Aline S Day Out

[06:49] * Aline had since moved back to her apartment on the ground, and was… well, being surprisingly idle. Right now, she was just sitting on her bed. She had /had/ breakfast, she even had time to play some video games. For now, though… She was just sort of sitting there kicking her feet slowly, wondering what to do next.
[06:54] <Minaplo> ['Things to do' would soon find Aline, as she heard knocks on the door that sounded more like angry thuds.]
[06:56] * Aline nearly jumped at the sound, wondering, well, who the hell would be doing that at this point in the afternoon. "Coming…!" And she - carefully, out of some fear that they might bowl into her or something - opened the door.
[07:04] <Minaplo> [Asuka was there, but she wasn't standing still. Actually, she was jumping around furiously, waving her hands in the air trying to fight something off.-
[07:04] <Minaplo> ['Something' was a two-foot-tall humanoid with long white hair, grappling onto Asuka's head and biting her ears.-
[07:04] <Minaplo> ["GEDDITOFF!"]
[07:08] * Aline rolled her eyes slightly, and tried to reach out gently to grab Little Aline (while thinking that she needed a better name than that…). "What do you think you are, a guard dog?"
[07:09] <Minaplo> ["Grrrr!" Little Aline flailed in mid-air. "If I'm a guard dog then she's a bitch!"-
[07:09] <Minaplo> ["Hey! Don't make me punt you again!"-
[07:10] <Minaplo> ["I'd like to see you try!"]
[07:14] * Aline put on a smile, the kind of serene smile someone made when in actuality they were pretty annoyed but they had instead decided to Give No Fucks at some point in the near past. "Well, enough. I'm sure there's some reason for her to be here."… a tilt at Asuka. "IS there a reason you're here?"
[07:15] <Minaplo> ["Hmph." Asuka stood up taller, brushing herself off primly. She was wearing a pair of tights under a red skirt, thick, high woolly boots, and a white turtleneck under her usual red coat and cape. "I came by to see if you wanted to serve me for the day as I go out to explore this tiny little hamlet~ But then I was drafted into delivering that little harpy to you!"-
[07:15] <Minaplo> ["Suck on a sauerkraut!"]
[07:24] * Aline paused for a beat, measuring whether to drop her faux-composure and roll her eyes, or keep it up out of pure smugness. She decided on the latter. "Ah, the great and illustrious Asuka." There was clear, though not dripping, sarcasm, but that soon vanished. "So a tour, eh. Or just wandering around. I assume you'd /both/ rather it not be three at once?" A /significant glance/ at Little
[07:24] * Aline Aline, almost parental in nature.
[07:32] <Minaplo> ["If we take this thing around, we'll look uncool, and she'll start a scene." Said Asuka, flipping her hair.-
[07:32] <Minaplo> ["I can't stand herrrrrr." Said Little Aline, waving her arms. "Every hour I'm with this puckered up German spinster I grow old."-
[07:32] <Minaplo> ["You little-!"]
[07:39] * Aline blew out a little puff of air. "You can stay and play games or read or watch TV or something, then? I'm sure you can go out some other time… we'll, ah, come up with some kind of arrangement for that." Then she looked at Asuka. "There. I'm willing to go."
[07:40] <Minaplo> ["Good." Said Asuka firmly.-
[07:40] <Minaplo> [Little Aline nodded furiously. "Alright, lemme go!"]
[07:41] * Aline paused. "Oh right. I was so busy ending the fight…" And she turned around and set Little Aline down inside the apartment, before turning back to Asuka. "Lemme get my coat, 'kay? It's better than nothing and more casual than spawnscale armor."
[07:42] <Minaplo> ["Hurry up."]
[07:45] * Aline waved semi-dismissively on her way in. It only took about a quarter-minute for her to find the coat, and was still throwing it on when she reached the door again. "Righto~"
[07:48] <Minaplo> ["Is that the new coat Ikari got you?"]
[07:51] * Aline closed the door behind herself, feeling slightly nervous about leaving the apparently-less-inhibited clone of herself in there… but then dismissed that slightly in order to be in the right frame of mind to answer. "Yeah. Even if it wasn't a gift from him… It's practical."
[08:02] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. We're going for a ride in that new car of yours right now, by the way. You can drive me around in it."]
