Aline S New World

10[23:12:28] * Aline was still groggy when she finally came to, blinking her eyes more than a few times as she stared up. A part of her wondered what she'd end up seeing once she was /able/ to see. She probably wasn't equipped with glasses just yet - if her experiences with suddenly waking up somewhere unfamiliar had any bearing.
[23:18:07] <AdEvaGM> [She wasn't; the world beyond was foggy and unfocused.-
[23:18:36] <AdEvaGM> [Still, she was lying in a bed, a comfortable one, and she was covered in warm sheets; someone had dressed her in a nightgown as well.]
10[23:22:50] * Aline looked around, squinting, to try to see if there was some kind of table or other place where her glasses might've been stowed. She wasn't quite ready to grope around in nowhere yet.
07[23:25:29] <AdEvaGM> ["A… Aline?"]
10[23:28:04] <09Aline> "…Yes…?" She tried to search her memory, which might still be a bit sketchy due to having just woken up.
[23:33:07] <Yanmei> There was something dangling in front of her. It was shiny and glinty, and glasses-shaped.
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10[23:36:47] * Aline reached up gently, to take it, muttering a soft "Thanks." As she took it, and assuming nothing else happened, had a chance to put it on.
06[23:41:36] * Yanmei was there, in school uniform, her hand receeding and a look of rather intense scrutiny on her face. "Good morning," she said.
07[23:43:38] <AdEvaGM> [William was sitting there as well, in a turtleneck and black trousers. The moment Aline had finished putting her glasses on, William threw himself forward, wordlessly wrapping his arms around her as tightly as he could.]
10[23:45:49] * Aline seemed to react with a reasonable amount of surprise. "Uwaa!? I… I'm alright now…" But she did wrap her arms back around, not exactly wanting to reject a hug. "So you came to see me as soon as you found out, huh?"
[23:48:40] <Yanmei> "Well, you know…" Yanmei looked a little taken aback herself, but she tried to smooth it over. "It's good timing on our part. You've been sleeping for a while?"
10[23:51:07] * Aline nodded a bit, though the gesture was slightly difficult in her currently-hugged position. "Y-yeah. I remember passing out right after I… came back."
[23:51:39] <AdEvaGM> ["I was -scared-…"]
10[23:57:13] * Aline was still a little surprised, but not as visibly as before. "…Aw. I… I guess I wouldn't have been around to assure you that I'd be back. After all, Sera had the same thing - sorta - happen."
Session Time: Wed Jun 20 00:00:00 2012
[00:00:39] <Yanmei> "That in itself wasn't a guarantee," Yanmei mumbled. "Besides, it took a long time."
10[00:01:25] * Aline craned her head. "How long?"
[00:01:53] <Yanmei> "A… month. Roughly."
[00:15:29] <AdEvaGM> ["We- we really only just arrived, but I came here as soon as I could…"]
10[00:19:07] * Aline shook her head a little. "It's okay. It's okay… Lucky timing, though. You must've had your own recovery times?"
[00:23:34] <Yanmei> "That's right. We spent it in Boston, though? It was closer, to the battle site, after all. I think de Pteres was the only one who came out of the fight okay."
10[00:25:33] <09Aline> "R…right. And I guess my recovery was special anyway, so I had to go to the right facility. OR something."
[00:28:53] <Yanmei> "Marianne said that this place had the best equipment for what needed to be done? They flew Dr. Ikari out here too."
10[00:30:29] * Aline blinked. "…Huh. Somehow I'm not completely surprised? But yet, I am… Weird." But she smiled. "All's well that ends well, at least. I feel more stable than before."
06[00:32:13] * Yanmei didn't quite smile back. She was kind of staring, actually. "You look kind of…"
10[00:36:34] * Aline looked quizzical now. "Kind of what?"
[00:37:55] <AdEvaGM> [William pulled back a little. "A little different."]
