And Yet I Am And Live With Shadows Tost

[13:16] <Yanmei> It had taken less time than she'd anticipated to find and piece together the clues from various conversations and to scrounge up a gift for one of the nurses in the Geofront's hospital that was worthy of a favor or two in exchange. -
[13:19] <Yanmei> But here she was, roaming stark white sterile hallways in her school uniform, her pace slow and measured. It was around here somewhere, wasn't it? The door hiding one of their enemy pilots from the world.
[13:27] <Viviane> [She saw it- Dr. Castillo was just leaving it now.]
[13:33] * Yanmei stopped short. She hadn't been expecting to stumble across someone else she knew here, but she could at least toss her hair and look natural about the whole thing, as if she was -supposed- to be there as she approached.
[13:34] <Viviane> [Dr. Castillo looked up.-
[13:34] <Viviane> ["Oh, hello, Miss Zhang."]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "Hello Doctor. It's been a while. How are you?"
[13:36] <Viviane> ["I'm good. Are you supposed to be here, Miss Zhang?"]
[13:39] * Yanmei broke into a chuckle, as if he had just cracked a polite joke. "Oh you," she grinned. That grin respectfully faded a little as she glanced at the door. "How is she?"
[13:44] <Viviane> ["Well…" Dr. Castillo looked back at the door. "I have mixed feelings. Viviane Fournier is a complex case. Come with me, Miss Zhang. We shouldn't talk about this in the open."]
[13:45] * Yanmei hesitated a moment, but then she nodded and moved to follow the man.
[13:46] <Viviane> [He took her down the corridor and through a few turns until they had arrived at his familiar office.-
[13:46] <Viviane> ["Have a seat, Miss Zhang."]
[13:50] * Yanmei obeyed, primly smoothing her skirt down as she did so. "So. What's happened?"
[13:51] <Viviane> ["Well. I'm telling you this because I want your help- as well as the help of Miss Blanc." He folded his hands over his lap. "Are you aware of Miss Fournier's reputation during the NeoSpartan program?"]
[13:58] <Yanmei> "Um. Not especially? No one really talked about her much."
[14:11] <Viviane> ["That's not a surprise." He was holding a folder in his hands. He opened it and took out a report. "'Candidate Volkova reports that Fournier dragged her out of her bed and strung her from the roof, whilst she cut at her arms and chest with a hand-made knife. When Candidate Caine intervened she inflicted a shallow cut to the throat and stabbed him in the left shoulder. Required the intervention of Candidates Akagi, Langley-Soryu, Fontaine and Piccard to subdue Fournier.'"]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "… this is the same Viviane Fournier?" Yanmei raised her eyebrows high.
[14:20] <Viviane> ["Physically, yes. The NeoSpartan program found that she was too…"-
[14:22] <Viviane> [Flick flick. "'Sadistic to an extreme degree, openly disdainful of fellow human life, more concerned with inflicting pain and suffering than following orders'. They decided to condition her into a placid form and release her as a failed candidate."]
[14:25] <Yanmei> "Doctor." Yanmei frowned slightly. "Does this have something to do with why she's been confined to a psyche ward instead of to a regular hospital room the wa Chevalier was?"
[14:25] <Yanmei> ^way
[14:28] <Viviane> ["Yes and no." Said Doctor Castillo. "When the Covenant of Light raided your school and captured Viviane, the fighting encouraged her murderous personality to rise again. Hence, by the time you encountered her in combat, it was completely in control- and furthermore, in this frame of mind, she believed that all of you, especially de Pteres, were directly responsible for reinforcing her placid 'prison'."-
[14:29] <Viviane> ["But no. The reason she hasn't been kept in a normal hospital room is because her injuries don't require it. She only suffered one significant form of injury, and that was intense head trauma."-
[14:29] <Viviane> ["Long story short, she doesn't know who she is. Her memory has vanished."]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "Wait, seriously? So… is this a permanent affliction?"
