Somewhere To Belong

Sabo and Namur

"Hey Namur, how's it going?" The Fishman glanced up to see Thatch and Marco standing in front of him both with smiles.

"What do you want?" he asked automatically. The only time Thatch looked that innocent is when he wanted something.

"Want? What makes you think we want anything?" Thatch said looking slightly offended. "Is it so wrong that we just want to talk to our brother, whom we love dearly?"

Namur looked at Marco. "What does he want?"

"We just came to see if you wouldn't mind talking to one of the brats on board. He said a few days ago that he wanted to meet you," Marco stated.

"So in other words you want me to babysit."

"It's not babysitting," Thatch said matter of factly.

"Oh really?" Namur didn't believe a word he said.

"They pretty much take care of themselves," Marco said. "I was actually expecting them to be a lot more work than they have been."

"Why don't I believe you?"

"Because you're a suspicious person," Thatch said throwing an arm around the other commander. "Really you should have more faith in us. We don't want to trick you into anything. The kid just wants to talk to you."

That was unusual. There weren't very many humans that wanted to talk to him. They were all afraid that they would catch a disease or something from him. Usually his brothers would run interference for him so that he didn't have to deal with the stupidity of most humans. But here they were saying that he should go and actually chat with one.

"Why?" he questioned.

"He said that he read about Fishmen and doesn't believe a word of it," Thatch informed.

"He wants to see what Fishmen are actually like and he asked if you would mind talking to him for a while," Marco continued.

"We thought it would be a good opportunity to make sure that the kid was taught the truth instead of the messed up whatever they're teaching now days," Thatch finished.

Namur stared at them not sure what to say after that but he settled on, "No."

"What? Why not?"

"I don't want to spend time with the marine brats."

"Oh come on they're not that bad," Thatch said.

"Besides we're just asking you to have a small chat with one of them," Marco coursed.

"Why do you want me to do this so bad?"

Thatch and Marco looked at each other and shrugged. "He just looked so… excited," Marco said.

"Besides I'm trying to teach the two older ones what fun is. I think this would help," Thatch added.

Namur shot the fourth division commander a confused look. "What's in this for me?" he asked with narrowed eyes.

The two smiled. "The knowledge that you made a kid happy," Marco said.

"Nope I want something better."

"I'll buy you some sake at our next stop with a town," Thatch said.

"The good stuff?"

"Of course."

"Fine. I'll do it."

When he agreed to talk to the kid Namur didn't think that they meant right then. They had immediately dragged him across the deck and towards the brats' cabin. The three boys were all leaning against the railing looking at the ocean.

"Hey guys. What are you doing?" Thatch asked.

"Watching the water," the little one answered.

"Why?" Marco asked.

"Why not?" the one wearing an orange cowboy hat answered with a shrug.

"Nothin' better to do," the last one answered.

Marco shrugged. "Fair enough."

"Hey Sabo," Thatch got the blonde attention. "There's someone I wanted you to meet."

"Yeah?" The blonde looked away from the water looking interested. He smiled when he saw Namur which surprised the fishman. He wasn't used to that reaction when humans first met him.

"This is Namur," Marco informed.

By now they had gained the other two boys attention. "Hey he looks like a shark," the straw hatted one exclaimed.

"Hi," Namur said awkwardly not really sure what was expected of him.

"Hi my name is Sabo," the blonde introduced. "These are my brothers Ace and Luffy." The other two waved when they were introduced.

"I was told one of you wanted to talk to me."

"That would be me. I've always wanted to meet a fishman ever since I read about you guys in one of my books. Is it true that there's an island at the bottom of the ocean where you all live?"

"Yeah. It's actually a popular tourist spot for pirates going to the New World."

"Hey Luffy, Ace you want to play a game?" Thatch asked getting the other boys attention.

"No thanks we should probably try to catch our dinner," Ace said.

"A game? What kind of game? I wanna play!"

"Calm down, Lu. Let him have a chance to talk," the older brunette said with a sigh.

"What game do you want to play?" Thatch asked leading the two boys away despite the fact that Ace was complaining that he didn't want to play.

