Aline S Christmas

[20:33] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [The morning of Christmas Eve- Aline would wake up in her warm, cozy bed- a bed at odds with the chilly cold air, and the snowy outside. Nevertheless, it was a sunny, clear morning.]
[20:39] * Aline could thank the wonders of modern heating for that kindness, at least. There had been a fair amount of fun and good times up till now, so she /was/ at any rate fairly satisfied…
[20:44] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji, however…-
[20:44] <@Ayanami`Rei> [… Is not in bed.]
[20:47] * Aline found that a biiit anomalous, as she began to get more conscious and awake, and decided to peer about, snagging her glasses with a simple, well-aimed grab with one hand, and the familiar click-clack of unfolding them. "Mmmnnn?"
[20:47] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Door was closed, blinds were closed. His side of the bed was made. Sign of a waking Shinji.]
[20:53] <Aline> So thus, Aline needed to catch up on that front! So she got going quickly, getting up, and basically rushed her closet, digging deep into it for something… something wintry but still stylish, It was /Christmas Eve/ after all. Of course, Paris-2 being as cold as it was… ’Stylish and wintry' basically described around 75% of that closet's normal contents. However, she eventually settled
[20:53] <Aline> on a far simpler white blouse with some blue shorts she basically wore like supplemental underpants (It helped!)… and a large dark-blue dress cut long and heavy for the cold weather.
[20:58] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [A wise outfit for one of the colder Christmases on record.-
[20:58] <@Ayanami`Rei> [She’d hear footsteps out in the apartment kitchen, and muffled words.]
[21:02] * Aline would take some time to fully change, before wandering on out - slowly, and as quietly as she could manage - to go see what was going on. Nonetheless, while one hand was full holding the door with the right variances of pressure to keep it from squeaking? …Aline couldn't help but play with a little dangling fuzzy bobble on her dress-coat-thing.
[21:04] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Out in the kitchen were Shinji and Sophie- Shinji was wearing a blue sweater and black trousers, as well as a white apron, cooking something on the stove- he had apparently already cooked something for Sophie, since she was sitting down eating. "So yeah. After this lovely dinner, I’m off to go see how ~Captain~ Gosselin is."]
[21:08] * Aline peered in in earnest now… and couldn't help but subtly slink in closer… then unsubtly comment. "Does someone have a da~te
[21:08] <Aline> *?"
[21:10] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Huh-?"-
[21:10] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Sophie looked over at Aline, then beamed. "You’re right about that~ I sure do." She smirked. "I have a man all to myself for Christmas~ Which is quite the luxury. NERV has been working him to the marrow recently."-
[21:11] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji looked over his shoulder in surprise, then smiled. "Good morning~"]
[21:12] * Aline waved cheerily. "Hi~ Sorry if I slept in too late. I guess I’m on a different schedule, huh?" But a glance at Sophie, with a silly, silly look on her face. "Delicious marrow, just for you. But it's good that the two of you have time off."
[21:15] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["It is, trust me." Sophie shot Aline a sly look. "Of course, you’d know all about that, huh? How does Shinji's marrow taste?"-
[21:15] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["S-Sophie-san, that’s…"]
[21:17] * Aline giggled. "A lady doesn't tell…" But a wink. "…She merely insinuates. Sorry, Shin-chan~ All in jest!"
[21:25] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji scratched the back of his neck. "Uh, if you say so." He shot Sophie a look. "She, uh… She’s…" He coughed. "Your breakfast is ready, Aline!"]
[21:30] * Aline clapped her hands together a bit. "Thaaank you." …and she began to set into her breakfast~
[21:42] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Bacon! Eggs. A solid breakfast.-
[21:42] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["So… We’re going to your parents' house today, huh?" Said Shinji in what he hoped was a casual tone.]
[21:49] * Aline nodded firmly, in between strips of bacon. "Mm-hm. Figured it'd be a nice holiday thing, /and/ you get to finally meet them. It'll be fun, I think!"
[21:51] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["How’s your new sister going?" Asked Sophie casually.]
[21:57] * Aline smiled, now between /eggs/. "Pretty well, I hear. A little infection early on, but nothing too major. She recovered fine, and is /sooo cute/."
[22:04] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["I guess they don’t know if she has your dad's hair yet, huh?" Asked Sophie.-
[22:05] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji finally got around to putting some bacon on for himself. "Hey, Aline, does this mean your mother’s doing a bit better…?"]
[22:07] * Aline nodded. "At least a little bit, yeah! Probably going to still be a bit… odd, but… clearly there has to have been something that went right, right?"
