Shinji S Touch

[06:32] <Minaplo> [She couldn't move.-
[06:34] <Minaplo> [Things were sharp and painful to her eyes, jagged and cutting, and her chest hurt as she ran out of air. She saw the hyper-real blood splashed across the wall, the blood seeping from bodies who hung from the roof. She saw the blood as it slowly dissolved into LCL, pooling on the floor.-
[06:34] <Minaplo> [She couldn't move. Why…?-
[06:35] <Minaplo> [Low animal growls of anger and rage rattled in her eyes. She saw his mad-dog blue eyes, and she knew why. She felt his hands around her neck and felt the daggers in her arms.-
[06:35] <Minaplo> [Shinji, why…?]
[06:41] * Aline twitched - or tried to, really - and could only stare on in terror. Words tried to choke out, but they were only incoherent gurgles. This wasn't it. This was wrong. This was wrong!
[06:44] <Minaplo> ["You…" The hands tightened. "You liar… You liar…"-
[06:44] <Minaplo> ["Liar… Liar…"-
[06:44] <Minaplo> ["How dare you lie to me!"]
[06:48] * Aline almost tried to move her arms, but that only brought pain. Breathed, but pain. Not a single action, short of maybe a brief twitch of her body or movement of her leg, was possible without intense pain. Tears streamed down her face, and she wanted to apologize, to ask why, but only the sickening sounds of someone too weak to protest came.
[06:50] <Minaplo> ["You're mine! You're mine! You don't do this to me!" His hands were tightening and twisting. "You keep doing it! Kaworu, Kaworu, then- William- why?!?"-
[06:50] <Minaplo> [There was a sudden violent -crack- as Aline's neck…-
[06:51] <Minaplo> [… Was perfectly fine. The room- a battleship room- was quiet. She was covered in a sheen of sweat, the silky velvet blankets falling away.]
[06:55] * Aline popped up almost immediately, just managing through her trained-by-years-of-Angelic-mental-torture-and-similar willpower to /not/ cry out in shock. Instead, she rubbed the back of her head, breathing heavily and looking - not that anyone could see her short of maybe the rumored Silas AIs that sleep in the Battleship, watching, judging, silently - rather sheepish. "Bad brain. Bad."
[07:02] <Minaplo> [She was alone. The window, covered with a curtain, showed only a dim light- it was rainy and grey outside. A digital clock built into her bedside table read 10:21 AM.]
[07:08] * Aline let out a soft whine, and decided she might as well get going. She wasn't about to go back to bed considering, so instead she'd call it a relatively-on-time wakeup. Light, on. Soon, as she rummaged through various places… clothes. On. She didn't exactly look too good even after putting on something, but what could she do? No, she'd just have to /live with it/. So out Aline went.
[07:08] * Aline Maybe food would settle it, so off she went towards the cafeteria.
[07:11] <Minaplo> [The cafeteria was lightly populated. As luck would have it, she'd arrived when most people were on duty.-
[07:11] <Minaplo> [The cafeteria tables were computerised- she could make her order by the consoles built into it.]
[07:15] * Aline would make a simple order for some breakfast food. Waffles, a bit of egg… Nothing too overloaded, but not exactly super healthfood either. There was some fruit though. And orange juice.
[07:17] <Minaplo> [A fairly easy meal to whip up, especially during off-peak time, and so Aline would soon get her wish.-
[07:18] <Minaplo> [But shortly after the waiter had floated off, she'd feel a hand on her shoulder.-
[07:18] <Minaplo> ["Wow. You kind of look terrible." Said Frederic.]
[07:20] * Aline /turned/. She wasn't really mad, because she saw it in her own mirror. "Tell me about it."
[07:27] <Minaplo> [He settled down into a chair. "What's the matter? Can't sleep?"]
[07:29] * Aline took a few bites and sips, and just shrugged. "Can't sleep /well/."
[07:32] <Minaplo> ["Ah. Nightmares?"]
[07:34] * Aline made a little pout that suggested she was slightly embarrassed by the idea, but… "Yeah. It's a bunch of the usual nonsense that comes from extreme stress, I guess. Or maybe from the berserker incident. Take your pick."
[07:35] <Minaplo> ["Could be good old trauma. With all the shit that's been going on for the past few weeks, I highly doubt you're the only one having nightmares."]
[07:39] * Aline peered a bit into the distance - which was mostly just at a wall - but nodded. "Yeah. It… it gets in the way, or something like that? I feel odd about it."
[07:40] <Minaplo> ["Odd? Tell me."]
[07:43] * Aline ate a bit more, but… well. She didn't need to say what it was about, but… "It's just… I don't feel right having them. I guess maybe it's just some kind of feeling like I've been through way, way too much. But that's not /correct/."
[07:52] <Minaplo> ["You can never be through too much." Said Frederic softly. "There's always room for a little more pain."]
[07:54] * Aline took now a /chug/ of her orange juice, still leaving a relatively large (all said) amount left. "Yeah, you're right about that much."
