For The Waves And Sand

[20:44] <Dorian> [[SESSION 11: Neon Genesis Evangelion. Date: 1st July, 2015. Episode Title: For the Waves and Sand.-
[20:46] <Dorian> [The resort empties. The NERV guests pile onto their heavy-duty VTOL- some people might very well be late. It's the nature of the beast, after all, for things to go wrong on vacation.-
[20:46] <Dorian> [But nevertheless- below them, the snowy fields and alpine beauty that was L'Ouverture grows small below and behind them.]
[20:55] * Yanmei fussed with her cell phone, sending out a few texts as the snowy fields dropped away from sight. She stopped to cast one last look at them. Horribly cold down there, she knew, but she wished they could have spent more time there, skiing and talking carelessly.
[20:56] * Sept had eyed their transport with contempt, and entered somewhat reluctantly. His focus was soon stolen by the disappearing shapes of the resort and its surroundings. He might miss the place one day, but if it meant they were one step closer to Paris…
[20:58] * Aline had entered somewhat quietly, and sat down to just stare out the window at the snow as it rolled on by. And the mountains. And all those other… things.
[21:00] <Dorian> [They obviously weren't alone. The VTOL was practically noisy with all the people within- although there were a few changes.-
[21:00] <Dorian> [For one, Ritsuko was now casually avoiding Sept's eyes. Asuka was taking the time to deliberately include Yanmei into her conversations, and finally…-
[21:01] <Dorian> [Shinji was holding Aline's hand. In public and everything, and he seemed mostly fine with it.]
[21:06] <Sept> "Do you still fly, Viviane? It seems like it could be fun. but it'd have to be with something smaller than this…"
[21:06] <Dorian> ["Mmm, when I can." Said Viviane happily. "I don't have a plane, so I have to rent it, but when I do, I do have a lot of fun- maybe I'll take you out one day~"]
[21:07] * Yanmei glanced over at Isaiah between threads of conversation to see how he was holding up.
[21:09] * Aline held his hand… sort of like it was the only thing that was real to her at the moment. She wasn't -desperately gripping-, but it did seem to be almost the only thing she wanted to acknowledge that wasn't inanimate
[21:09] <Aline> *scenery flying past below.
[21:09] <Dorian> [Isaiah had fallen asleep. Which was odd- Yanmei had never known him to fall asleep during the day. Nevertheless, there he was, leaning on her shoulder- and leaning on -his- shoulder was a sleeping little Rei.]
[21:10] <Sept> "Could you? That'd be great!" Sera bounced, and gazed through the window of the aircraft… daydreaming of being in an aircraft.
[21:11] * Yanmei suddenly had her camera out now…
[21:15] <Dorian> [Time passed.-
[21:16] <Dorian> [The mountains gradually receded behind them, replaced with beautiful green hills and trees as the Alps gave way to gentler, more cultured land- and then finally, to the dazzling paradisaical beaches and resorts of the Riviera.-
[21:20] <Dorian> [Endless, hot sandy beaches… The sparkling blue of the ocean becoming frothy turqoise as it hit the coast. Dozens of boats and yachts dotted the horizon. Below them, the appealing, pleasant lowrise resorts that lined the coast.]
[21:23] * Sept looked outside, and then at Aline. "Nature..?"
[21:24] * Aline looked over at Sera… and stared for a second. "Ah, only the beach. Even then, only a little."
[21:25] <Sept> "…oh. Alright."
[21:26] <Yanmei> "Amazing…" Yanmei breathed. "There are so many boats."
[21:28] <Dorian> ["Eeeeee!" Asuka's exuberance was obvious. She was bouncy as hell ever since she'd started to walk again. "Look at that, Yanmei! Look!" She grinned. "All that water~ Sand~ We'll go swimming every day!"]
[21:28] <Dorian> [There were plenty of murmurs of appreciation from other individuals, too. Shinji leaned over toward Aline. "You'll be swimming, I bet."]
[21:30] <Yanmei> "Eh? Swimming?!" Of course, that was what people did at the beach, but why did she look so cautious about it?
[21:30] * Aline nodded to Shinji, and looked down at the duffel that had her vacation supplies in it. "…Yeah." She looked out the window again, for a moment, before turning back to Shinji. "I packed a few suits."
[21:30] <Dorian> ["That's right." Asuka leaned over Yanmei, her face determined.]
[21:31] <Dorian> [Shinji blushed slightly. "I'll look forward to it. You're probably pretty good at swimming, too."]
[21:31] <Dorian> ["You going swimming, Sept?" Asked Freya with a grin.]
[21:31] <Dorian> [Meanwhile, the VTOL continued to lower…]
[21:32] <Sept> "I… guess? I mean, it's probably cleaner than Seine, but. It's still just water."
[21:32] <Aline> "I am on the swim team, after all… I'm supposed to be pretty good." She gripped his hand a bit tighter, muttering the sentence over to herself, so quiet that Shinji -might- have been the only one able to hear it in the noise of the VTOL.
[21:34] <Yanmei> "I'll pass, Langley-Soryu. I'm more the sort to just relax on the sand anyway," she grinned. While wearing a modest but airy dress. God, this sucked…
[21:34] <Dorian> ["Ah, it's not just water, Septy-Sept. It's -the ocean-. It feels different." Said Freya cheerfully… Did Viviane just scowl?]
[21:35] <Dorian> ["Excellent." Said Asuka, blithely ignoring Yanmei's protestations. "I'll wake you up at 6 AM every morning."]
[21:36] <Yanmei> "Oi. Are you even listening to what other people are saying?" she complained.
[21:36] <Dorian> ["I'm listening to your heart!" Said Asuka smugly.]
[21:37] <Dorian> [Edgar and Alex look at each other cautiously. What on Earth did that mean?]
[21:39] <Dorian> [With a final -bump-… The VTOL landed.]
[21:40] <Yanmei> "Not listening to it closely enough, apparently?" She did catch the look between Alexandre and Edgar, which made her flush for a moment. But they were here! She stood up hastily and snagged her luggage.
[21:42] <Dorian> [Yanmei's haste bumped Isaiah's head off her shoulders! … The boy blearily opened his eyes for a second before his head fell to his right, onto Rei's.-
[21:42] <Dorian> [The VTOL doors slid open- letting a warm, balmy air in. It was a lot warmer than home.]
[21:47] <Sept> "It does..? Hmmh." Sera frowned at the ocean in the horizon for a moment, before being greeted by the humid coastal air. He got out with everyone else, and stretched. There was considerably less gaping this time around.
[21:47] * Yanmei hesitated, but took the time to shake Isaiah, trying to wake him and Rei up. "Hey. We're finally here. Why're you so worn out, anyway?"
[21:48] * Aline scrunched her face up at the warmth. In spite of how effing cold Paris-2 was all year, somehow the warmth seemed to… not hurt, but was uncomfortable. She grabbed her duffel, and stood up… not even letting go of Shinji's hand, leading to it sort of goofily hanging in the air until he'd decide to stand up himself. Aline really /was/ not letting go.
