A Love That Wants to Live

Chapter 34

Laxus sat at the head of the strange mix of people, discussing the best way to win Lucy back. The more he talked to Lucy's friends and teammates the less he understood how Lucy could put up with their craziness. Every suggestion brought a new round of arguments from Natsu and Gray. While some of them were helpful, like when Erza had suggested making her strawberry cake and Natsu had agreed while Gray pointed out that Lucy wasn't particularly fond of it, most of their arguments made little or no sense.

He sighed, at this rate they were never going to devise a plan to get her back. His mind wandered while those around him made suggestions. After a few moments he stood and walked away from the table, heading for the door.

"Hey, where are you going?" Mira demanded.

"To see Thor, I think I have a plan," Laxus replied, sweeping out of the guild hall.

The others watched him go in confusion before Natsu asked the obvious question.

"Who's Thor?"

Lucy had changed as soon as she'd gotten home, slipping into a pink tube top and black skirt. She did, however, keep Laxus's coat wrapped around her. She told herself that it was because she was cold, but subconsciously she knew better. She had just settled in and started to read when a strange noise outside her door caused her to set her book down and head toward the door.

She heard it again upon reaching the door and identified it immediately as a dog's whine. Sighing, she opened her door, wondering if her neighbor's terrier had gotten loose again. Instead, Thor sat in front of her door, crying softly. As soon as he laid eyes on her, however, he stood, wagging his tail so hard that it became a blur of movement.

Lucy looked down the hall, but couldn't see Laxus anywhere. For a brief moment she wondered how his dog had gotten to her building, but then the poor soul whined again and shivered. Lucy turned her attention back to him and pulled him inside, shutting the door behind her.

"I don't have any dog food, I'm afraid," She said a few moments later as she dug through her fridge for something suitable for Thor to eat. "So lunch meat will have to do."

She fed the dog almost all of the lunch meat in her fridge before filling a bowl of water up for him, which he drank readily enough. She curled up with Thor after that, allowing the beast onto her bed, where she laid next to him, reading her novel. Thor settled contently next to her head and soon was snoring away.

Lucy smiled softly at the dog and determined that she would call Laxus in a bit to let him know that she had his dog, despite the fact that she would rather just keep Thor for herself. Before she could do anything, however, there was a pounding at her door that startled her, but which Thor slept right through.

Laxus stood at Lucy's door, knowing full well that she had Thor. He'd been the one to place Thor there, after all, and the dog had been content to stay once he caught a whiff of Lucy's scent. He almost smiled when she answered the door, thankful that she had changed from her crazy outfit from earlier.

"Lucy," He said, gravely. "Normally, I wouldn't bother you, but Thor's missing -"

Lucy cut him off, "Yeah, he's in here."

Laxus shot her a grateful look as she let him in.

"Thor, buddy," He called softly.

Thor opened one eye and lazily eyed his human before huffing a little and going back to sleep on Lucy's bed.

"Thor," Laxus said, sitting beside his dog. "C'mon, buddy, you know you want to come home."

He snorted, refusing to open his eyes and Lucy couldn't help but laugh at the scene.

"Seems that I'm not the only one that's mad at you, Laxus," She teased, feeling a little bad for the man.

He sighed, "There seems to be a lot of that going around lately. I'm sorry, Lucy."

She shrugged, "I don't mind. Thor is a great dog."

Laxus nodded, "Yeah, he is, but I was actually referring to my behavior a couple weeks ago. I should never have accused you of the things I did. You're amazing, Luce, and my jealousy got the better of me. I'm sorry."

Lucy eyed him shrewdly for a moment before replying.

"You know that I'm not going to let you off the hook that easily, right?"

Laxus nodded, "I don't expect you to. I just wanted you to know that I'm sorry and I plan on spending the rest of my life making it up to you."

Lucy watched in surprise as Thor jumped up and trotted to the door, Laxus following after him. She hadn't been expecting that kind of a reaction from the Dragon Slayer. She smiled softly as he closed the door behind him, turning once more to bestow a soft smile on her. She sat back down and pondered this new development, wondering if maybe she should just forgive him already or see what he was going to pull next.

Waiting won out in the end, though deep down Lucy was already starting to forgive the man for his actions. It was hard to stay mad at someone that you were also in love with.

Laxus walked home with Thor, practically skipping from the relief of the burden he'd been carrying with him. Lucy was going to forgive him, he was sure of that, he just had to think of ways to prove to her just how much she meant to him. As he neared his house an idea that he just couldn't shake loss planted itself in his brain and he grinned, knowing that Lucy would melt.

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