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[09:44] * Yanmei was doing a damn fine job of hiding that anything was wrong from the scientists watching her through observation glass, if she did say so herself. For the past 40 minutes, she'd sat at a table in the middle of an otherwise empty white room, following their directions cheerfully, chuckling at her many, many failures as if they didn't matter, pretending to concentrate on this or that, or to envision the things they told her to. -
[09:45] <Yanmei> All the while, however, a single powerful thought kept bouncing around inside her head. -
[09:51] <Yanmei> It was coming back to the forefront of her mind even now: This is stupid. They were brilliant men and women, and she respected a lot of the things they worked on, but they were obviously mistaken about this. How could she possibly have formed a remote synch when it hadn't mantifested in any way over the past few years? -
[09:54] <Yanmei> In any case, she waited, politely, with her hands folded on the desk, eyes keenly focused on the figures behind the glass. What were they going to ask her to do next?
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["This seems to be an issue of difficulty for you, Ms. Zhang" Said Fuyutsuki. "What seems to be the problem?"]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure what you mean?" she said. "I'm doing my best."
[09:59] <Minaplo> ["Your best doesn't seem to be doing anything, Ms. Zhang. What do you do when your best doesn't work?"]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "Pull back and try to formulate a plan."
[10:02] <Minaplo> ["Please tell me your formulations."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "I haven't come up with any yet. Maybe if we stopped for the day and I slept on it…"
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps you could tell me what you've been trying so far, then?"]
[10:11] <Yanmei> "Let's see. I've been imagining that I'm in my Eva and that I'm trying to do all sorts of tricks with my AT Field. That's the gist of it, anyway? Of course, even with 04, my proficiency with those isn't that great. Maybe that's the problem?"
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm. Once upon a time, there was a nobleman in Wei." Said Fuyutsuki. "He grew many peach trees, and he was wealthy and contented."-
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["But the Imperial Court sent the man to take governorship in Jing, far to the south. He brought his peaches with him, and he planted them in his new land, but the peaches quickly died. He did this four times, each time failing, until eventually he was financially ruined."-
[10:16] <Minaplo> ["Without the money to buy comforts, his mind wandered and his work faltered. He was dismissed."-
[10:17] <Minaplo> ["A new lord was sent to take governorship, and this one grew wealthy with the produce of his garden. The old governor, now a beggar, asked the new one, 'Lord, how is it that you made anything grow in this bitter soil'?"-
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["The new lord replied, 'It is not the soil but the seed that failed you. You brought peaches because they grew well in Wei, but did you not know the weather in Jing is hotter, and the soil different, so that peaches fail? Yet you stuck stubbornly with the old seed even though you knew it was going to fail, and when it failed you blamed the world and not yourself!'"-
[10:20] <Minaplo> ["With that, the new governor handed the beggar an orange, and walked away."]
[10:44] <Yanmei> "I'm not really sure what more I can do," she said politely. "I can 'change seeds' but without research, how can I know what's most likely to take?"
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["You don't, so just experiment freely."]
[10:46] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei peered down at the table, frowning. She imagined punching it over. Using just her A.T. Field.
[10:51] <Minaplo> [… All of a sudden, the table wobbled.]
[10:52] * Yanmei shot to her feet in clear alarm. "W-what was that?!"
[10:53] <Minaplo> ["An AT reaction." Said Fuyutsuki, satisfied.-
[10:53] <Minaplo> ["Oh wow! It really worked~ You're so wise, Fuyutsuki-sensei~" Said Maya glowingly.]
[10:55] * Yanmei almost frowned at her. She was totally sucking up to him… "Are you sure that's what it was?"
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["Quite sure." Said Fuyutsuki.-
[10:56] <Minaplo> [There was a sudden beep from Yanmei's phone; she'd received a reminder.]
[10:57] <Yanmei> "Oh." Yanmei pulled it out and peered down at it. "I need to go soon. Are was about done here?"
[10:57] <Yanmei> ^Are we
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["… Mmm. Yes, I suppose I'm satisfied with today's result. You can go, Ms. Zhang."]
[11:00] <Yanmei> "Thank you." She pushed her chair in, and hurried for the door. Barely enough time to change and get some reading in…
[11:02] <Minaplo> […-
[11:11] <Minaplo> [Before long, Yanmei would find herself in Hangar 2. Behind her were 22 French soldiers in dress uniforms, standing at attention; to Yanmei's right was Ariadne.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [A passenger VTOL had just landed, bearing the colours of Japan.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["You read the briefings Japan sent us, right?" Muttered Ariadne.]
[11:14] <Yanmei> "Of course?" Yanmei tossed her hair primly. "I'm completely prepared."
