11. Everyone's Turn of Events [NaLu, GaLe, Gruvia]
Gray had offered to accompany Juvia wherever she'd go. Of course, knowing the water mage, she began blushing and daydreaming about various scenes involving Gray and babies. Gray had noticed that whenever Lyon would appear and hit on Juvia, he'd get annoyed beyond recognition.
"Juvia, long time no see."
"Lyon... Juvia hasn't seen you in a while either."
"I know a great place to lunch. I bet you haven't eaten yet."
"Well... I'm actually not that hungry..."
"Nonsense, let's go, just you and me."
"Would you quit bugging her! She said no!"
Gray stood between the two and threw a glance at Lyon. He was still trying to win Juvia and let her transfer to Lamia Scale. No way he'd let that happen.
"Get out of here, I'm taking her out."
"What? Her? Go out with you? Do you even hear yourself? The thought itself is utterly ridiculous. You should let the older man take care of the lady."
"What's so ridiculous about it? I can picture it very well and it doesn't seem odd."
Juvia's heart pounded louder than ever. Did he actually say he wouldn't mind dating her? Oh my, this day couldn't get any better.
"Ohh, so the little one is going to try and steal my girlfriend?"
"G... Girlfriend??" Juvia said.
"Please, why would she ever accept to be your girlfriend. She deserves better."
That being said, he grabbed Juvia by the wrist and guided her through the city. Juvia felt like passing out.
"Mmmh... Where... Am I?"
The blue-haired mage opened her eyes slowly and coughed. There was a tool stuck to her mouth and she felt something in her throat. Was this... a hospital?
A manly voice surrounded her eardrums and she looked over to the man. She only saw a blurry, black spot sitting beside her. Her vision cleared and she saw the iron dragon slayer next to her, holding her hand.
"Levy! Are you all right?"
"Y... yeah I think so. Where are we?"
"The town's hospital. You've been out for hours."
"Gajeel... You saved me."
Tears were starting to fill her eyes as she gazed upon her savior. He leaned over her tiny body and kissed her forehead. If that breathing mechanism wasn't there, he'd kiss her full on the lips.
"From now on, you stay by my side."
"Okay... I will."
She smiled and hugged his shoulders. A few seconds later, the doctors came into her room to detach the machine on her mouth. She could go home today but she would have to take it easy and let the wounds on her face heal.
"Let's get going, Levy."
"You can call me shrimp."
"Who are you?" he growled.
"My name is Celes. And you must be Natsu Dragneel."
"Luce, what's he doing here?"
"He's a new celestial spirit of mine. He's my friend."
"I'm here to see if Lucy is doing well. Because of you, I could feel she was hurt and I'm just going to warn you with this," he stepped closer to Natsu and his face was only inches away from his, "If you ever hurt her again, you're finished."
Celes was a bit taller, but they both looked scary enough when intimidating.
"Guys, there's no need to act like this. Let's just go and watch the tournament."
"As you wish."
"Can't he go back to the spirit world or something?"
"I'll see to Lucy's well being and while you're around, my presence will be absolutely necessary."
"Why would I ever do something to upset her?!"
"Don't come up with excuses. I've felt her pain and it was caused by you. Stop playing games. Now, if you'd excuse us," he pushed lucy with one hand on her lower back, "Lucy asked to attend the tournament."
He guided her through the door, still holding his hand on the small of her back. Natsu felt a nerve popping and his blood circulating faster. This guy was acting too familiar around her. If he was to go too far, he wouldn't hesitate to beat the crap out of him.