Evangelion Fan Fiction
Never Tell Me The Odds
By Kraven Ergeist
A/N: I don't own Evangelion. Evangelion, on the other hand, seems to have pretty solid ownership over me…
Maya groaned. What a night! She thought. Normally, she didn't drink all that much, but tonight she'd made an exception – and at no small price. Her head was spinning and the backs of her eyes hurt. And there was a nagging pain on her neck that felt strangely like…
She reached up and felt it.
…Strangely like a hickey.
Her eyes opened. When had that happened?
She looked down.
Nuzzled in her bosom, sound asleep, was Shinji Ikari.
"W-What?" She gasped.
xxxxxThe Night Before…
"Congratulations, Misato-san!" Kensuke and Toji said in unison, as their glasses chinked in midair.
"Really, guys," Misato said. "It's really not that big a deal."
Kaji showed up a little later. But he was not alone.
To his left was Ritsuko Akagi.
To his right was Maya Ibuki.
"Hey," Kaji said. "We all just happened to be heading for the same place, so…"
Misato glared. "That sounds a little suspicious."
"Congratulations, Misato," Ritsuko said.
"Congratulations!" Maya added, trying too hard to be polite.
"I'd like to offer my most sincere congratulations," Kaji said, bowing.
Misato turned away, unimpressed.
The night went on and the drinking got heavy. Then, someone had a brilliant idea.
"Who's up for some spin-the-bottle?"
As tipsy as everyone had been, no one was quite sure who had made the suggestion.
"Hey," Shinji protested. "Why do I have to play?"
Toji and Kensuke would not let him get away, and finally sat him down between them so he couldn't escape.
"Ok, Ken, what's on the buffet?" Toji whispered, as he spun the bottle.
"Misato's our number one objective," Kensuke reported. "Although, it's 9 to 1 odds."
Toji rubbed his palms together. "Never tell me the odds. Who else?"
"Soryu and the Class Rep, but I'm not looking forward to those two."
"What about the ladies from NERV?"
"Well, the blonde haired one is Doctor Akagi, and she doesn't look like the type to kiss anyone under the age of 25."
"Well, how about the other one? She's kinda cute. Certainly has a nice ass. What do you think, Shinji?"
Shinji gasped. "Uh…I don't…"
Shinji was saved, however, when Toji's bottle pointed towards Hikari.
"Aw, man! I was hoping to kiss Misato!"
Hikari blushed and glared. "Well, you're not exactly an ideal catch yourself, Suzuhara!"
Despite their verbal reluctance, both side kissed each other without much of a fight.
Hikari then spun the bottle, refusing to make eye contact with the boy.
"At least you didn't get Asuka," Kensuke elbowed. "So? How was she?"
"She was ok," Toji said, half-heartedly. He looked kinda spaced out, like he wasn't really paying attention. This told Kensuke that Toji had enjoyed it more than he let on.
"A-Asuka-chan?" Hikari stammered.
Asuka looked up from her drink. "Hmm? Oh, you got me, huh?"
Hikari blushed as Asuka leaned over to her. "Just do it quickly. I wanna get Kaji after this."
Hikari hesitated, before giving her a quick peck on the cheek.
"Come on!" Misato nudged her. "Give it some more umph!"
Asuka grunted before kissing Hikari flat out, and pulled away to spin the bottle again, leaving Hikari all the more flustered.
Imagine Kaji's surprise when Asuka's bottle landed on him.
"Yes!" Asuka blurted and leaned over to him.
"Ay – yi – yi," Kaji sighed, giving her a brief peck on the lips.
It had lasted less than a second, but Asuka was swooning for the rest of the game.
"I've got my eye on you, Katsuragi," Kaji smiled, spinning the bottle.
Misato harrumphed, looking away.
As luck would have it, ten seconds later, Misato was preventing Kaji from making the encounter into anything more than a kiss.
"Jeez, Misato, you sure get fed up over nothing," Kaji smiled.
Misato glared and spun the bottle half-heartedly.
Kaji laughed as it landed on Shinji. "Alright, Shinji! Don't hold back!"
Misato glared again, and quickly pecked Shinji on the lips before he had a chance to protest.
"Score!" Toji and Kensuke both cried. "Shinji got to kiss Misato-san!"
