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[00:02] <Minaplo> ["… Is it a D-Titan?"-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Nope." Said Julien, grinning.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["An E-Destroyer?" Asked Suzie, pushing the control of her wheelchair forward, the mechanised wheels turning more than fast enough to keep up with lanky Julien's strides.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Wrong again~" Crowed Julien.-
[00:05] <Minaplo> [Suzie frowned. "A T-RIDEN-T?"-
[00:09] <Minaplo> [Julien tittered. "-So- 2016. Nope."-
[00:10] <Minaplo> [Suzie's frown deepened. "Um… A -Dreadnought-?"-
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Pfffffft."-
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["W-What? Grr… A Thruster Solace? A Thruster Valkyrie? An Aqua Solace?!"-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["Oh God, no, you did not just say that." Julien turned around to face Suzie, still walking backwards. He opened his mouth, stretching the corners of his mouth as wide as he could, his eyes rolling about madly. "Herp a derp, I'm an Aqua Solace, herp derp, I carry positron guns under water…"-
[00:16] <Minaplo> [Suzie let out a loud shrieking laugh that echoed off the walls.-
[00:36] <Minaplo> [Suzie had arrived two hours ago. After settling in (she had, to her delight, been bunked with Rosalie; and to her dismay, with that dumb swamp beast Simon), she'd gotten something to eat ("You mean you sell bacon chicken eva nugget meals?!"), paid a visit to the animals ("Where's your beer, Pen-Pen?! Huh? Where is it?!") and had been shot down by Isha Misra ("Huh!? But I heard they have hunter killer robots in the archives…"), she'd been visited by Julien, who told her he had something to show her in the Thruster Laboratory and Hangar.-
[00:43] <Minaplo> [But he'd been playing coy on what the actual surprise was, and Suzie was starting to scrape the bottom of the robot barrel.-
[00:45] <Minaplo> [Which in Suzie's terms, meant…-
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["A-An Evangelion?"-
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["Thbbbbbt." Julien shook his head sadly. "God, Evangelions aren't -robots-. They're…"-
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Ultimate Multi-Purpose Decisive Weapon Cyborg." Recited Suzie quickly. "I know, but you're being dumb and cagey!"-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Well, it'll be worth the wait." Said Julien airily. "And you missed one."-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["No I didn't!"-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Thhh. Thhhhhh."-
[00:55] <Minaplo> [Suzie scowled. "T-The T-HUN-T!"-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Thunt~ That's right!"-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["I-It's a T-HUN-T?" Suzie said in surprise.-
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["What? No. What a lame name." Said Julien, waving his hand dismissively.-
[00:59] <Minaplo> [Suzie fixed him with a dark look. "This had better be worth it…"-
[01:18] <Minaplo> [Their corridor ended in a blast door. Julien swiped his card through the scanner, then punched in a ten-digit code. The door slid down into the ground, revealing the laboratory hangar testing headquarters.-
[01:32] <Minaplo> [It was all a single floor, with three banks of computers facing a single wall, which was nothing but a window- or so it seemed. In reality, the window was actually a viewscreen; as the test team worked they could turn parts of the viewscreen off to see whatever was outside…-
[01:33] <Minaplo> [… Which Suzie couldn't see, because it was completely dark beyond the lighting of the headquarters. The hangar was shrouded in darkness.-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["You brought me to see… The dark." Said Suzie flatly.-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["No. The robot is in the dark, see." Said Julien airily.-
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Shoulda put a new light bulb in." Said Suzie, nodding sombrely. "Rei can do it with her mind, you know-"-
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["No, no, it's for dramatic effect." Said Julien, flapping his hands irritably at her. "Now be quiet and let me introduce… The future."-
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Suzie folded her hands in her lap and waited for the future to be illuminated.-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Now. Get ready to meet the new standard of Superheavy design." Said Julien, his voice a low, deep, dramatic boom. "Development took one year and 50% of our research and development budget. We've spent more energy on this baby than any other single thing the Thruster Unity Industries Group has ever done."-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["So that's why you couldn't buy a light bulb…"-
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Shut it. A-Anyway, sporting the utter super duper mono-nano-bleeding edge of technology, sporting the very best that money can buy, and the best that only blood, sweat, tears and antimatter reactors can, I present to you…"-
[02:05] <Minaplo> [Julien hit a button on the main console, and there was light. Spotlights lit up all around the hangar, all of them angled upwards at…-
[02:06] <Minaplo> [It was about 45 metres tall, and humanoid. It had well-proportioned arms and legs, with a tall yet not thin torso, the armour of which rose up like a gorget around the head, which was short, round, decorated with a large horn and possessed of a single roving eye.-
[02:10] <Minaplo> [Massive shoulder pads jutted out of its torso, no doubt equipped with docks and storage wings. Out of its back emerged two great Booster Wings, which Suzie knew were integral to letting it float and fly.-
[02:11] <Minaplo> [Curiously, it didn't look quite so light and floaty as an E-Destroyer, nor did it look so ungainly and chunky like a D-Titan. It had the proportionate naturalness of the former, and the heavily armoured look of the latter. Thick sloped armoured skirts jutted out over its thighs, whilst huge boot-like armoured plates protected its legs.-
[02:13] <Minaplo> [Most importantly, however, the entire thing was painted bright red, except for certain parts such as its cuffs, knees and central torso, which were black, a stylised golden winged shape that reminded Suzie of an eagle painted onto the black surfaces.-
[02:13] <Minaplo> [It looked…-
[02:14] <Minaplo> [Suzie gasped. "It's… It's a-"-
[02:15] <Minaplo> [A new voice sounded out from behind her, making her jump. "A G-Defiant."-
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Suzie turned. Someone had been sitting in the corner, behind one of the consoles. He now walked towards them.-
