Iris looked at me inquisitively and then looked at Levi. She seemed to piece two and two together and gave me a mischievous smile. 'Good luck.' She mouthed and began to jog away.
I felt my cheeks grow warm for the fiftieth time that night.
'Um Captain...' I began.
'Thought I told you to call me Levi.' He murmured. 'You look beautiful tonight by the way.'
I blushed harder. 'Levi...I have a gift for you...it is nothing special but...I had hoped you might like it.' I dug into my pocket and pulled out the small box with the tea leaves in it.
I held out my hand and Levi took it.
'A present? For me? No one has ever given me a present before.' He said quietly. He silently unwrapped the bow and lifted the lid from the box. He studied the tea leaves.
'Um the old woman at the shop told me it was jasmine...' I mumbled. I looked down at my feet.
'It is.' He confirmed, 'how did you know I collect tea leaves?'
'Eren told me by mistake one time...he told me he heard a story once from when you lived in the Underground and beat a man at an arm-wrestling contest.
He told me that he heard the man said you could um...have your way with his wife...but chose to take some tea leaves instead...
' I kept looking at my feet and could feel the heat rising to my ears. Levi was quiet for a minute.
'Well, I am not sure where Eren heard the story from, but it is true. 'He said quietly. Then silence again.
I felt a finger underneath my chin as it was lifted and looked up with wide eyes to see Levi studying my face.
'Thank you.' He said gently. 'That black dress suits you. '
'Thank you...' I said quietly, my heart hammering in my chest.
'I have something for you as well.' Levi said. He put the gift box in his pocket and dug around in it to pull something else out. It was a single red rose; my eyes grew wide in awe.
It was beautiful. Levi did something, I was not expecting. He took the rose and gently tucked it behind my ear. He was so close now. I f could feel his hot breath on my cheek.
My heart was beating ever faster, and my palms were sweating. Was he aware of the affect he had on me? I gazed into his steely grey eyes.
'Thank you, Captain,...' I said breathlessly.
'I thought I told you to call me Levi,' He murmured.
'Happy birthday Levi...' I said softly. Levi quickly closed the gap, and his lips were on mine. My eyes widened in surprise, I was not expecting this, but I did not stop him.
The kiss was soft and tender. His cupped my cheeks gently in his hands. He was so gentle, it felt like he was afraid I was made of glass. My hands were tangled in his hair.
His hair was soft and smooth, I tugged gently at his hair, wanting more. But he broke away, and said,
'Come on, I'll walk you back to your barracks.' I nodded still in a daze. He held out his arm and I took it.
My face was flushed with excitement, it was not my birthday but today was a special day. We arrived at the barracks too quickly and I was disappointed.
We gazed at each other and Levi kissed me once more. This kiss was just as soft and tender as the last but did not last quite as long.
'Goodnight Lexi,' He whispered into my ear.
'Goodnight Levi...' I murmured. And with that he left. I slowly walked to my room; my face flushed with contentment. I fumbled around for my key but before I could, Iris opened it.
She looked me up and down and slowly grinned at me.
'What kept you?' She asked teasingly. And then she saw it, the rose in my hair. 'Oh my god, did that really come from who I think it came from?"
I sighed there was no denying it. I nodded. Iris squealed in excitement.
'Tell me everything!' She said excitedly. I shook my head.
'I do not kiss and tell.' Iris gasped and covered her mouth. Oh shit now I've done it. I thought to myself.
'Now you really have to tell me!' Iris said.
I shook my head again, 'Goodnight Iris.' I said grinning at her. I quickly began to undress into my underwear and took the rose and put it on my nightstand. Iris grumbled.
'You're no fun Lex.'
I shrugged. Iris looked at me with one last disappointed stare and sulkily climbed into her bunk. I pulled her blanket up to her chin and kissed her on the cheek.
I smiled at her and she tiredly smiled back.
'Night Lex.' Iris murmured.
'Night Iris.' I replied as I climbed into my own bunk. As soon as I knew that Iris was fast asleep, I quietly got up and went to my nightstand. I grabbed the rose and inhaled it deeply.
It smelled so sweet. I quietly crawled back into bed and laid the rose beside me.
Happy birthday Levi. I thought one last time before drifting off to sleep.
*A note from the author: My apologies for this being broken into 5 parts, that's just how the website allowed me to publish it.
Anyway this was my tribute to Levi since his birthday is the same day as Christmas. So happy birthday to my favorite Captain and a belated Merry Christmas to you all!