I wrote this One Piece fan fic a while ago and had nowhere to post it. Enjoy! It's set in the Saboady arc just after the timeskip when everyone's meeting up again.
Usopp walked the streets of Saboady, a grin stretching from ear to ear. It had been two long years, but he was finally back, ready to meet his friends. He stroked his chin with one hand, admiring the thin beard he had grown, while his other hand squeezed the long staff-like weapon it carried. Yes, his friends were in for some surprises. In their long, grueling time apart he had transformed. He was not a boy anymore, but a man, ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the strongest of his crew and strike down their enemies. It would be a shocking development for them, he knew, but one they would have to deal with.
… just as soon as he could find them.
He scanned the streets for some sign of the other pirates. People thronged the streets, moving between buildings and the towering moss covered tree roots that rose up past ground level. The crowds were a mix of humans, fishmen, even minks. Some had the unmistakeable look of pirates about them, but none were quite as bombastic as his crewmembers. As he watched, a patrol of men in crisp white uniforms moved through, rifles knocked against their shoulders. Marines.
Usopp turned down an alleyway, dipping his head. Not that he couldn’t handle a little attention from the marines, not now after all his training, but there was no reason to pick a fight he could avoid. He followed the alleyway round a corner, out of sight of the marines, and into the backwash of a pub. Voices leaked out from inside, rippling in laughter and conversation. Familiar voices.
Usopp all but jumped on the spot. He jumped to the tavern door and reached for the knob. His hand froze. This was their first meeting after two years. In other words, it was as if they were meeting for the first time all over again. They knew the old him, Usopp the coward, Usopp the weakling. It was time to set a new impression upon them. He straightened up, leaned his kabuto over his shoulder and set a cool, aloof expression on his face. He had to stop himself from chuckling. They might not even recognise him at first now! He couldn’t wait to see their faces when they realised he had changed. He opened the door and strolled inside.
Then he froze.
Nami and Robin were there alright, leaning against the bar, chatting together just like old times. Only not likPost too long. Click here to view the full text.