Elena S Quest

[14:52] <Minaplo> [It was a pretty clear, sunny day. Outside in the warmth, it was easy to forget about all the nastiness of the night.-
[14:53] <Minaplo> [It was an Apprentice Day, and they'd been allowed to take their apprentices out, with the students all paired up. So it was that Yanmei and Rosalie would end up spending the day with Elena and Fleur.-
[14:54] <Minaplo> [They waited at the bus stop for the school bus to come around and take them into town.]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Excited?" Yanmei beamed at Rosalie. She was, of course, dressed immaculately in her school uniform, and she seemed relaxed enough about things in spite of this awkward pairing.
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh!" Said Rosalie, nodding fervently.-
[15:03] <Minaplo> [Next to her, Fleur nodded, a little less enthusiastically. She was something of a shy girl.]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "Which place did you two want to go to first today?"
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["Hmmmm…"-
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["I bet the first thing the two of you want is ice cream." Said Elena, grinning.-
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah! Awesome!"]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "It's awfully early for that kind of stuff, isn't it?" Yanmei glanced down at her wristwatch.
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["It'll be about 10 AM by the time we're in." Said Elena.-
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["It's never too early for ice cream, Yanmei!" Said Rosalie.]
[15:23] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei still looked a little dubious, but in the end, she tossed her hair. "Oh whatever. It's fine this time, since it's a special day?"
[15:23] <Minaplo> ["That's right." Said Elena, happily.-
[15:24] <Minaplo> [The bus arrived, pulling up next to them- the disability platform was lowered, and William pushed Suzanne and her wheelchair onto it, allowing her access. After that, the others were allowed on.]
[15:27] * Yanmei wasted no time hopping onto the bus herself and finding a nice window seat relatively close to Suzanne so that Rosalie (and Fleur?) could talk to her on the way.
[15:33] <Minaplo> [The bus was, like most busses, organised into pairs of seats; Suzanne was sitting up near the front, Rosalie and Fleur just behind; this left Elena to settle down next to Yanmei.]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei smiled politely at her, before turning to the window and peering out of it.
[15:37] <Minaplo> ["It's a pretty day." Said Elena gamely.]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "It is," Yanmei replied. "Thank god. Doing this in the rain would've been seriously annoying?"
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. And it-it would've put a real damper on things."]
04[15:52] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Yanmei spared a glance in William's direction, as he was no doubt seated near Suzanne as well
[15:53] <Minaplo> [He was, in fact, next to her, a small smile on his face as he joined in with the girls' games and talks.-
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["Um. I-I like your hair. It's really pretty today."]
[15:56] <Yanmei> "It is?" She arched an eyebrow at her. What, was she going to awkwardly mumble that she 'smells nice' too? God, this was pathetic. "So how's your dad doing?"
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["He's doing ok." Said Elena with a smile. "Busy. He says he misses having his best nurse around."]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Hm." She just folded her arms. "Isaiah's doig okay for himself in Boston too. I was able to visit recently."
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?" Elena brightened. "I'm glad to hear that. I bet he was happy to see you."]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "He really was. I'll have to go back again sometime soon."
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["You're really lucky, you know, to have him."]
[16:15] <Yanmei> "Lucky? How's that?"
[16:16] <Minaplo> ["Just- he's a great guy."]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "He really is," Yanmei agreed. "I wish he was still living here…"
[16:19] <Minaplo> [Elena hesitated, then reached out to pat Yanmei's hand. "I bet he does too."]
[16:21] * Yanmei pulled away smoothly. "So. Did you get up to anything this weekend?"
[16:23] <Minaplo> [Elena winced, but made sure not to let Yanmei see. "Oh, yeah, heaps. I went out to see a movie with William…"]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "Did you?" Was he -sure- they weren't dating?
[16:27] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Elena, her voice bashful and a little excited. "What about you?"]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "A little shopping, a little traveling. Went out for coffee with him last night, though?"
