For The Love Of Life 1 1 2

01[22:19] <Yanmei> Another day, another stroll around the prisons. Yanmei was on the move, wearing a few simple items from her old wardrobe that had been altered by nameless parties on board the ship. There was a plain black skirt and a red blouse made of slightly stretchy fabric, and brand new boots that she had just bought. -
01[22:27] <Yanmei> Very quickly, she moved past von Brandt's cell without looking, descending down a stairwell to an even more secure section. She had to wait for a few moments while a double layer of blast doors were opened remotely by the security guard on duty, and then stalked slowly toward the appropriate cell.
[22:38] <Minaplo> [Within was Kaworu Nagisa, sitting on a bed, wearing nothing but a white robe. Except… It wasn't really Nagisa, was it? This was Augustine…-
[22:43] <Minaplo> [He held a book in his hand- 'Dream of the Red Chamber'.]
06[22:47] * Yanmei stared quietly at first. Then she cleared her throat and reached for the phone on her side of the transparent partition.
[22:52] <Minaplo> [He smiled, putting the book aside and walking over, taking the phone on his side. "Hello."]
01[22:54] <Yanmei> "Hello. How have you been doing?"
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["As well as I can in this situation." He took a moment to take in Yanmei's form, looking her up and down. "Your body. You've changed."]
01[22:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah. A… lot of things have been going on lately?" She sighed. "I wanted to come down personally and thank you for your patience with us so far."
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["You are kind. I have to admit, I'm rather impressed."]
01[22:58] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["There is an entity- probably an Evangelion- powering this ship, granting it an AT Field. It has somehow been set to neutralise myself and I suspect any other Primes present. The walls are made of something quite like Surovite, only they regenerate if they take damage. I was fully expecting to be a prisoner here of my own free will, only to find that I am actually a genuine prisoner."]
03[23:04] * Raphael (~ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|oaT#ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|oaT) has joined #nervfrance
01[23:06] <Yanmei> "Heh. Well, we're pretty experienced with AT Field users? And we've grown used to adapting the technology on the ship to our own needs. I hope you're comfortable in spite of the circumstances."
[23:06] <Minaplo> ["Adequately so."]
06[23:10] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "I haven't forgotten your request? We just need a few more days."
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["Is there a problem?"]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "Nothing relating to you guys exactly? Metatron is acting aggressively, and we have to focus on stopping her for now."
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["Aggressively?"]
03[23:29] * Zack is now known as ZackAFK
06[23:33] * Yanmei paused. Caine was probably already aware of this herself by now. "If we leave her alone at this point, she could very well cause an impact event that could wipe out the population of earth. I'm sure Mary Caine and her forces are hunkering down and trying to stop her as well, although we haven't gotten an official cease fire from them."
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Do you want a cease fire?"]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "If we had one, I wouldn't expect it to last very long?"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["Tell me, who is better prepared to combat Metatron at this point?"]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> "That would be us. We have many powerful EVAs, and they were created to combat Angels, remember? Caine might have her own secret weapons ready to go, but I can only speculate on what they are."
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["She will let you fight Metatron, but she will try to interfere in some way to leverage a concession from you."]
06[23:55] * Yanmei grumbled. "You think she will? I was expecting her to stay on the sidelines and swoop in to take advantage of us while we were weakened by the fight."
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["That too."]
Session Time: Sat Mar 08 00:00:00 2014
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "She's not very fair."
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Did you expect her to be?"]
06[00:14] * Yanmei laughed. Despite her efforts, she still sounded a little tired. "Not even a little? I suppose I'm just complaining."
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Understandable. If it were not for her, things would be very much easier."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "Absolutely it would. But. What do you think about her way of doing things? I'm curious."
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Dangerous. Certainly it brings many gains, material or otherwise. She is good at weakening an enemy and wearing them down. However, there is one thing that concerns me."]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "What's that?"
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["Imagine a space. This space is occupied by two groups, who are enemies, but at the present, either of them has any weapons. You are one of these groups, what do you do?"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "Stay on the defensive, I suppose? Anticipate attacks from the enemy while trying to find an upper hand over them some other way, like through superior numbers or training or trade."
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["Hmm."]
01[00:35] <Yanmei> "What?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Let me ask you this: what are the goals of these two groups?"]
01[00:42] <Yanmei> "I… don't know. You didn't say. I assumed it's to destroy the other group?"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> "Because they're enemies? Isn't that what enemies do?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Is it?"]
06[00:58] * Yanmei peered at him doubtfully. "Even if it's not, it's better to be safe than sorry? If there's an enemy nearby, you need to be prepared for them to attack you. Otherwise you and your group could end up dead."
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["But consider the situation, Yanmei. You have two groups. These groups have their own goals, varied, and one of those goals is to destroy the other group. Let's take a situation you are familiar with. Why would -you- want to destroy another group?"]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "If they were trying to directly or indirectly destroy us. Oh." she frowned as if remembering something.
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Hmm?"]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "You're going to say something like, 'if neither group tried to destroy the other, there wouldn't be any reason to fight'."
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Something akin to it. You are suggesting that you would destroy a group for trying to destroy you. If we assume that both group thinks the same way, and neither of them have weapons, then at that moment, there -is- no threat of destruction. Peace can be achieved at a bargain price."-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Mary Caine, however, thinks differently. She sees the other group as having the potential to be peaceful or the potential to be a threat, and that potential is too much for her to tolerate. So she will weaken the other group as best she can, then muster the weapons to destroy them later. That is how she thinks, and it has its merits. However, let's say there's three groups, or four, or
[01:18] <Minaplo> five. Once she destroys one group, the others become suspicious, and through trying to prevent a threat she creates threats."]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "Problematic," said Yanmei thoughtfully. "She's making worse problems through her own paranoia."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["And then seeks to destroy those problems. And to destroy them, she needs more power. The more she accumulates, the more enemies she makes…"]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Of course, my strategy is more defensive? No one wants to initiate an attack. But if some does - like Caine - you have to respond?"
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Of course. Defensive wars are just wars."]
01[07:11] <Yanmei> "Is it enough, though?"
[07:12] <Minaplo> ["That depends on the situation."]
01[07:12] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[07:20] <Minaplo> ["A defensive war can destroy the attacker, depending on the attacker's resource base and their influence. Let us picture a scenario. A dictator has taken control of his country on the swell of popular opinion. Remaining in power relies on promises that he will lead the nation to new glories, new victories and destroy their foes. Yet assume the dictator attacks his neighbour, who fights
[07:20] <Minaplo> defensively. Although the fighting may occur in the defender's territory, and they may suffer loss of material- destroyed farms or cities- if the defense is stern enough, it is the attacker who will lose more resources, and if he loses enough without gain, his reign will collapse."]
