Today, March 2nd, is my birthday! I'm now 17! And because of that, I'm giving a present to all of you, this fanfic! YAY! But in all seriousness, there aren't that many Hetalia stories about the Antiqua characters. Maybe there's too much pressure to be historically accurate (mess one thing up and it snowballs). But I'm going to give it a shot and hopefully it works out…
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(WARNING: Heavy Dialogue)
Rome and Byzantine where good enough friends. At one point, Rome's empire was getting too big to watch over by himself. Byzantine didn't mind, and before anyone knew it, he was looking after the East while Rome managed the West. They were close enough to trust each other and far away enough to not get sick of each other. But sometimes they were a bit too far away, so every now and then, they would meet up somewhere to catch up.
This time, it was Byzantine's turn to visit. They started off the usual way, updating themselves on what the other was doing while walking through the many gardens and streets of Rome. It would start out official, but then it would get more and more casual.
Sure enough, their conversation took the usual turn.
"Well" Byzantine said incredulously "do you honestly think you have a chance with her?"
"Don't play dumb, I think you know who..."
He thought a moment; there was only one girl Byzantine ever talked about.
"Wh-what, Greece? Wait, wait, you think I..." Rome fought a nervous laughter for the right words to say. "As IF! What gave you THAT idea?"
"Well, the uhh..." He said motioning to the building they were standing in front of, which had Greek columns supporting the perimeter.
"What about it?"
"There has to be some reason why you copy her."
"I have no idea what you're talking about" Rome said, turning away to hide his reddened face.
"Come ON Rome, it's pretty obvious."
"So? I like the columns...Greece has great architecture"
"She sure does." Byzantine said with a smile. Rome was pretty sure he wasn't thinking about buildings. He shook his head and continued walking.
"When are you gonna tell her?"
"I'm not telling her anything!" Rome tried to say convincingly, despite how flustered he was getting.
"Oh I see, this is one of those 'pride' things, isn't it?" Byzantine said sarcastically.
"No, it's one of those 'drop it and leave it alone' things!"
"Ok! Ok! Man, you're defensive lately."
Rome sighed, he didn't mean to yell at him, but he really needed to change the subject.
"Sorry, a lot has been going on lately; I guess I'm just stressed out."
"Well..." Rome tried to decide where to begin "apparently there's a new group out there, some religious cult or something, and it's weird, usually I don't care what people believe, but these guys? I don't know, I don't have a good feeling about them."
"A religious cult? Those are dime-a-dozen, what does this one call itself?"
"Christianity? Never heard of it..."
"Well I'm trying to be tolerant and everything, but there is such a thing as 'too' different"
"Hey, don't worry about it too much, I doubt it'll last."
"Yeah, you're probably right..." Rome said with a smile. Byzantine could be a real jerk sometimes, but he always knew what to say to make him feel better.
The two continued to walk and talk and laugh like they always did. Soon it was time for them to go there separate ways. But not before Byzantine got one last dig in.
"Well Rome, if you're gonna tell her how you feel, you'd better do it soon, or someone else will..." He said with a wink. "I'll see ya later"
"Uh, yeah, see ya."
Rome waived goodbye, and the second Byzantine had passed over the horizon, he sprinted back to his house, not caring how many people were staring at him. He had to write Greece a letter, or something, telling her how he felt about her.
Only problem was, he had no idea what to write.
Ok, a couple things:
This is before Byzantium's name was changed to Constantinople (it happens, but not yet).
I'm not trying to say anything bad about Christianity, that was just apparently the view back then because the idea of worshiping on god and a view of spiritual equality challenged the Roman State Religion (polytheistic with a class system).
Rome did copy Greece, quite a bit (along with others).