[02:20] <Minaplo> [He was tall, taller than Raffy but not as tall as Raffy had been. He had cropped red hair, bright blue eyes and fair skin. He wore a suit with a red tie. He had a smirk on his face as he walked over to them.-
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Robert Langley, head of development at Peace Cannon Corporation." He said, holding out a hand to Suzie.-
[02:23] <Minaplo> [A little hesitantly, she reached out and took it. He shook it several times- his grip a little too firm- before releasing her hand. "I'm Suzie. Suzanne."-
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. You must be Raphael Guillory's kid." Said Langley. "Yeah, you know, I think you have his jaw…"-
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["I'm adopted."-
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["Oh." Langley paused for a moment, staring down at her silently. He let out a cough. "Yeah, uh, sometimes they say you look like the people… Anyway."-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [Julien's eyebrows were quite high at this point.-
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["You've heard of my dad, then?" Asked Suzie skeptically, tapping her left hand against the armrest of her chair.-
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Sure. I was actually holed up in Boston when Linden was laying siege to the city. He was part of the relief effort, y'know… Heckuva pilot, that man, heckuva pilot."-
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Yep." Said Suzie. She eyed the man, nodded once, then turned around to face the G-Defiant.-
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["G-Defiant. What's the G stand for?" She asked.-
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["'Guardian'." Said Julien. "We intended it to succeed the Defender line."-
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Isn't the Defender line new?" Said Suzie, frowning.-
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… Uh, probably going to succeed it in like ten years. This thing is Evangelion expensive."-
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["What?!" Suzie gasped, leaning forward.-
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Not -that- expensive." Said Langley, laughing. "It's, uh, still pretty costly though. Sonuvabitch ain't going into production for a decade, like Julien said. This here's our concept model. We call it the Peacecraft."-
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["Why's it so expensive?" Asked Suzie, folding her arms. "It looks cool, but what does it -do-?"-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["A dual-plex Medium Thruster Positron Powerplant, that's what gives it electricity-" Began Langley.-
[02:57] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Suzie. "I don't care about that, what does it do?"-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [Langley looked a little lost for a moment. He shook his head. "F-Fine, ok, here, see the armour?"-
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?"-
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["Stronger than Surovite." Said Langley, looking pleased with himself.-
[03:01] <Minaplo> [Suzie's eyes narrowed. She looked at Julien, who nodded.-
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Really? How? What materials-?"-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["It's not always about the materials." Said Langley, smirking. "It uses much the same as surovite, maybe a little more tungsten and vanadium, but no, it's all in the process. You ever seen an Eva up close?"-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["Of course. I got here with an Eva." Said Suzie, frowning.-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Durr, Robert." Said Julien, grinning.-
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["Tch. Right. Anyway, the Eva's AT Field can be compressed around itself. You see its armour? It enhances the electromagnetic bonds that hold all the matter that makes up the armour together, increasing the durability of the armour itself."-
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["Ok." Said Suzie. She didn't get all of that, but the result was obvious. AT Thingy makes armour strong.-
[03:22] <Minaplo> ["Well, what we simply did was find a method of using an Evangelion's AT Field to forge armour plating that has that quality -innately- instead of having to maintain it with AT Field energy." Langley smirked. "Pretty brilliant, eh? That sonuvabitch Surov won't know what hit him."-
[03:23] <Minaplo> ["Huh." Suzie's eyes narrowed. "That's pretty cool, I guess."-
[03:25] <Minaplo> ["You're damn right it's pretty cool. It's way cool, kiddo." Said Langley, laughing. "Expensive, but eh…"-
[03:25] <Minaplo> ["What about weapons?" Said Suzie.-
[03:30] <Minaplo> ["Weapons, eh? Well!" Langley put a hand on his hip. "It comes with one of our own babies- they've been working on it for a heckuva long time over in Thruster Unity, so I told 'em to give it to old Langley and we'd show off what we Peace Cannon boys can do. It took us a bit of elbow grease, but we finished it- a prototype Positron Beam Rifle."-
[03:33] <Minaplo> ["Huh? But didn't that-"-
[03:34] <Minaplo> ["Keep exploding? Yeah." Said Julien. "And hey, maybe it still will…"-
[03:34] <Minaplo> ["You wish, Jules." Said Langley coolly.-
[03:36] <Minaplo> ["It'd be funny." Said Julien with a grin. "Not as funny as the name you suggested for the new vundermetall.-
[03:36] <Minaplo> ["Huh? What name?" Suzie's head kept whipping back and forth between them.-
[03:38] <Minaplo> ["There's nothing -wrong- with Langleyite." Said Langley, arms folded sharply now, frowning. "If Surov can do it-"-
[03:38] <Minaplo> ["You and Surov." Julien grinned. "He's better, just -deal-."-
[03:39] <Minaplo> ["I can't accept that, sorry." Said Langley, his smirk now properly gone.-
[03:39] <Minaplo> ["Wait, why doesn't it have a name?" Asked Suzie, sticking to the important things.-
[03:40] <Minaplo> ["Well, as you can see, we uh… Don't really know what to call it yet." Said Julien. "All the heads put their own suggestions in, myself included- there's gonna be a vote soon so we can file a patent…"-
[03:40] <Minaplo> ["What'd you say?" Asked Suzie curiously, looking up at Julien.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> [He grinned. "Hard as hell and nigh unbreakable? I offered Suzanium, what else?"-
[03:41] <Minaplo> [Langley huffed.-
[03:46] <Minaplo> ["Suzanium?" Suzie couldn't help it- a huge grin spread across her face. Between this and the bacon chicken nuggets, she wasn't regretting the trip -at all-. "That's awesome!"-
[03:46] <Minaplo> ["I know, right?" Said Julien, laughing.-
[03:53] <Minaplo> ["There is one other weapon we made for it." Said Langley, his voice loud enough to cut through the laughter. "A small positron emitter with an armoured casing, designed to fit into the palm of the G-Defiant's hand. It emits an 18.5 metre long ionised path before projecting a small but powerful stream of positron energy, which fills the path, allowing it to be wielded in close range combat…"-