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["Good."-
[11:25] <Minaplo> [The VTOL's cargo hatch opened, and the ramp lowered. Down it came… A Brother.-
[11:27] <Minaplo> [He was dressed in a white, sharp dress uniform of his own, with a red collar and boots. He quickly crossed the distance and bowed formally to Yanmei.-
[11:29] <Minaplo> ["Milady Chancellor, my name is Liberté Égalité Fraternité. I am very thankful for your welcome."-
[11:30] <Minaplo> [As he straightened up, he held out to her a bouquet of chrysanthemums. "Please, accept this small token of my thanks and the thanks of the people of Japan."]
[11:37] * Yanmei smiled graciously, and accepted the flowers with both hands. "Thank you very much. We're happy to have you aboard, and we hope that you'll make yourself comfortable? Allow me to introduce Ariadne Delacour, our top diplomat."
[11:40] <Minaplo> ["Welcome aboard, Mr. Fraternité." Said Ariadne calmly.-
[11:43] <Minaplo> ["Haha." He grinned. "Ariadne Delacour! You know, it was a terrible trip from Japan, but now I feel it's all worth it."]
[11:45] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Yanmei peered between the two of them curiously.
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh?" He asked back.]
[11:50] <Yanmei> "Oh. Nothing. It just seems like you're really familiar with her reputation, if I had to guess."
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[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Who isn't?" he clapped his hands. "Acting Minister for Spain for six months- removing you was sheer chicanery, Ms. Delacour…"-
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["I'm glad you think so." Said Ariadne wryly.-
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[11:55] <Minaplo> ["Hm." He smiled, and turned back toward Yanmei. "And of course here's Ms. Zhang Yanmei herself, in the flesh as it were…"]
[23:47] <CakeyCake> "Well, yes." She smiled back politely. How much could he know about that time in Italy? Was he the sort to hold a grudge?
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["I've been looking forward to talking with you, Milady Chancellor."]
[23:55] <CakeyCake> "You must have a ton of questions? Of course, I'll answer them as best I can, but would you prefer to get settled first? We've prepared a nice room for you."
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["Yes, if you don't mind. The flight was rather tiring."]
Session Time: Mon Jun 13 00:00:00 2016
[00:10] <CakeyCake> "Of course? This way." She turned away from the cargo hatch led the way, nodding to the guards they passed.
[00:14] <Minaplo> [And so he did!]
[00:28] <CakeyCake> Fraternite's room was, of course, where most of their other guest offices were, decorated with furniture that was slightly fancier than the norm. He had been given a large glass desk, and a white and gold fainting couch in addition to an officer's standard-sized bed and wall-mounted tv. The room was practically spotless as well, having just been cleaned.
[00:32] <Minaplo> [Liberté entered; he looked around once or twice, then clapped his hands and turned towards her. "It's perfect!"]
[00:41] <CakeyCake> "Glad you like it! Of course, you can also order room service whenever you want. And you can move freely throughout the ship, although it's best if you stay out of restricted zones."
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["I see. Yes. What zones are restricted?"]
[00:47] <CakeyCake> "Most of Technical, the Eva hangar, the Bridge… you know, the places you'd expect."
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["The bars aren't restricted?"]
[00:51] <CakeyCake> "Not strictly," she said cautiously. "But on a personal level I'd advise you to stay away."
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Brilliant!" Said Liberté before Yanmei could finish. "Haha, I do love a good drink, Milady… And between you and me, so do the Japanese. It's a trait they and the French share. See? We have more similarities than differences, although I prefer French wine to sake… That's also between you and me."-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["What sort of a place does a French military bar look like, I wonder, hmmhmm."]
[01:03] <CakeyCake> "It's not very nice at all. Very crowded and noisy, with fights breaking out all the time. Wouldn't it be less dangerous to drink here instead?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Fights! You allow fights on your ship?"-
[01:04] <Minaplo> [Liberté laughed. "I think we'll get along just fine, Chancellor."]
[01:09] <CakeyCake> "It's not that they're allowed. It's just that they break out sometimes! How is that a positive?!"
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["Fights are fun, aren't they?"]
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[01:13] <CakeyCake> "I wouldn't know about that," said Yanmei demurely. "I usually only fight when it's necessary."
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Like when you killed a million Brothers in Italy?" He said, suddenly serious.]
[01:22] <CakeyCake> It was a split second before she caught up to him, her own expression becoming suddenly more even. "You mean the Brothers who were trying to wreck my Eva and murder me and my team?"
