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Summary: Shinji and company encounter the mysterious Iris Chateaubriand and her team while Gendo plans to unleash the deadly Assassin X on the failed Weapon X.
Author's Notes: This story has been on the back burner for several months. I hadn't bothered to update it for a while, until I recently received an email from a friend requesting that he'd like to see it updated. Using an idea from some of my other reviewers I came up with a pretty good subject matter for this chapter.
(Ikari Hospital Room, late night)
Fuyutsuki stood in the room with Gendo sitting in his bed, a laptop computer turned on and facing him on a small serving table.
"You wanted to see me, Ikari?" the older man asked.
Gendo, still unable to talk, typed on the laptop.
(I WANT YOU TO INITIATE 'PROJECT: ASSASSIN X') the message said.
Fuyutsuki paled. He had only a basic understanding of that project.
"Are you sure, Ikari?" the older man asked.
Gendo typed again.
(I WANT HIM DEAD!)
Fuyutsuki grimaced. He knew that this order was coming from a man who had been attacked and hurt. He was doing this for personal vengeance, because of a project he had initiated. Not that responsibility was high on his list of priorities.
"And... do we have a candidate?" Fuyutsuki asked.
Gendo thought for a minute, and typed again.
"Girl? You mean..."
Gendo typed again.
Fuyutsuki sighed. He figured that it would be her. Of all the people he could think of to go after Shinji, she was the most logical choice.
"She's still in a coma." he said.
Fuyutsuki grimaced at the redheaded girl being referred to as an 'It'.
"I'll see to it personally." he said before walking out.
(Emergency Medical Facility, NERV, an hour later)
"Are you sure about this, sir?" the tech said as the still unconscious Asuka was wheeled into the specially made operations room.
"No. But it's Ikari's orders." Fuyutsuki said. "I'll be assisting in this."
"Uh... understood, sir."
Fuyutsuki paused for a few seconds, gently brushing his hand over Asuka's head. A tear almost came to his eye at what he was about to do.
I can't do this! But... if I don't, Ikari will replace me with someone who will not be so... concerned with Asuka's plight. But if I do this, Asuka will not be the same. She will be a lethal killing machine without any form of life or humor or... humor. Wait! That just might work. He thought with a smile.
"Sir? Are we ready to begin?" the tech said.
"Bring me the Deadpool Files." he said.
"The Deadpool Files! Bring them to me at once!" Fuyutsuki repeated.
"Uh... are you sure?"
(An hour later...)
Hmm... this might work. Fuyutsuki thought as he reviewed the file. He turned back to the technicians who had been waiting patiently. "Alright, gentlemen! Here's what we're going to do. We're going to make a change to Project: Assassin X."
"Uh... a change, sir?"
"But, sir, we have a specific procedure and agenda to follow."
"I'm aware of that."
"The commander will be upset if there is any change to the..."
"Ikari won't be disappointed with this change, and it will not deviate from the original plan. Ikari wants an assassin, and he'll get an assassin."
The group of techs looked at each other.
"As you are all aware, Project: Assassin X was designed to counteract Project: Weapon X, or Plan X as Ikari called it, in case the weapon ever got out of control. Obviously it did. Our subject for this was Shinji Ikari, who was nearly killed in his last battle with the Angels. Our subject matter for this new project is Asuka Langley Sohryu. While we are going to use her for this, I think you'll agree that the project will fail if the subject dies."
The group of techs nodded in agreement.
"Therefore we are going to utilize some special procedures that will ensure that Ms Sohryu survives and so that the project goes forward." he explained. "Here's what we're going to do."
(Blackbird X-7, early morning)
Iris and her team were over the Japanese coast, most of them half asleep from the trip.
"We're here." Sakura said to the group.
"Good. Continue on to Tokyo-3." Iris said, hugging her teddy bear.
"So... who or what are we looking for?" Eric asked.
"His name is Shinji. Shinji Ikari." she said.
"WHAT?" Naruto shouted, suddenly awake. "THE Shinji Ikari? The Evangelion pilot?" he gasped.
"You know him?" Nancy asked.
"I've heard of him! Member of a top secret UN Sanctioned agency called NERV. The only male Evangelion pilot. He's gone up against virtually all of the Angels that have been attacking this country!"
"Wait! If this guy is part of a top secret agency, how do you know so much about him?" Ginji asked.
"A webpage hosted by a computer geek named Kensuke Aida. He's really the only one who knows about this thing." Naruto said.
"He must be pretty good if the government hasn't shut him down yet." Robin said.
"ETA to Tokyo-3, 27-minutes." Sakura said.
"Alright. Everyone... prepare to meet your newest teammate." Iris said.
(Katsuragi/Ikari/Ayanami Apartment, mid-morning)
"How's he doing?" Ritsuko asked as she sipped her coffee.
"Better." Misato said as she grabbed a beer from her fridge. "Better than me."
"I understand you're still upset about this."
"I should kill you, Commander Ikari, and everyone left that Shinji didn't kill when he escaped." Misato grumbled as she slammed her beer.
