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[22:58] <Isaiah> [Three days had passed since the danger of assassination had been supposedly neutralised. 6km south of Paris-2, Yanmei would find the "Evangelion Army Camp"- essentially, a large cleared plain set aside for the overseas Evangelions. It was nowhere near a Geofront support facility, but these days Evangelions didn't need much care. It was more for a place to put them.-
[23:00] <Isaiah> [It also served as a convenient training area. Many EVA units were already present- all of the Mass Production units except for China and Japan's, for example, were present, lying dormant, horizontally, on their bellies. EVA-02 was sparring by itself, twin swords in hand, whirling and slashing and parrying against some unseen enemy.-
[23:00] <Isaiah> [EVA-05 was present as well, walking very slowly across the camp…-
[23:01] <Isaiah> [And finally, floating on gossamer insect wings was EVA-08, newly arrived, touching down lightly (for an EVA- the ground still trembled), wings vanishing. EVA-05 turned to look.-
[23:01] <Isaiah> [EVA-08 reached out with an arm- an arm that stretched a little too far than was natural- towards 05, which shook it.]
[23:10] * Yanmei watched the sight intently, her heart leaping. 08 was here! Knowing better than to run up to it before its pilot ad departed, she turned to the massively armored mobile communication vehicle that she had been standing next to, her eyes bright. She couldn't hear any commands coming from inside, or see anyone through the tinted windows, but she knew that they were probably giving orders. She just had to wait.
[23:14] <Isaiah> [Slowly, the handshake turned into something else as both Evas got closer and closer- and quite imperceptively, Yanmei would realise that they were having a full-on arm wrestle.-
[23:15] <Isaiah> [As two epic forces- each of which could wipe out a city- strove for dominance, they both suddenly paused and parted- 08 looking positively sheepish in body language, if not in expression. 08's mouth- closed most of the time- had accidentally opened during the wrestle, a glob of acidic saliva burning a lifeless black patch into the grass below.-
[23:16] <Isaiah> [Eventually, 08 proceeded to a small area cordoned off for it, and like the other Evangelions present that weren't active, lay down on its front, head turned. The hump that ran across its back opened, and a white plug slid out smoothly- a ladder fell, and out of the hatch…-
[23:17] <Isaiah> [Came a blonde-haired boy, fluffy hair slicked back with LCL, thin body clad in a black and white plugsuit. He was about 100 metres away… He started walking towards the command centre.]
[23:25] <Yanmei> Isaiah! She hurried towards him, sprinting at first, but then remembering that she was supposed to be all dignified and slowing to a brisk walk, and then speeding up into a run again as she drew closer. They met halfway to the command vehicle, and she wordlessly lunged and threw her arms around him, ignoring the LCL that seeped into her uniform when she did it.
[23:29] * Isaiah had started to move faster when he saw her, too. It wasn't quite a run- more a tired jog. He was clearly worn out.-
[23:29] <Isaiah> But when they met, his exhaustion didn't stop him from embracing her- holding her close, as tightly as he could. "I'm back." He murmured into her ear, his voice warm.
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Welcome home," she mumbled into his shoulder. Her embrace tightened, and she let out a soft laugh. "It feels like it's been forever."
[23:33] <Isaiah> "God, I know. I've missed you. I've missed you…" He chuckled. "And it's only been a few weeks. How've you been?"
[23:35] <Yanmei> "I'm hanging in there. But you look exhausted! Is Alphonse working you too hard?"
[23:35] <Isaiah> "Heh, no. I had to fly EVA-08 across the Atlantic. It was a long flight. I haven't slept too well."
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Let's get you checked in with Command and settled someplace you can rest. Come on." She grabbed his wrist and started to lead off. "Lizzie's with them in the Command Center, by the way. She'll be thrilled play with you again!"
[23:38] * Isaiah was all too happy to follow, led on as he was. "Really? She's here?" His face brightened even moreso. "Ah… I'm all… Soaked. Is it ok…?"
