For If The Truth Were Known Love Cannot Speak But Only Think

[14:27] <Raphael> It was rare to find Raphael’s apartment so blessedly quiet. Suzanne had leapt at the opportunity to stay at the Pagets’ apartment for the evening when Rosalie had offered, and without her at home Raphael had found no reason to turn on the TV… or much else, for that matter. The only real sound was the faint susurrus of noise from the adjoining apartments.-
[14:27] <Raphael> So Raphael had come home from the day’s work to do exactly what he’d been dreaming of for most of his shift: Collapsing on the couch to take advantage of the peace with a long nap. In fact he’d been so intent on it that he’d done little more than shuck his boots, jacket and tie before lying down.
[14:33] <Misato‘> … Which is why he’d no doubt be disappointed- at least- when he'd hear a knock at the door.
[14:42] <Raphael> "…" Disappointed would have to suffice, for lack of a stronger word. He was still too near to sleep for cursing. Still, after a moment one eye would open a crack to peer over at the door. For a second he considered taking the unusual measure of simply ignoring it… but not even his profound desire for rest could outweigh his normal sense of politeness.-
[14:43] <Raphael> His visitor would be able to hear a few shuffling footsteps and the rattle of the door chain, and then a slightly dishevelled Raphael would be peering out from a gap in the door.
[14:48] <Misato‘> "Raffy-kun~"-
[14:49] <Misato`> There was no mistaking that voice, -or- the form of the person he saw. Long black hair, a wide, almost mischievious smile on her pretty face; black skirt, black shirt, red jacket.
[14:55] <Raphael> "… Misato?" The last traces of sleepiness vanish from his widening eyes. "What are you-… Hold on a moment." The door shuts again just long enough for Raphael to undo the security chain and open up the door properly. "What are you doing here, Captain? You told me not to expect you until Thursday…"
[14:56] <Misato`> "I wanted it to be a surprise~" Said Misato happily. "Oh, and don’t call me Captain."
[15:01] <Raphael> "… Ah." He murmurs, stepping back a little so she can make it inside. "Well… come in! I apologize in advance, though. If I'd known you were coming I would have straightened up a bit." … Of course, now that she could see his apartment a little better it quickly became obvious that Raphael's apartment was cleaner on its worst day than Misato's was on anything but her best.
[15:30] <Misato‘> "It’s fine, it's fine." Said Misato cheerfully, sweeping in. "It actually looks pretty neat already…"-
[15:30] <Misato‘> She looks back over at him. "Did I come at a bad time?" She eyed his hair.
[15:35] <Raphael> "Hmm?" He shuts the door behind him, following her stare… and rather hurriedly attempting to comb it back into place with his fingers. "No, not at all. I was just… well, Suzie is away, so I thought I’d take a nap."
[15:36] <Misato‘> "A-ha~" Misato smiles. "So you’re all alone, huh~?"
[15:37] <Raphael> "I -was-." He says, smirking just a little.
[15:42] <Misato‘> She reaches up and proceeds to ruffle Raphael’s hair, undoing all of his work. "You don't mind, do you?"
[15:45] <Raphael> "Not at all. It's… really good to see you, Misato." He says tentatively.
[15:47] * Misato‘ smiles at that. "It’s good to see you too." The ruffling becomes a little gentler, more like a stroke- before she abruptly turns around, hands on hips. "So! When are you going to offer the lady a drink~?"
[15:55] * Raphael seemed almost unsure how to react to that brief bit of contact, but the sudden shift in topic helps him to get his balance back. "Heh. That didn't take long."
[15:55] <Misato‘> "I’m thirsty and tired. I just got off the plane, you know…"
[15:56] <Raphael> "They don't serve drinks on long distance flights any more?" Raphael asks with mock-curiosity, even as he heads for the fridge.
[15:59] <Misato‘> "They do, it’s just, you know." She coughed. "They have things like 'limits'."
