And They No More Remember Me Nor Ever Turn To Tell Me Why Oh

[21:34] <Elisha> [Just a day after the battle in Boston, Raphael would find himself receiving an urgent message from Captain Wellesley. "Sir Guillory, you're needed in Boston as soon as possible. I've already made the arrangements."-
[21:34] <Elisha> [A seat on a fast scout VTOL had been put aside for him- and then he was off, crossing the Atlantic, seemingly to answer some emergency.]
[21:39] <Raphael> The truth of NERV was this: For all but the biggest of secrets, their organization leaked like a sieve. Within an hour or two of the battle word was already beginning to circulate that something bad had taken place in Boston. And Rei wasn't answering her phone…-
[21:42] <Raphael> It wasn't hard to put the pieces together. But if there was one true skill he possessed, it was the ability to put worry on the backburner in situations like this. So he stared out the window, watched sunlight play on the ripples and swells of the Atlantic ocean and thought about nothing at all.
[21:47] <Elisha> [And so the trip passed in silence…-
[21:48] <Elisha> [And before long the North American coastline rose up before him, Boston's lights shining over Massachusetts Bay- a sea of lights, with islands of inky darkness here and there where damage had been sustained.-
[21:48] <Elisha> [The VTOL landed upon one building lit up with floodlights. In their bright glare he could see Alphonse waiting by an elevator.]
[21:55] * Raphael doesn't waste any time disembarking. He's in uniform, of course, but he's also carrying a small military-issue backpack over one shoulder as he comes down the stairs and walks over to meet Alphonse at the elevator. "Captain."
[21:59] <Elisha> ["Sir Guillory." Alphonse nodded. "I'm sorry for the short notice. I wish the circumstances were better, but…" He turned around, walking onto the elevator.]
[22:02] * Raphael 's face shows no hint of emotion as he follows Alphonse through the automatic doors, but one thumb is toying restlessly with a loose buckle on his pack. "What's happened?"
[22:07] <Elisha> ["There was an Angel attack." He pressed a button and the elevator started to descend. "Shortly after Zhang and Gabriel-Wei arrived. It took out Ayanami San, then it used some kind of mental attack on Rei." Alphonse's voice was calm and controlled, and his breathing was perfectly measured- far more than usual.]
[22:10] <Raphael> "…" His lips press tight together for a moment as he stares out through the thick glass of the door. "What's her status?"
[22:20] <Elisha> ["Physically, she's perfectly unharmed, but…" A shadow crossed his face. "Whatever the Angel did to her affected her deeply, mentally."]
[22:21] <Raphael> "Is she conscious?"
[22:24] <Elisha> ["Yes."]
[22:28] * Raphael nods once, glancing up at the elevator's little LED readout as the floors ticked by ever so slowly. "She recovered in time to eliminate your angel?"
[22:31] <Elisha> ["No, sir." Said Alphonse quietly. "Yanmei told me that the only hope we had left was to hope that Rei would fight it off by herself, but it didn't seem to work. We dispatched Gabriel-Wei up in EVA-08 instead."]
[22:34] <Raphael> "…" The nervous tics stop all at once, as does most everything else. The silence seems to stretch out, the seconds ticking by as slowly as a NERV elevator. He never looks over at Alphonse. "… Where is she now, Captain?"
[22:40] <Elisha> ["She's at home, in bed."]
[22:42] * Raphael takes a deep breath and nods again. "What should I expect?"
[22:52] <Elisha> ["She's… Scared." Said Alphonse. "I didn't want to leave her alone, but I didn't have much of a choice. She barely slept at all last night." He sighed.]
[22:59] <Raphael> "… And are you ok, Captain?"
[23:00] <Elisha> ["…" His arms hung at his side and he looked straight ahead. "I'm alright."]
[23:05] <Raphael> "Mmm." Raphael murmurs, and as if on cue the elevator made a soft pinging sound and the doors slid smoothly open, emptying them out into the lobby. "I'll go see her straight away. If you've got work to deal with here I can probably find my own way, Captain."
[23:15] <Elisha> ["… If you're sure."]
[23:18] * Raphael nods, his face still a blank mask as he looks over the captain. "It's no problem. May I requisition something from the motor pool, sir? I doubt the taxis will allow me to pay in francs."
[23:20] <Elisha> ["Feel free."]
