One Piece; The Great Pirate Era

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Post  Loyal Subject on Wed Dec 24, 2014 9:06 pm

Hawkins impatiently helped shove Flint's meal in the bag. In all honesty, he was prepared to just run with the plate if that's what it took to get them there on time. They could return it later. But since the waitress was there, now watching them, he figured it wasn't the best time to attempt thievery. Or, extended borrowing.

Once the food was all set to go and the money was thrown on the table, Hawkins was out the door with everyone else. He was prepared to bulldoze anyone that stood in his way for a long period of time if it meant getting there on time.

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Post  Lee on Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:06 pm

OOC: They used a free meal ticket, they don't have money. They're dirt poor :P

Anais had barely left her seat, when Flint was already gone. He was so quick on his feet, that he left both of his teammates behind. "W-wait for u---" She caught herself, before it was too late.

If the match was starting soon, and he had this much distance between them, then maybe he would make it in time. It wouldn't do them any good if he had to pace himself to match their speed. "Actually never mind! We'll catch up with you!"

Before heading off herself, she checked the table once again, in case they were forgetting something. What could they possibly forget that was worth value, after all they didn't have a beri to their name. However, she spotted Flint's food bag. She could had sworn he left with it, but then remembered that he came back to grab his new pistol.

Did he grab his pistol and in the hectic process forget his bag of food? "Oh for the love of..."


Elsewhere and finally reaching the platform where all the other contests took place, Flint began to regain himself. "I'm here!...I'm here!" He managed to shout out through heavy breaths. However, he soon noticed that the wooden structure was sort of empty and there didn't seem to be an audience of any kind.

There was just one person, lying on their back, and on the platform. Absentmindedly he wandered towards them. "Hey, are you alright? Is this the contest place?"

However, he received no response. Through the middle curtains of the platform, someone spied on them. "Why is he still standing?" They asked confused and irritated.

"Perhaps it hasn't taken effect yet." Another suggested, to which the other scowled. "We don't have time to wait. Send them in."

"Of course," Slowly a trap door opened silently, behind that of Flint and the unconscious man. "Hello?" Flint waved, "Hey guy are you asleep? You know, this is a weird place to nap..."

A large burly man, equipped with a club, whacked Flint in the back side of his head. Immediately he dropped unconsciously over the unconscious man. "Good work Bluto, bring them here."

OOC: So when Hawkins and Anais get there, the platform is empty of all participants, but the place is packed with the spectators.


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Re: One Piece; The Great Pirate Era

Post  Loyal Subject on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:47 pm

Hawkins didn't look back on what Anais was doing but saw that she was, for one reason or another, lagging behind if only for a few precious seconds. He grabbed her by the back of her shirt, and pulled her forward, her feet coming off the ground. In the process, he had let go of Flint.

He raced towards the arena where the crowd was beginning to grow bigger as everyone was in an attempt to get a good seat.

Hawkins would have liked a good seat as well. Not necessarily because he had an issue with being up high or seeing the participants as though they were ants but rather so he could ensure an easier getaway should the moment arise.

But that wasn't meant to be as they came to the arena. Most of the seats were already full. But the contestants were nowhere to be found. Hawkins didn't pay much attention to this and was too worried about finding a good spot.

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Post  Lee on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:09 pm

Although there were no contestants on the stage, the opening of the last match was lively. There was festive music playing within the background, confetti was bursting through the air, and the audience was overall boisterous and cheery.

While Hawkins and Anais attempted to find somewhere to sit, some person rallied the spectators from the middle of the stage. "Welcome! Welcome!" Despite the noisy crowd, their voice carried through the stands.

"Welcome to the final match! We've come a long ways, but there will only be one victor!" They struck their arms outwards, and the curtains from the stage rose. Standing behind these sheets were several people, including the bar drinking competitor Hawkins bested, Bluto, a cowboy-esque man with dual revolvers, twins, and a large farm woman, were just a few presented.

The announcer kept them in line, as the audience cheered at the competition and what was to come. The final round was about to begin...however something was amiss. Flint was nowhere to be found on the stage.

As Anais finally found a seat, she noticed this predicament all to well. She scanned every competitor from left to right and even in the middle. "Great...leave it to that moron to get lost at the worst of times."

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Post  Loyal Subject on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:35 pm

Hawkins scanned the contestants until his eyes fell on Bluto.

"Well, at least we shouldn't have to worry about him," he thought. But then he realized a very important person was missing from the line of contestants.

"Where the hell is he?"

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Post  Lee on Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:02 pm

"I don't know...but if I did, I would be kicking his butt right now." Anais said irritably. Things were not going swimmingly for them. At least, after she had joined this raggedy crew. Were all their escapades like this? As if their trouble at the marine base wasn't enough of an indication.

