Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legacy
One Shot – Trick or Treat


For Silvermoonlight GJ


October 14, 2017 – Tokyo–3 Junior High School, Class 3–A

Ever since class reconvened after lunch, they had been taking a comprehensive exam, which was stressing some of them out. Toji and Kensuke were having trouble because they had neglected to study beforehand, while Hikari was simply stressing too much about her grade affecting what school she could get into, and Shinji kept second–guessing every answer he put down. Asuka, Mari, and Rei however finished a few minutes early and tried to help their struggling friends without attracting the teacher's attention. Because Asuka sat next to Shinji, it was easy for her to help him out.

"Shinji…" Asuka whispered. "What question are you on?"

"189." Shinji replied quietly.

"Seriously?" Asuka asked quietly. "You should be able to ace this."

"I keep thinking what I'm putting down is wrong." Shinji said sullenly.

"Listen, can you remember the last sequence of answers if I tell them to you?" Asuka asked.

"Yes." Shinji replied.

"A… B… B… C… E… B… A… D… A… D… E…" Asuka muttered.

"Thank you." Shinji whispered back as he hurriedly filled in the answer bubbles.

"That is time everyone." The teacher said. "Pencils down, hand your papers forward."

There was an audible groan from a large portion of the class as they had to stop, and the rustling of paper as the tests were passed forward.

"I shall post your grades by the end of the week." The teacher said as he went back to his podium. "Ah, yes, I have one announcement before the end of the day. There is to be a costume contest on Halloween for individual and group costumes, all students are welcome to participate." The teacher said. "Anyone wishing enter, please head down to the student council room to sign up, they can give you more details on the prizes."

Ding dong ding ding… ding dong ding ding

"Ah, that's our cue to leave." The teacher said. "Class is dismissed."

As the bell run, Hikari, in her usual authoritative tone rose to direct the class. "Rise… Bow… Sit!" Hikari commanded as the teacher left the room.

As the teacher left, the room was abuzz with talk about entering the contest, and about how everyone had done on the test, with Asuka and Mari both excited at the prospect of winning something.

"I wonder what the prize is!" Asuka said excitedly.

"Lots of money!" Mari said happily. "Or free food!"

"Hey, Toji, how did you do on the test?" Shinji said, ignoring Asuka and Mari's fervent conversation about the costume contest.

"I did shitty, man." Toji said. "I totally should've fucking studied…"

"And why didn't you?" Hikari asked pointedly.

"I was uh… playing videogames with Kensuke last night at my place." Toji replied nervously.

"That seems like a colossal waste of time considering the stakes…" Rei said.

"It's not a waste of time!" Toji replied. "It was quality bro time with Kensuke!"

"Toji, you do realize that your future in senior high school depends on getting a good grade, right?" Hikari asked angrily. "Did you even finish the test?"

"I sorta flubbed it at the end a bit." Toji said. "Just closed my eyes and guessed."

"Toji!" Hikari scolded. "You have to apply yourself, I know you're not dumb!"

"Sorry, babe." Toji said. "I'm just so damn tired of tests… its fucking endless."

"I am too, and don't even think I did that great either…" Hikari said sullenly. "But at least I studied…"

"Hey, I study when I want to." Toji retorted.

"You never want to though…" Hikari shot back.

"Guys, are you even listening to us?!" Mari asked angrily. "Don't you want to find out about the prize?!"

"The prize for what?" Hikari asked.

"I don't think they were listening, four eyes." Asuka deadpanned.

"Why not?!" Mari said. "There's a prize involved!"

"You are over focused on the prize." Rei said sternly.

"We could share it you know." Asuka replied.

"If we win." Toji said. "But I doubt we'll get good costumes."

"We have to think of an idea, ya stooge." Mari said. "Jeez, no one's getting it."

"Let's just go sign up." Asuka said.

"Please don't." Rei said. "I do not wish to dress up."

"Rei, we can't wait forever." Asuka said. "We should sign up early."

"Why?" Rei asked. "It seems futile to try."

"Because it'll be fun!" Mari said excitedly.

