Author's note: Do you ever just have like a billion songs stuck in your head? Because I do.
Well I'm glad that everyone likes the story so far! I love your reviews! That make me so excited. It's time for chapter 3! Who knows what will happen!
Disclaimer: I do not own Fairy Tail
I practically crawled out of bed at quarter to seven. Levy grumbled when I turned on the light, but other than that, the morning was going smoothly. I showed up at Celeste's stall door almost a half hour later and she cried about being woken up. Which set a few of the other dragons off, of course. After unsuccessfully sneaking out of the stables with Celeste, we wandered around till we got to the second stables. I double checked Celeste's mouth harness. I didn't want her to attack or something since this would be her first time with another dragon while I was there
Even though we were five minutes early, Cana was standing there, tapping her foot. "I thought you'd never show up!" She complained as we walked up.
"I'm still early!" I argued back. She huffed but said nothing else. "Where's your dragon?" I asked her.
"He's still out in the woods. We have to go find him. Don't worry though. It wont be hard." She said with a grin. "So how fast can she go?" Cana asked, referring to Celeste.
"Uh… I'm not sure. I've only ridden her once, and it was a near death experience." I shuddered at the memory.
"Shut up." Cana said. "You have a speed type dragon, and you haven't tested her out?" She said incredulously. I shook my head no. "Well, I guess that's what we'll start out with." She did a quick circle around Celeste. Cana was wearing a pair of old blue jeans, with a black t shirt thrown over top. I had decided to get into the air tamer spirit, wearing a pair of yellow shorts and a white tank top. Cana didn't comment on clothes and I didn't feel the need to. Maybe it wasn't as important to tamers as Virgo had told me.
"Alright." Cana said, snapping me from my fashion thoughts. "Since she's small, you can probably just hop on, holding onto her neck for support. Be mindful of the base of the wings. They don't usually like that being grabbed." Cana instructed me. She watched me impatiently. "Are you not going to get on?" She asked when I still hadn't moved.
"Okay can we be a hundred percent honest with each other?" I asked her and Cana nodded hesitantly. "So, I'm not exactly… okay with dragons and the whole riding and flying part. And heights really aren't my strong suit either." I added. Cana's face fell. She fell to her knees comically, but still managed to seem distraught.
"You're kidding me right? What kind of dragon tamer doesn't like dragons? Or heights?!" She practically wailed. "It's my last year, and, and I'm stuck with you!" She accused. She got up off her knees and began to pace. "Do you know how much I've worked for this? All of the others in the Big Four have won a Cup, I'm the only one who hasn't! If I don't win this…!" She swallowed hard and shook her head. After taking a few deep breathes, she pulled her hair up into a ponytail and then sat on the ground. I watched her, confused. She patted the ground beside her, and gestured me to come over. I did so cautiously.
"Alright. My name is Cana." She started slowly. "I've been with my dragon Joker since I was eight. I know that's a little early for a kid, but my dad was a bit of a softy." She said as she pulled out a piece of grass and began playing with it. "I'm nineteen now. Joker is… um in his thirties I think. Somewhere around there. I'm not a very good tamer, not like Mira. The only reason I'm part of the Big Four is because of Joker." She said dejectedly. She looked up and finally made eye contact me. "Master has also said to me, that if I cannot prove that I can control Joker 100%, he will be taken away from me. That's why I really need to win this competition. My dads going to be there too. I need to prove to myself, others, and my family that I'm a strong tamer. Not only that, but to keep my best friend." She finished. She shot me a half hearted grin. "Your turn."
"Uh… I'm Lucy. Celeste and I have been together since… two days ago." I scratched the back of my neck awkwardly. "My dad sent me this school to basically get rid of me. I think part of him expected me to get eaten by a dragon, and if that didn't happen, he could brag to his friends about his tamer daughter." Cana 'ahhed' and leaned back in the grass.
"So you want to do badly in order to spite daddy?" She asked me.