[14:33] <Viviane> ["As far as we can tell, yes."]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Ah." She shifted, a little uncomfortably, and took her time thinking about that. "If it's forever, I don't see what we can do?"
[14:37] <Viviane> ["Simple. She has no idea of who she was. So I want you and Blanc to help her acclimatise to her situation."]
[14:39] <Yanmei> "What -is- her situation now? Is she being released?"
[14:40] <Viviane> ["Not yet. Right now, her motor skills and her understanding of language has been retained, but she has trouble internalising that she is 'Viviane Fournier'."]
[14:52] <Yanmei> That thin air of discomfort had not yet waned. "I have a confession to make," she sighed. "While I feel a little responsible in what happened to her recently? I'm not sure if I knew the old calm Viviane well enough to reacquaint her with that personality in any form. Wouldn't de Pteres be the man for this?"
[14:53] <Viviane> ["Ahem." He took out another file.-
[14:54] <Viviane> ["'I, Doctor Felix Castillo-Delgado, solemnly swear that I will eat my own beard before I let Sera de Pteres care for one of my patients. Signed, Doctor Felix Castillo-Delgado, 2nd of April, 2017.'"]
[14:56] * Yanmei coughed daintily into a fist. "I see."
[15:00] <Viviane> ["I prefer you and Blanc. You're both more stable and more grounded in reality. And Yanmei, I'm not asking you or anyone to reacquaint her with her old personality. I'm asking you to simply help her grow."]
[15:08] <Yanmei> "So you're asking us to… visit her as much as possible and talking to her? Bringing her things from the outside, maybe?"
[15:08] <Yanmei> ^and talk
[15:08] <Viviane> ["Yes."]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Well." Yanmei tossed her hair. "That sounds simple enough. Are other visitors allowed? I would think that she could learn a lot from someone like Rei."
[15:13] <Viviane> ["Other visitors are, yes. But Miss Ayanami is returning to Boston tomorrow, along with the other Bostonian pilots."]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "I haven't forgotten," she said. "But they're bound to have an opportunity to visit again or communicate by phone or video conference."
[15:15] <Viviane> ["Yes."]#
[15:19] <Yanmei> "And… there are others who would want to visit? Even if their participation in any treatments would result in you eating your own beard - which would be amazing, by the way. It would just be a light hello or goodbye every now and then, so you wouldn't have to worry much."
[15:21] <Viviane> ["Of course. All said though, I would appreciate it if you or Blanc would accompany him." Castillo reached up to groom his beard. "It is a fine beard, though."]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "I agree," Yanmei chuckled. "Is there anything else I should be aware of with this?"
[15:25] <Viviane> ["Not that I can see."]
[15:25] <Yanmei> "I see. Then," She started to rie. "Thank you very much for this conversation."
[15:26] <Viviane> ["Not a problem."]
[15:34] <Yanmei> So Yanmei headed for the door, and once it shut behind her, she groaned softly. Now what? She'd hoped for a quick peek, an apology, and going on her way, but this was way more complicated now. -
[15:36] <Yanmei> Well, if this was going to be a regular thing for her, it wouldn't kill her to introduce herself to the girl. So, slowly, she walked back to the hallway where Viviane's room had been.
[15:41] <Viviane> [The door still sat there, unopened.]
[15:45] <Yanmei> So Yanmei knocked, swiped her borrowed security card on the panel next to the door, and then slowly opened it. "Hello?"
[15:47] * Viviane was sitting at a table in the room, staring at the cover of a book. She was different to how Yanmei remembered- thinner in some ways, her hair was shorter, and her skin tanned. She was wearing a simple white dress. She looked over. "Hello."
[15:48] <Yanmei> "I'm Zhang Yanmei," she announced. "I just wanted to stop by and say hi. How are you feeling?"
[15:59] <Viviane> "I feel alright." She said quietly.
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Really? Not bored or anything?" She took a look around at the room itself.
