by Gunman

Disclaimer: Don't own anything.

Summary: Ritsuko and Fuyutsuki manipulate events to stop Third Impact, and start by getting Shinji and Rei married!


Chapter 1

The elderly sub-commander of NERV walked into the office of the blond scientist Ritsuko Akagi.

"Sub-Commander. Can I help you with something?" the woman asked.

"Yes, Dr Akagi. I have a problem that I believe you can help with me." the older man said.

"Oh?" the curious scientist asked.

"It has to do with the Third and First Child... and the commander."

Ritsuko grimaced. Not exactly her favorite subjects. While she had nothing against Shinji, as he had never wronged her, to hear the older man speak of Gendo and Rei in the same breath was annoying.

"Forgive me if I don't see how the three are connected." she said.

He noticed the slightly terse tone in her voice, but didn't let it affect his mood.

"To start with, they are connected, in a rather unusual way. Gendo needs Shinji to activate Unit 01 and defeat the Angels, before Rei can be used to trigger Third Impact using Lilith." he explained.

Ritsuko nodded, but was still confused as to where this was going.

"I'm not seeing where this is going."

"Yui Ikari."

Ritsuko managed to hold her irritation at the hearing of that name.

"As I'm sure you know, Gendo was married to Yui, Shinji is Yui's son. And Rei... well..."

"Yes, I'm well aware of her connection to Yui. What does this have to do..." she started to ask.

"I don't think that Yui would approve of everything that Gendo has done and is planning to do."

Ritsuko sighed, glad that there were no recording devices in her office as the sub-commander was clearly talking treachery. But she couldn't agree more with him. She knew full well that Gendo's ultimate plan was to initiate Third Impact so that he could be with is wife. A global Armageddon that he would control. While she had her own reasons for staying in NERV, mostly her delusions that Gendo did care for her in some way, she had slowly come to realize that he did not care for her at all. Thus her efforts now had been turned with trying to figure out a way to stop his plans.

In short, to get back at Gendo.

"So, what does this have to do with Shinji-kun and Rei?" Ritsuko asked.

"The way I see it, they are the key to Gendo's plans." Fuyutsuki said.

"Yes. Shinji pilots the Unit that will clear out the Angels and initiate Instrumentality. Rei is capable of controlling Lilith/Instrumentality when the time is necessary."

"And with the way they are, there is little doubt they will fall into Gendo's plans."

"You mean their mental state."

"Yes. Shinji's doleful nature and Rei's blind obedience is something that Gendo will use to his advantage."

"So... what?" she asked, still wondering where this was going.

"I was just thinking, that in order to make sure that they can't be used by Gendo..." he started to say.

"They have to become stronger." Ritsuko conjectured.


"Alright... while that makes sense, I fail to see how that would be possible to make them stronger. Without a reason."

"Oh? Why not?"

"Because of Gendo." she said. "Rei is completely loyal to the man. She was raised her entire life to do his bidding, fulfill his will. And Shinji... he's more the... co-dependant type. He was abandoned by his father years ago. He needs emotional support, and his father is the closest family member he has."

"What if we were to give him another family member?"

"Give him another family member?" she asked, confused. "You say that like its as simple as getting him a puppy."

Fuyutsuki smiled, almost like that's what he was thinking.

"You have a plan, don't you?" Ritsuko asked.

"I do, in fact. One that is rather dangerous, but considering the stakes we're playing for..."

Ritsuko leaned back in her chair, deep in thought.

While part of her liked the idea that she would be messing with Gendo's plans, the possible repercussions were playing out in different variations in her mind. The sub-commander was talking conspiracy, and while he had yet to explain his plan, Ritsuko could see all kinds of holes in it.


"What did you have in mind?" Ritsuko asked.

Fuyutsuki smiled as he explained his plan.



"Ohhhhhhhhh... my head!" Shinji Ikari groaned as he stared at yet another unfamiliar ceiling. Now where am I? He thought as he shifted to the side, suddenly bumping into a rather warm body next to him.

Looking over to them his eyes went wide when he realized several things.

1-he was not in his usual bed in the hospital, but in a very nice hotel room.

2-he was not wearing any clothes, not even boxer shorts.

3-he was not alone.

In fact, he recognized the person in the bed next to him.

Rei Ayanami, the First Child.

Naturally Shinji is freaked out by this, but remained unmoving just continuing to stare at the lovely young girl... until Rei woke up.

"Ikari-kun?" Rei said, confusion in her eyes as she saw him.

"Uh... yes, Ayanami?" Shinji asked.

"Why are you in my apartment?" she asked.

"Uh... we're not in your apartment. I'm pretty sure."

Rei sat up and looked around, noticing that he was correct. The place they were in was far nicer, warmer and more comfortable than her's could ever have been.

"Are we in your apartment?" she asked.

"Uh... no. We're not. This is way too big and too nice." he stated.



"Do you have a gold ring on the third finger of your left hand?"

"Huh? I..." Shinji said as he looked down and gasped. He did. "I do." he said.

"Then it appears we are married." she said casually.

"WHAT?!" he shrieked and practically jumped out of bed.

