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PostSubject: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:19 pm

Dreams. That's all they were.

At least, that's what she liked to tell herself.

They were few and far between when she was still young and they scared her then. Dreams of giant humanoid monsters killing to 'eat', per se and some killing to kill. Whenever they had occured, she would run to her parent's room, a mess of tears and fear. Other students in her class thought she was strange, always coming to school talking about her dreams, or nightmares at the time. Some kids would stop and listen, though, to what she had to say. But she never thought of it a week after the dream occured. It wasn't until she grew older that they only came a bit more frequently, but she had talked about them less and less as she grew. The most she had was a journal, where she wrote down her dreams as they came. Most were the same, never-changing. There was a particular one she experienced, a different one from the others. She had barely written down the details when it had first come to her in her sleep one night, fumbling with a pen and unable to see through her tears. But it had come so frequently now, she was able to recall it clearly.

She can recall a sense of panic, a horrible sense of panic. The wind would be whipping at her hair, and she was screaming and looking back behind her, seeing one of those large humanoid monsters running at her. It was odd, still, that the one chasing her was a female one. Most of the ones she had seen before this one were mostly male in appearance. Every time she experienced this dream, without fail, she would see the monster jump up and aim to crush her, but she would jolt awake before the final blow could be made.

And it was one particular day in her history class in high school that got her more interested than anything. There was a lack of information in the history books; at most it was maybe covered in a section and most of it speculation. But she knew there had to be more to it, more to what information she had learned that day. She had taken down as many notes as she could in that day and decided that she would learn as much as she possibly could from this era lost in time. In her studies in college, she learned of someone from that era only dubbed 'The Corporal.' Like the time itself, most of what was had on him was simply just speculation. But on top of her choice of study, she strove to learn as much as she could on him. She didn't know what even drove her to do so; it was an odd sense of familiarity that was comprehended as curiosity to the woman. And this was what lead her to her occupation, one she was quite happy to have. She was a tour guide at a museum, specifically made and built for this era. She was glad to have it so close to home. She always found herself drawn to the section of the museum that held whatever history was kept on the soldiers that bore the wings on their cloaks.

And it was one of those mornings, again. She had seen the same dream, the one that seemed to lead to the death she never saw. Petra had been exposed to it so many times, it barely affected her anymore. Although sometimes she would stop and lay in the warmth of her bed, her eyes narrowed as she stared at the wall, or the ceiling. But the more she thought about it, the more she only brushed it off as thinking about what she gave tours about almost daily. But it was these days she would find herself rambling more than usual on her tours, the days she found herself lingering too much on the topic of the Corporal. Today she rolled on her side, staring at the wall before finally moving to stand up and start with her usual morning routine.

She pulled the scarf tighter around her neck, trying not to frown against the cold wind that seemed to hit whatever skin was exposed to make her shiver. Her one hand was shoved in her pocket, the other holding a warm cup of coffee. Slowly lifting the cup to her lips, she took a small sip as she came up to the museum. The woman stopped before she climbed the steps, ignoring the bustle of people behind her as she looked at the large building for a few seconds. Pursing her lips, she began to climb the steep steps. She looked down at the time on a small watch she was wearing, carefully noting she had an hour until the museum actually opened to the public for the day. As she reached the top, she also noted the doors were already unlocked as she pushed it open to enter the warm building. She let out a sigh of relief; she hated the cold more than anything. Taking another sip of coffee, she found herself wandering to exhibits that detailed the soldier faction that bore the wings. Petra didn't know what drew her to this exhibit, usually getting to the building before it even opened to take the time to just walk the area.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:28 pm

"After the initial analysis of your son, I believe he suffers from acute schizophrenia. Though with the treatment options I can offer if we work now we should be able to subdue it to a degree, at least so the boy isn't tormented as much, you say he screams at night...?."

That's what he had heard all his life, what doctors and psychiatrists had told him, spewing off different symptoms to different mental illnesses. Going from office to office at such a young age had affected him. Getting details of his symptoms became difficult as his little mouth would clamp shut after the third or fourth visit. They would always look at him the same, pitying eyes and soft 'tuts' as they told him it would be alright, they would make it all go away.

it never went away

He was on medication for a large portion of his life, none of it ever working. The vivid dreams of blurred faces, large giants dismembering people in front of his eyes, towns burning and people screaming. Some nights he could smell the scent of burning flesh, bodies stacked high on flaming mountains as people around him mourned. He learned to not voice his dreams at a young age, after the multiple doctor visits in an attempt to see what was wrong with him. He learned to stop crying as a boy, it never made anything go away and only made matters worse. He became a hard child, distant from his peers. His school life wasn't much different, he didn't have many friends the ones he managed he would chase off within the week of making them. This made him a target, often getting into fights which without fail he would always come out on top. Though not without consequences. Transferred from school to school because of his behavioral problems, it eventually landed him in a recreational school where the fights continued throughout his high school. His eyes became dark, constant circles telling signs of lack of sleep. He had refused to sleep a lot of times, the dreams stirring him awake to pace around his room at night which caused his to loose all focus in his schooling.

The military was an option he never seen coming, it was a flyer he had seen walking home and the urge to enlist ran through him like old blood coming back to life. it kept him busy. More importantly kept his mind busy. Now out of school and on his own he put all his time and effort into the strict training regiments and early hours. It all fit him and for once with a weapon in hand he felt as if he belonged. Though the nightmares never stopped, night after night he would sit in his cot while the men around him slept. He would be in a cold sweat, twisted enormous faces ripping flesh off bone with barred teeth and long reaching fingers. he attempted to see doctors on base, a feeble attempt to calm whatever it was. Though it came up nothing, told it was simply stress and given some placebo pill to make him think he felt better. it never did.

The final blow to his military career was when one of his officers had accused him of something he hadn't done. He snapped, beating the man till he was practically immobile and finishing the job with kicks to the face. Needless to say he was dishonorably discharged from his services. His options were grim from there on out until he met a determined blonde haired man who was willing to give him a chance. He was drawn to Erwin in a strange way, he wasn't sure if it was because the man was charismatic or the idea of a steady job was too good to pass up, either way he took it. The job from Erwin ranged from sitting outside this museum he had owned, watching it at night to be sure there was no break ins. It kept him from sleeping so the job was ideal. He paid good also, not sure if it was what he actually deserved or if the man simply pitied him, but it was money. Erwin had become the closest thing he could probably call a friend.