Ritsuko looked at her friend, not saying a word. It was exactly the reaction she expected. Though she was glad Misato didn't have her gun on her. In her drunken state, she would have done exactly what she said she was going to do. Still, the fact that she was still alive come morning was a good sign.
Shinji and Rei were still asleep in his room, the blue-haired girl hugging Shinji close while he slept. Rei was the first to awaken and was pleased to note that Shinji had his arms around her as well. It was as if he was drawing comfort from her, which she didn't seem to mind.
"Rei-chan?" Shinji asked softly.
"Good morning, Shinji-kun." she whispered back.
She nuzzled his cheek with her nose as she buried her head into his neck.
He smiled as he pulled her in close to him.
His memories still hadn't returned, but what he felt were real enough.
This girl... is special to me. I can feel it. I can't remember how or why... but I just know. He thought as he held her. She smells nice... like vanilla.
(Back in the kitchen.)
"I'd still like to examine Shinji's claws." Ritsuko said.
"Can't you leave it alone, woman?" Misato slurred. "I mean, YOU gave him those claws, why would you want to examine them further?"
"He's not a science project Ritsuko, and you're racking up another reason for me to kill you."
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door.
"I'll get it. Shinji's still sleeping." Misato said, wanting to get away from Ritsuko as well.
Once she reached the door and opened it, she froze when she saw a young girl holding a teddy bear and seven other people standing behind her.
"Uh... can I help you?" Misato asked.
"I believe you can." the girl said. "We're here to see Shinji."
"And... for what purpose, may I ask?" she asked suspiciously.
The girl grinned. "You are suspicious of us, aren't you?"
Misato glared at the girl, who apparently fancied herself the leader of this group, as she was doing the talking.
"Whatever makes you think that?" Misato asked.
"Well, for one thing, I suppose you could call me the leader of this group." the girl said.
"And for another, we are here to help Shinji." she said.
"Help him? How?" Misato asked.
"Misato? What's going on?" Ritsuko said.
"Uh... we've got company." Misato said.
"What do they want?" the blond asked.
"Shinji." the purple-haired woman said.
Ritsuko looked at her friend in confusion
"As I said, Ms Katsuragi, we are here to help Shinji." Iris said.
"Hey! How did you know my name?" Misato gasped.
"I think that introductions would be best when all have assembled." Iris said as she suddenly vanished into thin air.
"What The..." Ritsuko started to say.
"Where did she..." Misato gasped, looking around.
"Yeah, that's what we thought when we first met Iris." Naruto said.
Iris teleported herself into the bedroom of Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami, only to find the pair half-dressed and in bed.
"Oh my!" she gasped, holding her bear. "I guess I should have knocked."
"Who are you?" Shinji asked.
"And how did you get in here?" Rei asked.
"My name is Iris Chateaubriand. And I am here to help you." the girl said.
Shinji and Rei looked at each other, but didn't say anything.
"Please get dressed and come into the living room. It is very important." she said before teleporting out.
The pair looked confused, and annoyed, but got up, got dressed and exit the bedroom to come face to face with a young girl and her entourage.
Shinji's senses went wild as his claws pop out.
Naruto grinned. "You must be Shinji."
"We've heard a lot about you." Sakura said.
"Who are you?" Shinji asked.
"I'm Naruto Uzumaki." the blond boy in the orange outfit said.
"I'm Sakura Kakei." the purplish haired young woman said.
"I'm Robin Sena." the redheaded girl said.
"I'm Toga Takuji." the blue-haired boy said.
"I'm Nancy Makuhari." the dark-haired woman said.
"I'm Ginji Amano." the taller blond haired boy said.
"I'm Eric Elric." the dark-haired young man said.
"I am Iris Chateaubriand, and this is Jean-Paul." she said as she held up her bear.
What a strange child. Rei thought.
"Not as strange as you, blue girl." Iris said, causing Rei to blink.
"You... can read my thought?" she asked.
"Yes. But I am not the only one with special powers." she smirked as she looked at Shinji and then at her companions.
Misato and Ritsuko seemed to get the hint.
"I take it this is going to take a long time to explain?" Ritsuko asked.
"I'll make the coffee." Misato said. And break out the wine coolers.
(NERV Secret Medical Facility, late morning)
After hours of work the subject was resting peacefully. Or as much as possible considering what had been done to her.
"How is she doing?" Fuyutsuki asked.
"All things considered... good." the head tech said.
"Excellent." the older man said.
"She'll be ready for deployment within 24 hours. Once she wakes up." the man said.
"And the mental programming?" Fuyutsuki asked.
"Implemented as ordered." the head-tech said.
"Good. I need to inform Ikari about this." the sub-commander said as he turned and walked out.
(Commander Ikari's Room)
Gendo looked up, seeing the older man, then turned back to his laptop and typed.
"Project Assassin X has been completed. She'll be ready to mobilize within 24-hours." Fuyutsuki said.
Gendo typed again.
(AND HAVE YOU LOCATED THE BASTARD?)
"No. We're running down all leads. But considering we're using Asuka, it might be better to let her run free. She might instinctively know where to find him."
