This Too Shall Pass 3 4 23

(22:08) * Sept leaned back in his chair and stretched noisily, disturbing the carefully organized array of documents on his borrowed desk. He'd spent at least eight hours looking at these numbers today, and it wasn't even lunchtime yet. But if that was what it took…-
(22:08) <Sept> "Hey, Maya?"
(22:10) <Minaplo> [Maya was leaning forward at her own desk, her clever, nimble fingers tapping quickly away at a laptop keyboard. She turned her face toward Sera, but her gaze was a second behind. "Mm?"]
(22:15) <Sept> Sera looked back at her with a fatigued expression. "Which unit were yesterday's tests on?"
(22:21) <Minaplo> ["Nigouki."]
(22:22) <Sept> "Did anything turn up?"
(22:29) <Minaplo> ["Define 'anything'."]
(22:32) <Sept> "That's a 'no'. Egh, I'll have to look at them anyway. Don't you suppose you have a copy of the results?"
(22:35) <Sept> <Don't suppose*>
(22:42) <Minaplo> ["I'll network them to you."]
(22:46) <Sept> "Thanks."-
(22:48) <Sept> And so Sera's chores continued as he compared one sheet with another, double checked everything with Archivist's help, occasionally printing out pages to add them to his collection. The collection that was tragically lacking in red string and scribbles.
(22:52) <Minaplo> ["Anything interesting in all that?"]
(22:56) <Sept> "Probably not!" Sera called back with forced cheer. "A couple anomalies I don't understand. I'll ask around about them later."
(22:58) * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
(23:03) <Minaplo> ["Anomalies?"]
(23:06) <Sept> "I had some before, but Yui explained them away. These are with 01's healing process."
(23:21) <Minaplo> ["Oh."-
(23:22) <Minaplo> ["We did find out something helpful today though." Said Maya, her mouth easily curving into her ever-ready smile.]
(23:23) <Sept> "Huh?" Sera lowered his data tablet and looked back at her with his mouth open.
(23:36) <Minaplo> ["We found out that 01's armour is a little suboptimal." Said Maya. "Surov's found out a way to give the same protective value, but reduce the cost by a tenth."]
(23:37) <Sept> "Oh," Sera said, disappointed. "I guess that adds up pretty quick, huh."
(23:39) <Minaplo> ["Senpai told me that on average, for every minute 01 is engaged in combat, we spend 125,000 francs on armour repairs."]
(23:39) <Sept> "Oops."
(23:42) <Minaplo> ["It's the highest value in the Corps!"]
(23:42) <Sept> "Surely not."
(23:47) <Minaplo> ["No?"]
(23:49) <Sept> "It's never disabled after a battle!"
(23:50) <Minaplo> ["Oh no, you're thinking of the overall repair costs. This is just armour."]
(23:51) <Sept> "Oh. Well, there you go."
(23:55) <Minaplo> ["Still, probably not the info you're looking for, huh…?"]
(00:00) <Sept> "Nah. Maybe it's something similar, though. The energy expenditure and time taken for its healing varies weirdly sometimes, even with similar tissue. But with the way we repair Evas, it's probably impossible to isolate the cause."-
(00:01) <Sept> "And we'd probably just find a boring repair cost optimization if we could."
(00:02) <Minaplo> ["That sounds like it's not what you're hoping for either."]
(00:06) <Sept> "Nah. Yanmei and Marianne'll kill me if we don't have anything to show for all this trouble."
(00:10) <Minaplo> ["Don't forget Asuka."]
(00:11) <Sept> "Asuka?"
(00:13) <Minaplo> [Maya cleared her throat coquettishly before speaking in an uncanny mimicry of Asuka's voice: "You shelved my unit for a month for nothing?! You dummy idiot!"]
(00:15) <Sept> "Oh, fuck." Sera's eyes were wide open as the consequences of his actions began to dawn on him.
(00:20) <Minaplo> ["Time to work harder?"]
(00:23) <Sept> "Yeah…"
(00:23) <Minaplo> ["What exactly are we looking for again?"]
(00:25) <Sept> "We're just rooting around, really."
(00:28) <Minaplo> ["Like pigs for truffles?"]
(00:29) <Sept> "Like pigs for truffles," he repeated back, looking over his pile of papers.
(00:31) <Minaplo> ["You know what's weird?"]
(00:34) <Sept> "What's that?"
(00:35) <Minaplo> ["That we're having to investigate these things when we've built and owned them for years."]
(00:38) <Sept> "Yeah, I'm hoping the others understand that, too."
(00:42) <Minaplo> ["Why do you think that is?"]
