Earlier that day the pink haired mage had ranted and raved to him about Magnolias firework show being the best on the continent so after some begging, pleading and a hint of bribery he agreed to join her in the festivities. He had to admit she did pick an amazing spot for their own little New Years celebration. It was high in the mountains to the west of the town and it's in a small nook that would protect them for the harsh winter winds, but best of all was the view. From where he sat Jellal could see for miles. He was high enough up to not be spotted by the townspeople but close enough to almost hear the drunken laughter and singing. His attention was drawn to the large park below him where he knew the Fairytail guild members were getting ready to start their magical fireworks display. He could see a large group of people but it was difficult to recognise individual people from this distance. That didn’t stop him from frantically searching for scarlet among the rainbow of confusion though. Jellal wasn’t sure whether the fact that he couldn’t see her was a good or bad thing. He felt a longing to see his old friend that threatened to tear him apart but simply being close to her beloved guild gave him some comfort. She was with her nakama, happy, safe and protected. That was good enough for him. He would have to make do with watching from afar.
“Hello?” A familiar voice called, making Jellals heart stop. The woman he had been searching for among the crowds approached him slowly, almost shyly. He stood up in surprise and nearly fell over the log he had been sitting on causing the beautiful young woman to chuckle. She tried to hide her laughter but his face couldn’t help turning as red as her hair in her presence.
“Erza what are you doing here? Not that I’m not happy to see you its just- you know what I mean?” The blunette blabbered.
“Meredy told me she found the perfect spot to watch the fireworks,” Erza explained.
“Oh I see. Yeah she told me something similar-” Jellal muttered, “Where is that crazy girl anyway?”
“She said something about having business to take care of in Blue Pegasus at midnight? She also said that your deal was no longer needed? Do you have any idea what she was on about?” The re-quip mage questioned.
Jellal flashbacked to earlier that night when Meredy was organising this rendezvous. The pink ball of energy practically pounced on him as he entered their most recent hideout with ingredients for their mini new years feast.
“C’mon Jellal please can we go? I really want to see Fairytails magic firework show. It’s supposed to be…. Well magical. I mean who would even notice us if we went into the town on one of the busiest nights of the year-”
“Not this again. How many times do I have to say it? We are definitely not going into Magnolia,” Jellal stated, putting his foot down.
“But what if I found a really secluded place where we could watch in privacy without anyone spotting us?” She asked, waiting for him to take the bait.
“Yes sure. Good luck finding such an amazing spot like that now. The show starts in two hours. Besides every inch of the town is covered in people no where like that exists,” Jellal had made a huge mistake. He had doubted his young friend.
“Good thing I already have the place picked out now isn’t it? And who ever said it had to be in the town?” Meredy grinned like a cat that has caught its prey.
“Meredy-” Jellal started.
“No buts. You said if I found a good spot where we can watch the fireworks in peace then you’d come watch them with me. Or are you a liar?” She added a pout at the end for emphasis.
“You know I don’t like celebrating stuff like this. Especially when we’re fugitives. I don’t like the crowds, or all the drunk idiots, or the load bright explosions, or the stupid countdown, or the ridiculous tradition of-” Jellal stopped, his face blushing.
“What tradition?” Meredy asked curiously.
“The midnight kiss-” he muttered, avoiding eye contact.
Meredy sat in a state of shock for a moment not sure how to react to this situation. A part of her wanted to giggle and make a joke but the more logical part of her brain told her that this was a good opportunity to put her plan into motion. First she had to plant a seed in her friends mind.
“Well you know I’ve never had a midnight kiss before. I never really understand the point of it. Why don’t we be each others midnight kiss?”
“What?” Jellal stammered.
“Yeah even just a peck on the cheek. So you don’t have to let something as silly as the midnight kiss tradition ruin your new years. Unless you have someone you’d rather be with at midnight?” Meredy smirked.
“No. That sounds fine,” Jellal mumbled, turning an even darker shade of red.
“I marked the spot on the map, meet me there in an hour okay? I just need to get some real party treats,” Meredy giggled and blew him a kiss before she ran outside. Jellal could hear her laughter as the door shut and wondered what he had gotten himself into.
Standing face-to-face to the woman he honestly wanted to spend this night with, Jellal began to realise what his sneaky friend had done. She orchestrated the entire night and he had walked so willingly into her trap.
“Wait did she say why she was going to Blue Pegasus?” It was the only piece of the puzzle that hadn’t quite fallen into place yet.
“I don’t know,” Erza paused for a moment, “Could it have anything to do with that deal she mentioned?” She shrugged with a slight smile.
“I don’t believe it- Is she going to see a guy? Who is he?” Jellal failing to remain calm.
“It’s so nice to see you acting like a protective big brother,” Erza giggled. Jellal blushed as the faint sound of people counting down reached their hiding spot.
“So is it true you’ve never had a midnight kiss?” Erza smirked and Jellals face paled in humiliation.
“I’m going to kill Meredy,” Jellal muttered.
“I haven’t either,” the red head blushed, “but there’s always a first for everything yeah?”
“More like making up for lost time,” Jellal smiled sadly, as the seconds ticked away.
“Three,” Erza mumbled as she stepped closer to him.
“Two,” Jellal cupped her face, his heart in his throat.
“One,” their faces inched closer until their noses touched.
“Happy new year,” Erza whispered as her guild mates first fireworks exploded causing the crowds to cheer.
They had they’re first midnight kiss under the stars and both swore to thank Meredy later.