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I was running like a madman..... because I was. A madman that is. My arm was still dislocated and I tasted blood...... Lucy had a strong slap.....

"Woah woah woah. Hold it Natsu!" Gildarts yelled. My heels dug into the ground, causing me to lose my balance and fall forward.

"What?! I'm busy right now!" The words came out harsher than I had intended, but there was no going back now.

"Watch your tone." Makarov scolded, appearing from behind the corner.


"Eh.... you got this Makarov?" Gildarts asked, surprised by Gramps' sudden appearance.

"Yeah. Go and check on the others." Gildarts nodded and left. Gramps walked towards me, his assertive aura was gone. He seemed more like a..... like a..... concerned parent...!

"What? Why do you have that look on your face?" I inquired, looking at the old man suspiciously.

"What do you mean? Last time I checked this was just my face. What look are you referring?" Gramps said in a weird tone. It seemed like he was being unusually gentle...... is this even Gramps?!

"Oi! Don't go thinking I ain't me. There's only one me and that is me!" Gramps said in a half joking half serious way.

He sat down next to me, I was still on the floor since Gildarts surprised me.

"Listen kid-"

"I'm not a kid."

"To me ya are."

The fact that Gramps was talking in his natural southern accent means that he only has good intentions. But only good intentions mean bad stuff.

"I already know that you've got somethin' to say.... and I won't like it. So just spit it out."

Gramps let out a sigh. And that sigh ment bad news.

"We're gonna have Lucy relocated."


Out of everything that could have been said, this was the one that surprised me.

"Yeah... Igneel saw her leaving, just walking out of the camp, and chased after her. Turns out she was crying rivers, and had a go at Igneel."

Lucy.... was crying? Was this because we..... I betrayed her trust? I mean we never really had her trust, but....... whatever. Doesn't matter anymore does it?

"Lucy had a go at Pops? How'd that turnout?" I said, my voice came out shaking. Why was my voice shaking? Why do my eyes burn?

"Let's just say that Igneel locked himself in his room. I'm assuming that she knew some stuff that would really push his buttons.... but that's just speculation." Gramps said in a unreadable tone. It seemed like...... he knew more than letting on...

"...... where is she now?" My voice has degraded to a mere whimper. How embarrassing.

"On her way to a new base. We thought it would be best if you two didn't see each other."

"Mh." That's all I could say. Mh. It feels like my mine and body disconnected. Almost like I'm a ghost watching my body do whatever it wants, and apparently it wants to stay in denial.

"Natsu?" I'm sure Gramps was expecting more of a reaction, but mh was all I could physically do.

"You might want to see Wendy... you look a little..... rough.." Gramps was trying to get me to do something, but I just stood there.

A deep sigh was let out from behind the corner. Zeref emerged looking annoyed. Why was he annoyed?! I'm the one who should be annoyed, heck, I SHOULD BE F-ING PISSED!!!!

But I'm not.

I'm just heartbroken.

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