Isaiah Returns

[23:21] <Yanmei> Another slow day. -
[23:26] <Yanmei> Time crawled as Yanmei woke, got dressed, and hovered by the TV. The news program she was watching was starting to repeat stories already. Inconclusive fighting in parts of Asia. Medical breakthrough in prosthetic research. Treaties in parts of Africa. -
[23:31] <Yanmei> She was dressed in suspicious business-wear yet again. Marianne was gone for the day, and it was just her alone with the droning, crushingly disappointing TV. That is, if she didn't go out and do something else. And she would. Soon.
[23:39] <AdEvaGM> [There was a knock at the door.]
[23:41] <Yanmei> Someone from NERV, probably. Marianne wouldn't knock, but maybe one of the Bunnies or security agents or something. "Coming~" She tossed her hair and flounced to the door, opening it.
[23:42] <AdEvaGM> [And there he was.-
[23:43] <AdEvaGM> [A face she hadn't seen in twenty-three years, yet was also the last thing she had ever seen in that other world. Standing there, his hair fluffy and soft, wearing a wide smile, his blue eyes clear as anything, wearing a red sweater and blue jeans.]
[23:48] * Yanmei …simply gawked. Her hand slipped off the doorknob and fell to her side. Isaiah…
[23:55] <AdEvaGM> [And then he was closer, his arms around her waist. She didn't seem to remember him moving.-
[23:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey."]
[23:59] <Yanmei> Warm, gentle arms. But she didn't even give them a chance to settle. She surged forward and pressed her mouth against his, likely taking them stumbling into the hallway together. When she pulled back for a breath, she stared into his blue eyes, now probably less shocked than the last time she had seen them and then…
Session Time: Fri Jul 13 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] <Yanmei> Promptly started to cry.
[00:05] <AdEvaGM> [Surprise in those eyes, growing wider as he momentarily fought the momentum pushing them out into the hallway. The surprise only grew more prevalent as Yanmei's tears began to fall.-
[00:08] <AdEvaGM> [Gently, Isaiah guided her back into the apartment, closing the door with his foot- Yanmei wouldn't want any stranger to see her crying.-
[00:08] <AdEvaGM> [He pushed his forehead against her own, a hand lifting to stroke away the tears on her cheeks. "Oh, Yanmei…"]
[00:10] <Yanmei> His forehead made the tears come even harder. Her words were mangled. "W-wanted to stay with you s-s-so bad…."
[00:15] <AdEvaGM> ["It's alright. I'm here. I'm here now." Isaiah pulled her closer- he felt warm. So wonderfully warm.]
[00:19] <Yanmei> She settled against him. Her voice was starting to smooth again bit by bit. "Everything… everything's just…"
[00:29] <AdEvaGM> [A kiss. An intense, passionate one, stealing away whatever breath she'd kept for those words.]
[00:32] * Yanmei went with it. Between that and more horrible fumbling, she couldn't help picking the kissing. It was easier. Nicer.
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> ["I missed you." He murmured, pausing momentarily.]
[00:39] <Yanmei> "I know," she said sadly, and shut her eyes, trying to will herself into not choking up again. "I missed you too. You just arrived..?"
[00:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I arrived with Rei." Said Isaiah gently.]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "H-how much did they tell you?"
[00:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Just what I needed to know." He leaned in, planting kisses along her neck. "I felt- I felt it as it happened…"]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "No…" She clung to him. "You felt everything…?"
[00:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Not- everything, not in full. It was… Intense. It felt like years' worth of emotions in the space of a minute, it brought me to my knees…"]
[00:54] <Yanmei> "And… and afterward…?"
[00:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I'm fine now." He murmured. "All I wanted to do was to come here and find you. To be with you- so you wouldn't be alone…" Kisses. So many kisses.]
[08:55] <Yanmei> And many of those kisses were returned. "This whole week I've wanted to break something really badly. But now I don't feel that way anymore."
