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You sighed as you mentally slapped yourself for forgetting your bag in the meeting room. Not that it was completely your own fault of course, you’d been trying to make sure that Arthur and Francis didn’t kill each other on their way to their hotel room which they had to share to the Englishman’s great distaste.

Everyone must’ve left... you cursed as you wondered if the room had been locked up yet. A cheer of success left your mouth as you pressed the door handle down and it went down all the way, not catching on the lock. With a grin from ear to ear you sidled into the room, quickly finding your seat; your bag sitting underneath it with a nonchalant air about it.

“Bad bag! You were supposed to follow me!” You chastised the bag, chuckling at your own silliness until you froze when you heard someone clearing their throat. Spinning around, you clasped your bag to your chest as you stared at your unknown assailant with wide eyes and a red face.

Ludwig bit his lip, an amused expression on his face as he shook his head at you. “Vhat vere you doing? Talking to your....bag?”

You kicked the ground, your eyes averted from the German. I should really stop talking to objects and myself....you made a mental note of that and smiled sheepishly at him. “Yeah I guess. So you forget something too?” You diverted his attention away from your weirdness with a question, to which he shook his head.

“Just finishing up zhe papervork.” God, he really was a hard worker. “Hey Luddy.” He winced at his pet name, but at least you had his attention. “Don’t overwork yourself okay? I don’t want you to get sick.” You told him, a sweet smile on your face as you awkwardly patted his arm.

His heart beat faster at the simple but affectionate gesture and he reached for you as you turned to leave.

“Vait-“ The fabric of his jacket brushed against the table and managed to snag the metal case he used to keep his stationery in. The case tumbled to the floor with a loud crash and Ludwig halted abruptly.

The resounding metal rattle echoed in his mind, drawing visions of his time during the war. Doubling over, he held his hands to his ears as the repetitive string of machine-gun fire pounded in his head. The bombshells racked his body and he trembled violently, muttering to himself as he ‘saw’ people dropping like flies around him.

“Ludwig?!” You shook him hard, gasping as you saw the terrified look he had. “Nei-nein! Geh weg! Lass mich in Ruhe!”

“Ludwig!” Pulling his face up to look at you, you stared deep into his cerulean eyes. His pupils were almost completely dilated, two large black discs as he shook under your hands. After a strangled whimper, he collapsed on the floor with his head in your lap.

Holding back your urge to cry, you bit your lip. One of your hands rubbed soothing circles on his back whilst the other gently stroked his hair. You could feel his body quivering against yours, soft whimpers escaping him now and then.

You sat there for quite a long time, waiting until he’d quietened down completely until you asked him about it. “I-Is it because of the-“

“Zhe war? Ja.”  His voice cracked on the last note and he sniffed, using his hand to wipe away the moisture from his eyes. “I-I didn’t realise that you-you were this bad. This hasn’t happened before has it?”

You could feel the line of his nose against your leg as he shook his head, paused and then nodded curtly. “Never zhis bad zhough.” He commented quietly, the fingers that had clenched around the fabric of your trousers relaxing due to his taking deeper breaths.

He sat up suddenly, realising his display of what he would call weakness. Stammering, he apologised with a red face, his hands out in apology. You took them gently. “Ludwig, I want you to tell me when they’ve been happening. These-, well you know what happened just then.”

He looked to the side, his eyes half-closed in thought. “Z-zhey’ve just been happening recently. Vhenever somezhing drops like zhat,” he nodded at the metal case,” or makes a loud noise or somezhing.”

“Anything else?” He didn’t meet your eyes, so you roughly tugged his chin back. “What aren’t you telling me?”

“Nightmares.” His soft whisper was so uncharacteristic of him, it was a broken weak side of him you’d never witnessed before. “Zhey’ve been getting worse lately but because Feliciano sleeps with me, zhe dreams often go away. Zhough, today he’s sleeping vizh his brozher. So I don’t knov...”  

Before you voiced your proposal you weighed your options.

A)Let him sleep by himself and let those nightmares assail him.
B)Fine Feliciano and get him to sleep with him.
C)Be bold and offer to sleep with him.

Now before you chose you remembered the very present feelings of heart-flutteriness you had when you were around said German, how his rare smile lit up the rest of your week and how you tried to spend every available moment with him.

With that in mind, you chose C.

