Komm Susser Tod 2 5c

[08:01] <Yanmei> The main cafeteria on board the Dorian Lachapelle had gone through many tranformations over the past two weeks. It had been cluttered with broken rubble, cleaned and cleared out to create an emergency barrack for survivors, and then cleaned and cleared out again once its occupants were assigned to proper dorm rooms. -
[08:01] <Yanmei> Now it was a wedding chapel. -
[08:15] <Yanmei> A -teeming- wedding chapel. There was equal standing space and chair space, the latter being arranged closest to the alter and reserved for those who were truly worn out or who had trouble getting around. Pale blue and purple ribbons were in a abundance - tied into bows on the backs of chairs and plastered to the bar and the newly repaired Brothers Karaoke stage where the groom, bride, and President would gather in just a few minutes to exchange vows. -
[08:27] <Yanmei> Proud silvery banners hung from the balconies, and someone had hung matching looping streamers above the Karaoke alter that swayed and twisted lightly with each draft. The center fountain was as nymphy as ever, and nothing could be done to hide the enormous intact mural on the ceiling, but someone had attempted to give the floor a light dusting of shiny confetti, perhaps in hopes of attracting attention away from that. On the stage itself was a pulpit and two proudly standing bouquets created from synthetic flowers and curled ribbons.
[08:33] <Sept> "Well, this is nice," Sera lavished the setup with praise. After a brief catch-up with Edgar and Eva, he'd joined back up with Armin and Sarasvati to see if they'd like to head in and try to find a good spot.
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["You can feel the spirit here." Said Armin, his eyes quiet. "The work and dedication put in by people who want this to succeed."]
[08:42] <Minaplo> <eyes closed*>
[08:47] * Sept looked up at Armin for a moment when he started, before going "oh" and turning back to the room. "Yeah. I guess. Do you want to sit or stand? I think I'd like to stay at the sides, get a better view."
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["Let's stand." Said Armin. "If you want, I can lift you onto my shoulders."]
[08:53] <Sept> "Only children sit on people's shoulders, Armin."
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["That's because most adults aren't strong enough to carry anyone heavier than a child on their shoulders." Said Armin. "But I am mighty. I can carry you."-
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["We're also in one third Earth's gravity." Said Sarasvati.-
[08:55] <Minaplo> ["Right."]
[08:56] <Sept> "It's not about logistics, it's about image."
[08:57] <Minaplo> ["I will sit on your shoulders, Armin." Offered Sarasvati.-
[08:58] <Minaplo> [Armin beamed triumphantly. "See? That's one shoulder taken, Sera, the other's free for you if your desire to watch is greater than your desire to preserve image."]
[08:59] <Sept> "It's not. Thank you for the offer."
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["Being higher will allow me to take superior pictures." Said Sarasvati. "I want to take as many as I can."]
[09:08] <Sept> "That's a good reason. What do you do with the pictures?"
[09:13] <Minaplo> ["This is a momentous occasion. They can count as photographic historical records. They would also count as a gift that I believe Chancellor Zhang will appreciate."]
[09:28] <Sept> "Heh. I'm sure she will," Sera nodded.
[09:43] <Minaplo> ["Does this ceremony hold any special significance for you, Sera?" Asked Sarasvati.]
[09:48] <Sept> "I don't think so," he replied, leaning back on the wall. "I want to see how everyone will take it. And how she'll take it. If it'll be like a return to normalcy for people?"
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["Do you think it will be?"]
[09:54] <Sept> "I don't know. I… hope so? I had my fill of seeing them work things out after the disaster."
[09:55] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?" Asked Armin.]
[09:56] <Sept> "Which part?"
[09:58] <Minaplo> ["Had your fill of seeing them work things out."]
[10:02] <Sept> "Mm. Put it this way. It's a rickshaw depot I didn't set fire to."
[10:05] <Minaplo> ["So what, you're bored with watching people cope with disaster? That's just all you meant?"]
