For Learning To Drive

[22:08] <Yanmei> [It was a sleepy, overcast morning when a certain violet car pulled up in front of NERV HQ and relinquished a passenger - a young man with fluffy blonde hair. The driver, having a rare day off, lingered behind. As did a second passenger, who turned to her with bright, eager eyes after waving goodbye to their companion.]
[22:10] <Yanmei> "Mairanne~" She had been looking forward to this opportunity since the day before, when the car had been unveiled after the birthday party. Maybe now was the time?
[22:12] <Marianne> "Yes, Yanyan?" Said Marianne, giving Isaiah a wave as well.
[22:13] <Yanmei> "Could I take over? Just for the ride back home?"
[22:14] <Marianne> "I don't know, Yanyan. It might be a bad idea to let you drive a vehicle around Paris-2~" Said Marianne, utterly deadpan.
[22:16] <Yanmei> "But it can't be harder than piloting 04 in Paris-2?" Yanmei pointed out. "And I'm pretty good at that, aren't I?~"
[22:16] * Marianne laughed. "That's exactly what I meant! Of course you can. Just… Let's try to not cause as much collateral as you do with 04, ok~?"
[22:18] <Yanmei> "I do't cause that much, do I?" But it was merely an afterthought as she unbuckled her seat belt and opened her door. Time to switch places~
[22:26] <Marianne> [Yanmei would, as she headed for Marianne's side, see and hear a woman- a pretty blonde woman waving to them. "Hey~"]
[22:31] <Yanmei> "Ariadne!" Yanmei waved back. "Early morning meetings, hm?"
[22:33] <Marianne> ["That's right." Said Ariadne, stretching like a cat. "How's it going, little miss spoiled?"]
[22:36] <Yanmei> "Hmph," Yanmei flipped her hair, pretending to be offended. "It's not my fault people like giving me great gifts. But! Marianne's letting me drive for a little while."
[22:38] <Marianne> ["Oh God. More paperwork." Deadpanned Ariadne. "I just finished going over some of the insurance agency claims too…"]
[22:43] <Yanmei> "How rude! My driving skills are second to none. You should grab the back seat if you're that worried about it."
[22:45] <Marianne> ["Oh I will." Said Ariadne. "Sounds like fun! … I mean. It sounds like a good opportunity to 'liaise with officers and staff to ascertain organisational morale levels'." She said with a wink, hopping into the back. "Hi, Marianne~"-
[22:46] * Marianne was in the front passenger seat. "Hey, Ariadne. How're things down in HQ?"-
[22:46] <Marianne> ["Slooooooow. Dorian is being grumpy again."]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "Hm? I wonder why?" Yanmei, now in the driver's seat did an impressive mimicry of the things she had seen Marianne do before driving - playing with the mirror (to check how she looked, of course), glancing over her shoulder to see if there was anyone behind her, both hands on the wheel…
[22:50] <Marianne> ["He's planning a war. Who knew being an insufferable asshole was integral to success?" Muttered Ariadne. "I wonder if Napoleon was an asshole."-
[22:51] <Marianne> "Make sure you can see your entire rear window in the rear view mirror, Yanyan." Said Marianne. "That there's your windscreen wiper handle- that's your all-locking handle…"
[22:54] <Yanmei> "Oh, right, right." Yanmei did as told, adjusting the mirror properly now, with the air of someone who already knew most of this stuff. Windscreen wiper, locking handle… turn signals? Well, she would figure that out when she got to it. She reached for the gear stick. "Maybe we should throw him a party too~ It would get him out of that funk, or whatever."
[22:57] * Marianne is of course showing Yanmei these things. Because she -does- know how to drive. "Your turn signals here…"-
[22:58] <Marianne> ["He wouldn't go. You know he wouldn't." Said Ariadne with a pout. "'This is serious business, Delacour! Evangelion on Evangelion combat is unpreceblahblahblah…'"]
[23:06] <Yanmei> Hnngh. Was that what he was worried about? "Something like that won't happen again," she muttered. "Unless he means…" She shifted into drive. "… that he's planning for a certain upcoming fight."
