Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legacy
Episode III: Revenge of Ikari


Chapter 12 – Return from Beyond
Unknown Time and Place

Mari was still floating in the nothingness, her captor and torturer, Lilith had been gone for, well, Mari was unsure, because there was no time where she was. Mari felt her body, it was still sore from Lilith's last barrage of mental and physical torture that Lilith had used to try and break her. However the thought of Yui kept Mari going. She had gotten out for a bit four times, which Lilith wasn't happy about, even though she suggested it. "Well, those first two trips were nice, seeing Yui and Kyoko again, but the second set weren't very fun, it's a shame they're trapped the same way I am." Mari's arm and stomach twinged from the torture and Mari looked down at it. "Funny, I saw my intestines coming out of there the last time Lilith was here, guess she thought that would make me want to join her, the stupid fucking bitch." Mari punched the air. "Damn bitch, she tells me I can go out for a visit, but when I do, she tortures me because I'm ignoring her." Mari said aloud. "Fuck her, she pisses me off. I can't wait to find a way to get out of this fucking hell hole! I just need to think of a way to make myself rematerialize. I just don't know what the trigger could be. Every time I get close, that bitch interrupts me…"

A voice spoke to her and broke the infinite silence. "Hello again, Mari." Lilith said, an indescribable form swirling around the lonely teen.

"Ugh, you again." Mari said in disgust. "Can't you leave me to my turmoil in peace?"

"You know I can't leave you alone for too long to think about escaping. I wouldn't want to be so lonely again if you found a way out." Lilith purred as she assumed the form of Mari.

"You know when you impersonate me, my tits look like they're sagging." Mari said jiggling her chest. "Now, I think mine are still pretty perky, I haven't aged a day in here, so I know they're as good as when I got sucked in here, and you make my ass look so flat, it's like you can't even be pretty."

"Ah, this tête–à–tête we have is fantastic, Mari." Lilith purred. "It's the reason I want to keep you here, it keeps me happy, knowing I make you so miserable."

"Oh, look, a schadenfreude." Mari said sarcastically. "I know you don't have a sex drive, but you certainly seem to flood your basement from all this abuse."

"You do know that your idioms mean nothing to me, but it certainly sounds rude." Lilith said with a frown on her face.

"Well, it's nowhere near as funny when you explain it, but a schadenfreude is someone who gets pleasure from another person's pain or misfortune. And flooding your basement isn't an idiom either, it's a fucking colloquialism for being sexually aroused." Mari said angrily. "Do you just ask me all this shit to piss me off?"

"Perhaps, but it's still fun to make you work to annoy me." Lilith said coyly. "And what you said was a little hurtful, Mari dear."

"Fuck off, you cut open my stomach last time I got out of here, and you wrapped my intestines around my neck, so don't talk to me about hurt."

"Hmmm, looks like that little stunt got to you." Lilith said happily. "I'm glad I can still get to you so much."

"Yeah, torture and psychological warfare tactics tend to do that." Mari said sarcastically.

"Like you aren't enjoying it on some level, Mari." Lilith purred insidiously. "I've been inside your mind, you love pain, you always feel you're the victim, and yet all you have to do to stop me from hurting you is to accept you belong to me now."

"Never going to happen." Mari said proudly. "I'm an individual, and no matter what you put me though, I'm getting out of here."

"But why leave, Mari?" Lilith asked. "Why put yourself in harm's way"

"I don't know what's happened since I've been in here, but I know that my friends are trapped like me, and that their kids are alone. Some other cataclysmic even has occurred, and I just don't get what's happened, what caused everything to go to hell." Mari said. "I just want to find some way I can help out."

"How noble Mari." Lilith said. "But do you really want to know why all this is happened?"

"Of course I do! I want to try and fix things!" Mari said passionately. "I want to help!"

"I can't tell you much, but some things are preordained to happen, and are unavoidable, however the specifics of these circumstances can be changed." Lilith explained. "The circumstances are small deviations from the overall plan, the minutiae that are overlooked, the intricate details, small things can make a big change possible."

"Like Chaos Theory?" Mari asked.

"What is chaos theory exactly, your Lilin names for things are cute, but I can't understand your small minded concepts." Lilith said.

"Well, Chaos Theory is a specialized branch of mathematics that deals with complex and intricate systems whose behavior is highly sensitive or reactive to slight changes in conditions, so that small alterations can give rise to exponentially greater consequences." Mari explained. "Basically, the throwing of a pebble into a lake half–way across the world could cause an earthquake on the other side of the world."

"Ah, what a high minded concept, I guess the Seed of Knowledge has truly not been ignored." Lilith said proudly. "So, if you've figured out that little bit, you must be able to ascertain that your construct of time is incorrect."

"You mean that our linear look at time isn't anywhere near accurate, that our perception of it as being a single line is space is not correct, that it is a multiverse of infinite possibilities?" Mari asked.

"No, simply put, time can be kept in a causal loop until the cycle can be broken, and the line of events restored." Lilith explained. "Many things have happened before that are happening again, but more variables are in play this time, and I'm not sure why, but I have an idea as to what may help."

"Wait, you're telling me time can loop around itself and…" Mari started.

"Begin from a point in time where the causal loop folds over the string of time. However, the longer the loop goes on, the bigger the loop becomes, until more and more events can be changed, continually affecting the outcome in more and more unique ways."

"But what do you mean the longer the loop goes on?" Mari asked.

"Simply that time has been repeating itself far longer than I care to remember, and that there is no sign of the cycle breaking." Lilith said. "There must be a way to break it, but so far it has been unable to be broken, but it seems to be getting closer."

"Closer?" Mari asked. "Closer to what?"

"Closer to its resolution, Mari." Lilith replied. "With any luck this time could be vastly different, with any luck, the loop can be closed, freeing you all from being forced to repeat without knowing it for eternity."

"But how can I do that?" Mari asked. "How can I stop this?"

"How cute, you think you're the one who can stop it." Lilith purred, changing forms to become Yui Ikari. "You can only help guide those who are destined to make the choice, you can't make the choice, it's not how it works."

"Who made up that fucking stupid rule?!" Mari said indignantly. "Who decides the rules for this fucking loop?!"

"The universe." Lilith replied sarcastically. "Some things are beyond your control, Mari. Don't fret about it, as you'll be able to influence events just by being yourself."

"How can I influence shit while being stuck in here with you?" Mari said angrily.

"You won't, silly girl." Lilith said. "So I have one question for you. Do you think you are prepared for the shock of leaving this Core?"

