Aline S Compact

[15:20] <AdEvaGM> [It was… Warm.-
[15:21] <AdEvaGM> [Not a bad sensation. Pleasant, almost.-
[15:21] <AdEvaGM> [The air smelled clean. Too clean- the scent of disinfectant.-
[15:22] <AdEvaGM> [Aline Blanc was stirring.]
[15:24] * Aline almost immediately looked around. Her last memories were being carried off by Brothers, so she had a feeling, regardless of what she could or couldn't see (or for that matter, hear), she was probably still in a rather troubled state.
[15:25] <AdEvaGM> [It hurt. Less than it had.-
[15:25] <AdEvaGM> [The room was clean and spotless, she was in a bed, and there was an open window (barred, of course) letting in a breeze. Her plugsuit was gone, replaced with some sort of gown; her vision was blurry.]
[15:28] * Aline knew she lacked her glasses, but she tried moving experimentally, at first just raising a few arms to see if she was still gravely injured. All logic told her 'probably', but logic doesn't prepare you for a giant Silas Caine with millions of his clones running amok doing dances and chants in formation.
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> [Indeed.-
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> [Her wounds had been bandaged- her arms, at least, could be moved, although it hurt when she did so.]
[15:31] * Aline decided to stop doing that, much like the eternal refrain of people who are told 'it hurts when I do this'. Instead, she'd wait. A guest to… this whatever-the-everloving-fuck crazytown.
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> [A few minutes passed.-
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> [And the door opened. A purple blur was standing in the blurry doorway. "Ah. You've finally woken up!"]
[15:37] * Aline didn't have to see it to know what it was. She attempted talking, hoping that she was better in that sense. "…So I have."
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, you're even talking! How precious." Footsteps.-
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> ["You know, I really do have to question your priorities."]
[15:38] * Aline closed her eyes a bit, wishing she didn't have to be here, but… "Oh?"
[15:42] <AdEvaGM> ["The Archangel Uriel dissolved you, and you came back, bigger, curvier than ever, but your eyesight is terrible." He tut-tutted. There was a strange sound, like a 'ting!'. And then… A pair of glasses was being placed upon her.]
[15:44] * Aline blinked her eyes. "It's not like I can direct my own self-image."
[15:46] <AdEvaGM> ["With eyesight like your own I'm not surprised."-
[15:47] <AdEvaGM> [But she could see again. Her… Benefactor was of course masked, his arms folded cockily.]
[15:48] <Aline> "Ha, ha, ha." A laugh with about as much verve as a handful of sand.
[15:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Up you get. It is time for you to get dressed and to eat."]
[15:51] * Aline tried, thus, to stand. It'd probably hurt like hell, but she's had her various parts severed vicariously at high synchronization so so many times, it was almost familiar. Not that that stopped her from wincing. "Mm."
[15:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Now then, what would you like to wear?"]
[15:52] <AdEvaGM> [15:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Now then, what would you like to wear?"]
[15:56] * Aline blew out a bit of air. "Surprised you're giving me a choice. I guess a red tracksuit'll be fine. Not really in the mood for dresses. Unless you'd rather countermand my mood. I don't know how far gentlemanlyness goes for prisoners."
[15:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Gentlemanliness flourishes when it comes to prisoners." Said the Brother, bowing with a flourish- with a ting, the outline of a red tracksuit appeared in the air, before becoming solid. It fell to the ground.]
[16:02] * Aline bent down to pick it up, wincing again, but started to sidle to the side. "As you might imagine, a moment of privacy while I change? Of course if you must monitor me, that's an understandable… condition of imprisonment too." Regardless of whether or not she was given the privacy she asked for, Aline began to change. It was surprising how nonchalant she could be, but then again
[16:02] * Aline the whole gentlemanliness thing was definitely throwing off her sense of outrage. Best to keep your head down…
[16:03] <AdEvaGM> [The Brother did, in fact, turn around and face the door.]
[16:05] * Aline continued to shift and gasp slightly as her remaining wounds rubbed against the fabric, but pretty soon the gown was set on her bed, and the tracksuit was put on, her body flexing and moving in it subtly a few times. "Okay."
[16:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Good." The Brother stepped forward and opened the cell door. "If you'll follow me."]
[16:07] * Aline wandered over to behind him, and nodded her head a few times. "Lead on, then."
[16:10] <AdEvaGM> [They were on a long corridor- Aline's room one of many, it seemed. Brother led them to the elevator, which was ready and waiting.-
[16:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Welcome to the Saint Azariah Hospital, by the by." Said the Brother, stepping inside and pressing a button once Aline had done the same.]
[16:12] * Aline slowly nodded. "An unsurprising name, for sure."