[08:01] <Minaplo> ["You think you're jaded and then you're hit in a new spot and it hurts even more." He said, frowning, staring down at his own fingers.]
[08:06] * Aline sighed deeply, even though she then immediately took a bite of food. "I guess the most that can be done is to look ahead to…" She paused suddenly, thinking of what was predicted for her, and whether or not it was true. "…the future."
[08:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." He said, eyeing her. He reached over and patted her hand. "I'd say take the next few days and just cloister up for a bit. Sleep as best you can, play some video games, you know… Buy a kitten or something."]
[08:16] * Aline sorta scrunched her face up weirdly. "I'm not sure the stress of taking care of an animal… Neh. I see your point though."
[08:19] <Minaplo> ["Hah, fair. Look, Sophie has a bit of down-time next week, you guys could go out and see a movie, eat out big, blow all that big ol' NERV allowance. Hey, that reminds me. You turn 18 soon, right?"]
[08:24] * Aline slowly nodded, looking, well. Still terrible. "Three days… three days…" She muttered to herself - though obviously audibly enough, before continuing in a proper speaking voice. "At least I have the freedom to do that, still, yeah."
[08:25] <Minaplo> ["Well hey!" Fred grinned, punching Aline lightly in the shoulder. "18. You know what that means?"]
[08:30] * Aline looked appropriately clueless, though she had at least a few guesses that it possibly involved various, ah, things you can do at that age. "I forget exactly, but I have some inkling."
[08:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[08:34] * Aline waved her hand. "I don't really care which goes where, but things like driving, drinking, not at the same time, but mostly coming together."
[08:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Actually, I wasn't thinking of that specifically."-
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["You turn 18, and that makes you a legal adult." He taps the table. "That means you can crack open your NERV trust fund and the goodies inside. All two million francs."]
[08:41] * Aline blinked. "…I forgot all about that. That… that's a lot of money. I'm not even sure what I'd do with it, considering what's in… er. Considering the state of things, really."
[08:43] <Minaplo> ["You could buy a house. A proper house. A car. You could buy your own VTOL. Heck, NERV sells its old surpluses for cheap, you could buy one with missiles."-
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["Or you could buy a battle tank!"-
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["You could invest in real estate, I know a guy who could set you up with the best deals."-
[08:51] <Minaplo> [He grinned, standing up and clapping his hands on her shoulders. "Heck, nearly anything you want is yours. You want a country house tucked away near Bordeaux with some vineyards? It's yours. Blanc Vineyards."]
[08:54] * Aline just… just… stared. Her eyes were sort of losing focus. She eventually shook her head, even fighting the urge to suddenly back away, and just frowned. "All the same, I think I'll wait for the war to end. No… use, uh…" For some reason, the obvious response was hard for her to say. Probably because she was preoccupied with a different verrsion of events. "…losing it all to
[08:54] * Aline some terrifying last-ditch assault. Or stepping on my own property by mistake."
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["That's ok! Get some NERV insurance and we'll pay you for the damage you caused!"]
[09:05] * Aline looked away. "Nnn. Even so… er, no?"
[09:13] <Minaplo> ["Hah. It's cool. It's your mon-"-
[09:13] <Minaplo> ["HEY" Cried a voice across the cafeteria. A furious voice.]
[09:14] <Minaplo> <HEY!*>
[09:16] * Aline …stared out towards the source of the voice, and froze. She was /pale/.
[09:17] <Minaplo> [Shinji was standing in the doorway. He was staring at Frederic with pure hate.-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [Frederic released Aline's shoulders as though he'd suddenly been electrified. "Shinji? Wha-"-
[09:17] <Minaplo> [Shinji reached into a pocket, took out his butterfly knife, flicked it open and -charged-.]
[09:20] * Aline could feel her heart racing, and in one smooth motion, got out of her seat and picked up the chair, yelling at him. "What the fuck are you doing?!"
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["GET AWAY FROM HER! GET AWAY!" Shinji lunged at Frederic's throat.-
[09:23] <Minaplo> [Frederic sidestepped, smacking his elbow into Shinji's jaw, barely slowing him down. "What the hell-?!"]
[09:28] * Aline swung with her chair, trying to hold him off. "I have no idea! Is this…" She decided not to.
[09:30] <Minaplo> [She may as well have written a sternly-worded letter.-
[09:31] <Minaplo> [Frederic grabbed Shinji's arm and with an expert twist, broke his grip, snatching the knife from his hand. "Calm down!"-
[09:33] <Minaplo> [But it was no use. Shinji was berserk, lunging to heavily smack Frederic in the chest. "Get away! You're dead! You're supposed to be dead!"]
[09:37] * Aline dropped the chair, and broke into a tackle, grabbing onto him, knowing perhaps that connecting was not the same as being able to hold onto him. "What the hell are you talking about?!"
[09:45] <Minaplo> [Frederic struck now, his hands moving light lightning. Crack, crack-
[09:45] <Minaplo> [A final roundhouse to the chest sent both Shinji and Aline sprawling, Shinji suddenly screaming. The final crack had been conspicuously loud.]