"What shock." Mari asked. "What the fuck are you talking about?"

"The mouth really needs to stop, or I am going to have to hurt you again." Lilith said.

"Go ahead, bitch." Mari said "You should know by now that there is no way to shut me up. Now finish explaining what the fuck you were talking about."

"Very well then, Mari." Lilith replied. "I'm asking if you're still up for returning to the world I pulled you from so long ago. Time will not have stopped, but you will look exactly the same."

"Your point?" Mari asked.

"My point is, you need to be prepared for this, and the fact that so much has changed." Lilith said. "Are you capable of doing that?"

"Probably, but what am I supposed to do when I get there?" Mari asked. "Stick my thumb in my ass and wait for you tell me what to do?"

"Mari, once you leave here, we will no longer be in contact." Lilith said. "But something was built around the Core we're trapped in and you'll be able to pilot it. Get yourself to where the action is, and prepare for the fight of your life."

"What exactly was built?" Mari asked.

"That you'll have to find out for yourself when you leave this place." Lilith said. "So, will you go back?"

"Yeah, if I can help in any way, I want to go back and do my best to make a change." Mari said proudly. "I just hope I can meet those kids, and maybe help them too."

"Alright then, get ready." Lilith said.

"Get ready for what?" Mari asked before she felt the same sensation that dragged her into the Core. Her body was tingling and she felt sick before she felt like she was being compressed so much she was unable to breathe or talk, and then she felt herself being pushed elsewhere.

As Lilith forced Mari from the sphere, she laughed as the girl disappeared from sight. "Well, I told her enough to give her an idea of how this is supposed to work, but I can't give away the whole show, now can I?" Lilith laughed. "I guess this time, the Lilin will have a little more help than usual. Get ready Adam, our eternal struggle is not over just yet."


August 14, 2015 – NERV 4th Branch, London

Several technicians were overlooking the bay where the newly completed Unit–XP sat, deactivated and locked into a storage position. Its army green mechanical limbs and silver and grey clad biological parts all glistened underneath the fluorescent lights.

"Bloody hell, what a waste of money that ugly piece of shit is." One of the technicians said angrily. "I know it's supposed to be some kind of living tank, but it just looks like a retarded spider."

"Yeah, and we're stuck here watching it." Another said. "The thing doesn't even move, it's only there to collect dust."

"And waste money." The third tech said.

"Whatever it's here for, we just have to kill time while we watch it." The first tech said. "Best assignment on base, nothing ever happens down here."

"Still, why even watch it, what could possibly happen." The third tech replied. "It's not like it has any power, or a bloody pilot."

"Yeah, just detecting the same low frequency E.M. field as always coming from the thing." The second tech said. "It's just the same as always, nothing ever… ENERGY SPIKE!"

The ground in the complex started shaking and the front armor panel was blown off clear across the room, and emanating from the chest of the Evangelion was a deathly red glow coming from the blood red orb that was only moments ago covered in armor. The lights in the containment cage were knocked out, leaving the glowing Core as the only source of light, putting Unit–XP in a very eerie glow, making it look far more menacing than it already was. Whips of energy came off the Core, hitting the walls of the cage and scorching them, and its eyes seemed to glow, even though all indications pointed to it still being deactivated.

"What in the bloody hell is that?" The first tech shouted.

"I'm not sure, boss, but the instructions were clear, if anything happens with this thing the base goes on communications blackout, and we give a call to Sub–Commander Fuyutsuki at HQ." The third tech said as the building kept rattling.

"Well, what the fuck do we do, it won't stop, and the energy levels are nearing critical!" The second tech exclaimed. "Pretty soon, we could all die from that thing exploding!"

"Relax, it won't explode." The first tech said. "At least I don't think it will…"

Suddenly a bright flash erupted from the Core of Unit–XP and then the shaking and the glowing stopped.

"Energy readings are… back to normal?" The second tech said, sounding astonished.

"I guess so, but the lights are still out." The first tech said. "Why don't you two go down and switch on the lights again, the breaker probably tripped with the energy spike."

"Yeah, sure thing boss." The second tech said sarcastically. "We'll go do the dangerous job near the Evangelion, while you call HQ."

"Listen, Corporal, this isn't Gehirn, anymore, its NERV now, we've had almost five years since the transition, I'm your superior officer now, not just a supervisor, and if I delegate a task to you, you grin and bear it like anyone else, say, 'yes, sir' and bitch about it after you leave earshot of me." The first tech replied. "Is that understood?"

"Alright, Staff Sergeant, I'll keep that in mind." The second tech replied, heavily emphasizing the rank. "Let's go Private, we have a job to do."

The first tech shook his head as the other two departed and then called up HQ in Japan to let them know of the situation. The other two techs were walking downstairs to flip the breakers back on.

"Jeez, man, you can't talk to him like that, he's our boss!" The third tech said.

"Oh, who gives a shit." The second tech said. "He never pulls rank unless he don't want to do something, the lazy fucker."

"Even still, try not to get him pissed off at me, will you?" The third tech said. "I would eventually like a promotion you know."

"Blow me." The first tech replied as they found the circuit breakers in the cage. They switched the massive breakers back on and then saw the lights flicker on slowly as the hum from the electricity surging through the breakers once again became steady.

The two techs survived the damage, and saw the armor plate had been embedded into the cage wall by the force of being blown off. "Fuck all, that'll be a right bitch to pry out of there." The second tech remarked.

Unit–XP itself had not suffered any lasting damage, other than the missing armor plate, and some of the adjoining plates being damaged. "Probably a week or two's worth of work to get it in tip top shape again." The third tech said.

Both techs walked over to the foot of the unit, where they could hear something dripping. As they approached, they saw a figure lying on the ground.

"I didn't think anyone was out here, or am I wrong?" The third tech said, bemused as to why someone would be lying on the ground.

"No, you're not wrong, no one was anywhere near this area, not since second shift anyway." The second tech said. "Well, hurry it up, they could be injured!"

The techs rushed over to see a girl lying face down, nude, in a puddle of orange liquid that smelled less than appealing. The girl had long brunette hair tied up in what appeared to be twin ponytails. The second tech took off his uniform jacket and draped it over the girl's bare backside. "Hey, miss are you alright?" The second tech asked, shaking her shoulder lightly. "Miss?!"

Using his jacket to cover her, he gently rolled her over to see if she had been injured, after covering her again, he saw she looked only 16 or 17, and was wearing pink rimmed glasses. Her eyes opened lazily, and she groaned. Her eyes were a brilliant aqua color. "Miss, are you alright?" The second tech asked her again.

