Unbreakable Promise ch.1Unbreakable Promise
Chapter One: Bartering and running
The Vargas family was a simple sort; Serafina and Romulus were still newlyweds when the seeds to tear their family apart were sown. While his wife was five months pregnant, Romulus was sent out to war, leaving her to fend for herself. So far along in her pregnancy Serafina was unable to do any sort of job. Watching other children would require too much running around, sewing was tiresome in her state and she would not get enough done to make true money from it.
Desperate for money and food, Serafina turned to something she would wish she hadn't for the rest of her life; she turned to a pirate. It was not a sought out meeting by either, simply a curse of fate. While Serafina was sitting in her home, wondering how to gather food or pay for other things when her baby came, her door swung open to reveal a man with dark hair and brown eyes. She immedia
Unbreakable Promise ch.2Unbreakable PromiseUnbreakable Promise ch.22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Two: On Board
Lovino wakes up in a large bed that is…rocking? He groans and opens his eyes, seeing Antonio straddling his hips. "WHOA! GET OFF OF ME!" The boy commands, sitting up and pushing on Antonio's chest.
"You're such a difficult boy." Antonio sighs. "I was simply trying to change you."
"Why can't I wear these?" Lovino asks annoyed before, to his surprise, a pair of hands fall on his thighs.
"Why? Well how about this for reason." Antonio says, sliding his hands and the fabric up to reveal boots over thin leggings. "Easy access."
Lovino's eyes practically shoot out of his head and he smack Antonio's hands away before pulling the robe back down. "D-do not just go molesting me as you please, you filthy pirate!"
Antonio twitches, snatching up Lovino's hands. "Stop. Testing. My. Patience." He warns, bringing his face closer to the boy's. "Understand? I'm trying to keep
Infamous Ch.7InfamousInfamous Ch.72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Seven: A Night time visitor
Lovino rolls over in bed, finally asleep after being dragged all over the place by Matthew. He got a lot of things done today, but not the thing he wanted to the most. "Mnn…Antonio…." His voice is quiet, only a mumble in his sleep, but it's more than enough to elicit a laugh from is window. Wait. His window? Green eyes shoot open as Lovino jumps up in his bed to look at his window, seeing Antonio on his windowsill. "What the hell are you doing?"
"Hmmm? I was called, wasn't I~?" Antonio teases, getting off the window sill and walking over to Lovino's bed.
"I'm not sure if this would qualify as retarded, creepy, or romantic…" Lovino mumbles, eyeing him suspiciously. "So…what are you actually doing?" He asks, holding his blanket over his body.
"I...I really wanted to talk to you." Antonio says, sitting at the foot of the bed. "So…Lovino…c
Infamous ch.6InfamousInfamous ch.62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Six: So close!
Lovino sits in the small café he and Antonio ran off to, in disguises of course. He's fairly calm, on the outside, but on the inside he's planning on tearing the straw to his drink apart. It's not out of jealousy, it's because he's actually experiencing jealousy. When did he start to care about that bastard in such a possessive way? "Cunning….too cunning…I hate you so much…." He mumbles bitterly, jabbing his straw at the bottom of the cup.
"Um…correct me if I'm wrong…but it seems like something is wrong." Antonio says nervously, watching as Lovino angrily stabs into his cup. "Is it because the movie might become a TV series?"
Lovino scowls at his cup. "Right…that TV series…" He almost hisses out, stabbing into the cup harder.
"H-hey! Hey! You're going to break the cup!" Antonio panics, snatching the cup away from the Italian.
"Daammnnniiiiit Antoonniiioooooooooo." L
A Helping Hand Ch.11A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Eleven: Betrayal
Lovino sits down on the couch followed by Antonio. Without a word or glance at the man Lovino moves closer, their arms and hips touching. Antonio tenses up a little when he feels a head rest on his shoulder. Is this Lovino seeking comfort? Could the story really be that devastating to him that someone like Lovino will need someone close as he says it? Better question; would Lovino fight if he tried to hold him right now?
"Don't even try it." The Italian says quickly when he notices Antonio's arm begin to raise.
Antonio sighs, placing it on the arm rest. "Fiinne, I'll behave."
