"What?" She steps back, shocked. "You don't get to decide that!" "I already did." He grabs her arm, and drags her out of his quarters and down the hall. She pulls vainly against him, but he's way stronger and she feels like a small child being towed by a very angry parent.
"No!" She says with a last ditch effort of breaking free. "I'm not allowing you to go back, not after this."
"THAT'S NOT UP TO YOU!!" She yells, and looks helplessly at several shocked cadets standing in the hall. They are no help, and turn shocked and blushing away from her plight.
The door bursts open, startling Erwin. "What...you look at a bunch of baby pictures and think it's your duty to pick up where you left off and protect me? I don't need you to protect me. Get...off..me...NOW!" She demands, trying vainly to escape his grasp.
"Levi! What on earth is going on here? Who is this?" Erwin looks from one to the other in bewilderment.
Levi turns to her, suddenly embarrassed by the realization that he doesn't even know her name. "What's your name?" He asks, face flaming with shame.
She looks at him in stunned silence and then at Erwin, pleading with her eyes. Erwin turns to her. "What is your name?" "Heather."
"And what are you doing here?" "I came to give Levi some possessions of his mothers. With that concluded, I would like to go back to the underground please."
"Why on earth would you want to go back there?" Erwin asks, genuinely curious. "That's where my life is. I don't belong here." She says, finally yanking her hand from his.
Erwin sighs and then looks up at Levi. "Please explain yourself." 'Fuck,' he thinks, inwardly panicking about the whole situation. The moments tick by in silence and finally Erwin speaks.
"Take her home Levi. I want to speak to you upon your return."
Walking silently side by side, Levi steals a few glances along the way. 'I wish I remembered you, I really do.' he thinks, taking in her features and committing them to memory.
'Did you always have this steely resolve? This headstrong attitude? Were you always this pretty to me?' Shaking his head at the annoying thought, he sighs. They have reached the stairwell.
"Let me walk you the rest of the way." "I'll be fine Levi, go home." He grabs her hand suddenly, and steps closer. "Are you afraid to be seen with me?" "Yes." The silence between them drags out until he can't take it anymore.
"Have you ever lost a big part of your childhood? No? I sincerely don't think you know how it feels especially to have that childhood come back unexpected and fill you with complicated feelings." Letting go of her hand reluctantly, he walks away.
He stops frozen at the sound of her voice. "You're wrong. I lost you." He turns to look at her, wanting to say more but not knowing what. She's gone.