'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 8
---'Just Be': Part 8 ---
A beaming Marco was there to congratulate you at the firing range, approaching you with a newly-polished flintlock rifle slung on his shoulder. "You did it, [First]! You were absolutely brilliant in that last exam! Where the class ranking is concerned, I'd say that you're at least on par with Connie and Sasha for eighth place!"
And as you recalled, that was directly below Marco and Jean, both of whom were currently dueling it out for fifth, and sixth. Possibly seventh, as well. Darkhorse Eren Jaeger was starting to become a major factor of unpredictability in the placement competition, much to Jean's chagrin.
Sitting on a wooden bench, wrapping up your wrist in bandages, you tilted your head upwards and flashed a grin at Marco.
"Oh please, it's still up in the air," you waved off his compliment stubbornly, though not before you blushed with pride. "Connie is fast. That makes him as tough-as-nails to follow, eve
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 9'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 92 years ago in Romance More Like This
[Warnings for language and minor nudity. 8D]
---'Just Be': Part 9 ---
By the end of the day, the girls were in a clamour over the course of dinnertime.
"...So apparently," Mina chirped animatedly, proudly sporting an impressive number of bandages on her rosy-cheeked face. "The boys are due for extended drills in the wee hours of the morning from now until graduation, courtesy of Keith Shadis. I expect he was little peeved at their conduct during today's little sparring activity."
"To say the least," Ymir remarked at the table, wearing an unpleasantly smug smile. To see the men scattered throughout the dining hall, a look of utmost doom and gloom each of their faces, left her entertained to no end. "From where I was standing, you could practically hear him lecturing them, from the proving ground all the way to the dorms. I swear, even the floorboards were rattling."
"Ohh," Christa breathed, eyes wide. "So that's why Reiner was practically deaf in one ear when I stopp
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 10'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 102 years ago in Romance More Like This
[minor nudity and language. ...8D]
---'Just Be': Part 10---
Eren Jaeger was dripping from head to toe with bathwater, donning nothing but a towel around his waist as he hurried in frantic pace through the hallways of the bath house. In tow behind him was Armin Arlert, who looked just as bewildered (and red-faced) as he was. And trying desperately not to drop his towel.
"Oi. You guys!" he said loudly, demanding attention. "I heard Connie freaking out in the changing rooms just now - and was that [First] wandering around in here?!"
With footsteps that squelched with water and left shining puddles on the steam-slicked tiles, he approached the crowd of men that were, for some bizarre reason, packed tightly in front of the laundry room door.
" Guys? ..." Eren stared at them, dumbstruck. "What the hell are you all doing here? Gathered around like this... the fuck is going on?"
None of them answered. Once Eren took the time to visually survey the situation, he immediatel
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 7'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 72 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 7---
---Year 850 --- 2 Years After Enlistment --- 5 Years After the Fall of Wall Maria ---
"MOVE THOSE ROTTING LEGS, YOU MISERABLE DOGS!" The roar of Keith Shadis shattered the tranquility of the forest, like thunder in the pouring rain.
[Songstamp: DOA - Shingeki no Kyoujin OST]
The water-soaked ground was hammered into mud by a stampede of footfalls, all belonging to the 104th Trainees Division. Mounted on horseback, a cloaked Shadis herded his charges relentlessly through the torrential rainstorm, his demonic eyes scourging the crowd for anyone who wasn't pulling their weight.
The trainees, wearing hooded cloaks and bearing heavy supply packs, were all soaked head to boot as they sprinted through the watery onslaught, barely able to see beyond their noses. At every pumping step, their legs sloshed with rainwater and mud. Rivulets of water mixed wi
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 6'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 62 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 6---
You slept fitfully that night. When you blearily blinked your eyes open the next morning, your head was spinning - and your body was sore beyond comprehension. Your muscles screamed in agony and protest as you struggled to rise from your bunk, and your bones felt ready to snap at the slightest touch. You felt a strain pulling your back and abdominal muscles - a reminder of the hellish run in which you were strapped into the 3D Maneuver Gear. Alarmingly enough, you also felt a strange soreness crisscrossing over the surface of your skin, around your chest, back, shoulders and legs.
