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[07:48] <Yanmei> "I don't see him! 05, do you still have a visual?" -
[07:52] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei sounded almost frantic. She had good reason to be. They had already spent long hours swimming around the cooler areas of the Pacific Ocean, searching and consulting the dreaded Otis for signs of a target big enough to feed the trapped people on board the Dorian Lachapelle. -
[07:58] <Yanmei> They had finally found one. And fought. That had been even more difficult. They were keeping AT fields to a minimum, and the weapons they were using were… different. Prog knives and simple spears. It was freezing, hard to keep herself from getting intense bouts of vertigo in the water, and it was hard to move because 04 was decked out in so much deep sea equipment. -
[08:01] <Yanmei> Maybe if Isaiah had been co-piloting, it would have been different. That wasn't happening today, though. She peered over at the distant, blurry figure of 05, which was swimming far ahead of 04 in its own bulky C-type gear.
[08:05] <Minaplo> [The powerful Eva was pushing through the water, its body horizontal, its speed being aided by little jets and propellers built into the unit. Its head was turning left and right.-
[08:06] <Minaplo> [("-Motherfucker-!")]
[08:08] <Yanmei> "K-keep calm?" she ordered, ignoring the irony of doing so. "It couldn't have gone far with those wounds!"
[08:08] <Minaplo> [("I'm reconfiguring Otis to try to analyse the water for traces of its blood, but your wing's the one with the MAGI dock."]
[08:16] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Just give me a minute…" She put in a few commands herself, trying to pick up the trail again.
[08:18] <Minaplo> [She soon found it, the OTIS tracing a path in the water based on least density (and thus most time to diffuse) to most density.-
[08:18] <Minaplo> [… That's funny. It seemed to curl back towards the way they came.]
[08:20] <Yanmei> "It's… behind us?" 04 spun around with difficulty and some more vertigo on Yanmei's part. "C-c'mon!"
[08:21] <Minaplo> [("How did something so big become so sneaky?") Muttered Isaiah, slowly grinding to a halt, flipping over, and coming back the way they came.]
[08:23] <Yanmei> "It probably wouldn't have survived out in the wild if it wasn't a -little- sneaky. Just think about Lupe."
[08:25] <Minaplo> [("Lupe isn't 200 metres long.")]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "True."
[08:29] <Minaplo> [("You know, I've been thinking about this guy.")]
[08:32] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[08:33] <Minaplo> [("It's massive. The amount of food it eats must be -immense-. A normal Blue Whale can eat up to 40 million krill a day… I really hope this guy's a one of a kind. Remy'll be upset if we kill a one-of-a-kind, but if there's more than one, then the entire oceanic ecosystem could be fucked.")]
#06[08:39] * Yanmei sighed. "Remy will have to deal. When we're finished hunting it, we could ask Otis to give us an estimate of how likely there is to be another one nearby? I get the feeling that they'd spread out a lot, though. To avoid competition over food and space."
[08:40] <Minaplo> [("This is true…-!")-
[08:40] <Minaplo> [The water around Yanmei began to surge, and she felt something reverberate… Something from -below-.]
[08:44] <Yanmei> "Ready?" Yanmei gripped her spear tightly, peering below them for a passing shadow of some kind.
[08:45] <Minaplo> [But it wasn't just some shadow.-
[08:46] <Minaplo> [No. The whale itself was swimming right towards -her-, deceptively fast, its massive maw open, comb-like baleen along the top of its mouth. Titanic. Bigger than any Angel she could think of right now- more like one of those horrid creations Metatron had showed them in the sea of life.-
[08:46] <Minaplo> [She'd fit right inside that mouth, no problem.]
[08:52] <Yanmei> "Ah-AHHHH!" She tried to evade. Damn this water! And this equipment! It was a clumsy, flailing move.
[08:54] <Minaplo> [Too slow. The sides of its mouth rushed up around her, and she felt herself slammed into its bottom jaw. Something tremendous was pressing down on her- something massive and wet and slimy and sticky. The feedback was skin-crawlingly awful.]
[08:55] <Yanmei> "Blugh-!!" She stabbed at it desperately in the dark with her spear. "G-get away! -Disgusting-!"
[08:58] <Minaplo> [This just seemed to add blood and other fluids to the mix.-
[08:59] <Minaplo> [The tongue receded, Yanmei liberated of its massive weight… Only for a sudden rush to pull her deeper into the darkness. A second later that same massive tongue struck her again, smashing her into the roof of the Whale's mouth, the impact hard enough to smack Yanmei's own head into her headrest.]
#06[09:06] * Yanmei yelped… and the felt a surge of deep anger wash through her. How dare this whale try to humiliate and eat her! -
[09:07] <Yanmei> "Bastard! Take this!" She tried redoubling her efforts, slashing over and over with all of her might.
[09:08] <Minaplo> [With one swing, she felt her spear punch straight through something rather hard… In fact, once it was in she couldn't get it out, leaving her with a prog knife.-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [The Whale struck again, smacking her against the roof of its mouth once again, and now the spear was well and truly gone.-
[09:09] <Minaplo> [Another sucking- then- another slap, although, this one seemed a little weaker…]
[09:15] <Yanmei> "D-dumb jerk. Just let me out!" She managed a clumsy grip on her prog knife, bringing an arm back as far as she could manage and then brought it down onto the tongue sharply.
[09:16] <Minaplo> [She felt it cut through- right to the other side. The tongue began to spasm…-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [Smashing her about in the process…-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [… Then went still.-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [("… Whoa. Wow.")]
[09:19] <Yanmei> The battered Yanmei just floated in the darkness, trying to catch her breath through the pain and exertion. "I-Isaiah? What's it doing now?"
[09:19] <Minaplo> [("Uh, well. You just killed it.")]
[09:22] <Yanmei> "A few more tired pants. "I… thank god. Can you get me out of here?"
[09:22] <Minaplo> [("Yeah, one second.")-
[09:27] <Minaplo> [A minute later, she saw faint light began to filter into the darkness. Isaiah had pried the mouth open and was holding it thus with his own Eva.-
[09:28] <Minaplo> [The mouth was awash with blood-stained water, and it'd take her awhile to find her spear- buried right up to the end of the shaft in the roof of the Whale's mouth.]
[09:35] <Yanmei> She… probably wasn't getting that anytime soon. Maybe after they'd cut it apart she could retrieve it. Tiredly, she drifted out through the narrow opening Isaiah provided for her. "Thanks."
