“And one hundred! Good, drop!”
The 104th trainee recruits all fell to the ground in a crumpled heap after the order was given. They had all decided on joining the survey corps and bearing the wings of freedom on their backs and chests.
A very tall, officer stood up and put their hands on their hips as they sighed at the cadets before him. He was at least six feet tall, on the slimmer side, yet his body was lean and strong. He had a regular boy cut of reddish purple hair and yellow eyes that help authority and slight amusement at the sight before them.
They were all training on the training grounds, their jackets were all folded up on the stone wall of the barrier marking off the training area.
“You guys are pathetic!” He barked at the cadets, “A hundred push ups are nothing! Get on your feet.”
They scrambled up and quickly saluted.
“We’re doing laps!” He called to them, “We stay together, if you fall behind you will be continuing to run into dinner time, am I clear?”
“Sir?” A tall, brunette cadet whose name the officer remembered to be Jean asked, “How long will we be running for?”
“As long as I feel is necessary!” He barked back.
“Alex, that’s enough.”
A short man, with jet black hair and piercing grey eyes ordered as he approached the group.
“They wouldn’t be able to keep up with you anyway.” He said matter-of-factly, “I saw how hard you’ve been pushing them today, and while I appreciate the commitment; the brats’ll probably collapse from exhaustion before they can finish their chores for the day.”
“Are you sure, tiacho?” He asked the much shorter officer.
“Don’t question me, Alex.” He snarled.
Alex saluted his captain and allowed him to dismiss the cadets for some water and then for their chores.
“Have you even finished your chores yet, Alex?” Levi growled at the taller officer.
“Yes, tiacho.” He replied slowly, “You are more than welcome to check the stables if you don’t believe me.”
“I trust you have done them up to standards.” Levi said coldly as he turned away from his underling, “I’ve always trusted your mind, so it wont be necessary. What will be, is you taking a shower before dinner as you are filthy.” He ordered before pausing and turning around slightly to see the yellowed eyed cadet.
“Unless, of course, you would like to continue your work out for a little while before that.”
A small smile broke out on Alex’s face, “I would tiacho, thank you. You know you’re welcome to join me if you wish for a break.”
Levi nodded at the tall cadet before starting off towards the building.
“It’s very kind of you, but I have things to attend to.”
“Offers always open.” The cadet called back to him.
“Alex!” The tall, yellow eyed officer turned to see Erwin Smith approaching them.
Instantly they saluted to him.
“Good evening commander.”
“At ease, Alex.” Erwin assured.
Alex took back their regular stance.
“This has just come in the mail for you, I assumed it was important.” The blonde said as he held out a medium sized brown box to the younger survey corps officer.
Alex’s face lit up knowing what it was.
“Thank you very much, commander.” Alex all but exclaimed as they took the box from him, “It means a lot.”
“Don’t be a stranger, Alex.” Erwin said and started walking with the red-purple haired officer walking next to him.
“I did promise your father that if anything had ever happened to him, I would assume role as your father figure.” He reminded.
Alex’s eyes fell to the floor, then to the front patch on their jacket. It was much too big for them. Alex could never fill it no matter how large they grew. It was their father’s jacket he had worn to show his rank and squad he was in when he was alive. Alex’s father, the man they had been named after was the commander of the survey corps before he had met his end outside the walls, facing titans. Before he left, he entrusted his jacket to his youngest as a promise he would come back for it. Alex still carried it around waiting for their father to come back and claim it. Alex even refused, on multiple accounts, to get a jacket of their own, with their own name, rank, and trainee year.
“I don’t mean to upset you, Alex. You know how dear your father was to me as well.” Erwin said in a fatherly tone.
“I know, sir.” Alex began, “It’s just hard to think about.”
Erwin nodded, knowing that the officer next to him had lost their entire family. All of Alex’s sisters and mother were killed a few years ago when the colossal titan breached the outer wall. And Alex’s father, Erwin’s best friend and brother in arms, was reported as missing on his last expedition. It was difficult for everyone who knew him.
“Let’s get to dinner, before that new recruit, Sasha, takes it all.” Erwin suggested trying to change the subject.
Alex nodded and they picked up the pace.
“By the way, Alex. What is in that box anyway?”
Alex smiled to no one in particular, “It’s a present for a friend.”
Alex sat down next to Levi at dinner that night, placing the box in front of them as they began to eat.
“What’s in the box?” Levi asked pausing in a sip from his tea.
Alex swallowed hard before replying, “It’s a present for a very special friend of mine.”
