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โThis proves that they were alive.โž - Levi Ackerman. A compilation of Shingeki no Kyojin one-shots and short stories filled with angst, drama, fluff, and maybe some spicy times... Unless specified, the one-shots are female!reader inserts. โ”โ” ๐™Ž๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ ๐™ž ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™†๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™Ÿ๐™ž๐™ฃ & ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™›๐™ช๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ. The one-shots rated ๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š (๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด+) may contain the following: ๐™™๐™ง๐™ช๐™œ ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š, ๐™™๐™–๐™ง๐™  ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™จ, ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ช๐™–๐™œ๐™š, ๐™จ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ช๐™–๐™ก ๐™จ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ, ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š.

Genre:
Romance / Drama
Author:
mrsackxrman
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
1
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

๐˜ผ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ค๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™’๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™๐™š๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฉ๐™จ ยป ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ

L.Ackerman | Modern!AU

A CHOICE WITH REGRETS

Autumn's flaming leaves gracefully danced to the wind as they fell on the road, their rustling sounding around as they piled up in the corners of the streets. A chilly breeze gently caressed Levi's cheeks as he stepped outside his apartment building, and he dug his chin in his scarf, letting out a long breath into the fabric in hopes of warming his glacial flesh.

The soles of his boots pattered against the humid grounds of New York City as his feet ushered him through the familiar alleys en route to his first destination of the day: Le Parisien.

Two years ago, and while seeking shelter from the downpour of one of October's cloudy skies, Levi had stumbled upon the tiny teashop on his way to university. As soon as he had stepped inside, drenched and incredibly peeved, the snug atmosphere had swiftly soothed his irritation and the aroma of brewing, black teaโ€”his favoriteโ€”had instantly found its way to his nostrils, tickling his most vulnerable senses and urging him to have a taste of the warm fusion. The young girl at the counter had made it just as he liked it, and ever since that day, the small and inviting fragment of heaven had become an imperative stop each morningโ€”charging and fueling him to push through the monotony of his days.

He wouldn't admit to it, but the bitter, yet luscious, and wholeheartedly prepared tea wasn't the only reason his legs dragged him to that little shop over and over.

It was you.

Ever since his eyes had locked with your glinting ones that dayโ€”a shy smile tugging at your lips as you timidly approached him to take his orderโ€”his heart was enthralled.

Each time he set foot in the shop, the baffling aura wafting around you threw an invisible string at him and hauled him into your chirpy bubble as the rays of your smile radiatedโ€”illuminating the entirety of the place and thawing his frozen soul.

However, and as entranced as he was, Levi had never dared approach you. Amid all the bliss you had brought into his obscure days, a sliver of uneasiness issued, precluding him each time from making the first move.

Levi's heart had been broken too many times to count. Death had perpetually snatched away people he held dear, shattering his soul into pieces. Everything he had ever touched or come close to seemed to fade away, and wholly engrossed by the belief that any new relationship would ultimately suffer the same fate, he had isolated himselfโ€”content with his solitude and the few friends he had left.

Moreover, Levi had never had to put any effort into catching women's interests; he didn't need to. With his striking looks and his smug attitude, it was the ladies' job to swoon over and attempt to impress him. With you, however, the roles were reversed; his presence didn't appear to affect you in the slightest. You were your usual, lively and radiant self each morning he came by, and your apparent indifference lead him to believe that the feelings he held for you were unrequited.

Those ten minutes his eyes lingered on your form, and to which he looked forward to the most each time his head met his pillows at night, weren't satisfyingโ€”at all. He wanted to get to know you, dive into your world, and discover the mysteries behind your spirited demeanor. His desires only grew more ravenous as the days passed, but his fear of rejection, paired with the apprehension his past experiences had scarred into his psyche, reigned over him and he made his choice.

As unfulfilling as it was, Levi had resolved with passively contemplating you as you sauntered behind the counter, gliding aesthetically as you served him his cup of tea, your dazzling smile always gracing your features.

