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Wake is a Neon Genesis Evangelion continuation fanfic by Hotwire / T.L.Webb.

In a world that has been shattered by delusions of power and grandeur— Shinji Ikari and Asuka Langley Soryu are finding that the most dificult fight of their lives... is getting along with one another.

It can be found in FF.Net, here and -together with its sequel Water Hazard- in Hotwire's defunct site.


  • After the End: Shinji and Asuka try to scrape a living in the post-Third Impact world, as learning how to get along with each other.
  • Almost Kiss: When Shinji is feeling upset about Misato's absence, Asuka tries to comfort him by kissing him. However, Shinji mistakes her leaning over him for aggressivity and jumps backwards.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Asuka gets angry with Shinji when he insists on using a boat without warning her beforehand that he cannot swim.
    "Humph. I'll let that one slide. By the way, you want to tell me why you're holding on so tight?"
    "I... I can't swim," he said with a blush.
    "WHAT? You let me drag you out here without... YOU IDIOT!" she screamed at him. "If you ever do anything that dangerous again I'm going to kick your ass to the damn moon! Do you hear me Ikari?"
  • Armor-Piercing Question: At one point, Shinji says he is tired of being screamed at whether he is being a crybaby or standing up to himself, so he asks Asuka point blank what she wants from him. Asuka is rendered silent while trying to figure out an answer.
  • Babies Ever After: In the final scene, Asuka is about to break the news to Shinji about her pregnancy.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Asuka and Shinji spend most of the first few days of their new life arguing while wondering why they are so strongly drawn to each other.
  • Big "NO!": Shinji shouts a very loud "FATHER, NO!" when he wakes up from an Intrumentality-related nightmare.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Asuka sits by Shinji's side as he is tossing and turning in his bed. Finally, Shinji jolts up screaming, and noticing Asuka's concerned presence, Shinji explains he was having a nightmare about Third Impact.
    From the few phrases she could make out, she knew that there was no chance of the dream being anything less than horrifying. Kneeling beside his bed she placed a hand on his forehead, taking one of his hands in her other.
    She had hoped her presence would somehow calm him, but as she sat there his mumbling grew louder and clearer. Finally with a scream he practically flew awake.
  • Due to the Dead: Asuka sets up a little shrine for Kaji on a cliff overlooking the ruins of Tokyo-3.
  • Grew a Spine: Shinji has suddenly become more assertive and able to stand up for himself after Third Impact.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: As talking to Asuka, Shinji admits his habit of putting on his headphones to block the world out was a bad crutch because it never solved any of his problems.
    Shinji: "You saw me do almost the same thing a lot, I would put on my headphones and crawl up into myself trying to block everything out. Shutting off the world. I'll admit it felt good to get away from everything like that, but when I came out of it the things that had hurt me were still there, and usually had gotten worse because instead of actually dealing with them I had ignored them."
  • Heroic BSoD: Asuka suffered so severe of a breakdown after being mind-raped by Arael she does not even remember having trashed her room.
  • Holding Hands: Shinji softly grabs Asuka's hand to encourage her to go ahead with her plan to set up a small shrine for Kaji; later, Asuka holds his hand when she finally opens to him about her parents.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted. As describing Rei's mistreatment at Gendo's hands, Shinji takes his anger out on the nearest inanimate object, which happens to be a window, and gets his hand bloodied.
  • Official Kiss: After several months of unresolved sexual tension, Shinji openly admits he wants to kiss Asuka. In answer, Asuka kisses him. They become officially together from that point on.
    "Ikari, you shouldn't be so timid, you can kiss me if you want to," She told him as she leaned in and taught by example.
    Somewhere during the kiss they both lost any sense of time.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: Asuka begs Shinji to not leave her alone when he states they should part ways.
    Asuka: Don't go, don't leave me alone. It almost killed me whan I saw you at the water and I thought... Shinji... Please don't run away from me."
  • Punch a Wall: As he is telling Asuka how his father mistreated Rei, Shinji gets angrier and angrier, until he finally turns around and punches the nearest window.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Asuka falls asleep in Shinji's arms after telling him about her parents. When she wakes up, both comment they have grown closer, and Shinji admits he wants to kiss her. Asuka encourages him to do so, and they become together from that point on.
  • Stunned Silence: Asuka cannot think of anything to say when Shinji admits he is glad that she has returned from Instrumentality, even if no one else does.
    She didn't know what to say. She didn't know if she could say anything. He had just said something that had touched her so deeply that she was in a state of shock.
  • Suddenly Shouting: As explaining to Asuka what he found out about Rei's secrets, Shinji gets gradually more upset until he ends up yelling.
    Shinji: She wasn't a doll, she was never a doll! She was a GOD DAMN HUMAN BEING!
  • This Is Unforgivable!: During a conversation with Asuka, Shinji says he can forgive a lot, but he will never forgive his father for treating Rei as dirt as turning her into his loyal child soldier.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Asuka curls up into a ball and starts sobbing and trembling after listening to Kaji's final message.
    From his room, Shinji heard the sobs. Worried that Asuka might be in trouble, he jumped to his feet and hurried to Misato's room. The door was open and when he stepped in to the darkened room he saw Asuka sitting on the floor, her knees drawn up and held by her free hand. She was shaking; he hadn't been hearing things.