04 S Partnership

[22:16] <Yanmei> It was cold and the mist from the gray, sweeping water stretched out beyond them made it even colder. Yanmei, held aloft by EVA-10, was still in her jacket, but with time she found herself shivering. -
[22:20] <Yanmei> "So Rei is still in France, huh?" she went on conversationally. The sandy beach, unsurprisingly, was completely deserted aside from them and a few military vehicles on standby. She eyed a distant empty crab shack wistfully.
[22:22] * Maria is now known as Zack
[22:22] * Firgrim is now known as Minaplo
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said San's voice- Yanmei heard it from the earpiece. "She's on permanent garrison there now, although she's spent a lot of time healing from the Geofront battle and looking for Major Wellesley."]
[22:28] <Yanmei> Yanmei's gaze went back out to the dull, swirling ocean. They had been in position, now, for a good half and hour, with no visible signs of the rouge EVA-04. She knew better than to ask for a break, though. Surely, any minute now… "I still can't believe that happened? How are you guys fairing over here without him?"
[22:29] <Yanmei> ^rogue
[22:31] <Minaplo> ["It has been… Quiet." She said eventually. "With Isaiah-san gone and Rei-oneechan gone, I've mostly been training…"]
[22:32] <Yanmei> "I see. Well, things are certainly picking now, huh?"
[22:33] * Viktoria has quit IRC (Quit: I wonder what this does?)
[22:34] <Minaplo> ["So it seems."-
[22:34] <Minaplo> [There was a sudden icy gust of wind that cut Yanmei to the bone.]
[22:37] <Yanmei> Her shivering redoubled. Damn this winter weather!
[22:42] <Minaplo> [An unfamiliar voice spoke in Yanmei's ear. ("Contact incoming, over.")-
[22:42] <Minaplo> [("Recon Wing 1, move to confirm visual, over.")-
[22:42] <Minaplo> [("Recon Wing 1 confirms contact, Evangelion Unit Zero-Four, over.")-
[22:43] <Minaplo> [And… Yanmei could see it now if she strained her eyes. A tiny dot of frothing water and vague colour coming closer.]
[22:45] * Yanmei went tense at once, her face suddenly grim once more. "Brace yourself, San."
[22:47] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion moved, bracing its legs deeper into the sand.-
[22:47] <Minaplo> [("Contact is becoming agressive! Recon Wing 1 pulling back, over!")-
[22:48] <Minaplo> [EVA-04 was moving at quite the clip. Faster than Yanmei had ever managed in him at any rate. Now she was starting to note the details. The huge waves of water thrown up by his speed; the huge tail of foam behind him as he skidded across the surface; the violet armour, the arms and legs. One of the arms seemed strangely discoloured- then she realised the armour from the arm was missing
[22:48] <Minaplo> somewhat.]
[22:52] <Yanmei> The Angel must have been responsible for that last detail. It's not like it would have been -gentle- with him? She didn't have much time go over it in her mind, however… the sight was a truly intimidating one, and he showed no signs of stopping. Did he even see them?
[23:10] <Minaplo> [The sound was starting to reach Yanmei's ears now- the sound of a small earthquake or tsunami or even a kind of loud sonic vibration, just from the sheer force of his speed. She could see more details- how a lot of his armour, apart from where he'd been damaged, looked- new, better than when she'd last seen him (in the midst of a punishing battle).-
[23:11] <Minaplo> [And then came the sound she was waiting for, either out of fear of excitement- an earth-shaking primal roar that she felt in the very depths of her stomach.]
[23:15] <Yanmei> New…? So Caine had fixed his armor while she'd kept them in captivity? "Over here!" She waved an arm… and then the roar and the tremor joined together, drowning her out. She clapped both hands over her ears, gritting her teeth.
[23:24] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion leapt into the sky, insect-like wings glimmering from its back- before it slammed into the water at top speed, creating a tremendous wave of water that swept over the coast. Barely shifting Yanmei or EVA-10, but wiping out a (deserted) military jeep and pulling it back into the ocean.-
[23:25] <Minaplo> [And now EVA-04 emerged in all its terrible glory, unleashing another ear-splitting roar, not stopping as it flew up into the sky- then spun down, landing in front of them with a titanic shaking of the earth. The Eva was about ten, twenty metres away. She could see his deranged eyes.]