"Well I have work to do," Marco said before turning around to go back to his cabin leaving the fishman and the blonde boy alone.

"So what did you want to talk about?" Namur asked.

Two hours later Namur was happy that Thatch and Marco were able to talk him into talking to the kid. He found that the kid was insightful, passionate, clever, open minded, and one of the most intelligent people he had ever talked to.

"You know a lot about navigation for someone your age," he commented. Somehow they had ended up on the subject and the kid knew more about the subject than most on the ship did.

"Well yeah. If I want to become a pirate when I turn seventeen then I need to know about navigation."

"You, one of the grandsons of the hero Garp "The Fist," want to be a pirate?" the idea was funny.

"Yup. The old man doesn't really approve but he was stupid enough to think that if we all lived with bandits it would make us want to be marines."

They lived with bandits? Now they were living with pirates and their grandfather wants them to be marines. What was Garp thinking?

"How does that make any sense?"

The boy chuckled. "I can't tell you how much time I have wasted trying to figure that out."

"I have to ask, why do you want to be a pirate?"

"Why did you want to be one?"

Namur didn't even have to think about it. He had wanted to be a pirate because he was an outcast everywhere else. Being with Pops and the rest of the crew he was accepted for the first time. Maybe Sabo's reasons were similar to his own.

"We just want to be free."

The pirate looked down at the boy and was shocked to see the amount of pain and yearning he saw in his eyes. This kid had been through some terrible things and knew what it was like to be trapped. Whether it was figuratively or literally Namur wasn't sure if he wanted to know. The kid was too young to have experienced that kind of pain.

"And being a pirate would make you free?"

"Of course. Being a pirate means that you don't have to answer to anyone but yourself. You can live the way that you want and do anything you want whenever you want. Being a pirate is freedom."

Namur smiled. "So if Garp doesn't want you to be pirates why put you on one of history's most famous pirate ship."

"Honestly I wish I knew. He just showed up one day picked us all up and said that we were leaving. Before we knew what was happening we were on a marine ship and then a few weeks later we were here. I'm really surprised he put us on a pirate ship but he probably has some stupid reason that only makes sense to him."

"I'm sure you'll figure it out eventually."

Luffy frowned at the wall. He had been having a fun morning. He had gotten to wake up both Ace and Sabo for once and did so by jumping on them. They had both yelled at him, but their faces were funny when they woke up, so that was okay. After that they had gotten dressed and went to the galley for food, something they had been doing more and more. Sabo had been able to talk one of the cooks into giving them all an extra helping of bacon and they sat down and started stealing from each other like usual.

Marco would get mad if he caught them but that just meant they had to be sneaky.

But then Thatch had come.

He had smiled asked them all how they were doing and then started talking to Ace about something that they wouldn't tell Luffy about because Ace said he would tell everyone.

No he wouldn't.

Then the shark guy came and started talking to Sabo.

At least Thatch had been nice enough to say hi to him before he and Ace started talking. The shark guy just started talking to Sabo and before he knew it Luffy was sitting in his room all by himself with orders not to leave the room unless he had to.

Stupid Ace.

Stupid Sabo.

He didn't have to listen to them. They weren't in charge of him.

With a new found resolve Luffy stood up and walked over to the door and opened it widely before marching out.

Ha. That would show them.

He sat down in front of the door arms crossed and waited for his brothers' return, hoping that they wouldn't be too mad at him for leaving the room.

He watched as various pirates would walk by and smile at him. Some waved as they passed and some nodded. He would return their greetings but spent most of the day looking at the ocean.

"Luffy, what are you doing outside?" Ace asked as he and Thatch joined him. His brother was glaring slightly.

"I got bored," Luffy responded truthfully with a shrug.

"Oh, well next time you need to stay in the room. How about we go get some lunch?"

Ace wasn't mad?

Luffy jumped up and followed his brother and the tall pirate both of whom were talking really fast and low. He wondered what they were talking about but was soon distracted by all the types of meat that he had to choose from for lunch.

After all it wasn't that big of a deal if Ace and Sabo spent some time with their new friends. Luffy didn't mind being by himself for a little while.

Sort of.

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