Sandwich Kun S End

[07:48] <Minaplo> [It was a bedroom.-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [The bed was soft, surprisingly soft. The blankets looked thick and warm. The walls were covered in an inoffensive pastel yellow wallpaper along the top half, and dark red wall paper along the bottom half. There was a desk, bare for now, and a bare bookshelf, and a wardrobe, not bare but filled with the bare essential of one-size-fits-all clothing.-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [There was a door. It wasn't locked.-
[07:50] <Minaplo> [The door went -rap rap rap-.]
[07:52] <Minaplo> [Or rather it was incorrect to say that the door was unlocked.-
[07:52] <Minaplo> [Rather, the lock was one Sera could manipulate.]
[07:54] <Sept> [Okay so it's totally unlocked regardless.]-
[07:54] <Minaplo> [Oh fuck you.]
[07:55] <Sept> "Who is it?" Sera asked in a bored tone, sitting at the desk. He'd mostly just been staring at the wall for the short duration of his stay, trying to sort out the last day's events. Again.
[07:56] <Minaplo> ["Tsubaki!"]
[07:58] <Sept> "Oh, of course. Come in." Sera stood up at that, facing the door.
[08:13] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki entered. She looked- refreshed up, her hair worn long, her face clean and bright, wearing a new set of clothes (A pair of long trousers and a white shirt under a beige jacket uniform) and carrying a tray of what looked like foot-long subs of various toppings and fillings. "I brought lots of food!" She shook her right arm, from which a plastic bag hung. "And drinks too."]
[08:21] <Sept> "Thanks." He paused for a moment, sizing her up with an odd look before indicating the table. "We can lay them out here." He sat down on the bed himself. She had the choice between a chair and the bed, as well.
[08:23] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki did just that, placing the tray of food down before grabbing a sub and settling down on the bed next to Sera.-
[08:26] <Minaplo> [Her sub looked delicious, with fresh, soft white bread, sizzling-hot spiced and herbed roast chicken, melted vintage cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce and tantalizing ranch dressing sauce…-
[08:27] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki took a big bite, looking over at Sera with deceptively innocent eyes.]
[08:28] <Sept> "So," he said, gingerly reaching out for a less ambitious sandwich.
[08:30] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki chewed slowly. She swallowed.-
[08:30] <Minaplo> ["Eat first, talk after."]
[08:31] * Sept seemed hesitant, staring at her with sandwich in hand.
[08:31] <Minaplo> [Another bite. She seemed pretty adamant.]
[08:33] * Sept relented. He didn't have much of an appetite, though the sight of Tsubaki's oversub had certainly helped that a bit. He started on his sandwich.
[08:44] <Minaplo> [This seemed to satisfy her a little, lowering her sub a little.-
[08:44] <Minaplo> ["How do you feel, Oniichan?"]
[08:46] <Sept> A pause as he chewed and swallowed. He looked at her, frowning. "What do you mean, Tsubaki?"
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["Do you feel sad? Do you feel hurt? What about scared or lonely or confused? Right now you just look grumpy like someone's stolen your hello kitty panties, oniichan."]
[09:25] <Sept> "Yes, I do. All of them. You just took away the last things I could consider enemies. But you're all still fighting." He took a more forceful bite of the sandwich.
[09:27] <Minaplo> ["Enemies?"]
[09:34] <Sept> "You're not even fighting Angels anymore, are you?"
[09:34] <Minaplo> ["I fight bad Angels."]
[09:38] <Sept> "This one killed a lot of people at the Synfront!"
[09:40] <Minaplo> ["A lot of people at the Synfront are bad." She said firmly. "My Angel is nicer than your Angels anyway."]
[09:45] * Sept couldn't reply right away, a combination of actual loss for words and the realisation that his fingers were digging a bit too deep into the sandwich. "Don't say that," he eventually replied, quietly.
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["Why not? It's true."]
[09:51] <Sept> "You can't know that!!" he yelled, head bowed down, still holding the sandwich on his lap with both hands in a strange protective gesture.
[09:53] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki scowled, biting defiantly into her sandwich.-
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["You can't know it's not true either." She said eventually. "You don't know anything."]
[10:04] <Sept> "I know that," Sera said almost patiently, taking another bite – the sandwich now a welcome distraction to fill the pauses. "I don't want to be useless, but everyone's helped me."
[10:17] <Minaplo> ["And."]
[10:21] <Sept> "And I -want- to help them back. They're friends, too."
[10:23] <Minaplo> ["Good." Said Tsubaki, taking another bite. "So long as you don't think you're useless because you need help. I need lots of help, every day, or else I get lonely and start to want to be with mama forever, but people help me to stay here and remember good things."]
[10:29] <Sept> "..of course. That's good advice." A pause. "Thankyou."
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome. Do you like sandwich-kun?"]
