“It’s so COLD!” You screamed out to no one as you walk through the deep snow as the wind pierce your exposed skin. Struggling to keep your hat on and pulling your jacket in tighter to your body, you pushes on against the winter storm. A few moment ago, you thought that you had finally died. That your soul has been taken by the Devil and was doomed for all eternity. You had a nice adventure with Ace and his crew but it was too bittersweet short for you. Then all of the sudden, you were engulfed into a pile of snow as you jumped out and screamed by the sudden cold. Nope, not dead yet. Unless this is hell and it freezes over.
So onward you went through the snowstorm in search for a place that would protect you from the cold. Then all of the sudden, you spots something blowing in the wind. You walked towards it and see that it was a blanket. An old, dirty blanket but a blanket.
“Thank you lord almighty!” You jumped for joy as you reach and pulled the blanket out of the snow pile. But as soon as you pulled the blanket out, you discovered that you had just unraveled out the small child out of it.
“Fuck! What a horrible human being I am. Shit! Are you alright? You still alive?” You asked the small child. It made a noise and you quickly wrapped him up in the blanket and pick him up and take him with you.
“Don’t worry, kid. I got cha.” You search some more and you could feel your body temperatures dropping rapidly. Then all of the sudden, you spots something in the distance. You thought it was a human figure in the distance.
“H-HEY!” You called out trying to get the figure attention.
“H-HELP US! Please!” Then you saw that you got the figure attention as it wave you over. Sighing in relief, you follow it. The wind blowing the snow around make it hard to see clearly in front of you and the figure in the distance make sure that you don’t get too close to it.
“Over there.” You heard it said over the howling wind as the figure point to a small building. You quickly started to shuffle over there and knocked on the door. When there was no answer, you open the door and stepped inside with the child in your arms. You looked around to see a table, two chairs, a bed and a fireplace. You set the child down on the bed and quickly wrap him up in the extra blanket. Then you went over to the fireplace and start making a fire. It wasn’t long till the fire was roaring in the fireplace as you huddle close to it to keep warm. After a moment of you thawing out, you looked around the room for some supplies. You found some unmarked cans food, some medical kit and some more blankets. You grabbed the pot after you quickly wiped away the dust and open the cans with the pocket knife you have in your pocket. You see that the two can that you had open was soup as you pour it into the pot and set it over the fire. Then you went over to check on the child. You pulled back the blanket and you silently curse to yourself.
“Damn it! Where is the medical kit?!” You whispered since you didn’t want to wake him up. He was all battered and bruised with blood soaking up the old blanket. With the other pot you found, you packed as much snow as you could in the pot and quickly set it over the fire as you pull out the soup. You waited until the snow melts and the water was hot enough to not burn your skin. Then you place the soup back as you gently set the hot water near the table. With the clean cloth after you undress him, you cleaned the wounds and the dry blood. As you wash more and more blood away, you notice he has white patches on his skin. You pauses during your treatment and look at him. He was struggling to breathe normally but you finally recognized the boy. Again you silently cursed.
“This must be the time where Corazon got shot. I’m so sorry Law. But don’t worry, you are not alone any more. I’ll take good care of you, for Corazon.” You softly said as you finishing up cleaning and mending his wounds. You wrapped him up in a clean blanket you found and started to wash his clothes and hung them to dry. Little did you know, Law was awake when you started treated his wounds. He wonder how did you know him or Corazon. Did Corazon tell you about him? Were you his friend? Deciding that you were not his enemy for the time being, he started to open his eyes and moan out in pain. You perked up as you heard him stir as you quickly went to his side.
“Are you ok? What am I saying… Of course, you are not ok? I made soup! Eat so you can get better!” You said as you pour the soup into the bowl. All the while, Law was watching you carefully as you sat on his bed and gently scoop out a spoonful and blow before put it to his lips. He tighten his lips as he pulled away.
“How do I know you didn’t put anything in my soup?” He said in a raspy voice. His eyes narrowed at you as he try to intimidate you. You frowned and shook your head.
“I promise I’m not here to hurt you. I want to protect you. Here,” You said as you took the spoon in your mouth and ate the soup.
“Yum! This is actually better than I thought it would be!” You said as you took another bite. Law growled in annoyance as he shouted out at you.
“I thought those were for me!”
“Oh, shit- I mean crap! Sorry! I didn’t realize I was that hungry but you must be starving! And cold! This soup will really warm you up, Law!” You said as you give him a spoonful of soup. He pulled back again, avoiding the spoon, eyeing you suspiciously.