"No, yes? I don't know what I want yet." I looked over at Celeste who was scratching her back against a tree. "I want to form a connection with that dragon, but I'm afraid." I pulled my knees up against my chest. "So many things could go wrong."
"So many things could go right too." Cana said and then jumped to her feet. "Alright Lucy, let's make a deal. The DTS Cup doesn't start for another month. If, in that month I can make you feel safe and secure being with Celeste, you put your heart on the line and do your best in the Cup. And if you feel even a little bit of doubt and fear, then I wont be angry if you quit on me." Cana said confidently. She held out her hand. "What do you say? Is it a deal?"
I looked at the hand. It wasn't a bad idea. I did want to be comfortable with Celeste. I just didn't know how yet. I took her hand. "Deal."
That afternoon, Cana taught me how to saddle and rein Celeste. She said that most tamer's preferred saddles because it was comfier, but also so they could store things. She said it would ultimately be my decision on whether or not I wanted to use a saddle, but for practice sake, we would. The saddle we used was small and fit right above Celeste's wings. Cana said that for the Cup we should order her a properly sized saddle. Next were the reins. It was basically like the lead I was using, but double sided and had plastic grips. I picked a yellow pair since it matched Celeste's coloring the best.
After making sure I could properly put on and take off the saddle and reins, Cana had me mount Celeste. At first I was terrified. I mean, what was stopping her from taking off before I had the chance to get off? After Cana's nudging I finally managed to climb on Celeste, not very gracefully, but still on. Once I jumped too far across and ended up falling off the other side. Both Cana and Celeste laughed at me for that.
At the two hour mark, Cana said we should rest for today. She didn't want Celeste getting too bored of just getting on and off and then walking in circles. We made plans to meet tomorrow, same time and place. Cana said she would make sure to bring Joker and we could try walking in different landscapes. She told me flying could wait another week or so. I could have kissed her; I was not ready for flying yet. We said our good byes and Celeste and I made our way to the stalls.
I stood inside the stall, taking off the saddle and reins, when the pink haired boy from my class sauntered in, whistling. He stopped at the stall across from ours and happily greeted the dragon. He unlatched his stalls door and led the brilliant red dragon out into the middle of the walkway. He hooked his dragon's lead to a hook to make sure it wouldn't wander off. I ducked below the rim of Celeste's stall. I could do without the conversation for now. After about five minutes, the whistling stopped. I looked up questioningly only to come face to face with the pink haired boy. He had leaned over Celeste's stall and was grinning at me.
"Are you going to hid all morning?" He asked cheerfully, his face only a few inches away from mine. I shot Celeste a look of betrayal. She should have warned me or something.
"Nope! I was just taking a break!" I assured him and stood up.
The boy grinned even wider and then went back to his dragon. "You see Igneel? These ladies have been working hard all morning, and you've barely woken up! Do you know what time it is?" He scolded the dragon. Igneel simply made a throaty sound and shifted his weight.
I rubbed my hand down Celeste's snout, and she huffed happily in response, eyes rolling back. I grinned at my girl, but kept an eye trained on the pink haired boy with the red beast of a dragon across from us. He whistled happily as he washed the dragon down, drawling small circles on its firey scales. He shared some joke with the dragon, and they laughed in response. Finally he caught me starring and grinned.
"So you're partners with Cana?" He asked me, directing he attention to me. The red dragon nudged his arm impatiently, but he waved it off. "That's pretty lucky. She's been flying for some time now, longer than I have." He mused. I nodded, dimly aware of his lame attempt at conversation. "Unfortunately I'm stuck with Gray." Gray, that was the stripper boy Juvia was obsessed with.
"So that means you've been riding a while then?" I asked him, ignoring the Gray bit. I really didn't care about their problems. I slid Celeste's saddle off and her spikes immediately popped up and fell into place. She shook her body like a dog drying off after a swim.
"Yeah. Igneel here was a present from my parents when I was a kid. We've basically grown up together." He said and dragon, Igneel, broke off into a deep throaty laugher. A shiver went down my spin and I blanched. No need to be afraid Lucy. You're safe here. I reached out a hand to stroke my beautiful, white dragon whom in turn leaned into my touch. "You and your dragon seem pretty connected though. Didn't realize it was your first time with a dragon."
