In The Talk Between Two Pilots

[04:19] <Sept> [February 17th. NERV HQ, Paris-2 Geofront.]
[04:19] <Sept> [A boy makes his way through the endless identical corridors of the NERV facilities, every now and then suddenly turning around and finding another path toward his destination, like an indecisive GPS navigator. Had he simply gone through with any of the routes he had used earlier, he would already have arrived. But such is the life of Evangelion pilot Sera de Pteres. There was still one
[04:19] <Sept> day before school started. Maybe an Angel attack would suspend everyone in that one day for all eternity? A boy could dream.]
[04:21] * Minaplo|Out has joined #NERVFrance
[04:21] * Minaplo|Out has left #NERVFrance
[04:25] <Yanmei> It would be up to the boy's keen senses to determine if he picked up on the additional sound of footsteps trailing his own as he wound through the last corridor or two. Now, they were picking up speed behind him!
[04:37] * Sept hastily turned a corner to evade his pursuer, only to be beset by several further footsteps and the sound of idle banter from behind the next one. With another U-turn, he headed back. And almost ran into her, stopping just an inch from her at the corner. "Oh. Hello, Yanmei." he sounded slightly surprised, but any questions would have to wait. He glanced back at the increasingly
[04:37] * Sept noisy corridor. "Walk with me?" Regardless of her answer, he continued on his way.
[04:45] * Yanmei regarded him with silent suprise, upon his U-turn and invitation. It didn't stop her from joining him, in any case, driven by more pressing matters. "Just where have you been, de Pteres? While I'm not one to go around fussing with other people about this stuff? You missed the school tours that were being held this week. Are you still planning on showing up for class the first day?"
[04:51] <Sept> "Saw the school. As much as possible without breaking in, of course… not really worried about getting lost. I… might be there. Why do you ask?"
[04:58] <Yanmei> "Huh? Just curious, I guess?" She kept her pace up, slightly behind him, arms folded. "I was the one leading the tours, along with that jerk. When you didn't show, I was a little surprised. But then, your girlfriend seemed okay with it, so… maybe I'm worrying for nothing?"
[05:01] * Sept stopped. "Jerk? Girlfriend? What?!" INFORMATION OVERLOAD.
[05:08] <Yanmei> "The jerk is the always lovely Alexandre Fontaine." She rolled her eyes as she said his name. "He was there too, assisting with the tours. And your girlfriend is… well, that's one explanation you should already know. Otherwise I'd have to wonder about what sort of boyfriend you were? Anyway, she was there too, since she's also a new student. She was saying stuff about you not liking crowds and it being okay that you weren't there."
[05:12] <Sept> A long pause. "…Freya? She's not my. We're -not-. And Alexandre… is he… maybe related to Ginevre?"
[05:17] <Yanmei> "Her son," she said without missing a beat. "Poor him, huh? And you're *sure*? The Paris-2 Tribune was saying otherwise based on body language. Come to think of it?" She tapped an index finger against her chin, and tilted her head oh-so-innocently, "Wasn't Alexandre claiming to be a journalist from there?"
[05:25] <Sept> The gears ground away in the depths of Sept's mind. Eventually, some blurry images surfaced. "Oh. He was at the conference? But why would he… I'm sure they just misinterpreted it. And it's not like it affects me either way."-
[05:26] <Sept> "Why are you so excited about school starting anyway?"
[05:32] * Yanmei felt vaguely disappointed. Geeze, he was a hard one to rile up! "I wouldn't say that I'm excited? I don't like homework or sitting through classes much…" her pace slowed a little. "But I was supposed to lead the tours. So I did. And I feel like I should be making sure your stuff is in order, so that's what I'm doing." She groped around for a silver lining.
[05:48] * Sept shuddered. -Leading tours-. "You don't need to convince me. Why does everyone think it's their task to make sure I'm going? It's a nice thought, sure, but I've already gone through this with Freya and isn't that enough?"-
[05:51] <Sept> "Everyone keeps telling me I'll get used to it, but why should I? I'm doing fine right no—" Crap. He'd gotten careless. They were surrounded.-
[05:52] * Sept reacted, lightning fast, and dove into the nearest cleaning supply closet to wait out the passing group.
[05:56] * Yanmei stared blankly at the closet door as the group drifted past. Her only glance spared to them was one that was slightly embarassed. "Um?" she stepped forward and knocked.
[05:59] <Sept> The door slowly reopened, and Sept stepped out. "As I was saying. Fine."