[23:29] <Yanmei> 'Calm it down,' Linden had said. Yanmei grit her teeth harder. Calm it down. Fuck… -
[23:30] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[23:34] <Yanmei> She had been given a megaphone for this purpose, although judging from the light in 04's eyes, it seemed a lost cause. Shakily, she raised it to her mouth to offer her sweetest and most calming pleas, drawing from memories of their time together. -
[23:36] <Yanmei> "Idiot! Smugface! Psychopath! Are you -trying- to kill us?! Stop it, NOW!"
[23:39] <Minaplo> [There was a collective hiss from everyone on the comms.-
[23:39] <Minaplo> [EVA-04 reached out with a hand to grab her- the hand was moving slowly, but it was so massive…-
[23:40] <Minaplo> [EVA-10 took a step back, pulling Yanmei closer to shield her from the the berserk 04…-
[23:40] <Minaplo> [… And 04 roared at this slight, its arm suddenly speeding up, smashing into EVA-10's chestplate and sending it stumbling, barely holding onto Yanmei, who'd suddenly find herself tossed and flipped about before landing upside down on EVA-10's wrist, sliding down…!]
[23:44] * Yanmei shrieked, scrabbling franctically at the armor plating on EVA-10's arm, too dizzy to comprehend anything aside from the loss balance and the speed of her descent! The megaphone, in the meantime, tumbled to the rocks below.
[23:57] <Minaplo> [Another push, and a moment of weightlessness; EVA-10 tumbled away from another blow.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> [A hand reached out and plucked Yanmei from the air. A familiar hand…-
[23:58] <Minaplo> [EVA-04's hand fit around her entire body, leaving only her head exposed. It was a lot warmer in here at least.-
[23:58] <Minaplo> [It lifted Yanmei up to eye level, staring at her with chillingly murderous eyes.]
Session Time: Sat May 18 00:00:00 2013
[00:03] * Yanmei stared back. She couldn't move like this, so there was little else she could do. Her most recent insults echoed around in her head, among other things. Through the oppressive sickness and panic she felt, she wondered if it would do any good to backtrack and apologize.
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["Grr… Grr…" It stared at her, bringing her closer.]
[00:22] <Yanmei> She hadn't been squished yet. She held her breath a moment, grasping for some sort of composure. It was beyond her. "W-what? What is it?! What are you-?!"
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["Grr…"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> [The Evangelion lifted her higher into the air now, holding her up towards its helmet. She could feel its hot breath…-
[00:39] <Minaplo> [It was holding her up, she realised, near its 'ear'.]
[00:42] <Yanmei> It took a second longer for her to comprehend its intentions, and yet another to drum up what she wanted to say. "I'm… sorry, alright?" She gritted out. "I'm sorry. Please calm down a second? Let's talk things out, like before."
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Grrr…"]
[01:01] <Yanmei> "It's not like I meant to leave you behind? The opportunity to escape came up, and I had to take it quickly. Right now we're both alive and away from stupid Mary Caine's clutches. Pretty hopeful conclusion to this mess, right? So we should be planning, not attacking each other?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Grr…"-
[01:09] <Minaplo> [The head… Suddenly lolled forward, the eyes growing dormant.-
[01:27] <Minaplo> [The rear hatch of the Eva opened, the Entry Plug within suddenly sliding out.]
[01:29] * Yanmei exhaled. "San, are you okay?"
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["I'm fine. EVA-10's taken some damage. 04 hits… Hard."]
[01:40] <Yanmei> "It does. I'm sorry about that…" Yanmei very carefully began to wriggle free. "Please give me hand over to the plug? And then take five for a bit. Thank you for your help."
[01:41] <Minaplo> [EVA-10 got to its feet. Yanmei could see huge impact areas where punches had cracked and buckled the armour and caused bleeding in the Eva's flesh below. Carefully- ever so carefully!- it pried EVA-04's hand open.]
[01:44] * Yanmei made the tricky jump from hand to shoulder to the plug itself, prying open the hatch with a few grunts and then shutting it behind after climbing inside.
[01:46] <Minaplo> [The plug was…-
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["Are you intending to Manual Synch, Zhang-san?"]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Um. Bear with me? I've never done this personally before." She settled into the seat, fiddling around with the console. Not much had changed since she been forcibly removed from the plug all those weeks ago.
[07:27] <Minaplo> ["Do you want me to walk you though the process?"]
[07:28] <Yanmei> "Would you?" She sounded ever so slightly relieved. "I'd really appreciate it?"
