She Said She Said Did You Make It With Love Honey

[19:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> [[Session 27: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 3rd of May, 2016. Episode Title: She said, "Did you make it with love, honey?"-
[19:29] * Ayanami`Rei sat within her apartment, which had been cleaned and polished until it was spotless. She was wearing a light blue sleveless dress that fell to just below the knee, her hair brushed and washed, wearing matching shoes… Well. They were the same colour, but there was no denying the fact that they were literally just a blue variant of the Mary Janes she wore to school. Baby steps for Ayanami Rei. Ban-Ban was happily floating in a pocket dimension. The food was either almost finished or flat out cooked, the table was set. Now she needed to wait for her guests to arrive. Isaiah had left about 45 minutes earlier to go pick up Yanmei for the event. Aline lived almost literally next door, but she’d want to come with Onee-chan, probably. And Sera… Well, he'd come. Otherwise she would make him feel very bad indeed, and besides, Daddy said he'd come. So she waited.
[19:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Onii-chan*. Shinjiko is not in this canon]
[19:47] <Sept> Free food was still not something Sera could easily refuse. Old habits die hard. And so many of his friends would be there! In fact, he’d been looking forward to it for a while, even if it wasn't an event he'd otherwise ever be particularly enthusiastic about. A quick text message update to his guardian, a quick look to ensure his attire was still nice and tidy, and he knocked on the door.
[19:47] <Yanmei> Between selecting the right outfit and determining that, sadly, a bullet proof vest would not go with Isaiah's eveningwear of choice, it had already been a somewhat troublesome evening so far. But here Yanmei was, walking arm and arm with the guy through the hallways of Rei's apartment building in a long, black dress with butterfly sleeves and white ribbon trim.
[19:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Meanwhile, down the hall, Shinji Ikari was staring at himself in the mirror, wearing a white jacket, white trousers, white shirt… "Is this really ok…?" He eyed the fashion dubiously.-
[19:51] * Ayanami`Rei opened the door to allow Sera in. "Seesee-chan~ Thank you for coming!" She said, ushering him in quickly before stepping out into the hall. "Meimei~ Zaizai~ You look wonderful, both of you~"-
[19:51] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Thanks, Reirei." Said Isaiah cheerfully. He was not bearing a bulletproof vest, no. But rather a fashionable white shirt with a black vest and long, black trousers. "You look quite lovely too."-
[19:52] * Ayanami`Rei giggled and blushed pleasantly.
[19:52] * Aline patted him on the shoulder gently, wearing her (contrasting) black open-front dress with a deep indigo one underneath it, smiling deeply. "It’ll be fine, really."
[19:54] <Yanmei> "You really do," Yanmei chimed in, ignoring the feeling she was getting as best as she could. "And we're happy to be here. Hello de Pteres."
[19:55] <Sept> "Hello. And, thanks." Sera stepped inside, and proceeded to feign deep interest in the architecture of the interior while waiting for some kind of social cue. "Oh hello Yanmei. It's nice to see the both of you alright again."
[19:58] <Yanmei> "Heh. We both heal pretty quickly, as you can see~" She was not stepping into the apartment proper, with her own look around the place. "How's life been treating you?"
[19:58] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Right." Shinji nodded, giving Aline a little smile. "You look wonderful, Aline…"-
[19:59] <Ayanami`Rei> "Why don’t we all sit down and have drinks?" Said Rei cheerfully. "Whilst we wait for the other guests."
[20:00] <Sept> "I'm good. Training. Nothing new. Drinks would be nice, Rei."
[20:01] * Aline blushed a bit, but then nodded back. "Aww, thanks~ Anyway… We should get going. Even though it's just a walk down the hall, I'm sure people are starting to arrive now."
[20:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji nodded. Then paused.-
[20:01] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… Should I take a knife or something?"]
[20:03] <Yanmei> "Yes! A good idea." Yanmei beamed. "Just water would be fine for me."
[20:06] <Ayanami`Rei> "Water for Meimei." Rei floated over to the kitchen. "I have soft drink, red and white wines, orange juice and cordial and some flavoured milk…"
[20:06] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Orange juice is fine, Reirei."]
[20:07] * Aline …blinked, but then… Smiled a bit goofily. "Ah, but only if you can concealed-carry it."
[20:08] <Yanmei> …where did she get wine and cordial from? "You have a really nice home, you know. I think this is my first time here."
[20:08] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Father gave me a butterfly knife for Christmas." Muttered Shinji. "I kept cutting my fingers on it, but…" He patted his jacket. "Alright. Let’s go."]
[20:08] <Sept> "Oh, I'll have the wine. Whichever you have open," Sera said, idly fiddling with his phone.
[20:09] * Ayanami‘Rei grabbed a bottle of the red and poured it into a glass. She also fetched a bottle of orange juice. "Thank you, Meimei. Zaizai and I cleaned it up just for today. He’s been here a lot recently, he could probably show you around."
[20:11] * Aline grinned a little, again, but then headed on out with him, making sure to lock the door on the way out and otherwise observe proper behavior~
[20:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji led them down the hallway. A long journey that was. He knocked on the door.-
[20:11] <Ayanami`Rei> "Oh, can you get that please, Meimei?"
[20:12] <Yanmei> "Of course!" How frequently -had- he been over here? Should she even worry? Rei was pretty tame, after all. Still pondering, she made her way to the door, and threw it open. "Welcome, welcome! Glad you made it!"
[20:13] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh, hello, Yanmei-san…"]
[20:14] * Aline bowed politely, regardless of the fact that it was Yanmei she was greeting. "Yes, yes, it was quite… an…" Aline looked down the hall, then back into the apartment. "Quite the casual stroll. But we made the schedule right and got our outfits in order and everything."
[20:16] * Yanmei stepped aside, and politely gestured inside. "Won’t you please come in? We're about to have some drinks."
[20:18] <Sept> "So, how long did you have to stay in the hospital, Isaiah?"
[20:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Of course." Shinji entered, gently guiding Aline in after. He looked over at the others. "Hi, Isaiah-kun… Sera-kun…" He faltered for a moment, a dubious look in his eye, before he looked over at Rei. "Rei-chan… Thank you for the invitation."-
[20:19] <Ayanami`Rei> "Onii-chan." She gave him a big broad smile. "I’m so glad you could come. Would you like a drink? I have water, red and white wine, soft drink, cordial and orange juice…"-
[20:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["About five weeks, all told." Said Isaiah. "After that they deemed me fit enough to receive home nursing."]
[20:22] <Sept> "Ohh. I’m sorry. It's not a very nice place to spend so long in… but hopefully you won't have to do it again."
[20:22] * Aline smiled gently, and walked in… taking a bit of soft drink~
[20:23] * Yanmei closed the door, of course, and started to turn around, doubling back to the others for her own drink.
[20:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hopefully. How long were you in for?"-
[20:24] * Ayanami`Rei placed the drinks down on the table, but didn’t sit just yet.
[20:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji took a glass of wine, because what’s the worst that could happen? He sat down.]
[20:29] * Aline totally sat down herself, too, right next to Shinji.
[20:30] <Sept> "Uh. Hm. They let me out after two… And even then, it. I don't like hospitals. It helped to know the two of you were there, too, though!" Sera took his seat as well, eyeing the newer arrivals with a smile.
[20:30] * Yanmei sat down on the other side of Shinji, for now, with one last glance at Isaiah before trying to make conversation. "You know, your Operations Director has been around a lot lately."
