Kaji S Story

[14:45] <Minaplo> [Kaji Ryoji was minding his own business. He wasn't needed to be anywhere right now, and in fact, considering that this was a rather significant change in to his overal situation, he was quite happy to just mind his own business. He could -mill about-. He could -relax-. He could eat lunch -whenever he wanted.-
[14:45] <Minaplo> [The fact that Kaji's thought patterns here seemed to match that of a teenager who's been given the house to himself for the weekend says much about Kaji.-
[14:49] <Minaplo> [Nevertheless, there he was, ambling down a hallway, whistling tunelessly, his hands in his pockets, wearing a dark grey shirt with the top button undone and a pair of black trousers.]
[14:57] <Yanmei> Tucked away out of sight around a corner in his wake, a completely unassuming and unsuspicious crew member in NERV standard coveralls and matching tan cap cap was listening to his footsteps. -
[15:00] <Yanmei> She waited until she was certain that there was enough distance between them - before the footsteps had faded completely, of course - and then she peeked out to see where he would go next.
[15:05] <Minaplo> [He was heading towards the cafeteria…!]
[15:10] <Yanmei> The unassuming worker scowled. The cafeteria? A crowded place. Was he meeting someone? Slipping written messages out to his contacts between slices of bread, lettuce and deli meat? What was he really up to? More importantly, who was he really working for this time? -
[15:13] <Yanmei> She pursed her lips together in a gravely determined look and quietly stepped after him. Time to find out! Surely, she would have no problem blending in with the rest of the hungry staff!
[15:16] <Minaplo> [And it was rather crowded right now. Kaji wandered up to the line for the counter, where he started chatting with a woman before him in the line- but Yanmei was too far away to hear…]
[15:22] <Yanmei> "!" Just her luck. He was already establishing contact with someone. An underling? A girlfriend? It was too risky to just walk up behind them directly. She would just have to wait until they were seated. If she grabbed a table near them, she could eavesdrop as much as she wanted. -
[15:23] <Yanmei> But wait. Wouldn't she have to eat something too? Otherwise, it would look weird. "Hrm." She went for the drink dispenser. One coke, two cokes, three… it would take her a while to finish all of these. Cover solved!
[15:30] <Minaplo> [Kaji was looking sly, but also desperate as he talked to the woman. She was cute. Had medium-length straight red hair, immaculately kept. She was looking at Kaji with a sort of casual contempt.-
[15:30] <Minaplo> [He said something and grinned, and she laughed, rolling her eyes and looking away. Kaji scratched the back of his neck awkwardly.]
[15:36] <Yanmei> The unassuming worker rolled her own eyes, grabbing a straw and casually taking a sip of one of her many drinks. The rest of them were stacked next to the drink dispenser still… it took her a minute to locate a plastic tray that she could use to carry all of them, and when that was done, she resumed her vigil. "Quit with the flirting, and just sit down already," she muttered under her breath.
[15:41] <Minaplo> [He shrugged theatrically, a smile on his face as the woman reached the counter and grabbed a meal. Kaji took her place, ordering -something- from the woman on counter… Or perhaps it wasn't an order, as the server also rolled her eyes and retreated into the back of the kitchen, returning five minutes later with a plate of Eva chicken tenders, a handful of fries and a salad.]
[15:44] <Yanmei> Was he… going to do that with everyone? The unassuming worker's eyebrow twitched slightly in annoyance.
[15:48] <Minaplo> [He took the tray and looked around for a spare table.-
[15:49] <Minaplo> [… Yanmei would realise suddenly that the only table that had less than two people at it was her own.]
[15:51] <Yanmei> "…!?" Oh shit! The unassuming worker, who was certainly not Yanmei, pulled her cap down further over her eyes and tried to act naturally. Maybe he wouldn't actually see her…
[15:58] <Minaplo> [… But then, wouldn't that make her table look -empty-?-
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Mind if I sit here, missy?" He asks, a playful grin on his face.]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "Oh. Um. Sure?" He didn't recognize her? Well, of course he wouldn't? This disguise was top notch, after all~
[16:04] <Minaplo> [He sat down. "You expecting company, missy?"]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Not especially? Oh wait. My boyfriend, maybe?"
