Isaiah S Progress

[00:10] <CakeyCake> It was no good trying to shake Isha. Yanmei assumed that he knew this compound far better than she did, and that there were other eyes and ears around to compensate if she did somehow manage to do it. -
[00:14] <CakeyCake> And that was ultimately the problem with this place. There were no safe corners to duck behind, no private rooms or communications. Always they were being monitored. She couldn't prove it, but it was something she knew in her heart. She also knew who to blame for it. -
[00:17] <CakeyCake> Today, when she emerged from her session with Isaiah, she expected to see the Junior Magistrate waiting just outside the hospital room as always.
[00:24] <Minaplo> [And so he was, his uniform immaculate, his hands behind his back. He smiled. "How is he doing today?"]
[00:30] <CakeyCake> "They say it happened again? Some more brain activity." Yanmei smiled back at him as they set off together. Her pace was slow, oddly deliberate. "They say he's improving quickly, but the speed is relative. He's still a long way from waking up."
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["That's good to hear. What of yourself? You look exhausted."]
[00:38] <CakeyCake> "Heh, I'm fine, I'm fine. I'm more worried about you? It must be boring waiting around for me like this everyday."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Hardly. It's my duty to watch after you."]
[00:44] <CakeyCake> "Hmmm," she eyed him with a small skeptical smirk. "Duties can be boring, though? Ah. Do you mind if we take a quick detour before leaving?"
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Not at all."]
[00:50] <CakeyCake> And so they turned down the hallway in the intensive care ward, heading to where Sophia Simonides' room was. Yanmei quickened her pace a bit, making shorter businesslike strides.
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Ah, visiting the Simonides today?"]
[00:57] <CakeyCake> "That's right~ I heard Sophia was doing a little better too." -
[01:01] <CakeyCake> It wasn't long before they were there, in front of the observation window as last time. Was Elene about?
[01:02] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[01:03] <Minaplo> [She was, sitting at Sophia's side. Sophia actually looked like she was awake!]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Hey, look! See?" Yanmei waved through the glass to get their attention.
[01:13] <Minaplo> [Sophia said something, and Elene looked about. She grinned and came over to the door, unlocking it. "Hey! I wasn't expecting you today."]
[01:17] <Yanmei> "Heh, surprise~ Are you two doing okay? I was hoping to talk for a bit."
[01:20] <Minaplo> [Elena nodded enthusiastically. "Alright! Come in, come in…"]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "Hi Sophia. You're looking a lot better." Yanmei stepped inside, going for the bedside herself. She politely left the chair for Elena to take. "They'll probably release you in no time?"
[01:24] <Minaplo> [Isha waited outside.-
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Hey, Yanmei." Said Sophia. She smiled, but she looked pale and worn. "I doubt it. It hurts to move. To eat, even. I need to drink a weird sort of biogel every day."]
[01:28] <Yanmei> "Aw, I see." Yanmei shot her a sympathetic look. "It probably doesn't taste too great either."
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["I've tasted better, yes. But how're you? Elene said… Isaiah was a bit hurt."]
[01:30] <Yanmei> "A bit, huh?" She gave the other twin a wry smile. "He still is, yes. It's actually what I wanted to talk to you guys about…"
[01:31] <Minaplo> [Elene sat down. "Talk to us about?"]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "He's, well, ever since they brought him in, they've been unsure about whether or not he'll wake up. Or, if he does, whether or not his brain will function properly."
[01:38] <Minaplo> [Sophia winced. "Oh Yanmei. I'm so sorry…"]
[01:41] * Yanmei cleared her throat. Full speed ahead. If she drifted to the side, she might crash. "It's… actually been some time since I've been able to feel him properly? Through the Libido Effect, that is." -
[01:43] <Yanmei> "But. But! They say that whatever it is I'm doing on my end is stimulating him? Helping him along? The doctors haven't really studied it in detail much. They just know he's showing improvement faster than he should."
