"Just handle the goose, appetizers, and side dishes and Ritsuko will handle the dessert."
That was all Misato said before she and Asuka dashed out to handle the only thing girlier than cooking; shopping. Though in that case, Asuka insisted it was Shinji who was too girly for it; unable to handle the shoving and hurdling needed to claw your way through a Christmas sale. Not that Shinji was complaining though; that sort of thing simply wasn't his bag.
Cooking, however, was. As the fourteen-year-old sat around the kitchen, waiting for the goose to finish, he sighed again, leaning back in his seat. Christmas was never a big deal at the boarding school where Shinji used to live, always just being marked by the other children being picked up by their parents and vanishing for three weeks. Shinji, meanwhile, was left in a dusty, tomb-like building with his teacher, sitting and eating in silence.
Being with Misato was a different take on the holiday; the last three days the boy'd been run ragged, helping to set up the tree, decorate the apartment, and now cooking a giant feast... The kind of sick happiness and joy coming from the grown-up was almost infectous. Not to mention pretty alien-
Shinji's thoughts were jerked out of his head when the time dinged, making him yelp and jump out of his seat. He fumbled with his oven mitts before removing the bird, lifting the lid on the cooker and giving himself a moment to smile at a job well done. In three days time, Misato could host a tiny Christmas party in the apartment with the best meal the boy had ever cooked.
It wasn't often Shinji actually congratulated himself on much. That was a weird feeling. Squirming a bit, the boy turned to glance at the bundle of items Misato had left by the door. From Ritsuko, they said; something to handle dessert.
Pen-Pen was waddling around in the kitchen, but after glancing back, Shinji saw he couldn't reach the goose... That meant it was safe to check out what exactly the scientist had sent....
Once the boy crossed to the door and took the items out of their bag however, he was a bit disappointed. The desserts were all store-bought; cookies, cupcakes, candy-canes... Maybe it was a too much to expect the scientist to make something herself with her busy schedule. Misato had said it was likely she wouldn't even be able to come.
The candy canes.... Shinji found his eye drawn momentarily to them, poking out at the very top of the bag. A sticky-not at the top of the package said, "Shinji, Asuka, help yourself."
Well.... Shinji never had much of a sweet tooth, but he supposed it couldn't hurt. It was hard to cook all day without getting a touch hungry....
The boy popped it into his mouth and got to sucking on the candy before turning to check on Pen-Pen.
"Hey, s-settle down, okay?" cooed the boy, slurring slightly behind his candy cane. He grabbed the penguin around the torso, pulling him away from the counter where the goose was sitting, "C-C'mon, I'll make s-sure you get some on Christmah-WAH!"
With a sudden and unexpected stepping on his own pant-leg, Shinji fell flat on his butt, the warm-water penguin in his lap. The impact actually momentarily knocked his candy cane into the air, but it landed plainly into his mouth, where he instinctively began sucking on it again.
"Mmmph..." Wincing as he sat up taller, Shinji felt the bird snuggle into him before picking him up and setting him beside him. With that he rubbed his tender bottom and got to his feet.
Only for his pants to fall to his knees.
"AH!" Shinji yelped, at once grabbing the waistline for his trousers and hiking them up. "Wh-What's happening?"
Did they stretch out or something? No, that wasn't possible, was it? Did he somehow get Kaji's pants? Wait, how would that even happen?
Come to think of it, his shirt was baggy too, falling so one of his bony shoulders poked through the neck-hole of it. Glancing at Pen-Pen, maybe just out of a loss for anyone else to consult, and found the penguin had gone from thigh-height to just up to the boy's ribs.
"Wha... Th-This isn't... Th-This can't be..."
Shinji felt oddly calm, in spite of his voice having knocked up a few octaves... Maybe it was the insanity of his life on a normal basis. Or maybe it was just that his brain couldn't quite handle the fact that he was apparently shrinking...
"O-Okay.... I-I can d-do this... Just g-gotta..." The boy took a deep breath into this rapidly-shrinking lungs.. He suckled on his candy cane a bit longer before reasoning, "Mi-Misa-sato.... I n-needta call M-Misato..."
That was easy.... The boy began toddling to his room.... but since his pants were far too long for him, that only resulted in him tripping up and landing on all fours.
"Owie..." Shinji sniffled, the palms of his hands stinging, before deciding to go with it and crawl toward the phone... He easily left behind his trousers, and after some momentary struggling his shirt.....Soon enough though he reached the table with the house phone on top of it.
Awkwardly getting to his feet, Shinji got on tip-toes... only to find it out of reach. Glancing at the penguin beside him, the now-toddler found it actually quite a fair amount taller than he was.
"Erm.... Th-There hasta... B-Be a way ta f-fixxit, wight?"
Shinji trailed off when the penguin pointed down. Yelping, he glanced down and soon grabbed th boxer shorts around his ankles, meekly pulling them back up again.
"Where were you anyway? You were gone for like an hour."
"Hey, can't a girl have any secrets?"
As she and Misato stepped into the apartment, weighed down by their crinkly, paper shopping bags, Asuka rolled her eyes at her guardian. She'd been in this coy, super-happy mood since Christmas season hit and it was starting to make the redhead a little beyond insane.
