Bad Timing pt. 14
AN: This was missing on here and I didn’t realize it until after I posted 15 so here you guys go!
Summery: How do you tell your best friends that you’re falling for your big brother’s best friend?
Word Count: 5.2 K
Warnings: alcohol, weed, high school party, kissing, some groping (consensual)
Mike's house was a tad bit busier than you had anticipated. Cars lined the long driveway, parked bumper to bumper, Levi had a spot reserved towards the front, something that Mike always made sure to do for Levi, Erwin, and Hange. Levi parked his car and the two of you climbed out and trekked through the snow to Mike's front door. Even from outside, the sounds of laughter and a steady bass could be heard. Levi pulled the door open and sauntered inside, head held high and shoulders pulled back. You had noticed this behavior, whenever he was in a large group setting he would put on this brave face. You knew that he was an introvert, withdrawn, out of reach, but it had been more noticeable recently it seemed. Although it could be argued that this was the closest that you had ever been to him in your relationship. The two of you weaved through the crowd, bodies were everywhere, the small gathering that Erwin had promised was not here.
You didn't recognize half of the kids here, you decided that they were probably upperclassmen or maybe from the neighboring district. Finally, the two of you freed yourselves from the crowd and entered the kitchen, where Erwin and Hange were mixing drinks. Mike was leaning against the counter, his back to Nanaba who was perched behind him on the counter, fingers laced in his hair.
"Hey! Look who decided to show up!" Gelgar greeted, throwing an arm over Levi's shoulders.
"Took you long enough." Hange snorted as she lifted her cup to her lips, Erwin was already mixing you and Levi's drinks as well. You stood next to Levi, the two of you propped against the counter, his arm slung around your waist, fingers toying with your belt loop.
"Did you see Jaeger? He's so big! I haven't seen him in ages!" Oluo's voice echoed through the kitchen as he and Eld wandered in to grab drinks.
"No, haven't seen him since like our freshman year, and even then he was massive," Eld responded, you noticed Erwin's expression sour, along with Levi's. You weren't sure why the atmosphere suddenly grew so heavy, as far as you knew they were talking about Eren, but that couldn't be right since he was younger than all of them.
"You invited that beast?" Erwin turned to Mike, who was looking awful guilty.
"Would've been rude not to, he's in town and I always looked up to him ya know?" Mike said defensively as he brought his beer to his lips.
"But that hairball? Why would he want to hang out with a bunch of high schoolers anyway." Levi scoffed, his grip tightening on your hip.
"I'm lost, who are we talking about?" You chimed in, eyes searching the expressions of all of the upperclassmen in hopes of finding a hint.
"Zeke Jaeger, Eren's half brother, and the former quarterback is here." Nanaba filled you in, her blue eyes seemed a tad red and you wondered if she was crossed.
"I....had no idea that he had any siblings." You admitted, leaning further into Levi's side.
"Yeah, he's quite a bit older than Eren, he was graduated by the time your brother was a freshman, the only reason we know the guy is because he stuck around the summer before heading off to school to train with us," Eld explained as he shuffled anxiously by the exit, clearly not too interested in hanging around.
"Ah, I see." You responded, he nodded tensely before leaving along with Oluo. Levi seemed tense, body rigid and alert as he watched Erwin and Mike squabble.
"You alright?" You nudged Levi's ribs, and he let out a soft noncommittal grunt.
"-Just cause he was a little snarky almost four years ago is not enough of a reason to hold a grudge, I swear sometimes you're like a prepubescent girl Erwin." Mike jabbed as he wiped up a spill on the counter.
"It's not just because of that! Don't you remember when my appendix burst? Yeah, that was cause he knocked me into fucking next week in dodgeball!" Erwin was clearly distressed, Hange watched with a worried expression as the two continued to unintelligibly argue.
"Levi, can you...come with me to the bathroom please?" Hange said finally, Levi nodded curtly and untangled himself from you without another word as he retreated down the hall with Hange. You furrowed your brow as you looked around the nearly empty kitchen.
