For The Love Of Life 1 1 5

06[00:47] * Yanmei made small talk with Vimes' prison guard replacement for a little while before passing through to the areas where the cells were. She walked quickly along the eerie, sterile hallway, this time staying on the upper level, where the less super-powered prisoners were held. -
01[00:48] <Yanmei> She was careful not to look over at the cell containing a certain Mr. von Brandt. Her target today was a different person…
[00:54] <Minaplo> [Within the cell was a woman, petite and gracile, not as tall as Yanmei, but of the same build. She had a curtain of black hair that fell down around her face, and her skin was pale. In fact she looked clammy and weak, sitting on the bed, clutching onto her hair tightly with her fists. Serafina Raskova, the Night Witch.]
06[00:56] * Yanmei hesitated. Raskova didn't look terrifying today. She looked… ill. And shorter than she remembered. -
01[00:57] <Yanmei> She waved at her, trying to get her attention, and picked up the phone on her side of the transparent partition.
[01:05] <Minaplo> [Raskova stopped gripping her hair- she looked up at Yanmei slowly, the skin of her face waxy and sunken. With painful deliberateness, she unfolded off the bed like a spider to shamble over to the door, picking up the phone.]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "Hello Serafina Raskova," she tried to sound warm and pleasant. "I know we haven't actually spoken much? But I came to see how you are doing."
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
01[01:37] <Yanmei> "Because you deserve the courtesy? We weren't on the same side for very long, but you worked hard and did an outstanding job in your position."
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["What do you want…?"]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "I wanted to ask you a question? How loyal are you to Mary Caine?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Very. She gave me my life back."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Could you explain a little? I know about Shangri-La and the awful things that happened there, but I don't know about what happened afterward."
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["You know…?"]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "The Russians. A mercenary who also used to work for Caine told me about it?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Tch."]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "You have me deepest sympathies. Between that and the effects of Second Impact itself, I can't imagine struggling through a more difficult time."
01[02:13] <Yanmei> ^my
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["No, you couldn't. You don't know what it was like." Said Serafina, her voice gaining a little strength. "One day, I was superhuman, the next…"]
06[02:23] * Yanmei kept respectively quiet, at least for now. She simply nodded.
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["It was something a part of me, like being able to see, or talk, or run, and then it was gone…"]
01[02:27] <Yanmei> "It must have been devastating…"
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Don't patronise me!"]
06[02:30] * Yanmei blinked. "I'm not!"
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["You don't understand the feeling. The sense of incompleteness, being constantly reminded of it every single day! Not being able to run for miles, or leap onto buildings… Getting tired…"]
01[02:40] <Yanmei> "…"-
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "All right," she said after a long pause. "So I -don't- understand. I've never had special abilities like that outside of my Eva, and even then it's more like borrowing it from someone."
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Exactly."]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "But Caine… what did she do for you? You said she gave you your life back?"
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["She gave it all back. The Potion…"]
01[09:01] <Yanmei> "That drug…?"
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["It gives me back the strength I had, the power…"]
01[09:07] <Yanmei> "Why do you think she gave it to you?"
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["So I could be of use to her!" Snarled Raskova.]
01[09:13] <Yanmei> "So why all the loyalty? She basically did it for herself. Surely she can't be the only person you can get the stuff from, right?"
[09:17] <Minaplo> ["Haha. That's… Naive. Of course it benefitted her. Mary Caine operates charities, but the Potion isn't something you just give away. It is difficult to make. Only she had it developed, and before that… I had no way to take back my life, take back what I had lost. Even if she did it for herself, she still did it."]
01[09:29] <Yanmei> "Fine, then?" Yanmei put a hand on her hip. "So what are your plans now? To get out of here and return to her, correct?"
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["I will if I can." She said boldly. "Unless you kill me first."]
01[09:33] <Yanmei> "We don't have any plans to? But we don't have any plans of letting someone so dangerous return to Caine's faction so easily."
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["And?"]
01[09:36] <Yanmei> "And? That's all."
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["So you intend to just leave me in here and rot. Why not just kill me?"]
01[09:44] <Yanmei> "…it almost sounds like you'd prefer it," she said dryly, and then shook her head. "Anyway, you haven't done anything to us yet to warrent that?"
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["What would I need to do?"]
01[09:49] <Yanmei> "No," she said firmly, glaring.
