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 Francis Bonnefoy grit his teeth, using all his will power to keep from turning around and giving those bastards a piece of his mind. Sure, Francis was a litte.....Overpassionate, but did that give them the right to call him a rapist? No, it most certainly did not!

 He didn't bother correcting them anymore, though. He just learned to grin and bear it, for there was nothing else he could do. It's not like his teachers gave two shits either way, and his parents.........Well, his relationship with them wasn't the pleasent of most, and he had a feeling going to them for his personal problems would only make them worse.


 Just grin and bear it, he reminded himself.

"You creeper, how many girls have you raped today?"

 Grin......Grin and bear it.

 Francis had been counting to 10 in French, his mother language, trying to calm down, when a hand slammed down on his shoulder. Francis whipped around, no longer able to keep silent. "What?!"

 Arthur smirked, clearly pleased that he'd gotten a reaction out of the frustrated Frenchman. "What's up, faggot?" Arthur Kirkland, one of the biggest punks in school, famous for his dirty mouth and equally dirty relationship with pretty much every girl. And, of course, Francis just HAD to run into him.

 Just his luck.

Arthur moved closer. "You know what I don't get? Why you're still alive." He laughed, and Francis's fingers twitched as he resisted the urge to wrap them around Arthur's throat. "I mean, everyone hates you, don't they, rapist? Why bother living. Hey, you know what?" The Brit's voice lowered to an incoherent whisper, though Francis heard the next three words all too well.

"Go kill yourself."

 The Frenchman only stayed long enough to see Arthur's smirk grow before he ran away.


Most people consider places such as the library to be their sanctuary. For Francis, however, it seemed to be the school bathroom, seeing as it was the most conveniant place to hide during school hours.

 Francis sat on the floor in one of the stalls, his bright blue eyes brimming with tears. How could Arthur be so heartless, to ask Francis to kill himself? Did everyone really hate him that much? A tear made its way down his cheek, but the Frenchman made no attempt to stop it; many, many tears before that one had done the exact same thing, what made this one any different? Francis sniffled. Mon Deiu, it was so unfair.

It felt pretty nice to wallow in self pity, so much that Francis almost didn't hear the knock on his stall door. "O-Occupied." He forced out, trying and failing to hide the fact that he'd been crying.

"Yeah, I know. Let me in, please." The voice that responded surprised Francis; it was soft, gental, not laced with hatred and malice like the others. What's more, it was female! What was a girl doing in the boy's bathroom?

 With a sigh, he unlocked the door and got a good look at the visitor. Well, it was definatly a girl, Francis knew that much. ____ offered him a smile, shutting and bolting the door behind her, and taking a seat. There was a moment of awkward silence before Francis spoke up. "You're a girl, oui? You're not allowed to be in the boy's bathroom....."

Her smile widened. "Hon, if I gave a shit about that, I would've been out of here a long time ago."

 Interesting girl, Francis silently mused.

She continued. "Say, you're Francis, right? Francis Bonnefoy?" He nodded. "Arthur told me about what he said to you." She grinned. "I punched him in the face for you, if it makes you feel better." It did, but Francis wouldn't say that out loud.

He looked at her. "Why would you do that?"

 She took his hand, giving it a reassuring squeeze. "Because no one deserves to be bullied like that. I don't know you very well, but I do know this: you're not a rapist, or anything else those assholes call you. Just a sweet boy horribly misunderstood." ___'s eyes pierced Francis's stunned blue orbs, her smile much more confident now. "I haven't properly introduced myself, have I? I'm ____. How about we be friends?"

 The smile faded when she saw tears trickle down his cheek. "Aw, shit! I'm sorry Francis, I di-!" Her words were cut off when Francis suddenly wrapped his arms around her, pulling ___ close, burying his face in her hair.

 The tears he cried now were from joy, joy that someone cared for him. When Francis was younger, he'd read stories about how everyone had that one special person they were born to meet. This, Arthur, was the reason why he was still alive.

He'd lived just to meet ____.

