MISATO'S SECOND CHILDHOOD
by Gunman

Disclaimer: I do not own Eva or it's characters.

Summary: Rei finally confronts Misato about Shinji. Kaji gets experimented on. And Hikari and the Stooges get more curious about the 5th Child.

Author's Notes: At taking a suggestion from Anonymous I decided to try their idea about using Kaji as a labrat for the blue LCL, at SEELE's insistence. Also, I'm sorry for the lateness of this update, I've been busy with several of my other stories.

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Chapter 3
1st vs 5th

"Let's see... I think the pink one. No, the red!" Misato smiled as she held up the two dresses.

"What about the t-shirts?" Shinji asked.

"Oh, I think the darker colors will fit me perfectly."

"With these dark shorts?" Maya asked, holding up the aforementioned garments.

"I think this blouse would look good with that skirt." Ritsuko said, admiring the white shirt.

"Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" Asuka growled as she watched the quartet wade through her clothes.

"Don't you want to help, Asuka?" Ritsuko asked.

"NO! I! DON'T!" the girl snapped.

"It's not like you have a lot of choice, Asuka." Ritsuko said. "These are the commander's orders."

"I just don't believe this! All because of a fight at school!"

"A fight that YOU started. And what's worse, you tried to deny it when the commander said that Section 2 had proof you started it."

"I'll be in the living room!" she snapped, stomping off.

Sigh. "I don't think that girl will ever change." Misato said.

"Why would 'The Great Asuka Langley Sohryu' want to change?" Ritsuko asked.

By the time the quartet was finished, Misato had a whole new wardrobe, consisting of more than a hundred articles of clothes, which included shirts, skirts, pants, dresses, a couple swimsuits, and of course: socks, bras and panties.

Shinji helped Misato haul her new clothes into her room, which actually upset the purple-haired girl that she had her own room instead of staying with Shinji. However, she was right next to Shinji, so she was at least happy he was close.

After that was done, Shinji started cooking dinner while Misato arranged her new clothes.

Asuka just avoided the purple-haired teen the rest of the night.

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"So... what's this again?" Misato asked as she stared at the paper in front of her.

"It's called 'Algebra', Misato." Shinji said.

"Sorry. It's just that I never did real well in the class."

"Well, at least you can understand the kanji."

Asuka scowled as she watched Shinji and Misato sitting at the table doing homework. She was upset mostly by the fact that the pair had become so chummy. For some reason, it made her angry.

She ignored them and turned up the television.

"Asuka? Can you turn that down?" Shinji shouted.

No reply.

"Asuka?! Can you turn that down?!" he shouted again.

No reply.

"ASUKA!" he shouted.

"I don't think she can hear you, Shinji-kun." Misato said.

Or she's ignoring us. He thought. "Alright. Let's go to my room." he said as he rose up from the table.

When the pair got to Shinji's room, they closed the door for more privacy, plopping down on the bed to continue studying.

"God! Is this what you had to put up with when I was your guardian?" Misato asked.

"Unfortunately, yes." Shinji stated.

She stared at him for a few seconds before softly saying, "I'm sorry, Shinji-kun."

"What?"

"I'm... I'm sorry. For not being a better guardian."

"You did your best Misato. It wasn't like you had nothing else on your plate at the time." he said.

"I know, but... I should have been better. I mean... with what you kids were going through at the time I should have... I'm just sorry." she said sadly, tears in her eyes.

Shinji, seeing her distress, reached over and hugged her gently.

Shinji! Misato gasped as the boy embraced her.

"I forgive you, Misato." he said softly to her.

Misato hugged him back and a few minutes later continued with their homework.

I always wondered how I was going to get into Shinji's bed. Misato thought as she looked over at Shinji, who was sitting on the bed next to her.

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The next day the group went to school.

Toji and Kensuke were trying to get more pictures and video's of Misao, which forced Shinji to take a more active role in preserving her secret. Hikari was trying to find out more of whatever was going on from Asuka, who kept ducking her questions, as she was under direct order from the commander as well as Ritsuko.

And while all this was going on, Rei Ayanami finally saw her opportunity to confront Misato about her relationship with Shinji.

"Major." the blue-haired girl said to Misato outside during lunch.

"Rei! Call me Misao, alright?" Misato hissed at the girl.

Rei looked at Misato impassively.

"What do you want?" Misato huffed in annoyance.

"I wish for you to meet me at NERV after school. There is an issue I wish to address to you." Rei said.

Misato cringed a little. That sounded a little like a challenge.

"Does this have to do with Shinji?" Misato asked.

"Yes." Rei said.

At least she's honest. Misato thought. "Alright. After school, at NERV."

"I will be awaiting your arrival." Rei said before walking away.

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"I'm going to NERV." Asuka said before lunch ended.