"It doesn't sound very fun." Toji said.

"We don't even know what the prize is you two." Hikari said.

"Well, let's go find out or whatever!" Mari said.

"Why?" Rei asked.

"Because Halloween is fun." Asuka said.

"Dressing up like someone else is fun?" Rei asked. "I thought it was unwise to do this…"

"It is fun!" Asuka said aggravatedly. "Come on, this is the first Halloween we've had together where some stupid Angel or Gundam isn't going to fuck it all to hell!"

"Really?" Shinji asked. "It can't have been…"

"No, it was." Asuka said. "Twice in a row. I am not missing a third fucking Halloween!"

"Asuka, please don't yell." Hikari said. "It just seems silly with our future of being in the same class in senior high school at stake, that we'd put time and effort into something… like that…"

"They seriously don't get it…" Asuka said disappointedly.

"Nope, princess, they don't…" Mari said. "Let's just leave them here to do whatever they want."

"Asuka, wait." Shinji said.

"What, baka?" Asuka asked. "Unless you're changing your mind, don't talk to me. Mari and I will just do it alone and look stupid without the rest of our friends to help…"

"Asuka, why do you really want to do this?" Shinji asked. "It can't just be for the prize."

"It's not." Asuka replied. "It's been less than a year since everything happened. We've been free from having to fight for our lives and everyone else's, and this is the real chance we've had to do something fun just because we can." Asuka shuttered. "It's about being free from the constant threat of death that piloting had with it… and you know exactly what I'm talking about."

"Yeah, we all… yeah…" Toji mumbled.

"I remember." Hikari said.

"I was there." Shinji said.

"So, are you gonna help us, or are you going to make princess cry?" Mari asked.

"I uh…" Shinji mumbled.

"We'll do it." Hikari said. "Right?"

"Talk about being pressured into something." Toji muttered. "But yeah, I'm in too."

"I don't see why not." Kensuke said.

"Yeah." Shinji replied.

"Seeing as everyone else is…" Rei mumbled.

"Yay!" Mari said exuberantly.

"Relax, four eyes." Asuka quipped. "You're going to hurt yourself."

"Sorry I said it was dumb…" Hikari said.

"It's ok." Asuka said. "Besides that boring ass trip we took to Tokyo–2 a few months ago, we haven't done anything worthwhile."

"Yeah, you disappeared for a while on that trip puppy…" Mari said. "How much did you spend on hookers and blow?"

"I… what?" Shinji replied nervously. "I just got… kinda lost."

"Figures, we leave you alone for a few minutes and you go and get yourself lost." Mari joked.

"Stop making fun of onii–chan…" Rei said as she glared at Mari.

"Will you ever let that go?" Shinji asked as Mari fell silent.

"Probably not." Asuka said. "You always get so flustered when we bring it up."

"I do not." Shinji said. "I just don't like you bringing it up all the time."

"Yeah sure." Asuka joked. "Tell that to your beet red face."

"Hey, why don't we find out about the contest and figure out what we're doing?" Mari asked. "Ya know, before the student council office closes?"

"Fine, let's go." Asuka said as she and everyone else packed their school things away.

A few minutes later, in the student council room, the kids were in line to sign up for the costume contest. There were only a few people ahead of them, but that just made Mari all the more anxious.

"Hurry up…" Mari muttered. "I wanna sign up for this already!"

"Oh relax and be patient like the rest of us." Asuka snapped. "We have to wait our turn. Considering you're an adult, you should understand that."

"Hey, don't preach to me about patience, princess." Mari retorted. "I recall that you get violently angry when you have to wait too long."

"We're not talking about me, four eyes." Asuka said.

"Ok, stop it you two." Shinji said sternly. "Otherwise I'm not doing this."

"Yeah, just get along and stop bickering with each other." Hikari added. "You're both being extremely childish."

"We are not being childish." Asuka said defensively.

"This is just how we are with each other!" Mari added. "It's our thing!"

"Ok, fine." Rei said. "It appears we're next, so it won't be much longer anyway."

