"Whew, what a long day!" Asuka complained, her yellow sundress swaying around her hips as she sauntered into the apartment.
Asuka had decided to spend this beautiful Sunday as any productive girl her age should; going on a shopping spree! Dragging a reluctant Hikari with her, the two had darted from store to store, amassing a nice collection of new clothing.
While fun, the day had also proven to be hotter than usual. Especially when she had opted to wear pantyhose! After she waved her friend goodbye, skin glistening with subtle beads of sweat over her body, all Asuka could think of doing now was kicking back and relaxing.
"Hey Misato!" she called, placing the bags in her hands down, "I'm back!"
Not one to wait for a response, she slipped off her stuffy red heels and made her way into the apartment proper, eager to deposit her new collection of clothing into her bedroom. On her way there she found herself pausing and doing a double take when she realized they had an unexpected guest.
"Wonder Girl? What are you doing here?" the redhead demanded, not liking for one moment that her 'inner sanctum' had been intruded upon. The pale girl in question, dressed plainly in a white sundress of her own, had been sitting leisurely on the couch, book in hand.
She briefly glanced up from her book, acknowledging Asuka's presence. "I am here on Major Katsuragi's orders." She simply stated, returning her attention to the book.
"Is that so?" Glancing at the door to Misato's room, Asuka couldn't help but snort. "Let me guess, she's still asleep?" A nod was Rei's only response. "How'd you even get in, then?"
"Pilot Ikari let me in as he was leaving hours ago."
"So you've just been
sitting there for hours?" Asuka wondered aloud. Another nod.
"And she wouldn't have happened to tell you why she wanted you here, would she?" Asuka demanded, wondering just what was going on in her purple haired guardians mind. 'This better not be another one of those dance training routines!' she thought to herself, fuming.
"I do not know the exact details," Rei relented, once again fixing Asuka with a cool gaze, "but she said it was of utmost importance that I undergo training to help blend in with society."
so I guess that's why you're wearing that dress?" Asuka snidely asked, "The doll finally feel like playing dress-up because she was ordered to?"
"Major Katsuragi had it delivered to my apartment and informed me that I was to wear it today." The bluenette curtly replied with a small nod, sounding vaguely annoyed. Asuka gave off a noncommittal grunt at that, before stomping off to her room, bags in tow. Rei's eyes trailed after her for a few moments before shifting back down to her book, settling back into sedate silence.
...silence that was broken mere minutes later after the door to Asuka's room flew open, with the girl in question marching back into the living room.
Still clad in her yellow sundress, Asuka plopped herself down on the other end of the couch, eying the silent girl beside her. Rei seemed to be doing her best to ignore the redhead as she continued to pour over the words in her book.
Asuka glanced at the cover, snorting when she saw that the albino seemed to be reading "One Hundred Years of Solitude". 'Heh
how fitting for someone like Wonder Girl.' she thought sarcastically.
The only reason Asuka had returned to the living room was purely out of boredom; otherwise she would have opted to stay as far away from Rei as possible. As the two sat in tense silence, Asuka contemplated turning on the TV partially to sate her boredom, but in large part to see if it would get a rise out of the girl beside her.
She slouched back into the couch, idly kicking her legs as she considered her options 'Man, my feet are sore from all that running around
' she reflected, wriggling her pantyhose clad toes around. Suddenly, a thought came to her. 'Maybe I can do something about that and my boredom at the same time
"Hey, Wonder Girl." Asuka finally said, tilting her head to look at Rei's face. "I just remembered something Misato said last night."
Rei said nothing, but her eyes shifted subtly to study Asuka from the side. Seeing that she had the bluenette's attention, Asuka continued. "She asked Shinji and I about good ways to help someone get used to being a normal person," she lied. "I thought it was a weird thing to ask, but I did tell her that giving someone else a nice, relaxing foot massage is definitely something any normal person would be willing to do."
truly?" Rei wondered. Wasting no time, Asuka kicked her legs up and placed her feet directly onto the other girl's lap.
"Definitely! And this way, you'd not only be learning how to blend in with normal people better, but you're also building bonds between pilots!" Asuka continued to lie, a smug grin forming on her face. "So get to it, Wonder Girl! Misato was going to have you do this later anyway, so we might as well get this out of the way now!"
