Hi guys, this is the final chapter, and goes into the reactions. I hope you enjoy!
They walked to the guild hall in companionable silence, and stopped short when they entered to boisterous cheering. Lucy's eyes widened, and she glanced up at Laxus, a blush settling over her cheeks. Most of the guild was already there, most cheering or calling out suggestive things that she was suddenly glad she couldn't hear due to the clamour of noise. She looked around, and was relieved to find her team hadn't arrived at the hall yet, however the Raijinshuu had stood as they entered the hall.
Laxus frowned, not happy with some of the suggestions his guild-mates were shouting out at the two, in particular to Lucy. He reached out and pulled her closer to him before walking them towards the stage where Levy and Gajeel typically sat.
Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Mirajane vault the bar, a determined look on her face as she strode towards them. Laxus swore under his breath, and Lucy looked up at him in confusion.
"Mira's on the warpath." He muttered to her, and the petite blonde sighed before turning towards the eldest Strauss sibling with a smile.
"Good morning, Mira." Lucy greeted her, and was met with hard blue eyes. Her smile faltered.
"In the guild hall? I was still downstairs!" Mira hissed, hands coming up to rest on her hips.
"Sorry, Mira." Lucy winced, and her eyes dropped to the floor. Laxus pulled her closer to him, a frown creeping its way across his face as he eyed the take-over mage. Mirajane's eyes darted between the two blonds, taking in their stance and the protective way Laxus was shielding her from the rest of the guild. Her face softened, and she clapped her hands together.
"Well, as long as you give the guild blond babies, I'll forgive this one only!" She squealed, already imagining the two with children in their arms. The two blond mages stared after her, dumbfounded, as she skipped happily back to the bar.
"Gajeel and Levy."
"Yes, let's go."
Gajeel glanced up from the page in front of him as he heard Lucy and Laxus approach, before doing a double take. He had seen both of them yesterday, and they both had their individual scents. Today, he couldn't distinguish between them. His brows furrowed and he assessed them, and magenta eyes narrowed in on the bruise Lucy was sporting on her neck. She hasn't even tried to hide it. He thought, amazed.
As the two blonds approached the table, Gajeel couldn't help himself. A snort of laughter escaped, and he dissolved into full-blown laughter, slapping a hand on the table to keep him upright. Levy looked up from her book, and gave the iron dragon slayer an annoyed frown, before lightly slapping his arm.
"Gajeel, what are you laughing at?" She asked, before noticing Laxus with Lucy tucked under his arm, standing at the table with a scowl aimed at the black-haired man next to her.
Gajeel gestured wordlessly to the two, and dissolved into laughter again. Laxus growled, and a bolt of lightning struck the table.
"Shut the fuck up, Redfox." He snarled, and directed Lucy to sit down. The celestial mage sat down, and the two women shared a smile.
"Are you gonna make me, Sparkledick?" Gajeel chortled, leaning back and eyeing the other man.
"Gajeel, stop it!" Levy scolded, poking his arm. He glanced at her and grinned.
"Sorry, Shrimp." He replied, unapologetically.
"What was so funny?" Lucy asked, unconsciously leaning into Laxus as he sat next to her. Gajeel's eyes narrowed in on the mark on her neck again, and now that she was in front of him, he could see the flesh coloured scales forming over the wound. Out of the corner of his eyes, he saw the Raijinshuu casually taking up defensive positions around the table.
"You really don't know what you've done?" He asked Laxus, with a hint of disbelief. Laxus frowned at him.
"We don't have all day." The blond drawled, a closed fist thudding down onto the table. Gajeel glanced at Lucy, and found worry lurking in her eyes. He shook his head.
"Normally, your dragon is supposed to explain this stuff." He started, six pairs of eyes focused on him.
"Get to the point." Laxus said. Gajeel grinned, and decided to put them out of their misery.
"That mark on Bunny's neck? It's scabbing over in dragon scales, isn't it?" He asked, gesturing to Lucy. She frowned, and covered the mark with her hand. Beside him, Levy gasped, a hand coming to her mouth.
"Yes, it is. Why? Levy, what do you know?" Lucy replied, worriedly glancing between the two. Levy opened her mouth, but Gajeel beat her to the punch.
"Dragons take mates. They only ever take one mate in a lifetime, so I hope you two at least like each other, otherwise it's gonna be a long lifetime. That bite is the bond between you two, so congratulations, you're mated!" He explained, and started laughing again as the two blonds froze, then slowly turned to look at each other. Lucy's face reddened, and Laxus opened and closed his mouth, thunderstruck.
Before they had time to process what Gajeel had told them, the doors to the guild hall burst open, Natsu and Happy charging through and calling Lucy's name. Behind them, Erza strode in purposefully, brown eyes scanning the hall for her blonde teammate. Gray followed, fully clothed for once, hands in his pockets as he curiously gave the hall a scan. Lucy jolted upright, and turned towards her teammates.