[09:36] <Minaplo> [("Heh. I'm seriously impressed. You managed to withstand a battering in the darkness long enough to stab it right through to the brain…")]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "Is that what…? I mean, of course? It was scary, but I knew if I kept calm and fought, something like that would eventually happen?"
[09:39] <Minaplo> [("That's my girl~")]
[09:41] <Yanmei> "It sure is big, though." Yanmei touched it gingerly, half-worried that it would spring back to life. "Can we even cache it?"
[09:42] <Minaplo> [("It'll be a tight fit, but it won't be a problem. Here, come help me…")]
[10:09] <Yanmei> It wouldn't be long before they returned to frigid Mars again, tired and dripping, arranging their finds on the sand next to the Dorian. The work wasn't done yet, unfortunately. -
[10:16] <Yanmei> For several more hours, the two butchered the whale as well as they were able, battling desperately against time and the cold that was slowly but surely freezing the carcass. In respect for those who had lost loved ones, as well as the soldiers who were investigating the cargo ship they had nabbed before the hunt, they did this well out of sight of both ships, jaunting back to them with big batches of whalemeat perodically. -
[10:21] <Yanmei> At last they were finished for the day, wearily returning with the last few bits of meat and usable remains and depositing them where they had left the others. Finally, they docked and disembarked, eager for blankets and a thorough toweling off.
[10:27] <Minaplo> [And so it wouldn't be long before blankets, a small amount of washing water and some spare (heavy) clothes were granted for their use.]
[10:35] <Yanmei> Washing water~ In the privacy of the (now unusable) hangar showers, Yanmei cleaned herself with that and bundled up, wandering out toward the Bridge to brief everyone on how things had gone. But first, she lingered around to give Isaiah a light kiss before he went off and got back to work elsewhere on the ship. -
[10:39] <Yanmei> The Bridge was generally quieter with Marianne's bereavement leave and Sophie and Frederic's new baby demanding their time constantly. She wasn't expecting much as she rode the repaired elevator up to it.
[10:40] <Minaplo> [Just a few on duty. Alphonse manning the captain's chair as expected. Hyuga sitting in Sophie's chair. Archibald at the Weapons console, looking focused even though this was a station that had been irrelevant for days. And James, sitting at Ops, staring emptily into space.]
[10:47] <Yanmei> "Everyone!" She saluted, trying to look bright. "The mission was a complete success? I think. We brought back food, anyway."
[10:48] <Minaplo> ["Well done, Chancellor." Said Alphonse, getting smartly to his feet and returning the salute. "I relinquish the Bridge to you."-
[10:48] <Minaplo> ["What sort of food, ma'am? More MREs?" Asked Archibald.]
[10:50] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Yanmei walked up to the chair. "And no. Fresh whale meat. Logistics is getting it sorted now. If we're lucky, we won't have to touch MREs for the rest of our stay here."
[10:52] <Minaplo> ["Whale meat, ma'am?" Said Archibald, frowning slightly.]
[10:56] <Yanmei> "It was a big whale. Impact feral. Tried to eat 04." She flopped down… and then looked unsettled. "Are you a vegetarian, by chance?"
[10:58] <Minaplo> ["No ma'am." She settled down a little. "I just- nevermind, ma'am."-
[10:59] <Minaplo> ["Cornelia was really into whales as a kid, you see." Said Alphonse. "She had the posters, the whale song music, she even had the big encyclopedia as a gift for good performance-"-
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["Sir!" Archibald was frowning heavily, her lips pressed together firmly, a rash of red on her cheeks.-
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["What? It's true…"]
#06[11:03] * Yanmei laughed quietly. "I think I kind of get it. Sorry, Lieutenant… We looked, but there was nothing else big enough down there to feed a crew of this size."
[11:04] <Minaplo> ["An impact feral, ma'am. How big was it?"]
[11:10] <Yanmei> "Unfathomably big. Way bigger than any Angel. Its tongue alone was probably six times as long as 04."
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["Amazing." Breathed Archibald. It was fascinating to watch her expression. Her eyes shone for a moment, before flashing with sadness, before finally settling into her usual professionalism.-
[11:33] <Minaplo> ["… In the end though, ma'am, it is probably best that you destroyed it. Such a creature could cause massive damage to the local ecosystems, overloading local carrying capacities and causing other creatures in the area to overshoot."]
[11:42] <Yanmei> "Isaiah suggested the same thing. Oh. We brought in a cargo ship too? But I don't know what's on it. It's unmanned, though."
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["Not unusual." Said Archibald. "Most long-distance shipping companies fired their crews once remote shipping became viable."]
#06[11:49] * Yanmei nodded. "We'll send some people to investigate its contents. Probably a list of the stuff it was carrying would be loaded on the ship's computer system."
[11:50] <Minaplo> ["You destroyed any external long-range signal emitters, right?" Asked Alphonse.]
[11:57] <Yanmei> "The ones that we could could locate using Otis, yeah."
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["Very good. Will you be here long, Chancellor?" Asked Alphonse.]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "I'll be around a while? Take a break if you'd like."
[12:02] <Minaplo> ["Of course. If I am required I'll be helping with some of the debris teams."]
[12:08] <Yanmei> "Of course. We'll see you later?"
[12:09] <Minaplo> [He nodded, and headed out, leaving Yanmei alone with Archibald, James, and…-
[12:09] <Minaplo> ["Of course, he's only going because Rei's on debris duty today." Said Hyuga.]
[12:14] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Yanmei smirked. "You know, Chiisana's working in Materials Supply. If you wanted to take a break too…"
[12:21] <Minaplo> [Hyuga's expression became dour. "Whatever." He turned back to his console.]
[22:28] <Yanmei> Time crept along slowly and quietly. -
[22:31] <Yanmei> Eventually, Yanmei would take a fifteen minute break of her own, stretching her legs and ducking into the conference room for a change of scenery. After a minute, she poked her head out. "Hey James?"
[22:33] <Minaplo> ["Mmm?"]
[22:36] <Yanmei> "Could you come in here for a sec?"
[22:48] <Minaplo> [He swung out of his chair, and walked over to the conference room.]
[22:51] * Yanmei quietly closed the door behind them for privacy. "Hey. Um. It's been eating at me for a while, but… are… you alright?"
[22:55] <Minaplo> [He shrugged.]
[22:59] <Yanmei> "…" She took a chair. "I'm okay to listen, if you feel like talking."
[23:00] <Minaplo> [He flopped down.-
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["I know Kaji's dead."]
