For The Love Of Life 1 4 2

01[23:21] <Yanmei> The first wave of evacuations had gone well for the most part. It was also likely the only wave, given the small number of civilians that had actually been on board the Dorian Lachapelle. -
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01[23:25] <Yanmei> Yanmei had seen them off, exchanging warm words and smiles with those she knew. Viviane, the Mazarins, Isabelle, all the little girls… her mother. And a crying Lizzie, who had clung to Isaiah's shirt and needed to be pried away in the last minutes before the teleportation. -
01[23:28] <Yanmei> Yanmei now wandered alone, raw and tired, a small frown on her mouth. The battleship was hardly empty, with all the soldiers and technicians still around, but it didn't feel that way. -
01[23:33] <Yanmei> By chance, her feet aimlessly took her to the Promenade, with its now unstaffed shops and darkened windows. -This- part of the ship was at least relatively quiet now. A good place to brood. Except… she stared at one of the businesses, her forehead crinkling with confusion. Was that a light in the window?
[23:36] <@Minaplo> [Yes it was. It appeared that someone had left the light on in Blue's Bar and Grill… And had neglected to put up the 'closed' sign, too!]
01[23:41] <Yanmei> "Tch. Careless," Yanmei muttered. But… the sight left her with an uneasy feeling. She stalked to the door, trying to remember if Blue's face as among those she had just seen off…
01[23:41] <Yanmei> ^was among
[23:43] <@Minaplo> [She could see that there were still -people- in the bar. Not as many, and very few scantily-clad waitresses, but people…-
[23:43] <@Minaplo> [Could it be he was still around?]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> Ridiculous! God… goddamn it! She stormed up to the bar itself, and stood there with her hands on her hips.
[23:52] <@Minaplo> [Blue was still there, that bastard, wearing his smug coat and smug hat. His back was turned to her, and he was stocking his bar…-
[23:52] <@Minaplo> [He paused, looked over his shoulder, and turned. "Oh, you're here for a drink? I'm having a special 'no pressure' sale. I call it that because if we fuck up then humanity is doomed."]
01[23:55] <Yanmei> "Just -what- do you think you're doing?" she was glaring at him accusingly. "There's no way you didn't hear the evacuation announcements!"
[23:55] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah, I heard 'em, not sure what it has to do with me."]
Session Time: Thu Jun 12 00:00:00 2014
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "You count as non-combat, Blue. You know that."
[00:10] <@Minaplo> ["Do I? That sounds like a clerical error to me, you might want to get that looked into."]
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "Has security been by yet?"
[00:12] <@Minaplo> ["Yep."]
01[00:14] <Yanmei> "…and?"
[00:18] <@Minaplo> ["I told 'em there weren't any civvies left and they went on their way with a complimentary drink."]
06[00:21] * Yanmei sighed, wearily. "Why?"
[00:23] <@Minaplo> ["They were thirsty."]
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01[00:33] <Yanmei> "Um, no? Why did you stay behind?"
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[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Durr, why did I stay behind. To run the bar?"]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "Keep this up, and I'll call Lieutenant Ayanami to forcibly remove you."
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Keep what up? Have you gotten to the 'arrest people for telling the truth' part already, Chancellor-for-Life?"]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "Oh my god, what is even your problem? You're hiding something, aren't you?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["If I were, that would be my right, surely." He said loftily.]
01[01:13] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes narrowed. "There's probably something hidden in the walls of this bar? A million mafia gold bricks, or some crazy drug that would make even Raskova blush. It's the only explanation as to why you don't want to leave? Because no one's so much of a workaholic that they'd stick around in these conditions if they didn't have to."
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["The only explanation? Bit hasty." Said Blue with a grin. "There's one good reason coming up behind you right now."]
01[01:23] <Yanmei> "?!" Yanmei turned, slowly, doing her best to look cool about it.
