(y/n) was seven when her family decided to move to Germany. Of course at that age, she wasn’t completely worried about leaving. Although, she was a little confused on why she had to leave all her friends behind.
“Why mama?” the little girl asked for the millionth time, her (e/c) orbs full of curiosity and innocence. Her mother smiled softly and kneeled on the floor in front of her daughter.
“Well dear, your father’s job needs him in Germany.” She explained.
“Why do they need him in Gemany?” she persisted. Her mother continued to smile.
“The company just needs him to work.”
“How long are we going to be there?” her mother mulled over the answer for a second.
“Well, sweetie, if everything goes okay, we may live their forever.” She replied slowly. The little girl stared at her, eyes wide.
“Really?” she whispered. Her mother smiled and reached over, tucking a strand of soft (h/c) hair behind her ear.
“Will my friends be there?” she asked again.
“No sweetie. You’ll make new friends!” her mother replied, trying to sound optimistic. (y/n) was silent once more. For the first time, she felt a little sad.
“Oh.” Her mother’s smile changed from an optimistic one to a sad one. She pulled her daughter into a hug before turning her around and giving her a little push.
“Why don’t you go finish pulling your clothes out? We’ll need to pack them up soon.” (y/n) nodded and trudged off for her bedroom. Her gaze swept over the empty room. Her mother and father had gotten most of her furniture packed up. All that was left was the pink walls, her dresser, and her bed. (y/n) walked over to her dresser and began to pull her clothes out and messily put them on the bed. For the first time since the news, she was feeling a little scared about what was to come.
Finally, the day of the move came. The family said their goodbyes to everyone and set off for the airport, where they would board the plane and travel to Germany. A long (and fidgety, since (y/n) had never been on a plane before) trip later, the family arrived in Germany. A new car was waiting for them, and her father drove the family to their new home.
While the movers helped move furniture into the new house, (y/n) curiously looked around. It was awfully empty. Her footsteps echoed through each empty room, breaking the momentary silence only for a second.
“(y/n)?” (y/n) turned around and saw her mother walking towards her.
“Yes mama?” she replied.
“Are you okay? How do you like the house?” she asked. (y/n) didn’t respond, but instead looked around.
“It’s okay I guess.” She finally said. Her mother smiled and ruffled her hair.
“Alright sweetie. We’ll be all settled in soon, okay?” (y/n) nodded and watched her mother walk away.
About a week later, everything was unpacked, and the family was settled in. (y/n)’s parents were still searching for a school for her to attend, so she had all the time in the world to explore. Currently, she was investigating the front yard. Occasionally, cars would pass by, or a dog would bark. It was pretty peaceful, though the surroundings were still strange to (y/n).
(y/n) glanced around, giving a little sigh.
“I’m bored.” She said.
“Me too.” (y/n) jumped at the sound of a voice.
“Who’s there?” she asked, looking around.
“Me!” there was some rustling from behind her. She turned around to see a little boy crawl out of the bushes. He stood up and dusted off his pants. (y/n) was in awe. This boy that had just come out of nowhere was really tall. He had shaggy blonde hair and bright blue eyes that shone. (y/n) stared up at him, (e/c) eyes wide.
“Who are you?” she asked. He looked down at her and smiled.
“I’m Ludwig! Who are you?” he asked in a funny accent.
“I’m (y/n). I just moved here.” She replied, smiling as well.
“Cool. How old are you? I’m neun.” (y/n) looked at him in confusion.
“N-nuen?” she struggled to pronounce the foreign word.
“Nuen. I think in English it’s nine.” Ludwig supplied. (y/n) nodded.
“Oh. Wow, you’re nine! That’s cool! I’m only seven…” she replied. They smiled at each other.
“(y/n)!” the children turned and looked at (y/n)’s mother, who was now standing out on the front porch.
“Who’s this?” she asked.
“His name is Ludwig mama!” she replied. Her mother smiled.
“It’s nice to meet you Ludwig. Do you live near here?” Ludwig nodded.
“I live right next door.” He replied. (y/n)’s mother nodded.
“Well, that’s nice. I hope you’ll excuse us, it’s time for (y/n) to come inside.” Ludwig nodded again.
