For The Quelling Of Fears

[14:05] * Aline moved through the resort, much as she had up in the Alps to look for people - Yui was sought again, this time with her own son in Aline's tow as well - Aline told him and he deserved to know. There was an air of desperation on Aline's face, definitively an improvement over the broken emotions she had shown for the past few days.
[14:07] <Ikari‘Yui> [Shinji’s face showed trepidation… But he wasn't hesitating with his steps.-
[14:09] <Ikari‘Yui> [They’d find the good Doctor in a corridor, turned away from them- walking down the corridor with little Rei in hand. Rei was wearing a blue and red swimsuit; Dr. Ikari on the other hand was wearing a purple onepiece, with green highlights.]
[14:13] * Aline had, due to the nature of the event, not been wearing a swimsuit at all, but instead a lightweight red blouse with a somewhat shortish tan skirt. But that they were going out to swim did not dissuade her! "Yui! I need to talk, and this time it's pretty serious."
[14:13] <Ikari‘Yui> [Shinji paled just a little because whoagod.-
[14:13] <Ikari`Yui> [Dr. Ikari stiffened for a moment, then turned, frowning at Aline- but in concern, not anger. Rei looked on confusingly. "What is it, Aline?"]
[14:18] * Aline tried to make the actual explanation as swift as possible. "A few days ago, while we were still at L’Ouverture, I had the dubious fortune to speak with Captain Nelson. He said you told him a particular fact about the E Gene. If you know which thing I refer to: Is it true?" She stared ahead, with an almost-grim look on her face. But it quivered with subtle stress.
[14:20] <Ikari‘Yui> [Dr. Ikari frowned in genuine puzzlement. "You’re… Going to have to be more specific, Aline, I'm sorry."]
[14:23] * Aline sighed a bit. "…He claimed that it caused constant low-level sync even away from an Eva after syncing to that unit… and would eventually result in the Eva-unit's AT field replacing that of the E-gene holder." Very clinical, considering, but… As the increased twitches suggested, she was trying hard -not- to refer to herself in those sentences.
[14:26] <Ikari‘Yui> [Dr. Ikari stared at Aline blankly for a moment. Then sudden comprehension dawned. Her eyes widened- and then narrowed. She said something in Japanese which caused both of her children to gasp. "Damn him. Why would he even- doesn’t matter." Dr. Ikari released Rei's hand and headed over to Aline. "Aline, I want to explain this to you, but first and foremost know you are not in any danger of being replaced on the AT level. At all."]
[14:29] * Aline slowly nodded. "I had wanted proof… that he mentioned you made me at least believe the claim might have been correct, but…" Aline then pursed her lip. "I'm pretty sure I know precisely why he said that. Why he would know that, I don't know." But then, a sigh of clear relief. "But please, go on. Sorry for interrupting you two's swim."
[14:30] <Ikari‘Yui> ["Well, why don’t you come with us, Aline? I'm going to soak up the sun before I soak in the ocean, so I can explain… This to you. It's… Nnm. I wouldn't say the Captain is lying, exactly, but he -is- wrong…"]
[14:31] * Aline nodded again. "Guess I can, then. If I want to swim later I can go grab a suit then. But alright."
[14:35] <Ikari‘Yui> [It wouldn’t take long for them to arrive at the beach. It was a lovely warm day on the Riviera, and a lot of people were taking advantage of it. The sun gleamed bright in the cloudless sky…-
[14:35] <Ikari‘Yui> [Yui settled down on a stretch of sand, taking out a pair of sunglasses before throwing down a pair of beach towels. She settled down on one- Shinji sat on the other, leaving enough room for Aline if she desired.-
[14:36] <Ikari`Yui> [Rei, however, was less than patient, and ran off into the surf- jumping onto the back of one Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, who was at this time busy playing with a few others- Asuka, Yanmei and Marianne, amongst others.]
[14:38] * Aline certainly did sit down on the offered beach tower spot, sitting demurely for now, and turning to Yui expectantly.
