She Said Raffy Kun Knight Of The Air None Can Ever Match His

[13:26] <Raphael> The 3rd of May. It's a Tuesday night, about 9PM, and Paris-2 is its usual bustling self as Raphael Guillory steps out of his car and onto a deserted footpath. One of the city's endless carbon-copy apartment complexes rises into the darkened sky ahead of him, but this one is special - it belongs to the Group Captain's new commanding officer, one Captain Marianne Amatore-DeForest.-
[13:26] <Raphael> A few minutes later he's successfully found his way up to the apartment Marianne had pointed him to in her text message. He's abandoned his usual military uniform, of course, if only in favour of a just as neat outfit consisting of a freshly pressed white shirt and long black trousers. There's a bottle of white wine tucked under his arm, as well. He takes a quick moment to check his clothes
[13:26] <Raphael> are still in order before reaching up to knock on the door.
[13:49] <Marianne> [The door opens.-
[13:51] <Marianne> "Ah! Raphael~ You made it!" Said Marianne, grinning and looking very pretty in a smart-casual yellow turtleneck sweater and white skirt. "Did you have problems finding the place?"
[13:56] <Raphael> "Luckily not, Captain. It was a fairly quick run once I managed to get Suzanne set up at Miss Paget's," he says with a little smile. "I'm glad she and Rosalie get along as well as they do."
[13:58] <Marianne> "Aww. A playdate? That's so cute." Coos Marianne. "And please, Raphael. Call me Marianne. Oh, let me introduce you to everyone, come over here-"-
[14:00] <Marianne> Two other people were sitting at Marianne's dinner table. One, a petite Japanese woman with long black hair, wearing black trousers, a black low cut t-shirt and a red vest; the other, a very pale, white-haired girl with blue eyes who Raphael would vaguely remember from the tunnels. "Everyone, this is Raphael Guillory!"
[14:05] <Raphael> "Everyone…?" But it's quiet, and a moment later he's being swept inside to meet the other guests. He gives them both a pleasant smile and a nod as he sits the bottle of wine down on the table, eyes lingering for a brief moment on Gina as he works to place her. "A pleasure."
[14:09] <Marianne> ["Good to see you again, Raphael." Says Gina. "I'm Eugenia- we met… Before."-
[14:10] <Marianne> ["Oho~" The other woman grins. "So you're Marianne's hidden boyfriend~?"-
[14:10] <Marianne> "Shut up, Misato. That's Misato Katsuragi. OD for Tokyo-2."
[14:14] * Raphael gives Gina a gentle nod. "I remember. I'm glad you're up and around again, Eugenia…" Misato gets a slightly longer look after her own comment, Raphael's face perfectly straight except for the faintest twitch of his lip, but eventually he offers her his hand. "Lovely to meet you, Captain Kasuragi. I've heard good things about the Tokyo branch."
[14:16] <Marianne> [Misato's eyebrows rose and her mouth quirked into a cheeky smile…-
[14:16] <Marianne> "Don't get your hopes up, Misato. I doubt anything -good- he heard was about you." Says Marianne quickly.-
[14:16] <Marianne> ["Hey, that's not fair-" Misato pouted.-
[14:17] <Marianne> "Would you like a drink, Raphael? I have some finger food lying about, too, so…"
[14:19] <Raphael> "If you wouldn't mind, Ca…" he pauses, and clears his throat, "Marianne, I mean." He gives her a bit of a smirk.
[14:20] <Marianne> "Wine alright?" She heads off to the kitchen.-
[14:21] <Marianne> [Misato was staring at Raphael with a look that was equal parts appraising and catlike.]
[14:23] <Raphael> "Wine's perfect," Raphael calls, pulling out a chair for himself. He meets Misato's gaze with his own, and there's the subtle look in his eye of a soldier sizing up an apparent new threat.
[14:25] <Marianne> [Misato grins.-
[14:27] * Marianne returned a moment later, placing a second bottle of wine on the table and three glasses. Filling them to capacity, she headed back for a bowl of chips and a beer, the latter she gave to Misato.-
[14:27] <Marianne> "Why don't you propose a toast, Raphael?"
[14:34] <Raphael> The watchful expression disappears the moment Marianne returns to the room, but he falls silent at the request for a toast, drumming his fingers on the table until he seems to find something he's happy with. "To the Evangelion pilots of Paris-2," he says, "Who we would likely not be sharing this drink without.
[14:34] <Marianne> "Hear, hear." Says Marianne, taking a mouthful of wine.-
[14:35] <Marianne> ["A good one." Says Gina, following suit-
[14:35] <Marianne> [… Whilst Misato cracks the tab on her beer and starts drinking. And drinking. And… Drinking. Before she slams the empty can on the table. "Whoo~!"]
[14:38] * Raphael is halfway through his own sip of wine when Misato begins her display, and he raises an eyebrow at her over the rim of his glass. "… I see I'm in the company of a professional."
[14:39] <Marianne> [Misato -smirks-. "It's the good life~ <3"-
[14:39] * Marianne groans. "Be careful, Raphael. If you let her she's going to try to get you into a drinking game."
[14:42] * Raphael gives Marianne a bit of a grin, "I'm not entirely new to such things, Captain."
[15:04] <Marianne> "Raphael. What did I tell you about calling me Captain?" She adds firmly, a little hint of a smile tugging at the corners of her mouth.
[15:08] * Raphael chuckles, taking another sip at his wine. "Pardon, Marianne. All these years of military life form some hard-to-break habits, I suppose."
[15:09] <Raphael> "So, where'd your other two charges escape to tonight? Your message said it was some sort of party?"
[15:12] <Marianne> "Yeah. Rei's holding a dinner party at her place and she's invited them over, along with the other pilots and her parents." Said Marianne. "Isaiah's been busy for the past few days helping prepare."-
[15:13] <Marianne> ["I wish I could've gone." Said Gina sadly. "It would've been fantastic."-
[15:13] <Marianne> "You -know- why you couldn't have gone, Gina…"
[15:16] <Raphael> "Ah, so -that's- what Ayanami's been so busy with. I'd heard about the dinner party, but Suzanne and I haven't seen all that much of her this week…" He does blink a little at the exhange between Gina and Marianne, though. "Why's couldn't you go, if it's not rude of me to ask?"
[15:18] <Marianne> ["Yanmei is terrified I'm going to steal her boy away." Said Gina with an evil little grin.]
[15:20] <Raphael> A few more moments of staring before Raphael erupts in proper, uproarious laughter. No reserved chuckling this time. "That Isaiah boy has no shortage of potential love interests, does he? Good grief."
