For Waiting Within A Tomb

[23:39] <SleepyCake> It was dark. Quiet. She had been huddled by herself for a while. It normally didn't take the recovery crews this long, did it? She wondered if she should be patient and wait some more. But… how many hours had it been already? Yanmei peered upward in the inky darkness. It was like a tomb in here. -
[23:42] * SleepyCake has left #NERVFrance
[23:45] <Yanmei> She was sure that she had heard things from the outside a little while ago, muffled as they were. Thumps and faint explosions. For a long while, tremors had wracked the plug, and she had been slammed around, bruising herself on the some of the plug's sophisticated apparatuses. LCL levels were low enough to make them a danger now, only waist-high when she was sitting down. The initial hiss of escaping fluid from elsewhere in the plug had also died down. -
[23:52] <Yanmei> Gingerly… she felt her away along the equipment now, groping past the large object that had breached the plug earlier. She had collected her thoughts enough to make a guess at what it was, and to shudder at it. It was close. A mere two feet or so away, extending not just as far as the control panel. It was, perhaps, a second miracle that she had not smacked her head against it when she had been tossed around. Finally, she found what she was looking for by touch along, and fumbled with the receiver. There was only one line that it was connected to, and she wasn't sure that it was even working, but… She felt for and pushed the single button on the cradle that she had retrieved it from.
[23:56] <Dorian> Surprisingly enough… It flashed and started to work, dialing. Yanmei could hear the dial tone, shaky and unsure, as the small emergency transmitter struggled to send a message out. But eventually…-
[23:57] <Dorian> "Pilot Zhang? Is that-" The voice of Marie, Marianne's temporary replacement… Before the sound of someone seizing the phone away. "Yanmei?! Yanmei, please, is that you!?" Dorian's voice, choked and thick.
[23:59] <Yanmei> "Major?" She leaned back into her seat, at least, as far as the emergency phone's cord would allow. He sounded so -frantic-. "Its me. About the recovery crew…"
Session Time: Mon Jun 20 00:00:00 2011
[00:00] <Dorian> "Y-Yanmei…" Was… Was he crying?! "We… Oh my God, you're still alive…"
[00:03] * Yanmei hesitated. "Alive? Did it… did it really look that bad?"
[00:04] <Dorian> "Y-Yanmei, it… Was a direct hit. God, surely you can see it?" Asked Dorian incredulously. "it… It should've ripped straight through your torso."
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Ah." Now she was deliberately trying not to look at the bit of spike protruding from just ahead. Not that she could actually -see- it. She shuddered again. "The… th-the plug's destroyed. The console. But I'm… ah. My torso?"
[00:11] <Dorian> "Y-Yes…" Murmured Dorian. "We thought you were dead. No one… Could've survived that. A-Are you hurt?!"
[00:14] <Yanmei> Hurt? She looked down at herself with growing incredulity. She felt separated from herself somehow. Had this really happened? "My neck's a little stiff? But… no. I'm okay."
[00:16] <Dorian> "M-My God…" Dorian shook his head. "I-It's a miracle. Listen, stay put, alright? The emergency crews are starting to cut through, but we're being slow and careful. If we screw up we could shake the shard loose."
[00:19] <Yanmei> "I don't think I really have a choice, Major." She tried to slip a bit of wry humor into her voice, but it was a distracted effort. "Um. Wouldn't the shard coming loose be a good thing?"
[00:20] <Dorian> "It could go deeper into the plug."
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Oh." Losing a few shades of color in her face, Yanmei eased away from the console and the invading shard tip as well as she could, but there was no where else to go. "P-please tell them to be careful."
[00:25] <Dorian> "We will… Yanmei, you did well today. We're proud of you."
[00:27] <Yanmei> "Thank you sir." It was hard to change gears with death still staring her in the face, but she made an admirable if not distracted effort. "But it was pretty desperate. De Pteres went down too, didn't he? Is he okay?"
[00:28] <Dorian> "He's hurt. Same injuries as last time, but he'll live. We've extracted him and we're getting him to the hospital now."
[00:29] <Yanmei> "It… happened again?" She frowned, puzzled, a little concerned.