[10:08] * Suzune (moc.rr.ser.yabapmat.551cfh1322356|enuzuS#moc.rr.ser.yabapmat.551cfh1322356|enuzuS) Quit (Quit: )
[10:09] * Sept frowned in annoyance. "Not like that. I'm worried you'll make this into a whole thing. We probably won't find a consensus on it here, anyway, so let's just table it?"
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["No. I'm not the other one. Explain what you meant."]
[10:20] <Sept> "I'm not bored," Sera started, clearly picking his words. "It's still likely that, if we're to survive, it'll be at the expense of others. And it's not right to… do so casually. With nothing but armies and the inner circle of a select few."
[10:22] <Minaplo> ["So you think Yanmei and the others are being too casual with their power?"]
[10:29] <Sept> "-No-, it's not about them, it's about everyone. The transition could never be painless, but I don't want it to turn into a lust for revenge?" He hazarded.
[10:30] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati turned, looking over her shoulder at Sera now.-
[10:31] <Minaplo> [Armin, on the other hand, eyed Sera with a serious, narrow-eyed look. "Well why didn't you just say that in the first place?"]
[10:35] <Sept> "It's not simple," Sera shrugged, looking back.
[10:41] <Minaplo> ["Nothing is simple when explained by you people."-
[10:41] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati, however, had a question of her own. "What would you define as normality, Sera de Pteres?" She asked curiously.]
[10:45] * Sept ignored the remark, looking further upwards at Sarasvati. "In this case, it'd be war being less visible in people's lives?"
[10:46] <Minaplo> ["Would you be willing to tell me how you formed that definition?"]
[10:49] <Sept> "Normal, as in usual. Mostly, it's thought of as a positive thing. Right now, war and loss is the biggest thing detracting from those things. Follow?"
[10:50] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati turned back towards the crowd.-
[10:50] <Minaplo> [A second later she looked back at Sera.-
[10:52] <Minaplo> ["I have found that one's definition of normality is formed based on one's own experiences. There are many things I consider normal that amaze and intrigue other people. If we establish that principle, then consider the rate of armed conflict over the past eighteen years, I would not think it unreasonable to assume that many people here and elsewhere consider warfare to be a normal state
[10:52] <Minaplo> of affairs."]
[10:57] <Sept> "I'm surely one of those people. What could I mean, then?"
[10:58] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati was silent for a second. She looked back at the crowd.-
[11:00] <Minaplo> ["What it sounds like you're really wanting is peace." Said Sarasvati. "To make peace synonymous with normality."]
[11:02] <Sept> "Yeah," Sera said with a nod. "That sounds like something I'd want. Thank you."
[11:03] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati smiled.]
[11:10] * Sept turned back to the crowd as well, satisfied at the progress achieved.
[11:22] <Yanmei> It wouldn't be long before things started to happen. Amidst the crowd, designated ushers would be making sure that those who wanted to be seated were, and also that chatter quieted down a bit. Up on the stage a lone, tall, stern President Mazarin would first appear, neatly dressed in a suit. He would be followed shortly after by several very familiar men who were also in formalwear.
[11:29] <Minaplo> [Isaiah and his entourage of groomsmen. Isaiah himself was wearing his dress uniform: long dark blue high-necked black-cuffed jacket with white trousers and black dress shoes with a heavy-looking dark blue greatcoat worn over the ensemble. The tip of a sword could be seen poking out beneath the greatcoat.-
[11:31] <Minaplo> [The rest of his entourage- Alphonse, Frederic, Alexandre, Isha, James and Terence- were dressed similarly, with a few exceptions. Alphonse was wearing a cape instead of a greatcoat. Alex had buffed and shined his glasses until they practically shone at the smallest hint of light, and he wore black trousers instead of white, a red stripe running down the sides. Isha wasn't wearing the blue
[11:31] <Minaplo> uniform at all, but wearing the pale yellow of a Magistrate's uniform, albeit with the UN insignia removed.-
[11:32] <Minaplo> [James hadn't been able to find a matching greatcoat, so just wore the basic uniform, although his varied as well, being generally less decorated than Isaiah's or Alphonse's.-
[11:33] <Minaplo> [Frederic's uniform was similar, although he had a few more decorations than James, including his rank insignia and some old Naval Commando medals.-
[11:33] <Minaplo> [Terry was wearing something very different, a huge blue-and-gold robe wrapped around his giant body, tied with an elaborate sash around the waist.-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [They looked very handsome, with their hair neatly combed as best as could be hoped, and any shiny surfaces- buttons, boots- polished. They had solemn expressions, and Isaiah looked as though he was fighting the urge to fidget. As he took his position he stared at the door through which Yanmei would eventually come.]
