.:Sing Me to Sleep:.
~Naga!England x Reader~
"Swayed by the wind, oh gently scatter now,
and dye this dark night in your crimson colour.
I merely want to cuddle up to you and remain embraced by you,
until my sorrows vanish into the sky."
The gentle sound of bells cease their ringing on my ankles and wrists as I stop my ceremonial dance, my (h/l) (h/c) colour hair fans around my face to frame it and my large (e/c) eyes slowly open. All the village people look to me; some smiling brightly and others looking around worriedly into the dark forest surrounding us. I bow my head and bring my traditional (fav colour) and (second fav colour) lapped kimono style dress up into a curtsy.
My mother Amelia smiles brightly and begins her energetic clapping followed by my father Kiku smiling proudly to me clapping more calmly than my mother. A small gentle smile graced my face illuminated by the lit torches surrounding the stage on which I stood, flower petals decorating the wood and falling from the nearby trees.
The village people began clapping and cheering at my performance; for I am the one chosen to protect the village from the monster that inhabits the forest. Many years ago; our ancestors encountered a fearsome monster, a snake like creature of the forest, that stole farm stock and killed villagers. In order to protect the village and its people; the ancestors made a deal with the beast, a deal where once every month the chosen girl would perform a traditional song and dance to please the monster, thus he would leave the village untouched.
And I; (f/n) (l/n), daughter of Amelia and Kiku (l/n), was the one chosen. The story says that the child born with a flower mark on their hand would be the one to tame the monster, the family of that girl would be treasured and all needs of the chosen girl would be met.
I knew for a fact that no one in the village apart from my parents truly loved me, sure they admired my beauty and many would swoon over my looks but in fact they only treasured me because I am the one between them living normally and being eaten. But I don't mind; as long as my beloved parents are cared for, my permanently injured fathers' needs are met and our village is safe, I will do all in my power to protect them.
The villagers continued cheering for me and throwing flowers to land at my feet, but a sudden bouquet of beautiful wild flowers I hadn't yet seen before, flew towards me. Stunned by the beauty of the flowers; I desperately threw my hands out to catch them.
They successfully landed in my palms making a flattered smile grace my cherry pink lips, lifting my head; I looked anxiously around the crowd to find the person who had given me the gorgeous present so I could thank them. But seeing no one stand out or take notice of the flowers; I looked down slightly disappointed but grateful none the less and walked off of the stage.
My mother literally leapt from her special seat next to my father and ran over to me in her beautiful red dress to wrap her arms around me and pull me into a loving hug.
"Awwww~! My baby I'm so proud of you!" She squealed swaying me from side to side in her hug.
"Haha, thanks mother" I smile returning the hug. Behind mother; my father slowly stood from his seat and walked over to me, he limped slightly due to one of his legs being injured but none the less he came up to me and patted my head seeing how my hug was occupied by mother.
"You did wonderful sweetheart" he kindly smiled, for someone of his stature his voice was very deep and manly. His voice was the only one that could ever make my overly affectionate, energetic, outgoing mother blush.
"Thank you father" I smile back, he takes notice of the flowers in my hand protected by mothers hug.
"What beautiful flowers, who gave you those?" He asks as mother releases me but keeps her arms resting on my neck.
"I don't know father, I didn't see" I smile looking to the flowers.
"Ooo~ a secret admirer~?" Mother sings causing me to blush. The village people now were leaving the ceremony grounds to tuck their children in for the night.
"I-I wouldn't think so" I blush bringing the flowers to my chest.
"Well you should be thinking about it! Your (age) now (f/n) so it's only natural to begin hunting for a partner~"mother smiles making me blush more.
"After all~ I was exactly your age when I met your father!" She smiles.
"Would you like to know how we met~?" Her smile brightens but fathers cheeks dust pink and he coughs into a hand to get her attention.
"Ahem, she doesn't need to know that" he blushes making mother pout.
"Oh well another time now–Oh my! Look at the time! The stars are nearly entirely visible! That's way passed your bed time missy~!" Mother says wagging a finger at my face.
"All right then, lets go home" I say walking between mother and father to our home. I talk a quick glance over my shoulder; still curious about who threw the flowers, my (e/c) eyes suddenly meet emerald and slightly yellow slitted ones in the top of a far off tree. Nearly tripping; I tear my eyes away for a second and when I look back the mesmerising eyes are gone, I turn my slightly startled eyes back to the path to home. Bushing the eyes over my shoulder 'Maybe it was simply an animals eyes...?'
