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(13:21:51) Sept: "This one..?" Sera found the door open, so he just knocked on the frame instead. "Hello?"
(13:39:39) @Minaplo: [There was the dull -thud- of something heavy falling over, along with a small 'oomf'.-
(13:42:33) @Minaplo: ["A woman and small child." Said Armin. "The child is trying to drag a suitcase that he could fit in. The woman is sighing. She's very tall. Oh, she's looking at me now… Incredible. Such strength and will in those eyes, such history in her face. She is beautiful like a marble library. Oh, she's frowning now. Hello!"-
(13:42:55) @Minaplo: ["Hello, Sera." Said Ginevre Fontaine. Footsteps. "And this must be Armin."]
(13:46:30) Sept: "Yeah. Armin, Ginevre Fontaine, Anselme." Sera waved his hand vaguely at the participants to introduce them. "Everything alright with the preparations?"
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(13:55:13) @Minaplo: ["Everything's fine." Said Ginevre. "Anselme insists on carrying our luggage though. Progress is slow."-
(13:55:19) @Minaplo: ["Huuuu-whup!"-
(13:55:20) @Minaplo: [Thud.-
(13:55:22) @Minaplo: ["Grr!"
(13:55:23) @Minaplo: ]
(14:00:05) Sept: "Hehe. Just can't sit by, right?"
(14:02:55) @Minaplo: ["Nope." Came Anselme's voice. "Huurrrr-"-
(14:02:57) @Minaplo: [Thud.-
(14:03:08) @Minaplo: ["B-Besides, someone might tamper with it if I don't watch it."]
(14:04:08) Sept: "Mhm. You'll be exhausted and conk out once you get on board, anyway."
(14:04:54) @Minaplo: ["No! I have to stay awake!"]
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(14:06:02) Sept: "And when'd you plan to sleep?"
(14:06:19) @Minaplo: ["When you got back?"]
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(14:06:56) Sept: "N-No. Don't do that."
(14:09:25) @Minaplo: ["Why not?"]
(14:17:49) Sept: The humor all but disappeared from Sera's tone. "Could be a while. We don't know. I'd rather you saved your energy..?"
(14:18:11) @Minaplo: ["But who's gonna watch out for things when you're gone…?"]
(14:21:19) Sept: "…you just have to trust things to be there, sometimes."
(14:24:59) @Minaplo: ["But… But I don't feel -safe- if you're gone. What if I get taken again?"]
(14:27:46) Sept: "…"-
(14:28:00) Sept: "I don't know what to say, Anselme. I'm sorry."
(14:31:47) @Minaplo: [Something was poking Sera in the stomach.-
(14:31:56) @Minaplo: ["Say you trust me to keep an eye on things, then."]
(14:35:51) Sept: "Goddamnit. You know I do. But don't do anything dumb if we take too long, right?"
(14:36:10) @Minaplo: ["I won't do anything you wouldn't."]
(14:38:53) * Sept put one hand on his hip, making a stern face. "No. No dumb things. Listen to Ginevre."
(14:39:55) @Minaplo: ["Yes, please." Said Ginevre. "For example, I'll take our luggage-"-
(14:40:18) @Minaplo: ["What if Ginny's incap- incapit- Incapsiz- asleep?"]
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(14:47:22) Sept: "You can creepily watch over her in her sleep if it doesn't bother her?"
(14:47:42) @Minaplo: ["It absolutely does bother me." Said Ginevre.-
(14:47:49) @Minaplo: ["It's for your own good." Said Anselme.-
(14:47:58) @Minaplo: ["I don't think that's true."]
(14:55:03) * Sept rubbed an eye and scratched his temple with one hand. "Neither one of you is going to last beyond two days if you don't get rest. Whether you sleep in shifts or don't is irrelevant."
