For The Love Of Life 1 2 3

01[11:00] <Yanmei> It was only a little past dawn, and already the training facility on board the UEF's Dorian Lachapelle was in full swing. -
01[11:07] <Yanmei> There was a rather large track, ever-popular punching bags, and an assortment of other equipment sectioned off for safety reasons and to cut down on distractions for the soldiers using them. There was also, in its own little corner, a simple area with padded mats and a standing closet with assorted foam armor and weaponry arranged inside. -
01[11:11] <Yanmei> The Chancellor of the UEF was presently lying on her back on the mats, trying to scowl up at the ceiling above her and catch her breath at the same time. She was dressed in plain sweats, and her hair was pulled back in a very disarrrayed ponytail. There was someone standing over her…
[11:16] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Rei Ayanami, wearing a black leotard over a white body-stocking. Rei’s right foot was planted firmly in Yanmei's stomach, whilst her hands held Yanmei's leg. Rei's hands were grasping Yanmei's foot; she gave it one firm twist, enough to hurt a little. "Snap~" Said Rei, giggling. "I broke your leg, Meimei."-
[11:17] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [She then lifted her right leg high- high enough that the tips of her toes were above her own head- then dropped it very quickly towards Yanmei’s stomach, slowing down a milisecond before impact. "There."]
06[11:26] * Yanmei had grimaced quite a lot at the leg-twist and and flinched instinctively at the kick demonstration, wrapping her arms around her midsection even though the danger had passed. A few seconds… and then a suspicious pout. "You're having -fun- with this, aren't you?"
[11:30] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Hm? Of course!" Said Rei cheerfully, bending down and offering Yanmei a hand. "I always have fun sparring."]
06[11:32] * Yanmei took her hand, letting herself be pulled up. "Just for the record? I was going easy on you those last few times, the way I do with Asuka. I won’t hold back now!"
[11:33] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["You sound just like Al." She said with a grin, hopping back and bringing her fists up.]
06[11:37] * Yanmei dusted herself off primly, assumed her own stance and then… swiftly charged, punching!
[11:48] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Rei instantly ducked beneath the punches, then immediately launched herself up, the top of her head on a direct course for Yanmei’s nose…!]
06[11:55] * Yanmei barely managed to stumble back in surprise, avoiding a broken nose! But she was off-balance now…
[11:58] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [A quick low leg sweep, followed by a daring leap- if Yanmei fell, she’d find Rei sitting on her chest, her knees pinning Yanmei's shoulders in place.]
01[12:04] <Yanmei> And Yanmei -did- fall! Hard. She struggled for a few minutes, and then pouted up at Rei.
[12:06] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Rei stared down at Yanmei.-
[12:07] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Then she tapped Yanmei’s throat with the edge of her hand. "Beep. Sleepytimes for Meimei~"]
06[12:08] * Yanmei pouted -more-. At least there were no dumb Blues or Jameses around to witness the neverending string of failures…
[12:10] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Hehehe. If you were Al, I’d start tickling you right now. In fact," Rei's eyes gleamed. Her hands were curled into cruel claws… "Unless you cry uncle, Meimei, I might just do that~"]
01[12:15] <Yanmei> "Oh no you -won't-!" She put all of her strength into an attempt to roll over and dislodge her!
[12:17] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Rei swiftly rolled off, leaving Yanmei free- Rei getting to her feet.-
[12:17] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["You’re no fun, Meimei." Pouted Rei. "Break?"]
01[12:21] <Yanmei> "Sure…" Yanmei sat up, rubbing her shoulders and glancing around. "You're a really tough trainer, Rei!"
[12:21] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Not too tough?"]
01[12:22] <Yanmei> "Well, I’m still in one piece? So no, you're okay."
[12:24] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Hmm. That means… I still have room to be tougher."]
01[12:27] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?"
[12:30] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Rei beamed. "Not yet, of course, but at some point, we should get to work on your own 100-man kumite." Rei headed towards the edge of the sparring mat, where a towel and a bottle of water sat.]
01[12:33] <Yanmei> "Wait… Why do -I- have to do that?" Yanmei trailed behind, tossing her hair. Not that I couldn’t, of course, if I really had to?"
[12:36] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["It’s a good way to improve your hand-to-hand skills, Meimei. 100 opponents, you getting tired, each one studying you…" Rei nodded firmly. "It's master-class, Meimei, so you have to do it."]
