Levy woke the next morning to the feeling of cramps near her groin, almost the same feeling she got when she was going to start her period. Naked, she turned over to the side of the bed, but a heavy arm stopped her from leaving.
Levy looked down to see Gajeel, still asleep. Levy smiled, memories of last night flooding through her head. With happy thoughts, she squirmed out of his grasp and headed to the bathroom. Turning on the shower, she glanced at herself in the mirror. Baggy eyes stared back at her as she looked at her hair that stuck out in all directions.
Getting into the shower, Levy lathered herself with citrus-scented soap, the cramps already starting to disappear. As she washed her hair, Levy heard the door to the bathroom open and close. Through the fogged glass, she could see Gajeel reach his hand out to open the shower door.
"What do you think you're…" Levy started, but before she could get another word in, Gajeel stepped into the shower and lightly pushed her aside.
"Dam this feels so good, you got it at the perfect temp too," sighed Gajeel as he let the hot water cascade down his face. Levy looked up at him in shock.
"This is my shower time Gajeel, not yours. Wait your turn!" Levy made a move to push him, but finally realized that he was fully nude. Even though she had seen everything, she still couldn't help but feel shy around him. Putting her hands back to her sides, she glared at him.
"Hehe what's wrong, Shrimp, did I interrupt girl-time?" asked Gajeel, lathering his body with soap. Levy forced to keep eye contact with him but it was getting more difficult with each passing second.
"Just…hurry up! We have a mission to do. I feel like we're using up too much of the little time we have left," said Levy. Gajeel gave her a grin and grabbed her with her back to him.
"Calm down Levy," he whispered into her ear. "Who says no play before work?" She could feel his member against her, wanting him nothing more than to take her right then. With all the will power she could muster she gently pulled away from him, rinsed her hair and exited the shower.
As she walked into the bedroom, she heard the shower turn off from behind her. Levy found her bag and took out her clothes that she was wearing for the day. She was pulling out a flowery skirt and a black crop top when she saw Gajeel staring at her from the bathroom doorway, a towel wrapped around his waist.
"You going to me tell me what's wrong? Cuz I don't want to play the guessing game right now," said Gajeel, his face completely serious. Levy subconsciously took a step back, but didn't feel any fear.
"Nothing's wrong, just-I can't believe last night actually happened. I mean it was just so…amazing! I've never thought it would be like that, I mean, I've read stories, but nothing compares to it…" said Levy. She pursed her lips in embarrassment feeling her cheeks go aflame.
"Ok, so why the weird attitude?" asked Gajeel as he stepped closer. Levy started to play with her hands out of nervousness.
"A part of me feels that I might not live up to your expectations. I feel my nervousness will get the better of me, and that might cause you to leave. Like how it's doing right now," whispered Levy. Gajeel cocked his head at her and rolled his eyes at her playfully.
"I don't expect anything from you Levy, I'm still surprised last night even happened. So you might as well get used to it Shrimp, I ain't goin anywhere," he said, lowering his head to hers. He gave her a sensual smirk as his hand poked at her neck.
Levy gave him a questioning look, but realized what he was referring to. Letting out a horrified gasp she ran to the bathroom mirror and saw the bite mark he had inflicted upon her last night.
"Baka Gajeel! People are going to notice! How am I going to cover it?" wailed Levy as Gajeel sat on the bed cackling.
"I'm sure you'll figure something out, now come on, we have a mission to do!" said Gajeel, mimicking Levy's high-pitched voice. Receiving a few effortless punches to the chest from Levy, the couple got dressed and headed down to the hotel's restaurant for breakfast. Levy made a point to have her hair down and had covered the bite mark with some foundation. She had managed to convince herself that it wasn't too obvious.
As they settled into a table and ordered, Lily flew in and took a seat next to Gajeel. His eyes flickered near Levy's neck.
"Good morning," he greeted. "How was your guys' night? I found some news that might be useful to us…" As Lily filled the duo in on what he discovered, Levy felt herself detach from the conversation her eyes drifting toward the glass window. Even when the waiter showed up with their food, she ate it without thinking.
