But All The While I Sit And Think Of Times There Were Before

[06:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> [[Session 48: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 8th of May, 2017. Episode Title: But all the while I sit and think, of times there were before, I listen for returning feet, and voices at the door.-
[06:32] <Ayanami`Rei> [The safehouse was comfortable- a typical Paris apartment, it came with the usual accessories- a couch, a television, a kitchen (fully stocked); a bathroom, two bedrooms and a balcony.-
[06:32] <Ayanami`Rei> [Of course, the balcony was off-limits…-
[06:33] <Ayanami`Rei> [At around midday today, the three Paris pilots- along with Rei, mostly for protection- had been taken to the safehouse. The reason was simple- there was a significant threat of a terrorist attack, and this was the safest option for them all. Mattresses had been set up for them in the bedrooms…-
[06:34] <Ayanami`Rei> [Aline at this point was in the shower. The others…?]
[06:44] * Yanmei was on route from the designated female bedroom to the safehouse’s living room, having put Lizzie down for an after-lunch nap. There was a history book and a small binder for notes under her arm.
[06:46] <Sept> Lying down on the couch, trying very, very hard to concentrate on studying. Sera had managed to take a couple of books with him, but his eyes kept wandering to the bare walls and ceiling. Sometimes, he'd let out a little sigh and return to the text for however long he could manage.
[06:49] * Ayanami‘Rei popped her head out from the kitchen. "Dinner will be ready soon. Who would like a drink~?"
[06:50] <Yanmei> "I’ll pass? But thank you, Rei. You're really okay with doing all the cooking?"
[06:54] <Sept> "Hmm? Oh, I'm fine, too."
[06:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I’m ok, Meimei." She nodded to them both, and headed out into the kitchen. She was clad in a light blue dress and a pink frilly apron. She peered over Yanmei's shoulder. "What's this, Meimei?"
[07:01] <Yanmei> "Marianne's making me study stuff. Mainly famous military guys? This week, it's Caesar."
[07:02] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Like a salad?"
[07:04] <Sept> "Like Rome. Augustus and those guys."
[07:05] * Ayanami`Rei giggled. "I know. It’s just funny to think of them eating salad…"
[07:07] <Sept> "It is?"
[07:07] <Yanmei> "Heh. It is, isn't it?" Yanmei found a chair to sink into.
[07:09] * Ayanami‘Rei beamed. "Of course. You never hear about Caesar eating, See-see-chan! Only killing people and rolling dice and being stabbed a lot. Which isn’t very fair."
[07:14] <Sept> "Hm. Maybe not. But they had to eat to do those things, so you know it happened. Isn't it the same?"
[07:15] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Is it, Meimei?"
[07:18] <Yanmei> "Depends. Like, it becomes more significant if the food has a special meaning? If he was really wealthy or awesome, he must have eaten amazing things for his time to reflect that. And if someone tried to poison him, knowing the details of what he ate is pretty important too."
[07:24] * Ayanami`Rei nodded slowly. "See, See-see-chan?"
[07:25] * Sept put the book down on his stomach and raised his head just a bit to look at the girl. "Did that really prove your point, Rei?"
[07:26] * Ayanami`Rei nods earnestly.
[07:27] <Sept> "Doesn’t that mean you'd only want to learn about them eating because they -were- poisoned and not because of the eating itself?"
[07:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> "But See-see-chan, they were poisoned because they were eating." Said Rei patiently. "So if you see someone in history being poisoned, you should see the meal itself at the same time, which is the important thing!"
[07:30] <Sept> "I don’t understand. It's just food."
[07:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Food is important." Said Rei. "There’s a lot you can learn from what people eat!"
[07:32] * Sept frowned. "Really, now?"
[07:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Really."
[07:33] <Yanmei> "Hm. I’d be more interested in -how- they'd eat." Yanmei flipped idly through her book. "That's pretty revealing too."
[07:33] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[07:35] <Sept> "…do you think Caesar ever spoke with his mouth full?"
[07:36] <Yanmei> "A refined guy like that? Never!"
