For A Rendezvous In Cologne

[11:50] <Yanmei> [The rolling green hills and cow-studded fields of the French countryside sailed past a lone figure mounted atop a silver moped. The helmet she wore obscured much of her face with its visor, and it had clearly been designed to match the bike, as it had the same silver color scheme and similarly a single large violet heart adorning both its left and right hemispheres.-
[11:52] <Yanmei> A warm yellow scarf trailed behind from her neck as she rode, snapping gently in the wind, and the dark leather jacket she wore rippled. It was already early September. If not for the slight chill gathering during early morning rides like this one, it would be very difficult to believe. -]
[11:54] <Yanmei> [She wasn't sure what time it was now, but she did know that this road looked deserted. And as long as that was the case, she could go as fast as she wanted! So she did, giggling a little in excitement.]
[11:58] <Asuka‘> [It was a moped, so chances are it wasn’t extraordinarily fast. But it -was- quiet, and empty. And gorgeous, the area around her.]
[12:03] <Yanmei> It certainly was. She had her camera with her, but she was sure she could get some nice shots in on the way back home. For now, her destination lay ahead, in the historical city of Cologne.
[12:05] <Asuka‘> [Cologne was an old, old city, and barely touched by the disasters of Second Impact. Its ancient, elegant architecture- its medieval buildings, its cathedrals… And of course its newer skyline- still remained untouched, -there-. It was a busy, populated city, too- far, far busier than the utilitarian emptiness of Paris-2.]
[12:10] * Yanmei pulled over when it was in sight, first blinking at it from a distance and then pulling out her map. She felt surprisingly grimy from this trip. Naturally, they would have hotels, and hopefully some with staff that spoke French or English instead of German. Finally, she moved forward again and… gaped as old and bright new buildings alike drew up close alongside each other. There was traffic too. And countless pedestrians… Weaving toward he
[12:15] <Yanmei> ^ Weaving toward her designated meeting spot was painfully slow…
[12:24] <Asuka`> [She would, eventually, however, come across an old beer garden- within which, sitting at a table, was a girl in a bright red motorcycle-riding outfit, a helmet on the table, energetically wolfing down a steak.]
[12:32] <Yanmei> "Oh Langley-Soryuuuu~" She approached, removing her own helmet. A full motorcycle outfit! Impressive. She hadn’t had the time find a nice one for herself, so she had gone along with that movies had taught her were the traditional garments of fast riders and rebels without causes - denim jeans and a black leather jacket. It was boring, though. It was hard not to huff in jealousy.
[12:34] <Asuka‘> "Hfff iff ’nmeff-" Asuka paused, swallowed her mouthful of steak, and waved. "About time, Yanmei!"
[12:35] <Yanmei> "I can't belive you ordered without me," she complained, dropping down into a chair opposite from hers. "Aren't we supposed to be comrades?"
[12:37] <Asuka‘> "I was hungry! I’ve been busy all day." Huffs Asuka. "I'll go grab the waiter-"-
[12:37] <Asuka‘> Off! And then back, with a waiter.-
[12:37] <Asuka`> ["May I take your order?"]
[12:40] <Yanmei> "Bean salad, please? Oh, no, wait…" She was in Germany now, so shouldn’t she order something German? "I mean, bratwurst? Also lots of beer. Not wine."
[12:41] <Asuka‘> ["May I see your identification?" Asks the waiter dubiously.-
[12:41] * Asuka` smirks.
[12:42] <Yanmei> "Identification?" Yanmei smiled brilliantly. "It’s okay. Don't you recognize me? What if I gave you an autograph instead?"
[12:48] <Asuka‘> ["…" The waiter scowls furiously, his eyebrows knotting together as he glares at Yanmei. "Identification or get out."]
[12:50] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei scrutinized the fellow for a moment. He looked serious, and that was somehow an even greater shock than him asking for her ID in the first place. "Ah… perhaps I’ll just take a glass of water instead?"
[12:52] <Asuka‘> [The waiter is not an Etoile Waiter. He doesn’t have that whimsical, flighty, cheerful air about him- nor does he have the instinctual urge to celebrate TRUE LOVE at the table. This is a different waiter. This is a -hardcase waiter-. "One glass of water, and one plate of bratwurst." Says the waiter in a dry tone. "I shall return it to you promptly."]
