Navah S Worries

[18:13] <Aline> It was a relatively quiet day now, after the carnage a while back, the relationship issues from yet earlier still (sort of. Mostly just Shinji Being Suffering), and all manner of other craziness. So now, Aline was sitting reading a textbook - re-reading, if you're aware of the Illusion World - and being somewhat boring-ish right now. "Mmn." Maybe bored, too.
[18:23] <Minaplo> [Scruffle scruffle. A shape ran over to her side, peering at her grumpily.-
[18:23] <Minaplo> ["You still haven't brought that Shinny back?"]
[18:29] * Aline gave a little whine. "He's got enough trouble without mingling with everyone again." She put in a bookmark - an old receipt from some shop in Paris-2 - and sighed.
[18:36] <Minaplo> ["But it's boring around here." Said Tiny Aline, whining, waving her hands aggressively. "At least Shinny was fun."]
[18:41] * Aline snapped the book shut, and set it aside. "You /can/ go do something else. Wasn't there some kind of thing in the early morning?"
[18:43] <Minaplo> ["Pff, it was being run by that bitch Zhang. She looks at me like I'm a fucking abomination." She scowled. "You should set her straight. I'm cuter than a fucking kitten cafe."]
[18:47] * Aline had a number of possible rebuttals, but she decided to instead spend a second dreamily imagining a kitten cafe. It seemed luxuriously silly. "Well. Setting her straight about /anything/ is a bit like eating a brick for breakfast. You'd need unnatural effort to do it, and once you did, it'd be unrewarding and taste nasty."
[18:49] <Minaplo> [A snort. "She just got told."]
[18:50] * Aline chuckled. "Well, it's pretty accurate! She's stubborn as hell, and often about hating something."
[18:53] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, like me! Next time I see her, I'm gonna bite her right in the calf."]
[18:56] * Aline shrugged a little. "I doubt that'll actually help. What are you, an Eva?"
[19:00] <Minaplo> ["Not yet." She smiled toothily.]
[19:04] * Aline knew much better than to pet this little firebrand on the head - but she certainly felt like it. "Dream, then."
[19:07] <Minaplo> ["Mmhm."-
[19:08] <Minaplo> ["So what's actually -wrong- with Shinny?"]
[19:10] * Aline waved her hand, though her face didn't have the same dismissive intent as the hand. "Other than a general breakdown… AT stress. Also, this weird thing where he sees people differently than they actually are? He got scared of people a lot because of it."
[19:15] <Minaplo> ["Huh. I wonder how he sees you?"]
[19:16] * Aline put a hand on her chin. "Well, I thought it wouldn't quite be right to /ask/ - considering he was scared at first too - but… said something about looking more responsible? Maybe I looked older or something."
[19:18] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm."-
[19:18] <Minaplo> ["…" A thought occured to Tiny Aline, and she glanced at Aline slyly. "So does that mean…"]
[19:20] * Aline raised a brow. "…Now what." It was said with such a flat tone that it was clear she was suspicious.
[19:21] <Minaplo> ["Well, now that Shinny's, you know…" She twirled a finger next to her temple; the universal sign of crazy.-
[19:21] <Minaplo> ["Does that mean you're gonna have to resort to ridin' William's baloney pony?"]
[19:23] * Aline cringed at the rhyming innuendo. "Oh /come on/. That isn't quite rebound material yet! You're way off base."
[19:23] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh."-
[19:24] <Minaplo> [Tiny Aline didn't know about Aline's previous relationship 'mistakes', which was fortunate indeed for Aline.-
[19:24] <Minaplo> [Tiny Aline opened her mouth to speak again, when she was interrupted by the door's electronic bell.]
[19:36] * Aline caught her breath and gently un-cringed. Thank god. "…I'll get it." And so she got up to do just that!
[19:45] <Minaplo> [It was Navah Surova- wearing her usual lace and chiffon monstrosity of a dress, clutching that ugly troll doll tightly. "Hiya, Leenie."]
[19:49] * Aline put on a smile, and briefly glanced at Diminutive Aline (Seriously, her title changes ever so often), before looking more focusedly at Navah. "'lo, Navah. What's up?"
[19:59] <Minaplo> ["I was just seeing what you were up to. Mind if I come in?"]
[20:00] <Aline> "Oh, not much." Aline did step aside slightly to let her in. "Go ahead~"
[20:18] <Minaplo> [And so she stepped in, heading over to a chair…-
[20:19] <Minaplo> [Tiny Aline watched her mistrustfully, possibly plotting some nastiness.]
[20:20] * Aline was perhaps a bit suspicious of just /how/ much nastiness (honestly, the girl is so harsh…), but didn't say anything about it. Instead, she just sat back down in her /own/ chair. "So how are you, today?"