[01:33] <Minaplo> [Walking over towards the bench was Sophia Simonides. Her long red hair was combed straight and allowed to fall around her, where it fell elegantly to the small of her back. She was wearing one of Blue's waitress outfits; the short skirt and tight black socks did much to show off her long legs, whilst the open white shirt and blue corset drew the eye to her ample curves. "Hey, Yanmei! Here
[01:33] <Minaplo> to buy a drink?"]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "S-Sophia?" Yanmei's went from a blank expression to incredulously raised eyebrows in seconds flat. "The hell? You're not resting up for later?"
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["I did. Had a nice long sleep and woke up bored."]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "You have a strange way of fighting boredom," Yanmei remarked, eyebrows still up. "Isn't that uncomfortable…?"
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["It's more comfortable than you think." Said Sophia. "Plus it's very flattering~" She said gleefully, doing a quick pirouette, the skirt fluttering dangerously upwards.-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["I'm paying her quadruple." Said Mr. Blue. "Because you evac'd all my waitresses."]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> "For their own good?" Yanmei pointed out primly. She took a seat of her own, on one of the bar stools. "It's not too late for you either. Akagi can probably teleport a straggler or two over, no problem?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["Terrible idea." Said Mr. Blue. "Think of it like this, right? We're heading off into space, to the Moon, to enter a horrific Angel-filled space to defeat a super-powerful foe. Everyone's gonna want one last drink before the suicide mission starts."-
[02:07] <Minaplo> [He leaned forward with a grin. "And they're gonna want ten when we get back in celebration. I stand to make tremendous profit."]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "You won't be able to enjoy it if you're eaten by Space-Angels?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Not that we're likely to actually fail. But."
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Now really, that's not a good argument." Blue waggled a finger at her, the tip just a few inches away from her nose. "This shop here is strategically located in the dead middle of the ship. That means there's a lot of ship the Angels need to shoot through to get to this shop. And I have complete faith in this ship's ability to shrug off absurd levels of violence."-
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Also… Aheh, I'm me." He lifted his hands up, his thumbs pointing down towards his face. He grinned. "Those security guys all served in S2, so they're guaranteed to have tried to find me and failed over and over. I'm the toughest person in this room, one of the toughest on this ship…"-
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["And if there's a -lot- of problems, like fires or shit, I'll even be out to save people like a superhero."]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "Superhero? Fascinating. It looks like your ego's nearly as impenetrable as this ship is." Yanmei leaned back, arms folded. "Whatever? Just don't get my soldiers drunk before the battle starts."
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["No promises. You should bring Isaiah down, have a nice little night together." Said Blue with a voice so deeply sincere that it could only be insincere.-
[01:00] <Minaplo> [Yanmei felt a pair of hands wrap around her- Sophia was cuddling her, Sophia's face pushing up against Yanmei's own. "Lizzie's gone, a big titanic battle's coming up… You and Isaiah should spend this together~"]
01[01:07] <Yanmei> "We're not on a love cruise, you know?" Her voice was haughty, but she had turned slightly red. "A-anyway, he's not in the mood? Seeing Lizzie off really bummed him out."
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["That's why you take him for a drink." Said Blue slowly, as though teaching a little kid how to read. "Take the edge off, then he'll perk right up, especially when you take something else off…"]
01[01:11] <Yanmei> "Look, he's fine. -I'm- fine. Stop playing cupid unless it's with one of the other couples still on board."
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["I'm not playing cupid, I'm just trying to sell shit." Said Blue airily.-
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["I just don't want you to have any regrets later, you know." Said Sophia warmly.]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "This isn't the first time we've been in danger together." For a split second, she sounded almost wistful. "Anyway, it will be okay, Sophia. Thanks for the worries." Yanmei patted her on the arm.
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["I'll trust you on that." Said Sophia, patting Yanmei's stomach affectionately before pulling away, grabbing some drinks and heading off to serve.-
[01:25] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue stared at Yanmei critically.]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei beamed at him. "What's wrong?"
[01:26] <Minaplo> ["You're right." He said slowly. "I do have something in these walls."]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "I knew it!"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["Money and blood."]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I get that you're proud of the place?" she said slowly, not seeing where this was going.
