For The Love Of Life 1 2 5

[01:53] <Minaplo> [21:53] <Yanmei> The morning was winding down quickly. Already, some of the hallways in the Dorian Lachapelle were full of the bustle that came just before lunchtime. -
[01:53] <Minaplo> [21:57] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei was currently walking against the flow of people, toward some of the more lavish the officer quarters. She was scrolling through something on a datapad as she walked, red eyes darting furiously between it and her surroundings to make sure she didn't walk past her destination. -
[01:53] <Minaplo> [21:58] <Yanmei> Finally, she stopped, peering up at the door in question. She primped - smoothed down her blazer jacket and her long, loose hair - and then pressed the little buzzer next to the door.
[01:55] <Minaplo> [There was a pause- then the door unlocked and opened, allowing Yanmei to enter!]
01[01:55] <CakeyCake> So Yanmei strolled right in. "Hello, Mr. President~~"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Hello to you too, Miss Zhang." Came an incredibly pleased voice to her right…-
[01:57] <Minaplo> [Only it was the high voice of a gloating little girl and now the deep older voice of Mazarin. Henriette was perched on the bed, putting aside a computer tablet. "But you're a little presumptious. I'm not president yet. And I'm not a Mr."]
01[02:01] <CakeyCake> There was a short pause on Yanmei's part as she shifting gears, raising her guard with a cheery smile. "Ah, Henriette. What are you doing cooped up in here again? Shouldn't you be out, ah, playing?"
03[02:02] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Shouldn't you be?"]
01[02:06] <Yanmei> "I'm tracking down your father so that we can discuss some political matters? You know. Grown-up stuff~"
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["Well, you've missed him."]
01[02:07] <Yanmei> "Did he say where he went?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["He didn't, but I think I know anyway."]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["I think he went somewhere with… Oh yes, Ms. Zhang Mingzhu."]
01[02:12] <Yanmei> "!" Yanmei tried hard to keep her eyebrows from jumping up high. "I… see." She managed through gritted, smiling teeth. "They've probably been meeting each other a lot these days?"
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yes."]
01[02:17] <Yanmei> "What do you think about it?" Yanmei found a seat. There was a small, casual settee by one of the beds, and it served nicely for this purpose.
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "Like, maybe they're getting along too well?"
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["'Too' well?"]
06[02:25] * Yanmei tsked and wagged her finger, smirking at the naive little girl. "What if these are dates and not casual friend meetings?"
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["Dates?" Henriette sounded dubious.]
01[02:30] <Yanmei> "Dates." Yanmei said with a firm nod. "Dates that might lead to something more?"
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["Like what?"]
01[02:33] <Yanmei> "What usually happens when two people start dating and it goes really well? Engagements. Maybe even babies."
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["So I could have a little sister or brother…" Her expression seemed contemplative.]
01[02:40] <Yanmei> "It's possible." Yanmei watched her expression carefully for a clear reaction.
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["Interesting."]
01[02:42] <Yanmei> "Interesting?" A little confusion flickered over Yanmei's own face.
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["I've always wanted a little brother or sister. It gets lonely by myself, after all."]
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "Wait. So you're in favor of this baby-making scheme?"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Why wouldn't I be?"]
01[02:46] <Yanmei> "If there's another kid around, the President will have to divide his attention between them and you. That means you'll get even less time with him?"
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["And?"]
01[02:48] <Yanmei> "You're actually okay with that?"
[02:48] <Minaplo> ["I'll have a little brother or sister to look after. That obviously makes up for the attention deficit."]
06[02:50] * Yanmei looked dubious. "I guess that's okay in theory? But you can't predict what a little sibling will be like. What if you don't get along?"
[02:50] <Minaplo> ["Why are -you- so upset about this?"]
06[02:51] * Yanmei laughed. "I'm hardly upset about it~ I'm just curious about what your reaction would be?"
[02:53] <Minaplo> [Henriette eyed Yanmei with deep suspicion.]
06[02:56] * Yanmei beamed cheerfully at her. So unassuming~ -
01[02:57] <Yanmei> "Anyway, we're only working with theories at this point? The evidence so far is inconclusive. No public s-smooching, or anything."
