Holmstrom S Student

06[23:00] * Yanmei glared at the target in front of her. -
01[23:05] <Yanmei> She was trying to visualize something or someone over it to help with her aim, but it wasn't helping much. All the marks thus far were grouped on the outside rings as opposed to the center. Frustrating! She clutched the grip of her practice gun harder and scowled, trying not to peer over at any of her neighbors for comparison. -
01[23:11] <Yanmei> There were a few others on the range besides herself today. An Ayanami here and there, and some soldiers in standard practice gear. All of them, she was bitterly sure, at the top of their game. Maybe she was just tired. Meetings all day, and then CQC drills and now this… No wonder it was going lousy.
[23:27] <Minaplo> [A hand would fall on her shoulder.]
06[23:28] * Yanmei whipped her head around, startled.
[23:32] <Minaplo> [It was the pale hand of Princess Alexandrina, watching her with those bright, luminous eyes of hers. She smiled and leaned in close so Yanmei could hear. "You aren't doing as well as you could be doing today, are you, Captain?" She asked.]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "Who me?" Yanmei chuckled, loosening her shoulders somewhat. "I'm just… doing a few warmup shots? Ahem. How is your own practice going?"
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["Quite fine." She said, smiling a little wider. "In fact, I'm finished up. If you're looking for someone to help you with your warmup, why don't you go speak to Holmstrom over there? Goodbye…"-
[23:40] <Minaplo> [And she glided off, leaving Yanmei alone once more.]
01[23:45] <Yanmei> Yanmei huffed once she had gone out of sight. Why did it always seem like she was upstaging her? Anyway… -
03[23:46] * ChanServ sets mode: +qo Minaplo Minaplo
01[23:46] <Yanmei> She took another look around at the other shooters as curiosity began to stir slowly…
[23:47] <@Minaplo> [And there was Holmstrom, keeping to himself, putting round after round into his targets, accurate and on-the-spot…]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> A bonified Wonderboy if ever she saw one… She approached slowly, waiting for him to pause for reloading before tapping his shoulder.
01[23:56] <Yanmei> ^bonafide
[23:57] <@Minaplo> [He turned to look over his shoulder at her the moment she tapped him. His eyebrows rose expectantly.]
Session Time: Fri Nov 29 00:00:00 2013
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "Hello, Mr. Holmstrom~" She smiled warmly at him. "Could I trouble you for a minute of your time when you're finished here?"
[00:04] <@Minaplo> [He turned properly, now. "What is it?"]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "I was going to ask for a few pointers? You've done such a good job with teaching Pilot Wales…"
[00:16] <@Minaplo> ["Alright." He promptly stepped aside. "Show me how you shoot."]
06[00:17] * Yanmei edged into place and raised her pistol, taking careful aim. She concentrated, and then fired off a shot at the target.
[00:18] <@Minaplo> ["Empty the clip."]
06[00:18] * Yanmei gave a brisk nod, and then did just that with a string of loud, quick shots.
03[00:23] * Minaplo|Ping (~ua.ten.tenii.nyd.73-612-171-421|olpaniM#ua.ten.tenii.nyd.73-612-171-421|olpaniM) has joined #nervfrance
02[00:24] * @Minaplo (~ua.ten.tenii.nyd.84-702-171-421|olpaniM#ua.ten.tenii.nyd.84-702-171-421|olpaniM) Quit (Ping timeout)
[00:24] <Minaplo|Ping> [He stepped in behind her, and quickly jabbed her in the ribs.]
06[00:25] * Yanmei winced! "Wha-?!"
[00:29] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You're extremely tense." He said, continuing smoothly. He put his hands on her shoulders. "Having a firm posture is good, but you've got a tic of leaning to one side when you're tense."-
[00:30] <Minaplo|Ping> [He put a hand on her right hip; he bent down and gently took her left knee with his left. He began correcting her posture, moving her legs a little wider and making sure they were equidistant. "You're not bending your knees as well as you should. Try leaning forward a little, and keep them slightly bent."]
01[00:37] <Yanmei> "R-right." It was odd. The instructors she'd had when she was first learning how to shoot hadn't been this hands on. She was starting to see where those rumors were coming from~ -
01[00:39] <Yanmei> She tried her best to hold the corrections he made, adjusting the way she held her weight. "Like this, huh?"
[00:48] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Right." He stood up to his full height again, and reached around to grab her hands. "You're jerking the trigger too hard. The force of your own hand is throwing your aim off. You need to squeeze the trigger firmly, but not jerk it like you were doing."]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> "Don't tense up, don't jerk on the trigger," she murmured to herself. While he was busy with her hands, she stole a very quick look around.
[00:53] <Minaplo|Ping> [People seemed to be doing their own things…-
[00:54] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Focus on the target, don't look around like that." Said Matthias. Finally, he put his hands on the side of her chest, around her ribcage. "Now I want you to give me five normal breaths."]
06[01:00] * Yanmei shifted uncomfortably, but she couldn't move too much without the risk of breaking her position. She breathed in and out, trying to slow down and go against her inclination to rush it.
