She Said So Make Sure You Vote For Me Ok 3

[05:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> [[Session 24: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 15th of February, 2016. Episode Title: She said, "So make sure you vote for me, ok~? <3"-
[05:52] <Ayanami`Rei> [It was a windy, cold, but sunny February monday. The newly-rebuilt school of St. Louis gleamed in the sunlight, welcoming within its walls a host of students.-
[05:53] <Ayanami`Rei> [The numbers were far lower than they had been at the start of last year, but nevertheless were higher than they had been at the end. Large fortified walls and extra security had assured parents that their offspring would be safe from anything less than an armoured assault.-
[05:53] <Ayanami`Rei> [The gates were open.-
[05:55] <Ayanami`Rei> [Marianne drove Yanmei and Isaiah- Yanmei was still, technically speaking, not allowed to drive by herself-, whilst Aline and Rei were dropped off by Sophie. And of course, Freya drove Sera herself.]
[06:03] <Yanmei> "Here we are!" Yanmei seemed as if she was in high spirit as they pulled up to the front gates of the school. Her bag, brand new, was resting in her lap, and she was wearing her uniform with her usual impeccability. Several silver wrist bangles clinked together as she prepared to depart. "Thank you for the ride, Marianne."
[06:03] * Aline stared up at the school, rather bothered by some of the memories that it evoked, but… deciding to live with it. Of course, just even thinking of… normal human contact, after so long with ’abnormal' contact… be it Angels or the people she was surrounded by who all had their severe problems… it made Aline nervous. She wasn't like them anymore, the people she used to know before
[06:03] * Aline all this.
[06:04] * Sept yawned and stretched, taking in the moment. Back to school, huh. It did seem like the amount of judo was picking up again, and he noted as much to Freya. He recognised a lot of the faces in the crowds, and it served to calm him down some. He had friends here, despite everything else that had happened.
[06:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Marianne reached over, fussing with Yanmei’s ribbon a little before kissing her on the cheek. "Have a good day, ok, sweetheart?"-
[06:07] * Ayanami‘Rei stood next to Aline quietly, dressed fully in her new uniform. She was already drawing looks from others, and it made her want to hide.-
[06:07] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Huh? How can you tell just by looking that judo’s picked up?" Asked Freya, climbing out of the car and stretching.]
[06:08] <Sept> "More people, more judo." He said it like a slogan, or a proverb.
[06:09] * Yanmei tried not to squirm. Treating her like a little kid again! But she meant well. "We'll report everything to you when you get back from your shift, okay? I'll make a special dinner, too."
[06:10] * Aline sidled a bit closer to her, almost protectively. "…Don't worry. I'll try to find a way to make them understand, Rei-chan."
[06:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Oh, hey. That’s just basic percentages." Said Freya. "And here I was thinking you didn't pay attention in class."-
[06:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hehe~ I’ll look forward to it." Marianne beamed, and reached into the back of the car to hug Isaiah. "Have a good day, ok? Make sure Yanmei doesn't get into any mischief." "I will. thanks, Marianne."-
[06:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…" Rei nodded, clutching her bag in front of her like a shield. "Thank you, Leenie-chan."
[06:15] <Sept> "You know me. I’m full of surprises." A moment of thought. "Edgar doesn't really seem the type to care about percentages and statistics, though?"
[06:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["No, he doesn’t."-
[06:16] <Yanmei> "'Any mischief,' she says." Yanmei made a little face at her, and then started to slide out of the passenger seat. "See you later!"
[06:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> [At that point, Sept would hear a voice. "HEEEEEY SERA!"-
[06:16] <Ayanami`Rei> [Patrice Gosselin, waving from where he stood, leaning against a wall.-
[06:16] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Freya’s hand curled into fists. Her eyes narrowed. "Oh good, saves me the muttermutter…"-
[06:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Goodbye! Have fun!"-
[06:17] <Ayanami`Rei> [Said Marianne. Isaiah slipped out after Yanmei, waving. "See you, Marianne." And then- she was off.-
[06:18] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Back again, huh, Yanyan?" Asked Isaiah, looking up at the new walls. "How do you feel?"]
[06:19] * Sept took an unconscious step toward Freya at the noise, but quickly recovered. "YOU!" Sera quickly walked to within comfortable speaking distance, blushing slightly from just the memory of Christmas. He stood there, arms crossed, staring angrily.
[06:20] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Sup." Said Patrice, grinning. "Have a good Christmas~?"]
[06:20] <Yanmei> "I feel… good!" She placed a free hand on her hip, gazing up at the new external features of the buildings and the students flocking in with the air of someone who owned the place. "What about you? You don’t seem too nervous."
[06:21] * Aline tilted her head over towards the whole Septconfrontation, but then looked back over at the school. She, on the other hand, had an air of someone who wasn't even from the same world as all of this.
[06:24] <Sept> "No! What the hell was that, you tampered with my stuff, I trusted you!"
[06:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Y’know, I feel a lot better." Said Isaiah, smiling at Yanmei. "Last year I came here feeling miserable… Now I come here a lot happier. I feel like a new man."-
[06:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hey, Aline? That you?" Came a voice.-
[06:25] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I didn’t -tamper-, I added new stuff to it! New ~sexy~ stuff. Did you enjoy your pillow, Freya?"-
[06:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I oughta shiv you."]
[06:27] <Sept> "She really should, Patrice." The staring continues.
[06:27] <Yanmei> "You look like a new man too," Yanmei pointed out with a smile. She started forward, long brisk strides. "I wonder how many people are still around from last year."
[06:28] * Aline peered over towards the voice, looking curiously. "…Yes?"
[06:29] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You could try." Said Patrice, grinning. "Amelia wouldn’t like it though~"-
[06:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ah…" Isaiah blushed a little, then followed on. "Well, there’s Patrice over there. And… Windsor-Yamato."-
[06:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> [The voice, Aline would see, belonged to Alexandre Fontaine- although he wasn’t in his uniform, but rather a neat blue shirt and black trousers. "Just thought I'd say hi."]
[06:32] <Sept> "Amelia? Who's Amelia? Don't bring other people into this." Except Yui. Yui is still totally cool as a shield.
[06:32] * Aline almost immediately looked… awkward at that. "Well, hi. A… lot has changed. But, yeah. Hi." She had this sinking feeling that her relationship with him was like stepping back in time, simply because it was still frozen on a prior awkward thing.
