The Benefits of a Classical Education
A One Piece Fanfic
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Pairing: Zoro/Luffy fluff
Word count: 555 (I fail at drabbles)
Originally written for the onepieceyaoi100 challenge "education", but
not posted there because it was way too long.
"Huh?" Usopp blinked at the board in horror while
Luffy let out a loud cheer. "What the hell? Are you sure you only just
learned how to play this game?"
"Losers shouldn't whine," Zoro
growled at him, arms folded in irritation. "And you're the one who
taught me, so you should know."
"I don't believe it," Usopp
threw up his hands. "Mate in less than 40 moves? From a rank beginner
who kept sacrificing pieces all over the board?"
Zoro shrugged. "Whatever. I still won. Pay up."
Usopp handed over a few small bills before tidying away the chessboard,
complaining all the while about sneaks and cheaters.
"That was so cool," Luffy laughed as he and Zoro strolled down the
gangplank and into town. "And you'll really buy me lunch?"
"A small lunch," Zoro cautioned him. "Usopp's not THAT big a
"But still, lunch!" Luffy bounced up and down happily. "It's like a
Zoro turned bright red. "Stop being an idiot."
"Hee. Was that really your first time playing?"
"Oh. I wondered. Cos you looked like you knew where everything went,
only not," Luffy looked at him curiously.
Zoro looked embarrassed. "The benefits of a classical education."
sensei was really keen on me going to school," Zoro explained. "A
proper one, not just in martial arts. I couldn't see the point, but he
was insistent and he was sensei so... I went."
A bit of the
blush returned to Zoro's face. "I used to skip out on classes a lot to
do extra training though," he admitted. "So he made it that every
Sunday afternoon, without fail, I had to spend three hours playing
shogi with him while we talked about all the stuff that he thought it
was important that I know. Poetry, literature, history, strategy. That
sort of thing."
"It's a strategy game."
Luffy giggled. "And you played it every week?"
"Every week," Zoro sighed. "And I never won a single game."
"Usopp was right, you ARE sneaky," Luffy said, laughing.
"Must be the company I'm keeping these days."
"So I guess you must be pretty smart, after all that, huh?" Luffy
tilted his head. "You don't act like it."
"I DON'T NEED TO HEAR THAT FROM AN IDIOT LIKE YOU!"
you don't..." Luffy danced ahead and stuck out his tongue. "I never see
you reading like Robin and Chopper, or calculating stuff like Nami, or
inventing stuff like Usopp, or reciting poetry like Sanji."
if I would ever spout the garbage that the stupid love-cook comes up
with," Zoro growled. "The most inane drivel... fine... you want poetry?
Try this one on for size. Toshi kurenu; Kasa kite waraji;
Luffy blinked at him. "Huh?"
Zoro smirked and walked past him. "You know, maybe I'll skip lunch and
just get beer."
"WHAT? No fair!!! You said you'd buy me lunch if you won! And what did
that poem mean?!"
Surely that should be obvious to anyone. Well, if you're not smart
enough to figure it out, you're probably not smart enough to deserve
"Wait! I take it back! You're smart! You're really, REALLY smart. AND
you're sneaky! As sneaky as Nami!"
"DON'T COMPARE ME TO THAT WENCH!! That's it, no food for you!"
A/N: The haiku Zoro recites is by the famous poet Matsuo Basho, and
translates as follows:
Another year is gone;
and I still wear
straw hat and straw sandal.
has some vague similarities to chess, which I have taken ruthless
advantage of in this story. I have no idea if mate in less than 40
moves is impressive or not, btw. I only know that I've lost every chess
game I've ever played, so lasting that long would probably have been
impressive to me. :-P
A random note: When I realised the word
count came out to 555, I actually wanted to make the game "go" instead,
but resisted because I thought a shogi player would have a better
chance at winning than a go player. Aren't you all lucky you missed
that particular bad joke?
You know, the other members of the crew are totally rubbing off on Zoro
in this story. -_-;;; Oh well.