As the Stars Sparkle

Chapter: 2

A/N: Well here is chapter two hope you guy's like it and hopefully I'll be able to get out another chapter before my brain shuts down lol. Please review and if you have any idea's for the story please fill me in. Peace out.

After waking from a terrible nightmare that involved a purple haired monster with big boobs Shinji made his way to the bathroom for a quick shower before starting lunch. Walking into the kitchen the first thing he spotted was Misato sitting at the table reading a newspaper. 'Well you don't see that everyday.' He thought to himself. Shinji busied himself with lunch as Misato quietly read her paper. 'Is she mad at me, she hasn't said a single word since I walked in.'

Unknown to the poor boy Misato was not ignoring him hell she wasn't even reading the paper in her hand. She was thinking intently about her dream or what she thought was a dream. Her mind was a whirlwind of emotions. 'Why would I have a dream about Shinji he's my legal charge for Buddha's sake?' Misato's stare was so intense Shinji could have sworn she was going to catch the newspaper on fire.

Deciding that leaving Misato alone was the best course of action he fled to his room to listen to his SDAT player some more.

Without realizing it he had fallen into a peaceful slumber. His sleep was so deep that he wasn't even bothered by the sound of his bedroom door opening. Misato stood in the doorway almost afraid to enter, fearing that she would contaminate her young charge's living space. She stared at his sleeping form taking comfort in how peaceful he looked.

Frowning slightly she still couldn't figure out what her dream meant. 'It really wasn't even anything, just Shinji's face.' Misato's musing's were cut short as Shinji rolled over and began to awake from his little nap. Before he was fully conscious Misato quietly closed the door and walked silently down the hall, berating herself for being so stupid. As Shinji's mind became more focused he couldn't help but think 'Did I just see Misato, no it must have been a dream'

Since it was a Friday night Shinji remembered that it was Misato's designated 'bonding night' which usually left Shinji blushing madly. Walking out into the living room he found Misato already on the couch looking through some old movies.

"So were watching a movie tonight?" Shinji asked.

"Yea I was just looking through some of the old movies I have" Misato replied.

Shinji looked at some of the titles and the blood quickly drained from his face, they were all sappy romance movies. Resigning to his fate Shinji sat at the other end of the couch as Misato made her selection.

Misato put the movie in the DVD player and turned on the T.V. Sitting down on the couch with her popcorn Misato settled in as the movie started. As the movie dragged on Shinji's mind couldn't help but to wander. 'Why do we still do this?' he thought to himself. 'I think Misato wants a bit of normality in her life, though I can't really blame her.' His musings were cut short as he felt a sudden pressure on his lap. Misato had stretched out on the couch and laid her head in Shinji's lap.

"You don't mind do you Shinji?" Misato asked.

"N…No it's no problem." Shinji stuttered.

A small smile appeared on Misato's face, not like her usual smile but a smile none the less.

The two of them finished watching the movie, but were un-wanting to move from the position they were in. Reluctently Misato removed her head from Shinji's lap and got up and turned off the T.V. and DVD player. Suddenly she was struck with a stroke of brilliance.

"Hey Shinji why don't we have a slumber party, just you and me," Misato said cheerfully.

"Uh sure Misato that sounds like fun," Shinji replied.

Both of them split their ways to go and get their bed rolls. Shinji hesitated inside of his room while he collected his pillow and bed roll. 'Why is she doing this?' Shinji wondered to himself. 'This is the happiest I've seen her in a long time so I should just go along with it.' Shinji looked up at the ceiling thinking back to the first time he had seen it, it felt like such a long time ago that he had first moved here, and started piloting the Evangelion.

"Yes, I'll do it for her," he quietly said to himself.

Finding Misato already out in the living room and Shinji started to lay down his bed roll beside Misato's. After they had settled in Shinji felt at little more at ease being so close to Misato. Turning to face Shinji Misato couldn't help but think about all of the things her young charge had done for her since his moving in.

It didn't take long for Shinji to realize that Misato was looking at him. His face began to burn as she continued to look at him.

"Mis…Misato is there something wrong?" he asked

"No Shinji nothings wrong, I was just thinking about how helpful you've been," Misato averted her eyes for a brief moment before returning them on the blushing boy. "And I was thinking about how I never show my appreciation."

As if even possible Shinji's blush deepened at Misato's last statement.

"That's al…alright Misato I don't mind," Shinji stuttered out.

Misato's eyes narrowed as she heard him say that. Sitting up quickly and startling Shinji in the process Misato grabbed him by the shoulders as she looked at him directly in the eyes.

"Shinji you need to stop being such a push over, you need to learn to stand up for yourself," Misato said calmly. "It hurts me to see you just lay down and accept things when you shouldn't, I want you to be strong, and I want to help you be strong."

Misato cupped Shinji's face in here hands and slowly leaned forward. "Shinji I don't want you to be afraid anymore," Misato whispered under her breath.

Shinji was frozen in place as Misato stared into his eyes. Before he knew what was happening his chest started to hurt badly. Panicking Shinji grabbed his chest and doubled over. The last thing he saw was Misato's face.

A/N: sorry about the short length and the delay I don't have internet at my house any more so I had to go to a friends when I had time. Well hope you like it and please review.