1: Encounter

(Lucy's POV)

I have no idea where I even am. I looked around to look for some sort of recognition of anything. Nothing. Man, this sucks. I pulled out my celestial keys and decided on Pyxis, the Gate of the Compass.

After calling on Pyxis and being utterly disappointed to remember that he can only do directions which is not helpful to me right now since I don't know which way Fairy Tail even is…I just started to walk around and try looking for someone to help me, even if I was in the middle of a forest. I had just come back from a job, which I had gone solo on because I needed to be sure that I would actually get money this time, and not pay for expenses.

I continued to walk for what seemed like forever, and eventually it started to get dark. This was not good. I had to get back to Fairy Tail by tomorrow in order to pay my rent, and I was still completely and utterly lost. I looked around frantically and decided to start calling out for someone, anyone.

"Hello? Anybody there? Hello?"

No response. That's. Just. Great. I tried again.

"Hello? Please respond someone…hello? Hello?" I called out helplessly. I looked up at the sky and saw that clouds were starting to come in. Oh no. I started to pick up my pace, and now I was running.

"HELLO?" I screamed as loud as I could.


"Oh for all that is holy, would you shut up?!" I heard someone say.

"…Hello?" I asked, unsurely. Did I just hear somebody?

"Goodbye? That's what I ask since I was trying to take a fucking nap." The voice was getting closer and I could tell it was a guy speaking.

"Umm…sorry. I…it's just, well…umm…I'm lost, and…well…"

"Jesus. You do know how to speak right? Wait never mind. You obviously do since you just woke me up with all of your screaming and from my very peaceful nap, I must add." The voice was getting much more closer now. I could hear twigs snapping and footsteps coming closer as I stood there rooted to the ground.

The person was now coming out from behind a tree to the right of me. He stood somewhat away from me, so I couldn't get a good look at his face.

"Well, sorry for disturbing your nap, but you see I'm lost and I need-" He cut me off.

"A damsel in distress, huh?" he said. I could practically feel his smirk.

"Well, what were you even doing sleeping in a place like this when it's about to rain?" I said, somewhat irritated from that damsel remark. I swear, I could literally feel his smirk growing larger.

"I think it should be quite obvious, actually. I was so obviously waiting for a damsel to come on along and ask for directions. Although, I was expecting you a little earlier, and not when I was taking my nap!" he said, obviously annoyed.

"I already said I'm sorry about your stupid nap. Look, I'm lost and I need to get back to Magnolia to pay my rent, which is due tomorrow! So, could you just tell me how to get out of here, and then you can go back to having your "precious" nap and drown in the rain for all I care. Could you please just tell me how to get out of here?!" I was seriously annoyed now, and that smirk that I know he had on was not helping.

"What's your name Miss Damsel in Distress?" The guy said suddenly.

"What?" I asked him, completely surprised by his question. Couldn't he just tell me how to get out of here? It really wasn't that hard!

"Your name?" he asked again, as if my response was because I didn't hear him.

"No, no. I heard you. It's just…why do you want to know my name?" I asked him.

"It's because I so obviously want to sue you for waking me up," he said sarcastically, "it's because I'm curious, geesh. What's so hard about telling me your name?"

"What's so hard about telling me how to get out of here?" I countered back. He laughed and said,

"Nothing. I know how to get out of here, but I'll only tell you if you tell me what your name is."

"I asked you first, though…" I said.

"I don't care. You woke me up from my nap, so actually you should be lucky that I'm not killing you right now and blessing you with the fact that I want to know your name." He said. My face was burning. He was just so…cocky, and annoying!

"Well, what's your name?" I asked to try and distract him.

It didn't work.

"Ah, ah, ah. Now you're asking three questions when I'm only asking one. Now, how is that fair Miss Damsel in Distress?" He asked me. I was confused. I only asked him for his name and more importantly how to get out of here! So what was the third… He cut into my thoughts and said,

"First you scream at me on how to get out of here. Then you ask what I'm doing sleeping in here, and finally you ask what my name is. You sure are curious, now aren't you? All I asked for was for your name." He told me. I squinted at him to try and make out his characteristics. For some reason, he sort of seemed familiar or something. I just couldn't make it out though…he continued to speak.

"How about this. You tell me your name, and I'll tell you the answer to two of those questions that you asked. Agreed?" He asked me. I nodded, although it was so dark I doubt he could see me.

"Fine," I said, "My name's Lucy. Lucy Heartfilia."

"Lucy Heartfilia," he said.

"That's me. Now, how do I get out of here?" I asked him.

"What about your other question?" he asked me.

"What other question?" I asked.

"I said, you can get two questions and I'll answer them both, so what's your other question?" he said, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

"I don't care! Just tell me how to get out of here, please! Before it rains!" I looked up at the sky worriedly, and back towards his direction.

"No. You get two questions, so what's your other one?" he said. He was so stubborn!

"Ughh! Fine! What were you doing out here then?"

"Well…" he said. I was going to kill him. He was doing this on purpose! I looked back up at the sky and saw how dark it was. I had to get home, now. I was also very hungry. No doubt that Natsu ate all my food though…

"I was sleeping because I was tired," he said with a smile in his voice.