“How the hell did you know my name? Who sent you to kill me? Was it Daflamingo?” You stare at him until his name was mentions as you shiver at that. That guy gives you the chills. You hope that you don’t ever have to cross paths with him. Law saw that and look at you questionably as you gently smile and set the soup on the table. You knew you have to somehow lie to him if you ever want to gain his trust. (Wow… what an awful person I am) He lost a lot of thing tonight and you don’t want to scare him off or anything.
“My name is ______. I know you and I know Corazon. He would sent me letters about all about you and how he wanted to find a cure to your sickness. In his last letter, he told me he heard about the Devil Fruit that could help save you. I could tell in his letters that he adores you and really cares about you. It was by chance that I happened to be here when he… when you…” You sniffed as you wipe away any tears that threaten to fall.
“I’m so sorry that you have to go through that, Law. I understand that you don’t want to trust me. But please, at least let me help you get better. All Corazon wanted was for you to live. To be happy. And I know you want to avenge Corazon but you are nowhere near strong enough nor cleaver enough to take him down. But you will, starting by eating some of this soup.” You said as you once again brought the spoon full of soup to his lips.
“How did you know Corazon?” Law questioned. You pouted at him at his question.
“How about this. Every spoonful of soup you take, I’ll answer your questions. Deal?” You said sternly. Law clench his teeth but he slowly open his mouth.
“Say aw!” You said as you swoop the spoon into his mouth. He let the soup stay in his mouth before he swallows.
“Ok, now answer my question!” you frown deep into a pout as Law was glaring at you.
“That’s not very nice Law. You have to say please and Thank you~” you cooed. Law let out a frustrated growled but complied.
“Please answer my question.” He said softly.
“Thank you Law.” You said softly as you handed him another spoon. He took it as you answered his questions to the best of your ability with the mixture of lies and truths.
“Corazon saved my life once and we been keeping in touch when he was in the Marines. Then he told me that he would be undercover and he’ll write to me when he can. I always look forward to seeing his letter which is usually soaked with tea or has some burn marks. I’m surprise that all of his letters were readable from all the damaged he had done to them.” You said with a smile. Law tense since that those who knew him would know that he was a terrible clumsy fool.
“How did you find me?” He asked as you give him another spoonful.
“I didn’t, I found your blanket that you were bundled in before I found you wrapped inside.”
“Why are you here?” You pause on that spoon before giving it to him.
“I don’t know. I’m not really sure how I got here in the first place.”
“What do you mean?” You didn’t give him that spoonful as you pull it back.
“I’ll answer that later, next?” Soon, you answer until the bowl was empty. You stood up and Law eyes widen at this.
“I still have more questions!” He snarled. You smile as you set the bowl on the table.
“But we are all out of soup. Let’s try to save some of the left over till tomorrow. But for now, let’s sleep.” You said as you curled up beside him on top of the cover. You gently wrap your arm around him and snuggle with him.
“O-Oi! Cut that out!” Law growled, trying to get out of your grips but he couldn’t move much. It hurts to move. You let out a sleepy yawn as you try to calm the boy.
“Law, stop moving or you are going to open your wounds again. I’ve already lost my friend, I don’t want to lose you too.” You softly whispered as you slowly closed your eyes. Law eyes widen at this as he stare at your sleeping form as your grip on him loosen with each breath you took. He could escape right now but he didn’t. Slowly, he laid back down and get himself comfortable with you and he finally falls asleep. He would expected to have nightmares about the events that happened earlier but for whatever reason, he didn’t when he was sleeping next to you.
The next morning, there was a knock on the door. Law tense as you slowly got out of bed, pulled out your pocket knife and place your back against the wall. You peered out the window to see that no one was there. You slowly open the door and peer out. There was no one. You looked down to see a box full of food, clothes and winter items like coats and hat and glove. Around that box, you notice a set of animal prints. It looked small but with the winds that was blowing around, it was quickly burying the prints. You picked up the box and carried it inside as you closed the door.
“What is it?” Law asked. You looked over as you pulled out some cans and some bread.
“Someone left us some food and some clothes.” You said. Then you notice that Law was giving the bread in your hand a death glare.
“I don’t like bread.” He mumbled. You just shrugged as you searched in the box for more items.
“More for me.” You said to yourself as you got some clothes out for Law. Then you grabbed some clean bandage and cleaned his wounds. Then Law look up to your face closely.
