"When did you
return to town?" A smooth voice called out from over the babbling sound of the river.
Turning my head thick strands of scarlet red hair getting into my large brown eyes, the man that looked at me gave me a comely smile.
"Why are you sitting there? You could get wet
. . ." He said eying the water as if it was some sort of demon.
"The rock is dry Loke - come out here there is enough room for two." I called out to him knowing he wouldn't, giving him a teasing smirk.
"Hah, right sweetie like that will happen. So when did you arrive back? Can we talk at your place I have something important to tell you." He said shaking his head a little.
"Okay, fine Loke. Be a good cat." I said standing up revealing my full-height my lean figure tanned from my long stay from home.
The tall lean ladies' man stared blankly noticing that my attire was a bit different than what it was the last time he saw me. Though to be fair it was a year ago and the place I had been working a job in was always sunny and balmy needing not much for clothes, specially if you wanted to stay cool and comfortable. Wearing a pair of short cut off shorts that revealed the pockets some, a tank top that stopped right above the belly button showing off the Fairy Tail tattoo and its bright yellow color. A layer of shell necklaces clacked against my chest as I hopped down into the shallow water splashing it around a bit the long waist length red hair getting wet at I walked across the path.
"Well. . .Dezerea you look - good." Loke said sounding stiff and unsure of himself right now - this was a really good friend of his they've been tight friends since he's joined Fairy Tail.
"Thanks Loke, though coming from you it's sort of lame."
"Yeah - yeah I know we are not each others type." He said rolling his eyes, it was something that had been set firm in stone since the start that they could never date it wouldn't work.
It didn't help that Dezerea knew Loke's secret that he was actually a Celestial Spirit that of Leo of the Lion Constellation. Hence why she called him cat only when they are alone though, she knew from the first day she met him said he smelled different than the others and she's not even a Celestial Wizard and she knew it. Though Dez was smart just like her sister. He watched as she ran slim fingers through her long red hair spraying droplets of water around as she did making small little rainbows around her as she did. She is so pretty, even the smallest move of hers is graceful.
"Do you know if Mirajane actually took care of my place while I was gone Loke?" She asked looking up at me those chocolate colored eyes staring at me looking so warm.
"Oh I dunno it's been a busy year. . ." He said offhandedly, pushing the glasses firmly up his narrow nose.
"So what happened?" I asked as we walked up the hill heading to my small flat.
Once in my apartment Loke spent a full hour explaining about what had happened in the past year of Fairy Tail. Our new recruit of Lucy Heartfilia, the attack from Phantom Lord and his Elemental Four. Shaking my head I looked at him from over my cup of tea, he looked worn out as if he was at the end of his strings.
"Loke can I have your key?" I asked can't recall how many times I've asked this question it was surely over the hundred mark that's for sure.
"You know I can't do that Dezzy. I can't go back and that's final plus you can't access that power. . ."
"I can mimic magics better than ever now, Loke. I learned a lot while I was on Helios they for a village full of Okami and Kitsune's know a lot about magic." I said leaning over the table staring him right in the eyes.
"I can't do it I must pay for my sin. I am to die soon, my power is waning I'm starting to fade in and out it's quite rough on the body I must say." Loke said with a smirk finishing the last of the tea.
"Loke let me try." I begged.
"No, sweetheart it's just not working sorry." He said trying to sound suave tossing in a playful pet-name.
"So you are just going to leave me like this?" I said pouring more tea for myself, keeping my eyes on the liquid not daring to match his eyes.
"You are making it sound like you didn't know that I am running on borrowed time. I don't want to leave you or Fairy Tail but it is time for me to go."
"I bet all of your fan girls will be upset." I said with a bitter tone, almost as bitter as the tea.
"I told them that I am breaking up with them. I don't want to leave them hanging thinking I will return when there is no way for me to come back." He said softly a self-deprecating smile on his handsome face.
"Loke can I at least see it?"
"And fall for that lame trick? No, Dezerea I will not let you have my key, I am glad that I found you though I didn't think I would see you again and I was a bit afraid of not getting to say goodbye to you. You are the only one around that knows my secret
my true self so I sort of consider you my best friend. Though I wish it could have been more." He said reaching a hand out placing it out on top of mine.
I moved my hand away quickly, red blush dusting my slightly tanned cheeks I didn't like that feeling. Getting to my feet I walked away from him, why wouldn't he let me try and help him? Going to the window looking out down the hill through the small forest stood the town that I had been away from for a whole year a lot had changed in that time. Surely nobody missed me I could walk into the guild hall and probably Mirajane will say hello and that will be about it. I'll walk up the second floor to the S-Class Mage floor to look for a new job Laxus will stare at me wondering who I am. He might asked who is the chick showing off a lot of skin. But if anyone does actually say anything they will say her
name and not mine.
