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19 August 2009 @ 01:01 pm
Because I'm not sure if I'll ever finish the whole thing... [FANFIC... preview? Idek guys]  
So yes, because I'm crazy and trying to keep my mind off results day tomorrow, I'm trying to write a Hetalia fic about the Anglo-Portuguese alliance. The research and stuff has been great fun, I've learned a lot while doing it, but trying to cover roughly 700 years of history in a Hetalia way while not making it too much of an infodump is difficullllt. Especially when one of the characters involved is an OC, sob. Anyway, I'm slowly working my way through finishing it all (I've divided it up into dates/events to make it easier for myself, lol) but I have no idea if I ever will, me being me, and since I finished the first part and I quite like it I thought I'd post it here. >.>;

Title: no title yet, because I'm a dork :B
Fandom: Axis Powers Hetalia
Characters: England, Portugal [OC]
Summary: June 1147 - the siege of Lisbon, and how England and Portugal first met.
Rating: So, so G. For now.
Word Count: 888

June 1147
The Siege of Lisbon

Really, it was an accident, the first time they met.

England stood near the back of the group as everyone listened to the man in front of them speak. He had been introduced as King Afonso of Portugal (Of where? England had never even heard of a nation called Portugal) and while England had kneeled with the rest, because if the man truly was a king then he deserved the proper respect, he couldn’t help feeling both impatient and annoyed. From what he could make out, the king wanted the help of their band of crusaders to help lay siege to and recapture a city.

They weren’t mercenaries, they were crusaders, England thought churlishly to himself, they weren’t there to be bought. Even if, as it happened, they weren’t being lead by a King – his own king was far too caught up in trying to keep a hold of his throne to be able to come with them all the way to the Holy Land himself. He felt a stab of bitterness at the thought. Stephen was a good man, and personally England quite liked him, but the unrest of his people was crawling under his skin and pounding inside his skull, like it had been for years now.

He hated civil wars.

He was so caught up in his own gloomy thoughts that he almost didn’t notice that he was being watched until the person watching him coughed politely, making him jump about a foot into the air.

“Sorry, sorry!” the newcomer said in a hushed voice, while England recovered from his shock. “I didn’t mean to scare you like that.”

Scared? Him? “You didn’t scare me,” England scowled, taking a proper look at the other person. He looked to be in his mid-teens, with brown eyes and wavy brown hair – but that wasn’t what caught England’s attention. It was the unmistakable pull that came when he talked to Wales or France or Scotland – this person was a nation, the same as him.

“Are you Portugal?” he blurted out without thinking. The other nation’s face broke out into a wide smile that took England by surprise with the way that it seemed to light up his entire face.

“Oh, so you are one of our kind after all! I thought that you were, but I wasn’t sure, and you don’t look anything like Galicia or León…” Portugal trailed off thoughtfully, then continued. “So who are you? I’ve never seen you before.”

England stiffened slightly, drew himself up without even realising he was doing so, and said “I’m the Kingdom of England.” And if there was a note of pride in his voice when he said it, then he thought it was well-deserved, considering how long he’d had to fight to be able to say that much.

“So am I,” said Portugal, and his smile, although it didn’t waver for a second, looked a little nervous now. “A Kingdom, I mean. Or I will be, when we’ve taken Lisbon and I get recognised properly.”

“Aren’t you recognised already, then?” England asked tentatively, curious in spite of himself. It wasn’t often that he’d been able to have a conversation with another nation without their respective peoples being at daggers with each other (or, more often, with his own people being on the receiving end of the daggers), and since Portugal didn’t seem disposed to declare either war or invasion on him at the moment, England didn’t see the harm in continuing to talk to him. Besides, he didn’t think he’d ever talked to someone who smiled that much. Apart from France, and as France was an idiot and a pervert, he didn’t count.

“Not really,” Portugal said vaguely, his eyes straying over to where his king was negotiating with the captains. “They know I’m independent now but the Pope doesn’t recognise my king.”

England followed Portugal’s gaze to where his own people were now furiously conferring among themselves. He knew why Portugal seemed worried now - the Pope’s word was above and beyond the law, and without any real, official recognition...

“Are your people going to help us?” Portugal asked, scratching the back of his neck.

“Not all of them are my people,” England corrected him. But before either of them could say any more, the groups of Portuguese and crusaders had separated to confer among themselves.

The two nations exchanged glances. “We should go and find out what’s happening,” England suggested, and Portugal nodded.

Sim, we should. It was good meeting you, England,” he said, with a smile that seemed completely genuine, and rushed off to talk rapidly to his king in what England assumed must be his own language.

England had made it about four paces back to the unorganised group of crusaders before he realised that there was a small smile threatening to play around his own lips and he stopped himself. It wasn’t as if that little chat with Portugal had meant anything. England wasn’t here in any official capacity, there hadn’t been any real negotiations (or at least, he thought acidly, not ones of any note), he didn’t even have his king with him.

The chances were, he thought with a small pang, that it was more likely that he wouldn’t see the Iberian nation again.

[Historical Notes:

- The Siege of Lisbon, a turning point in Portugal's history and in the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsular in general. A group of Crusaders of mixed nationality, including some Englishmen, helped Afonso I of Portugal to recapture the city from the ruling Moors. The crusaders were later allowed to settle in Portugal and most of them ended up settling in the captured city itself.

