Neon Genesis Evangelion Fan Fiction ❯ Reflections ( Chapter 9 )
(flashback) Misato glares, although she still looks scared.
Misato Hey. Drop it.
The present day. Nerv pyramid.
Fuyutsuki sighs and leans back in his desk chair.
He is mostly alone in the Command Center.
Fuyutsuki Its been a week…
(flashback) Shinji and Fuyutsuki on the boat in the previous episoe.
Fuyutsuki (MONO) He and I havent talked since…
Shinji is synching in the Entry Plug.
Outside the Eva cage, Ibuki and Ritsuko monitor him.
Ibuki Our work load sure has increased lately…
A display picture. All five pilots are synching.
Ritsuko (OFF) Yes…
Ritsuko But on the plus side, weve proven that our simulations of Evas can increase synchs.
Ibuki taps away at the display screen.
Ibukis fingers move extraordinarily fast.
Ibuki (OFF) Why did we send the Vice Commander away for so long?
Ritsuko seems uncertain.
Ibuki Surely a lieutenant could have handled the tasks of gathering the new Children?
Ritsukos eyes close-up.
Ritsuko Yes, a lieutenant or even some lower-ranked individual could have.
Ibuki looks a bit awkward.
Ritsuko (OFF) But its not our place to ask questions, now is it?
Ibuki lowers her head.
Shinji opens his eyes in the Entry Plug.
Shinji (MONO) This place smells so familiar… and so strange…
The plug makes a grinding noise. Its moving!
Ibuki (OFF – RADIO) Plug depth increasing…
Shinji begins to freak out.
The plug grinds to a halt.
Ibuki (OFF RADIO) Its stabilized again…
Ritsuko His plug can move all by itself?
Ibuki Apparently… Unit 00 and Unit 02 have never behaved like this…
Both women looks slightly afraid.
Asuka in her plug.
Asuka Activate radio connection to Unit-02 beta…
Kaworus simulation plug.
A picture of Asuka appears.
Asuka Hey, Fourth!
Kaworu opens his eyes.
Asuka Dont think that just because theyre letting you sim in Unit 02 theyll let you actually use it!
Kaworu (RADIO) I hadnt expected any such thing.
Asuka (RADIO) Go-
Ritsuko (OFF RADIO) Second Child!
Ritsuko There are to be no radio contacts during this experiment!
Shinji, Kensuke, and Kaworu change in the locker room.
Kensuke Isnt this great? Theyre letting me use a sim of Unit 00!
Kaworu buttons his shirt.
Kaworu …I would have thought youd like to pilot a real Eva…
Kensuke (OFF) Well, yeah!
Kensuke ties his shoe.
Kensuke But the sim of Unit 00 is a lot better than Unit 05!
Kaworu And Unit 01? What is it like, Shinji?
Shinji has already left the locker room.
Kaworu and Kensuke both look disappointed.
Shinji pulls headphones out of his pocket.
He sticks them in his ears.
Fuyutsuki approaches him quietly.
Shinji and Fuyutsuki walking down the corridor.
Shinji enters an elevator.
He presses the door close button.
Fuyutsuki watches as the doors close.
Text: Episode #09: Reflections
The school building.
BGM START: C-1 [Pleasant Morning]
The five pilots walk into the school together.
Asuka I dont know why I have to go to school…
They enter the classroom.
Asuka Spending time training would be smarter.
Hikari looks up in shock.
Hikari (OFF) Aida-kun?!
Kensuke cringes instinctively.
Kensuke Cl- class rep?
Hikari then notices the two new students.
Hikari Oh… hello…
Both smile at Hikari.
Asuka Hi! Im Asuka, one of Evas pilots!
The whole classroom.
They all crowd around the five pilots.
Student A Why didnt you tell us, Ikari?!
Student B Is that why you were gone, Aida?
Student C The new girl… shes so pretty!
Shinji is horrified by the attention.
Kaworu smiles at a girl who stands nearby him.
Asuka looks annoyed.
Kensuke grins like an idiot.
Rei is nonplussed.
Later, Asuka writes her name on the chalkboard.
