For Living Before The Light

[20:45] <Alexandre> [[Session 13: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 10th September, 2015. Episode Title: For Living Before the Light.-
[20:46] <Alexandre> [It's a thursday- a school day! And yes, the pilots -have- to go, and there are no excuses.-
[20:47] <Alexandre> [Saint Louis itself has become quieter. The school's near-destruction would have, in other cases, spelled the end of the institution, but luckily intervention from corporate donations allowed it to rebuild and regrow. There are less students than ever, and the cavernous corridors seem almost deserted.-
[20:48] <Alexandre> [Yanmei would arrive with Isaiah, dropped off by Marianne with a kiss and a hug (for them both); Sept would, of course, be taken to school by Freya. And finally, Aline would be dropped in by Sophie, who was also taking the Ikaris- Shinji, Yui and Rei- to a shopping mall.]
[20:52] <Yanmei> After waving goodbye to Marianne, Yanmei set out through the school's courtyard and entrance at a brisk pace, doing her best to fake an early-morning cheer. But it wasn't just the early hour that had her down. The atmosphere of the school had changed drastically. "Ready?" she glanced over her shoulder at Isaiah.
[20:53] <Sept> They had been right - he had gotten used to the routine of the school life. Mostly, of course, it was just because of the recent mass desertion, but a happy pilot is a happy pilot! Sera walked on with a certain carefree air, admiring the architecture and schoolground greenery.
[20:57] <Alexandre> ["That I am." Said Isaiah mildly, putting on a spurt of speed to keep the pace with Yanmei. "You?"-
[20:57] <Alexandre> ["Hehe. Look at you. It's as if you enjoy this place now." Said Freya, teasingly.]
[21:00] <Yanmei> "Of course!" She brandished a grin. "School is really important. I'm glad they got it up and running again."
[21:00] * Sept laughed. "Wasn't that what you wanted?"
[21:02] <Alexandre> [Isaiah chuckled quietly and, yes, he rolled his eyes.-
[21:02] <Alexandre> ["Of course it is, it's just surprising, that's all."]
[21:09] <Yanmei> "I really didn't think it was possible for the attendence rate here to drop any lower, though," she remarked, peeking into classrooms at random as they passed if their doors were left open. "It's, ah. Cozy!"
[21:09] <Sept> "Well, I'm happy you're happy about it!"
[21:11] <Alexandre> ["Yeah, it's kind of impressive how thin the numbers've gotten." Murmured Isaiah, before the two of them would hear a familiar voice.-
[21:12] <Alexandre> "This school needs- mmm- new blood." Said Alexandre Fontaine, walking out of a nearby classroom, stretching and yawning.
[21:12] <Alexandre> ["Hehe." Freya reached out to ruffle up Sera's hair. "You'd best be off to your class, Sept. Say hello to your sweetheart for me~"]
[21:16] * Yanmei regarded Alexandre warily, half expecting hostilities, and half looking forward to them as a way to let off steam. "It'll be a while before it gets a tranfusion. Paris-2 is probably widely regarded as a dangerous place now."
[21:19] <Sept> "I will~" Sept waved to Freya.
[21:23] <Alexandre> "A dangerous place. I wonder why that is." Said Alexandre dryly, eyeing Yanmei.-
[21:23] <Alexandre> ["Well, see you then!" Freya waves, heads off- and Sept is now free!]
[21:26] * Yanmei glared at him a moment, and then hmphed. "It's not -our- fault that Angels are attacking this place almost exclusively."
[21:27] <Alexandre> "Never said it was, but it's good to see you have a guilty conscience."
[21:28] <Yanmei> "And what would I have to feel guilty about, I wonder?"
[21:29] * Sept made sure to wander around and breathe the air of the empty corridors before heading to class. There was no hurry.
[21:30] <Alexandre> "It might not be your -fault- Paris-2 is being attacked, but it -is- your fault if the city's destroyed…~"-
[21:30] <Alexandre> [Isaiah sighs to himself. "We don't have to listen to him."-
[21:31] <Alexandre> [The corridors were free, mostly! Except for the usual few students who hung about. Sept'd see Edgar in the hallway, looking depressed.]
[21:33] <Sept> "Hello, Edgar!" Sept approached. "How's Judo Club?"
[21:35] <Alexandre> [Edgar looked up. He shrugged apathetically. "Half the group's left to other schools…"]
[21:36] <Yanmei> "Well, since the city is still standing, I guess we have no issues, should we~?" she did glance to Isaiah, nodding slightly. "We should get going to homeroom away, shouldn't we?"
[21:39] <Sept> "That's more judo for the rest of you, though, isn't it?"
[21:39] <Alexandre> Alexandre waves his hand lazily.-
[21:39] <Alexandre> ["That's right. See you whenever, Fontaine." Said Isaiah, latching onto Yanmei's arm and gently tugging.-
[21:39] <Alexandre> ["More judo… Er, no, that ain't how it works." Mumbles Edgar. "The more people, the more Judo."]
