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[23:15] <Aline> Boston. All the signs and things in English, the torn-up streets and buildings in contrast… it felt strange and exotic to Aline, who had only ever been to Japan and a few parts of continental Europe. But she was only gawking a /little/ - she was on a mission to meet up with someone. Specifically, Yanmei, who had been wandering these ruins, herself. Aline thought she saw her just a few
[23:15] <Aline> seconds ago…!
[23:20] <Yanmei> A few seconds of stillness. Then, another flash of violet in the gaps between the rubble. The sound of footsteps, cautiously spaced and a few small rocks tumbling loose from somewhere.
[23:24] <Aline> That was hint enough, as Aline moved out closer… clooooser… "Hey, Yanmei, got a minute?" Not one for subtlety, Aline wandered straight over towards where she saw Yanmei's hair, ever-so-briefly…!
[23:25] <Yanmei> "…? Blanc?" The footsteps stopped, surprised. "What are you doing here?"
[23:30] * Aline blinked a few times, then… okay, half-smiled. "I wanted to talk to you a bit. About you-things. Mostly I've just been a bit worried…"
[23:40] <Yanmei> "Oh?" There was a brief scrabbling noise as Yanmei cleared some barrier or another on the way back over to the Aline voice. She emerged, dusting her jacket off. "And why is that?"
[23:43] <Aline> "Yeah." Aline knit her hands together behind her back, stretching a bit back and forth. "I… heard about Isaiah and didn't get a chance to talk to you. And then he was there and the Eva berserked again. I…" She actually looked pretty nervous. "Wanted to know how you two were holding up, and if I could do anything to help?"
[23:53] <Yanmei> "Unless you can get him transferred back to Paris-2 somehow? I'm not sure. Although I appreciate the thought."
[23:56] * Aline sighed a little, as she leaned against the wall. "I guess I just thought I could help since I had experience, but I guess the more bitter struggle means my advice isn't as… useful? Wanted?"
[23:58] <Yanmei> That made her give pause. "How is this more bitter, exactly?"
Session Time: Thu Feb 23 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] <Aline> Danger. Aline's face perked, and not in a cheery way. An 'oh shit' was practically on her lips, but she bit it down hard. "I meant, you had such a fight over it, while with me and Shinji, it more or less just /happened/ under my nose. The pilot assignment, I mean. That and you had to fight to keep him there, while I /always/ had Shinji at a distance. That's… that's all."
[00:02] <Yanmei> "So you know about the first hearing." Yanmei frowned, glancing down at something on her right hand. "I guess it wouldn't be too hard to find out about? I wasn't very discreet about it."
[00:05] <Aline> "Mm. Well, it's more that I know you've been off on a lot of meetings and talks, and with the /scene/ that was made at the second, it wasn't hard to guess… They normally don't publicize it at all, but just… I can only imagine what you all felt. I have no way of /knowing/. If… if you want me to just shut up and leave, I can. I… feel awkward enough just doing this at all."
[00:10] <Yanmei> "Wait. What? What scene?" She could imagine, suddenly, footage of her outburst and Isaiah's own fury being distributed throughout NERV for entertainment purposes, and her body went rigid. "Where are you getting your information? God, I bet it was that smarmy Washington…"
[00:12] * Aline shook her head, looking even /more/ frantic. "It-it was just some muttering about this loud stuff going on at the HIC halls and something about threats with a knife! I swear it was just a rumor, I… I don't even know who the fuck you're talking about."
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Ugh." Yanmei rubbed her forehead. "Rumors? But I always…" she trailed off, remembering the state in which she had spent the relatively short time since the hearing. "Ah, Washington's the same Washington who Minerva Linden declared was a wanted man in her first speech as President. He's a member of the Human Instrumentality Committee and the former politician representing the very terroritory we're standing in to the greater U.S. government."
[00:24] <Yanmei> - greater U.S. government."
[00:28] <Aline> "…Tch." Was Aline's first response. "So one of /them/. Right… But no, I try not to probe too much, it was just dramatic." She was looking stressed, very stressed, from all of the back-and-forth that already went down. "But I mean, I have experience, both with distant relationships, and the special quirks of being an E-type pilot. I mean, I can still do /something/, if you'll let me."
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei turned a gaze back to the broken city around them. "All right. There's one thing I'm concerned about."
[00:39] * Aline leaned to the side, looking at the same area out of some kind of mirroring instinct. "Shoot."
