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Er, a special mention to 'pinklemonade' for what may have been the most positive review I've ever received xD I was smiling for a very long time after reading that. And thank you to everyone else! Your feedback means a lot to me! Anyway, here's chapter 2!


Gray lay on his bed, staring up at the ceiling. His shirt, the warm fuzzies, and the rest of his clothes, lay strewn across the floor where he'd dumped them. It's not that he was scared of reading them, Gray reasoned, it's just that…

An acceptable line of argument escaped Gray's grasp, and he was left betrayed by his own thoughts.

In a guild full of crazy strong wizards, Gray was average. It was a huge admission for him to make to himself, and one that he would rather die before uttering out loud. When strength forms so much of your identity growing up, and then you leave your small pond and find out you're not as strong as you thought you were, it can shake you to your core.

Gray was still coming to terms with trying to find his place in the world. While he was constantly improving, he wasn't improving as fast as Natsu or Erza, and the gap in power between him and the likes of Laxus and Gildarts seemed one that would be impossible to cross. So, if Gray couldn't be the strongest, then what did that make him? How could he define himself from the other mages of Fairy Tail? What made him special? These were the questions that kept Gray up at night, and the cause sometimes of his short temper out on missions with his friends.

Gray cast a furtive look at the scraps of paper he'd left on the ground. Unease creeping into his chest. Thinking about his own shortcomings always led him down a path to her. The blue-haired witch.

What has she done to me?

Gray didn't understand why Juvia followed him around. He didn't understand why she obsessed over him. He didn't understand what she saw in him. And like most things he couldn't understand, he chose to just shut it out. Gray wasn't totally dense, he knew he had a desirable physique, and a half-decent face, but Juvia professed to love him…and that, he couldn't accept.

She's just after my body, like all the others, Gray thought glumly. He turned onto his side to face the wall.

After a minute of consciously trying to block out his thoughts, Gray sighed and rolled back over, picking up the warm fuzzies. He was never going to get any sleep if he just left them there.

Just read them, get it over with, and go back to being cool and indifferent at the guild tomorrow like nothing ever happened.

Gray unfolded the closest one to him, preparing for what was obviously coming. 'I like your ice magic', or 'you have nice hair', or 'you're a decent fighter'. Something like that, probably. He tentatively began reading.

What's up, Fullbuster?

This exercise is totally lame, so I'll try make it quick.

You're my favourite guy in the whole guild. Now while that doesn't count for a lot because you're behind like 20 girls in the overall category, I do mean it. You can pretend you have a heart of ice or some junk like that, but you've always been there when I needed it. You're a calming influence, and I couldn't think of anyone else I'd rather fight beside in battle. Even though I fight for Lucy now, you better believe our S-Class pact is still on, brother.

-Anon

P.S

Make a move with Juvia already you dork.

Gray couldn't hide a small smile, Loke may as well have signed his name.

After a few moments of soaking it in, the smile slipped off Gray's face. So he and Loke went way back and trusted each other completely, it's not like everyone thought that way. Gray placed Loke's warm fuzzy carefully on the bench beside his bed, and picked out a new one.

Dear Gray,

We don't talk a lot, even though we've known each other for a long time. Maybe it's something I'll try change in the future. I'd just like to let you know that I've always appreciated having you around the guild. Your shenanigans with Natsu aside, it's nice having someone level-headed to talk to, or share a drink with. You always have something insightful to say, and you're a lot smarter than people give you credit for. Furthermore, that body. You put most of the guild to shame.

I also lose it every time you start stripping, please never change.

xoxo

-Anonymous

Gray was smiling again, he had a fair idea of who wrote this, and he also made a silent promise to try and talk to her more in the future as well. He grabbed the next note with a little less hesitation.

Thank you for making Natsu so happy, it really means a lot to him. Kiss Juvia already!

Gray stared at the single line in confusion before shaking his head, he decided to try and figure it out later. Gray grabbed the next note immediately.

EVEN THOUGH YOU MAKE SOME PRETTY GIRLY THINGS WITH YOUR MAGIC, YOU CAN STILL BE MANLY SOMETIMES! YOUR SCULPTED BODY IS A SHINING BEACON OF MASCULINITY, AND I'M PROUD THAT IT HAS THE FAIRY TAIL SYMBOL STAMPED ON IT! LET'S WORK OUT TOGETHER SOMETIME! REAL MEN FIGHT WITH THEIR FISTS!

Gray massaged his ears, even though the yelling had only been in his mind. Even if the message was just about his body, he appreciated the offer that had been made, he knew it wasn't to be taken lightly.