[08:11] * Aline smirked. "Sure thing. I can drive around in it." She repeated, though with that minor edit. She tapped a pocket somewhere in the labyrinthine mass of the coat, having already intended to do just that and thus got her keys. From there, it'd just be a fair clip down the elevator and towards the nearby parking garage…!
[08:21] <Minaplo> [And the car sat there, -wanting- to be used. Asuka had to fight to not look jealous.]
[08:33] * Aline would gently /saunter/ over to the car, unlocking it - and assumedly clearing Asuka for passenger permissions if she had to take an extra step (as comical as setting her on fire might be, it's very rude!) - and plopping down.
[08:42] <Minaplo> [Asuka would climb into the front passenger's seat.-
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["Hit it, speed racer. I want to hit some bars!"]
[08:46] * Aline was a proper lady and didn't roll her eyes - too much - at that, and switched the car into gear. She had been practicing with it over time, so she did so with relatively smooth grace. For some reason Aline was good at picking up how to drive things. Either way… "I don't actually know too many bars, but let's ~explore~."
[08:47] <Minaplo> [And so they were off…-
[08:47] <Minaplo> ["So how's Baka-Shinji going?"]
[09:00] * Aline considered that - politely ignoring the part that was basically Asuka being Asuka - as they drove off. She did drive off towards a district known for places like bars and cafes and the like, though. "He could be better. That last attack was pretty rough on him. Stupid Angelic mind tricks, basically."
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah?"]
[09:13] * Aline seemed… well. More than a bit reluctant to get into specifics. "Something about hallucinations? He's really bothered about it."
[19:37] <Minaplo> ["Well duh he's bothered about it. Wouldn't -you- be bothered about it? Euch. Eden Base was enough of that for me to last a lifetime!"]
[19:39] * Aline sighed rather openly as she worked the car - she was a somewhat paranoid driver and almost never gestured or otherwise moved from the controls. "I don't know if I'm used to it now, or just fatigued. So like, it bothers me, but I feel weird and distant. Which itself is frustrating."
[19:42] <Minaplo> ["Isn't being used to it kind of a weird thing to be?"]
[19:45] <Aline> "I know, right? It's probably because I've got my own before. And really, it's just a guess." Aline frowned rather firmly. "God, I feel insane just talking about this like any old thing."
[19:45] <Minaplo> ["Are you insane?"]
[19:49] * Aline twitched her hands - a sign that she almost /was/ going to gesture, but stopped herself. "I guess some people would say so…? I still feel like me though. Whatever that even means anymore."
[19:52] <Minaplo> ["Well, how often to do you stop and go, 'What I am doing is insane'?"]
[19:56] * Aline was obviously still frowning as they drove along. "Not really?" There was a slight note of surprise, perhaps if only for wondering how this became a conversation. (The answer should've been obvious - she started it)
[19:56] <Minaplo> ["You've been seeing your base shrink, I hope."]
[20:00] * Aline nodded. "Yeah. Though I have been ever since I had a base. Clinical depression's a bitch."
[20:06] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. I bet he's a pretty busy man…"]
[20:09] <Aline> "Really. I'd almost say that without Sera - and I /guess/ Yanmei, though she's obnoxiously 'normal' at times - his workload is going down, but I'm sure this development with Shinji, and any trouble from non-pilots, will keep him jumping." There was a slight lurch as the car turned.
[20:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, well, so long as Baka-Shinji's ready to fight by the next battle, it's not my concern. Also, providing I don't catch him sneaking into my room again…"]
[20:17] <Aline> "Mm." Was, at first, Aline's response. But she soon did a small double-take. "…Wait, snuck into your room?"
[20:17] <Minaplo> ["Oho, he didn't tell you~? Mmhmm…"]
[20:21] * Aline twitched - this time with her body. "…Don't play coy… What was he after?"
[20:23] <Minaplo> ["Who knows what perverted secrets lie within the dark heart of baka-Shinji…?"]
[20:27] * Aline narrowed her eyes, and continued driving. But soon enough, she found a way to turn things around - or so she hoped. "Well, I guess only the best and most perverse'll do for me, huh."
[20:28] <Minaplo> ["~Oh really~?"]