(00:46) <Sept> "By now, everyone knows what started this hunt. Very easy to just focus on that."
(00:47) <Minaplo> ["You mean Caine?"]
(00:50) <Sept> "Mhm."
(00:50) <Minaplo> ["Mmm."-
(00:51) <Minaplo> [Maya was quiet for a while now, her thin eyebrows contracting into a familiar expression of focus as she tapped away on her laptop.-
(00:51) <Minaplo> [Eventually she spoke up. "What's he like?"]
(00:56) * Sept seemed to finally let go of his work as he pushed himself away from the desk and lifted up his feet on the chair.-
(00:57) <Sept> "Personable, obviously. We swapped stories."
(01:02) <Minaplo> ["Sweet."]
(01:08) <Sept> "Mm. I had fun back there. People can sue me for that if they want to."
(01:17) <Minaplo> ["I guess… I won't, though." She said with a shrug.]
(01:18) <Sept> "Thanks."
(01:29) <Minaplo> ["Some of my friends- NeoSpartan friends- say he's a decent guy."]
(01:31) <Sept> "Yeah, I think he is, too. That's why I'm confident there's something here we can use, and it's just up to us to find it."-
(01:33) <Sept> "And even if he's a terrible person, we might still find something. And I certainly still had fun."
(01:43) <Minaplo> ["Hehe."]
(01:48) <Sept> "And if we do find that something… Well. Maybe things will start to look up."
(02:00) <Minaplo> ["Look up how?"]
(02:03) <Sept> "People might not see me as a lunatic."
(02:11) <Minaplo> ["O-Oh." Said Maya hesitantly.]
(02:13) <Sept> "Or, like, I could be the lunatic you can trust. That'd be optimal, I think."-
(02:14) <Sept> "Heh, nevermind. Back to work?"
(02:18) <Minaplo> ["Okay." She said, and once again gave him her smile.]
(02:21) <Sept> "Mhm!" said Sera, with more natural cheer. He scooched back closer to his tabletop and focused on the figures on the papers and in his head.
(02:33) <Minaplo> [And so they worked, slipping back into the comfortable and familiar rhythm of Sera's quiet rustling of papers and the rapid tapping of Maya's fingers on computer keys.-
(02:33) <Minaplo> [About half an hour later, however, someone would very briefly buzz the door before walking right in- Robert Langley. "Howdy."]
(02:36) <Sept> "Oh, Langley. Hey."-
(02:37) <Sept> Sera wheeled around on his chair to face him and put Archivist's whistle away. "Can we help?"
(02:40) <Minaplo> ["Sure." Said Robert. He walked over to them, his stride long; his hands hung on his belt, thumbs tucked in behind the band. As he came close he gave Maya a particularly sleek smile; she frowned at him and looked back down at her laptop.-
(02:44) <Minaplo> ["Have the findings come back on yesterday's cellular mutative analysis on 02?" He asked, looking away from Maya with the tiniest of shrugs.]
(02:55) <Sept> "Well, I just put the analysis here… somewhere…" Sera rustled through the back row of his array of documents.-
(02:57) <Sept> "Um, here. This is it, right?" Sera held up three pieces of paper by his head for Robert while he looked for a potential rogue fourth page.-
(02:59) <Sept> "I couldn't find anything in it other than the part about its endocrine system. But that's probably peculiar to 02."
(03:04) <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. You read that?" Said Robert with a hint of surprise.]
(03:06) <Sept> "I've… got time," said Sera, turning around and offering him the stack.
(03:26) <Minaplo> ["Heh." Said Robert. He took the stack of papers and tucked them under his arm. "What'd you think?"]
(03:32) <Sept> "Like I said… based on Asuka and 02's history, I think the anomalies come from it being hopped up on adrenaline and who knows what else more than the others, so it's got a higher tolerance? But I'm not very familiar with 02, and I doubt the cells would've increased production by that much just with the tests."-
(03:33) <Sept> "Obviously," Sera added, self-consciously.
(03:41) <Minaplo> ["Worth correcting?"]
(03:44) <Sept> "No idea. Depends on if you expect it to face whatever you tested it with in the field. Or in the hangar."
(14:20:33) AdEvaGM: ["Right." Said Robert with a plastic little smile. He took the papers out and made a show of flicking through them.]
(14:23:10) Sept: "Need anything else? How is the project going?"
(14:26:04) AdEvaGM: ["Yeah, great." Said Robert carelessly. "You happy with the results?"]
(14:28:13) * Sept shook his head with an amused smile.-
(14:28:22) Sept: "What I want isn't that easy. We'll get it, though."
