Komm Susser Tod 2 2 1

[13:30] * Yanmei had skipped dinner that evening. She had been glad to; she'd had her fill of MREs for quite some time. -
[13:32] <Yanmei> And yet, ironically, there were several of the horrid packages neatly stacked not more than a foot away from her. Enough to feed six people for at least another day or more. -
[13:49] <Yanmei> The room itself was fairly large for sleeping quarter standards, especially with the broken excess furniture removed. All that remained of its previous finery was the original bed, draped in dusty silks and velvet, a shattered wall-mounted monitor, and a half-destroyed fresco depicting an armored Silas Caine, several pale, feminine, probably-nude figures, and what had probably once been a
[13:49] <Yanmei> horse. There were wings too, but Yanmei couldn't figure out what they belonged to. It was just as well, as far as she was concerned. -
[13:57] <Yanmei> There was a lone couch too, bearing their food, water, and the last clean blanket. Two large mattresses crowded the floor, bearing the other clean blankets that had been assigned to the room, forming a sort of circle with the original bed, an emergency lantern resting on the floor in the center of it all. -
[13:59] <Yanmei> It had taken a lot of work, and bickering, between Asuka and herself to set this all up, but it was nearly done. All that was left was to strip the master bed of its inappropriately lavish sheets. Yanmei frowned, toying with the boring -normal- blanket that was to replace them. "Seems like kind of a waste?"
[14:00] <Minaplo> ["Where're they going anyway?" Asked Asuka.]
[14:03] <Yanmei> "Dunno. They'll probably try to clean them somehow and give them to other people?" She was already starting to shiver a bit. "Damn this planet…"
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["Like you have it so bad?" Muttered Asuka. She walked over to the space on the wall, took out a piece of paper, and nailed it to the wall with a hammer.]
[14:07] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei gave her an odd look and slipped up behind her, trying to see what was on said paper.
[14:08] <Minaplo> [It was a timetable.-
[14:08] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I didn't tell you about this, huh?" Said Asuka, turning.]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "No, you didn't?" Yanmei frowned again. What was she up to this time?
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Ok. See, I figured that even though you put us into couples for morale purposes, we're gonna be spending most of our time working or, if we're here, eating or sleeping. So I figured that we could stagger the time tables to give each couple a bit of private time to talk or relax or whatever." Said Asuka. "So see here, tomorrow, Wellesley and Ayanami get the room to themelves from 9 PM to 11. Then the day after, it's you and Isaiah at 9. Then the day after, it's me and Alex, and the cycle repeats."]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "Huh. You're actually willing to go last?"
[14:23] <Minaplo> ["Big sis has to make sacrifices for the little ones." Said Asuka sanctimoniously.]
[14:26] <Yanmei> "More like lame sis," Yanmei muttered, drifting back over to the bed and pulling at the sheets.
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. That's all the thanks -I- get?"]
[14:35] * Yanmei paused. "Actually, no. You've been pretty on the ball all day today. Like… sensitive? I appreciate it. Especially with Marianne earlier?"
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["Hm? What do you mean?"]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "You're the one who convinced her to come out of the conference room and see the baby, right? She… really really needed that."
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Right." Asuka looked a little embarrassed. "It wasn't hard? She was a total mess with sadness and guilt too, for not helping, so I just told her that none of us had a fucking clue what we were doing anyway and had to rely on an angelspawn to deliver a baby, letting like, the -entire- team down, y'know? And that she didn't need to do anything or say anything, just be there for 'em… Seemed to work."-
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["… Not that that's why I went in there?" Muttered Asuka. "I just wanted my counting pad, so don't go thinking that I'm suddenly a sensitive sally like Ayanami or something."]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Sure~" Yanmei tugged again, taking another layer off the bed. "I think Castillo is gonna have some competition for his job~"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Hm?"-
[14:54] <Minaplo> [Not Asuka this time. Rei walked through the door, wearing her lovely pink armoured dress- albeit a dress soiled with dirt and blood.]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Welcome home, Rei!" -Tug-. A third layer fell next to the bed.
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, hi." Said Asuka, waving her way.-
[14:59] <Minaplo> [Rei focused for a moment; her clothing vanished, replaced at the same time by a far more simple pair of jeans and black t-shirt.-
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["Guess where I've just been." Said Rei with a smile.]
[15:07] <Yanmei> "Hm? Where?" She actually didn't want to guess, recalling the bloody stains on her previous outfit.
[15:08] <Minaplo> ["The nursery~"]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "Oho~ Stealing a peek at Baby Gossegnier, huh?" A fourth layer. So long as she was working, she could hide her surprise whenever it came up. Since when was there a designated nursery in the Dorian's medical wing?
