Chapter 1: Welcome to Fairy Tail!

Hello Fairy Tail fans! This is my first Fairy Tail fanfiction, and I hope you all find it enjoyable. The story starts just after the Fighting Festival arc. There are plenty of OCs in this story, but I intend for them to add to Fairy Tail, not hog the spotlight. Other than my own OCs (which will be introduced later), I own nothing to do with Fairy Tail whatsoever. I'm working on two stories right now, so I intend to switch between each tale when it comes to updating. Please R&R, I want to know how I'm doing! :)

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 have 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 from which countless legends have been born. A guild that will no doubt continue to create legends well into the future. Its name...is Fairy Tail.

On this particular day, as the members of Fairy Tail rest and recover from their recent battles, Lucy Heartfilia is desperate to find a job that will cover her rent for that month. Little does she know that the job she chooses will set her and her friends on one of their most exciting and dangerous adventures yet...

Lucy sighed in resignation as what started out as a typical day in Fairy Tail turned into a very typical day in Fairy Tail. As usual, Natsu and Grey were arguing over something (which was probably nothing), and a brawl had ensued. Given the rowdy nature of most of the guild members, others quickly joined in the ruckus, until it was hard to see who was fighting who. To avoid getting caught up in the mayhem, Lucy had found what she assumed would be a safe spot sitting at the bar over by Mirajane, who was observing the chaos with her usual ever-smiling calm. Lucy looked up at her friend in exasperation.

"Don't these guys every get tired of fighting? Seriously, didn't they get enough of that while Laxus was trying to take over the guild?"

"Well," Mira replied, "this is just their way of letting off steam. I think it's good to see everything getting back to normal so quickly after what happened."

"I'm not sure that's such a good thing, we just finished repairing the guild hall after the damage Natsu, Gajeel and Laxus did to it..." Lucy replied with a sweat drop.

"Well, at least they're holding back on using magic." Said Mira. "As long as Natsu avoids using his Dragon Slayer magic, we shouldn't have anything to worry about."

Just then, as if on cue, Natsu's voice boomed out over the sounds of brawling.

"Fire Dragon Iron Fist!"

"You were saying?" Lucy retorted. The celestial wizard sighed again. "Sheesh, can't Natsu keep a cool head for five minutes?" She thought as several of her guildmates were sent flying by Natsu's attack.

"What's wrong?" asked Mira. "You seem a little down today Lucy, is everything ok?"

Lucy slumped against the bar counter, her face the picture of comic misery.

"My rent's almost due, and I don't have any money!" she cried. "I was banking on winning the Miss Fairy Tail contest, and I would've been set for months if I'd gotten the prize money, but I came in second and then Laxus tried to take over the guild, and then we had the Fantasia Parade, so I haven't been on any jobs lately and I need to earn some money really bad!"

"Well, why don't you take a look at the job request board and see what's available?"

"I already did, there's nothing that I could do on my own that would earn enough to pay my rent."

"Then why don't you ask the rest of your team?"

Lucy sweat dropped again. "I would, but in case you didn't notice they're a little busy right now."

"Erza doesn't look too busy right now."

Lucy looked in the direction Mirajane was looking, she hadn't seen Erza earlier, but now the fabled Titania was standing at the foot of the stairs, apparently having just come down from the second floor. Lucy couldn't help but cringe a little when she saw the frightening expression of anger on Erza's face, and she knew what was coming next. Erza moved over to the top of the smaller set of stairs that went down into the restaurant table area, which was where the majority of the melee was taking place. Her voice boomed out across the guild hall:

"Everyone, THAT'S ENOUGH!"

Immediately the entire guild fell silent as the rest of Fairy Tail froze in place. All except, that is, for Natsu, who grinned gleefully at the S-Class wizard.

"There you are, Erza!" the Fire Dragon Slayer shouted. "Fight me!"

Natsu rushed toward Erza with both fists blazing, but Erza simply struck out with a backhand, sending Natsu spinning through the air until a table broke his fall. Erza glared at the rest of her guild mates as she addressed them.

