A Love That Wants to Live

Chapter 35

Writing was not Laxus's strong suit. In fact, he hated it, but he was determined to make this the best love letter anyone had ever seen. His problem, however, was the fact that he was stuck at 'Dear Lucy'. What could he tell the blonde that she didn't already know? What could he possibly say to her that would make up for what he'd said before? Nothing, he was certain.

He crumpled up his fifth attempt and tossed it into the slowly growing pile of discards. At this rate he was never going to be able to finish the letter. He sighed and absentmindedly pat Thor's head while he stared at the fresh sheet of lined paper. He wasn't very good at romance, either, to be honest.

"Why don't you just write what comes to mind?" Mira asked from the doorway, carefully stepping around the pile of discarded paper.

He turned and looked at her.

"Why are you here?" He growled.

"You haven't been in for a while so I thought I would check on Thor and make sure I didn't need to feed him or anything."

The dog thumped his tail happily at the mention of his name. She scratched his ears as she tried to peer over Laxus's shoulder.

"What are you writing anyway?" She asked.

Laxus sighed, "If I tell you will you leave?"

She nodded eagerly.

"I'm writing Lucy a love letter," He said. "Only it doesn't seem to be going very well."

He growled and wadded this sheet up as well, throwing it in the pile.

"Why don't you just write how you feel?" Mira suggested.

"I can't."

Mira sighed and sat down beside him.

"Why don't we do it this way - you tell me how you feel about her and I'll tell you how to write it."

Laxus looked at her in surprise, "You would do that?"

"For Lucy? Yes. She doesn't realize it but she needs you," Mira poked him. "Now, tell me how you feel about our favorite blonde."

"She's like the sun in that my whole world revolves around her, but she's like the moon as well because when I'm with her I feel like I'm the sea going a little crazy. And her smile is like the stars, bright and beautiful. I would give anything to see that smile again. She's so kind and naïve that it's disturbing but sweet at the same time. Her face gets puffy when she's mad, which is really cute rather than intimidating, but when she's really angry she's scary. Hot, but scary. She's smart, which is sexy, but a little intimidating since I'm not nearly that smart. She makes me crazy, Mira, but I don't ever want to not be crazy if it means not having her at my side," Laxus finished with a sigh.

Mira sat still for a moment, blinking in surprise, before replying.

"Well, why don't you just write that?"

"I can't put that down on paper," Laxus protested. "What if she hates it?"

Mira shook her head, "No, she won't hate it. It's beautiful, Laxus."

The lightning dragon slayer sighed but started to write once more.

Lucy sat down in her favorite barstool smiling at Mira.

"You're usual?" Mira asked, winking.

Lucy nodded, and while Mira was making her shake she looked around the guild, secretly trying to spot a certain blonde dragon slayer.

"He's not here," Mira said, setting down the shake.

"Who's not here?" Lucy asked, though she knew perfectly well that Mira knew exactly who she was looking for.

"You know who," Mira teased. "But he did ask me to give you this and to tell you that if you want to see him he's going to be at his house all day. He has to do some cleaning."

Lucy nodded, wondering what cleaning he needed to do, but not daring to ask. Instead she slowly opened up the envelope that Mira had slid across from her and began to read.

Dear Lucy,

I'm not good with words, but by now you know that. Mira suggested that if I wanted to write you a love letter then the best thing to do would be to write down how I feel, but we both know I'm not very good with the romance thing, so here goes nothing.

When I look at you it's like the world falls away and all that is in the world is me and you and you're the sun, burning so bright, and I'm the Earth revolving around you. At the same time it feels as if you're my moon because when you go out of orbit my whole life goes a little crazy like the sea.

You're smile is as bright as the stars and you're tears are like a hurricane in my heart. You're so smart it's a little scary and when you're angry and you think you're being intimidating it's really just cute.

However, when you get really pissed, you're hot, but it's a scary hot. Sorry, but it's true. When you're gone I panic a little and I drive my team crazy with how annoyed I am without you. You make me crazy, but without you I might as well not even exist.

Well, that's what I had to say.


Lucy stared at the letter for a long time before looking up at Mira, who was watching her intently. She hadn't read the letter, but, judging by Lucy's face, she wished she had.

"I gotta go," Lucy said hurriedly. "I'll see you later, Mira."

Mira smiled and waved, "Go. Make sure to fill me in on all the juicy bits later."

Lucy laughed and ran out of the guild, heading straight for Laxus's house. Maybe it was time to forgive the big idiot.

Laxus had cleaned his house twice today and never before had it seemed so sparkly. Thor kept wandering from room to room, trying to find some resemblance to his old home, but was unable to. Finally he ducked out the back, wagging his tail happily when he saw that his yard was unchanged.

Laxus was finishing up cleaning the kitchen when he heard the footsteps behind him. He didn't think it would be Lucy, not yet anyway, so that left Evergreen or Mira since the tread was too light to belong to either Bickslow or Freed. He continued scrubbing his cupboards, waiting for the girl to speak when he caught a whiff of the smell that was distinctly Lucy's and he inhaled sharply, panicking inside.

Was he ready for this? He wasn't sure if he could handle it if she rejected him. Sighing heavily he stepped off the stool he'd been standing on and turned to face her.

"Hey, Luce," He said quietly, leaning against the counter.

"Did you really write this?" She demanded, holding up his letter.

He winced, "Yeah, that bad, huh?"

He was surprised to feel her arms around him moments later.

"It was beautiful," She whispered, kissing him lightly on the cheek.

Laxus's heart soared.

"But, you're on probation," She warned. "I'm not going through that again, got it? So you better behave."

Laxus nodded, happy that she was giving him one more chance. She didn't have to believe that he was going to make it, she just had to give him a chance to prove that he loved her beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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