Disclaimer: I don't own Hetalia. I don't think I'd be writing this if I did.
Zephyr here! This is the LAST CHAPTER of SJMRM. As sad as I am to finish this, I'm happy with how it turned out and that its as popular as it is. Thanks to everyone who stuck with me to the end. That being said, this is the conclusion of the deadly tale!
Gilbert woke up when his pet started hopping up and down his back, clearly wanting to wake him up. He didn't want to have to get up on his day off work, but when Gilbird started jumping on him, he knew that there was no way that he'd be falling back asleep.
"What do you want, Gilbird?" Gilbert asked, failing to stifle a yawn.
The yellow bird started chirping loudly as he flitted around the room before landing on Gilbert's laptop.
"You just wanted me awake, didn't you?" Gilbert rolled his eyes. "Okay, fine. I'm awake."
After he got out of bed, Gilbert grabbed a change of clothes and headed for the shower. Once he was finished, he went into the kitchen and found Elizaveta drinking a cup of coffee and reading a copy of the newspaper at the island.
"Hey, you." Gilbert said as he pulled a carton of orange juice from the fridge.
"Same to you." Elizaveta responded with a smile.
"Last night wasn't a dream, was it?" Gilbert asked as he turned to face Elizaveta, juice in hand.
"Nope." Elizaveta leaned up and gave him a quick kiss.
"That's good to know." Gilbert smirked as he grabbed a glass and poured the orange juice. "But if we're going out now, I wonder why that weird feeling hasn't gone away yet."
"That's kinda cute, Gil." Elizaveta said as Gilbird flew into the room and landed on her head.
"I'm not used to it." Gilbert said as he stuck the carton back in the fridge.
"We can always call it off if that would make you feel better." Elizaveta said
"Why would I do that?" Gilbert arched an eyebrow. "I've been waiting to go out with you for months."
"Yeah, I didn't think you'd want to give that up." Elizaveta said as she lifted Gilbird from her head and held him in the palm of her hand. "Do you think Gilbird approves? He's finally starting to accept me as a person."
"We'll have to see." Gilbert said, leaning down so that he was eye-level with the yellow bird. "Gilbird? Ellie and I are going out now. I'll be doing all the things that I used to do with Maria with her from now on. Is that okay with you?"
Gilbird looked from Gilbert to Elizaveta a few times. Gilbert could tell that his pet was mulling over the idea of him dating his roommate, but for once in the entire time that he had owned his pet, Gilbert couldn't tell what the yellow bird was thinking.
A few seconds later, Gilbird fixed his eyes on Gilbert, as if he was trying to read his mind. After staring at him for a while, Gilbird seemed to nod and he chirped once.
"Well, I'm glad you approve." Gilbert rolled his eyes at the bird's antics.
"I still think it's odd that I need the approval of a bird before I can date you." Elizaveta gestured to Gilbird.
"For whatever reason, Gilbird's always been very protective over me." Gilbert said as he sat down next to Elizaveta.
"So I see." Elizaveta nodded. "But he didn't do this when you were dating Maria?"
"Nope." Gilbert shook his head. "I don't know why, but he's always been a little touchy when it comes to you."
"It's a good thing that he's getting over that." Elizaveta said, reaching over to pat Gilbird on the head.
"It was a real problem before this." Gilbert noted. "Seriously. It felt like we were married and it was the problem of getting the pet to get along with the spouse."
"I didn't want to say it at the time, but that's sort of how it felt." Elizaveta added, finishing her coffee. "And now for a random change of subject. What were you planning on doing today?"
"Antonio and Francis are coming over sometime this afternoon." Gilbert told her.
"Just make sure that Francis doesn't act creepier than normal." Elizaveta said. "I know you can't completely stop him, but I'd appreciate it if he'd learn to stop staring at my boobs all the time."
"That's impossible, considering that it's Francis, but I'll try." Gilbert assured her. "When do you get off work?"
"Around four." Elizaveta said. "I hope it'll be an easy day today."
"It seems like there's a lot of drama involved with bookstores." Gilbert said. "And I thought I had it bad working in a music shop."
"There's more drama than one would expect." Elizaveta said with a sigh." And on that note, I suppose I should start getting ready."
"Nope." Gilbert reached over and wrapped his arms around her waist. "You're not allowed to leave."