[06:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["You don’t know Amelia?" Asked Patrice. He pointed into the distance.-
[06:33] <Ayanami‘Rei> [There was Edgar Chevalier, standing around, talking to a little kid. Next to him was a girl- a girl with a lot of red hair. A girl taller than he was. She looked formidible.-
[06:33] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Amelia Chevalier. The -other- Chevalier twin."-
[06:35] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Alexandre looked at Aline, and offered her a smile. "You should probably start heading off to class. Mr. Martin’ll appreciate it if you and Reirei arrive early."-
[06:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> ]
[06:36] <Yanmei> "Windsor-Yamato. Hm…" She glanced between Isaiah and the semi-distant figure. The two of them had history. It wasn’t good. But… Isaiah wasn't shrinking back, either. "Feel like saying hello?"
[06:36] <Aline> "…You're probably right, though." Aline smiled back at him, and reached out to tug a little at Rei's hand. "Come on. We should go. He probably has something set up for us."
[06:36] <Sept> Ah. Judo personified. Right. "Wait." Sera frowned. "What does she have to do with this?"
[06:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["This is -her- turf. Now that she’s back, Edgar isn't on duty anymore." He grinned. "The whole school is under her protection~ Ah, look at her. So firm, so immovable. She would save me if I were in trouble~ I think I'm in love."-
[06:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Right, Leenie-chan. Byebye, Alex-chan."-
[06:38] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I’ll see you girls in a bit."-
[06:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Isaiah frowned. "I’d rather save myself the effort. Should we head in?"]
[06:40] * Sept looked at the girl again. He hesitated. "W-we'll just have to settle this later, then, won't we?" A few breaths, and he calmed down. "So, uh. How's stuff."
[06:41] * Yanmei chuckled. "Let's. I'm sure there's a lot that's changed." She continued on, leaving Windsor-Yamato behind.
[06:41] * Aline would, with the affirmation of Intent To Go In… go in!
[06:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Stuff is good." Said Patrice with a grin. "Well, mostly. Emile got himself a girlfriend."-
[06:43] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah followed Yanmei in- and they’d run almost immediately into Alexandre.-
[06:43] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh, hey, Yanmei. Isaiah." He smiled.-
[06:43] * Sept shifted his stance a bit uncomfortably. "Ah. That’s nice. I mean, is it nice? Is -she- nice?"
[06:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Aline and Rei would enter! Passing through the milling students, they’d soon come to their new classroom. The familiar (for Aline) figure of Mr. Martin was inside, the mild-mannered teacher talking to…-
[06:45] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Evangeline, the girl looking a little sickly, dressed also in plain clothes.-
[06:46] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Of course." Said Patrice sourly. "It’s Lillian! The Adventure Queen! … Well, it's really more like she got herself a boyfriend, really, no lie about who wears the pants there."]
[06:47] <Yanmei> "Fontaine." She blinked in surprise. "Didn't think I'd see you walking around here…"
[06:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’m here to say goodbye." Said Alex.]
[06:48] * Aline stared forward in surprise. Evangeline was sick… and leaving school? God, how bad was it getting? "H-h… hi. Is everything alright?"
[06:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> [There was a flash of guilt on Eva’s face.-
[06:49] <Sept> "But isn't the uniform- oh, right. Mmh. Yeah, I can see how they'd fit together. And you? Have you had any company? Emile must be busy with all that."
[06:50] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Aline! Er, everything’s… Well." She paused, looking down at her feet. "… I guess you can tell by what I'm wearing that I'm leaving, huh?" She said shyly.-
[06:50] <Yanmei> "Oh." A pause. She said it again, this time, with a scoff. "Oh. I get it. Rubbing it in our faces because you get to go to a new scenic country, with no Angel attacks. Well, whatever." She tossed her hair.
[06:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh, you know, I’ve had my pillows to keep me company~" Said Patrice, winking at Freya, who flushed in indignation. "Kidding, kidding. I'm still a lonely soul~"]
[06:51] * Aline shook her head. "You look sick, though. It's…" She leaned in a bit further, almost trying to put on a piercing stare. "Not that physical, is it? I'm sorry, I should've been more help to you, but I've had… so many things going on."
[06:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah, scenic." Said Alex dryly. "The Sahara desert, great." He reached forward and ruffled Yanmei’s hair. "I actually same to say a -nice-, heartfelt message, you bloody harpy…"]
[06:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["It’s… It's fine." Said Evangeline, shrinking back a little. "Just a little stressed is all, honest." She reached out to pat Aline awkwardly on the shoulder. "You shouldn't have to worry about me. Everything will be ok soon."]
[06:58] * Aline stared even harder, but her mouth was curled into a worried frown. "Eva. I've been through that. Even before being a pilot. You have to trust that some people want to help. Because… you're lying. It's not okay. I can feel it in your voice. I'm /worried/."
[06:59] * Yanmei tried to catch his wrist. Her poor hair! On the first day of school, too. Now she would have to fix it in the ladies' room before going on. "Hmph! You're still such a child. What sort of message is it?"
[07:01] <Sept> "…with that attitude, I'm sure you are, Patrice. But we should probably go and say hi to other people. Take care, and I'll see you around. But as soon as -she's- not around…" With one more warning glance to the boy, Sera was off. Should he introduce himself to Amelia? Maybe not. If he could just get past without attracting too much attention…
[07:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["N-No, seriously. Everything is going to be fine." Mumbled Evangeline, a brittle smile on her face. "I’m going to Boston soon…"-
[07:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Here’s my message." He batted her hand away, and- in front of all these people- stepped forward and -hugged- her.-
[07:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Don’t be a big idiot and get yourself killed. Asuka will never, -ever- forgive you." Said Alex. "I won't either, so don't do it."-
[07:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah’s eyes widened a little.-
[07:05] <Ayanami‘Rei> [And so Sept and Freya were off.-
[07:05] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… HEY SERA!" Edgar.]
[07:06] <Sept> "Oh shit oh shit HEEYYY EDGAR I DIDN’T SEE YOU" Slooowly turning toward him and approaching carefully.
[07:07] * Aline sighed, a little. "Do you want to? I know you have family, it's just… I want you to feel better. I can't just… leave you looking so sad."
[07:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Sera! Check it. This is my sister."-
[07:09] <Ayanami`Rei> [Amelia stared down at Sera. "You’re Sera?"]