01[07:26] <Yanmei> "… of course, that is reliant on the attacker growing weaker as time passes. What happens if the opposite is true?"
[07:28] <Minaplo> ["Then ultimately, a war of defense will only be good to deplete the attacker temporarily, allowing you to go on the offensive and press your advantage."]
01[07:33] <Yanmei> "I'm impressed with how much you seem to know about military strategy. Not surprised, but impressed all the same."
[07:34] <Minaplo> [He smiled. "Thank you."]
01[07:36] <Yanmei> "You're welcome. May I ask you something?"
[07:38] <Minaplo> ["You may, but the answer depends on the question."]
01[07:39] <Yanmei> "Fair enough?" -
03[07:39] * Syntax is now known as Sept
01[07:44] <Yanmei> "Why did you seemingly act on your own when it came to this business with the Spectre? I understand the draws of the libido effect all too well? But I was under the impression that Caine's… influence was stronger."
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["Not an unfair question. And it is true that Caine's influence is stronger, but they are not the same thing. You can feel Isaiah Gabriel-Wei right now, yes? Hear his thoughts, sense his emotions, feel the pulse of his blood? Even if you are not focusing, it is there in the background, like music you are not focusing on, yet music that comes into clarity when a discordant note is sounded."]
01[07:47] <Yanmei> "Yes. All true?"
[07:54] <Minaplo> ["Caine controls the Eternity Drive due to her own physiology, and by consuming portions of Lilith's body, but the connection to the Eternity Drive is physical. It is based off mechanics and the physical realm and raw power, not by the spiritual connection you and Isaiah possess. It is true that Caine permanently controls me. At any time she wishes, she can activate the Drive and send me
[07:54] <Minaplo> orders. But she is still only human. Imagine feeling how you do with Isaiah, but for millions, billions? It would overwhelm you. She cannot handle that- no one can. So, in that sense, there are many times where my actions go unseen, albeit not -completely- undetected in the long run."]
06[08:02] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "Interesting. So you do have a degree of privacy most of the time. And you can do whatever you want while you do." She frowned slightly. "Honestly, though, I'm a little surprised that Caine has not been sending you orders while you're imprisoned? You're in the enemy's stronghold - a perfect position to make things hard for us if you managed to get loose."
[08:02] <Minaplo> ["If I may clarify something?"]
01[08:03] <Yanmei> "Yes, of course."
[08:04] <Minaplo> ["It is a misnomer to assume I can do whatever I wish if her attention is elsewhere. She is able to give me objectives to complete. Or flat bans. For example, I was not permitted to enter the Geofront. Her control is quite extensive in that regard."]
01[08:11] <Yanmei> "Ah. Right. You mentioned that ban before? And if you decided to try going against it anyway… what would happen? Some sort of physical agony?"
[08:12] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps. It is difficult to explain. I simply… Cannot."]
01[08:19] <Yanmei> "Hmm, I see," she said simply.
[08:22] <Minaplo> ["In regards to your statement about Caine giving me orders… Caine has taken information from me about my imprisonment, but as you can see until recently there hasn't been much for me to give. In regards to causing trouble… I could cause some trouble if I broke free. But this is a reinforced room, and with your shipwide neutralisation field, I cannot do much to remedy that."]
01[08:26] <Yanmei> "I suppose not. Everyone's being extra careful around you guys?"
[08:28] <Minaplo> ["They are right to be. I am the only Prime who remembers my own 'fitness test' to gain Primedom… And conquering the horrifics of those tests makes us very dangerous."]
01[08:29] <Yanmei> "What did they make you do? Why are you the only one who remembers?"
[08:38] <Minaplo> ["I will answer the second in due time. As for the first…"-
[08:40] <Minaplo> ["The first test places us into a labyrinth. No weapons, no clothes, and no AT Field. Only our powerful bodies and our combat knowledge programmed into us. Within the labyrinth are eighty people- criminals. Murderers and rapists and the like. People that 'would not be missed'. The criminals are armed. We have six hours to kill at least forty of them."]
01[08:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared. Incredulously.
[08:47] <Minaplo> ["It conditions the Angelic soul to understand pain the way a human does. It forces us to think like a human being at all levels. And it weeds out the unworthy of us, those with unseen defects. The challenge is stacked against us, and past a certain point, becomes nearly impossible. A Prime without an AT Field finds it very hard to fight against a group of 20, 30 humans at once. We learn
[08:47] <Minaplo> to even the odds. Choke points. Raids. Terror attacks. Fear."-
[08:48] <Minaplo> ["I slew 62 out of 80. A good mark, but not the best. Only one Prime has managed a perfect score."]
01[08:50] <Yanmei> "…which one?" It was Joan, right? So vicious and stubborn…
[08:51] <Minaplo> ["Sophia." He said, his voice cold. "Shall I share that story with you?"]
06[08:55] * Yanmei paused. She nodded one or twice. "Please."
[08:58] <Minaplo> ["Sophia was cornered an hour into the test, and overwhelmed. They could not kill a Prime, but they could disable one. Imagine thirty, forty, sixty or seventy people who hate you, capable of anything, swarming you, pinning you to the ground, not only with their arms, but with knives, stabbing them through your hands and feet. That was the start."]
01[09:03] <Yanmei> "How… did… she get away?"
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["You know of Angel bodies, and to a lesser extent our own. If given time to heal from damage, they will find a way to adapt to handle that damage to a greater extent than before."-
[09:10] <Minaplo> ["So as they pinned her down for a total of four hours, inflicting on her every torture and indignity and pain they could imagine. If they had known she was the Angel that destroyed Beijing, they could not have been crueller. When Sophia screamed and cried for mercy, begging them to stop hurting her, they cut her throat. And it healed. And they cut. Again, and again, and again, until she
[09:10] <Minaplo> adapted. She developed a throat that they could not cut, and when she screamed, a wail came forth that filled them with utter terror. And so she hunted them down, each and every one, taking her vengeance. If you ever wondered why Sophia is so reluctant to speak, and why she seemed so willing to hunt the dregs of humanity… There are your answers."]
01[09:14] <Yanmei> "Sophia…" Yanmei fell silent for a little while, clearly troubled. "It must be really difficult for her, even now?"
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["She does not remember the events, but she still bears the scars in ways she doesn't even recognise."-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [He looked down, clearly troubled. "I wonder if she will even let me touch her when we do meet again. She must recoil even at the idea of the touch of a man now, or even a human being at all."]
