Update 2k17: Hey there, I revised the first chapter of this story and corrected some mistakes. Gonna get that epilogue done sometime in the future as well. Please enjoy! :)
Disclaimer: I don't own Hiro Mashima's great work. This applies to all the following chapters as well.
One Week of Danger
It was a warm summer morning and the sun snuggled into the white clouds while the blue sky yawned above the mountain tops. A small river dashed down from between the stony cracks until it melted with the glittery ocean. Some birds began their cheerful songs and woke the city from its deep slumber. A girl stirred in her sleep when the spicy smell of fresh coffee tickled her nostrils; her blond hair was as messy just like the blanket which lay crumbled beside her bed. Melanie yawned, squinted her eyes and scrambled to her feet in order to get some breakfast, but –
"What a terrible introduction," Lucy Heartfilia grumbled to herself as she scrapped first paragraph of her new novel. She rubbed her sore temples to soothe the growing symptoms of a headache. It felt like there was a mental war in her head, a fight against the blankness of the white sheet in front of her. Deciding to let her laziness win, she put away her trusty quill and parchment. Maybe early mornings just weren't her time to write, not that she was in the mood anyway. Besides, maybe she shouldn't try to describe the opposite of the weather which was currently conquering Magnolia.
In an attempt to brighten her mood, the blonde woman lay down on her wooden floor and popped her head up with one arm. Lazily, Lucy sipped at her morning coffee – she would be nothing without it – before turning her attention to the next page of the Weekly Sorcerer.
It was quiet in her apartment since her friends weren't present ... at least she hoped. They just came back from a job yesterday and everybody was exhausted. They spent two weeks of chasing a particular elusive group of bandits. Even Natsu and his seemingly never-ending source of energy was probably still in bed. Usually, they would already be here and trash her place. Gray would be stripping, Happy would eat all of her food, Erza would dive through her closet and Natsu would probably set things on fire while laughing like a maniac.
Lucy often wondered what she did to deserve this. The bad and the good things.
Sure, she hated how they invaded her private space, but she loved them too much to be angry for long. She really did love Fairy Tail after all. Yes, they were crazy and she would definitely vote for them if there was a competition for the craziest guilt, but their flaws are what made them more like a real family.
Something on the page of the magazine caught her attention. Plue stopped dancing and wobbled to her side, when she started to read the article. "Your weekly horoscope, huh?"
Find out what will happen to you in the next week based on your zodiac sign. It includes your job, friends, style and love life. From experience we know that Miss Mystic is always right with her predictions.
" Yeah, right," Lucy muttered, but her gaze kept shifting back to the article with interest. Her brown eyes were glued to the words 'love life', reminding her of Aquarius insistant teasing about not having a boyfriend. Maybe Aquarius would be less cranky, if Lucy would finally find her special someone. Probably not, her spirit was quite beastly either way.
"Well let's see ... cancer, cancer ... cancer! Here it is," Lucy exclaimed in joy when she found her horoscope. She always wondered if a person had something in common with their zodiac sign, at least most people claimed there was a connection. Maybe personality wise? The image of the spirit with scissors popped into her head and she shivered. Should she start to end her sentences with 'shrimp'?
Lucy shook her head to get rid of the ridiculous image which formed in her mind.
Actually, this stuff was considered to be a type of celestial magic, but Layla had taught Lucy that horoscopes had nothing to do with the pure magic of the stars. That's why she never believed the concept of horoscopes and despised those wanna-be wizards who pretended that they know something about celestial magic. They clearly did not.
Moreover, she knew for a fact that prediction has little to do with the zodiac. Cana, for example, uses card magic for this purpose. Lucy felt like those fortune-tellers who use the zodiac for their predictions were just scamming people. The spirits are living beings and it still makes her mad how people think they could just think they are some shining stellar constellations. They've probably never even met a spirit in person.
Still, Lucy could not deny the curiosity that crept into her mind.
"Puuun~" The little spirit interrupted her thoughts when he pointed at the horoscope with his wobbly paw. Plue watched his friend with worry, when he saw how the blonde clutched the innocent paper in her hands.
Lucy sighed. Unlike Natsu, she could not understand her spirit's language, but she knew that he tried to calm her down. She observed the offending magazine in her hands and a cheeky smile lit up her face. "Maybe I should just give this a try? It's not like that could hurt."
The little doggy spirit looked at her with excitement and nodded his head.
"Aww~ you're so cute!" She giggled to herself and turned to face her horoscope.
