William S Introductions

[13:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Mademoiselle Blanc." He turned to her and smiled, bowing. "Thank you for taking the time to guide me. I hope I didn't harm you too much during the battle- if I had things my way I never would've agreed to -metaphorically- cross blades with you." He bowed his head apologetically.]
[13:51] * Aline blushed, and nodded politely. "It's… nothing." She walked along a bit further through the halls, still a bit blushy. "I didn't really know what I was going up against anyway, and it was just a little pain, not quite enough to cause damage. At least the feedback suppressants are worthwhile, eh?"
[14:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed." Said William pleasantly, following after her with casual, long strides. His hands were behind his back, folded regally together. "Say, you often use firearms in proper combat, do you not?"]
[14:26] * Aline on the other hand had her hands hanging down in front of her, layered over one another. "Yeah, I do, though of course I mix in AT powers ever so often. It's good that the AT simulation is so accurate, because I'm testing new patterns I've been practicing in there, or at least one so far. But uh…" She knit her hands a bit more tightly. "Main-line, I favor energy longarms. I know
[14:26] * Aline a /little/ bit about sharpshooting but not nearly as much as someone properly qualified in it."
[14:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Understandble." He nodded, smiling warmly. "Now that I'm part of your team, though, I would be happy to practice with you to improve your gunplay."]
[14:39] <Aline> "Mm." She said softly, as she continued walking. She felt a /little/ bit awkward now… "Well, I suppose I can try training you in AT control, though it seems to be a bit of a specialist thing."
[14:40] <AdEvaGM> ["If you would be so kind."]
[14:43] * Aline chuckled a bit gently when he said that, but nodded all the same. "Of course, it's like how the rest of us havae tried to help each other. But…" She moved to a door and opened it slowly. "We're here."
[14:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you very much." He said, smiling.-
[14:48] <AdEvaGM> [Within were four people- Alphonse Wellesley, sitting in his chair, frowning, still a little in shock from his disastrously one-sided defeat. Next to him was Rei, absent-mindedly running her hands through Alphonse's lengthening hair whilst holding a discussion with San. Isaiah sat on the steps of the dais, sipping a drink from a large foam shake cup. He looked up curiously as Aline and William entered.-
[14:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah. You don't mind introducing me, do you?" Asked William uncertainly. "I would rather like to avoid a repeat of my first introduction."]
[14:52] * Aline walked in and gave a little bow. "Ah, this is… I just came to help introduce this boy here. William Weiss-Xylander, the Twenty-Second Child, and the apparent fourth Paris-2 pilot? It's all been a bit sudden for us, though." She looked about a bit. "Sorry to wander in here after such a battle, just in case."
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> [There was silence in the room, then-
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> ["A new pilot?" Asked Alphonse, lifting his eyebrows in clear surprise.-
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> ["I didn't know there were going to be any new pilots." Said Rei, giving William a smile. "Hello, Will-chan."-
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, the same." Said Isaiah, standing, smiling. "How're you finding the job?"-
[15:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I've really only just joined." Said William happily. "But everyone's been quite welcoming… Well, nearly everyone."]
[15:03] * Aline looked between the various people in the room, and brushed her hair, which let's graciously assume she had rinsed of LCL while waiting for William to arrive. It was more of a nervous headscratch than one of Yanmei's hairtosses, though. "Sera being Sera…" She finally said.
[15:03] <AdEvaGM> ["What did he do?" Asked Isaiah, frowning.-
[15:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, he just asked some very pointed questions. It was rather rude, but that's just how he is, it seems." Said William helplessly.-
[15:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Hnn." Isaiah shook his head. "Well, if he doesn't like you, that makes you good in my book. Just ignore him. He's a total psychopath."]
[15:08] * Aline was now playing with her hair even more, and was now blushing. "Well that might be a little bit much, but he's certainly taken damage… Er… Well that's not really polite either, but I guess that's not a subject you /can/ be polite about."
[15:09] <AdEvaGM> ["You understand that he shot me twice with a high-powered sniper rifle, yes?"]
[15:11] * Aline added a cold sweat. "…I'm sorry, I'm in a… thing. Er. I… didn't forget, I just…" She moved back a little, and curled like she was folding in on herself. "Sorry."
[15:14] <AdEvaGM> [William stepped in now, putting a comforting hand on Aline's shoulder. "Come now. We're all perhaps a little too tense right now- and honestly I'm not sure it's exactly what any of us need right now. Listen- why don't all of us change out of out Plugsuits into some proper clothes and go for a post-combat dinner? I know I'm hungry!" His tone was congenial, and he was clearly trying to diffuse the situation.]
[15:17] <Aline> "Aheh, right, sure, that might… work well. Aheh… heh…" It was clearly forced mock-laughter on Aline's part.
[15:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure, that sounds alright." Said Alphonse, catching onto the concept pretty quickly. "Restaurant in half an hour?"-
[15:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Sounds perfect." William stepped back, opening the door for Aline.]
[15:26] * Aline wandered through the door, having not even noticed the hand earlier, until in /retrospect/ she realized he had done that, because she was still flustered at the whole debacle she accidentally set off. But nonetheless, she walked out, and made sure to close it behind them. "Th-thanks. I must've gotten into a fit of politeness and overextended it."
[15:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Quite alright." Said William, smiling. "Perhaps… We should avoid mentioning Sera de Pteres anymore to other people. If this keeps up it'll be revealed he tried to murder a pilot's mother or something."]
