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[07:58] * Yanmei made her way across the crowded Liberty Bell. She carried herself as usual - brisk pace, smiley smile, the occassional hairtoss - but more observant passengers might note the off details. The crumpled uniform, the bags under her eyes, the strange energy beneath her expression… -
[07:59] <Yanmei> She paused at a certain door and collected herself, trying in vain to smooth down her clothes before pressing the little buzzer beside it.
[08:07] <Minaplo> [The door light turned green.]
[08:08] <Yanmei> So Yanmei entered, beaming. "Mom~ Lizzie~?"
[08:13] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu's room was quite bare. A bed, of a size somewhere between single and double, sat up against the wall to the left of the door. A wardrobe sat against the wall opposite the door, and a small desk sat to the door's right.-
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[08:18] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu- wearing a woolly, thick green sweater and a pair of long grey trousers; was lying on the bed, looking as exhausted as Yanmei felt. Her long hair had been pulled back into a ponytail.-
[08:20] <Minaplo> [Lizzie was lying on her stomach, playing. Perhaps to Yanmei's surprise, General Bear and Mr. Ribbons and some of Lizzie's other toys had survived the ordeal, and in fact had been joined by what looked like a somewhat old EVA-04 toy. Before Yanmei had entered, Lizzie had been busy smushing Ribbons and 04 together, making idle motor noises… But the moment the door opened she looked up,
[08:20] <Minaplo> her eyes widening. Lizzie got to her feet and bolted at full speed right into Yanmei's legs, squeezing tight. "Maamaa maamaa~"-
[08:21] <Minaplo> ["Hello…" Mingzhu yawned. "Blossom."]
[08:24] <Yanmei> "Lizzie~" Yanmei picked her up. "Hehe, you're getting to be such a big girl! Having fun?" She glanced up at her mother. "How have you guys beeing holding up for the past couple of days?"
[08:50] <Minaplo> ["We've been alright." Said Mingzhu. "Your little girl here is becoming a bit of a handful."-
[08:50] <Minaplo> [Lizzie clung to Yanmei, bopping her head lightly against Yanmei's one. "We go home, maamaa."]
[08:53] <Yanmei> "Not yet Lizzie. Soon, though! And today I can spend all afternoon playing. Isn't that nice?"
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["But wanna go home."]
[08:59] <Yanmei> "I know. I do too? But we can't. Our ship cabin is broken, and our Paris home isn't safe yet."
[09:00] <Minaplo> ["But why not?"-
[09:01] <Minaplo> ["See?" Said Mingzhu. "This is what she's been like."]
[09:05] * Yanmei laughed. "I see? I guess she really is getting big. She won't be satisfied with simple explanations anymore?" She crossed over closer to Mingzhu, and sat down, still holding Lizzie. -
[09:07] <Yanmei> "Lots of bad and scary things have happened on the big ship and at home. Me and Daddy are making sure we can be safe and comfortable there before we go back."
[09:09] <Minaplo> [She frowned, but didn't argue the point any further.]
[09:14] <Yanmei> "In a couple of days you guys will be heading to the Soviet Union. The snowy place where we had vacation a little while back? You can play in the snow with the other kids and have fun and drink warm drinks when you get tired of that."
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["Snow…?"-
[09:16] <Minaplo> [She glanced back over at the General bear toy, her eyes narrowed slightly.]
[09:20] <Yanmei> "Nothing bad will happen," Yanmei assured her. "There are strong soldiers there who will keep you and Ming-Ming safe? Also, I don't think you will be going to any more parades there."
[09:23] <Minaplo> [Lizzie let out a big, sleepy sigh. "Okay, maamaa…"]
[09:26] * Yanmei ruffled her hair and set her down. "You're both so tired today. Did you get up really early?"
[09:31] <Minaplo> ["That, and I didn't sleep well." Said Mingzhu.]
[09:35] <Yanmei> "O-oh. Is everything… okay?"
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["Sometimes people just don't sleep well." Said Mingzhu with a tiny smile.]
[09:43] * Yanmei smiled back, but she looked a little worried.
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Lots of people aren't sleeping well. Don't worry about it."]