[20:32] <Aline> A stop at a light gave Aline a chance to smirk to herself and stretch (without getting too far from the controls - she was /really/ uptight about that). "Yeah, really. Though I guess compared to my reputation he's still a bit tame. Oh well. He's still deliciously cute." There was a slightly strange enunciation on 'deliciously'.
[20:33] <Minaplo> [Asuka stared at Aline. Her eyes narrowed, then she folded her arms and huffed. "You both deserve each other." She said haughtily. "Baka-Shinji came in to put a bunch of dumb chocolates in my room because some idiots thought I'd be all puffed up about that battle."]
[20:35] <Aline> "Ah~ Well. That's a bit like taunting the tiger in its den." Right back to normal. Aline was, coincidentally, starting to make another turn. They were probably still a fair clip away from anything 'desired', but they were crossing into the right area.
[20:49] <Minaplo> ["God, how far do you have to drive in this dumb city to find a good place?"]
[20:52] * Aline took a brief moment to peer around. There were a few still-damaged buildings here and there, but fortunately she was nowhere near where much of last battle was fought. "Just a bit longer." There, indeed, started to be a few bars and such. "I don't know bars too well, but there's one the people in the Geofront mention sometimes so I /assume/ it's decent."
[20:53] <Minaplo> ["The 'Heaven Purview', huh."]
[20:55] * Aline nodded, passing by allegedly-lesser dives as they started to reach it - it was visible in the distance, actually. "Yup. Just need to settle in into a good spot…"
[21:01] <Minaplo> [Luckily, she'd find a spot mercifully nearby…]
[21:07] * Aline would thus hence begin the 'shutdown sequence' of parking, slightly correcting on the approach, turning off, getting out, waiting for Asuka to get out before activating security systems… and then pocketing the keyfob somewhere in the vast abyssal reaches of her coat.
[21:18] <Minaplo> [Asuka was already out, wrapping herself up in her own coat.]
[21:23] * Aline made her way towards the door, though she politely waited for Asuka to get a bit ahead of her - also because she technically wasn't going to be drinking, and from what she heard this was a (decent) bar, so…
[21:34] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't take long for Asuka to take the lead!-
[21:35] <Minaplo> [The bar was reasonably packed- although there was some room about. In fact, one table was occupied by a certain someone- Freya Solheim, sitting by herself, a big bowl of fries in front of her.]
[21:40] * Aline eyed the presence of Freya rather significantly, and nodded to herself. "Looks like we might have a drinking buddy. Sera's friend-keeper-something." A point at Freya, then a little wave… and Aline started to make her way over to that table.
[21:49] <Minaplo> ["Hey. Didn't expect to see you here." Said Freya cheerfully.]
[21:52] * Aline smiled as she got a chair. "I don't really patronize bars at all… I'm basically the driver for…" A headcrane over at Asuka, and no continuation of the sentence.
[21:58] <Minaplo> ["Humph!" Asuka slapped her hand down on the table. "Yeah, I remember you. Solheim."-
[21:58] <Minaplo> ["I remember you, too." Said Freya cheerfully.-
[21:58] <Minaplo> ["What kind of a name of Solheim, anyway?"-
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["Hell if I know. What kind of a name is Oscar?"-
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["That- That's not my name, idiot!"]
[22:01] * Aline looked between the two of them. "Good to know you two remember each other." That same little smile from a ways before - the one where you're concealing an emotion whilst being cheerily smug about it.
[22:08] <Minaplo> ["Don't get so smug, idiot!" Said Asuka, turning on her. "You're gonna be drinking with -us- tonight!"]
[22:12] * Aline suddenly twitched, knowing all too well (mostly from hearsay given the nature of it) how she gets with alcohol. "I'm going to be the driver! That's what I'm here for - that and conversation."
[22:12] <Minaplo> ["I'm givin' you an order."]
[22:15] * Aline gained a very 'oh shit' expression. "You… really don't want to. It's… uh, a subordinate's duty to… warn their superior when… they're about to do something horrible, right?"
[22:20] <Minaplo> ["Horrible? You just need to loosen up! And stop being so smug. Ugh. People like you… You're not fun at all, so I'm going to have to -make- you fun."]
[22:24] * Aline made a very loud sigh. "…Fine. I did warn you, though."