01[09:25] <Yanmei> "You'll have to take it slowly," she agreed. "She might try to choke you or break your arms if you hug her. But, um. Just talking to her is really the best way to get started anyway? Even if she doesn't say much back, she's much friendlier these days."
[09:27] <Minaplo> ["Thanks to you." He said, looking up again, a fervent light in his eyes. "You befriended her, even though I remember how much you hated her before she became Sophia."]
01[09:31] <Yanmei> "It's more complicated than that? I didn't know who she really was when I became her friend," Yanmei admitted. Something about the way he was looking at her made her a little reluctant to say it out loud. "And by the time I did learn of it, we had already gone through a lot together."
[09:32] <Minaplo> ["Yet you still helped her. And finding out does not seem to have stopped you."]
01[09:35] <Yanmei> "Maybe." She was frowning now, deeply. "She doesn't remember that stuff herself, though. I wonder if things would change if she did. She might become more like Joan…"
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["That is something we will have to discover as we move forward. But forgive me, we have become side-tracked. There were other tests."]
01[09:36] <Yanmei> "Right, right. Pardon. Please, go on?"
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["After the labyrinth comes endurance. You have seen an Annihilator. Imagine taking an Annihilator and, instead of a head, grafting a mutated human body to it, with the heft and size of an Iron Guard, an Angel's mask integrated into its back. This is what they call Samsons. Gigantic living battering rams controlled by Caine. For four hours, they broke me. Every bone, every muscle, every
[09:44] <Minaplo> organ. Fire, claws, energy beams, tearing my flesh and ribs open…"]
01[09:45] <Yanmei> "…-why-?"
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["Follow the logic. If they cut Sophia's throat, and that throat eventually adapted to be resistant to blades, what more could be achieved by exposing us to such brutality?"]
01[09:50] <Yanmei> "Making you impervious to all sorts of attacks. No, I get it perfectly." she scowled. "Don't you hate her? After remembering all that?"
[09:53] <Minaplo> ["Not as much as I fear her." He said, his voice deathly quiet. "When the four hours ended, she entered my pen, and the Samsons fled. Just being near her caused them to run like terrified rabbits, they ran into walls in their haste. That is what I feel when I think of hating her."]
01[09:55] <Yanmei> "She probably designed things that way."
[10:01] <Minaplo> ["I know."]
06[10:04] * Yanmei shook her head. "Was that the end of your testing?"
[10:06] <Minaplo> ["No. The next tests were mostly on teaching me to use my AT Field and written exams. Nothing traumatic."]
06[10:15] * Yanmei nodded, slowly. "Still, I don't envy you or the others. How do you remember it all and keep yourself from snapping?"
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["I remember Sophia."]
01[10:18] <Yanmei> "You mean… staying in control increases your chances of meeting her again."
[10:19] <Minaplo> ["Yes. No. That is part of it. If I imagine that she is commanding me to stay sane, then I can do it."]
01[10:26] <Yanmei> "Oh," she said quietly. "…" -
01[10:28] <Yanmei> "You're actually pretty strong, you know. Not just physically."
[10:31] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. But it is easy to seem strong if you latch onto a single hope and cling to it so desperately."]
01[10:36] <Yanmei> "Depends on what that hope is, I think."
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps."-
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["But this is also the answer to the second question, why I remembered when the others did not. Perhaps that hope was too strong, even in death."]
01[10:44] <Yanmei> "You mean, like… that hope kept you going through the tests, and stayed in your memory even afterward?"
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["The hope that stayed with me since when I met you stayed with me even after I died."]
01[10:50] <Yanmei> "Since…?" Her eyes widened slightly, and then shifted aside, making her look suddenly uncomfortable. "Ah, that…"
[10:51] <Minaplo> ["Yes."]
01[10:52] <Yanmei> "Um. Speaking of feelings you had back then… It's strange, but you don't seem to overtly hate me these days."
[10:55] <Minaplo> ["I knew your mind back then. I saw that you felt truly guilty for the pain you had caused me."]
01[11:07] <Yanmei> "Well, your situation was pretty easy to empathize with? Um. You haven't told people about that stuff, have you?"
[11:09] <Minaplo> ["No."]
06[11:20] * Yanmei nodded her approval. "Thanks."
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["Is there anything else?"]
01[11:25] <Yanmei> "No… that's actually all I wanted to talk about today. Do you have any questions for me?"
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["What other Solomon Primes are here?"]
01[11:26] <Yanmei> "Sophia. And one I'm less familiar with. Our file said that she goes by 'Agatha'."
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Ah, Agatha."]
01[11:35] <Yanmei> "Yes. I'm not sure how they managed to capture her, but, here we are. How do you feel about her?"
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["Agatha is interesting. Unlike Joan and Scholastica, she bears little ill will towards humanity. She is a noble soul."]
01[11:41] <Yanmei> "Odd," Yanmei muttered, tapping her fingers idly against the glass. "Noble… noble…"
[11:42] <Minaplo> ["What is it?"]
01[11:48] <Yanmei> "Heh. Nothing! She seems to be good at making friends. As I recall, Blanc and de Pteres have described as been nicer than expected."
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Unsurprising."]
01[11:52] <Yanmei> "You like her too~" She guessed.
[11:55] <Minaplo> ["Consider my alternatives." He said with a wry smile.]
01[11:57] <Yanmei> "Point taken."
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Are you intending to speak to Agatha?"]
01[11:59] <Yanmei> "I hadn't planned on it today. But since I'm in the neighborhood, I could pass on a message if you'd like."
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Just pass on my well wishes."]
01[12:01] <Yanmei> "No problem~"
[12:04] <Minaplo> [He nodded.]
01[12:05] <Yanmei> "Anyway, I'll leave you to your…" she skimmed around the cell for some form of entertainment, "…meditation for now."
[12:07] <Minaplo> [He still had his book!-
[12:07] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."]
01[12:08] <Yanmei> "I'll visit again soon. Goodbye for now?"
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["Goodbye." He placed the phone back on its receiver, and returned to his bed.]
06[12:09] * Yanmei put the phone back as well, and was on her way… to another cell.
[00:02] <Minaplo> [This cell was much like the other one, which was natural, since it held a similar sort of prisoner. Wearing a white jumpsuit was Rei Ayanami… Although Yanmei knew obviously that it was Sophia, the Spectre, the Solomon with Rei's face.-
[00:03] <Minaplo> [Sophia was sitting on the floor, a deck of tarot cards in her hands. She seemed quite engrossed in whatever message she was taking from them.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [But Yanmei would see someone… Something? Else first. Set up just outside the cell, in a wicker basket lined with soft linens, a pillow, and a little catnip mouse toy, was a black cat… Ying.]
