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Sara could only hope that whatever was bothering Kate, would come out on a more gradual scale. Rather than force the answer to reveal itself, the lieutenant was instead going to be patient with her, as it was in her nature to wait things out, before making her way to her goal. In other words, she was going to proceed, slowly and carefully. She will give her the time to open up, even if they start having a way-too personal conversation. However, once again, the white-haired was going to be patient with the other. She didn’t know of Kate’s inner thoughts, but then, she assumed that the smile on her face said that she was satisfied with Sara acknowledging her request. Perhaps there was a chance for them to bond, in order to get [i]both[/b] of them to open up, at the same time. The other woman responded back with a slow smile of her own.

She didn’t know whether if she was right, but perhaps, that smile said something else, be it a sign of the other woman very, very slowly giving off a rather genuine peek of her own inner emotions. The poor girl has been losing touch with her true feelings, which was what Sara had already assumed, shortly after getting the nerve to observe her, from afar, over the past few months. Once more, in her more neutral yet downward state, there were melancholic feelings, along with those of isolation, while having to be agitated and enthusiastic when in her high. It wasn’t a very good balance for one person, emotionally and mentally, meaning that there was more behind the facade that Kate seemed to be masquerading, therefore she admittedly became Sara’s rather-curious point of interest for quite some time.

She didn’t know a lot about her background, considering that the lieutenant had never gotten quite personal with her fellow soldiers...other than the fact that her aunt happened be a Section Commander of the Scouting Legion, which was quite evident by their shared-enthusiasm. All of her thoughts, if anyone asked about Katherine, were good ones, and that the brunette’s unique abilities have proven themselves to be benefitting for the Scouts, and Sara could only show her proudness silently with a thin smile. The white-haired female sighed once more, before rubbing her eyes again, by the time she heard the other speak once more, having to respond back rather casually yet sincerely. It’s like as if her soft voice was her mostly predominant trait.

“As long as Erwin doesn’t appoint a meeting, I don’t. Why do you ask, Kate?”
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Fortunately, Erwin should be busy on his front, organizing the expedition and - this was the part that confused her, but she went with it - keeping it as confidential as possible. But it didn't seem likely that the Commander would suddenly call Sara, out of the blue. Honestly, she thought it more likely that Levi would spend time with her. Aunt Hange mentioned that they were actually family, cousins. Katherine...missed having family. Many had lost all traces of their former lives, maybe none so much as those of Shigenshiga, but no less harsh the loss from those who were from any other point between Wall Maria and Rose. At any rate, when Sara said that she was actually free, Kate put forth the thought that had been in her head for a while.

"I wanted to talk a little, get to know you. We only know each other by reputation, and that can get a little isolating. I feel like I unnerve some people, and I need to forge some new ties. Is that alright?"

She was looking at Sara with an earnest stare, the kind that you swear might be taking too long to blink. The truth was that now that Eren's controversy was winding down and he was no longer considered a threat to humanity (probationally), the day had started to sink in. The deaths that occurred were bad enough, but the deja vu of how the the attack had gone and of practically seeing where her mother had died, only in Trost's equivalent of that spot, had begun to bother her. It was a reminder that she was alone, except for a few friends that survived the overrunning of her home, and her aunt...who didn't exactly come to visit often because she was doing research. Necessary research, but still she didn't take much time off. Over-enthusiasm causes things like this. The distance between where she worked and where Katherine lived was probably a factor. Didn't help, though. At least she was trying, though. That much was alright.

The problem mainly lay in the emotional ties. As she lost people, Katherine felt that a piece of her would slip away. She had actually gotten to know some of the Cadets that made it out of training at the same time as Eren, Armin, and Mikasa...and then some of them died. Now that they were embarking on a whole new mission and things were changing so fast, what Kate wanted more than anything was someone who could keep her grounded. That wasn't something Aunt Hange could do. She wasn't grounded herself. Perhaps Sara, though?
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In truth, Sara herself didn’t even know that she even had other close family, besides Armin, who was only removed from her, by one generation. Having a cousin was quite a surprising, even pointing to the fact that they were both very well-respected people, with the greatest reputations. The lieutenant has been proud of the Research and Development team, despite the fact that the biological factor of examining Titans has always been risky, although it was quite fascinating at the same time, in the department of Commander Hange.

She took it all to heart, and yet, it was an advantage over this war to understand the enemy. The most-extreme of quirks of it, however, were slightly unnerving, that it was in fact in Hange’s hands. Machines have gotten her attention, and Sara often wondered when she might be able to use such improvements, but decided against it, if there was ever a struggle. Now, she knew on who to turn to, when needed.

The lieutenant saw the look in her eyes, as it was one that whispered a plead on it’s very windows. Sara found herself looking into them, as if she was trying to search on what she was hoping to find within the other recruit. However, it eventually dawned on her, after taking a moment of figuring out what her expression meant: Kate was alone, with no one to hold her down, when either slipping into a state of misery or devastation. As a result, isolation was all she probably had, with no emotional ties, acting as restraints. It also came to her that Sara herself was alone, in a sense, anyway. She didn’t have any ties either, more so with those that are mutually-familial, and less with those that are intimate.

“You feel alone, don’t you? With no one to tell you that you’re okay”.

Maybe this was an opportunity? She kept eye contact with Kate for probably the longest time, even as she stood up from her seat, before inhaling and exhaling through her nose, and giving her a small smile that showed traces of sincerity.

“If it means that much to you, Kate, I guess it wouldn’t hurt. I’ll do what I can for you, in and out of battle. No matter how bad the fight”.
Plus, I am quite curious and worried for you, she wanted to say, but didn’t.
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Although her espression did not change as Sara first spoke up, there was a certain surprise and relief within Kate as she heard her say that.