She turns around.
Asuka Im Soryu Asuka Langley!
She bows slightly.
Asuka Nice to meet you all!
The male portion of the class is drooling, excepting the three pilots.
Kaworu stands in front of the class.
Kaworu I am Nagisa Kaworu.
He returns to his seat.
The female portion of the class is drooling, excepting the two pilots.
Old Teacher Yes… well… as you know, these two are some of the pilots of Evangelion, which, as you know, were built…
Later that day, during lunch, Hikari approaches Asuka.
Hikari Uhm… excuse me, Soryu?
Asuka looks up.
Hikari holds out a paper.
Hikari In a week, well be going to the IECs aquarium. Youll need your parents to sign off on this.
Asuka takes the paper.
Asuka Im my own guardian.
She signs it with a flourish.
Hikari takes it.
Hikari Okay, then.
She turns to the three male pilots.
She takes a few steps forward.
Hikari (MONO) Why is Aida back, but not Suzuhara…?
She hands Kaworu his paper.
Kaworu A field trip?
Kaworu Is Ayanami going?
Kaworu Then I am uninterested.
He turns away.
A hospital building.
Kensuke (OFF) Were looking for a Suzuhara Mai?
Another hospital building.
Kensuke (OFF) Suzuhara Mai? She was transferred he-
A third hospital building.
Kensuke (OFF) Are you sure youve never heard of her?
A fourth hospital.
Kensuke and Shinji are at the main desk, looking exhausted.
Kensuke Shes not in the records at all?
Text: No results found.
Secretary (OFF) Sorry, no…
Shinji But weve checked every hospital in town.
Kensuke And none of the hospitals have her.
Secretary Well, Im sorry… are you sure shes been hospitalized recently?
Kensuke (OFF) Of course!
Shinji and Kensuke are walking along one of Tokyo-3s busy streets.
Kensuke It doesnt make sense! Toji visited her only a month ago! They would have some information on her!
Shinji looks concerned.
Shinji Then… (gulps) Then what happened to his sister?
Kensuke I dont know… They might have moved her somewhere else, but…
The two boys in the middle of the crowd of people.
Kensuke But why wouldnt they have any information on her at all?
Both boys look very uncomfortable at the thought.
Asuka slowly pulls on her fuku in the Nerv locker room.
She glares over at Rei.
Rei is calmly reading a book.
Asuka sits beside her.
Asuka So, youre Pilot Zero?
Asuka (OFF) So, youre the only other girl around here…
Asuka Then we should be friends!
Rei seems uninterested.
Rei If I am ordered to…
Rei Yes. I see no reason to be friends with you.
Asuka looks offended.
Rei (OFF) But if Im ordered to, I will.
Rei returns to reading her book like nothing ever happened.
Asuka stands there a few moments, twitching slightly.
Misato drinks a beer while Asuka paces back and forth, fuming.
Asuka Who does she think she is?!
Misato tries to smile.
Misato Shes… shes a bit cold, I know, but…
Asuka She said shed only be friends with me if ordered too! Shes like a doll!
Misato Asuka, I know I said you could come here at any time, but… can you please calm down?
Pen-Pen hides in his fridge.
Misato (OFF) How about I order the two of you to be friends, then?
Asuka seriously considers this for a few moments.
Asuka Ugh, I dont care anymore. Whatever.
She goes to the front door.
Asuka Bye, Misato!
Misato takes a long drink, and doesnt do her standard war cry.
Misato (MONO) I wish shed get along with the others better…
Kaworu looks up at Eva-01.
Kaworu Its quite impressive…
Shinji stands nearby.
Shinji Kaworu-kun, are you listening?
Shinji I said, Tojis sister has disappeared.
Kaworu Im sure its just a clerical error…
Shinji shakes his head.
Shinji I dont think so…
Kaworu Well, it doesnt matter much. Im sure Tojis father knows where the girl is.
Shinji brightens up.
Shinji Of course! Thats genius, Kaworu-kun!
The Evangelion seems to be watching both of them.
Kaworu Is that really all you had to talk to me about?
