Henriette S Babysitter

[06:51] <Yanmei> It was early afternoon at the Palais de l'Elysee, and it was just as bustling as ever. Yanmei had made it through security with a little extra luggage today, and lingered outside of the President's office, feeling off about a few things. It was her first visit after a few days, and that troubled her. Suppose an assassin had made it onto Mazarin's staff while she was gone? -
[06:52] <Yanmei> But she couldn't let the possibility of that shake her now. Finally, after finding a smile, she went inside.
[06:56] <AdEvaGM> [Mazarin was sitting where he was usually sitting, peering down at a list on his desk. "Ah, you're here." He said, looking up.]
[07:01] <Yanmei> "Hello, Mr. President!" she said. He was unstabbed, so maybe she had nothing to fear after all. "How have you been? It's been a while!"
[07:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Did you enjoy the past few days?"]
[07:04] <Yanmei> "Enjoy? Well, yes… Isaiah Gabriel-Wei decided to visit me."
[07:05] <AdEvaGM> ["I see. So that is where you have spent the last few days- in his warm embrace…" His face was perfectly straight…]
[07:07] <Yanmei> "Don't be silly. We just talked a lot! He's been quite worried, you see."
[07:09] <AdEvaGM> ["And how did that make you feel?"]
[07:18] * Yanmei smirked. "Like embracing him? I'm sure you want me to say something like that, right?"
[07:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not sure what you mean." Said Mazarin, his tone deadpan. "It goes without saying that that's one of the things you felt- rather, I was inquiring as to whether it made you feel any better."]
[07:28] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well… yes," she said, and coughed daintily. "It made me feel a lot better, thank you."
[07:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Few things perk an individual up like a healthy encounter with their beloved. So then- what is your plan for today?"]
[07:32] <Yanmei> "See if your daughter has any responsibilities to take care of that she needs help with. After that, maybe a trip to see a family-friendly movie. Do you have any recommendations, sir?"
[07:33] <AdEvaGM> ["I entrust Henriette to lead you right."]
[07:34] <Yanmei> "Shouldn't it be the other way around?" Yanmei tossed her hair and smiled the smile of complete trustworthiness.
[07:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Conventionally, yes. But Henriette is not at all conventional."]
[07:41] <Yanmei> "No, I suppose she wouldn't be." To her credit, she didn't sigh tiredly. "But I'm sure we'll find a way to work things out. If I may ask, sir, what happened to her usual babysitter?"
[07:42] <AdEvaGM> ["She was an assassin."]
[07:43] <Yanmei> "Wh-" Yanmei stared, feeling her blood run cold. "What?"
[07:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I was joking." Said Mazarin. His expression didn't change. So cold…-
[07:45] <AdEvaGM> ["No, Henriette merely expressed a desire to spend today with you."]
[07:53] <Yanmei> That was another shock, but this one seemed to do less damage to her heart. "I… I see," she managed. "Heh. Does she really love my company that much~?"
[07:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Did you ever collect bugs on the weekend, Yanmei? This may be a fair comparison to what Henriette wishes to do…"]
[08:00] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei cleared her throat. "Yes. Well. I will endeavor to be far more of an interesting specimen than she bargained for, Mr. President."
[08:16] <AdEvaGM> ["We'll see." A little smile comes to his face. "She should be waiting downstairs for you now."]
[08:22] <Yanmei> "Of course. I'll see you later~" She turned to go.
[08:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Have a good day."-
[08:52] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette was sitting on a chair, one leg crossed over the other, a dark red backpack on her lap.]
[08:55] * Yanmei smiled at her as she approached, tossing her hair again. "Well, hello, Henriette. Having a good day?"
[09:06] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette reached up and impatiently tossed her own hair. "About time you arrived."]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "Were you that bored without me~?"
[09:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Servants should simply know to be prompt when attending to their betters." Henriette stood, holding her backpack out to Yanmei.]
[09:18] * Yanmei reached out… but ignored the backpack, patting the girl on the head instead. "So! Have any homework that you need to take care of?"
[09:18] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette coloured. "Aren't you going to take my backpack?"]
[09:19] <Yanmei> "Does your shoulder hurt or something?"
[09:53] <AdEvaGM> ["No. It's your responsibility to hold my backpack."]
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[09:58] <Yanmei> "Since when?"
[09:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Are you my carer or not?"]
[10:02] <Yanmei> "I am! That doesn't mean I'm going to carry all your stuff for you. A responsible caretaker makes sure their charges can stand on their own two feet, after all."
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette scowled. She slipped her backpack on over her shoulders.-
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph. I wouldn't want such a childish old lady touching my backpack anyway."]
[10:04] <Yanmei> "I'm not childish," Yanmei huffed. "Or old. You have a strange sense of maturity, my dear."