01[12:37] <Yanmei> "But it's such hard work…"
[09:38] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["But think of the benefits!" Said Rei. "You’ll become stronger, faster, and fitter. Think of what you could do with that new body of yours once you've learned to push it to the limit, Meimei!"]
01[09:45] <Yanmei> "Hmm…" -
01[09:48] <Yanmei> She did consider that, carefully. But slowly a frown started to come over her. "Even if I get really strong, do you think it will be enough?"
[09:48] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Enough for what?"]
01[09:48] <Yanmei> "To beat Mary Caine?"
[09:49] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["In a fight like what we just did?"]
01[09:50] <Yanmei> "Well, with Exaclibur, failing all else. Hand-to-hand seems a little… reckless."
01[09:50] <Yanmei> ^Excalibur
[09:50] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Hm." Rei considered this.-
[09:51] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["I don’t know. I'd need to know more about how she fights."]
01[09:53] <Yanmei> "She's really fast. And flashy. And she uses swords and knives a lot too?" She plunked down next to Rei. "Also, she's a cyborg who probably wouldn't slow down much after being hit."
[09:54] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Hm. Fast and flashy… Well, you’re not slow either. And you're probably one of the best sword-wielders there is, Meimei."]
06[09:55] * Yanmei preened. "You think so?"
[09:56] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Of course, Meimei. And Excalibur is a great sword, too."]
01[10:05] <Yanmei> "It is," she agreed. "…should I use it during the 100-man kumite?"
[10:05] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Rei’s expression was stern.]
06[10:06] * Yanmei gave a her a sulky look. "So strict…"
[10:07] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["I’m a stern but fair teacher, Meimei. If you do well, I'll even let you bring Zaizai to watch matches…"]
01[10:09] <Yanmei> "C-come on. He's really used to seeing me in a serene and charming light? It would be a huge shock for him, don't you think?"
[10:10] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["You don’t want his encouragement? Hm…"]
01[10:15] <Yanmei> "Well… maybe a victory hug at the end would be okay~"
[10:16] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["That’s right! Whenever I make Al do the 100-man Kumite, I always make sure to give him victory snuggles when he's done~"]
01[10:19] <Yanmei> "W-wait. You've made him do this before?" She smirked openly. "How many times?"
[10:22] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Lots of times!" Said Rei happily. "Although I don’t actually make him do a full 100-man. We've been doing it in steps. First five, then ten, then fifteen…"]
01[10:24] <Yanmei> She seemed almost a little disappointed in that. He wasn't a brawling master yet? "Where are you recruiting his opponents from, anyway?"
[10:24] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["We just use sparring holograms." Said Rei. She looked around furtively.-
[10:25] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["You can set the difficulty, so I make sure that Al’s are a little easier…"]
06[10:29] * Yanmei tsked. "Trying to build his confidence up?"
[10:31] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Al’s trained to fight tricky, Meimei. Lots of tricks and gadgets and traps and stuff, or taking away an enemy's weapon. He's not so good at a straight up fist fight, so he needs to be able to gain skill without feeling disheartened."-
[10:31] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Also, it means more victory snuggles!"]
01[10:34] <Yanmei> "Well, I can’t fault you for that~ You sure know a lot about motivation."
[10:36] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Well, I know how to motivate Al anyway." Said Rei happily. "Some people are different. I think Asuka-san would just get angry if the difficulty weren’t set to Murderous…"]
01[10:42] <Yanmei> "Hah! She totally would? Of course, I could beat her record no matter what setting it's on~"
[10:42] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Not unless you practice!"]
01[10:44] <Yanmei> "We are! You’re the one who wanted to take a break…"
[10:44] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["I mean long-term!"]
01[10:46] <Yanmei> "Like… years-long ’long-term'? Or like a few weeks?" she said hopefully.
[10:47] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["You know, I’m starting to think that you think the 100-man kumite isn't -fun-." Muttered Rei.-
[10:49] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [She led Yanmei away from the sparring rooms, into a central sitting area. It was a place to eat, perhaps, providing you brought your own food, but the main value of it all was that it commanded a view of all the sparring rooms, allowing them to see the progress of all involved- useful for a drill sergeant.]
06[10:51] * Yanmei followed along, stretching. "Hey. There’s nothing more fun than beating Asuka? Which is why I want to hurry up and do it."
[10:52] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["You’ll just have to practice and see." Said Rei. "I bet Asuka-san's done the 100-man kumite a million times, though…"]
01[10:54] <Yanmei> "I will!" Yanmei tossed her hair. "I'll totally show her?"
