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[12:30] * Yanmei grumped down one of the hallways on the Dorian Lachapelle, passing along several of the UEF's officers' quarters. She was dressed casually for once in dark blue sweatpants, her hair pulled back into twintails to keep it out of her face. -
[12:33] <Yanmei> It had been a while since she, Isaiah, Lizzie and Marianne had moved into their big suite elsewhere on the ship, but she somehow still found herself walking around this area regularly on visits when she had the time. Usually it was on account of Asuka or one of the other pilots, but today her destination was slightly different than usual. -
[12:35] <Yanmei> She came to a halt in front of a certain door, and pushed the buzzer impatiently.
[12:40] <Minaplo> [The light turned green.]
[12:45] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei promptly entered. "Riel?" she blurted out, her tone taking on a distinct whine. "I'm boooored. I can't get anyone to train with me today!"
[12:49] <Minaplo> [James Riel's room had been intensely re-decorated.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> [Against two walls stood shelves, holding a truly impressive stack of books. They ranged from serious technical manuals and dry encyclopedias to hundreds of colourful manga, their spines all showing outwards, all of them organised perfectly. A wide surovite cabinet in the corner showed off a dazzling collection of figurines, toys and models- including a few Evangelions.-
[12:52] <Minaplo> [Where once frescoes of nudes had decorated the wall, now there sat large anime wall scrolls from various series, sitting over whitewashed panelling.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [James himself sat at a desk, which was positioned to be directly opposite the door. The desk was dominated by an extremely impressive and esoteric-looking computer setup, the most distinctive elements of which were his three monitors.-
[12:53] <Minaplo> [James- who was wearing headphones- didn't say anything. He just gave her a critically arched eyebrow as she entered, which he held until the doors had shut firmly.]
[12:59] <Yanmei> "What are you working on?" She was doing her best to ignore the wall scrolls and other childish paraphernalia. "Is it important? Do you have time to run simulations with me and 04 or something?"
[13:05] <Minaplo> [He took his headphones off.-
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["Internet stalking." Said James. "Didn't you want me to look up crap about Sidney White?"]
[13:11] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah. How's that coming along?" She hurried over to peer at his screens. "Any scandals yet? i bet he's cheating on his wife or something."
[13:14] <Minaplo> [Oddly enough, the person on his screen wasn't Sidney White at all, but a pretty, young woman of maybe 21 or 22; he quickly changed the screen a second after she saw it.-
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["Well, uh… No." He said. "Not exactly."]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gave him a suspicious look.
[13:20] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[13:21] <Yanmei> "Sidney White is the only person you're cyberstalking, right?"
[13:25] <Minaplo> ["…" He sighed. "Alright, let me tell you a story. Do you wanna take a seat?"]
[13:26] <Yanmei> "Sure…" She peered around for one such seat.
[13:27] <Minaplo> [There was a seat on the other side of the desk. Or the bed.]
[13:28] * Yanmei went around the desk, grabbed the chair, and then pulled it back around so that it was next to James' own seat. Then she sat down.
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["When I was in university, I met a girl named Christina Nguyen." Said James. "We were good friends. Actually, we shared a lot of interests. It never went anywhere romantic, but, y'know… It could've, maybe even should've."-
[13:39] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, we went our separate ways, meeting only a few times here and there." Said James. "But a little while back… Around 2016? I tried to find her again."-
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["It wasn't easy, because she never liked putting too much on the internet, but any information about her simply stops around November 2015."-
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["No new pictures, no records, no email addresses, nothing on social media past that date." Said James.-
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["None of my old contact details work and I can't find any family to speak to, or friends who were in contact with her." Said James. "I don't know if she's even alive, and that scares the shit out of me."-
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["So every so often I trawl through the internet and see if I can find even a little proof that she's doing something, somewhere." He shrugged. "Haven't found anything yet."]
[13:45] <Yanmei> "Where was she last located? You might be able to go there and do some, um. Offline snooping?"
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Last record of her was in Saigon, y'know, in Vietnam?"]
