Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legacy
Episode IV: The Last Hope


Chapter 3 – Awaiting Destiny
July 10, 2015 – Atsugi, Japan

Shinji was sitting in class not really paying attention to the lecture, as usual. The kids around him, even after a decade, still teased him for being a quiet recluse with no friends. Sometimes quietly whispering, and other times confronting him directly. He was used to being bullied, and it had built a hard, sarcastic and passive aggressive shell around him.

'It's not like I want to be their friends, if I ever try to get close to someone, they'll just end up hurting me.' Shinji thought as he quietly put in his earphones and turned up his SDAT to drown out those around him, as usual. 'All people ever want to do is hurt me…'

I watch how the
Moon sits in the sky in the dark night
Shining with the light from the sun
And the sun doesn't give light to the moon assuming
The moon's going to owe it one
It makes me think of how you act to me
You do
Favors and then rapidly
You just
Turn around and start asking me about
Things you want back from me
I'm sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest
I want to be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I want to be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head
Maybe someday I'll be just like you and
Step on people like you do and
Run away the people I thought I knew
I remember back then who you were
You used to be calm used to be strong
Used to be generous but you should've known
That you'd
Wear out your welcome now you see
How quiet it is all alone
I'm so
Sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest
I'm so
Sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I want to be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I want to be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head

You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away
You try to take the best of me
Go away

I want to be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I want to be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head

Shut up

I'm so sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I'm so sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place, to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

Shinji, having his eyes closed didn't see two of the people in his class walk up to him. The teacher had stepped out of the room, so no one would stop whatever they were going to do. They were trying to say something to Shinji, but he wasn't paying attention. So as the tracks were changing, one of the boys ripped the earbuds from his ears.

"What's the freak listening to today." Hayato asked putting the earbuds up to his ears. "God, what kind of shitty ass music do you listen to? Are you some kind of fucking loser?"

"Well, he is a fucking loser because he has no friends." Kou, Hayato's partner in crime said rudely. "He's just some freak who can't be around anyone, hell his father might kill them accidently if he gets too close."

Shinji's fists clenched, but otherwise he stayed calm and resolute. "Just give me back my earphones and go away. No one cares what you two morons think." Shinji said quietly.

"What did you call us?" Kou asked angrily.

"Morons." Shinji said. "I guess I was right, because you didn't understand me the first time. Now please just leave me alone."

The entire class was paying attention to the fight now, but no one did anything, left they draw the ire of the two obnoxious bullies.

"Hey, look at this tough guy. He never ever speaks, and when he does, he's just insulting. This freak's father killed his mother, and he thinks he can act like some sort of arrogant ass who thinks he's better than us." Hayato said angrily, throwing Shinji's SDAT across the room. "He thinks we'll just leave him alone if he asks nicely. Well, your words are no Wall of Jericho, freak."

"Hayato, the Walls of Jericho fell…" Kou whispered quietly.

"He doesn't know that, he doesn't pay attention in class." Hayato whispered back.

Shinji continued to shake with rage, but kept himself calm. "Whatever." Shinji said. "Is it too much to ask to simply be left alone? What did I ever do to you?" Shinji asked.

"Yeah it is too much to ask, freak." Hayato said, shoving Shinji in his chair. "I don't like being called a moron, or being ignored by someone who thinks he's better than me."

"I don't think I'm better than you." Shinji said. "I just want to be left alone by people who are rude and inconsiderate of others."

"Why you little shit." Hayato said. "Kou, hold him down."

Kou came up behind Shinji and grabbed his arms. "Hold still now, freak." Kou said, gripping Shinji's arms tightly. "It'll hurt more if you struggle."

"Yeah, we wouldn't want you to get to high and mighty on us." Hayato said. "So, I'm going to take you down a few pegs."

Hayato landed several heavy punches to Shinji's gut and face. Shinji didn't respond at all, not letting out a single sound of pain or anguish, and simply taking the beating.

