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  1. There was a desert, as far as the eye could see. They were inside their Evangelions, but even though the cockpit should be a carefully controlled environment, it seemed that they could actually feel the heat outside. And they weren't alone - now they noticed hundreds of carcasses of Angels lying in the sand around them, some still twitching slightly - although clearly at Death's door - and a bigger number already rotting in the sun, all with their cores missing. Did they do that? They didn't know. Aside from the Angels' corpses, another thing now got their attention. A lone tree on fire, right in the middle of nowhere. Although they just had noticed it's presence, it somehow felt like it had been there forever. They walked their EVAs towards the tree, drawn by it's strangeness. As they got closer, they started seeing something in the fire, and listening to something other than the sound of the flames consuming the wood. They got closer and closer. They saw the end of the desert and a narrow sea, or a big river, beyond it. Somehow they knew they had to cross those greenish blue waters to get to the other side, but they didn't know how - where would they find an EVA sized boat to begin with? And then, as they were looking for a solution, the sea got darker and darker, and suddenly a huge mass of dark blue jumped out of the water, showing jaws so huge that they could swallow them all whole, as if the sea itself took form to get rid of them. Right before they got helplessly impaled by those huge teeth, the image in the fire changed and they saw the face of a girl with light blue hair and blood red eyes. She looked straight at them and said something, something they knew was important, but that they couldn't hear over the sound of the flames. Asuka woke up with a scream, jumping up so hard that she hit her head in the bottom of Beverly's bed. "Verdammt" she cursed as she came to her senses, still breathing heavily. Calm down - the red head thought to herself - She's dead ok? And this was just a dream. Even so, it had been way too vivid - and she had been way too loud about it, apparently, as the shrink didn't take long after that to appearat their door with worried expression. "Asuka? Is everything alright?" Alma asked, her blue eyes scanning the room for the source of trouble. "Yeah, yeah, just a nightmare. Nothing for you to worry about." The girl answered. It had already been three days since their fight with the Angel. Kyou and Ahmed were living in the apartments right across theirs, though they hadn't heard much from them since they were still adjusting to their familiar losses. The shrink tried to convince her, Beverly and Ranga that it would be good for their 'friends' to have company to distract them and pass the time, but Asuka disagreed. Sometimes being alone could be the best terapy for this kind of situation. "Ah, at least it was just that." Alma answered, then changed the subject. "It seems we have a meeting with Admiral Sauer and Dr. Hashimoto this afternoon, so I was going to call you all soon anyway... You girls want some breakfast?"
  2. "Right, we didn't have the time to explain about the technicalities of the EVAs yet. You'll have a more detailed explanation later on, but for now I can answer that, without an external power source, they can only operate by 5 minutes. As for weaponry, we'll be using the standard equipment - rifle and progressive knife - at first, and our dev team will analyze your training footage and work on weapons optimized for you fighting style." Admiral Sauer explained. This time Dr. Hashimoto was the one to answer. "Our contact with the ship will be pretty limited actually, since she'll be in orbit and we don't have a sattelite network here. It'll depend on our position relative to the planet, so communication will only work on certain times of the day. We can also ask for supplies, parts and extra medical aid to be delivered by shuttle, but that would spend even more fuel and should only be done in extreme cases." He said with a neutral voice. "Now that I'm personally in charge of our probes we'll have around 90% chance of detecting Angels over an hour before they appear, so enough time to either change course or prepare the EVAs for combat. The mission will be over when we have enough fuel for another landing." While the two men talked, Alma noticed Kyou's reaction and, being right beside her, gently held her hand. That was a lot to take in for everyone, but she seemed to be specially fragile compared to the others. Adalard grinned. "It's good to know you've got that much fighting spirit, Miss Beverly. Asuka will show you all to the training area after we're done here, so please be patient until them."
  3. Hello everyone! So, I'm going to Europe tomorrow for a backpacking trip and I'd like to ask you guys from the Old Continent for suggestions of places I should visit! I'll also try to update this thread with some pictures and impressions of the places I end up visiting. First up is Lisbon!
  4. Adalard was honestly surprised by how focused on the mission Ahmed was. He expected him and Kyou to be more shaken after what happened to their family, so the boy's rational approach to piloting the EVA again was a relief. "Good questions mr.Ahmed. You'll be riding in the EVA transport to allow for quick deployement in case of need, as piloting them all the way to the extraction area would put too much of a strain on you. We do have all the apparatus to carry the Evangelion units along with us but, that said, going back to the ship is another story. We do have the means to do it, but should keep that to a minimum so that the tenders have enough fuel to carry the fuel - and us - aboard later." "As for our departure, that would be tomorrow just after dawn. Today you'll begin your training and then I suggest you spend some time with your families. Tell them you volunteered to help in the research or medical teams and try to make them at ease. I promise I'll give my best to ensure that you return to them safe, sound and soon."
