Ludwig sighed, taking off his military cap and walked up the steps to his home. He feared his brother would be home, but at the moment it didn’t matter. It was hot, and he just wanted to be in his air conditioned building.
Upon opening the door, he stopped, seeing a girl standing by the couch. It was the same girl he had fallen in love with, but was sent away before he could tell her. She obviously didn’t know his feelings, but he didn’t mind, as long as he was in her presence. But his heart broke seeing her now, because there were tears in her eyes.
“You are cruel Gilbert! You don’t know how much that hurts me! People like you make it hard for me to love anyone! I hate being everyone’s second choice!” She stepped back against the wall as a man with white hair stepped towards her.
“But ______, you have to believe me!” She shook her head, crying harder and running away from him. She passed Ludwig, without stopping, or looking up. “______, wait!”
Closing the door swiftly, Ludwig walked over to his brother and grabbed the front of his shirt. Gilbert’s marble red eyes grew wide at the sight of him, but Ludwig wasn’t ready to be welcomed.
“What the hell is wrong with you?! What the hell did you do?!”
Gilbert glared, pushing his little blonde brother away. “Welcome home brother.” He spat his words full of hatred at him. “I see the military showed you some manners.” When he noticed that Ludwig wasn’t going to stop, he sat down on the couch and put his head in his hands.
“I broke up with my girlfriend, and so I called _____ over, which she did. She comforted me, and it made me realize that she’s there for me and that I love her. She told me that Toni and Francis had the same problem, and talked to her. Yet, they too told her that they loved her. I just don’t know what to do. She told me that I didn’t love her, but it made me want to believe I did.”
Ludwig sighed, and sat down next to him. He didn’t know what to say. He remembered her words of never being about to love someone kind of struck him, though he’d never say so. But above all, he didn’t know she felt that way. Shaking his head, clearing his thoughts, he stood and climbed the stairs to his room.
Even though he was home, he was still going to train, just in case they called him back. Ludwig wore his green cargo pants and a black tank top, along with a pair of military boots. He ran down the dirt path, boots throwing up dirt behind him, sweat covering his body.
Turning his head, he slowed to a stop, the dog tags around his neck jiggling. Sitting on a hill, was a beautiful girl with (h/c) hair and brilliant (e/c) eyes. She smiled at him, waving sadly. He walked over, wiping sweat off his forehead.
“_____.” She nodded, bringing her knees up and resting her chin on them as he sat down beside her. “How are you feeling?” She sighed, turning her head so she was facing him.
“You know, I’ve given up, almost. I help people with their relationship problems, because I don’t want any of my friends sad. But, they always end up saying they like me. Francis practically attacked me, as well as Toni. I know they only say that so they don’t have to feel the pain anymore, they just want to forget it all.”
Ludwig frowned a bit, not sure what to say. Suddenly he spoke, “Don’t give up. If you do that, then no one will see the way I see you. You’re kind and caring, and you’re also tough. Bravest girl I know.” She grinned at him.
He sighed, running a hand through his hair. “_____, I want you to know that I like you. You might not feel the same way, so I’m not going to push it onto you. I just want you to know my feelings.”
Her eyes grew wide and she sat up. “Ludwig, I can’t…” Tears sprung to her eyes and she buried her face into her arms, resting on her knees. “You don’t, so get it out of your head now!”
He didn’t look at her. Ignoring her request, he kept talking. “I see you as my first choice. I have since before I left. I feared that if I came back you would have forgotten about me, or worse, loved someone else. But I wasn’t going to be upset, because I’d still love you.”
She looked up, cheeks stained with tears and he quickly placed his hand behind her head, crushing his lips to hers. She cried harder and he pulled back, looking into her eyes. “I love you, _____.”
She chocked back her tears, but they still came. “I love you too. I really do.” He pulled her into a hug and she cried into his chest. He ran his hands through her hair, and he looked over. Gilbert was standing there, a sad smile on his face.