"Then I won't be able to make money to pay rent, which means that I'll have to move out." Elizaveta said. "I don't think you'd want that to happen."
"Not really, no." Gilbert shook his head.
"Tomorrow's Sunday and we both have the day off." Elizaveta told him. "We can spend the day together if you want."
"I'd like that." Gilbert nodded.
"You should probably get ready for the rapist and Antonio." Elizaveta said.
"You know Francis hates being called that." Gilbert said, releasing Elizaveta from his grip.
"But it's true, you know." Elizaveta said, giving Gilbert a quick kiss before she slid off the stool and left the kitchen.
"So, Gilbert, have you made any progress with Elizaveta?"
Gilbert looked up from his phone and found Francis and Antonio watching him. They had planned on playing video games, but they couldn't decide what game they would play. After Francis and Gilbert argued for half an hour between "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood" and "Left 4 Dead 2", Antonio suggested that they simply watched TV, with him being the decider on the show.
"Yeah, I actually have." Gilbert nodded, petting Gilbird on the head as the yellow bird sat on his knee.
"Oh really?" Francis arched an eyebrow at his friend.
"What did you do, mi amigo?" Antonio asked.
"I asked her out." Gilbert grinned happily.
"Nice one!" Antonio exclaimed. "I knew you'd do it eventually."
"But she's going out with Roderich, mon cher." Francis told him. "She can't go out with you."
"Apparently she broke up with him a few days ago." Gilbert drummed his fingers on the empty beer can sitting next to him. "And I don't know how this happened, but apparently she likes me, too."
"I knew that she would." Antonio said. "I saw how she looked at you."
"Kind adorable, too." Francis said.
"You already have Arthur, Francis." Gilbert said. "No hitting on my girlfriend."
"So it's official, then?" Antonio asked, running his fingers through his hair.
"Ja." Gilbert responded in German.
"Good for you." Francis told him. "Now you won't be so emo anymore."
"I wasn't that bad." Gilbert chucked an empty beer can at Francis' head.
"How's Gilbird handling this?" Antonio asked, his eyes on the yellow bird on Gilbert's knee. "He used to hate her when you were still roommates."
"We're not roommates now?" Gilbert frowned.
"You know what I mean." Antonio sighed in exasperation.
"He's okay with it." Gilbert responded. "The only reason why he hated her was because he thought that she was going to replace him. Once I told him that she'd never take his place, he started to warm up to her a little."
"He's just as stubborn as you are." Francis said, picking up the remote and flipping through the channels randomly.
"He really likes her now." Gilbert said. "I saw him trying to turn the pages of her book while she was reading the other day."
"It's just like a married couple with pets." Francis said.
"That's what Ellie and I said." Gilbert nodded.
"Now we just need Antonio to ask out Romano and we'll all have partners." Francis said, blue eyes falling on Antonio.
"You already know that's not going to work out." Antonio said. "Romano's never going to go for it."
"You won't know if you don't ask him, Antonio." Gilbert told him.
"Where's Elizaveta, anyway?" Antonio was clearly trying to change the subject.
"She's at work right now." Gilbert brushed his hair from his eyes. "She should be getting back soon."
"We'll have to interrogate her." Francis grinned deviously.
"Why the fuck would you do that?" Gilbert demanded, though he should have known that his friends would try to do such a thing.
"To make sure that she isn't just using you for sex." Francis explained like it was the most obvious thing in the world.
"She's not you, Francis." Antonio shot a glare in the direction of the blonde. "Elizaveta wouldn't do something like that. And I don't think Gilbert would go out with her if she was like that."
"I have more sense than that." Gilbert said.
"What am I not doing?"
The boys turned around and found Elizaveta standing behind the couch her eyes moving between Francis and Antonio.
"You aren't going out with me for the sex." Gilbert explained.
"Oh yeah, because we had so much sex last night." Elizaveta laughed.
"Was that sarcastic?" Francis asked, eyes on Elizaveta.
"Of course." Gilbert rolled his eyes as Elizaveta sat down next to him on the couch.
"He didn't force you into this, did he?" Francis asked seriously.
"Why would he force me into this?" Elizaveta frowned.
"Gilbert can be somewhat forceful sometimes." Francis said, eyes on Gilbert.
"Don't compare him to you, mi amigo." Antonio said.
"Well, he didn't force me into anything." Elizaveta said. "And I've already broken up with Roderich, so don't even ask about that."
