Forgive Me They Were Delicious

[17:54] <Raphael> The weeks since Raphael’s transformation had been anything but quiet - with trips, and battles and visitors to take care of, nevermind his work with the Superheavy Regiment, it had been all he could do to keep up his schedule. And so some less important things had fallen by the wayside for a while. Today he aimed to change that.-
[17:54] <Raphael> Raphael was browsing through the aisles of one of his local department stores, scouring the clothes racks in an attempt to restock his wardrobe with the necessities. His trolley was already half full, but it took some effort to find reasonable, neat clothes in his new size…
[18:25] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [By his standards, at least. As he was about to discover, other people were not having such issues.-
[18:27] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Come on, Chiisana. It fits, doesn’t it? And -I- think it looks good." Came a familiar voice. From around the corner of the aisle, Raphael would see two girls emerge- one was the all too familiar Mana Kirishima, pushing her own trolley full of clothes, holding up a t-shirt that, from Raphael could see, was a canvas for a rather sloppy artist.-
[18:30] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> The other also looked familiar, but for perhaps the wrong reasons. Wearing a long, lace white dress with silk ladies’ gloves, a pale pink umbrella folded up in one of her hands, long blue hair tied into the world's longest plait, was Ayanami Shi- or as she preferred to be called, Chiisana Himesama. She was staring at the shirt dubiously. "Well -I- think it looks simply atrocious. Like an aardvark ate an artist and then mistook the shirt for one of its chicks."-
[18:30] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Classy." Muttered Mana. She bundled the shirt up and threw it back into the trolley.]
[18:37] * Raphael raised an eyebrow, pulling his own trolley to a stop midway down the aisle. "… Good morning, Sergeant Kirishima. Pilot Shi."
[18:38] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [Mana looked over.-
[18:38] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["C… Captain Guillory." She blushed, putting on a nervous grin. "W-What a coincidence!"-
[18:39] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Group Captain Guillory." Chiisana curtsied. "I’ve been intending to speak to you for some time now, but you've been so busy that I'm afraid I haven't had the chance."
[18:44] * Raphael returns Mana's smile with an equally nervous - and definitely uncomfortable - one of his own before quickly looking over at Chiisana. "My apologies. It's been a hectic few weeks to say the least. Did you need me for something?"
[18:44] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "I simply wished to talk."-
[18:44] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["A-Are you here buying clothes, s-sir?"]
[18:46] * Raphael gives Chiisana a quick nod. "… Err. Yes, Sergeant. As you said, my old wardrobe’s not much good to me any more."
[18:47] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Auspicious." Says Chiisana. "Sergeant Mana is also here, buying clothes. For you."-
[18:47] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["-Chii-!"-
[18:47] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Were you not, a minute ago, wishing you could ask his opinion?"-
[18:47] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["That… T-That was just musing!"]
[18:57] * Raphael stares for a moment, and then decides to simply ignore the stuttering and blushing. It was for the best. "Sergeant Kirishima," He says, "I told you I was quite capable of buying my own clothes."
[18:57] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["I know, sir- I- b-but you seemed so busy, a-and I amyour Aide-de-camp…"]
[18:59] * Raphael holds his stare for a moment later and then just sighs and shakes his head. "… Well, I suppose I could take a look at what you’ve found. We can always put them back."
[19:04] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana nods rapidly, nervously. "Q-Quite right, sir. I think you’ll like them!" She pushes the trolley towards him. The colourful mess sits atop the other clothes, rather easily obscuring them.]
[19:11] * Raphael gives the eye-searing collection a doubtful look, glancing back towards his own trolley. The clothes there are mostly neat and practical, typically either black, white or dark blue. Still, it would be rude not to at least look…-
[19:12] <Raphael> He begins removing the items from her trolley one by one, trying to sort the good from the bad as he goes.
[19:17] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [The overriding theme here is colour. Colours he’d never wear usually- bright reds, greens, the odd pink. Furthermore, a lot of the clothes bear the incorrigible stain of logos, or even worse, pop culture characters. He would never admit it, but one shirt- bearing a colourful anime hero on the back- would probably thrill Suzie…-
[19:17] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [On the bottom however are clothes more appropriate. Whites and blacks, collared long-sleeved button-up shirts, of rather high quality, as well. Even a black vest or two, and a jacket.]
[19:25] <Raphael> And thank goodness for that. Up until that point his mind had been racing as it looked for some way to spin a polite refusal for the multicoloured nightmare of fabric that dominated the top half of the pile. "… These are actually quite nice." He says, picking up the jacket and holding it up against his chest to check the size.