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[16:34] <Minaplo> [Her voice was strangely high for a second…]
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Yes. Just talking. You know, we share the same apartment, too."
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yes. Right!" She said, nodding quickly. "What's he like at home?"]
[16:36] <Yanmei> "He sings to himself a lot. Like, in the shower, and while doing chores and stuff? And he's painfully tidy."
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["Does… He sing well?" Her cheeks were burning.]
[16:40] <Yanmei> "He's pretty good! But he stops if you point it out to him. Maybe he's shy about it?"
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." She let out a little giggle. "What do you think of it?"]
[16:50] <Yanmei> "What can I say? I've spent enough time with him lately that I think I'm getting used to him. Someone should secretly sign him up for a talent show or something, though."
[16:51] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, do you think he has star talent?"]
[16:52] <Yanmei> "Maybe. I wouldn't know much about singing careers, but I think he's good enough for an audience."
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["Maybe we should organise a school talent show."]
[16:55] <Yanmei> "What an interesting idea~"
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["Who else would enter?"]
[16:58] <Yanmei> "Who knows?" She glanced back at the rest of the classmates scattered around the bus. "Some of these guys look pretty untalented." -
[16:59] <Yanmei> "Ah. When it comes to stage talents, that is."
[16:59] <Minaplo> ["Mm. What would you do?"]
[17:02] <Yanmei> "Well, I'm pretty good with acting. Maybe something with that."
[17:04] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, huh. My own drama has been getting a lot better, actually…"]
[17:05] <Yanmei> "Has it? Have you joined the drdama club lately?"
[17:05] <Yanmei> ^drama
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, Mr. Lavelle said I should last year after I got such good grades in drama class."]
[17:08] <Yanmei> "I see."
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["Fleur likes acting- watching it, I mean…"]
[17:11] <Yanmei> "She's a quiet kid. Think she'll make it onto a stage herself one day?"
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure. I suppose if she wants to- but she's pretty shy. I think they make fun of her." Said Elena sadly, eyeing Fleur. The girl was thin and very pale, with hair that bordered on pure-white.]
[17:16] <Yanmei> "That's a real shame," said Yanmei mildly.
[17:21] <Minaplo> [Elena lowered her voice. "She's one of those… Eden children… She doesn't really know how to fit in."]
[17:26] <Yanmei> That made her sober up in a hurry, looking the girl over in a brand new light. "She's been adopted by one of the locals?"
[17:27] <Minaplo> ["No. She hasn't." Said Elena sadly. "She lives at the local orphanage."]
[17:31] <Yanmei> Her eyebrows lowered, and a frown lingered. Altogether too many of them still left without homes. "Poor kid."
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["Something ought to be done about it." Said Elena fiercely.]
[11:56] <Yanmei> "Planning to adopt her?"
[12:05] <Minaplo> ["Huh?" Elena looked around in total surprise. "I- I couldn't-!"]
[12:08] <Yanmei> "Maybe not," she agreed, giving her another look over. "But it sounds like you were planning -something-?"
[12:10] <Minaplo> ["Well…" Elena frowned, looking down at her lap. "I want to be able to do something. Fleur is a really good girl." She sighed. "I'm -sure- there's someone out there who'd take her in."]
[12:12] <Yanmei> "With so many kids who are in the same situation, you have two options. Either start a massive project to get them into homes systematically, or go on the search to find a home for her alone."
[12:14] <Minaplo> ["Maybe I'll do that."]
[12:15] <Yanmei> "Which one?"
[12:17] <Minaplo> ["Both, if I can."]
[12:21] <Yanmei> "You really think you can?"
[12:47] <Minaplo> ["Not by myself." Said Elena, shaking her head. "But even if I can't do it, I have to try regardless."]
[12:51] <Yanmei> Yanmei's gaze lingered on her a moment longer before pulling free and roving casually around the bus again. "I'm sure your dad would know some people. Why not use some of his connections?"
