Don T Leave Me Even For An Hour Because Then The Little Drop

[16:30] <Yanmei> It was dark. Yanmei tried to move forward, her arms outstretched, but she couldn't even see her hands. A tomblike silence was wrapped around her - no footfalls, no air currents. She couldn't even tell if she was moving. Still, she tried. And she tried to remember what had happened and why she was here.
[16:33] <Isaiah> [Everything around her seemed so thick, so heavy- was she in nothingness, or was she in fact immersed in some unknown quantity? There was a rip behind her…]
[16:37] * Yanmei turned, suddenly sensing that. A point of reference. Something to differentiate one spot from another in this endless black place. With her heart filling with hope, she tried to get to it.
[16:39] <Isaiah> [A window, a too-small window- beyond, a tall, spindly man with alabaster flesh and a face like a marionette's mask was towering over… Over her Isaiah. He couldn't move- he just stared, transfixed at the sword in that man's hands…]
[16:41] * Yanmei stared at the sword too, her hope crushed hard and fast beneath sudden fear. Why wasn't he moving? Isaiah, move!
[16:42] <Isaiah> ["Yanmei." He murmured. "YANMEI! HELP!"]
[16:46] <Yanmei> "G-get away!" She tried pressing her hands against the window, tried to reach through it. "Run!"
[16:47] <Isaiah> [The blade fell-
[16:48] <Isaiah> [Blood, bursting forth, hot and burning-
[16:48] <Isaiah> [… And then, Yanmei…]
[16:52] <Yanmei> …was in bed. A cool, sterile bed in a cool sterile room. There was medical equipment near her, but a scream was drowning out the noises it made.
[16:57] <Isaiah> Someone's hand- warm, comforting- was holding her own. And someone was saying her name…
[17:00] * Yanmei pulled away sharply, scooting away and snarling the bedsheets around her legs. Her eyes, dark and wild, darted around fast.
[17:05] <Isaiah> [Hospital room. A bed. White walls. A window. Medical equipment. A boy. Isaiah…-
[17:05] * Isaiah was staring at Yanmei with tired eyes. "H-hey. It's alright…"
[17:11] * Yanmei stared back at him, recognition sinking in. Her shoulders sagged. "You're… y-you're alive…" The screaming had stopped when she'd started moving. And thank goodness, because her voice was a little breathless and a little harder to make out than usual.
[17:13] <Isaiah> "Yanmei… O-Of course I am." He tried to move a little closer, tentatively reaching out to her.
[17:16] * Yanmei moved closer again, reaching out and catching his hand with her own. She went further still, and pulled him into a sudden hug.
[17:23] <Isaiah> His eyes widened out of surprise- then they closed slowly. He wrapped his arms around her tight and pulled her closer. "Oh, sweetheart…"
[17:28] <Yanmei> "You don't know, but," she held him tighter, "but everything's… e-everything's all messed up."
[17:31] <Isaiah> "No, no…" He murmured. He ran a hand through her hair. "No. Everything's fine. It's alright, Yanyan…"
[17:32] <Yanmei> "Nothing's alright! I couldn't protect you either…"
[17:33] <Isaiah> "Shhh. Yanyan, I'm right here." He pulled away a little, but only so he could grab her hand and put it to his chest.
[17:35] * Yanmei let him. She could feel his steady heartbeat and her own was starting to slow down too, bit by bit.
[17:38] * Isaiah hend her hand gently, giving it a squeeze. He looked her in the eyes, his own calm and tranquil. "See? Everything's alright. It's alright…"
[17:41] <Yanmei> "…alright…" she echoed. "…"
[17:45] <Isaiah> "I'm going to stay here with you…"
[17:47] <Yanmei> "I want you to." she mumbled. "Please stay. Don't go."
[17:53] <Isaiah> He moved a little closer, resting his weight upon the bed itself. "I won't. I won't. Don't be scared, sweetheart. You're safe. It's gone. It's all over…"
[17:57] <Yanmei> "It's not over. There's a lot I need to tell you."
[15:09] <Isaiah> he nodded quietly. "What is it…?"
[15:20] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei worried. He had to have been effected by the berserk again, at the very -least-. He looked so tired. "I learned a lot today. About myself. Things that I had hidden away were being thrown back in my face. Disgusting things. Isaiah? Why do you stay with me?"
[15:25] <Isaiah> "…" The question took him by surprise. It was obvious on his face. "Why…? Why do you ask that?"
