“Heh… I like it.”
Purple lips turned upward into a wide grin as he watched the woman struggle against the two guards that were showing her off for the respective buyers, her teeth clenched around the gag in her mouth as she spat unknown obscenities to the onlooker’s.
He enjoyed browsing the slave auctions, on occasion there would be someone that caught his eye and he’d buy them for fun. Sometimes they became new crew members and sometimes they wound up dead shortly after, either outcome didn’t bother him much. It had been awhile since something caught his eye though.
Her dull grey eyes had no fear in them as nobles inspected her, there was a rage there that interested him and her hands were bound with the sea prism cuffs… interesting.
“You want to buy her Captain?” The question came from the glasgow lips as emotionless eyes scanned over the woman that had drawn his Captain’s gaze. She struggled more unlike the other slaves here who tried to go unnoticed, that’s how it was if you didn’t want to be bought. The more you fought the more some sadist noble would show their interest in ‘taming’ the unruly slave.
“Maybe.” Came the response as he walked up to the man peddling the woman. There was a wooden tag hanging from her neck with a price and quick details to strike a potential buyers interest, a former Captain…
“Welcome welcome…” The seller grinned widely but his voice trailed off and smile faded as he saw the intimidating group of men stop in front of him, his eyes looking over their outrageous attire and stern faces… he didn’t doubt that these where pirates. “C… can I h… help you?”
He grabbed her arm, yanking it upward and forcing her into an awkward position. It must’ve been painful from the sweat on her brow and the growling nose she made. “What is her devil fruit power?” He asked without looking at the pathetic little man, the guards to either side of her let go of her arms as they were taken from them.
“Ah… I’m not entirely sure sir…”
“Eh?” He eyed the pathetic little man. “You want me to buy something you know nothing about?”
A cold shiver ran down the man’s spine as the pirate gave him a sideways glance with those terrifying yellow eyes. “W…we know she is a logia type but… that’s…”
“Heh…” He dropped her arm and grabbed her chin, turning her face from side to side and moving her white and black streaked hair to get a better look. “I like it.” His eyes met hers and they glared at each other, still there was no fear. How did such an obstinate pirate come to be in a slave market in the new world… “Killer…”
The blonde man stepped forward, eyeing the slave his Captain had been inspecting. It wasn’t often he picked female ones, usually they died but a few stayed on the ship... what’s this? “Captain.” He spoke softly as he took the tag that was hanging around the girl’s neck.
“Eh…” He took the tag from his first mate and read the black print… “T. Law… Why do I care?”
“As in Tralfagar Law…” came the stoic response.
“Yes, yes.” The seller rubbed his hands together with a wide grin. “You’ve heard of her right? A Doctor pirate from the north blue and a devil fruit user.” Perhaps he’d be able to get a good price out of her yet.
The woman let out a loud groan from behind her gag and rolled her eyes, this nonsense had to stop. She tried pushing the gag out of her mouth with her tongue but it was tied excessively tight.
“She even had a katana with crosses on the scabbard like in the description…”
“Were is it.” Killer asked, it would be interesting if this girl actually had Law’s weapon but highly unlikely considering these dealers obviously had no idea who they were trying to sell.
“Ah, you see…” He didn’t like the vibe the masked man was giving off and the look on their Captain’s face was… terrifying. “Apparently before she turned herself in she got rid of her personal effect…”
“Turned herself in?” Those piercing yellow eyes were glaring at her again as he tossed the sign away, grabbing her jaw once more… “Pathetic… I don’t know what pisses me off more. Someone turning themselves in to be a slave…” he moved his glare to the seller. “Or someone trying to sell me the wrong slave…”
“W…what…” His words were cut short by a tight grip around his throat, the red haired man gripping his neck with one powerful hand.
“It’s insulting that you don’t know anything about the supernovas…”
“Captain.” Killer crossed his arms with a sigh. “Kill him later, we still have to restock the ship. We can’t do that if you make a ruckus and start killing everyone.”
He let out a growl as he released the man. As usual, he was right. “I want that.” He pointed to the girl. “I don’t care how, just get her to the ship.” He turned away and started walking off with a few of his men in tow.
“Heat.” Killer got the blue hair man’s attention. “Take care of her and bring her to the ship.” He then turned to the seller and produced a bag of belli. “Half of her asking price, it’s all a no name pirate is worth…”
The man took the bag from him with fresh sweat on his brow. “B..but she was still a Captain…”
“Your choices are to take it or we kill you and take her anyways.”
Heat walked over to the girl and loosened the gag, slipping his thumb into her mouth to hook the fabric and pull it out.
