Team Ln

[08:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Ffffffff-"-
[08:44] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro looked up from his sniper rifle, frowning as he heard the noise. The sound was familiar at this point. In a second, it’d be…-
[08:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Fuck fuck fuck fuck -fffffuck-." Someone was angry. Someone usually was.-
[08:45] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro sighed, getting to his feet. He walked past peeling plaster walls out into the hallway.-
[08:46] <Ayanami`Rei> [There, leaning against the wall, was a tall blonde man, wearing a neat white shirt, black trousers and formal black vest. On his hands were a pair of large, clumsy-looking gloves- like metal boxing gloves, to Daichiro’s eyes. Within the right hand was a mangled cigarette.-
[08:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I fucked up my last cigarette." Muttered the man. "God, these gloves give me the shits. I wish I could take ’em off."-
[08:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Daichiro walked over to the man and joined him in leaning against the wall. Wordlessly, he took out a carton of cigarettes and held it up to his companion.-
[08:48] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Huh? I thought you didn’t smoke, Dai."-
[08:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I don’t."-
[08:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Huh. Welp. Not gonna ask questions." He leaned down and clamped his mouth around the cigarette. "Mind giving a light?"-
[08:49] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Where’s your lighter, Wolfgang?"-
[08:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Crushed it."-
[08:50] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro wordlessly took out a cheap store-bought lighter and lit the end of the cigarette.-
[08:50] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Thanks." Said Wolfgang happily. "I figure, if I’m gonna die tonight, I may as well do it full of good ol' nicotine."-
[08:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Do you really think you’re going to die?" Daichiro was in the man's shadow, literally- Wolfgang was a clear foot and a half taller than Daichiro.-
[08:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Seems like it. Cornered like fuckin’ rats, the service tunnels don't work." Wolfgang glowered at the floor. "Green's being an utter cock about it, too. This whole job is bullshit. We haven't done jack, Daichiro."-
[08:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["We -almost- did something."-
[08:53] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh really?" Wolfgang asked, curious in spite of his poor mood.-
[08:54] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro folded his arms, frowning. "I had Katsuragi lined up in my sights. Single shot would be all it took."-
[08:54] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh, huh. Really?"-
[08:55] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Really. Had the plug pulled. Endangered our cover. We had to save -that- for higher priority targets, like Zhang, or de Pteres, or Langley or Gabriel-Wei."-
[09:00] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hnnh." Wolfgang folded his arms as best he could. "At least you got that far." He grumbled. "S’fuckin… Atmosphere, is what it is, Daichiro. Everyone in the cell's on edge. Except for the Guard and his little pet."-
[09:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Are you surprised?" Muttered Daichiro distastefully.-
[09:00] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Nope."-
[09:02] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Nothing against genetic enhancement. Have some of that myself." Said Daichiro quietly. "But they’re…"-
[09:02] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Inhuman."-
[09:02] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yes."-
[09:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I’m no wimp." Said Wolfgang.-
[09:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I know."-
[09:04] <Ayanami`Rei> ["But Ekkehardt? His eyes- like… Like fuckin’ gimlets. S'like a vampire or something."-
[09:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Daichiro didn’t reply.-
[09:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Wolfgang puffed on his cigarette quietly.-
[09:49] <Ayanami`Rei> ["My only regret." Said Daichiro. "A girl at home. Sakura. I should’ve asked her out. Felt she wouldn't appreciate my profession."-
[09:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Wolfgang laughed. It was a loud, fearless laugh.-
[09:52] <Ayanami`Rei> [His cigarette dropped from his mouth. He caught it in a glove. "Shit, Daichiro. You’re fucking with me. You? A girl?"-
[09:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Surprise."-
[09:52] <Ayanami`Rei> ["She cute?"-
[09:52] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Very."-
[09:52] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Idiot."-
[09:52] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro didn’t reply.-
[09:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Welp. I figure, if I die tonight, then I’m gonna die throwing a punch, you know? I can think of shittier ways to dying."-
[09:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Like being shot from 800 metres away."-
[09:53] <Ayanami`Rei> ["-Exactly-." Wolfgang held out his hand. "You’re not a bad asshole, Daichiro. S'been fun having you around."-
[09:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["The honour is shared." Daichiro shook.-
[09:54] <Ayanami`Rei> [They returned to silence for a moment.-
[09:55] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Estelle will probably survive." Said Daichiro heavily.-
[09:55] <Ayanami`Rei> ["What, you think she’ll ninja out or something?"-
[09:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["They say that Guillory’s a duck carrying an onion for a pretty girl." Daichiro shot Wolfgang a dirty look. "Nevermind that Miss Red has had her tailing Guillory for a month. It's really repulsive. She used to be a cold-hearted killer and now she's…"-
[09:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["A cold-hearted killer with a fucking schoolgirl crush."-
[09:56] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Right."-
[10:59] <Ayanami`Rei> [Silence.-
[10:59] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hey, Daichiro. You ever wonder where you’re goin' when you die?"-
[11:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["No. You?"-
[11:01] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Not usually." Wolfgang clumsily placed the cigarette back in his mouth. "I guess I’m goin' to hell."-
[11:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Why?"-
[11:01] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I’ve killed fuckers. Killed 'em pretty hard, what with the fists and all."-
[11:02] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Some of them deserved it." Said Daichiro. "That Soviet official we killed last year played the Flower Game, you know. I saw."-
[11:02] <Ayanami`Rei> ["The what game?"-
[11:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["The Flower Game. He took underprivileged local girls and kept them as sex slaves." Said Daichiro.-
[11:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… No shit?"-
[11:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Indeed."-
[11:03] <Ayanami`Rei> ["… Damn." Wolfgang whistled. "Fuck that guy."-
[11:07] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro nodded.-
[11:07] <Ayanami`Rei> ["But… I mean, not everyone we killed was like that." Said Wolfgang. "You were gonna shoot Katsuragi. What’s she ever done to anyone?"-
[11:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Enemy commander. Killing her would save hundreds of allied lives." Said Daichiro smoothly.-
[11:09] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You have justifications for every hit we’ve done, don't you, fucker?"-
[11:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Not all of them."-
[11:10] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh yeah?"-
[11:12] <Ayanami`Rei> [Daichiro looked up at him. "There was a man we killed in Syracuse, a year ago."-
[11:12] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Oh yeah, yeah, I remember him. I broke his car, and you-"-
[11:13] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Right. The governor." Daichiro nodded. "We killed him because Command wanted him replaced with a more sympathetic governor. Left behind a wife, two sons, a daughter. He was -honest-." Said Daichiro quietly. "He was just. That is something I cannot justify."-
[11:13] <Ayanami`Rei> ["But you shot."-
[11:13] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Yes."-
[11:13] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Why?"-
[11:14] <Ayanami`Rei> ["I was told to shoot." Daichiro shrugged. "It was a job. It’s what I do."-
[11:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hhnn." Wolfgang puffed on his cigarette. "Well, tell you what, asshole. You’re top floor, right? I'm not. So I'll die first. So like, I'll fuckin' have a seat saved for you in my lava pool in hell."-
[11:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["I appreciate it, Wolfgang."-
[11:16] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Hey, s’what I do."-
[11:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> [They stood in silence. Eventually, they propelled themselves off from the wall. "It’s time. I'll see you on the other side, Wolfgang."-
[11:17] <Ayanami`Rei> ["You too, Daichiro." Wolfgang headed for the stairs at a leisurely pace.]

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