[10:05] <AdEvaGM> ["I certainly don't sense any in you."]
[10:10] <Yanmei> "W-what? Now I -know- your maturity meter is messed up. Maybe it'll straighten out by the time you're my age~"
[10:12] <AdEvaGM> ["What age is that, a hundred?"]
[10:16] <Yanmei> "Fort- I mean, seventeen!" Flustered from her own near mistake. She pressed forward the best way she knew how. "And how old are you? Two?"
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> [A hairtoss. "I'm twelve. Come on. We are going to a mall."]
[10:24] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei tossed her own hair. "You're lucky. I'd planned to take you to one with a built-in movie theater anyway."
[10:24] <AdEvaGM> <ten*>
[10:25] <AdEvaGM> ["A good one, I hope?"]
[10:26] <Yanmei> "Of course. Now. What sort of adorable kiddie cartoon movie do you want to watch~?"
[10:27] <AdEvaGM> [She tossed her hair contemptuously. "You may see acartoonif you like." Said Henriette coldly. "I intend to see proper movies."]
[10:28] * Yanmei glared at her. "Fine. We'll see the most mature movie that we can find once we get there. Now let's go. We can take my car."
[10:30] <AdEvaGM> ["You drive?"]
[10:30] <Yanmei> "Of course I do."
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> [Her eyes widen for a second, and then she looks away huffily.-
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph. You'll probably crash and kill us both."]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "I have a perfect driving record," she said silkily. "An I've been doing it by myself for well over a year, too."
[10:33] <AdEvaGM> ["You're just used to crashing a lot with your Evangelion."]
[10:37] <Yanmei> "I have never crashed 04 into anything. I don't know where you would even get that from?"
[10:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Liar. There was a programme on TV a few weeks ago all about how much 04 ruins buildings. There was a clip of 04 smashing up the Louvre…"]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "Th-that could have been any of the EVAs! And anyway, you shouldn't believe what you see on television."
[10:41] <AdEvaGM> ["None of the other Evangelions are pink."]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "Violet."
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Pink."-
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> [They emerged out into the parking space of the Palais, now…]
[10:43] <Yanmei> Yanmei's violet-colored hatchback was easy enough to spot. "Violet." She unlocked the doors remotely. "Hop in the passenger's seat and buckle in, okay?"
[10:44] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette hopped into the passenger's seat next to Yanmei and did indeed buckle in. Her backpack was placed on her lap.]
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[10:47] * Yanmei glanced around before starting the engine up. The radio flared to life… it was turned to the news. "You can change that to whatever you like, by the way." -
[10:48] <Yanmei> She didn't know who the people who were supposed to be guarding her looked like, but she decided to drive slowly for them so that they could keep up if they needed to.
[10:48] <AdEvaGM> ["What, don't you like music?"]
[10:53] <Yanmei> "I've been… a little preoccupied with international news lately." She kept her eyes on the road, careful not to give anything away. "It's not very cheerful, though?"
[10:54] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette tossed her hair. "Oh?"]
[11:02] <Yanmei> "It's mainly that dumb cult's fault? Taking important hostages, trying to hijack military equipment, doing more killings…"
[11:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Father is often occupied with them, too."]
[11:05] * Yanmei nodded. "Even if they weren't around, it would be something else. Trade disputes or territory squabbles or assassinations or some nation violating rules on weapon-holding." Yanmei smiled grimly. "International politics is rarely cheerful, even under the best circumstances."
[11:05] <AdEvaGM> ["It's all going to get better soon." Says Henriette, with a voice of cold certainty.]
[11:06] * Yanmei glanced at her out of the corner of her eye. "What makes you so sure?"
[11:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Father says so."]
[11:08] * Yanmei chuckled quietly. "Ah. Well, in that case~"
[11:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei?"]
[11:10] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[11:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Have you ever wanted to rule the world?"]
[11:14] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei managed to hold onto that smile. "I think my ambitions have always been a little small for that? Have you?"
[11:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course." Said Henriette, tossing her hair. "Every little girl wants to rule the world, don't they?"]
[11:18] <Yanmei> "I'm sure a lot of them do, yes."
[11:19] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei?"]
[11:19] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[11:21] <AdEvaGM> ["I want you to buy me lunch. A proper lunch, with healthy salads, vegetables, but plenty of meat and grains too."]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Is that your way of saying 'I'm hungry'?"
[11:24] <AdEvaGM> ["It is my way of saying what I wish to eat!"]
[11:28] <Yanmei> "We could get something at the mall." Ah… what were the sorts of things that they served there again? "They have smoothies?"
[11:28] <AdEvaGM> ["A smoothie will also be fine."]
