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(17:02:51) Sept: "Hey, Liline?"
(17:04:57) Minaplo: ["Yo."]
(17:07:41) Sept: "People would be weirded out by me in a tuxedo, right?"
(17:09:03) Minaplo: ["Dunno. You say the same thing about uniforms, but you wear 'em and lo and behold the world keeps fuckin' spinnin'."]
(17:11:47) * Sept continued rifling back and forth through his meager wardrobe. "But if Viviane's, like, the headliner, I can't dress the same as her, yeah?"
(17:15:00) Minaplo: ["You can, I think. It's like… A band style."]
(17:15:50) Sept: "You're probably right."-
(17:16:30) * Sept slammed the cabinet door shut. "I'm gonna go ask her."
(17:18:17) Minaplo: ["About your clothes?"]
(17:19:45) Sept: "Of course about the clothes!"
(17:23:06) Minaplo: ["What's this about clothes?" Asked Armin, who had just walked through the door.]
(17:25:42) * Sept glanced up at Armin, tapping on his hip anxiously as he paused.-
(17:25:43) Sept: "Nothing. I'm gonna get someone else's opinion on this."
(17:26:37) Minaplo: ["On what?"}
(17:27:15) Sept: "The show at Blue's. Don't worry about it."
(17:27:37) Minaplo: ["Oh."-
(17:27:45) Minaplo: ["So there's something we oughta do right now."]
(17:29:12) Sept: "No, I assure you I can handle this."
(17:30:14) Minaplo: ["… I don't follow."]
(17:31:25) Sept: "… Neither do I. Start over."
(17:31:36) Minaplo: [Liline snorted.-
(17:31:44) Minaplo: ["Sure. So Isabelle needs help."]
(17:38:40) Sept: "Okay. What kind of help?"
(17:39:44) Minaplo: ["Little prophet Kourosh has decided to make her one of his staffers. But she's having trouble making arrangements."]
(17:43:56) Sept: "Hehe. Little prophet."-
(17:44:11) Sept: "Why do you think we could help her? Did she ask you?"
(17:45:09) Minaplo: ["She implied it."]
(17:46:45) Sept: "Isabelle implied she could use our help?"
(17:47:43) Minaplo: ["Yes."]
(17:48:45) Sept: "You're sure."
(17:49:36) Minaplo: ["She implied she could use some help." Said Armin seriously. "And since we are sworn to uphold doing the right thing, it is only natural that we are thus implied to help."]
(17:53:01) Sept: After another pause, Sera nodded slowly. "Okay. Well, let's go."
(17:58:29) Minaplo: ["I'm coming too, right?" Said Liline.]
(18:01:14) Sept: "… do you want to?"
(18:01:54) Minaplo: ["Yep."]
(18:09:21) Sept: "Alright. Let's see if she wants our help. Want a lift?"
(18:11:38) Minaplo: [Liline let out a whoop and eagerly threw herself onto Sera, using hands, fists, feet and hair-grabs to pull herself up onto his shoulders.]
(18:13:53) Sept: "Ah-ah! Watch it."
(18:14:37) Minaplo: ["Giddermovin'!"]
(18:16:20) Sept: "What her?"
(18:18:44) Minaplo: ["She's still in her quarters." Said Armin helpfully.]
(18:19:27) Sept: "I hate you both," Sera said, and got himself moving.
(18:20:12) Minaplo: [It would not be a long walk to Isabelle's quarters. The door remained locked, its light red.]
(18:25:03) Sept: "Not that she doesn't know we're here…" Still, Sera hit the buzzer.
(18:27:35) Minaplo: [A minute passed.-
(18:27:43) Minaplo: ["Not home?" Asked Liline.-
(18:27:53) Minaplo: [As she said it, the light turned green.]
(18:30:34) Sept: "Hah. Persistence." Sera opened the door and entered, still stubbornly oblivious of AT barriers.
(18:37:30) Minaplo: [Isabelle's room had the look of a tidy room suddenly thrown into disjointedness. The bed was clean and properly made, and several bookcases sat with their backs lined perfectly against the wall. The space between the bed and the door had been kept completely clear, with not even a table to break up the gap. The two bedside tables had even been kept free of clutter.-
(18:40:20) Minaplo: [Yet into this picture of peace had been thrown a discordant note. A suitcase stuck haphazardly out from under the bed. A wardrobe had had its doors flung open, revealing racks of clothes, some of which had fallen to the bottom and now covered several pairs of shoes; more clothes sat on the bed, including what looked like a dress uniform.-
(18:41:43) Minaplo: [In the middle of all of it was Isabelle, who was, unusually, not wearing one of her long dresses, but instead a dark green swear and a pair of denim jeans. Instead of her veil she wore a lavender band around her eyes. Her blonde hair, which had been cut short in the Synfront, had started to creep back to its former length and now sat around her jawline.-
(18:41:47) Minaplo: [She turned to look at Sera.-
(18:41:52) Minaplo: ["What?"]
