Arrival at the Scouting Legion
The young Woman stepped up with an unsure Look in her Eyes, holding the Reins of her Haflinger-Horse really tight in her right Hand. Soon the Commanding Officer would announce who will join the Scouting Legion as new Members. Her Fingers were trembling, and Jack, that was the Name of the Haflinger-Horse, rubbed his soft Nose on her Chest to comfort her a bit. The Commanding Officer cleared his Throat and started to read out loud the Names of the Recruits who will go to the Scouting Legion, wich were written down on a List that he holds in his Hands. "...Mikasa Ackermann... Eren Jäger...” A young Girl and a young Boy stepped out of the Crowd and joined the chosen Ones on the other Side of the Place. “And...” when it came to the End of his List, the Officer took a Break before he spoke out the last Name on his List. “Stefanie Hyde.” When the Girl heard her Name she sighed in Relief and joined Mikasa and Eren, leading Jack towards them. “Listen up, chosen Recruits!” The Commander shouted, gaining the Attention of all the Youngsters lineing up in Front of him. "You now become a Part of the most important Legion for the Surrvival of Mankind, the Scouting Legion. Only Scouts are permitted to leave the safe Walls of the Human-Terretory to go outside and into the Titan-Terretory. Most likely the Most of you will die out there but Mankind is counting on you! You will report tomorrow to Commander Erwin Smith. Dismissed!” The Commander saluted in Front of the Recruits and walked away.
“Phew, I thought I would have missed it again and that all of the hard Training that I´ve gone through was for naught.” Stefanie sighed stroking Jacks Nose gently, turning towards the Shacks, when Eren got a hold of her right upper Arm. ” Wait a Moment, don´t tell me that you´re gonna go out Scouting with him tomorrow.” Eren pointed towards Jack, who is a lot smaller than the other Horses. Stefanie sighed and explained to him: ” I have had him my whole Training at my Side and I am very happy about it. See, Jack is the fastest Horse I have ever had and it will be him who takes me back to Saftey when it should be nessecary and now let go of my Arm.” Erens Eyes widend when he heard that and he let go of her Arm immediately after she told him to do so. Stefanie turned away and left in the Direction of the Shacks, feeling strange when she thinks of how rude she was to Eren. After she has brought Jack into his Box outside of the nearby Shack, she took off Saddle and Briddle and put them away, she went to her Bed then, sitting on it, sighing again.
After a While Eren, followed by Mikasa, came in and joined Stefanie, sitting beside her on her Bed. “ I am sorry that I was so harsh to you before but what I have said is the Truth.” She said keeping her Eyes on her Knees and looking straight forward. Eren took a deep Breath and answered looking at her: “ I don´t doubt that, when you say it, it is true.” Mikasa, who has walked up to Stefanie and Eren, kneelt down in Front of her and said: “I agree with Eren, you can be glad that you have such a Comrade to rely on.” Stefanie started to smile. “And I can be glad also that I have two Comrades, like you two with me. So tomorrow we will meet our new Commanding Officer, I wonder what he is like, but I will see that tomorrow.” Eren and Mikasa exchanged astonished Looks about Stefanies Moodchange and they both got up and went over to their own Beds. Stefanie layed down and heard how Mikasa and Eren talked with each other and that for Hours. Slowly it became Night and the Recruits fall asleep, one after another until it was commpletely silent within the Shack.
When the next Day dawned, the Sound of a Trumpet wokes everyone of the Recruits up. Stefanie was so shocked that she almost fell out of her Bed. “Oh my God, what Time is it?” she shouted out loud. “It is 5 O´Clock in the Morning.” anotherone of the Recruits answered, while he put on his 3D-Maneuver-Equipment. Stefanie raised quickly, making Haste to get ready too. After a While everyone of the new Recruits of the Scouting Legion was ready and stood in Front of their new Commanding Officer. Stefanie looked at him very closely. He was a tall and slim young Man, with always a serious Look on his Face. “I am your new Commanding Officer, my Name is Erwin Smith. From now on you´ll serve under my Command.” he explained looking at the Face of each, single new Recruit. “Sir, yes Sir!” the Recruits replied in one Voice and so did Stefanie even if she felt uncomfortable, a little bit. When Erwin met her Look, he walked over to her placing his right Hand on her left Shoulder. "Are you afraid?" the Commander asked her, his serious but in some Way kind looking Eyes looked straight into hers. "Sir, I have to admit that I am afraid.” Stefanie replied. Erwin nodded.
“ Don´t forget that it isen´t a Shame to be afraid. Fear will help you to survive.” he said out loud not just to Stefanie but to the other Recruits too. After a small Break Erwin continued: “The Day after tomorrow we will leave the Walls together on an Expedition and to deliver Suplies to the Men and Women of the Nightguard-Unit, who stay always outside the Walls, so prepare yourself well! They depend on us so don´t let them down!” “Sir, we won´t, Sir!” the Recruits declared in one Voice. “ That´s good to hear. Now you can start with you Preparations, you´re dismissed!” Erwin was glad to have those new Recruits but he also knows about the Danger wich will wait outside the protecting Walls so he sighed heavily watching the Recruits making their Way back to the Shacks. Levi, who stood there all the Time, silent by his Commanders Side, also sighed. “ This will be a long Journey.” he said to himself, looking as serious as always.