'It's always the same with these two. They get offended because I won't talk to them, then they hit me, and then they get bored.' Shinji thought. 'If I just stay quiet and don't cry out then they'll just go away and leave me alone like always.'

The class watched, not doing a thing to stop that attack, and simply watched quietly. After a few minutes, Hayato relented his attack and Kou let Shinji go and shoved him to the ground. Hayato landed a kick to Shinji's gut.

"What a punk, he didn't even cry out for his mommy." Kou said.

"Yeah, he never cries out when we do this." Hayato said. "Freak."

The teacher walked back into the room as Shinji was struggling to his feet. Shinji collected his SDAT and went back to his desk unnoticed by anyone.

'Why does everyone just watch?' Shinji thought angrily. 'Are they so afraid of those two that no one will even try to say what they're doing is wrong? I know I can't fight them alone, I'd just get even more hurt, but if people got together to fight, they could make a difference, a real difference.' Shinji sighed as he looked at the SDAT. 'Good, it's not damaged, I don't think I could deal with this hell hole if it got broken.' Shinji looked around him. 'If I ever got a chance to go somewhere else I would. I hate it here, these people are awful, Jushiro is fine, but everyone else judges me on what they think they know of my father. How can they know him if they've never met him. I just doesn't make any sense.' Shinji pressed his stomach to see how hurt he was. 'Well, I'm not going to die today. I just wish I wasn't being punished for the sins of my father.'

Just before the end of the day, the teacher began to hand back last week's assignments. He always handed back the work himself, as he didn't want other students snooping on other's grades. He did it silently so no one would have an indication of what anyone got, but he would write the grade and any comments on the last page to keep it as hidden as possible.

Shinji's paper was put on his desk, and Shinji flipped to the last page. He was given a zero on the paper he had to write about where he saw himself in the future. There was also a not underneath the zero. The note said. "See me after class, Ikari. This is unacceptable."

'Typical bullshit.' Shinji thought as he shoved the paper in his bag. 'Can this day get any worse?'

–––

The teacher sat across from Shinji looking quite angry. "Do you know why I gave you a failing grade on this essay?" He asked.

"Not entirely." Shinji replied. "I did as I was instructed and gave you my view of the future of my life. Nothing more, nothing less."

"You didn't take the assignment seriously, Ikari." The teacher said gruffly. "How will anyone take you seriously if you don't take yourself seriously?"

"I did take the assignment seriously, sir." Shinji said coolly. "That's all I could think to write, so that's all I wrote. I don't see the big issue here, and I don't believe I should be punished for voicing my opinion."

"So, you're getting mouthy, eh?" The teacher said. "Be that way Ikari, no one will ever find you in some high powered job. You'll be nothing, Ikari, with that blasé attitude towards your future."

"So, why did you have me see you after class?" Shinji asked. "So you could berate me on my paper, or to tell me how to improve my grade?"

"There is no chance to improve your grade on this paper, Ikari." The teacher said. "I just wanted to set you straight that I will not accept subpar work like that."

"It was an opinion paper, sir." Shinji said angrily. "So I'm still not quite sure how exactly I was given a poor grade, considering there is no wrong answer on an opinion paper. I followed the assignment, and gave my opinion on my future." Shinji stood up and grabbed his bag. "Seeing as there isn't much else to discuss, I have somewhere to be, sir."

"You've got some nerve, Ikari." The teacher replied. "If you leave I swear…"

"What?" Shinji asked. "You've already given me a zero, sir, what else can you do?" Shinji said as he left the room.

–––

'Typical bullshit, everyone always thinks I don't apply myself.' Shinji thought as he got nearer to his house. 'Why even bother with school if that's what I have to deal with, ignorant bullies, and arrogant teachers.'

Shinji got home, and fumbled in his pocket for the keys to Jushiro's house.

"Tadaima…" Shinji said sullenly as he walked in. There was no reply. He picked up the mail off the floor and looked around "Sensei, are you home?" Shinji called out.

Shinji looked around the house and found that Jushiro was gone and had left a note.

