A side story in the "I Mustn't Run Away"/"In Other Words" continuity, now named _The Heart, the Soul_. Shortly after IOW. Please read the preceding fics before this one. Spoiler warnings from those apply here, of course. And also, remember, this Shinji is the manga characterization—the more well-adjusted one with backbone.
Dedicated to Michael Borgwardt and also David Tai; the latter pestered me quite a bit on this at KawaiiMuck. I hope you like it.