Raphael S Scars

[19:20] <Raphael> The officer’s quarters on the Dorian Lachapelle…-
[19:20] <Raphael> Raphael and Misato were not living together, not exactly. Two officers could hardly do that while stationed on a military battleship. And yet, for a relationship that had been decidedly long-distance for its duration it had been a substantial shift, especially with the difficulties it presented to both parties. It could have been a disastrous change, but the pair had fallen rather naturally
[19:20] <Raphael> into it all. It had been… peaceful.-
[19:20] <Raphael> At least if you ignored the wars.-
[19:20] <Raphael> This had changed in the few days since Raphael had returned from his mission on the Liberty Bell. Since that time, those closest to him would have found him to be short-tempered and sullen in a way that would do his biological age proud, all while being closed-off enough to make talking about it an impossibility.-
[19:21] <Raphael> He would have come out of this in time, of course – he always had – but these days it was more likely that someone would try to break him out of them first…
[19:41] <Minaplo> [With that in mind, he would probably be expecting the sound when it came. The light -teet teet- of someone pressing the buzzer to the door of his quarters.]
[19:53] * Raphael glances up from a tablet computer, sitting in a straight-backed chair by the room's desk. With a slight scowl he pushes himself up from the desk and strides towards the door, having to skirt around the screened barrier he's set up to allow Suzie some privacy in her "bedroom". He's still gripping the tablet in one hand as he thumbs the door control.
[20:02] <Minaplo> [The light turns green and the door opens.-
[20:13] <Minaplo> [It's Misato- also probably not unexpected. Yet there's something different about her, and it's immediately obvious. This is the first time Raphael has ever seen her wearing her new uniform- the uniform for the as-yet still secret Federation.-
[20:40] <Minaplo> [The main body is a tight, sharp coat of very dark blue, with long sleeves reaching to about the wrist, and a high, tight collar, the front adorne with golden buttons. The hem, cuff and collar are banded with blood-red stripes; Misato's admiralty pin can be seen gleaming gold on her throat. The trim of the uniform is in silver-white, which matches the white leather belt with silver buckle she wears around the waist. Her shoulders have small, silver-edged shoulder marks, on which her rank has also been marked- fleet admiral, signified by a four-point compass star bounded by five golden rows of tiny small stars. The emblem is repeated on the upper sleeves, as well. Finally, she has a pair of black gloves on her hand, including the now-standard OD computer glove. The bottom of the coat falls over her trousers, which are clean, pure white, very straight, with a thin red stripe down both sides, the hem falling just over the tongue of a pair of black dress shoes. Misato's hair is worn up, as per usual these days, in a tight bun.-
[20:41] <Minaplo> [The effect is instantly commanding, martial and dignified- which is instantly ruined when she rests a hand on her waist, cocks her head to one side and goes "Hi~".]
[16:46] <Raphael> * Raphael does at least -try- to lighten his expression a little at that, knowing he should, but it doesn't exactly achieve much. His attempt at a smile is similarly stiff. "Admiral. Are you sure you should be wearing that in the hall?"
[16:46] <Raphael> <Minaplo> ["That's a good point. Quick, let me in."]
[16:46] <Raphael> * Raphael eyes the room behind him for a second, but it doesn't take long for him to stand aside.
[16:46] <Raphael> <Minaplo> [Misato slips in, letting the door close behind her.-
[16:46] <Raphael> <Minaplo> ["Just came in off the tailor's. One of the very first. Whaddya think~?"]
[16:49] <Raphael> "It's lovely, Misato." Raphael says automatically, frowning momentarily as he remembers the tablet in his hand. He flicks off the screen - Misato would get a brief glimpse of an unusually scientific-looking report - before dumping it on the table by the door. "Very professional."
[16:57] <Minaplo> ["Why don't you come have a feel of the fabric?"]
[17:05] <Raphael> "… Alright." Raphael nods, trying another forced smile that manages to be even less convincing. He does as he's told, getting close enough to rub the material of the arm between his thumb and forefinger.
