The Monthly PAW: January 2021 Voting
I really like the amount of submissions this month : I even got 3 stories which is rare!
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Photography - Landscapes
Art - Pokemon
Writing - Ace Fanfiction
'I hate doing the dishes'
A = Ace, S = Sabo, L = Luffy
S: Ace?! Did you eat the cake?
A: No!!? I only took one slice. I swear to god Sabo, you always suspect me first! It hurts my feelings *dramatic sob*
S: Well, you eat alot.. but.. *grumpy* Fine, sorry. I'll go ask Luffy.
A: You better..
S: Luffy, did you eat the cake?
L: A CAKE? Where *drools over Sabo*
S: No.. there isint anymore. I bought one from Thatch's Cafe last night. Now it is gone. *wipes drool from shirt*
L: No cake? Im hungry now. Will you make food?
S: I will, but the dishes needs to be done.
L: I did them last week, and before that. Im not gonna do anything now, I didint even get cake. *angery*
S: Ace, Luffy says he didint eat anything. Did you say you took one slice?
A: Yes. ONE slice Sabo. Will you make food? You have to do the dishes, I did them last week.
S: You.. oh you did? Was it that time when we had pork, mushroom and bacon pizza?
A: Yeah, that time.
S: Too bad we had those like a month ago tough. *smiles*
A: Oh.. uh, I mustve gotten my memory mixed.. *smiles*
S: I was wondering about another thing too..
S: How big was the slice?
A: *sweats* Oh.. it was.. big enough for me.
S: How big? *smile turning dark*
A: .. the whole plate ..
S: The whole *ucking plate?
*too graphic to describe*
A: *doing the dishes* I hate doing the dishes.. *whines*
S: You deserve it. You will do them for a whole month now after all you have done.
A: I didint even do muc-
S: You made Luffy and me do the dishes for a month, and ate the whole cake while blaming Luffy.
A: *whine* I hate this..
The sound of ice cracking made Ace lose concentration and his hands burst into flames. He spun around and screamed, "Luffy!" only to see his little brother hanging from a tree, his arms coiled around a branch, while a crack spread across the surface of the frozen lake. Luffy grinned at him and flashed a thumbs up.
Ace sighed. "I told you the ice is thin. Who'll save you if you fall into the water?"
"Who'll save you from Sabo?" Luffy jumped over to Ace in one stretch and started picking his nose.
"Shit." Ace turned and saw a half-melted snow sculpture staring up at him with half a smile. He had gotten too worried about Luffy falling into the frozen lake and his flames had melted the snow.
"-found the perfect rope for the beard!" Came Sabo's voice from the direction of the house behind them. Ace jumped to salvage the sculpture but it took only a few seconds for Sabo to come over. He stared agape at the sculpture they had both spent hours building. A likeness of Edward Newgate, Ace's favorite adventurer. Sabo had been the one putting in more effort and now Ace had ruined it. The week was just not going well. One way or another, fights kept breaking out between the two of them. He had also broken Sabo's favorite mug somehow the day before and Sabo had eaten his pudding in retribution. Today when Sabo seemed overenthusiastic to make the snow sculpture, Ace thought it was Sabo's attempt at making some special last memories with him. But now Ace had ruined that as well.
"Ah, gomen, Sabo," Luffy said. "I startled Ace."
"And the oh-so-great Ace went ka-boom?" Sabo screamed, his face red with rage.
Ace frowned. "Oi. It was an accident." Why was Sabo getting so mad about everything these days? "C'mon, we can fix this." Ace reached for the remains of the sculpture.
Sabo threw the rope at Ace. Instinctively, Ace swiped his arm and deflected it.
"Why don't you come out and say it? You just don't care anymore." Sabo screamed louder.
"HUH?" Ace screamed back. "What's got into that head of yours? Why you being such a drama queen?"
