O Beautiful Was The Werewolf In His Evil Forest We Took Him

[05:24] <Yanmei> [Session 45: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 18th April, 2017. Episode Title: tba-
[05:29] <Yanmei> [The news about today's grand event had cropped up long before the pilots had been called into Marianne's office. A few newspapers had mentioned it in passing: -
[05:32] <Yanmei> [an old amusement park on the Eastern coast of England had been renovated, and was nearly ready to open. Before it was to be made available to the public, however, the owner was hosting a sneak peek so that investors and esteemed invite guests could see what it had to offer and spread the word. -
[05:36] <Yanmei> [With his former military ties to the UN, it was little wonder that some of the passes for this 'Sneak Peek Day' had found its hands into some of those associated with it. And so, a week after the events in Boston, the pilots found themselves transported to and dropped off at a helicopter pad at a nearby commercial airport, and were soon en route to the park by limo service.]
[05:44] * Aline was maybe just a little bit questioning of just what she was going to get into - but… it was just an amusement park, right? These were the things she found herself wondering about on her way out in the limo ride. A hand nervously messed with her mild purple dress - it was good, yes, but it was also simple in construction. Rides, after all.
[05:44] <Sept> "NERV… You'd think I'd earned some rest after Boston. At least after another week bound to those sterile rooms…"
[05:49] * Yanmei was in a sour mood herself, silently frowning out a limo window at the landscape. She was dressed in a light jacket, jeans, a blouse with little blue heart shapes on it.
[05:56] <Yanmei> [The park eventually came into view… or parts of it did. A large metal farris wheel, the tops of some roller coasters… and then the traffic into its parking lots, which was slowed, but not unbearible. Rather than follow the flow of cars, however, the limo made its way to where a massive sign hung above a good dozen turnstiles. "Welcome to Mystic Island" it said in stylized letters. Potted palm trees seemed to wave a greeting to them.]
[05:57] <Yanmei> - greeting to them.]
[06:04] * Aline would begin to stare up at it. It… it the park, the sign and a whole bunch of other things. "It's been a long time since I've been to an amusement park, but…" She left that hanging, though, as she got ready to get out.
[06:05] <Yanmei> "Thanks~" Yanmei flashed the driver a mild smile before reaching for the door handle and letting herself climb out. "I've never been to one? But geeze." She never frowned up at the sign. "Isn't a place like this supposed to be for kids?"
[06:06] <Yanmei> ^She almost frowned
[06:07] * Sept climbed out after them and looked around at the non-standard scenery. "I… thought so too, Yanmei. What did you plan on doing, Aline? I think you're the only one who knows about these places."
[06:10] * Aline waved a hand side-to-side shortly after getting out. "I dunno, really. We should probably at least make good on visiting, so that means trying various rides, maybe meeting some of the people around, that sort of thing. Besiiides. Teenagers can still get some enjoyment from the rides, though…" A sort of distant pause. "I… am not sure how thrilling thrill rides are going to be
[06:10] * Aline for us, now."
[06:11] <Sept> "I'm sure it'll be fun," Sera concluded after a slight pause.
[06:13] <Yanmei> "I'm sure," Yanmei said dryly. "Anyway?" She stepped up to a turnstile, found a panel on which to swipe her pass, and went through it.
[06:14] <Aline> "Mm." Was all Aline really had to say to the more… well, noncommital responses, as she checked in herself, walking into the park…
[06:15] <Raphael> … There’s a (mostly) familiar face sitting on one of the benches a short way beyond the gate, sipping cola from a plastic bottle and watching the crowds.-
[06:15] <Raphael> Raphael had, either by choice or (More likely) under force, relinquished his uniform for the day in favour of something significantly more relaxed. With jeans and plain sand shoes on his lower half he looked almost appropriately dressed for his new age, but it was his shirt that drew the eye and would likely make anyone who knew him giggle.-
[06:15] <Raphael> The t-shirt was black, a red silhouette of a massive, convoluted roller coaster mirroring one of the ones that towered above the park serving as its background. And then, on top of that, a message in heavy white lettering: "I Survived the Thunderbolt".
[06:16] * Sept followed suit. "So what do you want to do first? We should proba- Raphael, what did they -do- to you?"
[06:17] * Yanmei was staring at the guy at that exclamation… and coughing to pretend that she wasn't giggling.
[06:17] * Aline raised her brow at the shirt. Just… damn. "I… I want to know how they… uh, talked you into wearing, uh, that."
[06:23] <Raphael> "… A-ah, hello Pilots." Raphael says, glancing around with obvious embarrassment. For some reason, his look turns almost panicky as his gaze falls on Aline, and he seems to take a great deal focusing elsewhere. "It’s Suzanne’s work, I’m afraid. And Sergeant Kirishima helped."
[06:26] <Sept> "Will you be alright?" Sera approached the junior senior officer. "Do you need help getting back at them?"
[06:27] * Raphael waves a hand. "My time will come. Besides, it allowed me to get away for a while. I only able to take so much Family Fun."
[06:27] <Raphael> «I'm*»
[06:28] * Aline stared - mostly at Sera. "I'm not sure revenge will work that well anyway." But… she did seem to still have her brow raised. "So! I guess we can be a troupe or something like that, then?"
[06:30] <Yanmei> "Why not? Won't security get suspcious if they see some poor hapless teenager wandering around on his own?" She… was enjoying this.
[06:32] <Sept> Sera lowered his voice. "If you need me. I'll be ready." And then, returned to a casual tone. "Right! We don't want to be suspicious."
[06:33] <Raphael> "Very funny, Pilot Zhang." Raphael muttered, folding his arms. "But… I'm not sure that's a good idea." Raphael says slowly, glancing nervously at Aline again. "And I'm sure you'll all have more fun on your own."
[06:36] * Aline looked at the other two, and… again at Raphael. She looked like she was trying to puzzle out something elusive. "…You know they're… going to pressure you nonstop, r-right?"
[06:36] <Sept> "But we won't have a complete, balanced group, Raphael. Come on, it's safer this way."
[06:38] * Yanmei had picked up on the weirdness with a slightly raised eyebrow. "You're sure sure?"
[06:39] <Raphael> "… Yes, I'm aware." Raphael says, sighing a little. He straightens up, a shadow of his stronger, older expression showing through. "Well, I suppose there's no harm in coming along for a while."
[06:41] <Sept> "You won't regret it, Raphael. You can keep our backs, and you won't be as likely to get jumped if you're with us."
[06:41] <Raphael> "… You may have a point, actually."
[06:42] <Sept> "I try not to make a habit of saying pointless things."
[06:43] <Raphael> "Mmm."
[06:43] <Aline> "Hmm." Aline seemed to now be even more… curious, though she mostly kept to herself now.
[06:45] <Yanmei> [There was, at this point, a rather loud interruption from behind the pilot trio. "Caw! CAW! Welcome to Mystic Island!!!"]
[06:48] <Sept> Oh god africanised crows..! Sera winced slightly at the noise, turning to frown at the offending party.
[06:51] * Raphael raises an eyebrow, glancing past Sera to try and find the source of this new interruption.
[06:51] * Aline slooooooooowly turned around as well, managing just slightly to hide her sudden desire to jump by tensing her whole body.
[06:55] <Yanmei> [It was not an africanized crow. It was actually what could only be a grown person in a cartoony costume. It was green, shaped to resemble a stylized parrot wearing a striped shirt, and an eyepatch, and it was clutching a stack of fliers with feathered wings. "Th' name's Pirate Polly! Welcome to Mystic Island! You'll be needin' a map of all our attractions, am I right?! CAW!"
[06:57] * Yanmei was staring at this unsolicited greeter, clearly unammused.