[22:07] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’d hope so." Said Shinji.-
[22:08] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Right." Sophie put her knife and fork on her plate. "Thanks for breakfast, Shinji." She stood. "I have to go~ Now, you two sex fiends try to remain sensate for the rest of the day, alright?"]
[22:12] * Aline blushed broadly. "H-h-hey! You just focus on your /own/ fiendish deeds okay!"
[22:12] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh, trust me, I will~" She winked, reaching over to put Aline into a friendly headlock, ruffling her hair.]
[22:14] * Aline did quite the requisite gack-ack-argh routine of mock-fighting the lock, and then quuuuuickly brushing her hair back down with a hand. "Well, so long then~
[22:15] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["So long~" Sophie pecked her on the head. "You take good care of her, Shinji, ok?"-
[22:15] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Uh… Right!" Shinji was still busying himself with his bacon. He was not a sex fiend!-
[22:15] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["See you kids later~" And then Sophie was off.]
[22:30] * Aline slowly worked her way through the rest of her breakfast with a sliiightly goofy smile on her face, and eventually, eventually managed to finish. "Ahhhh, thanks again, it was pretty good~
[22:33] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["That’s alright!" Said Shinji happily. He took her plate and washed it.-
[22:33] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hey, uh… Your parents won’t mind me, will they?"]
[22:35] * Aline waved a hand with an eyes-closed smile. "They were sorta interested when I first mentioned you, actually.
[22:35] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh…?"]
[22:39] <Aline> "Yeah! Uh… I don’t remember all of it, but I know they were curious as to what kind of person you were and that sort of thing." …She sighed. "That was uh, while uh, you were kidnapped, though."
[22:43] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh."-
[22:43] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji put the plate carefully on the sink to dry, turning and smiling. "Then I should do my very best to impress them, huh?"]
[22:45] * Aline nodded. "That you should! Just don’t overdo things either!"
[22:46] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Eh? Overdo things…?"]
[22:47] <Aline> "Like try so hard to impress them that they don’t see the real you, of course~"
[22:49] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Right, right. Aheh… Should we bring a cake?"]
[22:50] * Aline thought a while on that. "…I dunno. Maybe like a tiny one or something? We… it’s not a tradition here to do that, though there will be a nice big dinner."
[22:53] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Huh." Shinji seemed indecisive for a second, before he slowly took off his apron. "I might bring them one tomorrow, then. When should we get going, Leenie?"]
[22:57] <Aline> "Ah, well, we could probably spend a bit longer cleaning up, but then head off soon after?" …she was already making motions towards the sink with her dish in hand.
[23:03] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Right." Said Shinji, taking the dish towel and tossing it to her.-
[23:05] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Cleaning up was a fast affair, as Shinji was efficient and dutiful at cleaning. Before long, they were walking the cold, but beautiful roads of Paris-2.-
[23:07] <@Ayanami`Rei> [The apartment wasn’t too far, thankfully, and besides the subways were warm. And thus before long they stood before the door of the Blancs…]
[23:09] * Aline was nearly floating (…though not literally. It'd be a Class Blue emergency if she were literally floating.) her way to the door, and waited for Shinji to come up behind her, before planting a few gentle knocks in sequence on the door!
[23:15] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [The door opened, revealing Lucien Blanc. His legs had healed just enough for him to use a cane- not without pain, of course. "Aline! Aline! Oh, my dear- do come in and give your father a hug!"]
[23:18] * Aline smiled broadly, and (Gently!) moved in to hug him. "Hi dad~"
[23:21] <@Ayanami`Rei> [He hugged her, a lot firmer than she did, in fact, because he was her dad. "How have you been?"]
[23:23] <Aline> "Ah! Pretty good. Had some fun gallivanting around for the holidays, and… let’s be honest, I enjoy the dry spell in work, as it were. Everyone probably does, really, but you know what I mean."
[23:25] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heh. No work is good news for the rest of us, trust me there. And, ah, who is this young man?"]
[23:30] * Aline smirked, and… actually slid off a bit to the side. She glanced at Shinji. "Hey, why don’t you introduce yourself?~"
[23:33] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Uh…" Shinji looked a little abashed, then nodded, giving him a bow. "I-I’m Shinji. Shinji Ikari. T-The pilot of EVA-05."-
[23:36] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["A-ha-. The legendary Shinji. Er…" Lucien offered Shinji a tiny bow- too much bowing and he might keel over. "Come in, my boy, come in~ Aline’s told us all about you."-
[23:36] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["S-She has?"-
[23:36] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh yes."]
