"That Kid, he thinks I can't do one mission without having someone to babysit me." you grunted.
"Well ______, you do tend to get distracted a lot which makes it harder to-
"You just ate back at the ship, right before we left." Killer crossed his arms.
"What does this guy even look like again?"
"Captain saw his ship at this town's port. He must've saw us and parked his ship somewhere else. His crew and their captain are probably still around."
"So what did he do? Come aboard on our ship and steal our gold while we were sleeping? We're stealing the gold back that we stole?"
"This is so frustrating that it's giving me a headache." you whined.
"______ you're giving me a headache." he sighed.
You walked side by side with Killer, searching and searching until you heard a loud crash in the dark ominous alley in the path up ahead.
You stopped but he began to proceed with caution.
"Who's there?" Killer began to draw the two scythes from his arms.
His voice echoed through the alley and out came a small kitten emerging from the darkness.
"Aw it's a kitten!" you squealed with excitement from seeing the tiny creature. You carefully walked over to pick it up and massaged your fingers into it's soft grey fur.
Killer put up his blades and watched you with curiosity.
"Oh look Killer, it's so cute!" you smiled, hearing it purr in your arms. "Go ahead and pet it, it won't bite."
You turned to him with the animal in your hands, the petite glossy grey eyes staring at the blue and white striped helmet covering the man.
He hesitated for a bit but managed to reach a hand out to attempt petting the little critter. Before his palm even touched the fur, the kitten leaped out of your arms and ran back
to the alley from where it came from.
"Hey come back!" you started to chase after it.
"Where are you going!? Ugh, this woman is so much trouble." Killer uttered and followed you soon after.
"______ what are you looking at?" he asked.
You stood still in the middle of another passageway and grinned.
"Do you hear that? It's music." you followed the sound of the tune and ended up in a different part of town.
Multicolored paper lanterns hung upon glass windows of enclosed buildings. People danced with each other without a second to think, smiles plastered on
every face nearby. The scent of food filled the air and the upbeat music never seemed to stop to travel through the ears of wanderers.
"Is this a festival?" your eyes sparkled in amazement.
"It sure is little lady!" replied a man emerging from the dancing crowd. "Would you like to join me in a dance?"
He reached his hand out to you with a warm smile, followed with a bow.
You danced with delight, not having a care in the world and after some time, you remembered about Killer. He seemed alone, just watching you
dance through the evening with some stranger you've never met. You excused yourself from your partner and walked towards Killer in the distance.
"C'mon tough guy, let's have a little fun while we're here." you dragged him into the vibrant crowd by the arm.
He started to fidget and remind you of your mission but stopped once he felt your hands bundle around his.
"Just follow my lead."
"But I'm not very experienced in dancing."
"Don't worry, neither am I." you started laughing.
Nervous at first, he started to follow the pattern of your footsteps and gradually picked up his pace to meet with yours. He raised your hand to the skies then propelled it
in circles, making you spin and eventually landing in his arms before falling to the floor. Bystanders watched in fascination and your heart started to race.
In the split of a second, Killer's head was struck by the side with the end of a rifle. His helmet was still on but the force of the rifle was so great, that it left an enormous dent on the helmet
and caused Killer to collapse to the floor.
"Tell Eustass Kid that the Harwood Pirates thanks him for the money." the man scratched his grungy brown beard and pointed the rifle at you.
"This must be the guy captain spoke of." you thought and slowly pulled out a gun of your own from the back pocket of your jeans.
"Can't see in this damn thing." Killer scoffed and got up.
He took off his helmet and grabbed the pirate by the neck. You tried to get up but the sound of a gunshot and the penetrating pain you felt on your leg was caused by the pirate's
little strength he had left to pull the trigger. Killer raised him up and slammed him onto the cobblestone street below with all of his strength, knocking him out instantly.
"Don't even think about it." he bent down enough for the unconscious man to hear it.
Killer grabbed your arm to wrap behind his neck and had another hand on your side for support. He helped you stand up and the two of you started to walk away from the scene.
You glanced at him for quite some time. His wild hair reached to his back and his bangs covered the sea-green eyes on his finely structured face. His trimmed blond goatee grew beneath his lips
and the scars beneath his right eye and chin gave him a tough but alluring look.
"Sorry about your helmet Killer, I just wanted you to enjoy the time we were having." you looked down.
"R-really?" you gasped.
"Yeah, I was smiling the whole time."
"You jokester." you teased, hearing a light chuckle from him after.
"Besides being shot in the leg, it was a really fun day. I'm glad you came along. You should also wear that scary helmet less often, you're pretty cute." you smiled and gave a wink.
Killer's cheeks turned pink as he pat the front of his face and remembered his helmet wasn't on. You giggled softly as you watched him.
"I hope the guy's ship is here close by because I'm tired of walking. Maybe there's a restaurant nearby. I wonder if-"
"______ look at me." he interrupted and stopped walking.
"What is it?" you turned. "Is there som-"
His head lowered and he leaned in to meet the smooth surface of your lips with his. Your legs felt weak and your lips refused to leave his. Once he broke away, you gazed in his eyes while he
gazed back in yours and the corners of his lips curved slightly upward. Your cheeks went hot and you became stammered to say a word by the surprised kiss.
"I should do this more often to shut you up." Killer joked and stood up straight. "And next time ______, you should let me do the planning. I have other ways we could always, 'have fun'." he smirked and
glanced at your passed-out self, blood trickling down from your nose and your soul nearly leaving your body from hearing his words.
"Well, I wasn't joking that time but at least I can have some peace at quiet at last." he started to laugh.