Crimson and Azure

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10/13/2004 - 00:00

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A story about Rei's quest to find meaning in her life, with Shinji's help. Completed in August of 2002.

  1. Rei Ayanami was not what most people considered to be an overly emotional girl. In fact, some questioned whether or not she HAD feelings at all. Shinji Ikari had always felt different, and had even seen her smile once (even if it had been his suggestion), but being a shy boy he didn't quite know how to approach her.

    However, even given his conviction that she might have more emotion than she let on (or was capable of showing), his mouth dropped open as she gently laid a hand on his arm as he got up to leave school one day.

  2. Rei showed up exactly at the appointed time, ringing the doorbell at precisely 5:00 and 00 seconds. Asuka answered the door, much to their mutual displeasure. Rei did not exactly dislike the blue-eyed girl, but her presence meant that she would undoubtedly interfere with Rei's lesson. Asuka, on the other hand, absolutely hated the First Child. She could not stand anything that reminded her of dolls... and Rei DEFINITELY reminded her of a doll.

    "What do you want, Wondergirl?" Asuka asked, not bothering to hide her irritation.

  3. It was not going well. Shinji had his hands clasped over his ears as the cello made a terrible screeching sound. Asuka had stormed out an hour prior, mumbling something about going to a construction site for some quiet. It was two weeks since the first lesson, and Rei had not improved... at all.

    "Th-that's enough for today, Ayanami." He yelled, blinking at the sudden quiet.

    "I do not understand why I cannot play this melody, it is fairly basic." Rei said calmly, ignoring Shinji's thankful sigh.

  4. Several days later, things were looking up. Rei could play a basic tune, though she still did not feel happy, she did feel slightly better... especially when Shinji focussed his undivided attention on her. If asked, she would not be able to tell exactly what it was about his gaze that pleased her... only that it did.

  5. In spite of the heavy instrument he was currently lugging up the third of four flights of stairs, and the sounds of construction coming from outside, Shinji was a very happy young man.

    "Are you certain that you do not require assistance?" Rei asked as he wrestled the big black case around the corner, "I would not mind."

  6. Odd... odd that she should think of music at a time likes this. ((Why would my last lesson be recalled now?)) Rei asked herself as she descended into the depths of Terminal Dogma with excruciating slowness.

    "AHHH!!!" Asuka screamed again as the orbiting angel penetrated further into her mind, "No... PLEASE GOD NO!!!!"

    For the tenth time, Rei reached for the switch to deactivate the communications system, and for the tenth time, she stayed her hand, ((I... I may need further orders...)) she thought, though the real reason was far more intricate than that.

  7. Asuka sat in a square of yellow tape, cordoned off from the rest of the world. Her arms were wrapped around her knees as she watched Unit 02 being returned to its cage.

    "Asuka! I'm... I'm glad you're ok..." Shinji called for the parameter of the tape.

    She looked over her shoulder, considering him, then smiled... a wan smile, but a smile nonetheless, "I'm ok because of you, Shinji..." she whispered.

  8. Rei walked to school quietly, thinking of all that had happened in the last few weeks. The cello lessons had continued, but they mostly consisted of Shinji listening to her play, as she had become... not his equal, but at least skilled enough to handle things on her own without his guidance.

    It pleased her that she was doing well, and it pleased her to observe him listening to her play... with his head tilted slightly to the side and a small smile on his lips.

  9. Rei sat quietly by Shinji's bedside and stared at his impassive face. - Why will you not awaken?- she thought sadly, -It has been two days now...-

    Her right hand was clasped firmly around his, gently wrapping her slender fingers around his unresponsive ones. In her free hand she clutched a small box. 'It was in his hand when they found him...' Misato had said as she handed it to Rei. 'He... he must have been looking at it when he...' she had broken off, unable to finish.

  10. Rei helped Shinji out of the blue Alpine slowly, taking great care to avoid hitting his head on the roof of the vehicle. "Watch out," she said in her quiet voice, "I do not wish you to return to the hospital so soon."

    Shinji smiled as he got his crutch under his arm, "Thanks Rei..." He looked up at the apartment building. Though it had only been two weeks since he was last here, it felt like an eternity.

  11. Asuka Langley Souryu was insane. Of this fact Rei had no doubt, but she could not convince anyone else. Misato waved her odd behavior away as nothing more than stress, and Shinji saw nothing at all out of the ordinary (she could not fault him for that, though... Asuka was being friendly to him, and Shinji clung to any scrap of affection that came his way without question.)

  12. Rei looked down at the bulging veins running the length of her body and wept. She wept for all that she had become... she wept for all that she must now lose... and she wept for the boy that she loved and would never see again.

    She felt the angel work itself deeper into her mecha, and herself, and she knew that time was short.

  13. "Shinji... Shinji?" Shinji opened his eyes and looked around.

    "Oh... hi Kaworu, what's up?" The red-eyed boy was standing over his bed, smiling.

    "I was wondering if you would like to join me for a movie," The Fifth Child said easily, "I am bored."

    Shinji looked away from his new-found friend, "I don't know... I don't really feel like going anywhere..."

  14. Shinji sat in room three-oh-three and stared sadly at the girl lying still in the room's sole bed. "Asuka?" he whispered, "Can you hear me?"

    The redhead made no reply, just continued to look blankly around the room. It was disconcerting to watch, as it appeared that she was taking in the scenery... but her eyes never rested, they just kept traveling around the room.

  15. Asuka's life had been filled with pain, both physical and emotional.

    When she was four, she had fallen down the stairs and broken her leg. Just a simple, clean break... but it had still hurt like hell.

    When she was seven, her mother had taken her own life, and very nearly Asuka's as well.

    By the time she was fourteen, she had endured more hardships than most people see in a lifetime. However, nothing in her past could have prepared her for the searing pain the Lance's entry into Unit 02 caused her.

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