- England at this point was in the middle of the Anarchy, a period of civil war and a succession crisis between the supporters of Stephen of Blois (te king at the time) and his cousin Matilda. I chose to have England go with the crusaders in this fic because after a while, Stephen really had no control over his nobles at all, so it was really just my artistic-license way of trying to reflect just how much anarchy and chaos there was. XD;

- Galicia and León - Two other Iberian kingdoms at this time, Portugal used to be pretty much dependent on Leon and at one point was united with Galicia as the Kingdom of Galicia and Portugal. Actually, Galicia is still an autonomous community in modern-day Spain. León still exists, sort of, as part of the autonomous region of Castilla y León. (For the record, I think Spain was probably Castilla back in these days, mostly because the Spanish I learned in school was called Castellano, or Castilian Spanish.)]
 
 
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Lylithlylith_st on August 19th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
AHKGJHSGJASGAJ...I loved iiiitttttt :3

Portugal so cute..adn england so proud of his kingdom ♥
Aimee, aka TenFel: [Russia] Vodkaaaaaaa~manga_ghost on August 19th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Eeee, thank you, I'm so glad you liked it! :D

England is so ridiculously proud of being a kingdom, he's so daft. XD And Portugal is turning out to be really fun to write so far. ^^
Antonio Fernandez Carriedo|| Spain ☀: Kiddie -I don't know what happened rllyland_of_the_sun on August 19th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I did, i can't wait for more.

XD all the nations are, at least he's not as creepy/annoying as Ivan with the 'join Russia~

^_^ that's good! It's important to like your own OC XD
Aimee, aka TenFel: [US+UK] raise your hopeful voicemanga_ghost on August 19th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'll have to get on with writing then! And trying to teach myself some basic Portuguese, lol.

"^___^ One day, everyone will be one with me~" [/Ivan]

Ha ha, very true! But it's quite nice that he's sort of taking on his own personality now rather than me having to think about it constantly all the time. If I have to think about writing a character too much, I worry that I'm making them too wooden.
Antonio Fernandez Carriedo|| Spain ☀: I has a scarfland_of_the_sun on August 19th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh take your time :3 LOL i live next to Portugal and I don't know the basics either XD

Spain: I have a nice scarf I always wanted to use~ :D

That happens sometimes, chars have a life on it's own, it's kind of amazing. you are doing well!
Arthur Kirkland [England]: Well it keeps me on my toesofhopeandglory on August 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
I so badly want to finish this one, though, I've never finished a long fic before. XD True, but I feel that since I'm writing him, I might as well know some of his language! XD

That scarf is actually awesome.

They really do, I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing~ :P But thank you, I hope I can keep it up!
Antonio Fernandez Carriedo|| Spain ☀: Maybe one day all will be differentland_of_the_sun on August 19th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I don't usually write long fics either because my English sucks :| That will help like.. A LOT

I love this pic: http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/3364/spainhaha.jpg

He's so happy and bouncy :D

Let's say good, for our sakes XD ♥
Aimee, aka TenFel: [Tieria] hello mr. blue skymanga_ghost on August 19th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should write some in Spanish instead! There's usually Spanish-language communities for a lot of fandoms, so I'm sure if you did that you could find somewhere to post them. I hope so! XD

He is! And he also looks so goofy. Bless him~

Ha ha, I agree! ♥
Antonio Fernandez Carriedo|| Spain ☀: About sun and flowers and guitarsland_of_the_sun on August 19th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
I should..but I'm shy when it comes to show my wittings to people @^_^@ I'm not sure why. I'm sure it willlll

:3 ♥
Arthur Kirkland [England]: Maybe I would have beenofhopeandglory on August 20th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
I totally understand that, I get so nervous when I post things. You just have to do it quickly before you can change your mind! XD

Antonio Fernandez Carriedo|| Spain ☀land_of_the_sun on August 20th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ahahha I will try that :D

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Aimee, aka TenFel: [UK+Japan] music makes us come togethermanga_ghost on September 6th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
O-oh my God, I wasn't even really expecting any more comments to this thing because I only linked it to one person, so coming home to this was a really nice surprise, thank you! :D I'm glad you liked it, and especially that you think I caught Portugal well, since you play him and all. I always get nervous when making an OC because it might be completely different from how other people see the character as being, so it means a lot that you liked how I wrote him. ^^

I am actually writing more right now, it's just taking so long and I want to be sure it's finished before I post the entire thing. ^^;

Ahhh no, you weren't boring at all! That was just a combination of my fail to think of a reply and the fact that I was out of town most of yesterday, sob. Seriously, you should have heard me squee when I saw that there was someone playing a Portugal. :D <3
shootingstripes: Kid: yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.shootingstripes on September 6th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Rp account, gomen! <3

I'm portuguese, orz. and I do have my own idea of portugal. :3 But I think that you caught him well, back when he was about to become a country and stop being a county. Happy and proud of himself, eager to expand~. <3. And I think I'm lucky I found out this fanfic. I'm very, very happy I decided to stalk you! <3333 So I could find out this awesome fanfic, and find someone that really uses portugal well, so far~. Please, please, continue it. I'm sure it will be awesome.

I refreeeshed that page over and over and over again!;_; I was so happy to seen an england talk to me, even in my own rp I don't get much of the Uk and... skdfjlsfdjk sorry. I fangirled as well.
Aimee, aka TenFel: [Ten] .... eh?manga_ghost on September 6th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, no problem!

I'm really glad you think so so far! I'm still worried about how I'm dealing with him later on as well since I've been working on this thing for ages now - also I get rather insecure about my own portrayals of characters sometimes, so. Hehe. ^^; Hopefully you'll like the rest of it as well when I get round to posting it! <3

Ffff well I can go back and try and think of a reply now if you'd like, I don't mind backtagging! It's. Really no secret how much of a fangirl I am now for the anglo-portuguese alliance, so I wouldn't mind rping with you more if you're okay with that. >.>;