“What’s wrong? You seem very lonely.” Said Aksinya looking at the boy infront of her. He couldn’t have been much older than her. “Da..I am… I have no friends…” The boy said sadly. Aksinya looked at him with kind eyes. “I could be your friend.” She replies. The boy’s eyes seemed to light up, but his reply was saddening. “No! I can’t be friends with you yet! I must become stronger first. Then when I’m bigger and stronger we can be friends, da?” He said staring into her eyes. Aksinya frowned slightly. “We could be friends right now though.” Russia shook his head, his eyes sad. “What…What do you mean by become stronger?” She asked. Russia looked at her with sad eyes. “That I can’t tell you, but once I am I will find you, da? Then we can be friends.” He said. Aksinya looked at him. She nodded her head and smiled. “Okay then! Go become big and strong so we can be friends!” She said. Russia waved to her and started to walk away. “Wait! Wait! I didn’t catch your name!” Aksinya called running to Russia. “My name is Russia, but you can call me Iva,da.” He said. She smiled. “My name is Aksinya.” She said as she pecked Russia on the cheek. “D-da..don’t forget me Aksinya…okay?” Said Russia quickly. “Never in a million years.” She said as snow started falling. Russia smiled at her and started to run away into the forest. “And I’ll never forget you.” Said Russia to himself as he ran.