“Y-you know, y-you could al-always sleep w-with me?” He stared at you with wide eyes, a blush started from his cheeks and ending on his ears.

“No-not in the pervy kind of way of course! But if it helps you, then....” Trailing off, you made eyecontact with him. “If you can avoid having those dreams by doing something as simple as that, then I don’t see why I shouldn’t help you.”

“Danke.” That one word held so much warmth, tenderness you’d never expected the German to have or at least aim it at you. “Danke.”


You stepped out of the bathroom, one of the hotel’s fluffy towels adoring your damp hair like a crown. “I’m done.” You told Ludwig, wherever he was hiding at the moment. After a couple of curious seconds, you recognised his shape in the armchair that stood against the far wall.

He had a red hoodie on, the hood pulled up so that his face was shadowed. He probably couldn’t see you and seeing as he hadn’t stirred when you’d talked you figured he was asleep or
something. Suddenly your ear picked a light sound up, a quiet drone in the background amidst the buzzing and whirring of the lights and various other technological contraptions.

Music, you now identified the sound as music and slowly you came to sit in front of Ludwig, raising a hand on front of his face. He jumped spectacularly, clutching his heart as he caught his breath. “Don’t do zhat!”

“Whaaat? You mean jump you?” You grinned maliciously, chuckling as his reaction. “Ja.” He replied bluntly, taking off the headphones. A blast of music came free and you smiled as you recognised Bach’s cello suites.

It was strange to see him in such a casual get-up, you didn’t even know he owned loosefitting clothes like the hoodie and the slacks he was now wearing. “Why so loud?” You inquired, you’d thought that he of all people would know not to blast music like that; it had a bad effect on your eardrums after all.

“Blocking out existence for a vhile.” He muttered as an answer, turning the music off and placing the MP3 back in his orderly bag.

“So... to bed zhen?”

The question inflamed your cheeks even though you knew it wouldn’t be like that at all. Mind you Ludwig was looking pretty flushed as well. He slicked back his damp hair from the shower he’d taken before you and waited for you to get into bed first.

After clicking off the light, he slid into the double bed with you, somewhat awkward. The two of you were just lying on your backs, not knowing what to do or what to say. “If-if I notice you’ve got a bad dream, I’ll wake you up okay?”

“Zhat vould be good, ja.” He answered stiffly, his jaw set as he reigned in his desire to hug you to sleep. Feeling similar to him, you gingerly reached out and wrapped your arms around him, blushing terribly.

Tensing for a split second he radiated heat  then he placed his hand on your back, bringing you closer. “That better?”

He nodded at your question, his tired eyes already drooping. The racing of your heart slowed to a normal one and whilst his head rested against your shoulder, he could feel the beat against his own.

The soft rhythm was succeeding in lulling to a horror-less dream, warmth and love being the two foremost elements in it.

Languidly, you brushed some hair from his forehead. Even though he was big and strong, with more than enough power to protect himself from bodily harm, he still looked so vulnerable with his eyes closed.

Something swelled up in your chest at that moment. Something warm, something glowing and something you wanted to keep and nurture, direct the feeling at the man that lay in your arms and let him bask in it.

It was the feeling you called love.
Noooow I'd like to say a couple of things about this;

1. What Germany is suffering from is shellshock, though of course in real life people where much, much more affected by it than him. (This is what happens when you make me watch history documentaries.... *currently learning about the First World War*)

2. "Blocking out existence" is a quote by me.... Yes I have used it frequently these past few days.

3. I can't believe how cold it is outside. (this has absolutely nothing to do with this)

4. Was orginally going to make Reader-tan count sheep for him in German. But well I believe this works as well ^^


Aaaaanyways~

Please enjoy and tell me what you think, feedback is as always appreciated!
And if you want to have a hand in deciding which character and plot is used, please vote in the poll!
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kittycat250 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that made me feel bad for him... i am glad he has a good friend to rely on... i love it.... can you please write a second one... it is so sweet and happy..... i love Germany (Ludwig) fan fiction....
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PokeKirby87 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
So cute! Poor Luddy tho :(

For some reason I could picture this happening to america as well. And we already know that england has this...
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ueitheglaceon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My veteran relatives all have this...it's one reason most of them don't do fireworks on the Fourth of July.
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ILuvAnimeSK Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
But the sheep! You must count the sheep!
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thelittlemermello Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww poor Luddy has PTSD :( I 'll be sure to get him plenty of therapy c:
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starwarriormizuki Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very cute and sweet story ^^

I promise I am not correcting you or anything I just wanna ask whats the difference between post traumatic stress disorder and shell shock because they seem to share the same symptoms.
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Silenced-Nocturne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what they called PTSD before it was recognized as PTSD. WW1 was an incredibly brutal war, one of the first "modern" ones with airplanes, excessive artillery, automatic weapons, and medical advances had occurred so more men survived despite injuries, both physical and mental. 