[23:04] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah." Her eyes lowered a little.
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["Welp." He clapped his hands together. "Two down, one more to fucking go, right?"]
[23:22] <Yanmei> "Heh." But very little of the humor reached her eyes. "That's a little too neat and tidy? It won't turn out that way."
[23:27] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Though… I hate how things have already ended up."
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["Tell me about it." He said dully. "Feels all fucked to me."]
[23:50] * Yanmei regarded him quietly for a few moments, the time that she had spent with them in Raphael's world and the actual world jumbling up together. Strictly speaking, he had known Kaji longer and better than her in both worlds. "Do you need some time off?"
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["Why, so I can die drunk in my bed?"]
[23:54] <Yanmei> "Like we have any booze around here."
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure I could find some." He said. "Remember how Archibald had that whiskey hidden away for the labour, eh?"]
[23:58] <Yanmei> "W-well, that's true. But it was probably a special case?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. Anyway, if it's all the same to you, I prefer to die working."]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "You're not going to die prematurely like that."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["So you keep saying, which is appreciated and all, but…"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "'Appreciated' nothing! I mean it! I've had enough of friends dying, so please don't."
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["What, you think you can order me to not die? Give me a break…"]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "No. But I can beg you not to, right?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Just stop it already…"]
[00:43] * Yanmei stared at him with wide, troubled eyes. Eventually, she looked away. "I still need you. So…"
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?"-
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, you need me. That's great." He got to his feet. "You know, it's about time you got something into your head- it's not all about you. It's not all about what you want and need. Just because- because you want or need something doesn't mean you get it. I wanted my sister to be happy and whole and free, and guess what? I didn't fucking get that, you know. Instead she gets forced into a fucked up program, having to dirty her hands for -my- sake, on the orders of some ballsack in Hamburg! I wanted people to forgive her, to -understand- her as she tried to make things fucking right, and guess what? No one did! They put in a fucking death sentence for her after the war, because she was -forced- into making some mistakes!"-
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["Then I wanted Kaworu! I -needed- Kaworu! I relied on him like a fucking brother, you know? To watch my back, to handle the social stuff- we were fucking magnificent, Yanmei, the way we worked together, the way we -clicked-… Nothing could go wrong if we worked together on it. But Kaworu was tied up in worse shit than that. Stuff from his past, back into this fucking conspiracy brought on by these fucking Caines, and hey, I wanted him to live. I needed him still, but it didn't matter, and they put him into a fucking machine and then he died!"-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["And then all that's left is me and Kaji. Kaji- y-you know what he was like. Always smooth, never bothered by anything, got chased through half of Africa by those fuckers and lived. Didn't matter how he felt, he always acted like everything was in control, so it felt likt it -was-, y'know? He helped me, he -he trusted me to do shit that I didn't trust myself to do, and I fucking did it. And I wanted him to live, too, and then I learn he got fucking killed, slashed across the stomach-" he drew a line across his own belly- "And left to bleed out just like that, again because of fucking Caines. All my life I've wanted them to leave me alone, all my life I've wanted my friends and family to be happy and safe, and each time they #wreck it for us#."-
[01:09] <Minaplo> [He tried to storm out, only to knock into one of the chairs, sending it toppling and nearly tripping himself. In a rage, he picked the chair up and -threw- it at the wall. "Fuck. -Fuck-. I can't- I can't do this. Not anymore. I-I can't. They've taken my family, my friends, every single thing just goes one at a time, drip drip drip."-
[01:10] <Minaplo> [He sat down, now, on the ground, back against the wall, his head in his hands. "I can't do it anymore."]
[01:28] * Yanmei had listened quietly, jumping at the thrown chair. Strangely, however, she didn't shrink away after that. Instead, she stood, and went over to him, crouching next to him and putting her arms around him.
[01:30] <Minaplo> [He fell into her, his head resting against her shoulder, his arms around her, and began to sob.]
[01:39] <Yanmei> "I'm so sorry, James," she murmured, her voice low and soothing. She didn't know what else to say. Mostly, she just let him cry it out, occassionally whispering things she hoped were calming. "It's not at all fair."
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["D-Dunno what to do…"]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "Just have to hang on? Don't let them beat you."
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["But how…"]
[01:48] <Yanmei> How indeed? -
[01:50] <Yanmei> "Surviving. Making sure you and your sister make it out of here. Taking some time to think these things over."
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Y-Yan…?"]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["You and me- we're the only ones left."]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah," she said a little shakily.
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["D-Don't die."]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "I promise I won't."
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["T-Thanks."-
[02:08] <Minaplo> [After about maybe an hour of this, he wiped at his face and began to pull away. "U-Uh, thanks. For keepin' an eye on me. Helpin' me out. I was- in a dark place."]
[02:15] <Yanmei> "It's alright." She pulled back herself, taking that to mean he was a little better. "I worry about you more than you'd think. We're partners, after all?"
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Right."-
[02:16] <Minaplo> [He took a breath. "I don't feel like being alone. Don't trust myself to be alone. But I don't wanna hold you back. So I'm just gonna go back to my post and hope Archibald and Hyuga are enough. Ok?"]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Alright. Yeah. Take it easy out there." She stood up. "I should be getting back too."
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Uh, think you could do me a favour?"]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Sure."
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["Think you could talk to Hyuga at some point? He's got an Iron Guard-sized stick up his ass over Chiisana, even though we all know he's hot like a kettle for her. He's driving us all nuts."]
[02:29] <Yanmei> "I'll give it a shot?" She frowned a little. "Honestly, though, Katsuragi is probably the best person for that? I wish she wasn't sick."
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… Or you could talk to Chiisana. Or both. Who knows. Maybe Chii's feeling better about things since she has the chance to take all that frustration out on rioters."]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "I'm a little more familiar with her too. That might be the way to do it." She nodded. "Thanks."
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["No worries." He wrapped his arms around her again, then pulled away and got to his feet. "Ah, well…"]
[02:49] <Yanmei> Yanmei was the one who led the way back to the Bridge, pausing to allow James time to wipe his face before opening the door. "Sorry for the delay, you two."
[02:50] <Minaplo> [Hyuga and Archibald both were staring at the door, and tried to look as though they hadn't been.-
[02:50] <Minaplo> ["Everything alright, ma'am?" Asked Archibald.]
[02:52] <Yanmei> "Fine, fine. I was just having some trouble with my tablet? It took us a while to fix it together."
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Archibald.-
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["So that's why." Came another voice- Vimes, looking unshaven, red around the eyes, sitting behind her, hand on his bolt pistol. "Was starting to get worried."]
