For The Love Of Life 1 1 1

01[23:05] <Yanmei> The bowels of the Dorian Lachapelle were noisy and unpleasant, but only in comparison to the rest of the ship. Rooms containing roaring, incomprehensible machinary were tightly sealed behind sound-muffling doors so as not to disturb the refinery of the upper decks. -
01[23:13] <Yanmei> Some of them contained secrets, undoubtedly. Complex, reality-bending secrets. At least one of them contained secrets of a more mundane sort. Nestled behind a sound-muffling door with a sign reading 'Storage: Incomplete Artwork' tacked neatly next to the room number, was a small meeting room. -
01[23:17] <Yanmei> There was, in fact, little artwork in that meeting room at all, aside from a small, hanging, oil painting. The floor was uncarpeted, and the furniture was spartan but functional: a round table with office chairs, a hastily assembled wall monitor hooked up to a central keyboard, a simple door leading to a small washroom. Why, it was like another world! -
01[23:18] <Yanmei> And in that world, Zhang Yanmei leaned back in her office chair with a sigh, facing her two companions. "Well? What do you think? Not a bad job in under three hours."
06[23:20] * Aline was looking around at the room, clicking her tongue once. "It's refreshing to have an actual /space/." Probably referring to the rank opulence of the battleship's upper decks.
[23:21] <Sept> "Yeah, not… bad. 'Incomplete Art', though? Is that what we are, now?"
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "I was assured that no sane mortal would brave a storeroom with that sort of sign while they were on this ship? So far, that theory's been proven right~"
[23:27] <Sept> "Ah! Yeah, I can… see that working. Everyone here should have a rational fear instilled in them by now."
06[23:30] * Aline scoffed slightly. "Not that everyone is rational. Even so… as long as we don't /leave/ anything in here, it should be fine."
06[23:34] * Sept nodded. "So this place is completely clear, too?"
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "It's ok. When the door shuts it locks automatically from the inside? And you need a special code to open it. As of now, there are only a handful of people with that code, so any normal person's going to have to exert a lot of effort to get inside." She frowned slightly. "Of course, there are a lot of people on board that aren't 'normal'…
01[23:37] <Yanmei> "And yes. No bugs. I was promised. Make of that as you will."
[23:40] <Sept> "That'll be enough. And it's probably unlikely any of those less-than-normal elements would be able to eavesdrop without actually popping up in here."
[23:40] <Aline> "So far, we've been mostly left alone anyway." Aline noted.
06[23:42] * Sept knocked on a wall. It was solid, it turned out. "Mmh," he said, finally taking a seat, through with his inspection and his pacing.
01[23:45] <Yanmei> "It'll do for now, at any rate? When this spy business is sorted out, Simon's men will probably be tap it or something."
01[23:45] <Yanmei> ^probably tap it
[23:48] <Sept> "Um, which spy business? There's always going to be -something-."
06[23:49] * Aline frowned. "The spy that, among other things, leaked the diversion plan from the Geofront assault."
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "Exactly."
[23:49] <Sept> "Ah, yeah. Harmful spies."
06[23:57] * Aline just nodded quietly at that. "…Anyway, I'm sure we have a few orders of business, no?"
[23:59] <Sept> "Mm, yeah. Starting with?"
Session Time: Thu Mar 06 00:00:00 2014
01[00:01] <Yanmei> "Really?" Yanmei seemed vaguely amused. "You guys don't have questions about what happened? With Niagara Falls? I mean, I know you were there, but did you see everything?"
06[00:03] * Aline sort of craned her head. "I was pretty distracted on the question-asking front, but uh… What all /did/ happen, then? I scanned it and got a fair amount of information, and there was the weird gravity shit, but other than that…"
06[00:04] * Sept glanced away for a moment. "… sure, we can start with that. What do you remember from your side?"
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "Mostly everything? Except for the stuff I wasn't 'present' for." She paused, trying to figure out how to phrase the next part. "I think I met Watcher."