[23:23] * Raphael pauses just long enough to take down a vague set of directions before returning to the elevator and prodding the button that would send the lift down into the garage just below street level. But as the doors shut and the elevator began to descend out of sight, that impassive mask cracks ever so slightly and Raphael raises a hand to his face…
[23:37] <Elisha> [… About 15 minutes later he'd find himself outside of an apartment building. A quick run up an elevator- until he was standing outside of Rei's door.]
[23:40] * Raphael knocks three times, hard enough to be heard well into the apartment. He should have borrowed Alphonse's keys, but he hadn't been thinking…
[23:44] <Elisha> [The sound of a door unlocking. The door swung open, and Ban-Ban's head peered around the edge of the door, staring at him. The critter- now about five feet tall, it had to be said- had a distinctly morose air about him.]
[23:51] * Raphael gives the creature a hard look, taking a moment to estimate the creature's height with some worry. Still, it's a concern for a different day - For now he gives the banshee a brief nod. "… Ban-Ban."
[23:53] <Elisha> ["Uncleee Raffyyy." A brief nod in return- it pointed at a far bedroom door with distress. "Reirei…"]
[23:57] <Raphael> "…" Raphael glances at the door and nods slowly. "I'll try and help her."
[00:01] <Elisha> [Ban-Ban nodded slowly, before shambling off into the kitchen, where he began to stir a saucepan of pumpkin soup, spoon gripped in his long, clever bony fingers.]
[00:06] <Raphael> On any other day the sight would have made him feel a little frisson of disgust, but today it barely even registers. He adjusts the weighty backpack on his shoulder and crosses over to Rei's door, gently turning the handle and opening it just enough to poke his head inside.
[00:11] <Elisha> [Rei was lying on a double bed, the blankets wrapped like a cocoon around her. She was curled up a little, and the straps of a nightgown could be seen over her shoulders.]
[00:16] <Raphael> He feels the first real twinges of pain grip his heart at the sight, and tries to ignore them by forcing himself into action. He steps into the room as quietly as he can, gently setting the backpack down and sitting down on the edge of the bed. "Rei…"
[00:19] <Elisha> [Rei shifted, just a little, as though startled. She didn't roll over just yet. "Raffy… Kun…"]
[00:21] * Raphael doesn't say anything further just yet. Still, Rei would feel a hannd begin to gently brush her hair.
[00:41] <Elisha> [At the touch, she shivered a little, hugging herself tighter. She started to sob quietly.]
[00:43] <Raphael> "H-Hey…" He mutters, the controlled tone cracking a little. His hand stills after the first sob, unable to tell if she wants him to pull away. "I'm here, Rei. It's ok."
[00:49] <Elisha> [The sobs intensified, and Rei rolled over.-
[00:50] <Elisha> [Her eyes were red raw from tears, and from where she'd rubbed at them. There was a faint feeling of… Despair to that face. It was utterly unnatural for Rei.-
[00:50] <Elisha> ["R-Raffy-kun-!" Tears…]
[01:00] <Raphael> "Hey…" It's all he can think to say. He can barely even look at that face. None of this should be new to him, and yet the sight of her eyes feels like a blow to the stomach.-
[01:00] <Raphael> He leans down and bundles her up into a gentle hug.
[01:06] <Elisha> [She falls into the hug, her body trembling violently as she sobs painfully into his chest. "I…"]
[01:13] * Raphael holds her tight now that he's a little more sure of himself. "Ssh. It's ok, just…" He hesitates, trying to find words… Even trying to remember what his parents used to say in the face of a crying child. "You don't need to say anything. I'm here."
[01:20] <Elisha> [She was hot, almost feverish in a way. She nodded shakily and soaked in the extra warmth…]
[01:22] * Raphael makes a quiet noise and pulls one hand away from the embrace so that he can lay a palm against her forehead. The other arm stays right where it is. "Are you feeling sick?"
[01:26] <Elisha> [Her forehead is burning up…-
[01:26] <Elisha> ["I feel cold…"]
[01:31] <Raphael> "Oh sweetheart. You've running quite a fever." He murmurs. "Do you know where Alphonse keeps his medicines?"
[01:32] <Elisha> ["T… The bathroom. Ban-Ban can show you where…"]
[01:34] <Raphael> "Alright. I'll be right back, ok?" He says, giving her a gentle squeeze before disentangling himself and heading for the door.
[01:35] <Elisha> [She nodded slowly as he went, letting go with just a little reluctance.-
[01:36] <Elisha> [Back to the living room. Ban-Ban was still stirring away.]
[01:39] * Raphael gives Ban-Ban a careful look… and then turns on his heel to begin opening doors at random, searching for the bathroom on his own.