"Lucy! There you are! What are you doing sitting with Laxus?" Happy cried out, flying towards her. Natsu's head snapped in their direction, and his face cleared into a smile before bounding over, closely followed by Erza and Gray.
"Lucy, we waited all night for you, why didn't you go home last night?" Natsu complained, before catching himself and stopping short. His eyes narrowed. Laxus turned to face him, a snarl ripping from his throat.
"Do you break into her place often?" The blond growled dangerously, standing up from the table.
"Why does she smell like you? And why do you smell like her?" Natsu countered, clenching his hands into fists. Erza frowned, and pulled a sword out of nowhere. Gray pulled his hands out of his pockets and casually brought them together, ready to use his magic. At this, Gajeel frowned, and stood, pulling Levy behind him. The bluenette curled a small hand around his bicep, and leaned out to watch the spectacle.
"Guys, please settle down." Lucy pleaded, glancing between her best friend and Laxus. The lightning dragon slayer glanced down at her.
"If he does break into you place, I'm going to have to kill him." He growled, turning back to the fire dragon slayer, clenching his hands into fists.
"Lucy, did he harm you?" Erza called to her, hand tightening on the hilt of her sword. Her eyes narrowed as Lucy's hand strayed up to her neck and brushed against the mark there. The redhead inhaled sharply, then charged towards Laxus.
Before she even knew what she was doing, Lucy pulled her keys out.
"Open, gate of the Lion. Leo!" She yelled, watching as her friend appeared in flash of golden light. Loke's eyes widened as he saw Erza charging towards him, a determined glint in her eye. His arm bent, and he braced himself, a bright light flashing as he blocked her attack.
Erza was thrown to the side, tucking into a roll at the last moment, and sprang to her feet.
"Lucy!" She called out in shock to the blonde, who had thrown her hands to her mouth.
"I'm sorry Erza, are you alright?" She cried out, moving towards the redhead. She had only moved a few steps before Laxus caught her arm and dragged her behind him.
"Stay back, Lucy. They're pissed, and they might hurt you." He warned her, trading glances with his own team as they circled behind Team Natsu. Loke looked around, confused.
"What's going on?" He asked, adjusting his glasses.
"I think we all want to know that." Gray commented, dark eyes darting between his team and the surprisingly protective lightning dragon slayer.
"They're mated." Gajeel called out, Levy nodding behind him. Natsu whipped his head towards the iron dragon slayer.
"What?" He replied, clearly confused.
"Can't you smell it? You can't tell where Bunny stops and Sparkledick begins." Gajeel gestured towards the two, choosing to ignore the warning growl Laxus let out. Lucy assessed the situation, and finally noticed the entire guild staring in their direction.
"Laxus, let's just go into your office, and we can explain everything." She whispered, a hand curling around his arm. He looked down at her, and finally nodded.
"My office. Everyone. That includes you too, Gajeel." Laxus barked, straightening up. Lucy smiled up at him, and squeezed his arm.
"Thank you." She said, relieved. The two teams, Gajeel, Levy, and Loke made their way up the stairs and into the lightning dragon slayer's office.
They all stopped dead as the sight of haphazardly flung paperwork and the smell of sex greeted them. Gajeel and Natsu hastily covered their noses, and glared accusingly at Laxus.
"Hey, Lucy, are these your panties?" Loke asked with interest, picking up a ripped piece of blue cloth off the bookcase with a pen. Lucy squeaked wordlessly and covered her face, mortified. Erza strode to the window and opened it, the males in the room relaxing somewhat as the breeze carried the ocean air into the room.
"Now, tell us what happened." Erza's icy tone cut through the silence in the room. Laxus gestured to the desk.
"Lucy and I had sex last night. Lots of it. What I didn't know is that I also marked her to be my mate. I didn't even know something like this was possible." He explained succinctly, a smirk crossing his face as he recalled what happened the night before.
"Dragons only ever have one mate in their lifetime, and usually only after careful consideration and discussion, but I guess crazy sex works too." Gajeel added, crossing his arms.
"He didn't force you, did he?" Loke asked seriously, hazel eyes on Lucy. All the eyes in the room cut to Lucy, and Freed gasped, clearly insulted by the question. Lucy shook her head.
"No, Loke, he didn't force me. I wanted it." She replied, a light blush settling across her face.
"And shorted out half the town in the process. Didn't know you were that kinky." Bixlow snickered, tongue lolling out of his mouth as he laughed. Lucy covered her face again as she turned a dull red. Laxus glared at his teammate, and the hair on everyone's arms rose as static electricity filled the room. Levy glanced around the room at everyone, worried another fight was going to break out. Determined, she took the few steps to Lucy's side and threw her arms around the blonde.
"What can we do to support you?" She whispered, hugging her friend. Lucy returned the embrace, glad to have someone on her side.
"We need more information on what this means." Lucy replied softly, brown eyes cutting across to Gajeel, who nodded.
