and Lucy joined the rest of the guild. They all turned and saw the cuts that
were on Lucy’s cheek, and they all grew concerned.
“Don’t worry everyone! I’m fine,” Lucy said with a smile. Only Natsu, Gray, and Erza could see that something was off, but none of them knew what.
“Hey Wendy! Can you meet me at my house around 4? It’s about the thing,” Lucy said, cheerful as ever.
“Yeah, sure,” Wendy said, acting normal as well.
you guys make it too? I want to talk to you,” Lucy said, turning to Gray, Erza,
and Natsu. They all nodded. Lucy went over to Natsu and whispered in his ear,
“You’ll find out what happened with the rest of them. But I also want to tell
them that we’re together.”
Natsu blushed, but nodded.
“Oohh, Luuuccyyy,” Gray cooed. “What did you just tell him?”
smirked at Gray. “Come to my house with everyone else and you’ll find out.”
Then her faced turned serious. Gray got the message and simply nodded. The team
continued to bicker, fight, and make jokes like any old day. Lucy decided to
head home at around 3 to she could clean up her house a little bit. By the time
she was done, it was 3:30. She took a shower, changed and made refreshments;
she doubted they would be touched though. When it was 3:45, she heard a knock
on the door. She opened it and saw Natsu, Happy, Gray, Erza, Carla and Wendy
“You guys are 15 minutes early,” Lucy said.
“We wanted to know what was going on. We know something happened,” Gray said, concerned. Lucy sighed and her face turned grim.
“Yeah, something did happen. That’s part of the reason I asked you all here. Come in and take a seat anywhere.”
They walked in and saw a tray of food and drinks. Not even Natsu touched the tray. Wendy sat on the floor with Carla in her lap. Natsu sat on Lucy’s bed with Happy on his head and Gray and Erza sat on Lucy’s couch. Lucy sat next to Natsu, her bangs casting a shadow on her face.
“Okay you guys, I have good news, and bad news,” Lucy said clenching her fists. “I’m telling you the good news first.” She lifted up her hair and revealed her orange fire mark on her neck.
“Natsu claimed me as his mate, and we’re engaged.”
Erza, Gray, Happy, Carla, and Wendy all sat in shock, but erupted with congratulations. Erza’s face turned serious.
“What’s the bad news,” she asked. Natsu took Lucy’s hand, and Happy flew over by Carla. Wendy sat next to her, rubbing her arm for comfort. She braced herself for and outraged team Natsu.
“Well, you guys were wondering what happened with these scratches right,” Lucy turned her head. She clenched her fists even tighter, cracking her knuckles. “Lisanna attacked me.”
Erza, Gray, Natsu and Happy all sat there in silence.
“That can’t be right. Why are you lying about Lisanna,” Gray asked. Erza and Natsu simply sat there, unable to speak or move.
“She’s not lying. Wendy and I were there; we saw it,” Carla said, walking over to Lucy.
“B-but… Lisanna was always so nice and sweet. She was like my mom! WHY WOULD SHE DO THIS,” Happy yelled, tears streaming down his face.
told me to stay away from you and Natsu,” Lucy told Happy. Natsu’s grip
tightened on her hand. “She said that she had you guys first and that she
wanted me to back off. I’m sorry, I just thought all of you would like to
know,” Lucy said, unable to contain her crys any longer. Happy flew into Lucy’s
“DON’T LEAVE US LUCY! WE LOVE YOU! PLEASE, KEEP BEING MY REAL MOM,” Happy said, sobbing into Lucy’s chest.
“Happy,” Lucy hugged the little blue exceed and they cried together.
“Wendy, Carla, how did Lisanna cut Lucy’s face,” Erza asked, more serious than anyone has seen.
“She used her takeover magic. I tried to heal Lucy, but she told me not to,” Wendy explained, a grim tone ringing in her voice. Gray stood up.
“That bitch. She’s going to pay for what she’s done,” Gray said, walking towards the exit.
“Gray, sit back down. There’s no need to go after Lisanna right now,” Erza said.
“The hell there’s not! She threatened Lucy and hurt her,” Gray screamed.
“I understand that, but that’s all she did. Lucy, can you look at me,” Erza said turning towards Lucy. Lucy looked up and saw hurt, compassion and care in Erza’s eyes. “I need everyone to listen very closely.”
Everyone turned their attention towards Erza.
