Cherry Blossom Procession 4 2

(20:57) <Minaplo> [END OF EVANGELION. 23rd of August, 2018. Location: Blue's Bar and Grill, The Promenade, FNS Dorian Lachapelle. "Cherry Blossom Procession" 4.2-
(20:59) <Minaplo> [The televisions in Blue's were all set to the same channel: the channel covering the British election. From six large screens set around the room, a news programme threw talking heads at the audience, all of them chatting about the ongoing vote-counting, the campaign and the potential outcome. A ticker ran across the bottom, updating viewers on recent electoral events. On the left-hand side of the screen were the current results, which currently showed 4 confirmed seats for Sidney White's Restoration Party and 3 for Alphonse's Unity Party.-
(21:01) <Minaplo> [Blue had played a dangerous game this night. This night and this night only, a special deal was being run. If Alphonse won, then all the food and drinks people had purchased would be declared free… But if he lost, then all of the purchases would double in price. In essence, he was playing chicken with his customer-base, daring them to buy big… Or show they didn't have faith in their golden boy to win.-
(21:02) <Minaplo> [To that end, the crowd was a little uneven… Plenty, it seemed, had lost their nerve.]
(21:08) <Raphael> In a gesture of spite, Raphael had bought more food than he could possibly eat, his table - positioned in full view of the rest of the crowd - heaving with food and drinks. His friends elsewhere in the bar had been unselfconsciously poaching from his selection, and when Euphrasie had returned home a few minutes earlier she'd taken leftovers with her.-
(21:08) <Raphael> He sat with one of the televisions in his field of view and a chicken wing in one hand, his posture relaxed. Every now and again he'd seek out Blue's face in the crowd and stare him down without stopping chewing.
(21:14) * Yanmei was grumbling as she checked the nearest screen between bites of her own modest meal - a basket of fries. For some reason, she had been in a sour mood for the past several days, which was only worsening tonight, since they were at Blue's. Not to mention the flagrant rationing violations going on. She shot Raphael's table a disapproving glance, her frown deepening.
(21:15) <Minaplo> [Chiisana sat at Raphael's side, picking at her own chicken wings; whenever Raphael assumed direct eye contact with his gastropub nemesis, she rolled her eyes as vigorously as possible. "I wonder if Blue would object if I ordered in from Roku's? This… Food is all rather heavy…"]
(21:19) <Sept> "Is this a private table?" Sera asked, stopping by Yanmei's table on the way from the bar. Armin trailed behind him, bearing a similarly simple plate of finger food for Sera, momentarily distracted from updating him on the latest information on the TV.
(21:21) <Yanmei> "Not at all?" She gestured to the empty chairs across from where she and her companion sat. "Crowded night, huh?"
(21:22) <Raphael> "I doubt he'll stop you," Raphael said. Despite the glares from Yanmei, his food was finding its way to other tables quicker than his own mouth - particularly those unwilling to shoulder the monetary risk. "He'll object, but I wouldn't worry too much."
(21:24) <Sept> "Yep. Armin, take a seat."-
(21:24) <Sept> "Are you glad it's over yet?"
(21:27) <Minaplo> [Sitting to Yanmei's right, with a comforting hand on her knee, was Isaiah. But as Sera approached he looked up, his expression suspicious.]
(21:28) <Minaplo> ["But it is not over yet." Said Armin solemnly, taking his heat. "Ho! Raphael! Wing me!"-
(21:28) <Minaplo> ["True." Said Chiisana, patting Raphael on the shoulder. "I've just placed my order. Do you want anything? My shout."]
(21:29) * Yanmei patted Isaiah's hand firmly. "He's right. It isn't over until the votes are counted and the official results are announced? This is the most difficult part."
(21:33) * Raphael glanced over with amusement, before hurling a wing wrapped in a protective napkin right towards Armin. "I appreciate the offer, Chiisana, but if the Chancellor sees me with freshly ordered food any time in the next week I think I might be executed."
(21:34) <Sept> "I guess," Sera smiled. "Someone walking past here might be forgiven for thinking differently."
(21:34) <Minaplo> ["You could always seek asylum." Said Chiisana, grimacing as she watched Armin grab the wing out of the air with his mouth, crunch down and eat the entire thing whole, bones and all.]
