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Title: Maddest Kind Of Love
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Word Count: 1451
Pairing: None (in this chapter)
Topic: None
Type: OPU (before time skip)
Genre: General, some slight humor
Disclaimer: I don't own anything from One Piece. One Piece belongs to Eiichiro Oda.
VTM: Important notes and warnings for future chapters will be in the artist's comment. So please be sure to read that if you are thinking of reading the next chapters.

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Law was standing out on the deck of his ship, he was leaning against the rail as he smoked a cigarette. He couldn't really smell the fresh ocean air or the smoke. Instead all he could smell was the blood that had stained his hands and clothes from the surgeries he had been performing. Even after washing it off the scent still managed to somehow linger. It wasn't an unfamiliar scent, it was one he was rather used to given his two professions. However, this was one of those times that he was rather sick of it. That Strawhat kid was proving to be more trouble than he was worth.

One of the Heart Pirates was running over to the resting doctor. "Captain!"

"What do you want?" Law asked with a sigh. "Did one of the patients do something stupid and had their wounds open again?" Just why did he volunteer to do this again? Oh yeah, because he must have been high off of his ass without realizing it.

"Sir, there's a strange ship that has been following us." The crewman began to explain.

Law canted his head to the side. "And you didn't blow it to hell because...?"

The crewman looked a little flustered. "W-well, we didn't know if it was really following us until it got closer."

"And again, you didn't blow it to hell because...?" Law's voice was laced with sarcasm. Though, part of him was growing a little curious on the subject of who would be following them.

Suddenly there was another voice calling out to Law. "Captain! There's a small ship with Redhair's flag!"

At this point Law was a wee bit annoyed. "Cannons! Doesn't anyone know how to fucking use them!?"

"Sir, what do you want to do?" the crewman asked.

Law gave an annoyed sigh. "Oh I don't know, how about we invite them up for tea and cookies?"

"But you ate all the cookies..."

"Do you not understand the concept of sarcasm?" Law clapped a hand to his face and shook his head. He then made his way to the other side of the ship as he muttered a rather colorful assortment of words. When he reached the rail he looked down at a small sailing ship that bared the flag of the Red Haired Pirates. "What the hell do you want?"

Standing on the deck of the small ship was Shank's first mate, Benn Beckman and Lucky Roux. Law noticed that the bigger of the two was carrying something wrapped in a bloody white sheet over his shoulder. He was starting to grow a little interested. "And just what warrants this 'friendly visit'?"

"Captain has a little 'favor' to 'ask' of you." Benn called out as he looked up at the man on the yellow submarine.

Right then a spot on the sheet suddenly caught fire.

"Uh oh!" Lucky Roux quickly patted at the fire trying to put it out. "Damn it!"

Law quirked an eyebrow. That was something you don't see every day. Part of him wanted to turn them away, but now his curiosity was starting to eat at him. "Okay, I'm probably going to regret asking this...but what the hell is that thing?"

"Let us aboard and we'll tell you." Benn said as he crossed his arms, he watched Law expectantly.

Law's eyes narrowed suspiciously, he had a feeling that this could lead to more trouble. "It's not worth it, just go away." he then turned around and headed off.

Roux looked at been, he seemed to be getting worried. "We might not have that long Benn..." He said as motioned to the sheet covered cargo hanging over his shoulder.

Benn sighed and looked back up to the yellow submarine, he was about to call out to Law but then something caught his eye. A bear--a big, white bear that was dressed in a orange jumpsuit. "Hey, you!"

"Huh?" The bear stopped and looked down at them. "What do you guys want?"

"We're guests of your captain, he forgot to let down a latter." Benn explained, he had a feeling that this bear was not the sharpest tack in the drawer.

The bear gave a blink and canted his head to the side. "I'm not supposed to let strangers on board."

At that point Benn got an idea, he then forced himself to muster up a more friendly tone. "Hi there, I'm Benn Beckman and this is Lucky Roux. What's your name?" For Benn, this was not an easy feat, it earned snickers from Lucky Roux until he shot the fat man a quick glare.

"My name's Bepo!"

"Well then Bepo..." Benn said with a small smirk. "I guess that means we're not strangers anymore, does it? Mind letting us on board?"

"Sure!" Bepo said excitedly, he then let down a rope latter.

It didn't take long for Law to notice what the bear was doing. "No! Bepo! Noooo!"

Soon Benn, Roux, Law, and his crew stood on the deck of the submarine.

"You have a lot of nerve..." Law began as he glared at the two. "I don't care if you are one of the four emperor's crew or not, I don't take kindly to uninvited guests on my ship."

"Not like I care." Benn then got right to the point. "We have something that you might be interested in."

