Author: GreentreeFrog PM
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. AU NaLuRated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Romance - Natsu D. & Lucy H. - Chapters: 10 - Words: 47,219 - Reviews: 307 - Favs: 210 - Follows: 255 - Updated: 11-28-12 - Published: 03-07-12 - id: 7904995
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Well hello there! Fancy seeing you here! Please, please take a seat! No really, I insist!
So are y'all ready for this chapter? After all, it's the one most of you have been waiting for since chapter un! Not too sure this one lived up to expectations though, so I'm sitting here, hoping for the best!
Oh yeah, last chapter I forgot to thank those who wished me well in my recovery! To quote Toystory, "-we are eternally grateful!" No, my concussion didn't give me multiple personality disorder, I just love that quote! ^-^ ALSO! 100 Reviews! Thanks! I didn't expect this to be that popular! I really AM eternally grateful! Also, thanks to everyone who's alerted/faved this. I'm barely starting this story, and I already have a sequel planned! ...yeah, I have no life.
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In a land far, far away, lies the kingdom of Fiore. A small, peaceful nation of seventeen-million, and a place filled with magic.
Found in every home, bought and sold in every marketplace, for most, magic is merely a tool, a mundane part of everyday life.
For some, however, magic is an art, and they've devoted their lives to its practice. These are the Wizards. Banded together into magical guilds, they apply their skills in search of fame and fortune.
Many such guilds dot the landscape of Fiore, but there is a certain guild in a certain town that soars high above the rest. One in which countless legends have been born, a guild that will no doubt continue making legends well into the future.
Its name… is Fairy Tail.
"Um, excuse me, sir?"
"Natsu! We've made it to Hargeon!" a blue cat exclaimed excitedly. He tried getting his pink haired companion up and going, but he had no luck. The cat had to feel sorry for him though, it had to be tough getting motion sick like that every time he went on any type of transport.
"C'mon, get up already!" the cat started hitting the pink-haired teen. Although he felt sorry for him, the cat was too used to this happening.
"Is he alright?" the conductor asked a little hesitantly.
"Yeah," the cat answered, "He's fine, this always happens when we travel! C'mon, Natsu, what if Igneel is waiting for us!"
That seemed to do the job. In the blink of an eye Natsu was out of the train, speeding off into the distance, dragging his furry, blue companion behind him.
"EEH? There's only one magic store in this whole town?" a curvy blonde girl exclaimed in surprise and disappointment. The old man behind the counter seemed oblivious to her tone, however.
"This town is more prosperous in fishing than magic to begin with. Only less than 10% of town-people can use magic, so this store is mainly targeting travelling mages," the old shopkeeper informed her unnecessarily.
Lucy sighed, dragging her hand down her face. She didn't need to know the stupid statistics of how many people in Hargeon used magic- she just needed what she was asking for.
"Listen," Lucy said, trying to be patient. "All I'm after is some powerful gate-keys. Do you have any?" Even though she asked, the celestial mage really doubted that this particular store had any. Considering what the old man had just told her about the shop aimed at travelling wizards, the likelihood of this magic store having what she wanted was extremely low.
"Gate keys, huh?" the shopkeeper pondered her request, before gesturing to the glass display case sitting on the counter. "These are the only ones we've got!"
Lucy glanced at them and sighed. She was about to give up, but then she caught sight of a thin silver key with a familiar symbol on it.
"White dog!" she exclaimed, picking up the key and cradling it to her chest.
"Why that one? I know that key isn't particularly powerful…" the old man behind the counter muttered in confusion.
"I know! But I've been looking for it for ages!" It is Echo's little brother, after all… he'll be so pleased! "So how much?"
"20,000 Jewel!" the man said without hesitation and Lucy shook her head as if to clean out her ears.
"I'm sorry, what did you say?" she asked, hoping that it wasn't what she had just heard.
"I said 20,000 Jewel."
