Hyuga S Place And Beer

[08:39] <Sept> Sera's options had continued to be somewhat limited. You couldn't spend your time training or writing schizophrenic journals -every- day. So, today, he'd ended up back on the Fontaine doorstep. Who knew, maybe he'd need more supplies from town. "Yo, Alex?"
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["Just a minute!" Came the muffled cry.-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [The door opened.-
[08:54] <Minaplo> [Standing in the doorway was Alex, naked, except for a bright red towel he had wrapped around his lower body. His hair was damp, and his body- muscles perfectly toned, skin smooth, except when it bore witness to scars both small and large- fresh and clean.-
[08:54] <Minaplo> ["What's up?"]
[09:03] * Sept glanced down the hall, a hand on his hip. "Nothing much. Wanna hang out? If I'm interrupting anything…"
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["No, I just got out of the shower. Give me a minute to get dressed."]
[09:15] <Sept> "Of course, of course. I can chill out here."
[09:16] <Minaplo> ["Right. Just come in and sit down whilst I go get dressed…"-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [He ushered Sera in and then ran off to get dressed. He emerged five minutes later, wearing a pair of long back trousers and a long-sleeved t-shirt. The shirt was white, and on the front was an anime-drawn version of a plugsuit-clad Asuka, gesturing enthusiastically, a ferocious grin on her face, into the distance.]
[09:26] * Sept gave him a thumbs up for the choice of clothing. "Anything up with you, then?"
[09:31] <Minaplo> ["Oh… Actually, yes." He smirked.]
[09:34] <Sept> "What's that supposed to mean?" Sera laughed.
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["I've just been given a curious offer~"]
[09:36] <Sept> "Sounds highly legitimate."
[09:38] <Minaplo> ["It's pretty legitimate. Does 'NeoSpartan Superheavy Squad' sound legitiamte to you?"]
[09:43] <Sept> "Assuming their lifespan is better than some other support units, sure!"
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Well of course they will be. We're getting custom units, which are obviously better than the ones you're used to." Said Alex easily. "I've been advised to speak to a few such NeoSpartans as well- including Edgar and Evangeline."]
[09:55] <Sept> "Sounds like fun. You guys definitely proved yourself over the LN campaign, so it's a wonder they didn't do this sooner, in such an organised way. Congratulations, though."
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["Ta." Alex grinned. "This means I'll shout you something for lunch if you want. I can even consider taking something from the double-secret gourmet expensive menu."]
[10:00] <Sept> "Hah, sure. I was thinking we might wanna stop by Hyuga's at some point, though. Take him along, maybe?"
[10:01] <Minaplo> ["Why not."]
[10:06] <Sept> "Sounds like a plan, then. The day's looking up." He headed for the door.
[10:07] <Minaplo> [And Alex followed.-
[10:08] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't take them long to arrive at Hyuga's apartment.]
[10:10] * Sept promptly pounded on the door. "Come out, we know you're in there!"
[10:24] <Minaplo> [There was silence.-
[10:24] <Minaplo> [Then a cautious 'Who is it and what do you want?' from the other side of the door.]
[10:31] <Sept> "Do you have a moment? You know, to talk about Lilith?"
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Dude, what the hell?" Murmured Alex.-
[10:36] <Minaplo> [The door opened, just a little. Hyuga peeked out suspiciously. "De Pteres…"]
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[10:40] <Sept> "We were going to head down to catch a bite. You recovered enough to join us?"
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[10:43] <Minaplo> [Hyuga's eyes narrowed. "Depends. By 'catch a bite' do you mean the cafeteria, or have you discovered some sort of underground river full of fire-breathing divine carp?"]
[10:48] <Sept> "You know full well I can't make that promise. But we're planning to go to the cafeteria now, without detours."
[10:51] <Minaplo> ["… Alright." He said warily. "You want to stay down there, or is this also a ploy to sit on my couch, drink my beer and watch my television?"]
[10:55] <Sept> "Oh! Oh. Would you mind if it was?"
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["…" Hyuga sighed. "Fine, but you both shout me lunch."]
[11:05] <Sept> "Sure," he laughed. "Now come on, and we'll go eat."
