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England x Reader
Carousel


"See that?" Arthur asked, pointing out a quick streak of light in between the stars, and you nodded excitedly. "It's a falling star."

"Falling?" you questioned. "B-but, why is it falling?" you sniffled, suddenly tearful. Where would the star go? Wouldn't it miss all its star-friends?

"That's just what they're called, love," he said gently, tucking hair behind your ear. "There's no reason to cry about it. They say if you see one and make a wish, it will come true!"

You gasped, all pity for the star now gone, and called up a wish to the night sky.

He chuckled and pulled you into his lap, placing a kiss on the top of your head as the carousel continued around and around.




The first time Arthur took you to what had become your favourite amusement park. The carousel was always the best part, with its cheery music and beautifully painted ponies that rode up and down.

There were so many memories from your childhood. You remembered always wanting to catch the dragonflies and being scared of thunder. How the phrase "when you're older" seemed so exciting yet so far away. Dreaming of what the future might hold. And, of course, Arthur.

You loved Arthur. He was kind and caring, and practically raised you. Even though he was usually very busy, he took good care of you. And he loved you, too.

He always seemed a little scared of you growing up, however. While you couldn't wait for your next birthday, you saw apprehension in him. Like how he always pretended to be happy when your clothes stopped fitting. How on your sixteenth birthday he dropped a set of car keys in your hand with a big, fake smile. How he forced himself not to cry on your first day of college, and you did, too.

Even though he would never admit it, he had missed you terribly the past few years while you studied at University. Being so busy, the two of you could only swap occasional letters, and you could never find a way to get together on the holidays, even though before you never before spent over a few weeks apart. You missed him an awful lot, as well.

You were glad graduation had been just a few days ago, even though Arthur had been unable to make it.

Now, back in your hometown, you stood at the entrance to the theme park, a large "Out Of Business" sign posted to the front of the closed gate.

Scowling and sighing, you tucked your car keys and cell phone into your pocket before grabbing onto the fence and heaving yourself over it. You balanced on the top of the fence, looking over the park before dropping to the ground on the other side and dashing off. The cool night air felt good on your skin as you ran through the park, only stopping once you reached your destination.

The large carousel that stood in the centre on the park.

Except, this wasn't one of its finest moments.

The ride wasn't even turned on, since the park had been shut down, but the lights were dirty, some were broken, and the paint that was once bright and so excruciatingly detailed was chipped and fading. The eerie silence that accompanied the distressed amusement made you shiver, the cherry merry-go-round music long gone.

Locating the operator booth, you flicked on a few switches and watched the old machine slowly come back to life. The motor was broken, but the lights still lit up and the music still played as you stared at it in childhood awe.

Collecting yourself, you pulled out your cell phone and speed-dialed Arthur's number. "I'm home. Come find me," you said, not giving him a chance to speak, and making sure he could hear the music in the background before hanging up quickly.

Sighing again, you stowed the cellular device back in your pocket and meandered over to the ride, swinging yourself onto your favouite pony. You needed something to do while you waited for him to arrive. You patted the plastic animal like it were real, remembering all the happy times you had here.

"__________! What do you think you're doing?"

Arthur's sharp voice made you jump and look up after who knows how long of sitting and waiting for him.

"This place was shut down, I'll have you know!" he scolded, huffing towards the carousel.

Your eyes widened and you jumped off the ride, running towards him until you crashed into him at full speed, wrapping your arms around him. You knocked the wind out of him. After a moment or two he hugged you back.

You pulled away after a minute of just taking in seeing him again. "The first time you see me in how long, and you're already yelling at me," you teased, smiling and looking up into his bright green eyes that were overshadowed by his thick eyebrows and messy blond hair that always looked like it needed a cut.

"We've gone over this. I'm not yelling," he said.

Your arms tightened around him and you laughed slightly. "It's good to see you again."

"So it is, love, so it is," he agreed, pulling you closer to him as well.

Letting go, you linked an arm through his and marched over to the carousel, bringing him with you before leaping onto the deck of the ride. "Remember this?" you asked, climbing onto one of the old ponies.

He looked at you before following you and jumping up onto another horse close to yours. "Of course I do. You tortured me with this thing. Every single time, we had to ride the merry-go-round."

You laughed. "Those were fun times," you said to yourself as you started to reminisce again and look down at the horse. "I miss you," you told him suddenly, still not looking at him. "I wish everything could go back to the way it used to be," you almost whispered. It was hard to say something something like that, especially since not too many words were ever traded between the two of you.

He looked at you with his soft green eyes for a moment and you hung your head.

"And they tell her, 'take your time. It won't be long now,
'Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down'.
And the seasons, they go 'round and 'round,
" he murmured slowly, to the tune of a lullaby from your memories.