[16:04] <Raphael> "Mmm." A moment later he returns with a beer in either hand - glass bottles instead of her normal cans. "I don't have much. I was planning to buy more before you got here…"
[16:04] * Misato‘ giggles. "We can go shopping for some more later. You don’t mind if I sit on the couch?"
[16:08] <Raphael> "Oh, no, of course not." He says quickly. He hesitates for a moment before joining her, a fair bit of space left between them. "So… limits aside, how was your flight?"
[16:10] <Misato‘> "It was ok." She said diffidently. "I had Hyuga with me to talk to, so it wasn’t -too- bad…"
[16:15] <Raphael> "Lieutenant Hyuga? He seemed like a nice enough man when we spoke in Tokyo. Rather enthusiastic."
[16:18] <Misato‘> "Yeah, he’s a handy fellow to have around. He cares for the pilots, and he helped out a lot when it came to the Ayanamis at first. I know a lot of them still have a soft spot for him." She chuckled. "He's got some surprising talents, too…"
[16:21] <Raphael> "Oh?"
[16:22] <Misato‘> "Oh, he’s just very clever."
[16:26] <Raphael> "Ah. People like that are always good to have on your side." He says as he twists the lid off his beer. "I think Juu mentioned him the other day, actually. She said he was the one who started all that business with 'Little Princess'."
[16:27] * Misato‘ let out a short bark of laughter. "Yes, that was definitely his fault. Not that he hasn’t benefitted from it~"
[16:29] <Raphael> "How do you mean?"
[16:30] <Misato‘> "Well, the dear Little Princess may demand respect and obedience from everyone else, but she is quite fond of her Prince Makoto~"
[16:35] <Raphael> "… oh -dear-." Raphael mutters, shutting his eyes for a moment.
[16:36] <Misato`> "It’s adorable~ And harmless. Hyuga is a responsible fellow."
[16:39] <Raphael> "I'm sure." He nods. "They all seem to be finding their own little romances. I must say, I didn't really expect it to happen so quickly."
[16:40] <Misato‘> "Hm? Little romances? You mean besides Rei?"
[16:43] <Raphael> "Oh…" He hesitates, realizing he’s perhaps said a little too much. "… I just meant it as a general observation. Rei and Shi, and I'm sure some of the others…"
[16:44] * Misato‘ eyes him curiously, then laughs. "Well, they -are- sixteen year old girls, in body at least. It shouldn’t be too surprising. You were sixteen once, right?"
[16:46] <Raphael> "No ma'am." He says grimly. "Grunt soldiers are never allowed to be children, ma'am. As I understand it there's some sort of vat…"
[16:47] * Misato‘ laughed, then looked over at him mock-sternly. "That doesn’t sound so ridiculous these days."
[16:53] * Raphael scratches his neck, a little bit of the amusement fading. "… You're right, actually. We should probably check that it's not true."
[16:54] * Misato‘ grinned. "We should. How’ve you been, Raphael?"
[16:59] <Raphael> "Fine." He says automatically… before looking Misato in the eye and giving her a rather thoughtful stare. "… Tired. It's been that way ever since I returned home from Boston."
[17:10] <Misato‘> Misato’s face softened. "I heard about what happened. Is she ok?"
[17:16] <Raphael> "She seems like she's largely recovered now. She's a little more cautious than normal, and doesn't seem willing to let Captain Wellesley too far out of her sight, but apparently she's passing her psych evaluations and is on her way back to normal." Raphael says. "Those first few days were tough, though."
[17:19] <Misato‘> "Poor Rei." Said Misato sadly. She stared down at her beer pensively. "I’m glad she's working through it. She's a tough girl, but it's terrible that she was hurt at all."
[17:26] <Raphael> "She'll be fine." He says, although there's not a great deal of conviction there.
[17:28] * Misato‘ scoots over a little to allow her to reach out and pat Raphael’s shoulder gently. "She will." She says with a greater edge of conviction. "Trust me."
[17:35] <Raphael> "…" It looks like he wants to contradict her, but that hand on his shoulder… It makes some of the fear drain away. He reaches up to lay his own hand over hers. "… Ok."