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["Proud!" he snorted. He pointed towards one of the staff-only doors. "In there you'll find my bedroom and bathroom and wardrobe, where I sleep. I come out and eat my breakfast out here, then I tend the bar for three hours, then tend my tailor shop for another three, then the bar again for another three, so on. I take a three hour break to eat and run around and exercise, then it's back to
[01:40] <Minaplo> it until we close. I end up spending 21 hours a day in here."-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["So you see, this right here is the only home I've had since I was a kid."]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "…so that's why you won't leave it behind without a fight."
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["Nope. You can evac me, but where am I gonna go? Hang out at Asgard with all the others? Nawwww. That'd drive me nuts. I prefer to be here. That way if you all fuck up, I don't need to wait another, what, twenty hours for the world to end."]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "What if we stop the Angel but fail to get back to earth? The whole reason we're even sending people away is that there's a big risk of that happening?"
[01:51] <Minaplo> [He reached out a hand and stroked her chin. "Then I'd rather die surrounded by my friends." He said, pouting slightly and shaking his head.]
01[01:57] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face darkened. "You will stop that. Immediately."
[01:59] <Minaplo> [He grinned shark-like, and withdrew his hand. "Whoops. I forgot. Your *~Zaizai~* can see all of that now, can't he? Wouldn't want him to get jealous, although it's hard, since I'm sex-on-legs and all."]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Pfft. You wish?" She snorted, and pulled out some money. "I see that Rei's been telling you all sorts of weird things. One pina colada, by the way?"
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["No problem." He turned around, heading over to his drinks shelf; he grabbed some white rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice.-
[02:28] <Minaplo> [He poured 60ml of the rum and cream into a blender, 120 of the pineapple juice, and some ice, then turned it on.-
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["So, tell me something."]
01[02:30] <Yanmei> "What?"
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Does Isaiah… Watch you?" He asked, as he pulled open his fridge, pulling out a pre-cut spear of pineapple and a cherry. "You know. When you change, when you're in the shower…"]
01[02:38] <Yanmei> "Why would you even…?!" She stopped herself, grasping for more composure. "No. Because Isaiah is a gentleman?"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Liar."]
01[02:56] <Yanmei> "I'm not! Where are you even getting this from?"
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["Rei's been telling me the… Details."]
01[23:38] <Yanmei> "Well, she's been misinformed? Probably by that Katsuragi or someone…"
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["Misinformed? I don't think so. All she told me is that you can see where Isaiah is now, and vice versa… You know, as though you were looking through the other's eyes…"-
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["The obvious deduction was my part. Please. This is Rei."]
01[23:42] <Yanmei> "Please yourself. She and Wellesley probably make out constantly nowadays, so it's not out of the question."
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[23:46] <Minaplo> [Blue shook his head sadly. "What does she see in him?"]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> "That's easy? It's the hair," she said knowingly.
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["It can't just be the hair."]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "Then it's that they just -work- together. They make each other feel safe and normal in a big bad crazy world. Isn't that enough?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Blerrr. Look at you, being all serious and right. Is that why you and Isaiah fit so well?"]
01[23:55] <Yanmei> "Nope. We don't need normalicy."
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
Session Time: Sun Jun 15 00:00:00 2014
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "Just take it from me." Yanmei waved her hand. "There was always -something-. Some scary risk. My job, or dumbface interlopers, or his health. It's been a long and twisty road, but here we are, together anyway. Romantic, no?"
[00:08] <Minaplo> [He grabbed the blender cup, pouring the pina colada into a glass. He placed the pineapple into the drink and the cherry on a cocktail stick, giving it over to Yanmei.-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["So what'll happen when normalcy's all you got?"]
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "You mean a future post-war Isaiah and me? Or do you mean in general?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Post-war, yeah."]
01[00:19] <Yanmei> "We'll still be together? I mean, we'll work a lot and have business trips that mean missing each other a lot. And when we actually do see each other it'll be… nice. Something that cuts through all the painfully boring day-to-day crap and makes you feel good." She swirled the cocktail stick.
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["So the danger and fear will be replaced with boredom?"]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> She stopped swirling abruptly. "I don't know anymore," she admitted, surprised.
