And as the little animal scampers up a tower and chirp out in gratitude, he’s answered by the all the warmth of his human smiling back at him.
For once he doesn’t have to wrack his little mind and grasp through vague memories to understand what a human is telling him: this place is his home and family and not even whatever he may have done in another time can change that.
"Auaaaauuu" Fish of course!
"Fish, it is."
Of course, no mere processed can of catfood would do for Shinji-kun. Luckily, he does not — precisely— share the same disdain for meat as Ayanami Rei and has had an ample source for cooking strategy over the years in the form of the various Ikari Shinji.
And so it is not overly long before he returns with a carefully prepared plate of sardines and deboned wild salmon, all the while with Akagi Ritsuko’s admonishments for a well balanced and variegated feline diet running through the back of his head.
"Here you are, Shinji-kun." The plate is placed before the cat castle. As he watches, he murmurs half to himself. "You really do seem happy this way."
"Mya!" Looking on from his tower the kitty king cheers his human-knight on as they ride forth to fetch him a fishy feast. Fish, more and more kinds of fish he’d never smelled before, not even in his past form are piled onto a plate. Barely able to contain it’s excitement the furball leans further and further forward till he’s hardly able to keep himself from falling. Flailing around, Shineko finally regains his balance just on time to see the feast set before him.
The furball wastes no time in burrowing his little kitty face into the feast and vacuuming up every scrap of food. *chomp!* *slurp* *slu-slurp* *slurp-slurp slu-slurp* ” Mraam~” So nice. If being like this means an end to anguish over the past and getting showered with more kindness warmth than his hazy memories can ever recall, then he never wants to go back.