[07:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’ll feel better once I'm in Boston." Stressed Eva.]
[07:10] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?" Yanmei was stuttering, arms held out awkwardly. "What are you even talking about? There's no way I'd get killed! You're the one moving to a warzone! You…" Her arms moved back around him, a slow, slightly jerky motion. "…you stupid jerk."
[07:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Alexandre chuckled. "You know, you make me feel all warm inside whenever you insult me." He patted her on the back and released her. "Hey, Isaiah." "… Yeah?" "Watch her back, ok?" "… I will."]
[07:15] <Sept> "Y-yeah, I’m Sera. This is my friend, Freya. It's nice to meet you, Amelia." Sept gave the girl a polite nod, thus avoiding handshakes. Even he had seen this movie.
[07:15] * Aline began to pause, but then nodded. "Ok..ay. Sorry. The way you said itb efore made it sound like you were going to kill yourself. People say that sort of thing, like 'it'll all be better soon', to set up for it. I… was just scared, okay?"
[07:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heh. I wouldn’t kill myself." Said Eva. "I've m-moved on from that stage…" Then…-
[07:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> [The girl rushed Aline, hugging her tight and sniffling a little. "I-I’m sorry."]
[07:18] * Aline hugged back, and tight. "It's okay. It's… okay. I understand now, alright? You can… you can get my email address and send me messages ever so often, if you want. I can be there for you like that, if you… want."
[07:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Amelia grinned, clapping Sera on the shoulder hard. "Hey, you’re pretty cute."]
[07:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Freya eyed her suspiciously.]
[07:19] <Yanmei> Now that she was out of his grip, it occurred to her that it -had- happened in public, and she turned slightly crimson. "W-well." she tossed her hair again. "You’d better show up from time to time again. It's bad enough that student elections isn't even worth it this year…"
[07:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["T-Thank you, Aline." Muttered Eva. "I-I’d appreciate… That."]
[07:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heh. I’ll try." He grinned. "And I wouldn't say that too early. A challenger approaches, harpy."]
[07:20] <Aline> "Yeah~ Don't you worry. I'd love to make your world a bit happier." …She felt slightly creepy for putting it that way.
[07:21] <Sept> "Ha ha sorry I'm waiting for someone else but thank you for the compliment how have you been in the meantime Edgar"
[07:22] <Yanmei> "What, Windsor-Yamato?" A sneer. "It doesn't even matter. I'll be a little busy to be fooling around with it."
[07:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Eva looked Aline in the eye, then pulled her a little closer. "I-I want you to…"]
[07:23] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Nope, he pulled out." Said Alex. "In fact, you almost won be default until a new person entered~ Hey." He grinned. "Do me a favour and don’t give up on the presidency yet. I really really really want to see what happens."]
[07:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’ve been good, bro. Never better." Said Edgar.-
[07:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Amelia shook Freya’s hand instead. "Hey, you're a class higher, right?" "Yeah…?" "You keep an eye out on the lowers, ok?" "Um, sure." "Or else." "Or else what?" "Or else I'll keep your eye on them." "… What?" "That was a joke." "…"]
[07:25] * Aline was more than a little surprised at the extra 'level' of gesture, but… patted her slightly. "Then… consider it done. I can try to find funny stories to share, and listen to problems, that sort of thing."
[07:26] <Yanmei> "I'll think about it," she sighed. But this was… curious. What had him all interested, anyway? It wouldn't even affect him!
[07:26] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["T-Thanks, Aline." Said Eva. The girl took a step back, looking down at her feet. "… I have to go, ok? So… So have a good year…"]
[07:27] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Goodo." Said Alexandre, with a grin. "Alright. I need to go." He hugged Isaiah on the way out, murmuring something to the boy that Yanmei couldn’t hear before he left.-
[07:27] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah stared forward in shock, his face a burning red.]
[07:27] <Aline> "You too, okay? America! Should be very different for you! Maybe. It would be for me~" But the smile that came with that softened. "Just look out for yourself."
[07:29] <Sept> "Right. Well. It’s good to see you're both doing well. Freya, shall we..?"
[07:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I will." Said Eva. She took ahold of Aline’s hands and kissed her on the top of the forehead before stepping to the side. "G-Goodbye."]
[07:30] * Aline bowed her head delicately, as Eva began to leave. "Goodbye, Evangeline."
[07:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["B-Bye." The girl… Ran out the door as fast as she could.-
[07:31] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Er." Freya stared at Amelia, her eyes wide, slowly tearing them away to look at Sept. "R-Right! Let’s go! I need to go to my class so I'll see you later bye Sept have a good day don't accept any cookies-" And she was off.]
[07:32] * Yanmei stared at Alexandre's back as he departed. A year ago, she would have offered up a toast to this exquisite moment of joy. Now… she frowned, hands balling into fists, and looked down a moment. "You okay, Isaiah?" she muttered after a while.
[07:33] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["F-Fine." Said Isaiah, shaking his head. "Let’s go, Yanyan." he took her hand and started to hurriedly tug Yanmei away.]
[07:35] <Yanmei> "…?" she let herself follow along for just a few paces before finding her own strides again. School, school… think about school…
[07:36] <Sept> "No, don't-! Um. Yeah, I'll go catch up with everyone else, too. See you around, Edgar. Amelia. And take care. Although. Um, I'm sure you'll both be fine~ Later!" And he dashed off as well. Nin-nin, bitches :|
[07:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Before long they’d find themselves all seated in a new classroom.-
[07:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Well well." Mr. Martin smiled at them all. "I see a lot of familiar faces this year. And a few unfamiliar ones." He started ticking off the roll.-
[07:44] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Ah, we have a new face there~ Come on up." He said kindly, peering at Rei.-
[07:44] * Ayanami`Rei , who was sitting next to Aline, sort of froze and stared at her.
[07:44] * Aline whispered over to her. "Just stay calm and introduce yourself. Try to act… normal."
[07:45] <Ayanami`Rei> "Alright." She tried to catch Yanmei’s eye before going up.
[07:46] * Yanmei caught it. Flashed her a broad, encouraging smile, and a wink. It would be all right.
