(Laxus x Reader)
“I’m so bored…” You stretched your back against the hard, wooden chair and glanced around the guild. It was late at night, so it was totally deserted (except for Cana, who had drunk one barrel too many and was passed out at a nearby table). “Where is Laxus? I hope he didn’t forget…”
As if on cue, the doors to the guild swung open and smashed into the walls with a loud thud. You glanced at Cana to see if the noise had affected her, but all she did was let out a loud snort, mutter something unintelligible, and turn her head. An anime sweat-drop slid down your forehead. “Man, she’s really out of it…”
“______!” You turned your head towards the person who had spoken, but flinched when you saw how close they were. As you had expected, it was Laxus. His eyes were wide and a little wild, and his breathing was somewhat rapid. You opened your mouth to speak, but stopped as he grabbed your wrist and pulled you to your feet.
“Laxus! What the heck?!” You dug your heels into the hardwood, but they merely made a harsh skidding sound. Once again, you looked at Cana, but she was just as unaware of the situation as ever. “YOU’RE USELESS, YOU KNOW THAT?!”
Laxus didn’t stop dragging you until you were outside in the streets, and that was only because you had grabbed ahold of a nearby lamppost with your free hand and refused to let go. You thought he was going to rip your arm off!
“What is going on?!” You rolled your shoulder and growled lowly at the mage. He seemed a little annoyed at your attitude, but that only served to make you even more disagreeable. “You can’t just grab me like that and—”
“I need your help,” Laxus muttered. His eyes drifted downward as he spoke in an attempt to hide his embarrassment. You could see a slight blush creeping across his cheeks.
“O…kay?” You cocked your head curiously and let your shoulders slump. You had never seen Laxus act so…shy. “What is it?”
Laxus opened his mouth, then closed it. With a slight snort, he turned on his heel and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Just forget it.”
Your jaw dropped as you let your entire torso slump. “What?! No way! You can’t do that!”
You ran up beside the blond and synchronized your footsteps with his. You hadn’t noticed before, but there were grass stains all over his pants. He looked like he had been crawling around on his knees for some reason, but you couldn’t fathom why.
“Laxus,” you groaned as you grabbed hold of his hand. It was much larger than yours and felt heavy when you gripped it. Laxus flinched a bit, but didn’t pull away from your touch like you thought he would. “Let me help you. C’mon, what’s this all about?”
Laxus glanced at you sidelong and sighed. He swallowed hard before speaking. “I lost something. It was a present for someone, and now it’s gone. I must have dropped it, but I searched everywhere and couldn’t find it.”
“Well that explains the grass stains…” You muttered. “I don’t know how much help I’ll be, though. It’s pretty dark out here. How long have you been searching for it?”
“Since noon,” Laxus admitted grudgingly. He scratched his neck awkwardly. “I was training in the park, and when I checked to see if it was still in my pocket, it was gone.”
“Oh, wow. That was a long time ago. Well, I can tell it must be really important to you, so I’ll help you look.” You nodded once as if confirming it to yourself, then smiled brightly. “I know you don’t want to wait ‘til morning, otherwise you wouldn’t have dragged me out of the guild like you did. By the way, I’m still looking for an apology…”
“Sorry…” Laxus rolled his eyes and crossed his arms over his chest. You gave him a flat look.
“I’m sorry, okay? Let’s just get on with this.” Laxus pressed ahead, shoving his hands into his pockets again and muttering something about women. You stuck your tongue out at him before rushing to his side once more.
“And this is why you don’t carry important things in your pocket…” You grumbled as you continued running your hands across the grass. You could barely see, and the thought of grabbing hold of some nocturnal creature didn’t thrill you any, so you were just about to give up when your fingers came across something hard and rectangular. “Hey! I think I found it!”
Laxus snapped his head in your direction and grew a bit pale. You grinned slightly and began tracing the edges of the item. “It feels like—” you stopped as you felt something scaly on one side of it. A loud hiss followed by a hyper rattling sent chills running down your spine. You were just about to look at the creature when a bolt of lightning snapped past you, causing the hairs on your arm to stand on end. You caught a small glimpse of the snake’s long fangs before it was disintegrated.
“Are you alright?” Laxus rushed over to your and knelt beside you. You nodded once, but frowned as your fingers curled around the ashes of the item you had been searching for.
“Yeah…but your gift…it’s totally destroyed.” You held up your hand and let the ashes run through your fingers. Laxus sighed.
“I don’t care about that. I’m just glad you’re safe.”
Something about what he had said made you blush furiously. You tried to hide it, but to no avail. Laxus opened his mouth to speak, but you interrupted him. “What was it?”
“A box,” Laxus shrugged. He stood, and offered you his hand. You rolled your eyes and snorted slightly as you took it.
“I figured that much out. What was inside the box?”
Laxus hesitated, his hand still wrapped loosely around yours. He didn’t seem to be aware that you were holding hands; he was too busy trying to avoid your question.
“It was…” Laxus frowned slightly. You arched an eyebrow questioningly.
“It was a necklace,” Laxus sighed. “I bought it for you while I was away…to kinda make up for leaving for so long. I also wanted to say thanks…for putting up with me…I know I can be…”
“A jerk? A mule? A royal pain in the—”
“I was going to say difficult,” Laxus glared at you, but his expression softened a bit after he saw your amused expression. “But…yes.”
You shook your head slowly and before Laxus had time to respond, you gave his cheek a quick kiss. He turned at least three different shades of red before his mind had time to register what had happened.
“Buy me dinner tomorrow night,” you linked your arm with his and grinned. “That’s thanks enough.”
Laxus’ expression turned flat as the two of you began walking back toward the guild. He sighed loudly. “I’m going to be broke before the dessert…”
“What was that?”
“Nothing at all.”
Your grin changed to a satisfied smirk. “That’s what I thought.”