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You walked silently toward the double doors that led to your father's room. You didn't know how he would react if you woke him up. He always hated being woken up, saying that he needed his 'beauty sleep.' You paused, extended your arm towards the doorknob, and contemplated what would happen if you went in there. He would either let you in and help you get back to sleep or send you back to your room. You could only hope for the first option.

You knocked quietly on the door and slowly opened it. "Papa?" you called out quietly.


"Hmmm?" came the sleepy voice of your father, France. "Qui a-t'-il, ma petite fleur?"1


"Je ne peux pas dormir,"2 you responded softly.


He sat up from under the thick red comforter covering his bed and beckoned you over with a tired voice.


"Pourquoi es-tu toujours debout?"3 he asked, stifling a yawn.


"Je ne sais pas. Je ne suis pas fatigué, je suppose."4


"Vraiment? Comment puis-je t'aider à dormir, alors ?"5


"Est-ce que tu pourrais me chanter une berceuse, s'il-te plaît?"6


France smiled. "Si tu veux."7


He reached over and lifted you up, placing your small form on the bed next to him. You immediately snuggled up to his warmth, causing France to chuckle softly, ruffling your hair. "What song do you want me to sing?"


You thought for a second. "How many are you willing to sing?"


He laughed. "It depends on how quickly you fall asleep."


"Could you sing 'Blanc, belle rose'8 and 'Doucement s'en va le jour'9?"


"D'accord."10


France took a second to remember the lyrics to the songs you wanted him to sing. Then, he began.


"Là-haut, là-haut sur la montagne
Là-haut, là-haut sur la montagne
Il y a des moutons blancs
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
Il y a des moutons blancs
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc.

C'est la bergère qui les garde
C'est la bergère qui les garde
Elle est habillée de blanc
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
Elle est habillée de blanc
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc.

Un beau monsieur qui la regarde
Un beau monsieur qui la regarde
"Combien gagnez-vous par an ?"
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
"Combien gagnez-vous par an ?"
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc.

"Mon beau monsieur, j' gagne pas grand chose
Mon beau monsieur, j' gagne pas grand chose
Je gagne cinq cents francs par an"
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
"Je gagne cinq cents francs par an"
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc.

"Venez chez moi belle bergère
Venez chez moi belle bergère
Vous en gagnerez six cents"
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
"Vous en gagnerez six cents"
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc.

"Mon beau monsieur j' suis chez mon père
Mon beau monsieur j' suis chez mon père
Et j'y resterai tout l' temps"
Blanc, blanc, blanc, belle rose
"Et j'y resterai tout l' temps"
Blanc, blanc, blanc et rose et blanc."
11


France looked to see if you were still awake, and sure enough, you were. He nodded slightly, and started the second song that you requested.


"Doucement, doucement,
Doucement s'en va le jour
Doucement, doucement
À pas de velours.

La rainette dit
Sa chanson de nuit
Et le lièvre fuit
Sans un bruit.

Doucement, doucement,
Doucement s'en va le jour
Doucement, doucement
À pas de velours.

Dans le creux des nids
Les oiseaux blottis
Se sont endormis
Bonne nuit."
12


You were barely awake; the soothing, deep voice that only belonged to your father had soothed you.


"Je t'aime, papa."13


He smiled tiredly. "Je t'aime aussi."14
Here's the France edition of 'Lullabies' for :iconmusicofmidnight: ! This one... I used so much French. PREPARE FOR THE MASSIVE TRANSLATIONS SECTION!
1- What is it, my little flower?
2- I cannot sleep.
3- Why are you still up?
4- I don't know. I'm not tired, I guess.
5- Is that true? What can I do to help you sleep, then?
6- Could you sing a lullaby, please?
7- If that's what you want.
8- White, beautiful rose
9- Gently the day drifts off
10- Okay.
11- Up there, up there upon the mountain,
Up there, up there upon the mountain,
There is a flock of white sheep,
White, white, white, beautiful rose.
There is a flock of white sheep,
White, white, white, and pink and white.
The shepherdess is watching the sheep,
The shepherdess is watching the sheep
And she is all dressed in white,
White, white, white, beautiful rose,
And she is all dressed in white,
White, white, white, and pink and white.
A nice gentleman is looking at her,
A nice gentleman is looking at her,
"How much do you earn a year?"
White, white, white, beautiful rose.
"How much do you earn a year?"
White, white, white, and pink and white.
"Nice gentleman, I earn so little,
Nice gentleman, I earn so little,
I earn five hundred a year,
White, white, white, beautiful rose.
I earn five hundred a year,
White, white, white, and pink and white.
"Come to my home, pretty shepherdess,
Come to my home, pretty shepherdess,
You'll earn six hundred a year.
White, white, white, beautiful rose.
You'll earn six hundred a year,
White, white, white, and pink and white.
"Nice gentleman, I'm at my father's,
Nice gentleman, I'm at my father's
And I'll stay there all my life,
White, white, white, beautiful rose,
And I'll stay there all my life,
White, white, white, and pink and white."
12- Gently, gently,
Gently the day drifts off.
Gently, gently,
It leaves oh so soft.
The small tree frog sings
Its sweet song nightly
Away the hare springs
Silently.
Gently, gently,
Gently the day drifts off.
Gently, gently,
It leaves oh so soft.
In their nests so deep
The birds snuggled up tight,
They've all gone to sleep
Nighty-night.
13- I love you, papa.
13- I love you, too.

If the translations are wrong, please tell me.
EDIT! A BIG thank you to :icondreamssurroundsus: for helping me correct some of the translations!

Hetalia is not mine.
Neither is France.
I don't own you.
But I DO own the story.
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Little-Arch-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This brings back so many memories from when I was a kid. *sniffles* Thank You! You made me feel like a kid again! x3Anna squee  and this made me cry a little too from the sweet memories Dog Face 

Just...OMG..Thank you! Yayoi Takatsuki + Mami Futami Emote - Hug 
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Resistance33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Oh, wow! Thank you very much! I'm glad that this little ol' thing had that effect. <3
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Little-Arch-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
x3 Your welcome! <3
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spinax908 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Ah the joys for knowing french~
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Resistance33 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
:heart:
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Animelover121767 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh IS THIS SINGING
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Resistance33 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Mhmm~
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Animelover121767 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
YOU CANT SING no offense
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BlackSpiritKarasu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013

ha the joys of being born in Dijon, France

 

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Resistance33 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Oh my. You're so lucky! I can only dream of being in a place so wondrous... From what I've seen in books and on the Internet, Dijon is absolutely beautiful!
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