Hold Infinity In The Palm Of Your Hand And Eternity In An Ho

[21:14] <Marianne‘> [[Session 43: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 8th April, 2017. Episode Title: Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.-
[21:19] <Marianne`> [6 PM. Although the pilots had all had a lot on their minds recently- battles, personal events- painful surgeries and unpleasant threats.-
[21:21] <Marianne`> [The world continued to spin regardless. The publicity campaign for the Xeno War: Evangelion movie had been growing steadily more enthusiastic and encompassing, until finally, in the week before the premiere, all of Paris-2 was inundated with talk about it.-
[21:21] <Marianne`> [Two days ago, the pilots had been given an envelope each by Marianne. Each envelope contained two tickets to the premiere at special seats, where they’d sit with their partners on a fancy balcony with their own personal gourmet dinners.-
[21:24] <Marianne‘> [The event was important to NERV- which was being given a generous slice of the movie’s profits, as well as half the proceeds from the merchandising- of which there would be -huge- amounts, predicted NERV's PR department. As such, having -the- pilots there was a publicity coup that NERV would not ignore. Attendance was mandatory- they'd be picked up from their apartments at 6:15 PM.]
[21:34] * Sept wore his suit with ever so slightly more comfort, now. He still seemed a bit unsatisfied with the way it seemed to protest any time he wanted to take a slightly longer step, but at least the glasses suited the getup.
[21:34] * Yanmei was still bustling around the apartment for last minute things. The dress she was wearing was a long, sleek silver one with a metallic sheen and blossoms softly printed on it that looked like dark purple lillies. Her hair was down, drawn back from her face with simple silver clips, and her makeup was all glammed up. Any bandages that she might have had on were hidden beneath long dark purple evening gloves. -
[21:36] <Yanmei> She was also cheerfully apologizing to Gina, who had been saddled with babysitting duty that evening. "I'll totally make it worth your while," she was saying.
[21:38] * Aline on the other hand was relatively simple. A bit here and there to spiff up her appearance with makeup - especially a bit on her hands to hide the lingering scar tissue - and a deep, /deep/ burgundy dress, with a golden sash worn rather broadly over her shoulders. It was, while simple in shape, still fancy, and more importantly, was cutely chosen to imitate the colorscheme of 00,
[21:38] * Aline which was in Aline's mind, a fun little move for PR appearances like this one.
[21:48] <Marianne‘> [Freya had tapped into the sea of unconscious that had spawned Aline’s action- she had gone with a rich green sari with an orange wrap. "Hey, Sera, I have a question."-
[21:54] <Marianne‘> ["Worth my while?" Asked Gina, intrigued. She wasn’t bothered. For her it would be a night all to herself with a cute baby and a working DVD player.-
[21:57] <Marianne‘> [Lillian was wearing a long-sleeved satin blue dress, coupled with a handbag and heels. "It’s been way too long since we've seen a movie together. And what a movie~"]
[21:59] * Aline nodded back, with a little smirk. "Well yes, and we'll get reeeeal fancy gourmet food, too~"
[21:59] <Sept> "I'm not worried about the movie at all, Freya," Sept answered.
[22:00] <Yanmei> "All the NERV merchandise that I can carry home tonight~ You'll have a year's supply of EVA-themed waterbottles and t-shirts."
[22:10] <Marianne‘> ["It’s been awhile since I've eaten gourmet, too." Said Lillian wryly. "Alright. We all ready here? I have my purse, my money…"-
[22:10] <Marianne‘> ["Oh, good." Said Freya brightly. "So you know how to handle all the inevitable fangirls, then? Good work!"-
[22:11] <Marianne`> ["That doesn’t seem like much of a deal." Said Gina, with a dark little smile. "Go on. You two should be getting down there and waiting. Lizzie will be safe with me~ Oh, I'll teach her all sorts of good stuff~"]
[22:12] * Aline tugged at her own purse, having /nearly/ forgot it. "I'm ready if you are, eh?"
[22:13] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned at that suspiciously, and eyed the dvd player. "Isaiah," she called.
[22:16] <Marianne‘> ["Alrighty. Let’s get down to the car~"-
[22:16] <Sept> "…Didn't say that. We'll figure something out."
[22:16] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah emerged from their bedroom, wearing a handsome suit. "Mmhm~?"-
[22:17] <Marianne`> [Freya grinned. "I’m sure you will. I, of course, will sit back and watch. You ready to go?"]
[22:19] <Yanmei> "Gina's planning to corrupt the baby again. Are we sure we shouldn't take her with us?"
[22:20] * Aline made her way down alongside Lillian, then, without much more to be said - not much more /needed/ to be said, after all!
[22:20] <Sept> "Of course you won't. -We-'re ready."
[22:21] <Marianne‘> ["Gina wouldn’t corrupt sweet little Lizzie." Said Isaiah, giving Gina a lovely smile. "Would you?'-
[22:22] <Marianne‘> ["Of course not~" Said Gina with a grin.-
[22:22] <Marianne`> ["If you say so~" Freya offered Sera her arm. "Actually, the question I was going to ask was: when am I going to be getting a job at that shiny corporation of yours?"-
[22:23] <Marianne`> [Lillian and Aline made their way down to the doors of their apartment building, where a car driven by a young, grinning S2 agent was already waiting for them.]
[22:24] * Aline would be quick to get in, and smiled softly at her driver, if only out of courtesy!
[22:25] <Yanmei> "You’re too soft on her," Yanmei huffed. Still, she wrapped up what she was doing, put on her shoes, and kissed little Lizzie goodbye for the evening. "G'night~ Don't listen to anything the sketchy lady says, okay, sweetie?"
[22:26] * Sept took the arm, and the two made their way down from the front step of the building where they'd been waiting. "It's not my corporation, Freya. And why would you ever want to work -there-?"
[22:29] <Marianne‘> ["You excited, ma’am?" Asked the S2 agent as the car took off.-#
[22:30] <Marianne‘> ["Oh, you know. Money, power, that kind of thing. It’d be fun to see the world from the other side." Said Freya.-
[22:30] <Marianne‘> ["Ginagina~" Cooed Lizzie, but she giggled and reached up for Yanmei as she went.-
[22:30] <Marianne`> ["You two have a good night." Said Eugenia cheerfully. "Don’t take any detours on the way home~"]
[22:31] * Aline nodded gently. "Oh, a little. I'm mostly rather curious as to how it'll turn out to be~
[22:33] * Sept frowned. "I don't know about that. I know I might be able to get you something, and that you'd do well, but… Is that really what you want?"
[22:34] <Yanmei> "Thanks?" Yanmei ruffled Elizabeth's hair one last time, and then held her hand out to Isaiah.
[22:35] <Marianne‘> ["Hmm, who knows?" Asked Freya. "I’m generally ok so long as I get from day to day, you know."-
[22:35] <Marianne‘> ["Yeah. It should turn out ok, though." Said the Agent. "They spent heaps on it, I heard." The car sped along.-
[22:36] <Marianne`> [Isaiah took her hand. "Shall we, my lovely maiden?"]
[22:37] <Yanmei> "Poetic tonight, are we?" She tugged him toward the door. "Let’s go~"
[22:37] <Sept> "I know you are. If you want to try it, I'll think about it. But let's concentrate on tonight for now."
[22:39] <Marianne‘> ["Let’s~" Isaiah was tugged along and before long, the apartment was all Gina and Lizzie's.-
[22:40] <Marianne‘> ["She’s such a pervert, isn't she, widdle Wizzie~" Asked Gina, giggling. "She was undressing him with her eyes, oh yes. Now then. What shall we get up to tonight, hmm? Perhaps… Oh yes. I've been behind on some of my shows. Come on, Lizzie. The sooner we get you watching Darker than Black, the quicker we'll get you onto Death Note."-
[22:41] <Marianne‘> ["If you say so~ What’s it like for you, Sept?" Asked Freya curiously.]
[22:43] * Aline smiled a bit. "Well, that's a relief, eh? I was meaning, like, the portrayals…" She tapped her fingers a little. "After all, without too much access to the Dark and Spooky Side of things (each 'capital letter' clearly enunciated), things are gonna diverge."
[22:45] <Sept> "What's what like, Freya?"
[22:47] <Marianne‘> ["Work."-
[22:47] <Marianne`> ["hell yeah." Said S2. "Of course, that’s our job, innit? Hold on."-
[22:47] <Marianne‘> [The shiny car pulled over- out side of Yanmei and Isaiah’s building, where the two were waiting. "Good evening~"]
[22:51] <Yanmei> "Evening~ Nice timing!" In obviously high spirits, she opened the back door and climbed in, Isaiah no doubt close behind. "Hello, Blanc. Lillian."
[22:52] * Aline waved a tiny bit - as befits being in a car. "Ah, 'lo Yan-Yan, Isaiah!"
[22:53] <Sept> "It doesn't feel like work. It's just… well, I was always meant to be doing this, wasn't I? I'm not bored with any of it. I still want to do it."
[22:54] <Marianne‘> ["Hi, Yanyan~ Isaiah~ You two look good!"-
[22:54] <Marianne`> ["Thanks." Said Isaiah. "Hi, Aline!"-
[22:55] <Marianne`> ["Always ’meant' to be doing this, huh…"]
[22:58] <Yanmei> "Exciting night, huh?" Yanmei smoothed down her hair. "I wonder who else'll show up there."
[22:59] <Sept> "Don't get caught up on that," Sera said, sternly. "It'd be stupid to. I know who I am."
[23:00] * Aline leaned back in the car. "Well, I know we're picking up Sera, but other than that… mm. It's a mystery!"
[23:04] <Marianne‘> ["If you say so." Said Freya, patting him with a grin.-
[23:04] <Marianne`> [A few minutes later, the car would arrive for Sera and Freya- already bearing the other four passengers.]
[23:07] * Sept made a light wave to them, wordlessly, and climbed in. "Hi."
[23:10] <Aline> "Hi~" Aline chirped back cheerily.
[23:10] <Yanmei> "De Pteres. Freya." she nodded to them both. "You both look great!"
[23:17] <Marianne`> ["Thanks~ We all look pretty darn good, if I do say so myself." Said Freya.-
[23:18] <Marianne`> [Lillian’s eyes lingered on Sera's unfamiliar hair and glasses for a second. "It's been awhile since I've seen -the- Sera in a suit."]
[23:19] * Aline grinned. "I'll say. I think he's been a bit more stylish lately~"
[23:19] <Sept> "Seen any other Seras in suits lately?"
[23:20] <Marianne‘> [Freya let out a cough that was suspiciously akin to a giggle.-
[23:21] <Marianne`> ["No, but I have to say, the Sera-in-a-suit look suitably suits you, Sera." Said Lillian.-
[23:23] <Marianne`> [The car sped on. Before long, the ambient noise would rise as the sound of yelling crowds reached their ears…]
[23:28] * Sept coughed nervously, but otherwise retained his composure for now. The others could lead the way through, after all. He wasn’t alone in being mobbed wait doesn't that just make it worse aaa
[23:28] * Aline stared out, a bit shocked at /how/ crowded the place was, shying back just the slightest bit…
[23:31] * Yanmei peered eagerly out the window, waiting for the car to stop. "It'll be okay," she murmured, and absently reached out to pat Isaiah's hand. A glance at her fellow co-pilots now too, her awareness of discomfort in general apparently spreading.-
[23:34] <Yanmei> The smile she flashed at them was as reassuring as she could make it. But heck, this wouldn't be the first or last time they would face a crowd of fans.
[23:35] * Marianne‘ was waiting at the very front, on the red carpet; hordes of screaming people were being kept back from it by police officers and the odd S2 Agent. The car came to a stop, and Marianne opened the door.-
[23:36] <Marianne`> [… The sound increased tenfold. "#I LOVE YOU, SERA!#" "#YANMEI FOR PRESIDENT!#" "#ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!#"]#
[23:38] * Aline staaaared, covering her ears briefly, before realizing that it’d be /so/ unbecoming.
[23:38] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah’s expression was alive with alarm and not a little bit of horror. Oh God…-
[23:38] <Marianne‘> ["Wow…" Lillian peered around Aline’s shoulder, before turning to Freya. "Man, they're going to -hate- you, Freya."-
[23:39] <Marianne‘> ["… Shh."]
[23:40] * Yanmei already had her press grin on. Still, she waited for Isaiah to settle instead of pulling him out into the open right away. "Ready?"
[23:43] * Aline took a breath, and began to shuffle her way towards the door. "Ready enough…"
[23:44] <Marianne`> [Isaiah nodded, a grim look on his face.]
[23:46] <Yanmei> Yanmei’s face softened at him a moment. And then she was climbing out of the car, beaming at Marianne and lifting a hand toward the crowd around them in greeting.