06[00:09] * Aline waved her hand a bit. "Your past self, right?… How did that even go?"
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "It wasn't exactly a happy reunion? He…she…we? Cried a lot. We came to an understanding, though."
06[00:17] * Sept turned his head slightly, still looking at her. "An understanding on what?"
06[00:18] * Aline nodded. "…Yeah, what do you mean by that? I didn't know there needed to be one, though."
01[00:25] <Yanmei> "It was, like, coming together under a common threat? I think that's why I ended up with these physical changes too. They match the vision I had of Watcher back then." She frowned. "Although, I can't really explain Isaiah's changes as easily."
[00:27] <Sept> "Fits with your changes? Surely that's enough, based on what we know."
01[00:29] <Yanmei> "Hm. Maybe. We -have- become a lot more connected."
[00:30] <Aline> "I can only imagine…" Aline said, trailing off a bit.
[00:31] <Sept> "Yeah, that makes sense. Changes in your bond, too?"
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "That's what I mean? Before the thing with Adam, the Libido Effect had… dulled. A lot. And gradually, too. I didn't even realize it until the aftermath. Now I can sense him a lot more clearly? And if he was being controlled into doing something I would know it instantly."
06[00:39] * Sept nodded twice at that. "That's good. And you're both coping alright with the aftermath?"
02[00:40] * Aline (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) Quit (Ping timeout)
03[00:40] * Aline (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) has joined #nervfrance
[00:42] <Aline> "Ohhhh. Well, I suppose that's going to be pretty helpful in the end."
01[00:44] <Yanmei> "Naturally~ Well, aside from the occasional teasing by fellow pilots." She folded her arms smugly. "I've spent entire afternoons with Asuka since that battle. You'll both have to up your game."
06[00:45] * Aline gave Yanmei a /look/. "I don't even play that game, silly."
06[00:49] * Sept handwaved. "Asuka's not that hard to get along with, anyway."
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "Well, she's been less touchy and frustrated lately? That's something."
[00:53] <Sept> "She's got everything she wants, after all."
06[00:54] * Aline had since come down from giving looks. "Well, I suppose that's good for her, then?"
06[00:55] * Yanmei fought desperately to hide a smirk, and cleared her throat. "Indeed."
[00:59] <Sept> "But still, all I accomplished was getting some kind of hate relationship from the shorter guy from Alex's team."
[01:01] <Sept> «Hikari's new team»
06[01:01] * Aline gained a lopsided expression. "That guy's an asshole anyway."
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "What's this, now? What happened?"
[01:06] <Sept> "This Keita guy has a Neospartan feud thing with Edgar, and they were going to wreck Blue's so I stepped in, and then I had to step in again when they were gonna get injured. So now he's got something against me for having him dragged off from Vivian's- oh, yeah. You -brought her back-."
01[01:10] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Well." Yanmei looked a little confused, and then uncomfortable as she followed the change in topic. "She was shut up in the Geofront by herself? I couldn't just leave her."
06[01:13] * Aline looked between the two of them and sighed… "I'll have to side with Yanmei here. She wasn't really in a safe situation."
[01:14] <Sept> "But what you apparently -could- do was give her a weapon to defend herself with, while exposing her to advanced combat circumstances."
06[01:16] * Aline raised a finger. "Wasn't that the battle that, to use the /lingo/, everyone was 'tripping balls' during? That might have ultimately negated… some effects, even as it made other things much, much worse."
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "It wasn't supposed to turn out that way at all," Yanmei muttered. "I'm not dumb? Until we were ambushed, she stayed out of the way and firmly out of danger."
06[01:23] * Sept looked at her for a few more moments. "Hmph. Probably true, and she's alright now. We can argue whether she should be here now or not, but that definitely wasn't the way she should've been introduced to the place."
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "What would you have done, Sera?"
06[01:29] * Aline was pointedly staying out of this now, because she realized she probably couldn't mollify Sera with poor secondhand knowledge.