(14:31:59) AdEvaGM: ["What, this project doesn't have a time limit?"]
(14:36:00) Sept: "Fortunately for you, I'm not in a position to determine that. I'm sure they'll run out of patience soon enough."
(14:41:51) AdEvaGM: ["So… We might not get 'it'."]
(14:45:37) Sept: Sera made a difficult face for a moment. "Whatever 'it' is, I don't think any of what we're doing could be considered waste of time. Even if we still get blindsided by something."
(14:47:02) AdEvaGM: [Robert looked back at Maya, raising his eyebrows into a clearly skeptical expression. Maya's frown just deepened.]
(14:50:42) Sept: "Nearly everyone agrees we need more fundamental data about them. I just gave you an excuse to get it, right?"
(14:55:44) AdEvaGM: ["Right…"-
(14:56:20) AdEvaGM: [Robert waggled the stack of papers at Sera. "I'll just go read these then."]
(14:57:23) Sept: "Uh huh. Everyone's counting on you!"
(15:04:53) AdEvaGM: ["Yeah, neatorama." Said Robert flippantly; with a final smile at Maya he left.-
(15:05:08) AdEvaGM: ["Ugh." Grunted Maya.]
(15:06:58) Sept: Sera followed Robert for a moment from his chair before turning to Maya. "Did I do alright?"
(15:13:59) AdEvaGM: ["Huh?"]
(15:16:27) Sept: "I dunno, you seemed uncomfortable. Did you want me to tell him off?"
(15:17:12) AdEvaGM: ["Uh, oh… It's fine." Said Maya with a shrug. "He's just a jerk."]
(15:22:27) Sept: "Yeah, I figured," Sera said simply, returning to his papers. They needed quite a bit of deshuffling after that previous scene.
(15:26:01) AdEvaGM: ["Asuka hates him."]
(15:29:24) Sept: "I'm sure. He wasn't around, to say the least."
(15:32:08) AdEvaGM: ["Mm…"-
(15:32:27) AdEvaGM: ["Oh, hey." She smiled. "How are you going with finding Freya?"]
(15:34:02) Sept: "Got a lead and Marianne's permission to check it out. For now."-
(15:34:33) Sept: "Doing it with William. Michael." A clear note of disappointment.
(15:39:38) AdEvaGM: ["Sounds like you're disappointed."]
(15:42:09) Sept: "He's a secret-keeping jerk, but he's always nice about it, so you're not allowed to be mad at him."
(15:45:31) AdEvaGM: ["Haha." Maya's smile lightened. "I get it."]
(15:49:18) Sept: "Uh huh. So I don't know what's gonna happen there. She'd left some clues with this homeless girl, so I brought her back to the ship. Not sure about that, either."
(15:49:41) AdEvaGM: ["Oh, er… Melody, right?"]
(15:50:51) Sept: "Élodie."
(15:55:32) AdEvaGM: ["Oh right, that's right." Said Maya with a light blush. "They were talking about finding someone to adopt her…"]
(15:56:05) Sept: "Any word about who they were asking?"
(15:56:53) AdEvaGM: ["Yeah, actually." Maya hesitated for a moment, then said in a tumble, "My interview's tonight."]
(15:57:15) Sept: "Really?"
(15:58:25) AdEvaGM: ["Uh-huh. I'm not the only one though. They're also interviewing Dr. Tenma and Colonel Hyuga."]
(16:01:09) Sept: "Huh. I'm glad they're taking her seriously."
(16:04:56) AdEvaGM: ["'Course." Said Maya. "They're asking a few other people too, but I dunno who exactly."]
(16:08:12) Sept: "Cool. Good luck, then."
(16:08:35) AdEvaGM: ["Thanks."-
(16:08:40) AdEvaGM: ["You didn't think about doing it yourself?"]
(16:09:28) Sept: "What, a cozy nuclear family with me, Liline, Anselme, Élodie and Armin?"
(16:10:52) AdEvaGM: ["S… Sure."]
(16:11:27) Sept: "No, I didn't consider it."
(16:12:49) AdEvaGM: ["O-oh."]
(16:15:43) Sept: "Hehe. I've just got enough things I'm neglecting as is, right? I'm sure I'd be all for it otherwise."
(16:15:57) AdEvaGM: ["Y-Yeah, of course!"-
(16:16:07) AdEvaGM: ["Do… You ever think about that sort of thing, though?"]
(16:21:11) Sept: "About having a family?"
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(16:21:26) AdEvaGM: ["Yeah. Kids and stuff."]
(16:23:32) Sept: "Not just in the social sense, like what I do with the Akagis?"
