It was a fine morning at the sea. The sky was clear, the water's calm and the sun's not too hot—the perfect setting to be outside.
Luffy, Chopper, and Brook were playing tag; running all around the sunny-go and occasionally dragging Usopp who was working on some modifications with Franky. Sanji's inside the kitchen preparing snacks and refreshments for everyone while Zoro's under the crow's nest dozing lightly benefitting from its shade. Nami and Robin were located diagonally from the crow's nest, Robin conversing with a sunbathing Nami.
"... well there was one time—Are you alright Robin? You look a bit queasy..." Nami's voice trailed off as she did a quick thinking before she continued, "Oh, stomach cramps? Have you asked Chopper for some pain reliever? "
"Yes, Nami-san. But I guess it taken its effects yet. I think I'll just have to lie down for a bit... if you'll excuse me then." Robin answered before she went down stairs and headed towards her room.
Zoro tried to sleep and failed miserably. But with the shrieks, screams, and shouts on the lawn, the people talking next to him, the ruckus inside the kitchen, and even the banging and clanking with all the tinkering on the other side of the deck, who could? Still, he closed his eyes hoping to catch some Zzz's
Zoro heard Robin's footsteps as she descended the stairs. "What's with their last conversation?" He thought but just shrugged it off and tried to concentrate on what he's doing. But a louder surge of chaos bashed his ears and prevented him from doing so. Growing annoyed by the minute, Zoro stood up and decided to go downstairs.
"Zoro! " Nami called as he passed her by.
"What?" He answered, clearly irritated.
"It's that time for Robin. She's resting at the moment so don't bother her too much okay? I know you're going to see her." she just enough for both of them to hear and saying the last part teasingly.
"Shut up, you nosy witch. I'll do whatever I want." he replied as he too, went down stairs.
The hallway was dim and the noise from the outside was washed out. He could hear the ricketing wood every time he would take a step. Fortunately, the walk was shorter than he had expected and he finally reached his destination: Robin's room.
He opened the door slowly and closed it quietly when he went in. he saw Robin lying on her bed. Next to it was her bedside table with a half-empty glass of water and her discarded book.
He walked nearer and nearer until he was beside her bed. He examined Robin carefully. She was lying in an almost fetal position, her back against the wall, hugging her stomach. Her eyes closed, and a part of her face was lightly covered with her silky black hair. Every now and then, her face would scrunch up the tiniest bit.
Zoro sighed. Soundlessly, he removed his boots and lied down beside her. He carefully lifted her hand and placed it on his waist. He felt her grip his shirt softly the same moment her face tenses. He moved a little bit closer and started stroking her hair gently.
Eventually, the interval between her grips became longer 'til he could feel her steady breathing and hear her soft snores. With a few last strokes, Zoro kissed Robin's forehead tenderly and fell asleep.
It was after lunchtime on the Thousand Sunny. The Straw Hat Pirates were currently taking part in their regular routines.
Roronoa Zoro was up in the crow's nest, weight-training.
"4555...4556...4557..." he counted.
Nami was busy with her maps.
Usopp was buy himself, sitting on the rail, fishing.
Sanji was in the galley, washing the dishes.
Tony Tony Chopper was in the sick bay, grounding up herbs for his medicine.
Nico Robin was watering her flower garden.
Franky was down below deck, going over his cola supply.
Blizzard, the wolf-dog who had joined the crew about two weeks ago, was running around the ship, chasing after the seagulls that had perched themselves on the rail and barking at them.
In the library, Nami found it rather quiet, aside from the dog barking.
"Where's Luffy?" she wondered.
Putting down her pen, she stood up and headed to the kitchen. She looked in the dining room, thinking that he might've been there, trying to pester Sanji for a post-lunch pre-dinner snack. He wasn't in there.
"Sanji," Nami called to the chef.
"Yes, Nami, my angel?" Sanji swooned.