[12:59] <Minaplo> [William was still happily engaged with the kiddies; somewhere down the line, she could hear Malachi's voice, sounding rather amused…-
[13:00] <Minaplo> ["That's a good idea." Said Elena, nodding solidly. "W… What about you? Wouldn't you want to help?"]
[13:04] * Yanmei …had to mull it over for a moment, thinking of what seemed like a good dozen other projects, responsibilities, and so forth. "I will give you one of my contacts. Ever spoken to the President before?"
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["The President? Like, President Mazarin?" Asked Elena in clear surprise.]
[13:11] <Yanmei> "Naturally? You did say you wanted to do something about getting all those kids deinstitutionalized. Drawing his attention to this problem would be a good first step. Besides, he can probably fit about fifty kids in that palace of his, no problem."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["Y-You're right, but… You can do that?" She asked, flabbergasted.]
[13:30] <Yanmei> "Of course. He's a friend of mine. Want someone to come with you to say hello to him?"
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["Sure, t… that's be great."]
[13:33] <Yanmei> "Rosalie and Suzanne have met him before too. He gave them pizza."
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["Does he care about children, then, do you think?"]
[13:35] <Yanmei> "Pfft. He -adores- children. Look at this…" She fipped a cell phone open and went through several pictures still stored on it. -
[13:39] <Yanmei> "He looks all tough and stern, but get him near a little kid, and…" She held up a picture. The normally stern-faced President Mazarin was securely holding a giggling blonde toddler who was reaching and flailing at one of the many shiny objects resting on his desk. He seemed to have the air of the sort of person who was used to this thing…
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["Oh my god. That's so adorable!"]
[13:42] <Yanmei> "I know, right?" Yanmei smirked. "Total softie. Oh, you know who would want in on this project?"
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Who's that?"]
[13:43] <Yanmei> "Weiss-Xylander. You've seen him with the little preschoolers, right? Plus, I don't think he's met Mazarin before either."
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["Y-You're right!" Said Elena fervently. "They crowd him all the time- and I bet he's really good at speaking with people…"]
04[13:58] <Yanmei> "Then it's settled? I'll provide a way in and a quick introduction, and then you two will take it away. If William agrees, anyway."
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["Thank you very much!"]
[14:02] * Yanmei waved the thank you's away. "Just do your best, okay? Even though I've been too busy to address it myself, this is important."
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["It is." She looked back towards Fleur, who was smiling up at William. "For all of them…"]
04[14:06] * Yanmei eyed William and the kids quietly. She wondered how happy Isaiah would have been about this. Probably very much so. "Hey~" She called out to him. "I have a job for you, William~"
[14:07] <Minaplo> [He looked over. "What is it?"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "How good are you at politics?"
[14:09] <Minaplo> [He blinked. "I couldn't say."]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Want to find out~?"
[14:15] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Clement is working on an adoption campaign for some of the kids around here. Want to help out?"
[14:18] <Minaplo> [His face split into a radiant smile. "Of course! I can't think of a better cause- or a better crusader."-
[14:18] <Minaplo> [Elena burned brightly.]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "I'll be introducing you two to a well-known politician for that, then. You two decide on a date- ah, time, and I'll do the prep work."
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["Understood." Said William.]
[14:25] * Yanmei settled back, prepared to enjoy the rest of the trip… when she heard the grind of the bus' breaks, and felt it begin to slow. She peered out the window. "We got here already?"
[14:25] <Minaplo> [The shops, the bustle of people…!-
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["It went fast." Said Elena, standing up. "Come on, let's go get these littlies their treats."]
[14:27] * Yanmei bristled slightly at the idea of following her lead… but it came and went under the scrutiny of the smaller students and their obvious excitement. "Right!"
[14:28] <Minaplo> [And thus they went, off for a day of sugar, excitement… And perhaps even friendship?]

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