[15:22] <Marianne> "It's partly Yanmei's fault." Says Marianne. "Not in a bad way. He's always been an attractive boy, but she's given him the confidence to -really- blossom into something else."-
[15:22] <Marianne> ["It's also really hilarious to watch Yanmei squirm~" Said Gina.-
[15:22] <Marianne> [Misato -smirked-. "Oh, you should've seen them in Tokyo-2~"]
[15:24] <Raphael> Sip, sip. He's still grinning. "What, did the poor boy attract even more interested parties?"
[15:25] <Marianne> ["Oh no." Said Misato. "I just, you know~ Helped them along."-
[15:25] <Marianne> "She sent them to a love hotel."
[15:25] <Raphael> "… you didn't."
[15:25] <Marianne> [Misato preened.-
[15:26] * Marianne shakes her head, smirking. "She did. Even worse, she billed it to the NERV accounts, so Dorian found out almost immediately."
[15:27] <Raphael> "… I'm surprised you survived, Captain Katsuragi. I've seen what Pilot Zhang can do with a sword."
[15:28] <Marianne> [Misato cackled.-
[15:28] <Marianne> "How did Yanmei react, anyway?"-
[15:29] <Marianne> ["She was really angry~" Said Misato chipperly. "She rang me up about 15 minutes after I'd left and was trying to guilt me and everything. This was back when they were pretending they were platonic, you see."]
[15:31] * Raphael just grins, shaking his head a little. "That must have been a convincing act. I saw the way they kissed in the tunnels."
[15:34] <Marianne> ["O-ho-~?" Misato beamed.]
[15:36] <Raphael> "Not that you heard it from me," Raphael adds, his face returning to a mock impression of its usual stoicism.
[15:37] <Marianne> ["Uh-huh~"-
[15:38] <Marianne> [Gina refilled her wine glass. "You know, I've thought of a game."]
[15:40] * Raphael takes the bottle once Gina is done, refilling his own glass before holding it over Marianne's in a wordless offer. "Is that so?"
[15:40] * Marianne nods~-
[15:41] <Marianne> ["Mmhmm. We should tell ridiculous stories. Each of us tells something ridiculous, and the rest of us decide if it's true or false. If your story is true, and we say it's true, or it's false and we say it's false, you drink twice. If we don't guess its truth or falseness, however, -we- all drink. The person who isn't in an alcohol coma by the end of the night wins."]
[15:48] * Raphael fills Marianne's glass up as requested! "I think I could agree to that."
[15:48] <Marianne> ["Excellent." Says Gina with a grin.-
[15:53] <Marianne> [They drank and ate for awhile, discussing small talk and the like- eventually, Gina clapped her hands together and surveyed the crowd. Marianne was giggling a little every so often, and Misato had thrown down seven beers in an hour.-
[15:53] <Marianne> ["Raphael. Why don't you start~?"]
[16:18] <Raphael> Raphael was still a picture of composure, at least, even after three or four wines. And even though he was a inveterate drinker in his own right, he’d watched the massacre Misato inflicted on the beer kingdom with a little bit of awe.-
[16:18] <Raphael> "Hmm… alright then," he says, frowning a little as he rummages through his memories for something suitable. "Back in my first few years with the UN I served as a rookie pilot with their air force. It still wasn’t so long after 2I in those days, so to say that resources were pretty tight is an understatement. So in the midst of all this we’re trying to keep a whole bunch of fighter
[16:18] <Raphael> jets in the air on a shoestring budget, which means /nothing/ ever gets thrown out and every little scrap of metal is cannibalized."-
[16:18] <Raphael> "So in that time we were still trying to pacify a whole lot of little tyrants and warlords that had sprung up after the disaster. I was assigned to a unit in the Balkans, and of course I was assigned my own plane along with it. It was a damned rustbucket, looked like it had been destroyed and nailed back together a dozen times since 2I, but of course I was assured it was safe. I took them
[16:18] <Raphael> at their word."-
[16:19] <Raphael> "The next day they wanted us deployed to assist some infantry units. I got geared up and headed down to the runway. I was the last one scheduled to take off, which was fine with me - even plenty of training under my belt I was nervous. Eventually, though, it was my turn to go. I headed down the runway, got up to speed and… well, nothing happened. The thing refused to take off, and all it
[16:19] <Raphael> did was make a couple of half-hearted hops into the air before crashing back down again. The end of the runway was coming up fast, though, so they called me off and, at my insistence, called in an engineer. I was a rookie, though, so they knew who to blame."-
[16:20] <Raphael> "So this engineer takes all of five minutes to look at it, brow all creased, and then he just /stopped/. Stopped dead. So I asked him what was wrong. He said he’d found my problem. He knew this plane - apparently there’d been a crash landing a few months back and the thing had lost both its wings, so he ordered some new ones welded on. No problem. But whoever had done it… well, they’d
[16:20] <Raphael> stuck them on upside down."
[16:24] <Marianne> "…"-
[16:24] <Marianne> "Bullshit." Murmurs Marianne. "-Bullshit-, surely?"-
[16:24] <Marianne> ["Didn't they install EVA-01's armor plates backwards on the arm that one time?" Pointed out Misato.-
[16:25] <Marianne> "Well- Shit, you're right."-
[16:25] <Marianne> ["That sounds ridiculous, but ridiculous enough to be true. I say truth." Said Eugenia.-
[16:25] <Marianne> "…" She peered at Raphael. So deadpan! "… Truth."-
[16:25] <Marianne> ["Truth!" said Misato.]
[16:28] * Raphael grabs his glass and drains it in one go… and then refills it and drains it again. He grins. "Fair play."
[16:30] <Marianne> "That's still ridiculous." Mutters Marianne. "Pick someone to go next, Raphael~"
[16:33] <Raphael> "Oh, it's absolutely ridiculous. The investigation turned up something about untrained refugee labour, so it wasn't the most comforting news," he adds, smiling, "The engineer was surprised it got as far off the ground as it did, apparently. And… hmm, let's go with Captain Katsuragi next."
