Aline's Riches

(13:20:40) Minaplo: [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. 26th of January, 2018. Episode Title: Aline's Riches.-
(13:26:06) Minaplo: [Aline's eyes snapped open. It was 7 AM. The sheets were, once again, drenched with sweat, and this time with a bit of blood. She had bitten her own arm during her nightmare- the blood coursed down her arm, conflicting with her alabaster skin.]
(13:31:26) * Aline for what it was worth, didn't really notice until she /saw/ it. The pain was a dull ache at first, as is often the case with wounds you never knew about. So in a way, the dull reaction it won wasn't as unexpected as one might think. "…Great." What came next was almost a blur - clean up get dressed freshen up the same old routine as always.
(13:40:07) Minaplo: [There was one thing to break up the routine, however. Shinji- still in hospital, because of his ribs- had managed to get someone to place a box of chocolates on her dresser, along with a small wrapped present and a letter.]
(13:42:41) * Aline managed to notice it at about the 'get dressed' stage of said routine. Long sleeves being practical for the season helped, of course. Still… She looked at it thoughtfully - the whole thing - and then opened the letter to read.
(14:05:42) * Aline let herself smile delicately as she finished reading it, setting it down on the dresser, and deciding to sneak a chocolate into her mouth first - at least, after she appraised the chocolates.
(14:11:09) Minaplo: [They were good chocolates. Expensive. These were not tacky NERV chocolates, either, as Raphael was so fond of eating, but rather a set of chocolates set up like the periodic table, with each square of chocolate having the atomic number and chemical symbol imprinted on the top; each square also had a different taste and colour, based on the real-life appearance.]
(14:25:25) * Aline found herself having a rather light 'hydrogen' chocolate, before closing the box up (for /now/) and getting to opening the present, doing so carefully and with surprising amounts of focus for how early it was.
(14:26:45) Minaplo: [The present was in fact two presents in one!-
(14:27:21) Minaplo: [The first was a pair of silky, lacy black lingerie. The sort Raphael would be familiar with. It was unabashedly sexy.-
(14:28:24) Minaplo: [The other was far more practical. It was a coat. A very long, black coat that… Was made of a strange sort of fabric that felt -unusually- sturdy. If Aline had to guess, this'd stop a bullet.-
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(14:28:52) Minaplo: [But more intriguingly, within the coat were pockets. Lots and lots and lots and lots of pockets. Pockets that could seal up and hide. Pockets that could hide money. Or explosives. Or a gun.-
(14:28:56) Minaplo: [This was a fantastic coat.]
(14:44:21) * Aline blushingly stuffed the lingerie back in the box - hopefully, she'd get a chance to use it sooner or later - but eyed the coat rather… impressedly, rifling through it if only to get an idea for where all the pockets were.
(14:59:16) Minaplo: [She'd have a whole three hurs to herself before she'd eventually get a call to come to the bridge.]
(15:02:43) * Aline had spent much of that time either contemplating things, finishing that manga she got a fair while back, or eating. But soon - and clad in the new coat because /why not/ - Aline made her way up there, looking dutiful, if a bit unrested due to her nightmares.
(15:07:23) Minaplo: [The bridge was as usual, although this time it had a few guests.-
(15:08:58) Minaplo: [Celine and Lucien Blanc were on the bridge. Celine was staring awkwardly at Reggie, who circled around her legs and snapped at her dress, drawing feeble protests; Lucien was still in a wheelchair, but he was in good spirits, chatting animatedly with Marianne about the bridge's design.-
(15:09:55) Minaplo: [There was another guest, however, that Aline didn't see until it was too late- Anastasie Blanc, a little girl, a year and a half old, capable of walking, running, and falling over in that order. She had a thin mop of white hair now. Anastasie saw Aline first and promptly made a beeline, her face fierce. "Eeeeeeee!"-
(15:10:07) Minaplo: [The little girl clamped herself onto Aline's right leg. "Eeeeeeee!"]