[03:53] <Minaplo> [Suzie frowned at him quizzically.-
[03:53] <Minaplo> ["It's a beam sword." Said Julien.-
[03:53] <Minaplo> [Suzie's head -whipped- around to face him. "What?!"-
[03:53] <Minaplo> ["Yep."-
[03:53] <Minaplo> ["Ohmygod I want one! I want it now!"-
[03:54] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, well." Langley's smirk was back. "Peacecraft here's not going for anything less than a trillion francs right now, kiddo. You better start saving your pennies, heh."-
[03:55] <Minaplo> ["Brits use pennies." Said Suzie. "We use centimes."-
[03:55] <Minaplo> ["Damn right we do." Said Julien.-
[00:47] <Minaplo> [Langley rolled his eyes. "Right, of course."-
[00:52] <Minaplo> [Suzie turned back towards the Peacecraft, tapping her hand against the armrest of her chair. After a few seconds she gave a solemn nod of approval. "I like it. Does it have a pilot yet?"-
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Not yet. Some of the features are still in the test stage, so we don't have a proper pilot yet." Said Julien.-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["We -do- have a test pilot though." He said seriously, placing a hand on Suzie's shoulder.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> [Suzie turned to look at his hand, then up at his face. Her jaw dropped.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["S-Seriously?!"-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Seriously." Said Julien, his solemn expression giving way to a huge grin. "I -did- promise…"-
[01:05] <Minaplo> [Suzie let out a wordless cry of delight, balling her hands into tight little fists and performing a double fist-pump. "Yessssss."-
[01:12] <Minaplo> [Behind Suzie's back, Langley let out a quiet huff, running his right hand through his hair.-
[01:19] <Minaplo> [Fifteen minutes later, Suzie would be ready to go, sitting out on a docking pad, dressed in a piloting suit- a skintight outfit worn under a thick, fire-resistant barzilite layer, completed by the addition of a shell of surovite armor over the chest and a reinforced helmet over the head.-
[01:20] <Minaplo> [Suzie tugged awkwardly at her collar. "S'stuffy." She muttered.-
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["It's a bit like that." Said Julien from the HQ, speaking over a com built into the helmet. "But hey, that thing's pretty cool. You know you can go into space with that suit?"-
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Really?!"-
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["Really!"-
[01:40] <Minaplo> [("Ok, we're ready. Sending out the Peace Knight now.")-
[01:45] <Minaplo> [Something heavy landed in front of Suzie. Something heavy and red- an AC Suit.-
[01:49] <Minaplo> [6 metres tall, and red to match the Peacecraft, it was slimmer-looking, more graceful, than the brutalist boxy american AC Suits that the Federation relied on. This one had class.-
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["I am the Piloting Armored Combat Suit PCXA-00 Artificial Intelligence Supercomputer Module Peace Knight." It said in a calm, feminine voice. "I will be your Artificial Intelligence during your testing."-
[02:00] <Minaplo> [At this, the Knight knelt down, its chest plate sliding open, a ramp extending down for Suzie to climb up. Inside was the AC Suit's cockpit, with the seat…-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [Suzie's first reaction had been one of glee, but her grin faded at this. Her battlechair wouldn't fit. Obviously. She'd have to walk up- and truth be told, the idea of that still scared her a little. Relying on her own legs, her own feet- a lesson long to learn after not relying on them for so long.-
[02:03] <Minaplo> [Suzie closed her eyes, taking a deep breath. She knew she'd do it eventually, but it was more about feeling it in her gut than realising it in her head. She tried to think of memories or images to draw willpower from.-
[02:03] <Minaplo> [Sitting in a giant robot cockpit, moving it around…-
[02:04] <Minaplo> [The deeply proud look on Raffy's face as he saw his Suzie piloting, holding her own…-
[02:05] <Minaplo> [That smug, weird Langley guy laughing at her holding back.-
[02:05] <Minaplo> [Damn him.-
[02:07] <Minaplo> [Suzie took another deep breath, then another- then carefully, slowly, relying on the strength of her arms, lifted herself up out of the chair.-
[02:16] <Minaplo> [The first time she didn't quite manage it.-
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Nor the second. But the third time, she managed to take step forward, towards the Peace Knight, her hands balled into tight fists.-
[02:19] <Minaplo> [She went a little too hastily, and her legs got away from her. She stumbled, falling forward-
[02:19] <Minaplo> [Only to be caught just in time by the Peace Knight.-
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Guh." Suzie winced, looking up at the AC Suit. "S-Sorry."-
[02:20] <Minaplo> [The Peace Knight didn't say anything. It lifted its other hand, gently patting Suzie on the top of her helmet, before letting her make the rest of the walk up- holding onto the Peace Knight's hand as she went.-
[02:22] <Minaplo> [Once she was in the seat, it was easy. She buckled herself in, and the Peace Knight did the rest, retracting its ramp. The armored plate closed, and an armature lowered around her- the HUD, controls and computer monitors.-
[02:25] <Minaplo> [The Peace Knight took off, flying into the air, heading towards the top of the Peacecraft. A portion of its armored gorget slid open, revealing a small alcove just large enough to accomodate the AC Suit. So in it went.-
[02:27] <Minaplo> [("Ok, Suzie, you should see the command scheme around you. We're activating the Helmet HUD system now-"-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [And indeed, Suzie's helmet suddenly went opaque. For a split second she saw nothing but black- before it resolved into an image. A vision of the hangar…-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [From the perspective of the Peacecraft.-
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["This is awesome!" She trilled, clapping her hands. "Oh man, oh man! I can see- wait-" She turned her head.-
[02:29] <Minaplo> [The Peacecraft's head turned in kind. "OH MAN!"-
[02:30] <Minaplo> [For the next minute or so, the testing team would be subjected to Suzie's own form of experimentation as the Peacecraft looked up, looked down, bopped its head, tilted it to the left, then to the right, then did the same thing but much faster to the tune of an opening song of one of her animes.-
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["Dah dah de dah dah, dah de dah…"-