Shinji blushed furiously. "Knock it off, guys!"
"It's your turn, Shinji!" Toji reminded him.
Shinji cringed, and spun the bottle.
It twirled around and around until finally…
"Hmm?" Maya blinked.
The bottle was pointing directly at her.
Ritsuko smiled and elbowed her. "Go easy on him, m'kay?"
Maya blushed furiously, but she didn't back down.
"Uh…it's ok, really!" Shinji protested. "I won't if you don't want me to!"
"Go ahead," Maya said, leering at Ritsuko. She turned back to him and closed her eyes.
Shinji leaned over to her, blushing full out. He stopped an inch in front of her face, and Ritsuko had to give him a tap, and, losing his balance, placed his lips onto hers.
Maya's eyes came open as the kiss ended. Shinji was blushing furiously as he backed off.
"I'm sorry," he said, returning to his seated position.
Maya sighed, sorry for making the boy feel so uncomfortable.
She reached forward to spin the bottle.
It made a few clockwise turns before…
"No way," Kaji commented.
"What are the odds?" Kensuke blurted.
It had landed pointing to Shinji.
"Alright, Shinji," Misato elbowed him. "You get to kiss Maya-chan twice in a row!"
"Umm…it's alright, really," Shinji protested, as she crawled towards him. "You don't have to-umph!"
Maya practically pinned him to the floor, smothering his face with her mouth. Shinji's voice could barely be heard from beneath he vice-like grip.
"Um…how many drinks has she had," Kaji said, leaning over to Ritsuko.
"Five or six, I think," Ritsuko said, equally shocked.
Toji and Kensuke were gasping at their friends luck, Hikari's mouth was hanging open, and Asuka was still swooning over the fact that Kaji has kissed her.
Misato just smiled. "Aw, let the two enjoy themselves. What's the worst that could happen?"
The worst that could happen, apparently, is Maya ending up without a shirt on (she had a bra underneath, of course) with a hickey on her neck, and an unconscious boy with his face buried between her breasts.
"What the hell happened last night?" Maya stammered, trying to wrestle free of his grip around her waist.
In the process, Shinji's eyes opened, and were met with a rather appealing site. That was, until he leaped off the girl entirely.
"Ahh! Miss Ibuki! I'm sorry! I had no idea…"
Maya, glad to have the freedom to move around, just covered her chest. "Calm down, Shinji. I was drunk." She blushed slightly as she stared down at herself. "Umm…don't suppose you'd help me find my shirt, would you?"
Shinji gulped, blushing furiously. "Uh…um…sure, hold on…"
He pried his eyes from the young woman in front of him in search of her shirt. There were all kinds of clutter on the floor: beers cans, used bowls and plates, some of Misato's lingerie…
"What's it look like?" Shinji asked, realizing he had no idea what he was looking for.
"It's blue, with three buttons on the collar.
A minute passed with no avail, and Shinji had to give up searching through the mess.
"It's alright," Maya said. "Do you think you could possibly lend me one of yours? Just until I find mine?"
Shinji blushed. "One of mine?"
Maya nodded. "I'd ask Misato, but she doesn't seem to be awake at the moment…"
Shinji saw what Maya was looking at. Misato was spread out over the floor, and resting quite comfortable between her legs was Kaji. Even while he was asleep, Shinji could have sworn he'd seen a bit of a smile on his lips.
Shinji shivered. "Um…sure, hold on…"
He went and grabbed a tee-shirt form his drawer, brought it out, and handed it to Maya, trying desperately not to look at her.
"Thanks. That's sweet of you."
Shinji gulped and said. "No problem. I…I'm gonna make some breakfast, alright?"
Maya nodded, and put the shirt over her head after Shinji left. It was understandable why he wanted to leave the living area; not only was Kaji being cozy between Misato's legs, but one of Toji's hands was resting comfortably atop one of Hikari's breasts. Kensuke, not to be left out, was lying with his face first in Ritsuko's lap.
Needless to say, there would be a lot of noise soon.
Maya left the scene herself, rubbing her temples as gravity suddenly kicked in, and her headache heightened tenfold.
"Man, what a headache," she groaned, sitting at the kitchen table.
"You too?" Shinji asked, at the stove. "I feel like a train wreck."
