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[11:47] <Yanmei> In spite of their guests' insatiable appetites for it, chicken curry was not on the menu in the Zhang-Wei household on this fine early autumn evening. Instead, they had served a fine roast chicken with greens on the side and chocolate cake for dessert. Conversation had revolved around all sorts of things - Lizzie's cleverness, sparring, a few particularly hostile Neospartans, the return of
[11:47] <Yanmei> Freya Solheim. -
[11:49] <Yanmei> And of course there was plenty of opportunity for Yanmei to display her wit with some light banter. -
[11:53] <Yanmei> "I daresay, I could win in a fight against Pham Thi Tien," she insisted as she started on her third glass of wine. She was starting to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. "Edgar too. Probably both of them at the same time?" -
[11:54] <Yanmei> Isaiah was clearing away some of the dishes while Lizzie and Daji the fox insisted on trying to play with one of their guests in particular - Alexandre Fontaine.
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Pretty big words there." Said Asuka airily. "Y'know, in the program, if you spoke like that you'd have to actually prove it…"-
[12:00] <Minaplo> [Lizzie giggled madly as she chased Daji around Alex's chair. The wily fox ducked under the chair and, as Lizzie bent down, leapt up onto Alex's lap- for the fourth time that evening.-
[12:00] <Minaplo> ["Back again, hm?" Said Alex with a sigh, rubbing his hand along Daji's back.-
[12:00] <Minaplo> ["Yip~ <3"-
[12:02] <Minaplo> [Ginevre Fontaine, meanwhile, was also sipping a glass of wine. "I can't condone that sort of no-holds-barred sparring." She said. "It would not behoove us to have our chancellor injured trying to be macho."]
[12:10] <Yanmei> "Th-that's not what it is! I'd be giving them a proper sparring lesson, that's all. With the proper safety equipment."
[12:11] <Minaplo> ["Then it's not real." Said Asuka flippantly. "They won't go for it."]
[12:15] <Yanmei> "So picky," Yanmei complained, frowning between the two of them. How was she supposed to win, here? Perhaps a change in tactics… "I bet I could beat up Kuzmin."
[12:16] <Minaplo> ["Not going to contest that, but you probably shouldn't." Said Ginevre.-
[12:17] <Minaplo> ["Do I sense a hint of aggression for our generous Soviet partners, Yanmei?" Said Alex with a smirk.]
[12:19] <Yanmei> "They're uncooperative, and I've reason to believe they might eventually start showing hints of aggression toward us." Yanmei huffed. "Maybe we should think about moving the civillians out of that country."
[12:19] <Minaplo> ["… Hm, you think so?" Said Alex.]
[12:21] <Yanmei> "They already don't like us much, so it wouldn't take a lot? Like if they violated more human rights and we had to scold them for it again…"
[12:23] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Ginevre took a sip of wine. "We are allies mostly out of convenience. So it stands to reason that they would turn against us if we became inconvenient."]
[12:25] <Yanmei> "That's the case for most of our allies," Yanmei compained. "It's really hard trying to keep the peace with everyone."
[12:26] <Minaplo> ["What are we doing about it?" Said Asuka.]
[12:30] <Yanmei> "I don't know. Hold out on the balancing act until the end of the war? And then resort to economic and technological tricks to keep them from turning on us."
[12:33] <Minaplo> [Asuka frowned.]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "What?"
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["I dunno if that'll work in the long run." Said Asuka. "Especially if they leave this war with plenty of economic and tech tricks of their own."]
[12:40] <Yanmei> "It's not like we can outright weaken them, though. That would be awful for us in the short term."
[12:41] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps we don't need to weaken them exactly." Said Alex. "Perhaps we just need to addict them."]
[12:43] <Yanmei> "With what…?"
[12:48] <Minaplo> ["Well, let's look at the Chinese." Said Alex. "China's soon going to be reliant on us for food, but it's also relying on us to use our Evas to rejuvenate its southern territories after the war."-
[12:48] <Minaplo> ["The trick, I suppose, is to find ways to make them reliant on us in the short term… Long enough to raise a generation who realise very easily that they're better in than out."]
[12:54] <Yanmei> "That's easier said than done? Even with China it was pretty difficult. But I see your point anyway."
[12:56] <Minaplo> ["Maybe we can have the Evas drain all their marshlands so they can grow food." Said Asuka.]
[12:57] <Yanmei> "Or we can engineer a superfood that grows on marshlands!"