I nodded stiffly. "Yeah. Who'd have thought?" I said, thinking back to my near death experience. When I slept at night, I would almost relive the experience of falling off, down through the clouds. Although those times, there was no dragon there to save me and instead I crashed onto the ground. Celeste yawned noisily, stretching and popping her scales as she did so. She gave me a bored look and I took the hint. "Well I should probably get her back to practice so if you don't mind…" I drawled.
"Natsu, it's Natsu." He said without skipping a beat. He and his dragon, Igneel, wore matching, expecting grins. I made a feeble attempt to grin back, but otherwise attempted to slide past them. Although, sliding past is a lot easier without an eight foot dragon lumbering beside you. "Make sure you look for me tomorrow during the races! Igneel and I are going to kick butt!" He said with a fist pump.
"Didn't realize fire dragons were racing types." I told him as Celeste walked ahead of me. He shrugged in response.
"They really aren't. Not like air types, but what can you do?" He went back to washing Igneel's scales. "I lost a bet with Gray and he thinks I'm gonna get my ass handed to me by Wendy, but Igneel and I are going to prove him wrong, aren't we buddy?" The dragon reared up on his hind legs and I shot back, banging my head on the door frame. "Easy, easy!" He said laughing. "Sorry, we're both a little excitable!"
"I can tell." I said, adding my own little pathetic laugh. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go… um…" I searched my mind for something, anything that could get me out of this conversation. "Help Celeste with wing exercises."
"I used to do it too you know." Natsu called after me. I stopped in my tracks and turned around, confused. "Sleeping with my dragon." He added bashfully. "In my first year, it was my first real time away from home and I got freaked out. For every night for the first few months, I would come out here and curl up under Igneel's wing." He lovingly patted the dragon's head. "I'm a little big now, but every now and again I come out here to sleep."
"Do you get yelled at like I did?" I asked him curiously.
"Only when I get caught!" He said proudly. He unhooked Igneel from the wall. He walked out of the stables and Igneel followed him willingly, with no lead or anything. Celeste seemed to realize my alarm because she separated us with her body. "She's pretty protective." Natsu observed.
"Yeah well, I need to be protected most of the time. I'm a bit of a klutz. And I ask a lot of questions." I added, with a frown. Natsu looked me and Celeste over once and then nodded his head, like he had made an important decision.
"Come flying with me!" He declared. "I want to see how fast this protective air dragon can go!" I shook my head rapidly.
"Sorry, maybe some other time." I responded.
"Oh come on Luigi!" He whined.
"Excuse me? Luigi?" I questioned, hands on my hips, glaring at the boy.
"Isn't that your name? I thought I heard Jellal call you that." He said, scratching his nose.
"No! It's Lucy! Get it right!" I ordered him. He held up his hands in mock surrender.
"Okay! Okay Lucy! If you don't want to fly your dragon with me, then can I watch at least?" He asked. "I just really want to see what she can do! We don't have any air dragons in our class so theirs no one to really observe."
I shook my head. "Nope, sorry. No free views or rides today." I told him strictly.
"Aw come on Luce!" He whined. "I wanna see!" He dropped down onto his knees. "See look! I'll beg! Do you want me to beg? Look at me begging here!" The boy pleaded. I bit my lip trying not to smile. Did this guy care at all that he was out in public?
"Natsu, what the hell do you think you're doing in front of our gorgeous new student?" I heard a silky voice say from behind me. Natsu made a grimace.
"Hey Loke." He muttered. Loke, the fire dragon tamer of the Big Four. Loke walked around me and yanked Natsu up so he was no longer on the ground. Igneel sat down on his hind quarters and laughed, watching the show.
