Heyy guys! Here's a quick update: Joan Park is now Joanne Park, just sayin'.

So, from last chapter, Fairy Tail finally got the name of E.S. after a close call with Elfman (the man), Freed, and Gajeel. All that remains now, is…

Will the battle commence today? Who will finally win the heart of Natsu- Kinara or Lucy? Review your answer- (Naki or Nalu!)

Lucy's Note: "Come on, Joanne! Don't go that low!" :T

Natsu's Note: "Actually, I don't mind." ;)

Lucy's Note (Continued): "WHAT'S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?!" -

Purr's Note: "Here we go again…" -.-

Credits: Joanne Park :D, Purrfectly Me :3, Hiro Mashima L:

Disclaimer: We don't own anything in Fairy Tail.

Everyone stared at Master Mavis.

"Etherious Shadow…?" said Gray. Lucy shook her head. "We keep hearing that word. Etherious. I mean, I get the etherion pores, but an etherious shadow…?"

Gajeel cracked his knuckles. "Well, if it has to do with shadows, then I'm in!"

Mira shook her head. "No, we need to analyze on this. They could be dangerous." Erza nodded gravely.

Kinara stirred. "Kinara!" started Lucy, then was pushed back by Erza.

Wendy leaned over her, hands glowing. "There," she sighed, as Kinara blinked and got up. "You're good as new."

Kinara stared at her hands. "W-what… did it work? Did the spell work?" she said frantically. Lucy nodded and smiled, giving a thumbs up. "Yep, and you definitely deserve a thank you."

"Thanks," mumbled Freed. "What he said," chorused Elfman and Gajeel. Kinara winced. "If I got the spell exactly right, anyone who gave you three the black blood would be cursed with eternal sleep. That would mean that whoever did this will probably never do it again."

Levy whooped. "You were amazing! How did you manage to get that so fast?" she said. Kinara shrugged. "I'm a memory-make wizard. I live for extra memories in my head."

Master Makarov sighed. "Well, at least everyone's safe. First Master?" he said, turning to the disappeared Master. "It seems she had gone," he said, troubled.

When the group started breaking up, Lucy came up to Kinara. "Hey," she said softly. Kinara ducked her head. "Hi."

Lucy started to apologize. "Hey, I'm sorry for what I said before, I didn't really mean it, I was just overly stressed and-"

Kinara smiled coyly. "Was it because of Natsu?" she said.

Lucy's Note: "Ohh no. Here it comes…"

Happy's Note: "I'm ready when you are!"

Natsu's Note: "What? By the way, do you have any food?"

Kinara's Note: "What is this, by the way?"

Lucy blushed. "Ah, um…"

Kinara laughed. "Hey, let's be friends. Don't let a boy come between us, right?"

Lucy laughed nervously. "Heh. Yeah."

Erza nodded, approving. "Well, we must be vigilant. There is someone highly dangerous watching us, so we need to be on our guard all the time."

Natsu was already running to the stadium. "TRAINING, HERE I COME!" he shouted as he sprinted down the road. Lucy smacked her head.

Back at Lucy's apartment, Lucy, Natsu, Gray, Erza, Kinara, Wendy, and the exceeds were all sitting down.

"Uh… is it just me, or is it really crowded here?" squeaked Lucy.

Gray nodded. "Yeah, we need to spread out more."

Erza slapped a hand. "Yes, so here's the battle plan!" Lucy sighed. "You mean the bedding plan?"

"I, Lucy, Kinara, Wendy, and Carla will take the living room-"

"Hey, I want my own bed!" protested Lucy. Erza shook her head. "Your room is not big enough for five people."

Lucy groaned. "This sucks…"

"Natsu, Gray, and Happy will take Lucy's bedroom. Don't mess anything up," cautioned Erza.

Natsu grinned. "Nah, 'course not."

Lucy scowled.

After a sleepless night (to Lucy, anyway- she couldn't sleep without her bed.)

Lucy's Note: "THAT IS SO NOT TRUE!"

Gray, Erza, Natsu's Note: "It so is."

Wendy's Note: "Uh... I don't know..."

Happy's Note: "Aye sir!"

Wendy was already making breakfast. "Good morning, guys!" she chirped as Carla sat on the blanket that Wendy slept in. "Sleeping on the floor... and just when I thought I could go no lower!" she sniffed indignantly.

Erza yawned. "Good morning, Wendy, it's nice to see someone so chipper."

Kinara groaned. "Is it morning yet?"

Natsu, Gray, and Happy stumbled out of Lucy's room. Kinara stared.

Lucy yelped. "Gray, cover up!" He blinked. "Is that Lucy or Wendy?"

Wendy jumped. "How do you mix that up?" mumbled Natsu. He pointed at Erza. "It's obvious that that's Lucy and that's Wendy," he said, pointing now at Carla.

Wendy's chin wavered. "Why do you always pick on me!" she started to wail.

Natsu clumsily patted Carla's head. "It's okay, Wendy, I'm here…"

Lucy's Note: "Ha ha, that was funny. Were you two getting drinks with Cana?"

Natsu's Note: "No! I was just… just sleepy, okay?"

Gray's Note: "For once, I agree with the idiot."

He dropped to the floor, sleeping.