"Okay....I've had enough, you're both too dramatic! Come on (Y/n) let's go downstairs." Nanaba slipped off of the counter and came to grab your arm, dragging you out of the kitchen and through the dining room. You had only been in the house a few times, so the twists and turns she took were foreign to you. Eventually, you gave up on remembering where you were going and decided to channel your focus into not spilling your drink.
Finally, Nanaba stopped in front of a door and pulled it open, revealing a set of stairs that were cast in a dark blue hue of light. She giggled and released you before jogging down the stairs. You followed and stopped at the base, the basement was much quieter opposed to the main living room upstairs. A couch was pushed up against a wall, a small kitchenette occupied the far end and a few mystery doors led off to the left. But the main focus of the room was a blonde man, with round glasses that reminded you of Harry Potter. He had a full beard and stood at least six feet tall. You found yourself clinging to Nanaba in the face of the stranger and the other upperclassmen that were smoking in the basement.
Nanaba dropped onto the couch and you squeezed in next to her, your shoulder digging into her arm uncomfortably. The rest of the teens in the basement were laughing at something that the man had said. You assumed that he was the infamous Zeke Jaeger, he wore a simple white shirt and a pair of loose-fitting jeans. He was handsome, if you squinted you could see the resemblance to the good Dr. Jaeger, but he looked almost nothing like Eren. You wondered what their relationship was like.
"And who are you?" The question made you jump, caught off guard. Nanaba giggled and shoved you.
"Go on answer him." She encouraged as you tried to determine where the question was coming from.
"....my name is (Y/n)." You said softly and the man chuckled.
"My name is Zeke Jaeger, you might know my brother Eren?" He held his hand out to you, and you took it with little hesitation. You had learned from your brother's friends not to hesitate or else you'd come across as an easier target.
"Yeah, he's one of my best friends actually." You said as you shook his hand.
"Oh is that so? Ever mention his big bro?" He asked, releasing your hand with a smug smirk.
"No actually, this is the first time I've heard of you." Your words weren't meant to come off as aggressive, but the whole room seemed to tense up at the indifference in your tone.
"I'm not surprised, we don't....talk much." He rubbed the back of his neck awkwardly and you smiled tensely.
"That's too bad." You weren't sure what to say, with any luck he was drunk and wouldn't even remember this conversation in the morning.
"Yeah...but enough about me, if I understand right, you're Erwin Smith's younger sister?" He said with a wink and you felt your suspicions rise.
"That's correct, why?" Nanaba had turned so that her back was mostly to you, almost effectively pushing you off of the couch. Zeke noticed and waved you over to join him on the floor. You timidly untangled yourself from Nanaba and plopped down across from him, sitting criss-cross applesauce.
"No real reason, just making small talk I suppose. Thought about any colleges or what you want to do after you graduate?" He asked, blue eyes steady and focused on you.
"Hm not really, I have thought about going to culinary school, but....that's difficult to get into so probably just regular old college." You shrugged, feeling embarrassed speaking to this man who seemed to hold so much intelligence.
"There's no harm in trying! I'm going to school in Australia and they have some good programs, I would highly recommend checking them out!" He said enthusiastically, eyes seeming to fill with a spark as he spoke of his education.
"Really? What are you studying?" You asked, it wasn't often that you got to speak with someone who studied abroad. Most of the kids from your school stayed local or went to a basic college and then came crawling back to town in search of work.
"Oh, I'm studying biology and some zoology as well." He said proudly, with a curt nod of his head.
"That's really cool! I was thinking that if the culinary school didn't work, then I'd go for a conservationist type of major!" You met his enthusiasm and he nodded in approval.
"It's a growing field for sure!" Just as you were about to answer him, the sound of the stairs creaking interrupted you, turning around you spotted Reiner and Annie descending the steps, drinks in hand. Annie blew out a puff of smoke and raised a brow at you. Reiner came and plopped down beside you with a loud over-exaggerated sigh.
"(Y/n)! Fancy seeing you here, talking to the beast no less!" He said, his knee brushing your own, you scooted back to give him more room, you felt Annie's cold eyes on you as you did so.
"Ah Braun and Leonhardt, been some time hasn't it!" Zeke said, eyes scanning their faces, Annie rolled her eyes and Reiner chuckled deeply.
