You walked through the school, each and every couple, poster and even the colours red and pink were beginning to grate on your nerves, so you decided to go to the one place no-one in the school ever seemed to use. The library. It was the only place in the school where you could ever get some peace and get away from the suspicious and frightened glances from teachers and classmates alike.
“P-Please leave me a-alone!” A trembling voice cut through your inner musing.
“Now why would we do that dweeb?” Now to that you couldn’t help but to raise your eyebrow, bullies, how you hated such people. Deciding that you had already heard enough you fixed your face in as cold of an expression as you could muster and stood tall before confidently walking around the corner and placing a hand on your hip as you examined the scene before you, glare hardening even more when you realised what was going on. Reiner Braun and Annie Leonhardt towered over someone obviously smaller then themselves, since you were unable to see them, a cruel sneer marring Annie’s face as she continued to glare at the male (you guessed from the voice they were male) while Reiner looked off to the side hesitantly, blissfully unaware of your presence due to you’re rather quiet approach. The two of them you knew were bad news, her being extremely mean and insecure and she took this out on smaller people, and Reiner simply unwilling to say no or stop her, how Bertoldt even managed to stay sane around them you didn’t know.
“Hey.” You barked, grabbing both of the blondes’ attention, as they turned to look at you, the boy before them no longer at the centre of their attention. “ What the hell do you two morons think you’re doing?!”
“We were just giving our friend here a little talking to, so why don’t you run along and forget you saw this?” Annie stated, gazing at you indifferently and peered down her nose in dissatisfaction of your presence at the scene. She turned back towards the quivering blonde, went to grab the front of his shirt and raised her fist. Oh no you don’t! You thought to yourself as you marched forward, eyes narrowing as you grabbed her raised fist, locked your other arm around her shoulders and slammed her into the lockers that she and Reiner had previously cornered the smaller blonde against.
“What the hell!” She yelled at you, glaring as she remained helplessly pinned against the locker and Reiner simply stood to the side, staring at you as if to contemplate what to do.
“Leave him alone.” You hissed, causing her to raise her eyebrow and smirk
“And what are you going to do to stop me.” She sneered down at you. Her cockiness was far beyond pissing you off at this point, so you tightened your grip on her wrist and pressed your arm into her collarbone more harshly, making her flinch.
“Leave. Him. Alone.” You repeated, your eyes narrowing further as you began to emit a dangerous aura. “I can tell you now, if you try to touch a single hair on his head. A. Single. Hair. You will sorely regret it. Is that understood?” Seeing a lack of any form of response, you put even more pressure on the girl’s collarbone until she nodded, finally satisfied that she would be true to her word you dropped her to the ground where she landed ungracefully on her rear.
“Now I suggest you leave before I take more drastic action.” You spoke clearly, pinning the girl with a glare until she pulled herself from the floor and left, bruised ego and all. It was at this point that you remembered her accomplice, and you turned to pin him with the same icy glare, as if to dare him to try something on either you, or the blonde still sat on the floor. Reiner simply raised his hands in the air in a gesture of surrender and began to walk past you, following Annie as he muttered
“Alright, I know when I’m beat.” He paused in his step as he stood next to you and glanced in your direction, offering a small, apologetic smile to both you and the victim. “I couldn’t hit a girl anyway, and him” He glanced back at the blonde “ man that’d be like kicking a puppy.” And with that said, he disappeared down the hall leaving you to give your attention to the small boy curled up by the lockers.
Rubbing the back of your neck you couldn’t help but sigh, comforting people wasn’t exactly your forte. Guess I’m just gonna have to suck it up huh? You thought as you approached the male and placed your hand just in his eye line as his eyes remained glued to the floor.
“You ok there?” You inquired, not once did your eyes leave him as he slowly raised his head and hesitantly placed his hand in yours. As you pulled him up, you continued to gaze at the familiar boy until it clicked.
“You’re Armin Arlet, am I right?” His head shot up and eyes widened in response
“Y-Yes, but h-how do you know my n-name?” You couldn’t help but to raise your eyebrow at his question.
“We’re in the same classes a lot of the time, I’m shocked you don’t recognise me, I have quite the reputation.”
“N-No, that’s not it! I know who you are!”
“Is that why you look like you’re about to crap yourself?”
“N-No! Not at all!” He insisted, frantically waving his hands back and forth in front of him and shaking his head wildly, as if trying to display his honesty. “I’m just still a bit shaken up.”
“Yeah. Whatever.” Awkward silence ensured. Shit, brilliant [Name] you’re being as comforting to him as a friggin’ field of daisies, aren’t ya? You mentally slapped yourself as you thought sarcastically. Damn you, horrific personality. As you cursed to yourself in your mind for your dismal social skills you blurted.