[09:46] <Yanmei> "I suppose so," she said a little reluctantly. "It's the same on the Dorian, as you can imagine…"
[09:55] <Minaplo> ["I've heard as much, yes. How have you been, blossom?"]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "As well as can be expected? Everyone's… dealing with some heavy stuff? And I'm supposed to make it all better for them and keep them safe."
[09:59] <Minaplo> ["Are you?"]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "I'm -trying-. But there are a lot of people I haven't been able to help?"
[10:09] <Minaplo> ["Who have you helped?"]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "James Riel. Mr. Vimes, maybe. Marianne, maybe. Some of the other Eva pilots. Isabelle Bellamy. Trying to make sure everyone's at least well fed and clothed. Trying to keep the Presidents from bickering too much…"
[10:14] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Mortimer and Linden?"]
[10:20] <Yanmei> "Yes." Yanmei sighed. "They've been okay up until recently? Lately there have been some… judicial matters that are causing them to fight."
[10:20] <Minaplo> ["I've heard of something like this, but I think it's more than just 'judicial'." Said Mingzhu. "She seems to be really annoying him recently."]
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[10:23] <Yanmei> "I think they just need their space. World leaders are highly territorial? It's not good cooping them up together for long periods of time."
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["You make it sound like they're housecats."]
[10:38] <Yanmei> "I almost wish they were? Cats are pretty cute and relatively easy to please."
[10:43] <Minaplo> ["Well, I don't know if either of them are easy to please, but at least one of them is cute."]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "…Linden…?"
[10:51] <Minaplo> ["You don't think so?"]
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[10:53] <Yanmei> "Well, er. I mean, sure? It's just something I haven't thoughts about much before now."
[10:53] <Yanmei> ^thought
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[10:58] <Minaplo> ["Really? But everyone seems to think so."]
[11:00] <Yanmei> "Not cuter than me though, right~~?"
[11:06] <Minaplo> ["I think you're both beautiful." Said Mingzhu slowly.]
[11:15] * Yanmei beamed happily at at that. "Wait until you see me in some new clothes~ It'll just be a matter of time."
[11:16] <Minaplo> ["Like at the wedding?" She said softly.]
[11:17] <Yanmei> "W-well. Not exactly? I'll be in a dress uniform."
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Said Mingzhu, slumping back against her pillow. "A little unorthodox, but considering the circumstances…"]
[11:21] <Yanmei> "Well. It won't just be the one ceremony? We can have another one later, with proper photos and a cake, and we can invite Uncle and everyone who missed this one."
[11:22] <Minaplo> ["Mmm, I see…"]
[11:24] <Yanmei> A slightly anxious expression stirred behind her smile. "You are okay with this… right?"
[11:40] <Minaplo> ["It does seem rather oddly timed… I don't mind, of course, so long as you've thought everything out."]
[00:45] * Yanmei exhaled tiredly. "I don't think I've forgotten anything? But the timing… could be less stressful."
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["It seems to me like you're not entirely sure…"]
[00:53] <Yanmei> She shook her head. "It's not that? It's like… we were originally going to wait a few more years? But we moved the date up for two reasons. The first was because we thought it would cheer some of the survivors up and show that we really were thinking about the future."
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. That's an interesting motivation…"]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "It's not too romantic, no. And I'm not sure it's even going to register with most people? Everyone is tired, hungry and in too much pain. A single day of celebration might not lift their morale."
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["That's quite right. It's a fine line you're treading- it might end up looking callous or self-centred too if you're not careful."]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Hrm." She frowned down at the carpet. "What should we do…?"
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["Be careful?" She said with a smirk.]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "H-how?" Yanmei, by contrast, looked quite worried. "Should we give them even more extra rations? Or make a speech after the ceremony? Or not broadcast throughout the ships?"
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Blossom, look at me." Said Mingzhu, pointing at her own eyes.]
[01:17] * Yanmei did so, blinking.
