Father's Seven Years is the 257th chapter of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail.

After visiting her parents' graves, Lucy, along with Natsu and Happy, heads back to town, wondering why she couldn't cry for her father. Makarov, Erza, and Mirajane, meanwhile, "repay" Twilight Ogre for all the pain they caused Fairy Tail during the past seven years. As Lucy arrives at her apartment, her landlady gives her a letter from her father and all the birthday presents he had sent to her during her absence. Lucy, hit by the sudden realization that she loved her father, breaks down in tears.


Natsu and Happy Defending Lucy

Natsu and Happy angry at the girls

After visiting Jude and Layla's graves at the cemetery, Natsu, Lucy and Happy head back home. On the way, the group overhears two girls gleefully discussing their fathers and how they wish they were dead. While Lucy keeps quiet, Natsu explodes at them for their inability to read the atmosphere, telling them to leave immediately. After the girls leave, Lucy states that even though she didn't much like her father in childhood, especially after the Phantom Lord incident, her relations with him after the incident with Naked Mummy have been better. Though she's sad, she is unable to cry. She wonders if she truly does hate her father, but Natsu tells her that not crying does not mean she hates him.

Erza and Mira Prepare To Pay Debt

Erza and Mirajane ready to fight

Meanwhile, Makarov is visiting the Twilight Ogre guild headquarters. The Twilight Ogre Guild Master, Banaboster, demands the money owed to them but Makarov states they will pay back in time and that threatening their debtors will not make them pay up. Makarov states that Fairy Tail always pays back what it owes, including the pain Twilight Ogre inflicted on Fairy Tail in the past seven years. With their powers, Makarov, Erza and Mirajane cause a ruckus in the guild, much to the surprise of Wakaba and Macao who believed they would just talk. The latter comments that it is making him feel nostalgic.

Lucy's True Feeling Towards Her Father

Lucy after reading her father's letter

Elsewhere, Lucy is sitting alone when her landlady appears and drags her back to her apartment. When Lucy expresses her surprise about her apartment being clean, the landlady states that for the past seven years, she was cleaning the house every week and then tells Lucy to look at her desk. Looking at the desk, Lucy finds birthday gifts sent by her dad every year for the past seven years. There is also another letter that came in the morning. After reading the letter in which her dad proclaimed his love for her as his daughter, Lucy starts to cry. Natsu and Happy then come to bring her with them on a job. The landlady suggests that they should take it easy on her for some time while stating that the letter had seven years worth of rent in it. Realizing that they are the only ones without money, the two prepare to set off and promise to buy food for Lucy. However, she yells for them to wait for her so she can come with them.

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