Time seems to slow down as I watch the female titan kick Auruo. My limbs won't move; it's like they're glued down as I watch the female titan turn in the direction Eren went and resume running.
After what seems like an eternity, my legs finally move into a sprint to where Auruo lies. I pick him up into my arms, blood soaking my cloak and tears falling onto his face.
"Auruo please... just don't be dead... please... don't die on me!"
I begin shaking. I'm alone in a titan-infested forest holding the dead body of the man I'm in love with. My arms pull him closer to me.
"Please Auruo, just... say something... don't leave me..."
I hear it then. A very very feint beating of a heart. My head whips up and I see Auruo squeezing his eyes and he lets a strained groan slip from his throat.
He cracks one eye open, "What?"
A smile spreads on my face and tears of happiness flood down my face, "You're alive," I whisper.
The whiz of a 3DMG fills my ears and I look up to see Levi with shadowed eyes glancing at Auruo and I.
"____, there is a horse close to here. Go get it and then come back and get Bossard then find Erwin."
I nod and carefully place Auruo back down, murmuring a 'stay alive' to him before running off. I glance back and see Levi standing next to Petra's corpse before zipping off in the direction that the female titan went.
The chestnut horse trots over to me and I swiftly mount her.
"Come on!" I yell to her, hitting the reins.
She whines then gallops to the clearing where Auruo lies. The male is still there, trying his damn hardest to breathe, obviously in pain.
"Auruo, can you stand? You need to get on the horse."
"Do you think I ca stand, brat?"
I can't help but smile as I get off the mare and try to help Auruo stand and get on the horse. I eventually make the mare lay down and slide Auruo on then climb on behind him. I wrap my arms around him and take a hold of the reins.
"Let me in!"
"I'm sorry miss, but I cannot let you in."
"I don't give a flying fuck! Let me in!"
"I said I cannot let you do that. I am sorry."
"Please. Just let me fucking see him. Now."
"I cannot I-"
"Is there a problem?
We both turn to see Levi standing behind me with a bandage wrapped around his left leg and his arms crossed. H stalks up to the nurse I've been arguing with for the past hour and glares her down.
"Let her see Auruo Bossard."
The nurse opens her mouth to say something the closes it and turns away. I thank the corporal quickly then rush into Auruo's room. Tears cloud my vision slightly when I see him lying on the bed, currently asleep, beaten, bloody and weak. He seems small, like an innocent child lying in the plain white bed.
I slowly walk towards him, pulling the chair near his bed right to the edge of the bed and sit down. I reach for his hand and lay my head on the arms.
"Thank you," I murmur, "for staying alive. You're all I have now, so..." I choke slightly on my words, "So don't leave me alone..."
My eyes seem to close on their own and sleep takes over me.
I struggle to open my eyes, then when I finally do, I close them quickly, the brightness of the room blinding me. Slowly, I try to open them again. I'm in an infirmary room. Why? I look around for Petra then a memory hits me.
Petra being killed by the female titan.
I couldn't protect her. I failed my squad. I failed Gunter. I failed Erd. I failed Petra. I failed _____.
Are they dead? How did they die? They couldn't have survived. Tears of both anger and sorrow fill my eyes. I move my hand to wipe them away but something tightens its grip on my arm. I look down to see (h/c). _____?
I take my other hand and carefully move the hair away from their face. It is _____. They're alive. They didn't even seem injured. I didn't fail them.
_____ lets out a groan out of their lips and yawns, blinking owlishly at me. A huge smile erupts on their face and before I can react, _____ has their arms around my neck and I feel tears dampening my shirt.
"Tch..." I mutter before wrapping my arms around them.
I can't help but cry. He woke up. He's alright. He's going to be okay.
"Tch..." I hear him mutter before I feel arms wrap around me and hold me close.
I hear him say something else and I look up at him, "What?"
"I failed them."
I grasp his face gently, "No, you didn't. Eren is alive. Gunter, Erd, Petra... they all died saving, protecting him! You all did well. Everthing will be alright."
Rubbing my nose against his, he 'tch's again. I kiss his nose, "I love you Auruo. You stayed alive. You didn't fail anyone."
"stupid brat," he pulls me close, "I love you, too."