"I wouldn't recommend spending more than a few weeks apart. The last time that happened to Shrimp and I, it wasn't pretty. She couldn't concentrate, and I couldn't fight. That's why we take all the long jobs together, just in case it happens again." He explained, eyes cutting to Levy, who smiled up at him.
"Wait, does that mean you and Levy are mated too?" Gray asked, crossing his arms. Levy nodded.
"We didn't really want to tell anyone just yet, you know how the guild makes a big deal out of relationships. We weren't ready for that type of attention." Levy replied. She squeezed Lucy's hand and walked back to Gajeel, who quickly pulled her into his arms.
"Do Jet and Droy know?" Lucy inquired, curious. Levy shook her head and frowned. Loke cleared his throat, and all eyes swung to look at him.
"Well, I've heard enough. Lucy, as always, your spirits will support you, no matter what." He declared. He lazily waved a hand at everyone before closing his gate and disappearing in a flash of golden light.
"Natsu, you've been quiet." Lucy commented, turning towards her best friend. The pinkette grinned at her.
"Well, this a good thing, right? Laxus is really strong, and he can protect you when we're not around." He exclaimed.
"You do realise you're never going to be allowed to break into my apartment again, right?" Lucy replied, raising an eyebrow. Natsu deflated, Happy mimicking the movement on his shoulder.
"What?" He whined, looking back at Gray and Erza for support, both of whom gave him a hard look.
"Eventually, you'll move in with me." Laxus murmured to Lucy, a troubled look crossing his face. She looked up at him, and circled her arms around his waist.
"I'm not ready to give up my apartment just yet. My contract doesn't expire for another five months." She replied, resting a cheek against his chest. Laxus sighed and nodded.
"Wait, does this mean we have to knock first, before we invade your place?" Bixlow whined at Laxus, sounding much like Natsu. Evergreen smacked him over the head.
"You should have been knocking in the first place." She scolded him, before crossing her arms. Freed harrumphed in agreement.
"Okay, so is that everything?" Gray asked, dark eyes sweeping the room.
"Gray, your pants." Lucy sighed. He looked down, and his eyes widened as he found himself only in his boxers. Erza handed them to him wordlessly, and he quickly pulled them on.
"That's the basics. You two are gonna want to spend some time alone, gihihi." Gajeel chuckled, before turning with Levy towards the door.
"Thank you, Gajeel." Lucy called out, and he waved a hand as they headed out of the room. Silence reigned for a few moments, before Erza pushed out from the wall.
"If you hurt Lucy, you will have the combined wrath of Team Natsu to contend with." She stated, eyes narrowing at Laxus. Natsu grinned wildly.
"Not that I want you to hurt Lucy, but I definitely want a rematch." He declared, pointing at the lightning dragon slayer. Laxus rolled his eyes, and Gray had to drag the suddenly enraged pinkette out of the room, Erza following closely behind.
Laxus met the eyes of his team as they assessed him and the blonde in his embrace.
"Well, Lucy, welcome to the family." Evergreen smiled, and adjusted her glasses. She turned towards the door and grabbed Bixlow's ear, ignoring his protests, and pulling him out the door after her. Freed nodded at them, and followed his team, thoughtfully closing the door behind him.
Laxus sighed, and dropped into his chair, pulling Lucy onto his lap. He closed his eyes, then opened them as he felt her forehead drop gently against his.
"It's okay, we'll work this out. One day at a time." She murmured, reaching up to stroke his hair.
"You're okay with this?" He rumbled, disbelief colouring his tone. Lucy sighed, and they locked eyes.
"I wish we knew what we were getting into before it happened, but it's done now. Truth be told, if I were destined to end up a dragon slayer's mate, I would prefer it to be you. Natsu's my best friend, and it would be beyond weird." She replied softly, watching as his eyes widened in shock. She smiled, and kissed him. Their eyes drifted closed, and the kiss drifted into something slow and gentle.
The door slammed open, and the two blonds jumped, turning quickly to stare at the intruder. Makarov stood in the doorway with a face like thunder.
"Laxus, what the hell happened last night?" He yelled, advancing into the room. He stopped short as he saw Lucy perched on his grandson's lap, and his brain stuttered to a halt.
"Oh, so that's what happened!" He chuckled, face clearing up.
"Well, congratulations my boy, you've caught a feisty one there." Makarov giggled, and a thin trail of blood began to drip from his nose. He grinned at the two, and sauntered back out of the office.
"Having you around is getting me into less trouble." Laxus observed, relaxing back into the chair.
"Yeah, but the number of people bursting in on us is ridiculous." Lucy grumbled, settling back against him.
"Maybe I'll have to shock whoever does that next, until they get the message." He murmured, nuzzling into her neck. She giggled, and brought a hand up to stroke his hair.
"That could be funny." She breathed, and he pulled away from her neck to stare at her.
"Well, now that the important people know what's going on, let's go back to my place. We still haven't used the bed." He grinned at her, and inwardly marvelled as she grinned back.
"Sounds like a plan." She said, and sealed her mouth over his in a searing kiss.
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