[20:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah… Thanks for looking out for us, Sera." Said Isaiah.-
[20:32] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yeah. I know." Said Shinji. "I think they’re still holding that massive conference thing between all the big names."-
[20:33] <Ayanami‘Rei> [There was a knock at the door.-
[20:33] <Ayanami`Rei> "Ah~ That must be…" Rei quickly walked over to the door, and opened it.-
[20:35] <Ayanami`Rei> [Two people were standing there. Ikari Gendo and his wife, Ikari Yui. Gendo was looking impassive as usual, but Yui was looking flighty and nervous, glancing over at the crowd. Especially Sera. She looked back to Rei. "H-hello, sweetheart." She said quietly.-
[20:35] <Ayanami`Rei> "Daddy~ Mummy~ Please come in, we’re all seated…"-
[20:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["You’ve done a good job, Rei…" Said Gendo.]
[20:36] * Aline regarded the two of them with a polite nod, but… her eyes darted between Yui and Sera, /processing/. What, though… that wasn't really clear.
[20:38] <Sept> "We should have conferences too, you know. If the ODs can afford to, why couldn't we?" Sera thought out loud. He waved to the Ikaris as they arrived, smile unchanging. "Oh, hello! You should try the red, Gendo, I think you'd like it!"
[20:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui stared for a moment.-
[20:40] <Yanmei> "We can always get together on our own? And… she’s really friendly. Doesn't keep to herself like a lot of the other officials here." Bright smiles at the two new arrivals. "Welcome~!"
[20:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo smiled. "The red, you say? I agree, Sera. Rei?"-
[20:41] <Ayanami`Rei> "Yes, daddy! Please sit down~" Rei headed over to the kitchen.-
[20:41] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo and Yui sat down next to each other; Gendo was next to Sera, Yui next to Aline. "Hello, Yanmei."-
[20:41] <Ayanami`Rei> [Yui smiled, nodding a little. "Yanmei. Hi, Aline. Shin-chan."]
[20:42] * Aline blinked audibly - yes audibly - and… glanced over at Sera again. Then… smiled cordially to Yui. "Ah yes, hello!"
[20:45] * Sept nodded, following Gendo’s expression eagerly as he received his drink.
[20:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo took the wine and took a mouthful.-
[20:50] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… It’s good." He said, placing it down on the table.]
[20:52] <Sept> "Yesss I knew it. I'm a natural wine taster, I tell you. Sense a good vintage from ten yards."
[20:52] <Yanmei> "Ah… Doctor Ikari. How's work going these days?" she began politely.
[20:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["It’s going." Said Dr. Ikari timidly. "We've nearly finished with Project M's prototype phase."-
[20:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Mm." Gendo took another sip. "We will have to test your tongue for vintage brews intensively one of these days, together."-
[20:53] * Ayanami`Rei sat down! Next to Isaiah, of course. "Appetisers will be ready soon, everyone!"
[20:54] * Aline nodded kindly at the announcement. "Alright~"
[20:55] <Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji turned to Aline, putting an arm around her waist and leaning in.]
[20:56] <Yanmei> "So, then, the Mass Produced EVAs will be ready soon. And Rei will be…" she glanced at her from her own seat. "…heading to Boston?"
[20:56] <Sept> "Totally. Paris has some good places, so if you’re around for a couple more days…" A smile flashed to Ayanami.
[20:56] * Aline tilted over to him, and put an arm around him as well!
[21:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["That shouldn’t be a problem." Said Gendo.-
[21:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yes, that’s right." Said Yui.-
[21:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…" Rei stared down at her hands for a moment, before looking up. "I’m sure I'll make many friends in Boston…"
[21:02] * Aline turned back to the main conversation for a moment. "Ah, I'm sure you can still keep in touch with us, though."
[21:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah." She smiled.
[21:04] <Sept> "Boston? Where have I… oh! Weren’t you going there too, Isaiah?"
[21:05] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ah-? No. Not anymore." Said Isaiah cheerfully. Beneath the table he squeezed Yanmei’s hand fondly.]
[21:05] <Sept> "Oh. What happened?"
[21:06] * Aline turned back and forth between Sera and Isaiah. "…Eh?"
[21:06] * Sept sounded… slightly disappointed, actually.
[21:06] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei looked abruptly at Sept at that. After a moment, her mouth regained a faint smile. "How did you know about that?"
[21:08] * Aline looked at Sera even /more/ suspiciously than she had before. Him being disappointed about something Isaiah was happy about…
[21:09] <Sept> "W-what do you mean? I heard about it, Yanmei. I was looking forward to it, he would've been a pilot like us. What happened?" Sera asked again.
[21:11] * Aline intensified her stare, and it gained a deathly chill.
[21:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ah, the er… The directors didn’t feel I was suitable."]
[21:12] <Sept> "Really? But you did so well…"
[21:12] * Sept turned a questioning eye toward Gendo.
[21:15] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo sipped his wine. "It’s not just directors. Others too. UN politicians."]
[21:16] <Yanmei> "It's simply that many among those who were responsible for the decision decided to go in another direction." Yanmei chuckled a little. "I'm a little surprised, though? Names of pilot candidates are not usually made public."
[21:19] * Aline just… eventually sighed, and took another swig of her soft drink. It was an actual swig.
[21:20] <Sept> "Well, yeah, but… Jeanne thought it'd be good if I knew. I hate finding those things out weeks after they happen. Even if I couldn't do anything about it, you know?"-
[21:20] <Sept> "Oh, did you have something to say, Aline?"
[21:21] * Aline stared sharply at him, and intoned her reply rather flatly. "No."
[21:22] <Sept> "Alright. Well, at least you still have your medic job, right, Isaiah?"
[21:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah nodded. "Yeah. Where I’m happiest, anyway." He smiled.-
[21:24] * Ayanami‘Rei stared around the table, her brow creasing a little as her gaze fell on Aline. She stood up. "I’ll go get the appetisers!" She rushed off to the kitchen, pulling something out of the oven- a tray of little venison slices with blue cheese. She hurriedly tossed them onto several large serving plates, which she placed on the table. "Please help yourselves! I've placed napkins down…" She said hopefully.
[21:27] <Yanmei> "Ah, thank you, Rei! These look really good." Yanmei helped herself to one or two. "Isaiah, did you help with these too, or…?"
[21:28] * Sept nodded enthusiastically. "That looks great!" He grabbed one and bit into it hungrily.
[21:28] * Aline slowly nodded… and then dug into the appetizers. Rather greedily, even.
[21:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I did." Said Isaiah happily. "I helped with a lot of things."-
[21:29] <Ayanami`Rei> "Hey, Leenie-chan?"
[21:30] * Aline looked up, and took a deep breath, so she’d be able to smile again and not feel /weird/. "Yes?"
[21:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I wanted to thank you for something."
[21:32] * Sept looked up at Rei curiously, still munching on the venison.
[21:32] * Aline now looked confused all over again! "…Oh? What did I do?"
[21:33] * Ayanami`Rei clapped her hands together and gave Aline a radiant smile. "I was inspired by the story you told me, so Isaiah and I made curry, just like how you and Shinji do~!"-
[21:34] <Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji was unfortunately in the process of eating an appetiser and immediately choked on his treat.-
[21:34] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo and Yui simply stared, the latter colouring quickly.]
[21:35] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei blinked, faint signs of suspicion crossing her face. There was something in the air here.
[21:35] * Aline …stared. Stared /intensely/. "…What, precisely, did you do? You had him over, you set up the ingredients and the stove, you prepared the curry, and then…?" A test, if you will.