[01:34] <Sept> "I don't know! You're the one with the training and expertise, so short of predicting that ambush, I don't see a whole lot of options. Leaving her behind could've been just as dangerous, and posed more of a risk to you."
[01:35] <Aline> "Then… accept that it's in the past? Sometimes there are bad things we didn't really have a good call on…?" Aline said a bit helplessly, deciding against her previous lack of intervention.
[01:41] <Sept> "Yeah, I… I do, I just mean we- we've made miracles happen before, and I'd like to see her catch a break one day, after missing that chance on more than one occasion."
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "I think we're more likely to find a safe haven for her than Caine and her people." Yanmei was frowning. "There was this guy there that we captured… a real piece of work. I hate to think what would have happened if they'd had a few conversations together."
03[01:47] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[01:47] <Sept> "Yeah, no, I- agree. You mean Von Brandt. I've heard… stories."
06[01:48] * Aline looked between the two of them. "…Yeah, I've been warned about that."
06[01:51] * Yanmei nodded somberly. "Did you come to a decision about that, Blanc? Ah-" She glanced to Sera. "He's been asking to meet with certain people. Patients of Castillo that he read up on, I guess."
[01:52] <Sept> "Including?"
[01:52] <Aline> "Honestly? I still don't know. I also don't know what information he intends to give you."
01[01:57] <Yanmei> "Including Blanc, Guillory, Isaiah, Ikari, Rei and Surov. And. The information he intends to give in exchange are details about Mary Caine's big plans. Or what he believes them to be." Yanmei shook her head. "That's the thing, isn't it? He could be lying or he could have been misled himself. There's no telling."
[02:01] <Aline> "Ah." Aline said a bit flatly, balancing her chin on a hand. "Well. Given what's happened, I think Shinji and him is even /less/ advisable than before."
[02:01] <Sept> "Of course. And if he is capable of dealing us some kind of blow through just those chats, it just means we already had a weakness there to begin with. But yeah. Ikari especially I'd keep off the table."
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "He's not getting within a hundred feet of Ikari. Don't worry."
[02:04] <Sept> "You can't just tell him Ikari's the dealbreaker, either. You'd just have to refuse."
[02:05] <Aline> "What, like, categorically for everyone?" Aline said, thinking on it. "…Not that I'd terribly mind. As good as having more intel on Caine is, I can allow myself wanting a bit of comfort."
[02:10] <Sept> "Yeah. I doubt further negotiations would have much room, either, unless you can find substitutes for him, maybe a good excuse to pull at least Ikari."
06[02:11] * Yanmei tapped her heel lightly against the floor. "Not just Ikari. I have no intention of forcing people who don't want to meet with him to meet with him. That's why I'm taking the question directly to them?"
[02:12] <Sept> "Of course. They're all valuable."
[02:13] <Aline> "Oh, definitely. And that's probably exactly why he wants to talk with them - and probably try to break them in the process."
[02:15] <Sept> "So you'd still like to hear what he has to say?"
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "I wouldn't be jumping through mental hoops over this if I didn't think what he had to say wasn't valuable? I'd like to hear it, but I don't like risking my people for it."
06[02:21] * Aline just frowned some more. "…I'm sorry I can't help you decide, conflicted as I am."
06[02:23] * Sept nodded. "We undoubtedly need one of those things more than the other. Can't say. I'd still be hesitant to trust him on it, but… I don't know him."
01[02:28] <Yanmei> "He's dangerous," said Yanmei simply. "We had quite the talk ourselves? Blue also knows him pretty well. His history and everything."
[02:29] <Aline> "Interesting that he knows, then. But I guess not /that/ surprising." Aline commented.
[02:30] <Sept> "Yeah, should we… talk about those guys, too?"
01[07:05] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Don't know much about it? But Blue used to work for the Caines, and von Brandt used to condition people for the Caines, and I'm pretty sure he went through the same treatment the Neospartans did on that front."
