Note: This is only part one, of who knows how many parts. I’ve been working on this for over a year, and have purposely avoided reading all variations on Captain America CS aus within the fandom. Dunno when the next part will be ready, but, well. This is a project near and dear to my heart. So it’s definitely not going to be abandoned. Shout out to @swallowedsong for encouraging me to post, @alchemistc who I’ve been telling about this for ages, and AU week in general for rallying us all together and inspiring so many wonderful works.
Title from the song “Dead Hearts” by Stars.
He wakes up fuzzy, warm and cold all at once, head pounding and tongue heavy in his mouth, like he’s swallowed sand that tastes like the worst toothpaste he’s ever tasted in his life.
He wakes up and he notices several things in quick succession:
The bed beneath him is strangely soft.
His clothes are strangely tight and unstarched.
The air feels stuffy and fake.
The game on the radio is several years old. He knows this because he was at that game with Liam.
He sits up and he knows—he knows that something is very, very wrong.
(The last thing he remembers is a plane, and cold, and water, and her and—
“I’m gonna need a raincheck on that dance.”
“All right. A week next Saturday at the Rabbit Hole.”
“You got it.”
“8 o’clock on the dot. Don’t you dare be late. Understood?”
“You know I still don’t know how to dance.”
“I’ll show you how. Just be there.”
“We’ll have the band play something slow.”
He pulls himself out of his thoughts and glances up at the woman who’s just walked in. Something about her is off, too. Everything is wrong.
“Where am I?”
“A recovery room in New York City,” she answers with a smile. Her uniform is right—like the one he’d seen Emma wear (Emma) but—
I’ve been looking around the Hetalia tag and found somewhere a lot of arguments about Chibitalia and HRE being related or at least made to be brought up as siblings. This made me question how IS the vagueness of the situation analysed?
Since I’m not feeling up to translating everything (Himaruya’s handwriting is a pain to even read, much less interpret), I’ll be using Hetarchive for this.
Here we go.
“Was he referred to as HRE’s brother to begin with?”
I’ll start here.
To start out with, he was not seen as actual relation, but rather as someone who could become part of the empire later. So there isn’t a said “brotherhood” yet, even though you can see Romano in the background acting like he wasn’t brothers with Chibitalia.
He lived in a house with the Roman Empire and other countries. For all we know JUST from this, they could be dormmates. But they could also be raised together. It’s vague as it is.
“The brother I never met” (cough Romano, cough) is referred to in his statement separately than together (he didn’t say both his brothers, he didn’t say the brothers individually, etc.)
And about France, yes, nii-chan (兄ちゃん) can refer to being “older brother” and usually is. But as he refers to himself as “Big Brother” no matter who he’s talking with, plus nii-san/chan/etc. can mean different things depending on the context.
Older Brother (usual usage but unpractical in this case)
As a reference to an older figure (friendly, work relationship)
A vocative form of “young man,” “buddy,” or so forth.
The second and third meanings are most likely the case, but the first is possible (just not possible for nearly every person he talks to like that).
“Did Austria introduce him as a son or brother to HRE?”
He was considered a “possession of Austria” from then on, employed as a servant. That doesn’t sound like a really loving father-son relationship, nor the entrance as an actual sibling to others.
In this case, we have to look at it like this: did Austria introduce Hungary as a daughter or sister to HRE? I think not, or else Hungary would have been referred to as Austria’s daughter instead of Austria’s maid.
They were both employed as servants, therefore a closer bond built around their circumstances is realistic. In this case, “big sister” may refer to as either a created affinity or only as like France’s “nii-san/chan” thing with work relationships. They don’t seem to meet much later on throughout the content, but it is hinted that they remain close after a while.
Now let me copy and paste the information on Austria.
¦ Austria-san ¦ An aristocratic intelligentsia who not only busied himself with Italy, but also controlled the Holy Roman Empire. Loves music more than anything.
Well… I guess I can copy and paste the original. But it says the same thing (or translated enough to it) so just read it for interest if you want.
He controlled HRE. It was not specifically said that he built an affinity of some sort with him, nor did he see himself as a father figure to him.
Chibitalia and HRE’s relations with Austria were probably as impersonal as boss, dictator, or something (well, “dictator” sounds like too much, but you get what I mean).
