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~The Halo Effect~ 8

Allistor heard the first customer of the night coming through the stained glass door. He expected it to be someone fresh out of work ready to drown his troubles in alcohol or get a little buzzed before heading on back home. This time, however, he couldn’t be sure what to make of this person taking a seat in his usual stool right in front of him.

“How’s it going, Allistor?” Mathias greeted his old friend with a usual, tired smile.

The bartender gave him a look of disapproval.

What business does he still have here? he wondered. Then, he thought about it. It didn’t take a genius to remember that ____________ had stayed over at his apartment. Even Mathias would have remembered that. He must have been here to clear things up if ______________ didn’t get around to it.

“What’ll it be, Mathias?” Allistor asked in his usual bartender-to-customer tone.

“Nothing,” Mathias said. “I’m just here to talk.”

“I figured as much,” Allistor muttered.

“It’s about ______________.”

“Aye, I know.”

Mathias didn’t say anything for a while. He just leaned his arm over the polished counter staring at his own reflection and his friend’s from the other side.

“How long have you been in love with her?” he suddenly asked.

Allistor chuckled. “Long before you even knew who she was.”

“Then why didn’t you say anything?”

“Do you want some water?”

“I— ” Mathias caught himself. “Yes.”

After Allistor handed his friend a clear glass of ice-cold water, he resumed where he had left off with his question.

“She deserves better.”

Mathias raised an eyebrow. “Better than what I can offer her?”

Allistor gave his friend a disapproving frown. “After what I’ve seen you do to her, I know she does.”

“That doesn’t give you a right to tell her what to think of me,” Mathias growled. “You know I love her, too, and no matter what she really thinks, I’ll always be the better choice.”

“I know,” his redheaded friend said. “I used to think that your level of ‘better’ was good enough.” Then he tapped a spot just above his collarbone in the exact same place where Mathias had bitten _____________. “But it wasn’t necessary to hurt her. It’s done more than leaving a mark on her skin, it’s hurt her heart.”

Mathias cursed under his breath. “That’s in the past.”

“Really?” Allistor smirked. “And you expect things to stay the same? People change, Mathias. They move on. I suggest you do the same.”

“And once I do, is that when you’ll make your move?” Mathias assumed.

“I’m fine just being her friend.”

All of a sudden, there was a sharp noise of metal scraping against cloth as Mathias scooted out of his seat and seized his friend’s collar.

“Bullshit,” he hissed. “If you were just happy being her friend, then you wouldn’t have tried to drive her out. You wouldn't have fed her those lies about me and driven the wedge between us. ______________’s wrong: I’m not the problem here; you are.”

“Heh,” Allistor sneered. “What are you going to do? Apologize to her over and over again? It hasn’t been working, I’m guessing. She’s better than that.”

“No, we’re fine.”

This caught Allistor’s attention. He was sure that he had planned it carefully. Unless she was stupider than he had thought, ______________ had no reason to take Mathias back. No amount of promises should have been able to sway her the other way. Perhaps, however, he had forgotten to keep the halo effect in check. He was a guy, after all.

“She took you back?” he asked.

“Yeah,” Mathias smirked, though by his tone, it was hard to tell whether he was telling the truth or not. “She forgave me. I’ve got one last chance, and I’m not going to screw that up.” He let go of his collar. “I said I came here to talk, but I’ve got some parting things I need to say to you before leaving.”

His friend grumbled and straightened out his collar. “And what would those be?”

Mathias leaned over the counter and crossed his arms. “The first is that I came to say goodbye. I can’t afford to mix myself with a bad crowd, and neither can _____________. Once I go out that door, we won’t be friends anymore.”

“Fine with me,” Allistor snorted. “I’m sick of seeing your face, and I’m sick of seeing you with _______________.”

“Which leads me to the last bit,” Mathias continued. He took his water and drank the last of its contents. When he finished, he opened his mouth again. “It’s going to take some time, but when the time is right—and I’ll know when it’s right—I’m going to propose to _______________.”
From a different point of view. Like most of my stories, this has gotten longer than I thought it would.

Axis Powers: Hetalia and its characters belong to Himaruya Hidekazu.
Scotland is based on a pixiv design that belongs to Repoko.

Any similarities to characters, settings, scripts, or stories from other pieces of literature or media are purely coincidental.

This story belongs to me, *GydroZMaa.

First: [link]
Previous: [link]
Denmark's ending: [link]
Scotland's ending: [link]
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:iconasianwolfiegirl528:
Plot twist: Finland magically shows up and takes Reader-chan to the North Pole and they eat candy canes and drink hot chocolate.
Finland (Intro) [V7] : Moi Moi Moi!
Scotland : WTF? emoticon Wtf
(^can't find any media of Scotland :/)
APH Denmark Beautiful World :Tino! You're finally getting laid!
This is the result of me being bored.
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, that would be a better plot than the one I don't have. Ha ha ha...
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is it weird that at this point I'd want neither of them?

Allistair seems like a jealous manipulator, while Den sounds like a spoiled child with abusive tendencies.

Is this older? If so you're writing has improved since you wrote this! Good job!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's understandable at this point. Heh. 