"Really?" Maya asked. "You didn't drink any of the beer, did you?"
Shinji shook his head. "No! Not that I can remember, at least. Just the punch…"
They both blinked, before leaving to inspect the punch bowl left over from last night.
"No question," Maya said, sipping it. "Misato must have spiked it."
"Hmm…" Shinji mused. "That explains a lot."
Maya blushed, before detecting a certain scent.
"Hey, Shinji, do you smell something burning?"
Shinji gasped. "My omelet!"
He ran into the kitchen and tried to salvage breakfast. By the time it was ready, no one was up, so Shinji offered to split it with Maya.
"Thank you," Maya said, sweetly.
Taking the burnt part, Shinji sat down in front of her. "I'm sorry about before…"
"Don't worry about it," Maya said. "We were both under influence. Mm, this is good."
"Thanks," Shinji said, glad for the change of subject matter.
After that, a loud scream emanated fro the living room.
"Suzuhara! You stupid pervert!"
Toji flew headfirst into the kitchen.
"Kaji! You stupid pervert!"
Kaji then flew headfirst into the kitchen.
Which only left…
"Mmm…Commander…Huh? Wait a minute…you're not the Commander!"
Kensuke then flew headfirst into the kitchen.
Shinji and Maya both sighed.
"I can see it's going to turn out to be a beautiful day," Maya sighed.
Shinji laughed. "Even better for those three. In retrospect, I probably ought to thank you for not doing the same to me."
Maya shrugged, forgetting whom she was talking too. "Don't worry, Shinji. It wouldn't have been the first time I've woken up with a guy's face in my chest."
Shinji blushed furiously, and turned away.
Maya cursed herself. "Sorry, that was inappropriate."
Shinji said nothing.
Toji, Kaji and Kensuke slowly got to their feet.
"Man…what happened last night?" Toji muttered. "I had this weird dream last night…something about…juggling a pair of watermelons…"
Kensuke blinked. "Really? I had a dream where I was bobbing for apples…only the commander was in it for some reason."
(A/N: I'll leave it up to the audience's imagination as to the meaning behind these dreams)
Kaji laughed. "At least you two slept at all…Misato kept me up all night."
Shinji and Maya both cringed.
"Hey, there's Shinji," Kaji laughed. "Hanging out with his new beau."
Shinji blushed, profusely, while Maya glared indignantly. "Really, Kaji, must you be so demeaning?"
Kaji held his hands up. "Hey, I wasn't the one playing tonsil hockey with the third child."
Maya grimaced. "Do I have to wake the major, Mister Kaji?"
Kaji held up his hands. "Hey, hey, let's not get too excited, I was just teasing."
Shinji was still blushing as Kaji left to use the restroom. "Thanks," he muttered.
"Don't mention it," Maya smiled.
"Why would waking Misato make him back off? I thought he liked her."
Maya winked. "Come on, Shinji, you live with the lady. You can't tell me you've never seen her in the morning."
Shinji laughed. "Oh, right…that."
"Wha…what are you laughing about?" he asked.
"Oh, nothing," Maya assured, laughing again.
Shinji wrinkled his nose, and cleared their plates.
Toji and Kensuke exchanged meaningful looks.
"You thinking what I'm thinking?
"Oh yeah. Big time."
That same day, Shinji had just changed after sync testing, when who of all people should he happen to cross walking down the halls?
Man, he thought to himself, What are the odds?
Maya smiled politely. "Hello, Shinji."
Shinji blushed and looked away. "Um…hi…"
Maya wrinkled her nose. "Are you still worked up over the party?" She laughed. "You don't have to worry about it, alright? We were both drunk, so neither of us are to blame."
Shinji just nodded, refusing to look at her.
"Alright," Maya said, still not satisfied. "You take care of yourself."
"Mm," Shinji nodded, and began to walk away.
Shinji snuck a peek as he walked away.
Toji was right. She did have a nice butt.
Maya had walked for two more paces, before stopping and turning around.
As soon as Shinji saw her turn, he straightened out and pretended like he hadn't been staring.
"I saw that," Maya joked.
"Saw what?" Shinji asked, sounding incredibly guilty.
"You were checking out my butt, weren't you?" Maya smiled.
Shinji gasped. "N…No, I wasn't!"