(21:36) <Raphael> "'Why did Raphael Guillory turn his back on the UEF', the historians will ask…" He said, not seeing the catch itself but wincing at the very audible crunch.
(21:38) <Minaplo> ["Be honest, there are stupider tales of defection. I could even tell you a few…"]
(21:38) <Yanmei> "Well, yeah. It's like it's a party in here? But every little opportunity people get to celebrate something boosts morale, so I can't complain too much."
(21:41) <Raphael> "There absolutely are," he agreed, smiling. "I'll happily hear you tell some, though."
(21:43) <Sept> "Have you considered reaffirming your vows?"
(21:45) <Minaplo> ["How about you get married this time?" Said Isaiah dryly.]
(21:48) <Sept> "Yeah, I could have the ballroom all to myself, huh."
(21:49) <Minaplo> ["You and Liline."]
(21:50) <Yanmei> "How are things going with her, anyway?" Yanmei broke in, giving Isaiah yet again another pat.
(21:53) * Sept dragged the plate a bit closer to him and picked out some slices of paprika.-
(21:54) <Sept> "Better, I think. System affords her some independence now."
(21:58) <Yanmei> "Glad to hear it? It sounds like things are working out just fine~" She nodded to herself, clearly pleased about this.
(22:00) <Sept> "I'm sure that's all you were thinking when you arranged this, too?"
(22:03) <Minaplo> ["Now." Chiisana tapped the tabletop. "I don't know if it qualifies as stupid per se, but I remember a story of some idiot who betrayed his lord because some rival lord sent him a faked letter in his mother's handwriting telling him to do so…"]
(22:07) <Yanmei> "That… ahem." Yanmei cleared her throat and straightened up. "I couldn't predict it 100%, but I was hoping something like this might happen?"
(22:12) <Sept> "Hehe. Good thing I'm reliable. Has it been busy with the election?"
(22:18) <Raphael> "That's a lot of faith to put in a letter…"
(22:18) <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it is. Even better, he arrived, and his mother was so angry for falling for it, she killed herself."]
(22:18) <Minaplo> so angry at him*
(22:18) <Yanmei> "We support Alphonse from here and run a lot of the numbers, but we've provided him with his own team in the UK to help out with a lot of the things he's been handling on his own. Press conferences, campaign rallies… They've been way more busy with it than we are."
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(22:23) <Sept> "Yeah. I hear White's a formidable opponent."
(22:24) <Yanmei> "Yeah, but he could have been a lot worse if he decided not to play fair. At least he isn't underhanded."
(22:24) * Raphael blanched. "… I actually feel somewhat bad for him now."
(22:25) <Minaplo> ["The honourable showdown between gentlemen. It is a beautiful thing to see." Said Armin.-
(22:26) <Minaplo> ["Yeah, no kidding." Said Chiisana. "That mother was fantastic, though… She threw an ink bottle at the most powerful man in China so that he'd murder her before she could be tricked into doing anything to help him. Didn't work, though."]
(22:28) <Sept> "Oh, I didn't realize it was an honorable election. You really mean that?"
(22:30) * Yanmei grinned. "There's nothing honorable about politics? But as far as elections go… yeah. Both sides played it fairly cleanly despite temptations."
(22:31) <Minaplo> ["Much to Shardlake's bitter disappointment."]
(22:31) <Minaplo> [… Said Isaiah.]
(22:38) <Sept> "Ha! I doubt he's devastated by it, but we should take all the victories we get on those people."
(22:42) <Yanmei> "Agreed!" Yanmei tossed her hair trumphantly. "It'll be a long, cold day in hell before I give them the satisfaction of begging them for help!"
(22:43) <Minaplo> ["Ooh, I think Mephistopheles has a cold~" Shouted Blue.]
(22:46) <Sept> "Have to be careful making such public promises while in office."
(22:52) <Yanmei> "Hmph!" Yanmei simply glowered at Blue. The man was already on thin ice.
(22:58) <Minaplo> [He blew her a kiss. <3]
(22:59) * Yanmei fumed, and looked away sharply, folding her arms. "I hope his business goes under."
(23:00) <Minaplo> ["What a cruel thing to say!" Said Armin, looking scandalised.]
(23:01) <Sept> "Cruel world."
(23:06) <Yanmei> "Indeed! He's done more cruel things to me, I can assure you."
(23:07) <Minaplo> ["And does cruelty repaid with cruelty make the world a happier one?"]
