Part 1 - A Cruel Angel's Whale of a Tale

It'd been a couple of days since Asuka and Shinji had dealt with the 8th Angel at Mt. Asuma. They were eating lunch on the roof of the school with Toji, Hikari and Kensuke, who were telling them about the class trip to Okinawa. Rei was coming up to join them at Shinji's invitation. They'd become intrigued by the story that Kensuke was currently telling about something that had happened on the trip-something involving 1) his trying to impress the other girls in the class with his 'aspirations' of being a marine biologist, and 2) a beached whale the class had seen on the shore during the trip. Shinji and Asuka couldn't believe what they were hearing.

Kensuke: "...So I started to walk into the water. I won't mince words, I was scared like you wouldn't believe! But I kept going, and as I made my way past the breakers, a strange calm came over me. I don't know if someone up there liked me, or if I was feeling the kinship of every living thing on the planet, but I tell you Shinji, at that moment-I BELIEVED I wanted to be a marine biologist!"

Rei at that moment then came up and joined her friends.

Rei: "Classmate Aida, I recently read about your encounter with a large marine animal in the paper. It was quite impressive."

Kensuke: "I know, I was just telling the others about it."

Asuka [sarcastically]: "Well, go on, geek boy-finish regaling us with your high-seas adventure!"

Shinji: "Don't let her get to you. Just keep going."

Kensuke: "Anyway...The sea was angry that day, me hearties-like an old man trying to send miso soup back to the kitchen. I swam out for about fifty feet and suddenly, the great beast appeared before my eyes. I'll tell you, he was ten stories high if he was a foot. Then, as if sensing me, he let out a great bellow. I said, "Take it easy, big guy!" And then, as I watched him struggling for air, I realized that something was wrong with its breathing. From where I was standing, I could see directly into the eye of the great fish."

Rei: "Whales are actually mammals, Classmate Aida."

Asuka: "Yeah, you SHOULD know that, Mister 'Marine Biologist'."

Kensuke: "Whatever, not the point."

Shinji: "So what'd you do next?"

Kensuke: "All of a sudden, from out of nowhere, a huge tidal wave lifted me, tossed me like a cork, and I found myself right on top of him-face to face with the blowhole. I could barely see from the waves crashing down upon me, but I knew something small was lodged in there, blocking his access to precious oxygen. So I reached my hand in, felt around, and pulled out the object of his torment, like so!"

Kensuke then took said object out of his pocket, revealed to be a white ping pong ball, discolored in a couple of places. The eyes of everyone save for Rei went wide upon seeing this, then turned their focus to Toji, who stared back, dumbfounded. Earlier in their conversation, he'd revealed that one of the things he did on the class trip was to try and set a record for the number of ping pong balls he could keep in the air during a game. His natural ability let him hit a number of them high into the air. Most of them came back down straight; one of them had bounced in an arc and was unaccounted for, until now. Toji turned back to Kensuke, still holding the ball in his hand.

Toji: "What is that, a Nittaku?"

Kensuke twirled it around to reveal the manufacturer's logo, confirming Toji's theory. Toji sheepishly took the ball from him, and gave it a look over before turning back to his friends. A slight look of embarrassment crept onto his face.

Toji: "You guys won't rat me out to Greenpeace, will you?"

END Part 1.

**Author's Note**

Just my particular take on how Shinji, Asuka and Rei learned how the class trip they missed went. Kensuke definitely fit the George aspect for this one. Toji definitely doesn't seem like a golfer, so a ping pong ball worked out for this.