[15:30] <Yanmei> "When we fought the twelfth, you saw into my heart, and the things you found there weren't pretty at all. But you didn't run away or even flinch. In fact, we were together even more closely after that. I just want to know why…"
[15:39] <Isaiah> "You know why." He murmured quietly, grasping her hand tighter. "Because I love you. Because what I saw wasn't all 'disgusting'. There was a lot of good there. A lot of beauty. You -know- that." He whispered. "I know that the good there was better than the bad…"
[15:45] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face softened a little. "Thank you. Heh. I guess I just needed to hear it? Silly."
[15:50] <Isaiah> "…" He smiled, leaning forward to give her a little kiss. "You shouldn't forget stuff like that…"
[15:53] <Yanmei> "Sorry." She returned the kiss briefly, and gave a small smile of her own. "A lot happened back then. Ah…" She scrutinized him with fresh concern. "Did… you feel it?"
[15:59] <Isaiah> "A-A little. It was like…" He frowned. "For a second I felt like my entire head was being compressed through a window. A window- I could see a little boy- me, I think- perched on top of a monster with these empty eyesockets and a mask- but then Dr. Clement jabbed me with some tranquilisers and I went out like a light and woke up eight hours later."
[16:03] * Yanmei shuddered. "A monster… I'm glad that Clement was there."
[16:08] <Isaiah> "Yeah. By the time I woke up, you'd already been taken here and the Angel was dead."
[16:13] <Yanmei> "So that's how it was…" She held onto his hand a little tighter. "I'm sorry. Even when I'm fighting hard, I can't protect you. And worse, I needed to be rescued myself, and by that guy no less. …humiliating."
[16:17] <Isaiah> "H-Hey." He mumbled. "Listen. It wasn't your fault. It was smarter than most Angels- it waited around, let you tire out, then used sneaky tactics. We haven't really had to fight anything like that." He pulled her a little closer. "I still have faith in you to protect me. S-So don't feel like that."
[16:20] <Yanmei> "It's not just this battle. It happened when we were against the Fifteeth. It affected you then too, didn't it? When 04 went berserk? And then there's EVA-08…"
[16:21] <Isaiah> "W-What about EVA-08?"
[16:26] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes were sad. "I thought it was a resolved issue. That we had won. But that might not be the case. There's still talk of convincing you to be a pilot."
[16:27] <Isaiah> "How…?" He frowned. "I'm not becoming a pilot. That was decided, wasn't it?"
[16:31] <Yanmei> "Through the pilot selection meeting, yes. But if the matter was brought up again today, it might be decided differently. The balance of power in NERV and the Human Instrumentality Committee has changed a lot. If the challenge comes from them, I can fight it. But if it's your decision to pilot…"
[16:33] <Isaiah> "I don't want to pilot." He said firmly. "Not if it means leaving you behind."
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Isaiah…" She smiled again, but there was still sadness surrounding it. "I'm glad. I don't want to see you go either. At least we can take comfort in the fact that no one's made a move yet. They might not after all."
[16:39] <Isaiah> "Let's hope so." He said quietly. "… B-But we shouldn't be talking about me. You're not well."
[16:44] <Yanmei> "Not well? But I feel…" She frowned, trying to put into words how she felt. "I…I don't know how I feel. I don't have any broken bones. What happened? That Angel popped up behind me, and after that I was someplace else. A nightmares. And then I woke up here."
[16:45] <Yanmei> ^A nightmare
[16:50] <Isaiah> "It stunned you somehow. Bit through your leg, then… It -absorbed- 04. I dunno how, but it just… Covered it in something and made it smaller, then sucked it all up. Then it teleported to the Sahara, and 01 and 00 pursued."
[16:54] <Yanmei> "E-ew… what do you mean 'sucked it all up'? Sahara?" She started to frown with a little more intensity. "They came after me?"
[16:55] <Isaiah> "Yeah. They met up with EVA-07 and tried to get you back. It… It didn't go too well. The Angel shredded EVA-07, and it hurled EVA-01 so far that by the time it hit the ground the torso had half vaporised, and the rest had simply turned to jelly. It's a miracle Sera's still alive."
[17:00] <Yanmei> "That much trouble? For…" A flicker of deep discomfort and shades of loathing. "No. They had to defeat the Angel even if it meant chasing it, I guess? And losing 04 would have been a disaster."
[17:04] <Isaiah> "… M-Marianne was worried about you."