[06:59] * Aline stared as well, but… decided to be the diplomatic one. "…Just… one map should… uh." A glance backwards, which instantly returned frontwards after crossing Raphael's position. "Do."
[06:59] * Sept pondered the creature's existence for a moment and, ignoring it completely, addressed his party. "I think maps are contrary to the whole point of adventure. Don't you?"
[07:00] * Raphael searches his pocket for a moment and frown. "… Hmm. Suzanne and Mana have my copy. I guess we do need one." Raphael doesn't answer Sept directly, but the question does make him grin.
[07:00] <Raphael> «Frowns*. WORDS)
[07:00] <Raphael> »*
[07:03] <Sept> "Suit yourselves," Sera said, a bit disappointed. "What comes first, then?"
[07:04] <Yanmei> ["CAWW!!!" The green stranger was quick to relinquish one of the maps to Aline. "Remmeber to check out the hourly parades in Kiddy Isle! That's where your administration booth is too! Think of Mystic Island when you're planning your next birthday party! CAW!!!"
[07:05] * Aline …took the map and… suddenly felt something deeply, indescribably wrong. With a quick thrust of her arm, she presented it to Raphael. "H-h-h-he can deciide."
[07:07] <Yanmei> There was a hint of clear annoyance in Yanmei's eyes at the suggestion of having a birthday party in an unsophisticated place like this one. With a toss of her head, she turned to face Raphael expectantly. "I don't suppose there are any Island bars or tasteful theater shows?"
[07:10] <Raphael> "I appreciate the thought, sir, but I’m not coming to Britain for a birthday-" But the rest of this sentence is forgotten as the map is suddenly shoved in his direction. He accepts it quickly… though it /almost/ seems like he’s being careful to avoid any actual contact. He’s fighting back one of those ridiculous blushes with a fierce act of will. "… err." He straightens and coughs,
[07:10] <Raphael> making a show of focusing on the map. "I don’t really think this is the sort of place you go for ‘tasteful’, ma’am."
[07:11] <Yanmei> "Apparently not?"
[07:12] <Yanmei> ["CAW!!!" Polly was moving off to another group of people enntering the park, thankfully. One could hear the same very loud greeting once again.]
[07:13] <Raphael> "The rollercoasters are quite good, though."
[07:13] * Aline waved a hand again. "Why not we get moving, destination or not?"
[07:14] <Yanmei> "Sounds good to me?" Yanmei started forward. "Maybe something will catch our eye?"
[07:15] <Raphael> "A good idea." Raphael nods, still looking at the map. "… Hmm. A skydrop?"
[07:15] <Sept> "They could be fun. Why don't we start with something smaller, so we can save the better places for last."
[07:15] <Sept> "A what?"
[07:16] <Raphael> "I'm not sure, actually. It's not any ride I'm familiar with."
[07:17] <Raphael> "It seems to be some sort of tower, according to the map. And I can only assume dropping is involved."
[07:17] <Aline> "…Not sure if we should try it or not…"
[07:18] * Raphael nods. "Anyway, I think Pilot Zhang has the right idea. Let's just look around for now."
[07:19] <Sept> "Alright! Onwards, then!" Sera followed the others on the path to Mystery and Fun, but made sure to keep an eye open for roaming parades.
[07:21] * Aline would be more than a bit leery and suspicious-looking, though from the furtive glances left and right, it might be hard to tell about what… or not, depending on one's knowledge of the situation.
[07:24] <Yanmei> [No parades, yet. The park is comfortable and clean, and far from teeming. There's definitely a tropic island motif going on, with brightly colored plants and palm trees lining the walkways, some with colorful stuffed birds or monkeys among them. There are more people walking around in full costume too, many in just pirate regalia, while others were dressed up like pirate animals, like Polly had been. -
[07:24] * ZackSleepFail is now known as ZackSleep
[07:27] <Yanmei> [The NERV party itself seems to be attracting attention too, almost right away. As they pass an ice cream booth, a small cluster of giggling teenage girls well… stop giggling and stare at them. And then, clutching parrot-shaped popsicles, they follow, giggling and whispering resumed.]
[07:28] * Aline would now extend her furtive glances /back/ as well, looking even more suspicious than before. "So much for stealth."
[07:29] <Yanmei> "Were we tryin to be stealthy?" Yanmei glanced back too, flashing a grin at the group. "Hi~"
[07:30] <Yanmei> [That invites a new explosion of giggling for some reason.]
[07:31] * Raphael keeps his eyes straight ahead and keeps walking. "This shape doesn't seem to do well with stealth, Ali… Pilot. Blanc." Cough. "Pilot Blanc."
[07:31] * Sept had missed this particular bunch. They had seemed innocuous enough… but evil lurked everywhere. "We should lose them before it gets worse. Look, a haunted house. That's perfect!"
[07:32] <Raphael> "A decent plan…"
[07:32] * Aline was about to say something back to Yanmei, when Raphael yet /again/ made things more… suspicious. "Ah… Well, right, haunted house… then?"
[07:37] <Yanmei> [The haunted house did not have a line in front of it, which was fortunate. It was less of a traditional house than it was shaped like a dilapidated ship that had run ashore. The entrance was a hole that had been cut into the hull, rimmed with fake spiderwebs. Spooky noises like shrieks and creaks and moans and the gentle lapping of the waves came from it.]
[07:40] * Raphael paid it all no mind, hurrying quickly through the door. As interested as he was in losing their pursuers, the idea of the darkness hiding his face had suddenly become rather appealing.
[07:41] <Yanmei> "How lame," Yanmei muttered, following suit. "Is this really supposed to be scary?"
[07:42] <Raphael> "The park does seem to be aimed at a younger audience, Pilot Zhang."
[07:42] * Aline for her part marched in right after them, commenting a bit to Yanmei. "To people who don't do what we do? Maybe. There's probably going to be a few surprise-jump type 'scares', though."
[07:43] <Sept> "It's not that bad, Yanmei. Come on, they've got flitting shadows and everything!"
[07:45] * Raphael laughs gently. "The haunted house industry should look into reproducing some angel tricks, perhaps."
[07:46] <Yanmei> [The shadows… how they flitted down the first corridor they were exposed to. It seemed like the sleeping quarters of the ship, judging from the hammocks that were hanging around here and there. There were a good half-dozen doors on each side, too. Straight ahead was a short flight of stairs.]
[07:56] <Yanmei> [As they approached the staircase, two of the doors suddenly shot open, and a skeletal figure leaned in to greet them from each! Murderous laughter filled the air!]
[07:57] * Aline looked left and right, then smirked. "Ah~ Fear of death. Or maybe just anatomy."
[07:59] * Yanmei jolted, letting out an odd squeaking noise. She leaned a little closer to Raphael, realized what she was doing… and then hastily stepped away.
[07:59] * Sept laughed. "That's the spirit, Yanmei! If you'll just give them a chance, they'll surprise you in a lot of ways! Like that, for example~"
[07:59] <Yanmei> "B-be quiet! Who said I was surprised?"
[08:00] <Aline> "You did, squeaky toy~"
[08:01] * Raphael lets out an awkward chuckle even as he widens the gap between him and Yanmei even further.
[08:02] <Yanmei> "I so didn't! That was just a floorboard," she grumbled.
[08:04] <Yanmei> [On the stairs, the lighting changed to cast an eerie red glow. -
[08:05] <Yanmei> [Little animatronic bats twitched their wings and heads, peering down at them. As far as puppets went, they were really quite lifelike.]
[08:06] * Aline stared up. "Blood and bats, huh… Vampire pirates?"
[08:07] <Raphael> "Somebody has to keep the skeleton pirates company, ma'am."
[08:07] <Aline> "Too true."