“I guess I’ll see you later.” Ludwig said, smiling at (y/n). She smiled back and nodded before running back off to the house.
She said I was seven and you were nine
I looked at you like the stars that shine
In the sky, the pretty lights
and our daddies used to joke about the two of us
growing up and fallin' in love
and our mama's sighed, and rolled their eyes
and said 'oh my, my, my'
From that day on, Ludwig and (y/n) became best friends. They had their arguments and their fun moments, but all in all they were inspirable.
(y/n) also learned that Ludwig had an older brother by the name of Gilbert. And in her little seven year old opinion, she only had one thing to say about Gilbert.
“You’re really annoying!” She exclaimed. Gilbert grinned.
“You are too!” he retorted. (y/n), Ludwig, Gilbert, and a couple of their friends were all outside in Ludwig’s yard.
“No I’m not!”
“Ja, you are!”
“Will you two stop? You’re both annoying!” one of Gilbert’s friends yelled. Everything became silent all at once, only to be interrupted by their sudden giggles.
“Kesesese~ Hey Ludwig! I bet you won’t kiss (y/n)!” Gilbert laughed. Ooh’s came from the group. Ludwig blushed, and (y/n) giggled.
“N-no I’m not!” he stuttered. (y/n) smiled and teasingly put her hands on her hips.
“Why, are you chicken?” she teased. Everyone began making noises that were relatively close to a chicken’s call. They flapped their arms, making Ludwig twitch.
“No!” he yelled. Everyone stopped and waited.
“Then, I dare you to kiss me!” (y/n) said. More ooh’s.
“I’m not going to kiss you! Don’t be stupid!” he retorted. More clucking.
“I’m not a chicken!” he glared at everyone.
“Okay, if you’re not a chicken, then I triple dog dare you to kiss me!” (y/n) exclaimed.
“Ooh! She just triple dog dared him!” one boy whispered.
“He’s gotta do it now!” another kid snickered.
“Come on brother! The girl dared you! Kesesese!” Gilbert called. Ludwig glared and stomped over to you, leaning in nervously. You closed your eyes and waited. After a moment, nothing happened, and you found out why.
“Hey, look at him go!” one boy called.
“He’s running for the house! What a chicken!” Gilbert yelled. (y/n) opened her eyes to see Ludwig running off.
“I’m going to beat you up for that (y/n)!” he yelled, before he ran into the house.
“He just said that because he knows the awesome me is stronger than him.” Gilbert muttered. (y/n) couldn’t help but smile.
Take me back to the house and the backyard trees
Said you beat me up, you were bigger than me
You never did, you never did
Take me back when our world was one block wide
I dare you to kiss me and ran when you tried
Just two kids, you and I
Oh my, my ,my
She could still remember those days, even now that she was in high school. (Y/n) was now sixteen. She and the boys still hung out, since they were closer now then they were when they were kids.
Well I was sixteen when suddenly,
I wasn’t that little girl you used to see
“Hey (y/n)!” (y/n) smiled and turned to look at her boyfriend, the one and only Ludwig.
“Hey Luddy!” she replied, walking over to him. He planted a sweet kiss on her lips and gave her a hug.
“Hey liebe.” He murmured.
“So where are we going?” she asked, walking along side of him. It was the end of the day, and to everyone’s immense relief, school was out.
“I thought we could go somewhere special.” He said, wrapping his arm around her. She smiled.
“A surprise, huh?” Ludwig smiled.
“Ja.” They walked out of the school and got in his truck. (y/n) couldn’t help but smile as they traveled down the road.
“What are you smiling about?” Ludwig asked, glancing at her.
“Oh, I was just thinking. I guess our dad’s never expected this to happen, huh?” she replied.
“Expected vhat to happen?” he asked, confused.
“Us falling in love. You remember how they joked about it all the time?” Ludwig grinned and nodded.
“Ja. I thought they were crazy, just going on and on about it.” (y/n) nodded in agreement, tucking a strand of (h/c) hair behind her ear. They smiled at each other, (y/n)’s almost wider than Ludwig’s. She loved the way his eyes still sparkled, like that very first day.