[17:11] <Minaplo> [Its soft, and strangely frictionless, yet he recognises the telltale feel of barzilite as well.-
[17:23] <Minaplo> [Of course, Misato uses it as a pretext to get close to him, leaning over to kiss him on the cheek.-
[17:23] <Minaplo> ["What've you been up to?"]
[17:40] * Raphael flinches at the sudden contact, though he doesn't quite pull away. She'd get a chance to see a quick flash of discomfort on his face as she broke the kiss.-
[17:41] <Raphael> "Working. Checking field reports, writing my own…"
[17:46] <Minaplo> ["Hmm."-
[17:51] <Minaplo> [Misato lets him go, teetering a few steps back towards the bed. She trust-falls onto its surface, letting out a small coo of satisfaction as she kicks her shoes off.-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["Well, you've been invited to dinner."]
[17:56] <Raphael> "By who?" Raphael asks, walking the tablet back over to the desk and beginning to tidy some of the papers that have piled up there.
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["Triple date. Hugues, his wife, Euphrasie and Isidor."]
[17:58] <Raphael> "…" Raphael sighs gently. "I'm not exactly in the mood, Misato."
[18:01] <Minaplo> [Misato pauses, then slowly sits up. "What's eating you, Raffy?"]
[18:12] <Raphael> "Nothing. I'm fine." He murmurs, continuing to shuffle through his papers.
[18:17] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."-
[18:18] <Minaplo> [And so Raphael would be permitted to brood and shuffle in peace…-
[18:18] <Minaplo> [… For around six seconds, which is as long as it takes for Misato to pad over to him, place her hands around his ribs, dig her fingers in and begin tickling. "Gotcha~!"]
[18:32] <Raphael> "Nrgh."-
[18:35] <Raphael> Raphael's reaction is sudden and severe, yanking himself loose of Misato's hands and retreating a few paces, a sheaf of papers still clutched tightly in his grip. "What was that for?" He asks, and suddenly he seems very close to being -angry-.
[19:14] <Minaplo> [Misato's expression is one of surprise for a moment, her eyes wide- then they narrow, her brow lowers, she frowns, and her jaw sets. "I was just trying to be -close- to you, Raphael."]
[19:28] * Raphael 's breath comes out in one big huff, and he seems to be struggling to hold off a glare of his own. "… Fine. Sorry."
[19:33] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Her expression softens, but there's still a good deal of dissatisfaction in her eyes and face. "You know, I was looking forward to spending some time with you after you got back from your operations on the Bell. But so far, you just- I dunno, it's like you have to force yourself to even touch me."]
[19:39] * Raphael sighs, his shoulders slumping as the glare vanishes all at once. He glances around awkwardly, only to find himself bundling up a few piles of clothing Suzie has left on the ground to keep his hands busy… and his eyes elsewhere.-
[19:39] <Raphael> "… It's not you."
[19:41] <Minaplo> ["What -is- it then, Raffy?"]
[19:54] <Raphael> More busywork as the clothes find their way to a hamper. "I need to deal wth it myself, Misato. I… don't have my head around it yet."
[19:59] <Minaplo> ["And brooding about'll help you wrap your head around it?"]
[19:59] <Raphael> "It usually does."
[20:02] <Minaplo> ["Like it did in Reims. And that one Christmas dinner at the Ikaris'. Right?"]
[20:08] <Raphael> "…" Raphael just keeps tidying, his back turned.
[20:10] <Minaplo> ["If it were just me, I'd handle it. I'd just give you your space, whatever, but it's not just me this time."]
[20:12] * Raphael turns to eye her a little impatiently.
[20:18] <Minaplo> ["Rei found me when I was getting fitted for this." Said Misato. "Apparently she's barely heard from you since you got back. She's worried. Worried enough to ask me to check up on you."]
