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(12:50) <Yanmei> It had been difficult to find copies of The Ghost of Sunlight, seeing as it was still showing in theatres. Yanmei had relied on James for help once again, and before long had come away with a flawed but watchable copy of it downloaded onto a rather large laptop. As she wandered through the hallways toward the Dorian's holding cells, she pondered about the practicality of this plan. The
(12:50) <Yanmei> version of the movie she'd found had been subtitled in English, thankfully, but was there a way to pipe the actual sound through into one of the cells if she needed to? -
(12:51) <Yanmei> She didn't voice her concerns aloud as she wasn't alone and she wasn't sure if her companion would approve.
(12:53) <Minaplo> ["So Winter-Lorenz herself, eh?" Said Marianne, walking alongside. "Give me your impressions of her."]
(12:54) <Yanmei> "She's ridiculously charming? And also a little scary too."
(12:55) <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
(13:01) * ZackDinner is now known as Noriko
(13:01) <Yanmei> "Yeah. It's not like malice or anything? More like the opposite." She frowned, trying to think of how to describe it. "It's like when you're talking to a politician and you're sure that as soon as you let your guard down they'll pull out a knife or something. But they never do. Not literally. Because they're politicians, not soldiers. But you still get hung up on that suspicion, even though
(13:01) <Yanmei> there's like a 1% chance they'll actually attempt something like that."
(13:09) <Minaplo> ["So beautiful, charming and deadly? I had no idea she was trying to impersonate me~"]
(13:12) <Yanmei> "Oh Marianne, you're too cuddly to be dangerous?"
(13:15) <Minaplo> ["You don't think I can be dangerous? Brave words coming from someone who sleeps in my room~"]
(13:18) <Yanmei> "I mean, I've seen you be dangerous to bowls of ice cream and other desserts. Is that what you mean?" she said innocently.
(13:19) <Minaplo> ["If you doubt how dangerous I can be, ask Frederic what I did to him when we competed for XO to Dorian…"]
(13:26) * Yanmei shuddered. "Yeah, ok, that was pretty brutal? But surely it's just a one-off thing…"
(13:30) <Minaplo> ["I had to compete with Sophie, too…" Said Marianne with a sleek grin.]
(13:31) <Yanmei> "D-did you?"
(13:31) <Minaplo> ["Of course…"]
(13:31) <Yanmei> "What did you do to her…?"
(13:34) <Minaplo> ["You should ask her~"]
(13:35) * Yanmei gave her one last worried frown before facing ahead again. "Maybe I will, once we're done with this."
(13:35) <Minaplo> ["Hm~"-
(13:36) <Minaplo> [As always, the prisoner was being held in a surovite cell, with the door and corridor-flush wall all made of transparent surovite. Juno sat cross-legged on the bed; as Yanmei and Marianne approached, she lifted her head and eyed them, her gaze lingering on Marianne.]
(13:41) * Yanmei reached the external phone first, and quickly set it to speaker so that she and Marianne would both be able to chat freely. "Hello General. It's good to see you again?"
(13:46) <Minaplo> ["I agree." Said Juno, taking the phone. "Doubly good no doubt to see me defeated…"]
(13:49) <Yanmei> "In some respects. Although, I'm sure that Marshall Caine will be swooping in to make arrangements for your release any day now."
(13:57) <Minaplo> ["And you, of course, won't agree to them."]
(13:58) * Yanmei looked surprised. "Aren't you hoping for a quick release?"
(13:58) <Minaplo> ["Of course, but you'll still refuse."]
(14:00) <Yanmei> "Maybe. You're quite formidable, so it would be to our benefit if you stayed here instead."
(14:00) <Minaplo> ["And so."]
(14:08) <Yanmei> "But ultimately, if he makes us an offer we can't refuse, then we'll agree to his terms. It all depends on him?"
(14:11) <Minaplo> ["True, but the terms of the treaty say you can hold me for over a month first…"]
(14:14) <Yanmei> "Yeah. Well, we'll see either way. Anyway, I'd like to introduce Adeptus Marshal Amatore-DeForest."
(14:17) <Minaplo> ["A pleasure, my Marshal." Said Juno with a wide smile.-
(14:17) <Minaplo> ["Good day, General." Said Marianne neutrally in return.]
(14:19) <Yanmei> "You two… this is the first time you've met, correct?"
(14:20) <Minaplo> ["That's right." Said Juno, her eyes twinkling.]
(14:22) <Yanmei> "But you've heard of each other by reputation."
(14:23) <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Juno.-
(14:23) <Minaplo> [Marianne just nodded.]
(14:24) <Yanmei> "Then I'm sure you both must have a few questions you're curious to have answered."
