This Too Shall Pass 3 2 21

(15:47:26) Minaplo: [The Dorian had a fair few 'exterior decks', decks which were open to the elements. The main deck, of course, ran from the bridge tower all the way down toward the drill…-
(15:50:31) Minaplo: [But there were several others as well. Sera had been invited to one such deck by Viviane; this deck overlooked the starboard wing, a long triangle with the aft-side a straight edge.-
(15:51:50) Minaplo: [Yet…-
(15:56:17) Minaplo: [Music was coming from somewhere, string music definitely. Maybe not a violin…?]
(15:58:15) Sept: Maybe she'd eloped with the contrabass player. Who knew…-
(16:02:04) Sept: Sera hoisted his black violin case, on loan from the ship's stockpile of abandoned or amassed instruments. He was certainly dressed for the part, having left behind all the colorful parts of his attire, leaving naught but black suit pants and a black buttoned-up shirt with subtle, lighter vertical stripes.-
(16:04:25) Sept: Still, he was curious about who else might be using this place. Usually, the only music you ran into here was from one of the many loosely-knit bands of soldiers and/or officers. With the case behind his shoulder, he took a closer look around to check out the rest of the area and the source of the noise.
(16:13:49) Minaplo: [A minute or so of looking would reveal the source.-
(16:14:24) Minaplo: [Sitting on a foldout chair, up against the edge of the deck with the cello in front of him…-
(16:14:27) Minaplo: [Shinji Ikari.]
(16:18:41) Sept: Sera glanced behind him, considering something — maybe a way out.-
(16:21:08) Sept: But he turned back to look at him, held the violin case in front of him and knocked on it twice, firmly.
(16:26:41) Minaplo: [The cello kept playing on.]
(16:35:07) Sept: Sera wasn't in any position to argue. He grabbed one of the foldout chairs and set it up a neat twenty feet from Shinji. He quietly opened the case on his lap, continuing his inspection of the violin from earlier. It wasn't particularly beautiful by form or tone, but he'd certainly make do.
(16:38:18) Minaplo: [Shinji kept playing.]
(16:45:57) Sept: He could probably catch Viviane from here when she showed up. Surely.-
(16:49:44) Sept: Sera recognized the Bach piece, but wasn't really sure he could play it. Wouldn't it be fantastic if he could, though? He cradled the violin against his neck and tried to join in as an accompaniment. The thrill of success would far outweigh any social risks.-
(16:49:46) Sept: Surely.
(16:55:15) Minaplo: [… Shinji yet kept playing, his hand steady and strong, his rhythm broken not by Sera's intrusion.]
(17:02:24) Sept: But, soon enough, Sera lost track of Shinji's lead and stopped. He gave it another try, managing a couple bars before he lost his grip, wincing at the final note. He shifted his posture down on the chair and packed up the violin again. It's not like he was planning to perform live, anyway. He breathed an "oh, well" kind of sigh to himself and leaned back on the chair.
(17:03:19) Minaplo: [About two minutes later, the music stopped.-
(17:03:32) Minaplo: [Shinji lowered the bow.]
(17:08:22) Sept: "Do you play often?"
(17:11:02) Minaplo: ["Every day I can."]
(17:13:45) Sept: "I suppose you started back in Tokyo?"
(17:14:17) Minaplo: ["Yeah."]
(17:20:57) * Sept was still lying back with his hands behind his head, staring up. "I liked it. Even if Bach's not very high on my list."
(17:24:36) Minaplo: ["…"-
(17:25:19) Minaplo: ["I don't really remember exactly when I started." Said Shinji. "All I remember is someone telling me to practice. So I did, and kept doing it because no one told me to stop."]
(17:29:20) Sept: "Was that a… carrying theme in your life?"
(17:30:29) Minaplo: ["It was."]
(17:33:09) Sept: "Right."
(17:33:59) Minaplo: ["What about you?"]
(17:36:02) Sept: "Why'd I play back then?"
(17:36:37) Minaplo: ["Why you started."]
(17:36:50) Sept: "I was curious."
(17:37:19) Minaplo: [Shinji didn't say anything, but he didn't move either. It seemed like he was listening.]
(17:38:54) * Sept brought one arm down to rest on his stomach.-
(17:41:06) Sept: "I hadn't done anything in my life yet, and I wasn't scared of playing music. Might as well have been Edgar's judo club, of course. Or I could've competed with Elena and Yanmei on the track."-
(17:41:13) Sept: "So really, maybe it was more down to chance?"
(17:42:15) Minaplo: [Shinji nodded once. "Ah."]
(17:44:12) * Sept opened one eye to look at Shinji blurrily. "She taught me the violin, you know. Whatever little I know, anyway."