[09:50] <Minaplo> [Raskova leaned forward, pushing herself against the glass door, staring at Yanmei with eyes that seemed slightly too bulbous; popping disturbingly out of sunken black sockets. Her eyes were locked intently on Yanmei's own.-
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["What do you want."]
01[09:58] <Yanmei> "I wanted to see if you would be open to working with us. Or, at the very least, not working -against- us. I don't think that's possible, though."
[10:00] <Minaplo> ["Working with you…?"]
01[10:07] <Yanmei> "In a much smaller capacity than your former Vice-Commander position, of course? Even without your professed loyalty to Caine, it would be a risky and naive move. But knowing that she hasn't coerced you - that you've been willingly following her and will probably continue to if given half a chance - makes the arrangement impossible."
[10:08] <Minaplo> [At that point, Yanmei's phone beeped.]
06[10:09] * Yanmei blinked. "Please excuse me?" She stepped back and pulled out her phone to check who it was.
[10:09] <Minaplo> [Surov.]
06[10:12] * Yanmei scowled. Considered letting it go unanswered, and then quickly reconsidered. It was probably about the Lance. -
01[10:18] <Yanmei> "Hello~?"
01[10:19] <Yanmei> "Is that so?" A short pause. "Why are you even doing that?"
01[10:23] <Yanmei> "I do! Just… please continue."
01[10:33] <Yanmei> "I… see. Thanks for the information? I'll give it a shot."
01[10:47] <Yanmei> "And without it?"
01[10:53] <Yanmei> "In that case, I'll relay this information too. Thank you."
06[10:59] * Yanmei hung up and then returned to the phone connected to Raskova's cell. "Pardon. I just got some information you might be interested in?"
[10:59] <Minaplo> [Raskova stared at her flatly with those dead, bulbous eyes…]
01[11:03] <Yanmei> "You're probably aware of this already, but the Potion you were taking is literally killing you? Your latest medical examination shows that you have only a few years left if you continue to take it. Three before your body and nervous system starts shutting down, likely negating its superhuman effects. Ten before you die."
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["And? Without it, I die anyway, only it's a death of mediocrity."]
01[11:34] <Yanmei> "Didn't you hear me? There's going to be a good few long years between your body burning out and your actual death. Either way, you'll cease to be superhuman?"
[11:36] <Minaplo> ["What other choice do I have?! This- this is who I am! You're asking me to cut out a part of what makes me me!"]
01[11:40] <Yanmei> "I'm not asking you to do anything? I'm telling you the -facts-. The fact is that you're eventually going to have to face an existance without it regardless of which path you chose."
[12:02] <Minaplo> ["But…"]
01[12:15] <Yanmei> "I want you to take some time and think about this very carefully?" she said quietly. "Because we can go either way here, depending on what you want to do with this information."
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["…" Raskova was silent. She slowly, deliberately placed the phone back on the cradle, unfolded herself, walked over to the bed and curled up on the top, staring at the wall, although not really seeing it. There was a glazed, dejected look in her eye…]
01[12:27] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei put the phone back on her end too. She stared into the room for a moment, clearly troubled, and then picked up her cell, dialing the prison's security. "Hello? This is Zhang. Please put Prisoner Raskova on immediate suicide watch. And… when I come out, let's have a conversation about any counseling options available to her at this point. Thanks…"
01[23:17] <Yanmei> She lingered for an extra moment or so… and then slowly she moved away from NERV's former second-in-command.
03[23:20] * ZackDinner is now known as Zack
[23:30] <Minaplo> [Where off to now, Yanmei?]
01[23:32] <Yanmei> Lilly Norling's cell, wherever that would be! She picked up the pace a bit, as if trying to shake off the last conversation.
[23:38] <Minaplo> [Lilly's cell was a five-minute walk away, and was essentially identical to the other cells. Lilly herself was upside-down, doing a handstand against the back wall. Her eyes focused on Yanmei as she appeared behind the clear door, and a sullen smirk spread across her face.]
06[23:40] * Yanmei eyed her back… and gave a magnificent hairtoss before grabbing the phone. She tapped her foot a bit, waiting for her to do the same on her side.
[23:41] <Minaplo> [Lilly lifted a hand just long enough to curl it into a fist… Minus one finger.]
06[23:46] * Yanmei stopped glaring just long enough to make an incredibly obnoxious face at her in response. Then she resumed with a huff, glaring, waiting.