[02:31] <Minaplo> [("Suzie, we're going to start plugging in the Interface Connection Emitters. Make sure your control sleeves are on…")-
[02:33] <Minaplo> [With a single command, her helmet's camera faded, and she was able to see her own, distinctly non-robotic body again. To her left and right were thick glove-like objects: long rubbery sleeves coming out of an armored gauntlet, the back knuckles studded with little ports. Suzie slipped them on.-
[02:35] <Minaplo> [A few seconds later, a series of green tubes fell out of the roof, automatically guiding themselves to ports along her gauntlets and chestplate. Before long she was surrounded by fifteen or more of the tubes- it looked quite odd to anyone looking in on the cockpit.-
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Ok, all ready!"-
[02:36] <Minaplo> [("Alright Suzie, we're activating the control scheme now. Try lifting your right arm…")-
[02:36] <Minaplo> [She did.-
[02:36] <Minaplo> [The Peacecraft's arm lifted as well.-
[02:37] <Minaplo> [There was a delay, measured in miliseconds, and the movements didn't map -perfectly-, although the AI tried to assist. It didn't offer the same perfect nervous control of an Evangelion Synchronization.-
[02:37] <Minaplo> [… But it was far better than having to memorise all one hundred fifty buttons, controls, sticks and handles of a T-RIDEN-T.-
[02:38] <Minaplo> [Suzie didn't care about any of that. All she saw was that her arm moved and the robot arm moved and-
[02:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh mannnnnn!" She squealed. "I'm piloting a robot! I'm- I'm piloting-"-
[02:39] <Minaplo> [She clapped her hands together in glee. The Peacecraft's hands rose obligingly, smashing into each other, creating a deafening sound that saw half the science team cringing and shielding their ears.-
[02:41] <Minaplo> [("ow… Ok, thanks, Suzie. That was pretty great.") Said Julien, managing to cringe and grin at the same time. ("Everything seems to work ok! You don't feel uncomfortable?")-
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["Nope!"-
[02:47] <Minaplo> [("Excellent. Ok, we're gonna spend a little more time on motion testing, then we're gonna go test some big guns.")-
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["What?! Awesome!"-
[02:51] <Minaplo> [And so this is what had happened. Thirty minutes they spent, going through the Peacecraft's movements, testing every joint they could- fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, toes, knees… By the end of it, Suzie was feeling a little sore in some placed from the stretching. After that, Suzie had walked- yes, walked!- the Peacecraft into a separate chamber, where she'd been asked to hit a target with a pallet gun ("A dumbface pallet dumbgun?! Lame!") and hit a holographic dummy with a progressive sword ("This is cool and all, but I was told there would be beam sabers!") before moving into another testing chamber- this time to test out certain other functions, such as the M-Boosters.-
[02:51] <Minaplo> [All in all, about an hour and a half passed with Suzie in the cockpit before they encountered an uninvited guest.-
[02:59] <Minaplo> [("Ok, Suzie, it looks like the magnetic fasteners are working just fine- Hey, what the hell?")-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [Suzie didn't receive feedback from the Peacecraft, of course, yet she felt- or heard- something ding against the head of the Peacecraft. "What? What's going on?"-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [Patter-patter-patter…-
[03:01] <Minaplo> [Something entered Suzie's sight, suddenly appearing at the top of her screen. A head. The head of a little girl with pale skin and red hair, wearing a dark red dress and little mary-janes over white stockings…-
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Hi, Suzie." Said Eevi, floating upside down.-
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Hi." Said Suzie, frowning. "… What are you doing?"-
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Looking for you." Said Eevi.-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["Why are you flying upside down?"-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["Felt like it." Said Eevi.-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["How come your dress isn't falling down?"-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["AT Field." Said Eevi.-
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["Huh. What're you looking for me for? I'm busy piloting a giant robot!"-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Well stop it." Said Eevi, firmly. "You have to come to a party!"-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Party? What party?" Suzie folded her arms, the Peacecraft mimicking the action. "No one told me about a party!"-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Yes I did!" Said Eevi.-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["When?!"-
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Just then!" Said Eevi sternly. "Don't be slow!"-
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["I'm not being slow! You're being weirrrrd! And I'm busy, I said!"-
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["Well too bad!" Said Eevi, floating over to kick at the Peacecraft's head. "You're going!"-
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["Am not!"-
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["Are too!"-
[03:04] <Minaplo> [Within the HQ, Langley buried his head in his hands.-
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["Whyyyyy?" Grumbled Suzie.-
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["Because there's a party, and I told Henriette I could get more people to go to it than she could, so that's why I need you!"-
[03:05] <Minaplo> [Suzie's eyes narrowed. "This is a dumb idea."-
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["Please…?"-
[03:06] <Minaplo> [Suzie gritted her teeth. "Jules, I've got like a thousand more tests to do, right?"-
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["(Uhh, we're basically done here, Suzie.")-
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["Dammit."-
[03:07] <Minaplo> [Eevi beamed, a wide, innocent smile that held no mischief whatsoever. "Now you gotta go."-
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Dammnit." Suzie growled. She was already moving to remove her control sleeves. "Well, whatever. Thanks for the really awesome day, Jules."-
[03:08] <Minaplo> [("Anytime, Suzie. You have yourself a good time at that party- the Peacecraft'll be here for you to look at later.")-
[03:10] <Minaplo> [And so the Peace Knight let Suzie out, helped her back to her chair, patting her on the helmet again before returning to the Peacecraft.-
[03:11] <Minaplo> [After dumping the flight suit and putting on her normal clothes, Suzie went to leave by the HQ door, running- to her surprise- into none other than Isha Misra, a preening Eevi at his side.-