[21:49] <Dorian> ["Mmfmf." Isaiah's eyes slid open languidly, and he peered up at Yanmei. "Mmm… Sorry."-
[21:52] <Dorian> [Shinji wasn't going to let go either. He stood up with Aline did. "Would you like me to carry your bag…?"]
[21:54] <Yanmei> "Let's get checked in, okay? Then you can sleep as much as you want!" She glanced around for Ikari Yui, half-expecting her to take Rei as well.
[21:54] * Aline shook her head. "I got it. I didn't pack heavy."
[21:56] <Dorian> ["So. What do you think?" Asked Viviane of Sept hopefully.]
[21:57] <Dorian> ["Alright." Murmured Isaiah. He shook his head again, and tucked Rei up in his arms- before she was quickly extricated by the motherly figure of Dr. Ikari. "Thank you so much for caring for her like that, Isaiah-kun~" "I-It was no problem, Doctor Ikari." The boy smiled, and, when the good doctor had passed, looked at Yanmei bashfully.-
[21:57] <Dorian> ["Alright. Let's get going then." Said Shinji quietly.]
[21:58] <Sept> "I don't know yet. I like the temperature, though! It… feels a bit less empty. Have you been here before?"
[22:00] <Dorian> ["Mmm. Not here, exactly, but I've been to beaches before."]
[22:00] * Yanmei stared after the doctor, glancing back between her and the strangely-acting Aline Blanc. Had the two of them talked yet? Her own brow furrowed a little, but it was a passing expression. "You the littlest Ikari seem pretty close to each other, Isaiah."
[22:02] <Dorian> ["Yeah." Murmured Isaiah. "I wonder why? Do you know?"]
[22:04] * Aline nodded again, and started to head out, keeping pace with Shinji. She actually had to -try- to do that, because she had impulses to walk quicker or slower that she ended up fighting ever so often.
[22:04] <Yanmei> "Hm? That's what I was going to ask you. Maybe you remind her of her brother?" she teased, and took a step backwards toward the exit of the plane, waiting for him to ready himself and disembark as well.
[22:07] <Dorian> ["Maybe." Murmured Isaiah, throwing a look over at Shinji curiously. Either way, the boy shrugged, turned around, yawned a bit and started dragging his feet off towards the resort doors.-
[22:08] <Dorian> [Shinji himself was quiet, concerned even as he walked with Aline. "Do we want to sign in first?"]
[22:09] * Dorian deserves to be mentioned. He rolls out, stretching luxuriously as he did so- followed by the three bunnies. "Ah! The Riviera~"
[22:09] * Aline looked ahead towards the doors… "Yeah. Probably should get that over with."
[22:10] * Sept followed the others idly, carrying his bags (three of them) with relative ease. "What do you plan to do with your time here, Dorian?"
[22:11] <Dorian> "Frederic and I have some plans. You'll be joining us for 'em."
[22:11] <Dorian> [Frederic grinned. He turned to his little brother and fistbumped.]
[22:12] <Sept> "…oh? Anyone else?"
[22:13] <Dorian> "Hopefully." A wink.
[22:13] <Dorian> [Shinji led Aline (or was led) toward the resort doors! They were joined by Yui, at this point. "Happy to be here?"]
[22:14] <Yanmei> Out in the sun! It was warm, humid. Yanmei took a deep breath. "Way better than cold, stuffy Paris-2!"
[22:15] <Sept> "Ah. That's nice. I'll look forward to it, Dorian!"
[22:16] * Aline was reaching into a side pocket of her duffel to get out her ID… and sort of just looked at Yui. It wasn't a thousand-yard stare, but what it /was/ was devoid of hope, in a sort of way that actively proclaimed that fact about it. "…" She didn't even notice the Gosselin brothers' antics.
[22:17] <Dorian> ["Gonna run up and down this damn beach." Said Edgar, near Yanmei. "Gonna run up and down so hard, I'll form trenches. -Trenches-."-
[22:17] <Dorian> [Isaiah, meanwhile, seemed to be strongly resisting the urge to just sort of doze on Yanmei's shoulder and let her drag him along.]
[22:19] <Dorian> [Yui stopped and stared right back at Aline. In an instant her eyes went from carefree to concerned and searching.]
[22:20] * Aline got self-conscious at that, and… lingered long enough to make a little pout… before getting back to fishing for that ID, starting to look at the floor.
[22:20] <Dorian> ["Niiii-san." Tsubaki appeared at Sept's shoulder.]
[22:22] * Yanmei …could only imagine Edgar brawling with hapless beach-dwelling animals and suffering some sort of sunstroke now. She resisted a sigh.
[22:23] <Dorian> [Yui looked over at Shinji for a moment, before continuing on. Shinji still gently led Aline inside.-
[22:23] <Sept> "Hello, Tsubaki. How do you like this place?"
[22:23] <Dorian> [The inside of the resort was a lot different to the L'Ouverture. The L'Ouverture resembled a lodge, with wooden, cozy walls and panelling. This resort was open and sunny, with cheerful pictures on the walls and lots of beach tones.-
[22:23] <Dorian> ["I do." Tsubaki's eyes grew wide. "But what if there's quicksand?"]
[22:25] <Dorian> [Yanmei would feel a sudden weight on her right shoulder as Isaiah gave up and just sort of latched on sleepily.]
[22:25] * Sept laid down his luggage for the moment, and adopted a thinking pose. "Hmmmm. The beach is by the ocean, right? So you should be able to swim out if you sink too deep."
[22:26] <Dorian> ["B-But what if I get eaten by sharks, Nii-san?" Tsubaki's eyes grew wider.]
[22:27] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei patted him on the head. Check in and bed, she decided firmly, and guided him toward the reception desk.
[22:29] * Aline … flashed her ID almost automatically. "Aline Blanc." …Then looked over at Tsubaki. "Quicksand is in swamps."
[22:30] <Sept> "You can call Edgar! I'm sure he'll scare away the sharks if any wander this far~"
[22:31] <Dorian> ["Swamps?" Tsubaki blinked. "… No quicksand here? Nii-san! Don't go near the swamps!"]
[22:31] <Dorian> [Shinji flashed his little prefecture card as well- and the two of them were given their keys.]
[22:32] <Dorian> [Of course, we should introduce the receptionist! A tall, tanned blonde man with a winning smile. He winked at Alinji as they received their keys, and was quick to process Isaiah and Yanyan too.]
[22:32] <Sept> "Oh? I'll make sure and avoid all the swamps, then. Make sure you do the same!"
[22:34] * Yanmei peered down at her key with a polite thank you, searching out the room number. "Let's go, Isaiah!" She tugged him in the direction of it.