[07:31] <Minaplo> ["Alright. Listen…"-
[07:32] <Minaplo> [The process was a little complicated, but familiar things would start to happen. A headset was conveniently placed in there for her…-
[07:32] <Minaplo> [But recycled LCL was poured into the plug, ruining Yanmei's clothes.-
[07:33] <Minaplo> [A flash of sensory overload as the EVA's senses meshed into Yanmei's brain…-
[07:33] <Minaplo> […-
[07:33] <Minaplo> [And then there she was, in the plug of her Evangelion, synchronized, just like old times.]
[07:36] <Yanmei> Well, not -exactly- like old times. She tried moving 04's arm experimentally. "…we did do it correctly, right? Something feels weird? But it's a good kind of weird."
[07:37] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure what you mean. It may just be you becoming used to the sensation again."-
[07:37] <Minaplo> [The arm moved smoothly, fluidly… Perfectly. It felt like she was moving a mountain with all the grace of the loveliest swan.]
[07:41] <Yanmei> "Hm. Maybe it's nothing to worry about. Thanks again."
[08:10] <Minaplo> ["(This is Boston Provisional OD Macquarie. I'm connecting 04 to our MAGI system, is that alright, Pilot?)"]
[08:11] <Yanmei> "Hello, sir. Yes, that's fine. Do you have any orders for us?"
[08:14] <Minaplo> [("I'm cutting your Synch Ratio down, brace for feedback-")-
[08:15] <Minaplo> [A flash of momentary disturbance…-
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["(There. Right now our orders are to keep you clandestine. San is going to Jaunt you to a secure location.")]
[08:16] <Yanmei> Uggh… Yanmei struggled to focus through the sudden swelling sickness. "Yes sir…"
[08:20] <Minaplo> [EVA-10 stepped forward, holding its arms out.]
[08:29] * Yanmei had to brace herself for that now as well. With a touch of worry she briefly recalled the chaotic jaunt that had taken her and her companions to Australia in the first place… Nevertheless, she grabbed hold.
[08:30] <Minaplo> […!-
[08:30] <Minaplo> [("Incoming contact, pattern blue!")]
[08:31] <Yanmei> "What?!" She took a half-step back now. "From where?!"
[08:31] <Minaplo> [("D-Directly above! Look out-")-
[08:32] <Minaplo> [EVA-10 threw itself backwards, but not fast enough- a beam of AT energy burst through the left side of the unit, burning away half its arm and setting the torso aflame, melting through metal plating and flesh alike. San screamed in sudden agony.-
[08:33] <Minaplo> [The culprit vanished immediately after, but Yanmei recognised it. White. Bony. Spiky. A parody of an Eva…]
[08:40] <Yanmei> "A Dysangelion…" she breathed. Her hands tightened around the controls. "That goddamn Joan! Of course they would be tracking 04…" She moved suddenly. Only one of its wing docks was loaded, but fortunately the weapon she yanked into view from it was the Imperial Herald.
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["(Z-Zhang! I-I order you to engage the t-target!)"-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [The target reappeared, hovering over the sea.-
[08:43] <Minaplo> [But this time it wasn't going anywhere. It pulled a long, heavy, double-bladed weapon from its back…]
[09:21] <Yanmei> "Done?" She pointed the Herald directly at the Dysangelion like a batter predicting a home run. "We have a score to settle."
[09:29] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion moved first, hurtling through the air with sudden speed, flying in an arc, converting that speed into a massive downward strike with that massive blade-!!!]
[09:35] <Yanmei> It missed, but only because 04 sprang aside, and just barely. The tremor the impact made and the flying debris nearly sent it down anyway, But it somehow remained upright. A touch of blue fire ran along Herald's blade, and the air around the Eva shimmered.
[09:50] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion swung out with its blade, a follow-up attack that seemed to strike right towards the weak spot in Yanmei's defenses…!]
[09:54] <Yanmei> But Yanmei dodged that too. She abandoned whatever plan she'd had and then threw herself at the Dysangelion, pressing past the AT Field and lashing out with the sword as its light died.
[10:04] <Minaplo> [Which the Dysangelion side-stepped. Now it pressed the attack with ferocity, unleashing a rain of blows on EVA-04, the last of which caught the Evangelion directly across the armoured forehead!]
