Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:01 PM
On a non-dragon note, here's a wild time travel theory that occurred to me.
People pretty much expect Lucy to get Yukino's keys at some point, so Lucy'll have the complete Zodiac set. Lucy already rejected the "Yukino just gives Lucy the keys" route, so people generally expect something bad to happen to Yukino so Lucy can inherit her keys. Something bad being death as there isn't really a solid other way to remove them from her. Sure the contract can technically be broken if she's arrested, but she's not a villain so that's unlikely to apply and would be pretty contrived if Mashima used it. Death runs into the problem that Mashima's reluctant to definitively kill people because 1) he's not going for that dark of a tone, and 2) dead characters are dead, this isn't Dragonball where they can wish the population of the planet back to life.
So onward to the wild theory. People thought Yukino looked like Angel when she first showed up, and called her Angel 2.0. Since then Mashima's dropped enough hints that he's all but directly stated that this was not a coincidence, and that Yukino is Angel's long lost sister. However readers also noted a resemblance to Lisanna. Not just readers, but Mirajane noted a resemblance in series as well. We could just write it off as a combination of "only six faces" and protective older sister seeing her younger sister in someone that is kind of in need of protection. But what if it is a deliberate resemblance like the one to Angel? Yukino shows up to help Lucy close the gate through time. Before it closes she gets knocked through the gate. Shockwave from a dragon walking, gate starts sucking things in as it closes, whatever. The point is that when the gate shuts, she's on the other side. She doesn't need to land 400 years ago, the trip back could be cut short by the gate closing. Either way, as long as she went far enough back, the moment the gate closes, bam, as far as her contracts are concerned, she's dead of old age and Lucy can get her keys. Yukino for her part is fine, just stuck in the past with no way back. So she settles down, gets married, has kids, dies, and eventually some of her descendants have the surname Strauss.
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