–––

Mari felt herself hit the floor hard, and heard a splash as she did.

'Uggghhhh.' Mari thought 'What the fuck happened, and what the hell is that smell? It smells nice, almost, familiar…' Mari opened her eyes, but couldn't see anything, but she knew her face and body were wet, and that she was cold laying on a very cold steel floor. 'Where am I, a steel factory?' Mari only heard the sound of creaking metal around her, and she finally recognized the smell. 'Oh, it's LCL, that's why it smells so nice, and so familiar…'

Mari tried getting up, but slipped in the LCL and hit the floor again hard. 'Ow! Let's not try that again.' Mari thought. She felt herself and realized she wasn't wearing any clothes. 'That bitch sent me back without anything on? She's a demigod, right, doesn't she have some sort of clothes beam she could use?' Mari thought sarcastically. She looked around as much as she could in the dark. 'I wonder why it's so dark in here though, am I in a prison or something?'

Just then the lights started to come back on. 'Holy shit, that's bright!' Mari thought as she hid her head in the LCL. 'At least with my head buried in this goop, I won't go blind from all this fucking light.'

Mari stayed still as she heard footsteps approaching her quickly. Mari kept her head down and laid still.

"Hey, miss are you alright?" The man asked, shaking her shoulder lightly. "Miss?!"

'Leave me alone, my head hurts…' Mari thought.

She felt something cover her body. 'Oh, that feels warm, at least this guy isn't a pervert.' Mari thought. She then felt herself being turned over gently. 'Whoa, buddy, be careful I'm sore from the landing.' She then felt the warm fabric being draped over her front side. 'Good, you didn't try to peek.' Mari thought as she slowly opened her eyes and let them adjust to the light in the room.

"Miss, are you alright?" The man asked again.

"I think so." Mari said. "Where… where am I?"

"You're at NERV's 4th Branch in London, miss." The second tech said replied.

"What is NERV?" Mari asked as she saw what was above them. "And what the fuck is that?" Mari exclaimed as she weakly moved her arm up to point at Unit–XP.

"Unfortunately, that's classified." The second tech said. "I wish I could tell you more, but I can't. Now what are you doing here?"

'Oh, shit, what do I tell them?' Mari thought frantically. 'I can't exactly say I came from inside the thing above us. Maybe I'll just play it off as I'm confused or something. Yeah, that'll work, a little flirting and puppy dog eyes should get me out of this mess. Maybe even mentioning the experiment that got me a one way ticket to being stuck with a sadistic bitch would work too.' Mari grimaced. "I'm not entirely sure, I'm a little confused, I'm supposed to be in the Project Alcion hangar, did I come to the wrong building?"

"Project Alcion?" The third tech said.

"Isn't she a bit young to know that name?" The second tech said.

"Maybe she's a spy or something." The second tech whispered.

"Who cares, let's just get the medics and let the Corporal up in the observation room know." The third tech whispered back.

"Yeah, whatever." The second tech said. "Miss, do you know your name?" He said to Mari.

"Not really, everything is kinda fuzzy." Mari said convincingly.

"Alright, we're calling a doctor to come check you over, ok?" The third tech said.

"Sure, mister." Mari said cutely. "Thank you for being so kind."


August 15, 2015 – NERV HQ

Fuyutsuki was rushing into Gendo's office, and burst inside. 'If Mari's back, then maybe there's hope for Shinji yet…' Fuyutsuki thought as he entered the office.

"Ah, Fuyutsuki, what a pleasant surprise, why don't you close the door." Gendo said knowingly.

"Ikari, I need a VTOL to London immediately." Fuyutsuki said, still out of breath caused by his running from his office.

"And why do you need such a long range transport for exactly?" Gendo asked.

"Mari's back." Fuyutsuki said. "She came out of Unit–XP's Core several hours ago, I just got the message. I told them to keep her in the medical ward until I got there."

"I know, Fuyutsuki." Gendo replied. "I was made aware of the situation by the base commander. You will be leaving in 90 minutes, I suggest you pack."

"But if you know, does that mean Akagi…" Fuyutsuki started.

"No, I have not told her that Mari came back. She does not even know who Mari is, let alone how important she is." Gendo said. "Just know this Fuyutsuki, this is not to meet an old friend, your only job there is to find out how she was able to escape the Core. If she can tell us how, we may not need to initiate Third Impact after all."

"Yes, but can't I bring her back…" Fuyutsuki began.

"Absolutely not." Gendo replied. "She is to stay in the U.K. away from here, and away from the Angels, I won't allow injury to befall the girl, she's been gone 17 years, her being near all this will only traumatize her further."

"Fine, Ikari, but if she proves to be more valuable than you think…" Fuyutsuki said.

"We will reconsider her coming here, but I don't see any need for that to happen." Gendo said. "Now hurry up Fuyutsuki, you have a flight to catch."

"Yes, Commander." Fuyutsuki said as he left Gendo's office.


August 16, 2015 – NERV 4th Branch, London

Fuyutsuki arrived a short time ago in London, and made his way directly to the medical ward of the 4th Branch, there he met with a doctor.

"Ah, Sub–Commander, thank you for coming out here on such short notice." The doctor said.

"It's not a problem doctor." Fuyutsuki said. "Tell me about the girl that was… recovered." Fuyutsuki asked.

"Well, from a medical point of view, she is an entirely healthy 16 year old girl, a little quiet and withdrawn, but otherwise healthy." The doctor said. "And the psych profile just came back, she's mentally fit as well, other than how she came out of that thing in the hangar down there and the fact she doesn't seem to remember anything, she's perfectly normal, just some bone remodeling on her x–rays, from what could be some kind of car wreck, or maybe injures from Second Impact."

'It was a car wreck, the night her parents died, and how can she not remember anything, she has a photographic memory…' Fuyutsuki thought. "Well where is she? I'd like to interview her immediately." Fuyutsuki said.

"She's in an isolation room, for her safety and privacy." The doctor replied. "Why don't I bring you down there and you can interview her all you'd like. Maybe you can get a name out of her."

"Right, that shouldn't be a problem." Fuyutsuki said. 'Considering I know her, you idiot.' Fuyutsuki thought as the doctor led him downstairs.

As they got downstairs, he saw Mari though the observation window. Fuyutsuki stepped forward and lowered the blinds on the outside of the window. "This interrogation is strictly classified doctor." Fuyutsuki said. "Please inform your intelligence staff that their audio and visual devices will be disable, and that the blind inside the room will closed as well. No one is to interrupt me until the interrogation is complete, is that clear?"