[10:20] * Yanmei cried out, but the sound soon turned into a snarl. She gripped the Herald with both hands and slammed it against the Dysangelion's own skull out of sheer spite. "How does that feel?!"
[10:26] <Minaplo> [… The blade practically glanced off.-
[10:56] <Minaplo> [The counterattack was severe, with a mightly blow slashing deep into EVA-04's left leg, ripping through the armour with ease!]
[11:32] <Yanmei> It left a nasty wound, but it didn't stop Yanmei from drawing back and throwing -everything- she had into a overhead strike. Herald blazed suddenly brighter than it ever had before, and she let out a long war cry as she brought it down. "YAAAAAHHHH!!" The impact sent the sand around them flying, briefly obscuring them both.
[07:50] <Minaplo> [The blow sent the Dysangelion reeling. It was a truly mighty blow, and against any other foe- especially another Eva- it would've been a killing strike.-
[07:51] <Minaplo> [And indeed a huge impact wound had been left on the mask-like face. Black-blue ichor flowed from the injury, but already the 'blood' flow was starting to staunch, the wound slowly healing up.-
[07:52] <Minaplo> [Crrrrrrrnk.-
[07:52] <Minaplo> [Crrrrrrrrrrrnk. The sound of painful twisting, scraping metal rang in Yanmei's ears. Behind her…-
[07:53] <Minaplo> [Behind her, EVA-10, assumed down for the count, was pulling itself back to its feet. Its left arm was missing entirely, but its right arm was intact- and more importantly, its AT Field was as well. There was a shimmer in the air as two streams of invisible meta-wave patterns met- and cancelled each other out.-
[07:54] <Minaplo> ["Y… You're free…"]
[08:01] <Yanmei> "San!" Yanmei pulled herself together too, pushing through the despair that gripped her when the sand had settled back down around the still-standing Dysangelion. "R-right. I owe you a big one!"
[08:04] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion wasn't going to give Yanmei a chance to catch up with San, however. A lightning-quick slash with the dual-bladed sword, cutting through several ligaments and muscles on EVA-04's right hand. Sudden geysers of blood sprayed into the air, the red standing ever-so clearly out on the red of the Dys's carapace armor.]
[08:25] * Yanmei screamed in pain, reeling back. She managed to keep her footing on the slippery sand, but her good sword arm hung uselessly, blood still pouring from the wound. "Ahh…" -
[08:32] * SyntaxTerror is now known as Sept
[08:33] <Yanmei> Her AT Field flickered again, and the Herald danced to life once more, all fiery and blue. 04 lunged forward, only half-balanced, aiming the weapon for the Dysangelion's face yet again!
[08:47] <Minaplo> [Again, the blow should've decapitated the cursed creature, and yet- the regeneration rate was incredible… It was harder than fighting the Berserk Maiden Evangelion…-
[08:48] <Minaplo> [And the counter-attack was just as swift, a lightning-fast backswing cleanly slicing off EVA-04's left foot. The slice flowed easily into a flying backflip- and suddenly the Dysangelion was moving away at incredible speeds, putting huge distance between the two…]
[09:23] * Yanmei cried out again, and this time the Eva -did- crash to the beach. She lay there, twitching in agony for a moment, before seemingly remembering 04's wings. "W-" She croaked. -
[09:29] <Yanmei> The vast coast in front of her was somehow narrowed down to a thin, disorienting tunnel with big blurs of color along on both sides. 04's wings began beating, first sluggishly, and then with forced vigor. The entire Evangelion tensed and then… it was rocketing after the Dyangelion, awkwardly skimming the water and trying to right itself as went. -
[09:33] <Yanmei> She caught up, incredibly, despite high speeds and all the blurs, lashing out with the Herald three times, each blow heavier and less awkward than the last.
[09:36] <Minaplo> [But her opponent was infuriatingly fast. The Dysangelion swept to the side, dodging the first blow. The second blow it flipped over mid-swing, leaving it completely open to the third blow-
[09:36] <Minaplo> [Which slammed straight into an AT Field.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> [She could -feel- the smugness emanating from its frame, but it wouldn't last. A high-powered beam of light rippled through the air, directly over EVA-04's shoulder- Yanmei felt the heat- and struck the Dysangelion, burning away a huge chunk of its face…-
[09:41] <Minaplo> [The Dysangelion remained still. And then it began to twitch and spasm, the entire body; its joints cracked, its muscles bulged and twisted, shifting grotesquely under its skin. It sounded like every bone in its body was breaking and re-forming…-
[09:42] <Minaplo> [Huge fleshy tumors grew all over the face, only to explode to reveal untouched flesh…!]