[07:47] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded shyly, and stood up, walking up to the front of the class and looking around. She was trembling a little.-
[07:47] <Ayanami`Rei> [("Huh? Such pale skin… Red eyes… Is she albino?") ("She’s a little odd…")-
[07:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…" She flashed a smile. "My name is… R-Rei. Ayanami Rei. I am sixteen years old this year, and I-I want to bring happiness to everyone around me, n-no matter the cost." She flushed a little and bowed.
[07:53] * Sept had no specific reaction to the words, other than nodding in vague approval before turning back to look at the view on the other side of the window.
[07:54] * Aline on the other hand, smiled directly and broadly!
[07:54] * Yanmei looked satisfied, and kind of happy.
[07:56] <Ayanami`Rei> [("… Heh, she’s kind of cute.") ("Kind of? Man…")-
[07:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah gave Rei a wide smile.-
[07:56] * Ayanami`Rei blushed, and bowed quickly again before sitting down.-
[07:56] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Well then." Said Mr. Martin. "I think it’s also time we welcomed back an old student- Amelia. Please come on up."-
[07:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Amelia Chevalier stood, walking up the front. "Hey. I’m Amelia." She gave them all a pretty smile. "I'll look after you all. I'm everyone's big sister here, alright?"]
[07:59] * Aline seemed a little surprised, but just nodded politely. She /had/ seen Amelia before by dint of being a student here before the piloting thing, but… it's been a while.
[08:01] <Sept> Big sister… wait, had she been in the program, too? Sera wasn't sure which was the more terrifying option - that she was part of the family, or that she wasn't, which in turn would mean she had come to be like that on her own.
[08:02] <Yanmei> "Chevalier? Interesting," Yanmei murmured to herself.
[08:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Thank you, Amelia." The girl sat down.-
[08:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Now, there was a new person who was supposed to be here, but…"-
[08:03] <Ayanami`Rei> [At that moment, the door opened.-
[08:04] <Ayanami`Rei> [A beautiful, tall girl, with long white hair, crystal-clear blue eyes, entered. "Sorry I’m late, sir~" She said with a broad smile.-
[08:05] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ah. That’s fine, Eugenia. Why don't you introduce yourself anyway? You're just in time."]
[08:06] * Aline suddenly stared. Stared with open surprise.
[08:09] * Sept …did perk up with a look of some curiosity. But not much.
[08:09] * Yanmei had raised an eyebrow. That entrance felt somehow timed.
[08:10] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Of course." The girl beamed and turned to the class.-
[08:10] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I’m Eugenia Ranvier. I just transferred her." She giggled. "It's a pretty cool place, huh? Everyone's been pretty friendly. I look forward to a fun year of learning and making friends~"]
[08:11] * Aline proceeded to start casting and screenwriting for Stare Hard 2: Stare Harder. Her jaw even dropped a little.
[08:14] <Yanmei> Not a bad entrance. Not a bad introduction. Yanmei was pretty sure that she liked this girl somehow. Curiously, she scrutinized her.
[08:17] * Sept was unaffected yet again. More judo, he supposed.
[08:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’d like to let you all know that I'm going to be running for Student President. I know, it's a little unorthodox, but I think I can do the best job." She said, beaming. "So make sure you vote for me, ok~? <3"-
[08:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> [The girl swept through the desk corridors, leaving a slightly bedazzled and enchanted student populace behind her. Finally, she sat- in a seat next to Isaiah, shooting him a flirtatous wink. He started in surprise, blushing.]
[08:21] <Yanmei> "…" The new challanger. Yanmei stared at Isaiah.
[08:21] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah looked over at Yanmei nervously, and perhaps a little sheepishly.]
[08:21] * Aline stared over at where the girl sat, and if Yanmei (or Isaiah) looked, they might see her basically look like she saw a ghost.
[08:27] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Well then." Mr. Martin chuckled. "Now that we’re all settled in, I think it's time to broach the new responsibility you all have as Eleventh-year students: The Petite Apprentice System."]
[08:30] <Sept> Martin now had Sera's attention. "…th-the what?"
[08:32] * Aline raised a brow, having gotten over her prior shock. "…Interesting…" She didn't actually remember what it was. She hadn't read ahead, as it were.
[08:33] <Yanmei> Oh! That thing. What was it again… something with babysitting? Yanmei tried to remember.
[08:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["The Petite Apprentice System, Sera." Said Mr. Martin patiently. "It is a system where, once per week minimum, the Eleventh Grade students spend time with a First Grade student. The same student for the entire year, chosen in advance by us. You are to be the Petite Apprentice’s friend, companion, confidante, teacher and assistant. In fact, you'll be encouraged to spend time with them
[08:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> outside of the usual hours, during your own time."]
[08:38] <Yanmei> Yup. Babysitting. Yanmei kept her sighs to herself, though. It would only be once per week…
[08:38] <Ayanami`Rei> [… Predictably, of course, Isaiah looked highly enthusiastic.]
[08:39] <Sept> "No. No, no, no. You do understand some of us have bigger problems than this to take care of?" He managed to keep his tone patient, for now.
[08:40] <Ayanami`Rei> ["This is the curriculum, Sera." Said Mr. Martin, who was a history teacher and thus an old veteran at keeping his tone patient, irrelevant of his actual feelings. "I’m afraid you simply don't have a choice."]
[08:41] * Aline was actually a bit happy about that, but then… looked over at Sera with a veritable deathglare. "Deal with it.", she said flatly… before resuming her smile and facing Mr. Martin.
[08:45] * Sept ignored the discordant voice. "The flow of people into Paris-2 has gotten slower recently, not to mention only a fraction of those enter St. Louis. Doesn't that mean there are less first-years than us?"
[08:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Unfortunately for you, Sera, there are more first years than you." He smiled. "If you paid more attention to Miss de Rouen in Mathematics you’d realise that statistically speaking, there will always be more first years, because…?"-
[08:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Because the population growth rate dropped drastically after Second Impact and has only built up in the last eight years." Said Isaiah automatically.]
[08:52] <Yanmei> "So does this mean some of us will get more than one student? How lucky~" She imagined Isaiah with a flock of little kids around him.
[08:52] * Aline looked back and forth between her colleagues. "We aren’t the only eleventh-years, and I… well, I don't quite know."
[08:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["We’ve tried to keep the numbers even, Yanmei, but yes, it's possible."]
[08:53] * Sept glanced at Isaiah and the rest of the room with a bit of a glare. "More like because -someone- panicked with Imperative One and scared everyone away." He threw his hands up in defeat. "Ugh. God help us all. What the hell is next, having to foot the electricity bills for the battles with part-time jobs?"