[11:31] * Yanmei glanced over at her in slight surprise. She hadn't thought that would work. "Any flavor and size you want, of course~"
[11:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[11:35] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before they arrived and were lingering in the food court. There all manner of greasy food booths and plain, hard tables and chairs all around. The smoothie place was the first one Yanmei herded Henriette to when they arrived.
[11:35] <Yanmei> ^There were
[11:35] <AdEvaGM> ["I should be fine if you wish to fetch my food as well."]
[11:36] <Yanmei> "Come on. It's a crowded place. It'd be bad to lose sight of you, you know?"
[11:38] <AdEvaGM> ["But I won't lose sight of you, with your hair…"]
[11:41] <Yanmei> "It -is- rather striking, isn't it?" Yanmei preened, running a hand through it. She was getting used to wearing it long again. "All right. Sit at that table right there." She pointed to an empty one. "Don't go anywhere or talk to anyone you don't know, all right?"
[11:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph." Henriette tossed her hair impatiently.]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "You know, I'm not moving until you say 'Yes, Yanmei. I understand, and completely defer to your wisdom~'."
[11:46] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette folded her arms and walked off. "Then stay there all day if you like."]
[11:50] * Yanmei seethed, but of course, she couldn't very well stand there forever, despite the threat. She tossed her own hair now, and breezed away. It wasn't long before she had collected a medium strawberry smoothie and salad, and some coffee for herself. She headed back toward Henriette's table.
[09:08] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette stared at her expectantly.]
[09:08] * Yanmei eyed her back, seeming to expect something herself.
[09:09] <AdEvaGM> ["You've forgotten something."]
[09:09] <Yanmei> "And what would that be?"
[09:12] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette let out a sigh. "I'm not going to be happy withjustsalad. I wanted meat and grains- I was hoping you'd surprise me, but…" She 'humph'ed.]
[09:15] * Yanmei held back the urge to roll her eyes. "Are you really going to eat that much? Well, if you're still hungry after this, we can just get something else."
[09:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Fine."]
[09:19] * Yanmei settled down and gripped her own meal - decaf coffee - and glanced around at the parts of the mall that she could see from here. Her eyes settled on a curious-looking shop that seemed to be selling prepackaged lunches in cute wrapped boxes. -
[09:19] <Yanmei> "Huh. What's your favorite meal, Henriette?"
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[09:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Pizza." she said immediately.]
[09:28] <Yanmei> "No surprise there," Yanmei muttered. "I'm guessing that's the President's favorite too?"
[09:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. Whenever he's free, we have pizza together." She sipped from her smoothie. "So we don't have it very often."]
[09:36] <Yanmei> "I see. No wonder you like it so much! It must be annoying, though, when he's so busy like that."
[09:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah."-
[09:40] <AdEvaGM> [But, as though she had just let slip some disgusting secret, she folded her arms and tossed her hair proudly. "But it is simply my duty."]
[09:46] <Yanmei> "Naturally~ But that doesn't mean that it's a pleasant one?"
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Many duties are unpleasant."]
[09:48] <Yanmei> "That's also very true." Yanmei frowned into her coffee. There was no helping it. "Do you have outlets?"
[09:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Outlets?"-
[09:49] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette's eyes narrow. "A few. One has a power board I plug my television and DVD into, and another is for my computer…"]
[09:50] <Yanmei> "Very funny, but that's not quite what I meant?"
[09:50] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "Things that you do when the stress of your position gets to be too much. That's what I mean."
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette suddenly smirks. It's an evil look.]
[09:54] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei eyed her warily. "I think I'm beginning to understand."
[09:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Art." Said Henriette. "Art and gymnastics."]
[10:02] <Yanmei> "Oh." So there were other outlets after all. "Any good at them?"
[10:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[10:08] <Yanmei> "I bet you have all of your artwork hanging in your bedroom~"
[10:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Some." Henriette sniffed. "Maybe one day you'll be permitted to see them."]
[10:12] <Yanmei> "Maybe I'll just invite myself in one day."
[10:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph. Like a thief?"]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Like an awesome security officer. Checking for assassins and the monsters you're convinced are hiding out in your closet~"
[10:17] <AdEvaGM> ["There aren't any monsters in my room." Sniffed Henriette haughtily. "Although if you enter, there will be…"]
[10:19] <Yanmei> "W-what?" Yanmei glared. "You know, I can still change my mind about feeding you meats and grains today."
[10:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph. I'll just buy my own."]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "If you could do that, then why were you relying on me to fetch you food~?"
[10:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Because it's your duty."]
[10:28] <Yanmei> "Like carrying your bag, I suppose? Did you make your last babysitter do that too?"
[10:28] <AdEvaGM> ["My last babysitter had the grace to offer~"]
[10:32] * Yanmei was glaring again. "You should hurry and eat your salad. We'll be late for the movies at this rate?"
