Cherry Blossom Procession 4 7a

[13:47] * Yanmei drained the last of a dreadful tasting espresso-flavored energy shot and, with nary a second glance, tossed its teeny-tiny plastic bottle onto a small pile of refuse spreading from an overturned wastebin as she passed by. A few hours after the battle, and the hallways of the Gendo still teemed with chaos… Yanmei had managed a shower, a nap, and a change of clothes into her standard
[13:47] * Yanmei workout gear, and yet she still felt like her surroundings were a pretty good reflection of how she felt on the inside too. But she couldn't think about that. She'd gotten a message from Asuka not too long ago, and now she had to be calm and relaxed and… calm. -
[13:49] <Yanmei> She straightened her jacket as she neared the door to Asuka's temporary quarters and pressed the buzzer embedded just next to it. "Wakey wakey," she muttered.
[13:50] <Minaplo> [The door opened almost immediately.-
[13:53] <Minaplo> ["Hey." Said Asuka. She wore a pair of grey slacks and a blue t-shirt. Her eyes were raw and dark, which suggested to Yanmei that Asuka hadn't slept; her hair had that frizzy look, as though Asuka had just gotten out of a very long shower.-
[13:53] <Minaplo> ["Medical called me. Tenma wants to see me down there." Said Asuka. "Didn't want to go alone, though…"]
[14:00] <Yanmei> "I get it," Yanmei nodded. "Um. Do you need to take a few more minutes?"
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["Nope. Let's go." Said Asuka, her face set.]
[14:03] * Yanmei nodded and turned. To Medical!
[14:09] <Minaplo> [Medical was chaotic.-
[14:10] <Minaplo> [Yanmei could rarely remember seeing it so full and noisy. Every bed was taken. Many people stood, including some injured, supported by mates or bits of furniture.-
[14:14] <Minaplo> [Asuka pushed her way through the crowd impatiently; she ignored the retorts of an angry nurse she'd nearly knocked over and instead interrogated him. "Where's Tenma?"-
[14:14] <Minaplo> ["He's over in the special ward, but you-"-
[14:14] <Minaplo> [But Asuka was already gone.-
[14:14] <Minaplo> [It was quieter in the special wards. But still, busy. Every room was occupied, and the main corridor had a constant flow of nurses and doctors.-
[14:15] <Minaplo> [Tenma stood at the far end of the corridor. He had Surov at his side.-
[14:17] <Minaplo> [Neither looked particularly well: they had, after all, been captives of Albus. Surov looked less haggard and tired than Tenma did, whose shoulders sagged.-
[14:17] <Minaplo> [That said, Surov's arms and face were marked with the deep red lines of wounds that had recently healed. Yanmei had heard the reports, of how the Wizard Army had tortured him for information.-
[14:19] <Minaplo> [The man of iron had not broken.-
[14:20] <Minaplo> ["Asuka. Yanmei." Said Tenma, giving them both a slow nod.]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "Tenma," said Yanmei slowly, and nodded back, eyes sweeping cautiously between him and Surov who… why was he here?
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["What's the situation?" Asked Asuka quickly.-
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["… It's not good. Let's take a took." Said Tenma.-
[14:32] <Minaplo> […-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Alexandre lay on the bed. His body was swaddled in bandages and healing salves, including half of his face. Complex, dark grey life-support machines sat above him, build into the very bed, shielding most of his body from view.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Asuka swallowed as she saw him. Yanmei saw her hands tighten into fists.-
[14:37] <Minaplo> ["He's lucky to be alive." Said Tenma. "Parts of the AC Suit had buckled completely. Parts of the… The hull, were driven into him. And there are burns to much of his body…"-
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["But he's deteriorating quickly. We can spare little in the way of biogel for him."-
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["I'd hoped to harvest some from the fallen Guard, but most of it's garbage, corrupted by the virus." Said Surov, his voice thick with disgust.-
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["He's going to need replacement organs." Said Tenma.]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "What resources do you need to make that happen?" Yanmei had fixed an unwavering stare at the bed.
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Most of the organs could be replaced with synthetics." Said Surov. "But we have a critical shortage of some of them. We might be able to make more in time, but we'd require resources from outside the time bubble."-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Meaning we'd have to do things the old way." Said Tenma. "With organ transplants."-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Sorry if I come off as blunt, but didn't hundreds or thousands of people just die?" Said Asuka quickly, slashing her hand in front of her. "What's the problem?!"]
[15:02] * Yanmei winced slightly at that but kept her mouth shut, letting the experts answer.
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["… It's an issue of compatibility." Said Tenma, who had also winced.-
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["He's a NeoSpartan." Said Surov. "That means he was genetically modified as a child, making him grow faster, stronger and more resistant to disease. But the gene engineers of those days didn't have the skill and finesse we do."-
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["In a nutshell: he's incompatible with biotypical organs. He might only be compatible with other NeoSpartan organs." Said Surov.-
[15:08] <Minaplo> [Asuka's eye widened. Her mouth hung open for a few seconds- and then she went pale. "Oh. I know where this is going."]
[15:19] <Yanmei> Yanmei frowned, turning to face them at last. "Wait. Wait, wait. She can have some time to think about this, right?"
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["Out of respect, I'll be up-front." Said Tenma. "We ran the numbers. Even amongst the NeoSpartans, your organs, Asuka, have the highest chance of being compatible with Alexandre's. Even then, we'll be relying a bit on luck. The longer we wait, the more of a role luck plays."-
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["I floated the possibility of turning him into an Iron Guard." Said Surov. "But it's a procedure with a 50% success rate on good, healthy subjects… He'd probably die."-
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["He wouldn't want to be an Iron Guard anyway." Said Asuka bitterly.-
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["I know we have to hurry, but I need some time to talk with my friend." Said Asuka. She made a sharp jerk with her head towards the door.-
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Tenma. He bowed shortly and left.-
[15:30] <Minaplo> [Surov looked over at Alexandre. He looked oddly small- his mechadendrites and other extra limbs had all been removed.-
[15:30] <Minaplo> [Then he, too, turned and left.]

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