[12:55] <Yanmei> "Thank you, sir!" She flashed another smile at him before he left.
[13:00] <Asuka‘> [The waiter was gone.-
[13:00] <Asuka`> "… Nice."
[13:02] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Clearly the poor man was having trouble with his vision. That’s… never happened before."
[13:05] * Asuka‘ smirked. "Waiters here in Cologne are known for being incorruptible! Don’t you know? They're not like your flighty weird ones."
[13:08] <Yanmei> "They're the weird ones. What sort of waiter is incorruptible?" Yanmei muttered, drumming her fingers on her helmet. "Well. This sort of brings me to what I wanted to talk to you about today." She stopped drumming, since it was starting to irritated her first and foremost. "Would you say that we're a powerful lot, Asuka?"
[13:09] <Asuka‘> "What do you mean? You and me specifically? Pilots? Or just lovely girls in general~?"
[13:12] * Yanmei smirked. "I’m talking about Pilots. And I'm talking about situations beyond the obvious? No one can mess up Angels better than we can. That's not up for debate. But outside of the entry plug… what's the measure of our power and influence?"
[13:16] <Asuka‘> "Hm. It depends, Yanmei. We’re popular in society, and we can have a lot of influence, I think. We protect cities, and we're awesome, so people listen and respect us. But we're also part of NERV, so in some ways our influence is controlled by them, ja?"
[13:24] <Yanmei> "Of course. NERV gave us that power to influence. Everything from the PR releases to the EVAs we pilot. NERV controls everything. No matter what we do, it's impossible for us as individuals to be more powerful than it is."
[13:26] <Asuka‘> "Mmm, I guess. So?" Steak!
[13:34] <Yanmei> "So…? I don’t know. A lot of things have been going on." She kept her shoulders and face relaxed, but beneath the table her hands pressed together, tense. "Blanc, de Pteres and me… things have gotten weird between us. Aside from that, I've picked a fight with Commander Fontaine."
[13:36] <Asuka‘> "Aff wiff Cofmf-" Swallow. "A fight with Commander Fontaine? Why?"
[13:39] <Yanmei> "It’s… complicated. She's taken steps to do something terrible to someone I care about. It's a stupid thing to go against her and NERV on the issue, but I think I have to."
[13:42] <Asuka‘> "Why?"
[13:46] <Yanmei> "Because…" She frowned. "Because I don’t want that person to suffer, of course. But I think even if that wasn't the case, I'd still try to do something. Fontaine is in the wrong here."
[13:48] * Asuka‘ kicks Yanmei under the table. Good leg. "You’re being vague! Stop that."
[13:50] * Yanmei jumps, and grumbles, leaning over slightly to rub the spot. "Was that really necessary? And… she's doing it -again-. She's spotted a potential pilot who doesn't want to be a pilot, and she's closing in on him regardless!"
[13:52] <Asuka‘> "Aaaah. So someone you care about might be becoming a pilot and you don’t want her to?"
[13:55] <Yanmei> "Him. And yes. That's why I confronted her about it." She straightened up again, glancing aside. "The method for doing that, though… I can only think of going beyond NERV France and getting cozy with other other Directors and the UN."
[13:56] <Asuka‘> "Well, wait, hang on." Asuka folded her arms. "Are you sure it’s the right thing to do?"
[13:59] <Yanmei> "Yes," she said bluntly, her eyes going slightly cold. "Why wouldn't it be?"
[14:06] <Asuka‘> ["Your water. And your food." A sudden voice as the waiter returns, putting down a glass of water and a giant, aromatic, roasted sausage.]
[14:06] <Asuka`> [It also comes with some fries and a salad.]
[14:08] * Yanmei very nearly turned that glare at him, but the surprise shook her out of it. "Ah. They whipped up some sides for me, too? Thank you!"
[14:10] <Asuka`> ["Mm." The waiter is off.-
[14:11] * Asuka` nodded at Yanmei, then nodded her head at the waiter. "That man knows how to fight like a soldier. Did you know that?"
