2 Years since Lucy quit Fairy Tail
Lucy Heartfilia, A.K.A. The Acidic Rose
Lucy ducked as the massive tail of the creature swept overhead, her hair getting tossed by the wind coming off it's tail, "Acid Dragon Roar!" she shouted, spraying the highly corrosive attack on the monster. If screamed before falling over dead.
She wiped her mouth, a lot had happened in two years, meeting the last remaining dragon. The Acid Dragon, Sulficaine, he taught her, a broken girl who felt powerless how to stand on her own two feet again. She grimaced...
Two years, now she was stronger than ever, but was it enough to be accepted again. She left because she was weak, something that Natsu admitted when he was drunk, with the rest of Team Natsu joining in.
She left the guild an hour later, fleeing Fiore to train deep in the mountains of Minstrel. Life was good after Sulficaine passed away due to age. She had been taking independent jobs, trying to make a name for herself that wasn't connected to Fairy Tail. The Acidic Rose. She took the knife off of her belt from next to her keys and proceeded to cut off it's toenail, a strange activity as it was what the client requested. She finished with the last one before securing them in the burlap sack before finding her way back to the alchemy shop in the city. The load was heavy, but bearable. A year ago, she wouldn't have even been able to lift it. Now, it was like picking up a child on her back.
She walked into town, the townspeople clearing the way for the girl that had a scar on her face from a claw mark. A price to pay to learn such magic. Acid corrodes beauty, she had to pay with a little of it. Yet most men still oogled at her in her leather armor, another thing she never though she'd wear.
She kicked the door open to the alchemy shop and proceeded to silently walk to the counter and place the bag on it. The owner seemed quite pleased with her before handing her a bag of jewel, "always a pleasure Ms. Rose," he waved as she left.
Little did she notice of the photographer who snapped a picture of her.
"Natsu," Wendy shouted as she zoomed into the room, a Sorcerer Weekly clutched in her hands.
"What's up?" he asked, his feet on the table as the rest of Team Natsu sat around.
She tossed the magazine in front of him, "it's this month's Sorcerer Weekly International!"
"Look at the cover!" Wendy ordered.
Natsu, Gray and Erza leaned over it before they gasped,
"It can't be..." Erza began.
"There is no way it could be her," Gray added.
Natsu blinked, "who the heck is The Acidic Rose?"
Gray and Erza looked straight at Natsu, "are you kidding me man? That's Lucy!"
The usual dull roar of the guild hall went silent at the mention of the member who took off without a word.
Wendy grabbed the magazine and flipped to a page, she began to read:
"Acid Dragon Slayer Rose Vermillion is highly regarded as one of the best wizards outside of Fiore and has declined every interview that SWI has attempted. However, upon speaking with many former clients, she came onto the scene a year ago with an amazing defeat of one of the most dangerous dark guilds of Minstrel. Her accent however, seems to convey that she was originally from Fiore, with many identifying the keys on her belt as the keys used by the missing Fairy Tail guild mage Lucy Heartfilia. Rose has made no comment on such rumors but seems sure that she is intent on not leaving the country as it stands now."
Wendy lowered the magazine, "Dragon Slayer? Lucy as a Dragon Slayer?" Erza breathed
"I don't get it though, why did she leave?" Gray pondered the question that had been on their minds for years now.
Natsu shook his head, "I'd have to smell her to see if this chick really is Lucy. But judging from that scar, and the dragon slayer magic, I don't think so."
Erza slammed a fist into his chest, "dammit Natsu! We can't leave something like this to chance! Lucy is family, we have to bring her back!"
"Besides, Fairy Tail hasn't been the same since she left," Gray pointed out, missing his shirt.
He heard a sigh as Juvia picked it up, "darling please try not to lose your shirt, taking it off is one thing, but leaving it on the ground is another."
"Sorry, force of habit."
"I say the only thing that's changed is the fact that Gray and Juvia are together and not acting weird about it!" Happy giggled from above.
Gray glared at the exceed, "stay out of my love life cat!"
"So how do we bring Lucy back?" Erza finally asked.
Lucy picked a job off of the public board, Slay the Fire Dragon: 70,000 Jewel
She knew it probably wasn't a dragon, but 70,000 jewel was 70,000 jewel.
Whatever little fire mage shouldn't be a problem for her. She had taken down a few before. She readjusted her pack before walking the miles to the quarry where the rumored dragon was causing a scene. She arrived a few days later, when she found the address of the client, she was stunned to see that it had been abandoned for years.
She spun in a circle, readying herself.
A rock fell from the top of the quarry as a man jumped from it's rim, "FIRE DRAGON ROAR!"
Lucy blinked with wide eyes as she dodged the attack, leaping backwards in a flip. She landed on her feet with a short breath.
"So you're the Acidic Rose that was mentioned in Sorcerer Weekly, huh? You don't look all that tough," Natsu boasted as he prepared himself.
"Funny, last time we met, you called me the weakest mage Fairy Tail ever had! ACID DRAGON ROAR!" she directed the wide breath attack towards her former guild mate.
Natsu grunted as he narrowly dodged it, "I ain't ever seen you before in my life!"
Lucy charged, "good, because I am not that cry baby anymore!"
She swung a fist covered in an acidic slime at Natsu who tumbled back, "what the heck are you talking about?"
A cage of ice fell from the sky, trapping Lucy inside, "what the hell!? You tricked me!"
Gray stepped out from behind a boulder, "Lucy? Man, it really is you!"
Lucy stalked back and forth angrily like a caged animal, "oh, don't act like you weren't happy that I was gone, you idiots wanted it this way."
"If I may interject," Erza appeared from behind another boulder, "I don't recall anything that made you leave."
"Because you were drunk. You all agreed I was the weakest mage Fairy Tail ever had and that it'd be better for you on jobs if I left so I wouldn't get into the way," she snarled, placing her hands on the ice bars.
The three members of Team Natsu glanced at each other, "We said what?"
In the begginings of an argument over who caused her to leave, Lucy threw a wicked kick into one of the bars, breaking it.
The Fairy Tail mages turned, stunned at the newfound strength Lucy had gained.
She started to walk away, disgusted before Gray dropped another cage on her, this time, with only air holes. Lucy panicked, Acid couldn't melt this, the walls were too thick to break through, she was trapped.
And she was going to be brought back to Fairy Tail.
TO BE CONTINUED?
Author's note: I thought I'd try my hand at this area of Fairy Tail fanfics. But hey, it didn't turn out quite as well as I hoped but I will post it anyways just because I'm that bored. -Jay