"Aah~ She'sss ssso beautiful" I softly whisper placing my head in the palm of my hand, my dreamy eyes watch my beloved (f/n) dance gracefully on the stage and sing to the music played. My long green tail grips the bouquet of wild flower I had spend the day collecting.
(F/n) finishes her performance with a curtsy and the crowd begins cheering, I blush bringing the flowers up to my face.
'M-maybe I shouldn't... I-I mean there are many other flowers she's got... A-and I'm not rally worthy of her... –Oh bloody hell!'
I swing my tail and toss the bouquet aiming for my beloved, I hold my breath and nervously watch as the flowers fly and my hands shake seeing (f/n) throw her hands in the air and catch them. At that moment; my tail loosened on the tree branch and I melted in happiness with a blissful smile on my face. (F/n) then smiles to the flowers making my happy blush redden and she looks around, I nervously bring a tree branch over my form to hide, surely if she saw it was from a monster then she'd throw them away and spit on me.
I let out a sad sigh and looked back to (f/n) walking off the stage flowers in hand, I gave a hopeful smile happy that she kept them. I watched her interact with her parents before walking home with them, I unconsciously outstretched a hand to stop her from heaving but I withdrew it knowing I couldn't talk to her. Suddenly my eyes widened as she turned around and our eyes met, I was mesmerised by her shining (e/c) eyes and found it impossible to look away. But seeing her turn away to regain he balance from tripping; I quickly slipped down the tree trunk to hide behind a bush, she looked back to find me but turned back on her way.
I let out a sigh and slid my bare back against the hard tree, wrapping my tail around my bare form, I hung my shaggy blonde head down.
I hated how the ancestors corrupted to true story of what happened all those years ago to make them seem like the victim. I brought my hand up to my face to hide my pained expression.
The truth was that I was born like this; it is unknown how my human mother conceived or gave birth to me being an unmarried virgin, but despite my snake form she still loved and cared for me. However... She and I were bastardised in the village and I was blamed for all the troubles that occurred wether it be a fire, a storm, a drought... I was blamed for it all. But one day my mother went to sleep and didn't wake up, I was so young and desperate that I screamed to the outside "Help! Please Help Us!" But being the monster I am... That kept walking, ignoring me.
The priests of the village didn't help either, but looked down in me with those eyes that said "you aren't and never will be needed".
One day a month after my mothers death I snapped, I went on a furious rampage killing and hurting all in my way; the priests then stabbed my hand leaving a flower looking mark that burned. I collapsed to the ground screaming in pain clutching my hand, the priests then set up a spell like barrier around the village; separating it from the forest. One priest stabbed their own hand making an identical mark and whenever they sang that sacred song; the barrier would strengthen and I would be in immense pain.
So I was banished from the village never to return and to prevent my coming back one chosen person would perform the song to constantly keep the barrier up. I hated them. All the chosen people in the past were selfish and flaunted my weakness for their own sake. They were the sum of everything I loath.
But then there was (f/n)...
She is unlike all those other chosen performers. She has gentle compassion for everything, she only performs for the sake of her parents, she refuses anything donates to her that could be given to someone in need and she is simply... A Beautiful Woman.
A blush burns at my cheeks as I think about her, I shake my head to expel the longing thought of her. Raising my hand scarred with a flower, lifting it to my lips; I plant a gentle kiss on it thinking of (f/n).
~Really Small Time Skip~
I stealthily slither behind a rather large tree, opposite the tree sat (f/n) perched dangling her slim legs off the backyard deck porch, taking a peek; I see her smiling content lay with her eyes closed. She wore a (fav colour) robe decorated with silver lining that ended half way down her thighs, her hair was brushed down in a beautiful (h/s) way that shaped her perfectly, she lent on a door to her side content lay letting the stars illuminate her beauty.
I bit my bottom lip with a fang to stop from sighing at her napping form, then I feel something slither up the tree and onto my arm, I look to see one of my few friends 'Alfred' the very young and very small king-snake.
He looks at (f/n) then back to me hissing "Go on! Go up and talk to her!", I blush and shake my head whispering back "I can't you moron! Did you forget I'm the monssster ssshe ssssings to keep out! Plusss I can't get any clossser without being burned by the barrier".
"Well then sssay sssomething!" Alfred hisses, I look down sadly "I can't... She'll be terrified when she sssees what I am..." I reply sadly but Alfred remains persistent.