[01:40] <Elisha> [Before long he find the bathroom. The medicine cabinet is a typical opening-mirror deal.]
[01:46] * Raphael searches through the assorted pills and potions without looking too closely at most of them. Eventually he finds what he's after in the form of a bottle of advil, and a moment later he heads back to the kitchen with his spoils in search of a glass of water to go with them.
[01:47] <Elisha> [It wouldn't be hard to grab a glass of water.]
[01:49] <Raphael> As he's filling the glass he glances over at the gourmet angelspawn and the soup. "Has she been sick all night?"
[01:49] <Elisha> ["Yesss…"]
[01:49] <Raphael> "Does Alphonse know?"
[01:55] <Elisha> [Ban-Ban shook his head.]
[01:56] * Raphael gives the banshee a thoughtful look. "… Thank you for keeping an eye on her, Ban-Ban." He says seriously. It hurts a little to say it, but the sincerity is most certainly there.
[02:00] <Elisha> ["Reirei. Love." He grunts out.]
[02:04] * Raphael grunts in return, nodding and giving the banshee a tentative pat on the shoulder before heading out of the kitchen. He makes a brief pit-stop in the lounge room to send Alphonse a quick text ("She's running a high fever. Related to attack?") before continuing on to Rei's bedroom.-
[02:06] <Raphael> "I've got some medicine here for you, Rei."
[02:08] <Elisha> [She's huddled under the blankets again, her head peeking out as he returns.]
[02:09] <Raphael> "Here." He says, sitting down by her bed and shaking out two tablets and offering them along with the water. "They ought to help that temperature."
[02:14] <Elisha> ["T-Thank you." She said, shivering, taking the two tablets and quickly washing them down, draining the rest of the water in one go.]
[02:18] <Raphael> Raphael lapses into silence while she drinks… at least until his gaze falls on the backpack at the foot of the bed and lets out a very tiny chuckle. "Suzie sent you a get-well present, but it might have to wait a while…"
[02:18] <Elisha> ["W-What is it…?"]
[02:22] * Raphael reaches down and rummages through the pack for a few moments, eventually pulling out a small foil package and laying it on the bed beside Rei. There's a french logo that Rei would be quite familiar with: It's a chocolate bar that she and Suzanne had always used to share. "When I told her she couldn't come she made me promise to give this to you. She paid for it with her own money."
[02:33] <Elisha> [Rei stared at it.-
[02:33] <Elisha> ["S… Suzie-chan…" She closed her eyes and tried to hold back the tears.]
[02:36] * Raphael gives her another hug. "We'll save it for when you're feeling a little better, ok? But she's thinking of you, even if she can't be here this time."
[02:36] <Elisha> ["I-I miss her…"]
[02:37] <Raphael> "… I know."
[02:39] <Elisha> [Rei wrapped her arms tightly around Raphael's, trying to huddle as close as she could. "… It hurt…"]
[02:46] * Raphael nods slightly, allowing Rei to tuck into the crook of his arm. "Alphonse said that it used a mental attack." Raphael mutters, not quite able to conceal the anger he felt on her behalf.
[02:52] <Elisha> [Rei nodded. "It made me feel things…"]
[02:57] * Raphael makes careful effort to keep his breathing steady, and his voice free of the rising anger he can feel making a home in his chest. "… I'm sorry, kiddo."
[02:59] <Elisha> ["Raffy-kun… I…"]
[03:01] <Raphael> He hugs her tighter for a moment. "Take your time, Rei… Take as much time as you need."
[03:06] <Elisha> [She clung. "It… I felt like… I-I'd never see anyone again. Not you, not Suzie-chan, not Al-chan. I'd be alone- just… Just some -thing- that existed without anyone else."]
[03:10] <Raphael> "But it wasn't true." He says gently. "We're right here, and we wouldn't ever leave you like that."
[03:17] <Elisha> ["I know. But it felt so real, and… It's so hard to throw away. That feeling. It… That thing… It made me want Al-chan more than ever, even as it made me feel like I could never have him…."]
[15:14] * Raphael just nods. What could he even say to that? "… He's worried about you."
[15:27] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Raffy-kun… Right now…" Her head sank. "I feel better hearing that, but I shouldn’t…"
[15:29] <Raphael> "You don't need to worry about that. I understand." He says, brushing a stray lock of hair away from her red-rimmed eyes. "He cares about you so much, Rei. I think he'd do anything to take back this pain."
[15:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Why, Raffy-kun…?"