[16:34] <Marianne> [Misato grinned.-
[16:42] <Marianne> ["Untrained refugee labor, huh. Well. Let's see…" She sighed, picking up another beer and cracking a tab. "So I have a roommate, right? He's this selfish little bastard who doesn't really know how to look after himself, you see. He's got to rely on me for everything, and he drinks my beer, and he eats my food and he never ever pays the rent or anything. He hogs the hot water during the nights, and he sleeps during the day in a room that's been converted from a goddamned meat locker." Says Misato, scowling. "When Yanmei stayed at me she didn't believe he could exist, he was so bad. But you know what? He wasn't even that bad compared to that bastard Kaji. How much gall do you have to -have- to sleep with a girl and be her boyfriend whilst putting about with the other girls? Such a selfish, bottom-feeding bastard." She sighed. "My current roommate was part of a science project, you know? He goes around wearing this little system on his back and he's got these claws-" She made claw gestures. "And he's covered in oil all the time. He was gonna be put down at the place I worked, this selfish, useless guy…" She stared down at her beer. "But I took him in, you know? I don't really know why, but…" She grinned. "I guess I felt it'd be nice to have a family~"]
[16:46] * Raphael makes a thoughtful noise and shoots a glance at Marianne and Gina. "What do you two think? I suppose she /does/ work for NERV…"
[16:48] <Marianne> [Gina smirked. "Hmmmmmmmm. True, but~ I can't imagine NERV letting something like that just walk off with Misato here."]
[16:52] <Raphael> "True…" he mutters, drumming his fingers a little. "Still, she seemed to have a bit to much emotion into that story for me to take it as a lie. I'll say it's true, but only because I've seen stranger things in my time here."
[16:52] <Marianne> "I second that." Says Marianne.-
[16:52] <Marianne> ["As do I." Gina grins.-
[16:53] <Marianne> ["…" Misato smirks, slams down her beer and takes down another one. "You're right. My roommate's a penguin."]
[16:53] <Raphael> "…"
[16:53] <Marianne> "… You didn't mention that part!"
[16:53] <Marianne> ["I thought it'd be too believable."]
[16:54] <Raphael> "… a penguin uses all your hot water?"
[16:58] <Marianne> ["It's a Hot Springs Penguin. A new breed~" Misato winked.-
[16:58] <Marianne> "… That's so dumb…"
[17:00] <Raphael> "I…" Raphael just stares blankly at Misato for a few moments before shaking his head, "I'm beginning to wonder if your changed your answer just so you could take drink."
[17:02] <Marianne> [Misato -cackles-. She promptly takes out her cellphone and flips it open, revealing to Raphael the wallpaper- a picture of herself (in a loose yellow singlet of course) posing next to a fat glossy penguin wearing some sort of mechanical vest… And a pink towel.]
[17:07] * Raphael stares, jaw coming slightly open. He takes a long pull of wine, because his sanity demands it even if the game does not. "I have seen some very strange things in my time, Captain, but that rates quite highly.
[17:10] <Marianne> [Misato grinned. "That's my Pen-Pen! Why don't you go next, Marianne?"-
[17:11] <Marianne> "Hm." Marianne rubbed her chin. "Ok. This story…" She grins. "Is about Dorian Lachapelle."
[17:15] * Raphael sits up a little straighter at that and smirks. "This should be interesting."
[17:28] <Marianne> "Now~ Dorian might be a colonel now. But he wasn't always. In fact." She grins and has at this point forgotten that Dorian has access to surveillance tapes, "Once upon a time he was just a cute widdle cadet at Saint-Cyr Academy. And he got into trouble. In fact he got involved with some very bad men indeed." Her eyes shone. "See, everyone knew he was a big shot. Ambitious like a wolf. So someone offered him a deal. This someone?" Her eyes shone. "Was nothing other than a representative of a network of -Chinese spies-!" She nodded her head solemnly. "They would pull some -strings- and then he'd get a few shiny credits on his record if they spied on certain military bases for them. And he went and said yes." Said Marianne, smirking at the image. "But do you know what he did? What he really did? He went and tried to outsmart them. He tried to spy on the spies! And-" She started to giggle. "And so there he is, having gathered his information on the spies, he's grabbed the military police, soldiers, everything, the plot's all recorded. They kick open the door, and-" She bursts into laughter.-
[17:28] <Marianne> "It- it was a student prank- the -entire time-" She dissolved, shaking giddily.
[17:32] * Raphael doesn't even hesitate as he finishes another sip of wine. "True."
[17:33] <Marianne> ["He'd -kill- you if he knew you were telling that story. True." Said Misato dryly.-
[17:34] <Marianne> ["I concur. True." Said Gina with a grin.-
[17:34] <Marianne> "Ahahahahaha." Marianne doesn't deny it, she simply takes two more drinks.
[17:37] * Raphael 's mask of solemnity evaporated, the soldier joining Marianne in a rather uninhibited burst of laughter that goes on for quite a while. "I couldn't be certain that was true, but I wanted it to be so badly that I simply didn't care."
[17:40] <Marianne> [Misato smirked a sly smile. "Gina's turn now, right?"-
[17:40] <Marianne> "Right!"-
[17:42] <Marianne> [Gina pondered, holding her chin. A very evil little smirk crossed her face before she continued. "Now, we all know Yanmei of course. Dear sweet Yanmei~" Gina grinned. "But here's something I bet you didn't know about her dad~"]
[17:45] * Raphael is silent at that, but shoots Marianne a sidelong glance.
[17:46] * Marianne glances back at Raphael warmly~ <3-
[17:47] <Marianne> ["Do you know who he is~?" Says Gina. "Guess who. It's someone we all know."]
[17:50] * Raphael realizes that there will be no help from that particular quarter and returns his gaze back to Gina. "I'm… not certain, Eugenia. I don't believe Pilot Zhang talks about her family very often."
[17:51] <Marianne> ["Well. The first thing you have to understand is that her mother comes from an old, rich family, you see." Said Eugenia. "She's practically nobility back in China, her mother is. She studied abroad and everything. Where she met a very charming Frenchman who is in and of himself practically nobility…"]
[17:53] * Raphael nods slowly, just waiting for the other shoe to drop…
[17:55] <Marianne> ["… Named Mortimer Mazarin!"]
[18:04] * Raphael gives Eugenia a long, hard and very appraising look, sipping at his wine all the while. "I saw them together in the hospital a few weeks ago, and she didn't seem to act like his daughter. Is she even aware of this?"
[18:05] <Marianne> ["Of course not. But." She leans forward and stares at Raphael seriously. "You -know- they have the same poker face."]
[18:06] <Raphael> "Mmm… I can't really disagree with that. And he did seem rather fond of her."
[18:07] <Marianne> ["You see?" Said Gina. "You know she's been getting him to help save Isaiah from piloting. Would he do that for anyone but his own daughter?"]
[18:09] <Raphael> "…" He narrows his eyes as if trying to pierce the veil of truth itself, but comes away with nothing. Eventually he simply shrugs. "For lack of more information… I /suppose/ it could be true."
[18:10] <Marianne> "True! True~" Parrots Marianne, who sways left to right before seemingly landing on Raphael's shoulder. She doesn't make any effort to move and does in fact shift to make herself more comfortable.-
[18:10] <Marianne> ["…" Misato stares at Gina. "That sounds too awesome to not be true~ A powerful president dad~"-
[18:10] <Marianne> ["…" Gina grins. "A pure lie, all of it."]
