I Drempt Last Night I Thought I Was In Hell Woke Up And Look

[01:25] <Yanmei> It was just past dawn when one of the young residents in the Amatore-DeForest household stirred and woke from a restless sleep. -
[01:30] <Yanmei> The light coming in through the window was dim and tinted purple. Zhang Yanmei couldn't see much by it, but she could see and feel her companion next to her and the outlines of various furniture. So she stared at all of these things while she let her mind wander.
[01:33] * Isaiah was indeed asleep next to her, breathing in and out steadily, calmly, hair framing his gentle face. He had an arm wrapped around her warmly, protectively.
[01:38] <Yanmei> How could he look so peaceful after everything? She tried to relax as well, nestling closely to him, but she couldn't fall back asleep even like that.
[01:42] * Isaiah snuggled closer a little at her presence, resting his head against her shoulder. His eyes fluttered a little.
[01:46] <Yanmei> "Whoops." Had she woken him? No way, she had been lying as still as she could. She paused, waiting for more signs of life…
[01:48] <Isaiah> A second later, he settled back down…
[01:51] <Yanmei> Huh… So she did too. Tried to. Maybe he'd just been having a dream…
[01:54] * Isaiah lay there for a few minutes, enjoying the quiet, the warmth, the peace… But slowly his eyes opened, blue eyes focusing on her.
[02:01] <Yanmei> It took her by surprise. She blinked at him a few times, and then smiled sheepishly. "Tsk. How long were you pretending to sleep?"
[02:02] <Isaiah> "A few minutes." He snuggled as close as he could, smiling. "I wasn't in much of a rush. I like this."
[02:04] <Yanmei> "You too, huh? I wish I didn't have to go to work today."
[02:08] * Isaiah pouted. "Aw, you do?" His grip tightened. "They'll have to pull you away."
[02:12] * Yanmei chuckled.. "You could always come with me~ It won't be another practice combat session."
[02:13] <Isaiah> "Hm~ I guess that's true. What -are- you doing today?"
[02:15] <Yanmei> "Tactics with Misato again." Yanmei sighed. "It's a lesson based on what happened yesterday. Like, a review?"
[02:16] <Isaiah> "Oh, I see…" He looked up, a serious look in his eyes. "What -did- happen yesterday?"
[02:19] <Yanmei> "I can explain what happened on the surface well enough? But when we went below and everything turned to hell, I'm not sure what happened. …are you okay, by the way, Isaiah?"
[02:20] <Isaiah> "Yeah." He smiled, taking a deep breath. "I dunno what happened. It felt so weird, it was like… I dunno. Do you remember Excalibur?"
[02:20] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Was it like that?"
[02:23] <Isaiah> "Yeah, sort of. It was like… Whatever that thing was, it could sense that I'd touched Excalibur. It… It got into my head, trying to figure out where it was."
[02:25] <Yanmei> "If only we could destroy that thing," Yanmei muttered. "It sounds like something an Angel would do. They're the only ones who can use that thing comfortably."
[02:29] <Isaiah> "Yeah. I know that when I had Excalibur, it felt really hostile, like it wanted me dead just for being human."
[07:44] <Yanmei> "I felt something too. I doubt it was an intense as what you felt?"
[07:44] <Yanmei> ^as intense
[07:45] <Isaiah> "Yeah? What did you feel?"
[07:48] <Yanmei> "Excalibur felt outright dangerous. That other thing it was… creepy crawly? That was even before it started doing things to you."
[07:48] <Isaiah> "Mmm…" Isaiah frowned. "What -did- happen?"
[07:52] <Yanmei> "You lost it, sweetie," she said gently. "For a few minutes, anyway. I figured it was affecting you, but I didn't know why. I think it tried something with de Pteres too."
[07:53] <Isaiah> A dark look came across his face, and he closed his eyes. Resting as he was against her, it looked as though he was almost asleep.-
[07:54] <Isaiah> "How… ugh. I knew something was wrong. EVA-08 was… I dunno how to describe it. Frantic, when those wings appeared."