[11:41] <Sept> "Oh. They're doing something," Sera said. "I guess this is a good career move for Mazarin." He was content to watch the arrival of the rest of the group with a comfortable smile, hands behind his back. "For a military organization, we don't have a lot of these, you know. I guess it's left to the academies?"
[11:46] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati was, of course, on Armin's shoulders.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [She had a totally sweet view.-
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["A lot of these what?" Asked Armin.]
[11:48] <Sept> "Ceremonies with costumes. Or was I just not invited?"
[11:50] <Minaplo> ["I'll ask around."]
[11:51] <Sept> "No, I mean before. I didn't say I'd go if I was invited."
[11:52] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps you weren't invited in anticipation of that response." Said Sarasvati.]
[11:53] <Sept> "Well, that'll have been very considerate of them."
[11:55] <Yanmei> The door would open. Recorded music drifted down from overhead and also from the stage itself, gentle, tinkling, and instrumental. Possibly easily mistaken for a bride herself was Chiisana in a floor-length blue ballgown, her shoulders thrown back as she took measured steps down the aisle leading up to the stage. Rei was next in a lacy pink dress of her own, one that was shorter than what Chiisana had on, but still very much ladylike. Next was young Henriette Mazarin hurrying along in a dark purple floral dress, two women one after the other that Sera would probably not recognize in trousers and swishy capes, bold Asuka in a dress uniform and the flashiest cape of them all thus far, and President Minerva Linden in her neatest United States military dress uniform. -
[12:01] <Yanmei> There was a brief pause, and the music would then change. Apparently, they did not have the traditional bridal march on hand, but the DJ had apparently gone with something close enough despite the somewhat militaristic sound to it. Marianne, the Maid of honor, made her way proudly down the aisle in her own very highly ranked dress uniform, smiling at least a little bit. -
[12:01] <Yanmei> Then a pause lasting a few minutes before the last person came through… a build-up of anticiapation! -
[12:08] <Yanmei> Finally, she appeared! Zhang Yanmei, looking very different than how she usually did. She was in an elegant long white dress with a tasteful slit up the side that showed her legs as she strode down the aisle. Her hands grasped a bouquet created from the same materials as the arrangements on the stage. A silver and purple brooch glinted proudly from her chest. The back of her hair was amazingly styled in soft loose waves while the front was done up in two elaborately braided buns. Her makeup had been applied by someone who was clearly a professional. Instead of a veil, a long white cape flowed along on the ground behind her. And, yes, she too wore a sheathed sword at her hip.
[12:10] * Retrieving #nervfrance modes…
[12:11] <Minaplo> [There were murmurs from the crowd, hushed at first, then slowly rising in volume. Yanmei's arrival only intensified this…-
[12:12] <Minaplo> [Her arrival had brought more than murmurs, but gasps as well, admiring ones from the crowd. People in the rear rows, who struggled to see, began peering over shoulders or jumping up and down, the weak gravity causing a slow constant rippling wave of people among those standing up.-
[12:13] <Minaplo> [Yanmei could see certain people in the crowd. She saw Ginevre Fontaine, smiling a little, nodding to Yanmei once, respectfully. She saw Liu Lin and Zhuge Minglei sitting near the front, watching Yanmei closely, Minglei looking especially appreciative.-
[12:14] <Minaplo> [It was impossible to miss Sarasvati, of course, raised above the crowd, wearing her bright eye-catching dress. She began to wave to Yanmei enthusiastically, just like a little kid seeing a celebrity.-
[12:15] <Minaplo> [She saw her Honour Guard, all three of them, also near the front, although someone clever had tastefully dispersed them to the edges of the sitting area so they fanned out like… Well, like a guard. They also weren't situated near each other, preventing them from getting into stupid quarrels. Shelly and Mark watched her impassively, but Julius beamed, giving her two thumbs up.-
[12:16] <Minaplo> [There was Misato, looking a little pale, but grinning wildly, dressed up in a thick coat herself. No Guillory around, but Misato looked super pleased regardless.-
[12:22] <Minaplo> [There was Princess Alexandrina, sitting next to Matthias Holmstrom and Mana Kirishima. Mana put on a brave smile, whilst Lexie gave Yanmei a warm, courteous but dignified nod. Holmstrom eyed Yanmei's outfit- very keenly- up and down, before turning to look at…-
[12:23] <Minaplo> [… Mr Blue, sitting somewhere near the back, giving Yanmei the biggest fucking smirk. He silently mouthed something to her as she went past.]
