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You shivered and wrapped your Scouting Legion cloak more tightly around your shoulders. You weren't sure what was more the cause of your sudden discomfort - the cold November air that inevitably seeped its way into the HQ, or the echo caused by your footfalls in the stone dormitory hallway. Normally, you wouldn't mind the quiet. Between the new recruits you train daily and the seemingly endless stream of tasks you receive from Irvin, you would relish the few moments of peace you could manage to find. Tonight, though, the quiet only served as a painful reminder to the many previously-occupied dorm rooms that now were empty.

You passed one of these rooms, and stopped short, your eyes glued to the wooden door. You recognized this one as belonging to Erd Gin. He was one of four members of Squad Levi, and one of the most capable scouts in the Legion. He was an amazing fighter and had a titan kill record to rival your own, and was growing to be an excellent leader. He seemed like a genuinely good guy. You didn't know him too well, never having worked with him directly, but you would often see him out on the training field, joking and laughing with the other members of his team.

You would never see any of them laugh ever again. You tore your eyes from the lonely door and continued to wander.

The mission to capture the female titan today was a horrific failure. You could see that from early on; almost as soon as you left Wall Rose. You should have, as you had one of the best seats in the house - you led the group of elite scouts on the right flank which, along with a hundred other solders among the flank, were decimated when the Female led her hoard of deviants straight to you. You managed to be one of the few who escaped, although you would hardly call it 'unscathed'. You would forever carry scars, both mentally and physically, from the day's events.

In all your time with the Legion, you had never encountered such a catastrophe. Even now if you closed your eyes, you could see the faces of your squad mates. If you stopped moving or thinking for too long, you could hear the sounds of their dying screams. That's why you walked. Sleeping was not an option, not tonight, and you needed to keep your mind occupied. Not that walking by the rooms of your dead friends and comrades was much of a better option.

You let out a soft sob and felt your legs collapse and your back hit the hard wall. You slid to the cold stone ground, pulling your knees up to your chest and resting your head in your cut and bruised hands. You cried silently for what seemed like forever. As far as you knew, it may as well have been.

And then you heard it.

A low sound. It came from somewhere down the hall to your right. It was full of sorrow and mourning, but was also very beautiful. The sound touched your heart and stilled your sobs. After a few seconds, you realized the sound was that of someone humming a sad, sad song. Intrigued and touched, you pulled yourself to your feet and followed the man's voice.

A ways down the hallway, you came to a door cracked open, the warm light from inside falling upon the stones of the corridor. The song abruptly stopped with a sharp intake of breath. And then silence.

Carefully, you silenced your steps and approached the door, slightly alarmed. Once you reached the heavy wooden door, you peaked inside.

Lance Corporal Levi was sitting on the edge of his bed, his leg stretched out at an awkward angle. He continually was bending over and trying to reach it, or would try to lift it to himself, but would then hiss in pain and be back to where he started.

Was he injured? You shyly tapped on the door to announce your presence to him. He looked up in alarm and tensed, but visibly relaxed and let his shoulders slump when he saw it was only you.

He sighed. "[Surname]. Come in. I need you to assist me."

You nodded. "Yes, sir." You slowly opened the door a bit wider and slid into the warm, clean room.

"Shut the door behind you. I don't need anyone else seeing me like this." His voice sounded tense, but didn't have the bite to it that it usually had when speaking to you or any of his other subordinates.

You did as he said and then made your way over to your superior, kneeling in front of the slender man. You took in the simplicity of the room. Along the far wall were two windows and a desk, littered with papers that you could tell were organized in a style you could only identify as 'Levi'. His bed was against the right wall, and was covered simply in clean, white sheets. Apart from that and other basic items of furniture such as a table, some chairs, and a pair of bedside tables, there was really nothing remarkable about it. You got to work untying his boot for him. "What happened?" you asked softly.

He snorted. "Ackerman doesn't know how to obey orders, the brat. That's what happened," he snapped.

You looked up at him nervously, and then continued to work on his boot, tugging some of the laces free. "Was it Eren?"

He sighed again, and folded his arms across his chest. "Yeah. She was determined to save him and kill the Female. I told her simply to distract the titan, but she didn't listen. She saw an opening to go for the nape, and went for it." He paused a moment, thinking back. "Stupid girl. The Female hardened her fist and took a swing at her. I tried to kick it away, but -" He grunted and put his arms behind him to support his weight on the bed. "I should have just let the bitch have her."

You looked at him and smiled gently. "You don't mean that. What you did saved Mikasa's life."

He snorted again. "What I did was get myself injured."

"What you did was amazing."

