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[23:33] <Minaplo> [Michael's quarters looked fairly nondescript from the outside. It was nestled at the lower end of the officers' quarters, near Eagle Squad in fact. The doors were closed and the lock-light was on red (locked).]
[23:35] * Yanmei tossed her hair as she stood in front of it, working out what she'd planned to say to its occupant in just a few minutes. If he was inside. Was he inside? She pressed the buzzer to find out.
[23:36] <Minaplo> [The lock-light turned green. He was here!]
[23:39] <Yanmei> Of course he was~ There were only so many places he could be on this giant ship. She let herself in, beaming. "Hello Michael!"
[23:40] <Minaplo> [Michael was sitting in an armchair, cleaning his pistol. "Hello, Yanmei. How're you?"]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Oh, you know me! I'm always in top shape?" She looked around the room, perhaps a little nervously. "How are you getting along? You and your Pope-dad?"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["We're getting along fine. And please don't call him that."]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "It's an apt description."
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["If you insist." Said Michael, his tone suddenly becoming light and airy. "What about yourself? Is your President-dad upset about you torching his border?"]
[23:52] <Yanmei> "I have no such thing!" She glared at him, suddenly huffy.
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["It's an apt description." Said Michael cheerfully.-
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["More than apt in some ways…"]
Session Time: Sun May 08 00:00:00 2016
[00:02] <Yanmei> "W-what have you heard? There's nothing going on between them!"
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Between who?" Asked Michael sweetly.]
[00:19] <Yanmei> "Between no one. No one!" Still glaring, she crossed the room and sat down on his bed. "Hmph. And for your information, that man - who is not my father, thank you - is indeed very irritated over the border thing."
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["What are you gonna do about it, hmm?"]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "I don't know yet. Help rebuild somehow? I'm also sending him and his kid away on a nice vacation somewhere.'
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["What for?"]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "To nobly mend any rifts between him and our faction, and to alleviate some of the stress he's undoubtedly suffered lately."
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["He'll refuse."]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Why do you say that?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["No world leader takes a vacation during wartime unless they want to look like selfish aristocrats."]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "What if we sent all of our allied world leaders on vacation? To a deserted island somewhere. We could lie and say it's a conference. I, of course, will stay behind to make sure things run smoothly in their absences."
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["They'd all refuse."]
[00:37] * Yanmei scowled. "Maybe. I suppose they're all at least somewhat aware of the whole Skuld Island routine, huh?"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Haha. Besides, we need people like Linden around."]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "We are making pretty good use of her battleship," Yanmei admitted. "And Asgard."
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. So, no vacations."]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "I'll find another way to get him off the ship. We have a new guest who's something of a security issue for him."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["That worried about Flo, eh?"]
[00:47] * Cerise is now known as Reiska
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Flo?" Yanmei scoffed. "She's small fry. Right?"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["… Who else did you mean?"]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Juno Winter-Lorenz."
[00:51] <Minaplo> [Michael cocked an eyebrow. "Really? That's who you're worried about?"]
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Of course! Who wouldn't be worried about Little Miss Firebomb?"
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Me?" Said Michael. "Firebombs… Seriously. You're worried about that?"]
[00:56] <Yanmei> "Yes! Why aren't you?"
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Because the defining trait of Lorenz's firebomb stunt was that she got caught." Said Michael lightly. "Meanwhile there's lots of people Flo's killed and gotten away with it."]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "She's in good company, then," Yanmei muttered. "Are you going to visit her anytime soon? Say a couple of things to get under her skin?"
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["Why would I try to get under her skin?"]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "I mean… where do you and Walpurgis Night even stand right now? Friends? Enemies?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Opponents by circumstance."]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "Hm. Then it's more likely you'll go and have a friendly chat and catch up like old friends?"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["Something like that."]
[01:12] * Yanmei nodded. "I guess the whole getting under her skin is more Blue's domain anyway."
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Haha. Quite."]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "And speaking of annoying people… how do you like our new OD?"
[01:17] <Minaplo> [Michael snorted.-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["He's a little obnoxious, but that battle ended up much easier than I'd feared, so I'll take what I'm given."]
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[01:23] <Yanmei> "Yeah, he really pulled it off, huh? I've been avoiding Katsuragi. She's probably furious."
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[01:26] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "She really seemed to hate the guy, so she's probably not going to take his victories well even if it's good for us. Besides, they made a wager on this. The ODs, being on the losing side, are now supposed to acknowledge his skill and his new official position in the UEF."
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["Aha. Clever fellow, isn't he?"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "He knew what he was doing."
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["So it seems. How are the rest of Command handling it?"]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "No one's revolted yet. That's a good sign. But everyone's still suspicious. It's going to take a while to get used to him."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["How did you find him, anyway?"]
