It was another sunny day in the city of Magnolia. The wide streets were filled with people who either did their daily chores or simply went out for their morning walks. Two young girls were walking casually in the streets, each of them holding large shopping bags in each hand.
"The city is really nice to walk that time in the morning. Especially with a nice weather like this" the blond girl said.
"You seem to be in pretty good mood. Especially for someone who was sent for a chore so early in the morning" the brown haired girl said with a smirk.
"Why shouldn't I be? I'm just taking a walk with a good friend, while at the same time I'm helping another friend" the blond girl said with a wide smile.
"Sometimes I wonder if you are too nice, Lucy" the brown haired girl said as she shook her head.
"Come on now, Cana. It's not like you are not enjoying this" Lucy said simply.
"Well, sure. It's a nice walk. But I would rather be at the guild right now, having a drink" Cana said.
"Really? So early in the morning? Seriously, sometimes you kinda worry me with all this drinking. I think you should cut down on it a little bit" Lucy said with a hint of worry.
"Relax Lucy, I'm not that bad. Besides, by drink I was actually referring to some coffee. I think that's early even for me, at this time of day" Cana said simply.
"Right. Well, at least it's good to know that even you have some reservations" Lucy said with a teasing voice.
"Oh, shut up already" Cana said with a laugh. "So, you've been in Fairy Tail for a while now. How has it been? Do you like being in the guild? Is it everything you expected?" she continued with a light tone. Lucy thought for a moment before she answered.
"Well, to tell you the truth, I wasn't sure what to expect. Sure, I've heard about Fairy Tail before, like pretty much everyone in the city, and it has been my dream to join the guild for quite a while. I was actually nervous, and I didn't know if I would be accepted at first, but then I met Natsu and Happy, and they gave me a more clear idea about how Fairy Tail is like. Of course, I couldn't have expected what I saw when I first got inside the guild, and after a while another brawl broke out. But also, it didn't take me long to realize how wonderful and friendly all of you really are, and how you almost instantly made me feel at home. So, to answer your question, no. Fairy Tail wasn't exactly what I expected at first. It was much, much better and of course, I love being in the guild" Lucy said with a happy smile.
"Gee, that was an awfully big answer for a simple yes. I understand now how you manage to write stories" Cana said lightly. Lucy slightly blushed at that comment and Cana smiled. "Still, I'm happy to hear that you feel so strongly about being in the guild, and that you are so happy about it. We are also happy to have you" she continued with a friendly smile.
"Thank you Cana" Lucy said as she smiled back. The two girls continued for a while before Cana spoke again.
"So, Lucy. Who do you like the most in your team?" she asked.
"Huh? What do you mean who I like the most? They are all my friends, I like all of them the same. I don't have any favorites" Lucy responded a little surprised at the sudden question.
"Yeah, I know that all of them are your friends. So, I'm gonna ask again. Who do you like the most from your team?" Cana said again as she emphasized the question.
"Oh, that's what you mean" Lucy said as she finally realized the question with a slight blush.
"Finally, she gets it. So, who is it? Is it Natsu or Gray? Or maybe, someone else from the guild?" Cana asked again as she nudged Lucy.
"Come on, stop. Where did that come from? It's no one, okay? I don't like anyone like this. They are just good friends" Lucy said still blushing.
"Really, now? I'm only asking because lately, you seem like you've been spacing out, more than usual. And one of the reasons that usually happens, is because someone is on your mind" Cana said with a sly smile.
"Well, you're wrong. There's no one on my mind. Not like that, at least" Lucy said a little abruptly.
"Okay then. Perhaps, I am wrong" Cana said with a smile that showed she hadn't been convinced. Lucy didn't talk, instead she continued her walk thinking. As a matter of fact, Cana couldn't have been more right. There was someone that had been occupying Lucy's mind lately, someone that she has been thinking constantly about, and she was surprised at first when she finally realized her feelings. And even at that moment, she wasn't completely sure how she felt, and that thought drove her crazy. She knew that she had to talk to someone about it, ask for advice, and she had friends that would understand her and help her. Like the one who was walking next to her. Still, she didn't feel ready to talk, at least not yet.