[21:36] <Sept> "Curry? Oh, I knew this was going to be good. I love curry, too!"
[21:38] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah felt wrong-footed. He had the distinct feeling that there was a dubious subtext here…-
[21:38] <Ayanami`Rei> Rei clapped her hands. "Then we kept it in the pot for later~ Because we couldn’t eat it then, because we were busy. <3"-
[21:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Yue stared, but tried to rally. "Did you make it with love, honey?"-
[21:39] <Ayanami`Rei> "Of course, mummy~"
[21:42] * Sept nodded. "It’s a very important ingredient in curry! It's just not the same without it~"
[21:44] <Yanmei> "Is that so?" said Yanmei, trying not to look as confused… or suspicious as she felt. "You sound like you know a lot about it, de Pteres."
[21:44] * Aline stared even further, like all her features were narrowing. "Busy with… what.."
[21:45] <Sept> "I'd like to think so! Ginevre is an expert when it comes to those things~"
[21:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Shinji stared. He coloured deeply.-
[21:50] <Ayanami`Rei> "We had to clean the house, of course. And we discussed fashion~"
[21:51] * Aline suddenly drooped with relief. "I understand. Please… please in the future don’t make that comparison? It has… embarrassing meanings."
[21:55] <Yanmei> "Embarrassing, huh?" Yanmei eyed Sera carefully.
[21:56] * Sept returned the look, raising an eyebrow. "Nothing embarrassing about it. I mean, Gendo's here right now and we're not caring about rank, are we?"
[21:58] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo sipped the wine. He gave Aline and Shinji a knowing look.]
[21:59] <Yanmei> "Is this really a matter of rank?" Yanmei murmured to herself.
[22:00] * Aline …stared… stared some more… And then muttered something. "Kuki yomenai…" It had a very, very defeated, nigh-whiny tone to it.
[22:02] <Sept> "If not, then what..?" Another slice of venison, and a frown at Aline.
[22:02] <Ayanami`Rei> "…?" Rei stared innocently at Aline, and around the table, then back towards the mildly blushing Isaiah. "How is everyone liking the appetisers?"
[22:05] <Sept> "They’re good, Rei! I'm sure the curry will be even better~"
[22:05] * Ayanami‘Rei beamed. "Thank you, Seesee-chan~"
[22:06] * Aline shook her head. "I wouldn’t worry about it, Sera." She was really wishing she could just be telepathic or something. That'd make this dinner /oh so/ much easier.
[22:09] * Yanmei stood up, her water glass now empty. "It's a little early? But I guess I'll have some of that wine now."
[22:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Alright, Meimei~"-
[22:10] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Ah, please get me a glass too, Yanmei-san." Shinji turned to Aline. "Are you going to have a drink with us tonight?"]
[22:11] * Aline flushed /amazingly brightly/ at the mention. "I don’t know. I'm… still very nervous about drinking, er, anything harder than a soft drink…"
[22:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji smiled softly.-
[22:12] <Ayanami`Rei> "If you’re worried, Leenie-chan, I'm sure Onii-chan and I can make sure nothing goes wrong. You should do fun things!"
[22:13] <Sept> "You know you can trust us to keep you safe, Aline!" Sera intoned with a smile.
[22:15] * Aline twitched absently, but… slowly nodded. "…I'll try. But I'm warning you, it might be embarrassing. If you have to escort me out, go ahead." Then a long, loooong pause. A pregnant pause. How appropriate. "…The red, then."
[22:15] <Sept> "Good choice!"
[22:16] <Yanmei> "Red it is." Yanmei added another glass, to the two she was already making, and began the trip back to distribute them.
[22:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Time passed! Drinks flowed freely…-
[22:26] * Ayanami`Rei stood up, clapping her hands with a little more enthusiasm than usual. "Curry time~~ Who’s hungry? There's lots~ Enough for seconds!"
[22:30] * Aline stared about, smirking a little. "Ah, curry, yes~ Curry would be good~"
[22:30] * Sept cheered! He really had been waiting for this…
[22:31] <Yanmei> "Oh, good! Sounds great!"
[22:33] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui was swaying a little. "Do you remember when we first had curry together, Gendo?" She asked, putting her arms around his.-
[22:33] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… I do."]
[22:35] * Ayanami`Rei sprung off towards the kitchen, clapping her hands the entire way before she started dishing out her chicken and pork curry. Rice, delicious-smelling sauce, the meat, a few pappadams per plate… She came over and served everyone, starting with Isaiah and finishing with herself. "Please enjoy it~! It was Zaizai’s work as well as mine…"
[22:35] * Sept eyed Yui and Gendo. "That sounds like a good story," he hinted, grinning.
[22:37] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei took another hefty swig from her glass. "You know? This is surprising in a way. I didn't even realize that you knew how to cook, Rei."
[22:37] * Aline took her time gladly eating the curry. /Very/ gladly. In fact, she was basically focusing on it inteeeently.
[22:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I have been practicing just for today! It’s been really good progress now that Zaizai's healthy and able to help~"
[22:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["She’s a natural, really." Said Isaiah.]
[22:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["It’s a good story~" Said Yui. She leaned her head on Gendo's shoulder. "It was during our university days, we'd been dating for a few months, you see, and we'd discussed it a little, you see~ So it all began at this pretty cafe…"]
[22:49] <Sept> "Sounds romantic, planning for your curry. Go on~"
[22:50] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Well~ The cafe went well, we had a glass of wine and a lovely bowl of spaghetti…" She picked up a spoon and filled it with curry, trying to coax Gendo into eating it. "Come on Gendo~"-
[22:50] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yui. This is unbecoming."-
[22:51] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Aw. You sourpuss." She leaned across him, holding the spoon out to Sera. "It all started like this, you see~"]
[22:51] * Aline would, perhaps briefly, look up from her curry, and gaze over at Shinji. She’d furtively look one way, then the other… grin… and move her hand… somewhere under the table. And sloooowly slide it up his thigh~
[22:53] * Sept didn't hesitate, but leaned forward, slowly wrapping his mouth around the spoon and accepting the offering of curry. He licked his lips. "Ahh, I can see why you would've caught him with that, Yui~"
[22:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji reddened deeply, but he resisted the nasty little boozevoice in his head that suggested that the only true answer was a reprisal. He gently took Aline’s hand and held it with his own. "H-Heheh…"-
[22:54] * Yanmei stared down at her plate, smile frozen on her mouth. Why, god, why?
[22:55] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah was quiet. There had been a brief moment where he had considered joining in with the drinks, but now he was glad that he abstained.-
[22:56] * Aline almost seemed disappointed, but fortunately!… Fortunately it was only her /judgement/ that was impaired right now. Her perceptions were spot-on, so she looked slightly at Yanmei, then just made a little smile straight at her curry, while squeezing Shinji’s hand.
[22:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo eyed Yui and Sera with his usual expressionless face. "Yui…" He frowned and took another mouthful of wine.-
[22:57] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Ah-huh~" Yui nodded joyously. "See, you like that, Sera-kun? He did too~ Of course I should’ve realised that he was used to the taste of curry…!"]
[23:00] <Sept> "And that's why you sprinkle it with love! So no two are ever the same!" Sera laughed at the joke by himself.
[23:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Are you enjoying dinner, Zaizai?" Asked Rei, staring at him mildly dreamily. She flicked her gaze back towards her mother, and her… Manoeuvre… But something stopped her from trying to repeat the act. She instead dug in.-
[23:00] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I am." Said Isaiah reassuringly.]
