For Dinner At Home

[21:29] <Yanmei> [October 2nd, 2015]-
[21:36] * Yanmei stared blankly down at the pot of rice that was bubbling on the stovetop. The scent of chicken wafted from below, from the oven. Yesterday, she had marinated in primordial fluids until late into the evening when workers broke through the final shell of her entry plug and finally hauled her to safety. Anything that didn't smell like blood at the moment was a huge comfort.-
[21:39] <Yanmei> And so she was enjoying making dinner even more than normal. At intervals, she cast a glance at the door leading to the rest of the apartment, wondering if she should knock on Marianne's bedroom door and let her know that the meal was nearly ready.
[21:43] <@Marianne> [Yanmei would be spared the trouble, thankfully, as the door opened- a yawning, messy-haired someone emerging.-
[21:45] <@Marianne> "Oh God, that smells wonderful." Said Marianne, wearing a pair of -very- snug, warm-looking winter pyjamas. Marianne was currently into the start of her 2nd week away from work on paid leave. She could do -whatever she wanted-, and she was spending it catching up on years of missed sleep. A cane was in her hand, however, making up for the still-healing injuries she'd sustained to her stomach and leg.
[21:48] <Yanmei> "Thanks!" Yanmei grinned at her. "It'll be ready any minute, so grab a plate, okay? I made enough for leftovers, too, since I'll be at headquarters again tomorrow."
[21:49] <@Marianne> "Awww. Do you have to go?" Muttered Marianne as she limped into the kitchen, grabbing a pair of plates. "I'm so looooonely now."
[21:50] <Yanmei> "You could come with me, you know~"
[21:50] <@Marianne> "Yeah, I guess that's true." Said Marianne, grabbing Yanmei in a big bear hug. "I wonder if you'd be embarrassed if I showed up like this~?"
[21:58] <Yanmei> "Ah! Hey…" She didn't resist, exactly, but now her attention was very firmly away from the rice and chicken. "You're in a good mood! Did you have a good dream or something?"
[21:58] <@Marianne> "Yeah… Sort of."
[21:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[22:01] <@Marianne> "I dreamed I was a little girl again." Said Marianne wistfully, a little smile on her face. Her head was firmly nestled on Yanmei's shoulder. "And we were at the beach, my parents and me. We were making sandcastles and listening to the seashells."
[22:04] <Yanmei> "It sounds really nice." She thought of Rei, scampering around on the beach, burying her brother and Isaiah under mounds of sand. God, why did she think of that? "Maybe we should go back sometime."
[22:06] <@Marianne> "Yeah…" Marianne… Deflated a little. Suddenly she seemed a lot sadder.
[22:08] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gave her a little pat on the arm. "You know, I had a dream last night too?"
[22:08] <@Marianne> "Yeah? What'd you dream about, sweetie?"
[22:11] * Yanmei hesitated. It was a little unnerving, actually. "Well, I dreamed that I was in a really dark, closed-in place and that I couldn't find my way out."
[22:11] <@Marianne> "…" That hug tightened. "Oh, sweetie…" It was really no mystery that she had that sort of dream…!
[22:21] <Yanmei> "'s not a big thing," she mumbled. Still, she decided that she would be sleeping with the lights on again tonight as long as she could get away with it without Marianne finding out. It made her feel so silly.-
[22:24] <Yanmei> The sun was setting now, beyond their window, and while she hadn't thought much about it until now, the idea of night setting and it being dark all around filled her with an unusual sense of dread. Absently, she grabbed a spoon from where it had been resting on the stovetop. This was normally where she would divert the conversation elsewhere with talk of work, but things had been so uneventful lately, aside from yesterday's awful battle. What could she say?
[22:26] <@Marianne> "You can talk to me, you know." Mumbled Marianne. "Just because I got hurt doesn't make me any less capable…"
[22:32] * Yanmei hesitated. She wondered if she should. "It's dumb," she muttered. "It's really really dumb."
[22:35] <@Marianne> "What is it?" Murmured Marianne. "Is it… Something scary?"
[22:43] <Yanmei> "I have an idea of where it came from? Yesterday, there wasn't really any light in that place. There was at first, because some of the equipment was sparking, and a few things on the controls were still lit up, but those died after a few minutes. And everyone apparently thought I was dead, and I was sitting there like a moron for a long time surrounded by blood and darkness until I found the emergency phone and called Dorian, and even after that it t
[22:44] <Yanmei> it took a long time for them to get me out."-
[22:45] <Yanmei> "I could deal with it at first. It wasn't a huge thing. But after so many hours…"
[22:46] <@Marianne> "It started to press in on you, didn't it?" Murmured Marianne, her grasp tightening. "Really claustrophobic?"
[22:49] <Yanmei> "It's dumb," she said again, a little fiercely, as if she was above all this. "I should be thinking about how lucky I am, not…"
[22:50] <@Marianne> "Hey, hey. Listen to me." Said Marianne reassuringly. "This is natural, sweetie. It happened to me, too."
[22:57] * Yanmei blinked at her. "You too? When?"
[23:07] <@Marianne> "W-Well. Not exactly the same thing. But when I was in the hospital, I… I couldn't bring myself to stare at anything… Um. Anything blue."
[23:14] * Yanmei cocked her head slightly, eyes questioning.
[23:15] <@Marianne> "I-It…" Marianne trembled slightly. "A-A sweater… L-Little Rei, she w-was wearing the b-bluest sweater… A-And wh-whenever I saw blue, I… It reminded me of what I'd done…"
[23:21] <Yanmei> Oh. Shamed for making her bring it up again, Yanmei finally returned the hug. Did she still think it was her fault? Why…?