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["Oh? Do tell!"}
01[00:37] <Yanmei> "…look, there's nothing to tell, really. Nothing's written in stone and all that?"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["That's a lie. Lots of things are written in stone."]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "Like what?"
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["The rosetta stone, for one. And then you have the engravings on Egyptian tomb walls… Oh! Monuments have little engravings in them…"]
06[00:43] * Yanmei gave him a flat look. She yanked the cherry off and bit down on it violently. "Clever."
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["You know, I have a question."]
01[00:47] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["What's all this 'business' crap you're going to be doing after the war anyway? You're going to stay on as Chancellor or something?"]
01[00:50] <Yanmei> "For a while, anyway. To make sure it's nice and stable, and that it's helped out a few nations?"
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["And after that?"]
06[00:53] * Yanmei shrugged.
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Huhn. Fair enough."]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "What about you? Planning to open a few chain bars when things die down?"
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["A few chain bars? Blue don't franchise."-
[01:03] <Minaplo> [He took out a hip flask and began to take draws from it. "I suppose I'll just stay here. Serve drinks, serve food, make clothes. Die." Another mouthful. "Providing I grow old. Jury's still out."-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["I suppose it also depends on what the battleship'll be up to. What do you think? What'll we use the old girl for after the war?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "Space program?"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Space program? Exploring other star systems and shit?"]
01[01:12] <Yanmei> "Yup. It's already capable of flying into space? May as well take some scientist up there in style. And speaking of style…" She gestured at the flask, "Really? You're literally surrounded by bottles of booze and fancy glasses and you're using that instead?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["Yes? This is silver, you know." He said mullishly. "I've had it for years. Using things I'm attached to helps reinforce my sense of self. Keeps the voices quiet."]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "Ah?" She looked taken aback, but quickly settled again after a split second. "Alright. Makes sense?"
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["But, you're telling me I could be the first bartender into space?"]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "You're going to be that anyway. In…" she looked at her watch, "7 or 8 hours. Unless you come to your senses and let Akagi send you to Asgard?"
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Nope. To boldly booze where no tender's boozed before and all that." He looked rather pleased.-
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Does this mean… That your UEF will try to colonise space?"]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Maybe eventually? I think we have enough stuff to handle between the nations we actually have here on earth. I imagine the space research will be for, well. Science."
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["And resources? Strip mine Mars?"]
01[01:38] <Yanmei> "Sure, if they don't go overboard."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["And what if we meet aliens?"]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "Like we haven't already?" Yanmei smirked.
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["Other aliens."]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "We say hello. Send gift baskets and Rei the Diplomat if they're friendly. Leave if they're not. Kick their asses if they try to doom humanity. It's completely straightforward?" She took a long drink from her glass. It was like drinking a tropical sunrise with ice mixed in.
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["Aren't you precious. Sending Rei to treat with an alien species? Is that Rei's role in the post-war world? Space diplomat?"]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "If she wants the job. I haven't made an offer yet~"
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["Hm." he took another draw.-
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["It's nice, innit? Making all these 'future plans'. Carving out a little world that might not even come close to existin', considering everything."]
06[02:01] * Yanmei froze for just a moment. -
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "Yeah," she said finally. "But what's wrong with that?"
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["Nothing. Nothing at all. I'm just not used to it, you know."-
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Well. Maybe there's a reason." He grinned. "Bartender. It wasn't the future I envisioned. Even a space bartender."]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "Admittedly? It's pretty weird."
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["What, bartending?"]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "You specifically bartending."
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["What? Why is that weird?"]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "One wouldn't think that you'd have the whole customer service thing down? Take last night's meeting. Harken was so pissed at you…" Yanmei took another drink.
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Harken is a sourpuss. He also holds a grudge."]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "What'd you do to him specifically, anyway?"
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["Uh…"-
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Do you remember how I ended up escaping from NERV? How my prison wagon got intercepted by Brother?"]
