(y/n) took a seat in front of Levi's desk. He was standing next to his office's window looking at the training grounds.
"What do you need to discuss with me, Levi?" Asked Squad Leader (y/n).
"I need your help." Replied Levi without looking at her.
"Did something happen?" Concern evident in her voice. Levi sighed and turned to take a seat.
"As you already know I have trouble sleeping which means I only sleep an average of two to three hours.” She nodded and he continued. "Do you know how much have I slept this past week?"
"No. But judging by the bags under your eyes and how moody you've been lately I imagine you haven't slept much."
"That's right. I've only slept 7 hours this past week." (y/n) took a deep breath. "I can't do my job and I can't even think properly. I need your help, (y/n)." He said running a hand through his hair. She leant forward and cupped one of his hands in hers.
"I'll help you, of course." She sighed. "Why didn't you come to me earlier, Levi?"
"I didn't want to bother you."
"That's nonsense. You know I would do anything for you." She leant back in the chair, closed her eyes and hummed. "We'll start tonight after dinner. Is that okay with you?" She asked opening her eyes. He nodded. She stood up and walked towards his office door. "Good. See you later." Before she went out the door she felt a hand holding her wrist. She turned around and saw Levi looking straight into her eyes.
"Thanks." That's all he said before letting her go.
“Four, seven, eight breathing exercise”
"What do I have to do again?" Asked Levi who was lying on his bed while (y/n) was sitting on a chair next to it.
"Breathe in for four seconds, then hold your breath for seven seconds and then slowly breathe out for eight seconds." He simply stared at her. "Don't look at me like that, just do it. It'll help you slow your heartbeat, calm the thoughts in your head and it'll also help you relax."
"Tch, whatever. Do I close my eyes?"
"Yes, of course." He did the exercise four times until he got tired of it.
"This fucking shit isn't working, I don't feel any different. And I definitely don't feel relaxed. The only thing I feel is that I’m running out of air." (y/n) sighed.
"Okay, let's try something else."
“Tense then relax”
"This exercise will help you relax your body. You have to tense or squeeze certain areas of your body, that I will tell you as we begin the exercise, and then you slowly released the tense muscles until your entire body is completely relaxed."
"Let's get this shit over with."
"Yeeaah... Start squeezing the muscles in your face."
"How the shitty fuck am I supposed to do that?" (y/n) pinched the bridge of her nose, she was starting to get really pissed off.
"Just fucking do it, Levi. We don't have all night and I want to go to bed too, you know?"
"Tch. No need to yell, brat." She glared at him which he ignored and proceeded to tense the muscles of his face by contorting his it in different ways for a while till (y/n) spoke again.
"Slowly relax your face." He did as he was told. "Now, tense your shoulders and your arms." After that (y/n) told him to do the same with his chest and abs, followed by his back, then his hips and butt and lastly his legs and feet. "How do you feel?"
"I feel like this whole thing is wasting my time. I could be doing paperwork right now, cleaning my office or even taking a shit."
"Hey, do I have to remind you that you asked for my help?"
"Well, obviously it isn't working."
"Go fuck yourself, Levi!" She yelled and an idea came to her mind.
"The fuck did you say, brat?" Levi glared at her.
"That's it!! Yes, you should go fuck yourself!" She exclaimed excitedly
"What?" He asked confused.
"How long has it been since you last... pleasured yourself?" He looked away from her.
"I...I don't remember."
"Well, I'll leave you to it. Do it!” She ordered him. “It will help you relax for sure and you'll be able to sleep."
"You want me to-" She interrupted him.
"Yes I want you to explore yourself tonight, Levi. Come on, it won't be the first time you do it, right? I assure you it'll help."
"Good. Have a good night, then." She said before speed walking to her room. She was very tired and all she wanted to do was sleep.
"So, how did you sleep last night?" (y/n) asked eagerly. Levi was sitting on the couch in his room while drinking black tea. They both were wearing their sleeping clothes.
"You were right it did help me sleep." She smiled happily. "However, I only slept for two hours." He took a sip from the teacup.
"Hm. I see...Well, no more tea passed 12 PM. starting tomorrow!" She said with a serious tone.
"What? You won't take away my tea, brat."
"Levi, it contains caffeine and you drink a lot of tea during the day. It might be the cause of your sleeping problems."
"It's not. I like my black tea and I will keep on drinking it." He refused.
"Yes, until 12 PM."
"Fuck you! You won't make me, brat."
"Do you want to finally have a good night's sleep or not?" She asked sternly and he finally gave in.
"Fine...I won't drink tea passed 12 PM."
Technique # 3
“Rocking yourself to sleep”
"Good. Then let's try other techniques. Go to bed, please." Levi finished his tea and did as he was told. "Now rock yourself to sleep." He raised an eyebrow.
"I'm not a baby, brat."
"Ugh! Just do it, Levi! Close your eyes and slowly rock yourself from side to side."