[16:02] <Viviane> "A little."
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Yeah? Then… how about I bring some books and magazines by tomorrow? I'm a little ill-equipped for this today, I'm afraid."
[16:06] <Viviane> "What sort of books?"
[16:10] <Yanmei> "As many different kinds as I can? Fiction, and textbooks, and - hm - probably some current magazines and newspapers too? Do you have any requests?"
[16:12] <Viviane> "No, not really." She stared down at the book on the table. Poked it.
[16:13] * Yanmei drifted closer, if only for a closer look at it.
[16:14] <Viviane> [It was a romance novel.]
[16:17] <Yanmei> "Huh. Is this the sort of thing you like? Where did you get it from?"
[16:18] <Viviane> "It was given to me by Dr. Castillo. He's been giving me books of all genres and types." She pointed at a sparse bookshelf.
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Eh? Geez, that guy totally stole my idea?" She feigned a pout. "What do you think of him?"
[16:26] <Viviane> "Um… I'm not sure. He seems nice?"
[16:33] <Yanmei> "I know, right? He's the Head of Psychiatry here, so you'd think he'd be all stressed and uptight, but he's pretty mellow." Yanmei found a wall to lean against. "Ah… did anyone tell you where 'here' is?"
[16:33] <Viviane> "I'm in Paris."
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Right. But I meant, like, this facility specifically."
[16:34] <Viviane> "A psychiatric ward."
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Yes, but… it's a psychiatric ward that's only a small part of a larger medical facility. And that's in turn only a small part of a bigger organization."
[16:38] <Viviane> "Oh?"
[16:40] <Yanmei> "That's right. I work for that larger organization. It's why I don't really look like any of the uniformed nurses and medical staff around here?"
[16:40] <Viviane> "Oh. I get it."
[16:44] * Yanmei nodded cheerfully, pinched her skirt, and pulled it away from her body ever so slightly. "I happen to be a student at a local academy too. Normally, you'd see me in a different uniform or in civie clothes, but I just came from school."
[16:45] <Viviane> "Oh, a school. So you must read a lot of books." Viviane scratched the back of her neck. "I'm sorry. I don't really know how to handle this."#
[16:52] <Yanmei> "I thought you were doing okay, all things considering?" Yanmei cracked a little smile. "I thought that there would be a lot of stuff you were curious about, but…"
[16:54] <Viviane> "You're right. I -am-, but…" Viviane fidgetted. "There's not a lot in this room, you know."
[16:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah. And this room is pretty much all you know at the moment, right?"
[16:57] * Viviane nodded. "I've read and been told about a lot of things, but I don't really know what they look like outside of the pictures."
[16:59] <Yanmei> "Hm…" Yanmei pulled out her NERV phone, and hit one of the numbers already stored on it.
[17:00] <Viviane> [it rang…-
[17:00] <Viviane> ["Hello? Dr. Castillo-Delgado speaking."]
[17:00] <Yanmei> "Hi Doctor~ It's me, Yanmei! I have a teeny little request?"
[17:01] <Viviane> ["Oh no."]
[17:02] <Yanmei> "Could I give her a tour of the hospital? Just a quick one? Please, please, pretty please?"
[17:03] <Viviane> ["Are you armed?"]
[17:04] <Yanmei> "They confiscated my gun before they let me come in this wing. The taser, too."
[17:07] <Viviane> ["… I feel like I'll regret this, but alright."]
[17:08] <Yanmei> "Thanks~" Yanmei beamed. "Nothing will go wrong at all, ever. You'll see."
[17:10] <Viviane> ["I hope not." Click.]
[17:11] * Yanmei put her phone away, an gave Viviane a thumbs up. "Problem solved?"
[17:11] <Viviane> "You're going to take me out of here?" Asked Viviane, brightening.
[17:13] <Yanmei> "Yup. It's just the hospital today. I'd rather we go out to see Paris itself, but we have to take baby steps with this guy. It's for his peace of mind." Yanmei nodded sagely.
