Happy woke up and saw Lucy and Natsu cuddling each other in their sleep. Atta boy Natsu. You finally told her Happy thought. He laid back down and waited for one of them to start stirring. Natsu was the first to move. He woke up and saw Lucy still sound asleep. He crept out of bed, careful not to wake her. Happy flew up and the two started to get ready for the day. They turned to Lucy afterwards.
“Luuuuuccccy,” Natsu whispered shaking her shoulder. “Time to wake up.”
Lucy just moaned and turned over. He continued doing this until he grunted.
“Alright, that’s it. You’re making me do this,” Natsu said. He went into the bathroom, grabbed the ice bucket, and filled it with ice cold water. He went back over to the bed and said, “Lucy, this is your last chance. Time to get up.” The Celestial Wizard just pulled the covers up over her head. “Okay.”
Natsu pulled the covers off and dumped the water all over her. She screamed and jumped out of bed. She ran around the room for a few seconds before turning to Natsu.
“Just what do you think you’re doing,” she said, an evil aura surrounding her.
“Uh, well… you see… we needed you to get up so we could go look for the little boy,” Natsu said.
“Ugh, fine.” She grabbed some dry clothes, a towel, and went into the bathroom to change. She came out in a plain gray pullover hoodie, a jean skirt, and a pair of sneakers.
“Ok, I’m ready. I need food first,” Lucy mumbled as her stomach spoke.
“So do we. Let’s go,” Natsu said before grabbing a key. Lucy grabbed the other and they all left the room.
They looked at what the hotel had set out for breakfast. There was fruit, bacon, eggs, and a station where you could make your own pancakes. The boys ran straight to that while Lucy trudged over to the coffee. She then picked out a few strips of bacon, a scoop of eggs, and just one pancake. She started eating slowly while the boys were devouring their food; they were already on their seventh pancake! After they had all woken up a little bit and had their breakfast, they went into the center of town.
“I think we should split up,” Lucy suggested.
“Oh no! Not after what happened yesterday,” Natsu said.
“I figured something like this would come up, so I got these.” She reached into her bag and pulled out a small shard of a lacrama.
“Where did you get that,” Happy asked.
“I borrowed three of these thing from Warren before we left. We each get one. As long as we stay in the city limits, we can hear each other just fine,” Lucy explained.
“Okay, but you have to PROMISE to shout if anything happens,” Natsu said, fists clenched. She smiled at him.
“I promise. You promise too Happy.”
They all nodded and went in separate directions. Lucy went to the south end of the city, Happy went east, and Natsu went west.
“Can you guys hear me,” Lucy said using telepathy.
“Loud and clear,” Natsu said.
“Okay, stay frosty. We don’t know what’s around here,” Natsu said.
“Excuse me miss! Have you seen a young boy anywhere? About seven years old? Black hair and hazel eyes,” Lucy asked a woman on the street.
“No. I’m afraid not, sorry,” she replied.
“It’s alright. Thanks!”
Lucy ran a little bit more south. I hope this kid is okay. I can’t imagine what kind of things he could have gotten himself into she thought as she ran
“No! Stay away from me,”
little Lucy shouted at a group of strange men.
“Awe come on sweet heart. We just want to have a little bit of fun,” they said.
She ducked between the men’s legs and ran as fast as she could. She ran into someone else’s leg and hid behind them.
“Hey kid! Wha-“The man was interrupted by the men running up.
“Hey you old geezer. Hand the little girl over and we will let you live,” one of them said.
“I don’t think so. I’ll fight you head on if I have to.”
“Alright. Bring it on.”
Lucy watched, horrified, as the man who saved her also defended her. He went through each of the men in a matter of minutes. Lucy quivered and tears formed in her eyes. She ran over to the man, hugged him, and sobbed.
“You’re not scared of me,” he asked.
“Why would I be? You… just save-d… my life… mi-mister,” Lucy said between sobs.
She ran and ran until she ran into trouble. Three men stood across from her. One of them had black hair and green eyes. He had a scar running down his left eye. He was wearing a black t shirt and blue jeans with combat boots. Another had green hair and orange eyes. He had a clip earring on his left ear. He was wearing a dark green jacket with a black t shirt underneath. He too had blue jeans and combat boots on. The last had navy hair and yellow eyes. He had too many scars to count all over his body. He was shirtless and also wearing blue jeans and combat boots.