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["I've never been married, remember?" She said. "And I've never been in a situation where my marriage might have political ramifications. The best advice I can do is ask a more public, more keyed-in figure, or study history- I think there are plenty of cases where public ceremonies have gone over the top and caused hurt and anger."]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "O-oh." Yanmei took a deep breath. "Sorry. I'll talk to someone before we do this. The ceremony has to be a modest one out of necessity. We're going to time it right before we go home, too, so hopefully they won't be too mad if we mess up."
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["That sounds like a good start to me… What was your second reason?"]
[01:34] * Yanmei looked suddenly uncomfortable. She briefly glanced to where Lizzie was playing as if suddenly worried about her hearing.
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Uh oh. I know that look."]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "I-it's not that bad!"
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu let out a sigh, tutting a little. She was scowling a little, but looked just too tired to put up a -real- proper glower. "So there's some filling in the dumpling, huh?"]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "What?! Why does everyone keep assuming that?"
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Listen, it's just natural. At your age, getting married… Nine times out of ten it'd be because he ploughed your field."]
[01:45] * Yanmei was fidgety and pretty red in the face by this point. That last phrase made her even redder. "No! Noooo, we were super careful about that? Uh, I mean… there's no baby."
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I know. I was just having fun. You should look at your face~"]
[01:57] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei covered her face with her hands. "So mean!" she mumbled. "You didn't pick that up from Mazarin, did you? Or his little daughter?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["What? Please." Mingzhu snorted. "Do you want to know where I got those from?"]
[02:09] <Yanmei> "I'm almost afraid to ask, but… where?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Well, not so long ago, I, too, once had a stuffed dumpling." Said Mingzhu in a sing-song voice. "You could say I got these from the chef…"]
[02:11] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei buried her face once more, the tips of her ears turning cherry red.
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["And it looks like he rolled some spice into the mixture too~" Said Mingzhu, her voice trilling in cruel glee.]
[02:23] <Yanmei> "Noooo, stop that," she whined. "No more euphemisms!"
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["Dumpling, dumpling." Mumbled Lizzie sleepily.-
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["But it's so much fun. I'll need to remember this for later…" Said Mingzhu gleefully. "But what is it then, truly?"]
[02:27] * Yanmei was looking at Lizzie in alarm at that! Somehow she managed to tear her eyes away so that she could look at Mingzhu again. "It's cause we weren't sure if… if we'd have time to do it later, you know?"
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["… Because you'd be busy due to the war and after, or because one of you might die?"]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "Things are going to be more intense than ever in this war. We don't know what will happen during or after it. I mean, our side will -win- of course, but there's always the chance that the two of us might not make it through."
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Hm. No, I think that's wise. I… Well, you can imagine that I regret not getting married earlier myself." She said.]
[02:36] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes lowered. "Yeah," she said quietly.
[02:37] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu, lying on the bed, patted the narrow space next to her invitingly. "There's still some things I think we need to cover, though."]
[02:41] * Yanmei scooted closer. "Like what…?"
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["Signed a pre-nup?"]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "We have to do something like that?"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Don't you?"]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "I don't think we'll ever really split up…"
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["Lots of couples think that." Said Mingzhu.]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "But we're soulmates? It will be different with us!"
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["Lots of couples think that." Said Mingzhu again. "Although… I suppose you do have that soul bond…"]
[02:50] * Yanmei preened. "See~ Anyway, I don't even know how to write a proper prenup."
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure someone on this ship must, though." Said Mingzhu.]
[02:56] <Yanmei> "Hmm. I guess it wouldn't hurt to look into it."
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["That's right." Said Mingzhu.-
[02:57] <Minaplo> ["Next question… Have you decided on name?"]
[02:59] <Yanmei> "…this is a bit awkward," Yanmei muttered. "We're both celebrities at this point? So maybe we should keep our own names?"
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["Well, might I offer some pointers?"]
[03:00] <Yanmei> "Sure."
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Our custom- the Chinese custom? Is to have both parties keep their family names as-is." Said Mingzhu. "Of course, Isaiah has been raised on funny Western beliefs, so he might have different ideas. It's common in the West for public figures, as you say, to keep their names as-is…"-
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["But in any case, it's important to look beyond yourselves here." Said Mingzhu. She leaned forward slightly, a small smirk on her face. "You may keep your name, but what happens if you end up with a shrimp in your hotpot? What name will little shrimp and Elizabeth take?"]
