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The One: Ch. 2
I was running... running to someone that was hidden by shadows and darkness. As much as I ran, I still stayed in the same place, never able to reach the person on the other side that was slowly fading away. I tried screaming, but nothing would come out. The only thing that did come out was tears. But why? The darkness seemed to near closer and closer to me.
I woke up with a sudden start; the sun partially lighting up my room. Was that really a dream? It had felt so real, though. I turned my head to the side and saw none other than Gray without his shirt on, his head laid down on my bed. Taken aback, I let out a loud shriek, startling him awake from his slumber. His eyes opened so fast, and before I could even blink, he was already in a fighting stance.
"Who's there?!" I watched him as he looked around every corner of my house. He stopped after a while and gave me a quizzical look. "Why did you scream? There's no one here." Was he being serious?
"You're here!" I let out.
"Obviously. I wasn't going to leave you alone after what happened," he explained. "I thought your attacker from the day before finally decided to show himself."
"Attacker? And what do you mean 'after what happened'?" I was confused. All I remember from yesterday was a horrible headache and a fever that was now gone.
"You really don't remember, do you?" I slowly shook my head as he let out a sigh. It felt like he was going to explain everything to me until Loke, or should I say Leo, came out of the spirit world.
"Oh, Lucy! I'm so glad you're okay," He hugged me tightly; air unable to reach my lungs. "I thought something bad had happened to you!"
"Lo...Loke, I... can't... breathe..." I managed to let out a gasp. I might have been a goner if it wasn't for Gray who pulled him off of me. Lately, he's been saving my life in more ways than I could imagine like that one time when he rescued me from a huge bear that was chasing me for stealing its food on our last mission. In my defense, I, along with the others, hadn't eaten for two days, so I was pretty desperate.
As I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, I felt the room go quite. Too quiet for that matter. I opened my eyes to only be met with an empty room. I was surrounded in silence by myself. "Ahh, peace and quiet at last! But where did they go?"
I shrugged it off. As long as they weren't in my bathroom where I will be taking a bath, I didn't care. Something still felt odd, out of place. That's when I remembered Natsu; he should've barged into my room by now. Strange? Yes. Was I entirely troubled by this? No. What did trouble me, though, was that I couldn't remember anything that had happened only the day before. From what Gray had said, I could be in danger right now. I tried to not let that thought get the better of me and calmed down, hoping my memory will come back to me naturally. I just hope it will.
A part of me felt anger towards that stellar spirit the moment he came out. It seemed to grow even more the second he hugged Lucy and acted worried. The fact that he was basically suffocating her was beside the point. I needed to talk to him right away. After pulling him off of Lucy, I dragged him outside where we were met with a strong gust of cold air. Everything seemed quiet outside, no one was around. But who would want to go out after that terrible storm yesterday?
Meanwhile, Loke, raising an eyebrow at me, was confused at what was going on. It just irritated me even more.
"What's wrong? I was in the middle of a reunion with my mage."
"Your mage? Last time I checked, she belonged to no one!" I spat at him which only caused him to be even more confused than before.
"Calm down. Why are you so worked up for?" He placed a hand on my shoulder as I flinched from the sudden touch. I quickly pushed his hand away disgusted. "What's wr—"
"What's wrong is that you didn't save Lucy yesterday when she was in danger! Aren't you her stellar spirit? Aren't you supposed to help her when she's in trouble?" The thought itself was what angered me so much. How can a friend not help another friend when they're in need? I thought Loke was better than that.
"Is that it? If so, I can tell you why I did what I did, or what I didn't do, I should say."
He said it so nonchalantly it bugged me, but I would love to hear his excuse. "Go ahead, then."
Loke sighed and turned around, his back facing me. "I didn't help her and neither did the other spirits because we knew you were coming to save her."
"What if I had come too late, huh? What would have happened then?" Right after I said that, I was abruptly pushed to the wall of a house. Loke held my shoulders so tight it felt as if blood had stopped circulating to my arms and fingers. I looked at him, orange hair covering his eyes. He spoke in such a low voice as if he was trying to tell me a forbidden secret, but at the same time, I swear I could hear a slight hint of malice in his voice.
