He Said I Have The Loveliest Fiancee In The World

[22:29] * Yanmei was in a good mood as she meandered her way through the hallways of NERV's Paris-2 Headquarters. A day or two back from their trip to Hamburg, and she was already back to scheming about things that had gone altogether too neglected by her lately. In fact, an accomplice had just paged her, and she was on her way to his office now.-
[22:33] <Yanmei> NERV's Medical Division, Psychiatric Department. She checked her watch, impressed with how quickly she had made it from her starting point all the way at the shooting range, and informed the receptionist that she was there for Dr. Felix Castillo Delgado, at his request.
[22:35] <Isaiah> ["Ah, of course. Miss Zhang? Yes, he's waiting for you inside." Said the receptionist. He gave Yanmei a supportive look.]
[22:38] * Yanmei flashed a bright smile at him, playing along. Of course. To any outsiders, this looked as if she was being called in for a regular session. "Thank you~" She swiveled around and began the quick search for his office. She had been here before, so finding his door was easy. A knock.
[22:40] <Isaiah> ["Come in!"]
[22:40] * Yanmei obliged. "Morning Doctor," she chirped pleasantly. "What's the news?"
[22:42] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado was sitting, as he always did, on his comfortable leather chair, a warm look on his face. "Ah, Miss Zhang. Excellent. You're both here. Please sit down."-
[22:42] <Isaiah> [He gestured towards a couch, upon which, staring at her with some surprise, was Isaiah.]
[22:46] * Yanmei stared back. How… unexpected. Still, she politely closed the door behind her, fighting the sinking feeling that she had been duped somehow. "This.. -is- about Operation: Kissy Shades, isn't it?"
[22:49] <Isaiah> ["Hm? No, I'm afraid not." Said Dr. Castillo-Delgado. "That's at 2 PM. This is your scheduled session of couples therapy between yourself and Mr. Gabriel-Wei, starting at 11 AM, Miss Zhang."]
[22:51] <Yanmei> "There must be some mistake. I never scheduled couples therapy. Isaiah…?"
[22:52] <Isaiah> [Isaiah shifted uncomfortably in his seat. "No, it wasn't me…" He glanced over at Dr. Castillo-Delgado.-
[22:52] <Isaiah> ["Oh, well." Said the doctor brightly. "We might as well roll with it."]
[22:54] <Yanmei> "This… is totally fishy? And what sort of attitude is that for a scheduling mistake?" … "Don't tell me…"
[22:55] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado had a twinkle in his eye that wasn't quite at home with his innocent expression. "When life gives us strawberries, it is only fitting we eat them. A perfect opportunity, wouldn't you agree?"]
[22:57] * Yanmei wasn't frowning exactly, but she had dropped her smile, her own eyes betraying a sense of betrayal. "An opportunity for what? We don't need counceling, do we Isaiah?"
[22:58] <Isaiah> "Er…" Isaiah glanced over at her guiltily. "Yanmei. Um, we… Well. We actually could probably do with, you know. Taking some time to sort everything out…"
[23:00] <Yanmei> A shocked sort of hurt! She looked back and forth between the two other occupants of the room, now uncertain.
[23:00] <Isaiah> Isaiah winced guiltily. "I'm sorry." He mumbled, fidgetting.
[23:02] <Yanmei> "I thought things were going pretty well, all things considering," she muttered. She did finally take a seat in a spare chair, though it was still with some reluctance.
[23:03] <Isaiah> "I-I know. So did I!" Said Isaiah quickly. "Really well. But you know, m-maybe we can try to clean up a few loose ends?"
[23:06] <Yanmei> "I guess so," Yanmei said. If he was into it too, then she could deal. Really, though… who the hell was responsible for this?
[23:08] <Isaiah> [Dr Castillo-Delgado smiled. "Now then. How long would you say the two of you have been together now?"]
[23:09] <Yanmei> "We've known each other since last February." Yanmei wasn't looking at either one of them. Instead, her eyes were drifting around the office for… what, clues? Even she couldn't say.