[23:49] <Minaplo> [Lilly clearly enjoyed making Yanmei wait, but eventually she dropped out of her handstand, walking over to the door. She picked up her phone, an insolent little smirk on her face. "What?"]
01[23:51] <Yanmei> "You could treat your guests a little more nicely." Yanmei scowled at her. "What are you even doing upside down like that?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Exercise? You've stuck me in a cell with nothing to do! If I'm upside down, I'm keeping active, staying fit, and the rush of blood to my head keeps the boredom away~"]
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["So maybe -you- could stand to treat -your- guests a little more nicely instead of sticking 'em in a grey box."]
01[23:56] <Yanmei> "Like you wouldn't do the same to me if I'd been the one to lose that battle instead. How's the leg, by the way~?"
Session Time: Mon Apr 14 00:00:00 2014
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["A little stiff, nothing serious."-
[00:04] <Minaplo> [Her eyes narrowed a little. "… You're all different. I can't quite place it. Plastic surgery?"]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Hah?" Another hairtoss. "Angelic reality-warping weirdness. It gave me a growth spurt. Impressed~?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Lilly's gaze panned up Yanmei's body; her eyes narrowed a little, but her smirk remained. "Not bad… But I see not even an all-powerful Angel reality warp could fix your ironing board…"]
01[00:28] <Yanmei> "It doesn't need to be fixed!" Yanmei found herself scowling at her again, and then squared her shoulders to look more dignified. "And it's not an ironing board? Maybe you've gone blind in there too."
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["More like you've been listening to your fiance's sweet nothings more than anything."]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "Yoo bad you're so crass. Otherwise you might be listening to your own boyfriend's sweet nothings~"
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Don't need one."]
01[00:47] <Yanmei> "Neither do I!" she challenged.
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Liar."]
01[00:58] <Yanmei> "How dare you! I -never- lie."
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["Liar again~"]
01[01:02] <Yanmei> "Well you're dumb!"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Liar three times~"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "Not to mention annoying? It's like you can't tell the difference between liars and the truth. I almost feel sad for you?"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["I can tell a liar by comparing them to you!"]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "Yeah? Well, I can tell who an -airhead- is by comparing them to -you-."
[01:26] <Minaplo> ["Ooh, I'm cut. What do you want, anyway?"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "Nothing? I just felt like coming by, that's all."
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["What, you're bored?"]
01[01:51] <Yanmei> "Like I have time to be bored? Did you forget that I'm running this show now?"
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["Then surely you must have a -reason- for being here besides 'feeling' like it. What's this supposed to be? Good cop? Bad cop? Oh, wait, no. Sorry. You must be Ugly Cop."]
03[23:51] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "So pathetic~ Trying to tear me down just because you're insecure about how awesome I am…" She straightened her clothes primly. "If I were a lesser person, I'd be here to gloat about that~"
Session Time: Fri Apr 18 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["As opposed to your actual reason, which is…?"]
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "Why did you side with the UN?"
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so it's an interrogation~"]
01[00:05] <Yanmei> "Hmph! You wish? You're so low on the totem pole that you probably can't tell us any really important information. I'm just curious."
[00:06] <Minaplo> [She rolled her eyes.]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Unlike you, Holmstrom decided the Federation was the way to go. It's weird that you ended up on opposing sides."
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I get it. Did Wolf put you up to this?"]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> "Nope. But he did tell me about your history."
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Really."]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "He said that he was worried about you, because he's your adoring little brother~"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Whatever."]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Tch. What kind of reaction is that?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["So you dredged up some shit about who I am from Wolf, so you can what, get leverage on me somehow?"]
01[00:23] <Yanmei> "Yeah, sure. So I can coerce you into crashing robots for our side instead." Yanmei rolled her eyes.
[00:24] <Minaplo> ["Fuck off, Zhang. You say you don't have time to be bored, but you have time to visit a prisoner who is apparently so unimportant that what I say ain't worth shit for no reason other than your own curiosity? I don't have the spoons for your bullshit."]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "I'm -trying- to learn more about you so that I can figure out what to do with you. But you're being such a suspicious idiot that you're making it impossible!"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Theeere we go." She glowered, even as she smirked. "Fine. I guess I can play along. Go on, then~"]
01[00:44] <Yanmei> "Why did you fight us? Was it because of your job, or do you really believe in the UN? Or do you really hate the new Federation that much…?"