"What? But... it's the middle of the day!" Shinji said.

"And it's close to the shift change. If I hurry I can get there and slip in to see Kaji."

Shinji bristled at hearing the man's name.

"I still don't see why you like that man." he said.

"Because he's ten times the man you could ever hope to be, you boring little boy." she replied.

"If nearly raping a teenage girl is your definition of a man, I'll stick to being a boring little boy."

"He was framed and you know it!"

"Uh... no he wasn't, because I was there."

"ARGH! Whatever, Third Child!" she said as she stormed off.

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(SEELE MEETING) (AN: I am not using names in this segment, so just go with this)

"Is this report accurate?"

"Apparently so. It was sent to us by our informant inside NERV."

"So... Katsuragi's daughter has undergone a strange transformation."

"A reduction in age, am I correct?"

"Yes."

"Exactly how much of a reduction are we talking?"

"According to the report, half."

"Which was brought upon by this mysterious Blue LCL that Unit 01 apparently produced. The reason is unclear as to why."

"Why? Why did the Evangelion suddenly produce a mysterious Blue LCL that somehow caused a person to decrease in age?"

"Yes. According to the report, and the photographs that were provided, Major Katsuragi has been turned back into a teenager and is attending school with the other pilots."

"That is an unimportant detail."

"Actually, it is quite important."

"How so?"

"Major Katsuragi's age was... what? 29? 30? If she is now attending school with the teenage pilots then it confirms that this LCL indeed decreases a person's physical age by half."

"Which means..."

"Which mean... we will need more testing to make this of use to ourselves."

"Make use of?" he asked. "Wait! You say that like..."

"It is a possibility!"

"Now Hold On! We are so close to Instrumentality! We cannot forsake our grand designs simply because we have discovered a scientific Fountain of Youth!"

"Wasn't the point of the Instrumentality to avoid death itself?"

"But after all the time, effort, resources and scheming we have invested into this project, it would be flighty and foolhardy to simply up and alter our plans."

"Why are you so against even considering this idea? It will achieve the same results and we will not have to expend so many resources."

"Because this 'miracle' has only produced ONE subject! And by a fluke, if I'm not mistaken. If this is to be a viable alternative to Instrumentality, then... I demand more testing!"

The other members of SEELE looked at each other, and slowly nodded.

"Very well. We will instruct Ikari to preform more testing on this Blue LCL."

"All in favor?"

"Agreed!" the group shouted.

"Very well. Until we have 100-percent confirmation that this miracle LCL works the way it states, we will continue on with our original plans."

"Agreed!" the group stated.

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(NERV Headquarters)

Misato walked into NERV and quickly found Rei waiting for her near the Eva Cages.

"So... what? Do you want to fight me as well, Rei?" Misato asked.

"I witnessed your altercation with the Second Child at the school. I am well aware of your fighting proficiency." Rei stated.

"You know you can't beat me. Alright. Then... how did you want to do this?"

"I challenge you... To Arm-Wrestling!" she said.

"WHAT?" Misato gasped.

"I said I challenge you to..."

"I Heard What You Said! I just wanna know why you chose that?"

"Because it is simple. As strength is often used to test superiority of one person over another, this simple contest of strength will determine who will get Shinji-kun!"

Odd way for two girls to fight for a guy. But... this is the most lively I've ever seen Rei act. And she seems really serious about this. But then again I'm not one to give up, especially where Shinji is concerned, so... "Alright!"

Finding a small crate, Misato and Rei positioned themselves on opposite sides and interlocked their right hands.

"Ready... steady... GO!" Misato said as both girls pushed against the other.

As they did, Misato began to wonder why Rei had really chosen this particular contest. She quickly realized it was because Rei figured that she had the best chance of winning this way. She knew that she wasn't as smart as Misato since she had greater experience and a higher education. Her military training was obvious, from the way she had fought against the Second Child. Even though she had thrown the fight, she was still the better fighter.

Therefore, competing with her physically or mentally (in terms of hand-to-hand or marksmanship, or even in an intellectual spar such as the ever popular fact-or-fiction board games she had heard of) would have been futile.

She couldn't use the Eva's to determine superiority of skill over the other, since their synch-ratios were different in their respective Eva's, which was unfair to start with.

And even simpler contests, such as a foot race or swimming, were out of the question. Rei knew that she was the better swimmer, but figured that with all the running around Misato did, she would be the superior.

Therefore, she choose to have their contest be a simple test of strength. This was mostly thanks to Shinji, who had commented on both her, and Misato, being strong individuals.

"Why... are you really doing this... Rei?" Misato asked as she struggled against the blue-haired girl.

"I will not let you take Shinji-kun from me!" Rei groaned against the purple-haired girl.

Misato was stunned, which caused her arm to dip down as Rei kept pushing.

