Rei S Cheer

[22:15] <Minaplo> ["… And two ham, pineapple and bacon pizzas, thank you. Under the name of 'Rei'."-
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["'Rei'."-
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["With an E."-
[22:16] <Minaplo> ["Thank you! Alright, bye~"-
[22:17] <Minaplo> [Rei snapped the mobile phone shut, shaking her head. "Ok, Raffy, order is made. They sound busy, so…"]#
[22:30] <Raphael> "Mmm, well, I don't mind waiting." Raphael says from his place behind the wheel, navigating through the late afternoon traffic in the car Misato's loaned out from the motor pool at NERV. "I'll have excellent company, at least."
[22:34] <Minaplo> ["Aww, Raffy." Rei hugged his arm, giving him a fond look. "You're so cute when you miss someone~"]
[22:37] * Raphael 's eyes widen in mock surprise. "I've missed someone?" He asks. "Hmm. I suppose it /has/ been good to catch up with Major Wellesley…"
[22:41] <Minaplo> ["Hmph." Rei disengaged, folding her arms. "I'm sure you missed Ban-Ban too…"]
[22:44] <Raphael> "Of course." He says, not missing a beat.#
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["But no one misses poor little Rei." Said Rei with an exaggerated sigh, holding the back of her hand to her forehead. "Is it because I'm growing up, Raffy? I can't compete with you for adorableness anymore, I'm doomed…"]
[22:56] <Raphael> "I am certainly not 'adorable'." Raphael says, pouting adorably.
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Are you saying I'm not adorable either…?!"]
[22:59] <Raphael> "… You're enjoying this a little too much, young lady."
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["I can't help it, Raffy." Says Rei, dissolving into laughter. "You're just so cute around Auntie Misato that I've been waiting to tease you forever~"]
[23:03] * Raphael lets out a quiet hmmph, although there's a smile beginning to curl the edges of his lips. "Says the girl who's been inseperable from Major Wellesley since she stepped off the plane."
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["That's not true." She pouted.]
[23:04] <Raphael> "Uh huh."
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["You're just jealous because he's way cuter."]
[23:06] <Raphael> "Than Misato?" He deadpans. "I know he's a very pretty young man, sweetheart, but I still think they're competing for different prizes."
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Al would win both." She says boldly. "He would win all the prizes ever."]
[23:15] <Raphael> "If you insist~"
[23:15] <Minaplo> [She poked him firmly in the ribs. "Don't tease Al, or else I'll make him punish you. NERV kindergarten duty for a month!"]
[23:19] <Raphael> "… Hmm. I would like to think that Major Katsuragi or the Colonel would save me, but I suspect they'd simply find it funny."
[23:19] <Minaplo> ["Exactly." Rei beamed.-
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["Or he could make you personal guard to President Linden when she arrives, Raffy~"]
[23:23] * Raphael groans, sliding the car into the next lane and turning onto the next street. "Don't you start with that."
[23:27] <Minaplo> [Rei giggled, hugging his arm fondly once again. "It's ok, Raffy. At least Auntie Misa and I don't love you for your looks."]
[23:32] * Raphael allows her to stay there for a time, keeping control of the wheel with one hand until he needs to turn again. "… I /did/ miss you, of course." He says, giving her a quick kiss on the top of her head.
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["I missed you too, Raffy." She said warmly, closing her eyes for a little while.-
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["… Suzie is really good at moving in that chair." She added. "I think she missed me more, or she can move through walls…"]
[23:40] <Raphael> "She really shouldn't be able to make it move that quietly." He mutters.
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["She shouldn't." Agreed Rei firmly.-
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["… How've you been, Raffy?"]
[23:52] * Raphael 's smile takes on a slightly more forced quality that she would recognize from the first couple of days. "Oh, I've been fine. Work has been keeping me busy, of course, but that's hardly a change."
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["You've been worrying about something, haven't you?"]#
[00:06] * Raphael carefully pulls his arm away so that he can prepare for an upcoming roundabout, glancing at Rei out of the corner of his eye as he does so. All it takes is one look at that earnest expression to know that there's no avoiding the question. "… I have, sweetheart." He says gently, his eyes on the road now. "It's… not something I can discuss, I'm afraid."
