The kids were in the living room running around and playing a game while Grisha, Kenny, and their wives, Carla, and Kimi, were talking.
"I'm thinking that this new auto-defibrillation EKG system could save many lives, Kenny. You are a genius for creating this." Grisha said. Kenny chuckled deeply to himself.
"I wouldn't have thought of it if you hadn't mentioned how sometimes the nurses don't make it to a room in time."
"You thought of the more potent heat suppressants." Grisha said. Kenny nodded.
"I have to protect my boy when he hits his heats." Kenny said, turning to see his son smiling and laughing as he tackled Grisha's son to the floor, his own daughter giggling off to the side as she jumped on top of the pile of boys.
"He'll be fine Kenny." Kimi said as she crossed her arms over her large chest. "If he's anything like me, no one will come near him." Kenny cocked an eyebrow.
"Kimi dear, almost every Alpha wants you. Even most betas and OMEGAS want you. I love you, but I hope neither of our children are like you because they'd be jumped at every turn." Kimi smirked.
"I may be gorgeous, but I meant my tolerance of ignorant pigs and not being afraid to put them in there place." Carla giggled lightly.
"Well then no one will approach them Kimi." She said lightly. Kimi's smirk widened.
"Exactly." Kimi said, smiling proud. Kenny smiled as he gazed upon his wife.
"I knew there was a reason I loved you." He said. "Anyways, returning to business. Grisha, is there anything else you can think of that could make hospitals run smoother?" Grisha had begun to scratch his chin in thought.
"Well, the only things I could think of would remove jobs from the hospital." Kenny nodded.
"Right, and we don't want to make the number of unemployed increase." And with that, the meeting was over. Carla and Kimi went into the living room to see the kids still playing, though Kimi's daughter was only half awake by now, the boys were still bounding with energy.
"Alright Eren, it's time to go home." Carla said. Her son turned with a pout.
"But Mommy! Levi and I were just getting to the good part!" He whined childishly, his six year old face turned into the perfect puppy dog pout. Carla and Kimi giggled at the display.
"I know dear, but we need to go home and get you to bed. You have school in the morning and it is already way past your bedtime." Eren frowned as Levi patted him on the shoulder.
"It's alright Eren. We can play at school tomorrow." The eight year old smiled, grey eyes shining with promise. Kimi and Carla turned to each other with wide smiles before Kimi went and picked up Mikasa, who put up no fight.
"Night night Eren." The little beta said, rubbing her eye with one hand and waving with the other.
"Night night Mikasa!" Eren said with a wide smile and a wave.
"Goodnight Eren." Levi said, pressing a soft kiss to the little alpha's cheek. Eren smiled as he pressed one to Levi's cheek.
"Night night Levi!" Levi hugged his friend before following his mother upstairs to get ready for bed. "Come on Mommy, Daddy. The sooner we get home, the sooner tomorrow comes and I can see Levi!" Eren ran to the door.
"Eren wait! You need your coat on." The male alphas followed behind them to head to the front door.
"The new EKG's should be able to go out to hospitals all over the world tomorrow morning." Kenny said to Grisha as they got closer.
"Thank you again Kenny. We should have a follow up meeting within the week." Kenny nodded.
"Eren your coat!" Carla called out. Eren was already at the front door. As soon as Carla got behind him, the young alpha flung the door open, what happened next almost felt like slow motion.
Carla saw the car on the street, a gun pointed out the window, facing the house. She moved on instinct to shield her child from the bullets. Eren's smile fell with his mother's body as she lay motionless on the floor, blood beginning to pool at the boy's feet.
"Mommy..." Eren said. Two more shots were heard and when Eren turned, he saw Kenny with his own gun, phone in hand.
"Yes, this is Kenny Ackerman, there's been a shooting. One confirmed dead, the perpetrators have yet to leave." Eren's eyes widened as he turned back to his mother. He was young, not stupid, and reality hit him hard.
His mother was dead.
"Papa what happen...ed... Eren!" Eren didn't move as tears began down his face. He didn't even notice the arms that wrapped around him. "Eren, Eren speak to me." Eren only focused back in when he felt someone shaking his shoulders. What he saw were familiar grey eyes, which moments ago had been so happy, but were now concerned.
"L-Levi..." Eren said, before latching onto the older omega and crying his little heart out. He didn't hear the sirens, his father's yelling, Kenny's yelling, the police talking, Kimi talking. What he noticed was Levi being pulled away from him.
"No, Mama I can't leave him!" Levi said. Eren locked eyes with the grey eyed omega as his mother had finally had enough and lifted him up, putting him over her shoulder as she headed to the stairs. Levi reached out for him. "Eren!" Eren tried to stand, but fell, reaching out for his friend.
