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[16:21] * Aline found herself on the streets of Tokyo-2 in broad daylight, having wandered off saying she was going shopping. For a certain definition of shopping, she was telling the truth. No, this was not shopping to buy per se, but shopping for the sake of image. She wanted to see what the great commercial, indie, and ~other~ machines said about her image. Best to start innocently, for now. Go
[16:21] * Aline find an electronics/hobby/toy/whatever shopping area, and stalk the area for Eva/NERV merchandise. As an added bonus, Aline figured that, being in Tokyo-2, she should /try/ to be fashionable, and ended up in one of her semi-fancy outfits: A multi-layered black dress, with a red sash wrapped around it, and a white underdress for contrast, somewhat visible under the hemline of the black one.
[16:21] * Aline But it was still decent and mobility-friendly. That, and some relatively snappy slippers - she couldn't stand heels, even if it was for bizarre 'must be able to kick ass at any moment' reasons.
[16:26] <AdEvaGM> [It wouldn't be hard to find what she was looking for… At least at first, because the mall she was in was -quite- large and bustling. In fact it's likely that Aline had never been in such a crowded mall before. But there were shops! Food courts, clothing shops… A hobby store. Certainly far bigger and 'prosperous' than the grubby ones she'd frequented in Paris-2!]
[16:29] * Aline did calmly note that. She'd have to go see if there was interesting stuff to snag there later. She'd have to translate for them, but new RPG books would be a welcome breath of fresh air - it was usually the English- and German-speaking communities that got more of the new stuff! At least Asuka wasn't geeky, she'd probably drop that as a kind of national-pride thing. Ah well.
[16:29] * Aline Nonetheless, she headed in, trying to act… casual. Not that a white-haired French girl in the middle of Tokyo-2 could blend in /that/ well, but she'd still try. Figurines, models of the Evas, that's what she probably expected to see out of her list of NERV Merch to see.
[16:30] <AdEvaGM> [And thus Aline would be introduced to the racket that was Evangelion mechandising.-
[16:33] <AdEvaGM> [NERV wanted money. Evangelion figurines were a 'Cicero product': without any inherent worth, NERV controlled production, distribution, and cost. They could charge whatever they wanted and people would buy them. So naturally, Aline would find herself staring at figurines that cost the equivalent of 60-200 French Francs and probably cost maybe 10-15. Not that she would actually know that. But nevertheless she -had- to know they were somewhat overpriced.-
[16:34] <AdEvaGM> [It was also here that Aline would be introduced- or at least reintroduced- to the cheerful lack of personal consideration NERV had for its pilots. At some point, their individual contracts had been reinterpreted to mean 'We can sell your image however we goddamn want', and thus her eyes would gaze upon… Well, resin figurines. Some of them a little more provocative than others. Yanmei was -quite- popular, with Sept being the least for some reason, but most of the figurines were Paris-2 pilots. A few were Tsubaki.-
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> [Finally… There was a trading card game. Evangelion Fantasy Battle.]
[16:39] * Aline leaned in towards the TCG's section, eying boxes curiously to see what individual cards might be. She wasn't /too/ familiar with the genre, but she'd seen at least one, so she did have something of an idea. She really was just admitting curiosity on seeing how the individual units' game balance came out as.
[16:40] <AdEvaGM> [The cards were in -booster packs-, the bastards, but they did have a "Paris-2 Starter Pack".]
[16:44] * Aline looked about, a bit unamused but again unsurprised… and put it back shortly thereafter. She examined the shelf a little more, and… allowed herself a brief moment to talk to herself, amusedly. This time, in French. "…Mm. No Shinji yet, Or Natasha. Don't really see much of Asuka either. Though I get the sense they're probably happy about that, mostly. Ehehe, Yanmei, in this
[16:44] * Aline store…" But a glasses-push and a sort of smug grin, and she decided to go ahead and snag some of those RPG books while she was there. Prefering more /serious/ fantasy stuff, though if there were weird goofy ones about maids, well, she couldn't exactly pass it up. And then, off to get them paid for~
[16:48] <AdEvaGM> [Indeed, three of the cards were the pilots, but there were no individual cards for the Eva units themselves- instead each eva unit received upgrades to play. There was a weird goofy one about maids, of course, but another one there about a cat-themed Sengoku period. Who knew? And thus would Aline find herself spending 45 francs' worth of money.]