[23:47] * Sept took a bit longer filling his lungs. He glanced at Freya. "Whatever. Let's go." He took her hand and strode out, intent on keeping his eyes away from all… those… faces…
[23:49] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah followed after, and then finally Aline and Lillian.-
[23:49] * Aline followed along - fitting, first in gets crammed into the center of the seat - finally, managing to break a smile, and walking calmly~
[23:50] <Marianne`> [The sound intensified as they climbed out. Fans saw them in person and went insane.-
[23:51] <Marianne`> ["#TEACH ME, ALINEEEE!#" "#SERAAAAAA! WOOOOOOOOO!#" "#YANMEI! YOU’RE OUR HERO!#" "#YOU STOLE MY GIRLFRIEND!#" "#MARRY ME, SERAAAAAA!#"-
[23:52] <Marianne‘> [A pair of lacy pink panties sailed through the air and fell perfectly upon Sera’s shoulder.]
[23:56] * Sept scoffed and brushed the offending undergarment off with as much dignity and composure as he could muster, but the motion still came off as a bit hurried. Slightly shakily, he adjusted his glasses and tugged on Freya's hand, so the two could start to make their way down the way to safety and (relative) silence.
[23:56] <Marianne‘> [The panties were quickly confiscated as a security risk.]
[23:58] * Aline continued to move ahead, wishing so hard - and almost twitching her hands for a second - that she could cover her ears, but… wishes are not to be granted. Decorum insisted she smile, head onwards, and not do something goofy-looking like that. And for once? Aline did precisely what decorum demanded.
[23:59] * Yanmei kept smiling brightly and waving from the grips of a dazed euphoria, taking her time enough so that Sera and Freya would probaby pass her before she reached the doorway.
Session Time: Sun Feb 05 00:00:00 2012
[00:05] * Marianne` followed on quickly. Before long they’d escape the crowds and slip into the far quieter foyer of the movie theatre.
[00:09] <Yanmei> "There! That wasn't so bad, was it?" Yanmei was still beaming, looking around the group now.
[00:10] * Sept refrained from answering, instead tugging Freya along further in.
[00:12] * Aline took a deep breath. "It's not the crowd, but the /noise/. Wow. My ears are still ringing."
[00:14] <Marianne‘> "Lots of young people out there hoping for a glimpse of their idols. C’mon, guys. I'll lead you to your booth."
[00:16] * Yanmei nodded, gripping Isaiah's hand. "I wonder if they'll be more intense after they've seen the movie? But, you look nice tonight, Marianne."
[00:18] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah looked considerably calmer now.-
[00:18] <Marianne`> [Freya was grinning as she was tugged along…-
[00:21] <Marianne`> "Thanks~" Marianne was wearing her NERV dress uniform, which made her look very distinguished and sharp.
[00:24] * Aline smiled, now, as they began to find their seats. "At least now, now we can get a nice solid chance to relaaaax.
[00:25] <Sept> "Yeah. Go right ahead, Marianne," Sera noted somewhat sourly. He brushed the panty phantom off the shoulder of his suit.
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Mmhm." Yanmei made to follow as well, keeping an eye out for more familiar faces as she went.
[00:30] <Marianne`> [She’d be able to glimpse a few other uniforms as she went- Frederic was talking animatedly to James.-
[00:33] * Marianne‘ led them to a flight of stairs, which opened up into a theatre alley- that is, an alley leading off to the different cinemas. They entered through a specific door, which brought them to a balcony overlooking -everything-. There was a white-tablecloth table with six chairs, sitting abreast. The cinema was packed.#
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Wow…" Yanmei’s gaze went to the teeming seats below before being drawn back to the ones directily in front of them. "Hm? Only six…?" The swift headcount she made, including Marianne, came up to seven.
[00:36] * Aline was actually pretty impressed. "Whoa, this is pretty nice seating…"
[00:39] <Marianne‘> "I’m not sitting with you guys. I'm sitting with the Officers."
[00:40] <Sept> "And where are your places?"
[00:43] <Marianne‘> "Down there." She pointed at a line of empty seats.
[00:44] * Aline casually glanced over at them. "Mm. Well, that’s not that bad, I'd think."
[00:46] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Should be a good view?" The same breathless, excited optimism from before overrode the ripple of disappointment that came with knowing that Marianne wouldn't be hanging out up here after all. "And you've probably gotta keep the bunnies in line too, after all."
[00:46] <Sept> "Right. Well. Have fun. We'll be fine here. Anything we should know about after the show?"
[00:47] <Marianne‘> "Of course. They require constant watching. And…" She turned to Sera. "After the show, you’ll be speaking with some fans and the media."
[00:49] <Sept> "Mhm." Sera settled onto a chair without another word.
[00:50] * Aline nodded as she settled into her chair. "That should be… interesting." It was hard to tell, but she wasn't /quite/ as uneasy about the idea as it may have sounded.
[00:51] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei regarded him a moment before nodding at Marianne. "Not a problem. Just a few simple reactions to what we're going to be seeing, I bet."
[00:51] <Marianne‘> [Freya sat down. "So I heard you like fangirls." She whispered to Sera, grinning.-
[00:52] <Marianne`> "Yeah. Usual stuff. We’ll vet the fans, so…" She grinned. "Ok. I'll leave you guys to it." She waved and headed out.
[01:00] <Sept> "I fucking -adore- them from the bottom of my heart," Sera murmured. "Who the hell spends their time on something like that?"
[01:01] * Aline briefly raised a brow at Sera, but decided to, instead, lean back into her seat and try to relax, relax relax.
[01:03] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah settled down in his seat, next to Yanmei.-
[01:03] <Marianne`> [Lillian grinned. "Man, if this movie bombs we’ll probably have a riot."]
[01:04] <Aline> "Don't even kid about that." Aline sharply replied. "Last thing we need is something like that!"
[01:09] <Sept> "I'm pretty sure a riot is the least of the ways this could go wrong, Aline."
[01:10] <Yanmei> "It's not like we'd be the ones they'd be attacking anyway? Let's see. The director's seat would be…" Yanmei panned around.
[01:10] * Aline raised another brow. "Well, the /day/ could go pretty badly, but I think riot is pretty bad on the scale. Enh, you might have some other ideas."
[01:11] <Marianne‘> [Probably near the officers’…-
[01:11] <Marianne‘> [A few minutes of chit-chat later, and the lights would dim as the screen became bright.]
[01:12] <Sept> "Yeah, see, if -he’s- over there, and the actors are probably all bunched up, too, we should be pretty clear to just head out and avoid any confusion. There's like, two or three ways out from here. We're quite fine."
[01:13] <Aline> "Ah, I see, then. I guess I just thought, reactions." …She peered towards the screen, though. "Mm. It's starting."
[01:15] * Yanmei settled back, turning her attention toward the screen as well.
[01:17] * Sept shut up, too, slightly cheered up by the exchange. He glanced at Freya one more time before turning his attention to the front of the theatre.
[01:17] <Marianne‘> [Freya was grinning. Noting the exits- some things never changed.-
[01:22] <Marianne`> [The picture began to form- first, the emblem of the producing house: New World Film. The name of the director: Godwyn Schlutter. And then…-
[01:22] <Marianne`> [A familiar skyline. The Eiffel Tower, the Tower of Commerce… Paris-2’s skyline.-
[01:22] <Marianne‘> [The title appeared: Xeno War- Evangelion.]
[01:24] * Aline leaned forward for now, and… seemed a bit expectant. It almost looked like the kind of thing that would lead to an action scene coming.
[01:25] <Yanmei> So they were starting here, were they? Of course they would. Yanmei folded her hands in her lap.
[01:27] * Sept …kept his eye on the proper depiction of Paris and its locales. Few inaccuracies would pass by him.
[01:28] <Marianne`> [The camera panned…-
[01:30] <Marianne`> [And a shape came into view. Tall, green, with orange highlights. An animated EVA-01. It… Looked really good. The animation was crisp and sharp, highlighting all the details.-
[01:33] <Marianne`> [A hint of music now, quiet and subtle- a stirring song heading towards a crescendo but never quite reaching the promised moment.-
[01:34] <Marianne`> [It continued to pan, until it captured both EVA-01 in a shot, as well as the railing of a rooftop, where a boy stood, with black hair, his back to the camera…]
[01:35] * Aline wrinked her nose a little. Of course he’d be the 'lead'.
[01:36] <Yanmei> If Yanmei had a similar reaction, she kept it off her face, head tilting ever so slightly instead.
[01:39] * Sept tilted his head, glancing toward Freya subtly.
[01:41] <Marianne‘> [Freya gave him a tiny little smile.-
[01:44] <Marianne`> ["Sera~"-
[01:44] <Marianne`> [That was from the movie. Animated Sera turned around now and oh boy.-
[01:45] <Marianne`> [Big, deep blue eyes and clear skin. He was rather hinting at bishounen territory. It was impressive. There were sighs and screams from the audience below.]
[01:46] <Yanmei> Yanmei’s mouth was starting to form a rather obviously amused smirk now.
[01:47] * Aline actually looked at Yanmei, then back at the screen, and smirked too~
[01:47] <Marianne‘> [Freya was giggling.]
[01:48] * Sept sensed this. "Not a word," he said, spaces between the words carefully enunciated.
[01:48] <Marianne`> [Lillian fears no evil. She leaned over. "Ooh la la~"]
[01:54] * Sept hesitated for a moment, and just hung his head. "…I’m not in this alone, I'm not in this alone…"
[01:56] <Marianne‘> [The camera swapped angles now. It was now focused on Freya- short blonde hair, taller than Sera, wearing a winter coat.-
[01:57] <Marianne`> ["There you are. Did you see it?"-
[01:57] <Marianne`> [Back to Sera, who turned to look at 01. "… Yeah. I dunno what it is though, but it sure is big, huh, Freya? I dunno. It gives me the creeps."]
[02:00] * Aline leaned forward a bit. She never saw /this/ side of it, but she clearly looked expectant. Hmm.
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Huh. Were you seriously creeped out by it at first?" That sounded so different from the Sera-01 relationship she had come to know.
[02:02] * Sept listened to the voice attentively, went "eh" and relaxed in his seat. "What, no. I thought it was cool since everyone else got creeped out by it." Sera pondered for a moment. "…do I sound like that?" he asked idly.
[02:03] <Marianne`> ["No, I don’t think so. I've definitely heard that voice, though." Said Freya.-
[02:04] <Marianne‘> ["I betcha wanna get closer to it, huh?" Asked Freya, sauntering over to the railing.-
[02:04] <Marianne`> ["Only if the crowds are gone." Said Sera. "Of course, there’s a way to get closer without going by the crowds-"-
[02:05] <Marianne‘> [And then he leapt over the railing and onto a nearby roof. Freya dissolved into tears of laughter.]
[02:05] <Marianne`> [(Real Freya)]
[02:06] * Yanmei was nodding to herself a bit at the accuracy of this portrayal seemingly taking a more realistic turn. The laughter surprised her a little, though, and she glanced over at Freya.
[02:06] * Aline looked over at Freya, now. "This must be extremely amusing to see, huh?~"
[02:10] <Marianne`> ["I’m sorry, it's just… It's so Sera, but it's also -not-."]
[02:10] <Sept> "Oh god. Everyone will be doing that now. I hope they fall to their deaths."
[02:13] <Marianne‘> ["Don’t be mean." Said Freya, still giggling.-
[02:14] <Marianne‘> [After a minute or two of Sera hopping across rooftops, the camera would cut to a dutch shot of EVA-01- before panning down to reveal an open plaza, Sera and Freya standing in the middle. Sera approached the giant foot…-
[02:14] <Marianne`> ["You missed the parade, boy." Came a grizzly voice. A-Sera gasped in surprise and turned…-
[02:14] <Marianne`> [Dorian Lachapelle, dressed in a black shirt and brown pants, sitting in his chair, smoking a cigarette.]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shifted in her seat. She didn’t take her eyes away, but there was a faint air of discomfort there.
[02:18] * Aline remained silent, but looked at Yanmei again.
[02:18] <Marianne‘> [Isaiah patted her hand.-
[02:19] <Marianne`> [Lillian didn’t really seem to get it.]
[02:21] * Yanmei regarded Aline briefly, and stopped fidgetting, flashing a small grin instead. "At least they got -his- look down right."
[02:22] <Sept> "I think he sounded cooler in person."
[02:23] <Marianne‘> [Freya nodded. "Yeah, I agree."-
[02:23] <Marianne`> ["I-I was just- I mean- um- cool robot." Said A-Sera lamely.-
[02:24] <Marianne`> ["Relax, kid. I’m not going to punish you." Said Dorian.-
[02:24] <Marianne‘> ["If he was, he would’ve done it already." Came a different voice. Camera pan and-
[02:25] <Marianne‘> [There were gasps and sighs from the audience as the camera focused on Aline Blanc, clad in plugsuit. She was drawn with #loving# detail. Perhaps details were slightly exaggerated in the telling. But nevertheless, certain members of the audience would go home happy tonight. "Do you know what you’re looking at?"]
[02:30] <Sept> "I see they got the requests from your interview done, Aline."
[02:31] <Yanmei> The smirk had definitely made a return now. "Well, you look awfully… healthy?" she remarked.