(18:46:58) Sept: "We figured you could use some help."

(13:45:56) Minaplo: ["Did Rustami send you?"]
(13:48:25) Sept: "Not that I know of."
(13:56:43) Minaplo: ["Well why not?" Said Isabelle bitterly. "I'm constantly tripping over myself here."]
(14:00:41) Sept: "How should I know what he's thinking? Can we help you?"
(14:04:41) Minaplo: ["Yes, please."]
(14:11:18) Sept: "Alright. How much are you packing? Are you moving quarters altogether?"
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(14:25:23) Minaplo: ["Yes. Kind of." Said Isabelle. "I'm moving into these quarters, which I'm told are the ones I had before, but all of my things were put into storage. I'm trying to unpack, but those wankers haven't managed to keep track of my luggage and so it's just… Lost."]
(14:28:18) Sept: "Like in an airport?"
(14:32:14) Minaplo: ["Yes, except instead of an airport it's a weapon of mass destruction powered by another weapon of mass destruction piloted by a rude little girl who won't help me find my goddamned luggage."]
(14:36:49) Sept: "She is rude, isn't she?" Sera smiled.-
(14:38:08) Sept: "I could try and track it down for you with Liline and leave Armin here to assist you."
(14:43:06) Minaplo: ["That would be appreciated." Muttered Isabelle.]
(14:48:28) * Sept was, meanwhile, exploring what passed for a kitchen in this place. "Probably works out best for all involved. You okay with that, Liline?"
(14:49:48) Minaplo: ["Don't care either way."-
(14:50:06) Minaplo: ["If I can make a suggestion?" Said Armin.]
(14:50:24) Sept: "Go ahead."
(14:58:08) Minaplo: ["Perhaps dear Isabelle should go with you?" Said Armin. "You know what you're really looking for after all, Isabelle."]
(15:02:45) Sept: "No. My presence makes her uncomfortable, and she'd have to trust you with organizing her things."
(15:04:05) Minaplo: ["… Hey." Said Armin with a frown. "I resent that. I'm a wonderful organiser."-
(15:04:26) Minaplo: [Isabelle snorted. "Thanks for your concern, de Pteres, but I think he's right- about the luggage in any case."]
(15:07:15) * Sept looked back at her for a moment.-
(15:09:58) Sept: "If you think so. We should hit the logistics office first, non? Armin, do your best."
(15:12:43) Minaplo: ["I will prevail against the challenge of unpacking." He said heavily.-
(15:13:05) Minaplo: [Isabelle shook her head and smiled. "Logistics office, sure."]
(15:18:20) Sept: "Great," Sera nodded. "Let's go, Lil!"
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(15:36:18) Minaplo: […-
(15:36:35) Minaplo: [Logistics, a place Sera would be familiar with, if only from those moments where he decided to 'help out' during Mars.-
(15:37:53) Minaplo: [It hadn't changed, except instead of a constant flow of emergency rations, blankets, cooking utensils and fuel, Logistics was now churning out a constant supply of ammunition, weapons, armour, field supplies, materiel and a constant neverending supply of paperwork, which had long since been digitalised if only because someone clever realised there were no trees on Mars.-
(15:38:09) Minaplo: [Quartermaster Redspring still sat, like a tyrant on his throne, in the main office.]
(15:45:26) Sept: "Knock knock," said Sera, leading the way. "Busy day holding everything together?"
(15:56:22) Minaplo: ["Naturally." Said Redspring. "Need something?"]
(16:00:08) Sept: "Yup. Isabelle's stuff got taken into storage a while back, but it's apparently gone missing since. We were hoping we could find them."
(16:05:10) Minaplo: ["Does she have her requisition forms?"-
(16:05:29) Minaplo: ["Of course I do." Said Isabelle, handing Sera a computer pad.]
(16:11:11) Sept: "You're always prepared." Sera took a look at the pad and handed it over to the quartermaster.
