Vassa's Protection

[06:27] <Sept> "But you've always been a bit cooped up in the Tokyo base, haven't you? I spent so much time in Paris, I don't know how to deal with, you know, this magnitude of downtime."-
[06:27] <Sept> ["Maybe you should go find that Yanmei-y thing again. Honestly, having a reason to stay inside and recuperate -is- probably the right decision."-]
[06:27] <Sept> "Tsubaki, can you break my arm for me?"
[06:33] <Minaplo> ["Huh!? But I don't wanna break your arm!"]
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[06:37] <Sept> "Oh, yeah. Nevermind. Don't do that. That wouldn't be smart."
[06:42] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki moved to reply.-
[06:43] <Minaplo> [But at that moment, a klaxon sounded throughout the Synfront. "All hands to Battlestations. Priority One Alert: Angel detected on attack vector. All Pilots to their units. I repeat…"]
[06:44] * Sept sat still there for a moment, pondering.
[06:48] <Minaplo> ["That means we have to fight." Murmured Tsubaki.]
[06:51] <Sept> "Yeah," he admitted. "Let's go, then. It sounds serious." He hopped up and walked over to the door, scooping up Vassa on the way and glancing over his shoulder back at the room.
[06:51] <Minaplo> ["I can't." Mumbled Tsubaki.]
[06:55] <Sept> "But, I want your help."
[06:55] <Minaplo> ["I can't. Mama isn't ready."]
[06:56] <Sept> "You can be on the bridge. Please."
[06:56] <Minaplo> ["Ok." Tsubaki got out of her chair. "Do you want me to hold Vassa for you?"]
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[07:03] * Sept looked down at him. "Yeah. Take good care of him, and I'll be back for both of you, okay?" He held out the bear with both hands.
[07:03] <Minaplo> [She took him.-
[07:04] <Minaplo> [The bear stared at Sera with those prejudiced glassy eyes. Traitor.-
[07:06] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki hugged the bear to her chest, and the two of them would soon depart.-
[07:06] <Minaplo> [Sera would go his way, to the Eva Cages, and Tsubaki would be sent to the bridge.-
[07:08] <Minaplo> [As the Entry Plug was inserted into EVA-01, Sera would feel the entire Synfront shake.-
[07:08] <Minaplo> ["Unidentified Angel has breached the armour plating! E-Destroyer Wing 1, move to delay!"-
[07:08] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean it's unidentified?"-
[07:09] <Minaplo> ["The MAGI doesn't have any information on it! This Angel is totally unexpected!"]
[07:12] <Sept> "What does it want..?"
[07:19] <Minaplo> ["Beginning Second Stage Synchronization-"-
[07:19] <Minaplo> [Sera's vision would go kaleidoscopic for a second, his mind overloaded with sensory information. Seconds later he'd find himself staring through EVA-01's eyes…-
[07:19] <Minaplo> ["Red Three is down! I repeat, Red three is down!"-
[07:19] <Minaplo> ["All units, open fire!"]
[07:26] * Sept felt nauseous. The sensation of not being able to reach his own limbs hit him immediately. It was too much. Was this him being weak, or was EVA-01 upset..? "Does it have spawn? What's going on?"
[07:28] <Minaplo> ["(Red Two is down! No life signs!)"-
[07:28] <Minaplo> ["(Red One ejecting, unit destroyed! Red Leader, retreat! Retreat!")-
[07:28] <Minaplo> ["(Too late-!")-
[07:29] <Minaplo> [There was an almighty crash as the building took a direct hit. A giant slab of debris collapsed from the roof, smashing against EVA-01's head.-
[07:30] <Minaplo> [But EVA-01 was moving again, now, loaded into the rail launcher. The launcher burst with electricity, launching Sera at massive speeds.-
[07:31] <Minaplo> [Within seconds the roof above him became much closer, the platform lifting apart, allowing 01 access.-
[07:32] <Minaplo> [An Angel stood on one of the roads to the Synfront HQ. It was massive- not huge like Omniel, or long like Gazardiel, but -massive-, heavy. Its bulky, black frame held the power of a much larger angel packed into a denser space. Its core glowed red in its chest, and it stared at its prey from outside a malformed skull-like mask. Its body dissolved into ribbons near its legs, and it was
[07:32] <Minaplo> these ribbons that had turned four E-Destroyers into nothing but oil and mangled metal in less than a minute. The ribbons were violently sharp.]
[07:51] * Sept took a few tentative steps forward while doing the usual preparation rituals. "HQ, we need data. Do you have an estimate on the time..?"
[07:52] <Minaplo> ["(We-"-
[07:55] <Minaplo> [Zeruel's eyes flared, a rainbow corona flaring outwards. A second later an immense burst of AT energy washed about EVA-01, burning away the outward layer of armour and engulfing the Synfront HQ, destroying it completely!]
[07:58] * Sept screamed, only partly from the tremendous heat. "NO!! No, no no no STOP IT! Kill it, please!"
[08:00] <Minaplo> [The ribbons hurled themselves at Sera now with inhuman alacrity, moving so fast that the edges burned blue.]
[08:07] * Sept dove out of the way, directing whatever power he had to stop the Angel from doing even more damage to the HQ like that.
[08:10] <Minaplo> [A massive sound behind him as EVA-21's heavy railgun discharged a shot, smashing into Zeruel's bulk. A second later, EVA-07 descended from above, a violent fist slamming into Zeruel's shoulder. "Tough…"]
[08:18] <Sept> "Mh. Of course it is. Ke-" EVA-01 sidestepped another attack, a third one cutting into its shield with force. "Keep going, there's no one else here."