[10:36] <Sept> "San..?" A moment's inspection to check the sandwich wasn't, in fact, alive. "Ah, mm. Yeah. It's good." He didn't really recall noticing it, but the taste was still on his tongue.
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Oniichan?"]
[10:43] <Sept> "Yeah?"
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["You're not alone."]
[10:53] <Sept> "I know," he said with a glance toward the chair by the table. "But thank you for the thought."
[10:57] <Minaplo> [A bite of the sandwich.-
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["Have you been outside? They're cleaning up One you know."]
[10:58] <Sept> "No, just been here thinking."
[10:59] <Minaplo> ["You should go have a look around. You can even go outside if you want and get some fresh air or play tennis or look at the stars when the sun goes down. We're in a desert!"]
[11:01] <Sept> "Mmm. I think I'll do that. What time is it?"
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["Lunch time."]
[11:07] <Sept> "Ah. Thanks for lunch, then. I might go out and try to explore a bit."
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Want me to come with you?"]
[11:18] <Sept> "I… wouldn't mind."
[11:24] <Minaplo> [She quickly finished her sandwich, then, and got to her feet.]
[11:27] * Sept did the same, heading for the door, carefully leaving some space between himself and the chair. "Let's go see One."

(13:50:35) Minaplo: ["Don't forget your drink." She grabbed a bag and held out a bottle of cola for him.]
(13:51:36) Sept: "Haha, thanks." He mustered a bit of a smile and accepted the beverage on the way out.
(13:58:41) Minaplo: [And out they went.-
(13:59:32) Minaplo: [The layout here was different. It was strange- the layout in the Geofront and Boston were basically identical in most matters, but this place- it was obvious that it had been built on a different track to the others.-
(14:00:35) Minaplo: [Nevertheless, with some guidance from Tsubaki, who could, at the least, be trusted to know where Mama was, they came to the Eva pens. EVA-01 stood there, up to its waist in bakelite, pylons restrained into the massive walls as crews of technicians swarmed around its torso and head.]
(14:04:56) Sept: And that was where Sera would open the can, sipping on it in silence, looking critically at the bustle.
(14:11:02) Minaplo: ["They probably want to know what's changed with him."]
(14:13:30) Sept: "Do you think they can find out?"
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(14:28:29) Sept: "Do you think they can find out?"
(14:30:26) Minaplo: ["Of course!"]
(14:34:16) Sept: "Do you think they'll do anything about it?"
(14:36:06) Minaplo: ["I think they'll do the right thing about it."]
(14:38:25) Sept: A pause. "Can I ask you something personal?"
(14:40:39) Minaplo: [She looked at him curiously.]
(14:42:33) Sept: "How do you know he's your father?"
(14:44:39) Minaplo: ["He showed me."]
(14:49:06) Sept: "How?"
(14:50:11) Minaplo: ["He told me how it happened, and why, and he showed me with pictures…"]
(14:53:24) Sept: "What… is he, then?"
(14:59:19) Minaplo: ["He's daddy. He's my daddy and he's Rei's daddy and he's Shinji's daddy too."]
(15:05:43) Sept: "No, I m-" he stopped, suddenly, the look in his eyes intensifying. He turned to look at her accusatorily. "-What-? How could -he- ever have those powers without a -lifetime- of experimentation, and you're saying he somehow kept this secret..?!"
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(15:11:42) Minaplo: [Tsubaki stared back at him with refreshingly innocent eyes.-
(15:11:45) Minaplo: ["Uh-huh."]
(15:16:34) * Sept cursed things including but not limited to Ikari under his breath, and took a long, upset drink of his coke.
(15:29:10) Minaplo: ["What's wrong?"]
(15:35:50) Sept: "I -hate- being out of the loop, Tsubaki. Things like these are what I should know about and understand. Because I used to. Just… out of reach…"
(15:39:35) Minaplo: ["I'm out of the loop a lot, too. We should create our own loop so other people are outside of it instead of us."]
(15:49:47) Sept: "You're a strange creature, Tsubaki," Sera said matter-of-factly, looking away again. "I'd just be even further out if that happened."
(15:50:39) Minaplo: ["Nuh-uh. Not if there's only one loop!"]
(15:56:03) Sept: "And how do you suggest we do that?"
(16:02:34) Minaplo: [Tsubaki opened her mouth to reply, but at that moment, a new voice entered the discussion. One Sera was barely familiar with…-
(16:06:20) Minaplo: ["Ah, there you are, Mr. de Pteres."-
(16:07:01) Minaplo: [The speaker was a bespectacled Japanese man of moderate height, wearing a NERV uniform. He had a plain, gentle face, and one that was rather… Hard to remember.-
(16:07:29) Minaplo: [Tsubaki didn't have much of a problem, though, streaking past Sera- a white and blue blur as she threw her arms around the stranger's middle. "Mr. Bunny~!"]