[10:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmph." So she did just that.]
[10:42] <Yanmei> Soon enough, they were on their way to the theater. It wasn't a very large one, but judging from the plush carpet and the shiny unscuffed interior, it had been very recently built, rebuilt, or remodeled. Yanmei bought some grains for them - popcorn - and some candy, and led the way to their seats. -
[10:45] <Yanmei> "This one's supposed to be very romantic," she was saying. "It's about a relationship between a sexy poor boy and a rich girl, which is tested between social complications and a disaster striking the city they're in."
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't spoil."]
[10:47] <Yanmei> "I'm not? I left out all the good details."
[10:48] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette was watching Yanmei suspiciously. "Make sure your phone is turned to silent."]
[10:53] <Yanmei> "I already did that," Yanmei said smugly. "You should check yours too."
[10:55] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette took the phone out and quickly fiddled with it, before smoothly putting it back.]
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[10:59] <Yanmei> It turned out to be a decent enough movie, set place in pre-impact New York City. The girl in the story was a movie starlet, and the sexy boy was one of her servants. The special effects weren't the best, but the story made up for it. -
[11:01] <Yanmei> Halfway through, Yanmei's phone beeped with a text, and she found herself struggling to the urge to whip it out and reply for pretty much the rest of the movie. That was no good, however. Best thing to do was to pretend that it was someone else's phone that was beeping and act cool. -
[11:03] <Yanmei> The movie ended with the couple smooching happily, as the camera panned out to show the city around them, reduced to little more than rubble. Then the credits began to roll, and the house lights flicked on. -
[11:03] <Yanmei> "Well!" Yanmei stretched, glancing over at her charge. "That was pretty good?"
[11:04] <AdEvaGM> ["It was acceptable."]
[11:05] <Yanmei> "You liked it~ Admit it."
[11:07] <AdEvaGM> ["I never said I didn't." Said Henriette, folding her arms. "It just felt it could have been better."]
[11:07] <Yanmei> "How so?"
[11:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Their decors were completely inaccurate. And the fashion was cheap." She let out a sigh. "They should have made her something else besides an actress, too."]
[11:15] <Yanmei> "Hm? The actress thing is a little over done, maybe. You didn't like the clothes? Really?"
[11:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Those types of jackets- with the pockets- only became vogue after Impact. Besides, being an actress is a bad choice if they went for a happy ending." Henriette shook her head. "They're all happy now, but I bet she wouldn't last two weeks."]
[11:23] <Yanmei> "Fair point. I'm surprised you know that much about vintage fashion, though?" Yanmei was leading the way out, depositing their garbage on the way.
[11:26] <AdEvaGM> ["We're studying it." Said Henriette in a dignified tone.]
[11:27] <Yanmei> "Eh? I never got to study that sort of stuff in school. Is it for your art classes?"
[11:28] <AdEvaGM> ["History."]
[11:31] <Yanmei> "I see… Awfully thorough?" The crowd around them wasn't too heavy, but there seemed to be a lot of couples drifting out of the movies along with them. Yanmei eyed one or two enviously, thinking of Isaiah.
[11:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmmm~"]
[11:32] * Yanmei snapped her head around at that. "What?"
[11:33] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right, you have a boyfriend~"]
[11:34] <Yanmei> "That's right. An adorable one." But she was guarded. -Suspicious-.
[11:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Adorable?"]
[11:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Like, really sweet, and he looks cute too. But he's also really reliable? He came to visit me this week."
[11:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[11:43] <Yanmei> "Yes, but… he's going back to the States soon."
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> ["I see. I bet you'll be lonely~"]
[11:52] <Yanmei> "I'm used to it," she said primly. "And anyway, I'll have a lot to keep me busy while he's away."
[11:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"-
[11:54] <AdEvaGM> [But… Before Yanmei could answer, her phone rang. Audibly. Triumph flashed in Henriette's eyes.]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei cleared her throat. "Ahem. It must have come on by itself. The latest models can do that, you know." Yanmei reached hastily for it. "Hello?"
[12:00] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei's tone grew even more cordial and mature. If that was even possible. "Hello, Mr. President~ How can I help you?"
[12:02] <Yanmei> "Naturally! We just saw a good movie. I told you there would be nothing to worry about."
[12:03] <Yanmei> "Ah?"
[12:05] <Yanmei> "Monday?" A pause. That was two days away! "Well… we should see what she says about it first?"
[12:07] * Yanmei pulled away, and placed a hand over the phone. "It's your dad. He's going to be away for a few more days and wants to know if you'd rather go home … or… stay at my place."