[08:54] * Aline stared at Sera. "Shut /up/, de Pteres." …Given what she knew about him, that was a double burn. And the malicious frown of destruction she gave proved it.
[08:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Now, now." Said Mr. Martin with a sigh. "That’s enough."-
[08:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> [He stood up. "Sera, I’m sad that you seem to think that the act of teaching the next generation- and by extension, my vocation- is a waste of time and you have better things to do. It's immature, and it's the exact sort of attitude no one wants to see from a pilot: the idea that they think they don't have to play by other people's rules, that they're too big for their britches." He frowned
[08:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> very slightly. "Now you are going to -act your age- and all of you are going to follow me down to 1-B."]
[09:05] * Sept had given up already, but it still took restraint to remain that way. He made sure to stay at the rear of any formation, eyeing his escape routes. But if this was going to persist for the entire year…
[09:06] <Ayanami`Rei> [Sept would find the ’rear' of the formation was, despite his attempts, not actually him, but the bale-eyed Amelia Chevalier.-
[09:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Mr. Martin handed out little work booklets to the class as they went. Cursory inspection revealed them to be Evangelion-themed… Maths books.-
[09:12] <Ayanami`Rei> [The group progressed through the school, heading south, into the front plaza, before heading east into the Primary Classes.-
[09:14] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Class 1-B… Here we go."-
[09:15] <Ayanami`Rei> [He opened the door, revealing a class of maybe 15 or 16 little 6 year olds. "Hello, Miss Lachance!" Said Mr. Martin. "I’m here for the Petite Apprentices. Here are my students-"-
[09:15] <Ayanami‘Rei> [("W-Wow, i-is that a pilot?") ("T-Three!")]
[09:16] * Aline almost immediately blushed on arrival, looking around this way and that. "…Interesting… indeed…"
[09:17] * Yanmei flashed a pretty smile for the little kids. Young fans! "Hi everyone~"
[09:20] * Sept tried his best to look nonchalant and unconcerned, but some of his nervousness did show through.
[09:21] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Ah. They look like a good bunch." Said Miss Lachance. "Alright. I have the role here…" She coughed lightly.-
[09:21] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Aline Blanc?"]
[09:21] * Aline bowed politely. "Here."
[09:21] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You have Nicholas St. Pierre. Nick?"-
[09:22] <Ayanami`Rei> [A bright-faced boy with light brown hair put his hand up, staring avidly at Aline as if he couldn’t believe his luck. "H-Here, miss!"]
[09:22] * Aline smiled a little. "Alright then~"
[09:23] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Go on over, Aline." Said Mr. Martin.]
[09:25] * Aline blushed a bit more brightly, realizing her slight mistake. "Oh-oh okay! Sorry." …And she did, moving to stand near the boy.
[09:26] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hi." He said breathlessly.-
[09:27] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Amelia Chevalier?" "Here!" "You have Alexandrine Chastain." "Noted." The girl headed over. "Hi there. You having a good day?" "… Y-You’re really tall." "I'm a delicate flower." "…" "We are all delicate flowers here." "O-Ok."-
[09:28] <Ayanami‘Rei> [They started to proceed through the list…-
[09:28] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Sera de Pteres?"]
[09:28] <Sept> A pause. "Yeah?"
[09:29] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You have Anselme Desrosiers." No one put their hand up.-
[09:29] <Ayanami`Rei> [Finally, a rather wiry, thin boy with black hair and big blue eyes put his hand up. "Hello."]
[09:31] * Aline smiled, and even knelt down a little to get a better view of her charge. "Hi~ Don’t you worry, 'kay? …Or whatever it is? Ah, I don't know."
[09:32] <Sept> Sera approached wordlessly, eyeing the children he passed out of the corners of his eyes, ready for anything. Finally, he stood by his assigned Apprentice, looking toward the front of the classroom. "Hello, Anselme."
[09:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hello." Said Anselme. He stared up at Sept with an unblinking stare. "Don’t touch any of my stuff. It's mine."-
[09:33] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’m not worried." Said Nicholas. "Y-You're just really famous."-
[09:35] * Sept continued to stand, almost as if in attention, staring off into the distance. "I'm sure you'll respect what's mine in return, Anselme. But what if you don't notice me touching your stuff?"
[09:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> [More progression. "Isaiah Gabriel-Wei?" "Yes. Yes, that’s me." "You have Rene Lane." A cute, tiny boy- even for his age- put his hand up, and Isaiah smiled, heading over. "Hi, Rene." Isaiah knelt down next to him. "I'm Isaiah." "Hi… You look friendly."-
[09:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’ll know." Said Anselme. Stare.-
[09:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Eugenia Ranvier?" "That’s me~" "You have Camille Garcon." "Alright~" Eugenia moved gracefully over to a bowler-cut wearing boy. "Hi! I'm Gina." "Hi. Camille's a boy's name." "I know." Wink!-
[09:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ayanami Rei?"-
[09:38] <Ayanami`Rei> "Present."-
[09:40] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You have Suzanne Sartre." A girl at the back put her hand up.-
[09:40] <Ayanami`Rei> "Alright." Rei headed over to her uncertainly, kneeling down next to Suzanne. "… My name is Rei. Let’s be friends."-
[09:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Zhang Yanmei?"]
[09:40] <Sept> "Hahah." Sera matched the boy’s stare. "You're on, Anselme."
[09:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["T-That wasn’t a dare." Growled Anselme.]
[09:41] <Yanmei> "Yes~?" She stepped forward brightly.
[09:41] * Aline was, for her part, smiling serenely now. "Ah, right. I'm not really used to that, still. But you'll learn the truth - in a nice gentle way mind you - and it probably won't be that intimidating later~"
[09:42] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["The truth…?" Asked Nicholas.-
[09:42] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You have Rosalie Paget." Said Miss Lachance. A petite, cheerful-looking girl with pigtails waved at Yanmei.]
[09:43] <Aline> "Oh, about me and what I’m like. Famous people, or powerful people… look different when you get to know them."
[09:43] <Sept> "It is when you say it like that. You say it like that and everyone will assume what you have is something valuable. It's elementary."
[09:44] * Yanmei confidently strode up to the girl, and beamed down at her, hand casually on hip. "Hi there~! Looks like it's you and me."