[14:11] <Yanmei> "He does?" She glanced over her shoulder at his departing form. "How do you know that?"
[14:13] <Asuka`> "There are ways you can tell. Sometimes it’s stance, sometimes it's how they speak, but him, I can tell because he looks to be about… 45 years old, so he was almost certainly a soldier."
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Hmmm." She put a fry or two to her mouth, looking not just at him but the other patrons gathered around too. "I guess I should try to be more respectful? He already hates me, but…"
[14:16] <Asuka‘> "Heh. That’s not what I'm trying to get you to think about, Yanmei!"
[14:18] <Yanmei> "You're being vague! Stop that."
[14:19] <Asuka‘> "Oi! I’m not being vague, I'm trying to teach you a life lesson!" Said Asuka, frowning. "That man was probably a conscripted soldier. Back when he was young, Germany was two nations, and there was a risk of war, so they needed soldiers."
[14:24] * Yanmei stared at her a moment, and then shook her head vigorously. "It's not the same, Asuka! A draft is… it's terrible. Something that should only be done if it absolutely has to. But how many potential pilots are out there already floating around? People who have already been hurt by the cause. People who still want to fight in spite of that."
[14:26] <Asuka‘> "So it should be down to who -wants- to fight?"
[14:28] <Yanmei> "…" Hearing it like -that- made it sound foolish. "…I don’t know."
[14:30] * Asuka‘ pressed on. "Don’t you think it's a little too late to be asking who wants to fight or who doesn't, Yanmei? What if no one wanted to fight? Are we gonna give up on protecting the -whole of humanity- because we're too scared? Shouldn't it be down to the best person for the job, no matter what they want?"
[14:42] <Yanmei> "You don't understand after all." She closed her eyes. Beneath the table, her fingertips were digging into her thighs. "It's sacrifice this, sacrifice that, always always always, with no complaints or challenges. Fontaine doesn't care about anything beyond that, even though she knows how much it hurts others. Just this once. Just this one little thing, I…"
[14:48] <Asuka‘> "…" Asuka stared, then frowned, reaching over and ruffling Yanmei’s hair. "Idiot! I didn't say I wasn't gonna help you! I wanted to see if you were doing it for the right reasons, and if you understood what -could- happen because of what you want. Do you understand that?"
[14:51] <Yanmei> For a long moment, she couldn't help but feel like a moron. That… was some sort of test? Suddenly, it wasn't so hard to keep composure anymore. "Of course I understand? I… knew that's what you were getting at all along!"
[14:52] <Asuka‘> "Yeah, right!" Asuka stuck out her tongue.
[14:54] * Yanmei refrained from making faces back like the -mature- one of the duo that she was. "I hope you know that I’m convicted enough about this that I would have gone on alone if needed."
[14:55] <Asuka‘> "Of course you are. Idiot, you just came all the way from Paris-2 to here on a stupid-looking moped. I know how convicted you are. That’s why I want to help!"
[14:57] <Yanmei> "It's not stupid looking! That's a custom paint job you're insulting there. But… you have my gratitude."
[15:05] <Asuka‘> "’Course I do. I saved your life after all. It's only natural~" Smug smirk, arms folded. "But if I'm going to help you, explain who the person is and why they don't want to fight, and what you -really- intend to do."
[15:07] <Yanmei> "Ugh. All of that?" Yanmei did make a face this time, although it was a light one. "You know Isaiah Gabriel-Wei, right?"
[15:08] <Asuka‘> "Oh, the little blonde boy. Always hanging out with you. Looks…" Asuka made a dismissive hand gesture. "Looks boring."
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Well, I don’t know about that? He's not into piloting, though. He was scared of the EVAs before, but after being made to synch with 04, it's even worse for him now. It… attacked him. Brutally. And it's almost like it kept attacking after the tests ended."
[15:12] <Asuka‘> "… Eh, really?!"
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Dreams. Nightmares. I don’t know if it's his own mind doing it to him or something… left over from the attacks themselves? Have you ever heard of something like that?"
[15:16] <Asuka‘> "Hm…" Asuka rubbed her shoulder uncomfortably. "I had dreams after Qaphsiel… But that’s just trauma, right? Maybe that's it?"