But your eyes still shined
Like pretty lights
And our daddies used to joke about the two of us,
They never believed we’d really fall in love
And out mama’s smiled and rolled their eyes
And said ‘oh my, my, my’
Ludwig ended up bringing her to a secluded creek, about an hour from home. It was like the center of nature and peace. (Y/n) loved it.
“Wow, it’s beautiful out here!” she exclaimed, taking in all the sights around her.
“I’m glad you think so.” Ludwig replied, wrapping his arms around her waist. She looked back and smiled, while he placed a gentle kiss on her lips.
“Ich liebe dich.” He murmured.
“Ich liebe dich auch.” She replied. For the rest of the evening and well into the early hours of the morning they wandered around the creek, talking, playing around, and kissing. It was around two a.m. when (y/n) started feeling a little tired.
“We should go home liebe. Your dad is probably going to kill me for keeping you out so long.” Ludwig muttered. (y/n) nodded and yawned. Ludwig picked her up bridal style and carried her back to his truck. He started off for home, and (y/n) instantly fell asleep, a blissful smile on her face.
Take me back to the creek beds we turned up
Two a.m. riding in your truck and all I need is you next to me
“Gute nacht liebe.” Ludwig murmured, smiling softly.
Take me back to the time we had our very first fight
The slamming of doors instead of kissing goodnight
You stayed outside, till the morning light
Oh, my, my, my
Another trait that (y/n) fell in love with about Ludwig was the fact that he was loyal, and sometimes stubborn.
“Liebe, listen to me!” Ludwig called, grabbing onto (y/n)’s thin wrist. She whirled around, (e/c) eyes shining with tears.
“Why? Why should I listen when you’re just going to leave!” she yelled, snatching her hand away. Ludwig growled.
“Vhy don’t you try to understand instead of being so verdammt stubborn?” he shot back. She whirled around, fury now visible behind the tears.
“I’m being stubborn? I just don’t want you to go off to war, you idiot!” she seethed.
“Because I’m trying to do what’s right! And all you do is think about yourself!”
“I am not!” she yelled. They both glared at each other.
“I just don’t want you dead. Why can’t you see that?” she asked acidly, before turning on her heel and running into her house.
“(y/n)!” Ludwig called, running up to the door and knocking. Instead of (y/n) answering, her father came, face grim. He crossed his arms and glared at the boy.
“Maybe you should go home, Ludwig. She’s had enough.” He said coldly. Ludwig glared, making a decision he was probably going to regret.
“No. I’m staying out here until she listens.” He replied. (y/n)’s father stared at him for a moment before sighing and going back in the house.
It was hours later when (y/n)’s father came upstairs to her room. She was laying stomach-down on her bed, still crying.
“Honey? When are you going to listen to the boy?” he asked quietly.
“When he says he’s not going.” She muttered. Her father sighed.
“Maybe you should try seeing his point of view. He’s still out there.” (y/n) sniffed and glared at her bed. He sighed again.
“Well, work it out soon. I’m going to bed. Goodnight.”
“’Night.” Her father sent her one last lingering look before walking down the hall. (y/n) sniffled and glanced out her bedroom window. True enough, Ludwig was standing outside, waiting.
Let him wait. I’ll take care of this tomorrow. (y/n) thought. Her heart ached ever so slightly, but she pushed herself to get ready for bed. She dove under her covers and fell asleep, fresh tears falling down her face.
She was also the first one up that morning. She trudged downstairs and started up the coffee maker. While doing this, she happened to glance up and out the kitchen window. The sight before her made her eyes go wide and her hand to unclench from around the scoop. Coffee grains fell all over the floor as she sprinted outside.
The bitter morning air nipped at her bare arms, and she crossed them to save some heat, since she was only standing in a cami and pajama bottoms.
She couldn’t believe it. Ludwig had camped out all night. He was glaring at the ground, sitting on the steps. She took a step closer, then finally sat down beside him.
“Why didn’t you go home?” she asked quietly. His gaze never left the bricks
“I said I was staying out here until you came back and talked. And I meant it.” He mumbled. A smile broke out on (y/n)’s face.
“I’m sorry Luddy. I guess I was being a little stubborn.” She murmured, wrapping her arms around him. He sighed again and pulled her into a hug.