[09:54] <Yanmei> "No…" Yanmei breathed, eyes widening. 04 twitched, faltering in flight, dipping slightly into the water. The Dysangelion was still gliding away, briefly turning into a massive shadow against the setting sun. -
[10:00] <Yanmei> Red light danced on the surface of the ocean like blood skimming over 04's submerged legs. It was freezing, and Yanmei felt it more sharply than she normally would have been able to. "No. No." -
[10:03] <Yanmei> The insect-like wings pumped once, hard, yanking 04 clear! Again, it was racing after Joan, catching up with ease. "NO! I won't go back!" The first blow landed, across the forehead. "I'll cut your FACE off first! Insufferable BITCH!" Slash, slash! She didn't show any signs of stopping. "I won't! I won't!"
[10:07] <Minaplo> [The blows kept coming, and this time Joan couldn't keep up. The first blow cracked the armoured skull. The second blow split it open, and the third sliced straight through the head, right down the middle.-
[10:09] <Minaplo> [There was a momentary pause- before the Dysangelion began to spasm violently, a horrendous shriek sounding from the very air around it. It began to crumple, feet and hands first, then arms and legs, before folding in and up on itself- glowing bright red, before imploding completely, melting into nothing but red and black ichor that fell into the ocean in a great torrent.-
[10:09] <Minaplo> [No Joan around… No core, either…]
[10:12] <Yanmei> "I won't…" Yanmei panted. She'd drawn back sharply at the spectacle, sure of some impending attack or trick… but it was over. She raised Herald again as if she meant to strike something else, but Joan was gone and the sea beneath where they fought was filled with… blood? -
[10:13] <Yanmei> "I… I'm…"
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["Zhang-san?"]
[10:20] <Yanmei> "Ah…" Yanmei looked up sharply, her eyes flitting back toward shore.
[10:21] <Minaplo> ["Zhang-san, we need to hurry. We really have to go…"]
[10:24] <Yanmei> "…" She glanced down at the liquid remains of the Dysangelion with just her eyes and then up again, shaking her head sharply. "Yeah… yeah. I'm coming?" And 04 glided back toward the beach where San was, stretching its wings out wide.
[10:28] <Minaplo> [San moved as quickly as she could, gathering EVA-04 up in a kind of bear hug. And then-
[10:29] <Minaplo> [The world vanished. Yanmei had a split-second glimpse of a roiling chaos, before-
[10:30] <Minaplo> [… The world reappeared, but it was obviously different. They were in a- room of some kind. A massive one, Eva-scale. It reminded Yanmei of the testing chambers back at the Geofront…]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "…?" Not the Geofront? Or the landship? It would be too easy for the enemy to find them there. "What -is- this?"
[10:34] <Minaplo> [… But San was already gone, vanishing again into the ether, leaving Yanmei alone.-
[10:36] <Minaplo> [A screen appeared on the wall of her plug- OPEN CHANNEL, SOUND ONLY. "Identify yourself." Came an… oddly familiar voice.]
[10:37] <Yanmei> "J-jerkface?! What are -you- doing here?!"
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["H-How dare you call me Jerkface when I'm here trying to help you, you horse's ass!"]
[10:49] <Yanmei> "What did you call me?! You unprofessional creep!"
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["Unprofessional?! Why, I ought to unload the cannons into your hide, you ungrateful seagull's mistress!"]
[10:52] <Yanmei> "Why don't you try it? I'm sure the president and her family would want to have words with you about it afterward?" Her voice was super smug now. "Now why don't you try being a professional for once and tell me where I am?"
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["If you're so clever, then figure it out for yourself…!"-
[10:59] <Minaplo> [A new voice, a voice Yanmei… Knew from somewhere, but wasn't sure where. "Captain Zhang. Welcome to Area 66."]
[11:02] <Yanmei> "Area…66?" Familiar. Both the voice and the name. One half came back to her slowly as she recalled the conversation with Secretary of Defense Linden. "I see. Thank you for having me? And I apologize for the abrupt arrival. We were so short on time that they didn't even tell me where they would be sending me."
[11:07] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure you'll explain as soon as there's time, Captain. For now, just follow the directions we're sending to your computer so we can get you cleaned up."]