Still, attempting to get her mind off the subject, Asuka asked, "So you think Shinji took the bait?"
"Asuka, shhh! We don't.... heh..."
Just as the grown-up was about to scold her charge for potentially spilling the beans before they were sure it'd been put into place, she popped her head into the kitchen.
"Shinjiiii?" teased the purple-haired chief, grinning like crazy as she stepped carefully toward the pile of clothes beside the phone. She quickly picked them up and tossed them into the shopping bag she'd stepped in with, glancing around the room.
"Heh... No way, did that crap Akagi gave you actually work?" asked Asuka, staring at the woman's back.
"Either that or he's running around the house in the buff," answered Misato. "Either way I wanna see it." As she began stepping through the house again, she announced, "Come out, come out, wherever you arreeeee!"
Asuka turned and headed to the living room, while Misato likewise trodded down the hall, grin on her face nearly splitting her head in half, straining her ears for the sound of any high-pitched squeaks. Shinji had hit puberty and his voice was already so high, how much more chipmunk-like could it be now?
"C'mon, Shinjiiiii...." Patting the one shopping bag she'd kept on her, Misato warned, "I doubt you're wearing a diaper and we can't have you peeing all over the place, can we?"
"Ya sure you should be going into that much detail?" the redhead asked, rolling her eyes in response. "If you were that antsy about me bringing up the idea of bait and all..."
"Well, a pile of clothes on the floor is kind of more telling," Misato reasoned in response with a shrug. "Especially given how uptight he can be - he could've spilled something and he still would have folded them up neatly before putting them in the laundry."
Asuka nodded in concession of the point, as the two searched around the living room. Shinji was nowhere to be immediately found, but that was hardly a surrpise given how cluttered the whole apartment often was with today being no exception. Asuka had to point out after a moment, though, "Should go check his room. If he's freaking out over anything he's probably rolled up in his blanket shivering and crying."
"I suppose. . . I doubt given how long she said it'd take to work that he would have managed to slip out or anything," the adult answered at once. "How about you check in there, and I'll stand around the corner waiting to surprise him if he tries running?"
"Heh... Gotcha, though I'm not grabbing him until you've put a diaper on him." As Asuka turned up her nose, proudly sliding the door to the boy's room open, she announced, "Can't have an immature toddler messing all over my new winter coat!"
"Yeah, total tragedy that...."
Sarcastic as Misato was, even someone with as slobbish a lifestyle as hers didn't want a naked baby toddling around all other her living space. She calmly leaned on the wall beside the entrance to the hallway, waiting for Asuka to announce finding the poor, scared toddler.
Though just as she heard Asuka violently pulling sheets off the bed, something else very faint touched her ears... A kind of light, restrained crying.... Brow furrowing in confusion, the lady turned over her shoulder and glanced into the living room. There was a tiny, pale thing barely visible, sandwhiched between the TV and the corner...
"Hmm..." Stroking her chin, Misato abandoned her "post" and drew nearer.... As she did so there came a surprised yelp, and she leapt forward at a quicker pace.
"Ha! There you are!"
"Wait, did you find him?"
Shinji, for his part, turned out to be about as Misato suspected minus the blanket, clutching his oversized boxers around himself as he sat curled up and sniffling. His candy cane was poking cutely out of his mouth as he shivered on the floor, still impulsively suckling on it.
Shinji's plea was cut off when Misato, checking nervously over her shoulder to make sure Asuka wasn't watching just yet, plucked the candy out of his mouth and easily chucked it over the apartment's balcony.
"Nn. . . I-I. . ."
The boy seemed just as devestated by the loss of what he was sucking on as anything else, and after a moment he responded to it by flinging himself onto Misato's ankle, applying a death grip the woman wasn't quite aware a toddler was capable of.
"Now, Shinji, it's okay. . ."
At once, the woman knelt down and lifted the boy up, though it took a tug or two to get him free, before raising him to be level with her face. At once on being level with the woman, Shinji began to stammer and explain, "I-I. . . I-I. . . Um, I jus'. . . I dunno what haaaaaappeeeeennnnned!!!"
Natural, an earsplitting wail ensued as Shinji sputtered out this last word, the boy desperately reaching to hug his guardian around the neck in the process. Despite his current nudity she allowed for it and indeed gently squeezed the boy back, hugging him while giving a reassuring, "Shh, it's okay. . . It'll be okay, just you watch."
"I think that's the loudest I've ever heard him be," came the sudden voice of Asuka. Misato mentally noted that her return just barely missed out on happening at the worst possible time, though the redhead still managed to be quite unhelpful as she motioned toward the regressed Shinji, who turned somewhat in Misato's arms upon her entering the room perhaps to see the source of the voice, and commented, "Wow, and I thought it was small before."
"Uh. . . B-Buh I. . ."
"Now, now, it'll be alright. . . Shh. . ." Misato squeezed the boy after saying this, rubbing her chin affectionally against his forehead afterward and drawing a small, instinctive giggle in the process, before she began, "I think some explanation of what's happened to you might be in order."