[21:42] * Yanmei allowed herself to be led on with a slight frown. She would never allow herself to say as much, but she wondered how much of a point the jerk had.
[21:45] <Sept> "Oh." A slight pout as understanding slowly came to the boy. "I think I understand. A lot of my fam— the pilots are pretty separated, too. We've been trying to think of ways we could be together, but…" He shook his head slowly.
[21:46] <Alexandre> [Yanmei and Isaiah would find a few familiar faces in 10-C… And a fair few unfamiliar ones as well. "Ah, good morning." Said Mr. Martin cheerfully.-
[21:46] <Alexandre> ["Yeah?" Said Edgar quietly. "Guess that's too bad." A sigh.]
[21:50] <Sept> "If we could get rid of the Angels and show them it's safe here… they'd come back, right?"
[21:51] <Alexandre> ["I guess? I 'unno. Some people just don't like the memories, y'know?"]
[21:52] <Yanmei> "Hello sir. It's good to see you again!" She gave Mr. Martin her warmest smile, looking very much the model student in her impeccable uniform. She skimmed a few faces before turning back to him. "I see. So they've decided to merge together a few homeroom classes, have they?"
[21:55] * Aline had almost looked… distracted for a good while, but she was there now! "…Possibly…"
[21:56] <Alexandre> ["Yes, that's right." Said Mr. Martin cheerfully. "It's good to see the three of you looking so healthy. Just in time for our special assignment, hmhm."]
[21:58] <Sept> "But… there's good memories here too, right? Wouldn't they just be abandoning those? Of the Club and, and you?"
[21:59] <Alexandre> ["Sometimes the bad memories just outweigh the good, de Pteres." Said Edgar wistfully. He started to head off to homeroom. "Sometimes people lose parents, or friends, or lovers or whatever and they just go, 'Y'know what? This ain't worth it anymore…'"]
[22:00] <Yanmei> "Special, sir?"
[22:01] * Aline quirked a brow as well, at that! "…How special is special… And healthy? Why do we need to be healthy for it…?"
[22:03] <Alexandre> ["Oh, I was just commenting on how good it was to see you healthy. You don't have to be healthy for this, but it helps." Mr. Martin chuckled. "In two days time is the 15th anniversary of Second Impact. The school's been asked to be part of a special commemmoration service. So we'll be breaking everyone up into groups and sending you off to a spare classroom to brainstorm."]
[22:05] <Sept> Well, that shut him up. He wouldn't know at all what that would've been like. "I'm sorry, Edgar…" he said, before heading toward homeroom as well. The encounter had… more or less normalised his mood.
[22:05] * Aline sort of… looked at him funny, but then nodded. "Oh. I see…" She seemed like something about that proposal came off as strange…
[22:07] <Alexandre> [Sept would arrive shortly after that little exchange. And once everyone was in and sitting down, the role'd be marked off.-
[22:09] <Alexandre> [Viviane would wave at Sept sheepishly as he entered!-
[22:09] <Alexandre> ["Now then." Said Mr. Martin. "It's time to allocate the groups. I've had to tweak them slightly to get the right amounts, but… Zhang Yanmei, Sera de Pteres, Aline Blanc, Alexandre Fontaine, Edgar Chevalier and Evangeline Marchand, you are group -one-. Angelina d'Olesse, Isaiah Gabriel Wei, Viviane Fournier, Niles Windsor-Yamato, Lillian Durand and Emile Olivier, you're in group two. Elena Clement and Patrice Gosselin- you'll be joining…" He directed them to another class.]
[22:13] * Sept waved right back with a smile and took his seat, proceeding to gaze outside in a serene manner.
[22:14] * Aline continued to sit in her chair, looking maybe the smallest bit dazed or off in her own world… maybe a bit disappointed, too. She seemed to have drooped after their group assignment went by without Lilian, Viviane, or Isaiah being included.
[22:16] * Yanmei frowned at the list, glancing between Isaian and Niles Windsor-Yamato in particular.
[22:17] <Alexandre> [Isaiah wasn't particularly pleased either, and he gave Yanmei a helpless look as he and his group went off, leaving the room quiet.-
[22:17] <Alexandre> ["Well then." Said Mr. Martin congenially. "Why don't you, group one, go use the multimedia lab up on the 3rd floor? I think that might help you plan."]
[22:20] * Aline did sort of… raise her hand. "…Mr. Martin, what exactly are we supposed to be planning to do for the event, anyway? Will we be… uh, briefed?"
[22:21] <Alexandre> ["Oh, yes. Here you all go!" Said Mr. Martin, handing out a set of papers to the six. "Best to hurry on, though, you can read them there."]
[22:24] <Yanmei> Poor Isaiah… But Yanmei now had the time to regard her own group now, with a sinking feeling, taking one of the papers for herself. "Well! I guess we had better do as told, right?" She said, rising from her chair. No matter how bad it got, she wasn't going to -look- as awkward as she felt.