[09:45] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh." Said Nicholas.-
[09:45] <Ayanami`Rei> ["But… But they’re -mine-." Said Anselme.-
[09:48] <Aline> "Well, It's okay." Aline made a little breath, just not heavy enough to count as a sigh. "I have a lot of truths anyway, so I can see why you'd be unsure! Big ones, little ones, ones for the whole wide world and ones for just a few people, scary ones and happy ones and sooooo on~" …She seemed to be enjoying this a lot.
[09:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hehehe." Rosalie giggled. "I got the pretty one~"]
[09:49] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… That’s a lot of truths." Said Nicholas, a little dumbfounded. "Um."]
[09:49] * Aline blushed again. "Sorry! I just got excited."
[09:49] <Yanmei> "I was just thinking the same thing. Nice hairstyle, by the way~" She gave one of her own twin pigtails a little toss.
[09:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heehee!" Rosalie played with one of hers too. "I tried to get my mum to do it for me, but she was busy, so I had to do it myself. I saw you wearing them, so I thought I should too!"-
[09:51] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You must drink a lot of red cordial." Said Nicholas.]
[09:52] * Aline suddenly frowned. "Wha, no. I don’t drink anything like that. It makes me act weird." A very self-conscious pause. "…-er."
[09:53] <Sept> "Looks like something might come out of this, after all," said Sera with a grin. "Wanna tell me about yourself?"
[09:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["My name’s Anselme." Said Anselme. "I'm a…" He frowned. "A wardrobe of the state."]
[09:54] <Yanmei> "Really? I'm impressed. You did a pretty good job. Your mom's a busy person, huh?"
[09:55] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["My dad drinks coffee, and says that too much of that makes you weird too. Do you drink coffee? It’s grown up and all."]
[09:55] <Sept> "…a what?" Damn. The kid was using Fancy Political Words. Not a good sign.
[09:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Thanks!" Said Rosalie, blushing happily. "And yeah. She’s a doctor for NERV, so I don't really see her very much. She works all night and barely sees me in the morning." Said Rosalie, looking a little disappointed- before rallying. "But it's ok because she helps you, right?"]
[09:57] * Aline shook her head. "Oh, no. I drink sodas and teas, mostly. And not too much of either. I don't…" She looked at Yanmei, not to get her attention, but to draw Nick's attention to her briefly. And then, a conspiratorial whisper. "I don't really like trying to look grown-up. That's her thing."
[09:58] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["A wardrobe." Said Anselme. "It means I don’t have any parents so the State looks after me."]
[09:59] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["But you are grown up." Said Nicholas, blinking. "… Right?"]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "Well…" for just an instant, it seemed as if she was at a loss about what to say. "Why don’t I help you out sometimes, since she's away so much?"
[10:01] <Sept> "Ah. Where do you live, then?"
[10:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Rosalie’s eyes widened. "You'd help me?! Wow! You really -are- the best…!"]
[10:02] * Aline shrugged her shoulders, and smiled a little. "I'm only 16 years old, you know. And being grown-up is about a bunch of things with how you think, not what you drink. It's waaay too long a list for me to just say here, though."
[10:02] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["In a house." Said Anselme. "With other wardrobes. It’s… An orphanage?"]
[10:03] <Sept> "And you're what, seven? That's a pretty good streak going for the orphanage."
[10:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Six." Said Anselme. "And what do you mean? You mean they can’t get rid of me?"]
[10:05] <Sept> "I mean you still have a roof, that's pretty cool. Mine burned down about that age, I think."
[10:05] <Yanmei> "It's rough not having a mom around. I would know. So~ Why don't you tell me what you like to do for fun, since we'll be spending time together."
[10:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I’m six." Said Nicholas. "16 seems like a -big- number. Is it hard being so old?"]
[10:07] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["My orphanage has been knocked over five times." Said Anselme stoutly. "Twice by you!"]
[10:08] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Well~" Rosalie grinned. "I like playing with my toys, and my little pet cat. His name is July." Said Rosalie. "And I like sports! Playing football, and running especially. I run a lot! I go to the local park, because I live in an apartment. A really quiet one…"]
[10:09] * Aline actually giggled openly at that. "It’s only a bit more than twice your age, actually. And I wouldn't know! My life isn't normal, most of it isn't just 'being 16'. But now… 16 might seem big, but what about someone who's 50? And because of the whole pilot thing, I've met things much, much, /much/ older. Numbers they haven't even taught you yet-old."
[10:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Nicholas blinked in confusion. "Um, you mean the aliens…"]
[10:10] <Aline> "That I do~"
[10:10] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… It must be pretty scary." Attempted Nicholas.-
[10:11] <Yanmei> "Ah, a cat! Lucky. I’ve never had a pet personally. The apartment where I'm living right now won't even allow me to have one. Do you play tennis?"
[10:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Meanwhile, Rei and her Apprentice were giggling together like best friends; Isaiah and Rene were chatting, Isaiah showing off the maths book; and Eugenia and Camille were talking. Or rather, Eugenia was talking; Camille looked a little mesmerised.]
[10:12] * Aline nodded. "Oh, trust me, it can be. But I think later, I might have some stories about that that are really different. I can’t say /too/ much about it, but it'll be interesting~"
[10:12] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I -try-." Rosalie pouted. "But I’m no good, because it's -hard- to hit the ball…"]
[10:12] <Sept> A hint of guilt flashed across Sept's face. "Mmh. I guess that's a mandatory part of living in them, or something. Sorry about that. But it's getting rebuilt every time, right? And the streets are always there if you want them."
[10:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Anselme nodded firmly. "They don’t like me being on the streets though."]
[10:14] <Sept> "'They'?"
[10:14] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["The State." Anselme glowered.]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Yeah, it takes practice. What about volleyball? It’s sort of the same, but with a bigger ball and no racket."
[10:16] <Sept> "And why doesn't the State like you being on the streets? It's less work for them, isn't it?"
[10:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Nicholas looked at Aline, as if not really understanding what was going on. "You know, Miss Laroche down the street died last week." He said.]
[10:17] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I haven’t played!" Said Rosalie enthusiastically.]
[10:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["They say I can’t look after myself." Said Anselme bitterly. "The State is a jerk."]
[10:18] * Aline suddenly drooped, actually. "…Oh… oh that's… bad. I'm sorry, he was… a really violent one this time…"
[10:20] <Yanmei> "Then I should teach you!" She looked around the classroom with a little frown. "Hm. Not here, though. It would have to be after school sometime."
