When Eren had first met some of his more eccentric superiors, he had certainly been thrown in for a loop. He wasn’t sure whether to be more put off by Mike or Hanji, but they were pretty neck in neck at this point. They were certainly very different kinds of eccentric; Hanji was very boisterous while Mike was much more closed off to the point that Hanji had been speaking for him when Eren had first met them. Eren was pretty sure that he had never actually heard Mike speak out loud.
Although he figured that was about to change. He was supposed to find Levi, but with the Corporal nowhere in sight, he had to ask Mike if he had seen him.
“Uh, Mike?” Mike turned to look at Eren, and Eren felt himself shrink slightly. Not only was Mike his superior but he was tall and muscular and the best soldier in the Survey Corps second only to Levi. And as much as Eren hated to admit it, he was actually easily intimidated by authority figures. It showed through more with the people he actually respected.
“Have you seen Levi?” Eren asked.
Mike nodded his head to gesture down the hall.
“Uh…” Eren wasn’t sure what to do with that. “Can you be a bit more descriptive?”
Mike just shrugged his shoulders, his facial expression never changing, just as flat as it usually was.
Eren wasn’t sure what to do with this, but then he heard footsteps approach, and Levi was there.
“Mike,” he said, the man in question merely nodding in turn. “Eren.”
Mike walked off after that, and Eren watched him go, absolutely baffled at what just happened.
“What is it, brat?” Levi asked.
“Uh…” Eren’s gaze was still trained on the hall Mike had disappeared down. “Can Mike speak, Sir?”
“Sometimes,” Levi explained. “He can when he’s being a section commander with no problems. Otherwise, he can sometimes talk to his squad, and can sometimes talk to Hanji and me. He can talk to Erwin with the most ease.”
“Why?” Eren asked.
Levi shrugged. “It takes a lot of energy to talk to certain people.”
Well. Eren supposed that explained why Hanji had done the talking for him. Looking back, he had though Hanji was being rude, but he supposed it would have been more rude if she hadn't defended Mike with however Eren might have interpreted his behavior.
“I used to think he was just being rude,” Levi added. “But then one day I tried to force him to speak and Hanji got on my case. Eventually he was able to start talking to me. But it takes time.”
“We’re all a little strange here,” Levi said. “And the longer you’re here, the more strange things you’ll start to notice about each of us. And you’ll learn to live with them.”
Eren nodded, and Levi turned on his heel.
“Now, come on,” he said. “We have things to attend to.”
Levi began to walk down the hall he came from, Eren not far behind. Eren wondered what other strange things he would come to learn in time.