She Said It S Hard To Describe

[19:22] * Aline reached the door to the hotel room, at last. Talking to Kaworu was certainly… odd, after that. She felt pretty odd, herself. Yet also a bit justified now in her position. If only because of how the guy kept /messing/ with her. Ugh. Too aggressive. Soooooo, at any rate, the door. The /door/. She knocked at it~
[19:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["Who is it?" Shinji.]
[19:24] * Aline intoned happily. "Me, Aline. I'd been waylaid a bit before I could get back up here."
[19:25] <@AdEvaGM> ["O-Oh." A hasty voice. The door opened. "Welcome back! What was it?"]
[19:31] * Aline strode in. "…Kaworu turned up. I told him that I was wrong to do what I did and especially so was he, and he should be backing off from us now. He was… er." She had an uncomfortable look on her face. "…Obviously a bit odd about it, but I insisted on it. I need to be a strong for you as you are for me, you know?" …A pause. "…He's probably already gone, so going after him
[19:31] * Aline is probably something you should wait on, eh?"
[19:32] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji gave her something of a dirty, if sheepish look, that clearly said 'I never said I was going after him, and even if I did I would totally not want you to get involved'. "… Ah. W-Well, that's good. That you said that."-
[19:33] <@AdEvaGM> ["Welcome back, Leenie-chan." Said Rei, who was currently holding up Aline's swimsuit.]
[19:35] * Aline stared a bit at the swimsuit-holding, but… with an awkward smile and closed eyes, she let it slide. "Yeah, Er… sorry if I made assumptions, I knew you were mad. I'd probably do that if I were in your shoes… Anyway, now it should be getting better!" She turned her head a little. "Anyway, hi~ Ah… I take it you think the suit's interesting?" A headtilt to confirm she was
[19:35] * Aline talking to Rei.
[19:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["I want one like it." Said Rei. Shinji merely nodded a little at Aline and gave her a small smile.]
[19:40] * Aline blushed a little, thinking. "Ah… huh! Well, maybe. Maybe you can go get one when you start getting an allowance of one sort or another?"
[19:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["I'm being paid a pilot's salary." Said Rei. She put the swimsuit back down.-
[19:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["We're gonna be pretty rich when this is all over." Said Shinji. "You know, I don't really know what I'd do with it."]
[20:04] * Aline smiled softly, but thought distantly, her expression gaining that certain unreadable quality of someone who was really pondering a reality far from themselves. "I don't really know, either. I suppose, live comfortably, establish a safe future for ourselves by keeping that money secure." But… she shook her head. "But… I'm starting to wonder what kind of world we'd even come out
[20:04] * Aline into."
[20:05] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh?" Asked Shinji.]
[20:07] * Aline nodded. "I heard… that apparently, the 3 Paris-2 EVA units are part of a greater plan of sorts." She craned her head to quickly acknowledge the book sitting on a table. The one on Hindu mythology. "That's why I've been reading up on all of that, actually. Do you know what the main Geofront's MAGI units are called?"
[20:08] <@AdEvaGM> ["Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva." Said Rei immediately.]
[20:15] <Aline> "Yeah. And… that's precisely the roles we and the three of Zerogouki, Shogouki, and Yongouki were meant to have. …In that order, too. Creator, preserver, destroyer. To decide what the new world should be like, and then bring it into being; to watch the present world and protect it for now; and to decide when the time to bring forth the new world is and make the transition." Aline sighed
[20:15] <Aline> deeply. "Whatever the /actual/ plan is, it sounds… it sounds like something almost as apocalyptic as the propose Third Impact, except somehow under our control instead of creating an Angelic world. What that means… I don't quite know. But that means, since I said they were in order? Mine is that of the creator. Responsibility for that new world, by their plan… is mine."
[20:18] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Shinji frowned, clasping his hands together. "… Are you sure that means you and not Zerogouki?"]
[20:22] <Aline> "It…" She paused again. "It feels like both, somehow. Like the unit is the one that is capable of it, but I might… well, I hope I might be involved." Aline's face was colored by a frown to match Shinji's. "It'd feel… worse than being responsible for that, to instead have to sit and watch it happen before my eyes. I would… even if things changed, I'd want a world we could still
[20:22] <Aline> understand. That we could still be happy in."
[20:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["I see." Said Shinji. "… What would we be willing to 'lose', though?"]