10[00:44:49] * Aline was silent for a moment, face impassive. "…Didn't that happen with Sera, too?"
[00:48:55] <AdEvaGM> [William looked up at Yanmei for confirmation.]
[00:49:38] <Yanmei> "Yeah. And it was kinda weird then, too?"
10[00:50:43] * Aline shrugged her shoulders from where she laid. "I guess it's some kind of self-editing… thing. Like changing the person to be a bit more like what they think they are at that point?"
[00:55:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Would… Would you like to take a look?"]
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10[01:01:53] * Aline simply nodded. It was a firm, solid nod.
[01:03:43] <AdEvaGM> [Will looked over at Yanmei. "Do you know where we can find a mirror? A big one, hopefully…"]
07[01:07:41] <Yanmei> "Well, this is a hospital. There should be at least one in one those rooms where they conduct routine checkups and examinations. You know, for mostly healthy people?" She eyed Aline. "Do you think you can walk?"
10[01:08:24] * Aline looked around a few times. "I… think so. I might be a bit wobbly, though, so you might want to stand close."
[01:08:39] <AdEvaGM> ["You can lean on me." Said William promptly.]
10[01:14:11] * Aline was already beginning to stand up, but she did raise a brow slightly at that. "Uh, okay…" Odd. Still, the girl haltingly got up and, after a few shakes, went ahead and leaned into him.
06[01:15:04] * Yanmei scouted ahead, for her part, waving at her companions to follow.
[01:15:59] <AdEvaGM> [William made sure she was secure before he led on, following Yanmei.]
[01:18:40] <Yanmei> It was a bit of a walk before they made it to one of the rooms Yanmei had spoken about. There were, of course, a few routine tools lying about and an examination table covered with thin sterile paper, and a scale and full-length mirror. Yanmei peeked in before entering, and then moved in, opening the door wider so that they could follow.
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10[01:25:12] * Aline walked in front of the mirror relatively quickly - not so quickly that she lost pace with William, though, but she seemed to be a bit more eager to move, but… Those differences in her form that were described before: Fullness, slightly more adult features, and a bit taller. "It's like… I spent much longer out."
[01:27:32] <Yanmei> "…?" That remark earned something of an odd look.
10[01:29:20] * Aline waved her hand a bit. "I look more than just a month older. Or, well… I actually think I wasn't that far from stopping growing, yet here I am…"
[01:31:31] <Yanmei> "Oh, I see what you mean." Yanmei moved over to the table and leaned against it. "It must be weird."
10[01:33:31] * Aline put a hand on her hip. "It is, it is. But yet I guess this is still supposed to be me."
[01:36:11] <AdEvaGM> ["I see what you mean." Said William, nodding slowly. "Hm…"]
10[01:37:27] * Aline was now quizzical again! "Hm, hm?"
[01:40:22] <AdEvaGM> ["What do you think? Are you happy with the changes?"]
10[01:42:03] * Aline held out a hand, as if examining it for flaws (there weren't really any particular ones). "I… think I am, yeah. It's an adaptation."
[01:43:53] <AdEvaGM> [William nodded, a smile spreading across his face.]
06[01:47:06] * Yanmei watched them both with mild interest, and then pushed away from the table. "For the record? Not much has been going on around here while you were out. Just the usual repairs and medical situations. With luck, you'll have a little more time to get used to it before we have to fight again."
10[01:51:21] <09Aline> "Ahhh." A light nod. "And then back into the grinder again. Fortunately, I don't expect to be taking another trip like /that/ for a good while."
[01:58:36] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei nodded. "Maybe we should head back now, though? Someone might freak if they find you missing. Plus, you'll probably want to talk about what happened to a specialist or something?"
10[02:05:16] * Aline sighed a little bit at being told that, but nonetheless nodded. "You're probably right."
06[02:08:28] * Yanmei shot William a sly glance. "Going to support her on the way back~?"
10[02:09:02] * Aline blushed. "H-h-hey… Teasing me like that isn't very fair!"