[03:12] <Minaplo> ["Pilot." Said Isha, nodding to her respectfully, even as he grinned.-
[21:17] <Minaplo> ["Hi, Mr. Misra." Said Suzie, frowning a little in surprise. "You were watching?"-
[21:18] <Minaplo> ["Of course. I promised your father I'd supervise Julien, in case he got too enthusiastic."-
[21:18] <Minaplo> ["Hmph." Suzie folded her arms. "It's dumbness like that what makes people think Raffy hates fun."-
[21:34] <Minaplo> ["We know better, of course." Said Isha solemnly.-
[21:34] <Minaplo> ["Of course."-
[21:38] <Minaplo> ["C'mon." Said Isha. "Let's get you two out of here. Gotta get you guys ready for this party-"-
[21:38] <Minaplo> ["And we gotta hit up some more people, too!" Said Eevi, punching her left fist into her right hand hard.-
[21:38] <Minaplo> [Suzie eyed the gesture with a moment of alarm.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [Isha led them through the corridors to a room- a room that had apparently been empty or even abandoned, but had been found, refurbished with some tables, and was now being set up for a party. Streamers hung from the walls, balloons were being blown up, and a small group of caterers from the cafeteria were busy setting up some on-site ovens to cook pies, sausage rolls, pizzas and chicken nuggets (including bacon chicken nuggets).-
[22:04] <Minaplo> [Of course, the party hadn't started yet, so the room was mostly empty except for a few people… One of whom was Henriette Mazarin, standing in the very middle of the room, eyeing everyhing critically, occasionally raising a camera she held in her hands to take photographs. She was wearing a blue jacket over a white long-sleeved collared shirt, as well as a navy blue skirt which fell to just over her knees. She wore little white socks and black shoes, and a fresh-looking bandage on the calf of her right leg.-
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["You're back." Said Henriette coolly, turning towards them as they entered. She lowered her camera, her gaze moving from Eevi to Suzie. "Oh, look who it is."-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Huh?" Suzie frowned. "Yeah, it's me. What…?"-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Yep. This is my enforcer." Said Eevi. "She's gonna go around with me and make people come to the party."-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [Suzie whipped her head around to -stare- at Eevi. "Waiiiit, wha-"-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [Henriette huffed. "I can't believe you chose Madame Gluttonface to be your enforcer."-
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["What?!" Suzie whipped her head towards Henriette this time. "What the hell! I didn't- she- Madame Gluttonface!?"-
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["I saw you in the cafeteria." Said Henriette. "I saw you eat all the nuggets." Her expression darkened. "I didn't get any."-
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["I did -not-!" Protested Suzie. "I ate a lot, but not -all-!"-
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["Well I didn't get any, because you're a gluttonface!"-
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["Grr. Stop calling me that!" Said Suzie hotly. "You're just a dumb… A dumb pizza-eating jerk!"-
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["Well of course I eat pizza. You ate everything else." Said Henriette immediately.-
[23:22] <Minaplo> [Isha clapped a hand over his mouth and turned away.-
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["You're just jealous because -you- don't have an enforcer yet." Said Eevi primly.-
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. That's what you think." Said Henriette. "Shame all those super senses can't even tell you the obvious~"-
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["W-What do you mean?" Asked Eevi, suddenly cautious. "I don't see anyone around…"-
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Oh, she's not here yet. Give her five minutes." Said Henriette, who took out a pocket mirror, using it to help primp her hair.-
[23:55] <Minaplo> [Suzie frowned, scratching the back of her neck. She strongly suspected that Henriette had acquired a mirror just so she could deliver some smug artillery.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Well, whatever." Said Eevi, trying to look unconcerned. "How'd you hurt your leg?"-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["I visited the Blancs." Said Henriette darkly.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["So?" Asked Eevi.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["They have a baby. She's bitey."-
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["Ow." Said Suzie, her frown softening. Bitey babies were bad business. "There was a kid in my class who bit me once."-
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["Must've been all that bacon." Said Henriette instantly. "You probably taste like it now."-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["You- Grr!" Suzie slammed an angry fist down on one of her armrests, heedless to the fact that it probably hurt a little. "I punched him right in the face, you know, and I can do it to you too, you jerky big-mouth."-
[00:15] <Minaplo> [Behind the trio, Isha was leaning against a wall, face in his hands, laughing silently so hard that he couldn't breathe, his shoulders shaking…-
[00:22] <Minaplo> [The three continued to bicker quite freely for the next few minutes. After six minutes or so, Henriette's enforce did indeed show up.-
[00:38] <Minaplo> [Wearing a long barzilite grey jacket, her hair done up in french braids wrapped about in a bun, was Alexandrina Wales, the Eva pilot, looking deeply uncertain about this course of action. It didn't evade Suzie's attention that the way she held herself- and a few other details- suggested that she was armed.-
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["Meet my enforcer." Said Henriette smugly, flourishing a hand towards Alexandrina.-
[00:45] <Minaplo> [Eevi shot Suzie an uncertain look. "You- you can't use her." Said Eevi.-
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh really?" Asked Henriette.-
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's eyebrows rose.-
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["She's a princess." Said Eevi firmly. "Princesses aren't allowed."-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Why not?" Asked Henriette.-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["I am more than just a princess." Said Alexie, sighing a little. "I am also an Evangelion pilot."-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Princesses are too unfair!" Said Eevi. "They can order people to do things-"-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["I can do that." Muttered Suzie.-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but no one listens."-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Grr! Why're you all picking on me?!" Said Suzie, thumping her fists on her armrests again. "I'm the kid of Raffy Guillory! Lots of people listen to me! I pilot a giant robot…"-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["I pilot an Eva." Stressed Alexandrina.-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Evas are dumb not-robots, doesn't count-"-