[20:34] * Raphael shuts his eyes for a moment and rubs his face. The longer he stood still the more clear how -off-balance- he looked. There was no attempt to mask his thoughts or emotions, no careful veneer of professionalism. Everything about his posture -radiates- tension, like a wire pulled taut.-
[20:35] <Raphael> "I'm dealing with this alone so that I -don't- worry anyone. I don't want to be seen like this."
[20:46] <Minaplo> [Misato let out a small hiss. "It's not working. Cloistering yourself away is the thing that none of us expect you to do. You say you don't want to worry us, but you're just being selfish. Sulking won't help your loved ones, Raphael."]
[20:49] * Raphael matches her stare for a few long seconds. "Fine. Fine."-
[20:52] <Raphael> He marches over to the desk, muttering "fine" once or twice more along the way, and begins toppling the neatly stacked piles of papers in search of one particular item. He'd find it soon enough, flipping open the manilla folder that held the small sheaf of papers and thumbing through them for a moment until he finds the one he's after. Then he thrusts it towards Misato.-
[20:54] <Raphael> Photographs of the five Solomons they'd recovered during the most recent Liberty Bell operation, coupled with what little information they'd been able to get from each pilot. They were barely more than a paragraph each. Sitting at the top, though, was the paragraph dedicated to Aksel Heiden, sitting alongside a grainy security photo of what was clearly the face - the real face - of Raphael
[20:54] <Raphael> Guillory.
[20:58] <Minaplo> [Misato is frowning slightly as she opens the folder. Her eyes quickly scan the page, and widen almost instantaneously. "What're the odds?" She mutters to herself, but the sternness has long since left her voice.-
[21:03] <Minaplo> [She looks up at him now, her expression… Not soft, but thoughtful. Her eyes lack that edge. "I understand." She says, almost gently.]
[21:36] <Raphael> "You don't know the second it took for me to realize who I was looking at, and how I haven't been able to sleep because of it. You don't understand that it's made me remember that we've been together longer with me in this body than we ever did with my real one. That sometimes I wonder if you and the girls even -consider- that my real body. You -don't- understand, that's the problem, but
[21:36] <Raphael> now I have to explain it all to you rather than just -dealing with it-." He says, looking more agitated by the second.
[21:50] <Minaplo> [Misato places the folder down on the table. She gently but unhesitatingly reaches for Raphael and- if he lets her- puts a hand on his shoulder. "Maybe I don't understand what it's like. I can understand that it's causing you pain." She says quietly. "That may not be enough."-
[21:56] <Minaplo> ["But what it sounds like is that -that-" she points down at the manila, "Is bad, but the wounds it's leaving are old ones, not new. That makes me think that maybe you're not dealing with it all that well. Maybe you can hold out until Surov finishes his research, but if you have worries, Raphael, and they involve questions about us, or about you, or the girls… Then maybe we can help, even a little."-
[21:59] <Minaplo> ["I just wanna help." She said quietly. "I don't want to feel like I can't."]
[22:11] <Raphael> "… Yeah, I know." He sighs, slumping as he bring one hand up to squeeze his face. "You're… I don't know. This is how I've always done it, ever since Impact. It got me this far…"
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["What'd you do before Impact, hon?"]
[22:27] <Raphael> "That was different. -I- was different."
[22:28] <Minaplo> ["I know. We all were." Said Misato.-
[22:33] <Minaplo> ["Hell, you wouldn't have recognised me." She said with a small smile. "I was Misato, the dependable little goody-two shoes who always did her best, a perfect little model student who always showed up to things five minutes early with everything done. Then Impact happened." The smile faded. "And I became- well. You know."-
[22:35] <Minaplo> ["But that's kind of the point, isn't it? Impact broke us. And I dunno if we can call what we've been doing since -healthy-. Whatever Gendo used to say, it shouldn't take another Impact to put us back together again."]
[22:39] <Raphael> "No. No it shouldn't." Raphael murmured, leaning his head against her shoulder.
