    “KYAH!”

    “Luna!?”

    We all turned around, to see Reginold holding Luna in a chokehold with his blade near her neck in a repeat of what has happened to her father.

    “Damn it, I thought I’ve knock you out!” Ace growled.

    “No one move!!” Reginold growled at us, “The treasure in there is mine, you hear!? MINE!”

    “Let her go, Reginold!!” The king shouted at him.

    “Not until I get my treasure!” He shouted angrily, “Unless you want your daughter to be a headless princess, I suggest you back away from the vault and give… me the… trea…sure…”

    I raised my eyebrow in confusion over why he suddenly trailed off. I then turned around to follow his sight and saw what he has saw.

    Instead of mountains of shiny treasure that was promised, inside the vault is filled with rows and rows of bookshelves, each one packed to the brim with books of various colour.

    “Books?” Ace wonders as he walked up to one of the shelves and pull a book off of it. Flipping through the pages, his eyebrow raised in confusion, “What the…? These books have doodles on them.”

    “Doodles?” I walked up to him as he hands me the book. I skimmed through the pages and realised to both my awe and horror over what was written in the book.

    While I can’t understand it, there’s no mistaking the text of the Poneglyphs. Any true One Piece fan could recognised the writings with a glance. This both intrigued me and confused me, ‘Why are there books written in the same language as the large indestructible stones that contains information about the Void Century? And why are they doing on an island in the East Blue of all places…? Unless…’

    “Books…?” Reginold mutters out, letting go of Luna who quickly moved away from him, “All of that planning… all those years of waiting… for some BOOKS!?”

    “It would seem to be the case, yeah.” Ace nodded.

    “Hehe…hehehe….hehaha…hahaha…” The small chuckles spill from his lips which escalated into full blown laughter. Soon afterwards, he stopped laughing and collapsed onto the ground, truly unconscious this time if his eyes rolled back into his head is any indication.

    “…so, NOW, it’s over?” Luna asked worriedly.

    “…Yeah, I guess so.” I nodded.

    There’re still many questions I have about the vault, about the books and what connection it might have to the Void Century. But for now, I guess it can wait.

    Man, I need a nap…


    To be continued…


    Yup! Finally done! Arc is finally over! Man, this has been one heck of wild ride, and I’m grateful for the people who stick by me all the way through.

    So, yes! Hidden vault and mysterious books!! What could all of this mean? Why did Luna grandfather want it to be sealed? What are those books? All those questions will be answered soon!

    With this, the Twilight Isles Arc has officially reached its climax. So next up, is the epilogue!

    With that, I thank you all for reading this!
     
  3. Akuma-Heika

    Akuma-Heika The Devil Exists Within

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    Let's keep it clean! We must protect the innocent!
    This is QQ. If it has taught me anything, it is that there is no innocence and thus no one is innocent :p
     
  4. RyubosJ

    RyubosJ Vote Tie's little bitch - 2018/????

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    I was expecting a poneglyph, this, this is a thousand times more dangerous. Like wow, talk about a death sentence
     
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