For The Love Of Life 1 3 3

01[01:00] <Yanmei> Forty-five minutes until the debriefing. -
01[01:04] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei walked briskly along the hallways with a bright smile on her face. She had just showered and pulled on some proper clothes - red blouse and a business skirt. She had also just collected a companion. "I suppose you had a lot of time to prepare some strategies while we were away?" She was saying.
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["As best I can." Said Marianne. "Who knows what we'll find once we're inside the egg?"]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "It'll be okay? We won last time, after all."
[01:39] <Minaplo> [Marianne said nothing.-
[01:40] <Minaplo> [The door to Fatima's room was notable primarily for the attendants. Outside the door were two soldiers, Marines, equipped with advanced human-scale power armour and bolters. They saluted as Yanmei arrived.]
06[01:42] * Yanmei saluted back. "At ease. This won't take long?" She pressed the little buzzer by the door.
[01:44] <Minaplo> [The door's lock-light went from red to green.]
01[01:45] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei pulled it open and stepped in. "Miss Nejeem?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> [The door slid open after the press of a button on the console.-
[02:05] <Minaplo> [The quarters were a little less decorative than the usual officer's rooms Yanmei frequented. That said, they were still very comfortable by the normal standard. A large King-sized bed against a wall, with a television and movie player ensemble on a display suite opposite. A large high bookcase on the wall to the left of the bed. A door off to the side leading to a private bathroom. Several
[02:05] <Minaplo> chests of drawers and wardrobes for clothes.-
[02:09] <Minaplo> [Fatima Nejem had been stacking her clothes away; when Yanmei had entered she'd stood up and turned. She was wearing a pair of dark green trousers, over which she wore a black button-up long-sleeved shirt. Her hair was hidden and her face framed by a clean, fine, soft-looking silk headscarf, pink with little blue flower patterns. The scarf fell loosely around her shoulders and chest. A pair
[02:09] <Minaplo> of black boots sat against the foot of the bed; Fatima's own rather small feet were clad in black socks.-
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["Hello again, Chancellor Zhang." She smiled. "It's 'Nejem'."]
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "Of course. I'm sorry about that." The smile remained. "The two of us have come by to see how you were getting along?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> [She turned towards Marianne. "Peace, Colonel Amatore."-
[02:27] <Minaplo> [Marianne gave her a nod and a small smile. "And with you."-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [Fatima turned back to Yanmei. "Well enough. I'm not fond of guards armed with bolters at my door, but I'm dealing with it so far."]
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "Thanks for your patience. Have you had a chance, at least, to chat with any other crew members?"
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["De Pteres?"]
01[02:53] <Yanmei> "…ah."
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["Is there a problem?"]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "What do you mean? You two didn't end up fighting?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["No. He asked some very difficult questions and made some very confusing observations."]
01[00:35] <Yanmei> Well. That didn't sound that bad. She relaxed a little. "Oh? Like what?"
03[00:40] * ZackDinner is now known as Zack
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["About strange things. He called it 'illuminati stuff'. He asked me to see Isabelle Bellamy."]
01[00:42] <Yanmei> "Isabelle? I guess you could. She's even stranger than he is, though?"
03[00:44] * Raphael (~ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR#ua.moc.odod.lsd.citats.122-511-841-221|leahpaR) has joined #nervfrance
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["I have heard as much." Said Fatima wryly.]
01[00:52] <Yanmei> "Still, being strange doesn't necessarily mean being wrong? It sounds like de Pteres was trying to hint at all the conspiracies that surrounded the creation of NERV and the Evangelions and Caine's faction now."
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Fatima, her tone level.]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "Are you interested in hearing more? Or is this getting a bit weird?" She grinned.
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["There is always curiosity and interest when conspiracy is involved, but I don't see much value in investigating."]
01[01:04] <Yanmei> "Why not?"
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["What will it change, exactly?"]
01[01:13] <Yanmei> "Your perspective? If you don't know the whole story about a situation, it's easy to barge in and make catastrophic mistakes even when you think you're making a good decision."
[01:15] <Minaplo> [Fatima chuckled.]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "What?"
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Have you heard of the phrase 'look to your front'? The temptation to try to know the full story can be as dangerous as not knowing the full story and thinking you do. I'm a soldier. I don't know the full story. I do know that I don't know it. Instead of trying to react to a 'bigger picture', I react according to the role I have been given, by superiors who know what they're doing."]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "That sounds like it requires an awful lot of trust…"
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["How many soldiers serve in your Federation? This outlook is demanded of each and every one of them."]
01[01:45] <Yanmei> "Fair. But some of the things we experience as pilots are so strange that they've inevitably led to introspection and questions about the nature of our jobs? I would be impressed if you stuck to this mindset for your entire career."
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Then I will endeavour to impress you."]
01[01:53] <Yanmei> "Your choice, I suppose."