06[07:08] * Sept tapped a finger on the table silently, but rhythmically, pondering his next move. "And William, too. I mean, we don't know about any conditioning, but they did work together."
06[07:09] * Aline regarded Sera with a firm nod, but waited for Yanmei to realize that.
06[07:12] * Yanmei sucked in a sharp breath and held it for just a split second. "Did William say something about it? He never breathed a word about it to me before."
[07:12] <Aline> "…Tell her what you told me, Yanmei."
[07:12] <Aline> *Sera
[07:14] <Sept> "We had a chat with him and Mary at the Synfront. Assuming it wasn't another him."
01[07:16] <Yanmei> "What did he say?"
06[07:19] * Aline leaned back to let Sera go on.
[07:21] <Sept> "Well, nothing. Like it was an everyday thing. Called her Mother Superior, just acted… -nice- to us both. She told him about Blue being back in Paris."
[07:24] <Aline> "The religious affectation… None of the primes seemed to act that way, so it might not be a thing with her clone army at all." Aline commented glumly.
01[07:26] <Yanmei> "I'm going to talk to him." Yanmei sounded angry, but also… disappointed.
[07:31] <Sept> "You're sure? I didn't want to confront him about it, didn't know if I could accomplish anything. We also… took a look at the Eternity Drive, if that helps."
01[07:31] <Yanmei> "How did he react to that?"
06[07:33] * Aline gave Sera a gentle look, and sort of sighed. "…I'll let him answer, but I'm not too fond of talking to him either."
[07:35] <Sept> "Well, I was preoccupied, but I don't think he did. I mean, I'm not sure if it's as intimidating for other people, and he may be… different after the whole pope thing anyway, I guess."
01[07:39] <Yanmei> "Different how? I don't think he'd mistake Caine for an actual Mother Superior?"
[07:44] <Sept> "Well, no, not in that context, and with the way she talked about people from that old organization of theirs, they would've known each other from before, not from another timeline. I just mean… not much seems to make him budge, now. He seems fatalistic about this world."
06[07:46] * Yanmei shook her head. "Do you think he's the one responsible for the information leaks we've been having?"
06[07:47] * Aline frowned again. "It almost seems that way, but at the same time that almost seems too easy? I don't know how else to describe how I feel about that."
[07:49] <Sept> "Yeah, I have no idea. But that shouldn't change the way we treat our security. Always more spies. And I could be wrong."
01[07:53] <Yanmei> "If anything, we should actually be beefing up our security?"
[07:56] <Aline> "Yeah. Or at the very least, being a lot more careful about who knows what."
[07:59] <Sept> "Mm," Sept nodded. "Makes sense."
06[08:02] * Yanmei nodded as well, folding her arms. "So. What else did we want to discuss today?"
[08:08] <Sept> "So do we really trust Blue enough to have him around? He's out of his mind, but… seems cooperative enough so far," Sept grudgingly admitted.
06[08:11] * Aline waved her hand. "Ehhhh he'll be fiiiine."
01[08:11] <Yanmei> "Yup. The enemy of my enemy is my friend? I think he's genuine when he says he has it out for Caine. As long as he behaves himself, I'm okay with him sticking around."
[08:17] <Sept> "I'll agree. His help for now is worth any potential trouble."
01[08:26] <Yanmei> "Speaking of unlikely allies… how do you predict Caine will react to this Metatron business?"
[08:28] <Sept> "Well. Even if we fix this new Lance and stop Metatron, we won't be able to easily retrieve the Lance, right?"
[08:33] <Aline> "I'm not entirely sure as to Longinus's status, no." Aline commented… and then looked at Yanmei. "Probably let us do it then beat the crap out of us when she can."
01[08:35] <Yanmei> "I'm shocked that she didn't show up to attack immediately after Adam had been dealt with," Yanmei muttered. "I have the feeling she'll be closer at hand this time?"
[08:38] <Sept> "She has to make some kind of move," Sera nodded.
[08:41] <Aline> "It's more-or-less inevitable that she will, yes."
