Armin Arlert is a seemingly ordinary high school student. Except for one problem-he isn't ordinary. He's constantly getting bullied for many reasons-for his above average intelligence, for his small stature, for his sexual orientation, and the list goes on. His friends are constantly coming to his rescue, and he wants to be strong like them. But soon enough he realizes budding feelings for his best friend-and while coming to terms with these feelings, may even recognize his inner strength, all while battling new feelings that come along with the pressure he has to face. (Modern Day AU/High School AU) warnings: self-harm mentions, suicide mentions, homophobic slurs, language, bullying, sexual content, and mentions of non-con/abuse.