Disclaimer: I do not own Fairy Tail or anything related. But I have met Hiro Mashima, so… maybe some of that talent has rubbed off on me?

Author's Note: This story spurned from my own love of body modification, as well as reading in some stories of Levy wearing a navel ring with a little dragon dangling off the end. I wanted to throw my own origin story into the mix of things.

I plan on writing a companion chapter to this one-shot having to do with this one's ending!

As always, let me know if you spot any errors!

Sooner or Later: Pierced

Character(s)/Pairing(s): Gajeel/Levy

March 27, 2012

Levy knew one thing was certain: she was tough. She may not have been tall, curvy, or too skilled at hand-to-hand combat, but she was extremely tough and made do with what she had to offer. Her mind, of course, was the toughest of these attributes.

To live through the roller-coaster ride of emotions that Tenrou Island brought, mix it with being gone for seven years in a blank void of time, and add in the realization she was in love with her S-Class partner… yeah, she would say she had good examples to back up her theory of self-strength. She was still moving forward; nothing held her back.

Now, Levy wasn't sure what possessed her to be here, with Gajeel, getting her first body piercing. She completely blamed Gajeel for this urge, that much was certain. The other, less rational part of her brain, had witnessed the source of her insanity eyeballing a cute belly button ring through a display case with amusement. The small, silver dragon dangling from the end of the curve of the barbell caught his interest.

Her mouth began to move on its own accord. "Hey, Gajeel?"

She had wanted to be close to him, physically and mentally, and by doing this she reasoned that it would merit approval in his eyes. Plus, she had wanted to get a piercing, other than her ears, for the longest time. What better person to go with than Gajeel, the veteran?

"Isn't that cool?" he asked, jabbing a finger in the direction of the aforementioned jewelry.

"It is," she said slowly. Taking in a deep breath, she almost jolted out of her skin when she shopkeeper approached them after walking away from another associate.

"Can I help you with anything?" the young man, covered in piercings and tattoos, asked. He had more tattoos than Gajeel—with the guild insignia on his arm—but not as many piercings. To any passer by that wasn't Levy, he probably would've scared them by appearance alone. She knew to look a little deeper than that before making judgments. Levy noticed a woman sitting by the phone, reading a magazine. She was just as done-up as the man that just questioned her.

"Uh, yeah," Levy mumbled, bringing herself back into the conversation while simultaneously avoiding the look of shock on Gajeel's face. "You do piercings here, right?"

Gajeel finally caught on to the full extent of what she was doing. "Oi, shorty—"

"That we do. Well, I personally do them." He eyed her exposed navel. "I'm assuming you want your belly button pierced? You've got a nice stomach for it."

She nodded timidly, placing a hand over her stomach. She was glad she didn't wear her customary dress out today, otherwise she would be flashing her panties at a stranger. It was a bit hotter out, so she opted for her yellow bikini top and shorts combination with a muted teal-colored vest over her shoulders.

Levy could sense Gajeel trying to keep his temper in check as he watched the piercer eyeball her. However, he immediately calmed down when she stated, "Yeah. I want that dragon navel ring to go in it."

Possession. She knew how much Gajeel got off on that.

"Good pick," the guy said, leaning down in order to open the case and pull the piece of jewelry out. "My suggestion, though, would be to get your navel pierced with somethin' a little less heavy and then switch to this guy when it heals."

Levy thought about it for a second. "Yeah, I understand. Is it actually heavy or is it just going to aggravate the healing process with the dragon possibly getting caught on clothing?"

"Clothing, mostly," he nodded. "Possibly a little stress on the healing skin. Though, as I'm sure your boyfriend has it down to a science, you never really know how much you touch a certain area of your body—just by doin' regular things—until you get it pierced."

Gajeel snorted, nodding. "Ain't that the truth."

"But, if you have a high tolerance for pain or, in your case, don't wear too much for the piercing to get snagged on, the healing process should be a piece of cake. So, ultimately, it's up to you, blue."

Levy looked at Gajeel and shrugged. "What do you think?"

"Oh," the piercer added, "and if you sleep on your stomach I'd watch out for that, too."

"I think it'll be fine," Gajeel said with a smirk, knowing Levy slept on her side.

"Dragon it is!"

After the payment was all squared away—Gajeel handled it, much to Levy's amazement—they had been brought to a secluded area of the shop. After Levy had agreed on the positioning of the piercing, she was instructed to lie back on a cushioned table while the piercer readied his tools.

"You're sure about this, shrimp?" Gajeel asked, looking slightly uneasy. He didn't like to see her in pain. Piercings were a second nature to him, but for her… they were new.

"Of course I am," she smiled, grasping his hand. "You know I can handle it. Besides, it's not like I'm getting an extreme piercing."

"You'd be surprised at what I see here," the piercer said, approaching her with metal tongs and a needle. He locked the tongs into place, smoothing out the area of skin in focus. "Alright, this is going to sting a bit but it won't be too bad. On my count, take a deep breath in. One, two…" with finesse, he pierced her with the needle, and then switched it out for the dragon barbell. Seeing how composed she was, he commended her with a, "Good job, blue."

Gajeel was proud of her not even making a peep. The only thing he could feel, coming from her, was when she gripped his hand a fraction tighter when the needle went in. Other than that, nothing.

"That wasn't so bad," Levy mused, sitting up to get a better look at her stomach. "Whoa, that looks so good. Doesn't it, Gajeel?"

Gajeel grunted in affirmation, squeezing the hand in reassurance that he was still holding onto before finally letting go in order to let her get up.

"Awesome," the piercer responded. "Make sure to clean it regularly and to not aggravate it. The healing process takes about three months, maybe a bit more. It can easily get infected, though, but if you know what you're doing, it won't scar. You look like a smart chick, so I don't doubt you got it under control."

Levy grinned at the man before hopping off of the table. They began walking back to the main area of the shop. "Thank you, uh…"

"Oh shit, right. The name's Mako," he stopped and shook her hand, then Gajeel's. "Make sure to come back, we're going to get in some new pieces of jewelry soon that I think you might be interested in."

"Sounds great!" Levy smiled before grabbing Gajeel's hand. After saying their final goodbyes, they exited and returned to the streets of Magnolia.

"I never thought you had it in you, shorty," Gajeel grinned, wrapping his arm around her and tugging her in close. "That looks hot on you. Sexy."

"You think so?" Levy grinned, raising her eyebrows suggestively. "That wasn't my intention at all…"

"Liar," he shot back, leaning down to kiss her as they walked. "Such a liar."



"Kind of."

"No fuckin' kiddin'. How about we just go back to my place before we hit the guild in order for me to… inspect that a little more," Gajeel leered. "Make sure he did it right."

She laughed as she found herself being steered in the direction opposite the guild. This kind of detour was something she already had in mind.