[10:56] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["That’s the spirit! You'll get so many victory snuggles~"]
01[10:57] <Yanmei> "That too~"
[11:00] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Rei beamed.-
[11:00] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Oh, look! I think I can see your bodyguards, Meimei, coming back from training. I didn’t know they were in here…"]
06[11:01] * Yanmei turned around to take a look, very curious indeed!
[11:05] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Three of them, walking loosely abreast. On the right hand side was Vimes, who looked terrible.-
[11:06] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [He was favouring his left leg, and his face looked sore, puffy and bruised. A massive shiny bruise was deepening around his right eye, and his expression was fatally grim.-
[11:08] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [In the middle was Lucille, a far cry from the quiet, yet elegant maid that had lived in that chateau. Wearing a sparring outfit similar to Rei’s leotard-and-tights ensemble, Lucille's eyes were narrowed, her expression tight. She was nursing her right hand, but held her head back defiantly.-
[11:10] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [And on the left hand side was Tsukino Haruki, wearing a simple karate battle robe, his white hair done up in a manly topknot. He looked mostly unharmed except for the bandage around his head…-
[11:11] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["This… Is bullshit." Spat Vimes as he came into view, giving Yanmei and Rei the blackest of looks, enhanced greatly by his black eye.-
[11:12] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["It’s for your own good." Said Rei virtuously, getting up and hopping over to Haruki. Surprisingly she gave the old man a tight hug. "Hi, Haru-sensei~"-
[11:12] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Huhn. Someone already tell you I was here, huh?"-
[11:12] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Mmhm!"-
[11:13] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Lucille wordlessly grabbed a seat, giving Yanmei a determined look.]
01[11:18] <Yanmei> "Everyone," Yanmei nodded to them all, glancing curiously over to Rei and Haruki in particular. Sensei…? "Thank you for working really, really hard today. You’re, um. Off to see medical, I take it?"
[11:18] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Yep." Said Vimes darkly.-
[11:19] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["We just finished our alloted training regimen for the day." Said Lucille quietly. "Gauntlet, then Kumite."-
[11:20] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Yeah, the kumite’s great." Said Vimes sarcastically. "I love rehearsing for being mugged."]
01[11:21] <Yanmei> "Doing both in one day? That's… a little extreme." She frowned slightly at Rei.
[11:22] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["Extreme?" Came a new voice from behind the three. "Please. It was only a quarter-gauntlet today, Auntie."-
[11:23] <Fullmetal`Lulu> [Ban-Ban appeared, looking exceedingly pleased with himself (all his teeth were on display!). Next to him, riding Felix the tiger, was Eevi, looking utterly unharmed.-
[11:23] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["I don’t really see what all the fuss is about." Said Ban-Ban airily.-
[11:23] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Vimes slumped into a chair, grumbling. "Fuck you, Ban. You cheat."-
[11:23] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["I cheat? How?"-
[11:24] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["You pick a guy up from six metres away and throw him into a wall! That’s cheating!"-
[11:24] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["That’s nature."]
01[11:30] <Yanmei> "That's…" Yanmei didn't quite know how to erase that mental image now that it was in her head. She turned to other methods of distraction. "Hi Eevi~ Did you and Felix learn a lot while watching them?"
[11:31] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Eevi giggled, looking pleased. "I didn’t watch! I fought!"]
01[11:32] <Yanmei> "…what."
[11:33] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["I got all hundred!" She said happily.-
[11:33] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Look, I got… thirty-eight or something?" Grumbled Vimes. "I could barely stand properly, and here she was, grabbing them by the leg and swinging them around…"]
01[11:42] <Yanmei> "Hey, thirty-eight is still damned impressive?" Yanmei pointed out. "And a hundred…" She worked through her shock with meticulous effort, reaching numbly out to pat Eevi’s hand. "Man, I don't know what to say? That's wonderful, Eevi!"
[11:42] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["It was fun!" Giggled Eevi, a little blush crossing her pale cheeks.-
[11:43] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Hey, I got a hundred too." Said Tsukino, patting Rei on the head and disengaging from her hug to grab a seat. He sat down roughly. "So it’s only old men and little girls who can do it, you see."-
[11:43] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Vimes shot him a dark look.]
01[11:52] <Yanmei> "I might end up trying it soon too," Yanmei ventured. "Any tips?"