[18:13] * Raphael is distracted by the CO clinging onto his shoulder for a moment, frowning in what could well be confusion, but eventually Gina's words filter through and he glances around again and smirks. "… well played, miss." More wine is consumed!
[18:15] <Marianne> [Gina grins.-
[18:21] <Marianne> [Time passed. A pizza man arrived, with a bevy of pizzas- Gina went to answer the door and the poor delivery boy left red-faced and confused. The pizzas were varied, hot and pretty good, all said.-
[18:24] * Marianne was still cozied up to Raphael, a slice of pizza in her hand. "Oh. Oh." She giggled, red-faced with the wine. "Oh, I-I have a really ridiculous thing~"
[18:26] * Raphael is looking… well, quite unsure of himself, glancing down every time Marianne shifts. Still he's trying his best to at least maintain a veneer of composure.
[18:26] <Raphael> "What's that, Captain?"
[18:26] <Marianne> "Do you see that… That picture?" She pointed blearily at a picture of a Loire valley landscape.
[18:27] <Raphael> "I… yes, Captain, I believe I can see it."
[18:28] <Marianne> "That's where…" She giggled. "S'where Yanyan keeps her -secret stash-~~~~ <3"
[18:33] * Raphael coughs slightly, sparing the picture only a quick glance. "That's probably none of my business, Marianne…"
[18:45] <Marianne> ["Stash of what?" Asks Misato, about a second after Raphael's dismissal.-
[18:45] <Marianne> "Guessssss. You too Raffy~ <3"
[18:47] <Raphael> There's a reluctant pause, but he gives in. It's an order from a superior officer, after all! "… Alcohol? There seems to be quite a lot of underage drinking going on amongst the pilots."
[18:47] <Marianne> "Not alcohol~"-
[18:48] <Marianne> ["Colourful illustrations of beautiful teenage boys consorting?" Asks Gina, who seems to only be paying half attention and is, in fact, staring off to space a second later.-
[18:48] <Marianne> "Nuh-uh."
[18:50] * Raphael raises an eyebrow at Gina. "Secret Evangelion merchandise?" he asks, clearly not aware of the overlap between his suggestions and Gina's.
[18:52] <Marianne> "Nope."-
[18:52] <Marianne> ["… Something blackmail-y?" She grins.-
[18:52] <Marianne> "Nope. Something p-ractical-."
[18:53] <Raphael> "… I'm not sure I like where this is going."
[18:55] <Marianne> "S'guns." She grinned, doing an insy-winsy-spider on Raphael's chest. "She's got like, two revolvers behind the picture. Aaaaand there's a pistol buneath the sofa, and, let me think." A pause. "Oh yeah, two other pistols in the flower pot and another one in the kitchen, and she's got a chainword and those… Bolt pistol thingies. Keeps one in the bathroom."
[19:01] <Raphael> "She's prepared. That-" A pause as he stares down at the wandering hand, with the very slight widening of the eyes that passes for his shocked expression. He gently takes hold of her hand, gives it a quick squeeze, and then sits it back in her lap. "… that's, uh, good. Especially after recent events."
[19:06] * Marianne giggles and blushes furiously, as if Raphael had caught her doing something he wasn't supposed to see. "She has an assault rifle strapped to her bed frame." She says. "And over a hundred clips of ammo stores for all her guns~"
[19:06] <Marianne> ["…" Gina is a little taken aback by that.]
[19:18] * Raphael 's usual composure seems to be requiring more effort to maintain than normal as Marianne continues her antics, but the notes on Yanmei's veritable armoury get a nod of approval. "It may seem to be going overboard, but it's better not to be caught off guard in a role like hers."
[19:23] <Marianne> ["Hffff." Misato got to her feet, stretching, then…-
[19:24] <Marianne> [A second later two hands would reach out, grabbing Raphael's cheeks and -tugging-. "You're so seriousssssssss." She moaned. "You need to hurry up and get drunk already! It's getting boring waiting to take advantage of your lowered guard, you know? Isn't he inconsiderate?"-
[19:24] <Marianne> ["Quite."-
[19:24] <Marianne> "Mmmhmm. So inconsiderate!"
[19:30] <Raphael> "Eungh!" Raphael grunts, jumping slightly and almost spilling Marianne from her perch on his shoulder. Despite being held by the cheeks, though, he still intends to claim right of reply. "Ish not my fault y'rall lightweightsh!"
[19:31] <Marianne> "Yeek!" Marianne clings to his arm~ <3-
[19:31] <Marianne> ["Hmph. No flyboy gets to call -me- a lightweight." She places another beer in front of him and scowls.-
[19:33] <Marianne> [Gina was muttering to herself. "What happened to our game? I had a fantastic story and everything…"]
[19:40] * Raphael gives Misato an amused look and reaches for the beer… only to swap to his damaged hand when he realizes Marianne is busy clinging to the other. He pulls the tab and brings the beer up to his lips in one smooth motion, not stopping until he can place the can back on the table well and truly empty.
[19:43] <Marianne> [Misato stares… And grins, pulling her chair down next to Raphael and slamming down another beer.-
[19:43] <Marianne> ["Let's make a bet, Raffy-kun~"]
[19:45] * Raphael gives his sore, reddened cheeks a bit of a rub with his free hand as he eyes Misato. "I have now known you long enough to feel fear at a phrase like that."
[19:45] <Marianne> ["Then are you a brave man, Raffy-kun~? You look brave~"-
[19:45] <Marianne> ["He's brave enough to save a little kid from a nest of Angels." Says Gina.-
[19:45] <Marianne> ["Little kid, huh." Misato frowns. "You're not married, are you?" Shifty eye.]
[19:48] <Raphael> "…" Raphael gives Gina a quick, hard look that would look a lot like a scowl if his eyebrows so much as twitched. "No, Captain, I'm not."
[19:49] <Marianne> ["No wife? No… Kids~?"]
[19:50] <Raphael> "… I'm acting as guardian to one of the girls who was orphaned during the last attack," Raphael says, beginning to look a little nervous at the attention.
[19:51] <Marianne> ["Huh. Tough break that, huh?"]
[19:52] <Raphael> "That's one way to put it."
[19:52] <Raphael> ~
[19:54] <Marianne> ["I have enough trouble looking after a dumb penguin." Says Misato. "Little kids are just a mess. They don't like me at all." She complains, frowning.]
[19:57] <Raphael> "Mmm, it's not so bad with Suzanne. Pilot Ayanami's been helping me out, at any rate."
[19:59] <Marianne> ["…" Misato pauses, then smirrrrrks. "Pilot Ayanami, huh?"]