Lovino takes a deep breath and closes his eyes. "It all started when I was about fifteen…"
Four years earlier:
Lovino looked over to his three friends eating on the roof with him. He had grown bored of their routine lives. His f
Infamous ch.4InfamousInfamous ch.42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Four: An Actor's Home
Lovino continues to eat his meal with Antonio in the strange restaurant. It's true, no one has bothered them. In fact, he's pretty sure the windows on the outside are tinted so people can't see them. He should make sure Feliciano knows about this place.
"So, Lovi…are you…um…enjoying yourself?" Antonio asks and Lovino looks over at him and nods.
"If I wasn't, would I have stayed here for two hours with you?" Lovino mumbles and Antonio gasps.
"Wait! It's been two hours?"
"Yeah…why? Have somewhere you need to be?"
Antonio shakes his head, looking around nervously. "N-no…it's just…Francis' shift has ended…"
Lovino raises a brow. "He can just leave when customers are still here?"
Antonio sighs and nods. "I'm sure it will be fine though. This restaurant is really good about this stuff."
"Well…we should leave just in case, I guess." Lovino suggests and Antonio frowns.
Infamous ch.2InfamousInfamous ch.22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Two: Frustration
"Hey, let's go see Tony!" Antonio says taking Lovino's hand and leading him down the hall of the teen's home.
"It's been forever, I can't believe we haven't heard from him in so long." Lovino says blandly, making Antonio stop in his tracks and look back at him disapprovingly.
"No!" He chides, bopping the boy on the nose with his script. "Bad Lovino! You read it like you mean it!"
Lovino groans. "I'm not an actor, can't I just go back to my room already? Or even to the kitchen and make a snack?"
Antonio smiles at him, the award winning smile he gives in all of his photo-shoots, which just makes Lovino more pissed. "As happy as it would make me to eat your homemade foods, we must get this down for next week's stage rehearsal."
"Who said you could have any?" Lovino grumbles, looking away from the fake smile. "Besides, doing this in the house feels like we are five and playi
Infamous ch.5InfamousInfamous ch.52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Five: A friend and rival
Lovino wakes up and stretches in the large bed. Not his bed though, nope, that would be too simple. Rather it is Antonio's bed he has slept in for the night. It's been a few months since filming has started, along with a strange friendship between the two men, and apparently they have reached sleepover status. Yawning a little, Lovino sits up and looks around. The room is not fancy, of course, but it's nice. Antonio has a king-sized bed, to fit the animals no doubt seeing as they are both curled up around Lovino, a pretty averaged sized dresser, and a little mirror above it. No TV, no computer, nothing but the basics for a bedroom.
"He's so simple…" The Italian groans, absentmindedly petting the dog next to him.
"I'm not sure if that is a compliment or insult." Antonio laughs as he comes into the room. "Try not to tell the interviewers later this week, my fanb
Unbreakable Promise ch.4Unbreakable PromiseUnbreakable Promise ch.42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Four: The Town Without Joy
"Alright men, prepare to dock!" Antonio yells, his voice waking Lovino up in the captain's cabin, along with the loud stomps of the men above him on deck. Since the storm Lovino has been feeling weak and useless, a feeling only rubbed in his face by the fact that Antonio pretty much keeps him locked away in his cabin now. It's frustrating and depressing and Lovino can't do anything about it because what use can he really be?
Getting up, Lovino quickly changes before slipping out of the room and poking his head out to see the men working on docking the ship. Ropes being pulled, anchor being readied, it's almost mechanical how the men work until finally they are docked and heading out. For a moment Lovino wonders if he will be kept on the ship, isolated so he cannot win the bet or hurt himself, but thankfully that fear is quickly put to an end when Ant
Unbreakable Promise ch.3Unbreakable PromiseUnbreakable Promise ch.32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Three: A storm
Amidst the groaning of the ships, and of her crew, Lovino tries desperately to cling to sleep for as much longer as he can. They are arriving at a port today, which will be nice, but until then he doesn't really want to associate with anyone. Perhaps Matthew, but as nice as he is the boy is still a pirate so Lovino cannot trust him.
"Hmmm…sleeping beauty sure is a stubborn one, huh?" Antonio asks, leaning over him on the bed. "I know you're awake, Lovi."
Lovino's eyes shoot open and his face goes bright red. "O-only because some pirate decided to get so close to me in a bed!" He huffs, rolling over to face Antonio and push him away.
"Haha! Well, worry not; we are very close to shore. We should be there by tomorrow."