"Levi!" And then he disappeared from sight. Eren cried as he then turned to see his mother's lifeless body, her bright, chocolate brown eyes already faded, blood dripping from her once pink lips. Her tan skin already pale. "Mommy." Eren whispered.
Grisha walked over to his son, wrapping his arms around him.
"Come on Eren, it's time to go home."
"There's nothing we can do Eren. She's gone." Eren looked into his father's eyes, and they were red with tears. Kenny walked over, face paler than usual.
"Damn it Grisha, I'm so fucking sorry." The shorter Alpha said. Grisha nodded as he stood.
"It's not your fault Kenny."
"But it is!" He growled out. "They wanted my life!" Kenny shook with obvious rage.
"Carla died protecting Eren, don't blame yourself." Grisha said as he stood, holding Eren in his arms. Kenny sighed as he leaned against the wall behind him. "They got the ones responsible. Justice will be served."
"Even so." Kenny said, running a hand through his raven hair. He reached into his pocket and pulled out his electric cigar, taking a puff. "What are you going to do now?" Kenny asked. Grisha sighed as he looked at his son who was clinging to him, finally asleep.
"I'm thinking of moving to my hometown. I can't stay here, remembering Carla everywhere I go. This was her town."
"Are you quitting at the hospital?" Grisha shook his head.
"They still need me there. But, I don't want Eren growing up with the constant reminder of what he's lost." Kenny nodded.
"I'll be looking for a new home here in town." Kenny said bitterly. "And we won't be having home meetings anymore. We'll be having them at my office only. I don't want this to happen again." Grisha nodded. Kimi stood at the end of the stairs, tired and distressed.
"What about the kids?" She asked. "Eren's Mikasa's only friend in school, and Levi's absolute best friend. What will seperating them do?" The men sighed.
"There's nothing we can do." Grisha said sadly. Kenny growled as he clenched his fists.
"Damn it." He said, punching the wall behind him, then leaning his head against it. He was shaking with rage that Grisha had already released on the men that killed his mate. "I'm so fucking sorry Grisha." The slightly older alpha sighed as he put a hand on the other's shoulder.
"I don't blame you Kenny." And with that, Grisha left the Ackerman household for the last time.
Eren frowned as the car pulled in front of his new house. He liked his old house. He liked his old school. He liked his old town.
"Here we are!" Grisha said, trying to sound happy and encouraging like his mate, though it wasn't his strong point. He stepped out and then opened Eren's door, helping him out of his car seat. "Let's go in." And so they did. They moved in and got comfortable, well, as comfortable as they could.
"I wanna go see Levi." Eren said as he hugged a stuffed teddy that Levi had given him for his birthday that past spring. Grisha sighed. Just then, there was a knock on their door. Grisha went and checked it cautiously, before flinging it open.
"Mr. Arlert!" Grisha said happily. The old blond man on the other side of the door smiled.
"Well if it isn't little Grisha! How are you my boy!" Grisha hugged the man.
"I could be better. But enough about that, how are you?" Mr. Arlert smiled weakly.
"Well, I'm going through parenthood again." And that's when Grisha noticed the little boy hiding behind the older man's leg.
"And who's this?" Grisha asked.
"This is my grandson, Armin. Say hello." The blond beta squeaked out a quiet hello. As soon as Eren heard it, he bolted outside, eyes glistening at the thought of another child, and a new friend. "And who's this?"
"This is my son, Eren." Grisha said. Eren looked to the blond with a smile that didn't meet his eyes. His mother had told him to be nice and himself, so he'd try for her.
"Hello, my names Eren!" Armin squeaked and hid behind his grandfather's leg more.
"H-Hi." The shy little blond said. Grisha smiled.
"Would you like to come in Mr. Arlert?" The old beta nodded as he entered, bring Armin with him. "Eren, why don't you go play with Armin?" Eren nodded as he grabbed Armin's hand and, gently, drug him to his room.
"What's brings you back to Shiganshina?" Mr. Arlert asked. Grisha sighed as he sat down.
"My mate was killed a few days ago, and we couldn't stay in Trost. It holds too many memories." Mr. Arlert nodded.
"I'm sorry for your loss. I just lost my son and his wife but only two weeks ago." Grisha frowned.
"I'm sorry for your loss as well. Were they..."
"Armin's parents? Yes." The two began to talk and catch up while Armin and Eren sat in Eren's room, sharing their own problems.
"You lost your mommy AND your daddy?" Eren asked, hugging his teddy bear again. Armin nodded as he cried. "I'm sorry." Eren said as he hugged the small boy.
"I-I'm s-sorry y-you lost y-your m-mommy." Armin said. Eren began to cry again and the two boys bonded over their losses.