(14:57:06) @Minaplo: ["Anselme, you could just sleep in a regular pattern-"-
(14:57:24) @Minaplo: ["Shifts sound like a good idea." Said Anselme immediately. "I'll watch during the night."-
(14:57:37) @Minaplo: [Ginevre let out a sigh. Footsteps. The sound of leather rustling.-
(15:00:57) @Minaplo: ["She picked up that suitcase one-handed." Said Armin, his voice hushed. "Not only a marble library, but a marble pillar of strength as well… A wonder. I would like very much to sift through the scrolls of wisdom and tomes of knowledge within. She's frowning at me again, Sera."-
(15:01:05) @Minaplo: ["We're ready to go." Said Ginevre curtly.]
(15:07:49) Sept: "You're not sifting through anything of hers without her express permission, Armin." He nodded towards the room. "Very well. Let's go." Sera took hold of the larger man's arm again.
(15:08:55) @Minaplo: ["I would never do any such thing without permission." Said Armin, his tone affronted.-
(15:08:59) @Minaplo: [And so they walked.-
(15:09:15) @Minaplo: ["Ginnie said there's gonna be a girl there." Said Anselme. "Named Henriette or something."]
(15:12:32) Sept: "Is that right? A friend?"
(15:13:45) @Minaplo: ["Ginnie said she's the daughter of the President." Said Anselme darkly. "Does that make her the State?"]
(15:22:09) * Sept tried to give Ginevre a look. It didn't work, but the pause probably conveyed the message well enough. "Not really..? She might still be a regular person."
(15:23:40) @Minaplo: ["If she gets all Statey, am I allowed to punch her?"-
(15:23:45) @Minaplo: [Armin let out a small gasp of horror.]
(15:26:20) Sept: "No? It's going to be tough for a lot of people relocating like this. They don't need you causing a commotion."-
(15:26:21) Sept: "And there's no way you can run away from consequences while living like this."
(15:26:47) @Minaplo: ["So you're saying I should wait until later to punch her."]
(15:28:00) Sept: "Yeah. Once society collapses and you're on your own, you can go right back to punching people and stealing their shit."
(15:29:08) @Minaplo: ["Awesome."-
(15:29:30) @Minaplo: ["No, it is not awesome. Sera, tell him it is not awesome." Said Armin, his voice alarmed. "Why are you plotting to harm some poor innocent little girl?"-
(15:29:50) @Minaplo: ["I'm not! Only if she's all Statey!"-
(15:30:11) Sept: "The little things in life, Armin."
(15:30:36) @Minaplo: ["No little things. I am firmly against punching little girls."]
(15:34:41) Sept: "As you should be."
(15:36:10) @Minaplo: ["If little girls return punched, then there will be justice to be delivered." Said Armin solemnly. "Justice is in my blood. Justice ripples through my muscles like electric currents."-
(15:36:25) @Minaplo: ["Tch. Sera, who's this guy?" Muttered Anselme.]
(15:41:59) Sept: "Incarnation of humanity's values in the war. Living weapon. Surely your justice isn't limited to girls, Armin. Tell him you're on his side."
(15:59:17) @Minaplo: ["I am on your side, Tiny Sera. This I promise you. To me falls the solemn duty to protect your friend and companion on the battlefield."-
(16:01:54) @Minaplo: ["Hmph. Look after him, then."]
(16:04:42) Sept: "He will. And he'll kick your ass if you start punching Henriettes."
(16:09:05) @Minaplo: ["Kicking it is." Said Armin seriously.-
(16:09:15) @Minaplo: ["F… Fine."-
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(16:17:37) @Minaplo: [It would take them another twenty or so minutes to reach the landing pad. All Sera could hear were- voices. Lots and lots of voices, and footsteps- running- and the sound of low rumbling engines…]
(16:23:50) Sept: "Busy," he just said.
(16:24:55) @Minaplo: ["There's a lot of people to evacuate." Said Ginnie. "We have some time until our flight leaves, Sera."]
