Komm Susser Tod 2 3 10

01[23:14] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei sat with her feet propped up on the conference room's table in a rare display of crudeness. There was no one to see it, so she could do what she felt like, and thus had just completed a stirring round of shadowboxing to get some anxious energy out. -
01[23:18] <Yanmei> It hadn't been nearly enough to satisfy her, but she'd felt bad about it before long. Everyone one the ship was either working hard or suffering; she didn't have time to play around either. So here she slumped, her tablet resting in her lap, working and certainly not pouting, because responsible kings did no such thing.
[23:28] <Minaplo> [And so Yanmei sat- until a few minutes later she felt a knock at her door.]
01[23:30] <Yanmei> There was a brief bout of flailing about: setting the tablet aside, and standing hastily to smooth her hair and clothes. "Come in~~~"
[23:39] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and Alexandrina walked in.-
[23:41] <Minaplo> [Her long flowing hair had been replaced with a neat, utilitarian ponytail, and her dresses were gone, replaced with what looked like dark blue Technical overalls worn over a shirt and under a coat.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["Chancellor Zhang."]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "Pilot Wales! This is a surprise? To what do I owe this pleasure?"
Session Time: Thu Nov 13 00:00:00 2014
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Technical requested that I return this to your care." Said Alexandrina, holding out what looked like Yanmei's electro-rod. "The damage has been restores."]
[00:13] <Minaplo> <restored*>
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "Oh! Thanks. I was hoping I'd get it back before we returned…" Yanmei eagerly crossed the distance to reclaim it. "So they have you doing errands now?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Yes." She handed it over.]
06[00:24] * Yanmei accepted, gladly, and examined it carefully. "How has it been so far?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["Fine. I have no problems."]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but…" she held back a small frown. "You know, I've been meaning to apologise."
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[01:12] <Minaplo> ["Apologise?" She asked, staring at Yanmei levelly with those large, dark eyes. They seemed even larger what with the faint dark rings around them.]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "For Asgard."
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Alexandrina. "Apology accepted, Chancellor."]
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "Good. Thank you." But, dubious. Was that really all there was to it? "I would have never sent you there if I'd known how dangerous it would get. I wouldn't have sent -anyone- there."
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["I would hope not." Said Alexandrina. "Fortunately, I was spared any serious harm thanks to - Matthias. And Anita-Margaret."]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "That's a relief. Still, it must have been horrifying."
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[01:50] <Minaplo> ["I've been in battle before." Said Alexandrina, a little testily.]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> "Too right," said Yanmei, calmly seeming to pull back a bit.
[02:08] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina eyed Yanmei for a few seconds more, perhaps expecting a challenge, then nodded.-
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["My Evangelion will not be combat ready for some time, I hear. Is that true, Chancellor?"]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "Unfortunately not? And you'll find yourself in good company, too." She sighed. Apparently, that wasn't something she wanted to be reminded about right now. "We're down to three, maybe four units."
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["I see. In that case, I have a request."]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?"
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["When we return to Earth, allow me to return to Britain." Said Alexandrina. "I will spend my time assisting with the rebuilding and reorganisation efforts until my Evangelion is ready."]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "Are you certain? If you do that, Caine will go after you and your country for sure."
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["I'll have protection." Said Alexandrina. "After Asgard, all of our forces will be on constant high alert, and it will be hard for her to try it again."-
[02:25] <Minaplo> [Her eyes became hard, and something cold and steely gleamed within them. "Besides, our nations all have duties. Britain has a long history of humbling arrogant German tyrants, and I fully expect my people to do their duty once again."]
06[23:05] * Yanmei seemed to be considering something long and hard, as she sized up Alexandria. "How do you feel about your squadmates, Wales?" she suddenly asked.
01[23:06] <Yanmei> ^Alexandrina :I
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[23:11] <Minaplo> ["My squadmates?" She said slowly. "I've never spent much time with either of them. Ni seems reliable."]
06[23:12] * Yanmei looked a little disapponted. "You didn't train together or anything?"
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["Of course. But our actual shared live combat experience is small."]
06[23:15] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "All right! I'm willing to grant you a leave of absence to return to your country. But I have a request that I want you to agree to in exchange?"
