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[16:28] <@Minaplo> ["… So then Shinji-kun says he's thinking of getting her an armored lion cub to help cheer her up, you see, because it turns out there's a bunch of them on the ship! And so he's all 'I hope she likes it' and I go 'hey, how come I don't get an armored lion, huh?' and then he went all flustered and said he'd think about it, so yeah, that's how my day's gone." Said Misato cheerfully, waving around a chocolate brownie with her right hand in a menacing manner.]
[16:45] * Raphael is perched on the edge of the bed with his legs crossed as he nibbles on a cracker. Every now and then he stops to glance enviously at the brownie; it had been his before Misato laid claim to it.-
[16:47] <Raphael> "I've been in your apartment, you know. I don't exactly see you keeping an armoured lion there."
[16:54] <@Minaplo> ["Bigger apartment." She said. "Uh-huh. With like… Fountains and pools."]
[16:57] * Raphael gives her a narrow look. "… I thought they'd lowered your dosage, ma'am."
[17:01] <@Minaplo> ["These are one of those drugs that actually cause their odd thoughts when they clash most intensely with your normal systems." She said sagely. "And battles are always most brutal when the two sides are evenly matched!"]
[17:07] <Raphael> "How you found time to aquire such a store of medical knowledge within your busy schedule always amazes me, Misato." Raphael deadpans.
[17:09] <@Minaplo> ["You process several thousand insurance claims in a weekend, constantly, and you learn a few things, like how to read real fast."]
[17:10] <Raphael> "Quite." Raphael says, taking another bite the cracker.-
[17:11] <Raphael> "… you heard about Yanmei and Isaiah, I guess?"
[17:12] <@Minaplo> ["Shinji-kun said something about it, yeah. They're gonna be married in a week or two, I think. Platonically married, of course, with a platonic wedding night after, said no one ever."]
[17:16] * Raphael gives her a little tap in the leg, trying to hide his smirk. "Don't be mean."
[17:18] <@Minaplo> ["Pfft. I'd just like to take some credit for it is all~"]
[17:19] <Raphael> "… she did want to get us involved." Raphael admits, glancing away with a hint of awkwardness.
[17:23] <@Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[17:23] <Raphael> "…"-
[17:24] <Raphael> "Well, she suggested a double wedding." Raphael says finally, still watching her out of the corner of his eye.
[17:26] <@Minaplo> ["… What, like a double date?"]
[17:26] <Raphael> "More or less."
[17:29] <@Minaplo> ["Hmmm. Must be some sort of trap."]
[17:30] <Raphael> "…" He turns to face her fully now, looking a little bewildered. "I really don't think it's a /trap/."
[17:32] <@Minaplo> ["No, look at it like this. What sort of bride -shares- her wedding day with another? Unless you're, like, the Simonides twins, then that's just diffusing attention off the bride. The entire point is that the bride should have all the attention. There's no space for communism." She said.-
[17:32] <@Minaplo> ["… Or she offered that, knowing full well I wouldn't accept, meaning that maybe I should accept after all…?"]
[17:38] * Raphael raises an eyebrow, trying to ignore the feeling that he doesn't have enough anti-rads in his system to follow this for long. "She did say it would be nice to have some of the pressure off her."
[17:39] <@Minaplo> ["A-ha! I knew it. Then we will have to say no." Said Misato.-
[17:40] <@Minaplo> [She took a bite of the brownie, staring at Raphael the entire time, her brow furrowed thoughtfully.-
[17:40] <@Minaplo> [She reached out with her free hand, patting his elbow, then eventually finding his wrist, squeezing it. "You didn't want to say yes, did you?"]#
#6[17:43] * Raphael smiles a little and gives his head a quick shake. "No. It wouldn't have been the right time. I… erm, I admit I was worried you'd react a little more poorly to the idea than this."
[17:52] <@Minaplo> ["Well, you're right, I don't really want to get married on a broken up battleship, high on drugs and radiation poisoning on this crappy little iceball." She said slowly. "I want to get married somewhere… Tropical. And green. And warm. Somewhere beautiful, with awesome beaches…"]
[17:58] * Raphael finds her hand and gives it a squeeze. "I think I could get behind that, ma'am."-
[17:59] <Raphael> "… Although if you'd tried to tell a much younger me that I'd be turning down a chance to be one of the first people married on Mars I would have called you a liar."
[18:00] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, y'know, Mars sounds way more awesome when you aren't there, freezing your blood solid." Said Misato. "I'd have to wear underwear to my own wedding and everything. No class. Bad game, Mars. Bad game."]#
#6[18:14] * Raphael grins, a little pink in the cheeks. "… So you've thought about it, then?"
[18:16] <@Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. Have you?"]
[18:17] <Raphael> "Quite a bit."
[18:19] <@Minaplo> ["You wanna be Mr. Katsuragi that bad, huh?"]
[18:23] <Raphael> "If that's what it takes." He smirks.
[18:25] <@Minaplo> ["You're a sweetie." She said softly, pulling his hand over, rubbing it with her cheek.]
[19:06] <Raphael> "It doesn't have to be now, or even soon; we both have our reasons to wait." He says, brushing some hair away from her face. "Still, you're the only one I want to be with."
[19:10] <@Minaplo> ["Mmm, I know." She says contentedly. "I'm happy to have you."]
[19:20] <Raphael> They stayed that way for a while, lying together on the hospital bed. There was the odd bit of conversation here and there, but for the most part they simply enjoyed the closeness and a moment of warmth on the otherwise cold battleship.-
[19:20] <Raphael> Still, with the medical ward how it was, even a supposedly private room didn't offer a great deal of privacy. Doctors came and went, checking Misato's vitals and the readouts on the machines that surrounded her, or changing the fluids running through her drip.-
[19:20] <Raphael> It was after one of these visits that Misato would look over to find Raphael now sitting with his legs dangling over the edge of the bed, looking suddenly serious. "… Misato, there's something I need to tell you. Maybe something I should have told you sooner.
[19:25] <@Minaplo> ["What is it?" She asked, a frown setting in.]#
[18:54] * Raphael makes an initial, halting attempt to begin before falling silent and eyeing his knees. When he looks at her again his posture is straighter and his expression is composed, although there's notable sympathy in his eyes. "Kaji was stationed at Asgard when the attacks happened. I've been told that he's among those that were killed."
[18:58] <Minaplo> [Misato's expression instantly becomes tighter, yet at the same time her mouth opens slightly, hanging like that for a few long seconds. She closes it, licks her lips in a hasty, fretful fashion, then looks away. "Dead…"]
[19:02] <Raphael> "…" He lets out a slow breath, reaching for her hand. "I'm so sorry, Misato."
[19:03] <Minaplo> [Unlike some of the others Raphael has had to deal with, there's no broken gazes, no muted words. She turns back towards him, grabbing his hand, her eyes closed even as tears pour down her face, which she covers with her other hand. Her shoulders are shaking.]
[19:09] * Raphael pulls her close, laying his free hand on her back. His own face is set and motionless.
[19:18] <Minaplo> [She clings to him, tightly, fiercely, almost painfully so. There's no holding this back, not between the heavy sobs and the grip and the tears.-
[19:18] <Minaplo> ["S-Stay with me…"]
[19:20] <Raphael> "Yes, of course." He says. "I'm not going anywhere."
[19:27] <Minaplo> [And so they stayed like that, Misato holding him and not letting go, not for a long time yet. Not until the tears had stopped and the weariness had set in, and her eyes had closed and she'd laid back on the bed, her hair fanning out around her; then she fell asleep, and even then still held his hand.]

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