[08:08] <Sept> "And they wouldn't have problems being in the dark below deck~ Though pirate blood is probably pretty thin and all scurvy-y."
[08:08] <Yanmei> ["Squeak!" One of the bats took to flight, coasting up the stairs and into the next room for peace and safety.]
[08:09] <Raphael> "… Huh."
[08:09] * Yanmei …lost a little color at that, though it was hard to tell in the light. "Please tell me that thing was on a wire or something?"
[08:10] <Sept> "It was on a wire, Yanmei." He gave her his best, most comforting smile.
[08:10] * Raphael stays silent, glancing up at the bats rather curiously now.
[08:10] * Aline nodded. "One can hope so…"
[08:12] <Yanmei> [The rest of the bats seem to be repeating the same motions as before. Twitch, twitch, headtilt… There's a noise behind them that's getting a little clearer now, however. The ominous sound of giggling…]
[08:16] <Sept> A few more steps went on in the silence. "We'll have to find an emergency exit," Sera noted in a lower voice.
[08:18] <Raphael> "… I'm sure it's nothing, Mr. de Pteres." Raphael says mildly, but he still shifts his weight slightly to reassure himself that the weight of the pistol hidden in his belt is there. For the Pilots' security, of course.
[08:20] * Aline would stare back every few seconds. "It's probably still… /them/." She said ominously. So ominous.
[08:22] <Yanmei> [The next room was a long mess hall, with corpse-like figures in tattered clothes wolfing down on what seemed like a big banquet. It was part animatronic, and part film projection to give the figures an eerie glowing appearence. -
[08:22] <Raphael> "… Oh." Raphael said. From the sound of it he'd genuinely forgotten their pursuers in the sudden presence of bats. "Oh. /Them/. Of course." Not ghosts.
[08:25] <Yanmei> [One impressive figure guzzled a mug of ale, the contents of which promptly spurted out of bullet wounds all down his torso. A sea ballad was belted out by rough voices over a speaker built into the wall. -
[08:26] * Aline shared a rather sympathetic glance at Raphael, before looking over at the display. "…Classy."
[08:26] <Yanmei> [Up ahead, a squeaking, fluttering dark shape frantically continued its search for peace by flying into the next room.]
[08:27] <Sept> "It's on a -really long- wire, Yanmei," Sera assured.
[08:28] <Yanmei> "…"
[08:29] <Raphael> "Their animatronics director deserves a raise for those bats."
[08:31] * Aline staaaared up at it. "I'll say. It's very convincing."
[08:36] <Yanmei> [In the next room, there was more projection work. Dim human-shaped flickers on the wall, whispering. It was some sort of office with a small porthole providing a veiw of the park outside. The animatronic bat… was beating its wings against it, trying to get out.]
[08:39] * Aline practically giggled at that, now. "I'm almost tempted to let it out, but the porthole's probably just a window."
[08:39] <Raphael> "I really do feel bad for it, actually…" Raphael says, running a thumb along his jaw.
[08:41] <Sept> "…Hey. Can all of you get over here for a moment?" Sera was motioning away from the way they came. He approached the flying mechanical rodent carefully, before jumping at it, trying to shoo it away from the porthole and back the way it, and they, had come from.
[08:43] * Aline did so, swiftly. "Ah…?"
[08:43] * Raphael does, of course, move as directed. Poor malfunctioning robots deserved help too.
[08:43] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Curious, Yanmei followed as well.
[08:45] <Yanmei> [The bat didn't seem to like this treatment, squeaking angrily at Sept's waving hands. It didn't bite, him, though, and it slowly began to drift back in that direction, hoping for an escape.]
[08:46] <Aline> "Is it just me, or… are you trying to make a /tactical/ use out of that thing?"
[08:46] * Yanmei stopped short, ducking a little as it swooped overhead. "What are you…? Oh…"
[08:46] <Sept> It had taken him a bit more effort than Sera had intended, but eventually, he seemed satisfied as the critter gave up on its dream of freedom and fluttered away… toward the source of the incessant giggling. "Ssshh…"
[08:47] <Raphael> "Pilot de Pteres…" Raphael mutters sternly, but he can't quite find it in his heart to feel /too much/ disapproval.
[08:48] <Yanmei> [They waited. Giggle giggle, the girls were coming closer. But then, a long, long pause….-
[08:50] <Yanmei> ["Kyaaaaa!" The sound of flailing and stampeding. "Ew ew ew!" "IT'S IN MY HAAAIR!!!"]
[08:51] * Sept -beamed- at the others, saying nothing.
[08:51] <Raphael> "…" Raphael sincerely hoped the darkness would be enough to hide the little twitches of a smirk.
[08:51] * Aline put her hands on her hips, but… she still smiled nonetheless. "Great job~"
[08:53] <Yanmei> "While that was really clever? I dunno if that's a good way to treat your fans and stuff."
[08:54] <Sept> "Not my fans~ Shall we go on?"
[08:55] * Aline hummed softly, more as a contemplative note than anything else, but… "Yeah, let's."
[08:57] * Raphael finds himself looking at Aline again as she hums, and it takes a moment for him to realize it. The jolt of panic when he does is fierce. "… uh, yes. Let's."
[09:01] <Yanmei> [There isn't too much more that's out of place was they continue through the haunted house. They go through a laundry room with more skeletons, and the deck, where there's a big elaborate 'dance' number with brassy music, swooping projections, and swaying undead. -
[09:01] <Yanmei> ^as they continue
[09:02] <Yanmei> [Finally, they emerge into daylight again, finding themselves being seen off by another person in character costume. This time, an alligator -
[09:04] <Yanmei> [He's standing by a small table, with some monitors set up. A few people are standing around and peering at it with interest. "Purchase some photos of your memorable trip through Mystic Island's Haunted House?" He said hopefully. -
[09:05] <Yanmei> [Captured in wonder digital film was the first scare at the entrance, with most of the group looking composed… and Yanmei cringing.]
[09:06] <Yanmei> ^in wonderful digital film
[09:07] <Sept> "I'd like a picture of the group that came after us, actually. They should be up there already."
[09:08] * Yanmei was staring at the monitors in red-faced horror.
[09:08] * Aline giggled gently, but… Remained otherwise quiet, sort of loitering around behind Sera~
[09:10] <Yanmei> ["Hm? Friends of yours?" Pirate Gator clicked on a large remote control that he was carrying. There were photos of the same girls as before entering the house and peering around cautiously. -
[09:12] <Yanmei> [And there was another photo of them in the same hallway, scrambling for the door, one of them covering her head protectively with her arms as the others flailed. "W-what? Were they really that scared?"]
[09:13] <Aline> A wide shrug from Aline. "Maybe there was a phobia or something involved…?"
[09:13] * Raphael is already in the middle of a cute, quiet laugh at the photo of Yanmei before he can help himself. It fades quickly enough at the next photos, but the amusement in his expression doesn't disappear.
[09:14] <Sept> "Yesss, that one, and quickly. You should be surprised more aren't, really!" Sera pushed the money into the reptile's hand. "We should keep going."
[09:17] <Yanmei> ["Hm, well, you should make sure they're all right when you can," Pirate Gator laughed. "They looked pretty frantic." He printed the photos with another click of his remote and handed them over to Sept.]
[09:22] * Sept gladly accepted them, and hurried the others along toward new adventures!
[09:24] * Raphael follows happily enough, glancing behind them every now and then to make sure their friends have not returned…
[09:25] * Aline trailed on as well, though she wasn't nearly as paranoid as, say, Raphael was. Or as she was before. Hmmm.
[09:26] <Yanmei> [There were no trailing girls this time! Hurrah! -
[09:28] <Yanmei> There was one in front of them, in their path, although she was much younger and wasn't looking at where she was going, let alone the group. She bumped into Aline with a surprised yelp.]
