Raphael S Paternal Instinct

[11:26] <AdEvaGM> [Thok!-
[11:29] <AdEvaGM> [The snowball smashed against Raphael's chest, cold and fast. There was the sound of delighted, loud giggles from the snow-ditch a dozen metres away. Peeking over the top of it was Rei, grinning, already readying another. Suzanne was at her side, rapidly supplying her with ammunition…]
[11:40] <Raphael> Returning fire comes quickly, though, in the form of a solid snowball that arcs over their cover and strikes Rei in the shoulder. Raphael smiles and lowers himself behind his own little wall of snow, dusting off the melting ice on his jacket. "It seems we have a difficult opponent, Major."
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> ["She's well-trained." Says Alphonse with a smile. He picks up a clump of snow, packs it together and lobs it over the wall- only to receive an excellently timed snowball straight to the face, which just about bowls him over.-
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> ["… A-And as you can see, she's physically more adept than I am. Did I hit?"-
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse's snowball lies forlornly in the no-man's-land in between…]
[11:56] <Raphael> "… A near-miss, sir." Raphael says, packing another snowball together as he peers at the girls over the wall. Spotting his chance, he hurls another round… and this time the snowball Suzanne is putting together is smacked right out of her hands. "It would be best to cut her supply lines, I think."
[11:59] <AdEvaGM> ["HEY!"-
[12:00] <AdEvaGM> [A sharply-tossed snowball narrowly misses Raphael, dampening his hair. Suzanne quickly starts grabbing snowballs from her built up reserve and volleying them with astonishing haste, a rain of frosty artillery bombarding Raphael and Alphonse both.]
[12:08] * Raphael ducks sharply, eyes a little wider as one blow after another rains down around them. "Suzie may not be trained, but she's certainly enthusiastic."
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm just thankful she hasn't learned to use that grenade launcher yet."]
[12:11] <Raphael> "There's a reason I keep that wheelchair in storage whenever possible."
[12:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Heeeey Raaaaaaaffy!" Cries Suzanne. "What's the ~mat~ter~? Afraid that some snowballs will mess up your pretty hair?"]
[12:15] <Raphael> "Not with your aim, little one!" He calls back.-
[12:15] <Raphael> "… And it's not 'pretty'!"
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Pretty Raffy~ Preeeetty Raffy~"-
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["What about you, Al-chan?" Calls Rei. "Snow won't make your hair any less dashing, I promise~ <3"-
[12:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh good lord." Mutters Alphonse, wincing in embarrassment as he cobbles together another snowball.]
[12:19] * Raphael is doing the same, but that last jeer has him chuckling. "It is -quite- dashing, sir."
[12:21] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse frowns, and promptly dashes a snowball into Raphael's face for his cheek.]
[12:33] <Raphael> "Ahaha- ghk!" Raphael splutters, wiping off his face with his sleeve and still laughing all the while. "You only have yourself to blame, sir."
[12:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh really?!" Alphonse is laughing as well, but he's still packing snow together.]
[12:48] <Raphael> "You did give in to her, after all."
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, what else was I supposed to do?" He quickly peeks over the wall and hurls a snowball- there's a squeal as Suzanne takes a hit. "I mean, she thinks it's dashing, and likes playing and mucking about with it. And she was so sincere- I couldn't say no."]
[13:00] <Raphael> "Lovesickness has you under its thumb, Major." Raphael murmurs sadly, clicking his tongue a little as he joins in with a snowball of his own. "A sad fate, being a teenager."
[13:02] <AdEvaGM> [There's a sneaky little giggle from Rei over the ditch as the flow of snowballs ceases…-
[13:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I don't know." Says Alphonse, oblivious to the inherent danger from his beloved's scheming. "It's not -all- bad. Actually it can be pretty enjoyable sometimes."]
[13:03] <Raphael> "If you say so, sir."
[13:04] <AdEvaGM> ["What, admit it. You've had some fun with your new form too, right?"]