"Rei. Shinji and I may be close, but... that doesn't mean he's going to stop being your friend." Misato said as she slowly pulled her arm up.

"That is what concerns me, Major." Rei said.

"It's not Major. Not anymore." Misato said.

"And what should I call you?" she asked, continuing to push.

"Misato when we're here at NERV, Misao when we are out in public." Like I told you before. She groaned as she pushed herself back up.

"Very well... Misato." Rei said.

Finally got that settled. "So... what now?" Misato asked. "I don't think either of us are going to win this little contest." she said.

"If it is to come to a final conclusion, that Shinji-kun chooses you... I wish to be included in this relationship." Rei said.

Misato thought her jaw would fall right off her face the second she heard that. Rei Ayanami, the unflappable, emotionless First Child of NERV, was actually asking for a threesome!

"You... you want to be included?" she asked the blue-haired girl.

"Yes. You have never wronged me, insulted me, or used me. And Shinji-kun has been kinder to me than anyone else. You are perhaps... the only true friends I have. I do not wish to lose this." Rei said.

Misato smiled as she stood up and broke free from Rei's grip. She then pulled the blue-haired girl up to her feet and wrapped her arms around her, into a hug. Rei tensed as Misato did this.

"You got a deal, Rei." Misato whispered to her.

Rei eventually relaxed as Misato's hug warmed her body.

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"Is everything alright, Misato?" Shinji asked once Misato had returned to the apartment.

"Sure. No problem." Misato said.

"Is there a particular reason you had to go to NERV today?"

"Oh... Rei just wanted to talk to me."

"About what?"

"She wanted to know if we'd be interested in having a threesome."

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"Shinji?" Misato gasped as Shinji picked himself up off of the ground.

"What Did You Say?" Shinji gasped.

"I'm kidding, Shinji-kun." she laughed.

"Don't do that! You nearly gave me a heart attack." he said.

"Sorry. But Rei did want to talk about you, me and her."

"Huh? Really?"

"She considers you a friend, Shinji-kun. But since you've been spending a lot of time with me, she was worried she'd be losing you. I convinced that that would never happen."

"That's a relief." Shinji said. "Uh, Ritsuko and Maya are at NERV now and Asuka called saying she was going to stay with Hikari for the weekend. So... it's just you and me now."

"And we don't have school tomorrow, either." Shinji said.

"Yeah. So... did you want to do anything special tonight?" Misato asked.

"Actually... I did." Shinji said with a smile.

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"OH THANK YOU SHINJI-KUN!" Misato squealed as she gasped at the sight before her.

"What? It's not a big deal, Misato." Shinji said. "I just thought... well, why not go, right?"

"And here I never thought you'd ask me out on a date." Misato said as she grabbed Shinji's hand and pulled him along.

"Date?!" he gasped.

Misato drug Shinji through the amusement park that the Third Child had seen a flyer for after he had left school. Thinking it might be a fun thing to do with everyone, he took it. However, with Asuka, Ritsuko and Maya gone for the night, it was just Misato and him.

Misato was dressed in a short wavy blue skirt and a red blouse with a dark green jacket and black shoes. Shinji was wearing a pair of jeans, white shirt, black shoes and a dark blue jacket as they went around to the various booths and games.

Shinji won prizes at the Balloon and Dart game, The Water Gun Game, The Crossbow Target Shot, and The Dart Game.

All of which stunned him more than anything.

But Misato managed to win the Ring The Bell game, Whac-A-Mole Game, Skeeball, the Basketball Shootout game, and the Fishing Game.

They went on a few rides, like the roller coaster, several of which made Shinji a little sick. To off-set this, Misato decided to take him on the Ferris Wheel, dubbed The Big-O 2, which was an impressive 120-meters tall.

As the pair ascended to the top of the giant metal wheel, they came to a stop.

"What's going on?" Shinji asked when they didn't move for several minutes.

"I don't know." Misato said.

(Sorry about this, folks. We're experiencing some technical difficulties. Should only be a few minutes at worst. Thank you for your patience.) A voice came over the small speaker inside the gondola.

"Well... since we're not going anywhere, we might as well get comfortable." Misato said.

"Yeah." Shinji said.

However, the cool night started to get a little breezy and the open gondola offered little protection for the pair. In the end, they decided to sit down on the floor since there was less wind.

"Are you alright, Misato?" Shinji asked as he wrapped his arm around her shoulders to keep her warm.

"Yes, Shinji-kun. I'm fine." Misato said, snuggling up to Shinji for both warmth and comfort.

Mostly for comfort.

The pair talked casually, just to pass the time. But as they did, the proximity of their bodies became more and more obvious to them. Eventually their eyes locked onto each other, frozen as they stared deeply at each other. Their voices were lost as their faces slowly gravitated towards each other. Their eyes sluggishly began to close, but their lips managed to find their way toward each other.

