Komm Susser Tod 2 4 7

[07:50] <Yanmei> There was a crack and a flash of light, like lightning, and suddenly there were three newcomers in John Brown's safehouse. -
[07:55] <Yanmei> The living room where they had landed was a simple, spartan affair with wooden floorboards underfoot and a gray couch with two matching armchairs. There was no fireplace this time; a good thing, with the oppressive heat quickly wrapping around them. -
[07:57] <Yanmei> One of the travelers, violet-haired Zhang Yanmei, wobbled a little, suddenly dizzy from the ridiculous change in climate. "One extreme to the other," she muttered.
[08:06] <@Minaplo> ["Do you prefer Mars?" Asked Ginevre quickly.-
[08:10] <@Minaplo> [There was someone in this living room. A rather short dark-skinned man with curly hair, wearing a pair of khaki shorts and a white t-shirt. He started with a yelp in response to their sudden arrival, the book in his hands going airborne and landing a metre away.-
[08:11] <@Minaplo> ["The he- er." He began, taking a moment to pause and breathe. "Y-You here to see the boss?"]
[08:13] <Yanmei> "That's right~" Yanmei quickly corrected her posture, trying to brush off Ginevre's snark. "Sorry for barging in like this?"
[08:27] <@Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said the man, reaching down to scoop up his book. "Be back in a second."-
[08:28] <@Minaplo> [He headed off and a minute later, a second man emerged from a side room- the kitchen, apparently. He was short and stout-looking, a little chubby around the cheeks. He was dark-skinned with dark brown kinky hair and a short nose. He was wearing a dark green shirt, a pair of khaki shorts and a plain white apron.-
[08:29] <@Minaplo> ["Well come on, then." Said the man. "In you come, you lot."]
[08:38] <Yanmei> "Err," She turned to follow him, but not before quickly glancing out of the corner of her eye to Ezekiel, as if to confirm that this was the right guy. "How are you enjoying the accomodations?"
[08:53] <@Minaplo> [Ezekiel seemed unpurturbed.-
[08:59] <@Minaplo> [The kitchen was tidy, with pale yellow plaster walls and white-black linoleum checker floors. It had a simple collection of appliances, one of which, the stovetop, was currently in use. A large frypan sat over a flickering gas stove fire, the air filled with a rich meaty smell. Within the pan were several dark steaks cooking away.-
[09:03] <@Minaplo> ["They're alright, yeah." Said the man, who returned to his spot near the stove. "Better'n some. You're Zhang Yanmei, right?" He said, turning. "John Brown, at your service. Take a seat." He gestured towards the simple kitchen table, around which six wooden chairs sat.]
[09:12] * Yanmei blinked at the stove in particular. There was -food- in here, and it wasn't from a whale. For a split second, nearly all of her senses were focused on that fact… and then she made for an empty chair, clearing her throat. "We had a question or two for you."
[09:18] <@Minaplo> ["That's natural. I bet I can guess 'em. The first question is, what's that you're cooking? And the second is, is there any for me?"]
[09:36] <Yanmei> "We can see that you're cooking steak. And." she braced herself valiantly. "We won't take any rations that are mean for you and your entourage."
[09:41] <@Minaplo> ["Nah, it's fine, it's fine." Said Brown. "We've got plenty, hon, don't you worry. And it's not just any steak."-
[09:42] <@Minaplo> ["Hm… I think I recognise it." Said Ginevre. "Kangaroo meat… With some mix of spices and oil."-
[09:43] <@Minaplo> ["Got it in one." Said Brown with a click of the fingers. He pointed at Yanmei. "So I insist you eat some, because from all I know, the only 'roo you've eaten was when you were lost up in Melbourne town that one time, and that's no way for a newbie to eat 'roo."]
[09:56] <Yanmei> "… all right," she said at last. "We'll take some, at your insistence. Thank you."
[10:15] <@Minaplo> [He gave her a warm nod, then turned back towards his steaks.-
[10:15] <@Minaplo> ["But what're your real questions then?"]
[10:18] <Yanmei> There were a few -more- questions now. How did Fontaine recognise kangaroo meat on sight, and how did the mighty John Brown catch wind of her adventures in isolated Melbourne? -
[10:19] <Yanmei> She went with her original ones, though. "We wanted to know why you did what you did in Singapore, and where you plan to go from here."
[10:30] <@Minaplo> ["Well, why do you think I did?"]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "Either you wanted to get rid of those SEELE guys without giving Caine's army any more power - which is incredibly understandable? - or you were interested in helping or joining the Federation."
