Hachi Ayanami S Home 2nd Of May

[18:12] <Minaplo> [There was a homely dignity to Hachi Ayanami's home. It was a roomy place, built amongst the deep forests of the lower levels of the German Alps. It was surrounded by large, dark trees, still shaking off the winter snows.-
[18:15] <Minaplo> [The house itself was predominantly wood, with the interior varnished and dark, broken up by the odd rug, mat or tile (as in the bathrooms). Many of the northern-side walls were an exception, being made primarily of high-strength glass allowing one to look out into the gorgeous picturesque world below.-
[18:15] <Minaplo> [Of course, this was only the exterior. Parts of the house crept down into the stone where Kayoko knew that Hachi kept her weapons and other dangerous valuables.-
[18:16] <Minaplo> [Apart from that, there was a five-by-five metre room at the back, featureless except for the permanently installed dirac beacon built into the roof. It had just been activated- Hachi Ayanami didn't turn it on unless a guest had the good decency to call first.]
[18:39] <Tao> And of course Kayoko did. Not only was it polite, she knew what happened when Hachi was sufficiently annoyed.-
[18:39] <Tao> <argh>
[18:39] <Kayoko> She appeared mid-stride in the centre of the room, hardly missing a beat as she adjusted to the new locale. She wore a ruffled violet blouse over dark jeans, devoid of jewelry aside from the simple necklace of silver and Eternity Tear that always hung around her neck.-
[18:39] <Kayoko> She came to a stop and stretched with both hands above her head in a distinctly catlike gesture. "Hello, auntie."
[18:46] <Minaplo> [Auntie Hachi sat cross-legged in a large black recliner, her arms folded. She wore a white singlet and a pair of blue jeans; her red hair was unkempt as usual. When Kayoko appeared, Hachi smirked and leapt off the chair. "Sup, warmonger?"]
[19:08] <Kayoko> "I think you're meant to sound more disapproving when you call me that."
[19:21] <Minaplo> ["I'll leave that for your auntie Rei. It's my job to see the funny side of things." Said Hachi. "San and I had money riding on how your first mish'd go. 150 on 'starting a war'. Easiest money ever."]
[19:27] <Kayoko> "What'd San bet on?" she asked, passing Hachi's recliner to get to a wall panel. A moment later she and Hachi both felt the dirac beacon deactivate.
[19:28] <Minaplo> ["First contact fuckin'."]
[19:29] <Kayoko> "The two of you should probably stop projecting your weird hang-ups on me."
[19:29] <Minaplo> ["But why?"]
[19:33] <Kayoko> "Because I'm more multifaceted than that," she said primly. "I could've done both if I wanted to."
[19:34] <Minaplo> ["That was Auntie Katsuragi's bet, sorry."]
[19:34] <Minaplo> <Auntie Misato*, damnit>
[19:35] <Kayoko> "See? She gets me."
[19:35] <Minaplo> ["Except that she was wrong and I was right."-
[19:35] <Minaplo> [Hachi sauntered over and threw an arm around Kayoko's shoulders; her squeeze was tight. "Glad to see you alive, dummy."]
[19:47] * Kayoko leant her weight into Hachi for a just a moment. "You better not have been worried about me."
[19:49] <Minaplo> ["They sent you off into bullshit land, having told you: 'What? Gun? We have big space anchor, that is like gun!'"-
[19:49] <Minaplo> ["I mean, I was a little worried. I'm allowed to me worried these days, I'm chill. Not beating Berlin thugs up anymore. Being constructive. All that."]
[19:52] * Kayoko cocked her head to one side sharply, and raised a hand to her ear. "Can you hear that?"
[19:52] <Minaplo> [Hachi rolled her eyes. "What is it?"]
[19:52] <Kayoko> "It sounds like Auntie Rei 'eee'ing from across time and space."
[19:53] <Minaplo> [Hachi sighed.-
[20:00] <Minaplo> ["Fair warning, her twins are here." Said Hachi. "Deirdre and Kaito? Yeah, your 'Auntie' 'Rei' dumped 'em on me after realising, oops, wartime. Because being a Guardian means you just sit around all day polishing your guns."-
[20:01] <Minaplo> ["Their sixth birthday is next week and the two of them are hyperrrrrrr about it. Especially that little prick Kaito. Spends half his time bouncing like a pinball off any vaguely flat surface…"]
[20:08] <Kayoko> "Don't call the five-year-old a prick, Hachi," she said, though the sentiment was rendered moot by the snort of laughter that accompanied it.