Lucy shook her head. "And just when I thought that he couldn't get any more stupid…"

Kinara took in a sharp breath. "So, uh… why in the depths of the forgotten was Gray half naked?" Lucy started to laugh, and eventually Wendy, Erza, and Kinara joined in. "He's got this weird habit of doing it," chuckled Erza.

"Y-yeah, I can tell." Kinara said.

Lucy grabbed a blanket and threw it over Natsu's limp body. "Well, we can't afford them to catch a cold. Let's eat before they wake up!"

And so they ate.

Kinara performed tricks with her memory-make magic. "There you go," she said, handing the crystallized emblem to Wendy. She oogled it. "Wow! It's just like Gray's ice-make magic, but… but.. Cooler! Is that even possible?" she said, joking.

Erza chuckled, then turned to Kinara. "How do you like Fairy Tail so far?" Kinara smiled. "It's amazing! Better than the woods, anyway," she said. Lucy grinned right back, then shoveled eggs and bacon in her mouth. Carla sniffed in disgust. "As a proper lady, I refuse to watch this so-called woman stuff food in her mouth like men!" Lucy shook her head, eyes crinkling.

"It's only because Natsu's going to steal her food," explained Wendy. She smiled.

Natsu groaned and woke up. "Food?"

He was slapped by Lucy and Erza. "How dare you call me Lucy!" barked Erza. Lucy glared at him. "And how do you mistake me for Kinara?"

Natsu cocked his head. "What?"

Kinara put her hands up. "Whoa, let's all just calm down."

Gray and Happy were up too. "Hey, why're you eating without us?" said Happy. Lucy raised an eyebrow. "Oh. Right."

Later, when they went back to the guild, many grouped wizards stood huddled together.

Lucy stared around. "Whoa. That black blood incident really shook them up." She pointed to the combined team of Shadowgear and the Thunder Legion. "They even paired up together."

Erza shook her head. "We don't need anyone else on our team. We've got six people here, it's enough. Right?" she challenged. Everyone shook their heads yes.


Kinara whispered, "Is she always that scary?"

Natsu's Note: "Yes."

Gray's Note: "Yes."

Lucy's Note: "Yes."

Wendy's Note: "Yes."

Happy's Note: "Aye, sir!"

"Yes," hissed a dozen of voices.

Erza marched through the main hall. "Listen, whatever this guild is, it's ruining ours. We need to find them, and fast."

Natsu grinned. "So you're saying…"

"I'm saying we should go find them," said Erza simply.

"WHAT?" yelled Lucy, Gray, Wendy, Kinara, Happy, and all of the other members of the guild.

"She's crazy," said Macao. "Yeah, even I don't wanna face this guild, and I'm manly!" concluded Elfman. Erza glared everybody down. "We will. They hurt three members of our guild."

Lucy snapped her fingers. "I've got it!"

She brought of the key of Grandpa Crux. "Open, gate of the Southern Cross!" she yelled swiping the air. "Crux!"

Immediately, an old-looking cross (if crosses could look old) appeared, apparently snoring.

"He's thinking!" yelled out Lucy, as many guild members opened their mouths. "Grandpa Crux, we need to know anything about Etherious Shadow."

The cross nodded.

He leaned over, apparently sleeping, then screamed out loud.

Kinara covered her ears. "God, shut up!" she yelled.

Grandpa Crux threw a dirty look at her, then looked at Lucy. "Etherious Shadow is exactly what it sounds like, Miss Lucy. They gather all of the magic in their area and turn them into pure evil magic energy, then releasing it for the wizards around to consume evil energy. They could as well end up like what happened to Mr. Dragneel a while back."

Lucy stared at him, wide-eyed. "Where are they now?"

Grandpa Crux lolled his head, now for real sleeping.

Lucy sighed. "Thanks, Grandpa Crux. You may go now." The gate of the southern cross closed.

Lucy turned to the others. "Well, at least we know what they do," she said, trying to sound cheerful. Erza slammed a fist on a table, nearly cracking it in two. Lucy jumped back and hid behind Natsu.

"Argh! We need to know the location of this… this… Etherious Shadow," she said, malice in her voice.

Natsu raised a hand, smirking. Erza glared at him. "Natsu, unless you've got an idea as to find the location of E.S.-"

He grinned innocently. "Yep, that's what I was about to say."

Happy's Note: "Natsu actually thought of that idea? I thought Erza did!"

Lucy's Note: "Wait for it…"

Natsu shrugged. "Well, I just thought that those Blue Pegasus pretty boys had like, computer-type magic. Can't they just, ya know, give us the location?"

Erza started to shiver.

"Uh, Blue Pegasus? Must I come?" she said, wincing. Lucy winked. "Is it because of Ichiya?"

Erza nodded silently. Gray threw an arm over her shoulder. "Then we look for them! Isn't that great?" he said, forced cheerfulness. He laughed nervously.

Kinara raised a hand. "Uh, I just remembered something."

Lucy turned to her. "Yeah, what is it?" she said kindly.

"I just remembered something before Natsu found me. I am… I was part of the Blue Pegasus guild."

Dun dun dun…. oh wow! So we found a whole load of information on this new guild and new girl in one day! So, sorry for the delay, we had a bunch of tests and- and we should not get involved. Leave a review, and thanks for reading!

Peace from Magnolia,

~HowAboutTeam :}