(16:13:39) Minaplo: ["Hmm." Redspring took it.-
(16:13:53) Minaplo: [A few minutes later he shook his head. "It looks like it was all delivered."]
(16:17:31) Sept: "Sure. Isabelle, have you seen the manifest? Was all of it logged in the system?"
(16:19:57) Minaplo: [Isabelle stared at him as long as she could.]
(16:20:56) Sept: "Did they not have a delivery notice or something?"
(16:22:44) Minaplo: ["It does say you signed off on it, Ms. Bellamy." Said Redspring.-
(16:22:59) Minaplo: ["Well. Yes. I signed off on it before I realised some of it was missing, didn't I?" She snapped.]
(16:24:43) Sept: "Obviously, but was it missing from the list, as well?"
(16:29:51) Minaplo: [For her benefit, Redspring read out the list.-
(16:30:29) Minaplo: [Isabelle shook her head. "Some of it's not on the list. But some of it's on the list and didn't show anyway."]
(16:34:53) Sept: "Okay. I think it would make sense to work backwards and look at where they were kept first."
(16:39:49) Minaplo: ["That's my dep." Said Redspring. He worked at his console for a moment, then looked up. "Personnel Storage, deck below, section 7b."]
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(16:42:52) Sept: "Alright. Can we go check it out?"
(16:52:02) Minaplo: ["Go ahead."]
(16:55:16) Sept: "Great. Can you check with the person who handled it in the meantime?"
(16:56:28) Minaplo: ["Sure can."]
(16:59:15) Sept: "Thanks, that helps a ton. We'll get back to you once we've gone through the place?"
(16:59:48) Minaplo: ["I'd appreciate it, see if there's someone who's requisitioned an asskicking."]
(17:03:19) Sept: "Hehe. We'll see you then."
(17:04:08) Minaplo: […-
(17:04:40) Minaplo: [Personnel Storage was part of Section 7, which was just a very large warehouse. It was overseen by a guard… And a rather familiar face.-
(17:04:52) Minaplo: ["Oh, you had to come now, didn't you?" Said Anthony Albus.]
(17:07:28) Sept: "Oueh," said Sera. "Got a problem with it?"
(17:07:59) Minaplo: ["We're kind of busy." Said Anthony.]
(17:09:09) Sept: "So're we. We're looking for some missing stuff that might be here."
(17:10:58) Minaplo: ["You too, huh?"]
(17:12:10) Sept: "Has there been a lot of stuff missing?"
(17:18:35) Minaplo: ["Something like that."]
(17:19:27) Sept: "Alright. Well, can we take a look?"
(17:19:55) Minaplo: ["Yeah, sure, just don't fuck anything up."]
(17:20:11) Sept: "Haha."
(17:22:18) Minaplo: […-
(17:22:56) Minaplo: [Sera would notice that some parts of the warehouse were currently cordoned off by S2 agents, who looked very serious.-
(17:27:26) Minaplo: [There weren't any in the area Sera had been directed towards, however…-
(17:27:30) Minaplo: ["Seems busy." Said Isabelle.]
(17:31:50) Sept: "Yeah." Sera stopped for a moment in front of the aisles to gauge the task at hand.-
(17:32:27) Sept: "Think you can make it okay with your new job?"
(17:33:24) Minaplo: ["No idea." Said Isabelle bluntly. "I don't even know what's expected of me. Does he want me to shout at people?"-
(17:35:31) Minaplo: [The aisles were stacked with sealed surovite containers, each one bearing a serial number and a lock. Fortunately Sera had been given the key by Anthony.]
(17:36:07) Sept: "Maybe he wants your opinion on people. That's what he does, right?"
(17:36:56) Minaplo: ["… Is it?"]
(17:41:29) Sept: "Makes bold predictions like he did with Belgium. I'm sure there's some role you'll be filling."-
(17:42:28) Sept: "Should we just start going through this area? Serial numbers may not help us if someone's fucked it up."
(17:45:27) Minaplo: ["We'd need the keys for the other containers." Said Liline.-
(17:45:40) Minaplo: ["If they're the old sort of lock, I could just pick 'em." Said Isabelle drily.]
(17:47:50) Sept: "Good. What are you missing, anyway? Anything valuable?"
(17:49:10) Minaplo: ["Clothes, my braille books, keepsakes… Swords."]
(17:51:47) Sept: "Nothing we could find remotely without Tsubaki, though."
(17:53:19) Minaplo: ["Ugh. So do we just go back and jerk that fool into helping?"]