"Anyway, we should get at the guild any minute now. There's the building" Lucy said as the two girls started approaching the building of the guild. The two girls continued their walk in silence for a while until they reached the building and got inside. It was still early in the morning, so the guild was relatively empty, there were only a few people sitting at the tables. As they made their way through the guild, Lucy noticed Natsu and Gray sitting in nearby tables, with sleepy and bored expressions. Happy on the other hand, was just sitting on a table, munching a fish with a delightful expression.
"Good morning Natsu, Happy and Gray" she waved with a smile.
"Morning Lucy" Natsu said with a sleepy expression.
"Hey girls" Gray waved back.
"Clothes Gray" Cana simply.
"Oh man, not again" Gray groaned as he realized that he was in his boxers once again, and moved quickly to put on his clothes.
"How he randomly loses his clothes without even noticing, I'll never understand" Lucy said shaking her head.
"I think it has become so much a habit of his, than even he can't understand how that keeps happening" Cana said with a laugh, as the two girls approached the bar.
"Good morning, Mira-san!" Lucy greeted smile.
"Good morning Lucy, Cana" the white haired girl greeted with a sweet smile.
"Hey, Mira! We got the stuff that you wanted" Cana said.
"Thanks a lot guys! We actually need more provisions, but there's no way you could carry all this stuff. I have already made an order and they will come at some point later in the day, for now this should be fine. And after your work, both of you deserve a treat! What do you like?" Mirajane said still smiling.
"Some juice will be fine. Or perhaps, a strawberry milkshake! Yeah, that's better" Lucy said with glowing eyes.
"Okay, a strawberry milkshake for Lucy. And you, Cana? Please don't ask for beer! At least not that early" Mirajane said.
"First Lucy, and now you. I'm not that bad you know" Cana said as she faked being hurt. Both Lucy and Mirajane stared at her with a knowing look, before they all started laughing.
"Yeah, sure" Lucy said between her laughs.
"Okay, maybe I am that bad. Anyway, I'll just have a coffee. With extra cream, please" Cana said as they stopped laughing after a while.
"Sure. A strawberry milkshake for Lucy and a coffee with extra cream for Cana. I'll be back in a moment!" Mirajane said with a wink as she turned around and walked back to the kitchen. Lucy noticed that Cana's look remained on Mirajane's rear longer than usual, and looked at her with a questioning look.
"What?" Cana said simply.
"Did you just check Mira out?" Lucy asked with a lowered voice.
"No, I didn't" Cana responded quickly.
"Yes you did! I saw you!" Lucy said with certainty. Cana didn't answer at once, but she smiled with a faint blush.
"Look Lucy, I know that we are friends. But, I can't be completely honest with you, unless you are honest with me" she said.
"I am not sure what you are talking about" Lucy said, but that moment the doors opened and a beautiful young girl, with long, red hair, made her way inside the guild, greeting everyone around her.
"Good morning everyone!" the red haired girl said with a kind smile.
"Good morning Erza! How've you been? Did you sleep well?" Lucy greeted eagerly with a wide smile.
"I slept just fine, thanks for asking" Erza said smiling as Mirajane walked towards them.
"Good morning Erza!" she greeted cheerfully.
"Good morning Mirajane! May I have a bottle of water? I just have a quick errand that I need to run, but I'll be back soon" Erza said.
"Of course! There you go" Mirajane said as she passed a bottle of fresh, clear water.
"Thanks! I'll see you guys later" Erza said as she took the bottle of water and moved towards the doors of the guild.
"Well, I should better get back to your drinks" Mirajane said as she walked back to the kitchen. Lucy's gaze kept following Erza until she passed through the doors, and then she turned around only to see Cana staring at her with a smirk.
"Sure, nobody's on your mind" she said sarcastically as Lucy's face turned into a bright shade of pink.
"Okay, fine! You are right, I am thinking of someone" she admitted frustrated.
"Really? I didn't notice" Cana said with a smirk.
"Look, I'm sorry that I lied to you, okay? I should have told you before but, I was embarrassed" Lucy said silently.
"It's okay Lucy! I understand" Cana said with a softer voice.
"Thank you Cana" Lucy said as she sighed in relief, feeling a burden lifted of her chest.
