Misato S Lullaby

[20:46] <Raphael> NERV's staff had a way of finding their feet again, even in the face of remarkable trauma. It was an inevitable bit of adaptation, given the challenges and losses they had faced in the past. And so perhaps it was not surprising that, even in the face of the countless dead it wasn't long before the routine in the Geofront returned to something approaching normal.-
[20:46] <Raphael> Raphael Guillory watched silently for a moment as two pilots joked quietly alongside a carrier being loaded with the shrouded bodies of the dead. It was the crunch of a cargo elevator pulling to a stop that drew his attention over to the newly arrived VTOL, pulling him away from his thoughts of Surov and the Spectre. With a sigh he forced a smile onto his face and moved to greet the new
[20:46] <Raphael> arrivals.
[20:52] <Minaplo> [The cargo hold of the VTOL opened in its slow, controlled way, hydraulics sending the heavy door gradually to the ground. Troopers and medics emerged, but were outnumbered by the injured and wounded. These were not those who were in danger of dying. They were unable to work or walk but they would, ultimately live. The space they took up on the Battleship would be needed for critical cases.-
[20:53] <Minaplo> [Amongst them, lying on a mobile bed, her left arm and left leg covered in limb mittens, escorted by a medic and looking oddly awake (despite everything) was none other than Misato Katsuragi.]
[21:05] * Raphael appears alongside the bed within moments, in spite of the flood of other wounded emerging from the hold. He doesn't say anything for now, just finding her uninjured hand and squeezing it in one of his own as the medic guides her out of the VTOL.
[21:12] <Minaplo> [Misato, however, wasn't going to stay quiet. The moment Raphael was at her side her face lit up into the bright smile a child has on Christmas morning. "Hello, you. I was wondering when you'd show up, my little flying knighty-knight of the air~"]
[21:16] * Raphael smiles faintly at that, and while he's forced to weave his way past medics and stationary beds as they depart he makes a point not to release her hand. "You're rather chipper, Major."
[21:17] <Minaplo> ["I must just be happy to see you~"-
[21:17] <Minaplo> ["Then again I did just take some of NERV's finest painkillers…"]
[21:18] <Raphael> "I hadn't guessed, ma'am."
[21:18] <Minaplo> ["I think you're making fun of me." Said Misato, eyeing him suspiciously. "That's not nice, you know. I went toe to toe with an Annihilator. I'm practically Miyamoto Musashi himself."]
[21:39] <Raphael> "I would never make fun." Raphael said seriously. "I am, perhaps, noting that you're far more adept at handling your liquor than prescription medication, but…"
[21:42] <Minaplo> ["I haven't been drinking much lately." Said Misato. "Besides, you should see these painkillers. I swear they gave one to a man with a missing leg and the next minute he was hopping around singing Le Marseillaise."-
[21:43] <Minaplo> ["… Or maybe I'm getting confused, but someone was singing Le Marseillaise." She frowned.-
[21:43] <Minaplo> ["… Hey, do you want to know something weird?"]
[21:44] <Raphael> "What's that?" He asks gently.
[21:50] <Minaplo> ["That Annihilator slammed me hard, you know. Right across my left side. Whoever heard of a single punch that broke your arm -and- your leg?" She asked quietly. "It hurt a lot, you have no idea how much. So I shot it, right in the chest, I had…" She frowned. "I had a positron gun, and it worked, to my surprise. Things are tough. But you know, it looked at me before it died, and the look in its eyes was -awful-. It looked so sad. It looked like it was lost." She pouted, looking as though she might cry.]
[22:07] * Raphael 's grip on her hand becomes a little tighter, moving his thumb gently along the back of her wrist as he peers at her with concern. "It's ok, Misato." He says quietly. "You did what you had to do, that's all."
[22:09] <Minaplo> ["If we found a little Annihilator somewhere, do you think… I mean, Rei took Ban-Ban…"]
[22:16] <Raphael> "I…" Raphael hesitates, measuring his response carefully. "I think we'd have to see, ma'am."
[22:17] <Minaplo> [And then suddenly Misato lets out a booming laugh. "Oh my God. I totally had you. You were totally suckered."]
[22:18] <Raphael> "…" Raphael huffs moodily and releases her hand, looking towards the medic for support.
[22:22] <Minaplo> [The medic shrugs as the bed is pushed onto an elevator. At least NERV elevators are spacious.-
[22:23] <Minaplo> ["Awww." Misato whined, opening and closing her uninjured hand several times. "You're so adorable when you're pouty-grumpy though, my Raffy~"-
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["…" She frowned seriously. "But a little Annihilator would be kind of cute, though. He'd call you Daddy, and he'd be way more useful than a guard dog, wouldn't he?"]
[22:25] <Raphael> "You're making a lot of assumptions about this idea, Misato." Raphael said, still pouting even as he returns his hand to hers without looking.
[22:25] <Minaplo> [Her hand grips his tightly.-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["Hey! Hey, do you reckon Surov could make me a baby Annihilator? Oh my God, that'd be so…"-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["… Am I rambling?" She asked, confused.]
