Marco's English Voice Actor...... is strange and adorable, especially when he goes through an existential crisis during a layover at an airport.
...I wonder. Is THIS how Marco would contemplate birth, death, and the journey of life? XD;; Either way, I look forward to Austin Tindle's performance as Marco in SnK.
'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
'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 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 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 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 25'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 252 years 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 41 FINALE'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] Part 41 FINALE1 year ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 41 (FINALE)---
On the day before leaving for Karanes, you and Jean made the decision to visit your hometown one last time. One month after suffering an invasion, the most of Trost had finally been rebuilt, though the scars of war continued to decorate the cityscape. Gigantic, foot-shaped craters lay embedded in the street tiles where the Titans had once marched. Naturally, the townsfolk gave them a wide berth. Some bloodstains remained on the walls, though they were faded against time and rain. Other buildings were still in the process of being rebuilt. Others were considered beyond hope, and were simply torn down. Those who had lost their homes entirely had been forced to start anew.
Jean's house, thankfully, was not in the list of lost causes. Even better yet, his family had survived the evacuation.
You, on the other hand, had already witnessed the destruction of your former home in the eve of the invasion. But even though that was now lost, there was still a place
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 38'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 382 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 38---
The next day, training ended early at midday for chores. As you made your way back to the barracks, you gazed upwards. The pale-blue sky, filled with a pleasant breeze, promised an afternoon of mild weather. No wonder Lance Corporal Levi was intent on getting some cleaning done today, while it was sunny. And guess who was stuck on laundry duty?
You sighed. On such a lovely day like this, you would rather be relaxing. Come to think of it, you hadn't been able to unwind ever since the invasion. Your new busy schedule with the Recon Corps barely afforded much time for leisure. Though chores and training were a needed distraction, they left you with little opportunity to enjoy life a bit more. Considering Mother's final letter to you, it was enough to worry you.
Alas, duties came first, and there would be hell to pay from Levi if the accursed laundry was left undone. You made your way across the castle courtyard, resigned to an afternoon of menial chores. You refus
'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 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 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 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
'The Visitor' - [Jean x Mermaid!Reader, Modern AU]'The Visitor' - [Jean x Mermaid!Reader, Modern AU]2 years ago in Humor More Like This
---'The Visitor': Jean x Mermaid!Reader---
Author's notes: Modernish AU in which Jean is an ordinary teen, Reader is a mermaid, and Trost is a seaside town. Fluff and hilarity ensues. Probably just a one-shot. Warnings for cussing. Written from Jean's point of view.
Hope you enjoy!
I've lived here for as long as I can remember. That being said, I've also hated this place for that same length of time. If you could point out to me the most interesting place on the map, I guarantee you that Trost would be on the opposite side of the globe. It's a backwater coastal town out in the boonies, with a population barely reaching the hundreds. Quaint, small, sleepy, and boring as all hell.
The only thing it has going for it is the fact that it's right next to the ocean. We get a handful of tourists who like to fool around on our beaches for a while, then leave once they realize we don't have anything else for their entertainment.
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 29'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 292 years 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 32'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 322 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 32---
... The world was dark. Everything hurt.
He couldn't move a muscle, let alone see. He could barely breathe. He body felt as though it were being crushed. Buried under this massive heap of rubble, it probably was. If that wasn't frightening as all hell, he didn't know what was.
Biting through pain, Jean gave an incredulous half-wince, half smile. Right now, he was absolutely certain that an entire house had collapsed on top of him. Following you around led him into all sorts of trouble, it seemed. Not that he was complaining. Would be nice, though, if there was less pain and lethality involved.
In the end, neither of you could escape the reach of the explosion. Jean had known it was hopeless the moment he heard the order to fire. His first instinct had been to protect you and dive for cover. Only, Marco had gotten the same idea. It was hard to say who managed to reach 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 27'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 272 years 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.
Count the Ways - Yandere!SnKBoys x Cursed!ReaderCount the Ways - Yandere!SnKBoys x Cursed!Reader2 years ago in Horror More Like This
--- Count the Ways - Yandere!Boys x Cursed!Reader ---
[warnings for language, violence/gore, CREEPINESS and trigger warnings for unhealthily obsessive/controlling relationships. The yandere ship should also be a clear warning here]
My entry for the Halloween Contest. Let's begin. 8D
[Songstamp: "Rossini William Tell Overture Part 2 and 3" - from the "Catherine" OST]
It had all started with a rumor.
Legend spoke of a maiden from long ago who was famed for her never-ending love and devotion for a young soldier in the Recon Corps. When the soldier was assigned to an expedition where doom was the only possible outcome, he was desperate to abort his role in the mission in order to remain with his beloved, but to no avail. In the end, however, the two swore unending loyalty to no one else but each other, resulting in his desertion.
As punishment, both the maiden and the soldier were buried alive together inside
'Just Be' - Part 32.5 - 'Into the Dusk''Just Be' - Part 32.5 - 'Into the Dusk'2 years ago in Drama More Like This
HEAVY MANGA SPOILER WARNING.
Author’s Notes: A special ‘optional’ chapter from the ‘Just Be’ continuity that speculates on what might have happened to Marco during the events of Part 32, hence the chapter’s numbering as Part 32.5. At it currently stands, the true circumstances surrounding Marco’s death are a mystery, and it is unknown whether Isayama will expand on this in future manga chapters. Therefore, readers can decide for themselves whether to accept this chapter as part of the ‘Just Be’ continuity, regardless of whether or not it reconciles with future plot points in the SnK canon. This is especially since the presence of the Reader-character is by far the most pivotal difference between fanfic continuity and actual canon concerning the truth behind Marco’s death.
Hope you enjoy!
---'Just Be': Part 32.5 – “Into the Dusk”---
…Your stare left me hypnotized.
'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 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 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
'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 36'Just Be' [Jean x Tsundere!Reader] - Part 362 years ago in Romance More Like This
---'Just Be': Part 36---
Commander Dot Pixis looked as though he had aged considerably since the last time you spoke with him. He was as calm and collected as you remembered, but the lines on his face had deepened with weariness, and he appeared more distracted than usual. Veteran or no, the harrowing events of Trost had taken a toll on him as well. Somehow, he reminded you of your Grandfather uncomfortably, just when his health was starting to decline.
You stood with him upon the windy battlements of Wall Rose. He listened patiently as you explained your decision to him. You did your best to stand perfectly still as a disciplined soldier ought to, but the awkwardness of it all caused you to shuffle your feet. After all, the Commander had pulled all sorts of strings in order to release you from prison, graduate you from training, and secure a place for you in the Garrison. Now that you were joining the Recon Corps, you felt as though all of his
'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