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Disclaimer: One Piece is property of Eiichiro Oda. I own the story and it's original characters. Allan Maxwell and Genji Mori belong to two of my friends on Fanfiction.net. Image is from FastWallpaper.com)
Crescent Village is a small, quaint village in The East Blue and that's how the villagers wanted it.
There are clothes markets, food markets, trade markets, book markets and one or two taverns that always ensures its customers left with a smile. For children, there are playing fields, three schools and the forest that bordered the village in the shape of a half-moon, which was how Crescent Village got its name.
Every cottage had its own story and many were home to some very fascinating people. It is a little known fact that a marine captain was born there.
A boy sat on the roof of a cottage that was painted cream. His shaggy black hair reached his neck. His eyes glowed an interesting amber. His skin was a light brown; a small cluster of freckles on each cheek. His clothes consisted of a casual blue shirt, long cargo pants and brown boots. He was staring out over at the Crescent Forest, wondering if there was more beyond his quiet and boring village.
A 25 year old girl with blonde hair, a scar on her left eye and green eyes in a fuchsia dress and matching shoes ran out. She saw the boy on the roof. "Oi Riley! Get your lazy butt down here! Mom needs you to go to the food market!" she hollered, her name was Gull D. Jessica.
Riley stood up and leapt down from the roof. "Alright, no need to go flying off the handle" he remarked, standing to his full height.
Jessica huffed and went inside.
A woman in her mid-30s' with amber eyes and long wavy orangey gold hair that framed her face perfectly came out and walked over to Riley. Her dress was a light orange, her apron was blue and she wore boots just like her son's. She was Terry D. Marion, Riley's mother and the most beautiful woman in Crescent Village. She handed him 250,000 beli and a list. "Just get what's on the list, Riley." she told him.
"Ok, mom. See ya!" Riley replied, grinning and waving at his mother before walking off.
Marion smiled sadly as her son went on his way. Thinking of 15 years ago, after Riley was born and his father had left the village. 'Riley looks like him. He's got his grin and everything. It's too bad his father's gone. But he only left for our safety. They must never know about Riley being the son of a pirate. He's only a boy' she thought. Marion went inside and walked over to the table, getting out a newspaper. She found an article; Fatal Disease hits Crescent Village.
Riley reached the markets. He skimmed through the list, coming to the conclusion his mother was going to make her famous pastries. He smiled, everyone loved his mother's baking. However something wasn't right. The silence was too eerie and haunting to be familiar. No one was out. "That's weird, it's not Sunday" he observed.
Riley ran through the village, looking for a familiar face. Soon, he gave up and returned home. Then he saw Marion and Jessica lying on the floor, coughing and spluttering. Riley ran over to them and felt their foreheads. They were burning up. "Mom? Jessica?" he asked.
Riley saw the newspaper and read the article quickly. His eyes widened. 'Everyone's caught this disease! How long has it been like this? Why didn't anyone tell me? So I'm the only one not affected by it. But I've got to help everyone else. I must find the cure! Perhaps the legendary Sakura Cure will help.' he thought.
After getting his mother and 'big sister' to their rooms, Riley packed some things. "Who knows how long I have to find something that can save everyone's lives before they could potentially get worse?" he asked himself. He exited his room and ran down the stairs to his front door. He glanced up at his mother and sister's bedrooms over his shoulder. 'Mom. Sister. Hang on until I find a cure. I love you two and will help you'.
Riley turned away and walked out. He walked over to the archway that served as the entrance to the village, casting a look of determinedness over to his childhood home before going on his way.
"Wait. So Fire Fist actually fathered a child before we caught him?" A young Marine officer asked a now elderly Marshall D. Teach in the Marine base in Logue Town.
"Yes" Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard, replied coolly as the memory of Ace admitting to another pirate that he had a son came to his dark, cruel mind.
"Where is the child? We must eliminate it!" the Marine shouted, clenching his fist and making bone spikes jet out of his knuckles. "The brat won't escape me!" he remarked with a wicked smirk.
"He wouldn't say where they are, what their names are or what they look like, my boy. I assume he was trying to protect the child and it's mother. Even Fire Fist was chivalrous" Teach told him calmly.
"Why would that filthy pirate have any reason to do that?!" the marine snapped, as he hit Teach's desk in anger. The desk would've shattered if seastone hadn't been built in the surface with the wood to neutralise his powers as well as Teach's.
"Because everyone knows that village women who fall in love with a pirate are too stupid to abide to our laws, even now in such desperate times" Teach remarked, keeping aloof and collected.
The marine continued to rant on about the matter. Teach just shrugged.
Meanwhile, Riley had found himself at the docks, 12 miles away from the village. 'Damn it. What now? I really need some help here. What kind of idiot leaves without knowing where he's going or how to take care of himself?' He thought.
Riley caught sight of a medium-sized ship. Its mast held no flag but had beautiful folded white sails made of cloth. It had no figurine. "Wow, it's magnificent" he gasped.
Riley noticed a girl on the ship. Her head and arms hung over the side. The girl's hair was orange and cut in a boyish way. Her eyes were a bright violet that currently looked bored. She looked up to see Riley watching her and straightened up. She wore a white shirt and a denim skirt. "I wasn't expecting a visitor. Who are you?" she asked.
Riley could tell the girl was at least 15, like him. "My name's Terry D. Riley but call me Riley." Riley introduced himself, sticking his hand out.
"I'm Violet but feel free to call me Vi" the girl replied, shaking Riley's hand. "So what can I do for you?" she asked.
"Do you know where I can find someone who'll take me to find the Sakura Cure? I need it to save my village." Riley asked.
"I can take you, this ship's stocked up and ready to go. I've studied navigation all my life." Violet answered with a sympathetic smile.
"Really? You can do that? Thanks!" Riley remarked, hopping aboard.
"I actually lost my parents to an idiot with a sword so I'm going to help you" Violet replied as she unfolded the sails.
"Why would you tell me that when you barely know me?" Riley asked.
"I trust you, Riley" Violet answered as she raised the anchor and tugged the rope from the stone that prevented the ship from moving.
The ship drifted out of the peaceful harbour and out to the unforgiving sea. Riley felt quite content. As if he belonged out at sea. He turned to Violet. "So where now?" he asked.
Violet looked at her log pose which was on her left wrist. She smiled when the needle indicated that they were on a calm, safe course. "Straight ahead until the needle tells me otherwise" she replied, looking over at Riley. 'Thank you, whoever brought Riley into my life. I've waited years for this day and finally I can see the world. Boy, I'm glad I prepared the ship.' She thought as her smile grew.
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