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["I understand, Raffy." She says mildly. "We all have things like that."]
[00:11] <Raphael> "I knew you would, but I still appreciate you checking on me." He reaches over to give her hand a quick squeeze. "Having you all here right now has done me a lot of good, I think."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["That's good, Raffy." Said Rei warmly, squeezing back tightly. "I like seeing you happy."-
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["… Sometimes, though, I wonder."]
[00:15] <Raphael> "Hmmm?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["You could be hiding something really cute or exciting. Like if Auntie Misa were having a baby!" She mused.]
[00:18] * Raphael smiles, though it's a very weak gesture indeed. "… No. Nothing like that, I'm afraid."
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["If she were though, Raffy, would the baby look like you or onii-chan…?"]
[00:22] <Raphael> "…" Well, this conversation had, somehow, taken an even darker turn. "… W-well…" He coughs. "That's… not something we have to be concerned about yet."
[00:23] <Minaplo> ["I think it'd be weird if it looked like onii-chan…" Rei gave Raphael a very serious look. "You be careful, Raffy."]
[00:24] <Raphael> "… Noted."
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["What if you start having babies, and then you turn back, and then you have -more-, so you have half babies that look like onii-chan and half that look like you…?"]
[00:28] * Raphael 's blush is rapidly turning luminescent. "A-again, Rei, we don't really need to worry-"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["… Because onii-chan is also really short, and even Auntie Misa is shorter than you really, so unless they take after Auntie Misa you're going to have lots of funny children in the end, so you should just wait until later before you do anything rash, Raffy."]
[00:34] <Raphael> "Alright, alright!" Raphael says, his face scarlet, both hands coming off the wheel in his desperation to make her -stop talking-. "There'll be no babies, I promise!"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["What? No! You have to have babies! Lots! At least eight!"]
[00:34] <Raphael> "Argh!"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["You just need to timetable it properly." Finishes Rei, seemingly satisfied at bringing Raphael to mental ruination.]
[00:37] <Raphael> "We'll… I…" He manages, finally pulling into the parking lot of the Roman Pizza in time to cover his face with both hands. "Mffgh."
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Al and I are thinking of babies only after University for me." Said Rei thoughtfully. "It'd be no good to start too early, right, Raffy?"]
[00:43] <Raphael> "Mfffffffffffgh." Raphael articulates as he buries his face deeper into his hands - although the part of his psyche that has yet to retreat into a shame coma does manage to give her a fairly rapid nod.
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Also, I think you should make sure Suzie's old enough to look after some of your babies too, so you don't have to take time off work all the time or feel guilty."]
[00:47] <Raphael> "Rei…" He says as he slowly lifts his face away. "I… I think we should probably collect these pizzas, don't you?"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Oh right! I should go in, huh?"]#
[00:49] * Raphael rubs his face, letting out a relieved sigh at finally breaking her concentration. "Mmm. Do you still have the money?"
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh."]
[00:52] <Raphael> "Alright then." He says, shutting off the car and undoing his seatbelt. His blush is fading - although much more slowly than he'd prefer - but he still appears distinctly flustered. "Shall we?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Let's go~"]
[17:31] <Minaplo> [The Roman Pizza- within a tacky setup of plaster pillars all around, with faux-marble counters and actually rather impressive Roman faux-frescoes on the walls- was rather busy.-
[17:32] <Minaplo> [The mascot character- Julius Pizza, a man with an overlarge head wearing a toga made out of pizza- was making the rounds, terrifying child and adult alike.-
[17:32] <Minaplo> [At least it smelled good inside.]
[17:49] * Raphael gives the mascot a wide berth - who knows what dark secrets that polyester grin hides? - shooting it suspicious glances as he makes his way towards the counter, one hand guiding Rei gently through the crowd without him even realizing it.
[17:52] <Minaplo> [For her part, Rei was curiously transfixed on what was obviously a christmas tree the owners had forgotten to take down.-
[17:54] <Minaplo> [Despite the crowdedness they made good time, and before long they'd find themselves in possession of six pizzas, stacked in one of the Roman Pizza's disposable ovens.-
[17:55] <Minaplo> [A scowling Legionary wielding a shield of pepperoni glowered at Raphael from its cover.]