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "So this is where they put you, hm?" Yanmei frowned at the kitty, before reaching down and scratching him gently behind the ears. It looked as if someone was taking care of him, but it must have been lonely for both him and Sophia…
[00:11] <Minaplo> [The cat let out an appreciative purr, reaching up to lick at Yanmei's fingers.]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Next time I'll bring a treat or something, ok?" She gave a few more pets, and then stood up again. Instead of a phone, there was an intercom and a simple monitor embedded in its place. She pressed the button in the intercom. -
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Sorry to interrupt. Is this a bad time?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> [Sophia looked up at Yanmei, a small smile spreading across her face. She collected her tarot cards up and walked over to the door, sitting on a little stool. A little keyboard had been built into the wall, and it was on this that she typed.-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ['hello']
01[00:20] <Yanmei> The message displayed clearly on the monitor, and Yanmei gave a little smile of her own. It was a clever solution to the unique communication challenges the Spectre created. "How are you feeling?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ['Fine'-
[00:29] <Minaplo> ['Bored']
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry about that. Do you want me to send down some books or newspapers?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ['Yes'-
[00:32] <Minaplo> ['More visits']
06[00:38] * Yanmei nodded with a wider smile now. "Now that I can try for?" She glanced down at Ying again, half certain that he too understood, and was anticipating more treats, and then peered back at her. -
01[00:39] <Yanmei> "There's something I wanted to ask you."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ['What']
01[00:44] <Yanmei> "You came quietly with us when we stormed the Geofront. But how did you know what we were planning? With your Adam and everything? It couldn't have been the tarot cards…?"
[00:55] <Minaplo> [She smiled. 'I saw']
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "Like…?" she seemed puzzled, "Like with your AT Field?"
[01:01] <Minaplo> ['Yes'-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ['I see threads that tie people and events together and can follow them']
01[01:07] <Yanmei> "I see." But she looked no less puzzled. "So when you look at me now, you can see the different things I've been up to? And the different people I've been talking with?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ['No'-
03[01:08] * Gerard is now known as Zack
[01:08] <Minaplo> ['My Field is suppressed']
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "Oh. That's right." She looked a little embarrassed. "But that's what you saw when I came into your cell."
[01:21] <Minaplo> ['Yes']
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "Where did you learn to read tarot cards? Did someone teach you while you were at the Geofront?"
[01:26] <Minaplo> ['Yes']
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "Who?" She tilted her head curiously.
[01:30] <Minaplo> ['Savage']
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "Really?" She started to giggle.
[01:33] <Minaplo> [She smiled, looking at Yanmei with a mix of curiosity and mild confusion.]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Hehehe… it's nothing? I just didn't realize he was into that stuff. You two got to be friends?"
[01:38] <Minaplo> ['Not like you and me']
01[01:48] <Yanmei> That made her smile. "Gotcha. Thank you." She nodded. "I'll make sure he comes by a few times to say hello, at least. Maybe there are more things he can teach you to pass the time."
[01:50] <Minaplo> ['Maybe']
01[01:54] <Yanmei> "The reading you gave me last time…" she tilted her head slightly. "I didn't understand a lot of it? But, as you can probably see, a lot of strange things have happened to me lately. "I feel different. More like an Empress. So I think you were right in some ways."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ['Do you want to be an empress']
01[01:57] <Yanmei> "I think I have to be now. This is a good thing."
[01:58] <Minaplo> [She smiled broadly, placing a hand on the transparent surovite door.]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> A little puzzled, but nevertheless smiling herself, she did the same on her side.
[02:05] <Minaplo> ['You are my only friend']
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Sophia…" Was that really true? There was the cat and Savage and her Adam, but maybe they didn't count. A guilty expression slowly made its way over her. "I'm sorry we're keeping you stuck in here. It will only be for a little longer, I promise."
[02:19] <Minaplo> ['Thank you'-
[02:20] <Minaplo> ['Where is my Adam']
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "He's here. He's a few cells over. There was another Prime who was also taken in."
[02:21] <Minaplo> ['Can I see him']
01[02:25] <Yanmei> "Yes, in a few days. I'll make some preperations? You're probably incredibly curious about him."
[02:30] <Minaplo> ['Yes'-
[02:30] <Minaplo> ['What is he like']
01[02:32] <Yanmei> "He's very… controlled and calm. Polite, and a little quiet, too. He's very eager to meet you, but I think he's a little nervous too."
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[02:33] <Minaplo> ['Why']
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01[02:38] <Yanmei> "He's worried that you'll end up not liking him."
[02:39] <Minaplo> [She tilted her head to one side.]
01[02:41] <Yanmei> "There's nothing the matter with him. Not really. But he's thought about you a lot. I guess you could blame it on nerves."
[02:43] <Minaplo> ['I do not understand']
01[02:46] <Yanmei> "Hmm?" She furrowed her brow, trying to think of a good explanation. -
01[02:53] <Yanmei> "It's like… a romance thing. Sort of a cross between deeply anticipating a meeting or a date with someone and slight irrational fear of rejection."
[02:54] <Minaplo> ['He thinks I will reject him']
01[02:54] <Yanmei> "Yeah."
[02:56] <Minaplo> [She lowered her head.-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ['I am very confused'-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ['What do I do when I see him']
01[02:57] <Yanmei> "Just say hello? And talk to him the way you're doing now. Get to know him by asking about the things he likes and dislikes."
[02:59] <Minaplo> ['Why']
01[03:00] <Yanmei> "Because that's how you get to know someone? And getting to know someone is the first step to seeing if you like or dislike them."
[03:01] <Minaplo> ['Will I dislike him'-
[03:01] <Minaplo> ['He is my Adam']
01[03:02] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but, well… you don't remember much about him, right?"
[03:06] <Minaplo> ['No']
01[03:09] <Yanmei> "Then it's like you're meeting him for the very first time. And just because you hooked up a long time ago doesn't mean you're automatically destined to hook up again now right away. It took me and my Eve a long time to get to that point ourselves, for example."
[03:10] <Minaplo> ['What do I do if I dislike him']
01[03:13] <Yanmei> "Then you should gently let him know. And together, you two will decide what to do."
