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01[07:34] <Yanmei> Yanmei huddled in her small conference room once again, glancing over last minute plans for the Dorian's arrival on Earth. An inexplicable current of anxiety was rushing through her. Just a day or two left, and then they would leave this planet forever… -
01[07:39] <Yanmei> Sitting on the table in front of her, chilling in the frigid air in preparation for her next meeting, was a single, coveted can of beer. -
01[07:41] <Yanmei> And speaking of her next meeting… her eyes drifted to the clock on her tablet. "Hmph. About time for him to arrive."
[07:52] <@Minaplo> [And about on time, Hyuga Makoto walked in. His uniform was wrinkly- as was everyone's- and over it he wore a long grey coat. He saluted. "Chancellor?"]
06[07:54] * Yanmei saluted back, rising briefly from her chair. "Hi! Please come in. Have a drink."
[07:56] <@Minaplo> [He eyed the beer. Slowly, he walked over to her side of the table, took the beer hesitantly, and walked back to the seat nearest the door. "Thank you."]
06[08:02] * Yanmei gave a short, cheerful nod. "I feel like we should celebrate a little? Our time here is almost up. Thank you for helping out on the bridge so much. We wouldn't have made it to this point without you?"
[08:05] <@Minaplo> ["Oh." He paused, momentarily fidgeting, his shoulders relaxing somewhat. "Well… Thank you, Chancellor." He took the beer and cracked it open.]
01[08:10] <Yanmei> "What's the first thing you'll do once we get back? I know we'll be somewhat restricted to the ship, but there are already people making plans to sunbathe and such."
[08:11] <@Minaplo> ["Uh… I hadn't thought about it." Said Hyuga. "Probably go out, grab a six pack and some real food. I'd visit my parents, but we can't go to Japan…"]
01[08:15] <Yanmei> "Not yet, anyway." Yanmei leaned back in her chair. "Real food sounds nice around now. Also, I've personally been looking forward to shopping in a real store again."
[08:18] <@Minaplo> ["Heh. Think you'll have time?"]
01[08:19] <Yanmei> "I'll make time! Even if it's just for an hour or two in the middle of the night!"
[08:20] <@Minaplo> ["What shops are gonna be open at midnight?"]
01[08:26] <Yanmei> "W-well. If we dock in a big city, I'm sure there are bound to be a few that are!"
[08:30] <@Minaplo> ["But won't people think you're flippant if you're out shopping during a war?"]
01[08:32] <Yanmei> "But how else am I supposed to get new stuff?"
[08:36] <@Minaplo> ["Learn from the best, Mini-Misato." Said Hyuga breezily, taking a big mouthful of beer. "Get a hapless lackey to do it for you."]
01[08:39] <Yanmei> "I'm not Mini-Misato!" But she was already looking contemplative, seemingly sizing him up for the task.
[08:40] <@Minaplo> ["And I'm not doing your lackeywork." Said Hyuga instantly.]
06[08:44] * Yanmei pouted and folded her arms. "Fiiine. I guess that leaves Archibald or… urgh. James…"
[08:49] <@Minaplo> ["Well, if it's underwear you want, he's your man for obvious reasons." Said Hyuga with a sigh. "Just have Archibald handle it, or bully one of Wellesley's brats into doing the job."]
01[09:05] <Yanmei> "Archibald it is," she said promptly.
[09:06] <@Minaplo> ["Or you could do it as a disguise." Said Hyuga. "You and Isaiah in disguise, together on a sweet shopping date…"]
01[09:07] <Yanmei> "Huh. I could see that~ He could probably use some more clothes too."
[09:11] <@Minaplo> ["Are you sure?"]
06[09:20] * Yanmei turned slightly red. "W-what's that supposed to mean? Of course!"
[09:29] <@Minaplo> ["Oh, come off it." Said Hyuga, rolling his eyes. He leaned back and popped his feet up on the desk. "Look, Archibald showed me this thing a while ago- have you ever heard of a painting called 'The Black Brunswicker'?"]
06[09:29] * Yanmei shook her head.
[09:30] <@Minaplo> ["It's an old soldier in uniform, trying to leave for war, whilst his lover blocks his way and begs him to not go." Said Hyuga, taking a drink. He paused for a second after swallowing.-
[09:32] <@Minaplo> ["I'm just saying, this 'trip' or what-have-you is likely to be the last real free time you have before we commit ourselves completely to fighting the war. Now I'm not saying you need to go wild or get knocked up or whatever like what happens in cliched romance novels, but are you really sure you want that memory to be you going shopping for clothes?"]