[23:23] * @Marianne clung. "L-Listen. It's… It's just trauma. I-It just takes a few days, ok? That's all. That's all." She almost seemed to be reassuring herself as much as Yanmei. "I-I mean, being afraid of blue? H-How silly."
[23:29] <Yanmei> "It's not." Feeling even worse now, she continued to hold her. "Considering what happened, it's not silly at all.'
[23:30] <@Marianne> "N-No. I know." Marianne took a deeeep breath. "I-I know. W-Which is why you can't feel silly either. Alright?"
[23:34] <Yanmei> "All right." Hasty now. Anything to make Marianne stop thinking about that. It had only caused her pain. Behind them, the scent of something burning started to slip into existance.
[23:37] <@Marianne> "G-Good… Girl…" Sniff sniff. "Ohshityanmei-"
[23:45] <Yanmei> "Huh? O-oh no!" Yanmei pulled away fast, working the knobs of the stove. Stovetop off. She grabbed the pot for good measure, putting it onto a cool burner and then hissing a little in pain, shaking out the hands that she had used to move it.
[23:47] <@Marianne> "A-Ah, can I help?! I'm sorry, I didn't mean…"
[23:52] <@Marianne> "A-Ah, can I help?! I'm sorry, I didn't mean…"
[23:56] <Yanmei> "Hehehe. It's not your fault," Yanmei grinned. "And anyway, it's what I get for not paying attention. A good chef would know better."
[23:58] <@Marianne> "It must be my beauty~" Said Marianne gamely. Her voice was cheery, but…
[00:01] <Yanmei> "… Come on, hand me your plate. Let's eat together! I bet the chicken turned out pretty well." Trying to distract her.
[00:01] <@Marianne> "Aha. Trying to curry favour with me?" She held her plate out!
[00:05] * Yanmei actually winced at that one. "Preeetty bad there, Marianne." But dinner was served regardless, and it wasn't long before she had her own plate piled with delicious food.
[00:06] * @Marianne has taken the liberty of grabbing two glasses of wine, too. "It's been awhile since I've eaten something so… Heavy."
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Huh. I thought the hospital food was halfway decent," she remarked, taking a glass of wine for herself. "Oh. Oh, yeah. Marianne? Will you buy some scotch for me this week?"
[00:10] * @Marianne stared flatly at Yanmei. "What? No. I draw the line at wine."
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Huh? Oh, it's not for me," she chuckled, amicably. "It's for a party!"
[00:12] <@Marianne> "That's even worse."
[00:15] <Yanmei> "A party for adults," she clarified. "The Major will be there." Unlike certain male tactical operators, Dorian was surely a figure to be trusted.
[00:16] <@Marianne> "Oh." Marianne narrowed her eyes. "No invite for me?"
[00:17] <Yanmei> "Well, you can probably come too. Do you want to?" She brightened. It hadn't seemed like she would be in the mood lately, but maybe…
[00:17] <@Marianne> "Sure. If only to keep an eye on you."
[00:18] <Yanmei> "What's that supposed to mean? I'm very responsible!"
[00:19] <@Marianne> "I know you are." Marianne folded her arms. "I don't trust that sneaky Dorian."
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Sneaky? Him?" She tried to feign surprise, but… gave up. It was like trying to convince someone that the sky was red instead of blue. "Yeah, he is pretty sneaky, isn't he? But he certainly isn't a bad guy."
[00:25] <@Marianne> "No. No, he's not." Marianne chuckled. "Do you know he rang me? After the Samandiriel battle?"
[00:27] <Yanmei> "Did he?" She looked a little anxious at that. Hopefully it had been after her own call.
[00:27] <@Marianne> "Yeah. He was such a mess."
[00:35] * Yanmei nodded somberly. "He sounded like it. By the time I saw him afterwards, he seemed better, but…"
[00:36] * @Marianne nodded. "He cares very deeply about you, you know."
[00:38] <Yanmei> "About all three of us." Yanmei frowned into her plate. "We should try to be more careful."
[00:40] <@Marianne> "You'd make me feel better." Said Marianne, winking.
[00:42] <Yanmei> "Me too." A hint of a grin came back to her. "Near-death situations aren't exactly pleasant?"
[00:44] <@Marianne> "No. No they're not." A… Shadow crossed Marianne's face suddenly, her grin freezing. "… Ahem. This is excellent, Yanyan." She dug at the curry.
[00:46] <Yanmei> "Thank you." She was thinking hard, now. About how to not die in the next battle. Maybe studying tactics would help?
[00:48] <@Marianne> Nibble nibble. A pause. "H-Hey, Yanyan…"
[00:48] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[00:49] <@Marianne> "Would you, erm…" Marianne rubbed her hand in embarrassment. "W-Well, I was just thinking…"
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She gave an encouraging smile.
[00:53] <@Marianne> "I-I was thinking, because of… You know." She waved a hand awkwardly. "Would you feel better if you slept with me for a bit? Until you start to feel better."
[00:56] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei flushed a little. She wasn't a baby, for heaven's sakes. "… … …yes." She mumbled. There was a certain stab of defeat, there.
[00:58] <@Marianne> "A-alright. Good." Marianne smiled, but it was almost as if she seemed relieved…
[01:08] <Yanmei> And so, Yanmei resumed her meal, topics of conversation drifting into those few mundane things going on at NERV that might bring a smile to Marianne's face.

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