[03:18] <Minaplo> ['How do I know if I dislike him or like him'-
[03:18] <Minaplo> ['I am very confused'-
[03:18] <Minaplo> ['I wish you were my Adam']
01[08:30] <Yanmei> "You'll be okay, Sophia," Yanmei was gazing at her confidently. "This whole thing is going to be very confusing. After you two have talked a bit, maybe the two of us can sit down and sort through your feelings together."
[08:34] <Minaplo> [Sophia nodded, giving Yanmei a receptive smile.-
[08:34] <Minaplo> ['Following objectives is much simpler than this'-
[08:34] <Minaplo> ['I understand that existence']
01[08:42] <Yanmei> "It's a little scary, huh?" Yanmei nodded sympathetically. "Definitely not as certain as the stuff you're probably used to? But there must have been some aspects of following Caine's orders that you didn't like much, right?"
[08:44] <Minaplo> [She tilted her head curiously.]
01[08:49] <Yanmei> "Like something about it you resented? Not being able to sleep in late or make your own rules or something like that?"
[08:51] <Minaplo> ['I am unsure about how to make my own rules'-
[08:51] <Minaplo> ['I sleep two hours a day'-
[08:53] <Minaplo> [She looked down at her feet, uncertainty written on her face. She was frowning slightly, her lips pressed together in a mild pout- she was clearly searching hard for something that fit Yanmei's criteria.]
06[08:57] * Yanmei chuckled. "It's okay if there's nothing like that? It was just a thought on my part."
[08:57] <Minaplo> ['What do you resent about orders']
01[09:00] <Yanmei> "Me? I think… there's a feeling of helplessness. Like if someone else determines what you can do, they can potentially force you to do things you don't want to? And if you resist, they always have the option of punishing you."
[09:02] <Minaplo> [Sophia frowned at this, looking back down at her feet.-
[09:04] <Minaplo> ['My orders have never done things like that'-
[09:04] <Minaplo> ['My orders let me punish bad people'-
[09:04] <Minaplo> ['They helped protect important people'-
[09:05] <Minaplo> ['I protected you because I was ordered'-
[09:05] <Minaplo> [She frowned further, shaking her head.-
[09:05] <Minaplo> ['I do not need to be ordered to want to protect you']
06[09:10] * Yanmei looked touched. If there hadn't been a barrier between them, she might have reached out to pat her hand. "You're very fortunate. It sounds like you were given some really good orders? But… what if you were given an order to harm some good people?"
[09:11] <Minaplo> ['Like who']
01[09:12] <Yanmei> "Like one of the pilots? Or me?"
[09:15] <Minaplo> [She looked away from Yanmei, her eyes downcast, averted from Yanmei's face.-
[09:15] <Minaplo> ['I would have to hurt you but I would not want to']
06[09:18] * Yanmei nodded. She was quiet for a few moments. "I think I would understand," she said finally. "It wouldn't be an easy thing for you to do. I know that."
[09:24] <Minaplo> [Sophia nodded, slowly at first, then a little faster.]
01[09:29] <Yanmei> "Anyway, that's the sort of conflict I mean. Let's not think too much about it right now, though. You already have a lot of confusing things to think about, right?" She smiled at her.
[09:29] <Minaplo> ['Yes']
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01[09:42] <Yanmei> "Anyway, I am going to visit that other Prime after this. Do you know much about her?"
[09:46] <Minaplo> [A shake of the head.]
01[09:55] <Yanmei> "Me neither. I guess I'm about to find out! Do you have any more questions or things that you want to talk about?"
[09:56] <Minaplo> ['Can Ying come in my cell']
01[09:59] <Yanmei> "I've been bothered about that myself. I'll speak to the guards."
[10:01] <Minaplo> [She nodded.-
[10:01] <Minaplo> ['Please visit more']
01[10:02] <Yanmei> "I will. I'm glad we're friends, Sophia."
[10:03] <Minaplo> [She nodded, smiling warmly. She placed her hand on the glass again.]
06[10:04] * Yanmei did the same. "Hang in there."
[10:06] <Minaplo> [She nodded firmly.]
01[10:08] <Yanmei> After a moment or two, Yanmei drew back, smiling herself. She gave Ying a few parting pets, Sophia a last nod, and soon she was on her way yet again.
[10:16] <Minaplo> [And onto another cell.-
[10:17] <Minaplo> [This one, too, was identical to the others, though there were no kitties here.-
[10:20] <Minaplo> [In the cell was the last Prime- Agatha, lying back on her cell bed, her hands under her head, staring boredly up at the roof. She had straight black hair that fell to just under her jaw; it wasn't tied back, and was allowed to fall around her face.]
06[10:23] * Yanmei cleared her throat and then picked up the phone, tapping lightly on the transparent wall to attract her attention.
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[10:28] <Minaplo> [Agatha looked up in surprise, peering at Yanmei- and then most unexpectedly her face broke into a radiant broad smile. She practically jumped off the bed, heading over to the transparent partition and grabbing the phone.-
[10:29] <Minaplo> [She had startlingly clear blue eyes, and well-defined cheekbones and jaw. There was a gamine, wiry strength and grace to her frame.]
06[10:33] * Yanmei blinked, seemingly startled by something, and glanced aside for a split second, almost uncomfortably. "Hello. I thought I should introduce myself? I'm Zhang Yanmei."
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["Hiya!"]
01[10:42] <Yanmei> "I came to see how you were getting along? But I bet you're pretty bored, like the others."
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[10:53] <Minaplo|Out> [00:51] <Minaplo> ["You're too right! I've had access to some books, you know, but I've been here for three weeks, and it's not like I can do gym or anything. I've read a lot. I'm sick of reading."]
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01[10:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Aside from books and talking to visitors, there's not much you can do in a cell. Maybe video games?"
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["They keep dragging their feet when I ask for those! I think they're afraid I'm going to fashion the components into a bomb. You'd think they'd just find a console you can't reconfigure into a bomb, huh?"]
01[11:05] <Yanmei> "I thought most consoles were like that," Yanmei muttered.
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["See, I'd tell you how you were wrong." She grinned. "But I suspect listing how to make a bomb out of which consoles wouldn't help my case."]
01[11:14] <Yanmei> "Probably not?" she smirked, "But it sure would be impressive. Anyway, even if you did manage to build something like that, you'd risk hurting yourself more than you would actually hurting this cell."
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["No doubt. But then again, both cell and inmate regenerate."]
01[11:25] <Yanmei> "So true," Yanmei ran her hands through her hair. "Anyway, I'll have a talk with them and see if we can't reach something."
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["I appreciate it. Sorry, you probably know, but I'm Agatha Aqua Sera."]