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["… Funny. How'd you get about the restriction on recruiting couples?" Said Kaji, giving her a flat stare.]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "Huh? There's a restriction like that?!" She looked up in surprise… and then promptly cursed herself.
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Nope." Said Kaji with a grin. "No restriction at all. Hello, Miss Beijing Accent."]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "Kaji!" Surprise flashed across her face, turning into a warm grin. "Hey, small world? I didn't realize you were taking your break around this time too."
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["Really? I could've sworn you were following me around."]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "…" She pointed at his lunch tray. "So how are the chicken fingers around here? I've never tried them myself," she said desperately.
[16:43] <Minaplo> ["Oh, they're pretty good." He held one out to her. "Take my tender."]
[16:46] <Yanmei> "Thanks. I owe you?" She reached out and took it. "Help yourself to a drink if you want?"
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["Will do." He took one.-
[16:47] <Minaplo> ["So why were you following me? Have you suddenly become my fangirl? Could it be you're sick of teenage boys…?"]
[16:51] <Yanmei> "Not likely?" Her voice became more muttery now. "You wouldn't tell me anything before? So I decided to take some initiative."
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["Whoa, hold on. I was perfectly happy to tell you things before. Just, you know. Not in front of little Lizzie." He grinned and made a pat-pat motion in the air.]
[17:00] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah? Then you're saying that you'll tell me everything now that it's just the two of us? And that I can completely and utterly trust you?"
[17:03] <Minaplo> ["I'll tell you as much as I can." He said happily, grabbing a fry and eating it. "You -should- trust me. But you might not. Who knows how the mind of a woman works…?"]
[17:06] <Yanmei> "With all the women you've tried to chat up just this morning, I'm surprised you don't have any insight into it yourself yet."
[17:08] <Minaplo> ["Well, you would notice… I'm still alone."]
[17:15] <Yanmei> "Well, I guess that's true?" She took a long pull from her soda. "So what are you up to these days?"
[17:15] <Minaplo> ["Fun stuff. We should talk about it somewhere else though."]
[17:18] <Yanmei> "Right, right. Lead the way?"
[17:23] <Minaplo> [Kaji sweeps his food into the box given to him for the tenders, and gets to his feet. In one hand he has his lunch, the other he holds the can of soda, and now he's gulping it down.-
[17:24] <Minaplo> [He leads her out into the hallway. "Let's go to Hyuga's apartment."]
[17:24] <Yanmei> "W-what?!" Yanmei was trailing behind with an armful of more soda cans. "Isn't that, like, the last place we should go?"
[17:25] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
[17:28] <Yanmei> "Because he's in charge of running this base?" she dropped her voice to a low hiss. "Someone breaking into his place is a big deal. Besides, if he's smart he would have boobytrapped to keep unauthorized people out."
[17:33] <Minaplo> ["It's not breaking in if I have the key."]
[17:36] <Yanmei> "Did he actually give it to you?"
[17:40] <Minaplo> ["He did, actually, yes." Said Kaji, his tone hurt. "He wanted me to drop some groceries in, you see."]
[17:45] <Yanmei> "Uh huh. Sure he did."
[17:46] <Minaplo> ["Besides, if there's one place in the whole base that's gonna be bug-proof…"]
[17:47] <Yanmei> "Well, I guess you have a point with that?"
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["That's right! Leave it to Uncle Kaji." Said Kaji with a laugh before heading off.]
[23:33] * Yanmei scoffed, but she followed along easily, forbodings or not. A glimmer of nostalgia hit her, bizarrely, for a time when they were both older and more polished in their respectives specialties.