01[09:43] <Yanmei> "Well… there's also the wedding," she muttered.
[09:45] <@Minaplo> ["Then make it a honeymoon." Said Hyuga. "No no, don't get up, no need to applaud…"]
01[09:59] <Yanmei> "Honeymoon…" Yanmei frowned slightly as she worked it out. "I guess it'll be as close to one as we could get? At least for a while."
[10:00] <@Minaplo> ["Exactly. So you should make it unique."]
01[10:24] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Any ideas on how to do that?"
[10:25] <@Minaplo> ["I might have one idea." Said Hyuga.]
01[10:25] <Yanmei> "Oh~?"
[10:26] <@Minaplo> ["You guys met in Paris, right?"]
01[10:26] <Yanmei> "Yup."
[10:29] <@Minaplo> ["Lots of memories, right? Where you met, special dates, that sort of thing?"]
01[10:38] <Yanmei> "Yes~ Are you saying we should go back to one of those special places?"
[10:40] <@Minaplo> ["I'm saying you should go back to any place in Paris where you've got fond memories. Where you met, where you lived, where you went to school, your first date, second date, all of them. As many as you can."]
01[10:46] <Yanmei> "That does sound nice…" But she sounded ever so slightly melancholy too.
[10:47] <@Minaplo> ["It seems like that makes you a little wistful…"]
01[10:51] <Yanmei> "Reminded of simplier times. Also, I guess it might be our last chance to see those places."
[10:54] <@Minaplo> ["That's right." Said Hyuga. "But then again, that's sort of a renewal as well. Uh… There's a thing in Japan we call 'mono no aware'. Have you heard of it?"]
06[10:54] * Yanmei shook her head
[10:57] <@Minaplo> ["It's like… Uh, how to put it simply. It's like when you're aware that something won't last forever, you appreciate it more. It's like this. When you were a kid, you and Isaiah probably didn't think too hard about your school days, or about all the places you'd been to, right? But now that you're adults, you're wiser. You can go back and revisit those places, and learn to appreciate
[10:57] <@Minaplo> the moments you spent and are spending there, because they'll never come again. You can't go back to how things were, but because of that, you can enjoy more sweetly the way things are now before they change, too. Or… Something." He coughed.-
[11:01] <@Minaplo> ["But it also means… Like, you're still capable of making new memories." He said. "So in a way you're renewing the memories. Taking those places and those carefree days, and bringing them forward and treating them with reverence and appreciation in the now with your actions."]
01[11:07] <Yanmei> "Huh." she looked him over curiously. "You're pretty wise when it comes to this stuff."
[11:28] <@Minaplo> ["You think so…?"]
01[11:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah. All that talk about appreciating memories and moving forward with them…" she frowned a little, glancing down at the table. "We've been fighting battles for a long time, but not even I'm normally that introspective about things and places I've taken for granted."
[11:41] <@Minaplo> ["W-well, I took some art and philosophy classes in Uni…?" He said, his cheeks reddening a little.]
01[11:56] <Yanmei> "Uh huh? Well, anyway, I appreciate the advice."
[22:43] <@Minaplo> ["You're welcome, Chancellor."]
[22:44] <Yanmei> "Would you mind if I advised you in turn about something?"
[22:44] <@Minaplo> ["Hmm?"]
[22:47] <Yanmei> "It's about Chiisana," she started off, watching carefully for reactions.
[22:48] <@Minaplo> [He pulled his feet off the table, and squared his shoulders. He narrowed his eyes slightly. "I see."]
[22:50] <Yanmei> Well, that wasn't terribly encouraging. At least he was calm. -
[22:51] <Yanmei> "You haven't spoken to her since the crash?"
[22:58] <@Minaplo> ["Of course I have. She works in logistics, she's unavoidable."]
[23:05] <Yanmei> "Erm. I mean. You haven't spoken to her about you two. Where you stand now."
[23:06] <@Minaplo> ["No."]
[23:08] <Yanmei> "Why not?"
[23:09] <@Minaplo> ["What's there to say?"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure? But it seems like she has some things to say."
[23:17] <@Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[23:23] <Yanmei> "She said that she wanted to before, but that you were avoiding her and apparently getting Ibuki to do stuff for you that had to do with Materials."