"Tomorrow?" The Italian whines. "Matthew said today!"
"Yes…well….it was going to be today…until…" Antonio look
Infamous ch.9InfamousInfamous ch.92 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Nine: A day at work
Lovino heads into the movie set with Antonio, quickly running into Katyusha and Bella. "Oh, good morning." He says, smiling at the girls.
"AAaaaaaaaahhhhhh!" Katyusha whines, tears welling up in her eyes. "NOOO!" She cries, running off to her dressing room.
"What in the-?" Lovino mumbles, getting cut off by a grinning Bella.
"Don't mind her, she just lost a bet~! She is such a sore loser!" She explains in a sing-song voice.
"It's not that she's a sore loser so much as it's your bets are always harsh!" Antonio points out, laughing a little.
"Hm? How much money does she owe you?" Lovino asks, making Bella and Antonio laugh.
"Bella doesn't need money, her bets are more…embarrassing!" Antonio explains. "One time when I lost I had to dress as Sailor Moon and say quotes from it for a week!" He says, laughing awkwardly. "I was thirteen so people found it cute more than disturbing…"
A Helping Hand Ch.2A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.22 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Two: Visitors
Antonio gets out of the shower and notices Lovino gone from the house. He leaves the place and sees lights on at the café. Running inside he sees Lovino setting up, his treats lined up in a case underneath the cash register. "Lovi! You could have told me you were coming in!"
"Don't be so worried, I didn't rob you." Lovino says, walking over to Antonio. "I'm going to open."
"H-huh? But I don't open until noon!" Antonio gasps and Lovino ignores him.
"Opening at noon, closing at eight and having no customers after six. You are awful at this!" Lovino groans and Antonio pouts.
"I just like my sleep in the morning "
"Well from now on I will get up in the morning."
Antonio looks at the boy confused as he begins to clean up. "Why are you so helpful? Last night you were so mean. I thought you hated me."
"Don't get me wrong. I do hate you." Lovino points out.
A Helping Hand Ch.10A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Ten: Trouble
Antonio grins. "So the youngest Vargas has arrived, si? Come to meet little old me~?"
The boy stares at Antonio blankly for a moment before a large smile comes to his face. "Ahhh, so you are the man who has taken my eldest brother and given him Stockholm syndrome? Yes I would seriously like to talk with you." He says, his eyes wondering to inside the café. "But that will wait until I talk with Lovino."
Antonio sighs and lets him in, locking the store down for the day. Since, apparently he won't be making any money this fine morning. "Come in, come in. I suppose I won't be opening the store today….because of SOMEONE." He says loudly, making Lovino pop out from the kitchen.
"What the hell is your pro-?" Lovino falls silent, his eyes not leaving the boy. "Marcello…what are you…?"
"Fratello!" Marcello exclaims, running to the confused teen. "I have been so worried! Why are you
A Helping Hand Ch.6A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.62 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Six: A Visitor
Antonio yawns and climbs out of bed exhausted. He was up all night with Lovino playing an epic game of Wii Tennis, followed by Wii Baseball and golf and then Wii Pacman. They played pretty much every game that Lovino could think of so he could win; which he never did.
"Such a sore loser." He says to himself, a goofy grin on his face as he remembers the pouts Lovino made and the frustrated attacks towards him with pillows. "He's so cute when he's angry~"
"Isn't he though? The way his eyes darken with anger and his cheeks get all flushed and puffed out." A boy says, standing beside Antonio as he waters his plants.
"Yeah, and how he will start cursing in Italian, calling me things I don't-" Antonio stops himself and looks to the boy next to him in shock. The boy was obviously a young teen, and obviously related to Lovino. Their hairstyle was similar, minus the colo
The Pirate's Treasure Ch.18The Pirate's TreasureThe Pirate's Treasure Ch.182 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Eighteen: His Royal Try
Antonio wakes up and looks at the boy next to him, a small smile coming to his lips. It hasn't been very long since they confessed to each other, about three weeks probably, and most of their days are spent apart as they figure out where to find a sea witch. Which makes moments like this where the two are lying in bed, where Antonio can simply relax and hold Lovino to him, far more precious. He honestly has to force himself to get up in the morning.
"Mnn…Antonio…you are doing that weird thing again." Lovino mumbles in his semi-conscious state.
"Hm? What thing?" Antonio asks curiously, watching the tired pout form on the merman's lips.