[13:09] * Raphael 's stares at him for a moment before returning to work on his ammo. Suzanne and Rei are forgotten for the moment. "What part would I enjoy, sir? The absurd blushing, or the unwanted attention?
[13:14] <AdEvaGM> ["You don't enjoy -some- of the attention?" Alphonse leans over, smirking slyly. "Not even from a certain long-legged Japanese OD?"]
[13:15] <Raphael> "That has nothing to do with this form." Raphael mutters.
[13:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Not even a little~?"]
[13:16] <Raphael> "Absolutely not."
[13:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmmhm." He packs some snow together and peers over the wall. "…"-
[13:19] <AdEvaGM> ["… They're awfully quiet."]
[13:23] * Raphael frowns, crushing a lump of snow into shape and peering over. "… That's rarely a good sign with Suzanne."
[13:23] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse looks over- and giggles.]
[13:27] <Raphael> … Hardly a reaction to calm Raphael's nerves. He leans up over the top of the wall, snowball still in hand. Just in case, of course.
[13:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Eeee." Alphonse reaches over and pinches one of Raphael's cheeks. "You look so cute when you're frowny-serious~"]
[13:31] * Raphael barely shows any reaction, bar an extraordinarily dark stare. Had he just gotten used to this sort of thing? "Major…"
[13:31] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry, I'm sorry. It's just- it's what Rei would do."]
[13:33] <Raphael> "Mmm." He murmurs tonelessly, before turning his gaze back towards the no-man's land.
[13:42] <AdEvaGM> [Still silence… Ominous silence.]
[13:43] * Raphael frowns. "… What are you two up to?"
[13:44] <AdEvaGM> [A little Rei-giggle breaks the silence, with Suzanne hissing- "Shhhh, wait for it!"]
[13:47] <Raphael> "…" Raphael watches for a moment longer before looking over at Alphonse. "I think you should scout this business out, Major."
[13:48] <AdEvaGM> ["…"-
[13:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Why me?"]
[13:49] <Raphael> "A commander must be ready to lead his men from the front, sir."
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> ["… Says who?"]
[13:50] <Raphael> "Says me."
[13:51] <AdEvaGM> ["… But I'll be hit by snowballs."]
[13:51] <Raphael> "It's a possibility, sir, yes."
[13:52] <AdEvaGM> ["… You owe me for this."]
[13:55] <Raphael> "I will honour your memory." Raphael says seriously, clapping Alphonse on the shoulder.
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> ["I doubt that very much." Mutters Alphonse, who stands up and clears the wall. He cautiously crosses no man's land…-
[13:58] <AdEvaGM> ["NOW!" Shouts Suzie.-
[13:58] <AdEvaGM> [On cue, snowballs rise into the air. Snowballs. Dozens of them. Propelled seemingly on air. They hover for a moment, threateningly…-
[13:58] <AdEvaGM> ["…"]
[13:58] <Raphael> "… Oh dear."
[13:59] <AdEvaGM> ["CHEATI-"-
[13:59] <AdEvaGM> [The word is drowned out by a small avalanche of snowballs that leave Alphonse lying covered in snow, only a vague sort of snow drift on the ground existing as a testament to his existence.]
[14:05] * Raphael stares in shock for a moment. It takes a moment to pick out the little flashes of colour amidst the snow that confirm Alphonse is there at all - a little snippet of pastel blue parka here, the very tip of a shoe protruding from the drift over there…-
[14:05] <Raphael> Still, he had given his word.-
[14:05] <Raphael> Raphael gets to his feet from behind the wall, face still completely straight, and gives a perfect salute in Alphonse’s general direction.
[14:06] <AdEvaGM> [… Which is time he could've spent dodging. Another twenty, thirty snowballs rise from that wall…]
[14:07] * Raphael grits his teeth, but shows no sign of moving. He holds the salute.