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["Really?" Asked Sophia in surprise.-
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["Well, the Libido Effect can sometimes transfer hurts. But I didn't think you could -heal- with it." Said Elene.]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "Neither did I. But no one sees what else it could be? If it is true, I'd like to do something that would give the process a little push?"
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["Like what?" Asked Sophia.]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "I'm still working it out. I'm wondering… if the Evas could assist us with it somehow. But I don't exactly have access to them freely, especially not for experimentation."
[03:04] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[03:04] <Minaplo> [Elene and Sophia looked at each other, then back to Yanmei.-
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["How could the Evas help?" Asked Elene, baffled.]
[03:14] <Yanmei> "To an extent, synching with an Eva isn't that different from reaching out to someone through the Libido Effect. If we tried to synch him with 08 directly, what would happen? Or, probably more safely than moving him, we could try to simulate something like sychronization through the Libido Effect."
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["But doesn't he synch with 08 all the time?" Asked Elene. Sophia, however, seemed thoughtful.]
[03:19] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Which would mean that I would have to try synching with it myself? And then either drawing him into the resulting synch in real time with the Libido Effect, or drawing on the memories of the resulting feelings from it to jar him."
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["I… Don't get it." Said Elene.-
[03:22] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm." Sophia rubbed her chin. "I think I get it. Kind of. E-Types like myself or Isaiah can sometimes end up permanently synchronized, I think is the official term, with an Evangelion or something like that. It's kind of tricky to set up, though… So I think I can see why you'd need to get in there."]
[03:25] * Yanmei nodded, looking a little relieved. "So you get it, huh? But the biggest issue is, without a doubt, authorization."
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["You're kind of… On charge, yeah." Said Sophia. "They won't let you near a dangerous weapon like an Eva unit, let alone in one."]
[03:31] <Yanmei> "On the other hand, the health of another pilot is at risk. If I deal with the right people they -might- make an exception, especially considering my abysmal synch rate with 08."
[03:32] <Yanmei> ^ratio
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["Hmmmmm." Sophia didn't look convinced. "Even if…-"-
[03:42] <Minaplo> [She coughed, painfully, covering her mouth with a handkerchief. It came back bloody. "Even if that's true, they might be erring on the side of caution. It'll take more than logic…"]
[03:49] <Yanmei> "Ah…" Yanmei eyed her nervously. "Take a breather, ok? If they consider me a threat, then I'll simply have to prove that I'm not."
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["How're you gonna do that?" Asked Elene.]
[14:00] <Yanmei> "Getting reputable people to vouch for me, getting to know the higher up around here, offering insurance…" She frowned at the last one. As if they didn't already have that. "Or, logically disputing the charges and getting them thrown out."
[14:07] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, that'll totally work." Said Elene dryly.]
[14:09] <Yanmei> "What? It's not like they'll let me leave either way? So what do they care… …" She stopped, confused.
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei? What's wrong?" Asked Sophia.]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Huh?" she blinked at her, and broke into a faint grin. "Heh. Sorry. But like I was saying, it's not like you guys have any better ideas?"
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["Actually…"]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "Hmm?"
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["It's not a -better- idea, but it's an idea." Said Sophia. "You could force or trick your way in."]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "Trap," she said promptly. "They're just waiting for me to do something like that so they have an excuse to punish me further."
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Not necessarily." Said Sophia. "Not with the trickery I have in mind."]
[14:20] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[14:23] <Minaplo> ["Elene, you'd need to hop into EVA-07 on one of the usual synch tests." Said Sophia. "And then… Make Her angry."]
[14:27] <Yanmei> "Um…" Her eyes darted between them warily. This sounded like a Very Bad Idea already.
[14:27] <Minaplo> [Elene looked pretty uncertain herself. She actually shuddered.-
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["EVA-11, 04 and 16 are still in repair." Said Sophia. "EVA-08 is probably already regenerating, though. If we do it this week, they'll be -forced- to send 08 up, and Yanmei's the only one who can do it. They won't care that her synch is awful, if she can synch, she can get it to berserk."]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Um…" The idea of experiencing one of 08's berserking episodes in full-force… "Won't that put the entire facility at risk? And… that still leaves them with 01, 21, possibly 03 and any E-Destroyers they have on hand. They might just take their chances before attempting anything with 08."