(23:08) <Yanmei> "No. But it's pretty satisfying? Maybe it's even necessary on a psychological level."
(23:10) <Minaplo> ["I disagree!"]
(23:11) <Sept> "You just say that because you haven't tried revenge," Sera said dismissively.-
(23:11) <Sept> "Not that you should," he hastily added.
(23:11) <Raphael> "What did she end up doing for this man?"
(23:12) <Minaplo> ["Who says I haven't tried revenge?" Said Armin seriously.-
(23:13) <Minaplo> ["Nothing, really. See, the Lord brought her to a house he owned, treated her lavishly, but she refused to help him by making her son defect. So what the Lord did in exchange was send one of his advisors in, and, ah… The advisor just befriended her, spoke with her, and I think he pretended to be sick and had her write letters for him. He then copied the mother's handwriting, sent the fake letter… One stupid journey later and the mother hangs herself."]
(23:19) <Sept> "Well, not recently."
(23:20) * Yanmei eyed Armin warily, wondering if he was plotting revenge right this moment.
(23:25) <Minaplo> [And so Armin, staring Yanmei square in the eye, stole a french fry.]
(23:29) <Yanmei> "H-hey!" She pulled her basket close, arms around it protectively. "What did I ever do to you?"
(23:29) <Minaplo> ["When one sows cruelty, and so makes the world cruel, should they have the right to complain when cruelty visits them?"]
(23:31) * Sept laughed out loud and held up a hand to Armin.
(23:33) <Minaplo> [Armin hit that hand with his own, hard. He grinned in delight.]
(23:43) * Yanmei scowled at them both, and then, still hunched protectively over her property, began to eat them quickly. -
(23:44) <Minaplo> [Isaiah leaned over toward her, mouth open invitingly.]
(23:44) <Yanmei> "…" She sighed, and then relectantly popped a fry in his mouth. "Don't you start too."
(23:47) <Minaplo> [He chewed, swallowed, then beamed. "Yip yip."]
(23:55) <Yanmei> "Very funny. Everyone needs to eat their own dinner?"
(23:57) <Minaplo> ["Food's more delicious when it's taken from the hand of your lover~"]
(23:57) <Raphael> "Credit to the Lord for lateral thinking, I suppose."
(23:59) <Minaplo> ["He was a lateral sort of fellow." Said Chiisana.]
(23:59) * Sept started nibbling on his own snacks again, in good spirits.
(00:01) <Raphael> "Evidently," Raphael said, moving his arm to let a techie take a basket of fries on the way to Maya's table.
(00:02) <Minaplo> ["If you want more stories about him, you could ask Yanmei. He was Chinese, maybe she knows a thing or two about their old stories."]
(00:09) <Yanmei> "By the way, Isaiah… you're probably going to want to visit Rei and Alphonse's new place overseas if we win, right?"
(00:10) <Minaplo> ["Of course!"]
(00:12) <Raphael> "Maybe," he said, picking at his food before shooting a quick glance over his shoulder at the busier table.-
(00:13) <Raphael> "We've been at odds a little too often lately, to tell you the truth," he admitted after ensuring he wasn't about to be overheard.
(00:13) <Yanmei> "It'll probably be a group vacation sort of thing, since the crew only gets so many opportunities to leave the ship."
(00:14) <Minaplo> ["Oh?" Murmured Chiisana.]
(00:14) <Minaplo> ["Heck of a housewarming." Said Isaiah.]
(00:16) <Yanmei> "What about you guys?" She pointed a fry across the table. "If there was a place on earth you wanted to visit, what would it be?"
(00:17) <Raphael> "Differences of opinion here and there, nothing outrageous. Prime Minister Rustami for a start, along with… well, the Empress," he said carefully. He stole a glance at her face, testing her expression.
(00:18) <Minaplo> [Chiisana's expression went from one of curiosity to one of express amusement. She smirked. "The other me, huh?"]
(00:18) <Sept> "Hm? Oh, um. I don't know. Armin?"
(00:19) <Raphael> "… I'm still not sure how you're taking it so well, ma'am."
(00:19) <Minaplo> ["I want to visit 7 Yoshioka Avenue, Shinjuku, Tokyo-2." Said Armin fervently.]
(00:19) <Minaplo> ["Do you want to know my secret, Raphael Guillory?" Said Chiisana, her solemn tone at odds with the twinkle in her eyes.]