Huffing, Lucy crossed her arms underneath her rather large bust, pouting a little. Time to use her feminine charm. "Aw, how much is it really worth?" She hopped up on the counter and grinned flirtatiously, adding in a wink.
A minute later saw the blonde teen storming out of the shop, 18,000J lighter and another silver key attached to her ring. Stupid old geezer… probably blind… Those were the types of thoughts running through her head at that moment. Deciding this port town wasn't worth staying in, Lucy elected to go in the direction of the train station. On the way, she passed a newspaper booth, and stopping for only a moment, she bought the newest edition of Sorcerer Weekly.
Lucy always made sure she had the latest copy of the magazine, since that time she had left home. It wasn't just to keep up with the hottest and most beautiful Wizards of her time and their guilds (though that certainly was a big part of it), but to see if she could find any news about her best friend. When Lucy ran away from home on the eve of her fourteenth birthday, the first thing she did was travel in the direction of the forest Natsu and Igneel lived in. Unfortunately, once she got to the clearing that she stayed that first week in, the cave was bare, like it had been abandoned for some time, and there was no sign of the Fire Dragon nor his Slayer. Then, around two years ago, Lucy read an interesting article in the Weekly, about a powerful mage from Fairy Tail, who left an awful amount of destruction behind him. They had called him 'Salamander', because of his rare type of fire magic. The articles continued from then on, most of the time having at least one article about the powerful Salamander of Fairy Tail in each issue.
The only thing stopping Lucy from heading to Magnolia and joining Fairy Tail (and hopefully finding Natsu) was fear. She was scared of turning up to Fairy Tail, meeting Salamander and then finding out it wasn't Natsu. She was scared of showing up at the Guild doors and then them rejecting her because she wasn't powerful enough. But the thing she was absolutely terrified of, was her joining Fairy Tail, and Natsu not remembering her. And why should he remember her? It had been seven years, and he probably had new friends to replace her.
That didn't stop her from wanting to join Fairy Tail, though. In fact, it probably just made her want to join even more.
A teenage girl, around Lucy's own age bumped into her, pulling the mage out of her thoughts. "Salamander's here! You know, the famous wizard!" she was yelling to her friend as they ran off in the direction of the centre of town.
Salamander… Lucy thought, eyes widening. As in, the wizard who uses a rare type of fire magic that can't be bought in stores?
Lucy followed the girls to the town square, subconsciously squashing down any hope rising that the 'Salamander' was Natsu. She followed the girls until they stopped in a middle of a large crowd of teens, squealing excitedly, shouting 'Salamander, Salamander' to get his attention.
Lucy pushed through the crowd until she was at the front, staring wide eyed at the black-haired man who made her heart throb.
Who was she thinking about, again? Surely it was this handsome man, who- was looking directly at her! He grinned at her, and did she imagine the way his dark eyes lit up at seeing her? It was like it was just Lucy and Salamander, their eyes locked. It was love at first sight, just like a fairy tale. Her heart was in pounding-
Like the boy was a catalyst, the spell was broken when he stumbled through the gap between fangirls. Lucy stared wide-eyed at the pink-haired traveller who had lifted the enchantment. It couldn't be…?
The pink haired wizard stared at 'Salamander' with blank, onyx eyes, his eyebrows furrowed.
"Who are you?"
His voice was rougher, and deeper than she remembered it (obviously, the last time she had seen him he was eleven) but it still had the same qualities. It had to be him.
Lucy didn't have any time to stare, though, as two rabid –because that was the only way to describe them- fangirls had tackled him and sent him flying, beating him and insulting him because he didn't know who 'Salamander' was. So, cringing slightly, Lucy instead chose to glare at the dark haired man who called himself 'Salamander'.
"Now, now girls, this has surely just been a misunderstanding!"
Ick, even his voice conveyed sleaze, and after what she had just figured out, Lucy definitely didn't want to know the intentions of this mysterious man.