(15:18:33) * Aline practically melted - in an entirely metaphorical manner, thankfully for everyone considering her yet-again weak ego barrier. So cuuuuute. And her reaction to that notion of cuteness, was to reach down a hand and pat its source, ruffling her hair slightly. "You've grown so much~"
(15:18:47) Minaplo: ["Eeeeeeeeeee!"-
(15:19:28) Minaplo: [Expression of affection, or warning sign? Either way, Anastasie reached up, grabbed Aline's arm and bit into her hand as hard as she could. It hurt quite a bloody bit.-
(15:21:02) Minaplo: ["Ana, no!" Lucien whacked the side of his chair with his stick. "No biting! We've been over this! Gah…" He rolled towards Aline. "I'm sorry, sweetie, she's just- she's just -bitey-, bad girl, Ana."-
(15:21:55) Minaplo: ["Happy birthday." Said Aline's mother, Celine. She stared at Aline with those big watery eyes of hers for a few seconds before looking away, as if embarrassed.-
(15:22:38) Minaplo: ["Happy birthday indeed, Lieutenant Blanc." Said Marianne, her entire captain's chair apparatus rotating around quite dramatically. She held up a glass of wine, her eyes twinkling. "Many happy returns!"]
(15:31:23) * Aline flinched at the bite - oh she had felt worse, much much worse, but… goddamnit pain was pain. And she had just got over her own self-inflicted bite too! Mostly. "Aheh, it's…" She moved the hand away gently, and once it was clear started waving it. "It's mostly okay. Of course, maybe I'm biased - after all, I once made 00 take a chunk out of an Angel with just its teeth, so maybe
(15:31:24) * Aline it's some kind of /thing/." But then a beat passed, and she smiled a bit wider. "Thank you all, really. Especially for coming to see me here on the… …you know this'd have a lot more impact if the battleship was stuffy. Though I guess the decor being what it is might be a consolation prize?"
(15:35:13) Minaplo: ["Yeah. What's with the decor?" Asked Lucien. "There's a portrait of a nude guy above my bed."-
(15:35:45) Minaplo: ["Previous owner was -very-… Strange." Said Marianne tactfully.-
(15:36:37) Minaplo: ["This is a… A nice… Coat." Said Celine timidly, pulling Anastasie away, since she was trying to bite Aline's leg. She was rubbing Aline's cuff between her fingers. "Feels warm."]
(15:41:02) * Aline resumed her smile, breathing out a bit. "…Yeah, it is, isn't it? It was a present. And it's practical, too."
(15:41:37) Minaplo: ["A present from Shinji, huh?" Asked Marianne with a smirk. "How curious…"]
(15:47:15) * Aline tilted her head slightly. "Curious, huh." It was uncertain just which emotion she was applying, but it was a balance between, well, uncertainty, and… something a bit more leading.
(15:47:38) Minaplo: ["It's just very… Heh, nevermind. Just wondering where he found it."-
(15:48:13) Minaplo: ["I'm sorry, Lucien." Said Marianne apologetically. "I need to do a few things here, but…"-
(15:48:43) Minaplo: ["No no, I understand." Lucien smiled graciously. "Come on, birthday girl- or should I say woman?" He said fondly, patting Aline's hand. "You're all grown, look at you- I can hardly call you my little girl anymore."]
(15:55:08) * Aline blushed lightly, nodding her head a few times. "I've had a surprising amount of time to grow up in…" She put her other hand in one of her many pockets, just for a second.
(16:02:42) Minaplo: [And so he led her on through the battleship, off to someplace else…-
(16:03:34) Minaplo: [But where else but the cafeteria? It had been decked out in celebratory banners- 'Happy Birthday Aline' seemed to flash from every surface and counter. Balloons hung in the air. Someone had painted the nymph's hair white.-
(16:12:30) Minaplo: [The moment she entered a wall of noise hit her. A squadron of Silas holograms hovered menacingly through the air, singing Happy Birthday as though it were God Save the Queen. Below this was a wave of applause from the people within the room- a good deal of them were people Aline wouldn't recognise- soldiers and techies who happened to be on break, but there were others there. Frederic was
(16:12:30) Minaplo: there, as was Sophie and James and Director Hohenzollern. Major Misato was there as well, in a wheelchair, along with Suzanne, Raphael, and the little girl known as Navah; Asuka was there, looking fairly smug, decked out in a dark red coat and white trousers under her blue and red cape; Dr. Castillo-Delgado was there as well, showing his age as well as a smile…-
(16:12:59) Minaplo: [And finally, sitting somewhere in the middle, was Edgar Chevalier. He wasn't in a wheelchair. He was sitting perfectly normally. For Edgar, at least. He was clapping furiously.]