[00:30] <Dorian> "Yes. It seems to be a recurring thing." Mumbled Dorian. "Aline's unharmed… We… We won."
[00:31] <Yanmei> "Blanc beat it? On her own?!" She thought back to the way the Angel had pummeled her so easily at the start of the battle. "Really?"
[00:32] <Dorian> "The Angel seemed to go insane after you went down. It started howling and going berserk. Aline was able to protect herself with a wide AT Field. Eventually, the Angel tried to attack her from the sky, and Aline ended up shielding the entire area… Then we hit it with an N2 Mine. Surprisingly, we managed to disable it, allowing 00 to finish it off."
[00:35] <Yanmei> "I see…" They had gotten lucky, hadn't they? "An N2 strike. How… how bad does it look out there?"
[00:37] <Dorian> "It's a mess." Said Dorian with a raw chuckle. "But it's a lot better than it usually is. Aline's AT Field managed to stave off a lot of the damage… But even then, EVAs 01 and 04 are pretty much destroyed in every way. Nothing except the Cores are salvageable."
[00:38] <Yanmei> "That's… so that's what I felt before." She rubbed a badly bruised arm. "I was lucky I didn't break anything…"
[00:39] <Dorian> "Lucky isn't the half of it." Dorian sighed. "The fact that we're all still alive is a miracle."
[00:42] <Yanmei> "… Major. Are -you- okay?"
[00:43] * Dorian rubbed his face. "W-What do you mean?"
[00:46] <Yanmei> "We nearly lost a battle. Two EVAs were destroyed, and the pilots…" She didn't want to allude to her own predicament, so she trailed off there and switched gears ever so slightly. "Miss Delacour mentioned that you'd been stressed out enough lately as it is. With all of this on top of it, it'd be hard for anyone to say that they're okay."
[00:47] <Dorian> "… You two've been gossiping about me, huh." Said Dorian, trying to be wry but just sounding exhausted. "I… I thought I'd fucked up. That's all. I'm fine."
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Not gossiping," Yanmei lied, shaking her head, even though it wouldn't have been visible on the other line. "But that's good, I guess. It -does- sound like you could stand to get some rest, though."
[00:59] <Dorian> "We could all use some rest." Said Dorian, chuckling weakly.
[01:04] <Yanmei> "I can't speak for you, but it looks like I'll have plenty of time for that while I wait." Not bloody likely. But it was a good thing to say, anyway. Better to exude calmness. "Ariadne's having a party soon. Did she tell you? A good chance to relax a little."
[01:08] <Dorian> "Uh…" Dorian scratched the back of his neck. It seemed so bizarre to talk about this right now. "A party? For what?"
[01:09] <Yanmei> "It's a housewarming party. She found a new apartment here in Paris-2. Ah. Speaking of which, can you promise to do me a big favor?"
[01:09] <Dorian> "E-Eh? What's that?"
[01:10] <Yanmei> "That you'll go to the party just for a little while…"
[01:10] <Dorian> "…" Dorian frowned.
[01:11] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei waited.
[01:13] <Dorian> "…" Dorian sighed. "Fine."
[01:16] <Yanmei> "And that you'll talk to her if you really -are- bothered about something? You will? Thank you, Major!" Yanmei beamed on her end. "She's been totally worried, so this will help out a lot."
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[01:17] <Dorian> "… Wait, what? I never said anything like that." Frowned Dorian. "What have the two of you been talking about?!"
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[01:19] <Yanmei> Maybe this wasn’t going according to plan after all. "Uh… what's that, Major? The line is breaking up. I think I'm going to have to go now. I can barely hear! Remember your promise, though, okay?"
[01:21] <Dorian> "Yanmei! Don't you hang up that phone! That's an order!"
[01:24] <Yanmei> The word 'order' made her give pause out of habit alone. Orders were important. But this wasn't a battle. And… what exactly would he punish her for anyway? "Goodbye, Major~" -CLICK-
[01:25] <Dorian> "Yanmei! Yanmei! Damnit! Yanmei!" Dorian slammed the receiver down, glowering. "Damnit, damnit, damnit. She's just like Ariadne." Grumbled Dorian, leaning back in his chair. "Isaiah, you poor dumb bastard."

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