"Ooh, Salamander, you're too kind!" the girls squealed, falling 'in love' with him even more.
'Salamander' pulled a piece of card out of his cloak and signed an elaborate signature onto it, handing it to the male who was still on the ground. "Here, have my autograph, you can show it to all of your friends!" The teen didn't move to take it, so the blue cat that was beside him did, making sure his claws scratched the man as he took it. Then, the cat and his companion, stomped off. Lucy heard 'Salamander' say something about a party on his yacht, but didn't pay any attention. As soon as the 'Sleaze-bag' had disappeared in a flashy show of purple fire, the celestial mage followed after in the direction of the pink haired boy.
She found them sitting on the walkway in a side-street, grumbling and complaining about who-knows-what.
"Who was that anyway?"
"I don't know, but he sure was creepy…" Lucy said, inserting herself into the conversation. "Thanks for earlier!" She said this with a wide smile, her eyes shut and her head tilted to the side.
That scent… Natsu's eyes shot to the size of carriage wheels. She looks like her… smells like her, even has the same hairstyle! It's got to be her, it has to be!
The blonde felt something knock into her, and strong arms slide around her waist. Natsu nuzzled his head in the juncture between her neck and her shoulder, inhaling her scent with his eyes closed and an extremely happy smile on his face. Lucy was too surprised to react at first, but then wrapped her own arms around him, a smile on her face that could rival Natsu's own wide grin.
"Natsu," she mumbled, stroking his messy pink locks. It was really him… he remembered her… This is perfect.
Happy watched all this from the side, tugging at the knapsack wrapped around his neck with his little paws. While the small cat had never even seen Lucy before this moment, it felt to him like she was always there. Perhaps it was the way Natsu always told him stories about her, constantly talking about the best friend he grew up with, and how Happy would love her. Or perhaps it was because of her scent, one Happy immediately associated with home. It was the very same scent that was his first to smell, the one that stained the faded green blanket Natsu had wrapped him in. The same scent that intermingled with Natsu's own on the tattered old scarf that the dragon slayer always wore.
Or maybe, a reason wasn't even needed. It was just who Lucy was.
In a rare display of tact for the talking, blue cat, he stayed silent, and just let his best friend/brother/father have his moment with his friend.
"I missed you," Natsu muttered into Lucy's ear, shifting his head so it sat on top of the celestial mage's. Lucy snuggled her head into Natsu's chest, absently noting how well-built it was.
"I missed you too… so, so much," sighed Lucy, feeling tears beginning to prick in her eyes.
I wish we could stay like this forever...
Natsu was the first to release the tight embrace, but he maintained skin contact, holding Lucy at arm's length so he could take in how much she had changed. And boy, had she changed! Her hair was in the same style that it had always had been, even done up in the same way he himself had done it when they had first met. Her wide brown eyes had a slightly haunted look to them that wasn't there before, but other than that they were still as beautiful as he remembered.
Whoa, since when did I think Lucy was beautiful?
Internally shaking his head, Natsu moved on. Lucy was curvier (that was sort of an understatement), and even he had to admit she had a hot body. She wore a white and blue tank-top, which fit her quite snugly, a blue short skirt and brown, knee-length boots. Resting on her hips was a bright red belt, holding a whip and a ring of keys. He noted with glee that his best friend had more gold keys on that ring than before, and he was excited to find out which ones.
While Natsu was looking at how much Lucy had changed, the celestial mage was doing the same thing. His wild, pink hair was still has spiky as ever, going in every direction. His slanting eyes were more dragon-like before, and poking through his big smile, were extremely sharp teeth. Fangs, even, dragon fangs. He still wore that mangy old scarf, and there was no doubt in her mind that the white fabric was in fact dragon scales. She blushed when her gaze drifted lower, to his body. His chest was chiselled, hard and defined abs were poking through his black vest, and Lucy was positive that muscular arms lurked beneath the baggy red coat he wore.
