"We need a plan." Erza announced to the group when they had awoken the next morning. She was trying to avert Jellal's gaze, so as to not attract unwanted attention from her nakama, but of course, the more she tried, the more she failed. He, on the other hand, wasn't even bothering to try: his black eyes followed her intently with wonder, like a child seeing Santa on Christmas morning.
"Yes..." he agreed dreamily. "We really, really do..."
"Was he even listening?" Lucy whispered skeptically to Grey.
"I doubt it." he grumbled back, irritated.
"We don't need a plan!" Natsu yelled. "We're Fairy Tail! We never plan!"
"Yeah, because that always turns out perfectly for us..."
"Well, we always manage to survive somehow, right?!"
"...I think that's just dumb luck, Natsu."
"FOCUS, YOU FOOLS!" Erza snapped, causing Grey, Natsu, Lucy and Happy to hug eachother in fear. Jellal, meanwhile, didn't even flinch. Love blinds even the best of us, I guess.
"Firstly," she carried on. "We need to establish a connection between the man we know as 'Hades' and the man the students know as 'Dumbledore'. After that, we need a strategy. I think it's obvious that last time, our teamwork failed badly. We became absorbed in our own fears, and separated from each other, myself included." The team looked down, ashamed; it was true. The Dementors had broken them, torn apart the bonds they had spent years building, in an instant, without even a second thought. They had failed eachother, big time.
"We can't let that happen again." Grey said darkly.
"Yeah," Lucy agreed. "Besides, I have a theory."
"LUCY HAS A THEORY? WE'RE ALL DOOOOOOOMED!" Happy cried, slapping his hands to his cheeks.
"OH MAN, WHAT DO WE DO? WE HAVE TO THINK OF A WAY TO STOP HER!" Natsu yelled in response to his best friend.
"NO NATSU! IF YOU THINK TOO, THEN WE'LL BE EVEN MORE DOOMED!"
Lucy began furiously throttling the Exceed as she screamed into his ear: "YOU ARE SO MEAN CAT!"
"AGAIN, FOCUS, YOU FOOLS!"
"WE'RE SORRY ERZA WE PROMISE WE'LL BE GOOD!"
"Anyway," Lucy carried on with her explanation. "I think I've firgured it out. There's a lot of guesswork involved, but I'm almost certain I'm right. When Hades soul was set free from Franmalth, I'm guessing he continued his search for the ONE magic. Somehow, he wound up in this world. Following so far?"
"That doesn't make any sense." Natsu noted.
"Since when does anything in Fairy Tail make sense?" Lucy argued.
"So, when he ends up in this world, he finds Dumbledore, his twin, and somehow merges with him, which poses us with a problem. You see, Hades was incredibly close to achiving the ONE magic, but couldn't, because he was incapable of 'love', the most vital ingredient." She explained patiently. At this point, her face darkened. "Dumbledore, on the other hand, IS capable of love, which means that since they merged, Hades can now access the ONE magic, which probably explains why he could control Dementors. Which is, to say the least, terrifing."
Natsu scratched his head with a bemused look on his face. "I don't get it... So what do we do, beat him up?"
"No. We gotta find a way to separate Dumbledore and Hades, because together they form somebody way more formidable than Hades. Besides, Dumbledore is an innocent man, I think."
"I see." Erza stared down at the ground, deep in thought. "Find a way... To split them up... Then we take down Hades. Again."
Lucy nodded. "That's the plan. But I have no idea how we're gonna do that."
"I've heard of this before." Jellal spoke up, after a few seconds of deadly silence. "Merging, I mean. During your seven year absense, me, Meldy and Ultear took such a task. It seems like the only way to separate merged personalities without harming either party is to stir up emotions or memories that are felt by only one party. In other words, you use their differences to tear them apart."
"I don't get it." Natsu repeated, dumbstruck.
"Maybe you would if you actually listened to people, Flame Brain."
"SHUT YOUR FACE, YOU PERVY POPSICLE!"
"WHAT KIND OF INSULT IS THAT, DRAGON WANNABE!"
"Lame insults, guys..." Lucy pointed out.
"Aye..." Happy agreed.
"PAY ATTENTION TO JELLAL OR I'LL CUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!"
"WE'RE SORRY MA'AM!"
"Now Jellal," Erza turned to him, her voice calm and even and her smile small and sweet, as if nothing had happened. "Tell them your plan."
"Well, you see..."
*plays that thing that always plays at the end of Eastenders whenever something dramatic happens* THE SECRET OF HADES/DUMBLEDORE IS OUT! AND WHAT COULD JELLAL'S PLAN POSSIBLY ENTAIL?! YOU'LL FIND OUT IN... THE NEXT CHAPTER! DUN, DUN, DUUUUUN!
Thankyou to everyone who helped me out... This chap was a difficult one for some reason :D Sorry it's short. Next one will be longer, I promise!