You were sitting with a blank expression on your face as you gazed upon the container of tea that was set before you. You were together Commander Levi and that strange boy known as Eren. Your emotions were bouncing all over the place since you weren't sure which one to convey. All you could show to him was a bland look that didn't show your true colors.
"Uh...Heichou..?" You heard the young boy speak up and Levi turned toward his direction.
"What is it?" Your eyes shifted towards Levi to see that peculiar way in which he held his cup; hand over the rim instead of the handle.
"H-Hanji-san was wondering if he could experiment on me...Should I let him...?" Eren sat uneasily with his fingers sliding against the side of his cup.
"Are you so worried that he'll dissect you?" Levi didn't bother to look at the somewhat frightened male.
"N-no..it's just that-"
"The way you say that makes you sound very unsure. I can promise you that Hanji won't put you under the knife." You cut him off as you gave him a slight look of reassurance.
He nodded his head bit and stared down at the liquid into his cup.
"Honestly, that guy never knows when to stop." The older man that sat next to you shifted his eyes towards your direction. "Did you ever ask him?" Levi held his monotone voice as he asked the question.
This perked Eren's interest a bit and he titled his body forward against he table to see you on the other side.
"No. I don't get why you're always asking anyways. It's not like he would say yes. The last time I was going to ask was when those two Titans he was testing were slaughtered." You gave out a sigh as you laid your head on your hand.
"I hate to ask, '______________'-san, but does it involve Hanji-san?" The question was way too obvious, but it was just his curiosity peaking through.
"Yeah it does. I've known Hanji ever since he joined the Survey Corps. He was the one who convinced me to join in the first place." You titled yourself back in your chair with your arms dangling on each side of the seat. "I tell you what, he was always so interested in the Titans even when he was younger. He would always go on and on about how some day he would be able to befriend and Titan and find out what causes them to act like they do." Your head tilted up so that you could look up at the ceiling. "Hanji has always been so outgoing and isn't scared of anything."
"You know he will get himself killed one of these days..." You listened to Levi's statement and shot him back a glare.
"I know that. I've attempted to distract with other things besides those beasts, but he is solely focused on knowing all there is to know about the Titans. I mostly worry when he get's too curious and puts himself in danger." You looked back at Eren with a nonchalant face.
"I see...I guess it's a good thing that you can keep him in line, '____________'." Eren had a faint smile on his lips in response to your little story.
"I'm glad too. I don't want to see anything happen to him. So that's why I feel like I have to confess to him at some point in time. It could all be over for me if I don't hurry." You propped your chair back on all four legs to stand yourself up.
You discarded that chair you were using and went over to the empty seat next to younger male.
"You have anyone on your mind, Eren?" You gave him a wink as you titled your head against your hand on the table.
"Not at the moment I don't..." He flinched a bit since he was taken back by your question.
"I'm sure one day you will." Your hand messed with his hair and his expression became all flustered.
You just smiled at him as you looked at the tangled mess you created.
"What he needs to focus on is keeping that beast inside him under control." Levi glared at you with that unemotional expression of his.
You rolled your eyes at the commander and kept your attention to Eren.
"Just make sure that you're happy whoever it might be, okay?" You grinned at him while he fixed his messy hair.
"I got it. Thanks." He finally gave you a smile on his cute face.
"EREN!!" You heard a familiar voice shout with excitement heading towards your direction.
"There's no use in me staying here any more." The black haired male stood up from his seat and evacuated the area instantly with the drink in hand.
You stuck your tongue out at Levi behind his back once he left the room. Hanji saw that Levi walked past him and carried on with coming over towards Eren. He was excited as ever when he took Levi's formal spot and gave each of you an excited look.
"Can I see it?!" His tone was on edge as he gave Eren a pleading look.
"S-See..what exactly..?" Eren was a bit confused, but sort of figured out what he was walking about.
"YOU!! As a Titan of course!! I finally want to get some real research done!!" Hanji was practically jumping in his seat with his excitement no longer being able to be contained.
"I keep telling you, I don't know how." He gave out a sigh as he felt bad for disappointing Hanji.
"Exactly! That's why we're all going to go outside and test it!! If there is some method we can think of to turn you into a Titan, then that will make everything so easy!"
"But...I still haven't found out a way to do that." Eren was a little nervous to hear these plans that Hanji was conjuring.