(17:44:41) Minaplo: ["Who's that?"]
(17:45:58) Sept: "Aline."
(17:46:39) Minaplo: ["I see."]
(17:48:19) Sept: "I imagine it wasn't easy. One of the many things I'm grateful for."-
(17:49:43) Sept: "Sorry. I'm not good at timing, so I try to be clear, at least."
(17:50:34) Minaplo: [Shinji was silent and still.-
(17:50:40) Minaplo: [Eventually, he nodded slowly.-
(17:52:11) Minaplo: ["I began playing because I was told to, but Aline was my own reason to keep playing."]
(17:53:01) Sept: "That's good."
(17:54:05) Minaplo: ["Why did you keep playing?"]
(17:55:47) Sept: "Well, I started with the flute, but I don't think that changes anything…"-
(17:57:44) Sept: "Maybe it wasn't even for anyone who taught me to play. I did enjoy it."
(17:58:43) Minaplo: [Shinji nodded.]
(18:02:48) Sept: "But there were more active issues for a while so I stopped. And I replaced my hand."
(18:04:39) Minaplo: ["Rusty, huh?"]
(18:05:02) Sept: "No, stainless."
(18:05:43) Minaplo: ["Surov that?"]
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(18:07:26) Sept: "Yeah, that. And apparently. Flute's simpler to sound passable with, of course."
(18:08:18) Minaplo: ["Mmm."]
(18:15:41) Sept: "Mh." There was a shrug in his tone.
(18:17:17) Minaplo: ["This is the first time I've seen you here."]
(18:18:43) Sept: "Musical project for a thing. Viviane suggested the place."
(18:19:57) Minaplo: ["First time she suggested it?"]
(18:20:17) Sept: "Yeah."
(18:22:29) Minaplo: ["She practices here a lot."]
(18:24:27) Sept: "Ohh. That makes sense."
(18:24:43) Minaplo: ["Mm?"]
(18:28:12) Sept: "Well, just. She's gotta practice somewhere."
(18:29:25) Minaplo: ["Oh."-
(18:29:30) Minaplo: ["Sometimes she does what you did."]
(18:33:30) Sept: Sera laughed. "Except, you know. She's not terrible."
(18:45:30) Minaplo: [Shinji smiled. "No, she isn't."]
(18:46:39) Sept: "So I guess I'm waiting for her," Sera said, propping himself up on his elbows to glance around again.
(18:49:47) Minaplo: ["Yeah."-
(18:51:15) Minaplo: ["Not many people remember Aline played violin."]
(18:53:44) * Sept swivelled around to sit up on the edge of the chair, pushing his case to the side. He looked up at Shinji, finally. "Nope. Wasn't her identity, I suppose."
(18:55:25) Minaplo: ["Her identity?"]
(19:01:03) Sept: "Well. I think that happens to everyone, but in her case… She's a public figure, but also not a social butterfly. It seems natural she would've, maybe even consciously, kept that part of her life to herself. And in return, it wouldn't have been reflected in her public persona. Or in NERV branding."
(19:04:18) Minaplo: ["Her identity and her public persona- do you think they were the same thing?"]
(19:07:00) Sept: "…I don't know," Sera shook his head, and gave Shinji a crooked smile. "We're getting into real fuzzy territory there. But I think she knew what she wanted."
(19:15:46) Minaplo: ["…"-
(19:22:03) Minaplo: ["The Aline I knew seemed pretty different to her persona."]
(19:25:02) * Sept nodded slowly. "I agree. And I'm certain she was very glad to have someone know that side of her. But whether she would've wanted to be represented that way in public I can't say."-
(19:25:03) Sept: "There's no face under all those masks, I think. For people."
(19:32:18) Minaplo: ["You mean people only see the mask?"]
(19:34:23) Sept: "Mm, no. Just that there's good ones and bad ones. And ones you like more and ones you like less."
(19:34:45) Minaplo: ["Good and bad masks?"]
(19:37:26) Sept: "Yeah? I don't know, a single state of true being just sounds absurd to me. Well, at least for people. Don't worry about it."
(19:37:55) Minaplo: ["That's a very Japanese thing to say."]
(19:38:17) Sept: "Maybe I should've been Japanese."
(19:39:47) Minaplo: ["Mmm. Would you say then that all of our states are true, or all of them are false?"]
(19:41:51) Sept: "I'd say they're all true."-
(19:41:57) Sept: "Maybe there isn't a difference."
(19:43:00) Minaplo: ["Mm?"]
