Aline S Interrogation

[09:17] * Yanmei did not fully exhale until they were well out of that particular cell block, her face contorting slightly with sheer hatred and filling back in with color. She stayed otherwise quiet.
[09:21] * Aline briefly muttered, barely audibly, amidst pants of probably a combination of going very fast, and more likely, nerves. "What the hell."
[09:26] <Yanmei> "The inscrutable Mary Caine," was all Yanmei could offer as an explanation, giving a little shrug along with it. She was slowing down, now, as the distance between them and danger had widened. "Poor de Pteres."
[09:32] * Aline shook her head, still… taken aback by the whole thing. "You think she's… damn."
[09:36] <Yanmei> "If I'm not able to check in on his condition in the morning, will you do it for me, Blanc?"
[09:38] * Aline looked hesitant, very hesitant, but nodded. "When I can be sure that she's gone, sure."
[09:41] <Yanmei> "I appreciate it." Yanmei smiled at her, a little bit of the anger draining from her features. She looked down at her watch. -
[09:41] <Yanmei> She sighed. "Gotta go. Watch yourself, okay?"
[09:43] <Aline> "Will do!" Aline… tried to say. It was half-truthful, half… crumpled. She really didn't want to deal with that woman's aftermath. But… ah well.
[09:47] * Yanmei started off, and then paused, glancing back at her. "By the way? Those mafia guys are being held… I think it was over there, not far away." Yanmei pointed to the West of their current position. "If you want something to take your mind off it, I mean. There's… there's nothing we can…" She didn't finish that admission, and she looked away again to prevent Aline from seeing the fury bloom back up again. "Seeya, okay?" And she hurried off.
[09:49] <Yanmei> - "Seeya, okay?" And she hurried off.
[09:54] * Aline waved limply, but eventually turned around and began to walk off… And decided, perhaps out of some bizarre urge to channel away some of the fear (she imagined it as being in a superior position to someone being the kicker), to take her up on that. So, on said impulse, Aline made her way westward. Maybe she could harass Leo a bit or something.
[10:07] <Minaplo> [And westward she went. Luckily this was a cell that was nowhere near Sera (or Caine).-
[10:12] <Minaplo> [The room was empty- there was a single guard on duty- an S2 agent, by the fact that he was wearing a suit and was currently reading a magazine.]
[10:18] * Aline wondered how to go about this for a few seconds, running plans over in her head for a few moments, before deciding on the direct approach. "Ah, hello there. I was interested in maybe seeing if I could… 'visit' Leonardo Parrino?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["What? Oh, er." The S2 Agent rubbed his neck. "Lemme make a call."-
[10:24] <Minaplo> [A quick call, then-
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, go ahead. Be warned though, he's a dick."]
[10:27] * Aline waaaved her hand in that traditional dismissive fashion. "I know. It's a thing." …and so she went, perhaps doublechecking to make sure that it /was/ Leo and only Leo in the cell, so she could put her Plan into motion. The entry, and…! "Oh helloooo~"
[10:29] <Minaplo> [It was only Leo. His room was a little brighter and less, bluntly speaking, gestapo-inspired than Sera's. His was more medical; he was bandaged across his torso, his left leg, and his face, leaving a slit over his mouth and his right eye.-
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["Piss off."]
[10:32] * Aline shrugged openly. "Ah, ah. Right then. I just felt like having a chat, because quite frankly my mood was /killed/ by something else nearby. I figure your charming venom will be just the thing. And we might even /learn/ about each other."
[10:32] <Minaplo> ["Alright, here's something for you to learn."]
[10:36] <Aline> "Is it something like 'fuck you' or more 'piss off'? I mean, I'm not exactly an interrogator, so we can go easy on things. Maybe." She stood on the far end of the room, wringing her hands behind her back and sort of… rocking back and forth on her feet.
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["N-No, it's not!"]
[10:38] * Aline smiled lightly. "Do tell, then! And I can answer questions too. I mean, you're probably wondering what the hell is /up/ with me and the other pilots, right? No classified junk though. I, Aline, can do these things for you~"
[10:38] <Minaplo> ["Alright. Here's what you can learn." He leaned forward a little, wincing.-
[10:38] <Minaplo> ["Your face is fuckin' stupid, so's your hair and I don't do nerdy gals."]
[10:42] * Aline paused. Stared. Actually looked a bit wounded… Then snorted into laughter. "Heee, I ~figured~. You're probably more into Yanmei's style. You know, with all the swords and guns and I /bet/ you can imagine what kinds of wonders she could do with that sword and yours together, huh?" A beat, as Aline stretched on her tiptoes. "I was right. This is fun."
