"You can't let this bother you," Malkina whispered to Reiner, rubbing his back with her hand. It had been many hours since Reiner got the phone call from Marcus, and his state of depression had worsened. He hadn't spoken to anyone. Now Malkina was speaking to him privately on the couch, while the others had gone to bed.
Reiner didn't respond to Malkina. She heaved a sigh.
"Reiner listen to me," she said softly, placing her fingers under his chin and turning his head to face her. His eyes were bloodshot from tears, but not only that, they had a lifelessness to them like he had given up on everything. Malkina stared into his pitiful-looking eyes as she spoke.
"All we can do right now is try to wait this out. We don't know that he is actually coming at all. He may be bluffing just to scare you," she said. Reiner gave her a look of uncertainty, then finally spoke for the first time since the phone call.
"I am so scared, Malkina," he said as tears slid down his face. He pressed his face against her shoulder and started whimpering. She ran her fingers through his dark spiky hair for comfort.
"I know," she whispered. "I am too." They sat there, in each other's arms, for what seemed like an eternity. It's really amazing how fear brings people even closer than they ever were before.
Finally, Reiner sniffled and pulled away from Malkina's warm embrace. He looked her in her big green eyes and smiled to himself.
"You're a keeper," he joked. Malkina scoffed and gently pushed him, laughing herself. He leaned in and kissed her sweetly on the lips. Then she layed her head down right beside his, and they just stared at each other's eyes.
"Reiner," Malkina whispered after a long silence.
"Yeah?" he responded.
"No matter what happens to us, promise me you won't leave my side. I couldn't bear life without you." After a thoughtful pause, he replied.
"Only if you promise me the same," he murmured.
"I promise," she answered with a smile.
"Then so do I," he said. Then they fell into a deep sleep, right there, wrapped in each other's embrace.