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
Lucy walked silently behind the group. Natsu had her hand in one of his and he guided her on the path as she got lost in thought. She knew she would have to ask Natsu more about the information that was given to them later, but she was curious right then.
She tripped and slammed into Natsu’s back, and he quickly turned around and swept her into his arms before turning to catch up with their friends. Lucy groaned but settled in against Natsu’s chest, as she knew he would more than likely continue to carry her until the group got to the end point, whether she complained or not. She was in his arms for nearly twenty minutes before he put her down and everyone looked at them.
“You two have been acting strange ever since you came out of that cave.” Gray began.
“We need to know what is going on with you two so that we can work together as a team.” Erza continued for him and everybody turned to Wendy who was carrying two sleeping exceeds.
“What?” She asked.
“Do you not have anything to add?” The scarlet haired woman asked.
“Oh, no. I already know what’s going on.” Natsu didn’t look surprised, however everyone else did. Wendy tapped her nose so Lucy would understand that dragon slayers can sense the change and she nodded before sliding into Natsu’s embrace.
“Lucy and I are mates.” Natsu said to Erza, who then looked at Lucy.
“Is this true?”
“Yes. That was what the cave was about, it enhanced the dragon slayer’s necessity to find their mate, so it draws all dragon slayers to it.” She looked at Wendy before correcting her statement. “Well, all of those who come of age and are ready to find their mates.” Wendy nodded and Erza seemed satisfied with Lucy’s explanation, deciding to leave it alone for the time being.
The seven continued on, heading to the center of the island to meet up with the others. When they did, Natsu, Wendy, Gajeel, and Laxus all froze, looking overhead for something and everyone else followed their gaze.
Lucy could feel Natsu’s fear through the mark and frowned, gripping his hand. “What is it?”
Lucy groaned as she moved to stand up, a single word coursing through her veins making her go still. “Dragon.”
“No, no, no!” She yelled out. “I couldn’t do it! Dammit, I couldn’t even shut a damn door right!” She fell back to her knees, tired, and empty from the magic that she had used. Yukino rushed to her, holding her up. But Lucy could only watch as the seven dragons were released into the world.
When that battle came to an end, Lucy mortified by what Natsu had seen and worse, touched, she lay in her bed, waiting for Natsu to come. He did, but took the couch willingly, and she knew something was wrong.
“What is it Natsu?” She asked curious.
“He wasn’t there. The dragon future Rogue was on, said he wasn’t even among them anymore… That was four hundred years ago. What does that mean?” Lucy watched from the doorway as Natsu flung his arms out.
“Igneel.” She responded, and she nodded. “I’m sorry.” Natsu semi growled at the way her voice sounded so weak. “I should have done more, been there to help you or—”
“That’s not what I meant Luce.” Natsu stood up from the couch and took his mate into his arms. “Look, let’s just sleep all right?” Lucy nodded, and Natsu led them to her bed, kissing her forehead before the two wrapped around each other and fell asleep.
Again that damned word. First it was Natsu taken. Lucy had to go after him, luckily Happy and her ran into him. Then everyone was gone, and she was it. She was left to fight all alone, and the celestial wizard had lost the person she considered her very first friend.
But then that word. “Dragon.” Was uttered, and the two conscious dragon slayers began to pulse and glow. Lucy wanted to yell at the heavens, beg to know what she had done to deserve all this. But it seemed they couldn’t help her now either. Another dragon showed up besides the black one, and she got to meet the fire dragon king for all of three seconds before he took off, attempting to save the world from the slayer turned dragon.
When Natsu took off too, and Levy worried, Lucy knew he was safe. She could feel it. But, he had found his dream, had it realized, only for it all — for all the non-lacrima implanted dragon slayer’s dream — to die.
And it was that last fight that made Natsu decide to leave her. It was that fight that took it all from her. Her home, her family, her love, but most of all, it took her dreams. That was when she truly lost it all, because that was when the decisions became actions and everything came to fruition.
