Her lips then gently brush his, as he opens his eyes wide. She puts her other hand on his left cheek and softly rubs it, while she continues to kiss him tenderly on the lips...
Asuka (grinning): "Could you make some room for me there?"
Asuka: "Oh, forget it, you're hopeless..."
Shinji turns on his left side, making Asuka face his back. Then, slowly, Asuka takes her jacket off, rolls it into a ball, sets it on the bed and lays down beside him, resting her head on his shoulder.
Shinji (trembling): "Asuka..."
Asuka: "Guess what? This feels good. It's been a long time since I laid down next to someone...
She cuddles closer to him. This makes Shinji realize what she wants next. He lays down on his back again, and gently puts his right arm around Asuka, softly caressing her auburn hair in the process...
Shinji (to himself): "It's so soft...
Asuka rests her head on his shoulder again and puts her right arm around Shinji's stomach, squeezing him gently closer to her. Even though she is still fully dressed, she doesn't mind. They are sharing some warmth, together.
Asuka: "Sweet dreams, baka Shinji...
And with that, they both close their eyes, ready to fall asleep. A peaceful sleep, for once. A sleep full of nice and pleasant dreams, for both of them.
Well, I decided to take some holidays, otherwise this fic would have been out earlier. Also, that's why the ASUKA's Notebook updates are so late these days...
I know some of you already know, but I'd like to announce that the #teri-chan channel is operational right now! You can come and chat with people throughout IRC. The usual topics are Evangelion and fanfics. You can reach us via irc.stealth.net or irc.webbernet.net. Also, if you don't have any IRC clients, there is a web IRC applet on ASUKA's Notebook, on the main page. It'll take you directly to the IRC channel, without the need of an IRC program.
Axel originally had Asuka singing "Fly Me To the Moon" to Shinji, and he asked his pre-readers if they knew of a German song that might fit better. I remembered "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" from, of all things, William S. Burroughs' Dead City Radio album (as a singer, he was a damn good writer dB) ). I did a bit of digging, and it turns out that it's a song that Marlene Dietrich sang in the movie The Blue Angel. When I got both the German lyrics (by Friedrich Holländer) and the adaptation for the English version ("Falling in Love Again," by Sammy Lerner; no, it's not a literal translation, but it's closer to the mark than, say, Trish Ledoux of Viz's butchery), I thought they were fitting, and so did Axel. It's probably the biggest liberty I've ever taken in retooling his fanfiction (as I write this, I'm currently doing the definitive retool of The Child of Love, complete with HTML files, so I can finally leave it alone!), but I hope it grabbed you. Thanks to Jan Hart for replying to my post on alt.music.lyrics with both sets of lyrics. Back to you, Axel.
Well, thanks to all of my pre-readers; without them, my fics wouldn't be the same! :-) :
Al-I-Bus (Imagine Normality)
Alain Gravel (and his famous The One I Love is...!)
Borderline Case (Reflections in Red)
Cedric Ranson (Co-author of A Tale That Wasn't Right)
C-mann (Unrequested Assistance)
David Templar (Child of Love 2: The End is the Beginning)
Dave Watson (Victory, and my personal fanfic retooler!)
EBJ (the greatest pre-reader I've ever known! Honestly.)
Godsend777 (Is Nothing Sacred?/Strangely Darkfic, The Death of One)
Greg Thomas (Webmaster of Everything Anime)
Jayson Deare (What the hell happened to NGE)
DJ Lesser (Ayanami's Lesson)
Kaoru Nagisa (Evaless)
Readiosys Fisher (Unfamiliar Fearings, webmaster of Evangelion no Tamashii [still under construction] and co-op with me of the #eva-01 and #teri-chan IRC channels)
Shinji the 10 O'clock Assassin (lot of fics)
Special thanks to Cedric Ranson, Dave Watson, EBJ and Alain Gravel for all their invaluable help for this fic!