Yes, that's it exactly! She put it even more succinctly than I ever could! She understands...

She did finally confirm with a nod that this was, in fact, the case. Kate even wanted to talk about it, talk about herself, but not here where everyone could overhear. She never communicated herself the same way she did with other people in Shiganshiga as she did with Eren, Mikasa, and Armin. She trusted them, since her doctor felt that they would be a good influence. And he ought to know, since he was Eren's father, Grisha. Nothing wrong with that, right? Even though she was older than them, she felt at home around them, like they filled in a sizable gap in a mental state. Sara was right. She validated herself through others by taking what they said to heart and running with it. Eren was all hear, putting aside his temper. Mikasa was bluntly honest, which was appreciable in the extreme. And Armin? Sage wit and wisdom, for his age. He was kind of wimpy, but she knew he was capable. He'd still made it through training, after all.

These were the people that had helped her stay the course in dealing with the unruly mess that was her own thoughts. As long as her friends thought she was doing alright, she knew that she was so. It was great that Sara understood in so few words just what she was going through. Maybe not the whole of it, but enough. One day, she might even have the courage to face up to it, to...to... But...this was good. She didn't have to worry now. Kate's imploring look turned to a pleasing smile when Sara accepted. She now stood, herself, the meal concluded.

"Alright, then. I'll just take care of this and then..."

She paused in somewhat indecision.

"Was there somewhere you wanted to talk or following me while I put these away?"

Either one worked. She was curious about Sara, as well, and she hoped the other woman was willing to share.
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Then, there was confirmation, which only put in some more thoughts that just might be enough to help her proceed with this. Sara nodded back in response, more so in a very understanding way, as well as solemn. Her observations and notes were proven to be correct, just by this response alone, coming from its source. Kate didn’t know who to turn to, in order to exert the feelings that were trapped inside her very own being.

Compared between the two of them, the lieutenant was a lot more concentrated, controlled, and self-grounded, having to keep her own emotions in check, even when exposed to an extreme situation. However, the very secret is the fact that there was nothing she could really take to heart, explaining her somewhat-detached demeanor. There seemed to be, what appears to be, hope, within the other’s eyes, once she accepted to her request.

’That was all she needed; a listening ear, some guidance. Somebody, who would tell her that she was safe’.

It felt as if the aura of the other’s feelings were hitting her, full-force, causing Sara to start approaching her, slowly yet carefully, even while the brunette continued speaking. Funny enough, the lieutenant herself wondered the same question: Where should they start talking about such a subject? Then, there was a thought, a spot, where the white-haired woman would go, in times of stress.

“I think I know. Trust me, I find it to be a very peaceful spot, for times, such as this. Care to follow?”

By the time they started walking, the two women were going outside of the mess hall, and towards the very outside. Of course, Sara took point, all the way towards a wooden ladder, that seemed to be connected to another, leading up to the roof. By the time the white-haired woman managed to make it to the top, she offered a hand to Katherine, and help her up, the rest of the way. With both of them now on the roof, the moon shined at its brightest, where its luminescence enveloped the entire sector of Wall Rose.
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To be quietly concealed, to hide inside one's shell. This had been her refuge But in time, there were those who wanted her to come on out and join the world, and so she started to step away and start to develop again. If only they hadn't come, she might have come to terms with herself much sooner, but as things went, the process towards self-recovery was slow and inhibited by loss and the necessity for survival. The shell grew more and more enticing, with every passing examination or calculation to get lost in. Even then, she hadn't wanted to fade back into nothingness, to ignore the world. She wanted some stable ground beneath her feet, something the Titans couldn't take away, something her own fear and escapism couldn't force her to hide from.

This could be it, or this could be the start of it. She didn't know, but she was compelled to find out.

Sara appeared to have an idea on where to go, already, and asked if she'd follow. Even as Katherine nodded, though, a mental note prodded her rather fiercely. She had to take care of her own responsibilities first. No, she needed this, her peace of mind. But her work was important too! The other woman began to lead and her own sudden conflict caused her eyes to dart around until...well...until someone passing by felt a hand grip them by the shoulder and pull him over to whisper, under no uncertain terms, that the barrel she had by her seat there were provisions for the elites and Commander Zoe, and that they needed to be ready to go on a wagon being prepared for the morning departure.

Basically, she elected to delegate the responsibility.

He seemed to move quickly enough, and with that the conflict in her head died and she quickly caught up to Sara as she left the mess hall. The light-haired woman led them both to an extended ladder heeading to a roof. These were a common thing, not just in the need for roof repair, but for situations regarding soldiers who need a way to get down in in case of ann emergency, like a failure in the ODM Gear or if the building were on fire. It was possible, and so as a precaution, these ladders could be seen on a number of buildings. Sara began to ascend and Kathering followed her, and took her hand for a pull on up without real question. Perhaps if they had never shared a word or a glance or the Titans hadn't attacked, she might have hesitated, but not at this time. The two of them now stood on the roof, basked in the moonlight. It did nothing for the Brunette, but for Sara's white hair, it seemed to make her shine.

It occurred to her, right then, that she had never actually seen a person with her hair color before. Somehow, she had overlooked this fact, even though it had been staring her in the face. Nobody that Kate had known from the beginning of her life until the moment she laid eyes on Sara had whiite hair. Not people or Titans. Maybe... Maybe she was... Katherine began to wonder if Sara was part of a rare family line not common to the area, like Mikasa had been. It was how Kate found herself almost staring at the way she looked in the moonlight, and her mouth acted before her brain had the time to weigh in, not knowing that this might be a loaded question.

"Sara...where are you from?"
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