[15:34] <Aline> "Ac-" Aline began, but then she bit her lip hard. Best to not go into it. "…Probably better not to, no. Maybe even just in general. Though it feels weird to make it that taboo a subject, but… Ugh."
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> [William fell silent, staring at her as though he was tempted to ask, but he let it drop. "… I'm sure it'll work out eventually. Pardon me. I didn't mean to make such a fuss."]
[15:40] * Aline frowned a bit, but only a bit. "It was my mistake, this time… But fair." She sighed. "I hope he gets the hint between now and the dinner, though."
[15:43] <AdEvaGM> ["We can only hope." He chuckled. "But, I don't know about you, but I will be glad to be rid of this suit."]
[15:46] * Aline shrugged a bit. "It sure gets tight after a while. But yeah, uh…" They had already begun on their way to the showers now, by Aline's lead.
[15:48] <AdEvaGM> [William followed.-
[15:49] <AdEvaGM> [Eventually they came to the showers, and William broke off towards the male side.]
[15:53] <Aline> And Aline, to the female side. She had already started the shower, realizing that the mere hair-rinse she got was rather simplistic in comparison to what was /really/ necessary to feel clean. Still… "Ah, if nothing else a nice shower is nice."
[15:56] <AdEvaGM> ["You're absolutely right. It feels so much better than an LCL bath." He chuckled a little to himself. "Say, Mademoiselle Blanc, are you enjoying Thunderdome so far?"]
[16:01] * Aline was washing her hair (still) at that time, and it was during some particularly long strokes of her hand through it that she responded. "I… sorta? I do seem to like being able to 'play' with my practice of sorts. I guess I get more of a thrill out of it than the other two do?"
[16:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[16:04] <Aline> "Yeah. Yanmei seems a bit indifferent to it, and Sera's a bit put off by the whole idea. I dunno, though. We're going to train anyway, why not have it be with the others, which is impossible normally? And I kinda enjoy it when I win, even if getting there literally hurts thanks to the new feedback rules."
[16:08] <AdEvaGM> ["You've been doing well, I must say."]
[16:13] * Aline smiled, in spite of the fact that right now she was soaping herself up in an entirely blocked-off shower stall where the smile would go unnoticed. "Thanks. Though really, we are. I'm happy to at least have had some fun with it, even if some of the others don't." But she sighed. "Either way, it's all in preparation, so there's a bit of a specter of the battles to come over it."
[16:13] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right. You had a rather close shave with an Angel recently, isn't that so?"]
[16:15] <Aline> "Y-yeah." Aline admitted. "It was almost all over, but there was a last-minute hat trick. I probably shouldn't talk about /that/ in such a public place though. But yeah it was really close."
[16:16] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm glad you're safe, then. What's it like, facing a real Angel?"]
[16:23] * Aline pursed her lips, stopping and standing silently in the water for a moment or two, in thought. "Confronting, obviously. It's like facing something bigger than you that's often very angry, and yet… you get into the more insidious ones, where it gets, uh. Weird. The images, the mental attacks, that sort of thing. So it can be very stressful, but yet a little bit rewarding to pull
[16:23] * Aline through. Though… Some… hmn."
[16:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm? Pardon. If I'm making you discuss something you don't wish to talk about, I understand."]
[16:27] * Aline sighed. "More worries about security, though I think we're alone in these stalls, but… Some angels… I understood. If you see what I mean. Though then again, given that you're with NERV and present, you might have already been briefed on a little bit of my experience, there."
[16:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Understood… I think I know what you mean, yes. That's highly perceptive of you."]
[16:34] * Aline was just about finished washing now, and was starting to rinse - though she /already/ sort of was doing that with the pause. "Ah, thanks. But yeah, it's… different, that much is sure."
[16:36] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll try to adapt to the situation. I hope I'm not a liability." There was the sound of his faucet running dry. William stepped out of the shower, reaching for a towel, drying off his head first.]
[16:42] * Aline turned off her faucet not too long after, and began drying her hair over on her side, taking a towel to it rather… vigorously. "I doubt you will be. Another set of gigantic legs on the ground is just about always a good thing."
[16:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Thanks. I'm glad you understand that."]
[16:44] * Aline was moving on to the rest of her body, but her /voice/ sounded a bit incredulous. "I sort of pity that /not/ being understood."
[16:45] <AdEvaGM> ["So do I. Some people might not, though. It's difficult to really explain, because I don't understand it myself, but you will always have a few people who think that one person is better than two. I've always felt that two people together always surpasses one alone."]
[16:51] * Aline now wandered over to get some of her clothing that she had stowed away in there - just pants and a shirt, no fancy dresses or anything this time - as she replied. "Maybe they either are, or had an experience with, someone who can't coordinate well with others? That's probably the explanation I'd think of."
[16:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Maybe. What a shame." William began to dress as well. A dark red dress shirt, brown vest, long brown trousers- and a long brown coat.]
[16:59] * Aline stretched a little bit once fully dressed, and started to walk out. "Well, either way, I'm just about done, though my hair will take a /while/ to dry on its own no matter what."
[17:03] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm finished as well." He stepped out, running a hand through his hair, combing it somewhat. He was a -fine- dresser, at least. "Thank you for all your help. I appreciate it."]
[17:05] * Aline gave a curt little bow of her head. "Ah, you're welcome, you're welcome."
[17:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Now. We shouldn't keep everyone waiting. Would you care to lead the way once more?"]
[17:08] <Aline> "Of course, I think I still remember where the restaurant is~" …And so Aline began to lead the way out!

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