But they couldn't stare at each other forever, and this was proven by the rather loud grumble coming from the small stomach of the blue cat. "Ehehe, sorry," muttered Happy, though he wasn't really that sorry.
"EEP! Did that cat just talk?" exclaimed Lucy, leaping out of Natsu's range of contact to stare at Happy. Natsu grinned sheepishly and rubbed the back of his head.
"Ah, yeah. Lucy, meet Happy! Happy, this is Lucy!" introduced Natsu and the blue cat held out his paw to shake.
"Aye! It's nice to finally meet you! Natsu's told me a whole heap 'bout you!" Happy said as Lucy hesitantly grabbed his paw and shook it.
"Really?" she asked, her tone sugary sweet, but somehow managing to be scary at the same time. Natsu and Happy gulped. "What exactly has he said about me?"
"Nothing, nothing!" the Dragon Slayer exclaimed, shaking both his head and hands, trying to look innocent. Happy realised his slip-up and nodded along with Natsu, halo around his head tilting slightly.
Sure doesn't look like nothing…
There was a rather large groan, this time coming from both Natsu and Happy, while Lucy raised an eyebrow.
"Hungry, huh?" she asked needlessly.
"Aye, but we have no money for food," Happy complained, looking like a kicked puppy, pouting pathetically.
"You should have just said something!" Lucy exclaimed, looking at Natsu thoughtfully. Without even taking a second to activate her magic, fire grew around Lucy's hands. Both of the males' eyes were wide, but for entirely different reasons- Happy was wondering if Lucy was a fire dragon slayer like Natsu (because she had also spent time with Igneel), and Natsu because he just couldn't wait to taste the brilliant flames again. Creating a decent-sized ball with the fire, Lucy tossed it between her own hands, then directly at Natsu's face. Said boy opened his mouth wide and swallowed it whole. Unlike most times when he swallowed fire, Natsu chose to savour the taste of the flames, and revel in the wonderful burst of power it gave him.
"That should keep you happy until we find a decent restaurant..." Lucy trailed off, looking at the blue cat. "What will you have, Happy?"
"Fish!" he exclaimed, jumping up and down at just the thought of the wonderful white meat.
I should have known…
"Alright, I think I passed a place on my way here that looks good, let's go- I'll pay!"
They made it to the place Lucy described pretty easily, and they were shown to a booth and served in record time. Lucy almost regretted saying she would pay at the sheer amount of food Natsu and Happy ordered. When the mountains of food arrived, Lucy was certain she had made a mistake. She cringed when the boys dug into the food, scraps flying everywhere.
"Guys, you can slow down!" Lucy mentioned, flinching when a fishbone hit her in the face. "Hey, I was meaning to ask earlier- why aren't you with Igneel, Natsu?"
Both cat and Dragon Slayer paused in their feasting, their expressions downcast. "Igneel… disappeared. Seven years ago, he just vanished," whispered Natsu, and Lucy had to lean in close to hear him.
This news hit Lucy hard. While she hadn't been a close to Igneel as Natsu had been, she had always thought of the fierce Fire Dragon as an adoptive uncle, or maybe even a second father. It was almost like losing her mother all over again.
"Natsu's been looking for Igneel since he disappeared, but we can't find him anywhere!" Happy cried, while somehow still managing to suck on his fish.
"I'm sorry, Natsu…" Lucy said softly, folding her hands in her lap.
Natsu waved her off. "Nah, it's ok. Besides, you were pretty close to him too, so you would've found out eventually. How's Layla? Why aren't you at the estate?"
Natsu's words didn't bring the happy atmosphere back like he had hoped. Instead, it seemed to grow darker. "I ran away," the celestial mage spat, and her best friend reared back at the coldness in her voice. "Mum died seven years ago- I wouldn't be surprised if it was around the same time Igneel disappeared- and father… well, once mum was out of the way, he was free to do with me as he pleased! He took away my keys and then decided to marry me off to some stranger for money. So I ran away."
