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[19:36] <Sept> Sera was getting closer to some kind of daily rhythm now - it was taking him a while to unwind from the exhausting mission and its debriefings. He made his way down to the quarters where Freya and Serafina were being held, and greeted the guard.-
[19:36] <Sept> "Quiet day so far?"
[19:39] <Minaplo> ["Sure." Said the guard.-
[19:40] <Minaplo> [Or rather, Guard. They had decided that a pair of marines wasn't enough for Freya, and definitely not enough for Freya and Serafina. Now an Iron Guard- one of the lesser apostles- stood watch, his black armour highlighted with flame decals.]
[19:42] <Sept> "Long shifts?"
[19:43] <Minaplo> ["Eight hour ones."]
[19:45] <Sept> "Mm. With any luck, we'll have this sorted out sooner rather than later. Can I go in?"
[19:46] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
[19:48] <Sept> "Thanks," Sera said, hitting the buzzer.
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[19:50] <Minaplo> [And the doorlight turned from red to green.]
[19:52] <Sept> And thus a Sept would emerge unto the apartment - had Serafina brought her art with her?
[20:04] <Minaplo> [She had brought some. The tapestry of the Ayanami and the unicorn for example, as well as a few various bits and bobs- the jewelry box was another.-
[20:05] <Minaplo> ["Hey, Sept." Said Freya warmly. She was sitting on her bed, flicking idly through a book.-
[20:05] <Minaplo> [Serafina on the other hand was curled up on her own bed; as Sera entered she opened her eyes and watched him warily.]
[20:11] <Sept> "Hey." Sera took his time taking off his shoes and, after surveying the rest of the flat quickly, stayed close to the entrance, leaning on some kind of closet.-
[20:11] <Sept> "I would've brought wine… or something, but I wasn't sure if they'd approve."
[20:12] <Minaplo> ["Haha. Want me to order some?"]
[20:14] <Sept> "N-No, thanks. Just a gesture and excuse. Is everything okay?"
[20:18] <Minaplo> ["Yep." Said Freya. "Stop standin' all gawky-like and sit, Sept."]
[20:25] <Sept> At her command, Sera stood up straight again with a "hup" and, without hesitation, claimed one-half of Freya's bed to perch upon, cross-legged.
[20:25] <Minaplo> [She grinned. "So what's your room like?"]
[20:27] <Sept> "Smaller than this. It's just me and Liline and ghosts living in there."
[20:29] <Minaplo> ["Ghosts?"]
[20:33] <Sept> "The ones I'm loaning the AT field from. Lance spirits."
[20:33] <Minaplo> ["Ohhh right." Said Freya with a grin. "You've gotten into a lot of trouble since I've been gone, huh?"]
[20:34] <Sept> "I got into a lot of trouble," Sera agreed, with a hint of a smile.-
[20:35] <Sept> "That's sort of why I'm looking after Liline, too. Atonement or something. Not very effective, I think."
[20:36] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah, I meant to ask. Who's Liline? She sounds like a kid…?"]
[20:39] <Sept> "Shitty name, but she hasn't picked a better one. You ever hear about the Aline clone a few years back?" Sera made a yea-high gesture for illustration purposes.
[20:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh… Oh yeah, I did. Wasn't it a weird birthday present?"]
[20:44] <Sept> "Yeah…"
[20:54] <Minaplo> ["What, uh… Is she like?"]
[20:55] <Sept> "Small and acerbic."-
[20:55] <Sept> "We get along pretty well."
[21:28] <Minaplo> [Freya laughed.-
[21:28] <Minaplo> ["How sad." Said Serafina simply.]
[21:29] <Sept> "Goes without saying," said Sera. "Shit happens."
[21:30] <Minaplo> ["Yes, it does."-
[21:30] <Minaplo> ["I gotta say, arrest or no, this place is better than always being on the move." Said Freya. "Oh, have you spoken to Mal yet?"]
[21:30] <Sept> "No. I'm waiting for him to get better first."
[21:31] <Minaplo> ["Afraid you'll kill him?" Said Freya.]
[21:31] <Sept> "Give him a chance."
[21:32] <Minaplo> [Freya snorted.-
[21:32] <Minaplo> ["… Man, we kind of led you on a real goose chase, huh?"]
[21:33] <Sept> "You also made most of those people fear for their lives."
[21:34] <Minaplo> ["Y…eah." Freya's smile faltered. "That… We did."]
[21:35] <Sept> "I hated seeing that."
[21:45] <Minaplo> ["I wanna say I hated causing it, 'cuz I did. But…" Freya shook her head. "Not enough to not do it, huh? I'm really sorry, Sept."]
[21:49] * Sept looked back at Freya for a while, as if seeing if she was telling the truth.-
[21:50] <Sept> "Yeah," he finally said in a somber tone, glancing at Serafina and then looking down at his hands. "Nothing for it now. They'll be okay."
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["I'll try to make it up to 'em. I promise."]
[21:53] <Sept> "Heh. That's up to you."
[21:53] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it is."-
[21:54] <Minaplo> ["… You got 'em back to France, though, huh?"]
[21:55] <Sept> "Yeah. Everyone who spilled the beans to you, except for the broker and the security guy. I don't think they'll live very long."
[21:56] <Minaplo> [Serafina snorted.-
[21:56] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… I hope they know better than that." Said Freya.]
[21:58] <Sept> "She wanted a kiss from me, you know. I don't know what good my DNA'd do her."
[21:59] <Minaplo> [Freya giggled. "Oh, Sept."]
[22:01] <Sept> "W-What, is she really like that…?"
[22:02] <Minaplo> ["I mean she just wanted to kiss you for the hell of it."]