Kaworu Its not nice to invite someone on an outing only to talk about your troubles.
Shinji I, I didnt mean it like that…
Kaworu almost looks disappointed.
Kaworu Oh well…
Shinji blushes all the brighter.
Kaworu I suppose Ill just have to talk to Ayanami…
She is writing something.
Hikari (MONO) I wonder if a note is the best of ideas…
She sighs and crumples up the paper.
She throws it into a trash can.
She dials a number into her cell phone.
Cell phone screen.
Text: Aida Kensuke… calling
She looks at the phone for a few seconds.
Text: No answer.
She sighs and lies on her bed.
Hikari I wonder if Ill ever see him again…
She rolls over and stares up at the ceiling.
Hikari They didnt even say goodbye…
A large building. Surrounding it are four pools of water, the first deep red, the last properly blue.
A school bus pulls up.
SE: chattering of people.
The students eagerly get out.
Student A This is so cool!
Student B I cant wait!
Shinji is listening to his SDAT.
Kensuke walks behind him, looking at him concernedly.
Asuka looks immensely bored as she walks along with the rest of the group.
SE: car tires screeching
BGM START: B-16 [MISATO]
Misato pulls up to the building.
She gets out of the car and waves.
The male half of the class stops to drool.
Student B Whoa! Shes a babe!
Misato (OFF) Shinji-kun! Hi!
Kaworu and Rei are standing with Misato outside the car. Kaworu waves.
Misato They changed their minds!
Rei She ordered us to come.
Asuka rolls her eyes dismissively.
Asuka Of course.
Shinji grins at Rei.
Shinji Im… Im glad you came, Ayanami.
A few more cars drive up.
Section 2 agents (reused from episode 4) climb out.
Kensuke Even here, were being watched!
Fuyutsuki also gets out of the car.
Asuka The Vice Commander? What is he, a babysitter?
Misato silently gets into her car.
Several male students groan (OFF) as she drives away.
Shinji stares at Fuyutsuki for a moment before he realizes Misato is gone.
Shinji (OFF) I wonder why she left so quickly…
Kensuke She doesnt seem to like that guy very much…
The Section 2 agents approach.
Asuka Ugh, are they gonna follow us around here, too?
Rei stands next to Asuka.
Asuka But why?!
Rei pulls a book out of her bag.
Rei Because they have been ordered to, friend.
Asuka looks away uncomfortably.
Asuka Er… about that…
Rei is reading.
Asuka (OFF) Well, you…
Asuka Oh, never mind.
She storms off.
Rei follows her new friend.
Kaworu steps up to Shinji.
Kaworu Ayanami seems hostile…
Rei is still following Asuka, reading her book.
Shinji (OFF) Ayanami?
Shinji But shes so nice to me…
Shinji Have you done something to offend her?
Kaworu I do not think so…
Shinji sighs. The thought that Rei and Kaworu are both a little odd occurs to him.
Shinji Then… what did you say?
Kaworu Its private, Im afraid. I am sorry, Shinji-kun.
Shinji shakes his head.
Shinji I cant help, then…
He reaches for his SDAT.
Kaworu grabs his arm.
Kaworu (OFF) Why are you always hiding?
Text: Neon Genesis Evangelion: Episode: 9: A School Trip
The schoolchildren walk into the aquarium.
Student C This is amazing!
Fuyutsuki coughs slightly.
The children slowly turn to him.
Fuyutsuki I should warn you…
Text: Decontamination Chamber
Fuyutsuki (OFF) Theres something youll all have to do first.
The decontamination chamber. A barrier divides the boys from girls.
Students scream as they are sprayed by water. Only Rei seems unaffected.
All the students emerge in white robes.
The Section 2 agents follow.
Fuyutsuki looks around the room.
BGM START: B-21 [A Moment When Tension Breaks]
Tropical fish swim in the aquarium.
Turtles swim past a couple of students who are in awe.
A shark idles by.
A cluster of penguins wark at the students.
Kensuke runs around with his video camera, trying to see and film everything at once.
A couple of girls (the two from Episode 3) giggle at him as he runs around.
