Your precious and greatly-earned sleep was rudely interrupted when the door to your hospital room was harshly banged open. The sound of the light switch being flipped on just added to your displeasure. You groaned, rolling over to lie on your side and pulling the blanket up to shield your weary eyes.
The actions you had just committed did not go unnoticed by the bespectacled brunette standing at the door. She gasped before squealing in delight and rushing over to your delicate form, harshly shaking you to what she believed would “wake you up”.
You pretended to slowly get up, crying out in pain.
“N-nurse Hanji… You’re hurting me…” you whispered, and the nurse immediately got off of you, helping you to sit up.
“Ooooh! I’m sorry, (Name)!! It’s just so good to see you!!” she grinned, and your face paled.
“What do you mean?”
“Well, I came into your room yesterday, and you weren’t there!! I must’ve been hallucinating, because you’re here without a scratch on your cute little face!”
You nervously laughed, “Yeah, right. Where else would I be? Hanji, I’m severely ill and yet I don’t get hallucinations. Maybe you should check yourself in. You might have My-Glasses-Give-Me-Hallucinations-Itis.”
Hanji rolled her eyes at your little joke, lightly punching your arm in the process. “Very funny, (Name). I’ll have you know that I was so worried, I called your father! You should know that Commander Smith doesn’t like to be bothered at work.”
Yeah, your father was Commander Erwin Smith of the military. Your mum had died when you were only three years old, so he had no choice but to raise you on his own – though it was hard when he had a whole army to watch over. It didn’t help when you got ill. Your illness… Well, it was complicated. If they couldn’t find a cure for it, you’d be gone for. It was a danger to even leave your room without the tubes connected to every inch of you, seeing as they were what kept your blood pumping. Right now, Erwin currently worked in a “camp of some sort” (heck, you knew by now what that evil place was) that was fairly near to the hospital – to you. He still couldn’t visit you much, but it was better than nothing, which was the main reason for him doing so in the first place.
Grinning sheepishly, you shrugged your shoulders. “I’m… Sorry that you thought I wasn’t there and that you caught an illness from your glasses…?”
This caused her to give a hearty laugh, slapping her thigh in the process. You quickly wiped the bead of sweat from your forehead, relieved that she had bought your little white lie.
Is it really a white lie?
A voice rang through your head, but you shook it off.
Yes. It was a white lie. You couldn’t let your father find out about your little trip. Besides, you weren’t ever going there again, so it didn’t even matter.
Or did it?
Your eyes drifted to the window, the grey sky in your vision. No sun was visible from your window – not like the beautiful orange sphere that grazed you skin as you sat on that grassy field. What you wouldn’t do to feel that warmth again. And what about that boy? He wouldn’t stop invading your thoughts or your dreams. Those steely blue-grey eyes that looked into yours…
What… What is this?
One thing was for sure though. You had to go back there – but not for your father. You had to see that boy again.
Hanji’s loud voice brought you back from your thoughts as she wiped a tear from her eyes.
“Ahh, (Name), you’re so funny! I don’t know what I’d do without you.” she put a hand on your shoulder just before realising the words that she had spoken. You cast your eyes downward, blinking rapidly to stop the tears from falling down your crystal-like (e/c) orbs. “I-I’m sorry… I shouldn’t have…” Knowing that she couldn’t get through to you, Hanji stood up to leave. “Well, I better call your father and tell him that you’re okay. See you later, (Name).”
The door closed with a click, and you were once again left in the confines of your hospital prison. Gripping the blanket tightly in fists, you vowed to yourself that you were going to do it. You were going to see that boy again, even if it was the last thing that you’d ever do.
Levi addressed the small emerald-eyed child who was tiredly trotting towards him. The poor boy looked like he was about to collapse from exhaustion, but Levi wasn’t shocked in the slightest. This was normal. Those soldiers didn’t care if you were people or animals; if you didn’t have the same faith as them, you were just livestock, waiting to be used as manpower for fuelling weapon factories and other terrible things. It wasn’t like you had a choice in the matter, anyway.
The nine year old sat beside the older boy, saluting. He was still huffing, and his cute round cheeks were bright red.
“Captain Levi! I missed you! They made us work really hard today, but I decided to be a big boy so that I can go home to mummy after I’m strong, like you!”
He didn’t know why, but for some reason, the fact that this was happening to a little boy like Eren… Well, it wasn’t even that. Loads of little boys were forced to work each and every day, so what was it about him that made Levi care so deeply?
As soon as Eren gave him a toothy grin, he knew for sure. It hit him like a truck.