"If you're trying to impress a lady, allow me." He said. Loke was a tall man who dressed nice, in expensive suits. If it wasn't for Levy's Big Four lesson, I would have thought he was a teacher. "Ms. Heartfillia." He said flirtatiously, adding a bow. "My name is Loke Leo. A pleasure to meet you." He grabbed my hand and kissed it. I could see Natsu roll his eyes from behind Loke.
"Yeah, okay, but I wasn't trying to flirt with her." Natsu pointed out, arms crossed. Unlike Loke, Natsu was wearing a red tank top, with a pair of cargo shorts. He had a scarf wrapped around his head like a bandana. He looked totally different from the boy in class yesterday. More… wild.
"Yes well… whatever you were doing, obviously had the negative effect." Loke said smugly. "Come, Lucy. Allow me to give you a tour of the grounds." Loke grabbed my arm and pulled me towards him. At that time, Celeste noticed the stranger grab me and growled feriouslesly. She roared and charged towards the two of us.
I froze, but luckily Loke pushed me to the side and Natsu caught me, and we fell together. Natsu buffered the impact of the ground, but I think I kneed him pretty hard in the stomach judging by his 'ouch!' Igneel had acted fast and separated us from the attacking dragon. I quickly squirmed out of Natsu's accidental embrace to watch over Igneel. Celeste was attacking a person!
Loke seemed almost bored in the face of the charging dragon. He held his hand out, palm down and extended his thumb and two fingers. With his other hand he took out a whistle and blew a few notes into it. I don't really know what he did, but it stopped Celeste in her tracks. She stopped inches away from Loke and then nudged his hand with her head. He laughed and then ruffled the dragons ears.
"It's alright now Igneel. You can let them pass." He called out. Igneel moaned and then walked forward, creating a path for me to get to Celeste.
"I could have done that too." Natsu muttered, shoving his hands in his pockets.
"What was that?!" I asked, amazing. I had never seen anyone subdue an attacking dragon. Much less with a whistle! Loke flick his hair back with his hand.
"It's simple really. All dragons have a signature call. If you can emulate that call, it's easy to capture their attention. And they also pay attention to hand gestures." Loke told me. "This kind of whistle is the best kind for mirroring an air dragon." He grabbed my hand and put the whistle in it with the other. "A gift." He told me simply, flashing a smile.
"But what if you need it?" I argued. I couldn't just accept this guys belongings!
"I have extra. A good tamer is always prepared." Loke said smiling at me. He looked over my shoulder at Natsu. "You better keep that in mind if you ever want to be apart of the Big Four. But in your case, I'd keep a fire extinguisher on hand." He said snidely.
I palmed the whistle in my hand. It was metallic and small, about the size of my thumb, it had two openings on it to cover to make different notes.
"And be careful who you're around when you are with your dragon. She is very protective." He winked. "So basically, make sure she's not around whenever I take you on a date." Loke added.
"Alright! That's enough! Stop hitting on my classmate. Go find one of your little playmates." Natsu butted in.
"I'm sorry Natsu; I just can't help it that I'm good with women and a powerful tamer." He scanned Natsu over. "I'd say you'll understand someday, but I'm not even sure you know what a woman is."
Natsu was fuming, it seemed pretty easy to make him mad. "If we weren't on school property, I'd kick your a-"
"How about you save it for the Cup? You're always so eager to beat me, so why don't you prove it. You have a water tamer on your side, while I have earth. It's a pretty equal match." Loke taunted. Natsu's anger turned into confidence.
"Alright! It sounds like a plan! I'll take you down so fast you wont know what hit you!" He exclaimed. Loke rolled his eyes.
"I'm sure." He deadpanned. He turned his attention back to me.
"Now, Cana has told me about your predicament. If you ever want to learn more about dragon behavior and attitudes, please do not hesitate to come to me." He smirked. "It's my specialty." He said and then turned on his heel. "I'll see you two later." He added walking away.
"It's my specialty." Natsu mocked, hands on his hips. "Bleh! As if! So he knows how to blow a whistle. Big woop!" Natsu scoffed. I burst out laughing at his reaction. "What! It's not funny! Loke's just a stuck up flirt who doesn't know when to shut up."