"Come on! Please let me a do tests to see if we can do it!!" Hanji was literally on his hands and knees begging the young boy for this request.
"Fine..." Eren gave in and Hanji was back on his feet.
Hanji took hold of your hand and dragged you with him.
"We'll be out in the back court yard setting everything up~!" The excited male shouted back while you tagged along.
The two of you left Eren in the now deserted mess hall area. He sighed as he laid his head down on the table with his thoughts trailing on.
"Maybe if by some crazy chance...I can help '____________' with her problem. I may not know a lot about relationships, but I can try." Eren smiled faintly to himself as he stood up from the table and headed to where you guys were.
You sat at a wooden table set up outside and tapped your fingers in a repeating pattern.
"What do you think Eren look like as a Titan? The Corporal has told me before, but I want to experience it for myself!" Hanji was over the roof with excitement.
"I'm not sure. If he's anything what the Colossal looks like then I might freak out." You started to laugh and bit and Hanji did too.
"Yep, he's a pretty brave kid. Knowing that you can turn into a Titan takes some guts to accept. I'd be afraid I would try to experiment on myself if I found out I could shift." He began to poke at the back of his left hand.
"I wouldn't want you to do that, Hanji." You gave him a smile of concern as you titled your head on your propped up arm and hand.
"You're such a worry rat! I promise I wouldn't do anything that could kill me." He gave you a wink of confidence with your cheeks flushing red.
Soon Eren came out from the castle headquarters and stood in front of the two of you.
"Alright!! Now we can get to the fun part!" Hanji stood up from the table in complete joy. "Oh, wait...I need some supplies before we start." He smiled as he dashed back into the headquarters in a rush.
Eren came and sat next to you with flushed cheeks. You ran your hand gently through his dark hair with a relaxed expression.
"If he brings out a knife, I'll be sure to put it in the ground." You winked at him as you stood up and stretched your arms out.
"Thanks, but I'm not too worried about that..." He placed one hand behind his head in a sheepish way.
"Are you saying there's something else on your mind?" You questioned cheerfully as you set one arm against the edged of the table with your arm propped up.
"Well...after you were talking about Hanji-san...I started to think that I really do have someone I'm thinking about.."
"So you did like to me you stink!" You teased him as you stood proud with your arms crossed. "Who is it? Mikasa? Krista?" You started to list a few names off. "Could be it you're into the more 'forbidden' relationship~? The way you are with Heichou can spark a few rumors."
"N-NO!! N-Nothing like t-that!!" Eren waved his hands in front of him as you completely embarrassed him.
You laughed fairly loud as you enjoyed teasing him.
"I'm just joking, Jaeger. Even if you did, I think the two of you would be so cute." You kept joking around and he let his head fall onto the table.
"This could go bad...I want to help her ask out Hanji-san somehow, but now she's talking about Heichou and I..." His head on the table slightly shifted to face your giggling face with his thoughts roaming in his mind. "I just want to know the right way to ask that person out. I almost want someone else to ask them out for me, but I'm worried it might turn for the unexpected."
Eren put his focus back on the real dilemma he was having and you thought for a moment.
"Hmm...the only thing I can think of is go for it. Times like that are when you need to do it yourself because you may act like it frightens you, but if you just own up to it and people will have more respect for you. It's like if I were to hold a spider right now. I don't like them whatsoever and if someone were to give it to me, I would just say that they do startle me; I just put up with it until it's over." The example you gave him would have been better in a visual demonstration. "You don't want to prolong your feelings like that. If you never confess, you'll never know how they'll feel. Even if they said no, it would give you the satisfaction of getting it off your chest.
"Then, how come you don't ask out Hanji-san?" Eren immediately covered his mouth after letting that slip out.
Your whole face turned crimson and your index fingers were pushing against the other.
"I'm that person who gives advice and somehow can't apply it to myself..." You admitted him with your somewhat shy voice. "I guess that's the beautiful irony that makes my life."
Eren just nodded his head and gave an apologetic look.
"I will try even harder to help you!" His sympathetic expression suddenly sprung into true ambition for helping you.
You gave him a surprised look on your face with a bit of confusion mixed in.
"Are you saying that you were planning to help me all along?" You nudged at his arm a bit and he gave you a sheepish smile.
You returned his non-confidential smile with a brighter one.