[12:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Away?" Henriette's face fell for a few seconds…-
[12:10] <AdEvaGM> [Before it was quickly transformed into a cheerfully malevolent smile. "I'll stay with you~"]
[12:12] <Yanmei> That smile… Yanmei's blood suddenly went cold. Still, she managed to keep it off her face and instead turned swiftly back to the phone. "She's agreed to stay with me, Mr. President. However, I have one condition."
[12:14] <Yanmei> "I understand that she'll be a guest and all? But I do expect some help with some routine chores while she's staying."
[12:17] <Yanmei> "Wonderful!" Yanmei beamed at Henriette. "I'll take us back to your place to pick up some clothes, and then we'll head to my apartment."
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright."]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "Goodbye, Mr. President~" Yanmei said into the phone. "There's nothing to worry, about, of course? You enjoy your trip, and I'll handle everything~"
[10:37] <Yanmei> Still radiating confidence, she hung up and nodded. "Let's go!"
[10:38] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette beamed…]
[10:40] <Yanmei> After a while - after they had made the pit stop Yanmei had suggested - they pulled into the parkinglot of the apartment that Yanmei shared with Marianne and went upstairs to the front door. Yanmei unlocked it and threw it open. "I'm back~" she called.
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Who're you speaking to?"]
[10:44] <Yanmei> "Roommates?" Yanmei frowned at the empty apartment. "There's usually at least one around. I would have thought that at least Isaiah would be…"
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Did he leave a note?"-
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> [Indeed, there was a note on the kitchen table…]
[10:46] * Yanmei stepped over to give it a glance. "We'll set you up on the couch for tonight," she was muttering absently.
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> ["The couch?"-
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> [The note informed Yanmei that Isaiah had stepped out to fetch groceries for dinner and that he'd be back soon.]
[10:49] * Yanmei heaved a sigh of relief. That boy was a lifesend. The meager supplies they'd bought alongside the ingredients for Rei's dinner had quickly run out. Getting more had been on her failed list of things to do. "That's right~ It's really comfortable?"
[10:49] <AdEvaGM> ["I shallnot sleep on a couch."]
[10:50] <Yanmei> "Why not?" Yanmei frowned at her.
[10:50] <AdEvaGM> ["It's bad for one's posture, it's uncomfortable, and I prefer a proper bed." Said Henriette primly.]
[10:52] <Yanmei> "It's for two nights. It won't kill you."
[10:53] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette folded her arms and glowered. "I want a proper bed. You can sleep on the couch; I'll take your bed."]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "A -proper- guest wouldn't deprive a host or her boyfriend of their bed." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Where are your manners, dear Henriette Mazarin?"
[10:55] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette suddenly let out a giggle.]
[10:56] <Yanmei> "What?"
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> ["You share with your boyfriend!"]
[10:58] <Yanmei> "Of course I do. We're practically married~" Yanmei smirked. "It's a mature relationship. You wouldn't understand."
[10:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I think I understand a lot more now~"]
[10:59] <Yanmei> "Do you?" Yanmei's eyes narrowed.
[10:59] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette's smile became smug, knowing. "You're blushing~"]
[11:01] <Yanmei> "I most certainly am not," said Yanmei firmly. "The lighting in here is just a little different than what we've been used to all day. I'm sure your eyes will adjust."
[11:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmhmhm~" Henriette chuckled into her hand.]
[11:04] <Yanmei> "Hmph! Just go set your things down. I'll make some tea while we wait for Isaiah to get back with dinner. We can watch TV too."
[11:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright~" Henriette smirked as she walked off into a random bedroom to dump her bags.]
[11:07] * Yanmei went into the kitchen, and began filling a small kettle with water. She cradled her phone on her shoulder as she did. "Hello, Colonel? It's me. Call me back when you get this message? We have another guest over, so I was wondering if you'd be coming home tonight…" TV on by remote. Another news program. Little had changed in the world since this morning, it seemed.
[11:11] <AdEvaGM> [Eventually Henriette returned into the living room, sitting on the couch staring at the television. What was News today?]
[11:22] <Yanmei> A small earthquake on one of the islands off the coast of mainland America. A scientist who was developing more responsive replacement limbs quoted a Dr. Almerigi for contributing to his research. Continued peace talks between several former LN countries in northern Africa and the UN during a conference. The presence of Children of Adam cultists roaming around in that very area…
[11:25] <Yanmei> Yanmei joined her after a moment, balancing two hot cups of earl grey tea.
[11:25] <AdEvaGM> ["What kind of tea is it?"]
[11:26] <Yanmei> "A very delicious kind. Don't you trust me?"
[11:26] <AdEvaGM> ["You and taste go together like EVA-04 and buildings- disastrously."]
[11:27] <Yanmei> "Really? I seem to recall someone liking the lunch I brought them today," Yanmei huffed. "Honestly. That stuff with 04 didn't even happen!"