She stretched her mouth a bit, relieved to be free of the cloth. She moved her shoulders a bit to try and wipe the drool from around her mouth that had accumulated from being restrained like it was. It wasn’t very effect though…
Heat grabbed her face in his hands, using his thumbs to clean the drool from her face.
She let him clean her face without complaint, he was being gentle enough… but his eyes were just as cold as that Captain’s… “Thank you…” Her voice was ragged, it had been too long since she had something to drink. She tried to clear her throat but it didn’t work very well.
“Keys.” Killer handed them to Heat. “I’m going to catch up to the Captain, bring her to the ship.”
Heat nodded as he took the keys to the sea prism cuffs and slipped them into his pocket, he attached a leash to the woman’s collar and led her away. “Don’t give me any trouble.” He simply stated as he walked.
She complied without comment, she was happy to be free from the slave market and these ‘buyers’ seemed formidable… too much for her to handle with these cuffs on. It would be her damn luck, to be bought by a pirate crew of all things. She had hoped some fool noble would purchase her, the plan was simple. Rob the bastard and set back out to sea to rejoin her crew, they’ve done this plenty of times without a hitch but now… She let out a heavy sigh, now what should she do? Contacting the crew would be the most logical choice of action… No, these cuffs should be the first to go.
“Oye.” She called up to the man leading her, so far he had been absolutely silent. “You can take these off, I promise I’ll behave.” A feeble attempt she had to admit…
Heat turned his head just enough to look at her from the corner of his eye. “Master Kid will decide that… I won’t release a logia type on their word alone.”
She arched her pierced brow at that, she knew well it was a feeble attempt but it shows how much this guy pays attention. The slaver had only mentioned that for the briefest instant when he was trying to sell her… then there was title he gave to his Captain… That was an awfully high title to be giving a Captain. It almost made her wonder if this man started off being a slave as well.
“Your name is Heat-Love, ya?”
“It’s just Heat.” He responded as he kept his eyes forward.
She jogged a bit to walk beside him, he was almost obscenely tall compared to her but still he was shorter than that Captain… “Could you tell me about the Captain, Heat-Love.”
“Uh…” He looked down to her, the addition to his name must have been a speech mannerism. It reminded him of the way Law talked, these two certainly had a lot in common…
“You’re staring.” She said with a bit of a smile.
His black eyes widened slightly at the reaction and he diverted his gaze to look ahead once more. “His name is Eustass ‘Captain’ Kid of the Kid Pirates… The rest you will find out later.”
She made a little ‘well, ok then’ face as she noted talking time was over, this guy was really not the chatty type. At least she got a name, she was certain she had heard that name before in the news. Something involving a grand fiasco on Sabaody Archipelago just before the War of the Best, it only just happened a little while ago so these people must have only just recently arrived in the new world. It was then she remembered that Captain said something about supernovas… what was it… ah, they were the rookies with bounties over 100,000,000… That really would be her luck, to be bought by one of them…
The walk was relatively short, the made their way to the islands docks were a large ship decked out with spikes and skulls was anchored and being loaded with various barrels and crates. No doubt the supplies that had been mentioned previously. She was lead up the ramp and onto the main deck were she saw the blonde man from before sitting on the railing with the Captain leaning against the same railing just beside him. She found it odd that they seemed to be eyeing a newspaper together, they really didn’t seem like the type that could read very well.
Heat led the woman to them, he hadn’t been expecting them to come straight back to the ship but the Captain had been on edge today. It had been awhile since they had any real fights so many of the men, especially the Captain, were starting to get that familiar itch.
Kid looked up from the paper to see his newest acquisition being brought over. His lips turned into a large grin as he eyed her, she looked pretty normal compared to the rest of his crew but he could see a hint of being the pirate that slaver claimed she was. He pushed himself away from his perch and walked towards them, taking the leash from his companion before circling her to fully inspect her. His eyes traveling along her form, pausing for a moment on her jeans that were ripped so much they threatened to expose too much. “What’s your name…”
She eyed him cautiously as he continued to walk around her with leash in hand, which caused the length of it to slowly wrap around her… “ Abigail Tome… Captain of the Sawbone pirates.” She added the last detail before it could be asked.
“Heh…” He sneered as he continued to circle her like a predator eyeing its prey, wrapping the length of the leash around his hand as he circled her and drew closer. “Tell me, Captain…” He said that word with a hint of venom in his tone. “Why were you being sold in the slave market.”