Cancer the Crab: X791, September the 5th
Do your thing! Your unusual ideas can be the cornerstone for you success. But your annoying colleagues could get in the way. Later this week, Uranus and Neptune will cause breakdown and misunderstandings. You need to face the chaos.
"Basically, it says that my ideas are weird and that my team is annoying." Lucy rolled her eyes and silently agreed with the annoying part. "Breakdown and misunderstandings, huh? Natsu and the others cause destruction all the time, duh. That's why I am always late with my rent. What about the chaos though?"
Lucy groaned at the image of more destruction. Why it is that her team always had to wreck at least city while on a job? It was like an unspoken law and they made sure would never be broken. They may look innocent, but don't let them fool you! They are like cute little kittens who turn into wild lions when you turn your back on them.
Okay, Happy was technically a cat and Natsu was more of a dragon but that's not the issue here.
The pink-haired magician was the most destructive, most dense, most idiotic and the most kind person Lucy had ever met. He was her best friend and he meant the world to her. A worried frown sat on her lips as soon as she thought back to their latest job. Recently, Natsu and Lucy had some trouble with their relationship and she really started to be bothered by it. Lucy had a hunch that he was hiding something important from her and Natsu was not one to have many secrets. The fact that he won't tell her made her uneasy and a weird feeling bubbles in her stomach every time she caught that intense look in his eyes.
Why was he always staring at her that way? She couldn't for the life of her figure out what it meant, but she was determined to find out for the sake of their friendship. Lucy didn't want to loose him.
"Now here comes the interesting part," she mumbled while her eyes drifted to the romance section of the horoscope. She pushed her worry about Natsu away for now, Lucy was more of an optimistic person anyway. Maybe she would be lucky enough and meet the love of her life during the next week, if the article was to be trusted.
The cosmos ignites your love and interesting encounters wait for you. If the object of your affections neglects you, Mars tells you to make him jealous.
Venus it the cause of your flirty mood, but don't carry it too far. For you could break a heart. If you are able to pass the emotional roller coaster, you will float on cloud nine with your one true love!
Yes, she would meet the love of her life! Life was amazing! In your face Aquarius, she would get a boyfriend this week. Whether this was the truth or not, just reading the encouragement gave her motivation. "Who will it be? What do you think, Plue?"
Not really expecting a coherent answer from the adorable spirit, she let the words sink in and started to guess what the detailed prediction for her love life could mean. Who would she encounter? A mess of pink hair accompanied by a large grin filled her mind and her cheeks warmed up involuntarily. Quickly, she tried to supress the image of her best friend, but that didn't drain her face of the tomato red colour. No, she couldn't think of him that way … what was wrong with her?
Trying to get her mind off these traitorous thoughts, Lucy reread the text and she had to laugh because it reminded her of Mirajane's attempts to get Natsu and her together. She briefly remembered him dancing goofily on a table, wiggling his ass back and forth. Save to say, all of Mira's attempts to manipulate her into a relationship with him failed terribly. Nevertheless, she was fond of the memories.
Lucy's stomach was filled with that warm and fuzzy feeling as if thousand little blue cats had a party in there. Thanks to that white-haired demon, she once even imagined him in her daydreams. How awkward can it possibly get? If he knew what was occupied her mind that day, Natsu would probably declare her the weirdest person on the planet.
She almost got a heart attack when the dragon slayer wanted to meet her in private. Then, she got another heart attack because he just wanted to use Virgo to dig a hole next to a tree. What's wrong with him? How can someone be this dense? From then on, she was certain that he didn't posess a single romantic bone. That's when Lucy gave up on the entire thing.
Natsu plus romance equals a big permanent question mark in his mind.
"Puuunpu! Puuuu pun Pu?" Plue jumped up and down excitedly and she stared at him in question. Not for the first time, the celestial wizard wished that she could understand her spirit.
"Can you show me what you mean?" The blonde questioned and the shivering spirit walked over to a brown cartbord box. He pointed at it and pulled at the sleeve of her red shirt. Curiously, she opened it only to find a pink lollipop. Oh, that's what he wanted.
Lucy rolled her eyes and with a small grunt she handled the sticky thread to him, resulting with a puddle of drool on her beloved rose coloured carpet. Great, who needs friends when she had her spirits messing up her apartment, too.
Tilting her head, she looked at the love part for the millionth time this morning. She had to admit ... it was intriguing.
"I will unintentionally break a heart?" Lucy didn't like the ring that the second part had to it. That sounded like a lot of troubleand knowing herself, there would be no happy ending. Something with the floating-on-cloud-nine-thing would go wrong, it was just too good to be true.
Not too flashy, your good mood has enough force of attraction.