[01:01] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You feel a little nervous. Try to relax." He said.-
[01:01] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You were trained using normal firearms, weren't you? Semi-automatic pistols and the like."]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "You can tell?"
03[01:07] * Zackv2 is now known as Zack
[01:12] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You're overcompensating for recoil. The firearms you were trained with use an explosive reaction in the firing chamber to propel the bullet down the rifle shaft. That reaction is what causes them to kick so much." He reached out and grabbed her hands again. "This is a Thruster .22 Railpistol. It propels the bullet using a mechanism relying on magnetic fields to propel the bullet through
[01:12] <Minaplo|Ping> magnetic attraction and repulsion. The recoil is the same, but instead of it being directed ahead and behind like a normal firearm, it's directed to the left and to the right. When you're firing, you're jerking your hand back a little towards you, and it's throwing off your arm."]
02[01:14] * Suzune (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un) Quit (Ping timeout)
01[01:18] <Yanmei> "Mmph. So I should just try to hold it steady?"
[01:19] <Minaplo|Ping> ["That's right." He let go of her and took a step back. "Reload and try now."]
06[01:21] * Yanmei discharged, slapped another clip in, and then fired on the target. She tried to think only of his directions, firing slowly at first, and then picking up speed.
[01:21] <Minaplo|Ping> [And she received some easy tactile feedback- her shots were much more aligned and on target now.]
01[01:23] <Yanmei> "Huh." She raised her eyebrows, impressed, when she had taken her last shot. "You certainly know what you're doing?"
[01:27] <Minaplo|Ping> [He nodded silently at that.]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "When we're finished here, let me make it up to you? I'll buy you a milkshake or a drink or something?"
[01:35] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Why don't we go right now? I'm done for the day."]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "All right! That works for me too?" She unloaded her gun. -
01[01:43] <Yanmei> Before long, they were sitting across from each other in the main dining hall. Yanmei had gotten ice water for herself. And as for Matthias…
[01:46] <Minaplo|Ping> [Two triple-meat-and-cheese hamburgers filled with lettuce and pickles and barbeque sauce sat on a plate, on a bed of long, piping-hot extra-salted fries coated in gravy. In front of him was a huge beef bowl filled with fat buckwheat noodles and hot beef; next to that was a plate of fresh sushi, and finally a plate containing two whole roasted fish. Their eyes stared at Yanmei.]
06[01:47] * Yanmei stared back. -
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "About the Princess…" she began. "She's the one who recommended that I get some instruction from you?"
[01:50] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Makes sense. I've been giving her a lot of instruction recently."]
06[01:51] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "You know, I don't normally pay attention to rumors, but…"
[01:54] <Minaplo|Ping> ["?"]
01[01:58] <Yanmei> "Well. You don't feel anything for her beside big brotherly affection, right? Maybe with a touch of a teacher's sterness thrown in somewhere?"
[22:06] <Minaplo> ["I wouldn't know. I've never been a big brother."]
01[22:09] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well. It's like…" she hesitated as she realized she had no real knowledge to draw on yet. "It's like being really close to someone and wanting to protect them, even if you fight with them sometimes," she guessed.
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Then no."]
01[22:13] <Yanmei> "Then what do you feel for her…?"
[22:15] <Minaplo> [He had taken a mouthful of beef and noodles after he'd spoken, so there was a pause whilst he ate.-
[22:16] <Minaplo> ["Camaraderie?"]
06[22:17] * Yanmei brightened warmly at that. "How sweet!"
[22:21] <Minaplo> [Matthias involved himself in chowing down instead of replying.]
01[22:25] <Yanmei> "Like… in general, you and the other Eva pilots have been getting along, right? William Weiss-Xylander says he's been a little wary of you lately?"
[22:26] <Minaplo> [Matthias paused, swallowed, and put his bowl down.-
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["Really."]
01[22:26] <Yanmei> "That's right. He thinks there's something more going on between you and the Princess."
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["More?"]
01[22:27] <Yanmei> "He says you were hitting on her."
[22:29] <Minaplo> [Matthias's eyebrows rose. "What do you think?"]
01[22:29] <Yanmei> "I… was surprised when I heard it. I think you're more professional than that?"
[22:30] <Minaplo> ["Well there you go then."-
[22:30] <Minaplo> [And he returned to his beef bowl.]
01[22:30] <Yanmei> "Eh?" Yanmei blinked. "You're not annoyed or anything?"
[22:31] <Minaplo> ["Of course I am. I'm going to go beat Weiss up." Said Matthias, but he said it in the exact same tone he used for everything else he said, and finished the sentence by slurping up some noodles.]
01[22:35] <Yanmei> "Heh. That's-" but then she caught what he actually said. "Wh-what? For real?"
[22:35] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Slurp.]
06[22:35] * Yanmei studied him carefully from her side of the table.
01[22:42] <Yanmei> "What do you think that will accomplish? Why don't you just talk to him for a minute. He's not an unreasonable guy?"