01[08:43] <Yanmei> "We can use some backup Evas to watch our backs during the operation itself, but we only have so many. A lot of them still need repairs? And… I'm a little worried about how they would fare against, say, a Dysangelion, or another EVA-22."
[08:47] <Aline> "Hopefully that won't be /too/ serious a problem…"
[08:47] <Sept> "It's difficult. If she chooses to focus her forces on the moon or down here while we split ours between the two, there'll be a problem."
01[08:55] <Yanmei> "I know what you mean." Yanmei frowned deeply. "One thing we could do is to focus everything we have on the moon, in hopes of finishing things up there more quickly so that we can get back to focusing on more earthly matters as soon as possible."
[08:58] <Sept> "That seems like the best way to do it."
[08:58] <Aline> "…Maybe." Aline commented softly. "I don't really know, but it sounds good to me."
01[09:00] <Yanmei> "At least as pressing a concern: how do we actually put the Lance together once we find the last part of it? All of this talk about how to deal with Caine is useless if we can't stop Metatron."
[09:00] <Aline> "I don't know. Maybe the whole ~secret lair~ might have a clue on it."
[09:01] <Sept> "I don't suppose we can just like, rub it on Lilith and hope for the best."
06[09:05] * Yanmei chuckled. "If only it'd be that easy. But, you know," she leaned forward a little. "Ikari mentioned something about reforging it into something when he first brought it up to me. So he must have had a plan himself?"
[09:09] <Sept> "There must be a couple avenues open to us with it. We can ask around."
[09:12] <Aline> "Yeah, we ca."
01[09:15] <Yanmei> "Fontaine is already in the loop about our situation. Really, all of our resident specialists will be shortly, even Hohenzollern."
06[09:17] * Sept raised an eyebrow. "She's a specialist, now?"
01[09:21] <Yanmei> "Eh. She has the same academic credentials as, say, Fontaine or Ikari. It's just that she's a theorist, and her real world experience applications of the subject matter are lacking?"
01[09:22] <Yanmei> ^experience applying the subject matter
06[09:31] * Sept made a bit of a shrug. "Fair enough. I'm sure we'll come up with a few options before time's up, then."
06[09:36] * Yanmei simply nodded to herself.
01[09:47] <Yanmei> "In any case, you guys try to think of ideas too, okay? And try to rest up a bit before our next meeting. I doubt this will be easy on any of us?"
06[09:50] * Sept nodded, looking contemplative. "Yeah, got it. Tread carefully."
01[09:54] <Yanmei> "Naturally~" Yanmei stood up with another grin. "Feel free to use this room whenever. It's not very comfortable, but it's a space away from the cameras, if you ever need a break."
[09:57] <Sept> "Got it." Sera stood up as well, stretching. "I'll see you guys around."
01[09:59] <Yanmei> "Later, Sera. Blanc." She nodded her goodbyes to both of them before making her way to the door.
03[10:04] * Sept is now known as Syntax
01[10:14] <Yanmei> --
01[10:18] <Yanmei> It would be a little over a half an hour before Yanmei started on her way to William's room, having to first check in with - and avoid questions from - her stern-faced secretary before going on her way again. She walked slowly, her face arranged in a thoughtful expression, a datapad clutched in her right hand.
[10:23] <Minaplo> [She would run into William quite some way from his room, emerging from a corridor to her left. "Oh, Yanmei!"]
01[10:26] <Yanmei> "William!" She stopped short and smiled. "Got a few minutes?"
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["I do. I was just heading back to my room to pick up something, do you mind walking and talking?"]
01[10:33] <Yanmei> "Not at all?" Yanmei fell quickly into stride alongside him. "How are you getting along these days?"
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["I suppose I'm making ends meet." He said, giving her a helpless smile. He paused for a moment, quickly looking her up and down. "… So it's true. You -have- changed."]
01[10:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah. In that last incident with Adam." Yanmei sighed. "I've had to retool my entire wardrobe. It's the same for Isaiah too?"
