Asuka S Entry

[16:00] <Raphael> The sun is high in the sky as traffic - both vehicle and pedestrian - passes by outside the strip of restaurants and boutique shops in one of the more upscale parts of Reims.-
[16:01] <Raphael> Sitting under the shade of an umbrella with a slowly melting ice cream in one hand, Raphael Guillory frowns even as the babble of cheerful conversation goes on around him. That something is bothering him is clear enough, but what could be wrong in the midst of such an idyllic scene?-
[16:01] <Raphael> "… That's not the right insignia for a UN General." He says eventually, pausing to catch a runaway drip before it falls from the edge of the cone. "Or for any regional army I know."
[16:02] <@Minaplo> [The other occupants at the table turn towards Raphael.-
[16:08] <@Minaplo> ["It's Russian, Raffy." Said Rei.-
[16:08] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, it clearly means General of the Bears." Said Suzie, her tone dripping with sarcasm.-
[16:08] <@Minaplo> ["Bearbear?" Asked Lizzie, looking up from her tightly-gripped ice cream cone.]
[16:17] <Raphael> "Hmm… yes, I suppose it could be a seperate branch of the armed forces dedicated to coordinating its bear troopers." Raphael said sheepishly, Suzie's tone making him scratch his neck awkwardly. No seven year old should be that deft with sarcasm. "The 'Bear Force', you could say."
[16:21] <@Minaplo> ["What if it's not a General?" Asked Rei. "What if it's the Bair Marshal?"]
[16:22] * Raphael eyes Rei skeptically.
[16:22] <@Minaplo> ["Bears in jets!"-
[16:23] <@Minaplo> [There's a momentary pause at the table. Rei's eyes narrow for a split second.-
[16:23] <@Minaplo> ["HEY IKARI, THINK FAST!"-
[16:23] <@Minaplo> [There's the light 'whirr' of a projectile, before something hard and fast smacks into the back of Raphael's head.]
[16:33] <Raphael> Raphael is still watching Rei doubtfully at the time the shout goes out, and the impact of the dart a split-second later leaves him spluttering as he inhales a mouthful of ice cream.-
[16:33] <Raphael> Still, mindless of his watering eyes and diminished oxygen supply, instincts take hold as he rolls from his chair and draws a pistol from a concealed holster under the hem of his shirt, trying to find his assailant. He shouldn’t have brought them here, in the open, but Rei will know what to do if he can buy the girls a few moments…
[16:35] <@Minaplo> [… And immediately his vision is obscured as some sort of heavy garment, made of thick fabric, covers his face and upper torso entirely. It's practically like a net in its efficiency and sheer stopping power.-
[16:35] <@Minaplo> [Another little dart gets him in the forehead. "GOTCHA, IKARI!" Cries a triumphant voice.-
[16:36] <@Minaplo> [Raphael would hear the magic words- "Langley-san, what are you doing?!"-
[16:36] <@Minaplo> ["Huntin' bakas."]
[16:41] <Raphael> Langley… Soryu… he forces himself to let out a long breath slowly, as he was taught long ago, trying to ease himself down from the sudden adrenaline rush even as his hands check the safety on his pistol.-
[16:41] <Raphael> "… Pilot Langley-Soryu." He says mildly from beneath the fabric, making sure his voice is steady and even. "Check your targets in future. I've gone to great lengths to ensure I distance myself from Pilot Ikari's image as much as possible."
[16:41] <@Minaplo> [Another dart strikes him in the chest.-
[16:42] <@Minaplo> ["What a surprise, you look identical from behind. It's a shame you can't grow any fur on that baka face, huh?" Says Asuka gloatingly.]
[16:44] <Raphael> "In my view, the real shame is that Pilot Ikari's successfully avoided you again." Raphael says with a hint of irritation, trying to struggle out of his comfy prison.
[16:45] <@Minaplo> ["Oh, for crying out loud, c'mon."-
[16:45] <@Minaplo> [A hand grips the top of the… Fabric and pulls it away from his face. At the exact same time, there's the snap of a phone camera.-
[16:46] <@Minaplo> [Asuka pulls the garment (a heavy blue cape with a high collar, and a red inline) off fully and whips it around her shoulders. She herself is wearing a red trenchcoat over blue trousers.-
[16:47] <@Minaplo> [Hanging around her neck is a NERV Gun, the inevitable marriage of NERV marketing and Nerf-style toy firearms. This one is shaped like a pallet gun, and its darts are quite heftier than the annoying little foam ones.-
[16:47] <@Minaplo> [This one also has a fire selector. Presumably no one at NERV Marketing felt that adding little things like 'security' or 'safety' got in the way of giving children a fully automatic assault rifle full of nasty darts.]