(16:18:30) * Aline /stared/. She wasn't upset-looking, but she /was/ taken by surprise. There was such a large crowd, and it included people she either wasn't as familiar with (Mainly Navah, there), or people she hadn't seen in ages (Mainly Edgar). "…Th-… thanks, everyone…" Despite the long trail-off, it was actually pretty heartfelt.
(16:31:52) Minaplo: [The crowd parted, mostly, allowing Aline to see, as per usual, the pile of presents… As well as the -excellent- food spread.-
(16:32:55) Minaplo: ["Blanc!" Hohenzollern- her left arm in a sling, walking with a limp- headed towards her, grinning. "Happy birthday. We haven't really talked much, just you and I- I'm sorry, I've been busy…~"]
(16:39:56) * Aline continued to stare, though now it was because her gaze was focused on the injuries. Still, she seemed in relatively light spirits, so… Aline decided against asking about it. Instead, she finally stopped /staring/, and smiled gently. "It's okay. I'm not really that talkative to people at times. I'm glad you showed up, though."
(16:52:02) Minaplo: [Hohenzollern chuckled. "You too! Well, obviously, it's your party-"-
(16:52:36) Minaplo: ["Yo." Edgar loomed. He had somehow gotten taller. "Long time no see."]
(17:02:32) * Aline looked up a bit at Edgar, and nodded her head. "Yeah. You've certainly been off for a while, but it's good to see you again~"
(17:06:51) Minaplo: ["Check it." He lifted his right leg up, and pulled back the hem of his trousers; the leg beneath was… Well, the skin was strange. Shiny. Synthetic.-
(17:07:05) Minaplo: ["Cybernetic legs. I'm better than ever, motherfuckers."-
(17:07:26) Minaplo: ["Oi, you." Frederic punched Edgar in the arm, pushing him away. "She has presents to open!"]
[22:15] * Aline chuckled slightly. "Ehehe, yeah. I guess I do, don't I?" And with that, she started to wander closer to said presents!
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["Alright, alright, clear all that debris-"-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["It's not debris, Frederic, that thing cost like half a paycheck-"-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["Yeah yeah yeah…"-
[22:32] <Minaplo> [There were- a lot of presents. The first one was, of course, a giant novelty check for two million francs, made out to her (Frederic bounced around so enthusiastically about this that you'd think it was made out to him).-
[22:53] <Minaplo> [There were clothes, of course, and hats. Technical had sent up a cunningly-designed, ludicrously futuristic pair of glasses that had a full working SENTINEL system programmed into them.-
[22:54] <Minaplo> [One box was opened to reveal a shiny, custom-made Long Maser to Aline's measurements, with a perfect grip and ornate engravings along the barrel…-
[22:55] <Minaplo> [One box revealed several midkits, courtesy of Medical. A letter with them requested she keep one on her at all times.-
[22:56] <Minaplo> [One box was from Raphael, Misato, Suzanne and Rei- a collection of 'the awesomest' manga involving or using Aline, as chosen by Rei and Suzie. There were about nine volumes there.-
[22:57] <Minaplo> [… And then there was one box. No one wanted to touch it. It was, said Frederic dubiously, the result of them badgering Surov for a gift. The box had shown up outside Frederic's room at 5 AM in the morning.-
[22:57] <Minaplo> [Every so often, it shook.]
[23:07] * Aline would appreciate - in safety - many of the gifts. She would change glasses almost immediately and even did a few poses with them, before moving to the next few. The Long Maser would mostly get words - safety, again - and the medkits would garner a bit of amusement, because she /had/ been training in medicine months ago now, and even had had cause to use it before. The manga collection
[23:07] * Aline got even more amusement, but she also stared off into space for a second, remembering… remembering almost ruefully how complicated Euginia/Kaworu made her life - after all, the first she met them, it was during a 'shopping' trip for similar-yet-different items. Still, she'd soon resume cheer, just in time to encounter the last one. "…I know it's a gift, but I'm almost tempted to ask
[23:07] * Aline someone to keep at-ready…"
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["Don't worry. I'm ready." Said Frederic grimly.-
[23:17] <Minaplo> [Navah, meanwhile, was grinning. Grinning. Just staring at Aline and grinning madly.]