Maya chuckled. "You don't have to hide it, Shinji. Like I said, it wouldn't have been the first time it's happened."
Shinji glared, looking away. "Quit making fun of me!"
Maya chuckled. "But you look so cute when you're embarrassed."
"I'm not embarrassed." Shinji stated. "And I wasn't looking at your butt."
"Oh?" Maya sighed, wondering how long this game would last. "Then what were you looking at?"
Shinji blushed all over again.
"Ha," Maya laughed. "I knew it."
"Knew what?" Shinji blared.
"Really, Shinji, living with two other women, and a lowly bridge bunny catches your eye? The major and Asuka must be losing their charms."
Shinji was blushing furiously now. "Stop acting like you know all about me."
"But you're so easy to read, Shinji," Maya laughed.
Shinji turned away again, as Maya continued giggling. "Well…maybe I was looking…just a little…"
Maya blinked. "Huh?"
Shinji gasped, not realizing he'd let that slip. "Nothing!"
"Oh really?" Maya pressed. "Cause I cold have sworn you'd said something."
"It was nothing, ok?" Shinji said, frantically. "Look, I've got to go, ok?"
Maya waved back. "Ok. Bye."
Shinji took off in the other direction.
"Hey," Maya said to a lonely looking third child. "Mind if I sit here?"
Shinji blinked, but nodded. "S-Sure."
Maya set her lunch tray down and sat next to him.
It was the next day, and they were both in one of the NERV lunch areas. The food was lousy, but at least it was more edible than Misato's cooking, and Shinji didn't really feel like fixing food for himself.
Apparently, neither did Maya.
"Here," Shinji said, offering her a laundry bag with a single item in it. "I would have gotten it to you yesterday, I but Misato…kinda spilled beer on it, so I figured I'd wash it for you…"
"Thanks," Maya said, taking it from him. " I still have yours, but I haven't had a chance to go to the laundromat"
"No problem," Shinji said, going back to his food.
An awkward silence passed.
"Sorry for teasing you yesterday," Maya offered. "Sort of got carried away."
Shinji shook his head. "It's alright. It's nothing compared to what I get from Asuka."
Maya sighed. "I honestly don't know how you do it, Shinji. I mean, I may not be the best judge of character, but you seem to be pretty resilient for someone who lives with people like Asuka and the major."
Shinji shrugged. "Oh…really?"
Maya nodded. "And you still manage to stave off my own bantering like it was nothing. I'm impressed."
"Um…thanks…I guess…" Shinji offered. "I…may not be a good judge of character, either…but you don't really seem like the type to tease people."
Maya sighed, and looked away. "I…usually don't…I'm sorry you had to see that side of me."
"Uh…sorry for bringing it up," Shinji apologized.
"What are you apologizing for?" Maya asked. "I was the one who brought it up."
Shinji blinked. "Oh…right…"
Maya frowned. "But you're sorry anyway?"
Shinji nodded. "I just…don't like making people uncomfortable."
Maya shook her head. "But you're not making me uncomfortable. If anything, you're making my day a little more interesting."
Shinji blinked. "Really?"
Maya nodded, getting up. "Shinji…this is going to sound ill-intentioned, but…are you doing anything today?"
Shinji blinked. "Uh…no…why?"
"Would you mind going for a walk with me?" Maya asked. "There's…something I'd like to show you."
Shinji blinked. "Um…ok."
Maya took Shinji to the lookout point. There was a regularly scheduled drill taking place, so the entire city was sinking into the ground by the time they got there.
Shinji and Maya smiled, as the mechanized city ran its course, and almost completely disappeared before there eyes.
"I've only ever seen then come up," Shinji said when it was done. "But I've never seen them go down before."
Maya smiled at him. "You've been here before?"
Shinji nodded. "Misato took me here after my first mission."
Maya nodded, and turned away, sighing. "The major, huh?"
Sensing her disappointment, Shinji tried to lighten the mood. "But…it's nice to see it again."
Maya looked up again and smiled. He's so cute…he's even trying to make me feel better over such a small issue…
Fifteen minutes later, the drill was over, and the buildings returned to their full height. Maya and Shinji both gave satisfied smiles.
"I come here all the time," Maya said. "It reminds me of how powerful and important the organization is that I'm working for. Human beings may not be able to move mountains yet, but we're getting there."
