"I am here to see Gray Fullbuster," I said, standing in front of the front desk.
"What is your name?" The blue-haired secretary asked me.
"Lucy Heartfilia. I am with Sorcerers Weekly Magazine."
"Okay, just take a seat right over there. Mr. Fullbuster will see you soon."
I walked over and took a seat. I've been waiting for a big story like this for a while. My name is Lucy Heartfilia and I work for Sorcerers Weekly Magazine. Don't let the name fool you though, we report on businesses and businessmen. Luckily I was able to score an interview with Gray Fullbuster. He is the CEO and one of two majority owners of Fiore Technology. Fiore Technology was an up-and-coming tech company with loads of potential. Despite my research, the other partner remained unknown.
"C'mon, Gray, stop being such a stick in the mud." I heard a voice come from the direction of the CEO's office.
"I'm not a stick in the mud, I'm simply prudent." A firm voice replied.
"What does that even mean?" The other voice whined.
"Seriously, Natsu? You're 26 and you don't know what prudent means?" The firm voice wavered with disappointment.
"Just answer the question, darn it!" The voice now known as Natsu cried.
"Use a dictionary."
The voices rounded the corner and I got a good view of them. One was a tan man with spiky, pink hair. He looked like the one who was complaining, judging by the expression on his face. I remembered his name to be Natsu. He was handsome, and he seemed to be pretty tall. However, his facial expression looked hilarious and I barely managed to stifle a giggle.
The other one was, to my surprise, Gray Fullbuster himself. He was even more handsome than in the pictures I've seen. He had raven hair and pale skin, with rather droopy looking eyes. He was not as tall as Natsu, but he still had some height. He was dressed in a suit but even with all that fabric, anyone could tell that he was well built.
The secretary coughed, "Mr. Fullbuster, a Ms. Lucy Heartfilia from Sorcerers Weekly is here."
He looked at me with an intense gaze before saying, "Thank you, Juvia." 'Juvia must be the secretary's name then.'
"Seeya later, Gray. Have fun in your boring meetings." Natsu said and walked out.
Gray sighed before looking back at me, "You can come on back."
I quickly stood and followed. His gaze prompted me to become self-conscious, even though I was wearing a gray pantsuit with a white button-up and matching blazer; something that is very appropriate for an interview like this.
We walked into his office and he sat down at his desk, motioning for me to take the seat across from him. When I sat down I realized that he had half of his shirt unbuttoned, revealing a muscled chest adorned with a dark blue tattoo of a symbol that I wasn't familiar with.
I quickly looked away from him and began pulling out my recorder and notebook.
"Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Mr. Fullbuster." I said politely, "I am going to record this conversation if that is alright with you."
He only nodded for me to get on with it.
I hit record and asked my first question, "So, Mr. Fullbuster, how did you get into the tech industry?"
"Throughout my childhood, I always had an affinity for technology and once I got older my parents suggested looking into it as a career." He explained, "I fell in love with it and immediately started working on Fiore."
"That's wonderful," I said genuinely, "What were some struggles early on for this company?"
"Well, aside from the obvious financial hardships, there were some challenges that I wasn't expecting. I lost quite a few friends, and pretty much lost whatever social life I had since I was working so much."
"I'm sorry to hear that." And I meant it. I certainly lost some friends when I was working my way to the job I'm at now. "How did you face that adversity and win?"
He looked out the window, "I had wonderful parents and a few good friends that stuck by my side and encouraged me. Without them, I wouldn't have made it."
"And, Mr. Fullbuster, what are some of your plans and goals for Fiore in the future?"
"I can't tell you too much," He smiled, "but we have a few things in the works that people will hopefully enjoy."
"Alright then, moving on. Where do you get your inspiration from?"
"I get my inspiration from a rather boring way." He explained, "I know some people have dreams or visions or whatever, but I just look outside and think of what I would change in the world. Then I get to work making those dreams a reality."
"I think that is very noble of you and your company." I then went on to ask a few more questions, like his favorite food, his sleep schedule, his hobbies, and his pets. He likes pizza, he sleeps eight hours every night, he likes to ice skate, and his favorite animals are cats; however, he doesn't own one himself.