[23:19] * Aline briefly spared a glance at Navah - she had gotten the gist of just what she was through gossip and general chatter at another time - and that meant she knew precisely /why/ she should be alarmed at that. But… "Here goes…" Aline stood back slightly as she opened it…!
[23:32] <Minaplo> [The wrapping revealed- well, a metal box, somewhat like a safe, about three feet high and two feet wide. The box began to shake violently now, something banging against the door- which Aline would see was locked with a latch.]
[23:34] * Aline tilted her head rather pointedly… before going ahead and working the door, muttering to whatever was in there. "Calm down, I'm getting the door…" She was still standing back, though.
[23:45] <Minaplo> [And so the door opened, revealing…-
[23:49] <Minaplo> [It was- about two and a half feet tall, and it wore a long dress much like the sort Navah would wear. It had long, bright white hair and pale skin and large blues eyes. It had been scratching at the walls of its little prison for several hours, and now that the door was open, promptly fell forward onto the table, looking incredibly ill.-
[23:49] <Minaplo> [It was Aline. A tiny cloned Aline. The crowd gasped in perfectly justified horror and disgust.]
[00:01] * Aline …well. Couldn't exactly figure out what to do about it. She looked around and… and… "I think it -" Beat. "- she, needs medical attention." Aline said it with about the level of flat delivery that only someone completely blindsided by events could.
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["It was- it was supposed to be a robot." Said Navah, looking thunderstruck. But nevertheless she stepped forward and scooped the… The thing up.]
[00:27] * Aline continued to stare a bit dumbstruckly for a while, before nodding suddenly, at nothing in particular. "Might as well get her healthy and a home, though…" She said sheepishly.
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["… I suppose, if… That's what you want to do." Said Frederic dubiously.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Look, Navah and I will go take… Little Aline here to the Medical Div, and Sophie- Sophie, do the thing."-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["The thing?"-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["You know, the… The thing."-
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh, right." Sophie put a hand on Aline's shoulder. "Look, everyone's a bit- shaken up by… Uh, anyway, there's one last thing we need to show you. We can have a look at it now, give people the chance to get their heads on straight."]
[00:53] * Aline turned backwards at Sophie, and sort of looked at her funnily. "The thing, huh…?" But she managed to put on a smile. "Ah, sure."
[01:02] <Minaplo> [And so Sophie led Aline out of the party- in the hopes that it'd slowly become more like a party and less like the average Ikari dinner party.-
[01:02] <Minaplo> [They'd soon find themselves in the elevator.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["… Man, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have badgered Surov so much."]
[01:08] * Aline shrugged her shoulders, looking, well. About as casual as she could be, considering. Which wasn't /too/ much. "It could've been worse, so… I dunno."
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Still. Would you have prefered a little robot?"]
[01:20] * Aline craned her head to the side, and thought on that. "Well, there'd be less ethical concerns, so yeah, probably."
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["Ethical concerns. How is he gonna get away with this?"-
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["… Oh hell, he'd get away with anything short of actual murder of another NERV officer." Sophie sighed.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> [… Then she groaned, leaning against the side of the elevator- wincing.]
[01:39] * Aline shook her head and leaned as well. Other side, of course. "I… …er…" She didn't really have words, so instead she decided to change the subject. "I don't know. But I guess there's the one last thing, so."
[21:49] <Minaplo> [01:39] * Aline shook her head and leaned as well. Other side, of course. "I… …er…" She didn't really have words, so instead she decided to change the subject. "I don't know. But I guess there's the one last thing, so."