I wiped a tear from my eye. "True, but if hadn't been for him, we would have been dragon food."
"If it wasn't for him, Celeste never would have charged. I wouldn't have grabbed you like he had." Natsu countered. I shrugged. He had a point.
"So what predicament was he talking about?" Natsu asked, but I shook my head. No way was I telling him. "Do you have a rash somewhere? Cause Gray had one of those once and it was not pretty."
"Ew! I don't want to know that!" I shouted and covered my ears. "And no! I don't! And I really don't want to know about other people's bodily problems either please!" Natsu shrugged.
"Alright then." He said and the topic was forgotten. "Hey, so we're having a party slash get together tonight in the boys dorms. In order to celebrate Cup pairings. You in?" Natsu asked me. We were on our way to the practice arena. Not sure what we were practicing though.
"Are girls allowed in the guy dorms?" I asked, raising an eye brow.
"Yeah, well not in the bedrooms, but in like the common rooms anyone can be there till midnight." Natsu told me. He unlocked the gate to the practice arena and ushered Celeste and I through.
"Alright, maybe. If Levy is going." I told him. He snorted.
"Oh don't bother. She'll be attached to Gajeel all night. You're better off coming along and making friends." I perked up at that.
"Alright so what exactly are Gajeel and Levy? She wont tell me!" I fumed.
"She won't tell? They've been dating in 'secret' for almost a year now." He said, throwing up air quotes. "But I mean, its secret in the same way that we don't know that Mira and Laxus have been hooking up on and off for the past couple years." Natsu said.
"Hey! Language. And don't just gossip about people! It isn't nice!" I scolded. Natsu grinned at me.
"Well maybe I'm not very nice!" He shot back. I put a hand on my hip.
"Oh really? The boy with rosy pink hair isn't very nice?" I asked him.
"It's salmon! S-A-L-M-O-N! Not pink! And salmons a pretty bad color! It's the color of… fish! And fish are delicious! Right Igneel?" Igneel simply blew out a puff of smoke, ignoring its hysterical owner.
"Okay, it's salmon." I told him and then grinned slyly. "By the way, if Loke ever does take me out on a date, will you tell him I like my roses salmon colored?" I joked and he face palmed.
Well on the bright side, at least I made a new friend.
"So what exactly does one wear to a party like this?" I asked Levy as I riffled through my drawers.
"Um, a dress is always nice? Not too dressy I suppose." Levy said. She was in the process of brushing out her short blue hair. "Well, most girls do because things like this almost always turn into a date night. Romantic dragon ride and what not." She said with a shrug. I couldn't help but notice that Levy was wearing a short navy blue dress.
"So can I wear a dress? Or will people be like, 'oh look, it's that skanky new student looking for a boyfriend?'" I said, trying my best to imitate what I thought a popular girl would sound like. Though most of the girls here we're pretty nice. Well, with the exception of one teacher...
"Nah, I think it'd be fine. This can be your big debut into the DTS world!" Levy said, adding a squeal. "Oh this will be so fun! I'm glad you ran into Natsu and he told you about it!" I had told Levy everything about today, from Cana, to Loke and the whistle, and Natsu too.
I pulled out a white skirt from my drawer. Well, skirt worked too. I matched it with a blue t-shirt. There, dressy, but not too dressy. I tied my hair into a ponytail. I always loved the way a ponytail swished across my back.
"Alright, well I'm ready whenever you are." I told Levy, who was putting on a bit of make up. Oh yeah. She was defiantly going to have a date night.
"Alright, give me a few more seconds and…. Okay! I'm done!" She said. She grabbed a small purse off her bed and then opened the door. "After you, my fair Lu-chan." Levy said, adding a graceful bow.
When we were leaving the dorm, we ran into Erza. She waved and we ran to catch up with her. "Are you two heading to the gathering too?" She asked us and we told her we were.