[07:57] <Yanmei> "08 was?" Yamei frowned, remembering what it was she was supposed to protect him from. "I tried to calm you down and pull you back, but nothing was working."
[07:57] <Isaiah> "I guess it really was that bad." He sighed. "Thank you, though. I could feel you there, and I think you did help…"
[08:01] <Yanmei> "I'm glad. If there's a next time, I'll figure out something more effective."
[08:02] <Isaiah> "I know. I trust you."
[08:06] * Yanmei smiled at that. For a moment she just quietly closed her eyes.
[08:08] * Isaiah was quiet as well, letting the two of them soak in the tender moment, forgetting all the awful and painful that had happened.
[08:09] <Yanmei> Then… "Feel like making breakfast together?"
[08:10] * Isaiah smiled. "Yeah, I think I can do that. May as well get up anyway. What time is it?"
[08:13] <Yanmei> Yanmei turned away so that she could get a good look at the clock. "Around 6. Ugh, so early." Still, she pulled herself from under the blanket and started to stand.
[08:14] <Isaiah> "Heehee." He sat up, stretching. "Who wants shower dibs?"
[08:15] <Yanmei> "You take it. I'll go make coffee or something in the meantime."
[08:16] <Isaiah> "Alright." He swung himself out of the bed, automatically peering over at the cot that sat in their room- and faltered a little when he remembered that it was empty.
[08:19] * Yanmei sobered at that, and glanced away. "It feels strange, doesn't it?" she said quietly.
[08:22] <Isaiah> "… Yeah." He stared for a few seconds longer, then a firm expression took his face. He wouldn't let it get to him, not yet. "… I'm sure it'll all work out." He walked over to her, pulling her into a hug and giving her a kiss.
[08:27] <Yanmei> "I've been trying to find out if they're rebuilding Eden Base or assigning Isabelle to someplace else." Yanmei was less optimistic, judging from her expression. "But they haven't told me anything yet. Wherever she goes, Elizabeth will probably go with her."
[08:27] <Isaiah> "I… I'm sure we'll get to see her, still."
[08:28] <Yanmei> "I hope so."
[08:30] * Isaiah ran a hand through her hair comfortingly. "Still, there is one thing we can take from this."
[08:30] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[08:31] * Isaiah beamed. "You -are- a good mother."
[08:33] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face softened, and she kissed him on the cheek. "Thanks. I really tried. You were one heck of a dad. Elizabeth's really crazy about you."
[08:33] * Isaiah blushed a little. "I think she's a bit crazy about both of us, you know."
[08:44] <Yanmei> "Hehe. Yeah," she held a faraway look for a moment. "It's been really fun. Things are going to be too quiet without her."
[08:45] <Isaiah> "One day, sweetheart…"
[08:47] <Yanmei> "I know, I know. I just hope she understands."
[08:48] <Isaiah> "I'm sure she will. Who couldn't understand and adore such a lovely mother~?"
[08:51] * Yanmei chuckled and gave him one last nuzzle before parting. "Don't use up all the hot water, okay~"
[08:51] <Isaiah> "I won't." He grinned.
[08:54] <Yanmei> One last smile, and she was heading to the kitchen for coffee. She tried to avoid looking at the door to Gina's room as she passed. Somehow it felt wrong, now, letting Isabelle and Lizzie use it, but they'd had no choice at the time, and they couldn't have known what would happen to its original occupant. -
[08:58] <Yanmei> Gina… a gloomy shadow passed over her face as she rinsed out the pot, found a filter and poured the ground coffee into the coffee maker.
[09:02] <Isaiah> [A door opened, and a yawning, groggy, nightgown-wearing Marianne staggered from her bedroom, hair a mess.]
[09:03] * Yanmei heard the door, and instead of turning to see who it was, quickly found a third coffee mug. "Good morning!"