Avoid the color red and do not match it up with pink.
"Too bad, I'm wearing red right now!" The blonde grinned and plucked at her ruby red top which complimented her womanly figure or so the male population of Magnolia thought.
"That's pretty random ... "Lucy pondered and rubbed her chin in thought. How did an author determine something like a that?
Of course, the author of this horoscope could've used magic instead of just making things up. It was possible since this was a magazine for wizards by wizards. Still for all she knew, the author could just close his eyes and play eeny-meeny-miny-moe with the days of the 's what Frank, the guy who tried to predict the weather, did all the time. No wonder he wasn't that accurate. His chance was fifty-fifty, but he still managed to fail. Poor Frank, Lucy could almost imagine all the hate he recieved.
Good luck~ Miss Anje Marie Mystic
"Why thank you Miss Mystic," she muttered with a healthy amount of irritation lacing her voice. "All in all my week consists out of breakdown, misunderstandings, chaos, heartbreak and potential love. The last one only happens if I don't screw it all up. Not to forget the cherry on top, I'm not allowed to wear pink and red! Who does the author think she is, deciding what's going to happen to me next week?"
Whoever this Miss Mystic person was, she was going to get it. Lucy was determined to prove that this was all just a scam and she wouldn't fall for it.
"Okay, Miss Mystic." Lucy stood up and held the magazine, which she would flush down the toilet later, above her head. Plue imitated her totally heroic pose and she was dead serious when she yelled, "In the next week I will prove that your horoscope is completely wrong!"
"Oi, Lucy! Why are ya screaming like that? It's still early."
Her head whipped around and brown met onyx. There, in her comfortable bed sat a very sleepy looking dragon slayer and his blue companion. Natsu looked like he had just been rudely ripped from dreamland and his pink bangs were sticking in every direction. She would've found it adorable, if she wasn't so shocked right now. How could she not notice him sleeping in her bed? For once, Lucy had been fairly sure she had been alone.
"Natsu, how long have you been here?" Lucy tried to ask with a calm voice, barely concealing her anger. Natsu immidiately picked up on the dangerous aura that surrounded the furious woman.
"Since yesterday?" Slightly shivering from memories of Lucy's kicks, he tied to avoid looking at her. "C-come on, don't gimme that look. I thought you noticed s-since ... Lucy? ... W-what are you – AH!"
Happy swallowed when her foot collided with Natsu's head. Internally very grateful, that Lucy was too kind to kick him as well.
"Aye, Lucy is mean!"
"Who gave you the permission to break into my house?" He should have known better than to mess with her in the morning. Lucy glared angrily at the dragon slayer. She cursed the people in the guild for never actually teaching Natsu about personal space. Not to mention the difference between women and men. "You can't just sneak into any woman's bed!"
"You are not just any woman, you are Lucy." He grinned brightly like it was the most natural thing in the world to say. His cheeks were dusted with a barely noticable rose colour and he scratched his cheek in embarrassment.
Her heart stopped at that moment and she felt like melting to a small insignificant puddle of adoration. A small blush covered her cheeks, when she couldn't help but return the smile. Seriously, this guy was impossible sometimes.
"Are you listening to me?" Natsu crocked his head to one side and poked her rosy cheeks. "I said that you snore."
And there he goes again, ruining the moment. She knew the peace was too good to be true. One of her eyebrows started to twitch dangerously and her face went even redder than before, if that was even possible. Her eyes were on fire when she started to yell at the dragon slayer, "You're the one who snores like a drunk sailor. I never snored before, I'm the quietest person alive!"
"Whoa, she's gone wild!"
"Lucy is scary," the cheeky feline chimed in, earning himself a pretty nasty glare. It wasn't enough to stop him from riling her up further though."And she's kinda delusional."
Deciding to ignore the woman's angry fit, Natsu quickly peeled himself off the bed and made his way towards the kitchen, planning on raiding her fridge. Once Lucy noticed his intentions, she desperately tried to hold him back. As fate would have it though, she slipped on the puddle of drool which Plue caused earlier and landed on her butt.
Groaning, Lucy picked herself up from the floor while she ignored the barely supressed snickers coming from her two friends. She limped over to her mirror in order to fix her messed up hair and clothes, but what she saw made her freeze. Her spirit's pink lollipop stuck to her red shirt like glue and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn't get it off. Lucy was so focused on her reflection that she did not even notice the loud crashing sounds which came from her kitchen.
Avoid the color red and do not match it up with pink.
"This is just a coincidence." She laughed nervously and finally managed to prie the sticky thread from her shirt. "Just my imagination."
To Be Continued