(00:20) <Sept> "Wh-What's there?"
(00:20) <Minaplo> [Armin's face filled with a serene light. "Go's favourite bookshop in the whole wide world."]
(00:21) * Raphael peered at her. "I suppose I do."
(00:22) * Yanmei smirked~~-
(00:23) <Yanmei> "What if every bookshop is her favorite bookshop?"
(00:23) <Minaplo> ["Ever since she appeared, everyone has been walking on broken glass around me when it comes up. They all look at me from the corner of theire eyes, wondering how I'll react to this awful predicament, but the problem is that everyone's reaction is just so… Unintentionally funny." She let out a smothered giggle. "Hyuga's the worst, he came in one night looking as though the worst thing in the world had happened and he was afraid I would act terribly… I had to cuddle him and give him his favourite kisses to make him know it was alright. It was rather sad." Said Chiisana lightly.]
(00:24) <Minaplo> ["If that were true, then I would go to every bookshop." Said Armin solemnly.]
(00:25) <Yanmei> "That's adorable~"
(00:25) <Sept> "Sounds like… fun. Did she tell you about it on Mars?"
(00:26) <Minaplo> ["No. She told me about it more recently." Said Armin. "Apparently it was the first bookshop she ever went into…"]
(00:29) <Sept> "You won't be able to share her nostalgia for it, you know."
(00:30) <Minaplo> ["It is not her nostalgia that I am after. Some places… They simply tremble with significance."]
(00:34) <Yanmei> "Significance, huh? Like… the Louvre? Or an old palace or something?"
(00:35) <Minaplo> ["Oh? Is that what trembles for you?"}
(00:35) * Raphael paused a moment and then chuckled, even as his brain routed around 'favourite kisses'. "I see the logic to that; You've spent your whole life around your sisters. I suppose the specifics make the whole situation seem different to me, that's all."
(00:36) <Yanmei> "Sure. I think."
(00:37) <Minaplo> ["Oh, the situation's serious, no doubt about it, but my reaction… Hee hee, is not~"]
(00:38) <Minaplo> ["I can think of other things that tremble for her." Shouted Blue.]
(00:40) <Raphael> "So what do you really think, now that I can properly ask?"
(00:40) <Yanmei> "Let's ignore that lewd man, shall we?" said Yanmei primly.
(00:40) <Minaplo> ["Oh, does he mean people?" Said Armin.]
(00:41) <Sept> "I'll tremble him soon enough…"
(00:41) <Minaplo> ["Tremble him? Oh! Like Yanmei trembles Isaiah?!"]
(00:43) <Minaplo> ["What I really think." Said Chiisana slowly. "I think all the usual things. Having someone so powerful and tempestuous is a bad mix. She is a security threat… And she's not winning friends."-
(00:43) <Minaplo> ["But that's braintalk." Chiisana patted her chest. "In here, I feel… Very, very sorry for her."]
(00:44) * Sept lifted his hands upward, as if he was above such things.
(00:46) * Raphael nodded solemnly. "So do I. Not that I'd feel confident expressing that to her…"
(00:50) <Minaplo> ["Yes. It's a difficult situation… Have you got someone 'on' her at the moment?" Asked Chiisana.]
(00:51) <Yanmei> Yanmei, on the other hand, covered her face with her hands. "I don't- just… goddamnit, Blue!""
(00:54) <Raphael> "We spoke to Pilot Leon about trying his luck after an encounter with Surov yesterday," he said, refilling his glass from a jug of water. "He's polite, tactful and hasn't had much experience with either of you to generate false assumptions."
(00:55) <Minaplo> ["And he's suitably Godfearing too." Said Chiisana lightly.]
(00:56) <Raphael> "It can't hurt."
(00:56) <Minaplo> [Isaiah covered half of his own face, too, then leant against Yanmei's shoulder. "Sorry, hon. We're married. Everyone kinda knows…"]
(00:56) <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Said Chiisana, filling her own glass.-
(00:57) <Minaplo> ["Of course, it's a little confronting, the whole situation. A 'me' emerges as a powerful God-Empress… Well."]
(00:59) <Yanmei> "Well, yes, but why bring it up in front of dozens if not hundreds of crewmates? It's… it's inappropriate!"