[07:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I bet he did once." Said Rei seriously. "And his mummy said, ’Stop that!' and spanked him…"
[07:37] <Sept> "A lot of leaders put up shows for their people."-
[07:38] <Sept> "I bet Mazarin does it. Stuffing himself with pizza."
[07:40] * Yanmei snickered. "I'll have to ask his daughter one of these days. She's the only one who'd know the ugly truth for what it is."
[07:41] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[07:42] * Ayanami‘Rei beamed. "You should!" And with that she floated away back towards the kitchen, towards the scent of melting cheese, cooking bacon, hot rising dough, sizzling butter mushrooms, slices of sausage and ham, and garlic bread.
[07:47] * Yanmei tried to focus on her book now… and only half-succeeded. "So you’re studying stuff too?"
[07:49] <Sept> "Catching up on the last few months of science, and some other related stuff." Sera lifted the book a bit and set it back down. "You know, stuff I felt I should know."
[07:53] <Yanmei> "Ah, I see." Yanmei nodded. "I've been toying around with technology a bit more than usual lately myself? But it's not really the same thing."
[07:56] <Sept> "What do you mean, toying?"
[07:58] <Yanmei> "Like, teaching myself. Taking things apaart. Messing around with homemade security systems and other measures."
[07:58] <Sept> "Ahh. That's good! Sounds very useful."
[07:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but it's slow-going." She grinned. "I'll get the hang of it sooneer or later."
[08:00] <Yanmei> ^sooner
[08:02] <Sept> "Yeah. Just keep at it and don't give up. It's probably a good way to take your mind off things, too, right?"
[08:08] <Yanmei> "… you could look at it that way. There's so much to do these days anyway. If it wasn't this, it would be something else."
[08:14] <Sept> "Yeah, there is. We'll find some time to sort everything out soon, I'm sure."
[08:18] <Yanmei> "Naturally." She let a few seconds slip by in silence.
[08:23] * Sept was staring at the ceiling again. "I'm not really hungry. This place is getting me down."
[08:25] <Yanmei> "Oh? You don't like it?" She glanced around the living room.
[08:27] <Sept> "It's fine, I just had different plans. Feel a bit useless, you know?"
[08:30] <Yanmei> "It's only for one or two days, at least? When you get back, you can pick up where you left off."
[08:31] <Sept> "Doesn't help now, does it," he sighed.
[08:35] <Yanmei> "I guess not?" Yanmei leaned back. "Hm. What were your plans? Can you do any prep work for it while you're stuck here?"
[08:38] * Sept coughed. "No, it's not… I'd just spent the weekend inside studying right up until we had to move. I was just planning on taking a day's break, that's all. Just bad luck."
[08:45] <Yanmei> "Ah, I see. That's too bad. Well, you could always sneak up that balcony sometime. It's not the same as being able to freely move around and go places, but at least you'd get fresh air? At a risk, though…"
[08:47] * Ayanami‘Rei peeked around the wall, stern.-
[08:47] <Ayanami`Rei> "Meimei, -no-. Misa-bachan told me very firmly that no one’s allowed on the balcony."
[08:48] <Yanmei> "Gah! You were listening?"
[08:50] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Of course I was." She said sternly.
[08:50] <Sept> "But… if you’re in charge of that, does it mean they don't have other surveillance?"
[08:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I don’t know, See-see-chan." Said Rei. "I'm only here to stop you."
[08:54] <Yanmei> "Eh. They probably have lots of hidden cameras, so that they can at least rush to our safety if something goes wrong. We wouldn't even be here if they weren't concerned about us."
[08:56] <Sept> "…"
[09:05] <Yanmei> "What?" Yanmei gave a wry grin. "With the way they always watch us, something like that should be assumed?"
[09:06] <Sept> "It's the 'concerned' part I question," Sera replied drily.
[09:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Lots of people in S2 are very worried about the pilots…"
[09:09] <Sept> "’If you love it, let it go'." Sera picked up the book again and started leafing through the earlier pages.