[01:42] * Noriko is now known as Zack
[01:44] <Yanmei> "Secret." She winked at him.
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["Oh come on!"]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "Just know that it was a long, tiring process. And that Dorian Lachapelle was the one who kicked it off."
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["Ah! So Dorian did lead you to him. You weren't lying about that in the briefing."]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "I'm not the sort of person who lies, Michael." Yanmei tossed her hair.
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Yes you are."]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "I'm not. Anyway, this is too important to make stuff up about."
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Or it's too important not to make stuff up about."]
[13:20] <Yanmei> "You'd think so? But that would only apply if there was something really shady in his past that would put them off."
[13:24] <Minaplo> ["Is there?"]
[13:25] <Yanmei> "Not as far as I can tell?"
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["I was always taught that you'd always find something shady if you dig back far enough."]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "He was pretty isolated for a long while. I'm not sure it'll be easy to dig that far back."
[13:39] <Minaplo> ["Hm. Well, fair enough. Do you trust him?"]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "Sort of."
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["Tell me more?"]
[13:49] * Yanmei idly fussed with her hair. "I don't know him that well, but I trust Dorian and Dorian trusts him. Ergo, I also trust him. At least to the point that I'd put my life in his hands during a battle without testing him first."
[13:50] <Minaplo> ["Seems to have paid off so far. Uh, did I hear right? I remember hearing that he had something to do with Elisha?"]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "They briefly met sometime before impact, when he was a little kid. I don't think he liked Elisha much."
[13:51] <Minaplo> ["Do you know if he met Mary, then?"]
[13:52] <Yanmei> "He did. For some reason he seems warmer toward her." There was a clear disapproving tone in her voice.
[13:53] <Minaplo> ["Mm, that's not what worries me…"]
[13:53] <Yanmei> "Oh…?"
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["Be straight with me: Rustami does something weird to win his battles, doesn't he?"]
[13:57] <Yanmei> "What? Did you notice something?"
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["It's what I'm good at."]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "Hm. I'll let you in on a secret. But don't pass it around, ok?"
[14:06] <Minaplo> ["Some say I can keep a secret." Said Michael drily.]
[14:07] * Yanmei rolled her eyes. -
[14:10] <Yanmei> "It's not so much that he's a talented strategist… the man's just a genius. He's able to play out dozens of scenarios in his head based on the information he has about other people. For this battle I think he just ran through a bunch of said scenarios and picked the one most likely to bring us success."
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["And how does he do that?"]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "His brain is just wired differently than most people. Call it a gift."
[14:17] <Minaplo> ["Is it a gift you think Mary would've known about?"]
[14:17] <Yanmei> "Without a doubt."
[14:18] <Minaplo> ["That worries me." Said Michael. "Mary's not the sort to just ignore that. If she wasn't able to recruit them, then she would've spent effort on finding a countermeasure."]
[14:22] <Yanmei> "You're not wrong. In this case, the most likely weapon would be feeding us - and him - false information."
[14:23] <Minaplo> ["Or someone better at it than he is."]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "If you think about it, she's probably better at it herself, what with the Eternity Drive and all."
[14:27] <Minaplo> ["Possibly, but if you think about what Rustami could be like with access to the Drive's information…"]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "Terrifying," Yanmei muttered. "Assuming he could actually process that information."
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…"]
[14:40] <Yanmei> "There's something else, concerning this ability of his…"
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Mmm?"]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "He can't properly predict Mary Caine's actions these days, because she's changed so much since he last knew her."
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Ah. That is a problem."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "I don't suppose you knew her that well yourself…?"
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["I knew her better than many Templars, but not well enough." Said Michael. "Perhaps His Holiness might know more."]
[14:50] <Yanmei> "W-what? They hung out together?"
[14:51] <Minaplo> ["Hm? Oh, I don't really know. Just a hunch." He said airily, turning his gaze down toward his pistol.]
[14:53] * Yanmei turned silent, her mouth pursed, imagination clearly churning away.
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "What makes you think Caine was any closer to him than she is to anyone else working under her?"
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["A hunch!"]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "I think we should have put him through some more security checks. A lot more. Maybe a period of isolation…"
[08:59] <Minaplo> ["You can't do that."]
[08:59] <Yanmei> "Why not?"
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["Because as the Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Catholic Church, His Holiness is considered the head of state of the Holy See, making him the leader of a sovereign state." Said Michael; the lack of smugness in his tone was so telling it took on a kind of smugness all of its own. "You don't have jurisdiction over him. If you do security checks, he simply leaves and the League of Nonaligned
[09:01] <Minaplo> States hates us a little more."]
[09:03] * Yanmei scowled and folded her arms. "But what else can we do? He could be telling her all of our secrets and we wouldn't even know about it?"