[17:13] <Viviane> "Ah."
[17:14] <Yanmei> "But~ It's better than staying in this room, right?" Yanmei turned for the door. "Let's go!"
[17:15] * Viviane stood up and quietly followed Yanmei.
[14:37] * Yanmei chatted away as they ambled on. "This ward is pretty high security? But even though you can't see it, there aren't a lot of patients around." She jerked a thumb at some of the closed doors they passed. "If you had more physical wounds, you would be in the regular medical hub. That's a lot noisier and a lot more crowded, as we'll see in a minute."
[14:53] <Viviane> "Oh." She rubbed the top of her head awkwardly. "Yeah, I'm pretty lucky. The doctor said I was lucky to even be in one piece, let alone alive."
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah…" Yanmei focused on the hallway ahead. "So I guess they explained what happened and how you ended up here?"
[14:57] <Viviane> "They said I was in an accident."
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" A slight pang of misery now, but she shook it off as well as she was able. "Did they tell you who you were before the accident?"
[14:59] <Viviane> "They just told me my name was Viviane."
[15:04] <Yanmei> "That's right. You know, you attended the same school as I do."
[15:05] <Viviane> "I… Did?"
[15:07] <Yanmei> "Yes. We didn't know each other very well, though? I think you were a musician or something."
[15:09] <Viviane> "A musician…? Did I play music? What sort of music? What did I play? Was I good?" She asked eagerly, scooting closer to Yanmei.
[15:12] <Yanmei> "Well, ah… the school had a music club, so I guess something classical? But, if you can hold out, I'll drag one of the members from the club over here to describe it soon."
[15:12] <Viviane> "Please!"
[15:16] <Yanmei> "As soon as I can. I promise." She grinned. They were coming up on a lobby now, and Yanmei searched for her ID - a mix of chinese and french - to flash at any security guys or nurses around.
[15:17] <Viviane> [The security guard took the cursory look, then waived her through.]
[15:51] * Yanmei beamed, gave him a nod, and then quickened her pace as the halls started to take on a slightly different decor. "To be honest, the class we were in keeps shrinking and shrinking. Paris is a pretty dangerous place."
[15:55] <Viviane> "Dangerous…? Why?" She stared down at her hands, and thought, and thought.-
[15:55] <Viviane> "Oh. Oh, I see. Is it… It's the war, isn't it?"
[15:58] <Yanmei> "Yeah, if you mean the war against the Angels. That's what this organization exists for."
[15:58] <Viviane> "A… Angels?" Her face went blank.-
[15:59] <Viviane> "I don't understand. I thought we were at war with Germany?"
[16:00] <Yanmei> "Huh?" A look of utter confusion now. "Germany? But we're allies with them. Sort of."
[16:02] <Viviane> "Huh?" Viviane stared, then rubbed her head. "I don't know how to handle this… The books- they…"
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Wait. Which books were you reading? France was once at war with Germany, but that was a while ago? Ah… are you okay?"
[16:06] <Viviane> "I'm so confused." She whined, shaking her head. "Angels? I don't understand…"
[16:09] <Yanmei> "They're…" Yanmei stopped short and shook her head. "They're like something out of a monster movie. It's hard to explain, because you'd think I'm crazy if I tried. Just know that they're not human, and that they're super dangerous."
[16:11] * Viviane just stared at Yanmei confusedly.
[16:15] <Yanmei> "Like aliens," she elaborated, feeling super lame.
[16:16] <Viviane> "Aliens?!"
[16:19] <Yanmei> "Calm down. It's not like a full-out invasion? They just attack every now and then, one by one. And then we fend them off."
[16:27] <Viviane> "Oh…"
[16:29] <Yanmei> "Geez. I can't believe no one told you about it yet." Yanmei shook her head. "Anyway? You're in safe hands here, so don't worry about it too much."