[20:09] <Minaplo> ["Why not?"]
[20:13] * Kayoko just shook her head, grinning. "Can I raid your kitchen? I came straight here from the shipyards, and I had to skip lunch."
[20:15] <Minaplo> ["You sure can, kiddo." Said Hachi; she let Kayoko go and pushed her forward with a firm, but harmless, slap on the back. "I shot a moose yesterday, there's still some left in there…"]
[20:18] <Kayoko> "There's some left? What happened to your good weapons?"
[20:19] <Minaplo> […-
[20:20] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, that's why I'm not allowed to fire Plassie-Ripper in a civilian area now." Said Hachi. Before her was a spread of smoked moose, some soft French cheese, some little sausages, a collection of olives and, because Hachi knew her game: a small plate of chicken nuggets.-
[20:22] <Minaplo> ["I'm no auntie Roku, but I do okay." Said Hachi. "Leave the nugs, though, they're for Kaito. The little twerp eats like… I dunno, four times a week. It's crazy."]
[20:33] <Kayoko> "How did the babysitting get foisted off on you, anyway?" She sat on one of the stools that lined the outside of Hachi's kitchen bench, carelessly popping a few olives into her mouth.
[20:35] <Minaplo> ["I've been asking that ever since they dumped you at and Emi at my doorstep." Said Hachi, quickly scooping most of the rest of the olives towards her.-
[20:39] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, er… San's been busy organising her company to handle war coverage, Roku's actually out on mission for a change, Sho's on tour trying to get the Spider Clan to buy into her next clothing line at the factory floor level… Go offered, but they preferred me, because some things never change."]
[20:57] * Kayoko rolled her eyes. "Maybe it's that incredible maternal presence of yours."
[21:00] <Minaplo> ["Pfft, I do okay. Admit it."]
[21:01] <Kayoko> "You get by."
[21:02] <Minaplo> ["There we go. And I didn't even need to go have a billion kids to prove it."]
[21:15] <Kayoko> "May I be so lucky," she said raising a wedge of cheese in salute.-
[21:15] <Kayoko> "… Seems a little bit early to be preparing the war reporters, though."
[21:16] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[21:25] <Kayoko> "If Command has any sense they'll let the diplomats do the work for a little bit. It's not like they're much of a threat to us directly."
[21:26] <Minaplo> ["That's not really my wheelhouse, but for sure. I don't think they'd keep your auntie Rei away for very long anyway."-
[21:27] <Minaplo> [Thud.-
[21:27] <Minaplo> [The sound came from upstairs- it sounded heavy. Instead of looking alarmed, Hachi merely huffed.-
[21:27] <Minaplo> [Thud thud thud thud thud-
[21:28] <Minaplo> [A little boy- Kaito- appeared at the top of the staircase. He had a mop of curly blue hair and bright red eyes… Not that it was easy to see. He was literally bouncing from wall to wall off of his AT Field. "Wheeeeeee!"-
[21:28] <Minaplo> [Hachi muttered something about 'early-blooming field rubbish' as Kaito whizzed around the living room. "Hi Kayo!"]
[21:38] * Kayoko stared at Hachi for a second before starting to laugh. "Ok, I did not think you were being literal…"-
[21:38] <Kayoko> "Hey Kaito! Can you go any faster?"
[21:46] <Minaplo> [Kaito instantly ground to a halt. He stared at Kayoko with his huge, pretty red eyes.-
[21:46] <Minaplo> ["It's bad to go too fast." He said earnestly. "I could hurt somebody."-
[21:46] <Minaplo> [Hachi looked away to hide her gagging faces.]
[21:53] * Kayoko was still laughing, even as she reached out to snag him by the sleeve and tug his still floating form towards the stool next to her. "Well we wouldn't want that. Want some chicken nuggets?"
[21:53] <Minaplo> ["Yeah! Thanks, Kayo!"-
[21:53] <Minaplo> ["Hey, I cooked 'em." Said Hachi.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> ["Thanks, Auntie Hachi. You're the best." He said warmly.-
[21:54] <Minaplo> [Hachi merely shoved the plate of nuggets at him. "Yeah, yeah…"]
[22:00] <Kayoko> "So you beat Dierdre to working out your field, huh?"
[22:02] <Minaplo> ["Yep. But we're gonna work together so she can share it."]
[22:08] <Kayoko> "Nice. She still upstairs?"