[23:40] <Yanmei> "You want to shower off first?"
[23:40] <Isaiah> "Yeah. I don't want to hug her smelling of blood."
[23:43] <Yanmei> "No problem! Let me see what I can do about a change of clothes too." -
[23:47] <Yanmei> She looked around a moment, seemingly thinking about something, and then nodded. "Right. The on-site showers are right over here. Meet us by Command when you're done, okay?"
[23:47] <Isaiah> "I will." He wiped his face off as best he could, and kissed her.
[23:49] * Yanmei kissed back cheerfully, and then parted. It occurred to her that she sort of smelled like blood now too, but she could handle the grossness for now. "Don't be late, Isaiah~"
[23:50] <Isaiah> "I won't, my love."-
[23:50] <Isaiah> [About fifteen minutes later he emerged from the shower complex, hair still damp and fresh, and dressed in a new set of clothes.-
[23:51] <Isaiah> "Oh, man. It feels good to be out of that miserable plugsuit." He said the moment he caught up with Yanmei, outside of command. "How can you stand it all the time? So tight and clingy…"
[23:57] <Yanmei> "Wear someting enough times, and you get used to it. Even if it's damn awful." She sighed, and then brightened into a smile again, reaching for the door. "Ready~?"
[23:58] <Isaiah> "I am." He grinned.
[00:00] * Yanmei opened it, revealing… a giggling blonde two-year old who was exploring the makeshift bridge, a plush toy tucked under her arm. "Lizzie! Look who it is!"
[00:02] <Isaiah> [Lizzie had been kept entertained by the all-too-friendly bridge crew… Which at this point consisted of Misato and her Bunnies, as well as Major Harken and Captain Gosselin. But when she heard Yanmei's voice she turned. "Maamaa?"-
[00:02] <Isaiah> [She stared.-
[00:02] <Isaiah> "Hiya, sweetie." Said Isaiah, clearly beaming. He walked through the door.-
[00:02] <Isaiah> ["Daadaa!" She -squealed-, running at top speed across to him- nearly tripping- and was swooped up in his arms. She clung to him. "Daadaadaadaa~~~~!"]
[00:04] * Yanmei beamed too, proudly even, as if this reunion was her doing somehow. "She really missed you."
[00:04] <Isaiah> "Yeah, I can tell. I missed her, too." Isaiah stroked Lizzie's hair fondly. "Have you been good for mummy, Yanmei?"-
[00:04] <Isaiah> <*Lizzie :|>
[00:04] <Isaiah> ["Good good~"]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "She's grown a little, hasn't she?"
[00:07] <Isaiah> "Yeah, I think she has~ Ah…" He snuggled her extra close. "Oh, daddy missed you, sweetie…"-
[00:07] <Isaiah> ["Oh Isaiah-kun~ Is that you?" Crowed a familiar warm voice. Major Misato Katsuragi looked up from her chair over at him.]
[00:07] * Yanmei eyed her suspiciously.
[00:09] <Isaiah> "Major Katsuragi." He smiled, straightening up and saluting.-
[00:10] <Isaiah> [Misato rose from her chair and crossed the room, bending over a little to ruffle Isaiah's hair. "None of that major stuff. You can just call me Misato, like you always did~"]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "So, Misato." She was a hair away from sliding between the two. "As far as sleeping arrangements go, is my apartment okay again? Or did you have another place in mind for him?"
[00:15] <Isaiah> [Misato pounced on the opening like a tiger upon a wounded deer.-
[00:15] <Isaiah> ["Why doesn't he stay at -my- apartment~?"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "How about no?" Yanmei scowled at her, edging closer to Isaiah.
