The Iron King Part 10
Summary: The former warrior prince has claimed the throne and rules his kingdom in peace. But the neighboring King Natsu rubs in his face that Gajeel remains unwed poses a frustrating question. What is a King without his Queen? Natsu’s wife Queen Lucy brings a certain blue friend along with her to the duel between Kings. What will happen when he lays eyes on Lucys friend Lady McGarden?
Thoughts are expressed in this format. Thank you @bluuesparrow for being my beta.
In the armory, Lily secured the last of the armor on Gajeel as they prepared for the duel. Some of the nobles would attend the event along with most of the castle staff, only those that were on duty weren’t going to be in attendance. Gajeel rolled his shoulder back, he grimaced slightly at the tightness he felt in his muscles. Overall his body was sore from the previous day’s events, he knew that it may hinder him slightly in the duel. “You sure you want to do this?” Lily commented as he pulled the shield off the wall and running a cloth over it. “Natsu would understand if we need to delay it.”
“I’ll be fine.” Gajeel picked up his helmet and tucked it against his side. A soft knocking on the wooden door interrupted the pair, and Levy pushed the door open. She wore the same dress when he first saw her, but now she had the metal tooth necklace hanging around her delicate neck. “I thought you were outside with everyone else?” Gajeel asked with some confusion.
Levy moved towards him, observing that he was about ready to head out for the duel. “I was, but I wanted to see you first.” Gajeel shifted slightly as she stood before him, the armor made him look fierce like a metal dragon. “I wanted you to have this.” Looking up at him as she pressed the headscarf into his free hand. “For good luck.”
Gajeel smirked and let out a small laugh. “Never needed luck.” Placing the helmet gently into her hands, arms dipping slightly at the weight. “But for you I’ll wear it.” Securing it snugly on his head, he reached over to grasp the helmet out of her hands and tuck it back under his arm.
“Now then.” Holding out his other arm out for her to grasp. “I got a duel to win.” Levy nodded and slid her hand into the crook of his arm as they proceeded to walk out. The warm sun against her skin was a different and pleasant contrast from the cool metal under her hand.