Sorry about the late update!! I should be working on NaLu week, but I love you all so much I went ahead and broke down and wrote a chapter. Be expecting another one during NaLu week!!!
Setting: Football AU
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Summary: To him, football met everything. Nothing else was more important, but that day he picked his little sister up from the hospital and saw her blonde haired patient, everything changed.
“Lucy! Come on wake up!” Lucy groaned, turning over in her bed away from the male.
“Go away its too early to be awake.” She replied, hugging the blanket closer to her pink blanket closer to her body. She knew why Natsu was so eager this morning, he had made plans with his friends to meet her. Lucy was no doubt excited about meeting his mysterious friends she’s heard so much of, but the plans they’d agree too scared Lucy a little bit.
They we’re all supposed to meet for breakfast then head out to a waterpark that was about an hour away. As fun as it sounded… Lucy had never been to a waterpark before. Instead of telling Natsu that, she had just agreed to the plans not wanting to be the only person to disagree with the plans.
Lucy heard Natsu sigh from behind her.
“Then you give me no choice Luce.” Lucy almost squealed as she felt herself being lifted off the bed by the pink haired male.
“Natsu!” She shouted, wrapping her arms around his when he put her in a bridal style pose. He smirked at her.
“I gave you the chance to get up on your own.” He set her down on the ground, inwardly chuckling her her ravished appearance. Her blonde hair was a tangled mess from sleep, clothes wrinkled and not to mention the look she held in her brown eyes looking as if she was going to murder him which he was almost certain she was. After living with Lucy for two weeks now, Natsu already learned you don’t mess with the blonde while she was sleeping.
“Get dressed or we’ll be late.”
She waved him off. “Yeah yeah, let me get dressed and I’ll get my bag and we’ll go.”
“Okay, hurry up slow poke! Everyone’s probably waiting at Fairy Tail.”
Lucy rolled her eyes walking over to her closet pulling out a light pink spaghetti strap tank top and a pair of black nylon shorts. “Well, thats what you get from not waking me up sooner.
“You just looked so peaceful, didn’t really want to wake you up.”
Lucy stared at him for a moment, seeing how he was trying to hide the red on his cheeks beneath his signature scarf. It didn’t help his case that he refused to look at Lucy when he had admitted why he hadn’t woken her up. Lucy’s lips turned into a smile.
“I’ll be ready in a minute.” Natsu’s eyes looked at her from the corner of his eye’s, face still flushed.
“Alright, I’ll be in the car.” He turned and walked out while Lucy walked into her personal bathroom getting ready for the busy day ahead.
“Are you nervous?” Natsu asked as they sped down the street leading to Fairy Tail. Lucy nodded slightly.
“I’ve haven’t been around a group of people like this for a long time, and from what I remember I’m not to fond with large groups of people.” Lucy admitted, setting her hand on the armrest between Natsu and herself. She sighed, knowing that her lack of social skills was going to ruin her time.
Lucy felt someone warm on top of her hand. Her eyes averted to her hand, seeing Natsu’s on top of it. She looked up at his face, onyx eyes focused in the road while the corner of his lip was upturned in a smile. Lucy felt her heart swell with emotion at his soft expression.
“Hey, you’ll be fine. I’ll be with you the whole time, remember.” All of Lucy’s fears washed away when Natsu said those words, it oddly provided all the comfort she needed to get through the day already.
“Yeah, I know you will.” She spoke softly, feeling Natsu’s fingers fill the gap of her own. The remainder of the ride was spent in silence, hand in hand until they reached the Fairy Tail restaurant.
Lucy felt her heart race as she stepped out of the car. She began freaking out about her appearance, her father always taught her that when meeting new people you should always look presentable and right now… Lucy didn’t think she did. She was wearing a pink tank top, black nylon shorts with black flip flops. She put her long blonde hair in pigtails that reached the middle of her back. She glanced over at Natsu, seeing him eye her questionly.
“Whats wrong Luce?”
She refused to look at him. “Nothing.”
She felt his fingers under her chin, raising her head to look him in the eye. “I know there’s something wrong Lucy, just say it.”
Damn Natsu and his observing nature. Lucy’s lip turned into a frown.
“My dad was a businessman and he taught me of making first impressions with others. It all starts with appearance and right now…” Lucy stepped back, running her hands down her side missing the way Natsu gulped at the sight. “I don’t think I’ll make a good impression.”