[22:47] <Minaplo> [She moved closer to him now, wrapping an arm around his waist.-
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["What do you want me to do, hon? I can go if you want. Or I can stay if you want. Or we can go out…"-
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["Or we could get drunk and have sex for six hours." She suggested casually.]
[22:48] * Raphael groans. "Don't tempt me."
[22:48] <Minaplo> ["I'm Katsuragi Misato. Tempting you is what I do."]
[22:52] <Raphael> "I'm sorry about all this." He mutters. He's not even thinking about moving right then, surprised by how suddenly and how hungrily he's desiring that closeness. "You were right."
[23:01] <Minaplo> ["I would hope so. I wasn't so confident, honestly." She murmured. "How're you feeling?"]
[23:06] <Raphael> "I… could still be better." He admits after a second. "Not quite as fragile, though. Not looking for a fight."
[23:15] <Minaplo> ["Good." Said Misato.-
[23:22] <Minaplo> [She wheels him around now and, without further ado, gives him a long, very warm kiss.]
[23:43] <Raphael> She'd find the affection being returned with interest after a surprised pause, and soon he was responding fiercely enough to force the pair of them back up against the desk. It would go on for quite some time, and even when Raphael broke away he went back for one last quick peck.-
[23:44] <Raphael> "Like I said," He mumbles, now more than a little red-faced as he manages a lopsided smile, "Don't tempt me."
[23:48] <Minaplo> [Misato has to pause to let out a small cough after that.-
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["See, this is what I was -expecting- would be the result of leaving you on a submarine captained by Minerva Linden…"]
[23:52] * Raphael chuckles, stepping back just enough to flop back onto the bed in a distinctly un-Raffylike movement. "Explains the posting."
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Did they get photos of you in your Red Shadow uniform, by the way?"]
[23:53] * Raphael sighs. "Probably."
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Don't sound so glum. I found the outfit -very- attractive."]
[23:55] * Raphael levers himself off the bed just enough to convey his raised eyebrow.
[23:56] <Minaplo> [She beams.-
Session Time: Fri Aug 22 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Was it alright? Down there, I mean?"]
[00:08] <Raphael> "It wasn't precisely relaxing. We spent most of it at full combat readiness."
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure that hasn't helped your tension."]
[00:11] * Raphael shrugs. "That part of it all I understood."-
[00:13] <Raphael> "…" He frowns up at the roof for a long time, before gradually sitting up properly again. "If… I was to ask about some of those things I mentioned earlier, like you said…"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["I can give answers, Raffy." She says softly. She carelessly pushes some papers aside so she can perch on his desk, resting her shoes on his chair.]
[00:20] * Raphael doesn't even seem to notice the action, so much of his attention is focused on her. And on making himself move forward.-
[00:20] <Raphael> "
[00:23] <Raphael> "I don't want to talk about most of it. Not now, and maybe not for a long time." He says carefully. "But when it comes to the effects it has on us… that bothers me. And maybe that -does- need to be discussed."
[00:28] <Minaplo> [She nodded. "I can understand that."]
[00:38] <Raphael> "We were only really together for three months before all of this happened." He says, not quite looking at her. "And most of that was spent apart. And when we were together it was… physical, but I want to say you cared about me the same way I cared about you, beyond that. That's… still not much to base a relationship on, before your boyfriend gets turned into a damned teenager."-
[00:42] <Raphael> "And sometimes I worry that the rest of it…" His voice trembles for a moment, but he forces it to steady. "That maybe it wouldn't have been like it was if it wasn't for this field, affecting you the way it's affected others. Making you care. And I know it's ridiculous - that you're stronger than that - but it gnaws at me."
