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[07:09] * Yanmei felt underdressed. -
[07:20] <Yanmei> She was in a regular black business suit and not the more impressive formal uniform she usually wore to special events. It was overkill to dress that way today, she'd decided. But actually more worrying was the fact that the essential matching cape that went with said formal uniform that had been missing from it's usual spot this morning. Had Isaiah taken it be laundered? Had Lizzie and Daji gotten to it, played with it, and lost it? Had some vicious criminal stolen it? -
[07:21] <Yanmei> These were all questions she would have to investigate thoroughly. But later. Because at the moment she was actually running a few minutes behind for a very important meeting. -
[07:24] <Yanmei> She hurried through the hallways of the Dorian Lachapelle at a brisk walking pace, a tablet clasped in one hand and the other straightening her tie. She arrived in front of the door of the room she needed to be at, exhaled, and then pressed the buzzer next to it.
[07:29] <Minaplo> [For a bit of time there wouldn't be an answer- enough for Yanmei to suspect that maybe the apartment was empty?-
[07:30] <Minaplo> [But eventually the intercom crackled and a voice came through. "Who is it?"]
[07:31] <Yanmei> "This is Zhang Yanmei~" She was smiling brightly already. "Just came to see that you were settled in and all?"
[07:34] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Why?"]
[07:37] <Yanmei> "Why…? Because that's what hosts do? I was hoping to talk. Maybe show you around a little?"
[07:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh."-
[07:39] <Minaplo> [The door slid open. Eufemia de Franco Salazar stood within; she wore a dark green sweater over a white button-up blouse along with ankle-length black woollen trousers.-
[07:39] <Minaplo> [There were a few signs of habitation around- a suite of entertainment electronics around the television, a personalised laptop and a model tank sitting on a desk.]
[07:44] * Yanmei retained her smile. "I apologize for not being there to personally greet you when you arrived. Are the accomodations okay? Do you need anything that we haven't thought of?"
[07:46] <Minaplo> [Eufemia frowned thoughtfully for a moment. "No."]
[07:52] <Yanmei> "Okay, then! Are you okay to walk around the ship now?"
[07:52] <Minaplo> ["Yes."]
[08:01] * Yanmei led the way then, still smiling stubbornly as she backed out into the hallyway. "I'm not sure if you've met any just yet, but this hallway is where we put all of our diplomats and dignitaries from other nations. The President of France and his daughter have a semi-permenant room just a few doors down from yours."
[08:07] <Minaplo> ["Why here?"]
[08:13] <Yanmei> "Because these are our nicest rooms? They're bigger and the decor is a lot more impressive than the sorts of things you'd find in a standard apartment. Plus, it keeps things nice and organized if all the official visitors are in one location on the ship."
[08:14] <Minaplo> ["I'm not part of the corps?"]
[08:22] <Yanmei> "Not exactly… You're still classified as an allied official. We don't employ you directly, so…~"
[08:23] <Minaplo> ["Hm."]
[08:24] * Yanmei studied her curiously. "Were you hoping to mingle with the other pilots a bit?"
[08:25] <Minaplo> ["Somewhat…"]
[08:30] <Yanmei> She pulled out her phone and texted something to someone or another. "Hm. They're probably scattered all over the place, but I'll set it up so you can meet some while we go. Sound okay?"
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
[08:41] <Yanmei> "Um. Have you met any of them before? Outside of the battle, I mean."
[08:43] <Minaplo> ["Sera de Pteres." Said Eufemia; she tugged at the cuff of her left hand.]
[08:45] * Yanmei nodded slowly. There was a moment of silence as she tried to figure out how to approach this. "Was it a… positive experience, would you say?"
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["Yes."]
[08:49] * Yanmei nodded again, this time with relief. She began to text someone else. "I'm giving him a heads up about you being on the ship. He might want to hang out for a bit?"
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["Okay."]
[08:56] <Yanmei> "Have you met any more of our people? Quite a lot of them are staying in Brazil these days, you know~"
[08:59] <Minaplo> ["Not that I know of."]
[09:03] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well, do you know much about our civilians in general?"
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["Not really."]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "Some of them would probably want to thank you. You did just save them."