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Maybe?" She wasn't quite convinced, though. "Blanc and de Pteres claimed that they were getting messages from their EVAs in their dreams too. Or… for something else possibly in Blanc's case? Neither of them know about this, though."
[15:21] * Asuka‘ frowns. "It sounds like telepathy. But that’s kind of weird. I mean, the synchronisation ends out of the plug, end of story. It might just be some odd mental thing, like the subconscious reacting to all that shared mind stuff."
[15:24] <Yanmei> "I hope so." God, she hoped so. "People have been throwing around words like 'psychics' lately, in respect to some of NERV's old research. But that's… amazingly far fetched, isn't it?"
[15:26] <Asuka‘> "Eh… I’m not sure?" Asuka shrugged. "The Angels and Evas can do weird stuff like fly or 'telekinesis', right?"
[15:28] <Yanmei> "Yes, but they're not human," Yanmei explained simply, taking a drink from her water for the first time. "It's way harder to find evidence of humans using that sort of stuff. If these events were initiated by the EVAs themselves, though, I guess that would make a little more sense?"
[15:30] <Asuka‘> "It would, but…" Asuka shook her head. "See, I don’t know enough about early NERV research. The fact that the AT Fields can do all sorts of stuff like that means that humans could too, if they had AT Fields powerful enough. It's not really too farfetched now that it's happened."
[15:34] <Yanmei> "I guess. It's a pretty weird thought, though…"
[15:35] * Asuka‘ folded her arms. "Science knows only what it can observe and nothing else." Then a smirk. "Anyway, we’re getting off-topic. I think it's pretty normal for your boy to have weird dreams after an event like that. It could've caused pretty bad mental damage, if what I hear about EVA-04 is true."
[15:37] <Yanmei> "I doubt 04 held back any. Aside from it not being in its nature, it was pretty enthusastic about murdering poor guy when I synched with it during that last battle."
[15:38] <Asuka‘> "Really?"
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Yes. It was… very graphic." Yanmei picked at her food for a moment, appetite lost.
[15:40] <Asuka`> "So 04 must really hate him… I wonder why?"
[15:41] <Yanmei> "04 hates most things, but this is a little much even for him. Maybe I should ask."
[15:43] <Asuka`> "What does 04 think of -you-?"
[15:50] <Yanmei> "Heh. Don’t worry. Its hasn't been projecting about murdering -me-. Just… the people I care about. *Mumble*"
[15:50] <Asuka‘> "… Hmmmmm. I wonder if 04 actually likes you."
[15:51] <Yanmei> "It’s likely. It's also pretty creepy."
[15:52] <Asuka‘> "Creepy?"
[15:54] <Yanmei> "It’s almost like having a crazed serial murderer trying to take you under his wing. No, wait. It's -exactly- like that."
[15:59] <Asuka‘> "…!" Asuka frowned. "That’s it."
[16:00] <Yanmei> "What's it?" She didn't like the way she said that…
[16:01] <Asuka‘> "EVA-04 is violent at everyone except you, right?"
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Yes, that’s right."
[16:02] <Asuka‘> "And… It really wanted to murder your boy…"
[16:04] <Yanmei> "He’s not 'my' boy - Wait. No. You're not going where I think you are with this, are you?"
[16:04] * Asuka‘ folds her arms.
[16:07] <Yanmei> "You’re not suggesting that it's jealous…?"
[16:08] <Asuka‘> "Why wouldn’t it be? You're pretty close to Gabriel-Wei, whether the two of you are like -that- or not." A triumphant 'eureka' gleam. "And 04 hates everyone but you…"
[16:12] <Yanmei> "Well great," she was still trying to grasp this. Why were these giant death machines so -emotional-? "What do I do now?"
[16:15] <Asuka‘> "… W-Well, I don’t know!" Snapped Asuka.
[16:16] <Yanmei> "Come on. You've never been jealous of someone else before?"
[16:17] <Asuka‘> "Me? I’ve always been the b-" She glares at Asuka. "… Alright, you better keep it a secret though, or I'll kill you! Bam! Six feet under!"