[01:24] <Minaplo> [Liberté stared at her.-
[01:24] <Minaplo> [Then he laughed.-
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Milady Chancellor, I knew from the moment I landed that this would be on your mind, you and your- your history with all of that." He made a dismissive hand-wave before heading over to the nearby liquor cabinet. "Well, let's get it out in the open. I don't care that you killed a million Brothers, to be honest, except for the specific fact that you didn't kill me somehow, for which
[01:27] <Minaplo> I remain appropriately appreciative."-
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["I don't remember it, I don't really care to remember." He poured two glasses of wine and held one out to Yanmei. "And the blood of the people of Rome are on their hands, no? It's… Mmm, better this way, I think."]
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[01:37] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[01:38] * Yanmei hesitated for a fraction of a moment, and then threw her shoulders back and crossed the gap to grab the glass. "Thank you. And you're absolutely okay with… putting all that behind us?"
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["I am if you are, Milady Chancellor." He held his glass out for her to tap.]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Fine. Fresh starts and all that?" She obliged, tapping her glass lightly against his own.
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["And all that." Tap!-
[01:44] <Minaplo> [With that he sat down on the bed and folded one leg over the other. "Now, I suppose I should get it all out of the way, then."]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "Ah?"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["I am a Brother, with increased strength and physical dexterity. I am resistant to most toxins and can regrow damage to my body. My AT Field is ranked 6-Plus, twice as strong as your standard Brother, and so I understand if you would desire extra metaphysical security whilst I am around you. Conversely, I am nearly impervious to telepathic intrusion. I eat four times a day, drink before,
[01:56] <Minaplo> during and after meals and sleep from midnight 'til 4 AM. Everyone at home calls me Libby, and you all may do the same."]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "Well, Libby, I suppose the telepathic intrusion bit was the reason why you were elected to be sent here," Yanmei sighed, seemingly taking everything else in stride.
[22:49] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Also, it's hard for a Solomon to fake being me."]
[22:51] <Yanmei> "How so?"
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["6-Plus." Said Libby. "Only Solomon Primes get that high, and they're… Busy."]
[22:58] <Yanmei> "How can you be so sure?" Yanmei shook her head. "Maybe they just want everyone to think they're busy? I'd watch my back if I were you."
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Good advice."]
[23:04] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Also, please note that while our security here is excellent, we usually don't go around doing telepathic scans on our esteemed guests. That's just rude?"
[23:08] <Minaplo> ["Yeah you do."]
[23:12] <Yanmei> "We don't," she insisted. "Not on everyone."
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["You do, though."]
[23:13] <Yanmei> "How would you know that?"
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["You're telling me you have an Evangelion plugged into your warship and you don't scan every stranger who comes aboard?"]
[23:23] <Yanmei> "Preliminary light scans at the moment of entry. Surface thoughts. It's not like we go poking around in their heads for classified information."
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["Unless the surface thoughts turn up… Something rotten."]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "In which case we take them into custody and attempt less traumatic means of figuring out what they're up to."
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["And then you scan 'em."]
[23:45] <Yanmei> "Is there a reason why you're insinuating that we routinely violate guests in that manner?"
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Because you're an international superpower. That would be… No, that would be 90% of the reason." Said Libby. "The other 10% is that you actually have telepaths. It's just what superpowers with telepaths do… And it's what superpowers without telepaths want to do."]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Including the Emperor?"
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["Japan… Not a superpower."]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "No. But you guys must have aspirations, all the same."
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
Session Time: Wed Jun 15 00:00:00 2016
[00:04] <Yanmei> "What, were the newspapers wrong about the Eva your government was building?"
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["Self-defense!"]
[00:06] <Yanmei> "Uh-huh."
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Who exactly would we pick a fight with? All of our neighbours are Federation…"]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "I don't know. But you've gotta start somewhere if you're trying to be a superpower. By the way, have you given some thought to joining the Federation itself?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Have you?"]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "Sure. We'd love to have Japan on board?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["No, I mean have you given thought to joining the Federation?"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "Ehh…?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["You did, right?"]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Of course? This isn't the sort of faction you make on a whim."
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["Well, that's reassuring."]
[00:22] <Yanmei> "You're welcome," she said with another prim toss of her hair.
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["I know I am."]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "You're. Huh. You're a character, aren't you?"
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["Sorry?" He laughed.]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "That's a complement. I mean that you're interesting."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Thank you! I find you interesting too. I don't suppose you'd care to join me in being interesting somewhere else?"]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "You're set on going to that bar, aren't you?"