“Es tut mir leid zu.” He murmured, pressing his lips to her head. She smiled.
“Let’s never fight again, please?” she asked.
“Ve won’t. I’ll make sure ve won’t.”
A few more years passed, leaving (y/n) to once more reflect on the good and the bad memories she had of her and Ludwig. Shortly after he had left the war ended, sending him home safely. She was of course overjoyed, and they went back to spending every minute of their time together.
Over the years, Ludwig had been the one to change, and (y/n) blamed the military for that. He was an adult and all, but he had gotten really serious around others. He now walked around with his blonde hair slicked back, and a glare on his face. Even though he still acted like his old self around (y/n), he was still a changed man.
They were now walking around town. Ludwig gave (y/n)’s hand a squeeze and led her to the park, which was her favorite part of the small town. (y/n) made her way to sit down on a bench, only to be stopped by Ludwig. She turned and looked at him quizzically.
“What’s wrong?” she asked, taking notice of the look on her boyfriend’s face.
“I-I need to ask you something liebe.” He muttered. She waited expectantly for him to continue.
“I-I…verdammt I’m not good at this….you know I love you?” he started. (y/n) nodded slowly.
“Vell…I-I want…vhat I’m trying to say is…” he sighed in annoyance and reached into his back pocket.
“Vhat I’m trying to say is (y/n)? Willst du mich heiraten?” he asked. (y/n)’s mind went into a frenzy trying to translate the German. She stopped mid statement though when Ludwig dropped on one knee, holding his hand out to her. In it rested a little black box, with a diamond ring in it.
Will you marry me?
The phrase entered her mind, and her hands flew up to her mouth. Ludwig waited nervously, watching her for any signs of an answer. A huge grin broke out onto her face, and she began to nod.
“Yes! Yes of course I will! Ja!” she exclaimed. Ludwig grinned and stood up, wrapping her in his strong arms. He drew her into a kiss and quickly pulled away, slipping the ring onto her finger. They smiled at each other.
“Ich liebe dich.” He murmured, pressing his forehead against hers. (y/n) smiled, (e/c) eyes bright.
“Ich liebe dich auch Luddy.”
A few years have gone and come around
We were sitting at our favorite spot in town
And you looked at me, and got down on one knee
Take me back to the time when we walked down the isle
Our whole town came and our mama’s cried
You said ‘I do’ and I did too
Finally the day of the wedding fell upon the town. Everyone was gathered in the church, awaiting the arrival of the bride. Ludwig waited nervously at the front, with Gilbert beside him. All of (y/n)’s friends were there too, dressed as her bridesmaids.
(Y/n) took in a shaky breath as the organ started to play. Earning a warm smile from her father, they began to walk down the isle. Around her, people that she had become friends with smiled as she walked back. But she didn’t pay attention to any of them. Her eyes were focused to the front, where her love was waiting with his sparkling eyes and his beautiful smile. A smile worked its way onto (y/n)’s face and she turned to look at her mother, who was smiling through her tears. (y/n) smiled back at her and continued to walk until she was standing before Ludwig. The organ stopped and the preacher went through the vows.
“(y/n), will you have this man to be your husband; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?" the preacher asked. (y/n) smiled.
“I do.” The preacher turned to Ludwig.
"Ludwig, will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?” Ludwig smiled as well.
“Then, I pronounce you husband and wife! You may kiss the bride!” he said. (y/n) and Ludwig smiled at each other before drawing into a long, sweet kiss.
Take me home where we met so many years before
We’ll rock our babies on that very front porch
After all this time, you and I
“The whole house! You’re giving us everything?” (y/n) asked in disbelief. Her parents nodded.
“We’re retired now. I think we can give this as a gift and find us a new home nearby.” Her mother said. Tears pricked (y/n)’s eyes as she smiled and hugged her parents.
“Thank you!” she whispered.
They said their goodbyes to her parents and she and Ludwig watched them leave from the front porch. Ludwig smiled and wrapped his arms around his wife.
“Ich liebe dich (y/n).” he murmured, kissing her forehead.
“Ich liebe dich Luddy.” She replied, smiling softly.
And I’ll be 87 you’ll be 89
I’ll still look at you like the stars that shine
In the sky, oh my, my, my