[09:03] <Isaiah> ["Mrnin'." Marianne dropped herself into a kitchen stool. "Y'r up erly."]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "You too. I bet you have to go in and write a lot of reports, huh?"
[09:05] <Isaiah> ["Yup."]
[09:07] <Yanmei> "Thought so." Yanmei found a seat for herself while the coffee was being brewed and sighed. "Why was the Commander there? I saw him…"
[09:07] <Isaiah> ["Beats me. I guess he wanted t'be there for the final victory."]
[09:11] <Yanmei> Yanmei wrinkled her brow and frowned. "I guess…? Ah. Do you know how the other pilots were doing afterward? I didn't think there were any serious injuries to anyone, somehow. By some miracle."
[09:11] <Isaiah> ["Rei wasn't hurt, exactly, but she was there when they took Azariah down, and he did… Something to her, mentally."]
[09:14] <Yanmei> "…mentally?"
[09:15] <Isaiah> ["It's kind of a long story. I should tell you from the start."]
[09:16] * Yanmei nodded, dark eyes fixed quietly on her.
[09:17] <Isaiah> ["We sent a strike team in- Sir Guillory and his group- to find and take Azariah Caine alive."]
[09:21] <Yanmei> "Guillory? I'm not surprised. I thought it was weird that his bots weren't assisting us…"
[09:22] <Isaiah> [Marianne nodded. "It was a hard fight, by all accounts. But eventually they got to Azariah's… Office? Throne room would be more appropriate. They told him to come quietly, and he refused." She shook her head. "He… He'd done something to himself. Something horrible. He was barely human- thin, unnaturally tall."]
[09:33] <Yanmei> "… so I wasn't seeing things…"
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[09:38] <Isaiah> [She shook her head. "We figured out what he did, eventually. He took the Cradle of Adam- the embryonic body of Adam itself- and grafted it into his own hand."]
[09:39] <Yanmei> "Um… -why-?" A shiver went down her spine.
[09:40] <Isaiah> ["From what we know, we believe his long-term goal would be to combine Adam and Lilith into a form he could control- which would allow him to rule everything on Earth directly."]
[09:42] <Yanmei> "How close did he actually come to accomplishing this?"
[09:42] <Isaiah> ["Well, he didn't have Lilith, so…" Marianne shook her head. "But he did have something else that made Adam more than just a corpse."]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "Which would be?"
[09:43] <Isaiah> ["He managed to find an Angelic soul to put into the body- Ramliel's."]
[09:47] * Yanmei stared, her memories flickering back to the unforgiving coldness of space and all the misery on the earth below that the Angel had wrought during its rampage. Slowly, she shook her head. "No… we destroyed that one! Destroyed the core. …didn't we?"
[09:48] <Isaiah> ["We did. But Yanmei, destroying the core doesn't destroy the Angel's soul. It… Well, it stays clinging to the body unless the body is completely destroyed, or a few weeks pass. During that time, Ramliel orbitted the earth and fell somewhere in the Indian Ocean."]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "Into LN territory?"
[09:53] <Isaiah> ["Yeah."]
[09:55] <Yanmei> "Is the AT Field that Silas Caine was able to form around the Independence related to this?"
[09:56] <Isaiah> ["We aren't sure."]
[09:59] <Yanmei> "So…" She was still digesting this, and shook her head. "They found Azariah and faced off. What happened after that?"
[10:00] <Isaiah> ["He used his AT Field. Those wings- were his."]
[10:01] <Yanmei> "Was he trying to control all life on earth or destroy it?"
[10:02] <Isaiah> ["We don't know. All we know is that he tried to defend himself- and Ramliel took over, according to Commander Ikari."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "Ah."
[10:04] <Isaiah> ["Commander Ikari had the twelve Ayanamis with him, however, and with the Evangelions and the Ayanamis together, they brought down the AT Field- and Sir Guillory was able to shoot him."]