[23:23] <@Minaplo> ["Humf." He squirmed slightly in his chair.-
[23:24] <@Minaplo> ["So what…? What does it matter to you anyway?"]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "I'll admit that I'm overstepping my boundries a little? But she seemed troubled by it, and you also seemed troubled by… something. So, assuming that you're both troubled by the same thing, way not talk about it together?"
[23:33] <Yanmei> ^why not
[23:38] <@Minaplo> ["I'm not- it's not like that." He muttered. "It'll just be awkward anyway. She still has feelings for me."]
[23:44] <Yanmei> "Yeah, it'll be awkward? But wouldn't you rather get it over with and clear the air instead of getting more and more grumpy every time someone mentions her name?"
[23:49] <@Minaplo> ["I guess." He muttered.-
[23:49] <@Minaplo> ["What do you think about all this? It's pretty ridiculous, right?"]
[23:57] <Yanmei> "It's not so bad." She gave him a small grin. "I only know bits and pieces about what happened between you two before, but what I heard was pretty unusual. I'd be more surprised if there wasn't some kind of fallout over what happened…"
[23:57] <@Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
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[00:17] <Yanmei> "I mean, her AT Field caused a lot of confusion for both of you for a long time? So of course, it makes sense that the end of a bewildering relationship is itself going to be bewildering. You know?"
[00:20] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah."-
[00:20] <@Minaplo> [He sighed, his shoulders slumping. "It's just so screwed up, you know…?"]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" Yanmei shook her head. "I can only imagine it…"
[00:26] <@Minaplo> ["Like, I told her that I didn't love her. But-" He paused, sloooowly turning around to look over his shoulder at the door.-
[00:26] <@Minaplo> ["But I'll be honest, I don't really know how I feel at all."]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Huh. Um. In that case, if she asks you to come back to her, you should probably decline. Keep it civil and platonic until you know for sure?"
[00:43] <@Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Hyuga.-
[00:43] <@Minaplo> [He sighed. "I'd probably be more willing if there wasn't so much -stuff- in the way, you know? No matter how you cut it, she's just too young…"]
[00:51] * Yanmei simply nodded understandingly. "I'm not gonna tell you that love has no age. If it's something making you uncomfortable, then it's a valid reason to hang back?"
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[00:54] <@Minaplo> ["Mmm…"-
[00:55] <@Minaplo> ["Goddamnit." He sighed. "I've fucked things up a little, Mini-Misato."]
[00:58] <Yanmei> "Yanmei," she corrected him.
[00:59] <@Minaplo> ["I was so- despondent after our argument that I found myself almost wanting to be hurt or killed during the fight," He said, ignoring her correction. "That's stupid, huh…?"]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Kind of extreme?" she admitted. "You were in that much pain?"
[01:29] <@Minaplo> ["It's hard to explain, but kinda…"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Do you… still feel like that?"
[01:40] <@Minaplo> ["I don't think so. I think Chii would kill me if I tried that again…"]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "Good." She said firmly. "There are a bunch of other people who would be furious at you too, so don't do it!"
[01:52] <@Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Hyuga, draining his beer. "Well, that's good to hear, Mini-Misato."]
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Yanmei. Anyway~ Are you on your way back onto the Bridge after this, or is it time for your break?"
[02:05] <@Minaplo> ["Oh yeah, no, this was my break."]
[02:11] <Yanmei> "Hope this wasn't too awful a way to spend it," she joked.
[02:20] <@Minaplo> ["Doesn't matter, got beer." He said. "Thanks for that, by the way. Back to work, I s'pose."]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Yeah… same for me." She picked up her tablet again with a little sigh. "I'll see you later?"
[02:23] <@Minaplo> ["That you will, Mini-Misato. Where'd you get this beer from anyway?"]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "Let's just say I know a guy," she said mysteriously.
[02:27] <@Minaplo> ["Does he have a fridge that you raid without permission as well?"]
[02:28] * Yanmei pouted. "If I didn't know better, I'd think you were never going to let that incident go."
[02:29] <@Minaplo> ["Oh, I'm not. It'll be something I tell my kids and grandkids. 'Did you know that the legendary Chancellor Zhang once raided my fridge for beer, in between having fox nibbles?'"]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "Eventually, I'll find some way to buy you off."
[02:36] <@Minaplo> ["You can't buy off memories!"]
[02:37] <Yanmei> "I can try!"
[02:39] <@Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Hyuga swung his feet off the table and got to his feet. "See you around, Mini-Misato."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "Yanmei. Goodbye, Lieutenant."
[02:46] <@Minaplo> [He waved her off and left, leaving Mini-Misato alone with her thoughts.]

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