Levi sat in the cold of the car, his coat was pulled up far past his chin in an attempt to stay warm. The engine had been off for hours now in an attempt to save gas so the man sat, white clouds puffing up and disappearing in front of him as his breath warmed his own nose. His hand gripped a thermos, filled with warm tea that had kept him awake throughout the night. He had watched Erwin be the first to enter the building that morning, the man always got there extra earlier Levi had noted throughout his times he sat watching the building this late. He couldn't imagine what the blonde did hours before the place opened but nor did he really find himself caring. carefully lifting up his thermos he unscrewed the cap, watching the steam as it escaped before bringing it to his lips, it was a welcomed warm feeling against the cold of the car. He stopped then, mid sip, as a second person climbed the large steps to the building, grey eyes watched her over the rim of his cup as the woman ascended into the large building. it was her, the woman he had met a few days prior on his first trip actually into the building, though it was short lived. His eyes lingered on the door she had went into, watching carefully to see if he could get another glimpse. Petra.  Normally he never remembered names so easily, considering they had spoken for little less then an hour, but there was something that captured him and kept his mind on her. She was attractive, of course she was but it wasn't just that. Unlike most people he wanted her to keep talking, about anything. History never interested him, he avoided it really but he suddenly found himself wanting her to explain to him every little chip on the wall and he would listen as if it was dire information.

A grunt escaped the man as he screwed the top back on his small thermos, setting it neatly in the cup holder beside him before getting out. Levi adjusted his coat again, straightening out any wrinkles before briskly walking forward. it wasn't a long walk, and the trip up the stairs was nothing in his quick pace, reaching the door and making it inside, the warmth was a reward to the race from the cold. Even if the distance from his car to the building was short. Levi didn't take long to look over the interior, again from his second visit there was nothing to really see again. Turning he moved down a side hallway, he knew Erwin would be in his office but he was going to put off clocking out with the man for now, as he made his way down the hallway opposite. The room opened up to more exhibits, glass cases filled with different objects, all of which were easily passed by. As he suspected she was already in the room, he assumed getting ready for whatever had to be done for the day. Standing at the opening, he squeezed his one hand into a tight fist before bring the other to his lips, clearing his throat to announce his presence to the woman. "An hour before this musty ass place opens? You're dedicated" he offered, stepping a little further into the room now, as he watched her, looking up for a moment at what she was looking at. "I told you..I'd be back for a tour" he nodded, both hands now his his pockets as he walked over to join her at the exhibit.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:02 am

Her hazel eyes went over each plaque, stopping to read each one before moving to the next one. She had read them so many times, it was a miracle she didn't have them all memorized at this point, even if each one was read like it was the first time. She put the cup she held in her hand to her lips again, taking another small sip. Petra tried to hide the frown that appeared on her face. The woman had coffee on a daily basis, whether she made her own cup before she left her apartment every day or stopping at a cafe before coming to the museum. Saying she didn't love coffee was an understatement, but each time, no matter what she did to the hot beverage, it never tasted... right. There was always something off about it and she didn't know what it was. She would order different coffee if she stopped at the cafe to see if that was the problem, but it made no difference. But still, the warmth of the drink in her right hand was a comfort, even if it didn't taste right.

The woman stopped when she came across the mechanism that was said the soldiers had used. It was one of the few intact ones left in the world, despite the obvious wear and rust on the metal. In her dreams she would be using the mechanism, although a cleaner and obviously working copy of it, more closer in appearance to the set in the painting that was one of the most treasured pieces in the museum. She didn't know how the use of it came so... naturally in her dreams, but she wouldn't be able to describe it to anyone if she tried to. Petra pursed her lips and almost made a move to continue on, but she almost jumped out of her skin when the quiet of the room was broken by an abrupt sound. She turned to the entrance of the exhibit, the woman visibly relaxing when she realized who it was.

"Levi, dammit, don't do that." She gave a small smile. "I'm not always here this early. Only when..." She paused momentarily, deciding it would probably sound...stupid to tell Levi she had dreams of the time she studied most and that was why she was here so early. "Only when I feel like it's going to be a busy day." The woman nodded at what she said, taking a few steps to meet Levi about halfway into the room. "You want me to take you on a tour now? I don't know how much of the museum I can cover in little less than an hour..." She looked around slightly, pursing her lips again to debate. It was a little...strange to her. While she considered herself and was in fact a friendly and social person, she already felt more than comfortable around Levi. Whether it was just him or the fact he also worked with Erwin, she didn't know and it almost bothered her. But she didn't mention it, glancing back to Levi. "I think I can do it, I might talk a little fast though." She admitted, giving another warm smile before taking a sip of her coffee.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:29 pm

Any subtle sound was carried and noticeable in the large room, empty of anyone else but the two of them. Levi noticed he had startled her, he blinked stopping just as she did. His eyes were drawn for a moment to the cup in her hand, she didn't seem like the type to like coffee he always seen it as a fast paced drink and a museum full of rusted old things was hardly anything but fast, though the fact she specifically drank it was silently noted, it couldn't be black, though it wasn't completely light either as someone would assume, he mused on the fact she probably used more sugar then cream, neither in abundance though. Levi frowned at the sudden focus on the woman's cup, why he took such interest in it was beyond him. Turning his attention back to her face, shrugging "I don't need the grand tour so take your time" he rolled his shoulders, stepping around to look at the exhibit Petra had been at. The rusted heap of wires and scraps of metal didn't look like much to Levi, but he felt as if he knew exactly what it was, how it worked. Which was strange, it was a feeling in his gut that he just knew how it would feel, having a sense of added weight about his body. Though he tried not to seem too interested in the mechanism behind the glass. "Does Erwin even clean this, it's filthy on the inside" squatting slightly he looked at the layer of dust that rested on the equipment before looking back at the woman "so what was this used for? Looks like a big ass toaster to me" stating dryly Levi straightened himself, stepping back from the case and turning his attention fully to Petra, waiting patiently.

He watched her as she began to talk, occasionally glancing back at the case when she happened to look in his direction before letting his eyes fall back on her again. Watching her eyes as she spoke, the way her mouth turned and the way her lips formed words. The particular way her hair fell on the side of her face, framing her features. Levi grunted, more so to himself, everything about her, familiar, like he had noticed all these things before and was only reassuring himself of them with his thoughts. He pushed the thought to the back of his mind, trying to actually focus to what she was explaining. Turning to the case, a thought hit him, eyes squinting at the tool, eyebrows crossing in his examination "the emission system is missing." He blurted suddenly, leaning to look past the rusted over side, the circular disks, if they could be called that, were bent and filled with old dirt, this was where his eyes stayed trained. "There's suppose to be fans there"  a long pause followed until his eyes widened in the slightest and he cleared his throat, why he knew that was a mystery, he only heard about these old artifacts but never seen one in person let alone know what an emission system was.