Rei warily glanced between the feet invading her personal space and the book still in her hands before sighing softly. Placing the book on the arm of the couch, she reluctantly complied. "
if the Major insists."
A few moments passed, with Asuka's triumphant expression turning to one of impatience as she stared down the inactive Rei. "Well? What are you waiting for?" Asuka demanded, wriggling her feet. "Get to it!"
Red eyes stared down at them in mild confusion as Rei finally voiced her concern. "
I do not know the exact nature of what you wish for me to do."
"For the love of
look, massaging isn't rocket science!" Asuka sighed, exasperated. "Just use your fingers to gently press into my feet and stroke a bit, geez!"
Rei experimentally grasped at Asuka's pantyhose encased feet, pressing her thumbs into the arches and performing rubbing motions. "
"Ack, a bit too hard there, Wonder Girl!" Asuka protested. "Softer! Yeah
like that, like that! Good job, you're already on your way to becoming 'normal!" she snickered. To herself, the redhead could only think 'What a gullible sucker!'
For the next few minutes, they would continue on like that, with Rei dutifully doing her best to gently stroke and massage Asuka's sore feet. Asuka, meanwhile, was reaping the rewards with a content smile on her face. Initially lying on her back, a few minutes into the massage Asuka abruptly rolled over into a more relaxed position on her stomach.
Hands supporting her chin, she couldn't help but think, 'Huh, never thought I'd say this, but maybe having Wonder Girl around isn't such a bad thing after all.'
"See how I'm smiling, Wonder Girl?" Asuka said after a while. "That is how normal people respond to pleasant things, not with stoicism! See, you can learn a lot when you take the time to do things like a person, not as a doll!"
Rei bore the comments with a subtly contemplative look in her eyes. She carefully considered the situation she found herself in and the emotions that came with it. 'I
do not think I find this to be an enjoyable activity.' she finally decided, eyes narrowing. This conclusive thought had subconsciously caused her to press slightly harder against Asuka's feet, causing one of her thumbs to press its nail against the instep of that foot.
As a result, a small giggle burst forth from Asuka's lips. Blinking in surprise, Rei turned her attention away from the feet resting on her lap to carefully study the redhead's face. "Hey, I thought I told you to be careful!" Asuka fumed, a light blush adorning her face. But Rei paid her no heed, as she focused solely on Asuka's lips. When she had scraped her nail against Asuka's foot like that, from the corner of her eye Rei could have sworn that Asuka's lips had suddenly turned upwards at an increased rate
'What was it she just said
?' Rei thought, 'This
"smiling" is a proper response to pleasant things
she finds enjoyment in that act, despite what she says now.' Blinking, Rei realized something. 'I
have never made anyone smile before. Perhaps
"Hey, what's with that look? Get back to work!" Asuka huffed, completely oblivious to Rei's train of thought.
Reaching a conclusion, Rei dug her nails into the fabric of Asuka's pantyhose experimentally, stroking along the soles of her feet in a long, drawn out motion. She glanced up in time to witness Asuka's squeaked giggle, another shocked look on her face. 'Her smile is bigger when this occurs.', Rei noted. 'Although it seems as though she is not
content with this? Odd.' The thought of something bringing pleasure and yet paradoxically causing discontent was a foreign concept to the albino.
Meanwhile, Asuka began kicking her legs out wildly. "Watch it Wonder Girl! This is your last warning
screw up like that again and I'll make sure you regret it!"
What Rei found herself regretting was setting aside her book for this task in the first place. '
perhaps a satisfactory solution can be reached for the two of us.' she thought, her annoyance with her fellow pilot lighting a small spark of deviance.
"I apologize, Pilot Soryu." Rei said, carefully moving Asuka's feet off of her lap as she stood up.
"Hey, where do you think you're going? My feet can still use some proper rubbing, y'know!" Asuka grumped, making note to put extra emphasis on the word 'proper'.
"I must retreat to the bathroom." Rei softly intoned, heading for the room in question.
"Oh. Well, hurry up, then! These feet aren't going to massage themselves, you know!"