[12:28] * Yanmei didn't know whether to look annoyed or happy at that last guest. Her expression settled on somewhere in between before returning to the smile she had been bearing the entire time thus far. It was a huge one, tense, but also genuinely pleased. Everyone was crowding to get a look at -her-. And up ahead, at the alter, was Isaiah, smiling more than anyone. She reached the stage and ascended, still beaming.
[12:29] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's initial reaction had actually been shock. His jaw had dropped, his eyes had widened… By the time Yanmei reached the stage he'd managed to get control over himself, and was giving Yanmei a big dorky grin.-
[12:29] <Sept> Sera's commentary was limited to a slipped "oh dear" as he finally saw Yanmei's outfit in full on the stage.
[12:33] <Minaplo> [Isaiah swallowed nervously. "Um, hi." He whispered to her quickly, almost shyly.-
[12:33] <Minaplo> [In the front row, Yanmei could see her mother, holding a hand over her mouth, her eyes filling with tears…]
[12:34] <Minaplo> [Next to her, clapping and giggling and fighting the urge to run up on stage, was Lizzie, wearing a cute little dress that looked too big for her. Next to her, sitting at attention, was a fluffy orange fox…]
[12:36] * Yanmei smiled wordlessly back at him at first. She gave her mother and Lizzie and Daji a happy wave with one hand before using it to reach out and clasp Isaiah's. "You look so handsome," she whispered back.
[12:37] <Minaplo> [His hand was warm. As she held it, she felt his warmth spread up her arm and throughout her body…-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["So do you." He whispered. "I mean, er, beautiful. Oh God, you look beautiful."-
[12:40] <Minaplo> [With the bridal procession complete, Albert St. Francis, cutting an impressive figure, came through the rear door and closed it up. Linden had chosen him to provide security, and he had- the bridal group had never really realised he'd been securing the areas through which they'd travelled.-
[12:41] <Minaplo> [Yanmei and Isaiah's own entourages weren't idle here. Rei was giving Alphonse an openly adoring look over Yanmei's shoulder, one which he was returning with a faint blush on his cheeks. Asuka was giving Alex a knowing smirk, which for some reason saw him cough and turn away.-
[12:42] <Minaplo> [Marianne was looking through the crowd, hesitating slightly as her gaze fell on Tobias Linden- sitting next to Ezekiel. She gave Tobias a quick, tiny wave, which he returned.-
[12:42] <Minaplo> [Ezekiel and Minerva shared a look for a second before turning their attention back towards the couple.]
[13:00] <Minaplo> [Mazarin stood forward. His tall, gaunt form was perfect for this, as he cut a stark, austere figure dressed as he was in his black suit. He towered over Yanmei and Isaiah both.-
[13:03] <Minaplo> ["Dearly Beloved," he began, his rich voice cutting through the hubbub. The crowd fell instantly silent. His voice travelled extremely well, even without a microphone. "We are gathered here today in the presence of these witnesses, to join Isaiah Gabriel-Wei and Zhang Yanmei in matrimony, which is commended to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be entered into
[13:03] <Minaplo> unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly and solemnly. Into this holy estate these two persons present now come to be joined. If any person can show just cause why they may not be joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace."-
[13:04] <Minaplo> [Mazarin affixed the crowd with his sharp, steely-keen stare, letting them know exactly what would happen to them if someone didn't hold their peace.]
