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  1. Part 1 - Shattered Dreams "So, this is the promised land then?" "It´ll have to be." "Well... it looks really good, that´s for sure." The sunlight bathed the metal covered bridge of the Ark where the two people were standing. Beyond the glass of the huge window before them, a new Sun blessed a green world with the light of life. It was a bigger planet than Earth, they could now see, and with much more land than their original home. It´s predominant colour was that of forests and fields, though there were more than enough spots of blue for them not to worry about water. The yellow and reddish of deserts and the white of ice caps were also present, making for an environment as varied as they could hope. Admiral Adalard Sauer allowed himself a smile on his usually stern face. It was true that they still had a lot of work to do, but a finding such as this was a relief after all that time searching. "Truly a blessing of God in the emptiness of space..." The big man completed in contemplation. "There is no God." Answered the girl´s voice from before in an irritated tone, her familiar sillouette still hidden in the shadows. "And we´re better off this way, trust me." Adalard sighed and looked down for a bit. "Right, you know more about that than me anyway. I´m just happy the search is over." His eyes took back their usual severe gaze as he walked to the command panel of the spaceship. He pressed some buttons on the complicated interface and then took a microphone connected to the ark´s speaker sistem. "Attention all personnel of Ark-01 Noah, prepare for landing procedures and posterior Cryosleep release of the settlers on the surface of planet..." He stopped for a bit, thinking maybe Kepler 452b wasn´t such a good name for their new home. "...Canaan." He finally completed. A giggle sounded behind him. "Damn, you don´t look like it but you´re a hopeless romantic, Adalard. You should be a poet or a writer." "Oh well. A man can dream sometimes, right Asuka?" ------------------------------------------------------------ Awakening from Cryosleep was almost like waking up from a really long nap - just colder. After the individual cryo chambers opened, a trained member of Noah´s medical staff checked the basic life signs of it´s occupant. After that they were divided into age groups and sent in line for a more complete medical analysis. A multitude of people, soldiers, doctors, scientists and workers were walking around and talking excitedly. Seemed like they had suceeded in finding a new habitable home. In that ship bustling with activity, in a line like many others at the doors of a doctor´s office, five children ended up meeting - a meeting that would, more than anything else, determine the fate of the whole exodus. ((Just as the post says, fate brings you together at the doctor´s door. Time for some presentations and some reencounters!)) Opening
  2. Ahmed, Ranga, Kyou The doctor smiled at Ahmed's comment. "Well, seems like we've got gourmet here! Do you like cooking, Ahmed?"
  3. Kyou, Beverly, Ranga, Ahmed "Ok, I´ll leave some food ready for you in the fridge." Alma said softly. "Sleep well... and just call me if you need anything, right?" Then she turned around and left Beverly alone - which was probably for the best. The doctor took a chair at the table and sat down, then pressed the palms of her hands together, praying silently for a moment before she started to eat. "Uhmn, maybe I put too few salt in this." She said after a bite. "What do you think?" The day had been pretty stressfull for everyone up until that point, so Alma thought it was best to calm the children with a more normal conversation. Satomi "... Sorry, what did you say?" Dr. Hashimoto said, before realizing by himself what it was. "Oh yes, you´re right." He pushed some more commands in his terminal before getting up and sitting by the table, starting to eat quietly.
  4. "I am trying to be helpful, you should try to distract yourself instead of stressing that much. It´s not going to help and you´ll be mentally wasted before the happy-go-lucky duo over there finishes making dinner." Asuka said, seriously, sitting upright in the chair. She pondered for a bit and sighed before continuing. "...Though I admit, the way I said it was unnecessary. Sorry about that." Almost as if on cue, Dr. Neummann came back from the kitchen bringing a bow of pasta with what seemed like Bolognese sauce over it. It smelled delicious, the fragance indicating the spices and herbs she put on it. "Here you go! This lyophilized food is not that tasty, but I managed to season it bit with some things I brought from Earth. Hope you like it!" The doctor put the food on the table and told the kids to start eating, going to Beverly´s room right after that. Once there, she quietly picked her communicator from the corner of the room where it was lying (luckily it did not break - those things were quite sturdy) and placed it on a small bed table. After that she slowly aproached Beverly, stopping at a distance she judged comfortable for the girl. "Anything I can help you with, Beverly?" Alma asked in a gentle tone.