Levi just stared at the younger officer coldly before reaching for the box, but not before Alex snatched it up.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Alex asked.
“As your captain I am entitled to know what it is you intend to give to this friend of yours.” Levi said annoyed before reaching for the box again.
“Too bad, captain.” Alex growled, “You aren’t seeing what’s inside until I deem it acceptable.”
“Oh come on, Alex!” Hanji yelled leaning over the red-purple haired cadet, “We’re all curious.”
“And that’s how you’ll continue to be.” Alex snapped.
“Alex.” Levi growled, “Let me see.”
Alex sighed before getting up out of their seat.
“Alright.” Alex said in defeat, before a mischievous grin broke across their face, “You can see if you can catch me.”
And with that, the yellow eyed cadet took off out of the building, heading towards to forest. Not without hearing their captain call after them.
Alex was, after all, humanities fastest.
Levi and Alex went sprinting through the courtyard of the survey corps barracks. Levi chasing his cadet in order to make them stop.
“Alex.” He growled for the millionth time.
It was painfully obvious to everyone, especially Levi, that Alex was just toying with him. If the red head wanted to, they could be speeding off as far away from the captain as their legs would carry them.
“You have to catch me if you want to find out.” Alex teased again.
“If you don’t stop now you’ll clean this entire place top to bottom on your own!” Levi threatened.
“How many times have you said that?” Alex yelled back.
“Alexandria!” I strong, strange, rough, male voice echoed into the court yard.
Alex and Levi stopped in their tracks and stared in the area the voice came from.
Under the cover on the walk way, standing next to Erwin, stood a man almost seven feet tall, with shaggy purple-ish hair and piercing blue eyes. He possessed a built frame, and stood with authority in his posture.
All the breath that was present left as soon as Alex laid eyes on the man.
“Alex?” Levi questioned the cadet.
“Here.” The officer said softly shoving the box into the hands of the corporal before moving slowly towards the man who called out to them.
“Daddy?” The yellow eyed cadet asked as they approached.
Purple haired man chuckled, a deep chuckle, straight from his chest.
“You’ve grown a lot Alexandria.” He said with a genuine smile.
Alex’s topaz eyes began to fill with tears as they saluted the man in front of them.
“Lieutenant Alex Surirer, reporting on a successful mission, sir!” The office told the older man, before slipping off the much too large jacket and handing it to their father, “I have kept it in the most prestige of shape as possible. It is an honour to have you back, sir!”
“Alex.” The taller man called softly.
The tall girl looked up hesitantly afraid her tears would spill out looking her father in the eye.
“I’m glad you’re alive.” He said placing a hand on her slim shoulder.
Alex gave a quiet sob before lunging forward to pull her father into a tight embrace.
“Oh, sweetheart.” Her father said soothingly, “That jacket doesn’t mean anything, I’m just glad to be back with you.”
“You were reported as missing all these years.” The red head choked out, “I thought you were dead, and I was alone.”
“Oh, Alex. You were never alone, as long as you kept those closest to you in your heart.”
“How?” Was all she managed to get out through tears.
“I was separated from the expedition and somehow found my way to the northern most point of the wall. I was horribly injured and couldn’t leave for a long while, on top of that I suffered amnesia so I couldn’t have made my way back if I wanted too.” He began to explain as he held his daughter closer, “I was working with traders to get some idea of who I was. We managed to get through the agricultural zone before wall maria was broken, so I got through unscaved. It wasn’t until visiting the survey corps memorial did things start coming back to me. I supposes your mother and siblings didn’t make it then?”
Alex just nodded and sniffed, burying herself further into her father’s chest not wanting to show anyone her tears.
“Erwin told me you’ve become a very strong and respectable officer.” He said changing the subject. He pulled slightly away from Alex to look at her as he said, “I’m proud of you.”
“Alexander.” Erwin cut in, before more tears could be shed, “I’m sure you’d want to rest, after all you’ve been through a lot.”
“Thank you, Erwin.” Alexander started, “But I think I would like to spend some more time with my little girl. Oh, I just remembered, I’ve brought a gift for you.”
“Me?” Alex asked wiping away her tears.
Alexander nodded, “It reminded me a lot of your mother, I hope you like it.”
As Levi watched the three of them walk off, he knew there was something wrong occurring before him. He just couldn’t place it right away. He still had the box Alex had been keeping from him for an entire day, but he couldn’t bring himself to open it. Not after witnessing what he just had.
