Isaiah S Unwanted Call

[22:20] * Yanmei kissed Isaiah on th forehead. He was still in bed, exhausted from a late synch test, and she had no desire to rouse him. -
[22:22] <Yanmei> Of course, she might have accidentally done that already during the process of getting a noisy and curious little girl ready to go out along with her. -
[22:24] <Yanmei> "We'll be back later this afternoon," she said quietly, "so just relax until then?"
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["Mmfmff." He stared up at her with a single bleary eye.]
[22:32] <Yanmei> "Love you too~" she said with a cheery wink. She turned around, holding an hand out to Lizzie. "C'mon, sweetie grab General Bear or-" sigh "-Mr. Ribbons. We're going to see Marianne for breakfast today?"
[22:33] <Minaplo> [Lizzie ran over to where her toys sat. She picked one up, then the other… Eventually she picked them both up, stubbornly clutching them both in one arm, and ran over to Yanmei to take her hand.]
[22:35] <Yanmei> That worked too. Isaiah would hear the door open and close, signaling their departure and the chance to get back to blissful sleep.
[22:54] <Minaplo> [And so Isaiah rolled over and went back to sleep.-
[22:55] <Minaplo> [A few hours passed, during which he slept peacefully- but slowly, his sleep started to become disturbed. "Mmmf. Shh."-
[22:55] <Minaplo> [He rolled over again, dozed for few hours longer. By this time it was 11 AM, and though he still felt properly exhausted…-
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["S… Stop."-
[23:01] <Minaplo> [He rubbed his eyes, his temples. "Just ring…"-
[23:01] <Minaplo> [He persisted for another ten minutes, then growled and sat up, rubbing at his eyes with his knuckles. "Damnit. Stop it."-
[23:24] <Minaplo> [He pulled himself out of bed, putting on his slippers and a dressing gown, and then left the room.-
[23:27] <Minaplo> [He began to walk around the ship, his eyes tired and glassy; he was blinking very rarely, now, and there was a hint of fugue on his face.-
[23:45] <Minaplo> [He went to the cafeteria first, attracting a few stares due to his clothing. He shambled about, turning his head this way and that, but… Whatever it was he was looking for, he couldn't find it.-
[23:50] <Minaplo> [Back out to the corridor, muttering to himself. "Be quiet, be quiet…"-
[23:52] <Minaplo> [To the training facilities. He saw a lot of people here- some of the Boston battle pilots training, sparring. He saw Wellesley, organising them…-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [Isaiah looked around, a little frenzied, then turned and left.-
[00:26] <Minaplo> [Out into the hallway. He was starting to jog, now, drawing stares from passersby. He was starting to look comical- or perhaps deranged.-
[00:34] <Minaplo> [To the officer's quarters. Going past door by door by door by door-
[00:35] <Minaplo> [Coming to a certain door. Locked. He hammered the doorbell.-
[00:39] <Minaplo> [A few seconds later, the door's lock light turned green, and the door slid open, revealing Ayanami Rei, an expression of faint puzzlement turning to one of surprise, then happiness, then worried. "Zaizai!… Are you alright?"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> [Isaiah stared at Rei.-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["You tell me." He said flatly. "What is it?"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["What's what?"-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["You…" Isaiah stared flatly.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["You've been talking to me."-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["… I haven't Zaizai. I've been here…"-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["But…" He shook his head, confused. "No, in my head-"-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["… Oh." He froze. "Oh, shit. It's not you at all."-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Zaizai, I don't really know what you mean- you don't look healthy-"-
[01:02] <Minaplo> [He stepped into the room. "Rei- I'm sorry. It sounds- stupid. I was woken up today by your voice in my head."-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["…" Rei tilted her head, worry on her face.-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["I thought it was- telepathy." He admitted.-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["No, I didn't do that." Said Rei quietly.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Isaiah, groaning. "It's not you. It's EVA-05. She's calling me."-
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["… Oh. Zaizai, that isn't good. Here, sit down." She gestured to a nearby arm chair.-
[01:05] <Minaplo> [He did so.-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Do you know how to block it out, Zaizai?"-
[01:08] <Minaplo> [He shook his head.-
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["Alright. You need to listen to my instructions…"-
[01:13] <Minaplo> [It took them about fifteen minutes. For the first five Isaiah grew considerably frustrated, stressing Rei out- but eventually, quietly the instructions started to have an effect.-
[01:14] <Minaplo> [Within fifteen minutes, Isaiah could block out the messages completely, and he sighed with relief. "Thanks, Rei. You're a lifesaver."-
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["It's alright, Zaizai." Said Rei, who was sitting on the bed. "I'm worried, though. If… If 05 is trying to talk to you- that doesn't usually happen."-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["No, it doesn't. I don't understand it myself. Why now…?"-
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["With onii-chan in the hospital, she might be lonely." Said Rei, her tone sad.-
[01:21] <Minaplo> [There was a silence at that. Isaiah didn't want to acknowledge that point, because it sounded a little too accurate.-
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["… Rei, can I ask you something?"-
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["What is it, Zaizai?"-
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["It's about… Your old memories. I'm sorry…"-
[01:22] <Minaplo> [Rei didn't wince, but she glanced aside for a moment before nodding. "You want to know something about Ikari Rei."-
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["Y… Yeah."-
[01:28] <Minaplo> [She nodded slowly. "It's alright. Go ahead."-
