It was midafternoon as Levi and his squad made it into formation behind Commander Hanji.
Looking around, He noted that after the atrocity and mass slaught of their troops at the battle of wall Maria, the scout regiment seemed to be seeing a rebirth.
Their numbers never would be quite as strong between the tales of the nightmares the surviving nine had to endure, or because titans didn't seem as significant a threat as they once were,
people were more than happy watching from afar. As the gate was raised to unleash them into the wilderness, he looked to his men.
"Alright, everyone, I know Titans aren't in abundance any longer but stay on your toes. We could always get a rouge one." The silk bravado of his voice shook through them.
"Yes, Sir!" came their unified response.
Commander Hanji leads them out on their mission as throngs of citizens cheered them on. Little did they know this wouldn't go like any old mission.
They had been riding for a few hours, and the horses were getting tired, Looking up to the heavy clouds overhead, Levi decided to call out to the Hanji.
"Commander, the horses are getting tired, and it looks as though it will start to rain soon; maybe we should rest here!"
The dark-haired woman turned to him over her right shoulder as the words left her mouth, a cadet yelled.
"You are right..."
"Commander abnormal at 2 o'clock!"
Everyone took notice of a rather enraged 15m titan about 200 yards to their north-east. Hanji addressed her troops.
"Alright, everyone look alive. Let's take it down swiftly. The sooner it is downed, the sooner you all get a rest.
" A few of the recruits groaned, but most were excited to see the originals in action. Levi checked the valves on his gas canisters one more time before equipping a fresh set of blades.
Once all was good, he led his squad toward the beast. The reason for killing them had impacted them differently these days for some.
They still saw them as mindless monsters to others like Levi; it was a swift end to a life of torture.
He felt the start of cold raindrops making contact with his face's warm flesh on their approach.
Pulling up the hood of his cloak, he tried to block out the thoughts of Furlan and Isabel, his comrades long before the events of Shiganshina. Losing them was a turning point in Levi's life.
Even though Erwin told him not to regret anything because it would be all-consuming when it came to those two, he just couldn't let it go.
Being pulled from his thought by the shrill scream of a female cadet, the hand of the beast was bearing down on him quickly.
With no time to react, he cursed himself for getting distracted and prepared for the worst. The massive palm made contact with his left side sending him hurling to the ground at lightning speed.
"LEVI!!!" Hanji noticed him go down and feared the worst his impact with the ground had disturbed the earth below, pushing it out of the way by sheer force alone.
Levi lay face down on the ground, his vision fading in and out, queuing his soon state of unconsciousness. He watches his comrades fighting for their lives as he lay there, helpless.
The rain started to fall in a deluge around him. 'Perfect' he thought as his vision faded to black.
The Nine started to make their way to the fallen man's side but were cut short as a bolt of lightning struck the ground where his body lay.
The shock threw them off course as they all got to their feet. Armin was the first to speak to bring their attention to a bizarre sight.
All that remained was the smoking crater his body had made on impact, leaving them to wonder what happened to their Captain.