(16:26:05) AdEvaGM: ["Yeah. A partner, children…"]
(16:30:10) Sept: "I don't think about it, I guess, no."
(16:30:20) Sept: -
(16:31:03) Sept: "I guess I feel just as bad about considering something like that so long as there's a war going on."
(16:32:39) AdEvaGM: ["What do you mean…?"]
(16:39:50) Sept: "I'm personally constantly in trouble, and… not just on the 'I said something dumb to a higher-ranking officer' scale. If I had a partner, they'd have to share that, or worse, just sit there while I constantly bring home this weird baggage. You can't have a relationship like that."
(16:43:48) AdEvaGM: ["W-Well…"]
(16:48:16) Sept: "Well what? Obviously every relationship on the ship is sort of like that, but let's face it, I'm on a whole other spectrum of uncertainty."
(16:58:29) AdEvaGM: ["I-I don't think that's totally true…"]
(16:59:09) Sept: "Why's that?"
(17:01:18) AdEvaGM: ["Well…" Maya reddened, and her tone was flustered and uneven. "You're… You're tough…?"]
(17:08:45) Sept: "Sure. I'm not all bad, I just can't know if I…" Sera's reply petered out as he glanced back at her over his shoulder. "Sorry. We won't get anything done at this rate."
(17:16:12) AdEvaGM: ["Y-Yeah." She said, abashed. "Sorry."]
(17:18:00) Sept: "No, it's my fault. You can just stop me whenever I try to take you off-rails. I don't mean to bash myself either, it's fine."
(17:22:26) AdEvaGM: ["R-Right, sorry…"]
(17:31:26) * Sept collated some of the papers off his desk into a neat stack and set them aside, confident he was done with them for now. The 02 tests were in Langley's hands now, so Sera returned his focus to memorizing as much of 01's data as possible.
(17:55:40) AdEvaGM: [Once again, there was a buzz at the door, only this time the buzzer didn't just walk in.]
(18:00:28) * Sept wheeled himself out from under the desk, got up and reached out to hit the door button. It was a perfect re-enactment of the Creation of Adam, apart from every part of the painting.
(18:06:56) AdEvaGM: [The door opened, and at least the person behind it was suitably divine- Ginevre Fontaine. "Sera. I'm not interrupting?"]
(18:11:15) Sept: "Nope," Sera said before standing up properly by the doorway. "Can we help?"
(18:15:06) AdEvaGM: ["Yes, in a moment. Feel free to sit."]
(18:17:31) * Sept sat down heavily on the chair and wheeled himself back in front of his desk.
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(18:23:13) AdEvaGM: ["How are you two doing?"]
(18:25:44) Sept: "I'm fine. Learning more every day."
(18:30:43) AdEvaGM: ["I see. What's your current focus?"]
(18:32:54) Sept: "I just finished meddling in Langley's business, so I'm back to studying One's systems. If you've got something more productive…"
(18:40:24) AdEvaGM: ["Anything of note so far with One?"]
(18:41:54) Sept: "I noted some stuff down earlier. Want to look it over?"
(18:48:03) AdEvaGM: ["Please."]
(18:53:10) * Sept picked up another one of his earlier stacks and handed it to Ginevre. This one had some highlights, circles and notes jotted down on the tables and summaries in blue ink.-
(18:53:51) Sept: "Nothing significantly different, but we're being thorough."
(18:55:15) AdEvaGM: [Ginevre studied the document. "I appreciate the effort. I wonder, though, what it is we're supposed to find. Do we have to study every unit one by one?"]
(19:00:29) Sept: "Maybe. We could get lucky," said Sera with a smile.-
(19:01:20) Sept: "And the more little tweaks and quirks we find in these models, the easier it'll be to do the same work with others."
(19:04:38) AdEvaGM: ["One is likely to be rather deviant considering it's both a prototype and a Trinity unit." Said Ginevre.]
(19:05:38) Sept: "Mm," said, Sera, his smile fading.
(19:20:20) AdEvaGM: ["You'd think that if it's the prototype, then a bunch of its stuff would be used to build later units." Said Maya.]
(19:24:46) Sept: "True, it could be worse. But it might be more constructive to work back from the first stable units. I still think we have to try, though."-
(19:26:23) Sept: "What about you? Thought of anything?"

(17:33:59) Minaplo: ["Yes. Well, as a matter of fact, Ikari thought of it first."]
(17:35:05) Sept: "What is it?"
(17:36:43) Minaplo: ["It's a little outside of the units we've been allocated, but repairs been progressing on Himesama's unit." Said Ginevre. "How familiar are you with the Master Models?"]
