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"Are we…almost there…yet?" You asked, panting as you took another painful step on the umpteenth step on the what seemed to be the 5th stair case.

"Almost. Come on, (Name), you can't be tuckered out already, it was just a few flights of stairs!" your best friend, Arthur Kirkland, said as he seemed to glide up the staircase with ease, as if his legs weren't burning with an overwhelming pain. Not that you were thinking about his legs…

"FEW? That was like…over a thousand steps! You expect me…to just…zoom up all of them?" You huffed, blowing some stray (h/c) strands of hair out of your face. You received an amused smirk from the Englishman as he reached the top of the staircase, only to start on a new one. You groaned at the new set of steps as you reached the top of the staircase as well, grudgingly taking more steps up the stairs.

You had recently flown out to England to see your long-time friend, Arthur. You two had grown up together since middle school, up until college, when he had to return to his hometown in England to attend school while you stayed back in the U.S. Though you missed him greatly, the two of you e-mailed each other and video-chatted, so it was as if he never left. You had grown close to the Briton, even if he was cynical and had a sharp tongue - not to mention he had a strange belief in supernatural creatures, such as faeries, unicorns, and specifically a flying green bunny he claims to have named "Flying Mint Bunny" since the 6th grade. Truth be told, you actually had a little crush on the Englishman. You didn't realize it until your high school years, when you noticed how tall he came to be. He was a good few inches taller than you, and became a bit more buff. Not a total jock, but more than just a skinny body. How your heart fluttered every time you looked into his grass-green eyes that just seemed to suck you in, or when he flashed you one of his smiles that he rarely showed - everything about him brought you more in.

And, here you were, just plain old (Name), with (h/c) hair and (e/c) eyes. Arthur was truly one of God's own creations, whereas you were…you. Not that you were ashamed of being you, it's just…how could someone so perfect fall for someone like you? Or so you thought. When you arrived in London, Arthur and you had spent the whole week visiting the city's best tourist attractions - such as the London Eye and the Tower of London. But he seemed to have saved the best for last, since he had blindfolded you and drove you out to who-knows-where, and told you it was a surprise. Of course, he didn't mention the surprise was at the top of what seemed to be 10,000 stairs.

You didn't notice Arthur stop at the top of what seemed to be the last staircase, and ran slightly into him. "Are we…finally done? I'm..!"


Your words died on your tongue as you stared in awe at what was around you.

Big Ben, and all its glory.

"A-Arthur, this is -"

"Amazing, I know," the blond seemed to say smugly. He was satisfied with your reaction, obviously, as he watched you take steps around the giant bell, touching all of the clockwork that surrounded the massive thing. But that wasn't the best part.

When you turned to face the clock, you nearly fainted right there. The clock seemed to be transparent, clearly and beautifully showing the city of London. You pressed your hands against the wall, smiling at how wonderful it all was. The lights from the giant Ferris wheel gleamed and twinkled as it slowly rotated, along with the city's other smaller attractions. You turned back to Arthur, who looked happy that you were enjoying yourself. "Arthur, this is so incredible! It's gorgeous up here!"

He nodded, taking his steps to gaze out of the clock tower next to you, "Indeed." You turned back to the clock, eyes scanning over the many streets and pedestrians that seemed like ants when you felt Arthur staring at you.

Blushing, you asked, "A-Artie? You okay?"

He seemed to snap out of his trance and cleared his throat. "O-Oh, um, yes, (Name), I-I'm fine,"

Both of you turned back to the clock, silence taking over the two of you. Then, finally, he spoke. "H-Hey, (Name),"

"Yeah?" you turned to him, his green eyes locking with your (e/c) ones, sending shivers through your spine.

"I-If I ask you something, will you promise not to get angry with m-me?" he seemed fidgety all of a sudden, a sense of nervousness washing over him suddenly.

You nodded in response as he took a deep breath.

"(Name)…will you be mine?"

Before you could even utter a "Huh?", he had cupper your face in his and pressed his lips against yours, making your eyes widen in shock. The kiss seemed uncertain, like he was scared that you would reject him. Throwing all uncertain thoughts out of your mind, you wrapped your arms around his neck, smiling into the kiss. This seemed to encourage him, since he brought his arms around your waist and held you closer to him, pouring all of his feelings since he's first met you into this one kiss. Pulling away (reluctantly), you laughed and said, "Arthur, I'm already yours."

The Briton smiled one of his genuine smiles that only you've ever seen and leaned in for another kiss.

"Oh, yeah, and Arthur?"

"Yes, (Name)?"

"All of those stairs were totally worth it~"

inspired by -----> [link]

did you know that to reach big ben which is placed in st. stephan's tower, you'd have to go up 334 stairs? lol

:iconsexyenglandplz: <----- the aftermath of this fic :iconilikeitplz:

EDIT 7/31/12: GODDAMN BIG BEN JOKES :iconenglandlookscoolplz:
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piplup245 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
I would die walking up there 0.0 lol Awesome story. I wanna go see Big Ben. In both senses.
AnimeGeekKatie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
HetaliaHaru Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
LittleRedScarfdi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The stair scene in this story reminded me of the stair scene in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud's whizzing up the stairs and Barret is compliaining and cursing. XD
Great story by the way! ^^
QuantumTrance Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this~
*notices parts that made me all pervy* :iconcomputernosebleedplz:
France: ohonhonhon~
*punches france* YOU SHADDAHP
*clutches stomach* You just wa--
ReversalImpact Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Big Ben the equivalent of Florida. XD Oh damn those jokes...
JadetheKidR9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   General Artist
:iconclapplz: You made my f*cking day
ReversalImpact Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
I'm glad XD 
YukioNamikaze Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
"Big Ben, and all its glory."

