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[14:31] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [A day after the battle in Almeria- Yanmei received a message from Isaiah, who had gone into work. "There’s someone waiting for you in my office."]
[14:34] <Yanmei> So Yanmei was on her way, marching through the hallways en route from the EVA hangars at a brisk clip that spoke of professionalism. Still… she had an idea of what was to come. And her pace was certainly a little quicker than even the usual.
[14:35] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before she made it, and knocked, and then opened the door just as quickly. Isaiah?
[14:43] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [The door opened, greeting her with squeals. Isaiah was laughing- sitting on his chair, his hands around a cute little baby girl…-
[14:44] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Who was giggling fiendishly as Lupe batted at her playfully.]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "L-Lizzie…" She gazed at her, not moving for a moment, as weird mixes of joy and despair and the panic that came with realizing that one’s charge was playing with a full grown wolf ran wild through her.
[14:53] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah looked up quickly, his expression clearly realising he was doing something he wasn’t. "Down, Lulu." He said hurriedly, shooing the wolf away. "Heya, Yanyan. Look who's back~"-
[14:53] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Maaaaaa!"]
[14:54] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Lupe slunk back to his bed, staring with lamplike eyes at Lizzie.]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Lizzie!" Yanmei swooped across the floor, wolf shenanigans forgotten as soon as the baby greeted her. She showered her with kisses as she scooped her up. "Oh sweetie, I can’t believe how long it's been."
[15:05] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Maamaa~" The affection was returned in its own way. Yanmei would glimpse out of the corner of her eye, Isaiah subtly taking pictures on his camera.]
[15:08] * Yanmei eyed him a moment, and then decided to try to compose herself, giving Lizzie a few little pats on the back. "Is she okay? She was well-looked after while she was gone, wasn’t she? About… about where she'll be staying while we wait around for Isabelle again…"
[15:09] <@Ayanami‘Rei> "She’s alright. There, er… Were a few oddities reported about her stay there."
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Huh? What do you mean?"
[15:13] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh, well. Apparently she tried to seek permission to take Elizabeth into 07’s plug."]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "…no…"
[15:16] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Luckily, Roku felt this was a bad idea and stopped her."]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Roku did?" Yanmei held Elizabeth a little tighter. "What about Isabelle’s nurse? Wasn't she supposed to be around to stop things like that from happening?"
[15:22] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Isabelle hardly listens to the nurse, apparently. She listens to Roku."]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "Maybe… I should talk to Roku later. See what happened. I was supposed to make the rounds in the hospital today anyway. For Chevalier and Juu also."
[15:28] <@Ayanami`Rei> "Oh, that’ll be easy. They put Chevalier and Juu in the same room."
[15:32] <Yanmei> "W-what?" … "Is it me, or does that seem like a terrible idea?"
[15:32] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Well, you’ll see."]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "I take it you've seen them yourself?"
[15:34] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["They’re doubling me as a nurse for both of them. Juu's still unconscious, but Edgar is wide awake and cheerfully resisting most forms of drug."]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Hm. Bet you're happy to look after other people for a change?" She gave him a little grin.
[15:42] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [He stood up, reaching out to ruffle Lizzie’s hair. "Yes and no. Let's be honest- Edgar looks awful in a hospital gown."]
[15:44] * Yanmei snickered, and then passed the baby over. She looked longingly after her for a moment.
[15:51] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Daa~"-
[15:51] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah picked the girl up, giving her a squeeze. "Why don’t I come with you, then? I have to make my rounds soon anyway."]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "We should all go together, huh?" There were questions she wanted to ask Edgar. Was it okay for Isaiah to be there too? But… she could feel her heart softening as she looked at the baby. Maybe sticking together for a little longer wasn't such a bad idea…
[16:04] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah. C’mon, I'll take Lizzie."]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "All right. See you later, Lupe?" Yanmei started for the door, but… she couldn't resist, turning and reaching out to Lizzie too, smoothing her hair down and fuzzing with her appearence. It was only after all three of them were in the hallway that she remembered where they were heading and that some dignity was required. She straightened up, fumbled distractedly with the door, and tried to look professional as they made t
[16:10] <Yanmei> ^fussing
[16:20] <Yanmei> - made through the hospital.