"I shall endeavor to attend to your feet twice as vigorously upon my return." Rei cryptically left on. The redhead hmphed as she continued to lie on her stomach, glad for once that Rei seemed to be so keen on following any orders she received.
In the bathroom, red eyes swept across the various cabinets. 'Pilot Soryu's legs reacted violently each time I touched her feet in that manner
' she reflected. 'And yet she bore a larger smile, despite her apparent discomfort.' Her eyes furrowed as she continued to work over the conundrum in her mind, trying to fit the pieces together. 'An act of discomfort that also brings joy
Eyes narrowed as Rei considered Asuka's usual disposition to her. The fiery pilot often went out of her way to try to make Rei feel uncomfortable in some manner. Combined with her annoyance of having her own relaxation abruptly and rudely interrupted, an uncharacteristic urge bubbled within her. If Asuka was so keen on causing mischief, perhaps Rei could, while still technically falling under the parameters Asuka laid out
Her eyes finally settled on a cabinet. Opening it up, she eyed its contents. It seemed that this was where they stashed away some miscellaneous tools. Nothing within the cabinet seemed of interest to the girl, but just as she was about to close it shut, something did catch her eye. Near the back, she glimpsed a roll of silver duct tape.
Her eyebrows furrowed in concentration as she recalled Asuka's violent reactions to the ticklish touches she had given her. 'Perhaps this can aid in preventing that
?' she contemplated. Nodding slightly to herself, she reached in and grabbed it. A solution for stilling the German girl's movements secured, Rei realized she had one final matter to address.
Doing this would only further aggravate the girl's volatile nature; even if she were restrained in body, her mouth would surely continue to prove to be a source of distraction from any possible reading Rei had hoped to accomplish.
Glancing over the bathroom once again, she opted to open another cabinet, hoping to find an answer to this most pressing issue. Her gaze trailed to an unused sponge, still covered in the plastic applied to it at a factory. 'The consistency of the sponge would allow for minimal movement for the jaw while still making for an easy fit...' she considered. Grabbing the sponge and carefully removing it from its plastic wrapping, Rei finally made to leave the bathroom.
"About time!" Asuka called out, having heard the bathroom door closing. Soft footsteps padded their way over to the couch, stopping in front of it. She didn't bother lifting her head from the pillows she had her face buried into, still thoroughly exhausted and bored. "Well, come on then, hurry up and finish!" she demanded, kicking up her legs to let Rei sit down.
The sound startled Asuka out of the relaxed trance she had found herself in. "Huh? What was that?" she asked, finally glancing up. "You better not have ripped something
Her voice trailed off as she took in the sight before her; Rei, grasping a roll of duct tape, had just unwound a strip and began applying it around her ankles. Asuka's mind simply couldn't register the bizarre scene, shutting down for a moment's time as she stared blankly at the paler pilot's actions. Likewise, her body remained frozen in the pose she had taken, with her legs still kicked up in the air to make room.
" Asuka stuttered, blinking owlishly in confusion. It wasn't until Rei finished with her ankles and grabbed at her arms that the confusion gave way to anger. "What the hell do you think you're doing?!" she screeched, rolling off her stomach and pressing her back up against the side of the couch. She straightened herself by sitting upright and prepared to push the hovering Rei away, only to realize that her wrists had already been secured together behind her back with a few strips of tape.
"A compromise" was Rei's cryptic response.
"Feh!" Asuka spat. "I don't know what sort of game you're playing here, but do you really think these flimsy things will hold me?!" she ranted, shifting around. "Just you wait Wonder Girl, I'll be out of this in a second! And when I am? You better believe you'll get what's coming to you!"
Rei simply blinked as she observed Asuka pull her legs close to her chest, looking ready to loop her arms underneath them.
In turn, Rei simply knelt down and wrapped an arm around Asuka's bent legs. With her other arm, she began applying a strip of tape around her thighs down to her calves. "Argh! Damn it, knock it off!" the increasingly bound redhead protested, squirming and attempting to strike out at Rei with her legs. However, Rei's grip proved to be surprisingly strong as she finished wrapping up her bent legs, forcing Asuka into a ball.
