Aoi: Wouldn't it be enough to just say "Aoi, Tenkei, and Asuka are still walking towards the City of God"?
*sigh* Some people have no appreciation of writing...oh, all right. Aoi, Tenkei, and Asuka are still walking towards the City of God
Aoi: Thank you.
Tenkei: Babble babble *giggle*.
Oh, sure, gloat...
Aoi: Okay, okay, leave the poor Fourth Wall alone already...
Aoi stops dead in her tracks as she sees a brilliant white column of light shoot straight up from the center EGC.
Tenkei: Babble babble babble!
Aoi: No, that's not just an AT field...
Unconsciously, Aoi shifts into her Shito form, spreading her wings and rising towards the column of light.
Tenkei (panicking): B-babble! (rising into the air after Aoi) A-Aoi! AOI!
Asuka: Hey! HEY! (fuming now) OH, FINE! LEAVE ME TO WALK ON FOOT ALL BY MYSELF!
"Adam" (contemptuously): You? Condemn me? On what charges?
Rei (coldly): Deceit. Hypocrisy. Destruction. (pauses, her eyes narrow) Murder. And all in the name of God.
"Adam" (smugly): So what? You have no authority to judge me.
"Adam" hurls a lance of energy at Rei, only to watch her AT field rise up and completely dispel his attack.
Rei (as before): No. It is you who has no right.
Rei glows even brighter than before and an enormous cross-shaped beam of energy shoots out towards "Adam", who barely manages to dodge.
"Adam" (thinking): How is this possible...?
Rei (as if reading "Adam's" thoughts): Why so surprised, Adam? I was created in "His" image just as you were.
Aoi and Tenkei, who had been flying as fast as they could, come to a dead stop when they see what's going on. Tenkei is so awed he begins muttering in Latin.
Aoi: I agree with you, kid. This is way out of our league.
Rei (not even turning towards them): Aoi. Tenkei.
The two addressed jump a bit at the lack of emotion in Rei's voice.
Rei looks towards Hugh, who seems to be less worse for wear, and for a split second, her expression softens.
Rei: Keep Hugh and the others safe.
With that, Rei and "Adam" disappear, leaving several bewildered bystanders in their wake.
Tenkei: Babble babble?
Aoi: I don't know. (she casts her attention to the remaining "Angels", and furrows her brows) But I think we have some other things to worry about right now, don't we?
Elaine (still panicking): What are we going to do?
Falora turns her head away and doesn't answer.
Elaine (with tears at the edge of her eyes): We can't just sit here, can we? (grabs Falora's arms and shakes them) Can we?!?
Falora (nearly in tears herself): LEAVE ME ME ALONE!
Startled by this sudden outburst, Elaine hides behind Alex and looks at Falora fearfully.
Falora (quietly, tears streaming freely down her face now): Leave me alone... (she covers her face and begins sobbing quietly into them)
Falora (turning her face to the ceiling): Why? (louder) Why did I have to come here? (nearly shouting now) I'm not ready for this! (screaming on top of her longs) I NEVER WAS AND I NEVER WILL BE!
Falora collapses against the sofa weeping uncontrollably.
Alex (gently, mostly to himself): So that's it, is it?
Falora gasps as she feels Alex place an arm on her shoulder in a stricly big-brotherly way.
Alex (softly): You're the best thing that ever happened to this city...and to me.
Timidly, Elaine joins Alex by Falora's side.
Elaine: Ganbare yo, Falora-sensei! I believe in you!
Falora looks up at Alex and Elaine and manages a weak smile.
Falora: Thanks, guys. *snif* I really needed that.
Voice from the door (sarcastically): How touching.
Three heads swivel simultaneously to see Ryouga leaning against the door. However, it's obvious to all of them by the strange bluish-black glow eminating from him that he's not quite normal.
Falora (standing up, wiping the tears from her face): Bardiel, or whatever you call yourself. Come out.
Elaine: Yeah! Leave Ryouga-san alone, you big bully!
Bardiel: Oh, no you don't. The only way I'm leaving this boy is when he's dead.
Falora (pales, her voice deadly cold): You wouldn't dare.
Bardiel (sarcastically): Oh, don't worry, I'll take good care of him. I like the way his depressed mind works; it's like jelly in my hands.
Elaine looks like she could blast Bardiel point blank with a Dragon Slave--were she capable of doing this, of course--but Alex holds her back firmly.
Falora (serious): I'm warning you, Bardiel. You have no idea what I went through because of Ryouga, and I'll do anything--even lose my Goddess license--to stop you.
Bardiel (smugly): Let's see you try...WHAT THE--?!?
Bardiel reacts with shock as Rei's aura becomes visible above the City. Falora takes this opportunity to tweak a very small bit of space under Bardiel's foot.
Bardiel (stepping on the banana peel which has mysteriously appeared): WOAH!
Falora (summoning her favorite weapon, a cast iron frying pan): EVIL SPIRIT, I HEREBY BANISH THEE TO THE PLACE FROM WHENCE THOU CAME!