[10:06] <Yanmei> "But that didn't stop him?"
[10:06] <Isaiah> ["It did, eventually. But he was able to hurt Rei before that."]
[10:06] <Yanmei> "Oh." Yanmei nodded. "I see…"
[10:09] <Isaiah> ["What a mess." She did, however, smile wanly. "There are a few good things, though!"]
[10:11] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[10:13] <Isaiah> ["Well, the war is practically over. With Azariah dead, the LN pretty much doesn't exist anymore. The Vice-Chancellor of the LN- a Mr. John Mbeki- agreed to a total surrender. Of course, I doubt all the little nations will agree, but it's a start."]
[10:14] * Yanmei sighed and leaned back in her chair. "So we can relax, then? At least on that part?"
[10:16] <Isaiah> ["Yeah. We won't be used to take down the remnants anytime soon. That'll be up to Japan, China and America mostly." Marianne sighed as well, looking longingly at the coffee pot. "Also, despite the hell you put it through, the Synfront is actually still operational where it counts, and could be restored to full operational status within a month or two. And -that- is good news, because…
[10:16] <Isaiah> Well, the thing is -insane-."]
[10:22] <Yanmei> "I can imagine? With everything they were able to create, NERV's technical divisions must be drooling over the chance to mess around over there. Um… and what about -their- scientists? Like Dr. um… Survov, I think it was? Are they still around? And were there any more Neospartans that were still being held there?"
[10:25] <Isaiah> ["Yes." She nodded. "For starters, Dr. Surov and his team have been found. He… Was a hard man to find, as most doctors breeding an army of cyborgs tend to be. We think he can be persuaded to work with us, though, which is good." She frowned. "And yes. They found Evangeline Marchand as well as a few others you're not acquainted with."]
[10:30] * Yanmei stood up and headed back over to the coffee machine to pour two fresh cups, all the while wondering how many of NERV's personnel would be suddenly drafted into a new cyborg conversion program. "I guess that's good," she said warily.
[10:31] <Isaiah> ["Yeah… We'll see, I suppose."-
[10:32] <Isaiah> ["I guess from here on out, it's just Angels. Not that that's an easy thing. Not according to the MAGI."]
[10:35] <Yanmei> "They're not optimistic about our chances?" Yanmei poured in just a little sugar for herself and sipped from her cup. Black and sophisticated, just the way she liked it. "Where do we need to improve to have a better shot?"
[10:36] <Isaiah> ["Well, it's not quite that. It's more, ah… It's had a look at the Angels we've been fighting, and it's suggested that the next few we face will probably be Ramliel-class or worse."]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "So probably lots of collaboration with the other EVA teams, then. No wonder you were talking about making a designated leader for all of us."
[10:40] <Isaiah> [She nodded. "The thing is, we don't know when or where they'll strike, so there's a good chance we'll be fighting Ramliel-class Angels by ourselves."]
[10:42] <Yanmei> "Well," Yanmei tossed her hair. "Even if that's true, we'll be okay. It might be tough, but we're awfully experienced by this point. And we have a great Operations Director too~"
[10:42] <Isaiah> ["Hahaha. That's sweet." She grinned.-
[10:42] * Isaiah emerged, dressed into a casual pair of long pants and a snug blue sweater. "Morning, Marianne."-
[10:42] <Isaiah> ["Hi there, Isaiah."]
[10:46] * Yanmei passed Marianne her coffee, made just the way she liked it. "We were just talking about the battle and what it means now that Azariah Caine has fallen."
[10:47] <Isaiah> "Oh yeah?"
[10:48] <Yanmei> "It basically means that we can just focus on the Angels for a while. Whatever's left out there, the UN can probably clean up on its own."
[22:55] <Isaiah> "Better Angels than human beings." He moved into the kitchen, pulling out a skillet. "I've seen enough of war to last a lifetime."