Kensuke This is all so amazi-
He gasps as the shark gets close to the tank.
A couple more kids guffaw at his jumping back (off).
Hikari approaches him slowly.
Kensuke Oh! Class Rep!
She looks very awkward.
Kensuke (OFF) Whats up?
Hikari I was wondering…
The whole class, scattered around the aquarium. Of note are Shinji and Rei standing close together.
Hikari I was wondering…
Hikari Wheres Toji?
Kensuke blinks in surprise.
Kensuke You- you called him-
Hikari I mean Suzuhara!
She is blushing quite fiercely now.
Kensuke (OFF) Yeah…
Kensuke looks regretfully at the tanks.
Kensuke They separated us at an airport.
(flashback) The Siberian wilderness.
Kensuke (OFF) I went on to Sakhalin and into Siberia,
(flashback) An immense city.
Kensuke (OFF) They sent him to somewhere in China.
(flashback) An explosion.
Kensuke (OFF) When Unit 05 got destroyed, they sent me back here.
Hikari Then… whats he doing right now?
Kensuke I guess hes training in China still.
Hikari Do you know when hell be back, then?
Kensuke (OFF) No.
Hikari looks very disappointed.
She looks around the aquarium.
She sees something!
Fuyutsuki talks to a section two agent for a few brief moments.
He then steps off down a corridor.
Asuka (echo) The Vice Commander?
Hikari follows Fuyutsuki down the corridor.
Hikari (MONO) Hell know… he has to…
Shinji stares at some small fish.
Shinji Their tank… its so small.
Rei Theyre small…
The fish swim around without a care in the world.
Rei (OFF) They couldnt live anywhere else.
Rei Like me.
Shinji looks concerned by this statement.
Asuka walks up to them.
Asuka Ugh, this place is getting boring…
Shinji looks at her.
Asuka (OFF) I mean, it was cool at first, sure, but…
Asuka Now its just a bunch of dumb fish.
The dumb fish. A beautiful collection of colors.
Rei is watching them intently.
Asuka Makes me wish Id brought a video game or something…
Shinji shakes his head.
Shinji Ill be right back…
He walks off.
Asuka looks annoyed.
Rei (OFF) I think its beautiful.
The mens restroom.
Shinji is washing his hands.
Fuyutsuki approaches the sink next to him.
Fuyutsukis hands in the running water.
Shinji looks at him cautiously.
Fuyutsuki (echo) Your mother had a saying…
Shinji quickly turns off the water.
Shinji leaves the bathroom.
A corridor. Fish tanks line it.
Shinji (MONO) I dont know why I dont want to talk to him.
Shinji is curled up, listening to his SDAT.
Shinji (MONO) Is it what Misato said?
A section two agent stands at the end of the corridor.
Shinji (MONO) Or is it something else?
Fuyutsuki walks down a different corridor.
Shinji (MONO) Is it just because he knows Mother?
Kaworu is standing over Shinji.
Shinji looks up and starts.
Shinji Ka- Kaworu-kun!
He looks down on him.
Kaworu What are you doing all the way down here?
Kaworu You cant say you were done looking at the fish…
Shinji (OFF) Uhm…
Kaworu Theyre so calming… You Lilin like that, dont you?
Shinji looks confused.
Shinji Er… Lilin?
Shinji (OFF) It… it is calming, bu-
Kaworu But you have something on your mind?
Kaworu sits next to Shinji.
Shinji scoots away slightly, astonished.
Kaworus enigmatic smile has returned.
Kaworu Why dont you talk about it, then?
Shinji doesnt make eye contact with Kaworu.
Kaworu (OFF) You dont have to run away, you know.
Kaworu If you dont talk to anyone, how can you expect life to get better?
BGM START: B-16 [MISATO]
Misato hums to herself happily as she puts on lipstick.
And a bit of blush.
Misato in make-up. She smiles to herself.
She opens the door.
Her smile falters just a little.
Her date. He isnt anywhere near as dressed up.
He pulls her into a passionate kiss.
Date Whatd you get all dressed up for, anyways?