"This shit won't work." He mumbled before rocking himself for a couple of minutes until he stopped and sighed. "Told you this wasn't going to work. What else can I do?"
"Let me think..."
Technique # 4
“Breathe through the left nostril”
"Breath through your left nostril."
"Really? What do I do? Rest a finger on my right nostril?" He asked sardonically.
"Yup. Lie on your left side and place a finger on your right nostril to close it and then breathe slowly."
"Seriously where do you come up with these shitty techniques?"
"I did my research. Now do it!" She ordered.
"You are so bossy.” She glared at him “Fine I’ll do it..." He lay on his left side and put a finger on his right nostril then he proceeded to slowly and exaggeratedly breathe in and out while looking at her.
"I don't think that's how you are supposed to do it, Levi." She said between giggles. "You should close your eyes." She laughed. "You are just staring at my while blowing out of your nostril and that's creepy as hell." He clicked his tongue. "You don't normally try to fall asleep with your eyes open, do you? She chuckled.
"I don't normally try to sleep with a finger on my right nostril, brat." She laughed again and he slightly smiled.
"Okay, okay. Let's move on."
Technique # 5
“Getting a massage”
(y/n) took a little bottle out of her jacket pocket.
"What is that?"
"It's lavender oil. You, my friend, are getting a massage tonight. Lucky you..."
"I've never got one."
"Take your shirt off and lay on your stomach. I’ll take care of the rest." He took his shirt off and folded it neatly. Then he placed it on his nightstand. Finally, he lay on his stomach. (y/n) opened the bottle and put some oil on her hands rubbing it between her palms.
"Okay, let's get started" (y/n) put her hands on his back and he immediately hissed and his muscles tensed. "What?"
"Your hands are cold, brat."
"Oh, don't be a crybaby." She then proceeded to rub his shoulders and neck. His muscles were slowly relaxing.
"It smells good." He whispered and she hummed. (y/n) continued to rub his shoulder blades and then she rubbed him down to his loin, slowly massaging his whole back in the process. When she finished, she tucked him in.
"How do you feel?" She whispered.
"I'm relaxed, thanks."
"I’ll stay until you fall asleep, okay?" He hummed in response. She took her slippers off and sat on the left and empty side of his bed, her back was pressed against the headboard. A couple of minutes went by and she was about to fall asleep when Levi spoke.
"I can't sleep." (y/n) grunted in response and lay beside him. "What are you doing?" He turned on his side to face her.
"Shut up. It's really late, I need my beauty sleep and I have run out of ideas and techniques to make you fucking fall asleep." She said glaring at him and pouting at the same time.
"Tch, fine. I'll let you sleep here but I'll use you as a pillow."
"Be my guest." She said with her eyes close. Levi rested his head on her chest and hugged her with his right arm. (y/n) placed her right hand on his bare back and started caressing it with her thumb while her left hand was stroking his hair.
"Wake up, brat." He said in a soft tone.
"Ngh, let me sleep."
"I can't. It's 7.30 AM. We're going to miss breakfast."
"Five more...What? 7.30...?" She said opening her eyes. "That means-"
"Yes. That means that you finally made me sleep all night long, brat." She smiled and stretched lazily on his bed.
"Yaaaay!!" She celebrated while rubbing her eyes.
"Yes, now get up and go brush your teeth. You have a horrible morning breath." She clicked her tongue.
"Fuck you. Your breath doesn't exactly smell like roses, you know?"
When (y/n) was about to get up Levi brings her down towards his chest and hugged her.
"What are you doing? Didn't you want me to brush my teeth?"
"Huh?" She lifted her head and raised an eyebrow at him.
"Thank you for being there for me every time that I needed you and even when I didn't...You are always there for me. Thanks, (y/n)."
"Levi, I... You don't have to thank me. That's what good friends do, right?" She smiled looking at him.
"That's the problem. I don't want... to be your friend." He looked at her straight in the eyes and she did the same. "I..." He leant forward and swiftly pecked her lips.
"Levi." She whispered. "I-" He interrupted her.
"I'm sorry." He said looking down. "I shouldn't ha-" She sweetly pecked his lips interrupting him. When they broke apart she smiled at him, her cheeks were a little pink just like his. "I like you, (y/n)." He kissed her again. This time the kiss was longer and sweeter than before.
"I like you too, Levi." She pecked him on the nose making him smile a little.
"That means you are sleeping in my room from now on, brat."
"Gladly." She smiled and he pecked her lips again.
"Now let's go eat something. I'm fucking starving." He pointed to his wardrobe. "You can use my spare uniform. It'll fit you right, midget." He ruffled her hair before getting up.
"Hey, I'm not a midget. You are a midget, midget!"
"Whatever you say. I'm still taller than you, brat." He said walking towards his bathroom.
"Ugh! Fuck you!" She threw a pillow at him and it hit his back. He picked it up and threw it back at her.
"Maybe later, after breakfast." (y/n) was redder than a tomato.
"Levi!!!" She yelled as he closed the bathroom door.