"You can't stay in there forever fratello." Feliciano said as he sat on the floor and leaned against the wall next to his brother's room.
"Yes I can!" came his brother's voice.
Feliciano sighed. "No you can't, there's no food in there."
"I have my secret stash of snacks!"
Ludwig looked at Feliciano. "He has a secret stash of snacks?"
"Looks like it." Feliciano said. He brought his hand up and knocked on the wall. "Come out brother and we'll talk about this."
"There's no such thing! There is nothing to talk about! I didn't see any ghost!" his brother yelled.
"Do you want me to go in there and scare him out?" Ludwig asked.
Feliciano shook his head. "No scaring. But if he doesn't come out in a few minutes can you go in there and talk with him?"
"Sure." Ludwig said placing his hands into his pockets. "Can't guarantee that he'll listen though."
"I know you're still there! Go away!" Lovino yelled.
"Ludwig and I aren't going anywhere." Feliciano said. "Not until we can talk to you."
"There is no Ludwig!" Lovino screeched. "Go away!"
Ludwig sighed, rolled his eyes, and brought himself into the air. "As much fun as listening about the proof of my existence is I am getting tired of this. Lovino." he called out. "I'm going to come in through the door. Don't get scared."
With that he brought himself through the door. Once he was through the door he landed on the floor and placed his hands behind his back, waiting for Lovino to notice him there.
Lovino was on his bed with his blankets and pillows covering him and his head tightly.
"Lovino." Ludwig said slowly.
The lump in the bed that was Lovino Vargas jolted and dug the pillows and blanket around him tighter.
"Lovino I have been here for a hundred years and I know patience." Ludwig said. "I don't need food, sleep, or anything else that you need. You will have to come out eventually and I can wait."
He heard Lovino give a whimper.
"I don't want to but I can very easily get rid of those pillows and blankets." Ludwig said. "I would rather if you took everything off by yourself. However like I said, I can wait."
Slowly, very slowly, Lovino first lifted the pillows that were covering him and pushed them to the side. Ludwig waited patiently as Lovino then pulled the blanket off and slid out of the bed. When he saw Ludwig standing there his body began to shake.
" Lovino stammered.
"A ghost." Ludwig finished. "Yes, I am."
Lovino gave a small moan. "That's not possible."
"Apparently it is since I am still here." Ludwig said. "Can I open the door for your brother?"
Slowly and not taking his eyes off of Ludwig Lovino nodded.
Shaking his head in amusement, and staying on the ground so Lovino would start screaming once more, Ludwig went to the door and concentrating he was able to loosely take a hold on the doorknob and turned it so Feliciano was able to come in to the room.
"Are you alright fratello?" Feliciano asked as he entered the room and closed the door behind him.
"If seeing a ghost is normal then yeah, I'm okay." Lovino said his eyes still on Ludwig.
"I'm not going to do anything." Ludwig said. "You can stop watching me so closely."
"What the hell is going on?" Lovino demanded.
Ludwig and Feliciano shared a look.
"You want to tell him or should I?" Ludwig asked as he brought himself back into the air once more.
Lovino was pacing up and down the room.
"So let me get this right." he said. "He's a ghost." He said nodding to Ludwig. "He's been here for a hundred years. And he's trapped here. And you don't know why."
"That sounds about right." Ludwig said as he floated around the room. "Any questions?"
"Stop floating around! You're giving me a headache." Lovino snapped at Ludwig who shrugged and dropped himself onto Lovino's bed.
"You can help us Lovino." Feliciano said. "I want to help Ludwig move on from here. You can help!"
"And how the hell do you expect me to do that?" Lovino demanded. "Call a priest to have an exorcism done?"
"An exorcism is not needed." Ludwig said as he crossed his legs. "I am a bit more curious as to how you can see me now because you weren't able to before."
"Lovino! Feliciano! Dinner!" Romulus called up to the room. They heard him walking up the stairs and open the door to Lovino's bedroom. "It's time for dinner you two."
"Can you see anyone else in here?" Lovino asked suddenly.
Romulus blinked in surprise before he gave a small smile. "I see you and Feliciano. Unless Feliciano's imaginary friend is in here too."
"Another question to my existence." Ludwig sighed as he brought himself into the air once more. "Enjoy dinner you two, I will be waiting in the backyard."
Ludwig sat close to the river and watched the sky start to change from light to dark. Aster was on his lap and one of his hands was on Blackie and the other on Berlitz.
He smiled at them. "Sorry I haven't been around you guys, turns out the boys that live in the house now can see me. It's not the same as human contact, considering I can't even touch them, but at least I'm talking with them. It's better than nothing."
He brought his hand up to his eyes and flexed it slightly before bringing it into a fist. He wasn't going to admit it however he was feeling weaker than he had in a lifetime. It took a lot more energy to move something, like the doorknob in Lovino's bedroom, and to even bring himself onto the ground.
Floating in the air was now natural to him, more natural to him than walking or keeping his feet on the ground, bringing himself into the air and floating and flying around was better, more easier, and natural to him and he always had to concentrate to make sure he didn't float off somewhere and to make sure he stayed in one place.
The same went to staying in one place. He was always watching himself to make sure he didn't go through everything or anything. And now he had to give more energy to keep himself in place and to make sure where he was he didn't go through it and end up on the other side of the world.
Ludwig looked over his shoulder to see Feliciano and Lovino coming towards him. He brought his hand up.
"Hey." he said. Aster lifted her head from his lap to look at their new companions for a moment before she placed her head on Ludwig's lap once more.
"Meet Aster." he motioned with his head to the dog on his lap. "Blackie." the dog to his left. "And Berlitz." the dog to his right.
"They're so cute." Feliciano said. He reached towards Blackie to put him however his hand went through the dog.
"Why are they ghosts?" Lovino said sitting on the grass. "How did they become ghosts?"
"The same way I did." Ludwig said. "By dying."
"How did they die?" Feliciano asked as he sat down as well.
Ludwig looked towards the river they were sitting in front of. "Let's just say some men aren't the most kind to dogs."
Feliciano and Lovino froze and looked at the dogs that seemed for all the world as if they were simply sleeping next to them.
"I asked our dad something." Feliciano said, seemingly eager to change the subject. "We asked him about when he bought the house and the person who had sold it to him."
"And?" Ludwig asked.
"We also asked him the name of the person." Lovino said. "He never met with him but he did speak with the guy on the phone."
"He said his name was Gilbert Beilschmidt." Feliciano said.
Ludwig froze. "That's my brother's name." he whispered.
"Your brother?" Lovino asked. "He's still alive?"
Character(s) or Pairing(s): North Italy, South Italy, Rome, Germany
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Summary: After his family moved to a new town and a new house Feliciano soon realizes that he and his family aren't alone in the house. There is also a little boy.( Collapse )