Mana S Reprimand

#1[16:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm…"-
[16:07] <AdEvaGM> [Mana fidgetted uncomfortably, sitting in a chair in the resort's restaurant. She wasn't in uniform, instead wearing a long ankle-length white dress under a thick woolly coat. A bowl of steaming noodles sat in front of her.]
[16:17] <Raphael> Raphael was late. This was strange enough in itself, but when he’d specifically requested her to be here… well, that would be something else entirely. Five minutes pass, then ten, but eventually there’d be the gentle sound of a young man clearing his throat just behind her as he approached.-
[16:17] <Raphael> "Good afternoon, Sergeant Kirishima. Please excuse the delay." Raphael said, looking a little harried as he pulled out his own chair on the opposite side of the table.
[16:21] <AdEvaGM> [Mana fought to keep her blush down- and mostly succeeded. "Captain."]
[16:36] <Raphael> "There were some preparations for the next Thunderdome match that apparently could not wait." Raphael said, folding his hands and giving Mana a long look. His demeanour is strange… it’s as professional as ever, but even the small glimpse of friendliness he usually allows through is gone today. He seems to be working hard to maintain the clear image of a commanding officer.#
#1[16:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Preparations, sir?" Asks Mana, folding her hands politely in front of her and looking a little to Raphael's left.]
[16:40] <Raphael> "Apparently they would prefer I used somewhat more… 'showmanship', I believe."
[16:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Showmanship?" Her eyes brighten dangerously.]
[16:48] <Raphael> "…" He shifts, clearing his throat. "Nothing you need to concern yourself with, Sergeant."
[16:48] <AdEvaGM> ["O-Of course, sir."]
[16:51] <Raphael> "Besides, there were other matters we needed to discuss." Raphael says, toying with the cuffs of his shirt.
[16:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Other matters, sir?"]
[16:53] * Raphael flips open a menu as he continues. "Your display during the last Thunderdome match, Mana."
[16:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Display, sir?"]
[16:58] <Raphael> "… Yes, Sergeant. You must know what I mean." Raphael says, a little more heatedly than he had intended. "The outfit. The flirtatiousness. It was all quite inappropriate."
[16:59] <AdEvaGM> ["I-" Mana stares, blankly at first, then clearly hurt. "What was wrong with my outfit?!"]
[17:11] * Raphael 's eyes narrow. Why did people continue to insist on playing foolish games about such a simple breach of etiquette? "I’m not sure that you could have found a skirt any shorter, Sergeant Kirishima."
[17:13] <AdEvaGM> [Mana's face colours with anger and hurt. "I didn't search in Major Katsuragi's wardrobe, no!"]
[17:21] <Raphael> "…" Raphael seems ready to reply, a little bit of colour creeping into his own cheeks, but he manages to hold back at the last moment, shutting his eyes and taking a deep breath. When he opens them again his expression is calmer, and his voice is almost placating. "… Ok. Alright, Sergeant. Let's start this again."
[17:24] <AdEvaGM> [She takes a deep breath as well, sipping from a glass of water on her table.]
[17:30] * Raphael drums his fingers for a moment, considering his options. "… Perhaps a better place to start would be explaining that what happed during the Beijing match made me rather uncomfortable." Raphael said gently.
[17:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, sir." Says Mana calmly. "And I'm sorry, but I'm not really sure what I did wrong."]#
[17:45] <Raphael> "I…" He looks profoundly uncomfortable now, a million miles away from the picture of professionalism that he had been when this conversation started. "You didn’t do anything wrong, precisely, but I’m afraid this flirting business has to stop."
[17:48] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I'm sorry, sir." She looks down at her noodles, hiding her eyes with her fringe. "It's not something I try to do, it just- it sort of… I don't know what I even do, it just happens…"]
[17:53] <Raphael> "Yes, I know what you mean…" Raphael sighs, scratching the back of his neck. "I apologize for my own remarks during that battle, Sergeant."
[17:54] <AdEvaGM> ["It's alright…"]
[17:54] <Raphael> "This is all quite ridiculous."
[17:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Ridiculous, sir?"]
[18:07] <Raphael> "Not you, ma'am. Just that this shape is becoming more bothersome by the day." He mutters. "Your situation, the business with Aline… I thought I would have grown used to it all by now."
[18:08] <AdEvaGM> ["W-Well, to be fair, sir, in my opinion it doesn't seem all bad…"]
[18:09] <Raphael> "Hmm?" He glances up, seeming genuinely perplexed.
[18:10] <AdEvaGM> ["W-Well, I mean… It seems to me that you're more in touch with your emotions…"]
[18:13] <Raphael> "Mostly it's just that I'm less capable of hiding them, which is quite a different matter." He says. "… But in some cases, yes, I suppose that's true."
[18:13] <AdEvaGM> [She nodded enthusiastically. "You laugh a lot more these days."]
[18:15] <Raphael> "… I used to do plenty of laughing."
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> ["That was chuckling. It's different."]