[23:01] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared back at Aline a moment, eyebrows raised. Somehow she could find puzzlement beyond her horror.
[23:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["That’s right!" Said Yui gleefully, giggling. "It was especially important because he was the first to ever try my curry, you know…" She beamed. "He was very happy, of course."-
[23:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo drained his glass. "…"]
[23:09] <Sept> "He’s just lucky like that, Gendo is. I wonder… did you ever have curry together with Ginevre and Elisha?"
[23:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ooh, no~" Yui blushed red. "But I know Gendo sometimes would’ve liked to~"-
[23:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Slander…"]
[23:12] * Aline suddenly leaned closer, much closer to Shinji, grinning broadly. Daresay, even /stupidly/. "Ehehehehe~ That reminds me of me and Shinji’s curry story. After all the exhausting ~stirring~ and ~mixing~, it was just soooo hot. I mean, what with the oven and… ah~. I just couldn't resist, 'cause he was just as delicious as the curry was." …Was Aline's voice turning sultry oh god it
[23:12] * Aline was. "I needed quite a lot of… tastes, by day's end~" …NOW who wasn't reading the atmosphere?
[23:14] <Sept> "I can vouch for her curry! You missed out on a lot, Gendo~" Sera very gently elbow-poked the old grouch.
[23:17] <Yanmei> "…" Desperation… taking hold. Yanmei shuddered ever so slightly in place. This curry. It was ruined forever for her. Had to… She lifted an arm as if going for one of the center plates, perhaps a little too fast, as it bumped her own plate and sent it sweeping quickly over the side of the table onto someone else's lap.
[23:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Aheh~" Shinji was still red. In fact one could say he was in a permanent blush by now. He gladly accepted Aline’s presence~ "The curry we made was pretty delicious." He said dreamily. "In fact it kept me warm through a lot of cold nights…!"-
[23:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> [… The plate slid.-
[23:18] <Ayanami`Rei> [… And landed in the lap of one Commander Gendo Ikari.-
[23:18] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…"-
[23:19] <Ayanami`Rei> [He shot to his feet, knocking Yui roughly aside by accident. The woman yelped and fell backwards out of her chair, almost.-
[23:20] <Ayanami`Rei> [The curry was piping hot, and luckily most of it had landed in Gendo’s napkin. Nevertheless it still -burned. He gritted his teeth, trying hard to hide the -pain-. "… -Zhang-."]

[23:21] * Aline just beamed, totally oblivious to the impending disaster, and just hugged up against Shinji. Mysteriously, she had the reflexes to grab Yui's chair… okay, more like her chair and a fair bit of her side, and actually help pull the older woman back into place.
[23:22] <Yanmei> "Oh… whoops!" Yanmei was on her feet now too, bowing -deeply. "I'm soo sorry! Let me excuse myself from this dinner conversation so that I can grab a rag to clean up with! Ah… I'll take care of the dry cleaning bill too, so…"
[23:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hush, Yui." Said Gendo flatly. "I shall retire to the bathroom for a moment to clean up." He egressed!-
[23:24] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Let me help, Yan." Isaiah stood up and followed on after her!-
[23:24] <Ayanami`Rei> "Everybody is so energetic…"
[23:25] * Sept made a (mostly symbolic) reaching gesture toward Gendo as he stood up, hoping to calm the man down and keep up the atmosphere.
[23:26] * Aline nodded enthusiastically. "Yup! I guess we’re just… just…" It was like she wanted to say why, but she didn't quite /remember/ why. "…energetic!"
[23:28] * Yanmei nodded at Isaiah's offer of assistance, and it wasn't long before she was in the kitchen, gathering paper towels and various other cleaning equipment. For someone who had just scalded a high-ranking superior, she certainly seemed more at ease than she had at the table.
[23:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Clear-headed Isaiah put a gentle hand on Yanmei’s shoulder. "Everything ok?" He murmured.]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Of course!" She beamed at him. "Everythings fine. And, you know? The way the conversation was going, this accident isn't necessarily a bad thing, right?"
[23:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Is it making you a little uncomfortable…?"]
[23:33] <Ayanami`Rei> "Hey, Leenie-chan?"
[23:33] <Yanmei> Yanmei stopped for a moment. "You and Rei… you were just preparing for the party today, right? Nothing else?"
[23:33] * Aline peeered over to Rei. "Yessss?"
[23:34] <Ayanami`Rei> "Do you think Meimei and Zaizai share curry too?"
[23:34] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Isaiah chuckled. "Yeah. Nothing else, Yanmei."]
[23:35] <Sept> Sept continued with his meal. "He’s a bit of a grouch sometimes, isn't she, Yui?"
[23:35] <Yanmei> "Good." Yanmei nodded firmly, and resumed her supply-gathering. "…between you and me? I was aiming for the floor, you know."
[23:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah." Said Yui, pouting slightly. Her eyes lingered on Gendo’s curry for a moment. "We need to give him more wine."]
[23:37] * Aline squeezed up against Shinji /again/, and then smirked at Rei. "I dunno, they don't seem to really like doing ~those things~. Oh don't get me wrong, they like eating curry, literally speaking. But the stuff after… well, they have that whole platonic soulmate thing, so I doubt they really do anything sexual anyway~" But a wink. "Don't worry, I know you didn't do anything like that
[23:37] * Aline to Isaiah, 'cause Yanmei'd flip out if you did~"
[23:37] <Sept> "That's a good idea, Yui." He followed her eyes to the curry… but just took another mouthful of his.
[23:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hitting Commander Ikari was a mistake, huh?" Said Isaiah amusingly.-
[23:39] * Ayanami`Rei stared at Aline. With eyes that were bigger than usual. "…" She blushed deeply, going scarlet, before staring down at her curry and suddenly realising what Aline meant.
[23:42] <Yanmei> "What, you don’t believe me?" Yanmei brushed close as she reached over to grab something on the counter behind him.
[23:43] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah blushed faintly. "Oh… Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t. It was a pretty amazing toss."]
[23:45] * Aline just nodded slightly, only a /slight/ nag in the back of her head suggesting she was doing the wrongish thing.
[23:45] <Sept> "How do you think we could… do that, Yui?" Sera asked carefully.
[23:45] * Yanmei smirked a little, still leaning close, despite having grabbed the dish towel that she had been aiming for. A quick glance to the doorway, and… she planted a hurried kiss on his mouth. Which turned into a second longer one…
[23:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Like this." Yui grabbed the tabasco bottle and started to hurriedly shake its contents over Gendo’s curry, before mashing it all together. She subtly nudged the wine bottle towards his plate before repeating her dark act on the wine glass.]
[23:47] * Sept glanced around… and smirked. "Yes, that about does it."
[23:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah was surprised at first- as most people tend to be when this sort of thing happens- but after a moment’s hesitation he put an arm around Yanmei's waist, pulling her a little closer whilst returning her kiss.-
[23:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["There." Gendo returned from the bathroom, once again a statue of poise. He headed for his seat.]
[23:50] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hey, Aline~?" Came Shinji’s voice.]
[23:50] <Sept> "Welcome back, Gendo. Everything alright?"
[23:50] * Aline tilted her head to look him straight in the eye, having… more or less not even mentally registered what Yui did. "Yesss?~"
[23:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’ll manage." Gendo sat down and peered at Sera and Yui.-
[23:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Do you ever…" Shinji reddened. "Ever think about leftover curry…? When you can’t get new curry, I mean. Our new curry."]
