Shira: takes a deep breath Okay, here it is. My first attempt at a songfic. I just really like this song, soo..

Lina: So you had to kill it.

Shira: glares at Lina Stay out of this, you!

Lina: rolls her eyes, sarcastically Yes, master.

Shira: sigh Anyway, the song is Take Your Courage, Sung by L-O-N. It's from Slayers TRY, I think it's the closing theme. Onto the fic!

Don't wanna cry,
Just keep on, keep on going.

Lina sat down on a bench in the inn's kitchen. She brooded over the previous day. She had been defeated by a group of bandits, and was trying to figure out what had gone wrong. She used her spells like always, it should' ve blown 'em away.

"Guys, group together! Use the magic together, she won't be able to penetrate it!" The bandit leader had said.

Lina snorted. Teamwork. Vastly underrated. She could do everything by herself. She didn't need anyone. Not Lina. No way.

I go forward whenever, I never scare.
Don't wanna stay,

Then why was she always traveling with someone? First there was Gourry. Lina snorted. That blockhead wouldn't know reality if it smacked him on the head, which, Lina recalled with a grin, happened often. He was stupid, ignorant, and overly protective, but still. he was a great swordsmen, polite and as much as Lina hated to admit it, a real gentlemen. But she didn't need him. She could fight just fine without him.

Just keep on, keep on trying.
I'm just afraid of regret without doing my best.

Her thoughts turned to Amelia. That annoying, hyper active justice freak was always getting into trouble, inevitably resulting in Lina having to fix it all. Her fierce belief in justice was annoying. No, annoying was too light a word. More like exasperating. Yes, that was a good word for it. But none the less, she did manage to do things right every once in awhile. And she really was a good friend.. No. Lina didn't need her. She could live without Amelia.

Stormy night,
Crazy wind is blowing to your heart over and over.

Zelgadis. The overly serious chimera who was obsessed with finding his cure. He was irritatingly serious, and she had only seen him laugh once in his entire life. And he was cold hearted. God, was he cold hearted! He needed to seriously lighten up.

But even still, Lina could tell that he cared about them. He was a great sorcerer, swordsmen, and friend. "No!" Lina shut her eyes. She didn't need Zelgadis and his stupid spells. Didn't need him. Not a bit.

Don't be worry,
Painful day like this time is good for you

Lina clenched her teeth. "I don't need anyone! I can take care of myself. I don't need. anyone." She choked off a very uncharacteristic sob. Oh, crap. Now she was going to lose it. She bit her lip, trying to control her emotions like she always did. "Just keep it in, Lina. Keep it IN." She ordered herself, forcing back sobs and tears.

Gloomy sight,
But remember, night time is not going on forever.
Don't be sorry,
I think maybe happiness is close to you.

Lina lost it. She couldn't keep it in anymore. She laid her head down on the table and sobbed helplessly. Alone. Doomed together to be alone. She froze when she felt a large hand land on her shoulder. Oh, God, she thought, Someone's caught me crying! Quick, Lina, make up a story, you're good at that.

It was Gourry. He turned Lina around, and noticed her red-rimmed eyes and tear-streaked face. He frowned, and gave her a worried look. "Lina, what's the matter?" It had to be serious if Lina is crying, he thought. Lina's so strong, she never cries!

Unfortunately, Lina's mind chose that exact moment to go out. She choked back another sob, and Gourry could barely make out the word, "Alone."

Anyway, if you want to escape, I can't say anything for your way,
But this is your precious life, can't repeat, besides it's once for all.

Gourry was taken aback. This was all too much for his small mind. His thoughts came in flashes. Lina's sad. Alone? Lina's not alone. Lots of friends. Never alone.

"No one cares." She whispered in a nearly inaudible tone.

Once again, Gourry's thoughts went rampant. Stupid Lina! Lots of friends. People who care. Zelgadis cares. I care. Friends forever. Always together.

But all that came out was, "Liar!" Whoops! Can we say, "bad timing?"

Lonely night,
You can be imagine, your dreams come true near the future.
Don't be worry,
Waste of time is only depends on you.

Lina gave him a Death GlareT. "What do you MEAN, liar?! Don't you think I know what's going on inside my own body?!"

"No, that's not what I meant!" He said quickly. "What I meant was, it's a lie that no one cares about you." Wow. That was pretty darned good. Way to go, Gourry. Maybe I won't die after all.

Lina faltered. "What do you mean?"

Gourry pushed a section of blond hair behind his ear absently. "I mean, that we care about you. We're your friends, Lina. Zelgadis, Amelia, and me. We all care about you, Lina. You're never gonna be alone!" He winked at her. "And even if Zel goes off to find his cure, and Amelia has to go back to being a princess of wherever she's from, I'll always travel with you!" He exclaimed, grinning.

You can choose whatever and whenever.
You can go everywhere,
Don't be sorry.
Courage is sleeping inside of you.

Lina's eyes watered. "Really, Gourry?"

Gourry smiled softly. "Of course. You're my best friend, Lina."

Lina flung herself at Gourry, wrapping her arms around his neck. "You're my best friend, too, Gourry." She whispered.

"It's okay, Lina," Gourry said into her ear. "You can cry if you want. I won't tell anyone."

And she did.

Anyway, if you want escape, I can't say anything for your way,
But this is your precious life, can't repeat, besides it's once for all.

The next morning, Lina was her old self. She was chowing down on food at breakfast with Gourry, like normal, and as far as she could tell, neither Zelgadis nor Amelia noticed that anything had happened.

Then came the familiar controversy. One piece of sausage left, and both Lina and Gourry were eyeing it. They both dived for it, but then Lina stopped herself. Gourry faltered, and looked up at her.

Lina smiled politely. "You can have the last piece, Gourry."

Zel and Amelia choked. "What did you say?!" Amelia asked, not believing what she heard.

Lina's eyes twinkled at Gourry, and for once, Gourry understood something. He smiled back at her. "No thanks, Lina, I'm not hungry." They exchanged a knowing glance, and went back up to their rooms.

Amelia was sitting wide-eyed at the table. "What was that all about?" She asked Zelgadis.

Zelgadis just smiled. "Nothing. Don't worry about it, Amelia." And pulled his hood back over his head.

Anyway, if you want escape, I can't say anything for your way,
But this is your precious life, can't repeat, besides it's once for all.