[09:29] * Aline actually made a little noise - somewhat like a squeak - herself! "Ah! You should be more careful…!"
[09:31] <Yanmei> ["Huh? O-oh. Sorry, ma'am…" She was looking around nervously, probably no older than 7 or 8 years old. It didn't look like anyone was with her.]
[09:32] * Raphael frowns a little, joining the girl in glancing around the surrounding area for a moment. "Are you alright, miss?"
[09:34] * Aline looked down, too, and… tried to put on a little smile. "If you're lost, we can help you find your parents…"
[09:36] <Yanmei> [The little girl looked back and forth between them, surprised, but a little wary, too. "M-my dad and my little sister. I think I lost them somewhere."
[09:37] <Yanmei> [There were quite a few people milling about, but most of them seemed to be couples or larger families.]
[09:38] * Raphael smiles a little, nodding. "Well, we can help with that. They'll be looking for you, I'm sure. What did your dad look like, Miss…?"
[09:41] <Yanmei> "Lina." She was looking at each group member a little more closely now, frowning a little as if something struck a chord but she wasn't sure what it was.]
[09:43] * Aline looked back to the others. "Well… it looks like we have a mission of sorts now, eh?"
[09:44] <Sept> "Yup. I'm fine with that. We'll find them for sure!"
[09:45] <Yanmei> "Didn't some obnoxious person say something about an administrative place earlier?" Yanmei was glancing around now. "Wouldn't they know some way of contacting the folks pretty fast?"
[09:45] <Raphael> "Well I'm Raphael, Lina. It's nice to meet you." He keeps up that smile as he pulls out the map from his pocket. "Seems like it, ma'am. It shouldn't be too hard. We might be able to just get a notice put out over the PA." And indeed, he looks for anywhere where they could arrange just that.
[09:48] <Yanmei> [On the map, that Pirate Polly had given them was the administrative booth, marked with a little house icon with an "A" on it. It was smack dab in the center of Kiddie Isle, the designated park area for kids under 6 years old.]
[09:49] <Raphael> "… You may not like this, Pilot Zhang." Raphael says slowly, handing over the map.
[09:50] * Aline leaned over his shoulder to look at the map. "Ah, that's a bit of a way from where we are, but…"
[09:50] <Sept> "….hey, wouldn't looking for them ourselves be more fun? We could split up, and communicate with phones! We could totally do that."
[09:51] <Raphael> "But we won't be a complete, balanced group." Raphael noted.
[09:52] * Yanmei made a little noise under her breath. "Fine. Fine, this is fine," she assured herself grimly. "I'll think of it as… as looking for a suitable place for Lizzie's next birthday party."
[09:52] <Sept> "We'll be totally balanced in pairs!"
[09:53] * Aline eyed Sera a bit. "And what pairs do you even propose, anyway?"
[09:55] <Sept> "The only balanced pairs would be pairing one of us", he pointed to himself and Raphael, "with one of you. Otherwise we run more of a risk of being targeted."
[09:57] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei held the map out to Raphael. "Let's get going, de Pteres. The sooner we do this, the sooner we… do this."
[09:57] <Raphael> "…" Raphael looked a little worried all of a sudden. "Shouldn't we be more worried about Lina than fu-… oh."
[09:58] * Aline looked back and forth, then down at Lina. "We're splitting up to help find them faster… why don't you come with my group, huh?"
[09:59] <Raphael> "Wouldn't it be better for me to travel with you if we really must split up, Yanmei?"
[10:00] <Yanmei> ["O-oh. Okay." She moved a little closer to Aline. She had been watching the conversation with a profoundly bewildered expression.]
[10:00] <Sept> "Right! Let's- Wait… how exactly will we know them?"
[10:01] <Yanmei> "Eh? You're a little better at keeping an eye on kids, though, right? Isn't she around Suzie's age?"
[10:02] * Aline looked down at Lina. "What do they look like…?"
[10:03] <Raphael> "Y… well, /yes/, but…"
[10:04] <Yanmei> ["O-oh. My dad's reeeally tall." She held up a hand to demonstrate. "And he has a bristly moustache and red hair and a blue shirt. My little sister has red hair too. She's three years old."]
[10:06] * Aline smiled again, and nodded. "That's it then!" A glance over at Sera and Yanmei. "If you find them before we do… mm. Well, we were probably going to head to the administration place, right?"
[10:07] <Yanmei> "Wait. What's the guy's name?"
[10:08] <Yanmei> ["Ah… Arnold Hall…"]
[10:10] <Sept> "Oh. Yeah, that'll work. Shall we go, then? I think this'll be fun. I mean, it's serious. But it'll be fun."
[10:11] <Raphael> "No, hold on, we're still deciding pairs!"
[10:12] <Aline> "Er…" Aline looked at Raphael, then at Sera. "Uh…"
[10:12] <Yanmei> "Yeah, fun." She squared her shoulders, resolute, before finding something that -was- fun. "Have fun, Group Captain. You too, Blanc."
[10:13] <Raphael> "Wait
!"
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Ta ta~" She swiveled away smoothly, leaving the other group to their own devices.
[10:15] <Raphael> "… Damn."
[10:15] * Aline frowned, but then eyed Raphael… waiting for the other two to leave. "Don't think I haven't noticed, you know."
[10:16] <Yanmei> ["…?" Lina looked a little sad now. Did he not want to help after all?]
[10:18] <Raphael> "Noticed what?" Raphael murmurs, before noticing Lina and wincing. He forces himself to smile. "Sorry about that, Miss Lina. Should we go and call your Dad?"
[10:18] <Sept> "Yup! See you~" Sera skipped off with his partner. "So, we just wander around?"
[10:19] * Aline slowly let her gaze trail down to Lina. "Yeah, we should go." …Before back to Raphael. "You should know. Moreover, we should at least get to the administration center first."
[10:21] <Yanmei> "I guess so?" She was looking around carefully. "Maybe poke our heads into a few stores and see if we can catch a lead?"
[10:22] <Yanmei> [Lina nodded, looking up at her two new guardians hopefully. "Th-they must've noticed I was gone by now. Maybe they're looking too."]
[10:25] * Raphael scratches his cheek for a moment as Aline speaks before letting out a gentle sigh. He'd deal with that later. "I'm sure they are. And our friends are good at searching, too. Everything's going to be just fine." Taking a quick look around to get his bearings, he starts leading their trio in the direction of the admin building.
[10:27] * Aline followed along at a slight distance, acting like a rearguard, aaaand keeping an eye on their newfound charge at the same time. She did seem cautious to stay further away from Raphael, though.
[10:29] <Sept> "Yeah. People must've seen something. Wasn't there a souvenir shop somewhere over here..?"
[10:30] <Yanmei> [The transition into Kiddy Isle was a gradual one. First the palm trees seemed to get shorted, and then there was a large infusion of costumed characters and smaller children being herded around by harried looking parents. They passed a line to meet one of the more popular ones and to take pictures with him. -
[10:30] <Yanmei> ^shorter
[10:31] <Yanmei> [The distressed wails of an infant doing just that reached a painful pitch, and a wave of nervousness started to ripple through the other waiting children. Many of the parents pretended not to notice.]
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[10:34] <Yanmei> "Hm? Alright! Let's see what they have. On the father, I mean," she added hastily. Shopping during a critical time like this? No, never.
[10:35] <Sept> "Nope," Sera echoed, hastily shoving the compromising photos into his bag. "Never."
[10:36] * Aline for her sake was trying to move a bit faster than before, but yet keeping her distance from Raphael, which… which made it look like she was furtively dashing from one place to another, like a manic ninja wannabe.