“I have a plan. Lucy, I want you to keep hanging out with all of us like nothing ever happened, but keep extra close to Natsu and Happy. Gray, you and I are going to keep an eye on Lisanna in case she tries anything again. Lucy, if Lisanna tries to talk to you alone again, I want you to say Wendy’s name extra loud so that she can heal you if need be. Natsu, Happy, I want you two to stay by Lucy’s side, no matter what, and when everyone in the guild goes home, I want Lucy to stay at your house; you can protect her easier if Lisanna comes to attack her or try to make up a lie. Everyone understand?”
They all nodded.
“Okay. I think it’s time we all head out. The plan will take action tomorrow. Please everyone, we have to protect Lucy,” Erza said, standing up.
“Right,” everyone exclaimed. They all said goodnight and left. The only ones who stayed behind were Natsu and Happy. Happy had fallen asleep in Lucy’s arms, and Natsu was sitting beside Lucy, not saying a word.
“Natsu, you didn’t talk during the entire meeting,” Lucy said, putting Happy on her pillow. “Are you okay,” she asked, taking his hand once more.
“No. I’m not okay,” Natsu said, standing up.
“Look, I’m sorry. I couldn’t keep it from you guys though,” Lucy said with an emotionless voice. The two stood there in silence for a while until Lucy finally spoke up.
“Natsu, I know she was your best friend, and probably still is, bu-“Natsu interrupted her.
“Anyone who hurts the one I love is nowhere near my best friend,” he said in a serious tone. “She may have been when we were kids, but that’s not her.” Natsu grabbed Lucy’s hand. “Lucy, you are my best friend. You always will be.”
Lucy nodded and tightened her grip.
“Natsu… I’m scared.” Her voice shook.
“I know. She’s not going to touch you as long as I’m around. I promise you, I’ll keep you safe.”
Lucy couldn’t hold back her sobs any longer, but she felt something coming up. She ran to the bathroom and threw up in the toilet. Natsu went in and saw her. He walked over to her and held her hair out of her face, rubbing her back for comfort. She finished vomiting and flushed the toilet. She stood up, went over to the sink, and washed her mouth out. Natsu walked over to her and asked if she was okay.
“Yeah. I’m fine now. I guess I got so scared I threw up,” she laughed a breathy laugh. “All I know is that now I’m hungry.”
was confused. She looked up to the mirror and saw his face.
“W-what? You don’t have any room to judge me,” Lucy said.
you don’t have to act brave in front of me,” Natsu said, wrapping his arms around
her waist and putting his forehead against her neck.
“I know. The thing is though, I’m not as scared now. I know I have my best friends looking out for me.” She put her hands over his.
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. Just promise to protect me, okay?”
Natsu smiled and turned Lucy around. “Always,” he said before kissing her. She giggled and wrapped her arms around his neck.
Natsu moved happy onto the couch and the two laid down on Lucy’s bed. She laid her head on his chest and he wrapped his arms around her back. She pulled herself up so she would be face to face with him.
“Hey Luce, watcha doin,” Natsu asked, a slight pink forming on his cheek.
“Close your eyes,” the blonde said. He did so and felt something soft against his lips. “That’s what I was doing.” She shot him a small smile. He smiled back and gazed into her chocolate brown eyes. He kissed her once more before she rested her head back on his chest. The two fell asleep instantly.
The next morning, Lucy was already up, taken a shower, and made breakfast while Natsu was still softly snoring. She walked into her bedroom and looked at the dragon slayer. She walked over to him, jostling him slightly.
“Naaattssuuu,” Lucy whispered. “Wake up sleepy head.” After several attempts, she finally took the pillow out from under his head and smacked him with it; that’s when he woke up.
“What the hell,” he said, still groggy from sleep.
“I’ve been trying to wake you up for a while now!”
“Geez Natsu, what am I going to do with you?”
A scent caught Natsu’s nose and he stood up. He eventually followed his nose to find a plate of pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon, and eggs waiting for him. In a few minutes, he had devoured the plate. Lucy walked out of the bedroom and laughed at him.
“I knew you would be hungry,” Lucy said, taking his plate over to the sink. Natsu gave her his signature goofy grin while rubbing the back of his head.
“Where’s Happy,” Natsu asked. She shrugged.
“Probably already at the guild.” Lucy froze. Natsu could sense her stress and fear and he walked over to her. From behind, he put his arms around her and placed his forehead against the nape of her neck.
“Relax. Nothing’s going to happen to you,” he said in a soothing voice, but then he felt something move in Lucy’s abdomen. “What the heck was that?”
“Something just moved inside you!”
Lucy shrugged. “Guess it must be my food digesting.”
“I FELT THAT?!? GROSS,” Natsu said waving his arms in the air.
“Well that’s life so you’re going to have to deal.”
Natsu continued to bicker about feeling Lucy’s stomach until the two left to go to the guild.