[02:12:05] <Yanmei> "I'm not teasing just you, you know."
[02:12:22] <AdEvaGM> [William turned towars Yanmei, his own cheeks reddening. However… "If you would prefer to do so, by all means…"]
10[02:14:46] * Aline looked between them a few times, nervously. "…Up… to you two…"
[02:17:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph. It is obvious that Miss Zhang is thinking odd thoughts, as is her wont, thus there remains only one obvious reaction."-
07[02:17:50] <AdEvaGM> [He stepped towards Aline and, as swiftly as he could manage, swept her up and into a classic princess carry.]
10[02:19:40] * Aline wasn't really quite ready to react to that, so instead she yelped and flailed a bit, before finally calming down in the end.
06[02:23:41] * Yanmei gaped for a moment… and then grinned, impressed somehow. "Well~ Let's get moving, shall we? And by the way? You're a surprisingly buff guy, Weiss-Xylander."
[02:24:34] <AdEvaGM> ["… Thank you." Said William, blinking in surprise.-
[02:24:51] <AdEvaGM> ["… Wait, what exactly do you mean by surprising?"]
10[02:26:00] * Aline lightly whined. "Maaybe it's because you don't look over-the-top?"
[02:29:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I suppose so! But you've seen my work routine, Yanmei…"]
[02:32:39] <Yanmei> "I don't remember it involving you sweeping damsels off the sidewalk as you go for your morning runs." Yanmei tossed her hair and ambled toward the door. "Unless I've been missing something?"
10[02:35:02] <09Aline> "Impressive, really. I just do a lot of sim marksman training and flexibility stuff…"
[02:35:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Flexibility? Gymnastics and the like?"-
[02:36:04] <AdEvaGM> [He also shot Yanmei a look. "Next time I'll carry you along, then."]
10[02:38:43] <09Aline> "Yeah! That and yoga. I'll need to tell my instructor about 'medical leave'…" She did, from where she was being, well, carried around, manage to do her air quotes.
06[02:42:00] * Yanmei made a face at him as she led the way. "I think not. And… you have an instructor?"
10[02:44:40] * Aline smirked. "Yoga isn't on the NERV regimen. I was talked into it by Elena a while back now, but I enjoy it."
[02:46:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I haven't done yoga." Said William. "It was never within my purview. Maybe if I'm free sometime soon, you can show me how it goes?"]
10[02:47:45] <09Aline> "I… dunno about that."
[02:51:25] <Yanmei> "You could always go to the source of yoga instruction herself."
[02:53:58] <AdEvaGM> [William shook his head. "I don't really have the time for a consistent attendance."]
10[02:55:15] * Aline frowned. "I dunno, I'm just a bit nervous…"
07[02:58:24] <AdEvaGM> ["… Well, I don't intend to make you uncomfortable." He said softly, lowering Aline to the ground before turning to Yanmei. "I actually shouldn't be here- I have to meet someone very soon. Do you mind…?"]
10[02:59:21] * Aline stood gently, managing to feel more stable on her feet than before. By a small bit, since she still reached over to Yanmei's shoulder to steady herself. "…No, I don't mind."
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[03:01:45] <Yanmei> "Ah? That's a bit sudden?" Yanmei nearly pouted. "I guess I'll see you at home, then?"
07[03:04:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. Make sure you rest, Aline." He gave them both a short nod then began to hurry off, quickly whipping around a corner and out of sight.]
10[03:06:18] * Aline looked at Yanmei a little, and waited for William to be a bit more clear. "That was weird."
[03:08:29] <Yanmei> "Is it really?" Yanmei raised an eyebrow. "What's the deal between you two? Really?"
10[03:09:01] * Aline paused a little. "Which /part/ of it?"
[03:10:19] <Yanmei> "The fact that he's totally attached to you? Making promises to protect you and stuff?"
