The Fires Of Karkata

10[06:29:51] <Aline> Flip. Flip. The pages of one of the newest magical-girl mangas made that noise, a bubbly (and to its reader, rather escapist) experience par excellence, and a request made, what with the price of imports in this day and age, of the one who was busy cooking. Said reader, as if you didn't know already, was one white-haired pilot, namely Aline, who was being rather predictably idle at this time of day.
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[06:42:09] <Minaplo> [It was actually a nice day outside. There were no dubious dark clouds in the sky; out on the balcony, Pvt. Faraji was leaning against a balustrade, his helmet off, his pulse rifle against the back wall.-
[06:42:50] <Minaplo> [Within the kitchen, Shinji was humming a cooking tune. After a few minutes of this he called out.-
[06:43:01] <Minaplo> ["So you're liking it then?"]
10[06:44:57] * Aline called back. "Yeah, thanks for getting it for me. I've been kinda low on fresh material, and it's cute - albeit in a different way from you~"
[06:49:23] <Minaplo> ["*Ahem*. It was a little embarrassing buying it…"-
[06:49:48] <Minaplo> ["Speaking of which, it's really expensive these days! There's also been a weird price hike in NERV stuff as well."]
10[06:51:39] * Aline giggled a little, and reclined in her seat. "Really? I'd have expected that, but NERV stuff? You don't think there's some kind of shortfall elsewhere?"
[06:52:03] <Minaplo> ["Shortfall?"]
10[06:55:41] * Aline shook one hand gesturally. "Like, something not selling as well, or maybe even something else turning more expensive and marketing being called up to pay for it."
[06:56:18] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. What do you think it could be?"]
10[07:01:49] * Aline sighed gently. "Sadly, I'm not quite sure. Maybe it's increasing materials costs?"
[07:03:23] <Minaplo> ["Or an oversaturated market."]
10[07:08:20] <Aline> "Yeah, possibly." Aline nodded, mostly to herself because he was still in the relative distance. Flip.
07[07:08:46] <Minaplo> ["Have you ever… Er, been around to look at Aline themed stuff again?"]
10[07:13:50] * Aline snickered - definitely a different tenor from a giggle - and replied. "Not the 'special' merchandise, no. I still sometimes peek at the normal stuff to see how the image marketing goes. It's about par for the course, less aggressive than some of Yanmei's stuff though."
[07:14:42] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh?"]
10[07:16:35] <Aline> "Yeah." Flip. "A lot of the 04 sets are based on damage and destroyable parts, while the 00 sets usually just have pretty plastic AT Field accessories coming out of every conceivable place. And there's usually a lot more armed Yanmei figurines. That kind of thing."
[07:20:05] <Minaplo> ["Where does Sera fall?"]
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10[07:22:25] <Aline> "Ehhh. Kinda in the middle? His EVA sets take a lot of self-damage rather intricately, but most of his figurines are more unassuming stuff, with a few 'commando' ones that made it through. They're still managing to sell the quiet-Sera image, for some reason."
[07:25:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I guess that's what happens when no one actually interviews him."]
10[07:27:31] * Aline decided to bookmark her page and stand up, starting to walk towards the kitchen. "Let's be honest. Would /you/ want to interview him for a toy line?"
[07:28:39] <Minaplo> ["Could I interview Freya instead?" He asked with a smirk.-
07[07:33:14] <Minaplo> [The meal tonight was obviously seafood, as Aline could tell from the smell of cooking shrimp and garlic butter in the air- as well as Shinji preparing calamari rings on the kitchen table.]
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10[07:37:17] * Aline sniffed it in, and nodded. "Ah, that's pretty good already~" But she poked through to the question at hand. "But you know, Freya just won't give you the ~experience~. Though how we can convey that to the masses is beyond me."
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07[07:48:00] <Minaplo> ["I'm not gonna feel sad for missing out on the de Pteres Experience." He said, picking up a single dismembered little squid tentacle and waving it threateningly at Aline. "No sampling."]
10[07:52:07] * Aline flailed her arms gently in a sort of mock-terror. "Oh no, a tentacle, the enemy of my virtue~" She stopped long enough, though, to let a second pass and instantly regain composure. "Don't worry, I know better than to go for things that aren't done."