[02:41] <Marianne‘> ["Huh? What- what do you mean? Who’re you, anyway?!" Asked A-Sera defensively.-
[02:42] <Marianne‘> ["This? This is NERV’s ultimate multi-purpose decisive weapon: the Evangelion. And -I- am Aline Blanc, the First Child. I doubt a street kid like you would really get that, though…"]
[02:46] <Sept> "Aline Langley-Soryu~" Sera sang quietly, the words soon turning into snickering.
[02:47] * Yanmei …could not help but join in.#
[21:09] <Freya‘Solheim> [02:47] * Yanmei …could not help but join in.
[21:12] * Aline furrowed her brow deeply, and /twitched/. "I-I didn’t… come on. I'm not the 'ace' type. This is… this is typecasting!" But now with them singing…! "Aaagh…!"
[21:19] <Sept> "I do wonder how they portray Asuka, now. I bet you'll have the most wonderful hate-love relationship!"
[21:26] * Aline was practically sulking now. "I'm holding out for… character development. C-clearly this is just to exaggerate Sera's role as the plucky outsider k-kid." …She was stammering, over this?
[21:30] <Freya‘Solheim> ["E-Evangelion…?" Asked A-Sera. "W-What does Paris-2 need a big weapon like this for?!"-
[21:30] <Freya`Solheim> ["Can I tell him?" Asked A-Aline.-
[21:31] <Freya`Solheim> ["No, no. Not yet." Said Dorian. he took a drag from his cigarette, tapped the ashes over the side. "What’s your name, kid?"-
[21:31] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Sera. S-Sera de Ptere-"-
[21:32] <Freya`Solheim> ["#YEAH!#" "#WE LOVE YOU SERA!#" "#BEST PILOT!#" From the audience.-
[21:32] <Freya`Solheim> ["Well, Sera. Why don’t you run along now, yeah? They gotta put 01 back down now."-
[21:33] <Freya‘Solheim> ["01…" Sera looked up at the Evangelion. "01…"]
[21:35] <Sept> "I don’t think my role is exaggerated." Sera said, hurt.
[21:36] * Aline shook her head. "No-no I mean, the /way/ you're portrayed, not how important you are." …She did add a little bit after, which was slightly amused. "Still think you're meant to be the lead."
[21:37] <Yanmei> "It's pretty obvious why~" Yanmei threw a smirking glance down at the audience. "What a draw."
[21:40] <Freya‘Solheim> ["C’mon, Sera." Said A-Freya. "We should get going? I'll buy you a croissant."-
[21:40] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh, right…" A-Sera and his animated companion ran off, leaving Dorian alone with Aline.-
[21:41] <Freya`Solheim> ["So what do you think?" Said Dorian. "He seemed pretty into it. Think he’s our boy?"-
[21:41] <Freya‘Solheim> ["I dunno. You need more than just the right spirit to pilot. You also need skill and intellect~ are you sure you’ll be happy with -another- half-baked pilot?"-
[21:41] <Freya‘Solheim> ["We’ll see."]
[21:43] <Yanmei> "You mean there's already one half-baked pilot?" Yanmei muttered, suddenly wary.
[21:44] * Aline was beginning to mutter to herself - though it was pretty audible, intentionally. "Why oh why do I get the feeling that they're gunning for a tsundere hateship between me and Yanmei…"
[21:46] <Yanmei> "Tsun…?"
[21:47] <Freya‘Solheim> [The scene cut.-
[21:47] <Freya`Solheim> [There was a room. White tiles, with stalls, steam rising from them with the sound of rushing hot water. Showers.-
[21:47] <Freya`Solheim> ["So did you hear? It sounds like Dorian might’ve found our next pilot." Aline's voice.]
[21:49] * Aline quuuuickly tried to explain. "It's uh a Japanese slang term for someone who acts mean - a 'tsuntsun phase' - but secretly harbors sweet - literally, 'deredere' - feelings. Maybe I scouted a bit too well but… aaagh."
[21:52] <Yanmei> The explanation left her a little baffled. "Mean and sweet? I-" Yet -another- smug smirk. "Oh dear. Looks like you get your own shower scene, too. These guys really know how to pander to fans."
[21:53] <Aline> "I know." Aline /pouted/.
[21:54] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Huh? Really? Boy or girl?" Asked a new, unfamiliar voice. A girl’s.-
[21:54] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Boy. Black hair. Kind of looks a little scruffy."-
[21:56] <Freya`Solheim> [The camera focused on a pair of bare legs- one of them bearing an ugly purple scar across the left calf. "It’d be nice to get another pilot. Dorian wouldn't pick someone just out of nowhere? He knows what he's doing, even if you don't think so."-
[21:56] <Freya‘Solheim> [Aline’s voice. "Eh. It's only a matter of time."-
[21:56] <Freya‘Solheim> [The camera cut again to a pair of bare shoulders- and a head of flowing violet hair. "Until what?"-
[21:57] <Freya`Solheim> [A horde of whistles and catcalls from the audience below. Isaiah stared, then started blinking furiously and looked away, crossing his legs.-
[21:57] * Freya`Solheim facepalmed.
[22:00] * Yanmei acted a little too late, left stunned and blinking for the first few seconds after the realization hit her. She raised a hand to shield Isaiah’s eyes. "God-damn- it. Don't look! That goes for the rest of you too!"
[22:00] * Aline blushed. "Th-they don't seem to mind…?"
[22:01] * Sept coughed, blushing only slightly. "It's good if it pleases them, of course."
[22:04] <Freya‘Solheim> ["H-Huh?! Why not?!" Muttered Isaiah indignantly.]
[22:05] <Yanmei> "That’s a lie and you know it! What about… about…" she was grasping for words in her panic. "The character's dignity! That's way more important than fanservice. And because it's weird, that's why!"#
[22:06] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Hmph."-
[22:06] <Freya`Solheim> [There was the sound of a shower turning off. Aline’s voice. "Until he starts to listen to -me-, of course. All this time he's making his own choices without running them by me- mark my words, it's gonna get someone killed."-
[22:07] <Freya‘Solheim> ["W-Why would he need to listen to you?" Yanmei’s head turned, scowling. She turned her own shower off. "Wouldn't he know more about this…?"-
[22:07] <Freya‘Solheim> [A-Aline sighed. "I wouldn’t expect you to understand…"]
[22:09] * Aline kinda made a little whining noise. "God, they're really going for the fighting angle…"
[22:11] <Sept> "I think it's a fun angle, really."
[22:12] <Yanmei> "It's not hard to see where it comes from, anyway," Yanmei muttered. "Though I hope they don't turn it into something gross?"
[22:14] <Aline> "I was worried they would but… I don't think so now."
[22:17] <Sept> "Probably not a safe thing to say, yet."
[22:17] <Freya‘Solheim> ["We’ll see." Said Lillian, with the air of a person who'd find something like that more hilarious than titillating.-
[22:17] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Anyway, how’s your leg?" Asked A-Aline.-
[22:18] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh, it’s fine? It's not like it's all that bad if I don't overdo it. I'm pretty careful about it."-
[22:18] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Right, right."-
[22:18] <Freya`Solheim> ["…"-
[22:18] <Freya`Solheim> ["…"-
[22:18] <Freya`Solheim> ["Well, I’ll see you, then." Said A-Aline, making a toweled exit-stage-left.-
[22:19] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Right!"-
[22:19] <Freya`Solheim> ["… That girl." A-Yanmei sighed.-
[22:20] <Freya`Solheim> [The scene cut to… Well, it was an area. It resembled the command centre, if only because it had a few computerised consoles and a big viewscreen. It was rather stereotypical. NERV made sure it wouldn’t reflect reality.-
[22:21] <Freya‘Solheim> [Dorian was sitting there- behind him, Aline and Yanmei. On the viewscreen was EVA-01, and a side-window with Sera de Pteres’ picture in it.-
[22:21] <Freya‘Solheim> ["How’s he doing?"-
[22:21] <Freya‘Solheim> ["He’s synchronised with it first go." Said Dorian with a grin. "He's had a few accidents- he took out some scaffolding when he fell over- but otherwise ok."-
[22:21] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Huh. I guess he isn’t so scruffy after all?" Said Yanmei, shooting Aline a look.]
[22:22] <Sept> "Scruffy…" Sera grumbled. "Were we ever scruffy, Freya?"
[22:23] * Aline giggled a little. "Scruffy is a funny adjective."
[22:26] <Yanmei> "Huh. They remembered that he fell down the first time too."
[22:27] <Freya‘Solheim> "Never, Sera." Muttered Freya. "We were the epitome of class in a classless world."-
[22:28] <Freya`Solheim> ["So how is he going, Captain?" Came a voice. Both the pilots turned…-
[22:28] <Freya`Solheim> [What could only be an animated Ginevre Fontaine, sitting in her chair at the top of the command centre.-
[22:29] <Freya`Solheim> ["He should be ready in two weeks."-
[22:29] <Freya`Solheim> ["Good." Said Ginevre. "He’ll need to be ready, if he's going to fight Angels."-
[22:29] <Freya‘Solheim> [The ominous stirrings of a leitmotif. Down below in the audience, the officers started to laugh.]
[22:31] * Sept mumbled something about the lack of a curry scene.
[22:32] * Aline on the other hand was staring over at the officers’ seats…
[22:33] * Yanmei had dropped her hands away from Isaiah's face some time ago, and now was folding them primly into her lap again.
[22:37] <Freya‘Solheim> [The scene cut to Sera climbing out of the Entry Plug. They’d kept the LCL in, which was good…-
[22:37] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Hello, Pilot de Pteres." Ginevre Fontaine was there to meet him with Dorian. "How’re you finding piloting the Evangelion?"-
[22:38] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Um. It’s a lot different to free running." Said Sera, looking up at her and smiling. "Who're you?"-
[22:38] <Freya‘Solheim> ["I’m Commander Ginevre Fontaine, NERV's supreme director."]
[22:40] <Sept> "I really -could- go for some curry about now. Oh… how did you two meet Ginevre?"
[22:44] * Aline shook her head. "At a distance, for a lot of the time… I think. That's still a bit hazy. The whole period was, really."
[22:46] <Yanmei> "Same with me. Someone pointed her out to me at a distance? I think it was Marianne." Yanmei frowned, thinking back. "I'm pretty sure we didn't speak to each other until after I had been there a year or so."
[22:48] <Sept> "Hmm. I guess she did have her reputation for a reason…"
[22:49] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh. Nice to meet you, Ginevre." Said A-Sera brightly.-
[22:50] <Freya`Solheim> ["Are you ready to fight the Angels, Sera?" She asked coldly.-
[22:50] <Freya`Solheim> ["Angels…?"-
[22:50] <Freya`Solheim> ["An Angel is a sort of space monster." Came Aline’s voice, trailing behind Ginevre. "If you need more information, just ask me~"-
[22:50] <Freya‘Solheim> ["S-Space monster, huh." Asked Sera. "That seems kind of stupid if you ask me."]#
[22:52] * Aline sighed. "Character development, character development." It sounded almost mantra-like.
[22:55] * Yanmei snickered.
[22:56] <Sept> "Now that’s just inaccurate. We knew nothing beforehand back then."
[22:58] <Yanmei> "Well, they had to take liberties? It's easier to get that information to the audience that way."
[22:59] <Sept> "I guess it would show NERV in kind of a bad light, too."
[22:59] * Aline nodded. "Yeah. We at least got a /little/ bit, but not that much…"
[23:00] <Freya‘Solheim> [An alarm sounded within the movie. Everyone looked about.-
[23:00] <Freya`Solheim> ["What is it, Thomas?" Asked Fontaine.-
[23:01] <Freya`Solheim> [The camera cut to a grizzled man in a uniform; his voice was growly and gravelly. "The detection grid’s picked up an Angelic signature, Commander."-
[23:02] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Huh-?!" Yanmei looked up at the command deck. "An Angel? Here? Now?" Was that worry in her voice?-
[23:02] <Freya`Solheim> ["Right. Amatore, prepare the Evangelions for launch." Said Dorian, wheeling his way back up to the command deck. "Pilots, to your units."-
[23:03] <Freya`Solheim> ["But- but Sera isn’t ready yet!" Started Yanmei.-
[23:03] <Freya‘Solheim> ["No time!" Snapped Dorian.]
[23:04] <Yanmei> "What the heck. I wasn’t like that at all," Yanmei grumbled. "I was totally collected?"
[23:05] <Sept> "The demographic isn't after 'collected', is it?" Sera grinned.
[23:06] * Aline looked at Yanmei briefly, as if thinking of something, but deciding against it. "Be glad. I'm hoping for my character to have a breakdown so I can stop seeing me acting so bitchy. Seeeeriously."
[23:06] <Freya‘Solheim> [Isaiah began to giggle. "Awww. Scared Meimei is so cute~"]
[23:08] * Yanmei frowned at them all and folded her arms. She suddenly felt tired, as if an intense amount of effort poured into something had suddenly been for naught. "You guys just don’t get it."