  5. Satomi "... Yes, I probably should eat something." Dr. Hashimoto answered, turning on his computer terminal and focusing into work. His focus, by the way, was something scary to see; the scientist seemed to shut the whole world out when he was serious about something, specially work. It wasn´t like he would ignore Satomi, but she would need to make some effort if her goal was a conversation with her father. Ranga, Ahmed, Kyou, Beverly The smell of garlic and the sound of boiling water filled the room as Alma got started in the kitchen. She moved calmly getting the ingredients from different lockers, eventually asking Ahmed for one or other cooking tool. Something about the she moved about and the delicious smell that came from the kitchen were quite calming. Asuka sat down by the dinner table and rested her head on the table with a bored expression. Her eyes followed Kyou´s movements for a while before she sighed and talked again. "You know, if you keep walking like that you´ll end up opening a hole on the floor, and that won´t help in finding your parents.
  6. "No word of that has reached me yet." Admiral Sauer answered. "But as soon as we know anything about them we'll send word to you. I'm sure they must be fine." "...Do you guys have any way of telling if there will be more Angels and when they'll come? And do you know why Unit 17 caught us? Was there someone in there making sure it worked or something?" Admiral Sauer looked to Dr. Hashimoto for those answers. "We've already reprogrammed the probes and we'll use them to scout the surroundings for any Angels that might appear, so we'll probably know about any possible attacks well in advance." He then considered Sayomi's second question for a moment before answering. "About Unit 17... That was most likely a involuntary reaction of the system during the test sequence. You're lucky it happened on the right time, so no more crawling inside the ship's bulkheads, ok?" As unlikely as that exolanation sounded, it didn't seem like the doctor was in the mood to say anything more about the subject. "And don't worry, I'll get you new glasses and a pair of contacts just in case." After becoming clear that no one in the room planned to talk anymore, Alma got up and clapped her hands once to get attention. "Well then, I think we should go check in your new quarters. Is it okay, Admiral?" As the ark's commander nodded, Alma gently got hold of Ranga's hand and started walking out of the room, signaling for the children to follow her. Dr. Hashimoto waited a moment and then walked out as well with Satomi, a little bit behind Dr.Neummann's group. After all of them left, the Admiral spoke again. "You should go with them, Asuka." Asuka had stayed behind and greeted the Admiral's suggestion with an annoyed face. "Really? I don't feel like playing babysitter for them." "It'll be weird if your the only one to live separately from them, don't you think?" He argued. "Besides, you'll be playing their friend more than their babysitter." "Even worse then. I suck at playing friend." She sighed. "...But I guess you're right, they'll think something is off if I don't go." The girl got up and started following the other kids. "See you later, Adalard. We still have much to talk about all this." ... The Directors' Quarters were located in the middle portion of the ship - which meant they could easily access their offices, but also bridge, the main hatch and the EVA hangar if needed - and also that they were protected from external attacks by the thickest layer of armour the Noah had to offer. Alma led the children into her own apartment (minus Satomi, who was lead by her father into the one right in front), not too big but comfortable and tidy. Just as her office, the place was decorated by pictures and paintings of the old days of Earth and also some paintings with religious motifs: among them one from the crucifixion, one showing the hebrew exodus, crossing the open sea, and one that displayed a gruesome battle with men fighting along and against angels and devils - the apocalypse. Those were the only tense tones in the place, though, hanging from the walls like reminders, and the rest of it showed that Alma really invested herself in having a place she could call 'home' inside the ship. "Please make yourselves confortable." Alma said to the children after they entered. "Kyou and Ahmed, as soon as your parents arrive I'll take you to your apartments. Ranga, Beverly and Asuka, there's a room with bunk beds that way; I never used it, but luckily there isn't much dust and dirt in the ship, so it's as clean as new. I hope you like it!" She then walked towards the small kitchen. "I'll prepare something for us to eat, you must be starving!" ... Satomi entered her father's apartment without much of a surprise waiting for her - the place was the same almost organized mess as his office. There was no decoration to speak of, and it seemed like the only thing that wasn't the standard for the apartments was the computer terminal - clearly way more complex and advanced than your average ones. "Your room is that way." Dr. Hashimoto said, pointing vaguely in the direction of a door, while he walked towards the computer. "There's food in the fridge. You must be hungry."