[02:57] * Yanmei stopped short. She hadn't been expecting that, and it showed on her face. "Hello Mr. Vimes."
[13:20] <Minaplo> ["Chancellor."]
[13:24] <Yanmei> "You were really that worried?" she glanced at the bolt pistol.
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["Can't be too careful. Never know what might happen."]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Hm." She gestured toward the room behind her. "Do you have time for a chat?"
[13:32] <Minaplo> ["Let's."]#
[13:34] * Yanmei ducked back inside the conference room, leaving ample time and room for James to slip back onto the bridge if he hadn't already.
[13:36] <Minaplo> [And so he did, heading back out to his console.-
[13:36] <Minaplo> [Vimes followed Yanmei back in, a hand still on his bolt pistol.]
[13:38] <Yanmei> The door closed, and Yanmei took a seat, hoping he wouldn't notice the battered, overturned chair resting near the wall. "So."
[13:40] <Minaplo> ["What's this about, ma'am?"]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "It's nothing bad," she assured him. "And I don't want to step on Simon's toes? But. Um. Are you okay to be working?"#
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh." He let out a flat little sigh. "You think I'm- compromised."]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "I think it's normal to want to take a rest after… after some of the things you've been through. I don't think much would happen to me as long as I work on the bridge, so it's probably okay if you do take one."
[13:51] <Minaplo> ["What would I even do, Yanmei?"]
[13:55] * Yanmei was quiet, apparently considering that. "We could make some arrangement. Send you over to the Bell for some visits."
[13:57] <Minaplo> ["I don't- I don't like sitting around when people are working." He muttered. "It's not the S2 way."]
[14:03] <Yanmei> "…all right," she said quietly. "It's your decision. Is there anything I can do to help?"
[14:12] <Minaplo> [He sat down in one of the chairs. "Do you -trust- me to be on duty, watching your back?"]
[14:17] <Yanmei> "If you say you can do it, I believe you."
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["I… I appreciate that." He sighed.-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["Listen. I- I don't want to just do nothing. I-I'm not weak like that. I think I need to visit Zoe and the kids, th-" He paused, taking a breath, staring at the wall for a second.-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["S-Sort some things out."]
[14:39] * Yanmei nodded. "We'll probably be transporting a few volunteers from the Bell over soon to help with the extra food prep and supply sorting we need done. I'll ask Vercingetorix to take you along on one of the trips over there. You could spend the night there, or longer if you need it."
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Alright. Jules wants to volunteer."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Ah…?" A look of faint surprise crossed her face. "Are you okay with that? It won't be easy."
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["He's a bit like his old man in that aspect. I think he wants to work, take his mind of it. He's requesting to be placed with uh, Sarasvati… For some reason."]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "Hmm. She's working in Engineering. High-level tech stuff." Yanmei picked up a scratched and battered tablet that had been resting on the table, head tilting slightly to the side. "I'll ask her if she could use an extra pair of hands to help with any unskilled work."
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."-
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["H-He's a good kid. He- I think he feels- you know. Guilty…"]
[15:09] <Yanmei> Yanmei's brow furrowed, but she was quiet, letting him go on.
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["He- he was told to take care of 'em, you know?" He saidq uietly.]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "Oh my god," she breathed. "Of course… of course something like that would eat at him."
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Vimes quietly.-
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["It's just- so senseless, Yanmei." Said Vimes. "And I'm torn between feeling as though I've been wrapped up in an accident, like E-Elina was just collateral, and feeling as though I've been -targeted-."]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "We haven't found any patterns in what they did, no." Yanmei's eyes lowered. "Frankly, it -is- senseless."
[15:46] <Minaplo> ["Damnit." He said. He covered his face with his hands.]
[15:47] * Yanmei slowly reached over and gripped his shoulder.
[15:52] <Minaplo> [He broke down a little then- Only for a few seconds, only long enough for a few tears and gasps, but he put his hand on Yanmei's own and squeezed it. "T-Thanks."]
[16:06] * Yanmei simply nodded. "Hang on for just a few more hours? It won't be long until the jaunt."
[16:06] <Minaplo> ["Y… Yeah. I can do that…"]#
[14:25] <Yanmei> It would be a long shift for both of them, but at last the time to visit the Bell would arrive. -
[14:30] <Yanmei> Vimes and Vercingetorix, however, were not the only ones taking the journey over to it. A special request, delivered by Vercy himself, meant that Yanmei had to join them. Once again, she left the Bridge in Alphonse's hands, and waved goodbye as she left her comfy chair behind, walking over to the spot where the other two gentlemen were waiting. "Shall we?"
[14:36] <Minaplo> [They both nodded, Vercy holding out his hands.]
[14:38] * Yanmei gripped one, bracing herself.
[14:40] <Minaplo> [A moment of mild disorientation- then, they were on the #Bell#, with its unadorned walls and somewhat narrow corridors…-
[14:41] <Minaplo> [They'd been taken to the hangar, since it was a large space and thus easy for V to zap in and out of without a fuss, especially if he had to take people back with him.-
[14:41] <Minaplo> [It was in here that Yanmei could see many of their Superheavy auxiliaries, as well as the strange new G-Defiant…-
[14:42] <Minaplo> [The #Bell# crew had tried to keep the hangar clear of refugees, and by and large they had succeeded, although there were still a few groups camped out against some of the walls or even in the bays.]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Are you okay with seeing to the volunteers? We'll need to contact Linden first, to get a list of the people who have already signed up."
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["That's fine." Said V. "I can show you to your family on the way, Mr. Vimes."-
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Alright."]
[14:49] * Yanmei nodded. "I'll see you both later, then? Good luck."
[14:51] <Minaplo> [They gave her a nod in return and went her own way.]
[14:52] <Yanmei> And Yanmei went along on hers. To the sick bay…
[14:55] <Minaplo> [Crowded.-
[14:56] <Minaplo> [The doctors and medics on hand looked tired and worn out, but they were quick to direct her to the intensive care room where Isabelle Bellamy was kept.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> [Isabelle looked dishevelled, her skin pale and pallid, her eyes ringed with dark spots. Her hair- which had been shaved off a few months ago- was slowly starting to grow back, giving her scalp a grassy appearance. Thick bandages were wrapped around her stomach and chest, and several machines were hooked up to her. She was asleep at the moment…]
[15:04] <Yanmei> As Yanmei watched her, deep furrows began forming along her forehead. It was one thing to hear about her condition second hand, and another thing to -see- it. -
[15:05] <Yanmei> "I-Isabelle?" she whispered.