[16:50] * Aline even got a little plastic carrying bag… and went off on her way. Well, that was at least interesting, though not as /entertaining/ as the more… interesting destination. That said, a nice soda would do as she… tried to work her way further and further, looking for either a convention, dedicated doujin shop, or other similar… well, interesting places.
[16:55] <AdEvaGM> [She would eventually see- a shop more in line with what she expected! A rather grubby-looking doujin shop renting out a second-story apartment. You needed to climb a flight of stairs. You know the type.]
[17:04] * Aline smiled, that awkward smile you get when you find what you want, but know that you have at least some of a chance of regretting having ever wanted it. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. Up the stairs she went!
[17:07] <AdEvaGM> [The shop was… Empty and rather small. A lot of the shelves were empty, and there was only a single young lady on the reception.]
[17:11] * Aline fodnu the placement of a young lady there to be a surprise in and of itself, but… with a polite bow towards her, Aline went about her /quest/. The mission was for any pilot-themed works, innocent or scandalous. It just really made her curious, what they felt like writing about her and her adoptive siblings…
[17:15] <AdEvaGM> [There barely seemed like much there at all. She found a fairly innocent Evangelion work that was a flat-up insert fic, wedged awkwardly next to a scandalous comic about two bunny-eared blue-haired twins… But no, nothing here.-
[17:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Are you looking for something?" Asked the clerk.]
[17:19] * Aline turned about, pondering… "Ah!" …While she was fluent in Japanese, Aline had this very very brief moment of uncertainty about… oh to hell with it, just say it like how she knows it in French. "I was mostly curious about where there might be more Evangelion, NERV, pilots… sort of mangas. There seems to be just the one, but it isn't really…" An intentional pause, and even
[17:19] * Aline snapping her fingers slightly. "…satisfying my curiosity."
[17:21] <AdEvaGM> [The girl stared at Aline for a moment. "Oh. A cosplayer…" She blinked. "The boss and most of the good merchandise was sent off to DecCon."]
[17:29] * Aline scratched the back of her head a little, then grinned. "Oh! Okay. Thank you for the information. I had already read about the convention, but wanted to check the store first." …She switched to French, though, just to be silly. "It's pretty funny to be called a cosplayer, but I guess black is common enough in the wardrobe to not look strange for the costume?" Then back to Japanese,
[17:29] * Aline with a little wink. "Have a nice day~" And, though pausing briefly at the top of the stairs, she'd start to leave!
[17:30] <AdEvaGM> [The girl blinked, not really knowing French. "Ah, good day…"-
[17:33] <AdEvaGM> [Back into the street. Would Aline like to progress towards DecCon? She surely knew where it was… And would probably be able to follow the odd costumed person there.]
[17:35] * Aline absolutely would! She had already jumped down the rabbit hole of figuring out this world. Why not go all the way to wonderland through it? She could pretend to be a cosplayer as needed, and she could get to see how fanboys/fangirls thought about her. This would be so /informative/. Maybe.
[17:38] <AdEvaGM> [And so off she went, on her intrepid quest to get inside the head of -Fans-.-
[17:42] <AdEvaGM> [DecCon was, appropriately enough, being held within a convention centre. And it was… Busy busy -busy-. It was crowded and packed and noisy, and full of cosplayers… And yes, there were Pilot Players around. Perhaps the wave of merchandising in Japan had simply dulled these peoples' realisations that they were playing -real people-, or perhaps… In this era, having real people pilot giant robots was too much of a dream come true. But either way, there were plenty of such people. Lots of Yanmeis… Lots of Alines, and a few Septs. Most of the outfits were mediocre, and some were obviously based off of the resin figurines (The Saint Louis skirt was -not- that short. It was an -ankle- skirt), but there were a fair few genuinely excellent cosplayers out there, too. Some of them looked spot on, and others somehow made the look come off as genuinely alluring.]