[14:42] <Ikari`Yui> [Dr. Ikari stretched out, because she was going to relax, damnit. She turned to Aline. "To put it simply, Captain Nelson’s words were… How can I say it? It was a theory related to the E Gene. That a person with the E Gene would be so sensitive to an Evangelion as to be unable to unsynch- with the risk of the Eva replacing the pilot's AT Field with its own."-
[14:43] <Ikari‘Yui> ["But that’s just it. It was a theory. We had no proof, only speculation- and eventually the theory was disproved… But that was after Captain Nelson had been incorporated into his new role in NERV Britain."]
[14:45] * Aline tilted her head left and right. "Well, okay. I want to think I have adequate scientific knowledge to ask… How was it disproven?"
[14:54] <Ikari‘Yui> ["We used a ’dummy'." Said Dr. Ikari. "A very simple, short-lived E-Gene clone and synchronised it with EVA-00 for a week or two. There weren't any problems- no persistent synch, nothing of that sort…"]
[15:02] * Aline …looked at Yui really weirdly. "…Short-lived… clone. That's… I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but that's somewhat dubious ethically." She shook her head, though, hard enough to look like she was dislodging something. "Who was the genetic donor?"
[15:05] <Ikari‘Yui> ["More ethically dubious than risking you without tests? The order came from the top." A helpless shrug. "And… You were." Dr. Ikari looked uncomfortable. "That isn’t to say that the clone was entirely you."]
[15:11] * Aline nodded. "I know that there was no other way. That's why I wasn't surprised." She said it with a sort of flat tone. "In some senses it's kinder than much of the rest of the early post-2I… things that happened." But… "I'm also not completely surprised you used my genetic material. I wasn't really sure who else even had the E gene, which seems to have been less common than other
[15:11] * Aline mutations." Aline did get a sort of strange look on her face. A sort of distorted lip-squishy /thoughtful/ expression. "Other than the lifespan modification, right? Like… what? I know this must be a bit silly, but in a way it's sort of like having a sister. Or a daughter. Or… …something."
[15:12] <Ikari‘Yui> ["Ah… Well." Dr. Ikari looked more uncomfortable. "I used my own genetic template and tried to integrate the E Gene as easily as I could into it as I could. It wasn’t as clean cut as that and took me months, but… Yes."-
[15:13] <Ikari‘Yui> [Shinji is just sort of staring at both of them, looking equal parts purturbed and discomfitted. When Aline mentions a daughter he suddenly finds the horizon extremely interesting.]
[15:17] * Aline got this even -stranger- look of thought, like she was half-fascinated, half-’what the hell is this'. But… "Oh, so I guess… that… that is sort of interesting… Okay, I think I understand, but that sorta makes it weirder than I first thought." …A backwards glance at Shinji. "…In fact really I think it might be better to leave that at that, if only because the questions
[15:17] * Aline raised are interesting but a bit… unnerving."
[15:18] <Ikari‘Yui> ["… Mmm. Either way…" Dr. Ikari smiles. "You aren’t in any danger, Aline."]
[15:20] * Aline nodded again. "Thank you, yeah. Also for establishing that Atticus is working from outdated information, which'll keep some of this kind of thing from happening again." …A second afterwards, Aline's face got real goofy-looking, like she was thinking of something very strange but amusing and was trying -not- to talk about it.
[15:21] <Ikari‘Yui> [Dr. Ikari was watching Aline- but didn’t say anything. She couldn't know what Aline was thinking, after all.-
[15:21] <Ikari‘Yui> [Shinji did, however, turn around and put his hand on Aline’s. "That's good, though, isn't it?"]
[15:23] <Aline> "Yeah, it is. Ceasing to exist or being absorbed into the unit or /whatever/ would have happened from that is good to avoid! I mean… god, also means I won't end up causing a scene when I get back. I'm already pretty leery about annoying some of the people there."
[15:23] <Ikari‘Yui> ["At Paris-2?" Asked Shinji.]
[15:27] * Aline nodded quickly. "Yeah! Especially Ginni- I mean, Commander Fontaine, or Jeanne Simon, who’s in charge of Section-2. You know, the internal security group. The Commander because she's ice-cold to everyone but Sera most of the time, and Jeanne because, well. I know stuff, and it feels odd to know so many things not -officially- told to me, and then be reminded of the security people
[15:27] * Aline around me."
