7. things you said while we were driving
A/N: I’m laughing way more than I should be. I don’t know what’s wrong with me today. Modern AU. Enjoy. xD
Erza watched Jellal as the city disappeared behind them. She could see the sun starting to set in the distance, streaks of red parting the pale blue sky. It seemed prettier than it used to — though Jellal’s face bathed in its light played a big part in that.
Feeling suddenly lethargic, or perhaps a little travel sick, Erza loosened her seatbelt to accommodate her knees as she drew them back against her chest. Hooking both arms around her legs, she then fixed her gaze on the horizon. Dating Jellal was an abberation in their usual routine. They’d hit so many hurdles getting to this stage that Erza had almost given up on the possibility. Her seemingly one-sided crush had finally been reciprocated and now, well, she didn’t know what to do with herself. She hadn’t thought this far ahead. Multiple signs passed them by before Jellal broke the awkward silence between them.
“It reminds me of you,” he whispered, seemingly in a trance as he watched the road ahead.
“What does?” she asked, keeping her eyes forward.
“The sunset,” he said, a little louder this time. “Scarlet red, just like your hair.”
He met her gaze when she turned to face him in shock. Embarrassment rippled through her.
“W-what are you saying?!” without thinking, Erza’s hand flew out and smacked Jellal’s arm repeatedly. She let out a yell when the car swerved to the right. In a panic she withdrew her hands and curled up on her seat and buried her face against her knees. Only when the car steadied did she risk a glance at his face.
“Erza… what kind of response was that?” he breathed, his eyes flitting back to her face when he’d regained full control of the car.
“You said something unnecessary,” she huffed.
“Did I?” he grinned.
He was embarrassed too, she could see the blood creeping onto his face. Hhe always tried to play it cool when he said something weird. She let her right hand fall from her knees and settle between them. He grabbed it before she changed her mind, his fingers intertwining with hers.
Had the sunset always been this mesmerising?
“You’re welcome,” he laughed.
There was a brief period of silence.
“What is it?”
She withdrew her hand. “Maybe you should drive with two hands.”
“Maybe you should control yourself, Scarlet. Then I wouldn’t have to.”
It was her turn to laugh. “You knew of my temper when you agreed to date me. Besides, it’s against the rules. You have to drive with both hands.”
“You’re right,” he leaned back in his seat and cast a thoughtful glance her way. “I like you just the way you are, even if you almost killed us.”
She punched his arm again.