"Without further ado, the final match will begin!" The announcer shouted, as the contestants readied themselves. Several targets leapt, sprung, and flew to the other side, some big and small, and all going incredibly fast.

The red and blue targets were just a streak and blur through the air to the untrained eye, but sure enough all the contestants managed to take aim, fire, and hit each and every one of them.

As the long and wild final round began, several vendors carried snacks and drinks to every stand. They carried samples of skewered fish, meat, junk food, and a variety of drinks, and they all shouted out to get the attention of their next customer.

However, Anais wasn't hungry, as she had just ate, and she was sure Hawkins wasn't either. Even though it was free, as mentioned by the vendors, she was more worried about the whereabouts of Flint. And then it happened, one of the vendors heading their way, was carting shots of whiskey. And it was free. And it was alcohol...and it was Hawkins.

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Post  Loyal Subject on Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:52 pm

Hawkins irritably scanned the crowds, hoping he'd see Flint somewhere. Anywhere. He thought about leaving Anais and searching the area for him. Perhaps he was somewhere nearby.

It wasn't until the vendors that were serving alcohol were in the near proximity that he actually took his attention away from the situation at hand. At first, he dismissed the idea of alcohol. He had had enough of it for a day as he thought about the contest that had occurred shortly before.

But the stress of 'where was Flint' was quickly creeping in. And, he started to tell himself, maybe if he had a drink, he'd have a sharper eye in finding him.

When the vendor was close enough, he grabbed a shot of whiskey from the tray. Within seconds it was empty. He took another before the vendor moved on.

"We really should've taken some of that food," Hawkins said. Now that Flint was potentially useless in the money department, they were going to need food. And that food was free. But it was too late.

Hawkins drank his second shot of whiskey even faster than the first.

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Post  Lee on Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:39 pm

Anais couldn't help but to angrily fume at the fact that Flint was missing for what they had spent the entire day preparing for. Not to mention all the money of theirs that they spent to ensure that they could come out on top, or all the battering of stuff that they lost.

And what did they have to show for it now? Nothing. They were completely broke and to make matters worst none of them were able to finish their free meals. The only good thing that came out of this ordeal was that they had a slingshot and gun contraption and she didn't know if that thing even functioned.

"I'll be sure to use that fully nonfunctional gun on Flint, once I find him." She squeezed her fists and bit her lip as she tried to maintain her calm. "And what are you doing?" She asked Hawkins, as he was drinking as many shots as he could.

"You're supposed to be the adult of this group! You should have been getting us some free food instead!" However, she couldn't help herself anymore, as she signaled a vendor, who in turn tossed her a bag of peanuts.

It would be logical that she would either eat them then or save them for later, as they were dirt poor. That wasn't the case. She threw the bag straight into Hawkins face. "I can't rely on either of you to do anything right!"

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Post  Loyal Subject on Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:56 pm

As the bag hit Hawkins in the face, he caught whatever was left with his free hand.

"Look who's wasting perfectly good free food," Hawkins retorted. He didn't say any more. He knew she was right of course. He handed her the bag of peanuts, or rather, what was left of them. "Stay here. I'm going to go find Flint. And grab whatever free food you can."

Hawkins said no more and began his journey passed the crowd, towards the sea of people below. He wasn't entirely sure how far he would get but he had to give it a try and make himself at least somewhat useful. Hawkins also scanned for any vendors that might have different food that he could grab along the way. He wasn't a big fan of peanuts.

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Re: One Piece; The Great Pirate Era

Post  Lee on Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:43 am

It was dark, so dark that nothing could be seen. The sound of wood moaning and creaking was all that could be noticed, and on occasion the pitter-patter of what seemed to be water droplets. It didn't take long until this darkened vision gave way to intense light. Since it was immense, their vision was at first completely blinded by whiteness.

Slowly this blurriness gave way and shapes began to take form. A moan escaped from this groggy body, as they tried to stretch their stiff limbs and sluggishness. However, this proved more difficult than they expected. It didn't seem they could move much at all. In fact, at closer inspection they realized they had been tied with rope.

"Ugh...where am I?" Flint bemoaned, as he brought himself to a sitting position, in his tied state. There seemed to be a few others with him, that were also in a similar situation, and they weren't too happy with their predicament.

"What's going to happen to us?" A young girl asked worryingly, "Don't worry sis, we'll be fine!" Her older brother emptily reassured her, in order to ease her worries.

"I swear, if I see that guy again...I'm going to kill him." An irritated man voiced. "We're dead. They're going to kill us!"

Confused by these statements, Flint then took notice to the rather damp wooden building he was in. Of course the constant dripping would explain that, but why was wet in the first place? It was a sunny day after all.