(17:37:59) Sept: "Not at all. Everything I understand about them I've taken on Yui's word."
(17:38:29) Minaplo: ["Mmm. So you haven't heard of their 'Blackboxes'?"]
(17:41:06) Sept: "No. A recovery feature?"
(17:45:20) Minaplo: [Maya coughed lightly.-
(17:45:49) Minaplo: ["No," Said Ginevre. "It's nothing like a flight recorder. They're a series of growths embedded into each of the Master Models' cores."]
(17:46:39) Sept: "Alright. What for?"
(17:47:33) Minaplo: ["We don't know."]
(17:48:36) Sept: "Oh."-
(17:48:40) Sept: "She should've told me!"
(17:49:19) Minaplo: ["Did you read the most updated reports on the Master Models?" Said Ginevre lightly. "Should've been in there."]
(17:53:25) Sept: "That would've been very reasonable of me," Sera explained patiently. "But I was also fishing for suspicious leads on them just a few weeks ago." His consequent 'hrmph' was punctuated with crossed arms.-
(17:53:28) Sept: "So?"
(17:54:02) Minaplo: [Maya let out a few more coughs; she reddened and looked away.-
(17:54:17) Minaplo: ["So Ikari wants to use this opportunity to probe them." Said Ginevre.]
(17:56:42) Sept: "Cool. Any way I can help?"
(17:57:58) Minaplo: ["She will need resources, of course. We may also need help from your lances."]
(18:00:52) Sept: "Okay. I'll read those reports to start with."
(18:04:52) Minaplo: ["Good." Said Ginevre.-
(18:05:09) Minaplo: ["They're pretty gross." Said Maya, who had seemingly recovered from her coughing fit.]
(18:07:57) Sept: "You said 13 was available? Should I talk to anyone about permission?"
(18:17:14) Minaplo: ["Marshal Amatore or the Chancellor." Said Ginevre.]
(18:21:13) * Sept nodded.-
(18:22:46) Sept: "And the resources? If there's anything special other than 13 and security, I'll need a list to present."
(18:27:50) Minaplo: ["Ikari's plan is to begin stripping parts out of 13, trying to isolate any differences between the Master Models and the other lines. She'll need access to a full Eva maintenance team and all their tools, as well as access to laboratories, sensors and probes, and potentially other Evangelions and Superheavies."]
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(18:31:03) Sept: "Understood, I'll do my best. Has all of the prior research on the growths been recorded?"
(18:32:04) Minaplo: ["No." Said Maya, cutting in. She didn't look up. "We barely got a chance back when they were in Tokyo, and we don't have access to the Eden Base records anymore, which is where all the Cores were made."]
(18:33:12) Sept: "Mm. So for all we know, we could figure it out now."
(18:33:32) Minaplo: ["Yeah."]
(18:38:18) Sept: "That makes my job easier."
(18:39:31) Minaplo: ["Easier?"]
(18:40:16) Sept: "To sell the idea. If all the previous attempts had been dead ends, on the other hand…"
(18:41:58) Minaplo: ["The big problem is that they're right on the Core and really tough." Said Maya. "We can't cut them open without risking damaging the Core."]
(18:45:54) Sept: "So we need a less intrusive way of examining them, or retrieve one intact."
(18:53:29) Minaplo: ["We can't remove them from the Core either."]
(18:56:30) Sept: "Alright. Will we need the pilot, as well? I'm guessing Yui has her consent…"
(18:57:42) Minaplo: ["We'll need Himesama, yes." Said Ginevre.]
(18:59:18) Sept: "Would you like me to take these up straight away?"
(19:04:20) Minaplo: ["Ikari says that if you do agree, she doesn't mind waiting until your current work's done."]
(19:09:05) Sept: "I'll handle it today, then, alright? There's very little that's time-sensitive about my 'work'."

(16:41:28) Minaplo: ["Very well." Said Ginevre.]
(16:45:30) Sept: "All I want to do here is lay some groundwork on 01. I bet you're more qualified to look at the collective trinity based on it, anyway. Did you have anything else?"
(16:48:04) Minaplo: ["Yes. A few questions for you."]
(16:51:07) Sept: "Oh." Sera lifted his feet up on the chair again. "Shoot."
(16:52:30) Minaplo: [Ginevre glanced at Maya first, and hesitated; eventually she continued. "How are you finding the Psycho Dreamer?"]
(16:57:17) Sept: "It's alright. Before the assistance with my AT field, the side effects made its use a lot, um. Less sustainable."-
(16:57:45) Sept: "It's alright now," he repeated in conclusion, punctuating the statement with a nod.
