Disclaimer: Neon Genesis Evangelion and all its characters are the creation of Hideki Anno. The writers of this story do not claim ownership of any copywritten characters from Evangelion or any other works.

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Branching Paths

An Apartment 403 Production

Chapter: Start

Choice Path: Start

Author: Fresh C

As Shinji neared the industrial center of the city, the number of people around decreased. Every person he passed seemed to be heading in a different direction and none of them stayed in sight very long. By the time he passed the train station and heard the broadcast telling everyone to seek shelter, there was no one around to ask for directions. He had no idea where the nearest shelter was, so he did the only thing he could and continued to walk forward.

He wondered if maybe he was dreaming. Being alone in public seemed surreal in a way that boarder lined on frightening. Shinji walked faster and faster, barely stopping himself from breaking into a full sprint. The relief nearly floored him when he saw the phone booth a couple of blocks away. He couldn't help but laugh nervously to himself.

His relief didn't last long. The automated voice on the other end of the line merely told him what he already knew. There was an emergency going on and he was not where he should be. He hung up the phone and pulled out a photograph of the woman he was supposed to meet.

"I guess we won't be able to meet," he said. It felt good to hear a voice, even if it was his own. "I should probably head to a shelter."

Shinji was reluctant to leave the phone booth, since the confined space made him feel less alone. He scanned the area for any sign of a shelter, but was quickly distracted by the oddest sight. A girl in a school uniform stood rigidly in the middle of the road. Their eyes met and Shinji felt a sense of vertigo. His brief stint of self-control ended. The girl became his lifeline. He felt that if he could talk to her and find out what was going on and where he needed to go, safety would be within his reach.

Shinji's heart dropped when he exited the phone booth and the girl was no longer there. The second in which he had looked away had been enough time for her to disappear. But there was no time to lament the loss. He gained a new perspective on his situation and with it pure terror.

Several missiles flew over his head. Their deafening roar made them seem much too close to the ground. The fear he felt only magnified when he saw the missiles' target.

The… thing that was attacking the city hovered slightly above the streets as it moved. Its humanoid form only highlighted its alienness. For several moments all Shinji could do was stare. He watched as the monstrosity knocked a VTOL out of the sky, and gaped at the explosion. He didn't even notice the blue sports car speeding toward him. It wasn't until the thing's feet hit the ground that Shinji realized this was not a scene from television. This was something happening to him in real life and he was in real immediate danger. His scream was involuntary as was his reaction. Without a single thought he…

1A – Shinji stands frozen in place. (Go to Ch 2)

1B – Shinji runs away, seeking shelter (Go to Ch 3)

1C – Shinji runs in the direction that he last saw the girl. (Go to Ch 4)

There is no voting for this chapter. All choices have been written.

Rules: First off, here's how this story works.

A list of choices will be displayed at the end of each chapter. Each choice corresponds with a potential path that the story can take. You (the reader) can navigate to the chapter that corresponds to the path you wish to read. (Note: it is not guaranteed that all choices will be written)

If a chapter has been recently posted, there will be a message beneath the choices stating that the chapter is open for voting. If a chapter is open for voting, you can cast your vote by placing the key for the choice you like within a review. (For example if you wanted to vote for "Shinji runs away, seeking shelter" you would type "1B" within your review. Feel free to leave comments and criticism for the author in your review as well.) Votes will be counted for a period of 1 week following the posting of the chapter. The choice with the most votes will be the next path written for that author's story branch. A notification will be posted stating that voting has closed and which branch will be written.

Feel free to vote on all branches

AN/Ramblings: Okay, that's basically it for explanations. If you have any questions, ask them. The rest of this is more of my usual unnecessarily wordy author's notes.

I've been throwing around the idea for a Choose Your Own Adventure styled Eva story in my head for a while, but only recently did it strike me as an idea worth pursuing. I realized that it would be a big undertaking by myself so decided that it would be better as a collaborative work. Through a combination of begging, bribing, and blackmail I managed to convince two talented writers (Midnight Cereal and The Mustachioed Cat) to help me with this project. Please support their contributions by giving them some feedback. There are links to all contributing author's profiles on our profile page.

I have plans to invite more writers to help out with this project and I can see the story growing quite big, under the write condition. But none of that will happen since I've just completely jinxed the whole thing. Bear with us. Do not expect most future chapters to be a basic retelling of the series.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy it.