[17:37] <Misato‘> "There we go. Hey." She grins- a fearless, clearly unconcerned grin. "Did you get my chocolate~?"
[17:43] <Raphael> "… I did. And your picture." He adds with a bemused smirk. "Did you -really- make that yourself? It was incredible."
[17:48] <Misato`> "I had help. Lots and lots of help. From as many people as I dared to ask, but in the end, most of it was my work." She looked deeply proud.
[17:53] <Raphael> "Well you did an amazing job, then. Suzie said it was better than the chocolate she buys at the store when she tried some." That look on her face makes him smile in turn, and he gives her hand a small squeeze.
[17:55] <Misato`> "Hmhmhm. I’m glad~" She slowly encroached upon his space a little more, a twinkle in her eye. "Did you tell anyone about it? I bet you didn't."
[17:58] <Raphael> "Only my assistant. She rescued it from my mail before anyone else from the crew found it." He says. "… I can't believe you sent it to the base. Your picture fell out of the envelope right in front of her."
[17:58] * Misato‘ -giggled- delightfully. "Heeheehee. What’d she think~? Oh, to be a fly on the wall…"
[18:01] <Raphael> "She was… impressed, to say the least. She said it was 'super true love deluxe' chocolate."
[18:02] * Misato‘ snorted.-
[18:02] <Misato`> But despite her dismissive response there was a light hint of colour to her cheeks. "She said that? Well, you know. I did figure it’d be nice, since you've been having it kind of tough~"
[18:12] <Raphael> "It was a wonderful surprise, Misato. Thank you."
[18:14] <Misato‘> "I’m glad you like it." At this point, her masterful manoeuvring had shifted her essentially to Raphael's side. "It only took me a dozen tries."
[18:19] <Raphael> "…" He says quietly, still quite focused on her eyes as she moves closer.-
[18:21] <Raphael> "…" He says quietly, still quite focused on her eyes as she moves closer.-"… I’m sure Pen-Pen was happy for the spares." He says quietly, still quite focused on her eyes as she moves closer.-
[18:22] <Raphael> "Still… Sergeant Kirishima discovering it wasn’t all bad. She explained a few things to me that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise." Raphael says, beginning to look slightly nervous beyond his normal mask of calm. "All the ‘levels’ of chocolate you have in Japan, and…"
[18:24] <Misato‘> "Oh -right-, I forgot your secretary was Japanese." Said Misato thoughtfully. "… Well, that does explain it~ It’s true. The chocolate did- well, you know. You're important to me, Raffy-kun~"
[18:58] * Raphael shifts slightly. "… She explained White Day to me, too. She told me how important it was."
[18:58] <Misato‘> "Oh yeah?" Misato’s left eyebrow rose slightly. "Did you get me marshmallows? I like marshmallows." She asked, enthusiasm clear in her voice.
[18:59] * Raphael goes still, staring at her in complete silence for a moment as a bit of the colour drains from his face. "Marsh… marshmallows?"
[19:00] <Misato‘> "Yeah. They’re so soft, yet still kind of sweet, and they're a lot of fun to… Eat?" She eyes him worriedly. "… Oh, Raffy-kun!" Her face lights up. "It's ok if you got me chocolate or something. I won't mind~"
[19:01] <Raphael> "…"-
[19:02] <Raphael> "… Misato." His voice is very slow and controlled, though the strain this required was visible on his face. "What do you buy someone on White Day?"
[19:03] <Misato‘> "Well, the traditional gifts are cookies, jewellry… Chocolate, white lingerie or marshmallows." She says a little disconcertedly. "The rule of thumb is that it’s usually three times as expensive as what you got…"
[19:04] * Raphael 's expression doesn't shift. "I'm going to fire her."
[19:06] <Misato‘> "W-Why? What happened?"
[19:06] <Raphael> "She only told me about the lingerie."
[19:06] <Misato`> "…"-
[19:07] <Misato`> "And -you-… You-?!"