"How's Australia treating you?" Reiner asked, you tuned them out, instead, your mind wandered to where Levi was. Checking your phone, you realized that it was much later than you had originally planned on staying. You wondered if he was searching for you, or if he had gotten caught up in conversation the same way you had. You stood, knees creaking, and swayed for a moment at the sudden movement.
"Easy little Smith." Zeke's hand shot out to steady you, his large hand held your hip and you froze. Zeke didn't seem to think much of it, allowing his hand to slide down and off of you once he saw that you were steady, casually returning to his conversation with Reiner. You blinked down at him, honestly shocked by the way he had touched you so casually. You turned and marched towards the stairs, determined to find Hange, Erwin, or Levi.
"Now not so fast!" Nifa, a junior called after you, and all eyes turned to you.
"I can tell that you aren't nearly drunk enough!" Keji, another junior agreed, holding up an overflowing shot glass of vodka. You rolled your eyes but silently agreed. The urge to slam down the shot glass was surprisingly strong, besides you had grown to hate being one of the sober kids at parties. So you crossed the room again and threw the shot back and slammed it onto the table, face twisting in disgust at the burning sensation it left in your throat.
"Another." You demanded, and Nifa let out a snicker while Nanaba leaned forward in anticipation. Keji smirked and poured another full shot before you could change your mind. Zeke watched with a cool stare as you knocked back the liquor, lips puckering in disgust.
"That's more like it!" Keji whooped as you stood up and swayed again.
"You're free to go!" Nifa dismissed you and you huffed, swaying a bit before Zeke's large hand wrapped around your bicep and steadied you.
"Where are you heading? I'll walk you there." He offered, you paused weighing your options but deciding that if you were to fall it would be more embarrassing than if you showed up with Zeke. So you nodded and pointed towards the stairs.
"I need to find my brother and his friends." You settled, still not sure if you were technically allowed to call Levi your boyfriend.
"Perfect, I was hoping to catch up with Erwin anyway," Zeke said cheerfully, gently guiding your up the stairs and through the dark hall.
"You know the house well?" You attempted to fill the silence, but you hoped he would do the talking, your tongue was feeling heavier by the second.
"Yes, Mike held a few team gatherings and I've got an impeccable memory." He said with a sly wink, hand still gripping your arm to steer you through the hallway. You emerged into the dining room, where some teens had set up a game of pong, upon closer inspection you realized that it was indeed Eren. You were startled, Erwin had made it seem as if only upperclassmen would be present, you wondered if he got in the same way you had: through your brother.
"Eren! You didn't tell me you were cronies with Erwin Smith's younger sister." Zeke called across the room and Eren dropped his arm, the small plastic ball still pinched between his fingers.
"Yeah, didn't really think much of it, not like you were super big on football anyway." Eren shrugged and Connie slammed his hand on the table, Sasha jolted next to him and smacked his head, the slap resonated and you giggled as he rubbed the back of his head with a dejected expression.
"c'mon Jaeger, let's go already!" Connie demanded impatiently and Eren refocused, tuning you and Zeke out.
"Moving on..." Zeke's eyes flashed with annoyance, the reaction was so quick you almost thought that you had imagined it.
"Did you invite him?" You asked and Zeke hummed and nodded in confirmation.
"I'm starting to regret it though." Zeke chuckled darkly as he led you around a corner, into the living room, where a card game was being played. Erwin was sitting on the couch, Hange perched on his lap, sharing a deck of cards with him. On his right was Levi, who was watching the game as he sipped out of a solo cup. But what made your stomach drop was the sight of Petra on his right. She was pressed into his side, so familiar, and seemed to fit just right under his arm that was resting on the back of the couch. Erwin spotted you first, eyes narrowing on Zeke's hand on your arm.
You reached up and tugged on Zeke's sleeve, cocking your head back towards the kitchen.
"Can you take me to get some water?" You asked, voice threatening to shake as you watched Petra toss her head back and laugh at something that Eld had said.
"Of course," Zeke said softly, keen eyes following your gaze and easily reading the situation. Erwin gripped Hange's hip as he watched you and Zeke leave nearly as soon as you had entered the room.
"Come on," Erwin said, gently pushing Hange off of his lap to give chase to you and Zeke.