01[11:43] <Yanmei> "Yup~ It's a pleasure to meet you, Agatha. Augustine sends his regards."
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["Ah, that's nice. He's a very serious young man, but he's always polite."]
01[11:49] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I've noticed that. I've had a chat with Sophia - the Spectre - as well."
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["Ah…"]
01[11:54] <Yanmei> "Anyway, she made me realize that you two don't really know each other well. Since you were co-workers, in a sense, I assumed otherwise."
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Sophia was the first of us, and she was sent out long before I was created. She's been solo ever since, so I think I've spoken to her all of twice."]
06[11:59] * Yanmei nodded. "What's your impression of her? Just from those brief encounters?"
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Quiet?"]
06[12:01] * Yanmei nodded again, a little more soberly. "I learned why she is just so quiet from Augustine today."
[12:02] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[12:03] <Minaplo> [Agatha looked away, her cheerful demeanor giving way to a harrowed expression.-
[12:05] <Minaplo> ["It's awful. I don't even want to imagine it. Every time I do, I just feel sick, all this bile rushes into my throat. Ugh."]
01[12:21] <Yanmei> "I know what you mean," she said quietly. But, there was also a hint of puzzlement there. "She doesn't remember any of it, though. Small mercies…"
[12:22] <Minaplo> ["Small mercies. Hehn. I… I was brought along to watch Augustine's trials, you know… He told you about those, I imagine, since he told you about Sophia's voice?"]
01[12:24] <Yanmei> "…Yes."
[12:34] <Minaplo> ["I hated it." Said Agatha quietly. "I hated seeing it, seeing him hurt, seeing all the dead, the sheer brutality… And I hated the long nights after, trying to remember, in spite of myself, my own trials."]
01[12:39] <Yanmei> "You shouldn't do that. Trying to remember, I mean? It'll just hurt you."
[12:41] <Minaplo> ["I know, I know. I try not to! But I still catch myself doing it. Even in here. Especially in here, actually… Ugh. This became depressing quick. Sorry."]
01[12:42] <Yanmei> "No. I'm the one who brought it up." Yanmei shook her head. "Anyway, I wanted to see if you had any questions or requests or anything…"
[12:44] <Minaplo> ["What's going to happen to us, exactly? Do we just stay in here…?"]
01[12:47] <Yanmei> "Until the end of the war, yeah, probably. If we let you out, Caine will probably use you to attack us, right?"
[12:47] <Minaplo> ["Probably. Crap." She sighed, lowering her head.-
[12:47] <Minaplo> ["Look, can I make a suggestion? Please?"]
01[12:48] <Yanmei> "Certainly."
[12:49] <Minaplo> ["I heard you guys have really, really sweet bedrooms, right? Please please please move me. I'll do anything. Fortify the door if you want, post guards, put a tracker on my foot, just… Don't let me spend the rest of the war in this box. Please." She looked desperate.]
01[12:53] <Yanmei> 'Sweet bedrooms'? She blinked a few times, and put a hand on her hip, considering. "Give me a day or two to think about it. Of course, you'll have to do something for me as well…"
[12:54] <Minaplo> ["S-Seriously? Like what?"]
01[13:01] <Yanmei> "Oh, the usual. Passing on information to us, the occassional favor to be named later, socializing with the Spectre…"
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Passing on info? I suppose. The occasional 'favour'… Unfair, but I'll take it. But socialising? Isn't that…"-
[13:05] <Minaplo> [She leaned forward, clearing her throat conspiratorily. "His solemn duty?"]
06[13:09] * Yanmei blushed slightly, and straightened her shoulders to appear more dignified. "Yes. But. She could probably use some platonic friends as well? She's not very good at interacting with people in general, and she probably gets lonely a lot. So…"
[13:10] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. How would we even…?"]
01[13:15] <Yanmei> "I'll work on it with the guards. Maybe not face-to-face meetings, but we have technology that can help us with that. It would probably make things easier for her as well."
[13:16] <Minaplo> ["Alright, it's a deal. But I expect a TV. And a console!"]
01[13:21] <Yanmei> A TV too… Yanmei frowned a bit. "I'll see what I can do."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["Thanks. I appreciate it." She blew Yanmei a warm kiss.]
01[13:25] <Yanmei> "Don't get your hopes up too high yet. This still has to pass through the head of security first."
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["What? I thought you were the boss now!"]
01[13:27] <Yanmei> "Yeah? But I have to take her warnings and safety concerns into consideration as well. Being the boss doesn't mean doing whatever you want whenever you want."
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["… Your boss isn't like our boss."]
01[13:32] <Yanmei> "I'd guessed that. Although, to be fair, your boss can draw on knowledge from billions of dead souls when she needs to? I'm just one person, so I need experts around to make sure I'm not doing anything to endanger our group. It's how it is." Yanmei shrugged.
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["Well… Your guys' boss is prettier than ours?" She said hopefully.]
06[13:42] * Yanmei tossed her hair smugly. "Well, that's undeniable~"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Don't let it go to your head or anything~"]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "You're the one who said it? Should you be flattering the enemy so?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["When you have to fight someone, it costs nothing to be nice."]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "Fair enough?" Yanmei tossed her hair again. "What do you think about all of us so far? You don't have to be nice when answering that."
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["No one's been that hostile to me, I suppose. You're being positively friendly."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "What about the people in the battle that brought you here?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["You mean Sera and Blanc?"]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> "Right."
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["Blanc seems okay. Sera's… Special."]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "…special?"
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["I spoke to him when he stayed with us for awhile. He has… A lot of unique, and unhealthy, views, I think. He's very troubled."]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "That's no surprise. He's been through a lot. I don't know the extent of all of it myself."
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I don't think anyone does but him. He needs to be more devoted to himself."]
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "Did you tell him that?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Of course."]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "How'd he react?"
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[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Poorly."]
01[02:35] <Yanmei> "Hm. I see. Are you still on good terms in spite of that?"
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["I dunno! We haven't really spoken in awhile."]
01[02:37] <Yanmei> "Maybe he's changed his perspective a little since then?"
[02:38] <Minaplo> ["Why do you say that?"]
01[02:42] <Yanmei> "It's a hope, rather than anything based specifically on his actions. Though, to be fair, he's seemed a little more stable lately. Aside from the bear."
[02:43] <Minaplo> ["Vassa."]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "So you've met him." A hint of a wry smile.
[02:49] <Minaplo> ["Kinda. Just sort of been… Kept abreast. He inherited it from Natasha Volkova."]
06[02:52] * Yanmei sighed. Deeply. "It's no wonder."
