It was dark. That was the first thing you noticed. You could hardly see a thing in front of you. When you began to realize where you are, you recognize the stinging cold around your ankles is coming from the snow that had fallen. You shiver, feeling the ridges in your (color) coat. You walk forward, trying to ignore the stinging cold. There didn’t seem to be a single thing in miles of you. It felt as if you were going in circles. Along with that, you couldn’t help but get the feeling that someone was pursuing you. No matter how much you ran, it always felt that a menacing presence was just behind you.
Finally, you stop when you trip and fall face-first into the snow. The cold icy surface stings your face, making you freeze for a few seconds. You get up and shakes the snow off when…
You thought your eyes were betraying you. In the middle of the raging tundra… was a sunflower field. There was a gap in the clouds, letting the sun shine onto the field. It looked safe. Feeling the pursuing presence behind you yet again, you make a run for the field. Soon, the warmth of the sun replaced the chill of the snow. You walk through the sunflowers until you reach the very middle, where Russia stood holding a bouquet of sunflowers. He looked at you, smiling warmly. You walk up closer to him and feel his arms wrap around you. You place your hands on his shoulders, staring into his eyes.
“Ya lyublyu tebya,” he said to you.
You smile warmly back at him and say, “I love you, too.”
Your faces draw closer to one another each second, until you feel his tender lips against yours.
“_________, wake up,” you suddenly hear, “We’re almost there.”
Your eyes open, feeling the room rattle suddenly. As you focus more on the world around you, you realize that you’re no longer in your room. Rather you’re on a city bus. You notice that you have your coat on as well, and you look up to find yourself leaning against Russia in the seat next to you, who has an arm around you.
“Where are we going?” you ask, rubbing your eyes.
“My favorite place in town,” Russia answers.
You tilt your head a bit in confusion. How’d he get you all this way without you waking up anyways? Were you really that tired? You look out the window to see the sun setting in the distance.
“Um… how long was I out?” you ask.
“Quite a while,” Russia answered, “That song was a lullaby my mother used to sing to me.”
“Really?...” come to think of it, you had never met Russia’s parents before. Were they ever around?
“My parents both disappeared when I was really young,” Russia explained, “That lullaby is one of the few things I remember from my mother. My sister Ukraine took care of me and Belarus most of the time.”
“It must’ve been hard for her…”
“It certainly was…”
Soon the bus comes to a stop.
Russia takes your hand and walks you off the bus. Soon the bus leaves, and you find yourself out in the country side.
“What’s out here?” you ask.
“Someplace I think you’ll like,” Russia said, guiding you across the road and down the highway, “My house isn’t too far from here; don’t worry.”
You had never seen this place before. Your eyes scan the area in amazement.
“Just where ARE we even?” you ask.
“Just a little ways out of town,” Russia answers, “Close your eyes.”
“Just close them.”
You sigh and close your eyes as told. You feel Russia’s hands guiding you forward, your feet carrying you in each direction blindly. Finally, you stop. You can see a hint of red through your eyelids from sunlight.
“You can open them now,” you hear Russia say. Your eyes slowly open, adjusting to the light in the area. You almost couldn’t believe your eyes. You find yourself on top of a grassy hill. At the bottom of the hill in front of you was a small field of sunflowers, which were slightly eclipsing the sunset. It was a brilliant scene, almost as if it were from a painting.
“W… Wow,” you say, “It’s beautiful…”
“I always like to come here whenever I need some peace from the world,” Russia speaks, “I’ve been tending to this field since the day I found it. A few mice have come here to make this field their new home, but I don’t mind them.”
You still can’t quite believe your eyes as you stare down at the scene. You finally look back up at Russia, who’s smiling his usual childlike smile.
“You know,” you say, “I never got to reply to what you said earlier,”
“Hm?” Russia turns to face you, “What’s that?”
You smile, your face turning a little red, and say, “… I love you, too.”
Russia first appears surprised, but then his face turns to one of sheer happiness. He pulls you close to him, embracing you in a tight hug. You wrap his arms around him, hugging him back, before finally finding yourself looking deeply into his eyes. Looking into those violet orbs that you’ve come to adore over the time you two have spent together. You get up on your toes to get a little closer to him, and he lowers his head in response, bringing your lips together for the first time. It felt just as great as you dreamed it would. It was as if, all of a sudden, nothing else in the world existed except for that very moment. Derek, his two comerades, the bullies in school; everything was washed away by this one moment.
The two of you pull away when the need for air came. You smile sheepishly a bit, your face turning red.
“Wow…” you say, “That was… really something.”
“Yeah,” Russia replies, almost mirroring your tone of voice.
You look back in the distance, seeing the sun is set considerably lower than earlier.
“Should we head back?” you ask.
“Sure… I’ll carry you,” Russia says, picking you up bridal style. Just like the day you two met.
Sometimes you’d hear people ask you how you could have such a strange person as a friend… or in this case a boyfriend.
In truth, he was a real sweetheart once you got to know him.