Attack on Titan 59
The Souls of the Depraved
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Reporter: According to the testimony of the bar patrons, that tall guy apparently called himself “Mr. Military Police.” Then the news of the incident spread throughout the streets. So far we can determine that this is a clash between the MP and the Survey Corps, and the news will probably reach the innermost walls by tomorrow…don’t worry, Commander Dawk, our publication’s report will spread faster than the rumors.
Reporter 1: Our paper will say this…the Military Police used new, secretly-developed 3DMG and battled with the remaining Survey Corps members who are currently wanted. The unfortunate result is that they were unable to capture Humanity’s Strongest, Captain Levi, and there were many casualties from both sides…
Nile: No, wait.
Right now even we are not sure what exactly happened.
Reporter 2: That means…
That the incident stemmed from the Central Military Police’s hands?
Reporter 2: The rumor that the structure of the Central Military Police is different from the regular brigades seems to be true, then!
Reporter 1: Hey, Billy (T/N: He actually says “Bee-yo-lay” here but I’m going with Billy for now)!
Reporter 1: My apologies, Commander Dawk, we will not be mentioning anything about the Central Military Police in our article.
Nile: Thank you, Louie…
Louie: This kid is new here, and he doesn’t really understand the proper etiquette within the walls.
Nile: We cannot make any mention of the new 3DMG. I never thought that they would manage to create such a thing…
Nile: Before we receive permission from the Central MP, do not say a word.
The mechanism on this new type of 3DMG…these firearms are mere nuisances to Titans, but perfect for killing humans…it was evidently designed to counter the Survey Corps specifically. Even those of us in the regular brigades have been kept in the dark…will we become victims of such weapons at any moment ourselves?
Have you gone through this, Mikasa?
Mikasa: …! Ay…
Armin: Ah! …ahah….
I’m sorry, Mikasa.
Mikasa: It’s alright…
Armin: I’m sorry…I’m sorry…
Mikasa: Change of guard.
Jean: Where’s Armin?
Mikasa: …still outside.
Jean: …I see.
Armin: We’re close to escaping these streets!!
Levi: How goes it, Armin? You can’t stomach any food in this tiny, dirty barn?
Jean: What is it?
Armin: There’s something…I don’t understand. When…
When I was preparing to remove my gun…to be honest I though I was already too late…sorry…but, she already aimed hers at you…but…
Armin: Why was I…the first one to pull the trigger…?
Jean: …that’s because…
Levi: Before she opened fire, she hesitated. Right?
I’m sorry…I should’ve been the one to shoot first under those circumstances.
Armin: You’re right.
The one who perished under my actions…must’ve been a kind person. She must’ve had more morality than me…
Armin: Whereas I just pulled the trigger…I…
Levi: Armin. Your hands have already been dirtied. There is no going back.
Mikasa: …! Why do you have to say it like that?
Levi: Try to just accept your new self. If your hands had stayed clean, Jean wouldn’t be sitting here with us right now.
Levi: The reason you pulled the trigger is because you were witnessing your friend’s imminent death.
You were smart, you knew at that moment that a half-assed decision or action wouldn’t save anyone.
And you were also very clear…that if we lost either supplies, horses, or companions, our future would become even bleaker.
Levi: Armin, because you dirtied your hands, we were all able to escape. Thank you.
Jean: Captain Levi…
I…I always thought that your ways…were wrong.
No, I should say that I had always selfishly hoped that your ways were wrong.
Because I was seriously afraid of using my own two hands to kill other people…
Jean: But I was the wrong one. Next time I will shoot.
Levi: Yes…our safety was jeopardized by how lax you were.
Jean: ……I’m truly sorry.
Levi: But you were put under very specific circumstances.
Even I cannot say which decision would’ve been correct. We can never predict the results of this kind of situation…was your choice really wrong?
(T/N:I’m getting serious flashbacks to Levi’s spin-off/A Choice with No Regrets here)
Marlowe: …are we moving too far from the main units?
Hitch: If we don’t split up farther, it kind of defeats the point of a widespread search, no?
Ha—why did I have to be placed with you? By the way, Marlowe, you were actually hoping to be alone with me, right?
Marlowe: Hitch…honestly, being stuck with you is a headache for me, too.
Hitch: …oh. Is that so…perfect for us both, then. (T/N: She’s not being sincere here, lol)
Marlowe: Speaking of which, don’t you think it’s strange?
Hitch: What is?
Marlowe: Survey Corps members on the run after murdering civilians…
Marlowe: Aren’t they the ones willing to sacrifice their all for the sake of humanity?
Hitch: Did you already forget!?
What that bunch of bastards did to Stohess district…they turned the city into a battlefield. How many corpses did we have to move afterwards?
I heard Annie still hasn’t been found.
Hitch: She was my roommate, you know. Her things are still stuffed all over my room…how annoying.
Marlowe: …that tragedy is hard to forgive…but they really did successfully draw out the hidden Titan within the walls. And they caught it…plus they helped prevent the wall from further destruction.
Do you think another faction could’ve achieved all these things? If the Survey Corps gets dissolved so easily then humanity—-
Hitch: The sound of water…
Marlowe: Don’t move.
Raise both your hands over your head and stand up.
Turn towards us slowly.
Marlowe: You’re from the Survey Corps, aren’t you?
Don’t make a sound, you hear? Stay in that position and obey what we say--
Levi: That’s right. Slowly give your gun to the person in front of you.
Armin: Don’t make a sound, you hear?
(T/N: Levi Squad trolling)
Levi: Keep one set of their uniforms and supplies. Plus boots. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a change of boots.
In order to infiltrate the MP headquarters and find where they hid Eren and Historia…I can only think of this method. No matter what, we’re running out of time…we’ll have to bet on acting quickly.