[20:28] * Aline sounded almost outright troubled by that question. "…I don't know. Even if we somehow become more capable in some way, or the nature of the world we live in changes somehow, I think… the one thing we /shouldn't/ ever lose is the nature of humanity." She did for the slightest moment brighten, though it was a half-formed smile. "Cliched as it sounds, love shouldn't be lost."
[20:28] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji smiled. He gestured Aline to him.]
[20:30] * Aline came closer, with a little (complete) smile of her own~
[20:32] <@AdEvaGM> [He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her onto his lap~ "What's the 'nature' of humanity, though? I-I mean, if we all turned into giant sabre-armed monsters…"]
[20:36] * Aline sat quite willingly! "I mean, like, our personality quirks and how we need each other but in sort of gentle ways rather than desperate ones. As I sorta told Voriel, humanity needs all of its diversity and bright ideas, because it gives us strength already. So /I/ think? It'd be totally better if we only needed to turn into the giant sabre-armed monsters if we really really wanted
[20:36] * Aline to. Having a strong soul can take us places no amount of kaiju-film-esque monsteryness can. I know that on a level few humans can."
[20:54] <@AdEvaGM> ["So…" Shinji nodded and leaned back, pulling Aline back with him. "It all comes down to the strength of our souls… Could a human surpass an Eva?"]
[20:57] * Aline leaned in, looking almost dreamy. "I… don't know until it happens. I can't even begin to determine what /actually/ makes a soul capable of those things. Because then… if we were capable of those things, we'd transcend limits we didn't even know we were held back by. My only worry is that…" While her tone reflected the change in how she felt about that, she still moved and
[20:57] * Aline expressed contentment. "…the people who'd be given that power might not be able to respect the responsiblity of it. But I don't know how to make the whole world… 'grow up'."
[20:59] <@AdEvaGM> ["'A true god is aware of the inherent wisdom of the universe'." Said Rei suddenly.]
[21:04] * Aline blinked at that, more out of 'oh snap, an interjection' than 'huh?'… "Is that suggesting I shouldn't worry about that as much, or that to be capable of that, I'd need to reach a point where I'm sure of that? Assuming this theory is correct, that is."
[21:12] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Rei didn't seem to understand. "Well. It's something daddy says." She said. She put Aline's swimsuit down. "A true god would know… Everything, so they wouldn't care about little things like money or power."]
[21:14] * Aline suddenly twitched. "…Oh… Oh! I get it now! He…" She corrected her position a little, shifting on the lapseat so as to not make Shinji think she was falling. "He meant that about what the people would become, not what I'd feel in deciding about the new world." She then… well, went on with it. "…Living enlightenment. If we knew what we were doing…"
[21:15] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Shinji smiled a little. "Sounds very buddhist."]
[21:18] * Aline nodded sharply. "Yes, I… had to think of that in order to understand it. If that's his goal… If that's what a higher soul would do… that doesn't sound nearly as bad as something as harsh-sounding as 'making everyone like the Angels'. And if we could keep humanity's will to stay together…" She smiled a bit more. "…It wouldn't be like how the Angels are, lonely beings living
[21:18] * Aline lives hardly without any contact with their kin. It'd be… it might be happy. I… It's hard to grasp whether or not it'd work, but it actually makes sense to me."
[21:23] <@AdEvaGM> ["Would it be better…?"]
[21:29] * Aline paused, at that. "The… that is the question, isn't it? I'm not sure whether /changing/ everyone like that, to become… a… a race of gods, would be or not. It feels like it might be, but it also feels like it'd make everything so bizarrely different. I do know this, though." Aline leaned back with her hands, and seemed to firm up a little - perhaps to appear more sure of herself.
[21:29] * Aline "One way or another, the ability to use high-powered AT Fields for things other than sending giant artificial monsters to beat up giant natural monsters, will be exploited. Human technology works that way, and as I've told other people who worry about the future that EVAs have unleashed on the world? Pandora's box is open now. The only thing we can do is reach for the hope left inside and
[21:29] * Aline try to make sure it gets used for good."
[21:31] <@AdEvaGM> ["There's no going back then. Only the future. -Our- future, too…"]
[21:37] * Aline searched a bit for his hand, to hold onto. "Whatever future we have to live in, I'm going to fight to make it a happy one."