[19:26] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "That would be my work." Said Chiisana. "Unlike some people, -I- actually understand taste and decorum."-
[19:26] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [Mana shot her a dark, and rather jealous look.-
[19:26] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [The size looks just about right, actually.]
[19:32] * Raphael frowns, giving Mana a worried look before glancing back at the pile. "I… quite like this one, Sergeant." Raphael says with his best attempt at enthusiasm, holding up the shirt with its bold anime hero.
[19:33] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [The dark look vanishes and she quickly beams. "Really!? Awesome! There are others like it as well- come on, I’ll show you!"]
[19:41] <Raphael> "… Oh." Raphael says, the enthusiasm wavering. Still, he has to try. He'd survived worse experiences with unbecoming clothing, hadn't he? "W-well, if you'd like…"
[19:43] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Mana." Chiisana cuts in. "There is no need to inundate the Captain. As much as you may think your style matches his form, he is still in a state of adjustment. Let us simply be content with the one shirt for now, and come back in a few weeks when he feels more comfortable in his own skin."-
[19:44] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["But-" Mana retorts instinctively, her joy at Raphael’s compliance vanishing. "But-…"-
[19:44] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> Chiisana’s eyebrows draw together.-
[19:44] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["…" Mana turns to Raphael. "She… I guess she has a point, kind of." Admits Mana grudgingly. "What do you think?"]
[19:49] <Raphael> "… She may be right, Sergeant." Raphael says after a moment. "I quite appreciate the thought, though. Thank you for trying to help."
[19:50] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Y-yes, sir." Mana gives him a smile.-
[19:51] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Very well. Now that the good Captain is here, I will proceed to collect those items which I saw earlier, Mana. I shan’t be long." She turns on her heel and walks off.
[19:56] <Raphael> "…" Raphael raises an eyebrow, waiting until the Ayanami is out of earshot before turning to Mana with a smirk. "So I see you've made friends with Pilot Shi, Sergeant?"
[19:57] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana turns back, nodding. She still can’t quite look him in the eye, but she -tries-. "Yes, sir. She's… Um, she can be a bit of a handful sometimes, but she's pretty clever." She giggles. "Do you know what she's looking for?"]
[19:58] * Raphael shakes his head.
[19:59] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["She’s gone looking for clothes for Lieutenant Hyuga. You know, the Tokyo-2 Operator? Except…" Her giggles grew louder.-
[19:59] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["’Oh but you see I have to find dashing clothes to bring out my Prince Makoto's inner noble nature, his humble, chivalrous spirit~~~'" She clasped her hands together and swayed side to side. "It's adorable."]
[20:11] <Raphael> "That poor man." Raphael mutters, joining Mana with his own laughter a moment later. "I must admit, as nice as the Lieutenant seemed, I'm not sure I noticed a… 'noble inner spirit', was it?"
[20:13] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Heehee. Well, you see all sorts of things when you’re ~in wuv~, sir~"]
[20:14] <Raphael> "I suppose you do." Raphael says slowly, looking a little distant for a moment.
[20:16] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana also looks a little distant as she dreamily stares at Raphael- then she coughs. "Should… We head to the counter?"]
[20:19] <Raphael> "Hmm?" Raphael looks back around as he’s shaken from his thoughts. "Oh, I… suppose we should, Sergeant."
[20:20] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Would you like me to help pay for some of that, sir?"]
[20:28] * Raphael takes hold of his trolley and begins wheeling it towards the checkout. "The clothes? Don’t worry about it, Sergeant. My salary's comfortable enough to afford a few new outfits every now and then."
[20:29] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["R-Right! Right you are, sir."-
[20:29] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [The trip to the checkout is an uneventful affair, and a few minutes later they’re loitering out the front, waiting for Chiisana…-
[20:31] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> Who eventually appears, carrying a pair of bags filled with clothes. "No problems here." She heads over to them, drops the bags at her feet, and opens her umbrella, looking all the while as though she’s merely checking to see if it works. A second later, she clamps it up- and the bags are gone. "Captain Guillory, are you intending to go your separate way, or are we to have the pleasure of your company a little while longer?"
[20:39] * Raphael frowns a little as the bags are shunted into the Dirac gate. He'd seen Rei do it a hundred times, and yet it still gave him the odd, unsettling feeling seeing it had produced the very first time. "… Well, I do have the day off, ma'am. Where were you headed?" He pauses and glances down at the pile of bags at his feet. "And if I do stay, I might need to make a detour to my car. I
[20:39] * Raphael don't really want to haul these around if I can avoid it."