[20:21] <Minaplo> ["I'm alright. Things're pretty busy, what with the battle coming up and all… I wanted to spend some time with Ezekie, but Marianne took him in for a talk."]
[20:26] <Aline> "Ahhh. But you know how it goes with strategic meetings and all that. That's, technically, one of the reasons he's here." Aline /reclined/. "Well, wiht me, it's mostly been a bunch of waiting since that last battle…"
[20:26] <Minaplo> ["00's not gonna be ready in time, huh?"]
[20:29] * Aline sighed a little. "Yeah, I don't think it will. At least, that's what I've heard."
[20:31] <Minaplo> ["Thbbt. You'll be ready for when Mikey runs up Paris." Said Tiny Aline.-
[20:31] <Minaplo> ["He might not." Said Navah seriously. "What if he's stopped in Boston?"-
[20:31] <Minaplo> ["What, by that bishy rosbif and his teenage clone harem?"]
[20:34] * Aline folded her arms. "I'm not looking for the /glory/ of beating him, if that's what you're after." Definitely said to The Aline of Unusually Small Size.
[20:40] <Minaplo> [Alinius Minimus looked slyly back at Aline. "But you still think it'd be nice to have it I bet~"]
[20:42] <Aline> "…Ehhhhh." Was Aline's initial reply, but after a beat and a tilt of her head, she decided to elaborate. "They ruined it."
[20:45] <Minaplo> ["Who ruined what and how now?"]
[20:47] <Aline> "I forget who /now/, but in general all the dancing around playing with AT Fields, and then opening fire before the armistice was over. He wanted an honorable, genteel battle. Would waiting a few minutes /really/ have killed them?"
[20:58] <Minaplo> ["Probably not." Said Navah sagely.-
[21:00] <Minaplo> [Smalline was quiet, but began to eye the ugly doll.-
[21:01] <Minaplo> ["Ah, well. We'll just have to see what happens. Actually, there's been something I've been meaning to bring up, Leenie…"]
[21:01] * Aline quirked a brow. "…What?" She sounded slightly surprised, to boot.
[21:02] <Minaplo> ["It's about Doctor Clement, actually…"]
[21:05] * Aline then immediately went somber. "…Go… on?"
[21:07] <Minaplo> ["Well-"-
[21:08] <Minaplo> [Smalline made a grab for the ugly doll, a vicious grin on her face. Without breaking her stride, Navah grabbed her offending hand, pulled Smalline close, then delivered a smart, sharp chop to the throat, causing her to drop and splutter.-
[21:08] <Minaplo> ["Well, you know he woke up recently?"]
[21:09] <Aline> "N…o, no I didn't know that."
[21:12] <Minaplo> ["Barzy was there to greet him, and to tell him the news… About, you know."]
[21:14] * Aline nodded her head, slowly, methodically. "Yeah, I know."
[21:21] <Minaplo> ["The problem is that Surov didn't actually tell him about what happened. He… Just told the Doctor that Elena was missing…"]
[21:24] * Aline stopped in the middle of a nod. "…That's odd." She knew him well - again due to the illusion world - and that was out of character.
[21:26] <Minaplo> ["Tell me about it! It gets better. He invited Clement to come live with us."]
[21:29] * Aline raised her brow a bit more than before. "…Well then. And what'd you have me do about this? If anything."
[21:32] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Nothing! I know, right?"]
[21:33] * Aline casually rested a cheek on her hand. "I guess at least I get to miss the teary-eyed confession stage. Still feels a bit strange though."
[21:34] <Minaplo> ["The what?"]
[21:36] * Aline sighed. "Where I say what actually happened with regret and sorrow in my voice."
[21:39] <Minaplo> ["Well… He's bound to find out sooner or later, though, isn't he?"]
[21:40] * Aline maintained her slightly put-upon pose. "Ah, well, probably. But it'll probably be in a different context now, because of this."
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… But, I was hoping I might have your help with… It."]
[21:52] * Aline finally ended the pose… by lowering her hand and tilting her head in the other direction. "What kind of help in particular?"
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["Well, I kinda was hoping you might speak to Surov…"]
[22:01] * Aline clenched her free hand slightly. "Ask him about it, tell him to do something…?"
[22:09] <Minaplo> ["Work things out with him, yeah. I think he's made a bit of a mess with this, so…"]
[22:14] * Aline now nodded again. "Yeah. I don't really know of a good way to fix things, though… It's like, on one hand I don't feel responsible because it's his lie, but on the other hand, I'm the one responsible for the thing being covered up so I guess I am?"