[01:54] <Minaplo> [She inclined her head.]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "In any case, you must have some questions for us, even if they're unrelated to big conspiracies?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["Is the Lance properly reforged?"]
01[02:08] <Yanmei> "Yes! You'll hear more about it in the meeting? But we're just about ready to push ahead with the next operation because of that."
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["That's good. When do you expect we'll be launching the operation?"]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "We need to give people time to rest and prepare? Roughly half a day, I'd expect."
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Good. That'll be enough time for me to prepare."]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "We do have spare weapons for your Eva if you need any. Ammunition as well? Or… are you talking about mental preparation?"
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["My Eva is ready, but I do require some rest as well as mental preparation, yes."]
06[02:37] * Yanmei nodded. "If you want some food delivered to your room, please let the guards standing outside know. And if there's anyone you want to visit while you're here, you can do that too? As long as they aren't incarcerated."
[02:40] <Minaplo> ["You don't want me visiting your captive Solomons?" She asked with a wry smile.]
01[02:42] <Yanmei> "Or von Brandt! Let's not forget him?"
[02:49] <Minaplo> [She smiled. "I won't visit any prisoners. Are your cooks used to adapting to special dietary requirements?"]
01[02:50] <Yanmei> "They're pretty versatile if you give them specific directions? It shouldn't be a problem."
[02:51] <Minaplo> [She nodded slowly. "One other question. Is William Weiss on board?"]
01[02:55] <Yanmei> "Yes. But… he's not doing so well."
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["Not doing so well?"]
06[02:56] * Yanmei hesitated. "He's been hospitalized."
[02:56] <Minaplo> [Her eyes widened, and she gasped. For a moment her mouth hung open.-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["… Why?"]
01[03:01] <Yanmei> "There was an explosion," she said quietly. "Here in the ship."
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["An explosion. An accident?"]
01[03:09] <Yanmei> "We're still investigating, but we don't believe it was."
[03:09] <Minaplo> ["Sabotage." She whispered. "Assassination attempt. Someone tried to kill him?!"]
01[03:18] <Yanmei> "… yes. There was a bomb."
[03:20] <Minaplo> ["But why would anyone want to…?"]
01[03:22] <Yanmei> "We don't know yet? We still don't even know who the culprit is."
[03:24] <Minaplo> ["How bad is he?"]
01[03:29] <Yanmei> "Bad. He's stable, but it's really messed him up."
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["I see. Will I have permission to see him?"]
01[23:42] <Yanmei> "Of course?" she said softly. "You can stay by him as long as you need."
Session Time: Tue Jun 10 00:00:00 2014
[00:14] <Minaplo> [She nodded once. "Thank you."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "Would you like some time alone?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> [She took a deep breath. "I would, but if you have questions or something to say, then now is the time."]
06[00:23] * Yanmei nodded slowly. -
01[00:25] <Yanmei> "All right. I have one more question? About your squadmates."
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Yes?"]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "You all function more effectively as a team, right? So why did they send you all by yourself?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> [Fatima frowned, biting her bottom lip.]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "Heh. It's not confidential is it?" she joked, smiling a little.
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["It's not, but… I admit to feeling conflicted about telling."]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "The other units are at least completed, I'd guess."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["…"]
06[01:08] * Yanmei sighed. "Fine. We don't have to go this route? There's another question I had, if you don't want to answer that one."
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["What is it?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "Um. About the Geofront…" She glanced at Marianne, for a split second. Just a hint of chagrin shone through, and then she straightened her shoulders, trying to play it off as if it was no big deal. "I mean, obviously, it was a close battle? But you guys still beat me and the squad that was following me back then. You could have killed us all, but you left us with von Brandt instead." -
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "Granted, that's its own form of punishment? But… why did you do that? Do you feel any regret about it now?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["We were ordered to." Said Fatima, straightening up.-
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["And it wasn't a close battle."]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "But why…?"
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["We were ordered to." Said Fatima, again. "That's all the reason I have."]
06[01:33] * Yanmei knit her eyebrows together, puzzled. "By who? Von Brandt himself?"
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["If you have to know, then yes."]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "Creepy," Yanmei muttered. "Ah. Do you have any more questions for us?"
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["No, I'm done."]
06[01:48] * Yanmei nodded and flashed her another smile. "Well theh? We'll make sure your escorts know where to take you for the meeting when it's time."
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."]
01[01:57] <Yanmei> "Thank -you-, for your time?" She backed away for the door. "See you later."
[01:57] <Minaplo> [She inclined her head. Marianne turned to follow Yanmei out.]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> After a quick chat with the guards about meeting schedules and hospital visits, Yanmei led the way a little further along. "Interesting, huh?"
[02:06] <Minaplo> ["Very interesting. If my hunch is correct, it seems Mary Caine's Eva corps isn't as developed as she'd have us believe."]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "We can rest a little more easily, then~ At least for now."