[13:55] <Yanmei> "Ah. So you could go, but you'd need some kind of protection…"
[13:56] <Minaplo> ["Plus it's been years since. Who knows what could've happened." Said James. "The whole LN War happened during that time, and that area got caught up in it. I dunno if she'd really be there at all…"]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" Yanmei frowned, arms folded pensively. "I'm sorry. I don't know what else to do. If it's the only lead we've got, then I think we should try to follow it up or talk to someone who can."
[14:04] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. Doesn't matter."-
[14:10) <Minaplo> ["So. Let's talk about this White guy."]
[14:13] <Yanmei> "…alright, if you want to," she said cautiously.
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["So no scandals." Said James. "Found a lot of other information though. Birthdate, place of birth, educational background, list of jobs, his blood type, dental records…"-
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["A lot of, uh. Stuff." Said James. "A lot of… Boring stuff."]
[14:47] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face fell. "C-come on. He can't possibly be that clean? Maybe he's just really good at covering his tracks."
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["Possibly." Said James. "In fact probably, considering he happened to end up close to Princess Catherine despite her just going missing somewhere, supposedly."-
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["That's what I mean. This man's life story is aggressively normal: lost parents in impact, went to university on government schemes, became a lawyer. Broke his arm on a volunteer trip to Inverness."-
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["What's worse, I can't verify half of this shit because most of the people who could are dead."]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "What a fabulous coincidence that is," she said dryly. "Do you think the princesses might be in danger from this guy?"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["I thought the smart thing would be to assume everyone is a danger to the princesses."]
[15:25] <Yanmei> "You're not wrong. I wish we could get some sort of verification from Catherine. At least figure out how they met so that we had a lead to follow."
[13:11] <Minaplo> ["Even Messina didn't know." Said James. "And that… Is troubling, to be honest."-
[13:11] <Minaplo> ["I don't have anything logical to go on, but do you trust my gut?"]
[13:12] <Yanmei> "I'd say yeah, sure."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["This feels like bullshit." Said James. "The guy's background, I mean. I can't prove it, but if I had to wager on it, I'd say it was so normal and boring because it was designed to be. I mean, some quiet City lawyer who conveniently has no family somehow ends up with the most important person in the UK whilst she's in Scandinavia, or whilst she's been shepherded by Scottish nationalists? Possible. Not fucking likely."-
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["And then you take that and get this?" He said, turning around one of his monitors to face Yanmei.-
[13:29] <Minaplo> [A video stream showed Sidney White at his latest rally, working the crowd in an almost hypnotic grace. The crowd below looked enchanted, roaring and applauding almost constantly. It felt almost more like a pop star concert.]
[13:35] * Yanmei scowled at the image. He was way too good at this to be a common lawyer. "He's probably a nationalist who killed and took the identity of the real Sidney White for exactly this purpose. Probably been training for years to play at this. Long before the attack that took out the royal palace."
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["Possibly, but it's more likely that Sidney White's just a straight up fake identity." Said James. "They're more reliable than stealing someone else's if you're going public- imagine if someone stole your identity then ran for Prime Minister. Wouldn't that draw all of your old friends and relatives out of the woodwork? It'd raise a lot of awkward questions."]
[13:44] <Yanmei> "Guess so. Ugh, this is so annoying? He can take all the potshots he wants at us because we actually have a history, and we can't even touch him in return."
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["Not that that's stopping Wellesley. You saw their first debate?"]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "Yeah. He's a complete natural! It was seriously impressive, the way the crowd was resonating with him?"
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["Did you like his natural accent?" Said James with a smirk.]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "Heh. Doesn't come out too often, does it?"
[13:57] <Minaplo> ["Nossir. It's fuckin' weird after listening to him speak posh for so long."]
[13:59] <Yanmei> "The worst part about all of this is if we tease him about it Rei will jump to his defense and scold us."
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["You mean this Rei?" He said, switching over to a different video, one of Alphonse's rallies. He jumped to a point early in the video, and paused on a shot of Rei and Alphonse embracing before the first speeches, Rei looking flushed, her eyes shining.]