“So, where the hell were you going anyway?” Smooth [Name], real smooth.
“ I was on the way to the library.” He stammered, his face challenging the colour of a tomato as he avoided looking at your face. Turning away from him you began to walk away from him, causing him to stare at you wide-eyed as he thought you were just leaving.
“W-Wait!” He yelled, extending a hand towards your retreating form in a fumbled panic; you sighed, looking back over your shoulder at him.
“Well, are we going to the library or not?” With that you kept walking, leaving Armin a jumbled mess for a few seconds before he composed himself and ran until he caught up to you, when he let him step fall in sync with yours.
“You don’t have to do this for me you know.” He mumbled, fiddling with his sleeve as he stared down at his moving feet. “I don’t want to cause you any more trouble.”
“Don’t go getting the wrong idea, I was on the way to the library as it is.”
“Oh.” There were a few moments of only footsteps echoing around the halls before you quietly spoke.
“Besides…you were no trouble.”
“Huh?” Armin stared at you in shock, and realising what you had said your head shot up, a faint pink blush dusting your cheeks as you spluttered
“N-Not that I mean anything personal by that! Don’t go thinking you’re special or anything, because you’re not!”
“O-Oh, I knew that.”
“You don’t need to be so friggin’ nervous around me Arlet I don’t bite, not people who don’t deserve it at least.” Despite your words, he continued to look at the floor, as red as a cherry; sighing once more, you rubbed the back if your neck and looked up at the ceiling. You were known for being rough, and you had no doubt that was the reason he was so jumpy, despite his denial but, for a reason you didn’t even want to admit to yourself, you didn’t want him feeling so uncomfortable and despite your own cold exterior you couldn’t help but feel almost hurt by his fear of you. You’d give anything to know what was going on in that head of his.
I couldn’t believe this. Next to me stood the girl I’d been crushing on for nearly a whole year and I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even form a proper coherent sentence. Not only that, but of all the people that had to save me from such a situation, it had to be you to see me so weak and afraid; I seriously couldn’t believe my bad luck. I locked my eyes on her figure as she stared up to the ceiling with an unreadable expression on her face, and once again dropped my gaze, not wanting to be caught staring. What’s the point? I thought to myself sadly It’s not like she would like she someone as worthless as me anyway…
“And don’t apologize!”
“R-Right…I don’t mean to be any trouble.”
“For God sake Armin, you’re no trouble!”
“But you had to protect me…” You couldn’t help but sigh in frustration.
“Look Armin, I protected you because I wanted to, stop being so apologetic and depressed about it. If I hadn’t wanted to help you, I wouldn’t have, simple as that.” With that said, you took the final steps to reach the library door, and promptly shoved it open, as if to emphasise your point. Striding into the library with Armin in tow, you walked over to the desk where the kind middle-aged librarian sat, as soon as she noticed the two of you she looked up at you with a smile.
“[Name], Armin! How nice it is to see you two again.” Armin’s eyes widened
“You come to the library often?” You peered at the boy with a poker face.
“Of course I do, it’s the only place in the school that isn’t populated by a single moron, it’s almost always empty and I love reading. Sort of a no-brainer really.” The librarian couldn’t help but chuckle warmly at your cold response.
“[Name], where’s that normal bright smile and banter you give me! No need to be cold simply because Armin is here, he’s a nice boy!” You gave a small sigh and a gentle grin.
“I already know Armin’s a nice guy.” With that you fished your books out of your bag and handed them back over.
“They were great books by the way, very enjoyable.”
“We’ve had some new books donated, in the usual sections, they look like something you would enjoy.” Your eyes lit up like Armin had never seen as you gave a small nod and walked off into the bookshelves.
Armin looked where you had just walked too, a clear pink blush painted across his cheeks as the images of you smiling and your eyes lighting up in excitement were burned into his memory. A light chuckle brought him from his thoughts and he turned back to meet the librarian’s stare
“Now, to me, that seems like a match made in heaven.” Armin was taken of guard with that comment as his blush grew darker he spluttered out
“Well she’s the girl you speak about so regularly and it’s clear you love her.”
“Maybe…” Armin sighed and lowered his gaze “But why would she like someone as pathetic as me, she’s probably already dating someone anyway.” The librarian laughed heartily at his comment.
“Oh Armin, have some confidence! [Name] is a nice girl below the surface! She likes you, I’m sure of it. And she has never spoken of any boyfriend. Most boys she speaks of she refers to as ‘annoying’!”
“But how are you so sure she likes me?” The librarian simply laughed again and patted Armin on the shoulder as she took his books from him.