[10:50] <@Minaplo> ["There we go." Said Brown. "If ol' Caine got her hands on your SEELE boys, then that'd be like she was stealing a resource right outta your hands. So if I could keep her from them, give them to you, and do so in a way that reinforced the -reason- for that alliance, then I was gonna do it."-
[10:50] <@Minaplo> ["Now I guess I'm just gonna help you win this damn thing."]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "In exchange for what? There has to be something you want from us…?"
[11:17] <@Minaplo> ["Has there?"]
[11:20] <Yanmei> "People generally don't risk their lives without getting expecting some benefit from it," she said delicately.
[11:21] <@Minaplo> ["So you saying that your cause doesn't benefit me as is?" He asked with a sly smile.]
[11:33] <Yanmei> "Of course it is? But… you're practically representing an army of your own, right? Are they all ok with this?"
[11:34] <@Minaplo> ["Well. Won't say we don't have some favours to ask, hon."]
[11:35] <Yanmei> "Aha," she said smugly.
[11:35] <@Minaplo> ["But you should already know what they'd be, right?"]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "Better weapons?"
[11:45] <@Minaplo> ["Keep trying."]
[11:54] <Yanmei> "Assistance with development? Agriculture? Food?"
[11:59] <@Minaplo> ["Well, that'd be nice, sure." Said Brown. "Come on, mate, what's a resistance army without something to resist? What defines us?"]
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[12:16] <Yanmei> "Well yeah, but how does that tie in to favors once Caine is gone? I mean, you more or less have your independence already, right?"
[12:18] <@Minaplo> ["It's better than it used to be, but it's not got yet, mate." Said Brown. "Until we own our farmland again, and get to eat the food we grow ourselves, instead of giving it to the Chinese, we won't be free. If they want it, they can buy it from us, if we're willing to sell, but the choice has to be our own."]
[12:24] <Yanmei> "Looks like we'll be talking to China a lot about such things?" Yanmei chuckled softly. "All right. We'll do what we can to support that."
[12:26] <@Minaplo> ["Good, good."]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Since that satisfies our questions, do you have any for us?"
[12:34] <@Minaplo> ["Heh, is that really all you wanted to ask?"]
[12:37] <Yanmei> A long, wary look. "I've been curious about a few things off the record. Like how you learned about the Melbourne incident? And how you recogized our agents in Singapore."
[12:51] <@Minaplo> ["Good questions, with fun stories behind 'em. Why don't I serve up first, though?"]
[12:55] <Yanmei> "All right?" Another quick glance to her companions.
[23:13] <Minaplo> [And so a few minutes later, four dishes were served up, each one containing a sizzly, spice-encrusted thick roo steak, a pile of hand-made fat, thick fries, and a potato salad he'd made earlier and taken out of the fridge.-
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["Well then, where to begin… Well, Melbourne is pretty obvious." Said Brown. "I have friends all over this brown land, and the shit you pulled down in Melbourne town wasn't subtle."]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "The shit -we- pulled? My companions and I blended in perfectly until the enemy came stomping after us?" She held fork, but didn't dare dig in until someone else tried it first.
[23:21] <Yanmei> ^her fork
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["Within a week of being there you founded your own gang." Said Brown. "It didn't take much for my brothers in Melbourne to identify you, you know. We're not cut off, we know what famous people look like, especially when they have violet hair."]
[23:27] <Yanmei> "Mrph. I did try to keep it covered up…"
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["Shoulda dyed it."]
[23:32] <Yanmei> An expression of sheer horror flashed across her face.
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["Well you shoulda. No time for amateur hour, sweetheart."]
[23:44] <Yanmei> "I-it's not like I could even buy any dye while I was there? Cosmetics were hard to come by."
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["Then you shoulda shaved it all off."]
[23:53] <Yanmei> Extra horror! She stared at him with round eyes. "Based on how you were able to identify the Singapore agents, would that really have made much of a difference?"
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["It would've made the job harder for sure. I mean, once the Evangelions appeared then it wouldn't have mattered, but…"-
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["But yeah, Singapore. I guess you wanna hear about that now?"]
[23:55] <Minaplo> [Also, Ezekiel and Ginevre were starting on their meals with no adverse effects.]
[23:58] * Yanmei nodded and tried a mouthful of the steak first. "If you don't mind?"