10[03:11:21] * Aline blinked suddenly. "I… I don't remember a promise like that. And frankly, I've been weirded out a bit by /how/ attached he is. Am I missing something crucial?"
[03:18:17] <Yanmei> "I don't know. He seems pretty emotional in general? Like, with how badly he was shaken up by the last Angel and stuff…"
10[03:21:40] * Aline nodded. "I guess. Still, something's got to give. I can't quite give in to the attachment, because I already have one…"
[03:23:43] <Yanmei> "Well, yeah. But you could talk to him and see what's going on."
10[03:26:05] <09Aline> "You're right. I'm a bit afraid of doing so because I don't know the situation and he's so emotional like you said, but that shouldn't /stop/ me. It needs to not stop me."
[03:29:03] <Yanmei> "Hm. With that, I'm pretty sure I don't have to mediate to get you two together for that, so good luck."
10[03:31:49] <09Aline> "Right… I guess that's that. Did you have anything else?"
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[03:34:40] <Yanmei> "Nothing really. I've been out of it myself lately? Though I did hear that the new pilots for 07 are already working now."
10[03:35:53] * Aline tilted her head. "Oh?"
[03:38:27] <Yanmei> "They're twins, from Greece. Haven't met them personally, though." A suddenly tired expression swept across her face, and she tossed her hair, perhaps a bit impatiently. "It's just a matter of time for us both, I'm sure."
10[03:39:33] * Aline then tilted it the other way. "Ah, so they're still gonna fix it up for dual-plug. But… what, until we meet them, or?"
[03:41:03] <Yanmei> "Naturally. I heard they were here in Paris, although I don't know if they still are right now."
10[03:44:05] <09Aline> "Ahhh. Well, it'll be interesting at least!"
06[03:50:39] * Yanmei nodded, walking along quietly for a moment or two, seemingly thoughtful. "Look, about what happened…"
10[23:49:16] * Aline looked around a few times, but then resumed looking at Yanmei. "…What about it?"
[23:56:04] <Yanmei> "Like… so, I've been telling William that that dissolution thing is only a rare event. But first Adrian did it, and then Sera, and then you. What's more, you last two both changed in ways that were similar in the aftermath, right?"
10[23:58:04] * Aline nodded, looking like there was a sinking-in that was happening, a realization bubbling to the surface while the knowledge plumbed deeper. "Yeah, we did. And I've heard Adrian became a brainpassenger much like Voriel did. You seem to be… leading somewhere."
[00:05:21] <Yanmei> "I wish I was? The only thing I'm doing is leading up to some questions. Why did you guys change so similiarly if you were reforming based on your own thoughts, like you suggested before? And why didn't Adrian get a chance to reform? And how do we keep this stuff from continuing to happen in the first place?"
10[00:10:57] * Aline stared a bit, but then continued, frowning slightly. "I think… I'm not entirely sure but I think we both changed in similar ways because we had similar pressures? I still think it's psychological, but I guess I could be wrong?… Adrian, Adrian, I guess… I don't know, like he didn't get a chance? It might've had something to do with Isabelle?" Aline began to realize she was racing through the questions, and took a deep breath. "I think the best way is to somehow keep our minds… uh… intact. Last thing I remember before I went was one of those Metatron attacks. And I've heard a bit about 'dangerous synch ratios' before in battle, so it might be that the Evas themselves might be a threat if we sync /too/ well. So we need to sharpen our wills and come up with defenses against mental attacks…?"
[00:15:52] <Yanmei> "That sounds easier said than done," Yanmei murmured. "Although I guess I personally don't have to worry about oversynching with that jerk."
10[00:20:51] * Aline frowned more. "If it was as easy as it sounds, I'd have not taken an orange pleasure cruise - as it were." Then, a little sigh. "At least that much we can trust in. You seem to be the one of us least harassed, too. Though him liking to berserk might help protect you a little."
