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Browsing the books on the library shelves, words and couplets and sonnets swirling around your mind as your brain tried to make sense of the required reading. As a freshman in college aiming to become a biologist, being forced to take a semester of Shakespeare of all things seemed like a complete waste of your valuable time. It also didn’t help that nothing made an ounce of sense to you.

Your eyes fell upon a collection of nicer-quality paperbacks nestled amongst the thick hard covers, bright colors and bold titles identifying them as some of Shakespeare’s more popular works. Upon closer inspection you realized that they weren’t necessarily books at all, but manga volumes.

This was the perfect solution! You would still be reading the actual plays, but the drawings would put them into context and all of your problems would be solved! You withdrew Romeo and Juliet, the play you were supposed to read this week, and began to walk away, but an accented voiced stopped you in your tracks.

“What the bloody hell is that abomination?”

You mentally winced and turned to face the man, confirming your fears. Arthur Kirkland, English “gentleman” extraordinaire, stood before you, a disapproving scowl distorting his face. He was one of the few people who actually took the class seriously, and he looked down upon everyone who wasn’t as serious as he was in the class.

“Are you deaf? What the hell is that book?” he asked again, as if you didn’t hear him the first time. You rolled your eyes and sighed.

“Look Arthur, not everyone is an English genius like you, and obviously I am getting this book to make sense of the mumbo-jumbo that is this play,” you retorted, hands on your hips and ready to engage in verbal combat if necessary.

Arthur’s emerald eyes widened because of what you assumed was an insult to his favorite play. “If you didn’t understand it, you could have just asked for help instead of turning to that monstrosity!”

That wasn’t what you were expecting at all. Arthur didn’t seem like the kind of guy who asked to help with anything. Your eyes narrowed. There had to be a catch. “What’s in it for you?”

Arthur looked resilient. “It will be a date.”



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Words loading.

Comprehension: 99%


Wait, what? you thought. “Wait, what?” you said, honestly not believing what you had heard.

“It will be a date,” he repeated in an obnoxiously slow tone. You began to weigh your options. Pros: help with your worst class and a date with a Brit, which you always wanted to do. Cons: the Brit was a bit of a pompous asshole.

“All right. No funny business though.”

xXxXxXx

Four years later, you watched your boyfriend receive his diploma and heard the head of department declare him a professor of English literature. His smile lit up the auditorium and your heart swelled with pride. He approached the microphone with confidence, and swiftly things took an unexpected turn.

“If you shall marry,
You give away this hand, and that is mine;
You give away heaven's vows, and those are mine;
You give away myself, which is known mine;
For I by vow am so embodied yours,
That she which marries you must marry me,
Either both or none” he quoted, eyes glued on you. “So what do you say ______? Marry me?”

By this point your hand was covering your mouth, emotions strangling you, and all you could do was nod. Arthur smiled happily and hopped off the stage, ran over to you, and withdrew a petite velvet box. He handed you the box and watched as you opened it, revealing the most beautiful but simple ring you had ever seen.

He plucked the ring from the box and slipped it onto the correct finger before drawing you close and sweetly kissing you on the lips, the crowd’s cheers fading away in the bliss of the moment.

Your life was better then you could have ever imagined, and all because of a silly volume of manga.
Its so short....

This is honestly based off of a manga series I found in Mardens (yes, manga Shakespeare actually exists), and I kept thinking How would England react to this? And so this was born.

I apologize again for the shortness.

The quote is from the Twelfth Night (I think).
Hetalia belongs to the Hetalia guy.
You belong to England.
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:iconanimegeekkatie:
AnimeGeekKatie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My new catch phrase: Anime brings people together. xD
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FANGIRLHetalia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would read it in private....any manga is good enough for me!!!~
AWESHOME STORY!!!~
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Ray711 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me: *still reads the manga*
Arthur: I thought I said that that's a monstrosity!
Me: I don't care. It manga, it's awesome, and I'm bored.
Arthur: :iconfacepalmplz:
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EnglandAmericaItaly Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will gladly belong to England~ and I've read the graphic novel for Romeo and Juliet.
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AliciaParkersons Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Romeoand Juliet baby-it does wonders to pompous British men with sexiness.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Indeed.
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Salmonella123 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Shall I compare thee to a summers day?
Thou art hot and sweaty,
Please go away,
-tumblr
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IisThere Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Hahaha!
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
What a wonderful quote.
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CoryKrush Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
IT'S AWESOME BECAUSE I'VE ACTUALLY READ THE MANGA VERSION OF R&J.
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
AWESOME
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Reesesforce Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Hetalia and Shakespeare.

Yes. Thank you, haha. :'D
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
I'm glad you liked it!
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wulfepup Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
XD
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spring-peony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My city library has a couple volumes of it. It's alright. This, however, was really good. I loved the end.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I'm glad you liked it!
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think "that guy" is Mr. Hidekaz Humuraya and yes, Arthur would be insulted if someone resorted to modernized material to understand Shakespearean talk. Bet he'll be livid if he ever heard the question on Reader's Digest.
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm terrible with names ^^'

I agree with you!
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:iconhanafa732:
HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure you could find the name and even the face if you Googled the comic.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Probably, but the odds of me remembering it after that are slim to none. I forgot my own dogs name for the longest time.
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:iconhanafa732:
HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear. Well, all I can say is that you might want to get into the habit of writing notes then for your writing.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Well, I'll do that, even though you seem to be the only person who has a problem with it.
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Katniss-HP-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I must find this manga Shakespeare now! this was adorable~~
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
It's out there somewhere...
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Katniss-HP-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
well, I'm at the library, might as well check~ X3 .................THEY DON'T HAVE IT AUGH!
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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Katniss-HP-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
ikr? :tears:
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I found mine at a bargain store...
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:iconkatniss-hp-twilight:
Katniss-HP-Twilight Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
well I better start hunting the flea markets and stuff around here then ^^
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
They have them at books a million...
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Hey, do you really have trouble with Shakespeare? Or is it just Reader-chan? (Because I know how much they're base on yourself at first, trust me.) Just wondering... 'Cause I'd die before I let Iggy help me in English. Math, maybe, but English, I'd hit him. Lightly, but still...
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Nope, that's just reader-chan.
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Kay, good.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Shakespeare just isn't what I would read for fun, that's all.
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:icon666kurai:
666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Same, I guess. Sometimes, but not frequently.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
If I want to read something old, I go to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
^^ Couse. I've got the complete Sherlock books on my iPod for some reason.
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:iconmoriartyssniper:
moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I got them from the 50 cent bin at Bull Moose.
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HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of curiosity, why would you allow England to help you in math? Wouldn't a programmer's child or even Youtube be a more reliable source of help?
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm not sure, he seems smart. And I have less pride in Math than English, that's all.
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:iconhanafa732:
HanaFa732 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm pretty good at math and somebody told me it's because I have an analytic mind. For that reason, I have trouble seeing England as the math whiz since his overall character doesn't display that trait. But that is only my opinion. Sorry if my preaching is bothering you.
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
I'm not bothered, don't worry. ^^ And I really didn't think much of it. Whatever level of math he has, it's probably better than mine, considering he has been alive for so long.
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666kurai Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
*based
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:iconhetafan123:
hetafan123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
that. was. ADORABLE~!
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm glad you liked it!
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AWWWWW!!!!
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I'm glad you liked it!
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bluegirl1997 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student
THE FLUFFYNESS!!!!!!!
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moriartyssniper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
:iconitssofluffyplz:
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