[01:31] <Minaplo> [He nodded, slowly, awkwardly. "… Um. Why did you- or, er, Ikari Rei- errh… I mean… Why me? I was just some weird kid you met on a holiday. But you came, and you befriended me, and… I know, you wrote me letters- I couldn't read them, but I kept them, gave them to someone else to translate… And you always thought about me, too, right? Even near the end…"-
[01:31] <Minaplo> [It was an incredibly awkward situation. Rei's body posture reflected this; she drew her knees up to her chest, thinking about it.-
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["… You were warm." Said Rei, quietly, her voice almost reverent. "It was hard for me to understand. I was only little, remember. But it was instant. I liked you the moment I saw you. It was like you were a missing brother, or like my dad. I don't know when it happened, but I felt like I was used to your presence. Like a security blanket or something. You made me feel safe…"-
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["When… When I died, I-I felt like, if you were there… I'd be ok. And I wanted to see you again. It was something I was really excited about." She smiled, nostalgically. "You'd carry me around on your shoulders, and you looked a little scrawny back then, but I never felt like I'd fall or anything… It was strange. You just felt really important to me." She blushed a little. "Maybe it was just love."-
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Isaiah wasn't blushing. He wasn't smiling, either. He bowed his head, his eyes filling with sudden tears. He placed a hand over his mouth and- couldn't stop the sob.-
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh, Zaizai…" Rei looked away, guiltily, then reached over and took his hand. "I'm sorry… I didn't mean to make you cry…"-
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["I-It's alright." He muttered, trying to hold back the tears. It took him a few minutes.-
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry, I'm sorry." He added. "You don't need me in this state, you were probably busy…"-
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["It's fine." Said Rei, warmly. "I was just drawing."-
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["Drawing? Oh… Your comic drawings."-
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["Right. Do you wanna see?"-
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["S-Sure."-
[02:23] <Minaplo> [She stood up, beaming, and took him over to her desk, where a handful of paper sheets sat, many of them covered in sketches and drawings. He sorted through the newest.-
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["I'm not very good." Said Rei humbly. "Not yet. I'm mostly learning about body proportions and all that- it's tricky. Hands are pretty awkward…"-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [Rei was better than she let on. He held up a sheet, which was a large portrait-like drawing of a certain young man with a gentle face and long blonde hair. Lovely, pink lips smiling warmly, brown eyes large and soft. He was holding a hand up to his chest, a blooming rose held within his fingers, his face framed by cherry blossom petals.-
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Isaiah smiled. "Not very good?"-
[02:30] <Minaplo> [Rei blushed. "I-It's Al…"-
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Isaiah with a smile. "It's a lot better than you think." He held it out to Rei, who took it, a flash of adoration in her eyes as she looked down at the picture.-
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["Heh. You light up whenever you think about that Major of yours." Said Isaiah, gently, only a -little- teasingly.-
[02:35] <Minaplo> [Rei really did light up, her cheeks glowing red. "I…"-
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["I really, really love him, Zaizai." Said Rei, quietly, softly. "He's understanding, and gentle, and we trust each other so, so much. I don't know if I've ever been so happy."-
[02:50] <Minaplo> [Sudden contact. Isaiah put an arm around Rei's shoulders. It was reassuring, and comforting- and in some way, took comfort as well.-
[02:50] <Minaplo> ["I'm glad, Rei. You deserve to be happy- you do, more than nearly anyone else I know." He smiled.-
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["I meant what I said, that night." He continued, quietly. "I really do love you like a sister. A sister I never knew that I needed until it was almost too late."-
[02:52] <Minaplo> [Rei looked up at him, meeting his eyes. "… What's wrong, Zaizai?"-
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["I don't know." He admitted, sadly. "Something's happening, Rei. I'm not sure what it is, or where's it going, but something's happening and it's only getting bigger, and closer. I think… I'm going to need you almost as much as I need Yanmei in the coming days."-
[02:53] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded, slowly. "To help you, Zaizai?"-
[02:54] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. To keep me grounded. To help me to remember who it is I am, when sometimes I forget a little."-
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["I think I know what you mean." Murmured Rei.-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["I figured you would." He smiled. "I know it wasn't you calling me today, but I'm glad I came anyway." He reached over, giving her a little kiss on the forehead. "I… Should probably go. Yanmei's probably worried about all the mood shifts, and…"-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["Hehe. I understand." She beamed. "You're always welcome, Zaizai. Even if you don't need help."-
[02:57] <Minaplo> ["… Thanks." He said, and though he was smiling, there was a bit of sadness in his eyes, too. Guilt, even.-
[02:57] <Minaplo> [He let Rei go, and he headed for the door. "See you, Rei. Say hello to Alphonse for me."-
[02:57] <Minaplo> ["I will, Zaizai. Goodbye!"-
[02:58] <Minaplo> [With a final wave, he walked out the door, which closed behind him. He was going somewhere else, now.-
[02:59] <Minaplo> [He didn't have his phone on him after all- he had to make do with sending strong pulses of warmth and reassurance across the Libido effect.-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [He wasn't heading back to his bedroom, even though he could if he wanted. He was heading elsewhere.-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [And when he reached that spot, he looked up, a spot of dissonant serenity in a bustling hangar.-
[03:00] <Minaplo> [And he stared up at a giant whose sleep was filled with nightmares.-
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Rei."]

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