[09:46] * Aline whimpered, herself, even though she hadn't been the one truly hit. She stood up, and almost immediately rushed over to Shinji, a very concerned look on her face. "What the /hell/ was that?"
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["I…" Shinji groaned, clutching his chest. "Ugh, I… Aline, what… Ow…"]
[09:49] * Aline stared further. "You just flipped out and attacked Frederic, talking some nonsense about how he was supposed to be dead. He had no choice but to fight back."
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["I don't… I, uh…" Shinji winced, his eyes filling with tears. "I don't remember, Aline…"]
[09:51] * Aline shook her head, now looking even more concerned. "What… what do you remember?"
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["I saw Kaworu, and he was- he was right next to you, and he was trying to kiss you…"-
[09:52] <Minaplo> [Frederic's eyebrows shot up immediately, even as he expertly twirled Shinji's butterfly knife back into the closed position.]
[09:55] <Aline> For a round quarter of a second, Aline was silent. Only after that time passed… "Oh god. You're starting to hallucinate. Was it… shit, I think the Angel Controller had a bigger effect on you than I thought." She looked at Frederic. "It's been dying down lately, but I have my own hallucinations, so uh… I'm not really surprised? A bit that it's so… dangerous."
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["I'm-I'm seeing things? Oh God…"-
[10:05] <Minaplo> [Shinji began to sob, now, and each sob saw him quiver, which saw him wracked with pain.-
[10:06] <Minaplo> [Frederic glowered, then looked away. "Angels. Ugh. Ok, I'll go give medical a call. I may have shattered a rib or two." He added sheepishly.]
[10:08] * Aline sighed raaather deeply, and looked down at him, then back at Frederic. "Probably uh, a good idea. I'll go with him, you can uh… enjoy breakfast?" Aline did eye her glass of orange juice, and walked over to it, gave it a violent chug, then put the empty glass down, before walking back over to Shinji.
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["We might want to wait for paramedics."]
[10:19] * Aline turned back to Frederic and nodded. "…Right."
[10:28] <Minaplo> [It wouldn't be long before a pair of medics arrived, a stretcher between them. They quickly loaded Shinji- still groaning- onto the stretcher.]
[10:35] * Aline would trail along, looking… concerned (like she so totally wasn't before), and trying to move as quickly as the medics' pace would allow.
[10:40] <Minaplo> [And so they travelled along to the battleship's sickbay.-
[10:42] <Minaplo> [All things considered, it was rather quiet, despite the fact that it was probably operating near full capacity. Shinji was placed onto a free bed, and a few minutes later a doctor- a handsome Japanese man Aline didn't recognise- entered their room.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["I didn't believe the medics at first when they told me Pilot Ikari had been injured." He said, approaching the bed, his gaze turning from Aline to Shinji, then back. "I'm Doctor Kenzo, Pilot Ikari. Don't worry, you're in good hands. What happened here, Lieutenant Blanc?"]
[10:45] * Aline looked over at Shinji, and even backed off slightly from the doctor. "Uh… let's just say there was a nasty side-effect of Angelic manipulation that forced Frederic to defend himself. He overdid it."
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["I see." Kenzo frowned. "Best-case scenario he might have caused heavy bruising to some tendons, but more likely he's cracked a rib or two. He'll be fine, we'll have him healthy by the end of the week."]
[10:55] * Aline calmly nodded, backing up even further. She soon bumped into a wall. "That's good."
[11:02] <Minaplo> [Shinji groaned. "He's in a bit of pain, so I might give him something to ease him off to sleep. You can stay if you want, but this won't be anything serious."]
[11:04] * Aline tilted her head once, but then sighed again. "I'll stay for a little bit, at least while he's still awake."
[11:05] <Minaplo> ["Of course. There's a chair nearby. I'll give you two a moment." He stepped out.]
[11:10] * Aline sat down there, and leaned back, looking… well, a bit uncomfortable.
[11:10] <Minaplo> [Shinji groaned a little. One of his hands reached out towards her, or at least where he thought she was, which was a metre to her left.]
[11:14] * Aline leaned over to hold it. "It'll be okay, somehow…" She didn't have a whole lot of effort behind it, because quite honestly, she wasn't sure that was at all true.
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry…" He mumbled.]
[11:16] * Aline shook her head. "It's not really your fault…"
[11:16] <Minaplo> ["It is, of-of course it is, I could've been stronger, I should've been…"]
[11:20] * Aline sighed deeply once more. "You're asking for perfection. You survived. That's hard enough these days to do, especially when it all looks like it could crash down at any moment."
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["I…" Shinji shook his head. "I don't like it. I hurt you today…"]
[11:29] * Aline squeezed his hand a little tighter. "As long as you fight to stay yourself, I'll be happy with you."
[11:30] <Minaplo> ["Y-You mean that?"]
[11:33] * Aline nodded, and allowed a small smile to flit onto her face. "Mm-hm."
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["… I love you." He choked out as tears bubbled down his cheeks.]
[11:49] * Aline squeezed once more, and… "I love you too."

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