01[02:34] <Yanmei> "Prison… …oh. Asuka got badly hurt from an explosion from a prison truck driven by a Brother. You don't mean…"
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, see? He blames me for that, because they took that prison truck and drove it into a NERV base. It wasn't -my- idea, you know, I didn't even know about it…"]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> "I guess he's more protective than he and Asuka let on," Yanmei muttered.
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[02:39] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, you don't think? He hasn't come into my bar even once, unlike, say, President Mazarin…"]
01[02:41] <Yanmei> "It's a shame. If Harken actually stopped in, you'd probably make an entire day's profit in an hour~ But. What's this about Mazarin?" Playing it cool and casual.
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you know. He comes in sometimes… Orders a drink, a meal…" Blue was also playing it casual, looking as though it wasn't an important line of conversation.]
01[02:42] <Yanmei> "By himself?"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Hmmmmm. You know, now that you mention it…"]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei took a another drink and gave him an oh-so-politely attentive look.
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["… I shouldn't -really- be just giving out customer info." He said loftily.]
01[02:48] <Yanmei> "Pfft. Gossiping is an important part of the bartending business? Everyone knows that."
[02:49] <Minaplo> ["Did you call it a business? Well, if it's a business, then I need to find some sort of gain from it…"]
01[02:52] <Yanmei> "I'll… hear out any requests," she said generously. "But I can't promise anything until after I've heard them?"
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["You can just owe me a favour to be cashed in at a later date."]
06[02:54] * Yanmei narrowed her eyes slightly. "Sounds fishy."
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["Deal?" He smirked.]
06[02:57] * Yanmei frowned and then huffed. "Fine. I didn't say I wouldn't agree."
[02:59] <Minaplo> [Smirk. "Well sometimes he does in fact come in here… Most times, in fact… With a partner…"]
01[02:59] <Yanmei> "Go on…"
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Why, a certain fetching Chinese lady…"]
01[03:02] <Yanmei> "You're beating around the bush? It's Director Zhang, isn't it?"
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Oho, so formal! Sure you mean to say your mumsy-wumsy?"]
01[03:04] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes narrowed sharply again. "We're professionals, thank you very much."
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["Professional… What? Professional family members? Just call her 'mum'."]
01[03:06] <Yanmei> "Th-there's no reason to do that while we're at work. Anyway, you're getting away from the topic at hand? What do they discuss when they come here?"
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Hmm… Baby names, I think." He took another swig from his drink.]
06[03:09] * Yanmei turned an impressive shade of chalky while. "You're… joking. Surely?!"
[03:09] <Minaplo> ["Yes. I don't listen in on every conversation, you know. My hearing is just not that good."]
01[03:11] <Yanmei> "That's not even fair? Stop being so selective about your eavesdropping!"
[03:14] <Minaplo> ["What?!" Blue stared at her.-
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["Are you- what the hell do you want me to do? Do you want me to listen in on everyone? How the fuck am I supposed to do that? Bug every table? Oh yeah, let's go around bugging everything on a ship filled with electro-cryptographic veterans, what a beautiful fucking idea! Or maybe I can clone myself and just hide under every table, because then at least I'll be able to peek up some
[03:15] <Minaplo> skirts!"-
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["Are you for real? Do you have any idea how hard it'd be to do any of this? I don't even want to, and if I -could- I wouldn't do it! I overheard one thread of convo between Rei and Wellesley once and trust me, once was enough."]
01[03:27] <Yanmei> "Uuugh. Why did you even bring them up if you didn't have any juicy information on them? And now you're actually overreacting because of a minor complaint or two about it? Really?"
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Look, all I can offer you are my -visual- observations."]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "V-visual?"
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["See them together, see them talking… They seem to enjoy each other's company…"]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "As friends, of course?" She seemed vaguely hopeful.
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Why? You jealous?"]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "Hah. Of what?" Yanmei tossed her hair.
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["You want some of that Mazarin pie, eh? What would Isaiah think…?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "What?! No! He's like just an older mentor guy…"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Then what's the problem~?"]