[23:11] * Isaiah nodded.-
[23:11] <Isaiah> ["I see. And has it been a steady relationship? Or has it had its fair share of turbulence?"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "Neither. It's been an evolving friendship-soulmateship thing. It's not like we've fought a -lot-. But I can't say that it's been stagnant either."
[23:15] <Isaiah> [The doctor nodded. "I see. And how do you feel about the relationship at present?"]
[23:17] <Yanmei> "It's comfortable. Flourishing."
[23:18] * Isaiah nodded. He looked over to smile hopefully at Yanmei.-
[23:18] <Isaiah> ["Have the two of you started planning for the future? Any goals you hope to achieve…?"]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "Well…"
[23:24] <Isaiah> "We've discussed a few things." Said Isaiah. "Haven't we?"
[23:28] * Yanmei thought back to the Malchediel nightmare. This was why she didn't like therapy. Too damned invasive. "A few things. We're just going to take life as it comes at us basically."
[23:30] <Isaiah> ["Hum. Are you going to try to shape life to meet those things, or are you going to try to bend those things around what happens?"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "I guess?" Yanmei now did actually frown. "I guess we're thinking that whatever happens happens. And when those things do happen, we'll discuss them properly and come to a decision about them."
[23:36] <Isaiah> ["I see." Said the doctor, peering down at the sheaf of paper on his little table.-
[23:37] <Isaiah> "W-We've discussed marriage." Blurted out Isaiah.-
[23:37] <Isaiah> ["Oh?"]
[23:39] * Yanmei looked away. "We have," she agreed.
[23:41] <Isaiah> ["How does that make you feel?" Asked Castillo-Delgado, ignoring the cliché.]
[23:46] * Yanmei shifted in her chair, eyes still roving around the room, checking the corners, although he already knew that NERV was meticulous enough not to put cameras out openly in a room like this one. "Happy, mostly? More like satisfied."
[23:48] * Isaiah smiled warmly. He reached out and took Yanmei's hand, a little tentatively almost, as if afraid she was angry at him…
[23:49] * Yanmei let him, closing her own fingers around his. "We're already practically like that, so official marriage seem like the next logical step?"
[23:54] * Isaiah kissed her hand. "I have the loveliest fiancee in the world." He said lovingly.-
[23:54] <Isaiah> [The doctor peered at them a little, then smiled indulgently. "Mm, yes." he peered at his paper, but silently he was a little disconcerted. Had Katsuragi been having him on?]
[23:59] * Yanmei smiled back at Isaiah, but… she was also distracted. "Doctor? I know this is unorthodox, but…" She smiled at him too, her prettiest smile. "Is there any way you could keep recordings or transcripts of this session out of our psychiatric files?"
[23:59] <Isaiah> ["Hm? Any reason?"]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "Just as a favor? So that other people don't know so much about the nature of our relationship? Not that I don't trust NERV with that information, of course."
[00:09] <Isaiah> [The doctor nodded slowly. There was a shrewd look in his eye, but… "Information of this nature isn't kept on your psychiatric files anyway."]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Well, that's a relief!" Could she really trust him on something like that? Maybe she could coax someone into looking into her files later on. "We haven't exactly told our parents about these plans, so…"
[00:11] <Isaiah> "I doubt my father would care, though." Noted Isaiah bitterly.
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Mom would." Another slight frown. "Would she ever…"
[00:13] <Isaiah> "S-Should I ask permission the next time I see her?"
[00:15] <Yanmei> "Ah…" Yanmei debated that. "If she says 'no', it will be a problem, though? But if we went ahead with it and didn't tell her about it later, it would make things even worse."
[00:16] <Isaiah> "S-She liked me though, right?" he asked hopefully. "S-She knows I could support you, at least. I still have my mother's estate…"
[00:18] <Yanmei> "The problem is that she might see this as a distraction. It has nothing to do with how much she likes you." Her shoulders sagged a little. "She sent me here for a reason, so I have to focus on that."
[00:20] <Isaiah> "Hm…" Isaiah fidgetted slightly. "I'll… Talk to her at some point. I'll be careful about it."
