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Title: Nothing to Choose – Part 4
Fandom: One Piece
Pairing/Characters: Strawhat Pirates
Genre/Category: What If?
Rated: PG-13
Word count: 595
Warnings: Character death
Spoilers/Setting: Set at an unspecific time after Thriller Bark
Disclaimer:One Piece does not belong to me.

Summary: A sum is made up of many parts. Take one part away and the sum changes. The Strawhat Pirates are made up of nine members. Take one member away...

A/N: Fourth part. Comments are very much appreciated, and if anyone spots any mistakes, please let me know!

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It ends like this

Another strong gust of wind and the main sail ballooned, the rain-drenched rope slipping through Sanji's fingers before he could secure the sail. Lightning illuminated the scene, and from the deck Robin watched the scene with growing desperation.

The storm tore at the sail, deforming their cheerful jolly roger into a grotesque, mocking mask, causing their ship to turn and careen every which way, toying with all their lives.

Robin sent a flurry of arms to catch the elusive rope again, handing it to Sanji just as another wave hit the ship, and the Sunny tilted dangerously, forcing Robin to summon more limps to keep her steady. Thunder roared and she dimly heard someone shouting, but it didn't matter. Words were lost in the mad howling of the wind and the vicious booming of the sea.

When the ship returned to a more upright position and Sanji and Zoro once more made to secure the main sail, Robin tried to think of what Nami would have done.

Her thoughts derailed as old feelings of guilt and self-hatred surfaced; as the one most experienced with travelling on the Grand Line it had been her responsibility to navigate their ship after Nami's death. Months of safe sailing with hardly any turbulences, and she had fooled herself into thinking that she, with her years of experience and knowledge, could actually hold a candle to Nami's instincts and genius.

The Grand Line had been swift to punish her for her arrogance.

Robin shook her head to dispel the futile thoughts; she had to think of something and she had to do it quick. Her mind raced, what would Nami have done?

Another wave hit the side of the Sunny again, causing the ship to tilt once more. Robin grabbed the rail, the summoned arms that held her secure aching with the effort.

A panicked shout and Robin turned, narrowing her eyes against the harsh rain stinging her face. A flash of lightning; horror gripped her as she saw Chopper slipping down the still tilted deck, his feet not finding footing on the wet grass. A strangled cry escaped her lips as Chopper went overboard and, instinctively, she tried to move towards her friend, causing her to trip over her own hands.

Another shout and the hands holding her vanished just as Sanji jumped into the sea to save their friend, but now Zoro was holding onto the sail all by himself and not even the swordsman's inhuman strength could keep it under control as the wind got hold of it once more. The wind filled the sail, rocking the ship to the opposite direction, and before she could take a hold of the rail she slipped on the wet deck. She hit her head on the rail, losing her orientation.

She felt herself sliding up and down the deck as the ship careened violently, but she couldn't find purchase to stop her momentum, and then her breath was knocked out of her as she hit something with her back, hard, and then there was the sensation of flying...

Her eyes widened with horror as she fell overboard, the cries of her nakama mingling with the roar of the storm. An arm flew in her direction and she tried to grasp it, but the wind knocked it off course. Her ability, she thought numbly as she lost sight of the ship's deck, she had to use her ability, but then the ship tilted to the other side and then--

Then she was surrounded by icy coldness.

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