Rating: T for themes
Genre: General Fiction
wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life
Lucy knew that everyone’s eyes were on her. She had the book in her grasp, and held it close to her as Happy let her down slowly, landing on her shoulder. Her breathing got faster as she heard Acnologia in the distance. That wasn’t actually him, just his body. Poor Natsu was busy defeating Acnologia’s spirit. Lucy heard Levy and Freed land next to her, and her blue haired friend put her hand on Lucy’s arm.
“Are you okay Lu?”
“Yeah, I’ll be fine.” Come back to me Natsu, she sent a silent plea. “Let’s go, we need to get Acnologia trapped so when the slayers come back—” Lucy stopped, unable to continue.
Together the three ran towards those already on the battlefield, attempting to gather all of their comrades in one place. Gray and Lyon were attempting to use their ice swords against Acnologia, Juvia was attempting to rally everyone else, but everyone was injured, and there wasn’t much they could do. Lucy watched them all, unsure what to do. Some people were working together, others were arguing with each other. They needed everyone to fight together; not against each other.
Yukino and Mest were trying to calm Lamia Scale’s mages down. Jellal was bickering with Erza over who should stay and watch the master and who should fight. Chelia volunteered since she had lost her magic, but Sherry began complaining that it was too dangerous. Lucy was appalled. She felt like it was The Battle of Fairy Tail all over again.
Finally, she couldn’t take it anymore. “Everyone shut up!” Her yell made everyone pause, even the dragon above, and she quickly told Gray and Lyon to keep fighting, they did need some type of protection after all.
“Listen up. We need to work together. Fighting is going to get us nowhere.” She turned to face the four near the master. “Chelia, you stay and guard the master until he is feeling better, even without your magic you are powerful.” Chelia grinned at her and gave her a thumbs up, getting into a defensive position in front of the master, her eyes focusing on the dragon above.
“We all need to be in this together.” Lucy looked through the crowed, taking in a deep breath. “Yes, our dragon slayers are gone. But they are in their own battle, and this is how we react in their time of need? After all they have done for us! Sting and Rogue, Sabertooth members, would want you to work together right?” There was a murmur of agreement and Minerva and Yukino sent Lucy a thankful glance before rallying them all together. “Jellal, Meredy, the rest of the Oración Seis and Crime Sorcière, wouldn’t Cobra want you guys to kick ass out here?”
This time Jellal shot her a thankful look, but the others just nodded. Unlike Sabertooth, they didn’t move to reform, they stayed in their spots, but Lucy knew they were united from the way they grinned at her. “Lamia Scale, Blue Pegasus, nor Mermaid Heel have any dragon slayers, but you all know ours. You are all our friends, our rivals, but we can do this together! We just need to be united.”
Again, they didn’t move to reform, but they all stepped closer together, no matter the guild. The only ones left out in the open were Fairy Tail.
Lucy felt everyone listening to her intently and took a deep breath. “And Fairy Tail. Our dragon slayers are depending on us. I know they are fighting! Laxus, Gajeel, Wendy, and of course Natsu.” She laughed, tears coming to her eyes; thinking about Natsu hurt. “They are all trying to get back to us, to their family. It is our job-” Lucy sobbed, “to do whatever the hell we can to defeat Acnologia. It doesn’t matter as long as we are united. We need to have each other’s backs. Laxus would appreciate anyone protecting his grandfather. Gajeel, I know he wants to come back, but don’t worry Carla, he’ll be protecting Wendy no matter what. And Natsu,” Lucy paused again, tears streaming down her face and she breathed out a whimper, “he would want us to fight and win no matter what, he would want us to be together as a family.” She looked around at the port, the place where Lucy had met Natsu. The place where he grabbed her hand, and dragged her away from the army. Lucy felt the ghost of who she had been then walk through her, asking him where they were going.
She smiled at the memory, reliving it. “You said you wanted to join Fairy Tail right?” He had tugged her hand and she had slowly begun to smile. “Then let’s go!” His grin then was enchanting, giving him the childish look that he so often acted out. But now, Lucy knew he used it to hide the pain and she dragged herself out of the memory to grin at all of the friends around her.
“We’re Fairy Tail right?” She echoed his words, and watched as everyone, in every guild, grinned at her, giving her some whoops and shouts. “Then let’s go!”