[22:23] <Minaplo> ["I think even if you just talk, maybe… Try to just get him on board- I mean, I think this is really more about helping the Doctor…"]
[22:30] <Aline> "I… suppose so, yeah." Aline said with a bit of trepidation in her voice. Talking with Surov was, as with anyone, sometimes confronting.
[13:32] <Minaplo> [22:30] <Aline> "I… suppose so, yeah." Aline said with a bit of trepidation in her voice. Talking with Surov was, as with anyone, sometimes confronting.
[13:36] <Minaplo> ["We can go now if you like." Offered Navah helpfully.]
[13:39] * Aline vaguely looked back at Miniline. Maybe… it'd be better not to bring her, considering. Then looked back at Navah. "Sure."
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Ok!" Said Navah brightly. "Just wait outside whilst I say something to this one, ok?"]
[13:47] * Aline stood up, and went ahead and walked out. "Uh, okay!" She said on her way out, a bit dubious as to what was going to happen next.
[13:52] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, Navah walked out, smiling innocently. "Let's go."]
[13:59] * Aline clapped her hands once, and nodded to Navah. "Sure thing!" …She figured she wasn't going to ask what was said. Who knows what dread mysteries that dress metaphorically concealed?
[14:05] <Minaplo> [And so Navah led her on.-
[14:07] <Minaplo> [The science lab wasn't altogether that busy today, and so Surov had the elevated MAGI section of the lab to himself. He himself seemed to be busy at work, his mechandendrites swarming over the consoles…]
[14:14] * Aline wandered closer to him, not yet speaking, but clomping her feet somewhat loudly on the floor to try to get attention otherwise. Only somewhat, though. Surov is still a confronting person to talk to, mostly.
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["What is it, Blanc?"]
[14:23] * Aline found that uncanny. Probably a camera somewhere, whether on him or otherwise. Either way… Diplomatic but straight-up. "It's about Clement. Yes, Navah put me up to it."
[14:28] <Minaplo> [He froze.-
[14:29] <Minaplo> [Considering that he had so many limbs all moving at once, this was rather noticeable. And ominous, as all the cybernetic limbs suddenly turned to face her. Surov himself turned after they did, his face white with anger.-
[14:33] <Minaplo> [He didn't even say anything. Half a second passed- there was a gleam of light from his right eye, and Navah jumped to the side- and where once the floor had been whole and harmless and undamaged, it was now sporting a deep gouge, lined with melted slag, the acrid, unpleasant, burnt smell of metal filling the air.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Navah clung to behind Aline's legs. "Dumb Barzy! It's for your own good!"-
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["I didn't ask for this, Navah!"]
[14:39] * Aline jumped slightly at the ostensible fucking laser eyebeam, and shook her head. "For what it's worth, she didn't set an /agenda/. If nothing else, I'd just like to uh…" An eye briefly glanced at the floor again. "…clear up what's going on. I can leave, if you'd rather talk with directed energy."
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["Since injuring or killing you would be counter-productive for the human race and more to the point my own intentions, I have no choice but to listen to you." He said, resentfully.]
[14:48] * Aline rolled her shoulders. "Right now, my concern is that Dr. Clement /will/ find out the truth eventually. Do you have an action plan for that? That's, really, most of my concern." Try to be to the point, don't bore him too much… try to remember all those 'directions'.
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["I considered cloning Elena Clement."]
[15:03] * Aline raised a brow, but went ahead. "Without the soul, and I don't know the quality of any memory information you might have… it could fall through." But a shrug. "You obviously want him happy, though."
[15:04] <Minaplo> ["I came to the same conclusion. I do not possess adequate memory imprints of Elena Clement either, meaning the clone would be proven as a false facsimile very quickly, unless one contrived to present her as possessing amnesia…"]
[15:07] * Aline somehow should've known the latter comment would be ignored. "So if the clone won't work for those reasons… What then? Because I doubt amnesia will hold up for long either."
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["We could condition him into forgetting he had a daughter."]
[15:12] * Aline scrunched her face a little, but… soldiered on nonetheless. The things you have to do… "Chances… are that he'd object to that, and honestly it'd damage his character more than it would for him to learn the truth. Fatherhood is a person-defining activity after all."
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["We could condition him into thinking he was already over his daughter's death."]
[15:21] <Aline> Right. Any way to keep it going, Aline considered. "…That sounds suspiciously like skipping over important steps of psychological development." Naturally, bringing up that he cared for him would be ignored. Again. Even if she wasn't at risk of laser-eyes, it's still not good to taunt the Surov happy fun ball.
[15:23] <Minaplo> ["Your point?"]
[15:25] * Aline took a deep breath. "Simply that you will craft not the Clement you have come to appreciate, but a hollow, nagging facsimile."
[15:28] <Minaplo> ["What would you do, then?"]
