I'm sorry it's so late! I actually had the entire chapter written last November, but I didn't know how to end it until now. D:
Anyways, here it is, and I hope you like it~
The One Ch. 3
I cursed at myself as I caught Lucy right before she hit the ground. She was probably still sick from yesterday, yet I still allowed her to go into the cold with that light jacket and miniskirt on. Gah! It annoyed me how whenever I try to help her, I make it even worse sometimes. I carried her unconscious body bridal style towards the nearest couch and laid her down slowly. She felt a lot lighter than before, I noticed. It was probably because she didn't have any dinner or breakfast.
By now, the entire guild was buzzing with commotion, talking about what could have happened to Lucy. Of course, all eyes turned to me since I was the last person to be seen with her. They were eyeing me suspiciously as if I were some type of criminal in disguise. Letting out a long sigh, I told them everything, from where I found her on the field to walking with her to the guild. I told them everything except for my conversation with Loke. What was said between us was just for us two to know and no one else.
After I was done explaining, Natsu was quite quick to blame me for the entire incident that happened just a moment ago, saying how careless I was to let Lucy walk in the sheer cold. I felt like pounding that fire mage to ashes especially after he tried to come at me with a fire fist. Gray, keep calm, I told myself. This is no time to start a fight. That's why I was so glad to see Erza appear and give Natsu a death glare. His personality did a 180 turn as he now acted like his exceed friend, Happy.
I brushed my fingers through my hair. There was just something that wasn't making sense. How can someone go from being completely fine one second to automatically collapsing the next? It almost seemed as if someone had turned an off switch. And I don't know if this was just a coincidence, but it was very strange how she just lost it the second Natsu appeared. Wasn't she supposed to go to his house yesterday instead of being in that field? Things weren't quite adding up, but I got this feeling that maybe, just maybe, Natsu was somehow, someway involved.
I shook my head, bringing myself back to reality, when Levy yelled for everyone to be quiet. Very ironic if you ask me.
"Lucy's about to wake up!" She declared, holding her hands up. Everyone held in their breath and silence permeated the entire guild. There was no talking, no singing, no fighting. Truly a rare moment to be in.
At the sight of her opening eyes, everyone released the air that they had been holding in. I was glad she finally awoke, not only because it meant she was okay again, but for other reasons. I had questions, and Lucy had to answer to them.
The first thing that reached my ears was the cheer of the guild members. Confused at what was going on, I tried sitting up only to be tackled down with a hug from Levy. The short blunnette kept chanting "I'm so glad you're alright" over and over into my ear. I was going to ask her what she meant by that until I remembered that I had passed out just earlier. For how long was I out exactly?
"Lucy, what happened back there?" Mirajanne asked as she made her way to where I currently was.
Hmm, the reason for why I fainted was a good question. The reason... the reason was because of... Natsu. The reason to why my heart felt like it stopped beating, the reason to why I felt my whole world spin and turn upside down, the reason to why I felt like I was falling into a bottomless pit without anything to grab on was all because of that one boy, Natsu. But I couldn't possibly, in my right mind, tell them that, especially since that said boy was in the room wondering the same thing. I had to come up with an excuse. "I, uh, I'm... still feeling, uh, a little sick from yesterday? Yeah, that's probably why." I swear I was sweating like crazy while waiting for their response. Please, oh please, believe it.
"I knew it! It really was your entire fault, Gray!" Natsu screamed as he finally appeared in my field of vision. This time, though, I was prepared. I couldn't just change the way I acted around him all of a sudden. I had to fight every urge to get away and pretend everything was completely fine.
"Don't try to hit me, stupid!" Gray yelled as he stripped and dodged a fire breath. After that, one thing happened after the other.
"Gray-sama! Juvia will always believe in you."
"Hey, both of you, stop fighting this minute!"
"Ahh! Yes, ma'am!"
"Looks like Erza won."
"Happy, stop talking as well."
