Chapter 4

Hot Chocolate

God she hated doing these stupid write ups. As if she couldn't get them done in the office. But of course, Ms. Grandine wants them done by the next day even though she doesn't need them until Wednesday.

God, she hated doing these stupid write ups. As if she couldn't get them done in the office. But of course, Ms. Grandine wants them done by the next day even though she doesn't need them until Wednesday.
Saturdays were for relaxing damn it!
Lucy sighed and closed her laptop. At least one of the benefits of doing work from home was that she could do it sitting on her bed in her underwear. Well, not entirely in her underwear, she was wearing her favorite pink tank top.
She tossed the computer aside and went to the kitchen to grab a cup of ice tea. Not that she was thirsty, she just did it as an excuse to step away from her computer for a bit.
She grabbed a bottle of tea from the fridge and gulped down half of it before putting it away. She sighed, knowing that now she had to return back to filling out the write ups. She fished in her mind for another excuse to procrastinate just a little bit longer. Her mind went blank. She turned to return to her room when she heard her cellphone vibrate on the kitchen counter.
With a sigh of relief, she leaped over and went to answer it. She saw that she had received a text from Cana.
Hey Lucy, sorry about your boy toy not showing up last night. I know we all missed him too. Me and the girls are going clubbing tonight, so how about you tag along?
Lucy rolled her eyes and put her phone back on the counter. She ran her hands through her hair. She bit her lip, contemplating how to respond. She would like to hang out with the girls again, but she didn't feel like going to the pub again. Getting black out drunk was Cana's idea of fun, not her's.
Her phone vibrated again. She picked it up and read Cana's latest message.
And Wear that sexy dress again! ;P. Get us some more free drinks :D
Lucy scoffed. Cana made her sound like such a slut. Last night they had teased her about it and all the attention she was getting. She knew that it was a bit… skimpy? No, skimpy wasn't the right word. It complimented her figure and made her feel well, classy. Classy in an empowering, sexual way. It made her feel confident.
She picked up the phone and sent a text message back to Cana.

Natsu sat on a bench near the pier with Gjaeel and August. The three of them sipped on hot chocolate. It began to snow a little, and Natsu just wanted to enjoy the feel of the frost against his skin.
August took a small gulp from his cup, leaving a patch of cream on the tip of his nose. Natsu wiped it clean with a napkin.
"So when are you heading back?" Natsu asked.
"Back where?" Gajeel said raising a brow.
"Back to the fleet," Natsu said before taking a sip.
"I'm not," he answered. "I'm heading up to the recruiting station here in Magnolia. I'm going to be there for a year before I go back to the fleet."
"They're putting you in a recruiting station?" Natsu asked. "I thought you were just passing through."
"Nope," Gajeel said shaking his head before taking another gulp. "I'm actually going to be stationed here for about a year or more before I head back to the fleet.
"You looking forward to it?"
"Hell no," Gajeel scoffed. "Sitting at a desk all day, doing paperwork. Not really my thing."
"Well, look at it this way," Natsu began, stopping to take a sip. Gajeel peered over with a cocked brow. "At least you won't get anyone killed."
Gajeel laughed. "Don't bet on that just yet." He took another sip. "Why don't you do it for a bit?"
"Yeah, you should."
"It will help you get your mind right. Get away from the stress of the fleet for a bit."
"Yeah, maybe," Natsu said taking another sip.
August finished buzzing down the rest of his drink, gasping after he had finished.
"Uncle Natsu, look I finished!" he said waving the empty cup around.
"Good job," Natsu chortled. "You ready to go?"
"Yeah, okay," the boy said leaping to his feet. He ran over to a nearby garbage can and threw the cup away.
"Remember what we tell mommy?" Natsu asked August as the three of them were leaving.
"That we only went to get hot chocolate and to the beach," the boy said proudly.
"That's right, good boy," Natsu said, pleased.
"You're a shit influence on that kid," Gajeel snickered.
"Nah, I'm the uncle, I get to spoil him and do mischievous things with him. I leave the parenting up to his parents."
"True," Gajeel laughed. "Very true."
"What are you doing later?" Natsu asked, tucking his hands into his coat pockets.
"Dunno," Gajeel shrugged. "Thought I go to the bar, have a few beers and watch the game."
"I know some people that live out here," Natsu said. "Some old friends. Might go out and grab some drinks with them tonight. You want to tag along?"
"Not unless there are any cute ones," he answered.
"None that I know that are single," Natsu quipped. "But then again, I really don't know who's single anymore. I need to get back onto Facebook, figure out what's going on in everyone's life. I can always ask some of the guys if they know of anyone." He stopped and pointed towards Gajeel's chest. "You're into nerdy girls right?"
"Maybe, I'll come out," Gajeel said stroking his chin. "Not sure just yet."
"Well, I'm going to take this little dude back home," Natsu said, picking August up in his arms. "Take care until I see you again."
"Yeah, you too."

A/N: So for those wondering, I began writting this back when Larcade was said to be the son of Zeref and Mavis, and it turned out that August was the acutal son. So I'm switching Larcade to August for that reason. So there aren't two sons, just the one. Larcade is August now.