"Although at some point, I think I'm going to go fly off and investigate one of the brooks. Juvia told me that at night, there's an algae that makes it glow." Levy told us, a blush spread across her face. "I think Libro would love to see it!" Erza shot her a knowing smile that went unnoticed by the shorted blunette.
"Well, draw a picture for us to see!" I told her. She was definitely going with Gajeel. No doubt. After talking more about the glowing algae, we arrived at the boy's dorm. An underclass guy whose name I didn't know was walking out as we walked in, looking sick.
"Oh that's never a good thing." Levy said with a sigh. When we walked in, it was majority boys still. To be fair, we were early. In order to entertain themselves, the boys decided to play 'what can we find in the cupboard to combined and drink?' We walked in to see Gray about to swallow a bright green concoction of…. Something.
"I'll never understand boys." Erza deadpanned.
Gajeel noticed us come in and walked over, weaving through a crowd of cheering guys. "Hey Shrimp, Lucy, Scarlet." He said in greeting. "You walked in at a great time. Elfmans already thrown up twice, screaming about how he's too much of a man to say no." Gajeel shook his head. "Please stop them Erza." He said as the sound of chanting filled the room.
"My pleasure…" Erza muttered before she started verbally attacking the group of boys. While Erza was distracted, I noticed Gajeel and Levy slip out the door. Dangit. I did lose my party buddy. I sighed and walked down the hall. If this was anything like our dorm, then there would be a matching common room on the other side. Hopefully it would be a little quieter.
I ran my fingers across the wall as I walked. I couldn't think of life back at home. I wonder how the staff was. Was father treating them right? Or were they getting enough time off? I sighed heavily. I had only been gone for three days, how would I make it another few years? Well I could go back for Christmas vacation and what not...
"Get it together Lucy, you were planning on running away anyways one of these days." I said allowed. A few seconds later, a pink head popped out of door frame of the room I was next to.
"Who's running away?" Natsu asked me.
"Thanks for eavesdropping." I said sarcastically. Natsu leaned against the door frame. He had changed into a pair of jeans with a black t-shirt. This time the scarf was wrapped around his waist like a belt.
"Hey my door was opened. You just decided to talk in front of it." He craned his neck around the door frame. "The party start yet?" He asked.
"Maybe? I don't know. A bunch of guys are drinking weird stuff. Erza's yelling at them now." I told him. He gave a low whistle.
"Glad I was running late then." Natsu said. He yawned. "I just woke up." He explained.
"Who takes naps in the middle of the day?" I asked him.
"The guy who had to run for three miles in the woods because his dragon stole his pants and wouldn't give them back." He shot back and crossed his arms. I burst out laughing. "Yeah yeah, go ahead and laugh." He said swatting his hand at me.
"Sorry! But that's hilarious!"I told him. He rolled his eyes and then stepped in his room. "Why we're your pants off to begin with?"
"They weren't! He just decided to grab them and run!" He tried to explain frantically. "I have the ripped pants to prove it!"
"Right sure. Well... I'm not really sure what to do now." I told him honestly.
"Feel free to come in if you want. I have some stuff to finish up." He called back to me as he walked back into his room.
"I thought girls aren't allowed in boys rooms?" I asked him.
"I've come to the decision that you aren't really a girl!" He called back from the depths of his room. I marched in there just to yell at him.
"Excuse me! I am most certainly a girl! If anyone's a girl here, it's you! Wait no, I mean me!" I argued back.
Natsu chuckled. "You're so weird Lucy. And gullible too." He added as an after thought. "How dressy is it out there? Should I change?" He asked.
"Uh, no I think you're fine. No one looked uber dressed up." I sat on top of his desk. I mean, it was either there or the bed and I definitely wasn't going to sit there. "Well, Levy was, but I figured out why the second we got there."
"Ah. Guess that's why Gajeel left so early. It's date night." Natsu said. He was rummaging through a stack of papers on the floor, and when he didn't find what he was looking for, he started opening the desk drawers.
"What are you looking for?" I asked him.