[23:12] <Freya‘Solheim> [Isaiah reached over and patted her hand. "Come on, now~"-
[23:13] <Freya`Solheim> [Scene cut. All three pilots were sitting in their plugs.-
[23:13] <Freya`Solheim> ["Unit 00, check!" A woman who was clearly Sophie.-
[23:13] <Freya`Solheim> ["Unit 01, check!" A dashingly handsome man- Frederic, clearly.-
[23:13] <Freya`Solheim> ["Unit 04, check!" Marianne, this time.-
[23:14] <Freya`Solheim> [Dramatic, heroic music was playing. Aline looked confident and self-assured. Sera looked worried and fidgety. Yanmei looked preoccupied.-
[23:14] <Freya`Solheim> ["Launch the Evangelions!" Said Dorian.-
[23:15] <Freya`Solheim> [A cut of the three units rocketing up the rails, and emerging on their catapults to the surface of Paris-2. A cheer went up from the audience.]
[23:18] <Sept> "I remember more bets. I guess that falls into the ’NERV PR' category, too."
[23:20] <Aline> "I would hope so. Probably also 'Management of the Louvre' PR." A soft chuckle. "Their jobs must suck."
[23:23] <Yanmei> "Mmhm." Eyes still on the big screen.
[23:25] <Freya‘Solheim> [A shape appeared on the horizon- all chitin and blade. Gazardiel, core glowing upon its head.-
[23:26] <Freya`Solheim> ["Is… Is that an Angel…?" Muttered A-Yanmei. "H-Heh." She chuckled bravely. "Doesn’t look so bad?"-
[23:26] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Don’t be scared, Yanyan~" Cooed Aline. "I'll keep you safe~"-
[23:26] <Freya‘Solheim> ["I don’t need your help…"]
[23:27] <Sept> "Oh god, that's -adorable-…"
[23:27] * Aline didn't comment this time, but her right eyelid /was/ twitching.
[23:29] * Yanmei was grimacing for her part, that sullen air descending once more.
[23:33] * Freya‘Solheim was giggling endlessly.-
[23:33] <Freya`Solheim> ["So this is what it was like, huh?" Asked Lillian.-
[23:34] <Freya`Solheim> [Gazardiel approached now, at top speed, ignoring a hail of gunfire.-
[23:34] <Freya`Solheim> ["It has an AT Field!" Said a voice- the actress playing Marianne. "Evangelions, move to neutralise-"-
[23:34] <Freya`Solheim> [Gazardiel unleashed a burst of energy that ignited the air around EVA-00. Aline let out a screech. "A-Aaagh-!"-
[23:35] <Freya`Solheim> ["I-It shoots lasers?!" Muttered Sera. "This is stupid this is stupid this is stupid…"]
[23:36] * Aline was a smidge sulky. "Well, we didn’t act like that. I wasn't so obnoxious, and Yanmei wasn't so jittery and Sera wasn't… uh. So meta?"
[23:37] <Sept> "Well, it's… it isn't like I wasn't thinking that a lot of the time…"
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Give it a minute. I think we learned pretty quickly during this fight. Maybe they roles will shift a little?"
[23:39] <Aline> "…Yeah, hope so."
[23:39] <Yanmei> ^the roles
[23:41] <Freya‘Solheim> [Gazardiel leapt through the air, scythe blade hurtling at EVA-04. Yanmei brought up a sword and parried it, but…-
[23:42] <Freya`Solheim> ["A-Aah! No!" In the Plug, Yanmei had closed her eyes, covering her head with her hands. "Help meeeee…"]#
[23:43] <Yanmei> "So… full of hate…"
[23:45] <Sept> "It only gets better…" Sera marveled. "Do you understand how many more fans this will net you, Yanmei?"
[23:46] <Freya`Solheim> "So many fans, looking for their cuddly Yanyan to protect and hold~"
[23:46] <Yanmei> "Stop enjoying this." Yanmei had gone on to mirror the face-holding position of her on-screen counterpart, with significantly more chagrin and less terror.
[23:47] * Aline made yet another little whiny noise, glancing a bit at Freya. "/I/ was supposed to have the moemoe appeal and /Yanmei/ was supposed to be the dashing bishoujou figure. Aaaa. Aa." It is worth noting that she wasn’t screaming, but making a monotone parody of a scream.
[23:48] <Freya‘Solheim> ["H-Hold on, Yanmei!" Sera pointed a gun at Gazardiel.-
[23:48] <Freya`Solheim> [The officer seats promptly burst into laughter.]
[23:49] * Yanmei peered between her fingers. "Is that…"
[23:49] <Sept> "Why are they laugh- oh, is that a..?"
[23:50] * Aline stared. "I think it /is/." …Mum’s the word on whether any of their partners would have a damn clue.
[23:54] <Freya‘Solheim> "… This is going to be ridiculous."-
[23:55] <Freya`Solheim> ["Yaaaa!" Sera opened fire…-
[23:55] <Freya`Solheim> [And the bullets did nothing. Gazardiel turned towards him.-
[23:55] <Freya`Solheim> ["Um. Captain? Your gun is useless. Really useless."-
[23:55] <Freya`Solheim> [Gazardiel leapt- and Sera panicked, shrieking, hurling the gun at Gazardiel’s head. The Angel shore it in half.]
[23:56] * Aline giggled. "That's one way to get rid of it~"
[23:59] <Yanmei> "At least there are some details they got right." Yanmei was starting to brighten a little again.
Session Time: Mon Feb 06 00:00:00 2012
[00:07] <Freya‘Solheim> [
[00:08] <Freya`Solheim> ["Sera, deploy your Progressive Knife!" Shouted Dorian.-
[00:08] <Freya`Solheim> ["My-? Oh right, my knife-" The wing dock opened, dropping the knife into 01’s hand- that was soon pierced by a scythe claw.-
[00:08] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Ghh- it- it hit me-"-
[00:09] <Freya`Solheim> ["Yanmei, Aline, you have to move in and get it."-
[00:09] <Freya`Solheim> ["Right!" Shouted Yanmei, putting her game face on. Sword in hand, she charged- followed by Aline…-
[00:09] <Freya`Solheim> [Stab! Smash! The charge hit home, knocking Gazardiel through several city blocks. There were gasps from the audience below.]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Oho. That didn’t look half bad!"
[00:15] * Aline smiled lightly, but was otherwise watching a bit more intently now.
[00:18] <Sept> "Yeah, I'd say that compensates for the inaccuracies."
[00:19] <Freya‘Solheim> [But Gazardiel was up again all too quickly. It struck again with blinding speed, hurtling a claw at Aline-
[00:19] <Freya`Solheim> [Before Sera returned the favour, impaling it through the arm with the Prog Knife. "Get it! Now!"-
[00:20] <Freya`Solheim> [Wham! The flail came down on Gazardiel’s tail-
[00:20] <Freya‘Solheim> [And the sword was pulled back, and Yanmei thrusted, shoving it straight through the core.-
[00:20] <Freya`Solheim> [The core glowed, cracks appearing- and it exploded. Yet…-
[00:20] <Freya`Solheim> [Surprisingly most of the surrounding area -wasn’t- levelled. NERV PR at it again.]
[00:21] * Aline was willing to ignore that, instead just continuing to smile a little.
[00:24] <Yanmei> Oh NERV. "Not even a Lourve destruction shot… Not bad."
[00:24] <Freya‘Solheim> ["I thought the Louvre thing was a tradition?" Muttered Isaiah.]
[00:25] <Sept> "You shouldn’t joke about that. But I'm not sure why they did that. People might learn to appreciate those things if they saw them in detail."
[00:28] * Freya‘Solheim nodded. "You’re right. It'd be better if they put it in? That's ignoring a serious thing."
[00:28] * Sept nodded seriously. "Yep."
[00:31] <Yanmei> "If this thing is a marketing tool - and it is, absolutely - then they probably didn't want to risk a negative public reaction? That's probably all there is to it."
[00:33] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Yeah, but… Wouldn’t people know that buildings were damaged?" Asked Lillian.-
[00:34] <Freya‘Solheim> ["How’re you guys feeling?" Asked Dorian.-
[00:34] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Fantastic, of course~" Said Aline, grinning. "The battle was decided before it was even begun~"-
[00:34] <Freya`Solheim> ["… yeah, that wasn’t too bad." Said Sera.-
[00:34] <Freya‘Solheim> ["… I feel sick…" Came the meek reply from 04.]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "True, they’re going to be reminded about their losses either way. But isn't there something troublesome about them being depicted in a fluffy movie like this one for entertainment's sake? Or at least that's how it could be construed." She was pointedly ignoring her on-screen reaction.
[00:37] <Sept> "Yeah… Well, you'll have a say on that later, won't you? I guess that's lucky for us."
[00:38] * Aline slowly nodded, turning to the burgeoning conversation. "Yeah, I have to say, this /is/ more fluff, really…" A brief glance back at the screen, not /quite/ annoyed, but close.
[00:40] <Freya‘Solheim> [A fadeout cut over the Paris-2 skyline…-
[00:41] <Freya`Solheim> [A car. Marianne and Yanmei, driving along. "Pilot Zhang’s performing well, although she's still needing time to adjust to live combat." Came a voiceover from Dorian.-
[00:41] <Freya‘Solheim> ["She’s a good kid. She's tougher than she looks." Gravelly Thomas. "She has our full confidence."-
[00:41] <Freya‘Solheim> ["We’ll see." Fontaine's. "There is much that could go wrong with her. Another lockup like that last battle…"-
[00:41] <Freya‘Solheim> ["It won’t happen again." Dorian.]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Y-yeah right. With everything that happened that day, I doubt that was even a point of discussion?"
[00:44] <Aline> "Drama, Yanmei. Drama. They're trying to build you up to be a sympathetic figure I think~"
[00:45] <Yanmei> "I get it all right. But still…"
[00:47] <Freya‘Solheim> [The cut faded into one of Marianne and Yanmei at the mall- wandering amongst the shops.-
[00:47] <Freya`Solheim> ["Hold on a second." Murmured Isaiah.]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "…"
[00:54] * Aline remained silent, but seemed to blink confusedly.
[00:54] <Freya`Solheim> [The two of them entered a bookshop…-
[00:55] <Freya`Solheim> [There was the sound of a crying child. A little girl had gotten lost, and there was a boy trying to help her. Yanmei frowned, and walked over. "What’s the matter? Do you need help?"-
[00:55] <Freya‘Solheim> [The boy turned around.-
[00:56] <Freya`Solheim> [Fluffy blonde hair, big adorable blue eyes, clear skin… "Oh, er… I’m sorry, but she's lost her mother…"-
[00:56] <Freya‘Solheim> [Isaiah covered his face.]
[00:57] * Sept whispered something to Freya. Something about a whole new fanclub.
[00:57] * Aline smirked, now realizing why Isaiah said that.
[00:58] * Freya`Solheim began to giggle, nodding fervently.
[00:58] * Yanmei started giggling. There was the urge to reach out and pinch Ral isaiah’s cheeks, but she refrained, instead patting him on the shoulder.
[00:58] <Yanmei> ^Real Isaiah's
[01:02] <Freya‘Solheim> ["D-Do I really look like that…?"]
[01:03] <Sept> "You do," Sera nodded.
[01:05] <Freya`Solheim> ["O-Oh no…"]
[01:06] * Aline nodded. "Yeah, up to and including the fluff."
[01:06] <Freya`Solheim> "Yeah, it’s pretty much true."-
[01:06] <Freya‘Solheim> [Lillian nodded sagely. "So adorably pinchable."]
[01:06] <Freya`Solheim> ["Oh. That’s no good." A-Yanmei kneeled down. "Hi, little one. Why don't we go find your mummy?" She turned to A-Isaiah. "Can you help me?"-
[01:07] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh… Sure." Said Isaiah, blushing a little, his eyes downcast. There were coos from the audience. "Aren’t you- you're Zhang Yanmei, right?"-
[01:07] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh, you recognise me…?" A-Yanmei blushed and turned away herself.]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shifted around in her chair. It -definitely- didn’t happen like this.
[01:12] <Aline> "Cuuute~" Was all Aline really needed to say.
[01:13] <Freya‘Solheim> "So this is how they fell in love. It really was love at first sight~"
[01:15] <Yanmei> "It’s not quite like that," Yanmei muttered. She was shaking off enough her her embarassment to glance down at the cooing audience, a slightly dangerous look in her eye.
[01:15] <Yanmei> ^enough of her
[01:16] <Freya‘Solheim> ["A-Anyway, that’s me. Who're you?"-
[01:16] <Freya‘Solheim> ["I-I’m Isaiah." Said A-Isaiah. "Isaiah Gabriel-Wei." His voice was soft and gentle and heartmelting and… The fangirls were quickly finding a new idol for their devotion.-
[01:17] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Come on, Isaiah. Let’s go find this little girl her mum, ok?" Said A-Yanmei, smiling brightly.-
[01:17] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Alright." Said Isaiah, eyes twinkling.-
[01:17] <Freya`Solheim> ["… that girl looks kind of like Elizabeth." Muttered Isaiah.]
[01:18] <Yanmei> "I doubt that’s a coincidence? I… showed the interviewer a picture of her."
