the fairy tail he would always protect when it was in danger

can we talk about how natsu’s first instinct was to protect lucy and not charge straight into danger like he used to like before he left, he was always the one looking for a good fight and would even leave the others behind if he sensed it but now when the opportunity arose he just stops and does the thing and protects and i’m just so emotional because he’s grown so much and the little ball of sunshine has been through so much and he just doesn’t want to lose anyone else again