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~In Time~

It was strange of Mathias to suddenly invite you out to lunch today. Then again, you couldn’t complain since it was a lovely day, and the restaurant he was taking you to was particularly fancy when compared to your usual standards.

“Alright, Mathias, what’s the special occasion?” you asked as you took a seat across from your boyfriend. “It’s not our anniversary. That’s not until three months. Did you win some sort of scholarship or something?”

“How about I tell you after we eat?” Mathias suggested as he began to scan the menu for his meal.

“Hmm, okay…” you agreed and started to look through your menu as well. All the while, you couldn’t help but think that something was wrong, but you couldn’t quite put your finger on it.

Lunch went as typically as any ordinary meal. The two of you chatted as you normally would, the food was delicious, and there weren’t any signs of any good or bad news—not until after you had finished dessert.

“_____________,” Mathias said as he reached across the table and wrapped his fingers around your hand, “I have something important I want to tell you.”

You looked up and studied your boyfriend’s expression. Unlike most times, his face was completely unreadable. There weren’t any hints of excitement, apprehension, or concern.

“What’s wrong, Mathias?” you quietly asked. Your heart was fluttering from the anticipation. This wasn’t like him at all. You weren’t able to read what he was thinking this time around. Whatever it was, it had to really be important.

“______________, we’ve known each other for a long time…” Mathias began.

Your heart skipped a beat. Was Mathias going to ask that? But you were still so young. You wanted to be free for just a little longer. Was he really going to do that right here and right now?

“…and I can honestly say that the time we’ve spent together has been the best time of my life.”

“Y-Yes…” you nodded feeling the blood rush to your cheeks.

Is he really going to do it? you thought. You couldn’t breathe. So this is what it felt like to be put on the spot. At least he had the courtesy to do it after you had finished eating.

“So…I’ve decided to let you be the first one to hear this.”

“Wh-What?” This wasn’t how it was supposed to go, was it?

“_________________...” Mathias pressed his lips together and let out a sigh. His head was hung low, and his eyes were lowered to your hand. This wasn’t going to be good news.

“_________________, I have cancer.”

The world stopped. Your heart sunk to the bottom of your stomach. You couldn’t breathe. Everything you had ever known suddenly just left your brain like an off switch cutting off your thought processing.

“I went to my doctor yesterday,” your boyfriend explained, but in your condition, he was better off just talking to a brick wall. “There’s been something wrong with me for a while, so I finally went to check it out. Sure enough, they said I have cancer.”

You blinked once. Finally the spell of the first wave of realization hit you and passed.

“How long?” you asked.

Mathias gently squeezed your hand and gave you a sad smile. “Give or take about three years.”

“Three years…” you breathed. “That’s it? B-But, you’re so young. We’ll be barely out of school by then. Mathias, that’s not enough time. What about all those things you told me you wanted to do?”

“That’s why I decided to tell you first,” your boyfriend said. “I wanted to be able to spend the rest of my remaining life with you.”

“Of course!” you instantly agreed and got up out of your seat. “Mathias, whatever happens, I’ll be there with you. I’ll do anything to make these years count.”

Then, Mathias sighed in relief like a huge burden had been lifted off his chest. You didn’t even flinch when he moved his hands to the back of your neck and pulled you in for a kiss.

“I’m glad you’re willing to think that way, ______________,” he smiled. “I wouldn’t have picked a better woman to fall in love with.”

“Y-yeah…” you whispered. Perhaps it would have been better if he dropped this kind of news in a private place. It was embarrassing to start tearing up now.

“______________, there’s one more thing I wanted to say to you before passing,” Mathias said in a tender voice.

You sniffed and looked straight into his eyes. “Y-Yes?”

Then, your boyfriend moved his lips to your ear and whispered into it.

“April Fool’s.”

It took you a while to realize what had just happened.

“Oh…” you mumbled. “Oh…”

Just then, a large grin spread across Mathias’ face.

“Pfft,” he snickered. “I’m sorry, _____________, but you should have seen the look on your face. I’m happy you’d be willing to stay with me for the rest of my life, though.” He then raised a bemused eyebrow. “Hey, don’t be like that. I had to get you back for the super glue you mixed in my shampoo from last year.”

“Mathias, you idiot! You stupid, clueless idiot!” You covered your face in embarrassment. “I really thought…I really thought…”

It was then that Mathias realized you were crying, but the damage had already been done.

“______________, I-I didn’t think it was going to affect you like this…” he stammered. You felt a pair of arms wrap around your body. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you like that.”

All of a sudden, you pushed him away and delivered a half-hearted blow to his stomach.

“Damn right you’d better be sorry!” you shouted causing the other dinners to look your way. “Mathias, you blockhead! It’s still March! April Fool’s Day isn’t until tomorrow!”
Of course, this kind of prank is actually really mean. I've had family members die from cancer.

Technically, it's already "that date" in other parts of the world, but since I'm in the U.S., I decided to put this out today.

This is my first official one-shot for Denmark despite how many I've written for him. All the others were either requests or for contests.