“Are you sick?” He asked. You froze in the middle of wrapping his arm before sighing and returning to his wounds.
“It not contagious if that’s what you are asking.” You said slowly as you tend to his next wounds. You were surprise that someone was able to notice that instead of assuming that she was just tired or something. But then again, Law was a type of person who would notice things that others wouldn’t look for.
“How long?” he asked again. Your shoulder dropped but you force a smile on your face.
“I’ll be fine, Law. Don’t worry about me. Soon, you are going to be a great doctor and a surgeon someday. You are going to cure your Lead Poison and help so many people.” You gushed at him. His eyes widen at the mentioning of his sickness.
“Y-You knew? And you are not scared?” Law asked. You smile at him as you finished up his bandage.
“Why would I be? I know it’s not contagious so I shouldn’t be in any danger. And I know that you are the only one that I know of that has survived. But I also know that with that devil fruit you have, you can cure yourself from it.” You said softly.
“How do you know that I ate the devil fruit?” You flinch at that. You don’t know how you were going to explained that so you gently shove his clothes in his hand as you grabbed your coat and stepped outside.
“I’ll get more firewood.” You said over your shoulder as you shut the door. Law stare at the door before starting to change into his clothes.
“How the hell does she know all that stuff? The only one who knew about him eating the devil fruit is him, Corazon and the Daflamingo family. Is she part of his crew? No, they would have been here already and they all thought I’ve already left the island. Who the hell is she?” Law thought to himself as he finish and search through the box himself.
As time passes, Law, with your help as well, was able to control his Devil Fruit power and was able to cure his Lead Poisoning a little bit at a time. It took a lot of energy from Law to do a simple bubble that was barely big enough for the two of you to fit in. But eventually, you notice the white patch is slowly disappearing from his skin and he begins to look healthier than before. One day, Law look up from one of the medical books that was brought at your door one day by the same stranger who been delivering your foods. You were sitting on the chair by the fire as you felt more tired as time pass. He stares at you before you felt his gazes as you look over to him. Then he suddenly clutch his hand into a fist and spoke.
“I promise you that I will help you find a cure to whatever you have. I will become one of the best doctor in the world.” Law stated. You smile at him and nodded. You didn’t say anything as Law quickly returned back to his book. With his back turned, you frowned as you shifted your focus back to the fire.
‘Even if you were able to cure this, you are no match for the Devil that is coming to take my soul.’ You thought as you subconsciously look over to the broken watch that is set at eleven o’clock.
You two were still on that same island and has been staying in that small cabin for a while now. You and Law took turns with their body as his experiment with his devil fruit power. There were a few time that the two of you panic when things didn’t go as planned but eventually, in the end, they turned out alright. The more time you practice with his Devil Fruit power, the longer he was able to control it before collapsing from exhausting. Every so often, there would be a knock and as soon as you open the door, there would only be a box of supplies and more animal footprints but no one else. Then one day, you and Law set up a trap to try to catch whomever that person who been sneaking the box of stuff on their door step for the past few months. It wasn’t long until they heard a yelp from the outside and their bell ringing. In a flash, you and Law open the door and was surprised to what you found. There was a small polar bear all tangle up in the net that lifted him up above the door. On the ground next to the bear was the box with it supplies inside spill amongst the snow. The two of you stared at the small polar bear as it stares back.
“So… A polar bear cub been helping us all this time?” You questioned out loud.
“…Sorry.” The two of you heard someone softly muttered out. You and Law looked at each other, assuming that it was one of them who said it.
“Did you say ‘sorry’?” You asked Law.
“No… did you?” He asked. You shook your head. Then you two heard it again. You blinked as you look up to the bear cub that was hanging in the net.
“Did you say ‘sorry’?” You asked the bear cub. Law looked at you like you were crazy.
“Why would a polar bear say ‘sorry’? They can’t even spea-“
“I’m sorry…” The bear cub muttered. Law looked at the bear cub in shock as you softly smile at it. Law saw this and yelled at you.
“How are you not shocked by this?!” He asked. You shrugged as you reach for the rope to get the bear down.
“I’ll put you down if you promise not to run away from us. Ok?” You asked the bear cub. The polar bear nodded as you gently release the rope. Soon, the bear cub stepped out of the net and was collecting the items that fell out of the box and place it back in.