[23:37] * Aline flitted in along the side. "Relax, ’all about you' isn't that bad, Shin-chan~"
[23:43] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["A-aheheh." Shinji seemed to be sweating a little, but he let it slide. "I-I’m glad to see you walking, Mr. Blanc."-
[23:43] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Please, boy, please, call me Lucien. It’s the least I can do for my daughter's boyfriend."-
[23:43] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["A-Ah, alright, Lucien…"]
[23:46] * Aline chuckled slightly, and waved a hand. "It must be cold standing out here for you, why don’t we go inside, huh?"
[23:47] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Right!" Shinji stepped inside. "Your apartment looks great, Mr. Lucien."-
[23:48] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Lucien gave Aline an amused look. "Heh. He’s a little hopeless, hm?"]
[23:50] * Aline practically /swooped/ into the apartment, working and closing the door in the same delicate glide. "He means well, though."
[23:55] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’m sure he does. Go on, you." He patted Aline on the shoulder. "Your mum's bathing Anastasie in the bathroom. Go say hi! I'll stay here and, aheh, get to know your boy."]
[23:58] * Aline blinked a little, but then nodded. "Sure thing, sure thing. You two have fun okay?" …She did wink at Shinji, before wandering off towards the bathroom~
[00:03] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Celine Blanc had a baby bath within the actual bathtub. Within was a gurgling little baby girl, her blue eyes focusing on Aline as she entered. She gurgled for a second before returning to her squeaky alphabet block.-
[00:03] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Celine was cupping water in her hands and pouring it over Anastasie’s head rhythmically, humming a little lullaby.]
[00:05] * Aline leeeaned over, and waved. "Ah, hi mom~"
[00:07] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Celine looked up suddenly, blinking. "Aline! Oh! When did…?"]
[00:12] <Aline> "Just now! I came over for a Christmas dinner, and I brought my boyfriend, too! Dad’s out front talking with him, though." Naturally, Aline's gaze levelled on her sister for at least a moment. "She's really cute."
[00:17] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Isn’t she? You were a beautiful child as well. At least, I think you were. I… I can't remember…"]
[00:17] * Aline reached out with an arm to pat her mother on the shoulder. "It's okay if you don't remember that well, mom." She smiled warmly.
[00:19] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Celine patted Aline’s hand absently. "Thank you, dear. So… Your boyfriend's here?"]
[00:20] <Aline> "Yeah, he is. You can take your time though. We won't be running off or anything!"
[13:07] <@Mingzhu> [Celine nodded. "Alright. That's good… Ah." She poured another handful of water over Anastasie, smiling a little. "Please tell your father I'll be out soon."]
[13:09] * Aline nodded back in kind. "Okay then~" …and she was off to see how the interrogation had been going!
[13:17] <@Mingzhu> [Lucien and Shinji were in fact still talking- although by the time Aline had returned, Shinji was looking especially stricken. "Ah… A-Ah, I… I-I try to be a gentleman! It really- you know- I mean-"-
[13:17] <@Mingzhu> [Lucien had a suspicious look on his face, but Aline could tell from his eyes that he was in fact enjoying this far too much. "That's not what Aline tells me, you know…"-
[13:17] <@Mingzhu> ["W-What?! What has she told you!?"]
[13:19] * Aline stared blankly when she arrived… and then folded her arms. "Which thing is this one about, huh?"
[13:27] <@Mingzhu> ["Gyah!" Shinji's face was, for one second, a picture perfect definition of aghast horror. "N-Nothing! Nothing, really!"-
[13:42] <@Mingzhu> [Lucien laughed. "Hah. I'm just testing this boy of yours. He's quite a jumpy little thing, isn't he?"]
[13:48] * Aline smirked, and breathed a bit, enough to let her folded arms rise up and then fall again. "That's part of what makes him cute, ne?~"
[13:57] <@Mingzhu> ["Heh. I can certainly see that about him." Lucien threw an arm around the boy's shoulders, bringing him in and ruffling his hair.-
[13:57] <@Mingzhu> ["Urk! Aline, help me!"]
[13:59] * Aline just stood there, smirk becoming smug. "Sure…" Then she /lunged/ and did a bit of her own hair-ruffling. "I'll help you accept your fate!"
[14:09] <@Mingzhu> ["T-Traitor!" Yelped Shinji, batting at her hands. "H-How could you?!"-
[14:10] <@Mingzhu> ["Hahahaha. She was mine before she was yours, you know." Lucien changes tack mid-ruffle, pulling Aline in for a close hug. "Isn't that right? You're daddy's girl first and foremost, right~?"]
