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[06:37:58] <04@AdEvaGM> [When Sera woke up, he was no longer in a field of blood and corpses. Instead he was in a room- a hospital room…-
07[06:38:18] <04@AdEvaGM> [Aline's, in fact. He was on a bed, bandages wrapped around his wounds, and Aline was there- what was she doing…?]
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10[06:40:11] * Aline was idling near the wall, face uncertain and impassive, waiting for him to come to…
[06:43:17] <Sept> A slew of muted French curses floating up from the bed might've been construed as a telltale sign of just that. Sera opened his eyes and stared up at the ceiling.
10[06:45:07] * Aline would notice that, and loomed a bit closer to him, occupying his field of vision for a moment, before backing of. "You're… awake." Her voice was relatively distant in emotional tone.
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[06:50:26] <Sept> He looked into her eyes for a brief moment. "And you're alive." Sera closed his eyes again. "Paris. We defeated Raphael?"
10[06:55:03] * Aline /stared/ at him. "Not Paris. Somewhere in Italy. I'm pretty sure this isn't Raphael's illusion-space anymore. We lost against Big Brother."
[06:58:05] <Sept> That prompted another bout of silence. "He's a monster," he said eventually.
10[07:00:13] * Aline looked around a few times, before slowly nodding. "More than you know."
[07:04:08] <Sept> "Contempt, hate, love… all of us had something for the world. Felt something. But Silas just didn't -care-."
10[07:07:20] <Aline> "I admit… I didn't get as good a glimpse as you must have. Personality-wise. Nor do I have your circumstances to give me one." Aline confided.
[07:08:27] <Sept> "But you know why we're still alive."
10[07:09:29] * Aline shook her head. "Only insofar as I know they want to make use of us for things. As I said, I didn't get that good a glimpse. I've been just trying to survive…"
[07:12:23] <Sept> "What the hell does he need us for?" Sera began the careful process of sitting up, now.
10[07:13:30] * Aline waved a hand. "The only thing we can provide without him turning us - knowledge."
[07:15:10] <Sept> "Turning us..?" There was an overtone of disappointment in there.
10[07:17:02] * Aline frowned at that, and actually shook a little. "The Brothers… are not /just/ Angelspawn. They're humans, converted in deep LCL-like pits in this very place to have traits like a core, AT field powers, and… Silas's identity."
[07:25:37] <Sept> "And that's his dream…" Sera rested his head on one hand, face screwed up with emotion. "And we're just going to wait?"
10[07:27:32] * Aline frowned even deeper than before. "I don't have another option. There's hundreds of AT-empowered opponents versus three pilots, only one of which can manifest AT powers. And they can become armed instantly. Mathematically, we don't really stand a chance in a straight-up fight."
[07:27:48] <AdEvaGM> [Sudden banging against the door. A fist…]
07[07:30:08] * Sept looked quickly to Aline, and then made to stand up, wincing.
10[07:31:45] * Aline sighed, and moved to open the door, expecting something unpleasant, regardless of who it was.
[07:33:58] <AdEvaGM> [The door opened, and there stood William, looking extremely worn. A Brother was standing behind him- obviously the one who had knocked.-
[07:34:14] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm returning him to you." Said the Brother, nodding.]
10[07:35:34] <Aline> A rather forlorn "…Ah." was all that Aline could really muster, though the hand of hers facing closer to Sera was twitching up ever-so-slightly.
[07:37:16] <Sept> "What did you do to Elisha?" Sera cut in, taking a step away from the bed.
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[07:40:58] <AdEvaGM> [William stumbled into the room, walking with a limp. He collapsed on his bed, sweating.-
[07:41:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Your units are fine. They have been preserved for later use." The door closed of its own volition… And locked of its own volition as well.]
06[07:45:36] * Sept frowned at the door for a few more moments, then clambered back onto the bed, sitting on the side. "Are you alright, William?"
10[07:46:30] * Aline had half-wanted to say that kind of thing herself, but instead just leaned against the wall. "…Probably not…"
[07:47:58] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I'm fine." He coughed. "Just… A bit of a disturbance on the way."]
[07:50:19] <Sept> "Good. We have to stay ready. Yanmei's still out there. How long has it been since the battle?"
[07:50:37] <AdEvaGM> ["About three days."]
10[07:51:59] <Aline> "Mm." Aline corroborated. "I think I was out for a bit of that length myself."
[07:57:01] <Sept> "Right. They could be here any day, then. We need a plan for when they arrive. It's doubtful that they know where we are."
10[08:07:28] <Aline> "You're right about that, but… The only thing I can think of is, if we have a chance, using Voriel to make some sort of sign or signal. But I'm not sure how well that'd work."
[08:10:06] <Sept> "The satellites have to be monitoring Italy constantly. Surely they could pick up Voriel's signature as separate from all the others?"
[08:12:57] <AdEvaGM> ["But so would the Brothers, surely." Said William.]