(16:28:42) Sept: "Yeah." A pause. "Let's hope we can get these people back faster than we did back home."
(16:33:58) @Minaplo: ["You don't still blame me for that, do you?"]
(16:38:02) Sept: "It's all too big a mess to blame anyone anymore."-
(16:40:55) Sept: "But the things I'd give to have it back for one day." If he ignored the sounds of the VTOLs, it was almost like a scene from back then. "I feel like I'm too old for this. It's dumb."
(16:41:59) @Minaplo: ["Too old for what, my friend?" Asked Armin.]
(16:50:14) Sept: "It's just an expression."
(16:51:47) @Minaplo: ["What are you expressing?"]
(16:57:51) Sept: "…let's talk about something else. Where are you staying, then?"
(16:58:18) @Minaplo: ["My old quarters in Asgard. Anselme can have Alexandre's old room."]
(17:02:30) Sept: "Sounds comfortable."
(17:08:05) @Minaplo: ["Comfortable enough for an apocalypse, at least."]
(17:11:22) Sept: "Yeah."
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(17:14:56) @Minaplo: [Silence.-
(17:15:02) @Minaplo: ["Let's sit down." Said Ginevre.]
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(17:19:23) Sept: "Mm. Here?"
(17:19:31) @Minaplo: ["There're seats."]
(17:21:57) Sept: "Show me."
(17:22:38) @Minaplo: [He was guided over to a chair- soft back and bottom, armrests.]
(17:30:20) * Sept took his seat, relaxing into its probably Silas-laden embrace. Maybe that was why he'd gone blind to begin with. Maybe he'd reached Peak Silas.
(17:31:58) @Minaplo: [Peak Silas suggests anything less than infinite Silas and is thus wrong.-
(17:32:37) @Minaplo: ["How do you feel about the operation, Sera?" Asked Ginevre gently.]
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(17:37:03) Sept: "Optimistic," he admitted with a nod.
(17:38:55) @Minaplo: ["I'm glad." She said, her hand finding his and giving it a squeeze. "How's 01 doing?"]
(17:45:59) * Sept frowned. "Fine. Sort of getting the easy end of the deal. Well, not that… I could know. The data doesn't show any adverse effects."-
(17:46:06) Sept: "He's fine," he concluded.
(17:49:20) @Minaplo: ["He hasn't -felt- any differently, recently?"]
(17:51:06) Sept: "I don't think so."
(17:51:17) @Minaplo: ["I see…"]
(17:58:22) Sept: "Something on your mind?"
(18:04:28) @Minaplo: ["He's felt quiet recently."]
(18:08:02) Sept: "Like a contemplative silence?"
(18:13:01) @Minaplo: ["That fits."]
(18:15:16) Sept: "I'll make sure to pay attention. The last operation was difficult to sort out."
(18:23:34) @Minaplo: ["Oh/']
(18:23:41) @Minaplo: <*"Oh?">
(18:25:14) Sept: "Yeah, maybe I just forgot about it. It was a strange one. But not something that'd bother him."
(18:38:54) @Minaplo: ["I suppose not."-
(18:39:11) @Minaplo: ["So what -are- you doing then?" Asked Anselme, his voice a little irritated. "What's -happening-?"]
(18:44:20) Sept: "What do we do every time?"
(18:49:29) @Minaplo: ["Fight Angels." Said Anselme. He frowned. "Knock over buildings, too."]
(18:54:37) Sept: "Yeah, so this time we need to go further out to do that, so we need the ship to support us. It's not different from our other encounters. Just bigger."
(18:55:19) @Minaplo: ["Okay. And… And it's on the moon?"]
(18:59:19) Sept: "Yeah."
(18:59:28) @Minaplo: ["Why'zit on the moon?"]
(19:04:17) Sept: "It's not a direct attack. It's more like us going over to knock over her buildings instead of ours."
(19:04:37) @Minaplo: ["Oh, well it's about ti- her? You're fighting a -girl- Angel?"]