"Fine then! If you won't do anything, I will!" He hisses slithering down my arm, onto the grassy floor and over to (f/n). My eyes widen in fear and hiss at him to get back but he ignores me and slithers up to (f/n)s hand and begins nudging it, I dig my nails into the tree terrified.
(F/n)s (e/c) orbs gently flutter open upon Alfred nuzzling her, she turns her head to the is to see Alfred happily slip his tongue out playfully at her hand, now many other girls in the village, in fact all of them would scream at this... Not (f/n).
She smiles gracefully cupping her hands underneath Alfred and slowly, as if not to startle him, she held him in front of her chest smiling down to him.
"Where did you come from little guy?" She questions watching Alfred slither around her slim fingers.
"Did you just want a cuddle?" She giggles watching him hug her thumb, Alfred smiles in my direction and motions with his tail for me to show myself. (F/n) notices the gesture and curiously looks in my direction making me nervously duck behind a tree.
"Did you bring a friend little one?" She says. My breath hitches when I hear her stand and hop down from the deck onto the grassy ground and slowly step towards the tree I hid behind.
"Hellooo~ I have your friend here~" she sings stepping closer to the barrier.
'If she steps outside the border then she has all the reason to be scared of me! I can't let her cross it!' I think. Gulping my worries; I put a hand on the side of the tree, (f/n) must have seen it because she stopped walking.
"U-u-umm... U-uh I-I-I..." I mentally slap myself at the huge stutter.
"Oh hello!" I peek my head out a little to see her smiling brightly at me just behind the barrier.
"Is this little guy yours?" She lifts Alfred cuddling her fingers... 'I'll hit him when we get home.'
"U-uh y-esss" I jump forgetting about my snake way of pronouncing s's.
"Alright then~ Here you go!" She smiles extending her hands dangerously close to the barrier.
"Don't Come Any Closer!" I yell making (f/n) slowly retract her hands.
"Is something wrong?" She asks concerned.
"I-it'sss jussst if you ssstep out of the b-barrier, t-then I could be able to touch you a-and you'd be ssscared of me" I say hanging my head down, (f/n) tilts her head to the side and carefully studies the ground; looking from right to left, she finally sees the clumps of mystic flowers arranged around the village.
"But you seem too kind to do anything to me" she smiles making me blush a deep red.
"May I ask, why can't you come inside the barrier...? And what is the barrier meant to keep out?" She questions and I gulp in response.
"Me, t-the barrier wasss made to keep me out..." I say sadly.
"C-could it be your..." (F/n) begins piecing things together and I slither out from the tree to look at her surprised face.
"Yesss, I'm the naga that inhabits the forest. The one you sing to keep out..." I look to the floor covering my green eyes with my blonde bangs, I hear (f/n) let out a small gasp an I clutch my fists waiting for her to run in fear.
But I hear no movement; opening my eyes in shock, I slowly lift my head to see (f/n) still standing there giving me a smile.
"W-why are you ssstill here...? Don't I frighten you...?" I ask with desperation painting my face.
"I won't lie and say I wasn't shocked or frightened at first, but you said yourself that as long as I'm behind this strange barrier; then I need not be afraid!" She smiles to me causing my cheeks to tint pink.
"What's your name?" She asks.
"A-Arthur... Arthur Kirkland" I nervously reply, never had I thought she'd be comfortable enough with me to asks for my name that I almost forgot over the years.
"That's a handsome name~, my name is (f/n) (l/n). It's nice to meet you Mr Kirkland" she says making my cheeks puff steam.
"I-it's niccce to finally talk to you–And pleassse call me Arthur" I reply making her giggle.
"Alright~ then call me (f/n)" she sings. Alfred suddenly lets out a loud hiss "Come one Romeo! Make a move!" I blush and (f/n) looks down to him confused, she then places him on the ground so he can slither over to the tree and smacking my hand off the tree before disappearing earning a giggle from (f/n).
"Y-you ssseem ssstrangely comfortable with talking to me (f/n)" I confess. (F/n) smiles in response and brings herself right in front of the barrier, my breath hitches.
"Because... Look..." She raises her hands out of the barrier and takes mine, my breath stops in my throat as she brings my hands and hers together stretching out our fingers between up.
"Look at our hands, they're the same... My hands wouldn't hurt any innocent person... And I believe yours wouldn't either" she smiles.
I stare at our hands, I feel a stinging in my eyes like tears threatening to spill as (f/n) smiles
"When was the last time someone held your hand?" She asks; I shake my head slowly.