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["I have to admit, there is something about this bar that has a little bit more going for it than most."]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> [He took out his holo and opened it. "I found this clip on the internet…"-
[00:51] <Minaplo> [Yanmei could see it. A mace… A coat… Purple twintails…]
[00:53] <Yanmei> Yanmei went stark white at once. "I… I have to go now!!" She declared, her voice unnaturally loud as she began to back away. "To do proper Chancellor stuff!"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["What? No no no!"]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Yes! Important things that have nothing to do with that video!"
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Am I an important thing?" He said softly.]
[01:19] * Yanmei paused. Recalibrated. "Of… course?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["Important enough to go to the bar with?"]
[01:31] <Yanmei> "Wouldn't you prefer a tour of the rest of the ship?"
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Of course! A tour! A good idea. One request?"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Certainly?"
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["We start at the bar!"]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "Persistent," she grumbled.
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Persistence is an admirable quality, don't you agree?"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "Yes. But only when it's used for good," she said sourly.
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["Having fun is good!"]
[23:53] <Yanmei> "You and I have different definitions of having fun."
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["True, I consider spending time with you fun…"]
Session Time: Thu Jun 16 00:00:00 2016
[00:03] <Yanmei> "That's not fair? This conversation hadn't exactly been torture, you know."
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["So you'll enjoy my company even at a bar?"]
[00:06] <Yanmei> "If we go in for only ten minutes."
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["Thirty."]
[00:10] <Yanmei> "Fifteen."
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["Twenty-five."]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Fifteen."
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["Twenty-fiiiiive!"]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Fifteen. Take it or leave it."
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Twenty?"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "Fifteen."
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Twenty, and I pay for your drink."]
[00:19] * Yanmei considered this. Her tab had been growing fairly high lately. "Fine. Twenty. Not a second more."
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["Deal." He beamed. "You're good at this."]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Don't flatter me." She made for the door. "Let's head out?"
[00:24] <Minaplo> [He followed, still grinning.-
[00:24] <Minaplo> [Blue's Bar, Grill, etc. was moderately busy today, although the only music was from Viviane playing some cheery parlour music on her violin.-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Heeeey, look who it is." Said Blue as Yanmei entered. "Everyone's favourite miniskirt warlord, here to take a rest from her massacres…?"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "I don't believe I know what you're talking about," she said smoothly.
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["What a surprise~" He said gleefully. "Hello, who's this?" Said Blue, looking at Libby.-
[00:42] <Minaplo> [Libby politely deferred to Yanmei to introduce him.]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "A newly arrived representative from Japan who will be staying with us a while. Liberté Égalité Fraternité. Please give him your best manners."
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Liber… Huh." Said Blue. "You look a whole lot like a Brother."-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["I am. Call me Libby." Said Libby cheerfully. "I am here, good sir, to sample your refreshments! Certain dignitaries have spoken very highly of it…"-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah?" Said Blue, giving Yanmei a thumbs up.]
[00:55] <Yanmei> Yanmei was wearing a flat expression. "I should also formally introduce Mr. Blue. He's the owner of this establishment. Hence the name…"
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Brilliant. Come, come, let's sit!"]
[01:00] * Yanmei was careful to take the furthest seat away from the flashing arcade games as was possible without arising suspicion. "Remember, twenty minutes…"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Yes, we need to start quickly. Mr. Blue! Two of your…"-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["'Dirac Seas'? Really?"-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Really." Said Blue.-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Sounds perfect!"]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "They're quite strong," Yanmei warned. "Not that I've been effected by them before, personally."
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, good to know." Said Libby. "And what'll you have, Madame?"]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "A Heaven's Chantry, please."
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Nice pick." Said Blue with a smirk.]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "Why thank you." She felt suddenly on guard. It was her first time trying it.
[01:26] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, Blue placed three drinks own. Yanmei's was clear and bubbly with a sprig of mint within; Libby's was deep dark black with some blue hue.]
[01:27] <Yanmei> "Huh. So this is what it looks like…"
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["First time having it, huh?" Asked Libby.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah? As long as you're trying something new I might as well do the same."
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["I appreciate that graciousness. Here's to us, then!"]
[22:08] <Yanmei> "To us?" She held up her own glass and took a swig from it. The liquor… it burned! But she held off on any reactions, curiously watching her guest instead.
[22:09] <Minaplo> [Libby took a gulp from his drink.-
[22:09] <Minaplo> [… And it was a gulp that did not seem to end.-
[22:09] <Minaplo> [It went on, and on, until suddenly the glass was empty.]
[22:10] * Yanmei watched in fascination. He hadn't taken a single breath! "Is it good?"
[22:12] <Minaplo> [He let out a long 'ahhh', before pushing the other Dirac Sea toward her. "Mmm, what do you think?"]
[22:13] <Yanmei> "Oh, I've had it before. I was just curious about what you thought of it."