Then it donned on him. The moan and creak of the wood wasn't from old lumber,  but rather material bending from movements. Which meant only one thing, they were on a boat and out on the ocean.

"Oh no! We left the island!" Flint worryingly exclaimed, "The contest, I'm late!"

"You moron! The contest is what got us here in the first place!"

"What?"

It was then that two men came below deck, where the prisoners were. They both grabbed a bag, which was full of different guns that they had stolen from the participants they had kidnapped. As one of the men slung the bag over his shoulder, Flint's juryrigged pistol fell out by chance.

They both did not know what to make of this contraption and burst out in laughter. "What the hell is this thing!?" One of them said through their fit of laughter, before the other blurted "I think it's one of them city folk doohickeys."

"Hey that's my gun!" Flint shouted, becoming annoyed at how they were handling and referring to his weapon.

"You were going in the contest with this? Kid, this is trash. It wouldn't last one round." One of the men stated, before kicking Flint's pistol out of sight.


Elsewhere, Anais took the half empty bag of peanuts that Hawkins handed to her. She had no intentions of following him wherever he was going. He said he was going to look for Flint, but that could mean a series of things. After all he said he was going to find them gun parts to fix Flint's pistol at one point, and came back smelling like alcohol and sweat.

Not only that, she wasn't in any rush to get out of these stands. It was incredibly crowded, so chances were that he would have a difficult time managing to push his way through the seats, before he could even get to ground level.

Irritably she broke open a shell of a single peanut, before sampling its contents. It was then that she felt a sudden and strange sensation.

Her vision became a little blurry, as a low pitch buzzing emitted inside her head. Anais rubbed her eyes, in an attempt to brush off this grogginess, but it wasn't working. She was certain it didn't come from the shelled peanut, as she hadn't even chewed it yet.

"Wh-what is going on? I don't feel like myself..." And it appeared that she wasn't the only one...


On top of a rather sturdy and large boat, was a man dressed in a cowboy-esque duster, hat, and boots. He stood still and silent and stared off into one direction. A man with a clipboard came up behind him.

"They are ready whenever you are. Shall I give the word?"

"...yes."

"Right away sir."

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Post  Loyal Subject on Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:01 pm

Hawkins wasn't making much progress as he attempted to maneuver through the crowd. There were a lot more spectators than he had originally thought and it didn't help that everyone was basically after the same thing he was: free food from the vendors.

As he pushed his way through, an unsettling feeling crept in. At first, Hawkins was unable to pin point what it was. But it made him stop dead in his tracks.

There was a low sound emitting inside his head. And, looking towards the other spectators, it seemed like he wasn't the only one experiencing this weird sensation.


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Post  Lee on Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:54 pm

Although some of the audience were feeling a tad strange at the moment, it wasn't enough to stop their entertainment. A strange buzzing and an occasional blurred vision were the least of their concerns, as the contest of the year was ongoing.

All of the contestants were very skilled. Perhaps even professionals. A shot would be fired here, a puff of smoke erupted over there. The contest was becoming even more heated, as each marksman fired as many rounds as they could at any given moment. None of their bullets were wasted or hastily aimed.

Each and every shot hit their target. There were stationary bulls-eyes, both big and small. Other targets moved across the stage, sometimes leaping and or speeding to the other side. However, each target stood no chance against these marksmen.

It went without saying that the chaos this environment carried brought forth a positive yet wild energy from the audience. They cheered exuberantly for their favorite contestants and wished them the best.

The cowboy with dual wielding revolver, took aim and obliterated a red and white ceramic bulls-eyes. Pleased with their success, they twirled both firearms, and grinned. In the process of their pistol twirling, they aimed both to the side, and fired one shot each into an old man in the crowd.

Both bullets penetrated the man's chest, as if hot metal on butter. They fell lifelessly and were lost into the sea of audience. They didn't even know what had happened to them. One moment they were happily enjoying their island's yearly event and then the next they were writhed with pain.

Although at first uncertain what had happened, the audience soon realized someone was shot. The cheerful atmosphere was lost as confusion, shock, and fear plagued all those nearby. The bloodshed did not stop there, unfortunately.

Soon the other contestants took their focus off of the contest and aided the cowboy. They all began to fire off shots at the panic-stricken audience. As screams of terror echoed around the stadium, none of them had anywhere to go.

They were trapped. They were being shot liked caged animals. Several of the audience were shot where they sat, as they didn't even have the chance to rise off of their seat. Others rose in blind panic, only to be an easy shot to the chest.

A handful attempted to push their way to the two exits, which quickly became overcrowded. As one of the marksmen stated, "It's like shooting fish in a barrel!"

