The assigned pilot of Unit-00.
Most people who knew her would agree that the First
Children possessed little emotion. Actually, most people, with the exception
of the Commander and Pilot Ikari, thought she had NO emotion whatsoever.
A few times, Ayanami had shown those two genuine
One of the Ikaris often wondered if Ayanami had
known happiness, while the other did not seem to care.
But overall, Ayanami was a total mystery.
For much of her life, Ayanami behaved as though she felt
no emotion. However, two events changed that: the failed activation test
of Unit-00, and the arrival of the Third Children, Ikari Shinji. While
the first event apparently had little impact on the life of Ayanami, the
second greatly perturbed her very simple life.
For reasons she could not comprehend, the young
Ikari didn't seem to be scared of her as the rest of her class were. He
had shown interest in her. He seemed to care about her even more than Commander
Ikari. This possibility disturbed her regular thoughts. And over time she found
her mind more and more preoccupied with thoughts of the Third Children.
That made her... uneasy.
She couldn't understand him.
He had cried for her.
He had made her smile.
And she had enjoyed the feeling.
Ever since the fight with the Seventh Angel...
His attention seemed to have shifted to the Second
This idea... disturbed her.
She had, actually, grown to enjoy the Third Children's
She didn't want to lose it.
Out of one of her school uniform pockets, Ayanami
withdrew a small pocket calendar card she had found on the street one day.
She stared at it a moment.
One day was marked in red.
Contrary to what people might think, Ayanami Rei was
aware of what was going on around her. She had a lot of time to observe the w
orld and the people who lived in it. She often had trouble comprehending them.
But she could easily pick up every bit of relevant factual information she came
across. So, she knew the meaning of that date. She also studied the rituals men
and women seemed to perform on that date. A few months earlier, she would have
considered it a waste of time. But now... it was a tool she could use.
Slowly, the teenage girl got up and picked up a
small package from a desk. A small box of chocolates. She had skipped a
meal to buy it.
Filled with an almost alien resolution, Ayanami
decided that she wouldn't lose Ikari Shinji to the fiery Second Children.
Quickly, she left her empty apartment.
That morning, NERV Headquarters received many emergency
calls from a number of the operatives assigned to watch over the three Evangelion
Something was definitely wrong.
That morning, Pilot Ayanami Rei ran to school.
With a broad smile highlighting her face.