DISCLAIMER: This is a work of fan fiction incorporating characters and situations from the Gainax manga/anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion and its related feature film releases. Gainax and its various media distributors hold sole exclusive rights to their use. The author is in no way affiliated with Gainax or its distributors, nor has this story been submitted for any commercial purpose.

Godchild
by Ikarus Onesun

Chapter Ten: Étude

He felt as if he'd been asleep for years.

Across the gray, featureless room, his cello leaned against a chair, beckoning.

A quiet, familiar voice whispered in his thoughts.

Will you play something?

He startled.

"Rei?"

No, he thought. Not Rei…

It sounds like her, but it's… different…

"I can't," he murmured morosely. "It's been too long. I can't do it anymore. I'm so tired, can't I just rest?"

Play something for me, Shinji.

Suddenly, he found himself seated on the chair, bow in hand, the cello between his knees.

Please…

Slowly, tentatively, he drew the bow across the strings…

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Continued...

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Author's notes:

é·tude /āˈt(y)o͞od/
noun
noun: étude; plural noun: études

a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.
Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition

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drab·ble /drab(ə)l/
noun
noun: drabble; plural noun: drabbles

a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words in length.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Hey everyone. It's been awhile...

Full disclosure - I've never written a drabble before. I definitely never thought that I'd be writing a chapter of Godchild as a drabble. I just felt that I needed a bit of a warmup to try to shake off the rust from *checks notes* twelve years of inactivity before I dive back into this thing.

I've been churning over this story a lot in my head over the past few weeks, trying to mentally gather together all of its various threads, and I think I'm at the point where I'm ready to forge ahead. Hopefully I can get things back on track, and I hope there are still some of you who are willing to come along for the ride.

Please feel free to leave a review, or drop me a line at ikarusonesun - at - gmail - dot - com

Cheers,
IO