Here's my little tribute to Valentine's Day! I know it's not much, but I'm still proud that I'm able to write something THIS short. I apologize for the lameness though. :))

Taking the summary into account, this will be the first of the (hopefully) many drabbles and one-shots I'll be writing about "Gray, Lucy, and everything in between" set waaay after "Denial, Denial" and "Chaos Theory". I know I'm kind of jumping around with my stories, but some irrelevant plot bunnies are just too annoying to ignore, you know? Besides, this will serve as a great break and breather at times when I'm feeling stuck with my ongoing fics... like right now.

I've decided to mark this as "complete", because while this anthology aims to flow into a single story, each chapter is still technically independent from the other.

Standard disclaimers apply.
Rated T to be safe.

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Apple & Cinnamon
By: Sechskies

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"You're never gonna feel the touch of a woman."

Gray raises an eyebrow, looking mildly amused, but very much unfazed by Natsu's rare display of — dare he say it? — intellect. "Yes, I will." he merely says, voice deadpan.

"Seriously, man! Objects never actually touch," the Dragon Slayer persists. "All you feel is the energy transfer. It's the physics of touch, I tell ya!" Smirking like he knows a secret, he slides closer to the idle teenager, a mischievous gleam in his eyes. "That means, you and Lucy will never ever come in contact with each other."

For a moment, Gray remains unresponsive, but his stiff posture tells Natsu that his words struck a chord. With wicked amusement, he watches as a small tic then begins to appear on his rival's forehead.

Oh, he got him, alright. He's been itching for a good ol' brawl the whole day (the dark guild they've just annihilated for their mission was too darn easy for his superior magic to handle), and what better way to provoke the bastard stripper than her?

Genius.

"...Goddammit, Natsu."

"What?" he counters, grinning cheekily. The way the ice mage grits his teeth in barely suppressed anger almost makes him want to clap his hands like an excited demon-child. Gray really got it bad for that weirdo, doesn't he? Ah, whatever. One more push, and he'll finally have the means to ease his boredom. "You mad, Droopy Eyes? It's an intriguing scientific fact, y'know—"

"I know!" the half-naked alchemist all but yells out. "Just... Just—!"

"Just what?"

And to his complete and utter bewilderment, the raging fire enshrouding Gray fizzles out as quickly as it appeared.

"Just... goddammit." he says at last, and with a defeated sigh, proceeds to walk ahead of the cherry-haired Salamander.

Natsu gawks at his retreating back as he drags his feet to trail after the rest of their team, taking notice of his hunched posture and sluggish footwork. The gloomy air around the ice mage is practically visible from where he's standing, and despite himself, he snickers.

He may not have gotten the brawl he wants, but this — this is way better.

"Man, what a pansy."

Yup, he's not so bored anymore.

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We are all fools in love.

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History:
02.14.12 ~ First published. Hooray for V-day~!

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Who knew Gray can be so pathetically sensitive when it comes to his love life? Only Natsu. And maybe Happy. Ooooor, I dunno, just about everyone except for the "love life" herself?

And now, because I'm feeling smart (for once), I shall provide you a non-simplified version of Natsu's speech about his so-called "physics of touch":

Everything in this world is made of atoms of different elements. Humans are mostly carbon, while water is made of hydrogen and oxygen. Those atoms are then broken down into protons, neutrons, and electrons, with the electrons orbiting around the nucleus, which is made of the protons and neutrons. Electrons are negative, while protons are positive and neutrons are neutral. If two atoms come close together, their electrons repel each other, because negative charges repel other negative charges. Many atoms form bonds with one another to make molecules and compounds, but there is still a slight distance between the two attached atoms. Thus, if everything is made of atoms, which have these electrons, objects cannot technically touch one another, because in theory, there's still a minute amount of space between them.

I figured Natsu would still be too much of a moron to get all that. xD

Sooooo... Anyone wanna review? :3

I'm also open for prompts and requests! A word, a short summary, a line you want said, whatever. Just keep the following conditions in mind when requesting:

1.) The main pairing will always be Gray x Lucy. It's an anthology of their blossoming romance, after all.
2.) No rushing! By now, you must know how much of a slow writer I am.
3.) I still have the liberty to choose which prompt I'm gonna write about.

Have at it, loves!