Note: I guess it's November?

So anyway my tumblr was deleted because tumblr sucks. I'm trying to get it back but for the time being erzadragonborn, colorofyourhair, and spacejerza are on ice. Big suck.

Jellal pushed Lily away from the keyboard for the fourth time. Erza's laugh was the only reason he wasn't more annoyed.

"I see Lily misses me too."

"He's just jealous you called to talk to me and not him." He leaned back against his pillows and placed the laptop on his chest. It felt a little less like he was talking to a computer screen this way. "How did the interview go?"

"It went alright. They offered me a spot and a mostly full ride."

Jellal's stomach twisted but he smiled anyway. "That's great!"

"I don't know." Her expressed twisted into something he recognized as anxiety. "It's so far away."

"Erza," he said softly, his hand straying into the blankets and finding Lily's warm lump of fur. "We both knew you'd transfer at the end of your second year. The university here isn't good for you."

"It's good enough for you," she insisted.

"I'm a science major. That's different. Please, don't base this decision on me. I don't want you to have any regrets."

Erza sighed and tucked a curtain of scarlet hair behind one ear. "I'm still deciding."

"How long do you have?"

"A month or two."

"Is it one month or two?" Lily prodded the palm of his hand with a wet nose.

"You're so nosey," Erza said with a grin. He watched her reposition her tablet and stretch out across the hotel bed. "I have a question for you now. Why are you on a call with me and not playing the new update?"

"Because I love you more than a video game?" Jellal smiled but it quickly faded into annoyance. "Actually, my copy was never delivered."

"Your copy? It's just an expansion."

"Yeah, I know but I ordered the limited edition set and I guess they lost track of inventory. I got an email about it and a refund." He shrugged as casually as he could. Bothering Erza with his sulky attitude over a game while she was out of town visiting a top pick university wasn't a thing he wanted to do.

"How could they just lose your stuff?" She demanded indignantly. He'd have laughed at how much she resembled her mother when she got huffy – if he weren't stuck in a pout. "That's absolutely ridiculous! You ordered it months ago!"

Jellal sighed. "It's fine, Erza. I'll download it eventually. I just want to sulk a little first."

"I'm sorry," she whispered.

"I don't want to play without you anyway." His mouth curved into a smirk. "I wouldn't want you to accuse me of an unfair victory again."

"Well, I'm glad to see you've reconsidered your stance on cheating, Jellal. Very noble of you."

Erza's phone chimed and he watched her reach over her head to the bedside table. The edge of her sweater rode up to reveal a sliver of her skin. He wondered if this was what having a long distance girlfriend would be like. Erza had been his neighbor for most of his life. Not being able to see her whenever he wanted was difficult to reconcile in his head.

"Hey, that's my dinner date," Erza's voice drew him from his thoughts. She was smiling in the playful way that would've made him laugh on any other day.

"Your date?" He blurted.

"You're so cute when you're jealous, Jellal," she said with a laugh. "My mom's former colleague, the one that wrote me that recommendation letter? She wants to have dinner tonight before I fly home in the morning."

Oh, right. He'd known about that.

"You're really distracted today." Erza pulled him, once again, from his thoughts. "I'm sorry about the game."

"It's not the game. I just miss you."

"Be honest. It's both. You're easy to figure out, Jellal. When one thing goes wrong, you tend to get buried under the dominoes."

She was right and it hurt. He'd miss her when she inevitably accepted the scholarship and program offer.

"Go have dinner, okay? Text me before bed and I'll see you tomorrow."

"Don't get buried before I come home." Her tone was light but he felt her eyes prod him even through a computer screen and hundreds of miles between them.

"I promise I won't drown."

Erza blew him a kiss before the window went dark. Lily emerged from the nest of blankets and curled into a loud, purring ball near his shoulder. Jellal tried not to think about how most of his week had been ruined by a serious lack of both Erza and the package he'd been looking forward to for months.

"Jellal!" His mother's voice rattled in his ears. She was scowling when he glanced up.

"Sorry, what?"

"You've been in a funk all week." Anna pursed her lips and tossed away her dirty napkin. "I asked you if Erza was coming home today and if you remembered to cover the hose spigots. It's supposed to snow tonight."

Jellal poked at the cereal in his bowl. "I'll cover them when I'm done eating."

"You were supposed to do it days ago."

"Sorry," he muttered. "This week sucks."

Anna took his bowl and dumped the soggy flakes and milk into the sink before rinsing everything clean. When she turned back to him, she sighed.

"Promise me you'll wash your hair before Erza gets here. She shouldn't see you like this. It's unfair."

"I promise I'll handle the garden stuff and shower," he said, crossing his heart with the tip of his finger. "I wanted to run out to the GameStop over on Wisteria, too. Their site says they have some of the stuff that was supposed to be in my box that was never delivered."

Anna cleared her throat and tucked a strand of hair behind one ear. She watched him closely before opening her mouth and closing it again. "Maybe you should wait on that."

"On what? The spigots? Nobody wants a plumbing problem in winter, mom. I'll handle it."

"No the other thing. Maybe you should wait and take Erza with you. Then you can, you know, have things to do together when she gets home? There's a new sushi place –"

"Mom," he cut in, shaking his head. "Erza hates sushi. You know that."

"Right. She does. But you can go somewhere else, right?"