[17:47] * Aline smiled /quite/ amusedly, sliding in through the crowds, trying to act casual. Which this time, probably works. Maybe in a nonstandard outfit, but she probably could pass her off as a cosplayer of… herself. God, that is so trippy. So damn trippy. Now then, to try to find her /goal/. Doujin works of herself and allies. Just to see what crazy things they've come up with!
[17:51] <AdEvaGM> [And it was at that moment that Aline ran into herself.]
[17:52] <AdEvaGM> [It was like staring into an exact duplicate.]
[17:53] * Aline blinked rather solidly at that. In rather bewildered-sounding Japanese (her accent was /slightly/ showing, but she had practiced pretty hard.), she stammered out a response. "W-w-wow, that's… that's an amazingly good costume."
[17:57] <AdEvaGM> ["I did not know you were here, Aline Blanc." Said the girl in perfect French.]
[17:59] * Aline blank-stared, and switched into French to match. "…I'm deeply curious. Also on vacation. The… accent probably gave it away, didn't it? I'm sorry, I was really surprised!"
[18:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Perhaps I simply know all about you." Said the girl, offering a delicate, smooth hand. "We should explore together."]
[18:04] * Aline smiled, almost nervously, but… took the hand. "Yes, why don't we?"
[18:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Where would you like to go first?"]
[18:10] * Aline briefly paused out of distraction, but then thought… "How about first, to see any activities or other… flashy things? Something to watch, basically. That way we get to hang out and understand one another more… or something!"
[18:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Then you would like to go to the fashion parade?"]
[18:11] * Aline smiled broadly. "That'd be good~"
[18:16] <AdEvaGM> [The girl's outfit was a picture-perfect Saint Louis's one, it should be noted. But she guided Aline along to… A very crowded pavilion, where girls and boys both were parading their outfits across a catwalk. There was a de Pteres there… Looking mysterious and cool. Lots of Yanmeis, whose portrayers treated sort of like an Idol popstar; Alines, who played the Moe for all it was worth… There were lots and lots of other cosplayers from other sources too, of course.]
[18:22] * Aline stared along them, impressed by the various outfits. At least a few of the other ones that just had really cool costume designs would get smiles or even mild cheers. Some of the more ostentatious Yanmei outfits, though… Actually elicited giggles. Nonetheless, she kept her hand on the mystery cosplayer's, maybe just out of some kind of cameraderie.
[18:23] <AdEvaGM> ["My boyfriend would enjoy these."]
[18:25] * Aline turned about, with a sort of amused smile. "Really. Well, I suppose that makes a lot of sense! I don't think mine's that big on cosplay, but then again I haven't asked. …About me doing it, anyway."
[18:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you think he would, if you were to ask him?"]
[18:28] * Aline held her chin. "…Maybe. He's very shy, though. I admit I enjoyed dressing up for the halloween party back home, though. I went as a Touhou character, though I ended up sharing the fact I was wearing rabbit-ears with one of the… uh, weird, creepy kids who was someone's friend. It was awkward."
[18:31] <AdEvaGM> ["In my experience, boyfriends are willing enough to dress up if prodded the right way." Said the girl. "If your boyfriend dotes on you like mine did, then you should not have any problems getting him to dress up." A glance. "Perhaps it might enhance other matters, too."]
[18:32] * Aline suddenly blinked. "Oh! I already tried that and he agreed. I meant the other way around. I've never asked him if he wanted /me/ to dress up as something."
[18:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you know his kinks?"]
[18:37] * Aline blushed, for once. She was actually not used to someone being this direct! "…I have no idea! He's /really/ shy, so just getting him comfortable enough to… do stuff… took effort."
[18:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Then perhaps you should try a little bit of aggressive seduction." Said the girl. "Can we go find something to eat?"]
[18:40] <Aline> "I'll… try that." But a friendly nod. "Sure, let's. We can pay for our own. I haven't eaten in a while, myself."
[19:09] <AdEvaGM> [The girl led Aline through the crowds, still firmly holding her hand. She had to duck into a toilet stall for a moment before that, before guiding Aline along to the food stalls. The food was overpriced (of course) and some had tacky themes ('Try the grand panacea for yourself!') that just seemed kind of silly, but the food was usually good. And thus, Aline's partner bought a plate of curry and rice for herself.]