[06:04] <Yanmei> "…yeah. Clearly." She had to resist rolling her eyes again. Her arms folded across her chest once more. "Well, I'll stop bugging you about it, anyway? Solheim's being placed in a different class than us, so I thought I'd throw a little support around. But if you're sure you'll be okay on your own…"
[06:12] <Sept> "…she is?" Face-in-hand. What were they thinking? "'Hey, Sera, we figured you could do with some daily routine so here's some wolves.' Look. I appreciate the support, but I don't see what anyone can do. From what I hear, that damn c-conference has me in every paper imaginable… There's just no way it can end well."
[06:19] <Yanmei> "Nope!" Yanmei agreed pleasantly. "It probably won't. The instructors will be compelled to keep order during class, but at any other time during the day? I'm not really sure what will happen. But I'll do what I can when I can."
[06:27] <Sept> "Hmmh. Yeah. I guess I'll try to prepare the best I can. Sorry for getting the conversation down like this. I'm not usually… you know. Thanks, anyway."-
[06:29] <Sept> "Look, I think the hangar's pretty close, it's pretty quiet there usually." Sera started on the path toward the Evangelions. "How did you end up doing… all this? If you don't mind."
[06:34] * Yanmei sobered a little at that question, and then reinforced that smile of hers. "I was recruited a while ago. I don't know if it was random, or because my mother was involved in NERV's China branch herself, but… anyway, they made me learn French and then shipped me off to Paris about a year ago. Not much to it?"
[07:00] <Sept> "China… Can't begin to imagine what that was like. But making you move… That's too bad. I've lived here all my life. That I know of, at least. I don't think I'd much like going anywhere else."
[07:16] <Yanmei> "Oh, I don't mind it much," she lied, and then tossed her hair a little. "It's a good opportunity to 'expand my cultural horizons'. And anyway, my mother? She was really excited when she found out. There were lots of other very important people in NERV China and the Federation's government who were too. So…" she shrugged. "Who knows. If they need another Eva someplace else, they might split us up and send us to other branches.-
[07:17] <Yanmei> "That's just the way it is?"
[07:30] <Sept> The thought didn't bring much comfort to Sera. "I'm just here so I can keep living in this city, since everything I have is here. I probably couldn't do the same elsewhere. Hell, I'm having trouble adjusting to the apartment. How do you feel living in a place owned by these people?"
[07:36] <Yanmei> "How do I feel?" she considered that carefully. "It… can't be helped. Marianne and I shared an apartment on the surface before. It got damaged in the last battle, so I suppose we're lucky to be living anywhere?" Yes, that didn't sound too damning. Never knew which hallways around here were bugged or had cameras. Probably all of them.-
[07:39] <Yanmei> "Which apartment are you in, anyway?"
[07:45] <Sept> "7D. I think someone was trying to have a sense of humor. Second floor. It's a good enough view. Walls are still too thin, though. And I still don't really know what to do with the place. I think you're supposed to decorate your own place or something, but…"
[07:53] <Yanmei> "I just finished decorating my place, and it looks great," she boasted with a little grin. "You're free to come by if you want a few ideas. 13A."
[08:04] <Sept> "Ideas? Ah. Thanks. I'll remember that."-
[08:12] <Sept> The two finally arrived at the hangars, finding themselves under the hulking figures of the Evangelions. Sera found a place to sit down, and fixed his gaze idly on 01. "I wish there was some use for them beyond fighting for the fate of cities and nations…"
[08:16] <Yanmei> "Like what?" Yanmei stared up at them too, her eyes hardening. She didn't sit down. Being in the shadows of those monsters, so close to the ground comparatively made her… tense. She even went so far as to edge toward the exit a bit…
[08:25] <Sept> "I don't know. It just seems like… like they're misunderstood, being used as weapons. Don't you?"
[08:37] <Yanmei> "Misunderstood?" Yanmei stared at Sept. She felt many things all at once… confusion, and pity for a poor kid who was obviously confused himself. Misunderstood… It took a minute for her to relax again, swiveling another look at 04 in particular. "I don't know what led you to think that? I… listen de Pteres. It's not a good idea to let your guard down around these things. Or anything else that they might be associated with." Her glance slipped to the NERV logo displayed proudly against one of the walls of the hanger.
[08:38] <Yanmei> Her glance slipped to the NERV logo displayed proudly against one of the walls of the hanger.
[08:47] <Sept> Sera looked at Yanmei, frowning. "You think so?" He did seem confused, but beyond that… disappointed, maybe? "I… guess. I'll try. Thanks."-
[08:47] * Sept returned to evagazing.
[08:49] * Yanmei nods. And stretches. "Well!" she said cheerfully, rummaging around for excuses to leave the hanger behind. "There are some errands I should finish up before it gets too late. It was a pleasure chatting with you, de Pteres."
[08:50] <Sept> "The same, Yanmei. And hey. See you at school?"
[08:51] <Yanmei> "Absolutely!" She gave one last pleasant smile and wave, and then pivoted away, heading back toward the endless corridors

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