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[14:24] <Minaplo> [The medical wing of the Gendo was depressingly full, which was in itself a wretchedly common scene.-
[14:25] <Minaplo> [Most of those within were the injured. The injuries were grisly, and on entering, Yanmei would see many examples of people missing limbs or covered in burns. Iron Guard did not fight subtly.-
[14:26] <Minaplo> [Speaking of, there were no Iron Guard in here. Injured, allied Iron Guard were left to fend for themselves.-
[14:27] <Minaplo> [Most of the wounded were in the open ward, but the closed, special ward was full as well. It was within one of these rooms that Isaiah would be found, tending to the unconscious form of Alexandrina.-
[14:27] <Minaplo> [Much of Lexie's body was covered in a thin, foamy light blue gel. Of her face, only her mouth and left eye was uncovered.]
[14:30] <Yanmei> Isaiah would be interrupted by a firm rap on the door…
[14:47] <Minaplo> [He quickly opened it.]
[14:55] <Yanmei> A suprise was waiting for him with a tray full of fresh bandages in hand! It was Yanmei. Her hair was pulled back into a sleek ponytail, and she was dressed in a set of navy blue UEF-branded workout sweats. Pinned to her left sleeve was a white armband that said "Volunteer" in bright red letters. She beamed at him. -
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Good afternoon, Doctor Wei~"
[15:04] <Minaplo> ["… Yanmei." He said, his eyes widening slightly. "What are you-"-
[15:04] <Minaplo> [His eyes lingered on the white armband. "Oh. Ohh."]
[15:07] <Yanmei> "Heh. Miss Lucille chased me away from my office to get some rest? But I came here instead to see if I could help you out. You know… get some quality time together~?"
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["I see…"-
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["I admit, the idea of spending time with Nurse Yanmei sounds lovely." He said warmly, ushering her into the room before closing the door.-
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["… But, you know, that volunteer band isn't going to just be for show. I'm with a patient."]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Naturally?" Yanmei nodded firmly and set the tray down on the edge of the bed. She held a strip of bandage taunt between two hands. "What are we even doing? Do we just have to wrap her up?"
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["N…no." He said, gently taking the bandage with a chuckle and putting it down on the tray. "We need to replace Lexie's burn gel covering."]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "Right. Um." Yanmei stared down at her. "She looks like she's in bad shape?"
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["Well… She'll live, and that's the main thing." Said Isaiah. "Should I tell you what she took?"]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "Yeah. If you don't mind…"
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["The shot pierced right through her Eva and blew out half the plug." Said Isaiah. "The new emergency seals kicked in, so she wasn't vented out into space, but she also couldn't eject, and the LCL boiled…"]
[15:34] <Yanmei> "Ah," said Yanmei awkwardly. "Yeah, that's enough. I get the picture well enough from that."
[15:34] <Minaplo> [He nodded.-
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["Still… We're a little better equipped to deal with it these days." He said, walking over to Lexie's side. "See this gel?"]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["It's been specifically designed to handle burns." Said Isaiah. "It needs replacing periodically, but if you apply it shortly after the burn, it protects and refreshes the flesh, and also reduces scarring."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei poked at it gently with her fingertips. Was it slimy or sticky?
[15:43] <Minaplo> [It was gel-like. And foamy.]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Do you think she'll wake up while we're doing this?"
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["She hasn't woken up yet. She might, though." Said Isaiah. "Can you do me a favour?"]
[15:52] <Yanmei> "Sure!"
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["I need you to go fetch me a pair of gel brushes and another bottle of the fire-cleaning gel."]
[15:59] <Yanmei> "Leave it to me? Where can I get them from?"
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["The main storage room should have them."]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Okay. Just give me a few minutes? I'll be back soon."
[16:14] <Minaplo> ["Okay."]
[16:18] <Yanmei> It didn't take long for Yanmei to return carrying two bottles of goopy liquid, two brushes… and two sets of surgeons caps and face masks. "I had a great idea," she announced, bursting into the room again. "We'll disguise ourselves in case she wakes up? It'll cut down on the embarrassment all around."
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Really."]
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Really!" After dropping the rest of the items on the bed again, she primly took one of the masks and tried it on.
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["I don't think embarrassment will be much of a problem." Said Isaiah wryly. "Also, it doesn't cover your hair."]
[16:25] <Yanmei> "That's what the caps are for!"
[16:27] <Minaplo> ["Right." He said.-
[16:28] <Minaplo> [He picked up one of the brushes- and frowned. "Yanmei… These are brushes for scrubbing stains off metal."]
[16:29] <Yanmei> "O-oh. Well who would keep that sort of thing in a medical supply closet? The nurses around here must be pretty disorganized."
[16:31] <Minaplo> [He put the brush back down and picked up a bottle of liquid. "This is a bottle of… Uh, just cleaning gel. We use it to clean things… Did you go to the cleaning cabinet by mistake?"]
[16:35] <Yanmei> There was a hint of redness in the uncovered parts of her face. "Don't be ridiculous? I wouldn't make that kind of mistake."
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["And yet…"]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "Couldn't we use it to scrape off the old gel or something?"