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01[01:09] <Yanmei> "There is no…" she faltered, seemingly distracted by something, "The problem is, we should stop talking about the President and the Director. Because they're adults or something? And, um…"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["Uh oh. You're getting all embarrassed. I was right, eh? You really do fancy Mazarin!"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "You're -mistaken-," she said firmly, summoning up the best of her composure. "And I won't have you spreading incorrect rumors?"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["Then what's the true reason, hmm?"]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "There is no reason. Clearly you're reading into things too much," she huffed. Yanmei took her drink and nearly spluttered over it, she was so suddenly distracted by something.
[01:28] <Minaplo> [Blue quickly pulled his hand away from the bar. "Oh dear. What was that?"]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "Why nothing at all," she said smoothly. "You have quite the imagination today?"
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["You nearly spat your drink out."]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "No! It's fine. Good, even." She took a much longer drink now as if to prove it. A long, long drink, draining it to the bottom.
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Steady on!"]
06[01:38] * Yanmei clapped the now-empty glass onto the bar top, and then dabbed daintily at her mouth with a nearby paper napkin. Perfectly normal. "Well. Thank you for the drink and conversation."
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["That'll be eight francs."]
06[01:42] * Yanmei hastily, almost frantically, counted it out and held it out to him.
[01:45] <Minaplo> [His right hand took the money, and his left hand took Yanmei's wrist. "And a tip for Sophia."]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "Huh? But I didn't order anything from her?"
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["Wow, you're cold. Poor Sophia…"]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "Grr… fine. Twenty percent, then. Give me back my hand."
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["Sure. Sophia!"-
[01:49] <Minaplo> [Sophia quickly walked over. "Yes~?"]
01[01:51] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face darkened slightly at something, but she fought to throw it off. "Here's your tip~" she said cheerfully, extending the francs toward her.
[01:51] <Minaplo> [Blue grabbed Yanmei's hand again.-
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["I'm paying her quadruple today, remember. That means four times the tip."]
01[01:52] <Yanmei> "What?! That's not how that even works!"
[01:52] <Minaplo> [Sophia looked crestfallen. "I-It's alright." She said. "I'll just get back to work, then…"]
06[01:56] * Yanmei switched glares between the two. They were both scamming her. She could feel it. "Sophia? I like you. So I'll pony up this time. An… 80% tip."
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Eee." Sophia quickly wrapped a tight cuddle around Yanmei, squeezing her tight. "You're such a sweetie~"]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "Right, right…." She was trying not to stare down at her outfit, deliberately averting her eyes toward the bottles behind Blue.
[02:00] <Minaplo> [Blue smirked.-
[02:00] <Minaplo> [Sophia let Yanmei go, giving her a little kiss on the cheek. "Thank you so much~"-
[02:00] <Minaplo> [She held out her hand.]
01[02:04] <Yanmei> …and so Sophia got her tip in fresh bills, nearly doubling the cost of a seemingly simple drink. She eyed Blue warily, as if she was anticipating him making another grab.
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["Bye." Said Blue brightly. "Say ~hi~ to *~Zaizai~* for me."]
06[02:05] * Yanmei grit her teeth. "No promises." She inclined her head at Sophia. "I'll see you in a few hours?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Seeya. Say hi to Isaiah for -me-."]
06[02:07] * Yanmei sighed. Some sort of bar mentorship program was clearly going on. She didn't appreciate it one bit. "Right. We'll see?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> [She beamed. "Bye~"-
[02:07] <Minaplo> [Blue's grin was even wider now.]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "Goodbye," she managed. She backed away, slowly at first, going for the door if there was nothing else to stop her.
[02:10] <Minaplo> [Nothing! She was allowed to leave.]
01[02:14] <Yanmei> And so she did, slipping out the doors again.
[02:16] <Minaplo> [Blue and Sophia watched her go, making sure she was gone before speaking.-
[02:16] <Minaplo> [Sophia wagged her handful of bills at Blue. "6 Francs 40." Said Sophia. "That's 80% of 8 francs."-
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Yep."-
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Aren't your pina coladas four francs?"-
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Yep."-
[02:16] <Minaplo> [There was a moment of silence.
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Then Blue held out a fist, which Sophia happily bumped with her own.]

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