[16:33] <Viviane> "Oh, alright. But I thought you said Paris was dangerous."
[16:35] <Yanmei> "It is. But this facility is underground. So far underground that we haven't really had to deal with those things attacking it directly. Not that they haven't tried? But we always managed to fight them off before they did it. Well, with one or two exceptions, but they totally cheated."
[16:42] <Viviane> "Cheated…?"
[16:46] <Yanmei> "Like, hacking into our computer system, or trying to infiltrate by spending little spawns to us through an prexisting tunnel system. The ones in the tunnels all died, though."
[16:47] <Viviane> "Spawns…?!"
[16:51] <Yanmei> "They spat acid and could melt metal with their claws," she said matter of factly. "But even they didn't come even close to getting this far."
[16:51] <Viviane> "Acid and - metal- claws…" Viviane goes pale. She looks like she's going to be sick.
[16:54] * Yanmei smiled at her. It was a calm, confident smile. "It's a testiment to how secure this place is? But it'll probably take some time to get used to thinking about this stuff. I'm trying to be honest, though."
[16:55] <Viviane> "A-Alright. It's just… This all sounds really scary."
[17:01] <Yanmei> "You don't have anything to fear with NERV around, though."
[17:02] * Viviane froze, her eyes widening.-
[17:02] <Viviane> [There was a growl behind Yanmei. A deep, animal growl.]
[17:03] <Yanmei> "Ah…?" She turned. Slowly.
[17:05] <Viviane> [Felix stood there, eyeing her speculatively.-
[17:05] <Viviane> [It wasn't the doctor.]
[17:10] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared back. A 300-something pound tiger was wandering the hallways of a hospital without a leash or master in sight, and no one had bothered to do -anything- about it, and now she was snuck in a rather uncomfortable position. Slowly, she eased between him and the terrified Viviane, and tried to make her voice sound friendly and less panicky. "H-hey, boy. Where did you come from?"
[17:11] <Viviane> ["Grrrr."-
[17:11] * Viviane started to take shaky steps backwards…
[17:16] <Yanmei> "'s okay. He's totally tame. Belongs to one of the employees here." Yanmei hesitated and then… held out a hand to the cat. "Felix~ You want to play, right?"
[17:18] <Viviane> ["Rrrrr!" Felix leaps…!-
[17:18] <Viviane> With a shriek of pure fear, Viviane is -gone- down the hall, running at a speed that would put her in good stead at the olympics.-
[17:19] <Viviane> [The tiger was about three times Yanmei's weight, and it knocked her to the ground far too easily. And then it began to savage its prey…-
[17:20] <Viviane> [By licking Yanmei's face with a tongue of hot sandpaper like an overenthusiastic house cat.]
[17:23] <Yanmei> "Bluh… guh!" Yanmei struggled to retain some of her dignity, but that, of course was a lost cause. And speaking of lost causes. "V-Viv- ugh… wait!" She reached after her, but she was in no position to push Felix off either.
[17:26] <Viviane> [Felix bounded off of her, leaping around excitedly. He rolled over, stretching out, his fluffy tummy there for all to see.]
[17:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei sighed and dutifully scratched said belly. "You just scared a very delicate psychiatric ward patient, you know that? God… the doctor's going to have my head…"
[17:31] <Viviane> ["… What are you doing to my tiger?" Asks an accusing, suspicious voice.]
[17:33] * Yanmei spun, beaming. "Great timing, Doctor Riel~ Take over for me, please? There's someone I have to find?" And with that, the petting stopped, and Yanmei stood up properly.
[17:34] <Viviane> [Dr. Riel stared at her suspiciously as she walked over to Felix. "Come on, Felix."-
[17:34] <Viviane> ["Rrr…"]
[17:36] <Yanmei> And Yanmei was off, jogging in the diirection Viviane has run in, searching for her.
[17:41] <Viviane> [Minutes passed. She didn't seem to be anywhere in the hall, but there were 3 rooms on the way- and of course, the door back to the psych ward.]