[15:40] <Raphael> "When you love someone, it’s easier to feel the pain yourself than to watch them go through it." He says quietly.
[15:45] <Ayanami‘Rei> Rei shook her head. "Raffy-kun, I don’t want him to suffer for me. He doesn't deserve that." Her hands gripped his arms tightly. "Raffy-kun, I couldn't protect San, or Zaizai, or Boston, and… And everyone's upset, and everyone feels sad and lonely inside. They don't know themselves or each other, and everyone's so desperate and cold." She shivered. "I just want to help them all, but I can't… Raffy-kun, do I deserve Al-chan? If I can't do that, if I can't help people, then what am I?"
[15:55] <Raphael> "You're a beautiful, sweet girl who cares about the rest of the world more than you do yourself, even when you're feeling all this pain. Do you know how rare that is, Rei? How special you are?" Raphael says, slipping into a tone that brooks no opposition. "Rei… this isn't your fault. Do you think Yanmei deserves Isaiah any less for the times -she's- been hurt in battle?"
[16:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> "No…"
[16:04] <Raphael> "Then why would it be any different for you?"
[16:09] <Ayanami`Rei> "I don’t know, Raffy-kun." Mumbled Rei. "I don't know. I just feel… I feel inadequate…"
[16:19] * Raphael nods. "You might feel that way for a while…" He says gently. "Because you've been hurt, and you can't see yourself from the outside. But can you trust me when I tell you that you're anything but?"
[16:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…" She closed her eyes and tried to get warm. "Yes, Raffy-kun."
[16:28] * Raphael would hold her in silence for a time, staring at the far wall with hard eyes. "… I love you, Rei."
[16:29] <Ayanami`Rei> "I love you too, Raffy-kun." A sniffle. "You came, even though you were all the way in Paris…"
[16:33] <Raphael> "I made a promise." He says. "You may have had time to blink, but I did my best."
[16:36] * Ayanami`Rei smiled at that, sniffling, but her tears had come to a stop some time before. "You’re the best, Raffy-kun."
[16:39] <Raphael> "…" Raphael had to shut his eyes for a moment as that pain in his chest stirred again. "Do you think you can try and get some sleep now? Alphonse said you'd been awake all night…"
[16:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I think so." She mumbled. "It was silly. But I was afraid he might be taken away."
[16:46] <Raphael> "He’ll be here when you wake up." Raphael says, easing a little further onto the bed. "Do you want me to stay for a while?"
[16:47] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded emphatically.
[16:56] <Raphael> "That’s fine." He says, kissing Rei on the crown of her head and shifting her into a slightly more comfortable position for resting. "That's just fine, sweetheart."
[17:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Night night, Raffy-kun…"
[17:01] <Raphael> "Goodnight, Rei."
[17:02] <Ayanami`Rei> Eventually she’d fall asleep, her skin cooling slightly.-
[17:02] <Ayanami‘Rei> Raphael probably wouldn’t be keeping an eye on the time. And who could blame him for that? But sooner or later, he'd hear the shuffling sound of the front door opening…
[17:11] <Raphael> The time had ticked by slowly, and by the time Rei's breathing had fallen into the deeper rhythm of sleep he as occupying himself by staring dully at the ceiling and trying to silence the uglier, angrier thoughts that were disturbing the normally calm surface of his thoughts. The sound of the door registered through this, of course, but for the moment he stayed where he was, not quite
[17:11] <Raphael> willing to leave Rei just yet…
[17:15] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Before long, the bedroom door itself would open just a little, Alphonse peering through the crack.]
[17:21] * Raphael glances over as the thin shaft of light cuts through the otherwise dim room, giving the captain a small nod. Slowly, and with utmost care, he begins to shift himself out of Rei’s grasp, laying her head down on the pillow and covering her over with the blanket before he pulls himself off the bed.
[17:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Alphonse vanished for a second as he pulled back, giving Raphael room.-
[17:22] <Ayanami`Rei> [He spoke as soon as Raphael had closed the door behind him. "How is she?"]
[17:26] <Raphael> "She’s a little calmer now. I think she's going to be ok." He says, leaning one shoulder against the doorframe. "I've given her something to try and bring down her fever, too."
[17:28] <Alphonse> "That's good." He said quietly. "Doctor Williams says that it might be psychosomatic. How are you feeling?"
[17:30] <Raphael> "Fine so far."
[17:32] <Alphonse> "Mmm. Still, you must be hungry. Come on, I'll get you some soup."