[20:43] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["We were going to find something to eat next, then we were going to go look at the toystore. I wanted to pick something up for Suzie, and Chii here wants to pick up a toy for her ~Prince Makoto~"-
[20:45] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Mock me all you like, Mana." Says Chiisana coolly as she sweeps Raphael’s bags into her Dirac gate without asking. "He is a valiant warrior of all that is right and all that is pure. I am honoured to be teased for my associations with him."
[20:53] * Raphael ignores the bickering with the sort of skill that only a long association with Misato can bring. In fact, he seems more off put by the disappearance of his bags. "What sort of toy?"
[20:55] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["An Eva toy-"-
[20:55] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "A stuffed teddy bear."
[20:56] <Raphael> "They probably sell stuffed Eva toys…"
[20:57] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "They do." Says Chii solemnly. "I bought Onii-chan a stuffed Aline before I left Tokyo."
[21:01] * Raphael coughs, bringing one hand up to scratch his cheek in a failed attempt to hide the faint colour. "… Ah. That’s very… sweet of you, ma'am."
[21:03] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Yes, I thought so myself." Chiisana beamed.-
[21:04] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Well, I was actually going to get Suzie an action figure. They just released an F-Type version of EVA-04, but they also put out one for EVA-08 and the Master Evangelion line." Said Mana. "She has all the others."]
[21:07] * Raphael gives Mana an amused look. "You shouldn’t spoil her quite so much, Mana."
[21:08] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Aww, but she’s such a -good- little girl! And the way her eyes light up when she sees these things on the shelves…"]
[21:11] * Raphael lets out one of those gentle, musical laughs that seem to be the default for this shape. "Yes, I know. She's too adorable to deny sometimes, sadly.
[21:11] <Raphael> «"*»
[21:12] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana blushes, and she loses her train of thought. One can tell rather easily that she’s clearly thinking of someone -else- who is too adorable to deny…-
[21:12] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Let us be going." Says Chiisana firmly.
[21:17] * Raphael seems keen for the distraction following a reaction like that, and his nod is a little too eager. "Quite right, Pilot Shi. Where did you plan to eat?"
[21:19] <@Chiisana`Himesama> Chiisana’s line thins, and she firmly plants her umbrella on the ground, the tip giving off a solid 'clank!' as it hits tile. "With all due respect, Captain, I would prefer to be called Chiisana Himesama."
[21:26] * Raphael raises an eyebrow, not seeming particularly cowed by the display. Still, he seems to be considering it in the silence that follows. "… I suppose that's fair, Miss Chiisana. It's just habit, I'm afraid, but if it's important to you I'll try to make the effort."
[21:30] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "I appreciate it." The umbrella is lifted and placed upon her shoulder. "To the eatery! There is a bowl of fresh, fried noodles, elegantly soaked in soy sauce and carefully enhanced with vegetables and beef waiting for me." She begins to walk, and Mana isn’t far behind, giggling into her hand.
[21:33] <Raphael> "Are we talking about the place on the corner, ma'am?" Raphael asks, falling into step with Mana. "Because as I heard it there was some talk about them being investigated by the Food Safety Authority…"
[21:35] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "…"-
[21:37] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [And thus, a few minutes later, they’re seated at a table- Mana with a box of seasoned chips and a chicken burger, and Chii with a plate of beef curry and rice, with a side of garlic naan. She throws a dirty look towards the noodle shop on the corner, as if they had betrayed her personally.]
[21:44] * Raphael is tearing into his own chicken burger with terrible enthusiasm. This body seemed to get hungry so easily… but thankfully that was one thing he could put down to perfectly normal teenage biology. "This is excellent." He notes between bites.
[21:49] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana was starting on her chips, first. "No one does chips like these guys~"-
[21:49] * @Chiisana`Himesama was elegantly working on her curry with her fork. "So. Captain Guillory. I never managed to find the time to thank you for your service."
[21:54] * Raphael smiles and shakes his head. "Really, ma’am, it's nothing you need to thank me for. And given the fact that you saved my life from that last Iron Guard… well, I'd be quite willing to call any debt settled if there was one."
[21:55] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "But your life was only endangered because of my predicament." She noted. "In any case, I am truly grateful to you, Captain, and you as well, Mana- as well as everyone else who risked their lives to save me."