[16:48] <@Minaplo> [Or in that case, giving Asuka a fully automatic assault rifle full of nasty darts, which was worse because she could be relied to hit her target.]
[16:52] * Raphael pulls himself to his feet, quickly tucking away his own weapon as he glances around at the cafe, the girls and finally at Asuka, raising an eye at the ensemble. "Fighting crime today, ma'am?" He asks politely.
[16:52] <@Minaplo> ["Huntin' bakas, like I said. I ran into Misato at the NERV shop, and she was all "I'll pay you 100 francs if you hunt Ikari in the city and take pictures of him", and I was all, I can do that."-
[16:53] <@Minaplo> ["Onii-chan isn't in Reims today. She's in Paris." Said Rei.-
[16:53] <@Minaplo> ["Oh. Huh."]
[16:55] * Raphael rubs his eyes, letting out a thin sigh. Part of him had already guessed the real culprit. "Pardon the disturbance, girls." He says, giving Lizzie in particular an apologetic look and a smile.
[16:55] <@Minaplo> [Lizzie has spent the last minute giggling and clapping. "Bakabakakakakaka~"-
[16:56] <@Minaplo> [Rei grins sheepishly, trying to hide that she'd let out a snort of laughter at Raphael's Combat Roll.-
[16:56] <@Minaplo> [Suzie is eyeing Asuka's armament with naked desire.]
[17:00] <Raphael> "… Yes. Well." Raphael manages, quickly turning away from the trio in an attempt to retain what dignity he has left. "I… will be having words with the Major this evening."
[17:04] <@Minaplo> ["Eh? Hey, don't include me in this!" Said Asuka hotly. "I don't want to be included in your weird pervert foreplay-"-
[17:04] <@Minaplo> [There was the unpalatable sound of someone doing a spitake with a mouthful of ice cream.]
[17:16] * Raphael 's lips don't so much form a line as they are crushed together with the force of shifting tectonic plates. "… Shocking as it might be, ma'am, by 'words' I actually /meant/ 'words'. No innuendo involved."
[17:18] <@Minaplo> ["Hey, I don't want any details. Ooh, ice cream."-
[17:19] <@Minaplo> [Rei, her cheeks burning red, was mopping up a mess of ice cream off the table. "I-I'll go get you one!"-
[17:19] <@Minaplo> ["Awesome. Strawberry and vanilla with hot caramel fudge sauce and waffle cone!"-
[17:19] <@Minaplo> [And Rei was scampering away into the cool refuge of the cafe.]
[17:26] * Raphael 's hand is slowly massaging his face again. Something tells him that it is a truly awful idea to expose Suzanne to Asuka, but for the moment he could see no way of seperating them.-
[17:26] <Raphael> "… So. Pilot Langley-Soryu - this is Elizabeth Bellamy, who I'm sure you already know - and Suzanne Sartre." He says, righting his fallen chair and absently retrieving a handkerchief from one pocket to mop up the rest of the mess on the table. "Suzie, this is Asuka."
[17:27] <@Minaplo> [Asuka looks over at Lizzie- who giggles- before looking back at Suzanne. "Heh, little kids."-
[17:27] <@Minaplo> ["You're the pilot of 02, right?" Said Suzanne knowledgeably.-
[17:27] <@Minaplo> ["The best pilot and the best unit!"-
[17:27] <@Minaplo> ["Nuh-uh."-
[17:27] <@Minaplo> ["What?!"]
[17:29] * Raphael seems rather fixated on tidying the table all of a sudden, but anyone watching closely would notice the hints of a smirk.
[17:34] <@Minaplo> ["Yep. Sorry, the best pilot is Yanmei, and everyone knows the best unit is EVA-04."-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> ["H-Heh, maybe if you want landmarks demolished-"-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> ["04 has the largest kill streak." Suzanne smirked. "And the prettiest pilot!"-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> ["YOU-"-
[17:34] <@Minaplo> ["Gah! Raffy! Help!"-
[17:35] <@Minaplo> [For Asuka had grabbed her in a neckhold and was rubbing her knuckles hard into Suzanne's scalp.]
[17:42] <Raphael> "… Is that Mr. Fontaine?" Raphael asks mildly by way of reply, glancing into the middle-distance past Asuka's shoulder.
[17:48] <@Minaplo> ["Eh?" She glances back over her shoulder.-
[17:49] <@Minaplo> [This is the exact sort of distraction Suzie needs, as she grabs Asuka's loosened arm and sinks her sharp little teeth into it.-
[17:49] <@Minaplo> ["Arrrrrrgh! Arrrgh! Leggo! Leggo!"]