The second their lips touched... ZAP!

Like a soft electrical shock that sent a spike of excitement through their bodies, their eyes opened up and stared deeply into the other.

"Shinji..." the girl said, her hands gently wrapped around his neck.

"Misato, I..." the boy said, his hands gently pulling around her body to her back.

Their pair kissed softly for several more minutes, completely oblivious to the fact that their gondola was moving. However, because they were hunched down on the floor, and were dressed in somewhat dark clothes, the operator didn't see anyone in their gondola and let it pass so that the other people could get off. When everyone was off the ride, he shut down the power and closed the ride early. This became a problem since Shinji and Misato were still in their gondola suspended at more than 100 meters off the ground.

This meant that not only were they trapped in their gondola, but with the rest of the carnival going on they were unable to call for help.

"I don't believe this! We're stuck!" Shinji groaned.

"Ritsuko is never going to let me live this down." Misato groaned.

"What are we going to do, Misato?"

"Well... I'd say calling for help is out. Climbing down is out. There's no way either of us would survive the fall. And unless one of us has learned to fly, then we're stuck." she said, assessing their options.

"Great! We're trapped up here in a Ferris Wheel gondola, with no way down, no way to call for help, and I'm pretty sure it's getting colder by the second."

Misato was starting to get worried herself. Mostly because she thought Shinji wasn't liking being alone with her.

"Here, Misato." he said, taking his jacket off and wrapping it around her legs.

"Wha..."

"I don't want you to get cold."

"Shinji, what about you?" she asked.

"I'll be fine. Really. And at least we went to the restrooms before we went on this thing." he said.

"Yeah." she giggled a bit, knowing how awkward and desperate that would have made them.

The pair were silent for several minutes as they huddled close for warmth, Misato insisting that they share their jackets.

"Is something wrong, Misato?" Shinji asked as the girl snuggled into his chest, noting an odd silence from the girl.

"Well... I guess I was a little worried you didn't want to be stuck with me of all people." she said.

"Misato, I can't think of anyone else I'd rather be trapped with at the top of a Ferris Wheel in the middle of the night." he smiled.

"Really?" she asked.

"Really." he said.

Misato smiled as she rested her head in the crook of the boys head.

"I think it's getting colder, Shinji-kun." she said.

"It's alright, Misa-chan. You can take my body heat to keep yourself warm." he replied.

Misato gasped as she looked at him. "What did you say?" she asked.

"I said... you can take my body heat if you need it." he replied.

"No. Before that."

"What?"

"You... called me 'Misa-chan'."

He blinked. "I did?"

She smiled. "Yes, you did."

"Oh. Well... I guess I meant it then." he said with a blush.

Misato blushed as she smiled at him. He's still a little shy, but he's just so sweet. I did promise Rei that we'd share him, but I'm calling dibs as much as possible.

The pair kissed some more before Misato clutched Shinji's shirt and stared into his eyes.

"Shinji-kun?"

"Yes?"

"I... I have to ask you something. Something important."

"What?"

"I..." she started to say, her heart pounding hard in her chest. Why am I so nervous? I've never been this nervous about anything. Damn it! Stop that! Just say it! SAY IT!

"What is it, Misato?" Shinji asked, wondering why she was pausing so long.

"Shinji-kun... will you be my boyfriend?"

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(NERV Headquarters)

"Are you sure about this, Fuyutsuki?" Gendo asked the older man.

"SEELE wants you to experiment with the Blue LCL. Further age-reduction testing apparently." Fuyutsuki said.

"I see. Very well. And it just so happens, that I have the perfect guinea pig." Gendo said with a sadistic smile as he stared at the twitching unshaven man on the ground. "Although, I'm gonna miss these little sessions. Children are no fun to torture. They don't last long."

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Author's Notes:

Hope everyone liked this update. And also, I hope it didn't seem too quick for everyone. I kinda got Shinji and Misato quicker together than expected. But after so long an update, I figured it was time. Maybe a little quick, but then again... I kinda liked it.

Leave me a review to let me know what you think of it, and where I can go from here.

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OMAKE (by Krow Blood)

"Worse. I feel everything that happens to the Eva." he answered, unconsciously closing his fist.
"That's not a pleasant thing to look forward too."
"Trust me, it isn't."
"So how do you do it, Shinji? How do you keep doing it?"
"Because...Because I am a Masochist!"

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OMAKE 2

"So... what? Do you want to fight me as well, Rei?" Misato asked.

"I witnessed your altercation with the Second Child at the school. I am well aware of your fighting proficiency." Rei stated.

"You know you can't beat me. Alright. Then... how did you want to do this?"

"I challenge you... To A Staring Contest!"

"No Way! I've Never Seen You Blink Once!" Misato gasped.