9. You're gonna pay
Gray walked slowly as he thought about Juvia. When she said his name, he could feel the blood boiling inside his veins and he never would have thought he was able to feel such hatred for anyone. That Nullpudding targeted him in the round 'Hidden' and not only that, he threatened Juvia. The girl was innocent, she'd never hurt a fly. Well, only if it involved Gray of course. He had never seen the fear and desperation that she carried in her eyes. He had sworn to never see that look again.
"Gray! What's taking you so long!"
A cute blonde girl walked up to him and he only noticed when he almost bumped into her.
"Are you okay? You seem to be daydreaming a lot lately."
"Everything's fine." he lied.
He didn't know why, but somehow he knew Juvia wouldn't appreciate it if he would just gossip away about het problem. So he kept quiet.
"You don't seem fine. You know you can trust me, trust us."
"I know that, I'm just a little tired."
"Oh, okay. The Arena is being cleaned so the contest is on hold for this afternoon. Why don't you go and rest some more?"
"Yeah, sounds good."
"And say hi to Juvia for me, I haven't seen her in a while."
"Wh... why so you think I'll see her?"
"Because she's always near. Wherever you are, she's there, trust me..."
"That's creepy, Lucy. You make her sound like a stalker."
"You never noticed?"
Lucy face palmed herself mentally at his response. How could he be so dense? He's just like that dragon slayer... sigh.
"Luce! Over here!"
She looked over her shoulder and saw a pink haired, enthusiastic flame head waving at her. She waved back and smiled.
"Well, I gotta go. See you at the inn!"
"Hey Luce, you ready to explore the town some more? I hear they have the best food at the town centre!"
"And the best fish!"
"Sounds good to me. You lead the way."
Natsu grabbed her wrist and started running to god knows where. Lucy couldn't help but blush at his touch. His grin never left that handsome face and his eyes were set on 'hungry mode' like Happy's. She couldn't possibly deny that he looked absolutely adorable when he smiled like that.
Lucy was pulled out of her daze and green irises were only a few millimeters away from her chocolate brown ones. Natsu's hand tapped her head while he examined her.
"What?" she said, irritated by his tapping.
"You seem kinda weird today. Is everything okay?"
"Of course I'm fine... AND STOP CALLING ME WEIRD!"
"Yes Natsu, she can't help that she's heavy and weird and always says things that make her even weirder but you don't say that because that's mea... WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!"
"You didn't have to kick him that hard. He'll hit the sun."
"That neko... calling me heavy... Natsu!"
"Am I heavy?"
He looked at her, confused. Her hands were behind her back, one leg stood behind the other and she looked at her feet with a blush on her face. What's with the mood today?
"Happy just likes to tease you, you know that."
"That was not what I asked."
The girl was nervous, hurt even. Natsu may be dense when it comes to feelings, but he certainly didn't like seeing his nakama like this. He put his arm around her shoulders and looked at her.
"You are absolutely not heavy. And please, don't tell me you can't see how slim you are. Most girls would die for your figure so stop being that self-conscious."
Lucy blushed a thousand shades of red and smiled. She jumped at him and wrapped her arms around his body.
"That's so nice Natsuuu!!!"
"Wow, Luce take it easy! You're gonna crush me!"
"Now, let's get going. Happy'll find the way on his own."
"Yeah, now come on! I'm starving!"
Lucy noticed that he didn't have the intention pulling his arm away, so she let hers stay around his middle as they walked. She giggled to herself. They almost looked like a couple. She watched them in a window and she... liked the view.
Natsu stiffened. He forgot to let go of her, but... she hadn't let go either. It felt... nice. Did she notice? No, she was looking around too much. Maybe... they could do this more often?
"Oh, Natsu look!"
She pointed at a fountain. There were flowers everywhere and people dancing and eating all sorts of snacks from the stands. The sight was absolutely beautiful.
"Let's go there for a minute!"
"I don't know..."
Lucy looked around and saw the ultimate plan.
"They have tons of roasted, grilled and baked meat and you can just eat it with your hands... but if you don't want to then I guess we should..."
"Count me in!!!" the boy shouted.
Natsu pulled her along with him to the nearest food stands. He munched several pieces of meat and to be honest... it was funny. Seeing the customers gaping at his appetite and his weird behavior of eating fire. Priceless.
"So, what's next?" he asked.
Lucy sighed at his appearance. His mouth was dirty and greasy. She pulled a tissue out of her bag and started to clean his mouth.
"You can be such an animal, you know."
"Sorry, dragon side."
Lucy's fingers were elegant and gentle. Natsu enjoyed the look in her eyes when she was concentrating. She threw the tissue away and looked around. People were dancing and laughing. Natsu had asked her before to dance and she missed that moment. Would he ask her again? She'd love that.
"Attention, attention! The bride and groom have arrived! Please let them pass."
Oh. My. God. They crashed a wedding party.
"Luce, are we in trouble?"
"I don't think so, nobody has said anything yet. Let's just pretend."
"To be... you know... a couple."
His eyes widened a little before they closed with a sigh. He walked up to Lucy and she could feel her heart pumping fast. He grabbed her hip, pulled her closer and whispered.
"If we're gonna do this, I need you to be relaxed around me."
"I... I am."
He grinned. Oh how she loved that grin. Her hand found its way to his chest while the other snaked around his body. He was so warm.
"Hey! Those two don't belong here!!!"
They began running through the streets but every corner was barred or too crowded to be able to run. Natsu growled and picked Lucy up.
"Hey! What are doing!"
"We're flying out of here!"
Natsu lit his feet on fire and jumped. The flames pushed them in the sky and they were able to escape. Lucy couldn't stop shouting in his ear and screaming and he was seriously considering dropping her.
"Natsu where are we going?!"
"I don't know. For now... just enjoy the view."
Lucy was thrown into the sky. A few seconds later, Natsu caught her and repositioned her. He now held her by her middle and she did the same. She could see the beautiful city and she saw the sun was already setting. Man, time flies when you're enjoying yourself.
"This is so cool Natsu! Why haven't we done this before?"
"Okay, if you want to do this more often."
"On one condition."
"And that is?"