[15:10] <Minaplo> [Isabelle stirred, letting out a low groan.]
[15:13] <Yanmei> She tried a little louder. "Isabelle? Are you awake?"
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["Mmmm." Isabelle turned towards Yanmei. "Oh, you…"]
[15:14] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Me. I heard you wanted to talk about stuff?"
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["Hungry."]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "We…" she hesitated. Who knew how much real food they actually had on board? Maybe they only had MREs. Regardless of that… "Wait here. I'll grab something for you to eat?"
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."]
[15:23] * Yanmei was off, back to the hectic hallways, trying to find a low-ranking medical aide to help with that. Could she procure whatever passed as food around here from one?
[15:24] <Minaplo> [The medical aide could give Yanmei directions…-
[15:24] <Minaplo> [Ultimately Yanmei would get her hands on an MRE.]
[15:31] <Yanmei> Regrettable. But it was the best she could do. Quickly, she scampered back to Isabelle's room to commence with the prep work. "Good news! I found something?" She yanked open the package. What sort of 'something' was it, anyway?
[15:38] <Minaplo> [The main meal was a mexican-style chicken stew, with a side of white rice. It had all of the normal other stuff too- a chocolate brownie, a satchel of crackers and cheddar cheese, a satchel of powdered chocolate drink mix…]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Here. The cheese and crackers don't seem so bad?" She propped up the entree and its heating packet, and the approached the bed with said crackers, trying to sound cheerful. "Can you move?"
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["A little." She tried to sit up a little and opened her mouth.]
[15:44] <Yanmei> Yanmei hesitated for a split second until it dawned on her what she was supposed to do. She gingerly placed a cheesy cracker into Isabelle's mouth.
[15:45] <Minaplo> [Isabelle took a bite, slowly chewing it up and eventually swallowing it.-
[15:45] <Minaplo> [After a few more crackers, she finally seemed ready to speak.-
[15:45] <Minaplo> ["Y… Yanmei."]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[15:47] <Minaplo> ["I'm not so sure I'm going to make it this time."]
[15:51] <Yanmei> "You will." Yanmei's voice was firm. "It will be okay. It -has- to."
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["Maybe you're right, but either way, it might be for the best if I don't make it." She said quietly.]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "You… don't really believe that, do you?"
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["I'm not speaking from depression or grimness, Yanmei." Said Isabelle. "What is there left for me to do?"]
[15:58] <Yanmei> "What drove you to hang on before? It was Lizzie, wasn't it?"
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["Lizzie." She nodded feebly. "And… I knew we were doomed. I have for years. But I kept clinging on, resolving to myself to keep going until we perished for good, or things changed and we found ourselves with a chance."]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "What do you mean 'doomed'?"
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["Doomed. That everything we strove for would be for nought."]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "But we defeated Metatron! Why are you still so…?"
[16:09] <Minaplo> ["No." She shook her head. "Didn't you hear me? I said I resolved to hold on until we perished or until we found ourselves with a chance. We're not dead, so…"]
[06:48] <Yanmei> "Ah. Sorry. For a moment, I thought you were leading up to a remark about you still feeling that way." She gave a small, wry smile. "Honestly, 'we are doomed' is probably something many people have thought since we ended up here? But I think I understand."
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[07:05] <@Minaplo> [She nodded slowly.-
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[07:06] <@Minaplo> ["Then my last task is ended, Yanmei."]
#06[07:23] * Yanmei shut her eyes. "I wish you'd stay with us. If only to see the results of all your hard work?"
[07:33] <@Minaplo> ["But I'm so #tired#." Said Isabelle quietly. "I'm so spent. I've stretched myself, trying so hard to keep myself going for you and the others. You're fortunate, Yanmei. Your greatest triumphs and years are ahead of you. But mine have already passed. The peak of my life has been and it has gone."]
[07:40] <Yanmei> "You could retire? Live the rest of your life just… resting. Surely you could do that instead?"
[07:44] <@Minaplo> ["I miss Adrian." She said quietly. "And I would simply be in your way. I would confuse Elizabeth. You wouldn't appreciate that. And every moment where I would be without her would be pain."]
[07:59] <Yanmei> "You wouldn't be in anyone's way! And Lizzie is still young? She'd be able to adapt more easily than you're giving her credit for if we can just find a way to explain things to her. That's something I was planning to do anyway. It sounds absurd but… I learned a few things about parenthood in the last battle."
[08:17] <@Minaplo> ["Oh…?"]
[08:24] <Yanmei> "It's better to have a relationship with your parents instead of making them watch over you from afar. That's what I was thinking when I was out there for some reason."
[08:26] <@Minaplo> ["I understand. But… Are you sure that really applies to us?"]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "Why wouldn't it?"
[08:29] <@Minaplo> ["Are you really sure you're comfortable with having to share Elizabeth with me, Yanmei?"]
[08:33] <Yanmei> "This is the right thing to do. Anyway, that sounds like something I should be asking you instead."
[08:35] <@Minaplo> ["She's been with you for a long time, now. Longer than she has been with me." Said Isabelle, her voice quiet and sad and gentle. "She sees you as her mother now."]
[08:38] <Yanmei> "That doesn't erase your own feelings for her. And it also doesn't erase the fact that you're her mom too?"
[08:47] <@Minaplo> ["You didn't answer my question, either way. Are you comfortable with having to share Elizabeth with me?"]
[09:00] <Yanmei> "Yes. I wasn't always consistant with it, but I never meant to take her away from you. Now…" She scratched her cheek, glancing away a little awkwardly, "actually living together might be a bit strange. If you're will, I'm confident we can make it work, though."
[09:04] <Yanmei> ^willing
[09:06] <@Minaplo> [Isabelle let out a small 'huh'.-
[09:06] <@Minaplo> ["You'd… Actually do that for me?"]
[09:10] <Yanmei> "Of course," she said primly, and tossed her hair. "Isaiah and I already discussed the possibility a long time ago?"
[09:12] <@Minaplo> ["…"-
[09:12] <@Minaplo> ["Why…?"]
[09:17] <Yanmei> "I just told you. I never intended to take her away from you? But the longer she stayed with us, the more we had to consider Lizzie's feelings too. And our own. We were trying to think of solutions that would make everyone happy. A group living situation was one of them."