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["No. That's what the proper brushes are for, sweetheart."]
[15:33] * Yanmei sighed, pulling off her mask. "Fine. I'll try again?"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["Please." He said, smiling a little.]
[15:43] <Yanmei> So Yanmei walked off to try once again, determined to ask questions and get the right gear this time. She returned carrying a bottle full of a different-colored goop, and smaller more delicate brushes.
[15:50] <GONEplo> [Isaiah's expression brightened on her return. "That's more like it."]
[15:59] <Yanmei> "See? This medical stuff is a piece of cake." She handed him a brush. "Here. Give a demonstration on how this stuff's done."
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["First we need to scrape off the existing gel. We use special brushes so we don't damage the skin. Make sense?" He said, before starting to ever-so-gently scrape the gel off Lexie's face.-
[16:03] <Minaplo> [It was impressive- the scars on her face were a lot lighter and more faded than Yanmei had been expecting…]
[16:05] * Yanmei leaned in a little, frowning. "How long do you think she'll have to have this gel treatment going for?"
[16:11] <Minaplo> ["A few weeks, most likely."]
[16:16] * Yanmei picked her mask and put it on again. Then daintily tucked her hair under one of the caps she'd brought thr first time around. "How widespread is the use of this stuff right now? For that matter… what is it officially called? It's not biogel."
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["It's called pyrogel."]
[16:31] <Yanmei> "Pyrogel?" she smirked and picked up the second brush and gingerly tried imitating what Isaiah was doing on Lexie's neck. "So it's just for treating burns, huh?"
[16:34] <Minaplo> [The gel came easily off Lexie's neck.-
[16:34] <Minaplo> ["Burns and radiation, yeah." Said Isaiah.]
[16:47] <Yanmei> "You know what's sad? I probably signed off on having this stuff created in-house or getting it ordered in from somewhere, and I've never even seen it in action until now."
[16:51] <Minaplo> ["That's kind of a good thing."]
[16:54] <Yanmei> "Eh?"
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["Well… If you'd seen more of it, that'd mean more people were being burned." Said Isaiah.]
[16:58] <Yanmei> "That's true? But it's not like we haven't had fires or explosions before. This isn't the first time you guys are breaking this stuff out for treatments, right?"
[17:00] <Minaplo> ["No."]
[17:06] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I should be more aware of what's going on around here. Not just in medical, but everywhere too."
[17:13] <Minaplo> [He paused and gave her a deep look. "What's eating you?"]
[17:21] <Yanmei> "Ugh. No. Forget about it. I'm not going to spend our quality time bitching about stuff? I should be asking if you're okay. You've been working pretty hard ever since we got settled in this time thing."
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I'm alright. I've been having trouble focusing recently, though…"]
[17:50] <Yanmei> "Oh…?"
[17:50] <Minaplo> ["Yes. This irresistably beautiful woman just came into my ward, you see…"]
[17:56] <Yanmei> "Well," Yanmei preened, "it's important for medical professionals to stay focused? So it there's anything you're thinking of doing you should just do it and get it out of your system. For the sake of your work, of course."
[18:03] <Minaplo> ["And… What am I thinking of doing?"]
[18:05] <Yanmei> "Hmmm… kissing?"
[18:06] <Minaplo> ["But this woman is wearing a mask…"]
[18:07] * Yanmei glanced at Lexie to make sure she was still out.
[18:08] <Minaplo> [Lexie did indeed seem to be still out. Her face had been wiped clean, and surely the rest of the gel could wait?]
[18:10] * Yanmei pulled her mask down and leaned toward Isaiah, shutting her eyes.
[18:17] <Minaplo> [And a moment later she felt Isaiah's kiss, his arms entwining around her.-
[18:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm starting to worry this woman came to seduce me deliberately…"]
[18:19] <Yanmei> "I'm sure she figured that she could somehow do that and assist you at the same time."
[18:22] <Minaplo> ["Do you know what I think she should do now?"]
[18:23] <Yanmei> "What~?"
[18:24] <Minaplo> ["I think…" He reached up and gently tugged the cap off her head, letting her hair spill out…-
[18:24] <Minaplo> [Before taking a step back. "I think she should tell me what's been bothering her if she wants more kisses in the near future~"]
[18:29] <Yanmei> "Wha- Tch." She frowned. "That's a dirty trick!"
[18:29] <Minaplo> ["I learned it from the best~"]
[18:41] * Yanmei sullenly pulled her mask back up and readied her brush. "I'm thinking about the recent past. And the recent future."
[18:43] <Minaplo> ["Go on." He said gently.]
[18:47] <Yanmei> "How do I look at what just happened and prevent it from happening again in the future? How do I even know what our future's going to look like even if we do beat Caine?"
[18:50] <Minaplo> ["Hmm… There's more possibilities than you know how to prepare for."]
[18:54] <Yanmei> "Of course? And that's only counting the predictable scenarios. You know one of our Evas randomly turned itself to glass while sitting around in our hangar? What if that sort of weird stuff happens during the battle? Or after it? No more Evas to help our military."
[19:01] <Minaplo> ["True…"]

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