[08:20] <Minaplo> [Sera would suddenly realise that his weight was off-kilter.-
[08:20] <Minaplo> [A ribbon had wrapped itself around his left leg. A sudden moment of weightlessness, his world becoming a swirl-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [And EVA-01 would land heavily, over a hundred metres away, surrounded by the broken E-Destroyers.]
[08:36] <Sept> And, quite quickly, scrambling back to its feet, stepping on one of the Destroyer carcasses as he ran back, roaring. It was trying to go after Tsubaki, after Vassa and Mary!
[08:37] <Minaplo> [The Simonides and EVA-07 were ferociously on its back, trying to prevent it even as it inevitably moved forward. It reached the edge of HQ, one long ribbon unfurling and flying into the breach, fastening about something, trying to pull something out…!]
[08:40] * Sept hurled himself at the Angel, like some kind of rabid monkey with a gun.
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[09:00] <Minaplo> [He slowed the Angel down- but just barely. It now turned its full attention back to him, a ribbon slicing heavily into his abdomen, another carving off a huge slab of armour off his left arm.]
[09:07] <Sept> And that hardly slowed -him- down. Sera moved in closer to get a hold of some of those blade-tendrils, to keep it from getting them any further into the Synfront..!
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[09:21] <Minaplo> [And slowly, Zeruel gave way…-
[09:21] <Minaplo> [But the Angel had had enough. A razor-sharp ribbon ripped across EVA-01's left arm, splattering the area with blood. Another wrapped around EVA-01's right leg and once again the Eva was hurled across the air, landing heavily on a road, leaving a deep imprint.]
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[09:28] <Sept> "Hahh…Get away from there, they're not… yours. Hahh." He was taking a beating, but he was doing his job. 01 got to its feet slightly slower than last time, but it didn't take him too long to be back harrassing the Angel.
[09:44] <Minaplo> [The ribbons flew once more, and Sera would convulse in agony as EVA-01's left arm was torn from its shoulder, the right arm soon being savaged and lacerated as well. Blood poured down his right arm…]
[09:58] * Sept shook his head. The new suit was… so wrong. The pain was still there, from both bodies, but there was no comfort to it. It was just him piloting the machine. "I SAID, STOP IT! YOU CAN'T LET IT GET IN THERE, SO HURRY THE FUCK UP!!"
[10:03] <Minaplo> ["We're trying!" Said the twins in unison, unleashing a truly ferocious hammer of blows on Zeruel that caused great damage, black ink-like blood running in rivers over EVA-07's claws…-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [But with a violent lashing, Zeruel knocked EVA-07 away, ripping open a wound on the body, before it hammered EVA-01. The arm was sliced off cleanly, gushing blood into the Synfront chasm…-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [And then a ribbon tore straight through EVA-01's midsection.-
[10:13] <Minaplo> [The agony made Sera near pass out, and a second later he'd feel the rush of sudden weightlessness as his plug was ejected… Slamming into a wall at literally the farthest he could be from the action.]
[10:24] <Sept> Moments passed in feverish muttering. After he'd regained control of his limbs, and after he'd found the emergency unlock mechanism, Sera hesitated. "Vassa? Vassa!" The plug wasn't that big, where could he have gone?-
[10:26] <Sept> ["You left him with your new favorite doll," Joshua noted tiredly, turning the lever with some effort. Blinding light flooded into the dim red of the plug as the LCL flooded out, making him cough violently. He was still bleeding, it seemed.-]
[10:28] * Sept paused, remembering. "Tsubaki." He scrambled out of the plug, stumbling onto the concrete. "We have to go, now, she's in danger..!" Already wheezing and aching, he began running back toward the Synfront HQ, where William and the twins were still fighting.-
[10:29] <Sept> ["I seem to remember someone trying to cross this same distance with an Evangelion to stop someone much more important from dying. Where'd Azariah end up, again?"]
[10:33] <Sept> "Shut up, I want to try, pleasegodsavethem…" And so, stumbling and yelling at himself, he continued to run.
[10:34] <Minaplo> [He'd witness EVA-07 lash out at Zeruel, leaving a light wound across its chest-
[10:35] <Minaplo> [… Before Zeruel countered viciously, sending the Evangelion crashing to the earth, blood gushing through the streets.]
[11:04] * Sept barely registered the events. The fight would turn out as it would. These were the precious few times he really could do nothing. Nothing but try to save his friends from that ruined complex.
[11:16] <Minaplo> [Friends…-
[11:17] <Minaplo> [He'd see Zeruel reach into the chasm that had once been Synfront HQ and pull out the form of EVA-04, tossing the dormant Evangelion roughly against the ground.-
[11:17] <Minaplo> [And then into the hole again, pulling out EVA-03…-
[11:17] <Minaplo> [Once more, and even at this extreme distance Sera would see bright white hair…]
[11:28] <Sept> That, at least, snapped him out of his focus. "NO!!! LET HER-" He stumbled and fell, exposed skin scraping on the pavement. "Let her go…"
[11:30] <Minaplo> [It all happened so fast. Zeruel let out a low roar, and a shape appeared, too far away for Sera to identify, and even if it weren't he wouldn't recognise it.-
[11:31] <Minaplo> [Zeruel wrapped a ribbon around EVA-01, and a second later, with a flash of pink-red light, Zeruel, the figure, and Evangelions 01, 03 and 04 vanished into nothing.]
[11:32] <Sept> […]
[11:34] <Sept> An eternity later, Sera made it back. He called out for her hoarsely, sifting through the ruins, but only unfamiliar voices answered him.
[11:42] <Minaplo> [Amongst the devastation and chaos he would find only one sign that Tsubaki had ever been there at all-
[11:42] <Minaplo> [A little teddy bear.]
[11:43] <Sept> Sera stared at the bear with those bloodshot, blue eyes.-
[11:43] <Sept> Traitor.

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