[13:08] * Yanmei peered out curiously into the crowd as well, trying to fathom if anyone would indeed object if not in the presence of the wrathful Mazarin.
[13:08] * Sept would've loved to object to the wrathful Mazarin, standing up on Armin's shoulders. But this was rather more Yanmei's moment.
[08:18] <Minaplo> [Following the silence, Mazarin began to speak again, outlining in solemn terms the importance and significance of marriage, and what it holds and has in store for both those joined in it and for those around it.-
[08:21] <Minaplo> [Then he turned his attention back to Yanmei and Isaiah.-
[08:22] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei and Isaiah, it is through your hearts that this union is desired, by your will that this union is achieved, by your vows that this union is formed. I call upon you now to join your hands and state your vows, to shape this union, to define it, and to pledge yourselves to one another for ever."]
[08:27] * Yanmei was already holding Isaiah's hand, but she turned to face him dead on, staring into his bright blue eyes. For the first time since the ceremony began, a bit of stiff awkwardness began to invade her demeanor. She cleared her throat, doing her best to shake it off. -
[08:35] <Yanmei> "I, Yanmei, choose you, Isaiah, to be my soulmate for life. I swear to protect, respect and support you as an equal partner, and to be your family, and to never abandon you? I will never forget the times we have rescued each other, and I offer you my hand, so that we can continue sharing laughter, tears and smooches for as long as we are alive."
[08:47] <Minaplo> [Isaiah unconsciously entwined his fingers with her own. His face was full of gentle adoration, a soft blissful realisation of a dream coming true.-
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["I, Isaiah, choose you, Yanmei, as my friend, companion, and soulmate, to live by your side for this life and for a thousand lives beyond. I swear to stand by your side, even when we are apart; to share in your pain, when you are hurt; to bear your burdens when you are burdened; to be of one mind, one body and one soul. I offer myself to you for eternity, with unbreakable love as the bond
[08:56] <Minaplo> that keeps us together."]
[09:00] * Yanmei almost seemed to relax a little, her eyes shining brightly. There was an unconscious little tug on his fingers, an urge to pull him closer…
[09:10] <Minaplo> [Mazarin spoke again, lightly cutting through their dream for a moment. "The vows have been said, in the presence of us, the witnesses to the union of Yanmei and Isaiah. Let us solemnly remember them."-
[09:11] <Minaplo> [Mazarin continued, making another short speech about the importance of the vows, mostly concluding his points from earlier.-
[09:18] <Minaplo> [When that was done, he turned to look at Alphonse, who, on cue, took out a jewelry box and handed it to Mazarin.-
[09:19] <Minaplo> [Mazarin held the box up and opened it, revealing the two rings within- one a simple band, the other more elaborate, gold with a purple stone within a flowery gemclasp.-
[09:21] <Minaplo> ["The ring, the symbol of union." He said. "A precious gift, born from a source buried and hidden. Purified by the fire, shaped by determination, into a form without beginning or end."-
[09:21] <Minaplo> [He held the box to Yanmei, so she could take the ring she intended to give; Mazarin then offered the box to Isaiah, who took the remaining ring.-
[09:22] <Minaplo> ["I ask on Yanmei and Isaiah now to exchange rings, the sign of their everlasting love made real."]
[09:25] * Yanmei lifted Isaiah's hand, prepared to go first. -
[09:28] <Yanmei> "This ring is a token of our love, which has no end. With it, I join my life to yours forever as your loving wife." -
[09:31] <Yanmei> And with that she slipped the band onto his finger. It was the simple one of the pair, gleaming a bright silver color, a tiny inscription with both of their names engraved along the inside of it.
[09:37] <Minaplo> [He smiled in delight as he saw it, clearly surprised.-
[09:38] <Minaplo> [He took her hand in turn. "This ring is a token of our love, which has no end. With it, I join my life to yours forever as your loving husband."-
[09:38] <Minaplo> [And he slid the golden ring- the ring she had worn before, but now filled with a new significance- onto her finger.]