Levi grew ridged, trying to think of an excuse for his sudden input. Silently her cursed himself, trying to find a reason in his memory as to why, he had already told the woman he wasn't interested in history, did they even cover that in the class? Now she probably thought he was a liar. "I..I'm assuming" he finished. The large painting in the room caught his eye, he quickly looked at the similar object that was on the man but he didn't see fans on that either. "I'm not trying to bullshit you or anything, I don't know where that came from" getting a hard look in his eyes he looked back to Petra then to the sleek floor below them. "you were saying?"
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:03 am

She took another glance at the rusted metal gear before looking back to Levi, adjusting her coat with her free hand. Upon his answer, she nodded. Petra figured she'd be able to at least cover the branch the Corporal was in, along with the basics of the gear in front of them before the museum opened to the public. Even then, there wasn't always a massive lineup of people before the building opened. The museum was busier on the weekends, but weekdays she would occasionally be taking students visiting the building on field trips around on tours. But she knew she had none of those and it was only a weekday, so she shouldn't be expecting too much activity. She moved to take another sip of her coffee, looking down as Levi motioned to the case again. "Usually the actual night workers are supposed to clean it." She smiled warmly at the thought. The night workers at the museum were three of her friends she considered close. "But they slack off a ridiculous amount of the time. So I usually take the time to clean it after work, considering I have time."

She pursed her lips slightly when Levi spoke again, shaking her head as she moved to step closer to the gear in the glass case and choosing not to remark on his comment on the gear. "There's a lot of speculation of how it was used, or what it was even called. We've taken to calling it either just gear or 3D Gear. The blades in the..." She glanced to Levi before looking back at the metal heap. "Toaster. Were used as extras if a soldier's blades ever dulled or cracked in battle. We have," She looked up again, motioning to a mannequin in a case not too far from the gear itself. The mannequin had an extremely worn leather harness on it; some straps themselves were missing, but they had most of the harness with them. "The harness for the gear, which we believe was used to distribute weight when they were moving through the air, to change their direction. The actual gear was probably attached to their thighs on the harness, and the-" She stopped when Levi interrupted her and it only gave her a second to think about how much more detail she seemed to know. Levi's words made her frown slightly, furrowing her brows slightly as her hazel eyes focused back on the gear. His statement didn't offend her; it was far from that. It was the fact he was right that she was caught off guard.

Blinking, she glanced back to Levi before turning her attention back to the gear. Again it sounded stupid to even think about it, but even in her dreams it felt like there was an added weight to her whenever she had a dream involving the gear. Pursing her lips again, she shook her head. "No, no. You're right, Levi. The emission system is missing. I just... never noticed that before." She sighed, taking another sip of her coffee. "It's supposed to attach to a part on the harness on the lower back; it's also where they... keep the steel wires they used to pull them forward." Her brow was still furrowed, but her frown had faded and still she stared at the gear. Her attention turned back to Levi after a few more seconds, her free hand moving into her pocket. "Interesting for someone who's not really interested in history to know something like that." Her mouth turned up into a sort of smirk, chuckling lightly.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:32 pm

With both hands still shoved deep into his pockets, he drew one into a tight fist as hard eyes watched the gear. Levi glanced back at Petra when she spoke, catching the surprise of his words on her face, which quickly caused him to look back at the gear. She had to think he was a liar now, but he really didn't have a clue as to where that came from. "I don't know shit about this stuff, really." he reassured, looking back up to meet her gaze with his dull one before giving shrug "Must have seen it in a movie or something, they make a new one about it every damn year almost." with another shrug he focused on something else in the room. Truth was they did come out with a movie based on some of this stuff, most of it dramatic and over the top and was no way any interest to him, he never seen one of them only the occasional commercial or advertisement.

This wasn't the first time something like this had happened, the first couple times was when he suddenly corrected one of his drill sergeants in an error they had made in tactics training, it was reasons like this it was just easier to avoid people. Though he just sighed, there wasn't use brooding over it now. "or hey." he said suddenly, his hard eyes now taking on a glint of amusement as he looked back up at her. "I could be a natural at this and never have known it. I'll ask Erwin if I can have your job" Levi allowed himself a short laugh as he turned back towards the harness she mentioned earlier, giving her a mocking glance before walking over to it. Examining the worn leather a similar feeling that the gear gave him came back. It was almost like he knew what it felt like to have it tight against the body, it was a strange phantom feeling. Levi adjusted his coat momentarily. "I bet taking a piss in that was hard as hell" he grunted, giving the harness a final look before looking back towards Petra.

Slowly he walked back over to her, glancing at the large painting in the room before another amused glint flashed across his features, "So everyone had to use this...gear then?" somehow he felt he knew the answer but he asked anyways, going to stand next to her again with a roll of his shoulders, the inside of of the museum was much warmer then the outside, and the heat of his coat was making that all the more known to him. An echo of a few new voices vibrated up the hall and to them. Levi's amused smirk faded quickly as he looked towards the hallway he had entered the room in before letting our a noticeable sigh as he pulled a hand out of his pocket to check his watch. "People want to learn this stuff early don't they." he grunted, though his tone was the slightest bit bitter. Returning his hand to his pocket, he turned to watch her for a moment, his face falling in thought, before nodding "If you're not too busy, we..should get coffee sometime, Petra" he nodded to the hallway that lead to the entrance just as a few people funneled in to look about at the exhibits. I'm always parked out front..so if you have a break...there's a few close places" he cleared his throat, not looking back at her this time at his sudden proposal.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:38 pm

Her eyes were still on Levi, the woman letting out a mildly amused chuckle at his comment about the movies made about the era. "Even though a lot of those movies are plotted and made based on a majority of speculation, I can almost guarantee they're all inaccurate." Her smirk turned into a slightly amused smile; she hated nearly every single one of those movies that came out. Deep down, no matter how many adaptations she had wasted her time watching, she always felt like every single one was...wrong. There was always something off about it, whether it was the uniforms or the gear, or any other minuscule detail that didn't seem to matter to anyone else. But it always got to her, no matter what.

She looked at Levi again when he suddenly spoke, holding back another laugh at his sudden idea but she shook her head. "Or you can just be my assistant on tours. I'm sure people would enjoy your commentary on giant toasters and all." She allowed the laugh she was holding back to come out, the woman taking another small sip of her coffee. She turned her attention back to the harness as Levi did, but she only pursed her lips as she thought. Petra still couldn't find out why she was already so comfortable around this man, or how she got along with him so easily already. And his jokes, at best, were borderline bad attempts at humor. But yet she still found herself humoring him with whatever he had to say, even finding the attempts at humor actually mildly entertaining. She was sure a man like Erwin would barely even be able to take the attempts at it. Stealing a glance at Levi again, her lips only turned up into another smile as she took another sip of the warm coffee.