Most of this was lost on Happy, who had no clue that the blonde sitting across from them was an extremely wealthy heiress. Natsu, however, was furious. Family was supposed to treat each other like family! Not objects! Lucy's father had made her absolutely miserable, from the sounds of it, and that was something he wouldn't forgive. He was also angry at himself, for not being there for Lucy. Some nakama he was, if he left his best friend alone while she needed him…
"Stop, Natsu! Don't blame yourself!" the dragon slayer opened his mouth to say something, but Lucy interrupted. "No, I can't read your mind, I just know you well."
"I SAID DON'T BLAME YOURSELF!" Lucy yelled, reaching across the table and bringing her fist down on his head. Hard. Natsu's face smashed into the table, and Happy could see a trail of smoke coming from where Lucy had hit him. Happy gulped.
Natsu peeled his face from the table, rubbing his head. Lucy could pack quite a punch… it was almost as hard as Erza! 'R-right…" he grinned through the pain, making a mental note to stay out of hitting distance when he wanted to tease Lucy. "So, have you thought about joining a guild? I mean, you're not a full-fledged wizard until you do."
"Well…" Lucy began, and then whispered something that Natsu or Happy couldn't hear, even with their animal-like hearing.
"Sorry, what was that?" Happy asked, poking a paw in his ear to clean it out.
"I said, I want to join Fairy Tail."
Natsu and Happy stared at her, and then looked at each other. Slowly, the dragon slayer's grin turned into a wide smile, flashing his fangs. "Why didn't you say so! We can take you home with us, after we finish this job!"
Lucy was startled. "You'd do that? Really?"
Happy nodded. "Uh-huh! I know Natsu would be so much happier if you were in Fairy Tail with us! He never shuts up about it!" Natsu quickly but a hand over Happy's mouth so he could say no more, while the dragon slayer grinned sheepishly.
"Yeah, and Master will definitely accept you when I tell him how powerful you are!" Natsu cheered excitedly, already thinking of the jobs he could take on with Lucy on his team.
"So what exactly is this job?" Lucy asked, remembering the last part of Natsu's announcement.
"We needed an excuse to go to Hargeon, so we took a job we knew would take us here," Happy managed to get out over his seventeenth fish.
"Yeah, we've got to track down Bora the Prominence and bring him in. 'Parently he's been kidnapping women and selling them in Boscow. We heard he was in Hargeon, so we took it," explained Natsu, who was once again eating at the speed of light.
Lucy thought about it for a few seconds, before a thought occurred to her. "I think… I might know who it is…"
Natsu and Happy stopped with their eating to listen. "Well go on, " Natsu commanded.
"Well this is just a theory, but remember that guy from earlier? Said he was 'Salamander' and all?" Her two male companions nodded. "Well, the thing is, he can't be Salamander, because you're Salamander, Natsu! He's posing as you, and using charm spells to get girls to go on his yacht. I bet that's how he does it- he lures the girls onto his boat and then he leaves port and kidnaps them, without them even realising!"
"Er…" Happy and Natsu stared at Lucy, not really understanding what she just said, as she said it so fast. Their eyes were blank, and Lucy face-palmed.
"That's stupid, Lushy! How can that guy pretend to be Natsu, he looks nothing like him! You're a weirdo…" the cat muttered, and then instantly regretted it when he came face-to-face with one of Lucy's scariest glares.
"For starters, my name is LUCY! It's not that hard to pronounce! And you have no right to call me a weirdo- you're a talking blue cat!" Lucy said menacingly. "And, while Bora may not look like Natsu, no one knows that except us and probably people from Fairy Tail! All they know is the name Salamander, and that he uses a rare type of fire magic!"
"WAH!" screamed Happy, disappearing from his spot on the table to hide in Natsu's hair. "Natsu, Lucy's scary!"
