Author: Jubilee (calavasas )
Characters/Pairings: A LOT IN THIS CHAPTER: fem!America, America, Canada, France, England, Russia, China, Germany, N & S Italy, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Prussia, Hungary, Austria, Ukraine, Belarus, Nordics, Baltics, Poland, Switzerland, Seychelles, Greece, Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, and then my OCs (Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Portugal, India, Israel). Also a random bus driver who isn't very important. Eventual America x Japan though there will be side pairings.
Warnings/Notes: AU - high school. OCs, Nation-tans and non-Nations, will be used in some chapters. All characters are given human names, even those who don't have one in canon. You will not learn any history reading this. Also, there will be racial slurs in certain chapters, but not this one. You have been warned. This is also my first Hetalia fanfic, so I will try my best to keep everyone in character!
Summary: Alfred didn't really know what he wanted to do with his life. All he did know was that he wanted to do something heroic, to be a hero. Luckily for him, he was about to get that chance in the form of a small Japanese teenage boy.
It was a cold Monday morning in early January, though those who were indoors couldn't tell because most of them had the heaters turned on in their homes. One didn't even feel the frigid temperature until one stepped outside to grab the newspaper or take out the trash.
Living proof that the cold wasn't noticeable was a teenage boy by the name of Alfred F. Jones, who was sound asleep in his warm bed, more than likely having dreams about burgers or being a super hero that can fly and shoot lasers from his eyes.
"Alfred!" cried a voice from outside his bedroom door. It was his twin brother, Matthew Jones. "Come on and get up!"
"He's still not up?"
"No, he's not. Mom, do something please!"
The woman opened the door and turned on the light. "Alfred, get up already!" This was Emily Jones, the mother of the two boys. She was an attractive woman with a noticeable bust, who very much acted like her sleepy-headed son. "Today is your first day back to school."
Alfred groaned. "Mom, it's the first day of the second semester…"
"It's still the first day. Now come on. Get up. I'm going to leave in a few minutes. I don't want to run late again!" She rushed to her room to finish dressing. Matthew sighed and walked over to Alfred. Unlike his older brother, he was already dressed.
"Come on Alfred, get up! If you don't, mom is going to have to drive you to school and then she'll be late. Besides, don't you like riding the school bus?"
"I don't like the cold!" exclaimed Alfred. He covered his head with the blankets and Matthew could tell that he was curled up underneath them.
"But you're not even going to be outside! We're indoors all day except during lunch. And besides, didn't you tell me you went to the best school ever and this was the only school you'd ever attend?"
Alfred peeked from underneath his blankets. "Okay…fine…but don't whine like that anymore Matt…"
The younger twin smiled. "Okay!" He walked out of the room. "I'm already making breakfast so hurry and come downstairs!" Alfred heard him rushing back to the kitchen and his mom blow drying her hair in the bathroom.
"Well, looks like it's back to school for me…" He got up and stretched, grabbing his glasses from the bedside table. "Ah, that's better!"
He got dressed and washed up, grabbing his backpack from his room. "Well, at least it's the second semester of the 11th grade year. Just one more year to go and I'll be done!"
Alfred walked downstairs and sat at the table. His brother had already laid out a plate of pancakes for him which he ate heartily. "Hey Matt," he said with his mouth full of food. "Aren't ya gonna eat?"
"Oh I ate already. I get up earlier than you do."
The blonde tried to not take that as a condescending comment, so he just continued to eat his pancakes. Not too long after, their mom came downstairs into the kitchen.
"Okay, I'm leaving now," she said, buttoning the last button on the top of her blouse. "I'm hoping I'll get out early enough to come home and make dinner so I can hear how your first day went back to school!"
"Mom, it's only the first day back of the second semester though."
"Still, I want to hear what happened. I mean, your school seems so fun, with all those cultures in it and everything! Just like our neighborhood!" She gave a squeal and Matthew laughed, Alfred shaking his head in amusement. The school the twins attended was for international students, meaning those who lived or were born in another country and then came to the United States. There were only two in America, one in California and one in New York, since they were the most populated states in the nation, and had one of the most diverse percentages of nationalities. The one the brothers attended was in California, and about 55% of the students enrolled were born in another country. These two schools were established as a baby step towards world peace, though there was still racial tension among the more immature attendees.
"Here mom," said Matthew as he handed her the coffee cup she takes to work. "Have a great day."
