Summary: Lucy has three letters engraved on her left wrist, E.N.D., and they burn as it gets closer to the day when she will meet her soulmate. Natsu has been drawing a girl’s face for years now, and is desperate to meet her. So when they bump into each other, is it everything they thought it would be, or is it a disappointment that makes them want to go their separate ways? (NaLu)
Chapter Rating: G/K
Lucy grimaced as she rubbed her thumb over the sore spot on her left wrist. It was burning more than usual, and she was concerned about what that meant. According to Levy, when it happened to her, the feeling — because she said it wasn’t a burn like Lucy’s was — intensified until it was nearly overwhelming, just up until the moment she finally ran into Gajeel.
Literally too. The short girl had run straight into the taller man, and the pain, she said, was unbearable for all of two-seconds before it was just gone. Her letters had been a simple G.R. whereas Lucy’s were E.N.D. She had no idea how to feel about having someone with initials that spelled out ‘end’ as her possible love. She was afraid, but excited, wanting to meet them sometime soon.
All of her friends had already found theirs, and it was making Lucy feel a little bit lonely because she was always the third wheel. She was standing near the stairs in the apartment complex foyer, waiting for Levy to come back. Her friend had gone to listen in on the presentation in the large ballroom they had, and she still hadn’t come back, even after nearly twenty minutes.
Lucy’s absentminded motions became more conscious as she sped up the rubbing, the burning having increased severely. She frowned at her wrist and dug her nails into the initials. Finally, deciding it was useless, she began to wave her hand frantically, as if shaking off the last of her writing cramps, although they were always on the other hand. “Fuck!”
Suddenly, a light hand closed around her wrist, holding her still, and she looked to see Levy standing there. “That bad huh?”
“It just hurts so bad.” Levy was holding her wrist so that she couldn’t flail it around and accidentally hit the new tenant in their apartment building. The shorter girl knew her parents would not appreciate getting a complaint like that from a new person, and since they owned the apartments, she figured it was better to keep Lucy out of harms way.
The young man walked up the stairs quickly, and Levy watched as his pink hair swayed slightly. She knew only his first name, and that he was new to town, knowing next to no one around. “I don’t see why you won’t just go talk to him.”
“Levy! How am I supposed to just go up to him? What should I say when he asks how I know his name, or apartment number? Sure he’s attractive, but I’m not just gonna throw myself at him.”
“No, but you were going to hit on him quite literally if I didn’t show up.” Lucy’s face opened in horror and Levy giggled. “Come on, let’s get you to your apartment, without hitting anyone.”
The two walked up the steps together, wandering down the hall until they reached Lucy’s flat. “Have fun with Gajeel tonight Levy!”
“I will! Have fun with… whatever it is you’re going to do.”
Lucy just chuckled, stepping into her apartment and closing the door behind her, sliding the lock in place.
“Yo, Gajeel!” The pink haired man shouted as he walked into his cousin’s apartment. “You got any paper?”
“Just got you a new sketchbook! It’s on the counter!” Natsu watched as his taller cousin came out of the bedroom, dressed in fancy clothing.
“Got a date?”
“Yup. When you gonna get one?” Gajeel jested, and Natsu frowned.
“Whenever I meet her.”
Gajeel laughed. “Yeah, I wanna see her, is it closer?” Natsu didn’t respond, just flipped open the sketchbook he held in his hands, revealing the most recent drawing to Gajeel. The girl smiling on the page was becoming more and more realistic and detailed as the months, days, and hours went by. It had been a year since he had begun to draw her realistically, and Gajeel was proud of his younger cousin.
She was obviously someone who was holding onto something, and her eyes looked warm, yet troubled. Her smile was certainly inviting, and Natsu had even drawn a small blush on the girl’s face. Her hair was tied up slightly, but still framed her face, and there were notes on the side. “Blonde hair? Brown eyes? Huh, looks like you’re getting closer to meeting her.”
“I hope so. I’m tired of feeling so…” Natsu couldn’t think of the right word and Gajeel nodded, understanding.
“All right. You got what you came for, now get out and go home.” Natsu laughed, turning and leaving his cousin’s apartment.
“Have fun on your date with Levy!”
“I will.” With a last shove out the door, Natsu had been shut out of the taller man’s apartment, not even realizing he had left his old sketchbook behind.
Gajeel ripped out the page he had been looking at, pocketing it to show his girlfriend. They always made fun of her friend and his cousin. But neither knew the surprise they were in for that night.
Levy grinned at Gajeel from across the table. Smile widening when he pulled something out of his pocket. “My cousin left his old sketchbook at my apartment today, and I stole this from it. It’s the girl he’s been drawing for years. As long as I’ve known he could draw at least.”
He lay the paper out on the table, flattening it. Levy gasped, and her gaze darted to her phone. “No way.” She grabbed the phone and pulled up her gallery, opening a picture she had snapped of an unassuming Lucy when she was grinning at a kid she had just seen. She set it down next to the drawing for Gajeel to see.
“It— They match. How do you know this girl?”
“She’s the friend I always talk about.”
Gajeel and Levy spent the rest of the night conspiring on what to do.