"Yes, Sub–Commander, perfectly clear." The doctor said, saluting and going back upstairs.

Fuyutsuki silently entered the room and closed the blinds on the inside while Mari was singing somewhat subdued to herself.

–––

Mari was sitting alone in an isolation room wearing a dressing gown and hospital slippers, her hair was down and she was laying on her bed ignoring what was going on around her.

'Damn, why did they need to be so rough with the medical exam?' Mari thought. 'And what were all those invasive tests for, I did not need a thermometer put up there for my temperature. That asshole nurse could have just used one of those ones that goes in the ear like a normal person, but no, Nurse Ratchet needs to stick one up my ass like I'm some kind of invalid!' Mari breathed heavily and did what she always did to pass the time and relax, sing the songs that just popped into her head.

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom (ten, nine, eight, seven, six)
Commencing countdown, engines on (five, four, three)
Check ignition and may God's love be with you (two, one, liftoff)

"Still singing like always, huh, Mari?" Fuyutsuki said from the doorway.

"Professor Fuyutsuki!" Mari said as she leaped up and gave him a big hug. "I'm so glad to see you! You look so old though!"

"You look exactly the same as the last time I saw you." Fuyutsuki said, happily returning the hug. "I'm glad to see you too, we thought you were… well… gone."

'I know I'm supposed to be able to trust him, but I can't tell anyone about what I learned being inside that thing with Lilith, it's just safer that way…' Mari thought, and in playing off that she knew nothing, simply went with it. "What do you mean "we", are Yui and Kyoko here too?" Mari asked.

"That's right, no one would have known to tell you." Fuyutsuki said sullenly. "Yui and Kyoko are, for lack of any other term… dead."

"What you mean by lack of another term?" Mari asked.

"Well, there have been a lot of things that have happed since you left." Fuyutsuki said. "There are a lot things I'm here to explain to you. I thought me being here would help the transition along a bit."

"I wouldn't know, I only know that the time between when I disappeared and reappeared 6,178 days have passed, or 16 years 11 months. I did the math, professor, it wasn't that hard, of course things have changed, but how much, I wouldn't know, as no one has told me anything." Mari said.

"Well, I guess the best place to start is with the Evangelions." Fuyutsuki said.

"The… what exactly?" Mari replied. "The fuck is an Evangelion?"

Fuyutsuki sighed deeply. "The thing you came out of, the Core, is installed inside of what is called an Evangelion." Fuyutsuki replied. "Well, its full official name is Ultimate All–Purpose Humanoid Decisive Battle Weapon: Evangelion. Yui named it, and said that Evangelion would be the short form for public documents."

"Yeah, but that brings us back to the question you're avoiding, what happened to my friends?" Mari demanded.

"They were, absorbed in a contact experiment with their EVAs." Fuyutsuki explained. "In a similar set of circumstances to you, however, Yui was absorbed outright, while it seems Kyoko fought it and it tore her mind apart, her body and what was left of her mind committed suicide several months later."

'I thought they simply died, not subjected to the same fate as… me.' Mari thought as her eyes teared up. "Wait, so they're really dead?" Mari asked.

"We're not sure, Kyoko's body showed no signs of soul after death, so it is mostly likely inside her EVA, and Yui is definitely in there, and you were listed as dead after you were absorbed, but clearly you're alive." Fuyutsuki replied.

"Did they have kids, before they…?" Mari asked, trying to sound as though this was the only question she could think of.

"Yes, they did, Yui and Gendo married and had a son, Shinji. Kyoko dated a man named Langley, he's from the U.S., but his parents are German, they had a daughter, Asuka." Fuyutsuki said. "Poor kids, their childhoods were destroyed because of those tests, let alone being born into a post Second Impact world…"

'Yeah, I can sympathize with that… a ruined childhood and being alone. No wonder those kids were so broken…' Mari thought. "But can't we find a way to get them back, like you brought me back." Mari said emphatically.

"We didn't bring you back, Mari, you somehow came back on your own." Fuyutsuki said sadly, wiping a single tear from his eye. "That does lead me to my one question though, do you remember anything from your time inside the Core, or how you were able to escape?"

'I know I remember what happened inside that thing with Lilith, I just can't tell him, and my getting out won't help him at all, Lilith did that, I have no clue how she did either.' Mari thought sadly as she responded. "I'm really sorry professor, I just don't remember anything. The last thing I remember before waking up on the ground naked was me yelling for help as I got pulled inside the Core. I wish I could help you, but I just have no idea how I got out. I really wish I could help you, professor, I wish I could help you with something to bring them back." Mari then caught on something else he had said. "What is Second Impact? You said it like it meant something, like it was really important."

"I… it's difficult to explain without telling you things you shouldn't know." Fuyutsuki said nervously.

"How difficult is it to explain something that sounds pretty awful?" Mari asked.

"Quite difficult." Fuyutsuki replied.

"Well, try then." Mari said sarcastically. "You're smart, professor, so figure out a way to tell me without spilling all the beans."

"Alright then, but anything I tell you cannot be repeated to anyone, understood?" Fuyutsuki warned.

"Sure thing, professor, you can count on me!" Mari said sullenly as she prepared for the worst.

"Ok, so publically, Second Impact was caused by a meteor striking the South Pole and killing a scientific expedition there. Some PR bullshit that the people after Second Impact were looking for." Fuyutsuki started. "However, in reality, something called an Angel was responsible. Humans we replaying with something they did not understand and an experiment in Antarctica went to hell on September 13, 2000. When Adam, the name we gave the Angel, detonated, the explosion caused a massive tsunami that at its height reached over a kilometer into the air. It brought massive destruction to coastal regions around the globe, and killed 2.2 million people in a matter of hours, and destroyed several countries in the Southern Hemisphere. After that the water level rose by about 70m, leaving more areas inaccessible after the wave. Then the wars started. Tensions between countries peaked as they were dealing with the humanitarian crisis, countries started to nuke each other. China sent an attack force to Japan to try and nuke Tokyo, and they were able to drop a bomb out of a burning plane a week after Second Impact, Yui's brother died trying to stop those nukes, and he did the best he could being outnumbered 3 to 1, after Tokyo was lost, the wars steadily got worse, and Israel finally nuked their neighbors, ensuring their own safety for the first time in history. Russia and the United States got together to start fighting back in a coordinated effort to stop what by then was being called World War III, but it wasn't until February 14, 2001 when the United Nations ratified its first real piece of legislation that gave them the power over the countries of the world by forcing all militaries under their direct command. After the war was over, over 3 billion people had been killed directly by Second Impact or the wars that followed, half the world ceased to exist in a mere five months, it's just still so unfathomable…"

Mari had tears streaming silently down her face. 'Why did all that happen, what could have caused it?' Mari thought. 'Who would tamper with a creature they didn't understand, that's just stupid, and so many people died… is this the event that Lilith meant? The one destined to repeat itself until it was solved.' Mari wiped the tears from her face with the sleeve of her hospital gown. "Professor?" Mari asked with a shaky voice. "Are you not telling me something? You seem like you're holding back."