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["It does mean we need to think about our battleplan." Said Marianne. "If we place Fatima on the front, in the thickest of fighting…"]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "If it's like 22, it would help out our own units a lot? Plus, if there's the possibility of it getting damaged…"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["That's what I meant, yes. If 22 can be damaged or even destroyed, we could secure it and give us a huge edge. We'd easily have the run of things for at least a month."]
01[02:28] <Yanmei> "I'd feel a little heartless about it," Yanmei muttered, "if the pilot was killed in the process."
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["That's a risk that I'm willing to take."]
06[01:20] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow. "What about William? She's his lady friend, after all."
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["I wasn't actually aware that they were acquainted."]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "Yup. They used to date back when he was working in Africa? He told me that… well," she grimaced slightly. "Right before the explosion happened."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["I see."]
06[01:35] * Yanmei walked along quietly for a few moments, seemingly vaguely troubled. "We were worried about his loyalty too," she confessed after a while.
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Mm. Why is that?"]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "It wasn't just because of the romance with Nejem? De Pteres mentioned that he seemed kind of friendly with Caine when we were being held in the Synfront."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. What do you think?"]
01[01:58] <Yanmei> "Well. If he was a spy, he wasn't the only one. Maybe he had a partner who realized people were getting suspicious and tried to kill him before they were found out?" Another long pause. "Ugh. There's nothing to back that up, is there?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["No evidence to support that, no. Still, it's not illogical."-
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["It's easy to forget that William could be…"]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> Yanmei gazed at her, almost questioningly.
[02:14] <Minaplo> ["Well, he wasn't like you or me or Aline. He lived a strange life."]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Even before NERV, you mean."
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "Is that why you invited him to stay with us? You were worried about him," she guessed. "Still are."
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Yes. And curious as well, I have to admit."]
01[02:27] <Yanmei> "Curious?"
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["To see what sort of person he was."]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> "Ahh." Yanmei nodded slowly. "I can get that? With the way he was suddenly sprung on us without warning like that…"
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["It was very suspicious. I remember de Pteres' reaction being hostile- although that's hardly rare, mind."]
01[02:44] <Yanmei> "Nope. But come on, we were -all- suspicious of him. The rest of us were just better at making nice in spite of it?"
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Pfft. You're not going to convince me that Sera was -merely- as suspicious as you were."]
06[03:07] * Yanmei laughed. "A full-blown paranoid streak, then? That's what you're impying, right?"
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["An aggressive paranoid streak." Said MArianne seriously.]
01[03:12] <Yanmei> "But he's mellowed out a little since then? Thank goodness we don't have to deal with something like that these days."
[03:14] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."]
01[03:20] <Yanmei> "You're worrying an awful lot yourself," Yanmei teased. "There's a little time left until the meeting. What do you want to do until then?"
[03:27] <Minaplo> ["Sleep. But I'm getting old." She said. "If I'm going to be up, then I might as well eat. You can shout me."]
01[03:33] <Yanmei> "You mean add to my tab." She gave a long-suffering sigh. "For an almightly Chancellor, I don't make very much at all. I think it's Hohenzollern's way of getting back at me for sticking her in Accounting."
[03:34] <Minaplo> ["A fair punishment."]
01[03:35] <Yanmei> "Heeey. She should be happy! At least she's doing stuff instead of sitting in a cell?" Yanmei gave a little pout.
[03:40] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but it's accounting…"]
01[03:42] <Yanmei> "It'll be no sweat for -her-," she said confidently. "And she's in good company? That's also where I put Mr. Albus."
[03:42] <Minaplo> ["You call that good company? He always creeps me out."]
01[03:45] <Yanmei> "Pfft. He's harmless? Dump him in front of a TV with some rich snacks, and suddenly he's your best friend." She wagged a finger smugly. "What's more, he's used to managing extremely tight resources? That's exactly what we need right now."
[03:48] <Minaplo> ["I suppose this is true." She snorted.-
[03:48] <Minaplo> ["You know, there's a really easy way to expand our resources."]
01[03:51] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face turned grim. "No more special catalog products or gross video games on the merchandise lines."
[03:51] <Minaplo> ["Damnit, how did you know?"]
01[03:55] <Yanmei> "You're spending too much time around that dumbface James," she complained. "He's rubbing off on you. Next, you'll be hacking into our camera system to spy on Mr. Linden when he comes to visit."
[04:04] <Minaplo> ["Why is it always him you tease me about…?"]
06[04:07] * Yanmei just waggled her eyebrows at her meaningfully. Then she cheerfully whirled and practically skipped ahead a few paces. "Let's go~ The cafeteria awaits?"
[04:11] <Minaplo> ["Yes, let's." Muttered Marianne, giving Yanmei a black look.]

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