[00:21] <Yanmei> "All right. As long as you're careful." She tried to smile at him. "I'll talk to Dr Gabriel too."
[00:22] <Isaiah> "You should be careful, too. The stupid old-"-
[00:24] <Isaiah> ["Now then." Said the Doctor. "Of course, these sorts of relationships will ultimately, sooner or later, run into a few problems. Namely, jealousy, insecurity, temptation. How are we going with that?"]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Nothing we can't handle!" she gave the doctor a confident nod. "It doesn't really come up too often?"
[00:28] <Isaiah> "… Er." Isaiah coughed, blushing slightly.
[00:30] <Yanmei> "…"
[00:31] <Isaiah> "S-Sometimes, er. W-Well, you know. Gina and the like. They keep trying to make… Passes at me."
[00:32] <Yanmei> "They're just stupid kids, though," Yanmei sniffed. "Like I have any reason to feel threatened by them?"
[00:33] <Isaiah> "M-Misato isn't a kid."
[00:33] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado quirked an eyebrow.]
[00:33] <Yanmei> "She acts like one. It's close enough!"
[00:34] <Isaiah> "W-Well, I mean." Isaiah shifted uncomfortably. "Y-You saw…"
[00:36] <Yanmei> "That's to be expected." Yanmei shook her head. "It's not like I'd try to force you to dream about me and only me? That'd be creepy."
[00:37] <Isaiah> "Y-You aren't… Er, creeped out by that though, are you?"
[00:44] <Yanmei> "Um." there was no hiding the awkwardness, though he did her best to try. "What a guy fantisizes about should be secret, right? So you can do whatever you want in your head.]
[00:44] <Yanmei> ^"
[00:46] <Isaiah> "… So it -does- creep you out, then." He said miserably.
[00:48] * Yanmei stared at him, lost. Wanting to comfort but not sure how because now he could see through her whether she wanted him to or not, and god, this stupid empathty link!
[00:52] <Isaiah> "Nnn." He bit his lip and reached out, taking her hands firmly. "Yanyan, l-listen to me for a moment."
[00:55] <Yanmei> "What is it?" she gazed at him evenly, concerned.
[00:59] <Isaiah> "I don't like the idea that it makes you uncomfortable." He said, looking her in the eye. "It's not fair to burden you with my fantasies if it turns your stomach. I sort of… Want the idea to not repel you at some point." He coloured. "We're going to be married, after all…"
[01:00] <Isaiah> [The Doctor watched on with the air of someone who has only just realised what was being discussed, and was quickly trying to look like he'd known the entire time.]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "It's not that it turns my stomach. It's just that it's kinda weird to talk about it and stuff?" She looked away, embarrassed. "It's not like I'm a prude or anything? I've had fantasies too, but sharing them, especially unwillingly, would be pretty embarassing."
[01:09] <Isaiah> "Oh." Said Isaiah awkwardly. He paused. "Erm. You don't have to share." He said. "… W-Was I in…?"
[01:09] <Yanmei> "Some of them, yes. Moreso lately."
[01:10] <Isaiah> "Oh." He coughed. "S-Sorry."
[01:13] <Yanmei> "You don't have to apologize. You were pretty…" she trailed off. Cleared her throat. Suddenly, she didn't feel so much like maintaining eye contact.
[01:14] <Isaiah> ["…" The Doctor was a little dazed.-
[01:15] <Isaiah> ["… So! Let's discuss this… Libido Effect. No doubt there are all sorts of ramifications…"]
[22:36] <Yanmei> "The Libido Effect." Yanmei managed to look less uncomfortable now. Maybe they could fall back on less personal theories and such? Yeah right. "It's… taking some getting used to."
[22:39] * Isaiah nodded. "Sometimes it creates… Loops."-
[22:39] <Isaiah> ["Loops?"-
[22:39] <Isaiah> "Yanmei or I will feel something bad, and the other picks up on it, and they feel bad, and then… Yeah…"
[22:42] <Yanmei> "It can be used in a supportive fashion too, don't get me wrong," Yanmei added quickly. "It's just that it can be a little… awkward too. Especially if you're aware of it, and you try not to feel bad things, and it becomes obvious to the other person that you're doing it and not terribly well, either."