[16:13] <AdEvaGM> [A few levels passed, before the door opened.-
[16:15] <AdEvaGM> [This floor was much busier. People- real human beings- ran back and forth, many of them doctors or nurses by the looks of it. There were soldiers, too.-
[16:15] <AdEvaGM> [A hush fell on the crowd as the Brother appeared, but he gestured idly and they went back to their work. He stepped out and indicated that Aline ought to do the same.]
[16:17] * Aline did indeed step out, and followed along again. Best to remain as silent as the rest of the crowd, but she was already getting a sense that this was what life was like in this 'Silasia'.
[16:19] <AdEvaGM> [Despite the thickness of the crowd, they parted for Brother, and for Aline by proxy. Brother walked through- although he stopped at one door. "We should pay a visit to this patient.]
[16:19] <AdEvaGM> "]*
[16:20] * Aline regarded the door. She had maybe a hunch on who it could be - either William, or an injured Brother, one of the two, depending on what exactly they wanted with her right now. "Alright."
[16:22] <AdEvaGM> [She was right- lying on a bed, with an arm missing as well as half his torso, was an unmasked Brother. Silas Caine's face, shining with sweat, pale with pain, barely managing to breathe through the pain.-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> [Another Brother was standing at his side, slowly peeling back his wounded brethren's Brother Uniform to have a look at the wound.-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["How is it?" Asked Aline's guide.-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["It didn't touch the core." Said Doctor Brother. "We'll be able to heal him."-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["It- it hurts-" Groaned the injured Brother.-
[16:24] <AdEvaGM> [Aline's guide nodded. "Keep him comfortable until then."]
[16:26] * Aline shook her head. There were no tears for this man, but there was a long sigh. "We live in a disgusting world where disgusting things happen. I can't exactly say I'm not responsible, or that I'm morally superior." In the back of her mind, she thought of her own, precious moral fallacy: The Reduction-to-Impact argument. That probably wouldn't be given good reviews here, so she shelved
[16:26] * Aline it.
[16:30] <AdEvaGM> [Doctor Brother looked over at Aline, then to her guide. Guide Brother shook his head. "Don't be so quick to deem the world disgusting. Come. Let us find you something to eat."-
[16:30] <AdEvaGM> [Guide Brother turned about and left the room, closing the door behind him.]
[16:31] * Aline followed along. "Subconscious bias I suppose." Was she getting conversational now? Hmm.
[16:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Like so many of your type, you are quick to deem the world to be one way or another, when the truth is that applying concepts such asunfairnessto the world is a pointless exercise. There are only- events."-
[16:34] <AdEvaGM> [But they didn't go far before they were interrupted- a distraught looking woman approached. "Signore-" she began, before continuing in Italian. At her side was a young sickly boy.-
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> [Guide Brother held up his hand, before replying. He bent down next to the boy and placed a hand on his head- there was a faint sound, before Guide Brother stood up and continued on his way, to the tearful blessings of the woman.]
[16:43] * Aline wanted to mutter reams about Azariah's world being realized in microcosm (though she'd be sorely tempted to talk about the leader, so she shelved that too), instead just saying. "…Probably so." Still, she followed along.
[16:47] <AdEvaGM> [They continued to walk, eventually coming to what was clearly a cafeteria.-
[16:47] <AdEvaGM> [Guide Brother wasn't the only Brother there- there were two other Brothers playing chess by a table, surrounded by a gang of onlookers.-
[16:47] <AdEvaGM> [But… There was also someone sitting at a table. A blonde-haired someone- William, looking morose.]
[16:49] * Aline saw him briefly, not knowing whether or not they'd be allowed to meet and talk or not. She still had no idea how far the hospitality went anyway. But still, she moved on.
[16:51] <AdEvaGM> ["You should find something to eat, then talk to your comrade."]
[16:53] * Aline slowly nodded, and… assumedly, filtered into line to get some food. She'd probably settle for some kind of chicken dish, or maybe pasta. It was sort of variable, and her mood was in all sorts of strange places.
[16:54] <AdEvaGM> [There was in fact both available.]
[17:06] * Aline would go for a nice white-sauced pasta, then, before slowly, gradually heading towards where William was seated. "…I was told I could go talk to you. How are you handling yourself?"
[17:15] <AdEvaGM> ["We lost." He said quietly, hanging his head. "I nearly died…"]
[17:16] * Aline decided, for the sake of respect, to keep the same tone. "…Same here. I still ache from everything that happened to me."
[17:23] <AdEvaGM> ["What's going to happen to us?"]
[17:26] <Aline> "I don't know. I heard something about 'being a guest to their glorious revolution'. So I assume we'll be prisoners for a fair while, unless they're defeated…" She frowned.
[17:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Let's hope that happens, then. Until then we should try to find ways to break out."]
[17:30] * Aline let her frown widen. "I'm not sure if I /can/. The Brothers have AT Fields. Even if I channel Voriel, I couldn't match a whole bunch of them." She then looked a bit sheepish. "Myself, I had so far planned on keeping my head down and hoping for rescue. Does that make me pathetic…?"
