Just when he was about to give up for the day, he heard the faintest hint of shuffling as he entered the kitchen. Norway whipped his head in the direction of the noise, which just so happened to be the pantry...which was twice the height of his brother. Not even bothering to wonder how the hell he got up there (he learned early on not to be surprised when his little brother did the impossible), Norway quietly made his way to the pantry. Slowly opening the creaky wooden door, he peered inside the dark pantry, a small sigh of relief escaping him as he saw exactly whom he was looking for.
"I should, like, get another gold medal for getting the most gold medals!"
"There's a vicious cycle waiting to happen…" England muttered between sips of his ale. His tone was more amused than annoyed—the power-trip of hosting had buoyed his spirits to begin with, and his own medal count was none too shabby.
It's common knowledge that the Olympic Games are capped off with the closing ceremonies, an emotion-laden event wherein the winners are tearfully honored to the strains of stirring orchestral music and the rest are effectively told "Train harder next time, losers."
Common knowledge doesn't know about the wrap party afterwards, when the gathered countries reward themselves for sitting through the closing ceremonies by boozing it up and bragging to each other about their wins, or conversely spreading malicious gossip about the winners. "Yeah, sure…it's easy to take the gold
"Denmark!" he called.
From the kitchen, the door of the fridge slammed closed, and Denmark appeared from around the corner, his arms full of beer and a lone slab of cheese sticking out of his mouth.
"Wh'ron'?" he mumbled.
"I'm going to the store. Emergency shopping."
Norway picked up the toy and held it out for Denmark to see, and the smaller nation's eyes went wide. He sucked in the cheese and swallowed it quickly.
"Not unless I can replace it without him noticing," Norway said, shoving the broken parts into his pocket. "Keep him occupied while I'm gone."
"How do I do that?! What if he starts asking wher