[21:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["So am I." Said Shinji, taking Aline's hand and intertwining his fingers.-
[21:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["The future…" Rei looked at them. "What do you both want in the future?"]
[21:39] * Aline smiled even broader, looking a bit… giddy and trembling. "To be happy, together, and to know that in the end, we helped everyone."
[21:40] <@AdEvaGM> ["Are you going to get married?"]
[21:42] <Aline> "Yeah~" plain and simple, that was all she needed.
[21:43] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei smiled broadly- for her. It was a simple smile for anyone else. "Onii-chan and his lovely wife~"]
[21:49] * Aline giggled a bit, squeezing Shinji's hand tighter. "That's a role I can live with now~"
[21:52] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji blushed. "T-That's true. Stop trying to tease." He swayed to the side on the couch~]
[21:53] <Aline> "Aw, but it's still in her nature!" A little teasing poke of her own, at his side. "A person's nature is important~"
[21:54] <@AdEvaGM> ["Bah." He started poking at her side now, too- but with the threat of tickles.]
[21:58] * Aline upped the ante, her pokes now sliding a bit around, enough to become vaguely tickly. "Bah this!"
[21:59] <@AdEvaGM> ["Eep!" Shinji declared tickle war, digging his fingers in hard and tickling her without remorse.]
[22:06] * Aline giggled ridiculously, and nearly collapsed, before redoubling her efforts! But… but! She just didn't have the same fortitude. Oh woe and defeat!
[22:06] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji grinned, kissing her deeply as his reward.-
[22:07] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei stared. "You two seem very happy."]
[22:09] * Aline returned the kiss with more than a bit of gusto, and even when she pulled away, there was the remaining trace of heavy breathing to show… well, just how she felt. "Aheh… yeah, it's… it's… I don't even know how to describe it."
[22:10] <@AdEvaGM> ["Am I going to have that one day?"]
[22:15] * Aline looked on, thoughtfully. "I think… I think it might take a little bit of time, but it's definitely possible. You're… mm. Probably going to have to make it through some troubles with your own life before you can quite get there, though. But then again?" She looked briefly at Shinji - definitely a knowing-glance kind of thing. "We've been through a lot ourselves. My mom, his dad,
[22:15] * Aline the things that've happened to us because we're pilots - or even just before it… on both of our counts. We've hurt, but I guess once you pull through, you'll have a chance to get what you'll have hoped for after hurting so long~"
[22:20] <@AdEvaGM> ["I hope so." Said Rei. "It's all very confusing right now."]
[22:27] <Aline> "Mmm. It…" Aline almost couldn't figure out how to continue. Almost. "You're stuck in a position nobody has dealt with before. 6 years old, waking up in a body that should be 15 years old. And with parts of you that have been changed that… I don't know what it feels like to you, but it looks like your feelings are somehow being held back."
[22:46] <@AdEvaGM> ["Held back…" Rei blinked. "There are some things I see that confuse me, but a part of me feels like it'd hurt to concentrate on them so I think other things…"]
[22:49] * Aline became honestly curious at that. "…See? So it's… not just feelings, but things you can see…?"
[22:49] <@AdEvaGM> ["About myself." She stared down at her body.]
[22:51] * Aline looked a bit uncomfortably at Shinji, but then back to Rei. "…Do you think they're things that me or Meimei might have, too? I… This is sort of a difficult question to ask, even for someone who got to live those 9 years out."
[22:52] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji looked rather awkward, as though some part of his male mind realised things were rapidly approaching critical Uncomfortable Mass.-
[22:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Rei tilted her head. "I… Don't know."]
[22:55] * Aline closed her eyes, taking a deep breath. "…Shinji-chan, I think you can already tell where this might be going. Maybe either you or us-" A gesture, of course, at herself and Rei. "-could go to another room of the suite for a little while?"
[22:56] <@AdEvaGM> ["That's a good idea." Said Shinji with relief. "I'll go fetch something from the restaurant, alright?"]
[22:57] * Aline turned the 'serious' closed-eyes gesture into a cheery one. "That'd be a good idea~"
[23:03] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji gently shifted Aline aside and then made his escape.]
[23:05] * Aline totally let him go by, and once he was gone, she eyed over to Rei. "Well… now we can do this a bit better, since it's just between girls. It /should/ be nothing I haven't seen or heard about or whatnot. Mind… at least trying to describe it?"