Fuyutsuki looked at her and sighed. "Still as perceptive as always."

"Professor, what aren't you telling me?" Mari demanded. "You have to tell me!"

"The problem is I can't, at least not right now." Fuyutsuki said. "I don't have enough time to go over everything properly."

"Fine, we'll keep it simple professor, what's the real reason you came here?" Mari asked.

"That I can tell you, Mari." Fuyutsuki said wiping his eyes again. "Firstly I wanted to see if you were ok, but I didn't come to ask you about your memories from inside the Core, that was all Gendo." Fuyutsuki paused before continuing, and now he looked visibly nervous.

Mari surveyed him, he had never looked so worried in front of her before. 'What the hell is he going to tell me?' Mari thought.

"Mari, I need your help, it's about Yui and Gendo's son, Shinji." Fuyutsuki replied. "Gendo has placed him in a lot of danger by making him the pilot of Yui's EVA, Unit–01. Now, I remember when he was born, Yui named me the godfather… but you as his godmother, in honor of your friendship."

Mari looked stunned. "But… why me? I was gone, wasn't I?"

"Yes, but it was Yui and Kyoko's hope to rescue you from the Core, and they were planning on it after their contact tests were concluded, but they were never given the chance." Fuyutsuki said.

'Even while I was gone, they really were trying to find a way to bring me home. They really were the two best people I could've ever met…' Mari thought trying to hold back her tears like she did with Lilith. 'Just hold it together, Mari, I can cry later when he's gone.' Mari took a deep breath to steady herself. "Continue professor, how can I help Shinji?" Mari asked.

"Well, after Yui died, he shipped Shinji off, but brought him back a few months ago to pilot Unit–01." Fuyutsuki explained. "The problem is, I think he's going to end up being killed, the last Angel almost killed him."

"Wait, he's in combat against these things? Does he even have any training? How the hell can he pilot his mother, shouldn't Yui be able to do that herself?" Mari asked. "What the hell is Gendo thinking?!"

"In short, the pilot syncs with the maternal instinct inside the Core of the EVA, the resident soul has no control, unless under extreme condition, such as imminent destruction. As for Gendo, he wants to use the Evangelions to force a Third Impact and bring Yui back from inside Unit–01. That's all I can tell you." Fuyutsuki said sternly. "But I don't see how I can convince Gendo to let you come to Tokyo–3 to watch over him if you don't remember anything."

'He has a point, I kinda fucked myself there… wait, the thing build around the Core, the Evangelion, Lilith said I would be able to pilot it…' Mari thought, finding the answer she needed. "I can pilot it." Mari said.

"Pilot what?" Fuyutsuki asked. "Unit–01?"

'Well, based on his concept, someone who has a deep connection with the soul in the Evangelion could pilot it, meaning I could pilot Unit –01 or whatever EVA Kyoko is in, theoretically at least.' Mari thought. "No, the one that I was inside of, the Evangelion built from Project Alcion." Mari replied. "I should have left an imprint or after image on the Core, it should recognize me, and I should theoretically be able to sync with myself."

"Interesting theory, but how do I try and get this across to Gendo?" Fuyutsuki said. "I mean, we have two EVAs in Japan, one in Germany which will be transferred soon enough anyway, he may not want a fourth, and it may affect his plans."

"Bullshit." Mari said. "He'll want a fourth, you just have to convince him I'm going to be an asset, and that a fourth Evangelion means he doesn't have to worry about and Angel destroying the world before he's ready." Mari explained. "And if I'm a pilot I'll be in a much better position to protect Shinji by going into danger for him."

"It's a risky proposition, Mari, but it sounds like it could work." Fuyutsuki said as he reached into his pocket. "Now, I'm getting close to the time where someone will want to check on me, so here is what I'll need you to do. Cry as hard as you can, I can explain it away as you learning about Second Impact, and take these." He handed her two data discs. "One of these has a bunch of new music and older music on it I thought you may like, the other has a bunch of important files of mine I want you to look though. Keep both of these a secret, and don't let anyone see them, ok?"

"Sure thing, professor." Mari said. "Should I just hide them for now?"

"Yes, I'll make sure you get a private room out of the way for the next few days where no one will bother you. I'll find a convincing reason, don't worry." Fuyutsuki said. "They have to listen to me, I'm second in command of NERV after all."

"You know, I keep hearing that name, what is NERV?" Mari asked.

"It's the organization dedicated to protect the world from a Third Impact, and it's in charge of the EVAs." Fuyutsuki said.

"Well, it's a long way from being a professor." Mari said, smiling slightly.

"Yes, now let me go talk to the base commander and see about your accommodations, and something more to wear then that thin hospital gown."

"Thanks professor." Mari said. 'Now let's hope you can get me to that Tokyo–3 you keep talking about…' Mari thought as he left the room.


August 18, 2015 – NERV HQ

Fuyutsuki stormed into Gendo's office. He had been avoiding him, like he knew what Fuyutsuki was going to be asking. 'The hell he'll keep me from asking him this.' Fuyutsuki thought as he stared Gendo down from the doorway of the Commander's office.

"Ah, Fuyutsuki, how nice of you to knock." Gendo said sarcastically. "Why don't you take a seat?"

"I'd rather stand for this, Ikari." Fuyutsuki said sternly.

"Why so serious, Sub–Commander?" Gendo asked. "Is something the matter?"

"Yes, and you already know what it is!" Fuyutsuki shouted, slamming Gendo's door as he approached the desk. "You denied my transfer request for Mari, why? I explained in detail why we need her here."

"No, all you put down was she could pilot Unit–XP, you said nothing about how she could help bring Yui back from the Core." Gendo said calmly.

"Because she doesn't remember anything!" Fuyutsuki shouted. "She only remembers going in and when she woke back up outside. She swears she doesn't know anything else."

"Exactly the point, she is of no use to me." Gendo replied calmly.