"Really?!" Mari said excitedly as she turned around and there was no one left in front of them. "Yay!"

"And she's acting ridiculous on the other end of the scale." Asuka muttered.

"Hello." The student body vice president saifd. "Are you here about the costume contest?"

"Yes!" Mari said happily. "I'd like to sign me and my friends up!"

"Well, you don't have to sign anyone up specifically." The vice president said. "The contest is open to all students and your respective families, so they can participate with you if you'd like."

"Seriously?" Asuka asked. "That seems…"

"Like that shouldn't be a thing." Shinji finished.

"Well, the idea was to bring the whole community together in some sort of event following the constant state of panic from the past few years." The vice president replied.

"Yeah, no kidding…" Asuka replied nervously.

"So, is there a prize for winning?" Mari asked bluntly.

"Well, yes." The vice president replied. "It's a ¥250,000 Visa gift card from the event's sponsor."

"So, how do we sign up?" Mari asked.

"Just sign this, and I'll give you the registration pass." The vice president said as Mari blindly signed the form and handed it back, and was given a registration pass. "Your group is entrant number 15."

"Hang on, you said some one sponsored the event?" Hikari asked.

"Yes, NERV donated the gift card as the prize." The vice president said. "I talked to a Colonel something or other, and she said she'd be happy to sponsor the event."

"Huh, that's cool." Mari said.

"Just don't lose the pass, otherwise you can't compete." The vice president said. "Have a nice day, and enjoy the competition."

As the kids left, they all smirked to each other.

"I can't believe she did that…" Asuka muttered.

"I know, where did she find the money for a gift card?" Shinji asked.

"Who cares how she did." Mari said. "Let's just go thank her and try to win it!"

"Yeah, I guess we need to decide what we're dressing up as." Shinji said.

"Well, we just need to find something everything can enjoy." Hikari said.

"Or better yet, awesome costumes no one can compete against!" Asuka said proudly.

"Looks like we've got our work cut out for us…" Kensuke muttered.


October 22, 2017 – Comfort 17 Apartments

It had been over a week since they found out about the competition. In that time the group had yet to decide on their group costume because there were too many opinions, and even more choices. The kids decided to meet one more time to try and figure things out so they could at least complete when Halloween rolled around.

"Does it have to be anime related?" Toji asked. "I mean, there is other stuff besides anime characters to dress up as…"

"Anime is life, stooge." Mari retorted.

"Fine, can it just not be mech related?" Toji asked. "I think there've been enough of those in our lives."

"But mech anime is so awesome!" Mari said.

"Give it a rest, four eyes." Asuka said. "You're making this unproductive again."

"It's not just me you know!" Mari said. "That one hates every idea!"

"It's called constructive criticism!" Hikari argued.

"No, I just don't want one of her crazy ideas!" Toji replied.

"Toji, you're not helping!" Hikari snapped.

"What'd I say?" Toji asked.

"Guys, we're not getting anywhere." Shinji said. "Come on, we have to focus."

"Why, it's not like we can agree on anything." Toji said. "Their ideas are insane!"

"You're not offering any suggestions yourself, pal!" Asuka shot back. "Maybe suggest something instead of shitting on our ideas, and maybe we'll get somewhere!"

"Then you'll just shit on my ideas!" Toji retorted.

"Shinji's right." Sakura said. "It's just a costume contest, it's not rocket science. We should be having fun, not going at each other's throats."

"Man, sis you almost sound mature…" Toji said. "What's gotten into you lately?"

"Just growing up, bro." Sakura said.

"So, the costumes…" Kensuke said nervously. "Toji doesn't want anything mech related, right?"

"Yeah we've established that." Asuka said.

"Well, what don't you guys want?" Shinji asked.

"We just want to dress as anime characters." Asuka said.

"Yeah, no dumb, overblown superheroes or anything like that." Mari added. "Plus, it's been done before. Hell, it's been overdone…"

"And anime hasn't?" Hikari asked.

"Yeah, but anime is more fun." Mari replied. "Plus skimpy costumes."

