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Summary: Friends as children, Natsu and Lucy meet again after being separated for a few years. The two get to know each other again amidst all the turmoil surrounding them. The only thing left uncertain, is where they lie with each other.
Rating – T for language and themes
Genre – Romance & Friendship
Word Count – 28,701 Words
Chapter Word Count – 2,915 Words
Lucy looked at Natsu and first simply said, “protection.” Her eyes fluttered shut again as she continued. “The moment the necklace was on you, it would make any curse, spell, or charm null. I was surprised it worked.”
“What do you mean?” Lucy didn’t open her eyes, just laid there and bit her bottom lip in thought.
“I’ll get to that. These were actually something your father made for my mother and father as their wedding present. My father got them redone for my birthday and thought that you and I could wear them. I think it was his way of telling me that he’s sorry and he doesn’t hate you.” She didn’t say what she really thought, that it was his way of telling her he approved of them together.
“He made sure that my mom’s had a star added to it, for me, and that his had flames added for you. They’ve protected both of us multiple times while we were in battles. However, I already had a protection charm that I always wore.”
“But you didn’t really wear any jewelry except your mother’s earrings.” Lucy reached up, her eyes opening as she played with the little heart earrings.
“That’s not true. But you didn’t even know it was a protection charm, and there was no way I could’ve. You’re father told me the last time I was there.”
Lucy pulled out her ring, looking at it in confusion while Igneel nodded, smiling. “Good.”
“Why is it important that I have it?”
Igneel turned in the chair, grinning at his child’s best friend. “When Natsu made that for you, he was still learning how to control his magic, and he accidentally put too much energy in your ring. Now, that isn’t a bad thing, because all of the energy is his love for you, so it became a kind of protection charm, keeping you from any ailments that would change your fundamental being.”
“What does that mean?”
“It means, that no matter what was going on around you, even if someone tried to take you from yourself, they couldn’t because you were protected. You were able to avoid getting sucked into some pretty damaging situations, and I mean mentally, not physically. Because of that, you always were able to keep your team in their heads right?”
“I guess, so basically I can’t be turned against them?”
“No. It’s not that. It’s more that you can not be changed from your core values. You will not be able to just disappear on your friends because of the loyalty inside yourself. You will fight to the last breath for your friends because you trust them and know they would do the same. Because of your morals, you are able to stand strong, and that ring, makes it so that you can stay true to yourself.”
“You wore my ring the entire time?”
Lucy nodded, “even after you looked at it weird, I just put it under my shirt on a chain. I couldn’t bear to part with it.”
“Yeah, Flare had seen it and asked what it was, and I told her I made it for you, and she was jealous because I never made anything for her.”
Lucy looked at Natsu. “You didn’t really talk to me when you were with her. Do you know why that is?”
Natsu frowned. “Because she was my girlfriend, you’re supposed to pay attention to your lover right?”
Lucy nodded but raised her eyebrows. “But when I was hurt you broke up with her so that you could take care of me. Do you remember?”
“Yeah, you always come first.”
“You’re contradicting yourself Natsu. I want to know, what changed?”
“I don’t know.”
“You put the necklace on.” She had swam closer to him, and now had her hand holding his necklace. “You put the necklace on, and whatever spell or charm or curse she had on you broke. I saw you do the same thing today at dinner, when Flare and I were fighting. You gripped the necklace and then leaned into me.”
“Yeah, I smelled something weird. I knew I needed to hold the necklace and then I wanted to get closer to you, to make sure you were okay.”
“I know.” Her hand came up to cup his cheek. “You were able to tell there was a spell and avoid it.”
“But Flare didn’t have me under a spell when we were dating.”
Lucy frowned and tried to sit down next to him, but his hands had gone to her hips and made her straddle him. “How many times did you kick me out of the house?”
“No it was once. The day we were supposed to go on the mission.”
“Natsu,” his hands tightened on her hips as his eyes held panic. Her thumb stroked his cheek. “It was at least fifteen, I stopped counting after ten though. It was that day that was the last straw though, that was when I decided that I was leaving.”
Tears entered her eyes as Natsu croaked out a soft, “why?”
“Because, Natsu; that was my birthday, and the first thing you told me was that I couldn’t go home. In fact, only three people told me happy birthday all day. Happy when I woke up because he made me breakfast, your father, and my father.” Natsu looked at her with horror in his eyes.
“No. I wouldn’t have missed your birthday. Luce, I wouldn’t have.” He buried his head in her neck and she felt a tear trail down her cheek.
“I know, Natsu. But you were spelled or something, and I was hurting because I was the only one besides Erza and Happy who could see that there was something wrong, so I didn’t notice what was wrong.” His lips touched the inside of her shoulder and the heat was noticeable when he talked into her shoulder.