Natsu had been desperate when Lucy had first disappeared. He could feel her fear, and knew she was relatively safe, but it didn’t stop him. Then future Lucy was gone, and the dragons, albeit seven, had come. It was then, he realized the direness of the situation. Then of course, tartaros had attacked. And Lucy had to save him, and his father as well. He couldn’t take it.
He knew it was a bad idea to leave her, but he couldn’t think of another way to do it. The day before he left, he held her close, making sure she knew he loved her. Then, when she was asleep, he wrote her a note, and left. He knew when she woke up she would be mad, hurt, and confused, which was why he didn’t want to tell her he was leaving. She would have asked to come with him, or broken down into tears. Natsu wouldn’t have done well under that pressure.
He knew that he was leaving her in good hands though. His family would take care of her just as they had done for him. He needed to train and he needed to do it alone. Well, with Happy, but still alone. So, he left his mate behind and went on his way. Pausing only when he heard the wails of his favorite blonde, but he didn’t look back. He couldn’t, and so, he didn’t see her fall to her knees just on the edge of the border to Magnolia, holding the letter to her chest and setting her forehead to the ground, fading into whimpers. If he had turned to face her he would have seen her mark slowly fading from her shoulder, but instead, his own memories of the mark and being mates, faded.
Natsu looked up at the stars, watching them twinkle above him. Happy had already fallen asleep after their hard training day and left Natsu to his thoughts. He wondered what Lucy was doing, if she was taking on jobs at the guild, or if she ever thought about him. A sharp pang of sadness and regret chased through him. It was times like this where he felt upset with himself for leaving her behind.
He missed her, yelling and all. He turned to look at the campfire, silently wondering if leaving her was the best thing he could have done. He didn’t want her to get hurt, but he also knew she could be getting hurt herself back home. Clenching his fists, he sat up, grunting before walking a bit further away from where he and Happy had set up camp. He shot a punch out, hitting the tree they had been practicing against earlier before they sat down to dinner.
He missed her cooking, and his arm fell to his side as he thought about it. He missed everything about her, whether the way she blushed at everything, or the way she kicked him for barging in. Lucy was definitely the one thing he regretted leaving behind. But he had to get stronger, he had to get over his father’s death and the entire ‘my brother was a psycho but isn’t anymore?’ fiasco. Overall, he really just needed time to think, but thinking about it now, he is sure there was a better way to do it.
Something that wouldn’t have meant hurting Lucy.
Lucy sat at the end of her bed, pulling on her skirt before slipping on her shoes. She looked at the wall in front of her and frowned at the picture of the two boys she missed.
If someone looked close enough they would see four little puncture wound scars from Natsu’s bite, but otherwise no one would know. All of the dragon slayers knew, but no one else thought she was taken. She didn’t have a ring, she was never seen with anyone, but most of all, the magazine’s had said she was single. Her hand traced the bite mark, fingers sliding over the slightly raised skin before falling back to her side.
She looked around the apartment. It was different from Lucy’s old one that she had when she was in Fairy Tail, but it wasn’t bad. Certainly more expensive, but worth the extra jewel to be so close to work, even if it wasn’t as nice as her old one.
Shortly after Natsu left, as though he were the glue holding everyone together, the guild disbanded. Lucy still had her mark, but they were not a guild any longer, and because of that, she could no longer take on any wizarding jobs, because she refused to join another guild.
It had been hard at first, but Lucy quickly was recruited by Sorcerer’s Weekly for some photoshoots before she became a full time model for them. Not too long after that began, she quit to take on the open journalist’s role, which, although it didn’t pay as much as the modeling gig, was closer to her true passion. It also helped her to keep tabs on her ex-guild members, but Natsu and Happy it seemed, just didn’t want to be found.
Lucy startled when her phone rang before looking at who was calling her and answering. “Yeah, Jason?”
“Lucy! This is so cool! Get to the arena now!” She never did understand how he had so much energy.
“Of course, I’ll be there soon.” She replied before hanging up.
As she stepped out the door, she wondered what ‘cool’ thing Jason wanted her to see, walking away as the door shut behind her, leaving her with silence.