Shinji sighed. "Really? I can't really think of NERV as anything other than my Father's organization."
Maya looked at him, sadly, when an idea occurred to her. "Hey, Shinji? If I asked Major Katsuragi to let you come over to my house for dinner - just you, not her and Asuka - do you think she'd let me?"
Shinji blinked. "W…what?"
Maya held her hands up. "Look, maybe it isn't my place…but…I don't know, you seem kind of down, lately, even after that party we had…and I thought that maybe some dinner conversation might do you good. And besides, it's an excuse to get the major and Asuka out of your hair."
Shinji blushed. "You…really don't have to…"
"Now where have I heard that before?" Maya asked, knowingly.
Shinji blushed even harder.
"Come on, Shinji," Maya urged. "I promise I won't be a bore. You'll be my guest, alright? And don't worry, no alcohol."
Shinji shuddered. "I…really don't want to be a bother…but if Misato's ok with it…"
"I'll call her right now," Maya winked, and got up and opened her cell phone.
"Um…are you asking me what I think you're asking, Maya?" Misato said, quietly.
"Look, you're his guardian, so I know you've noticed how lonely he is," Maya said. "I was just offering to cheer him up, some. Take him off your hands for a few hours, let you and Asuka do something on your own tonight."
Misato nodded. "I know how he is, and despite myself, I wouldn't mind some time off. But I can't help but wonder…does this have anything to do with the party the other night?"
Maya shook her head. "No. Not really, at least. It's just that…since then, I've been noticing more about him."
There was a short pause.
"Look, if you don't want me to have him over tonight, I'll understand. He's your responsibility, and if there's something you think he needs help with, it's your call. Moreover, I can understand you not wanting him to hang out with an older coworker of the opposite sex, and-"
Misato got the message. "Alright, alright, Maya. I trust you with him. If he misbehaves, I'll skin him alive. And if you misbehave…well, I'll hope you have enough intelligence to use protection."
"M-Major!" Maya squeaked.
"Heheh…just joking with you, Maya," Misato laughed. "Make sure he gets home by a reasonable hour."
"I will, ma'am," Maya said. "Bye."
Maya hung up and walked back to where Shinji was standing. "She's ok with it. Are you still wimping out?"
"No!" Shinji yelped, before he caught himself. "I mean…uh…no, I'd…be glad to come."
Maya smiled. "Right! Then it's a date! Come over around seven, ok?"
Shinji blushed and smiled. "Thank you. See you later…Mrs. Ibuki."
Maya smiled. "Call me Maya."
Maya answered her door that evening after a long sigh. She wasn't sure why she was doing this, and could only think that it must be because he had acted so sweet after the party. How this fourteen-year-old boy had evoked her sympathy was a mystery that even she couldn't answer.
She opened the door, and saw Shinji, dressed in his usual attire with an added sports jacket that made him look rather proper.
Maya, for her part, wore an ankle length skirt and a modest turtleneck. Somehow, though, it still managed to make Shinji blush.
"Um…hi, Maya" Shinji smiled. "Can I come in?"
Maya blushed, slightly. "Yes, of course. Come in."
Shinji entered the small apartment, looking around, and quietly admiring the simple elegance to it. Neat, organized, and moderate. Nothing like Misato's apartment.
"So…what's for dinner?" Shinji asked, unsure.
"Salted sea bass," Maya said, with a cute smile. "Hope you like it."
Shinji blushed, trying to smile back. "Sounds good."
The two began eating.
"So…how long have you lived in Tokyo-3?" Shinji ventured after a short while.
"About two years," Maya said. "Before then, I lived in Tokyo-2. But I left to go work at NERV."
Shinji nodded. "What…made you want to work here?"
Maya shrugged. "The prestige, mostly. Plus the pay was good, and I was cut out for the job."
Shinji nodded, looking away. "Forgive me, but…what exactly do you do at NERV?"
Maya giggled. "Oh, I work with the MAGI. It's a system of super-computers, Shinji, and it needs people attending it. Otherwise, it would produce more information than anyone could deal with."
Shinji nodded. "Informatics?"
"And some programming. However, Dr. Akagi can do far more than I."
Shinji shook his head. "She's your senior, and has worked with the computers for a longer amount of time. Plus…wasn't her mother the scientist who created the MAGI?"