Hardly in a position to argue with that idea, the toddler merely put his thumb instinctively in his mouth and began sucking it, cozying in under Misato's chin. The sucking actually made him docile enough to blink, albiet hurtly, at Asuka in mere confusion.
"Heh... Jeez, that crap really works, doesn't it?" Bemused, Asuka noted.
"Yeah, it's a good thing I bought you a pacifier, huh?" teased Misato, patting the baby on the back. "But you see-"
"Misato got all hyper and excited over Christmas and thought it sucked someone as immature as you couldn't enjoy it, and all that other ridiculous biological clock BS I'm never going to fall into," proceeded to explain Asuka, "So she had Ritsuko send up some Christmas cookies for you to eat that would baby-fy you." Snickering a little, the redhead noted, "That easy enough for your little brain to handle?"
Shinji did have to admit to feeling confused, but it was due to one particular aspect of that explanation, "C-Cookies?"
"Heh... Guess not."
"Heheh... Yeah, cookies, that's it little guy..." Misato sighed, pulling the boy away just long enough to kiss his forehead, noting, "And you just came out as the cutest little baby, didja know that?"
"Mm... Buh-but I'm n-notta baby..." cooed the infant, reaching up his free hand to pet Misato's hair, "H-How long'm I gonn' be wike 'dis?"
"Not too long, don't worry," Misato told the boy at once, a gentle smile on her face in the process. Afterward, she scratched at the boy's head, then turned her head up toward Asuka and began, "Hey, now, I know you're not going to want to diaper him and get everything --"
"D-Diapie? I-I. . . I dun' wanna wear, um. . . I-I means, I --"
"Shh, we'll talk about it in a second."
That being said, Misato turned her focus back to Asuka and continued, "With him like this you're going to need to pull some weight around here for a bit, so you have a choice - do you want to get the candy canes hung up on the tree, or do you want to get him diapered up and risk him peeing on you in the midst of it?"
"Like you have to ask," Asuka replied, her arms crossing over her chest in her usual haughty way. "Not particularly jumping to do either one, but I'll take the thousands of tiny points over his one."
The redhead left the room at that, waving her hand dismissively at even the mere idea in the process. Fortunately, Shinji waited until she was out of earshot before he turned up to Misato and admitted in confusion, "B-Buh I didn't haff any'a th' cookies. . ."
"I know you didn't sweetie..." Misato needed to make some awkward adjustments with her arms, moving the baby so he was supported with just one and balanced against her chests while she could hold her shopping bag with the other. Stuck walking in the most unnerving way possible, she made her way to the couch and laid Shinji on it. "Heheh... But we can keep a secret from Asuka, right?"
To sweeten that pot, Misato kissed the baby on the forehead, which got him giggling and cooing happily as she turned and dug in her bag for some diapers.
That happiness only lasted until Shinji realized he was sprawled out totally naked.
"Ah!" Immediately curling up, the toddler squeaked, horrified, "Muh-M-Misato, nuh-uh! I d-dun wann' di-diapies! Th-They're..."
"Heh... Well, would you rather be naked around the apartment all day?" Immediately the toddler whimpered at the very idea, Misato smiling kindly, "C'mon, you're so tiny now; just think of 'em like big crinkly underpants!"
"Uh. . . B-Buh, but I. . . I-I'm naw g-gonna. . ." Shinji gulped as he even began to suggest the idea, the mere concept terrifying him. "I'm naw g-gonna pee er nuttin', wight?"
Misato stroked the boy's hair gently in response, at least helping him to settle down a little. She followed by beeping him on the nose, drawing a small giggle as she tried to smooth over the answer by saying, "Well, in case you do, it'd be better if it happened in a diaper than on the floor or something, wouldn't it?"
"Um, I. . . I guess buh. . ."
"Shh, come on."
The woman began to move with the baby then, hugging him to her chest while she moved toward the bathroom. In the meantime, she suggested, "Now, if you hear Asuka making some noise in a minute, just try and ignore her, okay? I'm sure whatever it is that sets her off it won't be important."
"Erm... Nuh... K-Kay..."
Shinji wasn't entirely sure why they had to be in the bathroom for this, though he did feel it was a good deal more private, which helped him calm down even more. As he was placed on his back on the counter, he found himself blinking up at Misato, realizing just how massive she really was from his new perspective, almost like an EVA unit.
"Ooookaaaaay..." Began the major, a loud ripping sound coming as she tore open the package of diapers. "There we go, now.... It goes on, erm... Sorta..."
Shinji whimpered in embarrassment as the grown-up manipulated his new underwear around his body, lifting his lower half to place it under him and tweaking his position multiple times to get it straight. When he found his bottom being applied with powder, he looked as if he were about to cry.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa... It's okay, little guy, okay? Eheh..." The general chuckled nervously, petting Shinji's tummy before starting to tape his fresh diaper on, "Gimme a break, it's my first time."
"Nn... Mm..." Shinji began absent-mindedly sucking his thumb before slurring out, around it, "Well, 'smine too..."
As she adjusted the fit of the new garment, Misato teased, "Well, not really; hard to imagine the commander doing this but I'm preeeetty sure you got your last diaper changed... What? Eleven years ago?"