  7. "The loudspeaker system on the EVAs has a voice filter to avoid such situations." Now it was Dr. Hashimoto that answered. "So what they heard certainly didn't sound as your voice, Satomi." "Sorry, red eyed girl? Could you explain what you mean?" Admiral Sauer answered Beverly with a confused expression on his face. Then Asuka intervened. "It's nothing, just an old acquaintance that seems to have been caught in the mess outside." She said, dismissing Beverly's worries. "Oh dear." Answered Alma, who had been smiling at Ranga after hearing the girl accept her idea. "I ordered a check up for everyone who was brought in from the battlefield, so they're probably in the emergency area. The search parties for survivors are still outside too." "I'll send word to all personnel to look for them and direct them to your new quarters, don't worry. And I know you probably want to go look for them yourselves, but with things as chaotic as they are now it'll be faster if you just wait and leave it to the ship's staff." The Admiral completed.
  8. Admiral Sauer exchanged a worried look with Dr. Hashimoto upon hearing Beverly's question. Alma, on the other hand, leaned forward in her chair and looked very interested on the subject too. "Well, we did and we did not." the Admiral started to answer. "The aftermath of the Angel War exhausted Earth, that's what forced us to leave. The thing is, Angels were thought to be aliens on the first place, so we had no way of knowing if we wouldn't end up meeting them again even after we left - and that's why NERV built the new EVAs. Now we know that was a valid concern." After a small pause, he continued. "Now, we obviously wouldn't willingly land on an Angel infested planet, so we sent probes to Canaan's atmosphere to make sure it was safe to land - and all of them returned with positive results. Angels can't hide that easily, and along with some other details that seem a bit out of place... I believe the probes' info was adulterated on purpose." He paused for a long time to let the information sink. The silence was broken by Asuka, sounding surprised - and angry. "You mean someone on the ship wanted to land in a planet inhabited by Angels? That's crazy... And dangerous, maybe as much as the Angels themselves." "Yes, I know. I've already ordered an investigation in order to discover who did that." Adalard answered her. "As for your second question, miss Connors, I'm afraid we'll have to take custody of all of you. You see the situation we're in, and we can't let anything happen to you." Before the Admiral could answer though, both Dr. Hashimoto and Alma intervened. "Wait, you can't -" "Admiral, I don't think -" After an awkward moment, Daisuke fell silent to let Alma speak. "Admiral, I've been left in the dark about all this up until now, and I think I mademy position about letting children pilot those things . Now you want to take them away from their families and friends and lock them with the combat personnel? I'm sorry but I can't agree with this notion from a medical and psychological point of view." Dr. Hashimoto nodded and added "Not to mention that the saboteur is surelly from within our ranks; it may be even more dangerous to leave the kids with the soldiers and officers." "Do you have any other ideas, then?" Sauer asked the other two, to which Alma was the one to reply. "Let them stay with me. They'll be in the directors' block, well guarded and with the proper mental health support. Daisuke and Satomi live there already, so they'll also be close by in case of an emergency, and we can arrange for the Ahmed's and Kyou's families to move there as well." After a moment considering it (and a quick glance exchanged with Asuka, which only the more perceptive people would notice) Admiral Sauer nodded. "Right, we can do that if the kids approve." Then he turned to them and asked. "Are you okay with that?"
  9. "I mean, they were obviously here before we left. But... when did these ones get built? Evangelion research and development was banned, wasn't it?" "The EVAs you piloted today are all new. NERV built them over 60 years - more, if you count the time we spent recovering lost tech. It should have been less time, but problems with the pilot interface showed up and we only managed to solve them when Dr. Hashimoto started working on the project." Admiral Sauer answered. "The ban was just a facade to avoid panic - after the 3rd Impact we needed people to trust each other if we wanted to survive, and the thought of giant Angel slaying weapons being built might frighten them." "Except by my Unit 02." Asuka intervened. "She's the only remaining EVA from the pre - 3rd Impact age, it's thanks to her that NERV managed to build the others." "Yes, there's that." Admiral Sauer continued. "By the way, I think you were not properly introduced yet. This Asuka Langley Soryu, the first pilot of the new EVA force. She's been training for a while now, so if you have any doubts in regard to piloting you can ask her." "Does this mean I can talk about the Evas without getting, shot or something?" "Well, sure their existence won't be a secret anymore after all that." Admiral Sauer answered Kyou. "We'll make an official statement soon explaining what we can but, for security reasons, you're not allowed to tell people you are the pilots, nor disclose any information that isn't on the official channels."