[19:59] <Raphael> "… yes?"
[20:00] <Marianne> [She leans forward with the self-satisfied expression only Misato Katsuragi can muster. "What do you think of our sweet Pixie Rei?"]
[20:02] <Raphael> "She's a bright, kind young girl and a damn fine soldier," Raphael says, meeting that look with a particularly flat one of his own. "Ayanami was the one who wanted me to look after Suzanne when she found out she was too young to do it herself."
[20:05] <Marianne> ["…" She deflates slightly. "You still haven't drunk enough, Raffy-kun." She firmly puts another beer in front of him.-
[20:06] <Marianne> "Raffy-kun~" Murmurs Marianne to herself. "Flying through the sky~ So proud and so high~ All the girls scream and cry~ Oh Captain Raffy-kun, won't you fly me away~? <3"
[20:08] * Raphael actually rolls his eyes at Misato as he snatches up the next beer. "As noted, I've drunk plenty. It's not my fault none of you can ho-" … "…" … "… what?"
[20:09] <Marianne> [Gina starts to sway side to side. "Raffy-Kun, knight of the air~ None can ever match his flair~"-
[20:09] <Marianne> "There's only one~ We'll have to share~ Raffy-kun~ Raffy-" She narrows her eyes at Gina. "I'm onto you."
[20:13] <Raphael> "… Captain, I think you might have had enough," he mutters quietly, while busy draining Misato's next Challenge Beer.
[20:14] <Marianne> "Oops~ Then you'll have to put me to bed~" She defies Raphael's directives by unwisely trying to match his pace in liquor, grabbing up another beer.
[20:17] <Raphael> "Captain, no, I think that may be a bad ide-…" He falls silent as she begins to drain another beer and just sighs.
[20:18] <Marianne> "Ahahaha." She places the beer down half empty and returns to her perch on his shoulder. "You know captain~ it's not very goods policy to… To consort… Consorzzz…" She's out like a light.
[20:21] <Raphael> "…" He stares at her sleeping face for a moment, almost seeming to smile, before glancing up at Misato. "I think I may take her advice and put her to bed, Captain Katsuragi. Eugenia, do you know which room's hers?"
[20:23] <Marianne> [Eugenia stares longingly at Marianne's face, her hand slowly creeping towards a big thick black marker pen she has in her pocket, put there exactly for this situation. Raphael's words disrupt her. "… Er, sorry?"]
[20:24] <Raphael> "Captain Amatore-DeForest's room," he repeats, looking a little relieved to be able to return to the comforting embrace of ranks, "Can you point me towards it?"
[20:25] <Marianne> ["…" Gina smiles innocently. "I can put her to bed for you~"]
[20:28] <Raphael> "… I'm not sure that's a good idea," Raphael replies, eyeing that smile mistrustfully.
[20:31] <Marianne> [Gina merely smiles. "It's that one." She points to one of the rooms. "If you trust me to be honest~"]
[20:37] <Raphael> "Hmmm." He gives the girl a long look before shaking his head and standing. "I'm not sure I trust /any of you/ at this point," he mutters, a little wry smile on his lips as he slips one arm under Marianne's legs and another beneath her back before scooping her up into his arms. There's only the vaguest hint of a wince at the pulse of pain from his still-tender ribs.
[20:38] <Marianne> [There's the split-second snap of a camera phone's shutter.-
[20:38] <Marianne> [Nevertheless, the room Gina points him to does seem to be Marianne's, if only for the captain's uniform draped haphazardly over a chair.]
[20:48] * Raphael does take a quick look around to ensure he's in the right place Raphael moves over and sets the Captain down on her bed, gently moving her legs around so that he can pull the blankets up over her.
[20:49] * Marianne is snoozing peacefully, even contentedly. If she's dreaming… It's a happy dream.
[21:01] * Raphael gives her a fond look before just shaking his head and heading back towards the door. "Now I can't even say thanks for the drinks, Captain…" he mutters wryly, before pausing at the door's threshold… and glancing at the vanity pressed up against the wall.-
[21:01] <Raphael> With a smile he grabs a loose tube of lipstick off the desk and scrawls a quick message on the mirror before he returns to the living room.
[21:03] <Marianne> ["And, well, that's basically it. So close. So close!" Said Gina.-
[21:03] <Marianne> ["No way…"]
[21:06] * Raphael grabs his original chair and sits down without moving to interrupt the conversation, simply grabbing another beer and sipping away.
[21:09] <Marianne> ["Well, I might exaggerate a little." Says Gina. "Actually, I might be exaggerating a -lot-." She smirks, then throws back a glass of wine. "What do you think, Raphael? Isaiah and I are a good pairing, right~?"]
[21:12] <Raphael> "I've never seen the two of you together, Eugenia," Raphael says lightly, containing his smirk from the image of such a pairing. "I do wonder if you might be a bit too much for the poor boy to handle, though."
[21:14] <Marianne> ["What's -that- supposed to mean?"]
[21:21] * Raphael takes another long pull of beer and smiles a little. "It means that you seem to enjoy toying with people while that boy seems to be pretty new at basic human interaction. A good man, but a fundamentally innocent one. I think you'd eat him alive."
[21:22] <Marianne> [Gina smirks. "I can promise that the act of cannibalism would be mutually enjoyable."-
[21:23] <Marianne> ["Uuuugh." Misato lets out a sort of huffy sigh. "Relationships suck."]
[21:27] * Raphael gives Gina a brief, amused look before his eyes turn to Misato. "You think so?"
[21:29] <Marianne> ["It's all just about hurting each other, at the end of the day." She mutters, finishing what seems to be her twentieth can of beer. "At least the worst Pen-Pen does is drink my beer."]
[21:31] <Raphael> "So why do you seem so keen to push other people into them?" Raphael asks, sounding genuinely curious.
[21:38] <Marianne> [Misato stiffens, giving Raphael a dark look. "Because it sucks to be lonely, too, Raffy-kun." She says moodily. She pulls another beer towards her and nearly drops it, glaring at the can as though it had done her a personal wrong. "Sometimes relationships can make you really happy, too. For awhile."]
[21:40] * Raphael considers that for a few moments, just watching Misato thoughtfully as if somewhere in his mind he's busy scribbling notes. But eventually the look passes. "I avoid them, personally."
[21:42] <Marianne> ["Yeah? Whyzat?" She pushes a beer towards Raphael.]