He stumbled over dozens of empty beer cans, (Yebisu brand), their clothes, a couple of apparently used condoms, and a yellowish piece of paper on the coffee table.

Standing himself up, Shinji walked over to the table and picked up the paper.

It was a marriage certificate... with their names on it, and yesterday's date.

He knew this because there was a digital clock on the wall that displayed the date as well as the time.

"We got married... yesterday." Shinji said reading the certificate.

"I see." Rei said getting up out of the bed and walking over to him.

"I am so going to get killed." Shinji groused as Rei, naked to the world, walked over and took the marriage certificate from him.

Shinji turned to look away, noticing a video tape on the table and went to pick it up. It said, 'Ikari Wedding Video' on the label.

I am really going to get killed. He thought as he put the tape in the VCR, pressed play, and then sat down on the couch.

Rei walked over to him and sat down next to him on the couch. Shinji grabbed a pillow and hid his private parts, while Rei did nothing about her own nakedness.

(Dearly beloved.) The minister on the tape said. (We are gathered here today to witness the union of this joyous couple in holy matrimony.)

The pair watched the tape pan around to show... them! Both Shinji, who was dressed in a rather sharp looking black tuxedo (which Shinji noticed was on the floor next to the bed), and Rei, who was dressed in a lovely white lace dress holding a bouquet of flowers in her hands. (Rei hadn't noticed that the same dress was lying on her side of the bed)

"Oh... my... god!" Shinji gasped.

"I did not know you were religious." Rei said.

"I'm not! It's... just a figure of speech." he stuttered, trying to keep his eyes off Rei.

Turning back to the video, they noticed several other people at their wedding.

Namely: Sub-Commander Fuyutsuki. Dr Akagi. Ryoji Kaji. Misato Katsuragi. The Bridge Bunnies. And PenPen.

For some reason Shinji didn't expect to see Asuka or his father in attendance.

(Do you, Shinji Ikari, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, for richer or poorer, until death take you both?) The minister said.

(I do.) Shinji said.

I can't believe I said it! Shinji thought to himself with some panic.

(And do you, Rei Ayanami, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, until death take you both?) The minister repeated.

(I do.) Rei said.

I do not remember saying these words. Rei thought as she remained focused on the tape.

(Then by the power vested in me by our lord the father, I know pronounce you man and wife. You may now...)

But Shinji and Rei were already kissing.

(...kiss the bride.)

Organ music played in the background as the eight guests cheered for them.

(Ladies and gentlemen... I know happily introduce... Mr and Mrs Shinji and Rei Ayanami!)

"So I'm... Shinji Ayanami?" Shinji asked.

"It is customary in the Japanese culture that the man take the family name of his wife."

"Well, yeah... I'm just... kinda shocked that I don't remember this. I mean... I don't even remember asking you to marry me." Shinji groaned.

"I am also without memory of such a question." Rei said.

Shinji looked over at the beer cans and smelled his own breath. Yup, we drank. He thought. "I guess Misato wasn't kidding about the after effects of drinking."

Rei smelled her own breath, also finding the lingering traces of beer on it.

"So it would seem, Shinji-kun." she said.

"Well, what are we going to... did you just call me Shinji?"

"We are husband and wife now. It is therefore appropriate to refer to each other by our first names." she said.

"Well yeah, but... this just seems so sudden."

"Do you regret being married to me?" she asked.

"What? No! I love the idea of being married to you, Rei, it's just..." he said, blushing brightly at what he had just said.

"Just... what, Shinji-kun?" Rei asked, also blushing at what he had just said.

"I just... wish I knew how this all happened."

"Perhaps those memories will return in time."


"I will order us some breakfast." Rei said, getting up and going over to the phone.

"Okay. Sounds good." he replied as he sat back and rewatched the video.

Rei paused for a second before she went back to where Shinji was sitting, lifted his face up towards her with her hand, and pressed her lips again his. Shinji's eyes went wide as Rei kissed him. For several seconds nothing happened, until Rei pulled back, a strange look on her face.

"R-Rei? What was that for?" Shinji asked.

"The tape shows that we kissed each other. Yet, I do not remember it. I find it strange that I could not remember something so... pleasurable."

"You... liked it?" he asked.

"...yes. I did."

Shinji gulped as he stood to face the blue-haired girl.

"Rei?" he said, heart beating wildly as his body started growing hot.

"Yes, Shinji-kun?" she said, large amounts of color flooding her cheeks, a soft tingle in his chest causing her heart to beat faster than normal.

"Can I kiss you again?"

She said nothing, her body answering for her as she nodded and closed the space between herself and the Third Child. Her arms wrapped around his neck, his arms around her waist as the new husband and wife tenderly pressed their lips to each other.


Author's Notes:

I know this is a very short chapter, but it's only a prologue, so please don't be disappointed.

But first feel free to place a review.

Also, I know this is rather insane of me to put in a new story when I haven't updated my other stories yet, but as I said before, I couldn't help writing up this one either. The idea just came to me one day and I had to write it out.

The total chapter length for this particular story will probably be about 3 or 4 chapters, depending on how many reviews I get. I've also got my other stories to update and such. So I'll be busy. But I also wanted to upload this on 8-8-08 because it was memorable.