[17:06] <Yanmei> "Marianne…" A hint of embarassment. She glanced away. "Well, if it's her…"
[17:10] * Isaiah gently stroked her hair. "She's ok now. But saving you was her priority. Her top priority."
[17:11] <Yanmei> "I should call her," she murmured.
[17:12] <Isaiah> "P-Probably not right now. I think she might be asleep…"
[17:12] <Yanmei> "Huh? What time is it?"
[17:16] <Isaiah> "It's… I think it's about midnight."
[17:18] <Yanmei> "I-I see. And de Pteres and Isabelle are probably nearby, huh?" She glanced to the door of her room. "Isabelle was there too. I've done something terrible to her, and she doesn't even know…"
[17:19] <Isaiah> "They took Isabelle back to Eden. She wasn't injured."
[17:21] <Yanmei> "Oh." She retracted her stare and turned it toward the ceiling, blinking. "I'm glad."
[17:22] <Isaiah> "Yeah…" He stared down at the sheets. "EVA-04 berserked. I saw the footage- it ripped itself out of that Angel's chest."
[17:24] * Yanmei winced visibly at the mental image. So it had saved her that way too…
[17:26] <Isaiah> "T-Then… The Liberated Nations got involved. A T-RIDEN-T- one of those dinosaur-ish robots- showed up and vaporised 04's head."
[17:28] <Yanmei> "The LN took it down? Wait, did they attack the others too?"
[17:29] <Isaiah> "No… The pilot shot at the Angel first and didn't seem interested in fighting a war."
[17:30] <Yanmei> "That's… odd." Her brow furrowed. "Just the one pilot was there? No backup?"
[17:30] <Isaiah> "That's right. EVA-04 just… Kept staring at it, like it was really curious or something. I guess the pilot got panicky and shot it."
[17:32] <Yanmei> "Staring? At the T-RIDEN-T? Without trying to eat it?"
[17:33] <Isaiah> "Yeah…"
[17:33] <Yanmei> "…weird…"
[17:35] <Isaiah> "S-Still, I'm just glad it didn't go any further…"
[17:38] <Yanmei> "Yeah. The last time it was less than cooperative." Yanmei shook her head. "W-well, whatever…"
[17:40] <Isaiah> "Yanyan…?"
[17:40] <Yanmei> "Huh?"
[17:41] <Isaiah> "Why did you say… You did something terrible to Isabelle?"
[17:47] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked away from him. "…because I did. I've been meddling in the pilot selection process for a long time. Around the time she and Adrian came into the picture."
[17:50] <Isaiah> "… You chose them to pilot?"
[17:54] <Yanmei> "Yes," she said miserably.
[17:55] * Isaiah nodded slowly. "Why?" he asked simply.
[17:58] <Yanmei> "I had… to build credibility in the eyes of the HIC member I was advising. It was either them or a set of twins from Greece. Perfectly normal girls with comparatively normal, happy lives. The Bellamies were struggling to make it. They were already in NERV's custody. I thought I was helping them! But then…"
[18:00] <Isaiah> "… Then you didn't do anything wrong, sweetheart."
[18:02] <Yanmei> "Yes I did. I never told Isabelle. She says that she trusts me, but she has no idea. Do you think she'd let me care for Lizzie after knowing that?"
[18:07] <Isaiah> "I… I don't know what she'd think, Yanmei. But… But there was no right choice there. It was either the Bellamies or the twin girls, right?" He squeezed her tight, tighter than before. "You thought what you did was best."
[18:12] <Yanmei> "I know. I can accept that. But… if you make a decision like that you have to own up to a certain level of responsibility for it, right? …maybe it's best that Lizzie will be going with her mother soon. I wouldn't know how to explain this when she got older."
[18:14] <Isaiah> "…" Isaiah looked down at his lap, a pained expression on his face. "You don't really mean that."
[18:17] * Yanmei was quiet a while. "No," she whispered. "I don't."
[18:18] <Isaiah> "… I… I was thinking…" He hesitated.-
[18:18] <Isaiah> "I-I was thinking that maybe we… We should adopt her."
[18:19] * Yanmei looked up at him, wide-eyed. "Adopt?"
[18:24] <Isaiah> "… Yeah. I-I… I mean, I don't know if Isabelle can really handle Elizabeth. She's too… Different, now, and she-she could do something dangerous. So maybe- she'd be safe with us. We'd be good parents."