"I know buddy, I know…" said Natsu comfortingly, stroking the blue cat on his head. Lucy growled and slammed some money on the table.
"Come find me when you two want to go back to Fairy Tail!" Lucy growled in an unexplainable fit of rage. She didn't know why she suddenly decided to storm out, especially since it was the first time she had seen Natsu in seven years. But, really, it didn't feel like seven years once she finally saw him… it was like no time had passed at all.
An hour later found Lucy sitting on a park bench, flipping through her copy of Sorcerer Weekly. Natsu had run after her after she left the restaurant and begged for forgiveness (well, not begged, just looked pathetically at her with those wide eyes, a trick that had always gotten to her in the past), and was now out searching with Happy for the imposter. They had agreed to meet up at the train station at nightfall, hopefully by then Natsu would have caught Bora.
The celestial mage sighed, flipping to the centrefold of her magazine. A picture of a beautiful, bikini-clad, white-haired woman greeted her, and Lucy sighed. "Mirajane… she's so pretty! I wonder what she's like in real life…" I'll meet her soon, hopefully… "Oh, I really hope I can join Fairy Tail soon…"
"Oh, so you want to join Fairy Tail, do you?" a voice out of nowhere said, scaring the life out of Lucy.
"Gah!" she yelled, backing away from the man who had appeared from the bushes. "Salamander!" she said the name with a bit of ice in her voice, not that the man noticed, however.
"I've been looking all over for you," 'Salamander' said, holding his hand up casually to his chin, though Lucy saw through to the true purpose of the action.
"Your charm spell won't work," she told him bluntly, "You're a creep."
"Come now," Bora admonished in a smooth voice, not losing his cool for a second. "You don't want to talk about Fairy Tail's Salamander that way, do you? Especially when you want to join my guild."
HA! I knew it! He's trying to impersonate Natsu! And that stupid cat didn't believe me… Inside, Lucy was doing a sort of happy dance, in knowing that her theory was correct.
"Heh, I know you're not the real Salamander. I was speaking to him earlier, actually," Lucy said arrogantly, putting a hand on her keys, ready to draw them at a moment's notice.
Bora started sweating, how did this clueless blonde know he wasn't Salamander? Surely she was bluffing! "W-what makes you think that I'm not the real Salamander? I mean, I use a rare type of fire magic!"
"Listen, Bora, I grew up with Salamander. His fire magic is totally different to yours!" Lucy was feeling pretty epic in that moment, sort of like the hero in all those books she's read.
"HOW DO YOU KNOW MY NAME?" Bora shouted, his mask finally slipping. Eyebrow twitching, he summoned a magic circle, getting ready to eliminate the pesky girl. "Never mind, you'll be gone before long."
Not if I have any say in this! Lucy unhooked a specific key off her ring, in a style that came with only practice and experience. "Open, gate of the Scorpion! Scorpio!" A bright light blinded both mages briefly, before it dimmed. Standing beside Lucy was a muscular, dark-skinned man with red and white hair. A metallic tail was curled up behind him, making him look like a scorpion.
"Oh, so you're a celestial mage? No matter, you'll be no match for me!"
Lucy ignored him, speaking to Scorpio without looking at him. "You ready?"
Scorpio read his mistress' intentions, and nodded his consent. "We are, yes!" He held up his hands, his middle and ring fingers curled in while his other fingers were extended. "Combined attack!" he started, activating his sand buster and sending the attack in Bora's direction.
"Glass Geyser!" Lucy finished, using her fire to heat up the sand. When it finally reached the imposter, the sand covered Bora from head to toe, the fire changing its properties and trapping him in a pillar of hardened glass.
"There, that should keep him there until Natsu shows up!" she said, feeling on top of the world while dusting off her hands as if they had something dirty on them.
Scorpio nodded. "We are, going away for a week, Aquarius and I. She has requested that you not summon either of us during that time," the spirit said, conveying his girlfriend's request.