Shinji had difficulty remembering what "eleven" was, only knowing it was a number, though the exact size felt on the tip of his tongue. As he tried to focus on it, his attention was torn by a high-pitched shout of "Mein Gott!" somewhere else in the apartment.
"Um. . . I-Is --"
"Shh, like I said, it's fine," Misato assured the boy at once, patting the front of the boy's diaper reassuringly after she had secured it in place. "Let's give it a minute then go see what's wrong with her, hm?"
"O-Okay. . ."
After this Shinji found himself scooped up once more into Misato's arms, soon leaned comfortingly against her chest. They stayed in silence for a couple of minutes, though Shinji didn't personally have any comprehension of just how long it was, before Misato decided, "There, that should be enough. Let's go see how she's doing now, hm?"
The boy nodded slowly, and then Misato twisted the doorknob to the bathroom and opened it up once more before exiting to the living room once again. There was no immediate sign of Asuka, which did serve to surrpise Misato as she remarked, "Huh, I figured she'd have stormed in here by this point and be waiting to pick a fight."
"Nn. . . S'upid. . . Dumb, meanie. . ."
It turned out that the reason Asuka had not entered the room yet was she a little more hesitant to ditch her outfit than Shinji had been. She waddled into the room now, now looking just as young as Shinji now was and her legs completely obscured by a bundle of her pants and shirt around them while her new coat had become a covering over her full body, only her head and the very angry face on it managing to poke out from view of the garment.
"A-Asuka? Y-You's. . . W-Wha' happened'a. . . I --"
"'Sato! Ya big, dumb. . . Dumb. . . Dih. . ."
Asuka trailed off there, a clear discomfort now quite directly related to her present, visible rage making itself clear as she stammered and shook violently. After a moment of this, she jumped, the arms of her coat serving to show that both of her hands had moved toward her butt, the shaking of her body and the smell beginning to come off of her serving as a clear indicator that the new coat had met with just the fate Asuka had been hoping prior that Shinji wouldn't do to it. After a long, clearly ashamed silence, the redhead began to stammer with tears forming in her eyes, "Buh. . . B-Buh. . . Buh-boo. . ."
"Ew...." Misato's first thought was actually lamenting how Shinji wasn't in a position to do her cleaning for her, but she soon shrugged and added, "Uhh... Eheh... I-It's okay, Asuka, really.... You don't have to-"
"Boom- BOO-OOO-OOOM! WAAAA!"
Shinji at once yelped at the sound of the redhead's bawling, turning inward to Misato's tummy and squeezing his eyes shut. The urge to start crying himeslf really started to build up inside him, though Misato's arm being held tight around him somehow just felt so comforting.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, it's okay... It's okay... C'mon, sweetie..." Misato bent down now, using her free hand to pet the little girl's face, watching her go from bawling to beginning to quietly settle down, "Shhhh.... Shh... It's okay, Asuka... You just had an accident, that's all, right?"
"Mmm...' The girl nodded, a sob escaping as she confirmed, "Buh-boom-boom..."
"Yeah, I gathered that... Okay, uh..." Turning pink, the grown-up began rubbing the little girl's back, explaining, "It's okay, we just gotta clean you up and get rid of those clothes, okay?"
"Mmm... Wike uh..." The redhead stared, soon asking, "Wike bein' nakie?"
"Heh... Uh... I kinda meant more in the vein of putting on a diap-"
"Nuh-uh!" proclaimed the toddler, jumping slightly. Doing so made her shudder, but she soon added, shakingly, "Nuh-n-notta baby! I dun' wear diapies!"
Misato responded to this by patting Asuka consolingly on the arm, while she pointed out, "Well, the smell doesn't exactly agree with that."
Asuka once more shuddered in horror, but she soon after glared up at the grown-up and challenged, "Ya wan'eda make me a baby too, didntya? 'Zat what dis 'bout?"
"Wha? No, not at all, sweetie. Besides, like Shinji, it'll just be for a little while. . ."
Not quite accurate, but all the same Misato didn't figure there was much danger of her being called out on it. While this was a part of this plan that she most certainly wasn't looking forward to, Misato knew she was going to have to attend to Asuka sooner rather than later and so she asked, "Look, since it won't last long, just try not to fight it, okay? No sense staying smelly and clearly uncomfortable with it just because you don't want to wear different underwear from usual."
"I-I guess. . . Hmph. . ."
Asuka crossed her arms over her chest then, huffing in anger in the meantime. Perhaps eager to try and cheer the girl up a little, Shinji cut in now to add helpfully to the girl, "I-If ya wan' when I'ma big boy I c'n twy an' getcher coat cwean. . ."
"Mmph... Y-Ya betta!"
Shinji yelped cutely at that sudden outcry, which at the very least managed to earn a little giggle out of Asuka. Misato was smiling herself as she put Shinji down, then knee-walking toward the little girl, "Don't wander off, okay?"
As Shinji was made to sit down, Misato easily lifted the toddler out of her coat. While the former-teenager made an indignant cry at this, the boy yelped and covered his eyes shyly.