[23:54] * Aline thought on that for a while… then hummed simply. "Eehhhh, I just p-"… Right. Metaphor. "-…repare some for myself if I can't get any. Leftovers make me…" Tortured metaphor GO. There has to be a Geneva Convention violation here somewhere. "Leftovers make me feel siiick."
[23:55] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Once I had leftover noodles." Said Shinji, abruptly changing topics, although he wasn’t aware of it. "They made me pretty sick…" He muttered.]
[23:56] * Sept eyed the rest of the table innocently while enjoying his food, though he couldn't concentrate enough to hear what they were saying. He was too busy -waiting-.
[23:57] <Aline> "Oog, those are the worst. That's like really-pushy-Angel-level worst." …Aline had refused to change the topic. In spite it having already changed.
[23:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Shinji’s eyes narrowed.-
[23:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Was his curry better than mine?"-
[23:57] <Yanmei> The mess on the dining room floor was momentarily forgotten about. More kisses, a flurry of them. This would teach that Rei! Er… somehow?
[23:59] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo glanced at Sept, before turning back to his dish. He took a large mouthful…-
[23:59] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… … …!" Faint groaning sounds of pain echoed from his throat, but to his credit he refused to show it on his face. He reached for the glass of wine and downed it in a flash.-
[00:00] * Aline waved her hand dismissively. "Oh god no, no matter what else I might’ve tasted, it was just horrible. Actually meant the ones that force-feed me. Man, Adrian was teasing me about that, the whole mind things… like being… like the same? That's just… ugh. Deplorable. Deathy was real real ugly about it too, and even did it to Yan-yan. Siiickening."
[00:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Ghk…" His face was turning beet red, beads of sweat rolling down his face. He lowered the wine glass to the table. Slowly he stood up again, trying not to pant. "I… I will be getting a glass of milk." He said painfully, heading for the kitchen."-
[00:06] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah deepened the kiss, his other hand moving about to stroke the back of Yanmei’s neck. He… Was unfortunately oblivious to the very, very bemused Gendo Ikari standing in the door way.]
[00:09] * Yanmei responded, grabbing his shirt a little, opening her eyes to shift position… only to notice a figure standing there, -watching-. "…"
[00:10] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Gendo stepped into the kitchen. "I see I have my plate of curry and you have yours." He said dryly, fetching a bottle of milk from the fridge and promptly leaving.-
[00:10] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Isaiah froze.]
[00:11] * Sept tried to continue on, feigning only mild interest in Gendo’s activities. But try as he might, a small crack appears in the dyke of that facade. "Pfft." Sera clapped a hand on his mouth as inconspicuously as he could. But that hand was not soundproof. "hahahAHAHAHA~"
[00:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo’s return quickly has him stare at Sera. "You put tabasco in my wine. You bastard."-
[00:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui smiled innocently~]
[00:12] * Sept threw his hands in the air. "I resent th-hahahaha- that accusation! Most deeply!"
[00:13] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo returned to his seat. Without further ado he swapped his plate for Sept’s and began to eat.]
[00:14] <Sept> "That's…"-
[00:17] <Sept> Sera swallowed, and gave Yui a glance. A glance not only seeking pity, but conveying a little respect. "Very well. If the only right reason to eat the Tabascurry is because one was meant to… I will accept this as my high destiny." Sera took a mouthful, and chewed on it ponderously.
[00:17] <Yanmei> "…" In the meantime, the kitchen was a silent place for a while longer. Finally, having parted, Yanmei picked up the dishrag once more. She cleared her throat. "Let's go back."
[00:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Isaiah stared at Gendo’s retreating back, before looking back at Yanmei. "B-But…"]
[00:21] * Aline for the most part just… watched. Hm-hm
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Sorry," she murmured. "This is my fault…"
[00:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["No no." Murmured Isaiah awkwardly. "I-I was just having fun."]
[00:24] * Yanmei shook her head. "I’m the one who started it, so…" she glanced at the doorway again and frowned.
[00:24] * Sept would be sweating over the next several minutes as he determinedly wolfed down his meal. And with it, quite a few glasses of wine. He wiped at his forehead, sighing. "I've had… worse. Ahem. The pilot of Evangelion Unit Zero-One will not be stopped by fire. Nor water," he brandished his glass, taking another gulp. "Nor… the other ones. Know this."
[00:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… They’ll get suspicious if we wait too long." He said dejectedly. "… There's always later."]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Yeah," she mumbled, and started back herself.
[00:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo and Yui stared as Sept accepted their challenge…!-
[00:32] <Ayanami`Rei> [The dinner was consumed with gusto by the energetic guests, and another round of wine began.-
[00:32] <Ayanami`Rei> [It was at this moment that Rei made a suggestion.-
[00:32] <Ayanami`Rei> "Why don’t we play charades?"
[00:33] <Yanmei> "Ooo, interesting!" Yanmei grinned a little. "Blanc and I are good at that game! Remember?"
[00:34] * Aline smiled nigh-deliriously. "Yeah, we practiced~"
[00:34] <Sept> "You never invited me…"
[00:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["It was for a mission." Said Isaiah.]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "Maybe next time, Sera. Or… now!"
[00:35] <Sept> "-I’m- good at missions. I'll show you!"
[00:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Charades is a good idea." Gendo took off his coat and put it around his chair. "Rei, do you have some paper?"-
[00:40] <Ayanami`Rei> "Yes, daddy!" Rei headed off to grab a few pieces of paper and some pens, ripping the paper up into little pieces for people to write their ideas on.
[00:47] * Yanmei scribbled, as prompted. "Should we split into teams for this?"
[00:47] * Aline wrote down some of her own, and even giggled a bit as she made them~
[00:48] * Sept pondered, and filled out his slips silently, glancing around to make sure no one saw them.
[00:51] <Ayanami`Rei> [The others scribbled away, too…-
[00:51] * Ayanami`Rei eventually collected the items and dumped them into a Dirac Cache. "Ok~ Who wants to go first?"
[00:53] <Sept> "…I’ll do it." It was the only way he could Show Them. He was the Heroic Protector of Paris, some charades wouldn't stop him.
[00:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Ayanami Rei opened the Dirac Cache. "Take one~"]
[00:55] <Sept> "Um." He did hesitate with this, but… eventually stuck his hand in there, fishing for a slip of paper.
[00:56] <Ayanami`Rei> [He pulled out a slip…]
[00:58] <Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji snuggled up along Aline, is head on her shoulder and his arms around her waist (and concealed by the table, naturally)]
[00:59] * Aline shook slightly, but then smiled widely~
[01:04] <Sept> And took a step backwards from the crowd, clearing out a stage for himself. He briefly scanned his surroundings. There was a plush toy bearing vague resemblance to Asmodel, which he grabbed. He pointed at the toy, and at Isaiah, making a little ’rar' face and miming claws with his hands. Then, he placed the figure on the floor, held out two fingers and pointed at himself, clearing his
[01:04] <Sept> throat.-
[01:06] <Sept> He took up position between the plush and the boy, pointed a menacing finger at the monster, yelling silent words.-
[01:09] * Sept winked at Isaiah and twirled around flamboyantly with his eyes closed. He made a low, wide gesture - drawing the silhouette of a short skirt, long hair… something on his chest that he tied up into a knot and adjusted?-
[01:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… A schoolgirl!" Cried out Yui.]