[22:08] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Do you want me to get her?"]
[22:14] <Kayoko> "Nah, I'm just wondering," she said, snagging one of the sausages from a nearby plate. "I beat Emi to learning my field, but she just thought that meant she could ask me what everything was thinking."
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["Haha. Dee-dee asks me that, but only about bugs and stuff."-
[22:16] <Minaplo> [Hachi began eating her olives. "Oh, Emi got her producer fired, by the way."]
[22:28] <Kayoko> "'course she did," Kayo said after a second to chew. "She can run rings around a twerp like that, she just lets them forget it until it's convenient."
[22:29] <Minaplo> ["The trick's not to let 'em forget, not even once." Said Hachi, tapping her temple with an olive.-
[22:30] <Minaplo> [Footsteps on the staircase- a moment later, Deirdre walked out. She had straight blonde hair, kept in a ponytail, and eyes as bright as her brother's. "Kayo, you're back!"]
[18:12] <Tao> "Hey there, Dee," Kayoko said waving her fingers. "Well I had to come and see you two before your birthday, didn't I? You're going to be all grown up, and way too cool for me…"
[18:14] <@Minaplo> ["You're never too cool for family." Said Kaito, his eyes wide.-
[18:18] <@Minaplo> ["You went into space, didn't you, Kayo? You did, right?!" Said Deirdre, climbing up onto a stool so she could pick at the food.]
[18:23] <Tao> "You heard about that, huh?"
[18:25] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah. What was space like?"]
[19:00] <Kayoko> "Big and empty and dark, mostly," Kayoko said with a little wave of her hand. "Space isn't very interesting by itself. The fun parts are the stars, and the planets and the black holes and the exploring, you know? Space is just what you go through to get to the juicy bits."
[19:04] <@Minaplo> ["Tell us about the juicy bits, then!"]
[19:42] <Kayoko> "How about the fact that we met a whole new type of aliens?" Kayoko smirked.
[19:42] <@Minaplo> ["Really?!"]
[19:49] <Kayoko> "Uh-huh," she said. She laid her palm flat on the countertop for a second and then raised it slowly, a transparent blue cube appearing in the wake of her hand. As the children watched, stark white lines began to sketch a rough, 3D recreation of a Path Devoted's head and shoulders. "They look like this."
[19:49] <@Minaplo> ["Whoa." Said Kaito. "They look like tigers."-
[19:50] <@Minaplo> ["I think they look more like lions." Said Deirdre.]
[16:55] <Kayoko> "Don't bicker," she said absently. "Whatever they look like, I'm the first Twiceborn to speak to one of them."
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["Wow." Said Kaito.-
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["Is that why we're fighting them?" Asked Deirdre, her big eyes innocent.]
[17:19] * Kayoko gave Hachi a flat look out of the corner of her eye. "No. We're fighting them because we couldn't talk enough, if anything."
[17:21] <Minaplo> [Hachi gave her an innocent smile, stuffed full of olives.-
[17:21] <Minaplo> ["Oh." Kaito and Deirdre shared a knowing, solemn look.-
[17:21] <Minaplo> ["Is it gonna be a big war like what mum and dad were in?" Asked Kaito.]
[17:38] <Kayoko> "Naaaah," Kayoko said, a little bit of softness creeping into her tone. She gave Kaito a little tap on the shoulder. "Nothing that big. Maybe we fight a little more, but sooner or later they're going to have to negotiate with your mum. They don't stand a chance."-
[17:38] <Kayoko> "They're not bad, they're just a little mixed up. And they don't know when they're beat," she added, with a little frown.
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["What, it's Rei's job to speak to aliens now?" Asked Hachi.]
[17:47] <Kayoko> "Like her job has anything to do with it. If she wants to go and negotiate she's going to go and negotiate. You think Yanmei can stop her?"
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["No one can stop mum." said Kaito.]
[17:59] <Kayoko> "Kaito gets it."
[18:07] <Minaplo> ["God." Hachi shook her head.-
[18:07] <Minaplo> ["Hey, Kayo, do you wanna see my pet worms?" Asked Deirdre.]
[18:28] <Kayoko> "Definitely," she said with a grin.
[18:34] <Minaplo> ["She thinks they speak to her." Said Hachi.-
[18:34] <Minaplo> ["I know they do." Said Deirdre firmly; she grabbed Kayoko's hand and pulled her away, up to the second floor, and to a most eclectic collection…]

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