Note: I do not own Fairy Tail or Familiar of Zero, and this story has been written simply for entertainment purposes. I hope you enjoy it.


PROLOGUE

(Louise POV)

One year. It has been a little over a year since I met them, a little over a year since I have joined the guild.

Indeed, we have been through so much together. My friends and I have been through many great adventures... as well as misadventures. Hell, misadventure is probably the more proper term to use for it.

Mission after mission, fighting against Dark Guilds, the Grand Magic Tournament, monsters, mages, dragons, or in general, fighting as well as the destruction of property, has been part of my, our, daily routine. Truth be told, even without all of these happening, it was a natural occurrence in our guild for furniture to get destroyed, what with the constant brawling among the members. Still, they were not really trying to kill each other (?). The only problem is that because of this we are constantly in trouble, both financially, and with the authorities. Hell, our guild has quite a reputation, owing to the fact that we have an almost zero percent failure rate, in other words, the missions we take mostly end up in success. The only problem is that even if our success rate is 100%, the success of us not getting into trouble with our clients is near zero percent, due to our... destructive means, of completing our tasks. Not that we mean to cause much damage of course, but somehow, it seems as if destruction to property is a specialty of every single one of us, including me of course, and thus, there are even times that even if our mission is a success, we don't get paid... and sometimes, we even end up getting debts because of it. In fact, there was actually a time when me, along with my five companions, had to stay and help reconstruct Caldia Cathedral, which has been dealt heavy damage by... well, me.

Still, despite everything that has happened, honestly speaking? The past year had been among the best times of my life. Not everything goes the way you want them to, no matter how you try, and in fact, I've had had to face countless dangerous situations, as well as headaches and worries (lots of it). But if there was one thing which I learned during the time I spent with them, is that it's fun when you're not alone. True, there are plenty of weirdoes in our guild, but when it comes right down to it, each and every member, including myself, happen to be unique, as well as a weirdo, in our own way. But despite all these, despite the fact that we tend to make a mess of things most of the time, the past year had been among my happiest in my entire time of existence.

For despite our differences, despite our different personal problems, pasts, and natures that we may have, the members have a strong bond with each other. They are my friends. They are my comrades. They are my family. They are my nakama.

Which is why, as I look at them one last time... Master Makarov, Levy, Gejeel, Juvia, Grey, Lucy, Natsu, Erza, Mirajane, Lisanna, Elfman, Kana, and all the others... despite my attempt to give them nothing but a happy smile before I left, I could not stop the tears from falling from my eyes, and the same way could be said for them, although at least a few were in control enough of their emotions to stop themselves from crying...

Still, despite the tears, I still managed it, to smile as I bade them farewell. And the last thing I saw, were my friends, my nakama, as they shot up their hands through the air, in the traditional Fairy Tail salute, wishing me luck, before I was blinded by green light...

"Farewell, my friends," I whispered, as I too prayed for their good fortune, before willingly falling through the portal, and knew no more...

-BREAK-

(Louise POV)

"?!"

It was nighttime. That was the first thing I noticed, the moment I fell out of the portal from whence I was willingly pulled into. Taking a good look at my surroundings, I noticed that I was surrounded by trees, in a place that was somehow familiar. Still, despite this fact, I was not sure if the spell succeeded, after all, forests and woods tend to be identical.

The moment I looked up in the sky, however, my suspicions were confirmed. The spell, which my friends had taken a lot of time and effort in finding and practicing, had worked, for up in the sky, there were two moons, yes two... instead of one. I was back in my own world. Not my home of course, just my own world. For as far as I was concerned, Fairy Tail has been more of a home than my own house, my family by blood, had ever been.

Not that I do not love them of course. In fact, I love them so much, my father, my mother, and my two sisters. And I know too, that they in turn, also love me a lot. However, while I know this for the fact, it is also true that they held pride and tradition as priority over love and affection, which was something I was not happy about. Except for my sister Cattleya, the rest believed that the honor of the family is first and above everything else.