[15:28] <Ikari‘Yui> [Dr. Ikari smiled. "They really are there for your protection first and foremost, you know." She said with a smile, before getting to her feet. "Ah- but I feel the surf calling to me. Are the two of you thinking of joining me later? Or would you prefer to be… Alone?"]
[15:31] * Aline looked at Shinji a little. "Well…" Then she fully turned to him. "I think, really, you’re the one who'd have more of a reason to make a choice there."
[15:42] <Ikari‘Yui> [Shinji turned to her, taken aback. "Uh- er, me? I have to choose…?"]
[15:45] * Aline smiled. "Well, you don’t -have- to, but you're the one whose comfort is affected by the… latter choice, right?"
[15:48] <Ikari‘Yui> ["E-er." Shinji blushed. "Right… W-well." He turned to look out at the coast. He stared at the group- especially at little Rei. And then looked at his mother. Then back to Aline. "U-Um. Is it ok if I just stay with Aline…?"]
[15:49] * Aline smiled a little. "That’s fine~"
[15:51] <Ikari‘Yui> [Dr. Ikari smiled. "Alright. Remember what we talked about, Shin-chan." She stretched, and reached down to pat them both on the head- before running off into the surf.]
[15:52] * Aline then stood up, brushing a little bit of sand off her skirt - though it was a smidge hard to tell. "So! What do you want to do today? Go out on the town, go swimming on our own, find some kind of attraction or other thing… or something else?"
[15:55] <Ikari`Yui> ["Ah, well…" Shinji stood up. "Why don’t we go see the town? If that's alright…"]
[15:57] * Aline nodded rather swiftly. "Right! We can do that, I'm sure there's some interesting places to go look at there. Let's wander a bit first, then if something catches one of our eyes, we'll look into it, huh?"
[16:00] <Ikari‘Yui> ["Ah, alright…!"]
[16:10] * Aline then basically headed off, out into the city. She had no idea where she’d go first, but… Probably stunning architecture, maybe some art galleries or similar if she saw them, possibly a nice clothing boutique… Those'd catch her eye. In fact, maybe a big one that had both boy's and girl's clothing. …Yes, that could get entertaining…
[16:14] * Ikari‘Yui is now known as Ikari`Shinji
[16:14] * Ikari`Shinji was, of course, at her side. And… He was holding her hand! Or trying, if she’d let him. In -real- public and everything. "It's so lively here…"]
[16:16] * Aline was letting him. "Yeah, I mean… it's… almost more lively than Paris-2. I guess because it's a resort town and not an Angel target?" She welled up a big semi-excited breath. Now she was actually -looking- for semifine clothing stores. "But everybody's having a good time, and is out on the streets… I guess maybe that might be a bit refreshing to have back home."
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[16:25] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Yeah…" Shinji rubbed his chin. "I haven’t been to Paris-2, not really… But." He smiles bashfully. "You'll have to come to Japan at some point. Tokyo-2 is really different."
[16:26] * Aline held out and waved her other hand a little (up and down, palm-down, so a normal conversational gesture) "Oh, really? Is it more lively, but in a more subdued way?… Or…?"
[16:28] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Well, it’s busy. Crowded. A lot of people live there now." Said Shinji. "It doesn't really have this… Feeling, though. People here feel like they're on vacation…"
[16:29] * Aline winked at Shinji. "Well, that's because they are, mostly! This is pretty clearly a resort town, after all~" She continued though, to search. Casually, just scanning her eye over this way and that.
[16:30] <Ikari‘Shinji> "R-Right, of course." Shinji reddened. "T-The other vacation places I’ve been to are a little secluded…"
[16:33] * Aline looked curiously at him - briefly taking her eyes off the storefronts. "Secluded?… So like, nature preserves or the like?"
[16:35] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Un." Shinji nodded. "W-We went to a hot springs when I was 8." He reddened curiously at that. "B-But I’ve also visited some of the game preserves around Japan, too."
[16:38] * Aline smiled and brushed back a bit of hair with her free hand. "Well, hotsprings are pretty popular places in Japan, so that's understandable. And game preserves… Ahhh, that must be pretty interesting. Why, I remember how Sera was nearly ecstatic when I told him there might be animals out in the Alps… it's a rare sight in city life, after all."