[22:45] <Isaiah> ["Mm, yes. The Bellamies noted something like this might happen, actually. They passed along a few tips, if you like."]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "Did they?" Yanmei blinked, and then sighed. "They're pretty good at prediicting our troubles, aren't they?"
[22:50] <Isaiah> ["Of course. They've had the same troubles themselves. The Libido Effect wasn't seamless for them."]
[22:51] <Yanmei> "You wouldn't think it from the way they handle themselves now…"
[22:51] <Isaiah> ["Oh?"]
[22:52] <Yanmei> "They're completely in love. But at the same time? It's like they seriously have their act together too. They're really mature for the most part."
[22:53] <Isaiah> "I… Don't think I've spoken to them too much. You sound really impressed."
[22:55] <Yanmei> "W-well, maybe I am a little. So many of the pilots, and even the Neospartans act like kids. It's a breath of fresh air?" She tossed her hair.
[22:56] <Isaiah> "Sometimes you're a little kiddish too." Said Isaiah. "In an adorable fashion~" Was he teasing her…?
[22:59] <Yanmei> "Hey," she complained with a sulky look. "Says who? I'm totally not!" She sought out a second opinion from the good Doctor with a glance.
[22:59] <Isaiah> "'Oh, that Jerkface Alexandre.'" Muttered Isaiah, grinning. "'He's such a… A jerkface!'"-
[23:00] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado smirked. "He knows you best."]
[23:02] <Yanmei> "What the heck?! And.. and… he -is- a jerkface. Don't blame me because there aren't any cooler adjectives to describe him. A jerkface like that deserves something lame like 'jerkface' attached to his name anyway!"
[23:03] * Isaiah giggled uncontrollably.
[23:05] <Yanmei> "S-stop that! Dr Castillo-Delgado, make him stop!"
[23:07] <Isaiah> ["An adult would be able to handle this situation without my intervention." He intoned piously.]
[23:10] * Yanmei steamed. "Fine then," she huffed, and folded her arms, waiting for Isaiah to finish.
[23:12] * Isaiah emerged from his giggles, giving Yanmei his biggest, warmest and most apologetic smile. "Sorry."
[23:13] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Let's just get on with this therapy, or whatever." She gave a little hairflip, still slightly annoyed and showing it.
[23:15] <Isaiah> "Aw, come on." His smile fell, his expression looking guilty and downcast. "I didn't mean to hurt your feelings…"
[23:16] <Yanmei> "Ngh." Yanmei shook her head, her expression softening hastily. "It's all right, it's all right. You were just playing around, right?"
[23:19] <Isaiah> "Yeah, of course." Says Isaiah gently. "When you want to be you're the most graceful, ladylike person I know."
[23:22] <Yanmei> "Heh. That's one of the nicest things you've said to me." She couldn't cuddle up to him at the moment, so she had to settle for an affectionate hand-pat.
[23:29] * Isaiah blushed lightly.-
[23:29] <Isaiah> ["…" Dr. Castillo-Delgado watched on. "Anyway. Shall we go over some of these points?"]
[23:30] <Yanmei> "Let's." Yanmei settled back in her seat, attention studiously fixed on the man.
[23:34] <Isaiah> ["The first thing we ought to cover is how to avoid what Adrian calls 'Feedback loops', which is where negative thoughts feed over into the other and create a loop."]
[23:36] <Yanmei> "Hm…" Yanmei's gaze sharpened in focus. This was really important!
[23:38] <Isaiah> ["Step one: forget about trying to hide the emotion. That doesn't work."]
[23:39] <Yanmei> "W-well, obviously." Yanmei muttered, trying to look as if she'd known that the whole time.
[23:41] <Isaiah> ["Step two: The best method Adrian has found is to, with all your might, try to pull into focus a memory. A strong, vivid memory of the other person, full of positive, overwhelmingly strong emotion that makes you happier thinking about it."]
[23:43] * Yanmei nodded calmly, flipping through her memories for something like that.