[01:21] * Aline thought on that. "An interesting choice…"
[01:21] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh." Said Isaiah. "I see."-
[01:21] <Freya`Solheim> [The three of them wandered off, and… Cut.-#
[01:21] <Freya`Solheim> ["It feels good."-
[01:22] <Freya`Solheim> [Sera was lying on a rooftop, staring up at the sky. "For once, I mean, it’s like… I can make a difference."]
[01:28] <Sept> "Eh… I guess it works, for a movie."
[01:29] <Aline> "Finally getting to you a little, huh?"
[01:31] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Or… A difference, is that what I want?" Asked A-Sera. "Perhaps I’m just happy to finally give back to Paris, after taking so much…"]
[01:32] <Sept> "Wait." This was sounding oddly familiar. "Oh god, that press conference… I just wanted to get back at that reporter…"
[01:37] <Yanmei> "It's a good line, though," Yanmei remarked. "Very noble~"
[01:37] <Freya‘Solheim> ["It means I can finally go somewhere." He stretched a hand up to the sun and grasped it… And clenched his hand tight. "I can finally be someone. I can be a pilot. It’s funny, though. Those big monsters- those Evangelions- at the end of the day they're just an extension of the pilot's will…"-
[01:37] * Freya‘Solheim dissolved into tears of laughter.
[01:39] <Sept> "Yeah, but what rat would ever be- ahaha -what-"
[01:40] * Aline smirked again. "I seeeee. Truth be told I actually forgot that!"
[01:49] <Freya`Solheim> [The scene cut…-
[01:49] <Freya`Solheim> [Aline, now, standing in the Evangelion cages, staring up at EVA-00. "Soon… Oh, the things we’ll do~ We'll light up the sky with our glorious energy, 00~ We'll show everyone who the real power is, yeah?"]
[01:50] * Aline facepalmed. "Gaaah."
[01:52] * Yanmei burst into uncontrollable laughter now. "My God! They must have given them some of the comm transcripts too!"
[01:52] <Sept> "Or they'll just have guessed."
[01:54] * Aline shook her head while /still/ covering her face. "No, no, I've done some grandstanding but this… this!"
[01:54] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Jeez, Aline. What did you -do- to these people?" Said Lillian, who was nevertheless grinning.]
[01:56] <Aline> "I… don’t… know!" She was reeeeally stretching every syllable there, it was probably pretty silly-sounding.
[01:58] <Freya‘Solheim> [The scene cut into the sound of bells.-
[01:58] <Freya`Solheim> [School bells.-
[01:59] <Freya`Solheim> [Yanmei and Aline were walking along, Sera far behind with Freya.]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Odd choice, showing something as mundane as school after all that.
[02:02] * Aline wasn’t nearly as surprised, though by now she was cringing, wondering just what they'll do /now/.
[02:03] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Well well." Came a voice. Yanmei and Aline looked up.-
[02:04] <Freya`Solheim> [Alexandre Fontaine. Glasses. Neat, wavy hair. Handsome, smirking face. "If it isn’t Zhang Yanmei! Hero of Paris-2! Although all things considered I doubt the city will last very long with you protecting it…"-
[02:05] <Freya‘Solheim> ["You-!" Yanmei shot him a dark look, even as her cheeks grew red. "Alex Fontaine. I should’ve known you were around when I smelled the odor of failure…"-
[02:05] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Who’s a failure? Perhaps you simply forgot to apply perfume?" He leaned forward.]
[02:05] <Sept> "Wasn't she shy and meek just moments earlier..?"
[02:07] * Aline raised a brow. "…It's like they mixed notes half the time, then forgot to mix them up later. Confusing."
[02:07] <Freya‘Solheim> "Or maybe Alex just makes her all fired up. All hot inside~"
[02:08] <Yanmei> "That’s disgusting and a lie and we don't sound like that at all!"
[02:08] <Aline> "Better him than me, judging by the derails /and/ Yanyan's reaction." Aline spat half-jokingly, half-awkwardly.
[02:11] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Why you-" Yanmei leaned towards him as well. "You probably don’t even know what perfume smells like. The girls avoid you like a plague?"-
[02:12] <Freya‘Solheim> [Alex got closer. "You -are- a plague, so at least I have that."-
[02:12] <Freya`Solheim> ["That- that’s dumb." Their faces were now only inches apart…]
[02:13] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Nice comeback, Yanmei." Said Lillian.]
[02:14] * Aline suddenly grinned, gaining back a bit more composure. "Ooh, ooh, they got your questioning inflection thing in!… in? thing in? Hmmm. I can’t pull it off."
[02:16] <Yanmei> A certain wary feeling. Why were they so close together all of a sudden…? "They left out the witty parts of these sorts of conversations. They were way more highbrow and didn't make us sound like a couple of squabbling kids? And, ah. Yeah, I noticed that? With the inflection, I mean."
[02:17] <Freya‘Solheim> ["#MAKE OUT!#" cried someone in the audience.]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "…"
[02:19] * Aline suddenly tensed. Like the world was about to explode.
[02:21] <Freya`Solheim> ["Smooth. See you later~" Alex walked off.-
[02:22] <Freya`Solheim> ["That- that smug… He’s an idiot, right?" She asked of Aline.-
[02:22] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Uh-huh." Aline smirked. "It’s quite obvious- I can tell, I can read you like an open book- that you're totally infatuated with him."-
[02:22] <Freya‘Solheim> ["H-Huh!?"-
[02:22] * Freya`Solheim broke down into laughter.#
[02:23] <Sept> "That’s our Aline for you! Always privy to others' emotions~"
[02:23] * Aline tensed even further. She looked like she was curling in on herself.
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Like hell!" Yanmei was red-faced, rigid. "Who would be infactuated with that Jerkface?!"
[02:26] <Sept> "-Obviously- no one," Sera laughed.
[02:26] <Freya‘Solheim> ["Oh, I had no idea Yanmei had a crush on Alex." Said Lillian, blinking. "The schoolyard’s going to have so much to talk about tomorrow…"]
[02:27] * Aline remained tense for a bit, but… risked something. A very quiet little "Yanmei… Langley-Soryu…~"
[02:31] <Yanmei> "No…" Rage and despair. There would be copies of this thing playing in theaters everywhere. In France… in Germany… Yanmei Langley-Soryu? Her fists and shoulders began to tremble.
[02:35] <Freya‘Solheim> "At least they’re not putting -us- in that sort of light, eh, Sept?"
[02:35] <Freya‘Solheim> [Isaiah reached over and patted Yanmei’s hand. "Come on. Lighten up, sweetie."]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "…eh?" Yanmei glanced over at him. "That's… that's right. It's only a silly movie, right? Heh heh… heh…"
[02:38] <Sept> "…-don't even-."
[02:39] * Aline looked around, and breathed a slight sigh of relief.
[02:40] <Freya‘Solheim> [The scene continued, progressing onto them in the classroom.-
[02:41] <Freya`Solheim> [Many of the students had been replaced with anonymous ones- Lillian was not one of them, and she was able to giggle in glee as her animated self introduced herself to the class.-
[02:41] <Freya`Solheim> [The highlight, however, was Sera being literally dragged into the classroom, a croissant inexplicably wedged into his mouth. "Come -on- Sera, you have to learn-"-
[02:41] <Freya`Solheim> ["Mffmff!"-
[02:42] <Freya`Solheim> ["I know you hate crowds, but this is important!"-
[02:42] <Freya`Solheim> ["Mfffff!"]
[02:42] * Aline eyed Sera. "Too late, it seems."
[02:46] <Yanmei> Something else to focus on. Thank god… Yanmei glanced over at Freya. "So -that’s- how you got him to come to school those first few times…"
[02:46] <Sept> "…yeah." Sera was blushing, but still trying his best to retain composure in case the darkness of the theatre could mask it. "…I do remember being disappointed for having to do it alone at times."
[02:47] <Freya‘Solheim> "Tugging and croissants is about how I got Sept to do -anything-, honestly…"
[02:52] <Aline> "Not that croissants are all that bad~"
[02:54] <Freya`Solheim> [The scene cut.-
[02:54] <Freya`Solheim> [Mercifully.-
[02:55] <Freya`Solheim> [The next few scenes took the time to focus on the pilots’ daily routines. School, what they liked to eat, their friendship groups… How their work at NERV went. By and large it was fairly accurate; dolled up here and there, of course.-
[02:57] <Freya‘Solheim> [During this time, the waiters came, delivering delicious, gourmet food to the six as a buffet- a bowl of rich, hot curry here, a plate of fried chicken wings there, escargot over here, steaming, delicious pizzas, cold drinks…-
[02:58] <Freya`Solheim> [But ultimately the movie continued: the pilots were at NERV, when the alarm went over. "There’s an Angel on the way."-
[02:58] <Freya‘Solheim> "Iadiel, right?"
[02:59] * Aline pondered. "Maybe, maybe not. They might’ve skipped ahead to a more intimidating one or something for time reasons."
[03:00] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei had almost started on a slice of pizza, but now left it on her plate, untouched.
[03:00] <Freya‘Solheim> [Isaiah was loading his plate up with slices of bacon and mozzarella cheese pizza. "…" He turned to Yanmei, patting her on the knee, a memory coming to mind.-
[03:01] <Freya`Solheim> ["What is it?" Asked Fontaine.-
[03:01] <Freya`Solheim> [The image appeared…-
[03:01] <Freya`Solheim> [Asmodel, not Iadiel.-
[03:01] <Freya`Solheim> "So they -did- skip it."
[03:02] <Yanmei> "Ah." Yanmei relaxed. "That one wasn’t as complicated as Iadiel. And it happened in Paris, right?"
[03:03] <Aline> "Oh yeah. Definitely simpler, and more aggressive."
[20:38] <Sept> "Yeah. But still just as dangerous. I guess it was ideal for sales."
[20:39] <Marianne> ["But Iadiel had 01 wrapped up in tentacles- and by proxy, you, Sera. You'd think that'd sell with your ~newest fans~" cooed Freya.]
[20:41] <Sept> "Mmh," Sera replied. He didn't seem particularly amused.
[20:42] * Aline raised a hand, then lowered it. "…Let's not worry too much about /that/." Beat. "Stuff like that already exists anyway."
[20:42] <Marianne> ["… What, really?" Asked Isaiah.]
[20:44] * Aline simply nodded, with a little, slightly /amused/ smile on her face.
[20:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei patted Isaiah on the leg. "Don't worry about it."
[20:45] <Sept> "…yeah. Best not to."
[20:46] <Marianne> ["What?! Not worry about it?" Isaiah was deeply alarmed. "T-there could be… -things- of you out there." Muttered Isaiah. "A-And after this, there could be things of -me-! -Us-! Oh no…"]
[20:50] <Yanmei> "There… ah. Come on, something like that wouldn't have much staying power out there anyway. Just relax and try not to think of it."
[20:50] <Marianne> ["… I dunno." Said Lillian. "I know a few people who'd buy it."]
[20:51] <Sept> "And what if there is something like that out there? Who could that harm?"
[20:51] * Aline waved her hand slightly. "…Sorry for mentioning it, but well… uh. Don't you worry too much, it's… just… something that'll happen. And it's in obscure markets that can't by design sell a whole lot. Just chill and laugh at it, like I do. Or, learned to do."
[20:53] <Marianne> [Freya pondered this. "There are a lot of things that could be done with a Sera comic…"]
[20:56] <Sept> "That's beside the point. They can do that if they want, and especially if they keep it to themselves. The movie will be seen by a lot more people."
[20:56] <Aline> "There are, after all, reasons that stuff isn't more mainstream."
[20:58] * Yanmei kept her frown discreet, glancing aside. Creepy comics of her Isaiah, huh? In the hands of weird niche-market buyers…
[21:06] <Marianne> [His innocent, adorable face… What would they do to it?_
[21:06] <Marianne> ["There was a crash on screen. Asmodel was slamming his fist into the ground- which was buckling all too easily. Wham! Wham!-
[21:08] <Marianne> [… The camera panned up to reveal the back of EVA-01, staring down the street at it like a wild west gunslinger. "Stupid idiot Angel. I'll hit you with everything I got-"-
[21:08] <Marianne> ["Hah! Leave it to me, de Pteres!" Aline's voice. EVA-00 was hurtling across Paris-2's sky on a spurt of AT Energy. "See what I can do now? All of you should revel in the shadow of my glorious power-"-
[21:09] <Marianne> [Asmodel reached out, grabbing the Umbilical as 00 passed- and, like a lasso, swung it around its head and slammed it, Eva and all, through several city blocks. Aline's boasts turned to yelps of pain.-
[21:09] <Marianne> ["Aline!" Cried Sera.]
[21:10] * Aline leaned forward. "Come on…"
[21:13] <Sept> "See? Don't you think that's much creepier and more immoral than any of that other stuff?"