[00:18] <Isaiah> "I'm… Ah, not sure Sir Guillory would really think much of that." Said Isaiah, blushing slightly.-
[00:19] <Isaiah> ["Well, I -guess- you can stay with Yanmei." Said Misato with a sigh- but she was grinning. "It's good to see the heavenly couple together again~"]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Is that what they're calling us now?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Well, it's fitting, at least~"
[00:22] <Isaiah> "For one of us, at least." Said Isaiah, putting his arm around Yanmei's waist. "You're clearly divine~"
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Aw… what a thing to say." She giggled, and then ruffled Lizzie's hair, glancing back at the Bunnies and the rest of the officers. "Thank you for looking after her for a little while. I guess we'll go and head off now and get some rest."
[00:40] <Isaiah> ["Do you want me to call a driver?" Asked Misato.]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "It's okay. I drove here, so I can get us back into town."
[00:42] <Isaiah> [Misato nodded.-
[00:42] <Isaiah> "Thank you for your help." Said Isaiah happily. "We go home, Lizzie?"-
[00:42] <Isaiah> ["Hooooome!"]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "We'll be back tomorrow, probably? Since Ikari and Isaiah have some unfinished business, apparently." Yanmei smirked. "Later~!" It was only a short walk to where she had parked, so it wouldn't be long before all three of them were settled in Yanmei's car, and on the road heading back into Paris-2. -
[00:48] <Yanmei> Yanmei tried to keep her eyes on the road, but she kept glancing at Isaiah and Lizzie happily. "Don't doze off just yet, okay? A lot of things have happened recently."
[00:51] <Isaiah> "Hehe. I'll try. Anything I should know about?"
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Where should I begin," she muttered. "…I guess with the most important thing. Isabelle. She came back."
[00:57] <Isaiah> "Yeah, I heard…" He said quietly, growing sombre. "What do we do?"
[01:01] <Yanmei> "She hasn't made her move yet, so I'm not sure." She glanced at Lizzie again in her mirror. "I'm not even sure where she's been this whole time. She just popped out of nowhere in the middle of battle. Seems like she's seen better days, so I was giving her a chance to recover and not stress out."
[01:01] <Isaiah> "I see…"-
[01:01] <Isaiah> "If she asks for Lizzie back…"
[01:03] <Yanmei> "I'm trying to brace myself for that situation. But…" she shook her head.
[01:13] <Isaiah> "…" He sighed quietly. Reached out and patted her hand. "It'll all work out, sweetheart."
[01:19] * Yanmei took his hand and held it, steering one-handed for a while. "It's been hard," she muttered. "But people were helping me, and I was finally getting the hang of it even with you being away. De Orleans and Sophie were a big help. Guillory was supportive about it too, even though he barely has enough time for -himself- nowadays and has his own problems. I'm wondering what he'll do when he comes face-to-face with the rea
[01:21] <Yanmei> - the real Ikari…"
[01:22] <Isaiah> "Oh yeah. I've heard all sorts of weird things about Guillory's situation… What can you tell me?"
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Hee hee." She cheered, slowly. "Girls are falling for him left and right. Even more so, if you can believe it. Remember when I told you about that amusement park?"
[01:28] <Isaiah> "Yeah, certainly. Chiisana tried to mug de Pteres or something…"
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Yup!" Yanmei nodded. "But for the first twenty minutes or so, we were followed around by a group of giggling girls. That was de Pteres' and Guillory's doing. And guess what? He blushes now! So it's really fun to tease him and watch him turn pink."
[01:36] <Isaiah> "Oh no. You -didn't-…"
[01:38] <Yanmei> "Come on, it wasn't anything too bad. I'm not Katsuragi."
[01:42] <Isaiah> "Uh-huh." He gave her a coy smile. "I bet he gets enough teasing from Misato herself."
[01:44] <Yanmei> "I don't doubt it. He doesn't seem to like the attention. Well… if the attention's coming from anyone but her, probably. I've not seen them together recently, since I've been busy."
[01:47] * Isaiah nodded slowly. "So… Who -has- fallen for him, then?"
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Half his team, according to the rumor mill. Quite a few scientists, too. What, are you worried?"
