She Said Hey Is That A Dakimakura

[19:23] <Sept> He'd made it. He was shivering and he'd lost whatever appetite he'd had and his upper body ached like hell, but he'd made it. Rei had been a sufficient stand-in for the Norwegian - without her, the trip from the hospital to the apartment would've been considerably more difficult. "I'm h-home," the boy called out tentatively into the Akagi residence.
[19:24] <@AdEvaGM> ["Nii-saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan." A white blur emerged from a nearby room. He was gonna be pounced…!]
[19:27] * Sept took a hasty step back. "Hello, Tsunopleasedon't-!"
[19:29] <@AdEvaGM> [Tsubaki stopped, an inch away from Sept. He could literally -feel- her 'impact' before she stopped and leaned back. She stared at him with big sad eyes.]
[19:36] * Sept closed his eyes in anticipation for the collision, sweat trailing down his forehead. After a while, he regained his senses, and slooowly opened his eyes, finding Tsubaki's staring at him. "N-no, it's just that. I haven't healed completely and I shouldn't uh, do things like that. Sorry."
[19:36] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh." Said Tsubaki, her sad eyes now becoming sympathetic. "Nii-san, Nii-san. Guess what."]
[19:40] * Sept yawned. It wasn't that he'd slept badly; when he'd slept in the hospital, he could've slept through an Angel attack. It was just that he really -hadn't- slept during his stay. "What, Tsubaki?"
[19:41] <@AdEvaGM> ["It's -Christmas-. And there are presents under the tree!"]
[19:43] <Sept> "O-oh. That's right. Did you open them yet?"
[19:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["No, Nii-san. I want you to open yours!"-
[19:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["Tsubaki-chan?" Called someone from another room. "Is that Sept?"-
[19:46] <@AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, Freya-chan~"]
[19:47] <Sept> "Oh. You want me to do it now? Hello, Freya! I'm back…"
[19:48] <@AdEvaGM> [The door opened. Freya stood there, staring at him with an expression of worry and… Something else. "… Sept." Her shoulders slumped a little as she came out. "I didn't expect you back today!"]
[19:51] <Sept> Sera's expression lit up a little at the familiar face. Even the presents hadn't done that. "Well, I did come back. Rei…" Another long yawn. "She helped me out."
[19:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["A-And… You were ok with that?"]
[19:53] * Sept looked puzzled. "There was no one else there, Freya. Doing it by myself would've been difficult."
[19:53] <@AdEvaGM> ["A-Ah. Of course." Said Freya, smiling a little. "Welcome back, Sept. Merry Christmas."]
[19:56] <Sept> "Thank you, Freya. M-merry Christmas."
[19:57] <@AdEvaGM> ["Nii-saaaaaan. We need to give you your presents."]
[20:00] <Sept> "Right now?" He glanced toward Freya, and put on a smile. "Sure. We can do that, Tsubaki."
[20:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["She's been waiting for it all week, Sept." Said Freya with a smile. She pulled over a chair.-
[20:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["Sit down!"]
[20:03] <Sept> "Um. Thank you." Sera took the seat and looked around expectantly.
[20:06] <@AdEvaGM> ["This is yours." Tsubaki handed him a thin package.]
[20:26] <Sept> "Ah. Thank you, Tsubaki." The package was accepted, and, after some inspection, opened carefully, but with little regard as to keeping the wrapping intact.
[20:27] <@AdEvaGM> [It was a knife. And not just any knife. It was like a box cutter, and was unusually heavy…]
[20:32] <Sept> "Ahh..?" Sept tried the handle, the weight. "It's a bit… cumbersome. But I guess a replica like this isn't meant to be used anyway? It's still… pretty, though. Thank you."
[20:32] <@AdEvaGM> ["It's not a replica." said Tsubaki.]
[20:35] <Sept> Silence. His hands slid further down the handle. He'd been caressing the blade moments earlier. "…oh. Wow. It's… I thought they couldn't make them like this..?"
[20:36] <@AdEvaGM> ["Well, they couldn't." Said Freya, smirking. "A while ago at least. But NERV managed to recruit most of the Thruster Solace design crew after that project collapsed. They're -really- good with weapons and stuff like this."]
[20:40] <Sept> "Wow." Sera repeated. "This is… amazing. Thank you."
[20:40] <@AdEvaGM> ["I love you, nii-san~" Tsubaki cuddled him. "Make sure you don't use it to cut up bread or anything, or you'll ruin the table."]
[20:40] <@AdEvaGM> [-Gently-, it must be noted. She cuddled him gently.]