[11:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Even a broken clock with poor taste is right twice a day." said Henriette loftily. "Do you know who does have good taste?"]
[11:29] <Yanmei> "Who?"
[11:29] <AdEvaGM> ["President Linden."]
[11:30] <Yanmei> "Does she?" Yanmei thought. "I suppose she does. We've had dinner together many times!"
[11:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Hah."]
[11:36] * Yanmei eyed her. "It's true!" Was it? She tried to remember. 2017…
[11:39] <AdEvaGM> [They had… In the -other- life, at least. More than a few times, in fact…-
[11:39] <AdEvaGM> ["She would only dine with classy people."]
[11:41] <Yanmei> "Which makes me an ideal candidate for a dinner guest~ I'm suprised you got an invite, though."
[11:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Are you implying that my father isn't classy?!"]
[11:43] <Yanmei> "Hmmm." Yanmei smirked, scrutinizing her. "So that's it. You only got to see her because your dad went~ He's way classier than you are."
[11:44] <AdEvaGM> ["You couldn't have seen Linden. If you did your boyfriend would be dazzled by how much better she is."]
[11:46] * Yanmei was trying not to glare. Instead, she primly took a sip of her tea. "I think you're underestimating how in love he is. Also, she's not better than I am."
[11:46] <AdEvaGM> ["She is."]
[11:46] <Yanmei> "Is not."
[11:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Is too!"]
[11:46] <Yanmei> "Prove it."
[11:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Her hair isn't dumb violet."]
[11:47] <Yanmei> "Violet is the color of royalty," said Yanmei smugly. "So it's seriously fitting?"
[11:48] <AdEvaGM> ["So you're outdated…"]
[11:49] <Yanmei> "Am not. It's traditional~"
[11:50] <AdEvaGM> ["In China, maybe." Said Henriette with the tone of superiority.]
[11:51] <Yanmei> "That's fine with me~ China's a much cooler country anyway."
[11:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Is not!" Said Henriette hotly.]
[11:54] <Yanmei> "They have better food, shopping centres, and entertainment. Also, their military could beat up France's military easily."
[11:55] <AdEvaGM> ["It could, since our military has -you- in it…"]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "You…" Yanmei did glare this time. "That's a fine way to talk to someone who's been protecting your home all this time. Maybe next time we'll -let- the Angels win."
[12:00] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette merely smirked. "Also, French food is far better."]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "No it's not."
[12:01] <AdEvaGM> ["It is. It's just truth."]
[12:02] <Yanmei> "It's completely ridiculous. Maybe I should make some of both tomorrow so you can tell the -obvious- difference between them."
[12:02] <AdEvaGM> ["I wouldn't eat it. If you're cooking, I'd probably end up dead."]
[12:03] <Yanmei> "Then let's see you cook it, then? Like you even know how~"
[12:03] <AdEvaGM> ["I do, actually!"]
[12:03] <Yanmei> "Yeah right."
[12:03] <AdEvaGM> ["What would-"-
[12:04] <AdEvaGM> [There was a knock at the door.]
[12:04] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei stood. "Hold that thought. Coming~" She went to the door. "Who is it?"
[12:05] <AdEvaGM> ["It's me." Isaiah's voice.]
[12:06] <Yanmei> So Yanmei threw open the door. "Welcome back~ We have company today."
[12:11] <AdEvaGM> [His hands were full with grocery bags, and as he stepped through, his eyes widened at Yanmei's news. "Oh?"-
[12:12] <AdEvaGM> [… But Henriette had managed to very quietly move to Yanmei's side. Gone was the evil look in her eyes. The malevolent smile was gone. She was beaming warmly, her eyes sparkling- she gave Isaiah an elegant curtsy. "Welcome home, Mr. Gabriel-Wei. Would you like some help with your groceries~?"]
[12:13] <Yanmei> Wh… what. Yanmei stared at her.
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, well, thank you very much, young lady." Isaiah smiled gratefully and offloaded a few bags onto Henriette. "Who might you be?"-
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Henriette Mazarin, sir." A demure little blush.-
[12:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Mazarin-?!"]
[12:17] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Well… I was supposed to be babysitting for her? But then her dad asked if we could have her for the entire weekend. I hope you don't mind…"
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["No, of course not."-
[12:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you so much~" Said Henriette, smiling radiantly, before she headed towards the kitchen.]
[12:18] * Yanmei leaned forward to kiss him. "Watch your back," she whispered while she did.
[12:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm? What do you mean?"]
[12:39] <Yanmei> "You'll see. It's the oldest trick in the book." Yanmei reached for his other groceries, and then lifted her voice. "So! What did you buy? We were just talking about dinner, actually."
