You Forget Me Do Not Look For Me

[17:42] <AdEvaGM> [Da-dakk-dakka-dakk-dakk-!-
[17:46] <AdEvaGM> [… Is the sound that played in Natasha's head as EVA-06 went through its combat drills. Heavy bolter in her hands, she spat imaginary bullets out across an unsuspecting Parisian countryside, devastating invisible foes and causing pretend avalanches of insurance claims. "Dakkadakkdakkdakkdakk." She cried, unaware or uncaring that her onomatopoeia was being openly broadcast.]
[17:52] <Sept> Sera's finger hovered over the button as he listened to her voice. He wasn't really in a hurry, but… was there the slightest chance that she'd finish of her own accord anytime soon? He opened the line. "Hey, Natasha?"
[17:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Dakkadak-hurk-"-
[17:53] <AdEvaGM> [There was the sound of someone possibly swallowing their own tongue. She coughed.-
[17:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Y-Yes?"]
[17:54] <Sept> "It's Sera. I was wondering if you'd like to talk."
[17:57] <AdEvaGM> ["What about? Have I been making too much noise?" She asked timidly.]
[17:59] <Sept> "No, I'd just like to talk. With you."
[17:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh. A-Alright."]
[18:01] <Sept> "Just finish what you were doing. I'll meet you down here, okay?"
[18:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Where?"]
[18:05] <Sept> "I'll wait by the command centre. We can find someplace from there."
[18:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright."-
[18:07] <AdEvaGM> [Another ten minutes pass, and Natasha stows the Heavy bolter. She heads over to the command centre and sits down next to it, shaking the earth with 06's bulk. She sits there patiently.]
[18:12] <Sept> "I think it'd be easier to talk privately in person. Would you mind getting out for me?"
[18:17] <AdEvaGM> ["… But I -like- it in here."]
[18:20] * Sept laughed warmly. "I know. That's alright, then. Give me a moment, I'll be right out."
[18:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Ok."]
[18:28] * Sept soon walked out with a laptop - a mobile connection to the plug, technically private. When he spoke, he did so to the EVA instead of the screen, however. "Oh, and hi. It's nice to see you again, Natasha."
[18:30] <AdEvaGM> ["T-Thanks." The Evangelion performed a complex procedure that juddered and shook the ground as it rolled over onto its stomach, face to face with Sera with a head that was four times his size, propped up on its giant hands. Its feet hung in the air, swaying like skyscrapers.]
[18:32] <Sept> "How have you been?"
[18:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Um… I've been ok, I guess. Alright…"]
[18:34] <Sept> "How did you feel about the battle?"
[18:35] <AdEvaGM> ["The leadup to the battle wasn't very dangerous." She said. "The battle itself was- nnn- weird. But I'm glad it's over."]
[18:36] * Sept adjusted his posture, refraining from making tremors himself. "Weird?"
[18:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Lots of combat reserves, lots of dangerous positron bolts, and that- Angel thing."]
[18:41] <Sept> "…" Sera looked at the Natasha on his screen for a moment, then turned to look at something in the sky. "Yeah. That thing."
[18:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Still, it's all over now."]
[18:47] <Sept> "…It is, yeah. We should only have the Angels to worry about, now. At least most of the time."
[19:15] <AdEvaGM> ["… Most?"]
[19:17] * Sept turned back to EVA-06, addressing the giant head whose lips never moved. "Well, we can't assume everyone with the Liberated Nations will just give up, now, can we? But we really do need to prepare for the Angels as much as we can."
[19:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I've been practicing as much as I can."]
[19:22] <Sept> "That's. Partly why I came to see you. Combat training is important, but… there's a lot more we need to do, too."
[19:22] <AdEvaGM> ["What?"]
[19:28] * Sept spoke softly, like he was prefacing a piece of bad news. "Most of all, we need to work as a team, all of the pilots. We have to be able to trust each other, and ourselves, with everything. Otherwise they'll find those weaknesses and we get what happened with Ramliel."
[20:44] <AdEvaGM> [She mulled over this.-
[20:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I get along with my fellow Leningrad pilots…"]
[20:52] <Sept> "Of course you do. But, please. We can't even think like that. There shouldn't be 'Leningrad pilots' or 'Paris pilots'. We can't hesitate with helping each other when we eventually need to work together again. You see that, right?"