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Then it's not a problem, is it?" She smiled innocently. "In fact, it's quite the opposite…"]
01[03:02] <Yanmei> "A boon, you mean?"
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Something we should encourage, obviously!"]
01[03:04] <Yanmei> "I don't think we should go that far."
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Why not? You just don't want my father to be happy, do you?"]
01[03:09] <Yanmei> "Don't be absurd. I mean, what are you even going to do? It's not like we can trap them in an elevator together until they break down and start k-kissing?"
[03:10] <Minaplo> ["Ooh…"]
01[03:13] <Yanmei> "No," she said firmly. And then a little white lie. "That's not how romance even works?"
[03:13] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well, you would know, wouldn't you?"]
01[03:14] <Yanmei> "Of course~" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Anyway, what we can do is discreetly -discreetly- keep an eye on them? And keep each other informed if things start moving in that direction."
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["… Why?"]
01[03:15] <Yanmei> "Why not?"
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["Because you want me to spy on my father?"]
01[03:17] <Yanmei> "No one said anything about spying? Don't be absurd." Yanmei tossed her hair again.
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["Besides, maybe I should keep an eye on you." Said Henriette. She was rubbing her chin now, her eyes narrow. "I think you're more in danger of making babies than your mother. I bet she'll be really happy to hear about it. She's so fond of me, after all~"]
01[03:25] <Yanmei> "I have an empire to run? I don't have time for making babies," she said hastily. "And what's this about her fondness? You two have been hanging out together?"
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[03:28] <Minaplo> ["I really shouldn't say." Said Henriette, smirking. "Father says it's silly to just give up information without getting a present back~"]
01[03:31] <Yanmei> "Is that so?" she said sweetly. "You can make a request, then, and I'll grant it within reason."
[03:33] <Minaplo> ["I want to spend a long weekend with you and Isaiah. Mostly Isaiah. He's the best~"-
[03:33] <Minaplo> ["You mostly just get in the way, but you're welcome to cook and clean for us~"]
01[03:49] <Yanmei> "Aw, that's sweet. But I think you cook and clean just fine~ You could totally show of those skills to Isaiah and me when you come over."
[03:50] <Minaplo> ["No deal."]
01[03:51] <Yanmei> "Hm. It looks like negotiations have broken down, then? Oh well~"
03[03:52] * Retrieving #nervfrance modes…
[03:55] <Minaplo> ["And to think." Henriette shook her head slowly. "I had something really big to share that I just remembered, too…"]
01[03:56] <Yanmei> "If it's about my mother, I can simply ask her directly? And she'll tell me all the secrets she's learned about you from your father. Parents have loose lips, you know."
[03:57] <Minaplo> ["Well, it's not about your mother, is it?"]
01[03:58] <Yanmei> "Then it's probably something that doesn't concern me~"
[03:59] <Minaplo> ["You'd be wrong again."]
01[04:01] <Yanmei> "So you say." Yanmei folded her arms and glanced away, all blase and the like.
[04:03] <Minaplo> [Henriette picked up her tablet and began to read.]
06[08:46] * Yanmei waited, patiently. Who would crack first?
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["Bet Isaiah would say yes if I asked."]
01[08:54] <Yanmei> "Maybe. But sadly, he is off watching Lizzie right now?" Yanmei sighed. "Must be tough, with all that juicy news you're just dying to tell someone about~~"
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["Then maybe I'll go ask him right now!"]
01[09:01] <Yanmei> "And leave your room? That's a change," Yanmei smirked.
[09:04] <Minaplo> ["I leave my room all the time!"]
01[09:08] <Yanmei> "Oh? What do you do and where do you go?"
[09:09] <Minaplo> [Henriette smirked. "Oh, well, I go out with Zhang Mingzhu all the time. We spend lots of time together."]
06[09:09] * Yanmei held back a scowl. "…why don't you tell me that important information you were going on about?"
[09:10] <Minaplo> ["Let me stay with youuu."]
01[09:11] <Yanmei> "I have but one condition. You must sleep on the couch."
[09:12] <Minaplo> ["No. I'll share with Elizabeth." She huffed.]
01[09:13] <Yanmei> "Good enough."
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["Hm." She grinned.]
01[09:15] <Yanmei> "What?"
