Team Natsu Interrogates E.N.D./ E.N.D. Meets The Guild Part 3
Team Natsu was inside Lucy’s house as they had E.N.D. sitting on the couch unconscious. Lucy looked down at him as she asked the question they were all thinking.
“Is this really Natsu..?” asked Lucy as she gave a sad look to the unconscious pyro. Natsu’s appearance had changed slightly since E.N.D. took over. His hair became more ragged, he seemed sleep-deprived, Natsu had the Tartaros emblem on his chest and seemed to have worn a simple grey hoodie courtesy of Gray since they didn’t want anyone to know who he really is. He seemed as if he was a regular person and not the energetic fire dragon slayer they knew him as.
“Yeah, it’s him. No doubt about it. He’s just not OUR Natsu. He’s not the one we grew up with and known.” said Gray in response to Lucy’s question and Erza nodded in agreement. Erza stared at Natsu as she delved deep into her thoughts thinking about the fight that happened recently.
Erza swung at the demon as she continued to cry. E.N.D. kept on smirking as he effortlessly dodged her attacks. Erza requipped into her Flight Armor and instantly was able to keep with E.N.D.’s movements. Once she got close enough, she requipped into her Armadura Fairy Armor and had slashed both of her swords at him. The demon merely laughed as he continued dodging all of her attacks.
“Haha, come on!! I know you can do better than this, Erza!!!” exclaimed E.N.D. as he held a maniacal smile on his face, his voice cheerful much like the actual Natsu which only served to spur Erza on even more.
“SHUT UP!!! YOU ARE NOT NATSU!!! YOU CAN NEVER BE HIM!!!” claimed Erza as she was covered in grief and anguish. There’s no way this… demon was Natsu. If anything, he was just some demon who inhabited his body in her mind. That’s the lie she was telling herself.
“Oh, but I am!! I’m the same cheerful kid you’ve grown to lo-” said E.N.D. but was cut off before he finished his sentence as he found his stomach pierced by one of Erza’s swords. He looked down as he sees the glare by a tearful Erza as she mumbled.
“You’re not him… You can never be him… I don’t love a monster.” stated Erza in a calm and calculating tone. The demon merely smirked as he leaned down next to her ear, as if his stomach being pierced didn’t even matter to him.
“Just face reality, Erza.. The man you love is a monster.. Zeref’s strongest demon.. It was fate for you to die by my ha-” E.N.D. was once again cut off by an actual wound. He slowly looked back in shock to see a calm Gray Fullbuster with his Ice Devil’s Zeroth Long Sword ( Hyōma Zero no Tachi ) on his back. The demon slaying magic seeping into the demons body. The demon merely chuckled weakly as he started to fall unconscious.
“Heh.. Lucky shot, Ice Prick.. I’ll be back soon and when I do, your deaths will be long and painful..” said E.N.D. as he fell unconscious. Gray pulled his sword out as did Erza. The demon slaying magic stopping it’s spread through Natsu’s body at Gray’s command. Natsu’s body fell onto the ground as his body started healing.
“Get him to Lucy’s house. I’ll take care of the others.” ordered Erza as she tied up Natsu. Gray nodded as he picked up the pyro and slung him over his shoulder and headed to the blonde’s house.
‘Natsu… please… come back to me…’ thought Erza as she watched the man in question. The boy stirred which made the trio be on guard. His eyes slowly opened up and saw that he was tied up. He slowly looked up at the trio in confusion.
“Guys? Why am I tied up? Is something up with m- Hey, where’s Happy…?” asked Natsu, worried for the Exceed. Lucy looked away as she recalled to the blue cat.
“N-Natsu… Please… This isn’t you…” said a tearful blue exceed as his surrogate father walked up to him. Gray, Lucy, Erza, Lisanna, Mirajane, Gildarts, Erza were all confused as to why the Dragon Slayer was acting so weird. Why was Happy suddenly so tearful at Natsu’s change in demeanor.
“Oh.. But it is!!! This is the true me!!!” claimed a maniacal Natsu before throwing a torrent of flames to the Blue Exceed. The others could only look on in shock as they heard the Exceed’s scream before they died out. When the flames cleared out, there was nothing but ashes.
“Hehehe…” chuckled Natsu as he slowly turned to the others.
“So… Who’s next?” asked Natsu as the others got into their respective stances.
“He’s… okay. He’s somewhere safe.” said Lucy as she looked away. Natsu slowly smiled and sighed in relief. He looked up at the trio and smiled then went back into confusion.
“So… Why am I tied up again? What happened to Lisanna, Mirajane, and Gildarts? They all look pretty banged up!!” said Natsu as he spurred on many questions while the trio merely looked either down or away. This caught Natsu’s attention.
“Guys…? What’s wrong…?” asked Natsu slowly as worry grew in him.