[22:24] * Sept scanned the paper briefly, seemingly getting a bit demoralised by it. Still, he got up and joined the others in their departure.
[22:25] * Aline stood up and joined them… She didn't even need to read the papers. She already felt damn /bizarre/ about this whole thing.
[22:25] <Alexandre> "Hrm." Alexandre rubbed his chin and sighed. "What a pain."-
[22:25] <Alexandre> [Edgar didn't look much happier either, and Evangeline just… Looked depressed. Really, just down.]
[22:27] <Alexandre> [A few minutes later, the six had climbed a fair few set of stairs and were sitting in a rather high-tech looking room, filled with computers, the odd window, and some projectors.]
[22:29] <Yanmei> "So!" Yanmei leaned back in her own chair. "Ah. Seems like the easiest way to start? Is by reflecting on what Second Impact means to us, and then afterwards figuring out how to convey it."
[22:30] <Alexandre> "Old world burned, new one rose from the ashes, end of story." Muttered Alex.
[22:31] * Aline nodded at Yanmei, and… didn't feel like concealing her fundamental issue. "And somehow managing to translate that into the official explanation of what it is. I can't get over the rest…"
[22:35] <Yanmei> "Well? Maybe you could think back to the way you felt about it before knowing all that other stuff. Think about our target audience? and what they relate to."
[22:36] <Septy> "Ah. We weren't really around when it happened, though, so is there really that much we can say…"
[22:36] <Alexandre> [Evangeline isn't even paying attention. She's just staring out the window.-
[22:37] * Aline sighed. "Sera has something of a point. Most all I remember is that… that's what they said…" She sighed. "…Er. That's what they said caused all the problems." Aline was really getting too talkative.
[22:37] <Alexandre> [… A voice comes over the PA! An unusual voice, with a curious accent. "Could Zhang Yanmei, Sera de Pteres and Aline Blanc report to the administration immediately?"]
[22:39] <Septy> "A-ah? I guess we have to… you'll be alright without us, right?" Sept was practically already out of the room.
[22:40] * Aline twitched, then perked up as if the weird accented person was God herself (hooboy does Aline have issues on that front) telling them that they had just gotten a temporary reprieve from astoundingly awkward stuff. "W-we should go, then!" She made motions to get up… though she did notice Evangeline over there… And headed over to put a hand on the girl's shoulder. "…I don't have
[22:40] * Aline the time to ask what's wrong, but… do what you can, okay?"
[22:40] * Yanmei sighed. Regarded Edgar and Evangeline, at least, somewhat apologetically before standing. Not that she was disappointed about something breaking up the awkwardness. "Please excuse us. Hopefully this won't take long."
[22:40] <Alexandre> [Evangeline immediately grabbed Aline's hand. She looked around. "Don't go. Stay here. All of you."]
[22:42] * Septy stopped at the doorway, clearly shocked by the sudden request. He stared at Evangeline.
[22:42] * Septy is now known as Sept
[22:42] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei gave pause at that as well, confusion crossing her face.
[22:42] * Aline stared in surprise… and immediately looked worse. "I… I can't, there's… there's…" She got rather frantic-sounding all of a sudden as she tried to WORDS-dump how she felt. "There's all these rules and procedures and we'll ruin all sorts of expectations probably if we don't go so I'll try to make it up for you somehow okay please."
[22:42] <Alexandre> "…" Alex stared at Evangeline.-
[22:43] <Alexandre> [Evangeline kept Aline's arm in a firm, firm grip. She stood up. "You can't go. Wait. Just one minute. Just a single minute."]
[22:43] * Aline stopped herself from moving, then. "…I can do one minute. I can. I can…"
[22:44] <Alexandre> [Silence. 30 seconds… 45… A minute passed.-
[22:44] <Alexandre> ["… Pilots Zhang, Blanc, de Pteres. You will not get another warning." Snapped the voice.-
[22:44] <Alexandre> ["You have ten minutes to surrender yourselves or the Covenant of Light will start executing civilians."]
[22:45] * Sept glanced at the PA, irritated. Who were they to be warning hi- Oh dear.
[22:46] <Alexandre> [Sept's phone would start to ring immediately.]
[22:46] * Aline …gaped. "The… fuck. They were… but they were…" She was more /shocked/ than anything now. It had been a long time since then. "They're just humans."
[22:47] <Yanmei> "Cov…" The color drained from Yanmei's face, and she shot a look over at Aline. But… she was already yanking out her NERV phone.
[22:47] <Alexandre> ["I-I saw them in the shadows." Whispered Evangeline. "Men with guns. AK-47s. Old Russian make. Reliable. High rate of fire."]
[22:49] <Yanmei> "So we can't… we can't take them. Not when they're carrying that weaponry. Not that we should even be thinking about…" She brought up Dorian's number. Paused a moment to see if Sept would answer his. Maybe he was already contacting them!
