I was pretty nervous, being around all of these people that I hardly knew. Thankfully, Miche noticed and took one of the countries by the shoulders and led him over to me. Well, more like she dragged him over. “Ly, This is Canada, or Matthew. You heard about him in the introduction, right?” I nodded. “Well, Canny, this is Lyllianne. You two play nice now, I need sustenance.” Then she went off to get food, leaving me and Canada alone together. There was a moment of awkward silence before I decided to speak up. “So, you’re Canada then.”
“Yup.” He said quietly. Wow, he really was shy.
“Your polar bear is cute.” I said, referring to the little bear he was holding.
“Yeah,” he responded, “he can’t ever remember who I am, though.”
As though right on cue, the little polar bear looked up and asked “Who are you?” Canada sighed. I laughed a little. “I heard you’re mistaken for your brother a lot.”
Canada nodded. “Yeah, I’ve gotten into a lot of trouble because of him.”
“Despite that, the other countries don’t seem to recognize you much.” I remarked.
“Yeah, some call it my invisible effect. I guess they’re just so distracted by each other that they don’t see me there.” He said. Although he said it in a cheerful voice, I noticed that it was lined with sadness.
“Well, you have a friend now, Matthew, one who will always know you’re there.” As I said it, I gave him a quick hug, with a small protest from Kumajirou, who was slightly squished in the process. Canada flinched a little, surprised. He probably wasn’t used to anyone ever getting close to him. Just then, I heard Mich call out from behind me. We both turned around on the couch we were sitting on as Miche yelled “Lylli! I need you and Canada to get together by the end of the day! Don’t make me owe America a DIME.” At that we both looked at each other in shock and quickly jumped to opposite ends of the couch. Canada’s face was completely red, and I could tell by the look on his face that mine was, too. Miche just rolled her eyes. “By the end of today you’ll be thanking me, and I’ll be ten bucks richer.” She said, pointing the last remark at America. Despite my utter embarrassment, I had to laugh at that. Of course Miche had gone and made a bet with America. Hearing me laugh, Canada chuckled a little as well. I consciously made myself relax again. “So… that was awkward.” I mumbled.
“Yeah…” Canada said. He was talking really quietly again. Back to square one. I sighed.
“Miche, why do you do this to me…” I thought out loud. Canada laughed again, this time a little more confidently. I fidgeted nervously. Before we were just talking. Now it felt like we were on a date. Forcibly. I needed to move. I stood up quickly, making Canada jump a little. “C’mon, how about you show me around this place? Let’s leave those two lovebirds over there to their gambling.” I purposefully pointed my voice in the direction of Mich and America. “Hey!” Miche yelled. As Canada stood up and started to lead me outside, I glanced back at the two and saw their faces turning crimson at the thought of being called “lovebirds”. I smirked. Payback.