Part 1

Part 1

Summary: Lucy’s faucet has been dripping for a while now, and no matter what she does it just won’t stop. So, she asks her neighbor if she can spend the night one night, and she wonders: is this the start of a friendship, maybe something more, or is it all just a big lie? NSFW (NaLu)

Rating: for sexual content and themes

Chapter Rating: T for themes

Genre: Romance


Drip. Drip. Drop. Pause. Drip. Drip. Drop. Pause. Drip. Drip. Drop.

Lucy lay awake, staring at the ceiling. The plumber had just been in that day, and still there was a leak. She had even had the guy show her how to do it so she could fix it herself nearly two weeks ago. It stayed fixed for two minutes before it started dripping again. She had done everything she could too. Even going so far as to buy a new sink and new pipes, but nothing worked.

“Ugh!” She sat up in her bed. She had texted all of her friends to see if she could go sleep at their place that night. But all of them were either busy or out of town. Seriously? Are they ganging up on me or something? Do they want me to go insane? Well, that probably wasn’t it, but still. She grabbed her pillow and a blanket and wrapped it around herself. If the doors to the apartments weren’t outside she would have just stayed there and slept, but they were, and dire times call for drastic measures.

Grabbing her phone and charger off the nightstand, she looked at the time, grimacing. It was one in the morning. Tomorrow, she would start looking for another apartment; her lease was up at the end of the month anyway. So, steeling herself, she stepped out of her door, checking to make sure she had her keys. She locked it behind her and looked to her left.

There was only one other flat near hers, and it was where she headed, knocking on the door. She knew she was a mess, and had she known what was coming, she probably would have tried a little more before she left. But she hadn’t, and her hair was a little crazy, blonde strands falling over her shoulders and knotted in some places on the top of her head from tossing and turning. Her white tank top, crop shirt was a little skewed, and her black sleep shorts were bunched up near her inner thighs. She had a pillow under her left arm, and was holding the blanket to her as well.

As the door opened, she really wished she would have tried harder. The man looked at her with a raised eyebrow. Her lax expression immediately changed to surprise. First of all, he had pink, spiky hair that was sticking out all over the place. On top of that, he was shirtless, and only in his boxers, probably because he had just been sleeping.

“Can I help you?” Oh, his voice! It was a little thick from still being half asleep and he leaned against the door jam with a heaviness brought by being woken up unexpectedly. “Or are you just gonna stand there checking me out all night?”

Lucy looked up, blushing. “Sorry. I really don’t mean to be rude.”

“Hm. Well, what do you want?”

Rude much? “Please tell me you don’t have a dripping faucet that just won’t shut up.”

He eyed her in confusion. “Umm, no.”

“Oh thank god. Look, I know we’ve been neighbors for years, and not spoken a word, but my apartment has this shitty ass sink that no matter what I do or how many times a plumber comes in just won’t stop dripping. And it’s getting on my nerves. My point is, is there any way I can sleep here tonight?”

“Don’t you have friends?”

“Well, yes—”

“Ask one of them.” He was going to shut the door, but Lucy put her hand out.

“You think I didn’t go through my entire damn contact list before deciding to put myself at your mercy? I don’t even know you, but I will beg if I have to. I can not stand another night with the dumb dripping sounds.” The guy in front of her laughed, a grin lighting his face up.

“All right fine. Come on in. But can you be a little quieter, my sister is asleep, and I’d like for her to stay that way.”

Lucy’s eyes widened. “I’m so sorry!” She whispered the statement and he nodded, putting a hand on her back when she stepped in, directing her in the direction he wanted her to go.

“You can sleep in my bed, I’ll take the couch.”

“No! That’s not fair, I’m barging in on you, let me take the couch.”

“How about we share the bed? It’s a king size bed anyway, way too much space for just me.” Lucy thought about it, wary of this stranger who’s home she had just burst into.

“Okay.”

Natsu had just gotten home, quickly checking on his sister to make sure she was asleep, before heading into his own room. He assumed the two cats were sleeping with Wendy, so he just shrugged off his shirt and pants. He quickly looked at the time before sliding his phone in the charger. He had been working later more often than not, and was surprised he had gotten home before two in the morning.

Just as he was about to fall asleep, there was a knock at the door. He blinked and groaned. Who would be here at this hour? He shook his head and walked out to open the door, raising his eyebrow at the sight before him. The girl was blonde, obviously a little perplexed, and was carrying a blanket and pillow with her.

“Can I help you?” She didn’t say anything, her mouth falling open slightly. “Or are you just gonna stand there checking me out all night?”

The girl looked up, blushing and shame in her eyes. “Sorry. I really don’t mean to be rude.” Normally Natsu would have been eager to assess her, but at that moment all he could think about was his bed. He did, however, catch the silkiness of her voice and the way she shyly looked from side to side.

“Hm. Well, what do you want?” Her eyes flashed and Natsu wanted to grin. This girl was amusing.

“Please tell me you don’t have a dripping faucet that just won’t shut up.”

He eyed her in confusion, his almost grin turning into a frown. “Umm, no.”

“Oh thank god. Look, I know we’ve been neighbors for years, and not spoken a word, but my apartment has this shitty ass sink that no matter what I do or how many times a plumber comes in just won’t stop dripping. And it’s getting on my nerves. My point is, is there any way I can sleep here tonight?” Natsu watched the girl with a growing curiosity. She would drag herself to someone’s door she doesn’t know, for a good night’s sleep?

“Don’t you have friends?”

She nodded cautiously. “Well yes—”

“Ask one of them.” Natsu was going to shut the door but the girl put her hand out before speaking angrily.

“You think I didn’t go through my entire damn contact list before deciding to put myself at your mercy? I don’t even know you, but I will beg if I have to. I can not stand another night with the dumb dripping sounds.” This time, Natsu did laugh, a grin lighting up his face.

“All right fine. Come on in. But can you be a little quieter, my sister is asleep, and I’d like for her to stay that way.”

The girl’s eyes widened in concern. “I’m so sorry!” She whispered the statement and Natsu nodded, putting a hand on her back when she stepped in, directing her in the direction he wanted her to go, and closing the door behind them.

“You can sleep in my bed, I’ll take the couch.”

She immediately rounded on him, whisper yelling at him. “No! That’s not fair, I’m barging in on you, let me take the couch.”

Natsu frowned, not wanting to make this beautiful girl sleep on the hard couch. “How about we share the bed? It’s a king size bed anyway, way too much space for just me.”

She seemed to think about it, but was quick to answer. “Okay.”

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