[14:09] <AdEvaGM> [They don't hurt, exactly, but they're -force-. They knock him to the ground and before long he's covered in snow, below, above, in his clothes…]
[14:15] <Raphael> They seem to strike him all at once, knocking him flat with surprising ease and smothering him in snow. It takes him a few seconds to emerge from the drift, coughing and spluttering and trying to shake all the powder loose of his clothes.
[14:19] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse is also free, but he has a pink-parka clad Rei at his side, pulling him free. "Aw, you're so cold, Al-chan. Am I going to have to dump an ice cube into those hot springs later?"-
[14:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, it's your fault, you cheaty cheater…"-
[14:19] <AdEvaGM> [Meanwhile, Suzanne is sitting on Raphael's side of the wall, smirking, lounging evilly in her Battlechair. "We win."]
[14:21] <Raphael> "We kept our dignity in defeat." Raphael says… only to glance down at the small hill of snow he's just pulled himself free from. "… Mostly."
[14:23] <AdEvaGM> [Raphael gets a vindictive snowball in the chest for his trouble. "Don't make me bury you again!"]
[14:25] <Raphael> "I'm pretty sure that was Rei doing all the work…"
[14:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Where do you think she got so many snowballs from?"]
[14:26] <Raphael> "Ah, so you were her minion."
[14:30] <AdEvaGM> ["M-Minion?! Yeah right! Rei's my warrior and I'm the general."]
[14:36] * Raphael gets to his feet and pats Suzie on the head with a smile. "Of course you are, sweetheart."
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> ["You're pat-pat-patchenising me."]
[14:37] <Raphael> "I wouldn't dream of it."
[14:38] <AdEvaGM> [She pouts firmly at him, before casting a highly amused look at Rei and Alphonse, who are taking the opportunity to snuggle- just a little. "Eeee."]
[14:41] * Raphael chuckles. "Ah. I see a truce has been aranged."
[14:43] <AdEvaGM> [Suzanne folded her arms. "Hmph. He's simply our prisoner."]
[14:44] <Raphael> "A very smoochy one."
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> [Suzanne reaches down and scoops up a handful of snow, packing it together. "What's the bet I can hit 'em both at once?"]
[14:49] <Raphael> "…" Raphael glances from the snuggling couple to Suzanne and back again. The corner of his lip twitches. "… You really shouldn't."
[14:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Why not? They're only already covered in snow, one more won't hurt."]
[14:52] <Raphael> "…"-
[14:52] <Raphael> "Knowing your aim, they'll probably be safe." He says slowly.
[14:54] <AdEvaGM> ["… You'll pay for that."]
[14:54] * Raphael grins.
[14:56] <AdEvaGM> [Suzanne tosses the snow ball- which, contrary to Raphael's slander, hits Alphonse in the neck and manages to catch Rei in the after-blast.-
[14:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Gah!" Alphonse waves his arms around wildly, as if expecting dozens more. "Guh- who did that?"-
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> [Suzanne points at Raphael without hesitation.-
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> ["R-Raffy-kun…!" Rei stares, shocked, her eyes wide.]
[14:58] * Raphael points wordlessly back at Suzanne.
[15:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Traitors." Mutters Alphonse. "What do you think, Rei? Should we get back at them? Or do we want to wrap up for today? It's starting to get cold…"]
[15:04] <Raphael> "It might be a good idea." Raphael says, looking up at the sky and the setting sun. "We can always come back tomorrow if you two really must seek revenge."
[15:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I do intend to." Says Alphonse, getting to his feet and offering Rei a hand to help her up. "This is all your fault, you know, so I'm not going to hold back in making sure the payment is in proportion to your crimes."]
[15:13] <Raphael> "Of course, Major." Raphael smirks. "I'd expect nothing less."
[15:15] <AdEvaGM> ["And I'll be helping." Says Rei firmly. "Especially to get back at you, mean little Suzie…" She fondly brushes a bit of powdery snow out of Alphonse's hair.-
[15:15] <AdEvaGM> [Suzie pokes her tongue out. "Hey, Raffy, where're we going now?"]