"I don't want my sister in no skimpy outfits!" Toji said angrily.

"I'm not a baby anymore, bro, I have my period and everything now." Sakura said sarcastically with a broad grin on her face.

"GROSS!" Toji shouted. "I don't want to hear this!"

"You are such a child, Toji." Sakura said. "It's a natural part of…" Toji stuck his fingers in his ears and began humming loudly. "Yeah a total fucking child…."

"Can we stay on topic?" Rei asked. "This is why we are no closer to deciding what our group costume will be… and I'm starting to view this as more arduous than enjoyable…"

"Yeah, its been like this every time we meet." Shinji said.

"We should be able to do better." Hikari said as she pointed at Toji. "You need to stop being so obstinate." Hikari pointed at Asuka and Mari. "And you two need to realize that this process is not just about what the two of you want."

"It was our idea though." Mari said obstinately.

"For all of us to participate in and enjoy." Hikari said sternly. "So get your shit together so we can have fun."

"Is something wrong, Hikari?" Asuka asked. "You're acting less composed than usual."

"Yeah freckles, you're being kinda mean…" Mari added.

"I'm not being mean, I'm being direct!" Hikari snapped. "I'm kinda starting to get Rei's point, you guys have argued about everything and still can't figure anything out! This isn't very fun at all!"

"Oh…" Mari muttered. "But…"

"No buts!" Hikari said. "We're figuring out our costumes today!"

"Ok…" Asuka said. "No need to be so hostile…"

"It's the only way to get through to you!" Hikari retorted. "So, Power Rangers is out?"

"Which season?"

"There's mechs involved, so yeah, I don't want it." Toji said.

"Plus that spandex stuff." Kensuke added.

"What about Rugrats?" Hikari asked.

"That's a kid show." Mari said.

"Fine." Hikari said exasperatedly. "Smurfs?"

"I don't want to paint my face." Asuka said.

"This is impossible…" Hikari muttered as she shook her head. "Comic book stuff is out, right?"

"Yep." Toji said. "Screw Marvel and DC, they do enough already."

"We've got like no options." Hikari said.

"Well, we can still do an anime." Shinji said.

"No mechs though." Toji said.

"And there need to be enough characters for us to dress up as." Kensuke added.

"That doesn't leave us with many options." Hikari replied.

"Well, anime with a large cast… Naruto?" Shinji asked.

"Ninjas suck." Mari said.

"For once we both agree on something." Toji said.

"What about Dragon Ball?" Shinji asked.

"I don't want to wear a foam wig." Mari complained.

"And orange is not my color." Asuka said.

"Who says you get to be Goku?" Toji asked.

"Who else would be?" Asuka asked.

"You're more like Vegeta with that ego and temper princess of all Saiyans." Mari quipped.

"Bite me." Asuka snapped.

"How about One Piece?" Kensuke asked.

"If I wanna play pirate, I'll play Assassin's Creed." Asuka said.

"Yeah, that's a horrible idea, Kensuke." Shinji added.

"Dude, no." Toji said.

"I can't even defend that show…" Hikari said.

"Well what about…" Kensuke began.

"Sailor Moon?" Sakura finished hopefully.

"As much as I love the show sis, I ain't wearing no skirt." Toji said.

"Yeah, I like pants." Shinji replied.

"I wouldn't mind so much." Kensuke said.

"What about Bleach?" Rei suggested.

"What?" Toji asked.

"The series Bleach." Rei said. "There are an abundance of characters, there are no mechs, and no one has to wear a skirt."

"That… that could work…" Asuka said.

"Yeah, it could." Mari said.

"Swords are cool…" Toji muttered.

"Ninjas have swords, Toji." Hikari rebutted.

"Yeah, but Naruto sucks!" Toji retorted.

"Yeah, it does." Mari added.

"Rei, why didn't you say anything before?" Shinji asked.

"I did onii–chan." Rei said. "But no one could hear me over the arguing."

"Well, speak up next time wundergirl." Asuka said. "We could have figured all this shit out so much sooner."