[18:26] <Yanmei> "But Isabelle loves her too. You've seen her…"
[18:30] <Isaiah> "Yes, but… I-I don't know." He mumbled. "I'm scared… I don't want to lose her."
[18:38] * Yanmei rubbed his shoulder gently. "I know you are. I can't even imagine the apartment without her now. But…"
[18:39] <Isaiah> "She'd be -safer- with us, Yanmei. I know she would. I know it…"
[14:13] <Yanmei> "Safer?" Yanmei hesitated. "I don't know about that. There are going to be people around to make sure that Isabelle's mental state doesn't lapse again. It's not like they're going to an empty place in the middle of no where."
[14:16] <Isaiah> "I-I guess. But… But what if Eden gets attacked by the LN?"
[14:22] <Yanmei> "What if Paris gets attacked by Angels?" She put a comforting arm around him.
[14:23] * Isaiah rested his head against her shoulder dejectedly. "We can hide her, or protect her, or something, but… But…"
[14:27] <Yanmei> "Isabelle is her mother, Isaiah." Her voice was gentle. "We should at least try to give her a chance. It's… it's not fair for a little kid to grow up separated from her mom."
[14:27] * Isaiah slumped.-
[14:28] <Isaiah> "You're right…" He mumbled. "But… But you don't want her to go either, do you? I dunno… I-I'm just worried. I love her, sweetheart."
[14:33] * Yanmei stroked his hair. "It hurts," she mumbled. "It really really hurts." She paused for a little while, looking down into her lap and thinking. "Do you want to go with her for a few weeks to see how things are over there?"
[14:34] <Isaiah> "I might. Just for a week or so… Although she might not like it. I'll speak to her nurse."
[14:35] <Yanmei> "I think it's a very good idea." Yanmei smiled at him. "You should speak to her too while you're there. Like, at length."
[14:36] * Isaiah nodded slowly. "I think I'll do that. Just… Just to see. Are you going to be ok here by yourself?"
[14:39] <Yanmei> "I'll be okay. Marianne and Gina will be around, remember?" She smiled at him, and gently touched her forehead to his. "You go. You need this. Elizabeth will probably need it too."
[14:46] <Isaiah> "Y-Yeah." He held the gesture for a moment, before he sat up a little. "S-So." he smiled a little. It was brittle, but… "Still undecided on having kids?"
[14:48] * Yanmei blinked at him, and then started to laugh quietly. "I should be okay with one or two." She sobered up a little too. "I won't lie to them or mess them up, either. I -can't-."
[14:53] <Isaiah> "I know you won't." He murmured quietly. "You'll dote on them all the time, and snuggle them, and be an adorable, proud mommy~"
[14:57] <Yanmei> "G-geez…" her face turned a little pink, and she looked away. "…" … "Where's Elizabeth now? She's probably sleeping, huh?"
[15:00] <Isaiah> "Do you want me to take you to her? She's with Rei down in the cafeteria."
[15:00] <Yanmei> "I think I'm clear to go, aren't I?"
[15:01] <Isaiah> "Yeah. You aren't hurt- physically."
[15:02] <Yanmei> "Then let's go." She nodded firmly and started to climb out of bed.
[15:02] * Isaiah did the same.-
[15:04] <Isaiah> "Oh, I brought some clothes for you. I doubt you want to go around NERV HQ in just a hospital gown."
[15:06] <Yanmei> "You're a godsend," she sighed, glancing down at herself. That -would- have been awful. Even worse than walking around the place in nothing but a plugsuit. It wasn't long before she was changed and meeting her sweet, gentlemanly Isaiah outside the room.
[15:11] * Isaiah was waiting outside, smiling when she emerged. "Looking good, as always."-
[15:12] <Isaiah> [A knee-length white dress with a metallic pink trim and a ruffled skirt. A pair of trainers, and a plain white scarf.]
[15:16] * Yanmei …nearly matched the dress with how pale she was. The scarf she hadn't put on, but was instead clutching it with both hands. Still, she was smiling for him. "Ehe… thanks…"
[15:17] <Isaiah> "… You ok?"
[15:19] <Yanmei> "Just, um, felt a little ill there. But I'm okay?" She tried spreading her smile wider. "Let's go see Lizzie, okay?"
[15:20] <Isaiah> "Sure." He smiled, taking her side and putting an arm around her nonetheless. "I could always carry you, you know~"
[15:23] <Yanmei> "All the way there, huh? You know, that's quite a walk~"
[15:27] <Isaiah> "I think I've gotten a bit stronger recently. Here-" And, quite suddenly, Yanmei would find herself hoisted up securely in his arms.