"Wha-" Hange began to protest, but once she caught a glimpse of your sweatshirt and Zeke's broad back disappearing around the corner she stood as well. Hange and Erwin's weight lifted off of the couch and alarmed Levi, he turned and watched them with narrowed eyes as they rounded the corner. Petra tapped his thigh, demanding his attention and he spared her a glance.
"Hm?" He hummed, cocking a brow as she showed him her cards.
"Which should I play?" She asked with a gleam in her eye as she shuffled closer.
"How should I know?" Levi scoffed, wanting to follow his friends.
"Come on Levi, just help me decide." Petra chuckled and he rolled his eyes before pointing at a random card before standing and leaving her alone on the couch. She played the card and the game continued as he wandered into the kitchen. His heart nearly stopped with the sight he was greeted with. You were leaning against the counter, Zeke standing next to you, his large frame hovering over your smaller one. Levi bristled at the sight as Zeke handed you a glass of water.
"(Y/n)?" Levi spoke slowly, eyes narrowed on the sight of your shaking hands and flushed face.
"O-Oh, hey..." You averted your eyes, and Zeke seemed to straighten up at the sight of Levi.
"Yo." Zeke greeted simply, cool eyes scanning over Levi's stature.
The air was charged with tension as Levi waited for one of you to speak, waiting for you to cross the room and lean into him, pliable as you'd been earlier in the evening.
"Where's Erwin?" You croaked, eyes still downcast.
"Came in here looking for him," Levi said, crossing his arms over his chest as he tapped his foot impatiently.
"Oh..." You looked distressed at the news and you looked over to Zeke expectantly.
"Zeke, I can go find him and then I'll send him your-" Levi marched across the kitchen, tired of waiting for you to come to him, he snatched your wrist, causing the water to spill down your front. You yelped and nearly dropped the glass, his tight grip preventing you from fighting him as he drags you through the halls.
"Okay!" Zeke called after you, not really wanting to find out why Levi was so gloomy.
"Levi," You said weakly as he drags you into a bathroom, door slamming shut behind you. You flinched, gritting your teeth as you placed the nearly empty glass on the counter. Levi stood between you and the door, eyes full of that same fire that he got when Hange pissed him off.
"What were you doing with that hairball?" He demanded fists clenched tightly at his sides.
"I couldn't find you guys! You ran off without me and he was the only one nice enough to show me around." You snapped, losing your patience.
"You should have waited in the kitchen." Levi bit back, taking a step closer to you.
"Why were you all cozy with Petra on the couch? Reverting back to your old habits." You snarled, and Levi jolted as if you had slapped him.
"We were just sitting next to each other," Levi growled as you lifted your chin to meet his animosity.
"And I was just next to Zeke. There's no reason to be angry with me."
"Same goes for you then. According to your logic." Levi scoffed, and the two of you were locked in a stalemate as you stared each other down.
"Glad we could come to an agreement then." You sneered, venom laced in your tone as you moved to step around him. He moved to block you, causing you to bump into his shoulder.
"I wasn't done with you yet," Levi growled lowly as he angled to face you full-on once more, his hand shot out and his fist hit the wall next to your head, hard.
"What else is there to say?" You glared at him, the implication behind his earlier words still ringing in your ears.
"Not much." Levi agreed as he stepped closer so that his forearm rested against the wall and his chest was practically pressed to yours. His breath mingled with yours and you found yourself tilting your head back against the wall as he stared down at you.
"Well...I'm waiting." You said, fighting a coy smirk off your lips. Levi growled at your snarky remark and brought his other hand up to hold you by your jaw.
"Patience." He hummed as his lips ghosted over yours, you could taste the sprite and vodka he'd been sipping on earlier. You grunted and leaned forward, catching his lips with your own as he pressed his front fully against you at last. He angled your head to the left, tongue pushing past your lips more forcefully than the last time you'd kissed. You opened your mouth in an attempt to accommodate him, once more he pulled on your chin, encouraging you to open wider. Finally, he pulled away, a thin strand of saliva connecting you as he rubbed his thumb over your swollen bottom lip, breaking the strand.