Session Time: Sun Jan 11 00:00:00 2015
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Well, your lot entered Singapore illegally at an off-the-books pier, see. Now there's a bunch of those around the city, mate, and at them all I have a little helper guy. The helper guy helps the boats moor, then gives them a little card advertising my shop, which they're supposed to deliver to me. Each helper has a bunch of these cards, but they're all unique to the pier, so the moment
[00:03] <Minaplo> I see the card I can tell where someone's come from."-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Of course, not many people give me back the card, so the helper just tells me otherwise, but this time, I did actually get the card back from one of your agents- Rei Ayanami."]
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Rei…" Yanmei frowned a little. "But… that didn't automatically link them back to us, right?"
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["No, it didn't." Said Brown. "She came in with Guillory, you know, and between you and me, I've got a great ear for accents. Guillory claimed to be Quebecois, but that didn't match up to how he sounded, not exactly. That suggested he was French trying to masquerade as something else. And as for Rei…" He chuckled.-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["She didn't sound Malay, and she didn't quite sound Chinese. Now in Singapore, I owned and operated a tailor's shop, and that, mate, was useful. Guillory was suspicious and reluctant, but Rei wasn't, so I managed to cajole her into trying on several outfits from all kinds of cultures. And wouldn't you know that out of all the outfits she tried on, the one she most easily put on was a
[00:12] <Minaplo> Japanese kimono? Not that she bought it- why would she need one? She bought a sari and a cheongsam, though." Brown grinned. "That suggested Japanese, which was when I began tugging on the thread…"]
[00:20] <Yanmei> "I see. I guess it wouldn't have been hard to figure out their identities from there if you were looking at international organizations with roots in both countries and a need to send resort to clandestine operations."
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["That's right. I had to do a bit of other work as well to figure it out, but that's not important."]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "From the sound of it, you also worked out who Team B was pretty quickly and made contact with them separately?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["It wasn't hard, since it was pretty easy to figure out that your teams were together. I didn't need to know exactly who they were, only that they were Fed."]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "And the SEELE people? Were you aware of who they were before we sailed into town?"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["'Course."]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "May I ask what you were even doing over there? Granted, it's not -that- far away, but mainland Australia is your usual haunt, isn't it?"
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["I go everywhere, man." Said Brown.]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "Everywhere?"
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I've travelled my share, man."]
[00:54] * Yanmei did her best not to look unsettled at that. "I see."
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["You'd best eat up, mate."]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "I am. It's pretty good?"
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["It is, isn't it?" Said Brown with a big grin, his tone satisfied. "So what's the plan, then?"]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "We have allies fighting for their lives in France, so we're going to swing by and help them out. With luck, we'll recover our lost Geofront base and the supplies to do some major repairs." She chewed some more roo steak thoughtfully. "It'll be a big Eva battle, so you and your guys don't have to participate in that."
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. What about the rest of the war? The one raging on the French border, in the Russian heartlands… No reason to keep us out of that, mate. That's what our skills are for."]
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[01:09] <Yanmei> "Yeah, agreed. After France, Russia will be next for us. You okay with going someplace so… frigid?"
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["No worries."]
[01:20] <Yanmei> "Good. Honestly, I'm a little eager to see your infamous battle tactics at work…"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah?"]
[01:23] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I'm used to more… direct methods of fighting an enemy? But they say if you're outnumbered you should rely on sneakier things. Traps, illusions, feints, hit and run tactics…"
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Multipliers." Said Brown.]
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Exactly!" Yanmei grinned.
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Then I hope I make good."]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "I'm sure you will. Speaking of fighting… you were housed briefly with Liu Lin after the trip from Singapore, right?"
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["Yep."]
[01:44] <Yanmei> She lowered her voice slightly. "Was it kind of tense?"
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["Nah, not at all. We had tea together."]
[01:47] <Yanmei> "R-really? Huh."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["We talked shop a lot." Said Brown. "Quite the characters that woman has about, eh?"]
[01:57] <Yanmei> "How do you mean? She was with regular soldiers, wasn't she?"
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["Nah, she was with an entourage. A pair of crazy blokes, her XO Zhuge Minglei, and your two friends, Ju and Lanfen. You didn't know?"]
[02:06] * Noriko is now known as Zack
[02:10] * Yanmei blinked a few times. "I… didn't, no." She shifted forward a little, unconsciously. "Why don't you tell me a little more about what you all did while you were hanging out?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["Heh. Sure, you want a drink…?"]

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