Law quirked an eyebrow. "You trick my men-"

"Sorry..." Bepo interrupted as he sulked in the background.

Law gave a sigh. "It's okay, Bepo, I'm not mad at you, just the old fart and the Blubbery Wonder over there."

Right then Lucky Roux reached for his gun, but Benn suddenly stopped him.

"No, Lucky, we need him alive." The first mate then turned his attention to Law. "Look kid, if you want us off your ship that badly, then just look at what we brought and hear us out."

Law's eyes narrowed as an un-amused look spread across his face. "We could just kill you."

Benn smirked he then nodded to his ever faithful rifle that he had slung over his shoulder. "I'd like to see you try."

Law was quiet for a moment as he thought his options over. He could fight with them, but then again did he really want to do that? Even if he did manage to kill them then he'd have a whole new world of troubles to worry about. "Might as well humor you, for now. Let's see what you have for me."

"Let's take this to somewhere a little more private first." Benn added.

"Fair enough." Law motioned his crew to go back to what they were doing. After the crowed started to break up he then led Benn and Roux bellow deck and into his now clean operating room. "So, just what is this all about?"

Lucky Roux set the bloody sheet covered object onto the table. "This." the fat man said bluntly.

Law moved over to the table and removed some of the sheet. "Wait, this is..."

On the table was none other than Portgas D. Ace, at first glance he was nothing more than a corpse, being deathly pale. However, Law then noticed something rather odd. "Embers?"

In some of the deeper cuts on Ace's body there seemed to be embers that were glowing ever so faintly. Law removed the sheet even more and saw even the gaping hole was trying to heal, there were even the slightest hints of shallow breathing. It was also obvious that there have been attempts to take care of the boy's wounds.

"Kind of shoddy work, don't you think?" Law said with a slight smirk. His interests were more than peaked at this point. "Who did this? An amateur?"

Benn sighed, he was getting a little tired of this guy's attitude. "Well it's not like we have an extremely skilled surgeon, smartass."

"I see, so Red Hair sent you to me? Why?" Law asked. He was a little amused at this point. He could feel his ego get a minor boost from the thought.

"For one, you're currently taking care of his 'little brother', right?" Benn asked. "Captain wants both Luffy and Ace to be in good hands, and if you were capable enough to handle Luffy's wounds, perhaps you can do something for Ace that our guy couldn't."

Law looked over the damage, even with the mera mera fruit trying to help Portgas recover the damage was really bad. In the slimmest of chances, it might be possible to save him, but they'd still need a miracle to succeed. "That's a pretty tall order."

"Honestly, I don't know what the captain is thinking." Benn said with a slight shrug. "Personally I was thinking that he was drunk."

Law suddenly frowned. "What's that supposed to mean?"

"Nothing..." Benn said as he looked away from Law. It was an unspoken challenge, one that he was hoping the doctor would find hard to say 'no' to.

"Get off my ship." Law said in a near blunt tone. "Get off and never come back."

Lucky Roux then moved to pick Ace up off the operating table.

Law then stepped between Lucky and the operating table. "Hands off."

"Wha?" Roux said as he backed away.

"You two go, he stays." Law said firmly, the challenge was accepted.

-End of Prologue-
Okay, so this chapter had a couple of firsts for me, one being writing Law. I'm not used to the guy, I had to do a bit of research to get some of the details and such. One of the things that really seems to surprise me is that he has a freaking yellow submarine! Queue the Beatle's music! (I seriously had to listen to that song two or three times after writing this.) And this basically cemented that Law is probably a drug addict in my head cannon. (For those who don't get that joke, it's a Beatles thing.) This is going to be the first chapter fic that I've done in quite a while, so I hope you guys enjoy. Comments are greatly appreciated, I look forward to bringing you more.


No pairings in this chapter, but this will eventually have some Ace x Luffy (sorry folks, favorite pairing, deal with it or read something else), Marco x Ace, and more in this story. But those aspects will be in later chapters, and for those who know my style, you can be sure shenanigans will ensue. I will give a fair warnings beforehand though. Quick thank you to :iconpirate-at-heart: and :iconclarobell: for all their help.