“Why? You look beautiful.”
Lucy felt her face heat up at his compliment. She surely wasn’t expecting him to say that, but… it did make her feel better slightly.
“Thank you, but just because you think so… won’t mean they will.”
Natsu scoffed at her reply, she finally looked up at him a confused expression on her face. “Considering they all have girlfriends, I doubt it.” He walked over to her, intertwining their fingers together and smirked at her. “Plus, my opinion matters the most right?”
Lucy felt his hand squeeze hers in comfort. She rolled her eyes, even though there was a smile on her lips. “Right. Let’s get this over with.”
He grinned at her leading her into the restaurant. They spotted Lisanna talking to Elfman at the bar area. The pixie haired female noticed them enter.
“Hey Natsu! Lucy! They’re in the back.” She said, pointing to the back of the restaurant. Natsu nodded as thanks, and lead Lucy to the back, their hands still intertwined.
Lisanna’s eyes almost bugged out of her head, Elfman stared at her worryingly.
“Whats wrong sis?” Lisanna pushed his head in the direction of the retreating couple. When he seen what she was talking about, his mouth gaped open. “Natsu has a girlfriend?!”
Lisanna’s surprised expression turned into one of amusement. A smirk on her pink lips.
“About damn time she showed interest in a girl.”
“Where the hell have you been?!” Gray shouted at the duo when they finally reached the table. Natsu used his free hand to jab a thumb over at Lucy.
“Sleeping beauty here wanted to sleep.” Lucy felt the heat rush to her cheeks as she felt everyone’s eyes on her. Lucy slightly hid behind Natsu, unfortunately to her he noticed.
“Don’t be shy Luce!” He shouted, turning his attention to the group. “Guys, this is Lucy, Lucy these are my friends I was telling you about.”
Lucy waved with her free hand. “H-Hello.”
“Are you two dating?” Gajeel blurted out, causing the two teen’s faces to turn beet red.
“N-No!” Natsu stuttered out. “What gave you that idea?!”
Gajeel pointed to their conjoined hands. “You two are holding hands idiot.”
The two eye’s darted to their conjoined hands then up at each other face aflamed, both immediately released each others hands.
“I, uh, we uh… sort of dating?” Lucy slapped Natsu’s arm.
“How the hell can you kind of date someone?!” Lucy scolded, making some people from the table laugh. Natsu rubbed the sore spot on his arm.
“Thats so cute.” Lucy looked to the table and seen a woman with short, blue wavy hair say.
“Natsu, answer the question. Are you two dating or not?” A scarlet haired woman said fiercely. Lucy heard Natsu gulp and look at her nervously.
“Guys, lets not harass the poor girl too much.” Jellal spoke up. “It’s nice to meet you I’m Jellal, and this is my fiancee Erza.” He gestured to the scarlet haired woman who nodded a hello.
“Hello.” Lucy greeted.
“I’m Gray, your dipshit boyfriend’s best friend.” Lucy recognized the quarterback say.
Natsu scoffed at his statement and muttered. “He’s not my friend.”
“Juvia is Juvia! Gray-sama’s girlfriend!” A long blue haired woman declared.
“And I’m Levy! And the long haired guy over there is my boyfriend Gajeel.” The girl with short blue hair announced.
Lucy smiled at everyone. “Its a pleasure to meet you all. I recognize some of you from the football games.”
“Yeah, everyone but Juvia and Levy do something for the team.” Natsu pointed out. “Gray’s the quarterback, Gajeel’s a defensive lineman, Jellal’s the athletic trainer and Erza’s the team manager.”
“I see, well you guys do a great job.” The blonde commented to football players and helping staff.
“Yeah yeah.” Gajeel grumbled. “Are we gonna go or are we just gonna sit here and talk all day?”
“Gajeel don’t be rude!” Levy scolded her boyfriend who just rolled his eyes.
“Yes, we should be heading out right about now.” Erza commented.
“Okay, so Jellal and I are driving. Salamander, did you take the ginger tablets?” Gajeel asked the pink haired male who nodded.
“Yep, brought my whole bottle.” Lucy looked at him.
“Why would you need to take ginger?” She asked. Gray started to laugh.
“You didn’t even tell your girl you get motion sick? Smooth move bro.”