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["Alright."-
[11:09] <Minaplo> [Hyuga undid the chain on his door, vanished back inside for a minute, then re-emerged, a maser pistol on his hip.]
[11:13] * Sept clapped his hands. "Alright! Now what was that about secret menus..?"
[11:18] <Minaplo> [Hyuga eyes Alex, who smirked.-
[11:22] <Minaplo> [Alex led them down to the cafeteria. He led them back to the kitchen, where he located one of the cooks- who was seven foot tall and full of muscles.-
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["Pierre here will make you anything you want. Right, Pierre?"-
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["Right. For a price."]
[11:30] <Sept> "'Anything'? Like what?"
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["Anything edible and likely to be found on a restaurant menu in Continental France, Pierre can do." Said Pierre.]
[11:37] <Sept> "Mm. I was getting excited for Angel- or man-based dishes, already." Sera scratched his chin. "I don't have much of an expertise in fine cuisine. Any recommendations..?"
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["Just go with your gut." Said Pierre glibly.]
[11:48] <Sept> "Old Paris Chicken, then?"
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Very well."]
[11:54] <Sept> "And the two of you?"
[11:55] <Minaplo> ["Chicken curry for me." Said Alex automatically.-
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Oh, er." Hyuga shifted awkwardly. "Just some teriyaki chicken noodle wraps to go."-
[11:59] <Minaplo> [Pierre gave them all a suspicious look.-
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Oh, and could we get that to go?"-
[11:59] <Minaplo> [Fifteen minutes later, Pierre wordlessly shoved three brown paper bags- hot to the touch- into their hands, took Alex's money, which he squirrelled away, then kicked him out of his kitchen.]
[12:12] <Sept> "That was pretty quick. Back to your place, then?"
[12:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… Back to my place and my beer."]
[12:14] <Sept> "Excellent."
[12:15] <Minaplo> [And so they returned to Hyuga's room, who locked the door behind them. It was as Sera remembered it- cozy, clean despite feeling quite lived-in, with a fridge and beer whilst Chiisana stared out at them from a picture frame.]
[12:19] <Sept> "You've kept this place in good shape."
[12:21] <Minaplo> ["Heh. I do like a clean house…"]
[12:25] <Sept> "So how is everything?"
[12:27] <Minaplo> ["Busy and stressful, or slow and boring in alternating bursts." Said Hyuga, flopping down on the cough to take out his food- which was six or so tortilla wraps, each one filled with hot egg noodles, broccoli, onion, and chicken in a teriyaki sauce. "Now we need to build four -more- D-Titans…"]
[12:52] <Sept> "Aren't you churning those out nonstop anyway? With Michael wrecking industrial sectors across the continent?"
[12:53] <Minaplo> ["Oh, we can churn them out alright." Said Hyuga. "The problem is finding and then smuggling the resources into Asgard."]
[12:56] <Sept> "Still find it difficult to believe this place is actually hidden."

cont

(15:59:03) Minaplo: ["Because of its size, or its importance?" Asked Hyuga.]
(16:01:52) Sept: "Mm. Both. Weren't spies always a constant problem at the Geofront?"
(16:03:17) Minaplo: ["Constant? Yes." Said Hyuga. "Problem? Sometimes… Sometimes they were a bit of a boon, too." He smiled.-
(16:08:05) Minaplo: ["But if you look at this place, it has a staff of maybe about 1,000 people." Said Alex. "All of them hand-picked by Hyuga, me or Vercingetorix. Between us, Hyuga used to work in Japanese counter-intelligence, Vercingetorix can sense falsehood, and I've only chosen people I've spent a lot of time with."-
(16:08:26) Minaplo: ["Which isn't to say we won't have spies." Said Hyuga. "So all communications out of here have to be run by me first."]
(16:08:48) Sept: "It's quite impressive," Sera frowned.
(16:11:38) Minaplo: ["You're not happy?"]
(16:15:23) Sept: "No, that's not it. Don't mind me."
(16:16:43) Minaplo: ["What is it?" Alex reached over, nudging Sera's shoulder with his beer. "As Asuka says, turn that frown upside down before I turn your face inside out."]
(16:25:58) Sept: "I said it's nothing, Trottel, so shove off."
