Natsu woke up to the conductor shaking his shoulder.
“Sir? Sir are you awake? We’re in Shirotsume,” the conductor said.
“Oh, thanks,” Natsu said to him. He felt a strange pressure on his stomach and looked to see Happy lying on his stomach. He looked up at Lucy and she too was asleep. He picked Happy up off his stomach and woke him up.
“What do you want Natsu? I’m still sleepy,” the cat said rubbing his eyes.
“Sorry buddy, but I need your help. I need you to carry Lucy’s stuff so I can carry her,” he said.
“Why can’t she?” Happy looked over and saw her sound asleep. “Oh.”
Happy grabbed Lucy’s suitcase and Natsu put his pack on his shoulders. He picked Lucy up bridal style and they walked to a hotel in Shirotsume.
As they were walking, Happy asked Natsu in a mocking voice, “Did you guys do anything last night?”
Natsu blushed but said “No.”
“Really? What’s that blush for?”
“Okay, I’ll tell you. You have to swear not to tell anyone though! Not even Carla!”
“Okay. I realized that… well… I love Lucy. I mean more than a team-mate kinda way. I mean love as in how you feel about Carla.”
“… Did you just realize this?” Natsu was dumbfounded. “Everyone in the guild already knows! Anyone paying attention could see that the two of you love each other!”
“Well why didn’t you tell me that in the first place?!?”
“I just did you moron! Now you owe me a fish!”
Natsu felt something move in his arms. He looked down and saw Lucy gripping his cloak with her fist.
“No… Please… leave Natsu… alone,” she mumbled in her sleep. “Kill… me… instead.”
Natsu widened his eyes. Who’s killing me? Why would she give her life for me? He sat down on a nearby bench with Lucy in his lap.
“I’m right here. Everything is okay,” he whispered in her ear before kissing her forehead. He put his forehead against hers and closed his eyes. He felt Lucy release his cloak and go back to sleeping peacefully.
“I guess she feels the same way you do,” Happy said to Natsu.
He looked at his flying feline, then back down at Lucy. Did she really love him back? Would she want to be with him? Would she want to stay? So many questions swarmed in his head, but he just nodded. He stood up again and they started walking.
They reached the hotel and Natsu asked Happy if he would be staying again tonight. He would, but they still got one room; Natsu was afraid to leave Lucy alone with her having nightmares every time she slept. Happy unlocked the room and they saw that there were two beds. Natsu set Lucy on one of the beds and he said, “That can be her bed. Me and you will share one.”
Natsu and Happy decided they were going to go out and start searching for the little boy while Lucy slept. Natsu wrote her a quick note and set it on the dresser with a key before leaving.
She opened her eyes and her vision adjusted to the dim environment. She saw she was in a hotel room on a bed, alone. She looked around and saw her suitcase along with Natsu and Happy’s packs. She saw a piece of paper on the desk. She got up and it read
If you’re reading this, it means that Happy and I are not back yet. You were still sleeping, so we decided to go and look for the little boy. You don’t have to worry about coming to find us. Why not go try out the public bathtubs?
She couldn’t help it, Lucy smiled. She decided to take his advice and got ready to go to a public bath house. She grabbed her bath stuff, got a room key, and left. She walked down the streets and actually ran into Natsu and Happy.
“Hey guys,” she said smiling.
“Hey Lucy. You sleep well,” Natsu asked. She nodded. “Well that’s good. Where ya headed to?”
“Well I was going to take your advice and go to the public bath house, but then I ran into you guys. So I’m just going to help you look instead.”
“Oh come on Luce. We couldn’t find out anything from this side of town. We might have to try another side tomorrow, but why don’t we all go to the bath houses?”
“Yeah, great idea, but you guys don’t have your stuff.”
“They have some there. I looked it up before I recommended it.”
“Oh! Sweet! Let’s go then!”
They went into the separate bath houses and relaxed. Lucy got done earlier than the boys, she yelled at them. “I’m going back to the hotel! I’ll see you guys there.”
“Okay,” they yelled back simultaneously.
She started walking. Man that was relaxing. Who would’ve known Natsu would have found such a great place? She wondered to herself. She intertwined her fingers in the back of hear head and kept walking. She passed by a convenient store, so she went in and bought some flavored milk. She remembered Loke saying something about that before she found out he was really Leo.
“Here try this. It really hits the spot after a bath,” he said holding out a bottle to her.
Lucy smiled at such a good memory of her and one of her good friends. She left and opened up one of them; she bought enough for her, Happy, and Natsu to have one. She started drinking it and continued to head to the hotel.
She heard footsteps behind her and looked back. She saw a man in the shadows just watching her. She couldn’t see what he was wearing or what he looked like. All she could tell was that he was tall and lean. She started walking faster and looked back again; she silhouette was following her. The started to run, but the man caught up to her. She screamed at the top of her lungs.
Natsu sat up straight as he heard a scream; he recognized that scream.