[22:25] <Minaplo> ["Just siddown. I'll order~ what food do you want?"]
[22:30] * Aline shrugged her shoulders and sat in the chair. "Eh, burger and fries."
[22:31] <Minaplo> ["Boring!" Asuka turned and headed off to the bar.]
[22:35] * Aline looked at Freya glumly. "…I'm sorry. In advance."
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["No problem to me." Said Freya breezily. "I was bored anyway."]
[22:40] * Aline shook slightly, unbidden, and then settled down to wait. "Indeed." Was all she could think of as a response.
[22:43] <Minaplo> [Asuka returned a few minutes later, slamming a full tankard frothing with german beer down in front of Aline. She had one of her own, of course.]
[22:46] * Aline stared at it with wide eyes, but refrained from asking the question hanging in her mind of 'that much?'. That'd only goad Asuka on further. "O…kay then." She began to take a few small swigs, being /careful/ to not look like she was being careful, which was harder than it sounded.
[22:58] <Minaplo> [Asuka patted Aline's stomach firmly. "Drink up, drink up~!"-
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["So how's the piloting life been?" Asked Freya nonchalantly.]
[23:01] * Aline took one larger swig now, but used the excuse of talking to take a small break. "Well… It's been pretty messy with the imprisonment of the other regular Paris-2 pilots and that rather strong spawn attack earlier…"
[21:37] <@Minaplo> ["Hey, you were there, right? I'm surprised they didn't try to nab you." Said Freya.]
[21:41] * Aline looked around shiftily and took another sip - just to make sure Asuka doesn't interrupt her. "Well… I made a rather jarring error on my teleport back. I ended up entirely outside of the Synfront, and I guess all their forces were busy dealing with everyone else."
[21:50] <@Minaplo> ["Sounds like it's better off that you -did- screw up."]
[21:53] * Aline took a moment to scratch the back of her neck, exhaling a little puff of air. "Yeah, it does, doesn't it." Almost unbidden, she took another sip, though her hands trembled slightly out of sheer anticipation at it.
[21:59] <@Minaplo> ["Oh, you're starting to get excited~" Said Asuka, leering at Aline.-
[22:02] <@Minaplo> [Aline could hear snatches of words from a nearby table-
[22:02] <@Minaplo> ["Zhang…"-
[22:02] <@Minaplo> ["Courts, I hear-"-
[22:02] <@Minaplo> ["Confess-"]
[22:05] * Aline was rather surprised at hearing a mention of Yanmei, so… with a firming of her grip around the big ol' handle of her mug, she took another sip, but surreptitiously shiiiifted her eyes towards the direction of the voices. "I am /so/ not excited yet."
[22:06] <@Minaplo> ["Eh? What're you doing?"]
[22:11] * Aline tilted her head, deciding to abandon her glance. "What, I can't look around?"
[22:19] <@Minaplo> ["Hmph."-
[22:19] <@Minaplo> [Freya tutted. "That reminds me. They're supposed to be televising something about Yanmei in a few minutes."]
[22:21] * Aline raised a brow, and looked at her glass. In the midst of her paranoid semi-passive-aggressive drinking, she had actually drained half of it. "Probably bullshit. The whole thing is, after all."
[22:34] <@Minaplo> ["Still, we need to hear what they're saying." Said Asuka. "This place has a TV…"-
[22:34] <@Minaplo> ["It's showing the football, though." Said Freya.]
[22:41] * Aline began to stand up. "I can ask if they'll change the channel, unless one of you would rather…?"
[22:41] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, hold on." Asuka got up. "Oi! Change the channel, we want to watch the court thing!"-
[22:41] <@Minaplo> ["But the football's on!"-
[22:42] <@Minaplo> ["It's Dusseldorf versus Real, it's hardly a real game." Said Asuka, tossing her hair. "Look, Dusseldorf are two up already. Change the channel!"-
[22:45] <@Minaplo> ["Hey!" A blonde-haired Hispanic man swivelled around in his seat. Unknown to Aline, this was Joao Alves. "I have money on this game!"-
[22:45] <@Minaplo> ["Did you bet on Real?"-
[22:45] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah-"-
[22:46] <@Minaplo> ["Then you deserve to lose it, Senor. Change the channel."-
[22:46] <@Minaplo> ["Why you-"-
[22:48] <@Minaplo> [And so two minutes later everyone was fixated on the television, which was showing an ominous courtroom. Along one wall- a wall decorated with banners of the UN- were five imposing men and women in uniforms, sitting behind a raised table, staring down at the occupants of the room- including a squad of Stormtroopers. At one table sat Zhang Yanmei, a man in uniform sitting next to her.]