"You too sweetie!" She kissed his head. "Bye Al!" She kissed her other son in the same manner. "I'll see you guys later!" She grabbed her purse and her coat from the coat rack near the door and left.
"Well Al," Matthew said as he took off his apron. "We should get going. The bus comes at 7:45 and it takes ten minutes to get to the school."
"Alright." He downed his glass of milk and then put the dishes in the sink. "We'll wash those when we get home."
The twins put on their coats, gloves, and scarves, grabbing their backpacks after. "Al, can you put this on me please?" Matthew handed him a beanie.
"Oh, sure bro." He put it on him. Matthew looked really warm.
"Do you want one? I have an extra."
"Nah, I'm fine. I can endure the cold."
"But you just said earlier you didn't like it…"
"That doesn't mean I can't endure it!"
Alfred and Matthew walked to the bus stop on their block. A few students were already there waiting.
One of them happened to notice the twins coming towards them. "Oh Alfred, Matthew!" He waved.
"Hey Manny!" Alfred said.
"Oh come on, just call me Manny, Matt." He replied. "It's alright."
"Okay." Matthew didn't like calling people by their nicknames, the exception being his brother. He preferred to be more formal thus using their full first name. Though many people have told him it's okay for him to call them by their nickname, he didn't want to because he'd only call them by that name if he were really comfortable being around them, which is why he only called Alfred by his nickname.
"Hello Alfred and Matthew!" said a girl next to Manny. This was Alicia, his sister.
"Oh, hello Matthew!" said the other one. This was Eva, Manny's youngest sister. "Ah, hello Alfred." She blushed a little bit, hiding behind Eva. Her older sister smiled. Eva always got timid around Alfred.
"Good morning Eva."
"Ready to go back to school Alfred?" asked Alicia.
"Not really. I wanted to sleep in some more…"
"Manny feels the same way. He's so lazy sometimes…"
"Hey, who was the one who got a job over winter break? That's right, me. Not you Alicia."
"Yes, but while you were at work, who was cleaning the house, Manny?"
"Then be quiet." She smiled and left it at that. Alfred laughed at Manny's pouting face and Matthew merely smiled sheepishly.
"Oh, the bus is coming," Eva said. These five were usually the only ones at the bus stop on this block, because not a lot of high schoolers lived on this one. There were some middle schoolers and elementary kids on this block, but about half of them were taken to school by their parents, and there was a different bus stop for those who didn't attend grades nine through twelve. Another thing they liked about living on this block was that they were always the first ones on the bus, so they got whichever seat they wanted.
The big yellow vehicle finally pulled up at the bus stop and the door opened.
"Good morning," said the bus driver. "Ready for school?"
"Yes!" Matthew said. He liked going to school, a mindset that was always foreign to Alfred. He stepped into the bus followed by the rest.
"Hey!" cried Alfred. "Matthew, why do you get the window seat?!"
"Because you promised that I'd be able to have the window seat the first week of school!"
"Well I wanna sit there!"
"It's colder over here due to the metal and glass."
"Fine…" Alfred pouted and slumped down next to his brother on the aisle seat. Matthew knew just how to get his way sometimes. Manny and Alicia sat in front of them and Eva before them.
The doors to the bus closed and it went on its way.
"Hey Manny, Antonio wanted me to ask you something."
"Alfred, you know I don't like him."
"Why not? He's your cousin!"
"That doesn't mean I have to like him!"
"Well okay. But he wanted me to ask you why you dislike him so much."
"Oh he knows. He just wants to be in denial…" He began to mumble something in Spanish under his breath, more than likely curse words towards his cousin.
Alfred smiled and shook his head, sitting back down in his seat. The bus came to another stop and picked up a few more students. They happened to be Manny's cousins as well.
"Buenos dias Manuel," said one with blonde hair.
"Ah Manny, Alicia, Eva! Morning!" said the other.
"Hey Arturo!" said Alicia.
"Hello!" said Eva.
The brothers sat down in the seats in front of Eva. She didn't mind being by herself, though sometimes she would like the chance to sit with Alfred once or twice. She was only shy around him, rarely anyone else, unless she was meeting them for the first time. Of course, there were times when Alfred would do obnoxious things that got on her nerves (and the nerves of some other people) but she usually got over them...most of the time.
Two more people climbed onto the bus.