[23:13] <@AdEvaGM> ["Confusing." She murmured. "… It's hard to describe."]
[23:17] * Aline thought for a bit. "Well… maybe start with what you can? I mean… if it's what I /think/ you mean, it could be anything from seeing people in a different way, to feeling… desires and weird feelings you haven't felt before, as well as… ah… er. Things… er… down there, being… different." A vague gesture between her legs, but tastefully distant from actually touching.
[23:19] <@AdEvaGM> ["Things are different down there." A light hint of colour appeared on her cheeks. "And… I feel strange sometimes when I look at my photos…"]
[23:21] <Aline> "Like… you can tell the physical differences? When you look at them, that is."
[23:24] <@AdEvaGM> ["It makes me feel confused. My face burns a little…"]
[23:29] * Aline frowned. "…It's hard. To be two people, one in your memories, one in your reality. It's something, well… nobody's ever had to deal wi-" Aline stopped cold. "…Except the Evas. But that can't help too much I don't think. Uh… it's going to be a long journey. They don't have this kind of thing too, but… everyone else has to figure out who they /really/ are when they're as
[23:29] * Aline old as you've become."
[23:34] <@AdEvaGM> ["Who they really are…?"]
[23:43] <Aline> "Yeah." Aline knit her hands together. "Like… their idea of who they're supposed to be. For me, I… came from being picked on a lot, and alone. I started to do stuff, and figured out I liked learning science, and helped people out a little… I felt really really bad when those people came for me - the… uh, same ones you had seen. The ones with all the guns, the terrorists. I then…
[23:43] <Aline> then I became a pilot, and now I have the world and all of these amazing things all around me, and I'm beginning to feel like I can do something about it, like I have a purpose. That kind of thing."
[23:46] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh." She nodded. "… my purpose is to destroy Angels."]
[23:47] * Aline blinked. "…Oh, right, you were, on that level… created to… okay let's try this again. Answer this. What…" She leaned a bit further. "What will your purpose be when they're gone, completely? There's a tiny tiny amount, so it /will/ happen, and in only a few years or less."
[23:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["… I don't know." Mumbled Rei. "Sera said I should have a reason to fight, and I said I wanted to save the world, but that really wasn't the reason I felt strongest about…"]
[23:48] * Aline tried to make her tone a little gentler. "…What is the reason you feel strongest about?"
[23:49] <@AdEvaGM> ["I want to be someone who doesn't make Zaizai cry."]
[23:52] * Aline slowly nodded. Solemnly, even. "That's something that'll be healed in time. Do you know why he might do that? I always think that you need to know why someone feels something, before you can figure out how to change that!"
[23:52] <@AdEvaGM> ["…" Rei looked down at her lap.-
[23:53] <@AdEvaGM> ["I remind him of someone he loved, who died." She said. "I'm a painful reminder."]
[00:00] <Aline> "…I'm sorry, but… I know. And that's something that'll be very hard to fix without time passing. Because… death hurts, so bad. To miss someone and feel like you'll never get them back… That's what your mother felt, but with her own way of dealing with it. He needs time to handle who you are now, and… some of how to do that, I think, is to…" Aline pursed her lips. "Well, in this
[00:00] <Aline> case, to do some of the things that'd be right /now/, that weren't before. Even if you missed the time… you're now basically the same age as the rest of us. So maybe you could start to learn how people get to be friends when they're 15? Things like hanging out and talking, going shopping and having nice meals together, or playing fancier games or talking about… stuff?" The girl then
[00:00] <Aline> blushed. "I'm not the best teacher about that. I'm not… that normal."
[00:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["But… I'm not normal at all… So compared to me, you're just like anyone else, Leenie-chan." She looked down at her feet.]
[00:04] * Aline frowned, and it was more of an awkward frown. "I can try to help, I know that! It's just… I don't know if I can go all the way. But that's some of it. You're going to have to ask for a lot of help, because people… usually get a chance to grow into this. It's not very fair to have to rush your way into this now, so I'll… try to help with getting more people comfortable enough
[00:04] * Aline to talk to you so you can get the help you need."
[00:05] <@AdEvaGM> ["Thank you, Leenie-chan."]