(19:47:41) * Sept smiled uncomfortably again in a way that showed his discomfort with his words. "If all states are one thing, does it matter which one they are? But if we want to think of the defining attribute of humanity as being, say, 'potential' or some shit, then isn't that kind of varying behavior an indicator of exactly that?"
(20:01:19) Minaplo: ["So the ability to be false and honest at different times would be a sign of humanity."]
(20:09:42) Sept: "I'd like to think so."
(20:11:32) Minaplo: ["Heh, so our distinction is to be contradictory?"]
(20:13:29) Sept: "That'd be fun. Don't you think?"
(20:14:55) Minaplo: ["Yes and no."]
(20:18:30) Sept: "Hm?"
(20:18:56) Minaplo: ["Don't worry about it."]
(20:21:54) Sept: "In the sense that there's something else you'd rather, hm." Sera hesitated. "We be known for?"
(20:22:42) Minaplo: ["I just figured I'd give you a contradictory answer."]
(20:27:34) * Sept looked back at him for a moment, snorted and snickered to himself, trying and failing to stop for long enough to reply.-
(20:27:43) Sept: "Good one," he said, wiping at his eyes.
(17:30) <Minaplo> ["Glad you liked it."]
(17:34) <Sept> "Uh huh. And I don't mind the pointless philosophy, either."
(17:38) <Minaplo> ["Ah."]
(17:44) <Sept> "Hey, Shinji. Could I get you to level with me on something?"
(17:46) <Minaplo> ["What is it?"]
(17:48) <Sept> "What do you want from me?"
(17:52) <Minaplo> ["Just curiosity, or are you offering?"]
(17:55) <Sept> "Somewhere in between."
(17:57) <Minaplo> ["Is there anyone to whom you offer everything unconditionally?"]
(18:00) <Sept> "N… No."
(18:01) <Minaplo> ["What do you offer to 01?"]
(18:04) <Sept> "He got what he wanted with Dreamer synchronization," said Sera snidely.
(18:06) <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
(18:10) <Sept> "He got a direct line of influence, of course. Under the guise of flushing some remnants of conditioning."
(18:10) <Minaplo> ["So do you know what he truly wants, then?"]
(18:12) <Sept> "I think so."
(18:26) <Minaplo> ["And do you want to do it?"]
(18:31) <Sept> "Yes?"
(18:32) <Minaplo> ["And the Trinity plan. Elisha's plan. That's something you want to work towards…?"]
(18:35) <Sept> "Yeah. But I'll always make my own decisions. So I want to know where you stand."
(18:38) <Minaplo> ["Well, I don't want anything in particular from you. What you're doing now is fine."]
(18:44) <Sept> "Are you sure? What abou your- sisters? And Aline. We'll get her back one way or another."
(18:46) <Minaplo> ["Yes, we will." Said Shinji. "And what about my sisters, sorry?"]
(18:51) <Sept> "Well, I guess I mean 05. What happens to her?"
(18:52) <Minaplo> ["Now, or after the plan?"]
(18:52) <Sept> "After."
(18:53) <Minaplo> ["The same thing that happens to all the Evangelions." Said Shinji. "It's up to her if she passes on or returns to life."]
(18:57) <Sept> "Yeah, okay," Sera nodded. "Didn't want to assume."
(19:01) * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
(19:02) <Minaplo> ["My sister's the key."]
(19:04) <Sept> "Oh. 05 is?"
(19:05) <Minaplo> ["Yeah. She's been built to store energy. Energy taken from the Angels' S2 Organs. When the time comes, she'll be Elisha's only source."]
(19:07) <Sept> "Yeahyeah, I got that. I think. Hadn't realized it was her. Thanks?"
(23:10) <Minaplo> [Shinji nodded once.]
(23:14) * Sept nodded back, letting it stew for a while. "So… what makes you so committed to his plan?"
(23:22) <Minaplo> ["Aline supported his plan. So did my father, so does my mother. That would've been enough to convince me to follow along."-
(23:23) <Minaplo> ["But I know their reasons now, and a few of my own. The more I learn, the more I see just how many problems we have. Huge ones, ones that deal with more than just the Federation or even humanity. Problems that we can't fix the way we are now."]
(23:24) * Sept nodded sharply. "Alright. Thanks."-
(23:24) <Sept> "And I agree."
(23:30) <Minaplo> ["I want to ask you a question. A personal one."]
(23:31) <Sept> "Shoot. Least I can do for your answers."
(23:34) <Minaplo> ["Did you have any plans for Mary Caine?"]
(23:35) <Sept> "Mm. What do you mean by that?"
(23:36) <Minaplo> ["I know your attitude towards her goes against the grain of a lot of people, especially on the ship. I wanted to know if you had something in mind for her, if she was to survive everything."]
