"Land on sight!" Ussop yelled from the crow's nest. The rest of the Straw Hat crew has smiles on their faces, most of which are for a specific reason: Chopper's birthday.
Today is the youngest crew member's most special day. And that calls for a party! Sanji smiled wider as he think of the dishes he would need to cook for the celebrant, he just couldn't wait to see what special ingredients he could get his hands on at this island.
The rest were also thinking along the line of what to get the small doctor for a present: well not all of them, since Zoro can't wait to land the ship ashore to get away from everyone and have a quiet nap somewhere. And of course Chopper himself is looking forward to getting his hands on new medical books that he can find on the island, completely oblivious of his crew's plan.
As usual whenever there is a new island to be ventured, Luffy was smiling ear to ear and was about to stretch his arms when Nami caught him by the ears and stopped him before he rocketed himself toward the island.
"Okay, everyone" She called out as she let go of Luffy.
"We cannot stay on this island for more than 3 days since this is neither one of the islands the log pose pins are pointing at. If we stay longer, we'll have to change destinations."
"Once we've restocked, were setting sail again."Luffy announced.
"Aye!" His crew agreed. He was about to leave again when he was pulled back to the group, but this time by Robin. He gave her a questioning look.
"This island is known for its impenetrable Marine Base, positioned exactly at the center of the island in the middle of a dense forest filled with traps." She informed.
Luffy's eyes widen, while Ussop freaked out. "WHAT THE HELL?! Should we even set foot there?!"
"A marine base huh?" Sanji muttered as he lit a cigarette.
"I heard that this island is permanently set in four seasons all at once." Nami said.
"Four seasons all at once? How is that possible?" Brook asked in wonder.
"The island is like divided in to five parts where each part has one permanent season." Nami answered.
"But sis, if there are only four seasons, what's in the fifth part?" Franky asked in curiosity.
"Neutral. That is the season surrounding the Marine Base, while the other four seasons are in different areas outside the forest." Robin answered.
"I wonder what those seasons are..." Luffy muttered playfully.
Nami sighed when she heard that, "Rain, Spring, Drought and Winter"
"Drought?" Zoro asked.
Nami nodded and began telling them a story she heard from Wheatheria "It was once believed that there were five deities who lived within this island before the civilization started here.They were Summer, Rain, Spring, Winter and Autumn. They lived happily in the middle of the forest, until Autumn disappeared without a trace. Devastated, all four deities left and took refuge in different places on the island."
"So the drought means..." Luffy trailed of, eyes gleaming with sympathy.
"The deity, Summer, lived there. And since there is no more rain to water and moisturize the area, the whole place began to dry, die and erode then turned to sand."
"If that's the case... Then that means Rain-!" Chopper exclaimed in realization.
"The place that the deity, Rain, went to is flooding with water." Robin confirmed.
"Then that means spring season is the only place in the island which seems normal enough to produce food products, since winter is like being back at Drum Island." Sanji said.
"Once we reach ashore, make sure to keep a low profile, especially you three." Nami pulled on to Luffy's cheeks and glared at Sanji and Zoro. "We don't want you running around the island, causing ruckus and catching the attention of the Marines."
"Hai Nami-swan~" Sanji swooned.
"Winter!" Chopper cheered.
"It's so white~" Luffy's eyes turned to hearts and he immediately rocketed to the nearest pile of snow.
Nami sighed at the childish behavior of her captain; meanwhile, Robin was giggling beside her.
"Cm'on guys" Nami called out to the four crew members who were playing in the snow. "We don't want you getting lost in this harsh island."
Luffy, Ussop, Chopper and Brook whined. They were about to proceed on when Nami noticed something.
"Wait..." Nami groaned. "Where's Zoro?"
"We haven't walked that far from the shore yet that marimo is already lost?" Sanji sighed. "That baka"
Meanwhile, at the center of the island where the infamous Marine base was; three marines were watching the live feed from the Den-Den Mushi. The whole room was filled with monitors showing the happenings all around the island. And their eyes were glued to two monitors; the first one was where Roronoa Zoro was and, the second was where the rest of the Straw Hat crew was shown.
"Prepare the Kairoseki nets and also send someone to capture and arrest the Straw Hat's first mate." An old man in a Vice Admiral uniform ordered. "We're going to "Hai!"
Zoro struggled to walk through the thick snow, his green jacket only giving him little help to stay warm.
"Where the hell are the others?!" He growled in frustration. "Are they freakin' lost?!"
He rested a hand on his swords as a slight movement from his peripheral vision caught his eyes.
Soon enough, a figure emerged from behind a tree.
"Welcome to Season Island, Roronoa Zoro" The man in a Marine Lieutenant uniform greeted. "Are you perhaps lost?"
Zoro narrowed his eyes, "No"
"As much as I want to have a chat, I shall warn you." The marine said. "Find your crew and leave immediately or else, this island will be your first and last journey after entering the New World"
The green haired swordsman snorted. "We didn't train for two years just to remain weak for the New World"
The other man sighed and turned to leave when he remembered something. He took a canister from his pocket and threw it to Zoro.
"Keep it. It'll help you keep warm." And then he disappeared.
Zoro picked up the canister, opened it and the scent of sake filled his nostrils. He grinned appreciatively as he took a swig of it. "Now that's a good booze~!"
He continued trudging through the snow, oblivious of the hidden camera following his movements.