Misato I… I thought you said we were going out.
Date Who needs to go out? Well order some take-out, have a few beers, and spend the rest of the night in the comfort of your bed.
Misato seems less and less happy as this list goes on.
She looks over at her bedroom.
Misato Well… uh…
Date Seriously, whats the problem here?
Misato looks at Shinjis room.
Date (OFF) Is it the kid?
Date Dont worry about him…
Date We havent talked much since that kid moved in…
Misato Ive… Ive been busy!
The date shrugs.
Misato (OFF) But… I guess we can stay here…
Hikari watches Fuyutsuki from afar.
He seems to be curious about where Shinji and Kaworu have gotten off to.
She approaches him slowly.
Section 2 A (OFF) Hey!
An angry Section 2 male approaches.
Section 2 A You the Class Representative?
Section 2 B (OFF) Then youre keeping an eye on everyone?
Hikari nods again.
Both Section 2 agents look down at Hikari.
Section 2 A Then do you know where Ikari and Nagisa are?
Hikari Ikari and Nagisa…?
She looks around. Theyre not there.
Hikari No… Sorry.
Both Agents frown and walk away quickly.
Fuyutsuki was obscured by them. He is looking at Hikari.
She gulps, but decides to approach him.
Hikari Uhm… you are the Vice Commander of Nerv?
Fuyutsuki (OFF) Yes.
Hikari Um, I was wondering…
Fuyutsuki seems distant and uncaring as he looks down on her.
Hikari (OFF) I was wondering about one of the pilots…
Fuyutsuki Perhaps you should talk to them then.
Hikari Well, you see, I cant…
(flashback) Toji asking Hikari about using the restroom during the fifth angel attack.
Hikari (OFF) You see, its one who didnt come back.
Fuyutsuki looks surprised.
Fuyutsuki You knew him?
Hikari seems concerned.
Hikari Of course! I am the Class Representative…
Fuyutsuki (OFF) (sigh) Yes… I suppose you would know him…
Hikari So is he coming back?
Fuyutsuki Yes, we expect his training will be done in a few weeks.
Eva-03. Part of the head armor is not completed yet.
Fuyutsuki (OFF) And then he and his Evangelion, Unit 03, will be shipped here from China.
Hikari smiles happily.
Fuyutsuki A close friend of yours, I take it?
Hikari blushes furiously.
Fuyutsuki (OFF) Ah.
Fuyutsuki Well, youll see him again soon enough.
Hikari bows deeply.
Hikari Yes. Thank you for telling me!
She rushes off.
Asuka was watching. Rei stares at the fish.
Asuka Whats her deal?
Rei She misses the Third Child.
Asuka Oh, that one?
Rei (OFF) Yes.
Asuka (scoffs) I saw a picture of him.
Tojis personnel file.
Asuka (OFF) Hes not much to look at.
Asukas eyes narrow.
Asuka You need to talk more!
Rei (OFF) Why?
Asuka Because no one will pay attention you if you dont talk!
Rei You talk. Do people really pay attention?
Asuka glares even harder.
Kaworu and Shinji remain seated in the corridor.
Shinji I dont want to talk to people.
Kaworu (OFF) Why not?
He grins jokingly.
Kaworu Is it that hard to be social?
Shinji shakes his head.
Kaworu Then what is it?
(flashback) Young Shinji, crying.
Kaworu (OFF) Bad experiences?
Shinji nods, grateful to have an excuse.
Kaworu (OFF) So?
Shinji looks confused.
Kaworu Youll always have bad experiences.
Section 2 B (OFF) There you are!
The boys look up.
Section 2 B Come on, go back to the main group where we can see you.
A train moves through a dreamscape.
SE: train sounds
Shinji sits at the bench, again.
Rei is across from him. You cannot see her eyes.
Shinji (OFF) Huh?
Rei Have you had bad experiences with other people?
Shinji Of course I have! Thats why I ran away!
Rei So you just gave up?
Shinji Why not?
Rei Youre just going to end up running aw-
Shinji covers his ears.