[16:40] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Yeah… Only cats and dogs in cities, mostly." … A pause. "… No wolves. Heh…"
[16:44] <Aline> "Nope! Not a one! No birds of prey or elks or other things like that either~" But… the free hand went back to her side. "I hope you had some fun there, then. Probably safer there than it was in the Alps, anyway." She nodded. "A pity most of the historical buildings that aren’t replicas have been basically blown up. That's the sorta trip I might want to take at least once, myself."
[16:46] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Maybe we can do that some time. Kyoto is still pretty untouched…"
[16:47] * Aline perked up with her eyes a little. "Oooh. A very historical town indeed!"
[16:53] * Ikari`Shinji nods! "It’s where my parents were married, actually…"
[16:54] * Aline grinned, and gained a bit of a sing-song tone. "Ah, how romantic~"
[16:55] * Ikari‘Shinji reddened slightly.-
[16:55] <Ikari`Shinji> [At this point, though, Aline wouldn’t be able to ignore the growing number of fashion stores. In fact, the entire street was mostly clothes… Some of them were indeed cross-sexes.]
[16:57] * Aline eyed over at one of the… better-presented ones. "…Hey, mind if we go shopping for a moment? I think there might be something I could find for you, too!" She gestured over at a store that included, indeed, enough types of clothing to please everyone.
[16:57] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Ah, sure. That isn’t a pro- w-we're not going to get matching outfits, are we…?"
[16:59] * Aline wagged a finger. "That'd be silly! And embarassing! And it'd keep me from wearing the rest of my wardrobe~"
[17:01] <Ikari‘Shinji> "A-ah! Of course." Shinji paused. "A-Aline, I’m not good with clothes. You will help me, right?"
[17:05] <Aline> "Yes! That was actually my entire idea. You need someone with a good eye for outfits to get you something nice. And I think I could find some more for myself, too~"
[17:11] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Ah. Ah, right. Your clothes always look so good… So that makes sense."
[17:14] * Aline pushed open (or pulled, whatev) the door to the place, and walked right on in. "In that case, let’s start with your outfit, shall we?" …Aline did pause in the middle of the place to stare out at the various things there… mostly just to ID what sections were which. Not that hard. Once properly scanned, she'd march on over to the men's/boy's area!
[17:15] * Ikari‘Shinji stared at a poster as they entered- it was similar to a few others around the city, which Asuka had seen as well. A poster of the three Evangelions in fighting poses. The words "THEY FIGHT FOR YOUR SURVIVAL. PURCHASE EVANGELION BONDS TODAY" were written across the bottom.-
[17:16] * Ikari`Shinji wound quickly keep up with Aline, though! New clothes- he had a feeling this would be a distinctly different experience from his -usual- experience with clothes shopping…
[17:20] * Aline had briefly eyed the poster, and… sorta tilted her head at it uncertainly… but then moved onwards! She’d give a small aside to Shinji, though. "Sooo, which do you have less of. Formal clothes or casual? Or somewhere between?"
[17:22] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Oh, well, I have more casual clothes than formal…" He scratched the back of his neck.
[17:26] <Aline> "Then formal. Just a little bit, maybe one or two. You don’t really have thaaat many occasions as such!" …So she started pushing back towards suits! With his complexion and hair… Mm. Men's suits didn't come in too many odd colors, but perhaps a straight-up black would work? Maybe if she could find a nice cut…"
[17:29] * Ikari‘Shinji followed on, looking at the outfits as he went… Looking a little apprehensive. "W-what about the cost…?"
[17:31] * Aline waved her hand a little. "I’m only getting one, and I have a NERV allowance. I normally spend it on lots of my own clothes… And sometimes big swords and demolitions equipment. It's smallish but since I'm on the commissary meal plan I hardly know what to buy with it!"
[17:32] <Ikari‘Shinji> "D-Demolitions…?!"