[00:08] * Aline smiled genuinely. The kind of smile that, while it wasn't their relationship, felt like that of a proud mothe- …It keeps happening. But she did smile that way. "You're welcome… And if you need any help with the more awkward body things you can ask me or your mom and we can help there. Poor Shinji-chan would probably blush red like a lobster if he was stuck around for that…"
[00:12] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei nodded. "They really are confusing. And a little scary when they first happened…"]
[00:16] * Aline put a hand on her knee. "I know, right? The first time for me, my dad was doing foreman work in Berlin-2, and my mom has… a lot of problems… so nobody actually told me about it! It…" She giggled in a very much 'this is the laughing part of looking-back-on-it-and-laughing' kind of knowing tone. "It made me think I got hurt there, and when the bigger stuff passed and it started
[00:16] * Aline hurting more, I went off crying to the school nurse, saying that I thought I was dying! So… really, I know how that can get."
[00:20] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei nodded slowly, her face solemn. "But you know what to do now…?"]
[00:27] * Aline nodded with a little smile~ "Yeah! You can get things to help keep it under control. It might hurt a bit still, but you'll keep your clothes clean with those things. Pads, tampons, that sort of thing. You can ask your mom for a bit more on that, since she probably has a few more pointers. But yeah! It's just part of the reproductive cycle~"
[00:28] <@AdEvaGM> ["The reproductive cycle… You mean giving birth?"]
[00:29] <Aline> "Sorta!" Aline was still chipper. "It's part of what happens /before/ you even get pregnant. It's cleaning out the insides in time with the cycle of egg release~"
[00:29] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh…"]
[00:30] * Aline cut back the over-the-top cheer a little. "So it just means you're functioning. As it were. Can get a bit annoying though…"
[00:31] <@AdEvaGM> ["… Boys don't have this, do they?"]
[00:32] <Aline> "Nope~ They just are sorta there. But that I guess is because their role in it isn't as complicated anyway. All the stuff needed to actually produce the child takes a lot more maintainance."
[00:33] <@AdEvaGM> ["Boys are lucky."]
[00:36] * Aline pursed her lips. "Guess so, at least that way. It's pretty complicated, because they have all kinds of different expectations of them that I can't even begin to think of. But… yeah, biologically easier."
[00:38] <@AdEvaGM> ["Different expectations…?"]
[00:48] <Aline> "Oh, well like… being a boy is sorta weird itself. Like…" She got sudden flashbacks to Edgar. "…Lots of stuff about being strong and unconcerned and then not knowing how to talk to girls and… uh…" She tip-tapped her fingers together. "Things… like that?"
[00:49] <@AdEvaGM> ["Oh… They don't know how to talk to girls? Don't we speak the same language?"]
[00:50] * Aline shook her head. "Like, emotionally. Some of them get nervous just because they feel it's someone… different to them? I'm sorry, I'm having trouble thinking of how to put it."
[00:50] <@AdEvaGM> ["Ah… I see."-
[00:50] <@AdEvaGM> [There was a knock at the door.]
[00:53] * Aline turned. "Maybe he's back?" …She headed over to the door. "Hello?"
[00:54] <@AdEvaGM> ["A-are you guys done…?"]
[00:54] * Aline quickly popped open the door! "Yeah! Sorry about that, but it's pretty important!"
[00:55] <@AdEvaGM> ["Whew. Ok, good." He slipped inside.]
[00:56] * Aline carefully did up the door locks and all of that. "Get anything nice while you were out? And… sorry about that again, we should be done playing with the door now."
[00:56] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji lifted a bag. "I got us a bit of sushi. Cost a lot though…"]
[01:00] <Aline> "Oh! Well that'll be nice then~"
[01:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["I'll go get the plates."-
[01:01] <@AdEvaGM> [Before long, the three of them would be seated- three plates on the table, a few trays of sushi in the middle.]
[01:07] * Aline was quite happy to eat the little sushi roll, picking at it a little, before just ~gulp~ and the rest of it would go with a few token chews. "Ah, this is good! Thanks again~"
[01:08] <@AdEvaGM> ["What did you end up getting for Christmas, Aline?" Asked Shinji.]
[01:10] * Aline tugged at the kimono a bit. "Well, this, for starters. Then uh…" She almost shook a bit, in just /surprise/ "…The giant heap of what appears to have been fangifts? There was a laptop in there, I know. A pretty high-end one too! But… wow I haven't even… Oh! Oh right!" Aline let her eyes flutter a little. "I still haven't given you my gifts to you!"