[17:35] * Raphael gives the door a brief look, but after a moment he nods and follows the Captain back towards the kitchen. "How's Gabriel-Wei faring?"
[17:37] <Alphonse> "He's… Honestly better than I expected. He's awake, fully sensate. What happened horrified him, but he's happy that he helped in some way."
[17:38] <Raphael> "And what did happen, precisely?"
[17:39] <Alphonse> "Well."-
[17:40] <Alphonse> [Ban-Ban had already served up three bowls of soup on a tray. Alphonse gestured toward the table, and a moment later Ban-Ban and Alphonse were sitting down, a bowl of steaming hot pumpkin soup ready for all three of them, Ban-Ban's tail swaying left to right.-
[17:42] <Alphonse> "When Rei was struck, Zhang requested that she be sent up in 08. I told her it wouldn't work, so I asked Gabriel-Wei to do it instead. All I needed was a distraction, a moment for 08 to neutralise the Angel's AT Field and give Rei her chance. The Angel basically discarded Rei the moment 08 appeared, and went for it instead." Alphonse shook his head gingerly. "It ripped right through 08's head before Gabriel-Wei could respond. We all thought it was out of action- then it went berserk."
[17:53] * Raphael takes the third seat with a nod towards Ban-Ban, and the first spoonful of soup is halfway towards his lips when the b-word is dropped. "… What was the collateral damage?"
[17:56] <Alphonse> "The collateral damage was mostly caused on the east side of the river, by the Angel. It took out two Heavy VTOL wings and devastated swathes of the city. The damage from EVA-08's berserk was relatively light." Said Alphonse heavily. "Relatively. After it ripped the Angel apart, it devoured it whole, then it left the city and walked off. We found it curled up asleep by Lake Ontario- by then it'd been seen by at least two thousand worried civilians as well as the Libs."
[18:06] <Raphael> "…" Raphael digs into the soup in silence for a few moment, quickly finding himself surprised by just how good it was. But then part of that judgement could be tempered by the fact that he hadn't eaten since he recieved Alphonse's call. "It was quite a risk sending him out there, Captain."
[18:08] <Alphonse> "Sadly, we didn't have much of a choice." Said Alphonse quietly. "The VTOLs' Masers weren't doing a thing, and the only functioning Evangelion we had on the battlefield was paralysed. It was all or nothing."
[18:11] <Raphael> "I'm not disagreeing with your choice, sir. You only had one way to eliminate the threat."
[18:13] * Alphonse nodded slowly. "No, I know. But you -are- right. It was a risk. We had no idea what the Berserk Evangelion might do after that…"
[18:17] <Raphael> "… It -was- a tactical decision, though?" Raphael asks, suddenly watching Alphonse rather closely.
[18:19] * Alphonse didn't respond immediately, instead he calmly took a spoonful of soup.-
[18:19] <Alphonse> "You're asking me if I did it to save Boston or to save Rei."
[18:21] <Raphael> "No. I already know the answer to that." Raphael says softly, tapping his spoon against the edge of the bowl. "I'm asking if you made the decision with your head."
[18:25] <Alphonse> "I… Really cannot say." Said Alphonse eventually. "I was acting off of instinct."
[18:29] <Raphael> "Mmm."
[18:31] * Alphonse turned his attention back to his soup quietly.
[18:33] <Raphael> As does Raphael, and for a time the only sound is the soft clinking of spoons on china and Ban-Ban's soft slurping. But after a few minutes pass, Raphael glances up again. "How're you coping, Captain? Honestly this time."
[18:43] <Alphonse> "…"-
[18:46] <Alphonse> "Rei's suffering needlessly, and it hurts even to think about it, let alone see it in her eyes." He said quietly. "And… I could see the fear and worry on Zhang's face when Isaiah was going up, when that thing berserked. And that was my fault." He sighed. "I could've done better. I -should've- done better. There was no excuse for this failure."
[18:51] <Raphael> "Mmm." Raphael mutters again. He sets his spoon down in the bowl and folds his hands on the tabletop, all attention on Alphonse. "So what were these mistakes of yours, Captain? What should you have done?"
[19:14] <Alphonse> "I should've handled my pilots better. San- I should've kept San more easily out of the firing line, even if I had to use Rei to distract it. I should've kept her focused on neutralising and making this a careful fight instead of trying to end it quickly by having San fight up close."