[01:12] * Sept nodded quickly toward Yui, but gestured "go on". There was more to it yet.-
[01:12] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced between the pantomimer and Isaiah, feeling a little uneasy…
[01:12] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Stalker!" Cried Shinji.]
[01:12] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Isaiah stared straight ahead.]
[01:12] <Sept> He twirled something around in his hands - something long and thin, that he pointed at the monster in a dramatic gesture, yet again yelling something. He then subtly punted the monster away.-
[01:13] * Aline bridged her hands, and smirked. Her glasses even glinted. Inhibitions!
[01:13] * Ayanami`Rei made a face at Sept kicking her toys.
[01:14] <Ayanami`Rei> [… Gendo turned to stare at Aline.-
[01:14] <Ayanami`Rei> [He took off his glasses, then reached across the table and plucked hers off. Utterly stoically he placed them on his face, bridged her hands, and smirked. Her glasses glinted perfectly.]
[01:15] * Aline …actually giggled wildly, and with slight polite gestures, re-exchanged them, put her hands on the table, and… quite casually… "Also, the answer’s 'A Magical Girl'."
[01:16] * Sept made a Very Cute victory pose, even raising one leg a bit, with a hand gesture and a wink. He wandered over to Isaiah with a worried face, still holding the invisible wand in one hand. He looked the boy over and, finding he was alright, gave him a little peck on the cheek. Utterly straight-faced, he retreated a few steps and nodded toward Aline. But he still wasn't satisfied.
[01:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah went red. "……"]
[01:17] * Aline tilted her head back and forth. "Okay… Rei specifically? I don’t know her title~"
[01:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Zhang Yanmei." Said Gendo, acquiescing to Aline’s treaty.]
[01:17] * Ayanami‘Rei blushed and looked down at her lap.
[01:18] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei’s eyes narrowed as the green eyed monster reared its head.- "I'm -not- a Magical Girl."
[01:18] * Aline …stared at Sera. "…Wait /what/?"
[01:19] * Sept frowned at Aline and Gendo. He held out two fingers again. Then one finger. Made a rowing gesture. Another finger. Pointed up.
[01:20] * Aline shook her head. "I… don't understand…"
[01:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Shinji was mumbling. "Row… Rowing… Sailor…?"]
[01:21] * Sept pointed enthusiastically at him, and then up, miming a round shape.
[01:22] * Aline …blinked.. "…Oh. One of the characters from ’Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Of course."
[01:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Oh, you showoff. Of course."]
[01:22] * Aline swiftly added. "Probably the lead."
[01:23] * Sept breathed out. "Correct. You said you were good at this!"
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Since you guessed it, you’re up next, Aline." Yanmei still seemed a little grouchy about something.
[01:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh." Yui frowned. "Fighting evil, winning love…" She peered at Isaiah. "You never told me you were Tuxedo Mask…"-
[01:25] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Isaiah glanced at her. "…"]
[01:26] * Aline giggled, pinching Shinji’s cheek solidly… "Aw, but it's fun to show off! So's this~" …And before any protest could be offered, she actually physically got up out of her chair, leaned against Shinji, and pulled him into a /very/ deep kiss. And… nearly climbing on him… and moving around quite enthusiastically. In fact, her legs seemed to be moving an awful lot. And hips.
[01:26] * Aline …Someone seated closer might notice that she was sort of moving… back and… forth. Along… along the edge of the chair. … …Oh dear. But! After a few more seconds of basically trying to humiliate herself, Shinji, and everyone within a 5km radius, she finally pulled away. "Fun~~~"
[01:28] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo and Yui stared. Stared. Yui giggled. Gendo did not. Yui giggled a little more.-
[01:28] <Ayanami`Rei> "…" Rei had suddenly realised that this was not going according to plan at all.-
[01:29] <Ayanami`Rei> [And what could poor Shinji do except return the favour? As utterly red-faced and near-dying of mortification as he was… Well, he was also rather drunk. It wasn’t -all- Aline's work.-
[01:29] * Sept was glad to hear Aline wasn't quite the only one recognising the source material. He returned to his seat. That served them right. No one could now doubt oh dear what is she doing. Sera is left bright red from the spectacle, even though his own 'performance' had barely made him hesitate. That had been for the Family, of course.
[01:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> "… You’re… Up. Leenie-chan." Murmured Rei as she opened the Cache.
[01:30] * Aline nodded ever-so-slightly, red in the face for /so many reasons/. "R… right. Right!" And she… reached her hand in!
[01:31] * Yanmei reached out and patted Isaiah's hand. Although… what the heck had she even been watching anymore? Eyes politely averted.
[01:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah stared at Yanmei, mostly because otherwise… Good grief.]
[01:34] <Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji, still red faced and wobbling a little, stared at Aline. "… Aliiiine."]
[01:34] * Aline then stood up. "Okay, starting… now!" …And first, Aline drew closed the upper dress, and moved as though she were drawing closed something much larger and poofier. Like a cape or cloak or something. Then… tracing her hand over some kind of imaginary object. Held like a pole, taller than she was… something at the top… curved. Wide, perpendicular to the main pole. Once she
[01:34] * Aline did that, though, both hands mimed wielding it. -
[01:36] * Aline then mock-swung it at air, with a /surprisingly/ dark and solemn (which due to her mental state looked stiff and artificial and actually a bit farcically-silly) look on her face. For a moment, she paused to see if anyone might come up with something, sometimes repeating the motion nigh-mechanically. -
[01:37] <Ayanami`Rei> "… Lelouch Lamperouge?" Asked Rei, blinking.
[01:37] <Yanmei> "Hm…" Yanmei frowned thoughtfully. "Asuka? But she’s not that serious…"
[01:38] <Sept> "A miner..? A criminal miner working in secret? -Isaac Dian-!"
[01:39] <Yanmei> "Wha- who?"
[01:39] * Aline continued, nonetheless, by picking a random person - she settled on Yanmei… and after a brief shake of her head for no… decided to point at her, and do a little throat-slit motion, then mocked looking dead: head craned back awkwardly, eyes rolled backwards, lips slack but a bit neutral or even sad. Then, then she did another little 'swoosh', the wide swing moving horizontally
[01:39] * Aline a small ways over Yanmei's chest… and then she reached out with one hand to grab something - moving her hand up slightly as if to grasp something floating away! -
[01:40] <Sept> "He stole gold from the Earth!" A dismissing wave as he continued watching.
[01:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo glinted. "Shinigami. The Grim Reaper."]
[01:41] <Sept> "Death? The Reaper?"
[01:41] * Aline nodded firmly and grinned, doing a little bow.
[01:42] <Yanmei> "W-well done." But she looked a little shaken, actually. Surely, though, it was no big deal.
[01:43] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo stood up. "Rei."-
[01:43] * Ayanami`Rei opened the Dirac Cache.-
[01:43] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo put a hand in and took out a slip of paper. He stared at it. "…" He walked up in front of the group.]
[01:43] * Aline then took a breath, and sat down gently. Demurely! Not.
[01:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei decided to watch the old man carefully. The last two had taken her by surprise, but not this time!
[01:45] <Ayanami`Rei> [Of course not. As she moved, Shinji lashed out, grabbing her by the waist and pulling her onto his lap- which he then consolidated by gripping her securely, resting his head on her shoulder.]
[01:45] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo thought.-
[01:46] <Ayanami`Rei> [He picked up the Asmodel plush toy.-
[01:46] <Ayanami`Rei> [And then he held up ten fingers.]