[22:03] <Minaplo> [The elevator ground to a halt, the doors opening, revealing…-
[22:04] <Minaplo> [Aline wouldn't have any experience with this place. It was a wide cargo bay, piled high with creates along the walls. Work teams moved to and fro, taking boxes and unpacking them, transferring the goods off through the veins of the ship.-
[22:07] <Minaplo> [Someone was waiting for them- with a mess of uncombed blonde hair and a lab coat worn like a badge of honour. Dr. Julien Lafabre, head of the Thruster Team. "Hello hello! You're both terribly late, been here for ages…"]
[22:11] * Aline waved a hand, /trying/ to look dismissive of the delay, but had a sort of awkward look on her face. "Aheh, there was an… incident, that's all."
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["Ah, perfectly understandable. I suppose there was cake."]
[22:32] * Aline then wrung her hands together at about waist-height. "Something." But she swayed with her hips slightly. "So, you had something to show, was it?"
[22:42] <Minaplo> ["Well. I was thinking to myself, Blanc's 18, now, but you know what sucks? You can't really get around all that easily. It's not like you can just queue up the Eva for a trip to your local corner shop."]
[22:45] * Aline sort of stared onwards, as if she wasn't sure what exactly she was going to get her hands on now. "Especially if I want the corner shop standing when I get there." She mildly commented.
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["Exactly, exactly a point that can also be made." Said Julien loftily. He led Aline to a crate.-
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["Tada."]
[22:53] * Aline stared at it for a while. "…I trust that the thing is something to be seen /in/ the crate, right? Unless you've invented a literal motorbox."
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["Of course. Crack 'er open, boys!"-
[23:03] <Minaplo> [The side of the box fell apart, revealing, sitting in the middle, gleaming and beautiful, a black, sleek car, like a sports car- it looked like a work of art, someone's attempt to capture Black Beauty as a product of machinery and steel.-
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["The Thruster Blanc."]
[23:05] * Aline stared for the third time, but this time it wasn't the blank stare into the distance of the first time, nor was it the uncertain gaze of the second. No, this was awe. "It
[23:06] <Aline> *"It's… impressive. It's a really fine car." Aline even made a thumbs-up.
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["You ain't seen nothing. Get in."]
[23:14] * Aline made a little bow - out of some kind of reflex of showiness - before walking over and opening the door to get into the driver's-side. "I've taken some sim lessons on normal cars, but only just enough to know how to operate them…" Was Aline's offhand comment as she did that.
[23:16] <Minaplo> [The seat was comfortable. Super-comfortable, in fact.-
[23:19] <Minaplo> [The dashboard wasn't like either the simulator -or- any real car she'd seen. The steering wheel was there, of course, but computers ran the length of the dashboard. A nav computer. A full database.-
[23:19] <Minaplo> [And a screen that looked like…-
[23:21] <Minaplo> ["That's right." Said Julien cheerfully, leaning through the window. "A pair of twin-linked missile launchers built into the rear of the automobile, supplemented by a pair of rapid-firing heavy masguns in the front, all inside a shell built of super-hard Eva-grade armour plating."]
[23:23] * Aline raised a hand, and was about to say something about legality, but stopped cold. "…/Most impressive/."
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["There is, of course, a security system in place to stop anyone without permission from so much as touching it. They'll get shocked, and then set on fire."-
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["And lastly." He reached through the window and pressed a button.-
[23:25] <Minaplo> [The windscreen wipers came on.-
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["Dammit." He pressed the button again, turning them off, and pressed another button. Aline would note a veritable cornucopia of buttons.-
[23:27] <Minaplo> [The steering wheel folded up- the wheel part first, then the stock- and recessed into the dashboard, replaced by two glowing blue pads.-
[23:27] <Minaplo> ["Intuitive driving pads. Far better than a steering wheel."]
[23:29] * Aline sort of craned her head with a blank little smile on her face. "Ah? I'll have to take your word for it and, hopefully, any tech documentation you've got. I'm not sure I want to try an unfamiliar control system inside the hull of the battleship." There was a pause, and she sheepishly added. "No matter how durable the both of them are."
[23:30] <Minaplo> ["Well then. We'll just have to find you a playground, won't we~?"]
[23:32] * Aline paused once again, almost as if she were hesitating, but… Then she giggled. "Definitely~"

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