[17:40] * Aline started grabbing random black suits, and looking at their pricetags. She’d have to get a cheaper one, but it doesn't mean she'd sacrifice quality. "Yeah! Charges, blowtorch… I figure, with Angels coming around all the time, there might be a lot of rubble or other debris. What if I have to make my way to HQ through that? I figure it's just good insurance. And my dad works with demo
[17:40] * Aline companies so he has some literature on it that I've been able to borrow." Aline seemed to find a good one - deep black, gold buttonwork, a nice cut… And while she sized Shinji up, she winked at him. "After all, I already pilot a superweapon that could trash the whole city if I wanted it to. Getting him to let me read up on how to use RDX and do point-cuts on metal is kinda simple in
[17:40] * Aline comparison~"
[17:47] <Ikari‘Shinji> "O-Oh. I… I guess that makes sense." Said Shinji. Well, it -did-, didn’t it? "T-this one?" … Regarding the suit Aline was holding.
[17:52] * Aline tugged it a bit. "Yeah. I don't know about you, but I think a nice deep suit like this might make you look more proper." She held out her hands in a quasi-shrug. "Sometimes, formalwear is made to make you look a certain way, you know?"
[17:53] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Ah, right… S-Should I try it on?"
[17:57] <Aline> "Yeah~" …And then Aline looked around for a changing room! Could she see one from here?… If yes, she’d gesture for Shinji to follow her there. If no… then well she might have to ask for help.
[17:59] <Ikari‘Shinji> [There was indeed a changing room! A male and female one.]
[17:59] <Ikari`Shinji> [… Two rooms, not the same.]
[18:05] * Aline led him there, and held out her hand to the male one. "Let’s see you at least try it. I think you might get an idea of what you like if you see yourself in it, no?"
[18:08] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Right!" Said Shinji, nodding. He took the suit and disappeared into the changing room.-
[18:09] <Ikari`Shinji> Time passed.-
[18:09] <Ikari`Shinji> … Surely it shouldn’t take this long?-
[18:09] <Ikari‘Shinji> … There was the sound of a fall, and a muffled voice mumbling "I-I’m ok."-
[18:10] <Ikari‘Shinji> Eventually, the changing room door would open- revealing… Shinji. It wasn’t just Shinji in a suit, exactly- it was a Shinji made for going out. A newer, top-of-the-line, somewhat more dashing yet still affectionately vulnerable. He looked at Aline uncertainly.
[18:14] * Aline smiled… then smiled broadly. "Awww, it looks great! It even fits well! Why, I think you'll do really well when you go to formals now. And after all, what with your family -and- me, you probably might end up at at least one. Best to look good, no?"
[18:15] <Ikari‘Shinji> "A-Aheh." Shinji spun around a little awkwardly. "Right. L-Looking good is important." … As opposed to not being seen at all (his usual tactic). "C-Could you come over here please…?"
[18:18] * Aline did that, coming over quickly. "Y-yes?"
[18:19] * Ikari`Shinji tried his best to be -dashing-. He was, after all, wearing a suit- he put a hand around her waist and- he tried, he really did. A gentlemanly, graceful kiss on the lips! … Turned into a sort of tepid rapid peck on the cheek.
[18:20] * Aline giggled at that… and then gave him an honest kiss back - yes, on the lips. But a short one. "Ehe, don’t sweat it, you'll get used to it in time~"
[18:22] * Ikari‘Shinji reddened deeply. Kissing in private was a recent thing and he had to really steel those nerves to handle public affection. "O-Of course. Of-of… S-So! This is good?" Rapidly change that conversation.
[18:24] * Aline bowed her head a bit, before practically beaming at him. "Yes! Yes it is! And you can even relax knowing that you’ll look good in it but don't -have- to do the things it requires right away. Better to have something to be ready with, huh?"
[21:43] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Y-yeah… But now it’s time for you~" Shinji seemed a little happier at that!
[21:47] * Aline grinned wide. "Yes, it is~ Let's see here… I have a nice balance of formalwear and dead-casual stuff, so… Mmm, let's see here." …Aline had already started heading off towards the dressrack. "Something pretty enough to be special but simple enough to be worn normally. Also it's getting to be summer, so! I guess we should go for something lighter." She did quirk the side of her
[21:47] * Aline lips on the right. A sorta thinky expression. "…Though I kinda like the dark blue and such, it's a counterpoint to my hair… ah! Whatever." So she started searching!
[21:55] * Ikari‘Shinji had the good grace to look as though he were seriously thinking about it. And he was, the problem was that he just… He frowned. "W-well, um. Dark blue is… Graceful?"