[22:35] <Dorian> ["Kay!" Chimed Tsubaki.-
[22:36] <Dorian> [Sera and Viviane would be easily processed too, as would everyone else. Asuka would be rooming with Freya this time, leaving Sophie by herself- apparently to the joy of all involved.-
[22:37] <Dorian> [Isaiah went without resistance. "Sn…"]
[22:38] * Aline followed along… or led… or followed her own 'set path'… or did -something-. But she definitely did head over to the room to at least set down all that baggage. Carrying. Ugh.
[22:42] <Dorian> [Aline and Shinji proceed to their room! It's certainly nice. Unlike the alpine lodge, it has a pleasant, sunny balcony and everything.]
[22:44] * Yanmei would emerge from her own room shortly, after leaving her things there and putting Isaiah down for a nap. She wandered back to the lobby, wondering if it was her place to seek out and speak with Ikari Yui about some things.
[22:45] * Aline was, for the most part, just setting down her bags, brushing dust off, and sort of trying not to look -too- horrible around Shinji. She was… at least self-conscious enough about that, after all.
[22:45] <Dorian> [Isaiah would sort of flop onto one of the beds and snooze mid-fall.-
[22:46] * Sept carried his luggage up to the room as well (proper see-you's were shared with Tsubaki and Freya), and laid down on the bed, staring at the ceiling. "Anything you'd like to do, Viviane?"
[22:47] <Dorian> [Aline, however… Might be too late. She would feel arms enwrap her from behind…]
[22:47] <Dorian> ["Hm…" Viviane tapped her chin. "Let's look around!"]
[22:49] * Aline practically jumped at the gesture, but… leaned back into the hug. "…Sorry…" At least in the semi-privacy of the room, she could honestly sound sad. It felt so hard to be like that in front of everyone else, and strangers too. Poor Sera didn't even /know/ yet.
[22:51] <Dorian> ["I-I don't know how to help." Said Shinji in a sad, little voice. It sounded as though he felt as though he'd failed!]
[22:52] <Sept> "Mmh! That sounds good!" Sera jumped back up, glanced outside, and made for the door. New adventure~
[22:52] <Dorian> [Yanmei, idly… Well, the lobby was mostly empty except for Asuka. Who was staring at her firmly.]
[22:54] * Aline sighed deeply. "…You already are. Sort of." She turned back over to look towards him, though with that arrangement, she found it very awkward. "It's not your fault, you know."
[22:54] <Yanmei> "… What's with that determined expression, hm?" She broke into a pleasant smile as she approached. "Already settled in?"
[22:56] <Dorian> [Asuka frowned. "You!" She sprang forward and- oh God, she was trying to put Yanmei into a headlock.]
[23:00] <Dorian> [Sept, meanwhile, would be followed by Viviane. "Let's get a lay of the resort first.]
[23:02] <Yanmei> "W-what are you?!" The redhead was lunging almost too quickly to react to! Yanmei nevertheless tried to slip out of range and frantically scrabble away. Asuka was going berserk!
[23:05] <Sept> "Yeah. Let's just find the nearest exit and start from the outside?"
[23:06] <Dorian> ["I-I know it isn't, but…" Shinji leaned forward slightly. "We-we're together, so we share our problems… Right?"]
[23:07] <Dorian> [Asuka now had Yanmei in a firm headlock! She started to rub her knuckles across the girl's scalp. "What's this about not swimming, huh, Yanmei?!"]
[23:10] * Aline tried to nod, but it seemed… halfway. Like she just tilted her head a little. "Share… right… But I don't even know how to explain. I don't even know if I should. It's not even something a normal person would know exists…"
[23:10] <Yanmei> "Gah! Quit it!" Flushed red with embarassment, she struggled, trying to think back to and execute a reverse hold that she had learned in combat training, but… it didn't work, of course, and it just looked like hopeless flailing. At least the lobby was mostly empty so that no one would see this! "You're barking up the wrong tree! I didn't even bring a swimsuit, so…"
[23:12] <Dorian> [Viviane grabbed Sera's arm. "Lead on, Captain Sera~"]
[23:13] <Dorian> ["Too bad, Yanmei! Too bad!" Now she was reaching down and tickling Yanmei's side! "Tonight, we're going to go out to the little city and -find- some."]
[23:14] <Dorian> [Shinji taps his forehead against Aline's, softly. "… Am I too normal, Aline?"]
[23:16] * Sept nodded, and followed the green emergency signs to the nearest exit, hopefully leading the two outside!
[23:16] <Dorian> [Sera and Viviane would soon find themselves outside. The front of the resort opened into a wide, wide veranda, with an open-air restaurant and luncheon, a cool breeze, and the beach~]
[23:18] * Aline …was a bit deflated by that. Not that she was really /in/flated to begin with. "Well, it's the… magic… AT Field… stuff. Er, it has to do with it." She said this in a half-done attempt at being endearingly vague. "That's rather close to the definition of 'not normal' from what I know."
[23:19] <Dorian> [Shinji frowned worriedly. "W-Well, explain it simply to me? What's got you so down?"]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "N-noo! Wait!" She squirmed under the tickle torture. Wearing something that revealing wouldn't have bothered her before, but now… She had actually thrown away her swimsuit before the trip. A lovely emerald colored bikini, picked out especially for the beach vacation months prior. "Negociate! Surely we can…!"
[23:23] <Dorian> ["So I wonder where Asuka went to?" "Maybe she's already swimming." "M-" … Yanmei would see Alexandre and Edgar emerge from around a corner. They stopped and stared.]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "…" Oh GOD.
[23:25] <Dorian> [Asuka stared up at them.-
[23:25] <Sept> "…it is quite a pretty view, isn't it? Is the ocean like this at all beaches?"
[23:25] <Dorian> [Alexandre and Edgar stared back. "… Uh."]
[23:25] <Dorian> ["Mmmm, not really." Said Viviane cheerfully. "Only the best are like this! And there aren't a lot of -those- left."]
[23:28] * Yanmei angled a quick glance up at Asuka, and then made another attempt to break the hold while she was distracted!
[23:30] * Aline looked at Shinji with this… just absolutely pathetic pout. Her eyes were watery, and her voice was wavering suddenly, as if all of a sudden a giant amount of self-control was dropped. "O… okay I'll… t-try. Just… uh, let's see, it-it-it's…" Aline took a big, big breath. "I have a gene that… that kinda… does… it, well, it's… it's a kind that makes me sensitive to AT
[23:30] * Aline Fields. I kinda-a mean psychic stuff. Like hearing Asuka… …screaming in pain fr-fr-from across the border of France and Germany. Or-or posting a really good sync ratio, if you… if y-you know what that means." Aline took /another/ huge breath, this time to try to choke down a sob before it broke out. She needed to finish this explanation. "Your mom told me that. B-b-but I heard from
[23:30] * Aline someone who talked with her th-that it's… actually… it actually uh… does what it does because it uh… makes me 'weak' to them, he said. So I'm still a bit synced with 00 even right now, and apparently it's gonna… …it's gonna /replace/ my field after a good while. I need that to live. I'm gonna… gonna just… 'cease to be'. D-d-do you even know what that'd be like? It's… it
[23:30] * Aline terrifies me. I'm r-r-r-really afraid."