[09:20] <@Minaplo> ["I'm not sure if it'll work out in the long run. You two will be a couple. You will want more children, your own space…"]
[09:28] <Yanmei> "Also you'll probably get sick of us after a while," she guessed with a small smirk. "No one said it had to be foever, but it'll least give you an opportunity to bond with Lizzie, and it would give us some more time to decide what to do long-term. Anyway, that stuff about having more children is a long way off, so…"
[09:33] <@Minaplo> ["…"-
[09:33] <@Minaplo> ["You're offering me the opportunity to see Elizabeth grow up. I had no idea you were so cruel."]
[09:34] <Yanmei> "W-what?"
[09:44] <@Minaplo> ["I'm starting to feel that I should accept it."]
[09:50] <Yanmei> "I hope you will. At least consider it carefully?"
[09:50] <@Minaplo> ["Mmm."]
[09:51] <Yanmei> "…" -
[09:52] <Yanmei> Yanmei suddenly considered the chicken stew for the first time in a while. It was probably heated through by now, right? "Do you want some more food?"
[09:56] <@Minaplo> ["Please."]
[10:01] <Yanmei> So Yanmei fetched it, pulling back wrapping and using the provided spoon to stir it up. "…I apologize in advance."
[10:02] <@Minaplo> ["I'm sure it's better than the roast rat I used to eat at home."]
[10:03] <Yanmei> "Don't be so sure? Open up, okay?"
[10:06] <@Minaplo> [Isabelle opened up.]
[10:08] <Yanmei> And Yanmei slipped a spoonful into her mouth.
[10:10] <@Minaplo> [Isabelle ate, chewing slowly.-
[10:10] <@Minaplo> [She frowned. "Ugh."]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "I told you! But don't worry. Tomorrow there will be better stuff around. Fresh whale steaks. Maybe some kind of whale stew, if there's enough water to actually make some for everyone." She stirred some more and lifted another spoonful.
[10:15] <@Minaplo> ["Whale?"]
[10:17] <Yanmei> "Isaiah and I went hunting!" Her intonation was proud and a little self-satisfied. "We didn't catch just any whale. It was in impact feral that was super huge?"
[10:18] <@Minaplo> ["I… That's certainly one way to feed everyone." Isabelle sounded impressed.]
#06[10:28] * Yanmei beamed. "It was just two of us and we couldn't use any AT powers, but we managed to use my superior tactics to corner and overwhelm it easily. I cut it down personally with a calculated harpoon strike to its head. Ah. Here's another spoonful, alright?"
[10:29] <@Minaplo> ["This slop is easier to swallow than your braggadocio." Said Isabelle curtly, taking another mouthful. "Ugh, it's got slimy things in it."]
[10:42] <Yanmei> "H-hey!" Yanmei pouted. "Whatever. Just remember who to thank when you're enjoying it tomorrow~. Also. While I'm here, would you like me to ask my mother to bring Lizzie for a visit sometime tomorrow? She's been looking after her since the Bell arrived here."
[10:43] <@Minaplo> ["I… I would like that." She admitted quietly.]
[11:12] <Yanmei> "Then I'll see to it." Yanmei said simply, and spoonfed her another mouthful of terrible stew. -
[11:15] <Yanmei> A short while later, after Isabelle had finished dinner and taken a some water, Yanmei left her to rest, slipping out of the room and back into chaos of the medical wing. -
[11:16] <Yanmei> She passed Eevi's room, peeking in but not stepping inside. It would be better to visit when Rei was around. What might she see inside, though?
[11:18] <@Minaplo> [Eevi.-
[11:18] <@Minaplo> [The little girl, either asleep or pretending to be asleep, her form diminished by the lack of an arm and both her legs…]
[11:22] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei backed off as quietly as she could… not that it would make a difference with the noise of their surroundings. She checked her watch and then headed off in another direction with new dermination. This next person would be difficult to track down, but she asked as many uninjured people on her path as she could about him. Remy Fabien Awala.
[11:26] <@Minaplo> [Remy would be… In the prisoners' cells, of all places! Not in one of the cells. But he had apparently laid a sleeping bag down in front of one of them- one which had three frollicking, energetic Armored Lion cubs inside.]
#06[11:30] * Yanmei couldn't help but smirk at the sight. It was adorable, even if she didn't want to admit it aloud. "Hello Staff Sergeant," she said, coming up behind him. "It hasn't even been that long, but they already look bigger…"
[11:31] <@Minaplo> [He was sitting on his bag, and he looked over at her, smiling a little. "Yanmei, hey! Yeah, look at 'em. Grow faster than any other mammal of their mass."]
[11:32] <Yanmei> "Wouldn't surprise me." She crouched down a little for a better look at them. "How are you coping these days?"
[11:33] <@Minaplo> ["Oh yeah, I'm doing ok, hey. Better than a lot of folks."-
[11:34] <@Minaplo> [Two of them were wrestling, biting each other around the neck, whilst a third, which had been lolling about near the door, suddenly sprang up at Yanmei's approach, staring at her intently. It batted at the door.]
#06[11:35] * Yanmei gave the cub a little wave, although she doubted it understood that the gesture meant 'hello'. -
[11:37] <Yanmei> "You're telling me? I just got back from the medical area. I, um. Was hoping to get some advice about one of the people I saw over there."
[11:38] <@Minaplo> ["My advice? Ok…"]
[11:40] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Like. You know Eevi and Felix, right? The little redheaded girl and the tiger?" Surely, he must have. Somehow she got the feeling that he became acquainted with all the animals on board the #Dorian# before they and and the human civilians had been shipped off to Asgard.
[11:42] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah. Felix died in Asgard. Shame…"]
[11:43] <Yanmei> "Ah. You heard, huh?" Her face settled into a more distracted expression. "I've… been toying with the idea of surprising Eevi with another animal friend. There are three things stopping me, though."
[11:43] <@Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[11:48] <Yanmei> "First is where to find one. Like, Tigers are… super rare. But it doesn't have to be a tiger. It could theoretically be a lion cub, or a kangaroo or something. Someone suggested seeing if you would part with one of these little guys, but you're using them for your research, right?"
[11:52] <@Minaplo> ["I am, but I could probably part with one." He said cautiously.]
[11:55] <Yanmei> "I've mixed feelings about it myself? Because - second thing stopping me - I don't think it's a great idea to let her run around with a cub that is both untrained and dangerous. I mean, I doubt it would hurt her very badly? But other people…"
[11:58] <@Minaplo> ["Untrained, hey?"]
