The sheets made a rustling noise as Natsu shifted. He was getting that prickling, uneasy feeling he got sometimes when he was separated from Lucy. He noticed it had been occurring more and more often since…

He shook his head and shifted again. Lucy had been out for an hour and a half. She'd said something about wanting to get supplies on her own so she could do some thinking. Though he trusted her, it made him nervous to think of her all alone in the busy streets.

He sat forward and peered down at the street through the hotel bedroom window. Dusk was swiftly approaching and the sidewalk was packed with workers returning home at the end of a long day.

Natsu nearly jumped out of his skin when Wendy suddenly spoke, "Natsu?"

He turned to see her regarding him with a questioning stare. The young dragonslayer was sensitive, though it probably wasn't difficult to notice that he was agitated. He forced himself to settle down so he wasn't as obvious.

"Are you worried about Lucy-chan?" she asked, her brow wrinkling. "She has been gone for a while…"

"I am," Natsu admitted, standing from the bed and looking back out of the window. Yellow caught his eye, but when he looked closer he saw that the blonde hair belonged to a young man. If I don't see her in the next five minutes, he decided, I'm going to go look for her.

He stared intently at the crowd below, counting the minutes pass, without seeing her. With a sigh, he situated his scarf better and headed for the door. When he passed Wendy, he patted her head and said, "I'll be back soon, you keep watch."

On the street below, he walked a little in both directions before he managed to catch onto Lucy's faint smell on the right. It was hard to pull her scent from the other people milling in the street and to hold on to it, but he knew her scent better than anyone's except for maybe Happy or Igneel.

He followed the scent down the busy street and then out of town. His pace quickened as he passed the walls of the city, wondering what could possibly take her this far from the hotel. Flashes of the worst situations in his mind's eye prodded him to walk faster and faster.

"FUCK YOU!"

Natsu broke into a full on sprint, recognizing Lucy's voice and freaked out by how uncharacteristic the words were. Nimbly, he ran through the trees towards her scent, slowing down only when he saw her standing on the edge of a cliff, alone.

"I FUCKING HATE YOU!" she shouted, her shoulders heaving from the force of her emotion as she shouted. For a second he thought maybe she was shouting at someone who was hanging from the cliff or who had fallen over, but her face was directed at the sunset streaked sky.

He took a deep breath and clenched the vest fabric over his heart. She wasn't in danger. She was by herself. And, she was yelling at the sky. She was strange, but she was okay. He approached her quietly, watching her closely with amusement.

"IT'S SO UNFAIR! YOU SUCK SO FUCKING MUCH!"

"YEAH, FUCK YOU!"

Lucy whirled around in shock, jumping guiltily when she saw Natsu standing next to her. Her face blazed with embarrassment, "H-how long have you been here?"

"Long enough," he said, smiling as his teasing made her turn two shades darker. "What are you doing…exactly?"

"I thought it would be nice to walk out here in the forest and, well, when the sun started setting I thought about beautiful everything was. How beautiful life is," Lucy explained, gesturing excessively, but starting to return to a normal color. "And, I got really pissed. Extremely pissed. Why the fuck does life get to be so beautiful and do something so shitty to me!?"

"You're cursing a lot," he observed.

She scratched the back of her neck sheepishly, "…It feels good."

He grinned at her and waited for her to return it before turning to the landscape stretching out below them and shouting, "WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU DO THAT TO MY LUCY YOU HEARTLESS BITCH!?"

Lucy laughed as a flock of birds startled and took flight and stepped forward, "I JUST WANT TO FUCKING STAY WITH NATSU, IS THAT TOO MUCH TO FUCKING ASK, ASS-HAT!?"

"Ass-hat? Nice."

"Thanks, I thought so."

They kept shouting until only a thin slice of the sun remained above the horizon. Lucy's shoulders were shaking, and he was concerned that she was crying again. She'd been crying so much these past months and he wished there was a way that he could make sure she never had to cry again. But, when she faced him, she saw that she was laughing.

"Thank you, Natsu," she said. His eyes ran over her face as she stepped into his embrace, wanting to remember the happy expression forever. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him down to her lips.

"You're welcome, Lucy."

#32 Cursing

(Ahaha, Ass-hat is my favorite insult. On a different note, if you're interested in listening to other songs that relate/sort-of-relate to the mood of this story, another one would be Year of the Cure by Lights! Thanks for reading and reviewing~!)