"Luddy! I'm hoooommmmeee!" you cried out dramatically as you let yourself in to your boyfriend's house. And instead of hearing him chuckling at your strange behavior or see him making his way towards you, you got silence.
"Maybe he's asleep?" you mused to yourself as you made your way to his bedroom. Although, he knew you were coming over around this time. You peeked into his room only to not see him and then went to his study. Not there either. Thoroughly confused, you went back downstairs and went to the garage. And he wasn't there either.
Feeling a little annoyed, you re-entered the house and sat down on the stairs, wondering where your boyfriend could be.
Cue door slamming open and an obnoxious voice screaming for all of the world to hear.
"Ze Awesome Me has returned! Bow down to ze awesome!" You literally almost fell over from the force behind the shout. Rubbing your ears, you looked up to see a tall man standing in the doorway with gleaming red eyes, and hair that practically glowed, it was so white.
Currently his mouth was hanging open, as if he'd been about to shout again, as he stared at you.
Just then, Ludwig came in behind him and saw you, rubbing a hand down his face. When you noticed him, you jumped up and went to hug him.
"Sorry I vasn't here, liebling," he said, wrapping his arms around you. "I had to pick up mein bruder from ze airport. He only decided to let me know zis morning he was coming back. Gilbert, zis is my girlfriend, (Name). (Name), zis is my older brother, Gilbert." You reached out with your right hand and smiled at Gilbert.
"It's nice to meet you," you said, as he grasped your hand.
"Ja. You too," he said, significantly quieter than he'd been upon entry to the house. You let go of his hand and turned back to Ludwig.
"So I guess this means we have to cancel our plans for today?" you asked.
"I'm sorry, (Name)," he said, looking at you sadly. You shook your head and offered a smile.
"Don't worry about it. These things ha"
"So how long do you two plan on ignoring ze awesome zat is me?" You and Ludwig looked to Gilbert who had a cocky smirk on his face. Ludwig rolled his eyes and led you upstairs.
"As long as it takes for you to go away," he responded, making you laugh. Gilbert scowled and followed the two of you.
"Vhy do you have to be so mean to your big bruder, Luddy?"
"Don't call me zat."
"Vhy not, Luddy~?" You just giggled as the two continued to banter, wondering if this is why Ludwig had barely ever talked about his brother. Ludwig let you into his room, following right behind, as Gilbert stood in the doorway. That was when you glanced at him and noticed the ball of yellow on top of his head. You were in front of him in a flash, staring adoringly at the little bird that was nestling into his hair.
"Aaawwww, he's so cute!" you cooed, not noticing the flustered look on Gilbert's face from your closeness.
"Kesesese! He's ze awesome Gilbird, so of course he is!" he told you, trying to stay awesome. You lowered your gaze to look at him incredulously.
You named him after yourself?"
"He has to have an awesome name to match his awesome self, and mein name is ze most awesome name. It's perfectly awesome, don't ya think?" Your head was reeling from how many times he'd used the word awesome in that short response.
stop saying awesome."
"Nein! Zat is impossible, because I am ze very definition of awesome! Kesesese!"
"Bruder, you're being obnoxious," Ludwig interjected.
"Nein. I'm being awesome." You sighed.
"Whatever. Can I hold him?"
"Hmm? Oh, ja, sure," Gilbert said, reaching up to gently lift Gilbird from his head. You cupped your hands and let Gilbert slip the tiny bird into your hands, who peeped up at you and titled his head. You had to bite your lip so you didn't squeal as you ran a finger over Gilbird's head. He peeped again and fluttered up to rest on your head, causing Gilbert and Ludwig to look at you in amazement. When you noticed their staring you looked between the two, confused.
"What? What is it?" you asked, curious as to why they looked so amazed.
"Gilbird's never done zat before," Ludwig explained. "He only sits on Gilbert's head."
"He must really like you or something," Gilbert said, still perplexed. You grinned and reached up to pet Gilbird.
"Well, looks like he's mine now," you said, going over to sit with Ludwig.
"Vat?! No vay!!!" Gilbert screeched, coming over to try and steal back his pet. You laughed as you dodged his attempts.
You got the feeling you were going to like Gilbert.
Unfortunately for you, you didn't realize just how much you would come to like Gilbert. In the past few months, you found yourself growing more and more attached to the albino. And it was killing you.
You'd never felt so guilty than you had when you realized that you felt more than friendship for your boyfriend's brother. At first, you thought it was just a silly little crush and you'd get over it soon enough. But you were wrong. It only got stronger.
You tried ignoring the feelings, focusing more on your feelings for Ludwig, but nothing worked. And the more you tried to make things better with Ludwig, the more you found you didn't love him as much as you did before Gilbert came into the picture. It didn't help that Ludwig seemed to have no idea what was going on, and continued showering you with affection.
Wanting to cry for the millionth time, you trudged up to Ludwig's house and knocked on the door. Part of you wanted to end things with Ludwig, but the other was afraid to because you would hurt him and over feelings you doubted were returned.