(19:05:00) Sept: "…their. Their buildings."
(19:06:04) @Minaplo: [There was a pause.-
(19:06:17) @Minaplo: ["He is giving you a squinty, suspicious look." Said Armin in Sera's ear, his tone serious.]
(19:08:50) Sept: "Eh. It doesn't matter, Anselme."
(19:12:44) @Minaplo: ["Okay." Said Anselme. "Um, can you bring me back some moon rocks?"]
(19:13:09) Sept: "I'm pretty sure those give you cancer."
(19:14:15) @Minaplo: ["What?"]
(19:16:26) Sept: "And the dust gets everywhere and then you have a fire in your ISS module and then the space program gets canceled…"-
(19:16:42) Sept: "Mm. I'll come up with something to get you, though."
(19:25:43) @Minaplo: ["Awesome. Something from the moon… Oh! Oh! Are there any secret moonbases on the moon?"]
(19:28:10) Sept: "Shouldn't be. We might not end up -on- the moon either, exactly. Would weird alien rocks be alright?"
(19:30:45) @Minaplo: ["Okay. Alien rocks are good too. Actually, if you can, can you get both?"]
(19:32:03) Sept: "Ambitious. I can try. No promises, though."
(19:32:24) @Minaplo: ["Okay. Kill the Angels first."-
(19:33:29) @Minaplo: ["With any luck, Anselme, this'll be the last time Sera has to fight an Angel."]
(19:33:34) @Minaplo: [Said Ginevre.]
(19:35:47) Sept: "With any luck, yeah."
[19:27] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[19:27] <Minaplo> ["What happens then?" Asked Anselme.]
[19:29] <Sept> "We don't know for sure. But it's not going to be instant peace."
[19:30] <Minaplo> ["Why not?"]
[19:32] <Sept> "Because we have to agree on what to do with the Angels and all the weapons we built up until now."
[19:36] <Minaplo> ["What do you wanna do?"]
[19:44] * Sept took a deep breath. "I'm not sure!" he said. "It's complex."
[19:44] <Minaplo> ["Why's it complex?" He grunted. "That's something adults and the State says when it wants to lie to you."]
[19:53] <Sept> "It'd be very simple if only one person controlled it. States can use that excuse too, a lot of the time."
[19:53] <Minaplo> ["Stop confusing me with your words, Sera!"]
[19:55] * Sept frowned. "It's not confusing at all! It's hard for a group of independent people to agree on something!"
[19:56] <Minaplo> ["But you're not a group of indy-whatever, so why's it complex?"]
[20:02] <Sept> "But we -are-. The UN and these people," he handwaved. "want entirely different things!"
[20:03] <Minaplo> ["But what do you wanna do?!"]
[20:06] <Sept> "I'm -not sure-," he repeated calmly. "And it won't matter until we get there."
[20:07] <Minaplo> ["A glass is still a glass, even if it's filled with water." Muttered Anselme.]
[20:09] <Sept> "Wh-What?"
[20:09] <Minaplo> [Ginevre sighed.-
[20:09] <Minaplo> ["Ginnie says it all the time and I dunno what it means but whenever she says it it means she's right." Said Anselme rebelliously.-
[20:09] <Minaplo> ["So are you a glass or are you water, huh?"-
[20:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh my god." Muttered Ginevre.]
[20:12] <Sept> "That's the best I can give you, Anselme. You'll have to make do with it."
[20:12] <Minaplo> ["But… But…"-
[20:12] <Minaplo> ["Humph."]
[20:21] <Sept> "Mmh." Sera faced up in his chair, listening to the ambient noise with his eyes closed.
[20:23] <Minaplo> ["Well, whatever. You better make up your mind. I know whatever you pick'll be the right one, but if you don't pick, then…"]
[20:24] <Sept> "Yeah. Thanks."