"Hey guys." These were his other cousins that attended the school, Fausto and Faustina. They were Portuguese so only they could understand each other when they spoke in their native tongue. They always corrected people and told them they were speaking Portuguese, not Spanish.
The bus continued to move. Alfred wondered how this semester was going to go. Once these few months were over, he only had one school year left before he was to graduate. He looked forward to that date very much.
"Ah, the next bus stop!" Matthew said as he looked out the window. Once the yellow vehicle came to a halt, the students waiting there climbed in. Two attractive African girls, Radhi and Jendayi, went to the back after saying good morning to the rest on the bus.
"Oh, good morning Alfred!"
"Hey Neeraja! How was your winter break?"
"It was good, thanks for asking. How was yours?"
"Okay I guess."
"He ate a lot," Matthew commented. Alfred glared at him and Neeraja laughed.
"Well, at least you don't starve yourself." Neeraja was very friendly and quite intelligent, so she was rarely disliked by her peers. She got along with most of them, though she did get upset when the ignorant ones called her an Arab when she wasn't even born in any of those countries. She didn't fight it though, because she let them think what they wanted to think. She wasn't going to be immature about it and act the way they pictured her to be.
"Good morning Eva!" she said. "Oh, you're sitting by yourself again?"
"Yeah, but I don't mind."
"May I sit next to you then?"
Alfred looked at the other people who got on the bus. "Gupta! Hiiii!"
The teen looked at him and nodded. Gupta didn't say much, but he was a friendly person nonetheless. He sat down somewhere near Eva and Neeraja.
"Oh hey, here she comes," Matthew whispered to Alfred.
Navah was a female classmate of theirs who loved to read and was quite pretty. She liked living in America and not back home in the Middle East. Even though she, along with Gupta, faced discrimination from certain people, that didn't break her spirit. Alfred admired that.
"Good morning Navah," Matthew said with a smile.
"Oh, Matthew. Good morning!" she said kindly. "Did you enjoy your vacation?"
"Yes. Have you read any interesting books lately?"
"Actually I have. I'll tell you all about them when we get to school."
Navah was Matthew's reading buddy because both of them enjoyed books and school, which again, was a mindset that was foreign to Alfred. The blonde looked at Navah as she sat down next to her cousin Gupta. The bus started to move again.
"Alfred, stop staring. It's not nice."
He blushed and turned back around towards his brother. "Don't say that so loud!"
"I don't understand why you just can't tell her you have a crush on her…"
"That's the point of a crush Matt. They're not supposed to know! Do you want me to tell Katyusha?"
"I-I-I do not have a crush on Katyusha!"
"Yeah you do." He gave a sly smile. "You're blushing like crazy. Ha!"
"A-And even if I did, I'd never try to ask her out. You know how Ivan is with his sisters…"
"But she's older than him."
"That doesn't matter! She's still one of his sisters and he cherishes them more than anyone else he knows. You should know this by now Alfred…"
"Aww Mattie, calm down." He patted his brother's shoulder. "I'm only teasing you ~"
There was only one more bus stop before they'd reach the school. This was the stop that got the noisiest since it had the most high school students waiting there. This is also where the rest of Alfred's friends lived.
As the bus pulled up, chatter from the teens could already be heard even through the closed windows. Once the doors opened, the last of the students began to pour into the bus.
"Oh! Matthew! Alfred! G-Good morning!" said Katyusha as she passed by their seats.
"Hey Kat!" Alfred replied with a smile.
"H-H-Hello…" Matthew said timidly. He watched as she took her seat somewhere in the back of the bus.
"Oh…she looks so cute with those earmuffs and that pink coat…"
"Why don't you go talk to her?"
"Bro, if you don't man up and talk to her, somebody is going to take her." Katyusha was very attractive, the main factor being her extremely developed chest, so many of her male peers were always after her.
"Not with Ivan as her brother. He's taller than her, and bigger than most of the guys in our school…" While practically every guy in the school was after her, not a single one dared to ask her out or hang around with her because then Ivan would be on their backs 24/7. He knew his sister was attractive because of comments that were made about her, and because of this, he has been keeping a watchful eye on her.
Natalia walked down the aisle without greeting anyone, though nobody seemed to mind since she was a little scary anyway. She sat down next to her older sister.
"Nat's pretty too," Alfred said. "A lot of foreign chicks are so attractive!"