[01:11] <@AdEvaGM> ["A-ah, you got me something…!" Shinji blushed. "You didn't have to, you know."]
[01:21] <Aline> "Ah, no no, it's not a problem. I had trouble thinking of what spendy-type things you would have wanted, so…" Aline eyed her plate. The last sushi roll on it was there. Alone. Vulnerable. Best to re-unite it with its friends! So she just popped the whole thing in her mouth, chomping on it probably a bit too messily. "Mmph a schmgnd mmkay?" …Whatever that meant. She came back, though,
[01:21] <Aline> with three little packages! One tiny, looking rather jewelry-box-ey. another flat, thin, but wide - a book? - and the last being flat as well, but much smaller.
[01:26] <@AdEvaGM> ["Schmgnd…?" Shinji blinked, but chuckled. He took the top one- the jewelry-box- and neatly unwrapped it like an orange.]
[01:32] <Aline> [Within, was a simple, single locket. It was silver-plated, and seemed to have this curious faux-pocketwatch motif. It was /pretty/, though, with little brushed detailings. When opened, the 'door' side had a small decorative set of (immobile) gears, while the other had a spot for a picture.] "I… didn't want to decide on a picture just yet. I thought you'd probably want to pick one that
[01:32] <Aline> felt more valuable than others."
[01:33] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji stared at it for a long moment…-
[01:34] <@AdEvaGM> [He bowed his head and sniffled.]
[01:35] * Aline bowed as well. "…Thank you."
[01:36] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei blinked.-
[01:36] <@AdEvaGM> ["H-Heh." Shinji put it on. "I-It's -really- lovely, Aline."]
[01:38] * Aline wiped at an eye under her glasses, for a moment. "Y… yeah. I… I know there's symbolic meaning in what it's supposed to look like, but it also just… looked pretty. I liked that fact. And it was pretty in a sort of… charming way, so it'd look right for you."
[01:40] <@AdEvaGM> ["D-Do I look pretty in a charming way?" He blushed.]
[01:42] <Aline> "Yeah! Remember when you put on that suit? It was dapper~"
[01:43] <@AdEvaGM> ["E-ehehe." Shinji scratched the back of his neck. "M-Maybe I need a hat~"]
[01:44] * Aline nodded with another earnest smile. "Maybe!… it'd help the look, for sure."
[01:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["Heehee." Shinji held it fondly for a moment. He already knew what photo he'd put in it… But then he reached for the 2nd gift. The suspected book. Another neat unwrapping.]
[01:51] <Aline> [The book looked… a little old, though only "well-worn for a few years" old. It… it was a deep blue, with a little white section that had Aline's name in somewhat shakier handwriting than usual on it. Attempting to read it would reveal page after page after page of things in her hand, and of course, in French. Abortive attempts at poetry. A one-shot science fiction story that never
[01:51] <Aline> went anywhere, and notes to go with it. Things that looked like diary entries… a lot of those, actually.] "That's my… well, let's call it my 'book'. I stopped writing in it after I became a pilot, because I got so busy, and had things that were just… so different from what I used it for, going on with my life. But I think it might be a little way to get to know me a bit better."
[01:51] <Aline> She… then frowned deeply. "Some of it's nice and happy, but… some of it's depressing, too."
[01:53] <@AdEvaGM> [Some people might discard such a gift, but Shinji opened it gently and reverently. He knew it was more than just a book- it was a private glimpse into a soul. He flipped through the pages carefully. "… These are pretty good." He said with a smile.]
[01:55] <Aline> "Yeah. I'm… I guess I set up the gifts as a sort of… 'us' thing a bit? I don't know. But… ah, thanks. That's… something to think about." Aline was blushing a bit, even if she felt a little… not vulnerable per se, yet still somehow fragile?
[02:10] <@AdEvaGM> ["I'll commit every page to memory. Maybe we can do a little bit together."]
[02:13] <Aline> "Oh, and I can explain them to you, well, some of them. Not all of them have stories behind them."
[02:14] <@AdEvaGM> ["Ah." He nodded. "So this is something we really should do together…"]
[02:16] * Aline nodded back. "Ah, yeah, but only a few of them need it. Either way, it's still a decent enough read on its own for that."
[02:17] <@AdEvaGM> ["I'll treasure it." Said Shinji, placing it carefully back down on the table, before opening the last package.]
