| ✸ | He barely greets her, simply waiting by the fountain and hoping at some point she will pass by and he will have to spend less time in this insufferable rain. Really, how did these rats do it? And here he thought they to be prone to drowning.
Amarant pushes off from the fountain, relieved in part that it had not crumbled under his weight, and nods his head toward her, moving to stand in front of her path.
“Long time no see, yada yada, however it is friends are supposed to greet one another-” Although he reamins aghast to the idea, “You and me, bounty hunt.” He draws the paper from his pocket, grumbling with how wet it had become in this god forsaken place. He unrolls it, presenting the contents to her, and pointing a large finger at the sum of Gil.
“I am just in this for the fight. It ought to be challenging enough, but I don’t think it’s smart to go alone. I ain’t dying yet. So you are gonna come with me. If you still know your way around a spear you might be of some use to me.”
He shoves the paper back into his pocket, ignoring how it may crumble and rip due to the dampness
“You can keep the Gil prize and use it to further rebuild your home, or feed your children, or whatever it is you Burmecian dragon rats do nowadays.”
He shoves his hand out, remembering somehting about how it was etiquette for deals such as so, despite how he couldn’t care less.
Prompt time! KotoUmi/NicoMaki doble date (by accident or planed)
“So,” Nico drawls. She kicks Maki’s shin. Maki kicks her back much harder than she’d done f you too Maki. ”So,” she chokes out again.
“So!” Kotori beams back. Next to her, Umi is apparently having a grand time admiring the scratches on the table.
Nico relaxes. So what if her useless girlfriend wants to be useless and not help her out, so what if Kotori’s useless girlfriend wants to analyze café tables - at least Kotori is willing to throw her a lifeline.
“Fancy seeing you guys here,” Kotori offers.
“Fancy that,” Maki mutters in return, and when Kotori smiles and even Umi looks at her kindly, the first-year softens, just a bit.
“Yeahh,” Nico adds clumsily. “Crazy stuff. That we’d all end up here. Today. Right now. All of us." She doesn’t really know what she’s trying to say.
Kotori, bless her soul, replies anyway. ”It’s quite the coincidence, isn’t it?” Then she lowers her head, and her voice is gentle and her tone genuine when she adds, “But I’m happy that it’s you two.”
To anyone else Nico might’ve responded sarcastically, and she knows Maki most definitely would have, but faced with Kotori’s honesty, she can’t even imagine doing such a thing.
"Oh- well- … right back at ya,” Nico manages, and really, when she thinks about it, it’s pretty true.
After all, there could be worse couples to accidentally run into and reveal your secret girlfriend to, and she’s sure Kotori and Umi are thinking the same thing.
but you guys, what if Gray knows Natsu will ALWAYS reach for Lucy first? In the first movie, Natsu went for Lucy while Gray went for Wendy and Erza when Eclair’s lacrima broke. In this chapter, we saw the Natsu reached for Lucy and Gray went for Erza again. Gray knows it. He knows.