"Shinji, I'll be out of town until the 12th on business, I'll see you when I get back. Jushiro."

So, Shinji tossed the mail onto the table and looked through it quickly. "Junk… bill… bill… junk… grocery store flyer… letter for sensei… sensei… Shinji… sensei… Shinji?" Shinji said realized he'd flipped by his own mail in the daze from his day.

"Why is there a letter addressed to me? The only mail I get is from school. Unless…" Shinji said as he looked for the envelope. It was addressed to him, and was postmarked Tokyo–3. "Father…"

Shinji tore open the envelope and opened the letter. There was a swipe card and a train ticket attached to the page by a paperclip. The card read "NERV Temporary Security I.D. Card" and had his name printed on it. The ticket was listed as a special government train leaving from Atsugi Station on August 15th at 9:00a and arriving in Tokyo–3 at 10:00a. The note itself was mostly blocked out text, colored over by a thick, black Sharpie, as it still smelled acrid. There were three words on the page Shinji could read, all handwritten in the same black Sharpie. "Come. Gendo Ikari."

"Father… after all this time… you can't even say something more meaningful?!" Shinji said, shaking with rage. "I have to put up with all the shit people say and think about you and get picked on for it, and all you can say is come, like I'm a fucking dog!" Shinji shouted at the refrigerator. "Fuck you and whatever you want father, I'd rather die than have to deal with you anymore! You never ask how I am, and just expect me to come to Tokyo–3 on your whim?!" Shinji shouted as he threw the ticket and the swipe card at the wall. "Fuck you, father!" Shinji tore the letter into 16 pieces.

Shinji threw the pieces of the note on the ground and went to room in a huff. 'Today was one of the worst I've had in a while.' Shinji said as he plopped onto his bed and stared at the ceiling. 'Worse than that day in the cemetery, but not as bad as the day I was left here, or the day mother died…' Shinji thought.

Shinji tried desperately to go to sleep, but it wouldn't come, so he put on his SDAT player and set it to Track 25. "I hate you father." Shinji said as the music started playing.


July 11, 2015 – Comfort 17 Apartments

Misato had asked for an earlier transport to drop her in Tokyo–3 a day before she was supposed to report for duty. So, her car, a few bags, and Pen –Pen were loaded into a C–130 and flown from the United States to Japan via the Pacific Ocean.

The plane had landed a few hours ago in Tokyo–2, and Misato was speeding as fast as she could to Tokyo–3 in her blue Alpine. On the seat next to Pen–Pen was a folder with the name "Shinji Ikari" written on the tab. 'So, I have to pick up that little one in a few days… I'm glad I decided to come here early. How will he know who to look for though?' Misato thought as she sped along the road.

Misato's phone beeped, and she saw an e–mail. 'Great, my stuff got here before I did, I hope I'm not too late. I need to sign for everything…' Misato thought as she saw the citadel city show up in front of her. 'Thank whatever, I'm here, now I just need to find that apartment complex.'

Misato was driving like a madman through Tokyo–3 towards the outer edge of city in her typical fashion. Pen–Pen was seated next to her and was covering his eyes with his flippers and squeaking quietly, hoping that they would get to their destination in one piece.

Misato saw a large yellow truck parked in front of the apartment, which she recognized from her search online. 'Great they're already here…' Misato thought as she drifted into the packing lot.

She screeched to a halt, drifting into one of the spots opposite a DHL truck that was unloading a small mountain of moving boxes and furniture. Misato had arrived just in time to let them into the apartment.

Misato got out of the car and stood up, wearing a yellow t–shirt and blue cut–off shorts. Pen–Pen opened his door and waddled out into the heat. Misato walked over to the three men unloading boxes from the truck.

"Hello there!" Misato said happily. "I'm Misato Katsuragi, I believe this is all my stuff!"

"Could we see some I.D. miss?" The mover asked.

"Sure!" Misato said pulling out her NERV I.D. card.