"See, good things come to those who wait," Levi said with a gleam in his eyes, knowing that the small disagreement from earlier was quickly fading into a bad memory. He slid his knee between your thighs, and you tensed eyes trailing over his face as he mapped out yours.
"Don't think that you're getting off the hook from earlier." You said feebly as his thumb ran along your jawline before he pushed your head up and back. You gasped at the sudden movement, which left you staring up at the ceiling as he pressed a trail of kisses down your neck.
"If I had wanted to be with Petra...I would have done it by now." He murmured against the skin over your collarbone as his free hand trailed down from the wall in favor of finding your waist.
"Is that so?" You tried to match his energy as he tugged at the neckline of your sweatshirt.
"Don't be dense." He huffed, hand slipping off of your waist in favor of gripping your ass.
"Say it." You breathed as he brought his face back up to yours.
"You first," Levi said coyly as his lips pressed a kiss to your jawline as he waited for you to speak.
"I want to be with you Levi, only you. No one else." You said fighting against his grip on your jaw to kiss his lips.
"Ah, music to my ears." Levi sighed, finally loosening his grip on your face and allowing you to kiss him. After a few moments, he pulled away and pressed his forehead to yours.
"I feel the same, I only want you." He said airily as his nose brushed against yours, hand still resting over your ass as you leaned forwards to throw your arms around his neck.
"Glad we could settle this." You sighed, pressing your own kiss to the shell of his ear, which was tinged with pink.
"Ready to go home yet?" He sounded tired as he wrapped his arms around your middle, nuzzling into your hair as the two of you stood in silence. You nodded curtly but made no move to untangle yourself. The sound of someone pounding on the door made you both jolt and pull apart. Levi ripped the door open and glowered at Mikasa and Eren, both of them seemed surprised to see the two of you.
"Oh....what a coincidence," Eren said with a meek chuckle as he rubbed the back of his neck while the Ackermans both stared each other down.
"Keep your beast under control Jaeger," Levi growled, eyes narrowed on the brunette who raised a brow and ran a hand through his long locks.
"I sure hope you don't mean Mikasa, cause that would just be....hypocritical." Eren's eyes drifted to Mikasa who was still staring Levi down.
"No, not this time. I'm talking about that atrocious hairball brother of yours." Levi snapped, the animosity from earlier seemed to be creeping back to the surface. You rolled your eyes and shook your head silently at Eren who swallowed thickly as he tried to think of what to say.
"I have no control over him. But I'll pass a message on if you like." He said with a careful tone as he spoke, face surprisingly free of any malice. It was clear that he wanted as little to do with his brother as Zeke had hinted at earlier.
"No need, if it happens again...he'll hear directly from me." Levi's tone held all the malice that Eren's had lacked. He reached back, closing his hand around yours and pulling you past Mikasa, you shot her an apologetic glance in passing and her eyes softened.
"I'll see you la-" You were interrupted by the door slamming shut behind the pair, the last thing you saw was her charcoal grey eyes, soft with a small smile. Levi lead you through the twists and turns, your mind was just starting to clear up from the shots you'd had earlier. Once you reached the dining room you waved to Sasha and Connie, the two were now throwing ping pong balls at one another, you could even see the marks from previous hits on their skin.
"Sure you don't want to hang around for a bit longer?" You teased at Levi's unamused reaction to the pair's shenanigans.
"Fat no," Levi said with a squeeze of your hand as he refocused on leaving. Or at least that's what you thought the focus was on, that was until Levi led you into a side bedroom where he found Erwin and Hange.
"We're leaving." He announced and Hange's head snapped up from where she had been holding it in her hands.
"So early?" She sounded tired, the bags under her eyes seemed to confirm that theory as well.
"Yeah..." You said a bit sheepishly as you rubbed the back of your neck, hoping Levi would offer some support.
"You could say that again," Erwin grunted his agreement as he slung an arm across Hange's shoulders and shot you a blank stare. It was clear that something had happened, but neither of them seemed keen on sharing the details with you. You could've sworn that Hange shot Levi one of those looks, you had teased them about it in the past, they had this uncanny ability to know exactly what the other was thinking, just by sharing a simple glance.