She watched him as he walked back over to stand next to her, nodding. "Yep, everyone had to use it. The most skilled at using it was actually the branch that the Corporal was in. The true name of the branch was lost like many things of this era was, but historians usually refer to it as the Scouting Legion." Petra nodded to herself; the name the branch was dubbed always sounded a little wrong in her ears, along with the speculated names of the other two branches, them both usually referred to as Stationary Guard and Royal Guard. She sighed, looking back up when the sound of voices echoing through the museum made itself known. "Shit..." She muttered, taking her hand out of her pocket along with her phone to check the time. The copper-haired woman gave a small sound of agreement, slipping the phone back into her coat's pocket. "Sometimes they do. Must be one of those days, then." Using her free hand, she went through motions of unbuttoning her jacket to make its removal easier by the time she was able to get into the museum's break room. Her attention shifted back to the man next to her at his request and again she couldn't help the smile that tugged at the corners of her mouth. "I'd...I'd like that. But if you want, we can just make this lunch today." She finished unbuttoning her coat, shrugging it off of one arm and shoulder before putting her coffee in her other hand, doing the same to the other side. She draped her coat over her arm, looking back to Levi. "I usually take my lunch around noon or one. If you're usually parked out front," Stealing a look back behind her as she pressed her lips into a line, she turned forward again and took an extra step forward to place a small peck on Levi's cheek, a small blush barely obvious on her cheeks. "I'll see you later then." She finished before turning to walk off to put her coat away, the woman fighting a smile off of her lips that just wouldn't see to go away. She didn't know what drove her to do that to someone she had just met, but it didn't feel wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:43 pm

Watching as the first few people came into the room, all with pamphlets trying to find the right exhibit or painting. It was surprising to Levi how popular and how interested in old rusted artifacts people could be as more people bustles in after the first. With hands in his pockets he turned back to look at her, grunting at the sound of a distant child screech. His tight stance relaxed at what she said next, eyes widening slightly before he quickly recovered with another cough. "Lunch? Even better. I'll be parked across the street." Watching as she removed her coat, he nodded moving a hand up to adjust the collar of his jacket when he froze at the peck to his cheek. He quickly closed his mouth and nodded, the corner of his mouth turning into a smirk "I'll be waiting then." Levi turned when Petra had, when he finally released a long breath of air, the cheek she had kissed was still warm and he suddenly didn't feel the need to have his coat collar up so high.

Walking a bit straighter he entered the lobby for the door, the smirk still playing on his lips. "Levi! You came in twice in one month, what do we owe the honor?" His relaxed stance grew ridged again as he turned to the familiar voice, the blonde man, who stood by the large information desk in the middle, he used the paper in his hand to wave Levi down as he turned to say something to the receptionist before walking over. Levi returned both hands in his pockets, though as much as he tried the pull at the corner of his mouth never faltered leaving him with the smirk. "Brushing up on your history?" He asked as Levi only grunted with a shoulder roll "I'm more interested in the future" his eyes Lingered on the hallway he had just left as he spoke "your shit is filthy though, and it smells like ass through this whole place" he gave Erwin another look before turning towards the door again. "Charming as ever..can you work tonight?" He called though only offered a brief hand wave "I'm coming back this afternoon" with that he left. It was still cold out though Levi hardly notice with his face still warm, he swiftly walked down the steps, passing a few people who were heading in as he walked back across the street to his car.

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Pulling up to the museum for the second time that day Levi sighed, he had changed his clothes into something fresh as well as a long shower. In the back of the man's mind he hoped his freshening up wasn't too noticeable. It was just lunch, hardly anything. But Levi was still anxious, he had been interested in woman before, it was few and far in between and hardly ever lasted. There was more then just interest with Petra and he couldn't place what the feeling was but he didn't want it to go away. Adjusting the collar of his coat around his neck before getting out of the car the warmth lingered on him as he stood, moving to lean against his car door. Levi watched the museum with an uninterested stare as he took his arm out to glance down at his watch, he was early by a few minutes which he also hoped wasn't going to be noticed.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:16 pm

Her tours were given with slightly more gusto throughout the morning and whether it was from the coffee actually affecting her or the anticipation of her lunch with Levi, she didn't know. She couldn't lie to herself, though. She was excited, despite hardly knowing the man. There was something oddly familiar about him that drew her closer to him. Petra couldn't figure out what it was, but she only hoped she would be able to. And in the back of her mind, she hoped it would go farther than just simple lunches with him.

She checked her watch as she wrapped up another tour, already walking to retrieve her coat from the break room. Perhaps it was a few minutes too early to assume he was already there and waiting for her, but she would wait if she had to. Picking up her coat and putting her scarf around her neck, Petra walked at a faster pace than usual and pulled on her coat. Turning towards the receptionist still at the desk as she bustled past, she gave a small smile. "Erwin'll probably already know, but if you see him tell him I'm on lunch." Buttoning her coat down as she pushed the museum doors, she couldn't help but smile upon seeing Levi already waiting, the woman descending the stairs faster than probably necessary and with a slight spring to her step. She put her hands into her pockets as she reached the bottom, taking the next few steps to stop before Levi, practically unable to stop herself from rocking on her heels. She barely noticed that it seemed he had gone home to change into different clothes and in its own way, she found it endearing that he found their impromptu lunch date that important already. "I hope I didn't keep you waiting long, I just finished a tour." She gave a smile, tucking a strand of hair behind her ear.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:25 pm

Levi had quickly returned his hand back to the warmth of his coat pocket, the air was particularly biting today, he hadn't checked the forecast which was probably something he should have done. Adjusting as he leaned on the car the distant sound of the museum's swinging doors caught his attention and relaxing upon seeing Petra briskly make her way down the stairs. She had such a hop in her step he noticed off hand. It was cute. A hand quickly came up to adjust his collar and he cleared his throat as she approached, giving her a nod. "No you didn't. I just pulled up, actually" he lied, staring at her for another moment before rolling his shoulders and turning slightly to open the door to the passenger side for her. "Don't you get tired talking about the same shit everyday?" he asked, though an amused grunt followed as he shut the door carefully behind her, walking briskly around back to the drivers side and into his car.

The inside he kept impeccably clean, he also gave the interior of the car another cleaning before returning to the museum that day, fortunately that was something he could hide a bit better. he thought himself ridiculous of all the precautions he took for a simple Lunch with a woman he hardly knew. But it didn't feel that way, that's what drove him. He was used to being unapproachable and vulgar as Erwin said on countless occasions, meeting new people wasn't exactly a strong suit of his and talking to people became a chore. Petra was different in that aspect, when she spoke to him he wasn't counting the seconds until it was over, in fact he didn't want her to stop. He was comfortable.