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Make your request."]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "I want you to invite Kyuu and Ni to go with you. And I want the three of you to continue training and getting to know each other while you're there? And, if they agree to go, they'll watch your back along with Holmstrom and Anita-Margaret in case something bad happens. If all five of you can fight together, I'm positive that you'll increase your chances of surviving Caine should she make a move."
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Alexandrina.-
[23:30] <Minaplo> [She paused for a second.-
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["I told my people that I would remain just the princess until our homeland was safe from the Angels." Said Alexandrina. "Now that Metatron is defeated, any Spawn in Britain will be disorganised and confused. Remy tells me they will be like befuddled animals, nothing that we cannot handle. So, as promised, once I return to Britain, I intend to be crowned."]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "You really waste no time, do you?" Yanmei gave her a half-grin.
[23:37] <Minaplo> ["It's a poor habit to have."]
01[23:39] <Yanmei> "You'd better invite Asuka to your coronation. She'll probably take it out on me if you don't?"
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["I intend to." Said Alexandrina with a small smile. "So long as everyone brings a gift."]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> "A new gun or sword," Yanmei nodded smugly. "That's a great gift idea for any occassion?"
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[23:50] <Minaplo> ["I'd much prefer Surov build me a customised suit of power armour that can be worn in an Entry Plug."]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "Huh. He can -do- that? I guess I shouldn't be surprised…"
Session Time: Fri Nov 14 00:00:00 2014
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure if he can, but if he could, then I would very much want such a suit." Said Alexandrina.]
06[00:30] * Yanmei smirked. "I know the first thing we're gonna do once we get some research cash~ That and opaque test suits."
[00:43] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's cheeks went slightly pink. "This- isn't about that." She said a little hastily.]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "Uh huh. Not that I could blame you if it was."
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["It is simply important for practical and symbolic reasons." She said, her hands clasped primly behind her back. "We need to be seen in our plugsuits from time to time to reinforce our hands-on presence. I believe adapted power armour allows for a greater visual impact than- the other suits."]
01[00:53] <Yanmei> "True. Especially if we added some texture to it? Stripes or polka dots or ruffles~"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["… Why?"]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "What do you mean 'why'? Because it'd look good!"
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["I'm not so sure." Said Lexie grimly. "And moreso, we're fighting a war. We need to look practical, prepared for war… You realise that adding ruffles or decorations or whatever to our armour or suits makes us look, in the eyes of the media and the public, like superficial image-obsessed stereotypical teenage girls?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "W-what?! Grr…Fine. Then let's go with capes. That's practical, right~?"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["No." Said Lexie. "And on a plugsuit, wouldn't the LCL ruin them anyway?"]
01[01:36] <Yanmei> "Self-cleaning capes," she said promptly. "And there are many around here who would agree with me on the practical part. Some of them are operation directors with long, gleaming blonde hair and sparkly eyes~"
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["Asuka doesn't take her cape into an entry plug. The first thing she does in a fight is throw it at an enemy, because she knows it gets in the way." Her tone became stiff. "And don't bring Wellesley into this."]
01[01:53] <Yanmei> "I'm just saying, that's all~ Cheer up. Maybe we'll get capes attatched to our regular uniforms in a way that lets everyone wear them."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["If that is what you want." Said Lexie coolly.-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["I just wish to avoid being seen as vain."]
01[01:59] <Yanmei> "Sure, at the risk of being seen as boring~"
[02:00] <Minaplo> [She folded her arms. "Why do you have to insult me?"]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "C'mon, I'm just teasing."
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["You don't understand." Said Lexie, her tone rigid.]
01[02:12] <Yanmei> "Eh?" She looked a little worried now. "What don't I understand? What's wrong…?"
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["You've either been a carefree schoolgirl or an Eva pilot your whole life, haven't you?" Said Lexie. "And even once you became a pilot, did anyone ever really question your necessity?"]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "Well… no. Not yet, anyway."
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["I belong to the royal family of a democratic country." Said Lexie. "A family with no real control over matters of state. A significant number of people considered us to be pointless, offensive just to exist. Our reason to exist was constantly under scrutiny, and so we had to control our image. We had to remember that we existed only at the behest of the people, and to that end we had to
[02:39] <Minaplo> look respectable. Admirable. Not flamboyant or vain or excessive. Any accusation of flippancy or frittering away what we were given could destroy us."]
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "But…" Yanmei frowned deeply. "Now you're building the country back up from scratch. You have significant power! So why does it still matter if people think you're vain?"