[14:03] <Yanmei> "That Rei. Hmph. The way the media's showing them… it reminds me of some other couple I'd had to deal with lately."
[14:04] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "Dumb Marshal Caine and his wife. They can't keep their hands off each other, even in professional company."
[14:07] <Minaplo> ["Oh…oo." He grinned. "Go on."]
[14:11] <Yanmei> "Like at the Summit they were totally making eyes at each other the whole time? And at the coronation they were practically smooching in full view of everyone. I'm sure they went off at one point to just outright make out." Yanmei scoffed disapprovingly. "I bet they're the reason those rumors are going around about the dignitaries who were there?"
[14:13] <Minaplo> ["True love, huh?" Said James. "See, I heard all kinda stories about fun things going on over there…"]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "I can assure that I, at least, was on my best behavior," she said primly.
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["Well of course, you didn't have Isaiah-boy with you." Said James. "You had to make do with being psychically pervy. But the others…"-
[14:17] <Minaplo> ["I've heard some fun things said about Michael. And also about Alex and Asuka."]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "What's this about Michael?" Her ears perked up. Alex and Asuka had been completely blatant about their activities, but this…
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Apparently he cooked dinner for someone, but they blew him off." Said James. "He asked someone else, but they blew him off too. Finally he asked some other young ladies, and apparently one of them never went home that night…"]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "Oh? Hmm. So that's how it turned out. He invited me and Chiisana over, but we couldn't make it."
[14:23] <Minaplo> ["Do you know who he invited after you? Because one of 'em ended up ensnared."]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "No idea. But we could narrow it down to a few by process of elimination?"
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "Ok. So, if we're talking about just the UEF members, we've got Linden, Dr Akagi and her assistant, Asuka, Lexie, and Roku. Let's cross Lexie off the list because she's way too bashful to go through with it and Asuka because she'd probably drag Fontaine along instead of a girl friend. That leaves four."
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Linden, Akagi, Ibuki and Roku." Said James. "Wasn't Roku spending all her time with her Solomon Knight lover?"]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "Yeah, probably. So she's off the list. Linden Akagi, and Ibuki, then…"
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["I can't really see Akagi going for it." Said Michael. "Linden, though… Damn."]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Yeah. But, to make things even more complicated, no one said that he invited an UEF member over, right? So what if he contacted someone from the UN? Or from Japan itself?"
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["I don't think UN. If he invited someone from the UN, and they didn't go home the next day, you'd fuckin' hear about it."]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Maybe," she relented. She looked slightly disappointed, though.
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["You know, if you think about it, Linden's not only super pretty and elegant, but she looks a bit like his sister. They're also both disguise experts… Maybe he's got some sort of Freudian attraction."]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "Could happen. She's never shown much interest in him before, but maybe she was hiding it. She's a president, after all, so she has to be discreet?"
[15:09] <Hepburn> ["And knowing Linden, she could be discreet… Man, that'd be such a great scandal, wouldn't it? Pretty boy Michael boinking the President."]
[15:19] <Yanmei> "If they got married, do you think the Pope would do the ceremony for them?"
[15:24] <Hepburn> ["Well if they were able to spare a President for some plumhead and her scruffy boytoy, I don't see why not." He said breezily.]
[15:28] <Yanmei> "Hey. Don't call your mighty chancellor a 'Plumhead'. Where did you even hear that from, anyway…?"
[15:29] <Hepburn> ["It was either from an Iron Guard in Blue's or I overheard Shardlake using the term." Said James. "So you admit that he's a scruffy boytoy, then?"]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "Never! He's every bit as elegant as Wellesley is?"
[22:53] <Minaplo> ["So you're saying he's a dreamboaty chick magnet?"]
[22:54] <Yanmei> "Minus the chick magnet part, thank you?" she said primly. "He's a true gentleman."
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["Don't act like he hasn't had to beat 'em off with a stick."]
[22:56] <Yanmei> "H-he hasn't had to deal with that in ages!"