[19:13] * Aline contented herself with a… …Okay, she did notice the curry. Surely, just a coincidence. Surely. But no, Aline decided to get herself a few things of taiyaki and some chicken skewers. Pretty snacky, but eh. She /did/ keep eyeing the curry suspiciously, but didn't say anything about it.
[19:16] <AdEvaGM> [The girl ate the curry demurely. "Where to next?"]
[19:18] * Aline thought on that. "Mmm… Probably to go find the real mission. Circles selling Eva/NERV goods."
[19:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Anything in particular?"]
[19:22] * Aline blushed profusely. "…Mostly the manga. Including the… uh… H material." She looked around. "…It must be weird for someone to want to look at pornographic materials written about themselves."
[19:24] <AdEvaGM> ["I understand the impulse." Said the girl. "You just want to know what they're drawing about you, yes?"]
[19:26] <Aline> "Yeah. And about the other pilots, too. I mean…" Aline cooled down from her blush, seeming lighthearted again. "…How the cosplayers played Yanmei and Sera… it was hilariously inaccurate, actually."
[19:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[19:33] * Aline nodde curtly, her face… strangely neutral. "I imagine they're made to look better, but… Yanmei sure is sociable and such, but often… often that's something of an act. She ends up very angry and lonely, at times. But she's… still relatively stable. Now /Sera/…" Aline made a little whistle. "He's full of problems. Afraid of crowds, raised himself on the streets of Paris-2,
[19:33] * Aline hardly knows anything about science or the like, and…" She shook her head. "…He's scarily dedicated to things. Makes him a good defender of the city, but the obsessive behavior can get… unsettling. And dangerous."
[19:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I see." The girl was quiet. "But the images portrayed here, the ones digested and worn by these fans, is a sanitised version. It is what the fans -want- to see. They want to see the mysterious stranger de Pteres, the playful girl-next-door Zhang, and the shy but intelligent Blanc." The girl stood up and started leading Aline away. "They want heroes who are simultaneously like themselves, but not so normal that they are riddled with faults."]
[19:39] <Aline> "…I can understand that. It's… just so funny from my point of view." She did look at the girl strangely, though. Only for a second.
[19:41] <AdEvaGM> ["I suppose I understand." The girl smiled placidly, before tugging Aline along.-
[19:42] <AdEvaGM> [She led Aline straight to the rather horribly -extensive- doujin manga section. She'd surely find what she wanted here.]
[19:46] * Aline stared wide-eyed at the selection, actually! …And then proceeded to move /very/ methodically. Checking for ones clearly showing her on the cover, and then checking to see the typical content. If a particularly bizarre one turned up, she'd page through - otherwise, only ones that looked 'shippy' got extra attention. The girl even tried to see about ones covering the other pilots.
[19:46] * Aline Maybe even the staff like the bunnies or (Dear god) Dorian. Just in case. Crackships are still ships!
[19:48] <AdEvaGM> [A grubby-looking European man sat at one of the stalls, a bowler hat covering his eyes. He wore a black coat, the left sleeve empty. "Hey lass, gotcha some special new products if'n you're interested…" He mumbled.]
[19:51] * Aline …stared. What was he even /doing/ here. Sorta… weird. But she did at least eye over. "…Like /what/?"
[19:53] <AdEvaGM> ["EVA-00 and 04 fall'n love, lead'n to a scandalous torrid affair 'tween Zhang and Blanc, will their love overcome this judgemental world." He mumbled, waving an (admittedly well-drawn and illustrated) manga at Aline.]
[19:55] * Aline …tried very hard to suppress giggles. She ended up just smirking. "Oh… Ah, I'm just window-shopping. Thanks anyway, though." Hopefully, that'd be enough. Evaromance. Interesting.
[19:56] <AdEvaGM> ["'Nly 50 yen." he mumbled hopefully.]
