Go the Distance

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"Now, onto our tag team battles!"

Lucy watched politely, her arms, torso, and head wrapped with stark white bandages, that were stained with dribbles of blood. Even though her body had some serious internal injuries from Minerva's magic, Lucy had pushed past the nurses who attempted to carry her to one of the patient rooms. Lucy didn't feel like being cooped up in a stuffy hospital room.

As the announcer's explained the rules of the tag team battle, Lucy's eyes begin to feel heavy. She furiously blinked her eyes open, refusing to doze off. But, even as she tried, she could feel drowsiness attempting to overtake her.

"You okay, Luce?" Natsu asked, noticing her bleary form.

"Yeah...just sleepy," She yawned, rubbing her eyes chibi-style. 

Natsu couldn't help but notice how adorable she was acting.

"Well-If you want...you can sleep on my la-"

Lucy promptly fell over. But instead of being caught by Natsu, a pair of thick muscly arms caught her mid-fall.

"L-Laxus?!" Natsu questioned, shock leaking into his voice.

"Don't touch her..." Laxus snapped. No way in hell, Laxus would ever let a bastard like Natsu touch Lucy. She may have forgiven him, but Laxus knew it would take a lot more to convince him. He doubted anyone could sway him to forgive Natsu for what he did.

"How did you get over here so quick?" Natsu asked, with a quirk of an eyebrow. Laxus huffed.

"Look, pinky. Don't try to act like you're my friend."

"Oh, don't worry Lightning Crotch...I wouldn't dream of it," Natsu dragged out, a smirk plastered on his face.

"Don't call me that!" Laxus snarled, stalking away with Lucy tucked away in his arms. He thought about bringing her to a patient room but decided against it. He knew she would be angry if she woke up in the bleak room, that reeked of cleaning chemicals.

He quietly approached Erza and gently set Lucy down beside the scarlet haired woman. She looked up at him with curiosity, since Laxus had speed traveled all the way over to them just to make sure Natsu wouldn't touch Lucy.

"Make sure Natsu doesn't touch her," He said to Erza, before gliding away quickly.

Erza quirked an eyebrow but didn't question it. She laid Lucy's head on her lap softly.

"Our last tag team battle is...Natsu Dragneel and Laxus Dreyar of Fairy Tail vs. Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney of Sabertooth!"

Laxus sighed, while Natsu grinned with excitement. Laxus stalks down the stairs, his eyes downcast. For once, he wasn't in a fighting mood.

"I'd like to make a bet..." Sting said once both Natsu and Laxus were in the arena.

"What do you have in mind?" Laxus inquired.

"I've been wanting to do this for a long time..."

"The winner of this battle gets Lucy. If we win, she joins Sabertooth. If you win, I'll stop asking her to ditch your asses, and she'll stay in Fairy Tail," Sting stated.

Natsu glared at him, not knowing Sting had been trying to get Lucy to quit Fairy Tail. Laxus was just as peeved, if not more.

"Deal," Natsu said, a scowl pulling at his features.

Erza shook Lucy awake. Lucy blinked her eyes furiously and swiftly wiped away the drop of drool that was dribbling down her chin.

"Wha-?" She murmured before Erza interrupted her.

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