“Come inside. It’s too cold for us to be outside for too long.” You said as you open the door wide for the bear to come in. The bear cub stood on it hind leg with his paw wrapped around the box of supplies. He hesitated at first but your warm smile seem inviting as he shuffled his way inside. Law on the other hand was scowling at the scene before him but went inside as well. Seeing there was no point in arguing with you. Once inside, you closed the door behind you and took the box out of the polar bear paws.
“Thank you for helping us out with the food and stuff.” You said with a smile. The bear cub just stare at you as you place the box on the table. Law stood on the other side of the room, glaring at the cub. Then you swat down to eye level with the baby bear.
“May I asked what’s your name is?” The polar bear pauses as it continue to stare at you.
“You don’t have one?” You asked. The bear cub shook his head. You smile as you place your hand on your chest.
“My name is _____ and the grumpy boy over there is Law.”
“H-Hey! Don’t tell it my name!”
“Oh come on Law. He is just a cub. He’s not going to hurt us after all that he had done for us.” You said, facing Law. Then something came across your mind.
“Say… Were you the one who showed me the way to this cabin before?” You asked. The bear cub nodded.
“Yes… I did.”
“Why?” It was Law who interrupted you as the bear cub turn his attention toward him. Then the cub look down and shrugged his shoulder.
“I… I found you in the snow a while ago and I went off to find some shelter for you. Once I found it, I went back to get you. Then ____ found you and I lead her to the cabin. I’ve been stealing supplies around the village nearby and been giving it to you.” The cub answered.
“But why would you help some humans?” Law growled out. The cub whimpered as you reach and cuddle with the cub.
“Law! Stop being mean to him! You should be more grateful that we were able to survive at all!” You scolded him. Law shifted at that as he shifted his gazed to the floor. You turn toward the cub and look in his eyes.
“Where is your family?” You asked. The bear shifted as it looked away from you.
“They are all gone. I’m all alone.” It whispered.
“So you helped Law because you thought he was alone. You wanted to take care of him and have a family again, right?” Law stare at them wide eyes as you explained your theory to the cub. The cub stared to tear up as he was starting to apologies like crazy.
“I’m sorry! I’m sorry!” It cried. You gently pat it shoulder and comfort the cub.
“There’s no need to be apologizing to us. We would be more than happy to accept you as our nakamas. Right Law?” You turned toward Law as he stares at the two of you. He blinked a few time before forming a small smile and nodded.
“Sure, you can be our nakama.” He stated. The cub stopped crying and started to smile wide. But then you hold up your finger.
“But before you become our nakama, we have to give you a name!” You stated. The two of them stare at you as you pause, pretending to think of a name. You were hoping that maybe Law could be the one who comes up with the name. Out of the corner of your eyes, you could see Law thinking of a possible name. Then he look up and muttered out a name.
“Bear.” You deadpan at that.
“You can’t call him Bear. That’s not a real name.” You stated. Law resist to roll his eyes as you look back at the cub.
“What about… Bepo!” You said.
“Bepo…?” Law and the Cub said out loud.
“Yeah! I think that’s a great name for you! What do you think?” You asked the cub. He thought about it before he smiled and nodded.
“I think I like that name.” The cub muttered. You smile as you pull Law and Bepo together in a group hug.
“Then it’s official then! You are our nakama… Bepo!” You cheered. Bepo smile widely as Law grimace the fact that he was now friend with a bear but he manage to grinned a bit, never the less. Then, all of the sudden he heard your broken watch ticked. A feeling of dread overcame you as you heard that as well. Slowly, you put the two of them down, frowning. Law saw this and his face form a great concerned.
“____, are you ok?” He asked. You looked at the watch to see that you have less than 45 seconds left as the hands on the watch started to move backward.
“Bepo… Will you promise to take care of Law no matter what?” You said as you grabbed his furry shoulder. He nodded in determination as you smile.
Then you turn to Law and sadly smile. You reached over and pulled him into a hug.
“Law, I want you to know that I’m sorry that I’m breaking our promise. There is a force much greater than me that will drag me away whenever it wants. I will never know when it wants me or where it would take me but when the time come, I would barely have time to say goodbye. I just hope that one day, you would forgive me but I’m glad to know that you won’t be alone when I’m gone, now that you have Bepo.” Law could see that you were slowly disappearing right before your eyes. Law begin to cry as he tries to clutch on to you as tightly as he could but he could grabbed on to nothing. He was scared. He didn’t want to lose you. Soon, the feeling of your touch, your warmth was fading as the watch click down to the last 3 seconds. The last thing he heard you say gave him the sudden feeling of hope that he had lost a long time ago.
“…until we met again…”