Your breath caught for a moment. Closing your eyes, you joined him. "And the painted ponies go up and down,
We're captive on a carousel of time.
" Your voice caught in your throat as you sang quietly, your hand stroking the mane of the fake horse.

"We can't return, we can only look behind,
From where we came,
" he sang gently, continuing the song for you.

You found your voice again. "And go 'round and 'round and 'round
In the circle game.
"

"So the years spin by and now the girl is twenty,
Though her dreams have lost some grandeur coming true.
There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.
" He reached out, and, tucking a piece of hair behind your ear, smiled softly.

Swallowing, trying to hold back the tears, you caught his hand, pushing it to your cheek. It was warm in the cool night air, and you felt calmed for a moment.

You wished you could be young again, that time could go back. Because it hurt to understand what Arthur meant through the song. The truth in the words was painful.

He got up off the old horse with the chipping paint and walked to the edge of the merry-go-round. Pointing up at the sky, he asked, "Do you see that?"

You leaned over your own horse to look, not letting go of his hand, and a falling star lit up the sky.

"Make a wish."
The song, Circle Game, is here: [link] I think it rings true for most of the nations, since they've been around for so long and seen so much and all...

Just... ignore me over here. I still don’t know where these ideas come from. I think England would make a good dad, though, no?
Sorry it’s so short, I stayed up really late to finish this. Also, sorry if it’s bad, first time writing any of the nations as a fatherly figure...

I don't own Hetalia or the lovely Iggy~!
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:iconnocturne-31:
Nocturne-31 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh. I love this so much. It's so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes. Oh god this is amazing. Keep up the good work. :iconhappytearsplz:
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!! :huggle: I'm glad you love it, and I'll try my best~ :D
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ItalyVeneziano01 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
TT^TT So sweet!! Keep up the good work! :D
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you~! :heart: I will!
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:iconitalyveneziano01:
ItalyVeneziano01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Anytime! XD
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! :XD:
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:iconitalyveneziano01:
ItalyVeneziano01 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
XD
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:iconitalyveneziano01:
ItalyVeneziano01 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
XD
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Anonymous-Lizard Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Listening to that song...*sniff* AWWW! >A<
So sweet, yet so sad! ;w;
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I know! Every time I hear that song I cry. :( I'm glad you liked it though!
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KenkoSpellCaster Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deep stuff dude.
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, isn't it?
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Savanir Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Its so sweet and beautiful and amazing and... Shit, i'm

Being a nation must be hard, the best thing about it is also the hardest
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much~

*nod nod* Yep. I have to agree there. I always like to use Iggy as an example for this... wether it's because of what happened with America or not, I don't really know...
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AlexisRainbowKitten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QAQ so sad.... I loved it <3
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you~ Sorry it was so sad~
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:iconalexisrainbowkitten:
AlexisRainbowKitten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's okay :3 I like sad stories :)
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that's good then. :D
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AlexisRainbowKitten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3
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:iconclockworkbirds:
Clockworkbirds Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh god.
That was just.
Wow.
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
^^;
Is that a good wow or a bad wow?
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:iconclockworkbirds:
Clockworkbirds Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very, very good wow.
:iconbravoplz:
One of my favorite 2007 songs- back when I hardly knew what the internet was xD Ah young me~


More?
Please?
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thank you very much, love~!

The Internet was so not as popular five years ago as it is now. Amazing to see how much it's grown, isn't it? I remember the song from my childhood too~ I would sing it without knowing what I was singing. XD

It's a possibility... depends on what kind of "more" you want and if others want more too.
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Clockworkbirds Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
More luuuuuuuvvvvv <3
More story.
More England being adorably grumpy.
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:XD: I was thinking if I just put together a bunch of the childhood memories and stuff that would be cute... Would that satisfy you~?
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Clockworkbirds Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Only half of me ;-;
I want it to contttiiiinnnnnnuuuueeeee
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww.
Maybe I will~ I don't have any ideas now, though... ^^;
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Shhhhshhhshhh... it's okay.
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hikari-tenshi-yuri Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Thanks
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No problem.
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hikari-tenshi-yuri Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Your sweet! :iconhugplz:
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, thank you! :huggle:
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hikari-tenshi-yuri Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
You are though!
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:icontinoplz: Thank you, my dear~
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bluelady1927 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Assetbwyrbryyhyn

QAQ

so sadddddddddd
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awww, I'm sorry...
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bluelady1927 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
you don't have to be sorry , I was sad but the story was awesome!
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :)
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u-ok-england Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god
i was finding stamps when suddenly i found this at the bottom of the DA page
i immediately clicked it and...
TTATT
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, I'm sorry about the TTATT
But aren't you glad you found it~? :XD:
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u-ok-england Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
feels
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hope they don't hurt too much.
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:iconu-ok-england:
u-ok-england Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;A;
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:iconprincessodile:
PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awww.
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u-ok-england Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
/Clings
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PrincessOdile Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*comforts*
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