[07:09] <Minaplo> ["You don't believe that they'll let that become the state of affairs permanently, do you?" Asked Lexie, her tone rough and clipped. "Britain has spent 600 years gradually developing its democratic structure. I might wield power now, but if I don't use that power to rebuild the representative government and restore democracy, then I'll be worth nothing to them. So that's why I need to
[07:09] <Minaplo> keep in control. I can't- flaunt my wealth or position when so many of my people are…"]
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01[07:16] <Yanmei> "Hm. No, I get it. It's like publicly eating a feast when the rest of your followers are stuck eating MREs or blandly cooked whale steaks for weeks. Only much much worse?"
[07:20] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Lexie. "I can't falter. I need to look as though I am spending every single moment working for their betterment. I need to be seen working harder than they ever will, so they can aspire to- to work as hard. I need to cut at everything that doesn't serve that interest…"]
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01[07:33] <Yanmei> "I think I understand," Yanmei muttered. "And I think you're aware of your own limits, too? I don't have to worry about you burning out, right?"
[07:38] <Minaplo> ["I don't have a choice." She said quietly. "I can't rely on anyone else for this."]
01[07:44] <Yanmei> "No," she said firmly. "You can not afford to burn out when your country's situation is this desperate. If you're too exhausted to do your job properly, then you're no good to your people."
[07:49] <Minaplo> ["My duty is not like standing guard." Snapped Lexie. "It's not done in shifts. There is no one else."]
06[08:04] * Yanmei stared at her, her face twisting into an expression of supreme irritation. "Fine. Then burn out."
[08:10] <Minaplo> ["What is your problem?!"]
01[08:19] <Yanmei> "No problems here. It's not like I can tell you how to run things?"
[08:29] <Minaplo> ["But you've wanted to." Said Lexie. "From the moment we met, you never thought I could do it."]
06[08:46] * Yanmei snorted. "Are you kidding me? For someone so concerned about about how she comes off, it's like you haven't been paying attention to how people around you have been reacting to you at all."
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean by that?"]
01[08:59] <Yanmei> "When you first started working here? EVERYONE was worried about you. You weren't socializing. You weren't grieving. You were throwing yourself into your work with a singlemindedness that concerned people. So yeah, if I came off as treating you like you were a ticking bomb back then, there was probably a good reason." -
01[09:07] <Yanmei> "So, when you say stuff like, 'There's no one I can rely on,' it doesn't convince me of your resolve. All it does is remind me of how you were acting back then? Which makes me want to help you. Which makes you, apparently, want to throw that help back in my face for some reason, but -whatever-."
[09:18] <Minaplo> [And Lexie snapped.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [They'd been standing pretty close, so Yanmei didn't have much time to react. Lexie struck out, hissing between bared, clenched teeth. She swiped at Yanmei's face several times, more a vicious clawing action than a punch, before catching Yanmei in a high kick that left the Princess open.]
01[09:37] <Yanmei> Instead of rushing in with an actual blow, Yanmei slipped up to her, not quite winded by the hit Alexandria had landed, and wrapped her arms around her, trying to hold her in place. "What in the hell are you doing?!" she hissed.
[09:40] <Minaplo> [But Yanmei's grip wasn't tight enough, or else she simply underestimated how -slim- the girl was. Lexie pressed against Yanmei for the split second it took to loosen her grip, before plunging into a low crouch. She quickly stood back up again, hands raised, letting out a low roar of fury as she prepared to lunge.]
01[10:03] <Yanmei> "Tch." She decided to focus on fighting instead of talking now. She yanked out her electro-rod, and thrust it at the Princess, but none of her strikes actually landed!
[10:11] <Minaplo> ["You-!" She didn't attack yet, but her hands were balled into fists so tight her own nails were digging deep into her flesh. "Judging- judging- gonna tear you apart!!!"]
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06[10:20] * Yanmei launched a second flurry of strikes, electricity sparking at each blow. "Idiot! This isn't helping anything!"
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["Nggggggh!" Lexie let out a pure scream of fury, and made another leap at Yanmei, hands out, ready to gouge at her eyes…]
06[10:35] * Yanmei barely sidestepped it… although she didn't escape the followup kick that landed on her knee. She let out a short hiss of pain and then… let loose another batch of sparking attacks! They all hit this time, squarely.