"That's great. Now how do I get out of here?" I asked a little too desperately.

"You just keep walking towards the right, yeah where I am, and eventually you'll be in a town, where you can just catch a train to Magnolia. There. Happy now?" he told me. I nodded as I looked back up at the sky to find my face being a landing for few raindrops now. It was raining. Of course. That's my stupid luck.

I looked back at the right towards the guy and said,

"Thanks a lot. Well, I'll be going now." I started towards him to get out. I felt myself brush past him and him chuckle softly. Oh how I wanted to punch this guy.

I was pretty far away and I could barely make out a town at the edge of the forest before I heard him call out,

"Hey Lucy!" I turned around and yelled back,

"What do you want?"

"Don't you want to know my name?" he asked, with that stupid smirk in his voice again. I wanted to hit him so bad!

"Not really." I muttered softly, but somehow he heard that.

"You sure?" he asked me, laughing now.

I looked back towards the town and started towards it as the rain started to come down harder.

"HEY LUCY!" he screamed at me once again. I whipped around to face the forest that I was about to escape from and screamed back,

"WHAT DO YOU WANT?!" I just wanted to leave, and this prick kept me here somehow. I just wanted to leave…

He laughed some more, but he didn't respond.

"What do you want?!" I asked once more, seriously thinking about just leaving, but I decided against that. Though, I don't know why.

"You positive you don't want to know my name?" he asked me again.

Did he really not get that I didn't care, or did he think I was doing this on purpose?

"I really don't care. So can I freaking leave now?" I asked him.

"You don't care?" I felt him getting closer as his voice echoed throughout the woods and rain. I was soaking wet, and he had to be too, but he didn't seem to care. I sensed his presence getting closer and closer, but finally I got tired of waiting for hypothermia to kick in and turned around to walk out once more.

"LUCY!" he screamed again. I kept walking.

"LUCY!" he called out for me. I just kept walking.

"HEY LUCY!" he yelled again.

"OH FOR EVERYTHING STUPID IN THIS WORLD, WHAT DO YOU WANT?!" I finally cracked. I heard him laughing again. I wanted to murder him! He continued to laugh as he said,

"You do know... we're just going in circles right?"

I looked around and shook my head. I had definitely been going straight towards the right.

"What are you talking about?" I finally asked trying to control my urge to assassinate him right then and there, and that stupid smirk that I have yet to actually see.

"I'm talking about our conversations," he responded as his voice was getting closer and closer. I just shook my head in exasperation and turned around to leave, once again.

"Hey Lucy? Guess what?" he asked me, while chuckling quietly. What is wrong with this guy?

"Oh please bless me with this answer, so I must ask what?" I said under my breath with a mind full of sarcasm at the moment. He somehow heard that too.

"Well, if you insist," he told me, very close now. He was teasing me. It was that simple, and I absolutely refuse to stick around for anymore of this crap. I started to leave again as the rain continued to come down on us and soak us.

"My name is…" I heard him pause for a dramatic effect as I left as quickly as I could. I started to run as the rain started to increase, but I still heard him.

"It's Sting!" he told me. He continued on as he kept laughing softly.

"Just so you know, pesky Damsel in Distress."

I ignored him and continued to run from the rain, the forest, and him.

(Sting's POV)

I watched Lucy rush off with her hands above her head to try and block herself from the rain. Even though, I couldn't really see her very well, I just knew that she was beautiful. She was also very fun to tease. I continued to laugh at her responses as I headed back into the forest towards Sabertooth. I looked up and felt the rain come down drenching me. I smiled. I was very happy now because of that Lucy chick. She was…familiar though. I felt as if I have met her or seen her somewhere. I know I've heard her voice, although I'm not sure where…where was she headed towards again? Oh yeah…Magnolia.

The place where that stupid guild Fairy Tail is. The guild that actually beat us in the Grand Magic Games about a month ago.

I wonder if Lucy's heard of that guild before? She probably has since she does live there. Hmph. Why am I even thinking so much about that girl anyways?

Who wouldn't? She seemed to be amazing in her own way, and she really was fun to tease. I laughed as I kept walking towards my guild. No doubt Lector would be freaking out about where I am right now. I didn't tell him where I was going, because when I left he was sleeping, and I respect that fact.

I was really hungry though, so maybe Rogue cooked something up for the both of us, but probably not…all I need right now is to eat, and quick.

I looked behind me to see where Lucy was headed and squinted as if I could try and see her, but the rain made it impossible.

Hmm…maybe I'll meet her again one day. I wouldn't mind teasing her, and actually seeing what she looks like. Yeah…it would be fun.

I smiled to myself and kept walking.

*Hi everyone! Thank you for reading! I love Sting/Lucy fan-fics although I'm not sure why… since they haven't really even spoken in the manga or anime…but who cares?! Oh and this is based after the Grand Magic Games, and umm…everything in the manga that's happened during the Grand Magic Games (you know…don't want to spoil it for newbies or only anime watchers…)hasn't happened, so yeah.

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