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Well I'm the daughter of Mortimer Mazarin, the best leader in the world." Said Henriette. "You're French, so that makes you mine to command-"-
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["Pfft. Your dad's dumb." Said Suzie immediately. "Raffy could totally beat him up-"-
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["My father's dead." Said Alexandrina.-
[01:18] <Minaplo> [The temperature must've dropped several degrees at once. Over near the wall, Isha's eyes widened.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> [But the person it affected most was Eevi. Within a second the smile had dropped from her face and large tears began to fill her eyes.-
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Why would you say that?" She asked quietly.-
[01:27] <Minaplo> [The reaction seemed to take Alexandrina off-guard. "Oh. I…"-
[01:27] <Minaplo> [But it was far, far too late. Eevi was gone, rushing out of the room, leaving the three girls and an extremely awkward mood behind.-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["Good job." Said Suzie. "That was really cool of you."-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["I didn't- I forgot she was-"-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["An orphan?"-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["No, that- I overlooked her-"-
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Wow, that's even better." Suzie began to slowly clap. "I thought princesses were supposed to be good with people."-
[01:32] <Minaplo> [Alexie fell silent, looking away, biting her bottom lip.-
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["I hope you're a good Eva pilot." Said Suzie, turning the chair around to go follow Eevi. "'Cuz you're a shitty princess."-
[01:33] <Minaplo> [… Raffy would've probably been angry at her swearing at royalty, but…-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["… I should go." Muttered Alexie. "Sorry, Henriette. I wasn't thinking straight…"-
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Well obviously." Said Henriette, shaking her head. "You look pale. Let's go get something to eat, then we can begin inviting people."-
[01:50] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina sighed, turning to follow.-
[02:01] <Minaplo> [It'd take Suzie a little while to find Eevi, but ultimately she was more or less where Suzie expected to find her- in their shared room, lying on her bed, her little arms wrapped around a pillow, into which she was sobbing, her hair hiding most of her face.-
[17:00] <Minaplo> [Of course, it wasn't just Eevi. Felix was also lying on the bed, all orange and black and covered in fur. The massive cat had a giant paw over Eevi's body, and was licking at her hair comfortingly.-
[17:04] <Minaplo> [Suzie eyed the tiger warily. Eevi said he was harmless, and Suzie could believe it right here and now, but the idea of waking up to find a tiger staring down at her was… Unappealing.-
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["Eevi?" Asked Suzie quietly. "It's me, Suzie."-
[17:32] <Minaplo> [Eevi rolled over to face her, her pale face tear-stained, her eyes red and puffy. She looked utterly devastated.-
[17:44] <Minaplo> [Eevi's tears quickly redoubled, and she buried her face in her pillow again.-
[17:52] <Minaplo> ["Hey, hey." Suzie rolled over to the bedside, leaning forward enough so she could pat Eevi on the shoulder. "It's ok, it's ok. Alexie was being really dumb…"-
[18:17] <Minaplo> ["I mean, not only was it dumb, but it was totally rude and… And she totally should've realised it." Said Suzie. "I dunno why the heck she said it, because it's such a stupid thing to say, I mean, we were all just having fun and she has to come out and spoil it for everyone and upset you and she's just a big, big stupid, and the Brits should vote someone else in to be their princess, and you shouldn't listen to her or let it get to you, so… Um… Please cheer up."-
[18:23] <Minaplo> [Eevi turned her head slightly, exposing a single eye to Suzie. "M-Miss my mum and dad." She mumbled, before rubbing at her eye, the tears flowing once again.-
[19:31] <Minaplo> ["Aw, Eevi." Suzie couldn't lean forward much more without risking an ignoble topple, but nevertheless she tried as much as she could, stretching her arm out, rubbing Eevi's shoulder as best she could. "I-I know how that goes."-
[19:49] <Minaplo> [Eevi's tears stemmed their flow slightly as she watched Suzie, apparently listening even through her grief.-
[19:51] <Minaplo> ["I… I miss my mum and dad a lot too." Said Suzie quietly. "Um, I dunno if you know, but they died when Mel-mal-Machediel landed in Paris. There were lots of banshees- those things, like Ban-Ban, except smaller."-
[20:02] <Minaplo> [Eevi nodded very slightly, rubbing her knuckles into her eye.-
[20:09] <Minaplo> ["I met Raffy then." Said Suzie. "There was some field trip for school, and I went with Rei, and then Macchythingy showed up, and we had to go into the tunnels." She said. "Um, that's where this happened." She patted her legs.-
[20:16] <Minaplo> ["Oh… A Banshee did t-that?"-
[20:19] <Minaplo> [Suzie nodded. "Yeah. It really hurt… And Rosie was there too. She got pretty scared. Screamed and went all weird and stuff. They got her in the hand, too…"-
[20:33] <Minaplo> [Eevi nodded once, a tiny little action. Felix kept resolutely licking at her hair, little red strands over his whiskers.-
[20:47] <Minaplo> ["Got my mum and dad too." Said Suzie, her voice a little hollow. "Still miss 'em. See 'em a lot when I sleep. Nightmares sometimes, then just stuff we used to do, like parks or movies or like how they used to jump on the couch and watch the cartoons with me on the weekend."-
[20:53] <Minaplo> [Suzie faltered. Her left hand gripped the armrest harder, fingers tightening on the surovite metal, whilst her right hand rubbed at her eyes. "H-Heh. Everyone liked 'em a lot. Mum was a really, really good, good… mechanic, yeah, she did a lot with cars, and my dad could cook really good." The rubbing became more vigorous. "He was gonna try to open a res-restaurant after they left the army, and I was gonna be a waitress in his restaurant t-til I grew up-"-
[20:54] <Minaplo> [Suzie buried her face in her hands. She didn't cry. She wasn't crying. She wouldn't cry.-