"Hehehe.... Yeah, I didn' say ya could wookit my booty!" squeaked Asuka proudly, a grin on her face. Momentarily kicking her little legs, she turned to Misato, cooing, "I didnn' haff 'nee cookies, 'dough!"
"Heh... Well, isn't that funny?" Bemused, Misato hefted the girl up, warning, "But you're a toddler now, so why not just enjoy the holiday, huh?"
"Hmph. . . Chwistmas is dumb anyways!" The messy girl rolled her eyes in emphasis of the point, while she ranted, "Buncha dumb boys an' girls, givin' each toher cooties an' choc'late an' stuff! It's dumb!"
Misato's opinions on romance could be very much mixed, but she did have something to say for this, as she answered, "Well, some people prefer to take a bit more of a western route with it. That's something you two might like a little more. . ."
"Um. . . W-Whatcha mean?"
"Ya dun' getta talk or nuthin' til ya can't see m'booty!"
Shinji gave a sheepish squeak but otherwise said nothing at that warning, while Misato pondered about how this was surprisingly not that different from the usual with the two of them. She tried nto to dwell on it though, and instead she commented, "Now, Shinji, I'll go get her diapered and cleaned up, alright? You try and be a good boy."
"Um. . . K-Kay. . ."
In emphasis of this, Shinji stuck a finger in his mouth which Misato had to restrain herself from gushing over. As it stood, she had Asuka to deal with, and the redhead wasn't exactly smelling pleasant. . . A frown on her face, the purple-haired woman began to carry the redhead to the bathroom while she teased, "Heh. If this is how bad it is now I'd hate to have to change you at full size."
"Hmph... I c'n change muh own diapies assa big girl!" squeaked out the toddler as she was laid on the counter (thankfully with a diaper put in place beforehand so there was no chance of smearing). "'Sides, betcha Shinji's worser!"
"Heh... Yeah, we'll have to see about that," teased the guardian, starting to keep the toddler off, "What makes you guess that?"
"Mm..." Asuka seemed to mull that over, her silence being broken when her now-clearner rear end wound up sprinkled with powder. Soon giggling and kicking her legs in the air, she cooed, "Heeeheheee... 'Cause'e's gotta big butt!"
"Oh, yeah? Well, this thing isn't exactly gonna look petite when it's diapered up."
"Nuh-uh! Is so!"
"Hey, hold still, will ya? Jeez..." Asuka was quite a bit squirmier than Shinji, though Misato wasn't exactly sure why she would be expecting otherwise. Finally she put the final tape in place, sighing, "Heh... I think I'm starting to re-think this whole baby-fever thing..."
"Hmph..." Sitting up, Asuka cutely put her hands on her hips, demanding, "Y'think wearin' boom-booms's fun?"
That being said, Misato scooped the girl up again, and asked, "Now, you feel better then or what?"
"Uh huh. No poopies'n an' stuff."
Asuka let that hang in the air for a long moment, before she quite suddenly turned angry once more in order to protest, "Wait, nuh uh! I dun' wann' be some little, dumb diapie baby!"
"Well, you're not dumb, and it is a little late on the rest of it I'm afraid." Misato gave the girl a comforting squeeze afterward, then she questioned, "Now, how about you quiet down and we get back to Shinji so I can get you two fully dressed? There was somewhere I was wanting to take you two."
"Hmph. . . Gon' be hawd findin' cwothes fuh me," Asuka answered at once. "An' I'm not weawin' Shinji's dumb boy cwothes neidduh! He's so tiny dey pwob'wy wouldn't fit anyways!"
"Heh... Well, his pants certainly wouldn't..."
The grown-up was expecting a cry of outrage from the toddler at that, but maybe Asuka was too small at this point to put together that that was an insult to the size of her butt. As it was, she merely sat in the grown-up's arms with a firm pout while Misato took her into the next room. Shinji was seated were he was, Pen-Pen having waddled up presumably to watch him. The baby was in the middle of scratching the penguin's tummy but glanced up when he spotted the girls.
"Look who's all diapered up!" teased the grown-up, setting Asuka on her feet beside the boy. "Heh... There ya go, looking the part as babies... How do ya feel?"
"Mm..." Shinji stood up as well, looking over his smaller body and summing up with, "Funny..."
"Uh-huh. Funny..." Asuka glanced at the boy before grinning and teasing, "Shinji wooks aww dorky!"
"Wha... I... Erm...." That might've bothered the boy quite a bit, as he had to suck his thumb for a moment before replying, half-heartedly, "W-Well, you gotta big butt..."
"No, I dun'! Ya big, dumb, jerk-face! Why duncha say dat ta ma face, ya stupie-head --"
"Hey, hey, be nice. Both of you."
Misato knelt down to be somewhat level with the pair of toddlers, and then she ordered, "This is supposed to be a happy time, where families bond. And while you two might not like it you're each about the best family you've got."
"Um, buh. . . But my. . ."
Shinji couldn't quite finish that thought, knowing he couldn't quite argue with it. Mentally Misato noted she really should have phrased that better, but for now, she decided it best to try and distract from the issue as she asked, "How about you two just sit patiently while I get you dressed, then try and unwind, play a little bit, before we go out, alright?"