"OH NOW I'M A DRAMA QUEEN HAH?" Sabo yelled and threw his arms around. "WHY DON'T YOU GO TO MARCO AND NEVER COME BACK?"
"OK I WON'T." Ace stomped his foot, catching fire, and the rest of the sculpture melted. Then Ace turned around and walked away.
"Oi. Ace." Luffy was calling after him but he didn't care.
Things had started getting sour ever since the results came out. Ace had made it into a top university in the capital, the only person to be the top scorer from the boonies. Before him, for 5 years, only another person held the perfect record, so Ace had stirred up some news. Of course, Ace felt good about it. Why wouldn't he? But did Sabo really think that it had gotten to his head? Sabo had been making passing remarks about it, more and more aggressively for the last couple of days. As the new year came close, Ace's departure also drew closer. Heck. Ace was also sad about having to leave everyone so soon. But that jab about Marco cut sharp. So what if Ace was already talking to his new roommate? Marco was a fellow Whitebeard otaku and it was fun talking to him. Was Sabo jealous? But it wasn't like Ace was leaving forever. In fact, the three of them had made their pact about going out on their own journeys long ago, so why the tantrum now?
Something cracked. Ace stopped. A huge bear stared down at him from a few feet away. Ace stood perfectly still. The bear had a scar. He remembered it all too well. Luffy, Sabo and he had their skirmishes with this brute from time to time every time they went into the forest.
Wait. The forest?
Ace suddenly realized that he had ended up in the forest. He was so lost in the storm of his thoughts that he totally didn't know where he was going.
The bear didn't care about teenage emotional conflict. It lunged. Ace turned and ran like hell. Big Bear was too brutal when it was hungry, and now it looked hungry. But running through dead trees was not easy. Ace was considering making a stand and fight when suddenly he ran into a clearing. There sat an old man on a log, frying fish on twigs over a fire. He looked up at Ace, then stared straight behind him. The bear fumbled to a halt. Stared back. Then slowly, it turned and left.
Ace sat down, panting.
"If it isn't Gol- good old Ace," Naguri flashed a toothy smile. "Care for some fish?"
Naguri burst into laughter after hearing Ace's story. "That Sabo. Jealous, is he? Bwahahahahaa so unlike him innit BWAHAHAHAHAHA."
"Shut up, old man," grumbled Ace, chewing a mouthful of fish. He was hungrier than he had thought.
"Don't let it hold'ja down, boy," Naguri wiped tears from the corners of his eyes. "I hear long distance relationships are common these days."
Ace choked. "Oi jiisan, what the hell?"
"You know, there was a time when I was young and..." Naguri launched into an anecdote about having to part with a friend when he began his adventure. A story that is probably half made up. But Ace didn't mind. Luffy, Sabo and him had been seeing him around and listening to his old stories for ages. Funnily enough, their first meeting had also been when the three of them were running away from the big bear.
It was around dusk when Naguri's reminiscing ended. Ace had fallen asleep in the middle and the old man had smacked him awake. Now he smacked him on his merry way home.
"Go and make up with them well. You wanna make good memories. Take it from an old man."
"Yeah yeah," Ace grumbled. Sabo had probably cooled down by now. They fought all the time but now it felt a bit different. Agh. He didn't care anymore.
Walking up to the front door of the house, Ace heard some heated voices coming from inside. The voice sounded like Sabo's. Was he still mad? That wasn't natural. Did something happen?
"-went too far but he wasn't taking a hint." Sabo was saying.
Luffy said, "I told you I should have just distracted him with a reindeer hunt."
"Luffy," Sabo sounded frustrated, "he's not that stupid."
"EH? I told you, there is a blue nosed reindeer on top of the mountain! I saw it!"
"The point is," another voice said, "he's not back yet and the food is getting cold and Luffy is trying to eat it all."
"I'll go look." Sabo's voice was closer now. Before Ace could move back, the door opened and hit him square on the face. He fell back with an indignant "gaahh".