[22:50] * Sept flipped his phone open with one hand, keeping another at his side, gripped around… something.
[22:52] <Sept> "…where are you?"
[22:53] * Aline …slowly nodded. "Okay… okay, AKs… uhh… hooboy, you're going to have to help me there. I'm… not much of a hardware buff, so I know more about posirifles and Evangelion sidearms than those."
[22:55] <Yanmei> "Who -is- it, de Pteres?"
[22:56] <Alexandre> [Evangeline shuddered. "Close to medium range combat, capable of firing 600 rounds per minute, clip of varying sizes but usually around 30 rounds."]
[22:56] <Sept> Sept's tone was calm, though maybe a bit annoyed. "Safety? Don't be stupid, they'll kill the others! Try to get everyone else safe if you can without risking yourself, we'll take care of this. …I'll see you, Freya." Sept ended the call. "It was Freya, Yanmei."
[22:56] <Yanmei> "I see." She made the call. "She's getting herself to safety, I presume?"
[22:58] <Aline> "Right. R…ight. Clip's exhausted in… full auto sustained at 3 seconds. It'd be stupid to do that… and they likely have spares… Hmmm…" Aline thought greatly. "Damnit… weak in body strong in soul means nothing now."
[22:59] <Sept> "She's safe. We can just concentrate here. But we need to act fast."
[22:59] <Yanmei> "H-hell, Major." She hated herself for stuttering right off the bat. "There's been a development at school. Has Section-2 contacted you yet?"
[22:59] <Alexandre> "We need to move, right…"
[23:03] <Yanmei> "… I see." Something had made her stiffen suddenly, made her clench her teeth a little, eyes hardening. "What should we do? They haven't found us yet, but…"
[23:04] * Aline nodded to Alexandre, and thought a bit more, then… her eyes glinted slightly. She began scanning the classroom with her eyes.
[23:04] <Yanmei> "I understand. We'll do that." She exhaled. "I'm sure we'll be fine."
[23:06] * Aline then picked up a goddamn /chair/ and two-hand-gripped it like she was going to kill someone with i- OH WAIT.
[23:15] <Alexandre> "Let's go." Said Alex. "The NeoSpartans will take the van."
[23:17] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei snapped her phone shut with one hand. "We've orders to trust you three on this, so I suppose it can't be helped?"
[23:18] <Sept> "Edgar." Sept took eye contact with the judo master. "Let's show them it's safe here. Okay?"
[23:18] <Alexandre> ["No one can kill like a NeoSpartan kills." Edgar grabbed a chair. "RIGHT!"]
[23:19] * Aline raised her chair in a sort of solidarity motion. "Damn straight! Let's pave a red road to safety!"
[23:24] * Yanmei searched around, searched around… snatched a handful of cords that were sitting in the open on a table. A glance at all the chairs made her feel a little silly for doing so, though.
[23:24] * Alexandre grabbed a chair, because -why not-
[23:30] * Alexandre opened the room door, slowly- peeked out. He held up a hand, a fist- then a single digit before slipping out.
[23:33] * Aline nodded. She didn't really need to know military signal systems to know that meant he found one enemy. So Aline crept behind Alex, holding her chair as quietly as she could, and waaatching for anything to suddenly react to.
[23:41] <Alexandre> ["Enough of this bullshit skulkin'. OUTTA MY WAY!" Edgar tore through the door and down the corridor. "HEY YOU!" "?!!"]
[23:42] * Sept starts advancing through the corridor, but dives into the next classroom when Edgar scares him by rushing past.
[23:42] * Aline …facepalmed. Which was actually more like silently thumping her head on the chair's headrest.
[23:47] <Yanmei> "D-damn it, Chevalier!" Yanmei hissed. She made her own tracks, then, not stopping behind Alexandre or following the stealthy Sept, least he lose his element of surprise now.
[23:48] <Alexandre> [Eva was quiet. Wielding the dismantled head of an overhead projector, she followed them out.]
[23:52] <Alexandre> "Damnit, Edgar!" Snapped Alex, who bolted after his hotheaded friend, turning to throw two fingers up at the ones behind him.
[23:54] * Aline nodded quietly, and… decided to make haste to the next room, smiling awkwardly when she saw Sera had beat her to it!
[00:00] * Sept nods to Aline as she enters behind him. "Stay here", he half-whispers quickly, before running into the corridor and using the momentum to throw himself knife first at the enemy's back.
[00:05] <Alexandre> [The terrorist turned just in time to take the blow in the arm, screaming as he does so- before a bellow from Edgar smashes into the back of his head, over and over- and the terrorist crumples, parts of his body broken enough to ensure a death.]
[00:08] * Sept smiled a little. "Next." He said, indicating the opposite corridor.
[00:14] * Yanmei spots a shadowy figure through the window and… makes a move for it! Toward him, instead of away, her garrote ready, and in a smooth motion, she boots open the door and lunges at him!