[22:03] <Sept> "Well," Sera huffed. "Good for her. Maybe it'll warm her last thoughts."
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["What, you weren't tempted?"]
[22:07] <Sept> "What do you mean?"
[22:07] <Minaplo> [Serafina sighed. "She wants to know if you found her sexually alluring."]
[22:11] * Sept furrowed his eyebrows.-
[22:12] <Sept> "I mean, not especially. And it wasn't really relevant, was it?!"
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["Well it might've affected the kiss." Said Freya brightly.]
[22:23] <Sept> "Well, then it didn't affect it enough. The circumstances weren't very romantic."
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["What do you find romantic, then?" Asked Serafina.]
[22:26] <Sept> "Normal things, I think. Privacy's pretty good for something like that."
[22:32] <Minaplo> ["Hmp."-
[22:33] <Minaplo> [As Serafina settled back, Freya stretched out for a moment and snickered. "She was probably a rubbish kisser anyway."]
[22:40] <Sept> "It was just on the cheek, anyway. Don't get your hopes up."
[22:41] <Minaplo> ["Oh pssh, on the cheek."]
[22:42] <Sept> "You're the one who made it a thing."
[22:42] <Minaplo> ["Heeheehee."]
[22:43] <Sept> "Hmph."

(12:46:22) Mianplo: ["So then." Said Freya lightly. "Enough about her- tell me about your ghosts."]
(12:52:24) Sept: "Hum," Sera said, pausing.-
(12:59:48) Sept: "They don't like each other. We, sort of, influenced this incarnation of Cassius' soul, but I think he was always more or less the same. But because of those influences, he's too nice to everything and says everything out loud. They can't seem to be able to manifest at the same time, so he's the one who spends most of his time out, helping around the ship."
(13:09:07) Mianplo: ["Aw, that's nice, though." Said Freya.]
(13:17:38) Sept: "I know," said Sera with a touch of irritation. "Oh, and his name's Armin. And then there's Longinus, which is composed of a lot of souls working by committee. They're usually represented by a specific one, but she doesn't speak to others often."
(13:18:11) Mianplo: ["Committee? That doesn't seem like your everyday saturday Lance."]
(13:19:07) Sept: "What do you know about Lances?"
(13:19:28) Mianplo: ["Point taken. Go on."]
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(13:27:18) Sept: "But she's helped me a lot, too. I lost use of my eyes for a while, so I probably still couldn't see without her, and my time out of an Eva would be a lot worse without an active AT field…"
(13:31:24) Mianplo: ["Yeah? How come?"]
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(13:34:35) Sept: "Oh. Um." Sera looked away from Freya as a blush crept up on his face.
(13:36:46) Mianplo: [Freya's eyes narrowed suspiciously. "Sept…"]
(13:39:13) Sept: "I-It's not dangerous," he said, fidgeting with his gloved hands. "But One didn't like how I was thinking, so we needed to… do something."
(13:39:53) Mianplo: [Even Serafina was sitting up (slightly) now, watching curiously.-
(13:39:56) Mianplo: ["Like what?"]
(13:43:15) Sept: "Ipilotaslcl," Sera said, thoroughly red.
(13:44:44) Mianplo: ["What was that?"-
(13:44:53) Mianplo: ["Sounded like aztec to me." Said Serafina.]
(13:47:33) Sept: "I don't have a body when I'm piloting, okay?!" Sera shouted to the rest of the room.
(13:48:28) Mianplo: ["You- what? What do you mean?" Said Freya, her eyes widening.]
(13:51:04) Sept: "Come on, you know how LCL works, d-don't be daft."
(13:51:26) Mianplo: ["W-wait…"-
(13:51:45) Mianplo: [Freya went pale, to contrast with Sera's great redness. "You… Oh God, no, why?"]
(13:53:00) Sept: "I told you why!"
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(13:54:52) Mianplo: ["Why that, though? 'Didn't like how I was thinking' doesn't have to lead to 'LCL Pilot'!"]
(13:57:00) Sept: "Yeah, it does, unless you want to have him berserk every other synch test to check on me!"
(13:58:14) Mianplo: ["That's- unacceptable. My uncle has gone too far this time." Said Freya firmly. "I'll go talk to him."]
(14:00:58) Sept: "No! It's- it's okay just to have you here."
(14:01:18) Mianplo: ["Do you like piloting as tang?"]
(14:01:41) Sept: "No…"
(14:01:50) Mianplo: ["Then it's settled."]
(14:03:00) Sept: "R-Right."
(14:05:06) Mianplo: ["Question." Said Serafina. "What happens to your clothes?"]
(14:08:41) Sept: "I don't… have any," said Sera, defeated. "A film holds my hand in place."
(14:09:54) Mianplo: ["Oh."-
(14:10:08) Mianplo: ["So you're also naked." Said Serafina, allowing herself a rather feline grin.]
(14:10:48) Sept: "Y-Yeah. Sort of."
(14:12:58) Mianplo: [Serafina laid back down, still smirking to herself.-
(14:13:04) Mianplo: [Freya rolled her eyes.-
(14:14:03) Mianplo: ["That said, it'll be awhile before you can 'talk' to him, little owl." Said Serafina. "If they're not willing to trust you with freedom of movement then they're probably not willing to let you pilot an Eva."]
(14:15:07) Sept: "Yeah, you're right… But that's fine. They'll have to give her a synch test sooner or later."
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(14:23:45) Mianplo: ["My last test with that old bastard put me at 51% or so…" Said Freya lightly. "I wonder if I've gone up or down since then."]
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(14:25:33) Sept: "Anyone's guess." Sera had mostly recomposed himself by now.-
(14:25:53) Sept: "Hanging around with Malachi and taking that adventure must be worth a couple points?"

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