Or well… it might not that much to say. Usually if you’re someone’s child, you aren’t stealing food… so…
He’s surprised, indicating that he wasn’t immediately to build planned relations. All of those he managed to conquer were probably not ALL his siblings, so it would be impractical to consider Chibitalia much different.
People in the household, basically.
But then Hungary said “family”, which as I look back at the original text, the term “肉親同士” was used. “肉親” means “blood relationship” and “同士” means “fellow”, “mutual”, “comrade”, or something along the lines. However, was she referring to all four of them, or was she referring to Austria’s people? That is where it gets tricky.
But there’s more going for the latter than the former, given that they were not referred to as family or such before, being employed as servants.
Even servants can start to feel much more involved in the circumstances of what’s happening in the household they’re working with. Hungary seems to be a naturally caring person (another analysis for later), therefore it would be natural for her (and pretty much a lot of other people) to feel that way.
Given the number of people who were in the household was probably high just leaving like *snap of the fingers* that, I assume it was the event of people becoming servants as captured nations in one household.
Also, a manor in this case probably refers to how a unit of land, originally a of feudal lordship, consists of a lord’s demesne and lands rented to tenants… or just a large country house with lands. Both make sense for servants to be employed, but with the Hetalia spin of battle, it makes it more entangled.
“A place like this”
It seems that HRE did not consider the household a really affinity-filled place. He seems to believe that Chibitalia was to be a servant figure in his disastrous household that he fell in love with since the 900s.
Conclusion (TLDR): It’s impractical to say they’re related or were meant to be related, and I highly suggest not saying so. This is due to the lack of clarity when this was created, and the lack of much to say in favour vs. against.
Luckily this isn’t as common in other circumstances where they’re flat-out said to be brothers (i.e. Norway and Iceland, Veneziano and Romano, so forth).
Of course, go free with your own interpretations, but back them up with something instead of just saying them without offering to source.
I have nothing to do right now, so I was looking trough some of your blogs. And so many of you are so talented and have amazing art, or fics, or poems, or other cool stuff! And your blogs are so nicely put together!! Like wow, you are flipping amazing and everything you do is so perfect !! And then there’s me…
I just want to take a moment to thank Monsta X for the group of men that they are, not just as idols, but as men with the craziest and most endearing personalities. I haven’t been into kpop for as long as most people have but I was able to watch Monsta X grow to be who they are now as artists and I have to say I couldn’t be prouder.
And I may not have been able to attend their concert (as much as I wish I could have) but all these fancams and pictures overwhelm me with so much emotion because they deserve to know how much Monbebe love them and how successful they really are. I’m really so proud of them and I can’t wait until they get their first win and more, and finally have a world tour to see just how many Monbebes there are around the world to support them.
I don’t like to see Monsta X cry, because the times that they have, they felt they were disappointing their fans and families, but the truth is, they’ve worked so hard and have produced nothing but great work. Watching them cry at their first concert, (I cried, too) I hope that they’ve realized just how amazing they are as artists. If anything, we, as Monbebes, should work harder to prove that the sweat and tears they put into their music is worth it and give them their first win.
When Percy asked Annabeth to marry him, it wasn’t exactly planned. Well, he had planned to ask her -after all you didn’t purchase a ring and carry it around for a month if you don’t plan on using it- just not the way he did it. They were at Montauk, and Annabeth was talking about plans she’d made with Piper after her big meeting at the architecture firm. The wind was blowing her blonde hair into her face, her nose scrunching every time it tickled. The sea salt air was soothing to his nerves. Annabeth asked him a question, probably about what movie he wanted to see, and Percy answered with “Wise Girl will you marry me?” She looked at him surprised before that opened mouth slid into a smile. She cocked her head to one side, her hand reaching out for his and replied, “About time Seaweed Brain.” Then he remembered to give her the ring.
There’s this neighbourhood plant project going on whereby we get one tiny plot of land to plant. (With strict opening hours) And now I get neighbours (whom I barely talked to) knocking on my doors every other day saying “I’ll water your plants for you!!!!” “Ah you don’t have to water your plants, I’m going over later I’ll help you!!” And “hey your onions are growing out so beautifully!!!”
I’ve never seen this place so lively and friendly before & now I have to teach my mom how to reply with the right emoji when replying texts