"Well guys from other countries think American girls are attractive…"
Alfred shrugged. Though he loved everything American, girls weren't exactly on the top of his list. Yes he found a lot of them to be pretty, but there was something about foreign girls he liked. It was probably the accent since if you have one, you are automatically labeled as sexy.
Then came Ivan, who seemed ominous to almost the entire student body population. Manny wasn't afraid of him though.
"Oi! Buenos dias Ivan!" he said.
"Ah Manny. Good morning ~" he said. "Isn't this weather wonderful?"
"Well I'm not really used to the cold, but okay!"
Ivan smiled and sat down in a seat near Alfred and Matthew's. "Good morning!" he said to them.
"Hey Ivan! Aren't you going to sit near your sisters?"
"No, they'll be alright. Besides, there isn't anywhere to run on this bus if anything happens ~"
Alfred laughed and Matthew shuddered, concealing it with a nervous chuckle.
"And also, Yao promised he'd sit next to me this semester on the bus, so I am keeping him to that promise!" Ivan seemed happy. He really liked being around Yao.
"Okay then!" Alfred whispered to Matthew, "God help poor Yao…"
Matthew chuckled. As soon as that was said, the subject of their conversation happened to appear.
"No!" shouted Yao as he stepped onto the bus. "Yong Soo, I am not sitting next to you!"
"Aniki you promiiiiised!"
"I did no such thing!" He huffed as he stomped down the aisle. "Oh hey Alfred, Matthew."
He sat down next to Ivan, the latter giving him a warm smile. "Good morning Yao!"
"Aniki! You're not fair!" Yong Soo really wanted to sit next to Yao. Though he considered Yao to be his brother, he was actually his cousin. He huffed and sat behind Yao.
"Having a bad morning Yong Soo?" asked Alfred.
"Yeah…aniki promised…he lied…" He rubbed his gloved hands together for warmth and then crossed his arms.
"Oh good morning Alfred!"
Mei was Yao's youngest sibling and his only sister. She had feelings for Alfred, but decided not to say anything once she had heard that he was starting to take an interest in Navah. Nevertheless, she still remained to be friends with him. Following Mei was Li, her brother and the middle child between the three siblings. He wasn't very vocal, but when he did speak, he spoke words of wisdom…sometimes. Other times he could be calmly sarcastic, depending on who he was talking to. Li sat with Yong Soo and Mei behind them.
Alfred saw that next to arrive were Lien, Kasem, and Celia, Yao's cousins. Lien didn't really speak to anyone, not even Alfred. He had a feeling she didn't like him, so he didn't bother to get to know her. He watched as she sat down next to her cousin Mei.
Kasem was a calm and friendly guy. "Oh, hello Alfred and Matthew."
"Oh, good morning."
He sat near his sister and following him was Celia. She greeted the twins and then sat down. The bus driver was telling everyone else to hurry up otherwise he'd be late in dropping them off.
"Yo Aksel! What's up?!" They did a bro fist as a greeting. Aksel sat down towards the back with his cousins, Niklas and Geir. They didn't talk much either, but were mostly closer to each other than they were to Aksel.
"Good morning everyone!"
His friend Berwald merely raised a hand as a greeting as the two took their seats in the back.
"Oh, here comes Toris!" Alfred exclaimed. "Toriiiiiiiiiiissss!!!"
The teen turned and smiled when he saw the blonde. "Oh, good morning Alfred!"
"How are you doing?"
"Fine. And yourself?"
He chuckled. "Hello Feliks."
"Like oh my gawd, I love your beanie. Where did you get it?"
"I got it at Target…"
"I should totally go there. Hey Toris, wanna like, come with me to Target after school today?"
"Because we're probably gonna get a lot of homework today since it's the first day back and I don't wanna fall behind…"
Feliks huffed. "Okay fine. We'll go another day. Gosh." The two sat down away from Ivan, since he could be overbearing to the both of them. Well, Feliks more than Toris. He was more lenient with Toris. The latter's cousins Eduard and Raivis sat down behind him, also away from Ivan. The four tried not to make him angry, except Feliks who didn't care if he taunted the Russian. Toris always scolded him for doing things like that, Eduard saying, "Do you want to end your life?!" and Raivis just trembling out of fear.
"Ooooh ~ ! Good morning Alfred!!!"
"Feli! Hey!" He noticed another person behind him. "Ludwig!"