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["That's right~ little Patrice and his proud mama." Rei beamed. "He looks so cute."-
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["He looks like a baby: weird, tiny and ugly." Said Asuka, scoffing. "They all look like that."-
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Don't be a jerk. He's adorable and gorgeous." Retorted Rei.]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "He's really shockingly tiny and helpless and oblivious to everything." A fifth layer. "Even Lizzie wasn't that small when she came into our care…"
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["Oh, Zaizai was there too." Said Rei. "You should've seen him~"]
[15:32] * Yanmei rolled her eyes. "Like he'd ever pass up the chance to coo over a baby?" The sixth and final layer came off, joining the massive pile of rich bedding on the ground. Clumsily, Yanmei went for the military-grade blanket and began to spread it out over the mattress.
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Look out, Yanyan." Said Asuka, her voice rich with… cheer. "You don't want him to get any ideas now… Or maybe I should move your private day up a bit?"]
[15:44] * Yanmei glared at her. -
[15:50] <Yanmei> "I don't know what untoward things you're implying, but that won't happen?"
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["Pity." Said Asuka with a smirk.-
[15:56] <Minaplo> [Rei was peering over at the timetable. "What's this? We have special sleeping times…?"]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "Special private times," Yanmei corrected. "So if you want to talkk to Alphonse privately…"
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I see." Rei rubbed her chin. "That's a good idea…"-
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["It was mine." Said Asuka.-
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Good idea, Langley-san." Said Rei, then, turning. "But there's one problem."]
[16:07] <Yanmei> Oh? :o
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["The resources in this room are ours to share, right?"]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "Of course~?"
[16:09] <Minaplo> ["So everyone gets an equal share?"]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?" she said slowly, not following.
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["And keeping warm is important, right?"]
[16:11] <Yanmei> "…" Her suspicions flared abruptly. "I'm not sharing Isaiah," she declared. "I'm surprised at you, Rei. That's such a Katsuragi thing to suggest!"
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["But he's snuggly and warm like a water bottle! You totally have an unfair advantage!"-
[16:12] <Minaplo> [Asuka paused for a moment, then nodded. "Nope, she's got you there. It's only fair, Yanmei."]
[16:19] <Yanmei> "It is -not- fair! You have your own body heat generators!"
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Aw, Meimei~" Rei leapt over to her, giving her a hug. "We're only teasing."-
[16:22] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. You're more fun than I thought though, Ayanami~" Said Asuka with a smirk.]
[16:24] * Yanmei shifty-glared between the two. Was this going to be a more difficult stay than she'd expected?
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["Speaking of Misa-bachan. I saw her in the hospital as well." Said Rei.]
[13:08] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?" More wariness now. "How is she?"
[13:12] <Minaplo> ["She's really sick." Said Rei, her tone becoming gloomy. "Tenma-sensei said she'd be ok, but she can't eat anything…"]
[13:13] <Yanmei> "Huh?!" Yanmei frowned outright. "The hell? That sounds really serious!"
[13:20] <Minaplo> [Asuka flopped down onto the big bed. Was Yanmei still working on it? Tough. "What happened again?"-
[13:21] <Minaplo> ["Radiation poisoning. She ran off during the battle in space to fix a connector to EVA-03, but she went in unshielded…" Said Rei.]
[13:27] * Yanmei tried to nudge Asuka off, still clutching the end of a very rumpled blanket. "I know we were short on time, but… damn. Is… she going to die?"
[13:29] <Minaplo> [Asuka remained stubbornly unmoved.-
[13:30] <Minaplo> ["No, I don't think so." Said Rei. "Tenma-sensei said she'd be ok? She's just not very well right now…"-
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["So that's another OD down." Said Asuka. "Misato's sick, Amatore's emotionally compromised, Orlov bit it, Liu Lin's lost… Guess it'll all be up to Harken."-
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["And Al." Said Rei.-
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["True. Hm." Asuka pondered. "Maybe you should get more private time on the table…~"-
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["… Eh?"-
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["We've got to keep his morale up after all~"-
[13:34] <Minaplo> [Rei coloured, before turning back to Yanmei. "Ignore her. Um… I also saw Eevi today."]
[13:37] * Yanmei snickered. She wasn't ignoring Asuka, though. She was prodding at her insistantly. "She wasn't hurt, was she…?"
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["She fought really hard." Said Rei quietly. "The Phantoms took her arm and leg off, and nearly killed her, but her core was fine, so she'll be fine in a few days. But worse, they killed Felix."-
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["Eevi's been so upset…"]
[13:40] * Yanmei had stopped smiling. "Even with the trauma of the injuries aside, she and that tiger were inseperable. It's no wonder?"
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["There's not a lot I can do." Said Rei dispiritedly, flopping down on her mattress, which was already blanketed and littered with some of her stuff- a sketchpad, a neat drawing table and stationery, a plush Alphonse. She picked the plush Al up and hugged it to her chest. "I just hugged her and stayed with her for awhile until she went to sleep, but she's just heartbroken… Poor Eevi. Poor Felix."-
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…" Mused Asuka, still ignoring Yanmei's prods.]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced down at the floor for split second, her expression difficult to read.