[23:37] <Minaplo> [Before long they arrived in another residential hallway… Hyuga's apartment wasn't some special office at the top of a pyramid in this case. Which was appreciated.-
[23:37] <Minaplo> [Kaji produced the key, and opened the door. He walked very quietly, Yanmei would realise.-
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["Here we go. Hyuga's home sweet home."-
[23:45] <Minaplo> [It was… Comfortable, was the word, and a little eclectic. Hyuga wasn't the sort of person to be overly obsessed with fashion or style, but he knew someone who was, and presumably had been the recipient of gifts. Take the light blue couch for example. It was a sure thing it wouldn't have ahd those lovely dark blue and white cushions on it if it were just up to Hyuga.-
[23:46] <Minaplo> [It was a clean place, at least. And it had other little touches. Yanmei would spy a picture frame on a shelf, the picture within of Hyuga and the rest of the Tokyo-2 bridge staff- Misato she recognised.-
[23:49] <Minaplo> [There was a photograph of him and Chiisana as well at what looked like some sort of park, Chiisana looking radiantly happy.]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei honed in on the second picture with a sort of subdued malicious glee, and then glanced at the couch again with new eyes. "Surprisingly elegant~"
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["Hm? … What's with that look in your eyes?"]
Session Time: Mon Jun 10 00:00:00 2013
[00:03] <Yanmei> "Why, I can't imagine what you mean," she said smoothly, and sat down on the couch in question.
[00:06] <Minaplo> [Kaji settled himself into a plush chintz armchair, popping an EVA-04 shaped tender into his mouth.-
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["So I hear you've been up to a lot."]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Something like that." She hesitated. "Nagisa died a while back, and Riel was in the hospital for a long time. I had to handle things on my own for weeks, which is no big deal? But." She grit her teeth, reddening ever so slightly. "I guess Caine must've seen through me at some point?"
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["She never trusted you to start with." Said Kaji. "That woman… She's always looking for treachery. You can't really -betray- Caine, only verify her suspicions." He let out a sigh. "She's a real pain…"-
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["But I've managed to update myself on all your little adventures. The mafia… Your Synfront experience…"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "Oh, that stuff. Kinda cool, right?"
[00:23] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, it's pretty cool." He said, grinning.]
[00:25] * Yanmei looked rather satisfied with that response, resting back against the couch's soft cushions. "She questioned me about the Geofront in particular."
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Like the Dirac Sea that washed over it and how we got rid of it. Did you update yourself on that too?"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "She wanted to know about the sword replica that found its way into my possession afterward. Where do you suppose her interest in that might come from? I have my own guesses, but if I could get a level-headed second opinion on it…"
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["Any object like that is likely to garner interest. It came from an Angel-thing, and from Excalibur no less…"]
[00:49] * Yanmei nodded somberly. "They've had all the time in the world to study Excalibur itself. And now, suddenly, it's doing weird stuff like handing out freebies to its enemies. It does seem pretty suspect? It's been bothering me ever since I had the breathing space to think about it properly."
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["That it gave you the replica?"]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Yeah. What could it be thinking? Does it even think at all? It's seriously irritating? Especially with Caine's sudden interest in what happened."
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[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Well… You don't know about Ezekiel, do you?"]
[00:57] <Yanmei> "What? No. What's that? Another Angel?"
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Not quite. He's like… He's this guy who showed up at the Geofront, but he's not actually human. He's an Angelspawn of some kind. Intelligent and sentient, it looks like at least. He said he was an emissary of an Angel called the 'Warmaster'."]
[01:01] * Yanmei …held her tongue, burying her alarm at hearing that name. "I don't get it? An emissary?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Apparently the Warmaster has some… Code or something that means it has to send an emissary to tell its enemies that it is coming, what it can do, and any requests… Like surrender or evacuation."]
[01:09] <Yanmei> "W-what has the response been?"
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["Cautious but accepting. He's been permitted onto the Battleship under heavy watch. But I imagine that if this guy can 'think', Excalibur can too."]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Maybe…" But they were a little different, weren't they? She thought of Mina again… "Have you met this emissary personally?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["I haven't. I've had to sort of be careful where I step…"]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Oh. Then, where have you been stepping instead?"