“Even then. Luce, fuck, I’m so sorry, and on your birthday. Shit.”
He peppered kisses over her shoulder in apology and Lucy froze, looking straight ahead. She was afraid that if she moved she would do something she would regret. His voice was husky in her ear when he spoke next.
“I don’t think the protection charm is working anymore, Luce.”
Her voice was concerned, but she didn’t move. “Why?”
“Because, whatever spell you put on me isn’t breaking.”
She looked down fast, nearly hitting heads with him. “What?” She had no idea what he meant, her head swimming with desire at the way he was looking at her. Lucy couldn’t comprehend what he said next.
“I mean I’ve wanted to kiss you forever, and I got these piercings for you, and one some place else that hurt like hell. Fuck, I can’t stop thinking about you Luce.”
There was one thing she got caught on. “You got pierced… for me?”
“Yeah. I heard you talking to Levy one night about how much of a turn on they are, so I talked to Gajeel and he helped me out.” Natsu was watching Lucy nervously, the awe in her eyes confusing him, uncertain what it meant. Suddenly Lucy leaned down, kissing each one of the piercings above his right eye brow separately, then moving to the one in his left ear before kissing his lips. Her tongue slid in his mouth and Natsu pushed back, sweeping into her mouth and listening to the moans she gave as he explored, his piercing clacking against her teeth. His hands were gripping her waist hard and hers were lightly raking through his hair.
Lucy pulled back and his hands released her. “No, we can’t do this Natsu.” She turned to the stairs, getting ready to leave, but Natsu grabbed her wrist and held her there. He didn’t pull her back, but he didn’t let her go either.
“What did I do wrong, Lucy?” She looked over her shoulder confused. Natsu’s eyes were covered by his hair, a shadow crossing his face. She wanted to tell him that he did nothing wrong, but that wasn’t true. Her throat closed up and she turned back around.
“I’m not sure.” She couldn’t tell him that she was upset because of how he had forgotten about her when she was under Flare’s spell. She couldn’t even say that she was upset about dinner that night, because in all honesty, she wasn’t upset with him. He was doing what he did best, ignoring the problem.
His arms went around her. “I’m sorry, Lucy. I didn’t mean to hurt you.” Her mind travelled elsewhere, to another time, when someone else had said the same words.
“You didn’t.” With that, she walked away, leaving Natsu wondering after her questioningly.
Natsu was uncertain about the events from the day before. They had kissed, and she had initiated it, but then she told him no. He didn’t understand why she said no, but he wasn’t going to push too hard. He had asked yesterday, and he would ask again today. If she still didn’t reply, then he would leave it alone.
Lucy was in the shower, getting ready for the day, even though they had both agreed to just stay in the room. They were going to play board games or go swimming or something.
“What do you want to play first?” She had gotten out and gone over to the stack of games near the coffee table.
“Let’s do a puzzle!” Natsu walked over and chose a puzzle at random. It showed the resort they were staying in.
Lucy grinned at his choice, settling down. “Say Natsu?”
“When did you join Fairy Tail?”
Natsu looked up, thinking about her question before he realized the answer. “I was about twelve. Dad said I should go explore. That’s why I was gone for months at a time sometimes.”
“Oh.” Lucy had nothing else to say, not really sure why she wanted to know in the first place. Maybe just so that she knew another small part of him.
Natsu looked up from where he had been dumping all of the puzzle pieces onto the table. “Luce?”
“Why did you stop yesterday?”
Lucy looked like she had seen a ghost. She turned to him slowly. “To be honest, I couldn’t get Flare out of my head and…” She stopped, unsure how to explain it. “I guess I just didn’t want to think about that.”
“Oh.” Natsu didn’t really understand that, but had a feeling it was something like when he was jealous at Lucy’s ball. Natsu shivered. He really had no clue what made him start dating Flare, or when they even started dating. He wondered if the entire relationship had truly been a spell.
“Don’t think so hard Natsu.” A breathy laugh escaped both of them before Natsu looked up. Lucy was still standing and Natsu grinned. The outfit she had on was the one she had worn when they had gone to Magnolia the first time. But that wasn’t why he grinned. He grinned because he could see her stomach.
Lucy saw the glint in his eyes. “Natsu, no.” But Natsu didn’t listen, jumping up and grabbing her waist before tickling her. Lucy squealed, trying to kick him off of her when he pushed her onto the couch. “Off, off, off!” Her hands pushed at his face, but he was just laughing. “Stop, I can’t breathe.” Her voice was coming in between her laughter and Natsu pulled back slightly, only for Lucy to kick him off and start tickling him.