[20:45] * Sept cuddled back, just a bit less carefully than would've been painless. It was a good gift. "I love you too, Tsubaki. I promise I'll only use it to protect us."
[20:46] <@AdEvaGM> ["Thank you, Nii-san."-
[20:51] <@AdEvaGM> [Freya grinned and held out a slightly fatter package. "Here you go. Custom-built~"]
[20:56] <Sept> "Ah. Word of the day, isn't it?" Sera grinned a little in response, too. The package received the same treatment as the last one.
[20:57] <@AdEvaGM> [It was a gun-like object, designed to be strapped to the wrist and fired with a complicated glove-like thing. The projectile?-
[20:57] <@AdEvaGM> [… A very solid-looking grappling hook.]
[20:59] <Sept> "…Freya?"
[20:59] <@AdEvaGM> ["Mmmm?"]
[21:00] <Sept> "We're still in Tokyo, right?"
[21:00] <@AdEvaGM> ["Yeah…?"]
[21:00] <@AdEvaGM> ["We're in Tokyo-2!" Said Tsubaki helpfully.]
[21:01] <Sept> "This isn't another one of those dreams where I had something like this only so I could wake up without one?"
[21:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["Sorry Sept, this is totally a dream."]
[21:04] * Sept made a very distinct D: face for a few moments. But the space marines would've arrived by now if it was one. Instead, he reached out to hug the girl wordlessly, his eyes noticeably misty.
[21:05] <@AdEvaGM> [Freya hugged him. "I knew you wanted one." She said happily. "So I… You know. Those Solace weapon designers are -such- big kids. When I said it was for you they went nuts."]
[21:08] * Sept wiped at his eyes, but didn't let go just yet. "Y-you're such a meanie. Can you… thank them for me, Freya?"
[21:09] <@AdEvaGM> ["Of course, Sept."]
[21:19] <Sept> "Thank you, Freya. You've always been so good to me. And you never ask for much…"
[21:22] <@AdEvaGM> ["Hehehehe." Freya ruffled his hair. "You're my friend. That's enough, right? Plus you're fun to tease. Isn't he, Tsuchin?"-
[21:22] <@AdEvaGM> ["He sure is~"]
[21:28] * Sept blushed a little, but kept himself otherwise under control as he detached himself from Freya. "Um. I don't know what to say. Is there something I can do for you..?"
[21:29] <@AdEvaGM> [Freya tapped him on the nose. "Did you get -me- anything?"]
[21:50] <Sept> "O-oh. Um. I…" Sera scratched the back of his neck.
[21:51] <@AdEvaGM> ["Septtttttt."]
[21:54] * Sept looked away. "I'm…" His voice shrank. "Um, it's stupid, you wouldn't like it it's nothing like this…"
[21:54] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Go on~"]
[21:57] <Sept> "Um." And Sera escaped to what had intermittently served as his room between his stints in the brig and in medical care. Well. At least they couldn't see him blushing if he was elsewhere.-
[22:02] <Sept> There was a brief sound of a fair amount of -stuff- being thrown around, before Sept re-emerged, with… three packages in his lap, wrapped rather carelessly (but with heart!). One of them was long and cylindrical, the other two were mid-sized boxes stacked on top of each other. He set one of the boxes and the cylinder down in front of Freya. The other box he kept for the time being.
[22:03] <Sept> He was still blushing, of course. The brief excursion hadn't particularly helped.
[22:05] <@AdEvaGM> ["Ohohoho." Freya grabbed the cylinder first and ripped it off with true Scandinavian glee.]
[22:15] <Sept> Within was… a cardboard cylinder, with the ends blocked by plastic lids. Opening it, Freya would discover… two posters. The other was a large portrait of EVA-01, the other a heroic team pose shot of 01 with several other units Freya couldn't recognise, but whose roles she could fairly easily divine from their appearances. One of them was wearing a yellow foreman's hard hat, another
[22:15] <Sept> clearly the red-and-white of a fire truck. Even 01 seemed a lot more… civil and un-weapon-y. The 01 portrait had text on the sides, with technical information (clearly outdated or simply false by now) and helpful information such as "EVA-01 is the first publicly used remote-controlled EVA (Extremely Versatile Assistant) unit designated to helping expand and upkeep Paris-2 with urgent
[22:15] <Sept> matters otherwise requiring highly specialised one-use equipment". These were NERV propaganda posters from last January.
[22:16] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Freya stared.]