  5. "Yes, yes and also yes." Admiral Sauer answered Ahmed promptly. "There's no time to look for other sync compatible people for the EVAs, so we need you to pilot for us in this mission; we already have a rough idea of were to look for the components we need thanks to the data sent by the probes and, finally, we will have a well equiped maintenance team for the EVAs in the expedition as well, but since our resources will be a bit more limited than usual I advise you to avoid taking unnecessary risks." The man then gestured towards Asuka with his right hand. "That said, you'll all be regularly attending to pilot training with Asuka. It will consist in physical training, martial arts, shooting, tactics and simulated battles. Are you all following until now?"
  6. Alma´s Battleground Apartment Asuka was taken by surprise - not by Beverly trying to pull her towel, she expected that - but by the girl´s speed in doing so. Uh, she might not be all that bad in a fight after all. That would have to wait for later though. Asuka calmly let Beverly take the towel, glancing over her shoulder for a bit. "Well if you´re all that eager to prove my point, be my guest." She said, entering the bathroom without even flinching. "Ah, you can leave the towel hanging in the doorknob after you´re done, thanks." The sound of the door closing behind Asuka was a relief to Alma, as she didn´t want to start the day pulling two fighting teens apart from each other in the middle of her apartment. The woman sighed, and then answered the question directed towards her. "Yes, Kyou dear. Though maybe you´d need to do something about that grease... Dr. Hashimoto will probably disapprove if we stain his precious panels and screens in the command center, don´t you think?" ... Evangelion Command Center Despite Daisuke's worries, Neummann and the children arrived right in time for the meeting. Once everyone took their seats in the wide room, their forming a crescent shape facing Adalard, the Admiral started speaking. "Thank you all for coming. First of all I'd like to offer my condolences to miss Kyou and mister Ahmed here. I heard of what happened with your parents and I'm deeply sorry for your loss." The big man stared earnestly into the kids eyes while he delivered those words, but soon afterwards he assumed a stern expression. "Unfortunately, as of now we don't have the luxury of time to grieve over our losses. I called this meeting to inform you of our colony's current situation and future plans." He then took a step sideways and pointed towards Satomi's father. "Daisuke will talk about the first part." Dr Hashimoto stood up and moved to the center of the semi-circle, not wasting any time. "Well, after our staff finished counting the casualties we suffered in the Angel's attack, it is pretty clear we can't risk many more deaths. Nearly a fifth of the settlement's population was wiped out by the Angel, which means we're not too far from a number that would likely generate genetic diseases due to inbreeding in the future." He paused for a moment and then kept going. "Our probe drones have been patrolling to the extremes of their range and we've confirmed that this world is indeed inhabited by more Angels, which would pose an obvious threat to our survival here." Admiral Sauer assumed again from there. "Due to that it is clear that we cannot settle in Canaan without a huge probability of facing extinction. We will retreat from the planet, put the Noah on the move again and look for a new home... Or so we'd like to say." "The thing is, the ship has no fuel for another landing - that's why we took so long probing the surface before bringing her down here. So even if we put everyone back into cryosleep and manage to find another suitable planet we wouldn't be able to land on it." He let the information sink in before continuing. Honestly, he had needed some time to process that when Daisuke told him about it - it seemed that they had hit a dead end, but they still had some cards to play. "So the new plan is: we'll put the Noah back in Canaan's orbit to keep it away from the Angels. While the ship waits there, an exploration team will remain on the surface and look for the components to make more fuel for her. Once they're done we'll use the ship's tenders to bring it aboard and then leave." "Daisuke and Alma, you'll provide me with part of your staff for the mission. I'll need the best within your teams, please bear in mind our survival depends on that. I'll command the ground troops personally to escort them and..." he turned towards the children "...we will bring the Evangelions along too, since there is a good chance that we might encounter Angels along the way."