I don't know why I'm so out of it today, she thought. I'm a woman now; I shouldn't be acting like some kind of child!
While Gajeel and Lily fought over which strategies to use in capturing the guy, Levy noticed the same bright blonde head of hair she saw yesterday drift through the crowd outside. Squinting her eyes to get a better look they widened when she saw who it was.
Excusing herself, she jumped out of her seat and rushed out of the hotel, running straight toward the familiar figure.
"Lu-chan!" Levy yelled, finally catching up to her friend. Lucy turned and laughed at Levy greeted her with a hug.
"What are you still doing here? I thought you would've wrapped up that missing jewelry mission by now," said Lucy. Levy noticed Natsu and Happy a couple yards away and waved at them.
"We're still working on it. With what little evidence the employer gave us, it's like finding a needle in a haystack," explained Levy.
"No offense, but do you think Jet and Droy are really suited for this kind of thing?" questioned Lucy. Just as Levy was about to correct her, Natsu and Happy finally reached the girls, both with excited grins on their faces.
"Oi, Levy, are you here for the theatre festival tomorrow? We're gonna be in a bunch of plays, you just watch!" exclaimed Natsu.
"Actually, we're here just to pass out flyers and put up posters for the event," cut in Happy, blocking Natsu's view from the others. "Natsu wanted to be an actor, but the director told him the role of tree number one was taken."
"Tch, he doesn't know real talent when he sees it. Right, Happy?" cried Natsu. Happy's eyes widened and turned to face his best friend.
"Of course I do Natsu, you're the best!" yelled Happy. "But not at acting." Natsu made a motion for Happy as Levy laughed at the comedic pair while Lucy just rolled her eyes.
"The job isn't the greatest, but I'm desperate," she explained. "We've been here the last couple days, just advertising for this thing. I hope it doesn't go as wrong as last time." Levy remembered the time Lucy and the gang helped out a theatre director with his play. She couldn't imagine them going through that disaster again. Bored with the conversation, Natsu and Happy went off to continue passing out flyers while the girls talked.
"You'll do fine, it's easy money," encouraged Levy. "Actually, I think I saw you yesterday, but you were gone just like that," she said, snapping her fingers for effect.
"I wouldn't doubt it. Those two are worst than a pair of five-year olds at an amusement park. They can't keep in one spot for more than ten seconds," said Lucy. "Anyway, where are the boys? They never seem to leave you alone."
"Oh, I didn't come with Jet and Droy this time," said Levy with confidence. "Gajeel and Lily are with me." Lucy's eyes widened and looked around the area.
"Wait, he's here!? I can't believe Gajeel actually agreed to go…no offense!" said Lucy hastily.
"It's ok Luce, I'm fine. Well I'm better than fine, we um…had sex," said Levy dropping her voice. Lucy let out a loud gasp as she grabbed her friend by her shoulders.
"Oh my god, oh my god! How was it? When did this happen? Did it hurt? Is he big down there?" whispered Lucy with a wink. Levy laughed as she quickly filled in her friend on all the details.
"Wow, I can't believe you two actually did it. And at such a random time," said Lucy. Levy couldn't help but shrug, her smile still plastered to her face.
"Look at you, with that smile! I swear Levy, I'm starting to see that lover's glow-Hey! What the hell are you two doing!?" yelled Lucy. Levy turned to see the Natsu and Happy fighting each other over a single meat-stick, causing mess and mayhem along the way.
"Sorry Levy, I have to deal with these lunatics before they trash the place. See ya around!" Levy waved goodbye to her friend, giggling at the crazy antics her best friend had to endure.
Before Levy could go back into the hotel, Gajeel and Lily walked out of the entrance.
"Thank god Flamebrain's gone. Let's go Shrimp, we're heading out," said Gajeel, handing Levy her shoulder bag.
"Where are we going?" she asked as she followed the two through town. Lily flew above them, occasionally gliding up and down.