[12:58] <Minaplo> [Asuka frowned, but Alex lifted his head slightly.-
[12:59] <Minaplo> ["Huh." Said Alex. "That's not a bad idea. It's probably more efficient too, because then you can take one crop and apply it to every marshland in the world."]
[13:01] <Yanmei> "I know, right?" Yanmei beamed. "It'd be great if we could channel all of our research into food science and GMOs. We'd make a killing? But if we did, Surov would have a kitten."
[13:03] <Minaplo> ["Kitty?" Said Lizzie.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> [Asuka snorted.-
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["I'm reminded of another facet, too." Said Ginevre. "There is one problem that the Soviets have been reluctant to advertise, but we know it is happening and will only get worse…"]
[13:04] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["Angelspawn." Said Ginevre. "Africa, Finland, Canada and Siberia were all major targets for Angelspawn attacks. Consider that the Spawn in Finland were apparently able to invade Sweden, and that the spawn in Siberia were so out of control that they swept into north China and ruined the harvest. Clearly, the Soviets are struggling to contain the problem."-
[13:06] <Minaplo> ["And that's gonna get worse with time, now that the Angelspawn are boinkin'." Said Asuka as she cut into her cake.]
[13:07] <Yanmei> "We'll need to sweep in and help them, whether they want us to or not." Yanmei served up another slice small of said cake as well, pushing it toward Lizzie.
[13:09] <Minaplo> [Lizzie took a seat and gladly tucked in.-
[13:10] <Minaplo> ["No need to sweep in." Said Ginevre. "We can lend help, but gradually, enough to manage the problem but not to wipe it out. As the problem intensifies, we can send in more help, until eventually the Soviets are entirely too reliant on us to want us gone."]
[13:15] <Yanmei> "Will they be satisfied with that? I could see them using all their spies to steal secrets that will make them more self-reliant."
[13:30] <Minaplo> ["They might not be satisfied, but they probably won't have a choice…" Said Ginevre.]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Maybe that's just going to be how it is," said Yanmei after a moment of deep thought.
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["Hi." Said Isaiah, returning to the table. "Wanna know what I think?"]
[13:43] <Yanmei> "What's that?"
[13:43] <Minaplo> [Isaiah gave Yanmei a warm smile.-
[13:44] <Minaplo> ["Whatever we do, we should be consistent." Said Isaiah. "We shouldn't be arbitrary. We should stick by our promises, and stick to the same principles no matter who we're dealing with or what. No one will respect us if we pick and choose from our own ideals."-
[13:44] <Minaplo> ["Easier said than done." said Alex. "Nonetheless, it is true that such attitudes garner respect…"]
[13:57] <Yanmei> "We're going to try to convince them give up their conquered territories. Ultimately, it would be good if our allies also eventually became willing to work with us of their own free will, right?"
[13:58] <Minaplo> ["That would be the best outcome, yes." Said Alex. "A difficult one, admittedly."]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "We'll have to wing it the entire way to that point? Kind of like what we're doing now."
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["We need not 'wing it' quite so much." Said Alex. "We can play it by ear and have a plan too, it just needs to be flexible."]
[11:14] <Yanmei> "Mmph." Yanmei folded her arms thoughtfully. "I suppose we still have a little time to come up with something good."
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. The best first steps are to work out what our challenges are and what resources we can access."]
[11:38] <Yanmei> "Our biggest challenge is that it's unprofitable for any nation to abandon their territories? I was hoping we could find a way to subvert their need for them, though. Find a way to undercut the same things that those territories give them… like food in China's case."
[11:54] <Minaplo> ["Then what do the Soviets get from their territories?" Said Alex.]
[11:56] <Yanmei> "Labor? And food that isn't normally availble in hellish frozen wastelands."
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["It's the labour more than anything." Said Ginevre. "Large swathes of Siberia warmed during Impact, but they don't have the people or the infrastructure to clear the land and transform it into a proper economic base."]
[12:03] <Yanmei> "So we can do what we're planning to do in the UK? We send a couple of EVAs to help clean up before the war is over. Maybe create a hub there for refugees if it isn't too dangerous."
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. The problem is that the Soviets would be giving up, oh… 50 million people?" Said Alex.-
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["There's one other reason they want those territories too." Said Asuka. "Buffer."]
[12:10] <Yanmei> "Hm. One more barrier between them and anyone who threatens them, huh? I'm not sure if we can help with that. Plus we have to keep the lives and economies in the freed territories stable when they detach, which is its own special challenge."