[19:09] <Raphael> "She kept telling me how important it was." Raphael says quickly, edging back a little. "And that you’d be hurt if you'd made such an effort and I didn't… well…" He shrugs helplessly.
[19:09] <Misato‘> "… H-How much…?"
[19:11] <Raphael> "A little over 150 francs…"
[19:11] <Misato`> She gasped, clapping a hand to her mouth, horror and amusement mingling in her eyes.
[19:12] * Raphael is busy examining a nearby wall.
[19:12] <Misato`> "… Wow." She coughed a little. "Well, I’m- I'm very touched, nevertheless." She patted him awkwardly on the arm.
[19:14] * Raphael rubs his eyes with one hand. "… T-thank you, Captain." He mumbles.
[19:14] <Misato‘> "So… Um, are you going to wait until White Day, or do I get to see these unmentionables before then?"
[19:15] <Raphael> "I… judging by that reaction I was going to return them. I’m sure I could find something else…"
[19:16] <Misato‘> "Hey now." She leaned forward. "Let me try them on first~ I wouldn’t turn down 150 francs' worth of lingerie."
[19:17] <Raphael> "…" The reality of buying a superior officer lingerie seemed to be sinking in now that the moment had arrived. "Are you sure, ma'am? 150 francs… I could buy you a great deal of marshmallows with that."
[19:18] * Misato‘ laughed. "I’m not Suzie. You can't buy me off with bacon. Lingerie is quite fine, Raffy-kun. Is it lace?"
[19:20] <Raphael> "And silk." He says quietly.
[19:20] <Misato‘> "Ooh. This -does- sound fancy."
[19:21] <Raphael> "I guess I’ll go get them, then…?" He asks, though he does watch her for a moment in the hope of a last-minute reprieve.
[19:21] <Misato‘> "If you will. Oh, one more thing?"
[19:21] <Raphael> "Mmm?"
[19:22] <Misato`> "What about the size~?"
[19:31] * Raphael coughs. "I’ll be right back." He mumbles, and disappears through the door and into his darkened bedroom.
[19:32] <Misato‘> Misato’s laughter follows him like a curse as he flees.
[19:38] * Raphael finds the bag relatively quickly, but he takes a few moments longer to wait for the laughter to die down and to bring his composure back up to an acceptable level. By the time he steps back into the lounge room his clothes are a little straighter and he almost looks back to his normal self. Which wouldn't necessarily last long…-
[19:39] <Raphael> "I hadn't had time to find a find a gift bag yet." He says, setting the shopping bag down on the couch. "I hope you don't mind."
[19:43] <Misato‘> "Of course not." She grinned, opening the pag and removing the contents, holding them up to the light. "Ooh. Nice and silky with a trim of lace. And a matching pair, too~ You really did spoil me with this, Raffy-kun."
[19:45] <Raphael> "I tried to get something nice, at least."
[19:47] <Misato`> "You did." She grinned, admiring the feel of the silk cups of the bra, before placing them back in the bag. "Oh, wait until I get home. I’ll be able to tell everyone about how Raphael Guillory bought me silk panties~"
[19:48] <Raphael> "… Mana is in for a great deal of trouble when I get my hands on her." Raphael mutters.
[19:49] <Misato‘> "Oh, leave the girl alone." Says Misato, standing up and grinning. "That’s an order from -Major- Katsuragi herself."
[19:53] <Raphael> "…" Raphael's eyes widen in surprise, and for a moment at least the issue of Sergeant Kirishima was forgotten. "You made Major?"
[19:54] <Misato‘> "That’s right!" She says with a smile. "I'm not sure I -totally- deserve it, but that's that."
[19:56] <Raphael> "You do." He says, stepping a little closer to her with a smile on his face. "Trust me."
[19:58] <Misato‘> "… Thanks, Raffy-kun." Her smile became a little more genuine. "I appreciate it. Really, I do. After Guangzhou, I wasn’t sure if I deserved any praise at all…"
[20:02] <Raphael> "Sometimes things go wrong, Major." He looks her in the eye at that as if daring her to pull him up on the use of her rank. "Even for the best commanders. That doesn't mean all the successes that come before it are wasted."