โ”

Every morning, you would wake up at sevenโ€”your body getting heavier with each passing dayโ€”and with the aid of your sister, you would get ready. You would make sure your garments, hair, and the thin layers of makeup you applied to conceal your pallid features were faultless. As you would stand in the doorway awaiting your father to go to your family's teashop, your sister would always ask you the same question: 'Is it truly worth it to strain yourself so much?'. And each time, your response would be a single nod of your head as the sides of your lips would curl up in a weak, reassuring smile.

He was worth it.

As fate would have it, the first time you had seen him was on an October morning five months ago. You had left early for your appointment, hurriedly stopping by the teashop where your father had some business to take care of. As you seated yourself in a chair behind the counter, patiently waiting, the raven-haired manโ€”who appeared to be in his early twentiesโ€”stood before you, soaked, and clicked his tongue in conspicuous annoyance at the lack of service. Being more than familiar with the recipes inscribed on the menuโ€”and despite your fatigueโ€”you figured it wouldn't harm to come to his rescue.

As soon as the short man's piercing eyes locked with yours, you felt your knees quiver. His penetrating gaze never shifted from yours as he boldly uttered his order. His hoarse voice reverberated through your eardrums and made its way to your heart, causing it to mercilessly pound against your chest.

Feeling his watchful eyes on your back as you spun, it took all of your body's willpower to keep yourself steady as you carried on and started preparing his fusion. Black tea, your father's favorite, you made it the same way your beloved old man liked it.

It was then and there, at that precise moment when you handed him his cupโ€”earning a mumbled word of thanks in returnโ€”that your heart had made its decision. You wished to start the remainder of your days this way: preparing tea for that mysterious short man with the fierce, steely eyes and jet-black hair.

Time flew by and the unaccountable fondness you held for the handsome stranger only ripened, inflicting the toll on your body to grow heavier. The simple and brief morning task would consume the totality of your vitality for the day, leaving your body in a feeble and weak state.

You knew you never stood a chance with him, for many reasons, and you didn't have to try either. It was pointless. Ever since learning about your fate, you had strayed away from people, thinking it would have been selfish to bring somebody new into your life. Therefore, you felt it was only warranted to indulge yourself those ten minutes of sheer happiness, as you dotingly gaped at a man you knew absolutely nothing about sip at the tea you had made him with all the love your tender heart could muster.

โ”

The warm waft gently caressed Levi's cheeks as he stepped inside Le Parisien, a lopsided smile immediately tugging at the corner of his mouth as his eyes laid on you. Placing his order, he watched you intently from behind the counter as you wandered around, jovially brewing his favorite drink. It was a sight he would never get tired of.

Once it was ready, you swiveled around, a wide smile overlaying your countenance as you moved toward him.

As your silhouette drew closer, Levi's eyes lagged on your face as he blinked repeatedly. With each batting of his eyelids, your traits dispersed, the prominent features of the face he had become so familiar with slithering and coalescing to mold an unknown man's figure.

"There you go," the young man said with a smile as he handed him his cup. Levi mumbled a 'thank you' and left.

It had been a year and a half since Levi's mornings didn't hold the same cheeriness and lost their ecstatic tinge.

A year and a half since his tea tasted slightly different, losing the flavorful touch previously spewed by your delicate fingers.

It had been a year and a half since he had come by one morning to be greeted with an unfamiliar girl taking your place behind the counter.

After regrettably sharing the news of your passing, your sister thanked him. Unbeknownst to him, Levi had lighted your obscure realm and gushed your saddened heart with joy, giving a purpose to your existence and offering you a reason to leave your bed every morning.

Blinded by your pretense, Levi had failed to notice that you both were alike and that the abundant vigor you had always flaunted didn't reflect what truly dwelt in the depths of your heartโ€”it was merely a veil to cover up your purgatory and affliction.

Levi had to, ever since, live with the remorse of having let his past agonies and cowardice dictate his actions. The kind of relationship that could have aroused had he made a different choice was unknown, but he was certain that it would have solaced you. And while losing you as a stranger might have been less stinging, what hurt him the most was the regret of never having tried.
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