Raphael S Holiday

[13:21] <Minaplo> ["Warrrrk."-
[13:25] <Minaplo> [Pen-Pen's irritated cries drowned out, only momentarily, the sound of chirping cicadas. It was a bright sunny day in Tokyo-2, the world outside Misato's apartment looking bleached of colour in the unrelenting sun.-
[13:27] <Minaplo> ["What's the matter~?" Chirruped Suzanne gloatingly. "You -do- have a Three, don't you?"-
[13:28] <Minaplo> [Pen-Pen eyed her darkly, skillfully flicking a three of diamonds at her. She picked it up- and placed two threes down on the table. "Do you have any fours?"-
[13:29] <Minaplo> [The two of them had been playing Go Fish for the last hour- and so far Suzanne had failed to lose.]
[13:33] <Raphael> "Stop taunting the penguin, Suzanne." Raphael calls from the kitchen, where he's busy rinsing the dirty dishes and stacking them neatly in the dishwasher. "It's poor form."
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["Well it's poor form to lose, you know~"-
[13:39] <Minaplo> [There was a sound outside- the sound of a car, coming in- then turning off.]
[13:42] <Raphael> "We've spoken about being a poor winner, young lady." He says, coming to stand in the doorway and giving her a stern look. "Nobody wants to play with someone like that, hmm?"
[13:44] <Minaplo> ["Awwww." She pouted. "Sorry, Raffy."-
[13:57] <Minaplo> [Pen-Pen eyed Raphael- possibly thankfully- before grabbing his beer can and downing it with a glug-glug noise.]
[14:06] * Raphael walks up behind Suzie and ruffles her hair. "Don't worry. Just remember for next time, alright?" He says cheerfully… before holding up four fingers to Pen-Pen just behind Suzie's back.
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["Ok~"-
[14:11] <Minaplo> [Pen-Pen eyes the fingers carefully, then taps the table four times.-
[14:13] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Oh, hrm-"-
[14:13] <Minaplo> [But at that moment the front door opened, and a voice cried out- "Tadaima!"]
[14:25] * Raphael was already hurrying away from the scene of the crime, and the new arrival provided an excellent cover for his retreat. "Hello there, Major." He says with a wide smile as he joins her in the hall as he hangs the dish towel he’s been holding over one shoulder. "How was work?"
[14:33] <Minaplo> [Misato Katsuragi is indeed standing in the doorway- takes off her red jacket and insignia, hanging the jacket over the backdoor and tossing the insignia carelessly onto the table. "It wasn't -too- bad. Had an argument!" She said brightly.]
[14:35] <Raphael> "You really do rate your days on a different scale to mine, don't you?" He said with a smirk.
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["But of course~" She leans over to give him a kiss on the cheek. "Have you been a good little househusband today?" She asks with a grin, eyeing the dishtowel.]
[14:52] * Raphael gives her a look of mock indignation, but it doesn’t last long. "I couldn’t exactly sit around while you were off working, could I? I suppose it falls to me to look after the children-" He pauses, rethinking that last sentence, "… Well, the child and penguin while you’re off being the breadwinner, ma’am."
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Of course. After the war's over, you can stay at home and gossip with Makoto."]
[14:55] * Raphael is struggling to keep a straight face now. "I think I'd go mad."
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Think about how poor Makoto must feel then, hm?"]
[15:02] <Raphael> That does it. Raphael lets out a long, cheerful burst of laughter - the sort he'd been far more prone to over the days since their arrival in Tokyo. "… Is that what you want, then?" He asks as the laughter subsides, giving her a curious look.
[15:04] <Minaplo> ["What, for you to go mad?"]
[15:06] <Raphael> "Well, that part's a given."
[15:07] <Minaplo> [She laughed. "I'd prefer you to -not- go mad. Although I don't think I can see you enjoying being -just- a househusband…"]
[15:11] * Raphael chuckles. "Probably not. It's an interesting change in the short term, though." He says, taking her by the hand and leading her back towards the living room. "So, who were you arguing with?"
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["Doctor Akagi."]
[15:12] <Raphael> "About anything in particular, or just the usual squabbling you two get up to?"
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Nah, this was more than just silly comments." She shook her head. "She got shirty because I said I didn't like some of the configurations on some of the Eva weapon systems."]
[15:29] <Raphael> "That -is- your job, surely?"
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["I did. But the weapons we're working with have just been produced from the Brother plans." Said Misato. "It's all new and I guess Ritsuko feels overworked."]