Letting a hand rest on the wheel he looked over to her with his dull grey eyes, "You have a place you like?" he asked, his fingers absently drummed on the curve of the wheel while he waited for a reply. Turning his attention forward to not blatantly stare at her he did keep up the occasional glance. "I can go anywhere..unless its some dirty ass dinner. You're not one of those types who likes to eat weird shit are you?" he glanced over at her reaction, though his expression hardly changed, his tone held a teasing edge. "Other then that, its your choice, I don't go out for lunch much." he regretted his words as soon as the last one left his mouth. Now she more then likely thought he was some strange hermit that only got out to watch a museum at night. Gripping the wheel tighter he sighed, waiting for an response.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:43 am

Petra didn't let the smile leave her face, trying her best to hold back a somewhat giddy giggle. Looking as he opened the passenger side door, she glanced at him and tilted her head and now allowed her small laugh to escape. She sat in the car, glancing up at Levi as he asked her a question. She pursed her lips, allowing him to close the passenger side door before getting into his side of the car before answering his question. "Get tired of it? What's the point of keeping a job if you don't love it?" She still held a smile, the woman glancing down to fix her scarf before looking back at Levi.

She thought back to the day they had first actually met momentarily. Admittedly, though, she thought about it daily. It was...odd, the almost familiar ache in her chest when they only shook hands. Petra didn't bring it up to anyone else in the short amount of time between first meeting Levi and now, considering they might have thought it was a little...strange. Of course, a lot of people thought her obsession with history was borderline as bad as her friend's obsession with science, therefore strange. The history part was maybe rivaled by Erwin.

Snapping out of her thoughts when she heard Levi again, the smile on her face returned as she looked back at him. "I'm not too picky, to be honest." She blinked at his response to her answer, although a small chuckle escaped her. "No, I'm not one of those people. I have better tastes." She drummed her fingers against her knee, looking forward as she caught what he said next. Pursing her lips, she gave a small nod. Petra didn't find it unusual for him to say he didn't go out for lunch much. To start with, he didn't strike her as the type to always be in the mood to go out. But she wouldn't hold it against him. "There's a small diner a little farther into Stohess that I think you might like, actually. They don't serve 'weird shit', as you call it." Her smile grew slightly, the woman glancing out the windshield shortly. "And I don't think Erwin will really mind if I'm gone longer than usual..." She said the last part thoughtfully, looking back to Levi.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Sat Nov 23, 2013 5:41 pm

The grip on the wheel relaxed as she spoke, he glanced over from his hard stare he was giving the street which was followed by a grunt. Something similar to a laugh escaped him as he leaned back, Levi shook his head "Tell me where it's at and don't worry about Erwin. He's a push over, besides" he shot her another glance before reaching in his pocket for the keys, they were still cool from being outside "he won't bother you if he knows you're with me, I make him nervous.". The car rumbled to life when he turned the keys, pulling it out of park in the same motion. Being the middle of the day there wasn't much city traffic, though driving deeper in always irritated Levi. Other drivers were too pushy for his taste and visiting the inner city always left him in a bad mood. Though today, he couldn't see himself getting irritated at much at all. Rounding a corner up onto a ramp that turned off deeper into the district, he relaxed slightly as he stared ahead. Levi wanted to know more about her, everything in fact but he had to remind himself, it was a simple lunch between friends, more like acquaintances. The thought caused his eyebrows to cross in mild frustration.

"you been working at the museum long?" he asked, his expression never changing from its usual default stare, "I work nights usually, sit outside to watch the place for Erwin. Never saw you until I went in that day, dumb ass left his keys." he glanced over quickly again before making another turn off the ramp and onto a more busy street which of course was followed by a slight eye twitch. Levi always left when Erwin would arrive in the morning, most times long before the sun would be rising and the man often wondered what the other would possibly do for so long before the place was due to open, though he never asked. "I might have came in sooner if I had seen you go in" he didn't look at her this time, though the grip on his wheel tightened again in the slightest.

Levi leaned forward, his eyes narrowing as he examined a traffic sign before turning the wheel to follow the plain directions before passing another that confirmed their entering into downtown Stohess. "damn" he grumbled as a car cut him off in the on coming lane, a series of curses continuing under his breath as his stare now rested on the car in front of them. Levi leaned forward to check the signs on the building, replaying what she had said the name of the place was while he searched before being sure he turned into the right spot. "This it? you weren't shitting me when you said it was small." he waited for a moment, examining the front of the building before getting out. Levi paused as soon as the cold air from the city hit him, it wasn't often he went this far into Stohess, there was less bustle on the outer reaches of the district. Though his pause didn't last long as he quickly turned to step around to the passenger side of the car, opening the door promptly for Petra.

He followed her in, figuring she knew the place better then he, the inside was a blast of warm as soon as they had entered then the smell was the next thing to hit him. It wasn't unpleasant though he was sure he would find something else to tease her about. Again he followed her to a table, glancing briefly at the woman who sat them before returning his attention to Petra and seating himself. "that woman was wearing an eyepatch, does everybody who works here have missing limbs?" he watched her, the slightest tug pulled at the corner of mouth "I don't really want soup with a damn finger in it" he glanced down at the placement, looking over at the menu that was sat in front of him, before moving a hand to rest in his lap where he quickly drew his hand into a tight fist, the other rested on the table, lightly tapping the fork to his side.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:40 am

The woman let her smile fall momentarily, her hand slowly coming to rest on her knee. "It's not too far into Stohess if you just take the ramp. I can point it out once we get closer." She pursed her lips slightly, before chuckling quietly. "He's not that much of a pushover." Shifting slightly, she turned to buckle her seatbelt before folding her hands in her lap. Petra sighed lightly, her thumb lightly brushing over her ring finger before looking back up again when Levi spoke.

She smiled lightly, shaking her head. "Not too long, no. Maybe nine months, now. I don't know how I've never seen you. I've met the night crew indoors before I met you." Her eyes turned to look out the windshield again. She almost frowned at the thought. On particularly bad nights with her dreams, she sometimes got to the museum only a few minutes after Erwin arrived. It gave her an odd sense of peace that she didn't like to admit, or necessarily welcome. In truth, the museum almost scared her with how comfortable she was around the place. She wouldn't ever admit it though. Smiling again at what he said, Petra's attention returned to Levi. "This is better late than never, right?"

Again her attention returned forward, the woman staring ahead and at the traffic signs and a sudden thought hitting her. "The restaurant's name is Nobilis Avem, by the way. I should have told you that before, it's not far now." She kept her attention forward to watch out for the diner herself, not necessarily wanting to somehow get lost in Stohess, which had happened to her more times she would like to admit. The woman wasn't one for city life, she had decided, which was why she wasn't really living in Stohess. Nodding as Levi turned into the proper place, she nodded. "I know; it's not easy to find here because of that." She adjusted as she unbuckled her seatbelt when Levi parked and got out of the car. Petra moved to open the car door herself, but she stopped when he had opened it for her. Trying to hide back a small smile as she stepped out, she closed the door behind her and lead Levi into the restaurant.