[16:18] <Yanmei> "Cross my heart~" Yanmei demonstrated with that.
[16:21] <Asuka‘> "One time, when I was… Back in the Camp… *mumble*"
[16:21] <Yanmei> "I’m sorry. I can't quite hear~" She leaned in closer.
[16:22] <Asuka‘> "One day, Alex got a visitor."
[16:22] <Yanmei> "A visitor? Who?"
[16:23] <Asuka`> "Commander Fontaine!" Said Asuka. "She told him how proud she was… And she gave him this gift."
[16:24] <Yanmei> "H-huh? She did that?"
[16:24] <Asuka`> "Yeah." A frown. "It was this big bag of sweets…"
[16:26] <Yanmei> "Oh." Yanmei winced slightly. She could just imagine what it had been like for the others. It was a wonder Alexandre hadn’t been jumped for that.
[16:28] <Asuka‘> "He…" Frown! "He promised to share them with me, because we were friends, but he shared them with someone else…"
[16:29] <Yanmei> "Anyone I’d know?"
[16:34] * Asuka‘ folds her arms and looks away. "D-Do you know a girl named Evangeline at your school?"
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Uhhh." It took some thought. "There might be someone named that in another class? I’m not sure."
[17:04] <Asuka‘> "Eh, well, doesn’t matter." Asuka chewed on a bit of steak. "He shared them with her, and… Ugh."
[17:07] * Yanmei chuckled. "What did you do afterward? Did you let him have it?"
[17:08] <Asuka‘> "Well, first I took down Evangeline and stole the sweets, -then- I let him have it."
[17:12] <Yanmei> "You took them -both- down?" Outright giggles now. "Ah… I guess that’s how it goes, huh?"
[17:13] <Asuka‘> "That’s right." Said Asuka, folding her arms. "I don't think he really stopped liking her, though…"
[17:14] <Yanmei> "interesting~ Well. I did promise that I wouldn't tell anyone. So on my honor, I'll keep myself from making fun of him about it."
[17:14] * Asuka‘ glowered. "D-Don’t you say a word. I really mean it."
[17:18] <Yanmei> "Oh please. You can trust me." She flashed a smile worthy of a Time Magazine issue cover. "There's some other stuff that I wanted to talk to you about today too."
[17:22] <Asuka`> "What?"

[08:22] <Yanmei> "So! Remember when I told you that things were weird between Blanc, De Pteres and me now? There was this big three-way argument that happened just a little while ago."
[08:23] <Asuka‘> "Oho, an argument, huh?" Asuka smirked.
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[08:29] <Yanmei> "Don’t get too choked up about it, now." Yanmei rolled her eyes. "But yes. Blanc was dug up some interesting news, and was being all idealistic, and freaked out when de Pteres and me weren't on board with it, and de Pteres was being clueless again, except -willfully- for a change, and he was sort of withdrawing rather than face the fact that someone he knows might not be perfect."-
[08:32] <Yanmei> "Unfortunately, a lot of the details are hard to expose." She picked up her glass, and looked around with a frown for sneaky people who stood out in dark suits.
[08:32] <Asuka‘> [No one who stood out in dark suits!-
[08:32] <Asuka`> "… You didn’t bring me all the way out here to throw vague comments and stuff." Added Asuka.
[08:41] <Yanmei> "Fine. I'll give you the gist of it, ok? See, things ended up this way." She reached for an nabbed a salt shaker, placing it on a clean area of the table. "This is Blanc, being overly enthusiastic about her attempts to learn more about the EVAs and Angels. She's also enthusiastic about the pilots getting along well. To the point that her perceptions of certain comrades are apparently really warped."-
[08:45] <Yanmei> She grabbed a shaker full of red pepper flakes next and placed in the same area, only relatively far away from the Blanc shaker. "This is de Pteres. He's pretty much wrapped up in his own little bubble most of the time. After the last battle, he feels guilty or something, and wants to get stronger. But he's harboring ideas of doing it alone for our protection, or something condescending like that." -
[08:50] <Yanmei> "Blanc starts saying stuff that threatens to pop de Pteres' bubble, right? So he withdraws. But that's not the end of it." The black and white pepper shaker appears next, also far away from the others, forming a triangle. "And here's me! Calling Blanc out for being blind and stuck in her own head, and de Pteres for thinking about stuff that is going to get him killed."-
[08:52] <Yanmei> " So Blanc is flipping out, and de Pteres is even more miserable now. But it was necessary, and I don't regret it. The problem is that everything between us is kinda messed up now…" She glanced up to see if Asuka was following.