[17:33] <AdEvaGM> ["No, it probably makes you prudent." Murmured William. "I wonder what happened to the other pilots…"]
[17:35] * Aline sighed deeply. "I don't know. I guess if we lost, they might've run away or maybe got blown up too. But I think Sera and Yanmei are alive, wherever they are."
[17:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Good. If they're here, and we can find them…"]
[17:38] * Aline looked around cautiously. "Mmm. You already know my stance, but… mmh, I don't know. I remember the last time I was a prisoner - hostage, then. It wasn't good either…"
[17:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah?"]
[17:47] <Aline> "Covenant of Light. The front-group cult that the LN used. It was only a few months before I was a pilot." Aline explained. "Ended up stuck in a room with angry - and a few calm - members for hours on end before they finally broke in with a strike team…"
[17:48] <AdEvaGM> ["… Ah. I see- I'm sorry."]
[17:50] * Aline waved her hand. "I've been through far worse since then, don't worry." She had a very put-on smile.
[17:55] <AdEvaGM> ["H-heh."-
[17:58] <AdEvaGM> [The rest of their meal passed, mostly undisturbed- although there was one loud happening by the chess table- the Brother playing black, having spent the last ten minutes being taunted about his rear-echelon posting, finally snapped, and had made a mistake. The hooting from the crowd grew louder and louder as White forced a victory, leading to Black storming out in fury.-
[17:59] <AdEvaGM> [But before long, Aline's new 'friend' would appear. "It is time for us to go." Said Guide Brother.]
[18:00] * Aline put down her fork and plate, standing up with a little bow towards William. "Time to go indeed." …She turned to her guide.
[18:00] <AdEvaGM> ["'Bye."-
[18:00] <AdEvaGM> [With a flourish, Guide Brother guided her to the door, then to the elevator, where he pressed a basement button.]
[18:02] * Aline noted that subtly, but didn't comment on it. She was (right now at least) assuming it was going to lead to a proper cell or failing that… she didn't know.
[18:02] <AdEvaGM> ["No one truly dies at Saint Azariah's. Did you know that?"]
[18:04] * Aline shook her head. "No, I didn't. How could I?"
[18:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh."-
[18:05] <AdEvaGM> [The elevator opened into a dark, stiflingly hot room, like a boiler room. He stepped out.-
[18:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Who do we have today?" Called Guide Brother, to another Brother. There was nothing but a gantry joining them, and two ominously dark pits beneath.-
[18:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Two cancer patients, a heart attack victim, two murderers, a spy, and a rapist." Replied the other Brother.-
[18:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Excellent."]
[18:08] * Aline looked around at the surroundings, and was starting to get a sense of what this place was. 'Rebirthing Pits' indeed. She visibly cringed.
[18:10] <AdEvaGM> ["For millenia, mankind has wondered what to do with its sick, its feeble, the ones who cannot contribute. Similarly it has wondered what to do with its criminals, its murderers."-
[18:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Now, we have the answer."-
[18:11] <AdEvaGM> [Sudden, blinding light. Four vats had opened in those pits below, full of bright, glowing… LCL? It looked incredibly hot.-
[18:12] <AdEvaGM> [Guide Brother gestured as seven people were carried over to an edge overlooking the pits. Three of them looked positively dead; the other four were struggling wildly, bound and gagged.]
[18:15] * Aline stared down with suppressed - though of course, not perfectly so - horror in her face. This made her skin crawl, because it lived up to her greatest fear - no longer being oneself.
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> [Push. Push. Push-
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> [The seven were pushed into the liquid, where they screamed as they were submerged.-
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> ["And now we wait."-
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> [One, two, five, ten minutes…-
[18:17] <AdEvaGM> [And then the first person emerged. Silas Caine, without a doubt, emerging from the liquid, naked, floating on thin air, floating up to the gantry.-
[18:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Welcome, Brother." Said the Brother on the far side of the room.-
[18:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you." Said the New Brother. He smiled, and he lifted his arms- within seconds his body was cleaned, then robed in that uniform, and finally, masked.-
[18:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Is it not beautiful?" Murmured Guide Brother to Aline.]
[18:20] * Aline remained silent. If you had nothing good to say, don't speak. She was going to keep up with her plan, regardless of what William - or Sera, or Yanmei - might say. She couldn't fawn over this, but she had to keep a stiff upper lip and show the best side she could manage.
[18:21] <AdEvaGM> ["And so." Guide Brother put a hand around her shoulders, white glove fiddling with the collar of her tracksuit. "So long as you remain useful to us, you will not be- rehabilitated."]
[18:22] * Aline was quiet only for a moment longer. "I understand all too well." Her body tensed at the contact.
[18:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Excellent."]

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