[21:14] <Yanmei> "Now, now. It's just one ungraceful tumble…"
[21:15] * Aline blinked. "Eh? No, I'm going 'come on' because I'm hoping my movie counterpart will get that breakdown I was talking about, and stop being so showoffy. My speeches are obnoxious in an overdramatic way, not a desperate-for-attention way…"
[21:17] <Marianne> ["I'm not sure there's much difference, there." Said Lillian.-
[21:18] <Marianne> [Asmodel dropped to all fours, and charged 00- claws bearing down on her, pinning her to the ground. She screamed- it tore off EVA-00's right leg.-
[21:18] <Marianne> ["Come on, come on…" Sera began to charge, now. He struck out, Prog Knife in hand…-
[21:18] <Marianne> [And Asmodel swung about, catching 01 in a claw, smashing it into a building and disintegrating that knife.-
[21:19] <Marianne> ["… Was Asmodel really this ferocious?" Muttered Freya.]
[21:20] <Yanmei> "Artistic liberties?" Yanmei rested an elbow on the table. "He was strong but not too… proactive."
[21:21] <Aline> "…I don't remember him that clearly, which probably means he wasn't as intimidating as the others."
[21:24] <Sept> "Hmmm. It looks better. I thought they'd picked it -because- it wasn't such an arduous battle."
[21:25] <Marianne> ["It's weird. They picked a non-arduous battle, then spice it up anyway…" Said Isaiah.-
[21:26] <Marianne> [EVA-04 appeared now, a battle rifle in hand. "Aline-! I've got to protect her…" The gun spat bullets, striking across Asmodel's body, drawing first blood. It turned towards her, a low growl coming from its maw… It charged!-
[21:26] <Marianne> [EVA-00 shot into the air, now free… "I-I'm ok, I'm ok…" Mumbled Aline. "I c-can't focus on myself, gotta… Focus on revenge!"-
[21:27] <Marianne> ["Aah-!" Yanmei let out a squeak of fear, scrambling away. "Help! Help me-!"]
[21:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei rubbed her forehead with her hand for a moment.
[21:30] <Sept> "…I'm sure you'll get your moment, Yanmei."
[21:30] * Aline looked on impassively, and tilted her head back and forth. "Yeah. Right now we're still on designated-protagonist-o'-clock." What a mouthful of hyphens.
[21:32] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I remember how this fight ends, so… maybe they'll do something with that?"
[21:39] <Marianne> [Dorian's voice. "Sera! We need you back in the fight!"-
[21:40] <Marianne> ["Right, right. My- my knife. It broke my knife."-
[21:40] <Marianne> ["We're sending up Aline's flail, now. Take it!"-
[21:41] <Marianne> [Asmodel was still chasing EVA-04, Yanmei running as fast as she could. Asmodel reached down, grabbing the umbilical and pulling it back- which was enough to unplug EVA-04 whilst simultaneously sending it collapsing to the ground.-
[21:41] <Marianne> ["Help!" EVA-04 rolled onto its back, opening fire at point blank…-
[21:42] <Marianne> [The bullets struck the core, which enraged Asmodel- a claw flew down towards the Evangelion, which it barely dodged by rolling to the side.-
[21:42] <Marianne> [It rose to its feet, claw drawn back, ready to strike again- when a barbed head lashed out, striking the arm and drawing blood. EVA-01, standing behind hit, flail in hand. "Come on. Come on, you stupid idiot. Take me."]
[21:45] <Yanmei> "My hero?" Yanmei managed a small smirk now. "I'm sure that's what they were going for, anyway."
[21:45] <Aline> "Man, I'm surprised at how /angry/ Movie-Sera is." Aline commented briefly, between bites of a sandwich.
[21:48] <Sept> "I -would- be angry if I had to deal with the two of you like that."
[21:48] <Marianne> ["Ouch." Giggled Freya.]
[21:49] <Marianne> [Asmodel turned, stamping its feet like a sumo- before lashing out at EVA-01, smashing through its shield and raking its left arm, before pulling back and cutting a deep gouge across its torso. Sera let out gasps of fear as he fell backwards, controls unresponsive, falling to his knees.-
[21:50] <Marianne> [Asmodel lifted a heavy, armored leg and stamped down upon 01's chest. And again. And again. Just as the armor seemed to crack…-
[21:50] <Marianne> [A railgun shot from EVA-00, floating in the air. "Take it now, Yanmei!"]
[21:54] * Sept mmph'd uncomfortably at the images of himself being beaten up. "See? Your moment."
[21:55] <Yanmei> "If I remember right, you and Blanc'll have yours in the next fight. With luck?"
[21:55] <Aline> "Yeah, we both should have good moments for that one."
[22:01] <Marianne> ["Right!" Yanmei stepped forward, and fired- bullets raking Asmodel's back, causing small bloody wounds…-
[22:02] <Marianne> [Then the gun ran dry. Click. Click. "…" Yanmei looked down at her rifle. "Oh no…" She fiddled with the magazine, ripping it out, pulling another from a wing…-
[22:03] <Marianne> [… But not fast enough. Asmodel bowled her over, knocking the magazine from her hands. It towered over her, preparing to strike…-
[22:03] <Marianne> ["…" Yanmei stared up blankly, eyes wide with fear- then, they narrowed, fear turning into anger. She lifted her rifle, bayonet at the ready, and stabbed straight into its core.-
[22:03] <Marianne> [There was an intensely painful screeching sound, sparks flying… Then the core's inner flight flickered and died, and Asmodel slumped.]
[22:06] <Yanmei> "They dragged it out, but… it wasn't a bad movie fight?" Yanmei was watching intently now.
[22:12] <Sept> "No, it wasn't. And all of our battles are always over so quickly. I guess it's the same with any fight."
[22:13] * Aline tilted her head again. "Well, some of the recent ones lasted a bit longer. Then there was the wait-a-thon against that one…"
[22:14] <Marianne> ["Elemiah." Said Freya.]
[22:18] <Sept> "I remember that," Sera said flatly.
[22:19] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Elemiah." Yanmei scowled.
[22:19] * Aline snapped her fingers. "Right. For some reason that name feels odd to say."
[22:21] <Marianne> [EVA-04 got to its feet, and tugged its bayonet out. "We… We did it. Are you ok, Sera? Aline?"-
[22:22] <Marianne> ["Yeah, I'm ok." Said A-Sera flatly, getting to his feet.-
[22:22] <Marianne> ["…" Aline was shaking in her plug, but she smiled and nodded. "I wasn't able to beat it alone, but… My glorious field of my soul's light secured us this win."-
[22:22] <Marianne> ["Good job, kids. It's time to pack on home." Said Dorian.]
[22:23] * Aline frowned. "Drat, we were /so/ close to development."
[22:25] <Sept> "Well, they can't just keep going through Angel battles forever… can they?"
[22:28] <Yanmei> "It'll be fine. They're not going through every one we've fought so far. Only the first few?" Yanmei nodded. "So, they'll hopefully complete another character arc or two before they wrap up."
[22:29] <Aline> "Mm. I just have to wonder why they exaggerated it so much… Maybe I'm being too sensitive?"
[22:31] <Marianne> [Freya stared up at the screen. "… Now, are you entirely sure this is an exaggeration?"]
[22:33] * Aline frowned. "Yes. I don't… totally belittle everyone all the time. And where's the meekness anyway?" She looked around, frowning even more. "…Oh I see. I see now."
[22:34] <Marianne> ["See what?" Asked Lillian.]
[22:36] * Aline sighed deeply. "That this is what I look like to a lot of you, since they /probably/ took a lot of it from what was said. Ugh."
[22:36] <Yanmei> "Did they…?" Yanmei glanced at Sera.
[22:38] <Sept> "But that's not like you at all, Aline. You wouldn't say something stupid like that in a fight."
[22:39] <Aline> "I've made enough speeches that who can say?"
[22:41] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed delicately.
[22:41] <Marianne> ["To be fair, some of it -is- exaggerated." Said Freya. "You're not someone who puts other people down- I dunno where they really got that from. And, well, I remember your first year of school- when we had school- you mostly stuck to yourself and your group of friends."-
[22:41] <Marianne> ["… But the battle speeches sound like NERV just handed the recordings over. I'm sorry."]
[22:44] <Aline> "…I guess." She stared back down at her sandwich, sort of folding her arms and craning her head down in a definitely 'closed' posture.
[22:44] <Sept> "…you make speeches in battle?"
[22:46] * Aline peeped slightly. "Usually at the end…"
[22:47] <Sept> "Oh. Alright."
[22:49] <Yanmei> "Sometimes it's just when she thinks it's the end, and she pulls out some new glorious AT trick or something. You… don't remember hear this stuff before?"
[22:49] <Yanmei> ^hearing
[22:51] <Sept> "I don't. I mean, well. Sometimes when we've been reviewing those battles, I don't remember much beside the battle itself."
[22:53] * Aline sighed again, looking, well, a little upset. "Okay… okay… I'll stop."
[22:53] <Marianne> [The movie was still progressing, however.-
[22:53] <Marianne> [The scene cut to one of Aline, at home, now, dressed in a ridiculously fluffy puffy nightrobe. She had a mug of hot chocolate in her hand, and her computer was on.-
[22:54] <Marianne> [Her own voice narrated the scene. "Dear Shinji…"-
[22:54] <Marianne> ["… Oh dear." Mumbled Isaiah.]
[22:55] * Aline raised a brow. "…My nightgowns are more modest than that!… Most of them anyway." Even so, she was a bit sulky still.
[22:57] <Yanmei> "It could be worse? They could have made it so you were wearing… erm, less."
[22:58] <Sept> "Wait until you hear the contents of the e-mail first…"
[22:59] * Aline waved a hand again. "It just… looks ridiculous at all. Safe to comment on."
[23:01] <Sept> "Agreed," Sera nodded.
[23:02] <Marianne> ["Well I think it looks cute." Said Lillian resolutely.-
[23:07] <Marianne> ["Thank you for your last letter." Said A-Aline. "It was really sweet, and it's nice to hear about you and what you do at school. Your support means a lot to me! … I mean it. Sometimes I feel a little lonely here, like I'm second best to the others. I'm not as good as combat as them, and it's like they don't appreciate my talents sometimes. I just want to help them and look after them…"]
[23:08] * Aline looked around a bit, seeming almost… sad? But she quickly took a big bite of what was left of her sandwich, almost /forcefully/ so.
[23:12] * Yanmei didn't say anything either. Her expression didn't really change much as she kept her eyes on the screen.
[23:13] <Sept> "So the speeches were just a front after all. That looks like character development to me."
[23:15] <Aline> "Mmf." …Aline was literally making an affirmative through way too much bread in her mouth.
[23:20] <Marianne> [The scene cut, to a young boy laying on his bed, laptop on his stomach- black hair, soft blue eyes, a feminine face. Shinji, recognisable easily. Aline's narration continued. "Anyway… I'm glad we can talk like this. It really does help! I know the idea of us playing some music together is really making me excited. I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun- even if we don't sound amazing. I hope I'll be able to meet you soon…"-
[23:21] <Marianne> ["…" Shinji smiled, closing the laptop up and lying back on his bed, staring up at the roof.-
[23:21] <Marianne> [The door to his bedroom crashed open, a little girl with light brown hair standing in the doorway. "Shinjiii~ Are you reading a letter from your ~girlfriend~ again?" She asked teasingly.-
[23:21] <Marianne> ["W-What?! No-!"-
[23:22] <Marianne> [Yanmei would hear a very quiet thump as Isaiah suddenly dropped a piece of pizza.]
[23:24] * Yanmei glanced over at him, alarm encroaching in on her features.
[23:25] * Aline staaared back, and glanced a bit at Yanmei, then back at him, then… at the screen.
[23:28] <Sept> "Mmh. Interesting…"
[23:30] <Marianne> [The scene cut.-
[23:31] <Marianne> [Sera, sitting on a rooftop, a bowl of… Curry? Chicken curry? In hand. He was shoveling it away. "Mmf. Ifrallygud."]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "Rooftop curry breaks?" Yanmei was slowly settling again. "Do you always do that?"
[23:33] <Sept> "…" Sera tapped the armrest impatiently. "Rarely. This'd better be an important scene. Curry should not be wasted frivolously."
[23:34] * Aline paused, still feeling a bit off, but. "…He does like his roofs."
[23:35] <Sept> "Of course."
[23:36] <Marianne> ["I'm glad you like it." Another voice. Fontaine, up there on the roof, sitting elegantly at his side, a bowl of curry in her hand as well. "I used to make it for my husband and my son, once."-
[23:37] <Marianne> ["Mff." Sera paused in his scoffing. "Your husband? Did- did he go away? Leave Paris?"-
[23:37] <Marianne> ["… Well, he died."]
[23:42] * Yanmei crinkled her brow a little at the sight of her up there. It was hard to imagine.
[23:43] <Sept> "How is Elisha relevant to the film? It still doesn't really feel right, to have it all out in the open."
[23:45] <Aline> "Mmm." Aline began, staring yet again a bit impassively. "I guess it's important to the characterization?"
[23:47] <Sept> "Hmmh." Sera was partly satisfied with the explanation.
[23:47] <Marianne> Down below, the pilots- if they cared to notice- would see Marianne stand up and walk out, phone held to her ear.-
[23:48] <Marianne> ["Oh." A-Sera paused awkwardly, staring down at the curry. "I'm- I'm sorry."-
[23:48] <Marianne> ["It's alright. It was a long time ago. What about you, Sera? Do you remember your family?"]
