Raphael S Worry

[00:28] * Yanmei had waved, staring down at NERV Boston's helicopter pad until the ground crew were little dots that faded out of sight. It was time to go home, and she was feeling a little heartache for it. Neither Rei nor Alphonse had been able to see them off today, but Isaiah had been there for a last kiss and smiling hug. -
[00:30] <Yanmei> Finally, she turned away from her window to survey the rest of the VTOL's interior. It was just her and William today, with their esteemed pilot beyond the open cockpit door. The former was already out cold, seemingly drained by even the short trip to the craft. Still, the doctors had said he was okay, so she could probably ignore the nagging worry in the back of her mind. -
[00:33] <Yanmei> She unlatched her seatbelt, rocky ascent or no, and made her way closer to the cockpit. "So. It feels like it's been a while? Were things okay while we were gone?"
[00:42] * Raphael looks around at Yanmei and smiles slightly, gesturing towards the co-pilot's seat as he makes a quick report to the more heavily armed NERV's Dragonfly VTOLs that are shadowing the Pilots' transport. It only takes a moment, and with a flick of a switch the other voices on the channel are silenced.-
[00:42] <Raphael> "As well as they can be, ma'am. The Colonel's been worried about you, of course." He says, eyes focused on the scenery passing by below them.
[00:47] * Yanmei nestled back into the co-pilot's seat, binking down at the dizzying array of switches and blinking lights on the console before her. "No surprise? The injuries weren't too bad, but Boston turned out to be pretty dangerous."
[00:55] * Raphael nods, leaning around slightly to check the altimeter readings. The longer Yanmei spends in the cockpit, the clearer it becomes that the VTOL controls were not built for the dimensions of a body like Shinji Ikari. It's the avionics equivalent of watching a boy wearing his father's business shirt.-
[00:55] <Raphael> "Rei's mentioned security has been rather tight lately. You were still comfortable, I hope?"
[01:02] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She was trying not to smirk at the poor guy's height problems. "Thanks to Isaiah and Rei and Alphonse. The S2 agents were pretty patient too, even though they were, like, -everywhere. That dumb cult… I hope things don't get that tense in Paris too."
[01:04] <Raphael> "I wouldn't set those hopes too high, ma'am. We've got greater numbers in Paris, but if the cultists keep spreading at this rate there won't be any other option but to heighten security."
[01:10] * Yanmei groaned under her breath, and let her eyes coast to the window. "Back to the safehouses. Oh well…" She stole another peek at him from the corner of her eye. "Rei was in a pretty depressed mood, but I think she was getting better before we left. It wasn't from the security, though."
[01:25] * Raphael picks up a small frown at that, but keeps up his work on the various instruments without any pause. "… She's been under a lot of pressure lately." Raphael says, voice a touch harder than it had been a moment before.
[01:28] <Yanmei> "She has," Yanmei said amicably. "Not all of it piloting related. Seems she was having a bit of an identity crises too? But we talked about it, and she calmed down."
[01:36] <Raphael> "…" Raphael's hands are a little tighter on the yokes now, he nods just as amicably. "… Thank you for that, then, Yanmei. I’m glad you were able to help her. She's always looked up to you, of course."
[01:39] <Yanmei> "I suppose so." She went quiet for a few minutes, observing the things she had been before. "What happened, anyway?" she said at last.
[01:46] <Raphael> "Finished edging around the question, then?" Raphael asks, a small hint of anger leaving cracks in his polite demeanor.
[01:54] <Yanmei> "Something pretty bad, judging from that reaction." She'd turned to him again, warily. "And don't blame me for being cautious. I know zilch about the communication systems in these things and how much of a discussion would end up being recorded."
[02:01] * Raphael sighs, and the anger is quickly hidden away again. "All of it, most likely." Raphael says. "And no, it was not particularly pleasant."
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Have you talked to her since then?"
[02:05] <Raphael> "… She hasn't been taking my calls." Raphael says, a pained expression crossing his face.
[02:09] * Yanmei sucked in a breath through her teeth, discreetly. "Keep trying. She… told Alphonse about what was going on. And she told me too. That means she's slowly starting to face it and come to terms with her feelings. What's more…"-
[02:11] <Yanmei> She fidgetted with the sleeve fof her sweater. "I don't think it's you she resents. I think she was just scared?"