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… We've all lost someone important."]
06[03:02] * Yanmei looked up, surprised. A somewhat more grim expression settled over her face a moment later. "Was that because of us?"
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["Of course it was." She said, although there was no malice in her tone.]
01[03:05] <Yanmei> "Which one…?"
[03:17] <Minaplo> ["Raphael."]
01[03:19] <Yanmei> "Oh." There was a long pause. "I'm sorry for your loss."
[03:20] <Minaplo> ["She wasn't kind to you, was she?"]
01[03:25] <Yanmei> "No. But we survived?" She almost paused again, certain that she was creating some sort of faux pas, but it was better to move onto something else than to linger on this. "May I ask who you were in your previous life?"
[03:25] <Minaplo> ["Samandiriel." She smiled with pride.]
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01[03:28] <Yanmei> "You." She blinked. "You almost impaled me. And you did all those time distortions."
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["That's me. Ruler of time and space." She grinned. "I really fucked you guys up."]
01[03:31] <Yanmei> "You were a jerk? You almost made our OD cry."
[03:34] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, well, you dropped an antimatter warhead on me and then killed me, my sympathy is limited."]
06[03:36] * Yanmei shrugged, as if to say 'fair enough', her head lolling ever so slightly to the side. "So… after all that, you don't hate us?"
[03:38] <Minaplo> ["You know… I suppose there's a part of me that should. But I'm not, or was, one of those Angels who really -hated- humanity. And after I died… No, I shouldn't say. But something lovely happened."]
01[03:38] <Yanmei> "It… did?"
[03:39] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm."]
06[07:27] * Yanmei simply stared in complete confusion. How likely was it that good things could come from dying?
[07:28] <Minaplo> [And so Agatha capitalised on that confusion.-
[07:28] <Minaplo> ["So, fair's fair. I told you how I felt about you guys, now you tell me how -you- feel about us. The Solomons."]
06[07:35] * Yanmei blinked and frowned. "I've met four of you so far. Two of those encounters were less than favorable, and two were okay. So my feelings wildly vary from individual to individual?"
[07:35] <Minaplo> ["Ok. Let's start with Joan."]
01[07:37] <Yanmei> "The less time spent talking about her the better," was the flat response.
[07:39] <Minaplo> ["Come on."]
01[07:44] <Yanmei> "She's cruel, irritating, pathetic, and I don't feel an ounce of remorse for killing her the first time." Yanmei tossed her hair.
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["I uh… Get that you guys have history, and she's pretty abrasive." Said Agatha, her tone gentle. "I totally understand. But… I'd like to share an alternative view with you, ok?"]
06[07:52] * Yanmei eyed her suspiciously. "You're not going to try to convince me to be friends with her, are you? Because it'll be a waste of time."
[08:03] <Minaplo> ["Of course it'd be a waste of time. Because I'd have to convince -her-, too. And from what I can tell, the only relationship Joan wants with you is to turn you into her pet sex slave, but… This isn't really helping me, so let's say that all I want to do is offer insight, and you can take your judgement from there? I'm not saying you guys oughta be friends, but maybe you might feel a
[08:03] <Minaplo> little sympathetic…"]
06[08:11] * Yanmei had reddened slightly with indignation, and now tossed her hair more forcefully. "Fine. Go ahead and talk, then."
[08:21] <Minaplo> ["Now, Joan is a very angry person. We both know this. You know it because she tries to kill you, and -wants- to, whilst I know it because she is really very aggressive off-duty, too."-
[08:21] <Minaplo> ["But let me ask you this. I want you to imagine… Dying."]
01[08:23] <Yanmei> "Done," she said all too easily.
[08:23] <Minaplo> ["Imagine dying… At the hands of Mary Caine?"]
01[08:24] <Yanmei> Yanmei scowled outright, but she nodded.
[08:27] <Minaplo> ["Now imagine waking up after you die. You're alive. Somehow. But things feel -off-. You're not sure what it is, until you find a mirror. Looking back at you is Mary Caine- you've been placed inside a clone of Mary Caine. Your past life is gone. No one you loved or knew recognises you or even knows you're alive. All you have now is what's staring at you- an existence as a copy of your most
[08:27] <Minaplo> hated foe."]
06[08:32] * Yanmei stiffened. She exhaled sharply. "I doubt she can fully hate the person who did that to her, and I'd assume she can't exactly kill herself because of conditioning, but that rage and hatred has to go somewhere. Correct?"
[08:37] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. And Joan… Isn't like me. Or Augustine. To her, an enemy and someone you hate are the same thing, it's just who she is- and so she's hated the lilim since she woke up. And she still does. So now she's enslaved, locked in that cage of a body, forced to work for a foe she despises, and she can't even kill herself or fully -express- it, because so much of her… Of us… Is controlled."]
01[08:48] <Yanmei> "I hear you, okay?" she seemed a little tired now, as if imagining that had taken a lot out of her. "It explains why she's a seething ball of rage, at least."
[08:49] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. She's dangerous, and if you fight her, take her out." Said Agatha solemnly.-
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["But inside, she's screaming, and crying, and no one can really hear her and she can't really get out. She's helpless, and I find that to be… Sad."]
01[08:54] <Yanmei> "…" -
01[08:54] <Yanmei> "Let's talk about the others, all right?"
[09:00] <Minaplo> ["Sure. You don't know much about Scholastica, huh?"]
01[09:01] <Yanmei> "Almost nothing at all."
[09:05] <Minaplo> ["Fair enough. So that leaves Augustine, I suppose."]
01[09:08] <Yanmei> "Augustine." Yanmei frowned again. "Bad first impression. He kidnapped a friend of mine. But it's complicated."
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["Complicated is how Augustine rolls."]
02[09:10] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.201-351-501-85d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.201-351-501-85d|oaT) Quit (Quit: <Minaplo> I like Louis XIV, because he seems like this incredibly wasteful extravagant partyboy, but beneath that double chin, jowls, fourteen ermine capes, moustache, 15 pound wig and 18th century parachute pants is a cunningly machiavellian mind.)
01[09:12] <Yanmei> "No kidding," Yanmei muttered. "I don't hate him, strangely. I -should-, but…" She shook her head. "I don't understand why myself."
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
01[09:26] <Yanmei> "He's not nasty at all. He's calm and cooperative and intelligent, and I feel like he did what he did because he had no choice. I don't trust him completely, but I don't think he's out to get us for personal reasons. It's just business."