I was trained, from a very young age, how to be a Valliere, a proper noble, etiquette, and everything else that comes with it, including the mindset of a traditional noble. I was taught in the various subjects, ranging from arts, politics, history... and... magic.

And while I did manage to adapt all of these perfectly, I was, unfortunately, unable to do anything about the last one. For no matter what I did, no matter how I tried, I had never, in all my life, been able to cast a spell properly. Whenever I tried, only one of two things would happen: one, if I was lucky, the spell would simply accomplish nothing, for nothing happen. However, if I was unlucky, which was in fact, most of the time, the spell would, literally, blow up in my face. No matter what kind of spell I used, no matter how simple it was, this was always what happened.

And thus, my life began turning for the worst. My father and more especially, my mother, had become distant, and in fact, from this point in time, it has probably been years, since I had been discovered as a failure, that we have had a proper conversation, always using one of the maids, or my sisters, as a channel, whenever they want to tell me something. My sister, Eleonor, had also become worse, and in fact, she had become stricter and harsher with me, for it was her role to teach me the basics, and it seems that my failure, has also been considered by our parents as her own.

Seeing that I had no talent whatsoever, they had also begun taking further control and manipulation of my life. When I was still at a young age of six... yes six, I was forcefully engaged, to a man who was at least a decade older than me, Jacques Wardes. And while its true that I do not hate him for, and in fact, perhaps I may have also liked him a little, I could not help but resent my family for this act. Even at that young age, due to my education, I understood, that I was being used as a doll, as a tool, for whatever political game they were playing.

And when they decided, years later, that I will be sent to the Tristain Academy of Magic, I could not have been happier. To be free, to be away, from the judging eyes of my family, who save for one, were all looking down on me, was a blessing in itself...

...or so I thought...

For as it turned out, if my life at home had become close to hell... my life at the Academy, was hell itself.

It was really unfortunate, but as it turned out, the Valliere were among the highest and most respected families, not only in Tristain, but in the whole of Halkegenia, and was among the cut above most of the noble clans. And because of this, the pressure on my shoulders, the scrutiny, the expectations, were really high... and sadly, I had not been able to meet them. In fact, in our very first lesson, a lesson on using the silencing spell, not only was I the only one not able to cast it, but the moment I tried, like always... everything ended up in smoke.

And things started going downhill from there. My fellow students had all begun looking down on me, and I was thus subjected to psychological torment and torture, mocking, name-calling, and insult, and leading them of course, was one Kirche von Zerbst, a member of a top brass noble Germanian family with bad blood with my own, and was the worst of them all. Due to my constant failures, it was her, she was the one, who had given me the nickname which had become the most popular above all the others, the nickname Louise the Zero. Even the teachers, as well as my peers, had also started looking at me disdain, and from time to time, I could not help but overhear them talking about me, conversations which include phrases like 'a huge disappointment,' 'an embarrassment to her family name,' and the like.

And then, after two months in that Brimir-be-damned school, I've had enough. All the stress, all the pressure, all the despair, the moment I received my first letter from home since I got there, a letter from mother, telling me how much of failure I was, I snapped. Unable to take anymore, I decided to slit my wrists and end it all...

Yes, I wanted to die. I wanted to kill myself, to end the torment which was living. Living but not truly living. And thus, despite the pain I felt from my injury, from all the blood that was spilling from my arms, I did not mind it so much...

However, I did not lose my life, nor did I die alone, in misery and in agony. For as luck would have it...

...it seemed as if fate had other plans for me...

Creak.

Slowly, carefully, I opened one of the doors, before I entered the building.

It had been quite an easy task, to enter the Tristain Academy of Magic. Having learned the art of stealth (surprising as it may sound for a member of Fairy Tail, I have), I had managed to enter the school, despite its security measures, without detection.

It's not like I wanted to come back here, of course, but it was the destination closest to where I appeared, and thus, it was only logical that I choose the nearest location from whence I could gather information and reorganize myself, and since it was two o'clock in the morning, as indicated by one of the large clocks in the vicinity, it was unlikely for anyone to be awake at this hour, and thus unlikely for me to get caught.

