"Save me, I'm drowning so deep in the darkness! I'm waiting for your touch to stop this! There's smoke blinding us with 'goodbyes' and I..."
Usopp stared at the framed picture of himself with his now ex-girlfriend. The frame showed a lovely, happy couple embracing each other. His huge afro nearly overtaking the entire background. Your face, however was covered by the glare of the sun on the glass. Those were such great times back then. Puppy love as the crew called it. You remember how the two of you first met. That silly game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. He remembered how nervous you were and he was just as nervous, but more surprised than anything. He'd never dreamed that he'd get a pretty partner for that game. Even though, statistically he would have gotten a partner sooner or later, but he was happy that the universe had blessed him with you as a chance partner.
Even after the game was over and all the party goers had dispersed, he found you still lingering on the deck, chatting with Sanji and Luffy.
In the dark closet, Usopp never got the chance to observe you properly, but now he saw you in the light of the setting sun, and damn the glittering surface of the sea complimented your beauty, like you were born from the ocean.
That was two years ago.
"Keep hope! Cus this feeling is different and I know, I've staggered so long that It can't go! Alleviate me, I'll be fine...in time!"
Somehow, after that day the pair of you fell in love and began to date. Usopp was always that kind and attentive man. He learned your name, (y/n) and he thought he had found his soulmate. His friends adored you as well. Your family however...did not.
"He's a pirate!" (Y/N)'s father had shouted. "He'll only drag you into his own problems with the law, or worse get you killed! I won't have it!"
"But father..." (Y/N) protested.
"Don't argue! Besides, a pirate's true love will always be the sea! You'll always be second." Her father pointed out.
Usopp thought back to when his own mother was dying, how she talked about her husband and his father was always drawn to the sea, and had left him and his mother shortly after his birth. Though his mother never cursed her husband for it, Usopp knew where (y/n)'s father was coming from and that drove the wedge further between them.
"Please remember that I miss you, young and reckless! What did we do? Broken promise, gone forever! Maybe one day we'll get better!"
"Then I'll become a pirate too!" You had shouted, tears streaming down your face. Your father's face reddening to a deep shade of purple/red.
"No,(y/n)." Usopp interrupted before her father could respond. Both looked at him with shock.
"What? Why?" (y/n) asked, new tears threatening to spill out.
"Because, I love you. I don't want anything to happen to you. If you were caught in the cross fire, or even struck down in battle...I could never forgive myself." Usopp explained, his own eyes glassing over with tears as he knew this would cause the final break.
(Y/n)'s father puffed his chest out with pride. "The boy's right, dear. You are better safe, here." He locked eyes with Usopp, appreciative of
his words and maybe...new found respect? Usopp took a step closer to you and held your hands in his. He brought them up to his lips and he kissed them.
"I'll never stop loving you, (y/n)." He said, before you finally broke down and cried, running away from the situation.
"Right by your side, that's where I'll be; in a heart beat if you ask me. Let's stay strangers like we're meant to. Oh, I wonder if you miss me too!"
As you ran towards your room and slammed the door, your father stood next to Usopp, before giving him a pat on the back.
"I know that wasn't easy, but you have my gratitude. If I had received news that my daughter was killed, trust me, I would have had your head on a spike in less than a fortnight."
Usopp didn't answer, but stared down at his shoes, trying to hold back the wave of tears threatening to spill over.
"Come, I'll walk you back to your ship."
Usopp followed the man out of his home and down towards the Sunny, without you. You gazed out your window and saw him leaving and knew that this was the end.
Now that so much time had passed since that day, you wondered if Usopp kept his word that he still loved you. He would be a man now, you were sure of it. You kept your eyes peeled for his name in the newspapers and soon found the crew's bounties. Seeing Usopp's face brought tears to your eyes and your heart broke back into a million pieces.
"Find me! I'm waiting where you left me! Still shattered and bruised but I'm breathing! Be brave for me, ignore their eyes! Just try!"
You gazed at your own framed picture of when the two of you were together. Cutting out his picture from the paper, you glued it to your wall.
You took out a piece of paper and began to write down a letter,
"Please remember that I miss you, not caring is so hard to do! Everything we loved together; it's not the same without you there! Feels like you were just beside me, how did time pass by so quickly? Now we're strangers, but I miss you. Oh, I wonder if you miss me too?"
You rolled up the paper and went out to search for a mail bird. You found one, and paid it to send your letter to the Strawhats, no matter where they were. The bird took flight and soared over the horizon.
"Please reach him..." You prayed.
On the Sunny, Usopp stared at the picture on his bedside, regretting now that he had left you behind. If only he had stood up to your father, had the back bone to stand by your side then. Maybe then you would be with him then.
"I miss you, (y/n)." Usopp whispered, before he heard a "Caw" at the porthole at the door. There he saw a very tired mail bird. Usopp got out of be and walked over to the bird and removed the letter from it's beak. The crew took notice of the mail and gathered around him.
Usopp opened the sealed letter and read it, tears forming as he did so. (y/n) missed him! Just like he did! Even after all these years!
Zoro patted him on the back, smirking. "Seems like you have someone waiting for you, eh, long nose?"
Usopp nodded in response. "We can't turn around can we..." He muttered, and everyone turned to Luffy. He frowned.
"Sorry Usopp, it would take us years to sail back, but once we've met our goal of finding the One Piece, we'll sail back, just like we'll sail back so Brook can be with Laboon." Luffy settled.
Usopp didn't like having to wait, but he knew that (y/n) would wait if she knew that he loved and missed her just as much as she did him.
"Alright." The sniper agreed and took out his own piece of paper and wrote down his feelings and sealed it up, handing it to the already tired bird.
Months passed since you had sent that letter and had begun to wonder if the mail bird had been shot down, lost, or intercepted. However, as the sun began to set and the surface of the sea sparkled in its reflection, you spotted the bird heading towards your window carrying the letter from Usopp.
You gulped, a million and one scenarios running through your head as you imagined what he could have replied. The bird seemed agitated with your indecisiveness so he threw the letter at you instead of waiting for you to take it. With shaky hands you open the letter.
"Wait for me?"
You laughed, tears of relief spilling over. You quickly turned the paper over and wrote your one-word response and gave an apologetic look to the bird as he took flight for the last time.
The bird returned to the Sunny and Usopp promptly took the letter and opened it. His heart a flutter. On the opposite side of the paper he used, (y/n) responded.