rating: t+ for sexual joking, swear words, and mild smut later on
pairings: nalu, slight gajevy this chapter, possible mentions of gruvia later on
characters: natsu, lucy, gajeel, levy, gray
summary: Finding herself thrown out and drunk after a party wasn’t the way Lucy expected her night to go. After blacking out and waking up in a room with three men, she has a decision to make: will she stay or will she go? Loosely based on New Girl. Roommates!AU
With a note from her doctor saying to take it easy for the rest of the day, Lucy took her medication happily with a glass of apple juice. This morning had been very serene as she awoke before the others and had a small mug of coffee as to not upset her anxiety. When the nurse told her before she left that coffee could upset her anxiety, Natsu picked up some juice before going to work in the morning along with some cinnamon rolls that she could bake with Gajeel for an easy breakfast.
However the taller, much sterner man had grumbled about artificial sugar and empty calories, so into the garbage bin the store-bought rolls went. About twenty minutes later, into the oven the homemade ones went, and Lucy learned how to make icing from scratch, something that no one had ever bothered to teach her, even in her advanced high school cooking class with a professional chef.
“It’ll rot yer teeth, but hell is it worth it,” Gajeel said with a soft smirk, and Lucy grinned as she pushed the rolls of cinnamon, brown sugar, and homemade puff pastry together to make a delicious breakfast that would last quite a few days.
Levy popped over at around noon on her lunch break and brought over some banana bread to Gajeel’s surprise. Lucy watched the two animatedly interact, with Levy ending up climbing Gajeel again and popping him on the nose, this time with her fist.
“I’ll bring by anything you need, Lucy. Be sure to keep these guys in line,” she said, looking at Gajeel and pointing two fingers from her eyes to his.
“Yeah, yeah, we got it covered, shrimp,” Gajeel said gruffly, closing the door without saying an actual goodbye. Sauntering over to the couch and turning on the TV, he let out a sigh.
“If I didn’t know you any better, I’d think that you liked her,” Lucy said teasingly with a smirk. It was true that the two were getting closer, and Lucy was starting to think that Levy wasn’t coming over to just bring banana bread over anymore.
Prompt: Zero and Jude go to meet Jude’s mother and his mother gives Zero a seal
of approval because he makes Jude calm and happy than she has ever seen him.
(These Characters are from the VH1 show Hit the Floor!
It is an awesome show!)
(I have no idea what Jude’s mother’s name is so I am
going to call her Cecilia, because the end of the prompt says Cece. To be 100% Honest I know very little about Jude’s backstory. I saw somewhere that his mother died. Idk if it is true or not so let’s just say she is alive.)
(I also imagine Jude’s step sister to look like Juliet
Lewis… I have no idea why.)
Forever and Always
Jude and Zero are lying in bed
holding each other. Zero is running his fingers along Jude’s side, while Jude
is dozing off on his chest, when a thought strikes Zero. “Jude?” Jude nods
letting Zero know he has heard him. “I want to meet your mother.”
Jude lifted his head and looked at
“Really? You are okay with that.”
Zero looked back at Jude.
“Of course I am. Why wouldn’t I be?”
Jude furrowed his brow slightly.
“You never talk about her. I just
didn’t know if you two had a relationship or not.” Zero shrugged.
“Yeah, we have a very close
relationship. I talk to her every day. She has mentioned meeting you, but I
didn’t want to rush you into anything you weren’t ready for.” Jude said while
searching Zero’s face to make sure he was sure about meeting his mother.
“Well, I am ready to meet her. I
have something I want to ask her.” Zero smiled at the question he would leave
unsaid until he met Jude’s mother.
“Alright, I’ll make arrangements.”
Jude laid his head back on Zero’s after kissing Zero.
Jude and Zero stood at the door
waiting for someone to answer their knock. It was a little kid that answered.
His face lit up when he saw Jude, “Uncle Jude!” He leaped at Jude.
“You have siblings?” Zero whispered.
