Summary: Natsu and Lucy know of each other, but don’t actually meet until the first day of their senior year. Their adventure is beginning, and the pain they will go through is either going to tear them apart, or bring them together. NSFW (NaLu)
Rating: M for sexual content and themes
Chapter Rating: T for themes
Natsu stayed away from staying in Lucy’s room after that, and she quickly used money she got from bartending at Fairy Tail to rent her own apartment. She was sad to say goodbye to the Dragneel’s but promised she would visit every Sunday for dinner.
By the time everyone, except for Romeo and Wendy of course, were graduating at the end of that school year, there was so much sexual tension between Lucy and Natsu that no one else could stand it. The two didn’t even avoid each other, far from it. They were still as friendly as ever, maybe even more so since they weren’t living with each other anymore; each with lingering touches and longing glances they thought the other didn’t notice.
When the two became full time mages at the guild and formed a team, no one was surprised. With all the missions they took, bringing Wendy when she wanted and could come, as well as Gray and Erza most of the time, Team Natsu gained quite the reputation.
Lucy’s apartment was often invaded by Natsu and Happy. They would come and laze around, eat her food, or worse — sleep in her bed. On multiple accounts she was found waking up on the ground while Natsu was sleeping comfortably in her bed. One morning she woke up, thinking she was on the ground, in her bed. Lucy slid closer to the warmth she found, not paying any mind to the particulars. When arms came around her waist pulling her to their chest, she rolled over, facing them and taking in their scent.
Sandalwood, cinnamon, and camp fire. She thought, sighing. It was most definitely Natsu, and she let herself relax, knowing when she truly woke up she would have to kick him out. It was getting harder and harder to do that, knowing that she was falling for him.
It wasn’t something she could pinpoint. She didn’t know when it happened, all she knew was that it did. She was falling in love with her best friend and there was nothing she could do to stop it.
Her phone rang and she groaned, reaching out to grab it and put it to her ear. “Hello?”
“Where are you Lucy?” A gruff voice on the other end of the phone asked.
“At home…” She replied. “Why?”
“I need you to get down to the guild, bring that idiot with you.”
“Okay, I’ll be right there Laxus.” She replied, hanging up. She turned back to face Natsu who had begun playing with the ends of her shirt, signaling he was awake. “We need to get to the guild.”
“Just because your brother says we need to doesn’t mean we actually need to.” Lucy had revealed the fact that Laxus was her brother after Natsu and him had gotten into a fight. Natsu had seen Lucy and Laxus playing around and her being mock angry and took it as her being actually angry. He stepped in for her and started to fight him. It took all she had to stop the two, and then she had to sit down and explain her family dynamics to him. How Rogue and Sting were her cousins along with Gajeel and how Laxus was her brother. He didn’t seem to understand it, but she gave up on explaining after the third time.
“I think there is something special going on today.” Natsu groaned at the tone of her voice, putting his head in the crook of her neck and nuzzling her. She knew he was trying to lull her back to sleep, and it was working pretty well for him. “Hmm, no Natsu.” She blinked sleepily and then jumped when her phone rang again.
“Get up! You too Natsu!” Laxus’ voice shouted from the other end before the beep of an ended call. Natsu shot up groaning about how he was going to make Laxus pay. Lucy chuckled and got out of bed, getting ready for the day quickly since her brother was in a hurry to rush her.
Natsu waited for Lucy to finish, smiling when she walked out in her normal clothing. The two walked to the guild together, standing with the crowd surrounding it. “Finally!” A voice called out and Natsu turned, snarling. The blond haired man pulled Lucy in for a hug and then Natsu slung his arm around her so that she stayed by him. “Now gramps can tell us what he wanted to.”
“S-class trials!” A booming voice sounded over them. Natsu perked up and looked over to where the master stood, on top of the bar. “We’re doing it a little differently this year. So listen up! Each of the s-class wizards are going to come along. I will explain this in greater detail soon. But listen for your names kids! First up we have Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Gray, Wendy, and Carla. Please go stand by Erza.” Natsu looked over to where he smelled Erza and found his sister already there, Gray quickly arriving. Natsu began to direct Lucy over there with his arms still around her.