[23:17] <Marianne> "And that's the break, and that's the acceleration…"-
[23:17] <Marianne> ["Yeah, he is. Didn't you know?"]
[23:21] <Yanmei> "I had a feeling," Yanmei muttered. Break. Accelerator… She pushed down on the latter. "I guess it's a battle that could come at any time?"
[23:23] <Marianne> [The car lurches forward!-
[23:23] <Marianne> ["Whoo, ok." Ariadne buckles in. "I think it's happening fairly soon~"]
[23:25] <Yanmei> "But-" Pause. The car stopped. She pressed down again, causing it to lurch. "That would suggest that 05 has been located? Or that NERV knows that the person who has it will make a move soon."
[23:27] <Marianne> "Make sure you keep your foot down, Yanyan. Gently."-
[23:27] <Marianne> ["Whua." Ariadne jerked forward a little as the car lurched once again. "Oh, that's right. NERV's been keeping it a secret, but 05's actually been marching north for a month now- with quite an army."]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei was very careful to keep a worried look from manifesting. The car, at least, was a distraction. She pressed down slowly on the pedal, and kept a steady weight there. "No wonder he's working so hard. I bet it's also why he planned this whole training thing of his."
[23:33] <Marianne> "Ah yes. The training thing." Said Marianne. "Ariadne, would you like to stay over for a week? You can sleep in Yanyan's bed."-
[23:33] <Marianne> ["Oooh, do I get to go through her stuff?"-
[23:33] <Marianne> "Of course." The car was moving forward slowly now.
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Well, you're welcomed to, if you want. Good luck finding anything incriminating, though," Yanmei said with a smirk. Reverse psychology. She pressed harder. Time for speed!
[23:39] <Marianne> "Ee…" Marianne eyed Yanmei cautiously as the car started to accelerate. "Be careful."-
[23:39] <Marianne> ["Here comes the collateral~" Said Ariadne happily. "Hey Yanmei, if I get your room, do I get Isaiah too~?"]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "He's coming with me, you know." It looked like she was heading off private property, to the road leading home.
[23:46] * Marianne was hovering a little, so to speak.-
[23:46] <Marianne> ["Awwww. I was looking for someone to help keep me warm during these cold nights~ No fair."]
[23:52] <Yanmei> "It's just as well, with how shy he is~" Moving a little faster, now! In fact, she swerved out in front of someone heading in the same direction without signaling, and cringed a little when the horn sounded, peering into the rearview mirror. Kinda… looked like the Vice Commander. Surely a coincidence?
[23:54] <Marianne> "… Yanyan. Please be more careful!"-
[23:54] <Marianne> ["Hi Mr. Thomas~!" Said Ariadne happily, waving through the back window.]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "Marianne, you should relax a little. Like Ariadne is." She gave the other woman an approving nod in her mirror. "You'll have to trust me to drive places alone soon, right?"
[00:07] <Marianne> "But the law…"
[00:08] <Yanmei> "The law?" Oh, that silly age thing. "Don't worry! If I'm careful, no one will notice?"
[00:10] <Marianne> "Yanyan!" Murmured Marianne. "That's not what you should be saying! I'm worried…"
[00:12] <Yanmei> "… sorry." Yanmei did try to slow down a little now. She didn't want to worry Marianne, after all. "I guess I was getting a little carried away?"