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["Why don't we treat him the same way we treat all suspicious people we meet?"]
[09:08] <Yanmei> "Just watch him, you mean? Is that going to be enough?"
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["No, I meant let him open a restaurant in the middle of the warship."]
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[09:11] * Yanmei was actually pouting now. "For your information I never actually approved that dumb decision."
[09:13] <Minaplo> [Michael cleared his throat and put a hand to his cheek. When he spoke, it was in a cutesy falsetto. "'I'm completely wiped out and I still have to think about dinner. What's a girl to do'"?-
[09:14] <Minaplo> ["I think that's how it went. You had a mace and a miniskirt. I remember these things."]
[09:16] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure what you're talking about because that ad never existed," she said flatly.
[09:17] <Minaplo> ["Oh, it existed." Said Michael cheerfully. "Boy did it exist."-
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["I distinctly remember it because it happened a week before I tried to blow myself up. It's like it was yesterday. 'if I live, mock Yanmei mercilessly about her hilarious ad'."-
[09:19] <Minaplo> ["James uploaded it to the internet. James knows how to handle these things."]
[09:23] <Yanmei> "And now James is fired," said Yanmei darkly. "Forever."
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[09:24] <Minaplo> ["I miss living with you, being able to tease you day in day out." He said happily.]
[09:29] <Yanmei> "Ugh. So mean. And why does everyone say that?"
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["Do you want to know the truth?"]
[09:30] <Yanmei> "Do I?" She eyed him suspiciously. "Will it be a truth I'll like?"
[09:30] <Minaplo> ["It's a truth I like, and if I like something it must be good."]
[09:31] <Yanmei> "I don't about that. You like those silly pop idols, after all."
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["One of those very clever and talented and gorgeous young women is currently copping a lot of heat for publicly supporting you. You should be gracious~"]
[09:45] <Yanmei> "Hmph. That only proves that this one single idol out of the dozens you follow has good taste despite her silly appearance."
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["Her appearance isn't silly." Said Michael quickly. "You're just jealous!"]
[09:49] <Yanmei> "Of what?" Yanmei scoffed. "I'm way cooler and more important than any dumb celebrity."
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["Of how talented she is!"]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "I'm talented!"
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["She's a better singer and dancer!"]
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[09:54] <Yanmei> "So what?!"
[09:55] <Minaplo> ["So what yourself!"]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "Whatever. No matter what you think, I don't care about idols."
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. Fine."-
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["Did you want to know that truth or not?"]
[10:02] <Yanmei> "Fine. Tell me."
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["It's because you become irresistably adorable when you get teased."]
[10:08] <Yanmei> "Adorable? Surely you mean intimidating…"
[10:08] <Minaplo> ["It's definitely adorable. We've had this conversation before."]
[10:09] <Yanmei> "Damn it…"
[10:09] <Minaplo> ["You should embrace your adorableness. Isaiah does!"]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Well, that's because Isaiah oozes cuteness naturally? I'm more of an inspiring goddess of awesomeness."
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[10:16] <Minaplo> ["Adorableness."]
[10:16] <Yanmei> "Nope."
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["Sorry, but everyone agrees!"-
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, I think His Holiness is fine. Watch him, of course, and make sure you keep him away from anything you deem sensitive. But I trust him."]
[10:21] <Yanmei> "I was going to keep him away from that stuff to begin with," Yanmei muttered. "If he knew any secrets about Mary Caine, do you think he'd share them with us?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["Possibly."]
[10:24] <Yanmei> I might have to actually talk to him at some point, then."
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["Yes, you might. Want me along?"]
[10:26] <Yanmei> "Wouldn't hurt."
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["Right. We can do that, then."]
[10:28] * Yanmei nodded. "Also we'll get him to talk to Rustami at some point. Under incredibly heavy supervision."
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[10:31] <Yanmei> "He needs more information about her in order to make predictions about what she'll do."
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["I see… Hmm."]
[10:38] <Yanmei> "Anyway, we'll do that another time."
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[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Yes, yes we will." He said slowly.]
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[10:54] <Minaplo> ["… Say…"]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?"
[10:55] <Minaplo> ["I have a small favour to ask."]
[10:57] <Yanmei> "Go ahead?"
[11:02] <Minaplo> ["Actually, it's more like an opportunity for you." Said Michael evenly. "A chance to win allies abroad!"]
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[11:04] <Mianplo> ["Actually, it's more like an opportunity for you." Said Michael evenly. "A chance to win allies abroad!"]
[11:04] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?" she said slowly and more cautiously.
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[11:06] <Mianplo> ["Well. You remember when His Holiness first came on board, right?"]
[11:07] <Yanmei> "Of course."
[11:08] <Mianplo> ["Well he delivered to me a… Secret missive."]
[11:09] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes narrowed suspiciously.