"I think a song is appropriate to play for Lucy's awakening. Da do di dum!"
"Mirajanne, can you pass me that barrel of beer?"
My heartbeat returned to normal as it seemed they believed what I had said. I laughed at the scene before me, thinking that maybe what I had felt only minutes or maybe hours before would go away naturally. But first, I needed to take a break, or just get away for a while especially from that fire mage. Maybe I could go do a job on some faraway place.
As everything started to die down slowly, I looked towards the job board. No one seemed to be up there except for Nab who's always up there and Gray. I decided that right now would be the best time to pick a job before all the good ones are taken. I was so close to the board when suddenly Natsu appeared in front of me, holding a paper towards my face. It was a request for retrieving a stolen ancient golden amulet with a pay of 20,000 jewels. It sounded like a perfect job for me; the only bad thing to it was that Natsu had already picked it.
"So, what do you say? Let's go!" Natsu exclaimed while jumping and about to grab my hand. I stepped back in time.
"I'm sorry," I answered over a whisper. My face was burning, and I couldn't even look him in the eye.
"What do you mean 'I'm sorry'?" I could tell he was hurt, but I don't understand why he should be. Couldn't he just ask someone else like Wendy, Romeo, or even Lisanna?
"Uh, you see, I kind of...,uh," I looked around the room, looking for another excuse until my eyes saw Gray pick up a job request. Aha! "promised Gray I would accompany him on his mission." I let out a nervous laugh as I quickly ran to the ice mage's side.
"Lucy?" Gray gave me a weird look. I shot him an apologetic smile. Why couldn't I have just said I wanted to do a job myself? That wasn't a lie after all. No turning back, I guess.
"Oh, I see. I don't get why you would want to go with him though." He shrugged as Happy made his way to where we were.
"She llllliiiiikes him." That stupid, flying cat, always saying stuff like that! Why did it have to intervene?
"Well whatever the reason, a promise is a promise." Natsu said as he eyed me suspiciously before leaving. I'm just glad he didn't start a whole commotion.
I felt a tap on my shoulder. Turning around, I came face to face with the ice mage who was tapping one foot on the ground and raising an eyebrow. I guess I had some explaining to do.
"Well?" He asked.
I laughed nervously as I tried coming up with another lie yet again. "Funny story, actually. Uh, you, uhm... picked the job I wanted to pick!"
"So you're saying that you out of all people wanted to go to the top of a mountain and fight off 20 snow beasts that are terrorizing a nearby town? I thought you didn't like cold places." He eyed me closely, as if trying to see under my disguise.
"Whaaat? Who ever said I didn't like the cold? I. Personally. Love. It." I was trying to hold back the urge of screaming, since I truly did dislike anything that's cold, except for maybe ice cream, but that's different.
"Whatever the case, I'll let you come. I need some answers from you anyways. Pack what you need since we're leaving as soon as possible."
Answers? About what? I shrugged it off for now and nodded my head in agreement. I definitely have to pack some warm clothes.
Well, at least now I'll be able to figure out what's really-
"Gray-samaaaa!" Before I knew it, I was almost being tackled down by none other than the noisy Juvia. "Can Juvia accompany Gray-sama as well?"
I tried regaining my posture, but she still held on to my arm, rather tightly for that matter. "I- I'm sorry, Juvia. It's bad enough having to split the money in two ways let alone three."
That's when she finally let go of me and immediately sat in a dark corner of the guild. "Gray-sama doesn't want Juvia. He wants Lucy. Lucy. Love rival. Lucy. Love rival. Lucy. Love rival."
I could see a dark mist surrounding her out of nowhere; it was actually kind of creepy. I tried focusing on the task at hand. I need to know what has happened to Lucy in order to help her. After all, I am one of her best friends.
I'm actually kind of glad on how this turned out. I don't know why, but I just am.
Next chapter will contain a lot more GrayLu moments since it will be the start of their journey together.
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