Honest, you guys. I own nothing- Fairy Tail belongs to Hiro Mashima, that friggin' genius.
Calefactors and Writer's Block
I plopped down on a barstool in front of Mirajane. Taking off my scarf and gloves, I silently cursed seasons. It was so freaking cold. Even Mira-chan was wearing a long sleeved dress. She slid me a mug of hot chocolate and smiled. It was only early October- how the heck could it be so chilly so soon? I rubbed my hands together, cupped them and blew into them, hoping by some miracle I would regain the feeling in my fingers.
"So what's new, Lucy?" I sighed up at Mirajane and, after I took a swig of my smoldering drink, thought for a moment.
"Nothing, really. It's been too cold to do any missions without freezing my ass off, so I've been stuck at home for the past couple weeks. And to make things better, I've been stuck on a chapter of my book, and, for the life of me, I can't get past it. Writer's block blows, big time. I've stayed up for like 3 days and still nothing!" Mira-chan laughed at my predicament and smiled gently.
"I'm sure you'll find your inspiration soon. Don't give up, Lucy. I'm next in line after Levi to read your book. But sacrificing that much sleep... " I glanced up at her and turned to face the rest of my guild. I knew I should have been at home, asleep, but I was just too tired to sleep. And my place didn't have a heater.
"Well, whatever, but yeah, you're welcome to read my book. That's if it ever get's finished. At this rate, I'll be eighty-five by the ti-" Before I could finish my sentence, a... something... flew past my face. Followed by many more somethings. And then a Natsu. The said Salamander had crashed through the wall right next to Mira's bar, and what was left of the poor, poor wall was lying in shambles all around me. In a split second, Gray came hurtling in after Natsu. Their usual bout carried on before me. Normally, I would've been just fine and dandy to let them do their thing, immediately apologize the second Erza stepped a foot in the room, and be done and over with it until 5 minutes later when Natsu would say something stupid and the whole scene would start again. Normally.
But that was a huge, gaping hole in the wall, blowing in the snow and icy winds all through out the guild. And I was sitting right there next to it, acting as a buffer for my nakama. I slammed my hands down on Mira's bar and pushed out the stool from underneath me. I calmly walked over to where the two boys were currently punching each other in the face. Natsu had grabbed Gray's hair and Gray had Natsu's ears. I was about two steps away when the two took notice of the anomaly of my presense. The fists aimed for one another went limp.
"W-What's up, Luce?" I turned to Gray, my cheeks red from anger.
"Would you like to know what's up, Gray?" I asked through clench teeth.
"It is twenty-five degrees outside." I grabbed the backs of their heads and slammed them crack ricocheted off the walls. I saw Elfman and Droy cringe at the sound. Natsu grabbed his face and yowled. Gray had tears in his eyes.
"There is now a hole in the wall, thanks to you geniuses, and I am no icy idiot," I glared at Gray, "nor am I a fire-breathing moron, so this sucks for me." I turned my glare to Natsu. They both shrank away from me.
"Ugh, this is not worth any of my time- I'm leaving." I grabbed my gloves and scarf, jammed my hat on, and ignored the fact that all eyes were on me. As I turned to the door, I noticed Erza. She looked at me for a moment, nodded, and went to the boys. I wasn't sure if it was the beat the crap out of 'em, or to help bandage their heads, but at that point, I just didn't care anymore. The second I stepped outside, though, I regretted it with every fiber of my being. It had to be like ten degrees out there! I trudged through some of the snow that had begun to blanket the ground.
I was close to tears when I made it back to my 70,000 jewel apartment. I couldn't feel my toes, and my face was blistered from the wind. I tore off my scarf, hat and gloves, throwing them as hard as I could. I had never felt worse in my entire life.
I stand corrected. Now, I had never felt worse.
Natsu's inability to feel the cold showed. He, for one, didn't have any shoes on. I had boots, nice leather boots. My toes were frozen. He wore what he normally wore. Earlier, I was wearing jeans, a sweater, my hat, a scarf, and gloves. He sat with his legs crossed, on my dining room table. He stood up and came closer, generating heat with each step he took. Oh, he pissed me off.
"If you were cold, you should have said something..." I knew that he would come sooner or later (I had hoped on later, oh well) so I had all my reasons lined up and ready to fire at him. Reasons for why I was so livid. I had a decent argument. I opened my mouth to begin my tirade, and then stopped. Natsu always wore that scarf around his neck, no matter where he went. I thought it would be ridiculously disgusting by now, but it was surprising soft. And warm.
I felt my anger fall to gloriously warm pieces. I studied Natsu's face as he finished wrapping the scarf around me.
"Sorry, ya know, 'bout earlier..." He scratched the back of his head and glanced up at me, sheepishly.
"Hmph... Thanks," I mumbled, my mind becoming fuzzy. I ambled over to my sofa and promptly sat down. Natsu followed with a curious look on his face.
"What're ya doin', Luce...?" I tugged at my boots and pulled them off.
"Warming my feet." Natsu sat down next to me, his natural body heat radiating towards me. Never was I more happy that my best bud was a walking furnace.
"Oi, why does Natsu get forgiven just like that?" I knew I shouldn't have been surprised. Wherever Natsu was, Gray was. And wherever Gray was-
"Lucy, do you own a calefactor? You need one."
-Erza was. Gray sprawled out on my floor, and Erza sat down on my other chair. The room was silent for a moment.
"You okay, Lucy?" I had pulled my legs up to my chest and closed my eyes. I cracked one open to look at my friends.
"Just tired. And cold." Suddenly, I felt an arm snake its way around my back.
"I told you to say something, if you were cold..." I could only nod and lean into Natsu. My eyes drooped shut and everything was blissfully snug.
I woke up to Natsu, Happy, and Plue playing rock-paper-scissors.
"No fair, Plue! 'Bomb' isn't rock, paper, or scissors!" I chuckled to myself and raised up off of my couch.
"Ah, good morning Lucy!" Natsu's smile was heart-meltingly genuine. I smiled back.
"Where did everyone go? Wait- how long was I asleep?" I wondered, out loud.
"A few days. Erza went on a mission with Gray and Juvia. They made me stay here with ya... What was it... I was your 'personal furnace'." Natsu laughed at what they said. I did too.
"Thanks Natsu. I'm sorry about the whole smashing you into Gray thing." Sleep deprevation can do that to a girl. Natsu held Plue in his lap, and Happy sat on mine.
"Whatever, it's cool."
I looked out the window and smiled; the sun was out and the sky was a gorgeous pale blue. The snow that I swore I would hate forever was nearly gone, melting under the sun's intense heat. I stood up and opened the window with a creak. Happy flew out the window and I stuck my hand out. It was still pretty brisk, but not as uncomfortable as earlier. I turned to Natsu, who had risen to join me.
"If you want to go on a mission, you can. Thanks again for staying with me, but I think I can handle a few days without my furnace." I smiled up at him, but he didn't smile this time.
"What's up, Natsu?" I asked, confused.
"But, I like being your heater." I couldn't help but laugh.
"Natsu, you're funny." I giggled at him. He raised an eyebrow, and crossed his arms.
"What? What's so funny?"
"Nothing, nevermind, Natsu." I grabbed his hand; the warmth was subtle, but there, pulsing like heart. I grinned like a little kid.
"I like you being my heater, too."
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