[10:46] <Minaplo> ["Piss off. I ain't here for your fun, poindexter."]
[10:52] * Aline pulled her hands together and clasped them. "Right-right. You'd probably want to go let off steam after that too, but, hm! You seem to be learning a little, so why not we get to a point." Aline figured the time for trolling was over, given the reaction. For now. "Aaaanyway. I am sort of curious as to various /details/ and /things/. But 'Mr. Babysitter', whoever the everloving fuck
[10:52] * Aline he is, has a point. The little tidbits like why try to kidnap a pilot, why go out on your own… probably not worth the effort. Probably boring. What I'm curious about, is why you thought it would be a good idea to go after us when we were on a bug-hunt, as it were. It was really messy."
[10:57] <Minaplo> ["What the hell do you mean, fucking bug hunt?"]
[11:01] * Aline tapped her hands together. Interesting. "Oh, that's simple. 'Bug' is slang for a hostile alien! We were just doing due diligence and following up on a lead on something down yonder."
[11:01] <Minaplo> ["What are you going on about? Hostile alien? What, you mean one of those little Angels?"]
[11:04] <Aline> "Eeeyup. Killing those are still our job, too." But Aline thought on it. "And you were down hunting us. Though it's a bit funny, the timing."
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["So… So what were you hunting, exactly?"]
[11:15] * Aline tilted her head left and right. "Thaaat's probably getting into classified. I can tell you that it's /fast/ and /slippery/, though. Nasty stuff, no mere Banshee."
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Er. And you were hunting it. When we got the tip about you."]
[11:18] * Aline nodded. "Mm-hm. Surprised at how fast you can move. Influence?"
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["Huh?"]
[11:31] <Aline> "Oh, I mean…" Aline waved her hands a bit. "You got the tip, then came down like /that/."
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Well we figured if we didn't you'd bug off."]
[12:47] * Aline nodded, with a bit of a wink. "Almost did, 'cept for you all chattering, actually. The little Angel ran off, after all. Lucky that rather than setting up an ambush - I'm not sure you'd envy facing both at once."
[12:50] <Minaplo> ["Betta fish."]
[12:54] <Aline> "Mm." Aline lowly intoned. "So… a tip, coming down, plotting an attack. Nothing too fancy, just run-and-gun with a small team, huh? Other than those grenades, nothing over-the-top like poisons or bombs or heavy artillery. Do I have it straight so far?"
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["We didn't think we'd need 'em."]
[13:07] * Aline smiled softly. "A reasonable assumption, given the information you probably were working off of. Pretty unreliable source, regardless of them apparently knowing where we were headed, though, to not know that we were loaded for bear."
[13:12] <Minaplo> ["I'll 'member that next time."]
[13:22] * Aline leaned back against the wall, now drumming her fingers against the wall a bit. "Next time, then. No doubt another tidbit from your little rat."
[13:22] <Minaplo> ["Next time, I won't need no rat to get you and your other little friends."]
[13:31] * Aline made a single, almost-all-fingers beat on the wall. "Though you do apparently need a babysitter, or at least that's what he calls himself. Real piece of work, too."
[13:37] <Minaplo> [He reddened in anger. "-You- need a babysitter, you small-time little fucking hacker nerd- geek nerd."]
[13:43] <Aline> "Hey! I take offense to that. I'm not a hacker." …Another wink from Aline. "But he called himself that, and smug-asshole-with-smokebombs-and-explosives takes way too fucking long to say, you know?"
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["Ugh. Asshole. He calls himself Mr. Blue most of the time."]
[13:54] * Aline leaned even further, only shifting a bit to prevent herself from slumping. "Mm. Kinda walks like he owns the place a lot. Has that /swagger/. But yet… not part of the family. Probably came out of… …nowhere." She didn't need the obnoxious puns, despite Aline coming up with what she thought was an excellent one about /smug/gling.
[13:56] <Minaplo> ["He did. Showed up out of nowhere and made us-"-
[13:56] <Minaplo> ["Nope."]
[14:02] <Aline> "Ooh, close one there." A little smirk, but Aline decided not to quite parade it around, instead turning slightly away from him for a second while her face renormalized. "Anyhow, I'm sure it's /annoying/, though. Guy must've had balls big enough to bowl over an Evangelion to pull that and succeed. Helps that he's probably his own special kind of nuts."