“Well for one, she obviously helped with something, [Name] is a lovely girl, but helping someone she’s not fond is something that will only happen when pigs fly, she walked here with you and was in no rush to leave and she’s actually spoken of you a couple of times.”
“She has?!” Armin exclaimed in shock, the librarian nodded.
“When I asked her about her classes, she’d go through the people in it, generally using lovely phrases such as ‘pain in the ass’, ‘prick’ and ‘moron’ to describe them. But with you she just looked away and muttered something about you being and ‘Ok guy’.”
“So what am I meant to do?” Armin muttered.
“Just try talking to her, maybe try to spend more time with her. But the main thing is don’t be scared or deterred by her personality. She’s been visiting this library ever since she joined the school and at first she only glared at me!” She chuckled, as if it were a fond memory. “Now look at her! She sweet, you just have to be dedicated. Give it time, and I have no doubt that she’ll be all yours!” Armin couldn’t help but splutter and that, turning scarlet, the librarian went to walk off, turning back to Armin one more time with a mischievous grin. “She’ll be in either the Dark Fantasy section or the Non-Fiction section. Go get her!”
You were browsing through the books on the shelves when Armin found you again, his breath hitched in his through as he watched your unguarded form staring up at the books with an almost innocent curiosity until you noticed him and your expression was once again blank.
“What is it?” He found himself spluttering again, stumbling over his sentence while his blush returned with a vengeance.
“I was w-wondering if you’d like to spend lunch with my friends and I…” Your eyes widened slightly, taken aback by his directness, though you tried not to show it you were ecstatic.
“Sure.” You shrugged “Not like I have anything better to do.”
“R-Really?!” You nodded
“Meet me outside my class and we can head down together, ok? I’ll be in Science Room 2.” He nodded and scampered off as the bell rung for next period. As soon as he left, your face broke out into a smile; you plucked a few books from the shelf and recorded them on the librarian’s sheet, wiping the smile from your face as you left for class.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~Timeskip to lunch*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
You leaned casually against the wall outside you’re as you waited for Armin to show, plastering as bored of an expression as you could on your face.
“[N-Name]!” You heard a voice yell, turning around to spot Armin running towards you. “You actually waited for me?”
“Of course I did. Did you really think I would just bugger off and leave you standing here like a moron?” You pushed yourself from the wall and looked towards him with a smirk adorning your face “Lead the way.”
The two of you walked down the hall in a comfortable silence, however what was uncomfortable was the stares you got from other students.
“Isn’t that [Name]? Like, the meanest, scariest and most serious girl in school?”
“What’s she doing with him? She’s always alone!”
“Why Arlet, of all people?”
“How the hell did that loser manage to get her to walk with him?!”
Armin flinched at the comments, curling in on himself as if to hide from the insults, you noticed this and felt rage boiling in your chest. Who the hell thinks they have the right to say that to him? You looked towards the groups of gossipers who were close by and growled lightly under your breath at them, pinning them, and all the people muttering about you and Armin, with an icy death glare. This caused them to shrink away, but Armin remained hunched over, his hurt gaze remaining on his feet. Your gaze softened as you removed the hand closest to him from within your pocket and gently placed it on his arm.
“Hey.” You said softly, drawing his gaze to you with your unusually compassionate tone. “Don’t listen to them Armin, you’re…actually pretty cool.” Seeing him return to looking at the floor you stated, “I can get them to stop talking if you want.”
“How?” He whispered cautiously, you simply grinned in response.
“Like this!” You wrapped your arm around Armin’s waist and marched straight over to the loudest gossipers and glared coldly.
“Hey.” You snapped at them, gaining the attention of everyone in the corridor, they slowly looked towards you with frightened eyes, as they seemed to shrink under your fierce gaze. “Got something you want to say to me?” They all shook their heads as the glanced between you and a blushing Armin who stood confused, and you who was partially embracing him and glaring daggers at them. You stepped slightly closer to them and narrowed your eyes further. “Got something you would like to say about him?” You hissed as you motioned with your head towards Armin. Once again they all shook their heads. Noticing they were scared to a satisfactory point, you turned to face as many people in the hallway. “That goes for everyone!” You yelled, giving everyone a general glare “If anyone has something to say about me or Armin, then say it to my FUCKING FACE, GOT IT?!” You roared, your sentence echoed down the corridor and everyone you could see nodded, trembling at the volume of your voice as you nodded and continued walking down the corridor with Armin as everyone began to go back to their business, for some reason no longer speaking of you or Armin.
You let go of Armin’s waist, allowing him to recover from the shock of your sudden close proximity and your fierceness towards the bullies.
