A/N: Let's try to get five hundred reviews on this story before it ends? Please? Either way I'm really excited about this chapter because its somewhat like the last story chapter. Here's how it's going to be, the last three will be dedicated entirely to each pairing. Forty Eight will be all LyVia, not even a trace of other pairings. Forty Nine will be NaLu, just like that, and Fifty will be GrayZa, same way. So, yay?
Guest: Thank you! That really, really means a lot.
amnaK96: Thanks! Your words always mean so much to me. The next three chapters will be very long, so I hope that helps. And the last one will have all the GrayZa you can imagine -wink wink-
IcePrinceRay: Thank you! Here's an update :)
sassywriterchick: I know I'm supposed to respond to your review but I'm only fangirling at your profile pic.
Awesome D.T: Lyon is just being clueless. Probably the Juvia effect.
CrazyAnimeFan1228: Thank you! And this hiring thing that I put at the end of the chapter was just a lame way of asking people to constantly PM me for updates.
ImNotReallyListening: And behold, an update!
Kimmykim1157: I'm torn on how to respond without sounding dumb...
Panda musume: Don't be rude give me some hot cocoa too.
Anon (Guest): Thanks! That means so much!
pinkkoala213: And your review was all I needed -tears of joy- HERE
Chapter Forty Seven: All Wrapped Up
She sat there, just watching him as he paced around the room. She didn't know why she was here, even though she did what she felt was right, but Cana felt she owed Gray some kind of explanation except for just the fact that they were 'over'.
"You look..." she browsed for a word, failing to find something. However, she still thought anything would be better than this accusing silence.
"Look what?" he spat, but she did not answer. Realizing his bitter tone, Gray sighed, sitting down beside her. "... Sorry."
Her eyes widened. What? "You're apologizing," she stated, completely taken by surprise.
"It wasn't your fault," he told her. "We were never that good as a couple."
"Okay hold it," she turned to him with a befuddled look, "are you... accepting the fact that we sucked together romantically?"
"We didn't suck, but neither of us were happy," Gray said, not looking at her.
"Yeah, but you're saying that."
"I'm not angry, Cana," he finally turned to her. "I'm upset, sure. We were together for so long, it would be almost impossible not to be. But I think I'm starting to see why you broke up with me, and I'll get over it."
"And who convinced you to do that?" she questioned.
"Lyon," Gray lied.
"Uh-huh," she nodded her head. "Right."
"Cana," he sighed, "I'm not blaming you or anything, but I've thought things over, and I'm trying to get over it. I think we are... better as friends."
"Best friends," she corrected, almost in a pleading tone.
"Yeah," he smiled, "best friends."
"As much as I love this, Gray, it's still not too believable."
"What isn't? The fact that Loke managed to convince me this was for the best? Look, Cana, isn't this what you wanted? For me to understand your decision? Well, I'm trying to."
Loke, she thought, but wasn't it Lyon just a while ago? He's lying; he's definitely lying. "I'm sorry, but who made you change your mind?"
"Natsu," he replied, and it was at that moment she finally understood.
A smile formed in her lips. A wide, real smile. She was happy Gray was moving on, and she knew just who helped in that. Erza.
"Okay, so," she rose, grabbing her handbag, "I guess I'll go now, seeing everything is fine."
"Bye," she told him, before leaving out the door. Through the whole day, that one thought kept on coming to her. The fact that he talked with Erza, she comforted him, and he's finally going to move on. She knew her decision was right, but seeing it play out all too perfectly was even better. She did nothing wrong, even though people tried to tell her she did. She was making both her best friend and herself happy. Wasn't that what counted? Judging from Cana's grin which was plastered on her face for the whole day whenever she thought of this subject; it certainly was.
"Hi, Erza," he greeted, a faint smile on his lips.
Erza simply stared. She didn't expect to see him, not here. It was just supposed to be another normal day at school, but just when she's about to leave for home, suddenly he's there and it just all feels so real yet so fake.
Finally getting a hold of herself, Erza coughed, "Jellal. Hi."
"I hope you're not mad that I came to see you. After everything that's been..." the boy trailed off, scratching his head awkwardly.
"I'm not mad," Erza simply stated. She felt a bit surprised with herself. Just a few months ago, him showing up like this would do so much to her. She'd feel all giddy and cheerful, with those butterflies in her stomach. She, Erza Scarlet, the strict and mature and sensible student council president, would feel like a girly teenager. Yet now, those feelings just... didn't come. There was no spark, the one she expected. She felt pretty normal about it all and, in a sense, she felt like she'd betrayed him. Even though technically they weren't together, and she wasn't his, a feeling of guilt arose given their history.
"Look, I'll keep this short, okay? I just needed to clarify a few things."
"If this is about us getting back together then I–"
"It's not," he cut her off, and Erza was completely taken aback. Now that was not something she expected.
"... Oh. Well then, what is it?"