"Here are your drinks, enjoy!" Mirajane said cheerfully, but her smile faded as she noticed the expressions on Lucy and Cana's faces. "Is there something wrong?" she asked.
"Is it okay? Do you feel like talking? If not, then it's just fine. You can take your time" Cana said.
"It's fine Cana. I've been meaning to talk to both of you at some point, anyway" Lucy said.
"What's going on here? You guys are starting to get me worried. Is everything okay Lucy?" Mirajane said with concern.
"Don't worry Mira-san, it's not something serious. It's just that lately, I've been having some feelings, about a certain someone" Lucy said with faint blush.
"That's it? This is why you guys have such serious faces for? And you had me worried that something actually bad has happened! Lucy, this is wonderful! Romance is a wonderful thing!" Mirajane said as she sighed in relief and smiled. "So, who's the lucky one? Someone from your team? Is it Natsu, or Gray?" she continued enthusiastically.
"Well, you're right. It is someone from my team, but it's not that simple" Lucy said shyly as her face grew even redder. "This is a bad idea! This is a bad idea! What was I thinking? I can't tell her, there's no way! What am I going to do now? Perhaps, I can say that it is Natsu for now, and tell the truth later. What am I thinking, like telling it's Natsu is gonna make it any lees embarrassing. But at least, it won't be awkward. But, is it really okay to lie? Cana already knows, so why not tell Mirajane as well? What's wrong with me, I need to answer something fast, really fast!" Lucy's head began to buzz as all these thoughts were racing through her mind at the same time. Suddenly, she felt a warm touch on top of her hand. Lucy raised her head and saw Mirajane's beautiful face, graced by a soft smile.
"It's Erza, isn't it?" she said with certainty. Lucy's eyes shot wide open in surprise, and she moved her mouth a couple of times without making a sound. First Cana noticed and now Mirajane? How many people have realized her secret? And to think that she was actually scared to tell them, in the first place. Cana on the other hand, just smiled.
"As expected from you, Mira. Of course you would notice! Especially since Lucy hasn't exactly been very discreet lately" she said.
"But you, how? When? I mean, how long have you known? When did you notice? Am I really that obvious? Could Erza already know?" Lucy said shocked as she put her hands on her head.
"Calm down Lucy, it's okay! Don't listen to Cana, you're not that obvious. Although, you could be a little more discreet. I'm sure that Erza hasn't noticed, she can be a little dense sometimes. And if she did, you would probably already know about it, she wouldn't keep this to herself" Mirajane said trying to calm her.
"You are right, I need to calm down. Man, it's still early in the morning I already feel exhausted" Lucy said panting.
"Of course you feel exhausted! Have you realized how many panic attacks you've had already?" Cana said with raised eyebrows.
"Besides, I am the bartender of the guild! I should be able to tell this kind of stuff" Mirajane said with a wink.
"So, these feelings of yours. How exactly do you feel about Erza? And for long you've been feeling like this?" Cana said as she moved closer and turned towards her with peaked interest.
"I am not sure" Lucy began to say. What exactly did she feel for Erza? There were so many feelings that she had a hard time putting them in place. "I guess, I always had a thing for her. She made an impression to me from the first day that I saw her, walking inside the guild. After I got to know her a little better, I realized how wonderful she is. I admired her and thought she was cool, and I still do. And then, we got into the same team and we grew even closer. I suppose this is when I started to develop all these feelings. And seeing her naked a couple of times, sure made those feelings grow more intense" she said blushing.
"You saw her naked? When?" Cana asked surprised.
"Well, there was that time when we went to the hot springs together. I was so impressed, that I told her that she looked amazing even without her clothes" Lucy said as she buried her crimson face in her hands. Both Cana and Mirajane tried to contain their laughs.
"What a line!" Cana said.
"And what did she say?" Mirajane asked curiously.
"She suggested that maybe she should walk around the guild naked" Lucy said. At that point Cana and Mirajane could no longer contain their laughs, followed by Lucy who started laughing soon after them.
"Well, of course! What else could Erza possibly say!" Mirajane said laughing.
"But seriously now. I am not sure how to put it, but I really like her. She is brave, strong, kind, smart, gentle, caring and beautiful. So, absolutely beautiful!" Lucy said with a sigh as she leaned on her hand with a dreamy expression.
