Rating: T for themes
Chapter Rating: T for themes
Doing something just them was easier said than done. Everyone wanted to monitor Lucy after her last adventure. All of her spirits were much more protective of her and all of the dragon slayers were as well. Literally all of them; Sting and Rogue and Erik had randomly shown up at the door to the guild asking if she was okay. There certainly was something special about the girl.
Natsu was the most protective, although it could have just seemed that way because he was with her all the time. They laid together at night — to keep her warm per Wendy’s orders. Yeah right, Natsu just wanted some Lucy cuddles. Natsu made sure she was eating and drinking and even helped her to clean the house, by sitting on the couch and staying out of her way that is. He made sure she was okay and even took to waiting for her to come out of the bathroom.
Either he was completely smitten with her, which everyone in the guild (except the dragon slayers) would laugh at the thought of their Natsu in love? Yeah, right. No, it was simply that he was worried and protective of his favorite guild member. The dragon slayers on the other hand, knew she smelled really good. Like the night air and vanilla with lavender. She also began to smell a little bit like a campfire and cinnamon, but they were smart enough to just pretend they had noticed nothing.
“Luce.” The pink haired dragon slayer had taken to whining at the guild hall when Erza asked to join them on their mission, again. “When are we gonna do something just us?”
“You mean, you guys wanna take a vacation?” Lucy began to speak, but Erza interrupted. “Because I have a voucher for a week free at a really nice resort for two, and I was looking for someone to give them to.”
“Yeah! Luce can we?” Ah yes, another new development. He had taken to whining at her like a puppy and asking her about nearly everything. She nodded and Erza grinned.
“Wonderful. The voucher actually expires soon, so you should go soon! It’s a free room, single room sorry.” Lucy waved it off. They had been sharing a bed for the past four months, she had gotten used to it. “Happy won’t be able to come though.”
“That’s okay. I want it to be just Luce and I. He can stay with Carla and Wendy.”
“Anyway, free breakfast all you can eat and the restaurants within range there are complimentary. It is a resort, and all extremities are included in the voucher, so don’t worry about a single thing.”
Lucy frowned. “Erza are you sure you want to give this to us then? It sounds like a really great deal.”
“Yeah, but I’m not gonna get the chance to go anytime soon, and the voucher expires next week.”
“Oh, okay. Only if you’re sure.” Erza nodded and grinned at the two in front of her.
“You two go pack. I will bring the voucher to your house.”
“She really wanted us to enjoy ourselves I guess.”
Natsu grinned up at Lucy, who was taking in the sight in front of her. It was a nine story resort, and extremely exclusive. Lucy had been there once with her mother and father when she was younger, but she wasn’t allowed to do much. This time, she would be. “Let’s go Luce.”
She nodded and together, they walked into the building. “Hello, how may I help you?” A man behind the counter addressed them.
“Umm, we have a voucher reservation for the Princess and Dragon suite?” Lucy would have torn up the paper and thrown it back at Erza if she had read that earlier. She totally had planned to throw Lucy and Natsu under the bus.
“Ah yes, Natsu and Lucy Dragneel correct?”
“Yup, that’s us.” Natsu answered, cutting her off. She looked at him with a glare, but the boy just grinned at her.
“Here are your keys.” The man handed them two cards and then pointed up. “Top floor. Enjoy your stay.”
“Thank you.” Lucy and Natsu made their way to the stairs, because an elevator would not be a good thing for Natsu to use. Natsu slung his arm over her shoulder and Lucy suddenly felt cold elsewhere. She walked a little closer to him to get more of his heat.
When they got to the door of the ninth floor, it asked for their keycard, so Lucy slid hers in and pushed the door open when it turned green. She stepped in and stopped, Natsu running into her from behind.
“Luce? What’s the matter?”
“It’s the entire floor. Our room is the entire floor Natsu.” Her feet took small steps and Natsu cautiously walked in behind her.
“Is that bad?”
“No,” her eyes caught on something else. “We have our very own pool. And a mini whirlpool, this is amazing Natsu.” She spun around and impulsively kissed him on the cheek. “Let’s explore!”
