In The Envelope Of A Young Man

[11:53] <Ikari‘Yui> [The location: the Press Conference! At the tail end, after most of the journalists had slipped away.-
[11:53] <Ikari`Yui> ["Ms. Blanc?" Came a familiar voice. The figure of Ikari Yui was standing nearby, at a polite distance.]
[11:55] * Aline eyed over to Yui, and got up from her impromptu table lean. "Ah. Yes, Ikari-san?"
[12:00] * Ikari`Yui chuckled a little at the honorific. It did seem a bit odd coming from the distinctly non-Japanese Aline. "If it’s more comfortable for you, Ms. Ikari will be fine." She said warmly, approaching the young girl. "I think you did rather well up there, Ms. Blanc. Was that your first time?"
[12:01] * Aline nodded, briefly. "Yes, it was! And… sorry about that, I just… well, a lot of people know about that and I thought it'd be nice to use a formality more familiar to you… though I guess it'd be better if I did it in Japanese and… maybe without the accent." She scratched the back of her head sort of embarassedly. "Thank you, all the same. I don't know if you heard that comment
[12:01] * Aline about 'having a day off' or not…"
[12:02] * Ikari‘Yui chuckles. "If a four hour press conference is your idea of a day off, Ms. Blanc, then I think you have a very NERV-like sense of what constitutes relaxation."
[12:04] <Aline> "Ah! It was… actually a different meaning. I meant that as like… feeling ’off'. I… have a… ah, mood disorder. Kinda self-aware of it and I had gotten into a depressive swing about an hour before the conference. It's only starting to lift now. Really annoying…" Frown.
[12:05] <Ikari‘Yui> "Ah… Forgive me, I had no idea." She said, bowing slightly. "With that in mind, I think you did -exceptionally- well then. I could sense you were rather less than pleased with Fontaine’s little boy…"
[12:07] * Aline sighed. "…I was having trouble keeping that under control, he… He has something out for Pilot Zhang. I don't /get/ it personally but I'm sick of him bugging her all the time. It's almost odd how much it bothers me - she usually… takes it with strained politeness."
[12:10] * Ikari‘Yui chuckles a little. "Yes. She was rather impressive, wasn’t she? She certainly seemed very mature." A curious, appraising look crosses Dr. Ikari's face, before she smiles again. "Are you glad it's over?"
[12:14] * Aline nodded. "Quite… it was very tiring! After all, Pilot de Pteres just fell right asleep after it. But… well, at least some of the technical questions were okay. I did kinda want to pretend I might've influenced UN deployment policy in Angel attacks but I'm noot sure. Really, that was my favorite moment, felt like I might've saved some serviceman's life in the future~"
[12:17] * Ikari‘Yui smiles. "That’s NERV's purpose after all… Making sure people stay safe and alive." Said Yui warmly. "But… Ah, if you can forgive my abrupt intercession, I have a favour I would ask of you."
[12:21] * Aline suddenly cocked her head to the side. "Ah? I imagine you're asking something I'm capable of anyway, so… sure, go ahead!"
[12:22] * Ikari‘Yui takes out an envelope, with the words "Aline Blanc" written on the front in black ink, in both French and Japanese. She hands it to Aline. "This is for you."
[12:30] * Aline blushed deeply… and took the envelope. "Ah… ah… thank you. I had already been wondering since you asked that final question and now I might get a better perspective!" She paused, looking at the envelope, not remembering whether it was proper to read it now or wait.
[12:31] * Ikari`Yui nodded a little in an encouraging way. She too was curious to see what her son had done.
[12:34] * Aline took the hint appropriately, and then… caaarefully peeled at the seal… accidentally ripped a bit open… then just shrugged and sliced a hole open along the top edge, and then took out the letter to read it (silently).
[12:37] <Ikari`Yui> ["Dear Aline Blanc-Sama," Started the letter, written not in French, but in English. The writer clearly hadn’t found a word appropriate enough in English to convey his respect.-
[12:38] <Ikari‘Yui> ["I saw a video of the battle that happened in Paris-2 recently. Even seen like that, it seemed very frightening- and I was able to read more reports thanks to my parents. You were attacked and set on fire and everything and kept on going, and even though you didn’t kill the Angel you still played a big part. So I want to write this letter to tell you-
[12:39] <Ikari‘Yui> ["How inspiring I thought that was. Let me introduce myself. My name is Ikari Shinji (written in English and Japanese). I am turning fourteen this year. I go to high school, where I do well in music and Japanese. My parents both work for NERV. The Evangelion (the word seems to have given him trouble; there are a few scribbles) seem very scary to pilot, and I am glad I am not, but I am glad you are, since I think you would do a far better job.-
[12:40] <Ikari`Yui> ["I want to let you know that, that you have supporters all the way in Japan. So please keep up the good work!
[12:40] <Ikari`Yui> [Signed, Ikari Shinji-
[12:40] <Ikari`Yui> [PS: My email address is moc.liamj|irakihs#moc.liamj|irakihs if you ever want to talk to me.-
[12:41] <Ikari`Yui> [There is also a picture of the sender enclosed. A rather feminine, but attractive young man with black hair and dark blue eyes.]
[12:43] * Aline looked, absorbing it… then smiling. "Ah… kinda sweet…" Eyeing the picture had her blushing, though. Cute little somewhat-feminine boys were sort of her weak spot, vis a vis male attraction. "…Yes, very sweet. I should probably write him - or email, rather! - back then… Might as well practice my English in the process too~"
[12:46] * Ikari`Yui nods warmly. "Yes. He can be quite a charming boy when he wants to be. He sometimes comes off as shy, but… Ah. If you do decide to correspond, please be gentle with him." She smiles glowingly. "Unfortunately, I cannot stay here in Paris-2 much longer; I’m need back in Japan in two days. But, I think you might be a person who can help me, and someone who I could help, Ms. Blanc. So…" -
[12:51] <Ikari‘Yui> She offers Aline a card, with her details on it- phone, address, email, the works. "With the passing of Dr. Sophie Riel, Dr. Zeppelin-Soryu and Dr. Fontaine, it seems like I’m one of the few original scientists of the Eva project left, so if you have any questions, or think I can help, please call me."
[12:54] * Aline nodded slightly… even haltingly… "W… wow. I'll keep that in mind! If… if I discover something from uh, experience that doesn't come out in the reports… I'll relay it back too!" She sort of was doing her own fannish thing. "It's a sort of… big… almost scarily so honor. I mean, I've read a lot of science books for someone my age and I know focusing on AT Field tactics
[12:54] * Aline is going to lead to all sorts of redefinitions of physics. S-s-so I want to be able to help the process myself!"
[12:55] * Ikari‘Yui beams, offering Aline a hand in the western manner. "Then let’s rewrite physics together."
[12:58] * Aline took that hand, and while for a second she was shaking otherwise… the handshake commenced and landed!

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