"Like hell she isn't going to be useful." Fuyutsuki said angrily. "Why wouldn't you want Unit–XP here?"

"Unit–02 is on the way, three Evangelions is more than sufficient." Gendo said calmly. "We certainly don't need four, and it may interfere with our plans."

"No, Ikari, you don't get it, we'll need as many Units as we can muster!" Fuyutsuki shouted. "We need Mari and we need Unit–XP. Look at Ramiel, we barely made it out of that one intact, we need to be better prepared for what's coming."

"We were able to ward of Ramiel without much damage to the city. The armor plates it drilled through should be replaced within a few weeks." Gendo said. "And we can certainly handle that powerhouse with two, three will make us nearly unstoppable."

"We have no idea what other tricks the next Angels may bring, Ikari!" Fuyutsuki shouted. "Why not be prepared to face them with all the resources at our disposal?"

"We simply do not need it." Gendo said.

"Why not, with a fourth EVA we would be able to cover our defensive perimeter much better than with three." Fuyutsuki pleaded. "Plus, having Mari here will earn her trust, she could be an important asset for her intelligence, and her knowledge of her own research, let alone Yui and Kyoko's. She would be the foremost authority on all their work." Fuyutsuki paused. "She remembers everything from before the accident, so her knowledge base is intact. We can use her for that, and for piloting."

"Would you classify her as more intelligent than Ritsuko?" Gendo asked.

"In her sleep, Mari is far more intelligent than the good doctor." Fuyutsuki said proudly. "She was always on par with Yui and Kyoko, it was just her maturity that held her back, which doesn't seem to be a problem anymore."

"Interesting argument, Fuyutsuki." Gendo said calmly. "But you do know, Dr. Akagi will want to do a full workup on her, including some invasive tests." Gendo said, trying to warn Fuyutsuki off.

"Like hell you're going to tell Akagi about anything this important." Fuyutsuki said. "How do you think Yui would feel if you fed Mari to that woman? She'd never love you again for hurting her friend."

Gendo grumbled. "Fine, but how do we disguise her?" Gendo asked angrily.

"Akagi hasn't read the old files from before Second Impact, which means she has no idea about Mari, even if she heard about the accident, she's too damn naïve to put two and two together like that." Fuyutsuki said. "She may be smart, but the obvious answer always escapes her, unless it means blowing something to kingdom come."

"How would we classify her?" Gendo asked. "As a pilot? The fourth child?"

"The Proto Child." Fuyutsuki said. "She was left off the Marduk list due to an illness, she's the test pilot for Unit–XP, selected after Akagi left Project Alcion. A few false files would mislead her enough. She doesn't know the true purpose of the Marduk, does she?"

"No, not who controls it anyway." Gendo said.

"Look, Ikari, we can use her, and Yui would want her back here after what happened, not half a world away." Fuyutsuki decided to tug on some heart strings to get what he wanted. "Please, Ikari, if nothing else, do it for Yui."

Fuyutsuki had found the nerve to press on Gendo to relent. He saw the grimace on his face turn into a defeated look. The first time he'd seen that face since Yui died. He saw Gendo's face harden back into its usual stony façade, hiding any pain from the memories Fuyutsuki had intentionally stirred in Gendo's mind.

"Fine, Fuyutsuki, but she is your responsibility." Gendo said angrily. "Even a minor misstep about her past to Shinji or anyone else, and I'll eliminate her myself. Is that understood?"

"Understood, Commander." Fuyutsuki replied as he turned on his heels and left the office, smiling slightly as he exited. 'Now to let her know the good news.' Fuyutsuki thought.

–––

Mari was at the private, un–networked computer in her new room. She had been listening to the first disc Fuyutsuki had given her. "All that new music, some of its ok, but some is really bad, or just fucking weird. Although there are some songs that are pretty catchy." Mari said to herself. "I guess times really have changed, but now I need to look at this other disc he gave me…"

Mari ejected the first disc, it was grey and labeled 'Music for Mari,' the other disc however was blood red and unlabeled. "How foreboding the color is…" Mari said as she inserted the disc. The disc automatically opened a CMD Prompt on the computer, and then Mari tried to access the directory labelled "FILES."

[...
D:\FILES^

DIRECTORY IS ENCRYPTED

FIRST LEVEL ENCRYPTION – ENTER PASSWORD^
...]

"Well, that's great, it encrypted, and if try I hack in, I may wipe the data, the fuck, professor." Mari said indignantly. "How many levels did he put? Can this information really be that sensitive?" Mari tapped the keyboard back to the root directory for the disk.

[...
D:\dir^

Volume in drive D is DATA DISK
Volume Serial Number is THX–1138

Directory of D:\

FILES *DIR*
NULL *DIR*
Usage^txt 140

1 File(s) 140 bytes
2 Dir(s) 0 bytes free
...]

"Fine, I'll try the fucking text file." Mari said angrily to the computer.

[...
D:\text Usage^txt

The encryption can be broken if you know the date we all met together in a hallway, the day we went our separate ways, and the day you died
...]

"Oh, how cryptic…wait!" Mari said excitedly. "The day we all met was the first day we moved into the dorm! The day me and Kyoko left for our new jobs must be the second one, and I know when I got sucked into that shit hole with Lilith." Mari sighed. "Jeez, professor, three levels of encryption is a bit much, but it must be important info for you to do this."

Mari typed in the first date. "Motherfucker!" Mari shouted. "Why didn't the numbers… oh, that would be too simple to crack wouldn't it." Mari typed the abbreviated date. "Still not working, maybe…"

[...
D:\FILES

DIRECTORY IS ENCRYPTED

FIRST LEVEL ENCRYPTION – ENTER PASSWORD^April 1, 1996
...FIRST LEVEL ENCRYPTION CLEARED

SECOND LEVEL ENCRYPTION – ENTER PASSWORD^August 1, 1998
...SECOND LEVEL ENCRYPTION CLEARED

THIRD LEVEL ENCRYPTION – ENTER PASSWORD^September 14, 1998
...THIRD LEVEL ENCRYPTION CLEARED

ACCESS GRANTED
...]

