“Looks like we’ll be trapped for a while…”
“So…” Natsu said, drawing the word out as he glanced at the blonde beside him.
She glanced his way, big brown eyes blinking curiously.
Gosh she really was pretty.
He cleared his throat, nervous now that he had her attention, he redirected his attention back to the locked door in front of them. “Looks like we’ll be trapped for a while…might as well do something to pass the time.”
Met with silence, he risked a glance her way, only to find her staring at him with horror as she leaned away.
Suddenly the implications of his words sunk in, and his eyes widened. “Like talk! Get to know each other! I’m Natsu!” He blurted, sticking his hand out stiffly as his cheeks darkened in embarrassment.
A very slow smile spread across her face, then she shook his hand. “Lucy…nice to meet you.”
He cleared his throat again. “So, uh…kinda funny we both got locked in here, huh?”
She nodded in agreement. “I know! You’d think they’d have someone sweep all the aisles to make sure no one was left in the library before closing.” Letting out a sigh, she fiddled with the phone in her hand. “I mean how do they expect me to hear the announcement that they’re closing when I’m reading with my music turned on?”
He shrugged. “I dunno, guess they didn’t really think things through.”
After a brief moment of silence, she looked over at him. “So how did you get stuck here?”
“Oh.” He scratched the back of his head, a sheepish smile spreading across his face. “I was hiding from my dumb roommates and accidentally fell asleep.”
She burst out laughing, the sound filling the dim space with the sound of sunshine and warmth. “Why in the library? I’m sure there are much better places to hide.”
He snorted. “Nah, they’d never think to look for me in here.”
“Not much of a reader?”
He shrugged. “I dunno, didn’t learn until later on, then I was always busy with other stuff so I never made time to read.”
Lucy gasped. “No time to read? I can’t even imagine living without reading!”
He raised his eyebrows slightly. “You like it then?”
“Love it! I want to be a writer so of course I’ve got to read a lot and-” She seemed to realize what she said and suddenly let out a nervous laugh and avoided eye contact. “I mean…who wouldn’t love a good story?”
“You want to be a writer?” Natsu asked curiously.
“Yeah…pretty silly right?”
“I think it’s awesome!”
She looked at him in surprise. “Really?”
He nodded. “Totally! How cool is it to be able to create an entire story out of nothing? That’s crazy! I could never do something like that.”
Lucy flushed at his praise. “Wow…I’m not used to people reacting like that when they find out.”
Natsu frowned. “Huh? How do they usually react?”
“Well, they don’t take me seriously, they ask what I really want to do for a living since making a career out of writing is difficult, sometimes people laugh…” She trailed off, a pained look crossing over her features.
“Well that’s stupid!” Natsu blurted. “Screw them! I think it’s awesome that you’ve found your passion in life and are pursuing it! The world would be a much better place if everyone did what they loved and had a passion for!”
Lucy smiled. “Yeah…you’re right. Thank you, Natsu.”
He blinked in surprise, taken off guard for a minute. It was the first time she had said his name, and damn it sounded like it was made to be uttered from those perfect bow shaped lips.
“Uh…so what’s your favorite book?” He asked, trying to change the subject to keep him distracted. Plus he genuinely was interested in learning more about her.
“Oh! It’s called the Tales of Trynidad, it’s a series about this magic kingdom and the adventures that the characters have all through it! It’s got everything you could ask for; magic, action, mystery, romance, dragons, not to mention the excellent plot and character development!”
“You had me at dragons, would you read it to me?” Natsu said, eyes shining brightly in excitement.
Lucy smiled, just as excited as he was. “Sure! Come on, I’ll show you where they keep it and then we can go sit on the lounge couch in the back.”
The next morning when the Library was opened, the employee found two teenagers fast asleep on the couch, a large book spread out between them, heads resting against each other in slumber. Dreaming of magical kingdoms and dragons that rescued princesses.