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[01:28] <Minaplo> ["A lot of dangerous places." Said Kaji. "I've been trying to figure out what Caine's up to, but since that isn't panning out so well I've been trying to figure out info about her military forces. Schematics, weapon designs, numbers…"]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "For Vercingetorix? Or someone else?"
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["What if I said it was for you, my Yangtze rose~?"]
[01:49] <Yanmei> "Then I'd have to ask you to stop bluffing?" she smirked. -
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Look. Just answer me one thing. Whoever you're really working for isn't Caine, right? And they're not planning on doing anything to me or any of the other pilots?"
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["I'm not working for Caine, no. I guess if I had to put it down to one thing, I'm working for Vercingetorix, your Colonel, Linden, Mazarin… Oh, and Misato."]
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["That's really like five things, huh?"]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah. No wonder you've been busy!"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…" He leaned back in his chair tiredly. "It's hard work, being Kaji Ryoji."]
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Mm." She pretended to study the photos on the desk behind him. "Can I ask you for another secret?"
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Of course."]
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Why work so hard? Like…" still not looking at him directly, she let her gaze slide around the room sheepishly, "what's your stake in all this?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["I don't want Caine to win."]
[02:09] <Yanmei> She focused on him again, neither in surprise nor overt curiosity, trying to read his expression.
[02:10] <Minaplo> [His expression was plain and open. "What?"]
[02:11] <Yanmei> "Nothing. I had a feeling it would be something that simple?" She grinned at him. "Thanks for the frankness. It's been a little hard knowing who to trust lately?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Ahh… Well, I can probably point you in the right direction there…"]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Anyone you're suspicious about?"]
[02:31] <Yanmei> "Heh. It'd be easier to name the people I'm -not- suspicious of at this rate?"
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Marianne?"]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "I trust her. Linden, Misato and Mazarin too… and my mother."
[02:39] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly. "They're good people to trust. They'll look out for you."]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "So if I follow their lead for now, it should be okay," she said quietly.
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."-
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["… That makes it sound like you aren't happy about following their lead, though."]
[02:46] <Yanmei> She blinked in surprise. "Does it? Heh heh… that's not the impression I intended to give…"
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["'Follow their lead for now'… Do you intend to ditch them later, then?" Said Kaji firmly.]
[02:55] <Yanmei> "Eh? It's… more like the opposite, don't you think?" She ran an absent hand through her hair and frowned. "Think about what just happened. I don't mistrust them? But I can't expect them to shield me from everything either."
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["But look on the flipside, though. They need your help."]
[02:58] <Yanmei> "My help? Against Caine, you mean…"
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["That's right."]
[03:02] <Yanmei> "Of course I'd help them," she said firmly. "I can't fend her off by myself either. All for one and one for all?"
[03:03] <Minaplo> ["Good. Because they need your help as well. I've seen some really bad warning signs…"]
[03:03] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?" Her eyes narrowed slightly. "What signs?"
[03:07] <Minaplo> ["Well, I did say I've been gathering data on her army, right?"]
[03:08] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "They're starting to mobilize?"
[03:10] <Minaplo> ["More than that. I… Managed to use my abilities to sniff out some special projects. I nearly died about ten times doing it… I even got shot at." He let out a put-upon sigh.-
[03:11] <Minaplo> ["She's really going all out here. In the Synfront, did you ever… Run into invisible soldiers?"]
[03:12] <Yanmei> "Did I ever…" She turned to a full blown scowl at that. "One of those bastards nearly broke my arm."
[03:18] <Minaplo> ["As far as I can tell, they're Caine's elite. Not that I got much info on it." He said, clearly bothered. "I found out about them after I stole some data on something called the Solomon Project."-
[03:19] <Minaplo> ["I'm just driving along, minding my own business, when suddenly this- ghost soldier- appears in the back of my jeep and grabs me around the throat!"]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "W-what the hell?!" She leaned forward. "What did you do?"