[01:46] * Aline didn’t answer with anything just yet, but giggled distractedly, leaning her own head against Shinji's.
[01:48] <Yanmei> "Ten Monsters? Angels? 10 Angels?"
[01:49] <Sept> "The Tenth Angel?"
[01:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo pointed at Sept, and made a ’more' gesture.]
[01:49] * Aline was still giggling and snickering, but she seemed to have an almost… imperious look on her face. It's as if she was /letting them squirm/.
[01:50] * Sept thought. He'd never particularly paid attention to this…
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Codename: Voriel?"
[01:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo nodded. "That’s right." He smirked and sat back down. Gendo Ikari did not do -charade poses-.]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "Geeze. So unenthusiastic~" Yanmei stood up, dusting off her skirt.
[01:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I was not unenthusiastic." Said Gendo, his glasses flashing.]
[01:54] <Sept> "You could’ve turned out the lights and secretly touched people."
[01:54] <Yanmei> "…" … "…"
[01:54] * Aline grinned. "Ehe, even if he was, he wouldn't know some of the truth. Like he'd have to pantomime him floating away in terror from giant smashing spines or screaming like a little girl whenever 00 bothers him~" …she only now realized what Sera said.
[01:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…… Yes, I suppose."]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "…may I please just draw?"
[01:55] * Ayanami`Rei smiled. "Well done, daddy." She opened the cache and held it out to Yanmei.
[01:55] * Yanmei reached in!
[02:00] * Sept got up and walked over to a table at the sides to pour himself a fresh glass of wine. He sat down on a different chair, though. One just by Rei. And once Yanmei had her paper and all attention was on her… he yawned. And with the utmost Septlety, placed a hand around her shoulders. Casually. Smoothly, even. He was smoothness itself.
[02:00] <Ayanami`Rei> "…" Rei glanced at him nervously, then back at the hand, then sort of blushed.
[02:01] * Yanmei put on a resolute face, and then, ran her hands through her hair a few times -gasp!- messing it up! Then she walked over to Rei.-
[02:03] <Yanmei> She got down on one knee, a very gentle expression on her face, and reached for her hand.-
[02:06] * Ayanami`Rei wasn’t sure how to react at all, so… She didn't.
[02:08] <Sept> "…Proposal?"
[02:11] * Yanmei spent a moment or two pretending to wrap something around the girl's wrist. When she was finished, she stood up and nodded at her work. Then she went back to her place at the table, found her purse, rummaged around with it, and… pulled out a syringe full of clear fluid, which she pretended to examine and prep before heading back in Rei's direction.
[02:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> "……" Rei shook her head a little. "Noo…"
[02:11] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… Nurse?" Started Yui.-
[02:12] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Isaiah stared. "… Oh wait." He paused. "… Is it Isaiah Gabriel-Wei?"]
[02:13] * Aline sort of wasn’t paying that much attention. "Maaaybe."
[02:13] <Yanmei> The hand with the needle dropped. And for the briefest of seconds, she almost looked disappointed. But that changed instantly, since the mood demanded it. "That's right!"
[02:14] * Ayanami‘Rei let out a little sigh of relief.
[02:15] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah stood up. "One for me, huh? Alright!" He rubbed his hands together.-
[02:15] <Sept> "You really don’t like needles, do you?" Sera spoke softly with a little laugh, looking elsewhere.
[02:15] * Ayanami‘Rei felt incredibly awkward right now, but she opened the cache… "Needles are icky…"-
[02:16] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah put a hand in and grabbed a piece of paper. He pulled it out, walked over to the centre of the room, and looked at it.-
[02:16] <Ayanami`Rei> [… He stared.]
[02:16] * Aline tilted her head, as if to ask if something was wrong.
[02:18] <Yanmei> "…?" Maybe he needed encouragement? She thought back to a few bad drama club sessions. "You can do it, Isaiah!"
[02:19] <Sept> "Of course he can!" Another encouraging smile.
[02:19] <Sept> "Right, Rei?"
[02:19] <Aline> "Yeah~" Aline decided to chip in.
[02:19] <Ayanami`Rei> "Right. Zaizai can do it!"
[02:20] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah cleared his throat, looked at Aline, then over to Sept, to Rei, then finally to Yanmei, and dropped the paper to the ground, blushing. Quietly, he walked over to Yanmei, put a hand around her waist and drew her into a deep, deep kiss. A very long, passionate kiss.]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Mmph?!" To say that he caught her by surprise was an understatement. She wasn’t flailing, but…
[02:21] * Aline didn't even really have a response. She just blushed veeery brightly.
[02:22] * Sept made a little "whoo" noise, but kept his voice down, as if afraid he'd scare the two of them away. So when was he going to do the charade..?
[02:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Aline Blanc!" Said Shinji.]
[02:23] <Aline> "…Uaa?!" …no eloquence here, nope.
[02:23] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah blushed red, but he didn’t stop. Instead, with his other hand he tucked it under Yanmei's knees and lifted her up into his arms. Still not breaking the kiss.]
[02:23] * Ayanami‘Rei staaaaared.
[02:24] <Sept> "Oh. C… Casanova?"
[02:25] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Gendo Ikari!" Cried Yui cheerfully.]
[02:25] * Yanmei went along with it… even though she didn’t know what he was up to, completely. The fact that he could lift her, despite having done it before on occassion, always came as a shock to her. His arms were so thin and noodlelike.
[02:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Gendo frowned.]
[02:25] * Aline /sputtered/, at that.
[02:26] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah turned and walked away- away from the table, over to the apartment front door. He opened the door, carefully walked out (so as to not bump Yanmei’s head on the frame), turned and closed the door behind them.]
[02:27] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Yui was famed for her great memory, and a second later she flashed back to her second date. "CURRY!"]
[02:27] <Sept> "Ah..? C-can they hear us?"
[02:28] * Aline …blinked quite a bit. "…I guess they won…?"
[02:28] * Ayanami`Rei walked over to the slip of paper and looked at it. "… It really was curry…"-
[02:28] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I wrote that one." Preened Yui.]
[02:29] * Aline very slowly nodded. "…Maybe I shouldn’t have…"
[02:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> "… Are they coming back?"
[02:30] <Sept> "Oh…" Sept blushed now with the unpleasant retroactive implications, now leaving Rei quite alone, with both arms on his lap, as unambiguously as possible.
[02:32] * Ayanami`Rei tentatively headed over to the door and peeked out. Then returned, pouting. "Gone…"
[02:33] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I believe they had other business to attend to. It is no problem." Said Gendo. "Shall we continue?"]
[02:34] <Sept> "Sure..? There’s still food and drink left, isn't there?"
[02:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Uh-huh." She opened the cache for Yui.-
[02:35] <Ayanami`Rei> [Yui reached in and plucked out her paper. She stared at it and frowned, walking up onto the ’stage'.-
[02:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui… Held out two fingers.]
[02:38] * Aline …just stared, as if needing more.
[02:39] <Sept> "Second Angel. Iadiel."
[02:39] <Ayanami`Rei> [Yui shook her head, and tapped the second finger. And then… She made a cackling face, balling her hands up into fists and making stirring motions.]
[02:40] * Aline blinked quite heavily. "…A… er…" She wasn’t quite sure. "Also, Iadiel is designated as the /Fourth/ Angel. They include the Seeds of Life in the count."
[02:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui made a triangle above her head, then a circle as though she had a hat with a wide brim.]
[02:42] * Aline taptapped her fingers against the table. "…Witch? But why two… I’m missing something."