[19:57] * Aline waved her hand. "Trying to gain a large sample size. Apologies. I'll mention your stand to someone interested in that, though~"
[19:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Wait." He added. "Unwanted affections of'n the Tenth Angel sees Blanc try to redeem it with love'n teach it the ways of the human body." He mumbled. "50 yen."]
[19:58] <AdEvaGM> [Aline's companion blinked.]
[19:59] * Aline blinked too, and stared. "…Curious… Did the artist get an inspiration for that?"
[20:00] <AdEvaGM> [A sullen eye peered out from beneath the bowler hat. "S'typical transhuman romance. S'got tentacles. 50 yen."]
[20:01] * Aline tilted her eye's focus this way and that. "Mmm. Nah, as I said I'm trying to gain a broader sample size. That said, that should be a bit more broad-appeal."
[20:02] <AdEvaGM> ["W-Wait. EVA-01/de Pteres romance, right here, how deep can love go, 50 yen."]
[20:04] * Aline smirked, seeming… more amused than she should be. "Hopefully not to the Great Beyond plug depth! That'd be dangerous. But no, no. Though… actually this is informative all on its own."
[20:05] <AdEvaGM> ["50 yen." He repeats. "Throw in an extra Zhang Lollipop."]
[20:06] * Aline smirked broadly. "Amusing! Tell me, which pilot pairings sell the most?~" …Who was playing whom?
[20:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Why, it's Zhang'n Blanc, of course. Occasionally y'get Blanc'n Tsubaki, but she's not so famous, see?" The man took out one of those Zhang Lollipops, which was actually just a normal lollipop with a winking picture of a plugsuited Zhang Yanmei on the front. "Langley'n Zhang is out there too, but s'rare since she's not really famous either."]
[20:12] * Aline nodded. "…Ahhhh. Figured. Sera's probably boring. And…" She pondered. "Mmm. Well, at any rate, I'm sorry, but I really won't be buying today. I was just so curious, is all."
[20:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmh. What about you, miss?" Asked the man to Aline's partner. "I'll take one of each. Do you have Sera's Erotic Evangelion Lexicon Omnibus V.2?" "Mmnhn. 250 yen." "I'll take that, too." The man gave the girl a collection of books, which she put in her knapsack.]
[20:23] * Aline bowed nervously, in spite of the clear European features of the man making her unsure if that was appropriate (nor the fact that she clearly looked European /herself/ meaning it might not be a suitable disguise maneuver). "I… Hm… Ah, sorry." She backed off, letting her ally do the remaining talking. Blushing a bit heavily by now, too.
[20:24] <AdEvaGM> [Her friend followed on. "So. Did that satisfy your curiosity?"]
[20:27] * Aline nodded. "Yeah, I… I wish it was some quiet hopeful guy who had drawn it himself and was a little nervous but mostly plucky and as such wouldn't bother me much but…" A goofy, sheepish look. "Well, the subject matter was enough to satisfy it, but… As you might see now, I have my own troubles. I can't just go on and on about Sera and deny the things wrong with me." She seemed a
[20:27] * Aline bit upset about that.
[20:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[20:32] <Aline> "Yeah, I… I wasn't just /normally/ uncomfortable because of the salesman. I didn't know how to stop it, and tried to be polite, and it was only when you finally just bought something that I felt like I could back off safely."
[20:33] <AdEvaGM> ["He is a pushy salesman." Said the girl. "Such men are common, because the artists you so hoped to meet can sometimes be rather shy themselves." She looked back over at him. "Did he scare you?"]
[20:34] * Aline drooped a little. "Yeah. Not even in a way that I was afraid of being hurt, but just… social fear. I don't know how else to put it."
[20:36] <AdEvaGM> ["You are unsure how to carry yourself in public. When other people become unpleasant you retreat somewhat, and try to become more polite, give ground, but that doesn't seem to work, and so your fear increases. When others are with you, though, they can intercede on your behalf…"]
[20:39] <Aline> "That's… exactly it." She shook her head nigh-confusedly. "…I don't mean to be rude, but why are answering these sorts of things so easy for you?"
[20:40] <AdEvaGM> ["I listen very well." Said the girl, smiling. "And I am very perceptive, because I spend a lot of time observing. Did you know how much we use our body to communicate? A person can learn how to read people like they do body language."]