PTSD was the most noticeable from men who had survived shellings (like being almost completely catatonic and only responding to the word "bomb") and doctors noticed it and called the phenomena "Shell Shocked" 
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starwarriormizuki Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh.
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Mochi-and-2P-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
its sweet~
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shihachii Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! C:
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Mochi-and-2P-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Your Welcome~!
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LeonorCarriedo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My god the cuteness in this makes me want to glomp someone!!
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shihachii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! C:
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kurino-sama-alpha Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
this was so beautiful!! and so accurate with shellshock symptoms!! awesome job!! *cuddles Germany. puts chin on top of his head. strokes his hair*
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shihachii Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you C:
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magalia323 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Awwwwwwwww! 

Also, hope ya don't mind I'm using the quote 'Blocking out existence.' I love that. I was actually just doing that before I posted this!
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shihachii Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I do use it often myself c: 
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payday892 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW~! I'll protect you, Luddy~! *cuddles with Germany*
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shihachii Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
heheheheh C:
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NotSoSecretlyDiscord Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My father suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) AKA Shellshock, and, from someone who's lived through this, you did a great job writing this. When Luddy was telling his symptoms, I was close to tears. It was so accurate.
P.S. I'm a Germany Cosplayer.
I love this sooooo much!
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shihachii Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so sorry to hear you say that love, your father must have been a very brave man.
I'm very happy to hear you say you liked it C:
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NotSoSecretlyDiscord Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He is. It doesn't ever really go away and relapses are awful.
Reading this again brought me to actual tears.
Such a beautiful story. Thank you for bringing this to attention in the world.
~DisCOrD
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Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ja, I love this story!
Awesome Job!
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shihachii Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for saying so love! C:
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Flying-Dutchmann Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no problem!
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necoconeco-101 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Sqeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! So cute! So wonderful! So awesome!!!!! Gah! I want more!!!!!!! :D 
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shihachii Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so happy to hear it love! Thank you!
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Animelover20014 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student
LLLLOOOOVVVVVEEEEDDDDDDD IIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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shihachii Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! C:
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FilipinaHetalian Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
BTW, I like 'Blocking Out Existence' too! XD I just put on my headphones and pull my knees to my chest. :icongetsomeplz: I find it relaxing and an escape route from life.
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shihachii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with you completely! c:
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FilipinaHetalian Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is So AWESOME!!! Zhe fluff! Best story I've read in months! XD :iconsexygermanyplz: :iconcannotevenplz:
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shihachii Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so happy to hear it love! Thank you very much!
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Alphawolflover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013   Interface Designer
Bad bag !! :-) love your story
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shihachii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for saying so lovey!
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Alphawolflover Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Interface Designer
No prob
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Fayasia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist
Sequel?
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shihachii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps! C:
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IfYouSayYouLoveMe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww... Luddy ;3; he and I both get scared at loud noises and nightmares. Thank you for not letting me be alone Luddy ;3
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shihachii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
C:
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IfYouSayYouLoveMe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ouo
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Heir-0f-void Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
;-; Omfg I love you this THIS is amazing I'm like squezing the life out of my cat from the amazement I feel right now THANK YOU
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shihachii Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome love! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it love!! C:
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meerkatlover27 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Shell Shock, my baby cousin laughed at the documentary because they were shaking badly, but I felt so sorry for them lovely story.
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shihachii Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is a really terrible thing. And thank you!
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kittymeow13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student General Artist
One stream of two different letters is to be said. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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shihachii Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! uwu 
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kittymeow13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thou art welcome
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shihachii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cheers lovey!
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MySweetLies Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
A)Let him sleep by himself and let those nightmares assail him. 
B)Fine Feliciano and get him to sleep with him. 
C)Be bold and offer to sleep with him. 

I stopped at the answer choices
And chose C
And as I continued reading
Reader-chan already chose C
So I was like 
"We're both bold"
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