"Then of course she'd know more about it," Shinji consoled. "You shouldn't feel so inadequate. You know far more about it than I do. Probably more than most people out there."
Maya smiled, looking away to hide her blush. "Thanks. You're sweet."
Shinji smiled, looking down. "I…sorry…"
Maya blinked. "What are you apologizing for? I was thanking you."
Shinji shook his head. "For…making you feel uncomfortable…and assuming too much."
Maya shook her head. "But you didn't do any of that. You've actually lifted my spirits a little."
Shinji blinked. "…I did?"
Maya nodded. "Yeah. And here, I'd invited you over to try to lift your spirits. Which reminds me…how's the life of the Third Child?"
Shinji shrugged. "It's alright. The only thing I don't like is school. Cause…when I'm there…the propaganda really becomes obvious."
Maya blinked. "What do you mean?"
"Unauthorized citizens…basically, everyone but those who work at NERV…don't even know how Second Impact really took place. Knowing something that you have to keep from everyone you know…feeling like I'm better than them, when I know that I'm not…it's really discomforting…"
Maya nodded. "I can…understand that." She looked down at her plate and took another bite of fish. "So, how's life at home? More importantly…what's it like living with people? I don't really have much experience to turn to…and I live alone…"
Shinji blushed, nodding. "Well…Misato's a really nice person when you get down to it. Sure, she drinks a lot, she's messy and lazy on the surface…but she's really smart. And she knows just what to say when you're feeling down. She really… understands other people…"
Maya nodded. "And Asuka?"
Shinji rolled his eyes. "She's a whole different story. I mean…you could talk with her for the entire day, and not learn a thing about her. She's…very good at controlling what she says and…what she hides. She's incredibly smart, and she's confident in herself, almost to the point of recklessness…but the saddest thing about her is that…no matter how hard she tries, it's pretty obvious what her limitations are."
Shinji shook his head. "I don't know why I'm sharing all this with you. If either of them found out I felt this way…"
Maya shook her head. "Don't worry. I won't say anything."
Shinji frowned. "It's ok. It was bound to spill out any way."
Maya held her hands up. "No! I promise! I won't say a word!"
Shinji looked up. "Really?"
Maya nodded. "I wouldn't betray a friend."
Shinji blinked. "A friend?"
Maya smiled. "Of course, Shinji. You're my friend."
Shinji stood still, before taking a long sigh. "Well…your plan worked. You've cheered me up."
Maya clapped her hands together. "Oh, good."
Shinji gulped down the last of his water. "Excellent sea bass. What's the recipe?"
Maya smiled, clearing her plate. "Remind me to give it to you. But now, how about a movie?"
Shinji nodded. "Ok."
Shinji opted to do dishes, and simply couldn't be persuaded otherwise. Finally, Maya gave in and compromised that they both do them together. And as they worked, Maya found that she kept turning her gaze to him again and again to find him working diligently, never taking his focus off his task.
He must do stuff like this to take things off his mind, she decided. Focusing his entire mind on menial tasks to keep him from thinking too hard on what really concerns him. Problem is… Maya bit her lip. …If he never focuses on problems that he doesn't want to think about, they'll simply go unsolved. That must be why he constantly settles for so little: because he's more comfortable dealing with the consequences of a problem than with the problem itself. But there are some problems that simply don't go away with a single consequence. Like him and his father…
Maya sighed. She was delving too deep into his personal life. He was here tonight to enjoy himself, not to be scrutinized and diagnosed.
They finished the dishes and sat down on her couch and decided on what to watch.
They were sitting on opposite sides of the couch; Shinji was sitting facing forwards, and Maya was lying with her back to the armrest, letting her legs take up the rest of the room.
She frowned, noticing how far Shinji was sitting from her, and got up, making up an excuse about getting a drink. When she came back, she sat next to Shinji and let her arm casually rest on Shinji's shoulder.
Shinji blushed at the contact, and Maya snickered. "Sorry, Shinji…should I move back?"
Shinji didn't answer.
"I'll take that as a 'no' then," Maya laughed, and rested her head on his shoulder.
Shinji had a hard time concentrating on the rest of the movie.
"So, here's the recipe," Maya handed Shinji a small piece of paper with some directions scribbled on it.
