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        “You really don't have to stay with me you know, I'm only going to end up getting you sick if you do. Then we'll both just be miserable.” After a long time of fighting it off, your body had finally given in to the dreaded flu. Your muscles ached, your head was pounding, you were freezing and hot at the same time, and you could barely breathe through your nose.

“I'm not going to leave you, and I'm not going to get sick either. I'm supposed to take care of you.” Rome crossed his arms and grinned. “Besides, I don't think I can even get sick.” He rubbed your head and wrapped you up tight in a warm, fluffy blanket. “Now, you should rest, I'll go make you something hot. It should help your throat feel a little better.” After giving you a wink, Rome made his way to your kitchen to cook.

“You don't need to make me food. I can make my own food.” If you weren't so lightheaded, you would have chased after him. “What if I just order pizza or something?” He didn't respond, only continued to cook. Realizing there was no arguing with him, you snuggled yourself deep into the couch, placing a pillow over your head. You felt your eyelids grow heavy and your body sink into the cushions of the couch. With the quiet sound of Rome humming as your lullaby, you quickly drifted off to sleep. What seemed like only seconds later, the smell of potato soup woke you up. You were surprised you could even smell it with your nose as stopped up as it was.

“Have a nice little nap?” Rome placed a bowl of still steaming hot soup on the wooden coffee table next to you and held out a spoon. “Now, it's still hot, but that is the best way to eat it, so hurry and dig in.” He helped you sit up and handed you the spoon.

“You're making me feel like a big baby you know.” A slight blush spread over your face. “You don't need to stay here and take care of me. I'm just a little under the weather is all. I'm sure I'll be better in no time.”

Rome ignored your comment and sat down next to you on the couch. “Why aren't you eating yet? Do you not like my cooking? Or maybe, are you too weak to feed yourself?” Quickly grabbing the spoon back from you, he dipped it into the bowl and  brought it back to your mouth. “I'll just have to feed you then.” Not knowing what to say, you accepted the food he offered. Slowly, a grin appeared on his face. You started to wonder what he was smiling about.

The more you ate, the wider his smile grew. “Rome, that smile of yours is just a little bit unnerving you know. It's starting to freak me out, just a little. You didn't do something, weird to the food did you?” A quiet chuckle escaped Rome at your question.

“Something, what kind of something do you think I would do to your food?” He raised an eyebrow at your odd question. “I can tell you all the ingredients I used, if it will make you feel any better.” Rome gave you a caring smile as he brushed your messy hair back and away from your face.

Suddenly you felt very sheepish, and almost bad for suggesting he would do anything like strange. “N-no, that's okay. But really, why are you smiling like that?”

“I always smile when I'm around you, because, you make me happy.” His happy smile was now accompanied by a small blush. “It sounds all cheesy, I know.” Rome laughed. “But, it's very, very true.” He snuggled you close and rested his face in your shoulder. “So, are you feeling any better yet? That is a secret family recipe, just for the flu. It's guaranteed to make you well again in no time.”

Honestly, you did feel a lot better. You hadn't even noticed that your dizziness was gone, or that you could breathe through your nose again. “I do actually. What did you put in there?”

Rome stroked his chin and thought. “I suppose I could tell you. You aren't part of the family yet, but, you will be soon.” He pulled a small piece of paper from his pocket and handed it to you. “Now, you can't tell Romano or Italy, or anyone else for that matter. This is a secret, only you and I can know about.”

You looked over the recipe for anything uncommon or strange. “But, there's nothing even a little bit special about this recipe. I'm pretty sure it's the exact same one that's on the back of the soup can.” You were more than a little confused. “So, is there a secret ingredient you add to this or what?”

“Nope. That's it, that's all there is to it.” After pulling you onto his lap and snuggling you tight, Rome gave your cheek a quick kiss. “I told you it would make you feel better. Potatoes make everyone feel better. That and tomatoes, but you didn't have any tomatoes. I'll have to go buy you some.”

Your jaw dropped. “You tricked me. You used the power of suggestion, to make me feel better. I don't know if that's impressive, or slightly mean.”

