The first month went by quickly. With the guild gone, Lucy’s first priority was money. Luckily Erza had took control and set up a temporary job board in front of Fairy Hills. The “no males” ban was lifted, and the gang would spent time together in the common room, pondering the future of Fairy Tail and where the Master was. They didn’t mention the other two missing from their circle.
Lucy focused on smaller jobs, occasionally teaming up with Gray or Juvia, but she found she preferred to work alone, putting herself through her own training. It still wasn’t enough to meet the rent, so she applied to be a writer for the Sorcerer Weekly, and to her surprise, they offered her a column.
So for the first month, Lucy was so busy she didn’t even have time to think about the gaping hole in her life. There would be moments: when she saw a flame, or fish, or a fight break out, but she had developed tactics to deal with grief. Just as when her mother died. Just like when she left her father’s home. When she had to break Aquarius’ key.
During the second month, she was injured during a joint mission with Gray and Erza. The enemy was strong, and had targeted Lucy as the weakest link. She broke her arm (luckily not her writer’s arm) and torn a few muscles. When she opened her eyes in hospital, she expected him to be there.
By the third month, Lucy was struggling. Others were careful not to mention his name around her, but occasionally they would talk about better times, and Fairy Tail during her prime. It was painful- more painful than having her arm broken. She went by their house, but had to leave quickly. It was too much.
By the sixth month mark, Lucy felt better. She had been training with Loke to build up her strength and her combat fighting. She was being requested for missions, especially regarding books, and she and Levy often went out on these missions with great success.
Lucy had stopped crossing off days on the calendar, because it just made life drag on. She found the best way was to keep busy, but not keep track of time. She took on a month long mission at one of the biggest libraries in the land, helping to track down books that had been stolen from their rare section. She traveled all over, met new friends and enemies, gained a few scars and some new skills.
Although she had enjoyed the adventure (and the handsome reward, enough to pay for three month’s rent) Lucy was glad to be back in her little apartment. She was too tired to bathe or eat- too tired to even turn the lights on. The celestial mage dumped her luggage and wearily felt her way into her bedroom. She opened her set of drawers and took out a clean, baggy t-shirt, and stripped off quickly, excited for a decent sleep in her cosy bed.
"Ahhh…" Lucy said happily, rolling into her bed. "This is the best!"
As she snuggled in, Lucy couldn’t help but notice the bed was warm. Too warm for a bed that had been unslept in for a month.
"What the…?" Lucy pulled back the covers, revealing a sleeping, half naked body.
"Arghhhh!" Lucy screamed, scrambling out the bed and falling over. There was a pervert in her bed!
"Hmm?" a husky voice could be heard. "Is that you, Lucy? Okaeri…"
"N-Natsu?" Lucy stammered, unable to believe her ears. She got back on her feet, and saw the dragon slayer rubbing his eyes.
"What took you so long?" he asked sleepily. "Me and Happy got back last week!"
Lucy opened her mouth, but she was too shocked to respond. All the things she had kept bottled up over the last year seemed to evaporate upon seeing her nakama back in her bed, like nothing had happened.
"I just came back from a job…" was her weak response.
"Oh?’ Natsu said. "You must be tired. Let’s sleep, we can talk later."
Lucy was stunned at his words, but she found she didn’t have the energy to protest. She lay back down, feeling numb, but soon thawed out by how warm the bed was.
"I missed you, Lucy," Natsu whispered, wrapping his arms around the celestial mage.
"I missed you too, you idiot!" Lucy gasped, and the dam broke as tears poured from her eyes.
Yeah, so I imagine the reunion is gonna to totally anti-climatic, but might just be me!
May do another oneshot about Lucy writing for Sorcerer’s Weekly!