(16:26:05) Sept: [TN: Trottel means idiot]
(16:27:17) Minaplo: ["You saucy temptress."]
(16:31:43) Sept: "You'd know one, Roxana."
(16:31:50) Sept: [TN: Alexander the Great's first wife]
(16:35:31) Minaplo: ["You know this is my living room, right?" Muttered Hyuga. "Can't you guys flirt somewhere else…?"]
(16:43:25) Sept: "Ahem." Sera started to carefully unpack his meal. "Any news from the outside, Hyuga?"
(16:47:05) Minaplo: ["Outside as in NERV, or outside as in the world in general?"]
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(16:49:40) * Sept sniffed at the richly-seasoned dish and smiled contentedly. "News, Hyuga. Anything interesting at all?"
(17:06:49) Minaplo: ["For a level of interesting. Did you hear about the battle in Boston?"]
(17:09:23) Sept: "Could do with a more detailed rundown," Sera said with some chicken in his mouth.
(17:15:37) Minaplo: ["The basic battle plan was to throw lots of firepower at Michael. Four Evangelions with positron cannons, three AT-primed units, and Ayanami Rei and Ni on defense."]
(17:18:40) Sept: "Of course. And?"
(17:21:12) Minaplo: ["They put up a good fight, but the Angel was too fast, too powerful. They came close- they shot off a leg and nearly had it pinned- but then it went into overdrive."]
(17:24:29) Sept: "You mean they hit some trigger or it just decided to get real?"
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(17:29:54) Minaplo: ["Unsure. It let out a sudden influx of power, regenerated its leg and became even faster. It didn't use its giant annihilation beam like it did on EVA-05, though. NERV called off the attack once our last artillery unit was blinded, so we could minimise damage."]
(17:34:46) Sept: "Condition of the pilots and Evas?"
(17:42:12) Minaplo: ["Pilots are fine. Units 10, 14, 19, 20 and 21 were damaged beyond operational status, most either having their heads or torsos nearly melted or blown apart." Said Hyuga.-
(17:42:34) Minaplo: ["San, Chiisana, Hachi, Juuichi and William." Murmured Alex to himself.-
(17:45:04) Minaplo: ["The other units fared relatively fine. 06- Alexandrina- took a blow to the head that fried its eyes, but that's something we can fix quickly. 17- Ni- took some heavy damage to the torso, 09- Rei- lost an arm to a controlled N2 explosion from shoving a warhead into Michael at point blank. 18- Go- was untouched."]
(17:51:31) Sept: "Mm, good enough." Another mouthful, and a swallow. "My move, you know."
(17:56:08) Minaplo: ["Your move?"]
(17:57:11) Sept: "N2 Punch. Right through Silas' impregnable ablatives. Good times."
(18:02:09) Minaplo: ["Oh yeah, I remember that." Said Alex with a sudden fond look. "Didn't you have to hide underwater or something?"]
(18:05:40) Sept: "With power off, too! It was like a proper submarine experience!"
(18:13:53) Minaplo: ["Did you feel scared? Or bored?" Asked Hyuga.]
(18:20:49) Sept: "It was more excited, I'd say. I was -worried- I might get bored and wouldn't be in prime condition to fight, but… it was Silas, after all. That was motivation enough."
(18:23:13) Minaplo: ["You hated him?" Asked Hyuga curiously.]
(18:29:00) Sept: "What, no. Who said that? Did you hate him, Alex?"
(18:31:18) Minaplo: ["Don't ask me that." Said Alex flatly. "NeoSpartan like me can't give a proper talk on Silas anyway."-
(18:31:36) Minaplo: ["Well, no one, I was just assuming…" Hyuga coughed. "I figured, if you were motivated, you must've really wanted him down, so…"]
(18:42:00) Sept: "Yeah, I did, but that doesn't come from a place of hate. Jealousy? Sure. I hated the circumstances, not him."
(18:43:11) Minaplo: ["… Jealousy?"]
(18:46:25) Sept: "Yeah? He had it all."
(18:49:13) Minaplo: ["What, you mean like the battleship, or power…?"]