Nearly tumbling out of your bunk, you slipped behind the changing screen to investigate.
You checked underneath your clothes, and found that the full-body harness had left painful, linear bruises all over your body. Black and purple lines, though faint, tattooed the surface of your skin, wrapping around your thighs and torso. As you gingerly touched them, they flared with a dull ac
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 11'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 112 years ago in Romance More Like This
[Warning for mild suggestive themes 8D]
---'Just Be': Part 11 ---
The wind was a deep rumble in the crisp afternoon air, sending smoke-coloured clouds rolling across the sky like a breathing, shifting canvas. Filling the ambiance was the mild buzz of rain, as a light shower descended upon the outpost in gentle, noisy cascades. Nature and civilization alike gleamed under the rainfall, with cool droplets of water dripping steadily from leaves, rooftop edges, window panes... and wandering trainees caught in the torrent.
Avoiding the brunt of the rain, Marco and Jean had managed to find shelter inside the covered deck of their dormitory building, which by chance also afforded them a suitable amount of privacy for the discussion that was about to take place. With the exam period steadily reaching its end, most of the trainees, the two men included, were out of uniform. It could be said that a good number of them were enjoying an afternoon of leisure, especially following an entire month
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 2'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 22 years ago in Romance More Like This
----'Just Be': Part 2---
(This chapter retells the events of Part 1, with a focus on how Jean sees the reader upon their first meeting.)
His thoughts as he lay crumpled on the ground in pain, hands clenched against his head?
That motherfucker has a forehead like a sack of bricks.
He was, of course, referring to the instructor Keith Shadis, having had a taste of Sergeant Nasty's favourite way of rewarding blunt, impudent honesty. Some fucking reward. Not that it was any less than what he had expected. As Shadis moved on to sink his teeth into the next trainee in line, namely yourself, the young man on the ground slowly climbed back onto his feet. Grunting with discomfort, he shook his copper-blond head to clear it out. Then, doing his best to emulate the professionalism of a soldier, he planted his feet apart, straightened his back and shoulders, narrowed his eyes forward, and resumed standing at attention.
...An irritated eyebrow twitched. His head was still
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 12b'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 12b2 years ago in Romance More Like This
[link to Part 12a]
---'Just Be': Part 12b---
[language warnings, yada yada]
The storm continued to roll overhead and still the rain crashed down. After leaving you in the infirmary, so that you might have the chance to rest alone, Marco later ran into Jean down the same flooded path. The two of them had the same idea to visit the food stores of the training outpost in search of something to bring to you, and so they went together. Jean was still hesitant about the idea of visiting you, feeling as though he would be of little help. In fact, he seemed to be of the opinion that he would only be the opposite, given his bluntly honest nature. It was a sentiment to which Marco protested.
"Jean, she needs you too," he stated simply, gathering small loaves of bread into a basket. "Believe me, you could honestly make all the difference just by saying something to her. She needs t
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 13'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 132 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 13 ---
Tense and anxious, the top ten stood at attention before Keith Shadis. Among their midst was Armin and Ymir, who had both witnessed your break-in and subsequent escape into the nearby forest. Shadis had requested - no, ordered their assistance in the current operation.
"You are tasked with the capture of a suspected renegade who is to be charged with the theft and unlawful possession of a full set of 3D Maneuvering Gear," he barked, assuming full and unyielding authority. "Because of that, she is expected to be airborne, highly mobile, and difficult to capture. Subject is [First] [Last], former trainee of the 104th Training Division, whom you should all know well."
A handful of the trainees stirred uncomfortably. Of course they knew you well. You were their friend and comrade for all of three years. Shadis looked no happier than they were at the prospect of having to arrest you.
"Regardless of her motives," He continued. "Y
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 18'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 182 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 18---
Back at headquarters, you encountered Marco alone, standing outside in the open air on the second-floor parapet. As always, he greeted you with a cheerful smile on those pleasant, mild features of his. This time though, you sensed a hint of sadness on his face.
You knew the reason why. It was strange. He had been your dear friend since the beginning. You had always relied on him, and recent events had only served to draw the two of you closer together. It seemed a twist of cruel irony that you and Marco would see less of each other in the coming days. Because of that, you felt a little awkward and more shy approaching him now. Well, there was another reason...