"Where you watch me sleep with that strange smile on your face."
The Spaniard blinks, a bit taken aback. Is his happy expression that strange? "…I don't even know where to begin with that offensive statement."
A Helping Hand Ch.1A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter One: The stranger
Antonio Fernandez Carriedo is a kind, hardworking man. At twenty five years old he owns his own café, has a nice little house behind it, and owns about forty acres of land behind it which he fills with his garden. In this garden is berries, tomatoes, peppers, and various other fruits and vegetables. He uses most of these for the ingredients to his salads and sandwiches in his café, but there's a slight problem. While he loves his café, and the thought of growing food for people, making them happy with his creations; he has little to no business.
At the end of the day, such as now, he doesn't have much to clean up. Most of his customers are elderly or his friends and they all clean-up for themselves. Just once he would like a young customer he wasn't friends with. Someone who just came here on their own. Of course that will never happen, his caf
The Pirate's Treasure Ch.16The Pirate's TreasureThe Pirate's Treasure Ch.162 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Sixteen: His Royal Bonds
Antonio watches the three Vargas brothers playfully tease each other and feels a sort of sorrow envelope him. These three are immortal, doomed to watch as the humans they know die. They could easily have stayed in the ocean and lived with others like them, yet all three have fallen in love with a human. Even though all of them are not fully aware of their own feelings, Antonio is aware it's only a matter of time. Marcello and Feliciano are of no major concern to Antonio, honestly, but the thought of Lovino's heart breaking as he watches him die is too much for the Spaniard to even think about.
Perhaps Francis is right; perhaps he should get rid of Lovino. He's honestly not sure which idea is more painful. "Fucking Francis " Antonio grumbles.
"My cousin did something hurtful again, huh?" Matthew asks, sitting next to him with a concerned smi
A Helping Hand Ch.7Abel-NetherlandsA Helping Hand Ch.72 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A Helping Hand
Chapter Seven: The Past will always catch up
Antonio yawns and lies down on the couch in exhaustion. Another long day of work with just him and Lovino running it all. The logical thing to do would be to hire someone new, but Antonio just can't bring himself to. He wants Lovino to himself, no matter how childish that seems. "If I were still a delinquent he would be branded by now "
"What the hell am I? Cattle?" Lovino asks annoyed, chucking a pillow at the man sprawled out on the couch.
"Ow!" Antonio groans, dislodging the pillow from his face. "It's not that I was just very to the point back then."
"Uhuh so did you brand Francis and Gilbert?" Lovino asks dully, sitting next to him on the couch.
"Didn't have to. We have matching tattoos." Antonio says, grinning at Lovino.
"I've never seen a tattoo on any of you " Lovino mumbles and a smirk comes to Ant
A Helping Hand Ch. 13A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch. 132 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Thirteen: An Impromptu Gathering
"Everyone insisted this man was just a friend…a mere buddy…but last time I checked you do not kiss your friends." Romulus says, smiling darkly at Antonio. "Or have you taught my son bad habits through this 'friendship'?"
"Lovi…you um…you gonna say anything to help me out here? Your dad looks like he's gonna kill me." The Spaniard points out nervously and Lovino shrugs.
"I would, really, but when dad gets that look in his eyes someone is going to die no matter what I do."
"How can you say that calmly?" Antonio whines before looking to Romulus. "I swear I love Lovino, there's nothing I would do to hurt him so there's no reason for you to hurt me, right?" He asks nervously.
"Hmm…" Romulus looks over to Lovino. "You like this kid?"
"He has his moments."
"And…you…wanted to kiss him?"
Lovino blushes a little. "If
A Helping Hand Ch.4A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Four: A Day Off
Antonio wakes up with a large grin on his face. Today he's spending with Lovino, but not like every other day he spends with him. No, today will be much different. Rather than seeing each other simply in the house and café or discussing business, they will be going around town and discussing other things. Maybe Antonio will even get some more information about Lovino out of the boy.
"Lovi~! Time to get up~!" Antonio calls, heading to Lovino's room.
"Do! Not! Open that door!" Lovino yells from the other side of the door, kicking it for emphasis. "You're not accosting me in my own damn room again!"
"Awww, you think of it as your room! You really are getting comfortable here!" Antonio teases, reveling in the stutters he hears from the other end.
"D-damnit! Go make breakfast you asshole!" Lovino hisses.