[20:42] * Aline …slowly nodded. "Ah, I see. I guess… I guess I feel a bit weird, being read so easily without much of a clue about the person doing it."
[20:43] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry." Said the girl. "I didn't mean to make you uncomfortable."]
[20:44] <Aline> "Er, it's okay… What's your name, by the way?" Aline looked nervous, even though she said it was okay.
[20:45] <AdEvaGM> ["My name's Gina."]
[20:47] * Aline smiled. "Ah, hello Gina. I suppose it should've been obvious that you're not from around here. I guess? I know I made it obvious…"
[20:48] <AdEvaGM> [Gina smiled. "You're right, but I come to Japan often." She said. "What would you like to do next?"]
[20:53] <Aline> "Hmmm…" Aline tap-tapped her chin with a finger. "…Maybe we should just find someplace nice to chat for a while?"
[20:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. I can do that."]
[20:57] * Aline nodded again, and… followed Gina's lead, to wherever might be a good place. She actually didn't really exert that much energy at all towards deciding where.
[20:58] <AdEvaGM> [The final location was actually something of a high balcony! A few discarded food cartons littered the place. Gina walked over to the railing, staring placidly out over at the people below. "Aline?"]
[20:59] * Aline eyed over, curious as anyone just suddenly asked of in that way would be, but also… perhaps more meek than she should be. "Yes?"
[21:00] <AdEvaGM> ["What is your boyfriend like?"]
[21:03] * Aline relaxed some of her tension. "Ah, he's… gentle, very kind. While he's been opening up more, he's still very unconfident, and has been through… some really crazy things, too, recently. But he's still got this sort of lovely determination that makes those weaknesses not matter, so I don't even have to worry about the things that make him cute somehow getting in the way of him
[21:03] * Aline being brave enough to make it in the world. But… well, I really do mean it when I say very kind. Enough that I can barely even comprehend him being mean to me, much as I imagine he probably thinks of me."
[21:05] <AdEvaGM> ["It's nice." Said Gina. "That you can trust him not to hurt you so much. A person like you probably needs that for an intimate relationship." Gina stared out at the people below. "Does he make everything worth it? Life, suffering, I mean."]
[21:10] * Aline nodded. "Yeah. I have my own reasons to feel better about life too, but… he gives it grounding. A center, as it were."
[21:20] <AdEvaGM> ["You are very fortunate." Said Gina quietly. "A person who makes life worth living is someone you will do anything for… Are you going to build a life with him?"]
[21:22] <Aline> "Yeah, yeah I am." Matter-of-fact.
[21:30] <AdEvaGM> ["I suspect you are someone who would like children. You value the idea of being a mother, don't you?"]
[21:37] * Aline twitched slightly. As if she had… just heard something vaguely deja-vu-like. "Y… Yes. Again!… Again, it's… Hm."
[21:41] <AdEvaGM> [Gina chuckled. "It's obvious. How you act- what you look for in love, even in choosing me as a companion. You are protective and nurturing… A natural mother." Gina smiled.-
[21:41] <AdEvaGM> [… Then sighed. "My boyfriend was not as harmless as yours. He hurt me quite a lot."]
[21:45] * Aline blushed deeply, and then… instantly tilted over to dismay. "…Eeep. H-how bad?"
[21:48] <AdEvaGM> ["He pursued others." Said Gina. "He used to ignore my opinion sometimes. Oh, he never used to -physically- hurt me, but there were many times where I felt as though I was removed from the centre of his world."]
[21:52] <Aline> "Oh… I… I want to say that if I had been you, I would've told him off by then, but…" Aline sighed exhaustedly. Girl sure had a repertoire of sighs. "That'd probably be a lie. I would end up hanging on out of fear until something lit a fire of anger in me. Then it'd end… messily. Loud, not, physical, messy, that is." Unbidden, the memory of the meat puddle formerly known as a terrorist
[21:52] <Aline> came into her mind, and she /shuddered/.