[09:40] * Yanmei too was smiling, first down at the ring and then up at him. She waggled her finger slightly as if showing it off.
[09:46] <Minaplo> [Mazarin smiled.-
[09:50] <Minaplo> ["The vows have been said, the rings have been exchanged. Let us all dwell on this moment, where we see two people unite and become one."-
[09:50] <Minaplo> [A minute of silence.-
[09:51] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei and Isaiah, by the power vested in me by the Republic of France, I now pronounce you husband and wife."-
[09:53] <Minaplo> [His smile widened. "You may now kiss the bride."-
[09:56] <Minaplo> [Isaiah broke out into a tremendous grin. A second later he took a step forward, curled his left arm around Yanmei's waist and his right around her shoulders. Then he drew her in. He paused for a second, letting the eye contact linger, before he kissed her, unhesitatingly, passionately…]
[10:00] * Yanmei kissed back willingly. And kissed. And kissed. And kissed. All the while holding her breath for an impressively long time.
[10:06] <Minaplo> [Well. Isaiah was certainly not in any hurry to pull away. His grip tightened…-
[10:06] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile the audience went nuts, standing up to cheer and holler. Next to Sera, Armin began clapping furiously. Sarasvati was a split second slower, but she too began to clap, mimicking Armin's own insane pace perfectly.-
[10:07] <Minaplo> [Armin turned to Sera. "Isn't that beautiful? …" He squinted.-
[10:07] <Minaplo> ["Sera, are you blushing?"]
[10:09] * Sept was eyeing the crowd rather intently, now, with the distinct redness to his cheeks starting to fade. "Don't get too excited," he warned Armin.
[10:22] <Yanmei> Eventually, Yanmei pulled herself upright, reluctantly breaking free.
[10:28] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was still grinning, his face flushed red. He obviously didn't want to stop, but…-
[10:28] <Minaplo> [He staightened up and pulled back a little, offering his arm to her with a flourish.]
[10:29] * Yanmei took it, her bouquet still clasped in her other hand.
[10:29] <Minaplo> [And they began to walk towards the door, which St. Francis had opened. Yanmei and Isaiah were followed by their bridesmaids and groomsmen, forming two columns behind the newlyweds.-
[10:30] <Minaplo> [Armin turned back towards Sera. "Shall I save the excitement for later?"]
[10:35] <Sept> "No, go right ahead…"
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["Great!"-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [Isaiah and Yanmei made their escape out into the corridor, followed by their brave and loyal entourages. The crowd began to follow them out, although much more slowly.-
[10:37] <Minaplo> [It had been a wonderful ceremony…-
[10:37] <Minaplo> […-
[10:40] <Minaplo> [After the bridal party had retreated, the 'staff' began to work on revamping the ceremony hall. Chairs vanished, carpets were taken away. This was replaced by large round tables, surrounded by 20 chairs each, with the bridal party's table being a long rectangular deal up on the stage. Yanmei and Isaiah's chairs were higher than the others.-
[10:42] <Minaplo> [Several huge tables were pushed up against the walls, designed to act as buffet tables. The bar was reopened as well, containing large quantities of an eclectic collection of liquor, from beers to wines to spirits. The selections were… Well, fairly limited despite that, with the vast bulk being made up of three or four different selections, with the remainder being whatever they'd been
[10:42] <Minaplo> able to dig up.-
[10:42] <Minaplo> [The bar would be tended to by Blue, naturally.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> [A space had been cleared as well in front of the nymph. This space would be used as a dancefloor.-
[10:43] <Minaplo> [After these preparations had finished, the guests were allowed to file back in and begin taking seats or standing around and talking.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [But of course, an ancient and time-honoured tradition would start the reception off…-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [Yanmei and Isaiah stood near the dance floor. Groups of people- primarily the unmarried- were clustered around them, waiting… Waiting…]
[10:49] <Yanmei> "All right!" Yanmei held her bouquet out in front of her like commander flourishing a sabre at an approaching battalion. At some point she had replaced her awesome cape with a millitary dress jacket and gloves. It was an odd contrast to the lovely dress she was still wearing, but anyone standing on the freezing ship would probably understand why it had been done. "Everyone ready?!"
