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Arthur woke up gasping for breath, swimming in his bedsheets and a pool of his own sweat.

It took him a moment to ensure that he wasn't still trapped in his mind.

The hallucinations were always so real. They were vivid and pertained to all of Arthur's five senses. The flames that licked away at the layers of his skin, the sharp fingernails that raked across his body, drawing blood; the white-hot knives sinking their razor-sharp teeth into his arms, intent on lacerating him, and the short stretch of rough rope, handled by unseen hands, pressed against his windpipe, slowly causing him to turn blue with asphyxiation...

Arthur shuddered again, trying to suppress the memory, but the more he tried to forget, the more those thoughts stubbornly surfaced to his mind. He lifted a trembling hand towards his throat, and was shocked to feel the ragged imprint of the rope, where it had dug into his skin.

He squeezed his eyes shut, gulped, and forced his hand away from his throat. It was always the worst when his hallucinations stalked him into reality. Admittedly, some of them, like the Flying Mint Bunny, weren't too horrifying, but more often than not, most of the visions left Arthur reeling into the dangers of his worst nightmares.

Arthur willed, begged himself to move, to get out of bed to comfort himself with a cozy cup of Early Grey and a scone, but his body refused to obey, trapping himself in the aftermath of his terrors with nothing but his pillow to defend himself in the inky dark.

Just when Arthur thought he could resist no longer, that he would just succumb to the dark demons that nipped at his mind, the door opened with a sonorous BANG!, temporarily chasing the monsters away in shock.

"'Sup, Artie?" the intruder cockily greeted with a grin.

In walked Alfred, the person that Arthur least wanted to see, the person that Arthur swore would never view him in this feverish, helpless state.

But Arthur was too weak to resist, too weak to push him away as he lay next to him, too weak to slap away the hand that stroked his fair hair away from his sweat-soaked forehead. He lay there and whimpered. The final shreds of his resolve and pride soon caved in, and he found his broken self curling into Alfred's sturdy body for protection.

If this was another hallucination, Arthur didn't want it to end. But everything about Alfred was so real; the slightly greasy scent of American fast-food wafting from his clothes, the bright twinkle in his crisp blue eyes, and the mop of artfully messed-up blond hair with the little strand that relentlessly stuck up in a rigid crescent on top of his hand. With each passing second, he could feel the darkness ebbing away at his mind subsiding, eventually vanishing, as he immersed himself in the ostensibility of Alfred.

As Arthur drifted into a rare, dreamless sleep, he still couldn't decide whether this was actually happening or not. Alfred could've been something that the brighter half of his imagination cooked up out of desperation and despair. But Alfred was so tangible, the weight of his well-built body snugly pressing into Arthur, and his soothing, calloused hand was still petting Arthur's head reassuringly. So tangible. So existent. So real.

But then again, all of Arthur's hallucinations were.
USUK oneshot I wrote... Sorry for not uploading anything in a while ^^' Please enjoy~!

And since a lot of you seem to be asking, I'll leave for you to personally decide whether Alfie was real or not~
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angelwithafanfiction Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
i read "the bright twinkie in his crisp blue eyes" by accident haha
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ThatMangaGal14 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Feels ;-;
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InsaneObsession Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
It is fantastic, but actually in Hetalia, his "hallucinations" are very real. All those things about him being crazy are false, due to one of the strips where France saw pixies and Brownie in a room. Also, Norway also see's England's creatures and has some for himself. ;7;

When I was little, I used to hallucinate things and everybody called me mad, but my little friend who I remember looked like a biscuit or something always stayed by my side. I miss him.. ;___;
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immasweetslovinggirl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes em think more about Arthur's character as both a country and human. He's just such a strange character that it makes me wonder if Arthur beileves everything is fake or if everything is just real but he's not...I think i need to write this one out thank you for giving me thought food
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad this let you think :) However... Could I know what you mean by write it out? If you make a fic based off of this one, please link to me and give me proper credit.
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immasweetslovinggirl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course after all you were the one that got me thinking about England's real character design
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xXCronaForeverXx Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ASHDJFHAMSHGJSN i love this so much...
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AnimeOtaku45 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
I loved this but now I am imainimg those same things in my mind...Iggy is right...they just seem so real... :iconsweatdropplz:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, now you can also imagine cuddling up with Alfie! :D

Thanks for reading and commenting~^^
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AnimeOtaku45 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Well...that might work... :iconadorableplz: :iconblushplz: :iconfrenchsquealplz:
Oh and no prob! I love commenting on great work!
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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AnimeOtaku45 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
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DarkCherryBlue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think my mushy fangirl side is begging my head for Alfred to be real, be my writter- brain is screaming that Iggy's mind is playing tricks on him. It also wants me to believe that the hallucinations are just post-tramatic-stress due to Al's revolution. But maybe that's just me.
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's kind of what I was going through when I wrote this, so I ended it the way I ended it xD Thanks for reading and commenting~
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DarkCherryBlue Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I just happen to be quite skilled in the art of reading minds. ;P

You're welcome.
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Figiena1998 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
this is very hetaoni'ish from my point of view
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missarpeggio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliantly written! I love the use your use of description :)
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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missarpeggio Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome! :D
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DayDreaming2011 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Wow O.o
I loved it! And I want it to be real! So its real for me :D
Jep :)
Don't destroy my illusions :D
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD If you want it to be real, sure... Thanks for reading! :)
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DayDreaming2011 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
No problem, thanks for sharing this :)
And YES, I want it to be real :D
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AngelandSkyler Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, intense short story I really like the twist at the end or maybe he was real? idk xD but this was great
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll leave whether he was real or not to the reader to decide ;) And thanks! :D
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Muragaragah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aw!
This was really well-done. Loved how you set it up, the rope burn was a shocker to me.
I really liked your descriptions! They're very tangible and realistic.
Loverly oneshot. :heart:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed ^^
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Jesska159 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Aww poor Iggy! I hope Alfie is real... I want him to be :iconcriesplz:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll leave it to reader's choice--if you want him to be real, then sure xD Thanks for reading! ^^
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AmnesiaGurl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Artist
so.....is Alfie real or not? D:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll leave that up to the reader to interpret~
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AmnesiaGurl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Artist
...Then I think Al is real. :3
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Moon-made-of-Ink Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I'm not a huge fan of USUK (I'm more of a FrUK AmeriCan kinda person) But this was still amazing ;A;
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! ^^ And I ship AmeriCan and FrUK (although I do like USUK a teeny bit better ^^') too :) I also ship RusAme and sometimes AmeriPan but that's not important haha...
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PatchworkGirl-666 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love it!
I like seeing England so vulnerable.
It just makes him so much more amazing.
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! ^^
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PatchworkGirl-666 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome. X{D
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Pzoomdg Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Awww, I love this! X3
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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AngelCherryCat33 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Oh my gosh! This was amazing!!! <3
Great job! :D
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you liked it :)
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AngelCherryCat33 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
You're welcome! :squee:
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Syd112012 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
YUSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! USUK FTW!
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for reading ^^'
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BlackRain707 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
That has to be one of my favorite things I've ever read :heart:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it ^^
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BottledRainbowz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome!! love this :dummy:
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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WhiteWings9 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Writer
This was really well written with brilliant pace. Wonderful to read, thank you for sharing this :)
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vivtheviolinist Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for reading! ^^ I'm glad you enjoyed!
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