Shinji looked at her intently. "So… have you decided yet?"

Rei looked at the table, shook her head.

"You've tried all of the flavors," he reminded gently.

"No flavor of ice cream is superior to the other. They have the same texture, potency of flavor, and quality in manufacture," she said factually. Thirty – two pink sample spoons were arranged neatly in front of her. Absently, she placed one in her mouth.

"But did you find your favorite of these?" Shinji pressed.

After a moment of consideration, Rei declared. "Mint."

"Do you know why you chose it?"


Shinji smiled. "Good."