Subconsciously he held the box a little bit tighter as he slowly started to make his way up to Alex’s room.
Levi knocked on the door awaiting a response.
“Who is it?” Alex’s rough voice called through the wood.
“Levi.” He replied coldly.
“Come in.” She said sounding unsure.
Levi raised an eyebrow as he slowly opened the door wondering what was going on. His eyes almost popped out of his head, jaw almost dropped to the floor, and he would have dropped what he was carrying had he not spotted Alex’s father in the corner of the room through the mirror said girl was standing in front of.
The present her father had brought for her was a pale pink peasant dress, with a black half corset around her natural waist. The sleeves were short and only fell just above her elbow, the neck line was wide causing the material to fall off both of her shoulders revealing the pale, creamy skin to the world. Surprisingly enough, the material actually fell to floor length on her, despite her incredible height.
Alex had on a lopsided smiles as she looked at her captain, with a bright blush evident on her features.
“Hello, captain.” Alex said, trying to compose herself best she could despite it being painfully obvious she was not at all comfortable in the current situation.
“Dare I ask?” Levi said closing the door behind him and crossing the room quickly to place the box on her desk on the opposite end of the room.
“I’d rather you not if you don’t mind.” Alex said quietly.
“Erwin told me your name was Levi, was it?” Alexander asked approaching the much shorter man.
“That is correct.” Levi said looking up at him, “And you must be former commander Alexander Surirer. It is an honour to meet you sir.”
Alexander nodded, “You are obviously a good friend of my little Alex here, what do you think of her in this dress. I think she looks a lot like her mother.”
“I’ve never met her mother, sir.” Levi said boardly, but on the inside he had to admit she did look good.
“It kinda reminds me of the dress she wore when she and you got married.” Alex commented after looking herself up and down in the mirror one last time before turning to face the men.
“It does indeed, sweetheart.” Alexander smiled.
Levi’s eyes instantly lit up, he knew what was off about this guy now. And he knew that Alex knew and was drawing him out.
“I guess you looked in the box, huh, captain?” Alex asked looking down, she had wanted it to be a surprise.
Levi shook his head, “I figured you were correct in saying that the time will come for me to know, until then cadet.”
Levi turned and left the room without another word.
He sighed when he got back out into the hallway.
She looked beautiful, he finally admitted to himself. A beauty that no amount of training, or titan killing, or fighting skills could ever bring to light. But it all shone through in that one dress.
Levi sighed again and walked down the hall hurriedly.
“I only wish I could have seen the rest of them again.” Alexander said to his daughter at dinner that night.
Alex nodded, “I know my brothers would have been over joyed to see you again.”
“I missed them too, Alex.” Alexander said softly, “But I am glad that you have made it this far.”
Alex smiled up at her father.
“What’s the matter, Levi?” Alex asked looking over to the shorter male, “It looks like a cat just got your tongue.”
Levi had stopped mid sip overhearing the conversation going on between father and daughter.
“It just occurred to me that I hadn’t finished my paperwork for the day, that’s all.” Levi said slowly.
“Would you like me to bring you a pot of tea later tonight?” Alex asked as Levi rose to his feet.
“That would be lovely, lieutenant.” Levi groaned as he took his leave.
Both officers knew what the other did at that moment, and knew they were going to have to work together to make this possible.
A soft knock was heard at corporal Levi’s door.
He muttered a gruff ‘come in’ to the person he knew was on the other side.
“Captain.” Alex said in recognition as she entered his office.
“Lieutenant.” He replied watching the girl cross the room in just a few strides of her long legs. She was still clad in her new dress she had been wearing earlier, and was carrying a tray with a tea pot and a single tea cup on it.
Levi raised an eyebrow as she set it down on the corner of his desk.
“You aren’t joining me tonight?” He asked the red head.
Alex straightened up and shook her head.
“I hope you don’t mind, but my father was taking me for a walk tonight. He said there was something in the woods he wanted to show me.” She replied. Topaz yellow eyes held the stare of steely grey ones for a few seconds.
Levi broke contact and looked down at his desk.
“So be it.” He said softly waving her off.
“Thank you, sir.” Alex said before swiftly leaving.
“The moon is pretty.” Alex said absent mindedly as she and her father walked side by side in almost complete darkness.
“I’m surprised you aren’t afraid, Alex.” Alexander said to his daughter.
“Why would you say that?” Alex asked, “I’ve faced titans, bandits, and wild animals before. Why should I be afraid of the dark?”