[08:53] * Asuka‘ watches on, leaning her head on her hand. "Eh… So…" She reached out and grabbed the Aline one. "First Child is going on about helping you two, right?"
[08:58] <Yanmei> "That’s what she claimed. But…" There was a little flicker of anger in her eyes, but it was very much controlled. "God, the things she said! -She's- the one who needs professional help."
[08:58] <Asuka‘> "What did she say?"
[09:00] <Yanmei> "Stuff about me giving up on myself just because I wouldn’t go along with her plans. About me being like EVA-04. I am nothing like 04."
[09:01] * Asuka‘ stole Yanmei’s bratwurst. "What -were- her plans?"
[09:11] <Yanmei> "More research." She didn't bother to defend her plate. "Pursuing things that were, whatever, interesting to listen to, but that only she cared about to the extent that she did. She's been doing it on her own, anyway, for the most part."
[09:13] <Asuka‘> "So… Aline is angry at you because she wants to help you, told you about stuff that she’s passionate about, and you didn't care."
[09:15] <Yanmei> "Would it have been better to feed her delusions by telling her otherwise?"
[09:16] <Asuka‘> "What, exactly, was she deluded about, again?"
[09:24] <Yanmei> "About us. The way we think and act and feel and -react- to things, if this blowup indicates anything. It’s like she hasn't been paying attention to anything."
[09:25] <Asuka‘> "What did she say about you?" Bratwurst gets a dynamic entry to Asuka’s digestive system.
[09:29] <Yanmei> "You've heard the worst of it. That I was miserable and hated everything and was spiteful. It it had been someone else, I might have just written it off as some emotional babbling, but I think she actually believed what she was saying."
[09:33] <Asuka‘> "Aff arf youf-" Swallow. "And after you heard that, you went off and hugged Alexandre, right?"
[09:34] <Yanmei> "What?" Yanmei stared. "That’s a horrible thing to say."
[09:34] * Asuka‘ folded her arms. "Hmph. Why -didn’t- you hug Alexandre?"
[09:35] <Yanmei> "Like I would ever hug him. He's a jerk, plain and simple!"
[09:36] <Asuka‘> "A jerk, huh? -Just- a jerk?"
[09:39] <Yanmei> "… if you’re trying to get me to admit that he had good points? I'm going to put up one hell of a struggle," she muttered.
[09:39] <Asuka‘> "I -know- he has good points, Yanmei." Said Asuka, gloating. "But you won’t admit them, so obviously you're just as wrong about Alex as Aline is about you, right?"
[09:43] <Yanmei> "What? No, that's… He's still a big… …" Composure. She tried to stop flailing around mentally.
[09:45] * Asuka‘ kicked Yanmei under the table yet again. "See, even worse, you don’t even try to help Alex. You don't even care about him, and First Child obviously does if she's trying to help -you-, Yanmei. I know the First Child, and she isn't the sort of person to think -totally badly- about anyone, not even you. So she doesn't think you're completely hateful or whatever, she just sees that
[09:45] * Asuka‘ and wants to help." Asuka leaned forward. "Man, what a -bitch-."
[09:52] <Yanmei> "You’re simplifying things." Yanmei frowned. "Does she actually care? Or is she trying to help because it lines up nicely with the way she imagines things should be through rose-colored glasses?"
[09:53] <Asuka‘> "… Or does -that- view of Aline line up with your jade ones, huh?"
[09:53] * Tao is now known as Oat
[09:54] <Yanmei> "I am not jaded," she huffed, folding her arms. "How could you even imply that?"
[09:55] <Asuka`> "… Because the First Child came to me, you know. To help me." Said Asuka, softly. "And at first -I- hated her, then I realised what she was doing. And she just wants to help. And look at you- trying to rationalise that away to make yourself feel better?"