[12:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Sausages from the new butchery- it's pretty good, actually! I also picked up a few types of rice- I wanted to try a few things with basmati…"-
[12:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you want me to put the butter and milk away, Mr. Gabriel-Wei?" Asked a sweet voice from the kitchen.-
[12:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, that'd be great- yeah, butter and milk, obviously. I also grabbed some bacon- pork chops too, since they were a deal, some chicken breasts, some tomatoes, potatoes, carrots…"]
[13:00] <Yanmei> "So much… This'll last a while. Thanks. I owe you one." Yanmei nuzzled him. "Oh Henriette~ Would you mind putting the rest of these away for us too~?"
[13:07] <AdEvaGM> ["No problem~" Murmured Isaiah in response.-
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry. I don't know where they go." Said Henriette apologetically. "Can you show me, Mr. Gabriel-Wei-?"-
[13:10] <AdEvaGM> ["That's not a problem. Sorry-" He gives Yanmei a grin. "I'll go help her out."]
[13:11] <Yanmei> "Let me do it. You're probably wiped out from shopping?" Yanmei gave his arm a little pat, and then breezed toward the kitchen. "Were you up to anything else that was interesting today?" She called back to him.
[13:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Not much. Talked to a few people at the shops- just people saying they've seen the Spectre."]
[13:24] * Yanmei frowned a little, straining to remember. "That… oh, that's right. That's the name they gave that thing seen with all the power flucuations? It's weird. The sighting are increasing?"
[13:24] <Yanmei> ^sightings
[13:25] <AdEvaGM> ["It seems like that."-
[13:25] <AdEvaGM> ["I hear most of the sightings are just people panicking." Said Henriette.]
[13:26] <Yanmei> "No. It's real, all right," Yanmei murmured, putting some things away in the fridge.
[13:27] <AdEvaGM> ["I know." Said Henriette. "But these days, a person can have a blackout because of all sorts of reasons, and they instantly think it -has- to be the Spectre."]
[13:29] <Yanmei> "Fair enough. Especially in a city like this one. No one's come up with any theories about the real article yet?"
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> ["There are tons." Said Isaiah. "It's an Angel. It's a NERV thing. It's an elaborate hoax by Unseen…"]
[13:32] <Yanmei> "I meant plausible ones," Yanmei grinned. "I've heard the Angel one before. To me, it seems pretty likely? Only… it's acting so unpredictably."
[13:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Unpredictably?" Asked Henriette.]
[13:36] <Yanmei> "It should be trying to attack NERV headquarters or something, not mucking around up here on the surface. The last time it had a major power failure was disastrous for everyone in the city?"-
[13:38] <Yanmei> Yanmei closed the fridge and frowned thoughtfully. "Although, there's something to be said for the individuals it's had confirmed sightings around so far? NERV VIPs."
[13:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Definitely something off about it." Isaiah sank into the couch. "But I don't know if it's trying to kill anyone or not. It's strange."]
[13:43] <Yanmei> "I know, right? It's certainly considered dangerous by our personnel, at least. Be careful around town, Isaiah."
[13:43] <AdEvaGM> ["I will." He said with a smile.-
[13:44] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette scooted out of the kitchen and curled up on the couch next to Isaiah, her tea in her hand. "It'd be really awful if you were hurt, Mr. Gabriel-Wei!" She said with sickening sincerity, her eyes wide.]
[13:45] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei raised an eyebrow at that before going back to stocking the kitchen.
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> [It was a little harder to hear the conversation from here, but…-
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> ["… It shouldn't be a problem. I'll speak to Yanyan about it." Isaiah's voice.]
[13:58] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei drifted toward a better view of what was going on in there. There was a downside to having and adorable and largely innocent boyfriend… the innocent part. "Anything wrong, you guys?"
[14:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Henriette was just saying that she was unused to a couch, so I figured that she could take my side of the bed." Said Isaiah.-
[14:01] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette was smiling sincerely…]
[14:02] <Yanmei> She should have known! "Are you sure, Isaiah?"
[14:03] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't mind." Said Isaiah cheerfully. "If you do, I mean…"]
[14:06] <Yanmei> "We could just let her have the Colonel's bed. Or William's. Provided that they're staying at HQ?"
[14:09] <AdEvaGM> ["B-But I dunno if I'd feel comfortable by myself…" Mumbled Henriette.]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Aw, but sweetie… big girls can sleep alone, can't they~? Especially ones as independent and elegant as you are!"
[14:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Sometimes children get worried when they're away from home." Said Isaiah gently, as Henriette nodded enthusiastically to what he said. "If you like, I could tuck her into Marianne's and stay with her."]
[14:26] <Yanmei> "You shouldn't have to do that. I'm the one responsible for her this weekend, so-" A resolute look. "I'll find an arrangement that suits all three of us."
[14:30] <AdEvaGM> ["We could all share the same bed." Offered Henriette.]