  7. Alma´s Apartment Asuka heard that from inside the room. When she was younger she would be really pissed off about that, but now that she had grown into a mature, centered version of herself... Well, some things never change. "Ha, as if you had anything on me in that department." The red head answered loud and clear from behind the door, regaining her composure and grabbing her clothes "Besides..." she added, while opening the door and gaining the corridor wearing a smirk and a towel, either forgetting or not caring at all about Ahmed´s presence in the place. "It´s quality over quantity, dear." She finished, stopping for a bit to put a hand on her hips and stare into Beverly´s eyes with a triumphant look. Alma watched with an amused smile as Asuka moved past Beverly towards the bathroom. These two sure are a handful to deal with. she thought just as Ranga asked her about what they should wear. "Yes sweetheart, your normal clothes are fine." Adalard had decided that the kids didn´t need formal clothing for their reunions - they were trying to keep their identity as pilots a secret, after all. "Uniforms are really unconfortable and, besides, you look sooo cute in your own clothing! It would be a shame to spoil that."
  8. Alma´s Apartment And there it is Asuka thought to herself, containing a smirk. Provoking Beverly about that would be fun, but they had more pressing matters to attend to. Alma caught up to that before she could, though; the shrink giggled a bit at the situation before speaking. "Well, despite all that I agree with Beverly, it´s probably nothing. For starters I honestly doubt Angels could really infiltrate the human mind, and even if they could this would be too weak of an attack, don´t you think?" She then looked at her wrist watch and raised an eyebrow. "We can talk more about that later if you want to, but now I think it´s time we get ready for our meeting." Asuka rolled her eyes at the shrink´s first statement but didn´t bother to correct her about the Angel´s capabilities - the less Alma knew, the better for her. It was enough that Asuka herself was aware of the situation and, more than that, she didn´t think it was an Angel attack nor a regular dream but something else entirely. How did they dream about Rei if they don´t know her? If that girl - that thing - was really involved, then she´d have to take it seriously. "Right then, now I´m gonna take a bath and get changed, since someone is finally done with it. I´m blaming 'Sir Kay' if we´re late." She then got up and left the room without waiting for a reply. Satomi "Not really, I never had the time to." Daisuke answered, finishing his plate. There was a bit of awkward silence and he looked at the time in his computer´s screen. "Uhmn, I´d better change for the meeting. I wish Adalard heard me and changed to video calls, they waste far less time." He said, leaving the table straight to his room without any other words.
  9. Alma's Apartment "...Yeah, right." Asuka answered the other girl. Sometimes Beverly could get on her nerves, but she had to admit that "Sir Kay" reminded her of herself, years ago - and that's why she could get what probably was a lie. "So all of us had the same dream and only you wad left out? Well, that might mean it was nothing after all... If it was everybody, maybe we could consider it a useful piece of information." She hoped her words would sink in Beverly's head. Meanwhile, Alma - who had gently returned Ahmed's hug - returned from the kitchen with the cup of coffee the boy had asked for. "I don't think you have to worry about that anyway, Asuka dear." She said, picking up in their conversation. " Shared dreams are a bit rare, but they do happen to people since way before any Angel was spotted. There are lots of theories that try to explain why it happens - from some kind of brain state sinc to it being an access to an subconcious information network - but what is for sure is that they don't have any confirmed prophetic properties." She said calmly. "Actually my graduation work was on that subject. It's a really interesting phenomenom, and more common than most people think. I can still check you guys out for any abnormalities if you want me to." Satomi "Indeed." Daisuke answered simply, not sure if he wanted to keep that awkward line of conversation. He then took a bite of his breakfast and added. "You cook better than her, though. We used to eat out so much for a reason."
  10. Alma's Apartment Asuka turned in her chair to face Beverly as she entered the room. "Hey Beverly, Ahmed, you two had nightmares too, right?" She asked, waiting to see how they responded. "What was it about?" Satomi Busted. Great... Sometimes Daisuke was genuinelly surprised by Satomi's ability to read him. He stopped working for a moment and looked at his daughter preparing the breakfast. "You know, sometimes you sound just like your mother, Satomi." He said, not knowing exactly why he did so. It was pretty rare for the two of them to talk about his wife.
