Warning: This story is not for the faint of heart. It's rated horror for a reason. There won't be an excessive amount of gore or anything like that, but some may be uncomfortable with what's to come. I won't say more than that for now, I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but just be warned.
True Juvia haters will more than likely enjoy reading this as the story goes on.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
One little word was all it took.
And Lucy's world came crashing down.
That one word kept ringing in her mind, over and over.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
She hadn't been able to believe it when she first heard, thought it was a mistake, thought her ears were playing tricks on her.
As much as she wished that were the case, her ears weren't playing tricks on her.
She had heard right.
He'd said yes.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here, I'll start from the beginning.
It was a normal day in the guild hall of Fairy Tail, people drank, people brawled, people laughed. Natsu, Erza, Lucy, and Gray were sitting at a table, relaxing, and deciding on their next mission. They had two flyers on the table, and were examining them.
"This one has a lot more pay…" Lucy mumbled.
"But this one looks harder!" Natsu argued.
"Which is why we should choose this one!"
"What?! I wanna beat these guys to a pulp!"
"No, I do!" Gray argued, slamming his head against Natsu's. Sparks flashed between their eyes as they glared at each other.
"You wanna go, Ice Princess?"
"Anytime, Flame Brain."
A shadow loomed over them, "THIS IS NO TIME TO BE FIGHTING!"
Natsu and Gray sprung apart, and Erza cooled down instantly, smiling again. Lucy couldn't help but laugh a little.
"Now, back to the matter at hand." Erza said.
"I think we should take the higher paying job. If I can't pay my rent soon, I might get kicked out, and the money from all the other recent jobs we've done has gone for repairs." Lucy said.
"Yes, and it seems fairly easy, so there would probably be minimal damage done…" Erza said thoughtfully, then nodded decisively. "We'll leave tomorrow!"
Gray and Natsu looked like they wanted to argue, but because it had been Erza to say it, they were hesitant.
And it was just about then that Juvia walked up to the table.
She touched the tips of her pointer fingers bashfully, cheeks heating up already, and then shyly looked up at Gray.
Since everyone was quiet right then, when she began talking, it got the attention of everyone.
"G-Gray-Sama, Juvia w-wanted t-t-to ask you something." Juvia stuttered, her eyes moving from Gray to her fingers, then back to Gray.
Now, it was no secret that Juvia was obsessed with Gray, but what she did next was unexpected, and completely put Gray on the spot.
"J-J-Juvia w-wants to know if G-Gray-sama will date her."
Erza, Lucy, and most of all Gray were completely shocked. Even Natsu was quiet. Juvia had tried everything but the direct approach, until now.
Gray looked thoughtful for a moment, and a little nervous. His eyes moved from his teammates back to Juvia, before he straightened up, looked steadily at her, and answered.
And just like that, everything changed.
The world seemed to slow around Lucy. She stayed completely still, her face void of expression, as Erza announced it to the rest of the guild. Everyone cheered and hooted, congratulating the new couple.
Lucy still couldn't believe it.
She couldn't move.
She couldn't breathe.
She just sat there.
Then, very slowly, very quietly, she got up from her seat and slipped out of the guild, unnoticed amongst all the chaos.
This was meant to be more of an introduction than a chapter, but I'll label it a chapter anyway.
I'll do my best to keep the characters as IC as possible, but they tend to be a little unpredictable at times in the anime, so no promises.
I'm always open to ideas, and if you have questions or concerns, reviews are welcome, as well as PM's if you prefer the more direct approach.
If anyone's willing to be a beta, I won't argue. In fact, it'd be a pleasure to have one.
Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading, and remember: ideas, questions, concerns, and constructive criticism is always welcome.