[03:12] * Yanmei flushed pink yet again, but it was passing. "Zhang-Wei?" she supposed. "With Lizzie, it would either stay Bellamy or it would be Bellamy-Zhang-Wei… which is a mouthful."
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["Quite."]
[03:27] <Yanmei> "Still. I don't feel comfortable erasing the 'Bellamy' part of her name? You've… met Isabelle, haven't you?"
[03:27] <Minaplo> ["Only very briefly. Still, I can understand your concern- I hear she managed to kill one of those horrible soldiers at Asgard…"]
[03:31] <Yanmei> "Yeah. She really loves the girl with all her heart? If we all make it, we were going to live together for a while in a group housing situation. Lizzie needs to get to know her."
[03:32] <Minaplo> ["That's an interesting setup." Murmured Mingzhu. "I suspect that arrangement will continue for quite some time- decades, perhaps."]
[03:38] <Yanmei> "Maybe. Isabelle's pretty easy to fight with? We'll probably split up before ten years and have to work out a custody arrangement."
[16:52] <Minaplo> ["That sounds pretty awkward."]
[16:53] <Yanmei> "Yeah, well… what else can we do?"
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Not fight?" Said Mingzhu with a smirk.]
[17:20] * Yanmei grumbled. "She won't make it easy? Of course, on the other hand, I'd be a perfect Angel~"
[17:20] <Yanmei> ^angel
[17:24] <Minaplo> ["You'll all need to make some accomodations. Even you, oh-so-perfect one."]
[17:33] <Yanmei> "I-I know that? We can make it work somehow."
[17:40] <Minaplo> ["Having a plan helps. I wonder if there's someone else who's been in your situation?"]
[17:42] <Yanmei> "Someone…?" She let her thoughts drift over some of the other parents who had worked for NERV and found herself frowning. Deeply.
[17:43] <Minaplo> ["What are you thinking?"]
[17:45] <Yanmei> "Nothing?" She gave a light little laugh. "I was just, uh, trying to figure out who you meant?"
[17:46] <Minaplo> ["Who did you think I meant…?"]
[17:48] <Yanmei> "It's not… Ikari, is it?"
[17:50] <Minaplo> ["Why did you think Ikari?"]
[17:54] <Yanmei> "Because they have a lot of kids? Even though I don't know how they compare to me or Isaiah…"
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["Uh, well. Maybe not the Ikaris, no." Said Mingzhu.]
[17:59] <Yanmei> "Who is it, then?"
[18:00] <Minaplo> ["There's a woman on the ship named Ariadne Delacour whose son was adopted out…"]
[18:04] <Yanmei> "Ariadne! Yeah, that's true… How did you know that?"
[18:06] <Minaplo> ["We were checked for injuries at the same time." Said Mingzhu. "She was actually injured, though, so she told me the entire story without pause whilst wired on opiates."]
[18:12] <Yanmei> "W-wow…" Yanmei coughed. "Let's keep this to ourselves, right? She told me about it once before, when she was lucid."
[22:12] <Minaplo> ["Ah, so you know yourself…"]
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[22:15] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Maybe she should talk to Isabelle too? When she's not on opiates anymore…"
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["Or when they're both on opiates…"]
[22:23] * Yanmei snorted with laugher. She decided to lie down on the bed for just a little bit, since her mom was still doing that herself. "Have you ever thought about talking to Isabelle too?"
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["Me? Not really. Why?"]
[22:42] <Yanmei> "Like, remember when I was really little? And we didn't have as good as a relationship as we do now because I was home with Uncle and Aunt Ai all the time while you were working?"
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["I do, yes…"]
[22:57] <Yanmei> "Then maybe you understand a little of how she feels right now… Her husband is gone, and her one and only kid has latched onto substitute parents?"
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["It was the best choice at the time, though." Said Mingzhu patiently. "Maybe the problem is Isabelle being unreasonable."]