  11. Alma's Apartment Asuka froze for a moment, a shiver running down her spine while she carefully considered her answer. She could lie in order to keep the girls from getting too scared, but if Satomi and Ahmed also dreamed the same thing then it would be for naught. "Y-yeah. My dream was exactly the same thing." Based on her previous experience with Angels, it was pretty likely that Ranga was right about the cause of her shared dream... But the presence of that girl in it might mean something more than that. "And yes, this could be some sort of mind attack by an Angel. I've s-" She stopped herself in time. "read about them being able to do that kind of stuff, but I think if that was the case they'd be more aggresive." Alma was done with the eggs by them, and brought the food to the table. Asuka thought for a moment if it was a bad thing that the shrink heard them talk about all of that but, before she could go down that train of thought, they heard someone knocking on the door and the woman went to answer it. "Ahmed! Good to see you! Will you join us for breakfast as well?" She asked upon seeing the boy. Satomi Daisuke's face assumed a guilty expression as Satomi asked him that. "I... No, not really." He answered the second question, hoping she would be happy with that and wouldn't make him assume that he hadn't slept at all. Better to change the subject "Could you make sure the other children are ready for the meeting? I'm afraid Dr. Neummann might be a bit... too kind to them. It would be bad if they overslept today."
  12. Alma's apartment "Great! Then you can sit at the table with Ranga and Asuka. Beverly is taking a bath and should join us soon." Alma told her with a smile. The psychologist then headed into the kitchen and started preparing their meal. "Would you girls like scrambled eggs?" "It's fine by me." Asuka answered. She waited for Kyou to get closer and then greeted the girl with a wave.
  13. "Yeah I´m fine, thanks." Asuka answered the younger girl while gently putting her hand aside. She wasn´t a fan of physical contact from people she barely knew, but it was getting harder and harder for her to get mad at Ranga, whatever the reason. Maybe it was because she was the youngest and more child like of the whole group, without all the teenager drama the others always brought into any conversation. "So you had a bad dream too uh? Well, if something like that Angel didn't scare us, nothing else would." She had a long story with Angel related nightmares (although not many as vivid as this) and so it wasn't a surprise for her that her roomate started to have her own. It didn´t even cross her mind it could be the same dream. The other people that Asuka spoke to in the last few days were, basically, Beverly and Ahmed. Although the former only brought to the table some verbal (and in that one case with Kyou, physical) altercations, the latter seemed to be focusing his grief in something useful, at least. He bothered her a whole day, but at least she discovered a way he could be useful for the team, if all that talk about fencing was true. And Kyou somewhat showed she wasn´t half bad in a fist fight too, so that wasn't a complete waste of time either. Now since Beverly beat her to the shower today (she was caught off guard this time), she headed for the dining room with Ranga and the shrink. After asking the same as Ranga for breakfast, she heard someone knocking on the door. It was Dr. Neummann who opened it. "Oh, Kyou! How are you doing, sweetie? Please come in, the girls are already up." Alma greeted the girl gently, closing the door after her. "Did you have breakfast already? Would you like to join us?" Satomi Daisuke was, as one might expect, already up and working furiously in his terminal. At least he had a cup of coffee in his hand and a pack of crackers on the desk near him, so Satomi wouldn´t have to worry about him passing out from malnutrition. "Good morning Satomi. We have a meeting with the Admiral in about two hours." He said, looking up from the screen for once. "Did you sleep well?"
  14. Outside Alma's Apartment The soldier listened to what was going on in Dr.Neummann's apartment just a few steps away, but still unseen. He though for a second that it was pretty amazing how easily he could hide, provided other people didn't expect to see him and were distracted by something else. He resumed walking, his mind drifting to the children he just met, feeling sad for the pain and sorrow they were experiencing. He knew it was necessary for the "greater good", but still couldn't accept that reality could be so cruel. On top of that, there were forces in motion who'd try and use the four children to further their own agendas - and even he couldn't completely deny that he was one of those. It was easy for him to find a blind spot in the video surveillance system to take of the helmet that hid his face. In fact, the soldier looked much younger than one would expect, most likely around the EVA pilots' age - a guess that was at the same time completely accurate and totally wrong. He looked determined, for had finally decided what to do given the situation they were in. If these were the children were to choose and shoulder the fate of mankind, like he himself once did, he would make sure they chose the right one. With that thought firmly in his mind, Shinji Ikari made his way outside to the new world. END OF ACT 1
  15. 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
  16. Kyou & Ahmed Ahmed's mother flinched when he mentioned his father. "Son, your father..." she started saying, though the words seemed to be painfully stuck in her chest for a moment. "He went outside to look for me but... I wasn't there." She started to visibly cry at this point. "I fell down a stair, he didn't find me and went to look outside... And now he's gone." Arash Verethragna had nothing he could tell his daughter to ease her pain, so he embraced her once again in an one armed hug, holding her as tight as he could. "We'll need to be strong, Kyou. We'll do that for her, ok?" The man tried to sound calm, but was clearly in the verge of tears. "I'm sure she would be proud of you having survived and also helped in the rescue effort. You were always her treasure, Kyou." Satomi "Yes, that would be all." Daisuke Hashimoto told Satomi. He then focused on his work until his daughter left the room... and then sighed, resting his head in his hands. This wasn't what he had planned at all. Satomi's Evangelion was supposed to be his last resort and ,now that Alma Neummann got the custody of the other kids, he'd have to watch out for the shrink's influence over them. At least he'd raised his daughter well: she would do just as he said when he needed her to.