"I will try that next time." Rei replied.

"Well, we still have to decide on the characters we want to do…" Hikari said.

"Why don't we do that right now…" Mari said happily.


October 31, 2017 – Comfort 17 Apartments

After a short debate, the kids easily decided who was going to cosplay who, which considering how long it took them to choose what to cosplay may as well have been a miracle. So, with just a week left to prep before they had to go and compete, it took up until the last moment for them to pull their costumes together so they looked convincing. They had decided to meet up at the apartment to change, an as the kids finished changing, they met up outside the apartment to take a van that Misato had rented for them to use, they all looked over each other's costumes before they left. Shinji was dressed as Ichigo, Rei was dressed as Hollow Ichigo, Asuka was dressed as Byakuya, Mari was dressed as Renji, Toji was dressed as Chad, Kensuke was dressed as Uryū, Sakura was dressed as Rukia, and Hikari was dressed as Orihime. Sakura and Kensuke were the last ones downstairs after everyone else had finished changing.

"It's about time you two." Asuka said.

"What, he needed help getting in this getup." Sakura said.

"Yeah, this thing isn't as loose as all the stuff you guys get to wear." Kensuke moaned.

"You look nice though." Sakura said kindly.

"Thanks." Kensuke replied.

"Yeah, looks cool." Mari said.

"I still don't get why Shinji gets to be Ichigo though…" Toji said bitterly.

"Because he and Rei look enough alike that she can play a convincing Hollow Ichigo." Hikari said. "Besides, you make a good Chad."

"I know, but I wanted a sword…" Toji said as he waived his armored arm.

"Oh relax, stooge." Mari said. "We all chose what we wanted."

"But Shinji's not protagonist material!" Toji reported. "No offence pal."

"None taken." Shinji replied.

"Hey, he'd make a decent protagonist." Sakura retorted. "Albeit a bit boring…"

"Can we talk about something else?" Shinji asked. "I mean, I can hear you guys talking."

"Sure puppy." Mari said. "We can talk about whatever you'd like…"

"Shouldn't we get going?" Kensuke asked.

"No, we got a minute." Mari replied.

"Well, you look cute as guys." Hikari said pointing to Asuka and Mari.

"Eh, it's ok." Asuka said. "Besides, we don't have to play this as guys ya know."

"Speak for yourself, princess." Mari joked. "I make a fucking hot guy."

"Yeah you do." Sakura joked.

"Sis, come on, you're killing me." Toji said.

"Oh give it a rest, bro." Sakura quipped. "You have to stop overreacting about my love life."

"You're not supposed to have a love life!" Toji retorted.

"Ok, we're not having this conversation now." Hikari said aggravatedly. "Can we just go now? We don't want to be late."

"Do you have the slip Mari?" Shinji asked.

Mari rummaged around in her bra and pulled out a slip of paper. "Right here, puppy." Mari replied as she showed it to him and slid it back between her tits.

"Ok, let's go." Shinji said as they piled into the van.

–––

As they walked inside the school, the kids sized up the competition from the other groups. As they looked around, they saw a lot of repetitive groups of costumes, and some that looked thrown together.

"See, what did I say about superheroes?" Mari asked.

"We know already." Hikari said. "We can see…"

"Two sets of Avengers, three sets of the Justice League" Mari said. "Hell, there's even a set of Teen Titans!"

"At least they got Starfire a decent wig." Kensuke muttered.

"Still, it's kinda repetitive." Mari complained. "Almost too repetitive…"

"Better than the lame ass Fanta Girls costumes." Hikari said.

"Ugh… Sword Art Online…" Asuka muttered. "Skimpy costumes to get more votes."

"Asuka, that's a horrible thing to say!" Shinji said.

"It's true though." Asuka retorted. "Don't try and deny it."

"Even if it is…" Shinji replied. "You still shouldn't say it out loud."

"Oh, whatever baka." Asuka quipped.

"The judging will begin in five minutes." Someone announced over the PA.

"Awesome." Mari said.

"So, are ready for this?" Shinji asked.