[23:05] <Yanmei> "I don't know about that? A year ago, I think she would have agreed that it was necessary. She had lost her sight, and was confined to the terrible Synfront in order to help us locate Angels? But what's stopping her from being a mom now? She's pretty much retired from her former duties and seems to be getting along with her disability with a little assistance."
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["That's… True, I suppose. Hrm. What should I say to her, then?"]
[23:23] <Yanmei> "I'm not sure what a mom in that position would want to hear… maybe that it's all right, and that her relationship with Lizzie can change and get stronger again."
[23:30] <Minaplo> ["Mm. I suppose that's true. You've told her this yourself, I suppose?"]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "W-well. Sort of. I wouldn't have worked out that co-living scenario if I hadn't believed that myself."
[23:33] <Minaplo> ["Hm. So what does that really leave me to do, exactly? Just go and show her my support?"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "Yeah! Exactly. Bringing Lizzie along to play with her wouldn't hurt either?"
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. I suppose I can do that. Maybe I'll ask Mortimer to come along too."]
[23:41] <Yanmei> "Hmm." She looked intrigued. "They might start fighting. She's pretty good at figuring out secrets."
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["… Why would that start a fight?"]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "Mazarin probably has a million secrets that he wants to stay hidden. Isabelle will totally blurt them out without caring?"
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so why are you asking her to live with you, then?"]
[23:49] <Yanmei> "H-huh? I don't… have… secrets…" She glanced nervously aside.
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Oh, please." Said Mingzhu, scoffing. "The fact that you have secrets is no secret, blossom."]
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[00:00] <Yanmei> "What?" She frowned indignantly. "There's no way to prove that? Also, that's not true."
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["There is one way."]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Oh…?"
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["We could ask Isabelle to look into your soul…"]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Not possible? She'll be too busy looking into Mazarin's."
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["I'm sure she could do both!"]
[00:19] <Yanmei> "Maybe I'll just keep my distance so she can't!"
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["Oho. So you're afraid…"]
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[00:30] <Yanmei> "I'm not! I was… just speaking hypothetically?"
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["Of course. Besides, I'm surprised. I would've thought you'd love to be there just to hear some of Mortimer's secrets…"]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "I'm sure my beloved mother will give me a detailed description of them after the fact~"
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["Only if I can share your own secrets with him… More than I already have."]
[00:37] <Yanmei> "W-what?! You didn't!"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so you admit you have secrets!"]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "…" -
[00:44] <Yanmei> "I meant, like… like silly secrets everyone has. Like baby photos and stuff…"
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh, Blossom." Mingzhu chuckled, tiredly. "It's alright to just admit it. Besides, all this talk about Isabelle has swamped what I actually wanted to discuss."]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "Hm? What was that?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Your bridal retinue…"]
[00:54] <Yanmei> "Ah~" The suspicous expression she had been wearing died instantly. "Want to know who the bridesmaids are?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["That's right."]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "Heh. So far we have Henriette Mazarin, Ayanami Chiisana, Ayanami Rei, Asuka Langley Soryu. The Maid of Honor will be Marianne."
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. Henriette, huh?"]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "Yes. President Mazarin specifically requested that?"
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Has he? Why?"]
[01:33] <Yanmei> "He said he'd officiate the wedding if I let her. Anyway, she probably needs cheering up…"
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so it was a bribe."]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "You can't tell her that, ok? She'll take it badly…"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so you need my silence on this, huh…?"]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "Yup~ Unless you also want a bribe…?"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["You're speaking my language."]
[02:04] * Yanmei smirked, rolling over to face her properly. "Let the negotiations begin!"
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["I have three terms."]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Go ahead."
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["First, you and I will visit Isabelle together…"]
[02:18] <Yanmei> "Hm. All right…" She said it slowly and a little cautiously.
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["Second, you won't let Isaiah plant his seeds in your paddy until you're about 25…"]
[02:25] <Yanmei> Again, the blushing. She harumphed. "I wasn't going to let that happen anyway?"
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Mingzhu. She seemed… Unconvinced.-
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["And thirdly, why don't you spend the night here instead?"]
[02:41] * Yanmei paused and then beamed a great big wide beam. "It would be my pleasure!"

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