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["It wasn't just me, though."]
[09:10] <Yanmei> "I understand that? But without the actions of you and your team it could have gone on a rampage for a while before reinforcements showed up. You did a pretty amazing job, especially if it was your first time."
[09:13] <Minaplo> ["Thank you." Said Eufemia; but she was frowning.]
[09:17] <Yanmei> "Is anything wrong…?"
[09:19] <Minaplo> ["… Nothing important. Just a personal thing."]
[09:26] <Yanmei> "I see…" She glanced around, and then started walking. "Let's go by the training facilities for a few minutes. I bet it's nowhere near the size of yours, but we have to keep in shape somehow while we're on this boat…"
[09:27] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
[23:57] <Yanmei> The facilities were indeed small… or at least it appeared that way from the crowd that was using it. A good number of marine-types were using the rows of weightlifting machines and treadmills that lined the entrance to the place, and beyond them, on a thick blue mat, were also several people practicing their CQC. -
Session Time: Fri Apr 21 00:00:00 2017
[00:00] <Yanmei> Yanmei cast a brief, longing look to the sparring mat, but she bounced back rather quickly, pretending that everything was perfectly fine. "We have a hall where we train with holographs too," she explained. "And an observation deck that oversees the entire place. See?" She pointed above them, to a large glass window. "It's useful for when doctors are observing rehabilited patients? But sometimes you can go up with a cup of coffee in the early morning and people-watch."
[00:05] <Hopeplo> ["Do you do that?"]
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Every now and then? You end up seeing the same old faces after a while. A lot of them are techie-types or administrators around that time of day. I guess they feel more relaxed because there are fewer people around?"
[00:09] <Hopeplo> ["Makes sense. When do you train?"]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Whenever I find time. It's not as consistant as I would like it to be…"
[00:12] <Hopeplo> ["Because of your other responsibilities?"]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Yeah," she laughed. "I'm stuck in my office a lot or I'm traveling to other countries to meet with people."
[00:14] <Hopeplo> [Eufemia nodded slowly- then she gestured up at the observation deck. "Let's people watch for a little bit."]
[00:19] <Yanmei> "Hm? Okay! It's this way…" Yanmei started to lead the way. "Do you do this much back home?"
[00:20] <Hopeplo> ["Sometimes."-
[00:21] <Hopeplo> [Once they reached the deck, Eufemia pulled a chair over toward the window and sat down, staring out at the rest of the facility.]
[00:27] * Yanmei joined her! For a minute or two, it was quiet, save for the din coming from beyond the glass.
[00:27] * ZackSleep is now known as Zack
[00:41] <Hopeplo> ["Your life has changed a lot recently." Said Eufemia.]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "Isn't that the case with everyone?" Yanmei smirked a little bit. "See, now we all know you're a pilot, for example. It was quite a surprise?"
[00:47] * Mogatron (~ten.dshqrabme.pchd.011-452-6-67-ho|nortagoM#ten.dshqrabme.pchd.011-452-6-67-ho|nortagoM) has joined #nervfrance
[00:50] <Hopeplo> ["They kept saying we should lie about it. Everyone knew anyway."]
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Yeah… It wasn't like we could prove it, though? Or talk about it openly."
[01:00] <Hopeplo> [Eufemia nodded.-
[01:00] <Hopeplo> ["Do you miss being able to train whenever you want?"]
[01:04] <Yanmei> "Of course? It's a huge stress relief!"
[01:06] <Hopeplo> [Eufemia nodded.-
[01:06] <Hopeplo> ["Are there lots of things you miss from then?"]
[01:11] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah? Like going out around town openly. It's been a long time since I just went into Paris and had a bite and did some shopping and stuff."
[01:16] <Hopeplo> ["Now everyone's eyes are on you if you do that."]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Yeah. That was the case before the UEF too? But now it's a lot more intense… and dangerous somehow."
[01:34] <Hopeplo> ["Dangerous…"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "It's not like Angels can send assassins after you," Yanmei muttered. "At least not ones who can blend in with everyone else?"
[01:39] <Hopeplo> ["Mmm. So now you have to watch people for reasons other than fun."]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Don't you have to do that too, sometimes?"