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Misato smiles a little, and she kicks the chair away. It slides across the carpet for perhaps a second before toppling- she quickly gets off the table, pulls it back up and heads over to his side, sitting down much more gently on the bed than he did.-
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["I'm going to be honest." Said Misato. "I had my doubts, too. I enjoyed the time we had together in your real form. You had a bigger impact on me than you might think. Sure, there was the physical element, and we were separated… But it was a connection. A connection that wasn't very strong at first, but it was one I wanted to protect, you know?"-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["But then I get told that you got into a scrap with an Angel and now you look like a teenage boy- and not just any teenage boy, that'd be way too easy- no, it had to be the absolute -worst- teenage boy it could be." Said Misato with an annoyed sigh. "It… I remember being angry on the drive home that day. Angry because it felt -personal-. Like, if you'd just turned into a teenage you, I could've dealt with it, but you turned into Shinji. It was like I was being -toyed- with by karma."-
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["So I got home, and just stewed in it, made myself cup noodles and grabbed a six pack and just plopped down on the couch." She chuckled. "Then, two stupid things happened."]
[01:00] * Raphael looks afraid to interrupt, as if one false step might travel back through time and undo those two critical moments.
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Pen-Pen came over, and he just stared at me. So I told that dumb bird about everything."-
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["So then he walks off, and I don't pay any attention, only fifteen minutes later he comes out dragging that big penguin plush you bought for me- the one covered in Tokyo crew's messages?" There was a fond smile on his face. "The damn thing's bigger than he is, and he's trying to drag it, and falling over himself, and I'm just watching him, beer halfway to my mouth, and then he just drops it, runs over, points at it and squawks at me."-
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["So I get up and go over to it, and I pick it up, and I just read all the messages for awhile… And then the phone rings."-
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["I pick it up, and it's Hyuga, and that -idiot- just has this giant spiel waiting for me the second I say moshi-moshi. I really wish you could've heard it, because it was incredible." She said, grinning. "First he comes right out and says that he has feelings for me, which, I mean, I know that, but still, I wasn't expecting him to -say- it. It'd be like Princess Alexandrina admitting she wants to run her hands through Alphone's hair, you know?"-
[01:13] <Minaplo> <Alphonse's*>
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["So whilst I'm in shock, he then proceeds to spend a good ten minutes telling me why he and I are a terrible match, because he's so neat and clean and I'm kind of a slob and he likes to eat good food and I'm an awful cook and then I drink all his beer and… Then he goes on to say, 'but I've known you for awhile now, Misato, and I get that I'm only seeing you happy -now-, and I know why- it's because you met Sir Guillory and you gave him a chance, and I'm very proud of you for taking that leap of faith, but you can't give up. You have to hang in there and be brave. You can turn this into something special, and if you back away just because of a little accident like this, then I'll never do anything for you again! In fact, I'll quit right now and become a hermit in the woods!'"-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Then he hung up."]
[01:27] * Raphael -stares-, the grin from the part of the story involving Pen-Pen quickly giving way to abject bewilderment. "You're kidding."
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Nope."]
[01:30] <Raphael> "… I think he did everything wrong, and yet I'm supremely grateful." Raphael says, a little awestruck.
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["I'll say. If that idiot doesn't shack up with Chiisana, I'll kill him myself."]
[01:31] * Raphael chuckles.-
[01:32] <Raphael> "But… that was enough?"
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["No. Not in the end." Said Misato.-
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["That would have to come later. When the next time we met- you picked me up from the airport."-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["I remember, everyone was telling me about the new Raphael, and how he had this field that could influence women and girls." Said Misato. "They said that girls would swoon and go mad for you in seconds, or they'd suddenly be filled with crazy lust, or something."-
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["Then I saw you at the airport." She shook her head. "Man, it was almost a -letdown-. Sure, you looked cute. Really cute. And I felt a bit of warmth in my chest. But no crazy legendary shake-the-earth lust, no sudden madness." She shrugged. "'He's not any different', I thought to myself. 'That's just Raphael'."]
[01:47] <Raphael> "Some people show madness!" Raphael sounds almost defensive.
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Some people are weak."]
