Articles of Confederation

Summary: Drabble. When America was ready to leave England, he gave someone else the offer to come with him. "I'm leaving England. Do you want to come?" "No!" Canada shouted. "Al, are you crazy?"

Rating: K

Genre: Drama/Family

Disclaimer: Do you people have any idea how well I would have done in history class if I had known about Hetalia two or three years ago?

T.A.R.N.S.: I've been wanting to do a story about the Articles of Confed. ever since I read them and saw that Canada was given the offer to come with America and rebel against England. Apparently he didn't leave, but I thought it would be interesting to look at, Hetalia style. Enjoy.

In hindsight, Canada realized that maybe it would have been easier if he had never opened the front door and let his brother into the house. America had shown up, banging on the door with much enthusiasm, his arms full of papers, and anxious to talk to his brother.

Alfred was wearing a new blue coat, and Canada realized with a chill that it looked like an soldier's coat. "Al, wha- what's going on?"

"You have to see this, Mattie!" Alfred said excitedly as he dropped the papers on the table and turned the oil lamp up, letting out more light.

"See what?" Canada asked, looking at the papers with the feeling that he didn't want to know what was in them.

"I have my own laws now. I'm ready to leave England."

"You're- you're going to what?" Canada asked, holding Kumajiro tighter and wondering (hoping) he'd heard wrong.

"I'm gonna be free! And look, you can come too." America added, pointing at a paragraph on one of the pages. Canada gulped nervously and bent over to take a closer look at it.

Article XI

Canada acceding to this confederation, and ajoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States.

Canada gulped again and looked up at his brother, who was grinning at him. "I'm leaving England. Do you want to come?"

"NO!" Canada shouted. "Al, are you crazy? England won't let you leave. You can't fight him. And what happens if you lose?"

"I'm not gonna lose."

"But what if you do? England will be so furious!"

"Mattie, I don't care. I'm tired of his endless demands. I'm leaving. You should come with me."

"I - I don't want to." Canada said shakily.

Alfred looked disappointed. "Okay then." He said as he scooped the papers up and turned toward the door. "I'll see you later, Mattie."

When he heard the door close and realized that America was gone, Canada sat down at the table and drew in long, shaky breaths as he tried to calm himself.

America was going to go to war with England, and he was going to lose. Maybe, if I went and helped him…

But Canada found himself not wanting to.

Why Al? Why are you doing this to all of us?

T.A.R.N.S.: Sorry about the angsty Canada there at the end. The Articles of Confederation were the laws that America actually functioned under during the Revolutionary War, and they did allow that if Canada wanted to rebel, then Canada could come, too. (Well, Wikipedia claims that it was only one part of Canada that would have been allowed to come, but the Articles just say Canada, and that's what I'm going by.)

Well, I hope you found it interesting. Please review and let me know what you thought. Feedback is always appreciated!