(17:55:05) Sept: "How? You've made your case."-
(17:56:31) Sept: "No, we should check this place thoroughly. If nothing turns up, maybe your things got caught in whatever the business over there is."
(17:59:22) Minaplo: ["Very well."]
(18:03:45) * Sept dug out the key given to him by Albus and handed it to Liline.-
(18:04:20) Sept: "Okay. You guys take that side, I'll take this one. We're just checking for any crates or locks that match the number on the key."
(18:05:34) Minaplo: [Isabelle sighed as Liline hopped over to her shoulders.]
(18:10:43) Sept: "Still keeping up with Yanmei and Elizabeth?" Sera called as he started walking down his side of the aisle, checking the last digits on each crate.
(18:12:23) Minaplo: ["Trying." Said Isabelle curtly. "It'll be easier now."]
(18:13:02) Sept: "Good."
(18:16:25) Minaplo: ["Yes, it will be. I'm hoping I won't appear as frightening to her once my hair grows back fully."]
(18:20:53) Sept: "Haha, you sure it was the hair?"
(18:21:28) Minaplo: ["… What do you mean?"]
(18:26:08) Sept: "Well, I mean. I don't know anything, but if she's used to Yanmei and Isaiah, maybe you'd be jarring even with the hair."
(18:36:08) Minaplo: ["Mmm."]
(18:41:26) Sept: "Not that I don't expect you to want to be there with her now, but I mean. Even if she saw you as frightening, I don't think she-" Sera paused.-
(18:43:02) Sept: "I don't think she doesn't understand how tough you've had to be to come this far, or at least she will when she grows up."-
(18:43:04) Sept: "Right?"
(18:47:38) Minaplo: ["What the fuck are you waffling?" Said Liline. "Don't think she doesn't? Jesus Christ on a fucking pogo stick."-
(18:47:43) Minaplo: [Isabelle snorted.-
(18:48:16) Minaplo: ["I think I get the idea though, de Pteres. Thanks." Said Isabelle.]
(18:49:12) Sept: "Right."-
(18:49:38) Sept: Sera continued browsing his side of the aisle in silence.

(12:13:45) Minaplo: ["You ever consider children, de Pteres?" Asked Isabelle.]
(12:25:23) Sept: "Not really. I'm not in a situation where that would be fair."
(12:25:43) Minaplo: ["Oh?"]
(12:31:10) Sept: "Well. I don't know if I'll be here when we're done, do I? And if I am, I don't want to be bound to anything unnecessarily."
(12:36:07) Minaplo: ["I mean, in the future, perhaps. I'm not asking if you've considered having one now, that'd be crazy."-
(12:36:14) Minaplo: ["And fucking optimistic." Said Liline.]
(12:38:58) Sept: "Hehe. Right."-
(12:41:15) Sept: "Still, I don't see myself there. Odds are I'll change, obviously, but there's other things I think I'd rather do."
(12:41:34) Minaplo: ["Oh?"]
(12:44:52) Sept: "We'll just have to find out when we get there, won't we?"
(12:47:02) Minaplo: ["Stop bein' so fuckin' coy." Said Liline.]
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(12:50:57) Sept: "I don't need you to know every little thing about me!"
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(12:53:29) Mianplo: ["It's that fuckin' bakery, innit?"]
(12:54:11) Sept: "Well it's fucking one of them, innit?"
(12:55:49) Mianplo: ["Bakery?" Asked Isabelle.]
(12:57:51) Sept: "Ugh," said Sera. "Like living cozily in one of those quiet damn villages. Wake up early and stuff."
(12:58:54) Mianplo: ["Ah. The quiet life."]
(13:00:40) Sept: "Yeah. It could be fun. Just something I saw once."
(13:01:01) Mianplo: ["Good for you."]
(13:02:20) Sept: "Thank you."
(13:05:24) Mianplo: [Sera would, shortly after, find a container with a matching number.]
(13:06:11) Sept: "There's one here. Bring me the key?"
(13:07:01) Mianplo: [And she did.]
(13:08:19) * Sept tried it in the lock and attempted to open the case.
(13:08:54) Mianplo: [The lock turned, and the case opened.-
(13:10:40) Mianplo: [Within were two suitcases, both a dark silvery colour.]
(13:12:00) Sept: "Two cases. Is that all?"
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(13:14:50) Mianplo: ["Should be four."]
(13:16:12) Sept: "So if we're lucky, there's one more around here. We can close this up and keep looking."