[21:48] * Raphael drains the last of his beer and accepts the next one with a nod of thanks. "I've been a dead man since I was fifteen, that's why. I moved straight from the civil wars and peacekeeping missions from hell that followed Second Impact to NERV. The attrition rate on my last VTOL unit - a unit that was making close-range bombing runs on Angels, as often as not - was 40%. It's not fair to
[21:48] * Raphael make bonds when you're in a job that dangerous."-
[21:49] <Raphael> Another sip. "If I have one serious regret about looking after Suzanne that would be it."
[21:52] <Marianne> ["Everyone I've ever loved in my life has died." Said Gina quietly, suddenly reentering the conversation. She wasn't looking at either of them, instead biting into a pizza slice. "Every single one."]
[21:58] * Raphael sighs quietly and finally snags a slice of pizza from the box for himself. "We don't live in a pleasant world," Raphael says gently, "And some of us are dealt a worse hand than others. I'm… sorry, Eugenia. Sorry you've lost so many of those important to you."
[22:07] <Marianne> [Gina grabbed a bottle of wine, rapidly filling her glass and slamming it down. "Thanks." She muttered. Another glass. "But you know what? It's no- it's no good to just sit back and go 'oh, everyone's dead, guess I'll just… Not do anything anymore'. I really really want to, though. The love of my life shot apart, that little boy-" She pauses, tears bubbling up in her eyes as she throws back her third glass. "But you have to grit your teeth and move on, y-you can't be lonely. We're a lonely bunch here. All of us, even Marianne. If we didn't want to be lonely we should've gone to Rei's party." She drained the rest of the bottle directly. "Being lonely means no more pain, but it means no more happiness." She pointed blearily at Misato. "You're lonely." She pointed at Raphael. "You're getting better." Back to Misato. "But you're just… All the hurt is a sign that they affected you, somehow, they changed you, and you can change people back, and that's what… That's what relationships do. You need to leave your mark, to push a little, sometimes even hurt a person, otherwise you might as well not've been born at all." She rummaged about for another bottle and began to drain it. "Humans are lonely… Because we all have to live alone, separately, in little bubbles no one else can enter. But you -have- to enter them. Otherwise you're just… Dead."]
[22:17] * Raphael watches all this without the slightest change of expression, sipping away at his latest beer every now and then. Even when she was done he spent a few moments in silence, as if to be sure she wasn't about to start up again. "You're right," he finally says without a hint rancour, "On all counts, I expect."
[22:18] <Marianne> ["Of… Of course I am." She murmured, then, without much fanfare, put her head down on the table and fell asleep.-
[22:18] <Marianne> ["…" Misato stared, then… Stretched a little, giving Raphael a brave grin. "… Well! That was pretty weird, huh? But it's just you and me now~ Aheh…" She shot a glance back at Gina.]
[22:21] * Raphael is still staring at Gina even as Misato speaks, but the silence that falls after she stops talking seems to shock him out of his reverie. "Hmm? Ah, yes, I suppose so," he says, a small smile forcing its way back onto his face. "Will she be alright there, do you think?"
[22:23] <Marianne> [Misato stands up and leans across the table, poking Gina experimentally in the head. "She seems ok for now~"]
[22:28] * Raphael gives Misato a brief, disapproving look, but it doesn't last long. "… You alright, Captain?"
[22:28] <Marianne> ["Huh?" Misato seems to have been caught briefly off-guard, but she gives Raphael a big shiny grin. "Yeah, I'm fine~"]
[22:31] <Raphael> "Mmm," Raphael murmurs, still looking her right in the eye instead of focusing on the grin. "Well, if you say so."
[22:32] <Marianne> [Misato giggles and sits back down. "Hahaha. I'm a big girl, Raffy-kun~ I can look after myself." She grabs a can of beer. "So tell me something."]
[22:34] * Raphael keeps sipping away at his own beer between bites of pizza that was now well and truly cold. "Certainly."
[22:35] <Marianne> ["So you and Marianne." She winks. "You have a thing for her, right~?"]
[22:42] <Raphael> Sip, sip, nibble. His calm expression still doesn't shift an inch. "She's my commanding officer, Captain Katsuragi," he says pleasantly, "'Having a thing for her' would be ill-advised."
[22:46] <Marianne> ["…" Misato scowls for a moment, then just as quickly returns to her cheerful grin. "You really are a professional, huh?"]
[22:47] <Raphael> "I try."
[22:48] <Marianne> ["You know, you keep acting like that, you're gonna go all wrinkly at 30."]
[22:49] <Raphael> "…" He raises an eyebrow at her, beer paused halfway to his lips. "More people underestimating my age. Interesting."
[22:51] <Marianne> ["Eh?" She blinks. "O-ho-. So you're an oldie after all~" She grins and leans back. "We never did get around to making that bet, did we?"]
[22:55] * Raphael grins right back, sliding yet another empty can towards the centre of the table. "I suppose we didn't. Too much… erm, 'weirdness'."
[22:56] <Marianne> ["That's all just part of the fun, Raffy-kun." She said cheerfully, putting her legs up on the table. "Hey, have you heard of the Thunderdome Challenge yet?"]
[22:57] <Raphael> "Mmm," Raphael says, nodding slowly, "There's been a little talk of it around the base. Something about simulated Evangelions, right? Computers and such?"
[22:59] <Marianne> [Misato lights up. "Hah! Yesss~ I was hoping the ever-reliable Paris-2 rumour network would provide. It's a great big tournament between the pilots, using the MAGI networked systems to simulate the Evangelions almost perfectly."]
[23:02] <Raphael> "I see…" he says, "And what purpose does it all serve? Training?"
[23:06] <Marianne> ["Un. Think of it as a sort of general review of the EVAs. And their pilots. And." She smirks. "The aptitude and tactics of their ODs."]
[23:09] <Raphael> "A-ha-, now we're getting to it. So it's you against the Colonel then?"
[23:11] <Marianne> ["The colonel I can handle. It's that little smug Wellesley I want to take down…"]
[23:14] <Raphael> "Wellesley," Raphael says slowly, trying to sort through his memories and attach some face to the name, "I've heard of him before, I think. I don't know him from any of the European braches, though."
[23:15] <Marianne> ["You'd know him if you saw him. Little tit." Mutters Misato. "He's the Boston OD. Sixteen years old, shorter than Rei."]
[23:16] <Raphael> "… really got under your skin, hasn't he?"
[23:17] <Marianne> ["Imagine if you learned that one day your job could be done just as well by a teenager." Muttered Misato.]
[23:19] <Raphael> "… it's lucky you're not a grunt soldier. I'd hate to see you around the Pilots."
[23:21] <Marianne> ["…" Misato snickered. "Ok, ok, good point, but. Buuuuuut." She points at Raphael. "How many of the pilots go up to you and state that they could do -your- job better? Right to your face? Then get angry when you tell them to go away?"]