“Step-sister. From my mother’s
second marriage.” Jude held the little boy as they walked in the house. “Knock
knock.” Jude said as he rounded the corner with Zero at his heel.
“Jude?” It was a woman a little
older than Jude. She was holding a wine glass and eating a piece of cheese
cake. She dropped both of those things and ran to hug Jude. “Where have you
“Working, in LA.” Jude replied.
The woman looked at Zero now, “And I see
you brought me a gift, how considerate of you, little bro.”
Jude gave her a sarcastic laugh, as he put
the little boy down. “This is Zero, and he is my boyfriend.” He gave her a
“Okay, okay. Good job. He’s hot.” She
looked Zero up and down.
Zero stepped forward to shake the girl’s
hand, “The names Zero.”
“Wait, Zero, as in the basketball
Zero nodded, “The one and only.”
“And he has money?” She cocked her head at
Jude, “Very good job, bro.” She held up a hand for Jude to high five, he refused
to leave her hanging. But smiled sheepishly at Zero after he high fived his
step-sister. She returned her gaze to Zero, “My name is Maggie. And the little
boy running around is my son, Hampton.”
“Nice to meet you.” Zero smiled.
“Good lord, Jude for real, make him turn
around or something I can’t handle him.” Maggie giggled. Jude just shook his
head. Zero laughed.
“Where’s mom?” Jude looked around the kitchen.
“She said she needed to get somethings for
dinner tonight so she went to the grocery store.” Maggie replied, “But I didn’t
know it was because you were coming for a visit.”
“Yeah, it was sort of last minute.” Jude
looked to Maggie’s wine glass.
“What is that?” Jude looked concerned.
“Apple juice. I promise. I have been sober
for a year now, Jude. I plan to stay that way.” She lifted the glass to him. He
nodded in acceptance once he smelled that she was telling the truth.
“I am going to show Zero my old room.”
Jude grabbed Zero and pulled him away.
Maggie yelled after them, “Are you sure
that’s all you’re going to show him?”
“Pretty sure, the bed isn’t big enough for
both of us.” Jude retorted.
Inside Jude’s room, there were glow in the
dark stars on the walls and ceiling, baseball trophies, and even some
basketball trophies, and a twin size bed. “Jude, how long has it been since you
have been in here? It looks like you moved out when you were ten.”
“The stars and the rocket ship comforter
are not mine.” Jude moved over to the trophies. They had all been cleaned and
rearranged. “I guess Hampton likes to change things around on me.” He smiled
“What’s wrong?” Zero moved further into
“None of this means anything to me
anymore. I don’t care about any of this crap. When I realized none of this
would make Oscar care about me, I lost hope in all of it.”
Zero moved closer to Jude, lifting his
head to face him. “You don’t need Oscar, Jude. You have me. I didn’t know you
when you got all of these, but when I saw them, just now, I thought ‘Damn,
that’s my boyfriend.’ I am proud of all of this.”
Jude was so overcome with joy that he
pulled Zero into him. They kissed slowly at first, but the kiss grew more
intense as time passed. Before Jude knew what was happening, he had Zero on the
bed and both of their shirts were gone. Jude was undoing Zero’s belt, and Zero was trying to removed Jude’s pants, when they heard Jude’s mother’s voice at the door. “JUDE!” Jude sprang away from Zero, as Zero
scrambled to find his shirt. “What on earth has gotten into you?” She stared back and forth between Zero and Jude, “Besides the obvious? Downstairs, five
minutes.” She turned on her heel and left them to put their shirts back on.
When they finally arrived downstairs,
Jude’s mother was putting the groceries away. She stopped only to introduce
herself to Zero, “My name is Cecilia and I know who you are.” She seemed to have
rolled her eyes, before returning to her groceries. Jude moved to help her but
she held up a hand to stop him. “No, sit down and wait.” Both Jude and Zero sat
down instantly, looking at each other like two boys who had gotten into a fight,
and now they were waiting to see the principal for their punishment.
Zero was feeling stupid, Great first impression, dumbass. Now she
will never go for it. I mean how do you ask a woman a question like that after
she caught you trying to screw her son. My God Zero. Great Job.
