It was hardened by trials of fire and flame and smoke, dry and cracking burnt flesh and bone.
But it survived.
It survived because two beautiful souls, troubled and trying to be moral, but living in a harsh reality in which sacrifices must be made for freedom, for hope, and that includes lives and ethics
they know one another better than anyone else. they know one another so well they cast aside any pretense of social or physical distance.
they have their own language.
they share the same dream.
Other people see it.
One character himself.
Has even commented. On the fact that they have their “own language.”
They’ve been through a lot together.
They love each other. They support one another.
Their dream means something. It carries the entire manga. The ENTIRE manga is based on THIS moment
I looked into your eyes and saw I wasn’t free.
I was born into this world.
Which you didn’t see until
Platonic or not.
There is no denying there is a great love there.
Something truly beautiful that draws on friendship and intimacy so casual, so normal that neither even thinks about it as strange. It’s as unremarkable as breathing, like sharing lungs, a heart. He inhales, the other exhales.
A relationship you’ve seen before, but never like this.
Not like this.
The attack on titan fandom.
In its wisdom and literary comprehension.
Decides this is the canon ship.
This is the ship we should praise.
this is the relationship with the most heart, depth, and reality.
This is our most beautiful, meaningful, and most popular relationship.
Words: 102,230 Fandom: Shingeki no Kyojin | Attack on Titan Rating: Not Rated Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings Relationships: Armin Arlert/Eren Yeager Characters: Armin Arlert, Eren Yeager, Mikasa Ackerman, Hange Zoë, Levi, Sasha Blouse, Connie Springer, Jean Kirstein, Original Characters, Armin Arlert’s Grandfather, Armin Arlert’s Parents, Erwin Smith Additional Tags: Lots of plot, Eremin - Freeform, Friends to Lovers, Slow Build, Action/Adventure, canonverse, Canon Divergence, Introspection, Narrative Rambling, All OCs are for plot purposes, What-If, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Psychological Torture, Kidnapping, Conspiracy, Character’s Name Spelled as Hanji, They/Them Pronouns for Hanji, Pining, Sexual Content, Holding Hands, Angst, Nostalgia, Dashes of humor and fluff, Attempts at explaining sciencey things, Tags Subject to Change, Alcohol, alcohol consumption, Misunderstandings, Self Confidence Issues, Dumb Decisions, long fic, Guilt Issues, Armin/Mikasa Friendship
Summary: The war wears on, a seemingly endless cycle of hopeless repetition. Armin has begun to despair of ever seeing the ocean, but the chance discovery of an old invention could be the breakthrough humanity needs. As Armin struggles with his outlook and his feelings for his best friend, the past comes back in more ways than one, and the gears of something bigger begin to turn…
Chapter 25 Summary:
Eren and Armin share some pre-dawn reflections and reassurances.