[14:12] * Aline smiled, though she /did/ make a little surprised "Eep!" at the sudden hug. "I'm me~ That's what I am."
[14:18] <@Mingzhu> [Lucien didn't quite let her go just yet, squeezing a little tighter. "So what have you kids been up to this week, anyway?"]
[14:22] <Aline> "Oh, oh, well we've been hanging out a bit, and went on a few little shopping trips, had a chance to talk… Oh, and we did a few tours of the city. I tend to miss a lot of the attractions, even if they're just barely finished being rebuilt!"
[14:32] <@Mingzhu> ["The city really has gotten a move-on with its rebuilding, huh?" Said Shinji wonderingly. "I remember how destroyed it was. When one of those bombers levelled the Eiffel Tower…" He shook his head. "It's like it never happened."-
[14:32] <@Mingzhu> ["Well… Parisian builders have gotten -damned- good at rebuilding quickly, as you can probably tell." He poked Aline in the ribs. "Did they get you to help this time?"]
[14:37] * Aline nodded with a little smile. "A little. I swear, sooner or later they're going to just make the city plug in like giant building toys. It'd work better. But yeah, a lot of it was cleanup, though, rather than building."
[14:48] <@Mingzhu> ["It'd be rather hard for one of those Evas to wield a hammer, I'm guessing." Said Lucien with a chuckle. "But. Aline, tonight's your night, sweetheart. What do you want for dinner?"]
[14:56] <Aline> "Well, unless it's a /war/ hammer. Buuut." Aline backed off a bit, when she had the chance, and scratched her chin. "Mmm, what about that lasagna you used to make? The sauce is so good~"
[14:58] <@Mingzhu> ["I think I can do that…" Said Lucien speculatively. "On one condition."]
[15:00] * Aline tilted her head experimentally. "And that iiiis?"
[15:01] <@Mingzhu> ["You have to let me borrow your boyfriend to help with the cooking~"]
[15:03] * Aline turned over to Shinji, with a gentle smile. "What do you think? I have condition, too. Try to be gentle?~"
[15:04] <@Mingzhu> ["I promise~"-
[15:04] <@Mingzhu> ["Ah…" Shinji chuckled sheepishly. "A-Alright. I'm not that great of a cook, but I can try, Mr. Lucien."-
[15:05] <@Mingzhu> ["Good, good. Now…" Lucien turned back to Aline. "You think you can keep your mother dearest company? When she gets back, that is."]
[15:06] * Aline nodded at that. "I think I can, yeah. She deserves company, after all."
[15:12] <@Mingzhu> [Lucien nodded. "It's quite interesting. She's become a bit more focused ever since Anastasie was born. She's more grounded…"-
[15:12] <@Mingzhu> [The quiet sound of a door opening and closing as Celine emerged from the bathroom, a now rugged-up Anastasie snuggled in her arms.-
[15:12] <@Mingzhu> ["Ah, speak of the devil."]
[15:14] * Aline nodded. "I personally think it's just having something~" But she paused and smiled when her mom then came out. "Looks like she's all clean now, huh mom?~
[15:15] <@Mingzhu> ["She is. Ah… Hello, there." Said Celine awkwardly, looking at Shinji.-
[15:15] <@Mingzhu> ["O-Oh, Mrs. Blanc. Good morning." Shinji bowed, just as awkward as Celine was. "Merry Christmas."-
[15:16] <@Mingzhu> ["Merry Christmas…" She turned to look at Aline quizzically.]
[15:17] * Aline leaned in gently. "He's Shinji. My boyfriend."
[15:20] <@Mingzhu> ["Oh, yes. The one you're going to marry."-
[15:21] <@Mingzhu> ["Ah…" Shinji blushed. "T-That's… Right! Aheh." He shot Aline a look. "You really told them just about everything, huh?"]
[15:23] * Aline actually blushed at this one, too. "Well, yeah. I trust them, you know? And… mm, that's not as big a secret as it could even be anyway. We're a bit of an open book compared to the other couples floating around."
[15:24] <@Mingzhu> ["R-Really?"]
[15:25] <Aline> "Yup! Yan-yan has all of her little subtle things, and then the whole rumor mill, and so on. We're just close, rather than maybe maybe not."
[15:26] <@Mingzhu> ["I-I guess you're right!" Said Shinji, laughing.-
[15:26] <@Mingzhu> [Celine blinked, smiling a little, before turning to Aline. "Why don't you hold Anastasie for a little bit?"]