Not that he was ticklish, so there was no point. He lay there, silently laughing at her antics and raised an eyebrow at her. Lucy took note happily that he was wearing the clothes she had bought for him. She grinned at him.
“You’re adorable.” Lucy laughed when Natsu made a face.
“I’m not adorable.” His face made a pout and Lucy started playing with his cheeks.
“Yes you are. You’re my adorable little Natsu.”
“Lucy.” He whined.
“Such an adorable little Natsu you are. Yes you are.”
“Ooh, big word for you.” Natsu opened his mouth as though he were going to yell at her before turning his head and snapping his teeth at her hands in a pretend bite.
“I know big words. Because you teach me them.”
Lucy laughed and shook her head. “Yeah. I do, don’t I? At least I’m not like Erza was when she was teaching you, right?”
Natsu shuddered. “She’s scary.”
“Speaking of her, we still have some strawberry cake left. Care to have some?” Natsu nodded eagerly, his stomach growling.
“We should go down and have some breakfast. I’m starved.”
Lucy rolled her eyes at him. “You’re always starved, Natsu.”
Lucy had been right, most of the food had been gone within the first week, but all of it was gone by the second day of the second week.
“What the hell Natsu?” Lucy exclaimed when she opened the fridge. He had eaten her chocolate and she was craving it.
Natsu came in behind her, slinging his arm around her shoulder. “What’s up Luce.”
In fact, he was currently eating it. He offered her a bite of the bar and she grabbed it from him. “Hey, I was eating that.”
“It was mine not yours. Idiot.”
“Oi!” He always hated when she called him that snidely and not with a loving tone.
“Well, don’t eat what’s not yours.”
“But Luce, I’m so hungry.”
“Go away.” She had walked them back out to the living room and picked her book up from where she had left it on the couch. She propped her knees up, and laid the book on it, deciding to read some more, but Natsu sat down next to her feet and started drawing patterns on her legs. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to make you feel better.” Natsu grinned sheepishly at her and she rolled her eyes, a smile gracing her face. “Hey Luce?”
“What?” She had the radio playing in the background and a song that Natsu knew came on.
“Yeah, let’s dance. Please?” He put her bookmark in her book before gently taking it from her, carefully watching her for any signs she was mad. But she just looked confused. He grabbed her hand and helped her up off the couch. Her hand stayed in his and he started swaying. The song playing was a slow one, surprising Lucy. But Natsu and her just swayed to it until the next one came on and he grinned brightly at her.
He spun her around once before leaning in. “You don’t know how you met me, you don’t know why you can’t turn around and say goodbye. All you know is when I’m with you I make you free and swim through your veins like a fish in the sea. I’m singing—”
Lucy took over and the two were laughing together and spinning around each other. “Follow me, everything is all right.”
“I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night. And if you want to leave I can guarantee you won’t find nobody else like me.”
Lucy laughed as the two jumped towards each other skipping a verse. It was a fun kind of dancing, and free. “I’m singing, follow me, everything is all right.”
“I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night. And if you want to leave I can guarantee you won’t find nobody else like me.” Natsu paused, pretending to play the guitar solo. Lucy giggled and she jumped on his back as he spun around. He helped her down before singing again. “Won’t give you money, I can’t give you the sky, you’re better off if you don’t ask why.” Natsu laughed at her as Lucy grinned at him. “Don’t know how you met me, you don’t know why you can’t turn around and say goodbye. All you know is when I’m with you I make you free and swim through your veins like a fish in the sea.”
Lucy joined this time, and they sung together, their hands laced in front of them. “I’m singing, follow me, everything is all right. I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night. And if you want to leave I can guarantee you won’t find nobody else like me.” Lucy joined Natsu in his laughter and the two spun in circles around the living room. The two both knew that the pieces they sang rang true for each other, both knowing that in the end, they had each other.
“I’m sorry Luce.”
She tilted her head. “For what?”
“Flare. I can’t even remember when or why we started dating.” Lucy looked at Natsu concerned and then her face softened into understanding.
“It was a spell from the beginning Natsu. You will probably only remember the last bit, when you started to come out of it.”
“I know, but I still hurt you. Emotionally, and you ended up getting hurt physically because of me. Luce, I hate myself for it.”
Her hand came up and she touched his cheek lightly. “Don’t. I don’t want you to hate yourself for something like that. I want you to be my carefree and protective dragon.”
His smile was back, as it was every time she used that nickname on him. “I will always protect you my princess.”
Day 5 of NaLu Fluff Week 2017! This one’s a short one, but a bit of a doozy! We got some new NaLu developments too! I hope you liked it! Next time, more from Lucy than Natsu, but we’re getting close to the end here! How are you feeling about it?