Author Commentary; So here's the last chapter. I'll try to wrap things up nicely with this.
Note; Hyong-soo is my OC for North Korea. Just imagine a tsundere/paranoid Korea look-a-like with a long braid that reaches his knees.
Characters/Pair; PruCan, FrUk, plotdevice FraCan & USUK, side SpaMano, GerIta, RoChu & GiriPan, onsided PruHun
Warnings; Genderbending (Female Canada/England/SouthItaly/NorthItaly/Japan/China), AU, some angst, heartbreak, mentioned sexual encounters, swearing
Disclaimer; Amazing as it is, Hetalia isn't mine.
"Alfred! Hurry up!" Madeline called up the stairs, "We're going to be late!"
Alfred ran down the stairs two at a time, "I'm coming, I'm coming." he said.
Madeline rolled her eyes, "Let's go. We're going to be late for first class."
The two of them grabbed their things and ran out the door, ready to walk to school for the day. It wasn't a short walk, but it wasn't all that cold out either, so they could leave early in the morning without freezing to death on the way there.
"So, how're things with you and Gilbert?" Alfred asked as they walked.
Madeline smiled, "Things are great actually. He doesn't try to touch me too much and he always backs off if I tell him to." she giggled, "He's so sweet too. The other day he offered to carry my books for me, like in those old movies. It was kinda cute."
"Cute, huh?" Alfred said; 'cute' wasn't something he'd use to describe the other man.
Madeline rolled her eyes at his tone, "Yes, cute. We kind of act like best friends when we're together, you know?" she paused, "Is that a good thing in a relationship?"
Alfred shrugged, "Maybe that's how it's best for you and Gilbert. Sometimes thats how it needs to be."
Madeline raised an eyebrow at him, "That was awfully insightful coming from you. Have you been smoking Dad's stash?"
Alfred laughed, "No! I haven't!"
Madeline gasped, "You have AIDS!"
"Wait, wha-? Oh! Maddie!"
Madeline laughed and ducked out of her brother's way. They chased each other for a while, but then just laughed it off together. They were silent for a few more minutes before Alfred spoke up (he could never stand silence for too long).
"Maddie, what do you feel about homosexuals?" he asked, keeping his eye forward.
Madeline raised an eyebrow, "They're just people Al. No different from you or me." she gave him a look, "Why?"
Alfred shrugged, but still didn't meeting her eyes, "No reason I guess."
Madeline sighed, "Al, there's always a reason with you. Spill."
Alfred shuffled along uncomfortably, still avoiding his sister's gaze, "I-I think I might . . . like guys. As in, um . . . I think I might be gay." he finally said, his face as red as the stripes on the American flag.
Madeline nearly tripping over her own feet and went sprawling, "What?" she asked.
Alfred blushed harder, "I-I said I-"
"No no, I heard you." Madeline said, waving her hand dismissively, "It's just . . . what?"
"I was surprised too, okay." Alfred said running a hand through his hair, "It's just . . . Well, there's this guy in my Math class. We got placed together a few weeks ago 'cause the teacher has this weird idea that people weren't paying enough attention in class." he rolled his eyes, "Stupid, right? Anyway, this guy sits next to me and I just feel . . . weird around him."
Madeline looked over at her brother, "Weird how so?"
"Like . . ." Alfred started, attempting to articulate his thoughts, "Like I want to just, touch him, or something. I keep trying to tell myself that it's cause he kinda looks like a girl with his really long hair, but I know that he's a guy and stuff." he sighed, "I don't know, maybe I'm blowing this whole thing out of proportion."
Madeline patted her brothers arm, "You're not blowing it out of proportion Al. It's perfectly normal at this age to question your sexuality. Sometimes when I see a really hot girl, I can't help but think that I might be a little bi myself."
Alfred chuckled a little, "Really?"
Madeline giggled, "Really. And who knows, maybe you are gay. Then you can be the schools token gay guy."
Alfred laughed, "I think that guy Berwald and his little 'wife' have taken that spot."
"Oh right, forgot about Berwald and Tino. They're good hockey players." Madeline said, "Anyway, just go with the flow. If your body tells you your attracted to men, big deal, get a cute boyfriend."
Alfred smiled and puffed his chest out confidently, "Yeah, your right! Who care if it's male or female, so long as it feels good right?"
Madeline nodded, "Right, and I'm sure Hyong-soo will come around eventually."
"Yeah! Wait . . . When did I say it was Hyong-soo?" Alfred asked.
"Oh." Alfred said, "Well how did you guess?"
Madeline rolled her eyes, "A guy who looks like he could be a girl with really long hair and sits next to you in Math? Gotta be Hyong-soo. He's always complaining about you to me in English class."
"Right." Alfred said, "Should have known that."
Madeline patted his arm, "It's okay Al, at least you have your looks."
"Um, thanks, I think?" Alfred said, trying to work out if that was a compliment or an insult.
Just then, Anne's brothers drove past in their rust bucket car, no doubt on their way to drop off Anne and Peter before going out somewhere.
"So I here Anne and Francis are getting really serious. Like, wedding bells in the distance serious." Alfred said.
"Really?" Madeline asked, not sounding surprised at all.
"Yeah. Think they'll get married after graduation? A couple people have done that." Alfred asked.
"I don't think it's quiet at that stage yet." Madeline said, "They have a ways to go before they get married."
"Think they will?" Alfred asked.
"Who knows, maybe." Madeline said, "All we really know is that they really love each other."
Alfred nodded, "Yeah, they sure do."
As they turned the corner, the school building came into view, cutting their conversation short.
"Well, I have to go, Gilbert's waiting for me in homeroom." Madeline said.
"Yeah, and I have to go see if Hyong-soo's in his usual spot." Alfred said. He smiled at his sister and gave her a tight hug, "Thanks for the chat Maddie, you helped out a lot."
Madeline giggled and hugged back, "No problem Alfred. I'm always happy to help."
Author Commentary; Short; yes. Crappy; yes. It'll do; yes. Ugh, I need to start that gift!fic that I promised. Hope you liked it!