[00:14] <Alexandre> [The gun-toting man is clearly startled, but reacts quickly enough to smack Yanmei's hand away with the butt of his rifle.]
[00:19] <Alexandre> [Yanmei was too preoccupied to see the man in the room opposite… Slip out through the door, raise his rifle and open fire at Edgar! Who, with battle-honed reflexes, dodges out of the way, sending the bullet whizzing into a wall.]
[00:25] <Alexandre> [Another enemy emerged, at the far end of the corridor- "Edgar, Alex, watch out, 12 o'clock." Said Eva hurriedly.]
[00:29] <Alexandre> "On it! Yanmei, be careful!" Alex charged down the hallway, chair up- and smashed it hard into the terrorist's right arm! "A HUNDRED TO A MILLION, NEOSPARTANS NEVER SURRENDER!"
[00:29] * Aline started to head over towards where she heard the agonizing crunch of someone getting killed!… Thankfully, it was one of the terrorists. "H-h-hey, cover me while I get a rifle, okay Sera?"
[00:35] <Alexandre> ["ALINE! DOWN!" Screamed Eva.]
[00:36] * Aline quickly beeeent around into some sort of crazy limbo dive as she got down~
[00:37] <Alexandre> [Just in time as bullets whizzed over head! They were being attacked from behind!]
[00:42] * Sept nodded, maybe more to himself than Aline, and ran the length of the corridor, sliding the last few meters and slashing at the terrorist's leg. His victim fell down, yelling in pain and holding the wounded limb… Giving Sera ample time to aim for his throat.
[00:43] <Alexandre> [Splash. Red, shining blood coated the walls as the man died in gasps, then in gurgles, then just died.-
[00:44] <Alexandre> [… Then Sera would instinctively get out of the way of the freight train as Edgar ran by, tossed his chair at the surviving terrorist, jumped into the air and flying kicked the man, chair and all, into the ground, skidding along as he embedded four chair legs into his torso.]
[00:45] <Alexandre> [… Then they'd hear something. The sound of a full auto burst of assault rifle fire coming from the stairwell- then a bloodcurdling scream!- another full auto burst-
[00:45] <Alexandre> [… And then the scream abruptly ended.]
[00:47] * Alexandre just stared at Edgar with a face that clearly said 'What the fuck?!'
[00:48] * Aline on the other hand was starting to shiver as she began to set down her chair. She was thinking Unpleasant Thoughts about those noises.
[00:49] <Yanmei> "No…" Yanmei's face had gone taunt. She -knew- that voice. "No no no no" she grabbed at the body of the nearest fallen foe, snatching whatever she could find, and then took off, leaping over him. "I'll KILL them!"
[00:55] <Alexandre> "Yanmei, wait!" Alexandre tossed the chair aside and grabbed the dropped AK from the impaled man's hand, and ran after her.
[00:56] * Aline picked up her own AK, and… with reflexes born rather clearly from terror, she bullrushed the classroom door (thankfully still open from Yanmei entering that one) to try to get out of the line of fire!
[01:07] <Alexandre> [A cry over the PA. "I'm getting tired of waiting, children. There is a receptionist here." A gunshot. The sound of a thud. "There is no longer a receptionist here…" "R-Rama, she didn't even do-" -Crackle-]
[01:14] * Sept was once again disturbed from further analysing or discussing the kill or their plan when more shots flew past the adjacent corridor - at Aline and Evangeline! Sera kicked the door by him open and dove in, kicking over a desk on the way in response to the PA.
[01:14] <Yanmei> God, they really were killing people! And… and… Isaiah…! Fear was mingling with somthing she welcomed. Rage. Kill kill kill, make them pay!!!
[01:15] <Alexandre> [Yanmei would see, in the wi
ndow… Isaiah. Much of his body and head was coated in blood…-
[01:16] <Alexandre> [But it didn't seem to be his. There was a terrorist- AK knocked aside- and it was in this man's throat that Isaiah had stuck his knife. Isaiah stared, wide eyed, as the man gurgled, then crumpled- and Isaiah quickly fell to his knees in horror.]
[01:27] * Aline wandered through the classroom now, knowing that that scream had come from the stairwells… so she had to cross through this classroom to get there! …Though there were probably a lot of them guarding that hall… But then an /idea/ struck. Aline, during her movement, 'accidentally' pitched over a desk, going for one that had the most little clattery things on it, and then yelled
[01:27] * Aline out, putting on an act as if terrified and in pain. "Ow! S-s-stupid desk!… My leg!…"
[01:34] <Alexandre> [The terrorist cocked his head toward the sound- as did Alex. Then they looked at each other.-
[01:35] <Alexandre> [Dakka-dakka-dakka! The AK-47 opened up at full auto- Alex turned slightly, some of the shots whizzing by… But the others hit, cutting deep. Blood started to leak from the wounds on his body and he cried out in pain… But he didn't fall.]