[11:09] <Mianplo> ["One that I must attend to. In Japan."-
[11:10] <Mianplo> ["Between the 23rd and 30th of August."]
[11:11] <Yanmei> "Just say it."
[11:12] <Mianplo> ["I want to go to Lune La Pucelle's concert!" He blurted out.]
[11:21] * Yanmei sighed. "Surprise surprise. How do you intend to 'win allies' by going to a concert?"
[11:24] <Mianplo> ["Well, she's the ally I'm going to win over…"]
[11:27] <Yanmei> "Technically she's already been won over? Why else would she be supporting us?"
[11:28] <Mianplo> ["Yes, but if I go over there and, you know, establish contact, bring her into our fold, we can open a path of communication…"]
[11:30] <Yanmei> "'Establish contact,' huh~?"
[11:31] <Mianplo> ["… S-Stop that." He said; he went quite red.]
[11:35] <Yanmei> "Look, if you want to meet her, shake hands and flirt, that's fine. Japan is one of the few places I think we can visit recreationally without backlash. I have a few conditions though."
[11:35] <Mianplo> ["C-Conditions?"]
[11:39] <Yanmei> "Condition 1: You need to take a bodyguard and at the very first hint of trouble, you will immediately leave and return to the Dorian regardless if the concert is finished. We don't want any international incidents. We also don't want any kidnappings or assassination attempts."
[11:40] <Mianplo> ["A bodyguard!" He said loudly. "What for?"]
[11:42] <Yanmei> "Duh. The UN could send some of its own people there just as easily as we can. Besides…" She tried to hold back a smirk and failed horribly. "You could use some protection."
[11:43] <Mianplo> [Michael flushed a deep red.-
[11:43] <Mianplo> ["I'm perfectly capable of protecting myself."]
[11:45] <Yanmei> "Uh huh." Yanmei was still smirking. "Condition number two: Take Jame Riel with you. He doesn't have to go to the concert, but he's been feeling down lately. Wandering around Japan for a day or two might do him some good."
[11:45] <Mianplo> ["You're kidding! A bodyguard and Riel?!"]
[11:51] <Yanmei> "That's right," she said firmly. "Thirdly, you guys will have to periodically check in with us during your trip so that we can be sure you're not in trouble."
[11:52] <Mianplo> ["How periodically?"]
[11:52] <Yanmei> "Every other day at the very least."
[11:52] <Mianplo> ["Mrph."]
[11:54] <Yanmei> "Do you agree to those conditions?"
[11:54] <Mianplo> ["Who do you want me to take as bodyguard?"]
[11:55] <Yanmei> "I'll leave that to you. Someone who knows the country and who's fairly reliable would be best."
[11:58] <Mianplo> ["So you want me to take an Ayanami."]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "Sure."
[11:58] <Mianplo> [He sighed.]
[11:59] <Yanmei> "Don't pout. You'll still have fun. It will just be responsible fun."
[11:59] <Mianplo> ["You're such a hypocrite!"]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "W-what do you mean?!"
[12:00] <Mianplo> ["You'd never accept these conditions! And you never have responsible fun!"]
[12:06] <Yanmei> "I probably would've accepted a bodyguard," Yanmei said firmly. "And pretty much all the fun I have these days is 'responsible'."
[12:07] <Mianplo> ["Only because you're totally unable to get up to no good without someone noticing…"]
[12:08] <Yanmei> "That's a lie! I could cover it up if I had to!"
[12:08] <Mianplo> ["Oho!"]
[12:09] <Yanmei> "But I haven't needed to. Shut up."
[12:09] <Mianplo> ["What debauches have you been up to, eh?"]
[12:11] <Yanmei> "I haven't! I'm responsible and respectable." She tossed her hair elegantly.
[12:16] <Mianplo> ["Lying again~"]
[12:20] <Yanmei> "It's the truth and you know it!"
[12:20] <Mianplo> ["I wonder if Isaiah would give me a more honest answer?"]
[12:22] <Yanmei> "He'd give the same answer, which is an honest one!"
[12:23] <Mianplo> ["Unless he's in on it, right?"]
[12:27] <Yanmei> "There's nothing to be in on, of course."
[12:29] <Mianplo> ["A mystery, to be sure~"]
[12:30] * Yanmei huffed and then stood up. "You have your answer for the concert, anyway. Do try to have fun."
[12:30] <Mianplo> ["I will. I wonder if it'll be more fun than teasing you?"]
[12:39] * Yanmei glared at him. "I'm sure it will be. If you have any more questions, you know where to find me."
[12:41] <Mianplo> ["I do~"]
[12:42] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei made her exit with another parting wave. "Give Pope-Dad my regards~"
[12:42] <Mianplo> ["I will, Miss Mazarin."]

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