(00:59) <Raphael> "It was a very long time in some extreme circumstances, but I can't say I'd be comfortable with it if I was in your shoes."
(00:59) <Minaplo> ["There aren't that many here…"-
(01:00) <Minaplo> ["So now the question is… Who trembles Sera? Or whom does Sera induce trembles within?" Asked Armin, staring soulfully at a plate of chicken wings that Medea had pawned off to them.]
(01:01) <Minaplo> ["Mm." Said Chiisana. "I'm smart enough to know that two hundred years of events- wild ones- means we have very little in common at this point. We're not the same person. And the chance that I could be is astronomically small… But I could be. I won't be, but I could be… Makes you think."]
(01:03) * Sept paused with a potato chip halfway to his mouth. "What?"
(01:04) <Raphael> "Mmm," he murmured.-
(01:04) <Raphael> "That would be the cause of all those egghells you spotted people walking on, by the way."
(01:04) <Minaplo> ["You and trembling. Who do you tremble, and who trembles you?" Asked Armin.]
(01:05) <Minaplo> ["Yes, I thought as much." Said Chiisana with a sigh. "Still, there is one other question that comes to mind about this situation, Raphael…"]
(01:06) <Sept> "I'm nowhere near drunk enough to entertain that question. No trembling," Sera said firmly, popped the chip in his mouth.
(01:07) <Minaplo> ["But you trembled with Sarasvati!"]
(01:07) * Yanmei almost choked on a fry. "R-really?"
(01:07) <Raphael> "Ah?"
(01:08) <Sept> "Fuck off, that was just because you made it weird!"
(01:08) <Minaplo> [She leaned toward him and beamed. "Do I look good as an older woman, Raphael?"]
(01:08) <Minaplo> ["How did I make it 'weird'?!" Asked Armin indignantly; he too threw his hands into the air.]
(01:12) * Raphael made a face and stabbed a chip into a ramekin of aioli. "If that's not the sort of question you keep Hyuga around for, I don't know what is…"
(01:13) <Minaplo> ["Well, he wouldn't know, what with all the vomiting, he's only ever seen lovely young goddess me… But you…"]
(01:17) <Raphael> "I'll send him a photo."
(01:18) <Minaplo> ["Ah-ah, dodging the question means you think I won't like the answer!"]
(01:20) <Sept> "You kept asking if I wanted to be warmed up and taking the conversation to things of beauty while I was fighting to get her to help me do science!"
(01:24) * Raphael sighed heavily, his expression turning solemn. "It's true, ma'am. I can hardly bring myself to speak of it."
(01:24) <Minaplo> ["I don't see what the problem is." Said Armin firmly. "You were warmed up, beauty was discussed, science was engaged in, and trembling was fondly reminisced about!"]
(01:26) <Minaplo> ["Go on." Said Chiisana. "I won't get too mad."]
(01:29) * Yanmei had started giggling, in spite of herself.
(01:30) <Sept> "Hrrm," Sera said.
(01:30) <Minaplo> ["I… Didn't realise." Said Isaiah, going deep red.]
(01:35) <Sept> "Then don't! Stop drawing whatever baseless fool conclusions you're drawing."
(01:36) <Raphael> The expression vanished and he rolled his eyes in a way that mimicked her reactions not so long ago. "I was joking, Chiisana," he muttered. "She looks fine. A little taller, a little bit sharper in her features. There's not so much to say."
(01:36) <Minaplo> ["Don't you tell me what to draw!"]
(01:37) <Minaplo> ["Boring. Hmph. Well that's nice." Said Chiisana. "Oh yes, I'll grow up to look fine…"]
(01:39) <Raphael> "There were plenty of other people to ask if you wanted sonnets, ma'am."
(01:40) <Sept> "…" Sera looked back at Isaiah seriously for a few moments.-
(01:40) <Sept> And then relented. "Yeah, whatever, go ahead."
(01:40) <Minaplo> ["Yes, well, one person comes to mind, although right now he's trying to win an election." Chiisana glanced up at the television, which now recorded 7 seats for Restoration, 6 for Unity. "Have you seen him around Rei sometimes~? It's adorable…"]
(01:41) <Yanmei> "Isaiah…"
(01:43) <Minaplo> ["What? It's nothing! It's nothing…"-
(01:43) <Minaplo> [He shot Yanmei a smile.-
(01:44) <Minaplo> ["Perhaps these two young fellows should tremble that bad blood away with each other." Said Armin sadly.]
