Sneak Preview of Levi DialogueUpdate: Part 14 is up, you guys! Go read! 8D
A snippet of dialogue from Part 14 of the Tsun!Reader x Jean series, which I am working on right now
"Not many an empty-headed recruit can profess to stealing a full set of 3D Maneuvering Gear and single-handedly raising chaos among the poor sods tasked with internal security. Either you must be a daring and prodigal recruit with some hidden agenda... or an insane fool with no direction whatsoever to speak of. Which be you, Jailbird? Conspirator, or simply crazy?"
"Neither, Sir. Nor am I a Jailbird. ...I'm just a Firefly from Hell."
"...Interesting. I shall take it as leaning on the side of crazy, then."
Oh yes, I am having so much fun with this. 8D
'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 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 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
Here's my Plan of ActionSo I took a look at my work schedule for the next three months. I pretty much face-palmed. I was totally prepared for retail hell for the upcoming holiday season, BUT WHY ARE THEY SCHEDULING ME FIVE FULL DAYS IN A ROW PER WEEK AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER?Here's my Plan of Action2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm supposed to be a part-timer, yet I'm working full-time hours. Fuck.
That said, this means I gotta think carefully about how I'm going to spend my free time writing. XD I've got so much literary shit that I NEED to let out of my head, and I'm determined to write them all regardless of my crazy work schedule. So here's what I'm going to do:
1) Wrap up the current story arc for my 'Just Be' series within Parts 16 and 17. ASAP. (We're about halfway done with this series, I think. Still plenty more to go. 8D)
2) Take a break from the main storyline in preparation for the feel-crushing Invasion Arc.
3) Work on the following 'lighter' works, including:
-'Dere for a Day', a
'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] - 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
'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 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 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 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 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 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
'Dere for a Day' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 1'Dere for a Day' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 12 years ago in Romance More Like This
Tsundere: A character archetype frequently found in anime and manga, who typically has a temperamental and hostile personality while hiding a sweet and caring side. 'Tsun' generally refers to the prickly, easily-angered side of the character, while 'Dere' is the softer, gentler, and sweeter facet that appears less frequently.
---'Dere for a Day'---
Ship: Jean Kirschtein x Tsundere!Reader
Note: This work is part of the ongoing series 'Just Be', but can also be enjoyed as a standalone fic. The premise is that the Reader gets fed up with Jean's criticisms and decides to switch personalities for a day, acting sweet and nice just to annoy him until he goes crazy. The outcome is not what either of them expect. Occurs after the 'bathhouse incident' and before the final exam. Contains 2 parts. Please enjoy!
Warnings: LANGUAGE. Lots of it. Also, minor fic related spoilers up to Part 10-11 of 'Just Be'
Too Late for Hellos - [Millius x Reader] - SHORTToo Late for Hellos - [Millius x Reader] - SHORT2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You probably don't notice me.
You probably don't even realize that I exist.
I'm used to it, to be honest. I've always been the quiet one, hidden in the background. I have to admit, it's a rather humble and uneventful existence. Always overlooked. Always passed by. Rarely given a second thought.
...But I'm not sad or lonely, or anything. I have my best buddy, Nack Tius, who's always more than happy to do the talking for me. And to be honest... I kind of like the quiet.
It's just that... I'm what you call 'average'. I don't stand out all that much. I'm practically invisible to most. Ironically, people tend to notice me for being the one who stands out the least.
But the fact is, I've always been here. And... I've always noticed you.
I've always watched you.
...W-wait, that sounds a little sketchy, doesn't it? Nonono, it's not like that at all.
I swear, I'm not a stalker or anything! This is so embarrassing!
...I just... h
'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 24'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 242 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 24---
This was exactly what he had been afraid of.
No. All things considering, it was even worse.
This was why Jean had never wanted to be a leader in the first place. In spite of his lack of confidence, the Cadets had all trusted his judgment with their lives, and he had done his absolute best not to fail them. To know that even a small handful of comrades had wound up dead or devoured under his command... well, the thought was enough to leave Jean paralyzed with guilt. Even more harrowing was the fact that he had used the deaths of his comrades as a cover for their escape. It made him feel as though their blood was on his hands, staining them beyond recognition.
...But to think... that he had made the conscious decision to use you of all people as a distraction... that alone was unforgivable.
A more callous and more experienced soldier would have called it a matter of practicality. In order to achieve the greater g
'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 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 8'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 82 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'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
Back from Hell like Freckled Jesus himselfSurprise, bitch.Back from Hell like Freckled Jesus himself2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me.
Holy shit, it's been a while guys! I'd say this is the longest I've ever been from you guys since I started the Just Be series. Two weeks shouldn't be allowed to feel that long. T_T I missed you guys so much!!
To those of you who've been wondering what exactly happened to my account, I'll be happy to explain. Basically, it all started with the lemons and limes. They got deleted due to policy violation. So, being the classy genius that I am, I decided to reupload them on the alternate account 'lemonpikkins'. Needless to say, the staff were not pleased and put my account on suspension for two weeks. The rest from there is history. And of course, the lemons were deleted again, which means I'll probably reupload them onto my a03 account (My username is at a03 is also cherrypikkins. If you want to see the lemons and limes, follow me there! I'll be uploading them again this weekend)
Titans Won't Stop Us ( Jean Kirschtein X Reader )Titans Won't Stop Us ( Jean Kirschtein X Reader )2 years ago in Romance More Like This
The heels of your boots clicked along the cobblestone road. The noise bounced off the walls of the abandoned houses that lined either side of the street. Your chest heaved up and down as you took deep, heavy breaths. You had just nearly escaped from being devoured by a titan.
You felt a tickling sensation in your noise, letting out a booming sneeze. The sound also bouncing off the walls and echoing. You grimaced and frowned. You were making a tremendous amount of noise. Soon, you probably would be attracting hoards of titans, more that you could handle.
You paused, hearing a pounding noise in the distance. You turned around the corner to see what the source of the noise was. A (particularly large one, mind you) titan was heading straight at you.
You uttered a little scream and spun around, r
'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] - 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] - 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