This one's a little more recent. I've been working on other things, but in relation to my other stories, it's pretty new. 
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry~ I really am a Romania and Norway type person~ XD

Really, wow you must have had a writting growth spurt~!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O-Oh! I made a mistake! I thought this was a different story! OTL 

This one's actually one of my older ones. *Laughs* Ah, I screwed up. 
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha it's no big deal~! I'm waiting for the day I do that~!
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Katarenna Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dun dun DUNNN!!
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spookbaby Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OhmygodIdon'tevenwanttoreadDenmarksending,butyourstoriesaresoawesome,theydeserveit,buthe'sanassIdon'teven-AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGH
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agatstone Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Oh my. That was just great
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
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minchen0897 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
oh. What will Allistor do after Mathias last sentence? Guess he will be a lil bit angry...or jealous.

Like FFRules-girl14 said: ...i want to kick some ass...dunno why, but i want to.
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:iconffrules-girl14:
FFRules-girl14 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I love the story but I just want to kick both Scotland's butt and Denmark's butt for some reason
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:icongydrozmaa:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Such was my intention.
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darksniper101 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
God I hate it when you think you know whats next but argh.............God you are really good at drawing people in
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:icongydrozmaa:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Er, thanks, I guess. :blushes:
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darksniper101 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
You re welcome:)
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lackeygirlmoon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
All that want to date allistor please replay with reader-chan could you do this to allistor!
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:icongydrozmaa:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh?
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:iconlackeygirlmoon:
lackeygirlmoon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I'm just not happy wit reader-chan right now and i want to see how many poeple are wanting to date scotland and not denmark right now so don't mind me
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not going to be pretty. I'm capable of writing a story arc for Scotland, but some people may disagree with the kind of relationship he'd have with the reader.
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lackeygirlmoon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
I know Scotland a jerk at times and can be a really bone head but he a good guy he has his heart in the right place and I love to be in a relationship with someone like him but that how I see him ,your a really good at making stores so I'm sure you'll do what you see is right for Scotland so I can't wait to see what you do.

P.S. your the best so far that I've seen when it comes to doing Scotland
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Laughs* I actually think my best comes from both Denmark and Scotland, actually.

But the point I was making was, if the reader was dating Scotland to begin with, then his role with Denmark will be reversed. Scotland will appear to be more of the antagonist, and in order to achieve that setup, the relationship he'll have with the reader won't be very appealing.
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lackeygirlmoon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
hooo sorry about that. thats not what I mean when I was saying if you want to date scotland I mean that danmark is a jerk right now and reader-chan shouldn't have taken him back and when out with allistor
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh...I see.

I can't reply to that one right now. If you've seen some of my other Country x Reader x Country series, you might get an answer there.
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13LadyJiyu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Reader-chan!!! Whyyyyyyy?! And Mathias!!! You're a buttface....... And ALLISTOR!!! ......Aw!

Brilliant job, love! This story is so amazing, and I can't wait for more!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you~
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awesome1st Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
ALLISTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ponygurl433 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
READER! NOT OKAY!

Stupid Halo Effect! AND BOTH MATHIAS AND ALLISTOR NEED TO MAN UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING.

NAMELY MATHIAS GET YOURSELF TO ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE

ALLISTOR QUIT SMOKING AND STOP DELUDING YOURSELF INTO THINKING THAT YOU ARE SOMEHOW "NOT GOOD ENOUGH". WHENEVER YOU SAY THAT, YOU ARE PROVING YOURSELF RIGHT.

BOTH OF YOU NEED TO GET YOURSELVES TOGETHER
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NeoSailorCrystal Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconclapplz: Well worded, my friend.
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ponygurl433 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconbowingplz: I try
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:iconffrules-girl14:
FFRules-girl14 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Dude you just made my day
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:icongydrozmaa:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha ha! You tell it how it is! :XD:
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ponygurl433 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I will thank you! XD
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XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
DID I?!? IS HE LYING?!? GAHHH I DONT KNOW ANYMORE :iconshockplz::icononionpanicplz::iconomgnoesplz::iconheadacheplz::iconvoodooplz::icononiontantrumplz::icongivingupplz:
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hetaliarocksmysoxoff Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
:iconuparrowplz: This comment... It is what we all are thinking....
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Jet21x Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agree.
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:iconmuzukashiko:
Muzukashiko Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student
Oh shiz~ hehe I really like both of these guys but the negatives! Whaw~
Good job~ like always~ :D
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you as always. :aww:
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Kagekittywolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Welp, that escalated quickly.
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Dippsbeyondreach Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
NOPE. YOU ARE A MAN FULL OF NOPE DENMARK. I REFUSE.
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bookwormchick Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
best comment right here
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:icondippsbeyondreach:
Dippsbeyondreach Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
xD thats what im here for
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kalliat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
PFFT

PREPARE TO BE REJECTEEED
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sarpndo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
oh snap. Competition...
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fizzyfruit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
GAAAAAHHH!!!!
What?! Did I? Is he bluffing?
It can't be! What?!
omigosh, I can't wait! KYAA!!! :squee:
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Pepsi-bunny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
OH MY GLOB I LOVE THIS
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:icongydrozmaa:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~
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Pepsi-bunny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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Tygermane Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, isn't this quite the development.........
Can't wait for the next part! :D
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