[10:02] <Yanmei> "Ugh." She pinched the bridge of her nose, as though a nasty migraine was starting to explode forth. "You’re making it so hard to carry a grudge."
[10:02] * Asuka‘ kicked again! "Why are you holding a grudge for, Yanmei?! I thought you weren’t a nasty person?"
[10:06] <Yanmei> "Ow! Good people can carry grudges too!" she complained.
[10:07] <Asuka‘> "Good people -shouldn’t-, though. And that means you should try not to hold a grudge." Said Asuka, smugly sanctimonious and loving every minute of it, folding her arms and smirking. "And that's what First Child wants, I bet. She wants you to try… And you couldn't even meet her half way."
[10:18] <Yanmei> "…you want me to apologize, huh?" she grumbled. "I might, if you promise to quit kicking me."
[10:20] <Asuka‘> "Sure." Said Asuka cheerfully. "Of course, she’s not -entirely- right, either. It sounds like this is something the both of you are a fault for 'cause you're idiots~" Asuka cut the bratwurst- what remained- in half and returned the untouched half to Yanmei. "And you should probably try to work with her, too, even a little. If she asks for help, give it, but tell her you don't -have- to
[10:20] <Asuka‘> share her interests or whatever…"
[10:24] <Yanmei> "Aren’t you giving mature-sounding advice?" Yanmei jabbed the bratwurst with a fork, and sighed with mock-wistfulness. "Little Asuka, growing up~ It's so hard to believe."
[10:25] <Asuka‘> "Eh? I’m not little!" Asuka glowered, reached over and promptly grabbed Yanmei's nose. "And it's just common sense! Geez… Why did you even need my help with this, anyway? Couldn't you have asked your boy?"
[10:34] <Yanmei> "Ahh! Leggo!" She reached for Asuka's wrist, trying to ignore the stares they were no doubt getting "Ad id's not dat simble!"
[10:35] * Asuka‘ let go, but now grabbed Yanmei’s hand. "Why not!?"
[10:38] <Yanmei> "Isaiah doesn't know the situation as well as you do. Blanc or de Pteres, or why Blanc has done the things she has. And anyway, even if she's crazy idealistic, she's helped out out before? That's why, I guess."
[10:40] <Asuka‘> "Heh. That’s why, huh." Asuka smirked, wolfed down the rest of her bratwurst. "Weff iff thatf-" Swallow. "Well if that's that done… What else do you want me to solve today~?"
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[10:43] <Yanmei> "I'm done. Of course, if you have any problems for me I can help you out~ Like getting close to any boys you have your eye on?"
[10:45] <Asuka‘> "Eh?" Asuka snorted. "I don’t see how -you- could help me. The boys just come running~" She winked. "Keep being nice to me and one day I'll tell you what it's like."
[10:46] <Yanmei> "I'm pretty sure I know better than you do," she smirked. "By the way? After lunch, what do you say about a little race? Provided we can find a street that actually deserted and quiet in a city like this one…"
[10:47] <Asuka‘> "… On foot?"
[10:47] <Yanmei> "On bike." She winked. "Or moped. Just what did you ride to get here?"
[10:49] <Asuka`> "I got a lift." Said Asuka, folding her arms.
[10:54] <Yanmei> "Huh? Geez, your clothes are kind of misleading today." She shook her head. "Anyway, maybe one day you can have a cute vehicle of your own~"
[10:55] <Asuka`> "I got a lift on a motorbike!" Said Asuka hotly. "And why would I want some stupid -girly- thing like that? I want a -real- machine, like a fast motorbike, or a tank."
[10:57] <Yanmei> "Hey! It is too a real machine." Yanmei turned her nose to the air. "It can easily out-manuever any bike. Or a tank, for that matter!"
[10:58] <Asuka`> "Not if you blow it up. Or blow on it."
[11:03] <Yanmei> "You’d have to hit it first. An impossibility, natuarally~"
[11:04] <Asuka‘> "…" Asuka suddenly rose and ran for the moped.
[11:05] <Yanmei> "N-no!" Yanmei was suddenly on her feet, sprinting after her. "Don’t scratch it! Don't scratch it!"

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