[11:52] <Fullmetal`Lulu> ["Pace yourself, avoid getting hit, remember it gets harder as it goes."]
01[11:57] <Yanmei> "Got it?" Yanmei took a seat for herself as well, sighing as she sank down. "This isn’t your first time, is it 'Haru-sensei'~"
[11:57] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["First time? Girl, I’ve been doing this since I was fifteen!"]
06[11:58] * Yanmei blinked, taken aback. "You've been a soldier that long?"
[11:59] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> ["I’ve been fighting my whole life, you know…"-
[11:59] <Fullmetal‘Lulu> [Rei sat down again, grinning. "Haru-sensei was the one in charge of training us with swords and hand-to-hand combat."]
01[12:01] <Yanmei> "Impressive," Yanmei murmured. "All of the Ayanamis at once? And a lot of them favor different styles, too…"
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["I’ve trained plenty of fighters in my time. It wasn't anything special."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "Did you train people for Gehirn too? People we'd know…?"
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["I was involved in Neo work, yeah." Said Haruki, rubbing his chin. "One of many teachers, there. Tended to focus on teaching swordplay."]
01[00:47] <Yanmei> "Oh, I see?" She kept up a light, conversational tone. "Then theoretically, you'd be able to train some of the security staff too, right~?"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Don't see why not."-
[00:48] <Minaplo> [Vimes's expression was impassive. "He can't be any worse than Rei." He said, giving her a dirty look, which she parried with an innocent smile. "I had no idea you were such a damned drill sergeant."-
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Hard training makes easy fighting, Vimes-san~"-
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Huhn." Haruki shifted in his seat. "You think Rei's hard, eh…?"]
01[00:54] <Yanmei> "Oho~ Mr. Vimes is going to have the easiest fights from now on~"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Easiest fights? What he needs is extra bloody training. Remedial training, even."-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Piss off." Muttered Vimes, mortified.]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "Hehe. Come on, we're only teasing. Miss Lucille, how did you find things?"
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["Brutal." She said flatly. "Still did better than Vimes."-
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["Goddamnit."]
01[01:11] <Yanmei> "Now, now…"
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Screw it." Grumbled Vimes, getting to his feet. "I should be heading to the medbay anyway. Goddamned smartass super-warriors… Try working the beat… Goddamns…"-
[01:14] <Minaplo> [He walked off, limping as he did so. Lucille shook his head. "May as well follow him, make sure he doesn't trip over."]
01[01:14] <Yanmei> "Thanks Miss Lucille. I'll see you both later, then?"
[01:15] <Minaplo> [She nodded. "Don't slack off." She added dangerously.-
[01:19] <Minaplo> [They headed off, leaving Yanmei with Rei, Haruki, Ban-Ban, Eevi and the tiger. Eevi was quick to jump onto Rei's lap, hugging into Rei tightly. "We're going to the pool now!"-
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Really?"-
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. Felix loves water!"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "The… lifeguard is okay with a tiger splashing around in the pool?"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["Felix is a really good swimmer, so it's ok." Said Eevi proudly. "He doesn't need saving!"]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "That's not…" Yanmei shook her head, and then eyed Felix, frowning. "Don't let him eat other swimmers, ok?"
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["He never eats anyone." Said Eevi, her brows knotting together, her mouth pressing into a thin line.]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "He might if they were dressed up as food?" She scrutinized the tiger carefully.
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["That's dumb."-
[01:28] <Minaplo> [Felix stared back at her, padding over to her. The tiger stood up, placing its front paws and body up onto the table in order to stare back at her from only a few feet away; fortunately, it was bolted to the ground.]
06[01:30] * Yanmei stared back for a good long while, sensing a confrontation of sorts… and then blinked, accidentally ending the staring contest.
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Don't worry." Said Haruki. "I'll keep an eye out."]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "Ah? Thanks." Yanmei beamed at him. "Everything will probably be fine, in that case."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Of course it will. Come on, Eevi."-
[01:41] <Minaplo> [Eevi gave Rei a little kiss before leaping onto Felix's back- the tiger quickly hopping off the table a second before. Ban-Ban cracked his knuckles (a disturbing, elongated, slightly squishy sound) before following after them quietly.]