(01:46) <Yanmei> "Maybe while stuck in an elevator together?"
(01:48) * Sept filled the void in his heart with more fried vegetable.
(01:48) <Minaplo> ["Why an elevator?" Said Armin. "That feels too crampled for a proper go at it."]
(01:49) <Raphael> "Remember I saw him through courting. Adorable is a word for it, I suppose," Raphael said mildly before he popped a chip into his mouth.-
(01:49) <Raphael> "… The contrast with who he was then and who is is now is remarkable, but that part hasn't changed."
(01:54) <Minaplo> ["Oh?" Said Chiisana brightly.]
(01:56) * Yanmei fought hard to keep herself from lapsing into laughter again. "B-but, seriously, you guys should try to talk one of these days without the underlying hostility? Would a couple of sparring matches at the gym maybe help with that?"
(01:59) <Minaplo> ["You know, I don't know if that's going to work." Said Isaiah mildly.]
(02:01) <Sept> "We're not gonna spar, no. We've both got things to prove. That is all."
(02:03) <Yanmei> "Hm. Fine…" said Yanmei grudgingly.

(15:43:00) Sept: "So it is." Sera drummed the table lazily with one hand, then glanced over at the TVs. "What's the latest, Armin?"
(15:44:27) AdEvaGM: ["Thirteen seats for Restoration, eight for Unity." He said. "326 needed for a majority."]
(15:46:41) Sept: "…what?" Sera looked at the screen more intently. "But they've been showing percentages all day!"
(15:49:44) Yanmei: "This stuff takes time? We'll at least have a pretty good idea of who will come out on top before the day's over, though."
(15:51:53) Sept: "…right," Sera said, doubtfully. "And the results are fairly uncontestable?"
(15:54:49) Yanmei: "Should be."
(15:57:32) Sept: "Mm."
(15:59:31) Yanmei: "Maybe we should have had a proper election for our own Prime Minister position," Yanmei grumbled. "Did you hear what Rustami did?"
(16:00:09) Sept: "He's done a lot of things?"
(16:03:00) Yanmei: "He has," Yanmei admitted. "But this was reckless. He's started holding open, public events on the ship."
(16:04:41) Sept: "Ahh. The fair things were his idea. Why?"
(16:08:14) Yanmei: "To attract all sorts of dangerous spies, apparently! He wants to capture and then use them for some type of counter-espionage thing."
(16:11:37) AdEvaGM: ["I loved the fair." Said Armin. "It brought warmth to hearts that have been left in the cold for too long."]
(16:13:13) Sept: "Um. Yes. I liked it a lot, too."-
(16:13:23) Sept: "But you trust him with that kind of thing, don't you?"
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(16:19:57) Yanmei: "I wouldn't trust anyone with that sort of thing," Yanmei grumped. "If I'd known about it, I would have stopped the fair in its planning phases. But now everyone's looking forward to them, it's given us a PR boost, the payoff would put us at a significant advantage, and Simon is 100% confident that security can handle anything that comes up. It's just the risk that I don't like taking."
(16:21:38) Sept: "But… you said they can handle it?"
(16:25:56) Yanmei: "They said that they could. It doesn't mean they actually can. We're dealing with very sneaky and unpredictable enemies here."
(16:27:06) AdEvaGM: ["The little prophet… He knows what he's doing, I feel." Said Armin.]
(16:29:19) Sept: "Is that a good thing?"
(16:35:10) Yanmei: "He wouldn't betray us intentionally, but he's not infallible. No one is."
(16:37:24) Sept: "Do you think he can handle being wrong?"
(16:40:27) * Yanmei blinked. "Sure. I haven't seen anything to suggest otherwise. Have you?"
(16:41:34) * Sept shrugged.-
(16:41:35) Sept: "Don't think so. He's just… a character."
(16:44:07) AdEvaGM: ["That a bad thing?" Said Isaiah.]
(16:46:10) Sept: "N-No. Certainly not."
(16:48:05) Yanmei: "It does cause a lot of tension, though. Marianne's still ranting about him."
(16:48:41) Sept: "And Misato?"
(16:49:18) AdEvaGM: ["Marianne seemed to be enjoying the fair enough…" Said Isaiah.]
