Author Topic: Adeptus Evangelion - Adnascentia of Ideals  (Read 87934 times)

Offline Arraxis

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2015, 03:44:47 pm »
Yuki waved off Azami's apology. "It's fine, it's fine~!" She said, glad that she seemed a little less frustrated than before. Eli, on the other hand, was still as fascinated as ever with the mass of activity around them. It would have been rough for her the first few days, since she couldn't imagine that she'd have met too many people, or been surrounded by a crowd of them before. An announcement over the speakers alerted them to the train an instant before it could be seen down the tunnel, its headlights making it look almost like some kind of mythic snake emerging from a cave. It pulled up to the platform and a fair few people streamed out. If they were lucky they'd be able to get a seat. "It's so good when trains arrive when you arrive~!" Yuki said happily to herself. It was annoying when you had to wait... although the worst was when you ran for the train and just missed it. All that wasted effort, and then you have to wait the maximum amount of time possible.

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #31 on: November 23, 2015, 03:55:23 pm »
Eli waits at the side of the sliding glass barrier to allow those exiting the train to get off before she steps onto the mag-lev with the others, pressing herself into a convenient corner and grabbing a handrail.  Watching people was easier if you were standing over them rather than sitting under their line of sight as she'd realized on her first few days of commuting.  Besides, she wasn't entirely sure she liked her twintails brushing against seats that probably hundreds of rears graced each and every day, never mind the one time a particularly large and oblivious gentleman sat on one of her twintails.  The experience had nearly been enough to make her consider cutting them off, but she'd merely settled for a triple-shampoo instead.

Offline Jynx

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2015, 04:11:08 pm »
The boy, once again, follows the girls and gets on the train.

He doesn't feel like sitting - not after all those hours at school - so he just grabs a handrail and puts his bag between his legs. He just stares at the black window, hoping the train will eventually rise to the surface.

Offline Deeox2

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2015, 05:40:18 pm »
With the entire group on board or in the process of boarding, Azami grabs the handrail and lets her gaze trail over to the doors. She almost smiles in spite upon thinking of one of the two that weren't there.

"Hopefully Mhaol doesn't get his hand stuck in the door," she says, audibly sincere but with a layer of humor as she thinks about how else he'd get to HQ, "train door or otherwise."
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Offline Arraxis

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2015, 10:43:19 pm »
Ahh... damn, looks like we're standing. Yuki thought as she grabbed hold of a pole for stability. It wasn't a long trip, so it wasn't super annoying or anything. The doors of the train close and it takes off, heading to the next station. She'd probably have gotten up for an older person, anyway. She heard Azami say something about Phillip and she couldn't help but giggle. "Could be a window - he seems the sort to try and escape out of one." Yuki replied, thinking that such a scenario was all too believable. "Oh, you're expected to use first names in English, right? In what circumstances would you use their surname?" It was interesting the different in culture the languages were, even in just how to refer to someone. Personally, Yuki preferred using first names anyway, since it was more... well, personal than surnames. Honourifics helped, of course, but English lacked those.

Offline Deeox2

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2015, 11:31:25 pm »
The exact reason Azami was using Phillip's last name was because it wasn't personal. There wasn't any respect to be had there. He was just a member of her team that she would tolerate. Of course, maybe she just liked the sound of that compared to saying his first name. "It's about respect here in Japan, correct? It's much of the same in London." Azami looks at Steiner and Elidia for some sort of opinion considering how little she actually knows about her homeland.

She shakes her head. "It was much of the same where I resided, under London." Azami didn't want anyone to think she actually knew anything about anything. "Everyone held a title there." That was probably the best way to describe it to the girl.

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Offline woolyshambler

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2015, 12:05:21 am »
Eli seems a little too engrossed in a shampoo advertisement to answer, staring at the advertisement's holographic avatar while she idly runs her hands through her own hair with a frown.

Offline Arraxis

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2015, 12:25:42 am »
"I see..." She remembered how England had a royal family, just like Japan. Second Impact had changed that, sure, but it was the same here. Perhaps the two countries were more similar than she'd thought. Hopefully she wasn't doing things wrong. She looked over to Eli as she stared at a shampoo ad and rand a hand through her hair. "Oh, uh, not sure if you know, but all ads are trying to sell you something, and they'll do anything to do so. Don't let them make you feel bad about yourself." Yuki, perhaps, had a better idea of how they worked than most people. She'd been in several, after all, and not just to advertise for her group. Everything was incredibly artificial and manufactured in order to convince people to spend their money on their product, whether through positive or negative feelings. Not that some of them weren't fun to be a part of.

She turned back to Azami and got an idea. "Does that mean you have a title, too, outside of your rank? Azami-hime?" Yuki asked brightly, wondering if the older girl had a sense of humour. Of course, there was the chance that she did have an honest-to-goodness title, but she seemed a little downcast about it? Hopefully she wasn't poking something too painful, but she wanted to see her reaction. Steiner hadn't seemed receptive, but perhaps behind the soldier Azami was more human than she let on?

Offline Deeox2

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2015, 12:50:08 am »
Azami looks over to Elidia, pursing her lips a bit. Capitalism was just another bear trap that Azami didn't want to step into, especially considering she didn't actually have any money to her name. She didn't come all the way to Japan just to fall into illegal activities to pay for shopping sprees. Maybe Elidia had though...

"Hime?" She searches her memory for the particular word meaning, chuckling when she remembers Wolfe calling Lasiin an 'aggravating princess' during one of the scheduled language practice sessions. Azami straightens her coat, using her one free hand to exemplify her act of royalty. "Oh yes, but alas, my coronation was the day before I arrived. I fear my people are lost without my guidance..." One mature giggle later, and she's back to business. "In all seriousness, I was the prime candidate of that project, and I suppose that's the closest to a title I'll ever get."