[17:50] <Raphael> "Suzanne, that's quite enough." Raphael says firmly, nibbling at what was left of his own ice cream after the combat roll.
[17:54] <@Minaplo> ["Mmf." Suzie lets go, and Asuka draws her arm back, rubbing furiously at the red teeth marks. "Little monster…"]
[17:59] <Raphael> Oh yes. There will most definitely be words with Misato about this. "So now that introductions are out of the way…" Raphael continues. "I hope that you've been having a nice enough vacation here?
[17:59] <Raphael> "*
[18:00] <@Minaplo> ["Eh? Yeah, I guess." Asuka glanced around at the nearby buildings carelessly. "Reims. S'ok for a Frenchie city, but nothing on Cologne, just so you know."]
[18:02] <Raphael> "Oh, of course." He smirks. "Have you managed to catch up with Pilot Zhang?"
[18:03] <@Minaplo> ["Thbbt. Barely. She's all busy with her boyfriend or whatever." Asuka begins aiming the pallet gun at Raphael's head, almost out of unconscious habit.]
[18:05] * Raphael reaches over the table to place his hand on the barrel, lowering it gently. "Well, they have been seperated for quite a while. I'm sure they both wanted to have some time as a family." He says, nodding towards Lizzie.
[18:06] <@Minaplo> ["Bakabakabakabaka." Lizzie takes a huge lick of her ice cream that leaves vanilla smeared across her lips and chin.-
[18:07] <@Minaplo> ["Here you go!" Says Rei, returning from the shop, giving Asuka her huge, intimidating ice cream. Asuka takes it with her free hand, waggling her gun with the other, trying to shake Raphael's hand off.-
[18:07] <@Minaplo> ["So why'd you get stuck with the baby, then?"]
[18:09] * Raphael 's hand stays firm. "They wanted a day to themselves while they had the chance, I suppose." He shrugs. "And it was Rei they asked. I just happened to be spending the day with her."
#1[18:12] <@Minaplo> [Asuka takes a stubborn step backwards, away from Raphael's dumb hand. "Uh-huh. And where's the pretty boy major during all this?"-
[18:13] <@Minaplo> [Rei blushed red, clearly sensitive to certain topics at the present. "H-He had to attend a meeting in Paris-2. W-Welcoming the American President."-
[18:13] <@Minaplo> ["Ooh, so he's spending the day with another girl, huh~?"-
[18:13] <@Minaplo> ["I-It's not like that!"]
[18:16] <Raphael> "Of course not." Raphael says matter-of-factly. "NERV business, that's all."
[18:19] <@Minaplo> [Raphael receives a dart to the shoulder for his antics.-
[18:19] <@Minaplo> ["He'll be back tomorrow." Said Rei.-
[18:20] <@Minaplo> ["Where's Ban-Ban?" Asked Suzie curiously.-
[18:20] <@Minaplo> ["Around."]
[18:21] <Raphael> "… Around?"
[18:24] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, he went on a trip." Said Rei. "To um, the big cathedral, an art gallery, a club or something, the zoo…"]
[18:27] <Raphael> "Hmm." Raphael considers this for a moment, before nodding approvingly. "Well, good for him. Although I do hope he took -someone- with hi- wait, a moment, the zoo?" Raphael says, paling considerably.
[18:28] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah. He says he really likes animals."]
[18:29] <Raphael> "…"
[18:30] <@Minaplo> ["…" Suzanne shoots Raphael a horrified look.-
[18:30] <@Minaplo> ["He says deer are the best, too." Said Rei happily. "He played with a lot of deer when Al and I took a vacation a few months ago."]
[18:33] <Raphael> "… Rei, we should-" Raphael starts, before trailing off as he reconsiders his first instinct. There are subtler ways. "Does he have a mobile phone?"
[18:33] <@Minaplo> ["Of course!" She beamed. "It's purple to match his head~"]
[18:35] <Raphael> "… Of course." He says. "Do you mind if I call him quickly, sweetheart?"
[18:36] <@Minaplo> ["Ok. Why?"]
[18:37] <Raphael> "Just a suggestion for something he should see." Raphael says.
[18:38] <@Minaplo> ["Ok!" She gives him the number.]
[18:39] * Raphael stands up, giving them all a smile. "You four entertain yourselves for a moment, alright?" He says quickly. "Would anyone like a second ice cream while I'm up?"
[18:40] <@Minaplo> ["Me!" "Oh, thank you Raffy~" "Bakakaka?"]#
[21:54] * Raphael nods and quickly steps away from the table, moving into the store and out of earshot as he dials the number.
[21:55] <Minaplo> [Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [Ring. Ring.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> ["Moshi Mosshi?"]