[22:57] <Minaplo> ["hehehe. You're right. but… Do you know someone who has?"]
[22:58] <Yanmei> "Who…?"
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Let's play a bit of guess who." Said James. "It's a woman…"]
[23:00] <Yanmei> "General Liu Lin," she said with confidence.
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["Hahah. No. It's someone with a bit of elegance and class, so…"]
[23:02] * Yanmei shot him a puzzled look. "Are you saying she doesn't have elegance and class?"
[23:06] <Minaplo> ["She's cool as hell, don't get me wrong, but she's not exactly high society material. Not a bad thing, though."-
[23:06] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, it's not Liu Lin. It's a woman with some class… Let's see. She has great legs?"]
[23:08] <Yanmei> More puzzlement. "I don't… Katsuragi…?"
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Woman with some class? Geez."]
[23:13] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, if you're talking about yours truly…" She tossed her hair with all the class and threw on her most serious and elegant expression.
[23:14] <Minaplo> ["Hey, you got it!"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "I knew it? I was just testing you before with all those other guesses? I think you're mistaken about one thing, though. I haven't been beating anyone off with a stick these days. Too busy."
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["That's not what I've heard~"]
[23:16] <Yanmei> "What?" She fixed him with a wary look.
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you know… I just remember hearing certain loud, passionate… Arguments with a certain Germano-Japanese pilot."]
[23:21] * Yanmei snorted. "Oh please. She just likes yelling a lot. Unlike more refined people like myself." Another hairtoss.
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["On the topic of teutonic tension, I also heard you got cozy with a certain wintry winner…~"]
[23:25] <Yanmei> "Also false," she said flatly, expression darkening. "Ugh. People aren't really saying that, are they?"
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["It's what I heard. Well. I heard she was trying to get cozy with you…"]
[23:35] <Yanmei> "Sorry to dash your hopes, but we just had a normal conversation? I think. She might have been trying out some kind of secret psychological attack."
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh? a sexy psychological attack?"]
[23:37] <Yanmei> "She was trying to sneakily ask about my past. The more you know about an enemy, the easier it is to steamroll them in your next fight!"
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["Seems to have worked…"]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced at the floor sullenly.
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["Hey, cheer up." Said James. "You guys were just doing a strategic feint, right?"]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah. Yeah, that's right. Set her up and then knock her off her guard. That's absolutely the plan?"
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["There we go." Said James with a grin.-
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["So what'd she ask about?"]
[23:45] <Yanmei> "Me, mostly. Like, about stuff I was into when I was a kid, and stuff I'm into now. It was a little weird? Like, the UN probably has all that information already."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["So she was… Just getting to know you?"]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Exactly."
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["But that just sounds like hobbies." Said James. "How would that apply to battle? It's not like you fight to the beats of Zhao Wen's latest single."]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "I don't know! But come on. Why else would she have asked me about that stuff if she wasn't going to use it for devious purposes?"
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["Maybe she was just curious about you."]
[23:56] * Yanmei looked uncertain. "Maybe…? Maybe."
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["Did you ask -her- anything?"]
[00:02] <Yanmei> "Sort of. I asked about her own hobbies. That seemed like the proper thing to do."
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["What'd you learn?"]
[00:07] <Yanmei> "She's an endurance runner. Also, she's stationed in a base that's not the Synfront. Also, she's seen the Xeno War movie and liked it."
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Some of that movie was pretty great." Said James lightly.]
[00:10] <Yanmei> "There were some pretty scenes," Yanmei relented. "Like, visually, pretty."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["Like the shower scene…"]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Goddamnit, James…"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Hehehe."-
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["But no, in all seriousness, wouldn't she be posted to Berlin base?"]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "It makes sense. It's the closest one to the battles she's leading? She's been in other bases too. Or she knew enough about them to point out that they all look the same."
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Ain't that the truth."-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Maybe we can ask her more after you capture her. Right?"]
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Naturally~ I've dug up a secret weapon just for that."
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["A secret weapon?"]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "That's right? You'll meet him pretty soon."
