Day 8: Wake Up / Passing Out

Rei sat at Shinji's bedside. She was waiting to give him the message about their mission, but occasionally found herself just staring at his face.

Even asleep, he somehow looked so troubled.

She slowly drew her head back, staring up at the ceiling. She could remember waking up in this hospital after her own accident. Nobody had been there with her, and she had found herself longing for Commander Ikari.

She was glad to be well again. Still, she knew that theirs was a dangerous job. The Third Child had just been discovered, and he was already on his second hospitalization.

Rei's superiors had asked her to be here. But as she gazed at Shinji's miserable face, she found herself glad that she could keep him company.