"Well, we bought real swords…" Kensuke said.

"Because authenticity sells the costumes more, ya stooge." Mari quipped.

"And it's not like they're sharp or anything." Asuka added. "It's a blunt edge."

"And that makes it safe?" Hikari asked.

"Hikari, you have two hair clips, why are you worried about the swords exactly?" Asuka asked. "Ad yes, it does make it… safe… er. Safer."

"I think its cool!" Sakura said as she pulled out her own sword.

"Yeah, all I got is this lame arm." Toji grumbled.

"And all those muscles…" Hikari said as she fawned all over him.

"Why don't you two get a room?" Sakura said. "After we win."

"That's the spirit!" Mari said.

"All groups, please come the main stage in the courtyard, and have your registration pass ready." Someone announced over the PA.

"Time to go!" Mari said excitedly as they all went towards the brightly lit stage.

"Rei, you're being awful quiet." Shinji said as they walked towards the stage.

"Sorry onii–chan." Rei said. "Don't worry, I am enjoying myself."

"Are you sure?" Shinji asked. "You're not smiling or anything."

"You know I have difficulty expressing my emotions." Rei replied.

"I know, but you're frowning." Shinji said.

"Oh, my back is starting to hurt carrying this sword." Rei replied. "I still have not fully recovered from my rebirth…"

"Oh." Shinji said. "Well, if you want me to carry it…"

"I appreciate the offer, onii––chan, but I can shoulder the burden." Rei replied.

"Welcome to the Tokyo–3 First Municipal Junior High School Halloween costume contest!" The student body vice president said. "We've got 22 registered teams here tonight, and we'll be using the crowd's reaction to award the winners, who will receive a ¥250,000 Visa gift card from the event's sponsor, NERV!" The crowd applauded. "Now, if all the groups registered would get in line, you'll walk across the stage and judge the crowd's reactions to your costumes!"

As the fifteenth group in line, they watched as the other groups, dressed up as various superheroes and anime and video game characters marched across stage to some lackluster applause. As Mari had pointed out, there were a lot of repeat costumes, so there wasn't anything of interest to look at, so the crowd reacted poorly. By the time they got on stage, the crowd had become board, but perked up at the sight of a different set of costumes, and they got a noticeably louder applause than the groups preceding and following them after they struck their pose.

When the last group finished walking across the stage, the vice present came back on with a microphone. "Well, I believe the audience has spoken." The vice president said. "Group 15, Mari Makinami and friends, congratulations." The vice president beckoned them on stage and presented Mari with the gift card. "Very well done."

"Thank you very much!" Mari said happily. "I'm just glad my friends deiced to join in!"

"Well, it was a very well thought out idea." The vice president said. "Now, don't spend this all in one place."

"Oh, we won't." Mari replied as they walked off stage.

"Damn, I can't believe we won." Toji said.

"I know, I thought these SAO girls would win."

"Which group of them?" Asuka asked.

"The ones with the nicer costumes, obviously." Toji retorted.

"Why were there so many superheroes though?" Shinji asked.

"Market oversaturation." Kensuke quipped.

"So now what do we do?" Sakura asked.

"Well, it's still early." Mari said. "Why don't we go out and get some candy?"

"Seriously?" Toji said. "Can't we just go home and change?"

"We're all dressed up, ya stooge." Mari replied. "Why let it go to waste."

–––

After several hours of wandering around the city knocking on doors and getting as much candy as they could carry, they all returned to the apartment. After they hanged

"Damn, what a good haul!" Toji said.

"Now wasn't it worth staying in these costumes a few hours longer?" Mari asked.

"I guess…" Toji said. "But m glad to be out of that thing."

"I didn't mind it so much." Hikari said.

"You only had to wear was a tight t–shirt and jeans!" Toji retorted.

"Oh relax…" Hikari said. "But we should get going, it's kinda late."

"Already?" Sakura asked. "What about all the candy?"

"We can eat it later, sis." Toji said.

"We'll see you guys later." Hikari said as the four of them got up.