[01:52] <Isaiah> "Should I be~?" He said playfully.
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Please. He's still not as cute as you are~"
[01:54] <Isaiah> "Hmmhmmhmm. I thought so~" He leaned over and kissed her cheek.-
[01:54] <Isaiah> "How's Blanc during all this?"
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Well, she hasn't complained? But there's this weird vibe in the air when they're around each other."
[01:59] <Isaiah> "Oh?"
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Like tense. Uncomfortable? But not hostile. It's… interesting."
[02:02] <Isaiah> "I wonder if they find each other attractive?"
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Well it makes sense for her to get a crush, since he's basically like Super-Shinji now. But I'm not understanding the reverse attraction that well?"
[02:06] <Isaiah> "Well, if he's blushing, that means there are things he can't control. You know…"
[02:08] <Yanmei> "Hm…" Yanmei considered this, an amused grin spreading across her face. "That certainly adds up."
[02:09] <Isaiah> "Poor Sir Guillory. It's hard being a teenage boy… Getting teased by girls all the time."
[02:11] <Yanmei> "Wait… what does that mean? Have people been teasing you overseas too?"
[02:12] <Isaiah> "One or two people, naturally."
[02:13] * Yanmei pouted. "I'll ask Rei to put a stop to that!"
[02:14] <Isaiah> "Aw, it's ok. It's nothing bad." He grinned. "Rei teases me a little, herself."
[02:24] <Yanmei> "What?! Rei, how could you?"
[02:25] * Isaiah giggles. "Don't worry. Rei's far too easy to tease back."
[02:26] <Yanmei> "Oh, well, I guess she would be." She shifted a little, a slight hint of discomfort running through her face.
[02:27] <Isaiah> "Hm? Did I say something wrong?"
[02:27] <Yanmei> "Oh, no, no. I was just wondering how she and Alphonse seemed together these days."
[02:31] <Isaiah> "Closer than ever. It's -so- cute." He giggled. "The other day… Oh, I shouldn't tell~"
[02:33] <Yanmei> "Oh, wait! You have to! Come on, tell!"
[02:35] <Isaiah> "Well." He grinned. "A few weeks ago, I was in the Geofront, and…" He giggled playfully.
[02:37] <Yanmei> "Come on, what happened?"
[02:41] <Isaiah> "Well, I ran into Rei and Alphonse. Sort of. They were plotting out a training regimen in the command centre- it was pretty late, after all, so they were the only ones there. And…~"
[02:42] <Yanmei> "And~ They were kissing, weren't they? Because they thought they were alone?"
[02:43] <Isaiah> "Oh, I don't know if I should go on…~" he was clearly enjoying teasing Yanmei. "Rei'd be so embarrassed~"
[02:46] * Yanmei pouted more. "You're enjoying this a little too much, I've noticed."
[02:48] <Isaiah> "I can't help it. It's so much fun to tease you!" He giggled.-
[02:48] <Isaiah> "But… Ok. Rei was sitting on his lap, and they weren't kissing- they were snuggling, and calling each other these adorable pet names…"
[02:51] <Yanmei> "Were they now?" Yanmei chuckled. "That's so cute and innocent."
[02:53] <Isaiah> "It is, isn't it? He called her his lovely little kitten~"
[02:54] * Yanmei snickered. "When it's him, it's hard to even imagine that without laughing."
[02:59] <Isaiah> "I know! He's so dignified and official in public…"
[00:07] <Yanmei> "I wish I could have seen it in person! Did they notice you?"
[00:12] <Isaiah> "No, thankfully. They were a little too wrapped up in each other…"
[00:18] <Yanmei> "They would be~ Geez, I wish there were more warm and fuzzy love stories around here too. Paris has been boring lately."
[00:20] <Isaiah> "Aww, what a shame. You mean you have nothing to gossip about?"
[00:24] <Yanmei> "I don't gossip. In fact, there are no rumors or gossip around here. Ever." She turned her attention back to road, perhaps a little too hastily.