"Anyone else have something to say?"

"We're sorry Erza!" Nearly the whole guild called out all at once.

"This is no time for brawling! Now, clean this place up before Master Makarov gets back!" Erza demanded sternly.

Immediately everyone began putting cleaning up the mess and putting things back together. No one wanted to challenge the mighty Erza. No one except Natsu, who was too dazed at the moment to do anything. Erza walked over towards Lucy and Mirajane, and her demeanor changed instantly. She greeted her two friends warmly as she took a seat next to Lucy.

"Well good morning Lucy, Mira. How are the two of you doing today?"

Lucy was still a bit nervous after Erza's show of righteous anger a moment ago, but Mira smiled at her friend and fellow S-Class wizard and cheerfully replied.

"I'm doing fine, thanks Erza. Lucy was just getting ready to ask you about a job."

"I was not!" Lucy retorted.

"Well, I think that sounds like a great idea." Erza replied, totally ignoring Lucy's previous comment. "Which job were you thinking of taking?"

Without waiting for an answer, Erza got up and walked over to the job request board. Lucy followed along, still too scared to interrupt. Erza looked over some of the jobs that were available, then pointed to one of the may pieces of paper that represented an available job.

"How about this one?" she asked. "It says; "Experienced Wizard Needed for Magical Demonstration at an Onibus Town School. Reward: 50,000 Jewels."

"No, not that one." Lucy answered. "That one doesn't pay enough money."

"Really?" Erza replied. "So you're in need of a lot of money right now?"

"Yeah, my rent is due and I haven't been on any good jobs lately. I need to make at least 70,000 jewels or I'm gonna be in trouble."

Suddenly, Natsu appeared seemingly out of nowhere next to Lucy.

"Well that's no good! If you loose your place, where will Happy and I crash?" The young Dragon Slayer interjected.

"Really!? That's what you're thinking?"

"Hey! How about this one?" Natsu said grabbing a flyer from the board. Happy floated up over his shoulder.

"Wow, what's that one say Natsu?" the blue cat inquired.

Lucy nearly fainted when she saw the job request they were looking at. There was a picture of ferocious-looking sea monster towering over a small fishing boat. Natsu read the job request information aloud.

"It says; "Please Save Our Village! A Horrible Monster is Chasing Our Fishing Boats Away and Eating all the Fish! Reward: 200,000 Jewels."

"That's horrible!" cried Happy. "We have to save the fish!"

"I'd sure love to fight a giant sea monster!" said Natsu, the hunger for battle already gleaming in his eyes.

"Aren't you concerned at all about the village?" asked Lucy.

"Maybe the sea monster is a giant fish! After we beat it, then we can EAT IT!"

"Oh yeah! Good idea, Happy! Nothing beats a good meal after a great fight!"

"Uh, guys? I'm not sure that's the type of job I was hoping to go on..."

Erza struck her armored fist to her palm.

"It's settled then, we leave tomorrow morning!"

"Where are we heading exactly?" asked Grey Fullbuster, who had seen the rest of his team talking and decided to find out what they were up to.

"Monster hunt!" Natsu and Happy shouted in unison.

"Sounds exciting, I'm in."

"Grey," Lucy interjected. "Your clothes..."

"Gaah! When did that happen?" yelled an embarrassed Grey, who was standing in only his boxers.

"You came over here like that." Happy informed the Ice Make wizard.

"Damn it!" Grey growled as he went to look for his shirt and pants.

"Well then," said Erza. "I suggest everyone get some rest tonight. I'll see you all here first thing tomorrow morning."

"Alright!" shouted Natsu. "I'm getting fired up already!"

"Aye sir!"

"Where the heck are my pants?"

Lucy sighed with resignation.

"What have I gotten myself into this time?" she thought.

Next Time: Monster Hunt!

All right! My first Fairy Tail fanfic chapter ever! Hope you all liked it! Please let me know how I'm doing, especially when it comes to the characters and their personalities.