She already moved to remove her scarf as she stepped in, looking up at the waitress already at the podium. Petra smiled; she was practically a regular here at the diner. It was one of her favorite ones in the city. It was small and she had never complained about the food. "Just two, please." The woman followed the waitress to their table, glancing behind her to make sure she hadn't somehow lost him already. She sat across from Levi as they stopped at their table, already moving to remove her jacket and shrug it off. Glancing up at the man as he spoke, she almost had half a mind to lean over and lightly hit his arm. "Levi, I don't think an eye classifies as a 'limb'. Either way, I don't think they'd hire someone missing their arm or leg." She gave the cheekiest smile she could muster before turning to the menu.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:31 pm

visibly relaxing as he settled into the seat, the chair creaked slighting which caused him to glance down for a moment. The whole place had small enclosed feel, not that Levi minded, he was glad to be out of the bitter cold of outside. The chair creaked again as he picked up the menu to glance over it, a subtle sigh escaping him. The last thing he needed was for the chair to break, and certainly not in front of Petra. Keeping movement down to a minimum he looked through the options, the variety was impressive but he didn't plan on eating much. Levi glanced up slowly with what Petra had said, the light tug at his mouth persisted for a moment, noting the smile "Well this is your choice of places, you must like the added flavor" he teased lightly, letting his eyes fall to the menu again once again scanning the contents.

Levi waited a moment before glancing up again, pausing in the slightest when he noticed she wasn't looking. He took it as a chance to look at her, really look at her, attempt to place why he was so drawn to her in the short amount of time. Considering he couldn't take advantage of this while driving he watched her features as they read her own menu, glancing to her hand on the table. His own twitched, fingers itching for contact. This only caused his face to harden, the hand in his lap further squeezing into a tighter fist as he diverted his thoughts from her hand all together. It gave him an odd feeling one similar to when he woke up from his dreams. Nightmares. Levi focused on something else, which was easier said then done with Petra being the only interesting thing in front of him. "Its a long ass menu..what do you usually get." he asked in his dull tone, equally dull eyes moving to catch hers. He hadn't asked really to get an idea for himself, really he was just curious on what she liked, though he felt he already knew the answer. "you come here a lot then?" he wanted to be sure, wanted to get an idea of where she went or what she liked to do. Levi could imagine her sitting here on occasion with coffee. Defiantly coffee.  

A moment passed again before he sighed, rolling his shoulders in his seat, he had sat down with his coat to warm up from the outside but now, it was starting to get too warm for his liking. Carefully he stood again, removing one arm from each sleeve, carefully folding the long coat and then to the back of his chair it went. He sat then, a hand coming up to adjust the ascot between his collar and shirt. "Nine months in that musty museum. Doing your duty for the good of the nation didn't suit you?" he grunted, nodding to a group of people that was sitting not to far from them in ridged and pressed military uniforms. It was a common sight. "not that I blame you. You don't look like the tight ass type, but a tour guide?" he finished, glancing over to her again.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:44 am

The woman kept her focus on the menu in front of her, despite already knowing what she planned on getting. Glancing up shortly to look at Levi at his response, her smile grew slightly at what he said before returning her gaze to the menu. She crossed her legs at her ankles, giving them a short swing as her hazel eyes went over the menu. Her hand on the table absently tapped against the top, the woman lightly humming a tune as she looked. She appreciated the comfortable silence in between the two of them. Any silence between them, to this point, hadn't been awkward in the slightest. Petra didn't find it strange, nor did she really question it. On any other occasion, she would. Her gaze returned to Levi when he spoke again, pursing her lips as she glanced at the menu before looking to him a second time. "Honestly, I'm pretty simple. I usually get a salad or something from the breakfast menu." She brought her second hand up onto the table, folding them on the table. "Yeah, I do. I'm considered a regular now." She looked around the restaurant shortly. "The atmostsphere here is more comfortable than most diners and cafes in Sina, though." Her eyes returned to Levi.

She watched him, subtly, as he stood to remove his jacket. Her eyes narrowed somewhat at the ascot around his neck when he sat back down, finding the article of clothing oddly familiar. It fit someone like him, although she couldn't place why. Shifting her eyes to look back to his face momentarily, she turned her head to look at who he was referring to. But she turned back with a small smile. "I served my time after I got out of high school, actually. Only for two years. Honestly, I probably would have been working at the museum longer if I decided not to serve." She shrugged, one of her hands moving to play with the corner of her menu. "And I would have served longer, but..." She pursed her lips again in thought, glancing down at the menu. "I don't know. I feel like I wouldn't have accomplished something if I stayed." Her other arm moved so she could rest her chin on her hand, the woman looking back at Levi. She decided to keep it vague from him, for the time being. Her gaze turned again when their waitress returned, smiling. "Just a water. And...might as well bring coffee as well... and the usual. I'm not sure if he's ready to order, though." Her attention shifted back to the man across from her, a smile still apparent on her lips.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:41 pm

His hand had returned back to his lap, his fingers simply strumming his knee once or twice before returning to the balled fist he found more comfortable. When she began to speak, Petra had his full attention, though his eyes would occasionally flick to movement just behind her from people or busy waiters. Levi nodded when she gave her answer, he could imagine her easily in a military situation which surprised even him how easily the image came. She had a..fire in her eyes, it wasn't as noticeable now but he could see it when she spoke of all those dirty old things. Levi found it safe to assume she could get passionate about something within seconds and it suited her. The fire and the passion, he was starting to understand now, as she spoke, why he was so eager to be burned.  Levi wanted to press her as to why she felt that way, the military was the majority option for most of their society, to not stay enlisted was something of a pariah. His eyes only left her when the waitress came, smiling and friendly and so eager to take their order, it seemed fake. Though when Petra had ordered he realized he hardly looked at the menu, clearing his throat he glanced up at the waiting woman. "un sweetened tea and I'll have her usual." tossing Petra an amused look he offered his menu to the other woman before returning his attention to the one cross from him.