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["Interesting…"-
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["I look forward to it. Oh!" James perked up. "Something else I remember hearing…"]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Apparently you went off with the Spectre somewhere? And she came back wearing your clothes?"]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "Why do you know so many details, anyway…?"
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Well someone told me obviously."]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but who? They were paying an awful lot of attention to me in particular."
[00:31] <Minaplo> [James waggled his eyebrows.]
[00:36] * Yanmei punched him lightly on the shoulder. "You stop that… that… insinuating!"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["Hahaha, ow!"-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["But no, seriously. What happened with the clothing thing? Was it sexy?"]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "It was not. There's nothing sexy about changing clothes."
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Uh, there are lots of things sexy about changing clothes."]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "Anyway, she was tired of wearing a dress so she copied what I was wearing. She actually made the change in one of the palace's bathrooms, so I didn't see anything, and neither did anyone else."
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["But you guys did hang out."]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "Yeah, talking about the war and her… family, I guess."
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Her family…?"]
[00:49] <Yanmei> "She's been given Phantoms now."
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh."]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" she sort of trailed off for a moment, leaning back a bit, arms folded. -
[00:56] <Yanmei> "… do you ever think they could be, like, rehabilitated?"
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Rehabilitated. That depends, what are you trying to cure?"]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "I dunno. Like… they can't really function in society the way they are right now, right? With all that conditioning?"
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["I don't think so." Said James. "I know they have different mental 'settings' so they have minds other than murderous ones, but…"]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "Yeah. We don't know much about how they function, to be honest. But when the war's over, we have to figure out how to live with them."
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["Well."-
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["Rei raised a banshee to be a poet, how hard could rehabilitating an army of cute girls be?"]
[01:38] * Yanmei tsked. "Ban-Bans and Phantoms are completely different? Even Rei will tell you that."
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["Well yeah, Ban-Ban isn't cute."]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "I'm sure you'd hurt his feelings if he heard that."
[22:04] <Minaplo> ["Well, okay. It's still true, though. He's an ugly motherfucker. Nice guy, though."]
[22:10] <Yanmei> "Polite too. Better mannered than most people on the ship? But we're getting away from ourselves. Maybe if we dumped more research into psychotherapy we could figure out a way to, like, ease some of Caine's conditioning on those guys. But that'll take money."
[22:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but once the war's over, we'll be loaded."]
[22:13] <Yanmei> "But a lot of that is probably going into aid to people living in struggling or… smoldering regions."
[22:16] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, and you know what that means?"]
[22:17] <Yanmei> "What?"
[22:25] <Minaplo> ["Economic miracles, baby!" Said James, making a weird thrusting motion from his seat. "Everything will be scarce. That means everyone will be wanting for everything- materials, food, luxuries… That means a big market for everything, which means economies will expand to meet that need, which means industrial expansion, which means jobs, rebuilding everything efficiently and cleanly and
[22:25] <Minaplo> better… All we gotta do is sit back, invest properly, and reap the windfall."]
[22:28] <Yanmei> "That's all new territory for me," Yanmei admitted. "Might need to grab some new advisors who know what's what with that stuff?"
[22:29] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Someone good with economies and all that… Linden and Mazarin are fine at it, probably."-
[22:29] <Minaplo> ["Also, another thing to note is that once we win, we won't have any major enemies, so military spending world-wide will drop like a stone.']
[22:34] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure if it'll be that easy."
[22:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[22:38] <Yanmei> "Even with the UN out of the picture, I think a lot of places are going to be destabilized by this current war or fighting over resources created by this war. I'm not saying we're going to have to invade a lot of countries, but we're going to need some kind of a military presence, right?"
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but there's a big difference between needing 20 million to fight the UN and even 10 million to keep the peace. How many of those threats will be able to handle a single Superheavy? The UN is dangerous 'cuz that got a lot of gear. Everyone else is small fry."]
[22:45] <Yanmei> "You've got a point there," Yanmei admitted. "Even if a country got its hands on the tech, they wouldn't be able to manufacture it as quickly as the UN does?"
