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You might want to click the link at the bottom and listen to the song as you read. Enjoy!


  Just because I'm telling you this story, doesn't mean I'm alive at the end. This is the story of (country) the forgotten country. Nobody remembers her because she died many years ago. There's only one person who still remembers; her older brother, Sweden. This is the story of how I died.

  It all started when I was four. Sweden, or Sve, was nine. "(name), bed time," he said. We were living on our own since his parents had died. I was adopted. Every night, Sve used to sing me the same lullaby. Tucking me in, Sve opened his mouth to sing; "I remember tears streaming down your face when I said I'll never let you go, when all those shadows almost killed your light. I remember you said, 'Don't leave me here alone.' But all that's dead and gone and past, tonight~"

   Just close your eyes, the sun is going down.
   You'll be alright, no one can hurt you now.
   Come morning light, you and I'll be safe and sound~

  "Good night, (name)," Sve would say and kiss my forehead.

  That's how my childhood went. Then, a terrible war broke out between Sve and Denmark. It was about who had territory over me, (country). I was eighteen and Sve was twenty three. That's when he went to join the army. Naturally, he ordered me to stay home, but I joined anyway. I had to fight for my country. I signed up as (guy's name). In the army, I learned to shoot, I fought in the battles, and I watched over Sve the whole time. When I was sure we would win, I told Sve who I really was. He was so upset and he yelled at me for coming. And that's where we are now. Oh, and before I forget, that's when the shooting started.

  Grabbing my gun, I ran out of the tent and into the battlefield. The whole Danish army was approaching and our only option was to fight them head on.

  "(name)! Stay here! You'll get hurt," Sve yelled over the ruckus.

  "No, Sve. I want to fight. You've protected me all these years, but now it's my turn," and with that, I ran off and got lost in the fight, leaving a worried Swede behind.

  The fight was long and gory with no end. I was killing enemies left and right, but in the excitement, I didn't notice the danish soldier sneaking up behind me. I just had time to turn around and see his face before he buried his sword into my stomach.

  I screamed bloody murder as I fell into a pathetic heap on the ground, writhing and spewing blood from my mouth. I clutched at my middle, the sword still buried inside.

  "(NAME)!!! (Name), no. Don't die on me. Don't you dare!" I heard Sve scream as he ran up behind me. He pulled me into lap and cradled me in his arms, saying nothing. I was no fool. I knew I was a goner. But I had one last dying wish.

  "S-Sve?" I whispered, clutching his hand like a life line, "Can you...sing? For me? Before I...go?"

  "Don't talk like that, (Name). You'll make it. You have to," He said, more to himself than to me.

  "Please..."I try to say, but it sounded like I was being strangled. Tears are running down my cheeks now. Sve takes one look at me, also crying, and starts to sing;

   I remember tears streaming down your face
   When I said, "I'll never let you go"
   When all those shadows almost killed your light
   I remember you said, "Don't leave me here alone"
   But all that's dead and gone and passed tonight

   Just close your eyes
   The sun is going down
   You'll be alright
   No one can hurt you now
   Come morning light
   You and I'll be safe and sound

   Don't you dare look out your window darling
   Everything's on fire
   The war outside our door keeps raging on
   Hold on to this lullaby
   Even when the music's gone

   Just close your eyes
   You'll be alright

  It continued like that as I grew weaker and weaker. Sve was fading in and out of focus now, and I was terrified. "Sve," I whispered, "I have to go now... I love know that?"

  "No. No, (Name), don't leave me. Please..." Sve seemed so scared then. I wondered if he was more afraid than me.

  "I'm sorry... I have to. Good bye... I lov..." I gave one last shudder as I took my dying breath, the words "I love you" still on my tongue.

  He screamed that day. He was in a rage. He took my empty carcass back to camp, and then went to hunt down the soldier who did this. That had been the last day he ever sang or spoke clearly. Now, he only mumbles when necessary. Sweden won the war, but there was no point now. (Country), and (Name), were long gone.

Come morning light
You and I'll be safe and sound...

Hi guys! It's Mady (again). So It's a four day weekend and I've been listening to this song [link] as I go to sleep. Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars wrote it for the Hunger Games movie. I got this little idea when on some interview Taylor said it was like a death lullaby. It's so depressing... TT_TT I would've cried so much harder at the premiere if they played this (SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT!) when Rue died. Sorry if it seems rushed. I wrote it in a corner of my cousin's house when the little kids got too loud. So, tell me if you spot ANY grammar, typing, etc. mistakes. Anyways, happy Easter!

Personified countries, Hetalia: :iconhimaruyaplz:
Safe and Sound: Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars
Hunger Games: Susanne Collins (right?)
Preview Pic: Not mine, found here: [link]
You: You
Story: Me
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Leafwindess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
MyDepictionOfFiction Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm in the emo corner. Though I did find something funny. My names Alex, and that can be a guys name, so I didn't have to change my name to sign up for the war effort
TheCrazyNewb Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
HeartArtemisHunter Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly i prefer this band's version of Safe and Sound:…

but good story. Liked it. I just suggest taking your time on projects. (coming from the one who can finish a series in a week) but a polished version always creates a larger more emotional response.
xTwisted-Minds Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
jesus christ what is my body doing. my heart sped up a shit ton, i started hyperventilating, and i got chills all at the same time???

yeahhh i don't really write anymore tbh. i read my stories again and they actually suck butt. :I but thanks for the tip anyway ^^;
HeartArtemisHunter Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol so do my old stories but we all learn. You should continue writing even if you don't share it. i just started sharing my own work because i was afraid it wouldn't be good enough
xTwisted-Minds Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
eh. i don't really think it's my thing. and i'd rather come up with my own stories and characters, but i cannot because i don't have much time what with practicing and schoolwork. :/
HeartArtemisHunter Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't either when i was in school, but whenever i got the chance i wrote down more about my characters, and my story, and even though i have a daughter, i managed to write my first book that is now published and up and running. All you have to do is take as much time that you can get and write what's on your mind. I encourage you to try
xTwisted-Minds Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow that's awesome. maybe i will try. thank you
HeartArtemisHunter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome
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