[17:46] * Yanmei decided to check the rooms first, one by one, diving for the closest one.
[17:48] <Viviane> [An empty hospital room…-
[17:48] <Viviane> [… Except for the Viviane hiding under the bed, shaking.]
[17:51] * Yanmei breathed a sigh of relief, and closed the door, walking over to the bed and crouching. "Hey…"
[17:52] <Viviane> "I-I'm scared."
[17:56] <Yanmei> "I know." Yanmei sighed. "I know. I'm sorry. I didn't think he'd -jump- like that. But… I'm okay, see? And you're okay."
[17:57] <Viviane> "D-Did you kill him?"
[17:57] <Viviane> There was a hint of something like awe in her voice.
[18:03] <Yanmei> "Heh." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Like a tiger would be a match for me? At least, that's what I'd like to say…"
[18:04] <Viviane> "W-What happened…?"
[18:05] <Yanmei> "He licked me a few times, and rolled over so that I could give him a bellyrub. I did say that he was tame…"
[18:05] <Viviane> "… Oh."
[18:10] <Yanmei> "He does look pretty intimidating, though, doesn't he?" She made herself more comfortable sitting on the floor next to the bed. -
[18:11] <Yanmei> "I've never seen him just walking around like that. Usually, he just hangs out in this lab, with his caretaker, far away from the hospital. Which makes me wonder…" she trailed off and frowned a little.
[18:16] <Viviane> "Wonder…? That he broke out?"
[18:17] <Yanmei> "No. Said caretaker was with him." She shook her head. "Look, nevermind. She probably just showed up for a routine physical, or something like that, and brought him along."
[18:18] <Viviane> "Oh." She peeks at the door. "S-Sorry…"
[13:24] <Yanmei> "You didn't do anything wrong, though?" Yanmei leaned against the bedframe.
[13:24] <Viviane> "But I- I acted stupid…"
[13:27] <Yanmei> "Um… I think that was about as normal a reaction from someone as you could get."
[13:28] <Viviane> "R-Really…? But you weren't scared!"
[13:31] <Yanmei> "That's because I suspected the tiger wouldn't try to eat us. This was your first time meeting him, so the same can't be expected? But, if you were to meet him again, do you think you'd act a little differently?"
[13:33] <Viviane> "Um… I-I don't know. What if he doesn't like me?"
[13:34] <Yanmei> "Then he'll probably just growl and stalk away. He's not going to attack," Yanmei grinned. "Not in the biting and killing way, anyway."
[13:38] <Viviane> "… B-But I'm -scared-!"
[13:42] <Yanmei> "Then…" Yanmei thought, letting her head loll back slightly. "Just do what makes you comfortable. Given that it's a tiger, I think it's pretty understandable if you head in the opposite direction if you see him coming? Sometimes he makes me nervous too, so…"
[13:59] <Viviane> "He does?" She peeked her head out, staring morosely up at Yanmei.
[14:01] <Yanmei> "Of course! Maybe if he was a little smaller it'd be different, but…"
[14:02] <Viviane> "I-I wish he were smaller. A -lot- smaller. He's very pretty, but…"
[14:08] <Yanmei> "They say he was really cute when he was a kitten. I think I missed that phase, though." Yanmei sighed. "Well, what do you want to do now? Shall we hang out here for a little while?"
[14:09] <Viviane> "Um. Can we go somewhere else?"
[14:13] <Yanmei> "Sure. Let's go to the lobby. Sometimes the receptionists have coffee or tea around. Just let me know when you want to go back?" Yanmei hopped to her feet.
[14:14] * Viviane crawled out and got to her feet.
[14:16] * Yanmei led the way, opening the door and peeking out first. "You know, my boyfriend used to work here too. If he still had his office, I'd suggest going there."
[14:18] <Viviane> "Boyfriend?"