[22:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" Human beings… "You should visit Rei today. She got hurt during the last battle."
[23:03] <Isaiah> "She did? What happened?" He looked up, frowning in concern.
[23:04] <Yanmei> "Hard to say. It looks like it was another mental attack." Yanmei pulled out a carton of eggs. "If you can pull Lizzie away from her mom for an hour or two, why not bring her along too?"
[23:09] * ZackDishwashingMachineDisaster is now known as ZackSavior
[23:13] <Isaiah> "Yeah, I'll try. Maybe we can just bring Isabelle with us?"
[23:18] <Yanmei> "Sure, maybe. And I could try to meet up with you guys for lunch if that's the case?" Mustn't turn a glance to the door to Gina's room. She focused on the eggs intently, staring hard as she broke them one by one and watched the yolks spill out in watery yellow globs. Crack. Crack. "…"
[23:22] <Isaiah> "Sure, we can do that. I'm sure she'll be happy to see her Meimei again~"
[23:25] <Yanmei> "Heh." Shells hastily in the garbage can. Eggs being scrambled. "I wonder if President Linden is still around. Something tells me that they'd get along."
[23:26] <Isaiah> "Yeah, they had a talk back in Boston, you know."
[23:26] <Yanmei> "Did they?" Yanmei looked surprised. "What about?"
[23:28] <Isaiah> "All sorts of things." Said Isaiah. "I dunno, Rei didn't tell me much."
[23:29] <Yanmei> "Hmmm…" Yanmei glanced slyly over at Marianne. "What do you think about the Lindens?"
[23:29] <Isaiah> ["That's a difficult question. They're pretty complex people."]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, Linden Senior's a pretty well-known soldier, right? Do you think he lives up to his reputation?"
[23:34] <Isaiah> ["Hm… Well, what do you know of his reputation?"]
[23:36] <Yanmei> "That he's shot down a hundred fighter planes and that he was never shot down himself. Also, that he's handsome."
[23:39] <Isaiah> ["Well, obviously the first part is a bit untrue, since he -was- shotdown, hmm?"]
[23:39] <Yanmei> "Well, prior to that one time, I mean."
[23:40] <Isaiah> [Marianne smiled. "He definitely was an ace. I think the number is at 144 in airborne kills. Well, before he was shot down. After that, it's 146."]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Hey. With the LN gone, why doesn't NERV recruit him?"
[23:45] <Isaiah> ["We've considered it."]
[23:45] <Yanmei> "Think -he'd- consider it?"
[23:53] <Isaiah> ["Yeah, he should. If the President asked, he'd agree, without a doubt."]
[23:55] * Yanmei nodded, seemingly taking this into account. With the eggs finished, she busied herself with spooning them onto plates. "Here you go. Here's some for you too, Isaiah."
[23:58] <Isaiah> "Thanks." He himself pushed some bacon from his skillet onto their plates, sitting down on one of the spare chairs.-
[23:59] <Isaiah> ["Interesting you should ask about him though, Yanmei." Said Marianne.]
Session Time: Tue Mar 27 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Yanmei blinked at her curiously.
[00:03] <Isaiah> ["He was asking about you, actually."]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "That's weird?" Yanmei took a strip of bacon for herself and sat down. "You'd think he'd be more interested in, say, Guillory or something."
[00:06] <Isaiah> ["Oh really?"]
[00:07] <Yanmei> "Yeah. They're in the same profession, right? And hasn't he been earning a name for himself too?"
[00:08] <Isaiah> ["Yes, that's true. Actually, he asked about Guillory as well. Apparently they met during the battle of Boston."]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "No kidding?" Yanmei wasn't eating so much as pushing things around on her plate with a fork. She drank her coffee.
[00:12] <Isaiah> ["Yeah. After you shot him down, he landed near Raphael. They talked, and Linden let him go and save Rei."]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Eh? Just like that? Those flyboys are too weird."