[22:54] <Minaplo> ["Nope. And we have 20 Evangelions and at that point, one, maybe even two super star battleships."]
[22:58] <Yanmei> "Yeah… That's also true."
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, the point is, we should be able to find plenty of money left over to deal with like, ten thousand cute girls."]
[23:04] <Yanmei> "That just leaves the hard part of figuring out how to help them."
[23:06] <Minaplo> ["Keep 'em away from stress and danger. Well, that helps everyone, so."]
[23:09] <Yanmei> "That just sounds like giving them a long vacation."
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Well yeah…"]
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["You're probably expecting me to ask to go along. But I'm not gonna. 'Cuz that would be wrong." He added.]
[23:12] <Yanmei> She gave him a clearly suspicious look. "That's very noble of you."
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Well that's a mean look." He said sulkily.]
[23:22] <Yanmei> "If you do want a vacation, you'll have an opportunity coming up. Probably."
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["Oh really?"]
[23:25] <Yanmei> "Michael might be going to Japan soon. You could get a lift on his VTOL and then split off to do… well, whatever you want there." She eyed his wall scrolls for a moment.
[23:27] <Minaplo> ["Japan? What, some boring diplomatic visit?"]
[23:29] <Yanmei> "He wants to go to some glittery concert or something."
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["A…"-
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[23:30] <Minaplo> [James suddenly grinned. "He's gonna go see Lune La Pucelle, eh?"]
[23:30] <Yanmei> "Yeah, that's the one. You know about her?"
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["'Course I do, heheh. Michael's got quite a… Sweet spot for her."]
[23:36] <Yanmei> "You're telling me? He has a bunch of posters and all of her songs. Honestly, it'd be safer to just invite her onto the battleship and hold a show here," Yanmei huffed. "Suppose there are UN fans in her audience during this event?"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["She'd be easier for him to seduce, too~"]
[23:44] <Yanmei> "I'm sure that's not what he's planning to do."
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["You think? I dunno… You heard what she said recently, right? About her being all pro-UEF? And here he comes, with his ~special custom tickets~, all handsome and a war hero…"]
[23:53] * Yanmei rolled her eyes. "The guy has enough problems in his love life without involving a big-name pop star."
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["You don't think it's plausible?"]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "I mean, it's plausible,but it's not very smart."
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Michael, though."]
[00:09] * Yanmei sighed. "Yeah. I know. Maybe I should send a chaperone on this trip for his sake."
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Like me?"]
[00:13] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow. "You actually want to?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["I'm going to Japan anyway, right?"]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Yes but… you know that'll mean stopping them from getting all lovey dovey, right? And not teasing them, or egging them on or taking pictures."
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Look, do you know anyone who could actually stop Michael if he wanted to?"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "The pope probably could," she muttered. "But I don't have the authority to send him."
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["True. At least I'll make sure he gets his shots?"]
[00:37] * Yanmei sighed. "The only thing I want is for this trip to be free of lovechildren and scandals. And also for you guys to have fun."
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Well I think I can handle that." He said smugly.]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Good. I'll have him contact you with the details, along with anyone else you want to bring along."
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Sweet."]
[01:13] * Yanmei stood up and stretched a bit. "Anyway, I'm going to let you get back to your online snooping. If you find anything on White, let me know right away?"
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Will do. Oh, I do have something for you. You got your holo on you?"]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Yeah. What, is it some kind of upgrade?"
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["A collection of sexy Isaiah photos." Said James in a deadpan.]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gave him a flat stare.
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Kidding. I know you don't need my help with that." Said James.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["It's all the stuff I could dig up on Princess Catherine."]
[01:28] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei surrendered it. "Of course, you're quite mistaken about the photos, you know."
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Not my business." He said with a wink. He took Yanmei's holo, tapped some keys out on his computer, then handed it back.]
[01:31] <Yanmei> "Thanks. I'll look over it right after training."
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Cool. Stay frosty, Yanmei."]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "You too. Don't do anything too illegal." Tucking her hologlove away, she made for the door.
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Heh heh heh~"]

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