[20:58] <Minaplo> [That had been the little promise she'd told herself as time had gone on and she'd moved in with Raffy. Never cry, unless it was with Rei only. And once Rei had gone, then cry alone if she had to. Not around Raffy. Raffy was kind and she was happy with him, really happy, and besides he was really busy, and he didn't need a little crying Suzanne all the time. That was the little promise, the duty of all military brats. Don't cry. Be brave. Take it on the chin. Support the front, as her mum used to say.-
[20:58] <Minaplo> [She felt a sudden warmth around her.-
[21:01] <Minaplo> [Suzie lifted her head from her hands slightly, to see that Eevi had moved, quickly, leaving her bed to sit on Suzie's lap, her head buried in Suzie's shoulder, her arms wrapped around Suzie's chest tightly, her hands digging into Suzie's back a little. It was lucky Suzie had the chair, because Eevi was bigger than Suzie was, and she weighed more than one would guess!-
[21:04] <Minaplo> [But she was warm. Her skin was so pale that it was easy to assume Eevi would be cold to the touch, but she was actually very warm indeed. Suzie didn't cry. For a moment the urge to do so was nearly overwhelming- but she let herself relax a little, hugging Eevi back.-
[21:04] <Minaplo> ["Sorry, Suzie." Said Eevi, barely a whisper.-
[21:04] <Minaplo> ["S'okay." Mumbled Suzie.-
[21:05] <Minaplo> ["Alexie is a dumb." Said Eevi, a little louder.-
[21:05] <Minaplo> ["She is a dumb." Agreed Suzie.-
[21:05] <Minaplo> ["Who's a dumb, now?"-
[21:06] <Minaplo> [Suzie and Eevi started, both whirling about to look at the door. Standing in the frame, arms folded, was Henriette Mazarin, looking aloof and superior, like a cat, whilst behind her stood a contrite-looking Alexandrina, her head bowed, hands behind her back.-
[21:07] <Minaplo> ["Alexie is." Said Suzie firmly. "She's a dumb. A big fat dumb Rosbif dumby princess who should go back to princess school and wear the dumb cap until she stops being dumbbbbbbb."-
[21:27] <Minaplo> [Alexie winced.-
[21:28] <Minaplo> ["Tired of it being on your head?" Said Henriette, who was holding one hand out, nails displayed, peering down at them critically.-
[21:28] <Minaplo> ["Henriette!" Alexie flicked her in the ear. "You mustn't be so rude…"-
[21:29] <Minaplo> ["Ng." Henriette shot her a furiously dark scowl. "That's rich, coming from Princess Moodkiller. Hurry up, then…"-
[21:30] <Minaplo> [Alexie let out a low, irritated sigh, before she stepped forward, nudging Henriette ungently to the side.-
[21:30] <Minaplo> ["Suzanne. Eevi. I- I wanted to apologise for what I said." Said Alexie.-
[21:31] <Minaplo> [Eevi was staring up at her mistrustfully with large eyes. Suzie, however, merely leaned back, laying her left hand on the armrest of her chair. Mustering up her deepest, most Raffiest voice (but not her new-Raffiest voice, which was weird and did strange things to girls sometimes), spoke. "Go on." She said, authoritatively.-
[21:34] <Minaplo> [Alexie took in a deep breath. "I was being insensitive. I-I have not been myself today. You see, I had hoped- assumed- that I would be allowed to fight alongside the military on board the battleship, but I was dumped- secured- here along with all of the other ch- civilians. It made me angry, but it was no excuse for what I said. I am sorry."-
[21:36] <Minaplo> [There was a pause as Eevi and Suzie mulled over this.-
[21:36] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to fight too." Said Eevi. "They wouldn't let me."-
[21:38] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Suzie scratched her chin uncertainly. "So you wanted to fight and they said no."-
[21:38] <Minaplo> [Alexie nodded, her expression grim.-
[21:38] <Minaplo> ["Well, that sucks." Declared Suzie. "So I get why you'd be upset."-
[21:38] <Minaplo> [Eevi nodded. "I do too."-
[21:49] <Minaplo> [Alexie nodded a little awkwardly. "Still, it was wrong of me to take it out on others."-
[21:50] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it was." Said Suzie. "Really wrong. And dumb. You're supposed to be the oldest one here, we're supposed to, to look -up- to you-"-
[21:50] <Minaplo> [Henriette rolled her eyes-
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["… But we all go a bit dumb sometimes, so… Ok." Suzie held out a hand. "Don't do it again, or I'll get Mr. Misra to lock away all your food, especially your bacon."-
[21:51] <Minaplo> [Alexie stared at her.-
[21:53] <Minaplo> [Then, with a tiny shrug, stepped forward and shook her hand. "I accept. And- Eevi, I'm sorry. Here, I found this for you. I know you like tigers, so-" She glanced over towards Felix, who was slowly creeping forward on his paws towards them.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [Alexie took a chocolate bar out of her coat, handing it to Eevi. The wrapping showed a roaring tiger and the words 'TIGER BAR' in black and orange. "There you go."-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [Eevi sniffled, rubbing at her eyes, but she took the bar nevertheless. "Th-Thank you."-
[21:54] <Minaplo> ["Do you want me to unwrap… It…?"-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [But Eevi had already slashed the wrapping into ribbons with a single wave of her hand, and was now biting into the bar with gusto. The interior of the bar was caramel in between stripes of chocolate.-
[21:55] <Minaplo> [You know, like a tiger.-
[21:58] <Minaplo> [There was a somewhat awkward moment as they all considered the implications of the fact that the little weeping girl here had lethal telekinetic powers.-
[21:58] <Minaplo> [Then it passed.-
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, sorry for saying you were a shitty princess." Said Suzie. "I shouldn't swear, but if you're not careful the Brits will pick someone less dumb to be a princess, so you'd better start really working on it, ok?"-
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["I'm not - 'dumb'."-
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["Yep." Said Suzie. "Dumb. Until you go to princess school, dumb."-
[22:01] <Minaplo> ["I am not dumb!" Said Alexie, starting to go red in the face. "Why do you keep saying that?"-
[22:02] <Minaplo> ["You don't even look like a princess. Rei looks like a princess because she's got a big dress that has armor on it and she has fist-gloves made of armor so she can punch people really hard, like princesses should." Said Suzie. "Or Chiisana, she's a -real- princess, you know…"-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["No- no she is not." Said Alexandrina, her hands balling into fists. "-I- am a real princess."-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["Why?"-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["Because my father was a king!"-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["What, that makes you a princess?"-
[22:05] <Minaplo> ["Yes!"-