"Statistics on Igneel. Cana's opening a betting pool for tomorrow's race. She needs the statistics on all the dragon's entered." Natsu quickly explained.
"Are you even allowed to do that at a school?" I asked. I don't think I would ever understand the rules of this place.
"Yeah… Cana does a lot of stuff we're probably not suppose to do, but she's pretty great!" Natsu said positively. "I think you'll do well in the Cup. Cana will do great at anything land based. Fighting based too." He grinned cockily. "Well, unless she ends up against me and Igneel." He shuffled through another pile of papers till he finally found what he was looking for. "Ah ha! Success!" He cheered.
He pushed me off the desk and sat down on it, so he could finish filling out the form. I glared at him, but then took a seat on the middle of the carpet. Unlike mine and Levy's room, this one was a mess, with clothes draped over pieces of furniture and posters strung up along the walls. A photo album was thrown open on the floor. I decided to look through it, bored.
First were pictures of a young Natsu, flashing a piece sign next to a smaller Igneel. Natsu couldn't have been older than eleven or twelve. The next few were him with some of the 8th years. They were all so much younger. I recognized Cana, though her usually long brown hair was tied up in a short ponytail. Next there was a bit of a time skip, and the pictures showed Natsu around fourteen or fifteen. There were more pictures of people in our class. Levy, Gajeel, and a black haired boy. Even Erza was in a majority of these pictures! They all looked really happy.
The final pictures was the group all dressed up in fancy dresses and suits. Natsu looked over my shoulder.
"Oh that's from last year. There's always a little party for graduating students." He explained. In the picture, Natsu had a white haired girl on his arm who smiled brilliantly at the camera. Natsu on the other hand was looking off to the side, a disgusted look on his face as he attempted to pull off a red tie.
"Jeeze, take better pictures with your girlfriend!" I scolded him. He just rolled his eyes.
"Ex-girlfriend" Natus said, his voice clipped. "And she's Mira and Elfman's little sister." Natsu told me. "You'll probably run into her at some point." He added.
"Well she looks nice. Pretty too." I noted.
Natsu rolled his eyes at me. Oh, maybe it wasn't a happy relationship. Then he grabbed the book from me. "Alright no more snooping! Let's go party!" He said enthusiastically. I pulled myself off the floor and dusted off my skirt.
"You should probably go out first to make sure there's no one in the halls. So we don't get caught, and well, you know." I drawled.
"Oh come on Luce! You should be thankful if people think we're an item!" He joked. I raised an eyebrow at you.
"Yes, I've known you for a day, and that's exactly what I want people to think." I said sarcastically. "My thoughts were more on expulsion, but that works too." He shrugged and opened the door.
"It's all clear, your majesty." He said and playfully held out an arm. "Please allow me to escort you to the gathering." Natsu said grandly. I linked my arm with his and we took off down the hallway. "So what's your story?" He asked me as we walked.
"My story?" I asked, confused.
"Yeah. Everyone has one, like why their here." He explained to me. "Like I'm here to become the greatest dragon tamer in the history of forever, but even I have a story behind it." He told me.
"Um… does daddy problems count?" I asked and he snorted in laughter.
"Alright, sure, but you have to explain them. That doesn't make much sense." Natsu pointed out. I laughed and ruffled his hair. It was soft, that was surprising.
"I'll tell you when you're older, kiddo." I said and he narrowed his eyes at me.
"Excuse me, but not only am I taller, by a good couple inches I might add, but I'm probably older too." He said with a smirk. "When's your birthday?"
"July 1st!" I told him.
"February 29th." Natsu replied, sticking his tongue out at me.
"Okay that's like, five months, it barley counts." I told him and pinched his arm. "Plus, you'd only be like what? 4? 5?" He rolled his eyes at me.
"Okay, so I usually have to deal with March 1st, but I'm still seventeen, whether my birthday happens every year or not." He threw in a toothy grin. "Which means I'm older than you are." He bragged.
"Yeah, sure old man." I grumbled. By this time we had arrived at the common room. People were playing music and some people were dancing. It looked like the party was in full swing. Natsu unhooked our arms.