[23:24] <Raphael> "None, thankf-" A brief pause as he frowns slightly, "Well, not many."
[23:24] <Marianne> ["… Not many? Who was it?"]
[23:28] * Raphael tries to backpedal, getting the faint idea he may have said to much. He tries to wave it off. "Sometimes they may think they know a little more about military tactics than they actually do, that's all."
[23:32] <Marianne> ["Oh, heh. You get that everywhere, though." Says Misato with a smirk. "They play the odd video game and suddenly they think they're Sun Tzu." She put her hands behind her head. "Eh, I dunno. It's more to it than that, I guess. I think Wellesley just rubs me the wrong way. But it's the same with the other ODs, none of them seem to really like him…"]
[23:34] <Raphael> "Well," he says, snatching yet another beer, "I almost feel sorry for the kid."
[23:35] <Marianne> ["Why's that?"]
[23:43] <Raphael> "NERV isn't exactly in the habit of promoting people without the talent to back up their title, in my experience. So to have a job like OD for one of a continent's major branches at his age much mean this Wellesley kid has some amazing talent," he says, sipping at his drink all the while. "Unfortunately it also likely means he has both an ego the size of the moon. So not much different from
[23:43] <Raphael> your average teenager."
[23:43] <Raphael> "Unfortunately all his colleagues are going to hate and mistrust him because of his age no matter what he does, because that's the way the military works, so the kid is forced to harden up and successively more unbearable just to prove he doesn't need any of you. Because once again, teenager. Have any of you actually tried to talk to this boy like an equal?"
[23:44] <Raphael> «Has an ego*»
[23:46] <Marianne> ["Nnnngh." Misato frowned. "The problem is he was like that -before- I met him." She paused.-
[23:47] <Marianne> ["… Although as far as I know the only other OD he had to talk to before the conference was Colonel Grumpypuss."]
[23:49] * Raphael shrugs. "Then perhaps he really is… a "little tit", I believe you said. Hard for me to say without meeting him. But I suspect it'd be worth at least -trying- to put up with him before you write him off. I doubt he's having an easy time of it?"
[23:50] <Raphael> «.*»
[23:50] <Marianne> ["Maybe I'll tell Rei to go make friendly and see if he is. She seemed to like him, I think."]
[23:52] <Raphael> "Might not be a terrible idea. I think Ayanami could soften up just about anybody," he says with a bit of a smile, "She's a good kid."
[23:53] <Marianne> ["Aaaah~ Gonna adopt her too, Raffy-kun? Or…~ <3"]
[23:54] <Raphael> "… she's a -kid-, Captain."
[23:54] <Marianne> [Misato clapped her hands. "Not for long, Raffy-kun~"]
[23:57] * Raphael makes a disgusted little noise. "I look for other things in my romantic interests, Captain. The ability to legally drink, for example."
[23:59] <Marianne> [Misato cackles. "Reirei-chan can legally drink in private, you know~" But she winks. "I was only teasing, Raffy-kun. After all, I know your true heart lies with Marianne~"]
[00:06] * Raphael smirks. "Still going on about that, are you?"
[00:08] <Marianne> ["I can't help it if it's the truth, Raffy-kun." She winks. "Eh, what time is it?"]
[00:11] * Raphael glances around for a clock without much luck, so he simply fishes his phone out of his pants pocket and flips it open. "… Hmm. A little past midnight, by the looks of it. Do you have somewhere to be?"
[00:14] <Marianne> ["Ah, no. Just…" She chuckled. "My boss went to Rei's party, you see."]
[00:17] <Raphael> "Oh, Commander Gendo…?" A very slight frown creases his brow as he remembers the conversation with Marianne in the hospital, but he wills it away. "… I suppose he would have, yes."
[00:19] <Marianne> ["Grumpy old bastard. What I wouldn't give to see him drunk~"]
[00:23] <Raphael> "I've heard stories about the good Director," Raphael says conversationally, "Lots of them, actually. Is he as strict as they say?"
[00:25] <Marianne> ["He's certainly hard-arsed. Gets the job done, though, he's efficient. He's just a mean old prick who wasn't so much as born as he was raised from a tomb with dark rituals."]
[00:31] * Raphael snorts. "You don't hold back, do you?"
[00:32] <Marianne> ["Nope." Says Misato. "Eh… I hope it goes ok though. Rei's really excited about it~ she asked me for help, you know."]
[00:39] * Raphael adds yet another beer can corpse to the veritable mountain growing on the table. "And what help did you provide exactly, Captain?"
[00:40] <Marianne> ["Oh, you know. Ways to grease the wheels of socialising~"]
[00:41] <Raphael> "… so, bulk purchases of alcohol, then?"
[00:41] <Marianne> ["That's right~!" Misato gave Raphael a thumbs up. "Oooh, I wonder if Isaiah-kun drinks? I bet he'd be an adorable drunk~"]
[00:43] * Raphael covers his face with one hand. "So the party is made up of the Paris-2 pilots, Rei, and the Commander of the Tokyo-2 branch… and you gave them a mountain of alcohol. That's cruel, Captain."
[00:46] <Marianne> ["And the commander's wife. And the commander's son…" The broadest of broad grins. "Who also happens to be Blanc's boyfriend…"]
[00:47] <Raphael> "… you have no shame."
[00:47] <Marianne> ["Aren't you interested to see what happens, Raffy-kun? Maybe there'll be something juicy~"]
[00:49] <Raphael> "I've never been one for gossip, Captain," Raphael says… and then breaks out in a bit of a smile, "Not that the Paris branch makes it easy to maintain that sort of stance."
[00:50] <Marianne> ["They enjoy their gossip here~ Probably because so much happens. Like ol' grumpypuss and his girlfriend~"]
[00:53] <Raphael> "See, when I think of 'so much happening here' I tend to think of the abominations regularly assaulting the city instead of basic romantic interactions," Raphael says mildly.
[00:56] <Marianne> ["But those aren't juicy secrets."]
[00:59] <Raphael> "Maybe, but the juicy secrets tend to be so petty," he says with a shrug. "Still, anything that cheers the Colonel up a bit wouldn't go astray when it comes time for mission briefings."
[00:59] <Marianne> ["Urgh. I know." Muttered Misato. "He growls at everyone…"]
[01:00] <Raphael> "And what's it like in your missions briefings, Captain? You're an OD too, after all."
[01:01] <Marianne> ["… Bleh." She frowned at her feet. "I barely -get- any real missions that aren't routine things, you know. It's usually just 'you know the routine. Get to it!'. Except with the Evangelion tests? I usually try to speak to the pilots as an equal, you know~"]
[01:04] * Raphael nods. "It's a good way to promote morale, so long as they remember the chain of command in the event of something serious."
