I’m temporarily going into cardiac arrest whenever I think about how owlishy will be here soon
As Levi went into the bathroom silently with the clothes and toothbrush, he took the empty plate from the coffee table back into the kitchen sink. While Levi took his time, Erwin figured he’d write himself a grocery list. It was pretty short, and he’d needed the food anyways, just that now he was feeding two people.
It didn’t bother him as much as he thought it would—he was still nervous and anxious about having the boy there no doubt, but he knew it was for the best. He knew that Levi was grateful for the place to stay, and Erwin really couldn’t think of a better solution at that point.
After Levi came back out in his makeshift pajamas, Erwin could hardly hold back his laughter at the sight. Here was this barely-over-five-foot tall teenager in clothes that were only barely too small for Erwin. And with Erwin at over six feet, the clothes were more than just a little loose on him. The basketball shorts had practically turned in capris on him, and the shirt made him seem even smaller than he was.
He was able to hold his laughter as the boy sat down, still clearly solemn and downtrodden by his situation. He thanked Erwin, honestly and with earnest, and Erwin couldn’t stop a genuine, warm smile from spreading across his face.
“Don’t mention it, Levi.”
Erwin made his way to his bedroom door, his hand hesitating just a moment on the handle as he looked back to Levi.
“Make yourself at home, Levi. And don’t be afraid to ask me for anything, alright?” And with that he opened and shut the door behind him. It wasn’t too late, but he was more exhausted than he figured, and with the weekend coming up, he needed the rest.
He nodded before the click of a shutting door temporarily rang through the atmosphere. Silence soon reclaimed it like a formerly fallen king, ready to reign a lot harsher than before.
Levi took the blanket and made himself comfortable on the couch. The leather squeaked softly under the pressure his body put on it now with its movements. Surprisingly it all gave him such a new sense of being. There was no threat waiting for him, no need to feel afraid because the door couldn’t be locked and his mother kept out. All there was was the silence of an eventful day slowly fading out and offering them a night’s rest. So very strange, it made him feel almost restless. With a mind constantly on high-drive there was prone to be a problem when the pushing unit ceased to exist.
An idle sigh placed itself upon the young man’s lips as he cuddled himself up in the blanket and lay down. He was grateful for this opportunity. Not being able to sleep anywhere had been one of the options he played out more than once on his way to the teacher. He’d tell himself that wouldn’t be a problem as long as he got away from this house and its dark shadow. However, there had been this fear lingering on his bones. The unwillingness to go through any other hardship and maybe even end up sleeping on a bench, where anyone could see him and pity his existence. No matter which thought he formed it was always there, holding a knife onto his skin and carving little marks into it.
Levi was sure there would have been a maze on his body if those were visible. Blown away once Erwin opened the door for him to enter and be a sudden guest who brought a lot of risks with him.
He yawned and noticed just how tired he actually was. Sleep was the best option now and so Levi let his consciousness be carried away as his eyes closed slowly and mind welcomed a state of temporary emptiness.
What made his senses come back to him was a faint scent of something he’d never be able to wittness in such sense. It smelled like eggs and bacon. Like someone standing in the kitchen and preparing a meal for the two of them. Like home.
He let the scent of fresh eggs linger in his nostrils and took a deep breath. Body still in a state of sleepiness and too comfortable and warm to be willing to leave the couch. He just watched the tall figure of his teacher move around in the kitchen, accompanied by the sizzling sounds of food being fried.
He’d already guessed Erwin would be the first to wake up and yet he was surprised that he hadn’t noticed him going about his morning at all . Nothing had disturbed his worringly deep slumber (well worringly for him, at least) and left him wondering about the current time. It felt quite late.
Levi sat up and rubbed his face. A yawn claiming his entire body almost violently before he attempted to stretch and wake up. His sleep had been a good one and for the first time he noticed just how much energy that already gave him.
Still in a state of uncertainty about this situation and his location, he waited on the couch, silently, for Erwin to notice that he was awake.
Erwin did his best to keep his expression neutral, something—despite all his years of practicing—he still seemed to had a hard time at mastering.
"It sure has been…"
He knew Levi had his reasons for leaving for how long he did, but the surprise of seeing him return was enough to kick-start his heart.
It was evident that both of then needed to cope with this situation. Erwin wasn’t the man to show his emotions when someone pushed a button. It needed time for him to warm up; Even in front of Levi. Levi pushed himself away from the frame and walked up to the blond. Teeth almost sinking into his bottom lip as he leaned forward and got a hold of his bolo tie. He didn’t care if Erwin was ready for that or not. Deprivation had done quite some work. Without any word he pulled him towards him and placed his lips onto soft ones.
The captain leaned onto the doorframe and cocked his head. The disbelief in Erwin’s voice almost made his lips curl up into an apologetic smile.
"It’s been a while." He said bereft of anything better to add. A wave of emotions washed over him at the sight of the man. God, how much he had missed him.
It was hard not to just walk over to him and crash their lips together.