We know Lucy loves her spirits with all her heart. To me, those smiles are very similar. So I’ll be damned if Lucy doesn’t love Natsu with all her heart as well. Lucy may not have had many fight scenes but she has been on an emotional rollercoaster, there’s no question of that.
Let’s talk about Natsu’s illusions of his fellow dragon slayers in his heart. They look pretty ordinary, right? WRONG.
Natsu has seen all of his fellow dragon slayers during this war and is well aware of what they look like, and more specifically, what they are wearing.
Let’s start with Sting and Rogue. This is what they look like during the war:
Now that you’ve finished marveling at how hot they are, let’s continue. Here is how Natsu sees them in his heart.
WOAH THERE. THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT OUTFITS. NOT JUST DIFFERENT OUTFITS. THEY ARE IN THE SAME OUTFITS THEY WERE IN WHEN NATSU FIRST MET THEM (OR REMEMBERED MEETING THEM)
Now Gajeel and Wendy. Wendy is coincidentally in the same outfit she was in when Natsu met her, but Gajeel isn’t.
Here is Gajeel at that start of the war.
And here is Gajeel in his heart.
You know where I am going with this.
Gajeel’s first outfit.
To be honest, this theory is only half-finished. I have the clues, but I cannot solve the riddle, if there is one, which I believe there is. Mashima doesn’t do things arbitrarily.
What I can guess at this point though, is that anyone else who shows up in Natsu heart will also be donned in whatever he remembers first seeing them in. So, if for example he sees Lucy, she will be in her first outfit as well.
Maybe Natsu’s heart is nostalgic and wants to remember the way things used to be. I don’t know. If anyone wants to reblog with an add-on, feel free~