[22:04] * Aline started to pull at various dresses on the rack… Pure white… god, she’d look bizarre. …Yellow kinda in the same boat. Hmmmmm. Aline did, though, comment back. "Well, it just looks better on me. I know you don't know this. I just like talking about it anyway, let you get into my head a little bit, huh?" She did finally eye a light pastel-orangeish dress, which had this neat
[22:04] * Aline gradient effect down to white near the bottom, with floral patterns interspersed in the gradient. "Ah! Here we go. Makes me think of ice cream snacks, but that's okay."
[22:06] <Ikari‘Shinji> "D-Don’t worry. I won't let anyone eat you."
[22:10] * Aline giggled… then it broke into a snicker, then she just suppressed it entirely. "N… no, I guess you won't~…" Oh god hold it in hold it in. But… regardless! She held it up in front of her chest, so that it draped down all the way. Owing to the shortness of her current skirt, it did a good job of completely masking her present outfit. "What do you think?~"
[22:15] <Ikari‘Shinji> "Hm. W-Well, I think it looks good now." Said Shinji. "B-but I think you’d have to put it on to really judge…"
[22:22] * Aline gently tapped Shinji on the nose. "Well yes! But see, I do that to make sure I didn't pick something that is fine to me but is totally nonsense to anyone else. But right, right, going to the changing room!" And she was off. …Come to think of it, Aline's being pretty up/bouncy as of right now. At any rate… Aline'd hop into the changing room, spending around a few minutes… then
[22:22] * Aline came out wearing it, actually going ahead and making a little twirl as she went out. "Ah~ Pretty light, and it's a good thing I paid attention to the size." While entirely modest, the dress was looser and less covering than the blouse-and-skirt combo she had been wearing (and deeefinitely more revealing than anything she had worn in the Alps), including most notably the entirely exposed
[22:22] * Aline shoulders and neck.
[22:32] <Ikari‘Shinji> "It… I think it suits you." Said Shinji bashfully, stepping forward to take a closer look. "It… It makes you really look like you’re here on vacation." He put a hand on her shoulder idly- a supportive gesture- … Then quickly withdrew it, blushing.
[22:36] * Aline darted out with a hand, to grab onto his. "Thanks… I think I'll get this one, then." She squeezed the hand briefly, then let go. "Anyway, got one more thing to look at. I kinda thought about it and I already have a lot of clothes in my suitcase, so taking too much back would be a problem… Ah well! So just one more to look at." …She did go back to change into her prior outfit
[22:36] * Aline - which was done reeeeal quickly. Then it was off to the girl's clothing area again! Aline was looking around carefully, and shooting glances back at Shinji relatively often.
[22:40] * Ikari‘Shinji followed on! There was nothing but complete, innocent, loving trust in those childlike blue eyes of his.
[22:50] * Aline thought long and hard about this… Dark hair, blue eyes, not quite as fair a complexion as hers… hm-hm. And summery. Preferably pretty feminine. But not matching! That’d just be bad form. She was also scoping out things in her size, just in case, but… let's see let's see. Ah! Perfect. She took a little (bigger than hers though!) multitone blue one with ocean-wave patterns…
[22:50] * Aline and rather than hold it in front of herself… Aline thrusted it against Shinji's chest, even adjusting the positioning a bit to make sure she had it done right. "Hmmmm… Yeah, I think that's the right color~"
[23:00] <Ikari‘Shinji> "H-Huh?" Shinji looked down at it, his face lovingly perplexed. "I-I don’t think you can judge how it'll look on you like that… W-we have different bodies, I-I mean…"
[23:01] * Aline giggled almost -insanely-. "This is a few dress-sizes too large for me, Shinji-chan~"
[23:06] <Ikari‘Shinji> "W-w-what? W-why are you…?"
[23:09] * Aline did an eyes-closed super-wide smile. "Oh, simple." She put the dress back, and got one nearby that /was/ in her size. "See, ever since I saw you, I thought you were cute. That’s, after all, why we're here and together and all that. But… I just got the weird idea in my head that you might've looked cute as a girl too. It's silly and sort of just a joke, but I wanted at least one
[23:09] * Aline little second of doing that. And I had it, and it was okay~" …Then a small assurance. "This one here /is/ my size, and I'm getting it for me."
