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Author Topic: Soap suds. [Erwin]  (Read 2869 times)

Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2018, 01:38:02 AM »
Erwin could not stay longer, even if he wanted to. But that would not stop him from answering questions. And at least this boy seemed to understand the boundaries set upon him by virtue of rank. Perhaps he could find a way to more appropriately occupy the cadet’s time after he left. The cadets more than likely did enough scrubbing floors already at the training camp.

The question though did resonate with Erwin. Joint exercises were virtually non-existent in the military. That was not for lack of a well formed command structure, but the roles of the units were completely exclusive of each other, at least from the perspective of several of Erwin’s predecessors. The Garrison never left the walls except for extreme situations, much like the Military Police. With the exception of the ranking members of the Garrison, more specifically Commander Pixis and occasionally his aides, Erwin saw very little of the Garrison beyond the day-to-day interactions between soldiers.

“Why do you ask?”
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2018, 03:09:51 AM »
"My family are, and were, soldiers of the Garrison Regiment," he answered plainly. "I understand the divides - it's true that members of the Garrison can be lazy. But they're also our first defence on the Wall. The Survey Corps has the most experience and the best techniques for eliminating Titans."

Axel paused, with a cautious glance to his superior.

"I asked Eld and Petra as well. I just figured... well, if you worked together, through training, you could swap more tactics. Don't we need that now?" More than ever before.
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2018, 01:58:39 AM »
“Such coordination is not impossible. Information is indeed shared; however, the challenge is overcoming years of prejudice and tradition.” Erwin paused, thinking about what to say next. “However, our current crisis has not yet created the needed change, because although tradition can be changed by circumstance, prejudice is often not.”

The cadet was not wrong; in fact he had a point. But to say such a thing when did not hold any official rank yet? It could get him in a significant amount of trouble.

“I would advise you to keep these thoughts to yourself for now. Or perhaps, at least not make them widely known,” , he said. “Such things coming from a cadet could create problems that some believe would require drastic solutions.”
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2018, 11:33:42 PM »
Axel brightened at the possibility, not the outright refusal, in the commander's words. His full attention fixed on him, keen gaze lit. He rushed to speak, but hesitated as Erwin continued to speak. The spirit within him dived, and his eyebrows knit together.

"I understand, sir," he said with clear reluctance, throwing a glare to the ground. He couldn't tell whether the man himself believed so, but even if he did, he couldn't let it go quite so easily. "You would try, wouldn't you, if you could?" It was almost a challenge, as the teenager looked back at him, waiting.

The boy between Garrison and Scout wasn't keen to back down immediately.
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2018, 11:12:07 PM »
“It is not a question of making the attempt, but waiting for the right opportunity to offer up such an idea,” Erwin said as he stepped outside. It was a bright, almost cloudless day. Some would say the weather was perfect to enjoy all things good about autumn. However, Erwin had little time for such things. They were now frivolous to him, especially at his age and being without children.

At this point other scouts were in earshot. “I suggest we end this conversation for now. Come along.” Erwin’s pace quickened. While enlightened cadets were hard to find, he had to go about his day.
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2018, 07:40:46 PM »
The right opportunity. He looked at Erwin, thinking on his words, and gave a brief nod of acceptance. This time, with less reluctance. He understood that he was only a cadet - worse, one of the youngest - but it was frustrating all the same. All he wanted was to make sure the Garrison were just as prepared. Arrogantly, he wanted them to be prepared despite him not joining. But that wasn't something he was keen to announce to the commander of the Survey Corps.

"Yes, sir," he said, walking briskly after him. "Thank you for your insight," he added finally, and silenced.
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2018, 04:25:20 AM »
They moved briskly across the courtyard. Erwin was pressed for time. After placing the first of his files in the carriage, he turned to the cadet and took the portfolio.

“You have a bright future ahead of you. Do not forget what I asked of you.” As he stepped into the carriage, he waved over the nearest one of his soldiers.

“Take this cadet to see Eld Jinn or Petra Ral. Perhaps their squad will have something for him,” he said. “If I see another cadet scrubbing floors I will add extra shifts to cleaning out the stables for this weekend. Inform my officers to stay on top of this as best they can. I should be back late tomorrow.” And with that, Erwin stepped inside the carriage and the next leg of his journey began.
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Re: Soap suds. [Erwin]
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2018, 03:00:00 AM »
Handing over the portfolio with calm ease, he gazed up at the commander as he spoke. "I won't forget, commander, I promise," he promised with a dip of his head. Unsure of the proper protocol, he snapped his legs together and saluted properly.

As orders were given to the officer, Axel remained still and quiet, though he felt relieved to be sent back to Eld and Petra. He couldn't wait to report on the conversation, in a mixture of glee, confusion and hesitance, to see what they thought of Erwin's response to his idea. Perhaps they'd be somewhat disappointed he had brought it up, but he had only wanted to find a way to assist them all - especially given that the views on the Garrison from Scouts seemed near enough on par with their beliefs of the Scouts.
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