[02:18] <Raphael> "… I know."-
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[02:18] <Raphael> "I've known about all of this for a long time, you know, but Misato and I agreed there was nothing to be gained by telling her but pain." Raphael says steadily, gaze locked straight ahead. "The Synfront changed that. The things I saw… it wasn't safe to keep it a secret anymore. She needed to know."
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[02:25] <Yanmei> "The Synfront…" Yanmei frowned. "You mean that stuff with Azariah? That last crazy battle…"
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[02:32] <Raphael> "… That's part of it." He nods, frowning slightly as he glances over his shoulder to check on William back in the cabin.-
[02:32] <Raphael> "Listen, Pilot Zhang. While I really never had any intention of discussing these matters with anyone else, I know you well enough to understand that you're unlikely to give up until you've heard the rest." Raphael says. "But this isn't the place for it. Can you wait until we reach Paris?"
[02:34] <Yanmei> "Yes, of course." She followed his glance back toward the cabin, a flicker of anxiety rising up onto her face. "I think that's best for both of us."
[02:38] <Raphael> He gives her a grateful smile. "Thank you for understanding, Yanmei. Why don't you go and catch up on some rest until we get home, hmm? I think William has the right idea."
[02:41] <Yanmei> "That shouldn't be a problem," she smiled back, and rose out of her seat, heading back to join her fellow EVA pilot. "Just wake me when we get there?"
[23:48] <Yanmei> It would be several hours before that happened, and one or two more before they could resume the conversation. William was seen off to the medical ward for a check up and a chat with Marianne before going home, and Yanmei and Raphael made their escape via car to the peaceful Paris countryside.
Session Time: Mon Jun 18 00:00:00 2012
[00:03] * Raphael had insisted on driving his own car rather than Yanmei's eye-searing hatchback, for some reason, but soon enough they were passing the outskirts of Paris and watching the city begin to fall away behind them. Being somewhat less experienced with these secretive talks, he allows Yanmei to guide him towards one of the places she's used before, and by the time he shuts off the car
[00:03] * Raphael the two of them are on a wide grassy hill overlooking the city.-
[00:03] <Raphael> "… Hmm." Raphael says quietly, taking a moment to admire the view. "I really don't get outside the city often enough."
[00:13] * Yanmei tried to straighten her hair, as the wind had blown it around a bit on the ride there. "I found out about this place by accident. The first time I came out here, Colonel Lachapelle just about lost it when S2 lost track of me. It looked like I'd run away or been kidnapped or something."
[00:17] * Raphael grins at that. "I can imagine. He never struck me as a man who was too fond of surprises." He says with a laugh. "Did he let you off the hook?"
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Heh, yeah. He just sent a mutual friend to fetch me and make sure I was okay. Really, he was more worried than anything. I can't imagine what Marianne would have been like if she'd known about it."
[00:28] <Raphael> "She would have been too relieved to be mad, I think." Raphael smiles.-
[00:28] <Raphael> "… At least for an hour or two."
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[00:30] * Yanmei chuckled. "Probably. We'll probably find out first hand, if we stay out here too long."
[00:31] <Raphael> "Mmm." He says, falling silent for a few seconds as he watches the city. The first few lights are beginning to come alive as dusk sets in below. "… So what did you want to know, Yanmei?"
[00:34] <Yanmei> "How did you find out about that stuff, anyway? Lilith and where Rei's soul came from and stuff?"
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[00:43] <Raphael> "There's a man named Kaji Ryoji. A UN Attache in Tokyo-2, but also an old… acquaintance of Misato's. They were both in Paris when he asked her to meet him at the Geofront one midnight, out of the blue. She didn't feel comfortable going alone, and so I offered to come along."-
[00:43] <Raphael> His jaw tightens a little at the memory. "… I take it you know enough to guess what we he showed us?"
[00:49] <Yanmei> "…" Kaji. Yanmei looked serious. "Some sort of data? Or… was it…"
[00:50] * Raphael shakes his head slowly. "Not data. He showed us Lilith and her Disciples."
[00:54] <Yanmei> "I knew it." Yanmei leaned back and exhaled. "There were rumors about that thing being hidden away in the Geofront somewhere. But why did he show it to you two?"