Feliciano was the cutest Italian boy anyone could ever see. He was very popular with his female peers and he had the highest grade in Home Economics, which gave him chick points even though he was oblivious to it. Plus, he was incredibly sweet.
"Can we sit here?" he asked Alfred. He was referring to the two seats across from them.
"Oh sure! Go ahead Feli!"
"Yay! Hey Ludwig, Alfred said we could sit here!"
"Feliciano, we've been sitting in that seat for the past two and a half years…"
Ludwig sighed and proceeded to accompany his friend.
"Oh God I have to sit next to you again…"
"Well, if you would have gotten here earlier then you would be able to sit with somebody else, maybe Ivan. He always likes a seat buddy."
"I hate you."
Alfred knew who those voices belonged to. They were perhaps his closest friends aside from Yao, Ivan, Feli, and Ludwig.
"We'll if you're ever feeling outcast," Alfred shouted at them since by now the vehicle had gotten very noisy. "You always have a spot next to Alfred! Come on Arthur, Francis!" He patted the two seats behind him.
"Referring to yourself in the third person is very conceited of you," Arthur said as he took the window seat. Francis sat next to him.
"Good morning Alfred and Matthew."
"Hey Francis! At least somebody has the common courtesy to greet others on the first day back."
"Yes I know. Arthur has no manners whatsoever."
"Believe me frog, you are much worse than I am."
Matthew chuckled. Arthur noticed and smiled. "Good morning Matthew."
"Good morning Arthur."
"Oh sure, you greet my brother and not me."
"Don't worry mon cher. He gave no thought to address me kindly either when we were at the bus stop."
"It's because the first thing YOU did was wrap your arms around my waist you bloody pervert! You know I hate it when you do that!"
Alfred laughed and turned back around. "Guess I missed school more than I thought."
"What is UP Ambrosia High!!!!"
"For goodness sake's Gilbert. SHUT UP!"
"It's too early in the morning for you to be yelling…"
Ludwig face-palmed. His brother could be very annoying to certain people.
"Come Elizabeta. Let's see if we can still find some seats here."
"Hey Liz," said Gilbert. "Why don't you sit with me today? You're always sitting with that stuck up music pansy."
"For your information Gilbert, he is not stuck up and he happens to be very cultured. You on the other hand are rowdy and for a lack of better words, an idiot." She turned around and walked to where Roderich was sitting, joining him happily.
Gilbert sat down behind Francis. "Oh yeah, she wants me."
Francis gave a chuckle and Arthur shook his head. "Gilbert," Arthur began. "When are you going to learn that she won't ever be interested in you?"
"Thanks for the pep talk Artie. Yeah, that really makes me more confident."
"Your ego is so inflated that your head is practically ripping off of your neck. I'd rather not encourage it."
"Eww, why do you gotta be so graphic for?"
"Good Lord…" Arthur sighed with dismay as he held his head with one hand.
Alfred noticed a sleepy-looking character walk through the aisle.
"Didn't get enough sleep again Heracles?"
"Is it Mr. Adnan again?"
"Yeah. That guy sure can curse…and he's pretty loud…why does he have to be my neighbor?"
He watched as Heracles walked to the back and Aksel offered him a seat next to him. He sat down and resumed napping, his partner laughing with amusement.
Three more students came in, which seemed to be the last of them. A girl with blonde hair walked to the back and took a vacant seat.
"You know what Antonio? Go to hell!"
Manny's ears perked up when he heard that name.
"Oh come on Lovi!"
"Don't call me that you bastard! I'm gonna sit next to Florinda from now on! Hmph!" He stormed to the back and sat down next to the Belgian student.
"Oooh, Antonio," began Feliciano. "Why is Lovi angry at you again?"
"Who knows? He's always angry at things I do. Well, he'll get over it soon, whatever it is." He spotted his cousin who was trying to hide his face with a text book.
"Mannyyyyyyyyyy!" Antonio said lovingly. "I haven't seen you all winter break! What happened?!"
"Can't you take a hint idiota?!"
"Come on, don't call me that! Why are you always so mean to me? What happened to that cute little boy I used to know who loved eating churros with me?"
"He's gone and dead, dead forever. Now move before I throw this at you!"
"Manuel!" scolded Alicia. "Stop being so mean to Antonio!"