(23:42) <Sept> "Oh," he said, easing up a little. "No. Not in particular. If we're still on track for everything else, you can have her drawn and quartered. I'd like it if you didn't, but."
(23:43) <Minaplo> ["I don't care if Mary Caine lives or dies." Said Shinji. "All I want is to save Aline and my father and the others in the Eternity Drive. If she stands in my way I'll fight her, and kill her if I have to, but I won't go out of my way to see her killed."]
(23:45) <Sept> "Of course."
(23:51) <Minaplo> [Shinji gave him a nod, then turned back toward the ocean.]
(23:54) <Sept> "Because that's the reasonable position to take, right? When you know about the Drive and Seeds?"
Session Time: Wed Aug 05 00:00:00 2015
(00:02) <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
(00:05) <Sept> "So I just take everyone aside and go, "okay, let's get serious for a moment, here's the deal," and they won't flip out and start looting and burning their cities, right?"
(00:16) <Minaplo> ["That would suggest they'd believe you, and many wouldn't. Maybe most wouldn't. It sounds too outlandish, too confronting, and most people would prefer not to think about it, to take plausible explanations as to why you're wrong, even if you had all the evidence in the world. Many would accuse you of lying or having an agenda."-
(00:16) <Minaplo> ["Destiny covers its tracks as well. I think most people are probably on some level at least slightly disinclined to not believe in it."-
(00:17) <Minaplo> ["My mother told me that Guillory doesn't." Said Shinji. "He hates the plan, and doesn't seem to really buy into the idea of Destiny…"-
(00:17) <Minaplo> ["Ultimately, your best bet would be to speak to everyone individually, one on one."]
(00:23) <Sept> "Yeah. You'd need a tactical evidence warhead to get through to some people…"
(00:24) <Minaplo> ["A revelation."]
(00:25) <Sept> "I guess that's a word."
(00:27) <Minaplo> ["Do you know what my father was? Career-wise, I mean, before he began learning about souls and metabio."]
(00:28) * Sept shook his head. "Slipped my mind."
(00:29) <Minaplo> ["He was an environmentalist."]
(00:30) <Sept> "Ah. Saving the world another way?"
(00:31) <Minaplo> ["Trying to. He knew first-hand how difficult it was to convince people about a threat, even when armed with evidence."]
(00:35) <Sept> "Did he talk about it a lot?"
(00:36) <Minaplo> ["As much as he talked about anything." Said Shinji.-
(00:36) <Minaplo> ["Usually you felt it behind his contempt for humanity in general."]
(00:39) <Sept> "Mm," Sera nodded in sympathy.
(00:40) <Minaplo> ["…"]
(00:47) <Sept> "Right. Well, I should probably go look for her. It's been a while…"-
(00:48) <Sept> "Oh, and. This may be obvious by now, but. I'm trying to fill in for Aline for now, so if you need anything on that front…"
(00:51) <Minaplo> ["We both are." Said Shinji. "We should probably pool what we know."]
(00:55) <Sept> "I'm focusing on the Evas right now. I'll have to consult Yui and everyone else to really get going…"
(00:57) <Minaplo> ["Any one in particular?"]
(00:58) <Sept> "No. Just a wild goose chase."
(00:59) <Minaplo> ["Mmm. Well, your first step will be to identify which ones we know the least about."]
(01:07) <Sept> "I don't know everything about any of them. It's equally important to consider which ones could have the most influence if they had an exploitable secret. That'd probably mean 00, 03, 05… The UN's more powerful variants, obviously."
(01:10) <Minaplo> ["Mmm."-
(01:11) <Minaplo> ["Some units were created more or less on NERV or Gehirn's own initiative, but others had more UN involvement. 05 was pretty much entirely NERV's business, that's why my parents were able to suit it to their own needs."-
(01:13) <Minaplo> ["Eden Base wasn't really under NERV's control at the best of times, so EVA-07 is definitely something you should look at. Especially considering what happened when it was activated."-
(01:14) <Minaplo> ["Any units that were deployed to the Synfront for long periods of time, like again 07, or Roku's and Juu's, are also going to be suspicious."-
(01:15) <Minaplo> ["Also, most of NERV were completely surprised when EVA-21 was unveiled, and furthermore it was deliberately assigned to one of Mary's agents…"-
(01:16) <Minaplo> ["I realise it's not very helpful to end up naming more than half the AEC at this point, but the Master Models were also something of a tug-of-war between the UN and NERV as well. Any secret one of them has might be shared by all of them as well."]
(01:17) <Sept> "No, that's fine. The net's still wide, anyway. I'll figure it out," Sera said carelessly with a shrug.