[10:36] <Minaplo> [William chuckled. "Like you didn't enjoy the hunt for new clothes."]
01[10:41] <Yanmei> "Maybe if I had more money and an actual mall on board, it would be different? I've had to use Blue's new tailor shop to get by in the meantime." She tried not to be obvious about it, but she watched closely for a reaction to that.
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["Ah… His new shop. I suppose it makes sense." His expression became quite flat.]
01[10:45] <Yanmei> "Can I ask you something?"
[10:45] <Minaplo> ["Anything."]
01[10:47] <Yanmei> "Did you and Blue have, like… history together?"
[10:50] <Minaplo> ["Ah."]
06[10:51] * Yanmei didn't say anything. She just gazed at him curiously.
[10:53] <Minaplo> ["You know about my life, Yanmei." He said quietly. "I spent a lot of it in Africa, South America… Dangerous places there, wartorn ones. I've encountered plenty of people, dangerous ones, and he was one of them. As he said during our conversation last- remember, before the coup- I'm no stranger to Walpurgis Night, either." He said, his expression dark.]
01[10:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah," Yanmei said. "I remember. You were friends with those four, right?"
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Er. More than friends with Nejem, the leader." He looked embarrassed.]
01[11:01] <Yanmei> "Ah. So that that's why Blue threw those… *ahem*." She patted his shoulder. "He's a jerk."
[11:01] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."]
01[11:04] <Yanmei> "There's another big jerk on board these days. Ephraim Siskin von Brandt. Do you know him too?"
[11:05] <Minaplo> ["Von Brandt…? Yes, I've heard of him."]
01[11:06] <Yanmei> "But you've never met him personally?"
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["From what I've heard, that'd be a terrible idea."]
01[11:17] <Yanmei> "Seriously," she sighed. "But. You know. I guess a lot of people we know who were training to be soldiers back then were seen by him, including the Neospartans."
[11:18] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… That seems to match up with what I've been told by others." Said William. He turned the corner now- they were in the home stretch of the corridor, his room in sight.]
01[11:19] <Yanmei> "Did Walpurgis Night go through that too, do you think?"
[11:20] <Minaplo> [He shook his head. "No, Walpurgis Night aren't any conditioned soldiers. They don't -really- work for anyone. They're mercenaries, that's all."]
01[11:21] <Yanmei> "Hm." She decided to wait until they were someplace more private before asking more.
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["You look good, by the way." Said William with a grin, walking up to the door and punching in his code. "Your new form, I mean… Sorry, am I being rude?"]
01[11:26] <Yanmei> "Nah. I'm flattered?" She grinned back at him. "And it's something a few people have told me already. Rei and Nana were especially impressed for some reason."
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm. Perhaps you're just the beautiful big sister they deserve now? A big sister should be the epitome of feminine beauty, you know." The password was punched in, and the door opened.]
01[11:29] <Yanmei> "What are you saying? My old form wasn't shabby either?" She let him go in first, and then stepped in after him.
[11:31] <Minaplo> ["I dunno, it was a little short~"]
01[11:31] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Petite and refined, you mean~"
[11:33] <Minaplo> ["Maybe-"-
[11:33] <Minaplo> [Beep. Beep. Beep.-
[11:34] <Minaplo> [There was a sound coming from near the door, concealed behind a chair. William frowned, pushing it aside, revealing…-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [William reacted first, instantly turning, diving towards Yanmei, wrapping his arms around her and tackling her to the ground, shielding her. A second later, Yanmei's world was shaken, seemingly literally- a concussive wave of sound and force smashing into her, followed by the explosion sending a hail of shrapnel and heat and fire in all directions.]