[10:36] <Minaplo> [The electricity crackled and cut deep into Lexie. She seized up, paralysed for a few long painful seconds before toppling backwards, her knees giving out. She slammed into the ground, twitching.-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["N-N-No-"-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [Even through that she was struggling to get up, grunts of pain and fury mixed in with the sudden rush of tears down her cheeks.]
06[10:42] * Yanmei stared down at her, breathing hard. It was the last way she had imagined - or wanted - to get a proper workout in that day. "Why did you do that?" she demanded. "Why?!"
[10:49] <Minaplo> [She was saying something, but it was nearly impossible for Yanmei to hear or understand…]
01[10:52] <Yanmei> "…" Against her better judgement, Yanmei came a little closer to see if that would make any difference at all.
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["Don't… Understand…"]
01[11:04] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei pulled back and sighed. "I really don't?" she muttered to herself, and then reached for her tablet again. -
01[11:08] <Yanmei> About fifteen minutes passed before a knock came to the door - a few volunteers from Medical with a lightweight stretcher and lots of questions. When they departed, carrying Alexandrina with them, Yanmei was left by herself to figure out what exactly had happened. -
01[11:11] <Yanmei> So she tried juggling that with paperwork, ultimately failing at both for hours before standing up, wrapping her jacket more tightly around herself, and going to the door again to see if she could leave without getting a lot of judgemental stares from the staff on the Bridge.
[11:11] <Minaplo> [Archibald looked pretty stern!-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [But ultimately no one would stop her from leaving…]
01[11:14] <Yanmei> So she did, muttering an excuse about a meeting with some doctors. It wasn't a complete lie. She -did- end up in Medical, speaking to the staff and volunteers there to get directions on where Lexie was resting.
[11:18] <Minaplo> [Lexie was indeed resting. She hadn't needed machines or extensive care, so she was placed in a cool, quiet room of her own with some limited amounts of ointment for some of the small burn marks across her chest.-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [She wasn't alone. Matthias was there, sitting in a chair next to the bed, looking highly worn out. He was, nevertheless, keeping up a constant slow stream of conversation, which mostly went unanswered.-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [As Yanmei entered, Lexie looked over, her expression impassive. Matthias, however, narrowed his eyes. There was some anger in those eyes, but there was more disappointment.]
06[11:27] * Yanmei frowned back. She could sense a stern lecture brewing in him, and she was in absolutely no mood. "Hello Holmstrom. I don't suppose we could have a few minutes alone?"
[11:31] <Minaplo> [He looked at Lexie, who reluctantly nodded.-
[11:31] <Minaplo> [With a sigh, Matthias pulled himself up and left.]
06[11:35] * Yanmei made sure the door was shut before turning and facing Lexie, still frowning, her hands on her her hips. It was hard to know where to start, so an apology was as good a place as any other. "I am sorry for… all of the stuff that just happened," she said at last.
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["…"]
01[11:47] <Yanmei> "…"
[11:49] <Minaplo> ["…"]
06[11:52] * Yanmei sighed. "What do you want from me, anyway? Can't you just explan it instead of rushing me like some sort of berserker?"
[11:56] <Minaplo> ["You don't… Understand what it's like."]
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06[12:03] * Yanmei said nothing, apparently waiting for her to go on.
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["I was the youngest." Said Lexie. "The baby. I had four older brothers and sisters. Andrew was the oldest, the Prince of Wales, and then there was Catherine, and Anne, and George…"-
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["I was never supposed to be queen." She said, her voice deathly quiet.]
06[12:14] * Yanmei nodded, quietly.
[12:17] <Minaplo> ["Then- suddenly the invasion happens." She said. "And everything… I remember when they took me to Westminster Palace with Kitt- Catherine. I bedded down with Catherine one night, and the next she was just gone, and we never saw her again, and we don't even really know what happened to her."-
[12:20] <Minaplo> ["And- then an Angel pod hits the warship the rest of my family are on." She said, her voice starting to quiver. "And they all died, and I just- kept imagining it, being trapped and lost inside those cramped little corridors, trying to hide, and-"-
[12:20] <Minaplo> ["And I told myself that they were all stronger than I was, so I had to be stronger than all of them combined, t-to make up for it-"-
[12:25] <Minaplo> ["And I kept telling myself that so long as Niles was with me, Niles who knew all of these things so much better than I did, that it'd all be alright and I'd make it through, but he's gone, and I'm alone again, and there's no one who can help me through this anymore-!"-
[12:26] <Minaplo> [She pressed the base of her palms firmly into her eyes as she began to sob, tears streaming down her face, her shoulders shaking erratically.]
