They sat, staring at the little old lady who sat across from them, their mouths hanging open a little.
"You wanted a Celestial Wizard to entertain?" Laxus asked, his eyebrows knitting together.
The lady nodded, "Yes. You see, we have different wizards entertain each year, but we have yet to have a Celestial Wizard come out. I hear that you have quite a variety of spirits?"
Lucy nodded, "Yes ma'am. Though only a few are good for entertainment purposes I'm afraid."
"Oh, that's fine dear. Whatever you have," The lady said, patting her arm before turning to Laxus. "But I don't understand how you're supposed to help."
Laxus rolled his eyes a little, "I'm her bodyguard. Sort of. I'm here to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Don't worry you probably won't see much of me."
The lady smiled widely, "Well, then, welcome. The Charity is in two days so I guess I'll see you then."
Lucy and Laxus exchanged incredulous looks.
"The job said July 10th," Lucy said hesitantly.
The little woman waved her hand, "That was an old ad. Haven't you seen the new one?"
She shoved it in Lucy's hands, Laxus looking over her shoulder to read it with her. Sure enough, in two days the event began. The lady grinned, shoving them out into the street.
"See you in two days," She called, laughing a little as she shut the door on them.
Lucy turned, looking to Laxus with wide eyes.
"What are we going to do? We don't have an act prepared or anything. How are we supposed to be ready in two days?" She cried, frustrated. "If Natsu were here we could do a fire-eating thing or Gray could do an ice-sculpting thing, but we have nothing."
"Can't any of your spirits preform?" Laxus asked, annoyed that she had instantly thought of her friends and what they could do.
"Oh yea," She grinned, digging through her keys, muttering about the different spirits that resided on the other side of each one.
She finally laid out the ones she had chosen when they reached their hotel room, tapping them in turn as she discussed each of them.
"Lyra can play the harp - we could have a music thing. Or Sagittarius could do an archery thing. Gemini can copy people's appearances, we could do something with that or Virgo knows a weird dance that she could teach the others and we could have a dance thing," She sighed. "I'm afraid that's all I really have for spirits."
He studied them in surprise, somehow had expected more of them, but he didn't say that out loud, seeing her slumped shoulders. Instead he grinned at her.
"We'll think of something," He promised.
Lucy nodded, slumping still as she thought about it. What were they going to do? Two days to come up with an act and she didn't even know what spirits could perform. She knew Virgo could do a weird cultural dance and Plue had his little jig that he did once in a while, but she had no idea if the other spirits could dance. While Lyra was wonderful for calming, she didn't really work well in large crowds. She sighed in frustration, who ever thought of having wizards perform like a circus act anyway?
Laxus watched her dejected form, wanting more than anything to take her into his arms and comfort her. What were those idiots thinking? Requesting a Spirit Mage simply because they hadn't yet seen what one can do? Didn't they realize that spirits weren't really suited for entertainment? He sighed, as he settled back on the chair, pondering the dilemma.
The two sat like that for awhile, Lucy tapping her keys alternately, trying to come up with a plan, while Laxus sat with his arms folded, eyes closed, looking to the world like he was asleep. Finally he opened one lazy eye, grinning at the blonde across from him.
"This is an outdoors event she has set up correct?" He asked, lazily.
Lucy nodded, still concentrating on her keys.
"And you have spirits that can fight?"
She looked up, "All of my zodiac spirits can fight. Some are weaker than others, but they all can fight for sure."
He grinned at her, "Why don't we do that?"
She looked at him in horror, "I'm not going to have my spirits fight one another. Even in a mock battle, that's just wrong."
He shook his head impatiently, "I'm not asking you to do that, Blondie. Have them fight me. We can demonstrate the diversity of the spirits, they can get a good fight in, and I won't have to hide in the background. Think about it - Spirits fighting the Lightening God, Laxus Dreyer. The patrons will eat it up."
She looked at him warily, "And you won't hurt my spirits?"
"Tch. Of course I'm going to hurt them," He said, annoyed. Then seeing her panicked look, raised his hands in a placating manner. "Not bad. Just sort of like when Natsu and Gray fight. Gotta rough them up a little bit so that people buy into the illusion. I'll let you pick which spirit you want to beat me and I'll go down after fighting them. It'll give them a show and boost the idea that Celestial Spirit mages are a lot stronger than they look."
Lucy grinned at that, sitting back once he explained the idea to her.
"You know, I think that just might work," She agreed.