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Eduard frowns when Ludwig walks into the room, and then the Baltic is leaning forwards to get off the bed, rushing over to Ludwig and wrapping his hands around his neck. They have made it back to their little hide out and Ludwig regrets bringing Eduard with him when he went back to the main house. However his boss had asked for Ludwig to bring along the nation that was helping him come up with some plans, and he couldn't say no and being back there made Eduard sad.
“I'm sorry.” Ludwig mutters into soft hair, voice tight as he knew that Estonia would be forcing back tears.
Once the other nations that his men had taken over found out that Eduard was helping him there was a ruckus, hoarse screaming from other nations and Estonia trying to explain himself logically. Even Poland, the nation that probably knew more than any other looked at him with disdain. When things did finally die down and Estonia had met with his boss, forcing shakes from his hands, Ludwig couldn't get a single word from him. Every word spoken was directed towards his boss or to the other men in the room.
“He is someone we should keep on our side.” His boss had mentioned when they were leaving, to go back to the main house to stay there for the night, Estonia walking ahead.
“Of course sir.” Ludwig had nodded in agreement because he did agree; he wanted to keep Estonia (mostly Eduard because Eduard was the one he fell in love with, not that he didn't love Estonia too). Estonia's smarts were just too much to give up, he was an asset that his side could use. His people weren't too bad, though some fought, some also joined his army and the government set up was willing to help.
Eduard's muttering pulls him out of the thoughts that had bombarded him since they went back to the little hidden home, “I'm sorry.” Eduard mutters into his chest, repeating it in every language the Baltic could think of.
“Don't be.” Ludwig insists, pushing the other nations away so they can look at each other in the eye. “Ignore their words.” He's more insistent this time, wanting to believe what he's saying, “They don't understand anything. They're ignorant. You are not a liar, or a betrayer, or anything that isn't Eduard. You are strong.”
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Eduard pushes his glasses up, cleaning them right at this moment would be stupid but it will need to be done before the night is over. Ludwig's words echoes in his mind and as reassuring as they are supposed to be, there are too many words that were left unsaid. “I love you.” Eduard mutters, as he climbs out of the bed and moves to the living room.
He's not going to leave, he's learned that anyone who hears what he's done is just going to hate him and he's not ready to be hated by the rest of the nations. The hateful words from earlier that week...