Out of four candidates, she had been the one sent to save the world. What a mess.
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Offline woolyshambler

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2015, 02:04:55 am »
"Are they allowed to do that?" Eli's frown deepens again.  "If the shampoo doesn't make a person happier or their hair shinier, why are they allowed to say it does?"  Eli sighs again.  "Sometimes I wonder if anything in this world is real..."

Offline Arraxis

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2015, 02:38:25 am »
Yuki burst out laughing. OK, Azami's definitely not a stick in the mud at all if she could do that. Likes to follow the rules and respects order, sure, but if she can have a laugh at that, she's OK in her book. "OK, OK, I get it, I'll make sure to work extra hard to send the bad guys packing so you can go back to take the throne, Azami-hime." If she weren't on a train she'd have bowed deeply, but instead she settled for a quick curtsey instead. I wonder what she'd look like decked out in a frilly dress and a tiara... that's how Western royals dress, right?

On the other hand, Eli seemed to be struggling with the meaning of ads. "Well, there are some laws that govern what they can and can't say..." Yuki hedged, not really knowing the details of this part of advertising. She was involved in making them, sure, but that was simply playing the role set for her. "Anyway, does it matter if something's real or not? Have you read stories? Watched anime? Played games? Almost all of them are fake in some way. But they still entertain. They still inspire. They can still make you cry in joy or sorrow. The emotions you feel are real."

It might seem a bit unexpected for complex ideas like this to come out of a young teenage girl like her, but she'd been an idol for several years now, and a fan of outlandish stories for longer. She thrived on the unreal and imaginary. It would be hard to be an idol if you couldn't accept the fake parts of it. "Some ads are sketchy, like the ones that say you're ugly unless you buy their shampoo. But some are silly and entertaining, or make an outlandish claim that's clearly impossible, and hope that if they can make you laugh you'll remember that product next time you want something similar. You'll remember that ad, smile, and think 'Why not?' Just because something's fake doesn't mean it's bad."

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #41 on: November 24, 2015, 02:58:58 am »
Eli thinks in silence for a few moments, the smooth hum of the maglev and its gentle side-to-side motion filling the lull in conversation.  "I suppose... when you're head's full of things that aren't real, at least not for you personally, you try to hold onto the things that are."  Eli's voice is more pensive than sad.  She looks back at the advertisement and sweeps her fingers through it, scattering prismatic light in the wake of her motion.  "Well," her lips quirk up in a bit of a sideways smile.  "So long as she makes someone out there happy."  Eli gives the advertisement an irritable jerk of the thumb before turning her attention to the window.

The maglev breaks out from underground, hurtling into the open air, climbing upwards and arcing gently as it presents the occupants with one of Tokyo-3's more glorious metropolitan vistas.  Ultra-modern buildings knife upwards from the ground, shining steel and glass testaments to Humanity's resilience and defiance in the face of cataclysm.  The bright afternoon sun reflects off the city's face and the blood red ocean below as the maglev banks gracefully across the waterfront, making a beeline for another of Nerv's satellite installations and maglev stops, a snow-white marble pyramid in the distance. 

Eli presses her hand against the glass.  Even if she's seen it dozens of times since she first started regularly going to and from the school, the view is never enough and no matter how much she sometimes wishes the maglev would simply halt on its rails to give her her fill, it never fails to disappear as the maglev is swallowed by Nerv's station, slipping from her mind like a half-remembered dream, water through the gaps in her fingers.

Offline Deeox2

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #42 on: November 24, 2015, 03:13:13 am »
Yuki's conviction for hope and happiness was certainly a welcome addition to a team of pragmatists, pessimists and anarchists. Or at least that's how the soldier saw it. She'd bring the hope to the people, while others would bring the fight to the enemy. A thought comes to mind, and she almost brings herself to ask something along the lines of 'aren't you fourteen?' Where did she get all these ideas from...

Azami nudges Steiner in the shoulder, eyes narrowing with the brightness of the city and the sun. "There's the view you seemed to be wanting, Laudo," evidently not in tune with the insides of the boy's mind. "It's not Tokyo-3 without the view, is it?" When the lovely painting disappears from view, there's one thing the woman knows for sure. They'll be seeing that again from a very different angle soon enough, and there won't be time to admire the sights.
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Offline Arraxis

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2015, 03:33:02 am »
'When your head's full of things that aren't real, you try to hold onto the things that are.' That made sense. Yuki remembered what Eli had said, about sharing some of Mathias' memories. It was interesting and weird. She supposed it was important given that her physical age in no way matched her actual age, but it would have to be unsettling to know that your life is in some way less real than another person's.

Well, there was one way to help with that.

As the view of the city vanished, Yuki gave Eli a quick hug from behind, around the waist. "All of us here are real. You, me, Azami and Steiner. Anatoly. Maybe not Patrick." Yuki giggled and then released her. "I'm sure we'll be able to have lots of great, real memories together." It was already nice to have a room-mate - she didn't have any sisters or brothers, even if her fellow idols were kind of like her sisters in a way. Hopefully they were all doing fine. She'd been given some time off to adjust to everything, but she hoped she'd be able to perform again soon. After all, it's not like they were doing anything for NERV until now, so she probably didn't need the break.

Offline woolyshambler

Re: Adeptus Evanglion - Adnascentation of Ideals
« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2015, 03:46:10 am »
Eli's smile reflects on the dark of the glass in the moment before the maglev pulls into the brightly lit station.  "I know."