Levi stared up at Erwin, head tilted. No one ever told him thanks before, except for Mama—but he was sure she didn’t count. Weird kid, Erwin. Very weird.
He looked up towards the stairs again. There was light, up there where he wasn’t allowed to go, but he could tell it was dimming and he knew that meant night time was coming. He didn’t really want to go… Mama would be mad at him for running off like that and he was sure he’d be in trouble for it. He also wanted to spend more time with Erwin, even if he was a big weird kid. But he knew that wasn’t likely to happen. Erwin belonged up there, and Levi belonged down here. Erwin shouldn’t even be down here, in his nice clothes and nice hair.
"Yeah," he muttered. "Mama’s gonna make supper… and then I go to bed." He shifted on his feet again, huffed, and then pushed Erwin up towards the stairs.
"I’ll help you again if you get lost like a dummy," he said. "But you shouldn’t."
"I-I see…" It wasn’t his problem, but Erwin couldn’t help to worry about the little boy. Well, if the black haired boy said that, perhaps there was nothing he could do for now. At least Erwin knew that he still had his Mama, so he could safely assume that he still had his parent.
Probably it would be better if Erwin went back home now. The boy already told him to and pushed him to the stairs after all. The blond boy nodded and gave another smile, somewhat didn’t mind what the other boy called him just now. In a way, he was a dummy for getting lost though.
"All right, all right, I will go now. Thank you for your help, and the offer if I ever get lost again…" Hopefully, he wouldn’t. "…is there any chance that I can meet you again next time? I still want to talk more with you—uhm, but if that’s okay with you, though. I won’t bother you if you don’t want to."
Levi knew the Commander bore the responsibility of those lost in this fight for humanity and survival. “Do you still..” he began, lifting his head to gaze at the blond. “How do you put it all behind you and move on?” he inquired, wondering if Erwin ever had problems sleeping at night.
Erwin didn’t answer the Captain instantly. The blond himself actually wondered how he managed to keep moving on after all what he done so far. “In a way, perhaps because I already got used to it. But It was hard, I won’t deny it.” He responded, “Still, if I let it affect me too much, I won’t be able to keep moving forward. The only thing I can do is simply move on to achieve our main goals and never look back.”
I’m very disappointed with ‘A choice with no regrets’, these two deserved a better origin story :/ Perfect chance to draw young Erwin & Levi (who doesn’t have an undercut yet ‘cause that feels too military-like for a street rat)
Levi chewed on his lip, starting them down a path through the streets. That wasn’t very helpful at all, really. Didn’t this boy know… know… navigation? That was the word, he was sure. But there were lots of paths like the one Erwin described, and Levi only hoped that perhaps he found the right one first.
After all, he couldn’t spend the whole day trying to take Erwin back up.
He took Erwin through paths where he knew not a lot of people would be. People in the underground liked to steal, and a lot of other things that weren’t very good. Erwin looked too nice to take through main parts, so he took him the long way around deserted roads until he came where he thought Erwin might need to go back to.
"Does this look right?" he asked, pulling Erwin with him through an archway and near a set up stairs that lead to the upper part of Sina. There were posters around, and it was dim, light coming from above and fading as the stairs got closer to where Erwin and Levi stood.
"…I suppose that wasn’t really helpful, was it?" The young Smith looked troubled, though the little black haired boy looked even more troubled than him. Erwin realized that he wasn’t really good at describing the route he took; there’s a lot of paths that had almost similar description, he believed. And the blond boy didn’t make it any easier for the other boy to think about it.
Nonetheless, perhaps it would be better to search the way rather than just standing here and doing nothing at all. Without much hesitation, Erwin trusted and followed where the little boy took him to. Though it gave him an uneasy feeling when they took a rather quiet road than the main roads. Was it a right choice to trust the boy? What if he tried to lead Erwin into some kind of trap? But Erwin didn’t think that he would do such a thing, thus he kept following him until they both arrived at sort of archway and initially to the stairs.
"I…guess this was the way I took before," Erwin still sounded doubtful, but the stairs and the walls did look familiar to him. It was hard to tell since the light wasn’t enough to give enough lightning to their surrounding. But supposedly this was the path; at least it probably one of many paths that would lead to upper part of Sina. "I, uh, thank you for showing me the way back." Erwin said to the other boy, "Are you going home too, then?" Back to the lower part of Sina, he meant, which still troubled him quite much. Was he really going to be okay?
Levi did not want the Commander to have to worry about such trivial things. He had enough things to fret about. “It’s.. nothing,” he said finally. “I will be fine,” he reassured the blond.
Erwin wasn’t convinced enough that the Captain would be fine soon. A nightmare like what Levi experienced lately wasn’t even a thing that should be taken lightly in the first place. “…you know that you are free to tell me anything that have been bothered you, right? But very well, I won’t force you if you don’t want to talk about it. Though, I will lend you my ears any time if you really need to talk.”