Asuka: As I said previously, the whole action girl thing is so not her. Look at what she does on her time off: she goes shopping and reads fashion magazines. [...]Give her her creature comforts and she'll be content doing most anything, but something involving her getting shot at is laughable.
This... more or less.
It's certainly in part something she's forcing herself to be to match her expectations of what a worthwhile person is, not because it's how she'd naturally act.
Keeping the fakery up every day tired her out, and when she felt no rewards or reliefs comming her way, but only dissapointments, she could no longer stand it and basically burned out.
That said, a portion of the warrior's spirit (EoE - also, the very ability
and drive to presevere/push herself as much as she did), as well a the dominant, extroverted personality is genuine (as far as it is present in say, the AU scene. She'd probably still be bossy, but not viscious if she didn't feel cornered), so I don't think it's exactly 'peace and quiet', she'd need more stimulation and appraisal than that. She does want something substantial out of life/leave a mark, she just had to work off a teenaged girl's idea of how to do that so far.
You're right about the 'desire for safety' thing, but the way she channels that could change as she matures, in a way that will be compatible with a leader position. But guns (or show business/politics/etc, where the Media massively scruntizes you) are probably not on the menu, we agree.
As for the astronaut thing... That's a job where you absolutely cannot
get in a fight with the 12 ppl you're going to be stuck with for the two years it takes to get to Mars. There's psychological evaluations. There's isolation and claustrophobia, and the -200 kelvin void just outside thin walls.
Technical skills (and the determination needed to aquire them to such elite extents) wise, she could pull it off, but... hm, I guess it depends on how she matures.
Some part of me tends toward saying that none of the kids will ever be doing this kind of work, due to the often underappreciated Satre hell factor of spaceflight (It's a concern for the actual research going on, ie, before sending anyone to mars, they're sticking people in capsules for that long... actual astronaut selection programs involve watching ppl how they interact in a group. That's not a test any of the cast is ever going to pass. Mari would probably be just fine in space, as far as her own feelings go, but she might disrupt the others/ rush off to do stuff on her own, and you don't want to hang a billion-dollar project on that. )