“It's not mean, I do it to Italy and Romano all the time. And maybe, one day, I'll do the same to our kids.” He rubbed a blushing, unshaven cheek against yours. “I just made everything very awkward I see.” Rome cleared his throat and gave a nervous laugh. “Well, I'll go get those tomatoes now. There's more soup on the stove if you want it.” He sat you back down on the couch and started to make his way out the front door. Before leaving, he turned around and spoke to you, still blushing and embarrassed. “By the way. Romano and  my little Italy want me to ask you something. Do you want them to call you Grandma or Nana?”
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Bunnygoblin Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Just call me mama insted.
Shadow-Melody Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Artist
*reads last line* 0.0 *faints*
Mythologychick Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
*glomps Italy and Romano* call me Nana!
PrettyLittleZADRLove Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Student Writer
I'd rather be called The Honorable Lady Bon-Bon Bunny Foo Foo.
CrystalCritic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Reads last line) Exo : Kai Spit WAIT WHUT?!Futaba Flustered Icon 
GentGenocide Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Call me Nana-
caspisan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super cute I can't stop smiling :happytard3d: Happytard 3D 50x50 derp 
lullabyly Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG nana for me is sooo funny because Me,Rome, Feli and Lovino are all italians and Nana in italian is translated with ''dwarf '' and it fits me since I'm really short XD
NekodaTheHedgehog86 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
My niece actually calls my mom nana. She's like 1 1/2 and is in that "omg so flipping adorable" stage.    
Alice-cry11 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
0.0.......... >_> tell them na not nana just na rome

Love story
MixedMuttNeko-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Grandma Rome or Nana Rome?

Honestly I like Grandma Rome! But Nana if they say it without the Rome~

Wolf-Fangs73371 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd prefer Nana even though I'm only 15...
MizNygma Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
....I, personally, would LOVE to be called Nana by Italy! :iconsqueeeeplz: It would make me feel closer to my own Nana, may she rest in peace. :icongraveplz:

I miss her so much!!! :iconcryforeverplz:
AmazingEmily9999 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Was there a "Kung Fu Panda" reference in there???
LittleMissHetalia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Writer
I'M ONLY 18, NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BE A NANA~! :iconwhywouldyoudothatplz:
Haha, good story~!
MosdrasTheLight Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I...iii...N..Nana Is...f..*faint*
haleyboplucy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neither, just Haley is fine, I'm only 14 after all. Awkward.
rocktards Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
BEFORE READING: lets just give it a try....hmmmm~

AFTER READING: ugh, *blush* i am having intense feelings about him now...
ranmas2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
While reading this (Amazingly adorable by the way), in the More from =VampireGodesNyx there is a Naruto SMiH with Jiraiya. It has no "Mature Content" on it.
PixelatedGurl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Neither! Call me Mamaw! :iconhillbillyplz:
DreamingHetalia101 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nonna!!! It's Italian!!
YasminKirkland1031 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Nana please.
prussialuv Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Neither I wanna be called avoa. \ ( ^ v ^) /
FabulousCthulhu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
NANA. in a heart beat. Scopare la mia vita.
xMissCheesecakex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
gosh, so cute!!
but the whole time I just thought "Rome is going to get me something hot... for my throat" xD
SaichiZaraki Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Awwww, I love the Italy's and Grandpa Rome~<3
AtlantisReturns Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Grandma, that's what I call mine, although, it's really cute when my nephew says Gramie.
DubstepCat Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I lol'd so hard at Nana
NettiBear Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Nana. That's what I called my grandmother <3 I freaking love you!
Sessinara Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nooo don't call me that! XD I'm not that old yet! XD
this story is really cute~:heart:
leakittychan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
O_O don't call me grandma, call me my name gosh XD I'm younger than them! D:
okay this story was very sweet and I liked the part when Rome said he does the same to the bros :) nice fatherly love, yay!
KanGiveHugs Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Oh Rome! But I don't want Italy and Romano to think of me as a grandparent. I'm sure I'm younger than them. But if they really want to think like that, they can call me Mimi. ^^
AnnaTheWonderGirl01 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, this is cute! ^^
phoenixfirekid Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Igike Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait wait.....has he even asked us to marry him yet?? XD Oh Rome you silly
VampireGodesNyx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
He did, in the 2nd part of the story ^^
Igike Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oooooooh *facepalm* herp a derp sorry XD and I was a little confuzzeled in your journal when you aske for "a country character but no hetalia characters please" ^^' so Imma sorry I didn't help out any
VampireGodesNyx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're fine. ^^,
fizzyfruit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Sir Roman Empire wasn't really on my list of fave characters until now! =D
Mariampura Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Oh~ I would glomp now to Rome >w< :iconfrenchsquealplz:
vocaloidanimefan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I prefer Nana so adorable!!! X3 I love this!!!
BlueBird858 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awww~ Super cute! :iconblushplz:
EmeraldPeacock Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
"Do you want them to call you Grandma or Nana?”

:D How cute.
spring-peony Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Grandma" or "Nana"? I'd prefer Nana.~ Super cute btw.
VampireGodesNyx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I prefer Nana too. ^w^ and thank you!
spring-peony Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.~
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