[12:04] <Yanmei> "Right? Or… undomesticated, is probably the better word for it? Felix was less of an issue because he was an oversized housecat. But these little guys are still learning how to deal with people and how to hold back on them. …am I wrong?"
[12:11] <@Minaplo> ["Two thirds wrong. Come sit down here."]
#06[12:12] * Yanmei blinked and followed his lead after a moment.
[12:15] <@Minaplo> ["Ok. See the two at the back?" He pointed at the two wrestling kitties. "That's Attila and Genghis. They're pretty fighty right now."]
[12:16] <Yanmei> "Yup." Yanmei had to hold back a giggle at the oh-so-appropriate names.
[12:27] <@Minaplo> ["But this one." He pointed at the curious one staring at Yanmei. "This is Timur. He is friendliness incarnate, hey. I've managed to get him to stop breathing fire, and he doesn't play too rough either. Honestly, the other two pick on him."]
[12:35] <Yanmei> "Poor guy." Yanmei tapped a fingertip lightly on the transparent wall in front of the cub. "I guess it all boils down to individual temperment, huh?"
[12:35] <@Minaplo> [He began batting at the finger, before rubbing his head against the door.-
[12:35] <@Minaplo> ["And my training, hey."]
[12:36] <Yanmei> "Can't underestimate that. I don't know how you manage it…"
[12:42] <@Minaplo> ["Basic principles." He said cheerfully.-
[12:42] <@Minaplo> ["Anyway. If you were to give her a cub, I'd suggest Timur. He's very playful, which is good for a sad little girl, hey."]
[12:49] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I'd like to delicately lay the matter before her first, and maybe arrange a meeting with the two of them before going ahead. The thing is… I don't know how she feels about getting a new cat-friend at all. She might feel bad about it, as if she was trying to replace Felix. Ah… that's the third thing that concerned me, by the way. But it's something I should probably see to by talking to her and getting advice from people who know her really well."
[12:50] <@Minaplo> ["Well, my two cents would be to take Timur along just for a visit without mentioning anything about pets."]
[12:51] <Yanmei> "Oh. That's a pretty good idea?"
[12:56] <@Minaplo> [He beamed.]
[12:57] <Yanmei> "We'll arrange something pretty soon. Thank you for all of your advice."
[12:57] <@Minaplo> ["Not a problem, hey."]
[12:59] <Yanmei> "Let me know if you need anything, ok? Like… these guys are still getting proper food and everything, right? I know that it's been pretty slim pickings lately."
[13:01] <@Minaplo> ["I've been trying my best. MREs do in a pinch, but it's hard to justify using up food that could go to refugees."]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "We happened to get a surplus of fresh meat while Eva-04 and Eva-05 were out scavenging today. Enough to feed everyone for a while? I'll make sure some uncooked portions are sent down here so that they can eat it."
[13:06] <@Minaplo> ["Sweet. What sort of meat?"]
[13:09] <Yanmei> "Whale meat…" She suddenly recalled that Remy's animal preservationist side might not be too pleased with that, even without her mentioning the unique nature of their prey.
[13:09] <@Minaplo> ["W-Whoa, what? Whale meat?"]
[13:12] <Yanmei> "Yeah. We couldn't let ourselves be seen by anyone so we just stuck to the ocean when hunting?"
[13:12] <@Minaplo> ["B-But… Whales?!"]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "I know. I'm sorry! It was just this once. If we had gone after smaller sea animals, it wouldn't have enough to feed everyone."
[13:14] <@Minaplo> [He gave her a dark look. "How many did you have to kill to feed this ship, anyway?"]
[13:16] <Yanmei> "Just the one."
[13:16] <@Minaplo> ["What?! How big was this whale?"]
[13:17] <Yanmei> "Preeetty big. Big enough to make Isaiah wonder how the ecosystem was supporting it."
[13:18] <@Minaplo> ["… Was this an Impact Feral whale?"]
[13:26] <Yanmei> A split second of hesitation as she fought back the urge to lie through her teeth. She was in it pretty deep already, though. She sighed. "Yeah."
[13:27] <@Minaplo> ["Hmmm… I see." He rubbed his chin. "If Isaiah thought it might damage the ecosystem, then it's probably better safe than sorry, hey?"]
#06[13:27] * Yanmei blinked. That was not the reaction she had been expecting. "Uh. Right. Of course."
[13:53] <@Minaplo> ["Still… I bet it's magnificent. Maybe it's not unique…" He seemed hopeful.]
[13:55] <Yanmei> "There's a chance there are others out there. We couldn't get Otis to tell us one way or another." Yanmei stood up, stretching a bit. "If there are, I bet you'll find one someday~"
[13:56] <@Minaplo> ["I'm gonna be busy, hey? I still need to tame an Apocalypse Engine…"]
[13:59] <Yanmei> "You certainly dream big," Yanmei sighed. "Anyway, I'd better run. The return jaunt to the Dorian is going to be going ahead in about 20 minutes."
[14:03] <@Minaplo> ["Cool. Oh, can you pass a message onto Asuka?"]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "Absolutely."
[14:07] <@Minaplo> ["Tell her that she should be good to take Attila home in about two, three weeks."]
[14:09] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?!" An expression of sheer panic crossed her face. "You're giving her a scrappy fire-breathing lion cub?! Asuka?"
[14:10] <@Minaplo> ["Who do you think -named- these littlies in the first place?"]
[14:14] <Yanmei> "That-" She was actually flustered enough to pause, spluterring. "I… should go and talk to her. I'll see you later?"
[14:14] <@Minaplo> ["'Bye!"]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Goodbye!" And she hurried away, back toward the hangar.
[14:17] <Yanmei> The moment Yanmei returned to the battleship, she found herself missing the warmth and the less orderly atmosphere of the Bell. Her only consolation was that she was free to go to her bedroom and wrap herself in blankets for a few hours… so that's exactly what she set out to do. Briskly, she walked along the halls until she reached the proper door and pushed the button to open it.
[14:24] <Minaplo> [But the room wasn't empty. Within was Alexandre Fontaine, sitting on -her- bed, eating an MRE. "Yo."]
[14:26] <Yanmei> "…" -
[14:28] * Yanmei eyed the mattress almost mournfully. "Fontaine. While it's good to see you, don't you have your own bed to get crumbs all over?"
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["My bed doesn't have a frame, though."]
[14:31] <Yanmei> "Mrmph." Rather than argue, Yanmei went over to the mattress that Alex shared with Asuka, and quickly wrapped herself in a little blanket burrito. That, at least, made her marginally less cold. "How was your day?" Her voice was very muffled.