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["Er, w-well… It turns out I was actually -also- being followed by rogue Iron Guard…"-
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["I-It's not that I'm -bad- at escaping! It was just luck, ok?"]
[03:22] * Yanmei whistled. "Wow. Did you get mobbed by black cats before you went on this mission or something?"
[03:23] <Minaplo> ["Now that you mention it…"-
[03:24] <Minaplo> ["In any case, the ghost must've sensed something before it happened, because she jumped off- and then a missile nearly hit the car and blew it onto its side, sending me flying across the road. Broke a few ribs…"]
[03:26] * Yanmei hissed. She glanced down at his torso. "You're all right now, aren't you…?"
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["I'm ok now. Once the Iron Guard got involved, well…"-
[03:30] <Minaplo> ["It looked like the ghosts had some sort of stealth tank that just appeared out of nowhere, and then all hell broke loose. Five Guards against… Ten or more of these ghosts."]
[03:34] <Yanmei> They had tanks too… That almost caused a second pained hiss. "How did you get out of there? Did you see who won?"
[03:38] <Minaplo> ["I, er… I escaped on foot. I only had to go a few more miles until my rendezvous. As for who won…"-
[03:39] <Minaplo> ["It was inconclusive. I can tell you this much: the weapons the ghosts had fired a lot of small sharp discs. Sliced through Iron Guard armour almost without stopping. Still took a lot of shots to down a Guard, though."-
[03:40] <Minaplo> ["On the other hand, the Guard had trouble hitting those ghosts. They moved astonishingly fast, although one got hit with a bolter and went down- her body was recovered, though."]
[03:42] <Yanmei> "So they're not invulnerable. But ugh. If they're giving Guards a hard time, we're in serious trouble here?"
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[03:46] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, this is bad news…"-
[03:47] <Minaplo> ["Although, don't think it can't get worse… That Solomon Project data is bad news too."]
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[03:51] * Yanmei steeled herself, shoulders tightening. "Solomon" was another biblical name, so it obviously had something to do with a weapon of mass destruction. "Right, then. Let's hear it?"
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["It's kind of like an Iron Guard program, if you smashed it into the Ayanami Project. With a twist."]
[13:56] <Yanmei> "…what twist?" She outright dreaded asking now. Red flags were waving higher. Ayanamis with cores…
[14:39] <Minaplo> ["Apart from having the abilities of an Iron Guard but only being normal-sized, it looks like they… Er, their bodies are cloned from other people of power. Like… Y'know, like you. Or the Ikaris."]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "So that they could impersonate them in sensative situations?" She was sitting up and away from the pillows now, as if on the verge of rising.
[14:47] <Yanmei> ^sensitive
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, that'd be the first bet."]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Right. Right, right… What else do you have on them?"
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["Some of them have AT Fields." Said Kaji helpfully.]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Yeah, they do." Yanmei sighed, and stood restlessly, folding her arms. "I've seen one of them. You probably have too."
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["Er, yeah, I happened to run into *mrmbl*"]
[15:38] * Yanmei stiffened. "You actually ran into her? That second-rate imposter?"
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["Er… Y-Yes! That's -definitely- who I ran into. Your clone. Yes." He said happily, laughing.]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "And you ran away, right? Because someone as cool as you could never mistake her for me~ Especially when she goes around wearing skanky mid-drift bearing Marketing-inspired outfits."
[15:49] <Minaplo> ["I'd never mistake her for you." Said Kaji fervently. "Not only because *mumble*"]
[15:50] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["*Mumble*"]
[15:53] * Yanmei pouted. "I can't hear, Mr. Kaji! One more time?"
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["I didn't run into your clone!" He said, covering his face with his hands. "I ran into someone completely different!"]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I figured?" She nodded at him, impressed. "You're a better man than James, you know. He would have said something gross just now about midriffs and buried himself deeper?" -
[16:01] <Yanmei> "But who was it?"
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["Uh… Misato."]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "They… made a clone of her too?"
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Does that mean they're going to target the real Misato? Ugh." She rubbed her face. "They could do a lot of damage if they managed to replace her."
