mentioning his height is probably like a taboo in the house
yeah if you haven’t noticed before, the age differences in this au are slightly different from canon. I wanted the kids to be closer in age so I made the gap smaller (I mean Wendy is like, what, 6,7 years younger than Natsu and Gajeel? Yeah, I just didn’t want to make them teenagers here I guess)
alternative title for this post: everyone bullies Sting
It still takes Erwin’s breath away. The sight of Levi lying sleeping in his bed, perfectly at peace, just the slightest crease furrowing his brow, the dark shadows of his eyes smoothed away by the dawn. He’s beautiful. He’s always beautiful. But in this light, in these moments, he takes Erwin’s breath away.
One hand lies open and relaxed on the pillow by his cheek and Erwin knows that if he slides his fingers into that hand, it will curl around him, an unconscious reflex of trust and possession.
It had taken Erwin months to coax this beautiful creature into his bed, many more to persuade him to stay the night, years to convince him that, yes, Erwin really did want to share every moment of the rest of his life with him. Him and no one else.
At first Erwin had been in it purely for the thrill of the chase. A small lithe body, a ferocious scowl, and beautiful silver eyes glimpsed across a dance floor. The chase became a challenge when Levi made it clear he was no one’s conquest. Far from it. And as he proved to be resistant to all Erwin’s increasingly desperate advances, brushing them off with ill concealed contempt, the challenge became obsession. An obsession that turned into something much more dangerous when Levi slowly started to thaw, to bend, to yield, and by the time he finally condescended to meet for coffee, Erwin was deeply, hopelessly, irrevocably in love.
All those months of patience, persistence and honestly paid off, and now here he is, years later, gazing down at the man who shares his bed and his life, his every waking moment, and yet still Erwin wonders what he could possibly have done in this life or any other, to deserve such a gift.
Even now, after all these years, Erwin can’t help himself. Can’t help rolling over towards Levi and pressing a soft kiss to the nape of his neck. His skin is smooth and warm, familiar under Erwin’s lips. The velvet of his undercut tickles his nose, longer strands catching in fair lashes. Erwin breathes him in. Levi in the morning smells like soap and sex and Earl Gray tea; everything Erwin lives for.
Beneath him, Levi shifts, mutters something sleepy and unintelligible. Erwin holds his breath. This is the critical moment. If he’s lucky, Levi will melt against him, body flexing and arching lazily. If he’s unlucky, he’ll get a sharp elbow in the solar plexus, a growled “fuck off”, and the quilt yanked unceremoniously off him.
Erwin waits, holds his breath. Levi sighs and melts.
“Holy cow I wasn’t expecting this,” said Levy as she took in the incredible sight in front of her. Next to her, Lucy giggled and gently pushed her forward. On the other side, Gajeel stood still, just as stunned as she was, and required more than just a poke to get him moving towards the party in the guild.
The hall was filled to the brim with members from the guild and locals from Magnolia, even members from ally guilds made an appearance. Sting and Rogue nodded at the couple from their spots at the bar, raising their glasses in a silent toast as Mira waved excitedly from behind. A cheer began to rise as more people noticed their entry to the hall, and made way for them as Lucy escorted them to the center table. Levy nearly stopped stock still when she noticed the immense pile of gifts stacked on the table, along with beer, tea and cake.
“Ah, this is…?” Levy gasped, turning to Lucy as they were guided to special seats decked out in pink and blue ribbons. Gajeel was still silent next to her, taking in the scene as Natsu clapped his shoulder good naturally. Jet and Droy joined them at the table as Pantherlily flew over and landed on the table, grinning ear to ear as the duo hugged the couple warmly.
“I hear it’s not often that children are born into this guild,” Lucy giggled smugly. “But having twins? Now that’s a rare treat, so we’re celebrating in style!”
And celebrate they certainly did. There was plenty of games that the younger kids played, some interesting games that they were forced to play. But there was plenty of laughter and drinks that lasted long into the night and early morning, leaving the young parents to be rather exhausted.
“Oi,” Gajeel muttered, carrying a sleepy Levy back up to their apartment. The party had decided to take a breather for a day, something that was nearly inconceivable for the guild but relieving for the couple. Levy snuggled her head under his chin, beginning to relax as their door was in view.
“Mmm?” She hummed.
“How exactly are we gonna fit all of that in the apartment?” He asked, shuffling her around to unlock the door and push it open.