Denmark belongs to Himaruya Hidekazu.
This story belongs to me, *GydroZMaa.
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peachykeen3502 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Next year Mathias~ //pregnancy//
Cupcakes4life1234 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
Amateratsu18 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I was lied to completely... I thought this was gonna be a depressing story where we help him get over his cancer and he ends up dying anyway (tbh when he said that I started sniffing from sadness) but nope turns out it was just a joke. I would've smacked him before bawling in a corner.
ZNinjabear Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
I cant breath. I am laughing so hard right now. Mathias is lucky he didnt get a smack. Oh my god though, that last dialogue sentence. That. Last. Sentence. I am dying right now. Which is very different than what I thought I would be thinking. I thought I would be crying right now. Oops. :D 
jomonster13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Okay well I'm fucking pissed and happy and over emotional right now how could you do something like this to me?!?!?!?! I am happy because he doesn't really have cancer and it's funny because April fool's day isn't until tomorrow in the story but I'm so pissed because that just broke my feels!!!!Danisnotonfire: FEELS Feels the feels Pikachu Crying Plz :FFFFUUUUU: Bunny bored Fliptableplz tears  But this is a really good story!!!Congrats to Dr-Dash for 80k Subs (NOICE Chat Icon) 
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. Thank you. :blushes:
jomonster13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Oh you are absolutely welcome!!!Youre Welcome Llama Signs  I really did enjoy reading it though :nod: Cutie Nod 
EarlGreyIsHere Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
*Norway appears in Viking costume*
Bunnygoblin Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
Norway: Ok.
Neko-Dreia Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Pffft... !! XD
WayOfTheNinjaFTW Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg nu I thought he was going to say "will you marry me?" so i was freaking out from happiness but then he's all "I have cancer" And im just crying my face off. And then he's like "April Fools!" And im just. what the :iconduckplz:? And i felt exactly what reader-chan felt, omgggg this is perfect tho XD
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh heh heh heh. Yeah, I do that from time to time.
WayOfTheNinjaFTW Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ravelium Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Oh, yes... you are so good at pulling the strings of a story. And you are also a sadist, for doing this to us, poor readers~
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah hah hah hah. Sorry... ^^; 
Ravelium Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Nah, it's ok. Keep writting like this, we, the masochist readers, love it!!!
wingedsupernova Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Writer

eykchung Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student
:iconnorwaynotamusedplz: : Idiot

:icondenmarkwtfplz: oh-oh (Norway starts strangling the Dane)

me: :icongermanyfacepalmplz: I couldn't have said it any better Norge.
AshIzEpic Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Dude. No. Oh my god. At first I had a stupid smile on my face because I thought he was going to say "Will you marry me." And when he said that he had cancer immediately my smile dropped and I felt the blood drain from my face. TT-TT WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!?!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Because he's a little ignorant, and I enjoy plot twists that rip people's feelings out. >: )
AshIzEpic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
I think... I think this might be the start of a beautiful friendship...
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Laughs* Perhaps so.
ZEAWSUMPERSON1 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
heheh.mathias u freakin idiot.zhat vas not funny but crude. cancer is nothin to be made fun of.
IGame101 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god that scared me ;n;
PokemonGirl260301 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why not 'a special type of skittles touch'?

-not helping am I?
:iconyaydenmarkplz:: ...
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think certain people would get the reference. 
PokemonGirl260301 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that a GOOD THING or a bad thing?

i were thinking: (y/n)... I have... The skittles touch, it will take effect in 3 minutes...
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a bad thing. It's not universally understood by readers. I get readers all over the world. 
PokemonGirl260301 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I sowwie :iconcryforeverplz:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's okay. ^^; 
PokemonGirl260301 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still sowwy. :iconletmehugyouplz:?
FIOLEEbunnygirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
For some reason, I had a feeling that kept telling me: "Dude, it's a joke. I swear it has something to do with pranks or s'mething."
I couldn't stop laughing in the end after Matthias said it was just a joke. :XD:

Awesome story as always, Gydro-Sama!~ :heart:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you as always. 
FIOLEEbunnygirl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
My pleasure, Gydro-Zmaa. :aww:
shigurefan101 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Oh dat's low.
I cried how could he do this to me!?
Darkalicorn12 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god i read that and could hear the sound of my heart breaking. Mathias that's bad but you're still awesome
KryoriMai Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Reads 'I have Cancer' And Heart Drops*
*Reads April Fools and kills Mathias."
Arya12324 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I may have almost cried when I read I have cancer
PartyAnimal579 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Mathias: I have cancer.
Me: ... *checks calendar on phone and notices it's the last day in March* You're a little early. Try tomorrow
Mathias: DAMMIT!!!
hetafan123 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Matthias, cancer is nothing to joke about. Take it form the survivor.
kittymeow13 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
When the I have Cancer part came up, I was just FUCK YOU WRITER and then I saw April Fools and I facepalmed. Thank you for two plot twists in one story, it's been awhile since I've seen that.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh heh heh. No problem. ^^;
DoubleMindedDevil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
My reactions:

:iconsexydenmarkplz:I have cancer. )
:icondoublemindeddevil: {NOOO! If you have cancer then you have to take chemo and then all that glorious hair will fall out!!!)
:icondenmarkplz:{ April Fool's )
:icondoublemindeddevil: { I'M GOING TO KILL YOU!!!! )

:heart: the story btw.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh heh heh. Thank you. 
XJumpinJellyBeansX Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
LMAO!! THE ENDING!! :D my favorite part !
Yami-noTenshi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That idiot... I was actually tearing up from him having cancer!
And I reacted the same way as reader-chan till the very end... you really struck my character with this :)
blackdiamond63 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mathias you... GRRR!!!
Femromano92 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Oh Mathias Kesesese!!
NiniIs1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
:icontableflipplz:Denmark you ass!! (excuse language) I really thought you were going to die!!:iconevilbelarusplz:I'll get you next time though just you wait! :iconevilgrinplz: btw this story is AWESOME!!!!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :P
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