(17:01:19) Minaplo: ["Have you tried synchronizing with the other plugs recently?"]
(17:05:26) Sept: "21, if it counts."
(17:07:47) Minaplo: ["I meant try to synchronize with 01 using a different plug model."]
(17:08:37) Sept: "Oh, no. Why?"
(17:09:57) Minaplo: ["It might be beneficial. Broaden your options."]
(17:16:18) Sept: "I see. I'll try it out. I guess the baptism process is really slow…" Sera acquiesced, not entirely convinced.
(17:22:52) Minaplo: ["And don't forget your synch fluctuations, de Pteres." Said Maya cheerily.]
(17:25:57) Sept: "Yes, thank you. What else?"
(17:28:15) Minaplo: ["Have you spoken to Tsubaki recently?"]
(17:29:55) Sept: "Yeah. Two days ago, I think?"
(17:30:33) Minaplo: ["Alright, good. How are your Lances?"]
(17:32:18) Sept: "Nothing to report. Armin's helping around, Archivist's helping me manage this."
(17:35:37) Minaplo: ["And Nadiacadenza?"]
(17:36:00) Sept: "Hasn't murdered anyone to the best of my knowledge."
(17:44:08) Minaplo: ["Good. Do you know where Ezekiel is?"]
(17:45:16) Sept: "Not right now. Would you like me to ping him?"
(17:47:34) Minaplo: ["That's unnecessary. He'll turn up."]
(17:49:56) Sept: "Eh. I don't think he'd like it, anyway."-
(17:50:04) Sept: "How's Anselme?"
(17:55:49) Minaplo: ["Anselme is fine." Said Ginevre. "He's growing pretty quickly. We fight a lot."]
(17:56:45) Sept: "I'd expect you to. Over what?"
(18:11:31) Minaplo: ["The usual. He's not happy about being disciplined."]
(18:13:02) Sept: "Ah. Any way I can help?"
(18:15:21) Minaplo: ["I can handle him." Said Ginevre coolly.]
(18:16:35) Sept: "G-Good. That sounds normal."
(18:20:42) Minaplo: ["Mmm. Will you be home for dinner?"]
(18:24:51) Sept: "I think I'll be able to."
(18:26:36) Minaplo: ["Alright, good. See you then."]
(18:27:24) Sept: "Mhm. Have a nice day."
(18:28:16) Minaplo: ["You too."-
(18:28:30) Minaplo: [With that Ginevre turned and left, taking out a phone as she did so to answer a call. "Vice-Chancellor."-
(18:28:40) Minaplo: [Maya stared at Sera, her brow furrowed.]
(18:30:02) * Sept put his feet on the ground and sat up normally, still facing away from his desk.-
(18:30:04) Sept: "What?"
(18:33:00) Minaplo: ["Oh, erm…"-
(18:33:05) Minaplo: ["You talked about pinging."]
(18:33:32) Sept: "Yeah?"
(18:33:39) Minaplo: ["So…"-
(18:33:58) Minaplo: [She sat back and fidgetted with a stack of papers in her hand. "What's it like…? You know."]
(18:36:32) * Sept laid his hands down on his lap and looked at her for a moment in thought.-
(18:37:12) Sept: "I don't know. There's probably not a good or interesting answer."
(18:37:26) Minaplo: [She stared at him expectantly.]
(18:40:26) Sept: "Really. It's not any different, other than the obvious things."
(18:42:14) Minaplo: ["Like what…?"]
(18:45:26) Sept: "Like having access to the direct applications for it. There's no magic to it. It's just… security, is what it is."
(18:53:02) Minaplo: ["Hrm…"-
(18:53:12) Minaplo: ["Maybe because you're used to the Eva…?"]
(18:56:59) Sept: "Well, yeah. Maybe more than others, but was it really magical for Eva pilots, either? We just figured it out in training or improvised on the field. There's clear records for most of our AT-based support tactics just showing up when Aline or someone 'just thought of them'."
(19:02:27) Minaplo: ["But… You can fly."]
(19:03:44) Sept: "Y-Yes."
(19:10:28) Minaplo: ["And… Move things with your mind!" Said Maya desperately. "You're like a Jedi or a wizard or something!"]
(19:12:48) Sept: "But I'm not!"
(19:16:26) Minaplo: ["But…"]
(19:18:16) Sept: "I know what you mean, but it's not real."
(19:19:45) Minaplo: ["…" She stared at him, her eyes wide.]
(19:23:05) Sept: "I mean… fuck. Nevermind."
(19:24:02) Minaplo: ["I don't get what you mean by 'not real'."]
