Mako's curiosity was now starting to get the better of her. She began to suspect that the Sakuras knew more about her late grandpa than they were letting on. So, with her curiosity in mind and a need for answers to get from the Sakura family themselves, Mako set out to Pirate Bay. She had contacted the Pirate Empress, Boa Hancock, via transponder snail, hoping that Hancock could come and pick her up. But to her dismay, Hancock couldn't make it. Fortunately though, Mako had another ride once she made it to the port with Alex and Ember.
Moored at the docks was by far the largest pirate ship in the world, the Moby Dick, the flagship of the legendary pirate Whitebeard. From there it was a couple days' voyage from Germany to Pirate Bay, with a stop at Loguetown to restock the ship's stores and then make the trip up Reverse Mountain and into the Grand Line.
When the Moby Dick was sailing along the Grand Line once again, the Whitebeard Pirates decided to party, just for the hell of it. But while the girls reveled with the crew, Mako wondered if Whitebeard knew anything about the Sakuras' connection with her grandfather. After all, Whitebeard is 74 years old, and maybe Perseus or any of the Sakuras have talked about her grandpa just a little bit.
"So you're ol' Fritz's granddaughter, are ya?" Whitebeard said after Mako asked him. "Truth be told, Perseus and the others had mentioned him a couple of time before. Said he was a friend of theirs." He smiled, and then took a swig from his bottle of whiskey. "But I couldn't tell you what their connection is, aside from that they've been friends since the 1930's."
That wasn't exactly the answer Mako was hoping for, but it was a good start. If the Sakuras have known her grandpa since the 1930's, the likely situation was that they met her grandpa when he was drafted as a messenger pilot... for the German Luftwaffe.
Once they reached Pirate Bay, Mako set out to get more info once the girl got their bags over to Chokotto's house. With the information she got from Whitebeard, she needed to find the one person she could get the answers from that lived in 1930's Germany: Dr. Edward Richtofen. Richtofen wasn't very hard to find at all; he was at Luna's Bar & Grill, drinking with his teammates after a good day of scientific experiments, practicing Bushido, regular exercise, and target practice with old Soviet infantry weapons.
"Dr. Edward Richtofen?" Mako asked as she approached the venerated scientist.
"Ja?" Richtofen swung around in his barstool to find Mako standing before him. "Ah, Miss Heissler. It's so wunderbar to see you again. To what do I owe the pleasure of your visit?"
"Well, um... I came to find out how the Sakuras met my grandpa, Friedrich Heissler." she said.
"Ol' Fritz, eh?" Richtofen rubbed his chin, and smiled. "I may or may not know something about their connection. But I won't reveal what I know, not one bit! And there is nothing you can do to make me--"
THWACK!!! Before Dr. Richtofen could finish, Dempsey grabbed Luna's sawed-off double barrel shotgun and whacked the mad German doctor in the back of the head, knocking Richtofen out and making him fall flat on his face on the floor. Mako looked at Dempsey, who just smiled. "That did it." he said.
Richtofen awoke about a half-hour later, tied to a chair inside of the sound room Vinyl Scratch uses at Pirate Bay to record some music. "What's going on?!" Richtofen shouted. "Where am I?!"
The lights in the next room came on, and Richtofen could get a clear view of who his captors were. It was Mako and Vinyl Scratch, along with Alex, Ember, Chokotto, Dempsey, Nikolai, and Takeo. "You're in my special sound room, Kraut." Vinyl said. "And we're going to milk out whatever information you're keeping from us, one way or another." She began to turn some dials and flips a few switches. In moments, a distinct humming sound could be heard resonating in the recording booth.
"Ha! How do you intend to do that? By putting me to sleep with a lullaby? Schweinehunds!" Richtofen began to laugh, but Vinyl Scratch just smiled and selected a song on her iPod.
"Then eat Base Cannon, Nazi scumbag!"
Immediately, the speakers in the recording room began to play Dub Step, and once the Base cannon was turned on, Richtofen was screaming. Since he was tied up, he couldn't move, so the Base Cannon further slammed him by hurdling him into the wall. After that, Vinyl Scratch turned down the music as everyone laughed. "Had enough?" she asked.
"Yes! Yes, I've had enough!" Richtofen shouted. The others turned off the sound system and dragged Richtofen, chair and all, into the other room. "Okay, I will tell you everything I know." he wheezed. "Because if I have to go through that, one more time, I will personally curb stomp everyone within a ten mile radius!!"
Mako was happy and surprised that everyone was doing this on her behalf. Plus, it's always fun to see Richtofen get his ass handed to him. But before the old German could say anything more, the door opened, revealing Perseus, who was holding an ice pack to his head. "What's going on in here?" he asked.
"Well first off, what happened to you?" Em asked.
"When Vinyl turned on her Base Cannon, one of my rifles fell off the wall and clocked me in the head." Perseus said. He looked over at Mako, who was looking away, feeling that she may be responsible for hurting Perseus. "I say you got a bit of explaining to do, Mako."
Once inside his office and Mako explaining what was going through her head, Perseus smiled and laughed a bit. "So you want to know your grandpa's connection to the Sakuras, huh? Well why didn't you say so?" Perseus smiled, and casually took out his pipe and lit it. "That story took place a long ways from here..."