[22:04] * Raphael nods slowly, willing to accept that. "It was well worth the risk, as far as I’m concerned." He said, taking another - slower - bite of his burger and making sure to swallow before continuing. "… All things considered it went far better than we could have hoped. The number of survivors we extracted was well above even our most optimistic estimates, given the situation."
[22:05] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "I’m glad. Although I suspect your estimates didn't account for a commandeered main battle tank…"
[22:09] <Raphael> "No, ma'am, they did not." Raphael says, smiling a little. "Sergeant Duval refused to stop talking about that for the better part of a week."
[22:09] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "I can imagine." She smiled.-
[22:10] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Oh God, that reminds me. Blaise still keeps looking for excuses to recount his combo takedown of that Thruster." Muttered Mana.]
[22:12] <Raphael> "We need to be careful not to encourage him."
[22:12] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["I’m trying, but the Thruster team…"]
[22:13] <Raphael> "That damned Julien…" Raphael mutters darkly.
[22:18] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "You are unfond of this Julien?"
[22:27] <Raphael> "No, I…" Raphael frowns slightly, glancing over at Mana. "… I suppose I don’t -dislike- him, necessarily, but he has a habit of making my job a good deal more difficult."
[22:29] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Howso?"
[22:33] <Raphael> "He and his team can be very… enthusiastic. About everything." Raphael pauses to devour the last of his burger. "He seems to treat our work as a game."
[22:35] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Exuberance can be an issue if it hinders efficiency."
[22:35] <Raphael> "Exactly."
[22:37] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Except it doesn’t." Notes Mana. "The Thruster team are almost always on schedule."]
[22:39] <Raphael> "Some professionalism is necessary for unit cohesiveness, Sergeant." Raphael says, his eyes unconsciously straying towards her box of chips.
[22:41] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["But they’re scientists." Said Mana. "Not soldiers…" Her eyes flicked down towards her chips, then up at Raphael suspiciously.]
[22:44] * Raphael looks Mana straight in the eye as he reaches across the table to grab a set of hot chips and pops them straight into his mouth.
[22:44] <Raphael> "I'm not sure that matters."
[22:45] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["…"-
[22:45] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["My chips!" Mana frowns and reaches out to snatch them back. "Those are mine, you jerk!"]
[22:50] <Raphael> But she grabs only empty air - Her chips are already gone. To his credit, Raphael does look rather sheepish, and more than a little confused by his own actions. "I’m… uh, I'm sorry, sergeant."
[22:52] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> [Mana’s mouth is a thin line. But eventually she smiles and crosses one leg over the other. "That's alright, -sir-. I'm sure they haven't run out of chips yet." She smiles sweetly.]
[22:56] <Raphael> "… Right." Raphael mutters, running a hand through his hair and standing. "I'll be right back."
[22:59] * @Chiisana‘Himesama watched the proceedings quietly, mostly focused on her own delicious, delicious curry.-
[22:59] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["You’re such a sweetheart, sir." Said Mana cheerfully.]
[23:01] <Raphael> "Yes, yes…".-
[23:03] <Raphael> A few minutes later he'd return with another small paper bag and lay another box of chips out in front of Mana. There was even a second burger for her, if she so desired. "An olive branch, Sergeant."
[23:05] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Aww, sir. You didn’t have to do that." She happily took the burger nevertheless. "Is everything alright, sir? I've never seen you act so… Ravenously."]
[23:10] <Raphael> "Mmm…" Raphael mumbles distractedly, taking out last box of chips from the bag before crumpling it and tossing it into the nearest basket. "It’s just this body. It seems to want more of everything…"
[23:12] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Oh…" She blushes deeply, and starts on that burger- anything to distract herself at this point.]
[23:16] <Raphael> "… -Oh-." Raphael says sharply, seeming to come back to himself once the first handful of chips is halfway to his mouth. He almost drops them… Almost. "I didn’t mean—… I just meant with -food-, Sergeant." Raphael says hurriedly. "Not that there's not any other way to mean it, of course!"
[23:17] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["I- Well!" Mana’s face glows red. "I- I didn't- I mean, I just- forgot about that-"-
[23:17] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "I am going to find myself a drink." Says Chiisana. "Would either of you care for refreshment?"
[23:22] <Raphael> "Some sort of bucket to drown myself in please, Miss Chiisana." Raphael says, pinching at the bridge of his nose.
[23:22] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Water it is. Sir Guillory?"