[01:50] * Raphael smiles faintly.-
[01:50] <Raphael> "And that was all? It never affected you?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["I can't really say. It might've in some small ways here and there. I sometimes felt mild suggestions, like having a small craving for chocolate sometimes. But there wasn't anything -different- about how I felt before and after. Whatever your field does, it just didn't seem as strong as how I felt naturally."]
[01:56] * Raphael eyes her doubtfully for a moment, but the sheer certainty in her voice makes him relax moment-by-moment. "And everything else? My age, the link to Shinji…?"
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Age was weird." Said Misato. "I mean, ok, I did just say that I think Chii and Hyuga need to shack up, so, y'know, but…"-
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["It bothered me for awhile, until I spoke about it with someone who put it into perspective. Guess who."]
[01:59] <Raphael> "Captain Hyuga again?" Raphael ventures.
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["Nope! Haha, Hyuga. That would just be hilarious. No, it was Rei."]
[02:02] * Raphael nods slowly, smiling a little.
[19:07] <Minaplo|Out> ["I was sitting with her one day, having lunch, and she was asking me about, y'know… Us." Said Misato. "And I got around to talking about how the age problem, well… Rei began pointing out a few things."-
[19:10] <Minaplo|Out> ["She said that she was with Alphonse, and that if she went by memory, she was six or seven years old. If she went by biology she was sixteen, and if she went by -actual- age she was about one or two years old." Said Misato. "So where did she stand? She said that age didn't matter, because one, the only real measurement that applies to someone like -her- is maturity and the ability to make a choice, and secondly, she was in love with Alphonse and if anyone wanted to drag her away from her 'yummy boy' because of age they'd have to fight her first."]
[19:17] * Raphael 's smile only widens, and for a moment he looks fiercely proud. "I guess that's the best advice anyone can offer in a situation like ours…"
[19:24] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yeah, I agree. That girl, though… She's dangerously good at that sort of thing."]
[19:31] <Raphael> "She needs to be, with all she's dealt with."
[19:44] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yeah, that much is true."-
[19:45] <Minaplo|Out> ["The last hurdle… You looking like Shinji- that one… It wasn't something that could be fixed easily." Said Misato. "It took time. Time to figure out the -differences-."]
[19:46] * Raphael nods slowly. "That's understandable…"
[19:47] <Minaplo|Out> ["But yeah. Overall, it hasn't been… easy, I guess you could say. But I felt like I've reached some sort of understanding."]
[19:49] * Raphael stares down at his hands, still nodding a little. "And was it…" He shifts a little uncomfortably, forcing himself onwards, "Was it worth it? All that struggle?"
[19:56] <Minaplo|Out> [He'd see her hand- she'd taken the glove off at some point- reach over to grab his closest hand, the fingers wrapping around his own.-
[19:56] <Minaplo|Out> ["Hasn't stopped being worth it so far." She said with a little smile. "Don't think it'll stop anytime soon."]
[19:59] * Raphael grips the hand tightly, leaning his shoulder against hers. "… Thank you."
[20:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["That's alright." Said Misato, smiling a little wider. "How're you liking this frank exchange of views? Better than brooding?"]
[20:08] <Raphael> "It might take some time to get used to…" Raphael says carefully.-
[20:09] <Raphael> "It's better than worrying you, though."
[20:10] <Minaplo|Out> ["It is, isn't it?" Said Misato. "You really should know that any action that makes your lady worried is a bad course of action."]
[20:12] * Raphael smiles. "Probably, ma'am."
[20:12] <Minaplo|Out> ["Oh, -there- you go. Now I know you're alright."]
[20:12] <Raphael> "Hmm?"
[20:13] <Minaplo|Out> ["You've been calling me 'Misato' all evening. It was unnerving."]
[20:16] * Raphael stares. "I have…? I'm surprised you weren't -pleased-."
[20:17] <Minaplo|Out> ["I should've been~ But now I know that you -deliberately- call me ma'am just to annoy me…"]
[20:19] * Raphael doesn't quite manage to stop his smirk. "Misato, I would -never-."