Dear Gray,

Thank you for everything you've done for me. I couldn't have become the wizard I am today without your constant help and guidance. You always know how to calm me down, and are eternally prepared with pieces of advice or information. You are an inspiration to watch in battle, I've never seen you even think of giving up! I can say without a shred of hesitation, I aspire to be more like you.

Except for the stripping. Please stop doing that.

-Anonymous

Gray frowned slightly in confusion, not able to recall anyone he thought he'd inspired. It was another nice letter, regardless. Gray went to reach for another one when he noticed he was more than halfway through, a pang of disappointment hit him. He took a deep breath, and picked out another.

Yo Ice freek!

Im neva saying nething warm or fuzzy to u coz it wud just melt u like ur dum basket. Weekling!

But Gramps is watching now sooo I dunno. FITE ME! I gess u r sort of strong. I dont think I cud improove so much without fiteing u all the time. I like that u want to protect ur friends as much as me. I feel sayfer wen ur a round on missions. Bring this up and I will kill u!

But I meen it. Thank u for pushing me to be betta. I hope I can do the saym for u.

-Mistery Man

A muscle above Gray's eye twitched and he scrunched the paper slightly in his fist…but then he smirked and letit go. As far as he went, this was actually pretty impressive, although the Master's presence probably had a lot to do with it. He also felt a lot better about what he'd sent him back. There were three left now.

Fullbuster,

I respect you fighter to fighter. You actually pick fights with a dude who uses the magical equivalent of your ultimate weakness, but you don't back down, you battle through it.

Try using some less girly magic in future though, sissy.

Gray could only shake his head, they couldn't make up their mind if they wanted to compliment or insult him. Gray frowned, noticing he was down to the final two.

Gray,

It's been a pleasure to watch you grow and mature from a young age. I've always valued your advice, and have been impressed by your spirit and determination. In a job filled with battles of life and death, I've never once questioned fighting alongside of you. You are the ever-reliable rock, the core that Fairy Tail has grown around since you arrived here.

If there were more wizards like you, the world would be a better place.

If I catch you fighting with Natsu one more time I'm going to skewer you on a spit and roast you rotisserie style.

-Anonymous

Gray sighed as he put down the note. Not because of anything written there, it was another message that he couldn't believe he'd just read, and one that he would definitely re-read later. He sighed because there was only one more, larger than the others, that he'd deliberately been avoiding.

Gray's hand hovered above the final warm fuzzy, before retracting slightly. He didn't have to read it. There was no rule that said he had to. He had read eight out of nine, that was pretty good. It's not like he'd be missing anything he hadn't heard before, she made no secret about how she felt in public.

Gray swallowed, closed his eyes, and grabbed the piece of paper. At the end of the day, he'd be hurt if Juvia didn't read what he wrote to her after all the effort he'd put in. It was only fair he read what she'd written to him. He unfolded the paper.

Dear Gray,

Thank you for reading this message. Juvia knows you're probably doing so with some hesitation, Juvia understands. Juvia wrote you lots of different warm fuzzies, planning to send you all of them. Some were poems, some were love letters, some were M-rated, but then Juvia asked herself: what does Gray want? Maybe if Juvia asked herself that more, you wouldn't be so embarrassed of Juvia all the time.

So, Juvia decided to write you only one warm fuzzy, from one friend to another.

Gray, Juvia thinks you have the strongest will of anyone Juvia has ever met. Not just to win, but to get stronger. Most people in your shoes would be happy to have a decent position in a top guild, yet you strive to always achieve more. Even though you have a cool persona, your passion to protect what's important to you is obvious to everyone, and you're admired by all for that passion and determination. In a country of wizards with amazing power, amazing endurance, or amazing speed, you stand unwavering, unbroken, as their equal, with your ice-make magic. Maybe you don't see it, or don't want to see it, but so many people look up to you, Juvia included. You are kind, selfless, and the most reliable person at Fairy Tail. You will always be their hero, and you will always be Juvia's hero.

From the moment we met, Juvia loved you. But since we have worked together, fought together, and bonded together, Juvia has fallen in love with you. Juvia hopes Gray understands. Sorry for turning this into a love letter, it was not Juvia's intention.

-Anonymous

Gray choked out a laugh, and was surprised to find that he was leaking tears. After writing her name more than ten times, she had signed it as 'Anonymous' anyway. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

Gray laid back down on his bed, not letting go of Juvia's letter, nursing a heavy feeling in his chest. Reading the warm fuzzies had been an interesting experience, but he could definitely say that they had not helped him get to sleep. He had a lot of thinking to do before going to Fairy Tail tomorrow.


NEXT TIME: Cana sips on a quiet beverage!

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This was my first time writing Gray, and so naturally it's my first time writing Gruvia. I hope I did an acceptable job for all those Gruvia fans out there.