[20:04] <Misato‘> "You’re right, but…"-
[20:05] <Misato‘> "… No." She chuckled. "I have to stop thinking like that. You’re right. No buts."
[20:07] <Raphael> "Good work." He says gently. "We both need to get better at that, hmm?"
[20:10] <Misato‘> "We do. Although I bet you have a head start on me. Longterm exposure to Rei…"
[20:11] <Raphael> "Her positivity does have a way of rubbing off on people." Raphael says with a fond smile.
[20:11] <Misato`> "Maybe I should adopt an Ayanami. Hey." Her face brightens. "Sho’s absolutely -awful-, it's amazing."
[20:16] <Raphael> "… Really?"
[20:17] <Marianne‘> ["Oh, really. I had to suspend her monthly allowance a few months ago, as by then she’d spent about 3000 francs on clothes."]
[20:23] * Raphael looks a little alarmed at that figure, but when he thinks of the price tag on the lingerie it's easy to imagine that money disappears rather quickly when shopping for clothes. "… That's… uh, /definitely/ excessive, but is that the worst she gets up to?"
[20:25] <Marianne‘> ["Yeah, thankfully. She also acts as ~Her Highness’s Clothier~, so she's been tasked to see how Little Princess might catch her Prince's eye."]
[20:26] <Raphael> "And is it working?"
[20:28] <Marianne‘> ["I doubt it." She grinned.]
[20:29] <Raphael> "Clever man." Raphael says with a smirk. "It’s odd to think that both Sho and Rei started off in the same place…"
[20:30] <Marianne‘> ["It is." Said Misato quietly. "I can see some similarities in them, both with each other and the little girl I knew, but… Well, they’re their own people now, and I'm proud of that."]
[20:38] <Raphael> "Agreed." He murmurs, and for a moment it looks like he's leaning a little closer towards her… but something seems to hold him back. "… Are you staying somewhere tonight, Major?"
[20:38] <Marianne‘> ["Uh, well, I’ve been given one of those dinky little Geofront offices for the week…"]
[20:39] <Raphael> "They're not so bad…"
[20:40] <Marianne‘> ["That’s easy for you to say."]
[20:42] * Raphael chuckles. "Well I'd offer to let you stay here, but Suzie's in my only spare room."
[21:05] <Marianne‘> ["Aw, that’s a shame." She smirks. "A gentleman would offer me his own bed though, of course."]
[21:14] <Raphael> "If you want it it's yours, Major." He says. "The couch is comfortable enough."
[21:15] <Marianne‘> ["I-I wasn’t being serious." She muttered, taken aback. "And don't call me Major."]
[21:15] <Raphael> "Well I was." He grins.
[21:16] <Marianne‘> ["I couldn’t. It'd be rude." Said Misato. "We would simply have to compromise."]
[21:17] <Raphael> "… How's that?"
[21:17] <Marianne‘> ["Well, I mean, we could always divide the bed equally amongst ourselves."]
[21:25] <Raphael> "…" Raphael gives her a thoughtful look. "… What do you want to do?"
[21:25] <Marianne`> ["What do -you- want to do~?"]
[21:27] * Raphael takes a moment to consider this before leaning down and pressing his lips against hers in a long, gentle kiss.
[21:36] <Marianne`> ["-!"-
[21:39] <Marianne`> [Misato’s only reaction at first is surprise. Perhaps a part of her is shocked that he'd actually do it, considering the formidable game of pretend-not-sure they'd been playing.-
[21:39] <Marianne‘> [But on the topic of what they wanted to do, despite her delay… For once they’re in agreement, and eventually she lifts her hands, embraces him and reciprocates.]
[21:55] * Raphael is in no hurry to break the kiss, evidently, but before it becomes -too- intense he pulls back a little and looks at her closely. "Does that answer your question?"
[22:05] <Marianne`> ["Y… Yes. Explicitly."-
[22:05] <Marianne`> ["… So… So. You were having a nap, you said?"]

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