“Explore?” Natsu was dazed that she just did that with such a bright smile. “Let’s, yes. Explore!”
Natsu shut the door behind him. “Look!” Lucy pointed to a square hole in the wall excitedly. “We have our very own dumbwaiter!”
“Wouldn’t having a dumb waiter be a bad thing? I want all my food right the first time.”
“No silly!” Her arms wrapped around his torso, again impulsively. She looked up at him from underneath her lashes. She didn’t even realize that she was acting like he was her boyfriend. “Not a dumb waiter. It’s a dumbwaiter. It means they put the food on the slab and use the pulley to lever it up here. We don’t have to deal with anyone else except over phone if we don’t want to.”
“Really? You mean it can truly be just us for an entire wee—” Just then there was a call on the phone and Lucy went over to answer it.
“Hello. This is the front desk. I’m just making certain that everything is good with your suite.”
“It is fabulous.”
“Well, then I hope you enjoy your two week stay ma’am.”
“Yes ma’am, that is what the voucher says.”
“Oh. Thank you sir.”
“No problem. Goodbye.” The man hung up and Lucy looked over at Natsu with furrowed eyebrows.
“Apparently it is a two week stay.”
“Even better!” Natsu grabbed Lucy and wrapped her in a bear hug. Lucy was filled with joy at how excited her best friend sounded to be spending time with her. “We need to finish exploring.” Lucy nodded in agreement, and the two separated.
Lucy and Natsu walked around the floor together. They had a little kitchen, which was adorable. There was food stocked up in the fridge, strawberry cake prominently displayed in the front, and Lucy assumed Erza must have told them what to stock it with. Luckily there was a lot of meat in the freezer and an over all plethora of food. Although, most of it would be gone within the first week.
The bathroom was really nice. Made as a couple’s bathroom, there was a double shower and a large jacuzzi tub next to it. There was a double sink, with female necessities on one side and male necessities on the other. Lucy was called out to the living room by Natsu.
“These chairs are so comfortable Luce!” Lucy had stopped in the doorway. She had to have been dreaming. There was no way that Natsu was shirtless and sitting on the armchair in the living room. Her eyes trailed down her chest and she gulped, her thighs rubbing together again, like they had on the train. Only now, Natsu was aware, and grinning at her deviously. He stretched out further over the chair, raising one of his legs and leaning it bent against the back of the chair, the other propped up over the armrest.
Lucy’s eyes were drawn to the movement and then to where the two legs met. She blushed and looked up from his crotch, to see his eyes trained on her, an undecipherable look on his face. She cleared her throat. “They are huh?”
“Yep.” He held his arm out and gestured for her to walk closer. “Care to join me?”
Lucy had been cautiously walking toward him in confusion. “What do you— Oh!” She was yanked down into his lap and she tensed. “Natsu! Let me go.”
“Nope. You need some warmth. Doctor’s orders.” Lucy looked over at the clock hanging conveniently on the wall over the mantel. It was indeed nearly eight at night, when Wendy said they should begin getting ready for bed so that she could get the heat she needed. Her leg was still healing and so was the rest of her body. Evidently, the guy who had shattered her leg had done it so bad that her hip had dislocated, and even Wendy couldn’t put it back without doing surgery. She said it wouldn’t be so bad if her and Natsu did as she said though, so they have been.
Lucy grinned deviously as she spotted the whirlpool that she had turned on earlier. “Well,” she leaned back to look at him through her lashes. “I think I have a better idea.”
“Food?” Natsu asked, releasing her, and she just rolled her eyes at the obsessed dragon slayer.
Lucy jumped up and ran to her suitcase, grabbing the bikini she had packed. “Nope.” Then she walked into the bathroom without another word, changing into her swimsuit. There was only one problem: the bathroom door didn’t lock.
Natsu barged in just as she was slipping up her bottoms and she Lucy Kicked him. “Natsu! You can’t just barge in on people in the bathroom!”
Natsu was still dizzy from the kick, not fully able to comprehend her lecture, and instead chose to focus on his other senses. Like sight, and damn did he like what he saw. She was in her normal bikini. The one with the flower on one side of the chest. In his opinion it showed way too much skin when she was around others, but he wouldn’t deny that he appreciated the look.