[08:59] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm- helping?"]
[09:02] <Yanmei> "A lot!" The TV was still going on in the background with the same old useless reports. Yanmei noticed it again, and then tried to shut it out. "Did you have breakfast?"
[09:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah, no, I came straight here."]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "All right. I'm sure we have something around here? Let's get you something." She stood and tugged him toward said ktchen, but it was lightly stocked. Some buttered toast and coffee was the best that she could come up with.
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei- it's alright. I don't really need anything, I'm sure I can find something later if I feel hungry."]
[09:09] <Yanmei> "You sure?" She was scowling down at a package of coffee grounds. "It doesn't feel right…"
[09:10] <AdEvaGM> ["If anything, I feel like I should be getting you breakfast."]
[09:12] <Yanmei> "I'm not hungry."
[09:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Then let's not worry about it. C'mon. I- we should talk."]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "You probably have questions, huh?" She put the coffee aside and came back to him tiredly.
[09:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Well."-
[09:19] <AdEvaGM> [He bent down and, with an arm around her shoulders and another beneath her knees, swept her off her feet. Ignoring any protestations, as carefully as he could Isaiah carried her to the couch- a couch that, a very long time ago it seemed, a boy named Gabriel-Wei and a girl named Yanmei sat down on, to watch movies…-
[09:19] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm here to listen."]
[09:23] <Yanmei> The move startled her and she gripped the back of his shirt tightly until they reached the couch. It had been about ten years since he'd tried to do something like that after all. No… not ten years. In her mind, ten years. -
[09:25] <Yanmei> "Listen?" She seemed to think it over. A lot could go wrong. She could weird herself out, or could say the wrong things. NERV was listening, wasn't it? Not just NERV… "You won't like some parts," she said quietly.
[09:31] <AdEvaGM> [He was still holding her, so that she was laying across his lap. He began to gently massage her feet. "It's alright. Tell me what you feel like, ok?"]
[09:34] <Yanmei> "What I feel…" She considered it for a long, long time, eyes shut. "We were married. Elizabeth was there. She turned into such a beautiful young woman…"
[09:35] * Rynol is now known as Rynol|AFK
[09:36] <AdEvaGM> ["With a mother like you, how could she not?" Another hand was fondly stroking her fringe.]
[09:39] * Yanmei managed a small smile. "She looked like Isabelle. We gave her everything. She was a little bratty, but she grew out of it. No… not bratty. She wanted attention. She was struggling." Her smile was gone by now. "We left her alone a lot. I tried not to! I really did." -
[09:40] <Yanmei> This was… the wrong way to start things off. She stopped to make sure she was keeping a grip on herself.
[09:41] <AdEvaGM> ["You tried, right? That's a good start…"]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "It wasn't good enough." She rubbed her forehead. "We worked through it, though. She grew up, and was going to marry Asuka's son. I was going to fight her off so that the couple could plan the wedding in peace. Instead, I died."
[09:45] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah didn't know how to respond to that. He remained silent, still just gently massaging, trying to keep her calm, relaxed…]
[09:51] * Yanmei switched gears. She could tell that she'd said something troubling. "You were a doctor. A really good one. People kept dragging you overseas to make analyses and to help patients."
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> ["And away from my family? I see…" He gave her a smile.]
[09:53] <Yanmei> "I ended up being a diplomat, so I had to work long hours and travel too. I cut my ties to NERV early on, but… never completely, I guess?"
[09:56] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded gently. "I see. So we both had to travel, huh?"]
[09:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah. There was no one to stay with her. Rei, she died pretty young. All of the Ayanamis did. Marianne was too busy. Always busy… Everyone else had their own lives elsewhere."
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["R-Rei died young…?"]
[10:02] <Yanmei> "By design. They'd only created her and her sisters to live for a few years. But!" She patted Isaiah on the hand. "It turns out that has no basis in reality. So don't worry."
