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: M for sexual content and themes
Chapter Rating: T for themes
Natsu grinned as he saw Lucy walk to their table. She was wearing a normal black t-shirt and black leggings, which was an improvement from her previous uniform in his eyes. He had yet to officially ask her out, but that didn’t stop him from kissing her at every chance he got. It was as though his body moved on it’s own when she was near him. He wanted to be greedy with her, just take everything she had to offer.
He knew she would begin to question their relationship eventually, but until then, he would just continue with his ruse. He wasn’t sure he wanted to get in a relationship with her anyway. Well, that wasn’t exactly true. He knew he wanted to, he just wasn’t certain if she would be able to handle all of his insecurities during the relationship. So far, she hadn’t really been exposed to them, so he didn’t know how she would react. So, he just let the topic of their relationship be brought up by her.
“Hey Natsu, do you guys want your usual?” He nodded.
“What time do you get off work?”
“Eleven,” which Natsu noted was in two minutes, “but I won’t be home until around two.”
“What?” Natsu looked at her in confusion. “Why not?” Lucy just grinned at him, her eyes sparkling.
“Because, I have a date!” Natsu just stared at her in shock. She what? “We’re going out to lunch after my shift, and I don’t know how long it will take.”
Natsu shook his head and stood up, grabbing her by the waist and kissing her hard. She gasped and jerked into him, but made no move to get away for a moment, until it seemed something clicked in her mind. She pushed him away and stared at him. “No, you don’t get to go on a date Lucy.”
She took a step back and scoffed at him. “Excuse me?”
“I said no.”
“Oh, I heard you the first time. I meant, who the fuck do you think you are to get to decide that? I can do whatever I want.”
At Natsu’s next words, her face fell into disappointment. “Not if you want to stay living in my house you don’t.”
She froze, her mind replaying the words that sounded so similar to his. You don’t get to follow some foolish dream as long as you want to stay in my house, Lucy. Don’t you understand? You can’t make it out there. So give up.
Lucy looked at Natsu in front of her with wide eyes. “Do you mean that?” He looked at her confused and Lucy clarified. “If I go out on this date, you don’t want me to stay with you anymore?” He nodded and she shook her head. “Natsu, look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t want me there.” She was giving him a chance to save himself, and that was when her date walked in.
“Lucy, you ready?” She turned to look at the orange haired male who stood over by the entrance.
“Just a second Loke.”
“All right, I’ll wait here.” She nodded before turning back to Natsu.
“I’ll let you answer that when I get home. But Natsu, just be aware of the consequences of your answer, okay? I’ll talk to you later.”
With that, she walked away from Natsu, leaving him there without even having put in his order, deciding that Kinana, who was taking over for her, could handle him.
Natsu went over to the bar, deciding that he only wanted a drink instead of food. He was glad he hadn’t driven to the restaurant that day, as he was too drunk to drive by the time he was done. His old habit coming back into play, he gripped the girl who had been trying to get into his pants and kissed her drunkenly. He couldn’t even describe her, his mind playing tricks and making him see only what he wanted to: Lucy.
Natsu woke up to his alarm clock and a raging headache. He grimaced as he looked to his left, seeing a naked girl beside him. Fuck. He closed his eyes in despair as he stood up. He walked out of his room, leaving a note for the girl, telling her that she was to stay in his room and not come out if she woke up. He checked Lucy’s room, to see her bed made and all of her school things gone. Wendy had stayed at a friends house the night before and walked out to the kitchen.
There was a note on the counter and he gulped, looking over at it. Hey Natsu, I still need your answer from yesterday. I know you have today off too, so let me know the answer today. I’ll be home around eleven. ~Lucy
Natsu put his hands over his eyes, putting pressure so he wouldn’t tear up. He messed up, and he knew it. He also knew, he didn’t want her to leave. He wanted her. But first, he needed to figure out how to deal with his own problems, starting with breakfast. He cooked breakfast quickly, not wanting the girl in his house any longer than necessary. He needed to get a shower too, clean up, then figure out how to tell Lucy what happened.
In all honesty, Natsu truly just wanted to sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened. But he knew with the way Lucy was, that would just hurt her more if she found out. He showed the girl to the door and then got a shower and cleaned up, before sitting on the couch and anxiously waiting for Lucy to show up.
Natsu froze as her keys rattled in the door handle and looked like a deer in the headlights as she took a step in. She saw him sitting on the couch and made her way over to him. She looked like she had been through the ringer, but Natsu knew she was probably just upset with him. She stood on the other side of the coffee table, looking at him. He wanted to grab her and hold her close, make her stay, but he had to tell her everything first. Before he could even get close to doing that.
“Natsu?” She asked tilting her head and he gulped. “What’s wrong?” She walked around and bent down in front of him, gripping his hands in hers, noticing he was shaking.
“I messed up.”
“Hm?” He couldn’t help himself, he tried to yank his hands from hers, but instead ended up bringing her with them, and she straddled his lap. He looked up at her, silent tears sliding down his cheeks. Lucy raised her hands and wiped the tear stains off. She watched him carefully as he buried his face in her neck.
“I fucked up Luce.”
“No, Natsu. That’s why I gave you that chance.”
“Not that. I mean, yeah, I fucked up there too, but I fucked up majorly.” He gripped her tighter and Lucy’s breathing sped up.
“Is Wendy okay?” Natsu yanked his head back and looked at her in confusion. He nodded. “Then there is nothing you could have done that is so terrible.”
“Fuck Lucy, why are you so understanding? Can’t you just hit me, scream at me, tell me I’m a horrible person?”
“Why would I do that?”
“I brought a girl home last night.” Lucy froze before looking to the right.
“I— I could hear you…” Natsu’s hands dug into her hips, but she didn’t move, nor did she say anything. “It’s not like we’re together, so—” Her words were stolen from her as Natsu placed his lips over hers. “Hm?”
She could have pulled away had she wished to, Natsu made sure of that, but she didn’t. “I want to be.”
“I want to be with you Lucy. I was trying so hard to ignore it, but after yesterday, I think it’s pretty obvious that I want to be with you.”
Lucy slid off his lap and Natsu followed, the two standing face to face. “You show that you want to be with me by bringing another woman home and fucking her?” Here was the anger he wanted earlier. He looked at the ground like a puppy that just got told no. “I figured you were just using me as a ‘friends with benefits’ kind of deal. I figured from what you and your sister have told me about your history with girls that you wouldn’t want to be with me. You’re so confusing.”
“Like I said, I fucked up. I was angry, upset, disappointed, I don’t even know what else. I felt rejected, like you didn’t want me. And when you just walked out, leaving me there… I coped the only way I knew how.” He put a hand up as Lucy opened her mouth to speak. “I’m not making excuses. I’m not trying to justify my actions, because like I said when you first walked in, I know I fucked up majorly. I know it, and I don’t want you to think that I don’t. But I do regret it, and I hate that it happened.” His hand folded to behind his head and he looked at Lucy from under his bangs. “I’m really sorry, and I know you probably need time to process this, but I hope, even if you won’t let me be with you as more than friends, we can still be friends.”
Lucy looked at him, anger, confusion, and something akin to hope flitting through her eyes, but all the while shaking her head. She didn’t even say anything before she turned and ran to her bedroom, slamming the door and locking it loudly behind her.
Natsu grimaced, then flinched as he heard another voice. “Really, Natsu?” He turned to see his sister, who was shaking her head in disappointment. “You were doing so good.” Then she too, left Natsu standing alone, walking to her bedroom, lightly closing the door and locking it.