[14:03] <Minaplo> ["He's crazy."]
[14:04] <Aline> "But these days, crazy gets /results/, wouldn't you say?"
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["Mebbe."]
[14:17] * Aline scratched her chin a few times, thinking over her next plan of attack - as it were. "Indeed." She finally piped up with. "Either way, he seems pretty competent. Without his backup, things seem to go wrong - like the whole smokebomb thing, or the deal in the sewers. It's probably his operation now in all honesty." She said, with carefully measured words.
[14:27] <Minaplo> ["That bastard. You think he's crossed us?!"]
[14:30] * Aline shook her head. "Like I said. Swagger. I wouldn't be surprised!" Aline left it at that, relatively swift and succinct.
[14:32] <Minaplo> [This was rewarded with a deep, dark look on Leonardo's face. He turned to glower at the wall. "I owe 'em a world of hurt, then. After I hurt you and your friends."]
[14:47] * Aline thought on that for a while again, and decided that she'd leave him to that. "Something like that. Anyway… My time's up, here." Aline said, as she knocked on the door to be let out.
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Gotta go check your myface?" sneered Leo as the door opened.]
[14:57] <Aline> "Sure, let's say that~" Aline chirped, as she walked out… and after it closed, she looked at the guard curiously. "I actually got something that I want to follow up on. Do you know who might know about a 'Mr. Blue'?" That was one of her most solid pieces she got from this. The rest were mostly denials or confirmations.
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Mr. Blue? He used to be a prisoner here." Said the guard. "He was captured by Guillory with a bunch of other guys. They shipped all but one of 'em off to Berlin, but the truck was hijacked and exploded on reaching the city."-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["We got a Mr. Green still, though."]
[15:10] * Aline tilted her head a few times, but nodded. "I'll probably want to talk to him a bit, then. Because Mr. Blue is apparently back in town and with the mob." She said, looking a bit nervous all of a sudden.
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["Right. It's just down the hall four cells to your left as you go."]
[15:22] <Aline> "Okay, thanks." Aline walked off, heading through there, thinking a bit as she went. She had no idea what kind of person Mr. Green was, and if he's anything like the /other/ color, he'll be… /interesting/ to talk with. At least with Leo she knew what to expect. So, she once again asked her way through security, taking a deep breath at the threshhold…
[15:25] <Minaplo> [Mr. Green had rather higher security- a Storm Trooper -and- an S2 Agent on duty this time.]
[15:31] * Aline looked between them. "I had a few questions to ask this Mr. Green, if you didn't quite mind? If one of you has to supervise, I can understand that." After all, if Mr. Blue can whip explosives out of nowhere like they said he did during the whole fight in the restaurant, that probably meant /training/."
[15:36] <Minaplo> [The two guards look at each other. Eventually the S2 agent nodded. "Alright, but the Trooper goes in with you."]
[15:38] <Aline> "Can do." Aline said, and made a gentle little bow, before letting the trooper work the door.
[15:39] <Minaplo> [The Trooper slid the door open and entered, training his rifle on Green.-
[15:40] <Minaplo> [Green was an older man, blonde hair greying. Even though he wore the prisoner's jumpsuit he sat tall and dignified, a regal, haughty expression on his face. He turned to look at Aline quizzically.]
[15:44] * Aline peered right back, but stood near the back of the room, leaning against it, but not engaging in any 'idling' poses like she did with Leo. Different approach. "Greetings… I'm sure this will be relatively quick, but I was rather curious about your… partner? Coworker? A Mr. Blue."
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["I see. Why do you believe I will cooperate?"]
[15:52] * Aline openly shrugged her shoulders. "Well, first of all, because it won't really hurt me to try. But also because I'm sure we could arrange some sort of… negotiable deal. Whether it's simply filling you in on what he's up to, or /maybe/ something else, I could see what I could do."
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["My freedom, then."]
[15:58] * Aline shrugged. "That… You should know I have no power to implement that. It's more-or-less entirely information I can offer, but I /guess/ you've had your fill, huh?"
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["I've not been told of Mr. Blue's actions. Go, then."]
[16:02] * Aline put on a slightly skeptical face. "What - other than assumedly his base capabilities that I can probably just ask S2 for - would you tell about him in return for that?"
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["A story about our past experiences."]
[16:21] * Aline tilted her head this way and that, before noddding. "Provided it's not some incident NERV was involved in - since again, I could just ask those involved - certainly. To start, Mr. Blue, as you might have guessed, survived and indeed escaped from his prison transport, and is currently in Paris-2." Aline let a beat drop (oontz) before she nodded. "There's more, but perhaps I could
[16:21] * Aline get a segment of your story?"
