AN: Hi everyone. Nothing really to say, just hope you enjoy the conclusion to "In Vino Veritas" and thanks for reading.
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In Vino Veritas: Part 2
Lucy woke feeling good. She was warm and comfortable. She shifted… scratch that, she was feeling awful. Her head hurt, her mouth tasted foul, and her stomach… "Oh god." Lucy launched herself out of bed, ignoring the grunt of pain that came from her pillow (wait, what?) as her elbow connected with it. She tore into the bathroom and before she lost what seemed like everything she had eaten in the past week, warm fingers pulled back her hair.
Some minutes later, feeling weak and shaky, she leaned back against the cool porcelain of the tub and looked up at her partner. He was watching her in that serious way he had whenever they faced something especially dangerous. "What," her voiced cracked on the word and, without asking, he handed her a glass of water. After quickly downing the glass she felt more human. "Thanks. What happened last night?" His eyes narrowed and she blinked in confusion. "Natsu?"
For a beat, his eyes bore into hers then he smiled widely. "You got drunk."
"I would never!" Lucy groaned as her own voice made her head throb. "Oh, that was a mistake." A cool cloth was placed at the back of her neck and she looked up at him in surprise. "Thank you," she whispered softly. She finished the rest of the water, rinsing the remnants of the foul taste from her mouth. When she was done she turned to him.
He gave her a small smile. "Want me to help you back to bed?"
"Yeah." Something niggled at the back of her mind as he gently helped her up. 'This feels so familiar.' He picked her up when she swayed on her feet. She rested her head against his shoulder as he carried her into the bedroom. 'So familiar.' As gently as possible, he laid her down and tucked her back in. As he pulled away, she grabbed his hand. She couldn't tell who was more shocked, him or her. But it felt right. "Stay."
He paused and, for a moment, she was afraid that he would leave but he nodded and slid in next to her. Slowly, wary of his reaction, she slid closer and rested her head on his shoulder. She wanted that warmth back she felt this morning, the comfort she felt in his arms. Besides, she could always claim that she wasn't feeling well if he asked why later.
Not like he'd ever think she liked him.
Natsu felt her fall back asleep. Slowly, he slid his arm around her, drawing her tighter against him. She sighed softly and nuzzled his chest. He closed his eyes. 'What the hell am I gonna do?' Her arm rested across his stomach and he clasped it in his free hand. He had never thought about her in that way before. She was always just "Luce." Now… now… well, she was still just "Luce," it just meant more. Well, not really. He would still do anything for her, no matter what it cost him. She was his teammate, his partner, his best friend. The only difference now was that he wanted to kiss her senseless.
It also meant that lying here with her pressed against him was torturous.
He attempted to ignore the way she made him feel while he tried to think of what to do. It was a losing battle though and, in order to preserve his sanity, he decided to join her in slumber.
The second time Lucy woke, she made sure to fully take stock of how she felt before she made any sudden movements. Her head hurt slightly but it wasn't anything that she couldn't deal with. She shifted and her stomach stayed happy. She let out a sigh of relief. The only problem now was that she couldn't move. Natsu had his arm wrapped tightly around her.
She smiled slightly and rested her head back down on his chest. 'Might as well enjoy it while I can.' She lied there, listening to his heartbeat while trying to get her thoughts about last night in order.
She remembered the start of the celebration, though she couldn't remember exactly why they were celebrating… not like it really ever mattered in their guild though. She remembered the first glass of ale, she remembered the second, the third was a little fuzzy and… 'Oh god…' she's pretty sure she remembered a fourth. After that things got real hazy.
She looked down. As far as she could tell she was still wearing all her clothes. She sighed in relief then realized that she probably needn't have worried about that. Her teammates wouldn't have let her do anything like that. Though she still had a feeling she had made an ass out of herself somehow.
Suddenly he shifted under her and she froze. 'Time to face the music.' She propped herself up as his eyes blinked open. "Morning."
He grinned widely. "Hey, Luce." He looked her over. "You okay?"
She smiled. "A bit of a headache but, other than that, I seem to be okay." The smile slipped off her face and she reached out to lay her hand on his chest. "Natsu, please, tell me what happened last night." She blinked in surprise when a slight blush touched his cheeks.
Uncomfortable with her scrutiny, Natsu sat up to sit cross legged. "Well, you told Erza she was scary."
Lucy looked at him wide eyed. "And she didn't do anything?"
He laughed. "You're just lucky she'd already passed out." He grinned wickedly. "You shoved Juvia into Gray's lap."
"Shut up." She gasped in surprise then giggled. "I can't believe I did that… What did they do?"
"They both seemed happy with it, actually."
She smiled. "I knew it. What else?"
"This is the really weird part. After that, Levy comes over and starts yelling at us for letting you drink." He smiled at her giggle. "Then you said you had to tell her a secret."
Lucy froze. "W-what secret?"
Natsu watched her carefully. "You said that you approved of 'him.'" She let out a relieved breath. "Then Levy tried shoving us out the door but Cana came butting in and Levy started yelling at her, then Gajeel came over and you said that Levy had to tell him something and she kept yelling that she didn't."
By this time, Lucy was laughing so hard she was clutching her stomach. "Oh I so wish I could remember the look on her face."
"Well, from the way she was plastered to him when we left I'm guessing you'll be seeing it whenever we get to the guild."
She looked at him open mouthed. "Are you kidding me?! She really did it?!" For a second Lucy just smiled then she let out a high pitched 'squeeeeeeeeeeee' that nearly shattered Natsu's eardrums. "Oh my god, I've been trying forever to get her to say something. How did I do it?"
She turned bright eyes to Natsu who had to struggle to catch his breath. His eyes flicked down to her lips which were parted in a slight smile. He had to tell her, she'd find out as soon as they walked in the door at the guild anyways. And… he really wanted to kiss her again. "You ah… you kinda lead by example."
Her face was full of confusion until she noticed the slight pick across his cheeks then realization hit. 'Oh no. Oh no. Oh crap.' "Natsu I can ex- mmph." Before she could go any further, Natsu cupped the back of her head and drew her forward into a soft kiss.
His lips slowly moved against her own and she melted into him. She slid her arms around his neck, pressing herself closer. After a few moments, he drew released her lips and leaned his forehead against hers. "Luce…"
His voice was rough and it sent shivers down her body. "Yeah?"
"Can we make this permanent?"
She froze, white dresses, dancing, rings, and flowers flashed through her mind. 'No, he can't mean that. At least, not yet.' "Permanent?"
"Yeah. You and me." He searched her gaze and smiled when he saw the answers he was looking for. Briefly he wondered how long they had been there and he'd missed them. He gave a small shake of his head. It didn't matter. He saw now. "I love you, Lucy."
She gasped and tears gathered in her eyes. "Natsu." He voice was shaky but, as the tears fell freely down her cheeks, she smiled, brighter than ever before. "Natsu!" She leaned forward and kissed him will everything she had. She pulled back, laughing even as she cried. "I love you too."
A huge smile split his face and he pulled her tightly to him. "You're so weird, Luce."
And later when they would venture out to the guild, there would be teasing from their friends and money changing hands (mostly into Cana's greedy mits). She would laugh with Levy as he fought with Gray and Gajeel. There would be laughter and drinks (though none for Lucy, thank you very much). And Mirajane would smile happily as so many of her projects finally came together.
But for right now, it was just the two of them. And as they leaned in for another kiss, they couldn't be happier.
AN: Sappy I know but, what can I say, I'm a sucker for happy endings. Hope you enjoyed reading! Don't forget to leave a review and tell me what you thought.