[01:49] <Yanmei> "Isaiah!" She didn't rush to him. "Isaiah, come here." She eased around the corner, though, gun raised in case she ran into any nasty surprises. She spotted one. And the gunshots from behind, coupled with Alexandre's yell made her go rigid for a moment.
[01:50] <Alexandre> ["Yanmei!" Isaiah shouted, in relief. "Y-Yanmei, th-they t-took her…"]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Shh! Shh. Come here. Stick with me, okay?"
[01:51] <Alexandre> [The door slammed open, and- bullets! That terrorist was moving forward, taking cover behind some school racks- and opening fire at Isaiah.]
[01:54] <Alexandre> [Meanwhile, in the corridor, Eva hunkered down, opening with sporadic covering fire from her rifle. "A-Alex…!"]
[01:57] <Alexandre> ["A-Auuugh." Alex gritted his teeth and moved into cover, hunkering behind the steps- then, with unerring aim, but a bullet right into the invader's left cheek. "Damnit, should've aimed higher."]
[02:00] * Aline moved out a bit further through the classroom… and then WHAM, kicked the door open, leaned out from the corridor, pointed the gun, and in one smooth motion… She fired a single bullet, only taking a second to aim! But that second let her hit where Alex almost had.
[02:00] <Alexandre> [Thok. The terrorist fell backwards, quite dead. "Nice." Said Alex, hissing in pain.]
[02:02] * Aline turned back only briefly. "Thanks." She said it flatly and politely, but… Looked at him. Ouch. "We'll see what we can do about those wounds."
[02:03] <Alexandre> [Isaiah trembled- but now, with a real anger instead of fear. He got to his feet and started to run. "A-A-AAAAAGH!" That bloodcurdling cry again as he stabbed the terrorist in the chest- his blade being turned aside by the armor.]
[02:04] <Alexandre> [Edgar soon joined him- but even the mighty Edgar's blade was turned aside by that bloody vest.]
[02:05] <Alexandre> [The PA Speaker crackled to life again. "To think that the vaunted Aline Blanc would be so craven as to sacrifice the life of Shinji Ikari in exchange for her own…"]
[02:07] * Aline clenched her fist at that… and thanfully for everyone involved she knew what the hell trigger discipline was, so that one finger sticking out sort of only pushed against the triggerguard uselessly.
[02:08] <Alexandre> ["S-SERA! THEY TOOK VIVIANE…!" Cried Isaiah.]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Goddamnit!" Yanmei whipped her own knife in front of her and charged, swiping furiously at the terrorist's face!
[02:17] <Alexandre> [The cornered Terrorist dropped his rifle, pulling a dagger and lunging at Yanmei, nicking her side- but doing little more than making her hurt.]
[02:19] * Yanmei sucked in a sharp breath, but it was more scary than painful. Her grip tightened around her own knife.
[02:21] <Alexandre> [Alex and Eva ran up, in formation, throwing themselves on either side of the doorway into the main stairwell.]
[02:23] * Aline appeared not too long after, barrelling straight past them, and almost throwing herself against the stairwell as she got a bead on what was going on in the room. Two… two of them. One too surrounded by bodies.
[02:26] <Alexandre> [THREE! A third Terrorist popped out from behind a door, and opened fire!]
[02:48] * Yanmei returned the knife attack with some of her own. Several of her own. Very quickly, a faint inconprehensible snarl uttered, as a red mist gushed up and over and down on the other students like a warm summer drizzle.
[02:51] <Alexandre> [Alexandre ducked in, now, opened fire with a full auto burst- hitting the terrorist harassing Aline, but not putting him down.]
[02:57] * Aline stared at the terrorist that had shot her… shot her in the leg. She looked at him with a pained expression on her face, but actually didn't yelp. No, no, she became… angry. Very angry. "You… you think that hurts? You think that /hurts/?!" Aline switched the selector (shit, do AKs have selectors? I don't know.) to fullauto. "In Unit-00, I got to feel that leg being cut /right/
[02:57] * Aline off! Your stupid little bullets are NOTHING!" …Then she squeezed. And filled him with so many stupid little bullets.
[02:58] <Alexandre> [The man was blown apart, leaving only a steaming corpse behind.]
[03:02] <Alexandre> [Isaiah crumpled. His entire body trembled and shook as he fell to his knees, slipping pathetically in the blood. "N-No-No-nononono…" He started to sob, hysterically, clawing at his arms. "N-nn-n-n-n-nnonn-n-nononooo…" He started to -scream-. "NOOOONOONOOONOOOO!"]
[03:02] * Yanmei finally stopped when she heard… sobbing and screaming. She jerked away from the now fallen man, peering down at a fleshy leg that had slipped off of him somehow in the fray and rolled a few feet away, and peered at Isaiah in mute surprise.
[03:07] <Yanmei> There was someone else approching, though. Someone dressed like the other mad terrorists, with his hands filled with another gun. Snatching the wailing boy's wrist, she scrambled for the closest cover she could find.