The door opened to reveal Gilbert and you wanted to scream in frustration. This was not what you needed.
"Hey, (Name)," Gilbert greeted you, a barely noticeable flush on his face. You sighed and waved lazily.
"Is Ludwig here?" you asked, praying to God that he was.
"Nein. He got called into work last minute," Gilbert said.
Of freaking course.
"Oh. Ok, I'll just come back later," you said, starting to turn. You were stopped by Gil reaching out and grabbing your wrist. Blushing, you looked at him out of the corner of your eye.
"Y-you can still stay, if you vant," he offered, staring at the ground.
"Uh, sure," you said, immediately regretting your answer when he grinned at you and dragged you inside. You stumbled after him and gently pulled your wrist out of his grasp.
"Did you have something you wanted to do?" you asked, going to sit down in the living room.
"Uh, nein. Not really," Gilbert said, rubbing the back of his head and sitting next to you. You fidgeted and tried not to look at him. A few minutes of awkward silence passed before Gilbert sighed and turned to you.
"Actually, (Name), zere vas something I vanted to talk to you about
" You cringed and felt tears pricking at your eyes. He knew didn't he? And he was going to reprimand you about it and probably tell Ludwig and everything was just going downhill from here. You nodded to let him know you heard and waited for him to continue.
"V-vell, I vanted to say zat
I'm, really sorry but
liebe dich." You whipped your head around to look at him. He loved you? You couldn't get any words out to reply so Gilbert started stuttering out an explanation.
"I know you're dating Ludvig a-and zat you love him. Believe me, I didn't mean for zis to happen. I-it just did. And I know you don't feel ze same, b-but I just vanted to tell you. To get it off my chest, I guess." Gilbert turned to look at you to see you crying. He freaked out and pulled you into a hug, only thinking about comforting you.
"H-hey, frau. Don't
don't cry. I'm really sorry about zis. I mean it. I
" His voice trailed off when you wrapped your own arms around him.
"I love you too, Gil," you whispered, feeling completely torn. He returned your feelings, but what about Ludwig? This was going to destroy him.
Gilbert grinned and squeezed you tighter, not even thinking about his brother.
"Zat's awesome!" he cheered, pressing his cheek to the top of your head. You shook your head and pulled away.
"But I'm with Ludwig, Gil. Can you imagine how this will affect him?" Gilbert visibly deflated at your statement.
"Scheiße," he muttered. "I almost forgot about zat
Vell, it's up to you, liebe. As much as I vant you to be with me, zis is your decision." A few tears trailed down your cheeks again as you thought about this. You'd be hurting one of them either way.
"At the very least
," you started, not wanting to actually saying it. "I think that
I should break up with Ludwig. I can't keep acting like nothing's changed." Gilbert nodded in understanding and gently rubbed your back. He knew that this couldn't be easy for you and definitely didn't envy your position in this.
You two sat around until Ludwig came home, discussing the best way to tell him about this. It hadn't been going very well, because everything sounded forced or too pitying.
You freaked out when you heard the front door open. You weren't prepared for this at all.
"Bruder, I'm back," Ludwig said, walking into the living room. He smiled warmly at you when he noticed your presence and you felt like your heart was going to break. You attempted to smile back, and it must not have worked because Ludwig frowned and looked worriedly at you. Gilbert took this as his cue to leave and went to his room.
As soon as he left, Ludwig took his spot next to you and held your hand.
"Is something wrong, liebling?" He saw your eyes water up and felt nervous. What could it be that it would make you cry?
You took your hand out of his and put them both over your face and took a shuddering breath.
I need to break up with you," you said, tears falling down your face. You knew you should look at him, he deserved that much, but you just couldn't.
You just wanted to die when he didn't say anything. This was so much harder than you ever thought it would be. It wasn't fair to him, but the torment you were feeling was unbearable.
Ludwig placed a hand on your shoulder and you nearly jumped out of your skin.
"Zis is about Gilbert, isn't it," he said, making it more of a statement than a question. You stared at him in shock, before guiltily nodding. He sighed and looked at the floor sadly.
"I understand. I could see the vay you two vould look at each other. I hoped it vouldn't end up like zis, but zere's nothing I can do." You looked back at him to see him smiling at you gently. He leaned forward and pressed a kiss to your forehead.
"At least I'm not losing you completely," he said. "Ve vill still be friends, right?"
"Of course, Ludwig," you said, resting your hand on his. He nodded and nudged you to stand up.
"You may as vell go tell Gilbert ze news." You nodded and headed to Gilbert's room, thankful Ludwig took this so well. You knocked on his door and when he opened the door, you offered a hesitant smile that he enthusiastically returned. He pulled you into a hug and buried his face in your hair.
"I feel bad for mein bruder, but I can't say I don't enjoy zis," he muttered. You pulled away to look up at him.
"Can we just stay friends for a little while?" you asked. "I don't want to jump into anything just yet."
"Of course, liebe," he said, cupping your face and kissing you lightly. "I'll wait forever if I have to."