[22:17] <Sept> "Isaidit'dbestupidI'msorry"
[22:18] <@AdEvaGM> ["Bahahahahaha." Freya started to cackle. "Oh my God these are -amazing-"]
[22:20] * Sept looked at the girl carefully. "R-really? They're not stupid?"
[22:22] <@AdEvaGM> ["Of course not, Sept." Said Freya fondly. "Look at this~ It's so… -So-… I dunno. It just speaks to me."]
[22:22] <Sept> "It does? That's… that's good!"
[22:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["Hehehe." Freya winked. "Don't you remember what we did when we first saw these?"]
[22:31] * Sept looked puzzled… and then blushed again. "It… just seemed like another stupid way for the city to waste money, and… well, -I- think it could've worked, if they'd actually used it like that…"
[22:32] <@AdEvaGM> [Tsubaki blinked as she listened.-
[22:32] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh that's not all. Go on." Freya tickled his neck.]
[22:35] <Sept> "W-we thought if we could have it wreck the Palais de Justice or the Louvre we could teach them a lesson… A-and the cable was just sitting there at the construction site that night…"
[22:35] <@AdEvaGM> ["God, that's -so- ironic." Said Freya, grinning.]
[22:39] <Sept> "S-shut up! That has nothing to do with this! A-anyway we thought we could set up the cable on a main street on a parade or something, but…" Sera looked away. "Stupid city not telling us the truth made us steal three hundred meters of heavy-duty cable for nothing…"
[22:40] <@AdEvaGM> ["He wouldn't like you wrecking his city anyway~"]
[22:42] <Sept> "I-I know that! But it -would've worked-…"
[22:42] <@AdEvaGM> ["Three hundred metres…" Murmured Tsubaki. "That's as many as 30,000 centimetres!"]
[22:47] <Sept> "W-well, the main streets in Paris-2 are pretty wide… We had to be ready for any of them." He tried to play it off professionally. Just taking the proper precautions, ma'am.
[22:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["Of course now we -know- why."]
[22:50] <Sept> "What do you m-mean?"
[22:50] <@AdEvaGM> ["Why the streets are so big, of course."]
[22:52] <Sept> "A-ah? Do we?"
[22:53] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Oh, stupid Sept." Said Freya, grabbing his ear. "The streets are so big to make way for the Evas!"]
[22:55] <Sept> "Oh? -Oh.- Right. It was… designed for that. Sorry." A worried look flashed across his face for a moment before the smile replaced it again. "Anyway, um. Do you want to open the other one?"
[22:55] <@AdEvaGM> ["Sure~" She grabbed it. Rip!]
[22:55] <@AdEvaGM> ["Sure~" She grabbed it. Rip!]
[22:59] <Sept> Sera was looking much less uncomfortable now. It was, unexpectedly, a box. Upon opening the lid, she would find… was that packing material? No, it was more colourful… It was. An endless stream of NERV logos, Parisian and French and UN flags, with plain green and orange ones in between. There was probably enough for the perimeter of every room of at least a two-person apartment, if not
[22:59] <Sept> more. These were also from January, she would remember. "I… said I'd get you something. A souvenir."
[23:08] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Freya stared at the flags for a long time.]
[23:10] <Sept> "I-it is stupid, isn't it. I should've saved the other one for last..?" Wait. Was that… something, at the very bottom of the box? What was that?
[23:10] <@AdEvaGM> [Freya sniffled a little! "N-Not stupid at all, you idiot." She reached to the bottom…]
[23:11] <Sept> Something soft, thin… satin?
[23:18] <@AdEvaGM> [She pulled…!]
[23:21] <Sept> "Th-that's g-" Sera's eyes were suddenly fixed on the foreign object. "Freya, what is that?" It was… some kind of sheet? Too long for a pillow, too narrow for a blanket oh god it's a dakimakura hug pillow sheet with Sept's likeness. Remember when he was much less uncomfortable? That stopped being a thing. He was blushing so deeply now he was almost in tears. He could utter only one word
[23:21] <Sept> in desperate hope he'd telepathically intercept the plea from France and retroactively reverse this situation with a time machine or some shit. "P-P-Patrice…"
[23:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Freya -stared-. "Sept. Sept. -What-. Sept." She stared at him. "Septttttt."-
[23:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh, now you can snuggle nii-san whenever you want~"]
[23:25] <Sept> "IT W-WAS PATRICE! I swear I didn't know F-Freya you have to believe me I-I-I-I-" Complete social meltdown.