Wolfp3lt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
And all it's glory :iconpervyenglandplz:

Sorry :XD: Great story!
crownie2000 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I used to climb up over 500 stairs and I'm not kidding here. After climbing all of them, my legs were shaking really badly and I suddenly fell for no reason. It's a good thing my friend was there to catch me. I'm really clumsy so I always need people around me to make sure that I don't fall or anything. ^^" Anyway, this is really fluffy~ I love this! Good job!~
brownie-nya-cat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
nigela19 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer
i need to see big ben ;)
Sushi-Cutie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I hate stairs.
Frozen-Voice45 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Must... see... Big Ben.. *-* (The bell, that is) Tell me more about it? :iconbegplz:
Seriously, even before I knew Hetalia even exists, I loved London more than my own home country! (Germany) So, I was there several times now but I never got to see Big Ben. :iconsadnessplz:
YOU MADE THAT WORSE. xD Now I want to see that bell even more!

Oh, and, by the way, great story. :3
LulzAwesomeCakes Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
.......not gonna say anything~ *whistles*
GingerAlchemist Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
:iconinloveplz: I absolutely love this!

*somehow refrains from making a big ben joke*
CrushGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Writer
*francis nudges me*
me: *slaps him*
gottaluvkyo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Climbing 334 steps to kiss a totally hot, bushy browed, Englishman, with the dreamiest accent and most beautiful green eyes know to man?

jjgirl99 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At Big Ben...
gottaluvkyo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiggybrowsplz: Exactly. XD
jjgirl99 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excuse me my nose is kind of... Well.. You know
hetafan123 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
0ArtisticallyInsane0 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
im such a derp, i didnt realize the whole Big Ben and all it's glory part in the story until after reading the artist comments and a few other comments then looking back at the story

guess i was too busy being in the moment to see it

great story btw
LittleRedScarfdi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Same here... Actually , took me a minute to find out what they were talking about. XD
0ArtisticallyInsane0 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
kushamisaru Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And here I thought I was the only one who was gonna make a big ben joke... now I feel unoriginal :(
brownie-nya-cat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Aww, it's okai! *gives cookie*
kushamisaru Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
yaaaaaay! :D thank you! (noms on cookie)
Silvermoonlitsoul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reading all those "Big Ben,and all it's glory" comments and knowing my own thoughts makes me wonder if we're all descendants of Francis....^/////^
Little-Lyrebird Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Rofl that last line
AngealGirl777 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute and lovely! The story I mean not Big Ben! Big Ben is huuuuuge! :) ;) :D But in all seriousness, lovely story! :heart:
HetaliaRussiaGirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Why isnt there an elevator!?! TTuTT Yes, Im lazy. And of course I also find the "Big Ben, and all its glory" hilarious. XD
xxxWARGIRLxxx Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
at this part "Big Ben, and all its glory." i was like o.0 Big Ben....??? XD :iconfuckyeahamericaplz:Anyone get what I'm sayin? BIG BEN and ALL IT'S GLORY?!?!?!? :3 lolz We all finally got to see "Big Ben" :iconpervyenglandplz:
crystallized-skies Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely story. :)
LuxCor6 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww! this is adorable!
Silvia-x-Gaara Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
SpaklingDiamond Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
the phrase "big ben in all its glory" made me laugh SO HARD. :iconenglandrapeface2plz:
brownie-nya-cat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Ohmigod your comment made me laugh so hard XD
le-awesome-emily Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahah. 334 isn't that bad. xD

And yes, all those steps were totally worth it.
MisakiAyzawa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
woah! lol XD after math sounds awesome! XD and this is cute, i was born in england, but ive never gone to london because i was born in Manchester so hearing that the big ben is clear is pretty awesome! XD and right when u put big ben into this i started to get all weird thinking of vital regions XD :iconpervyenglandplz:
SayuriChou Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
334? pffft~ that's easy! i walk up that every time i got to the doctors/dentists/orthodontists to race my mom (i always win~)
sunshineanddaises112 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
parrotluver3 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Aww It's so cute!
alexride99 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
big ben.
And the aftermath for me would be taking Arthur drinking. He is WAY more fun when he's drunk
Deikus-is-hellbound Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
id climb more than 100,000,000 stairs if it meant that a cute Brit like Arthur would kiss me
Chokokyoko Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol Arthur takes Reader-chan to see Big Ben...

((btw, this was cute :D))
hetaliayo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
btw ahonhonhon
hetaliayo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This is totally awesome and i love it! i just can't wait to see the real "big ben"!!!
KoolBeansAreKool Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Kawaii aru~

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