[00:15] <Hopeplo> ["Yes. I was captured myself recently."]
[00:20] <Yanmei> "Wasn't it scary?"
[00:23] <Hopeplo> ["A little, I guess."]
[00:39] * Yanmei glanced at her curiously. "Our security here is the best, naturally? But if it happened to me I'd be, like… trying to figure out a way to not let it happen again."
[00:41] <Hopeplo> ["They did tighten security afterwards. I left it to them."]
[00:41] <Yanmei> "Huh…"
[00:43] <Hopeplo> ["Security can only do so much." Said Eufemia. "It's better to not be a target in the first place."]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "Ahh… like beefing up your training and weapons?" Yanmei winked. "I understand."
[00:45] <Hopeplo> ["No, I mean being someone who people don't want to target."]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "Ahh…?"
[00:46] <Hopeplo> [Eufemia frowned. "Do you understand…?"]
[00:48] * Yanmei paused, shifting through idea after idea. Finally she sighed. "Maybe you could clarify…?"
[00:49] <Hopeplo> ["The people who target you have reasons to target you, correct?"}
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Yes. Like being insane. Or wanting ransom money."
[01:05] <Hopeplo> ["But there was a time they didn't target you, because they didn't have those reasons."]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Well, yes. Before I became famous?"
[01:07] <Hopeplo> ["Then what I'm saying is the best thing you can do if you don't want those targets is to not do anything to give them a reason."]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "Then how do you do it? By staying out of the limelight?"
[01:14] <Hopeplo> [She shook her head. "It's too late for me to be able to do that. The moment I fought the Colombians in the war, it became too late for me."]
[01:20] * Yanmei nodded sympathetically. "For us it was the public battles in Paris. Also, all the merchandising."
[01:21] <Hopeplo> ["So for you, that safety would mean never becoming a pilot."]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "Probably?"
[01:24] <Hopeplo> ["Do you wish you'd taken that choice, then?"]
[01:31] * Yanmei thought about that carefully. Then grinned. "My life would be so different than what it is right now that I'm not sure I can answer that."
[01:32] <Hopeplo> ["No?"]
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Aside from the dangers, I have regrets. And a lot of resentments. But there are good things too? Do you feel that way too?"
[01:35] <Hopeplo> ["…"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Heh. Maybe not?"
[01:36] <Hopeplo> ["No."]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Did you actually make a choice back then? Or were you drafted into piloting?"
[01:47] <Hopeplo> [She shook her head. "For me the choice wasn't about piloting. It was when I chose to fight the Colombians."]
[01:54] <Yanmei> "Hm. I see," said Yanmei quietly.
[01:58] <Hopeplo> [Eufemia remained silent, staring out over the training centre.]
[00:06] * Yanmei was quiet too, watching a hapless brown-haired soldier struggling to find an open treadmill below them. At last, dejected, he slunk off to another part of the training facility. -
[00:07] * Reiska (~ten.tsacmoc.ac.1dsh.71-681-21-37-c|esireC#ten.tsacmoc.ac.1dsh.71-681-21-37-c|esireC) has joined #nervfrance2
[00:08] <Yanmei> "If you're interested, I was planning to speak to your bosses about having you officially join the main Eva Corps."
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["I think that would be best. It would give me excuses to spend more time with the others," said Eufemia, quietly watching below as Asuka and Hachi entered, both in the middle of what looked like a raging argument- but could've been anything considering…]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "And it just makes sense, in my opinion? We give each other advice, and help with training, and other things. For instance…" she followed Eufie's gaze. "Do you want to get a closer look?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["At what?"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "At those two. It's usually pretty entertaining?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh."]
[00:20] <Yanmei> "We can say hello too. Formal introductions, and all that?"
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["Alright, if you think so."]
[00:22] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei led the way, cheerfully. "Don't worry. I won't let either one of them hit you."
[00:23] <Minaplo> ["I can stop that myself."]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "You're going to fit right in, then~"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Really?"]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Yup! C'mon, then!"
[00:27] <Minaplo> [And so the two of them went, to induct Eufemia into the Corps in the most traditional way possible: Hazing by Asuka…]

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