[00:46] <Minaplo> [She shrugged. "It was fun. Glory, I guess? Ruining the oh-so famous Zhang Yanmei and her little bitch Ayanami friends who think they're so better than woman-born people?"]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> "Since when did the Ayanamis ever say stuff suggesting they thought they were better than regular humans?"
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["You say that as though you're of the view that they -don't- think they're better."]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "That's because I am? I don't know all of them that well, but the ones I do know lack the insane level of arrogance that I've come to expect from people who really do believe they're better."
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Heh. They might not brag, but that belief? It's there. Ask an Ayanami if you can train with 'em. They'll tell you it's too dangerous for you, or you can't do it. Ask 'em to show you how to fight or perform like they do, and they'll express doubt. Ask 'em who would in a fight between one of them any any of -us-, and they'll say -them-."]
01[01:14] <Yanmei> "Come on, though. That doesn't prove much? Their physical limitations are almost on par with Iron Guards. They were literally built to be more physically powerful than an average soldier, and they are very aware of that."
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["And how does that mean that they don't think they're better than us?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "How does it mean they do? There's a difference between being more powerful in a physical sense and being -better- than someone."
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["For fuck's sake, I just said this. They think they're more powerful than us physically, so they think they're better than us because of that."]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "But they don't?" she sounded a little bit frustrated. "The only thing that proves is that they think they could out-punch us. It doesn't necessarily mean they're as confident about piloting or tactics or any of the other stuff that also matters in a major battle."
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["Or run faster than us." Muttered Lilly. "I bet some of them think they're -smarter- than us. Or the fact that they can fly, or do all other bullshit…"]
01[01:48] <Yanmei> "Ugh. What-ever-. So you attacked because you wanted to bring them down a peg. And me too, in my infinate awesomeness~ Only it didn't work out that way. You're not thinking about revenge or anything, are you?"
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["It's not quite like that." Said Lilly. "You know what -really- pisses me off with the Ayanamis?"]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "What?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["They think they're better than us, but that wouldn't be so bad if they'd actually -earned- their supposed superiority." Said Lilly, her voice taut. "They're not better than us because they put the work in or studied or anything. They didn't do shit to influence that. Everything that makes them supposedly better, they were -given- on a silver platter. They haven't had to work for anything-
[01:52] <Minaplo> they got it through something completely out of their control. So what right do they have to think they're better than us? Fucking bitches."]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "Huh. Do you feel that way about just the Ayanamis?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["Don't change the subject."]
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "I'm not? It's the same as giving untrained civilian kids access to Evas, right?" She frowned thoughtfully. "No, they didn't work the way you did to make it into their positions. But once they were established, they had to face challenges that you didn't based on the very nature of their existences. Is that any consolation?"
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["Are you saying I couldn't handle those challenges?" She bristled.]
01[02:32] <Yanmei> "What? I don't know! Could you handle consciously constructing your own personality from the bottom-up? Or handling the Identity Crisis that always seems to come with being a clone of someone else? The fact is that you don't have to and hopefully never will."
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["You think you're better than me." Growled Lilly, her smirk gone. "You think I can't handle the same shit you did? Well -fuck you-."]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "First of all, we were talking about the Ayanamis, not me. Secondly, what are you even on about? You're the one who's always picking fights! What did I even do to you?"
[02:48] <Minaplo> ["You think you're better than you are, and you think I'm -shit-. Not on. Not at all on."]
01[02:55] <Yanmei> "What, then?" Her eyes narrowed. "You want to fight again?"
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
01[02:58] <Yanmei> "Fine." She leaned back, glancing around. "Security, I know you're watching this. Open the cell."
[03:00] <Minaplo> [There was no response for a minute, then eventually the clear door slid open. Lilly's eyebrows rose, and she put the phone back on the cradle.]
01[03:01] <Yanmei> "You've had hand-to-hand training, haven't you?"
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
01[03:05] <Yanmei> "Good." Yanmei stepped into the cell, rolling up her sleeves. "Whoever draws first blood wins? I'm sure if we go any further, they'll gas us both."
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["Not all punches and kicks cause blood."]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "Then we'll just do it until someone says 'uncle' or gets too hurt to go on?"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Heh, ok. Although first blood can be a rule too, just in case~"]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "First blood or 'uncle'. Of course, you'll be the one succumbing in this match, so it's up to you~" She balled her hands into fists.