"Yeah, Gilbert told us that already." Antonio said.
"I don't think Francis believes me." Gilbert wrapped his arm around Elizaveta's waist. "That I'm going out with you, that is."
"Well, it's true, Francis." Elizaveta told the blonde.
"It's about time you made a move, Gilbert." Francis said.
"Well, I couldn't exactly do anything when she was going out with Roderich." Gilbert pointed out.
"But you didn't know that I broke up with him when you told me." Elizaveta told him.
"Hey, whose side are you on?" Gilbert questioned, his eyes on Elizaveta.
"Yours, of course." Elizaveta said.
"At any rate, we're happy for you, mi amigo." Antonio said.
"Now we just need to get Antonio to ask out Lovino." Elizaveta said.
"Not you too!" Antonio exclaimed in exasperation.
Elizaveta heard the drum beats while she was still in the shower. Gilbert always had a tendency to play a little too loudly. Not that she minded. She knew that Antonio and Lovino, who lived next door, wouldn't appreciate it, however. She pounded the wall with her first a few times, hoping that Gilbert would hear her over the loud drumming. However, her efforts were in vain, as he kept drumming away and continued to do so when Elizaveta walked out into the living room a few minutes later. He had turned the volume up full blast, so loud that Gilbert couldn't hear the squawking of the yellow bird flying around the room.
Elizaveta knew that shouting wouldn't do anything. She'd lived with him long enough to know that getting Gilbert's attention required drastic measures. She walked across the room and turned the volume down before she turned around and faced Gilbert. He continued drumming for a few seconds before stopping suddenly, frowning at the lack of noise in the apartment. He looked towards the stereo and became even more confused when he saw Elizaveta standing there,
"Something wrong, Ellie?"
"You're being too loud." Elizaveta said as Gilbird landed on her shoulder.
"Was I?" Gilbert stood up and stretched his arms out in front of him.
"I could hear you in the shower." Elizaveta nodded. "You couldn't hear me pounding on the wall?"
"Nein." Gilbert shook his head.
"That figures." Elizaveta sighed. "Is the pizza done yet?"
"You made pizza?" Gilbert frowned.
"Oh, that's right. You were at the store when I put it in the oven." Elizaveta said. "Yeah, I made sausage pizza."
"Well, I clearly didn't hear a timer go off." Gilbert said. "And I don't smell anything burning, so that's a good sign."
"So what were you playing, anyway?" Elizaveta asked.
"Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums." Gilbert responded.
"Bit of a long title." Elizaveta said as she walked over to sit down on the couch.
"But it's a good song." Gilbert said, sprawling out on the other couch.
"Kinda dark, though." Elizaveta said as the timer went off in the kitchen.
"Pizza's done." Gilbert grinned as Elizaveta headed towards the kitchen.
"Ah, crap!" Elizaveta exclaimed.
"What's wrong?" Gilbert asked as he left the room.
"The pizza's burnt." Elizaveta said angrily. "I guess I know why."
"Why?" Gilbert asked, standing behind Elizaveta to star at the pizza sitting on the stove.
"I set the oven temperature a hell of a lot hotter than it was meant to be." Elizaveta said.
"It still looks edible." Gilbert said.
"Do you still want to eat it?" Elizaveta asked.
"I do." Gilbert said. "We don't have to if you don't want to."
"No, we can eat it." Elizaveta said as she started to rummage through a drawer for the pizza cutter.
"I'll grab the beer and plates if you want to cut the pizza." Gilbert said.
"That works." Elizaveta was already cutting the pizza. "You washed the hot mats, right?"
"Ja, ich habe." Gilbert responded in German. "Sorry about that, by the way."
"Don't worry about it." Elizaveta pulled a hot mat from the drawer. "You couldn't have known that the tomato sauce was going to boil over."
"Sounds like we need some cooking classes." Gilbert carried some plates and a six-pack of beer into the living room.
"You're good with deserts." Elizaveta said from the kitchen.
"Ludwig taught me a few things." Gilbert explained, popping the tab on a can of beer.
"Somehow that doesn't surprise me." Elizaveta carried the pizza from the kitchen and placed it on a hot mat on the coffee table. "Was there anything in particular you wanted to watch on TV?"
"Whatever you want works." Gilbert shook his head as he divided the pizza onto plates before handing one to Elizaveta. "I just want to spend some time with you."