[01:05] <Marianne> [Misato picked up a can and drained it. "Heh. Shinji-kun's fine. He's quiet and he listens. And Tsubaki-chan is kinda spacey~ but she listens too. They know their place."]
[01:08] * Raphael takes Misato's return to drinking form as something of a challenge, snatching a new beer of his own. "That's good. Command's tricky enough without having to deal with troublemakers at the same time."
[01:10] <Marianne> [Another can down. "Are the Paris-2 kids troublesome?"]
[01:14] <Raphael> "Not in my experience, although I can only speak in regards to the times I've talked to them. Pilots Zhang and Blanc both seem to be exceptionally smart and talented young ladies, and more mature than I would expect for their age… Pilot de Pteres seems to be a bit of an odd duck, but as far as I could tell his heart was in the right place."
[01:16] <Marianne> ["An odd duck?"]
[01:20] <Raphael> "When it was time to board the same train of logic everyone else is on he seems to have got the schedules confused," Raphael says, nodding slowly as though he was perfectly happy with this explanation. "Whichever track he's on seems to spend a lot of time going in the opposite direction to everyone else's and occasionally looping back on itself."
[01:24] <Marianne> [Misato snickered. "Tsubaki-chan is like that, except…" Somehow his explanation made perfect sense. "Except she got the wrong ticket and now she's stuck on the train station, kicking the turnstiles."]
[01:28] * Raphael lets out a long laugh. "She's a good pilot, though. I was part of the air support for their Algeria mission. Saw most of the combat from the ground, but still…"
[01:30] <Marianne> ["She does ok~ She's got a clever mind when she's in the plug. She gave de Pteres a proper hiding in a simulation the other week."-
[01:31] <Marianne> ]
[01:33] * Raphael smiles. "That would have been an interesting fight. I admit, though, I have trouble picturing any computer program getting the sheer /scale/ of those things right."
[01:38] <Yanmei> The sound of keys jingling at the door apartment's front… Also, dim conversation. "Hehehe. You know, if Gina's asleep already, we can really relax."
[01:38] <Yanmei> ^apartment's front door
[01:40] <Marianne> ["Hehehe~ just you and me~"-
[01:40] <Marianne> ["…" Misato paused, her eyes tracking over to the front door, her face lighting up as though christmas had come early. Evil delight danced in those eyes.]
[01:41] * Raphael looks from the Misato to the door, then back to Misato and… just freezes at the look in her eye. He looks like he's considering flying across the table to body check her.
[01:48] <Yanmei> Laughter! "Oi, oi! Wait a few minutes okay?" The knob began to turn…"You're in a good mood for someone who didn't even drink that much?"
[01:48] <Yanmei> The door opened!
[01:48] <Marianne> ["I must be drunk on the atmosphere~~~"-
[01:49] <Marianne> [The apartment… Oh God. There had to be at least sixty empty beer cans on the table. Stacks of empty pizza boxes. Eugenia was passed out, her head on the table, nestled on her arms. Misato made to stand, her mouth forming words…]
[01:53] * Raphael saw it all happen in slow motion. The door opening. The grin on Misato's face. The kids coming in. The Captain's mouth beginning to form those fateful, romance-murdering words…-
[01:53] <Raphael> He was like a man diving in front of a bullet as he sprang to his feet and leaned waaaay out across the table, beer can mountain and all… and seized Misato by the collar and kissed her fiercely on the lips.
[01:54] <Marianne> ["Oh hi Isaurk-" Misato was pulled forward and into a kiss- a kiss she wasn't expecting at all! Raphael managed to… Render her speechless. In more ways than one. "Mmf-"]
[01:55] <Raphael> Raphael doesn't pause for an instant, leaning back just far enough to break the kiss. "We are going for a walk," he whispered hastily, staring her straight in the eye.
[01:55] <Marianne> ["Uh." Was her answer.]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "…" Speechless. Yanmei stood like a statue, open-mouthed.
[01:56] <Marianne> [Isaiah followed and- "…"-
[01:57] <Marianne> ["…" He mumbled something and hastily tugged on Yanmei's hand to lead her past the… The thing.]
[01:57] <Raphael> "Exactly," he replied, grabbing her hand and dragging her towards the door. "Pilot Zhang, Mr. Gabriel-Wei. Good evening." The picture of composure.
[01:57] <Marianne> [Isaiah flushed red. "C-Captain. Captain."-
[01:57] <Marianne> ["Uh." Misato let herself be dragged along.]
[01:59] * Yanmei was still staring as she went past. Inspiration struck, though, as she saw the dumb expression on Misato's face. "Have fun you two~ <3"
[02:00] <Marianne> [Misato coloured, the synapses in her head firing suddenly as she realised she had been -undone-. "Ohhh-"-
[02:00] <Marianne> [Isaiah had, of course, no choice but to support his dearly beloved. "Good luck, sir~ <3"]
[02:01] <Raphael> "… yes. Uh, you too." And then they're gone after he gives one last nod to them both, the door pulled shut behind them.
[02:01] <Marianne> ["Uh-" door!]
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Hehehe. Everyone's acting crazy tonight." Yanmei grinned. "There must be a scent of curry in the air~"
[02:06] <Marianne> ["Hehehe." He grinned as well, putting an arm around her waist. "It'd be a shame to waste it, then~"]
[02:09] <Yanmei> "You totally snuck some extra drinks when I wasn't looking, huh? You're not even worried about this mess, are you?" But she was grinning.
[02:11] <Marianne> ["We can make Gina clean it up tomorrow~"]
[02:12] <Yanmei> "Sounds like a plan!" And she fell into a fresh round of kisses.
[02:14] <Marianne> [Kisses that were eagerly returned. As Isaiah, for the second time that night, bent down and picked Yanmei up in his arms, he made a solemn vow in his heart: Captain Guillory's sacrifice would not be forgotten.]
[02:16] <Marianne> [… Time passed. As the sunlight streamed into a particular bedroom, Captain Marianne Amatore-Deforest stirred from her bed, lifting herself up groggily, her head pounding, her mouth cottony…-
[02:17] <Marianne> "Nnngh…" She muttered to herself, shaking herself out of bed and hobbling over to the vanity… Where she froze.
[02:19] <Raphael> A note on the mirror, written hours ago in a moment of entirely innocent (If slightly drunk) gratitude for an evening spent with new friends.-
[02:19] <Raphael> "Thanks for the fun evening, Captain. I really enjoyed myself. -Raphael"
[02:19] <Marianne> "…"
[02:19] * Marianne reddened scarlet. "Oh. Oh shit. Shit shit shit shit-"

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