"Wow, I think that things are more serious than we realized" Cana commented.
"Long, red hair that smell like strawberry. Warm, brown eyes full of spirit. And that amazing body, with those long, firm legs and those full, soft breasts" Lucy continued with the same dreamy expression.
"Okay Lucy, I think we got the point! Erza is beautiful all right" Mirajane said with a slight sweat drop.
"Just out of curiosity, Lucy. How long have you liked girls?" Cana asked with wonder.
"I am not really sure. I guess, I always had an interest for other girls, more than I did for boys. Before I joined to guild, I used to look at pictures of Mirajane in Sorcerer's Magazine all the time. I still do sometimes" Lucy said before she suddenly stopped, her face slowly turning a shade of pink for the tenth time that morning. "Did I just say that out loud? Any chance you didn't hear this?" she asked moving her hands in defense as both Cana and Mirajane had an uncharacteristic poker face.
"It's okay Lucy, I knew you were a fan. And, that's why the pictures are there for" Mirajane said with a nervous smile.
"Hehe, okay. That's good to know, Mira-san" Lucy said with a sweat drop as she took a sip from her drink.
"I think I'm gonna need that drink sooner than I thought. Gee Lucy. And I thought that you were actually a nice, innocent girl" Cana said.
"Hey, I'm still nice" Lucy said avoiding her eyes and continuing to sip her drink.
"So, I think I will regret this, but I'll ask anyway. Do you find me attractive as well?" Cana asked curiously. Lucy slowly turned her head towards her and eyed her from top to bottom, before she quickly turned back to her drink.
"Of course I find you beautiful. Especially in this outfit" she said honestly.
"In this outfit?" Cana said as she looked at her outfit which consisted by her blue bikini top and brown trousers. "Oh, I see. Well, thanks" she said with a smile.
"Anyway, back to our topic now. What do you intend to do about Erza?" Mirajane said as she clapped her hands.
"What do you mean?" Lucy asked confused.
"You can't keep this a secret, you got to tell her" Mirajane said seriously.
"Maybe, but it's not that simple. Erza is one of my best friends. How am I going to tell her something like that? What if she doesn't feel the same? What if she becomes mad or embarrassed and things become awkward? I may end up losing her as a friend and I don't think I could handle that! What if I destroy what I have if I pursue something more?" Lucy said worriedly.
"The girl has a point there. This is not something she can just come out and say. At least, not until she has an idea about Erza's feelings" Cana said thoughtfully.
"You're right. Okay then, how about you try to ease her in. You know, try to spend some more time with her, talk to her about this kind of stuff, with some discretion of course, and perhaps see how she would react to some, accidental touching" Mirajane said with a wink.
"I see. But still, even if that works, and Erza and I, get together, there's also something else. How will everyone in the guild react to something like this? How will Wendy react? And most importantly, how are Natsu and Gray going to react?" Lucy said desperately.
"I think you worry way too much, Lucy" Cana said with a smile as she put her hand on Lucy's shoulder.
"I think Cana is right. You should already know the guild is going to react by now. They will probably be a little surprised at first, but then they will be overwhelmed with joy. Wendy is so kind that she will simply say how romantic this is. As for Natsu and Gray-" Mirajane stopped and looked at Lucy with a reassuring smile "it's gonna be fine. We've known these two since they were kids, when we were kids ourselves actually. They may be a little surprised at first but then Natsu is probably going to hug you like a little kid, while Gray will probably try to act a little more cool. But they will accept you, and be happy about you. I am sure about that" she said with certainty. Lucy turned around and looked at her teammates. Natsu was still lying on the table and Gray was watching the ceiling like it was the most interesting thing in the country. She couldn't help but smile. Those two had risked their lives for Erza and her. How can they possibly get mad over something so simple? How can they be anything other than happy if Erza and she are happy together? Lucy shook her head and sighed in relief.
"You are right, they will probably be fine with this. So, how do I get to spend more time with Erza?" Lucy said as she turned towards them.
"Simple things you can start with, like going on a mission for example. You know something simple" Mirajane suggested.
"Good idea" Cana agreed.