[07:59:16] <Minaplo> ["Well."-
[07:59:27] <Minaplo> [He glanced around furtively. "There is one thing I can give you."]
10[08:01:32] * Aline widened her mouth in (probably also half-mock, though /only/ half) surprise. "Oh?~"
[08:05:14] <Minaplo> ["I cooked a shrimp early to see if I did it right- would you like it?"]
10[08:07:41] * Aline clapped her hands once. "Certainly. Thanks~"
[08:13:24] <Minaplo> [He reached into the open and took out a warm shrimp- it smelled lusciously of garlic and herbs. "Open wide."]
10[08:17:07] * Aline smiled only just long enough to show the signs of her feelings… before doing just as asked. "Ah~"
[08:18:25] <Minaplo> [And so he popped it into her mouth…]
10[08:22:04] * Aline felt her face kinda scrunch, and pondered for the briefest moment which way to go, but… "Mnggghhh…" She quickly chewed, chomped, and then gulped it down, even if she may have wished she hadn't. "It's… maybe a bit overcooked? It's not too badly though, aheh." Cough. Not a 'wink wink nudge nudge' kind of cough, but one of forcing something down.
[08:27:33] <Minaplo> ["… Huh?"-
[08:29:11] <Minaplo> ["I don't… Think so." He said with a frown, reaching into the oven to take out another warm shrimp. He bit into it-
[08:29:25] <Minaplo> [And a second later spat it out with impressive range. "What the hell?"]
10[08:31:51] * Aline could feel her lips trembling rather resolutely. "Uuhh… I shouldn't have… Thought it was polite… oh god." She started to backpedal slightly, in the direction of the bathroom.
[08:34:38] <Minaplo> ["…Huh?"]
10[08:36:25] * Aline flailed her hands in a sort of 'don't come closer'/'aaaaaaaa' way, before breaking off into a run towards the bathroom. About a second later, there was this /delightful/ "Hurrrrrrrffff" sound, accompanied by messy splattering into water.
[08:39:43] <Minaplo> […-
[08:40:03] <Minaplo> [The air smelled rather foul of it, of course.-
07[08:40:48] <Minaplo> [But the air itself was starting to become damp and humid and -hot-, suddenly. Despite the winter season, despite the coolness of the air- Aline would find herself almost claustrophobic, sweating bullets.]
10[08:44:14] * Aline was fresh from throwing up, and looked at the medicine cabinet now. "What the hell…" She muttered, and started to think on what the hell was happening. "Sh-Shinji. You okay? I don't feel so good. S'hot."
[08:45:44] <Minaplo> [There was a groan from the kitchen that would suffice as a response.]
10[08:52:21] * Aline stood up with as much resolve as she could, and went to go for the apartment phone. She could clean up vomit later…!
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[09:10:20] <Minaplo> [But first she would see-
07[09:11:42] <Minaplo> [Faraji was not alone- his rifle was in his hand- and towering above him was a creature, a loathsome creature of fire and scales and sliding, flowing flesh, faces and eyes moulded out of that flesh before quickly dissolving. Its body burned, the air smelling of sulphur and ozone; the sound of a distant shriek rattled within Aline's mind.]
10[09:40:23] * Aline …stared. Well shit. So that's why… She shook her head forcefully, and ran into her room rather quickly…!
[09:49:29] <Minaplo> [Shinji was already there, rummaging wildly through her gear.-
[09:49:59] <Minaplo> [There was a scream of fear, hysterical laughter outside- Faraji- and the sudden, disturbing sound of his voice stopping, becoming monotone and serene. "Understood."-
[09:50:06] <Minaplo> [A strange rustling noise…]
10[09:59:14] * Aline shook her head suddenly, and picked up a satchel that she quickly slung over her back, and grabbed her positron rifle. "We have no choice. Fighting retreat. One of us should call for help though…"
[09:59:29] <Minaplo> ["They have to see this, they have to know-"-
07[09:59:46] <Minaplo> [Karkata waved a hand towards Aline, the fingers suddenly clenching tightly.]