"Everything checks out, Captain." The mover said. "Where would you like the boxes and furniture put? Anywhere in particular, or just inside the apartment?"

"I'll point it all out for you in just a minute, but could you do me a favor first?"

"Uh… sure." The mover said.

"Do you mind taking a picture for me, I need to mail it off to someone." Misato asked, handing him a camera.

"Sure, miss." The mover said.

Misato leaned over winked, and put up a peace sign, making sure her boobs would focus heavily in the shot. "I'm ready!" Misato said happily.

"Alright, say cheese…" The mover said.

"Cheese!" Misato said as the camera shutter snapped. Misato straightened up. "Thank you!" She said happily.

"You're quite welcome." The mover said. "Now, about all this stuff…"

"Oh, right, uh let me show you." Misato said as she grabbed the apartment key from her pocket. "Come on Pen–Pen!"

"Wark!" Pen–Pen squawked obediently.

A few hours later, Misato came back to the apartment with about a dozen bags of food in her hands, with Pen–Pen sitting angrily by the door. The movers had put all the furniture in place, including the specialized fridge for Pen–Pen. However the reason Pen–Pen was waiting angrily at the door was because Misato, in her haste to go out for food, forgot to plug in his room. As Misato came inside, Pen–Pen assaulted her.

"WARK! WARK, WARK!" Pen–Pen squawked loudly.

"What?" Misato asked. "Is something on fire?"

"WARK, WARK!" Pen–Pen squawked loudly as he ran over to his fridge. "WARK!" Pen–Pen squawked as he pointed at the fridge, and as he poked the button to open the door, nothing happened.

"Oh…" Misato said as she put her purchases down. "I'm sorry Pen–Pen, I forgot to plug in your fridge."

"WARK!" Pen–Pen squawked accusingly.

"Alright, give me a second." Misato said putting her bags down and reaching behind his fridge to plug it in. The fridge groaned to life as its compressors turned on.

"Wark!" Pen–Pen said as he went inside.

"I said I was sorry…" Misato said. "Damn penguin, always whining." Misato said as she picked up her bags and opened her own fridge and began stacking Yebisu and instant food inside. "Great, I won't be able to have any beer until its cold. This blows." Misato said angrily.

Misato plopped down on her couch and yawned loudly picking up the photo she had printed while she was out shopping. "God, what a long day. I just need to mail this out to Atsugi, in the morning, then report into HQ." Misato fell over on the couch. "I just need to sleep first, cause all that is tomorrow's problem."


July 12, 2015 – Berlin, Germany

Kaji was on the phone in his office, talking in very hushed tones. Several items on his desk were on, mostly to scramble any hint of what he was talking about to anyone on the outside.

"Yes, I understand Sub–Commander. I'll make sure I enact my plan accordingly." Kaji said. "I believe I can pull this off without a problem."

"The Commander will be glad to hear it, Agent. Your promotion goes through on August 1st, so you will be able to board the ship without being searched." Fuyutsuki said.

"Good, now, is there anything else, sir?" Kaji asked.

"No, just accomplish your mission." Fuyutsuki said. "We'll see you soon."

"Goodbye, Sub–Commander." Kaji said hanging up the phone. "Well, now to tell Asuka the good news." Kaji said strolling out of his office.

Kaji walked towards Asuka's quarters several floors below. When he arrived he knocked on the door.

"Go away! I'm busy!" Asuka shouted from inside.

Kaji chuckled to himself. 'Always the same with her…' Kaji thought to himself. "Asuka, it's me, Kaji…" Kaji said.

The door was flung open. "Mr. Kaji!" Asuka said sweetly. "I always have time for you."

"I figured you might." Kaji said. "May I come in?"

"Of course!" Asuka said happily. "You're always welcome here, Mr. Kaji."

They both walked into Asuka's room. Asuka sat down on the bed and patted the spot next to her for Kaji to sit down. "Mr. Kaji, you can sit next to me, I don't mind…" Asuka said cutely.