[01:00] <Raphael> "He wanted help from Misato and I. He was worried that what happened at Eden was the test for something larger, and that Lilith was the key."
[01:03] * Yanmei swallowed. "Something bigger than Eden? That… makes me very nervous, Group Captain."
[01:13] * Raphael nods mutely. "… To hear him tell it, Lilith is the key, but her Disciples somehow provided a means of controlling her. And all of them have had their souls removed somehow."-
[01:13] <Raphael> "That Lilith creature… he doesn't know where hers has gone, but he felt certain that the souls of all twelve Disciples had been moved to Rei and her sisters."
[01:16] <Yanmei> "Then Rei misunderstood something." Her shoulders actually sagged a little in relief. "She was frightened because she thought her soul was Lilith's. She didn't mention the Disciples at all. To her, it probably didn't make a difference, because they're all strange alien things?"
[01:20] <Raphael> "… Maybe." Raphael says with a wince. "I can't blame her for misunderstanding. I tried to be as careful as I could, but there was so much for her to take in…"
[01:22] * Yanmei nodded. "It's pretty complicated? How did… you and Misato take it?"
[01:29] * Raphael shrugs. "As well as we could. Misato dealt with it all rather quickly, but it took me a little longer." He says, frowning slightly. "It was strange for a while, but in the end… Rei is Rei, mmm? The rest doesn't matter."
[01:31] <Yanmei> "No matter where she came from, she's still the same Rei. That's what I tried to tell her before."
[01:33] * Raphael nods. "I did the same, but I can't blame her for needing some time before she could accept it."
[01:42] <Yanmei> "She'll be okay. You'll see." Yanmei smiled at him. "I'm more nervous about what happens if the people in charge of the Eden atrocity find out what happened here. Won't they be mad?"
[01:46] <Raphael> "How do you mean?"
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Well, Lilith's soul is gone, and they also can't control the Disciples unless Rei and her sisters comply with their orders, right? Which means that they can't cause any more incidents like the one at Eden Base."
[01:58] <Raphael> "I'm sure they're not too worried. They have the Ayanami's conditioning to fall back on, after all." He says, with a tired sigh.
[02:00] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned at that. "I see."
[02:03] <Raphael> "So." He straightens up a little, shaking off the bleak expression that had settled on his features. "Now you know about as much as I do."
[02:06] <Yanmei> "Ah… that's right." She managed another smile, although it was a little more distracted than before. "Thanks for humoring me and telling me this stuff."
[02:11] * Raphael nods again. "It's fine. I'd appreciate it if you could keep all of this to yourself, though."
[02:12] <Yanmei> "Of course I will!" She said firmly. "Rei's a friend of mine too. It'd be weird if this information got spread around freely?"
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[02:31] <Raphael> "Thank you, Pilot Zhang…"-
[02:31] <Raphael> "I really did intend to keep all of this a secret from her, you know." He says quietly. "But she’d been having nightmares around the time of the attack on the Synfront. About being eaten by a monster. I don’t really know what happened, but somehow on the flight home I fell asleep and saw the same thing."-
[02:32] <Raphael> "Lilith was free, and Rei and all of her sisters were under her control. By the end of it all, she was even wearing Rei's shape" Raphael grits his teeth. "And there angels. Most I didn't recognize at the time… I can barely remember them now, but I'm certain one of them was the 21st." He looks over at Yanmei. "That was almost a week before Azrael appeared."-
[02:32] <Raphael> "I had to tell her, because I don't know if I can protect her from what's happening."
[02:37] <Yanmei> "A monster… and the Angels. And Lilith." Yanmei's brow furrowed and she looked deeply disconcerted. Were those the sort of dreams she was supposed to be keeping an eye on? "She told me about dreaming of Lilith once. This eating thing is new, though? It's… unnerving."
[02:39] <Raphael> "To say the least." He mutters, reaching down to turn the key in the ignition. "… We should get you home, Yanmei."
[02:44] <Yanmei> "Right," she murmured. She tried to shake herself out of her thoughts as the world around the little car began to seemingly move. "Right! Thank you."
[02:48] * Raphael just nods this time, steering the car back on to the road and back towards Paris-2.

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