"Thank you for this interview, Mr. Fullbuster," I said standing up. I turned off my recorder and I put my notebook away.
"Ah, just call me Gray now that the interview is over. Mr. Fullbuster is too formal."
"Okay, Gray. It has been a pleasure meeting with you and you will be notified whenever this article is published. Here is my card," I handed him a small, plain card with my information on it, "if you have any questions just give me a call." I smiled. He smiled back at me and led me out.
Once we got to the front desk he spoke again, "You know, you're not too bad at interviewing. Normally I feel like I'm being interrogated but you made it seem more casual."
"Thank you. I was exposed to many journalists when I was a kid and I hated them. So now that I am one, I try to make it as easy as possible." I told him.
He smiled again, "Thanks for that. Have a good day." He bid farewell.
"You as well," I replied and started toward the elevator.
Once the elevator got down to the parking garage and opened, I saw the pink-haired Natsu just outside on the ground.
"Oh my goodness! Are you okay?" I asked kneeling at his side.
He lifted his head and smiled, "Yeah, I'm fine. I just have motion sickness so riding the elevator down twelve floors isn't exactly ideal."
"Oh, I'm sorry about that."
"Eh, nothin you can do 'bout it." He said. "I'm Natsu, by the way."
"Lucy Heartfilia, Sorcerers Weekly," I replied.
"Yeah, yeah, I know." He rolled over and sat up. "You were interviewing that ice prick."
"Uh, what do you mean?" I asked nervously.
He laughed, "Don't worry 'bout it. We've been friends forever so we like to poke fun at each other."
I nodded, "That makes sense. Do you work for Fiore?"
"Not exactly." He replied. "I'm more of a friend that he calls in to consult with sometimes."
"So what do you do?"
His face broke out into a toothy grin, "I'm a firefighter."
My eyebrows raised slightly at this. This crazy guy was a firefighter? "For Magnolia Fire Department?"
"What else?" He winked.
"Thank you for your service." I returned him a grin.
"No problemo, Luce." He stood up to his feet and I followed.
I knitted my brows, "Luce?"
"You look more like a Luce than a Lucy to me. Plus it's easier."
"Okay, well, I've gotta get back to the office. It was nice meeting you."
"Hey, wait, can I get your number?" His eyes flickered with hope.
"Uh, I normally don't give my number out to strangers." I expected him to get the hint.
"Chill, Luce, I only want it as a friend. Not every dude likes you, ya egomaniac." He smirked.
"Oh, okay." He handed me his phone and I put my number into it. "Well, now I really need to go, so I will be off now." I quickly turned and started towards my car.
"Bye Luce!" He called.
I raised my hand in a wave without turning around.
I entered into my car and drove back to Sorcerers Weekly headquarters, savoring the quiet before the madness.
As I walked in, as expected, there was chaos. We were one of the top publications in the region even though we had rather unconventional means of getting there.
Our secretary, Michelle, who happened to be my cousin, noticed me first, "Lucy's back from her interview with Gray Fullbuster!" She called.
Suddenly everyone stopped and looked at me. Levy rushed over to me shortly before the rest followed.
"How was it, Lu-chan?" Her eyes were full of curiosity. All of my other coworkers crowded around me and eagerly awaited my answer.
"It was great!" I answered, "Mr. Fullbuster was respectful and responsive. I got some good answers out of him. I'm going to start working on the article right now."
I worked my way through my coworkers to my shared office with Levy.
Levy McGarden was my coworker and best friend. We became friends in middle school over our shared love of books. We went to the same high school and college, both pursuing a profession in writing. When we graduated, we both got jobs at different companies. Still, we were close as ever. Eventually, Levy called me up one day to tell me that she got a job here at Sorcerers Weekly and told me that they were open to hiring more people. My cousin, Michelle, worked here and encouraged me to go in for an interview. I did, and the boss, Makarov Dreyar, hired me on the spot. And for the past year Levy and I have worked together.