"Can I asked a favor of you?" Loke asked placing a large hand on my shoulder grasping it tightly, placing the other hand on my waist his fingertips grazing over the bare skin.
"What, cat?" I asked looking into his eyes catching a bit of my reflection in the lenses of the glasses.
"Can I have a kiss? Just one, small peck." He asked in a soft gentle voice it was laced with a begging tone.
"A kiss?" I questioned feeling thrown off - he has never asked for anything like that before from me. "You didn't get enough from your girls on your goodbye tour?"
"I want one from you Dez."
"I bet it's just for the same reason all the other guys who have kissed me." I said bitterly flashing a angry look.
"Oh so that's how it would be to kiss her." I repeated what I've heard so many time in my life in a mocking tone pushing away from him.
"Dezerea I want a kiss from you not her - she scares me." He said mentioning my sister.
"Yes because I'm the non-threatening version of her that is approachable, the desperate
one that wants someone to see her as her, so she'll take whatever she gets." I said my voice raising in tempo with my heart that was starting to beat like mad.
"No, I want the kiss from Dezerea Scarlet not Erza Scarlet."
is about Erza!" I shouted angrily my anger towards my twin sister rising in my chest and pushing through my lips. "The great and wonderful Erza the beautiful, strong, talented Erza."
"No this is about the brilliant, tantalizing, powerful Dezerea." He countered cornering me towering over me hands on my shoulders holding me in place his body pressed against mine.
"No. . ." I sobbed feeling scared now.
"Yes. I'm going to kiss you whether or not you want it Dez, so close your eyes." He said in a growl, it sent a shiver down my spine as he looked at me with those bright eyes.
Instinctively I closed my eyes at that request even though I didn't want to - or did I? I felt a pair of soft lips press against mine, gently nipping at my own, his hand snaked around my waist holding me against him firmly as the other hand pressed on the back of my head. I let out a soft moan, just barely audible but even being in the Human World for three years now the Celestial Spirit still had excellent hearing. Grinning Loke leaned in again for another kiss teeth biting on my lower lip a little tugging a little as he weaved his fingers in my red hair. I pushed him back some I shook my head negatively but he ignored me as his lips darted to my now exposed neck. Sucking on my neck leaving a bright mark on the skin letting out a satisfied growl Loke rested his forehead against mine.
"I wish I had enough energy left in me, to give you a proper farewell." Loke said softly hot breath tickling my ear as he nuzzled his nose into my neck.
"Yes, it's way too late for anything between us, so stop this torture Loke please." I said softly pain in my voice, why was he doing this to me?
"I know I was weak. . .I couldn't care for you in the manner you deserve so I tortured the both of us for so long. I'm not even strong enough now to take care of you like I want to. I feel so faded." He said softly wrapping his arms around me tightly holding me against him.
"Don't say those disgusting words." I said as a pit of fear opened up in my stomach was he going to say something drastically stupid?
"I wouldn't dream of saying it out loud to you sweetheart. I will treasure this moment for the rest of my short life."
"It could been longer just give me your key." I said stubbornly.
He kissed me again this time it was full of passion, he was showing me how he felt acting out those words instead of saying them. Why did this feel like a knife stabbing in my heart? Pushing him away I shoved him back rushing out of my flat I left his presence I couldn't take it anymore. Why did I return to Magnolia? I was happy in Helios - no one knew of me no one knew of the Great Erza I was my own person there.
Running down the hill I made my way through the town heading to the Guild Hall of Fairy Tail, it was still in the middle of being fixed but it was decently functional by the exterior. My heart was pounding wildly in my chest over the thoughts of Loke and all that he had just told me. Opening the door to Fairy Tail I looked around it was loosely full of people in various stages of self-repair from the recent battle with Phantom Lord and building this place from scratch.
There she stood looking tall, bold, brave, serene, beautiful - my sister. Erza Scarlet the Re-Quip Mage S-Class Mage of Fairy Tail Guild. She was at the job offer board she was looking over at the sheet standing next to Gray and Natsu. There was a slender blonde holding Happy the small blue Exceed patting his head as he munched on a fish. She must be Lucy the new Celestial Mage the reason Phantom Lord showed up to Fairy Tail. Walking over to Erza I stared at her for a while before she noticed I was there, the whole guild hall was silent not even Cana was guzzling down alcohol.
"I see you still live." I said simply as she locked her chocolate brown eyes at me.