[18:05] * Raphael only gives this newest mascot and his blatantly impractical defense a moment's notice before he turns his attention back to Rei. "All set, hon? Did you want anything else?"
[18:06] <Minaplo> ["Huh?" She looks around, clearly not paying attention.]
[18:08] * Raphael frowns, herding them both out of the crush of customers around the counter. "… Everything alright?"
[18:08] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yeah, sorry, Raffy. I was just thinking."]
[18:09] <Raphael> "Anything interesting?" He asks.
[18:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh…"-
[18:10] <Minaplo> ["I was just thinking about that tree. I've only seen eight christmasses that I can remember."]
[18:12] * Raphael nods slowly, holding open the door for Rei and the stack of pizzas in her arms. "… That's true. Does it bother you?"
[18:13] <Minaplo> [She walks through, back into the night air.-
[18:13] <Minaplo> ["… No, not really." She admits. "Maybe it should, but it doesn't. I think it would, but…"-
[18:14] <Minaplo> [She headed to the car, opening the back door and putting the legionary oven in. "I've had a lot of help. I've had to grow up very fast, and that should cause problems, but with you, and Suzie, and Alphonse, and Yanmei and Isaiah, and so many others, it's… It's all worked out. I don't feel like a child in an overlarge body anymore."]
[18:21] <Raphael> A smile blooms to life on his face - slow to begin, but quickly growing broad and proud. He leans against the passenger side door, watching her quietly. "… That was always my goal, you know - To make sure you were comfortable in your skin, even with all the challenges you faced. It's… hmm. I can't tell you how proud I am to hear you say that. You've worked so hard."
[18:25] <Minaplo> [She giggled, clearly a little embarrassed, her cheeks going red. "R-Raffy. It's not just been me. No matter how hard I worked I'd never be able to do this without the help I had."]
[18:29] <Raphael> "Nonsense." He says, waving his hand. "The work was yours. We supported you, certainly, but I know you. You made it this far because you're about as strong as anyone I've met, and you shouldn't forget it."
[18:30] <Minaplo> ["Y-You're embarrassing me."]
[18:34] <Raphael> "Revenge." Raphael says sagely.
[18:35] <Minaplo> [Rei pounces him, ticking his sides monstrously. "Oh really?!"]
[18:46] * Raphael 's laughter catches in his throat, coming out in little gasping bursts. "A-ack, no! R-rei…!"
[18:52] <Minaplo> [People look around at the laughter, then go back to whatever they were doing.-
[18:52] <Minaplo> [Rei giggles, mercifully releases Raphael and steps back. "You deserved that."]
[19:01] <Raphael> "I-I most certainly did not." Raphael says, red-faced - he's trying for stern and coming up short. He steps back and straightens his shirt out of habit.
[19:02] <Minaplo> [So she promptly ruffles his hair- but now that he's moved back she slips into the passenger's side front seat before he can react.]
[19:05] * Raphael grumbles to himself, more out of obligation than any real sense of irritation, but he quickly steps around to the other side of the car and slides into the driver's seat.
[19:06] <Minaplo> ["You know, I really am very lucky to have people like you and Al."]
[19:07] <Raphael> "And vice versa." He notes with a smile as he starts the car.
[19:12] <Minaplo> [Rei beams. "You're always so sweet, Raffy. But I'm serious. There's a lot of things that I fit very awkwardly into, but you and Al have helped a lot with that both."]
[19:17] <Raphael> "Well, it's been my pleasure." He says fondly. "I mean that. And it hardly takes much work these days. You're in school, and making friends on your own…"
[19:22] <Minaplo> [She nodded enthusiastically. "I'm really enjoying myself in a lot of things. School, Al, even work seems fun."]
[19:24] <Raphael> "Most people spend their whole lives trying to say the same thing, you know. You're very lucky if you've already found it."
[19:26] <Minaplo> ["Yes." She said quietly, warmly. "I think I am."]

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