Levy was much shorter than me, and she had short, blue hair in contrast to my long, golden hair. She had fair skin and brown eyes. She was a very passionate person who loved learning and writing, which made her perfect for the job she currently has.
I sat down at my desk and Levy followed me, sitting at her desk across from mine.
"So," She started, "how was it really? I've heard that he can be quite the jerk."
I furrowed my brow, "Really? Because he seemed polite and kind to me and his secretary."
Levy's eyes twinkled, "Go on."
"I got there and sat down, then I heard a conversation between him and his friend Natsu, who I talked with later. They looked to be close, like brothers. They teased each other even though they would die for one another. Then I went into the office with him, and his shirt was partially unbuttoned!"
"No way!" Levy exclaimed.
"I tried to ignore it and continue. I asked the questions and he answered them to the best of his ability. When I left, he walked me out and complimented my interviewing and told me to call him Gray." I tried to downplay our final interaction as Levy tends to overreact.
"Lucy!" She squealed.
I was right, she overreacted.
"You are on a first-name basis with Gray Fullbuster! He's a millionaire many times over and his company is growing like crazy!" She said incredulously. "Not to mention that he is known for being cold and distant to people that he's not like this with!" She crossed her fingers to illustrate.
"Levy, have you ever considered that the rumors aren't true?" I raised an eyebrow.
She filled her cheeks and puffed, "Why do you have to take the fun out of everything, Lu?"
"I'm not. Besides, I haven't finished my story." I teased.
"You mean there's more?" She looked at me in disbelief.
"There was a guy on the floor of the parking deck outside the elevator. It ended up being the guy that was with Gray when I got there, Natsu, remember?"
"Anyway, he has motion sickness and he needed to lay down after the elevator ride. I asked him if he was okay and we talked for a little bit. He asked for my number and I gave it to him."
"You never give your number to strangers!"
"And I told him that. Then he responded that he wasn't interested in me romantically, but as a friend."
Levy gaped at me, "You do realize that he could've been using that as an excuse to get your number?"
"I thought about that, but honestly I don't think so. He seemed pretty clueless in the relationship aspect. I think he really just wants a friend." I explained.
"Whatever you say, Lu, whatever you say."
I chuckled at her words and started on my work.
Sometime after, Levy left the room, most likely to assist another one of our coworkers. After she left my phone began ringing. The screen flashed with 'unknown ID' on it. I debated whether or not to answer it, thinking it was probably Natsu, but I figured there was no harm in it.
"Hello?" I said to whoever was on the other side.
"Is this Lucy Heartfilia?" A familiar voice spoke, but it wasn't Natsu.
"This is she. May I ask who's calling?"
"It's Gray Fullbuster. You gave me your card."
"Oh! That's right. I hadn't anticipated your calling back so soon. Is there anything I can help you with?" I feared that he may decide not to have his interview published.
I heard him hesitate on the other line, "Actually, yeah there is." He paused for a moment. "Would you like to go to dinner with me sometime?"
My heart nearly stopped beating. Gray Fullbuster wanted to go out to dinner with me. My head felt like it was about to explode, and Levy would have to clean up the mess it left behind.
I must have been silent for a while because his voice came through again, "Like, on a date."
I have died and gone to heaven. Come on, Lucy, get it together and give him an answer.
"Yes, I would love to go."
I heard a sigh of relief on the other end.
"Awesome! How about Friday night I can pick you up around seven?"
"Sure," I agreed, "I'll text you my address."
"I look forward to it." He said.
"Me too. Goodbye." I said as I hung up.
I dropped my head onto my desk. Who knows how long passed until Levy came back. I slowly lifted my eyes and told her,
"Levy, I think you were right."
A/N: Did I start a new story before I'm done with my other? Yes, yes I did. I hit some pretty bad writer's block and the only inspiration I found was in a completely different concept. This came to me last night while I was lying in bed and I wanted to get it down before I forgot.
I probably won't update this one very often until I finish my other story, but I did want to put it out there so that I don't forget about it.
Let me know what you all think!