"Iruel": Amuk! Amuk! Amuk! ("giggles" digitally) This is fun!
USER SKULD HAS LOGGED ON
(Authoress' note: BTW, Skuld is AA0072.)
"Iruel" (in shock): N...no! It can't be!
"Iruel": No...no! It's not fair! IT'S NOT FAIR!
Life's never fair. >:)
Asuka: Well, DUH! I don't have wings, verdammit!
Um...could you keep your cursing to English and Japanese? I'm not very fluent in German. ^^;
Asuka: Hmph. Huh?
Asuka backtracks to the alley she just passed and walks up to the dead end.
Asuka (placing her hand upon the wall): This is the NERV leaf! What in the world--
The wall unexpectedly gives way, and Asuka falls into the trap door.
Asuka tumbles down the chute and lands roughly in a metallic room.
Asuka: Oof! Ow...ow ow ow ow... (gasps)
Asuka freezes as she recognizes her surroundings.
Asuka: This is...an EVA cage...
She becomes even more shocked as her eyes fall upon the giant enclosed within the cage.
Asuka: Unit 02...
Argh... idea! I need an idea! Somebody give me an idea! *bonks head on the table* Where are all the inspirations when you need one?!
*All of a sudden, there is a sound like a growing tree in Fast Forward*
*The sound is caused by a small (and I do mean small) flying craft that emerges from a subspace hole to the right of Ian, zooms past the RL's head and slams into the wall left to him. A tiny figure forces itself out of the little pile of metal and buzzes over to Ian, who watched the events with a Oo;; expression*
Dang, there goes my premium again... you wouldn't believe what I have to pay for insurance! How are you, Ian-kun?
Erh... fine... hello... how do you know my name? And who are you anyway? Oo;
Me? *piku* Oh my, I'd forget my head if it wasn't nailed to my neck! Did I really forget to introduce myself? Le Sigh... *curtseys (sp?)* Well, I'm your personal Inspiration! Okay so much for the introduction, now let's get working! Hm, but in this form, I can't be of much help to you, can I... let's see... *disappears in a blinding flash of light*
Hey... Ian-kun, are you schizophrenic or something? It's crowded in here!
What the--! Hey, where are you?!
In your head, silly! My... what a mess... what's this thing? Looks like it hasn't been used in years... whoops! That's your brain! Silly me! *giggles* Hey, what's this door for...? 'Danger! Do not open!' Bah, who cares...
*There is a faint shriek that seems to be originated inside Ian's head*
Hey! What are you doing in there?! Oo;
Iyaaaaaah! Tentacles everywhere!! This must be the Hentai Lobe of your brain!! Shoo, shoo! Go back where you came from! *slams door shut* Sheesh...
Could you please come out now? I'd like to keep at least some privacy... ;_;
Nuh-uh, I still need to find a fitting appearance... ah! That looks like a good one! Let's see...
*INSERT FLASH OF LIGHT HERE*
Ah... hey, this doesn't feel bad at all! What do you say, Ian? How do I look?
Erh... Oo; Like a crossover of Fuu and Ranma-chan...
*adjusts glasses and giggles* You like it, admit it.
Umh... yeah... I mean... it's from outta my own imagination, ne? So... I guess... yes, I like it.
Okay, with that settled, we come to the next imprtant step.
Does it involve any mind-wandering? Oo; If so, forget it!
Oh no, don't worry. You just need to give me a name! That's all.
O---kay... a name... O.o;
I'm sure you'll find one that fits me. ^_^
Umh... okay... your name'll be... umh...
Umh... your name'll be... Ruto. Yeah, that's it! From now on, you're Ruto!
Ruto? I like the name! Let there be a name tag!
Ruto: Hey, looks good, ne! ^_^ Arigatou Ian-kun!
Dou... dou itashimashite... No... problem... Oo;
Ruto: Okay, let's get to work! Let there be a line!
Owwww... I--tee... anyone got the number of that truck? Argh... I hope my head is still in place... *looks around* Hey? Where is everybody?
Hey! There's light at the end of this tunnel! Maybe the exit! *fly fly fly* Hai, the exit! Yatta naaa!! ^.^_Vn
*Sikaryan lands on the ground, makes a victory sign and runs of, into the generall direction of the EGC Bar*
I just gotta tell the others about my new powers! Heheh! Jay'll be sooo envious! Hahahuhu! ^o^
???: Araaa, watch it! You almost ran me over! >o<
Gomen ne! ^^; I didn't watch where I was going!
???: Dewa, where are you going then?
To the bar!
???: Heh, that's my direction too. Mind if I come along?
Iie, should I? You are?
???: Hey Ho!
Where? Who? What? O_o *looks around*
Hey: Iya, that's my name! Hey Ho!
Araaaa... O_o what a wierd name...!
Hey: Says who?
Me. Sikaryan. ^_^
Hey: You call my name wierd? ¬¬
Umh.. yeah! ^^;
Hey: Uh-huh... suuure.. go ahead... ¬¬
Umh.. sure.. no problem.. this way...
*they wander off*