[16:22] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Which was all the leeway Lupe needed to stealthily follow them through the door.-
[16:25] <@Ayanami`Rei> [The three- or four- of them quickly progressed through the hospital, to a certain room. "Ready?"]
[16:28] * Yanmei nodded. She knew that medically-speaking, they were bad off, and she had to steel herself and act sensitive all at once.
[16:30] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah opened the door.-
[16:31] <@Ayanami`Rei> [The sounds of someone eating met their ears. Edgar was in a hospital gown, the bedsheets pulled up to his waist, a hospital tray with cereal, a slice of fruit, a sandwich and a cup of yogurt sitting on it. He was ripping his way through the fruit with aplomb.-
[16:31] <@Ayanami`Rei> [As Edgar looked up, he threw up a hand in greeting. "Yo, doc. How’s it going?"-
[16:32] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah smiled. "I’m alright. You seem as energetic as usual, Edgar. Is the food really that good?"-
[16:32] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Nope. Food is pretty shit, actually."-
[16:32] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["I hear as much. Has Juu woken up yet?"-
[16:33] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Edgar’s eyes roved across the room to the distant other bed, where Juu lay, eyes closed- one whole side of her face was covered with bandages and the blankets were pulled up to her neck. "Not yet, doc. I'll buzz as soon as she wakes, yeah?"]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Chevalier." Yanmei tossed her hair, still immersed in that professionalism from before. "It's been a while."
[16:40] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah. How’ve you been, Yanmei?" He held out a fist.]
[16:44] <Yanmei> "I'm managing? Jerkface is in Germany, and de Pteres is indisposed, so it looks like it's up to me to be the welcoming committee or something." She eyed the fist curiously, tilting her head a bit. "Although, I bet I'm a little late."
[16:46] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Whaddya mean?"]
[16:47] <Yanmei> "Didn’t Section-2 or the Commander or something drop by to give you their regards yet?"
[16:48] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hah. Nope. Section-2 was like, ’He's a prisoner, rar rar, let us interrogate him!' and then Dr. Clement was like 'Did you know a doctor can kill a man in three hundred different ways using only his hands?'"-
[16:48] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["He didn’t actually say that." Said Isaiah sheepishly.-
[16:48] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["He was implyin’ it."]
[16:48] <Yanmei> "Clement's a scary guy sometimes," Yanmei muttered, paling slightly at the reminder.
[16:50] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah. Anyway, I’m not bein' given the interrogation treatment yet."-
[16:50] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [There was something furry at Yanmei’s leg.]
[16:50] * Yanmei looked down, her eyes widening.
[16:52] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Lupe was sitting there, staring at Edgar. He licked his lips.-
[16:52] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Hoooly shit. It’s you! I remember you! I kicked your ass back in 2015!"-
[16:52] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Rrrr."]
[16:55] <Yanmei> "Lupe, down!" Yanmei commanded. But since when did the wolf listen to her?
[17:03] <@Ayanami`Rei> [The wolf shot her a look, before sullenly dropping onto his belly.-
[17:04] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Eh, it’s ok, Yanmei. If he pipes up I'll just punch him again."-
[17:04] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Please don’t taunt my wolf, Edgar." Said Isaiah warmly.-
[17:04] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Right, sorry. Anyway. Yanmei!"]
[17:06] <Yanmei> "Yeah?" She looked a little pleased with herself. Apparently that leadership training Marianne and Dorian had insisted on was paying off! …or Isaiah had something to do with it.
[17:09] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Congratulations."]
[17:10] <Yanmei> "…eh?"
[17:13] <@Ayanami`Rei> [He nodded to Elizabeth. "On the kiddie."]
[17:16] * Yanmei eyed Elizabeth, and then Isaiah, acutely aware of their matching blonde hair. "…" She turned red. "This seriously isn’t what you're thinking."
[17:21] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah coughed gently, and busied himself with taking Juu’s status.-
[17:21] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh?"]