"Something wrong, [First]?" asked Marco, noticing your unease. "What's on your mind? If something is troubling you, you know you can always tell me."
Looking at your feet, you turned a little red. The other cadets were elsewhere, so the two of yo
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 20'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 201 year ago in Romance More Like This
[violence, gore, and language]
---'Just Be': Part 20---
Jean stubbornly refused to accept it.
"This has a mistake," he insisted, glaring at Eren. "There's absolutely no sense in sending her directly into battle with her wrist injury. The officers should know this."
You and Marco watched helplessly as Jean launched himself into a tirade. Given the look on his face, it was clear that there was no stopping him whatsoever.
"Why the hell are you looking at me?" Eren demanded in a bewildered voice. "I didn't screw around with the squad roster, Jean! These things happen. My guess is that they're desperately short of people fighting at the front-lines."
"Didn't you hear what I said?" Jean growled, looking ready to seize Eren by the collar again. "[First] is physically incapable of killing Titans! The front line is a position that's rife with danger. Exactly what use would she be there?"
Those words stung your pride. You scowl
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 14'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 142 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 14 ---
[warnings for language and mature subject matter]
Your cell was quiet, dark, and lonely. But then again, you were no stranger to solitude. The detention facility itself wasn't all that heavily occupied. As such, the other inmates ignored you for the most part, and you were content to do the same to them. Considering the fact that it was located directly underneath the headquarters for the Trost Military Branch, you surmised that it was more of a halfway house than a real prison. The ultimate venue for your incarceration was likely be revealed later, once the higher-ups decided what to do with you.
You suppressed a gulp, not looking forward to spending the next few years locked up in jail, far from the reaches of society. But then again, you had to make up for your actions somehow. And now that you were in a more reasonable state of mind, you were absolutely certain that it was far better to be locked up in a cage than to live like a wild animal, running
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 22'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 221 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 22---
In your dream, you were a child again - small, innocent, and happy. While the local kids in your neighborhood played together noisily on the street, you remained by yourself, minding your own business. Sitting alone front of your family's house, you spent the day immersing yourself in books. Novels. Literary fantasies that left you yearning for an adventure of your own.
... Just like now. Clutching the covers with your tiny hands, you perched on the fence and buried your nose in its pages. Their words spun a spell, bringing you into the world of the heroine and allowing you to experience the story through her eyes. Everything, from humble beginnings, to adventure, through strife and tears, to victory and beyond. Sometimes, it made you wonder... could someone like you be a heroine, just like that? Strong and brave, no matter what the danger?
Nothing sounded more wonderful to you. You liked it here in T
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 1'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 12 years ago in Romance More Like This
ATTENTION: General warnings apply for Language, Spoilers, and Violence. Other warnings will apply as they are made specific for that particular chapter.
Title: 'Just Be.' (by cherrypikkins)
Series: Attack on Titan
Ship: Jean Kirschtein x Tsundere!Reader
Tagline: "It's not like I joined the Recon Corps to follow you around, dumbass."
Premise: A reader-insert fanfic starting from the days of the 104th Trainee Corps, following the interactions between Jean Kirschtein and a heroine modeled largely after the 'tsundere' archtype. As such, their 'relationship' runs hot and cold, with arguments and misunderstandings that range from hilarious to serious, including a rivalry in which they compete fiercely for a place in the top ten.
The story will follow several canon events in the series, with the appropriate modifications made as though the heroine was directly involved. The purpose of this fic is to explore the dynamic between two
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 19'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 191 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 19---
[Songstamp: 'Hresvelgr' - Ace Combat Zero OST]
The reaction to the Colossal Titan's appearance was instant. Five years ago, the Garrison had been complacent, barely competent, and sluggish on their feet. But not this time. In the brutal aftermath of the Wall Maria disaster, they had sharpened up into a professional, dedicated defense force. Within a matter of seconds, the contingency was in full motion, and the first response team was dispatched to intercept the first wave of Titans.
Everyone knew that it was a suicidal mission. The Vanguard were about to give their lives to buy the civilians time to escape. Few, if any, were expected to survive.