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Post  Loyal Subject on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:18 pm

It wasn't like Hawkins had very far to go and while the competition was underway, he reached his destination. He didn't need to ask as he saw Anais rubbing her eyes and overall not looking quite well. At least, not as animate as she had been when he left her.

But Hawkins didn't have time to ask her anything even if he wanted to. A commotion had occurred on the other side of the arena as spectators were trying to piece together what had happened. It wasn't until Hawkins saw from down below a contestant aim their gun at the crowd that he understood.

Hawkins grabbed Anais and pulled her down to the ground with such force that both of them probably banged some part of their body up pretty good. But Hawkins didn't really see a choice at this point. He pushed Anais further down to the small crevice behind the seats in front of them before trying to wriggle as best as he could in the same area.

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Post  Lee on Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:58 pm

Anais didn't even know what to make of the current situation. Her mind went completely blank as the unthinkable was happening. Sure there were a lot of guns and shooting on the stage, but she would never had thought the contestants would turn on the audience.

If it wasn't for Hawkins, she would had probably been hit with a stray shot. Or maybe even intentionally. One second she was frozen in shock and on the stands and then the next thing she knew she was underneath one of the seats. She didn't make it to the floor safely though. In the process, she managed to bang her chin against the back-end of the seat.

She didn't have time to think about the pain or complain about Hawkins hasty dive. There was too much chaos going on to worry about that. Gunshots were going off left and right and the entire area was filled with the screams of the audience.

The entrances to the stands were flooded and blocked by people trying to escape. Everyone tried to push and fight their way through, but it was futile. As soon as someone reached the end, they were another sore target. Like any target, they were quickly shot at. The wounded and dead continued to pile in the front and blockaded the exit to everyone else. Of course people wedged in the middle and back of the line were also shot at and only further added to the chaos.

Suddenly three more sharpshooters entered the stage. They revealed themselves when they climbed atop its scaffolding. From the height they were at and donned with a rifle, they were able to pick off the trapped audience at the farthest ends of the bleachers. One person had the misfortune of being shot in the back before they fell off of the stand.

Even if Anais and Hawkins continued to hide under their seats, there was no guarantee that they wouldn't be hit by a stray and or ricocheting shot. Or if one of the sharpshooters would finally spot them through the gaps. They did take out every target with little effort.

Once she saw one bullet kick up the dust near her face, she knew they had to do something else. "We can't just keep hiding under here! We're sitting ducks!"

The stands they were on were made of old wood. She could see some gaps between these boards, which led to the bottom of the bleachers. There were also a lot of old rusty nails that had worked their way out.

With a new plan hatched, she grabbed the nails and wiggled them out one by one. Once she pulled out a third nail, the board began to loosen. She saw that she was close to being able to pull her fingers inside the gap. But even this task was taking too long, as the bullets whizzed by.

"Damn it! Come on!" Her comment wasn't directed to anyone in particular. She was more stressed about the current situation and wanted to start to make progress.

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Post  Loyal Subject on Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:52 pm

Hawkins scanned the area as he watched the slaughter continue. He knew if he played his cards right, they wouldn't be spotted. But he couldn't say the same about the ricocheting bullets.

He turned to see Anais pulling at the boards underneath. But she was taking too long.

Hawkins briefly glanced for the location of the nails and the location of the shooters before slamming his fist into the board. He stayed low as he did this.

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Post  Lee on Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:08 pm

Anais managed to pull out an additional two nails, before Hawkins slammed his fist into the loose board. It broke in half from the middle due to his brute strength. Having less nails in the board also helped weaken the structure.

The sharpshooters who picked off the trapped audience weren't able to see what happened behind the seats. Nor did they notice as Anais and Hawkins dropped below the bleachers, when that section of the platform gave away.

She couldn't help but to shriek from the drop. She was on her stomach and fell roughly ten or fifteen feet. Once the smoke and debris cleared from the wreckage, the two were underneath of the bleachers. However, as she groggily rose, Anais noticed that there were even more people walking around with guns.

Two country-folk spotted her head pull out of the wreckage and they quickly aimed their shotguns in that direction. "Look-it! There's two of em' trying ta escape!"

"Oh, you have to be kidding me!" They peppered the wreckage, as Anais desperately tried to free herself from its weight.

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Post  Loyal Subject on Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:34 pm

Hawkins braced himself for the drop. Wreckage came crashing down and while he was hit with the same amount of debris as Anais, he was more prepared for it.

When they landed, he stayed where he was upon seeing the amount of shooters walking around. But they were spotted and in direct line of fire.

Hawkins grabbed a loose piece of wreckage and threw it in front of the two of them before trying to push himself free.

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