“Next we have Romeo, Cana, Bixlow, and Freed. You stand by Gildarts. Then there is Gajeel, Pantherlily, Levy, and Juvia. You guys are with Laxus. And finally, Elfman, Evergreen, and Lisanna. Go to Mirajane. Now, these aren’t as much a test of who will become an s-class wizard, because I have deemed you all worthy. It is just whether you can pass the little… games we’ll call them, to get there. Good luck wizards, we meet at the harbor at dawn!”
“All right everyone,” Erza began. “Let us convene at Lucy’s!”
“Wait, why my place?” Lucy asked, but everyone just chuckled as she turned to lead the way. Natsu and Lucy had a head start and cleared any evidence of him having been over the night before, waiting as the others arrived.
Natsu sat with Lucy on her bed, leaning against her and whining. “Why do we have to go to the harbor? Do you think he’s going to make us swim somewhere?”
“I certainly hope not. And I don’t know.” Lucy shoved at his head but Natsu just snuggled back into her stomach. “Get— Hey, get off!” She shoved him harder but he just laughed.
“Lucy? Natsu?” Wendy called out, and Natsu could smell the girl as she tentatively climbed up the stairs.
“We’re up here Wendy!” Lucy called out, forgetting about Natsu. Natsu was content to have been forgotten at the moment, because it meant he could stay leaning on Lucy. Wendy walked up with Erza close behind her, and the red head narrowed in on the way Natsu was leaning on her. Her attention quickly shifted when Gray ran in behind them.
“So, what exactly are we doing?”
“The s-class trials this year are a test of will, strength, power, but most of all, your sense of teamwork. I don’t understand why master put us together considering we are a team normally anyways, but any group who makes it through this becomes s-class. Essentially, all of you will become s-class wizards, if we can clear the basic tests. I assume there will be trials that attempt to split us up, make us turn on each other, or even make us team up with another group. However, we must stay strong and as one.” A sword materialized into her hand and everyone leaned out of swinging range. “If any of you fail this test and make our team look bad, I will punish you all! Do you understand?”
“Aye.” Everyone replied weakly, not wanting to point out that she would have to punish herself essentially. Natsu leaned more into Lucy, and Erza’s eyes zeroed in on them.
“I know master has something special planned for you two, although I don’t know what. It is a side trial that the rest of us will sit out of and wait. That, evidently is our second trial. The first, is packing!”
Natsu turned to Lucy to see her shocked face. “We get our own trial Luce!” She blinked and looked at him, and his grin, it seemed, helped her to smile.
“Yeah, we do. But for now, let’s pack!”
When Lucy woke up the next day, heat surrounding her and alarm clock blaring, she groaned. The sun hadn’t begun to rise yet and her partner, also known as the warmth around her, just tugged her closer.
“Natsu, Happy, we need to get up. The s-class trials are today.” Natsu jumped upright at hearing that and Lucy giggled before stretching and getting her things ready to go. “You guys get a bath and I’ll make breakfast, then I’ll take a bath, okay?”
“No Luce. You take a bath and we’ll cook. We eat fast.” She nodded and stood up, heading to get her bath before breakfast.
When she came out, they had put all of the ‘extra’ food on a plate for her. Really it was just at least one of everything. Surprisingly, not to Lucy, but everyone else when she brought it up, Natsu was a really good cook. While she ate they bathed and when they were done, all three left to meet at the harbor. Happy flew off to go get Wendy and Carla, and Natsu turned to sling an arm around Lucy.
“So, what do you think our trial is Luce?”
“I don’t know Natsu. Maybe it has something to do with your dragon senses, although then it would be you and Wendy, not you and I.”
Natsu laughed. “Yeah, maybe it has something to do with me and one of your fire spirits, and that’s why—”
“I don’t have a fire spirit!” Lucy yelled at him and he chuckled again, drawing her into his chest in a hug as she desperately tried to pull away from him.
When they got to the harbor, master was there, and so was everyone else.
“All right kiddos! The pairs I had told the s-class wizards about, your trial starts as soon as we get to the island!” Lucy and Natsu looked at each other and nodded, and so did Gajeel and Levy. It seemed, those four were the only ones with a special trial. “Now, here we go wizards!”