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Even worse, some of these people don't have AT Fields, so they can't be detected that way…"]
[16:15] <Yanmei> "And she was one of them?" She raised her eyebrows slightly. "Let me guess. She threw kisses at you instead of laser beams and mind-bending rays~?"
[16:22] <Minaplo> [He gave her a dark look. "Nothing so simple. Remember, if these guys saw me, I'd be in big trouble…"]
[16:26] <Yanmei> "Oh, yeah." She went over to the desk and leaned against it. "So what did happen?"
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["It was after I escaped and met my contact. On the way to the coast, we stopped for the night in a little village. One of the few left in Africa, I guess…"-
[16:30] <Minaplo> [He had a troubled look on his face, but he shook it off and continued. "She showed up and came -this- close to finding me… If I hadn't had to nip out to a copse of trees to do some- business- I'd probably be dead…"]
[16:33] <Yanmei> "Walking around without her face covered or anything…?" The destruction of Africa was its own massive issue. She tried not to dwell on them both at the same time. "That's really creepy."
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["She was chatting up the villagers and everything, in plain sight… She definitely was Misato in figure, at least. I'd know that much. Once it turned out that I wasn't there, -then- she began to look through the trees. Then I basically had to bail."]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Was she by herself?"
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["I think she was. Hard to tell."]
[16:40] * Yanmei nodded somberly. "What should we do? At this rate, they'll infiltrate us easily. And the people they're cloned after won't be all that safe either?"
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["We'll have to be doubly careful. Luckily, I do know that they have one identification weakness…"]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "They do?"
[16:43] <Minaplo> ["I… -Did- notice that the Misato I ran into lacked scars where she should've had them…"]
[16:47] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei resisted the urge to put a hand to her own torso. "Of course… For some reason they didn't bother with that."
[16:55] <Minaplo> ["Well, they're probably just growing the body directly from DNA. They might not know about some of them. I'm gonna need to talk to Marianne about tattoos or something like that…"]
[17:03] <Yanmei> "No choice, I guess," she said quietly. "But if it gets leaked… It'd be like a way to ID every single VIP working against Caine?"
[13:49] <Minaplo> ["That's true, but I have a feeling that'll emerge sooner or later."]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "So you think a giant war is inevitable too, huh?" There was a halfhearted accusation there.
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["So you think it isn't?"]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "I think we should try to avoid one. But I don't see how to do that yet?"
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["But how do we get rid of Caine?"]
[13:55] * Yanmei went quiet, thinking. She drummed her fingers on the edge of the desk.
[13:59] <Minaplo> [And whilst Yanmei was pondering ways to avoid the logical conclusion, a sound cut through her thoughts- the door opened.]
[14:12] <Yanmei> "?!?!?!" Her jaw dropped, and her eyes went bright with sheer panic for a moment. Her options lay endessly spread before her. Dive behind the desk? Open fire? Come up with a lie? -
[14:14] <Yanmei> She… didn't have a firearm now. So she collected herself instead.
[14:15] <Minaplo> [Kaji calmly tossed a tender to her and chewed on another.-
[14:25] <Minaplo> [In came Hyuga, now, giving a big stretch as he came in. He glanced over at them, looked away- and then did a double-take, staring at them. "Captain Zhang? Kaji? Wha…?"]
[14:27] <Yanmei> "Hello, Captain Hyuga~" Yanmei threw her sweetest look at him. "Welcome back."
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["H… Hello." He frowned. "Kaji, what…?"-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["The cafeteria's crowded, so I came here with Yanmei to have lunch and talk about, y'know, all the big issues we talked about."-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh…"-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["I put your groceries in the pantry already."-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh, thanks."]
[14:33] * Yanmei frowned and bit the head off her EVA-02 tender. There really had been groceries? And the two of them had already talked? "Well," she said, gently pushing away from the desk. "You probably want this space to yourself so that you can relax? We'll just head out of your way."