[23:43] * Isaiah nodded.-
[23:44] <Isaiah> ["Why don't we try this now?"]
[23:48] * Yanmei shut her eyes in concentration…
[23:49] * Isaiah was concentrating, too…
[23:52] <Yanmei> "I… think it's working?" She opened an eye. "What do we do after this?"
[23:53] <Isaiah> ["How do you feel?"]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "Energized!" Yanmei gave a little fist pump. "Like I can do anything with him with me."
[23:56] * Isaiah nodded! "I feel good!" He grinned.-
[23:56] <Isaiah> ["Alright. Let's stress test it, alright?"]
[23:57] <Yanmei> "Stress test…?"
[23:58] <Isaiah> ["I'm going to say things that will provoke negative emotion, and I want you to practice Adrian's technique and see if you can overcome it."]
[00:00] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced at her partner, and then offered a little nod.
[00:00] * Isaiah nodded.-
[00:01] <Isaiah> ["Yanmei. I want you to picture Isaiah, lying on a hospital bed. He is dying, and he has one minute to live. You won't be able to say goodbye."]
[00:02] * Yanmei shifted uncomfortably, not liking that one bit. Still…
[00:04] * Isaiah gripped her hand and concentrated…
[00:09] <Isaiah> ["Furthermore, as you're running, desperately trying to reach him to say goodbye, you see Misato Katsuragi by his side, giving him a final kiss."]
[00:15] <Yanmei> A slight eyebrow twitch betrayed her feeling on this matter, followed by a deep frown… but both began to ease after a little while.
[00:16] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado nodded slowly. "… Finally, you see yourself at his funeral. You are utterly alone, and all the funeral-goers are wishing Mrs. Misato Gabriel-Wei their condolences."]
[00:18] <Yanmei> "Why does she have to feature so heavily in these exercises?" Yanmei grumbled. Nevertheless, she tried it.
[00:18] * Isaiah was blushing a little.
[00:25] <Isaiah> ["How are we feeling?"]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "Hmm.." Yanmei opened here eyes again. She looked a little worn out. "…It works, I guess."
[00:27] <Isaiah> "Yeah." Said Isaiah wearily. "It took a lot out of me…"
[00:29] <Yanmei> "Same here." Yanmei shook her head. "Will something like this always work?"
[00:30] <Isaiah> ["Maybe, maybe not. Adrian says that it works most of the time, but sometimes it's healthier to acknowledge the pain and get rid of it by other means."]
[00:34] <Yanmei> "Well…" Yanmei leaned back again, tiredly. "It's better than anything we've come up with yet? Do they have any more tips?"
[00:39] <Isaiah> ["Understand that you're not alone." Said Dr. Castillo-Delgado. "Any pain or grief you have to bear, you have someone else to always help you, and you know you can trust them."]
[00:41] <Yanmei> "Naturally." Yanmei nodded, eyes slightly downcast.
[00:43] <Isaiah> ["They note that the Libido Effect allows you access to an excellent meditative tool, as well."]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "Oh…?"
[00:45] <Isaiah> ["If you clear your mind and focus, you can hear one another's heartbeats, which, they say, actually calms them down and in some cases, makes them drowsy."]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "Isabelle mentioned that. I thought it was just for romance appeal, but it can be used for that purpose too?"
[00:49] <Isaiah> [the Doctor nodded. "They've also noted it's far more effective than taking a pulse."]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Oho, handy for nurse things, huh, Isaiah?" she smiled at him, trying to cheer him and herself up a bit.
[00:54] <Isaiah> "Heh. That's right." He says, smiling.-
[00:54] <Isaiah> ["And of course you know about the injury transference."]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Yanmei almost frowned again at that. "But they said it could be controlled, so we don't have to worry about it too much?"
[00:56] <Isaiah> ["Right. But it can also be useful, as it's not entirely limited to pain…"]
[00:57] <Yanmei> "…eh?"
[00:59] <Isaiah> ["For example, sometimes Isabelle doesn't sleep very well, having to mind the baby, so Adrian draws on her weariness and lets her feel better."]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "…so it works with negative physical states aside from pain."
