I woke up when I heard the door downstairs open. My ears twitched and I immediately sat up. Fear... That's what I felt. They have come back for me. They're going to take me away. I whimpered and shook Ludwig.
"Please wake up Ludwig..."
Ludwig groaned and opened his eyes. He saw Feliciano hovering over him with wide, scared eyes.
"What's wrong Feliciano?" He asked as he sat up. Feliciano hugged him tightly and whimpered.
"Downstairs... The door downstairs opened. Ludwig, they came back for me!" Feliciano whispered as he clung to Ludwig tighter. Ludwig sighed and rubbed Feliciano's head. He gently pushed him off and got up.
"Stay here. I'll go check it out."
Ludwig walked out the room and went to the stairs. He saw Gilbert standing there with a baseball bat.
"Vhat are jou doing?" Ludwig whispered, making Gilbert jump.
"Ludwig! Don't scare me like that! Anyvay, I heard the door open und I vas going to check it out."
"That's vhere I'm headed. Feliciano woke me up, saying he heard the door open."
They made their way downstairs. Gilbert peeked around to the front door. He looked back at Ludwig.
"It's vide open," he whispered. Suddenly the lights in the kitchen came on. They made their way to the kitchen door. They opened the door a crack and peeked in. Gilbert let out a frustrated growl and slammed the door open.
"Francis, vhat the hell are jou doing here!? It's 3:30 in the morning!" Gilbert yelled as they walked in the kitchen.
"Oh hello! I was hungry so I came here," he said as he pulled out some leftovers from the fridge and put them in the microwave.
"Vhy didn't jou just heat up something at jour house?" Gilbert asked. There was a long pause.
"You know, I didn't think of that," he said. Gilbert raised the bat up and Francis flinched away. Ludwig quickly took the bat from his older brother and sighed.
"Vell you scared us. Especially Feliciano," he said as he sat the bat beside the kitchen door.
"Oh, I'm sorry." Francis said as he shrugged.
"No jour not, jou jerk," Gilbert growled. Ludwig went upstairs. When he walked in his room, Feliciano was under the bed, peeking out. They just stared at each other. Ludwig smiled at Feliciano, trying not to laugh.
"Vhat are jou doing under my bed, Feliciano?"
"I-I was hiding. I heard Gilbert yell, so I thought something bad happened," he said as he crawled out from under the bed. He got up and walked over to Ludwig. He tilted his head.
"Nothing bad happened, right? Since your up here that means it was a false alarm."
"No, someone did break it, but he's no threat to us."
"Who was it?"
"Francis. He came here cause he vas hungry," Ludwig said as he watched Feliciano's curious facial expression turn into a confused one.
"Why didn't he eat at his house?"
"He didn't think of that," he said as Gilbert walk in. Gilbert looked at Feliciano and gave him an apologetic smile.
"Sorry my friend's stupidity scared jou," he said with a tired yawn.
"It's okay. I have you two to protect me if something bad happens, right?"
"Yup! The awesome me vill protect you!" Gilbert gave Felciano a thumbs up and Ludwig sighed.
"Can we please go back to bed? I'm tired and ve have vork tomorrow."
"Ja. Night Feliciano, night Ludwig," Gilbert said as he left the room. Feliciano and Ludwig crawled back in bed, with Feliciano cuddling close to Ludwig. Ludwig wrapped his arms around Feliciano, listening to his steady breathing. They sat in silence for a while.
Felciano shifted so he look up at Ludwig. His eyes were actually holding emotions. Curiousity, happiness and something else Ludwig couldn't identify. Feliciano closed his eyes and breathed out. He looked back at Ludwig, and for the first time since Ludwig took him in, his face was serious.
"Do you... Do you love me?" he asked. Ludwig's heart skipped a beat. Of course he loved him. But was it the kind of love Feliciano meant? Ludwig thought about it. He loved Feliciano's laugh and his smile. He loved Feliciano's bright personality. He loved Feliciano as a whole. He looked at Feliciano.
"Yes, Feliciano. I love jou. Ich leibe dich," he said. Feliciano blushed and smiled.
"Ti amo Ludwig," he said. He leaned up and kissed him. Ludwig moved his hand to the back of Feliciano's neck and kissed back. Feliciano let out a loud purr. Ludwig pulled away and blushed. Feliciano just smiled.
"Good night Ludwig."
"Good night, my little Felciano."
I was at home alone the next day. I sat on the couch staring at my lap. I refused to go out by myself. I never went out without Gilbert or Ludwig. I was afraid of being captured again. But they would protect me. I could trust them. They told me I could trust them and I believed them. I know I can.
Memories of last night kept playing in my head. Ludwig had said he loved me. That made me extremely happy. I know I'm weak and I'm a coward. But he loves me anyway. I smiled and laid down on the couch. I closed my eyes. I would sleep down here so I would hear them when they come home. I smiled.
Hurry home Ludwig...