|One Step At A Time
Author: shortiix3 PM
A new life that Natsu, Gray and Lucy experience. Going through different relationships, challenges, changes and school; this is the life of a Fernandes. Main characters: Natsu, Gray, Lucy.Rated: Fiction T - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 45,120 - Reviews: 195 - Favs: 93 - Follows: 82 - Updated: 05-30-12 - Published: 07-09-11 - id: 7162643
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Summary Lucy, Natsu and Gray are adopted by Erza and Jellal. Their life changed quickly as they started school and made new friends. The real drama is waiting for you in the High School life.
Pairing Will be told in each chapter
Disclaimer Hiro Mashima owns this - he's my hero!
Chapter One - Inseparable
It's a bit complicated to explain, but it's kind of difficult for Erza and Jellal to have kids. So one day they go out to Magnolia Orphanage, wanting to adopt a sweet young child. While entering the Orphanage they are surprised to see so many kids of all different ages- infants, teenagers and toddlers.
The young kids were running around, having fun with each other. You'd think that this wasn't even an Orphanage.
The married couple walked around the 2-storey building keeping a look out for the perfect child. Erza stopped in her tracks when she spotted a beautiful blonde haired little girl.
"Honey, I want her!" Erza demanded and gripped onto Jellal's shirt.
"W-Who?" Jellal asked, looking around.
"Her!" Erza pointed to the little girl with blonde hair.
Jellal's eyes soften at the sight. "She looks adorable! Let's go ask the owner of the Orphanage." Jellal took Erza to the front desk of the building.
"Uh hi. Are you the owner?" Erza asked a lady with orange long hair.
The lady turned letting her hair fly around. "Oh yes! I'm Hannah, nice to meet you." she waved.
"I'm Erza and this is my husband, Jellal." Erza greeted.
"Nice to meet you." Jellal smiled.
"So are you guys looking for a child in particular?" Hannah asked, happily.
"Um not really, but a little girl with blonde hair caught my eyes." Erza said pointing to the girl running around.
"Oh yes, Lucy is quite the charming girl." Hannah giggled.
"Lucy? What a pretty name!" Jellal turned his gaze to the girl.
"Though if I can say something about Lucy-" Hannah looked to them.
They gestured her to continue. She nodded.
"There have been many other families who have come and wanted to adopt Lucy, but the problem that she is still here is her two friends." Hannah pointed to a boy with black hair and a boy with pink hair.
"A boy with pink hair? How unusual." Jellal noted.
"Yes, well you can say the three of them are inseparable. One will not go unless the others go as well… So why don't we just meet them, shall we." Hannah led the way.
"Lucy!" she called out.
Lucy halted, nearly making the boy behind her bump into her.
"What's wrong Lucy?" The boy with black hair asked.
"I thought someone called my name," Lucy tilted her head in confusion.
The boy with pink hair was too busy laughing and hadn't seen them stop and collided with them. Lucy landed first on the bottom with the boys on top of her.
Hannah, Erza and Jellal hurried to them; so did a little girl with short white hair.
"Are you guys okay?" Hannah asked.
"Wah! Get off me you fat people," Lucy exclaimed.
"Fat? I'm not fat, Luce." the boys crossed their arms.
"Well why are you so heavy!" Lucy grabbed onto someone's leg.
Jellal looked down to see Lucy's arms tight around his legs. He bent down and picked her up.
Lucy wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him tight, feeling a comforting spark.
"Hey you, give Lucy back!" the boy with black hair yelled.
"Yeah give her back, or else we'll kick your ass!" The boy with pink hair roared.
"Gray, Natsu!" Hannah gasped shocked.
"My… Such language for such a young age." Jellal teased.
Gray and Natsu turned their heads with a tsk.
Jellal chuckled, "I think we'll adopt the three of them."
"Yes, I guess we could manage them. With Lucy around its no problem." Erza said smiling.
"Fantastic!" Hannah clapped her hands. "I'll go get the adoption sheets."
Hannah went back to the desk. "Ah Nina, would you mind handing me the adoption sheets?"
Nina looked up, "Sure. How many? One?"
"No three. Lucy, Gray and Natsu are getting adopted." she said happily.
Nina smiled and handed her the sheets.
"Okay! Mr and Mrs…" Hannah asked.
"Fernandes." Jellal stated.
"Fernandes… All you have to do is fill in these sheets." Hannah handed them three sheets.
Erza took them and started filling them out.
"Ah Lucy you have to get down first, I have to fill out these sheets." Jellal said prying her off his body.
She shook her head, "No!"
Jellal bent down and put her feet to the ground, yet she still didn't let go. Gray and Natsu even tried pulling her off.