[12:13] <Minaplo> ["You know, it is a drag that we have to clean up this mess." Said Alex. "It would be a lot easier if the Germans had just been able to stop them completely 18 years ago…"-
[12:13] <Minaplo> [Asuka shot him a dirty look.]
[12:14] <Yanmei> "From what Winter-Lorenz said, the Germans would probably be happy to step in now. It's just too big for them to deal with alone."
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["Hm? What did she mean by that?"]
[12:23] <Yanmei> "She means that the Germans still have a grudge against the Russians? She really tried hard to convince me to dump them because their values and goals were so different from the UEF's. Repeat that to no one, by the way."
[12:24] <Minaplo> ["Dump the Russians?" Said Alex. "Well I admit the idea has merit, but without her offering something in return it's just attempting to divide us."]
[12:26] <Yanmei> "She offered us Germany as an ally."
[12:30] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[12:30] <Minaplo> [Alex let out a low, long whistle; Ginevre's eyebrows arched, whilst Asuka smirked.-
[12:31] <Minaplo> ["And you said yes, of course." Said Asuka.]
[12:36] <Yanmei> "First of all, she's not in charge of Germany, so a private agreement between the two of us wouldn't mean much. Secondly, we were both far more concerned with the treatment of Germany by us - and the Soviets - should it be defeated in our next battle. Thirdly, there's a chance this is a trap, and we need to be careful."
[12:36] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but the Soviets are cunts."-
[12:37] <Minaplo> ["Asuka." Said Alex harshly. "Not around a child!"]
[12:38] * Yanmei glanced at Lizzie worriedly. Surely she wasn't paying attention…?
[12:38] <Minaplo> [She was still entranced by her pet fox.-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["… Nationalistic fervour aside," Said Alex, "I admit that the Soviets have not made particularly genial or even reliable allies. They seem happy enough to take our weapon support, but that's where it ends."]
[12:41] <Yanmei> "I understand that? But we can't afford another enemy right now. Especially a massive one like them."
[12:41] <Minaplo> ["We could if Germany were on our side." Said Asuka firmly.]
[12:48] <Yanmei> "I think it would make things more complicated. Like if our other allies saw us arbitrarily dumping one country for another they might all start getting hostile toward us too."
[12:49] <Minaplo> ["What other allies? You mean the Chinese- who had a border clash with them- and the Americans?" Said Asuka sarcastically. "Yeah, the Americans are gonna give a damn about dumping communism."]
[12:58] <Yanmei> "Australia doesn't have a problem with them yet! France doesn't either. Right?"
[13:00] <Minaplo> ["Who cares about Australia?" Muttered Asuka.-
[13:00] <Minaplo> ["Admittedly I feel the French would be happy to not have a powerful enemy literally on the border." Said Alex.]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "But it's not like they're fighting all the time, so maybe they've worked something out over the years," Yanmei grumbled.
[13:05] <Minaplo> ["They're fighting right now, though…"]
[13:07] <Yanmei> "Well yeah but… look. If we win this battle and defeat Germany for good, we'll probably have a treaty in place that will make them less of our enemies anyway."
[13:15] <Minaplo> [Asuka scowled.]
[13:19] <Yanmei> "Stop that. We're not going to be cruel to them? We're not the Soviets for godsake."
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["But if we can write a treaty before we defeat 'em 'for good', they can help us fight the Russkie bastards."]
[13:35] <Yanmei> "They'll probably be able to help us even if they lose," Yanmei muttered.
[13:35] <Minaplo> ["They might be more willing if they weren't defeated fully first- then it feels like their own decision instead of a concession to us." Said Alex.-
[13:37] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei is right to be cautious." Said Ginevre firmly. "At the least we should wait until we can be certain of Germany's intention."]
[13:40] <Yanmei> "I'm glad someone agrees with me."
[13:42] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Said Ginevre. "Besides, there are other issues to deal with besides Germany and Russia."]
[13:42] <Yanmei> "Oh?" said Yanmei innocently.
[13:44] <Minaplo> ["The new Chiisana. The Shadowmen. The return of Freya and her news. The hunt for the Eternity Drive…"]
[13:45] <Yanmei> "Right, right…" Yanmei repressed a sigh. "Where to even start…?"