Alexander chuckled, “It’s always the people who have braved through the toughest things that become afraid of the most irrational things.”
Alex stared at the ground for a moment before replying, “I think my fear is rational.”
“And what are you afraid of, sweetheart?” Alexander asked wrapping his arm around the smaller girl’s shoulder.
“I’m afraid of losing the people closest to me, and that’s why I do everything I can to protect them.”
“Oh, Alex.” Alexander said, his face breaking into a smirk as he stopped in his tracks, forcing Alex to stop with him, “You’ve always lost everyone who is close to you.”
“So you’re finally revealing yourself then I take it?” Alex asked staring dead ahead not looking at the man next to her.
“I thought I was pretty convincing as him, don’t you?” He asked leaning in closer to the girl’s neck.
“You made too many mistakes for anyone who actually knows me to buy your acting.” Alex retorted.
“Where were my mistakes?” Alexander demanded, “I copied that man perfectly.”
“I don’t have any brothers.” Alex said without emotion, “I’m the youngest of six girls, my parents, who were never married, never came close to having a boy. And my name isn’t Alexandria.”
The girl smacked the imposter’s arm off of her and punched him square in the jaw.
“You have no right to utter that name.” She snarled.
“Your name?” He demanded.
“I was named after my father.” Alex hissed, “You have no right to say either of them.”
“I wouldn’t make another move, if I were you girly.” A strange, male voice said from behind the red head.
Other men stepped up from the shrubbery, Alex was surrounded.
“You impersonated him, to gain information about the military?!” Alex demanded holding back tears.
“Of course not,” The imposter said as he stood up, and for the first time in her life, Alex felt small, “Do you know how much a person would pay for someone with yellow eyes?”
Before Alex could say anything a loud gun shot rang through the air, followed closely by her screaming in pain. The red head fell to the ground in a crumpled heap. One of the men had shot her leg, preventing her from escaping.
The imposter squatted down in front of her.
“Now what is Humanities Fastest going to do?” He teased.
“I’m sorry captain, I should have invited you along.” Alex replied with a bitter laugh.
The imposter was about to say something, but was cut off.
“Tch. Brat, next time don’t skip out on tea.”
All of the black market hunters turned to look up a tree where the voice had come from. Standing on a thick branch, was Levi Ackerman, Lance Corporal of the survey corps.
“I’m sorry to request this captain,” Alex said looking up at the man after she tore off a strip from the hem of her dress, “But I’m going to need medical attention very soon.” She swiftly tied the strip around her leg just above the bullet wound to slow the bleeding.
“Shut up, brat.” Levi snapped, “After skipping out on me you should be lucky I even came.”
“Yes, sir.” Alex said and sat in silence as some of the hunters turned their fire on Levi, but he was too quick with the maneuver gear to be hit by any of them. Levi went flying through the air cutting down all of the hunters and removing the arm of the man who impersonated Alex’s father.
The imposter screamed out in pain and clutched his now severed arm.
“How dare you impersonate such a highly decorated officer, and attempting to pull something like this on his only surviving kin.” Levi growled.
“You must understand!” The imposter pleaded as he fell backwards, “It’s difficult in this world to make a quick buck. And if I didn’t then the Underground Mafia would have my hea-”
But he couldn’t finish as Levi had plunged his blade in the man’s chest.
“Never bring up those vile maggots to me.” He growled.
Levi pulled the blade form the man and sheathed both of them before approaching the girl.
“I’m sorry captain.” Alex said looking down at the ground.
Levi knelt down and scooped the girl up in his arms, cradling her against his body bridal style.
“You’re a lot lighter than I thought.” Levi said as he turned to bring her back to the barracks.
Levi walked for a little while in silence before he felt the urge to say.
“It isn’t your fault, Alex.”
“I know,” The girl replied, “But there is still a large part of me that really just wants him back. That wants any of them back.”
“I understand you want them back, Alex but you aren’t alone anymore.” Levi assured.
“I know, but it’s difficult.” She admitted.
“I won’t leave you, Alex.”
“Levi?” This caught her off guard.
“I wont I promise.”
“You can’t keep that.” Alex said shaking her head, “We’re survey corps, our job is basically to die to find out more about titans and kill as many as we can in the process.”
“Then I won’t die before you do.” Levi said smiling at the girl in his arms.
Alex’s cheeks flamed, she couldn’t deny how attractive her captain looked when he smiled. Maybe that’s why Petra had a crush on him. Then something dawned on her.