[18:22] <Raphael> "How?"
[18:24] <AdEvaGM> ["You don't have to be happy to chuckle."]
[18:27] * Raphael considers this for a moment, smiling gently. "If I’m happy, it’s not because of this shape." He says. "… But thank you. It’s good to be reminded that I am."
[18:28] <AdEvaGM> [She returned the smile. "I'm glad, sir. You deserve to be very happy."]
[19:21] * Raphael stares down at the table for a few seconds, mulling over some thought as he taps one fingernail on the tabletop. "… Sergeant, are you still content working with me? In this shape, I mean. I can understand if it makes you… uncomfortable."
[19:29] <AdEvaGM> ["…" Mana looks away, her cheeks enflaming. "Uncomfortable isn't what I'd say, sir."]
[19:29] <Raphael> "Yes, well. You know what I mean."
[19:33] <AdEvaGM> [She looks back at Raphael. "I do. B-But all things said, sir, I really still am happy working with you and the others. You're my friends."]
[19:44] * Raphael nods quietly. "And I'm glad for that. Sincerely." He says gently, only for the silence to return again. He's wearing that rare look of uncertainty now. "… And, even if it's something we need to fix, this awkwardness isn't your fault."
[19:52] <AdEvaGM> [She nodded. "Thank you for understanding. And putting up with it."]
[19:53] <Raphael> "Not at all, Sergeant. As you said, we're friends."
[19:57] <AdEvaGM> [That brought a warm smile to her face.]
[20:00] <Raphael> "Still… I'll make an effort to keep my own foolishness under control if you can do the same." He says with a small, rueful smile.
[20:01] <AdEvaGM> ["I… I'll try. To make an effort, I mean."]
[20:03] <Raphael> "That's all I ask, Sergeant." He says gently. "Hmmm. Perhaps a visit to Technical is in order. I believe it's time they found some solution to this problem."
[20:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Clearly they give Suzanne an Eva and let her go to town."]
[20:06] * Raphael stared at her. She would likely spot the faint hint of a shudder. "That… is a terrifying thought."
[20:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Awww, that's not nice." Mana's voice takes on a stern edge. "Suzie wouldn't do -that- much damage."]
[20:11] <Raphael> "Oh, it's not damage I'm worried about…" Raphael muttered. Secretly he thought about the "awesome" things Suzanne could do to his form if given the chance. "Nevermind that this experience has taught me to be quite wary about how we're seen through the eyes of another."
[20:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmm." Murmured Mana lightly. "I wonder if you'll keep getting all those lovely gifts when you return to your original form? It'd be a shame to lose some of them…"]
[20:24] <Raphael> "I'm planning to give a good deal of them to charity anyway." He says, only to blush a little. "I'll have to find some other way to dispose of the more… inappropriate items."
[20:24] <AdEvaGM> ["You could let me handle them."]
[20:25] <Raphael> "… and what would you do with them?"
[20:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Sir, if I don't tell you, you can claim plausible deniability."]
[20:27] <Raphael> "That does very little to ease my mind."
[20:28] <AdEvaGM> [Mana smiled her innocent smile.]
[20:30] <Raphael> "…" Raphael sighs. "We'll discuss it when we return to Paris, Sergeant."
[20:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Yessir." Mana beams. "Sir, you don't mind if I head off, do you?"]
[20:33] <Raphael> "Not at all, ma'am. I take it that you have plans?"
[20:34] <AdEvaGM> ["I do!"]
[20:37] * Raphael nods slightly. "Have a pleasant evening, then, Mana."
[20:41] <AdEvaGM> ["You too, sir." She beamed and started to head off.]
[20:41] <Raphael> "… Ah! Sergeant? One other thing?"
[20:41] <AdEvaGM> [She stopped and turned. "Yes sir?"]
[20:45] <Raphael> "I'm planning to bring a few of the Neospartans together to visit Eevi sometime before the Thunderdome ends. Apparently some of you knew her back in the Neospartan days, and I had hoped that maybe some familiar people might…" He shrugs slightly, looking away. "Pilot Langley-Soryu has already agreed, and apparently intends to bring Mr. Fontain along. I'm also planning to ask Pilot Akagi."
[20:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you want me to ask Tsucchin for you? I'm about to meet her anyway."]
[20:47] <Raphael> "Ah, really?" Raphael asks, looking somewhat surprised. "Well, ma'am, if you wouldn't mind I'd appreciate it. Let her know she can find me to arrange the details."
[20:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course, sir." She chuckled. "Eevi, huh… Well, I hope it goes well. See you, sir."]
[20:50] * Raphael coughs. "… I wondered if you might consider joining us as well, Sergeant."
[20:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. To be honest, I'm not sure if she'd even remember me, but… I can do that."]
[20:53] * Raphael nods, smiling a little. "Thank you, Mana. I'd appreciate that." He says. "I'll see you later, hmm?"
[20:54] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right, sir. See you when I see you!" … And barring any other delays, she was off with a cheery wave.]

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