Other chapters can be found here:

Chapter 1: [link]

Chapter 2: [link]
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choco-snakes2345 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
It's good ^.^ I don't write prologues very often, I never really have anything I can't just squeeze into chapter 1, but this was fun to read! Maybe I should consider some prologues.
I know who Law is but I actually don't, in a technical sense. I'm not even in the 100's yet, episode wise, so I haven't even seen Ace in the show... But, I know all of them. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for me to say if you did a good job with the personalities... But I liked the chapter anyway.
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feyfeyfey250 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have received 800,000 beli for this deviation ^^
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Finniy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome prologue!!! ^^ Love it!! I like how you started and ended the prologue a lot...... :D but then Law might be a bit OOC...?? Though I'm sure mostly everyone makes that mistake.... since Law didn't appear that much, and his personality is quite hard to get....... XD Awesome prologue!! :D
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LithosTisEritas Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Um..sorry, I didn't read this yet, but does this story contains any gender bender characters??^^
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LadyMischievous Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it does.
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HappyGirl282 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
wow, you're first time using Law and you did it perfectly! have i told you how much i love you're writing style? :love:
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Clarobell Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I’m working on a new technique of reviewing, as I’d like to both comment and critique to the best of my ability, so I’ll be “live” reviewing. Literally reviewing as I read. Let’s get this started.

I like the way you start this fic, with the imagery of Law leaning against the rail. I get the feeling he’s feeling thoughtful and tired. The overpowering smell of the blood is nice, you could have amplified the imagery maybe with making a reference on how the smell remained even after he washed his hands or something. The way it’s written makes it sound as though his hands are blood stained and being a doctor I doubt he’d leave them bloody, ya? :)

You have an interesting portrayal of Law. He seems IC to a degree, with... your own twist, I’d say. I like it. He seems relaxed and easily annoyed. I don’t go much on the line “It was a joke” as it seems like a serious situation to be joking. Perhap something like “Do none of you understand sarcasm?” or something to the like? Not a necessity, though.

Couple spelling errors floating around, but no big really.

Law seemed almost friendly on the shaboady archipalego, ina cocky sort of way, but he seems quite rude to Benn and Lucky Roux here. Was that intended with him being tired? Perhaps you should elaborate that if it is? I’m betting that wrapped up sheet is Ace. ;D

Lol! I rather like the sheet catching on fire. Nice touch!

Benn seems a little OOC, but you’ve done a good job rewriting this so far. He’s much better than he was before.

Very funny how Bepo is kind of like a child. I can’t imagine Benn with a friendly tone o.O I imagine his eye twitching as he fakes it loool, he always seemed so serious level headed, but a nice idea for him to trick Bepo like that. One thing I would say is that I can’t see Law just walking away from people as famous as those two.

Ah, so he was still nearby? Perhaps you can mention that to make the picture a little clearer, but yes, makes more sense now.

Ah~ there we go. Feeling the chilly Benn vibe I normally get from him now. The don’t mess with me feeling.

LOL! Roux reached for his gun for being called the blubbery wonder. I don’t know if that’s IC, but I don’t care! That’s great! Nice interactions between Benn and Law.

I like how the rest of this chapter is written. The dialogue flows smoothly, but it gets a little bit confusing towards the end. It took em a coupel readbacks to realise Benn was challenging Law by saying the only reason Shanks sent ace across was because he was drunk. You might want to elaborate a little – “Benn hoped the jibe that the surgeon had only been chosen due to his captain’s inebriated state would spur the young supernova into accepting his charge for the sake of his pride.” Something similar to that maybe? Though of course, these are all just suggestions.

The chapter ended a little quick. Maybe you could add a couple more sentences – Benn giving a victorious smirk and turning to leave. I feel like we should have seen a reaction from the two before the chapter ending to them “winning”.

Overall, i really liked it. It’s a good start and you have my interest peaked. Ace is possibly alive and I can’t wait to ee how things progress. I’d like to possibly see a scene involving shanks in the future telling benn how hard it was to leave his anchor in the hands of somebody else, or something to the likes, but that’s totally up to you X3 – great job!
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LadyMischievous Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*w* And as usual you give great critique, thank you very much, it means a lot to me.

Yeah, I'm aware of Law being a little off, unfortunately when I was doing the research on him I couldn't get the proper feel for the guy. So I had to fill in blanks with influence from house. OTL

As for Benn, there actually has been at least one bit where he did seem like he could be a little friendly, in a tough sort of way. You have to remember the guy is pretty smart, at least out of his crew. I personally wouldn't put it past the guy to be able to put up a little bit of a friendlier facade. But then again that could just be my personal interpretation on the matter.

I apologize for any confusion, I might have rushed the last bit wanting to get it done with. But I will look it over when I get the chance and see how I can improve it. I might ask you for some opinions when I can.

Anyway, thanks for the critique, I love the honesty, and it was really helpful. <3 I love your reviews~!
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
If Shanks wants Ace alive, what was the point of the funeral?
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LadyMischievous Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, sorry, I probably should have explained. This is a 'what if' fic(in this case 'what if Ace survived', this is just my twisted take on it). And actually the funeral bit is a little more explained in the next couple of chapters. I apologize for any confusion though.
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