[15:32] <Raphael> "Ah." He nods slightly at that. "Mr. Lafabre in the Thruster team has been under a bit of pressure for similar reasons."
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. There's this one weapon- it's supposed to fire a continuous beam of positrons, but the state it's in now, I might as well get out there myself and hit an Angel with my shoe."]
[15:35] * Raphael grins. "That's the one he's working on, yes. He's been under pressure from Doctor Surov to bring it up to standard. I suppose it's been a problem for everyone…"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["It'll be nice when it works. Fontaine's been kicking down the chain about it, I know that much."]
[15:42] * Raphael gives her hand a squeeze. "Well, at least you'll get a break from it all soon."
[15:49] <Minaplo> ["Yes indeed." She let out a long sigh, squeezing his hand back- then grinned suddenly. "Ooh, I have something to show you."]
[15:53] * Raphael raised an eyebrow, smiling right back. "Oh really?" He asked, sounding uncharacteristically playful.
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["I got tickets~" She said, lifting her handbag. "To a special place~"]
[15:55] <Raphael> "… A special place?"
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["Guess where~?']
[16:36] <Raphael> "Erm…" He murmurs, wracking his brain for any events or shows she'd mentioned in the past few weeks. "I'm… not sure, ma'am."
[16:38] <Minaplo> [She took out four tickets out of her handbag. "These are Shinkansen tickets, you know~"]
[16:44] <Raphael> "Shinkansen?" He frowns. The name rang a bell, but not enough to give him any clue about what he was being asked.
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["You know? The bullet train?"]
[16:49] <Raphael> "Oh." He murmurs, looking a little sheepish now. That /still/ didn't help him. "Then I guess we're… Going somewhere?" He said, with a small, helpless shrug. "… I'm sorry, Misato, this poor househusband is drawing a blank."
[16:49] <Minaplo> ["Tickets to the Kyoto Shinkansen." She said slowly, hopefully.]
[16:53] <Raphael> "… We're going to Kyoto?" He tried, just as slowly. It was curious the way Shinji's mannerisms came out in Raphael when he was uncertain.
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["Yes! That's right!"]
[17:00] * Raphael actually seemed to sag with relief, even as he gives Misato a sheepish smile. "Sorry, Major." He says, chuckling quietly. "But still, that's excellent news! I've heard it's an amazing city."
[17:01] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it is. It's pretty and old- you don't get many places around like that anymore." She said, handing the four tickets to Raphael. "There we go. One for each of us."]
[17:05] <Raphael> "Thanks, ma'am. Suzie is going to be thrilled." He says, giving her a quick kiss. "Are you sure you wouldn't like me help pay?"
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["Nah, these were free." She says, beaming.]
[17:06] * Raphael gives her a long stare. "How did you manage that?"
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["NERV runs a special perks circuit for its higher echelon, you know."]
[17:13] * Raphael chuckles. "So how soon do we leave?"
[17:13] <Minaplo> ["About half an hour."]
[17:16] <Raphael> "… Ah." He says, managing to contain a wince. "Doesn't exactly leave us a lot of time to pack, does it?"
[17:16] <Minaplo> [She laughed. "Don't be silly. We leave at 10:30 tomorrow."]
[17:20] * Raphael stares at her flatly for a few seconds before the corner of his lip begins to twitch. "You only /think/ you're funny, Major."
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["Ahh~ But it was funny to see the look on your face." She stretched. "What shall we have for dinner?"]
[17:28] * Raphael looks towards the kitchen thoughtfully. "I'm not sure what's left in the cupboards. We could order in, I suppose?"
[17:29] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, we could…"-
[17:30] <Minaplo> [A dull sound as Suzie rolled into the kitchen. "Or we could have fried penguin."]
[17:31] <Raphael> "Finally lost that streak, did you?"
[17:34] <Minaplo> ["He cheated."]
[17:35] <Raphael> "Did he now?"
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." She said, scowling. "I dunno how, but I know he did."]
[17:41] <Raphael> "There's always next time, little one." He says with a tiny smile.
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["Hmf."-
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["Actually, that reminds me." Misato tapped her chin. "I completely forgot, but someone invited us to dinner today."]
[17:51] <Raphael> "Oh really?"
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, Sho invited us over. She's rather enthusiastic about Christmas."]
[21:31] <Raphael> "I suspected as much." He murmurs, shaking his head with a chuckle. "I think I last spoke to her sometime in October, but she was already talking about it…"
[21:39] <@AdEvaGM> ["…She starts early." Said Misato after a brief pause. "… She's going to enjoy having you over~"]
[21:42] * Raphael gives Misato an uncertain look. "I… hope so, yes." He says carefully.