[23:22] <Raphael> "Ma’am?"
[23:23] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Kindly refrain from partaking of my meal in my absense."
[23:23] <Raphael> "Noted." Raphael mumbles.
[23:23] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Um, I’ll just have a coke." Mumbles Mana.-
[23:23] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Noted." And then she’s off, breezing her way through the tables like a graceful, lace-covered swan.
[23:26] * Raphael 's eyes remain firmly fixed on the table, and he holds himself to silence. This does not prevent him from continuing to devour another handful of chips, almost without conscious thought.
[23:27] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["S-So… How’s the Major?"]
[23:34] <Raphael> "Oh, she's… fine." Raphael says slowly. Was this really the best topic to switch to? "It's been great to see her."
[23:35] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["I’m glad!" Mana glances at him. "You've… Ah, you seem to be a bit happier when she's in town."]
[23:36] <Raphael> "Do I?"
[23:36] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Yeah. It’s subtle, but it's like… I dunno, you just seem a little lighter on your feet. It's a bit more noticeable now, though."]
[23:38] <Raphael> "That seems to be true of most things." Raphael says with a soft, dejected sigh. "… But, yes. I miss her when we're apart. It seems to take her actually visiting for me to realize it, though."
[23:44] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["I guess you’re used to being lonely."]
[23:45] <Raphael> "… Probably." Raphael says after a moment of thought, although there's no real pain to his words.
[23:45] <Raphael> «… well, 'word'*, really»
[23:50] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["…" Mana lets out a quiet giggle.]
[23:52] <Raphael> "What’s so funny?"
[23:53] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Oh, I was just…" She giggled a little more. "Thinking about you and the Major’s Valentines gifts."]
[23:57] <Raphael> "I thought we'd agreed never to discuss that again, Sergeant?" Raphael said.
[23:58] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Actually, sir, you ’agreed', but I did not…" She grinned. "Did she like them?"]
[00:01] <Raphael> "T-that…" He paused, coughed and tried again.-
[00:01] <Raphael> "That is not an appropriate question, Sergeant Kirishima." Raphael said in a commanding tone that was utterly at odds with his glowing scarlet blush.
[00:01] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["I understand~"-
[00:01] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [She gave him a salacious wink.]
[00:13] * Raphael accepts the wink without a change in expression, and pops another chip into his mouth. "… they were rather nice." Raphael admitted grudgingly.
[00:14] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Heeheehee. You know, the Major is a lovely lady. I hope I look that good when I’m her age…"]
[00:20] <Raphael> "It was still a very inappropriate thing to do, Sergeant." Raphael says sternly, trying desperately to retain his grip on authority.
[00:24] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Aww, but sir! You know you don’t mind~"]
[00:25] <Raphael> "I most certainly did."
[00:31] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Did not~"]
[00:33] <@Chiisana`Himesama> «REDOLINE»
[00:33] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["… ’Did'?"]
[00:36] <Raphael> "…" … "You're missing the point!"
[00:37] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Does this mean what I think it means? My actions -were- justified after all!"]
[00:40] <Raphael> "They were not." Raphael says heatedly. "They were a breach of trust, and privacy and… very expensive!"
[00:40] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["And very enjoyable, apparently…"]
[00:45] <Raphael> "Once she’d finished laughing at me, -maybe-." Raphael said. "But that took a while."
[00:45] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Worth it?"]
[00:49] <Raphael> "…"-
[00:49] <Raphael> "… No?"
[00:49] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [Mana merely grins and returns to her burger.]
[00:51] * Raphael grumbles and sets back to work on the remains of his chips. And so it would go for a few more minutes, Raphael almost seeming to enjoy the silence. Only when he’d finished his food does he speak up.-
[00:51] <Raphael> "Sergeant Kirishima?"
[00:52] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Yes, Captain?"]
[00:54] <Raphael> "Any strangeness that’s come from my new shape, whether that's my actions or… uh, anything else, I'd like you to know that I'm sorry."
[00:55] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["Oh…" She blinks, taken faintly off-guard… But she nods. "… I know, sir. I know it isn’t your fault. I don't blame you."]
[00:59] <Raphael> "Right." He murmurs, nodding slowly as he begins gathering up the rubbish scattered around the table. "… Does the rest of the team think any less of my command, Sergeant?"
[01:00] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["No, sir." Said Mana curiously. "They respect you for you, sir, not because you’re usually six feet tall and stone-chinned."]
