. Between the Lines . 171
“Welcome to the second day of the first annual Grand Magic Games!”
The crowd roared around them and Lucy grinned, unable to think of the fight she would participate in later that day. The crowd’s energy was filling her with excitement. She’d finally forgiven Natsu entirely after he’d mumbled a sincere apology into her ear, looking worried. She’d rolled her eyes and accepted the apology before receiving one of the tightest hugs she’d ever experienced.
They sat together with Wendy on Lucy’s other side and Erza and Jellal on Natsu’s, cheering loudly alongside their cats. Gray and Juvia stood in the arena side-by-side, muttering to one another. Rogue, Meredy, and Ichiya stood in the arena alongside them, as well as a girl none of them recognized.
Compared to Gray and Rogue’s calm looks, Ichiya’s wildness was somewhat disturbing.
From where he was sitting, Lyon was burning a hole into the back of his head as he watched Ichiya flirt with the amused looking Meredy. She didn’t appear to take him seriously, but it still made Lucy laugh when Cobra, who sat behind them with Kinana, said with clear disgust, “Ugh, he’s offering to-”
“I don’t want to know,” Kinana said hastily, cutting him off. Her cheeks flushed a bright color and Cobra cackled.
“What, you think he’s offering-”
“Erik!” she said in a very high-pitched voice.