[10:37] * Raphael is forced to keep one gentle hand on Lina's shoulder to make sure they stay together in the crowd, careful to make sure he's not spooking the girl with Stranger Danger. Nevermind the difficulty of trying to find his own way through the endless flow of children. "It's busy in here…"
[10:40] <Aline> "Tell me about it." Aline annoyedly commented from behind.
[10:44] <Yanmei> [The souvenir shop was staffed by a bored looking pirate lass with her elbow propped up on the checkout desk. There were dozens and dozens of plush toys inside, and watches and snow globes, and even shot glasses. And, of course, t-shirts. Yanmei beelined for the t-shirt aisle curiously.]
[10:46] <Yanmei> [Lina looked up at Raphael appreciatively. There sure were a lot of people here! She still couldn't spot her dad, but she did spot something else. "Ooo, look! A parade!"]
[10:48] * Aline suddenly frowned. "…Better here than with Sera, but…"
[10:49] <Sept> "I can distract them if you want something, you know," Sera whispered, before heading for the counter to attract the attention of staff. "Heyyy we're looking for someone and there's this girl who's lost and we'd -really- appreciate it if you could help us…"
[10:51] <Raphael> "… Yeah." Raphael says, trying to stand on his toes in an attempt to judge whether they could avoid it, or get by ahead of it…
[10:52] <Yanmei> ["Huh?" The pirate lass looked up. "Lost girl?"]
[10:58] <Yanmei> [There was a pretty big float rolling down the street in front of them, with characters dancing around it and playing instruments. There wasn't much room around it. On top of the float was a man in full swashbuckler's gear who took off his hat, and tossed it into the crowd happily, without looking. It spun towards… Aline.]
[10:59] * Aline was about to start darting around to see around the parade, when the hat came her way! What to do what to do what to INSTINCTIVE UPPERCUT.
[11:02] <Sept> "Yeah. We're looking for her family. Tall man, red hair, probably has her other daughter with him," He was trying to help his descriptions along with slightly exaggerated hand motions. "Have you seen him around, maybe?"
[11:03] <Yanmei> [But the hat refused to accept such an easy defeat! Whoosh! It sailed past Aline's flying fist and smacked her in the nose, which… was not terribly painful as it was made of felt and foam.]
[11:04] <Aline> "Gaaaah." Was her immediate response… followed by carefully, carefully sidling away from where the hat landed. Attention bad. Attention bad!
[11:05] <Yanmei> ["W-wow!" Lina was staring. "How cool!"]
[11:07] <Yanmei> [The shopkeeper held up her hands helplessly. "I dunno, I haven't seen anyone like that around. Ah… a lot of people go in and out of the restaurant across the walkway, there." She pointed out the door. "Maybe he visited there."]
[11:07] <Raphael> "… Are you alright, Aline?" Raphael asked, eyes wide.
[11:08] * Aline muttered a bit. "Yeah, I'm fine, I'm fine." Sidle. "It didn't hit that hard?" Sidle, sidle.
[11:08] <Yanmei> "Hey!" A short commotion from the t-shirt aisle. "I don't know what you're talking about? But I seriously saw it first!"
[11:10] * Sept tried his best to ignore the ruckus. "Oh, that there? Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. If you see them around, um. Just tell them to call this number, okay?"
[11:12] <Raphael> "Oh… yeah, I know. I was just worried—" There's something soft in his expression, in a way she'd only be used to seeing from Shinji. And a moment later he seemed to realize it and clamped down on it -hard-, turning back towards the floats even as he begins to blush helplessly. He manages to keep his muttered curses below the din of the crowd.
[11:15] <Yanmei> ["Yeah, sure, no problem, kid. If you don't find him over there, head to the admin building when you get the chance. They'll get in touch with security and scout around." -
[11:16] <Yanmei> "Hands off, girly - oof!" Scuffling noises from the t-shirt aisle.]
[11:17] * Aline was left a bit /baffled/ at that, and… managed to remain with her eyes on the crowd, too. She said nothing, though she looked… distant, now.
[11:17] <Sept> "So, um. How's business been with this event..?"
[11:19] <Yanmei> ["…" Lina looked at Aline. "…" Lina looked at Raphael. "…? !" Something hit her, figuratively speaking.]
[11:21] <Yanmei> ["Slow, slow. It just started, so no one wants to buy anything. Maybe when they're all on their way home, they will," said the pirate shopkeeper. -
[11:23] <Raphael> It takes a few long seconds for Raphael's torrent of sub-vocalised swearing to slow to more of a trickle, and it a while after that before he feels ready to look down at Lina. "I know you want to see the parade, kiddo, but we might have to try and find a way around. Your dad will be worried sick…"
[11:24] * Aline looked up, suddenly, and replied as well. "Yeah, I can only imagine what he's doing now…"
[11:28] <Yanmei> [The sound of triumph from the t-shirt aisle. "Yes! No one messes with Pirate Berry- urgh, damn it, let go!" One of the shelves rattle. The shopkeeper aims a stern look in that direction, but there's someone emering now… a slightly battered person in a bear character costume, with a t-shirt in his paw. -
[11:28] <Yanmei> "I'll remember this!" Yanmei's furious voice carried after him.
[11:29] <Yanmei> [Lina smiled at them both. "R-Right. I understand. Um… may I keep the hat?"]
[11:30] <Raphael> "He doesn't seem to want it back." Raphael says with a smile.
[11:31] <Sept> "Um, right. Well, have a good day." Sera signalled to Yanmei subtly, as to not imply any relation to the clerk, and headed outside.
[11:35] * Aline nodded gently. "Yeah, you can keep the hat~"
[11:36] * Yanmei joined him a few minutes later. She was scowling deeply, but oddly enough, had an energetic brightness in her face for the first time today. Carefully, she tried to smooth over her ruffled appearence. "Well then, on to the next place?" she said smoothly.
[11:38] <Yanmei> [So Lina got a new hat, and giggled a little, pulling it onto her head. And onward they went. To the Admin Building?]
[11:40] <Sept> "Y-yeah. The restaurant. Let's go."
[11:40] <Aline> To the admin building!
[11:41] * Raphael takes hold of Lina's shoulder again and sets off!
[11:45] <Yanmei> [The Pirate Saloon was certainly more crowded than the shop they had just come from. It was a cheery, bustling place, with an abundance of seafood on the menu. There was a gentleman in a striped vest and apron leading people to their seats, and having just provided one group with a table, doubled back to the entrance. "Table for two?" -
[11:47] <Yanmei> [The admin building stuck out a little from the decor in that it wasn't molded after a ship, or a port, or a cabin, or a quaint brick house. It was a plain white building with no frills, and the interior was much the same. A recptionist's window was directly across from the door.]
[11:50] * Aline made her way in, trailing behind Raphael. It'd… it'd be his job to do this, clearly. He was better at this whole parenting thing. That and she was beginning to realize that there was Something Amiss.
[11:51] <Raphael> And it doesn't take long for the three of them to find their way over, Raphael making sure that Lina comes right up to the window. "Hello, ma'am. We're here to report a missing child."
[11:55] <Yanmei> [The receptionist peered back at them. She was an older lady with short white hair and a Hawaiian shirt and a nametag. "Hm, we haven't had any parents reporting a missing child. Let me fill out a quick form for you, and I'll see what I can do. -
[11:56] <Yanmei> ["What's the child's name?"]
[11:56] <Sept> "Hi, we're looking for a man, tall, red hair, probably with a daughter with him, maybe you've seen him..?"
[11:57] * Sept gave Yanmei a little nudge. Sera's natural charm probably wouldn't work here…
[11:59] <Raphael> "Her name is Lina… Hall?" Raphael says, glancing over to Lina for confirmation.
