"Ah, finally! We're back in Magnolia!" Lucy shouted out with a sigh of relief. "Erza, what are you planning to do-Erza...?"
"She stopped by the pastry shop minutes ago, after spotting a strawberry cake on display." (y/n) heeded her confused friend.
"Of course..." Lucy shook her head and emitted a soft giggle. "But what about you, (y/n)? Aren't you gonna head back home?"
"The trip to Crocus was really tiring. I think I'll rest at the guild before going back." (y/n) said, attempting to give the celestial mage a smile despite feeling weak from using her magic non-stop.
"Me too! If Natsu and Gray were with us, they would've defeated those monsters in less than a second...it would make the job much easier..." Lucy said, sighing once again. The mage took the moment to glance at (y/n) beside her and tilted her head to the side. "Are you alright?"
"What do you mean...?"
"Your face looks so...red? As if someone applied red blush all over." Lucy pondered, concern looming over her.
"Is that right?" (y/n) stopped in her tracks, her dainty fingers tracing her face. "Well now that I think about it, I do feel kind of odd..."
"Oh no no no no no! Laxus is going to kill me if he finds out that something bad happened to you!" Lucy began to run back and forth, her arms flailing up and down in a comical way.
"Lucy, calm down. I'm fine!" (y/n) reassured. "I'm just dizzy, it might be just the heat." The mage gently placed a hand on the blonde’s shoulder in order to calm her down.
"Are you sure? I don't want to die yet!"
"You're exaggerating. Laxus won't hurt you."
"Yeah right. Remember that last mission we did with Natsu and the others? The one where you were nearly impaled by a metal shard because of Natsu?"
"What about it?"
"Laxus almost killed Natsu the day he found out about that incident!" Lucy shouted. "What will happen we he finds out that you got ill?! It's all my-"
"Lucy, calm down. We're here."
"I think you need more rest than I do." (y/n) chuckled at the celestial mage's silliness.
"Welcome back, Lucy! (y/n)!" Mirajane greeted as soon as the two entered the guild. "Where's Erza?"
"Pastry shop." (y/n) answered.
"Kind of difficult since there were only three of us but, we managed to do fine!" Lucy said, sitting down on one of the bar stools.
"Is that so?" Mira said, listening intently as Lucy began to blubber about her god forsaken rent.
Taking a seat next to the blond mage, (y/n) contemplated whether to ask Mira for a glass of water. Ever since arriving at Magnolia, her throat had been parched, wanting to take a sip of cold water. Then again she would only be here for a few minutes so, (y/n decided not to.
"Oh, I almost forgot!" Mira gasped, stopping (y/n) from her tracks. "Laxus told me that he'll be waiting at your house when you return."
"Laxus...?" (y/n) raised a brow in question. "I thought he was on a request with his team? Did they finish it early?"
"He did say that..." The older mage said. "But you know, maybe the real reason why he came back so early was because he missed you~"
"M-Mira...stop it!" (y/n) stuttered elusively, and glared at the take-over mage but the reddening of her cheeks showed the opposite. Seconds passed as the other two kept ushering (y/n) about Laxus.
You know, if you-" Mira started before suddenly stopping to take a closer look at (y/n). "Are you alright, (y/n)? You look like you're about to pass out at any minute! I think it's best for you to take a rest at the infirmary."
"See (y/n), even Mira-san agrees."
"Like I told Lucy, I'm fine!" Crossing her arms, (y/n) once again reassured her guild mates. "Besides, I'll be...going back...home..." Her dainty hands slowly glided up to clutch her head. A sudden aching made its presence, alerting the other two women.
"(y/n), what's wrong?" A look of worry etched on Lucy's features.
"Just...a slight headache is all," (y/n) muttered softly, but was loud enough for the two to hear.
"Do you want me to get you something to drink?" Mira suggested, already moving to where the glasses were stored.
"No, it's fine!" (y/n) quickly stood up, which did a bad number on her considering how her head ached more. "I'll just go home and take a rest, Laxus is waiting anyways."
"Alright then, I'll go with you."
"I'm capable of walking, Lu-" (y/n) was about to talk back at the celestial mage when specs of dots began to blur her vision. The mage fell to the ground, unconscious.
"It's all my fault! I'm so sorry!"
"Lucy, calm down. It's not your fault."
"If there's anyone to blame...It is I who is at fault! I didn't look after her when we were-"
"Will you two just shut up leave!" Laxus said in a hushed tone, trying not to wake (y/n) up.
"You really love to worry everyone, don't you?" Laxus muttered, glancing at the young woman asleep on one of the infirmary's beds.
He took the time to take in her appearance. She looked so peaceful, angelic even. It always wonders him why she decided to choose him despite their bad chemistry from the start.
At this moment, (y/n) slowly opened her eyes and took in her surroundings. Seeing Laxus beside her instantly made her sigh.
"So, mind telling me what happened?" He frowned.
"I'm just really exhausted, there's no need to fuss about it."
"You do, all the time-"
"How mature of you, Laxus." She remarked, crossing her arms with smug look on her face when the lightning dragon slayer couldn't think of a retort. Rolling his eyes in defeat, Laxus pinched her cheeks in retaliation.
"Ouch! S-Stop it!"
"I will if you promise not to over-exert yourself again."
"F-Fine! I promise!"
"Good." Laxus nodded, a faint smirk creeping its way to his usually serious look. Looking over at (y/n) who was rubbing her now reddish cheeks, he slowly stood up and in an instance, carried her in his arms. A look of surprise on the latter.
"What...are you doing?"
"We're going home."
"Like this...?" (y/n) asked, the astonished look on her was still present. She was used to the things that Laxus did, weird or not. But he would never willingly show such intimacy in public, with the exception of holding hands. Still, it was new to (y/n).
"Is there a problem with that?" Laxus asked, walking to the door of the infirmary without any problem. "I won't let you walk. Not after you just passed out."
"I rested, I'm alright now."
"What? Are you worried that I might faint again?" (y/n) asked, placing her head on the dragon slayer's shoulder. She softly chuckled when he turned his head, trying to avoid her gaze. But it was a failed attempt when she spotted his reddening ears.