Dirac S Mysteries

[23:11] <Yanmei> It was a brisk morning in Paris-2. But it was also business as usual for construction crews as they toiled on the parts of the city that had been blackened by the riots. Even at this hour, at the crack of dawn, Yanmei had passed a good dozen of them clustered around on her way to the very edge of the city.-
[23:12] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[23:15] <Yanmei> Now she and her oh-so-discreet violet hatchback were parked well beyond their reach on a hill overlooking the city, mulling quietly as the sun began to shine brighter.
[23:29] <Raphael> The twin-beams of approaching headlights swing past her, accompanied by the crunch of gravel as a dark car crests the hill and pulls in next to the hatchback. A moment later the driver’s-side door swings open, and Raphael steps out of the car. He’s dressed a little less smartly than normal, given the hour, but his eyes are wide awake.-
[23:29] <Raphael> "Ma'am." He says, giving Yanmei a smile as he approaches.
[23:35] * Yanmei smiled back and hopped out of her car as well. The white coat she was wearing seemed… a touch bulkier than usual, and a pair of bangled jeans peeked out from beneath them. "Group Captain. Or, I guess you're a General now, huh?"
[23:38] * Raphael lets out an awkward chuckle. "And you're a Lieutenant, I hear." He grins. "A well-deserved promotion, I think."
[23:41] <Yanmei> "Oh, I didn't do much for it," she said modestly. "I actually had certain reservations accepting? But you had quite the nerves of steel during our last adventure."
[23:49] <Raphael> A shrug. "No moreso than any of you." He says mildly, leaning against the hood of his car. "I will say I'm deeply grateful to anyone who had a hand in inventing biogel, though. It looks like your arm has healed well enough?"
[23:52] <Yanmei> "It's getting there?" She flexed her fingers a few times as if to demonstrate. "What about your leg? I understand that you were fighting to save Blanc in London just a few hours after that."
[23:58] <Raphael> "Oh, that was comparatively minor. A few hours and some biogel to seal the wound and it worked enough to walk." He pauses and smiles slightly. "… though the exoskeletal systems in the power armour probably helped there."
[23:58] <Yanmei> "Power armor? Like the type Marianne wears sometimes?"
Session Time: Mon Nov 19 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Raphael> "That's right. It's seeing a lot more use in our frontline teams lately."
[00:05] <Yanmei> "I wonder… do they make them in custom sizes? Like, if you had a really short or… like, a toddler-sized person on your team, would they whip one up on request?"
[00:06] * Raphael stares at Yanmei blankly, one eyebrow creeping higher and higher as she continues. "… and this would be an entirely hypothetical question, of course."
[00:07] <Yanmei> "Of course." She beamed innocently at him.
[00:08] <Raphael> "Then I'm sure Surov would be happy to oblige."
[00:10] <Yanmei> Her smile fell abruptly at that name, bordering on a scowl now. "Surov's behind it? Hmph. Nevermind, then."
[00:15] * Raphael laughs. "I know we requisition them from Technical, but I couldn't tell you how involved Surov is with it all. I think it might be a little much for your hypothetical toddler, in any case."
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Maybe," she said grudgingly. If he was involved, the suits were probably powered -by- toddlers' hearts or souls or something. "Think you could do me a favor in the meantime?"
[00:21] <Raphael> "Of course."
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Lizzie and I are going away for a few days. When we return, though? I think I'll need someone to look after her for me."
[00:23] * Raphael frowns, giving Yanmei a more careful look. "… is everything alright, Yanmei?"
[00:27] <Yanmei> "Of course, of course!" She laughed, waving away his concern. "It's just for a few days. Maybe a week at the most. Things have been a little heavy around the apartment, and I can't exactly put her in a safehouse by herself, so…"
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[00:40] * Raphael nods slowly. "Lizzie is no trouble, Yanmei. Suzie enjoys having her around." He say. "I'm just concerned about you. S2 knows about this?"
[00:45] <Yanmei> "They're doing what they can? I think. Anyway, complaining to them is all I can do right now. That and securing Lizzie's safety, anyway. Oh. Would you mind taking someone else for me too?"
[00:47] <Raphael> A slight pause. There was someone else? "Who would that be, ma'am?"
[00:48] <Yanmei> "Lizzie's new best friend. Technically, he's supposed to be -my- pet, but he likes her better for some reason…"
[00:50] <Raphael> "… I see. A dog, then? Or a cat?"
[00:52] <Yanmei> "A… feline. I'll give you a week's supply of his food, too."
[00:57] * Raphael gives her a decidedly suspicious look, but nods again regardless. "Well, I'm sure we could handle that."
[00:57] * Yanmei exhales, and grins. "Thank you! I owe you one!"
[00:58] * Raphael shakes his head and returns the smile easily. "Really, it's nothing, Yanmei. I'm happy to help."-
[01:01] <Raphael> "… You know, if it'd make you more comfortable, I'd be happy to talk to Jeanne Simon about putting one of my SOS team on duty at your apartment. I know S2 is stretched thin, and we do have some extra resources."
[01:07] <Yanmei> "You can do that? Huh." She looked thoughtful. "I'd talk to her first to find out where she needs the most help, then, and station more people there. Sound reasonable?"
[01:07] <Raphael> "Perfectly."
[01:12] <Yanmei> "Good." She nodded firmly. "Now, then. You're probably wondering why I asked to meet here?"
[01:13] <Raphael> "Ah, I /was/ wondering if there was more to it, ma'am." He says, giving her another grin. "This seemed rather elaborate for just a babysitting request."
[01:17] <Yanmei> "Well~ I was kinda wondering how much you told the new boss about what happened in the Geofront while we were in the Dirac Sea. I mean, you must have turned in some kind of report on it?"