He looked at you sharply and you blushed. You'd never spoken to him like that before, although you'd thought these things plenty of times. You'd known Levi for a while now, since you both joined the Scouting Legion around five years ago. However, you were a fresh recruit and he had just been delivered from the Undercity by none other than Erwin himself. Admittedly, you were distrustful and doubtful of him at first. You weren't the only one. It wasn't until your first mission beyond the walls, when you saw him and his two friends take down that deviant, that you began to change your mind. This man was capable.

Over the years, you and he had developed a mutual respect for one another. Although from time to time you would tease him or join up with Hanji and commence "Operation Annoy Shorty" (even if he was still an inch taller than you). He would always be quick to fire back with insults of his own. Your relationship was never tense, though. It was just how things were. Between the three of you and Mike, you made up the four best squad leaders in the Scouting Legion.

This week he had acted strangely, though, even before the mission. You were both aware of the plan to capture the Female Titan beforehand, as you were both accounted for among military personnel when the wall was broken five years ago. And still, he refused to so much as look at you. All week there was no teasing, no greetings, no farewells. He acted as if he didn't even notice your existence. Normally, before you set out, you would wish him luck and he would scoff at you and say that luck had nothing to do with it. There was none of that.

You both sat in silence with your thoughts. Finally, you undid the last tie on his boot. You looked up at him, asking permission. He looked at you and tensely nodded. Gently, you slid one hand under his knee and took hold of his heel with the other. As slowly as you could, you began to slide the boot off his leg. He hissed in pain and gripped the wrist that steadied his knee. You froze and he pulled his hand away as quickly as if he'd touched a hot stove. You collected yourself and continued to slowly remove his boot.

Once his foot was free of the offending leather, you gasped quietly and glared at him. "Corporal! This should have been taken to the infirmary, immediately."

He stuck his nose up at you and turned his head. "There was no need, and they are busy enough as it is with the other wounded."

"Your leg is seriously injured, Corporal, and -"


He spoke so softly, you thought you hadn't heard him. "What, sir?"

His steel gray eyes softened. "Call me Levi. At least when it's just the two of us." As soon as the softness appeared, it was gone again. "I've had enough of this 'Corporal' shit for one day."

You nodded your head, slightly shocked. "Okay... Levi. But we really should get you to -"


"Without proper treatment, your leg will -"

"Then you treat it."

"Stop interrupting me," you said sharply. "I don't have any medical training, at all. You need to see the doctor."

"I'm trained. I can tell you what to do."

You sighed. "Why don't you want to go to infirmary so badly?"

He looked at you steadily. "Because people call me 'Humanity's Strongest'."

You cocked your head. "What does that have to do with anything?"

He made a frustrated sound, and looked away from you. "If they think I'm humanity's strongest soldier, and I'm out of commission due to a fucking sprained ankle, what are they supposed to think?" he almost yelled. His shoulders sagged and his arms fell to his sides. "They have enough to worry about without seeing me like this. Humanity's Strongest, not even able to walk on his own."

You considered what he said for a moment. Then, you nodded. "Okay."

He looked up at you, surprise barely evident on his usually stoic face. "Okay?"

You smiled gently at him. "Okay. Tell me what to do."


You smiled to yourself and sat back on your heels, admiring your handiwork. "All done. Does that feel more comfortable?"

Levi leaned over and observed the bandaging. "It does. Thank you."

You nodded your head at him and stood up, turning towards the door. "Then I won't bother you any longer. Goodnight, Levi."

"Wait, [Name]." Levi called, leaning over and grabbing your wrist. Your eyebrows shot up in surprise. This was the first time you ever recalled him using your first name. You decided that you liked the way it sounded in his voice.


"What about you... the gash on your cheek. Has it been cleaned?"

You reached up and touched the cut on the side of your face. The sting made you wonder how you had forgotten about it. "Oh, that. It's not a big deal. Like you mentioned, the infirmary is busy enough as it is."

"Who said anything about the infirmary, idiot?" he shot back at you. Despite his words, his voice had no bite. "If you don't clean it, it will get infected. Come here." He patted the brisk white sheets beside him on the bed.

You frowned and sighed. "Fine." Knowing it was impossible to argue with him when he got like this, you sat down beside him. He turned and started rummaging around in the box that held his medical supplies again, until he came up with a clean rag and some alcohol.

"This will sting a little," he said, not at all apologetically. He dipped the rag in the alcohol, and then placed his other hand on the uninjured side of your face. You felt your cheeks heat up at the warmth from his palm on your smooth skin. His hand was rough, but not in a bad way. It merely was a testament to all the years he'd spent defending humanity. Once he touched the rag to your injury, though, all other thoughts left your mind and the only thing you were left with was -

"Damn! You weren't kidding." You smiled apologetically at your outburst. The skin was much more sensitive than the other injuries you've had treated in the past.