[09:16] <Minaplo> ["I don't really spend that much time with Zhang Mingzhu at all~"]
01[09:20] <Yanmei> A hint of a glare did make it to her eyes this time. "I already knew that, of course~"
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["She's your mother, huh? Of course you would."]
01[09:27] <Yanmei> "Yes. We talk all the time? About all sorts of stuff."
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["Does she talk about my father?"]
01[09:31] <Yanmei> "Of course? But she's only mentioned that they're friends."
[09:32] <Minaplo> ["I don't care about that. Tell me what she says."]
01[09:33] <Yanmei> "Just that he was very kind to her when I was incarcerated at Caine's? And that they've talked a lot while they've been on the ship."
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["What about?"]
01[09:36] <Yanmei> "She didn't say? That's why it's so suspicious!"
[09:38] <Minaplo> [Henriette frowned. "He doesn't tell me, either."-
[09:38] <Minaplo> [She looked away huffily. "Not that it's any of my business…"]
01[09:39] <Yanmei> "So you say~ But you're curious too, aren't you?"
[09:42] <Minaplo> ["So what?"]
01[09:46] <Yanmei> "We could always follow them~ Get in close enough to actually hear them?"
[09:47] <Minaplo> [A wary look. "How?"]
01[09:48] <Yanmei> "Do you have any experience with shadowing people?"
[09:51] <Minaplo> ["Why would I have?"]
01[09:55] <Yanmei> "Because it's an important skill for politicians? Knowing how to sneak up behind people without them noticing, and looming over them in disapproval. President Mazarin has mastered both of them, for example…"
[09:57] <Minaplo> [Henriette's eyes narrowed, her brow furrowed.]
01[10:04] <Yanmei> "I'm not being completely serious," she admitted. "Except for Mazarin's mastery, of course. But yeah. Look. There are only so many places where they can go out for lunch? We find out the next time they're planning on going out with each other, nab a table in the same place before they get there, and then bribe the staff to seat them within ear distance. All we'd have to do is duck down and not get noticed."
[10:06] <Minaplo> ["Is that really the only way?"]
01[10:07] <Yanmei> "No. We could also hire an expert to tail them for us? Or plant a bug on one of them?"
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["What?!"]
01[10:14] <Yanmei> "Or, duh. We could get information from security! I bet they have at least a little on film."
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["But that's spying!"]
01[10:21] <Yanmei> "Well, yes." Yanmei blinked in surprise. "But everyone does it? You should ask your father."
[10:30] <Minaplo> ["Hm. So you wouldn't be mad then if I spied on you."]
01[10:31] <Yanmei> "You totally wouldn't know how, though," she said smugly.
[10:31] <Minaplo> ["But if you showed me…"]
01[10:33] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed. "Perhaps we should rely on experts after all~"
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["Nope. Show me how to spy!"]
01[10:43] <Yanmei> "Nope. Although I'm flattered you think I'm fascinating enough to spy on later~ You must actually like me."
[10:48] <Minaplo> ["I figure if I spy on you and Isaiah, I'll find some secret you won't want shared sooner or later." She said triumphantly.]
01[10:54] <Yanmei> "Then I'll spy on you back and blackmail you into keeping it secret. I bet you have a bunch of embarrassing secrets."
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["Adults always have more secrets than children. That's what father says."]
01[10:57] <Yanmei> "But children are more easily embarrassed. It's a fact?"
[11:01] <Minaplo> ["Then you're really doomed." Said Henriette smugly.]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "You're the only child around here?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "My only secrets are about how amazing and mature I am~"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["They'd have to be secrets, since no one thinks you are."]
01[00:26] <Yanmei> "Or maybe everyone -secretly- thinks I am~"
[00:27] <Minaplo> [Henriette rolled her eyes. "Maybe I'll just spy on Isaiah instead."]
06[00:29] * Yanmei frowned at that. "Like he has any secrets?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["I bet he has tons."]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "You just want to peek at him." Yanmei tossed her hair again. "You should be ashamed of yourself?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "You should know? With they way you get all giggly and doe-eyed around him…"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["N-no I don't!" Said Henriette, her eyebrows drawn closely together, her eyes fierce. "Besides, that's nothing compared to how -you- act…"]
01[00:38] <Yanmei> "Hah! There isn't a more professional couple on this ship."