"Whatever you want~!" Antonio says, heading downstairs to
A Helping Hand Ch.5A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Five: A compliment
Lovino looks at Antonio, making the man flash him a goofy grin. He's enjoying Lovino's company a lot today. After dinner Lovino even agreed to continue the day by going to the river with him! It's almost too good to be true, and he knows that it probably won't last long so he intends to enjoy every moment.
"Wipe that grin off your face, it's creepy." The Italian huffs and Antonio laughs a little.
"I can't help it! It's so nice to spend time together like this, don't you think?" He asks and Lovino blushes, looking away.
"I-it's not horrible I guess." Lovino grumbles. "So what is so great about this river?"
"You're next to it." Antonio blurts out before looking away awkwardly. "Um I didn't mean that how it came out." He says, laughing nervously.
"Uhuh " Lovino mumbles, watching a sailboat go by. "So...um do you have a boat hidden an
A Helping Hand Ch.8A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Eight: A New Friend?
Antonio groans as he watches Lovino show Abel around the café. He made sure Abel knew he would NOT be working there, yet Lovino still wants to show him around. Just when did those two become so close? Perhaps Lovino wouldn't be so warm to him if he knew what he was really doing there.
"Lovino, you see to have a head for business " Abel says, eying the Italian suspiciously. "As if your family might run a few of their own?"
"Not at all." Lovino lies without missing a beat. "My dad works at a factory and mom is dead." He adds, making Antonio smile a little at the lie. At least he still has the upper hand in that department. "I simply always wanted to own a café, like that simpleton." Lovino says, gesturing towards Antonio.
"That's right, two peas in a pod, right Lovi?" Antonio asks, grinning at the boy.
" Did I say like him? I meant I had
A Helping Hand Ch.12A Helping HandA Helping Hand Ch.122 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Twelve: Dense
Lovino yawns and wakes up, immediately noticing a few strange things. First, rather than his nice warm bed, he's asleep on the couch. Second, and this is a big second, is that rather than actually being on the cushions of said couch he is laying on a certain Spaniard who is still sound asleep. "Oh dear god…" He groans , sitting up on Antonio's stomach. "Get up, you idiot."
Antonio stretches beneath him before flashing a lazy smile. "Morning Lovi."
Lovino blushes and stands up quickly. "D-don't smile at me so stupidly."
"Wooow, you sure are cold this morning." The Spaniard teases, sitting up tiredly.
"Ugh, my neck hurts…why did I have to sleep on the couch?" Lovino groans, stretching out. "And on such an uncomfortable object." He grumbles and Antonio huffs.
"Rude, Lovi, rude."
The two of them fall into a tense silence for a minute before Lovino looks back over to him.
The Pirate's Treasure Ch.15The Pirate's TreasureThe Pirate's Treasure Ch.152 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Fifteen: His Royal admission
Lovino wakes up in the middle of the night, Antonio lying behind him deep asleep. He looks the man over and thinks of how innocent the captain actually looks asleep. With his hair askew on the pillow, lips parted slightly for his even breathing, and his eyes closed to reveal long eyelashes you would never know he was such a hardened pirate. Being so handsome one would think he would be married with children by now, but alas he has no interest in that.
His lack of interest in family, love, and closeness in general worries Lovino. The prince is not exactly the embodiment of healthy relationships, but he still doesn't look at those things with disgust or fear. Perhaps Antonio is weaker than him in this way.
Lovino shakes the thought away before moving some hair out of Antonio's face. "I doubt anything about you is weak. For a human at least." He w
A Helping Hand ch.14A Helping HandA Helping Hand ch.142 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter Fourteen: Tell him your plans
It finally happens. Frederick makes a move. When everyone wakes from the late night celebration, there's a note on the kitchen table.
'Hello again, Lovino. I hope you don't mind we borrowed your cute little brothers for a while. If you have any interest in getting them back, you can meet us at the warehouse. You know the one.
~Until then, Frederick'
Lovino's expression is empty as he stares at the note, his hands clutching onto it so tight his knuckles turn a pale white. Alone in his kitchen he quietly sets the paper back down and slips out before anyone can notice. The minute he closes the door, however, Romulus tenses up.
"Something's not right…" Romulus mumbles.
"Romulus!" Antonio hollers from the kitchen, making everyone run in where he is holding a note. "Fre