"Have you seen Luffy?" asked Nami.
"Luffy?" Sanji repeated. "Nope. Haven't seen him since lunch."
Nami furrowed her brow before she headed into the sick bay, where Chopper had just finished making his medicine.
"Chopper," she called, getting the little reindeer's attention.
"Yes?" Chopper asked.
"Have you seen Luffy?" Nami asked back.
"No," answered Chopper. "Haven't seen him since lunch."
Now Nami felt concerned. Usually, Luffy would be heard running around with Blizzard, chasing the seagulls off the railing. She really hoped that he didn't end up falling overboard and nobody noticed.
She headed back to the deck to climb up to the crow's nest and ask Zoro if he had seen Luffy, but then saw there was no need.
Monkey D. Luffy was lying down on the lawn in the shade, asleep. There were several apple cores lying around him. He must've eaten them for a snack before he felt full enough to take a bit of a snooze.
Nami huffed and put her hands on her hips.
Idiot! she thought. He had me worried for nothing!
The navigator approached the sleeping captain. His vest was unbuttoned, revealing his tummy, which slightly rose and fell with each snore. He only stirred to scratch his chest before he went back to sleep.
At that moment, Nami sat down next to Luffy as he slept. For some odd reason, her gaze was set on his stomach. She didn't know why, but she felt like just had to touch it.
Slowly and carefully so as not to wake him up, Nami laid her palm on Luffy's belly.
Luffy didn't seem to react. He just kept snoring.
Nami smiled at him before her hand began to act on its own accord. She gently brushed it back and forth along Luffy's stomach, and she couldn't stop herself. She found herself...liking it.
Suddenly, Luffy seemed to smile, pleasurably in his sleep and let out some sort of content noise. His leg began to kick up and down, almost like a puppy getting scratched on his most favorite spot.
Deciding to let Luffy continue his slumber, Nami stood up and prepared to head back to complete her maps, but at that moment, Luffy stirred and sat up on his elbows.
"Hey!" he called to Nami, forcing her to turn to him. "Why'd you stop?"
"Huh?" Nami questioned.
"I like being rubbed there," Luffy said with a hand on his stomach.
"You...you do?" Nami asked.
"Yeah," Luffy answered. "When I was little, Makino used to rub my belly while I was sleeping and it always made me happy. I don't know why, though, but I've always liked it."
Nami seemed surprised at first, but then she smiled softly as she approached her captain and sat down next to him, again.
"It's your sweet spot," she said, simply.
"My what?" Luffy questioned.
"Your sweet spot," Nami repeated. "It's kind of like this thing that dogs have, but people can have it, too, sometimes."
At the word "dogs", Blizzard suddenly appeared before the captain and navigator.
"Take Blizzard for example," Nami said before she gently scratched Blizzard behind his ears, his favorite place to be scratched.
Blizzard's leg thumped on the deck, uncontrollably, and he wagged his tail and panted happily as Nami continued to scratch his ears until she stopped.
"See?" asked Nami.
"So, when somebody rubs my belly," Luffy began, looking at his stomach, "then I start feeling happy, like Blizzard?"
"That's right," Nami answered.
Blizzard suddenly ran off to go chase the seagulls, again, barking like crazy. Nami turned to Luffy, smiling,
"Aren't you gonna go and chase the seagulls with the dog?" she asked him.
"Uh-uh," Luffy answered her. "I'm still kind of sleepy from eating lunch. I'll think I'll take my nap for a little while longer."
With a yawn, Luffy laid back down to continue sleeping, but for some reason, he couldn't fall back to sleep.
"Hey, Nami," he called to her.
"Hmm?" Nami hummed.
"I can't go back to sleep," he said. "Do you think you could rub my...sweet spot, again? I think it'll help."
Nami smiled softly with a chuckle.
"Sure, Luffy," she said before she proceeded to rub Luffy's abdomen, thus causing him to fall right back into his slumber.