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Yes there is!"]
01[00:39] <Yanmei> "Is not."
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["My dad and your mum." Said Henriette smugly.]
03[00:42] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
03[00:45] * Zack is now known as ZackDinner
01[00:46] <Yanmei> "Not funny! You won't be laughing if we suddenly end up sisters or something."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Henriette recoiled in horror.]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "What's wrong~" She smirked, taking full advantage of that. "I thought you wanted a sibling. Maybe you were just lying again about that?"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Not a -stupid- sibling."]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "Then it's a good thing you wouldn't be getting one? Anyway, you should be happy about your father marrying into the illustrious and classy Zhang family~"
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Like I care about some bumpkins from the East."]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "You're the bumpkin."
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Tch. See? If you weren't so argu- argumentative all the time, you'd be an alright sister. But you're just a big grump."]
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01[01:10] <Yanmei> "And you'd actually be halfway adorable if you stopped picking fights. But it's doubtful that's going to happen?"
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["I don't pick fights…"]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "You so do."
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["I do not!" Henriette hopped off the bed, glowering up furiously at Yanmei, arms folded tightly.]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "What would you call it, then?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["You starting a fight?"]
06[01:22] * Yanmei glared. "When do I ever do that?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["All the time. Besides, you shouldn't be so mean." Said Henriette quickly. "You need my help right now, after all."]
06[01:28] * Yanmei eyed her warily. "Oh yeah?"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["To stop them, of course!"]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "Well, this is an abrupt change of heart. Put our differences aside, join forces…" She rubbed her chin thoughtfully.
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Unless you want to see me bearing a pair of rings down the aisle of the Notre Dame."-
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["The one in Reims, since you set the one in Paris on fire, obviously."]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "I did no such things? That was the bad guys!" Yanmei huffed. "Also, are you sure? You're not setting me up, are you?"
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["Setting you up?"]
01[01:37] <Yanmei> "Like recording this with the intent of showing it to the President later or something."
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["God, you're dumb."]
01[01:43] <Yanmei> "-Excuse- me?" Yanmei huffed.
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["I can't set a tape up if you're around, can I?"]
01[01:58] <Yanmei> True. She couldn't have anticipated this, and she probably didn't have the skill to set it up without being seen. But it was… a little suspicious, nevertheless. "Oh, whatever. Let's just do it. I'll contact you later on about a plan…"
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Why not now?!"]
01[02:01] <Yanmei> "Because I have another meeting to run to in a few minutes, that's why."
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["Tch. What sort of meeting?"]
01[02:04] <Yanmei> "A meeting with the people who are managing my budget or lackthereof. Sadly, it's not going to be too entertaining?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["A budget meeting. My dad- my father always gets me to do something for him to help with that."]
06[02:07] * Yanmei blinked curiously. "What's that?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> [She ran over to a nearby drinks cabinet, unlocked the front, and took out a bottle of brandy, which she held out to Yanmei.]
06[02:13] * Yanmei stared for a moment. Then she started to giggle quietly. "Well met, Mazarin…"
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["Take it, I won't tell."]
[02:28] <Minaplo> [She smiled serenely.]
01[02:31] <Yanmei> "I will take a sip," she clarified. "Because I'm sure Mr. President still needs it himself. But thank you." She accepted the bottle and opened it. A quick glance around. Was there a glass or a cup she could use?
[02:33] <Minaplo> [Of course.]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> So Yanmei got up, and poured a small taste for herself, and then re-corked the brandy bottle. She held up the glass in Henriette's direction, as if giving her a little toast, and swigged it.
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["There. Now you can go." Said Henriette matter-of-factly.]
01[02:48] <Yanmei> Her throat and the back of her nose burned, and she had to desperately fight off a coughing fit. She had to look cool, or that silly girl would make fun of her again! "Yes," she spluttered finally, and set the glass back down. "Th-thanks for the hospitality?"
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[03:02] <Minaplo> [Henriette merely beamed.]
01[03:04] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei threw her shoulders back and gave a quick nod, quickly blinking away the dampness around her eyes. She collected her tablet. "I'll… *ahem*" she swallowed oddly, "beoff then…"
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[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Have a good day~"]

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