[03:07] <Alexandre> ["No! No! Nono…" The boy was choking on his own tears, and didn't resist at all as Yanmei pulled him away.]
[03:10] <Alexandre> [Eva moves up now, taking a bead and opening full fire on the skulking bastard behind the racks- hitting him good, hard, and tearing up some racks as well.]
[03:15] <Alexandre> [… But life stirs from that enemy yet, and Yanmei would find a stinging pain in her arm- just as the cover is peppered with bullets. Isaiah jerked back violently, before collapsing onto the ground- and lay still.]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "Shh. Isaiah, Isaiah. Calm down, we'll be safe here-" Yanmei had said. Then there was pain. And worse pain, as she watched Isaiah fall, bleeding badly. "N-n… nghhh…"
[03:23] * Aline was… Aline was feeling quite differently from Yanmei at this exact moment. In fact, she was literally howling with rage, as she pointed her gun at the last two enemes. "Die. Die die die DIE! AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!" …she was actually flipping out so hard that she couldn't take the recoil well enough to hold her aim perfectly, thoguh…
[03:24] <Alexandre> [But it did the job. The terrorist slumped, lifeless- his last action in life was to incapacitate an innocent boy.]
[03:31] * Yanmei stared. For a moment it looked as if she would slide down besides him, holding herself. But instead her head snapped up, and she lifted her knife, and she RAN. "How could you? How COULD you?!" She didn't know when she reached the last remaining terrorist, but she did remember making a very wild overhead slash that didn't hit anything.
[03:35] <Alexandre> [The last man… Throws his weapons down. He falls to the ground and puts his hands up in front of Yanmei. "I-I surrender!"]
[03:37] <Yanmei> And Yanmei lunged downward, going for the softest part of his throat, half-tripping on the discarded gun as she did so.
[03:38] <Alexandre> [His eyes widened- a split second later, he died a painful death.]
[03:38] <Alexandre> [Silence. Silence- Slowly, people started to take into account what had happened. Edgar stared at Yanmei wide-eyed, and Eva couldn't bring herself to look at either Aline or Yanmei.]
[03:38] <Yanmei> More blood. Not that it made a difference against her ruined uniform. Some of that was Isaiah's too… oh god…
[03:39] <Alexandre> [Faintly, they could hear the sound of cries of pain outside- and the sound of a heavy machine gun.]
[03:40] <Alexandre> [Ring. Ring. Yanmei's phone started to ring.]
[03:41] * Aline breathed heavily, clutching her rifle… But almost immediately looked around, her labored breaths almost sounding like the sniffing of a predator on the hunt, even though Aline's eyes looked… wide, bugged out, outright… deranged. Like she was only beginning to feel the true impact of what she'd done, but it could only be seen under layer upon layer of frothing hatred.
[03:42] * Yanmei pulled it from her pocket, and stared at it, and swallowed. She lifted it finally to her ear and threw on her most composed voice. "Is that you, Major?" It… worked.
[03:47] <Yanmei> "The three of us are accounted for. NeoSpartans Alexandre Fontaine, Edgar Chevalier, and Evangeline Marchand are also accounted for. Some of us sustained moderate injuries. Isaiah G-Gabriel-Wei is here too, but his injuries are serious."
[03:49] * Aline slowly turned towards Yanmei… her breathing becoming more normal now. A little more normal. Her face started to twitch. Then it twitched again. She lowered her rifle, as well.
[03:49] <Yanmei> Yanmei lowered her eyes. "Sir?"
[03:52] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei started to pull the phone away from her ear, but then remembered that someone was on the other line. She didn't say anything for a long time. "…I'll tell them, if… i-if you would prefer it."
[03:53] * Aline then hooonestly looked concerned. What… what now.
[03:54] <Yanmei> "I understand. Will we be seeing you soon?"
[03:56] <Yanmei> "I'll come to see you after the medical team arrives. Is that okay?"
[03:57] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Major." She started to hang up.
[03:58] * Aline stared at her expectantly, finally saying something not powered by towering fury… No, it was actually meek and very damaged. She was bracing for something horrible, it was pretty clear. "Wh-wh-what had he… wanted to say…"
[03:59] <Yanmei> Composure. She straightened her shoulders and looked at the rest of the battered blood-sprayed kids around her. "The school wasn't the only place that was hit. Apparently the this cult took over a few locals malls. The Ikaris were caught up in the fray, as were Marianne and Sophie.".
[04:00] * Aline shook her head frantically! "Whaa… what's the news?! Are they okay… are they okay?!" …tears were /already/ starting to well up.
[04:02] <Yanmei> "Marianne is wounded. Rei is…" she swallowed. Composure, composure! She lifted her head again to keep her gaze from sinking to Aline's shoes. "Something happened to Rei."