"Bye." Sakura said glumly.

"Have a safe walk home, ok?" Shinji said.

"We will buddy." Toji said as they left

"Bye guys." Kensuke said as the door closed.

"Well, that was quick." Asuka said.

"It's been a long day." Shinji said. "I don't blame them for wanting to go home."

"No, I kinda want a nap after doing all that walking around…" Mari quipped.

"You always want to nap." Asuka said. "You're lazy like that."

"So, at least I'm well rested." Mari retorted.

"That is such as a lie, four eyes." Asuka replied.

"But did you two have fun?" Shinji asked while trying to stop them from escalating their fight. "I certainly had fun."

"Yeah, it was fun." Asuka replied. "Thank you for asking, baka."

"Yeah, im glad we coerced you guys into participating." Mari added.

"This was a fun day." Rei said quietly. "Even with the coercing to do what Asuka wanted, I believe it was the best birthday I've ever had."

"Wait, what?" Asuka asked. "Did you just say it was your…"

"Birthday?" Mari asked.

"Yes." Rei replied.

"Rei, why didn't you tell us when your birthday was?" Shinji asked.

"No one ever asked, onii–chan." Rei said. "And I did not know who to bring it up in any sort of conversation."

"You just did a pretty good job of that wundergirl." Asuka quipped.

"I need to make you a cake." Shinji said.

"There is no need for that onii–chan." Rei replied.

"Why not?" Shinji asked.

"Because, having sent time out with people that care about me matters far more than a dessert." Rei replied bluntly.

"But Rei, regardless of that, it's your birthday." Shinji said. "We need to celebrate it."

"Perhaps next year." Rei said. "Once I have a better understanding of why birthdays are so important?"

"Huh?" Mari asked.

"You want to know why they're important?" Asuka asked. "Whenever you say stuff like this, it amazes me just how sheltered you were."

"I may have been sheltered, but my birth has never been celebrated before now." Rei said.

"That seems impossible." Mari said.

"Didn't you see how happy we were at the birthdays we celebrated?" Shinji asked.

"I did, but I was still so unsure of what I was." Rei said. "And it seemed selfish to mention it this late."

"Well, you're human now." Asuka said.

"And guess what, we're going to go and celebrate." Shinji said. "Come on, I think it would be good if you experience this now."

"Onii–chan, are you sure?" Rei asked. "I believe I have gotten all I require from today."

"Why don't we order in then?" Shinji asked. "Whatever you want."

"Can we have falafel?" Rei asked.

"Sure." Shinji said. "I did say whatever you wanted."

"Thank you, onii–chan." Rei said happily.

"You're welcome." Shinji replied. "And happy birthday."


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.

Timelines are very important to me! So, this one shot takes place roughly nine months after the conclusion of Episode VI, and two and a half years before Episode VII's opening chapter.

This one shot deals with a few things, such as a mention of Shinji's meeting with Kaji in Tokyo–2, which he is cagey about having talked about, and practice exams for senior high school were also mentioned. While neither of these things had an effect on the story, I still find it good to drop details like this into a story.

As to the main plot of the story, Halloween, its subject that has not been gone over before, even though the holiday has passed twice in the story, as mentioned by Asuka. The previous instances where Halloween was covered in the story were in Episode IV and in Gundam Invasion, both of which had circumstances distracting the kids from doing anything fun or recreational. This also happens to be Rei's birthday, something has never mentioned before, and something her friends were, up to this point, entirely unaware of.

Now, the reason Kensuke and Sakura were held up for a few minutes was because they were making out in the bathroom while getting changed. The sad part for Toji is that he still doesn't know, and won't for quite a while, while everyone else around him knows, but won't say anything because they don't want Kensuke to get in trouble. Now, as I've mentioned before, what I've written in the storyboard for their ages makes their relationship more than acceptable being only 18 months apart.
– Kensuke Aida – September 12, 2001
– Sakura Suzuhara – April 2, 2003
This information can be found and can be fic's thread over on the evageeks forums.

As I said before, and will always say at the end of anything, 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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