[10:21] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah?" Rosalie brightened. "I’m free everyday after school, and I'm usually home alone."]
[10:21] <Sept> "Hahaha. At least you know that much. But the State is probably right."
[10:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Bfffft." Growled Anselme. "I can look after myself. I can hunt rats, you know."]
[10:22] <Yanmei> "Hm? Well, you know, after school time is a good time to hang out with friends if you don’t want to go home by yourself. Have you made very many of them yet?"
[10:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Nicholas nodded. "Miss Laroche ran a bakery and used to give me a free cupcake every day." He said quietly. "The aliens are evil. I hope you kill them all."]
[10:25] <Ayanami`Rei> ["A few." Said Rosalie with a smile.]
[10:26] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah? Like who?" She panned the classroom. "I’ll tell you about mine if you tell me about yours~"
[10:27] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["You first!" Said Rosalie.]
[10:28] * Aline frowned very deeply. "…That… Well, I will, one way or another. Nothing’s that simple, but I don't know if anyone else would really get why. But… This is still a war. And they're… wars, I mean… hard to understand." Aline dove further into the depths of her frown. "Nobody's happy until it's done. Even the aliens. If a few little things were different, they wouldn't be doing
[10:28] * Aline this to us. But they are, so we have to beat them. Just… remember that when us humans start fighting each other again, okay?"
[10:28] <Sept> "Oh?" Sept looked genuinely surprised. "That's pretty cool. But rats… there really are lots of better things to eat. You can get seriously sick off those things if you're unlucky. And you have to know how to prepare them, too. But if you can get rats, you can get the other stuff pretty easy. I got lucky, eventually, I had a really good friend to show me all of that when I was younger. A
[10:28] <Sept> couple years older than you, though. Up to that…" He shrugged.
[10:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Nicholas took a moment to process Aline’s worlds. Eventually he frowned a little and nodded. "So long as they stop hurting people."]
[10:30] <Yanmei> "Well, there's Isaiah." she pointed him out. "He's really smart, and kinda shy. The sort of guy who can add up numbers in his head instantly. He's training to be a doctor. There are a lot of people who aren't here, too."-
[10:30] <Aline> "Yeah. That's what we all want. Thanks for understanding. And I'll do my best to stop that. To stop everything that'd hurt people like that." She had a very bittersweet smile.
[10:30] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah?" Said Anselme. "Huh. Must be good to have someone like that."]
[10:31] <Yanmei> "Like Ariadne, who’s really pretty and mature. She's dating this guy I know, but they don't get along. It's complicated. And Asuka, who's really tough and strong. A lot tougher than I am, and even better at sports."
[10:35] <Sept> "Mmh." Sera rubbed his ears for a moment. "It's alright," he mumbled while glancing around at the rest of the classroom, his eyes flitting between the pairs of classmates and apprentices.
[10:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hee. They sound cool!" Rosalie pointed at Camille, who looked dazed. "I speak to him sometimes, and Rene there-" to the boy Isaiah was talking to- "Likes to visit me sometimes so I’m not lonely, so he's pretty cool too."-
[10:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Now that we all know each other." Said Miss Lachance, "Why don’t we proceed on to looking at those workbooks in detail together?"]
[10:42] * Aline nodded calmly, knowing now that she was probably /bombarding/ the poor kid. She should resort to the truth watergun, not the truth N2 Bomb. Baby steps! "Ah, maths, right?~"
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[10:42] <Yanmei> Ugh, seriously? Yanmei glanced down at the book dubiously, and then opened it to the first page. "Maybe if we rush through these problems quickly, we can talk about other stuff. You should join a sports team, by the way, since you like them. Or several of them! Basketball, volleyball… hm, what else would they have for your age group?"
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[10:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Football, hockey, um… Running of course." Said Rosalie cheerfully. "Um, gymnastics? Is that a sport…?"-
[10:44] <Ayanami`Rei> ["That’s right." Said Nicholas.-
[10:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> [… Yanmei would find a page featuring a grinning cartoon picture of herself pointing at a maths problem whilst EVA-04 held up the box featuring all the problems.]
[10:45] <Sept> "Say, Anselme. How are you doing at maths?"
[10:46] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I’m doing ok."]
[10:46] * Aline would help open the workbook herself, while pointing out little things. "Now, just remember, I was 6 before, so I've already been through this. Experience and all~"
[10:47] <Yanmei> "It sure is! Maybe you could convince Rene and your other friend to join too. In a city like this one, you never know when someone's going to move away, or when you're going to move yourself. It's better to cherish…" she stared at the picture of 04. "…" Suddenly she was having a very hard time not laughing.
[10:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Aline would find herself pointing at a picture of Gazardiel dragging away a trolley. "Gazardiel is stealing 40 cakes. That’s as many as 4 tens. And that's terrible." Read a blurb.]
[10:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hey, it’s you!" Said Rosalie.]
[10:49] <Yanmei> "It is!" her voice was shaking from laughter. She tried to clear her throat. "They made me look a little silly, though~"
[10:49] * Aline did not have the self-control Yanmei did, and just openly snickered. "…Ehe, this just looks… hee. But ah, tens multiplication, a good lesson. Also cake. Cake is a good lesson too!"
[10:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah." Said Rosalie. "Look at how big you are compared to Four! He’s way bigger."]
[10:50] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I like cake." Said Nicholas. "My dad makes really good cakes, they’re all chocolatey."]
[10:52] <Sept> "Hmm." This would be a pretty good opportunity to get the kid some experience in getting out of these situations, but… Amelia was probably a bit too tough an opponent for a starter like him. Mathematics it was.
[10:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Sept would, upon opening the book, find a picture of himself scolding 01 for failing to carry the one.]
[10:53] <Aline> "Ah yes~. I remember a lovely cake I had a few years back, with cream cheese-flavored frosting. And they cooled it down too so it was… mm~" She did scribble a little bit around where he should be doing the problem, though.
[10:53] <Sept> "What." Sera looked at Anselme. "The State, right?"
[10:54] <Ayanami`Rei> ["The State." Said Anselme, nodding.]
[10:56] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Cream cheese…!" Said Nicholas, his eyes wide. "I’ve never had that sort of cake before…"]
[10:57] * Aline nodded sharply! "It's not common! Most people wouldn't even think of having it. But it exists. Maybe you could ask about it for your next birthday or something like that?"