“So you’re the bimbo looking for Jack? Pathetic,” the one with the black hair said.
“I don’t know. She’s pretty smoking,” the one with the jacket said.
“Now now boys. How many times have I told you to not check out the targets,” the one with the yellow eyes said. “Oh, where are my manners? I haven’t introduced ourselves! I’m Kyle.” He pointed to black-hair guy and said “This is Ganger, and that’s Luke.” He pointed at the other man. “Who might you be?”
“Guys, I got company,” Lucy said mentally.
“I’m Lucy of Fairy Tail! Why are you getting in my way?”
“Where are you,” she heard Natsu’s voice.
“I don’t know. Go back to where you started and follow my scent. I’ll hold them off in the meantime.”
“I’m coming Lushi,” Happy said.
“Oh, simple. We were hired by the boy’s father to protect him. We’re not letting a bunch of do-good wizards like you take him,” Ganger explained.
Lucy looked up and saw Happy flying above her. She smiled at him and he knew exactly what she was planning.
“Hate to break it to you boys, but I’m afraid you are,” Lucy said with a mischievous grin.
She quickly jumped up and Happy caught her. He flew away carrying her and the men followed.
Okay. Center of town, now time to fine Lucy Natsu thought to himself as he caught her scent. He ran in the direction her scent was.
“Natsu!” He heard his name. He turned, but didn’t see anyone he knew. “Up here!”
Natsu looked up and he saw Happy carrying Lucy.
“Hey! I thought you were in trouble,” Natsu yelled at them. Happy dropped Lucy next to Natsu and landed on his head.
“Yeah, about that-“She got interrupted by a man.
“Come on. Why’d you make us run,” Kyle said.
“Why are you shirtless,” Natsu retaliated, putting Lucy behind him.
“Hey hotty, this your boyfriend,” Luke said.
“So what if I am,” Natsu said clenching his fists.
“I wasn’t asking you pinky.”
“Tell us why you’re so keen on protecting Jack,” Lucy said, stepping out from behind Natsu.
Who’s Jack? Natsu wondered.
“Well, none of you are going to live to see tomorrow. So I guess I can let the both of ya in on a little secret,” Kyle said. “Jack is my son. I’m NOT letting him slip through my fingers again. I’m going to take all of his magic powers.”
Lucy gasped. The only way to take a wizard’s powers is to kill them she thought, her hand covering her mouth.
“You would kill your own son?!?” Lucy’s eyes started watering.
“Course doll face. I don’t care about him.”
Lucy felt a heat next to her. She looked over and saw Natsu’s body on fire.
“How… could… you… SAY THAT,” Natsu yelled running forward. He punched Kyle square in the jaw.
“Boss,” the other two men shouted.
“FIRE DRAGON WING ATTACK,” Natsu shouted while running towards Granger. He turned towards Luke, and Luke just ran.
Granger was K.O, but Kyle was still conscious. Natsu grabbed his shirt.
“Where is he,” Natsu asked.
“Like I’m telling you,” Kyle responded. Natsu lit his fist on fire and held it out.
“Tell me that again, I dare you.”
“Okay okay!” Kyle held his hands out in front of him. “He’s at my house! In my basement! Just please, don’t hurt me!”
Natsu put his fist down and said “Where do you live?”
Kyle gave them his address. Natsu, Happy, and Lucy all grabbed a member and brought them to a police station.
“You guys caught someone again,” one of the officers said, surprised.
“I don’t take any crap. Especially when they’re trying to hurt someone dear to me,” Natsu said, grabbing Lucy’s waist and pulling her closer. Lucy blushed, but smiled too.
The team headed to the address that Kyle gave them and found a runned down building. They went inside and found that the place was completely trashed. Natsu caught a scent and it lead to a dark room. He opened the door and found Jack, tied to a chair. He had a blindfold tied around his eyes and his mouth was taped shut. He had cuts and bruises all over him. He was also unconscious. Lucy ran to him and untied him. He fell on top of her. She picked Jack up and turned to Natsu.
“We need to take him to a hospital,” Lucy said with determination in her eyes, voice, and face. Natsu nodded and he team ran to the nearest hospital.