"Oh, Asuka…" Kaji said quietly as he sat down.

Asuka threw her arms around him. "Mr. Kaji, why did you come down to see me? Did you miss me?"

"No, Asuka." Kaji said as Asuka pouted at his response and she stopped hugging him. "I have some important news to tell you about Unit–02."

"Oh, well, I guess you can tell me Mr. Kaji… seeing as you didn't just come down here to say hello…" Asuka said sullenly.

"Oh, Asuka, of course I came to say hello, but I wanted to tell you the news first." Kaji said trying to brighten her mood. "I was going to come down earlier to take you out, but I was interrupted by a phone call."

"Really, Mr. Kaji?" Asuka said, perking up.

"Really." Kaji said.

"So what are we going to go do?" Asuka asked.

"Well, news first, then I'll tell you what we'll do, ok?" Kaji said.

"Alright, Mr. Kaji." Asuka said sweetly. "So, what is the news about my Unit–02?"

"Well, on August 11th, we're leaving Germany for Japan. We're going to leave from Hamburg and the 6th Branch, go through the Suez Canal, and sail for Sasebo, then after a brief stopover to pick up weapons and supplies there, we sail for New Yokosuka and then Unit–02 will be transferred to NERV HQ's command, with you in tow of course. We should arrive by 30th." Kaji explained. "How's that sound?"

"We'll be sailing to Japan? Why can't we just fly?" Asuka asked. "Wouldn't it be quicker?"

"Well, the U.N. wants us to be under heavy guard until we get there, so we'll be sailing with the Pacific Fleet all the way there, or at least a good portion of the Pacific Fleet anyway." Kaji said. "They just want us to be safe."

"You'll be with me, right Mr. Kaji?" Asuka asked, blinking her eyes. "I'd be very lonely without you."

"Don't worry, Asuka." Kaji said. "I'll be with you the whole time, I promise."

Asuka threw her arms around Kaji again. "Oh, Mr. Kaji, you are the best!" Asuka said snuggling his chest. "Does this mean they need a real Evangelion now? Have they even found the Third Child yet?"

"No, I just think HQ wants all the Evangelions in one place." Kaji said. "As for the Third Child, I did hear a rumor that he was found."

"Oh, a boy huh?" Asuka said. "I bet I'm better at piloting then him."

"Of course you are, Asuka." Kaji replied. "He hasn't had any training yet. Just remember, he could end up being better than you, so don't get too cocky. You'll just have to beat him with your sync score."

"Mr. Kaji!" Asuka said admonishingly as her eyes teared up a bit. "You don't think I'm the best Evangelion pilot?!"

"Of course I think you're the best, Asuka." Kaji said reassuringly. "You just can't sit on your laurels Asuka, you have to keep doing your best."

"I will Mr. Kaji, I'll do my best so I can impress you!" Asuka said happily.

"I'm sure you will, Asuka, I'm sure you will." Kaji said as he patted her on the back.

'I'll keep doing my best for you, and for momma.' Asuka thought as she snuggled against Kaji. 'Otherwise, I'm just a useless failure… and I won't be like that… I don't need anyone's help… I can fight all on my own… I'm the greatest Evangelion pilot ever, and no one can stop Asuka Langley Soryu!'

"Asuka, you do realize this means you need to pack, right?" Kaji said.

"Awww, really?" Asuka replied sweetly. "I just want to relax and have some fun with you, Mr. Kaji."

"Yes, really." Kaji said sternly. "You don't have long to pack, and you have so much stuff. So it'll take a while. I don't mind giving you some help, either."

"You'd help me out, Mr. Kaji?" Asuka said, batting her eyes at him. "You're so wonderful!"

"Well, no better time than the present to get started." Kaji said jokingly. "I'll go get some boxes and be right back."

"Mr. Kaji!" Asuka said as he walked out. "I want to do something more fun!"

"Sorry, Asuka, but work comes first." Kaji said as he walked away. "You know that."