[01:03] * Yanmei glanced at Isaiah, but she felt a surge of protectiveness. If he tried to use something like that, she might have to contest it.
[01:08] * Isaiah was, on the other hand, on an entirely different train of thought. "So what you're saying is, Yanmei would be able to run, and I'd be able to take her pain?"-
[01:08] <Isaiah> ["Yes."]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "No."
[01:14] <Isaiah> "Huh? But…"
[01:26] <Yanmei> "That isn't a solution for something like that." Yanmei shut her eyes. "In fact, this isn't something that we should do frequently at all. Like, if it was for emergencies? I could deal with it. But…"
[01:29] <Isaiah> "…" Isaiah looks a little ashamed, and he squeezes Yanmei's hand. "I'm sorry." He mumbles.-
[01:29] <Isaiah> ["Nevertheless, the option is there." Says the Doctor. "That is, however, the gist of it."]
[01:30] * Yanmei patted Isaiah's hand, an acknowledgement and acceptance. "I see. Is there anything else for today, Doctor?"
[01:32] <Isaiah> ["Well. How do the two of you feel now about each other, now that we've had a chance to go over everything?"]
[01:33] <Yanmei> "Pretty confident. Of course, I did before, too~" Yanmei smiled.
[01:34] * Isaiah smiled. "That's right. But I think it's become a little clearer…"-
[01:35] <Isaiah> ["Good." Dr. Castillo-Delgado nodded. "You both owe Miss Katsuragi a word of thanks."]
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Her!" So she was the culprit! Yanmei almost stood up in place. "Geeze, what did she tell you, anyway?"
[01:39] <Isaiah> ["That she was a little worried about your relationship and she wanted to help make you both feel a little more comfortable."]
[01:41] <Isaiah> "S-So she was trying to help us." Said Isaiah.
[01:41] * Yanmei stared a moment and then sighed. "Honestly. What a weird ady."
[01:41] <Yanmei> ^lady
[01:41] <Isaiah> ["She would also like to add that she doesn't have any plans to steal your boy away."-
[01:41] * Isaiah reddened.
[01:42] <Yanmei> "No one's thinking that," Yanmei huffed. "I know she's harmless."
[01:42] <Isaiah> ["… Yet."]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei scowled.
[01:45] <Isaiah> [Dr. Castillo-Delgado chuckled. "I'll see you two later."]
[01:45] * Yanmei rose from her seat, but she remembered her manners on the way out. "Thank you for talking with us. Goodbye for now, Doctor."
[01:46] <Isaiah> "Thank you, Dr. Castillo-Delgado!" He followed her.-
[01:47] <Isaiah> [… As Yanmei emerged from the office, she could hear the distant, familiar voice of one Colonel… "Mph. Here for my appointment."]
[01:52] * Yanmei started to speed up, with a glance back at Isaiah to make sure that he was keeping pace. Hopefully Dorian wound be too busy checking in with the receptionist to spot them as they sped along an alternate route. Had their session really gone on that long? Already time for Operation: Kissy Shades to start!
[01:53] * Isaiah blinked and had nearly gone out to greet Dorian, but with questions in his eyes, he followed Yanmei.
[01:54] <Yanmei> "I'll explain it to you later~" she kept her voice low, and winked at him. "But trust me when I say that we don't want to be spotted. And probably won't for a while after."
[01:55] <Isaiah> "… What did you do."
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Nothing, nothing!" Yanmei offered her brightest salesperson smile. "He'll totally appreciate it. Just… not at first."
[01:59] <Isaiah> "…" Isaiah stared at her flatly. Deep, deep down he wondered if there was something psychological behind Yanmei's dislike for Misato. He followed on.
[02:06] <Yanmei> Out into the hallway they went, Yanmei now in a brighter mood than she'd been during the session. "Now, then! How should we spend the rest of the afternoon?"
[02:06] <Isaiah> "Well." Isaiah grinned. "I want you to meet someone."
[02:09] <Yanmei> "Oh?" She tilted her head at him. "There -are- a lot of visitors all over the place now. Did you meet someone new?"