“But then, that won’t be fair to you.” She said quietly.
Levi shrugged, “I haven’t really had anyone, so it won’t matter.”
“Captain.” Alex said assertively, making the shorter man look at her, “You have me, and if you don’t leave me I’ll stay with you.”
Levi let out a soft little laugh at this.
“Deal.” He said and pressed his lips to Alex’s cheek.
When Alex next opened her eyes she was staring at the ceiling of the infirmary back at the survey corps barracks.
Said girl looked over to see her team-mate, Petra, leaning over her bed with a relieved look on her face.
“What happened?” Alex questioned as she tried to sit up, but was pushed back down my Hanji.
“Apparently your father was an imposter.” Hanji explained, “And what happened was he was actually working for the mafia of the underground to get some people who met their buyers specifications. One of them was yellow eyes, which you have. You were injured and I had to operate on you to remove the bullet and stop the bleeding after Shorty brought you back in. He defeated all the workers and carried you back here all by himself. Must have been hard for the little guy carrying such a big girl like you though.”
“Hanji!” Petra yelled at the squad leader.
“It’s alright Petra.” Alex assured, “What day is it?”
Eld answered, “Wednesday.”
“So I was only out for a day?” Alex asked trying again to sit up, but was pushed down by Hanji again.
“Yup.” Hanji said, “But if you keep trying to get up, you’ll be out longer.”
Alex nodded, “Petra, can you do me a favor?”
“Of course what is it?” The blonde replied with a smile.
“Can you go into my room, on my desk there is small, brown box. Can you bring it to me?”
Petra nodded and headed off to gather up what her friend and team-mate needed.
“Of all things to ask her to get.” Hanji said leaning over the yellow eyed girl, before she perked up a lot, “Are you finally going to show us what you got!?”
Alex smiled and shook her head, “I’m gonna wait to give it to someone today.”
“What’s the special occasion?” Oluo questioned looking coldly at the girl on the bed.
“Anniversary.” Alex said blandly.
Hanji slumped back knowing Alex wouldn’t give anymore information. All the boys gave each other sideways glances.
Petra came back moments later with the box in hand, walking in behind her was the squad leader, Levi.
“Captain.” Eld, Gunther, Oluo and Alex said as the short man entered the room.
“Hi, Levi.” Hanji sang waving to the coal haired man.
Levi rolled his eyes at the other squad leader, before turning his attention to the girl in the bed.
“Petra told me you were awake now.” Levi said before anything else, “How are you feeling?”
“A lot better.” Alex answered with a smile.
“Oh!” Petra exclaimed, “I almost forgot!” The shorter girl handed the box to her topaz eyed team-mate.
“Thank you, Petra.” Alex said earnestly.
“No problem.” The girl returned with a smile.
“Don’t you have chores to do?” Levi asked the rest of the team.
They all sighed and nodded before heading out.
Levi cleared his throat and motioned Hanji towards the door.
The other squad leader giggled and headed out after the Special Operations Unit, closing the door behind her.
Levi opened his mouth to say something but was cut off.
“Happy anniversary, Levi.” Alex said shyly holding the box out to him.
Levi looks at it in question before gingerly taking it from her long, slim fingers.
Levi pulled the sting and opened the lid carefully. Inside there was a large amount of paper, he looked up at the red head who just nodded at him to continue.
Levi carefully dug in the paper for whatever he had to find. He didn’t have to dig for very long, Levi’s pale fingers almost instantly clasped around a bone china teacup and saucer with deep blue, floral designs on them.
Levi looked up at Alex in shock, he knew how much this would have cost her. Going deeper, Levi pulled out a matching tea pot and a second cup and saucer.
Steel grey eyes looked at topaz ones in surprise.
“For the next time we have tea.” She smiled.
Levi half laughed as he leaned forward, his forehead touching her shoulder.
“Do you like it?”
“I love it, Alexandia. Thank you.” Levi whispered.
“Don’t call me that.” Alex half whined.
“I’m just sorry I don’t have anything for you.” Levi said biting his lip.
“It doesn’t matter, Levi.” Alex told him, “You’ve given me too much as it is.”
“Like what?” Levi snapped at her as he looked the red head in the eye.
“Promising to stay with me for as long as our mortal lives will allow for it.” She answered with an even bigger smile.
Levi leaned forward again as he closed his eyes and pressed his pale lips to her tanned forehead in his attempt to hide his smile.
“Happy anniversary, Alex.”Levi said, this time pressing his lips to hers.