"I do know that." Asuka bemoaned. "But it doesn't mean I have to like it!"


July 14, 2015 – Atsugi, Japan

Since getting the letter from his father the previous Friday, Shinji hadn't left his room, save for getting something to eat or go to the bathroom. He was still furious his father had sent him such a sparse letter. Jushiro, who had called Shinji out sick on Monday and today, came in to see if he was feeling any better.

"Shinji?" Jushiro asked. "Are you alright?"

"No sensei, I'm still not feeling well." Shinji replied.

"Alright, I called you out sick again for today." Jushiro said.

"Thank you, sensei." Shinji said hollowly.

Jushiro eyed him. "Shinji would your "illness" have anything to do with this?" Jushiro asked.

Shinji looked over and saw the note he had ripped up days before had been taped back together. Attached to it were the train ticket and swipe card.

"No, I have no idea what that is." Shinji lied.

"Shinji, it came in Friday's mail. I wasn't home then, and it was addressed to you." Jushiro said. "You must have read it and ripped it up. I know it's from your father."

"I hate him." Shinji said plainly. "And I don't want to go, he can go straight to hell."

"Shinji, even though you may not want to go, it must be important for him to send you a note." Jushiro said. "And haven't you been waiting for a day like this since the cemetery?"

"Not anymore. I hate him." Shinji said. "I don't think he ever loved me."

"Shinji, that may or may not be true." Jushiro said. "But you owe it to yourself to tell him that yourself, in person."

"I don't want to go." Shinji said stubbornly.

"You have to go, Shinji." Jushiro said. "Just go."

"Why?" Shinji asked. "Why should I go?"

"Like I said Shinji, if you want him to know how you feel, go and tell him that." Jushiro said. "Or at least go and see what he wants, although you'll have to pack quickly, as the train is tomorrow morning."

"I don't want to go, but you make sound like I don't have much of a choice." Shinji said sarcastically.

"Shinji…" Jushiro said. "This might make you change your mind, it just came in the mail today." Jushiro handed Shinji an envelope.

Shinji looked at the envelope. It was addressed to him, and from the handwriting it looked like a women had written it, especially with the hearts over the 'i's and 'j's in his name.

'What a weirdo…' Shinji thought as he opened the envelope.

Shinji pulled out the short letter from inside the envelope and read it. "Dear Shinji, My name is Misato Katsuragi! I work for your dad at NERV. I'm being sent to be pick you up at the station and deliver you safely to our offices. I look forward to seeing you on the 15th. P.S. I also enclosed a photo of me as a reference so you know what I look like!"

Shinji picked the envelope back up and withdrew a picture from inside of it and looked it over. It was of a young women dressed in a yellow t–shirt and blue cutoff shorts, leaning over and showing off her ample cleavage, winking and giving a peace sign. There was a kiss mark on the photo in lipstick, presumably from the young woman in the photo. The note on the photo was short and read:

"To Shinji, I'll be coming to get you, so wait for me. Misato."

A smaller note underneath had an arrow pointing to her breasts noting. "Attention here please!"

'She works for my dad? As what, his slutty secretary?' Shinji thought. 'Who sends a photo like this to a kid?'

Shinji looked over at Jushiro. "He's not even coming to pick me up." Shinji said sullenly. "He's sending his… I don't know… his secretary I guess."

"Shinji you do realize that your father is very busy trying to better humanity right?" Jushiro said. "He's clearly sending someone he trusts to pick up his only son."

"I doubt it." Shinji said. "He was like this when I was younger, always sending other people to do the things he didn't want to do."

"Shinji, he's the one that dropped you off here, don't you remember?" Jushiro asked.

"Of course I remember…" Shinji said. 'One of the worst days of my life…' Shinji thought.

"Well, that day was hard for him too, Shinji." Jushiro said.

"You don't know that." Shinji replied. "He just doesn't want to deal with me."

"Shinji, you'll never know for sure what your father feels if you don't go tomorrow." Jushiro said. "Just think about it."

