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Author Topic: ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]  (Read 551 times)

ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]
« on: March 23, 2021, 07:43:07 PM »
[ late summer 845 ]
[ training grounds ]

Mastering the ODM gear was a lot, lot harder than Eren had thought it would be. Not only had he struggled to even hold his damn balance (though he'd pointed out to everybody it had only been thanks to the malfunctioning equipment, people still teased him about it), he was having a hard time nailing the basic training for it. It seemed as though he struggled in everything.

Mikasa was strong. Armin was smart. What was Eren..?

He didn't give up for one moment. The current stage of their training involved practising reeling up a sheer wall. Though they weren't expected to climb up the total height of the Wall outside the training grounds, he'd determined that only once he did would he feel successful. The class had ended, most cadets filing away to lunch, but Eren remained suited up. He stared up the grey Wall, examining hundreds of spots where hooks had been embedded in. None of those made by the cadets surpassed halfway. As for his own attempts, he hadn't even managed a quarter.

"Mikasa," he said, turning - knowing she would be there. They had the lesson together, after all. "Can you show me how you do it?" He found it easier to watch and learn based off of that, and while he glowered with how perfect Mikasa seemed to do every manoeuvre, he was grateful for it as well. Now that they were near enough alone, he could focus better. It was hard watching one person's actions amongst thirty.

No matter what, to be a Scout, he had to nail the omni-directional mobility gear. If that meant copying Mikasa until he was as good as her, so be it.

Provided he could even manage that. She was a graceful dancer in the air. If his eyes weren't already green, they'd turn green with envy.

Re: ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2021, 08:04:04 PM »
Training helped her focus. Not only that - it was a form of therapy. It felt as if all of her frustrations were gone as soon as she could just do things. Training with the ODM gear was probably her favourite part; embedding the hook, then letting the ropes do the rest. It felt as if she was flying.

Even though other cadets began to leave, she didn't plan on going just yet. She needed more practice to protect Eren. Sure, killing titans was on her list as well, but the real reason she had joined the Cadet Corps was him after all.

Looking up the Wall, she heard her name without paying attention to the rest. "Huh?" she mumbled, subconsciously holding onto her red scarf; it took her a few seconds to figure what he had asked. "Of course." She aimed, then fired the grapple hooks at the wall and activated the gas mechanism. She reeled herself without the slightest effort, closing her eyes while doing so. It felt so freeing.

Not paying attention, she managed to get to the top of the tall wall before swinging herself back towards Eren.

She landed on her legs and removed a lock of hair from her face. "Now you do it."

Re: ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2021, 05:01:17 PM »
She did it so easily! Part of his childish self wanted to rage on watching her climb the height of the Wall with hardly a struggle, as if she wasn't even focusing on what she was doing. As he stood there, gazing up the nearly endless Wall, he saw her rise and rise and grow smaller as she distanced himself from him. It felt like that might well be the furthest they'd ever been from one another.

His chest spiked with anxiety and he calmed himself as she swung back down to him. Just in time.

With round eyes, he looked at her for a moment and made something between a 'pfft' and a scoff sound, trying to make it look like he was completely confident in himself to manage it. "Yeah. Ok. Easy." It didn't feel like it.

He aimed his hand controllers and settled into the stance they'd been told to, trying to make it look as casual as she'd aimed. He didn't quite nail it. Eren swallowed. Okay. He could do this. He drew a breath, then fired his hooks and started reeling them in before kicking in his gas. Keeping his balance was easy enough, but keeping momentum seemed harder for him. As he managed to reach the height where his hooks were embedded he struggled to retract the hooks quickly enough.

There was a brief moment where it felt as though he were floating in the air - his gas dying down, his hooks returning to their controllers. Then he started going down.

"No, no, nonono!" he yelled, panicking as he tried to fire the hooks again. Only one released, meaninglessly bumping off of the wall. He kept falling, and then the second hook darted out and slammed into the Wall. He kept falling, the ground closing in, and then it went taut.

Re: ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2021, 12:51:58 PM »
She believed him. Eren was capable of doing it; all he needed was a little bit of confidence and he'd be able to master the ODM gear, no doubt about it. Her eyes followed the hooks, then looked right back at him. "You got it." It seemed he had it in the first half, Mikasa looking at him with a proud smirk.

"Eren!" She fired the hooks at the wall once again, reeling herself towards him, focused. It didn't take long for her to get to the spot where he was and stopped right below him. "Are you okay?"

She had a feeling he'd be pissed off if she'd grab and pull him down with her.

Re: ubi dubium, ibi libertas. [Mikasa]
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2021, 10:45:33 PM »
His back ached, set on fire by the suddenness of the stop, his wire keeping him against the wall but gently twisting him. It took a moment to recenter himself, to acknowledge that he was actually okay, before he could find the Wall with his boots.

"I'm... good," he said, giving a feeble thumbs-up before grimacing. "Just, just give me a minute. I gotta try again."

He wouldn't give up until he was black and blue. What was the point of going into the cadet corps if he wasn't any good at it? How could he defeat the titans if he couldn't manage the basics?

Eren closed his eyes before shifting his stance and leaning slightly more comfortably away from the Wall, his boots firmly placed on the surface. Blood pounded in his temples. "Mikasa," he mumbled. "Mikasa, am I..." He didn't know how to say it. So he rephrased it. "Do you think I'm doing the right thing?"

Whether he was talking about the cadet corps or his stubborn insistence on getting it right was left up in the air.


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