[17:25] <Yanmei> "Blonde kids are common! Common! Especially in Europe! And she’s Australian, but that's beside the point!"
[17:28] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Oh. Well I guess that makes sense." Says Edgar. "So. What happened?"]
[17:33] <Yanmei> "Her parents… Well, her dad vanished, and her mom was sick, so we sort of took over for a while? It looks like she might be sticking around with us a little longer than anticipated too."
[17:34] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Huh. Well, good for you, I guess." He nodded.]
[17:37] <Yanmei> "Here, she’s way talented, too." She retrieved Elizabeth, and held her out. "Say hello, Lizzie. Say 'Hi~'"
[17:38] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Hihihi!" She waved a hand enthusiastically.-
[17:39] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Hah. Hello, Lizzie."]
[17:44] <Yanmei> "Aw, you’re so smart~" She rewarded the baby with an extra warm hug and forehead-kiss, and then set her down to play. …the realized her actions and coughed delicately. "Anyway. I've got something I want to ask?"
[17:44] <Yanmei> ^then
[17:45] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["What?"]
[17:46] <Yanmei> "You went with Silas Caine because you wanted to, right?"
[17:48] <@Ayanami`Rei> [He nodded.]
[17:49] <Yanmei> "How come? Was he that great of a boss?"
[17:51] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Eh, it’s hard to explain. Lemme put it like this. Imagine when you were 6 years old, you had all these ideas about what to do with your life. But then you get taken away and no matter what ideas you had, they're put secondary to the idea that you'll be an elite soldier fighting for shadowy distant bosses."]
[17:52] * Yanmei kept quiet. She did nod to show that she was following along.
[17:54] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Then, after you spend all this time being told, ’you will do this and that and ignore your dreams- you belong to us', you're not even used- but that's not really a problem, except instead of using you they don't let you do your own thing, either. You're kept in a limbo of uselessness, of purposelessness. Silas? He was different. He always promised us that he'd give us our purposes back, he'd give us our freedom. When he fights, he fights because he wants us to be free."]
[17:58] <Yanmei> "Something as simple as that, huh?" She looked thoughtful, but… wary, too. "He doesn't sound insincere or anything?"
[17:59] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Nope."]
[18:05] <Yanmei> "What about his old man?"
[18:07] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["Old Man Azariah? Heh. You and he’d get along."]
[18:08] <Yanmei> "Is that so?"
[18:13] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Yeah. He’s quiet, polite. Gentle. He worries a lot about other people. He's pretty sad a lot, too."]
[18:19] <Yanmei> "That doesn't mean anything," Yanmei muttered. She glanced over at where Isaiah was working.
[18:21] <@Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah was replacing a few bandages on Juu at this point, still safely not paying too much attention.-
[18:21] <@Ayanami`Rei> ["What’s that s'posed to mean?"]
[18:22] <Yanmei> "Never mind. Look, about that one pilot that was fighting along with you. Tall guy with the prog sword. What's his story?"
[18:23] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["What, the Tactical Evangelion?"]
[18:26] <Yanmei> "Is that what they called him- it?" Yanmei blinked hard. "The resemblence to an EVA was pretty clear, I guess?"
[18:27] <@Ayanami`Rei> [Edgar shrugged. "He’s one of Dr. Surov's cyborgs. The best."]
[18:31] <Yanmei> "Surov? Never heard of him?"
[18:32] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Well duh." Edgar shook his head. "He was a dude who worked on the Evangelions way back when, developing the body-machinery stuff that allows Evas to be so strong and act like machines, but still be things with blood and stuff. When Old Man left, Surov went with him, and he’s continued his techin' ever since. Which is why I'm not too troubled about my spinal damage." Said Edgar with a grin.]
[18:38] <Yanmei> "You do seem pretty relaxed about it," she acknowledged. "I guess if Caine sends retrieval people in here, there's no way our security'll keep them out." Her gaze drifted from Isaiah to little Lizzie, growing more concerned now.