"And if you ever need help with Heichou, you know who to get a hold of." You teased him a bit more and witnessed his cheeks burst with crimson.
Hanji came back with two crates stacked in his arms and set them on the table.
"Let's see here...." He quickly began to rummage through his materials with each of you looking at him with curiosity.
From the first box he had pulled out a few sharp knives and syringes. You looked over at Eren and saw he turned completely pale.
"Oops...wrong box!" Hanji announced to himself before putting the dangerous object back into that crate while practically throwing out in the field.
You heard the sigh of relief escape from Eren's lips once he saw Hanji going through the second box. The first thing Hanji pulled out was a small doll. He made Eren hold out his hands and placed the small doll into his grasp.
"Did you sew this, Hanji-san?" The younger male was curious as he saw a tiny Survey Corps jacket sewn onto the doll.
"That's not important right now. What I'm testing is a hypothesis to see how you react to replicas of humans." Hanji stood next to you and adjusted his thick glasses. "In other words: If I present you with a doll resembling a human, then your instinct of shifting into a Titan will come out because Titans eat people!!"
You and Eren gave him a blank stare as he was so proud of his theory.
"Hanji-san, the reports say that he had turned into a Titan once he was swallowed by one himself. I'm pretty confident that he didn't turn into a Titan because he was hungry." You had a sheepish smile on your face and Hanji returned to reality.
"Can't you guys tell that I'm joking?" He titled his head to the side a bit before yanking the doll out of Eren's hands.
"I really thought you were being serious..." Eren admitted quietly and Hanji just smiled on.
"Anyway, the first experiment I wish to conduct is basic reactions. This will see if you're in a threatening situation in which your Titan abilities will allow you to defend yourself." You watched as Hanji pulled out a pair of containers that contained the maneuver gear swords.
He quickly fastened the maneuver gear he had on him and attached the two metal boxes on each of his sides. Hanji gave the two of you instructions and made sure that you had Eren in the right position. You departed from his side and waited patiently to see what Hanji would do. The light haired male stood in a stance with the blades in front of him in the distance.
"GET READY, JAEGER!!!" Hanji screamed out before he began to charge at Eren.
The young male was shaking in panic as he was unsure of what to do. You were told not to interfere unless Hanji couldn't control himself if Eren turned into a Titan. You could feel guilt consuming you a bit as Eren continued to tremble in this unfamiliar situation. Soon Hanji had leaped in the air with his blades ready to pin down the helpless boy. You shut your eyes afraid for an accident to occur. There was silence for a brief moment before the sound of metal on metal echoed into the air. Your eyes opened to see Levi standing there with his blade in front of him.
"Your job is to experiment on him, not play around like an idiot. Unless your goal was to dissect him from the start in which your plan was going to be unsuccessful." Levi pushed Hanji off with their blades still in contact.
Hanji rolled slightly in the grass and sat there with a dumbfounded look. He quickly began to unlatch the maneuver gear around his waist and held onto the blades still in his hands.
"You can't tell me that you would've done the same thing, Heichou. To be honest, I'm completely stumped on how to do this." He admitted to not knowing what to do and it shocked you.
Hanji usually always thinks of ways to go about things, but to hear he was stuck in the mud made you lose a bit of confidence.
"He really could have killed him...." You thought silently to yourself before walking over to Hanji's side.
You just stared at him with a blank stare in your eyes and he rose from the ground.
"Something wrong, '_____________'?" His head tilted a bit to the side as you continued to follow his movements carefully.
"Can I try something?" You spoke bluntly and he jumped a bit.
"Really?! You want to try an experiment?! But....you always hated doing experiments.." Hanji began to recall a few times when you were too afraid to proceed with his plans.
"That may be true, but I just want to help you, that's all." Your cheerful smile regained itself onto your lips as you took hold of one of Hanji's hands in glee.
You watched his cheeks flush a bit red as you stood there with your hand connected to his.
"W-We should probably go get some more materials then, right?" Hanji quickly suggested this idea and you nodded your head in response.
"That would be the most smart thing to do." You made him drop the blades and walked off with him with interlocked hands.
"Oi! You can't just leave me with this brat!" Levi sounded annoyed as you were leaving him with Eren.
"Don't worry Heichou! Maybe now the two of you can get closer!" You looked back and gave him a wink before dashing off with Hanji-san.
"Get close?" He repeated what you said and it made Eren's face bloom in embarrassment.