[23:31] <Dorian> [Yanmei struggles in vain- Asuka suddenly tightens her grip. "What do you stupid idiots want?!" "E-Er, nothing, we'll just-" They're both gone. Quickly.]
[23:32] <Sept> "Ah… So it's up to us to remember this again, like the Valley..?"
[23:34] <Yanmei> "W-wait!" Even if it was awkward, she saw her last chance of assisted escape hurrying away. Now they were gone. Dismay!
[23:34] <Dorian> [Shinji stared, his eyes wide and… Scared. Yes, he was scared. He didn't understand the science. Half the terms Aline was using were terms he wasn't able to grasp. But he sensed her fear, her pain. And he knew what 'cease to be' meant. Visions raced through his mind, and he suddenly started to shake. "N…"]
[23:37] <Dorian> ["Well, sort of. But this place will be here for awhile, I think. We can build beaches, sort of." Said Viviane cheerfully. "Where do you wanna go? Try the sand?"]
[23:37] <Dorian> [Asuka glowers at them. "Damn stupid boys. Anyway. You! Tonight, 6 PM. We go out and we buy swimsuits. You and me. Don't bring that silly boy of yours- or any of the other pilots, especially not the Fifth Child!"]
[23:38] * Aline just collapsed in his arms, the outpouring of effort done. It was a dark mirror to how she just dropped from the fatigue of the last battle she had been in. This time it wasn't work to try to fight something outside that threatened her. It was just work to fight herself. "Ss… so sorry I didn't… have the courage to say it earlier. And, and and and sorry I've been just sitting
[23:38] * Aline here… breaking apart instead of asking for proof… asking l-like I told myself I would!"
[23:40] <Yanmei> "Huh? Why would I bring de Pteres?" She tried to imagine him in the ladies swimwear section of a shop or department store, blinking around with a bewildered expression.
[23:41] <Dorian> ["Just don't, ok?" Asuka still held on. "Listen. I even know what we'll buy. We'll buy full body wetsuits. That way we can still swim and we won't have to worry about anyone thinking…" She paused. "Anyway, I'm sure the idiots will think quite the opposite!"]
[23:43] <Sept> "That's good! Yeah, maybe we should." Sera lead the way down to the beach.-
[23:43] <Dorian> ["I-It's ok." Murmured Shinji. He held Aline tightly. As tightly as he could- a protective envelopment. He couldn't protect her from -this- though, could he? Even if he tried, he… His eyes started to fill with tears. "I-It's ok…"]
[23:44] <Yanmei> "Wetsuits, huh?" Those things surfers wore. They probably came in some cute patterns, too. She started to relax a little. "All right. That doesn't sound so bad? 6 PM, then."
[23:44] <Dorian> ["You promise? No wheedling out?"]
[23:44] <Yanmei> "I promise. I'll buy one."
[23:45] <Dorian> [Asuka let her go.]
[23:46] * Yanmei stands up, gratefully, and tries to straighten out her clothes. "You could have just said so before, you know~"
[23:47] <Dorian> ["Yeah, well, y'get more with a word and a wrestle than you do with just a word, y'know!" Asuka straightened up. "Elliot Ness said that."]
[23:48] <Sept> Having walked aorund for a while, something occurred to the boy. Something integral was missing from this experience. He took his shoes off and walked around, felt the sand between his toes. He laughed, nay, giggled. "It's so soft~"
[23:49] * Aline slumped into him, having long ago started crying. "I… I hope so. It doesn't feel the same as s-something I can stand up and fight… that bothers me." She chuckled a bit, but it was the blatantly-false chuckle of someone trying gallows humor and failing miserably at changing the mood. "Aheh, I guess I'm not as invincible as I thought I was… Doesn't m-matter if Sera and Yan-yan
[23:49] * Aline get downed in battle and I d-d-don't. They don't have this to deal with."
[23:51] <Dorian> [Viviane discarded her own shoes and socks. The sand squished beneath her feet! "C'mon, Sera! Let's run into the surf! We won't go too deep, just so the water laps about~"]
[23:52] <Yanmei> "He did? Need to brush up on my history." She stretched, and peered down at her watch. "What should we do until 6, then?"
[23:55] <Dorian> [Shinji squeezed. "A-Aline… P-Please, look up at me…"]
[23:56] * Aline …did that, if slowly - even turning around so she was facing him. "Ah…?"
[23:58] <Dorian> ["Aline… Y-You're still… Still invincible. You're s-still strong. N-Nothing is going to happen to you." Shinji stared down at her. "N-Nothing. E-Even if 00… Replaces your field or… Or makes you not exist, I-I'll make it stop. I-I don't know how, but I'll… I'll make it. I'll rip into it. I'll pull you out again. I'll make it give you back to me!" Tears rolled down his face.]
[00:00] <Sept> And run into the surf they did! The water was only mildly cooler than the air, and felt quite refreshing against the skin. Sera was quite clearly enjoying himself.
[00:00] <Dorian> ["Well." Asuka folded her arms. "We can play… Tennis."]
[00:02] <Dorian> ["Seeeeera! Do you wanna go back and change?" Asked Viviane. "We can go swimming for real~"]
[00:04] * Aline stared right back, eyes widening, pupils dilated as if it was the most terribly shocking thing she heard, the most absolute surprise possible. "Th… thank you." Aline almost whispered those words, just because she could already feel her breath starting to falter in place of… the quick gasps of air… then… just achingly loud sobs as she buried her head into his chest.
[00:06] <Dorian> [Shinji could not possibly hug any tighter. No. There was only one thing left to do now- and now that she was so… Fragile in his arms, he felt not a skerrick of fear as he gently tilted her head back and kissed her.]
[00:07] <Yanmei> Playing a competative sport with her was… probably asking for trouble, wasn't it? But she was pretty confident in her own skill too. "No problem? If you want to lose at something that badly, I'll be happy to oblige~"
[00:09] <Dorian> ["Oooooi." Asuka glowered. "We -could- do that. Or we could challenge Alex and Edgar, those idiots."]
[00:10] <Yanmei> There was a sudden twinge of forboding at having Edgar and Asuka in the same competative game. At least they wouldn't be on the same team together… "If we can find them. Looks like you scared them off before."
[00:11] <Sept> "Let's do that, Viviane!" Sera ran the way back up the shore to reunite with his footwear - glancing around in a slightly hyperactive manner.
[00:12] <Dorian> ["Of course. Any -sane- man fears the mighty Asuka the Great~" She started to walk off. "Come on, idiot!"]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Who's an idiot?" she shot back. Geeze, this girl and her attitude. She started roaming as well, eyes peeled for the infamous duo
[00:14] * Aline blushed - not that anyone could tell - and… for the briefest second, she just completely stopped. Her sobs halted completely, her body stopped shaking. Aline looked slowly upwards… stared at Shinji. It didn't quite last long enough for it to seem unbearably long (whatever that means)… not the least because Aline went straight for a kiss back. Right on the lips.