[22:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. I suppose I should have." Said Gina sadly. "But for some reason I could never bring myself to reprimand him for hurting me." She stared down at the people below. "It's hard to believe that everyone down there has their own ambitions, hopes, and worlds, isn't it?"]
[22:03] <Aline> "No." Aline stated simply, trying to… regain composure. "What's hard for me… is being able to understand those ambitions, hopes, and worlds. I know very well that they exist." …Her tone became rueful. "It's easier to identify them when their nature as a world unlike your own feels so obvious."
[22:07] <AdEvaGM> [Gina smiled. "Sometimes, simply knowing that they exist -is- to understand." The girl turned around… And there was a beep. She frowned, reached into her Saint Louis blazer, took out a mobile. "… Ah. I need to be going."]
[22:08] <Aline> "Ah… Okay, then. Thanks for… the day. It's both nice and eerie, if that makes any sense?" A genuine smile from Aline, but there were notes of confusion and worry.
[22:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Sorry." Said Gina. "Let me make it up to you. I'll give you my number."]
[22:11] * Aline nodded, and pulled out her own phone. "Th… thank you. I'm sorry for just suddenly getting all weird on you just now." She told her number, which for the sake of not trying to make up a believable Parisian phone number, we will gloss over.
[22:13] <AdEvaGM> [Indeed. "Now you can call me whenever you want." gina took a step forward, so they were very close. "Would you please do me a favour?"]
[22:13] * Aline blinked a few times. "…Wha… what kind of favor?" Proximity blushiness~
[22:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Close your eyes."]
[22:14] * Aline felt really weird all of a sudden, but… "Alright." And she did so, actually!
[22:15] <AdEvaGM> [Aline would feel arms curl around her, and half a second later, a deeeeeeep kiss straight on the lips-!]
[22:17] * Aline …was… almost paralyzed, just because of it. It's like she knew it was coming yet couldn't possibly prepare herself. She was left awkwardly incapable of deciding how to react - other than, well, to have her heart beat out of control and her hands twitch nervously.
[22:19] <AdEvaGM> [Gina continued to kiss Aline for a few seconds longer, before finally breaking off. "I had to do it." She said quietly, breathlessly. "In another lifetime, you and I could have been far more than friends…"]
[22:24] * Aline nodded quickly, cheeks brilliant red, breath coming out in difficult puffs. "I can… I can understand that. F-f-few people know, but I… Part of why I'm with who I /am/ with, is because he… he's cute, and I mean… like… If you knew what you were doing, you could get him to pass for a girl. I'm… I've… Er… you…" She stared at the ground, then looked back at Gina. "You
[22:24] * Aline know what I mean. Or why I said that, rather. I… So awkward… Sorry."
[22:27] <AdEvaGM> ["It's fine." Said Gina placidly. "Go home and love that boy of yours. Enjoy the time. Savour it. Remember how lucky you are to be together with someone in this lonely world." She started to walk past Aline. "I hope to see you again one day."]
[22:30] <Aline> "R… right. I… do too. I… don't… I don't mean to be… cruel, I… Er… Sorry…" She looked into the distance. "I-I should go before I have a breakdown or something. Th-thanks." And with that? Aline began to walk away…
[22:32] <AdEvaGM> [Gina smiled indulgently as Aline left.-
[22:33] <AdEvaGM> [Once the poor, confused, shaky girl was gone… Gina sighed, and started to walk through the convention. She passed the food stand. The fashion parade. The grubby H-peddlar, sparing him not a glance.-
[22:33] <AdEvaGM> [Eventually, she found herself standing in what amounted to an abandoned storage closet, enough for about 4 people to fit in. She wasn't alone.-
[22:34] <AdEvaGM> ["There you are. What is it?" Asked a tall man with a pleasantly scruffy look.-
[22:35] <AdEvaGM> [Gina stared at him… And it was as though water had been splashed across her face. Her skin lightened. Her blue eyes became red, and her white hair became grey. The boy took out one of the doujin manga- Sera's Erotic Evangelion Lexicon Omnibus Volume 2.-
[22:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Orders. Orders from Washington, Ryouji Kaji." Said Kaworu Nagisa. "I believe… We're finally being used."]

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