[02:10] <Isaiah> "Something like that. There's a doctor here that's working on something interesting. Why don't we go see~?"
[02:11] <Yanmei> Images of Dr Ikari Yui flashed through her mind, followed by contempt. But if Isaiah was interested… maybe it wasn't like that. "All right. Lead the way!"
[02:12] <Isaiah> "Righto!"-
[02:12] <Isaiah> [They headed off into the corridors of the Medical Department. Before long, they came to a guest office. Isaiah knocked.-
[02:14] <Isaiah> [The door opened, revealing a tall woman with black hair. "Mm-? Oh, Isaiah."-
[02:14] <Isaiah> "Hi, Dr. Almerigi!" Said Isaiah with a smile. "This is Dr. Almerigi, Yanmei. Dr. Almerigi, this is Zhang Yanmei."
[02:15] * Yanmei bowed politely. "Hello! Welcome to Paris."
[02:16] <Isaiah> ["Thank you." Said Dr. Almerigi, smiling. "I've heard much about you. Please come in."]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "You have?" Yanmei blinked, but did as told, moving into the guest room.
[02:20] <Isaiah> ["Of course. Isaiah has spoken to me many times." The guest room was sparsely populated, with only the bookcase having seen any real use. "He talks of you often, especially regarding my area of expertise."-
[02:21] * Isaiah chuckles slightly, following Yanmei in after.
[02:22] <Yanmei> "You're… a medical doctor?" she guessed, taking a quick look around without being obvious about it.
[02:23] <Isaiah> ["In a manner of speaking." Said Dr. Almerigi. She offered Yanmei her left hand.]
[02:24] <Yanmei> A little puzzled, she reached out to it for a handshake.
[02:25] <Isaiah> [The Doctor shook her hand- but didn't let go. A gentle grip. "What do you think?"]
[02:25] <Yanmei> "About what?"
[02:26] <Isaiah> ["About my hand."]
[02:28] <Yanmei> "It's a very lovely hand?" Was she trying out some new hand lotion or something? Or had she just gotten her nails done? She peered down at it carefully.
[02:28] <Isaiah> ["Not bad for one eight years ago, no?"]
[02:28] <Isaiah> [One lost*]
[02:30] <Yanmei> "L-lost?" Yanmei's eyes widened, and she stared even harder. "…is this a prosthetic one…?"
[02:31] <Isaiah> [Dr. Almerigi grinned and lifted up her sleeve. At the shoulder, there was a thin but distinct line where shoulder ended and arm began. "Bionic replacement. Works just as good as the old, no?"]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "I'm very impressed." Yanmei folded her arms, eyebrows raised. "With that quality of work, you must be famous!"
[02:35] <Isaiah> ["Mmmm." She smiled a little. "Not quite. My work isn't very well known yet, because the process, whilst flawless, is still incredibly expensive. The synthetic muscles take time to prepare, and you need a prohibitive amount of biogel for the work."]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "Hmm… if NERV was backing you, though, I bet it wouldn't be a problem?"
[02:39] <Isaiah> ["Indeed. Which is why I'm here." She smiled. "Actually, partly. I'm here because I pay my debts, and…" She peered at Isaiah.]
[02:39] * Yanmei glanced over to him as well, puzzled.
[02:41] <Isaiah> ["Dr. Wei helped me out of a tight spot once." Said Dr. Almerigi. "And without her biogel, my own research would be pointless." She smiled. "Do you know that it's possible to replace individual damaged muscles with this?"]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "I-Is it?" She was catching on now, too, but she was -containing herself-. "There are people here in Pari-2 who could benefit from something like that," she said, testing the waters.
[02:45] <Isaiah> ["Yes. Isaiah's told me. Amongst other things, he's even offering to meet some of the cost."]
[02:47] <Yanmei> "He has?" She stared at him.
[02:48] <Isaiah> "I'm promising Dr. Almerigi some of my mother's estate when I mature."]