[00:18] <Dorian> [Sera and Viviane rushed back! Sera was having -fun-. But before long they'd return in their swimclothes- Viviane, at least, was wearing a flattering one-piece swimsuit. But being responsible, she'd also brought a pair of beach towels.]
[00:19] <Dorian> [It wouldn't be hard for Yanmei and Asuka to find the duo- the two were talking furiously and quickly to… Frederic and Patrice, who were grinning like foxes.]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Oh no…" Yanmei sized this situation up, and steeled herself before approaching. Maybe it wasn't as bad as it looked. "Hello gentlemen."
[00:22] <Dorian> [Shinji kissed back. What else could he do? What else would he -want- to do but kiss and comfort her right now…? … Kiss. Oh God. What was he- whatwashe- glimmers of panic broke through the walls of ardent affection he'd built up.]
[00:24] <Dorian> [Frederic looked up. "Yaaaaaaaanmei. How could you?!" He said in despair. "How could you let -her- beat you?"]
[00:28] * Sept helped pick a suitably empty (as far as one could find in a place like this, of course) spot to set up their towels. He lay soaking up the warmth of the sand and the sun for a while longer. "A swim?"
[00:28] * Aline certainly wasn't stopping, and… just practically threw herself into it. And Shinji for that matter, what with how she was pressed up against him pretty hard. She did, eventually, break off the kiss, mostly so she could have the chance to lock eyes with him and show the heady mix of lingering sadness, relief, and just… well… okay, a bit of passion too. An awkward sort, punctuated
[00:28] * Aline by pants drawn from -exhaustion- as much as from her emotions.
[00:30] <Yanmei> "Ah." Aaaah, so that was what they were talking about. Another bet. Was it any wonder? "It couldn't be helped? She got me by surprise. Next time, though, will be different."
[00:31] <Dorian> ["Gonna beat you to it, Sera!" Viviane ran towards the surf, giggling~]
[00:33] <Dorian> ["Ah-ah…" Shinji was breathing very rapidly as they broke off now- a little -too- rapidly. His eyes darted around the room for a moment before locking back on Aline. "A-Aline… W-wh-wh-wh-what d-do we-…"]
[00:34] <Dorian> ["Hah!" Asuka rolled her… Er, eye. "Unlikely, Yanmei. Anyway, you two!" She pointed at Alex and Edgar. "Yanmei wants to beat you both at Tennis!"]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "What? -You- were the one suggesting it? I'm just an innocent tennis partner along for the ride."
[00:37] <Dorian> [Asuka did a twirly-hand gesture at her. Edgar, on the other hand, was already crackling knuckles. "Let's do it."]
[00:37] * Aline caught her breath… and blinked a few times. "…I don't… know." She looked… not confused, but chances are her emotions were pretty confused about all this. Relief and passion and concern and the pressure to try to get back together and it was hard to even pin down what her expression /was/. "I just… it just feels like… I just did what I felt… Er…" Okay, blushy shyness,
[00:37] * Aline now /that/ was more analyzeable.
[00:38] * Sept accepted the challenge! He sprinted after Viviane, but she had her head start. She made it to swimmable depths first, with Sera clumsily falling underwater behind her, emerging some seconds later. "Wow… the water is really. Wow."
[00:38] <Dorian> [Sera is then promptly the target of the world's oldest beach activity: being splashed in the face.]
[00:40] * Yanmei eyed the Gosselin boys. No doubt, they were already starting to toss bets back and forth…
[00:41] <Dorian> [Shinji was starting to take deeeeep breaths now. He ran his hands through his hair. "U-Ugh… S-Sorry. I messed it up…"]
[00:42] <Dorian> ["I propose a challenge." Said Frederic.]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "…oh?"
[00:44] <Sept> "Ackglrph" It took him a while to realise what had happened. When he did, however, retaliation was a thing that took place! And after that, -evasive diving maneuvers-!
[00:45] <Dorian> ["Asuka and Edgar versus Alex and Yanmei." Frederic grinned. "I'll shout the winners dinner."]
[00:47] * Aline shook her head. "N-no, I was the one that pushed it more… Ahhh, I'm sorry! It's me… I'm the one who was… who is… er… you know." She was scratching her head a bit.
[00:47] <Dorian> ["Eeeeek!" Wild flailing giggles. And then- hands oh god hands HIS FOOT]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "With… Fontaine?" She eyed Alexandre, trying to keep her open distain to a minimum. It was difficult.
[00:49] <Dorian> ["With -Zhang-?" Alexandre had no such compunctions. "With the way she flails about she's liable to hit me more instead of the ball. That is, she'll hit me once, which is once more than the ball."]
[00:51] <Dorian> ["N-No, I started… Agh." Shinji sat on one of the beds heavily. "I-I'm… I d-don't know how to… A-Aline… I j-just- it- it feels -weird-…" He blushed himself now. "K-Kinda stupid, but…"]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Then if I -do- happen to hit you with a racket, we could just chalk it up to clumsy playing, then? This might be an interesting idea after all!"
[00:52] <Sept> Hands on his foot oh god the sharks where was Edgar he was too far away what oh. Sera attempted to establish a counterhold!
[00:54] <Dorian> [Asuka and Edgar were eyeing each other. Finally, Edgar nodded. "We'll do it." "H-Hey, Edgar, what?" Alex frowned. Then looked back at Yanmei. "And to think I can do the exact thing back."]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "If you can," she said sweetly. "But I doubt that."
[00:57] <Dorian> ["Pfft. Anything can hit your overly swollen head, Zhang."]
[00:57] <Dorian> [The Gosselins are watching with evil grins. This was gonna be so awesome.]
[00:58] * Aline tilted her head a bit… then gulped slightly, obviously gathering a bit more courage. She had now ended up… plopping on the opposite bed. "That's what I meant, I'm the one that… well, wants that. Like… uh… er, this and that." She hoped using Japanese slang in English would get the point across. Why did she even know that? God, how precocious /is/ she? "So even if… you…
[00:58] * Aline uh started, I uh… I pushed…" Something snapped. If this were an anime or somesuch, this'd be where a little 'plip' or something would play to accompany the look of shock. "Oh god oh god sorry I didn't mean to get all perverted on you when you're still a bit uncomfortable and I'm still getting over feeling bad and then I just went with it and and and and aaaaaaaaaa." At least her panic
[00:58] * Aline was more adorably embarassed than the soulcrushing despair from earlier.
[01:00] <Yanmei> "It's a bit hypocrital for you to go around talking about big heads, Mr. Fontaine," she snorted. She turned to go. "Let's get this over with."
[01:00] <Sept> Conventional tactics were insufficient! His foe was far too agile and clever to just let its advantage be taken away. But! It wasn't agile enough to avoid Sera's acrobatic fucking underwater pirouette! Sera's hands found -something-, and used it as well as they could for a lock.
