"You have got to be kidding me," Levy face palmed. "I mean you would think by now we could manage to go on a triple date without this," she gestured at the scene in front of her, "always happening."
"Well this is why I try to keep my expectations low…" Lucy sighed into her palms.
"GO, GRAY-SAMA! JUVIA IS ROOTING FOR YOU!" Juvia cheered.
"Gahh!" Levy looked away as Gajeel took a painful blow to the face and Juvia let out a horrified gasp as Gray slammed into the wall.
"AHAH!" Natsu climbed up onto an empty table and roared. "I'M UNDEFEATABLE!"
"Oh my God," Lucy slapped a hand over her eyes and looked away. "I don't know him."
"YO, LUCY!" he called out to the flushing blonde. "DID YA SEE THAT?! TOTALLY KICKED THEIR ASSES!"
"I think everyone saw, Natsu," she moaned, sinking into her seat.
"Huh?" Natsu looked around to see the entire restaurant staring at him with horrified expressions.
"Si-Sir!" a waiter stammered. "For-For the las-last time I-I need to as-ask you to leave!"
Natsu's face drew a blank as he scratched his face, "When did you ask the first time?"
"This is all your boyfriend's fault, Lu-chan," Levy grimly shook her head as she climbed out of her seat to check on Gajeel, who hadn't moved since Natsu decked him in the face.
"GRAYY-SAMMMAAA!" Juvia had already ran over to Gray and wailed over his unconscious body.
Lucy's eye twitched as Natsu continued to parade on top of the table.
"Natsu," she made her way over to him. "Let's go!"
"No way!" he beamed. "Look everyone loves me!"
And it was true.
The entire restaurant seemed to have shaken out of their terrified, catatonic state, and was now applauding the boy.
To Lucy's chagrin, some were even throwing him tip money.
"I didn't know this restaurant had live entertainment!" Lucy heard someone exclaim, causing her eye to twitch.
"I will call Erza if you don't leave this instant!" she seethed.
With nervous sweat dripping down his forehead, he said, "Pshh like I'm scared of her!"
"Well then I guess I'll have to give you a Lucy Kick!"
With an audible gulp, Natsu hopped off the table, "You know what, I think now is a perfect time to go!" He grabbed Lucy's hand and dragged her out of the restaurant.
"Waitttt," she protested, "We never gave our share of the money for dinner!"
"More of a reason to keep runnin' right?" he grinned that fanged-tooth grin that will never fail to make her heart stop.
"Right," she grinned back.
They made it back to their off-campus apartment at Fairy Tactician University.
Fairy Tactician University was the top school for fighting. It was the only school Natsu and his friends had applied to since they had all received full scholarships to go there thanks to them being the number one fighting school in the entire country.
Lucy, Levy, and Juvia had applied as well and thanks to Mavis Academy being the sister school to it, they too, were able to receive full scholarships there as well.
It was a big apartment complex that housed four people per an apartment and each room had four bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom.
Natsu and Lucy obviously roomed together and they shared it with Levy and Gajeel, but on tight terms, in which, Natsu and Gajeel are forbidden to fight with one another inside the apartment.
On the floor below them was Juvia and Gray with Mira and Cana.
Lisanna and Erza roomed on the floor above them along with Loke and his first fully-committed girlfriend, Aries.
Surprisingly, college wasn't much different than high school.
The only exception was that the homework assignments were lengthier.
But the more things change, the more they stay the same. For instance, Lucy somehow always ends up doing or helping Natsu with his homework, even though they were different majors.
Lucy had a double major in Creative Writing and Business. Though she didn't want to be a business major per se, Lucy did it so that she could be fully capable of taking over the family business in case her career in writing failed.
Natsu had a fighting major, which pretty much teaches every style of fighting there is. And once Natsu gets his degree, the dojo he works said they would give him a full time job there.
After taking a long bath to distress herself from another failed triple-date, Lucy changed into a pair of shorts and a tank top.
She made her way into her bedroom and, unsurprisingly, saw her boyfriend laying on her bed, reading something.
At first, her blood ran cold, but then burning fury ran through her veins, "NATSU! HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU?! DON'T READ MY STUFF!" She lunged on top of him without a second thought.
"OOOFFFF!" he groaned at Lucy's sudden assault.
"Gimme it!" she straddled his hips and reached for the book in his hand.
"No way!" He held the book further away from her.
"But it's mineee!" she stretched for it.
"But I paid for it!" he argued.
"Natsu," she pouted, climbing off of him and crossing her arms over her chest. "I don't want you to read it!"
"Why not?" he huffed as he sat up, crossing his legs. "You let billions of other people read it? So why can't I?"
"It's not billions!" she scowled. "And because it's embarrassing having people you know read your stuff!"
And with that said, Natsu clutched the book to his chest and burst out laughing, "Always a weirdo…"
"Hmph!" she glowered as Natsu continued his bellow of laughter.
And that's when she noticed that he was completely distracted. She dove in and grabbed the book from his hand.
"Oi!" he glared at her, no longer laughing. "I need to know what happens next! Do they get out of Edolas? Are they stuck there forever?! WILL EDOLAS LOSE ALL ITS MAGIC?! I NEED TO KNOW!"
"Too bad," she stuck her tongue at him.
"Why do we always have to go through this when you get a new book published?" he huffed. "I'm gonna read it no matter what."
"Because the story is amazing!" he beamed. "And besides, I want to support my girlfriend. Is that so wrong?"
He watched as her beautiful, brown eyes widened and her mouth slightly gapped.
With a chuckle he leaned in and stole a brief kiss, leaving Lucy as breathless and speechless as ever.