[19:20] <Raphael> "Mmm. And without the benefit of hindsight, how long would it have taken you to come to that conclusion? A minute? Two? Alphonse, I may not have your training but I can tell you without hesitation that time is the difference between life and death in a fight. You don't have time for hesitation." Raphael says calmly. "The hardest thing you will ever learn about command, -real- command, is
[19:20] <Raphael> that you trust your instincts and accept what comes of it as the best you could do. There's no other way."
[19:30] <Alphonse> "Instinct…" He was silent, as he looked at Raphael- then nodded. "Yes. Yes, you're right, Raphael. Very right…"
[19:33] <Raphael> "You're not going to be able to help her if you're busy blaming yourself. And she needs you right now."
[19:35] <Alphonse> "Y… Yes. I can't let it get to me. I have to keep focused." He said quietly. "Did she say anything about what happened to you?"
[19:37] * Raphael nods slowly. "… A little. Are you sure you want to know, Captain? It wasn't pleasant."
[19:40] <Alphonse> "I know some of what she's going through, but not all. Please…"
[19:47] <Raphael> "From what she told me, the attack was designed to amplify her wishes for friendship and closeness - especially with you - and then tore it all away. It tried to drown her in loneliness." Raphael says, his expression taking on that unsettling emotionless cast as he looks down at the table. "She can’t seem to shake the memory of it. She told me she’d been avoiding sleep for fear of you
[19:47] <Raphael> being taken away."
[19:52] <Alphonse> Alphonse's reaction is one of sadness, worry and a fair dose of horror. "Oh, Rei… Of all the people…"
[19:56] <Raphael> "I know." He lets out a long sigh. "I think I managed to ease some of it, but it'll take time to heal the memory…"
[20:02] <Alphonse> "I'll give her whatever she needs, if I can."
[20:05] <Raphael> "No doubt. What she needs for the moment is rest, though. Your doctor said this sickness might be psychological?"
[20:10] <Alphonse> "Yes. Rei's incredibly resilient, so the cause is unlikely to be a bug. Dr. Williams suggested that a fever might be a result of her extreme distress over what she felt…" Alphonse was quiet for a second, sipping some soup. "Or a form of self punishment, or a way to ensure that she rests, or even a cry for help."
[20:15] <Raphael> "That would make sense." He reaches up and runs one hand through his dark hair with its thin streaks of grey beginning to take up space towards the front. "How long do I have here, Captain? You know I'll help Rei as long as I can, but I'm here on your orders. They'll want me back in Paris sooner or later."
[20:17] <Alphonse> "Colonel Amatore-DeForest told me in no uncertain terms that if you weren't back in Paris-2 within three days, then the Wellesley bloodline would die with me." He said, wincing slightly.
[20:19] <Raphael> "That sounds about right." Raphael says, managing a very tight smile.
[20:21] <Alphonse> "Indeed. So. You have three days."
[20:23] <Raphael> "That will have to be enough, then."
[20:23] * Alphonse nodded. "… Thank you, Raphael."
[20:25] * Raphael shakes his head. "It's fine, Alphonse. She needs me, so here I am."
[20:27] * Alphonse nodded. "Still, I appreciate it. Ah… Rei and I share the same room, so there's a spare bedroom here if you need it."
[20:28] * Raphael raises one eyebrow very, very slightly.
[20:29] <Alphonse> "… What?"
[20:31] <Raphael> "I only saw one bed."
[20:32] <Alphonse> "It's a double bed."
[20:32] <Raphael> "Not precisely what I meant."
[20:34] * Alphonse goes slightly pink, pushing a strand of blonde hair behind his ear. "It was her request. I gave her the option and she preferred to share." He says, a little defensively.
[20:37] <Raphael> "Mmm." His tone is flat, but his lip quirks just a fraction.-
[20:38] <Raphael> And then he's pushing his chair back, smoothing his uniform down as he stands by force of habit. "May I use your shower, Captain?"
[20:39] <Alphonse> "Yes, of course. Ban-Ban, why don't you show Uncle Raffy how to use the shower?"-
[20:39] <Alphonse> ["Yesssss." Ban-Ban promptly rose from his chair.]
[20:41] <Raphael> "I think I'm quite capable of-…" A pause as he glances at the empty bowls of homemade soup and the angelspawn that made them. He sighs. "… Nevermind. Thank you, sir."
[20:42] <Alphonse> "You're quite welcome." Says Alphonse with a dangerous smile.
[20:46] * Raphael gives Alphonse one last sour look and then heads towards the bathroom with his unlikely companion in tow. Somewhere in the back of his mind he considered the fact that he only seemed to remember that it was better not to draw a CO's ire after he'd already done so…

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