[20:55] <AdEvaGM> ["W-well…" There was an abashed edge to her voice, as though she'd just been scolded. "I-I know that."]
[21:02] * Sept nodded. "Good. And I know trust isn't that easy to come by. I know… enough of what you've been through to appreciate that. But I want to help you, you can always come to me with, well, anything. I'm trying my best to make this something like a family. Something they can't just pick apart at will."
[21:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh…" She fell quiet for a few seconds. "I-I see. I don't know what it's like to have a family…"]
[21:06] <Sept> "What about… your brother? You don't have to answer if it's…"
[21:07] <AdEvaGM> ["That was so long ago that I barely remember him."]
[21:07] <Sept> "What -do- you remember?"
[21:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Cold. A lot of cold- we were mostly moved around Siberia a lot. A face, I think, very hard to sort of picture properly." She says thoughtfully. "That's about it, sorry."]
[21:25] <Sept> "But he was there to take care of you, right?"
[21:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I… I don't know." Says Natasha. "It was a really long time ago, I- I guess we looked after each other, maybe?"]
[21:33] <Sept> "Do you know what it takes to build a working Evangelion, Natasha?"
[21:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh… Only the rudimentary stuff."]
[21:35] <Sept> "Would you like to know?"
[21:36] <AdEvaGM> ["I guess…"]
[21:37] <Sept> "Yes or no, Natasha. I won't answer for you."
[21:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh-" She looked flustered. "F-Fine, ok."]
[21:44] * Sept frowned. "I… Well, consider the possibilities, Natasha. What if building the Evangelions, and allowing us to do what we do, required something you didn't agree with? How would that make you feel?"
[21:49] <AdEvaGM> ["I- Well-" She pauses. "Sacrifices… Are required in war." She mumbles.]
[21:56] <Sept> "Natasha," Sera said in an imploring voice. "I can't be sure if that's what you think or what they've taught you if you sound like you don't believe it yourself. Do you?"
[21:56] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I don't know!"-
[21:56] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-06 twitched.]
[22:04] * Sept glanced at the picture of Natasha, and then looked down at the keyboard, tapping on the side of the device. "I'm sorry. This shouldn't be… There were people who could've kept us together better."
[22:06] <AdEvaGM> ["T-Together better? You're not making sense…"]
[22:12] <Sept> "No, no, you don't have to worry about that. Sorry. Just give me a moment, okay?"
[22:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Er… Ok."]
[22:24] * Sept fiddled with his hands for a while, wearing a difficult expression. "Natasha, please think about this carefully. Are you happy right now? Do you think things would be better if you had a family, or just had people who cared deeply about you close to you?"
[22:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course they would!" She says before she can stop herself.]
[22:36] <Sept> "Your brother, what was left of him, was used to build EVA-06. His soul is in there with you."
[22:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I- what?"]
[22:39] <Sept> "The cores require a soul, a person to function properly in an Evangelion. The one in 06 is Vasily. Always has been."
[22:46] <AdEvaGM> ["B-but…" Natasha fell silent. In the plug, her head was bowed against her chest.]
[22:50] <Sept> "There are reasons NERV didn't tell you. Some of them were well-meant."
[22:51] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I- but that can't be! I'd know if it was…"]
[22:52] <Sept> "You told me yourself you remember very little of that time."
[22:53] <AdEvaGM> ["But- no! He'd- that-"-
[22:54] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-06 trembled, and pulled backward, getting to its feet.]
[23:05] * Sept spoke to the laptop screen and the Natasha on it. "I understand. Please, don't… whatever you're thinking, it won't make it better. Only time will."
[23:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Shut up!" Cries Natasha, her face no longer timid or- sad. It's now angry, hurt, defiant. "You don't know anything! I didn't ask you to get involved! I didn't ask you to speak to me or to find anything out- why can't you just leave everything alone?!"-
[23:07] <AdEvaGM> [There's a stiffening in the air as EVA-06's AT Field crackles to life. At the exact same moment, Sera's laptop feed goes dead.-
[23:08] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-06 begins running, now, full heavy steps that send the earth shaking. After it gets a good speed up it jumps, the air around it shimmering with AT energy as it bursts into float mode- flying off.]
[23:17] * Sept took a deep breath and looked up at the sky - just the sky, not worrying about the fleeing colossus. When he'd got his fill, he got up to turn in the laptop, and to head home.

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