Eevi S Grief

[15:38] <@Minaplo> [Eevi's hospital bed was empty, the sheets ruffled and the blanket thrown back. In fact the room was completely empty- nothing moved, except an orange tail that peeked out under the edge of the bed.]#
[15:54] <Raphael> The door is open a crack, and a figure examines the scene curiously from the room's threshold. Three knocks had gone unanswered before Raphael had allowed himself to enter uninvited, and now his eyes were firmly fixed on the twitching tail snaking out from beneath the bed. "Eevi…?"
[15:59] <@Minaplo> [Silence. That tail continued to swish back and forth.]
[16:08] * Raphael waits a few moments before making his way across the room and crouching alongside the bed.
[16:10] <@Minaplo> [Eevi was under the bed, curled up into a ball, facing away from Raphael- she was nuzzled into Felix's chest, almost disappearing into the tiger's huge bulk. He had one arm draped over her lazily and was practically snoozing.]
[20:28] * Raphael 's expression softens slightly as he reaches out to lay a hand on Eevi's arm, right alongside one of Felix's massive paws. "Eevi?" He asks again, a little softer this time. "It's just me."#
[20:34] <@Minaplo> ["Don't wanna come out."]#
[20:54] <Raphael> The emotion in her voice isn't unexpected - the doctors had given him what information they could - but it still made him miss a beat. "… You don't have to. You and Felix can stay right there if you want." He says gently. "I just wanted to check on you."
[20:58] <@Minaplo> ["Where's Rei?"]
[21:16] <Raphael> "She's in another part of the hospital. Did you want to see her? I'm sure she wouldn't mind."
[21:25] <@Minaplo> [Eevi was silent. She didn't respond for awhile, but when she did she sounded scared. "I don't wanna go out… But…"]
[21:40] <Raphael> "Do you want me to see if she can come here?"
[21:40] <@Minaplo> ["… Yes."]
[21:55] <Raphael> "Not a problem." He says, smiling a little without seeming to mind that she's turned away from him. "I'm sure she'll be happy to visit. She's asked about you, after all."
[21:59] <@Minaplo> [The little girl twitches a little, withdrawing more into her tiger's bulk.]
[22:20] * Raphael seems willing to take that as his cue to leave. The little girl would hear the sound of footsteps receding, followed by a gentle click as the door is pulled shut behind him.-
[22:20] <Raphael> It would take almost fifteen minutes before the door opened again, followed by more footsteps… along with the faint squeaking sound of wheelchair tires on linoleum.
[22:33] <@Minaplo> [Rei had been slowly recoupering since the battle- she hadn't tried to escape again, although she asked about Alphonse often. She cradled the little plush Alphonse in her arms now.-
[22:33] <@Minaplo> ["Eevi?"-
[22:34] <@Minaplo> ["…"-
[22:40] <@Minaplo> ["Eevi, it's Reirei. Are you ok, Eevi?" She asked, staring at the swishing tail. "I was worried about you. I wanted to see you. I'm sorry I haven't been to see you yet…"]
[22:42] * Raphael stands just behind Rei's shoulder, watching the scene closely - curiously, even - but remaining silent for the moment. He has an idea that, right now, this is Rei's show…
[22:54] <@Minaplo> ["It's ok, Eevi." Said Rei. "I'll be here as long as you want me to be."-
[22:57] <@Minaplo> ["I don't wanna come out."]
[22:59] * Raphael leans down to whisper to whisper in Rei's ear. "Do you want me to help you down? Maybe it would be easier for you to go to her…"
[23:00] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah…"]
[23:04] * Raphael nods gently, easing an arm around her back and another around her waist before hoisting her out of her chair and easing her -very- carefully down onto the ground. He follows her down a moment later, although he stays further back for now.
[12:42] <Firgrim> [Rei keeps silent throughout the transfer, even when it hurts. She squeezes her eyes shut and waits for it all to pass.-
[12:46] <Firgrim> [Rei pulls herself in under the bed, now, and reaches out to touch Eevi, tentatively at first, but with more feeling once she realises the girl isn't thinking of pulling away. Eevi doesn't respond.]