[21:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["You realise she likes… Clothes, right?"]
[21:45] <Raphael> "Well, I've heard as much, but what does that have to do wi-" He gives her a blank look, his eyes widening fractionally. "… No. There'll be none of that."
[21:46] <@AdEvaGM> ["I had a request from an anonymous individual who requested that she dress you and Shinji up as adorable twins."]
[21:50] <Raphael> "… President Linden's getting craftier." Raphael murmurs under his breath.
[21:51] <@AdEvaGM> [Misato laughed. "Whoever said anything about President Linden? How do you know it isn't from someone… More strategically placed~?"]
[21:54] <Raphael> "…" Raphael let out a hopeless sigh. "… Still. There won't be any dressups if I can help it, ma'am. And I think Pilot Ikari will agree."
[21:55] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh really?" Said Misato with a smirk. "Because I think you may be wrong about Pilot Ikari's stance…"]
[21:57] <Raphael> "I-… surely not? What possible reason could he have?" Raphael said, some of the hope in his eyes quickly fading as the routes of escape disappeared.
[21:57] <@AdEvaGM> ["His dear Leenie's in town, you know…"]
[22:00] * Raphael swallows hard, shaking his head. "… Not a good idea, Major."
[22:04] <@AdEvaGM> [She reaches over and ruffles his hair fondly. "No, I'm afraid you're right~"]
[22:08] * Raphael lets out a small, relieved sigh, some of his composure slipping back into place. "So long as you realize."
[22:09] <@AdEvaGM> ["This is your fault. You've ruined the Katsuragi charm. Once upon a time I wasn't known for having 'good ideas', you know…"]
[22:11] <Raphael> "I think you're still quite charming, ma'am, if it's of any consolation." He says, giving her a lopsided smile.-
[22:12] <Raphael> "And you still have plenty of terrible ideas, I assure you."
[22:13] <@AdEvaGM> ["So I can do this one?" She asked enthusiastically.]
[22:14] <Raphael> "Absolutely not." He says flatly, giving her a quick kiss.
[22:15] <@AdEvaGM> ["Mmf." The kiss disarms her- for a second. She gives him a narrow look. "Then you owe me another terrible idea, alright~?"]
[22:18] <Raphael> "This is going to come back to haunt me, isn't it?"
[22:19] <@AdEvaGM> ["Only a little~"]
[22:21] <Raphael> "Well, I suppose a man must pay his debts." He murmurs with a theatrical sigh, even as his lips quirk up into a smile.
[22:30] <@AdEvaGM> [She ran a sly finger across those lips. "Trust me. It'll be fun!"}
[22:34] <Raphael> "Well, if you insist…" He murmurs, edging a little bit closer.
[22:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh, but I do~" She murmured in response, shifting forward as well.-
[22:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["Warrrk."-
[22:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["Ahem."]
[22:44] <Raphael> "… erm. Ah." Raphael looks around very slowly and takes a quick step back, blushing hard as he makes a desperate grab for composure and professionalism in the face of his embarrassment. "S-so, Suzie! Major Katsuragi has decided to take the four of us on a trip. Isn't that nice?"
[22:44] <@AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, but what about dinner?"-
[22:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["I thought you might be hungry~ so I booked us into a new special restaurant." Misato bent over towards Suzanne and winked. "Guess what's so special about it?"-
[22:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["What?"-
[22:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["It has bacon and chicken noodles~"-
[22:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["… That sounds awesome."]
[22:51] <Raphael> "… well, I suppose she /has/ been good with her food lately." Raphael says slowly.
[22:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["Raffy has been making me eat -salad-." Said Suzanne with a dark look.-
[22:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["How could he be so -cruel-? Doesn't he know growing little girls need nothing but bacon?"-
[22:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["That's what I said! He wouldn't know, he's never been a little girl!"]
[22:58] * Raphael sighs. "If I went to the deli any more regularly they'd be offering me a tab."
[23:00] <@AdEvaGM> ["Would that be so bad~?" Asks Misato with a grin. "Go shower. When you're out we can hit the restaurant."]
[23:06] <Raphael> She clearly hadn't seen the looks on the faces of supermarket staff. That mix of bewilderment and pity… "Alright, alright. You'll help Suzie get ready?"
[23:08] <@AdEvaGM> ["Of course~"]
[23:13] <Raphael> "Thanks, Major." He says, giving her a fond look as he gets moving. It doesn't take long for the three of them to prepare, and soon enough they're out the door and headed out to enjoy another evening in Tokyo.

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