"Alicia, I'm so glad you're not like your brother. Sometimes it's hard to imagine that you're related."
Manny mumbled under his breath. "It's hard to imagine that we're related to you."
Antonio just looked up at the ceiling and shook his head, saying hi to Eva and Alfred as he passed.
Gilbert noticed him. "Tony!"
Antonio happily took his seat next to Gilbert who gave him a bro fist. "Ready for another semester of lame?"
"Oh it's not that bad."
Francis rested his arm against the back of his seat and looked at his two friends. "Ready for more shenanigans?" he said with a sly smile.
"You bet!" the two said in unison. Then all three of them stared at Arthur with mischievous smiles on their faces.
Arthur had been reading a book while everyone else was talking. His sixth sense told him he was being watched. "What are you three looking at?"
They only continued to smile.
"Oh no. No no. I know what this is about, and it's no longer going to work! I am not going to be the victim of your pranks anymore!"
"We'll see about that," they said.
"You know, when the three of you say it in unison, it makes me fear for the well-being of the student population…"
Alfred couldn't wait to see what pranks they were going to pull on Arthur this semester. It was always a blast to see him freak out and get angry since practically everything could trigger his temper.
Another student walked into the bus. She was very pretty and had red bows tied into her hair. She tried to look for a spot somewhere. She saw Francis and he patted his lap as he looked at her. She glared at him, catching Arthur smack Francis on the arm out of disapproval, but then saw Radhi wave to her. "Angelique, over here! You can sit with us!"
The girl walked over towards them. She was able to fit in the middle between them and they began to chit-chat.
Vash stepped into the bus, apologizing to the driver for him being so tardy. He then continued to tell him a tale about how he just had to make sure Lili had everything she needed for her first day back, the man replying that while it was a heartwarming story, he really needed to be on time so Vash made no further discussion and took the seat behind the bus driver.
"Is that every--"
"Woah hold on just a dang minute!" Another student stepped into the bus. "G'morning!" he said to the bus driver.
"Hey Arthur," asked Yao. "Isn't that your cousin? The one who moved from Australia?"
"Yeah…" Arthur said with a groan. "That's Logan. He's so annoying... I don't understand why he moved over here…and better yet, why he moved so close to my house…"
"Well you can tell you two are related."
"Alfred, our accents are slightly different."
"No, I meant the eyebrows. He has them as thick as yours."
Arthur glared at him and Alfred laughed in response. Logan turned around and noticed his cousin. "Crickey! Iggy, is that you? Woah! You go to this school too!" He helped himself to the empty seat next to Vash who didn't really care because as long as it wasn't Francis next to him, he didn't mind whoever shared his seat.
"Iggy?" the entire bus said. They all stared at Arthur who very much wished that a huge rock the size of the window would come flying at him and crush him or at least give him a concussion. He knew that was impossible though because there were currently no construction workers in sight.
The bus driver was almost relieved that he had everyone on board until one more passenger ran to the bus stop and hopped onto the stairs just as the doors folded shut.
"Wake up late again Honda?"
"No…I just…I was making sure I had all of my materials for the day…and I couldn't locate my textbook…"
"Okay. Well take a seat." The bus driver began to drive. He had finally finished picking up all the students he was told to get.
The boy had his arms around his textbooks that were held tightly to his chest. One reason was because he was cold, and another was because he was a very timid person. He began to walk quickly to the back.
"Oh Kiku! Good morning!" Feliciano said warmly. Ludwig smiled and nodded.
"G-Good morning Feliciano-kun, Ludwig-san." Without further hesitation, he proceeded to the back of the bus, the last long seat at the end. He sat by himself in a corner, still hanging on to his textbooks for dear life.
Feliciano made a worried and sad expression. "Ludwig…I wish Kiku was more social with everyone…"
"I know…but you can't force him to do things he doesn't want to do."
"Yeah…but it makes me sad to always see him by himself."
Alfred looked back at Kiku. The small boy was huddled up in a corner, rubbing his gloved hands together and adjusting his earmuffs. He wondered why Kiku was always by himself. When it was the passing period, he always saw Kiku just grab what he needed from his locker and continue on to his next class, not stopping to chit-chat with the other students.
"Why is Kiku…like that?"
"You mean unsocial?"
"Yeah. He always looks so lonely."
"I really wish I knew. It's true he only speaks with Ludwig and myself…but even then…it's not always extended discussion."