(18:51:58) Sept: "Battleship, power, clone army of himself, Angel powers… He could've made the world a better place if he'd succeeded."
(19:01:25) Minaplo: ["Maybe. I think we'll do a better job of it though."]
(19:05:26) Sept: "Of course!"
(19:08:50) Minaplo: ["Oh yeah." Alex frowned, a sour look on his face. "On the topic regarding jobs and people trying to do better…"-
(19:09:03) Minaplo: [Hyuga looked at Alex, trying to make it a casual glance, but it looked almost warning.-
(19:09:13) Minaplo: ["There's been changes at the Geofront." Finished Alex.]
(19:11:02) Sept: "Alright?" Sera paused for a moment to look at each of them before returning to his food. "They've gotta fill the vacuum you guys left, right?"
(19:12:34) Minaplo: ["… Kind of." Said Hyuga. "Not -us-, exactly, but… Well, more the vacuum -you- left."-
(19:13:10) Sept: "Don't follow."
(19:13:25) Minaplo: ["Any important personnel- command or department heads- that you're familiar with have been officially reassigned to NERV Mobile Base, which is a fancy way of saying the battleship. HQ's under new management in that regard- new ODs, new staff, and three new Evangelions."]
(19:15:51) Sept: "Which Evas?"
(19:19:27) Minaplo: ["No idea." Said Alex. "They're new. From -scratch- new. 23, 24, 25. No idea what they can do, no idea about their configuration, no idea about their pilots or where they're from. All we know is that they're bringing in three new units."]
(19:20:19) Sept: "..mm. Good to know. Hohenzollern's still in charge on paper?"
(19:21:25) Minaplo: ["Yup."]
(19:27:35) Sept: "Yeah, we'll just have to see about that. Battleship's running fine, then?"
(19:35:39) Minaplo: ["No problems." Said Hyuga. "Having to work overtime to repair units, mind."]
(19:43:21) Sept: "Mm. Good, good. Oh, how many units are stationed on the battleship? Would they have the room to accommodate me?"
(19:45:01) Minaplo: ["Mmm…" Hyuga rubbed his chin. "Ten units total. They might fit you in. Why? Tsubaki would just drop you off into the battle anyway."]
(19:46:45) Sept: "Eh. A change of pace might do me good, eventually."
(19:48:54) Minaplo: ["Oh, I see. You're becoming lonely." Said Hyuga sagely.]
(19:49:35) Sept: "Well, yeah. It's been quiet."
(19:51:00) Minaplo: ["Well, at least you'd have Tsubaki with you…" Said Alex.-
(19:51:23) Minaplo: ["Hey!" Hyuga shot Alex a dark look. "Come on! That's secret information! We're not supposed to discuss that!"]
(19:51:49) Sept: "What is?"
(19:55:12) Minaplo: [Hyuga glared.-
(19:55:38) Minaplo: ["Whoops." Said Alex, looking completely unremorseful. "He's only gonna get more curious now. Might as well tell him."-
(19:58:09) Minaplo: ["Ugh." Hyuga rubbed his face, shooting Alex one last bitter look before turning back to Sera. "You remember how Silas's battleship was hooked up to an Angel? Gave the entire ship an AT Field? Vercingetorix found that the Dorian can do the same thing. He reconfigured EVA-03 in order to slot into the battleship, give it unlimited energy, its own AT Field, everything like that, but in a
(19:58:10) Minaplo: controlled state thanks to Tsubaki. Once Tsubaki gets assigned to the battleship, that's it."]
(19:59:46) Sept: "Hmph. All our eggs in one basket, then? Maybe that's the safest it'll get for her."
(20:00:06) Minaplo: ["It will be." Said Alex. "Which was part of the point."]
(20:04:08) Sept: "Sure, I can get behind that. Not that you'd need me to." Sera had finished his meal by now, and cracked open another beer.
(20:11:15) Minaplo: ["You wanna watch that movie now?"]
(20:13:19) Sept: "Yeah! Got something we haven't seen?"
(20:16:02) Minaplo: ["'The Slither Files'. Dark brooding superhuman movie."]
(20:19:18) Sept: "…certainly would remember seeing that. I'll trust your ta- well, no, that would be a lie. Hit it."

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