06[01:42] * Yanmei stretched. "Since everyone else is taking it easy now, maybe we should too~ Miss Lucille doesn't have to know about it…"
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["What're you thinking of?" Asked Rei curiously.]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Like getting some drinks. Maybe visiting with a few people who aren't busy. Isabelle or Chiisana or someone."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Hm, ok. Lead the way, Meimei!"]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> So Yanmei did, turning on a path toward the locker rooms. "So how much did Alphonse tell you about circumstances that led to you training me?" she said conversationally as they walked.
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["About how you got beat up fighting a captive?"]
01[00:47] <Yanmei> "…yeah, that."
[00:50] <Minaplo> [Rei tsked. "Risky, Meimei."]
01[00:50] <Yanmei> "Mmph. It was a really close fight, you know."
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["How did it even start?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "She said I thought I was better than her? So I decided to punch her until she learned otherwise."
[01:13] <Minaplo> [Rei, who had been sorting through her locker, pulling out her other clothes, paused for a second, frowning bemusedly at the back of her locker door.-
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["… I don't get it."]
06[01:17] * Yanmei sighed and pried open her own locker door. "She was just coming off a rant about how… certain people in the UEF they were better than others? How they wouldn't let soldiers like her train with them because they were worried for her safety. So it made sense in that context?"
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["So… She thought you thought you were better than her because you wouldn't fight her?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "She never directly said that? We've fought before, even though it was broken up by someone else."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["So she just wanted to train with you, then."]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure. I can't rule it out, though?"
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["This is really confusing. You're not sure about anything, but this still led to you fighting her?"]
03[01:32] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
01[01:38] <Yanmei> "Yes. Because I wanted to at least show that I was taking her seriously? Remind her that I didn't think she was too weak or delicate to hit. I figured if I did that much, she'd stop acting like a dumb, petulant child."
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["Were you taking her seriously, though?"]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "Of course?" She sounded a little confused as she shrugged on a jacket. "I didn't lose on purpose."
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["Hm."-
[01:53] <Minaplo> [Rei slipped out of her leotard, allowing it to fall carelessly around her feet. "So what happened then?" She asked.]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "She got some punches in? And then she pinned me down and said something about blowing up the dumb positron reactor. I'm sure you've heard about this part from Ban-Ban. He was watching for who knows how long?"
[02:02] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded slowly. "He told me about this. But… Have you two come to an understanding?"]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "Well, as far as her place here in the UEF, sure? As for everything else, I don't think we actually got anywhere."
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Rei peeled off the elastic body-stocking she'd worn under her leotard. Reaching into her locker, she pulled out a pair of fresh denim jeans and began to pull them on. "Why not?"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "I wish I could look in her brain and find out? Maybe it's just the case of her being a jerk."
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["Hm." Rei pulled on a light blue t-shirt, eyeing Yanmei suspiciously.]
01[02:27] <Yanmei> "W-what?"
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[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Have you tried giving her hugs?"]
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01[02:37] <Yanmei> "I'd sooner hug an Armored Lion," Yanmei sniffed.
02[02:37] * Raphael (ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR#ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR) Quit (Ping timeout)
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["Remy-san hugs armored lions. He showed me!" Said Rei, beaming happily. "They're so cute. And they're really warm when you hug them, too!"]
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei sighed. "Don't let Lizzie see you doing that. She'll want to join in…"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Lizzie's so cute." Said Rei, sighing warmly. "Maybe if we dressed her up like an Armored Lion, she'd be ok!"]
01[02:51] <Yanmei> "No," said Yanmei firmly. "You've seen the way those cubs play with each other, right?"
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm!"]
01[02:59] <Yanmei> "They'll light Lizzie's costume on fire. And also Lizzie."
[22:41] <Minaplo> ["Not if she's in a fire-proof outfit…"]
03[22:44] * ZackFood is now known as Zack
01[22:46] <Yanmei> "And what about all the biting and pouncing and clawing?"
[22:48] <Minaplo> ["A tough fire-proof outfit, obviously…" Rei frowned.-
[22:49] <Minaplo> ["It's not fair that they're so dangerous. So many problems…"-
[22:49] <Minaplo> ["Well, I'll see if Mr. Blue can't do something about it with his skills." She said firmly to herself. "But, Meimei…"]
01[22:50] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[22:57] <Minaplo> ["You saw Mary Caine fight, didn't you? In the grotto."]
01[22:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah," Yanmei sobered again, looking down slightly and frowning. "You want more details on that, huh?"
[23:02] <Minaplo> [She nodded.]