[14:37] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I don't mind. It's not like this is a new experience." Said Hyuga, rubbing the back of his neck. "I can't tell you how many times I've come home to find Tsucchin watching TV with some of Shinji's friends, using up my bandwidth and drinking my cola…"]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "Talk about inconsiderate? You should have lectured her about it."
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["Ah, I don't mind. At least she isn't out doing anything dangerous." Said Hyuga with a laugh. "Plus, she's a nice girl, so."]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "Well, I suppose so." If by 'nice' he meant 'super spacey weird,' anyway. "I trust she's been adjusting to her stay here fairly well?"
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["As best as can be hoped. You guys want a drink?"]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "Sure! Thank you, Captain~"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Actually, we're -fine-!" Said Kaji meaningfully, nudging Yanmei's still-large pile of drinks.]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Oh. Right. Nervermind?" She'd forgotten about those. "So, ah. How have -you- been adjusting?"
[15:00] <Minaplo> ["Ah, I'm doing alright." Said Hyuga happily, opening his pantry and pulling out a box of ramen. "But how's our star pilot been going?"]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "As good as can be, naturally~?" Yanmei gallantly tossed her hair. "I don't have any duties really, but I can keep myself entertained? Seems like there are plenty of other people around to talk to."
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["That there are. I almost expected to see if you'd swing by my place, but I guess I must be pretty low on the priority list… Hahaha. I guess I know who tops that list…" He gave her a friendly grin.]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Heh. Isaiah has his own serious business to attend to. He's trying to teach a wolf not to eat a fox…"
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["… Is that some kind of euphemism?"]
[15:14] <Yanmei> "W-what?! I'm being quite literal! -Someone- brought his pet wolf to the base, and now it may or may not have designs on eating Lizzie's new pet."
[15:14] <Minaplo> [Kaji laughed cheerfully, rubbing the back of his neck and generally trying to look innocent.-
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["O-oh, pardon." Said Hyuga, blushing a little. "But a fox, huh? That's a cute pet. Maybe you should let Tsucchin care for Lizzie for awhile."]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "Why would I let 'Tsucchin' do that? Isaiah and I aren't going anywhere." She stopped, suspicion seeping into her features. "…are we?"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well, I mean, in case…"-
[15:23] <Minaplo> [Kaji grinned. "In case Isaiah's wolf wants a nibble of your fox."]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei flushed suddenly red. "T-that's completely private! Stop thinking about Isaiah's wolf!"
[15:53] <Minaplo> [Hyuga coughed. "Th-that isn't what I meant, just, if you guys wanted a break or whatever…"-
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["I bet he'd quite like you talking about his 'wolf'…"-
[15:54] <Minaplo> [Said Kaji, smirking obnoxiously. "Or should we talk about dear Hyuga's lovelife instead?"-
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["Wha-?"]
[15:58] <Yanmei> "I hope you don't think that redeems you, Mr. Kaji," Yanmei huffed. "Although it -is- a start." She honed abruptly in on Hyuga. "Just what is your relationship with Miss Himesama? Inquiring minds wish to know~"
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["I-Is this really the time…?" Hyuga scratched the top of his head.]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "So you have more pressing business to attend to?"
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["W-Well, no…"]
[16:27] * Yanmei clapped her hands together in delight. "Wonderful! So you'll tell us the whole story. She gushes over you endlessly, you know?"
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I do know." Mumbled Hyuga, reddening. He flumped down on the couch. "… If you really want the story, I'll need some food and drink, you know."]
[16:43] * Yanmei happily went over to the pile of soft drinks. "Leave it to us~ Should I make something hot, or will Mr Kaji be willing to share some of his chicken?"
[16:44] <Minaplo> ["Didn't you have ramen…?" Asked Kaji, frowning for a second. "I'll give you -some- chicken, but Foxy Vixen here should go cook that ramen anyway."]
[16:50] <Yanmei> "Don't call me that. And fine. Just give me fifteen minutes?" She rolled up her sleeves. The reward was interesting enough… this time, she wouldn't mind a little extra sacrifice to get to it.

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