"I wonder why some fish swim in schools like that, I'll have to look it up later." Lithuania slid his finger back in forth in front of the aquarium glass. The small multicolored fish fallowed his every motion in perfect unison.
You let out a little laugh. "That's an easy one Lithuania." You gave his hand a little squeeze and pecked him on the cheek. "Ever hear the saying, there's safety in numbers? Well the smaller fish swim together in groups to defend against the larger predators, like sharks."
"Oh, that makes sense." Lithuania scratched the back of his head. "I don't know why I didn't think of that." He backed away from the glass and smiled. "You really are smart you know." He looked around for what to do next. "Oh look, horseshoe crabs. Let's go hold them." The two of you walked over to the little exhibit and picked out a specimen. "I hope I don't get hit by that tail, it looks like it would be painful." Lithuania began fretting. "Maybe we should put them back."
"It'll fine Lithuania I promise, look at all the kids holding them. Besides, they'd make us sign a waver or something if it wasn't safe." Despite what you said Lithuania put his crab back into the water and just watched you, still making sure to stay clear of the crab's tail. You felt bad that he was just standing there so you put yours back too. "What about the stingrays, we could go pet them, they're pretty safe. I think."
Lithuania was fretting again. "A "Sting"ray, is safe? Okay, if you say so." Even though he really was scared and didn't like the idea he was determined to be tough for you. Once at the stingrays Lithuania just stood there like a knot on a log.
You already had your hand inside the tank and were petting a ray. "Come on Lith, it's not so bad, they're actually really soft and smooth. Not slimy at all." You gave him a thumbs up with your free hand.
"Right, of course I'm coming right over." Slowly an very unsure He walked over. "Well, here I go then, sticking my hand into an aquarium with a possibly deadly beast with a tail full of super lethal poison that could paralyze and kill me." He slowly dipped his hand inside and waited for a stingray to pass by. Finally one made contact with Lithuania's hand. His entire body stiffened with fear. "Ah, it's touching me." He squinted his eyes tightly shut, but didn't move his hand away. "A-actually, it's not so bad." He began to relaxed and managed a slight smile. "It actually kind of tickles a little bit." His smile slowly spread across his face. "Maybe this wasn't such a bad idea after all."
"See I told you It would be okay. I'm really proud of you." You waited for Lithuania to remove his hand from the tank to give him a hug. "Now you're ready to swim with sharks."
He shook his head furiously. "No, not even a metal cage would make me feel safe. You'll have to do that by yourself. Sorry." A gentle kiss was placed on your cheek. "I'm pretty good with seeing them with a thick sheet of glass between us though. As long as we don't go around feeding time." He shivered. "That's all I need to see, a bunch of sharks with their razor sharp teeth, ripping apart, whatever it is that sharks eat." He sighed. "On second thought, maybe we should visit dolphins instead."
You laughed sweetly and squeezed his hand. "Okay, that's fine by me. I think conquering one fear a day is plenty." You kissed his cheek and headed towards the dolphins. "I think they let you kiss the dolphins here anyway."
Lithuania let out a weak laugh. "I'm not kissing a dolphin, I'd much rather kiss you instead. I don't get why everyone wants to touch all the fishes anyway."