(16:50:44) Yanmei: "Katsuragi hasn't been talking to me much lately, but probably. And yes, that is true about Marianne. She still clearly doesn't like him, though."
(16:52:57) Sept: "Well. A lot of people got something good out of it, and you don't seem to have a choice about stopping it. We can live with that. I think."
(16:59:04) Yanmei: "I suppose," she said cautiously. "But just take precautions the next time there's a fair. Isaiah, Lizzie and I will be wearing bulletproof vests if we attend again. Right?"
(17:05:39) AdEvaGM: ["Why do you need a bulletproof vest? You have an AT Field now."]
(17:06:11) Sept: "It's easy for me to say I won't need something like that, too… And you can't set that example?"
(17:15:09) Yanmei: "I mean, like, I could go without, since I'm already amazing at using my AT field? But I don't see what the harm is in having backup protection."
(17:19:46) AdEvaGM: ["If you trained your Field properly, hon, you could learn to zap armour onto yourself with a thought." Said Isaiah soothingly.]
(17:28:53) Yanmei: "W-who has time to learn that stuff?" She folded her arm primly. "Anyway, like I said, my level of AT expertise is fine."
(17:29:49) Sept: "Maya might disagree."
(17:31:10) * Yanmei eyed him warily. "Did she say something about it?"
(17:31:20) AdEvaGM: [Armin smiled. "Such a creative mind, sweet, dear sunshine Maya…"]
(17:36:10) Sept: "She has opinions about the use of such precious gifts."
(17:40:01) Yanmei: "Eh? What sort of opinions? This is news to me."
(17:42:46) Sept: "W-Well. We were talking one day, and she was asking me about it." Sera glanced over his shoulder at the rest of the bar.-
(17:44:52) Sept: "I said I was apprehensive about using it, especially with people around, because I figured it'd just alienate 'em. But she made me promise I'd try more things and enjoy it more…"
(17:51:00) Yanmei: "Interesting. Has it been working out for you?"
(17:52:34) Sept: "Well, sure. There's a lot of things an AT field helps with, and Maya has… a lot of ideas."-
(17:52:41) Sept: "I obviously don't know if people think I'm any weirder for it," Sera muttered.
(17:55:21) Yanmei: "With the number of people with UEF who also have Fields… probably not."
(17:55:35) Yanmei: ^with the UEF
(17:56:57) Sept: "Right. Hope so. I guess it helps if you set an example?" Sera said, hopefully.
(17:58:26) Yanmei: "By using my Field in public?"
(17:58:57) Sept: "Yeah."
(18:10:29) * Yanmei hesitated. "Like I said, I'm already amazing at it? But I could also use a little practice before doing that stuff publicly."
(18:12:36) Sept: "Yeah," Sera nodded, unfazed. "It takes a bit of time. But if you… keep an open mind about it, you'll find there's a lot more to it than just punching an Eva harder."
(18:15:26) AdEvaGM: [Armin chuckled to himself.]
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(18:18:42) Yanmei: "Oh, I know. There are all sorts of things you can punch harder with it," she agreed.
(18:19:18) Sept: "Hehehe. So there are."
(18:26:39) AdEvaGM: ["Using an AT Field requires imagination, so we shouldn't hold out on anything from Yanmei." Came a new voice. Entering in from the doorway were two familiar faces- Asuka and Alex.]
(18:29:03) Yanmei: "I have plenty of imagination!" Yanmei tossed her hair. "You're just jealous?"
(18:30:10) AdEvaGM: ["Jealous of what?"]
(18:33:06) Yanmei: "How fabulous I am? And talented?"
(18:33:38) AdEvaGM: ["You're right, you do have plenty of imagination…"]
(18:36:37) Yanmei: "Hmph!"
(18:36:55) * Sept was giggling into the last of his fries.-
(18:37:07) Sept: "Armin, d'you want anything while I get seconds?"
(18:37:20) AdEvaGM: [At this moment, Blue tossed an ice cube onto the table, where it landed in front of Yanmei.-
(18:37:25) AdEvaGM: ["Yes please." Said Armin.]
(18:38:38) Sept: "Anything in particular?"
(18:38:51) AdEvaGM: ["Anything is fine. I trust you."]
(18:39:49) Sept: "Great. Be right back." And Sera slipped away from the brewing tension.
(18:40:22) AdEvaGM: [His loss. Asuka took his seat.-
(18:40:30) AdEvaGM: ["How's wonderkind going?"]