"That's sweet." Elizaveta sat down on the couch next to Gilbert.
"Well, we don't get to see each other that much." Gilbert reached for the remote control and started to flip through the channels.
"Which really sucks, huh?" Elizaveta said before taking a bite of pizza.
"I'm not sure what that's meant to mean."
Elizaveta and gilbert turned around and saw Ludwig and Feliciano standing behind them. Ludwig had his eyes fixed on his older brother while Feliciano kept playing with his phone.
"When the fuck did you get here?" Gilbert questioned.
"Pizza!" Feliciano exclaimed happily and made to dash over to grab a slice, but Ludwig grabbed his shoulder and held him back.
"We just wanted to see how things were going." Ludwig said, holding back a flailing Feliciano.
"Are you sure you're right to include Feli?" Gilbert asked.
"Just me, I guess." Ludwig shrugged as he and Feliciano sat down on the opposite couch. "I see you're getting more risky, Gilbert."
"Care to explain, dear brother?" Gilbert knew that Ludwig would pick up on the sarcasm.
"You've got your arm around Elizaveta." Ludwig said, noticing that Gilbert's arm was wrapped around Elizaveta's waist
"Guess we'll have to tell him, Gil." Elizaveta said.
"Tell us what?" Feliciano asked through a mouthful of pizza.
"Ellie and I are going out." Gilbert said.
Ludwig's eyes widened as he said, "Seriously? I thought you were still seeing Roderich, Elizaveta."
"I broke up with him a few days ago." Elizaveta told him.
"Moving on fast, aren't we?" Feliciano asked.
"Feliciano!" Ludwig smacked him upside the head.
"It doesn't matter, Ludwig." Elizaveta said. "I know it looks bad, but Roderich and I called it quits mutually."
"Is that so?" Ludwig mused.
"Yeah, she kissed me first." Gilbert nodded.
"You were never one to take action, Gilbert." Ludwig said.
"Hey, I thought she was still going out with Roderich." Gilbert said before taking a sip of beer. "I wasn't going to do anything like that."
"But I was just giving you my answer." Elizaveta told him.
"Well, at any rate, I'm glad that things worked out for you." Ludwig said. "Now…"
"Oh, no." Gilbert shook his head. "You are not going to lecture me. Not when you didn't do anything when I was with Maria."
"You didn't want to do anything with Maria. You both need to take care of each other, okay?" Ludwig said. "If I find out that you've hurt Elizaveta, Gilbert, I don't know what I'll do, but be prepared to hurt for months. Same goes for you about Gilbert, Elizaveta."
"You know I'm not going to do anything like that, Ludwig." Elizaveta said before taking a bite of pizza.
"I know." Ludwig said. "I just need to say it since Gilbert's my big brother."
"And you shouldn't be saying such things to your big brother." Gilbert said.
"He's been worried about you, Gilbert." Feliciano said.
"Has he now?" Gilbert asked, crimson eyes on Ludwig.
"He said that you were depressed for a while and he didn't know what to do to help." Feliciano explained. "Once he knew that you liked Elizaveta, he wanted to do something to help you out, but nothing he thought of would work."
"Such a caring younger brother." Elizaveta said.
"Hey, Elizaveta's the first girl that you've really wanted to be with." Ludwig said to his brother. "What else was I meant to think?"
"Wait, didn't Maria ever mean anything?" Elizaveta asked.
"I guess she did, at first, but then I realized that I liked you and that she was a complete and total bitch." Gilbert said. "Once I realized that, I kept seeing her as a way to try to get you out of my head."
"That's kinda depressing, Gil." Elizaveta rested her head on his shoulder.
"That should have been indicator that you two would end up together." Ludwig said, leaning back in the couch.
"Why?" Elizaveta frowned in confusion.
"Gilbert doesn't let anyone call him Gil." Feliciano explained. "Not even Ludwig can call him that."
"But you do anyway." Gilbert shot a glare in the direction of his brother.
"Well, I can stop it if you want." Elizaveta said.
"No, it's okay." Gilbert shook his head. "I like the way you say it."
"So by the fact that I'm allowed to use his nickname, we'll work out?" Elizaveta mused.
"Well, maybe not, but it's still a good sign." Ludwig said. "Not that I don't want you two to end up together, of course."