“What’s wrong,” Happy asked.
just heard Lucy scream,” Natsu said running to get dressed.
Since Happy didn’t need any clothes, he flew to Lucy as quickly as he could and Natsu followed her scent. Lucy he thought. He ran faster and faster as he heard fighting in the distance, and Lucy’s scent got stronger. He ran around a corner and saw Happy holding Lucy in the sky as Aries was on the ground fighting.
“Happy! Let me go,” Lucy told him.
“Lucy! Are you okay,” Natsu yelled up at her. She looked down at him.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
Natsu started fighting alongside Aries.
“Wool bomb,” she said. “Now Natsu!”
“Right!” He jumped out in front of the man.
“Fire Dragon Wing Attack!” The man was down and out. Happy let Lucy down on the ground and she turned to Aries.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t fight with you; Happy wouldn’t let me down,” she said with an apologetic smile.
“It’s no problem ma’am. That’s what I’m here for; to protect you,” Aries replied timidly.
“Thank you.” She hugged Aries before closing her gate. Natsu picked up the man and threw him over his shoulder. The team walked to a nearby police station and turned the guy in. Turns out, he’d been wanted for raping many women. Lucy’s eyes widened and Natsu clenched his fists. They all walked to the hotel in silence until Lucy spoke up.
“Oh! Here you guys,” she said, pulling two bottles of flavored milk out of her bag. She handed them to them. “Thanks for saving me.” She smiled. They smiled back and thanked her. They walked the rest of the way to the hotel laughing and joking around.
The team just got back into the room.
“Man I’m beat,” Natsu exclaimed falling on his bed.
“Yeah, I think I’m gonna hit the hay too,” Lucy said going into the bathroom with her pajamas.
“Count me in I guess,” Happy said yawning.
He walked over to Natsu and laid next to him. He soon fell asleep. Natsu looked over and saw his best friend sound asleep. He smiled and then closed his eyes. Meanwhile, Lucy was getting ready for bed. She had just finished brushing her teeth and washing her face and she left the bathroom. She looked over and saw Happy and Natsu sleeping. She smiled and pulled the covers over the both of them.
“Goodnight you guys. Thanks again,” she said.
She was about to walk away, but someone grabbed her arm. She turned and saw Natsu with his eyes open looking at her.
“I thought you were asleep,” Lucy said quietly chuckling.
“Nah,” Natsu smiled.
“Come on. Let Happy sleep in peace,” Lucy said grabbing his arm and pulling him to her bed. “So why aren’t you sleeping?”
Natsu rubbed the back of his neck. “Well, I couldn’t sleep.”
“Is everything alright?”
“Yeah, it was just cold.”
“Well you could’ve got more blankets.”
“Luce, that’s not what I mean.” Lucy looked at him with a puzzled look. “I mean it was missing your warmth.” Lucy’s eyes widened and she blushed. Natsu brought his hand up and moved a piece of hair out of her face. “I have to tell you something.” Natsu stood up and held out his hand. “Will you come with me?”
“Y-yeah,” Lucy said. She took his hand. They both walked out and closed the door quietly. He led her down to the lobby and out the back. They were greeted with a soft breeze. Lucy gasped; the scene before her was beautiful. The moon was shining brightly on the lake and the green grass danced. Lucy smiled and Natsu grabbed her hand. He tugged her along and laid down by the lake. She laid down next to him and watched the stars. She noticed how quiet Natsu was. She sat up and looked at him.
“Hey Natsu. What did you need to tell me,” she asked. He sat up and looked at the water.
“Well, lately, I’ve been seeing you in a totally different way than I have been,” he answered. His gaze moved from the water to her. “I started to appreciate the little things I didn’t before. Your smile, your laugh, the way you walk, even your scent.”
Natsu put his hand on her face. “I found out when you screamed earlier I didn’t want to lose you. I couldn’t lose you. You’re my everything, my world. I would be lost without you.”
Lucy smiled and tears starting forming in the corners of her eyes. She put her hand over Natsu’s.
“Lucy Heartfilia, I love you. More than I have anyone,” Natsu confessed.
Lucy’s tears overflowed and she put her forehead on his. “I love you too. I always have. From the first moment I really knew you,” she said.
Natsu smiled his million dollar smile and looked in her eyes. He closed the gap between them and pressed his lips against hers. She noticed how rough his lips were, and how they felt good on hers. She kissed him back. They kept kissing until they ran out of breath.
“Luce, does this mean I’m your boyfriend now,” Natsu asked.
“Yeah. You don’t have a choice now,” Lucy giggled. Natsu laughed a breathy laugh.
“That’s fine by me.” They smiled at each other and kissed once more.
They sneaked into the room again and they shared a bed. Natsu and Lucy faced each other and he wrapped his arms around her waist. He kissed her forehead and said, “Goodnight Luce.”
“Goodnight Natsu.” They both closed their eyes.