"W-Whewe we goin'? Shinji asked timidly in response. "I-I dun' wansa be seen wike. . . Wike dis an' --"
"Feh. Naw like ya's any diffwen' dan ushwul," Asuka cut in, evidently not quite being as up for being nice as Misato would like her to be. "Yer still tiny an' dumb an' stuff, jus' now you's a weal baby. An' I's still way pwettiuh an' smartuh den you an' still wealwy a big girl wike awways."
Perhaps looking to help the boy out a little, Misato helpfully cut in to point out, "Well, Asuka, you're also the only one who's pooped herself so far."
"Wha... Tha..." The redhead naturally turned quite pink at that before angrily shouting, "Th-That doesnn' count!"
"Still, Shinji has had a clean record and he had to have been a baby for at least twenty minutes before we came in." Misato grinned, crossing the room to Shinji and bending down to lightly ruffle his hair. The boy soon cooed appreciatively before staring up at her while she walked to her shopping bags, "Who knows, Shinji, you might not even wind up needing those diapers."
It was honestly a bit foreign for the boy to recieve any praise, so he cooed in awe of this idea, tugging cutely at his only article of clothing, wondering about the possibility.
The feeling was wrecked when Asuka gave him a light swat on the butt immediately after, not enough to hurt but enough to make the boy jump in surprise. "Nuh-uh; betcha Shinji wore diapies assa big boy too!"
"Wha... Nuh-uh!" squeaked Shinji, quite pink himeslf at the suggestion. "I-I use th' potty!"
"Besides, if either one of you wore diapers, I could see it through your plugsuits. AH!"
Misato soon withdrew from her bag two little clotheshangers, each carrying a set of winter baby-clothes. Grinning, she pulled them out with a florish, "Ta-da! Now who's first in getting all bundled up?"
Admittedly, it wasn't the warmest day, Shinji mentally noted with a small shiver. It didn't help that he was never terribly comfortable with people seeing him shirtless anyway, even if both of the people he was around presently had seen him naked.
Which actually made it worse now that he thought about it. Still, the boy didn't quite get the chance to express this, as before he could Asuka loudly declared, "Me! I dun' wan' him wookin' at my boobies anymores!"
Naturally, the thought of that managed to get the boy blushing quite heavily. Misato however responded to it merely by chuckling, then teasing the redhead, "Well, at the moment you don't exactly have any."
Her arms crossing over her indeed very flat chest with a huff, the redhead explained, "I do still got 'em, dey's jus' all tiny wight now! Shinji c'n still see evewyt'ing, dough, so gimme a shiwt so he'll stop it!"
"Well, you're gonna need a little more than a shirt, sweetie, but lemme see about that."
The whole discussion just made Shinji realize more and more he was only garbed in a bit of plastic around his butt held together by tape. He was all the more eager for clothing now, since this only made him feel more naked than ever.
As he squirmed around, as best he could given the bulk between his legs, he glanced for a moment at Asuka, who half-glared back. Turning her back to Shinji, she ordered, "Quitit!"
"W-Well I uh..." Turning pink, the boy inched off, noting, "I-I can't see your buh... your b-b-boo-"
"Butcher lookin' at my butt! That's bad too!" squeaked the redhead, looking at her diapered bottom. "Y'know what? You seein' my diapies is like lookin' at my panties!"
"Wha... B-But uh..." Gulping, Shinji tugged at his own garment, cooing, "Y-You can see my d-d-diapie too..."
"Yeah, but you'ra boy, so 'snotta big deal!" Pointing at the boy, Asuka still kept her chest covered by her free hand to whine, "Misaatoooooo! Shinji's bein' a purvuh... a purrvee... A... Onna th' people who wooksatcha nakie!"
"Pervert," corrected the grown-up, smiling. She calmly walked over to Asuka before picking them up, "And nobody likes a tattle-tale. Now let's get you two dressed okay?"
About an hour later, after a lot of struggling with Asuka and teasing with Shinji, Misato had gotten the pair dressed up cutely and had dragged them out to a mall. It wasn't exactly a fun ride, Asuka and especially Shinji felt rather self-conscious being outside in their new state, plus Misato had to deal with carrying them both as well as a diaper bag over her shoulder. When Kaji emerged through the crowd, it was to her relief.
"K-Kaji?!" Asuka apparently didn't feel the same though, turning quite pink at his appearence. Shinji was sure she'd try and hide, though she instead started tugging at her hair, cutely putting it into place.
"Hey, great to see you." Marching forward holding the two babies, Misato ordered, "Grab one, will ya? I've been hauling these guys around since we left."
The man quickly reached for Shinji, taking him out of Misato's grasp and into his own. That served to make the boy squeak in surprise and uncertainty for a moment, uncertain about the idea of being held by someone else. He was rather unsure about this whole idea, actually. . .
In the boy's discomfort, he did manage to not quite thing things all the way together when Kaji followed up by saying to the woman, "I'm kind of surprised you actually went through with it."
"Well, it's pleasing results, right?" Misato asked in response, a smirk on her face. "And I think it's just the time of year for it. Though now that I think about it I really should've bought a baby carriage while I was picking everything else up? That'd make this way easier."