[22:52] * Aline stared. This couldn't be… could it? But it was. It was happening. She raised the frothing mug, but held it still.
[23:19] <@Minaplo> ["Zhang Yanmei. You have been summoned here in the name of the United Nations to face allegations of gross wrongdoing and treason against Mankind. How do you plead?"-
[23:19] <@Minaplo> [A mumbling response.-
[23:19] <@Minaplo> ["Speak up."-
[23:20] <@Minaplo> ["She pleads guilty, my lord." Said the representative at Yanmei's side.]
[23:24] * Aline raised a brow, now. And looked at her drink again. Bubbly. "…She wha."
[23:37] <@Minaplo> [Asuka frowned heavily.-
[23:37] <@Minaplo> [The rest of the proceedings were out of ear-shot as the Tribunal talked amongst themselves. Finally, they spoke up.-
[23:38] <@Minaplo> ["The decision of the Tribunal is unanimous, 5-0. Zhang Yanmei, you are hereby convicted of treason against Mankind. In recognition of your past service, we have decided to mitigate the death penalty to a sentence to life in prison for your crimes."-
[23:39] <@Minaplo> ["You are stripped of your position as an Evangelion Pilot of NERV, and any and all property lent to you by NERV is hereby confiscated. EVA-04 will be deactivated until an appropriate pilot can be found. Your funds are forfeit."-
[23:39] <@Minaplo> [Yanmei shook, quivered, then broke down, sobbing into her hands.-
[23:41] <@Minaplo> ["So is the price of treason." Intoned the head of the Tribunal. "Two thousand allied soldiers were killed thanks to your actions, lost in the Anti AT-Field. Your aggression against an E-Destroyer was unprovoked, and your actions led directly to the permanent loss of an Evangelion unit. Troopers, escort Zhang to her cell."]
[23:44] * Aline lingered at the drink, and took a swig. She muttered darkly. "Whether for misattribution or plain lies, that's… bullshit."
[00:01] <@Minaplo> ["What have they done?" Muttered Asuka. "There's no way she'd admit to that. She's too pigheaded."]
[00:03] * Aline nodded. "Yeah, that's kinda what I'm thinking too." She took another sip, seeming to no longer Give Fucks. "I mean, with what they did to Sera, anything's possible…"
[00:04] <@Minaplo> ["What -did- they do to him?" Asked Freya darkly.]
[00:05] * Aline sighed. "Split personality loyal to Mary, from what he said. I think that's part of the reason why he just up and shut 01 down…"
[00:09] <@Minaplo> ["Ugh." Freya sunk down in her chair, looking positively disheartened. "They keep messing around in his head. It isn't fair…"-
[00:10] <@Minaplo> [But at that point, food arrived. A huge steak for Asuka, with a plate of fries…-
[00:10] <@Minaplo> [But for Aline, she had ordered a plate piled a foot high in spare ribs, smothered in a rich smoky barbeque sauce.]
[00:16] * Aline raised a brow again. "Impressive." …And rather unceremoniously began eating without regard to it not being what she ordered. It was still fine.
[00:33] <@Minaplo> [Before long, the channel'd be changed back to the football. Real had come back ferociously and were now tied, which saw Asuka scowl fiercely.-
[00:33] <@Minaplo> [The hours would start to tick by, and yet Aline's mug would seem to magically refill whenever it came close to empty…]
[00:49] * Aline could feel herself 'slipping'. It was an indescribable sensation, but she was definitely looser now. Still, the glum events of beforehand were definitely still sapping at her. But still…
[00:55] <@Minaplo> ["Hmm~" Asuka was pinching her cheek. "See, this one… This one used to be tiny tiny, but now look, she's all 18 an' shit…"]
[01:00] * Aline waved her hand a little. "Tiny, huh~ Well. well! Well." She sort of just stopped after the third 'well', as if thinking of what she was actually welling about. "I don't know. Shenanigans."