"Okay, I'll go see if there's something on the mission board" Lucy said as she got up and walked towards the board. "Let's see now. Stop the giant monster that is attacking our village? Too dangerous. Go all the way to mount Hakobe? Too far. Table dancers wanted? Too embarrassing. And who put that here. Oh, that's seems fine" Lucy thought as she picked a sheet. "Help wanted for guarding transporting merchandise. Seems pretty simple and it takes place in the city. That's it" Lucy thought as she made up her mind and walked towards the bar with the mission sheet in her hand.
"So, have you decided?" Cana said as Lucy took her seat next to her.
"Yep. What do you think about this? It's pretty simple, right?" Lucy said as she showed them the paper.
"Oh, I know that store. I've passed from there a couple of times. This seems fine" Mirajane said as she nodded in agreement.
"Good. Now all you have to do is tell Erza about it. That shouldn't be that hard" Cana said simply.
"Yeah, right" Lucy said as she went back to her drink. Cana got on her drink as well, while Mirajane started wiping some glasses. The guild started to fill as more mages arrived but Erza still hadn't shown.
"Where is she already? She said she wouldn't take too long" Lucy thought. At that moment, the doors opened and Erza walked in, making her way towards the bar.
"There she is. Now, act cool okay?" Cana said.
"What do you mean 'act cool'? I'm fine" Lucy protested.
"Then stop shaking!" Cana mumbled as Erza got closer.
"Hey everyone! That errand took longer than I thought. Mira, can I have a drink?" Erza said as he took a seat next to Lucy.
"Right away!" Mirajane said as she got her a glass of juice.
"This looks fine" Erza said as she took a sip from her drink. Lucy kept staring at her, the mission sheet still in her hand.
"Why am I being so nervous? It's just Erza. Go ahead and tell her" she tried to encourage herself. She felt a poke on her side and turned her head around. Cana was nudging her and urging her with her eyes.
"So, Erza. Do you have any plans for today?" Mirajane said casually.
"Not really. I don't have anything to do for today. I think I'll just end up sitting in the guild all day" Erza said.
"That sounds a little boring. You wouldn't mind going on a simple mission, would you?" Cana continued Mirajane's build up.
"A mission? I suppose not. It could actually make the day a little more interesting. I wouldn't mind something simple. Maybe I will just go over to the mission board and see if there's anything interesting" Erza said as she got up.
"That won't be necessary" Lucy finally talked, picking up from where Mirajane and Cana had set the whole thing up.
"What do you mean?" Erza said as she turned towards her.
"I have already picked that mission. It's pretty simple and I could do it alone, but I really wouldn't mind if you came along" Lucy said as she tried to hid her nervousness.
"How come you didn't ask Natsu for that? You guys do some missions together, when it's not all of us?" Erza said as she took the mission sheet and looked at it.
"Oh I would ask him to come with me. But he seems really busy right now, so I wouldn't want to disturb him" Lucy said as she looked at Natsu who was still lying on the table.
"I see. Okay then, sounds like fun. Let's go" Erza said with a smile.
"Really? I mean, sure okay. That's great. Let me finish my drink and let's go" Lucy said excited.
"Is that milkshake?" Erza said.
"Yeah, strawberry milkshake. Why?" Lucy said.
"I should have taken a strawberry milkshake too" Erza said with a pout as she looked at her juice.
"That's not a problem. I could make one for you right away" Mirajane said.
"That's fine. Here Erza, you can have mine" Lucy said as she pushed her glass towards her."Really? Thanks Lucy" Erza said excited.
"There's not much left, though. And if you want another straw, let me get one" Lucy said.
"No, that's fine" Erza said as she took the glass and drank the rest of the drink with glee. Lucy looked at her with a smile.
"She gets so excited over the smallest things. Especially, sweet things. Wait, does this count as an indirect kiss?" she thought, blushing.
"All done. Are you ready to go Lucy?" Erza said as she left the glass and got up.
"Sure let's go. We'll see you guys later" Lucy said as she got up as well.
"Okay, take care" Mirajane said with a bright smile.
"You girls have fun" Cana said with a smirk. Lucy slightly blushed as she smiled as well and hurried next to Erza, as the two of them walked out of the guild and made their way in the large city.