[20:38] <Minaplo> [Time passed. Anselme became hungry, and went off with Armin, who came back with three triple-cheese-and-fried-chicken super burgers with garlic ranch sauce and a side of poutine, one of which Anselme devoured, one which Armin ate with running commentary ("I am putting the burger in my mouth- *chewchew* ifisgut"), and the third which Ginevre rebuffed and was in turn offered to Sera.-
[20:42] <Minaplo> [But before long -sooner than one would think- Sera would hear a sigh from Ginevre.-
[20:42] <Minaplo> ["Time to go."]
[20:44] * Sept faced towards her, and then back ahead of him. "Well. Have a good flight, first of all."
[20:48] <Minaplo> ["Thanks."]
[21:03] <Sept> "And stay safe, right? No one wants you dead."
[21:04] <Minaplo> ["That's a lie, but thanks." Sera felt a hand run through his hair. "I should be telling you the same. I would say 'no heroics', but considering the circumstances, heroics might be just the ticket."]
[21:05] * Sept laughed. "It's more like the point of the damn exercise. Thanks."
[21:12] <Minaplo> [He felt a small little punch to the leg. "D-Don't die or explode or anything. N-No dumb shit."]
[21:13] <Sept> "Nah. I'll come back."
[21:14] <Minaplo> ["Good."-
[21:14] <Minaplo> [… And then he felt a weight around his waist, Anselme's arms…]
[21:18] * Sept gave him a pat on the shoulder. "I don't know if you'll like Asgard, but you'll make it through anyway. It's not for long."
[21:23] <Minaplo> ["Okay."-
[21:23] <Minaplo> ["Fear not, Tiny Sera." Said Armin, placing his own hand on Sera's own shoulder. "He will be safe with me."-
[21:23] <Minaplo> ["He'd better be."-
[21:24] <Minaplo> ["And you had better remember…"-
[21:24] <Minaplo> [Some silent communication…]
[21:29] * Sept rubbed his face, a bit amused. "So I'll see you in a couple days. Maybe literally?"
[21:32] <Minaplo> ["Maybe."-
[21:32] <Minaplo> ["One can only hope." Said Ginevre. "Goodbye, Sera."]
[21:33] <Sept> "True. Goodbye, Ginevre. Later, Anselme."
[21:34] <Minaplo> ["Bye, Sera!"-
[21:34] <Minaplo> [His voice continued to cry out with more 'bye!' for another minute or so, before… It was gone.-
[21:35] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, the muffled roar of a VTOL engine.]
[21:38] * Sept stood up, stretching. "Let's head back, then. Maybe get some rest before briefings."
[21:39] <Minaplo> ["Very well. You have a sweet family."]
[21:40] <Sept> "Family?"
[21:41] <Minaplo> ["Ginevre, Tiny Sera."]
[21:42] <Sept> "That's hardly a family, Armin."
[21:42] <Minaplo> ["Then what would you call it?"]
[21:51] <Sept> "I don't know," he shrugged. "Friends? Allies? I don't know, I don't want to call something family that I can't commit to… not even protecting or something lofty like that."-
[21:52] <Sept> "Something I can't promise I won't abandon?"
[22:01] <Minaplo> ["Is there anyone you know that fits within that definition?"]
[22:04] <Sept> "Surely there are for most people?"
[22:07] <Minaplo> ["For you."]
[22:11] <Sept> "We're sort of related and I'd like them both to survive. Using that word would just confuse others."
[22:12] <Minaplo> ["You didn't answer my question. Is there anyone you know that counts as family to you?"]
[22:20] <Sept> "My pilots, yeah," he answered quickly. "But that's because they're absolutely essential, so it'd be unfair to expect them to, you know, do the same."
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["Do the same? As in count you as family?"]
[22:25] <Sept> "Whatever that means for them."
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["I see."-
[22:27] <Minaplo> [A hand grasped Sera's arm. His guide was ready.]
[22:29] <Sept> "Right. Let's go."

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