[00:27:44] <Yanmei> "Right. That." she said sourly. "I guess there's an upside to it after all? But. Maybe I should talk to Castillo-Delgado or someone about suggestions for defenses."
10[00:28:58] * Aline mmmed. "If anyone can come up with one that doesn't depend on AT Fields, I guess it /would/ be him."
[00:31:00] <Yanmei> "Worth a shot, anyway." Yanmei shrugged.
10[00:36:15] <09Aline> "Yeah." Aline said flatly.
[00:38:28] <Yanmei> "…"
10[00:40:04] * Aline blinked a few times, then folded her arms. "…What?"
06[00:45:45] * Yanmei eyed her a moment, and shook her head. "Eh, forget it. You're sure you're doing okay now?"
10[00:47:29] * Aline unfolded those arms as soon as they had folded - just about, anyway - and smiled gently. "Still a bit unsure on footing and a bit dizzy at times, but it'll pass. I'm… otherwise fine."
[00:48:34] <Yanmei> "You have family, right? You should give them a call as soon as you can."
10[00:51:35] <09Aline> "Oh yeah, definitely. Mom and dad need to know I'm alright. But I imagine I still have to hang around for some tests and the like."
[00:57:07] <Yanmei> "Right, right. I'll grab a nurse or something so that you can get it over with."
10[01:01:25] * Aline looked a little bit surprised. "Whoa, uh… thanks? I didn't expect you to be able to expedite it, but I guess it isn't that hard to."
[01:03:18] <Yanmei> "It's just a little message-giving? I'm sure they'll frantically be all over you once they figure out that you're awake."
10[01:06:24] <09Aline> "Ahhhh." A firm nod. "Well, I should probably finish getting back to my room, for all that."
[01:09:06] <Yanmei> "Yes, of course." Yanmei flashed a smile. "You know how to get in touch with me if you need anything…"
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10[01:13:05] * Aline began walking off the rest of the way, but turned and smiled briefly, even though she was holding onto the wall - a few times, anyway - "Right, I do~"
[01:27:07] <Yanmei> After alerting Dr. Clement to the situation, Yanmei bid adieu to the hospital for now. With Marianne's own car in the shop, she would need a ride later when she got off her shift… and feeling like a good samaritan, Yanmei simply swung by her office, handed over the keys to the violet Zhangmobile, and headed for the subway.
[01:41:16] <Minaplo> [It was fairly quiet on the subway. A handful of people were waiting about for the next train.-
[01:47:23] <Minaplo> [One man was reading a newspaper, one that Yanmei had seen earlier. In any case, it was now summer, and the news had been quick to report about the volcanic mass that had erupted from Vesuvius last year was still in the atmosphere, pushing the temperature down- the winter past had been one of the coldest on record. In some places in Europe, hundreds of thousands of people had died from
[01:47:23] <Minaplo> freezing.-
[01:49:03] <Minaplo> [In any case, it was quiet, and she still had five minutes until the train arrived…]
06[01:52:40] * Yanmei checked her watch restlessly and then lifted her head up to give that newspaper another look from a distance. Shame about that. The EVAs couldn't do much about temperature changes, sadly…
[02:01:15] <Minaplo> [A little girl- 3 or 4, in a bright pink sweater and a skirt, was dancing about, giggling as she stepped on a discarded newspaper- her mother standing close by…]
06[02:03:09] * Yanmei smiled a little at that, reminded of something nostalgic. Lizzie, maybe? She waved sweetly to the girl.
[02:07:50] <Minaplo> [The girl paused, looking away shyly, before waving back. The child looked up at her mother and tugged on her mother's skirt, pointing at Yanmei.-
[02:08:21] <Minaplo> [The mother looked around, her eyes widening in surprise at the sight of Yanmei herself. She knelt down next to her daughter and murmured something Yanmei couldn't hear.]
06[02:11:45] * Yanmei preened~ It was always pretty neat being famous? Well, the mom had recognized her, but she was being pretty cool about it. Were there any more fans around here…?