[22:08] <Minaplo> [Suzie narrowed her eyes a little. "I think Chiisana's a better princess. When they get back, you should tell her that she's Queen of Brits now. No, wait, Rei! Tell Rei! That way she can be Queen of Brits, and I can be a better Princess, and Alphonse can be King of Brits too-"-
[22:08] <Minaplo> ["He wouldn't be a king."-
[22:08] <Minaplo> ["Yes he would! King and queens, that's the rule-"-
[22:09] <Minaplo> ["No!" Alexandrina stamped a foot against the ground, a bright red blush filling her cheeks. "This is the rule. If the King has inherited the throne from the previous incumbent, he is the King Regnant and his wife is known as the Queen. If the -Queen- has inherited the throne, then her husband is known as the Prince Consort instead. He would be Prince Consort Alphonse, not King Alphonse."-
[22:10] <Minaplo> [Suzie frowned, staring down at her lap for a moment, before peering at Eevi, who shook her head.-
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["We both think that's -super- dumb. Let Rei know, ok?"-
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["Stop that. It's my Kingdom!"-
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["How can you be a King if you're gonna be a Queen?"-
[22:11] <Minaplo> [Behind them all, Henriette had sunk to her knees, laughing silently, tears streaming from her eyes, unable to breathe.-
[22:11] <Minaplo> ["That's just how it goes! Most of the time it is a King on the throne, not a Queen-"-
[22:13] <Minaplo> ["Rei would make this really simple." Said Suzie, shaking her head. "Yeah, it'd be way better in her hands. Oh, and all the Ayanamis can live there, and you can call it the Ayanami King- Queen- Queendom? Instead?"-
[22:14] <Minaplo> ["You cannot- you cannot do that." Said Alexandrina, pointing at Suzie firmly, her pointer finger sharp and long. "It is the United Kingdom, it is always going to be the United Kingdom and it will not be ruled by an Ayanami, ever!"-
[22:14] <Minaplo> ["Says who?" Said Suzie.-
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["I say!" Said Alexie.-
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["So?"-
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["I- ugh. I am the -Princess of Wales-! I am the heir to Britain! The heir to the legacy of the greatest Empire the world has ever known-"-
[22:16] <Minaplo> [Henriette had regained her composure enough to speak. "Wait, you're French?"-
[22:16] <Minaplo> [Something terrible and dark flashed in Alexie's eyes. She went rigid, stopped speaking, and stared at the opposite wall narrowly.-
[22:17] <Minaplo> ["She's broken." Said Henriette cheerfully. "Come on, Alexie. We need to go corner that Mr. Kaji I saw earlier and tell him he'll be at the party."-
[22:17] <Minaplo> ["…" Alexie let out a long, low groan, before turning around to follow. "Why did I agree to this?"-
[22:17] <Minaplo> ["Because you owe me for that tea party three years ago." Said Henriette.-
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["And you would hold that over me."-
[22:19] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Henriette. "My father always says that once someone's in your debt, you squeeze them dry until they're too spent to stop you."-
[22:19] <Minaplo> [Alexie's eyes widened.-
[22:19] <Minaplo> ["Bye, Suzie. Bye, Eevi! See you at the party that I'm totally gonna win."-
[22:19] <Minaplo> ["Goodbye." Said Alexie, turning to give them a short, quick nod, before she followed Henriette out.-
[23:01] <Minaplo> ["Bye." "Byebye."-
[23:02] <Minaplo> [There was a silence after Henriette and Lexie had left. Eevi wiggled a little in her seat, the gentle perch that was Suzie. Suzie was frowning slightly at the door, perhaps still puzzling out the intricate and treacherous world of monarchism.-
[23:03] <Minaplo> [Felix shuffled closer, resting his lap in Suzie's, nuzzling up against her and Eevi both. Suzie started a little, then reached out to pet the tiger's head cautiously.-
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["Thanks, Suzie." Said Eevi eventually. "For coming to be with me."-
[23:05] <Minaplo> ["That's ok. Anytime, Eevi." Said Suzie, patting her on the head. She puffed up her chest, adopting her best Misato voice. "Leave it to auntie Suzie."-
[23:05] <Minaplo> [Eevi let out a hoarse little giggle. "You're not my auntie."-
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["Yessum. I asked Raffy once and he said an auntie is the sis of your mum and dad. And I'm Rei's sis, so that makes me an auntie. Although," Suzie frowned, "I asked him if Misato was Rei's mum or dad's sister, and he said no, and I asked why she keeps calling herself that, and he just shrugged at me and gave Misato kissy faces. Well, not big ones, he tried to hide it behind a frown, but I could see the kissy faces really."-
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["You have to be old -and- a sister too." Said Eevi, giggling.-
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Suzie frowned. "Or can it be one or the other? That would make sense, because Misato's really old, she's like 40 or something, but don't say that to her, because I asked her if she was 40 once and she glared at me and then stole all the bacon off my dinner plate like a fat dumb jerk."-
[23:11] <Minaplo> [Eevi's giggles became stronger. She snuggled closer into Suzie, giving her a little kiss on the cheek. "Auntie Suzie is fine with me. Big, strong auntie Suzie, who's gonna be a robot pilot and punch bad guys. Right?"-
[23:11] <Minaplo> ["Right." Suzie clenched her left fist tightly. "Right in their dumb faces."-
[23:11] <Minaplo> ["Right~"-
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["I love you, auntie Suzie.~"-
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Oh, I love you too, Eevi…"-
[23:12] <Minaplo> [There was a small silence after this, as they both stopped to consider their closeness, their warmth… And the feeling that something had been forgotten.-
[23:16] <Minaplo> [All of a sudden, Eevi flipped out of Suzie's lap, landing perfectly on her feet. "The party! Henriette- I need to beat her!"-
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Wha- oh. Oh. Oh. Seriously…?"-
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["Yep. Auntie Suzie, you gotta be my enforcer."-
[23:17] <Minaplo> [Suzie groaned. "Fine. But only because I wanna be better at it than dumb Lexie."-
[23:21] <Minaplo> [Eevi -beamed-.-
[23:21] <Minaplo> ["C'mon, Felix!"-
[23:22] <Minaplo> [Felix got up off the bed, padding over to Eevi's side. He bent low, and Eevi quickly climbed up onto his back. "If they say no, we'll tell 'em we'll feed 'em to you. Ok, Felix?"-
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["Rrr!"-
[23:23] <Minaplo> [Suzie shook her head. Being fed to the tigers. What was this, ancient Egypt?-
[23:24] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless, she rolled out after Eevi, and the two of them set out to find victims… Willing participants.]

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