Eren chuckled beside Levi, prompting a questioning look from the older, “What’s funny?”
Eren shook his head, offering his other earbud which Levi took and fit into his ear, his eardrums instantly being assaulted by Céline Dion’s “The Power of Love”.
Levi looked over at his best friend with confusion, “Why’re you listening to a shitty love song?”
“Because Levi! Shitty love songs are hilarious! Even more hilarious when you know that some people actually enjoy them!”
The other still looked slightly doubtful of the amusement levels in listening to crappy songs just for a laugh, but he decided to go with it anyway. He closed the textbook he’d been reading and sat up on the bed, scooting closer to the brunet.
'Cause I'm your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can
Eren laughed, rolling his eyes, “See? This shit’s just funny. Why would he reach for her? Is she at the top of a pantry?”
Levi laughed at that too, “Well, when you put it that way, I see the humour. You’re just thinking of things too literally.”
“How can I not? Can’t you just imagine some handsome male model trying to get her off the highest shelf at a grocery store and she’s just doing all she can not to be grabbed?” He chuckled at his own idea.
Levi rested his head back on the headrest of the bed, “How does your brain even think of that?”
“I don’t know, but I like the way I think.”
The song switched, moving on to “Yellow” by Coldplay. Levi smiled; he actually liked this song and would be surprised if Eren could actually think of anything to ruin it.
Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow
“Ugh, this song is almost too pretty to try and screw with.” He said, sighing into the mattress and thinking as hard as he could of how he could screw with the meanings of this song. “I mean, I guess it’s not as pretty if you imagine that he wrote the song for this girl who was dying and jaundiced.
“Oh my god.” Levi said, shaking his head in shock, “Why are you doing this to perfectly good songs?”
He chose not to answer, instead skipping the song, hoping the next one to come up would be easier to parody. But when he saw what came up, he decided to unplug the headphones and turn the volume up with a smirk, Levi shooting him another perplexed look but he just shook his head, silently telling him to wait.
A soft piano accompanied by some orchestral instruments came through his phone’s speakers, and Levi knew the song by the first few notes, but he still waited to see what Eren would do.
There's a calm surrender to the rush of day
When the heat of a rolling wind can be turned away
An enchanted moment, and it sees me through
It's enough for this restless warrior just to be with you
Levi nearly choked on his own spit as Eren started to sing along with Elton John wholeheartedly, sitting on his knees and swaying his hips along to the melody.
And can you feel the love tonight
It is where we are
Eren nearly screamed, putting his hand over his heart dramatically.
It's enough for this wide-eyed wanderer
That we got this far
He crawled over to Levi’s side of the bed, climbing on top of him and squishing his face between his hands, continuing to sing (yell) through the next chorus and verse, all while sitting on his best friend’s lap and doing melodramatic dances, some where his hips swayed and some where he simply stared way too deeply into Levi’s eyes as he just flopped over him.
As the song drew to a close they both simply stared at one another both smiling from laughing and simply being joyful.
Eren was about to, for lack of a better word, dismount Levi when the other grabbed his hips. Eren looked back and as he was about to ask why, Tony Bennet’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight” came on. Levi shifted himself so he was kneeling on the bed as Eren was.
Someday when I'm awfully low
When the world is cold
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight
Levi kept his hands on the other’s hips, singing softly, just loudly enough to be heard but enough so they could still hear the calming sound of the piano and bass. Eren smiled as he looped his arms around the other boy’s neck, steadily moving side to side with him.
Oh, but you’re lovely
With your smile so warm and your cheek so soft
There is nothing for me, but to love you
Just the way you look tonight
Levi sighed through his nose, resting his forehead against Eren’s and closing his eyes, the other doing the same.
With each word your tenderness grows
Tearing my fear apart
And that laugh, that wrinkles your nose
It touches my foolish heart
Levi started to pull Eren’s hips closer so their bodies were flush against one another, not stopping their movements.
Lovely, never never change
Keep that breathless charm
Won't you please arrange it because I, I love you
Just the way you look tonight
Just the way you look tonight
Levi sang out the last few words, opening his eyes as the piano quieted and the song ended. He found himself staring into a beautiful mixture of blue and green just an inch away from his face and he leaned in to close the gap, Eren meeting him halfway, the two of them coming together in the middle.
They moved their lips together and Levi brought his hands off Eren’s hips to tangle his fingers in the other’s soft brown hair. Their fairly chaste kiss was interrupted by a generic pop beat and the sound of Justin Timberlake’s voice.
When the visions around you
Bring tears to your eyes
And all that surround you
Are secrets and lies
“Eren.” Levi said, eyes still closed and lips still resting on his…friend’s?
“Yeah?” He said in response, his voice so breathy that the older teenager almost forgot what he was going to say.
“Not that I really wanted to stop this, but N’sync isn’t the best band for this.”
Eren chuckled, “I told you, these are the songs I make fun of.”
“You make fun of Tony Bennet?” Levi raised an eyebrow.
“Wha– No, no, that got in there by accident, now come back and kiss me again.” Eren said, tugging on the collar Levi’s shirt as he turned off the music on his phone.
“No, wait.” Levi said as he grabbed the phone back, unlocking it and putting on a song.
When I fall in love it will be forever
Or I'll never fall in love
Eren smiled and nodded silently, moving up and fitting their mouths together again, letting himself fall back onto the bed with his love on top of him.
When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I'll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you.