  10. When the pilots entered the command room, it was almost empty already: the only ones in there were Dr. Hashimoto, Dr. Neummann, silently waiting for them. Dr. Hashimoto looked irritated, with a frown on his face, arms crossed and looking to the floor. He did lift his eyes when Satomi entered the room, but quickly looked away. Dr. Neummann, on the other hand, put little effort to hide her anger, her clear blue eyes looking daggers at Satomi's father. Once the children entered she loosened a bit, greeting them with a smile, but they could still feel tension in the air. Admiral Sauer and Asuka were talking in a corner of the room, too quietly for being heard by the rest of them, but quickly wrapped up the subject and headed back upon the pilots' entrance. Asuka pulled a chair and sat down with a bored expression, but Adalard kept standing and started to talk. "Welcome back, kids. First of all I want tp thank you in the name of all the ship's crew and passengers. We had no right to ask something that dangerous of you, nor expect results out of it, but you still went out there and saved us all." The Admiral sounded legitimately grateful, his stern face loosening up a bit. "I'm sure you have a lot of questions, and I think you deserve to know about what's going on - although we ourselves don't know everything about the situation, and some points are confidential. I'll answer whatever I can though, so please don't be afraid to ask."
  11. "No, I think that´s enough of you for the day." Asuka dismissed Beverly´s question, walking past her and out of the locker room without looking back. She then stopped for a bit and looked at Stomi over her shoulder. "Hey, you look like the most responsible out of you kids. Bring everyone to the Command Center after you are all done, there´ll be a mission debriefing and maybe you´ll get some answers. I´ll go ahead."
  12. Asuka opened a locker that had her name on it and grabbed a yellow dress, knee high, simple but pretty - the other girls would probably find jeans or something provided by the ship´s staff, but she had more time to prepare. " Did she have blue hair and look like she was bored of everything? If so I might have seen her before... Well, I bet more than one aquaintance of mine was caught on that anyway." She tried to sound as neutral as possible but, if that was true, then she would have to look into it - that girl probably meant trouble.
  13. Asuka fell silent for a moment and then answered in a (surprisingly) calm tone. "I was pretty much useless out there this time, I know that. And I think I already thanked you girls, but that doesn´t mean I need to take whatever you say without complaining." Then she seemed to realize something and turned her head to look at Beverly. "Wait a minute. Red eyed? What do you mean?"
  14. " Well thank you, I wouldn´t settle for 'cute' anyway." Asuka answered Beverly, not letting her voice show signs of annoyance. " You seem like just another kid who thinks having a rough childhood is a free pass for doing whatever you want... But at least you learned how to make witty comebacks from those 'issues' of yours, so I guess you´re not entirely hopeless."
  15. Asuka broke off her silence to go in Kyou´s aid - if only to try and throw Beverly a bit off, since all that noise was irritating her. "Oh, so we´re getting cute animal nicknames now? Interesting way of bonding with your friends Beverly... I can actually think of one or two for you as well." She said, turning off the shower and grabbing a towel for herself.
  16. "You must lose a lot then if you don't like luck." Asuka plainly ignored Beverly's statement -which wasn't entirely wrong- and started to turn back into her shower when the little girl (Ranga, was it?), much to her surprise, yelled at her. "Don't swear!" "Well, of course. Kids shouldn't swear, my bad." She answered with a hint of irony on her voice. That was when Beverly managed to change the subject... Quite a lot. It was quickly becoming apparent to Asuka that she wasn't used to talking with people "her age" anymore. It had been quite a while since the last time, and after all that happened, this kind of subject seemed futile and devoid of any importan- damn, she's bigger than me. The redhead pilot couldn't hold a whistle when she noticed the... objects of the girls' talk. Then she realized she did that aloud and, after awkwardly facing Satomi for a moment, slowly turned her back to the girl and put extra focus into grabbing the soap and starting to wash herself.
  17. "[...]Besides, it's over now! We've beaten the Angel and we can live here peacefully from now on!" "Is it, now?" Asuka answered without looking back. "Humanity thought it was over once... until an hour ago. And we are in another planet for f#@'s sake. How can we be sure it is over?" "They didn't really ask. They mostly just shoved us into the robots." "Ok then. So if you were given a choice in the matter would it have played differently?" Asuka stood silent for a moment, turned on the shower and then finally faced them. "Look, I'm not trying to sound ungrateful here. If you didn't come, I might be dead by now - and one fifth of what's left of humanity with me. I'm just mad at how improvised the whole thing was, with no warning, no training, not even plugsuits. You did well, considering everything, but luck played a big part in that last strike... And winning by luck is close to losing in my book."