10[08:13:14] * Aline leaned back a bit further. "That's the thing. I don't know if the grid is capable of that, or if it's merely photographic recognition. I might have to do something… fancy." A deeper frown. "Yeah, they'd notice too. We'd need the /right/ time."
[08:18:34] <Sept> "Yes. Just stay vigilant, who knows how careless he can get." Sera lifted his head. "You keep saying 'they'. I thought it was a shared consciousness? If they -are- separate…"
10[08:19:15] * Aline shrugged her shoulders. "I saw humans get converted. I don't /know/ whether or not they're independant. A lot can be done just by an imprint."
[08:20:49] <Sept> "Have you seen them interact? Can they disagree?"
10[08:21:45] <Aline> "There was this chess match where they basically had to piss each other off in order to make one or the other make a mistake…" Aline tried (/tried/) to helpfully intone. It came out flat.
[08:26:23] <Sept> "It's not much, but it's enough for hope. We saw how unified they were out there. Maybe there's something we can do to disturb that."-
[08:26:53] <Sept> "You need to have something to hope for," he forced himself to say. "You won't last otherwise."
10[08:30:00] * Aline let her face droop at those words. "Rescue is, right now, the thing that's giving me hope. I guess I just didn't have the gall to start thinking of how to facilitate it, though."
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[08:34:53] <Sept> "Of course, that was just something that was more real- I mean, the… nevermind." Sera lay back down on the bed.
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[08:37:57] <AdEvaGM> [… And so time passed.-
[08:38:23] <AdEvaGM> [Although the room remained brightly lit, outside, the sun sank into the west- night had fallen.-
[08:38:42] <AdEvaGM> [Footsteps outside- the usual patrolling soldiers… Except for a sudden knocking on the door.]
06[08:42:05] * Sept took the initiative and hurried to open the door, this time.
10[08:42:26] * Aline stayed back, obviously a bit more reserved and cautious, now.
[08:49:29] <AdEvaGM> [William was asleep.-
07[08:49:39] <AdEvaGM> [A Brother was standing in the door way. "Come, Aline. It's time to go."]
10[08:51:33] * Aline looked a bit surprised at that, not really knowing… "Can I ask where?" She was, though, starting to walk towards the doorway…
[08:52:39] <Sept> "What is it that you want to achieve with this? What about Azariah's dreams?"
07[08:59:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Somewhere nice." Said the Brother dryly to Aline, before looking over at Sera. "I do beg your pardon, but we've found a greater cause that is simply beyond your understanding."]
06[09:01:41] * Sept shook his head. "I've heard that before. You've heard that before."
10[09:03:16] * Aline paused, looking between the Brother and Sera a bit worriedly.
07[09:05:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course. It's practically a mantra. That doesn't mean it isn't true." Said the Brother. "We've simply found the truth of the matter- this joke called humanity has long since ceased to be amusing. Aline- come."]
[09:09:04] <Sept> "…" With great difficulty, Sera took a step back. "As long as she'll come back."
10[09:10:08] * Aline took another step towards the doorway, but still looked at Sera.
07[09:10:51] <AdEvaGM> [The only response to that was for the door to close and lock. The Brother reached out an took Aline by the upper arm. "Let's go."]
06[09:18:20] * Sept turned around and slowly walked back to the bed, but just looked at where she'd been standing just moments before. "What did they want from you, William?"
[09:20:10] <AdEvaGM> [William stirred awkwardly from sleep, opening his eyes blearily. "… Huh?"]
[09:21:11] <Sept> "They need every one of us for something. What are they getting out of you?"
[09:21:43] <AdEvaGM> ["They wanna know what soul's in my Eva."]
[09:25:32] <Sept> "Did they find out?"
[09:26:46] <AdEvaGM> ["No. Not evenIknow that, but I made them think that I did, but wasn't telling." He coughed. "They made me pay."]
06[09:30:39] * Sept laughed softly. "Sounds familiar. I like that."
[09:31:45] <AdEvaGM> [His own chuckle. "Familiar, huh?"]
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[09:39:35] <Sept> "Defiance for its own sake. Almost like a luxury, really."
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[09:44:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah…"-
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[09:51:31] <AdEvaGM> [23:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah…"-
[09:51:32] <AdEvaGM> [23:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Although admittedly, I don't want to be changed into a Brother, either, so."]
[09:57:51] <Sept> "Of course. It's a balance. LCL and AT fields aren't the only way to get you over to their side."
[10:03:15] <AdEvaGM> ["True, but that's the only methods they have that'll work." Said William firmly.]
[10:06:51] <Sept> "All they need for the other one is time."
[10:09:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't intend to give that to them."]
[10:12:00] <Sept> "Neither did I."
[10:13:05] <AdEvaGM> [William fumbled around his neck and pulled out an object- an iron crucifix. "Do you know the bottom tip of this screws off?"]
