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When We Take Different Paths is the 428th chapter of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail.

Gray, confronted by Natsu, Happy and Lucy in Avatar's headquarters, tells his former comrades that he has abandoned Fairy Tail and joined Avatar of his own volition. The intruders are then captured by Mary, Jerome, Goumon and Abel. Meanwhile, Gajeel prepares his squad of Rune Knights to attack the cult after the return of his informant, Levy, who is also a member of his squad.

Summary

Lucy affected by Mary Magic

Lucy suffering due to Mary's Magic

In Amefurashi Village, Wendy continues to tend to Juvia's fever and expresses her belief in Natsu and Gray. Meanwhile, in the Avatar headquarters, Gray and Natsu battle each other, Natsu trying to convince Gray to help them rebuild Fairy Tail as it will always exist in the minds of its members. But Gray responds that the Guild is no more and he is not required to revive it as he has abandoned it.

Lucy finds Gray's statements unbearable and slaps him, telling him that they will always be comrades. Suddenly, she feels a sharp pain in her abdomen and collapses. This is revealed to be Mary's doing, the young woman questioning the identity of the intruders. Simultaneously, Natsu and Virgo are chained by a revived Goumon, who uses Magic-sealing handcuffs to diminish his opponents' power, while Abel uses Mr. Cursey to control Happy.

Levy as a Detention Unit member

Levy, the Magic Council's mole in Avatar

When Mary continues to sadistically torture Lucy, Natsu attempts to rush to her aid despite his restraints, but is stopped cold when Jerome appears and threatens to behead Lucy with his sword. The Dragon Slayer tries to reason with the Devil Slayer, telling him to overcome his madness. But the latter informs him that he made the decision to join Avatar while perfectly sane and reveals the Avatar symbol branded on his chest in the exact spot where his Fairy Tail mark used to be, enraging Natsu.

Elsewhere, Gajeel's squad of Rune Knights prepares to attack Avatar. They are approached by Levy, who is also a Rune Knight and their informant in Avatar. The trio discuss Avatar's motives and the need to stop their mysterious purification ritual. When Levy and Pantherlily question Gajeel's resolve to fight against their former comrade, the Dragon Slayer clearly states that Gray's involvement with the cult makes him their enemy.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Battles & Events

  • None

Magic, Spells, and Abilities used

Magic used

Spells used

Abilities used

Weapons used

  • Dark Sword

Items used

  • Mr. Cursey (ノーロさん Nōro-san)
  • Magic Sealing Handcuffs

Navigation

Tartaros arc

Zerø arc

Avatar arc Alvarez Empire arc
Chapters
418 | 419 | 420 | 421 | 422 | 423 | 424 | 425 | 426 | 427 | 428 | 429 | 430 | 431 | 432 | 433 | 434 | 435 | 436 | 437
Episodes
276 | 277 | 278 | 279 | 280 | 281 | 282 | 283 | 284 N/A
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