Even after landing on the ground it still took the blond many moments to realize what had happened. He slowly rose a hand to his face where he felt a strong burning sensation below his left eye. He could already feel the area start to swell. ❝You…❞ Devastated blue orbs flickered up at them, ❝You hit me?❞
His stomach dropped and he felt tears brimming at the corners of his eyes. They hit him. They hit him. The small male scooted back several inches. He was frightened but more than that he was heartbroken. This wasn’t the first time he’s been punched by a significant other but… This was Hanji. They’ve never hit him before. Yes, there had been that one time they slammed him against a wall during that storm but this was different. When that had happened they hadn’t been in the right mind. They hadn’t even realized they were attacking Armin back then.
The blond clumsily scrambled to his feet and took another step away from them. ❝You hit me! I know how these types of relationships work out Hanji! They always play out the same way! It starts with one punch but it never ends there! I-I can’t go through this type of relationship again I just can’t….❞
Hanji hadn’t realized they’d struck him until their fist connected with his face, suddenly looking horrified with the realization. They held their hand, almost as if their body had betrayed themself.
❝Oh my god, Armin… I’m sorry, I’m so sorry… I didn’t mean to hit you…❞They backed up, clenching their fists. They knew what they did was wrong. They were having an awful day in the first place, having gotten absolutely no sleep, being groggy and irritated and having their mental issues triggered on more than one occasion. Now, when Armin was bothering them and telling them to go and study, they had just blown off steam and hit him. They stared at his swelling, bruised cheek where they’d packed a strong punch, horrified.
They watched as he stood up and raised his voice, eyes widening. They backed up, tears instantly coming to their eyes. ❝So you’re leaving me…? You’re going to leave me, aren’t you…?❞ They questioned, choking. ❝I didn’t want to do that… I didn’t mean to swing at you…❞ They suddenly found it hard to breathe, their throat closing in on them as they backed against the wall, crumpling to the floor. They held their knees, realizing that they’d just wrecked their relationship that had nearly lasted for two years. All by hitting him, all because they were fed up by everything else…
They felt the panic set in instantly, wishing they could make themself disappear. He felt scared. He felt betrayed. He felt angry… He wanted to leave them. He thought that they would do it again. They suddenly couldn’t breathe, choking on tears and sobs.