01[23:06] <Yanmei> "Like I said before, she was really really fast? And so controlled too, at the same time. And even though she took some blows, she barely even flinched at them. Did Blue ever tell you about her body?"
[23:14] <Minaplo> [She shook her head.]
01[23:17] <Yanmei> "She's a cyborg. She was in an accident a long time ago, and they've replaced most of her body since then? Her head is natural, but the rest of her… well. Let's just say there's a reason why her endurance was so high?"
[23:19] <Minaplo> [Rei's eyes widened. "So she's mechanical?"]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "Yes, exactly? It's apparently the same sort of technology they used for the Evangelions."
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["I see… I can see how that'd make her strong, but that accident must've been really awful…"]
01[23:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shrugged. "It was Second Impact. It left her unable to move at all for years."
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["Sounds terrible…"]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "I suppose it was," she said airily.
[23:43] <Minaplo> ["What do you think about it?"]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "I admire that she made it that long with her sanity intact. Some of it, anyway."
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["It's not an easy topic for you, is it Meimei?" Asked Rei, smiling gently.]
01[23:56] <Yanmei> "Hm? What do you mean?"
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Mary Caine. The idea of her suffering."]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "It doesn't absolve her of anything? -Lots- of people suffered back then, and even died."
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["But did anyone deserve it?"]
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01[00:00] <Yanmei> "Of course not?"
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["Not even Caine?"]
01[00:11] <Yanmei> "No? But that doesn't change anything…"
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Rei's eyes fluttered down towards her hands. "I suppose not."]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "What do you think of her, Rei?"
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Well… She's our enemy, isn't she?"]
01[00:23] <Yanmei> "Yes? But you wouldn't be asking me those questions if that was all you thought about her. Am I right?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["I just think it's a shame." Said Rei. "I know why we can't work together, but I think it'd be better if we could…"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "I'm not dead set against it? But that's because I'd rather not see more of our people die. Right now, as we speak, she's moving her troops into position so that they can attack us."
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Rei. "But…"]
01[00:39] <Yanmei> "But…?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["We can't deny that Mary Caine is powerful, and she became powerful because of her abilities…"]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Her ability to be ruthless, maybe," Yanmei muttered.
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Yes, but she has other abilities, too. People who are ruthless and nothing else don't do very well."]
01[01:10] <Yanmei> "All right. I'll give you that. And you think if we work with her, she'll let us have access to those abilities? And we'll be better off for it?"
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["No… Yes? Not like that, though. I know we can't work with her because she's doing awful things, but I just think to myself how much -good- could be done if she turned those abilities and her power to doing the right thing…"]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "It's… not like we can convince her, though, right?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["No, I suppose not…"]
01[01:28] <Yanmei> "Still, I don't think you're alone in hoping for that sort of resolution?"
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "Vercingetorix left a recording behind? It seems like he'd also hoped for some eventual cooperation between us."
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Hm… If only." She seemed disheartened.]
01[01:36] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looped her gym bag over one shoulder. "Maybe we should head out," she said, trying to change the conversation.
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Hm, ok." Rei stood up as well. "Sorry. Um…"]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "Don't worry about it. Anyway, I'm the one who brought it up?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Y-Yeah." She gave Yanmei a little smile. "Don't worry about Mary Caine, ok? I'll talk with some people and, with your help, we might be able to create a simulation of how she fights…"]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei sighed. "If I'd thought about that at the time, I would have taken her sword before we parted ways. For analysis, you know?"
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Why didn't you?"]
01[02:49] <Yanmei> "That's… complicated." She frowned. "She offered it. As a 'token of her appreciation'? But taking it seemed just… wrong."
[02:49] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
01[02:59] <Yanmei> "We're not allies. I didn't do that stuff for her. I did it because I had to at the time? I didn't want her getting the wrong idea." Yanmei tossed her hair. "If that was what she was going for, anyway? Why would she actually make a gesture like that? Was the weapon rigged somehow? Was she making fun of me?"
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["Maybe it really was just a token of thanks…"]
01[03:08] <Yanmei> "Unlikely."
[03:10] <Minaplo> [She shrugged. "We can't really prove it either way."]
01[03:13] <Yanmei> "Maybe not," Yanmei agreed.
[03:17] <Minaplo> ["You busy tonight?"]
01[03:19] <Yanmei> "If you want to do some stuff, I can make time."
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["I just thought we could all have dinner." She beamed.]
01[03:25] <Yanmei> "Alright! Sounds fun." She smiled back.

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