Alfred looked at the floor for a moment, taking notice of the dirt on it and the gum stuck under the seats. Then he looked back at Feliciano. "Does he hate me?"
Feliciano was a bit surprised to be asked that question. "Why would you think that Alfred?"
"Well…I'm pretty sure you remember what happened in middle school. I mean…how can any of us ever forget?"
Alfred had known most of his classmates since elementary, but didn't really speak to many of them constantly until middle school. It was then he became friends with Feliciano and Ludwig. Kiku was merely an acquaintance since he didn't talk to him much still during that time, though he at least said hello to him when he passed by him in the hall. When they were in eighth grade, each of them had joined a club pertaining to their nationality. Though for some reason the leaders of the club persuaded Ludwig, Feliciano, and Kiku that some of their classmates were the cause of their low funds since they didn't have enough to keep the clubs open, and that the clubs Arthur, Francis, Yao, Ivan, and Alfred had joined were convincing the rest of the student body to not help the three with their clubs.
This caused a lot of confusion among the eight of them and after threats and mean pranks, the group had a lot of tension between them, eventually causing them to have a huge fight in the last month of the eighth grade school year. All of them ended up being hospitalized, except Feliciano since the closest thing to a scar he got was a stubbed toe with a broken nail. Alfred was the one who beat up Kiku pretty bad, but the latter wouldn't cease to attack him. He had to defend himself somehow. It was because of this that Alfred felt that Kiku hated him.
Fortunately, Ludwig and Feliciano discovered the leaders of their clubs were just pointing fingers and spreading rumors because they were greedy. It made the two friends very upset and they reported it to the dean, who then disbanded the three clubs and instead suggested that all the clubs join together to make a single one for all. This seemed to work which pleased Feliciano and Ludwig as well as Alfred and his friends. The two were able to reconcile with the five and eventually they became closer to them, like they hung out a lot more and did group activities with them. They would even go to each other's houses to eat pasta or wurst and play fun games like Twister except nobody wanted to play with Ivan or Francis that much. Ivan because he was pretty big and there wasn't enough room for him to play Twister with other people, and Francis because…well, nobody's vital regions were safe with him in this kind of game.
The only one who excluded himself from friendly bonding was Kiku. He never came over even when Alfred had invited him to come hang out with them. The blonde just decided to give up and thought to himself, "Well if he's gonna be stubborn about it, then I don't give a damn anymore."
Now of course he felt bad, because Kiku was always alone at school and he was the main target for bullies there. Thankfully everyone on this bus never picked on him because they got along well with each other, but those who didn't ride on this bus and came on another one decided it was fun to pick on Kiku because he was a small and timid "nerd". After the fight he had with Alfred, Kiku didn't seem as strong anymore, but more defenseless, making the American feel pretty bad about himself. Maybe because Alfred was able to get back on his feet and still remain strong while Kiku couldn't was the reason why the boy never talked to him.
"He doesn't hate you Alfred," Ludwig said, breaking his train of thought. "He just…well I suppose he's just a bit intimidated by you."
"I wouldn't blame him. Man…I feel like a total jerk…"
"Well you should," Arthur said. "What you did to him wasn't exactly clean."
"I know…but every time I try to apologize, he just glares at me and mumbles in Japanese, probably cussing…"
"Oh, but Kiku said the Japanese language doesn't have bad words," Feliciano said.
"That's impossible. Every language has bad words! That's the first thing a non-speaker of a language should know!"
"The bad words?"
"Oh, well I thought it was how to say 'please', 'thank you', 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'can you show me where the bathroom is?' I mean…at least that's what I've been told…"
"Ah…well yeah, those too I guess."
"M-Maybe," Matthew said to his brother. "You should try talking to Kiku more this semester Alfred."
"I dunno." He leaned over on the seat in front of him, resting his folded arms on top. "Hey Manny."
"You talk to Kiku right?"
"Does he ever talk about me?"
"No. Except when I mention your name, he cringes a bit and then gets all quiet, ending the conversation."
"You haven't had any real interaction with him since that awful day, huh?"
"Well maybe Matthew is right. You should try to talk to Kiku once in a while. He's actually pretty nice. And he's cute too!"
"Yes he is!" exclaimed Feliciano. "I even thought he was a girl the first time I met him!"