[09:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> "If you love it, don’t let it get shot is a better saying. Right, Meimei?"
[09:11] <Yanmei> To her credit, Yanmei kept herself from tensing up too much. "…so how's Alphonse, Rei? Did they put him in a place like this one too?"
[09:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Al-chan is good! And I think so… I wasn’t told."
[09:14] * Yanmei nodded and sighed. "I haven't seen Marianne in a little while now, so I don't know what's going on with the Operations Directors either."
[09:22] * Sept sighed in relief as the question passed. "Guess we can't know anything they don't tell us. How about that food, then?"
[09:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It’s nearly ready! Come help me set it up!"
[09:28] <Sept> "If you want." Sera snapped the book shut, set it down on a table and got up, wandering into the kitchen to systematically search the cupboards for the right dishes.
[09:31] * Yanmei did her thing too, mostly centered around finding utensils. "Smells really good!"
[09:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It does, doesn’t it?" She pulled a lovely pizza- a huge pizza, as well- out of the oven, and began to cut it up. "Meimei- the garlic bread-"
[09:33] <Yanmei> "Sure, sure." Yanmei pulled said bread and began to prep it.
[09:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Before long, they were all sitting around the table, hot pizza and garlic bread on plates. Rei helped herself to a big glass of cola.]
[09:39] <Sept> "If we could just do this instead of all those huge buffets and gatherings."
[09:47] <Yanmei> "Well… they’re likely trying to keep morale up too?" Yanmei bite into a slice of pizza.
[09:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I don’t go to many buffets…" Rei frowned.
[10:05] <Sept> "You went to the last one, didn't you?"
[10:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I did. But you seem to go to buffets all the time!"
[10:12] <Sept> "I don’t see why you couldn't go out yourself if there aren't enough official events, Rei."
[10:14] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Hmm…"
[10:15] <Yanmei> "He’s got a point. When this battle is over, why not go wherever you want and have fun?"
[10:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I’ll do that." Said Rei firmly.
[10:33] * Sept was happy to keep dining in silence for a while longer, despite his supposed lack of appetite. Soon enough, though, he found himself idle while the others probably weren't quite sated yet. "So you've been doing alright over there, Rei?" he asked, wiping his hands on a napkin.
[10:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I have, See-see-chan. Lots of work cleaning up, of course." She says cheerfully. "But of course…" She frowned. "That missing VTOL has people worried. That… Wizard, W, has been poking around a lot."
[10:39] <Yanmei> "That guy…" Yanmei almost grimaced, but she stopped herself. "Oh. Actually that makes a lot of sense."
[10:40] <Sept> "…that guy." Sera paused, chewing his lip. "Poking around where?"
[10:43] <Ayanami`Rei> "Command, asking questions of Al-chan and the others. Spoke to me and Sho as well."
[10:44] <Sept> "About what? What do you have to do with the VTOL?"
[10:48] * Ayanami`Rei shook her head. "I don’t think it was about the VTOL. Other things."
[10:49] <Yanmei> "Eh. Like what? What else could he possibly be investigating?"
[10:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I couldn’t say, Meimei…"
[10:54] <Sept> "Is he even working for NERV?"
[10:55] <Ayanami‘Rei> "He had an ID."
[11:03] <Sept> "Yeah, he did. But… god, I don’t know. He was ahead of NERV, or at least Ginevre when she was still Director." Sera pushed the last bits of pizza around with a fork. "I think he's working for someone else, or he really is just a rogue damn wizard. Either way, as long as he has NERV's support, the most we can do is avoid him, but… he interviewed you guys, too, didn't he?" He turned to
[11:03] <Sept> Yanmei.
[11:05] <Yanmei> "That's right. But it was a long time ago, and the case he was working on then should have been closed. Whatever he's working on now is new."
[11:12] <Sept> "Well, at least you didn't give him anything that wasn't related to those sabotage things, right?"
[11:14] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Nothing that seemed very important, at least." Said Rei after she finished her pizza slice.
[11:15] * Yanmei shook her head. "I wish there was a way for us to sneak around and find up what -he’s- up to. Hmmm."
