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The penny dropped. [Wheatley] screamed, caught sight of his old body sitting forlornly in the docking port and screamed again. His back hit the stand with a thump, and he curled into a ball, limbs going everywhere, doing his best to become spherical. It was a doomed task, and from Chell's point of view, it was like watching a giant daddy-long-legs trying to assume the brace position.
Blue Sky, Chapter 3

Misato walks in and shuts the door behind her. She sees Asuka curled up on her bed, facing the wall.
Misato finds Asuka after Shinji broke up with her, The Child of Love, chapter 8

"I don't need you! I don't need anyone! Go away!"
This said, she pulled her legs up to her chest, let her chin rest on her knees and then closed her eyes.
"Leave me alone... just... leave me alone..."
This time, she had said the words between sobs.
Asuka, The One I Love Is, chapter 4

And then the memories came, and all Asuka could do was curl into a ball and cry.

Asuka awoke with a shout, clawing at her face as she fought to escape the dream's crushing grip. She was in the main living area of their apartment, with Shinji's futon right beside hers. She wrapped her arms around herself and doubled over, trying to calm herself.
Shinji watched her, weary and sympathetic. When she'd calmed a bit he asked, "That was the really bad one, wasn't it?"

Shinji curled forward, and he buried his face in his burned hands, and he cried.

She sighed and crouched, her elbows on her knees and her hands hiding her face. "I. Am. Just. Getting. So. Damned. Tired."


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