[01:02] <Dorian> [Shinji stared at Aline. His eyes were wide and if this were, in fact, an anime, the top half of his head would be a dark blue colour. "U…U….Uh…"]
[01:04] <Dorian> [The six of them- Yanmei, Asuka, Edgar, Alex and the Gosselins- would move off. Before long they'd be in a -very- attractive looking open tennis court- with four tennis rackets and a lot of balls. Patrice would be ball boy.]
[01:05] * Aline was starting to curl up in a little ball. Not a literal fetal position, though. "Ah-ah-ah that that's nothing to worry about just… ah… yeah uh it's all fine. Are you fine? I'm fine. Mostly. I mean I can't say that I'm totally fine but I feel better than before?…" She put her hand on her head. "Aaa, what am I even talking about."
[01:06] * Yanmei spun her racket a few times, crouched slightly in a ready position. She was glad that she had gone casual today, and was wearing gym shoes and cutoffs.
[01:08] <Dorian> [Sera would find himself gripping Viviane's wrist in an inescapable grip! She struggled furiously- but to no avail! Tug. Tug.]
[01:10] <Dorian> [Alexandre was wearing… Well, less than optimal clothing. A very neat pair of pants and a white shirt! Edgar had a tracksuit on, and Asuka had had to run off and change out of her yellow sundress into something else- a longsleeved shirt and a white skirt over shorts. "Alright. Yanmei serves." Said Alex, tossing her a ball.]
[01:12] * Yanmei caught it, bouncing it a few times against the ground. "Let's get started! She tossed it into the air, and swung her racket to bat it over the net.
[01:12] <Dorian> [Shinji felt very chilly and cold. It was shame! And a little bit of guilt. "I-I…" He blushed. "A-Aline, d-do you really feel s-so… So strongly…?"]
[01:13] <Dorian> [The ball swung over! "Asuka, get it-" "I know, stupid!" Asuka vollied it back!]
[01:14] * Yanmei hurried forward a few steps to return it!
[01:15] <Yanmei> …and swung at air, missing the ball by a good few inches. "F-fast!"
[01:17] * Aline nodded her head slowly. "…Er… yeah…?" /Now/ she was confused. Isn't this how it goes? It certainly /feels/ like how it should be. Right?
[01:19] <Dorian> [Shinji stood up from his bed and walked over to her's. He sat down next to her. "W-Well, I mean… I… I don't… -Not- want to… It's… It's just awkward… And…"]
[01:19] <Dorian> [Alexandre vollied it back. "So -clumsy-, Zhang."]
[01:20] * Yanmei shot him a dirty look.
[01:22] * Aline looked over to him, and then nodded. "…Ohhhh. I see! I forget that that kind of thing is just as awkward as the actual feelings and romance. It's okay, let's just say that I got a bit carried away, huh?" …It looks like her mood finally had enough time to stabilize. Also, did she seriously think that?… Odd.
[01:22] <Dorian> [Asuka smacked it back! Aimed squarely at Yanmei now. "Hya!"]
[01:23] * Yanmei was more prepared this time, sending it back over the net, toward Asuka. "Nice try!"
[01:25] <Dorian> ["H-heh. Right. W-We just got a little carried away…" Shinji gave her a nervous smile. "… U-Uh." Blushing a little, he did an odd thing. He reached out and started to tickle her feet.]
[01:26] * Aline was pretty surprised!… And a little giggly. "Eeep! Hey tha-" …No, you idiot, of course it tickles. But nonetheless, she squirmed around a bit. Apparently pretty ticklish!
[01:27] <Dorian> [Asuka smacked the ball back! "Hyah!~" "… Asuka! That was -my- ball!" "Shut it, idiot!"]
[01:28] <Dorian> [Shinji kept tickling. And now he held her foot, too!]
[01:30] * Aline couldn't take it anymore and toppled over, falling backwards onto the bed, yelping amidst the laughs and other various high-pitched sounds. Twitchy, too. "Eeeeaa, too ticklish!"
[01:31] * Yanmei scrambled to volly back… and made it somehow!
[01:31] <Dorian> [Edgar scrambled to smack it back- and missed. Asuka, however, did -not-. "Urgh, Edgar. Why even bother?"]
[01:33] <Dorian> [Shinji giggled himself, even though he felt incredibly awkward and was blushing like mad. This… This is how otosan did it, right? He crept up now and started tickling her neck.]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Hup!" she had to jump to smack this one, sending down toward the other side at a sharp angle.
[01:34] <Dorian> [Asuka -missed-. "E-Eh!" … And Edgar caught it. "Ha! Take that, you shrew!"]
[01:35] <Dorian> [Alexander coolly parries it this time.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Nice of you to help out for a change," she said sarcastically.
[01:37] <Dorian> ["Oh, be quiet, you overinflated harpy." Says Alex smoothly. Asuka parries the ball back!]
[01:38] <Sept> The two grappled and tumbled underwater, but they seemed to be at an impasse. Eventually, Sera would start running out of air. However, surrendering was hardly an option. He kicked the ocean floor with his one free leg, and scrambled upward while still holding on! Reaching the surface, he tried to reason with the enemy. "D- *cough* Draw?"
[01:38] * Aline was even rolling side to side! She began to have shorter breaths from the constant spree of giggles, and almost kneed him in the gut because of all the moving around. Thankfully, though, Aline had at least /some/ presence of mind, and instead managed to turn the kneeing into a sort of clamping motion. She had no idea onto /what/, but that leg was going to press closed rather than
[01:38] * Aline do something very painful.
[01:39] * Yanmei charges and swung, and hissed through her teeth in surprised annoyance and she missed!
[01:41] <Dorian> ["I can see why they expect you to -hyah-" Alex hits the ball back. "Protect the world. No Angel would take you seriously!"]
[01:41] <Dorian> ["G-gughgh." Viviane spat out. "Draw. Best out of three?"]
[01:42] <Dorian> [Shinji would now find his leg clamped in place. Oh God this was awkward. What would Otosan do? … No! No! He knows what Otosan would do! "A-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah-" His panic is barely clamped down upon as he starts to tickle Aline even more furiously.]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "At tennis, maybe. The next time we have a match with an Angel, I'll let you know how it goes." She rolled her eyes.
[01:43] <Dorian> [Asuka smacks the ball back. "One eye never dies~"]
[01:46] <Sept> Heavy breathing. "Draw. Goodwhaghblrf" The water why was it in his face! As soon as he could confirm there was air in his lungs and not water, Sera dove back down.
[01:48] * Aline was fortunately being tickled -way- too furiously to really question the sudden yell… battle yell? Yell of panic? Something! So instead she grabbed onto him with her hands too… and finally relented. By relented, we mean she started tickling back! Going for the armpits because hey they're actually pretty sensitive! "Ha-haaa!"
[01:49] <Dorian> [In their underwater struggles, Sept would suddenly find himself fighting a -superior opponent-. Before long his hands would be pinned together and Viviane would be behind him… Somehow.]