As Rei began to add more tape across her thighs, Asuka decided to suck up her pride. "Misato! Hurry up and wake up you lazy womanngh?!" Rei had paused midway into wrapping Asuka's upper thighs to reach for the sponge she had sat down onto her book, shoving it gently into Asuka's mouth mid-sentence. Another quick application of tape around it lodged it firmly into place, instantly transforming what amounted to the angry roars of a lion into the muffled mewling of a kitten.
"Whhummer ghhrl, yhh ahhr sh dhhd!" she cried in outrage through the layers. Rei ignored the cries of protests, finishing up the wrapping around her thighs. 'I can still slip my wrists underneath my legs
' Asuka thought, 'And then I can remove this junk with my hands and smack Rei while I'm at it!'
Almost as though reading her thoughts, Rei immediately flipped Asuka so that her back was facing one of the arm rests, before seating herself directly behind the redhead. She began applying tape to Asuka's arms, pinning them tightly against her body. Soon, Asuka was unable to move her arms away from her body at all, her bound wrists stuck behind her back. As a result, Asuka's plans for a swift escape were dashed.
Finished, Rei carefully rose, letting Asuka's head rest against the pillows once more and leaving the roll of tape to hang from the side of the couch. Content with the bindings after observing the bound girl's furious squirming for a moment, Rei settled down onto the opposite end of the couch. Asuka shifted about, glaring and sending a string of muffled curses in two languages at the albino pilot.
Rei experimentally brought her fingers to Asuka's squirming feet once more, dragging her nails slowly across their soles. Asuka's furious expression gave way to one of surprise as a muffled squawk of laughter made its way out of her mouth. 'This action brings Pilot Soryu both joy and discomfort.' she concluded. Truly, an act of revenge that proved to be enjoyable enough for the other party was an interesting concept.
Satisfied, Rei shifted herself into a more comfortable position on the couch, her pale legs stretching underneath Asuka's bound thighs. She reached for her book, opening it for the first time in nearly an hour.
As she began picking up where she left off, her fingers continued to dance about Asuka's feet, which had been placed onto her lap once again. Nails met pantyhose as each foot was methodically tickled, revealing to Asuka just how sensitive her feet really were. Every stroke sent a maddening jolt through her body that only worsened with every passing moment.
"Mmhmhmhmhm!" Asuka's muffled cries, though quiet thanks to the layered gag she sported, still disrupted the silence that Rei had settled herself into hours ago. However, Rei found herself not minding the noise in the least. The light ringing notes of Asuka's quiet laughter proved to be oddly relaxing, helping give the apartment an air of tranquility once more.
Meanwhile, Asuka's thoughts couldn't have been any farther from Rei's. 'The doll finally shows signs of independent thought
and the first thing she does is something like this?!' Asuka bemoaned, wincing when Rei stroked another sensitive spot, 'Why am I surrounded by perverts?!'
It was precisely that moment when one of the apartment's other inhabitants made themselves known.
"Wark?" Pen-Pen bleated, staring up at the two girls in confusion, a can of Yebisu beer grasped in one hand.
"PHHMHMHNMHPHHN! HHMHMHMHLP MHEHEHEHE!"
The penguin stared up into Asuka's pleading eyes before shifting to look at Rei, who was still thoroughly engaged in her novel. Glancing back at Asuka, he simply gave a slight shrug of his flippers and waddled off, taking a long chug from the beer can.
Seeing that she would find no rescue in Pen-Pen (not that she particularly expected as much; Asuka couldn't remember the penguin ever doing anything useful), she realized that her only hope now sat in Misato finally waking up. Asuka just hoped that happened soon. 'Surely she's heard all of this commotion by now,' Asuka desperately thought as she blinked away tears. 'Not even someone as lazy as her can sleep in through all of this, right?
Another few moments passed.
I'm probably going to be here for a while, aren't I?' she finally decided.
She tried to spend this time productively by at least thinking of ways to get back at Rei after this was over, but the pearls of laughter she found herself engaged in proved to be a rather bothersome distraction
Back in her room, Misato shifted lazily on her futon, snoring loudly. The buxom major was still out like a light and showed no signs of waking up anytime soon.
It was safe to say that Asuka was going to be there for a while