[02:50] <Yanmei> "That's a pretty hefty cost." Yanmei whistled softly. She looked around the room again, trying to seem casual. "Um. To be a good potential candidate for this procedure, what qualities would you have to have?"
[02:52] <Isaiah> ["For muscle damage and replacement, the damage needs to be such that the muscle functions… But not perfectly. Too much damage to the point where the muscle doesn't function at all is something that affects other muscle functions as well, which can only be fixed, at this stage, with complete amputation."]
[02:58] <Yanmei> "I see…" She thought of Dorian with some dismay. Suzanne too.
[02:59] <Isaiah> ["I've been speaking to Dr. Clement, however."]
[03:00] <Yanmei> "Y-yes?" She recalled the early days after her accident. Clement had been the one looking after her then.
[03:01] <Isaiah> ["I've seen his reports on your leg damage…"]
[03:01] <Yanmei> "You believe that I'm a candidate for the operation."
[03:02] <Isaiah> ["Indeed." Said Dr. Almerigi. "In fact, I believe we could probably operate by late July, early August."]
[03:03] <Yanmei> "Th-that's not too far from now…" Yanmei glanced aside, trying to figure out how to feel about it.
[03:04] <Isaiah> ["Once we're done, you should feel no more pain. In fact your leg will be just as good as new."]
[03:05] <Yanmei> "It… doesn't quite feel real." She gave a little laugh, a certain amount of shock rippling through it. "Can… can you really fix my leg?"
[03:06] <Isaiah> ["Yes." She smiled.]
[03:08] <Yanmei> "I… would like some time to think about this. But I can't tell you how excited I am at the chance for this!"
[03:09] <Isaiah> [Dr. Almerigi smiled. "The credit isn't entirely mine…"]
[03:13] <Yanmei> "Oh? Ah, that's right! Thank you, Isaiah!" She grabbed one of his hands and… sort of held it. She felt funny about moving in for her intended smooch with a guest standing right there. She flushed a little bit.
[03:15] <Isaiah> [Dr. Almerigi turned away and started going through her bookcase, taking out a small leather wallet filled with pamphlets.-
[03:16] <Yanmei> A ninja-kiss. On the forehead, but nevertheless…
[03:17] * Isaiah giggled. He squeezed her hand. "You're not embarrassed, are you~? So kiddish~"
[03:19] <Yanmei> "W-who's embarrassed?" She sounded a little miffed at that, but she glanced at Almerigi and lowered her voice a little. "Thank you. I mean it…"
[03:23] * Isaiah smiled. It was a gentle smile… "I really wanted to help. I want to be able to see you do amazing things- things you want to do. Your dreams are as important to me as my own, my love."
[03:25] <Yanmei> "We'll see what happens next," she murmured, eyes still on the woman's back. But for the first time in a long time she felt… what? Hope, excitement. She smiled.
[03:25] <Isaiah> [The woman turned. She held out a pamphlet. "You'll be wanting to read this. It's an outline of what happens."]
[03:27] <Yanmei> "Right!" Yanmei reached for and began to quickly flip through it. "May I borrow it for a day or two?"
[03:27] <Isaiah> ["It's yours to keep."]
[03:29] <Yanmei> "Oh! Even better," she grinned. "There are some people I'd like to show it to…"
[03:29] <Isaiah> ["Hm, I see." Said Dr. Almerigi.]
[03:34] <Yanmei> "My guardian here in France would be really happy about this. Probably some of my other collegues too?" She beamed. "And of course I want to see how it's done, too. Thank you. Would it be okay to visit again tomorrow? When will you be leaving?"
[03:36] <Isaiah> ["I'll be here for a few days. I need to talk to Commander Fontaine about… Things." She frowned tightly.]
[03:38] * Yanmei gave her a sympathetic look. Fontaine, huh? "Well~ in that case, I'll come by again. Goodbye for now, Doctor!"
[03:39] <Isaiah> ["Goodbye, Miss Zhang. See you, Isaiah. Say hello to Elijah for me, alright?"-
[03:39] <Isaiah> "Ah… Sure." He smiled timidly and followed Yanmei out. "Goodbye, Dr. Almerigi!"

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