[01:50] <Yanmei> Oh no!" Yanmei reached, but the ball whizzed past without her being able to even nudge it. It was up to Fontaine now!
[01:50] <Dorian> [Alex… Reached! And he… Missed! "D-Damnit, Zhang! Do your goddamn job!"]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "Do yours!" she shot back. "Maybe if you spent less time rambling and more time swinging, you would have made it!"
[01:53] <Dorian> ["G-gaaaaah!" Shinji started to giggle. What could he do! He reared back- what- the Gendo Manouevre was broken!]
[01:53] <Dorian> ["What about you? 'Oh next time we fight an Angel memrmrrmrmrmrmr!" Alex started doing yap-yap gestures.]
[01:54] * Sept would struggle for quite a while before surrendering. How did she do it? A -mystery-.
[01:55] <Dorian> [Viviane made sure they could surface, though. "Do I win~?"]
[01:56] * Aline was blissfully unaware of how much of a /tactic/ she had just been subjected to, but she wasn't about to go down without a fight!… Thinking in obtuse ways, she decided to move over to his ears, tickle-scritching them like he was some kind of cat. …A notion that vaguely amused her.
[01:56] <Sept> "I think you do. You were really fast, Viviane!"
[01:56] <Yanmei> "I wouldn't have said that if you didn't distract me!" She flipped her hair. "This is tennis, not your lame debate team. Maybe you should remember that?"
[01:58] <Dorian> ["Distract you?! I need to be here to balance out your staggering incom-" A ball flies over the net!]
[01:59] <Dorian> ["Oh, I wasn't -that- fast." Said Viviane with a grin. "It's all a matter of knowing how to move in water." She releases him. "I'm still gonna win."]
[01:59] * Yanmei doesn't even notice it! She's too busy sniping at Alexandre. "What did you say?!"
[01:59] <Dorian> ["!" Alex smacks the ball back on reflex. "IDIOT! PAY ATTENTION!"]
[02:00] <Dorian> [Shinji started to curl up into a little ball himself now, giggling- were his ears really that sensitive? Maybe he had a cat's ears. "A-ah…ahaha… S-Stoop…"]
[02:01] <Dorian> [The ball hurls itself through- and neither Asuka or Edgar get it. "E-eh? That was yours, Edgar!" "It was yours!"]
[02:03] * Aline giggled heavily, and scritch-scritched a little more… but then thought for a moment, and used the chance to actually move to yet another totally different thing. "Okay~" …Namely, starting to give him a little kneading shoulder massage~
[02:03] <Sept> "Really~?" This time, the pilot took the offensive. Sera covered his dive with another splash and went for a direct rush!
[02:04] <Dorian> [Frederic and Patrice are watching from the sidelines. With a single, synchronised action they both pop a handful of popcorn into their mouths. "This is amazing." "You're the best, big bro."]
[02:05] * Yanmei turns away from Alexandre sharply, still fuming. That idiot was probably going to boast about it too, when it was clearly a lucky shot!
[02:05] <Dorian> ["See? Zhang, you're useless… Go serve."]
[02:06] <Dorian> [Sept would find… Where had his prey gone?!]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "I don't need a smug snake like you to tell me what to do on the court," she snapped. She bounced once, and then sent the ball sailing
[02:07] <Sept> (Oh god the sharks they took her and then they're gonna take me oh my goooood)
[02:08] <Dorian> [No sharks! Sept suddenly finds his feet being grabbed! Both of them at the same time~]
[02:09] <Dorian> ["A-Ah…" Shinji was blushing. A lot- but… "A-Aline. That…"]
[02:10] <Dorian> [Asuka parries the ball back swiftly! "Ignore him, Yanmei!"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "I intend to!" She ignored the ball too, apparently. Again.
[02:11] <Sept> "Gluph" Sept barely caught himself before trying to gasp underwater. He tried to turn around, he could still force a draw like the first time!
[02:11] <Dorian> ["Sigh." Alex hits the ball back. Casually. "Zhaaaaang."]
[02:11] * Aline quirked a brow. Knead, knead. She wasn't trained or anything, but because she Knows Things, she knew about points of tension, especially what with carting bags. Knead~ "That what?"
[02:11] <Dorian> [Sept turned around- and… No! Legs around his chest, arms in a pin, he was -beaten-.]
[02:13] * Sept didn't even have room to struggle back this time. Her lock was professional. Almost -too- professional.
[02:14] <Dorian> [Sept and Viviane would rise up to the surface again. "Seeeeera."]
[02:15] <Dorian> ["It feels good." Said Shinji quietly. "M-More than that, it… I don't feel so… Weird."]
[02:16] <Sept> "Viviaaaaaaaane." His tone was playfully complaintive.
[02:16] <Dorian> [Viviane poked him in the ribs. "You're so -thin-."]
[02:18] <Dorian> [A parry from Edgar. A ball would hurl itself at Yanmei…!]
[02:18] <Sept> "But, but doesn't that mean I'd be harder to catch? Now you're just making your victory sound more impressive..!"
[02:18] * Aline seemed pleasantly surprised by this, but worked her hands around in circles all the same. "Ah, that's good. It is pretty uh… low impact, I guess you could say? Calm and relaxing, even…"
[02:18] * Yanmei would return it effortlessly this time, with nary a grunt.
[02:19] <Dorian> ["Heeeheee." Poke poke! "'Ey look 'ere, I done caught myself a de Pteres! Dem rare, dose are!'"]
[02:19] <Dorian> [Whack! Asuka smacked it back.]
[02:20] <Dorian> ["Y-Yeah." Mumbled Shinji. "How're you feeling now, Aline…?"]
[02:21] * Yanmei tried but… didn't even get the chance to raise her racket again. At least she noticed the ball this time!
[02:22] <Dorian> [Alex smacked it back. "Hurr."]
[02:22] <Aline> "A lot better. Needed some good distractions, even after the more honest cheering-up earlier." She smiled softly as she kept going. "I've never had it that bad before, so I guess it's a good thing you were here for me."
[02:22] <Dorian> [Asuka countered! Edgar growled. "That was mine!"]
[02:23] * Yanmei …whiffed!
[02:23] <Dorian> [Alex… Missed. "Wh- ZHANG!"]
[02:24] <Dorian> [Shinji started to lean back into Aline now. "I-I did say I never wanted to leave you alone. E-Even if I weird out sometimes, I'm sticking to that…"]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Oh stop it! You're just as much to blame as I am!" She turned her nose up at him. "You're such a child, Fontaine!"
[02:24] <Sept> "Ehh?" Sera was happy to just laugh along. "Yeah, guess we are. What did you plan on doing with your exotic find?"
[02:25] * Aline gave a little squeeze, before working on the side muscles a little. "I meant before we even met~ Not even the really scary kidnapping was that bad, is all."