Meanwhile, the Garrison's finest sprung into action. Rico Brzenska stood alongside her fellow Elite Squad Members, Ian Dietrich and Mitabi Jarnach, upon the upper parapet of Military Headquarters. Despite all attempts to
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 21'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 211 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 21---
A half-conscious Armin Arlert awoke to the motions of being shaken. Violently. Through the haze of his catatonic state, Connie Springer's face began to sharpen into focus.
The other boy's voice was frantic. Alarmed. The words reached his ears, but to Armin they were incoherent. As he sat there staring hollowly into space, the memories suddenly came flooding back with full force...
He began to relive every waking moment of it ...One by one, his comrades fell to the Titans. Thomas had been swallowed whole before his eyes. Nack had collided headfirst into a giant hand and exploded into a mass of gore. Mina's head had been crushed in the maw of her captor. Millius had been bitten in half.
And you... the last Armin had ever seen of you was when you were being swarmed by Titans on all sides, until you were covered completely and utterly from view.
...And then... there was Eren...
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 27'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 271 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 27---
With the fall of Trost, the front line receded to Wall Rose, where the remnant forces saw to their injuries and tensely awaited orders. When the surviving cadets of the 104th Training Division finally ascended the wall and were cleared to enter Rose, their superiors reacted with surprise. Everyone had all believed that the majority of their newest recruits had been killed in the initial attack. But no, a modest handful of them had made it to safety against all possible odds.
Truth be told, most of them were mistaken for half-dead. All of them were drained, pale, and shocked to the core, as though they had just combed their way through a living hell. The veteran members of the Garrison looked upon them with varying expressions of weariness, pity, and contempt.
Christa Renz, having heard the news of their return, ran as fast as her legs could carry her to the Wall. Ymir was at her heels, looking rather annoyed.
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 28'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 281 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 28---
Your heart was racing like a turbine as you prepped yourself for battle. Remembering Armin's earlier warnings, you checked your gear one more time. The mechanism looked a little overheated, but not enough to hamper your maneuvering. You had already replenished your fuel supply, so that wasn't a problem. Your harnesses were in good condition, and your handles were working fine.
Check-ups like these were necessary. It would certainly be an immense about of suck if one's 3D Maneuvering gear were to break in the middle of battle. That said, you thought about how Jean had also overworked his own gear earlier. Better remind him about that, you thought.
Your physical condition could have been better. It could have also been worse. Being a soldier, you were no fragile doll when it came to enduring physical injury. The various bruises and scratches you had collected were discomforting, but not in a way t
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 29'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 291 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 29---
The gears of fate were churning. Every single soldier, men and women, Cadet and veteran, was charged with adrenaline. Together, they threw their lot and hand into preparing for the recapture operation. Despite their doubts over the plan, and with the threat of death looming over their heads, none of them were willing to go down without a goddamn fight.
You could sense their doggedness. Humanity had grown sick and tired of losing again and again to the Titans. Each time they advanced, mankind was shoved further and further into a corner. But no more. Today was the day you would all stand together and push back with everything you had.
The onslaught stops here.
Messages were relayed along the wall, delivering instructions from the higher-ups. The strategy was entering its final phase of planning. The Commander conferred with the Elite Squads while the officers waited for the signal to begin the o
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 25'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 251 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 25---
The surviving Cadets settled in to rest up and tend to their wounds. All of them removed their 3D Maneuvering Gear and set it to the side for the time being, yours included among them. It was both a relief and a source of nervousness - taking off the gear left you a little less burdened, but you felt naked and vulnerable without your best advantage against the Titans.
Not that you had to worry about Titans breaking into this part of the castle any time soon. With the Rogue Titan on the warpath outside, that bought some time for you and the others to determine the next course of action.
Survival, of course, remained at the very top of the list. All the while, you tried not to think about the ones who hadn't been able to make it this far. So many dead, so quickly...
"Jean. Connie. How is the situation looking right now?" Marco asked.
