'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 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 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 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 5'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 52 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 5--
You were the last to return to the barracks that night, fresh from a long soak in the baths, a towel draped around your neck. The nerves had been left frayed so thin after your earlier encounter with Jean were finally starting to unwind. As you quietly meandered your way up the path leading to the women's dormitories, you distractedly lifted a hand to comb your fingers through the damp locks of your hair.
A familiar tugging sensation against your scalp sparked the memory of Jean's savage grin. Your eyes widened. As you abruptly held your breath, you had a brief vision of his sharp amber eyes staring into yours, a lock of your hair wound around his finger. (Much like the way a certain brat had pulled at your braids during your childhood so long ago, you realized.) His face had been so close, that you felt the warmth of his breath brushing lightly against your cheek.
It was the chill of night, running across your face and through your damp hair, that reminded
'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 12a'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 12a2 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 12a---
[language warnings apply]
The rain returned, this time as a full-blown torrent that left the forest trails flooded and treacherously muddy. The military outpost itself fared little better beneath the storm that raged overhead. Much to their displeasure, the trainees were set to the brutal work of repairing leaky rooftops, sealing walls, and cleaning up puddles where rainwater had managed to drip inside. Water crashed endlessly upon their heads in bucketfuls, soaking them to the skin, leaving them shivering and miserable.
The sky had turned pitch black, and remained thus even as the following day arrived. ...And the day after. You still had not left the infirmary.
Rumours spread throughout the regiment like wildfire. There was not a single soul who had not heard of the injury you had sustained during the final exam, and the devastating blow it had landed on your military career. Reaction to the news was varied. Most were sympathetic. A handful were l
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 4'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 42 years ago in Romance More Like This
----'Just Be': Part 4---
Marco's observations were correct. You really did go out of your way to keep everyone else at arm's length. Perhaps it was partly a result of your encounter of Jean Kirschtein right at the start of Day One, but before you knew it, your reputation of being disconcertingly aloof and distant had been set in motion. A good day or two had passed since you sent Kirschtein to the ground with a foot to the knee - aaaaand... that instance alone pretty much summed up your entire share of consequential human interaction for that period of time.
Go you, Miss Popularity.
It wasn't as though you were outright hostile to anyone (that wasn't Kirschtein). You had exchanged names and words with a small handful of other trainees - just enough to know who was who, and to keep track of the competition. But other than that, you kept to yourself. Mingling with your fellow students wasn't your thing. You weren't a part of any social group, and though other trainees would oc
'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 15'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 152 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 15---
[language, mature subject matter, violence, and possible trigger warnings for sexual assault]
All was quiet in the tidily-kept office of Erwin Smith, as the Commander himself diligently studied a full-length map of Wall Maria, poring over logistics and formation details at his desk. That tranquility was soundly shattered as the door burst open, swinging on its hinges to smack forcefully against the wall.
Lance Corporal Levi strode into the room slamming the door behind him, the carelessness of his actions indicating his aggravated mood. His mouth was drawn together in a tight, stubborn line, and the creases on his angular brows had deepened with malcontent. Uttering not a single word, he purposely made his way towards the sofa by the window, on the other side of the office. Falling against it, he leaned back and promptly brought his feet up upon the coffee table. There he stayed, unmoving and taciturn as the cross expression
'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 17'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 172 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 17---
Though it was by complete coincidence that you happened to encounter Commander Dot Pixis at a place like this, you both agreed that now was as good a time as any to begin that discussion. With that, you shooed Jean and Marco back to military headquarters, so that they could attend the tail-end of the graduation banquet before it ended. They obeyed with reluctance, though not without looking towards you with concern.
You reassured them that everything would be alright, then sent them on their way. Better that than to let the boys miss dinner with the rest of the graduates. And right now you needed to have a private word with the well-respected Commander of the Garrison.
The evening was growing more chill by the second. Grateful for Marco's cloak, you wrapped it more tightly around your form, enveloping yourself in warmth as you stood in front of the gravesite with the veteran soldier.
Your Grandfather's ashes lay beneath the shade of a gnarled old tree.
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 3'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 32 years ago in Romance More Like This
----'Just Be': Part 3---
"Oi, Jean! How's that knee of yours doing?" Connie teased in his characteristically loud and obnoxious voice, unabashedly taking the empty seat next to Jean in the mess hall. "Everyone's been goin' on about how you've been walkin' funny these past few days. You sure that [Last] chick didn't take out anything more important than a kneecap with that foot of hers? Didn't look like she aimed that low from where I was standing."
At Connie's ribbing, Jean grated his teeth and clenched his fist over the bun he was holding, inadvertently reducing it to crumbly bits all over the table.
"Funny you should mention that, Connie," the copper-blond lad retorted, looking utterly unamused. "Everyone's talking about how the fact that Shadis nearly crushed your skull the other day knocked your brain functions down to borderline moronic, but frankly, I don't see a goddamn difference."
Connie blinked, taken slightly aback as he gingerly set his evening meal on t
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 20'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 202 years 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
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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 16'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 162 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 16---
[language, mature subject matter, and violence]
You could recall a time, just a few weeks ago in fact, when you and Marco were engaged in martial arts practice, with Jean observing as a casual spectator. You had a habit of dragging the two boys into this sort of thing outside of normal practice hours. Marco always looked reluctant, and Jean would complain like a bitch to no end. And yet, somehow, they always seemed to let you get away with it. You were just so damn charming like that.
That said, there was one thing that bothered you whenever you had a free sparring session with Marco. He was always kind and benevolent to everyone around him on a regular basis. But sometimes you wondered if he was behaving a little soft on you. He was protective. Coddling, even. As if you were some fragile porcelain doll that required careful handling, even on the training ground.
And so, this time, you decided to communicate exactly how you felt about his specia
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 22'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 222 years 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 19'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 192 years 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 23'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 232 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 23---
Inside an old library, nestled in the heart of the Jinae District, a nine-year-old Marco Bodt was sifting through the endless shelves of books. Clearly, he was in eager search of a good read.
Throughout his childhood, he had literally grown up on stories of heroic figures, all of them chivalrous and just, who served the powers of good and fought against evil. Tales of knighthood in particular were his favourite, especially with the way their protagonists followed a code of pride and honor. These were noble characters who protected the small and the meek, and doled out punishment to those who oppressed them. Ever since Marco was small, he had wanted to follow the example of these heroes, which inspired his dream of someday serving in the Royal Guard. Just like a knight from those old-fashioned tales.
And yet... Marco felt a little disinterested in that today for some reason. He had read just about every story in that genre - t
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 21'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 212 years 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 26'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 262 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 26---
With the promise of escape just beyond the corner, morale was uplifted all around. Everyone was scrambling hastily to refill their fuel rods, of course, before the Titans could renew their attack. But even with the impending threat, none could ignore the look of renewed spirit on their faces. You smiled at your comrades, feeling a spur of optimism in your heart. Making your rounds, you began collecting empty rods and passing them out to those who were manning the fueling stations.
"Hey, can someone fill these, too?" you called out.
"[First], toss one over here!" Reiner shouted in your direction. He caught it deftly as you flung it at him, grinning all the while. "Nice shooting earlier, by the way."
"Give me a break," you retorted with a smirk. "Marco was the one who made up for my poor marksmanship! The way I was aiming, you'd think I was blind or something!" Blind with terror, that was what. But the important was