[00:17] <Isaiah> ["Linden is a gentleman, and a father. He knows what it's like to have someone you care about be in danger."]
[00:19] <Yanmei> "Well, he does like his daughter a whole lot." Yanmei relented. "From the way you've been talking, though, it's like he was asking you all these questions about us. Were you questioning him while he and the President were being held in Paris?"
[00:19] <Isaiah> ["I was."]
[00:22] <Yanmei> "Was he cooperative?"
[00:22] <Isaiah> ["He was! Very."]
[00:25] * Yanmei nodded. "I guess we're lucky? It'd be a problem if he and his daughter decided they wanted to be our enemies instead."
[00:27] <Isaiah> ["As it is, we're still watching little miss President."]
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Ah? Well, after what she pulled, I guess everyone would be. Um… isn't she in danger from the remaining fanatics from the LN's side too?"
[00:29] <Isaiah> ["We're making sure she's protected. She requested that Sir Guillory protect her…"]
[00:33] <Yanmei> "…they know each other too?" Yanmei's eyes lit up. "Did she give a reason for that request?"
[00:42] <Isaiah> ["She trusted him to 'know how to handle any kind of gun well', and apparently she befriended him in Boston. Over pie."]
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[00:46] <Yanmei> "I see. Over pie…" Yanmei smiled. "I'll have to ask him about that some time. Minerva Linden and 'Sir Guillory'…"
[00:53] <Isaiah> ["Hm? What are you thinking?"]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "N-nothing." With the last of her coffee drained, Yanmei pushed her chair back. "I think I'm full now? I'll go take a quick shower."
[00:57] <Isaiah> ["Alright. Don't take too long, or I'll send Isaiah in to get you~"-
[00:57] * Isaiah looked over at Yanmei, then down at her plate, frowning.
[01:01] <Yanmei> It was terrible manners, but… she plucked a small slice of bacon from it with her fingers at that, and tried to distract him further with a little parting kiss. "I won't be long."
[01:03] <Isaiah> "Alright. Just…" He gave her a smile, sharing the kiss. "I'll see you."
[01:11] <Yanmei> When she was out of sight, she tried nibbling the bacon as much as she could. She wasn't in mood for food right now. But a shower might be better. -
[01:30] <Yanmei> So she showered. And even though she promised that she wouldn't, she spent some time there, resting her forehead against the slick wall, doing nothing and letting the steam blur and obscure her vision. -
[01:37] <Yanmei> She didn't move until she was sure she wanted to. Then she climbed out and combed her hair and pulled on a fluffy white bathrobe. "All done~" Her voice carried ahead of her when she stepped out of the bathroom.
[01:39] <Isaiah> [Her voice went momentarily unheeded. There was a conversation going on, now that Isabelle was awake.-
[01:39] <Isaiah> "But you can't take her with you, I mean… Wouldn't it be easier to leave her with us for now? I was hoping to take her over to see Rei."-
[01:39] <Isaiah> [Isabelle watched him suspiciously. A sleepy Lizzie sat on the couch.]
[01:42] * Yanmei approached more quietly now, frowning, an anxious light springing quickly into her eyes. "What's going on? Isabelle?"
[01:44] <Isaiah> ["I have to go in to a briefing in the Geofront. I wanted to take Lizzie with me, but…" She frowned at Isaiah, rubbing her eyes as though the sight of him irritated them. "He wants to take her instead."-
[01:44] <Isaiah> "Just for the day. To see Rei."
[01:46] <Yanmei> "Well, a briefing isn't going to be too much fun for her?" Yanmei grinned. Was that relief on her face? "How long do you think it will be?"
[01:46] <Isaiah> ["Probably a few hours." Piped up Marianne.]
[01:48] <Yanmei> "Well, you could always take her to the briefing and we could all meet up later and see Rei in the afternoon or evening. I'm going to be on my own for part of the day too."