[11:59] * Aline waited calmly, though she did nod in time with the mention of the girl's name.
[11:59] <Yanmei> [Lina nodded too!]
[12:02] * Yanmei took the hint and flashed her brightest, most hopeful smile for the man. "We found this lost girl, you see, and we're looking for her dad. Think you can help?"
[12:06] <Yanmei> [The man nodded, slightly starry-eyed - and then paused, trying to actually think about it. "Um. Red hair, with a daughter? There was a guy like that, but he had two girls with him. He was asking about our petting zoo, I think…?"]
[12:08] <Yanmei> ["So we'll be searching for a Mr. Hall, correct? First name?" -
[12:08] <Yanmei> ["Arnold," Lina supplied. -
[12:11] <Sept> "Ahh. Well, thank you. Looks like we'll just have to follow the trail, then?"
[12:12] <Yanmei> [The receptionist wrote it in. "All right. Telephone number? Address? When did you lose him?" Lina did her best to supply all of that information. Before long, the form was done. "Give me one moment to make copies, and I'll alert security to this. You can have a seat in our waiting area."]
[12:13] <Yanmei> "To the petting zoo, then? Thanks~" Yanmei added, giving the guy another grin.
[12:13] <Yanmei> ["Eh? Sure. Come back and eat here when you're finished, yeah?"]
[23:23] * Aline would take a seat as asked, though she'd look at Raphael with concern on her face. This was getting all too awkward…
[23:25] * Lina‘ followed, fidgetting worriedly all the way. Her dad wouldn’t have left the park without her… right?
[23:26] <Raphael> "Right. Thank you for the help, ma'am." Raphael says, giving the receptionist a small smile before leading Lina over to the chairs. He's still being rather careful to avoid eye contact with Aline.
[23:28] * Aline on the other hand was still looking at him, eyes nearly boring a hole into him by now. She… tested something, experimentally switching to French. "Raphael… you've been acting strange. That's what I said I noticed." Slight glances at Lina.
[23:32] * Lina‘ glanced back briefly, but she didn’t seem too surprised. Politely, she waited for the guardians with the funny accents to finish their exchange.
[23:33] * Raphael glances up at the sudden switch in languages, and that eye contact was almost all it took to bring up a blush and have him squirming very slightly in his seat. He sighs and bites the inside of his lip sharply before responding - In French, of course. "… It's fine, Aline. Nothing you need to worry about." … Aline?
[23:35] <Aline> "You've been acting differently… /Suspiciously/ differently." Now Aline sounded a bit more stern, though still worried. She did pat Lina on the head for good measure, though. "I don't want to bother the child we're watching over, but I can't really leave this alone, either. There's something you aren't telling me."
[23:42] <Raphael> The longer he looked at her… it was odd, but the stronger his resemblance became to Shinji. That soft look that spoke of a deeper adoration. "… What did you do to me when you changed my shape, ma’am." Careful emphasis placed on that last word, as though he has to be careful to remember it. "Or at least, what do you -think- you did?"
[23:47] * Aline lifted her hand away from Lina, lest she start messing up the poor girl's hair or something from nervous gestures. "I moved through feelings. I targeted the feelings of belonging, and then tried to reach towards what you associated with that. That's what… /I/ was doing." A very very apologetic look, which started almost as soon as she said the stronger-emphasized 'I'. "But I think
[23:47] * Aline you and I both know that the result… is not what you feel belonging to, at all. So something else happened. I'm sorry for playing guessing games, but if you realize it yourself, you'll understand quicker. What do you think happened, instead?"
[23:54] <Raphael> "…" Raphael breaks the gaze, looking away just to try and keep his thoughts in order. "… Captain Wellesley thinks you rebuilt me in your image of Shinji as a soulmate and a lover. How you see him, with all of the incredibly intense -feeling- that goes into that. All the perfection that only someone truly in love can see in another. Hence the way I look."-
[23:54] <Raphael> "But he thinks you reshaped -everything-, including deeper levels of emotion, based on your perception of Shinji Ikari. And no small part of that perception is based around all of the feelings he has for you."
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[00:00] * Lina‘ was pretending to pay attention to the tiles, while sneaking little peeks at the two. Aline’s slightly nervous motions, Raphael's expressions and tone of voice…
[00:10] * Aline decided to look away to give Raphael a bit of peace and composure, as she continued. She did sympathetically glance at Lina, though, before staring outwards again. "I… didn't think it would be that… complete. But I think you're missing a small part of what happened. When I said what 'I was doing'… well. I'm not the only one who did things. I… apparently couldn't grasp your
[00:10] * Aline form well enough to do it, I just didn't understand it well enough. /He/ chose the shape you're currently in because you only had three options: That, me - which he considered as not making sense - …or a puddle of LCL - which I think you don't want ever. I don't quite know where the gap in experience lies, but I'm just not capable of discovering your… true self, I guess? I think the
[00:10] * Aline only people other than yourself who could, probably can't synchronize with an Eva anyway."
[00:17] * Raphael shakes his head. "I'm not blaming you. I know you were only doing your best to help with the tools you had available. But you wanted to know what was going on here…"
[00:20] * Aline frowned. "Sorry, with how… afraid you looked earlier, and the way you said it, I just thought… er. You get what I mean." But a long sigh. "What the hell do we /do/, though, if you're now… partly shaped to remember what Shinji feels for me? I don't visit you much, but we fight alongside each other, I don't want to have to have you freak out because of me, when you'd normally
[00:20] * Aline be fine…"
[00:28] * Raphael nods slowly. "I know. I'm not sure how it will work, to be honest with you. I've been dealing with these problems since the very first day, and I've been able to overcome most of them. But this is like holding back the tide." He shuts his eyes and sighs. "Audio ought to be fine. The worst of this seems to only seems to affect me when I look at you. I start to remember things that
[00:28] * Raphael aren't mine…"
[00:32] * Aline looked down, now, staring at the tiles herself. "…Great. Uh… well, I guess audio comms should be sufficient? But I'd /like/ for this to be solved. Just being around you in this form ends up making me a bit… jittery. Because that whole perfection thing is a bit too much." A long sigh. "Am I wrong for wanting to fix it instead of avoid it?"
[00:35] <Raphael> "No. You're not." Raphael muttered, placing his hands in his lap. "But as you said, your only option seems to be altering me into -your- shape, and that is… not exactly preferable, ma'am."
[00:37] * Aline actually managed to chuckle - a weak, gallows-humor-style laugh at best. "Oh, I don't imagine. You have enough problems without suddenly switching 'teams' like that. Besides, you'd probably still get baggage." But she put a finger to her lips. "Mm, this is difficult."
[00:39] <Raphael> "It certainly is…"
[00:44] * Aline leaned back, and sighed again. Her breath was pretty heavy today, though given the subject at hand… "Hopefully we won't be stuck here too much longer, and that we'll manage to solve the problem with the girl, so that we don't have to be stuck together so much. Though, hm." A somewhat contemplative look. "You know, having not known how bad this was, I sorta haven't gotten around
[00:44] * Aline to telling the real Shinji about this. You think maybe doing that together might help us three come up with some kind of solution? I'm familiar with conference calling by now…"
[00:47] <Raphael> "… I think it might be best if you two discuss this on your own, ma'am. Just for the sake of courtesy, if nothing else." Raphael says carefully. "Although I -would- like to have my own discussion with him after that. There are a few issues I have to clear up."
[00:48] * Aline slowly nodded. "Probably for the best, actually. It was silly of me to think otherwise." A pause. "…I imagine they aren't issues you're comfortable with telling me about, are they?"
[00:49] <Raphael> "Not really, if it's all the same. This is a good deal beyond my comfort zone already." He says, still pointedly keeping his gaze on the floor.