Manny stared at him. "He's not that cute that I would mistake him for a girl Feli…"
"You know Manuel," Arthur said with a sincere smile. "You may hate Antonio, but you act like him sometimes. I see you dote on cute things on occasion, just like he does. Your sister Eva for example and just now when you were talking about Kiku."
"You see Manny!" Antonio said joyfully. "You're like me in more ways than one!"
The Mexican boy pointed at Arthur. "I'm not talking to you for the rest of the day now." Manny crossed his arms and slumped in his seat, pouting. Alicia laughed.
"What the bloody hell just happened?" Arthur asked to nobody in particular.
"You offended him," Francis replied.
"By saying he was similar to Antonio."
Arthur face-palmed and Francis patted his shoulder. "It's alright mon cherie."
"I'm not crying idiot."
"You just like touching me, don't you?"
"Mm hm hm. Yes ~"
"I hate you."
Alfred had an idea. "Hey you guys!" He stood up. "Do you want to sing our school song?"
"Can you be any more stupid?" asked Arthur.
"Why do you want to sing it now?" Gilbert asked him raising an eyebrow.
"Well it's the beginning of another year."
"But not the school year."
"I know, but the year in general. I think we should start it off with singing our school song! Come on. Pleeeeease?"
"Well, I am in a singing mood." Gilbert stood up. "Alright, let's consent to Alfred's request and sing!"
"I agree with Gilbo," Aksel said. "That way we can get all pumped up and not be so damn cold in this bus!"
"Sounds like a good idea," Angelique said. "Why not?"
"Alright!" Alfred punched the air. "Okay, everyone ready?"
His classmates nodded, and then they all began.
"Draw a circle there's the Earth
Draw a circle there's the Earth
Draw a circle there's the Earth
We are Hetalia ~ !
Draw a circle there's the Earth
Looking closely there's the Earth
Or maybe it's Earth?
We are Hetalia ~ !
Ah, with just a stroke of paint,
A wonderful world can be seen
Let's have a toast with our cups!
Hetalia ~ !"
The students began to get more and more into singing the song, the bus driver moving his head to the beat of their voices, humming the song as he paid attention to the road. Though the school they attended was called "Ambrosia", (which was really just to give the school a fancy-sounding name since "International" was done to death) the founder of the school was nicknamed "Hetalia" and therefore, the students liked to refer to themselves as "Hetalians" not "Ambrosians".
Alfred sang along with his classmates, but noticed Kiku was the only one who wasn't joining in. The blonde frowned. Looks like this is gonna be harder than I thought…
He wasn't going to give up though. Heroes never give up. He was going to help Kiku get out of that shell he was so tightly enclosed in. He owed it to Kiku, but in a way he was also doing it for himself. He didn't want Kiku to spend his high school years lonely. High school was supposed to be the best years of a person's life.
I'm gonna make sure he has the time of his life from this point on!
Well, that's the beginning to my fanfic. I hope it's good so far and that I kept mostly everyone in character. Yeah, their school song is "Maru Kaite Chikyuu" though I altered the words a bit for it to make more sense and to sound almost as good in English as it does to the original. Alfred and Matthew's mom is basically Alfred's gender-bend, and her name is Emily since that is her fanon name. Concerning the accents...I'm not going to give Yao the "aru" at the end because the way Japanese hear the accent of Chinese is different for Americans, though I am still going to have Yao speak fluently and not give him stereotypical dialogue. Francis...you'll notice if he has an accent from time to time, and obviously I can't help but give Arthur one. Australia's is tricky...so he's not going to appear much because of this. Mexico...well since I created him (and I am in fact of this nationality) will speak in Spanish from time to time in the scenes he's involved in. As for the OCs I made, I don't really have profiles for them. The Puerto Rico OC is dedicated to one of my close friends, so that's why she's in here. And Mexico does have a profile actually, since he's the first OC Nation-tan I've created. If you're interested in knowing more about him, you can find his profile here.
Also, I did NOT come up with the design for him. His character design is from Nadieza on DA.
The idea about the clubs was inspired by another fanfic, Two for Joy, by Kari Kurofai.
And last but not least, I did in fact ask both of them permission to use their work and they allowed me to do so as long as I gave credit to them.
If you find that I did an accent wrong, please notify me so that way I know whether to continue to give the characters accented dialogue or not. I don't want to offend anyone! Also, all canon characters will appear at some point in this story, even if it's just for a brief moment.
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