The con weekend started on Thursday for me, coming in with Sike. I hung out with Velocity for most of the night, mainly waiting for Ember and her group to come in so I could put my luggage in their room and do a cute Hungary x Ukraine thing with her. As it turns out, their van broke down somewhere in Iowa and couldn't make it that night. Yuri also lacked a place to stay and Velocity, after asking her hotel group, kindly let us stay with her. Around midnight, we all were very hungry, so we walked around in the rain for nearly an hour before settling on Friday's because it was the only place open. This would end up being the weekend I would decide to do a pre con dinner every Detour. Had a blast, even though the kitchen was closed, so we could only have appetizers. After food, we went back to the hotel and tried to go to sleep. Velocity and I, however, weren't tired and kept talking, eventually waking up Asuma and asked to leave the room until we were done. So she and I chilled on the 5th floor balcony for 3 or 4 hours before going to bed out of necessity.
Woke up and I got into Raimei. Velocity and I, with a couple friends, waited in line for our badges. During this time, she was holding some of my props so that my hands wouldn't be so full, accidentally dropping my wooden sword, a chunk of it flying off (pretty sure she still feels bad about it, no matter how many times I tell her it's okay). We went our separate ways for a little bit as I made rounds with my fans and got to Chess for setup and sign in. Not sure what all happened between then and changing into Kurama (aside from getting into my room with Songstress and others). But I had a panic attack, so I called Meika to keep the photoshoot running until I could get there. It was a decent turnout with a Yusuke, a couple Kuwabaras, Keiko, a couple Youkos and Kuramas, Genkai, Karasu and Touya. After it all ended, I passed out roses to the friends I had that showed up while a nearby Shizuru wondered why we were all gathered. Then it was time for the Formal Ball, which sucked. I went with Kitty and found Ember later, so kinda ditched. We discussed the panel for later that night, had to drive to her hotel, then come back. By this time, I was not going to be able to get my things I left in a friend's room on the 10th floor, get back down, get to my hotel, change cosplays, come back to the con and get in for my panel. A terrifying panic attack settled itself upon me, Seifer and CJ trying their best to help me and calm me down. Seifer bolted up the stairs to get my things, CJ offered to help on the panel if my panelists were late, Seifer returned with my things, drove me to my hotel, waited patiently for me to change cosplays and then drove me back. I got to the panel room to see a huge crowd of people waiting to get in. Velocity greeted me and said the previous panel hadn't let out yet. I poked my head in because we needed to set up, asked them politely to finish up and was returned with a very rude attitude. Running 15 minutes late, we had a packed house for such an, I assumed, unpopular genre. Velocity and I ran it by ourselves until Ember and Kirk finally showed up with the snacks for us and to share with the audience. After having the panel crashed by someone drunk and Dan offering to be my security, we ran over by well over an hour, since we were the last panel in that room. We did a short photoshoot and hung out for a while. When Ember and Kirk left, Velocity and I wandered the con for a while, avoiding the room parties due to being weary of the person that crashed the panel. We found Nexus after a while and she stuck with us for a bit. We found a nice little spot to crash out on, Nexus falling asleep on me after a while. After a stretch of silence between us, Velocity rested her head on my shoulder. Out of instinct, I laid mine on hers and thought it was a bad move, only to realize she'd fallen asleep too. I was stuck because I didn't want to wake either of them up. Mizu came by later and we woke both of them up by accident when we tried to hug anyway. We walked Nexus to her room, then Velocity and I sat and chatted in the lobby until 6am. By the time I needed to go back to my hotel, I was too tired to walk straight. She helped me to her room and had me sleep there for the night.
I got a whopping total of 3 hours of sleep before I had to get back to my own room to change cosplays. Velocity was concerned about my well being and suggested I just ditch my photoshoot for the sake of sleep. I told her it would be bad on my rep if I did that. So she wished me well and I got to my hotel to change out of England and into Olette. Songstress and the rest of the group were worried about me even with the text I sent saying I wouldn't be back that night. I showered and that helped wake me up a bit. Once again, I was late to my shoot (had Raine look after things) and we moved it outside for better pics. Sadly, it was really cold, so we only ran about 30 minutes instead of the full hour. When it ended, I saw a text from Nexus on my phone that seemed urgent. Upon finding her in the Garden Court in her Prussia cosplay, she immediately started crying and clung to me. As Nexus' con mom, this hit me hard. Apparently, some fellow Hetalia cosplayers physically abused her and she was too scared and hurt to report it to security. So she could have a safe place, I had her come with me to my hotel room. She bought herself a little snack at the cafe and ate in silence while I let her destress while I changed BACK into England. Once it started getting a little hard for me to keep my eyes open due to being tired, I kept her busy by helping me with my cosplay. I ended up being ready to go by the time the shoot started, but I didn't want to leave until she felt okay to go back, which left us with 30 minutes of shoot to spare. We had a lot of fun, then perused the con for a while. Then I went up to Sylus' room while she changed into Reno and Nexus shared her DR swag. Sy then waited in my room for my to change into Elena and we went out for our Turk dinner with Phantom, Ra and Dan. It was a great time and we stayed out for a while. I came back to spend time with Velocity again and to get Michael Tatum's autograph. After that was more perusing the con. I pulled out the bracelets I was going to wear with Ember on Thursday and showed one of the set to her. I was digging in my bag while telling her the story and turned around to see her putting it on. I shrugged and decided to let her wear it (I figured I'd ask for it later). After munching around the consuite, we both thought it would be a good time to go to bed. She walked me to my hotel (whist having issues with Mother Nature putting out her cigarette with the rain) and gave each other a hug that just felt so good I didn't want to let go.
Sunday felt so...I'm not sure how to describe it...time with Velocity the whole weekend seemed to slow everything down, yet Sunday still seemed to fly by. I was in China the whole day, Velocity in Canada. And while we don't ship the non-existent couple at all, we just decided to get some couple-y type pics. This was when I noticed she was wearing the bracelet. When I mentioned it, she said she hadn't taken it off since putting it on. Knowing this made me a bit emotional. I knew I could never bring myself to ask her for it back after hearing that. After getting some pics with Nexus in her Prussia cosplay, I had to go home. I gave Velocity a big hug and a kiss on the cheek, which, in the moment it happened, I regretted because I thought it was too much without knowing where I stood. I stressed about it until I finally asked her out two weeks later.