[21:56] <Raphael> "Ban-Ban? It'
[21:56] <Raphael> It's Raphael."*
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["Oh, Uncle Raphael! Jolly good to hear from you, lovely day, is it not? The sun is shining, the clouds are white and fluffy like coneys… Mmm, coneys."]
[22:17] <Raphael> "… Quite." Raphael says blandly. "I hear you have quite a busy day planned?"
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you have no -idea-, Uncle. I'm at an all-you-can-eat buffet right now!"]
[22:26] <Raphael> "…" Raphael coughs. "… Ban-Ban, after due consideration I'm going to trust you enough to assume you're -not- talking about the zoo."
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["… I'm sorry, Uncle. But they have a white Rhino here. Had. One of the last of its kind. It could've been the only chance I had to savour its unique taste!"]
[22:42] * Raphael pinches the bridge of his nose. "… Ban-ban," He mutters tiredly, "If you really must hunt in the wild, I can allow that, but you /have/ to have known these ones were off limits."
[22:42] <Minaplo> ["I- sorry, Raphael, someone wants to talk to you."]
[22:43] <Raphael> A sigh. "Go ahead."
[22:43] <Minaplo> [The sound of phones changing hands.-
[22:43] <Minaplo> [It's impressive, considering that they're all genetic facsimiles, that Raphael can tell Chiisana Himesama's voice by ear, but he can.-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Are you harassing my nephew, Guillory?" She says with iron in her voice.]
[22:47] <Raphael> "… Miss Chiisana." He says, and though he does his best to keep his voice polite there's an obvious note of surprise. "I was simply keeping an eye on him, I assure you."
[22:48] <Minaplo> ["My sister told you he was going to the zoo and you assumed he was going to eat all the animals. Didn't you, Guillory? Don't lie to me, you're a terrible liar and I can smell falsehood."]
[22:49] <Raphael> "… Not -all- of them."
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["You should be ashamed of yourself."-
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["We're not even at the zoo. Ban-Ban was teasing you."]
[22:54] * Raphael winces at the other end of the line. "… Yes. Well. I was just making sure. I know he's started to hunt again lately, and-"
[22:56] <Minaplo> ["He has not! He hates killing defenseless animals."-
[22:56] <Minaplo> ["… He also says he prefers his meat cooked."]
[22:59] <Raphael> "But Major Katsuragi-" A very, very long pause, accompanied by the faint sound of teeth grinding. "… Nevermind. My sincerest apologies for doubting him."
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["Accepted. Besides, he hasn't even caused any problems. I am travelling with Miss Ju and Miss Lanfen, two of Lieutenant Zhang's closest friends, and they haven't made a comment at all. They enjoy his company. Everyone does."]
[23:07] <Raphael> "… Of course, ma'am." He faintly recalls being left in an elevator with Ban-Ban and a terrified NERV employee, but it like the wrong time to point this out. "Of course. I will do my best to worry less in the future. After all, he's never been anything less than trustworthy…"
[23:07] <Minaplo> ["He has not."-
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["I admit, I've been helping him along. I've been… Emitting a specific type of AT Field emission that enables people to see him as- a relative of mine."-
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["… I think it worked too well, Miss Lanfen keeps blushing…"]
[23:10] <Raphael> "… Miss Chiisana." He says sternly. "Surely we have both had quite enough trouble with AT Emissions without adding more?"
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["I see. So I suppose I should just drop this emission here whilst Ban-Ban is in the middle of a crowded restaurant and see what happens, shall I?"]
[23:12] <Raphael> "…" Raphael sighs. "Carry on, Pilot Himesama."
[23:13] <Raphael> "I trust we'll see you sometime before you leave Reims? Suzie has been asking about you."
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Of course. I've even bought her a gift."]
[23:24] * Raphael chuckles. "You didn't need to worry about that, ma'am, though I'm sure she'll be very pleased."
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["Good to hear. Goodbye, Guillory."]
[23:39] <Raphael> "Have a pleasant lunch, Miss Chiisana." He says, clicking the phone shut. Raphael is left staring blankly into space for a moment as it occurs to him how strange the details of that exchange would have been to anyone whose life didn't revolve around NERV. Was it ever possible to be honestly normal again after spending this long around oddities like cloned sisters and vest-wearing monsters?-
[23:40] <Raphael> Still, there's only so much time to ponder - the three girls are still trapped with Asuka, and there's still ice creams to collect. Besides, he quickly came to the conclusion that he wouldn't mind one way or the other after everything he'd gained. With a faint smile on his lips, Raphael produces a wallet from his pocket and heads for the counter…
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["HEY, GUILLORY! THINK FAST!"]

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