Lucy sighed in resignation, knowing that Aquarius wouldn't show up even if she summoned her during that time. "Alright, you guys have a good time, and thanks, Scorpio."
"We are, no problem. And thank you, Lucy," Scorpio said, disappearing in a flash of bright light. Turning around, Lucy stared at Bora, struggling to get out of his glass prison.
"LUUUUSHY!" a voice yelled, and before Lucy had any time to register who it belonged to, she was tackled by a small, furry something. Actually, make that someone. "Lucy, that was so cool! I saw everything!" Happy exclaimed, snuggling his head into her stomach. Lucy's eye twitched, knowing that the cat was just sucking up. But nevertheless, she gave in and stroked his fur.
"Thanks, Happy. Where's Natsu?"
"He's taking out the bad-guy's henchmen." Happy's voice was muffled slightly by her chest, but Lucy was still able to understand him.
As if on cue, the ground shook as an explosion appeared on the other side of town. Lucy yelped, clutching Happy tighter to her chest, unintentionally suffocating the poor thing.
"Luhhmmy! Lmm mmmm ghhhhh!"
"Huh?" Lucy asked, and then realised that the cat couldn't breathe, or talk for that matter. She released her tight hold on Happy, and he came up gasping for breath. "Oh, sorry Happy."
"Ah! I'm alive!" he gasped, his chest heaving. Rolling her eyes, Lucy continued stroking his fur.
Another explosion rocked the ground, this one closer to where Lucy was standing with Happy in her arms. A high-pitched whistle brought to her attention a smoking body, flying through the air, heading straight towards them.
"Eep!" she yelled, running to the left. Just in time too, because the body slammed into the ground right where she was previously standing.
"It's raining thugs!" Happy screamed.
Natsu broke through the bushes, his hands still smoking. "That's the last of 'em…" he mumbled, before noticing his blonde friend. "Oh, heya Luce!"
"NATSU!" she shouted, dropping Happy, who sprouted wings and flew over to perch on top of the trapped Bora. "YOU ALMOST HIT ME!" Lucy stomped over to Natsu, a fire in her eyes that the dragon slayer remembered all too well.
"I didn't mean to Lucy! I mean, how was I supposed to know you were standing right there- er, who is that?"
"That, is Bora. I trapped him while you were taking out the hench-men," said Lucy, her voice still a little cold.
"MEN! THIS WAY! I SEE THEM!" A voice screamed, and was followed by the sound of many footsteps.
"Oh crap!" Natsu yelled, grabbing Lucy and speeding out of there, Happy flying along behind them.
"Ahh! Natsu! That's the army! What did you do?" Lucy screamed, her arm felt like it was being ripped out of its socket.
"I sort of went a bit overboard!"
'Understatement,' Lucy thought when they passed the carnage that Natsu had created. Homes and shops were destroyed, some were still even on fire. 'Just how powerful is he, anyway?' She had no time to ponder that, though, as Natsu was tired of dragging her along, and quickly pulled her into his arms, carrying her bridal-style while still running, and not slowing down one bit.
"Eep! Natsu, what are you doing?"
"What else would I be doing? I'm taking you to Fairy Tail!"
Ha! It's over! Actually, that was really fun to write... not my best work though...
So what did you guys think? Was their reunion what you expected it to be like? I found Happy's character very hard to write, to be truthful. That's why he may seem a little OOC... but I guess he's allowed to be OOC, I mean, even if he's never met Lucy before, all he's ever heard about is good things about her, so really, I think he'd act a little differently towards her at first (though that will definitely change xD ).
I'm quite proud of the attack 'Glass Geyser'. I wasn't orignally planning on putting anything like that in this story, but it came to me as I was sitting in chemistry, and it was too good to pass up.
ANZAC day is on Wednesday, which means I'll have the day off from school, so I'll try and update them (after I finish my analysis for music)...
So, adios for now!