[18:47] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heh, I dunno. If you have any more lasses like Juu, then…" He looked over at the girl with eyes that clearly expressed admiration, and perhaps a hint of fondness.]
[18:53] <Yanmei> "…" Weird, she decided. With a capital ’W'. "I'm sure you'll have a lot to talk about when she gets up. Anyway? I think I'm done with the Q and A thing for now. Unless you have anything you'd like to know? Updates on school and stuff?"
[13:47] <@Edgar> [18:47] <@Ayanami‘Rei> ["Heh, I dunno. If you have any more lasses like Juu, then…" He looked over at the girl with eyes that clearly expressed admiration, and perhaps a hint of fondness.]
[13:47] <@Edgar> [18:53] <Yanmei> "…" Weird, she decided. With a capital ’W'. "I'm sure you'll have a lot to talk about when she gets up. Anyway? I think I'm done with the Q and A thing for now. Unless you have anything you'd like to know? Updates on school and stuff?"
[13:48] <@Edgar> "Actually. I wanna hear about the battle."
[13:49] <Yanmei> "Huh. No one's told you? We won, you know~"
[13:50] <@Edgar> "Well, -duh-. Jesus, I'm here, so obviously you guys won. I want a blow-by-blow on what happened."
[13:56] <Yanmei> "It was a joke," Yanmei huffed, and tossed her hair a bit. "Let me see… You fell to Ayanamie Juu. And right after that, I managed to take down your Tactical EVA. He flew away on a built-in jetpack after escaping from his totalled T-RIDEN-T." She frowned a little at the memory.-
[14:01] <Yanmei> "For a while after that, it was your sniper, Marchand, and I guess Fournier. The former focus-fired on Blanc with the intent of doing her in - your General was awesome enough to rub that in my face, by the way - and Fournier was trying hard to kill de Pteres in melee. Let's not forget the swarms of Solaces still around, and the shells being fired from the Independence."
[14:02] <@Edgar> "Uh huh. Go on."
[14:08] <Yanmei> "Marchand did a number on Blanc, who pulled back to the north to get out of her range. EVA-16 - that's Juu's designated EVA - got caught up in the battle between de Pteres and Fournier and fell. Her entry plug failed to eject. And after that, there was another blitz from the Independence." Her eyes were slightly hard. "We thought she died."
[14:12] <@Edgar> "Tough break."
[14:17] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shook her head. "Yeah, well. There was at least one casualty. And from that point on, everything went to shit. Marchand shredded de Pteres, with a nasty blow to the chest, just out of nowhere. From the stuff she was yelling, I'm guessing he contacted her and said something dumb. EVA-01 went down.-
[14:21] <Yanmei> "I decided that she was too dangerous to stay standing after that, so I broke off to finish her quickly. That's when Roku fell, when my back was turned. The other Ayanami sister on the battlefield. Fournier did it. She ended up okay, though. Physically."
[14:21] <@Edgar> "Physically?"
[14:23] <Yanmei> "After that," she went on, letting the implication stand as it was, "EVA-01 berserked. And de Pteres…."
[14:28] <@Edgar> "What happened?"
[14:34] * Yanmei nearly bit her lip. She kept her eyes aloft, though, an angry, bitter look creeping into them. "01 exchanged vollies with the Independence, including a dead-on shot from the Doomsday Cannon. But that whole time… it wasn't like anything 04 or 00 or 05 had done before. The EVA was communicating.-
[14:39] <Yanmei> -With de Pteres's voice. Only, it was in everyone's heads? And as for Sera himself, he may as well have died during that incident. He just… dissolved."
[14:43] <@Edgar> "Dissolved? Into LCL?"
[14:43] <Yanmei> "Yes."
[14:45] <@Edgar> "Huh." Edgar leaned back.
[14:49] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei folded her arms. "Before he did, the two of them did some crazy extrordinary things. Blanc and I finished off the rest of your team while everyone was distracted by them. And then the Independence retreated. Not without taking an N2 mine or two for its touble, though?"
[14:49] <Yanmei> ^trouble
[14:50] <@Edgar> "Interesting."
[14:51] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei let her arms drop by her sides again. "And that's the end of the story."