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["03 was beheaded, and 01 took a fair bit of damage too, not to mention the only person who can pilot it is De Pteres." Said Sophia. "They might throw you, de Pteres and Weiss at it, and a bunch of E-Destroyers, but they won't send the Deses in without Eva support. That might fly for a unit like 03, but 07 is…"-
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Scary." Said Elene.]
[14:43] <Yanmei> "Yes, I recall. I also recall that it once destroyed a pilot during one of its berserks? Just ask Isabelle Bellamy."
[14:45] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, that's true." Said Elene, frowning.-
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["It won't do that much damage." Said Sophia. "EVA-08 will sort it out in no time." She reached over and grabbed Yanmei's hand. "Look, I'm not saying we need to do this, it's just an idea for you to look into if the others fall through."]
[14:50] * Yanmei gazed down at her hand. "Yeah, maybe. Let me think about it? We don't have much time until the next test, but…"
[14:51] <Minaplo> ["Just do your best." Said Sophia.]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Don't I always?" She flashed a grin and patted Sophia on the hand before gently pulling away. "I guess I'd better snag Lizzie from her babysitter and take a nap or something. Why don't I bring her by tomorrow? She'll be happy to see that you're doing better."
[14:55] <Minaplo> ["Aw. That'd be lovely."]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Elene will have to keep her from recklessly jumping on you with hugs," she chuckled, moving for the door. "See you guys later!"
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Seeya, Yanmei!" "Bye, hon!"]
[15:00] <Yanmei> She offered Isha a smile once she was outside. "Ready to go?"
[15:00] <Minaplo> ["Always. How are the twins?"]
[15:02] <Yanmei> "Cheerful. Elene looks so relieved and happy. Sophia is still pretty bad off, but at least she can talk and move a little now." She led the way. "We're letting Lizzie come by to play with them tomorrow. She really does adore them."
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["The twins are energetic and affectionate, and they adore the little girl."]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "They do. Plus it'll give William a break from babysitting duty. Oh. I was also thinking of inviting someone over for dinner later. Maybe after I rest up or something?"
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["Oh really?"]
[15:07] <Yanmei> "Isabelle Bellamy. Have you two met before?"
[15:08] <Minaplo> ["I know -of- Bellamy…" He says slowly. "I admit I haven't met her, no."]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "She's Lizzie's real mother. A real character…" she sighed quietly.
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["I have heard stories."]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Oh? Such as…?"
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["I shouldn't say anything. It would be rude to gossip…"]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "I-it's not gossip, exactly. It's more like swapping intel?"
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Hm…" He eyed her, but he smiled, the corners of his eyes crinkling in a way that reminded her of her kindly old uncle.-
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["They say…" He began conspiratorily, "That she can learn a man's deepest secrets just by glancing at him, and that she wears a veil because any who look directly into her eyes are killed on the spot."]
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Well, they're half right? Can you guess which half~?"
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["… I was actually betting on it all being wild rumour and superstition."]
[15:37] * Yanmei laughed. It was a ringing, genuine sound, however fleeting. "You'll see it for yourself. She's really good at reading people. Their motivations and everything."
[15:37] <Minaplo> ["I see." He shot her a nervous look. "Are you suspicious of me?"]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "Ah?" She blinked. "Why do you ask that?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Well, you're inviting Bellamy to dinner… I mean, she must be inclined to trust you. It seems to me like a good chance for you to find out what makes me tick, as the saying goes."]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "Actually, I don't know if she thinks much of me at all. She used to, I guess, but things have changed a lot between us." A thoughtful, quiet expression crossed her face. "I just wanted Elizabeth to start getting a little more comfortable with her while we're here."
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["Ah, of course." Said Isha, nodding slowly.-
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["… Forgive me, but there is something I must ask."]
[15:51] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["You are very close to little Elizabeth." Said Isha. "You love her very much, yes?"]