"We'll see you in the morning then?" Hange said, shooting you an almost pained smile, which you returned just as tensely.
"See you then," Levi grunted, wrapping his arm around your waist and steering you towards the front of the house. You knew that the trio had been going through a bit of a rough year, with the senior year coming to a close you only expected the tension between them to increase.
"What was that all about?" You asked although you knew Levi probably wouldn't share any details with you.
"I'd bet money on it having to do with the hairball," Levi grunted, glancing at you from the corner of his eye.
"I don't get it, why is there so much tension between Erwin and him? I mean it's not like they competed for spots, they were barely on the same team!" You knew you were mostly talking to yourself, Levi wasn't big on gossip, in fact, he despised it.
"That may be true, but they participated in the Model UN team together for a period of time. I think that's where it started." Levi surprised you with his honesty, you looked up at him in awe as the two of you untangled yourselves to pull on coats and shoes.
"I guess that would make sense, but Erwin isn't usually...so petty," you said, scrunching your nose, wondering what Zeke could have done to get so deeply under your brother's skin.
"I guess we'll never know," Levi said as he pulled the door open for the two of you and gestured for you to exit first. You sighed and nodded in agreement, having had enough drama for a whole year.
The ride back was quick and a lot quieter than usual, seeing as Levi didn't take the time to pop in his usual CD. You were surprised, he always made time to put on music, but you guessed that he just wanted to be rid of the party atmosphere as soon as possible. So when you arrived at your dark house, you were quick to unlock the door and fill up a water bottle, as well as pop some Advil to deter headaches. Levi chugged a glass of water and wiped his finger absentmindedly on the countertop and grimaced.
"It's been a month and this place is in shambles." He grunted as he swiped a dishrag to wipe his hands off with. You rolled your eyes but still sauntered over and leaned into him, he grunted as his spine made contact with the cool marble, but he couldn't complain much.
"I did miss your cleaning binges," you mumbled into his neck and he hummed.
"Let's go to bed." You pleaded as you tugged on his shirt he sighed and pushed against you, urging you to stand up.
"Your bed or mine?" He asked a bit playfully, and you pondered for a moment before deciding that his bed sounded better.
"Yours, my bed is getting kind of boring." You said with a shrug and he let out a scoff at your reasoning.
"Fair enough." He chuckled lightly as he flipped the light switch off and the two of you carefully picked your way down the stairs into the basement. Levi's room was very minimalistic, technically it was supposed to be your guest bedroom. But around four years ago your mom had redone it to better suit Levi. Painting the walls grey and having the carpet torn out and replaced with hardwood floors. It was nice, and Levi made sure to keep it that way. He peeled back the comforter and held it back for you to climb under. You smiled up at him as you did so, and he followed behind you, his weight causing the bed to dip. You rolled onto your side as he did the same, your both stared at one another, breaths mingling as you shared a pillow.
"Your hair has gotten longer." You said, reaching up and threading your hands through his hair, fingertips grazing his undercut.
"I gotta cut it." He sighed as he reached up and held your wrist as you scratched at his scalp.
"I kinda like it long." You mumbled with a sly smile as he leaned into your touch.
"Well, I don't," Levi grunted stubbornly as you tugged at his roots, pulling his face closer to yours.
"Pity." You whispered as you finally pressed your lips to his he sighed into your mouth and looped his arms around you, pulling you flush against him. You basked in his warmth, his subtle cologne, and even the smell of his shampoo. He pulled back, lips leaving yours with a quiet smacking sound, he then rolled onto his back, pulling you with him so that you were half on top of him. He slid his hand down your body and grabbed your thigh, pulling it over his hips. You nuzzled into his chest, the sound of his heart beating slowly lulling you to sleep. He absently rubbed your back, hand slipping beneath your sweatshirt before resting between your shoulders.
"What do you want for breakfast tomorrow morning?" You hummed sleepily, pressing a kiss to his collar bone while you waited for his response.
"I could care less." He mumbled into the top of your head and you pressed yourself closer.
"I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get there." You said, feeling your eyelids droop, he hummed in agreement and pressed a kiss to your scalp, for a moment you could've sworn you felt his lips curl upwards into a smile.