[14:19] <Yanmei> "Yeah! He was training to be a doctor, but he got transferred to a new position overseas. He's our age, and way adorable too~"
[14:21] <Viviane> "Really…?" She seemed curious.
[14:25] * Yanmei drew out her phone as she walked, and showed her a picture: A beaming Isaiah with Lizzie on his shoulders~ "He was in our class too, actually."
[14:29] <Viviane> "Ooh, I see." She blinked. "And a baby, too!"
[14:34] <Yanmei> "Yeah. We were …babysitting. She's the sweetest little girl~"
[14:37] <Viviane> "Babysitting? Oh." She scratched her neck.
[14:52] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei put he phone away. "She and her mom are about to move away too, so…" God, why was she talking about this? "Heh. But enough about that~"
[14:53] <Viviane> "Ok." …-
[14:53] <Viviane> "I'm hungry…"
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Then let's have some food with our coffee. Um…" And thus a problem presented itself. Could they go out to the cafeteria and then come back before anyone missed them?
[15:00] <Viviane> "Alright!" Said Viviane eagerly. "Come on! I want to see the food!"
[15:04] <Yanmei> "Of course~" The phone came out again, and Yanmei dialed a familiar number.
[15:16] <Viviane> [The phone is answered.-
[15:16] <Viviane> ["What's wrong?"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Hello Doctor~ Why do you sound so worried?" Yanmei used her brightest voice. "I said before that nothing would go wrong. We were just wondering…"
[15:19] <Viviane> ["Go on…"]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Going out of the hospital is fine too, isn't it? Just to the cafeteria and back. She says that she's hungry."
[15:22] <Viviane> ["…"-
[15:22] <Viviane> ["Alright. But if something goes wrong…"]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "There's nothing to be worried about~ We'll see you later, okay? Ta~"
[15:25] <Viviane> "Who was that? The Doctor?"
[15:26] <Yanmei> "Yup. Remember when I said 'baby steps'?" Yanmei winked at her on the way to the exit. "It won't be long before we're wandering around Paris."
[15:27] <Viviane> "And being s-stepped on by aliens…"
[15:29] <Yanmei> "They only attack every now and then. It's really nice when they're not around! There are places to shop and to see artwork and stuff."
[15:30] <Viviane> "Oh, I see." Says Viviane, nodding. "What do you do in your time off, then?"
[15:37] <Yanmei> "Shop~ Follow the political scene. I used to do some acting, too. That was pretty fun. I've been a little short of free time these days, sadly."
[15:37] <Viviane> "Why's that?"
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Well, I have to spend a lot of time here, that's all. And up until now I've been watching that cute little baby a lot, which made it harder."
[15:40] <Viviane> "Oh."
[15:43] <Yanmei> "But you know… I think I should rediscover some of those things that I loved so much. Like running~"
[15:44] <Viviane> "Oh, you like to run?" She brightens. "I think I'm good at running! I went really fast back then!"
[15:45] * Yanmei laughed. "You totally did! We should race sometimes."
[15:45] <Viviane> "Yeah!"
[15:58] <Yanmei> They walked. Yanmei chattered about various things and people related to the things they passed. Finally, they reached the doors to the cafeteria, and Yanmei glanced around cooly to see that nothing was out of place.
[16:00] <Viviane> [Nothing was out of place, of course. Just officers and workers milling about, eating food (Today the specialty was an excellent beef and dumpling stew with rich gravy, mushrooms and onions). Captain Gosselin sat at a table by himself, eating and working on a laptop.]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "Okay! A quick in and out. Take a look around and decide what you want to try." Yanmei was drifting over toward that stew. "We'll get drinks here, too."
[16:04] <Viviane> "Coke!" Says Viviane excitedly.
[16:11] <Yanmei> "Coke it is!" Trays for two. Yanmei got her stew, and examined some pizza nearby before moving on to the chilled cans of cola. What was the big deal about Coke…?