Those green eyes were like those of his little sister; the one that passed away. Levi couldn’t save her, but maybe, just maybe he could save Eren.
That wasn’t the only thing bothering him, though. He couldn’t get that girl out of his head.
Who was she?
The most accurate answer would be an angel sent from heaven.
The way that flawless (h/c) hair swept in the wind was enough to keep him staring for hours, and he felt his heart stop in his throat when her eyes locked with his. It was as if they were the only two people left on the planet.
“CAPTAIN!!!!!” Eren shouted in Levi’s ear, making him yelp before glaring at the giggling rascal.
“What the hell was that for, brat?!” he questioned.
“You were daydreaming. Ooh! Was it about that girl~? She was pretty!! You should ask her if she wants to come and play!!”
Levi sighed. “That’s the problem, Eren. I don’t know who she is, or if she’s ever coming back. All I want to do is be able to talk to her, but how can I do that? We’re from two separate worlds. She’s a flipping Goddess!! And I’m…” He stopped himself from saying the word prisoner, knowing that he couldn’t let Eren know the truth. “Just me…”
“Write her a letter.” The little boy stated, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“We’re not allowed to send letters – and even if we were, how is she meant to get it, brat? I don’t know her address,” he scoffed.
“My mum taught me this thing called Ora… Ora…. Oragomi!! And you can fold paper into really cool stuff like dragons… And… And flowers… And.. And… PAPERPLANES!!!” Eren jumped for joy. Though he would never admit it, Levi found him adorable, but the likeness he shared with Isabel was too much for him to bear.
Wait. That was it!!! Origami!!!!
“Eren, you’re a genius!!” Levi no longer cared about seeming cool in front of the younger boy – he was too happy. He would write a letter, and throw it towards your direction when you passed the camp. The plan was fullproof!
He ran to his cell, grabbing the pen and paper he kept hidden behind a loose brick in the wall. The steely-eyed prisoner didn’t even have to think as he poured all of his feelings into the blank sheet before carefully folding it into a paperplane.
The fresh air felt amazing as you inhaled it through your lungs, welcoming the gentle breeze surrounding you. It’s true that you could die soon, but you had never felt more alive. You had to hurry though, or Nurse Hanji really would question her ‘hallucinations’.
That was when a blur of white soared over your head, before landing on the jade grass a metre away from you. A… Paperplane?
Gathering yourself together, you ran up to the carefully folded piece of paper, carefully picking it up before the wind blew it away. Your eyes darted every which way, trying to find the direction that the plane came from. That was when the camp came into sight, and you saw the same boy from a few days ago staring at you. When he saw the plane in your hand, he nodded, and you carefully opened it.
Uh… I know this is pretty awkward, but I saw you passing by the other day, and I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like… Living in freedom, so…
Do you think that when you get the chance, you can come and talk to me? All I want is to have a decent chat with you, so please give me that much.
I’ll be waiting.
By the way, my name’s Levi.
“Wow...” you breathed, skimming the letter. Even from a short note like that, you could sense how desperate he was to talk to someone from the outside world. It made your heart break. Levi had spent most of his life caged up and was almost certain to die a prisoner. Going to see him was the least you could do – you knew what it was like to be trapped, too; obviously not as badly as Levi, but you were in a similar situation with your illness.
You had already made up your mind even before you got here that you would talk to him, and that is what you were going to do.
“H-hi…” you said shyly, smiling at the boy in front of you. Despite the dirt and grime covering his face, you could see that he was pretty handsome through it all.
His eyes widened in disbelief. “You came… You actually came…”
You nodded enthusiastically. “Yup! It’s nice to meet you, Levi!”
He honestly couldn’t believe it. You were actually here, talking to him! This only happened in fairy tales. And what’s more is that you said his name, and it was honestly the most beautiful sound he had ever heard someone speak. It made him wonder if you were any good at singing, too.
“You wanted to talk?” Your voice brought him out of his thoughts.
“Yeah, um. Tch, I forgot about that.”
“What’s it… Like…?” he asked.
“Like a fairy tale.” Your voice was soft, something Levi hadn’t heard in a long time.
The rest of the day was spent with you talking to him about how beautiful the outside world was. It made you feel warm inside just by seeing his blue-grey eyes light up with curiousity. Even though you were separated by a wired fence, never had you felt so close to a person before, and you never wanted the moment to end.
Then you realised it was nearly time for your afternoon check-up.
“Levi, I have to go now… But I’ll see if I can visit tomorrow?” You suggested.
He nodded in response. “See you then, brat...”
Levi watched your retreating figure with soft eyes. Even though his world was dark, maybe you could be his light.