"Amazingly enough, Armin's idea is getting along without a single hitch," Connie r
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 30'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 301 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 30---
The Rogue Titan lay in a collapsed, mangled heap against the giant stone. In the moment of mankind's greatest need, Eren had failed to maintain control of his Titan form, once again casting doubt that his abilities were ever valuable in the first place. Even the Elite Soldiers of the Garrison were quickly losing faith in the humanity's so-called most advanced weapon. Of course, that was assuming that such a project even existed in the first place, and was not just a last-ditch sham by Pixis to persuade the troops to stand their ground. They had all invested their faith and their lives in some fool boy who was probably more a freakish monster than human. Was this how they were to be repaid? All he had done was cause more harm than help.
Squad Leader Ian Dietrich was at a loss. Commander Pixis had assigned him to call the shots in this operation, and yet Rico and Mitabi were begging him to order a retreat. There was nothing els
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 34'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 341 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 34---
The sun was setting over Trost, casting pleasant shadows over the sleepy outskirt neighborhood. Shattering the peace and quiet, however, was the loud voice of Mrs. Kirschtein as she shouted from her doorstep.
“Jean Kirschtein, get back into the house this instant! Do you have ANY idea what the hour is right now?”
A seven-year-old Jean, brimming with energy and mischief, yelled gleefully over his shoulder as he ran off. “Sure do! And right now this is the perfect time to see them!”
Clutching an empty glass jar, the boy raced against the setting sun. The weather was warm, the air was humid, and the summer sky was growing dark. Jean had planned this for days, and the conditions for the occasion couldn’t be better.
“This time for sure, I’m going to catch one!” he promised, grinning with determination.
His mother sighed and rolled her eyes. “Just be back b
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 31'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 311 year ago in Romance More Like This
"Is that an angel which flew down from the twilight sky?
... Or is that a fiend which crawled out from the abyss?"
-Vogel im Kafig
---'Just Be': Part 31---
The Rogue Titan had risen again. His every massive step tore up the ground and sent a pulse through the cityscape. Shrouded in steam, bearing the burden, the sight of him was almost surreal. The closer he marched towards the gate, the more it became evident that victory for mankind was just a mere breath away. All he had to do was make it to the gate.
The southern districts were still swarming with Titans. More were pouring in through the breach to block his path.
"Protect him with your lives, ALL OF YOU!" Commander Ian roared. "Don't let the Titans get anywhere near him! Ackerman! Arlert! Go to him! That is an order!"
Mikasa and Armin readily obeyed. "Sir!"
The Elite Unit took to the streets, confronting the Titans on foot to keep them distracted.
Soldiers flooded from
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - BONUS 4'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - BONUS 42 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': BONUS 4---
In which Marco and Jean are caught in a rather compromising mid-air position.
(Notes: This short piece is bonus material for my ongoing fanfiction project, 'Just Be', a reader-insert series based on a ship between Jean Kirschtein and a Tsundere!Reader. This 'bonus chapter' was written for reader requests, and also to express my gratitude for this fic's 100 Watchers. Thank you so much, guys. ^^
This chapter takes place approximately a week or two before graduation, while the trainees are practicing their 3D-Maneuvering. The plot was inspired by the sketch above, drawn by moni158. Permission from the respective artist has been granted to use the idea and to use the sketch as the preview image. Thanks so much, moni158!
Warnings for language and suggestive themes. Do enjoy. 8D)
A click of irritation escaped your lips.
"That jackass is showing off again," you muttered, swinging out your legs in a restless manner.
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - BONUS 2'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - BONUS 22 years ago in Romance More Like This
----'Just Be': BONUS 2---
(The other trainees discuss the Reader's performance during the latest graded exam. The chronological position is after the events of Part 7)
In the evening following the conclusion of their exam, the other trainees gathered around a crisply burning fire. Nowhere to be seen, you were off visiting the medical office to tend to a slightly sore wrist.
Your rivals - and comrades - had quite a few things to say about your performance during the exam that afternoon. Most of them were of differing opinions. Not all were of praise.
"I have to admit," Reiner said, frowning his thick brows in thought. "While the use of stealth and pseudo-invisibility is nothing new in on the battlefield, she's taken it to an entirely different level. It's what makes her unique and valuable as a soldier."
"Is it practical, though? Getting the jump on humans," Eren argued vehemently. "...is not nearly the same as sneaking up on a Titan. The way we detect other humans is just n