[23:10] <Ikari‘Shinji> "C-Cute as a girl?!" Shinji blushed in shame. "A-Ah… A-Am I really so…?"
[23:12] * Aline held fingers real close. "Little bit, but better as a boy. It’s just a silly little thing is all~"
[23:13] * Ikari‘Shinji hung his head and covered his face, the blushing redness visible between his fingers. "A-aaaaah. Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine~!"
[23:20] * Aline waited calmly, even being nice enough to suppress her giggles. And she waited. Eveeeentually, though, she leaned down to peer up at him from through the fingers. "Okay, sorry for embarassing you so much, and I’ll never do it again - unless you want me to. Just wanted to get the stupid out, okay?"
[23:22] * Ikari‘Shinji stared back at Aline. "… Augh. I can’t…" He lowered his hands… And grabbed that blue dress.
[23:27] * Aline widened her eyes with genuine surprise. "I… I just was gonna press it up to you and… are you really going to…"
[23:28] * Ikari‘Shinji was staring at Aline with the desperate eyes of a man who has tried to punish someone and realised he is waaaaaay over his head. "D-Do you -want- me to?"
[23:34] * Aline was ultimately far too nice to go through with the nefariouser end of that. "I N-n-no I was just going to… I said it, that’s… it was just a silly joke and I…" Now /Aline/ was getting embarassed. "Sorry, I'm being weird and perverted again…"
[23:35] <Ikari‘Shinji> "…" Shinji stared. "… Dirty Aline."
[23:36] * Aline drooped her head down. "…Yeah…" A little part of herself was saying it was worth it, but the rest of her was pretty ashamed of herself.
[23:37] * Ikari`Shinji stared at the dress. Then finally he looked up at Aline. "L-Let’s buy it."
[23:40] * Aline …slowly nodded. "…Maybe when I get older I can wear a larger size… anyway." It seems like she had gotten ahead of herself on this. But… she took it, as well as the suit (quite possibly assuming he changed out of it), and the one she actually wanted… and went to ring it up, plopping down the money herself.
[23:43] * Ikari‘Shinji followed on- and when Aline had turned away, he smiled a little bashfully. As they walked he leaned forward and murmured in her ear.
[23:44] * Aline blushed… amazingly brightly… but whispered something back, almost shivering. It was something that took her by surprise, clearly.
[23:47] * Aline did quickly recover from the surprise and, as they were walking out of the store, she turned around and hugged him. It was like a point-blank tackle-hug, if that made -any- sense.
[23:52] * Ikari`Shinji had been blushing madly himself, because… Because, ok? He blushed even hotter as Aline suddenly hugged him. He returned it of course, but for a moment he seemed like a deer caught in the flight/fight reaction. "A-ah…"
[23:55] * Aline retracted quickly enough, but then nodded. "Again, I’ll be gentle with your emotions. I mean… it's… really good that… you're willing to deal with me being weird…" They were likely wandering around a bit more before heading back to the resort. "…But I want to make sure I can make things normal for you sometimes. It'd just be cruel if everything I did was to take you through
[23:55] * Aline a whirlwind of doing crazy things you're not used to, after all."
[00:02] * Ikari‘Shinji nodded quickly. "W-well… I-I mean I… I-I imagine I’ll b-become used to them over time, right? … This has been a weird week…"
[00:04] <Aline> "Of course, but…" Aline gestured a bit with her hands, holding them out and moving them up and down for a moment. "Trying to be careful, is all. I want to be nice, you know? And being nice means being gentle, in your case!"
[00:06] <Ikari‘Shinji> "B-But… If you’re happy, you don't have to worry." Said Shinji, giving her a genuinely warm smile- he looked strikingly like Yui at that moment. "As long as you're happy I'll do anything."
[00:08] * Aline smiled back, and patted him on the shoulder. "Alright then… I guess if you're happy when I'm happy I'll be happy about you being… oh my, that's a bit complicated. But the idea is there."
[00:13] <Ikari‘Shinji> "T-They call that love." He stepped forward, blushing, and put an arm around her waist. "A-ah, I’m so embarrassing…"
[00:15] * Aline wagged a finger. "That's fine, nobody's really paying attention but me anyway." …They should be coming up on the resort soon.

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