[00:25] <Isaiah> "Oh really…?" He leaned towards her playfully, snaking his arms around her stomach. "None at all?"
[00:27] <Yanmei> "?!" To her credit, the acceleration of the car didn't waver. "Wh…?! What have you heard? None of it's true!"
[00:27] <Isaiah> "What haven't I heard~?"
[00:31] <Yanmei> "*Ahem* Of course, you know if anything serious like that had happened, I would have told you immediately?"
[00:32] <Isaiah> "Of course." He said, grinning. He pulled back. "It was a pretty awkward rumour, though."
[00:33] <Yanmei> "You're telling me. Long-reaching, too. I can't believe it made it all the way to the States."
[00:34] <Isaiah> "NERV's rumour network is ridiculous. Alphonse took me aside and asked me if it was true and everything."
[00:35] <Yanmei> "So did Marianne," she muttered. "She was trying not to show it, but she was worried."
[00:35] <Isaiah> "It's like they don't trust us. Surely they know we've been super-careful."
[00:36] <Yanmei> "I know, right? It's ridiculous."
[00:36] <Isaiah> "How did it start, anyway?"
[00:38] <Yanmei> "There was this dumb party, and Katsuragi and Asuka were teasing me, and it was all that dumb OD's fault," Yanmei huffed.
[00:38] <Isaiah> "About having a baby? That's an odd… taunt. What led to that?"
[00:42] <Yanmei> "Well, Asuka was speculating about the ring, and…"
[00:45] <Isaiah> "A-ha-." He nodded slowly. "Damn Asuka."
[00:47] <Yanmei> "I know. We should totally say bad things about her and Jerkface in return." She lowered her voice, and glanced around. Surely, there were no bugs around…
[00:48] <Isaiah> "We should -not-." Said Isaiah, poking her in the ribs playfully.
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Isaiaaaah. You're too serious!"
[00:53] <Isaiah> "I'm not serious. I'm nice." Said Isaiah loftily. "Besides, it'll backfire somehow. If you spread rumours about Fontaine… He has connections, you know."
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Hmph. I am not, nore will I ever be, afraid of that Jerkface." Yanmei tossed her hair. "After all, I have connections too."
[00:55] <Yanmei> ^nor
[00:56] <Isaiah> "What about Asuka, then? I bet she could do some damage…"
[00:58] <Yanmei> "Well, I don't know if information warfare is her thing? But…" She frowned, thinking of her punches.
[00:59] <Isaiah> "Besides, spreading rumours is undignified. Way too undignified for a lady of your standing~"
[01:02] <Yanmei> "You've gotten too good at this flattering thing."
[01:02] <Isaiah> "Flattering implies it isn't true~"
[01:04] <Yanmei> "Like, -really- good." She took advantage of a lull in traffic to give him a kiss on the cheek. The country roads had grown busier as they'd come closer to the city. Now there were stoplights and crosswalks.
[01:09] <Isaiah> He grinned. "I can't help it. You're just so easy to complement, being so intelligent and beautiful~"
[01:13] <Yanmei> "Amazingly good~" Another kiss. "But you're seriously spoiling me?"
[01:16] <Isaiah> "Oh am I~?"
[01:20] <Yanmei> "Not that I mind~ It's been a long time." A honk from the car behind them. A distracted Yanmei started to accelerate again. "Way too long. Tell me something seriously, okay?"
[01:20] <Isaiah> "Yeah, of course."
[01:24] <Yanmei> "They're treating you well, aren't they? Like… is it still awful in the States?"
[01:24] <Isaiah> "Awful?"
[01:26] <Yanmei> "The way you described it before. The gloominess, the misery, the corruption? When you come here, are you really glad to get away?"