"Well, I have the approval of the bird and the brother." Elizaveta laughed. "I guess I can officially go out with you now, Gil."
"Not that you needed my approval, anyway." Ludwig said. "Speaking of birds, how's Gilbird handling this?"
"He's okay with it." Gilbert responded. "Kinda surprising, actually."
"Where is Gilbird, anyway?" Elizaveta asked Gilbert.
"No idea, now that I think about it." Gilbert said as he stood up from the couch. "He was here when I was drumming earlier."
"We should probably be going." Ludwig stood up as well, pulling Feliciano up with him. "We just wanted to see how things were going over here."
"Aww, but I wanna stay." Feliciano whined.
"Lovino was going to come over today, remember?" Ludwig said as he pulled Feliciano towards the door.
"Yeah, that's right." Feliciano nodded. "He'll be angry if we're not there when he shows up."
"You mean there's a time when he's not angry?" Elizaveta arched an eyebrow.
"You'd better get going, then." Gilbert said. "You know how bad Lovi can be when he's angry."
"We'll see you guys later." Feliciano followed Ludwig out of the apartment, closing the door behind him.
"Now to find Gilbird." Elizaveta said, leaning down to check under the coffee table.
"I'll go check out my room." Gilbert left the living room and made his way to the bedroom.
The yellow bird wasn't on the computer like he normally was, nor was he on top of the iHome. He spent a few minutes looking under the bed and was searching the closet when he heard Elizaveta's voice from her room. Gilbert walked into the hallway and stopped short in front of her door, not looking inside.
"What is it, Ellie?" Gilbert asked.
"You can come in, you know." Elizaveta said.
"You're sure?" Gilbert asked.
"We're roommates, Gil." Elizaveta said. "We're going to see each other's bedrooms at least once."
"I've always thought that girls didn't want boys in their rooms." Gilbert hesitantly turned around and peeked inside the room.
"It's okay, I promise." Elizaveta had to laugh at how shy Gilbert was being.
"You can't yell at me later for this." Gilbert slowly walked into the room. "What's up?"
"I found Gilbird." Elizaveta smiled.
"Really?" Gilbert arched an eyebrow.
"Take a look." Elizaveta gestured towards the bed with a nod.
Gilbert stepped forward and examined the bed. At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Elizaveta had neatly folded the orange and purple blankets at the foot of the bed, but what was different was the pillow. Gilbird was nestled on top of the pillow and had fallen asleep, making chirping sounds that resembled snoring.
"I wonder what he's doing in here." Gilbert mused, walking over to the bed.
"Beats me." Elizaveta shrugged.
"Sorry he got in here." Gilbert picked up the yellow bird and held him in the palm of his hand.
"It's okay." Elizaveta assured him. "I think it's kinda cute, actually."
"Time to wake up, Gilbird." Gilbert started poking the bird on the forehead. "What are you doing in here, little guy?"
Gilbird shifted his wings slightly and opened his eyes, staring at Gilbert. He looked around the room and, after finding Elizaveta, chirped twice and flew out of Gilbert's hand, landing on her shoulder.
"Well, hello to you, too." Elizaveta reached up to pet him on the head.
"Now that we've found Gilbird, do you want to continue with our pizza and movie night?" Gilbert asked.
"Sure." Elizaveta nodded as she followed Gilbert back into the living room.
"I'm still surprised that my brother showed up so suddenly." Gilbert said as the yellow bird flew down to sit on his knee.
"He hasn't been over for a while, so I was expecting him to show up soon." Elizaveta said.
"At least he didn't completely freak out about us, though." Gilbert pointed out." I thought he'd have a conniption fit or something."
"He's just watching out for his brother." Elizaveta said, popping the tab on a can of beer.
"I should be the one watching out for him, not the other way around." Gilbert said.
"From what I understand, that's just something that siblings do." Elizaveta said.
"I just hope he doesn't get too protective." Gilbert sighed. "I don't want you to start freaking out over stuff like that."
"You're my boyfriend, Gil." Elizaveta told him. "I should be ready to get used to your brother."
"Yeah, I guess that's true." Gilbert said. "And he's going to have to get used to the fact that you're my girlfriend now."
So that's that! I hope it was a satisfying ending. I have plans for a few more PruHuns oneshots in the making, so look for them in the future. Thanks for reading. Reviews equal love!