[16:12] <Viviane> "Did you know that every can of coke is the same?" Says Viviane energetically. "That means, it's not something that's different for the rich and poor!"
[16:13] <Yanmei> "I guess that's true? I've never thought of it that way."
[16:16] <Viviane> "I read that in a book." Viviane found a seat.
[16:22] <Yanmei> "Sounds like a good book. Are you interested in things like that? Like, equality, I mean."
[16:22] <Viviane> "Um. I think equality is good!" She says earnestly.
[16:26] <Yanmei> "I agree!" Yanmei cracked open her can. "It's a worthy thing to work toward. But it's something that seems really far off, too."
[16:28] <Viviane> "Really? Why?"
[02:31] <Yanmei> "That's just the way it is? Most of the power in this world stays in the hands of the very few and very priveleged. A lot of them tend to be jerky people who disregard the needs of others, or worse, assume that they know what's best for everyone else and make decisions to that effect. Seriously insulting, right?"
[02:32] <Viviane> "Yeah!"-
[02:32] <Viviane> "But… Why?"
[02:33] * Yanmei shrugged. "Why do they have that power, you mean?"
[02:33] <Viviane> "Yeah."
[02:36] <Yanmei> "Hm… Luck, mostly. Either good or bad. Being born into powerful families that could set them up for that or taking advantage of a political or financial situation to come into their own. There are some that just work their butts off and don't stop until they're in a position of power, but those are very few. And even they would need some luck too."
[02:36] <Viviane> "But that's not fair!"
[02:36] <Yanmei> "No. But that's how it is."
[02:37] <Viviane> "But it shouldn't be!"
[02:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah. But you need power to change a system, and it'd be disadventageous for someone who actually had it to try to straighten things out."
[02:44] <Viviane> "But… But it'd be the right thing to do!"
[02:45] <Yanmei> "You're sounding like someone very familiar right now." Yanmei sighed.
[02:46] <Viviane> "Huh?"
[02:47] <Yanmei> "Like, the new President of the United States is saying things like that. She -seems- sincere."
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[02:55] <Viviane> "The President of the United States…" Viviane frowned at this. "She? It's a woman?"
[02:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah. She just came into power. Because of the way she took over, she's struggling to hold onto her position and to be accepted by the UN, but she's gaining support pretty quickly. Seems dedicated to making things over there less corrupt? And of course, she has a big emphasis on social welfare too."
[03:01] <Viviane> "Wow… Wait, I don't know what that means. What happened?"
[03:06] <Yanmei> "Well, ah… she basically was fighting against that country and the United Nations, too. She took control of the United States by force and declared herself president, and promptly began kicking out the corrupt guys who were running the place before she came along. Now the rest of the world has to figure out how to deal with her."
[03:06] <Viviane> "H-Huh. So she's a conqueror…?!"
[03:07] <Yanmei> "Yeah. A benevolent one, I guess, but there's no denying the questionable way that she took over."
[03:09] <Viviane> "I bet she's really tall, with long hair, and a sword! And I bet she wears big coats and has a really cool hat and everything, and I get they call her The Great!"
[03:12] <Yanmei> "'The Great'?" There was no hiding her amusement. "Remind me to show you a picture of her. She's really shrimpy. Also, she mostly wears suits and stuff now."
[03:14] <Viviane> "Oh…"
[03:18] <Yanmei> "Hm. Still… with that in mind, she's like a hatless Napoleon. I'll bring you some interviews done of her the next time I visit. Or you could ask the Doctor for some?"
[03:18] <Viviane> "Sure! I'd like that."
[03:28] <Yanmei> "How about Saturday, then? Same time? I'll send some other people to say hello in the meantime!"
[03:29] <Viviane> "Alright! Thank you, Yanmei." She gave Yanmei a warm, fawning smile.
[03:29] <Yanmei> "Don't mention it!" Yanmei tossed her hair and put on a winning smile of her own. "Now, then. Let's eat up!"

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