Shinji I dont care! Whats wrong with running away when reality sucks?!
Rei looks up. Her left eye is colored incorrectly. Blue.
Rei There are many reasons why that is wrong, Ikari-kun.
Shinji I dont care! Just leave me alone!
The doors to the train open. Black shapes pulsate beyond the doors.
Rei (OFF) But you arent alone…
The black shapes begin to flood into the train.
Kaworu (OFF) Shinji-kun?
Kaworu looks vaguely concerned.
Shinji blinks in shock.
Kaworu Are you all right? You look a little bit out of it…
They are sitting on the bus, going back to Tokyo-3. Asuka and Rei also look towards Shinji.
Rei Are you okay, Ikari-kun?
Shinji looks at her with fright for a moment.
He shakes his head to try to wake up.
Shinji I… I guess I started dozing or something…
Asuka shakes her head.
Asuka (MONO) Im surrounded by crazies!
She looks to her left.
Across the aisle is Kensuke, reviewing his films.
Kensuke I didnt know this many kinds of fish were still alive!
Rei Second? Is something wrong?
Asuka shakes her head.
Asuka No, of course not…
Shinji looks disappointed.
Shinji …You two dont get along?
Rei Nonsense. I am her friend.
Kaworu chuckles (OFF).
Asuka Shut up about that already!
Rei I will if I am ordered to.
Asuka looks pretty mad.
Asuka I give up!
She awkwardly (the bus continues to move) walks to Hikaris seat.
Hikari doesnt seem to approve much of the idea of Asuka walking in a moving vehicle.
Hikari You should be more careful, you know…
Asuka Yeah, I know, but… ugh, they were all being stupid…
Hikari (OFF) That sucks…
Hikari Im Horaki… Horaki Hikari.
Asuka Ive already introduced myself….
Hikari So whats it like, piloting?
Asuka (OFF) Oh, that?
Asuka Its great, of course!
The whole bus. Several students are listening in.
Asuka And of course, Im the best at it. You should have seen me against the seventh angel.
Hikari There have been seven already? Wow…
Asuka (OFF) Well, of two of them were from the first impacts or something, I guess.
Asuka So its really only five, but still.
Hikari Very impressive….
She seems genuinely enthused.
She bites her lip hesitantly.
Asuka Wan…. Want to be friends?
Kensuke is sitting next to Rei now.
Kensuke This was almost as cool as piloting…
Kaworu seems bored and stares out the window.
Kensuke (OFF) I mean, its a shame we didnt get a chance to see deep-sea stuff, but…
Rei opens her book quietly and begins to read.
Kensuke (OFF) The point is… we saw all sorts of stuff and its great that its all still there!
Shinji almost reaches for his SDAT.
Kensuke (OFF) Think about how great it is that humanity could save so much!
Kaworu smiles at Shinji.
Shinji looks at him awkwardly.
Shinji decides not to listen to his SDAT just yet.
Kensuke (OFF) Dont you agree?
Kensuke That its so great weve accomplished so much!
Shinji Er… yeah, I suppose…
Kaworu That hardly counts as accomplishing much…
The bus moves down the road.
Kaworu (OFF) Music is so much more impressive, as far as Lilin go…
Shinji opens the door.
Misato (OFF) Shh! Hes come home!
Shinji blinks in confusion.
Misatos sofa. A different pair of boxers lies on it.
Shinji looks all too aware.
He backs up and shuts the door.
He walks away from the apartment.
Shinji (MONO) So where am I going to go now?
Shinji is walking down a hallway.
He stops, and looks up.
Fuyutsuki is nearby.
Shinji …Hello, Vice Commander.
To be continued…
Text: Next Time
Asuka kicks Shinji off the dance mat.
Misato (OFF) Having far from united minds
The 8th Angel tackles Eva-02.
Misato (OFF) Asuka and Shinji are badly beaten by an Angel
Rei glares at Kaworu.
Misato (OFF) so to make the pilots work together
Misato holds a cassette tape.
Misato (OFF) Misato devises a plan.
The five pilots, standing together.
Misato (OFF) Next Time: Hearts Alone.