[22:28] <Raphael> "A little." He smiles, leaning down to kiss her on the forehead fondly.
[22:28] <Minaplo> ["Mmmm. You're pampering me. You must've been worried."]
[22:33] * Raphael is silent for a second, feeling the warmth of his hand in hers. "When you weren't there when the Colonel arrived…" He murmurs, his voice quiet. He shakes his head, gathering his thoughts as he remembers they're not alone here.-
[22:34] <Raphael> "… Nevermind. I was sure you had it well in hand, Major."
[22:41] <Minaplo> ["I remember being a little afraid. I kind of wished you were there, but then I often do when you're not around." She said candidly. "But I did a damn good job, actually."]
[22:48] <Raphael> "So it seems." He chuckles. "But then you usually do."
[22:57] <Minaplo> ["And so do you. I heard you had the seven levels of hell open up on you."]
[23:02] * Raphael sighs gently. "… We were lucky." He mutters. "Without those reinforcements we wouldn't have made it."
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["… It must've been pretty awful. You're usually not so candid."]
[23:08] <Raphael> "I'm not sure how you can do it." He says, shaking his head. "Giving orders from a distance like that, I mean."
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["It doesn't get easier." Said Misato quietly. "But you get harder, if you get me. You learn to put everything in a box of stone for a bit and let something else take over, and when it's done and the world's saved you open the box and spend an hour in a hot tub if it was a good result, and an hour in the shower if it was bad."]
[23:11] <Raphael> "And if you're not sure which it was?"
[23:14] <Minaplo> ["Then you thank your lucky stars that you're not in the shower."]
[23:16] * Raphael lets out a soft laugh. "Fair enough."
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["Although that does depend…"]
[23:23] <Raphael> "Ah?"
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["Maybe you'd not be thanking your lucky stars if a certain someone were in the shower first…?~"]
[23:27] * Raphael gestures towards the limb mittens. "I'm fairly sure you're not meant to expose those to water, ma'am."
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["Oh, then… Uh." She foundered for a second, clearly trying to piece together flirtatious invitations whilst trying to combat NERV's finest painkillers.-
[23:29] <Minaplo> [Eventually she smiled stupidly. "Sponge bath?"]
[23:34] <Raphael> "We'll keep the option open." He says, a little pink around the ears as he gives the medic an apologetic look.
[23:35] <Minaplo> [The medic gives him a frank look. There's the suggestion that this medic has seen too much to give a damn today. The two of them could start making furious love and all he'd do was tell them to mind the breaks.-
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["I'm hungry." Muttered Misato. "… And thirsty, too."]
[23:38] <Raphael> "I'll bring you something myself the moment we get you settled, hmm?" He glances up at elevator's readout as it slowly ticks through the floors. Surely it can't be long now…?
[23:39] <Minaplo> [Not long at all. A few seconds later it stops and the doors open.]
[23:42] <Raphael> "There." He gives her hand another squeeze. "Hopefully it won't take too long to find you a place to rest."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Good. That means I can get you to do things for me."]
[23:48] * Raphael rolls his eyes. "I'm already planning to fetch your food, ma'am."
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["And sing me a lullaby!"]
[23:50] <Raphael> "… I hardly think that's necessary, Major." He says flatly.
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["But I want you to. Well fine. You can at least cradle me."]
[00:03] <Raphael> "Hmm." He feigns a put-upon sigh, even as he twines his fingers between hers. "I suppose that's not too much to ask."
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm."-
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Hey, is Suzie ok?"]
[00:13] * Raphael nods. "She's fine. Her school has ran through the usual evac procedures when the alert went out, so at least they moved her to a bunker." He says. "I've got her in the Geofront for now, though. Ban-Ban is keeping an eye on her while I get you settled."
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["That's good." Misato nodded slowly.-
[00:15] <Raphael> «school ran through*»
[00:15] <Minaplo> [The Medic looked up. "According to my info, Major Katsuragi's room is just down there. Do you want to take it from here?"]
[00:18] <Raphael> "Certainly." He nods, giving the man a quick salute. "My thanks for getting her here safely."
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["No problem." The medic salutes and beats a hasty retreat.-
[00:19] <Minaplo> [Misato let out a stretch as best she could. "Now I feel safe." She declared.]
[00:21] * Raphael begins gently guiding the bed down the hall towards the room the medic had indicated. "He didn't seem that bad." Raphael says wryly, although the humour in his voice sounds distinctly forced.
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but now I'm alone with my Raffy, and that's when I feel safest~"]
[00:27] * Raphael smiles softly, wheeling her into the room and nudging the door shut behind them. "Happy to be of service, ma'am."
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["Oh. -Ma'am-. You'll never guess what I heard."]
[00:31] <Raphael> "What?" A moment later the bed is in place and the wheels locked, letting Raphael take up a seat on the edge of the bed to gently gather Misato up in his arms.