[11:22] <Sept> "We can try, but… Yanmei. He knew about -that- thing before anyone else. Before I got those memories back. And I don't know how."
[11:28] * Yanmei frowned deeply. "He might have figured it out on his own? But I don't understand how."
[11:35] <Sept> "Exactly. He can't be working through the same channels we are."
[11:39] <Yanmei> "He's bound to have access to more information. More than S2, if what you said was true. He may have collected extra clues from his partner as well, who was also apparently really good at digging out information."
[11:42] <Sept> "His partner?"
[11:44] <Yanmei> "His partner and love interest. Nagisa Kaworu. Apparently they grew pretty close while on that case together?"
[11:47] <Sept> "Oh. Huh. So it might not be just him."
[11:48] <Yanmei> "Right. If it is, though, he's at a disadvantage now? Nagisa went missing a few weeks ago."
[11:51] <Sept> "That was him? He could be off balance… I think, if we can get our hands on something he needs, we can negotiate our way to whatever he has. It's the fastest way."
[11:55] <Yanmei> "Something he needs…" Yanmei looked thoughtful at that. "For that, we'd have to know what he's interested in or looking for at the moment. On the other hand, knocking him down and taking his cane or headphones or something would be even faster. He doesn't look all that tough? Plus Nagisa isn't around to bodyguard for him, although I can't say that's what his job originally was."
[11:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> At this moment Yanmei would receive a firm tap against the shin. Rei gave her a deep frown.
[11:58] * Yanmei blinked at her. "You’re as bad as Marianne now," she said. "I'm only joking. Yes, joking…"
[12:01] * Sept just looked thoughtful, ignoring the two's antics.
[12:15] * Yanmei was quiet for a while, tending to her own meal. "Know who else I've been wondering about lately?"
[12:17] * Sept stirred. "Hmm? Who?"
[12:21] <Yanmei> "Azariah. For obvious reasons." She frowned. "I've asked people, but I can't get a clear fix on his personality. They say he's a gentle and kind guy, but his methods so far have been nothing short of ruthless. It doesn't add up."
[12:22] <Sept> "Mmh. Well… Maybe it's not as simple as that."
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Think so?" The frown didn't leave yet. "If he's carelss during this next fight, we can see what he's like in person."
[12:37] <Sept> "Yeah… But you know, if you're kind to the people around you, it's… a lot easier to draw lines between black and white than when you're mean to everyone."
[12:44] <Yanmei> "Hm. I'll agree with you there," she said. "It could have been done for manipulation's sake?"
[12:46] <Sept> "I don't know. I don't think it's even fair to guess at it. People like him have reasons."
[12:50] <Yanmei> "Hm. I guess we'll wait and see, then."
[12:51] <Sept> "Yeah. But we have to get to W. We can't afford to have him running around with who knows what right now."
[12:54] <Yanmei> "Why the sudden interest? You've known who he was and that he was doing shady detective work for a long time."
[12:59] <Sept> "I didn't know he was still active! And I think he's still at fault for a lot that happened. If he's been interested in Rei's sisters, and if he needs something from them to finish his case…"
[13:04] <Yanmei> "It'd be a problem if he was a double agent or something." She glanced at Rei, a hint of curiosity there. "Even if he wasn't, he's still an outsider to NERV. Yeah, I see."
[13:10] * Ayanami‘Rei was listening politely, but more focusing on other things, like her mobile phone.
[13:11] <Sept> "Yeah. If we can find out something about his plans or whatever he’s working on, it couldn't hurt. I think I should see Gendo about it, just in case…"
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[13:17] <Yanmei> "I think that's a very good idea. I'd be interested in hearing what he has to say."
[13:21] <Sept> "Yeah." Ponderously, Sera finished the last of his slices. "Thank you, Rei. It was good." He got up, picked up his dishes, and walked off.
[13:23] <Yanmei> "It really was. Thanks for cooking." Yanmei drew out her own cell phone. A quick message to Ariadne, and then she'd go check on the sleeping Lizzie.

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