"I-I can't remember..." (F/n) shows a sympathetic expression and links her fingers with my own, I slowly and hesitantly do the same.
'These hands that couldn't help anyone... Are being touched by you...' Long ago I tried disconnecting these burning tear ducts... But the fluid running down my checks mean they've started working again. I bit my quivering lip as the fresh tears flow down my cheeks, suddenly I grip (f/n)s hands and pull her out of the barrier to land onto my chest.
"A-ah are you alright?–"
"–Pleassse... Pleassse hold me tight... And don't let me go..." I stutter from shaking lips as the salty tears continue to spill onto the shoulder that held my head. (F/n) then raised her hands; one pressed itself agains my back and the other one running her delicate fingers soothingly in my hair. This made me fully break down in tears, that someone in the world actually cares for me, isn't scared of me, is willing to hold me and whisper that everything will be alright... That someone is willing to love such a monster.
(F/n) shushes me while slowly lowering herself on her knees, I follow her with my arms firmly around her waist and head weeping on her shoulder, she wrests her back on the tree behind up and my head falls into her lap where she continues comforting me.
"Ssshhh... It's alright Arthur... Let it out" she soothes.
"Sleeping soundly, I have a dream
Of your profile
Without noticing the overflowing tears
That are running down my cheeks"
My tears slow down as I listen to (f/n) singing for me, my glossy emerald orbs slowly close to the beautiful melody.
"I've hidden the heartrending
Throbs that are in this chest..."
"Last night, Good night
Last night, Good night
This night, I'll hold your
Hand tight and go to sleep
My eyes close and my hand slowly slides up to meet (f/n)s, she happily takes my hand in her own and I grip it like it would leave me at any second.
"It'd be wonderful if I could
Spend morning with you once more
I just wish even such a small
Hope can be made a miracle..."
My tears stop falling and (f/n) gently wipe them away from my cheeks then returns to run her fingers lovingly through my golden locks. My breath slows down into barely audible breaths as (f/n)s breathtaking voice plays through my ears like a symphony.
"As it is, I can't convey anything
So I can't say goodbye~"
"Last night, Good night
Last night, Good night
Even if this voice dies
The melody won't fade"
By now my mind was in such a relaxed state as (f/n) sang me to sleep. A sudden gentle wind brushed over us making various green and (fav colour) flowers shower over us and fall onto that grassy ground beneath us.
"Last night, Good night
Last night, Good night
When I think that the end
Will arrive someday
That's when I hope that the
Night sky will keep your smile~"
I laid on the bridge from conciseness to my dreams as (f/n) brushed fallen wild flowers out of my hair, gently smiling onto me with such kindness and love that her gaze alone melted me into a blissful slumber.
That was the last thing I heard before drifting into a welcoming slumber...
The sun warmed my face, telling me it was time to rise, I was reluctant at first but slowly hoisted myself on my elbows and sit in a kneeling position on my tail. Letting out a long yawn and stretching my arms behind my head to wake myself up, I opened my eyes immediately noticing (f/n)s absence. My face fell at the blank spit of grass beneath me where (f/n) once sat, looking to the side; I saw I was hidden behind a bush out of sight from the village homes.
'Did (f/n) hide me to protect me?' I blush and shake my head.
'No no! That was all out of pity! ...if she really cared for me she would have left something to tell me so...' I look down at my lap sadly. But I suddenly felt something slip on my head, widening my eyes; I raised a hand to pat my head, I felt something.
Griping my hand and taking it off, I blushed seeing a flower crown made of the wild green and (fav colour) flowers that fell last night, I blushed at the memory and traced the gift with my fingers.
I suddenly hear a noise coming from a home causing me to duck behind the tree...
"(F/n)! Are you awake honey?! I've got Breakfast!" A woman's voice yells from the home, my ears perk at the mention of her name and I peek out from behind the tree. I see (f/n)s home and her in the large open doorway where she napped last night, her back facing me as she spoke.
"Yes Mother! I coming!" She calls, I gasp when she turns around. She held in her hands an identical flower crown, I blush pink as she raises it to her lips and plants a delicate kiss a green flower and watch as she places it down on a table. She hooks the crown over a vase holding the bouquet of wild flowers I had given her before hastily walking out of the room.
I slide back down the back of the tree and bring the hand made flower crown to my face, I close my eyes and plant a longing and lasting kiss on a large (fav colour) flower. My sparkling green orbs drawn the the gift I held and I held it up to my bare chest.
"Thank you my dear... Thank you for being willing to love sssuch a monssster... To love me..."