01[11:47] <Yanmei> For a few minutes, she couldn't make her limbs move. It hurt… every part of her hurt, and it felt as if the ground was going to slip and slide right out from underneath her as she rolled over. -
01[11:50] <Yanmei> Eventually, she registered the fire around her, and tried to stand up shakily. "W-William…"
[11:53] <Minaplo> [He was lying next to her. As painful as it had been for Yanmei, it had been infinitely worse for William and that was apparent just from looking at him. He had shielded her, and the explosion had torn through his clothes, which were on fire. She could see his skin, burned and cut, and the bones beneath, many of which were obviously broken, a rib having snapped and torn through the flesh
[11:53] <Minaplo> of his side. Blood was starting to pool… He didn't respond.]
01[11:59] <Yanmei> "W-" She fought to swallow back a scream and a fair bit of bile and began swatting frantically at the flames on his clothes. "Will! William!! C'mon, say… William!"
[12:02] <Minaplo> [Nothing. As she hit him, horrifically, she felt how sickeningly fragile the body beneath was…]
01[12:08] <Yanmei> Her eyes burned. Her throat did too, but for different reasons - the smoke around them. A swell of panic kept her rooted in place, still taking out the flames as she could, albeit with a more gentle approach. If… if she moved him, would it make the injuries worse? Those bones…
[12:11] <Minaplo> [What could she do? If only she could call for help…]
01[12:16] <Yanmei> So she did. She kept her eyes on him, and focused very hard. Her own physical discomfort now a non-issue. -
01[12:22] <Yanmei> "Got it," she murmured after a moment, and stood up. If she couldn't move him herself, she would do something else before they both died of smoke inhalation. Did the Brothers stock this room with a fire extinguisher?
[12:26] <Minaplo> [Yanmei would know from her own room that there was a fire extinguisher in the store cupboard…]
01[12:29] <Yanmei> So she made a break for it, an arm over her mouth and nose. If the person who'd set this up was thorough, he would have removed or replaced the extinguisher with something else. Still, she was desperate!
[12:30] <Minaplo> [Yet, there it was, the extinguisher, although the explosion had managed to embed it deep into a wall. Would it still work?]
01[12:32] <Yanmei> First to get it out of the damned wall. She clutched it and pulled!
[12:34] <Minaplo> [It was stubborn at first, but then came out all of a sudden!]
01[12:35] <Yanmei> Immediately, she tested it, spraying a very short blast away from herself and William
[12:39] <Minaplo> [It took a moment to force it to work, yet it did, releasing fire-suffocating gas that began to suppress the flames quickly!]
01[12:44] <Yanmei> Right! Now they were in business. She hurried back over to where William was, spraying around him as thoroughly as she could, and then moving outward, in the direction of the door .
[12:46] <Minaplo> [Except the door had crumpled and become jammed in the explosion!]
06[12:55] * Yanmei kicked it at hard as she could, letting out her best war cry… only to have it remain firmly in place without budging. She drew back, grumbling, and then coughing. For a minute, that dizziness from before overtook her. -
01[13:05] <Yanmei> But she battled her way through it, scrabbling desperately around in the charred wreckage of the room for something to help her. She found it in a broken hunk of wood that probably once supported one of the ship's elegant and expensive wood tables and wedged it up into a small gap between the door and the frame, and pushed back and forth, working the thing open.
[13:06] <Minaplo> [With a herculean effort, she pushed, and the door miraculously began to buckle and pull, with an extremely painful screaming, wrenching sound- open.]
01[13:10] <Yanmei> Fresh air! She leaned out, coughing, peering blearily into the hallway. "God-damn- it! Someone help!"
[13:13] <Minaplo> [And help was coming. She saw the familiar sight of Isaiah, flanked by two others- Nana, her violet hair bouncing- and Ezekiel, standing out in his new robe. They were sprinting towards Yanmei.-
[13:14] <Minaplo> [Isaiah reached them first, grabbing Yanmei. "Yan-! You're hurt!"]
01[13:15] <Yanmei> "'m fine. William has it worse." She grabbed his arm, tightly. "You have to go to him!"
[13:16] <Minaplo> [But Ezekiel and Nana were already on it. They swept past, Ezekiel waving a hand to the door- which shimmered for a moment before vanishing into nothing- and Nana was in, her AT Field spread, suppressing and then extinguishing the flames.-
[13:17] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh my god…" She muttered a second latter in horror.]
