Fire Dancer- Chapter Three: Admiration
Nalu Week Day 3: Admiration
Word Count: 3883
Title: Fire Dancer
Summary: Lucy Heartfilia is the unobtainable noblewoman who desperately pines for a greater adventure; Natsu Dragneel is a traveling fire dancer, offering promises of love and freedom. Can the girl with her head in the stars and the boy with the knack for getting burned survive in a world desperate to keep them apart? Noble girl x Poor boy AU.
Rating: M (sexual content in later chapters)
A/N: I AM SO SORRY THIS IS LATE. To make up for it, I’ll try to post the next two chapters later tonight as I finish writing them. Thanks for all the support!
Chapter 3: Admiration
Lucy’s lungs ached with need as she struggled to catch her breath, her muscles contracting painfully with each labored gasp she took. Natsu’s grip remained firm on her arm, locking her in place behind him as he ushered them deeper into the night—clearly he was used to strenuous physical activity, but Lucy certainly was not.
“N-Natsu, wait a second! I c-can’t…”
Lucy dug her heels into the earth in an attempt to slow the energetic fire dancer, hoping to convey her need for rest and oxygen. Natsu practically dragged her another few yards before he noticed the excess resistance, slowing to a halt and tilting his head to peer at the exhausted girl, confusion plain on his face. He released her wrist and watched as Lucy bent forward to rest her hands on her knees, hungrily sucking in the brisk night air.
“Ah, my bad, Lucy. I forgot you’re not used to running.”
Lucy’s brows drew together in irritation at his words—he made it sound like she had never used her legs before. She quickly forgot her train of thought as Natsu’s warm hands brushed over the bare skin of her shoulders, steading her while she tried to unwind from the long run. She peeked up at him, noting how his sharp eyes peered off into the darkness behind them, watching closely for any sign of pursuers.
“It doesn’t look like anyone’s picked up on our trail yet, though I’m sure your old man’s noticed you’re missing by now.”
Lucy straightened her back and turned to face the direction of her estate; the golden light of the gardens could be seen from where they rested several miles away. They were closer to the mountains now, seeking the protection of the thick forests along the edge—once they were concealed within the rocks and foliage, no manner of tracking would find them.