He smirked a little, shocking you. "That was almost a real cuss. Perhaps I'm a bad influence on you."

You laughed. "Something like that."

He finished cleaning your wound, and then you both fell into a comfortable silence.

"Levi?" you asked, uncertain if you even wanted to approach this topic.

"Hm?" he asked, looking up at you with an almost bored expression on his face.

"The song you were humming before... what was it?"

Levi froze. You immediately regretted asking the question and got up from the bed. "I'm sorry, it's none of my business, I shouldn't have asked."

He shook his head softly, his black bangs falling into his face. "No, it's alright. You just surprised me. I didn't know you heard."

You sat back down again carefully, but didn't say anything.

"It's a song I heard once, a long time ago, about a man who lost all of his friends."

You looked down at the floor. "I'm so sorry, Levi."

You felt something warm rest on top of your hand on your knee. You looked at Levi to see his hand sitting comfortably on yours, but he seemed to be looking at nothing in particular. "Don't be. I'm not the only one who lost friends today."

You fought it, but couldn't help the one tear that escaped your eye. You looked away in shame. This man didn't need to nor want to see your tears. The warmth atop your hand was suddenly gone, and you felt more alone than you did earlier.

Then it was back, turning your face towards his, his rough pad of his thumb brushing away the tear that fell on your uninjured cheek. "I'm sorry," he whispered, sounding almost ashamed.

Your eyes widened. The corporal never apologized, to anyone. "Why?"

His eyes looked away and his hands fell. "I've lost people before, but never... I was afraid. I didn't want to have to deal with -" He made a frustrated noise and balled his fists, an agitated look on his face. "Damn it, I'm acting like one of those shitty brats."

You gathered your courage and took one of his hands in yours. "Take your time, Levi."

He stared, fixated, at your small hands holding his larger one. He looked up to catch your eyes. "I've been pushing you away since we found out about the mission because -" He growled and pulled his hand from yours and took your face gently, pressing his lips to yours in a chaste, sweet kiss.

Your eyes widened and you stiffened immediately. Before you had a chance to respond, he pulled away and looked to the pristine floor of his bedroom, a pink tinge to his usually pale face. "I... I couldn't find the words and I -" His words were cut off when you pulled him back to you and returned his kiss with twice as much passion. He melted into it and wrapped his arms around your waist, pulling you to his chest and onto his lap. He pulled away for a quick second and looked into your eyes, before he leaned back in again, his hand slipping beneath your shirt, running up and down your spine. You shivered.

He ran his tongue along your bottom lip, asking for permission which you immediately granted, his tongue mingling with yours in a dance that you had know idea you've wanted so badly. Finally, only because you were both out of breath, he pulled away and rested his forehead against yours, tracing comforting circles on your lower back with his hand.

"[Name]... what I was trying to say earlier, is that... I love you." He looked at you with more emotion than you'd ever seen on his handsome face.

You caressed his sharp jaw and cheek and pressed a kiss to his forehead. "I love you, too, shorty."

He snorted and lay back, pulling his injured leg up with him. He pulled the covers aside for you. "Will you stay with me tonight?"

He didn't show it in his voice, but you could see the uncertainty in his eyes, and you smiled. "Of course," you answered, crawling into the bed with him and nuzzling your face into his chest. He ran his fingers through your hair and hummed contentedly.

"[Name]... thank you."

You looked up at your lover, slightly confused. "For what?"

"For knowing that I needed you here, without me even having to say it."

You cuddled further into his warm chest and smiled, sleep finally inching its way into your tired body.

Just as it was about to claim you, you heard Levi start the song again, but this time he added words that were sung quietly into your hair.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.

Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me
What your sacrifice was for.
Empty chairs at empty tables,
Where my friends will sing no more.

Levi finished his song, to hear [Name] snoring quietly against him. And for the first time in what might have been forever, he smiled.

The deaths from that day had left him feeling empty. But this woman, this amazing, kind woman, had never made Levi's heart feel anything but very, very full</b>.
Warning! strong language, spoilers up to episode 22

Listen to the song "Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" from Les Miserables here!

I have this Levi/Music thing I had to act on it. Hope you enjoy!

To clarify, Reader-chan has been a fully-fledged scout for five years, and is therefore at least 20, so it's not underage. She is a squad leader.


If you see any mistakes or inaccuracies, please feel free to send me a message or comment and let me know! It not only helps me out a ton, but also people who will read it in the future! Thanks in advance!

Comments are appreciated. Thanks for reading!

"Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" belongs to Les Miserables
SnK & Levi belong to Hajime Isayama
You belong to Levi
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NerdyDragonWarrior Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
MarionM Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
GraceTheAuthor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Student General Artist
This deserves a watch and a stalking of all your Levi fanfic.
Wolfbanana2016 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Tomoyo Blushing Icon RP Face: Super blush 
Miinako-chaan Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
afromgallafrey Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LES MIS?!???
MargoHolostova Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
I am on the verge of tears
griiffn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
same tho

thanks :)
DarkerEyes Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
LeMis! :D

Also, I love this story!!
1Alexisanime Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Okay I'm listening this the song now and it's perfect but SO FUCKING SAD because it manes me think of my dead family members (mostly my dad though) and everyone who suffered in my family! Fic was cute tho
shewolf2212 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student General Artist
OMG i love this its so casual and cute
Milotop Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
So cute!
Llama Emoji-10 (Shy) [V1] 
ComicalFreak Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
AmusiaPrussia: WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the -government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a monday night at 12:00a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other people on this one site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't.

This isn't fake. apparently, if u copy and paste this to ten comments in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. u will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. in 53 mins someone will say i love you or I'm sorry
Example 1: Jenny didn’t believe this and deleted it without even reading. the whole thing! A few days. later on the monday night, she was woken up by loud footsteps. and heavy breathing, there was. Clarissa standing there with a huge knife
SoulRaider116 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
Should have known the song was Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. How did I not see that coming? Perfect one to use. 
Lumaze35 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning! Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a metal hospital because she killed her mum and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the staff in the hospital so the government decided that the best idea was to get rid of her so they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died. Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on a Monday night at 12:00a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other people on this site, and she will haunt someone else who doesn't.

This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this to ten comments in ten minutes I will have the best day of your life Tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break the chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In 53 mins someone will say they love you or I'm sorry.
Example 1: Jenny didn't believe this and deleted it without even reading the whole thing! A few days later she was woken up by loud footsteps and heavy breathing, there was Clarissa standing there with a huge knife.
AHH I LOVE THAT song!! This was cute!!
Bellabozella Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
Levi4president Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I fucking love that song so much.
Pandassin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yey ! This is the only fanfic with squad leader reader and I'm so happy that I found it ! Its was adorable
ArcticWhistle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Aww Levi does have a soft side!
mono-sama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg  I can speak


i wish I  could do that
WingsOfGlory14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was so well written!
KeikoAkiba Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
God, this fan fic is sooo good. If I was real, then I would be his forever. Petra worth dying, haha, no offense. Pfff
dimka25 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
LaraAckerman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
YES! Another Les Miserables fan! Amaizing story by the way :)
TheloverofBksnWrting Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I never needed my heart anyways...
griiffn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
*adds it to my heart collection* *evil cackles*
kpopwriter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
"You would never see any of them laugh ever again. You tore your eyes from the lonely door and continued to wander."

I was so happy until I reached this. My fave literally went from :) to :(
griiffn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Lmao I maintained the second face throughout writing this entire fic :( (Sad)  (tbh tho, I was in the mood to write something sad so I'm glad to hear it had the intended effect! I am a dummy! )
kpopwriter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Yeah you have great writing skills 😁 I'd love to read more
kpopwriter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
DSteele927 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
Les Miz reference!!! Favorite song of the whole production!
griiffn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Same for me! Such a wonderful show. This song, in particular, is heart-wrenching <3
DSteele927 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
I know! Whenever I sing it, I get a tear in my eye!
DSteele927 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
Les Mis*
LeviLikesRaviolli Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wounded what Levi sounds like when he's singing
griiffn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Mmmm, same, me too! :)
LeviLikesRaviolli Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah? I just hope for his sake he doesn't sound like a squirrel dying in a blender
LaraAckerman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016
There is a song but he is singing it in Japanese. Try looking it up, it is called Hizamazuke Butadomo Ga.
LeviLikesRaviolli Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I've heard of it before
bullet1918 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Writer
this is sosweet 
griiffn Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
0Papermoon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Student Artist
I friggin cried when he started to sing the songs with words. God dammit the feels Mimori Crying Icon 
SunpoolofRiverClan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Well this broke my heart. The feels man...
illusion-inspired Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
Levi and his shitty brats I swear...😑
ArtGirl457877 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016   Artist
So sad and sweet I can't I love this the way you write is amazing
griiffn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! <3
Mad4hugs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
This story really made my day! Keep up the good work! :D
DestinyPaul Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
suadkfhlkasjdfh ahjlsdgf ahjsdkgf AGGHHH SO GOOD 
ReiaBritannia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Les Mis song made me so happy. Well done!
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