[14:52] <@Edgar> "I see." He leaned forward and took a mouthful of water. "What about the other battles?"
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Marginal UN victory in Guangzhou. A landslide UN victory in the Mediterranean. LN territory is spreading fast in North America."
[14:56] * @Edgar started to laugh.
[14:57] <Yanmei> "What?"
[14:58] <@Edgar> "Sorry, sorry. I don't mean to laugh. I'm just, hee." He grinned. "I'm just happy to see little Minerva give it to 'em, y'know?"
[15:01] <Yanmei> "Oh." Yanmei didn't seem nearly as mirthful. A remark like that made her wonder how Alphonse was holding up… among other things. Lapsing into a more professional air, she refused to glance over at Isaiah for now.
[15:04] <@Edgar> "She's probably about as good a leader as Silas is, maybe a bit better sometimes." He snickered. "Hey, you asid the UN won a big battle in the Med?"
[15:05] <Yanmei> "That was Asuka's doing. Or I'm sure that's what she'll be saying? She killed the enemy General by kicking his command vehicle like a football."
[15:06] * @Edgar laughed again. "Ahahaha. That's so Asuka. Good for her, y'know? It's good to see that she still has it."
[15:07] <Yanmei> "I know, right? After her last fight, I was kinda worried? But it looks like it was unfounded." She nodded to herself.
[15:09] * @Edgar nodded. "Hey, how's she been?"
[15:11] <Yanmei> "She and Jerkface have been getting nice and cozy in Hamburg together. They're practically married now."
[15:11] <@Edgar> "Oh -really-?"
[15:14] <Yanmei> "Seriously." Yanmei rolled her eyes. "The last time they were here, he was trying to spoonfeed her. She beat him up, though."
[15:16] <@Edgar> ["That's because she was hospitalised." Said Isaiah from the other side of the room.-
[15:16] * @Edgar grinned. "And she still gave him whatfor."
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Of course she did. She's Asuka." Yanmei tossed her hair. "I bet they made out a lot afterward too."
[15:24] <@Edgar> "Uh-huh." Edgar was peering at Yanmei curiously, his gaze flicking over towards Isaiah quizzically.
[15:26] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei huffed again. "For your information? I would never beat up Isaiah."
[15:28] <@Edgar> "Uh-huh."-
[15:28] <@Edgar> [Isaiah's back was still turned, but right on cue he said "We -do- make out a lot, however."-
[15:28] <@Edgar> "Uh-huuuuh…"
[15:31] <Yanmei> "T-that's classified information!" Yanmei complained.
[15:39] <@Edgar> "I'm not really sure it is, y'know…"
[15:41] <Yanmei> "How would you know?" Yanmei let out another big huff. "-Anyway-, there's one more patient I have to talk to before I can take it easy today. If we're done, I may as well get to her."
[15:42] <@Edgar> "Oh yeah?"
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Roku, of course? Have to check on my team, after all. Isaiah, are you going to hang out and keep him and the wolf company for a while?"
[15:47] <@Edgar> ["Yeah, I might do that. Do you want me to mind Lizzie while you go?"]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "That's fine. Um… please don't let Lupe eat her?"
[15:49] <@Edgar> [Isaiah laughed. "I won't."]
[15:49] <@Edgar> [Lupe looked up at her curiously.]
[15:51] * Yanmei eyed the wolf dubiously, and started to turn to go. At the threshold, though, she paused. "Chevalier."
[15:56] <@Edgar> "Yo."
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Don't forget that you're a prisoner of war, and that you've given us a lot of trouble. As such, I'm not obligated to care much about your confort during your stay. Still." She tossed her hair. "If you're on your best behavior, I -might- see about alternatives to the hospital food."
[15:58] <Yanmei> ^comfort
[15:58] <@Edgar> "Heh. I wonder if you really think of me as just a Prisoner of War. Or just an enemy." He grinned.
[16:01] <Yanmei> "…" That sounded like a trap either way she answered it. "Whatever," she said instead, and stepped out into the hallway, letting the door shut behind her.

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