"Francis?" She questioned, carefully returning the hug. "Are you alright?" He was fine, better than fine, actually. Francis tightened his grip on you, smiling faintly as one thought passed through his head.

 I love you.

Threw Punk!England in there, cause I can. :iconpunkenglandplz:
I've done a few stories with the reader being bullied, so I thought I'd try switching it up. ^^
Besides, I've wanted to do a little tribute to France for a while, so it worked out well.
Comment, please!

EDIT: Oh my Lord. What is this. WHY IS THIS SO POPULAR. I just can't even.
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This, by far, is one of the best France x Readers I have ever read. It not only shows France's more sensitive and gentle side, it also depicts the hardships of everyday life that many people can relate to. It seems that you can't go a single day without hearing of a suicide in the states, so it's good that there is a Hetalia-based story showing that bullying is wrong, and people need a friend to get through it. Furthermore, I haven't seen any other story where France was the one being picked on, so this is definitely scoring some originality points from me. All in all, this story has touched my heart and probably many others as well. Aweome Job~
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Rarely do I read fanfics versus reader, for I can't identify with what is supposed to be me and, mostly, said stories can't explore the characters' personality very deeply, but this one was an exception.
I decided to read it because "bullied France" is a very real thing in the fandom; if you think about it, many people call him a rapist and that is really offensive, considering he claims that love shouldn't be forced upon anyone. And let's always remember we're talking about a country - not specifically in this story - and it has a people, culture; imagine what someone might feel like when their country is said to be a rapist... It is a very cruel offence, and this fanfic shows how much words hurt. ((Sorry for this huge paragraph in which I vented very explicitly.))
I believe something that made me like this little piece of art so much is that I can actually identify with the reader, but I also appreciate that it's Francis' (outside) point of view.
Now, about why I didn't give you five stars on technique: first of all, the amount of "......"s; I am very critical with punctuation and reticences are used in three, so I would advise "...", for it conveys the meaning of "........", but is "legal punctuation". Also, as you know, it is not wrong to use capital letters, but in a formal writing, I would advise italics (such as in "And, of course, Francis just HAD to run into him.")
Typo in "litte"; "pleasant", not "pleasent"; convenient instead of "conviniant"; "Mon Dieu", not "Mon Deiu" (but I'm guessing that one was just a typo); "gentle", not "gental"; and I would put "a horribly misunderstood boy" instead of "a boy horribly misunderstood".
All in all, your story is pretty good; your style isn't very descriptive or complicated, but it's pleasant.
Oh, and this is my first critique, so if I did something wrong, my apologies. Feel free to criticise me.
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Purpleorchids869 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Punch him in the face? Naw, I'd just beat him up with Russia's metal pipe. Then hit him with a wrecking ball. Then drown him in the ocean. Then slowly carve out his eyes. Cause even if France wasn't my favorite character, no one deserves to be told to kill themselves. But since France is my favorite character, I'll also mark your back and face with an 'x' using a rusty dull knife.

Yeah, I sorta have England on the bottom of the list. Oops?
RoxyDanaSchlyer1218 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Artist
i wonder if anyone will create a bullied!Italy????
maybe i should :D
RoxyDanaSchlyer1218 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Artist
:D fangirling so hard and bad right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hetalian15627 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 28, 2014  Student Writer
*picks up Francis while riding on a motorcycle playing the song "Fuck you" as I run those pieces of shit over*
YukiDorcell Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Awh mah gwad... I wanted to kill England right there! Icon - 016 Rui (Pout) 
I loved this anyways~ Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
EnterHetaliaNameHere Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. Could you please make a part two if you can?
Bluefur101 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
AWWW! Francis doesn't deserve to be bullied!
InvaderPumpkinQueen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist
It's pretty good. Except you made England completely out of character. Which I do not like. England wouldn't act like that or go that far.
AkiraWolf12 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Well it is punk Iggy. He's rude and stuff sometimes. But still hot! Hehe =)
Kitty-Grin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow! This is really good, but why England as the bully?
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