"Fuck yeah, I'm in!" Mari exclaimed happily. "Now let's see what secrets you have hidden on this here disc…"

[...
D:\FILES^dir

Volume in drive D is DATA DISK
Volume Serial Number is THX–1138

Directory of D:\FILES

. *DIR*
.. *DIR*
1ST CHILD *DIR*
2ND CHILD *DIR*
3RD CHILD *DIR*
ADAM *DIR*
ANGELS *DIR*
ANGEL INTERCEPT SYS *DIR*
APOCRYPHA *DIR*

CONTACT EXPERIMENTS *DIR*
EVANGELIONS *DIR*
EVIDENCE *DIR*
FUYUTSUKI, KOZO *DIR*
GEHIRN *DIR*
GEOFRONT–00 *DIR*
GEOFRONT–01 *DIR*
LILITH *DIR*
LORENZ, KEEL *DIR*
KATSURAGI, KENJI *DIR*
IKARI, GENDO *DIR*
IKARI, YUI *DIR*
INSTRUMENTALITY *DIR*
JSSDF *DIR*

MAGI S.C. *DIR*
MAKINAMI, MARI I. *DIR*
MARDUK INSTITUTE *DIR*
MISCELLANEOUS *DIR*
PROJECT ALCION *DIR*
PROJECT E *DIR*
NERV *DIR*
RESEARCH I.Y. *DIR*
RESEARCH M.I.M. *DIR*
RESEARCH S.K.Z. *DIR*
SECOND IMPACT *DIR*
SEELE *DIR*
SORYU, KYOKO Z. *DIR*
THE PLAN *DIR*
TOKYO–2 *DIR*
TOKYO–3 *DIR*
UNITED NATIONS *DIR*
WORLD WAR III *DIR*
Read Me^txt 1,052,872

1 File(s) 1,052,872 bytes
41 Dir(s) 0 bytes free
...]

"Jesus, how much data is on this disk if a single file is over a megabyte?" Mari checked the disc size. "17,179,869,184 bytes of 17,179,869,184 bytes used?! On a portable disc?! Holy shit, things have changed."

Mari starts to peruse the encrypted files contents. "I can't believe he gave me all this… This is incredible!" Mari continued skimming the documents. "Well, not really, those creeps were following me and Kyoko and Yui from when we were young because we were geniuses, and they weaponized our research to make those… Evangelions." Mari kept looking around. "This disc is dangerous. Why did he trust me with all this? To make sure I'd understand how dire all this shit is?"

Mari leaned back and sighed. She looked back at the screen and re–encrypted the disc's files. She ejected the disc and hid it carefully underneath her mattress. She hopped on her bed and flopped down, staring up at the ceiling.

"Well, all this data proves is one thing, that whatever is going on in Tokyo–3, I need to be that and try to make a difference." Mari sighed again. "I'll have plenty of time to read all that shit too, cause it all looked so important, I'll just go folder by folder till I know everything the professor knows, then I'll be able to really help out."

Mari stretched out trying to relax. "I wonder what Shinji's like." Mari pondered. "Is he going to be sweet and kind like Yui, or will he feel like a bad person like Gendo?" Mari cracked her neck. "Well when I visited his dream, he seemed so sweet and kind. A little timid, but that must be from whatever shit he's been though. And that Asuka, boy was she harsh, but then she opened up, and just cried, so she's no different than Shinji, both broken kids. Maybe that's why I'm here. But then again, who the fuck knows why I'm here. Lilith wasn't exactly forthcoming…"

Mari took off her glasses and went to put them down, but then she looked at them and remembered hoe she got them. "I can't believe even though I look like no time has passed, I'm so much different than the girl who stole these glasses 17 years ago. Yui wasn't even mad, and she wasn't mad either when I told her I loved her…"

Flashback

"So, why did you decide to tell me you liked me?" Yui asked.

"Well, because I'm going to London at the end of the month to continue my research there, and I didn't want to leave without telling you how I felt." Mari said sheepishly.

"I see…" Yui responded as she was smoothing out Mari's hair and putting the hair ties in. "Those glasses, you can keep them if you like, as a reminder of our friendship." Yui picked up the glasses and slid them onto Mari's face. "I'm sure they're not your prescription though." Yui giggled after putting the glasses on Mari and looking at her. "There we go. Don't you look cute." Yui smiled at Mari and then grabbed a small mirror to show Mari her new look.

"Stop it, Yui…" Mari said, blushing heavily after seeing herself in the mirror, with her glasses and her new twin pigtails she looked like a young, innocent high school student.

"You look good Mari, like a young girl." Yui smiled, still holding the mirror up for Mari.

"Well, I am sixteen, shouldn't I look like a young girl?" Mari put her head down and closed her eyes, she wanted to say something to Yui, but it was hard to say. "Yui, just so you know, I'll be wishing you and Gendo the best, from a… faraway place." This made Mari smile.

"Yeah?" Still looking at the top of Mari's head, Yui smiled back at her. "I know how hard it is to say that, and I'll always remember you Mari. I'll never let go of our friendship, no matter what. Thank you, Mari Makinami for being a great friend."

End Flashback

"I promise Yui, I'll keep being your friend, by protecting your son." Mari said sternly. "I'll make sure I keep him safe for you, because you trusted me to do so if I ever came back."

–––

Fuyutsuki picked up the phone and made an international call.

Brrring… brrring… brrring…

"Yello?" Mari said on the other end.

"Ah, Mari, I'm glad you're awake." Fuyutsuki said. "Pack your bags, you're coming to Tokyo–3. I was able to convince Gendo of our need for you."

"Wow, didn't even preface that with the phase 'good news, Mari' way to just get to the point professor." Mari said sarcastically. "So, when do I arrive?"

"As an employee of NERV now, its Sub–Commander or sir, I haven't been a professor in a long time." Fuyutsuki said calmly. "You leave midday on a VTOL from London, which will fly directly to Tokyo–3 on the 20th, and you'll arrive around the time school starts." Fuyutsuki replied. "You've been enrolled in Shinji's class for ease of security, and I'll send along your cover story later."

"Good, so I'm in his class and everything?" Mari said. "I can't wait to meet him!"

"Yes, but be wary, you will be watched. Any sign you're going to tell him the truth about yourself, the consequences will be swift. Is that understood?"

"Yes, sir." Mari said. "I guess I'll see you in a few days." Mari paused for a moment. "And what exactly is a VTOL? Is that like a rocket ship or something?" Mari asked.


August 21, 2015 – Tokyo–3

Mari had just landed in the VTOL Fuyutsuki had sent her to bring her to her new home. Her old stuff was in storage, but all she had brought was a backpack filled with a change of clothes, a new cell phone which she didn't really need at the moment, and a satchel with some papers and her passport, and the two discs Fuyutsuki had given her.

