When the Ice Clash Ch. 14


Disclaimer: I only own this fan fiction here; Fairy Tail legally belongs to Hiro Mashima.

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Previously:  

“Oi!” I tried to shake Juvia awake, but she was too much in the slumber to wake up. “What should I do?”

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NORMAL’S P.O.V.:

Juvia woke up on a bright morning, staring right above her. ”A ceiling?” She raised her upper body up, realizing that she was initially lying in a soft blue bed with a small damp cloth on her forehead. ”Where is Juvia? What happened?” Being all lost and confused, she got out of bed and looked to the left of the room. “Gray-sama!?!?” She yelped before remembering to cover her mouth as the sight she saw was quite surprising. Gray was still sleeping quite uncomfortably on a small couch at one side of the room.  Looking left and right, trying to figure out what happened; Juvia had her moment of panic. Juvia made her way toward the couch quietly and stood in front of Gray as she leaned down to his eye level. Looking at his sleeping face made, Juvia forgot all the pain from the other day for a while. She kept looking quietly for a few second, whispering softly, “Gray-sama looks really cute sleeping like this.” Then she remembered something.

“Gray-san,” Juvia tried to tug on Gray’s shirt. Yes, miraculously, Gray still had his shirt on despite his stripping habit. “Gray-san, wake up.”

“Uh, one moment,” Gray mumbled in his sleepy.

“Gray-san!” Juvia raised her voice a bit.

“Huh…. huh!? Juvia!? Ackk.” Gray finally seemed to grasp onto what just happened before he got startled and fell off the couch. “Yo, Juvia,” greeted Gray sheepishly.

“Umm, ohayo,” Juvia said coldly and briefly.

“Ummm, about last night… You were drunk and everyone already left, so I had to bring you here,” Gray tried to explain not wanting Juvia to think he had bad intention or something.

“Gray-san shouldn’t have bothered with her,” yet again, Juvia spoke with briefness and hoarseness.

“Ah, no, no. Juvia, I wouldn’t mind,” Gray scratched his head as he looked at Juvia sheepishly, with a tint of red on his cheeks. “Ah,”  Remembering something, Gray put the back of his hand on Juvia’s forehead before flipping into his palm with his eyes so focused on her as if trying to feel her temperature. “You seemed okay now. You had a pretty bad fever there.”

“Oh really? Juvia did?” Juvia sounded a bit taken back. “Arigatou, Gray-san. For tending her fever. Juvia must get going now.” Juvia bow her head, bidding her farewell and turned toward the door.  As she walked away from Gray, Gray rushed over and caught her wrist in his hands with wide, surprised eyes as if he just did it on impulse and had no idea what he just did. Equally surprised, Juvia turned to face Gray, and both were looking into each other’s eyes in silence. Gray had this surprised hint in his eyes, which later turned to seriousness, while Juvia’s eyes were unreadable, almost empty.

”Eumm.. Juvia, about yesterday, I,” Gray started the conversation, but Juvia cut him off again.

”Juvia doesn’t want to talk about ‘That’ now, ” she gave Gray a stern look, knowing pretty well what he was going about.

”Juvia, just listen to me first,” Gray pleaded.  ‘Why don’t you believe me?”

With a sigh, Juvia replied, ”There was nothing to believe in in the first place.” She yanked her wrist out of Gray’s grasp and walked out the door.

As Juvia was heading to the guild, Gray followed behind her. Sensing his presence, Juvia fasten her walking pace, while Gray also started walking faster. “What does Gray-san want from Juvia!?” Juvia finally snapped.

Gray stopped in his steps, taken aback from Juvia’s sudden outburst. “Your  trust.”

“Eh?” Juvia was a bit surprised before her expression hardened, and she studied Gray’s for a while before sighing again. Taking a quick breath, she mumbled, “never mind. Forget she asked.”

“Juvia!’ Gray called after her when she started walking again. Seeing that she didn’t bother to stop, he followed. “Just listen.” Still, Juvia didn’t. “Why don’t you believe me?” And yet again, Juvia kept walking. “I’m sorry I never took the time to consider your feeling. I’m sorry I knew what you felt for me, but never made a clear resolve. Little did I do that I started to fall for you. And then Lyon came, and made me realized how much you mean to me and that I don’t want you to get snatched away by him or anyone else.”

Juvia stopped in her track and paused there for a few seconds. Lyon again.  It’s always him. Gray-sama, that’s not love; that’s rivalry. She took a long and deep breath before turning around to face Gray. “Juvia isn’t some kind of toy.” Her eyes, if there were anything that Gray was afraid of, it’s Juvia’s eyes that time. The emptiness inside, not even a hint of pain nor any kind of emotions. Nothing, just calm blank eyes looking at him. “Gray-san can stop his play now; Juvia is really tired and sick of all of these.” She turned her back on him and started to walk forward again. Suddenly, she could feel an impact. Gray ran up to her and hugged her from behind her back.

“Juvia, stop it. Stop acting so tough when you’re not,” Gray pleaded with her while still holding her in his embrace. “I don’t understand why you don’t believe me. I really don’t.” His voice shook and trembled a bit. With his arms in front of Juvia, he held her from the back.

“No,” Juvia calmly told him while taking his arms away from her. “Gray-san doesn’t know himself. He’s lying to Juvia, lying to himself.” She turned around so that she could face Gray again, and place her right hand over where her heart is. “There’s a hole right here, and even Gray-san cannot fill that hole in her heart now.”

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Pinky Berry Note: I’m back! >.< I haven’t posted in so long; almost 2 months now? Aye, the writer block I had was pretty serious there. 

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