"Fine," she blushed with a scowl, turning her head away as she begrudgingly handed him back the book.
He gingerly accepted it and resumed his reading of Lucy's latest book in her on-going series called, Fairy Tail.
She still couldn't believe it…Her silly series she had started back in high school was now one of the top sellers in the country.
She never thought she would see the day where people would actually write fanfiction and draw fan art for her series.
It was too surreal.
And it was all without her father's help…well he did pay for the process, but her father didn't have to bribe a publishing company or anything.
And Lucy had Levy as her editor.
Though, Levy was working on her degree for that, Lucy trusted her over any professional editor out there.
But the hardest part about letting Levy read it was—well—letting her read it.
Lucy really needed to work on letting her friend read her stuff…
She looked over at Natsu he looked completely absorbed into the book.
She smiled to herself as he watched his eyes bug out and she loved it when he would burst out laughing…
Lucy carefully crawled over to him. She nuzzled herself into his chest and Natsu took it as a cue to gently pull her into his lap.
She leaned against him as he rested his chin on top of her head and resumed his reading, while occasionally planting kisses on her head.
Natsu took a break from reading and pulled out his phone from his pocket, trying his best not to disturb Lucy, who had fallen asleep in his lap.
He made sure he was ready for what he was about to do, checking over all the things on his phone…
It was time to set his plan into action.
"HAH! GRAY GOT A NEW PHONE AND LOST ALL HIS CONTACTS!"
"WAHH!" Lucy startled awake and clambered out of his lap. "WHY ARE YOU YELLING?!"
"Gray got a new phone!" Natsu grinned.
"Now he has none of our numbers!"
"…And?" Lucy raised a delicate brow.
"Andddd now I can mess with that icy bastard!" He mischievously laughed. "What to text him…"
"You're seriously going to prank text him?" she incredulously asked. "Isn't that really childish?"
Natsu, bit back a grin as things went according to plan… He shot her a look and scoffed, "Oh like you're one to talk."
"Huh?" she blinked.
"Need I remind you of how our little love story began?" he smirked while toying with his phone.
Lucy's phone buzzed.
It was a screenshot of an old conversation.
"Yo! What's up?"
"Nothing much…just wondering if your hair is naturally pink."
"It is -_-;"
"What do you mean 'why?!' It just is."
"Pshh it's not weird. You're weird. Who is this anyways?"
Their first conversation.
Her eyes blurred a bit.
It felt so nostalgic.
Her phone buzzed again.
"WHO ARE YOU?"
"I don't know. Who am I texting anyway, Natsu?"
"You just said my name so clearly you know who you are texting! But who am I texting?!"
"Who am I?"
"I'm putting you in my phone as 'Weirdo' until I figure out who you are!"
She looked up at him and he was grinning innocently at her.
Those messages were so old…how could he possibly have them?
"How did you...?"
"How did I what?"
"Never mind," she shook her head and smiled.
It was Natsu…He was always capable of the unthinkable…
And then her phone chimed again, she glanced down to see what other messages Natsu had a screenshotted, except this one wasn't a screenshot; it was an actual message.
"Who knew that weird girl, who was trying to be funny that day, but failed miserably, would end up being my everything? It was like texting fire; contagious and addicting, intense and intriguing and just weird… Soo will you marry me, Weirdo?"
She sucked in a breath as she looked up to see a box in Natsu's hand and a cheeky grin stretched out upon his face. "How did you…?"
He let out an exaggerated sigh, "Will you quit askin' that already?"
"Sorry!" she flushed.
"Only a weirdo like you could ruin a marriage proposal…" he chuckled to himself, shaking his head and then he looked up at her again, with warm, fiery eyes and asked, "Will you marry me, Lucy?"
His slanted eyes grew wide with panic as he quickly corrected himself, "I don't mean like we have to do it right now…I mean we should wait until after college because who wants to get married while they are still in school and I know we are young, but back in the olden days, people were already having kids—not that I want to have kids—but I do eventually! ARGGHH WHY IS THIS COMING OUT SO WRONG?!" He dropped the ring box and slapped his hands over his face.
"FORGET I SAID ANYTHING!"
"PLEASE DON'T LET THIS MAKE THINGS AWKWARD BETWEEN US BECAUSE—WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?" His hands fell from his face, revealing a bright red Natsu.
"I said yes," she giggled. "I'll marry you, Stupid."
He ogled at her in disbelief, "Why?"
"Because I love you?" she sweat-dropped.
He sputtered, looking all frantic as he asked, "Why are you saying that so suddenly?"
"I'm not!" she threw her arms up. "Just-Just put the ring on my finger already!" She held out her left hand.
He stared at it for a few seconds before sheepishly rubbing the back of his head. "Ohh about that…I didn't get you a physical ring."
"Huh?" her brows furrowed. "But the box?" she pointed to the ring box that had fallen to the floor.
"It's just a prop," he gleamed. "The real ring was the ring of the text message. I mean that's what started it all, right?"
"Right," she gazed into his eyes.
"I love you, Weirdo."
"Now who's saying it so suddenly?!" She winked.
"That doesn't make any—mmphhh!"
And suddenly everything seemed to vanish as Lucy melted into his kiss.
Who would have thought that a silly prank text would turn out to be something so much more...
All I can say is, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Seriously, every single one of you have been so sweet and I am literally screaming that this story had reached over a thousand follows!
I hope you all enjoyed the ending to my first multi-chapter fic.
If you want to continue reading stuff by me, please check out my new fic Quarantine and, of course, my other fic Virtual Flames—which are both NaLu AU and are on-going.
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