[12:47] * Raphael , for his part, is busy keeping a watchful eye on the motionless form of the tiger as Rei draws closer…
[12:55] <Firgrim> [Felix doesn't move in any new way, simply swishing his tail back and forth.-
[12:56] <Firgrim> ["What is it, Eevi?" Murmurs Rei, drawing ever closer, giving Eevi a little bit more contact. "Where does it hurt?"-
[12:58] <Firgrim> ["I don't- wanna feel." Said Eevi, her voice weak and near-breaking. "I wanna go back to how I was!"]
[16:58] * Raphael winces again at that response, hearing more emotion in those two sentences than he'd heard in the several months he'd known her. Had it been the damage done by the spawn that had left her in that state? If so, he didn't precisely know how to feel about the change…
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["It's ok." Said Rei quietly. "Feeling things can hurt sometimes. When people are cruel, or you remember bad things. It hurts when that happens, doesn't it?"-
[17:28] <Minaplo> [No response from Eevi, so Rei continued. "It's alright to hurt, Eevi. If you want to run away from it all, it's ok to want to do that. Isn't it, Raffy?"]
[17:30] <Raphael> "That's right. I think we all feel like doing that sometimes…"
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["You don't need to do anything you don't want, Eevi." Said Rei, building on Raphael's words. "But whatever you do, you know you can turn to us for help. We'll always be here for you, ok?"-
[17:47] <Minaplo> [Eevi didn't respond to this, not with words. Instead she started to sob quietly.]
[18:00] <Raphael> … Rei would feel Raphael's hand touch her shoulder to give her a small, supportive squeeze. She was doing so well, just as he knew she would.
[18:16] <Minaplo> [Raphael would see that Eevi was wrapped up in Rei's arms, now, crying into her chest. Rei turned and gave Raphael a little smile, a thank-you.-
[18:18] <Minaplo> [Felix leaned over to give the top of Eevi's head a lick, before lolling back over lazily.-
[18:19] <Minaplo> ["I don't wanna be alone. But I'm always alone…" Mumbled Eevi. "Ever since I came back I've been alone…"]
[18:22] * Raphael returns the smile with a thin - but obviously proud - one of his own. "But you don't have to be. You can make that choice."
[18:28] <Minaplo> ["What if I don't wanna be alone ever again?"]
[18:44] * Raphael frowns down at his hands, giving the question some thought. "Well…" Raphael says slowly, "There can never be any promises. We all do our best to protect those we love, but sometimes that's not enough."-
[18:44] <Raphael> "But refusing to make connections with people just because you're afraid of losing them will only cause you more pain in the end."
[19:40] <Minaplo> ["Being happy, being with those people is worth the pain." Said Rei. "We love you, Eevi. Raffy, and Felix, and me, we all love you."-
[19:45] <Minaplo> [Eevi snuffled, her profile tiny and small as she curled up against herself. "My mama, my papa…"]
[20:16] <Raphael> "Would you like to talk about it…?" Raphael asks gently.
[20:25] <Minaplo> [She curled against herself even tighter at that, shaking her head furiously.]
[20:28] <Raphael> "That's fine." Raphael says quickly. "That's fine, Eevi. You only need to talk about it if you want to."
[20:36] <Minaplo> [Rei smiled sadly for a moment, stroking the girl's hair. "Do you want me to stay with you a while, Eevi? I can stay as long as you need."-
[20:36] <Minaplo> [Eevi didn't respond for awhile, but eventually gave a feeble nod.]
[20:38] * Raphael catches Rei's attention and makes a gesture that seems to be asking whether he should leave the two girls alone.
[20:45] <Minaplo> [Rei nods slowly, with a grateful smile.]
[20:55] * Raphael nods once, leaning over to give Rei a quick hug… which just so happens to bring him close enough to murmur something in her ear.-
[20:56] <Raphael> "I'll be back to see you later if that's ok, Eevi." He says, offering her a (Largely useless) smile. "You keep Rei safe until then, ok?"
[21:04] <Minaplo> [Rei beams at him warmly at his whispered words, and Eevi, still nestled within Rei's arms, peeks out to look at Raphael a little with watery eyes before she tucks back in.-
[21:04] <Minaplo> ["I'll see you later, alright, Raffy?" Says Rei.]
[21:05] <Raphael> "Mhmm. You give the nurses a call when you need to get up in your chair, alright? I don't want you hurting yourself again." He says, pulling himself off the ground with a little mutter of discomfort as the pins and needles strike his legs.-
[21:06] <Raphael> … and then quickly enough he's gone, giving the two little superhumans their peace and quiet.

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