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Lilly did the same, although her stance was much more 'active'; she leapt from foot to foot constantly, bobbing back and forth…]
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01[01:12] <Yanmei> But Yanmei was the first to lunge, aiming a flurry of punches straight at Lilly!
[01:14] <Minaplo> [But Lilly wove to one side, then to the other. She was fast! Not quite Ayanami fast, but she -didn't stop moving.-
[01:14] <Minaplo> [She lashed out, a low sweep towards Yanmei's leg- followed by a palm strike square to Yanmei's nose.]
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01[01:15] <Yanmei> A short shriek of pain! Yanmei doubled over momentarily.
[01:26] <Minaplo> ["Wow, that was fast~ Hope I didn't break anything important…"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "Sh-shut up, you-!" Yanmei staggered forward, snapping her hand back again, her face a twisted mask of blood and fury. More punches!
[01:53] <Minaplo> [She knocked one aside, then another, weaving under a third. A jab- blocked, a knee-strike- blocked. Then a feint, before suddenly she was behind Yanmei- she grabbed Yanmei's left arm, brought her right leg around and brought it hard into Yanmei's gut. As Yanmei buckled she twisted Yanmei's arm, pinned it to her back, then forced her to the ground- painfully.]
06[01:54] * Yanmei actually snarled and tried to twist free. That only made her arm hurt more, however…
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Cry uncle, bitch."]
01[02:01] <Yanmei> "Never! I'm not done with you yet!"
[02:02] <Minaplo> [Lilly smirked and began to twist her arm. The muscles began to strain…]
06[02:09] * Yanmei tried to hold out! But while a bloody nose and a bruised face could probably be explained away or expertly concealed from the ship's various officers, she wasn't sure how she would manage a dislocated arm. -
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "Fine. -Fine-! Get off."
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm… The leader of a rebellion at my mercy." Murmured Lilly. "In my cell 'cuz she's an idiot. Let's see… What can I use to tie you up? Ah, I know."-
[02:13] <Minaplo> [Lilly pinned her arm down with her knee. Then, she grabbed the sleeve of her own shirt and tore it off in one vicious pull. She grabbed Yanmei's other arm, placed both arms together, then tied them as tightly as she could with the sleeve.]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> There was a long, startled silence on Yanmei's part. Then she scoffed, loudly. "Are you serious? What in the hell do you think that's going to accomplish?"
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["Use you as a human shield, I should be able to get pretty far." Said Lilly.]
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "Think again. You really want to go back to the UN that badly? To Caine?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["I was actually thinking of just sabotaging a positron reactor, but go on."]
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "If you're after something that dangerous, they'll probably just shoot us both. The Angels are all but dealt with, so I won't need to pilot for much longer, and my Vice-Chancellor can certainly take over my duties? But." She shook her head. "What's in it for you, really? Is this part of your personal grudge against me, or do you really side with the UN that much?"
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["Far as I see it, there's not a whole lot of difference between the UN or you guys, so it's really more that I'm picking the winning side, you know?"]
01[02:29] <Yanmei> "If they win, you'll cease to exist. -Everyone- will."
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Okay, so I hit your head a little too hard, then. Right."]
01[02:33] <Yanmei> "Don't be stupid. What would make all of these previously loyal and rational people suddenly defect from them?"
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Who knows? Who cares? I don't. If this is your angle, find something else."]
01[02:44] <Yanmei> "You're a fucking disappointment," she said flatly, testing the makeshift restraints. "Have fun being manipulated by them up until the minute you die? Kind of like that business back in the Synfront…"
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Well, let's see, you're trying to manipulate me now, so…"]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "How? I'm certainly not lying to your face to get you to kidnap people. Again."
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["So what do you want me to do, exactly? Go 'oh, shit' and just sit in a cell doing nothing whilst everyone else fights and makes history? Fuck off."]
01[02:53] <Yanmei> "You think this is making history?"
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["Isn't it?"]
01[02:57] <Yanmei> "It's futile. I told you before that they won't hesitate to open fire, especially since you've broadcast your plan to them on hidden cameras? The only saving grace, I guess, would be taking me out with you, and even that wouldn't accomplish much anyway."
[02:58] <Minaplo> ["Still better than rotting in a cell."]