06[12:37] * Yanmei came closer to her, almost instinctively and very cautiously placed a hand on her shoulder as a show of comfort. "I'm very, very sorry," she murmured again, this time more genuinely.
[12:54] <Minaplo> [She rolled over, pulling her knees up towards herself, her hands covering her face.-
[12:55] <Minaplo> ["I n-never wanted to be queen." She gasped out. "I-I want my father…"]
01[13:09] <Yanmei> It was a struggle, now, to figure out what to say again. She was usually so composed. To see her so hurt, and yearning for something so simple…
[21:13] <Minaplo> [And so Lexie continued to cry, painfully and tearfully to herself, wrapped up in a foetal position.]
01[21:24] <Yanmei> "H-hey… Even with Windsor-Yamato, it wouldn't have been just the two of you right? We're your allies, and we want to help you…"
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[21:46] <Minaplo> [But… She just kept crying.]
01[21:57] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei moved again, this time kneeling leaning over the bed, and wrapping her arms around the girl.
[22:10] <Minaplo> [The crying continued. Lexie clumsily clutched at Yanmei's front and pulled it towards her in an unconscious, unthinking movement.]
01[22:15] <Yanmei> "It will be okay," she murmured, leaning into her even further. "It will…"
[22:33] <Minaplo> [Lexie would continue to sob for quite some time, until the emotional toil and physical exhaustion overtook her. She fell back against her pillow, her ponytail undone, her silver hair fanning out around her. She fell silent, and a few minutes later, faded to sleep.]
01[22:41] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei smoothed a lock out of Lexie's face and into the rest of the mass and very quietly and carefully stood up, creeping for the door. She opened it, let it shut behind her, and heaved a deep sigh.
[22:44] <Minaplo> [Matthias was standing next to the door, arms folded, leaning against the wall, his eyes closed. As Yanmei came out, he opened one of his eyes and peered down at her, letting out a small sigh.]
01[22:49] <Yanmei> "Hey." She said after a long moment, a little bit of her own exhaustion suddenly leaking into her voice. "She went to sleep. But you probably have some questions, huh?"
[22:50] <Minaplo> ["A few."]
01[22:52] <Yanmei> "I can answer them." She found a spot next to him, leaning against the wall as well. "How much do you know about this morning's incident?"
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["I know there was a fight. You're not the sort to attack first, so I'm assuming she started it, which suggests that something you said or did triggered that…"]
01[23:08] <Yanmei> "There was an argument?" she admitted almost reluctantly. "And she was being all, like, 'I can rebuild my kingdom myself. I don't have to worry about stressing myself half to death'. So I told her that I wasn't fooled by that, and that people were worried about her and had been since she started working for us? So she completely lost it and went after me, and I had to subdue her."
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Did she say she could rebuild her kingdom by herself, or did she say she had no other choice but to rebuild her kingdom by herself?"]
01[23:19] <Yanmei> "She said 'no choice'."
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["Do you understand what she meant by that?"]
01[23:27] <Yanmei> "She kind of explained it just now." She jerked her head slightly toward the room where she was sleeping. "She's… devastated. Because she lost her family and just now lost Windsor-Yamato as well. She's the next in line, and she wasn't trained for it. She doesn't -want- to be it."
[23:29] <Minaplo> ["But she has no choice, and there's no one knows how to truly share that burden." Said Matthias.]
01[23:35] <Yanmei> "I understand that now," she muttered uncomfortably. "I want to help her, but I don't know how?"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["What is it that you think she needs, exactly?"]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "Her family. Her parents, at least…"
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["What else?"]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "Someone to guide and support her. To help take off the strain and to actually teach her stuff?"
Session Time: Sun Nov 16 00:00:00 2014
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["What does she need to be taught?"]
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "How to put a country back together? And how to transition to being a queen?"
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["But she's been trying to learn these things ever since the war began."]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?"
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["She hasn't just been learning how to fight." Said Matthias. "That's the thing to remember with Alexandrina. Everyone was worried that she would burn out, but she burned out months ago. She just doesn't have the freedom to leave like most people do when they burn out."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> Guilt flashed over her face. "She asked to go home to help with rebuilding until her Eva was repaired. Maybe we should have let her do that months ago."