"Looks like Lucy has taken a strong liking into you." Hannah helped by taking her.
"No, no, no!" Lucy cried, throwing her legs and hands everywhere.
"That's good for a first impression." Jellal grinned.
"Yo Ji-san!" Natsu yelled to Jellal.
"I'm not old…" Jellal murmured - Erza giggled softly.
He turned to Natsu, "What's wrong?"
"Hannah-san said that it's bad to draw on yourself, because the ink will ruin your skin. So why would you draw on yourself?" Natsu explained dumbfounded.
"Ah Natsu! That's rude!" Hannah face palmed.
Jellal raised a brow.
"Stupid he didn't draw on himself." Gray retorted.
"What did you say!" Natsu collided his head with Grays. "Why can I see something on his face, then?"
"Tch. How am I suppose to know, idiot…" Gray pushed Natsu to the ground and they started rolling around.
"Here we go again…" Hannah sighed.
"Natsu! Get off Gray - Gray stop it!" Lucy glared at the two on the ground.
The boys fell back and turned their heads away from each other.
"Just like her mother." Jellal looked to Erza. She glared for a second then a smile grace her lips.
After finishing the forms they handed it back to Hannah. Hannah gave them other sheets and they were all set.
"Are you guys ready? Erza-san and Jellal-san will be taking you home today." Hannah said to Natsu, Gray and Lucy.
Lucy's eyes widen, "Really? Otou-san and Okaa-san?" Lucy jumped into Jellal's arms.
He quickly caught her and balanced himself so they didn't fall.
"If Lucy's there then I'm fine with that." Gray grinned.
"Yeah, Lucy is our little sister any ways." Natsu gave a thumbs up.
"Well, now we're all done let's go home." Erza said going to the door.
"Hope to see you guys again!" Hannah waved.
"Natsu, wait!" A little girl with short white hair grabbed Natsu's hand.
"Ah Lisanna!" Natsu gasped.
Tears fell from her eyes, "You won't forget me, right?"
"Of course I won't. Don't worry; we'll see each other again. I promise!" Natsu grinned.
Lisanna nodded and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek. Natsu's face went tomato red.
The adults around them laughed. Gray burst out laughing and dropped to the floor.
"Sh-Shut up!" Natsu stomped out of the Orphanage. "Let's go!"
While walking home they passed an ice-cream stand and bought some ice-cream. Gray bought cookies n cream, Natsu asked for bubblegum, Lucy wanted chocolate truffle and Erza bought boysenberry.
"Otou-san, you want some?" Lucy put her ice-cream to his lips, slightly getting some on.
Jellal chuckled. "Okay, then." He licked the ice-cream then took a bite.
"It's yummy, isn't it?" Lucy giggled.
When they got home Lucy had already fallen asleep in her adoptive father's arms.
"Whoa! That's a big house!" Gray said stunned, looking up to the house.
"No kidding! It's huge." Natsu said widening his arms to the size of the place.
"Well kids. Welcome to your new home!" Erza said as she opened the door for all to see.
The Fernandes' house was a two-storey building, with five rooms, two bathrooms upstairs and one downstairs, a big kitchen, a dining room, a living room connected to a sun room and an attic.
The scene of the house was modern Japanese style. There were lanterns hanging down, big vases with organic flowers and the walls were painted a nice shade of cream; a cherry blossom scent that filled the whole house with such comfort.
After looking around the house they went into one of the rooms. There was a white couch that pulled out into a bed. Jellal set Lucy down.
"Nap time for you guys as well," Jellal commanded.
"What! But we're not tired," Gray grumbled.
"Y-Yeah!" Natsu yawned.
"Oh yes I can see that," Jellal chuckled. "Come on, in you go."
Gray fell on the right with Natsu on the left and Lucy in the middle. The boys' eyes dropped pretty quickly, before their minds went black they moved closer to the comfort of Lucy; wrapping one arm around her fragile body.
"Lucy…" they murmured in unison - Jellal smiled at this.
I woke up from my nap. Rubbing my eyes to the things in front. I turned from side to side, seeing Gray on my right and Natsu on my left.
Natsu's leg was halfway off the bed eh, couch and his arms flung above him. Gray had stripped down to his boxers and his body was spread out too. Why does he do that? I face palmed.
Where am I? Is this Otou-san and Okaa-sans house? I jumped up. "Gray, Natsu wake up!" I pulled on Natsu's shirt and Gray's… Gray's pale body.
"Erza-san… I'm… Hungry…" Natsu sang. I frowned.
"Oi Gray!" I jumped on the couch making the two bounce around as well.
As I was jumping all that came from Gray and Natsu were groans and mumbles.
