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I’m not an artist or a fanfic writer, so pretty much all I can do in honor of Gajevy week is say why I like this cute, beauty-and-the-beast couple so much.
Mashima’s handled the Gajeel and Levy relationship really well, despite the fact that a) they’re both secondary characters and don’t get a lot of panel time and b) their first encounter was Gajeel brutalizing Levy and bolting her to a tree.
(Yeah, good luck explaining that to the kids some day, Gajeel.)
Mashima did a good job showing Gajeel’s change-of-heart and apology for that incident while remaining true to the character. Gajeel’s not the sort to grovel or make eloquent, remorseful speeches. But in his own way, he’s made up for what he did. And Levy, bless her sweet heart, has obviously forgiven him.
Soon after joining Fairy Tail, Gajeel let Jet, Droy, and Laxus beat him in revenge. If Levy had wanted her pound of flesh as well, he’d have accepted it as her right.
Next, Gajeel went from being Levy’s attacker to being her protector. He took a lightning bolt to the chest for her, even though he was battered and bruised. At Kardia Cathedral, he was angry she put herself in danger, and stood protectively near her.
At Tenrou, he assigned himself as her partner in the S-class exam, declaring his willingness to punch anyone who got in her way. And when she ran off and was ambushed, he rescued her again and uttered what might be the most romantic line he’ll ever say: It’s tough finding someone so small… so don’t leave my side.
Not only does Gajeel protect Levy, he also respects her for her skills as a mage. When she was working to get rid of Freed’s enchantment around the guild hall, he told her she was incredible.
Think about what this must mean to Levy, who’s well aware of how physically small and weak she is, to have her unique strengths appreciated like that. And not only that, but when she was discouraged about her chances in the S-class exam, Gajeel told her to not be a quitter and promised his help: I’ll make you big.
While Levy was the first one to indicate her romantic feelings (when she left him that hunk of iron with the O shaped like a heart), she’s done so in response to Gajeel’s actions.
Gajeel, you may not be as dense as people think, for you sure know how to win a girl over.
I’ve come across at least one person who’s revolted by this pairing, believing Levy to be in an unhealthy relationship with her abuser. The timeline makes it clear that Levy didn’t fall for Gajeel until he’d redeemed himself and singled her out to protect and partner with. She no longer fears him, and he’s done nothing to make her feel afraid.
The two of them don’t get as many moments as, say, Gruvia and Nalu do, but I love the way Mashima indicates their togetherness. Gajeel’s taken to wearing a headband since Tenrou. They’re often together in panels. Levy’s even given him a hug from behind. And when he was off fighting during the Grand Magic Games, Levy’s concern and interest were evident.
And at the beginning of Tartarus, they were together on the same team. I hope we get a chance to see them fight together this arc. But my expectation is that we’ll see more Gale (yes, I say Gale… it’s shorter to type) during the dragon-focused arc. One of the things I’m looking forward to is Gajeel’s reunion with Metalicana, especially considering how bitter Gajeel was over being abandoned. When that happens, I hope we shall see a lot of Levy, too, and more forward movement for their relationship.
But I think they are on solid ground. There’s no other girl in Gajeel’s life, and Levy has a clear preference for him, having completely friend-zoned Jet and Droy. (Sorry, guys, I feel for you, but…). And it’ll be no surprise to me if Lily ends up hanging around Levy as much as Happy’s with Lucy.
Just a little something I threw together :3
Fairy Tail (C) Hiro Mashima
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Happy Birthday to my friend, Jeannette! I hate that I haven’t had a chance to color it yet, just been so busy today ><
Gajevy Week - Demons
So the first pic for Gajevy Week on Tumblr was using the demons prompt and based off a headcanon I have. I did a few tweeks to it from the first time I posted it.
I think this piece is pretty self-explanatory…even though time has passed and Gajeel and Levy have grown closer together, he still struggles with his inner demons…mostly about what he did to her in the past (with the tree crucifixion). These “demons” usually come to him at night while he is sleeping, causing him to have nightmares and relive that moment. Levy, of course, is unaware that he is tormenting himself by not being able to forgive himself for the things he has done.
So there’s my headcanon about this prompt.
Gajevy Week - Gifts
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Gajeel finally decided to take Levy out on a long awaited date. Levy, in her excited state, makes Gajeel a new studded headband which he proudly put on immediately. Gajeel soon presents Levy with a special gift he has been meaning to giver her for some time now…a dragon pendant holding a jewel.
Yeah I know…sounds a bit sappy :P