[00:55] <Aline> "I… can understand that." Aline said a bit lamely. "Well… I guess that's… that? I'm sorry, I just don't know what else to say."
[00:56] <Lina‘> "U-um…"
[01:01] * Aline blushed, now, switching back to English. "S… sorry that took so long, Lina."
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[01:05] * Lina` shook her head. "’s okay. I was just wondering. Um…" She looked a little embarrassed herself. "Did something happen?"
[01:06] * Raphael does likewise, letting out a sigh and trying to put on a more respectable expression. "Nothing that was your fault, miss. It's been an odd day, that's all."
[01:09] <Aline> "…Very odd, I'll have to say." She looked a bit to the side when she said that.
[01:10] <Lina‘> "Oh, alright," she mumbled, but she still seemed troubled. "But, ah… we’re here in a fun place. And you're friends, right? So you should try to have fun."
[01:12] * Raphael does smile a little at that, nodding slowly. "You're right. I guess we both got a little distracted, hmm?"
[01:15] * Lina‘ nodded seriously. "Yup. But, you know what helps people have fun?"
[01:15] <Raphael> "What’s that?"
[01:16] * Aline blinked curiously, at that!
[01:16] <Lina‘> "Ice cream."
[01:17] * Raphael stares for a moment, before letting out a long, relieved laugh. "Do I detect a hint, Miss Lina?"
[01:19] <Lina`> "N-" She blushed, looking away. "No way. I just thought… you two could use some too."
[01:25] <Raphael> "I’m sure." Raphael nods solemnly, looking towards the door. The blush and that adoring look from earlier both seem to be fading fast now that he's got something to distract him. "Well, I think I saw a stand outside. As long as we can keep within sight of the building it should be ok to step out for a moment…"
[01:25] * Aline smiled softly. "Well… I still have a fair shake of money…"
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[01:32] <Lina‘> "You mean we can get some?" Lina started to stand, her eyes bright. Her hand went to her pocket. "I have enough to pay for mine. Did your dads give you money for today too?"
[01:36] <Raphael> "… In a manner of speaking." Raphael says, scratching his cheek a little. "So! Do you have a favourite flavour, Miss Lina?"
[01:43] <Lina`> "Chocolate!" She beamed. "But it’s good when it's swirled with chocolate, too."
[01:43] <Lina‘> ^with vanilla
[01:45] <Raphael> "I know a little girl who says the same thing. She’s around here somewhere, actually…"
[01:46] <Lina‘> "Is she your little sister?"
[01:51] <Raphael> "Not quite." Raphael says, looking a little distant for a moment as he gets to his feet. "But we look after each other, so I guess there’s a bit of truth to that."
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[02:48] * Aline blinked a few times, having been briefly out of it, distracted… "Ah! Right, sorry, must’ve been in a daze." She stood up as well. "I happen to like vanilla a lot, myself."
[02:51] <Lina‘> "Ooo, I have an idea, then…"
[02:52] <Aline> "Idea?" Aline said curiously.
[02:53] <Lina`> "There was this thing I saw a man and a lady sharing earlier. It was really amazing!" She seemed more eager to move after that, heading toward the door.
[02:54] <Raphael> "…" Raphael followed, although the mention of intergender sharing seems to have him a little nervous. "What sort of thing?"
[02:57] * Aline got the vibe too, looking more than a bit nervous herself. "…Ah, yes. What sort?"
[03:01] <Lina`> "It was… a ship!" The ice cream booth was not far away, and there was plenty of time to see what she meant before getting in line. -
[03:06] <Lina`> Displayed on a sign was a monstrosity of a sundae with a combined seven or eight scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, and on top of that an insane amount of whipped cream and fudge topping and sprinkles and chopped nuts. All of it was bulging out of a container that closely resembled a toy ship, complete with a little skull and crossbone flag at the top. "Queen Anne’s Revenge" Said the sign.
[03:07] * Aline …was wide-eyed. "Dear… me that's… a bit big, even to share…"
[03:09] <Lina‘> "You don’t want to?" Lina looked a little worried. She eyed Raphael. "If all three of us ate it, maybe it would be okay."
[03:13] * Raphael raises an eyebrow in an almost comical impression of parental disapproval, but after a moment he lets out a little chuckle. "… Well, I'm willing to give it a try. It's a shame Suzie isn't here. This would be a dream come true for her."
[03:15] <Lina‘> "Ah!" Lina was the very picture of delight now, beaming happily. "Thank you, sir!"
[03:15] * Aline nodded. "I’ll say, she'd probably go nuts… But well, if you're okay with it, then let's do it. I can't even really comment on whether it's healthy or not because eeeeh, I'll just take a bit more if I'm that worried about our little angel here." …Way to veiled reference.
[03:17] <Raphael> "Your father will be too relieved to mind a bit of extra ice cream in your belly, I suspect." Raphael says with a small smile.
[03:22] <Lina‘> The Queen Anne’s Revenge was worth as much as three regular Mystic Island sundaes, which were perhaps worth as much as three regular non-amusement park sundaes themselves. It wasn't long before it was before them in all of its gooey glory.
[03:28] * Raphael takes up his spoon and gives the sundae a worried look. It seemed so much bigger up close… "Well, Lina, would you like to do the honours?"
[03:28] * Aline had had her spoon hovering over it, but… "Hm, yeah, you… you might want to be the one to start it, huh?"
[03:30] <Lina‘> "Ok!" She raised her spoon, and dug in without a care in the world. "Mmm, it’s good!"
[03:31] * Raphael grins, and a moment later he's joining in with a slightly more conservative taste test of his own. "… Not bad." He nods.
[03:32] * Aline carefully angled her spoon in last, despite how it had been hovering silently before… and took a nice scoop. "Yeah, it's pretty fine I'd say."
[03:34] <Lina‘> "Mmhm!" The girl scrutinized her ice cream partners carefully before going in for another spoonful. "Um…"
[03:35] * Raphael glances over. "Something wrong, miss?"
[03:38] * Aline blinked. "…Ah?"
[03:38] <Lina`> "W-well. I’ve been thinking. You two look a little familiar somehow."
[22:08] <Raphael> "Ah. Yes, well…" Raphael hesitates and looks over at Aline. It was her call, after all.
[22:09] * Aline shook her head a bit, but smiled nonetheless. "Oh, do we now…?"
[22:10] <Lina‘> "Hmmmmm." She squinted at the pair, trying to think it over. Then her eyes widened. "O-oh! I know!"
[22:11] <Raphael> "Mmm?"
[22:11] <Aline> "Oh? Doooo you now?"
[22:12] <Lina`> "That subtitled movie my friend’s brother was watching. He had comics too, hidden under his bed." She nodded. "There were characters who looked just like you two!"
[22:14] * Aline looked over at Raphael questioningly, a bit, but then grinned. This… would actually work better than she thought. "Huh, well imagine that. I guess someone must've used us as models~"
[22:17] <Raphael> "… Apparently." Raphael mumbles, nodding once before busying himself with another spoonful ice cream.
[22:17] <Lina‘> "They must have." Lina looked awed, peering between her and Raphael. "They especially did a good job with copying the way you look, Mister."
[22:19] * Aline took another few spoonfuls of vanilla. "Really… I’d have thought some of how he looks is… uh. Hard to copy."
[22:20] <Lina‘> "Well… the comics made him all sparkly. But he’s still super handsome! Ah… I mean…"
[22:24] * Raphael manages to keep his instinctive blush down, and gives Lina a small, nervous chuckle. "Ah… thank you, Miss Lina. I try to save the sparkling for special occasions."
[22:26] * Aline nodded. "It'd get really bright otherwise~" She sillily added, with the goofy grin to match.