[02:15:01] <Minaplo> [Well, there -was- someone else who was looking at her. A thin, tall man with straight, long brown hair and glasses, looking in his thirties.]
06[02:20:02] * Yanmei beamed at him, bobbing her head politely.
[02:25:09] <Minaplo> [The man returned the gesture. It was slow and deliberate.]
[02:31:23] <Yanmei> Odd. But… After a moment, she let her eyes settle quietly on the tracks beyond the platform as she waited.
[02:32:18] <Minaplo> [The chime went out, and a computer voice alerted everyone about the train. About 10 seconds later it glided onto the platform…]
06[02:35:40] * Yanmei inched forward in eager anticipation, waiting for the doors to slide open. She made sure she was out of the path of any disembarking passengers, though…
[02:38:27] <Minaplo> [The doors opened and the passengers streamed out, including a few familiar faces. Dr. Gabriel stepped out, glanced at her, and brushed past.]
[02:42:17] <Yanmei> She regarded him with mixed feelings, startled. It'd been a while since she'd seen him. "O=oi!"
[02:42:58] <Minaplo> [He turned irritably. "What?"]
[02:46:53] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei put on a tight smile. "I met an old friend of yours the other day. I've been meaning to catch up with you and talk about it?"
[02:48:58] <Minaplo> ["An old friend?"]
[02:50:39] <Yanmei> "The famous Liu Lin. She's working for NERV now too."
[02:52:16] <Minaplo> ["I see. Is that all?"]
[02:54:19] <Yanmei> "What do you mean 'is that all'?" she put her hands on her hips. "Didn't she save you before? This is worth at least looking interested, isn't it?"
[02:57:49] <Minaplo> ["Whatever. I'm in a hurry." Snapped Dr. Gabriel. He turned on his heel and tried to storm off, only to bump directly into that bespectacled man from before.-
[02:59:27] <Minaplo> [The man barely flinched. Instead he looked down at Dr. Gabriel with a flat expression. The doctor froze, then pushed past and just about ran off.]
[03:02:36] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei watched him go, now outright bewildered. She eyed the stranger with much more wariness than she had before now…
[03:09:53] <Minaplo> [The man turned to look at her straight back, then calmly walked onto the train.]
[03:16:09] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei was left with a decision to make. Get one the train. Follow Gabriel. Wait for the next train instead. Only one of those seemed like a good option. -
[03:19:51] <Yanmei> In the end, she did something less than good. She stepped onto the train, resigning herself to a seat on the far side of the car.
[03:21:25] <Minaplo> [The strange man was standing by one of the doors, despite the many empty seats. The doors closed.-
[03:21:39] <Minaplo> [As the train took off, Yanmei could've sworn that she saw a glimpse of blue hair somewhere on the platform…]
[03:24:45] <Yanmei> Blue…? She turned, searching, only briefly, all too reluctant to take her eyes off the stranger at the same time.
[03:25:19] <Minaplo> [Too late. It was gone.-
[03:26:35] <Minaplo> [The train picked up speed, heading quickly towards the next platform…-
[03:27:01] <Minaplo> [The platform came and went. As did the next, and the next.-
[03:27:51] <Minaplo> [About two stations away from Yanmei's stop, however, something odd happened. The train began to slow down in the middle of the tunnel. Confused passengers looked up, frowning as the windows showed only concrete wall…-
[03:28:36] <Minaplo> [… And then all turned red. Everything- it was as though someone had applied a filter over Yanmei's eyes. The air turned cold and chilly…]
[03:33:32] <Yanmei> The train was… just malfunctioning or something, right? That was what she thought to herself as the crowds and platforms whizzed past. Maybe there was some construction going on in this tunnel? But by the time the brakes ground to a stop, her heart was pounding hard. -
[03:36:34] <Yanmei> And then the red mist began to slide over her vision, and her thoughts of such things began to sharply dwindle. She stared blankly ahead, and then blinked hard a few times, struggling to make sense of this. -
[03:37:28] <Yanmei> Slowly, she reached for her school bag, but she wasn't even sure what she was going for right away. Her options jumbled together…
[03:44:27] <Minaplo> [That little girl from earlier was crying, her mother trying to comfort her despite being obviously terrified. Some were already murmuring. "An Angel attack?" "No, the sirens haven't gone…"-
[03:44:48] <Minaplo> [The strange man wasn't murmuring, nor did he looked panicked. He looked dreadfully casual.]