[01:11] <@Minaplo> [Freya watched them, looking amused- but then her gaze shifted to something beyond their shoulders.]
[14:35] * Aline sorta blinked a few times and batted her eyes, before going ahead and totally unsubtly looked behind herself.
[14:40] <@Minaplo> [It looked as though the man Asuka had argued with over the football- Joao Alves, although they didn't realize it- was arguing with a group of dangerous-looking men. "They're armed." Murmured Freya.]
[14:43] * Aline had enough sense still to keep a bit quieter, and muttered back. "Shit, this isn't gonna be fun…"
[14:44] <@Minaplo> ["This could get bad." Muttered Asuka. "Whaddya think we should do?"]
[14:47] <Aline> "Get outta here." Aline continued to say lightly. "Worst comes t'worse my gun has cars and… I mean, my car has guns and shit."
[14:50] <@Minaplo> ["Ok." Said Asuka, her voice low. "So we just get up and we walk past 'em like nothing's happening, right?"]
[14:55] <Aline> "Needs to be subtle-like." Aline looked again, probably ruining any semblance of surprise because even just buzzed-ish, drunk Aline is a bit dumber than sober Aline. "Do we look done?"
[14:56] <@Minaplo> ["… Not quite. Quick, let's eat all of this really fast…"]
[15:02] * Aline almost raised her voice, but managed to catch herself in time. "Fuck yes let's… do it subtle like." She began to… somehow try to do that. It was a weird, somewhat surreal action, eating quickly subtlely.
[15:21] <@Minaplo> [The other two followed suit, but it'd seem that it… Wasn't quite working. Aline didn't realise that as she ate she 'subtly' flicked sauce across her table, even across to other chairs, on other people…-
[15:21] <@Minaplo> ["Alright, time to go." Said Asuka, grabbing Aline's wrist and starting to pull.]
[15:23] * Aline sort of let out a whine, and started to protest. "But bu-" But then she realized just what was happening. She was making a fool of herself and needed to be escorted out. ~Master * Ninja~
[15:34] <@Minaplo> [It actually wasn't going too badly. No problems… Until they tried to pass the dangerous-looking men.-
[15:34] <@Minaplo> [One turned to look at them, and immediately reached out and blocked them. "Oi! Aren't you Aline Blanc?"]
[15:51] * Aline stared at them. Then stared some more. Perfectly flat-faced, she said… "What, no. I'm Euginia Ranvier."
[15:59] <@Minaplo> [There was a pause.-
[15:59] <@Minaplo> [Then-
[15:59] <@Minaplo> ["GEDDER!"-
[16:01] <@Minaplo> [Everything happened at once. A goon leapt at her, and was bodychecked by a flying Joao. Another one pulled a gun and Asuka immediately whipped her cape off, throwing it at him, tangling him in its folds. She kicked him and he went down, but there were plenty of other goons there, pulling guns-
[16:01] <@Minaplo> ["GO!" Shouted Freya.]
[16:03] * Aline didn't need to be told twice. Her coat flicked around in the breeze of her motion, as she headed for her car. Surely that'd be the best way out? Fuck it, it is now. She was already (fumblingly) fishing out her keys as she went!
[16:05] <@Minaplo> [Asuka and Freya were right on her tail. The moment Aline unlocked the car they piled in, Asuka in the front seat, Freya in the back. "C'mon, go go go!"-
[16:06] <@Minaplo> [Shadowy shapes burst out of the door as they went- Aline could see their weapons in the darkness. Assault rifles and grenade launchers…]
[16:54] <Aline> Grenades. Why did it have to be grenades. Aline sighed heavily as she quickly worked the gearstick and pulled her way out of the parking space, heading over towards the road.
[17:23] <@Minaplo> [The goons piled into their cars, three featureless black vehicles bought off the street. They quickly started off after her, taking up formation behind her!]
[17:35] * Aline had, while steering, briefly remembered that her car had guns (and getting it right this time!), and calibrated the missiles. "Targetin'~" She semi-slurred, and SWOOSH, a pair of missiles suddenly shot out of a formerly-concealed turret in the car, streaking towards the lead car!