[22:43] <Minaplo> ["Spreading rumours about my relationship with Alexandrina instead of speaking to me first about it seems unreasonable in and of itself."]
01[22:44] <Yanmei> "I thought you didn't care about rumors…"
[22:45] <Minaplo> ["Alexandrina might."]
01[22:45] <Yanmei> "You're willing to beat him up to protect her honor?"
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["Even if Alexandrina didn't care and I don't care, it's still a pretty dishonest thing to do."]
01[22:50] <Yanmei> "Look. Just talk to him as a favor to me? You're both too valuable to our movement to get involved in petty scrapes and grudges with each other."
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["It's not a grudge, it's a beating."]
01[22:52] <Yanmei> "Beatings typically lead to grudges…"
[22:53] <Minaplo> [Matthias shrugged. "Then I'll talk to him, but you come with me."]
01[22:53] <Yanmei> "That sounds acceptable to me? Thanks."
[22:54] <Minaplo> [More slurping.-
[23:01] <Minaplo> ["This relationship started a while ago. Do you remember when you came to talk to Alexandrina about the Annihilator?"]
01[23:03] <Yanmei> "Yeah?" But she sounded a little confused. Hadn't they been friends way before that?
[23:06] <Minaplo> ["She told you she didn't need a bodyguard."]
01[23:07] <Yanmei> "That's true. She insisted that NERV's protection was enough?"
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["And you asked her about what happens after…"]
01[23:11] <Yanmei> "She said that by then she would be in charge of her own country again, and would be protected by them. It seemed optimistic to a fault…"
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["I agreed. So after you left I spoke to her."]
01[23:13] <Yanmei> "What did you say?"
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["I told her that after everything was settled, I'd need a job and she'd need a bodyguard who knew what he was doing."]
01[23:17] <Yanmei> "Oho~ You got yourself hired, huh?"
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm on a trial membership."]
06[23:19] * Yanmei chuckled. "Well, I'm pretty glad about that. You, at least, are able to get through to her."
[23:19] <Minaplo> ["You can't?"]
01[23:20] <Yanmei> "I haven't been successful, no."
[23:21] <Minaplo> ["Why not?"]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "Who knows? She always thinks that she knows best."
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["Really? Maybe that's your own biases talking."]
01[23:26] <Yanmei> "…?"
[23:28] <Minaplo> ["If she always thought that she knew best, she wouldn't come to me for shooting lessons."]
01[23:30] <Yanmei> "…fair point," she said grudgingly. "But maybe she has a soft spot for you or something."
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. Or you might be approaching her from a different angle."]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "Then, how do you approach her?"
[23:34] <Minaplo> ["How do you approach her?"]
01[23:40] <Yanmei> "Delicately? …she's still so young, you know? And she's been through a lot. I worry that someday she'll go off like a bomb."
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Naturally, she's going to sense that, and she's going to head you off by acting tough and in control."]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Then what would you do?"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["Treat her the same way you'd treat me. Be kind, but don't try to give her special treatment. Treat her like an adult."]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, it's worth a shot? Thank you for the advice."
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome." Slurp.]
Session Time: Sat Nov 30 00:00:00 2013
06[00:02] * Yanmei took a long drink from her glass, and watched him eat a while, thoughtfully. "Been in touch with Norling recently?"
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["No."]
01[00:03] <Yanmei> "Who do you think she'll side with when we break into the Geofront?"
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Them, I think."]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "I think so too. It's gonna be rough, huh?"
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["She's a tough opponent. Not invincible."]
01[00:07] <Yanmei> "That's not what I mean? You worked together, right? Won't you be sad to fight her?"
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["I suppose."]
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "You suppose?" She tried to get a fix on anything past his poker face.
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "…" She leaned back in her chair with a sigh. -
01[00:16] <Yanmei> "She won't be the only former ally we'll have to go against. That's what I hate about this fight."
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Who are you worried about?"]
01[00:23] <Yanmei> "Hohenzollern. The new EVA pilots. The UN Attache. There are a lot of people we've left behind, you know."
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["That's why we're not just nuking the site."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I know. Subdue and not destroy…"
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["The UN attache, huh…"]
01[00:28] <Yanmei> "Yeah. We were friends. You've met her before, haven't you?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> [He nodded. He was nearly to the end of his beef bowl…]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "She was looking after some people for me when we last left Paris. She works for the UN, obviously. Specifically, she works under Caine and the rest of the HIC, but she never seemed all that happy about it. Maybe she'd be happy to join us if given half a chance?"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["Her friends are all here. I know she would."]
06[00:39] * Yanmei nodded with a half smile. "She's on the list of people to bring in. We keep her safe during the battle, and we'll find out for sure."
[00:40] <Minaplo> [He nodded.]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "Heh. It feels like it's been years since I last talked to her. It'll be nice to sit down with her again, informally. You can join us too, if you'd like?"
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
06[00:46] * Yanmei grinned and eyed his rapidly disappearing beef bowl. "Hm. About done? Let's pay a visit to William, like you promised."

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