  18. Asuka was the last to enter the locker room - she had to go through some extra check ups - and she stood by the door for a bit, measuring the other pilots with her sky-blue eyes. The red head, now for the first time seeing the others face to face, was about 1.6 meters tall, her long hair locked in twin tails that cascadaded down her back. Her clothing was a red full body suit, matching the colour of her EVA, that clung to her body tightly enough to show her lean, athletic figure even before she finally crossed the room and started undressing. "So you are the new kids who were dumb enough to get in EVAs to try and save the world, eh? Welcome to the club." she threw her red suit aside and walked towards a shower. "Did you think it would be cool? Fighting monsters in your giant robots and stuff?"
  19. When the six Evangelions arrived in the hangar the maintenance staff guided them to their respctive holding bays (Asuka's and Ahmed's needed cranes to do the job) and soon they were all locked in position again by multiple restraints. The entry plugs were taken out and replaced by signal-cutting ones, and the pilots were greeted by nurses who took them past the control room and into a small medbay that was right beside it. There was a rush of people moving towards the EVAs, presumably the maintenance crew already starting the repairs, and all of those who passed by the kids looked at them with curiosity, said thanked and congratulated them. Dr. Hashimoto was still inside the control room, for those who bothered to look for him, apparently being yelled at by an angry looking Dr. Alma Neummann. Once in the medbay, they went through a number of health check-ups (for the second time in the day) before the doctors assured them they had no injuries at all - although some had some fading symptoms of shock - and the pain they felt earlier was not related to their bodies at all. The doctors themselves were confused about that but, with nothing else they could do, the children were told to go take a shower in the locker rooms behind the bay and then go back to the control room for a debriefing.
  20. "Fath- Doctor Hashimoto, Admiral, the Angel l-looks dead. W-We got it." There was an uproar at the control room following Satomi's words. The officers and staff jumped from their chairs, laughed, and some hugged their colleagues, celebrating the kid's triumph - and being allowed to live another day, of course. Admiral Sauer let out a relieved sigh, and Dr. Hashimoto laid back in his chair with his eyes closed for a moment before answering. "...Alright Satomi, we're opening the main hatch. Please bring the damaged units back to the hangar if you can, it will save much time." He paused for a bit before adding "And good job." to the sentence. Out on the field again, the Angel (thankfully) didn't react to Ranga's question and kept immobile where once was the camp. The ship's main hatch opened slowly and teams of soldiers and medical staff rushed out to aid the survivors in front of it and look for more of them in the battlefield, for unlikely that it could be. Most of the personnel flinched when they saw the EVAs and wasted some moments staring at them dumbfounded. Some of the soldiers that came along seemed to know what was going on though, as those people were quickly called out by them and hurried to do their duties. "You alive in there or do i have to drag a corpse back to the ship?" "Huh, as if something like this would be enough to kill me." Asuka answered through the radio. Even though she said that in a defiant tone, the pain was apparent in her voice. Lying in the cockpit with her eyes closed and her teeth gritting, the first pilot fought to control the pain in her leg - which, unlike the EVA's was still in place, thankfully. She had cut off communications earlier when her unit shut down so the other pilots wouldn't hear her screaming and lose focus, and after some time it appeared that the control staff managed to cut off her neural connection with the EVA so she wouldn't feel all of the pain. Took them too long though, and a lot of it still lingered. "Now, if you have time to joke about an injured colleague, how about you grab that leg for me and help me up?" Asuka regretted the suggestion as soon as she looked around and found her EVA's leg. Far different from what a robot leg should look like, it had surprisingly few metallic components beneath the thick layer of armour, and all too much stuff that was, unmistakably, biologic. Muscle, bone, veins and a lot of blood. No doubt Beverly would have seen it by now and Asuka wondered how she would react.