[20:20] <Minaplo|Out> [Misato's response is instantaneous, grabbing Raphael around the neck and shoulders and trying to wrestle him back onto the bed. "You -punk-!"]
[20:25] * Raphael is laughing properly now, putting up juuuust enough of a fight to avoid making it easy for her. "A-admiral, please…!"
[20:33] <Minaplo|Out> [She struggles, changing tack by going cruelly for the ribs again- another malevolent tickle. "Don't you 'Admiral' me, Raphael Guillory! I'm gonna pull rank -and- your arm off!"]
[20:39] * Raphael 's laughter grows louder, and there's no sign of him pulling away this time. Both of his arms come up in a vain attempt to protect his ribs, but removing his support only serves to send him toppling back onto the bed under her weight, firmly pinned.
[20:40] <Minaplo|Out> [She focuses her weight straight against his chest. "Submit."]
[20:41] <Raphael> "But you are light as a feather, Misato."
[20:43] <Minaplo|Out> ["Hmph. What'll it take to break your resistance, then?" She asks, pressing on his chest as hard as she can (which isn't honestly all that much).]
[20:51] <Raphael> "Wouldn't you like to know?" He smirks, and in one smooth motion his seizes her around the waist and flips their positions, pinning her much more firmly and giving him the perfect opportunity to give her another fierce, uninhibited kiss.
[21:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["Mmf!" Misato's arms flail about for a moment, and for a moment it is genuinely unclear if Raphael's being embraced or attacked.-
[21:06] <Minaplo|Out> [But after a few seconds the verdict falls on embrace. She holds him closer, returning his kiss with interest… Yet after she pulls away a good minute later she's scowling. "D-dirty trick, Raffy." She huffs.]
[21:09] * Raphael is breathing a little heavily, but is very nearly -beaming-. "It worked, though."
[21:16] <Minaplo|Out> ["I can't argue with the results." She admits, smirking a bit.-
[21:16] <Minaplo|Out> [A gentle prod to the stomach. "So- you in the mood for that triple date yet?" She asks. "Or are you too- tempted?"]
[21:19] * Raphael groans a little, reluctantly breaking his hold without actually -releasing- her as he glances around for the clock. "When were we meant to be there?"
[21:19] <Minaplo|Out> ["Uh… In ten minutes?"]
[21:23] * Raphael sighs deeply and rolls onto his back and sits up on the edge of the bed. "Then you'd better straighten up that uniform, ma'am."
[21:24] <Minaplo|Out> ["Ahaha. I'm only kidding. We have like two hours." She sat up. "What, you can't expect me to wear -this- in public."-
[21:25] <Minaplo|Out> [She prodded him in the side. "Mind if I use your shower?"]
[21:27] <Raphael> "Not at all." He says, giving her a small smile that, for the moment at least, looked almost content.
[21:30] <Minaplo|Out> ["Excellent." She says, getting to her feet.-
[21:33] <Minaplo|Out> [Misato heads off to the bathroom- a minute or so later there's the sound of rushing water, giving Raphael a chance to be alone with his thoughts.]
[22:14] * Raphael would remain that way for a while - smiling faintly, staring up at the roof and listening to the sound of running water - but eventually he finds himself on his feet again, moving back towards the desk to reach for the tablet. He switches the screen back on.-
[22:14] <Raphael> It's a report from Technical, put together nearly two months ago and authored primarily by Surov. The majority of it requires too much specialised knowledge and technical jargon to really be of use to him. There were phrases that stood out, though, and they were phrases that even he could understand in broad strokes: "risk of disincorporation", "mental trauma", "Shadowman synchronisation
[22:14] <Raphael> net"…-
[22:14] <Raphael> His gaze finds its way to the fallen stack of papers, Aksel Heiden's face peeing out from behind an opened folder. With a soft sigh, he reaches out with his toe and taps the stack again, burying the photo beneath a dozen far less threatening pages…

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