A Love That Wants to Live

Chapter 12

Lucy sat down next to Cana, sighing heavily.

"What's up Lucy?" Cana asked and Lucy shook her head ruefully.

"Laxus," She complained. "I just wish he could understand how difficult this is for me. I hate having to keep secrets from everyone."

Lucy snuck a look at Mira from the corner of her eye, noticing that the takeover mage was listening intently while trying to look like she was busy cleaning the counter.

Cana nodded sympathetically, "Did you tell him that?"

"Yes, but he doesn't want the Master to find out because he thinks that Makarov will start demanding great-grandchildren or something."

Mira's head shot up and Lucy knew she had gotten the girl's attention with that.

She sighed heavily again, pretending to be oblivious of the mage.

"Lucy," Mira hesitated. "I'm sorry, but I couldn't help to overhear you and Cana."

Of course you couldn't. Lucy thought, suppressing a grin.

She turned, wide eyed, "Oh, Mira, you won't tell anyone will you? Oh, Laxus is going to have a field day if he thinks that other people know that we're dating. Please, Mira, you have to promise not to tell anyone that we're together."

"You're dating who?"

The yell came from behind them and the three girls slowly turned to see Evergreen glaring down at Lucy.

"Well, um.. you see..." Lucy started before Mira spoke up.

"She said she's dating Laxus," Mira said loudly.

Well, I did want to escalate things. Though I didn't think it would go like this.

Lucy noticed that quite a few people were staring at the girls now.

Well, I guess we won't have to keep it a 'secret' anymore now.

Evergreen glared at the trio before stomping away, determined to have a word with her 'leader.'

Laxus was sitting in his normal spot, wondering what on Earthland Lucy's plan was. He trusted her not to do something completely stupid, but he still worried that something would come along to mess up her plan. However, she had sounded super confident when she had left, so he stayed in his seat, trying to keep his mind occupied on anything else. That was soon to come to an end.

"Laxus Dreyar," Evergreen's shrill voice called from across the room and he looked up see an angry glint in her eye.

Oh boy, now what?

"Since when have you been dating Lucy?" She yelled.

Well, cat's out of the bag now. He thought as he stared at Evergreen.

"That's really not any of your business," Laxus replied coolly.

Evergreen glared at him, "Anything that could affect our team is my business. It's Freed business. It's Bickslow's business. It's your business. And it's my business."

"Really? And how long did it take you to admit your relationship with Elfman?" Laxus asked, rising to his feet.

Evergreen flushed, "It's not the same."

"It's exactly the same."

Freed chuckled from his spot where he had silently been observing the argument between his team mates.

"He has you there, Ever."

She whirled on him, "Why aren't you upset about this?"

Freed shrugged, "Why should I be? Laxus can date who he wants."

Then slyly added, "Besides, I already knew."

"You what!?" She shrieked.

Laxus sighed, "Levy found out and told him."

"Does everyone know but me?" Evergreen pouted a little.

"No, actually only Freed, Levy, Natsu, and Cana knew before you shouted it out. Now I'm sure everyone in the guild knows."

"Actually, Mira knew before me."

Laxus grinned in a flash of understanding.

"I have to go," He told them before setting off to find his 'girlfriend'.

Lucy was surrounded by people wanting to know about her relationship with Laxus. She smiled brightly and tried to keep all of their questions straight but she was thankful when she felt a strong hand fall on her shoulder.

"Sorry guys, but I think my girlfriend has had enough pestering for right now," Laxus growled as everyone backed away.

Lucy flashed him a grateful smile as he sat down beside her.

"I guess everyone knows we're dating now," He said with a small smile.

She grinned back, "I guess so."

"When did you two start dating?"

Laxus and Lucy turned with horror to find their master standing behind them, staring at them with his mouth slightly ajar. They realized then their one mistake: They had forgotten about the Master. Sure, they had used him as an excuse to keep it quiet, but they hadn't really thought about what his reaction to finding out would be. Now as he stared up at them they thought about it hard and exchanged guilty looks.

"Chill Gramps," Laxus finally said. "We just started a couple of weeks ago."

They had expected various reactions from the small man, but not once did they expect what happened.

Makarov hugged Lucy close to him, tears of joy streaming down his face.

"You got him to open up that stone heart of his, my dear. You're my granddaughter from this day forth as well as my daughter. Anyone who can do what you did deserves love and respect."

Turning he looked at his grandson, "And you better make sure you love and respect her, Laxus. Grandson or no I will hurt you if you don't. You'll never find another girl like her so make sure you hold onto her."

Then he hugged them both before fleeing up to his office, presumably to have a good cry as he was wiping his eyes when he left.

Lucy and Laxus stared at each other dumbfound, before she grinned.

"You hear that Laxus Dreyar? Never going to find another girl like me so you might as well accept that you're stuck with me for the foreseeable future," She teased.

Laxus's heart flip-flopped, When did she get to be so bold?

He grinned back and pulled her closer to him, "I wouldn't have it any other way, Luce."

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