(16:09:46) Sept: "..?" Sera raised an eyebrow, one hand at his hip, but he tried his best to seem non-threatening.
(16:15:09) Minaplo: ["Hahaha, hello, Tsucchin." Said the stranger, patting her warmly on the head as he turned to Sera. He tried to bow, but it was rather awkward due to all the Tsubaki. "Welcome to Area 66, Mr. De Pteres. I'm Hyuga Makoto, of NERV Japan."]
(16:21:09) * Sept gave him a slight nod, though the air of a shrug was there as well. "Thank you. Your job there was..?"
(16:21:43) Minaplo: ["Operations. I was the XO there."]
(16:27:18) Sept: "Ah. I should… thank you for taking care of Tsubaki for all this time, then. She's been… helpful."
(16:35:29) Minaplo: ["Not a worry. She's practically part of the family." Chuckled Hyuga.-
(16:35:36) Minaplo: ["You must have a lot of questions, though…?"]
(16:43:04) * Sept shook the can a bit, confirming it was empty, let it clatter onto the floor, and stepped on it. It made a rather satisfying noise. "Aline, Yanmei… William. What happened after the Synfront battles?"
[08:36] <Minaplo> ["Uh, well… You probably know more about that than I do in some cases. Pilot Blanc escaped in a Jaunt, and Captain Zhang and Pilot Weiss were left behind. Weiss returned to Paris-2 about a week ago, and Zhang apparently escaped…"]
[08:38] <Sept> "'Apparently'?"
[08:38] <Minaplo> ["I've just been told that we contacted her somewhere not the Synfront, that's all."]
[08:47] <Sept> "Alright. Then, what exactly happened with Vercingetorix? Are you still allied with him? He was working alone when he stole the units, wasn't he?"
[08:49] <Minaplo> ["Uh, yes. To both of those questions. But he warned us beforehand that he was going to do something like that."]
[09:06] <Sept> "What do you know about him?" Another question, without pause.
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["Not much, sorry." Said Hyuga with a good-natured chuckle. "He's pretty dramatic and always wears armour…"]
[09:18] <Sept> "And the defense of Paris-2 in my absence..?"
[09:26] <Minaplo> ["Oh, they pulled Rei and Langley-Soryu in. There were a few close calls, but Pilot Blanc did a really good job…"]
[09:33] <Sept> "Heh. I'm glad to hear that. Did you have any questions, then?"
[09:42] <Minaplo> ["What happened with you? How'd you get out?"]
[09:45] <Sept> "I wasn't being held."
[09:48] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Then what was happening?"]
[09:54] <Sept> "I'm technically a Junior Magistrate, now. Tsubaki was recovering at the Synfront. We were attacked by an Angel. A few of the reasons it made sense to stay and make myself useful."
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Onii-chan didn't know the Angel was friendly, Mr. Bunny." Said Tsubaki.-
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Ah, I see…"]
[10:22] <Sept> It was clear Sera resented some or all of that statement. "You may not be familiar with the details of my psych reports, but I have obligations to Caine, as well. And the remaining pilots are like family to me in many ways…" A pause.-
[10:22] <Sept> "Any estimates on when you'll be finished with 01..?"
[10:25] <Minaplo> ["Probably in about four or five hours."]
[10:26] <Sept> "Got it. Was there anything else?"
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["Nothing on my end. I-"-
[10:29] <Minaplo> [There was a sudden alarm. Loud klaxons rang out across the base…!]
[10:31] * Sept winced at the noise, glancing around, but otherwise kept his composure. "What is it?"
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["Is it bad, Mr. Bunny?"-
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["H-Hold on." Hyuga stepped back, out of Tsubaki's cling, and put a hand to his earpiece. "Report!"-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh."-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["Ok, I'll be right there."-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [He turned to Sera. "EVA-04 has appeared in the Rainbow Bridge Room."]
[10:40] <Sept> Sera's eyebrows went up. "Lead the way," he said, the skepticism wiped from his voice, replaced by surprise.
[10:50] <Minaplo> [Hyuga nodded seriously, leading the way.-
[10:57] <Minaplo> [They entered into what was clearly a command room. Sera recognised the configuration- the chairs, the computers, the crew. There were voices in the air.-
[10:57] <Minaplo> [Sitting at the consoles, uniform neat, hair combed, face contorted into one of outrage, was- Alexandre Fontaine.-
[10:58] <Minaplo> [Over the speakers came another voice, a familiar one- Yanmei's. "Now why don't you try being a professional for once and tell me where I am?"-
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["If you're so clever, then figure it out for yourself…!" was Alexandre's reply.-
[10:58] <Minaplo> ]
[11:03] * Sept smiled and laughed at that, relieved. He'd been prepared for at least some tension.

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