I only ever thought there were two types of love:
the kind you would kill for
and the kind you would die for
but you, my darling
you were the kind of love
i would live for
- o. g. k.
they are atop the legendary mountain, at its peak. an allusion to the day they'd first established their mutuality. he is standing there across, shining like the sun, a beacon.
before, law thought himself a mere moth to his flame. a dimly lit star in his quintessential solar system. but he has come to understand that they are opposites in all the ways they are kindred. it's cosmic duality.
law is a moon. orbiting around him, cold, hard, and shadowed where he is warmth, softness, light.
he is stillness, calmness, death to luffy's velocity. his energy and his life.
they are water and fire,
space and time.
you, law thinks, and hazards a step closer, fearless of the burn because he’s already been blinded-- not caught in but returned to his gravity.
time is not linear. not quite circular, but elliptical. it resets, resets, resets at a very specific apogee.
and while he is no expert at time, law can maneuver the molecules of space. he's always taken up 191cm of it. has displaced it, gambled with it. like a trick with none of the joy magic brings.
yet the space out of his reach has always been that between him and the one with the straw hat.
law thrusts his hand into the flames. it scorches, further mars his traumatized fingers which have already felt pain, and ink, and disease.
but they've also felt luffy’s resting between them.
now, they take him by the chin.
if law is space then luffy must be time. timeless. for he tells it as he pleases, decides how it will be spent.
he who resets the cycle, appoints zenith and begins anew. the lord of it. the king.
it is a will beyond the both of them.
the world is in their hands.
like that stormy day at sea,
where he lay with his insides on the outside
upon an operating table
appearing human as the rest of us,
because the mechanics of his insides are no more or less
the heaving lungs, there
the beating heart, there
the gaping hole in his abdomen,
law's forceps poise at the ready.
careful, yet sure of himself, law gathers his salvation and he kisses him. inevitably. he kisses him.
no, he does not get scorched to cinders-- hellfire does not rise up and smite him for his audacity at committing such a defiance. it is instead redemption, sanctification.
indeed, he was fated to be here. the dragon to his phoenix.
(he is not saved, but reborn in his own ashes)
in his surprise, luffy drops the treasure he's journeyed so long in search of, the one that pirates young and old, near and far, have scourged the seas to seek. the dragon having returned to its trove.
it is a legendary, opulent thing, but law has no awe for that which glitters (gold as joker's empty throne, as the pistol he aimed at cora-san's head, as law's own irises piercing him through the mirror)
his thumb runs down luffy's jawline.
it is already in his grasp.
the fox-haired navigator swoops in to catch the one piece before it falls, with reflexes likewise cat-like, but law does not hear the collective exhale of relief the rest of the strawhat and heart pirates let out, admonishing him. shaking their heads albeit fondly.
this particular phenomenon is one of the more frequent happenings of history.
luffy responds to the kiss in earnest, passes a breath larger than life into law's mouth, through his throat-- nasopharynx, oropharynx, laryngopharynx-- down until it fills him up, space displaced. but for all that luffy is an unstoppable force his body bends. he is pliant, rubbery. continuous. unending.
he wraps around law as if law is not a walking white disease. not a time bomb holding the clock's hand back, nor a pirate with 500,000,000 hanging over his head.
he wraps around law as if he is his missing half, as to become one.
he knows now he is yin indeed.
he gives luffy his heart. he would open a room and place it right into luffy's hands if he asked. lay himself cut open on the operating table and tell luffy to take all he likes and bury or burn the rest.
law gives him his heart and everything that has mottled and molded it. the childhood trauma and the crippling depression. the mastery of his own abilities, the anger, the ceaseless adoration for a smiling black-feathered man long passed on. even the withered wisps of memories, of two doctors with laugh lines, an ailing young girl never without pigtails or a smile stretching her face.
his grip on kikoku,
eyes never straying from the admiral incinerating the battlefield
"torao, stop that."
law has seen and done too many a horror for such a suggestion
but so has luffy.
he huffs, "torao!"
dodges a plume of magma.
"what should I do instead, then?"
"focus on me. do what I do."
and law tries. he does.
acts upon instinct only,
narrows his vision to a tunnel with luffy at its end
(except it doesn't)
it is blind trust,
the first instance law realizes he is still capable of
and somehow it works
the man who burned the hole through luffy's ribs,
through both of their souls,
instead burns himself away
yes, luffy's plans all end like this
history repeats, does it not?
luffy nips his bottom lip as they kiss, intentionality unknown and irrelevant. law mirrors the gesture, stretches his bottom lip out far enough it would rip off another with a lesser devil fruit ability.
law's hand is in his hair, the rough edges of a tattered hat tickling blackened and whitened knuckles.
luffy giggles against his mouth and places it instead upon law's head. his crown of straw, shared.
they aren’t the most eloquent pair, no need for cathartic confessions or emboldened declarations between them. their actions speak.
and embracing there on that peak, one piece discarded, their wills impending, larger than even the both of them,
catcalls resounding in the air from their crews and all,
law finally accepts it.
and it's quite alright.