Have to type this up super quick as I’m dashing to another appointment but guys- please, calm down.
Natsu is not good when it comes to this sort of stuff. He gets weirded out because it probably brings up a whole bunch of emotions he doesn’t know how to process - tie that in with lucy crying and you’ve got him squirming.
We know Natsu has something to say too. He literally starts to say it, but catches himself because- hell, he’s natsu and she’s lucy and instead of all this mushy stuff they should be going off an another adventure. To him its simple- he’s got her and she’s got him and that’s the way it’ll always be.
Nalu is a couple that doesn’t need a confession, it doesn’t even need kisses or some sort of epic ‘were in love!!’ moment because I think it’s pretty clear at this point they very much love eachother- no matter how you take that. I know it’s a little early and the full pages aren’t out yet but please stop screaming ‘friendzone’ like a) that even exists and b) it’s whats happened.
in my opinion, as someone who’s been reading the manga since 2009, i love this sort of open ending. it doesn’t feel forced or rushed and it feels undoubtedly in characters- also the parallel of natsu and lucy’s friendship from the first chapters to the last is beautiful. it doesn’t close any possibility off for them.
Also, I’m 110% this is not the last of the FT crew we’ve seen, so keep that in mind !!