The forest was quiet. It always was. Under normal circumstances, it would be an ideal place to go and lay in peace, forgetting all troubles and soothing pounding headaches. But today, that wasn't the case. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
"Urg..." A quiet groan emitted deep from the throat of the Fairy Tail mage. "Wha-... What happened?... Why does my head hurt so much?..."
Natsu finally blinked awake, taking in his surroundings. He was in the forest outside of Magnolia, just like last night. Happy was sick, and he had decided to go fishing for him with some of the other boys in the guild as a guys day out; just to get away from the scary girls for once. But something was off. Something seemed different, and the forest seemed bigger than usual...
Suppressing another groan, Natsu tried to stand up before realizing he couldn't feel his fingers. The mage looked down, eyes widening as he realized what the problem was. His breath hitched as he quickly scanned the rest of his body before letting out a loud yowl. "I'M A CAT!"
"Natsu, will you shut up? I have a massive headache, and you're not helping!" A rather sleepy ice mage was not at all happy to wake up to his rival's shouting, too tired to process his words.
"Gray!" Natsu ran over to the small black furball that had just spoken. "Gray, wake up!" The said cat merely groaned and rolled over, putting a paw over his ear in an attempt to block out the noise.
"Salamander, let me sleep! Your voice is annoying."
"Gajeel! Get up! Something weird is going on!"
"You mean besides the fact that you're up at an ungodly hour?" The smaller of the two black cats scoffed before a gentle snoring could be heard from it.
'He sure falls back asleep fast...' Natsu frowned to himself. 'How do I get them to wake up?' He sat still for a moment, racking his brain for ideas before letting an evil grin come onto his face.
"Gray, look out! Juvia's crying and Erza looks like she's about to kill you!"
The raven-furred kitten's head shot up, pure terror shining in his eyes.
Natsu couldn't help it. He burst into laughter. A furious Gray whipped his head towards the pinkette, evidently realizing the threat of danger was a false alarm, before following suit.
"Natsu! You-You're a cat!" he managed through his laughter.
"Like you have room to talk, Frost Whiskers!"
That shut him up. Gray's eyes went wide, not unlike Natsu's own reaction, as his grey orbs trailed over himself. "What the hell?!"
"SHUT UP!" A loud roar came from a large solid white cat. "You guys are noisier than ever! I'm a man, I need my sleep!"
"Elfman!" Natsu ran over to the feline. "We're cats!"
"Salamander, what the hell are you going on about?" The Iron Dragon Slayer hissed, finally deciding to see what all the commotion was about. Upon inspecting the scene in front of him, he merely sighed. "Well, shit."
"I-I'm a kitten!" The Strauss sibling squeaked, mentally cursing at how un-manly it was.
Everyone turned as they heard a rustling from the bushes, half-expecting some wild animal to pounce out. "Who's there?" A fifth voice came from the shrubs before they parted to reveal a small blue cat. He gazed around at the four sets of eyes directed at him before sighing and turning his gaze to the pink one. "Natsu, I see you and your friends got caught up in this mess as well..."
The pink cat glared at the newcomer. "Are you the one who did this to us?"
The blue-furred feline frowned. "That's right, I don't suppose you'd recognize me like this. It's me, Jellal."
"Jellal?" The snowy cat repeated. "But what are you doing here? And where's your tattoo?"
"My tattoo is just hidden by my fur." He responded. "And as for what I'm doing here, Crime Sorciere was hunting down a dangerous member of a dark guild. He uses Transformation Magic, but it affects his opponents instead of himself like most forms of Transformation Magic does. His magic affects a rather large radius, which is why he's considered such a dangerous opponent."
"You said Crime Sorciere... does that mean Ultear and Meredy were caught up in this as well?" Asked the small black one.
Jellal shook his head. "They're searching for him in the next town over. If I ran into him, I was supposed to contact them with a communication lacrima, but I crossed paths with him when I was being chased by some rune knights, and he decided to use his magic to avoid the both of us. Luckily, that means I was also able to escape, but now I can't find the lacrima, so I can't contact them."
"Well, do you know how to undo the magic?" Gajeel finally asked the question on everyone's minds.
He shook his head again. "It supposedly wears off after a week, so until then, we have to find shelter. We can't use magic in these forms, and I can't imagine a hungry animal passing up five free meals."
The rest of the cats nodded in agreement.
"Alright," Natsu began, "let's head back to Fairy Tail, I'm sure someone there will be able to help! I'm sure if we just explain the situation to Levy, she can research it and help us out in no time!"
"Actually, Natsu," the convict spoke, "we may be able to understand each other, but to humans, they still just hear a bunch of meowing. I'm afraid we'll just have to wait for the week to be up."
Gray let out a hiss. "This is gonna be a long week..."
Not bad for a 1am story! :D I saw a ton of stories like this for Naruto, but none for this, so I decided why don't I try it? Although when I mentioned it to my friend a few hours ago, she said she read a FT fanfic like this a few days ago... if anyone can tell me the name of that story, that'd be awesome, I'd love to read it!
And just a warning, I won't be adding as much ElfmanxEvergreen (idk official pairing name) as the rest cuz I'm not in love with them like I am with the other couples (but I still enjoy it). That, and I'm afraid I'm not very used to Ever's char to get her personality completely correct, but I'll try my best to get some of those two in.
Also, anyone have name suggestions Elfman and Gray? I have perfect ideas for Jelly-kun (yes, I call him Jelly-kun.), Natsu, and especially Gajeel. but for Gajeel, I'm debating between two really good ones... anyone think Levy's read the Warriors series? I think I might have to go with the other...