[18:18] <@Minaplo> [The glancing blow nearly forced the car off the road, smoke flowing from beneath its bonnet as it cruised after.-
[18:24] <@Minaplo> [A pair of grenades exploded in the air harmlessly above Aline's car. Behind her, one of her pursuers stalled out and spun out of control, crumpling the car into the brick wall facade of a butcher's.-
[18:25] <@Minaplo> ["Turnaheadturnahead-" Shouted Asuka, her hair whipping about as she whirled around in her chair to look at all the action.]
[18:27] * Aline resisted her drunken urge to floor it, instead looking off into the distance. "Got it!" But… Well, trouble would come soon enough, now wouldn't it?
[18:29] <@Minaplo> [They turned sharply- one of their pursuers careening sideways into a wall and bouncing back onto the pursuit.-
[18:32] <@Minaplo> [But trouble would come soon indeed, as Aline would see the headlights of cars- many cars- on the other side of the road. One such pair of headlights left careened over, charging at Aline, growing larger…-
[18:32] <@Minaplo> ["GEDDOUDDAWAY!" Screamed Asuka, smacking Aline on the head.]
[18:40] * Aline didn't have time to stare, and it didn't help that she had the World's Best Sideseat Driver (tm). But before she turned, she tapped a certain red button (they're always red) to fire a storm of microwave energy at the car, before suddenly /zagging/ out of the way of whatever carnage she was about to inflict.
[19:12] <@Minaplo> [The maser bolts ripped the car's metal plating to shreds, destroying the engine and igniting the fuel. The car -exploded- in a horrific fireball, shrapnel hurtling out in all directions, the burning wreck sailing into the incoming traffic, causing it to come to a screeching halt.-
[19:13] <@Minaplo> [A grenade sailed by Aline, detonating against a small red civilian car. With a low, deep -boom- the engine died in a brief explosion, sending the car off onto the widewalk.]
[19:17] * Aline stared over at the grenade for a bit even as she pulled at the fancy-pants driving pads to make a left… before realizing she was about to crash into someone and pulling into the lane, before instead making a right at the intersection. "Fucking A, missed the turnoff. Oh well."
[19:41] <@Minaplo> ["Theyregonnaramgonnaram-"-
[19:42] <@Minaplo> [A mob car sped around the corner, narrowly missing Aline- instead coming out slightly in front. A pair of grenades exploded harmlessly against the car's roof…]
[19:44] * Aline aimed again, and hit the shiny red button, perhaps not realizing the absolute hell on wheels she was about to inflict on Paris-2's highway system. More masers spewed out!
[19:56] <@Minaplo> [The energy bolts struck the car, its metal hull bursting into flame. Out of control, it spun out into a wall at a terrible angle, going over a water hydrant. It flipped into the air, smashing into several cars as it went- before exploding in a massive fireball.-
[19:57] <@Minaplo> [The explosion ignited another car- a blue car with three men inside. They wouldn't even have time to scream as their fuel tank erupted as well, sending shards of metal everywhere.-
[19:57] <@Minaplo> [Swerving to avoid the flipping car, Aline would find herself in the middle of the oncoming traffic. A green SUV was a second away from crashing-!-
[19:57] <@Minaplo> [… Before it mercifully stopped.-
[19:58] <@Minaplo> [The car behind it wasn't so lucky, plowing into the side. With the heat and flame everywhere, the SUV would be set ablaze as well, the driver screaming and beating at himself.-
[19:59] <@Minaplo> [A nondescript black car- with copious body damage- sped past Aline, angry men firing grenades at her. One landed under the car.-
[19:59] <@Minaplo> ["OHSHI-"-
[19:59] <@Minaplo> [The exploding rocked the car backwards. For a second it stood on two wheels, teetering, as though it might fall back onto its roof… But it fell forward, slamming into the ground and smacking Aline straight into the dashboard.]
[20:06] * Aline could feel a little bit of blood trickling down her face, and muttered a few curses… and noticed the offending goons were getting away. "Fuck." She switched over to missile aiming mode. "YOU." Swoosh!