Jude was feeling no better, My mother, who just found out I am gay last
year, now probably has images of me screwing Zero floating in her head. I am sorry,
mom. What was I thinking. Jude smirked at himself, and glanced at Zero
looking him up and down, Okay, yeah, that’s
what I was thinking.
As Jude was undressing Zero with his eyes,
his mother turned her attention to them, “Jude! My goodness boy.” Jude snapped
to face her, and Zero caught what Jude was doing at that moment and smiled. “And
you,” She turned on Zero, “You enjoy making him feel like this. Making him feel
like he needs to ravage your body right this instant.”
“Mom!” Jude blushed, not because he was
afraid of Zero hearing her, but because it was his mother saying these things
“Oh, I am not ashamed of it and neither
should you be. I cleaned your
bed sheets when you were going through puberty and beyond.” She hissed. Jude put his
head on the table, as Zero burst out laughing. “Oh, you want to laugh now, big
guy. You were more sexual charged than he was up there. Yeah he wanted you, but
you were practically ripping his jeans off when I came in the room.
“Uhh…” For the first time Zero had no
“So, I am sure your mother had her fair
share of messes to clean up.” Cecilia replied. Jude’s head popped up at this.
He hadn’t told his mother about Zero’s childhood. He looked over to Zero and
saw that his face dropped. This did not go unnoticed by his mother either, “Did
I say something wrong?”
“Zero grew up in foster care, with foster parents
that didn’t really take care of him.” Jude sighed as he reached for Zero’s hand
and held it tightly, letting him know that he was there for him, as he always
“I am so sorry, Zero.” Jude’s mother
walked to Zero and shocked both of the men, by pulling Zero into a hug. When
she let him go, she was crying a little. “I can’t imagine why anyone would want
to give you up.” She then turned and began preparing the food for dinner, “Now
you boys go watch TV with Maggie. I will call you when dinner is ready.”
Jude’s mother walked into the living
room to gather everyone for dinner. But stood frozen at the beautiful sight
before her. Maggie was curled up with Hampton on the couch, asleep while Hampton’s
favorite movie played on the screen. And Zero and Jude were on the love seat.
Zero was holding Jude close their hands connected, not from holding but by Zero
drawing little motions across Jude’s palm. A trick she used to use to get Jude
to go to sleep when he was just a little boy. It soothed Jude then, and it
still soothed him now. Jude smiled as he closed his eyes. But not before placing
a small kiss into the crook of Zero’s neck. The smile Jude had was rare for her
to see. He was a content child no doubt, but this smile was reserved for the most
special of moments. His mother had only seen it once, when John, Jude’s step-father promised that he would love Jude as his own son, because in his eyes
Jude was his son. Now he had Zero. And every touch along Zero’s palm translated
to Jude, I am yours and you are mine.
Forever and Always.
Cecilia returned back to what she
was doing, “Alright, everyone up.” I didn’t cook so you could all fall asleep
and waste it.” Everyone jumped to their feet and were in the kitchen.
Cecilia had made quite the meal.
There was Steak, Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Alfredo, corn, green beans, mashed
potatoes, and baked potatoes. Zero licked his lips as he approached the table. “This
all looks delicious.”
“Well, that’s because it is. My
mother can cook.” Jude stated proudly, as he kissed his mother on the cheek. “But
why did you make so much?”
“I didn’t know what Zero would prefer.
I wanted to make sure he got what he liked.” She smiled across the table toward
“I am not picky, so this is good.”
He said eyeing the food.
As they ate Maggie and Cecilia asked
Zero many questions mostly about who he was and what his goals were. He
had an answer for all of them. He was only halted when Jude’s mother asked him,
“What future do you plan to have with my son?”
Zero just stared at Cecilia, then
Maggie, then Jude all of them waiting for an answer. “Actually, can I talk to
you alone, Cecilia?” She nodded and led him from the room. Jude began to panic
to himself. What the hell was that? He
cannot seriously be having second thoughts about us?