01[03:01] <Yanmei> "You heard me say before that I was trying to figure out what to do with you? Why didn't you go, 'Hey. I've got some requests.' Don't you think that would have been be a lot less complicated than whatever you're doing now?"
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, you'd like for me to beg, wouldn't you?!"]
01[03:13] <Yanmei> "Oh get over yourself! I've been making offers of plenty of the prisoners here. You would have been no different, but you… you didn't even try for it! Even now!"
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["Then make me a fucking offer, goddamnit!"]
01[03:23] <Yanmei> "You want to fight? We'll find a place for you. You'd be on house arrest at best whenever you're not training or in battle, but that's 'better than rotting in a cell,' isn't it?"
[03:23] <Minaplo> ["A commission."]
06[03:28] * Yanmei scowled. "Really, now? You know you're taking a significant paycut until you get off probation, right?"
[03:35] <Minaplo> ["I want a damned commission. Strap me in with Wolf's squad or something."]
01[03:37] <Yanmei> "I'd planned to, since he seems like someone suitable for keeping an eye on you? You'll be working as his subordinate, of course."
[03:38] <Minaplo> ["Tch…"-
[03:39] <Minaplo> [But she started to loosen the bonds around Yanmei's arms.]
06[03:43] * Yanmei was glad for it… even though she would never admit it out loud. Her arm still hurt a lot. "I want a rematch too?" she added angrily. "Not today, but soon, under the supervision of your new squad leader."
[03:43] <Minaplo> ["I do believe that will have to wait." Came a cultured voice from the doorway.-
[03:44] <Minaplo> ["About time the guards came." Said Lilly smugly, releasing the pressure off Yanmei. She began to turn. "You know I could've slit her throat in holy fuck what the hell"-
[03:44] <Minaplo> [It was amazing how fast the Honey Badger could move. She was nearly climbing the walls in horror.-
[03:45] <Minaplo> [A powerful hand grabbed Yanmei by the collar and hoisted her up onto her feet. "That was… Ill-advised, auntie."-
[03:46] <Minaplo> [It was Ban-Ban, wearing his uniform, which of course was custom-made to allow for his four arms… His eyes were fixed on Lilly, an expression of dislike on his face. It was hard to really tell, for sure, except his extremely long, sharp teeth were totally bared.]
01[03:50] <Yanmei> "I'm a little off today," Yanmei muttered apologetically. She tried not to look too obvious about enjoying Lilly's terror. Not that she could blame her. Ban-Ban was… still, horrifyingly, Ban-Ban. "Next time will be different?"
[03:51] <Minaplo> ["I think it's time you started practicing with mother." Said Ban-Ban skeptically. "Or you could practice with me. Your fisticuffs are in dire need of improvement."]
[03:51] <Minaplo> ["ohgodwhyisitspeaking"]
06[03:55] * Yanmei flushed slightly red at that. Hastily, she cleared her throat, using Lilly's outburst as a handy distraction. "Norling, this is Lieutenant Ayanami, one of my bodyguards. Stop cowering and say hello?"
[03:58] <Minaplo> ["getitaway"-
[03:58] <Minaplo> ["Time to go, I think." Said Ban-Ban dryly.]
01[04:01] <Yanmei> "Right," Yanmei murmered. She turned for the door herself. "I'll be in touch, Norling."
[04:01] <Minaplo> ["aaaaaa"]
06[04:04] * Yanmei paused outside the cell once it had closed behind them, and took out a little bit of tissue paper, dabbing awkwardly at her face. "I'll leave in a moment?" she said quietly. "I wanted to make a quick stop by the Spectre's. Say hello to her. Feed her cat the treat I brought for him…"
[04:05] <Minaplo> ["I understand, auntie. Am I dismissed?"]
01[04:06] <Yanmei> "Yeah, sure. Um…" A moment of hesitation. "Thank you for coming."
[04:11] <Minaplo> ["You're quite welcome." He reached down, giving her a 'kiss' on the cheek, which involved him bumping his lips against her skin and licking her slightly. It was… Affectionate.]
01[04:14] <Yanmei> It was no less awkward than the last kiss on the cheek he'd given her, but it seemed to have less of a deliberate teasing feeling to it, so she patted him on one of his arms all the same. Then, onward, still wiping at her face with one hand, and withdrawing a small pouch of cat treats from her back pocket. "Later!"
[04:14] <Minaplo> ["Goodbye!"]

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