[15:18] <Raphael> "As long as it's warm I can't say that I really mind. Perhaps dinner." He says, looking towards the lodge. "Did you want to do anything?"
[15:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmmmm. Dinner sounds nice. The food here's really good…" Suzanne goes a little misty-eyed.]
[15:23] * Raphael shakes his head, putting his hands in his pockets. "I suppose that's what we'll do, then." He says. "What about you two? You're more than welcome to join us."
[15:27] <AdEvaGM> ["We have plans." Says Alphonse, a little hastily. He pushes a lock of hair back behind one ear.-
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Al-chan and I are going to try out the hot springs." Says Rei innocently.]
[16:10] <Raphael> "… The hot springs." Raphael says slowly, forming each word like it was an alien sound. His gaze is locked firmly on Alphonse.
[16:11] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse glances at Rei helplessly, then back at Raphael. "Ahem."-
[16:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Oooh." Suzie glides over. "The hot springs! Are you two going to have a ~bath~ together?"-
[16:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Something like that…"]
[16:23] * Raphael looks perfectly calm, of course, but that only goes so far when the look in his eye is that of an eagle considering its prey. Any trace of the Shiniform’s normal uncertainty seems to have vanished entirely. "… Suzie, why don’t you and Rei head up to the lodge? I have to talk to Alphonse."
[16:24] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse goes pale.-
[16:24] <Raphael> <Shinji*»
[16:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh? Ok." She glides across the ground, the Battlechair's all-terrain wheels making short work of the snow. "Come on, Rei!"-
[16:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh?" Rei glances from Alphonse to Raffy curiously, worriedly even, but she takes the hint in stride and guides Suzie along, leaving the two boys behind.]
[16:29] * Raphael watches the two of them until they're a fair way up the hill, well out of earshot, and only then does he turn his gaze back to Alphonse. "So."-
[16:29] <Raphael> "How go the Thunderdome preparations?"
[16:31] <AdEvaGM> ["…" Alphonse stares at him almost cautiously. "They- They go well. I've great faith in my team."]
[16:33] <Raphael> "Good." Raphael says. "I trust you're taking all the appropiate precautions when it comes to Rei's safety?"
[16:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, of course. I mean, she's already one of the most safest pilots there is." Says Alphonse. "But beyond that, you have the S2 agents, and of course there's Captain Savage. I doubt she's in any real danger…" Another lock of hair is pushed behind his ear.]
[16:39] <Raphael> "Of course, Major. Of course. I have complete faith in you making sure she has the right… Protection."
[16:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I'm not having this- what- oh God." Alphonse buries his face in his hands.]
[16:45] * Raphael stares. He does not blink.
[18:27] <AdEvaGM> ["What-whatever it is you're thinking- you stop that right now." Says Alphonse, turning around, blushing hotly. "I- we're- not planning anything. It's just a bit of innocent fun."]
[18:32] <Raphael> "I'm not sure what you're talking about, sir."
[18:33] <AdEvaGM> [Alphonse folded his arms and stared firmly down at his shoes.]
[18:42] <Raphael> "It’s not my place to question a superior officer, in any case, and I know you’re mature enough to take your responsibilities seriously." Raphael says mildly, looking up towards the lodge. "I trust you’ll do the right thing."
[19:23] <AdEvaGM> ["… Well, thank you." Mumbles Alphonse abashedly. "And you know I'd never do anything to hurt or endanger Rei."]
[20:32] <Raphael> "Of course, sir." Raphael smiles. "But I'm obliged to be sure of these things."-
[20:33] <Raphael> "So… Should we start heading back? It really is cold out here."
[20:38] <AdEvaGM> [He coughed. "Y-Yes, you're right." He began making his way back to the lodge with a tiny little spring in his step.]

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