The day began to darken and Lucy looked up in surprise.
"Have we really been out here that long?" She asked, noticing the sun was past it's highest point.
Laxus looked up in surprise, "I guess we have."
He whistled and Thor came bounding over, his tongue hanging out one side of his mouth and he panted happily. He regarded the two with bright eyes as if he was laughing at some joke that only he understood. Lucy bent over and hugged the dog tightly, stroking his head.
"I'm going to miss you, Thor," She said, kissing his snout.
He huffed in agreement and Lucy laughed lightly.
Laxus watched the exchange with a heavy heart.
"You are welcome to come over anytime to see Thor," The words left him before he even realized he was going to say them and they both laughed when Thor barked in agreement.
"Come on Thor, I gotta walk your mom home now," Laxus said to the dog.
"That's really not necessary," She replied, following along behind them.
Laxus turned as he opened the door, "Sure it is. No way Thor's going to let me let you walk home along when it's getting this late. He'll never let me hear the end of it."
Lucy laughed, giving in, "Alright, if Thor thinks it's necessary, I guess I can't argue."
Thor barked happily before rushing off.
Laxus grinned, "I never did give you a tour of the house."
Lucy shrugged, "Well, you'll just have to show me next time I come over."
Laxus's heart was racing as he asked, "You plan on coming over again?"
Lucy looked up at him, "You did invite me."
He grinned as he opened the front door, taking her hand in his own.
"That's true, I did."
The two walked in silence, hand-in-hand as they pondered the dilemma they were in. Neither of them wanted to admit how they felt, but they both felt that if they didn't say something soon then their 'relationship' was destined to fall apart.
"I was thinking -"
"So about what you said -"
The two laughed and Laxus gestured for Lucy to go first.
"About what you said, about Thor calling me mom. Isn't it going to break his heart when we finally decide to end this?" Lucy asked, her grip tightening slightly.
Laxus looked at her, surprised to find they were thinking along the same lines.
"Actually I was just going to suggest something to fix that," Laxus said, and Lucy was surprised to see that he was blushing.
He looked anywhere but at her as they reached her door. He didn't want to see her reaction if she rejected him. Right here could turn their relationship into the real thing or it could end the whole fake relationship, either way he had to ask, he couldn't take the pretending any longer.
"I was thinking, how would you like to be my girlfriend?" He blurted, still looking elsewhere.
He couldn't believe himself, Laxus, who was considered a 'Ladies Man', was blushing, afraid to ask a girl out.
She blushed, "I am your girlfriend, Lax."
He shook his head, "I meant, for real. Enough of this lying and pretending."
Lucy knew what he meant when he first asked, afraid he was trying play some kind of prank on her she avoid the question by pointing out they were dating. Now she looked away, blushing furiously, knowing she would have to answer him properly this time.
Laxus's heart dropped, she was going to say no. He had put his heart on the line and now she was going to reject it. Inwardly he cursed himself for ruining a good thing. Even if it had been fake at least it was better than nothing. Now things were going to be awkward and broken between them.
"Yes," She said, smiling brightly at him.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have - what?" He asked, completely taken by surprise by her answer.
"Yes," She repeated. "Yes, I will be your real girlfriend Laxus Dreyar."
She stood up on her tip-toes and kissed him on the nose.
"But if you break my heart I'll sic Leo on you," She teased.
He wrapped his arms around her, kissing her deeply.
"I'll never break your heart, Luce," He answered when he finally pulled away. "It would kill me to do it."
She grinned at him as she opened her door, "Good. I'll see you tomorrow Lax."
He grinned as he walked home. He had done it, he had asked the girl of his dreams out and she had said yes. He felt like dancing, or singing. He was surprised when he got home to find he was still grinning, when was the last time he had smiled this much? He couldn't remember, but it felt good. He allowed Thor to climb in his lap as he thought about his real girlfriend. How good did that feel, to know that she was really his and he wouldn't have to worry about a pending break up anytime soon.
"Laxus, I think your face is broken."
He looked up, surprised to see his team sitting in his living room.
"How long have you guys been here?" He demanded, his grin slipping.
They shrugged together.
"Long enough," Evergreen replied.
"I still think your face is broken," Bickslow answered. "It's grinning. Like a real grin with teeth and everything."
Laxus looked away, annoyed, "Shut up. A guy has a right to grin alright."
"Well, yeah, but Laxus, you never grin," The Seith mage replied, giving a grin of his own to his leader.
"I think Laxus-sama must have spent the day with Miss Lucy," Freed replied, giving the dragon slayer a knowing look.
Laxus rolled his eyes, "Shut up, Freed."
He couldn't, however, keep the grin from spreading across his face again.
Lucy laid in her bed, grinning brightly as she thought about her boyfriend. She couldn't believe that he had actually asked her to be his girlfriend for real. Sure, they had a sort of relationship when they had been pretending to go out before, but now it was the real thing. She wondered what, if anything, would be different. She hoped not a lot because she was enjoying their relationship right now just as it was.
She was startled when Loke appeared beside her, glowering down at her.
"He asked you out for real, didn't he?" The spirit demanded, being the only one who knew that their relationship had been a scam.
She nodded, smiling up at him, "He did. And I said yes."
He sighed, "Are you sure this is what you want Luce? I just don't want to see you get hurt, especially not by him. I've seen it once, I don't need to see it a second time."
Lucy rolled her eyes at him, "I'll be fine Loke, really. I promise. I told him that if he hurt me I would sic you on him."
Loke grinned, "Good, because whether you did or not I would still kick his ass."
"I know you would try," She teased, leaning her head on his arm.
He sighed, "Are you happy Luce?"
She nodded, humming her agreement.
"Well, then I guess I'll leave you alone about it, but you have to promise me that the moment he does anything to hurt you you'll call on me."
Lucy sighed, wondering why her spirit was so certain that Laxus was going to hurt her. She agreed and he smiled softly before disappearing back to his home world. Lucy sat up, staring out her window and wondering just what it was her spirit thought he knew that she didn't.