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Of course."
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["But there is Isabelle, who must love her as well."]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "Yeah, she does. Very very much."
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Elizabeth is currently in your care, and I know parting with her would give you terrible pain. If Isabelle were to want her back, what would you do?"]
[16:07] <Yanmei> "I… that's been something of an ongoing issue." She was a little quieter now. "I don't really know how to answer that anymore."
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["If ELizabeth were able to choose, who would she choose?"]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "She's frightened of Isabelle. She would probably want to come with me."
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["What do you think about that?"]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "It makes me very happy, and very sad at the same time. A little kid should be with her mom, but I feel like she's my own."
[16:18] <Minaplo> ["It is a sad world when a child is separated from her parents. But it is made less so when someone else can be there for that child." Said Isha sagely. "Don't forget that."]
[16:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei lapsed into a smile. It was actually a really nice thought. "Heh. Yeah, I guess I shouldn't worry so much."
[16:31] <Minaplo> ["Your spirits seem much lighter now. You are laughing and smiling. That is good!"]
[16:33] <Yanmei> "Things don't seem quite as bleak as they did before. Not that they're really good, but… you know what I mean."
[16:34] <Minaplo> ["Any light in the dark is a welcome light indeed."]
[16:36] <Yanmei> "Something like that."
[16:38] <Minaplo> [The trip to William's seemed much shorter and lighter than usual. Then again, this was some days after the great crush of injured, so the corridors were much quieter.]
[16:40] * Yanmei knocked lightly once they were there. "William? We're back!"
[16:41] <Minaplo> [No response.-
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["Door's unlocked." Said Isha with surprise.]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei grabbed the knob and pushed it open. "William? Lizzie?!"
[16:42] <Minaplo> [Isha reached for his pistol, holding it up as he entered.-
[16:43] <Minaplo> [William and Lizzie were lying on the ground.-
[16:43] <Minaplo> [They'd pulled a mattress out from somewhere and made a little bed for themselves in front of the television. William was sound asleep, wrapped up in blankets, Lizzie just as deeply asleep, clinging to his side.-
[16:44] <Minaplo> [The television had been playing some animated DVD and had switched to the menu.]
[16:48] * Yanmei exhaled… and then cleared her throat, glancing at Isha out of the corner of her eye. Of course she had known that they were okay the entire time… "I feel almost bad for waking them?" She crept a little closer to the mattress.
[16:55] <Minaplo> [Isha returned his pistol to its holster, entering in after. "They do seem very peaceful."]
[16:57] * Yanmei started with William first, gently shaking his shoulder. "Hey. Hey…"
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["Nggh. Lemme sleep…"]
[17:09] <Yanmei> "C'mon." She pinched his cheek impatiently. "Is that any way to greet me?"
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["Ow!" He opened his eyes blearily. "M'sleepy. Y'rough, jerk."]
[17:13] <Yanmei> "Lucky you, getting the chance to nap so peacefully. I'm totally jealous?"
[17:21] <Minaplo> ["You should be. Was having such a nice dream…"]
[17:23] <Yanmei> "Oh, don't be such a baby. You can get back to it in a second." She went to Lizzie next, nudging her gently. "Come on, time to go, sweetie."
[17:27] <Minaplo> ["Uuuuu…"]
[17:28] * Yanmei picked her up, letting the blanket fall gently aside. "Anyway, thanks for watching her, William."
[17:29] <Minaplo> [Lizzie sleepily laid her head on Yanmei's shoulder. "Uuu… maamaa… hug fino…"-
[17:29] <Minaplo> ["N'problem." He mumbled. "S'good girl."]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "I'll let you get back to it, like I said." She started to move for the door and then stopped. "Oh. You should be careful about leaving the door unlocked? You never know who'll sneak in."
[17:32] <Minaplo> ["Bandit."]
[17:35] * Yanmei snorted. She shifted Lizzie's weight around and resumed her walk to the door. "Sweet dreams. I'll see you around."
[17:36] <Minaplo> ["Night."]

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