[23:50] * Aline was staring down at Marianne, starting to look a bit uncertain, maybe even worried.
[23:53] <Yanmei> The motion from below had caught Yanmei's attention as well. Quietly, she even started to open her own purse, groping around a little for her silent NERV phone.
[23:55] <Sept> "That's the stuff I don't worry about, but I wonder if they got everyone else's consent, or if they were just forced into letting them do this…"
[23:58] <Marianne> ["Everyone else's consent? Like Fontaine's?" Asked Freya.-
[23:58] <Marianne> ["M-Me? No. I don't, sorry." Said Sera quietly. "The most I remember is time I spent with Freya. I don't even know what it's like to have a family."-
[00:00] <Sept> "Well, yeah. She's lost her official status, and I'm sure NERV still has all sorts of contracts binding her."
[00:00] <Marianne> [Ginevre stared at him quietly, then reached out and put a hand on his shoulder. "Yanmei, Aline, you, me, Dorian- aren't we all a family in some way?"]
[00:00] * Aline stared, but then made a little tap-tap with her fingers. "I was wondering how they were going to do that."
[00:02] <Yanmei> "I don't remember signing any consent forms myself," Yanmei muttered. "The same for the rest of the merchandise they have out there. It's probably out of the hands of the individual and covered by some blanket form we all signed when we became NERV employees."
[00:03] <Yanmei> "And Fontaine," she added, "Is still an official employee."
[00:07] <Sept> "That's what I mean, she shouldn't have to… eh, nevermind."
[00:10] <Yanmei> "She shouldn't have to what?" Yanmei was frowning.
[00:12] <Sept> "She's got other things to worry about than this. After what she did in command, she should be able to get away from it all, for a time."
[00:13] * Aline shrugged openly. "…It's just an appearance in a movie as a supporting character."
[00:14] <Sept> "Right, right…"
[00:17] <Yanmei> "She could take a break if she wanted to? A vacation, before they send her to Tokyo-2."
[00:17] <Sept> "..what? Tokyo?"
[00:18] <Yanmei> "She's the new Director of that branch." Yanmei took a large bite from her pizza slice. It was cold now, but still really good!
[00:23] <Sept> "Hmmh. Time away from Paris could be good…"
[00:23] * Aline seemed curious. "Ah, good for her then, she hasn't totally lost clout, then."
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Mmhm."
[00:24] <Marianne> [Freya was silent at that, frowning purturbed at her plate.-
[00:25] <Marianne> [On screen, Sera was gazing up at Ginevre with something approaching inspiration- or admiration- on his face. "Family… Really…?" He looked back down at his curry. "I-I don't know how families do things, but being part of one is good."-
[00:25] <Marianne> ["Families look after each other. They protect each other, and are loyal to each other over everything else."-
[00:25] <Marianne> [Sera nodded fervently. "Then… I-I'll do my best."]
[00:30] * Sept stayed respectfully silent, watching the moving images seriously.
[00:30] * Aline didn't really have a comment for this one either, watching calmly now as well.
[00:32] * Yanmei had glanced down at her phone one last time before scrubbing at her hands with a napkin and sliding it back into her purse. She certainly wasn't going to break the contemplative mood either.
[00:36] <Marianne> [Fontaine and Sera, staring at each other, a protective look in the former, and a fond one in the latter…-
[00:36] <Marianne> [… Before the scene cut. Yanmei, staring into a mirror, all dressed up.]
[00:38] <Yanmei> It caught her off guard. Slowly, though, she came to realize what was happening next. "Ah, right. That ball…"
[00:41] <Marianne> [There was a knock at the door.-
[00:42] <Marianne> [Yanmei looked up- she wasn't -quite- dressed for a ball, but then again, perhaps it was hard to tell. Her elegant dress might've looked fit for a ball- although it wasn't as jewelry-enhanced as it should've been. She went to the door, and…-
[00:42] <Marianne> [Isaiah was standing in the doorway, looking extremely dapper in a suit, with a black vest. "Hi." He said breathlessly.-
[00:42] <Marianne> [Real Isaiah frowned. "Wait, what is this…?"]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "…I'm not sure. Did they just make something up?"
[00:45] * Sept busied himself with some snacks, now, having been focused on the film earlier. "Not unheard of."
[00:47] <Aline> "Mmm-hm. I wouldn't be surprised if this was its own little vignette or something."
[00:52] <Marianne> ["Hello~" Said Yanmei, giving him a bright smile, even as she blushed a little. "You're looking very handsome. It's a little strange, seeing you in a suit…"-
[00:52] <Marianne> ["W-Well, you seem to wear a dress very naturally." Replied the boy warmly. "Um… W-Would you like to get some lunch first?"-
[00:52] <Marianne> [And so they headed off, visiting a cute little breakfast cafe first, treating themselves to a lovely Parisian breakfast.-
[00:53] <Marianne> ["… Oh, this…" Real Isaiah mumbled. "This is our first 'date'…"]
[00:54] * Aline smiled, now. "Ah, love~"
[00:55] <Sept> "Mmhh. I wonder if they spiced this one up."
[00:56] <Yanmei> "They already have, yes. It wasn't nearly this formal? We just ended up diverting from school one day while walking there, and did all sorts of stuff around town instead."
[01:00] <Sept> "I meant a distinctly different kind of spice, Yanmei."
[01:00] <Marianne> ["Wh…?" Isaiah blushed. "What do you mean?"]
[01:01] <Sept> "I don't mean anything. But I think they might."
[01:01] * Aline shook her head. "I don't think they might. Maybe?"
[01:02] <Sept> "Maybe is enough to keep the fans happy."
[01:03] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shifted uncomfortably. "Right, then. Let's just keep watching?"
[01:05] <Marianne> [What followed was a montage. Yanmei and Isaiah at the shops, looking at clothes or going through books or CDs at the music store… Occasionally, one of them would look at the other when they thought they weren't being watched.-
[01:06] <Marianne> [They ended up at a theatre, watching a play. Sitting together, shooting furtive glances at each other. They went for a drink at the same time- their hands touched- and they clumsily withdrew. "S-Sorry. I went for the wrong one." Said Isaiah bashfully.-
[01:06] <Marianne> ["… T-That didn't…" Isaiah muttered. "You were nowhere near -this- taken with me at the time."]
[01:08] * Aline giggled. "It's still cute to watch, though~"
[01:08] <Sept> "Yup," Sera nodded.
[01:10] <Yanmei> "They were spot-on with the locales, at least?" Yanmei was doing her best not to look embarrassed. "I bet that Jeanne Simon blabbed to them."
[01:13] <Marianne> ["W-well, I…" Isaiah mumbled, turning away, blushing.-
[01:14] <Marianne> [The two on-screen lovebirds emerged from the theatre, now, out into the afternoon sun. "I had a really good day." Said Isaiah warmly. "Thank you, Yanmei. I hope we can do this again."-
[01:14] <Marianne> ["So do I." Yanmei smiled. "I don't think I've had many friends here in Paris-2… Not ones I can be open with like you."-
[01:15] <Marianne> ["…" The two stood there, blushing quietly.-
[01:15] <Marianne> [Romance, however, was not to last. An alarm sounded.-
[01:15] <Marianne> ["All citizens are to report to their registered emergency shelters, where they will be prepared for evacuation. This is an Imperative One situation."-
[01:15] <Marianne> ["W-wait." Isaiah frowned. "They're tailing this into the Qaphsiel battle?"]
[01:18] * Aline blinked at that too. "They… must be trying to save space, clearly."
[01:18] <Sept> "That'd be a good way to finish it."
[01:19] <Yanmei> "I'm kinda surprised? But I guess that makes sense."
[01:21] <Marianne> ["An emergency." Yanmei looked up at the nearest building, frowning. "… Hmm. Alright. I'm sorry, Isaiah, but I have to go. You should head to a shelter."-
[01:21] <Marianne> ["A shelter…?" He frowned. "So I can- evacuate? But- but what about you?"-
[01:21] <Marianne> ["I can't evacuate! I'm a pilot-"-
[01:21] <Marianne> ["Then… Then I'll stay." Said Isaiah stoutly. "I'm not going to leave and abandon you-"-
[01:21] <Marianne> ["I-I can- that's- no, it's too dangerous-"-
[01:22] <Marianne> ["I don't care! I'm coming with you!"-
[01:22] <Marianne> ["… A-Alright then. We'll figure something out."-
[01:22] <Marianne> [Real Isaiah sank into his seat. "I was a real idiot."]
[01:23] * Yanmei patted his hand beneath the table and grinned. "Actually? I don't think I was much better considering what we did next."
[01:23] <Sept> Sera laughed. "I'll say."
[01:25] <Aline> "Mm, at least you had an adventure out of it. I just asked permission."
[01:26] <Yanmei> "Asking permission was actually the right thing to do on that. If Dorian had been a stricter guy, Isaiah would have ended up in prison."
[01:28] <Marianne> ["Or dead." Said Freya brightly.-
[01:28] <Marianne> ["Ahehheh." Mumbled Isaiah.-
[01:29] <Marianne> [The scene cut to the Command Centre. The pilots entered.-
[01:29] <Marianne> ["What is it?" Asked Sera.-
[01:32] <Marianne> ["An Angel just attacked Berlin." Said Dorian solemnly, staring up at the screen. "The city's been destroyed."-
[01:32] <Marianne> ["…" Aline's eyes were wide. "The…? But… But…" She bowed her head. "D-Dad…?"-
[01:33] <Marianne> ["…" Sera turned to Dorian. "Then we can't waste any time! We have to get to the Evas and get to Berlin -now-!"-
[01:33] <Marianne> ["No." Said Fontaine, from her command tower. "We fortify Paris, and we fight it here."-
[01:34] <Marianne> ["Fortify…?" Yanmei looked at Dorian. "What is this Angel, anyway?"-
[01:34] <Marianne> [An image appeared on the viewscreen. Huge wings, wrapped around a body… A body that Yanmei knew contained a core in the centre of a burning red eye.]
[01:35] <Sept> "…I don't think any of us were that composed," Sera muttered.
[01:35] <Marianne> ["You headbutted glass." Mumbled Freya.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> Yanmei had actually gone a little tense, even now. "Ugh, that stupid monster."
[01:37] * Aline stared… "I… I'm trying to remember… Not sure I want to…"
[01:40] <Marianne> ["We believe it will hit Paris-2 by nightfall tomorrow." Said Dorian. "Pilots. I suggest you get yourselves prepared."-
[01:41] <Marianne> [Sera nodded. "Right." He seemed subdued, but he escorted Aline out, who was crying at this point. Yanmei, seemingly dazed, followed out soon after.-
[01:43] <Marianne> [The scene cut. Military-style numbers ran across the bottom: 'ETA to Angel arrival: T-minus 5 hours.'-
[01:43] <Marianne> [Aline was standing in a hallway, phone in hand.-
[01:44] * Marianne returned now, heading back to her seats- but not for long. A few seconds later she was out again, the officers of NERV joining her.
[01:45] * Aline stared again, noticing movement in the corner of her eye… and wondering just what they were up to… But she didn't quite do much else, before re-focusing on the screen.
[01:49] * Yanmei blinked. Glanced briefly at the entrance to their own balcony as if expecting something.
[01:50] * Sept was deep in thought from the events of the film, vaguely registering the movement below.
[01:53] <Marianne> [Aline flipped open her mobile phone, gazing down at a number below. She wouldn't recognise it- but, even as it appeared, a little name appeared above the numbers: "Shinji".-
[01:53] <Marianne> [She stared hard at her phone. "… I… I want to tell him, but…" She flipped the lid closed. "… Wouldn't it be…?" Flipped it open. Closed, open, closed, open, like a nervous tic. Finally, she began to dial.]
[01:59] * Aline was back to normal again… well, at least normal not-wondering-about-the-officers. One thing she /was/ doing right now was blushing.
[02:00] <Marianne> [Lillian was thusly leaning over. "So thiiiis is how it began~?"]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Oho~ Disasters bringing people closer together."
[02:03] * Aline quivered a bit, but nodded. "It… actually was."
[02:04] <Marianne> [The phone dialled… And was answered. "Hello? This is Shinji Ikari…"-
[02:05] <Marianne> ["H… Hi. Shinji? It's me, Aline. Um… You've probably heard about the Angel… I-I just wanted to ring, and… I-I might not get the chance to say it again. This could be the end. So… S-So what I'm trying to say is that- that I- I love you!"-
[02:07] <Marianne> ["I…" … "I-I… Aline… I… I-I feel the same way…"-
[02:08] <Marianne> ["Is he really that shy?" Asked Lillian brightly.]
[02:08] <Sept> "Was, at least."
[02:08] <Aline> "…Yeah. He
[02:09] <Aline> * "…Yeah. He's been molded by being a pilot, but he's still pretty bashful…" Aline said, the trail-off seeming to match her growing embarrassment.
[02:17] <Yanmei> "Still. It's a pretty straightforward start to things." Yanmei had raised her eyebrows, somewhat surprised by this.