[01:24] * Raphael folds his arms, making a quiet noise of agreement. "The Colonel and Captain Gosselin both gave me a quick debrief while they were patching me up, but with my promotion the more detailed report went to Leon Thomas and Director Raskova." Did that last name come with a very small wince? Probably a trick of the early morning light. "I was reasonably honest. Had you hoped otherwise?"
[01:27] <Yanmei> "Since it was Raskova… maybe a little. What do you think of her?"
[01:34] <Raphael> A long, tense pause as he mulls that over. "… Well, she's dangerous. She fights as well as any of my soldiers, if not better. She's loyal, but to the Commander rather than NERV." A shrug. "She's the stick if the carrot fails."
[01:41] <Yanmei> "She does seem a little scary? So that makes sense." Yanmei rubbed her chin and looked rather serious. "These promotions we got… do you think they're part of the 'carrot' as a manner of speaking? I actually have my fears about that."
[01:52] * Raphael falls silent, staring over at the skyline of Paris. "… Potentially. Still, I'm not sure you should make that assumption without more evidence. After all, I can tell you for a fact that you're well deserving of that promotion. It /could/ be a bribe, but it's just as likely - if not moreso - that it's simple practicality."
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Practicality. Like, just part of their reorganization efforts? I hope you're right."
[02:00] <Raphael> "That's right. Besides, you already operate in a leadership role with the other pilots. It's easy enough to see it as simply giving you legitimacy." He turns, giving her a faint smile, looking a little distracted now. "After all, I suspect those like Pilot Langley-Soryu might need a… push when it comes to accepting authority."
[02:05] <Yanmei> "…you have no idea," she groaned. "And as for Asuka herself, I think I'm safer keeping my distance for a few weeks instead of rushing up to her with orders right now."
[02:06] <Raphael> "A sound decision, ma'am." Raphael says solemnly, but the tone is rather undermined by his smirk.
[02:11] <Yanmei> "Hmph. At least -I- don't have to report directly to VC Raskovicious," she said smugly.
[02:13] * Raphael chuckles, but doesn't bother with a response. Instead he digs his hands into his pockets and walks a few steps away from the cars, looking out at Paris-2 with his back to Yanmei.-
[02:13] <Raphael> "A personal question, Yanmei?"
[02:13] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[02:14] <Raphael> "That thing we fought in Terminal Dogma. You knew it?"
[02:17] * Yanmei winced. "Something like that… You've seen it before too, haven't you?"
[02:19] * Raphael gives a very faint nod before turning back to face her, his expression now utterly serious. "In Rei's dream. It was the Angel that spoke to me."
[02:21] <Yanmei> "What did it say?"
[02:26] <Raphael> "Not a great deal. That Lilith could and would take Rei and her sisters away." Raphael says tightly. "And then it used that sword you have now to run me through."
[02:33] <Yanmei> "I see." Yanmei closed her eyes a moment, thinking. "What we saw down there -was- the sword. I think it just borrowed the form of its master. Someone I met once said that a weapon's an extension of the one who uses it? So it may be quite literally that."
[02:40] <Raphael> "… Hmm. I see." Raphael nods slowly, although his expression seems to suggest he honestly doesn't. "Whatever it was, it's what convinced me to tell Rei about her past. And it's been appearing to people long before you and I."
[02:46] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[02:49] <Raphael> "…" Another slight pause. "I'm not really able to give you too many details, ma'am, but I know for a fact it's appeared as far back as Second Impact."
[02:53] * Yanmei hesitated a moment, and then nodded. "All right. We'll leave it at that. I've only been having them for…" she frowned. "How long was it? Less than two years, I believe."
[02:54] <Raphael> "And you think it's that sword's master?"
[02:56] <Yanmei> "In the dreams? Maybe. It usually doesn't talk to me, so it's hard to tell?"
[02:58] * Raphael nods, giving her a grateful look. "Of course." He says, rolling his shoulders idly. "I appreciate the info regardless, Lieutenant. I was just curious to know whether you had any more information than I did.
[02:58] <Raphael> "*
[03:08] * Yanmei nodded again, quietly. "The dreams… I guess certain people are more prone to having them. The pilots are supposed to be? The Ayanamis more so. Of the four of us here in Paris, I think I'm the only one who's had them."
[03:12] <Raphael> "That makes sense, I suppose. Contact with the Evangelions, maybe. Or…" He stops, letting out a sigh and giving Yanmei a weak smile. "I'm not the right person to answer questions like this, I think. And I doubt any of those who are would have much interest in telling the truth."
[03:17] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Seriously annoying of them?" She reached out and gave him a light pat on the shoulder. "Anyway, answers or not, I'm glad there's at least one person around who seen that thing before. Kinda reminds me that I'm not losing it?"
[03:28] <Raphael> "Always a relief, yes. Especially in our line of work." He grins.-
[03:28] <Raphael> "In any case, was there anything else you needed to discuss, ma'am?"
[03:29] <Yanmei> "Nah. I guess I'm satisfied. You?"
[03:30] <Raphael> "I think that's everything. You'll let me know when you're bringing Lizzie around, then?"
[03:32] <Yanmei> "Yes, of course I'll call ahead. And you'll have a talk with Simon in the meantime?"
[03:32] <Raphael> "Certainly." He agrees. "You keep safe until then, alright? Call me if you need anything."
[03:34] <Yanmei> "Right. Likewise, okay?" She stretched, and turned in the direction of her car again.
[03:37] <Raphael> "Of course, ma'am." He says, already toying with the keys between his fingers as he heads towards his own car to rejoin the slowly waking city.

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