I stared in awe at the three people standing before us. The one on the left had to be Mirajane. She had long silky hair in the brightest snowy hues, and dark blue eyes. She wore a red dress with a cute pink trim, and a sapphire gemstone dangled from a silver chain around her neck. I heard a few of the girls whispering to each other, and managed to make out a bit of their conversations.
"That has to be..."
"She's so pretty..."
"I wish I looked like her..."
My eyes moved to the next person; the short man in the middle. He wore a rather bizarre blue-and-orange striped jester hat, with a bit of white-turning gray hair peeking out from underneath. His neatly trimmed mustache, overshadowing his smiling mouth, was the same color. He wore an orange vest with blue sleeves that matched his hat, and a white shirt with a black Fairy Tail guild mark underneath.
The last person wasn't nearly as friendly-looking as the other two. She had long, flowing red hair and narrowed dark brown eyes that scanned us distastefully. She wore silver armor with a golden cross on the side, and a blue skirt. On her feet were a pair of knee-length black boots. She's actually quite pretty, I thought to myself. If only she'd lose the scowl.
"Hello, everyone," Mirajane greeted us cheerfully. "Why don't you all come inside, and we can introduce ourselves there?"
That turned out to be quite the mistake. A lady with dark brown hair, wearing nothing but a blue bra and red pants, was challenging a humongous man to a drinking competition. Several empty glasses already stood on the counter next to her. Nearby, two men were having a vicious fight, kicking and punching and shouting insults at each other. One of them was only wearing his underwear!
A second later, the red-haired woman who had met us at the front gates walked between them and pushed them apart, sending them staggering to the side. "Wow, she's strong," Katie whispered.
"I know," I murmured back. "That must be Erza, then. She's a very strong wizard. And stern, too! There's actually rumors about her taking over the guild when the Master retires, but I don't know if it's true or not."
"Oh my," Mirajane giggled. She was clearly used to all of this. "Erza, come back! You have guests to meet, remember?"
Immediately, all the heads in the room snapped towards us. Their expressions held everything from amusement, to shock, to confusion. They stayed unnaturally silent as the short man from earlier spoke. "I am Master Makarov," he announced, "and as of right now, I am the leader of Fairy Tail. I assume you already know Mirajane?"
We all nodded; everyone had picked up a Sorcerer Magazine one time or another to see what was going on in the magic world, and seen her on the front cover, usually in one of the bathing suits that she sported so well.
The Master gave us a toothy smile. "This is Erza Scarlet," he went on, gesturing to her. "She's is in S-Class, which is a group of Fairy Tail's strongest wizards. As you can see, she's pretty strict with Natsu and Gray over there."
I heard a faint gasp from where Paige and Dallas were standing, and gave them a confused look. What was so good about those two fighting idiots? I shrugged, turning my attention back to Makarov.
"Now, why don't you all meet the rest of our members?" he was saying. "Just stay out of Cana and Elfman's way. It's not very pretty when they're drunk." He gave an odd sort of laugh and walked away, with Mirajane trailing after him.
I noticed that Paige and Dallas had immediately taken off for where Natsu and Gray were standing. "Come on, Katie," I said, tugging at her arm. "Let's go see what they're doing."
"We'll come, too," Cassidy announced, speed-walking up to join us. "I don't know who to talk to, anyway."
By the time we got there, Paige and Dallas were already deep in conversation with one of them. He had spiky pink hair and no shirt, but at least had a sort of black vest on. As we approached, they spun around and said, "We've decided we're going to join Fairy Tail. Please, say you will, too."
I looked at Katie, then at the other four girls, and from the excited light in their eyes, I knew that we had all reached a decision. It wouldn't be any fun with part of the group somewhere else. I turned back to them, knowing that I spoke for all of us when I said, "Count us in!"