"Dat wouldna helped none!" Asuka protested, her haughtiness (and rising childishness) making her not notice the double negative. "Ya woulda jus' got da one fer Shinji so ya'd still haffa carwy me!"
"Well, uh, I could also put the diaper bag in it," Misato lied in response. Afterward, she shot Kaji a look of warning not to go into any further detail on the subject for the moment.
"Right, of course," the man confirmed then, quite calmly. "So, adjusting to new things aside, how are you two doing?"
Shinji was the first to answer, stammering bashfully, "Um. . . I-I. . . 'kay. It is k-kinda --"
"It stinks! I dun wike bein' a baby!" Asuka cut the boy off there, quite loudly. Misato noted mentally that she hoped no one walking by was paying this conversation too much mind, but didn't say anything while the redhead continued to explain to the man, "Dough issa good f'ing I alweady got changed, 'cause I dun wantcha or any boys touchin' my diapies!"
"Is that right?"
Wearing a somewhat condescending smirk without quite meaning to, though fortunately it was doubtful the toddlers would quite notice, the man asked of the girl, "You know babies go pretty often, right? It's not a once a day thing."
"So...." A look of horror suddenly flew onto Asuka's tiny face, "W-W-Wait! How many poopies'mI gonna do?!"
"Heh... Afraid I can't answer that." Kaji smiled, starting to walk down the paths of the mall, maybe to avoid any undue attention by staying in one place. Either way, Misato soon got to following him. "But more's likely coming. Trust me, I've got a kid brother out in Okinawa."
Kaji seemed to prove that last point by patting Shinji on the head in a very brother-like fashion, which made the shy baby coo appreciatively. Still quite red over the experience, he noted, "Uh... B-But Kaji, I erm..." He bowed his head, mumbling out, "I-I haven't gone puh-poopies yet..."
"Ha-ha! Shinji's gonn' go poopies!"
"So are you, little lady," teased Misato, pinching the baby's cheek. "So don't get too fussy, okay?"
"Yeah, don't feel bad about it, little guy." As Shinji got to sucking his thumb, Kaji bounced him a little, noting, "Once you do, we can deal with it."
"Uh... Who's we?" asked Misato, unamused. "I handled Asuka back at the apartment, and she wasn't even diapered yet when she went."
"Heh... Wow, good luck cleaning that out of your carpet." Looking to the boy, Kaji soon asked, amused, "You never said what YOU thought of it, little guy."
The words "I hate it" didn't seem to quite come out. Shinji squirmed for a moment in the grown-up's arms, sucking his thumb and leaning against the spy's chest. He seen managed to come up with, "'Sdiffewen'...."
Then realizing that didn't say anything, he elaborated, "I-I dun wike bein' so tiny, an' 'sbawwassin' wearin' diapies.... A-An' M'sato saw me nakie..."
Kaji nodded in a serious manner, explaining, "Yeah, she's seen me naked too. It really sucks, doesn't it?"
When that remark actually managed to get a light giggle out of the boy, Misato grinned herself, "See, that's what we wanna hear... You guys get into it... Now..." With an almost cat-like grin on her face, Misato turned and began stepping in a new direction, "What do you say we take you two kiddies to see Santa?"
"Wha. . . Really?"
"Huh. . . B-Buh. . ."
Both babies did seem quite awe-stricken by that idea, and indeed it was mostly just met with silent stammering for a moment. Deciding to capitalize, Misato explained helpfully, "He's designed to come to this mall, of all places! Figured you two might've seen the signs, but guess you weren't able to read them."
"Huh, buh. . . Nuh-uh! I c'n wead!"
Asuka's objection was met with a simple, "Of course," from Kaji then. She continued to glare at Misato for that, until her expression turned to smug satisfaction when he continued, "Of course you can, and Misato's a dummy for thinking otherwise."
Misato chose to merely snicker at that exchange, her focus soon going to Shinji as he spoke up, "Y-Ya f'ink Santa'd b-be okay wif dis? I mean, we was kinda t'old ta get pwesents fwom 'im befowe. . . I t'ink. . . so idn't dis kinda cheatin'?"
"I'm sure it's fine, he's a nice guy like that," Misato reassured the boy at once. "I think he's more likely to take issue with Asuka for other things about how she is usually than her age."
"Wha. . . I'm naw naughty!"
That was debatable at best, but Asuka seemed to believe it, as she awkwardly slapped a hand to her flat chest in emphasis of the point, while repeating, "I'm a g'girl an' I'm suwe he'd be happya giff me pwennya pwesents!"
"Um. . . M-Maybe you --"
Before Shinji could say anything more (not that he was certain what exactly he was going to say), Asuka seemed to see fit to contradict her point, as she turned to Shinji and pointed at him, while declaring, "'Sides, ya'd be in twouble more 'cause I betcha ya's gonna boom-boom on 'is lap!"
"Ah!" That wasn't very appealng to the baby boy at all. Turning toward Misato, he cooed, "M-Misato, 'sSanta gonn' be mad iffI-"
"Shinji, relax, he's not gonna care," explained Misato with a shrug. "He deals with little kids all the time and he wears a thick, heavy fur-lined suit. Betcha he's more than prepared."