01[13:18] <Yanmei> That just alarmed Yanmei even more. She stumbled for the doorway again, making it into the smokey room once more
01[13:18] <Yanmei> ^.
[13:21] <Minaplo> [It was the sight of William's battered, broken body that horrified her so. The room was an astonishing mess, but he was worse…-
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["I will handle it from here." Said Ezekiel, stepping past them all. He seemed unaffected by the brutality- he knelt down next to William, and in a second they both vanished.-
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, what -happened-?" Asked Isaiah urgently.]
01[13:25] <Yanmei> "Bomb." She gestured exhaustedly at the spot where William had found it, although said spot was probably nothing more than a blackened hole by now. Then, the horrible full truth came flooding back to her. "He blocked it. H-he… he dove on top of me!"
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["Shh-hh." Isaiah stepped forward, wrapping his arms around her. He'd concentrate for a moment, and then Yanmei would feel her injuries, her pains, start to fade.-
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["Come on. Let's get you out of here, you're in shock…"]
01[22:48] <Yanmei> The urge to resist rose and fell. There was nothing here now, with the fires taken care of and William carted off. She peered around one last time, as if in search of any more clues as to who started this in the first place.
[22:52] <Minaplo> [Isaiah looked around too, grim questions inherent in his expression… Before he led Yanmei out.]
06[22:55] * Yanmei let herself be led along with him in dazed silence. Where were they going?
[23:01] <Minaplo> [To the medical wing… Which would be large enough for her to go without seeing William.]
01[23:05] <Yanmei> Not that she didn't try, turning sharply at any unfamiliar movement, as if expecting him to be carted by at any second. In any case, she endured her checkup and diagnosis without much complaint despite her inclinations.
[23:06] <Minaplo> [The checkup was done by Isaiah, of course…-
[23:07] <Minaplo> ["There. You took some heavy injuries, but I've taken some of them on. Now we're both moderately hurt, but nothing we can't walk off." Said Isaiah with a small smile. "How are you feeling?"]
01[23:10] <Yanmei> "Confused. And…" She shook her head, rubbing her forehead. "I have to talk to security. Maybe they caught something on tape?"
[23:11] <Minaplo> ["Let Security handle it for now. You have other things to focus on."]
05[23:12] -Gerard- [Global Notice] Reminder to my fellow US folks that clocks are going forward tonight because of our wonderful DST traditions. Weep not for your lost hour.
01[23:14] <Yanmei> "Like William…"
[23:15] <Minaplo> ["Like Metatron."]
01[23:17] <Yanmei> "R…ight. Her too."
[23:17] <Minaplo> [Isaiah took her hand, squeezing it gently. "William will be alright. He'll need prosthetics, but he'll be alright. They fixed Clement, right? There's nothing for you to worry about."]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "If they can keep him alive at all…" Yanmei muttered. "We thought he was a spy, you know. That's why I was there, talking with him? But… good god. What the hell even happened?"
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["A spy? William? …"-
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["Maybe… Someone else felt the same way."]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "No way? If they had, they would have come to us and talked it over, surely…"
[23:27] <Minaplo> ["You know damn well that there are people on this ship who shoot first and ask questions later." Said Isaiah darkly.]
01[23:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I know." Yanmei exhaled loudly. "He'll probably be the first person security investigates about this. Goddamn it, he should -know- better!"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["Shh. Don't think about that for now. Do you want to stay here, or should we go?"]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "Let's go." She got to her feet. "I still have some work to do today."
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["Alright, but I'm sticking close to you for the rest of today."]
06[23:58] * Yanmei simply took his hand. "All right," she said. "It'll be pretty boring, though."
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["I'll manage somehow." He said with a smile.]
06[00:10] * Yanmei gave his hand another squeeze. Resisting the urge to nestle against him, she pulled him along on their way.

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