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["I can't disagree with that. It's curious… Out of the five Solomons, you were responsible for slaying three of them, including Augustine -and- Sophia. I know he's her Adam, and he doesn't show you any real malice… Maybe you earned his respect somehow, or…"]
01[09:34] <Yanmei> "Or he's planning something and is suppressing his feelings until the moment is right."
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["Planning what, though?"]
01[09:36] <Yanmei> "Who knows?"
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. Who knows indeed… See, I think, if it were up to him? He'd take Sophia and he'd run, and they'd spend the rest of their lives in some little holiday house overlooking a beautiful waterfall and we'd never see them again."-
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["But it's not -up- to him, is it? Its not up to any of us."]
01[09:43] <Yanmei> "That's right?" she said with a sigh. "But if we manage to defeat Caine, maybe that will change."
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[09:54] <Yanmei> "The Eternity Drive and her connection to it is what traps you, right? If we get rid of either one, you're free."
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["Free meaning what, though? What place do I have in your world, Yanmei?"]
01[09:58] <Yanmei> "Hm. I don't know the answer to that yet. But won't you at least be in a better position than you are now?"
[10:01] <Minaplo> ["Can you guarantee that?"]
06[10:09] * Yanmei looked puzzled. "You're being awfully cautious? If someone was offering me an out from a system that was controlling me, I'd be all for it."
[10:17] <Minaplo> ["That's not what I'm saying." Said Agatha, frowning. "I think you'll destroy the Eternity Drive. But what will become of me? Will I be kept in this form? Will I be killed? Merged into Adam, or what? Will I just be pickled in some lab?"]
01[10:23] <Yanmei> "Once we've determined that your conditioning isn't going to be a problem for us, there would be no reason to confine you here or elsewhere. Do you… want to stay in this form?"
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["That depends on the options… And what's happening to Adam. Otherwise, if I have a choice, I wouldn't mind staying in this form for a few decades, see how the Lilim live. I could become a superhero! Or just a leader! Or I could even start a family…"]
06[10:38] * Yanmei smirked at that. "I can't really explain what's going to happen to Adam? But that would be something. Little Agathas running around…"
[10:39] <Minaplo> ["Don't suppose you know any good, single men willing to date superhuman demigods, do you?"]
01[10:47] <Yanmei> "With the people on board this ship… Well, the question you should be asking yourself is 'how discerning am I?'"
[10:48] <Minaplo> ["Uh oh. What does that mean?!']
01[10:52] <Yanmei> "It might be a little different for you guys, since you were actively fighting against us? But superhumans with strange abilities aren't really that uncommon anymore."
[10:55] <Minaplo> ["True… Well, on this ship at least. I'm sure we don't even make up 0.001% of the entire population."]
01[07:38] <Yanmei> "Still, I bet you were nearly always surrounded by them until now?" She remembered the strange, masked footsoldiers Caine had thrown at her before, somehow keeping from frowning again.
[07:40] <Minaplo> ["True. The Solomon Knights and Adepts…"-
[07:41] <Minaplo> ["Well. No use in being unnecessarily picky? I'll set my discernment level to 'super naive'."]
01[07:45] <Yanmei> "Wait… what are those? Those Knights and Adepts you just mentioned?"
[07:47] <Minaplo> ["Err. They're kind of like us, except… Not as good? The Adepts are line officers who lead troops and forces, and the Knights are Destroyer Pilots."]
01[07:49] <Yanmei> "Ahh…! I see…" More clones. Kaji had mentioned something like that. So there were all sorts of classes for them… "Does Caine ever, like, disclose her plans to you guys?"
[07:52] <Minaplo> ["Occasionally, mostly just short-term stuff."]
01[07:59] <Yanmei> "I see. So only need-to-know battle stuff?"
[08:01] <Minaplo> ["Basically."]
01[08:03] <Yanmei> Annoyingly practical. Yanmei sighed under her breath. "Oh well~ That sounds like her."
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["Pretty much. Sorry."-
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["But look at you, wily little Yanmei, diverting the conversation so~"]
01[08:17] <Yanmei> "Heh. You want a list of the ship's most eligible bachelors, I take it?"
[08:33] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm! I think your list will say as much about you as it does them."]
01[08:35] <Yanmei> "Think so? Hm. In any case, starting off, we have the President of France…"
[08:35] <Minaplo> ["Ew, too old."]
01[08:38] <Yanmei> "Eh? What's your type, then?"
[08:46] <Minaplo> ["You're asking me? I'm barely a year old, and most of my time's been spent around unusual people. We'll just have to find my type as we go. So: no old fogies."]
01[08:47] <Yanmei> "Fine. We have an assortment of Neospartans on board at the moment. Some of them are guys around our age?"
[08:49] <Minaplo> ["I might know some of them by name. Go on."]
06[08:52] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow. "All right? First up is gentle animal-lover, Remy Fabien Awala."
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, cute and clever, but I'm not sure I can compete with his first love: nature."]
01[08:58] <Yanmei> "Fair enough? What about shrimpy firebrand, Asari Keita?"
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["Guy like that would either be uninterested in me, or -too- interested and be super-jealous. In other words: totally gross."]
01[09:11] <Yanmei> "Hmm. He's not a Neospartan, but what about the ship's biggest heartthrob, the cool and logical Matthias Holmstrom?"
[09:12] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, tell me a little more."]
01[09:17] <Yanmei> "He's tall, dark, and very handsome. Rarely gets riled up over anything, and tend to present himself as a mature professional. Right now, he's the acting bodyguard of the Princess of Wales, which means he has to be super refined, too~ His hobbies include swimming and food-tasting."
[09:21] <Minaplo> ["Acting bodyguard, huh. Any competition?"]
01[09:23] <Yanmei> "Well, a lot of girls like him. Mostly they just giggle at him from afar, though."
[09:26] <Minaplo> ["Aha. Sounds perfect! That's one candidate…"]
01[09:32] <Yanmei> "Good! Er. For the record? Your relationship with de Pteres has been, like… what exactly? Brother and sister?"
[09:33] <Minaplo> ["… Probably not quite that far."]
06[09:45] * Yanmei nodded, perhaps a little awkwardly. -
01[09:47] <Yanmei> "Anyway, I'll remember the stuff we talked about today and come back in a few days to follow up. It's boring, but hang in there a little longer."
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["No worries. Maybe you could send Mr. Holmstrom around too~?"]
06[09:48] * Yanmei chuckled. "Sure, why not?"
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["Thanks. You're a sweetie!"]
01[09:52] <Yanmei> "No worries~ See you later, all right?" She gave a final parting wave.
[09:52] <Minaplo> ["Bye-bye!"]

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