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[01:59] <Isaiah> ["Or you could go out with her -after- the briefing. People get annoyed when they take children to briefings." Said Marianne.-
[01:59] <Isaiah> [Isabelle looked from Yanmei to Marianne to Isaiah, frowning. "… Fine."]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "Don't look so down. It's just for a few hours, and then you'll be together again."
[02:10] <Isaiah> ["Mmm."-
[02:11] <Isaiah> [Lizzie looked up now, over at Yanmei. "Maamaa!" She held out her arms.]
[02:14] * Yanmei went over to her gladly. "Hi sweetie! Did you sleep okay?" She started to pick her up, but then remembered Isabelle and settled on just affectionately ruffling her hair instead.
[02:15] <Isaiah> ["Sleep!" She nodded firmly.-
[02:15] <Isaiah> "Lizzie, do you wanna see Reirei today?"-
[02:15] <Isaiah> ["Reirei!!!"]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "Heh. Rei babysat for her a lot," Yanmei explained, for Isabelle's sake. "Before she was transferred to Boston, she was her favorite sitter."
[02:21] <Isaiah> ["I see. I suppose someone like her would be rather naturally disposed towards children."]
[02:33] <Yanmei> The 'like her' part stuck in her ears. "She's really wonderful," she said politely. "And I think that watching her sometimes let her show off her mature side as well."
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[02:43] <Isaiah> ["I see."-
[02:44] <Isaiah> "Anyway. Yanmei, is it ok if I get a lift off you?"
[02:44] <Yanmei> "Yeah, it's no problem. Let me get changed first."
[02:46] <Isaiah> "Alright. I'll take Lizzie down to the car."
[02:48] <Yanmei> "Yup! Meet you down there!" And she spun quickly for the bedroom. It didn't take long for her to emerge again, dressed in a short red skirt, black top, and set of keys that she twirled around one finger. "See you later! Marianne, are you driving Isabelle?"
[02:49] <Isaiah> ["Yeah, I have to go into work anyway."]
[02:51] * Yanmei nodded. "Then I'll see you both later!" And with that she was heading out the door, following the way that would take her to her car.
[02:52] * Isaiah followed after, holding Lizzie's hand.-
[02:53] <Isaiah> Before long, they'd reach her reliable car, Isaiah busying himself with clipping Lizzie into the baby seat.-
[02:53] <Isaiah> "… What'd she mean. 'someone like her'?"
[02:56] <Yanmei> "Ugh… either someone who's cheerful and childlike, or it was a remark about her origins."
[02:57] <Isaiah> "Mmm." Isaiah got into the front seat. "I don't want to reprimand her, because I know why she is the way she is, but…"
[02:59] <Yanmei> "I know, I know." Yanmei buckled in, hands tense on the wheel at first. "We have to be patient and not punch her in the back of the head or something."
[03:00] * Isaiah snickered. "Someone sounds angry~"
[03:05] <Yanmei> "Angry? No." Yanmei scowled. "I just don't feel like dealing with this today?"
[03:06] <Isaiah> "I know, hon." He let his hand rest gently on her thigh. "Do you want to do something afterwards? Go to a park, or see a movie… We could always ponder checking out the Napoleon theme park."
[03:08] <Yanmei> "…maybe tomorrow or something. If it wasn't for Rei, I'd suggest ditching completely and doing something quiet."
[03:11] <Isaiah> "Sure."-
[03:11] <Isaiah> "… Um, Yanmei? Is everything alright?"
[03:15] * Yanmei gazed at him a moment, trying to sort through words to describe the dull aches and gloominess she felt. "I don't know," she muttered at last.
[03:17] <Isaiah> "Why don't you tell me what's wrong?"
[03:26] * Yanmei turned the key in the ignition and started to pull out of the parking space. "Lots of things are wrong? Yesterday was -terrible-. And today I'm thinking about people who are important to me and who are now gone, and I'm thinking that you'll be heading back to Boston soon and that Isabelle will take Lizzie away and there's all this other -stuff- and I'm just worn down.-
[03:28] <Yanmei> "And I know that I'm being weird," she groaned. "Just bear with me for a few days while I… recharge? Reset? Deal with it? I dunno."