(13:22:23) Mianplo: ["Slow up." Said Liline. "You're assuming those ones are her's."]
(13:24:27) Sept: "Well, they're in the right crate, innit?"
(13:26:33) Mianplo: ["Just check 'em against the record!"]
(13:29:12) Sept: "Hmph." Sera wordlessly acquiesced and brought up the information on the data pad.
(13:30:07) Mianplo: [The cases were marked with little tags, tags with codes on them- if the tag matched with the tag numbers on the pads, then it'd be what he was looking for.-
(13:30:15) Mianplo: [Needless to say the tags didn't match the data pad.]
(13:30:55) Sept: "Well, fuck. They're different."
(13:32:41) Mianplo: ["For fuck's sake." Muttered Isabelle. "Where are my things?!"]
(13:35:32) Sept: "Mmh. Could be halfway across the planet by now. Are you sure no one would've wanted to steal them?"
(13:40:40) Mianplo: ["I'm sure someone would've wanted to, but I don't know who it'd be."]
(13:44:10) Sept: "But there wasn't anything special in there, right?"
(13:46:29) Mianplo: ["Only to me."]
(13:49:11) Sept: "Alright. We should report this back after we make sure there aren't more of these."
(13:50:17) Mianplo: ["Fine."]
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(13:53:45) * Sept closed up the case and handed the key back to Isabelle.-
(13:54:56) Sept: "I wonder if S2's got their stuff missing, too."
(13:59:25) Mianplo: ["Maybe their shit and our shit's related." Said Liline. "Go harass your girl in S2."]
(14:02:24) Sept: "Uh huh. You guys finish up here!"
(14:04:54) Mianplo: ["Hmph."]
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(14:08:45) Sept: "Thanks!" called Sera, already fleeing in the direction of intrigue and people on duty to be pestered.
(14:09:29) Mianplo: […-
(14:19:43) Mianplo: [Simon, as it turned out, was available- she was in her office.]
(14:23:07) * Sept was all too happy to buzzer himself in.
(14:24:44) Mianplo: [Simon looked up. She eyed him for a moment, then shook her head. "What's up?"]
(14:26:24) Sept: "You've got some guys milling about down in one of the lower storages. Can you tell me what it's about?"
(14:28:55) Mianplo: ["Oh. Some irregularities with some personnel storage."]
(14:29:39) * Sept nodded.-
(14:29:40) Sept: "We had some problems with it, too. What kind of irregularities?"
(14:34:21) Mianplo: ["Some items put in the wrong containers… Some just gone."]
(14:37:09) Sept: "Hmh. I was afraid it was something like that. Anything I could help with?"
(14:38:51) Mianplo: ["I dunno yet. If you want to try to poke about I won't complain."]
(14:41:16) Sept: "I mean, unless it's a huge system fault or a disgruntled worker, it has to be an AT user, right?"
(14:43:30) Mianplo: ["I try to avoid ruling AT users out at all, but… Yes, it seems so."]
(14:44:08) Sept: "Don't we have detectors for that? Or Tsubaki?"
(14:45:47) Mianplo: ["She doesn't feel inclined to help today."]
(14:48:59) Sept: "Hm. Too bad. We're doing the best we can to help her…"
(14:52:45) Mianplo: ["Mmm."-
(14:53:03) Mianplo: ["If you like… I dunno, you could go over some of the alleged missing items? Maybe you've or will see something."]
(14:54:56) Sept: "Sure. Got a list?"
(14:55:22) Mianplo: [She tossed him a data pad.]
(14:56:52) * Sept looked over the list.-
(14:57:03) Sept: "I can at least keep it in mind in case I run across them or something."
(14:57:42) Mianplo: ["Sure."-
(14:58:29) Mianplo: [Much of the list was disparate and meaningless. Much of it was clothes, especially civilian-wear. Here and there were some books, some trinkets, knick-knacks and memories of home.-
(14:58:59) Mianplo: [One item he overlooked, but then looked at again- it was listed as "Body Pillow, Themed (NERV Merch)."]
(15:03:38) Sept: "Hm. Yeah, seems weird. Do you have the owners listed somewhere?"
(15:04:41) Mianplo: ["Yeah, one minute."-
(15:04:50) Mianplo: [She took back the pad, hit a few buttons and handed it back.]