[10:51] <Minaplo> [There was a hubbub of affirmatives in response!]
[10:52] <Sept> "Wait. For what?" Sera had just been swept along with Armin and Sarasvati. "Oh!"
[10:53] <Yanmei> "Then here we-" she drew her arm back and then -threw- the bouquet into the air as hard as she could, "GO!"
[10:57] <Minaplo> [The bouquet arced through the air, performing several graceful flips. The crowd shouted and squealed and reached out their hands…-
[10:59] <Minaplo> [And when the crowd parted, it was Minerva Linden, President of the United States, who caught it.-
[10:59] <Minaplo> [There was a moment of silence, before the air was filled with more squeals and shouts and whoops, whilst Minerva laughed, reddening.-
[11:00] <Minaplo> [Of course, that was only one part done…-
[11:00] <Minaplo> [Isaiah stepped forward, then knelt in front of Yanmei. He looked up at her expectantly.]
[11:02] * Yanmei coughed daintly into her fist. Rather doing the expected, she reached into the pocket of her jacket and pulled something blue and frilly out, holding it out to him.
[11:03] <Minaplo> [There were laughs and gentle boos from the crowd of men. Isaiah grinned, and took the frilly garment in his hand.-
[11:03] <Minaplo> [He stood up, turned around and balanced the garter in his hand… Before throwing it backwards, just as Yanmei had!-
[11:07] <Minaplo> [One amongst their number caught it, and the crowd parted, revealing… Isha Misra, looking slightly confused at the frilly garter he held in his hand.-
[11:07] <Minaplo> [As he realised everyone was staring, he suddenly froze, his expression pure deer-in-the-headlights.]
[11:09] * Yanmei began applauding, trying to quickly break the tension! "Mr Isha~ Well done!"
[11:10] <Sept> "Congratulations!" Sera shouted from among the crowd.
[11:10] <Minaplo> ["Ah-ah-ah." He laughed awkwardly, his eyes widening as the people around him began cheering.-
[11:11] <Minaplo> [It was at this point that Alphonse realised that Isha might be aware of how to execute his solemn duty. He leaned forward and whispered into Isha's ear.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [Isha went pale. He instantly turned tail and tried to dash into the crowd, only for the crowd to reject him.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> [Isha tried to foist the garter on Alex, who reacted as though Isha had attempted to toss him a live snake.-
[11:13] <Minaplo> [Realising his situation was hopeless, Isha turned about, his face a mask of grim horror. The men formed up behind him.-
[11:14] <Minaplo> [Across the floor, Minerva had been similarly singled out, clutching the incriminating bouquet. She was red, staring up at the roof as though it were the most interesting thing around.-
[11:19] <Minaplo> [Isha squared his shoulders, and marched stiffly over to Minerva's side. With uncharacteristic inelegance, he knelt down- shooting a black look at Alphonse as he did so- then took Minerva's right leg, sliding the garter up until it vanished beneath the hem of Minerva's skirt.-
[11:19] <Minaplo> [The crowd went wild, their hooting and hollering drowning out any other sound, as Isha practically vanished into the melee like a startled cat.]
[11:26] <Yanmei> "Alright, alright!" Yanmei was shouting to be heard above the crowd, waving her arms. "All of you! Go eat! Have fun!"
[11:38] * Sept met the recommendation with a cheer, dispersing along with the rest of the crowd.
[11:44] <Minaplo> [And so the crowd dispersed, heading towards the tables and the food eagerly…]
[11:49] * Yanmei lingered behind for a moment afterward, seemingly looking for someone but apparently losing them in the crowd. Eventually she went forth herself, heading for her mother.
[11:49] <Yanmei> -
[11:51] * Sept stayed back for the moment to let the worst part of the crowd rush for the tables and food. "Well, that was a spectacle, huh?"