06[03:47:06] * Yanmei stared at him as intensely as she was able, and tried standing up.
[03:49:42] <Minaplo> [… And it all changed. The redness faded away, the air grew warm again, and the train lurched forward.-
[03:50:18] <Minaplo> ["This is the driver. This train will be stopping at the next station due to security concerns. Please disembark at the next station. Remember to take all your belongings. I repeat…"]
[03:53:07] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei decided to not sit again. Instead, she dug through her bag with renewed purpose. Someone at NERV would have a clue about this. Or… could at least send someone to pick her up? Provided she could get a cell phone signal down here…
[03:56:08] <Minaplo> [Her mobile phones were… Odd. It was as if they'd all been drained of their batteries; but that couldn't be right…-
[03:57:51] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless, the train came to a stop at the next station. Yanmei would immediately see that something had happened. Yellow tape cordoned off an area, and police were trying to herd onlookers out of the station. Blood had splashed up onto the wall.-
[03:58:13] <Minaplo> [And for her, a small squad of suit-garbed S2 men were waiting, looking stern as they formed a line. The doors opened.]
[04:03:37] <Yanmei> "…" The blood left her mouth feeling dry, but she couldn't let anyone see her rattled as she joined the other passengers with stepping off the train. She tried to keep track of the mysterious stranger. If anyone was equipped to deal with him, it was S2. "What happened…?"
[04:09:49] <Minaplo> ["There's been a murder. An S2 agent had his throat slit ten minutes ago." Said one of the agents.-
[04:10:51] <Minaplo> [Steps behind Yanmei, heavy ones. That same stranger was now standing next to her. "You've been sent for us." He said- it wasn't a question. The man's voice was smooth, with the hint of an accent- Slavic, as best Yanmei could tell.-
[04:11:08] <Minaplo> ["That's right. We have orders to take both Pilot Zhang and Dr. Surov to safety." Said the agent.]
[04:16:42] <Yanmei> "S-Surov?!" What the hell?! This guy was just out riding a subway in the middle of town like… like he was -normal- or something? "Wait. What just happened on the train? Was that some sort of standard emergency procedure?"
[04:17:06] <Minaplo> ["On the train? What happened on the train?" Asked the S2 agent, alarmed.-
[04:18:07] <Minaplo> [Nearby, a traumatised witness was being comforted- and escorted- by a police officer, but his yells could be heard throughout the platform. "It was de Pteres! Sera de Pteres killed him! I saw it-" "That's enough, now, we can take your statement-" "He's a murderer!"]
[04:21:36] <Yanmei> "It sped up, passing several stops, and then halted entirely. And then the interior went… red and frigid…" she was staring past them, to the screaming witness, the color starting to drain from her face.
[04:23:10] <Minaplo> [The S2 agent looked at his companions, who had similar expressions of confusion. He looked back.-
[04:23:38] <Minaplo> ["I can't explain that, but it's important we get you both to safety now. Another S2 agent was killed at your departure station."-
[04:23:46] <Minaplo> ["Impaled." Said another.]
[04:25:07] <Yanmei> "By -what-?" A pause. "Don't answer that. Let's just go someplace else."
[04:27:20] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "We already have a car waiting. Let's go."]
06[04:29:57] * Yanmei gripped her schoolbag tightly with one hand, slipped the other underneath her blazer, and then nodded, prepared to follow.

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