Mari brushed the loose hair out of her face and jumped off the VTOL, holding her skirt as she did so. To look the part of a teenager who was just transferred, Mari had opted to wear a school uniform, consisting of a white blouse with and emblem on the left breast, a green tie, a maroon and green plaid skirt, black leggings and black slip on shoes. Mari looked at herself in the reflection on the window of the VTOL before she walked away and adjusted her shirt. "Those guys in Britain, they said I'd need a push–up bra, clearly they don't see nice boobs like this very often." Mari said as she turned and walked towards the Comfort 17 apartments where she had been directed by Fuyutsuki.

"Figures, the old guy would give me the route that Shinji takes to school every day to make my job easier." Mari said to herself as she started looking for the boy in the picture she was given. "I just hope I can find him before he gets to the school."

Mari walked for several blocks not seeing anyone in the meantime. 'Jeez, for such an advanced city, there doesn't seem to be anyone around.' Mari thought. 'Must be all those, what's its, Angels I think the professor called them.'

So as she always did to pass time, Mari sung to herself.

Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don't you cry no more

Mari kept walking until she came to an intersection where someone was crossing. She looked carefully at him, and saw it was who she was looking for. 'Oh, shit, it's him, it's really him, my godson, Yui's son…' Mari thought. 'Shinji…'

Mari started to panic. 'Holy shit, what do you I say to him? How do I introduce myself, what the hell was I thinking trying to meet him like this, I'm just gonna screw it all up!' Mari thought. 'Oh, hell, this was a mistake…' Mari turned around and started to head the other way.

Mari took a deep breath and stood still. Shinji was walking away from her, so Mari decided to follow him to work up the courage to talk to him. 'Ok Mari, the professor said he was a nice kid, and he looks totally harmless. All I have to do is go up to him and say hello, and just let it go from there, right?' Mari thought. 'I just can't run from this, I can't not meet him, then me coming here now means nothing.'

Mari quickened her pace before her resolve disintegrated again. 'Alright Mari, don't be afraid of him, just go up to him and introduce yourself.' Mari thought as she walked over to Shinji and began the new chapter of her life. "Hey there, do you go to Tokyo–3 First Municipal Junior High School?" Mari asked the bemused boy.

Shinji turned around assuming someone was talking to him as the street was otherwise deserted. "Uh, yes, yes I do…" Shinji replied, confused as to what was going on.

"Are you in class 2–A by chance?" Mari asked.

"Uh, yes I am." Shinji replied politely, still with a very confused look on his face.

'God, he's so adorable. I'm glad I did this now.' Mari thought. "I'm Mari, Mari Illustrious Makinami, I just moved here to Tokyo–3, and I'm in your class." Mari said happily. "Would you mind walking me to the school? I get lost easily."

"Su… sure." Shinji replied.

"So, what's your name?" Mari asked brightly. 'Don't be so shy, Shinji, you're cute, you should be more confident.' Mari thought.

"My name is Shinji Ikari." Shinji replied. "It's nice to meet you Makinami–san."

"Please, call me Mari." Mari said. "But, I get to call you Shinji."

"That sounds fair I guess." Shinji replied, smiling slightly. "It's nice to meet you, Mari."

"It's nice to meet you too, Shinji Ikari." Mari said with a big smile. 'Very nice indeed.' Mari thought to herself.

End Episode III


A/N: I do not own Evangelion or any of the characters, GAINAX and the other distributors of NGE related material do. I am simply using them as a backdrop for my fanfic.

As for the songs used in this chapter, I don't own them either, and they're listed below in order of appearance:
David Bowie – Space Oddity (1969)
Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son (1975)

Welcome back Mari!

I really did enjoy writing this chapter. I couldn't wait to bring Mari back from Limbo, considering she is my favorite character.

Now to place this chapter, it takes place between chapters 6 and 7 of Episode IV, after Shinji has arrived in Tokyo–3, and defeats the 3rd, 4th and 5th angels. Fuyutsuki and Mari's reunion is somewhat bittersweet, and yes she is once again made to be alone. So she will be showing up in Episode IV to fight alongside Shinji and Rei, and be in town before our favorite fiery redhead arrives. That last segment of the chapter is a preview of their meeting which will be seen again, more from the perspective of Shinji in Chapter 7 of Episode IV. It's not really a spoiler cause you already knew they were going to meet.

So, the data disc given to Mari by Fuyutsuki is loaded with all sorts of information as seen by the directory I showed you. It contains all of Fuyutsuki's research since Second Impact on everything he could get his hands on. This was the digitized research he threw at Gendo before joining Gehirn. Kaji will later recover large portions of this file (namely text), which will then be given to Misato. Wanna know how he got it? Fuyutsuki never cleared out his temporary files Word used to save recovery files, allowing Kaji to get a large portion if the data without getting caught. Also, when Mari left in 1998 as she was sucked into the core, hard drive space was just entering GB range, and floppy discs were still a thing, so a portable disc with 16 GB of space (which is what that long string of bytes converts to) would be somewhat unimaginable, just a bit of time displacement shock for you.

Also in regard to the computer section, I swear I have them formatted like the Windows CMD prompt in word, however, fanfiction erases so many symbols and gets rid of any use of the tab key, it looks silly, but I'm keeping it in any way for effect.

Now, as to the super sciency portion of the chapter with Mari and Lilith, which is only really missing Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson explaining all this stuff, is how I'm going to be explaining this story. I won't go into specifics to avoid any spoilers, but this will crop up a few more times before this saga concludes, and it will all be explained in time. Essentially in this universe, and in the show even, time is in a loop, see Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cause and Effect for further details. Just the vision of Rei at the beginning of the anime, manga and rebuild indicate some sort of temporal phenomena, and this one is the most likely answer to why it seems time repeats itself, until a solution to break the loop is found it will keep repeating indefinitely. Boom, science.

This chapter officially closes out the Origins Arc after 34 chapters and too many words to bother trying to count. I'm very thankful for the likes, follows and comments I've gotten in the last few months since posting Episode I, and I'd like to extend a thank you to all of those who have done that, and to those who have been reading this whole time. It's been a fun ride writing all the origins of the characters and filling in some of the gaps (or gaping holes) in character's pasts. But the fun isn't over yet, and as cliché as this is meant to sound, when one door closes, another opens. The Angels Arc begins anew with the next story, as yet another retelling of the timeline regarding the original series I love so much.

Next up! Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legacy – Episode IV: The Last Hope.

Please read and enjoy!

As I said before, and will always say at the end of chapter, please leave comments, as I would like to try to improve the story going forward any way I can. And, hell, constructive criticism is a good thing.


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