A Love That Wants to Live

Chapter 16

The guild was just as rowdy as usual and Lucy had to push her way through to get to the table that her friends were sitting around. She was surprised to see the Thunder Legion sitting there as well, seemingly right at home. Freed seemed to be in a deep discussion with Levy while Gajeel scowled at the two of them, causing Lucy to giggle at the sight, Evergreen looked bored while she chatted with Erza, and Bickslow was busing teasing Lisanna about something or another. Lucy grinned as she watched them, they all seemed to fit together so well that it surprised her they didn't all spend time together before now.

"Looks like our families are getting to know one another," She teased Laxus as he noticed the two groups blending in together.

He scowled, "I can't decide which side I feel worse for."

"Oh, you're side, definitely, after all, we are adjusted to Natsu and Gray and the Thunder Legion isn't," She laughed as Gray threw off his shirt causing Juvia to swoon and Erza to hit him on the head while Evergreen eyed all of this with dismay.

"Honestly, I don't know how you put up with them," Laxus said, sitting down next to Gajeel while Lucy slide in the seat next to Levy.

She grinned, "It's what you do for family."

Natsu looked up at those words, grinning back, "Luce, did you just call us family?"

She grinned back, nodding.

He jumped up, leaping over the seat as he ran over to her, hugging her.

"You've never called us family before," He said gleefully, then quickly let go when he saw Laxus scowling at him.

She laughed, "Well, probably because I knew something like this would happen."

Laxus couldn't help but to be amused by his girlfriend's team, or 'family' as she called them. Erza kept them all in check but Lucy, he could tell was the real heart. As soon as she sat down it seemed everyone had something they wanted to tell her or ask her advice on. He felt a twinge of jealousy, then of pride as he realized that Lucy was answered everyone as best she could, smiling the whole time. He wondered what it would be like if his team was more like that. They had their friendships, but, he realized, none of them were close like this.

He enjoyed watching the interact, even if he wouldn't say as much and was especially proud when his team started to open up to the Celestial Wizard and ask her questions. Freed spoke up after a moment, asking Lucy if she would like to accompany them sometime on a job. Laxus blinked in surprise, wondering why he hadn't thought of asking her that.

Evergreen jumped on the idea, "Oh, please say you will. I'm so tired of being the only girl with all of these boys. It would be nice to talk to someone who understands me."

"Yes, Lucy, you should. Evergreen should not be without a female companion," Erza chimed.

"Yeah, Luce, we are way more fun than this bunch," Bickslow added, sticking out his tongue.

Lucy looked between everyone as others started to put in their opinions. She looked at Laxus for help, but he just smirked, enjoying the moment. He knew that if his team wanted her to join them they would beg and cajole until she finally gave in. After a few moments he spoke up.

"Might as well agree, babe, Thunder Legion is just as stubborn as Team Natsu and they won't let up until you do," He teased.

Lucy eyed him for a moment, wondering if he was also trying to invite her along or if he was just agreeing to make his teammates happy. She knew that he cared for her, but did he really want her tagging along with his friends?

She threw up her hands in surrender, "Alright, I'll go. Just don't expect too much out of me."

Both teams grinned at her response and Evergreen pushed Laxus aside so she could link arms with Lucy.

"Oh, this is going to be so much fun," She cooed, grinning. "We can stay up and talk about girl things. It'll be so nice not to have to listen to those three all night."

Lucy smiled at the woman, wondering what it was she had just gotten herself into.

"It is good you are going, Lucy," Erza told her later on once some of the team had departed. "I really don't approve of Evergreen having to go along with them without at least one female to keep an eye on her."

"Erza, she's dating Elfman," Lucy pointed out.

"Yes, but that doesn't mean that one of those boys wouldn't try to take advantage of her anyway," Erza stated, then quickly added. "Well, Laxus won't, he has you now Lucy and I know he's pretty loyal to those he cares about."

Lucy raised an eyebrow, "And Freed?"

Erza admitted that Freed was too much of a gentleman to take advantage of anyone.

"So you're really just worried about Bickslow," Lucy stated.

Erza smiled, "Perhaps. Or perhaps I over exaggerate things, but just like when you joined with our team. I couldn't just leave you alone with Natsu and Gray."

Lucy laughed, "Now that is understandable. Those two are dangerous to be around."

Erza agreed, then nodded her head in the direction of the door.

"I think someone is waiting for you, Lucy."

The blonde turned to see Laxus leaning against the door, watching the two girls talk. She grinned and waved at him.

"It's really amazing that the two of you started dating, you know," Erza said, Cana nodding in agreement.

"Why?" Lucy asked, curiously.

"The two of you are so different. He's so cut off from everyone and broody. You're like a little ray of sunshine, bright and friends with everyone. It's almost like you two shouldn't be together and Fate somehow got messed up," Cana teased.

Lucy's gut twisted and she quickly excused herself to see Laxus.

Laxus watched, concerned as Lucy hurried toward him, her face screaming panic. She grabbed his hand and almost pulled him out of the guild hall, walking him back toward her place. About halfway there she turned and started heading back the way she came. Finally Laxus pulled her to a stop.

"What's going on, Luce?" He demanded, completely confused by her behavior.

"I need to talk to you in private. I was going to take you back to my place, but, given the fact that my friends are likely to burst in on us at any time, I thought maybe we should go to your place instead." She answered shortly, pulling him in the direction of his house.

"What's going on, Lucy?"

She shushed him, "I'll explain when we get back to your place."

He nodded, but he was still worried, and, judging by the look on her face, she was too.

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