Then I walked past her to the Master, I think Erza and I are the only one that calls him that other than that he's called Gramps. Makarov Dreyar is our Guild Master and is highly respected amongst other guild masters. He saved my life a long time ago I owe him a lot, that's why I came back for him. I still owe him once I pay him back I will move to Helios and live amongst the Okami and Kitsune. Bowing down lowly to Master Makarov I pulled out a bag full of Jewel that I earned from the mission that I had just finished.
"Master Makarov I return from Helios - here is my payment." I said placing the money to his left.
"Welcome back child. The sun land was good to you." He said cracking a smile.
"Yes, Helios only saw one day of rain during my mission I think it lasted about ten minutes Master."
"I need to speak with you." I heard my sister call out from beside me, her voice sounding strangled.
"I think it best you speak with your sister Dezerea it's been a long year." Master Makarov said as I took a step away from Erza.
"Who is that? She looks just like Erza she even has that same strong feeling, well not as threatening." I heard the blonde say softly to Happy.
"That is Erza's twin sister Dezerea - aye
. Dezerea is a S-Class mage just like her."
"She does Re-Quip just like her then since she's her twin?" Lucy asked feeding Happy another fish.
"No - she's a specialist, sorta." Happy said shrugging his small shoulders.
"What Happy is saying is that Dezerea knows a lot of magic she is what they call a Jack of All Trades." Gray said looking over at Dezerea then to Erza.
"That's not a Specialist technique Happy - that's just a lump of stuff." She said with disdain in her voice.
"Don't listen to them." Erza said noticing the look in my eyes, knowing that I was getting upset with the remarks. "They don't understand."
"And you do? Oh wait you have to because you are my twin you automatically know everything about me." I hissed walking briskly out of the Guild Hall.
"Dezzy please - there is a new pastry shop that opened down the road a few months ago they have really good cake." She said giving me a smile placing a hand on my arm.
"Be glad that I haven't had any cake in a year. . ." I said sourly following her to the shop.
We sat in a small corner of the small shop she ordered strawberry cake while I ordered raspberry. The two of us sat in silence eating the cake, forks not touching the plate not a sound being made as we ate. Slowly my twin started to tell me what had happened in the past year, I didn't bother to tell I already heard from Loke I wanted to hear at least two sides of this story. Sometimes Loke tailored things to his own needs - it was in his nature to do so, so I didn't hold it against him. Also in lieu to make sure his secret was never told we made sure not to talk much together in public, he would visit me in private if he wanted to vent some frustrations to me that only a Celestial Spirit would deal with. Another thing that hurt about being friends with him is that it had to be in private, my heart clenched painfully thinking about it. He was going to die soon and he wouldn't let me help him, I needed that key.
"So how was your mission in Helios?" She asked after telling me all of the news, pleased with all my planned remarks.
"No one knows about you there so I am free to be me." I said simply.
"That must have felt really good then, to be free of my shadow. You know I do not condone any of it, Dezzy." She said placing a hand on top of mine.
"It doesn't matter if you do or not Erza it just is how it is I will forever be in your shadow no matter what I do. So once I pay off my debt I will leave Magnolia for good they were good to me there in Helios. The Prince wanted me to stay, I told him I would go back once -"
"You are done paying off that debt to the Master." Erza finished my sentence not even wanting to start her normal argument about this debt of mine.
It had been a long drawn out argument between Master Makarov and Erza for a while they believe I don't owe Fairy Tail anything for saving my life in the way that they did. What had happened. . .it's been four years and I still have not paid for it.
"Not yet - thanks for the cake I am tired." I said getting to my feet.
I felt a warm pair of arms wrap around me as my sister hugged me tightly pulling me tightly against her body. Letting out a gasp I tried to push her away but she held me so tightly I couldn't move my arms.
"I'm so glad that you are still alive. . .I was worried we couldn't get a hold of you at all. No calls would make it through to Helios - I thought you might be dead." She sobbed.
"I won't die so easily Erza not when I owe the Master so much." I said softly leaning my head against hers. "Plus you don't seem too worried you didn't go after me to drag me home again."
"I told you I wouldn't go after you again after you threatened. . ." She said slowly and quietly remembering the fight we had the last time I attempted to leave.
"That I would kill myself? Do you trust that I could be that strong and do that?" I queried.
"You are stronger than I am." She said softly squeezing me tightly.
"Not in the slightest - I am just your shadow." I said feeling bitter with myself.
"Please stop saying those hurtful things." She said pushing away from me some to look into my eyes.
"I'm hurting your feelings, dear sister?" I scoffed in a mocking tone.
"My heart. . ."She said simply knowing that my heart was hurting just as bad with each word I spat out felt like a knife stabbing into my black spotted heart.
"I'm tired I've been on the road for several weeks without stop to get back to this hovel of a town." I said switching subjects.
"Let me walk you home."
---In Her Sister's Shadow PT 2 (AU)