'How did you all convince Captain Levi to come here?' I asked. Armin, Eren and Mikasa all looked at each other as if sharing a secret. Armin spoke first.
'Well, we told him it was an emergency and that the Commander needed him to come immediately. But him being the Captain it took a lot of convincing. I still do not think he believed us.
But he ended up coming anyway after much persuasion.' Armin concluded.
'Yeah the Captain is too smart to fall for such an obvious ruse.' Chimed in Eren. Mikasa nodded in agreement. I chuckled softly and shared a look with Iris. She also laughed.
'Yeah, I should kick your ass for that Jaeger.' A voice said. I looked up to see Captain Levi and Commander Hange as the walked to our table with a plate full of food and cup full of drink.
I quickly looked down at my food as my face began to grow hot again. Damn my face for giving me away. I heard a chair slide back and Iris nudged me in the ribs.
I looked at her irritated rubbing my ribs when she pointed to my other side. I glanced out of the peripheral of my eyes and saw Levi, putting his plate down next to me.
I gulped and my palms begin to start sweating. I could not believe he was here sitting next to me of all people. I wiped my palms on my dress and went back to looking at my food.
I could hear Iris sigh next to me. He is the captain; I am not planning to do anything. I thought to myself.
I continued to look down at my food and eat in silence while the others chattered around me. I shyly looked up to steal a glance at Levi, he looked handsome tonight.
He was dressed in a black suit and his trademark cravat. His hair neatly combed, and his shoes polished. This man was beautiful, and I had loved him secretly for the past four years now.
Ever since I had met him. I knew there was more to this man than what he let on. He was a kind and caring individual, even if he never showed it. But I could see him for who he truly was.
A soft smile came to my lips as I watched this, in all my 25 years of life, I had never felt this way about a person before.
I did not realize how long I had been staring, and I realized he was watching me all the same. I had done it again. I had been lost in thought and had embarrassed myself again.
I quickly looked away but could still feel his eyes lingering on me.
The night progressed, people were laughing, talking, and sharing stories. Their bellies full of wholesome food and drink.
Their cheeks were rosy with drink, everyone seemed to be having a great time. Time seemed to move quickly and before I knew it the evening was drawing to an ending.
I still had to find a way to give the Captain his gift, I drew in a sharp breath, slightly panicking. I had not been able to get him alone, not that I had guts to do it.
My thoughts were interrupted by a voice though.
'Oi brats, thank you for the party but you need to go to bed. It is getting late.' Levi said and began to move from his chair.
Everyone groaned, but someone interjected before Levi could move much further.
'Wait a minute shorty! The kids worked on this party just for you! You can at least stay for your own birthday cake!
' exclaimed Hange as they grabbed Levi by the shoulders and shoved Levi back into his chair. Everyone looked at Hange in disbelief, no one ever touched Captain Levi.
'What the hell titan romantic?' Levi said glaring at Hange. Hange just smiled at him and motioned for Sasha and Connie.
'Bring in the cake!' Said Hange. Sasha and Connie bound out of the room in a flash and came back just as quickly as they left.
Soon Sasha and Connie reentered with the cake brightly lit up with candles, singing. And everyone soon joined in, including myself.
'Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday Captain Levi!! Happy birthday to you!'
'Blow out your candles and make a wish Captain!' Eren exclaimed.
'Yeah, do it!' Echoed Connie.
Levi sighed and looked at all the eager faces and proceeded to blow out the candle. Everyone cheered and clapped. And the Captain did something he rarely did, he smiled.
Sasha cut the cake and Connie passed out the pieces and Jean began clearing plates and dishes. Mikasa, Eren and Armin also started helping clean things up. Iris and I helped wash the dishes.
Even the Commander and the Captain stayed behind to help clean up. As soon as everything was cleaned up (by the Captain's standards) people began to leave.
I wiped my wet hands on a cloth and then I reached into my pocket to look at the gift box. I sighed. The evening was over, and I had not given Levi his gift.
It did not seem that I would be able to this time, maybe next year.
Everyone had left for the barracks and it was just me and Iris left. We quickly finished up and headed out the door. But what we did not realize was that there was still one more person left.
The Captain was still there cleaning. We looked at each other and quickly walked back to help, but as we did, the Captain had already closed and locked the door to the mess hall.
Uh oh, we are in trouble. I thought to myself.
'Captain, we are so sorry, we did not realize that you were still here otherwise we would have...' Iris began.
Captain Levi held out his palm to stop her and he shook his head. 'It is fine. Do not worry about it. Just get to bed.'
'Yes sir!' We both said in unison and did our salute and began walking away. But then I remembered the gift. I turned to Iris and said, 'go on, I'll catch up.'