Outside of the room Zero and Cecilia
stood quiet for a moment, before Zero finally spoke, “Your son has changed my
life. If it were not for him I would not be where I am today. In my career, my
love life, and even my family life. If Jude never stepped into my life I would
never have found my sister again. I owe Jude so much and I love him more than
anybody on this planet, but,” He took a breath and Jude’s mother began to get
worried. Zero saw the look in her eyes and quickly continued, “I want to marry
your son. I want to spend the rest of my life with him. I want to wake up to
him every morning because when I do I feel at home.” As vulnerable as Zero was
being at this moment, he managed to become more so when he asked Cecilia, “Can
I marry, Jude?”
Cecilia smiled with tears welling in
her eyes, “Are you asking for my blessing?”
“Yeah, I mean Oscar isn’t going to
give it to me,” Zero smirked at Cecilia, “And I like you better anyway. Your
opinion matters to me, and I have only known you a short time, but I see that Jude values your opinion.”
Jude’s mother wiped her eyes and looked
into Zero’s, “If you ever, and I mean ever so much as think about hurting my
baby, I will tear you apart.” Zero’s eyes widened in fear. He thought Lionel’s
threat was bad, that was nothing compared to the ferocity in Cecilia’s voice. She
softened her tone now, “Jude has never been a hateful person, but neither has
he been a completely passionate and happy child. He never let anybody get close
to him, until you. You make him smile his most vibrant smile. The smile that
could light up the world, had the sun not shone for one day. He is happy with
you, the happiest and calmest I have ever seen, my boy. So yes, you can marry
Jude, as long as you promise to make him smile everyday.”
Zero nodded and wrapped Cecilia in his arms
and whispered, “Thank you. I promise” many times to her.
They walked back into the dining
area, Jude’s mother was still wiping her eyes, “What did you say to my mother?” Jude
hissed at Zero.
“Calm down, son. It was nothing bad.”
She smiled at Zero. “It was a happy moment.” Jude was relieved to hear that,
even more so, when Zero sat down next to him, kissing him softly as he
Once dinner was cleared away, Zero turned
to Jude, “Jude, I want to ask you something.” Jude got a concerned look on his
face, “So my romance skills are nowhere up to par with my basketball skills,
but they have to be better than my tennis skills, so here it goes, I love you.
I have loved you from the moment I laid eyes on you. It just took me a long
time and a lot of mistakes to figure that out. When I made you my agent it was
for selfish reasons I wanted you to be with me all the time. I masked it as
friendship, but it was so much more. When you first kissed me, I felt something, but I was scared. You didn’t give up on me then. When you finally did
get fed up with my shit, and the idea of actually losing you came into play I was a
mess. I had to do something to get you back, and you made it very clear what
you wanted. So I gave it to you, because, Jude your happiness is more important than
anything else, except my own, I need us to both be happy, I will not be happy
if I can’t spend the rest of my life with you. So, Jude Kinkade, will you marry
me?” His eyes were becoming glassy as he stared into Jude’s eyes.
“Yeah.” Jude was genuine in his answer,
just shocked because that romancing was better than Zero’s basketball skills.
“Yeah?” Zero asked for reassurance.
“Hell yeah!” Jude exclaimed as he pulled
Zero in by the shirt and began to kiss him. Both of them smiling into each
“Okay, that’s enough.” Cecilia laughed. “There
is a child at the table.”
Jude and Zero pulled away from each other
reluctantly, but not completely letting go of each other.
For @thorduna, who wanted some tasty food-based thorki snacks. Lucky for you I was hungry for both food and fluff, too.
They flop back on the air mattress – dressed with a couple pillows
and one blanket for them to share – with heavy sighs. They’ve been
packing up and dragging their shit out in to the u-haul they rented
since early this morning. They ache to the bone and there’s no doubt
that they’re both going to need at least a week to fully recover from
(what they’ve been calling) The Big Move.
It’s going to be worth it, though.
Loki’s stomach makes a noise that would be worthy of calling a priest to deal with.