06[10:13:39] * Sept just looked at the item, eyebrows raised.
[10:14:14] <AdEvaGM> ["There's enough cyanide within for a lethal dose."]
[10:17:48] <Sept> "…-what-?"
[10:18:49] <AdEvaGM> [He shrugged, tucking it back into his shirt. "It was given me when I was six, just in case."]
[10:20:42] <Sept> "In case of what?"
[10:21:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Capture by those who aren't afraid of torture, that sort of thing."]
[10:27:00] <Sept> "That's a shitty way to grow up."
[10:27:49] <AdEvaGM> ["I've seen worse."]
[10:45:27] <Sept> "I don't know where you possibly could have," Sera stated overly confidently.
[10:45:47] <AdEvaGM> ["I've seen the ones without cyanide." Said William.-
[10:45:56] <AdEvaGM> [And then, quite without warning, the lights went out.-
[10:46:07] <AdEvaGM> [Not turned off- the switch remained unmoved. They just… Fizzled out.]
[10:48:12] <Sept> "…have they done that before?"
[10:48:35] <AdEvaGM> ["… No." Said William, his voice quiet and tense. The hairs on the back of Sera's neck were standing on end…]
[10:49:58] <Sept> "We have to go." Sera jumped up from the bed, a remote part of his brain registering complaints from his muscles.
[10:58:07] <AdEvaGM> [William moved as well, grunting a little at the pain. "The door? They lock it from the other side."]
[10:59:46] <Sept> "Then we break it down." Sera tried the door carefully, giving it a few light shoves, then placed himself at a leg's distance.
[11:00:15] <AdEvaGM> [The door swung open. It wasn't locked…-
[11:00:19] <AdEvaGM> [The hallway outside was dark.]
[11:01:50] <Sept> "…this is bad. Hurry."
[11:03:31] <AdEvaGM> [William limped over to Sera's side…]
06[11:06:38] * Sept stepped quickly through the door, squinting into the darkness but moving regardless.
[11:07:48] <AdEvaGM> [William followed- but he immediately tapped Sera's shoulder, pointing down the hall. "Brother." He whispered.]
[11:11:33] <AdEvaGM> [… But the figure waved, non-threateningly…?]
06[11:13:22] * Sept took another step into the hallway, readying himself for a fight - or a desperate escape, as it might've well turned out. "You unlocked the door?"
10[11:14:31] * Aline stepped closer, her voice a sharp whisper. "It's me."
[11:15:01] <AdEvaGM> [Her voice had been modulated…-
07[11:15:14] <AdEvaGM> ["…" William frowned. "I -thought- you were too short for a Brother. Aline?"]
06[11:19:12] * Sept breathed out sharply. "Let's go. And take the mask off."
[11:22:49] <AdEvaGM> [William had other priorities. "You overpowered a Brother?" He asked, clearly impressed.]
10[11:23:55] * Aline sighed briefly, but complied, holding it in her hands, and - let's face it, helmet magic or no she was wearing her glasses under it anyway. "Voriel powers. It's hard to resist when you believe you're already dead." But she looked down for a moment at all the blood. "What I /didn't/ manage was all /this/."
[11:27:51] <Sept> "Could be dissent. But… you -did- unlock the door, didn't you?"
10[11:28:47] * Aline sadly shook her head. "Didn't even get to make it to the door before you two came out. I was /going/ to."
[11:29:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Then who did…? The same person who caused the mess?"]
[11:30:11] <Sept> "Something bigger is going down here. We still have to get out."
10[11:32:28] * Aline nodded firmly. "Definitely. You two might be better suited to leading on. Magic or not, I'm still not as good a fighter as either of you."
[11:34:45] <Sept> "Right. Voriel's still well under control?"
10[11:35:44] <Aline> "Yes. For now."
[11:39:08] <AdEvaGM> ["We should try to find some weapons."]
10[11:40:13] * Aline frowned a little. "I don't know where we'd find anything that isn't improvised… Brothers just synthesize them when needed, so…"
[11:40:58] <AdEvaGM> ["What about the local foot soldiers? There were plenty here…"]
10[11:41:34] <Aline> "…Huh. Maybe! I don't know where to look first, and…" She looked longingly at the helmet. "A disguise might still work better for me all said."
[11:41:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Can you retract the visor?"]
[11:42:34] <Sept> "They took my things. They have to keep them all somewhere."
10[11:43:47] <Aline> Another frown. "No idea. But… whatever. I'll just make do." A pause, as she regarded Sera. "It has to be somewhere nearby."
[11:44:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Providing they didn't just melt them down."]
[11:45:15] <Sept> "They didn't."
07[11:46:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright then." William smiled a little, then put a reassuring arm around Aline. "I'm glad you're alright…"]
10[11:48:25] * Aline shook a little at the contact, but nodded again. "Yeah… They almost… Nn. That doesn't matter."

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