  17. Kyou & Ahmed Ahmed's mother just answered to her son's embrace for some time before she spoke "Oh Ahmed, I'm so grateful that you're not hurt! The soldiers told me that you've saved some people during the rescue, I hopes it wasn't anything too risky... But you seem fine! Do you feel alright? Anything hurts? What about your brother and sister?" She asked with teary eyes. Meanwhile, Kyou's father also recovered enough to speak with his daughter. "Kyou-chan, I'm so glad you're ok... You're not hurt anywhere, are you? I got stuck under the rubble near the entrance, unable to do anything... Damn, I thought I'd never see you again." He let go of the hug after saying this and put his one hand over her shoulder, looking her in the eyes with a terribly pained expresion. "Your okaasan, she... Junko didn't make it. She was right in the center of everything helping people to set camp." Ranga & Beverly "Yeah, she's right." Asuka said, for once not even caring about Beverly's provocation. "It's most likely bad news. Better let them have some space." Satomi "Yes, you looked like a natural piloting the Evangelion." Daisuke said, though for some reason his expression didn't make it feel like a compliment. "You have now access to something too powerful, Satomi, and too dangerous. If it depended on me you'd never pilot that monster again, but now that's in the Admiral's hands." He finished his food and got back to the computer terminal. "Now that it's come to this, you have three priorities: Don't do anything rash with your unit, don't let any of the other children do it with theirs' and, most important of all, don't put yourself in danger. If things get ugly just run, don't care for the others."
  18. Ahmed & Kyou Alma waited for Asuka and Ranga to leave before speaking to Ahmed and Kyou in the kindest tone she could muster "Well you two, there are some people here to meet you. I think it's better for you to see for yourselves. I'll give you some space." The woman then sent the soldier away and opened the door for two people to come in: Ahmed's mother, and Kyou's father. The next realization was that they were absolutely not ok. Ahmed's mom was in a wheelchair, and Kyou's dad was missing his right arm. Both looked very shaken, so much that it took them a moment to recognize their son and daughter, at which point she opened her arms, calling for Ahmed's name, and he rushed to Kyou, dropping to his knees to hug her tightly with his remaining arm. Both were crying. Satomi "Oh, yes. That." Daisuke said simply. After thinking for a bit, he asked. "So... How was it? Piloting the Evangelion?" Asuka, Ranga, Beverly Asuka was the first to get up and get to the room, taking a bowl of pasta with her. She could imagine what was going on with the other two pilots, so she didn't complain at all and was actually pretty silent when she left the bowl near Beverly's bed. "Here, some food for you. It's pretty decent." The red head said, taking a seat and waiting for Ranga to join them.
  19. Satomi "I see." Doctor Hashimoto said, seriously. Satomi's disconfort with her shoulder didn't pass unnoticed to her father, though. "Are you hurt?" He asked in a worried tone, rapidly followed by an annoyed "Neumann's staff should have checked you better."
  20. Ranga, Ahmed Kyou "Oh, me? I'm still a work in progress... I 've always wanted to learn to cook properly, but my studies and, later, my work didn't give me enough time to really try my hand at it. Guess now I have a good reason to focus on getting better, though!" Alma answered with a smile. It wasn't long after that they heard someone knock on the door. The doctor excused herself and went to answer it. A young soldier greeted her and, after a brief conversation, she turned to look at the children over her shoulder. It was a quick glance, but she seemed worried. "Kyou, Ahmed, could you come here for a second?" She asked in a calm tone. "Asuka and Ranga, could you take some food to Beverly and make her company for a little while?" Satomi "Yes, there are no problems with my physical condition." Daisuke said, almost mechanically. "Although I could have had a better day, obviously." He then looked up from his plate for a change and stared Satomi in the eyes. "You seem to be holding pretty well, considering what happened."
  21. Ahmed, Ranga, Kyou The doctor smiled at Ahmed's comment. "Well, seems like we've got gourmet here! Do you like cooking, Ahmed?"
  22. 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.
  23. "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.
  24. 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.
  25. "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."