[13:49] <Minaplo> ["The Shadowmen. They're the easiest to handle." Said Asuka.]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "The easiest?" Yanmei scoffed. "Freya is totally easy to handle. But anyway. They're still in space and the world has yet to know about them. How long do you think we can keep this up?"
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["About five minutes after we drop a dozen N2s on 'em." Said Asuka.]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "We aren't dropping N2s on the rest of the world, Asuka."
[13:59] <Minaplo> ["Not them, baka. Drop the N2s on the Shadowmen!"]
[14:01] <Yanmei> "Who's a baka? Hmph! We're not doing that either. It feels… wrong. We haven't even had talks with their leader yet."
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["Wrong?" Said Asuka with a scowl. "They're Angelspawn."]
[14:03] <Yanmei> "They might be sentient."
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["So's a vampire."]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "So's Ban-Ban," Yanmei shot back.
[14:10] <Minaplo> ["Yeah? Not a vampire, though, is he?" Said Asuka. "He can't convert half the ship into more Ban-Bans when they're asleep, baka! He's a totally different case."]

(14:05:43) Yanmei: "That's actually something that's been getting to me. I have sympathy for them because they clearly want to be left alone in peace? But unless they're someplace completely uninhabited, they're going to hurt people."
(14:07:04) Mianplo: ["Assuming they're telling the truth about wanting peace." Said Ginevre.-
(14:07:29) Mianplo: ["Exactly." Said Asuka. "And if they're going to hurt people anyway, it'd be safer to just destroy them, wouldn't it?"]
(14:10:06) Yanmei: "I don't know. I probably sound like Rei, but I think they should have at least one chance to prove that they're not complete monsters. I just don't know how to give it to them without risking lives?"
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(14:16:34) Mianplo: ["I agree." Said Isaiah. "I get that they're dangerous, but that shouldn't be enough to deserve having their lives snuffed out."-
(14:17:08) Mianplo: ["… I admit, it is rather the ethical conundrum." Said Alex. "My mind says they're too dangerous to live, but my heart says they do deserve a chance."-
(14:17:17) Mianplo: ["Hmph." Asuka huffed.-
(14:17:55) Mianplo: ["But you raise a fair point, Yanmei." Said Alex. "How to allow them the chance to prove themselves without putting people at risk… Do you mind if I make some coffee?"]
(14:20:52) Yanmei: "Huh? Oh, sure. Go right ahead?"
(14:28:36) Mianplo: [And so Alex stood and went over to the kitchen, where he began dropping the coffee grounds into the machine.-
(14:30:23) Mianplo: ["What have you considered so far, Yanmei?" Asked Ginevre.]
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(14:32:50) Yanmei: "The very first thing to do is speak to their leader again. I don't know the sort of conditions they need to survive? Maybe we could just keep them on the moon or on some isolated space station for a while."
[07:39] <Mianplo> ["Who's their leader, anyway?" Said Asuka.]
[07:39] * Yanmei looked uncomfortable.
[07:41] <Mianplo> ["C'monnnn."]
[07:42] <Yanmei> "You remember Charles Gamelin, right?"
[07:46] <Mianplo> ["You mean that angel-fucker guy?"]
[07:52] <Yanmei> "Angelf-" Yanmei rolled her eyes. "Yeah, sure. He's their leader? Except he really isn't… himself anymore. I don't think."
[07:54] <Mianplo> ["Yeah?"]
[07:57] <Yanmei> "He was assimilated. But he's way more powerful than your average Shadowman, so he became their defacto leader."
[08:04] <Mianplo> ["Powerful how?"]
[08:08] <Yanmei> "Well, I don't actually know? He wasn't slinging around AT Fields or anything, but he seemed the most put-together and coherent when we tried to communicate with them. And he made a decision for the rest of the group, just like that." Yanmei snapped her fingers.
[08:11] <Mianplo> ["Huh…"-
[08:11] <Mianplo> ["Well yeah, I guess talking to him is the obvious first step, huh?"]
[08:14] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Just what I was saying." A faint discomfort lingered briefly on her face, but she shook her head and suddenly it was gone. "Maybe we'll end up treating them like another nation or something."
[08:18] <Mianplo> ["Yeah, the robot vampire counts of Mars. Great."]
[08:20] <Yanmei> "Suppose we looked for ways to depower them."
[08:21] <Mianplo> ["I assume Surov is already investigating that possibility?" Said Ginevre.]