[02:19] <Aline> [The last package… was a tape. The kind that worked in his DAT player.] "Ah, that's got some recordings from my school's music club's performances… and some of my own solo recordings. I still sorta want us to play together sometime!"
[02:21] <@AdEvaGM> ["Ah!" Shinji smiled. "That's a good idea! I've been practicing a little too…"]
[02:24] * Aline smiled back. "Yeah, I'm… actually probably not as good as you at it, actually. I had split a lot of my time with the swim team, too." But the smile became a silly grin. "Maybe we could try to talk the other pilots into learning instruments, then we can have a band or mini-orchestra or something, it'd be sorta neat."
[02:34] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji beamed. "We could teach Rei, too!"-
[02:34] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei smiled. "I play triangle at school."]
[02:36] * Aline smirked. "Ah, the triangle, the noblest of percussion instruments~ And then we could have Yanmei and Asuka fighting for lead vocal and guitar, Tsuchin on the drums, and Natasha on the keyboard, it'd be a full band already~"
[02:37] <@AdEvaGM> ["I can see Langley-Soryu-san on a guitar…" Said Shinji.]
[02:38] <Aline> "It's been a sort of goofy fantasy of mine, so I've thought it through. She's very rock-and-roll."
[02:41] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji chuckled.-
[02:42] <@AdEvaGM> ["Back when I did the school play we ended it with instruments." Said Rei. "We should have the pilots play giant Eva-instruments!"]
[02:43] * Aline blinked… "I… that…" She suddenly pictured it. "An Eva-violin… oh god, how would Sera even play? Can Evas even purse their lips to do that?… I don't think they have lips."
[02:45] <@AdEvaGM> ["AT Field."]
[02:46] <Aline> "…You make a compelling, if vaguely cop-out-ish point." Aline chuckled after that, though. "AT Fields! They're like the new magic."
[02:48] <@AdEvaGM> ["They're limited by thought." Said Rei.]
[02:50] * Aline nods. "I know it very well… I mean… I /already/ know how to create indefinite-length dimensional gates with them, which is very impressive. If I had the ability to think clearly about it, I could in theory open a portal to a world in another galaxy. 00 is capable of that with me /right now/."
[02:53] <@AdEvaGM> [Rei nodded slowly. "So blowing through a giant flute is pretty easy."-
[02:54] <@AdEvaGM> ["… That reminds me."]
[02:55] <Aline> "…Ah?"
[02:56] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji frowned down at his plate. "Misato-san said she and some of the other directors were putting together a 'Thunderdome' test."]
[02:57] <Aline> "A…" Aline shook her head slowly. "Thunderdome test? I'm guessing this is some kind of reference, and not based on stormy weather."
[02:57] <@AdEvaGM> ["I don't get it either, but it's basically a combat challenge. We split the Evas into teams… And they fight on a tournament ladder."]
[03:00] * Aline tilted her head. "…Huh. I have to wonder how that goes? I imagine it's going to be in the simulators, of course. But I guess it might… …" Aline shrugged, suddenly. "…Entertain them. Maybe provide useful data."
[03:01] <@AdEvaGM> ["Data, mostly. It's also to test training regimens." Said Shinji bashfully. "Misato-san wants to train me and Tsubaki-chan to fight and beat Yanmei-san and Langley-Soryu-san in 62 seconds…" He sighed. "I don't think it can be done."]
[03:09] * Aline thought. "…That's a bit fast, but… With Gogouki's terrifying melee power… Mmm, it could possibly happen." But she craned her head around. "I think we'll just have to find out more when it comes up, no?"
[03:12] <@AdEvaGM> [Shinji nodded. "Yeah, that's a good idea." He said happily. "Hey, why don't we try to think about where to go tonight? I-I mean, Mom and Dad probably want you out of the house…"-
[03:12] <@AdEvaGM> ["… They do. How did you know that?"-
[03:14] <@AdEvaGM> ["They always used to kick me out at Christmas time after that one mishap at the hot springs." Said Shinji despondently. "Anyway… The local KFCs will probably be totally booked out, but we could probably find a pretty good restaurant. Right, Aline?"]
[03:17] <Aline> "I think so!… We can… mmm. Maybe if I spend a bit of time checking out restaurant lists online and we all chip in thoughts on them…" But, of course, Aline grinned amusedly. "Gives me an excuse to put that laptop through its paces~"

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