[20:09] <@Minaplo> [But the car jinked to the left at the last second, the issiles streaking past and annihilating a Mexican restaurant.-
[20:10] <@Minaplo> [The car sped forward and slid, a perfect 180- turn, the screech of its tires skidding on the bitumen loud in the air. Grenades pattered against Aline's roof, to no effect.]
[20:15] * Aline pulled back, and now was in the 'inarticulate rage' stage of being drunk, thanks to the mob goons attacking her. She pulled back and let out the wonderfully eloquent gem of: "Rggblargle gonna frgmble YOUR SHITglbmggg!!!" Hit hit hit the maser button.
[20:17] <@Minaplo> [The cars were nose to nose, now, and at this range the goons were doomed. Maser fire poured into the vehicle, destroying it ten times over, detonating the engine, the fuel, their grenades- everything exploded in a mad glorious symphony orchestra of incendiary proponents and combustion.-
[20:19] <@Minaplo> [The hulk of the vehicle smashed into Aline's car with a horrid crunching noise, smashing one of her headlights and destroying one of the masers' connections, severing it.-
[20:19] <@Minaplo> [But the goons were dead, now. Their cars flamed…]
[20:21] * Aline waited for a moment. Took a breath… then slammed a palm on the dashboard. "Best. Car. EVER!"
[20:29] <@Minaplo> […….-
[20:31] <@Minaplo> [Two hours later, within the nearest NERV safehouse, Aline, Asuka and Freya would find themselves in a 'debriefing room', mostly a fairly handsome room with rosy-red wallpaper, a large television dominating one wall, and a large conference table.-
[20:31] <@Minaplo> [Frederic Gosselin stood on the other side, looking stern. "Alright, what happened?"]
[20:39] * Aline giggled slightly, but then soon thought better of it. "We~ll. We were out on the town and Asuka was making me drink stuff when these thugs were in the restaurant bar whatever. We were totally thinking that it'd be uncool to stay there so we tried to smooth our way out but they completely didn't fall for my line of bullshit so this hispanic guy like WHOCK-POW'ed them and we all ran
[20:39] * Aline to my car because it was the safest place and then we like zooooomed out but they were chasing us and that was bad so I shot missiles at one of 'em and the guy in the back was a moron and wrecked himself by accident then the others kept chasing and there-" …Aline took a breath. "-was a fourth guy who was like vrooom vrooom I'm gonna crash into you but I masered him into wreckage and then
[20:39] * Aline drove further keeping slow and safe because I was drunk and if I wasn't being chased by mafia thugs I wouldn'tve been on the road at all but they were catching up and shooting grenades that mostly did nothing except for the ones that knocked the car around and shorted out the right maser but whatever-anyway we were riding-" Another somewhat-pained breath. "-off past the intersection and
[20:40] * Aline blew up another guy but there was this MONDO CRAZY pileup caused by it and I got stuck and missed with the first shot then the last guys were all like RAWR GONNA RAM YOU but I masered them until they blew up like amazingly." A beat passed, and Aline tossed her hair. "THAT is what happened."
[20:53] <@Minaplo> ["That's right. GONNA RAM YOU BOOM!" Shouted Asuka, slumped in her chair.-
[20:54] <@Minaplo> [Frederic facepalmed. He let out a tremendous sigh. "Four civilians dead, another three in hospital, two roads completely shut down due to all the wreckage… What a day. You guys can't even go into a -bar- without causing a scene."]
[20:55] * Aline let out a soft whine. "If th' stupid mafia didn't show up none of this would've happened but nnnoooooooo."
[20:59] <@Minaplo> ["Stupid." Muttered Freya in agreement. "What were they even doin' there?"-
[21:00] <@Minaplo> ["That's what I'm trying to find out." He murmured. "Alright, dismissed. The three of you can stay here for the night, where it's safe. We had spare clothes brought over for you."]
[21:02] * Aline nodded her head. "Righty-o." She twitched briefly, mostly just due to her state. But even so… "Guess it's a sleepover, then."
[21:06] <@Minaplo> ["Don't get too excited. Dismissed."]
[21:09] <Aline> "Yeah~" Aline said, as she wandered over to go check out the rooms. A little voice in the back of her head said something to the tune of 'gonna throw up in the morning, bitches'… hm. The tone of even that was a bit off. But, as was her general feeling? 'OH WELL'.

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