[08:31] <Yanmei> "He hasn't done anything that I've heard about. The man has a lot to focus on, after all? let's bring it up to him soon."
[08:32] <Mianplo> ["Mmm."-
[08:32] <Mianplo> [Alex returned, now with two cups of coffee- for himself and for his mother. "They would be useful allies, though." He said.]
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[08:41] <Yanmei> "You don't mean using them to assimilate enemy troops do you? Because that would be a major human rights violation."
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[09:01] <Mianplo> ["I don't, no." Said Alex. "But I've taken the time to study their capabilities. They are very durable, and they possess claw-weapons that exceed most of the weaponry in our armoury. Furthermore they generate a psychic aura that debilitates the enemy… Used properly, they could make superlative shock troops."]
[09:06] <Yanmei> "That would actually decrease the number of casualties on both sides," Yanmei muttered thoughtfully.
[09:07] <Mianplo> ["Precisely. Furthermore, it would assist us against special enemies like the Phantoms."]
[09:08] <Yanmei> "If they agree to it. Technically, this isn't their war."
[09:12] <Mianplo> ["Here in France, there is a concept known as 'Français par le sang versé'." Said Alex. "French by spilled blood- it means foreign nationals who are wounded fighting in France's armies are immediately eligible for citizenship. Why not apply this principle to them as well?"]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "I don't have the authorization to force a country to grant citizenship to them? And what about the ones who end up not being wounded during the war?"
[09:16] <Mianplo> ["I didn't mean it literally." Said Alex with a sigh. "I meant in principle. If they fight for us, they'll have a place in the new world order."]
[09:23] <Yanmei> "But what place would that be? Everyone is terrified of them!"
[09:27] <Mianplo> ["That's your job." Said Alex sleekly.]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "Mmph. Lucky me?"
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[09:47] <Mianplo> ["Have you asked your Prime Minister about this, besides?" Asked Alex.]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "No. He's off making impractical ill-advised schemes involving spies and such? I need to get his official team together as soon as possible."
[09:55] <Mianplo> ["You mean the fairs?" Said Asuka.]
[09:57] <Yanmei> "Naturally? There was this extra suspicious vendor there last time, but I couldn't prove that he was up to something."
[09:59] <Mianplo> [Alex sighed. "He was just an innocent man you terrified into acting suspiciously."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "You can just keep thinking that, if it helps you sleep at night! Some of us have to be responsible for everyone else's safety."
[10:06] <Mianplo> ["Isn't that your intelligence chief?" He added sleekly.-
[10:07] <Mianplo> ["Whatever. Fair's kinda dumb anyway. They won't let me play in any of the shooting games anymore."]
[10:07] <Mianplo> [Said Asuka.]
[10:12] <Yanmei> "Did you try to cheat?"
[10:14] <Mianplo> ["No…"-
[10:14] <Mianplo> [Alex sighed. "She just plays it over and over until she wins every prize. Then she leaves, and sets such a high score that no one else wants to try…"-
[10:14] <Mianplo> ["Hm, that's not what I saw." Said Isaiah. "Last I checked, Matthias had the best score."-
[10:14] <Mianplo> ["What?!" Asuka shot to her feet. "That son of a bitch!"]
[10:15] <Yanmei> "You should go challenge him to a shooting contest," Yanmei said gleefully.
[10:18] <Mianplo> ["I'll do just that!"-
[10:18] <Mianplo> ["Later." Said Alex, grabbing her arm and dragging her back down.-
[10:18] <Mianplo> ["Tch."-
[10:18] <Mianplo> ["So." Said Alex, turning back to Yanmei. "You mentioned something about a team?"]
[10:20] <Yanmei> "Yes. People to help him with his plans… or discourage them if they're too risky."
[10:21] <Mianplo> ["Fair. Who's on this team?"]
[10:24] <Yanmei> "Empress Chiisana and Isabelle Bellamy."
[10:26] <Mianplo> ["…"-
[10:26] <Mianplo> ["Ah." Said Alex lightly. "So balanced, sensible and level-headed people I see."]
[10:27] <Yanmei> "Right. I'm positive they'll get the job done!"
[10:28] <Mianplo> [Asuka buried her head in her hands. "Oh my god."]
[10:37] <Yanmei> "What?"
[10:40] <Mianplo> ["He was being sarcastic." Said Asuka.]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "Tch. Whatever. This plan is going to end up well, and then you'll be so embarrassed."
[10:45] <Mianplo> ["Yanmei…" Said Alex warningly.]