Levi: Private Marlowe Sander of the Stohess division. (T/N: I thought his last name was Freudenberg??)
Levi: And Private Hitch Deliss of the same division.
(T/N: I think this is the first time we hear Hitch’s surname. Phonetic Chinese is de-lee-s but I didn’t want to use “Delis,” lol.)
Levi: You’re both graduates of the 104th trainees squad, and your responsibilities are limited to Stohess. Looks like that shitty practice of giving every responsibility to new recruits is still in place…
Marlowe: It’s…Captain Levi himself…
Mikasa: Everything is ready.
Levi: Good…there should still be Central Military Police members around the crime scene in Stohess. Go grab someone who looks like they’re in charge back here for us to gather some intelligence.
Mikasa & Armin: Understood!
Levi: We’ll make our move once the MP’s search has covered the entire limits of these mountains. Prepare the carriage for departure at any moment.
Now…Marlowe…Hitch…it’s your turn.
Hitch: You…do you not know that your actions cost the lives of more than 100 innocent civilians in Stohess?
Hitch: I don’t care if you were pretending to be “righteous” or whatever…your actions threw the victims and their families into hell, you know that?
Levi: Mm…of course I know that.
You…you were all part of the southern trainee squad, right? The same as Annie Leonhardt…how is your relationship with her?
Hitch: No…she must’ve not had any friends, right? That girl…always with a dark expression and so nonchalant, and she hated socializing with people…
…Even though I knew so little about her…she disappeared…after that day…
Hitch: She must’ve been maimed to the point that no one could recognize her, right?!
Levi: No. The Titan confined within the walls right now is Annie Leonhardt herself.
She has also been captured…that’s something you new troops could never know.
Levi: Ay…so unpleasant. We’re just like everyone else in this world, totally in the dark. Of course that doesn’t include the most principal players…
As for you two…stay tied up until we leave this place. We’ll release you once we depart. After all, if the speed of our actions cannot match up to your running back to report all this, then any plan is meaningless.
Hitch: …Annie is…?
Marlowe: Captain Levi!
Marlowe: I don’t think that you..the Survey Corps…were in the wrong. But did you really kill the Reeves staff…and the civilians?
Levi: They were done in by the Central MP. Whatever the truth is, only the victor’s side of this battle can determine it.
Marlowe: Then let me give you a hand!! As long as we can straighten out all the messes of this world, I’ll do anything!!
Marlowe: Let me be the one to infiltrate the Central MP! I can probably do a better job than any of your disguises!
Levi: What is up with you…
Jean: This guy…is so similar to him…he must also be an actual idiot…
Levi: No, I cannot determine whether you have enough resolve to turn your superiors into enemies. Even if you’re being sincere right now, you might forget that train of thought in a second.
Marlowe: I would never…
Levi: Let’s go. Sasha, leave them tied up over there.
Jean: Captain! Let me do it!
I leave it to you.
Jean: Walk forward just like that.
Try to retaliate if you have the guts. See if I won’t stab you right here right now.
Marlowe: I won’t resist you guys. I only want to help the Survey Corps.
Jean: No no no, you only want to fool us and sell us out so you can advance in the ranks of the MP, right? Don’t think that I don’t know.
Jean: Excellent. Stay right here.
Marlowe: I’m not going to speak a word about this to anyone.
Jean: Of course you won’t…because…
YOU’RE GOING TO DIE RIGHT HERE!!
Marlowe: What??! That’s not what you said before!
Jean: The Captain may have wanted to spare you…but that’s too big of a risk. So I’m going to take charge and kill you both.
Marlowe: Please believe me!! We’re very clear that the Survey Corps is fighting for the sake of humanity! Right Hitch?
Hitch: Mm!! Mm!!
Jean: Ha? How can I believe your shit talk…especially someone with a kappa head like yours…why would you keep such an idiotic haircut? I’m really…
CONFUSED ABOUT THAT!
Marlowe: Hitch, run!
Jean: My gun is faster…would you like to test it our with your own life? Your knife versus my gun…which one is faster?! If you hesitate any more you’re going to die. Are you not going to decide until I pull the trigger?
Marlowe: Don’t shoot! I’m really on your side! There is no reason for us to hurt each other!
Jean: Then give your knife to me. Didn’t you say you trusted us? If that’s the case, then try putting your life in my hands.
If you can do this wholeheartedly, I will believe everything you just said.
Everything rests on your ability to forego your current life and join us. And also your willingness to pit the entire world as your enemy.
But you can’t possibly believe all this, right? Why would you do such a thing? What does your brain have to process in order to believe that we, with our limited numbers, can rescue all of humanity?
Marlowe: Then why…why did you…choose to be this kind of a Survey Corp?
I joined the Military Police because I had hoped I could turn around corruption. I must’ve joined the wrong faction…
As long as you are fighting for humanity with your all, I will always trust you.
Hitch: YOUR HORSEFACED BASTARD!!!
(T/N: HAHA this joke is still going I see)
Marlowe: Wait a minute, Hitch! He was just testing me!
Marlowe: Hey you…if I didn’t believe you, you would already be dead now.
Why do you trust me so much?
Jean: Because you…are quite similar to someone I hate…that idiot…
(T/N: As in Eren)
Marlowe: …that idiot is…the one Annie spoke of?
Jean: I’m not sure…idiots are a dime a dozen here, after all.
Good thing we’re both people who cannot be ruthless. Marlowe…you’ve proven your determination.
Jean: Captain Levi should be happy to accept you into our squad if that’s the case. Please lend us a hand.
Levi: I’m 80% positive that this is the base of the Central MP.
I can’t believe we found it so quickly…it’s all thanks to those two and you, Jean.
Let’s go. It’s time for us to be the aggressors.
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