"We've come up with a plan that might help us in finding Miss Montgomery's jewelry box, along with all the other valuables that have gone missing," said Lily. "The man that claimed to have caught a glimpse of the thief said he saw him headed toward the forest after robbing his house. The forest itself is relatively big, but if we split up we might be able to find the thief's hideout even faster."
"Sounds good to me! It's a good thing I brought a map of all the nearby landscapes and forests," said Levy. As the trio reached the end of town, they started up the hill that led to the forest.
Levy pulled out one of the maps of the area from her bag and laid it out on the ground so the guys could see.
"We're right here," said Levy as she pointed to a certain area just outside the town. "So, how should we tackle this thing?" Lily flew down to the ground and observed the map intently.
"We should come at this from all directions. I'll fly above the forest and see if anything unusual sticks out. If not, I'll come in from the north. Gajeel, you come in from the west and Levy, from the south. We'll search for, say, three hours and if we find nothing, we meet back up here." Levy nodded in agreement, glad to have someone so experienced on her team.
"I brought these too," said Gajeel. He pulled out to what looked like three orange flare guns. "They act like flare guns but instead of light, they let off a colored smoke. If we find anything, or by the small chance that one of us gets into trouble, we just set one of these babies off and we'll find each other in no time. Everyone gets one red and one black pellet. Red means you're in trouble, black means you found the hideout. Think you can remember all that?" said Gajeel as he messed with her hair.
"Yeah, yeah I got it," said Levy, giggling at his random touch. With that said, the group took their smoke flares, split up, and entered the woods. Levy loved going hiking and admired nature's beauty as she made her way through the trees. Although she was enjoying the peaceful moment, she still had her guard kept up, just in case the thief was around.
Levy was only about an hour into her search when she heard the rustling of leaves behind her. At first, she just dismissed it as the wind, but the noise seemed to be following her with every step she took. Reaching into her bag, she grabbed onto one of her magic pens, thinking of the dozens of spells she could use to attack.
Just as Levy entered a clearing with a lit canopy, she turned around and prepared to attack. The noises stopped. Paranoia and fear started to slowly take over her body. With one quick breath, Levy launched her attack
"Solid Script: Wind!" she yelled. The word came to life and blew around her, sending shrubbery and dirt everywhere. From the spot where the noises were coming from stood a small, brown bunny, quivering in fear. Its round eyes looked up at her and she felt silly for getting worked up over nothing.
"Sorry little guy," said Levy. The bunny's eyes widened as it darted back into the opposite direction. Levy shrugged her shoulders and turned around, bumping into something hard. Levy fell to the ground and looked up to see two red eyes staring at her hungrily.
"Scared of bunnies now? I have to admit, those bushy tails of theirs are pretty frightening," teased Gajeel. Levy scowled up at him.
"So you were the one that was following me! I knew I wasn't being paranoid," she said. Gajeel held out his hand to help her up. As she took it, she brushed off the leaves that clung to the backside of her skirt.
"Alright, let's split," said Levy, taking a couple steps forward. However, she was held back by Gajeel's hand still holding onto her own.
"What? Did you find something?" asked Levy. Gajeel kept his gaze on her as he pulled her in to him.
"More like, someone," he answered, slowly sliding his hand up and down her shoulders. He grabbed her chin with one hand and brought her into a kiss, his fangs grazing her bottom lip. Levy instantly pulled away, an annoyed look on her face.
"Gajeel! We. Are. On. A. JOB! How many times do I have to tell you that!?" yelled Levy. "Do you think I don't want to do the same thing? There is a time and place for everything and right now, is not the time!"
Gajeel smirked at her and started to walk slowly to her, like a lion stalking its prey. Levy instinctively started to retreat, until her back hit a tree. She didn't even notice that she had dropped her bag, its contents spilling everywhere. He placed both hands on each side of her, breathing into her neck and leaving soft trails of kisses.
"You've awoken something inside of me last night Levy. I thought I could control it, but there's just something about you that just drives me…crazy," said Gajeel. Levy made a move to flee but Gajeel quickly grabbed both her hands and pinned them above her head.