(14:28) <Minaplo> [Juno cast her gaze up and down Marianne's form. "I can think of a few…" She said with a grin.-
(14:28) <Minaplo> ["…"]
(14:34) <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei chuckled awkwardly. "She's just kidding around…"
(14:46) <Minaplo> ["You lead." Muttered Marianne to Yanmei. "I'll just observe for now."]
(14:57) <Yanmei> "Mmm." Yanmei nodded. "Speaking of questions, General Winter-Lorenz, there's one I've been sitting on ever since our last talk. Why the UN? Is it because its leaders resonate with you somehow?"
(14:59) <Minaplo> ["Maybe the pay's better~"]
(15:00) <Yanmei> "Probably is," Yanmei admitted with a little smirk. "Is that a reason to risk everything, though?"
(15:04) <Minaplo> ["'Everything'?"]
(15:05) <Yanmei> "You know. Your life."
(15:06) <Minaplo> ["Wouldn't I be doing the same if I worked for you?"]
(15:06) <Yanmei> "Yeah. But I mean, you could just run for the hills and avoid everything."
(15:09) <Minaplo> ["Where's the fun in that? Here I can change history, the world, do something I excel at, enjoy… And meet some interesting people~"]
(15:13) * Yanmei was starting to think better of the movie she'd brought. If anyone asked, she supposed she could say that the laptop was strictly for work. -
(15:14) <Yanmei> "Meet anyone interesting on your side yet?"
(15:19) * Noriko is now known as Zack
(15:19) <Minaplo> ["Hmm… What do you think makes someone interesting?"]
(15:23) <Yanmei> "Like if they impress you! Or if you hate their guts. They do things that kick off strong feelings in you. That sort of thing."
(15:29) <Minaplo> ["Am I interesting to you?"]
(15:35) <Yanmei> "Well, sure."
(15:36) <Minaplo> ["And in what way?"]
(15:37) <Yanmei> "Because you make me curious. Hence all the questions."
(15:38) <Minaplo> ["I see…"-
(15:39) <Minaplo> ["Who do you find interesting on my side, then?"]
(15:41) <Yanmei> "You first. I did ask before you did."
(15:44) <Minaplo> ["Hmm, but I don't like talking over the phone…"]
(15:45) <Yanmei> "Really? You seem to have been doing it just fine until now."
(15:45) <Minaplo> ["I can do it, I just don't like to."]
(15:49) <Yanmei> "General Winter-Lorenz. If you don't want to answer any questions, you could simply state that instead of dragging this conversation out."
(15:50) <Minaplo> ["Oh my Chancellor, I do want to answer these questions. But I also do want to be somewhere comfier than this cell."]
(15:53) <Yanmei> "I'm not sure if I can help you out there? Security protocol is security protocol."
(15:54) <Minaplo> ["And who writes the security protocol? Come, my chancellor. A nice cozy suite with an Iron Guard outside."]
(15:56) <Yanmei> "No can do. We can do our best to make sure this cell is made more hospitable, though."
(15:56) <Minaplo> ["What are you afraid of?"]
(15:57) <Yanmei> "Absolutely nothing? It's simply against the rules."
(15:58) <Minaplo> ["Bend them? For me?"]
(16:04) <Yanmei> "I-I can't do that?" Yanmei insisted quietly.
(16:05) <Minaplo> ["You bent the rules to allow a nobody to defeat me?" Said Juno with a grin. "Good things happen when you bend rules…"]
[08:49] <Yanmei> "That's a pretty big exaggeration? He wasn't a 'nobody'. He might not have a reputation, but he was totally accepted by command long before the last battle."
[08:51] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. Is that what this is about? Reputation?" She asked, her eyes wide.]
[08:51] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[08:53] <Minaplo> ["You're afraid of my reputation as something of a… Firebrand."]
[08:58] * Yanmei laughed loudly. "Don't be silly? Your most fiery days are in the past! Right?"
[08:59] <Minaplo> ["Of course. So it's really no problem to move me to somewhere better."]
[09:06] <Yanmei> "We must take the same precautions with all prisoners of war, I'm afraid. You can imagine how chaotic it'll get around here if we don't."
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["I'd at least like a kind of door." Muttered Juno.]
[09:14] <Yanmei> "Sorry." She looked a little bit guilty. "If there's anything else we can do to make this cell, in particular, more comfortable…"
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Juno's eyes had strayed back towards Marianne, but they had an odd, forlorn look to them now.]
[09:20] <Yanmei> "Besides giving you one of my officers," Yanmei felt the need to clarify. "How about some entertainment? Books? Movies?"
[09:23] <Minaplo> ["How am I going to watch films in here? I don't have a television."]
[09:28] <Yanmei> "Easily fixed? We could bring in a laptop. Or have a large screen mounted in there somehow. Our UEF technology is limitless?"