[10:58] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["My birthday is on the 31st of March." Said Nicholas. "When’s yours?"]
[10:59] <Sept> "Alright, let's try out a few of these." Sera tried his best to ignore the offensive illustrations.
[11:00] <Aline> "26th of January. I'm actually the oldest of the three pilots 'cause of that. But they're not that far from each other."
[11:00] <Yanmei> "Way bigger," Yanmei agreed with a smile. "And nastier. Except this one time, there was a party.. oh, i'm sure I have pictures of it somewere, even though they were classified." She took out a small camera.
[11:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Anselme was a good student when he listened. Occasionally he tended to lose focus, of course.]
[11:05] <Ayanami`Rei> ["The others…" Nicholas looked over at Yanmei, and over at Sept. "They seem nice."]
[11:05] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oooh." Rosalie peeered over at the camera curiously.]
[11:07] * Aline sighed slightly. "They… yeah, I guess. There’s been some bad times, but I don't even know how to even begin to explain. It's like the pilots are a big family of brothers and sisters - and they sometimes fight a /lot/."
[11:08] <Yanmei> A picture of 04! It was a close up of it… wearing a massive paper party hat. A colorful one, too.
[11:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Fight a lot, huh." Nicholas sighed. "I know what that’s like…"]
[11:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["…" Rosalie stared. -Stared-. And then giggled. "It looks -silly-!"]
[11:13] * Aline seemed honestly surprised. "Oh. Ah… I didn’t before that. Only child, actually… But I guess that might mean you actually know more about something in my life, than I do. Since you grew up with it, you know?"
[11:15] <Yanmei> "I know!" Yanmei was giggling too. She wondered why she didn't have special prints of it made to hang in the entry plug. That would really piss him off a lot! "I could take a picture of you too, you know. Without the party hat."
[11:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Nicholas nodded. "I have three brothers and four sisters, so it’s crowded, and my parents fight all the time…"]
[11:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah?" Asked Rosalie… Then giggling a little. "Do you think maybe… You could take one of you and me together?"]
[11:18] <Aline> "Oh dear… that must not be fun… Well, hey, I guess if you can help me out with that, I can help you a little too? How about that?" Beaming closed-eyed smile. Aline definitely meant it.
[11:21] <Yanmei> "Okay! Come in close." She shifted closer herself, turnin the camera around and holding it at arm’s length. The workbook was completely being ignored now…
[11:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Help me?" Asked Nicholas wonderingly. "You can do that…?"]
[11:23] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hehehe!" Rosalie put her arms around Yanmei, put her head next to Yanmei’s and beamed. "Cheeeese~"]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Cheeeese~" There was a little flash of light as she took the picture. Whoops. Maybe she should have turned that off first. Hastily, she glanced around for any annoyed teachers.
[11:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yanmei! I’m glad you're getting along with your Petit Apprentice, but this is no time for pictures."]
[11:25] * Aline kept that same expression for a second, but then opened her eyes. "I try to make people feel better, and I try to learn how people feel, and then how /other/ people feel. You can't be that different, no? I know different~"
[11:27] <Sept> Sera didn't really do a whole lot. He said if he noticed a clear mistake, but the kid was doing well enough by himself. After a while, he'd just space out himself and let Anselme do all the work. Then, suddenly, he spoke again, looking into the boy's blue eyes. "Hey, Anselme?"
[11:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["You want to make me feel better? Thank you, Aline." Said Nicholas, smiling.]
[11:29] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…?" Anselme leaned back a little. "Hey, Sera?"]
[11:30] <Yanmei> "Yes Mr Martin~" She smiled sweetly at him from across the room. At least it didn’t get confiscated. She lowered the camera so that Rosalie could see the display. "Looks like they want us to get to work."
[11:30] <Sept> "You think we should spend some of these lessons teaching you things you'll -really- need?"
[11:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I don’t wanna do maths." Whined Rosalie. "It's such a pretty day. I wanna run around…"]
[11:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Like what?" Asked Anselme.]
[11:32] <Yanmei> "I know, right? But we have to put up with it. Just think of all the running around you can do after school or during recess."
[11:32] * Aline just smiled back. "Yup~"
[11:32] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yeah, I guess." Said Rosalie. "Are you good at maths?"]
[11:33] <Yanmei> "Well, I’m okay at it." This was first grade math. Easy stuff. "Here. I'll help you whenever you get stuck."
[11:38] <Sept> "Like, you know." Sera shifted slightly and crouched down a little, as if to tell secrets. "How you can eat something a little better than rats. There's a lot of restaurants around Paris, you know. A lot of them don't need all the food they make." Sera said with a laugh. "That's for starters. I'd rather you didn't die of plague for now. I'd have to get to know someone else and it'd be a
[11:38] <Sept> bother for both of us. What do you say?"
[11:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hmmmm." Anselme eyed Sept. "I -guess- it sounds ok…"]
[11:40] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Thanks." Said Rosalie with a sunny smile. She attacked the problems!]
[11:43] <Sept> "Oh, I -guess- The State will teach you them -eventually-." Sera said, the tone dripping sarcasm. "Look, there’s a lot of stuff out there. And you won't even get to know Paris if you're stuck in some orphanage on the State's leash."
[11:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Anselme nodded firmly.]
[11:44] <Sept> "Now, first lesson. And this is important. Give me your hand."
[11:46] <Ayanami`Rei> [Anselme hesitated, then held out his hand.]
[11:53] <Sept> "You don’t keep anything safe with words, not really. They're a good distraction, sometimes, but they do nothing by themselves. You do it with your eyes and ears. That applies to property, and people. Your friends and family, and yourself. In the same way, when you look at someone, their eyes and face are sometimes a pretty good indication of what they're going to do. But their hands will
[11:53] <Sept> tell you what they're doing, and they can't lie. Mislead, yes, but not lie." Sera placed a closed fist above Anselme's hand, and set the necklace down carefully. "Don't let anyone's hands near it. I won't even ask about it, and you don't need to tell me. But if you ever find someone you can trust, really trust, that's a thing you'll want to still have to share with them."
[11:57] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…" Anselme glowered, taking the necklace, his face colouring with shame and anger. "… Mmh."
[11:57] <Ayanami`Rei> ]

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