Moving swiftly through the shadows, I immediately headed for the kitchens to stea... um, replenish my energy. I was feeling hungry after all, and the kitchen was the only place where I would be able to get something to eat.

It was risky, but thankfully enough, none of the workers were around, and they were probably sleeping in their quarters, and thus I was able to enter without much problem.

"Bingo..."

As it turned out, I was quite lucky. Aside from the loaves of bread, there was still some meat porridge in the pot. True, it was not as good as the guild's cooking, but I was not really the picky type... at least not anymore. After all, I have been able to tolerate eating those accursed flying fish (which were so horrible that even weeds tasted better) that even Happy disliked, so taste isn't such a big deal for me. As long as it's edible, it's fine.

Satisfied with my meal, as quietly as I could, I washed the dishes which I used. Then, I took a few loaves of bread, placing them in my knapsack, as I left some gold on the table. I wasn't a thief after all, and since I ate without permission, paying for the food was the least I could do.

Looking to my left as I walked, I noticed something. According to the date on the calendar, it had been over year since my disappearance... which in itself was a relief. At least, contrary to what I originally feared, time was moving in the same pace in this world as it was in my friends' world, which means that there is still a chance, that I will be able to see them again...

However, now was not the time to dwell on things. Slapping myself twice on the cheek to wake myself up, I started hurrying towards the doorway...

Crash

And found myself knocked backwards, as I ran into something solid...

"Ow, ow," muttered a female voice.

And as I looked at the person who had fallen to the floor... a black-haired female in a maid outfit, who was currently rubbing her backside, cursing myself inwardly for my carelessness...

I wanted to run, to escape, and for someone like me, it would probably be quite easy. Besides, I am still wearing a hood over my head, so it was unlikely that the girl had seen my face. However, as I saw the pieces of broken plates that were scattered all over the floor... knowing that she would probably be the one blamed for it, I knew I couldn't just leave her...

Taking a deep breath, knowing that I would probably regret my decision, I crouched down on the floor...

"Hey, are you alright?"

Upon hearing my voice, the girl opened her eyes.

For a few seconds, the two of us just that there, frozen, as we stared each other straight in the eyes, blue eyes on black ones. Then, her chest puffed up and...

"KY-?!"

It was fortunate, very fortunate, that I have had experience in this kind of thing with my guild mates before. Thankfully, due to being constantly around them, I now have the ability to deduce, based on instinct, when someone was about to scream at the top of their voice, and was thus able to stop her on time, effectively tackling her and moving on top of her, covering her mouth with one hand, while pinning her leg with my other. If it weren't for this fact, the whole castle would have been alerted by now...

"Shhh..." I whispered in a soothing voice. "Please calm yourself. I am not going to hurt you."

Unfortunately, my words had the opposite effect. For as she heard my voice, the girl, instead of calming down, began to struggle frantically, more than ever before, her face turning bright re... wait, she was blushing?!

Oh dear...

Don't tell me she was thinking that I'm planning to...?! I thought exasperatedly, and I knew that my own cheeks were also burning, as I recalled the teasing words Lisanna told me when she saw me staring at her sister.

'I knew it. You really do prefer girls over boys don't you, Louise-chan?'

Things had just gotten more complicated...


AUTHOR'S NOTES

Alright, this is my first ever Zero no Tsukaima and Fairy Tail fanfic. I hope you people like it.

Now, originally my idea was to try and follow the canon route and add a few inserts, just like the typical FOZ crossover. However, that really isn't my style and I actually don't like doing canon stuff so I won't. I promise, there will some scenes based on canon, but due to the turn of events, there will plenty of differences...

Anyway, this story is also my first attempt at using a true first point of view as the main POV, as you may have noticed with the wordings. I just hope I didn't screw up. But enough about that...

And like always, I hope you enjoy this chapter...

Later then, people...