Series: Fairy Tail.
Setting: Chapter 428.
I just wanted to quickly write this part in Natsu’s point of view. You know, because I’m a sucker for angst. You saw the distress in his eyes when Lucy hit the floor, now you can read it for yourselves ~
Natsu’s mind reeled with a thousand questions, a thousand emotions. He thought of Juvia, bedridden because the man she loved had disappeared. He thought of Igneel, of the promise he’d made. And he thought of Lucy, of the sickening expression she’d made as her palm struck Gray across the face. She was so broken that the pieces seemed to crack each time he thought to put them back together. What should he do? How could he make it all better?
Fear painted his vision white. Something Lucy had said seemed to reach inside Gray and grasp feelings he’d long since tried to forget. Natsu wanted to say something too, wanted to take Lucy’s hand and walk her out of this place – with Gray right beside them.
He saw her drop to her knees long before her cries of pain registered through the fear. Gray remained untouched by her display of agony, though there was something new in his eyes. A sense of anguish bled from his steel expression, if only for a moment. Natsu threw one foot forward, ready to destroy the bastard who hurt Lucy. His eyes swept the room.
That girl – the one with the twisted smile – she’d done this to Lucy. Wasn’t it bad enough that he’d hurt Lucy? Wasn’t it bad enough that Gray refused to come back? Now this girl, this girl went and –
Natsu released a grunt when the weight of his body jerked back and his face hit the cold, hard floor. He feared only for Lucy as she writhed on the ground. His own pain meant nothing. Virgo’s struggle inspired his own, giving him enough momentum to lift himself off the ground. The chains went slack, but only for a moment, only long enough to give him a glimmer of hope. And then he was trapped. An iron snake constricted around his limbs, giving his struggle a painful side effect. He felt suddenly exposed. Vulnerable.
All Natsu could see in the blur of rage, the blur of desperation, was Lucy’s painful expression. How could he do this? How could Gray sit back and watch as his friend struggled? Anger flared through Natsu like a raging fire. Hot and without mercy, it gave him the strength he needed to push on once again.
“Gray!” he roared, only able to master his rage when Lucy’s life hung in the balance. He stared first at the blade pressed close to her face, then to the man he’d once called a friend, hidden behind his new ‘allies’.
“This is what you get for sticking your nose in other people’s business… Natsu…”
Is that all he can say?? Is that all he could say to his friends? To his family? Natsu writhed against the chains, but only enough to exert his fury. Lucy’s life was top priority. Lucy’s happiness. The happiness he’d stolen on his journey. Shit, he should’ve apologised the moment he saw her standing there in the crowd. He wanted to tell her, tell her how much she meant to him. Pain seized his heart.
“Snap out of it Gray! You’re being possessed by a demon!”
“I’m perfectly sane,” Gray scoffed.
There was a darkness surrounding Natsu’s friend that hadn’t made itself known before. He could see it exude from the demon that donned Gray’s face. It was the mark on his torso that brought Natsu’s anguish to the surface. The mark of another guild was one thing, but to wear the mark of these beasts, of the enemy, was unforgivable. He’d make Gray suffer before he dragged his ass back to Fairy Tail. He’d show him the true power of friendship.
“I destroyed that family link of ours of my own accord. Now does that answer your question?” Gray goaded.
The terror on Lucy’s face made Natsu’s blood run cold. She lay there, broken and betrayed, a thousand thoughts running through her pain-riddled eyes. He wanted to touch her gently, to cradle her against him until the sorrow melted away. Natsu growled through his teeth. He wanted to believe in Gray, to believe in his friend. So then why? Why was this happening? After everything they’d been through. After everything they lost.
He promised her, that’s why.
He promised Lucy that he’d bring her to Fairy Tail. He needed to make things right. He wanted to see her smile. That smile was worth all of this and so much more. The weight of it all seemed to crush him. For the first time since they’d set out on their journey, Natsu doubted his own ability. His ability to protect her.