[11:14] <Yanmei> "Yes sir." She skimmed the windows opening up in front of her, prepared to follow them to the letter.
[11:18] <Sept> "I imagine 'cleaning up' may be more difficult than it sounds, considering the extent of her adventures," Sera noted to Makoto from the background.
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["No doubt…"-
[11:26] <Minaplo> [All in all, fifteen minutes would pass before EVA-04 was caged, its plug ejected and docked into a docking bay. The last time Yanmei had been in a situation like this, she'd been stripped naked and humiliated before her enemy- this time, a doctor and a few nurses were on hand with a towel, spare clothes and a bottle of water.-
[11:27] <Minaplo> [After Yanmei had taken what prep she wished, she'd walk into the main hub of the Entry Plug boarding deck, and waiting there for her was- Hyuga Makoto! That's who it was, from Japan- as well as Tsubaki and…]
[11:30] * Sept , greeting her with a little wave and a smile, hanging back a bit from the main crowd.
[11:40] * Yanmei flashed them all a grin and nodded to Sera in particular. She hadn't walked so much as hobbled to the deck with a crutch, her leg wrapped in stiff temporary bandages. -
[11:42] <Yanmei> "Seems like I'm not the only unexpected guests here? Hello everyone. Seems like it's been a while…"
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["Yannyan!" Tsubaki ran forward, latching onto Yanmei's free arm. "Wow, you look terrible!"]
[11:47] <Sept> "Seconded. Seems like some shit went down over there, as well. Joan?"
[11:49] <Yanmei> "Thanks," she muttered dryly under her breath. Exhaustion and injury aside, she was probably a fair bit thinner and more tanned than they had remembered as well. And of course, there hadn't been much time to paint her face after the shower… "That's right. In a Dysangelion. I think we beat her, though."
[11:53] * Sept grinned. "Serves her."
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Joan?" Asked Hyuga curiously.]
[11:56] <Yanmei> "One of Mary Caine's agents. A really obnoxious one? I think she's been chasing us ever since Isaiah and I escaped."
[11:56] <Minaplo> ["Ah… It seems that this is all tied up with your explanation, huh?"]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "Seems so. Just be aware of two things." She glanced at Tsubaki and Sera in particular. -
[12:00] <Yanmei> "The first is that we didn't find a core when we beat her, so we don't even know for sure if it's over? And the second is that there will probably be consequences from this battle. They weren't even supposed to know that I was in the States? But this… this'll be impossible to cover up."
[12:09] <Minaplo> ["They'll know you're here, but they won't know where you are now."]
[12:12] <Sept> "They're pretty tenacious, can't assume they have any of the weaknesses of a pilot or EVA," Sera agreed. "What do you think will happen if they do find out? Would an open war be any different from this?"
[12:14] <Yanmei> "Of course it would! Do you know how many soldiers would get dragged into it on both sides? There could be millions of casualties."
[12:20] <Sept> "That's true… That in itself could be a deterrent. No amount of military victories on the ground would lead to anything relevant, which makes it even more annoying. Both sides have impregnable fortresses, barely touchable by Evas."
[12:24] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei tried to shake off Tsubaki gently, and leaned against part of the railing. "Now we can only wait and see how Caine will pressure the federal government. Maybe President Linden can hold things together. Another war would be…"
[12:25] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki was easily shaken off. Actually, she didn't seem to be paying attention…-
[12:25] <Minaplo> ["Ah… Another war might be unavoidable." Said Hyuga.]
[12:27] <Yanmei> Something hard to read flashed in Yanmei's eyes. She closed them a moment, tiredly massaging her eyelids.
[12:33] <Minaplo> ["Don't worry, though!" Said Hyuga, apologetically. "President Linden's always thought so, which is why this place is active. It's amazing, wait 'til you see it."]
[12:35] <Sept> The words only served to make Sera look even more worried.
[12:38] <Yanmei> "Area 66, huh? They say there are aliens and UFOs here. Is that what you mean?" Isaiah had taught her well… but her voice still carried a certain dull tone that made it hard to tell if she was joking or not.
[12:43] <Minaplo> ["Old hat. We have cooler stuff here. But let's get you rested up first… C'mon."]
[12:49] * Yanmei pulled herself away from the rail. She gave 04 one last very long look before making to follow at her wobbly pace. "Right behind you?"
[12:51] <Sept> "Missing the nice, white, worryfree hospital beds by now~"

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