everyone in fairy tail say their heart felt goodbyes to the other members of their guild. they say goodbye as well to their newfound friends and wishes trhem luck for their miussion to save mobius, despite still being able to communicate through kokonoe and merediths computer systems.
they all head aboard the ship, however natsu looks around for erza.
natsu: hey guys, anyone seen erza around?
Lucy: i think shes inside?
gray: i seen her talking to hakumen back there. not sure what its about though?
lucy: he seems to have like erza a lot more than the rest of us. he comes off as a very cold person. but with her.. i dont know.
gray: maybe he sees something in her that he recognizes, i dunno?
Natsu: well anyway, im sure its not that big of a deal. lets go inside im starvin.
they all continue to head into the normandy.
when hakumen places his hand on her face, she is a bit surprised as she blushes about it. she turns her face away in embarrassment before hearing his request.
Erza: oh… uh sure.. i dont mind at all.
she just sits there listening to his story about his childhood friend. she is fully engaged in the story as he continues to speak about how his selfishness had caused her death. she cant help but to shed a few tears relating to his story. his hand, though warm on her face, still desnt help to hold back her tears.
after he says that he is sorry. erza looks up at his motionless face
Erza: you have nothing to to apologize for. everyone makes mistakes in their lives, its what makes us all human. but through our mistakes we learn to improve ourselves, even if the mistakes are heavy ones. you always followed what you believe was right hakumen. that is what i respect most about you.
she grabs his hand on her face with both of her hands and rests them down and she lets out a small smile, despite her sadness for hakumens past mistakes.
erza: im positive that she understand your trie intentions. you would never do anything to hurt or betray her. and i am sure that she would forgive you. she pauses for a second and recolects her past. her face is saddened once more and tears run down once more. since youve told me your past. i should tell you mine.
erza lets go of his hand as she explains to him about her past. she explains to him all the things mirajane and juvia told both ragna and nu while onboard heaven, but with much more clarity. she tells him about how her village was raided by an evil cult bent on resurrecting an evil sorcerer by building the tower of heaven. a construct meant to generate enogh magic power to raise the dead. she explains how her family and the other friends families were killed while protecvting their home, how the children and elderely were captured to work as slaves. she explains how they were treated with such inhumanity and cruelty, even about how she was blamed for trying to help her friends to escape when it wasnt her fault and how her right eye was removed as punishment.
she gets more emotional the more she explains her story.
she then explains how one day they all had enough and started a rebellion for their freedom. using what they can get their hands on, gthey all fought against therir oppressors, despite their odds of survival or escape. she tells him about how her grandfather, who was her inspiration to be a wizard oneday, sacrificed himself to save her live. by doing so, she managed to unleash her hidden potential through her grief and sorrow over her loss. her wanting to protect those she cared abpout most was what unlocked her magic abilities and she used them to help the others escape while looking for her one friend jellal.
when she found jellal, he had been manipulated by an outside force that made him believe that he should be the one to continue to create the tower. he even told erza that she could be free so long as she kept her mouth shut about the tower as he somehow manipulated the others to stay to finish the tower for the next ten years after. he even told them that erza had left them all behind to stay as she escaped for her freedom, betraying everyone and their trust. the story get a bit uplifting as she tells him how she found her way into fairy tail after wandering for days and how makarov even got her a new eye, though it may be made of a magi crystal to allow her to see through it.
she begins to sob a bit aftert explaining most of her past about him relating too well about the sacrifice of other people for her sake. and briefely explains how they stopped the tower after returning there. she even explains how one of her child hood friends simon sacrificed himself to save erzas life from jellal, who was possessed at the time.
Erza: im always trying to make myself seem strong, so i locked away my heart inside a suite of armour and cried. i never wanted to feel that sorrow or pain for as long as i live, despite the inevitable. all i need is the power to protect those dearest to me and to have the strength to do so. that is all that i ever need. if i can trade that for all the power in the world. i wouldnt care how weak i was compared to the world. she begins to calm down a bit however, out of all that we’ve been through both you and i, could you imagine our lives to be any different had it not for these events to take place. i couldnt imagine my life without Fairy Tail and the friends that we all have now. could you imagine your life had it not been for the sacrifice your friends made for you?