Ikari grimaced at that then typed again.
(THAT'S NOT A GUARANTEE)
"It's all I have right now." Fuyutsuki said.
Ikari typed again. (VERY WELL.)
"SEELE has been asking questions. They want to know what the delay is with the Instrumentality Project."
Ikari grimaced and typed again.
(THEY CAN WAIT!)
You can say that. I have to deal with them. He thought.
Ikari typed again.
(DEPLOY ASSASSIN X AS SOON AS POSSIBLE)
(Katsuragi/Ikari/Ayanami apartment, the next day)
The last twenty-four hours had been rather tumulus to the group.
Misato and Ritsuko were stunned when they found out that Iris and her team all possessed special powers like Shinji.
Aside from her ability to teleport, Iris possessed the power to read minds, but also to awaken the latent powers of others. Of course, it could only be used on teenagers, which mean that Misato and Ritsuko were out of luck.
Naruto possessed the ability to duplicate himself up to at least forty people. He also seemed to be a highly skilled fighter as well. Like a ninja.
Eric, the largest of the group, could turn his body into living steel, possessing incredible strength and durability.
Nancy possessed the power to walk through solid objects, or allow them to pass through her with ease, yet not fall through the floor unless she wanted to.
Ginji possessed the ability to absorb and discharge electrical currents, like a living power plant.
Robin possessed the power to generate fire out of thin air, even directing it to other people and things with only a thought.
Sakura possessed the power to telekinetically move objects with only a thought. She could move dozens of smaller objects with ease. But the larger the object, the less number of objects she could manipulate.
Toga possessed superhuman speed, and not just the ability to run, but with his hands as well.
Shinji possessed his claws and ability to heal, but also heightened senses and enhanced strength as a result of his adamantium skeleton. He wasn't as strong as Eric, but still stronger than the others.
Iris was also able to enhance Rei's power to generate her AT-Field without strain on her body. Misato was somewhat shocked at this, finding out that Rei was part Angel, and again she had another reason to throttle Ritsuko, who apparently knew about that as well.
Since then the group had gotten to know each other better, telling stories of their lives, their exploits and adventures. But now it was almost noon and Misato came to the bones of the situation.
"So... what are you going to do now?" Misato asked as the group sat down in the living room, eating takeout.
"Our purpose was to come here and help Shinji." Iris said, still holding Jean-Paul.
"Does that mean you're staying... or taking Shinji with you?" she asked, somewhat fearfully.
"If he chooses to come with us, we would welcome him." the girl said.
"Shinji-kun is not going anywhere, without me!" Rei said, clutching Shinji's arm tightly.
Shinji just smiled as he stared at the blue-haired girl.
"I don't think that is going to be a...problem." Iris said as she suddenly felt her face go pale.
"Iris? What's wrong?" Sakura asked.
"Everyone Down!" she shouted as a figure exploded through the glass doors of Misato's balcony.
The group took cover, diving away and covering their faces from the shower of glass as a lithe red and black garbed figure, obviously female and equipt with numerous weapons all over her body stepped into the room.
Everyone looked at her as she grinned beneath her mask.
"My name is Deadpool, and I'm here to kill Shinji Ikari." the red and black figure said.
"I'm Shinji Ikari." the brown-haired boy said, standing up and unsheathing his claws.
"Goody! I'm your new instructor in pain, so let's get this session underway!" she shouted as she pulled her swords from her back and leapt at the boy.
Next time on 'Shinji X', Shinji vs Asuka in a brawl that everyone has been waiting for.
Hope no one minds, but I've been busy with trying to update my stories, and this one has been on the back burner for a long time now. I just only recently got back to it.
Hope it meets with everyone's standards. Also, I've got something special planned for Gendo.
Hint, hint, it has to do with another one of Wolverine's enemies. His most feral one.
Iris teleported herself into the bedroom of Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami, only to find the pair fully naked and in a compromising position.
"Oh my!" she gasped, covering the eyes of her bear. "My Virgin Eyes!" she shouted as she teleported out.
"Who was that?" Shinji asked, looking up at Rei's naked body.
"I do not know, but she made me lose my rhythm!" Rei huffed as she sat naked on top of Shinji.
"I can't believe you convinced them to do this." Ritsuko groaned as the young group of mutant heroes were cleaning her apartment.
Ginji was using his electrical powers to power the vacuum cleaner to suck up the dirt and dust.
Naruto was using his duplication powers to gather up the trash.
Eric was hauling out the mounds of trash that Naruto was collecting.
Nancy was using her phasing powers to get the better angles at cleaning the bathtub and shower and under the sinks.
Robin was using her powers to incinerate the more disgusting pieces of Misato's trash.
Sakura was levitating the clothes around the room so as to wash them, not wanting to touch the piles of human filth.
Toga was out on a grocery store run, several in fact.
As for Shinji... he was trying to kill the living cooking experiment that Misato had created and all but forgot about in the fridge.
"I wonder... would they be willing to clean mine when they are done?" Ritsuko asked.
"I can give you a good rate." Iris said to the blond doctor.