Jellal raised an eyebrow and watched his mom pick at the hem of her scrub top. She'd never been one for fidgeting.

"What's up with you?"

"Nothing," Anna said with a sigh. "I just… You know I don't like to think of you on nasty roads. Just, please, don't go wandering too far today."

"Right," Jellal drawled slowly. "Fine. I'll find something else to do."

Anna finally smiled and tugged her hair up into a bun. "Thank you, love." She disappeared into the hallway for her coat and swept back through the kitchen only stopping to leave a kiss on his cheek. "Don't forget the spigots."

"Yeah, yeah," Jellal muttered to the empty kitchen.

Jellal opened and closed his fist under the hot shower spray. The tips of his fingers didn't regain feeling until the bathroom was thick with steam. Covering the outdoor water faucets, and flowerbeds had taken him twice as long as anticipated and the garden gloves were nowhere to be found. By the time he'd finished, the feeling in his fingers was long gone. Even though the tingling now was edging on painful, it still felt better than frozen numbness.

The scent of shampoo hung heavy in the air and just as Jellal rinsed the last of soap from his hair, he felt the press of familiar fingertips into his back. He spun around and found the face of the person he'd missed more than anything. She smiled up at him and slid her hands over his shoulders.

"You made it early," he said, touching his forehead to hers. "Or have I just been in the shower for way too long?"

"I'm early." Her grin cleared away all his gloom and doom of the previous week.

"Very early." Jellal brushed his lips over the apples of her cheeks before dropping kissed on the curve of her neck. "Did you catch another flight?"

"No, just..." Her hand settled on his cheek and she directed his kisses to her lips. "An unexpected ease of logistics."

Jellal had no reply. Her body was soft and wet and the sound of her sighs and gasps was the best thing he'd heard in days. His hand fell to her waist but before he could reach down to grab her thigh, she closed her fingers around his wrist. Erza left a trail of kisses down his chest and stomach. She released his wrist just as the tips of his fingers were level with her hair. The last of his breath left his lungs as he leaned back against the tile wall.

Erza kissed the very tip of his cock before taking him into her mouth. Her tongue was absolutely divine but the feel of pressing against the back of her throat was like nothing else. There were many things to love about Erza, and he loved them all, but when she got on her knees for him, it was spectacular. His fingers dragged through her hair before gathering a wad of it at her scalp. Jellal squeezed her hair in the exact way he knew she liked and was rewarded with a moan he felt all the way down in his toes.

The buildup was delicious but after a week away he didn't want to finish in her mouth. He tugged lightly at her hair and she released him. The moment she was upright, he backed her against the shower wall. Still hard, and breathing heavily, Jellal grabbed her thigh and hitched her leg over his hip. He thrust into her with a force that left Erza breathless. Her nails dug into his shoulder and bicep and he absolutely loved the sting of it.

Erza's mouth fell open when she came with a gasp, and a whispered 'Please.' Her plea was nearly lost in the tangle of breaths and kisses. When her feet finally returned to the floor of the shower, she sighed.

"It's too hot in here."

Jellal laughed and reached behind him to turn the water off. The entire bathroom was choked with steam. Erza let him dry her hair and tuck a dry towel around her body. Her skin was still flushed pink when she finally opened the bathroom door. Just before reaching his bedroom, Erza squeezed his hand. Jellal kissed her fingers as he stopped dead in the doorway.

Strewn across his bed was a mess of data books, collections of official art – all in protective sleeves, unopened boxes of figurines and Funko pop dolls, and in the middle was a limited edition set of Xbox controllers he knew for a fact had been sold out only minutes after the release. Jellal's jaw dropped and he turned to Erza who leaned against the doorframe with a sneaky grin he knew well.

"Erza –"

"Yeah, yeah, best girlfriend ever, right?"

He pulled her across the room and began to pick through the wide array of gifts. "Erza, this is…"

"All the stuff that was gonna be in your box?" Jellal felt her lips on his shoulder. "I had to do a little digging to find out what all was supposed to be in there."

She was still smiling when he glanced over at her again. "This is a lot more than what was in that collection."

"Yeah, well, the comic shop I found most of this stuff in was very helpful. The guy there was in the same boat as you so he hooked me up." Erza slid between him and the edge of the bed. "Are you happy?"

"Happy?" He asked incredulously.

"I hated seeing you so down this week. I wanted to fix it for you and I thought –"

"Erza, you didn't need to fix anything for me. Just being here makes everything better."

She laughed softly and touched the fold of the towel still around his waist. "Well, maybe a cherry on the cake then?"

"More like ten cherries. Erza…" Jellal trailed off, suddenly at a loss for words. "You know I love you, right?"

"Yeah, I know." She rose up on her toes to brush a kiss over his lips. Jellal tugged at her towel but a chime he thought he recognized cut him off. "What's that?" He whispered.

"I downloaded your expansion for you, you stubborn ass." Erza kissed him once more and wrapped her arms around his middle. "I'm tired. Can we have a nap? I hate travel."

"We can definitely have a nap."

Erza pulled back and grinned. "Are you gonna clear off the bed or do I need to share you with your new toys?"

"Can I have a minute to consider because that elf over there…" Her laugh cut him off and he ducked down to kiss her again. "Thank you, Erza. This is amazing. You are amazing."

"I know," she whispered. "And I love you, too."