[00:15] <Marianne> "A lot carried away. You haven't had any lessons… Learned the road rules…" Muttered Marianne. "I know you're excited, but you have to be responsible or you could hurt yourself…"
[00:25] <Yanmei> "I'll try," Yanmei murmured guiltily, even soberly. "I'll follow your instructions too, so…"
[00:26] <Marianne> "Thank you, sweetie." Said Marianne, patting Yanmei's hand in a fond, maybe slightly apologetic manner.-
[00:28] <Marianne> ["Aww." Ariadne reached over, ruffling Yanmei's hair. "Let the girl relax a little. She has a natural talent for driving, I can tell."]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "It's bad manners to mess with a driver's hair," Yanmei complained. Her hands twitched, as if they wanted to reach up and smooth it down, but she couldn't take them off the wheel! "Thanks, though. Do you really think so?"
[00:33] <Marianne> ["Yeah! You have a steady hand." Ariadne continued to ruffle the hair mercilessly.]
[00:35] <Yanmei> Grrr… She didn't know whether to be annoyed or flattered. As things stood, she was equally both. "When did you learn to drive, Ariadne? What about you, Marianne?
[00:35] <Yanmei> "
[00:38] <Marianne> ["I was seventeen~" Said Ariadne. "I still remember my first car. A Renault Clio~"-
[00:38] <Marianne> "I actually learned only about nine years ago." Said Marianne.
[00:43] <Yanmei> "Huh? But…" Yanmei counted backward. "It's not that recently. You would have still been in school at the time."
[00:46] <Marianne> "I didn't really have much money to put aside until then. Rebuilding after Impact took up a lot of my time." Said Marianne. "19 was when I got my scholarship, so I bought the car with some of my savings."
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Hm." Could it be that there was a tinge more guilt skipping across her face now? She shifted it into a smile, though, making it hard to tell. "Thank you both for this. You didn't have to buy it, but you still did."
[00:51] <Marianne> "Hey, it's fine. I know you wanted this, and…" Marianne reached over and gave Yanmei a peck on the cheek. "You're well worth it."-
[00:51] <Marianne> ["I just wanted someone to drive me around when I feel lazy~" Said Ariadne, but her continual affectionate hairruffles said otherwise.]
[01:03] * Yanmei flushed a little bit at Marianne's open momlike affection… and tried not to grimace at the ruffling. "Listen!" She sat up a little straighter. "Why don't we stop somewhere? Anywhere you two want to go. Let's have some fun today."
[01:07] <Marianne> ["Will you be paying for our inevitable purchases~?"]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "Ah… paying? Well… if they're reasonable purchases?"
[01:11] <Marianne> [Ariadne grinned.-
[01:12] <Marianne> "Ah, somewhere fun…? Want to head over to Montrouge-2's mall? We can hang out and talk, and I am -really- fond of that little Italian place."-
[01:12] <Marianne> ["Marianne has a crush on one of the waiters~"-
[01:12] <Marianne> "I-I do not."
[01:14] * Yanmei turned, blinking at her in surprise. "Seriously? Hey, hey. Let's go meet him!"
[01:15] <Marianne> "She's- She's lying." Said Marianne, frowning. "Does this mean we get to matchmake you and Alex?"
[01:18] * Yanmei muttered something. "You know there's nothing like that going on. Nor will there be. Ever."
[01:19] <Marianne> "T-Then obviously I don't have a crush on any waiter."-
[01:19] <Marianne> ["Not what I saw~"]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Now, now." Even if she was still learning, being in the driver's seat made her practically an adult, didn't it? "It's perfectly okay to have a crush on someone, you know. What's he like, anyway?"
[01:31] <Marianne> "I don't know!" Muttered Marianne. "He's just some cute waiter who serves me pasta."
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Oho, so you admit that he's cute~"
[01:33] <Marianne> "Yes! I admit it, but that doesn't mean anything." Muttered Marianne.
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Don't worry." Yanmei winked at her. "Leave it to us, and will find out some things. We'll even snag his phone number for you, right, Ariadne?"
[01:39] <Marianne> ["Right~!"-
[01:39] <Marianne> "I don't- urgh. Damnit, Ariadne."
[01:45] * Yanmei giggled. Let's see, Montrouge-2…

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