“W-Why?” He stammered, you looked towards him and snorted slightly, rubbing the tip of your nose to try and conceal your blush as you approached the dining area.
“I hate bullies, and you don’t deserve to be spoken about that way. It was pissing me off. Anyway, which table are your friends on?” You asked, changing the conversation as quickly as possible.
“Over there.” Armin stated, gently pulling your arm over to his table for the most eventful lunch you had had in a while.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~2 months later*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
It had certainly been more eventful since that day for you; you quickly became close friends with Mikasa and Eren, with Mikasa due to your similarities and with Eren due to your views. Over time, you had also slowly found yourself becoming more pleasant and friendly, although still brimming with sarcasm and glares, you were no-where near as cruel as you had been before, all thanks to Armin and his encouragement.
You blushed as you thought of the blonde, he had been extremely kind towards you and became less nervous around you and you suddenly found many of the things he did to be extremely adorable, much to your shock. You smiled slightly to yourself as you sat down in the library with a book in hand.
“I knew I would find you in here.” You smiled and suppressed a blush as you looked towards the library door where the object of your newly found affection stood, smiling softly at you.
“What’re you doing up here?” He questioned, “Aren’t you coming to join us all?” You gave him a cockeyed grin and a small laugh, causing him too to blush.
“I didn’t particularly fancy having to break up Eren and Jean, thought I’d sit it out today.”
“I can understand that. Is it ok if I sit with you then?”
“Of course it is, you idiot.” You muttered fondly, motioning for him to sit next to you. Armin sighed to himself.
“You ok?” You asked, raising a brow at his hesitance.
“Y-Yeah, fine!” He stuttered, as he pondered how to come out with this to you.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Earlier with Armin*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
“C’mon Armin!” Eren sighed hopelessly at his friend; Armin simply rolled his eyes again.
“Eren, we’ve been over this many times before.”
“We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you told her! Armin, it’s been well over 6 months since you started crushing on her and you’ve been really close to her for 2 months. It’s time to take it to the next level and confess!”
“But what if she doesn’t like me back?”
“She will! Armin, think about it, [Name] was and still is an ice-block to most people, and yet she protected you after only having known you for about an hour!” Eren stared at Armin, as he remained silent. He quickly made up his mind, becoming frustrated at his lack of drive when it came to love. “Armin, if you don’t confess then I’ll tell her.”
“WHAT?” Armin shot up, eyes wide as he stared at Eren “You wouldn’t!”
“I will if you don’t confess by the end of the day!” Eren smiled. Armin sat frozen for a moment before slumping his shoulders in defeat.
“F-Fine, I’ll tell her.” He muttered, Eren grinned in triumph and patted Armin on the back.
“I know you can do it!”
“Hey.” Jean snapped from two seats in front of them, turning around to face them. “Shut your trap titan-boy, you’re being too loud!”
“Why do you call me that, are you trying to start something Horseface?!”
“Why you little-”
“Jaeger, Kirstein! Quiet down this instant!”
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Back to the Present*~*~*~*~*~*~*
So now he sat here, in an empty library trying to find a way to tell you just how he felt. You looked at Armin and stated in concerned tone
“Armin, are you sure you’re ok? You’re really red, you’re not sick?” Placing your hand on his head, Armin’s face flared up even more.
“I-I love you [Name]!” He blurted out, hiding his face in his hands to avoid looking at you, while you sat frozen trying to process what he had just said.
“You love me?” You whispered completely stunned, the only response you got was a nod as his ears turned scarlet.
“Armin.” You said; placing your hand on his own that covered his face. “Armin” You repeated, “Look at me.”
“I know. I accept that you don’t like me back!”
“I know that I’m a worthless human being and I don’t deserve you!”
“ARMIN!” His rambling was cut off as he stared at you; you gently wiped the tears that had begun to fall from his eyes.
“You are not worthless Armin, you’re once of the most kind and intelligent people I have ever met. You accepted me when no one else would. You spent time with me despite me being so cold to your friends and you’re one of the most important people in my life.” You looked him straight in the eyes and smiled “And I’m in love with you too.”
“What?” He whispered, thinking he had misheard.
“I love you, Armin Arlet.” You stated clearly, smiling and pulling the shocked blonde into you to join your mouth to his in a heartwarming kiss.
“I knew it.” The librarian whispered from her position in the front of the library, smiling warmly at the two of you who hadn’t noticed her, she walked away still smiling and directed the few people who came into the library away from the two of you so you could cuddle in peace.
“I knew he could do it!” Eren whooped from outside the library, grinning wildly at his friend’s accomplishment.
“I already knew you were desperate titan-boy, but having to spy on other couples to get your fill is a new low and beyond creepy.”