I felt a smile tug on my lips as I stared at the photo.
I remember that day. That was when we were already going out.
Heck I still remember the day he asked me out.
I sat alone in the birds nest of the Moby Dick.
I stared up at the sky, it was clear, no rain, no storms, just the sun and the clear blue sky.
I thought about the other day, how Ace tried to kiss me but I just turned away.
Why did I turn away? I know I like him... I mean whenever I'm with him he makes my heart beat 10x faster, he makes me blush and just how he all around makes me feel.
I let out a soft sigh. Why don't I understand this? Why don't I understand myself...
Is it because of all those years ago? Am I afraid that he's going to hurt me? That he'll just use me? But... Ace would never do that... would he?
No. What am I thinking! This is Ace! That cute, sweet, guy. He'd never hurt me like that.
But still. I can't help but worry. Will I ever trust anyone again? Will-
However my thoughts were cut off.
"Hey." said a voice behind me.
I turned my head around only to find the smiling face of Marco.
"Oh hey Marco." I said as I turned back to face the sky.
"Can I sit?" he asked as he began walking towards me.
"Course." was my simple reply.
He took a seat next to me.
It was silent. But it wasn't an awkward silence. It was just normal, easy. You see Marco is like an older brother to me. Ever since I joined the Whitebeard pirates, he's basically taken care of me and always been there for me.
"You wana tell me what's up with you and Ace?" he asked as he turned to look at me.
"What do you mean?" I questioned, pretending I didn't know what he meant.
"Oh com'on Aki," he said. "You know what I mean! Ever since you two went to help Oars, you've been avoiding him like the plague."
I sighed, letting out a half hearted laugh.
"Aki." he said softly, "Aki look at me."
I sighed I dramatically turned my head only to lock eyes with Marco.
"What happened on that island?"
I just stared at him for a moment. His eyes bore into mine, searching for an answer.
"Its..." I started, looking away from him. "It’s a long story."
"You know you can tell me anything Aki." he said with a warm smile.
"Okay. But please don't tell anyone?"
"Seriously Aki who am I going to tell?"
I gave him a small smile before starting.
"Well on the island it was all fine. I mean you know we went there, had some fun, killed the Blackheart pirates and partied. It was after that when things got complicated.
"So Ace heard that you guys called us back so he decided to drop me in the sea so I was sober, anyways the we'd left the island and got a decent distance away from anyone before he stopped.
"I asked him what was wrong and then he got really mad at me.. He yelled at me because I didn't wait for him and I could have been killed.
“I understood but I didn't think he needed to get so mad. Then he went silent and I was going to say something but he grabbed my wrist. Then he looked me right in the eyes and leaned in... he tried to kiss me.
"But when he was only an inch away, I turned my head and rejected him."
Marco went silent for a moment, looking deep on thought.
"Why didn't you kiss him?" he asked, looking at me with a slightly confused expression. "Com'on Aki, I know you have feelings for him."
I just shook my head and looked down, hiding tears that threatened to spill.
"I don't know." I whispered, my voice cracking mid sentence.
Marco gave a sigh before wrapping him arm around me and pulling me into a comforting hug.
"Its cause of you past isn't it?" he said.
I nodded, closing my eyes, letting a few tears roll down my face.
"You know, Ace isn't like that Aki." he said, his voice soft and comforting. "Ace would never do anything like that. He wouldn't hurt you, he wouldn't do any of those things you had done to you. If he even tried you know I'll be there in a split second to save you."