[04:03] * Aline gaped wide. "…S-s-s-say it. Please. I can't… Isaiah told me… told me about… er, I… I told him I needed to face things. I can't… I can't go without you telling me! I don't care if it's the most horrible thing in the world, my my-my-my mind is going to make it worse until I know the truth." …She dropped the AK-47 right there. "Please…"
[04:11] <Yanmei> "He didn't say it over the phone. He -couldn't-. Too shaken up." Yanmei shook her head. The last time they had seen him like that… "He said that 'things went badly'. I… am going to meet with him as soon as help arrives for us. Section-2 should be here with medical assistance in a few moments." She regarded Aline in particular. "He's in the plaza, he said. Shinji is with him, and so is Dr. Ikari."
[04:12] <Alexandre> [The sound of someone sobbing. Alexandre was crying.]
[04:13] <Yanmei> "From what I heard, she's probably…" she stopped, at the sound of Alexandre crying, unable to finish.
[04:14] * Aline …slowly, veeery slowly nodded. She leaned down and picked up her gun. It was hers now, hers now until she knew she was safe. She did, though, set the safety (if it had one). "…I… until… until we're with them… I'll keep this… I don't want it to happen any more. Enough is enough…" She looked at Alexandre, then at Eva, then… across the rest of the room. "S-sorry…
[04:14] * Aline sorry for… that… everything." Her own tears were falling completely, but she just couldn't sob. She was choking on it, but she couldn't sob.
[04:15] <Alexandre> [Eva hugged Aline. A tight hug, tears streaming down her face. Edgar was silent, empty… His soul was on ebb. Alexandre turned to Yanmei.-
[04:16] <Alexandre> "We played in the snow together!" Choked Alex. "I…" He swallowed. "I see… I see the pattern. Yanmei, these attackers used NeoSpartan tactics. Sloppily, but I recognise the pattern. This is wrong."
[04:17] * Aline hugged Eva sooo hard, as much as she could, but… What Alex said… made her very alarmed. "B-b-but they're… I thought they were just… what is this…" Her mind went… elsewhere. But her body… responded on instinct and squeezed even /tighter/.
[04:18] <Alexandre> "They're just normal vermin. But whoever orchestrated this attack had to be a NeoSpartan. Or at least, trained these men…"
[04:20] <Aline> "That… but…" She shook her head, before just pushing it against Eva's. "…Later. We'll discuss later."
[04:20] <Alexandre> [Eva enveloped Aline, pulled her ever closer.]
[04:21] <Yanmei> "Y-you're sure?" Yanmei wasn't crying, but she held herself rigidly, looking away from Aline and Eva with visible pain and trying to focus on the heart of what Alexandre was saying.
[04:22] <Alexandre> "Positive."-
[04:23] <Alexandre> [Clunkclunkclunkclunk. The sound of a dozen pairs of feet as Mr. Martin arrived- holding a semi-automatic pistol in hand, followed by a band of Section 2 spooks. "Sweep the area. Find any that remain." Said Mr. Martin- as a band of paramedics arrived for Isaiah. "You kids- are you kids alright?!"]
[04:24] * Aline murmurred from within her little cocoon of safety. "Some wounds. More on others. We killed them all."
[04:27] <Yanmei> "Mr. Martin!" Yanmei stepped forward. Although not without putting a quick hand on Alexandre's shoulder first. "Blanc and Fontaine need treatment. Most of us… probably have some minor injuries? They took Viviane away, though…"
[04:30] * Alexandre patted Yanmei's hand. He was already starting to develop an eerie, catatonic stare…-
[04:31] <Alexandre> [Mr. Martin nodded. "Yes, I know… There've been some casualties. Student deaths." Mr. Martin kicked over a corpse- stared at the emblem on the stomach of the armoured man. A four pointed star, with a corona connecting the points. "Separatists…"]
[04:31] <Alexandre> [The paramedics were loading Isaiah onto the stretcher. It looked as though they were about to carry him away.]
[04:35] * Yanmei …watched where she stood. She wanted to approach, but she remembered the look on his face after he had broken down sobbing. "The receptionist in the announcement room too," she said dully.
[04:36] * Aline didn't rise. "At least… at least it was… only that many… however many…"
[04:36] <Alexandre> ["For no damn reason." Spat Mr. Martin. "Anyway, you kids should get downstairs. The Major is waiting."-
[04:36] * Alexandre nudged Yanmei. "You should go with Isaiah. He'll want you to be there when he wakes up."
[04:40] <Yanmei> Isaiah, and Marianne, too. "Right. I know. Thank you." She took a few steps after the stretcher, and then stopped. "Blanc? Will… will you go to him? The Major, I mean. I promised I would, but…"
[04:42] * Aline grabbed Eva's shoulder a little, and readied to stand up. "Yes. You… go with Isaiah." Aline did have a bit of trouble getting up… then paused, gritting her teeth /hard/, before succeeding in standing up. "Come on, everyone…"
[04:43] <Alexandre> "Here." Alexandre took a hold of Aline's other shoulder -Eva the other- and they supported the girl between them.

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