(15:06:29) Sept: S2 would've obviously checked for connections between them, but for now Sera was interested in the body pillow.-
(15:06:45) Sept: I mean, rather, its owner
(15:06:47) Sept: you know what I mean
(15:06:58) Mianplo: [:|-
(15:07:07) Mianplo: [The owner was reported as one Shigeru Aoba.]
(15:10:27) Sept: "Right. Well." Sera handed the pad back, hurriedly. "I'll bring it up with Tsubaki the next time I see her. Don't have any ideas I can offer."
(15:10:54) Mianplo: ["Got it."]
(15:11:40) Sept: "You doing okay?"
(15:12:33) Mianplo: ["Yeah, I'm alright." Said Simon with a small grin. "Under pressure, but I work best under pressure anyway."]
(15:14:18) Sept: "That's good. I'll get back to looking for that luggage." Sera got back up and headed for the door. "Take care."
(15:14:42) Mianplo: ["Uh-huh. Go give that Tsubaki a clap on the head for me."]
(15:18:42) Sept: "Hehe. Nah. I'll handle it."
(15:22:10) Mianplo: ["Righto."]
(15:26:23) Sept: Sera's next order of business would be to rendezvous with Isabelle and Liline. Much like everyone else, he'd expected the matter to be much less complicated…

(15:20:59) @Minaplo: [And he would find them- eventually- back at Isabelle's apartment. In their absense, Armin had handled the room; the clothes now sat nearly in wardrobes and chests, organised firstly by type, then layer, then colour. A collection of books, framed photos, mementos and other trinkets, including what looked to be a sword and a pistol, sat cozily in the bookcases. The suitcases themselves had
(15:20:59) @Minaplo: been put away under the bed neatly.-
(15:21:39) @Minaplo: [Isabelle herself sat on her bed and braided Liline's hair, whilst Armin sat to their left, looking on with great interest.]
(15:23:11) * Sept entered, lingering in the doorway.-
(15:23:14) Sept: "Hey. I'm not interrupting?"
(15:23:32) @Minaplo: ["Not at all. We found my things."]
(15:24:19) Sept: "What?"
(15:24:51) @Minaplo: ["We found them." Said Isabelle a touch slower.]
(15:25:10) Sept: "Oh. In another crate?"
(15:25:57) @Minaplo: ["Not quite. They turned up in the hands of a legionnaire named Isabeau, you see…"]
(15:29:17) Sept: "Ahh. So you've got everything?"
(15:30:41) @Minaplo: ["I do. Thank you for your help."]
(15:33:23) Sept: "No problem," Sera smiled. "Sounds like you guys did the work."-
(15:35:22) * Sept grabbed a chair from his side of the room and sat down cross-legged, facing the others.-
(15:35:38) Sept: "Still worried about working with Kourosh?"
(15:36:25) @Minaplo: ["Yep." Said Isabelle. "Can you blame me?"]
(15:38:13) Sept: "I would be. He knows too many things."
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(15:52:45) @Minaplo: ["Knows too- what?"]
(15:56:16) Sept: "Yeah. From what I've heard and seen of him, it's- not like he knows too much, like a mafia thing, but. He knows things too often."
(15:58:04) @Minaplo: ["He knows things too often." Said Isabelle. "Like what?"]
(16:03:05) Sept: "Exactly what he can get away with? Of course he's incredibly good, but his seriousness dial is stuck on the same setting whether he's planning a war or lunch, too…"
(16:05:02) @Minaplo: ["What a casual little guy."]
(16:06:08) Sept: "Yeah. I'm sure you'll get used to each other, though."
(16:07:36) @Minaplo: ["Well then, open up. What else is he like?"]
(16:11:15) Sept: "Well, um. I only talked to him once for more than five seconds. So you have to promise to take it with a bit of salt."
(16:11:37) @Minaplo: ["I'm fine with salt."]
(16:21:00) Sept: "I don't know. The feel I got was he's weird about people. Like he doesn't feel like he's interacting with them. You're no stranger to having an odd view of people, and maybe neither am I."-
(16:22:43) Sept: "He said he's unable to force Yanmei's hand on anything, which is maybe true, but it sounds wrong to me."
(16:22:53) @Minaplo: ["Wrong?"]
(16:25:36) Sept: "Like he's dodging responsibility, right?"
(16:26:10) @Minaplo: ["Dodging responsibility. Do you mean he's saying he's influencing her then denying it?"]
(16:28:11) Sept: "He made a distinction between influencing her and suggesting a course of action. I think you can't completely separate them."