Session Close: Sat Aug 13 10:46:13 2016

Session Start: Sat Aug 13 10:46:24 2016
Session Ident: #nervfrance2
[10:46] * Now talking in #nervfrance2
[10:46] <Yanmei> "What? If you have something to say, just say it?"
[10:49] <Mianplo> ["Alright, fine." Said Alex. "I don't approve of you concentrating all our nutters in a single unit."]
[10:59] <Yanmei> "They will help and learn from each other. And if they don't, we can simply reassign them. Besides, they're not just nutters? Isabelle is quite sane. Chiisana has experience with running a country and knows the politics and bureaucracy of it inside and out. Kourosh is a goldmine of creativity and military tactics."
[11:03] <Mianplo> ["Sera told me he did actual astrology." Said Alex flatly.]
[11:04] <Yanmei> "Yes. That doesn't mean he uses astrology to formulate his plans."
[11:07] <Mianplo> ["It was clearly just a ploy." Said Ginevre. "Rustami is simply trying to weave a mythology around himself, Alex. His victory in Belgium was the most decisive we've had- and it'll be talked about for decades. That's all the proof you need."-
[11:07] <Mianplo> ["Ugh." Alex sipped his coffee ruefully. "But he's just…"]
[11:08] <Yanmei> "He's difficult to get used to, yeah. And not very professional. But you can't argue against results?"
[11:10] <Mianplo> ["Mmmh."-
[11:10] <Mianplo> ["That said, has he had a chance to speak to Raskova yet?" Asked Ginevre.]
[11:13] <Yanmei> "No. He's aware that she's here, though. I'm sure he'll get around to it when he's prepared."
[11:16] <Mianplo> ["Mmm."-
[11:16] <Mianplo> ["Anyway, even if Kourosh is as good as you say, he'll still have to handle the crazy time lady empress." Said Asuka.]
[11:20] <Yanmei> "It will be ok as long as he doesn't make a bad first impression." A moment of awkward silence trailled after her words.
[11:20] <Mianplo> ["…"-
[11:21] <Mianplo> [Alex promptly lunged at Asuka, plunging a hand into her coat. She squealed.-
[11:21] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.dlq.ap.832-49-791-94ap|02tahCdnA#ua.moc.tensutpo.dlq.ap.832-49-791-94ap|02tahCdnA) Quit (Connection reset by peer)
[11:21] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.dlq.ap.832-49-791-94ap|02tahCdnA#ua.moc.tensutpo.dlq.ap.832-49-791-94ap|02tahCdnA) has joined #nervfrance2
[11:22] <Mianplo> [A second later, he pulled his hand back, holding in it a flask; he promptly emptied the contents into his coffee before downing the drink in a single go that took a good long ten seconds.]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Okay. Think of it this way. What will happen if they don't get along? There is a small chance of murder, yes, but the bigger chance is that Empress will simply refuse to work with him. And if she does that, we'll just reassign her someplace else. It's not that bad."
[11:30] <Mianplo> ["Well… Mmm. I suppose."]
[11:37] <Yanmei> "See?" Yanmei beamed. "Nothing to worry about. Do you want some more plain coffee to sober up now?"
[11:44] <Mianplo> ["I'm fine."]
[11:47] <Yanmei> "Well, I'm getting some for myself, thank you very much. Isaiah, Asuka, do you want some?"
[11:48] <Mianplo> ["Sure."-
[11:48] <Mianplo> ["Yeah, okay."]
[11:49] <Yanmei> "Coffee for all, then~" -
[11:49] <Mianplo> ["Me want cohee too, maamaa!"]
[11:51] <Yanmei> Yanmei paused. "You can take a sip from my cup, ok? It's bitter-tasting and it's not good for little girls. Or foxes."
[11:51] <Mianplo> ["Me want little cup."]
[11:53] <Yanmei> "I'll get you a cup of milk. It's more yummy!"
[11:59] <Mianplo> ["Me want coheeeeee."]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "Lizzie," said Yanmei sternly. "Coffee is for grown ups. You can have a sip from my cup or daddy's cup, but you are not getting your own cup filled with coffee. It's not good for you."
[12:01] <Mianplo> ["Uuuuuuuuu…" Lizzie let out a long, dramatic huff. "Okay."]
[12:07] <Yanmei> "Good girl." Yanmei ruffled her hair as she stood up, and then swiftly headed for the kitchen.

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