  21. All For a moment, everything seemed to be slowed down - the Angel's immense form travelling mid-air, the EVAs jumping towards it or preparing to. In the control room all the personnel held their breath, with the exception of Daisuke Hashimoto, who yelled his daughter's name. The civilians behind Satomi cowered in fear or started to run at the sight of the behemoth flying towards them, with only the now small looking robot betweem them and certain death. For a moment everything came to a halt in the pilots' perception - And then all Hell broke loose at once. The Angel opened it's white mouth, but Satomi managed to avoid being swallowed whole and jumped with amazing power, leaving a cloud of dust and debris where she stood a second before. Her EVA crashed with the Angel, the yellow light of an AT Field visible for a moment. Ahmed hit the angel in the side, more specifically, his foot hit the wall of bones that once again came to life to defend the Angel's main body. Those sliced through the EVA's foot and tore it to pieces, leaving what looked disturbingly similar to a bloody stump in the end of it's leg. Beverly was the next to hit their foe, after sinking a multitude of projectiles in the beast's body while covering the distance that separated them. The blood like liquid still spilled from the wound on her EVA's belly, soaking the ground beneath her as she ran. Then she added her almost hundred-meter tall Evangelion's weight to Satomi's and Ahmed's, managing to avoid the area protected by the Angel's bones. The Angel was thrown off course by those three actions, and ended up crashing on the ground to Satomi's left, throwing the girl's EVA away with the impact, but still not hitting the civilians nor Noah . Beverly was similarly sent flying when it's other side shook EVA 02 and ripped off it's left leg, sending the red unit flying, spraying that same blood like fluid all over the place, until it crashed with EVA 16. Kyou, for a strike of luck or great instinctive reaction, was the first to sink her knife into the remaining core. It resisted for a bit, extremely hard and tough to break, until Ranga showed up and completed the strike with her own knife. The red orb parted in two. And the black and white Angel stopped moving.
  22. All Asuka's jumping tactic was a sucess - or so it seemed when her EVA, in a movement that seemed way too nimble for a machine of that size, leapt above the barrage of sharpened white bone and started falling right above the core. Asuka just needed to position EVA 02 for the landing and drive the progressive knife down in the crimson orb beneath her and all would be over, and she could go treat that ever increasing pain in her chest and arm. What happened next was nowhere near that, though. "Critical synchronization levels." an automated voice sounded inside her cockpit. "Evangelion Unit 02 will now shut down." What the other pilots heard was only a series of what sounded like a lot of cursing in german and the words "NOT NOW!" as the red Evangelion landed face first, like a bag of trash on the monster's forehead. The Angel reacted by closing it's jaws around the EVA's left leg and, apparently reacting to the multiple EVAs swarming it, disappeared back in the hole where it came from. At the same time the white Angel acted, but in the opposite way - it started to speed up out of the hole on the ground beneath it, with more and more of it's white body showing, until at some point it turned black. A moment later the mouth of the "other angel" appeared, still dragging Asuka's EVA, and then the whole thing was in the air. The two Angels were actually only one gargantuan being, with a mouth and core in each extremity. And it was jumping towards Satomi.
  23. All As Ranga´s Evangelion stood still on the ground, the white Angel turned towards her with it´s gargantuan mouth wide open, as if it would swallow her whole. It was a moment that seemed to last forever, but the monster suddenly halted as it noticed Satomi preparing to shoot. It then abandoned Ranga and moved quickly to block the bullets´path with it´s own body, the car sized projectiles sinking in it´s white flash or bouncing from it´s black ribs as it intensely threw an eyeless stare at Satomi. On the other battle front, the black Angel responded Ahmed´s attack with another lightining fast movement from it´s ribs. Asuka, who was running towards and predicted it would try that again, prepared to jump over the wall of moving, sharp bones, planning to strike the core from above.
  24. All The black Angel quickly recognized the danger of Kyou's approach and, opening it's huge mouth, flung the damaged EVA 16 towards Kyou's Unit. Meanwhile, Asuka had already recovered enough from the wound in her EVA's chest to start thinking. As I thought, two cores. She thought, smirking. "Ok, now we found our target! Aim for the red orb!" Then EVA 02 dashed forward, it's pilot in hopes of finishing the fight fast.
  25. All Asuka got in solid hits with her Progressive Knife, but failed to find the core once again. Ahmed's jump kick landed but, although the angel did take a good impact from that, so did Ranga on the other side of the monster. It ended up with her EVA falling butt first on the ground. The Angel then reacted differently; then before; it's "ribs" opened with a sickening noise and started slashing at the EVAs near it an impressive speed. "Shit-" Asuka started saying before one of the bone blades hit EVA 02's chest, it's edge tearing through the thick armour. She stumbled backwards to get away from the Angel's range, letting out a groan of pain. Some kind of liquid in high pressure sprayed out from the injure, in a manner disturbingly alike to blood. Some of the other Evangelions nearest to the Angel also got hit by the surprise attack, but everyone's attention was quickly turned towards Beverly - for, with a roaring sound, the ground beneath her EVA gave way and what appeared to be another identical Angel arose from it, closing it's mouth around Unit 16's belly. This Angel had it's colours swapped compared to the other one, with black flesh, white ribs - and another blood red core on it's forehead.
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