(16:30:03) @Minaplo: ["That sounds true to me." Said Isabelle. "You suggest actions you think will actually do something, which can't help but influence other people. It's just like talking. Ideas flow, people change."-
(16:32:45) @Minaplo: ["Hm." Armin rubbed his knees thoughtfully. "But influencing someone and forcing their hand isn't the same thing. No matter what the little prophet suggests, he can't force Yanmei to do anything she doesn't want to do. The ultimate authority still lies with her."]
(16:33:21) Sept: "Hrm."
(16:34:11) @Minaplo: ["In fact, if you look at it like that, it sounds like a sign of respect!" Said Armin. "That he respects her authority to make decisions. Consider how he speaks to her."]
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(16:38:22) Sept: "Maybe," Sera admitted. "But if he respects her authority so much, why's he have to be prime minister?"
(16:38:53) @Minaplo: ["So he can kick all you dumbshits into line." Said Liline.]
(16:40:44) * Sept looked back at Liline and hrrm'd.
(16:41:13) @Minaplo: ["When he makes his deep motor sound that means I'm right." Said Liline smugly.-
(16:41:33) @Minaplo: ["That is obviously not a motor sound." Said Armin.-
(16:41:38) @Minaplo: ["It fuckin' is!"-
(16:42:56) @Minaplo: ["Do you really need to be kicked into line by him, though?" Asked Isabelle.]
(16:44:29) Sept: "The other ODs do," Sera muttered.
(16:45:29) @Minaplo: ["Liline, I'm not sure you know what a motor sounds like." Said Armin seriously.-
(16:45:50) @Minaplo: ["Oh, and you do? What, they cover that in fucked up superweapon 101, do they?"-
(16:46:03) @Minaplo: ["That so? I had no idea." Said Isabelle to Sera. "Tell me more."]
(16:47:29) Sept: "Y-Yeah, because kids are taking their jobs, or something. Probably. Some of them weren't happy about giving him command of anything so quickly."
(16:48:03) @Minaplo: ["There is no such thing. Also, you mustn't swear so freely." Said Armin.-
(16:48:22) @Minaplo: ["Fuck off. What, do you uberspears even know what swears are?!" Snapped Liline.-
(16:48:43) @Minaplo: ["I thought they would've gotten over that with Alphonse." Said Isabelle.]
(16:51:33) Sept: "I don't know about that. I wish I understood what exactly the problem is."
(16:52:51) @Minaplo: ["Of course I know what a swear is. In the days of the First Federation, there were swears that blotted out suns." Said Armin.-
(16:53:23) @Minaplo: ["Did they have motors in your thirsty federation, eh? Obviously not!"-
(16:53:33) @Minaplo: ["How did you react at the time?" Asked Isabelle.]
(16:58:27) Sept: "It's none of my business, and I had no reason to doubt Yanmei's call. It doesn't really change my job, does it?"
(17:00:33) @Minaplo: ["You could argue-" Began Isabelle, but her voice was drowned out by the deafening sound - that of a motorcycle engine revving- suddenly filling the room.]
(17:02:49) Sept: "HEY! SHUT THE FUCK UP!"
(17:02:59) @Minaplo: [The sound abruptly stopped.-
(17:03:08) @Minaplo: ["Rude." Muttered Armin ruefully.-
(17:03:37) @Minaplo: [Isabelle shook her head. "Anyway, as I was saying, if Kourosh is in a position where he's commanding you, then wouldn't that make it your business?"]
(17:06:46) Sept: "Well, yes, but then I'd only have to object if he was incompetent or I wasn't prepared to take orders from him. Which we're not."-
(17:07:59) Sept: Sera sighed. "That was an extremely believable motor."
(17:11:59) @Minaplo: ["Thank you." Said Armin brightly.-
(17:12:23) @Minaplo: ["Wow, a spear and a lyrebird." Said Liline, clapping sarcastically.-
(17:12:46) @Minaplo: ["Alright." Said Isabelle. "But how did you know he wasn't incompetent in the first place?"]
(17:13:08) Sept: "Be-" Sera hesitated.-
(17:13:14) Sept: "Because she'd picked him."
(17:14:06) @Minaplo: ["Sounds like you and Kourosh are similar in your respect for Yanmei, then." Said Isabelle. "That sounds like the rest of the command staff don't trust her picks, then."]
(17:19:09) Sept: "R-Right. I don't know if they should, either, but maybe some of them are living in the past."
(17:19:25) @Minaplo: ["Which ones?"]