[14:31] <Yanmei> "Fine," said Yanmei, rising to some unspoken challenge. "That will work just fine."
[14:33] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette beamed. She latched onto Isaiah's arm. "Yay~ Mr. Isaiah, can I help you cook?"-
[14:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, of course you can."]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "Will you two need a third set of hands~?"
[14:38] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't see why not." Said Isaiah.-
[14:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, you can boil the water~" Chimed Henriette, her tone honey-sweet with innocence.]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "I assure you that I'm qualified for more advanced tasks. Aren't I, Isaiah~?"
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course you are~"]
[14:48] * Yanmei beamed at Henriette. "You're lucky. You get to watch a pro at work."
[14:49] <AdEvaGM> ["So do you!" Henriette beamed back. "Mr. Isaiah is awesome~"]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "He certainly is," Yanmei kept up her smile as well.
[14:52] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah simply shook his head and walked off to the kitchen. Once he was gone…-
[14:52] <AdEvaGM> [An evil glint came to Henriette's eyes. The innocent Shirley Temple smile quickly changed into an evil little smirk. "Teehee."]
[14:54] * Yanmei gazed back in… amusement? Wordlessly, she reached out and ruffled her hair… a bit more roughly than was probably necessary as well.
[14:55] <AdEvaGM> ["He's so much fun."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Don't go overboard, Miss Mazarin. He's still my fiance."
[14:56] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette giggled.-
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> ["I won't go overboard. He's just so… Cute. And innocent~"-
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> [… She had never been anywhere near as innocent as he was.]
[15:01] <Yanmei> Likely not. And now, Yanmei was getting unfortunate flashbacks to Gina and dampened her mood a little. "That's just Isaiah," she sighed. "You can stay here and giggle as long as you like. -I- am going to assist him."
[15:09] <AdEvaGM> [Henriette tossed her hair and slid off the couch, running off into the kitchen.]
[15:14] <Yanmei> It would take a good half hour, but a rice-and-sausage casserole was soon bubbling in the over, and Yanmei shooed Henriette out of the kitchen to set the table and wash up. Yawning, she started to pull a pitcher of water from the fridge and poured it out into some waiting glasses. "What a day," she muttered.
[15:14] <Yanmei> ^oven
[15:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah? She a bit of a handful?" Asked Isaiah, running a hand through one of her twintails gently.]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "Yes, no… a little of both. She hasn't forced me to break out my Mom Voice yet at least?"
[15:16] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah let out a sudden giggle.]
[15:18] * Yanmei blinked. "What? What is it?"
[15:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Can you show me your Mom Voice~?"]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "You're not misbehaving in an irresponsible or dangerous manner. It won't work," she said matter-of-factly.
[15:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, so I should be misbehaving?" He asked innocently.]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "Do you think you can handle that~?" She'd set the water jug on the counter now, slinking a little closer to him.
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> ["The question is: can you?"]
[15:31] <Yanmei> "Hehe…" Yanmei gave him a kiss all too happily.
[15:31] <AdEvaGM> [And it was a kiss he returned very enthusiastically…-
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> [Although he didn't get too carried away. Henriette was just in the living room, after all, and being found by the President's daughter in an overly intimate action would be… Something.-
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> ["So what did she do today to wear Mommy Yanyan down~?"]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "Just being herself. Picky, kinda insulting, getting snuggly with my boyfriend. But she was fun, too. We saw a movie together."
[15:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Insulting, hm~? I see. That's interesting. But what'd you see?"]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "'Big Apple Kisses'. You know, that new romantic drama."
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh! Interesting."]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "It was okay. We should see a better movie before you head back?"
[15:39] <AdEvaGM> ["We should. Got any ideas~?"]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "None yet. You pick it." She risked another short smooch. "But what do you think of her? I told you to watch your back."
[15:41] <AdEvaGM> ["She reminds me of you."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Guh… don't say that." She was almost whining.
[15:43] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry, sweetheart. But I can't help it." He said with a grin. "She's all sweet and sugar to me, but I can actually tell that she has a bit of a… Dangerous side~"]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "I was completely harmless? Not like this kid. Just ask de Orleans and President Mazarin…"
[15:56] <AdEvaGM> ["You were not." Murmured Isaiah. "Of course, I like a little danger…"]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Oh, do you?" Yanmei was smirking. "Fortunately for me, I suppose?"
[16:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Very fortunately~"-
[16:02] <AdEvaGM> ["… Ahem." Isaiah coughed.-
[16:02] <AdEvaGM> ["In any case. I'll be sure to keep you safe from the mean little ten year old~"]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Don't worry. I'm sure I can handle her on my own? I've been doing so all afternoon."
[16:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course~" He grinned. "C'mon, help me dish up."]

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