[15:30] <Yanmei> "H-huh?! You were serious about the carrying thing?" She laughed, and secured an arm around his neck and gave him a kiss on the mouth. "I think I see what you mean? But I can walk there."
[15:30] <Isaiah> "If you say so~"-
[15:32] <Isaiah> [She was, of course, allowed to walk, which wasn't to say that the shameless flirting came to an end. Nevertheless, about ten minutes later they'd emerge into the Geofront Cafeteria, where they'd easily spot Rei, sitting at a table with a glass of cola, next to Elizabeth, who was drinking from a sippy cup.]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "Lizzie~" Yanmei started to swoop down on the baby, but… something made her stop just short, awkwardly hovering instead, as if she might actually step backward. "Still awake? How was she today, Rei? Thank you for watching her…"
[15:39] <Isaiah> ["Meimei!" Rei turned, beaming. "You're up already? Oh, she's been really good…"-
[15:39] <Isaiah> [Lizzie had no such reservations as Yanmei did, and she started bouncing up and down in her seat excitedly, holding her arms out. "Maaamaaaa! Maaaamaaa! Kisskiss?"]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Hehe…" There was no way that she could resist that. Her arms went around Lizzie, and she pecked her gently on the forehead. "Kiss-kiss~ Oh, you're such a good girl~"
[15:42] <Isaiah> ["Maamaa~" She clung tightly to Yanmei's dress.-
[15:42] <Isaiah> ["How're you feeling, Meimei?"]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "I'm okay. I'm not injured, so I was able to get out early." The comforting feel of Lizzie in her arms. Oh, god, she was going to miss this! She focused hard on Rei, determined not to tear up. "How are you doing, Rei?"
[15:46] <Isaiah> ["I'm alright, Meimei." She said with a smile. "Only a few weeks until I leave…"]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "That's right," she murmured quietly. "You have to leave too. For Boston. Are you excited?"
[16:01] <Isaiah> ["I am." She said cheerfully. "Excited, but also nervous…"
[16:01] <Isaiah> ]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "Because you're moving to a new place?"
[16:06] <Isaiah> ["That's right. And also because… Well…" She glanced nervously around. "I'm going to see Al-chan again…"-
[16:06] * Isaiah let out a brief giggle, which caused Rei to redden.
[16:07] * Yanmei tried to hide her giggle behind a short cough. "I think you two are going to be just fine~ You should ask him to show you around. Maybe he has some friends outside of NERV that you can meet too."
[16:12] <Isaiah> ["That'd be good." Said Rei, nodding slowly. "It'll be lonely without you or Zaizai there."]
[16:16] <Yanmei> "We can still keep in touch." She smiled hopefully. "You have my number and my personal email address, and Isaiah's too, right? And we can come and visit sometime! But more importantly…"
[16:17] <Yanmei> She held up an index finger. "You're a really kind girl. So it won't be long before you have lots of friends flocking to you! Lots of busy weekends having fun~"
[16:20] <Isaiah> ["Thank you, Meimei." Said Rei warmly. "When you say it like that, I don't feel so worried!"]
[16:21] <Yanmei> "Well, you shouldn't. You'll see." She winked at her. "It'll be a fun adventure. Like coming here was."
[16:25] <Isaiah> ["Yeah." Rei smiled. "Meimei?"]
[16:25] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She bounced Lizzie a little to keep her entertained.
[16:26] <Isaiah> ["I want to go out soon to buy some clothes for the trip. Would you like to come?"]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "I think that would be fun! Maybe I could pick out a few things for myself too, while we're at it."
[16:30] <Isaiah> ["Yeah!" She giggled. "Maybe we could 'reinvent' ourselves again."]
[16:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah! Reinvent…" Could she use a reinvention? She glanced down at the dress she was wearing, vaguely troubled. It looked like a doll's outfit. But maybe it was fitting…
[16:36] <Isaiah> A hand on her shoulder. Isaiah squeezed reassuringly.-
[16:37] <Isaiah> ["Although." Rei giggled. "You're pretty just the way you are, Meimei, so maybe you don't need to reinvent yourself."]
[16:38] <Yanmei> "You think so, huh?" Yanmei chuckled. "Thank you, Rei. It feels good to hear that. It's still fun trying new things, though?"
[16:40] <Isaiah> ["Yeah!"]

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