[02:17] <Marianne> [The scene cut.-
[02:17] <Marianne> ["You should be safe in here. This is a guest office." Yanmei leading Isaiah into a small room.-
[02:18] <Marianne> ["Just… Try to stay out of sight, ok?" She asked gently. Isaiah nodded.-
[02:18] <Marianne> ["I will. Sorry for the trouble." He said.-
[02:19] <Marianne> ["Hey, it's no trouble." Said Yanmei. "… I'm sorry I can't stick around longer, but I need to go and prepare. Um… I'll see you after. Ok?"-
[02:19] <Marianne> ["O-Ok." … Isaiah looked up. "Yanmei…"-
[02:19] <Marianne> ["Yeah? What is it?"-
[02:19] <Marianne> ["…" He moved towards her, quickly, putting his arms around her and kissing her.-
[02:20] <Marianne> [Freya leaned over. "Oho~ Disasters bringing people closer together." She said gleefully.]
[02:21] * Aline looked between Freya and Yanmei, and… decided to leave it with a silent smirk, for now.
[02:22] <Yanmei> "…h-hey. That was just… *mumble mumble*…"
[02:24] <Sept> "The word "just" is meant for entirely different kinds of situations, Yanmei."
[02:26] <Yanmei> "You're enjoying this wordplay thing a -lot-, aren't you?"
[02:27] <Aline> "Oh, probably is~"
[02:31] <Marianne> [Isaiah coughed. "This is awkward to watch."-
[02:31] <Marianne> [Yanmei was surprised, but… When the kiss ended, she broke up, blushing furiously. "I-I… I-I don't- I… I'm sorry-!"-
[02:32] <Marianne> [She rushed out the door at top speed, leaving a confused and hurt Isaiah behind.-
[02:33] <Marianne> ["… W-What do I do now…?" Murmured Isaiah, looking about… And spotting a NERV uniform on the bed.-
[02:34] <Marianne> [Scene cut to Sera, standing in front of EVA-01, suited up in his plugsuit. Freya was next to him.]
[02:35] * Aline continued to watch, now, though a lingering glance was left on Isaiah and Yanmei - at least, when she could get a chance.
[02:38] <Yanmei> …why was that awkward post-kiss scene the one thing about the two of them that got right? Yanmei sighed.
[02:38] <Yanmei> ^that they got
[02:40] * Sept turned to Freya. "Do you think it really conveys anything of what we did, without our memories of those times?"
[02:43] <Marianne> [Freya turned to Sept. "… Yeah, I think so. Even if it's not perfect, or it's distorted by being portrayed through someone else's lens… Such a distortion is going to happen anyway, the moment a story or memory or action is filtered through someone else.]
[02:44] * Aline seemed to mutter a bit, at that. Something about a lot of someones.
[02:47] <Marianne> ["It's time, isn't it?" Asked Sera, staring up at 01.-
[02:47] <Marianne> [Freya nodded. "… Yeah."-
[02:48] <Marianne> ["… Freya, will Paris ever be the same?" He asked. "Will I ever be the same? This- a lot of things could change after tonight."-
[02:50] <Marianne> ["… I don't know, Sera." She said quietly. "At the end of the day, I don't think anyone does. The world changes every day, whether we like it or not. So I think the best we can do is hold onto the things that matter most, and try our best to keep them close to us."-
[02:50] <Marianne> [Real Freya quirked an eyebrow. "Does that sound like something I'd say? Be honest."]
[02:52] <Sept> "Is there anything you wouldn't have said to comfort me and get me into that plug?"
[02:56] <Marianne> ["Of course." Said Freya.]
[02:58] <Sept> "Of course it sounds like something you'd say. You just don't usually get the chance to."
[03:01] * Aline remained silent, again, contemplating now (probably) the relationship between those two, from how she was now glancing at them.
[03:03] * Yanmei was probably doing the same, judging from her own brief glance over at them.
[03:13] <Marianne> [Freya nodded slowly, before turning back towards the film.-
[03:14] <Marianne> ["… I guess you're right." Said Sera quietly, heading for his entry plug. He was met there by Yanmei and Aline.-
[03:14] <Marianne> [The three of them looked at each other, and nodded.-
[03:15] <Marianne> ["We'll try to do our best, alright? No matter what this Angel has done, it's time to show it what we can do here. What we -will- do to defend our homes." Said Yanmei.-
[03:15] <Marianne> ["We all have our own abilities. And reasons to fight. So if we stay true to ourselves, and work together, we'll pull through." Said Aline.-
[03:18] <Marianne> [Sera nodded. "… I don't have much to say here. I'll see you on the other side."-
[03:18] <Marianne> [They nodded, and headed for their entry plugs. They climbed in.-
[03:18] <Marianne> ["Commencing contact- now." The LCL poured in…-
[03:18] <Marianne> [And the scene faded to a black screen.-
[03:19] <Marianne> [A second later, the credits began to roll.]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "Eh? I thought they would end it after the battle. What a cliffhanger." Yanmei let her eyes skim the darkened area where the NERV officers had been previously, before the lights could come on and force her to blink and adjust.
[03:22] * Aline was a bit surprised, herself. "Wow, just cutting it there… I can only imagine that they're going to make a full series. Maybe."
[03:24] * Sept pondered. "…That, or they wanted to draw the line somewhere. You remember that night, don't you? -Everyone- saw it. They already know what it felt like to be there."
[03:24] <Aline> "…Or… or that." Aline sounded the slightest bit uncertain, but she ran with it all the same.
[03:31] <Marianne> [Lillian scratched the back of her neck. "… Hmm."-
[03:35] <Marianne> [The credits rolled, listing the voice actors for the bevy of characters- but as they rolled on, the scenes were intercut with background images of scenes playing out. Aline sitting in her Entry Plug, after the battle, dishevelled and worn and beaten down, but victorious and smiling. Sera, his Entry Plug lying on a grassy field, climbing out- and meeting a waiting Ginevre. And finally, a burned, injured Yanmei being cradled in Isaiah's arms, a quietly smouldering city in the background.-
[03:37] <Marianne> [Isaiah rubbed his neck. "… I kind of wonder how this is going to go down, though, in the wider audience."]
[03:37] * Aline pondered that a bit. "…Depending, they might understand…"
[03:39] <Sept> "I think they made it feel enough like a documentary that if something goes wrong, they can just shrug and move on."
[03:40] <Yanmei> "Well, hm." Yanmei was looking out at the audience now for reactions. "Isn't this sort of like a test run?"
[03:41] <Marianne> [Lillian was looking down at the audience, which was starting to file out. Some of them were filing out quickly and silently- others seemed irked or surprised by the sudden ending. Others were chatting- it was a fairly mixed response.]
[03:46] <Yanmei> "Well, it's a good introductary chapter, if there are going to be sequels," Yanmei stood and brushed off her skirt. "Weren't we going to answer some questions now?"
[03:46] <Sept> "Mmh. I guess they may still have alternate versions in case this doesn't go down well. I hear they do that sometimes."
[03:47] <Aline> "Hmmm. Be that as it may." Aline stood as well, briefly surveying the crowds below before messing with her sash a little.
[03:47] <Marianne> [The door opened behind them.-
[03:47] <Marianne> ["Hey, guys? Uh…" James. He coughed. "We miiiight have to delay the Q and A for a bit. Something's… Sort of happened, and HQ's all in a tizzy."]
[03:48] <Sept> "…and this had to wait until the end of the movie?"
[03:49] <Marianne> ["No- look, it's sort of a complex issue. Marianne has been going over it and verifying it and has only just finished."]
[03:49] * Aline blinked a bit at that. "…That complicated? Oh… oh."
[03:50] <Yanmei> "What is it, then?" Yanmei gave her dress another brush down, a composed expression on her face.
[03:51] * Sept glanced at Freya quickly before turning back to James, looking serious.
[03:53] <Marianne> [James left- and returned a minute later with Marianne, Frederic and Sophie.-
[03:53] <Marianne> "I'm sorry to have to spring this on you guys at such a time, but we've only just found out ourselves." She took out a laptop.
[03:54] * Aline leaned over after walking near to the laptop, sort of gazing distantly into the screen.
[03:57] * Sept waited, arms crossed. "Go on."
[03:57] * Yanmei was already making guesses as she closed in, frowning a little. She gestured for Isaiah to join them.
[03:57] <Marianne> [Isaiah scooted over, as did Freya and Lillian. Sophie shot Lillian a quizzical look.-
[03:58] * Marianne tapped a few keys on the laptop- a picture appeared. A familiar girl sat in an attractive high-backed chair in front of a desk- Minerva Linden. She was smiling cheerfully.
[04:00] <Yanmei> "…oh no…" What was with that happy expression?
[04:03] <Sept> "Hmph. More taunts from the enemy?" Sera's pose didn't change.
[04:03] * Aline shook her head. "This one's different, Sera."
[04:04] <Yanmei> "That's right. It's not her style to do that."
[04:06] <Marianne> ["To the people of the world." She began, in fluent English. "My name is Minerva Linden. I am speaking to you from none other than the Oval Office, in Washington D.C. This is because, as of thirty minutes ago, the United States of America has signed a complete and unconditional surrender to the Liberated Nations."-
[04:08] <Marianne> ["In concordance with the terms dictated by the LN, the incumbent President, Mr. James Howell, has resigned from office. The House of Representatives has been dissolved until such a time as the LN finds it necessary to reconvene that body. The position of President of the United States shall be occupied by me, in concordance with the 28th Amendment." She smiled happily. "I'll do my best."]
[04:10] * Aline stared. "She… well, doesn
[04:11] * Aline stared. "She… well, doesn't sound as much of a… well. As some of them do. But yet, this means that the US is no longer with the UN, then…"
[04:13] <Sept> "She can go right ahead," Sera replied to the image, his tone mocking. "Take the rest of the world for all I care. Paris still stands."
[04:17] * Yanmei shifted a visibly irked look to Sera. "It must be nice to have blinders on all the time. Are you forgetting that we still have allies over there who are probably being hunted down right now?"
[04:20] <Sept> "Yes, and if we have time, we'll help them. But we -have- priorities."
[04:23] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Because it's your call, right?" Yanmei rolled her eyes.
[04:23] * Aline looked back and forth between the two of them, seeming upset. "Now's not the time…"
[04:24] <Marianne> [The recording continued. "In my first act as President, I am dismissing the Joint Chiefs of Staff from their position. You turned this country into a mess of a dictatorship these past sixteen years. You now get to enjoy the fruits of your treason." She said, her smile vanishing. "My second act: I am placing a warrant upon one Theodore Washington, member of the UN Human Instrumentality Committee, who once represented the US in that body- but no longer. You are to be arrested for treason, and charged with the assassination of President James Matthews shortly after Second Impact."-
[04:26] <Marianne> ["Finally, I appeal to the NERV and UN forces still residing in Boston: lay down your arms. Alphonse, please, do not fight me anymore. This is a futile fight. Paris cannot help you anymore. If they could, they would've done so already. It's time to give it up. I am granting you one week."-
[04:27] <Marianne> ["That is all, for now. My wish has ever been for peace and prosperity- this nation will be rebuilt under my watch, that I can assure you. To my foes in Europe, especially those in Paris and Hamburg- please, don't pursue this conflict any longer. The momentum cannot be shifted anymore. This is your gotterdammerung."-
[04:28] <Marianne> ["Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America."-
[04:28] <Marianne> [She gave a sweet smile to the camera, before it shut off.-
[04:28] <Marianne> "She's serious about this. She's moved her forces into a siege position around Boston on all sides."
[04:29] * Aline frowned. "So much for a clean evac. To call this troublesome… is an understatement."
[04:30] <Sept> "So there's not much time left for them. And what -is- your plan for this?"
[04:32] <Yanmei> Distracted. Yanmei glanced at Isaiah out of the corner of her eye.
[04:33] <Marianne> [Isaiah was purturbed, clearly worried about this…-
[04:34] <Marianne> "Well, we have a week." Marianne turned to Yanmei. "I've been told that… Isaiah's piloting hearing has been rescheduled to tomorrow." Back to the others. "Whether or not Isaiah is chosen as a pilot, I want us to be ready to launch a spearhead breakthrough within three days, smashing through the coastal investment line and giving time for Boston's units and crewmen to evac."
[04:36] * Aline fell silent at that, though she left a rather lingering gaze on Yanmei and Isaiah…
[04:37] <Sept> "I see. We'll do our best."
[04:41] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei seemed to be keeping calm, shifting her gaze back to Marianne. "Understood."
[04:43] * Marianne nodded. "There are some… Sensitive objectives, but I'll brief you about them later. For now… We should get going."
[04:44] * Aline turned to Marianne, though only after an apologetic nod at Lillian, and… "Of course… we should."
[04:46] <Yanmei> Yanmei opened her mouth by a fraction, but then changed her mind and held back the dozens of unanswered questions she had. Briefing later. She could wait until then.
[04:48] <Sept> "…very well." Sera looked unsatisfied, but complied.
[04:48] * Marianne nodded. "Very good." She turned and, followed by her officers, left.

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