Though the adult couldn't skip on a chance to tease Shinji, and promptly announced, "He's probably going to be much more mad about you looking at Asuka's boobs."
"Wha... B-But I..." Gawking, Shinji squeaked, "Y-Ya said she d-didn't haff' boobies!"
"Yeah, Misato, that can't entirely count as a naughty deed," explained Kaji. "Though if checking our naked ladies does count, I'll need to make some apologies to Father Christmas as long we're here."
"They'd be sorta insincere given what we're doing later tonight," teased Misato.
"Why?" Asuka glanced up at the grown-up, demanding, "What're you doin' t'night?"
".... Oh, right." Yeah, two babies in the house, they couldn't exactly fool around. Honestly, that sorta killed the excitement of having Kaji at the house a little bit... Misato frowned for a moment before rolling it off. "Y'know uh... Kissing... And stuff."
Both infants blinked before exchanging looks and announcing, in unison, "Ewwwwww!"
"Yeah, that's my opinion on kissing Kaji too," explained Misato. Glancing forward, she soon turned to the little girl in her arms, announcing, "Okay, we're almost at Santa, you know what you're gonna ask for?"
"Too late!" Just as the group reached the front of the line, the grown-up held Asuka out, announcing happily, "Look who's here to see you!"
The figure only chuckled loudly at the presentation, soon reaching out with his white-gloved hands to take the baby and sit her on his lap. Watching this from Kaji's arms, Shinji got the very odd impression there was something terribly off about going to see Santa, but couldn't put his finger on what. Left to grasp at straws, he instead just proceeded to suck his thumb and wait his turn.
"An' onna those toys they make-a th' Ehvungell'yuns!" cooed Asuka, not that Shinji brought his attention back to the conversation between her and the saint.
"That was an odd move from the PR department, don't you think?" whispered Kaji to Misato above Shinji's head.
"I'm more surprised she doesn't already have one."
"Oh, I'll have to see what I can do about that..." chuckled out the old man, patting the infant on the back. "Are you sure you wouldn't rather have a nice doll or-"
"N-Nuh-uh! No dawlies!" That minor outburst was followed by the red-headed baby shuddering violently before cooing, "J-Jus' don't wike dawlies... Uh..." After a brief sniffle, she cooed, "Th-That okay?"
"Of course it's okay sweetie... Now back up to your Mommy, then..."
"That's not my Mommy, 'sjus' Misato!" squeaked the toddler, making the old man chuckle again.
With that, it seemed to be Shinji's turn to sit on Santa's lap, soon being handled off and placed there. He squeaked in surprise as Kaji did so, realizing something strangely off-putting about the old saint. Something about the beard, the deep voice and large size, the glasses that shone and let Shinji see his reflection.
"And what's your name, little boy?"
Shinji couldn't help but stammer in uncertainty and anxiety for a long few seconds, answering at most with an uneasy, "Um. . . I-I. . . I'm. . ."
Asuka's intervention was accompanied by a helpful but very teasing grin, that showed off what few teeth she presently had. Shinji soon spoke up with a correction though, stammering out slowly and as clearly as possible, "I-Ih's, um. . . Sh-shuh. . Shinnnjiii."
"Shinji, huh? That is a good name."
That compliment did manage to help the boy feel a little less uncomfortable with all of that, as did the man's comforting touch. Shinji couldn't quite shake the feeling that there was still something amiss here, though, even as Santa asked kindly, "Now, what would you like for Christmas?"
Shinji shivered for a moment, shoulders shaking and missing being in Misato or Kaji's arms. He found himself strangely wanting something to hug. With that in mind, he cooed out, "Muh-M-Maybe a t-teddy?"
Misato loudly cooed at the cuteness of this from the side, and Santa soon assurred the boy, "Oh, that' more than easy enough. Now back to your Papa, my boy..." Soon the toddler was lifted up, and handed back to Kaji with the warning of, "Believe he might need something..."
"Heh... I think you're right."
That made the boy a bit confused... Until Kaji lifted him up and gave his bottom a soft pat. There was a disgusting "squish" coming from his diaper, making him jump unexpectedly and hug the grown-up.
"Heheh... Don't worry, little guy, we'll get you in a fresh diaper, okay?"
"Kuh-Kay..." slurred out Shinji around his thumb.
"Aaaand then we're gonna go right back home..." began Misato, smirking as she bounced Asuka around in her arms, "And get you two little sweeties to bed! Tomorrow's Christmas Eve and you're gonna be a smash hit at the NERV Christmas party!"
Shinji felt nervous about that, but the need of a diaper change coupled with his limited concentration ability kept him from worrying about it very much. As it was, Asuka eagerly cooed out, "Ooo, do I getta weara pwetty dwess ferit?"
"Course you do, little lady!"
"Yeah, you guys are gonna enjoy this... You'll be babies through Christmas. Get the whole experience."
As Kaji's words rang out, Shinji set his cheek against his chest, sucking his thumb again. He could hear his heartbeat, feeling so warm and comforted, large, masculine hands rubbing his back....