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["Ooh." The sound is partly surprised, partly appreciative, partly tentative. She is after all still injured, but Raphael -is- gentle, and she settles against him soon enough.-
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["I heard Marianne made Yanmei Captain."]
[00:50] * Raphael 's eyes widen in obvious surprise, but it doesn't seem to stop him for very long. "… I see." He says slowly. After a moment of silence he pulls his own legs up awkwardly onto the very edge of the bed to better hold her in his arms. He shows no intention of going farther than that - for now providing her with what comfort and safety he can seems enough.-
[00:51] <Raphael> "Good for her."
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… Hey, she got the little plush toy too. The one they make of captains."]
[01:00] <Raphael> "… The what?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, they make plush toys of the NERV Captains in Operations…"]
[01:01] <Raphael> "…"-
[01:02] <Raphael> "/I'm/ a Captain in Operations." He says flatly. It is the voice of a man working his way towards a Terrible Conclusion.
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Oh Raphael, sweetheart, they made a plush toy of you -a year ago-. It's one of Marketing's best-selling products. Especially after Hohenzollern took out all the sexy figurines."]
[01:04] <Raphael> "But… I…"-
[01:05] <Raphael> "I thought that was just some ridiculous thing they'd put together for the Paintball competition!" He says hopelessly.
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Pfft, -that- was a one-off. The new Raffy toys? Man."-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Raffy plush toys, Raffy figurines, Raffy body pillows… I hear they even have a video game where people get to date virtual you."]
[01:09] <Raphael> "-What-."
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yeah! They get to like, set your schedule, so -this- week you'll study poetry, and -next- week you'll work at a cabaret…"]
[01:15] * Raphael stares at her blankly. "How do you know so much about this?"
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Maya Ibuki- one of my bunnies…"]
[01:17] <Raphael> "Actuallyonsecondthoughtnevermind." Raphael says hurriedly, a blush rising on his cheeks.-
[01:19] <Raphael> "… At least tell me they're only using this shape."
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Well yeah. They have to make a few modifications, though, so they don't confuse you with Shinji. Make you a bit taller, give you stubble, change your eye colour…"-
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Hey, you wanna know the funny thing about Ibuki?"]
[01:20] * Raphael 's terror at where this could be leading is apparent, but between the painkillers and the… well, /Misato/, that's unlikely to affect much.
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["You know, for -years- I was sure she was in love with Ritsuko." Said Misato, rubbing her chin speculatively. "And then it turns out, nope, she has the games, the plushies, the toys, the bed covers…"]
[01:28] * Raphael buries his face in Misato's hair for lack of unoccupied hands.
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["… The games, the backpack, the lace panties…"]
[01:30] <Raphael> "What do I need to do to make you stop talking, Major?" Raphael groans, slightly muffled.
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Repeat the following words. Are you listening?"]
[01:31] * Raphael nods mutely.
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["'My name is Raphael Guillory…'"]
[01:34] * Raphael 's brain is loudly bringing up phrases regarding frying pans and fires, but it's too late to back out now. "My name is Raphael Guillory…"
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["'And I listen to everything a mildly high injured woman says, even when she is lying through her teeth.'"]
[01:42] * Raphael is silent for a long time.-
[01:42] <Raphael> "I am finding whatever doctor gave you those painkillers and ensuring that they never do so again."
[01:42] <Raphael> «whichever*»
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Misato laughed. Her body shook with mirth beneath Raphael's arms.-
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["Ahahahahaowowow." She wiped tears from her eyes. "I'm just being my usual self! You're the silly fool who decides to listen."-
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["… But I should note, the panties aren't real, nor is the backpack, the bed covers. Ibuki has the games but nothing else. But that's 'cuz she plays all those types of games. She even has the Ayanami Raising Project ones."]
[01:50] <Raphael> "The w-" He begins, only making himself stop through force of will. He's learned his lesson for today. "… No. No, nevermind."-
[01:51] <Raphael> "Still," He sighs, "I suppose that's something."
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Mmm~"-
[01:57] <Minaplo> [Misato snuggled closer into his arms, her eyelids fluttering tiredly. "Hey…"]
[01:59] <Raphael> "Hmm?"
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["If I fall asleep, it's ok if you're not here when I wake up. You're probably busy…"]
[02:04] * Raphael is quiet for a moment. In truth, of course, there are a dozen things he could - and perhaps should - be doing with the Geofront in the state it's in. And yet…-
[02:05] <Raphael> "Do you want me to stay?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
[02:08] <Raphael> "Then I'll do my very best to be here." He says. "Alright?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Alright." She smiled. It was partly guilty. It was partly not-giving-a-damn. She nestled closer to him.-
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["I love you very much, you silly old thing."]
[02:11] <Raphael> "I love you too." He murmurs, leaning his head against hers.-
[02:12] <Raphael> "… I'm afraid you're still not getting a lullaby, though."
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["Aw…"-
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[02:14] <Minaplo> [But within seconds she was dead to the world.]

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