He could already imagine her dripping wet and walking away from him. Her bottoms slinking higher with every step, sticking to her skin. Then a shadow filled his vision and Lucy was there.
“Did you hear anything I said?” She was leaning over him, unknowingly giving him something else to picture later. He slowly shook his head and she just sighed and shook her head. “Get your swimsuit on you idiot.”
He must have said it in a really sad tone, because she turned around from where she had been walking away. “Unless you don’t want to get in with me? Then I’ll just go in by myself.” She huffed and walked away haughtily.
When she was out of earshot, he muttered a quick, “fuck,” before picking himself up off the ground. Sure he had seen her practically drooling over him in the living room, but there was no way she liked him the same way he liked her. She just really liked his body. Really, really liked his body from the way her eyes had lingered on his crotch.
When Natsu was changed, he finally joined her in the whirlpool. It was really nice, and Natsu was having way too much fun pretending the sheer force of the waves were pushing him into her. The first time they really had; he hadn’t been expecting them to be so strong. He had slid into her, one of his hands coming above the water and landing on her neck, the other on her thigh. He had quickly apologized before sliding away. But a few minutes later he was doing it just for fun. Tickling her as he went along.
They had calmed down, Lucy resting her head on Natsu’s shoulder and his own arm around hers. “So what do you want to do tomorrow?” Her eyes were closed and Natsu was playing with her hair that was over her shoulder.
“Let’s just stay here and relax tomorrow.”
Lucy giggled, opening her eyes and tilting her head to look at Natsu. “For once I was talking about food and you didn’t think about food. And I want to go out to dinner at least.”
“Okay Luce, we’ll go out to dinner, whatever you want.” He was smiling at her in the way that made her heart flutter.
“Let’s go to the restaurant Erza mentioned before she shoved us onto the train.” Natsu’s face turned green and Lucy laughed. “It’s not too far away either, so we would be able to walk there as well.”
Natsu pulled her into a hug, making her laugh harder. “You think of everything Luce!”
“Of course I do Natsu. How else would you and I get along? You think of nothing!”
A splashing war ensued until Lucy claimed defeat, being dragged over to the freezing pool and thrown in by the fire dragon slayer. She jumped out freezing, and ran into the bathroom, claiming the shower for herself. Not before Natsu was cursing himself for throwing her in the freezing water though, because he could see the effect the cold had on her body. Where she was relaxed and calm from the warm water, the freezing water seemed to make her taut in every way her body could be.
He was twenty-one for Mavis’ sake! Nearly twenty-two! He wasn’t a stranger to his body, nor a woman’s body, but he might as well have been. Natsu knew that he had an attraction towards Lucy, he just didn’t know how sensitive it was. He was very careful in the way he touched her, at least on purpose. On more than one occasion they had been exposed to each other, her more often than him. Somehow, her shirt always seemed to come off during a battle, and he was always the one to see it.
And on more than one of those occasions he had groped her, and hell yes he had enjoyed it, but of course he pretended to not be bothered or even know what was happening. It was better, he figured out quickly, to just pretend he had no idea why she was embarrassed. It made her go easier on him when she did Lucy Kick him. And Lucy would have kicked him had she known what he had seen before she hurried into the bathroom.
Natsu towel dried himself and then grabbed clothes to change into. Risking the time to change in the room since there was only one room that had a door, and that was the bathroom, where Lucy was. He had just gotten his boxers up and bent over to pull up his shorts when she walked out. He grinned up at her from in between his legs and she stared at him wide eyed, not moving. So, he pulled his shorts up slowly, watching her for as long as he could while doing so. Just before he had to look away, she seemed to realize what she was doing and blushed scarlet, burying her face into her hands.
Natsu smirked to himself at the fact he could fluster her that way. When he turned away he studied her for a moment. She was wearing a skin tight camisole top that made it obvious she wasn’t wearing a bra, and really short shorts. Then he spoke. “I’m done Luce.”
“I’m sorry Natsu. I don’t know what came over me.” She did, but she wasn’t going to tell him that.