[13:58] <Minaplo> ["What's up?" Murmured Asuka.]
[14:01] <Yanmei> "Nothing. God, I'm tired." She sat down on the edge of the bed. "Are yoy gonna visit her tomorrow, Rei?"
[14:01] <Yanmei> ^you
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I think so." Said Rei.-
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["Good." Asuka shimmied over away from Yanmei and patted the bed. "Over you come, Ayanami."-
[14:03] <Minaplo> [Rei stood up, walking over and taking the spot, a quizzical look on her face.-
[14:04] <Minaplo> [Asuka instantly picked Rei up around the shoulders and knees and threw her into the middle of the bed, where Rei bounced, letting out a small gasp of surprise before Asuka pounced on her, pushing her back down before turning to sit on Rei's stomach.-
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["Then it's decided." Said Asuka primly. "Tomorrow, big sis Asuka and tiny sis Yanmei will go with you? To keep a little girl company and make her day awesome. This is my decree, and my word is law."-
[14:05] <Minaplo> ["Aah!" Rei squirmed, trying to shove Asuka off.]
[14:07] <Yanmei> "You're the tiniest one here!" Yanmei scoffed. "And obviously the least mature one too~"
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["That's just slander. Anyway." Asuka patted Rei on the chest, and gestured Yanmei to come closer.-
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["I still think we should go see Eevi tomorrow. In fact… I think we can sort of assume that we might be the lucky ones out of all this mess? So tomorrow we should try to do our best for some of the ones who got shit deals."]
[14:24] * Yanmei didn't slide closer to them. "Is that going to be enough?"
[14:25] <Minaplo> ["It'll be better than nothing." Said Asuka. "And to be honest, I kinda want to help anyway."]
[14:34] * Yanmei peered over, a little dubiously, but then slowly shook her head. "Maybe I'll come along too," she decided. "The Bridge should be quieter than it was today."
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["Of course you're coming." Said Asuka. "It was an order?"]
[14:43] <Yanmei> "There are enough Princesses on this ship." Yanmei tossed her hair. "It's not like we need another one?"
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["I'm not a princess. I'm an empress?" Asuka crowed. "Anyway, there's something important that I should say as well. Get over here already."]
[14:45] * Yanmei glared. She iiiinched over, trying to look cool about it, her arms folded.
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Now, I want you to understand that this room is fortified by the Theodosian Walls of Constantinople." Said Asuka. "What that means is that this room is our own private space, and in here we don't need to let what we do be weighed down by other crap. Do you know what I mean?"]
[14:52] * Yanmei …looked a little lost. "You're… implying we'll need to defend this room mercilessly against outsiders raiding it for food, resources and space?"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Private space? City walls? What else could you be talking about?"
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Tch. It's a metaphor." Said Asuka. "What I mean is that in here, we do what we need to do to keep our spirits up and keep the outside world out. We try not to think about all the bad happening."-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["What I mean is, there's a bunch of horrible, horrible shit going down right now. But we need to keep going. And if that means doing something like…" She turned to look at Rei.-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["…Huh?"-
[14:59] <Minaplo> [Asuka lunged, digging her hands under Rei's armpits and tickling mercilessly. Rei began to scream-laugh, squirming wildly.-
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Like tickling you little sisters until you pass out from exhaustion, then so be it. Get it? No guilt."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "…Fine." She muttered sullenly. "I guess it'll help with the morale thing? And I seriously knew it was a metaphor…"
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["No telling with you." Asuka paused in her torture of Rei for a second. "Now are you gonna come over here and help me teach this one a lesson or what?"]
[15:19] * Yanmei paused… and then tossed her hair. "Sorry Rei. Consider it payback for that Isaiah thing earlier?" and she reached out for her with more tickles.
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["What?! Nooo…"-
[15:23] <Minaplo> ]
[15:34] <Yanmei> Hours would come and go, but the vicious tickle-battle atop the bed sprang up and ended within the tiniest fraction of that time, interrupted by three more roommates curiously coming home for the first time. -
[15:40] <Yanmei> They exchanged pleasantries, insults, and some teasing too, eyeballed the stash of MREs, and fell into talking about the more upbeat things from their respective days. Thanks to Rei and Isaiah, this seemed to mainly revolve around babies. -
[15:41] <Yanmei> It had been a long day, however, and tommorrow would be longer. Soon enough, they were in bed, nodding off one by one. Except for one of them. -
[15:43] <Yanmei> Yanmei listened to the snores around her in the darkness, appreciating her adorable human hot water bottle, but reluctant to wake him up for a conversation that would only bring his mood down.
[15:52] <Minaplo> [Somewhere in the gloom and quiet, however, she must've dozed off…]

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