"Have fun, and try not to get into too much trouble, little girl." He added. "If you need anything, I'll be protecting Gray from Juvia." He said with a wave and disappeared into the crowd. I let my eyes follow him for a few seconds until he was lost in the sea of people. You know, thinking about it, I'd heard more about Gray from Natsu than from actually talking to him. Maybe they had a bromance going on.
I found Erza standing in the corner, sipping a drink. She handed me another, I looked at the questionable drink in distaste. "It's punch!" She said with a laugh. "Don't worry; I'm not trying to drug you or anything. That's not my style." Erza winked.
"Yeah, somehow I feel like you're more of the dominatrix type." I joked.
Erza looked up in thought but then nodded in agreement. "Yeah, probably." She said. "So having fun yet?" She asked over the music.
"Sure! I mean I just got here, I was talking with Natsu earlier." I told her.
"Natsu? Natsu was actually capable of a conversation?" Erza asked, shocked. "Did he scream or challege you at all?"
I shook my head no. "No, it was nice actually. I'm glad I'm getting to meet people!" I told Erza.
"Well that's good. It's good to make allies, I mean friends." Erza told me. "You never know when you might need them." She said with a nod. "Kinda like now." She said and pushed herself off the wall. She stalked over to two boys who were sneaking around, trying to get a closer look at something. "Sting, Rogue. What are you two doing?"
The blonde boy froze. "Oh hey, Erza. We were just looking for Natsu and Gajeel. Have you seen them?" He asked her. The other boy grabbed his arm and looked away.
Erza sighed and crossed her arms. "Really, how much longer is this going to go on? You two are 6th years already. You can't just keep chasing after Gajeel and Natsu." The blonde one pursed his lips.
"But we have to beat them! We're going to become part of the Big Four when we're 8th years! But not until we can beat Natsu and Gajeel!" He said stubbornly.
"But Sting, Natsu and Gajeel might not even be apart of the Big Four for our class." Erza argued. The other boy decided to speak up.
"Yes they will! No ones stronger than Gajeel!" He said confidently. Erza looked down her nose at them.
"Fine, sure, whatever you say. But remember, there is a time and place for challenging someone." She said strictly. And with that she turned on her heel and made her way back to me.
"Natsu has adoring fans?" I asked.
"More like stalkers." Erza muttered. "Those two are good tamers, but they let their admiration for Natsu and Gajeel get in the way. Last year during the Cup, Sting and Natsu were on a team together. The boy was so overjoyed, he lost control of his dragon and well… it didn't go well for either of them." She explained.
"So those two think Natsu and Gajeel are going to be apart of the Big Four next year?" I asked Erza.
"Yes, Natsu is no doubt. Even though we make it appoint not to tell him this, he is the strongest fire tamer we have. Although there is a small competition, it is just for a formal naming. The earth spot is a little more complicated. That's up in the air still." Erza told me. "And now we have the air spot filled." She said, looking at me.
"Oh no! I know what you're implying, but no! No way! I cant even fly my dragon!" I argued.
"You have time Lucy, you have a lot of time." Erza told me.
"Yeah, remind me again how much time till the first competition?"
"Twenty-eight days." Erza responded.
I was doomed.
Author's note: Ehhhh, I don't know how I feel about this chapter. I know its just more character introductions so its not suppose to be super… drama filled but I don't know… Ahhh!
I'll work on it and make the next chapter extra spectacular!
If you have any suggestions please tell me! I know exactly where this story is going, but if you have ideas, I would love to here them! (I have the end planned… but the middle… ehehe….. oops…)
Hope you enjoyed this! See ya next time!
Oh and I almost forgot: Okay so Natsu doesn't have a listed birthday, so I made it on leap day because… well you've probably heard the whole fan speculation and the END thing and Natsu possibly being really old and all that stuff. I made it on leap day because it only comes every four years! So… like it only happens every so often so he's older than he actually is! And Lucy's birthday was listed so I used that.