[15:32] * Aline smiled. "Aww, I'd love to~" …and with that, she extended her hands to gently cradle her kid sister!
[15:34] <@Mingzhu> [Anastasie was warm and clean and a rather calm little baby, grasping a little up towards Aline.-
[15:34] <@Mingzhu> ["Lilith? That's a strange name…"]
[15:36] * Aline suddenly looked up at her mom, staring rather wide-eyed… and holding onto her sister a little tighter. "Wait, /what/? I… Where did that come from?"
[15:38] <@Mingzhu> ["Where did what come from?" Asked Celine.-
[15:39] <@Mingzhu> [Aline would see, standing against the wall a little distance away- a little girl with white hair to her ankles, and ice blue eyes. "It's my real name." She whispered. Her voice was cold and unfamiliar.]
[15:43] * Aline stared deeply. "…Oh… oh oh it's…" She shook her head, staring at what her mom must believe was empty space. She clutched the girl in her arms protectively, muttering something. It was barely audible, but yet, it /was/. "You…"
[15:48] <@Mingzhu> ["…" Then- she was gone.-
[15:49] <@Mingzhu> ["A-Aline?" Asked Shinji nervously. "Are you alright?"]
[15:50] * Aline actually lowered her head, and grit her teeth. "…It's… it passed. I… …don't know." She was making little nod-shake gestures at Shinji, as if to try to imply things were sensitive.
[15:51] <@Mingzhu> ["Ah…" Shinji nodded, coughing a little. "S-Still having those… Headaches, huh?" He said, trying to play off the situation as something mundane.]
[15:55] <Aline> "Y-y-yeah." Aline was absentmindedly rocking Anastasie while she spoke, though thankfully, it was only just nervous enough a gesture to still be gentle. "Mom, you can have her back, I… need to take a moment to steady myself." She offered the baby back to her actual mother. "Shinji, would you mind keeping me company?" More little nods. "I'm… sorry."
[15:58] <@Mingzhu> ["I see…" Said Celine, taking the baby back.-
[15:59] <@Mingzhu> ["Y-Yeah, that's fine." Said Shinji, heading over to her. "Why don't we go out onto the balcony for some fresh air?"]
[16:00] * Aline nodded. "Thaa… that would help… I'll be back in a little bit. She began to shakily walk away, looking… well. She tried her damnedest to hide her face from her mom.
[16:12] <@Mingzhu> [Shinji led her out onto the balcony, carefully closing the door behind him. He was quiet for a moment, before…-
[16:12] <@Mingzhu> ["What… Was it?"]
[16:18] * Aline was pretty much straight to the point. "I'm seeing things. Memories. Memories that aren't mine." She shuddered a little before continuing, though. "…I saw… Lilith. Not her body. Her… …someone who was her. It's… it's so hard to remember it's not real when I see something like that."
[16:23] <@Mingzhu> ["That…" Shinji frowned, folding his arms. "That's a weird thing to see, Aline… Someone who was her?"]
[16:27] * Aline stared at him, worry coloring her face. "Yeah… A person who had her soul. That disturbing voice. I think… I think I was remembering someone she was explaining it t-" Aline stopped cold, as she reminded herself of the person's appearance. "Long white hair. Piercing blue eyes. Someone… NERV would… Someone strange or… Oh god."
[16:28] <@Mingzhu> ["Huh? What's going on?"]
[16:31] * Aline shook her head violently. "I realized who it was. And it really is was. …Someone with that description, but who wasn't me - my eyes aren't /that/ cold I don't think… I think that was… Eugenia? No wonder she had trouble with 00. I just…" She suddenly lunged into a hug. "I'm just so scared of her. Lilith, not Gina. Even now, Gina isn't that bad. But to have once held /that
[16:31] * Aline thing/ in her… if I'm right, anyway… just… brr…"
[16:32] <@Mingzhu> [Shinji hugged her tight. "I-It'll be alright." Murmured Shinji quietly. "I-It really will be."]
[16:33] * Aline squeezed. "I wish I didn't have to see terrifying things even when I'm not facing them down. I'm sorry to have caused a scene…"
[16:36] <@Mingzhu> ["It's… It's ok. It's a lot to handle." Said Shinji. "Just… Just take as much time as you need, alright?"]
[16:37] * Aline took a deep breath, and then looked up at him. "Okay." Another squeeze. "Okay."
[16:40] <@Mingzhu> [His eyes were closed as he stroked her hair, lending her his strength- just for a little while.]

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