(19:27:12) Sept: "Mmnh. It's stupid."
(19:28:19) Minaplo: ["P-Please." Said Maya fervently. "Stop being confusing."]
(19:33:41) Sept: "Well, I didn't -do- anything to get an active AT field, right? I've just got it on loan for now because a space alien wants my help. It's…"-
(19:34:19) Sept: "It's cheating," Sera said. "And I know that sounds stupid, but it's fine."
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["But… But…"-
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Maya's hands hovered in the air, squeezing as though she was trying to grab Sera's face from across the room.-
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["Isn't it… -Fun-?!"]
[01:48] <Sept> "Ugh. Yes! But it's a part of a lot of other things that aren't!"
[01:50] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:50] <Minaplo> [Maya pouted. "Hmph."]
[01:52] <Sept> "And that's a very poor and boring answer."
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["If I had your powers, I'd read a book in the bath without worrying about it getting wet." Said Maya sulkily.]
[01:55] <Sept> "And that's why you work here and I don't. You're smart. What else should I do?"
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["W-What, you… You want ideas on how to use your powers?"]
[01:57] <Sept> "Sure. How do I make the best of this without estranging everyone?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["Well…"-
[01:58] <Minaplo> [Maya was quiet for a few seconds. Then-
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["You could get food off stoves without mitts." She said. "Or you could carry soup around without being worried you'll spill or drop it. Or if you see someone carrying a lot of stuff, and it looks like it might tumble down, you could get in there and catch it! You could do tricks with kids to cheer them up! Play two video games at once! You could eat food on your bed and read at the same time, or eat food on your bed and use a computer at the same time, or a handheld! You could act as a phoneline when the power's out! You could lock a ladder beneath you in place, so you're not afraid it'll just fall and take you with it! You could tie your shoelaces when they're undone without having to bend over! When you're all tucked snugly in bed, but the tv remote's on the other side of the room, you could get it without having to get out of bed! In fact, you don't even need a remote anymore! You could put your glasses on top of your head and keep them pinned there without being afraid they'll fall off! You could fold clothes in a second, and not just one piece, but like, ten! You could even make a bed or fold fitted sheets without needing another person or a wooden frame or four chairs or something. You could cover up the fact that you didn't get your futon out for a guest by doing it with your mind! You could sense if there's really someone at the door or if it's just your mind! You could lift a couch so you can vaccum underneath it without having to lift it! You could rearrange furniture with your mind! You could chop up the fish and the ginger at the same time! Make a cake! Get things off tall shelves without a step!"-
[02:08] <Minaplo> [Maya took a breath.-
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["You could towel yourself off after a shower whilst brushing your teeth and combing your hair! Paint all your nails at once! Unscrew the screws in your computer case when you can't find a screwdriver! Take out RAM sticks without being afraid of accidentally breaking it by being too forceful! Type at 400 WPM on a keyboard! Unjam the photocopier and printer without leaving your seat! Turn the light off from bed! Adjust your clothes and underwear without anyone noticing! Make paper cranes five at a time! Group a whole bookcase by topic, sorted by alphabetical order, in five minutes! Pick fruit off a tree without hurting yourself! Pet a kitty cat even though you have allergies! Play with the carp! Help someone stuck down a well! Save someone from drowning! Clean out your roof gutters without getting your hands all dirty! Trim hedges in a fifth of the time! Water ten plants at once! When you decide to get stuff from a supermarket, only a few things, but then you get more than you thought you would, but you don't have a basket, you could hold it all together without spilling it! You could be a whole band at once," she said, and in a lower voice, "Probably better than Aoba, too…"-
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Maya took a breath.-
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["Figure out which plug in the power board is which without unplugging them all to see what turns off! Pick up the soap without having to crouch down when you drop it in the shower! Keep the shampoo out of your eyes! Put on the world's coolest puppet show for some kids! Chase them with oni masks floating through the air! Stop all your figurines from toppling over during an earthquake! Sweep the floors without ever getting off a chair! Keep things from spilling on the mats and carpets and making your landlord cranky! Adjust your blinds to account for glare without ever leaving your computer! Use a skipping rope without hands! Stop the meat from falling out of the back of a big juicy burger! Keep the wind from mussing up your hair! In fact, keep it from blowing your skirt up! Not be afraid of heights anymore! Eat cup noodle at your computer without risking stuff getting on your lap! Hug someone from across the room! Keep a tablecloth juuuuust right! Light all the candles on a cake without being worried about the wax getting on your fingers! Set a mouse trap without catching yourself on it!"-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [Maya took a breath.]
