Better Me Than You: One character sacrificing themselves for another.
Prompt from this list.
Are you trying to kill me, Anon?
I could have gone numerous ways with this, it’s not like they have to sacrifice their lives to sacrifice themselves, but, I’m a fan of angst.
Maybe a masochist. Here you go. Excuse me while I cry okay?
Lucy was beginning to see a pattern in Natsu’s victories that surely had to come to an end. Her faith in him could not be shattered, but at the same time, it wasn’t fair to rely on him all the time. Nobody should be expected to pick themselves up just because they’re driven. Her eyes moved to where he lay on the ground, bruised and battered, barely able to raise his head. And still he tried. Always striving to be victorious, never once accepting defeat and trying to save his own life.
But this was a gamble, lose or win. But Lucy wouldn’t sacrifice Natsu’s life. Even if they won this battle, there was no guarantee he wouldn’t suffer from exhaustion and die anyway. She’d never seen him like this, not even during their most arduous fights.
Thunder tore through the sky, an orchestra for disaster. When finally the blackened clouds gave birth to heavy drops of rain, Lucy knew she had to move. The Demon overhead was powerful; Lucy only had to take two steps forward to end up twenty steps back. There was no getting close to this thing, the only time it left its guard down was during an attack, even then she couldn’t get close enough to deal a blow. If Natsu couldn’t get up close and personal, Lucy didn’t have any hopes of doing the same.
It would take everything she had, but for Natsu, to change the pattern, Lucy would risk even her life. Just like her fight for Loke, she’d call forth her spirits. One by one they’d materialise from the spirit world, draining her power.
“Lucy! What are you doing? You’ll die!”
Loke. His voice tore through the wind ravaging the land. Not even Natsu could stand to help her. The Demon overhead turned to face the Celestial Wizard, it’s crimson gaze settling upon her features. She’d give it her all. When the final spirit had been called, she slowly moved to where Natsu lay on the ground.
“Lucy, what’re you doing?” Even his voice was weak; it convinced her only that her decision was right. That she was doing the right thing, Even so, it didn’t stop the tears falling down her cheeks, or her body from shaking violently with each step she took forward. Her spirits, her friends, they moved slowly behind her, guiding her with their warmth.
“A Celestial Wizard never uses her spirits as shields, they are her friends,” extending both arms out she stood before Natsu, shielding him from the monsters next attack. She was in imminent danger, but she didn’t care. She’d do whatever it takes to save her friends. To save Natsu.
“So I’ll be the target instead! But promise me one thing, Natsu,” she glanced back at her injured companion, the tears crashing harder against her features, “Don’t let my keys leave Fairy Tail. My spirits, my friends, they belong there. With you.”
The Beast approached, swinging its large claw through the air with little hesitation, no remorse.
“Natsu… I love y—”
Lucy Heartfilia would never get to finish her sentence.
No sooner had she been sent flying through the air, blood painting the sky as she soared through the rain, did Lucy’s spirits seize the opportunity to destroy the Beast standing before them. Each one shed a tear for their beloved friend.
The moment her body crashed into the ground, Natsu’s screams tore through the sky, mixing together with the rolls of thunder and the cries of a Demon.