(17:21:35) Sept: "I don't know."
(17:23:59) @Minaplo: ["So you think some of them are living in the past, although you're not sure which ones, and you don't know if it's really a problem?"]
(17:28:11) Sept: "Well, yeah. Kourosh has the authority to get around them, but maybe she wants the others to keep second-guessing her in other matters."
(17:28:55) @Minaplo: ["Ah. Well, she's smart, then."]
(17:29:35) Sept: "Mm."
(17:36:48) @Minaplo: ["Mm."]
(17:40:34) Sept: "Maybe I should get going," Sera said, standing up. "I hope that helps you prepare a little and isn't completely wrong."
(17:43:13) @Minaplo: ["Well, one last thing you can do for me."]
(17:43:28) Sept: "Yeah?"
(17:43:38) @Minaplo: ["Describe what he actually… Looks like."]
(17:47:53) Sept: "Hm. Short, sometimes disheveled. West or Central Asian or something, black hair. Hard to believe he's over 20."
(17:48:29) @Minaplo: ["Wait, he's over 20?"]
(17:48:50) Sept: "Allegedly?"
(17:49:19) @Minaplo: ["This is the first I've heard of it. Up 'til now I thought he was… 14 or something."]
(17:50:09) Sept: "Yanmei said 'late twenties'…"
(17:50:58) @Minaplo: ["Why the hell are they all referring to him as 'kid' and stuff, then?"]
(17:53:35) Sept: "How should I know, because it's a convenient insult?"
(17:54:05) @Minaplo: ["Hmph."]
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(17:58:55) Sept: "Or maybe they really didn't read his file. Anything else I can help you with?"
(17:59:41) @Minaplo: ["Bring me dinner?"]
(18:05:06) Sept: "Haha. Don't tempt me. Armin can bring you whatever you want, though."
(18:05:37) @Minaplo: ["Mm, fine. I'll just eat by myself then…"]
(18:06:37) Sept: "What, you're serious?"
(18:07:10) @Minaplo: ["I'm always serious."]
(18:08:31) Sept: "I see." Sera stood there for a while, still awkwardly on the way out.-
(18:08:38) Sept: "Sure. What would you like?"
(18:09:03) @Minaplo: ["Didn't one of the Ayanamis open up a place just the other day?"]
(18:12:06) Sept: "They did?"
(18:13:42) @Minaplo: ["Yes." Said Armin patiently. "The redoubtable culinary artist, with red-wine hair… Ayanami Roku. Her place is called Restful… It nourishes the body and the soul. Truly, it gleams like the moon amidst the star-field of the gastronomic milky way."]
(18:17:37) Sept: "R-Right. So what are you taking, Isabelle?"
(18:17:59) @Minaplo: ["Oh, well. I wouldn't know what they sell. So you'd just have to take me along…"]
(18:20:54) Sept: "You can stay here and have Armin relay everything, if that's more comfortable?"
(18:21:47) @Minaplo: ["I might have a better sense of things if I could smell it, though…"]
(18:23:10) Sept: "Just this once, then. What about the two of you?"
(18:23:25) @Minaplo: ["I am delighted." Said Armin, delighted.-
(18:23:38) @Minaplo: ["You're payin', right?" Said Liline.]
(18:24:53) Sept: "What makes you think that?!"
(18:25:07) @Minaplo: ["Because I don't have any money, duh!" Said Liline.]
(18:27:37) Sept: "Get a job?"
(18:28:07) @Minaplo: ["Oh yeah, 'get a job'. Real fuckin' smart. See why they made you the braintrust. Where the fuck am I gonna get a job, numbnuts?"]
(18:32:07) Sept: "Plenty of places! Lots of jobs that don't care you're short, others would value it, and we've been over this!"-
(18:32:18) Sept: "Fine, let's go, I'm paying. That okay with you, Isabelle?"
(18:33:05) @Minaplo: ["I can pay my own way."]
(18:34:13) Sept: "And you don't mind the company?"
(18:36:44) @Minaplo: ["I'll manage. I owe you for helping, anyway."]
(18:37:20) Sept: "You helped me find my meeting."
(18:38:58) @Minaplo: ["Just make out already." Said Liline.]
(18:43:07) Sept: "Yeah, yeah, just get going."
(18:50:52) @Minaplo: ["Hmph~" Isabelle let a dry smirk cross her face; she got to her feet and walked out.]
(18:54:55) * Sept followed the three of them, shutting the door behind him.

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