[03:38] <Isaiah> "It's ok. I understand. I'll be here if you need me, ok?"
[03:41] <Yanmei> "I know you are. You're always there for me." She tried smiling at him. "Sorry. I was hoping these would be calm, peaceful days to enjoy ourselves, but so far it's like being on a rollercoaster?"
[03:41] <Isaiah> "We can't expect everything to calm down overnight." He leaned over and kissed her. "We just need a bit of time."
[03:44] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Some time. Time to think…" She kissed him back, gratefully. "You're so understanding…"
[03:46] * Isaiah simply smiled. "I try to understand my soulmate."
[03:48] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked out at the road for a little while. "Yesterday I killed Atticus Nelson. Again."
[03:49] <Isaiah> "W… What?"
[03:53] <Yanmei> "The LN found him, still alive, after the last time. They turned him into their version of an Evangelion. His pilot said that it was his wish and that he wasn't holding any grudges. And then we had to fight them to the death."
[03:54] <Isaiah> "I… I had no idea." His face was stricken. "Oh, hon. I'm so sorry…"
[03:57] <Yanmei> "The pilot? Was Nagisa Kaworu. But it was Eugenia at the same time." She'd started out calm, but now her words were speeding up, growing more frantic. "I don't know! One minute he was there, and then she was there, and then she -dissolved-. G-Gina's gone. She's gone!"
[04:01] <Isaiah> "W-What!? Yanmei, that…" He stroked her chin. "That… They- that doesn't- how?"
[04:03] * Yanmei shook her head. "I said I don't know! She had a really complicated past that might help explain things? But… but… they're both…"
[04:03] <Isaiah> "…" He unbuckled his belt. The little things didn't matter.-
[04:03] <Isaiah> He leaned over and gathered her up in his arms.
[04:09] * Yanmei let the car slow to a stop, just down the street from the apartment now. She let him hold her… but she didn't cry. Her breaths were rapid, as though she might, but she started to reclaim her grip ever so slowly. "Why… why did they…?"
[04:13] <Isaiah> "I don't know…" He murmured, pulling her towards him. "I don't know, sweetheart."
[04:14] <Yanmei> "I didn't want to," she mumbled.
[04:15] <Isaiah> "I know. I know." He whispered soothingly. "You never do. You're too kind…"
[04:20] <Yanmei> "Kind…" Yanmei didn't say anything else. She just let herself be held for a while, on the side of that narrow street.
[04:20] <Isaiah> "I'm so sorry."
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[04:22] * Yanmei nodded. She put her arms around him too, quietly, as if she sensed that he might cry too. "There was…gratitude," she whispered after a while. "I heard him thanking me."
[04:25] <Isaiah> "Maybe he was happy." Murmured Isaiah. "Of… I dunno. I don't think either of them got what they wanted out of life. Gina…"
[04:29] <Yanmei> "Maybe… they… came up with their own happy ending, at least. Maybe they found something and were satisfied with becoming one with it."
[04:30] <Isaiah> "It sounds like-*sniff* like something Gina would do." He tightened his grip. "Maybe… Maybe you freed them."
[04:33] <Yanmei> That startled her. "Freed?" she repeated it, wondering. Maybe. So many maybes. So many uncertainties.
[04:34] <Isaiah> "Who knows? There's a lot of uncertainties, but Gina and Kaworu knew… T-they knew about things. Perhaps this was the best thing for them…"
[04:36] <Yanmei> "We should trust them to make their own decisions…"
[04:36] <Isaiah> "T-That's right…"
[04:40] <Yanmei> "Hm." She couldn't contribute much more. Not with her head like this. So she just held him and stewed in the heavy loss, and waited for her senses to clear.

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