Jellal took a deep breath, preparing himself. And then, with a rehearsed dialogue, he spoke, "I'm sorry."
"I'm really very sorry, Erza," he continued on. "I have been a jerk to you; an absolute jerk. To be honest, I, myself, don't know the cause. Believe me, I didn't enjoy hurting you, but I did anyway. How did that happen? We started off as a great couple, didn't we? Almost the perfect one, I would suppose. But I guess... maybe we both lost interest somewhere in the middle, because it just wasn't the same. And I screwed up, which was something you didn't deserve. So I want to apologize, Erza. I want to apologize to you for what I've done. It is not a must for you to forgive me, and I understand if you can't, but I hope you do. But this time, Erza, I'm not going to convince you to go out with me again, because I've accepted the fact that we just aren't good with each other."
She listened to each letter, each syllable he uttered intently. She resisted the urge to smile, as she remembered that the Jellal she once fell in love with was back. The only difference was, that love was no longer there.
"I'll need some time," she simply told him, and he nodded in agreement.
"I guess I should be going, but do you mind if I say one last thing?"
"As long as it's not another huge speech," she joked.
"Don't worry," Jellal gave her a warm smile, "it won't be. I just want to tell you that you deserve better, Erza. You deserve someone who cares for you, who thinks about you all the time, who is ready to move heaven and earth for you, and who loves you just as much as you love him. He's out there, Erza, and I hope you find him soon."
"Thank you, Jellal," she smiled. "Even you deserve to fall in love with a girl who'll love you back with equal force. I wish you all the best."
"Me too. I guess I'll see you then," he said before walking away, as she simply nodded.
Once he was out of sight, all Erza was left with was her lingering thoughts. You'll find the one for you, Jellal, but Gray will never be mine.
"Can I talk to you?" Lyon said as he approached Gray, who looked surprised.
"Um, yeah, sure," Gray said after hesitating.
"Look, Gray, I'm... I'm sorry," he told his friend. "For ignoring you like that. I just... I didn't know about all that happened. Loke just told me."
"It's fine, you know."
"No, it's not. I was not there for you when you needed me, and I'm sorry for that."
"I do get it," Gray told him. "The fact that you're sorry and all. I understand, Lyon, but perhaps I would understand it more if you actually told me why you were angry in the first place."
Lyon sighed, "I need to explain this again, don't I? Well, you deserve to know. It's about Juvia, Gray."
Almost immediately, the raven haired boy's eyes widened in shock and fear. "Who told you?"
"Why does that matter? What does matter, though, was that it wasn't you."
"Gray," Lyon cut him off, "we are cousins, aren't we? Brothers. Friends. We have always been that, but why did you throw all of those away?"
"I didn't want to hurt you."
"This hurts me more than anything else."
"Well, I just couldn't do it! You seemed so happy whenever you talked about her, so I decided not to tell you. Then, when you guys started dating, I thought she was over it. And you know what? Anyone would think that. Just look at how she acts around you! It's the same way you act around her, and you really like her."
"I'm not sure she likes me back."
"She does, Lyon. It's really pretty obvious."
"That doesn't make what you did 'okay'. Gray, you hid this from me."
"You think I don't know that?" he snapped. "I regret not telling you about it. And even if I did tell you, I would still regret it. There's no win here for me, Lyon."
"But if only you trusted me."
"Yes, I screwed up, and I'm sorry. I'm really sorry Lyon, but why should we let this get in the way of our friendship? Can't we let it go?"
The way he said that, the tone he used, was so... pleading. It seemed like he was desperate; desperate to have his friend back, the one friend he truly needed. The same was for Lyon. He knew if he kept this anger going, they would drift even farther apart, to a point when there's no return, and he didn't want that. No matter what, he, too, needed Gray.
"Yeah," he broke out a smile, "I guess we can."
"... and so I guess we're all good now," Gray finished ranting to Natsu, who laid uninterested on the couch.
"Great," he simply said, lost in thought, which was something Gray definitely noticed.
"What's up with you?"
"What do you mean?"
"What I mean is," Gray started, walking towards him, "you haven't been paying attention to a single thing I've said."
"I was listening."
"Does this have something to do with Lucy?" Natsu didn't say anything afterwards, and Gray immediately knew he was right, so he added with a sigh, "She's a good one, you know. Don't let her get away."
"You're one to talk."
"You've been letting Erza get away, too."
To his words, Gray seemed befuddled. "How is Erz–"
"Don't play dumb, Gray. It's really quite obvious. But, you know, now since everything's alright between you and Cana – which I know proving I did listen to you ramble – you should go after her."
"I don't want her to feel like a rebound, Natsu," Gray stated. "After all that's happened between Lyon and Juvia, the least I want is the same with us."
"But you want her," Natsu pointed out.
"And I've decided I'm going to try to get her. In a proper way," he added. "Now how about you tell me what you're going to about Lucy?"
Natsu grinned, "Exactly what you think, and want. I love her, and I'm going to let her know that, no matter what."