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Cross-posted from Hetachallenge

Title: The Partridge in a Pear Tree Challenge
Characters: Prussia, Hungary
Challenge: Bingo Challenge 1
Square Filled: The 12 Days of Christmas
Rating: PG
Summary: Prussia and Hungary celebrate the holidays by playing an old game of theirs…

Hungary opened the present Prussia handed her. Inside were five “gold” kids’ rings and a picture of the four bird whistles he had given her yesterday along with pictures of the other three gifts from the previous days. She laughed. “Thanks, Gil,” she said, kissing his cheek.

He blushed, the color a stark contrast on his normally pale cheeks. “You’re welcome. You sure you like it, Lizzie?”

“I love it, Gil. It’s very creative.” Hungary smiled. Putting his gift aside, she stood and went over to the little tree that stood on a card table in the corner of her living room. Hungary took a small wrapped present from under it. Bringing it back, she handed it to Prussia. “Merry Christmas.”

“Thanks.” Prussia opened it. Inside he found five “rings” made from construction paper and covered in gold glitter, along with four fake birds from the craft store, three tiny chickens made out of clay, a picture of a pair of doves, and a drawing of a partridge in a pear tree. He laughed. “Well done, Lizzie.”

“You’re welcome and thank you.”

They laughed. The “partridge in a pear tree challenge”, as they liked to call it, stemmed from the time when they were both living in Russia’s house. Since neither one of them had much money at the time, but wanting to carry on the tradition of gift giving, they had taken to giving each other, small token gifts that were usually handmade, or of the cheap trinket variety. It was a fun game they played with each other now, since both had the funds for proper presents. They considered the other’s reactions to the gifts priceless.

Prussia and Hungary continued their gift giving until they reached the last night. As he gave her the last of their gifts, Hungary noticed that Prussia’s smirk seemed somewhat forced, as if he was unsure about something. She dismissed it as nothing, however, when he urged her to open her gift.

“Okay, okay! I’ll open it,” she said. Hungary ripped the paper off and opened the box. Inside was a dozen windup bears with little drums, another CD of bagpipe music, eight plastic cows, but something appeared to be off. It took Hungary a few minutes to realize what it was. “Uh, Prussia, there’s only four rings in here.” She laughed. “They run out of rings at the party store?”

Prussia shook his head.

“What? You lose it when you were wrapping this?”

He shook his head again.

Hungary looked in the box again. She carefully pushed its contents around, looking for the missing ring. Unable to find it, even after taking everything out and putting it back in, she still came up a ring short. “Prussia?”

“Yeah?” he said, his smirk melting into a shy smile.

“I still can’t… never mind,” she said with a smile.

“Are you looking for this?” Prussia said. Reaching into his pocket, he pulled out a ring.


“Will you marry me?”



They kissed.


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