“Shut up!” Natsu shouted, about to pounce on the man but seeing that one look from Erza refrained him from doing so. He settled for growling instead hearing everyone’s, including Lucy’s, laughter. He looked over to her, a pout on his lips. “Its not funny Lucy.”
Her laughter finally started to settle down. “No its not. Its just amusing someone as reckless as you are has motion sickness.”
“Just be quiet and lets go already.” Natsu pouted with a red face, taking Lucy’s hand in his again as him and the others began to walk out of the building.
“How’d I get stuck with you as a passenger?” Gajeel complained for the umpteenth time. Levy sighed.
“Oh hush it. I wanted to get to talk to Lucy!”
“But I wanted to sit next to Lucy.” Natsu whined from the passenger side of the car. Levy laughed at Natsu’s pain.
“Sorry Natsu, maybe on the ride home.” She added on before turning her attention over to the blonde. “Are you excited about today Lucy?”
Lucy nodded. “Very excited.”
“You don’t sound too thrilled.” Natsu commented. When Lucy was happy about something, she usually had a more cheery voice instead of the monotonic one she just used.
“I am I promise!” The blonde said trying to defend herself.
“Have you ever been to a waterpark?” The petite woman asked. Lucy looked away from her.
Natsu and Levy gasped while Gajeel quirked an eyebrow amused by her answer.
“What do you mean you never been to a waterpark?!” Lucy shot Natsu a look and he immediately understood. Levy looked between the two, wondering what they meant.
“Why haven’t you ever been?” She pushed further, Lucy just shook her head.
“A reason that I’m not ready to tell you guys yet.” Levy decided not to ask further, seeing the blonde’s face fall.
The rest of the car ride was silent besides Gajeel blasting his music over the radio, Gajeel broke the silence after twenty minutes.
Lucy stared out the window in amazement. There were giant slides everywhere and she could hear the people scream from outside the parking lot. She seen Jellal’s car pull up with the others before everyone decided to get out of the car.
“What do you think Luce?” Natsu asked as he made his way to her. Seeing the amazement twinkle in her brown eyes told everything he needed to know. He smiled and nudged her shoulder. “Hey, stop daydreaming and lets go ride some rides!”
Lucy looked at him and nodded, a smile on her lips. “Yeah, lets go.”
Once the boys paid for the tickets and received their wristbands they decided to find the locker area to put all their stuff and change into their swimsuits.
“You guys can just go ahead and give us your things so we don’t have to pay for eight lockers.” Erza said, reaching a hand out for Jellal’s belongings.
“Good point.” Levy added on.
Lucy’s face turned beet red as she seem Natsu take his shirt off revealing all his tanned, toned skin. She knew Natsu had been in tremendous shape… but he had a six pack? Lucy would have passed out if her pride would allow it.
Natsu was hot, in more ways than one.
Seeing him smirk at her staring didn’t settle the blondes nerves.
“Whats wrong Luce, like what you see?”
“S-Shut up!” She flustered out taking his shirt and wallet to go put in the lockers. Lucy unwillingly turned away from him as she followed the rest of the girls.
“Don’t worry Lucy, I bet Natsu will have the same reaction when he sees you in your bikini.” Levy snickered opening up her and Gajeel’s locker before taking off her clothes revealing a orange and white striped bikini underneath.
“Are we ready?” Erza’s booming voice asked the two. Lucy turned around and mouth almost dropped at the two gorgeous females in front of her.
Erza’s hair was up in a ponytail, her deep red hair complimenting her black bikini while Juvia’s long blue hair hung loose accenting her purple polka dot bikini.
“Come on Lu-chan! Show us some skin!” Levy teased seeing as she was the only one in the group not ready.
“Err, right.” She said before taking off her tank top and shorts, putting it in her locker with Natsu’s things.
“Wow Lucy, thats a cute bikini.” Erza commented. Lucy looked down at the deep blue bikini she was wearing. In between her bikini top was a little tassel where you could untie it and had matching ones on either side of her bottoms. Lucy’s cheeks flushed at the complement.
The four girls walked out of the locker room to see the four men bickering. Lucy watched as Erza rushed over to the scene.
“Do I hear fighting?”
“Of course not Erza!” She heard Natsu shout.
“What gave you that idea?” Gray added on nervously.
She watched at Natsu looked over to the area scanning it as if he was looking for something only to stop his search when he seen her. Lucy didn’t know if it was from the sun on his tanned skin, but the blonde swore that Natsu’s face turned as red as a tomato when his eyes landed on her. She felt a nudge from her left, seeing that it was Levy.