[14:31] <Minaplo> ["My day was spent on a broken battleship on Mars. How was yours?"]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "Fought a murderous whale. Possibly prevented a suicide. Played with armored lion cubs. It was more eventful than yesterday, I guess?"
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["I guess this is true. Does this mean that we might be getting some whale meat rations soon?"]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Yes. Volunteers from the Bell are helping to prep some for tomorrow? You're welcome."
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["Good." He said. "You know, I'm actually annoyed with myself. Once upon a time the MREs wouldn't have bothered me so much, but I've been spoiled by actual living."]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "It's not like it would take much? I'm pretty sure sawdust is more palatable."
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["That's mean. The brownie's not -that- bad." He said. "And I've actually heard good things about the pork sausage and tortellini packs."]
[14:53] <Yanmei> "The brownie tastes like a brick? And yeah, I've never even seen this mythical sausage and tortellini MRE. It might not even exist."
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["Presumably, Logistics are keeping them for themselves. That tricky Redspring- I knew he wasn't to be trusted."]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Bastards."
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Himesama must be in on it as well." He took a spoonful of spaghetti and ate it.-
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["So I hear you're tying the knot."]
[15:00] <Yanmei> "That's right~" Yanmei beamed within her cocoon. "Isaiah and I decided to speed things up."
[15:00] <Minaplo> ["Have you worked out the details for the ceremony yet?"]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "Not much of it? President Mazarin will officiate it. It's probably too much to ask for traditional wedding clothes, so the wedding party will probably go with military dress uniforms, including the bride and groom. I… would like Marianne to participate in it, but I'd understand if she wasn't feeling up to it. As to where we're holding it… no idea."
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["You gonna give Asuka a special role…?"]
[15:19] <Yanmei> "Bridesmaid."
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["Yep, I thought so." He said with a small smirk.]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "What? She'll be completely thrilled~~"
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Thought about your Maid of honour?"]
[15:32] <Yanmei> "Marianne. Again, if she'll accept?"
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh, I see…"-
[15:34] <Minaplo> [It was at this point that the door opened, revealing none other than Asuka herself.-
[15:35] <Minaplo> [She looked… Pale, her head down, one arm hanging at her side, the other having opened the door. She walked in.]
[15:37] <Yanmei> "Welcome…? Back?" Yanmei peered worriedly at her. "What's wrong?"
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["Asuka?" Alex had seen it too, and he put his food aside, moving towards the edge of the bed.-
[15:41] <Minaplo> [She didn't answer, walking over to the bed Alex was sitting on. She sat down on it, pulling her knees up to her chest.-
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["I just…"]
[15:45] * Yanmei hesitated, uncertain if she should stay or give the two some privacy. Until the gist of it came out, at least, she tried to look encouraging.
[15:47] <Minaplo> [Alex moved up, wrapping an arm around her shoulders. Asuka leaned against him, huddled really.-
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["I went to visit Harken." She said. "He… He was standing away from the door, facing the wall, when I went in. He… He had his desk, his old desk, and one of its drawers was open. The drawer was supposed to have an old Luger pistol in it, but it was gone. When I came in, he turned around, and he was holding it up to his chin."]
[16:05] * Yanmei stared, her eyes widening. "You…" She edged forward a little. "You tried to talk him down…?"
[16:10] <Minaplo> [She nodded, six or seven times. "I-I asked him why. I told him we weren't beaten yet, but he said it didn't matter. He said that he didn't have anything left to live for. I…" She bowed her head. "I said all kinds of things. I begged him not to go. I told him that he still had me, that I needed him, that he was important to me and I hoped I was to him, too, and- and I held him and took the gun away from him, and took him to medical."-
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["I-I c-can't-" She stopped, her voice becoming choked with sobs. "D-damnit…"]
[16:32] <Yanmei> There was, again, that uncertainty over staying or going. She compromised and kept her distance from the hugs on the bed quietly. "You did an amazing thing just now, Asuka."
[16:47] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, seriously." Said Alex, wrapping both arms around her now. Gently, he shifted her onto his lap, where she rested her head against his shoulder.-
[16:47] <Minaplo> ["I never expected him to- to do that…" She mumbled.]
[17:05] <Yanmei> "It's shocking?" Yanmei murmured in agreement. "He was always so… level-headed."
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["He lost his last relative." Said Alex quietly. "Maybe he just hid his pain beneath it all."-
[17:08] <Minaplo> ["I'm gonna try to spend some time with him." She mumbled. "Me and Go and Hachi." She looked over at Yanmei. "I-I may not be any good for regular duties for a bit…"]
[17:14] <Yanmei> "That's ok. We'll find someone to fill in? You go to him and do what you need to do."
[17:18] <Minaplo> [She nodded several times.-
[17:19] <Minaplo> ["… Gonna stay here for a bit." She said, wrapping her arms around Alex securely.]
[17:21] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Yanmei unfurled herself and stood up again, reluctantly. "Think I'll leave the room to you two. To talk and stuff."
[17:29] <Minaplo> [Asuka, just as reluctantly, pulled herself off of Alex's lap. "Hey…"]
[17:30] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[17:32] <Minaplo> [Asuka ruffled her hair. "Were you cold?"]
[17:36] <Yanmei> "!" The hair caught her off guard. By habit, she tried to smooth it back down a little. "Of course? Everyone's cold!"
[17:39] <Minaplo> [Asuka walked over to her own mattress, rustling through a duffel bag she'd secured at some point. She pulled out a thick-looking barzilite coat, her cape, and what looked like a thick black undershirt, holding them out. "Here. I don't need them right now, so if you bring them back it'll be ok. Some of the first stuff we found on the tanker." She said quietly. She shook the black undershirt. "This is a thermal undercoat. Put it on, and there's a little button on the collar. Press it and it'll warm you up like a hot water bottle."]
[17:46] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face softened. "Man, that's… thank you, Asuka." She collected the black undershirt and the cape. "This should be than enough. I really owe you."
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["It feels weird to kick you out without something for you to take." She mumbled. She wrapped an arm around Yanmei briefly before heading back to Alex's embrace.]
[17:55] <Yanmei> Yanmei returned the half-embrace and grinned faintly. "It's only for a short while. I don't mind. Here…" She headed for the attached bathroom to change, and before long she was on her way to the proper exit, a good deal warmer, the cape futtering around her dramatically. -
[17:55] <Yanmei> "See you both later~"
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["Bye."]

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