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10[10:03:44] * Aline made a pitiful little mewling noise before breaking into chokes, and… motioned for a phone. She managed to gargle out a "te…xt…"
[10:09:47] <Minaplo> ["Here!" Shinji tossed the phone to her carelessly- and, gripping the Zweihander tightly, charged head-on at the Spawn, slashing it across the stomach. "Back! Back!"-
[10:10:01] <Minaplo> [Blood splattered across the dining table, the Spawn reeling back and hissing.]
10[10:10:42] * Aline quickly tapped out a message on the phone: "BIG ANHELSPAWM ALINE APAQTMENT HELP" … before unceremoniously dropping the phone and pumping off an almost-there shot with her weapon, having freshly readied it from its slung-over strap.
[10:41:01] <Minaplo> [But the bolts went wide- and Karkata was doing -something- to Shinji. He was screaming- in agony, the veins standing bright red on his skin- but then he was roaring, slashing wildly, throwing himself at it-]
10[10:52:48] * Aline shook her head, breath straining already against the constricting power… She pumped off another shot, and then texted back. "WALM OF FIRF SHINJI IN NELEE"
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07[11:06:25] <Minaplo> [The heat of the flames had been felt before Aline had indeed seen them- they'd burst out of nowhere, cutting off escape-
07[11:07:48] <Minaplo> [The edge of Aline's vision was starting to blur, making shooting hard.-
[11:08:24] <Minaplo> [The spawn was towering over Shinji, forcing him to the ground, a pure beam of flame bursting from a sudden liquid eye forming out of its 'face', burning his clothes, his chest, the ground beneath him-
[11:10:47] <Minaplo> [But, he grasped the sword with both hands and, with the sort of fury born out of desperation, hatred and the sheer selfless, thoughtless strength that comes only from one protecting its mate he lunged upwards, catching the eye square with the blade.-
07[11:12:03] <Minaplo> [Karkata reeled, a psychic wail of agony ripping through the air, echoing in Aline's mind. But Shinji was up already, stabbing the blade deep into Karkata's gullet- so deep that when Karkata scrambled, flailing and spasming the blade was ripped from his grasp.-
[11:12:48] <Minaplo> [Karkata half-slid, half climbed away, up the wall, away, hissing and screaming below at Shinji- with a clawed hand it gripped the sword and ripped it free, before it was gone- out and away, fleeing from the furious little Lilim.]
10[11:18:31] * Aline was fighting the constricting effect, her throat spasming violently, and right when her vision was starting to fade, Aline could feel that one impulse of survival suddenly hitching itself up… and "Guah!" She cried out, as she finally got the ability to breathe again!
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07[11:27:49] <Minaplo> ["Aline!"-
07[11:28:13] <Minaplo> [The fire was dying out, now, and the sprinklers were raining down upon them- Shinji was at her side, gripping her shoulders. "Aline…"]
10[11:31:05] * Aline managed a rather forced "I'm… fine… now. You did really good, you know?" She smiled absently, and reached for his phone, reflexively shielding it from the water sprinklers (even though most post-2I phones were pretty ruggedized now…) She tapped out a "Fire's out. Angelspawn fled. Shinji almost killed it." while she stared into his eyes - surprisingly not botching the text in the process.
[11:33:28] <Minaplo> ["Y-Yeah." He mumbled, not really in the mood for talking. He ran a hand through her hair, and leaned forward to give her a-
[11:33:56] <Minaplo> [The door burst out, splintering from a massive impact. The armoured silhouette of an Iron Guard captain stood in the doorway, Heavy Bolter in its hands.-
[11:34:00] <Minaplo> ["GET D-"-
[11:34:05] <Minaplo> ["Oh, where did it go?" Asked Terry.]
10[11:36:35] * Aline just looked at him exhaustedly… then pointed out towards the balcony. "Th… this one was different. Not the one we found in the sewers. Big, molten. It did… something to Private Faraji, I think he's dead. But… flew out that way."
[11:45:10] <Minaplo> [Terry nodded. "Understood. HQ, this is Savage, Akko-Shalem left engagement site. I repeat, left engagement site, over." He looked down at the pair of them, armour servos whining. "I saw Faraji. He didn't survive."-
[11:45:19] <Minaplo> ["… Come. We need to evacuate this building."]

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