[09:28] <Minaplo> ["I don't see any power points."]
[09:34] <Yanmei> "Well, we could have it out here, then. And then figure out a way to get the sound into the cell itself."
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["This is silly."]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["I don't want to be in here. You clearly don't like where I've been put. But you aren't interested in moving me somewhere more suitable."]
[09:46] <Yanmei> "I never said I didn't like it. You're the one who's determined to get out of there…"
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["Sure you don't like it. You want to help make me comfortable."]
[09:52] <Yanmei> "In order to make you less resistant to staying there. And also because, if anything, I'm a gracious host."
[09:53] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "…" -
[09:59] <Yanmei> "By the way, I'm thinking about watching that movie you recommended at the coronation," Yanmei said, hoping to change the subject. "Maybe I could come back tomorrow and we could talk about it."
[10:08] <Minaplo> ["If you like."]
[10:17] <Yanmei> "And speaking of talking… I'm very curious about how you fit in with the rest of the UN. Is that something you feel comfortable talking about?"
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm afraid I don't feel very comfortable about anything right now."]
[10:21] <Yanmei> "I see…"
[10:31] <Minaplo> [Juno shook her head. "How sad. Once upon a time, the word of a surrendered general of Germany was worth something."-
[10:31] <Minaplo> [And with that she hung up her phone and sat back down on the bed.]
[10:33] * Yanmei sighed, and hung up her end as well, glancing to Marianne. "Let's go."
[10:34] <Minaplo> [Marianne's gaze lingered on Juno for a moment, before she nodded and began to walk with Yanmei.-
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["Stubborn, isn't she?"]
[10:35] <Yanmei> "Very much so. Not that it's a bad thing? Just inconvenient for us right now." She resisted the urge to glance over her shoulder at the cell again. "Was that the right thing to do?"
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["To be honest, I don't think it would've hurt to give in to her demands."]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "But… she's had it in for several of our allied leaders for a while. Having her freely moving around the ship would be a huge risk."
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["Did she ask for free movement?"]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "No. But come on. She was clearly looking for a place with lower security."
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["And does moving her to a better quarters make her any more invisible to Tsubaki?"]
[10:43] <Yanmei> "No," Yanmei admitted reluctantly.
[10:46] <Minaplo> ["I understand your concern, and it's in your hands if you feel she's worth it." Said Marianne. "But remember that Winter's suffered a defeat at the hands of… Well, a guy who came out of nowhere who has to be forced to wash."-
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["Her pride's stinging, and that last little comment…" Marianne sighed. "The militaries of Europe have a long history of… Gallantry when it comes to the officer class. A general could be forgiven for expecting better treatment than a regular soldier based entirely on the promise of their word. Of course, that might not really hold true, but if she feels it to be so then denying her that
[10:47] <Minaplo> might feel like we're denying her recognition of her ability."]
[10:49] <Yanmei> "That wasn't my intention at all," Yanmei muttered.
[10:53] <Minaplo> ["How do you want to play it from here on in, Yanmei?" Asked Marianne gently.]
[10:58] <Yanmei> "We could compromise. Put her in a better spot, but still under heavy security. Maybe convince the Mazarins to go off-site for a little while, just in case." She scowled. "I'm sure he's going to give me a lot of crap for it."
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["Of course he will." Said Marianne with a small grin.]
[11:00] <Yanmei> "Especially after all those fires we caused in the last fight. That Kourosh caused," she corrected herself. "And Michael."
[11:01] <Minaplo> ["And Excalibur, of course."]
[11:02] <Yanmei> She pretended not to hear. "Do you think our relationship with France will be strained for a while?"
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["Usually France gives us a pass for the chaos we wreak when fighting off whatever threat we're fighting this week, but… It is a very large fire you made this time."]
[11:05] * Yanmei grumbled to herself under her breath before raising her voice back to a normal level. "And what about moving Lorenz around? That won't look weak to them, will it?"
[11:06] <Minaplo> ["I doubt it."]
[11:09] <Yanmei> "Hm. I guess there really isn't that much risk to it after all, then."
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["That's my perception, but of course it's your call."]
[11:16] <Yanmei> "I think it will be okay if I reverse my previous decision and make arrangements to have her swapped to a new room. She's not to have any guests, though. Especially not the Angel that we have inexplicably walking around here."
[11:20] <Minaplo> ["And are we going to go watch that movie of yours with her after that?"]
[11:23] <Yanmei> "What? Oh. Maybe. I hadn't considered that,"she said breezily and glanced at her, wondering how much she already knew and how much she'd just picked up from the conversation.
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Marianne lightly; her gaze fell on Yanmei's laptop.]
[11:28] * Yanmei clutched it more tightly to herself. "L-let's hurry up and get to Simon," she blurted out, and quickened her pace.

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