"Don't bother trying to escape. I'm not letting you leave until I get what I want." Gajeel kissed Levy furiously, his hand sliding up her skirt, pinching at her inner thighs. She moaned into his mouth, feeling herself become more aroused with each second.
Levy felt two fingers enter inside her, slowly rubbing her throbbing clit. As she started to pant, Gajeel broke the kiss and put his head under skirt, using his tongue to play with her pussy.
A wave of lust washed over Levy, relishing in the feeling of doing something she wasn't supposed to do. And on the job no less! Wanting to heighten the sensation, she pushed Gajeel out from under her and to the floor as she began to unbuckle his pants. She pulled out his hardened staff, licking it and sucking on it desperately. Gajeel threw back his head out, letting out a deep moan.
Levy pulled back and began to strip herself of her clothes. The instinct to dominate this already imposing man flooded through her entire body. For once, she wanted to be the one in control, the one who left him wanting more.
Taking off his clothes, she straddled Gajeel and began to rub her pussy against his dick, both of them moaning in unison. Knowing that she couldn't endure the wait any longer, Levy positioned his shaft and slowly slid down his cock. She could feel how tight she was, and was hesitant to proceed.
Before she could go any further, Gajeel bucked and forced his way into her. Levy let out a cry as Gajeel grabbed her by the hips and forced her to bounce up and down on his cock. Giving one last thrust, Gajeel played with Levy's nipples, pinching and twisting them. As she gyrated her hips against his, Gajeel latched his mouth onto her breast. Levy then felt one his hands start to finger her ass, intensifying the pleasure. She bit her lip to hold back the sounds that were surely to come out.
"Dirty girl, you like it getting fingered in the ass don't ya?" teased Gajeel, sticking a second one in. Levy rolled her eyes back and moaned deeply. Being pleasured in both holes brought her to the peak of arousal.
"Gajeel I'm coming, I'm coming!" gasped Levy. At the same time she felt his release inside her as well. Enjoying the sexual high, Levy rolled over and lay on her back, her abs hurting from the unexpected workout. The cold earth felt good beneath her hot skin.
"I can't believe we just did that," she giggled. "I hope no one heard us." Levy turned to her side to look over at Gajeel but he was already on his feet getting dressed at an erratic pace.
"What's wrong?" asked Levy in a worried voice. Had she done something he didn't like?
"Look, up there," he said, pointing to the sky behind her. A plume of bright red smoke stood out against the blue sky. The signal couldn't have been more than a quarter mile away.
"I need to help Lily," said Gajeel. "I don't want to leave you like this but…" Levy saw the concern in his eyes and knew she couldn't stop him from helping his friend.
"Go get him," she said. Gajeel kneeled down, gave her a quick peck on the lips and ran straight toward the signal. Levy quickly grabbed a handkerchief from her purse and cleaned herself up. She was disappointed how their time ended, but saving Lily was top priority.
I just hope that he's alright, she thought. Dressing with super speed, Levy raced toward the red smoke. It was already starting to fade and Levy hoped that it wasn't out for too long. Feelings of guilt grew in her heart if Lily got hurt somehow because of her.
With this burdening thought, Levy started to sprint until she finally reached the location. There was Lily in his battle form standing off to the side and panting against his giant sword. Levy eye's grew wide with worry but were distracted by Gajeel and another man. One look was all Levy needed to recognize who the man was.
"Gajeel, it's Malkolm Rutger! He's the jewel thief I caught the other day!" yelled Levy. "He must have escaped." Gajeel slightly turned his head, acknowledging her words.
"Time to put the bastard back in the hole then," said Gajeel with a smirk cracking his knuckles in anticipation. Malkolm looked at the pair and gave them a pleading look.
"C'mon guys, how about we split the whole lot 70-30? No? How about 60-40!? There's no better deal than that right?" said Malkolm in a trembling voice. With each word that passed, Gajeel walked closer to the man until he was nearly upon him.
