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06[00:43] * Yanmei had never been in a radiation suit before. It was bulky. Hard to move properly in. -
01[00:48] <Yanmei> She didn't have time to worry about comfort now, though. Main Engineering was noisy, chaotic, and filled with computer consoles as far as the eye could see. And while spare cables and exposed wires were carefully pulled away from any walking areas, she couldn't shake the paranoid feeling that she was going to stumble over something important and accidentally cut the power to the entire ship. -
03[00:48] * Raphael (~ua.ten.dnopgib.ahc.4esnl.242-242-031-831-EPC|oaT#ua.ten.dnopgib.ahc.4esnl.242-242-031-831-EPC|oaT) has joined #nervfrance2
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01[00:51] <Yanmei> So she watched her step carefully, diverting her attention away only to peer beyond some of the open doorways she passed. Now where in this mess would a Surov be likely to hide?
[00:57] <@Minaplo> [Square in the middle of the room on a raised dais, with Ritsuko Akagi and… Sarasvati herself. He was quite visble.]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> So Yanmei squared her shoulders and walked up to them, removing her headgear. "Hello, doctors~ Sorry for the interruption?"
[01:07] <@Minaplo> [They all turned to look at her, Surov's eyes narrowing instantly.-
[01:07] <@Minaplo> ["Zhang."-
[01:07] <@Minaplo> ["Hey, there." Said Ritsuko, giving Yanmei a languid wave. "Nice digs."
[01:07] <@Minaplo> ]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "Thanks. It's absolutely my color, isn't it?" Yanmei tossed her hair with a small smile, and then turned to Surov. "Could I have a word in private?"
[01:10] <@Minaplo> ["Why?"]
01[01:11] <Yanmei> "I think we misunderstood each other earlier. I'd like a chance to explain myself."
[01:13] <@Minaplo> ["Then you can do so in public, in front of all these people." Said Surov coldly.]
01[01:18] <Yanmei> Yanmei's own eyes narrowed now. -
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "Fine. Let's get down to it, shall we? You and Sarasvati are displeased with my decision."
[01:20] <@Minaplo> [Sarasvati looked over at them now, and shook her head, grasping Surov's shoulder. "Father, there's no point in stirring up trouble." She stressed. "Chancellor, ignore him. We can have this discussion in my office, in private."]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "Thank you." She hung back, allowing her to lead the way.
[01:24] <@Minaplo> [Surov huffed slightly, but he acquiesced.-
[01:24] <@Minaplo> [Sarasvati led them both into her own office. It was a very spartan office- the only noticeable things Yanmei would see were a small pile of MREs in the corner and the fact that the temperature dropped -drastically- as they crossed the threshold. It was colder in here than it was in the rest of the ship!]
06[01:28] * Yanmei put most of her effort into not visibly shivering at first. She didn't make herself at home - the conversation would hopefully not take long - but instead faced them both, standing, her expression carefully neutral.
[01:31] <@Minaplo> ["So." Surov shut the door behind them. "One of your toadies reminded you that since you actually need us, no matter how much you may hate us, that you should try to offer us at least a token attempt to appease us, so you came down here in order to grovel before us. Depending how hard you grovel, I may rethink my plan to unleash the Devourer Virus on this vessel."-
[01:31] <@Minaplo> ["Father! No devourer virus jokes." Said Sarasvati.]
01[01:36] <Yanmei> That was a -joke-?! Yanmei glanced between them both, temporarily off guard, and not… particularly seeing any traces of humor in Surov's expression. She had to square her shoulders again, stubbornly. "I don't intend to grovel at all? And that's not what happened. After you stormed off, Guillory appealed to me as a fellow parent in your defense."
[01:46] <@Minaplo> ["Really."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Yes, really. And after the context he gave me, I decided to clear the air a bit about my reason for coming to that decision. Not that I ever said -no-, mind you. I just wanted a familiar Chief Science Officer at the helm until we were out of this crisis."
[01:58] <@Minaplo> ["Nothing more than theatre." Said Surov dismissively. "An attempt to delay. When the time comes you'll have some different excuse."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "I won't. And if I knew how to give you some insurance on that, I would?"
[02:04] <@Minaplo> ["Father, please." Said Sarasvati. "Please continue, Chancellor."]
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "Thank you. But I will keep it brief. You have a lot of people working under you who rely on you, 'interpersonal' issues aside. There are also others here who have had an eye out for your job? If we wait a little bit before moving Sarasvati into the position, those scientists and technicians continue to have at least a stable boss during this high-pressure situation , and we can also provide justification for giving a newcomer such a high ranking position over those who have been here longer. Assuming that she continues performing excellently? And I have faith that she will."
[02:21] <@Minaplo> [Sarasvati nodded her head and smiled.-
[02:21] <@Minaplo> ["Politics. I've no time for it." Snapped Surov.-
[02:23] <@Minaplo> ["But she's right, father." Said Sarasvati patiently. "You may not like it, but the imprecise skill of understanding how to motivate people is important. From this point of view, the Chancellor is really trying to prevent a drop in efficiency from diminishing motivation."-
[02:26] <@Minaplo> [Surov squinted at them both suspiciously.-
[02:26] <@Minaplo> [Sarasvati gave him a wide smile.-
[02:26] <@Minaplo> ["They should get over it." He growled.-
[02:26] <@Minaplo> ["But they won't. Will they, Chancellor?" Said Sarasvati.]
01[02:29] <Yanmei> "They won't. People aren't that simple. And, look, this will make it easier for Sarasvati as well? She'd be moving up with less friction than she would if we made her head chief immediately. Plus, she'd probably have the chance to make a few friends in the meantime. You know, build a support system for herself?"
[02:30] <@Minaplo> ["But she shouldn't need one." Said Surov angrily.-
[02:31] <@Minaplo> ["Father." Said Sarasvati, a hand on her shoulder. "What you don't understand is that support systems are bi-directional. A strong support system can actually increase efficiency by itself. Surely you understand why the Chancellor would want this? She only expects that I have every tool and resource ready and exploited before I begin, which is something you yourself agree with."-
[02:31] <@Minaplo> ["Mph."-
[02:32] <@Minaplo> [Surov gave Yanmei a sullen look. "So this isn't about your distaste for Sarasvati's nature, then."]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> "No. It's not." She glanced away. "I… apologise to both of you if I came across that way. I should have expressed myself more clearly?"
[02:37] <@Minaplo> ["Humph. Very well."]
06[02:39] * Yanmei blinked, turning back to him in vague confusion as if she expected more to follow. "Ah?"
[02:40] <@Minaplo> ["'Ah' what? Speak. You're so good at it most of the time."]
01[02:46] <Yanmei> That actually triggered an annoyed pout. "-Nevermind-. Look. I just hope we can work amicably with each other from now on."
[02:53] <@Minaplo> ["Hmph."-
[02:53] <@Minaplo> [But Sarasvati quickly crossed the distance, throwing her arms around Yanmei and pulling her into a tight hug. "I know we will."]
01[02:54] <Yanmei> Her eyes widened slightly in surprise, but she patted her on the back after a moment. "Thank you."
[02:58] <@Minaplo> ["Are we done? I have work to do." Said Surov curtly.]
01[03:07] <Yanmei> "Well. There's one other thing?" With the hug ended, she folded her arms, feeling somehow more confident. "You may want to pull up a chair. Something strange is going on with de Pteres again and it might take a while to explain…"

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