(18:43:00) Yanmei: "It's close, but I have faith in him?" Yanmei picked up the ice with her fingertips and shot Blue a questioning look.
(18:43:58) AdEvaGM: [Blue mouthed to her 'for that burn', then smirked.-
(18:44:30) AdEvaGM: ["It's too early to leap to conclusions." Said Alex, adjusting his glasses. "I have… Confidence that Wellesley will come through for us in the end. Has he let us down before?"-
(18:44:44) AdEvaGM: ["There was that time he lost the USA." Said Asuka.-
(18:45:00) AdEvaGM: ["… Huh." Alex's eyes widened slightly. "So he did."]
(18:48:03) Yanmei: "That was a little different," Yanmei pointed out. Nevertheless, a slight hint of nervousness had slipped into her voice.
(18:50:15) AdEvaGM: ["Now that you mention it, he also failed to kill Akhraziel and had to rely on Isaiah piloting for the first time…" Said Alex.]
(18:53:00) Yanmei: "He's never failed us in politics before!"
(18:55:19) AdEvaGM: ["Does that really count for much?" Said Alex.]
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(18:56:12) * Sept returned with two more plates of the same finger food floating by him, his hands occupied with bringing in a new chair he'd stolen on the way back. He set down one of the plates in front of Armin and left the other in his lap as he sat down beside him.
(18:57:23) AdEvaGM: ["Thank you. Asuka and Alex are here now." Said Armin.]
(18:57:51) Sept: "Thanks. What about the election?"
(18:58:43) AdEvaGM: ["Fifteen for Restoration, nine Unity."]
(19:00:49) Yanmei: "A person can be good in one area and not as good in another," Yanmei was arguing. "He could be amazing in politics, even if he's screwed up a lot in battle."
(19:02:17) Sept: "Sounds good."
(19:02:48) AdEvaGM: ["Oh? You believe he's a poor commander?" Alex tsked. "How scandalous…"]
(19:14:48) Yanmei: "No one's saying that! He just has… bad luck."
(19:15:05) AdEvaGM: ["Like tonight?" Said Alex sleekly.]
(19:17:10) Yanmei: "No, dammit! Stop spreading your bad vibes around!"
(19:17:30) AdEvaGM: [Alex laughed. "Sorry, sorry…"-
(19:17:58) AdEvaGM: [He held out a small datarod. "Consolation gift?"]
(19:20:34) Sept: "The hell is that?"
(19:22:54) * Yanmei accepted it warily, waiting for the response to that very question.
(19:23:22) AdEvaGM: ["Something I picked up at the fair. That was an inspired idea of yours, too, Yanmei, the fair- Asuka and I had a blast. Didn't we, Asuka?"-
(19:23:33) AdEvaGM: ["Sure did." Said Asuka. "I won so much crap…"]
(19:25:51) Yanmei: "Ahem. It wasn't exactly my idea…"
(19:26:16) AdEvaGM: ["Oh?" Said Alex. "That's strange, I was told it was…"]
(19:27:16) Yanmei: "By who?"
(19:27:54) AdEvaGM: ["A few people. General Liu, the Simonides twins… Your, er, brother? And of course, your Prime Minister."]
(19:32:31) Yanmei: "What is he trying to pull?" Yanmei muttered.
(19:39:05) AdEvaGM: ["So whose idea was it then?" Said Asuka.]
(19:41:04) Yanmei: "It was Rustami's. I mean, the idea had been floating around since before he arrived, but he was the one who put it into action. He did it without my knowledge."
(19:41:30) AdEvaGM: ["Why's he saying it was you, then?" Said Asuka with a frown.]
(19:42:40) * Sept kept his mouth shut, feigning interest in Armin and the elections.
(19:43:38) Yanmei: "Good question? Maybe he wants to make me more popular. Or maybe he figured there'd be less resistance if people thought it was my idea."
(19:45:00) AdEvaGM: ["What do you think, Sera?" Asked Armin.]
(19:46:05) Sept: "Still anyone's game at this point…?"
(19:46:42) AdEvaGM: ["About the little prophet saying it was Yanmei's idea." Said Armin.]
(19:47:24) Sept: "Oh. Well. He's just helping, I guess."
(19:54:16) Yanmei: "Yeah, maybe…"

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