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> ["That's good." He said.-
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> ["But, y-you said there was no one with Lizzie? No… Sisters or brothers?"]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "I couldn't bear any kids, Isaiah." She said it calmly, matter-of-factly. "Other options didn't work out either. It was just the three of us."
[10:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry." He said, gently. He began to massage her injured calf- what had once been her injured calf, at least. The synthetic muscles made sure they didn't ache or flare in agony, but it was still sensitive. "… That… I know that must've been hard to live through."]
[10:10] <Yanmei> "It hurt," Yanmei admitted. "But I couldn't change it. It was okay, though? Elizabeth was wonderful. You were wonderful too."
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh." He smiled, ran a hand through her hair. "I bet you were wonderful too."-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Even without children, just you and Elizabeth would be enough to make me happy forever."]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Heh." Yanmei gave him a kiss. "I'm glad. You're such the sweetest guy…"
[10:14] <AdEvaGM> [He returned it with enthusiasm. "Thanks, sweetheart."-
[10:24] <AdEvaGM> ["… If it turns out that you are able to have kids, though…"]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "Only one or two," she reminded him with a little smirk.
[10:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. Of course."]
[10:31] <Yanmei> "So. We had okay jobs, raised a baby, and did pretty well for ourselves overall. What else did you want to know about?"
[10:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Anything you want to tell me."]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "There was a war. But… that came later, after I'd died."
[10:37] <AdEvaGM> ["H-How…?"]
[10:40] * Rynol|AFK is now known as Rynol
[10:41] <Yanmei> "Can't say. But the entire world was involved, and a lot of other people died."
[10:43] <AdEvaGM> ["… I see."]
[10:44] <Yanmei> "Most of our closest allies and friends and co-workers."
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Me?"]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "Yes," she said miserably.
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry…"]
[10:48] * Yanmei shook her head. "You shouldn't be apologizing. I'd already left you behind by then, so…"
[10:48] <AdEvaGM> ["No." He kissed her hand. "I… I wish I could've come with you. Even if it was suffering, and it hurt, I- I wish I could've been there in person to help you and support you."]
[10:52] <Yanmei> "But you were! In a way."
[10:53] <AdEvaGM> ["I know." He closed his eyes. "… The best I can do is be with you here."]
[10:55] <Yanmei> "I don't know about you, but I'm happy with that." She grinned. "It was a surprise? You and Rei both, huh? Is the Boston branch going to be okay?"
[10:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. Rei is going back tomorrow- she just has to check in with Doctor Ikari before she goes. I'll be here for a little while longer, though. Is it ok if I stay here?"]
[10:59] <Yanmei> "You have to ask?" Yanmei beamed at him. "It's been too quiet. Everyone's gone right now."
[11:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Anything you want me to do?"]
[11:06] <Yanmei> "You're already doing it." She leaned against him. "Let's just… you know. Be here together."
[11:07] <AdEvaGM> ["I can do that." He smiled, cradling her closer.-
[11:11] <AdEvaGM> ["We should invite Rei over for dinner. She wants to see you. I think she actually wants to do more than that."]
[11:12] <Yanmei> "Let's do that, then." She muttered, relaxing. "Anyone else?"
[11:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. How long have you been up?"]
[11:17] <Yanmei> "Not too long. An hour? Hour and a half?"
[11:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Were you going out somewhere? Or…"]
[11:20] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Was gonna pay a visit to someone. We could go together… or we could bail and get groceries for tonight. I can make it up later."
[11:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm. But we have plenty of time- we shouldn't rush things, and the flight over was long… A boy can get kind of worn out."]
[11:29] <Yanmei> "You don't -seem- too worn out," she teased. She gently caught his collar and moved in for some more kisses.
[11:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm~" He lifted her up again. "Well, I guess when you put it like that…"-
[11:33] <AdEvaGM> [And he carried her off again, this time, towards her own bedroom, where time would no doubt pass.]

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