For The Depths Of Unconsciousness

[14:11] * Yanmei sat in her entry plug, her eyes closed, but the rest of her tense. Part of that was because of the adrenaline left over from the simulated battle she had just finished with Asuka. But while her fighting partner got to go home now -
[14:13] <Yanmei> she was staying behind for some additional tests. So she waited, listening to the chatter of the crew and scientists as they made the adjustments for it, hoping that it would be over soon so that she too could go home and stew or think or brood or unwind away from prying eyes.
[14:14] <EVA-04> [The plug shifted slightly. Standard procedure, of course, the chatter of the test crew wafting in her ears. Did she seem tired, or was it just battle weariness…?]
[14:19] <Yanmei> There was still excitement left over from the fight. 'Fighting feels good' Asuka had stated, and she was -right-. She was keeping quiet and patient because it was better than letting them know how impatient and keyed up she was. If only there were more things to hit -
[14:21] <Yanmei> But in the absence of said things, something else was creeping back into place. Sadness, and now more jumbled feelings too, over Atticus and the plans he had apparently made with Alex and Asuka.
[14:37] <Yanmei> But… slowly, Yanmei's shoulder's started to droop. The adrenaline was wearing off faster than she'd hoped, and the exertion from the simulation kicked in.
[14:47] <EVA-04> [("Huh? Pilot Zhang's heart rate's decreasing. Is she…?"]
[14:50] <Yanmei> The girl's hands slipped off the controls, and drifted peacefully to her sides in the LCL. Her head dropped down as well.
[13:06] <Yanmei> Sensors would pick up an increase in heart rate now. Still, Yanmei's sleeping face only stirred ever so slightly.
[13:09] <EVA-04> [("Can we rouse her? -Should- we rouse her? What do we do?") ("I… I'm not sure…")]
[13:29] <Yanmei> The heart monitor… grew even noisier now.
[13:31] <EVA-04> ["Something's wrong." Muttered a voice- Isaiah, along with others from Yanmei's nursing team. "Can't we eject the plug?"-
[13:32] <EVA-04> ["We could…" Murmured Marianne.]
[13:48] <Yanmei> For the next few minutes, there was no change from the monitors or the slumbering Yanmei. What would the Bunnies and the medical staff decide?
[13:50] <EVA-04> ["That's it. Eject the plug." Said Marianne.-
[13:50] <EVA-04> [Sophie entered the command, and… Nothing happened.-
[13:51] <EVA-04> ["What? Why isn't it ejecting?" Asked Marianne, disciplined worry in her voice.-
[13:54] <EVA-04> [… There was silence. Then… The monitors went dead, and a loud keening noise screamed from a control panel.-
[13:54] <EVA-04> ["T-The nerve pulses are reversing-?!"-
[13:54] <EVA-04> [EVA-04's head turned. And it stared at the command crew, its eyes now blood red.]
[14:00] <EVA-04> ["T… The restraining bolts. Are they holding?" Asked Marianne quickly.-
[14:00] <EVA-04> ["N… No, they were removed for the simulation-"-
[14:00] <EVA-04> ["What?!"-
[14:03] * EVA-04 lifted its left fist, holding it in the air for a moment… Before slamming it into the window of the observation centre. The windows cracked, the walls started to buckle.
[14:03] <EVA-04> ["… N-No. This can't be happening. Evacuate!" Shouted Marianne. "Activate the other Evangelions…!"-
[14:05] <EVA-04> [Another fist. Everyone started to run… To get away. Except Isaiah, who stared in horror, seemingly unable to move.]
[14:19] <EVA-04> Another fist, the metal bursting open. And one final fist…-
[14:19] <EVA-04> … That stopped, mere feet away from ripping apart the barrier and killing the ones within. The Evangelion froze, its eyes went dead.
[15:04] <EVA-04> [… With a hsss, the Evangelion's back opened, the Entry Plug emerging.]
[15:06] <Yanmei> And inside, someone's eyes finally opened as the LCL started to drain. "Seems like… we've reached an understanding," she mumbled to herself.
[15:07] <EVA-04> ["Yanmei! Yanmei?" The room was a mess. Yanmei could see the damage against the wall, and through a window, a very pale, scared but determined Isaiah on the comms.]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Isaiah." She blinked, as though struck by a memory, and tried to shake off her sleepiness, sitting up. "Are you okay? You're not hurt, are you?"
[15:12] <EVA-04> ["I-I'm fine. Yanmei… What happened? Is everything alright?"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> Yanmei leaned back in her seat and raised the crook of her arm over her face, and stayed like that, still enough to perhaps have otherwise fooled onlookers into believing that she had fallen asleep. "…a lot happened," she finally said, her voice choked. "If any officers are listening, may I have permission to go home now?"
[15:20] <EVA-04> ["… O-Of course." Said the voice of Marianne.-
[15:21] <EVA-04> ["May I-" "Y-Yes, Isaiah. You should escort her home. Make sure she's well looked after." "Yes, Marianne."]
[15:23] <Yanmei> "Thank you," said Yanmei. And she waited as the crew got to work setting her free.

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