[16:22] <Minaplo> [He stared at her impassively. "It involves our days of when we worked for the LN as part of a crack infiltration group."]
[16:25] * Aline took a breath, internalizing that. LN, she should've known. "Since his arrival in Paris-2, he apparently approached the Parisian Mafia for an arrangement of sorts. I imagine he did so with his apparently-usual flair and flash, because there seems to be no shortage of resentment for his intervention on the part of the mafia."
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["The Mafia are proud and traditional." Said Green archly. "Mr. Blue will have offered them something but he is naturally offensive to the proud, because he is superior than they."]
[16:32] <Aline> "I honestly got that impression already. I had the occasion to run into him, actually, but that's a bit later. From what I can gather, he managed to prove that superiority with ease, based on how cowed the Don and his son are in his presence." Aline let out a bit of air, before also letting out a bit more info. "The plan appeared to, from secondhand sources, involve kidnapping one or
[16:32] <Aline> multiple pilots. My guess is to try to extort NERV for money or influence."
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["That's an appropriate deduction… For the Mafia."]
[16:44] * Aline nodded. "I figured as much. He does seem the type to have other ends in mind. But it certainly sold the mafia on it." She stretched with her body, standing slightly taller for a second, before retracting down again. "Things became a bit hairier afterwards. The don's son interrupted a mission me and my fellow pilots were undertaking, acting on that general impulse. Said son's squad
[16:44] * Aline did not fare well, and Mr. Blue had to bail him out - which likely means he was already trailing him, us, or both. It was, obviously, then that I met him. The nature of the mission may hold some relevance, because it may have attracted his attention… but that, again, is a moment later."
[16:48] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Green. "Mr. Blue is not his real name. He started in the LN. I had some prior experience, but I hadn't heard of him until I met him."]
[16:54] <Aline> "Mmm. Fair assumption to begin with." Aline did, after a pause to let her eyes drift, continue. "The mission itself was to track down a rogue person of importance to NERV… while investigating his possible association with an Angelspawn of high power. I have reason to believe that said rogue and/or said Angelspawn have likely caused trouble for him by now, since the spawn seems far more
[16:54] <Aline> indiscriminate than the so-called 'Spectre'. Of course… There was another incident later."
[16:57] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[17:05] * Aline reclined slightly, thinking. "Hm… hm… Yeah. It was in public. He was eating with the don and his son, when some kind of incident sparked between the three of them and a group of NERV personnel. The don's son was beaten rather thoroughly, and there was a brief firefight. The don and his son were captured by NERV, but Mr. Blue managed to escape - as you might've guessed."
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["He always has an escape plan from every room he is in."]
[17:06] <Aline> "This one was especially entertaining-sounding, if a bit violent. Destroyed the wall and used cover of smoke."
[17:08] <Minaplo> ["Yes, that's a common tactic. He is excellent with concealed explosives and other tools."]
[17:10] * Aline actually allowed a little smile, perhaps remembering her own Fun With Explosives. "Either way, with the don and his son in custody, I can only assume that he's gone back to try to re-establish his resource-base as best he can. That, unfortunately for me, is where the story ends."
[17:11] <Minaplo> ["I see. Yes, I can see why your lot are worried."]
[17:14] * Aline was about to break out with an 'I know, right?' but… figured that would sound a bit too immature. "But of course. I do thank you for your insights, even though I didn't quite have a lot to offer in return. This was… maybe not quite up to enlightening, but informative still."
[17:15] <Minaplo> ["Blue is something beyond human. That's as far as I know about his origins."]
[17:16] * Aline put a finger to her lip, seeming… a little bit surprised, though not /quite/ as much as someone else might have. "Now /that/ would qualify as enlightening."
[17:19] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly.]
[17:21] * Aline prepared to turn. "…If that was all, I'll take my leave?"
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["Go ahead."]
[17:25] * Aline nodded to the stormtrooper, and knocked at the door so the S2 agent could work it - since, after all, the stormtrooper was still pointing a gun. After a few more thank-yous and the like - this time to the guard, she wandered off on her way, thinking on what she had learnt. A possibly-inhuman LN infiltrator who has a strong superiority complex, and likewise had some amount of talent
[17:25] * Aline to match. This would be an 'interesting' adversary for sure. That, and the mafia only being a small shred of something. As she thought.

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