(UPDATE: Fixed up the story a bunch)
I had a weird dream last week where Franky had these childhood friends before he met Iceberg and Tom. They were all like this little "kids-with-no-family" kind of club. Toris (the one with the cowboy hat) Was the leader and took Franky in. But something bad happened and they all got separated so Franky assumed they were dead?? It was a weird dream.
Later, after Franky joined the crew, they somehow bumped into them on the island. Now, all of the old "Dream Team" blame Franky for the death of Slider (The dude all the way on the right)
Like, my dream didn't even explain how he died. He just did??? Anyway, they fight, make up, and get on with their merry lives. After I woke up, I've been wanting to draw and make a story for them.
In the dream, they weren't marines, but I'm making them marines cause it fits.
Ok, so, months after Franky, who at the time was called "Cutty Flam" by his friends, joined Toris' club, started taking interest in the shipwrights on Water 7. Toris and the rest of the kids were offended and slightly jealous that he'd rather hang out with those shipwrights than his own friends. So one day, "cutty flam" and Toris got in a fight about it and Franky stormed off. Then the storm hit.
Toris' clubhouse was unfortunately stationed in the old town of Water 7 and, as we all know, was hit by the raging sea. Franky couldn't make it in time and his friends were lost. He thought them dead and blamed himself for fighting with them.
Toris and the others were then stranded on debris from the towns wreckage and left at sea. All except for Slider who was also assumed dead by his friends. They were later found by Vice-Admirals Boris' (Abbo's dad) patrolling navy ship and taken in. Over the years they were trained as great marines but still held onto the anger they felt towards Franky for leaving them, because according to them "Slider would still be here".
Years later, they hear of a certain blue-haired man from Water 7 joining a certain pirate crew and decide to keep tabs on them. When Toris hears that the next island their planning to land on is close-by to his base, he gathers up his friends and decides to pay his old one a visit.
Everything is just one big bad day for our star-spangled, blue-haired hero.
Here are their names, from left to right, including the nicknames they had as kids: Hanji (Hatchet), Wyatt (Ha, didn't have one), Toris (Tuck), Franky (obviously), Beatrice (Bean), Sodo (Slug), Souta (Slider).
I've just now decided that this could happen after the Thriller Bark arc.... maybe. I've also realized that this means they'll somehow end up in the Marine Ford war. Huh. Who'da thought.