[00:40] <Yanmei> "How do we keep Angels from clawing into his mind and then sticking around for an extended period of time?"
[00:48] * Aline looked down, at that, and was rather long in thought. A gust of wind sent an errant set of papers around in the air between the two of them, before Aline managed to reply. "This might take a while, so hold on, okay?… Anyway. The amount of mental contact is a big factor. Also their relative strength of will. The Angel's, that is. The Knight - Samandiriel - couldn't hold on, and
[00:48] * Aline I think I only had minor contact with him anyway. The one you know better, though… had relative mastery of mind-altering techniques, and I had /extended/ contact. He seemed to like targeting me, even though you guys got a fairly large shake too." A pause, as she took a somewhat deeper breath. "But in the short term, training his mind to resist intrusion might mean he has less contact
[00:48] * Aline during the fight - which means less chances to have things leftover. There's no real way to stress-test a mind without, well, an Angel, whether it's one in my head or in its own body. But basic willpower and mental exercises should do in a pinch - I know I practice a few myself."
[00:50] <Yanmei> "What sort of mental exercises?"
[00:51] <Aline> "Meditation helps. So do hard puzzles to a tiny extent, keeping your focus on llooooooong projects, and… this is going to sound stupid, but finding a temptation and constantly testing yourself against it. I actually gave up a few types of sweets as part of /that/."
[00:58] <Yanmei> "I see." Yanmei rocked her weight from one foot to the other. "I'll be certain to pass the advice along, then? I'm sure there's something in this base who could help him with it if he needs a demonstration or a boost or something."
[01:00] * Aline … actually looked deeply relieved, and a bit happier. Or at least not freaking out. "Yeah. Worst comes to worst I can make instructional materials or something, and pass them over the NERV network. It's a bit of a wonder they don't have actual courses in that by now, really."
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Maybe there are limits to its applications." She frowned again. "Blanc…"
[01:06] <Aline> …The smile broke again. "…Ah?"
[01:12] <Yanmei> "At least one of the Angels that made contact with me did so with the stated intent to destroy me. There was another like that too, and something de Pteres said made me realize that there are going to be a lot more of them. You need to be on your guard."
[01:14] * Aline frowned even deeper. "…You mean, more that are angry like that…? What did he say, anyway? I mean, I remember mentioning a few times the total count of Angels, but this must be something more… crucial than that."
[01:17] <Yanmei> "He said that many of them were paired off, like soulmates." Yanmei smiled wryly. "Losing a loved one would infuriate anyone, I guess?"
[01:22] <Aline> "Tell me about it. I still feel a bit of a burning grudge about what Azariah did to Shinji. But… Pairs." She thought for a moment. "…Right, I get what you're implying. It makes me think of something cryptic /he/ was rambling about during one of the fights. That in mind…" A… not a smile, but a little quirk of her lips that broke her frown and looked kindasorta up-curved. "The…
[01:22] <Aline> let's say, 'wives' of the pairs are all going to be far deadlier, if the last one was any indication. Not just because they might be angry - just /naturally/ stronger."
[01:25] <Yanmei> "They've all been getting a lot stronger, one at a time. As horrifying as it is, a remark like that isn't too shocking…"
[01:29] * Aline quirked her lips even more. "The amount of video game analogies that'd perfectly explain what we're probably in for is probably too many, really. But you're right. No matter the type, they've all gotten stronger."
[01:35] <Yanmei> "So," Yanmei tossed her hair, "We'll just have to become stronger too."
[01:41] <Aline> "Totally. Completely, even." …This time, Aline actually tossed her hair too. She /did/ have a whole lot of it, anyway.
[01:46] <Yanmei> "All right. I'm heading back to the MiniFront. This little tour of the city is pretty much over with anyway?"
[01:48] * Aline stared off into the distance. "You're probably right, yeah. I'll… be a bit behind you, but I'll wait a bit so I don't appear right beside you, eh?"
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Hm? Well, suit yourself." She turned to go. "Don't wait too long. If the sun goes down, it'll make working your way back there a lot more of a pain."
[01:55] <Aline> "Don't you worry, it'd only be a minute or two." Said Aline as she began to climb a more stable piece of debris, to spend that minute or two taking in the sights…
[01:56] <Yanmei> And Yanmei for her part, rounded the corner of a burnt-out building, and was out of sight.

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