"Don't take me for a fool, Gray. I knew you were going to arrive on time. If for some reason I got the slightest notion that you would come too late, I would have never even trusted you with," My body was pushed farther into the wall. "The life of my owner, my mage!" I could feel his hot breath on my face, and his eyes stared intensely at me.
After a few seconds, Loke finally let go and started dusting himself off as if he had just taken part in a petty fight. I had to roll my shoulders back and massage them with my hands so it wouldn't hurt as much. I underestimated his strength, after all. His words, though, left me with no counter attacks. No reply. Somewhat speechless, but I should've known he truly did care for Lucy. Maybe he even seriously loved her... okay, maybe I shouldn't take it that far.
I saw him approach me, this time with a smirk that he always puts on before using a pick-up line on a girl. And dare I say, it creeped me out, made me feel uncomfortable. It just made everything awkward for me from there.
"Besides," he began, wrapping an arm around my shoulders. "Lucy needs a hero, a prince, in her life who isn't always a spirit, if you know what I mean." With that being said, he winked and gave me a thumbs up before disappearing.
I was left stunned where I stood. "A hero? What the hell does he mean by that?" After thinking about it for a while and getting nothing, I decided to let it go. It was probably another one of his stupid sayings.
I entered Lucy's house once again to not find her in her room. She was probably taking a bath, and for a second I felt like actually going in there to make sure. Maybe she's right when she calls me a pervert. To pass the time while she's in the bathroom, I headed to her desk and grabbed her transcript. I picked up from where I left off a couple months ago. I just needed to know what happened to Iris. Who knew Lucy was so good at writing cliffhangers?
I stepped out of the bathtub while wrapping a towel around my body. I had heard the door open and close, so it was no surprise seeing Gray again sitting at my desk. It took me a second to realize that he was reading my transcript. I had promised Levy that she would be the first to read it. He turned his face towards me while putting the papers down. A sigh of relieve escaped my lips.
"Finally! You sure took your time," he yawned. "We have to head to the guild right away. Everyone is probably wondering where we are. So hurry up and change."
The guild had completely escaped my mind. "You're right." I saw that he was still in my house. I started shooting death glares at him, hoping he would get the message to leave.
"What? Hurry up and change already. We're already late." Gray said almost innocently. I could feel my left eye begin to twitch.
"GET OUT, FIRST, YOU PERVERT!" I actually had to push him out the door so he could leave. Sometimes, I wonder why I even hang out with him.
I changed into a light red shirt and put on a jacket over it. Ironically, I put on a floral patterned skirt when it was below 50 degrees outside. I would mostly be inside a building, so it really didn't matter, right?
As I stepped out the door, I saw Gray sitting near the water. I actually found it pretty sweet that he waited for me all along. I slowly approached and tapped his shoulder. "Ready to go?"
"Yeah." He stood up, and we walked to the guild together silently. We didn't talk, but I didn't mind the silence. It actually allowed me to hear the chirping of the birds, the rustling of the leaves, the rush of moving water, and the sound of air passing by us. The sun was finally fully up and shining brightly in the sky, showering everyone with golden kisses and warmth. Magnolia can be such a peaceful and beautiful place at times. I glanced at Gray, wondering what he could be thinking about that made him look so tense. Don't tell me he's still thinking about whatever had happened yesterday.
Before long, we had arrived at Fairy Tail. Gray politely opened the door for me, which was strange, but nice. All the sounds I had heard before entering vanished as it was replaced by the sounds of laughter, horrible singing, fighting, drunk talking, and everything else imaginable that can happen in this guild. It's weird how I call this place my true home and everyone here my true family.
"Oy, Lucy! You're pretty late." That voice had to belong to the energized fire mage, Natsu. But the second I looked at him, feelings and memories of pain and distress filled my mind, attacking my heart first. I couldn't move as if I were paralyzed. My equilibrium was thrown off balance while my legs went weak. I could no longer support the weight of my own body as I fell backwards.
I remember... I remember what happened.
So Lucy finally remembers! But why does it happen when she sees Natsu? Will Gray finally understand what Loke told him? It will all/partially be revealed in the next chapter, so stick around!
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