"You hurt my friend, and for that I just might kill you," he whispered menacingly. "But since there is a lady in our presence, I'll have to just settle for beating the shit out of you." In one swoop, Gajeel iron-punched Malkolm in the face and sent him flying straight at a tree. Malkolm rebounded off it and lay unconscious on the ground.
"Don't worry. He's not dead," said Gajeel. "Not yet anyway," muttering the later. Levy looked down at the thief, his nose clearly broken in two. She didn't even feel sorry for him.
"Are you alright Lily?" asked Levy. Lily looked at her and gave her an encouraging smile.
"I'm alright. He hit my back while I was flying, but other than a giant bruise, I'll be fine. I was trying to catch him myself, but with his powers and these woods, I was flying in circles. I shot up the red smoke when he attacked me, I knew I couldn't take him down alone with my injury."
"That's why you have your best friend in the world here to save the day," said Gajeel after finishing tying up Malkolm. "Now that we've got the guy, let's take him to the Royal Guard and get the hell outta here."
Slinging the unconscious man over his shoulder, the trio walked back into town and turned in Malkolm. After an hour of questioning, the thief admitted to all the thefts around town and revealed the stolen items were hidden in a small cave inside the forest. A captain of the Royal Guard informed that they would send a squadron of men to collect the stolen items and send word back to the trio once they were acquired.
"Thanks again for the help!" waved the captain as Levy, Gajeel and Lily headed back to their hotel.
"Well I'm glad that's over. Now we can finally collect our reward! What are you going to do with your share, Gajeel?" asked Levy. Gajeel shrugged his shoulders in response.
"I dunno, maybe a new guitar? My old one is breaking down on me. What 'bout you?" he asked. As the two chatted back and forth, Levy noticed Lily being unusually quiet.
"What's wrong Lily, afraid not getting a fair share from Gajeel?" she asked. Gajeel barked out a laugh, not Lily paid him no mind.
"Doesn't it seem a little weird how we pulled off that job? It seemed a little too easy to me," pondered Lily.
"Stop ruining the mood and enjoy the moment Lily. We caught the guy and are getting paid more than we worked for. Now, let's go back to the hotel and relax!" said Gajeel. As they were just down the street from their hotel, Levy's eye caught a store off to her right.
"Guys, wait up! Let's check it out," said Levy, pointing to a bookstore. Gajeel and Lily looked out each other before Lily gave her a smile.
"We'll wait for you out here. All the dust books have gives me allergies," explained Lily. Levy nodded while Gajeel took a seat on a bench just outside the store.
"Don't be long Shrimp. I want to go back to the hotel ASAP, I'm starving," said Gajeel.
"I won't be long, promise!" said Levy as she walked into the bookstore. Right when she entered she inhaled the familiar scent of old parchment and scanned the shelves curiously. There were only a few other people in the store, yet Levy jumped when she felt a tap on her shoulder.
"Did I scare you?" asked a worried voice. Levy looked up to see a familiar set of green eyes.
"Darren? Wow, uh, I was not expecting to see you here," said Levy. She forgot how cute he really was, with his expressive eyes and silky blonde hair.
But you have someone else now, she thought to herself. Darren laughed at her reaction.
"Yeah, I tend to surprise people that way. I heard the theatre festival opened, so I decided to make an appearance. Have you finished your mission yet?" he asked. Levy beamed with pride.
"We just finished actually. We're going to stay one more night and head home tomorrow. I'm just glad we caught the guy in time, or else we'd be here for weeks." Darren nodded as she spoke, but kept glancing to the side. Levy followed his gaze and saw the store's back door.
"Do you have somewhere to be?" asked Levy. Darren looked at her, and then shook his head.
"Actually, I was wondering if you could help me? There's this book over here that I've been studying, but it's difficult to translate. I know how good you are with these kinds of things." Darren motioned for her to follow him into the back corner of the store. A book that had been laid out stood on a wooden pedestal.
"Here it is," said Darren. "You might want to look closer, the ruins are really tiny." As Levy leaned in, she started to feel drowsy.
"Um, Darren…what's with…this book…?" asked Levy faintly. Before her world turned black, she remembered a large, wide grin spreading across Darren's face.