Just thank you.
Nalu week day two: Grattitude.
Without being able to fall asleep, Lucy left the cabin where her comrades were sleeping and approached to the poop of the ship.
Why couldn’t she erase that feeling of loneliness after all?
Fairy Tail is reunited again and the Team Natsu is on a mission like before –they’re going to bring their master back and continue their life as if Tartarus never happened.
So, what with that sadness?
Maybe she was just scared of everything disappearing again right in front of her eyes.
Remembering all of the losses of their last battle made Lucy wanted to cry, but being honest, she didn’t think she could drop a tear ever again –she had cried too much in the last year.
“Luce?” the blonde turned around to see a yawning Natsu going upstairs and getting closer. “Why’re u still up?”
“I couldn’t sleep” The pink haired mage relied on the railing by her side and gave her a sleepy gaze.
“Maybe a nightmare?”
“Nope, just too many thoughts in my mind” explained the girl keeping her look at her reflection over the sea.
She sighed. ‘Like you –she thought- like you leaving me behind without an explanation. Like you coming back without feeling a little guilty about it. And like me not being able to feel angry with you because I’m so grateful with you for all you’ve done to me.”
“I don’t know” he raised an eyebrow at her “Don’t look at me that way, idiot! I’m not crazy.”
“Nope, ya just don’t wanna tell me. C’me on Lucy, don’t u trust on me now?”
“No” her answer made him turn all his body to her. For all the gods, he wasn’t expecting that answer “Lu-” he started, but the blonde interrupted “I mean, you’ve been gone for one year Natsu –well, everyone was gone, so I can’t trust anybody like I did before. I feel like it in that way”
“B-but Lucy, I-”
“Oh, you needn’t apologize. You were in your right to do it -it’s just me trying to understand it myself. Understand that I can’t reproach you nothing” She gave him a smile, but he realized that it didn’t reached her eyes.
“Lucy you can-”
“Well, this feeling may not last long so don’t worry, I might be overreacting” she let out a laugh.
“But you’re still-”
“I said don’t worry, now that we’re all-” a hand covered her mouth and a pair of green eyes appeared in front of hers.
“Hell, Luce, lemme talk –I’m glad to see that you’re still that talkative but for god’s sake” the dragon slayer sighed. “I know you want an explication but I can’t tell you right now, kay?” Even in the dark of the night she saw his cheeks getting flustered. “That doesn’t mean that I don’t trust on you, you know I’ll bet my life for y-hey, don’t you dare to bite me, Luce!” The blondie had to avoid his gaze due to her blush. “Anyway, we’ll always be nakama, won’t we? Even if we’re one thousand kilometers apart. But it’s just more fun when we…?” he reminded quiet and move away his hand.
“’re together.” She ended completely blushed, making him smile.
“Good.” With his typical big smile he made her wanted to run away before falling harder than she had already fallen. They both relied again over the railing. “I told you what I’ve been doing during the year –but Lucy, what did ya do? All that reporter stuff aside”
“Well, I trained a bit with my spirits and spend my time looking at the stars. That’s all, basically.”
“Sure, I saw that weird clothes of yours and your spirits. They’re so cool!”
“Yeah, the star dresses. At the beginning it took me days to do it. I think my celestial spirits got a bit tired of me!” they both laughed with the memories and then the silence came back.
“So…” he started again “what ‘bout your novel?”
She erased her smile. “Oh… I stopped writing. I didn’t touched my novel before Tartarus. Just wrote some articles for the Sorcerer”
His eyes widened at her with the discovery. What the hell… “Why, Lucy? You loved writing!”
“I was out of inspiration. I tried so hard but nothing came to my mind, so all that I wrote was worthless. I wasn’t living so much adventures to write after.”
“O-oh.” For the first time in his life, Natsu was speechless. He never thought that Lucy will be alone during the past year, and realizing what her loneliness has caused made him want to hit himself.
He took her hand and turned her to him. “I hope you brought a lot of paper, Luce, ‘cause our adventure continues here and now!” He gave her hand a little squeeze.
She was slowly smiling.
“I’ve missed this too much” she muttered –but he was half a dragon so he heard it perfectly.
“I missed you too, Luce.” He leaned to touch her forehead with his “Ya know? When your missing was quite too painful, I always looked at the stars. They didn’t shine as you do, but it was almost like having you there with me.”
“N-Natsu…” Hell! She was sure she couldn’t be more blushed –with her hands and knees literally trembling for him.
‘Why is he always doing this kind of things for me? Always cheering me up… Always protecting me… God, he’s like a freaking hero! He’s my hero…’
“Thank you, Natsu.” The words slipped out of her mouth and she got closer in their embrace.
Lucy lifted her head up. “For change my life, stupid. Thanks for finding me in Hargeon, for take me to the gild, for let me be part of this crazy family. For bring me extraordinary adventures together. Just thank you.”
He smiled like just him know how to.
“Anytime, Lucy. Anytime.” He enclosed her waist and hugged her tightly.
“Then don’t you dare to leave me again, understood? I can’t live without your stupidness, idiot.”
“I swear it, Luce. We’ve got too many adventures to live yet.”
“Celestial promise?” She asked, with her forehead still touching his and with their eyes meeting each other’s.
(Sorry for my english, it’s not my mothertongue, so just sorry.)