[15:35] * Aline took another deep breath. This was about as difficult as actually confessing she killed said daughter. "Draw up supporting people first of all, then confess and stay with him. It'd be hard and stressful, but it'll, I'd at least predict, garner respect for trying to keep him comforted. Maybe also bring up the alternatives to her death that her situation would have entailed - being
[15:35] * Aline absorbed by EVA-22 would have been, objectively, /worse/ than dying, if I have anything to suspect from Mary's idea of good souls for what was effectively a counter-EVA unit. Otherwise, tend to his emotional needs during the period of grieving, with an eye towards gradually and organically forging him into a stronger person for it by trying to carefully both re-assure him and inspire him
[15:35] * Aline with reasons to live, missions, causes, things that'd honor her memory, and so on."
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["So would you say that you're well-equipped to handle this?"]
[15:47] * Aline swallowed air. "Relatively. I expect difficulty. I even, while I was going over how to do this, expected to be slapped or something, just out of a pure emotional reaction." She paused, though. "That said, you may want to be there to give weight to the truth, since you were the one who started the lie."
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["Reasonable."]
[16:02] * Aline nodded her head, relaxing slightly. "For the sake of your work, though, we don't need to do this right away."
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Since we had to leave Clement in Paris-2, this is not a problem."]
[16:12] <Aline> "Ah, good. Then I believe we have a compact."
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["Indeed. Is that all?"]
[16:20] * Aline glanced sidelong at Navah… which was probably a weird definition of sidelong. "Believe so, yes."
[16:29] <Minaplo> [And so Surov turned around and went back to his work.]
[16:31] <Aline> …And so Aline tried to reach a safe distance - probably 'out of the lab sector entirely' safe, at that. She looked at Navah expectantly once that happened. "So it looks like I have some burden shouldered on me, but… well. I expected /that/."
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["Well, it's only fair." Navah tugged at her skirt, a small part of which was singed. "Ugh…"]
[16:35] * Aline looked at the singemark. "I did not expect him to /laser eye/ you."
[16:42] <Minaplo> ["I didn't, but I think the difference here is that I knew about the eye to begin with…"]
[16:43] * Aline looked back forward, sighing a bit more softly than some of her previous sighs. "Fair enough, that /is/ a significant difference."
[16:52] <Minaplo> ["You're probably gonna go back to your room now, huh?"]
[16:55] * Aline tilted her head, mostly just to crane it closer to Navah. "…Well, unless you had something else in mind…? I might also just go and do something if not."
[16:58] <Minaplo> ["Oh. You should… Probably go back to your room first, though. Just in case. For reasons."]
[17:03] * Aline paused. "…What did you end up /saying/ to her?"
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["Educational things."]
[17:07] * Aline almost began to nod, but then just… broke into a run. For her room.
[17:07] <Minaplo> [Navah waved and skipped away.-
[17:09] <Minaplo> [The sight that greeted Aline was not a pleasant one, unless, perhaps, you were Yanmei.-
[17:11] <Minaplo> [Tiny Aline had been bound and gagged, Navah using some of her many, many, many ribbons. And then, furthermore, she had been tied to the one place where Tiny Aline wouldn't be able to escape painlessly- the roof-bound light fixture, by her hair. She struggled furiously, glaring at Aline imperiously as she arrived, her little face turning purple…]
[17:14] * Aline /would/ go about freeing her. "Maybe you should stop fucking around with people, if they do /this/ to you in response." An ungagging, despite probably being the prelude to a mouthful, as she extricated the little terror.
[17:14] <Minaplo> ["I'M GONNA SET HER ON FIRE!"]
[17:14] <Minaplo> ["And her little doll, too."]
[17:15] <Aline> "First a guard dog, then an EVA, and now /Yanmei/. You have a serious identity crisis." Aline managed to say this with a straight face, but internally she was going 'dohohoho'.
[17:19] <Minaplo> [Tiny Aline tried futilely to swing herself at Aline, trying, perhaps, to kick her. "Shaddap and get me down! Vengeance awaits!"]
[17:22] * Aline would dodge - a favored pasttime of all EVA pilots - and finish extricating her little firebrand. "I will not be responsible for your suffering if you persist in this~"
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["Pft. Like I need you anyway. I'll ask for your help sometime around when I'm asking Bitchmei to give me a back rub, which is never."]
[17:34] * Aline just chuckled in response. "Then go~"
[17:35] <Minaplo> ["I will!" And with that, Tiny Aline was off, stamping furiously down the hallway…]
[17:42] * Aline would wait for herself to be alone, and after ensuring nothing was /damaged/ in the whole miniature bondage scene… Aline would plop down in a seat and start to read again. "Ah. Kids."

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