"Ace?!" Sabo was staring down at him, paused mid-sprint.
Dadan poked her head out of the door and yelled, "ACE IS HERE!"
A bunch of party poppers went off and covered Ace in sparkles and streamers. Sabo hauled him up by his arm and pulled him into the house. Dadan, Makino, Luffy and Marco - wait, who? - stood around a table heaped with food. But the most notable thing was a huge cake in the middle, with "HBD Ace" scrawled on it. Even the room was decorated with Whitebeard flags (did they steal them from his room?) and their pictures. Everyone yelled "Happy birthday, Ace!" except Luffy, who was busy chewing a chicken roast.
Ace stared agape. Then he looked at Sabo.
"Ah, sorry for all the drama," Sabo said uncomfortably, "but we kinda needed you away for a while so that we could set up the room and also get Marco from the dock."
"Heya, buddy," Marco walked over, "happy birthday." He paused for a while, and then added, "surprise!"
Ace muttered. "What...in the world?"
"This is the last birthday we can celebrate together, so we kinda wanted to do something special," Sabo said. "Now come blow out the candles before Luffy gobbles up the cake."
Cutting the cake, eating the food, everything felt like a blur to Ace after that. Sabo had gotten him a cool orange hat with weird smileys. Luffy got him coupons for new year discounts at the town restaurant. Dadan had gotten him a jumper that was a size too big. Makino gave him gloves to go with the jumper. And Marco had brought him a leather jacket with the Whitebeard emblem on the back. "Don't burn through it, bro," he laughed. Clearly, he had heard the morning's story. How embarrassing...
For years, Ace had wondered if it was okay for someone like him to be born, someone with bad blood like him. Now, he felt like it didn't matter.
Kyou made, ore wo aishitekurete, arigatou...
Author's note: Sorry for making your eyes bleed, minna. Yours truly has truly crappy writing skills. We got this topic thanks to Ace's birthday and I just wanted to throw him a birthday party :'D
Moments have passed after Ace and Yamato talked about Luffy and in extension Roger Yamato decided to seal the deal with Ace the only way he knew: "A drinking contest!"
Ace accepted with a huge smile saying: "I have never been beaten before!"
Yamato smiled back and shouted: "Then it is time to change that!"
And with that he went to grab the booze from his fathers storage. It is unsurprising that Kaido had a huge collection of strong booze and so thanks to the help of Yamatos followers they placed it at the field where him and Ace fought in a swift fashion.
Ace sat accepted one jar, drank it as swiftly as he could and threw the empty jar away. He screamed: "Too easy and too weak!" He then procceeded to laugh heartly.
Yamato followed suit and proclaimed: "Eh? Did we get the wrong booze? I barely felt anything!"
Ace smiled and went for seconds then third then fourth in a row with no hesitation.
Yamato followed Ace.
This went on for seemingly an hour mayhaps two until Ace was at his 54th drink and Yamato at his 52nd.
Ace now drunk shouted: "Bring more! I wanna make sure I win this!"
Yamato being equally drunk said: "Yes more!"
With Yamato saying that he chugged 5 in a row to the surprise of Ace.... He lost his lead and he felt like he was nearing his limit.
This went on for another 10 minutes and they were at their last jar. The scores were 63 to 63 a neck in neck tie! Yamato got the last jar and was about to drink it.
Ace came up with a very cunning move to take that jar and win this.
He leaped at Yamato! Yamato looked in surprise in what or why he is doing this but before He could react he got grabbed by Ace and kissed.
Surprised what is happening Yamato fell off his chair but while Yamato was falling Ace grabbed the last jar and drank it all.
Ace shouted: "You were a worthd opponent Yamato but I won this!" He then proceeded to collaps and fall asleep.
Yamatos followers checked Yamato and he was already asleep himself seemingly slightly angry that he lost even in his sleep.
With that Ace's crew took Ace and thanked Yamatos followers for their hospitality and with that they sailed away from Wano.
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