A Love That Wants to Live

Chapter 36

Laxus sat beside Lucy, nervously fidgeting as she talked to her friends. They'd gotten back together almost a year ago. A year of extensive hand-to-hand combat training, of yelling at Natsu and Gray about boundaries and privacy, of proving to Lucy in difference ways all that he loved about her. Two months ago, she'd moved in with him, much to the dismay their teams who had to help her move. Last week he'd bought the ring that sat in his pocket.

Mira, Gramps, and Natsu were the only three who knew what he was planning on doing. Mira had helped him plan everything out to perfection and, of course, Gramps had to know that his only grandson was planning on finally settling down and marrying the girl he loved. Laxus still wasn't sure how Natsu had figured into it, but somehow he'd ended up asking the pinkette for his permission. He still wasn't sure how Mira had convinced him to ask Natsu, of all people, but he remembered it went something along the lines of Natsu being the one who had brought Lucy into the guild, so along with being her best friend, he was like her guild parents. Or something along those lines anyways.

He tapped his foot impatiently, wanting to be out of there and on the way to their dinner reservations. He knew better than to rush Lucy, though. The girl had a great sense of time and no matter how impatient Laxus was or how worried he got, she always seemed to know exactly when to cut a conversation off so they could arrive at their destination on time. Natsu wasn't helping the situation either, when every few minutes he would give Laxus a giant grin. He was just about ready to remind Lucy of the time when he realized that she was saying her goodbyes to everyone. He sighed in relief, thankful that they would finally be underway.

Lucy knew that something was going on, she just wasn't sure what. She hadn't missed the smile that Natsu kept giving her boyfriend, nor did she miss how Laxus seemed to look at his watch every few minutes as if he was worried they were going to be late. She smiled, shaking her head at his impatience as they hurried toward the restaurant he had reservations for.

"Umm, Laxus," She whispered, as they approached the darkened building. "I think they're closed."

He grinned, "Yeah, so?"

She looked at him in confusion.

"Isn't this where we're eating?"

He nodded, still grinning, "Yeah. C'mon."

He pulled around the building, knocking on the employee's entrance. A small man peered out them and Lucy was surprised to recognize him as Yajima, one of Master's oldest and closest friends. He pulled them in quickly before shutting the door and turning on them.

"You got two hours," He pointed at the two of them. "Then I have to open the place."

Without another word he set them at a table and set their plates in front of them.

"I expect that you know where the dessert is?" He asked, looking at Laxus.

The tall blonde nodded, his face a mask of indifference.

"Good, I expect that when I get back you two will be gone," He announced before leaving them alone.

Lucy looked around in surprise, "Laxus -"

He held up his hand, "No questions, eat and enjoy, it took a lot of convincing and let's just leave it at that."

Lucy grinned, "This is amazing."

Laxus watched her anxiously as they ate. His nerves making it hard for him to even pay attention to the amazing meal that Yajima had cooked for them. He whisked their plates away as soon as Lucy finished eating, bringing out her favorite dessert - strawberry cake with chocolate frosting topped with vanilla ice cream. Before he brought it into her line of sight he slipped the ring out of his pocket, setting it firmly into the cake so that she would notice it right away.

"I think you're spoiling me tonight, Laxus Dreyer," She teased as he brought the cake to her.

He grinned and set it there, kneeling beside her as soon as he heard the gasp that issued from her mouth.

"Lucy Heartfilia," He stated, taking her hand in his own. "Don't you dare interrupt me because it took me a long time to work up the courage to say what I'm about to."

She nodded, keeping silent.

"I've loved you for a long time, longer than we've been together even and though our start was a little strange, I think it fits us. You complete me and I love you more than anything. I know it's a tough task, but I think you're up for it, so will you marry me?"

He looked up at her with anxious eyes.

"Of course, I'll marry you," She said, bending over to kiss him before cleaning the ring and slipping it onto her finger.

Lucy stared at the ring in shock. It was white gold inlaid with onyx and sapphire stones that wrapped around the diamond in the center. She had no idea how much it was worth and she really didn't want to know how much Laxus had spent on it. She barely registered what it was for until he started speaking.

Her heart raced for a moment before she realized that he really was asking her to marry him. How could she say no to that? She readily agreed before blushing and looking back at him.

He laughed, "Yes, you can eat your cake."

She grinned, it just went to show how well he knew her, after all.

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