“See? He’s so into you.” Levy smirked before walking over to the group. Lucy followed suit, stopping when she reached Natsu.
“Uh…” Natsu stuttered. “You, look, um wow…”
“Thank you.” Lucy blushed at his words.
After the ordeal, the group decided to pick the ride they were going to go on first. Much to Lucy’s dismay, it happened to be the largest slide in the waterpark.
Lucy gulped at the sheer size of it. It had so many twist, turns and drops… she didn’t know if she could handle it being her very first ride ever.
Seeing her distressed look, Natsu decided it was time to interlace their fingers together. “What’s wrong Luce?”
“Its just… so big.”
“Thats what she said!” They heard Gray’s comment followed by the laughter of the other five. Natsu rolled his eyes.
“Ignore him he’s just an asshole. It’ll be fine, promise! All your stomach will do is tickle a lot and when it does just scream, okay?” His hand gave Lucy’s a gentle squeeze, reassuring her that it would be okay. She nodded, showing Natsu she trusted him and telling herself that it would all be okay.
They finally reached the waterslides destination and began to ascend the hundreds of steps it took to get to the stop of the slide. With each step made Lucy’s heart race just a bit faster. Natsu had let go of her hand to walk up the steps behind her, she felt incomplete without his hand in hers. After what seemed like hours, they finally reached the top of the water slide and stepped in the short line.
Lucy’s heart was thumping so loudly in her chest Natsu could clearly hear it over the rushing water and people’s screams. He took one step up to stand right next to her, draping an arm around her shoulder.
“Remember what I said?” Lucy nodded at him. “Good. The rides only a few minutes long, so even if you don’t like it it’ll be over before you know it.”
Lucy rested her head on the running backs shoulder, happy for the comfort he provided her. Finally, it was their turns to ride.
“Next!” The employee shouted. Erza, Jellal, Gajeel and Levy filled in the four person raft. Lucy saw how shaky Levy was. She couldn’t hear it over the rushing water, but she had seen Levy look over at Gajeel. Within a matter of seconds her whole persona changed from scared to brave, except when they went down. Lucy gulped as she heard Levy’s scream tromp the rest.
“Next!” Natsu, Lucy, Gray and Juvia began to fill in. Lucy shaking with fear. Some of the fear left her as Natsu placed his hand on hers.
“Hey, just remember what I said and close your eyes or look at me if you have too.” Lucy didn’t have time to respond to his comforting words as she felt them being pushed into the ride. When they first entered, the water pushed them along quickly until they were going fast enough to make wind whip through her hair. Freaking out, Lucy held her head.
Natsu looked at her questionly. She was suppose to hold the hand strap, not her head. He seen Lucy’s face turn red, figuring it was from her not screaming the butterflies out of her stomach. Trying to outmatch Juvia’s screaming he talked rather loudly, “Lucy! Scream!”
She felt like her stomach was exploding with butterflies, and hearing Natsu’s words she finally did scream… finally feeling relief from the pressure in her stomach. Screaming actually made her enjoy the ride a bit.
Just like Natsu said, the ride did end… but a little to soon for Lucy’s liking.
“What’d you think Luce?” Natsu asked as they started to make their way to the other four.
“That you were right.” She smiled, intertwining their fingers together.
“I’m always right!” He boasted, earning a eye roll from the blonde.
They met back up with the group, ready to go adventure on more rides.
Seeing everyone so happy with each other and them making sure she was included in every conversation made Lucy feel loved and accepted, Lucy smiled at the group as they all made their way to yet another ride.
A overwhelming sensation hit Lucy’s chest…
Is this what it felt like having friends? If so… she never wanted the feeling to go away.
She looked over to the pink hair male she was holding hands with. Sensing she was staring, Natsu turned to her offering her his signature grin.
Her mind drifted back to the previous conversation back at Fairy Tail and she couldn’t help but wonder….
Were they dating? They did hold hands and they’ve cuddled a few times while watching movies on the couch but… they still haven’t kissed. Besides, he hasn’t even asked her to be his girlfriend. Although, if he wasn’t interested he wouldn’t be doing thing couples do with her… right?
Lucy sighed, only time would tell she guessed. And until then, she would just enjoy his company anyway she could have it.