His thumb rubbed against his fingers, glancing to watch the waitress leave followed by a short grunt. "First test in seeing if your taste in food really isn't shit" he teased lightly before attempting to remember where they had left off in their previous conversation. "I was in for four years. I had intentions of staying after the cut off." his eyes darkened for a moment as he remembered, the small amount of time he actually felt like he had some sort of drive, a purpose. "I was ready for the military but they weren't ready for me" Levi stated gently, telling her exactly why that was would have to wait for another time, he didn't want Petra thinking he was deranged. Looking up as the drinks were brought, Levi brought the hand in his lap back up onto the table. He noted first hand that the tea wasn't hot which was what he preferred but not accustomed to. Taking the cup by the brim in an unusual hold he tested it, the tartness of the drink was welcomed and overall approved for the most part. Setting the cup back down he looked back at Petra "so has dirty ass toasters and old painted guys always been your interest? he questioned, his finger tapping the handle of the cup.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:44 pm

Her smile grew slightly, the woman moving to hand the menu back to their waitress as she sat up properly. "By ordering my usual? You probably signed up for something weird." Her hands were back and folded on the table, the woman taking to swinging her legs again. She kept her eyes on him when he took a brief summary of his military career and she nodded. The military suited someone like him, but she couldn't place why exactly. "So you would go back, if you had the chance?" She asked, looking up when their drinks were brought. Petra smiled at their waitress, the woman moving to take a sip of her water before busying herself with adding her preferred amount of cream and sugar to her coffee.

Glancing back to Levi at his question, she chuckled slightly and ignored the small blush that came on her cheeks. "It was my interest before I went into the military. It was only covered for a day when I was in high school, although most of what was in the textbooks was speculation." She sighed slightly, her hands moving around her cup of coffee. "I don't know what drew me in more, though. The fact there was more to what I learned, or... a painting of an old, dead guy." She smiled, lifting up her mug of coffee to take a sip. "What about you? How long have you been working at the museum?" She questioned, setting her drink down carefully. Petra would have liked to ask why the military wasn't ready for him, but she wasn't going to press questions with someone she hardly knew. Even still, she wanted to tell him more than she was, past the fact the time period was what interested her and rather dreams about the time period she had been experiencing since she was young. It almost scared her, but she didn't mention it to anyone else.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:12 pm

His fingers slowly stopped their tap against the cup when she spoke again, his attention fixated on her eyes and occasionally would droop to her mouth then back again. Levi intended to enjoy seeing her mannerisms while he could, rather then watching the back of her climb the museum steps everyday. Smirking for a moment at her words he lifted the cup to his lips again and nodded "If I don't then it's on you" he teased in his usual dry tone before setting the cup back down. He tensed at her next question, the first in lap growing tight as he thought, he had thought for awhile he wanted back in the military but something in him recently changed. "its too late for me now, kept me focused though. I was a rowdy brat then, it gave me something to do." in reality it kept his mind off of his constant nightmares, labor kept his attention elsewhere then hours trying to piece together the re-occurrences. Now though he stopped trying to figure them out all together, sleeping only when he was at his absolute limit. Though that was something she didn't need to know.

He realized he had been staring at her hands again, which he quickly fixed in the next minute  back to Petra's eyes. Levi enjoyed the blush that followed though he didn't bring attention to it, simply listening to her explanation. Levi grunted when she finished, "School bored the hell out of me, I couldn't tell you what I learned" he took another long sip from his tea, which was followed by a short chuckle "I'm glad you could pull yourself away from your old dead boyfriend to have lunch with me." he teased again, letting his gaze fall suddenly to the table at her next question. "After the military, I didn't have much else to turn to." he took another sip, collecting his thoughts "I met Erwin when he came by this warehouse I was cleaning out for extra money, asked me if he could look in the boxes and it sure as hell was full of old shit he was interested in." Setting the cup of tea down Levi sighed, rolling his shoulders again "Offered me a job on the spot which I thought was strange but he pays good and I guess you could call us friends. He asks me to drive him around to places, getting things for the museum." Levi met her eyes again, he found it easy to speak with Petra, she knew more about him now then most ever found out. "How did you meet him?" he looked at her with interest and a slight brow raise.


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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:47 am

She moved to put both of her hands around the cup, allowing the heat from the drink to keep her hands warm. Lightly drumming her fingers on the cup, she kept her attention to Levi and him only. Petra still couldn't place what was so familiar about the man and it almost bothered her. She hardly knew him but yet she felt as if she'd known him for years. Even that worried as she shifted in her chair slightly, glancing at her coffee before looking back to Levi. "You, rowdy? It's hard to believe, but I can picture it." The woman gave another cheeky smile, lifting her coffee again to take a small sip.

Moving her hand to tuck a loose strand of hair behind her ear, the woman kept the smile on her face. "He might be the jealous type." She shrugged, tapping her fingers against her coffee mug again. "But, I think he'll be okay for a little bit." Chuckling, she fell silent to listen to what he did after leaving the military. Pursing her lips, she gave a slight nod at what he said. What Levi said definitely sounded like something Erwin would do. Besides Levi, it was almost exactly what happened with her and the remainder of the staff at the museum. She never really thought too much on it, since she had gotten along so well with the rest of the staff. Lifting her mug to take another sip, she glanced to him at his question. "I met him through the interview, honestly. I had only applied a day or two before when he called back, asking for an interview the next day." She put her mug back down, nodding slowly. "When I got in, he told me he had intentions of hiring me before the interview even started. When it actually did start, it ended up being almost two hours as opposed to 30 minutes." Petra chuckled again, shaking her head. "We started talking about the history behind the museum and got caught up in that. We've been pretty good friends since then." She left out how there was another familiar aspect to Erwin, but it was another thing she couldn't exactly place and she never brought it up around the man.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:16 pm

His fingers tapped lightly against his knee as he listened to Petra, a grunt soon followed  as she began to talk about how she came to know Erwin. The museum owner was another one that confused Levi, he knew himself to be a standoffish person as well as hard to be around he wasn't ignorant to his own bad personality but as much as he tried it only seemed to encourage the charismatic blonde to pester him more. By now he was used to the man and his can-do ways, but apart of him still felt he was always used to it even when he met Erwin which was something else he kept guarded and to himself. Levi stopped his tapping, followed by a slow shift in his seat he was never this fidgety normally and he could only blame it on his company's effect on him. "Two hours you spent talking to Erwin?" he shook his head, the hand atop the table going for the cup of tea that he had left alone "I don't know if I should be impressed or feel sorry for you. I can hardly spend two minutes talking to that dumbass"

Levi picked up the cup slowly and brought it to his lips, realizing it was almost empty, a sigh left him as he set it back down, eyes returning to Petra. "has he gotten you on his theories yet? hes got a story on almost every single item in the whole damn place" he brought his hand from his lap, resting it in front of him with another drum of his fingers "He'll tell you where he found the stuff and where he thinks it came from. He talks about it all like he was actually there." Levi shook his head, glancing up when their waitress from earlier came back balancing their plates in the most unbalanced manor that made Levi cringe, he watched the other woman set down Petra's plate, then shifted back to watch his own. "Let's see if you actually have any taste at all" he said dryly, offering her an amused glance.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:12 am

The woman leaned back in her seat, extending her arm to grab her coffee and bring it to her lips to take a sip. A small laugh was held back at his comment towards Erwin before she shook his head. It was true, though. Not a lot of people necessarily enjoyed talking to their employer for any amount of time. She was likely one of the only people who could really sit down and talk to him. If she could ever get another one of her friends over to the museum to talk to him, but her friend was almost always busy. Setting her coffee back down, Petra gave a short nod. "Yes, two hours. I know it's hard to believe. And we go out for coffee quite often, too." Shifting slightly in her own seat, she glanced off to the side before looking back to Levi.