[23:26] <@AdEvaGM> ["… -Stupid idiot-! Why would you ask Patrice for help?!"-
[23:26] <@AdEvaGM> [Tsubaki nicked the dakimakura. "Mine now~"]
[23:29] <Sept> "I-I-I don't know I needed it for uh TSUBAKI OPEN YOUR PRESENT" Sera thrust the final box at the girl.
[23:29] <@AdEvaGM> ["Present~" Tsubaki grabbed it and unwrapped it.]
[23:38] <Sept> There was a bit of actual packing material, now. Not that the two larger-than-standard-edition 01 and 03 plushes would've needed it. The present being much simpler, there was less room for elaborate smuggling attempts… So the Fan Club had settled on a piece of paper with a surprisingly well-photoshopped picture of the two Units caught in a deep embrace. At the bottom was a carefully
[23:38] <Sept> hand-written message, like something a celebrity might sign their photograph with. "01 x 03 4 EVA - With Love, Patrice & Emile"
[23:40] <@AdEvaGM> ["Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~" she hugged them both incredibly tightly. "Look, nii-san~ Look~" She held up the signed photo. "They're just like you and me~ Will we be together forever too?"-
[23:40] <@AdEvaGM> [Freya was still staring at Sept.]
[23:42] <Sept> "L-look, she's happy with it, okay..!" he defended himself to Freya. "Well, we're family, aren't we, Tsubaki?"
[23:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["Yup~"-
[23:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["Can't believe you let them smuggle a body pillow…"]
[23:45] <Sept> "T-they must've taken out some of my stuff to make it fit…"
[23:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["Tch." She looked down at her box, filled with flags. "I… I really do like this, though."-
[23:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["Hello!" Came a voice. Ritsuko…!]
[23:54] <Sept> "Quickhidethepillowpleasehidethepillow Hello, Ritsuko!" Sera called out, turning around and attempting to cover up as much of the area behind him as was humanly and naturally possible.
[23:55] <@AdEvaGM> ["Onee-chan, look what I haaa-" Tsubaki's attempt to show off the pillow was intercepted by Freya, who decided to forego subtlety and just tackle her to the ground. "Eek!" "Noooo"-
[23:55] <@AdEvaGM> [Ritsuko stared at the group. "… Hi! I… Got presents."]
[23:57] <Sept> "Ah, yes, we just finished sharing ours please we could use a dist- I mean more presents more fun for all yes."
[23:59] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Ritsuko eyed Sept. "I wasn't expecting you home! Anyway." She lowered a bunch of large packages on her table. "Oof." Quickly- a cigarette case. Cigarette. Lighter. Smoke.-
[23:59] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Ok! Sept, the top one's yours! I… Ah, hope it's your thing, most boys your age are into this sort of thing, so…"]
[00:02] <Sept> "A-ah, I'm sure it's fine, anything's good really-" Sera destroyed the wrapping hurriedly. Anything underneath could be talked about. More talk was less chance of more pillow talk.
[00:02] <@AdEvaGM> [Was Sept into video games? Because now he had a Playstation 3.]
[00:07] <Sept> "O-oh. It's… one of these. I… I haven't had much chance to try them before? But… they seem to be popular. I think. I'll give it a try, Ritsuko, thank you!" Sera -did- look truly grateful, though. Whether it was for the item now in his possession keeping his eyes busy or the distaction from the present ruse, it was harder to tell.
[00:18] <@AdEvaGM> ["No worries. There are a few games there too~"]
[00:21] <Sept> "Ah~ Thank you, Ritsuko! It's a good present!"
[00:21] <@AdEvaGM> ["It is!" Said Ritsuko. "So… What else did you get?"]
[00:29] <Sept> "Ah… Prog knife. And a grappling gun. Wh-what did you get, Ritsuko?"
[00:29] <@AdEvaGM> ["… What?"]
[00:32] <Sept> "What did you get, Ritsuko?"
[00:33] <@AdEvaGM> ["N-No, I mean… A grappling gun?"]
[00:35] <Sept> "Y-yes. I.. always could've really used one back in Paris, so I… now I have one! It'll be really useful." The boy nodded enthusiastically.
[00:35] <@AdEvaGM> ["… I didn't know you could get grappling guns."]
[00:41] <Sept> "I… guess we can? It'll be really useful." He repeated.
[00:42] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Ah, for your roof thing."]
[00:44] <Sept> "My… I guess you can call it that." Said Sera, slightly resentfully.
[00:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Sorry." Said Ritsuko. She needed a distraction… She glanced over at the girls.-
[00:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["Hey, is that a dakimakura…?!"]
[00:49] <Sept> "NO!"

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