[02:30] <Sept> "P-Please stop."-
[02:30] <Sept> "That's too much fun."
(18:34:57) Minaplo: ["But… You agree, right?" She said hopefully. "You're gonna use all these ideas and make your life 500% more convenient?"]
(18:37:19) Sept: "N-No. I know you're joking, but how do you think people would look at me?"
(18:37:32) Minaplo: [Maya's face fell.-
(18:37:39) Minaplo: ["You thought I was joking…?"]
(18:41:21) Sept: "Ah-" Sera immediately regretted saying it. Maybe this was a trap, too? How could he ever tell? "I-I don't, well. You think I should…?"
(18:42:32) Minaplo: ["Of course!" She said, clapping her hands together into a tight grasp.]
(18:48:50) Sept: "But what about everyone else!" He pleaded.
(18:16:17) Minaplo: ["They wouldn't know nine times out of ten." Said Maya. "Like if you're alone in your room, or if you're just covering your soup or smoothing down your skirt… And the other one time out of ten you'd be being helpful so it's ok!"]
(18:19:43) Sept: "And that's it? Longinus being involved doesn't change anything?"
(18:20:37) Minaplo: ["How many people know about Longinus?"]
(18:27:27) Sept: "I object to your line of reasoning. It'll get out eventually. Everyone who's making an effort must've figured it out already. I don't like keeping it a secret."
(18:34:58) Minaplo: ["Well, the Ayanamis all do stuff like this and no one cares, and as I found out from all this they get their powers from marshmallow giants we kept in the Geofront."]
(18:36:14) Sept: "…"
(18:38:10) Minaplo: ["Just go for it, Sera." Said Maya firmly.]
(18:44:19) * Sept closed his eyes and breathed a sigh.-
(18:46:10) Sept: "Fine. What about using it to play more than one instrument? For a performance. Too weird?"
(18:47:20) Minaplo: ["There might be some people who'd be weired out about it, like… Out 'there'." She said, waving her hand vaguely in a wobbly circle around her head. "But if you did it, it wouldn't be the weirdest thing on the ship."-
(18:47:32) Minaplo: ["Heck, I bet it wouldn't even be the weirdest thing on the deck."-
(18:47:36) Minaplo: ["… Or even in the room."]
(18:53:14) Sept: "Guess you're right."
(18:53:57) Minaplo: ["See?" She beamed.]
(19:02:21) Sept: "W-Well. Clearly I don't. I still think I'll have to sleep on it."
(19:05:22) Minaplo: ["Uh-huh. Just… Try it out, ok?" Said Maya. "When you're in bed or whatever, and there's no one about, just… Have some fun with it. Play with it a little."]
(19:07:01) Sept: "MAYA!"
(19:07:14) Minaplo: ["W-What?!"]
(19:11:36) * Sept seethed at her back for a few moments.-
(19:11:43) Sept: "What is it."
(19:11:55) Minaplo: [Maya stared at him, utterly confused.-
(19:12:32) Minaplo: ["Sup, devos." Said Asuka, who had already been halfway through the door. "Nice of you to wait 'til I got here to begin pervin' it up."]
(19:12:47) Minaplo: [Maya instantly went the sort of red that may have called for medical attention.]
(19:14:48) Sept: "No problem," he hissed. "Can I help you?"
(19:15:18) Minaplo: ["Lunchtime, sicko." Said Asuka gleefully. "Pack that shit up and let's go."]
(19:19:04) Sept: Sera exhaled quickly, as if letting off steam. "Got it. You coming, Maya?"
(19:19:19) Minaplo: ["S-Sure." She said in a deathly quiet whisper.]
(19:22:30) Sept: "I appreciate what you said," he continued in the same, fuming tone as he stacked some papers on his desk for appearance's sake before turning for the door.-
(19:23:25) Sept: "Few people have that view. Or your honesty," he finished as he slipped out.
(19:24:04) Minaplo: ["Y… Yeah." She said lamely. She turned back to slowly stack her things away in a distracted, airy sort of way.-
(19:24:34) Minaplo: ["So… You guys gonna put a sign on the door or something?" Said Asuka cheerfully as she skipped after Sera. "Wouldn't want to intrude…~"]
(19:30:20) Sept: "Yeah, it's gonna say 'Langley-free zone'…"
(19:31:56) Minaplo: ["Oh, so it's okay if old Akagi watches?"-
(19:32:04) Minaplo: ["Senpai's not old." Muttered Maya.-
(19:32:28) Minaplo: ["… Man, so that's your deal, huh? You guys are proper twisted~"-
(19:32:30) Minaplo: ["Grr…"]

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