I sighed and got off the bed. I went to explore the house, starting at the rooms. There were two rooms that were empty, only a mirrored cupboard and window. I entered the BIG bedroom.
Otou-san and Okaa-san's room is BIG. I ran to the outside place. Umm what's it called? I don't know but I saw a cool view of the town. Pretty!
The wind ran across my face, going through my blonde hair. I held tight to the safety bars, seeing birds squawk above me.
Oh? I smelt something coming from downstairs, it smelt yummy. I moved out of their room. I saw a door slightly open and went to check who was inside. I quietly opened the door and I saw Otou-san at his desk, writing.
I think I said Otou-sans name out loud because he turned my way. "Eh?"
"Lucy. You're awake?" Otou-san turned his office chair to me. "Come…" he moved his hands towards me.
I ran into his body. I feel so safe in his arms, so warm, so… mm. I heard something come from my lips. I didn't know what the feeling was, because I have never felt it before. Being in Otou-sans hold is just so relaxing and warm, and safe.
I looked to his face. "Otou-san what are you doing?" I asked quietly.
He turned his head to the side. "I'm working on some papers. Adult stuff, sweetie. You don't need to worry." He ruffled my hair, I grinned at him.
"Okay." I bobbed my head.
"Hmm let's go down. I think dinner's ready… First, let's wake up your brothers." Otou-san held me in his arms and walked out of the… um what was it called… Study room? Let's just go with that.
We went into the room that I was sleeping in and saw Natsu and Gray still asleep. They looked really funny. I couldn't help but let out a giggle. Gray's leg was on Natsu and Natsu's hand was in fists, touching Gray's jaw.
It looked like they were fighting in their sleep. I heard Otou-san chuckle and I started giggling with him. Otou-san put me onto the bed and I started jumping up and down, laughing too. I accidently stepped on Natsu's back and slipped, falling onto Gray's bare chest.
My expression was shocked as my hair fell on my face. Otou-san let out another chuckle and I pouted. "It's not funny!" I crossed my arms as I got off Gray, who was still asleep.
"Okay, okay. I'm sorry." Otou-san picked me up. I smiled at him.
We turned to the still sleeping boys. "GRAY! NATSU! WAKE UP!" I yelled with all my might. I heard doggies barking at my yelling; I giggled and covered my mouth with my hands. Oops…
Gray and Natsu had waken up as well. That's good then, now we can go eat. I'm starving!
I wiggled out from Otou-sans hold and ran straight to the stairs. I held the sides as I took two steps on each one. Getting down slowly I ran for the dining room.
"Eh? This isn't the dining room…" I looked around to see couches, a coffee table, a book shelf and other things.
"Wrong room Lucy…" I heard Gray say from behind. I turned to look at him, a bit embarrassed.
I rubbed my head with a nervous laugh. "Right…"
He laughed at me and took my hands and led the way to the dining room. Natsu was already there, staring at the food. Otou-san was there too and Okaa-san was going to the table as well.
Me and Gray took our seats next to each other. When everyone was at the table we helped ourselves to the food. The food was delic… delicio… The food was yummy!
Natsu helped himself to seconds or was it thirds? Gray looked to Natsu, annoyed. I giggled making everyone turn to look at me. I looked to them confused. I just smiled at them. They returned the smile.
After dinner I helped Okaa-san with the cleaning up. I took the plates and glass cups one by one to Okaa-san, who was washing the dishes. Otou-san went back to the… Study room. Gray was sitting in the living room, looking at a book, while Natsu was in the bathroom. Probably ate too much…
Oka-san said it was time for bed. Already? I sighed and walked up the stairs. I opened the door to the room and saw Natsu and Gray arguing again. What is it about now?
"Hey, hey, hey!" I yelled getting in the middle. "It's late. Okaa-san said that she'll be up soon, so get in." I ordered them.
They glared at each other first than went to their side of the bed. Turning away from each other. I jumped on the bed, couch and laid myself in the middle. I put over the comforter and snuggled into the warmth.
I felt something touch my right hand and looked to Gray who was staring at me. I felt my cheeks warm up. I looked to Natsu and he too was looking at me. My cheeks went a darker shade of pink.
Okaa-san was by the door watching us and I looked to the roof. Oh Otou-san was there too. They walked closer to us.
"Goodnight my children. Sweet dreams…" Okaa-san whispered loud enough for us to hear and kissed our foreheads.
"Night Lucy, Gray, Natsu…" Otou-san said and he kissed us goodnight too.
Oka-san closed the light and left the door open a bit. The roof had glowing stars on it. Pretty!
"Night Luce…" Gray smiled.
"Night Luce…" Natsu grinned.
I fell asleep with a small smile on my lips. Tomorrow's going to be a fun day!