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." Agreed Matthias. "Alexandrina's situation is such that she's terrified of showing weakness, in case it gives her people cause to get rid of her." He said. "So she is reluctant to rest or relax or rely on others. Allowing her to connect more intimately with her people might have soothed her suspicions…"]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "Damn it," she muttered, folding her arms and scowling at the floor.
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["I don't know if the people want an untouchable hero." Said Matthias. "A leader who is perfect in every way can never understand how imperfect people like us live. A leader who enjoys a fulfilling, rich life, one who isn't afraid to show passion, can be just as inspiring, I think."]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "Wise words," Yanmei muttered. "But making her understand that might be hard."
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["You can explain these things to her- or to anyone- all you like, but they won't truly believe it works until they try it themselves and succeed."]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "Will you continue to bodyguard her when she goes?"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["I think that would be best."]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "I was going to send the rest of her Eva squad with her. Because it seemed like they barely knew each other? And because having some extra help around while Caine is on the warpath probably couldn't hurt."
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["Understandable."]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "It might stress her out more, though, especially if she tries to put up a tough front for them. What do you think?"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Better safe and stressed than dead." Said Matthias bluntly. "However, I'd really like your help on this."]
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "Ah. You want me to have a talk with her again before she goes."
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Not what I had in mind, actually."]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "Huh? What -do- you have in mind?"
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Stuff to help me do my job." Said Matthias. "Weapons and equipment. There's something I want…"]
01[01:28] <Yanmei> "Let's hear it."
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["AC Suits are handy." He said. "And I'll be bringing my own, but they're bulky and unsubtle. I want a battlesuit."]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "A battlesuit," she echoed uncertainly. "Those are new tech, right?"
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[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. It's like a midway point between power armour and an AC Suit. It's not so bulky as an AC Suit, but it's more protective and maneuverable than power armour."]
01[23:01] <Yanmei> "Well, if technical has a spare, I'll authorize them loaning it to you."
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["We don't have any." Said Matthias. "They're New World tech, so we'd have to see if we captured some during the battle. Otherwise… You could get Surov to build me one."]
01[23:12] <Yanmei> "Hrm. I don't think he can just make one overnight without blueprints or at least a prototype to break down and play around with." A long pause. "Or maybe he can. I'll ask him."
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["Good." Said Matthias.]
01[23:19] <Yanmei> "I didn't have chance to discuss it with her, but when do you think you guys will leave?"
[23:21] <Minaplo> ["After we return and the front stabilises, I'd say." Said Matthias.]
01[23:26] <Yanmei> "All right, good. That's probably safest for everyone? And it buys us a little time on the tech development front. If there's anything else you need from us before you go, just ask."
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["Surplus food?"]
06[23:27] * Yanmei hesitated. "It'll be MREs and whale meat," she reminded him.
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["I know." He said bluntly.]
01[23:33] <Yanmei> "Then consider it done? We'll prep the meat so that it will stay preserved for a while."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Thanks."]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "There's one more thing…"
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Hm?"]
01[23:53] <Yanmei> "We don't intend to meddle in Britain's affairs as it establishes itself again? But the UEF will be communicating with it frequently when it's time." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Not that we're -worried-. It's just the proper thing to do when you're borrowing our food and manpower."
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["As expected." Said Matthias. "You don't need to worry. Britain's fighting too."]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "Right." She straightened the lapels of her blazer. "Um. Actually there's one -more- thing on that note. About Eva-21."
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["21?"]
01[23:59] <Yanmei> "William's Eva. It's still in good shape, but he's… well, you know."
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[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah."]
01[00:03] <Yanmei> "We don't intend to use it during the upcoming attempts to drive back Germany for obvious reasons? But how would you feel if I told you that there was a small chance that you could control it?"
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["… Me?"]
01[00:07] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Maybe. Have you ever gone through any compatability testing before?"
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. I dunno."]
06[00:17] * Yanmei gave him a slightly odd look. "I don't expect a definitive answer right now? But please think about doing one before you head off to Britain."
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["Right…"]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "Sorry," she added quietly.
[00:23] <Minaplo> [He shrugged. "Don't worry about it."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "I don't know if I can actually stop myself." She reached out and gave him a light parting pat on the shoulder. "I'll see you around, okay?"
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["Right. Stay frosty."]

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