[01:03] <Raphael> "… Maybe." He nods, letting out a breath and looking up at Mana with a small smile. "Thank you, Mana. I guess I needed to hear that."
[01:05] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["That’s quite alright, sir. We all need to just be told good things from time to time…"-
[01:07] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> At this point, Chiisana returned, bearing a bottle of water for Raphael, a bottle of coke for Mana, and a bottle of orange juice for herself. "I’m back. Captain." She handed him his bottle. "Sergeant…"
[01:10] * Raphael 's smile gets a little warmer for a moment before Chiisana returns, and he accepts his bottle gladly. "That took a while, Miss Chiisana." He says, cracking the lid. "Were they busy at the counter?"
[01:13] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "No. A young boy had become separated from his father. Fortunately, they were both in the same area."
[01:16] <Raphael> "Ah, well that was good of you." Raphael said, taking a long gulp of water. "How much do I owe you for the drink, ma’am?"
[01:16] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "It was my pleasure. No need to repay me."
[01:19] <Raphael> "… Well, if you’re sure." Raphael says uncertainly, taking another sip… only to pause as something occurs to him.
[01:20] <Raphael> "Well actually… I might not need to repay you, precisely, but there's something I can offer in exchange."
[01:33] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "And what is that?"
[01:34] <Raphael> "I know Mana and I spoke about her in front of you earlier, but has Rei told you about Suzanne?"
[01:36] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Oh, yes, she h-"-
[01:36] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Little girls are now appropriate bartering materials, Captain." She says sternly.
[01:36] <@Chiisana`Himesama> «Not*»
[01:38] * Raphael dissolves into laughter. It’s the first time since they met that he's been reminded of Rei as he knows her.-
[01:38] <Raphael> "Not what I meant, ma'am." Raphael says, once he's regained his breath. "Suzie made me promise to invite you to dinner when I had the chance. She's very keen to meet you after what she heard from Pilot Juu."
[01:39] * @Chiisana‘Himesama chuckles herself- it’s the first time she's laughed since they've met. "I know, Captain. That was a little joke."-
[01:39] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> ["You can -joke-?"-
[01:40] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Hush, Mana." Scolds Chii, before turning back to Raphael. "I would be honoured to attend."-
[01:40] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "… What has Juu been telling about me?"
[01:45] <Raphael> "She mentioned your trips to other countries, and something about a prince." Raphael says with a vague gesture. "To be honest I think Suzanne may have taken your ’Little Princess' moniker seriously and gotten a little overexcited."
[01:47] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Ah. The Prince of Dubai." Murmurs Chii awkwardly.-
[01:49] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "…" She tilts her head at Raphael, brow furrowed. "Are you saying that my being the Little Princess is a frivolous thing?"
[01:51] * Raphael shakes his head. "Not particularly, Miss Chiisana."
[01:51] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [Mana glances from one to the other curiously.-
[01:52] <@Chiisana`Himesama> "Good." Chiisana places her fork down on her now empty plate.
[01:58] * Raphael bundles up the various bits and pieces of garbage he’s stacks in the centre of the table and places them in the nearby bin. "If I may ask, though, what does it mean to you? You're the only one of your sisters who's taken a name of their own - bar Rei, in her way - and you're very serious about it."
[02:06] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "What it means to me is an identity divorced from my nature as a clone. My official piloting name is Ayanami Shi. Shi is… An ugly name. It is a name that you apply to a common thing. Furthermore, it is an ominous number. Phonetically, it sounds very similar to the Japanese word for ’death'." She shook her head. "Chiisana Himesama is my name, the name I chose to internalise, but furthermore it's the choice I have made regarding how to live my life."
[02:07] * Raphael nods again, a small smile on his lips. "That's a good answer."
[02:12] * @Chiisana‘Himesama smiled. "Thank you. It’s the only answer I have."
[02:15] <Raphael> "So… I suppose now it's on to this toy shop you were mentioning?"
[02:16] <@Chiisana‘Himesama> "Indeed!"-
[02:16] <@Chiisana`Himesama> ["Hold on, hold on." Mana stared down at her food- her half-eaten burger, and a nearly-untouched box of chips. Smiling, she takes the box of chips and holds them out to Raphael. "Still hungry?"]
[02:22] <Raphael> "… Yes." He admits sheepishly, accepting the box of chips and pushing back his chair. "I suppose I can eat on the way."
[02:23] <@Chiisana`Himesama> [She beams, standing up and quickly wolfing down her burger. "Let’s go!"]

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