[22:14] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well…"-
[22:14] <Minaplo> ["It wasn't bad."]
[22:15] <Yanmei> "Heh. Used to finer stuff, huh?"
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["Hardly! It is just lacking that… Spark."-
[22:16] <Minaplo> ["'Lacking that spark'?" Said Blue, his brow crinkling.]
[22:17] <Yanmei> Yanmei tilted her head slightly, and pushed her cup a little towards him. "Do you want to try mine? It might be stronger, if that's what you mean.""
[22:18] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm."-
[22:19] <Minaplo> [He took Yanmei's drink, held it up to the light for a moment, then put it back down. "You understand of course that I can't drink this."]
[22:20] <Yanmei> "Oh. Sorry. I put my lips all over it, didn't I? Here, I'll order you a clean glass of it."
[22:21] <Minaplo> ["Thank you." Said Libby graciously. "I am saving my first kiss for someone special."]
[22:22] <Yanmei> "Oh~ Someone back home?"
[22:22] <Minaplo> ["Oh, no one I know. yet."]
[22:25] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Yanmei quickly placed the new order with Blue before continuing this line of conversation further. "But you're looking, right? Going on dates, or hanging out at bars like this one with co-workers and stuff?"
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["In a sense, yes. I haven't been permitted to go on proper dates, but now that we're out in the open…~"]
[22:28] <Yanmei> "Oh, right. You must've been in hiding for a long time? It sounds rough."
[22:29] <Minaplo> ["Of course, of course. It is hard for one to be gripped by fate in the darkness!"]
[22:32] <Yanmei> "But you must have had other privileges to make up for it. Or at least a robust social life in the facilities you were permitted to go to? It's just that you seem so well adjusted compared to a lot of guys on this ship…"
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["Really…?"]
[22:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah? Like you're pretty loose, and not as rigid as they are. Granted, a lot of the people here are military, so…"
[22:39] <Minaplo> ["Military people! You know, that would explain it."-
[22:40] <Minaplo> [Blue placed a Heavenly Chantry down for Libby, who gave him a warm nod.-
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["Are your military people like our military people?" Asked Libby. "So serious and…" He made a slouching, grouchy, hunched-shoulder motion.]
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[22:44] <Yanmei> "A lot of them, yes. They've had to deal with quite a lot these days, which makes them even more serious."
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[22:51] <Minaplo> ["Dealing with a lot, hm…"]
[22:56] <Yanmei> "Loss of loved ones… separation from their homelands… they're often cooped up here for long periods of time, too. This ship is great, but cabin fever can obviously set in just the same."
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I can see how that might be a thing. What have you been doing to offset it?"]
[23:03] <Yanmei> "We offer psychiatric services, but they're pretty much overwhelmed right now. So we've been considering having regular events to boost morale. Blue's is having a music contest sometime soon, I think. And an unrelated talent competition is on the way?"
[23:05] <Minaplo> ["A talent competition! Do you know who's entering?"]
[23:08] <Yanmei> "We haven't advertised it yet, but we anticipate participation from all ranks. Why, are you interested in signing up?"
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. I am, at the last, very interested in watching…"]
[23:14] <Yanmei> "I'll keep you informed. Did you guys have similar events back home?"
[23:15] <Minaplo> ["Not in the Keepers, no." Said Libby. "And we keep a level of distance between ourselves and the military. But I do go to shows in the city."]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "Just talent shows? I mean, there's all sorts of stage entertainment out there. Plays, opera, idol concerts…"
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["Well those, yes, that's what I meant."]
[23:23] <Yanmei> "Oh, sorry. I see!"
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Mmhmm. Tokyo-2 is a wonderful city for entertainment."]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "Good for letting off steam, I bet! Is working as a Keeper really difficult?"
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["It has its challenges."]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Like what?"
[23:34] * ZackDinner is now known as Noriko
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["Obviously we have to be secretive."]
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Of course."
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["What about you? Have you been to many shows recently? Probably not…"]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Haven't had much time, I'm afraid. Sometimes I'll watch movies at home with my family, though."
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["Ah. That sounds lovely."]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "It is. Although they are often family films. And often played ad nauseam. I'm pretty sure I could recite the entire script from 'Fluffytail's Big Adventure' by heart if I wanted to."
[23:47] <Minaplo> [Libby winced.]
[23:49] <Yanmei> "But yeah. Here's to a far more entertaining talent show!" She held up her glass.
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["I'll drink to that." He said, lifting his new Chantry and clinking it against her glass. "Cheers, Chancellor!"]
[23:50] <Yanmei> "Cheers!"

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