Shinji thought about it for a few moments. 'He's right, I won't know if I don't go, and if I do, I can tell him what an asshole he's been to me.' Shinji thought.

"I'll go." Shinji said. "I guess going would fulfill something I've always wanted… to go home to father again…" Shinji trailed off. "But I still hate him, even though he's my father and I love him, he just… abandoned me after mother died."

"Shinji, if you keep thinking that way, you'll never be able to property talk to your father." Jushiro said.

"I guess…" Shinji said.

"Well, if you are going, get packed." Jushiro said. "I don't think you can miss the train in the morning."

"I guess so." Shinji said as he got up off the bed. He walked over to his closet and grabbed a duffel bag from it. "Thank you, sensei, for convincing me to go." Shinji said as he grabbed the Mewtwo off his bed side table and put it in the duffel bag.

"You're welcome Shinji." Jushiro said. "So, get what you need, and I'll send along the rest when you write to me."

"I'll leave a list of what you can send, sensei." Shinji said. "For now, I'll just take what I can carry."

"Alright Shinji, goodnight." Jushiro said.

"Goodnight." Shinji said as he looked around his room as Jushiro left. 'What would I take with me anyway, the SDAT, Mewtwo, some clothes. I can have the cello sent to me later, and maybe some other stuff. But I won't need much for now…' Shinji thought as he went to his dresser and grabbed some clothes. 'I don't really intend on staying long.'


July 15, 2015 – Special Government Train, destination: Tokyo–3

"Bye, sensei." Shinji said, handing Jushiro his keys back.

"Goodbye Shinji." Jushiro said. "You can also hold onto the keys, Shinji, you're welcome back anytime. Especially if things with your father don't work out."

"Thank you, sensei." Shinji said. "I'll… miss you."

"I'll miss you too, Shinji." Jushiro said.

Before Shinji could reply, the loudspeaker gave an announcement. "This is the final boarding call for the Special Government Train, bound for Tokyo–3. Only authorized persons are allowed on board. The train is due to depart in at 9:00a. We repeat, this is the last call for the Special Government Train, bound for Tokyo–3."

"I guess it's time to get going them Shinji." Jushiro said.

"I guess I'll see you around, sensei." Shinji said as he got on the train. As he got on the train, the door buzzer sounded and then the doors closed. Shinji stood at the door and watched the Jushiro as the train started to move. Jushiro waved at Shinji as the train began to pull away from the station.

Shinji put in his SDAT and took a seat not far from the doors. He pressed play on whatever track was queued up from the day before.

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs, and still–frames in your mind
Hang them on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial

For what it's worth, it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life
It's something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

As the song ended, Shinji heard an announcement over the loudspeaker. "This is the 9:00a Special Government Train from Atsugi to Tokyo–3. The one and only stop will be at the termination point for this train, Tokyo–3."

'I'll see you soon… father…' Shinji thought as the train sped off towards Tokyo–3.

To Be Continued


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:
Linkin Park – A Place For My Head (2000)
Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)

Sync Score Rankings!
Asuka – 34.8% (+0.7%)
Rei – 15.1% (No change)
Shinji – Pending
Mari – N/A

Not much to say this chapter, this is mostly filler to get myself some time to write the battle with Sachiel appropriately. So, I wrote out how Shinji's been doing and also how Misato had that picture of herself taken. Shinji has not been doing well, with the bullying and such, and it has given him a bit of a sarcastic and passive defense mechanism, similar to the manga. I wanted this Shinji to have more backbone than the one in the anime. Anime Shinji whines a lot, and manga Shinji was at least snarky at times, although still insecure, which was far more enjoyable

Well, Shinji is heading home, to Tokyo–3. So, next chapter will shift the focus to Tokyo–3. Get ready folks, The War of the Angels will begin in the next chapter, and it's going to be a bit different than the last time.

Asuka will also be unavailable to the story until she packs and then moves to Tokyo–3 from Hamburg.

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.


つづく