(01:20) <Minaplo> [A door opening. Hard shoes dully hitting metal.-
(01:24) <Minaplo> ["Sorry I'm late!" Said Viviane hurriedly. She rushed down the steps, tripping once but catching herself before she toppled.-
(01:24) <Minaplo> ["I got caught-"-
(01:25) <Minaplo> [She suddenly stopped to stare at them both. First at Sera, then over at Shinji.-
(01:25) <Minaplo> ["…"-
(01:25) <Minaplo> [Viviane went pink in the cheeks, and self-consciously tried to smooth down her hair. "Um, hi! Shinji!"-
(01:25) <Minaplo> ["Hi." Said Shinji with a small smile. "Here to practice, right?"-
(01:25) <Minaplo> ["Um, yep."]
(01:29) * Sept smiled back at Viviane and kicked his violin case closer back to him so he could pick it up. "Hi. It's fine, by the way. Shinji kept me company, and I kept him from his practice. So it worked out alright!"
(01:31) <Minaplo> ["That's right." Shinji stood up, laid his cello back down in its case and folded his chair up.-
(01:32) <Minaplo> [A second later, a black light, fire-like in fact, rippled across his belongs. They vanished as they went.-
(01:32) <Minaplo> [Viviane let out a small, soft gasp, but she didn't seem too alarmed.-
(01:33) <Minaplo> ["Have a good practice." Said Shinji, walking away.-
(01:39) <Minaplo> ["We will! Um, are you gonna visit the grill soon?"-
(01:39) <Minaplo> ["We'll see." Said Shinji with a small smile. The hair tustled in the wind.-
(01:40) <Minaplo> ["Okay!"-
(01:41) <Minaplo> [Shinji turned and unhurriedly walked away.-
(01:41) <Minaplo> [This just left Sera and Viviane now the latter's cheeks rather conspicuously red.]
(01:43) <Sept> Sera's smile had faded, leaving him staring at her with a wide-eyed expression.
(01:46) <Minaplo> [Her cheeks reddened. "W-What?"]
(01:51) <Sept> Sera woke up from his spell with an entirely convincing shake of his head. "Nothing! I- didn't expect the two of you to be so close, judging… Well, judging!"-
(01:52) <Sept> "But that's good!" he decided. "I'd be worried about the both of you otherwise, so it's good you get along and are friends."
(01:52) <Minaplo> ["…"-
(01:52) <Minaplo> [Viviane's cheeks were burning red.-
(01:53) <Minaplo> ["I-It's, uhh… It's mostly me watching him. From a distance." She said awkwardly, scuffing her left foot against the deck.-
(01:53) <Minaplo> ["We don't… Talk very much."]
(01:53) <Sept> "He doesn't talk very much."
(01:55) <Minaplo> ["Well…"-
(01:55) <Minaplo> ["He has a lot on his mind. You can tell from how he plays that he's carrying a burden. So…"]
(01:57) <Sept> "Mhm," Sera nodded understandingly. "And you've played with him. That tells me you got along."
(01:59) <Minaplo> ["He tolerates me butting in, sure."]
(02:02) <Sept> "Well. I'm not qualified to say anything about that, I guess. But maybe you should try talking to him."
(02:03) <Minaplo> ["About… What?"]
(02:04) <Sept> "Maybe he'd enjoy a partner to practice with. Maybe not."
(02:05) <Minaplo> ["Oh. Sure…"]
(02:07) <Sept> "Um. Anyway. You talked with Blue?"
(02:07) <Minaplo> ["Oh, uh-huh."]
(02:08) <Sept> "Did you come to any conclusion?"
(02:11) <Minaplo> ["He liked the idea of a performance, especially ones that work with some of the other singers he's got lined up somehow."]
(02:14) <Sept> "Ah. That's fine. If that's the deal, I'll definitely need help to get to that point."
(02:17) <Minaplo> ["Alright. Do we want to practice, then?"]
(02:18) <Sept> "Yes, if it's alright. I couldn't keep up with Shinji at all," Sera shrugged hopelessly.
(02:19) <Minaplo> ["Isn't he great? I had no idea!" Said Viviane, her voice rising an octave.]
(02:22) <Sept> "Really?"
(02:25) <Minaplo> ["I-I mean, I had no idea until I met him."]
(02:26) * Suzune is now known as Suzunap
(02:26) <Sept> "He was alright," Sera agreed.
(02:28) <Minaplo> ["Mmf."]
(02:30) <Sept> "Where should we start?" Sera cocked his head at the awkwardly positioned Viviane.
(02:31) <Minaplo> ["Hmm…"]

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