She watched him as he got closer, that smile of his was unsettling. She debated about coming up with some random lie but couldn’t think of a plausible reason she would need to… “Standard job. Slip into a slave auction and rob whatever noble buys me.”
That made him stop walking as he stared at her blankly before erupting into laughter along with a few other crew members that were in earshot of her statement. “That didn’t work out very well now did it, Captain.” He yanked her forward by her collar, wrapping the rest of the leash around his hand so she couldn’t back away. He towered over her and enjoyed the fact that she did not cower, it’s why she interested him at the auction house. He wanted strong people on his ship.
“No…” She tried to pull away from him now. “It didn’t…” She pushed against him as he held her leash tighter, she didn’t like being this close to him. He smelled like blood and metal, the scent made her molars twinge.
“Where is your crew, Captain.” He kept her close to him, amused by her pathetic attempt distance herself. He lifted the leash, forcing her to stand on her toes so she wouldn’t be choked.
She let out a little growl as she tried to steady herself without using him for support, she suspected that’s what he wanted her to do… she wouldn’t give him that satisfaction. “Once the job was complete I’d… acquire a boat and meet up with them.”
He pulled her higher, forcing her to lean against him if she didn’t want to dangle by her neck. “You must be a shit Captain for your crew to leave you with such a shit plan.” He was starting to get annoyed, she wasn’t being nearly as much fun as he had hoped. Where was that fire he saw in her eyes back at the slave auction house.
“They trust me…”
“They’re dumbasses.” He interrupted her… there it was, a little spark. “So tell me, Captain. What should I do with you?” He ran his hand through her hair, pulling it back to force her face to look directly at him. “Are you going to try and rob me, Captain.” He tightened his grip, she was trying hard not to cry out but he could hear the faintest of whimpers. Heh, a strong woman indeed.
She clenched her jaw, trying to stay calm. “Chalk it up to bad luck…” She had met other Captain’s before, men who either wanted to beat her because she was a woman or rape her for the same reason but this one… He didn’t seem to have any reason for his violence. “Release me and I’ll reimburse you for the money spent…” She just had to stay calm, don’t let him get what he wants. He wanted her to get mad for some unknown reason… but she refused to give in. “With interest…”
It happened in an instant, before she fully realized what was happening her body was in the air and being thrown. She caught a glimpse of the railing as she went, then… water. Her heart seemed to stall as she felt gravity take over… if she went into the sea…
With a violent jerk her body twisted and slammed against the side of the ship, her own hands clawing at the collar around her neck trying the get her fingers worked into the space to ease the pressure. Her feet kicking her away from the wooden sides as she tried to climb to no avail, she gasped for air as the weight from her body hanging strained her neck painfully. All the while listening to that man’s laugh echoing in her ears.
“You know…” Killer spoke casually as he looked over the edge to watch her squirm and fight for precious air. “That slaver did mention she was a doctor.”
“What’s your point?” Kid gave his companion a sideways glance as he braced himself with one foot on the railing. He wondered how long she’d last…
“We need a better Doctor.” He crossed his arms and looked back at the crew, they had a lot of good men but they were still lacking in certain aspects. “Hold off on killing her until she can teach our guys a few things… assuming she’s any good.”
He grunted in response… it would be a waste of Belli to kill her right away. Aside from the medical uses he supposed that she could provide other entertainment, he wanted to see that spark again. With ease he hauled her back over the railing and onto the deck, dropping the leash beside her.
She coughed violently as she tried to breath normally once more, her heart was still pounding and her neck burned from the collar. His boots came to a stop in front of her face and she found herself scrambling to her knees before he felt the need to connect those boots with her face.
He crouched down and grabbed her by her chin, forcing her face to look up to him so he could look at her better. That pretty face of hers was spotted with red from the broken blood vessels and her neck was already starting to bruise. “You are going to live on this ship and teach my men what you know about being a Doctor.” He brushed back the air that was in her face, smiling that wicked smile of his. “You do that and I’ll let you go back to your ship and your crew, Captain.” His thumb moved to her lips, touching them momentarily then caressing them. “Do we have a deal?”
She knew her voice would be a wreak right now so instead of giving him a verbal answer she snapped her teeth at the appendage fondling her mouth, he had no right to touch her so softly after hanging her from his ship.
Kid yanked back his hand just before her teeth closed on his fingers, standing up with a chuckle. His eyes locked with hers, a flame now raging inside them. “I like it…”
That was the last thing she heard before her vision failed her, his boot connecting squarely with her jaw. She thought she heard the cracking of bone as the force of the blow twisted her head back, then there was nothing but oblivion.
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