[01:27] <Isaiah> "Oh… Well." He pondered.-
[01:32] <Isaiah> "I can't really say. Boston's treating me well, for sure, but… I don't know what the rest of the country is like. There's just been an invasion- I dunno…" He frowned thoughtfully. "Linden's cleaned out a -lot- of the government, which I guess means that corruption might be removed too, but we'll see." He turned to smile.-
[01:32] <Isaiah> "It's better than it used to be. I have friends now. I was lonely back then."
[01:37] * Yanmei grinned at him. "I'm so glad! So it feels like it's a comfortable place. At least the parts of it that you know."
[01:56] <Isaiah> "Yeah. Rei and the others have tried really hard to make me comfortable, at least…"-
[01:56] <Isaiah> He leaned back and sighed. "Still." He patted her leg gently. "I'm happiest here."
[02:01] * Yanmei lit up, and shifted as close as she could without affecting the steering of the car. "I'm happiest when you're here too. And I'm sure Lizzie is too!" Things were growing more familiar as she drove into the neighborhood where their apartment lay. Nearly home.
[02:05] * Isaiah beamed. "How has she been…?"
[02:06] <Yanmei> "Active! Get ready to play with her all day every day until you have to go back."
[02:07] <Isaiah> "Ahahahaha, oh God. I bet she's been bouncing off the walls…"
[02:08] <Yanmei> "You have no idea! You know, she's turned into a fast runner, and a really good hider, too. She'd given me some scares…"
[02:09] <Yanmei> ^She's
[02:10] <Isaiah> "D'aww." He grinned. "You're such a mummy."
[02:13] <Yanmei> "Anyone would worry about that! We'll see how you fare when she suddenly vanishes into thin air when you take her out for a walk or something."
[02:16] <Isaiah> "Well of course she'll be vanish. I'll be too busy thinking of how beautiful you are~"
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Prince Charming strikes again~" Winding their way through the streets, to their street, and finally to the apartment parkinglot. Yanmei cut the engine. "We're here!"
[02:23] <Isaiah> "Mmmmm~" He stretched. "God, it feels so good to be home. You want me to carry Lizzie?"
[02:25] <Yanmei> "Sure!" She climbed out of the car, stretching too. "I'll get the doors."
[02:27] * Isaiah nodded, and a few minutes later they were heading through the apartment's front, Isaiah leading a bubbly Lizzie along by the hand.
[02:29] <Yanmei> The apartment had changed since the last time he was there. It was… still and quiet. And the floor was decorated with piles of toys and kiddy clothes. "Home sweet home!"
[02:37] <Isaiah> "I see the two of you have been having a lot of fun."-
[02:37] <Isaiah> ["Fun fun~" Lizzie tugged on Isaiah's hand, towards the couch. A cute little bunny sat on it. "Kitty!"]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "She's, ah, still learning her animals," Yanmei chuckled.
[02:38] <Isaiah> "Heehee. That's ok. She hasn't realised the difference yet. It's normal." He knelt down and kissed Lizzie on the cheek.-
[02:39] <Isaiah> ["Daadaa~" She clung to him again, this time holding both plush Marianne and the misnamed bunny. But her eyes were fluttering.]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "Hmm, way past nap time. Will you do the honors? I'll see about making something to eat together."
[02:44] <Isaiah> "Sure, I can do that. Maybe we can cook it together, like old times."
[02:45] <Yanmei> "Some curry would be nice, wouldn't it?" She smiled at him.
[02:48] <Isaiah> He looked over at her, a smile spreading slowly across his face. "Absolutely." He said with a happy gleam in his eye. "Come on, Lizzie. Let's put you to bed!"-
[02:48] <Isaiah> ["Noooo! No bed!"]
[02:49] <Yanmei> "Lizzie, you can play with him later. He'll still be here!"
[02:49] <Isaiah> ["Uuuu." She pouted.-
[02:50] <Isaiah> "Come on, sweetie~" He wrapped her up in his arms and picked her up.
[02:51] <Yanmei> And Yanmei, in the meantime, turned to fire up the kitchen for when he got back.

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