[02:25] <Dorian> ["Do you make good eating?" Viviane pondered. "Or should I just keep you as some sort of pet?" Freedom, once again! "Nah. A de Pteres should be allowed to roam free and play its song wherever it likes~"]
[02:27] <Dorian> [Shinji frowned. It wasn't an angry frown- more a dismayed and upset one. He looked back at her with those sad blue eyes of his. "Well… I'm glad you're alright now. You're pretty when you're happy."]
[02:27] <Dorian> ["It was -your- ball, Zhang! Your ball!" Shouted Alexandre.]
[02:28] <Dorian> [… A ball whizzed toward them. Asuka was fond of taking advantage of their weakness.]
[02:28] * Aline smiled a bit, and close her eyes, turning the last of the massage into a soft little hug. "Aww, thanks~"
[02:29] * Yanmei backhanded it without looking! "Such a child," she repeated again, giving him a superior look.
[02:31] <Dorian> ["H-Hehe." Shinji nestled into the hug. Looking up at her, he reached up and stroked her face. "… Thank you."]
[02:31] <Sept> "Hehee~ That's right! But they always properly show their gratitude~" Sera jumped right back onto Viviane, unleashing his secret lock hug technique!
[02:31] <Dorian> ["Don't you call me a child-" Patter! The ball flew towards Yanmei.]
[02:32] * Yanmei swung again, and returned it, turning around properly this time. "Hyaa~"
[02:33] <Dorian> ["Ack!" Viviane had no way to counter the LOCK HUG TECHNIQUE. "Aaaaack~"]
[02:34] <Dorian> [Edgar swung- missed. But Asuka hit it back! "We should just play without these idiots, Yanmei~"]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "Seriously. Ah-!" She missed again.
[02:35] <Dorian> [Alex parried! "Eat that humble pie!"]
[02:36] <Dorian> [Asuka returned, just as quickly.]
[02:38] <Yanmei> Another miss! Yanmei huffed in aggrevation!
[02:38] * Sept held on tight. "…Thank you, Viviane."
[02:38] <Dorian> [Alex… Moved like a blur. He actually hit the ball with the edge of his racket, sending it rocketing forward!]
[02:38] <Dorian> ["… EDGAR!" "WHAT? IT WAS YOURS!" "NO! IDIOT! IDIOT! IDIOOOOOT!"]
[02:39] * Aline stroked his back, and even played briefly with a lock of hair. "Yeah…~" This was probably the best moment on the vacation.
[02:40] <Dorian> [Edgar had had enough. He smacked Asuka hard on the head with the racket. "YOU SHUT UP!" "! YOU HIT ME?! AUGH!"]
[02:40] <Dorian> [Viviane… Blushed. "F-For what, Sera?"]
[02:43] <Dorian> [Shinji closed his eyes and… Felt like -relaxing- like this. How… Odd. "I love you."]
[02:43] * Yanmei had been taken aback by Alexandre's sudden speed, but now she couldn't resist some jabs of her own. "Well, look at that. It looks like you can move quickly after all. Who'da thunk?"
[02:44] <Dorian> [The Gosselins are staring in rapt attention. "Bro, bro, -get the camera-" "-YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS-"]
[02:44] * Aline pressed closer, and ran a hand completely through his hair, helping to nestle a bit closer. "Love you too."
[02:45] <Dorian> ["Oh do shut up, Yanmei." Alexandre rolled his eyes… And looked up, suddenly, at an approaching VTOL.]
[02:45] * Yanmei gave pause as well, staring. "That's… odd?"
[02:45] * Sept blushed equally, but he wanted to say it. "You, you gave me so much and you showed me the Valley and you came all the way here with me and you didn't even know me or maybe you did but I don't think I could've all this without. So thank you, Viviane."
[02:46] <Dorian> [Unseen by Yanmei and Alex, Asuka had fully tackled Edgar into the ground. Fist-fist-fist!-
[02:46] <Dorian> ["No one else was supposed to arrive." Said Alex, frowning. "Want to go see?"]
[02:48] <Yanmei> "May as well?" Yanmei rested her racket on her shoulder. "It wouldn't be Nelson again, would it?"
[02:48] <Dorian> ["It can't be." Said Alex. He started to head off, Yanmei in tow. In the background, Edgar had just delivered a solid right hook into Asuka's face.]
[02:49] <Dorian> ["A-Aw." Viviane looked down, blushing crimson. Without hesitation she lurched forward and embraced him in a wonderfully snuggly hug.]
[02:50] * Yanmei was following, wavering between a frown at the oddness, and a smile for their new guests!
[02:53] <Dorian> [The VTOL touched down… Minutes passed. Then finally, the door slid open and the guest walked out.-
[02:53] * Dorian is now known as Ginevre‘Fontaine
[02:54] <Ginevre`Fontaine> "… A welcoming committee?" Ginevre Fontaine stared at Yanmei and Alex, her eyes hidden behind a pair of solid black sunglasses.
[02:57] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei’s disbelief cooled off only to be replaced by something that flickered wildly in the gaze of an otherwise impassive expression. Fury.
[02:59] <Ginevre‘Fontaine> ["M-Mother…!" Alex’s eyes were wide in pure surprise. "But- you- I wasn't expecting…"]
[02:59] * Ginevre‘Fontaine brushed past them coolly. "I’m here to talk to Lachapelle, Dr. Ikari, Dr. Akagi and de Pteres. It was convenient. Nothing more."
[03:01] <Yanmei> "Of course," said Yanmei to her back with forced calmness. "Why don't we go fetch them for you, Commander? To make your trip here as smooth and quick as possible?"
[03:01] <Ginevre‘Fontaine> ["Won’t be necessary, Zhang. Carry on." … She was gone.]
[03:05] <Yanmei> Finding nothing else worthy of glaring at for a time, Yanmei looked down. A quick glance to Alexandre after some seconds had passed.
[03:06] <Ginevre‘Fontaine> [Alexandre… Was staring down at the ground, his eyes covered by his hair. He was balling his hand into a fist. A tight, angry fist. "She… Didn’t even say hello." He whispered.]
[03:07] <Yanmei> The hatred in her eyes sharpened, although it wasn't directed at him specifically. "Let's head back," she said abruptly.
[03:08] <Sept> The hug lasted for a -long time-. Words were muttered inaudibly to prying ears. And eventually, the two would start calmly making their way back to the towels, holding hands. And they would lie on the towels together, holding hands. For as long as they could remain undisturbed.
[03:09] <Ginevre`Fontaine> ["…" Alex took a deep shuddering breath. "W-Whatever. Go on."]
[03:10] * Yanmei regarded him, and sighed through her nose. She could give him some time alone, no problem. "Find your way back before dinner, at least." She turned to go.
[03:13] <Ginevre`Fontaine> [The moment Yanmei was gone, Alex reached a hand up to flick back his hair. Or so it seemed. In reality it never got that far. With a horrible lurching feeling that made him feel as though he were disemboweled, he sank to his knees, his hands clamped over his face. "…"]

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