When I was thinking about what to do, I got a call.
"Chaos is what's up. Mary Geoise hasn't been attacked in a long time, but the moment you arrived on Sabaody, it got attacked."
"And you think that I'm doing this?"
"No, of course not. I know what you were busy with that Celestial Dragon, and you'll be on the front page for that."
"How nice of you."
"But you know who did it, right?"
"How should I know?"
"Come on, I'll make you a great deal."
"Sigh. Will you get mad if I hang up right now."
I put the Den Den Mushi away.
Too bad for him; I'm not a snitch.
I guess I'll go for a quick nap.
We found a good spot to dock the ships.
"I'll go and get the ship coater. You guys stay here and protect the ships."
They nodded, and I disappeared. I started running towards Grove 13. There is a bar there where he always hangs out.
'It was smart of me to research this place before I left.'
A couple of minutes later, I appeared in front of the bar. I walked in and saw a middle-aged woman beating up a couple of big guys.
"Oh, welcome to my bar. How can I help you today?"
"I'm looking for the coating mechanic."
"Oh, he should be here soon. Take a seat and order some drinks."
I nodded and sat down. She started beating up the big guys again.
[2 hours later]
An old man with long white hair and a scar over his right eye walked into the shop.
"You're finally here. This guy came looking for you to coat his ship."
'It can't be!'
He held his hand out.
"Nice to meet you. I'm the Coating Mechanic."
I jumped back.
'Shit, I need to get out of here! This guy is 10 times worse than the vampire dude!'
"Hm? Why are you scared?"
He walked towards me, and I kept walking back till I got stuck in a corner.
'Shit! I'm done for."
Captain suddenly appeared behind the old guy and put his sword against his neck.
"What are you trying to do to my friend?"
The old guy put his hands in the air and turned his head towards Captain.
"I'm not trying to do anything. He just suddenly became scared of me and started panicking."
Captain looked surprised and put his sword away. He then walked towards me and pulled my ear.
"Why did you suddenly become so scared? You're never like this."
"B… But he is the Dark King, Silvers Rayleigh!"
"Yeah, I can see that, but he is also a coating mechanic. And I charged you with getting our ship coated, didn't I? How are you going to do that if he becomes our enemy?"
"But everything I've read about him says that he is worse than the Devil himself."
"I couldn't care less. I just want to get out of here as fast as possible."
'I ran down here because I sensed that Laffitte was really scared. Who would have thought that he got so scared because of a stupid story. Rayleigh has hidden his strength, so even if you look at him with Haki, you won't see a guy who could make anyone think twice before fighting him. Except for Kaido, of course.'
I looked at Rayleigh.
"I'm sorry about him. I don't know what has gotten into him. He normally is never like this."
"Hahaha, it's okay. No harm done. But shouldn't you be scared of me too?"
"Well, if what Shanks has told me is true, I should be running away for my life."
"You've met Shanks?"
I sat down at the bar.
"Let me treat you to a couple of drinks. I hope you can forgive my friends after that."
"Hahaha, he is already forgiven, but I'll accept the drinks."
Laffitte suddenly kneeled down in front of me.
"Captain, I'm really sorry! I'll accept any punishment!"
"Don't worry about it. I'd rather you run away from strong guys than get yourself in a situation that you can't escape from. But I can't understand how you can be so scared of an old man. You're twice his size. You should be able to easily take him."
Laffitte started sweating.
"Size doesn't matter." said Rayleigh
"Is that what you tell yourself when you cry yourself to bed?"
Laffitte looked like he was ready to run away at any second, and rayleigh looked kinda pissed.
"Hahaha, the brat hit you right where it hurts?" asked Shakky
That pissed him off even more, and he suddenly grabbed my glass of sake that Shakky just pored for me. I glared at him, and he just smiled.
"I didn't expect you to be so childish. But two can play that game."
I went for his glass, and he tried to shield it, but I suddenly changed my course and grabbed a hip flask out of his pocket.
I drank everything in one gulp, and he looked at me like I just fucked his wife in front of him.
'Hm!? This shit is hella good!'
"You bastard! I was saving that for a special moment! Do you know how hard it was to get my hands on it!?"
"Well, it did taste really good. I've never tasted anything like it."
He suddenly punched me in my face.
He grabbed my collar and started shaking me.
"Spit it out! Everything last drop of it! Or I'll take it out myself!"
"Ey, you're acting kinda sus."
"Huh? I didn't mean it like that!"
"It definitely sounded like you meant it like that." said Shakky
"No, no! You guys are misunderstanding me."
"Who would have thought that the right-hand man of Gol D. Roger is gay and a pedo."
"Where did that come from!?"
"I'm still a minor."
He suddenly grabbed Laffitte.
"You wanted your ship coated, right? I'll have him take me to the ship so I can begin right away."
I smiled and stood back up from the ground. I sat down at the bar.
"Argh. He is strong for an old man."
She handed me a napkin.
"You're nose is bleeding."
"Will you also charge me for this?"
"This one is one the house."
I grabbed the napkin and used it to hold back the blood.
"That's really kind of you."
"The drinks will cost you tho. Including the 10 bottles, your friend drank."
I smiled helplessly.
[Don't take this interaction too seriously.]
"What's the point of magic to begin with… if I can't use it to protect my friends?"
– Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)
"Everything doesn't have to be decided by life and death, you know. Think about the future a little, will you?"
– Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)
"Stop trying to solve everything by yourself. Don't forget that you're not alone!"
– Ryuji Suguro (Blue Exorcist)