[22:27] <Raphael> "Eheh… heh."
[22:31] * Lina‘ giggled, digging into the ice cream again again with her spoon. It was already starting to get a little drippy around the edges. "Where are you from, anyway?"
[22:32] * Aline moved quickly to catch up, getting quite a bit more of her own desired flavor. "Ah, I’m from Paris-2, and my dad says I was born in old Paris…"
[22:37] <Lina‘> "Oooh. Paris? Isn’t it scary there?"
[22:43] <Raphael> "It's not as bad as you've probably heard. It's dangerous sometimes, but there's a lot of good things there." Raphael says, taking a hefty scoop. "Good people, too."
[22:48] <Lina‘> "Really?" She considered this carefully. "I think the monsters would be scary. But the big robots would be-" she stopped suddenly, taking special extra care to peer at Aline, and fell quiet, remembering something.
[22:48] * Aline nodded. "Yeah, and it’s got lots of cool stuff because of it!" …Then a peer. "…Ah?"
[22:49] <Lina‘> "N-n-nothing!" she hurriedly took in a few more bites, blushing slightly.
[22:52] * Aline was now staring quizically, but then took a few more bites… before smiling it off. "Okay then~"
[22:57] * Raphael gives the girl a curious look, but moves in to fill the gap in conversation. "What about you, Miss Lina? I take it you live somewhere close by?"
[22:59] <Lina`> "Mmhm. I’m living in Leeds," she said quietly. "We move around a lot, though." -
[23:01] <Lina‘> A loudpeaker crackled to life nearby, and a gravelly-voiced announcement eventually came on - one requesting a Mr. Arnold Hall to come to the park’s administration building. "Th-that's dad's name!"
[23:03] * Aline turned her head suddenly, up to the place where the speaker was, and nodded swiftly. "Mmhm!"
[23:05] <Raphael> "Excellent." Raphael says, taking a quick look over at the admin building. "I'm sure it won't take too long now, miss. We'd better eat up fast, hmm?"
[23:15] <Lina‘> "Y-yeah, you’re right!" She started to eat more hurriedly, only slowing down and wincing from the cold a few times… before promptly returning to speed. Before long, the three of them had whittled the massive dessert down to a sticky puddle, and the young girl groaned, leaning back in her chair. "Uugh, so full. But it was yummy!"
[23:24] <Raphael> "Y-yes…" Raphael mutters, a little less enthusiastically. He looks a little green now, in fact. It seemed he was still having a hard time working out the relationship between this body's eyes and its stomach. "I'm… glad you enjoyed it, Miss Lina. I suppose we should think about heading back to the administration building to wait?"
[23:26] * Aline nodded, and definitely was a bit cheery-er for the icecream, even… even if she did feel the smallest bit bloated. "It was fun, yeah. And… oh we should /definitely/ make our way to the admin building."
[23:29] <Lina‘> "Mmhm." Lina climbed out of her chair excitedly. Nevertheless, she remembered her manners. "Thank you for the meal."
[23:31] * ZackCleaning is now known as Zack
[23:32] * Aline stood up, too. "You’re welcome!"
[23:34] <Raphael> "Quite welcome." Raphael nods, standing somewhat more carefully than the other two. "Lead the way, ma'am."
[23:37] <Lina‘> And lead she did, hurrying back to the building as quickly as her sugar-intoxicated body would allow. There were people waiting for them in the receptionist - a little girl with short red hair, who came flying at them when they stepped through the doors. "Lina!" -
[23:37] <Lina`> ^the reception area
[23:40] <Lina`> There was a tall, broad-shouldered man beyond the tiny girl, talking with the receptionist and making impatient gestures. He turned around quickly at hearing that, though. "Huh?"
[23:42] * Aline was walking in, and politely waved. "It appears we finally found your daughter, Mr. Hall."
[23:44] * Raphael takes a step forwards and offers a hand to the man, feeling a little dwarfed. "Apologies for keeping you waiting, Mr. Hall. We took Miss Lina for some ice cream while reception arranged the message."
[23:46] <Lina`> "Lisa! Dad!" Lina happily caught her little sister by the shoulders. "Where did you go?! I was looking all over for you two!" -
[23:46] <Lina`> "We were gonna see sheep, Lina!" -
[23:46] <Lina`> "Sheep…?" -
[23:49] <Lina`> In the meantime, Mr. Hall eyed the Aline and Raphael in clear bewilderment. "Er, you’re the couple who found her? The lady here was just telling me about it."
[23:51] * Aline peered at Raphael, and… blushed. "It's not quite like that, but me and him found her…"
[23:55] * Raphael seems to flinch at that, a similar blush rising, but relaxes a little as Aline speaks up. "… As she said, sir. We found her near the gift shops and wanted to help."
[23:58] <Lina‘> "Well," he said gruffly, "I appreciate you helping the kid out. Here, let me at least pay you back for the… ice cream, wasn’t it?" He reached for his wallet.
[23:59] <Raphael> "Really, Mr. Hall, don't worry about it." Raphael says, trying to wave it off. "Miss Lina had some money with her, and Aline and I had our fair share."
Session Time: Sun Mar 04 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] * Aline nodded, though the name drop made her twitch for a second. "Yeah, we definitely… did. It was good!"
[00:05] <Lina‘> "Well, if you’re sure…" he lowered his hand doubtfully… though the name drop does make his eyebrows raise. "Aline, huh? Wait… ain't you-?" -
[00:07] <Lina‘> "Baaa!!" The youngest Hall scampered back over to them, hopping about. "Daddydaddydaddy, let’s go see them, okay? Let's see the sheep!" -
[00:08] <Lina‘> "Huh?" He scratched his head. -
[00:09] <Lina`> "Baaaa!!" she said louder. "BAAAA!" -
[00:10] <Lina`> "Give me a minute. -Quit- with that. Lina, you," he looked over her head, to his older daughter, "you stay close this time, huh?" -
[00:11] <Lina`> "Yeah, dad." -
[00:13] <Lina`> "Say thanks to these nice people. I’ve gotta take care of some forms or something, ain't that right?" He glanced to the receptionist… who responded by pulling out an inch-thick stack of papers and thumping them on the counter between them. The man sighed. -
[00:14] <Lina‘> "Th-thank you for helping me." Lina smiled at them both.
[00:15] * Aline bowed gently. "You’re welcome, miss Lina~"
[00:15] <Raphael> "It's no trouble at all, Miss Lina." He says, offering her a handshake. "It was a pleasure meeting you. Stay safe, ok?"
[00:16] * Lina‘ awkwardly mimicked Aline’s bow with one of her own, and then took Raphael's hand. "Yeah. I won't get lost again," she said softly.
[00:18] <Raphael> "Good." He grins, releasing her hand. "We… should probably go and find our other friends, I suppose. I'm not sure where they could have run off to."
[00:19] <Lina‘> "Oh, yeah. The lady with the purple hair and the happy guy." Lina nodded. "Good luck. I hope you find them."
[00:20] <Raphael> "Thank you, ma’am." … The happy guy?
[00:20] * Aline raised her brow at the bit about the 'happy' guy, but smiled cheerily again. "Right, I bet he's… still happy…"
[00:21] <Raphael> "I'm sure."
[00:22] * Lina‘ looked back and forth between them, not really getting it, but still smiling. "So long! Good luck in Paris, okay?"
[00:26] * Aline kept that smile going, and folded her arms for a second… before starting to turn around. "Rightio, I’ll do my best." But she turned and gave a little wink. "Don't you worry about me, I have luck to spare~. Come on now, 'kay?" The last was obviously at Raphael.
[00:34] <Raphael> "Yes, ma'am." Raphael says, giving Lina one last smile before turning and following Aline towards the door.

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