“It’s okay. You ready for bed?” She just nodded, sliding under the comforters and waiting for Natsu to follow her, shutting the lights off. He slid under and close to her, wrapping his arm over her waist and dragging her to him.
She turned over in his arms to look at him, although she couldn’t really see anything because of the darkness. But she could tell where she should be looking, because his breath was warm on her face. Her hands came up to rest on his chest, and her left hand traced up to the scar he had on his neck. She huffed, not knowing if he was going to want to talk or just sleep.
It seemed he wanted to just sleep. His breathing evened out even as his arms tightened around her. Lucy let out a deep breath before leaning in and pressing a light kiss to his neck, which was the only place she could reach at the moment. “Thank you Natsu.”
Natsu mumbled in his sleep shifting closer to her and she turned over before he could completely trap her, and drifted off to sleep with his warmth surrounding her.
Natsu woke to Lucy facing him and his arm under her head like a pillow. Her right arm was underneath that arm, holding it in place. He had somehow ended up on top of the comforters instead of under them, and his left leg was laying over top of Lucy’s hips. Her left arm was up, tangled in his scarf and resting over his scar on his neck.
“Lucy?” She twisted in her sleep and grabbed at his neck, making a face. Her hand flipped and caught on his scarf and Natsu watched as she brought part of it to her face, relaxing as she breathed in. It seemed that familiar smells calmed her down just as much as it did him. She hummed in content until she tried to shuffle closer to him and she couldn’t get any. Natsu lifted the covers and slid under, and Lucy immediately threw her leg over his. She squirmed, trying to get comfortable and finally settled half over top of him. Her knee was up a little too close for comfort, and one jump from her and he would be out of commission for a while.
His left arm was freed and he slung it over her back. Natsu used his right hand to play with her hair, running it through the silkiness. “Natsu…” She moaned lightly. Her hips twisted a tiny bit, more of a twitch than anything, and Natsu tried to very carefully slide her off of him. She gripped onto his scarf and he carefully shrugged it off. He was going to bathe anyway, he wouldn’t need it.
Lucy curled around his scarf in a ball, holding it close to her chest. Not again. She thought. He can’t be gone again. Her eyes slowly blinked open and she looked at the piece of cloth she held in her hands. Nothing else was there, just the cloth. The rest of her surroundings faded away and she stared at the scarf blankly. Lucy knew he was here, she could hear the water running in the background for Mavis’ sake, but she couldn’t help but feel the memory take over her.
She felt as though he had disappeared on her again, and tears began to stream down her face. It couldn’t have been more than ten minutes Natsu was in the shower, but she was already bawling over the scarf. Just as Natsu hated to leave her, she had the same feeling. Both were afraid to lose the other, and it showed in how they reacted to and with each other.
Suddenly strong arms were wrapped around her frame and Lucy’s sobs increased. “Luce? What’s wrong?” There was clear panic in Natsu’s voice as he watched Lucy break down in front of him. “What happened? Tell me.”
“I— You— Your scarf, but not you and—”
“Shh, okay I get it.” Natsu’s voice was soothing and Lucy began to calm down.
“Why weren’t you here?”
“I was getting a shower.” Lucy looked up to see him in just a towel. “I got out as soon as I heard you crying. I’m sorry. You wouldn’t let me get up, but then I gave you my scarf and you were fine, so I figured it would be okay while I was in the shower.”
“You know you should wake me up Natsu.” He nodded and leaned forward pressing a kiss to her forehead and then leaning his own against it.
“I was so scared Natsu.”
“I know.” And he did. He had to go through the same thing just as many times as she had, the fear of losing their parter. “I don’t ever wanna lose you Luce.”
She hummed before replying. “And I don’t ever wanna lose you dragon. After all, you’re supposed to protect me.”
His grin graced his face as she donned his scarf around his neck. Forgetting he was in a towel, he pulled her onto his lap. He put his head on her shoulder and she ran a hand through his damp hair. Her heart beat was calming at the smell and feel of Natsu. She leaned down and pressed a kiss to his shoulder, and he tensed for a moment before relaxing and doing the same to her.
They stayed like that until long after the sun rose.