[02:42] <Sept> "…oh. Witch..? Second… Second Child? Asuka Langley-Soryu?"
[02:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui nodded! She pointed, then returned to the first finger. She made a digging motion.]
[02:42] <Ayanami`Rei> [… Yui giggled at Sept’s suggestion.]
[02:43] * Aline started to realize! "…Do they have AT Fields?" And she had this /amazingly catlike grin/ on her face.
[02:43] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui considered this. She shook her head.]
[02:43] * Aline just giggled.
[02:44] * Sept laughed openly at that as well.
[02:44] <Ayanami`Rei> [Yui made furious digging motions…!]
[02:45] <Aline> "It’s a sandwich~" A pause. "…The AT Field thing was a sort of half-joke Tsucchin made."
[02:45] <Sept> "Heehee. That it was."
[02:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yui nodded. "Yeah, that’s it." She smiled. "Why don't we give Rei the last go?"]
[02:46] <Aline> "Yes, let's~"
[02:46] <Sept> "I'd very much like to see that, yeah~"
[02:47] * Ayanami‘Rei beamed. "Ok!" She reached into her cache… And pulled out a little slip. She stared at it, then walked onto the stage and made flapping motions.
[02:48] * Aline folded her arms and waited a moment. Patience.
[02:49] <Sept> "A bird. Something with wings. Qaphsiel?"
[02:49] <Aline> "Eh, Qapphy didn’t really flap."
[02:49] <Sept> "He tried really hard in the end, though~"
[02:50] * Ayanami‘Rei shook her head. She made driving-wheel motions.
[02:51] * Aline blinked. "…Flying car? Ornithopter?"
[02:52] * Ayanami`Rei nodded! But… She made ’need more' motions. She drew a line in the air from the ground straight up and then back down.
[02:52] * Aline turned over to Sera, starting to realize. "…You take this one, okay Sera?"
[02:53] * Sept nodded. "Raphael's ride. A VTOL."
[02:53] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded! "That’s right~"
[02:53] * Aline nodded as well. Nodathon. "I wrote that one, so I wanted to hold off~"
[02:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["That was fun. Tricky, but fun." Said Gendo, rubbing his chin. "What’s next?"-
[02:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I have ice cream." Said Rei happily.
[02:53] <Ayanami`Rei> [Shinji squeezed Aline. "Should we head off, do you think…?"]
[02:54] * Aline looked over at him, and smirked. "Probably… Best keep it at just totally losing it rather than passed out cold anyway~"
[02:55] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Right." He smiled a little, then stood up- holding her as well! But he put her back down on her feet, holding her around the waist.-
[02:55] <Ayanami`Rei> "You’re going home, Leenie-chan? Onii-chan? I hope you had fun!"
[02:55] <Sept> "That's alright! Thanks for the company, Aline, Shinji."
[02:58] <Aline> "Right~ I know I did~~"
[03:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yeah, I did. Thanks, Rei-chan." He ruffled her hair, before he absconded with Aline in tow…]
[03:08] <Sept> "Right. So, Gendo…" Sera fixed a Stare at the man. "How do you feel about a little challenge?"
[03:09] <Ayanami`Rei> [Gendo turned his head back towards Sept. Speed lines ensued…!]

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[00:22] <@Yanmei> A lonely cab pulled up to one of the many identical geofront apartment buildings houses in Paris-2, and idled while its passengers slowly roused themselves. One of them fumbled for her purse as she climbed out… and then realized that she didn't have it with her, her bleary eyes growing wider. "Ooo, oh no… where did it go?"
[00:22] <@Yanmei> ^housed
[00:24] <Marianne> ["Oh no…" Mumbled the other- a young man with slightly ruffled smart clothes. He ruffled in the backseat for it before pulling himself out. "You must've left it at Reirei's…"]
[00:28] <@Yanmei> "Yeah?" She frowned, glancing over her shoulder, as if wondering if she should try walking back. "You don't think she'll look inside, do you?"
[00:29] <Marianne> ["What's inside it?"]
[00:30] <@Yanmei> "Um." She thought of the morphine. Certain other questionable objects of a millitary persuation. Her precious personal cellphone. "…nothing important?"
[00:31] <Marianne> ["Then we can have Reirei bring it over tomorrow, ok?" Says Isaiah, giving Yanmei a dreamy, warm smile, putting an arm around her waist. "It'll be ok."]
[00:33] <@Yanmei> "I guess," she mumbled, a little distractedly. At least she hadn't brought her Atticus or NERV phones with her. They wouldn't have fit in that bag anyway. "Did you have fun tonight?"
[00:36] <Marianne> ["Mmhmm." He said happily, resting his head on her shoulder. "It's weird~ I feel a little… Strange. Dunno why." They stepped into the bottom floor of the apartment building- it was a good deal warmer inside.]
[00:38] <@Yanmei> "You're looking a little feverish~ Don't get sick, okay?" Her own head had cleared a little during the car ride. Not to say that the fog was completely gone, but it was better.
[00:39] <Marianne> ["Will you nurse me back to health if I do~?" He asked coquettishly as they headed towards the elevator.]
[00:41] * @Yanmei snickered a little, and put a hand briefly to his forehead during the short wait for the elevator doors to open. "Sure. Isn't that what they call role-reversal though~?"
[00:43] <Marianne> ["Sort of~" His forehead did feel warm. But then again, Isaiah always felt warm… "I wouldn't look as good in a nurse's uniform though. But~ don't distract me. I noticed something tonight…"]
[00:48] <@Yanmei> "Hm?" She grinned. "What did you notice?"
[00:48] <Marianne> [The elevator doors opened, and they entered. Isaiah looked at her frankly.-
[00:48] <Marianne> ["You're… Really worried about certain things." He noted. "Things you shouldn't be so worried about."]
[00:51] <@Yanmei> The girl looked taken aback. Then she glanced aside, a little embarrassed. "Can't you be easier to hide things from?" she mumbled, rubbing the back of her neck.
[00:56] <Marianne> ["I'm afraid not, my love." Said Isaiah with a little grin. "You're getting all embarrassed~ It's cute." He teased. "But… You shouldn't have to worry about things like that, Yanmei." He nuzzled her neck. "I'm not going to sleep with anyone else. You should know that by now…"]
[00:59] <@Yanmei> "Yeah. It's silly of me right?" She chuckled, and closed her eyes, enjoying the sensation. "But you two have be spending a lot of time together… maybe I was just being paranoid?"
[01:00] <@Yanmei> ^have been
[01:05] <Marianne> ["I love Reirei to bits. But I love her as a sister. I can't bring myself to even think about her like that." He mumbled. His nuzzles turned to kisses. "Yan…?"]
[01:06] <@Yanmei> "Hm?" she was having a hard time keeping her thoughts on conversation now.
[01:15] <Marianne> ["Please don't worry anymore. I'm yours. No matter what or when." He was slowly starting to make his way towards her lips. "I won't let you forget."]
[01:19] * @Yanmei met him halfway. "Consider me convinced, then," she said when she pulled back a little afterward.
[01:22] <Marianne> ["Good." He kissed her deeply, pulling her close, a hand stroking the back of her neck…-
[01:22] <Marianne> [Ding!-
[01:22] <Marianne> ["…" Isaiah paused. "I forgot we were on an elevator."]
[01:28] * @Yanmei snickered, and started to move, taking the guy by the wrist. "Let's go home and relax properly!"
[01:30] <Marianne> [Isaiah followed on after! "Yes, of course…"]

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