Shinji spared it a glance, as he put his coat on to leave. "Wow…the preparation time is over an hour. You went to all that trouble, just for me?"
Maya blushed. "It's…a special occasion whenever I have guests over. Besides, we both enjoyed it. I'd say an hour of my time is well worth that much."
Shinji pocketed the recipe. "Thanks. And thanks for inviting me, Maya."
Maya smiled. "It was my pleasure. You need a ride?"
Shinji shook his head. "I…I can take a train."
Maya shook her head. "Come on, Shinji, it's cold, it's late."
"It's only eight o'clock, Maya," Shinji pointed out. "And it's hot out tonight."
Maya pouted, and Shinji could tell that he was missing the point.
"I… Thank you, Maya, I'd appreciate it."
Maya smiled and grabbed her keys. "Alright. Let's go."
If Shinji had felt uncomfortable watching the movie with her, he felt just as uncomfortable sitting in the car with her. For the longest time, neither of them said anything. Maya could feel the tension building between them, and began to feel that she'd explode if no one broke the silence.
Thankfully, Shinji had a question that had been bothering him.
"Maya…can I ask you something?"
Maya glanced from the road for a second to see his curious face. "What is it?"
Shinji lowered his eyes, looking embarrassed. "What was…what was the real reason for you inviting me over tonight? Was it out of pity? Was it just a joke? Or did Misato or Kaji set you up to it?"
Maya looked flabbergasted. "Shinji…why would I do something like that? I don't know what you've learned about women from living with Asuka and Major Katsuragi, but not all women are out to make guys miserable, Shinji. Some of us actually go out with guys because we like them."
Shinji blushed profusely. "Uh…but…Maya…I'm…I'm just a kid."
Maya caught herself. "I wasn't suggesting we go that far, Shinji. At least, not yet. Heck, we didn't even get that far at the party, and I'd still consider that overstepping."
Shinji blushed even more.
Maya wasn't about to stop. "But…Shinji? I had a really nice time tonight. I enjoyed your company, and I enjoyed watching the movie with you, I enjoyed eating with you…heck, I'm even enjoying this car ride with you. We should do this more often."
Shinji looked up. "R-Really?"
Maya smiled at him. "Really."
Maya pulled over once they'd reached Misato's apartment. They both got out and Maya walked him to the door. Shinji was about to press the button to open the door, when Maya took his hand, preventing him.
"Wait," she said. "After you press that button, you'll go inside, and the night will be over. You can't mean to say that there's nothing you'd like to do to give the evening a finishing touch."
Shinji gulped, suddenly staring at Maya's lips. Though she tried to hide it, Maya was subconsciously licking them, moistening them. He could tell instantly what she planned to do.
Shinji couldn't help himself. He backed away automatically, his back pressed against the door.
Maya blinked. "Shinji…are you ok?"
Shinji nodded, blushing furiously, looking away. "Yeah…I'm fine, Maya."
Maya frowned. "Shinji…do I really scare you that much?"
Shinji blinked. "Wha-?"
Maya shook her head. "Shinji…if you really don't want me to kiss you, that's fine. I can understand if it's too early for you. But it's just that…"
Shinji blushed. "What?"
Maya bit her lip. "It's just that…I really do."
Shinji would have yelped had his voice not cracked. He would have gulped had the back of his throat not been so dry. He would have backed away further had there been any room to. Would have, would have, would have…
Instead, he let Maya's lips close down on his, and let her devour him whole. He let his hands slowly clamp around her sides, as hers rested gently around the back of his head, pulling him closer to her.
Maya let him go. Shinji was blushing, unable to look at her face. Maya was about to speak up, when all of the sudden, the door slid open. The two of them, who had been leaning against said door, fell into the house, one on top of the other.
Misato had simply been leaving to take out the recycling, found herself suddenly backing away as the two of them landed in front of her.
Shinji gave a quiet grunt of pain, before looking up at Misato's bewildered face.
"Oh…" he muttered. "Um…hi, Misato. Hope we're not home too late."
A/N: I know this isn't the first Shinji x Maya fic out there, but I'm sure most readers will agree that there aren't enough of them. This will be my nod to all those fics, and my encouragement for eva fic authors everywhere: write more of these!