She smiled again at his next question, moving her hand to run it through her hair before gently pulling at the ends of it. "That's...actually what we talk about a lot. It probably sounds stupid, but I actually own quite a few books on the era. And we went through them and crossed out a lot of things and substituted them for our theories, since they actually made more sense over most expert's opinions." She let her hand fall from her hair, chuckling slightly. "That does...sound pretty stupid, doesn't it." Pursing her lips, she looked up when their waitress came up to their table with plates of food, her expression turning into a smile. "Thank you." Glancing to Levi after the food was placed in front of him, she rolled her eyes. "Is salad really that strange to you?" She kept back her laugh, unrolling her napkin to get her fork and knife.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:18 pm

He watched the Salad as it was placed in front of him for a moment, nodding slightly to what she said before he grunted. "Depends on what they put in the salad." he looked to his side as he picked up a fork, examining how clean the utensil was before dubbing it fine to use. An old habit he tried not to make too noticeable. Levi poked at the leaves on the plate for a moment, thinking back on what she had said. His jaw tightened in the slightest, she had gone out with Erwin on multiple occasions..they did seem to have a lot in common. He sighed, looking across to her with a dull gaze before back down at his plate. "you and Erwin go out often then?" he questioned, trying to keep the curiosity out of his voice, free hand momentarily tugging at his cravat before settling. Erwin was a one track mind, Levi knew this for sure, every time he would drive the man to some location there was always a woman flaunting around for his attention. Erwin never noticed and for Levi it was hard not to notice what he considered pathetic displays, the museum owner only ever had one focus as far as Levi knew which was the artifacts and his work. But the blonde and Petra did have a lot in common. Levi's hand, which had returned to his lap tightly balled into a fist as he poked at another leaf "Well he has competition now on who gets to take you out" he stated matter-of-fact, finally bringing a bite to his mouth in a slow chew.

He shrugged then, not minding the first bite and continuing his train of thought after the second "I wouldn't call it stupid" he shook his head, poking at another leaf again with disinterest "you're passionate about something so you enjoy doing it, I may not know any of this shit but I can see that much" he shrugged, taking another bite and glancing across the room before returning his gaze to Petra once he swallowed. "Stupid would be putting effort into learning it only to regret it. That's stupid. But you enjoy all of it so that makes sense to me" nodding to his own words he watched her face for a moment, taking in her features or the umpteenth time that day before shrugging "Doing something you're going to end up regretting later, that's the stupidest thing you can do." Levi lowered his gaze back down to his salad with the occasional poke, he had eaten a good portion of it and surprisingly found it to be enjoyable.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:42 am

She blinked at what he had said, also reaching to grab her fork before rolling her eyes. "Probably a finger or something." A small smirk was given before she stabbed at a few leaves on the plate, spearing a few with the fork and lifting them to her mouth. She chewed slowly, her eyes returning to Levi at the question he asked. Petra tried to keep the small smile off of her lips again, using her other hand to grip her water and take a small sip. She had a feeling he would question it; the feeling was strange but she didn't mention it, shifting in her spot slightly to rest her elbow on the table. Again she poked at her salad, watching him momentarily before looking else where in the restaurant. "You won't have any 'competition', Levi. He's just a friend." Petra shrugged slightly. "I think he might be looking for someone else, anyways." She continued to poke and eat at her salad slowly, her attention returning to Levi.

Her thoughts slowed, the woman keeping her gaze on Levi. She didn't want to make any assumptions, but she couldn't help but think he was somewhat...jealous over her mentioning she frequently went out for coffee with Erwin. In its own way, it was slightly endearing, considering they hardly knew each other. Still she wouldn't mention it to him, considering it was likely something he was trying to keep from her. Petra was brought out of her thoughts when he started on what she was saying earlier, about her odd hobbies with the history of the museum. She smiled slightly at him, reaching to take another sip of her water. "Well... thank you, I guess. A lot of people think it's strange that this is practically what I dedicate my life to, so I really don't talk about it too much to other people. But... I don't know." She paused to take another bite of her salad. "I feel comfortable telling you, I guess." Petra nodded slowly, resting her chin on her hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Cherry Blossoms for the Beloved and Departed   Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:29 am

With half of his salad finished he paused as Petra spoke, tapping the end of his fork with his thumb in thought. For a moment his thoughts went back to the one eye'd woman that sat them, eyes slowly falling to the bowl  below him, mouth twisting in minor disgust at the thought of a loose limb being tossed about with his salad.  Though he quickly dismissed the thought, returning his gaze back to Petra as she spoke up again. Levi's jaw tightened at what she said, his hand that found itself clenched in his lap slowly released. He then realized how he must have sounded and why the idea of Erwin and Petra going out together roused such a reaction. it wasn't like he had any claim to her, what they were on now was simply just a lunch. For all he knew after this Petra might find his company horrible and this would be their last outing.  Though he finally returned her stare with a slow nod, twisting the fork between his fingers again before stopping "Looking for someone? maybe...would explain a lot, though hes practically already married to the junk he finds." he nodded with a grunt, flipping his fork back to jab at another leaf.

Levi noted the crispness had left the salad from letting it sit there untouched in front of him. He chewed slowly, more so in thought as he listened to Petra. Levi's hard gaze, which had focused on a picture frame in the far corner of the room softened at what she said next. He and the word comfortable usually never went in the same sentence it was almost..refreshing. "you make it interesting. If I had someone like you teaching it to me back in school I sure as hell would have been paying more attention" glancing across the table at Petra he allowed a flash of a smirk "you found something you're passionate about. Be proud about that." Levi grunted, shaking his head "you don't have to sit outside a damn museum every night wondering if the guy who's drunk off his ass is going to try to piss on the steps or not." another grunt followed as he brought his other hand up on the table, taking a quick glance at the time "When do you get off lunch?" he asked, shaking his wrist slightly to uncover the watch just under his sleeve. "I wouldn't want you to be late because of me. Erwin might ban me for keeping his best employee out so long." letting his sleeve fall back into place, Levi glanced back at Petra with a slight raise in his brow.
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