[11:56] <Yanmei> The food was plentiful, and whoever had cooked it was clearly experimenting with recipes that were different than the usual fare that the crew had become accustomed to. There were tiny meatballs with dipping sauce, a spicy kabob-inspired dish with glazed chunks of meat on a stick, and shredded meat and sauce meant to be poured over a very limited supply of rice although it could also be easily eaten alone as stew as well. -
[12:00] <Yanmei> "Mom! Mom! Did you see me?" Yanmei came just shy of grasping her arm and hopping around.
[12:02] <Minaplo> ["Even here in this cold, dread place, this ceremony was full of warmth and exuberance." Said Armin solemnly. "I would dearly love to see it again in full glory."-
[12:02] <Minaplo> [He took a tiny whale meatball, dipped it in some tomato sauce, then ate it.-
[12:02] <Minaplo> [He nodded in grave approval.-
[12:03] <Minaplo> ["Oh, Blossom!" Mingzhu lunged at her daughter, grabbing her arm, squeezing it tight, then pulling Yanmei into a tight hug. "Oh, you were amazing! So beautiful, so gracious, lovely, just-"-
[12:03] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu began to choke up.]
[12:12] <Sept> "And you, Sarasvati? Get good pictures?"
[12:13] <Minaplo> ["Extremely good pictures." Said Sarasvati with a smile. "I will show them to you later, if you want."]
[12:14] <Sept> "I'd like that a lot," Sera nodded.
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["Would you be happy to dance in exchange?"]
[12:21] <Sept> "In exchange for the pictures," he said.
[12:23] <Yanmei> "Hehehe." Yanmei huggled back, happily. "Thank you, Mom. I'm really glad you were here to see it." Her hug grew tighter. "Really, really glad…"
[12:23] <Minaplo> ["That's right." She said. "I am of course happy to give the pictures to you without a dance if you do not really want to dance. Consider it an expression of interest in the idea of dancing."-
[12:24] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu could squeeze tighter. Oh yes she could. "You have no idea how glad I am to be here myself." She said, her voice hot-chocolate warm. "I can't wait until you one day experience the same joy I'm feeling right now."]
[12:27] <Sept> "Well, I would." Sera paused. "I would be glad to show you of this 'dancing', with or without the offer of extremely good pictures of the ceremony."
[12:28] <Minaplo> ["Scintillating." Said Armin. "Poets will sing of this exchange."-
[12:28] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati eyed Armin's back suspiciously.]
[12:30] <Yanmei> "That'll be a long time yet?" Yanmei grinned, resisting her urge to bury her face in her shoulder. Minerva would kill her if she did. "Where -is- Lizzie? Is there anyone you want me to introduce you to? Um. Should we sit down and grab something to eat?"
[12:31] <Sept> "He's being sarcastic and duplicitous. Would you like to dance now, Sarasvati?"
[12:32] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu pointed over at the main table, where Henriette was solemnly helping Lizzie up into Yanmei's chair.-
[12:32] <Minaplo> ["I'm happy to just sit and eat." Said Mingzhu. "Isaiah and I will go fetch you something to eat- you go sit down." She said, pulling away.-
[12:33] <Minaplo> ["Besides," She latched onto Isaiah now, who seemed rather alarmed at this unprecedented gesture. "I want to speak to my son-in-law."-
[12:40] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati looked at Sera with those big, wide eyes of hers. "No. It is a faux pas to dance before the newlyweds." She said. "And after the newlyweds are the man who caught the garter and the woman who caught the bouquet."]
[12:42] <Sept> "Huh. That makes sense. We'll settle for mingling and food in the meantime."
[12:52] <Yanmei> "Okay! You two have fun~!" Yanmei gave a little parting wave, and then started over to the dining table where Lizzie and Henriette were, an amused smirk on her mouth.
[14:27] <Minaplo> [There were other members of their entourage settling at the big table now. Marianne was taking her place, watching over Henriette and ever-curious Lizzie (and Daji, naturally), whilst Lanfen was settling down as well with Asuka.]
[14:30] <Yanmei> The first one she went to was Lizzie, giving her a little peck on the forehead. "Hi sweetie! Did you have fun watching?"
[14:31] <Minaplo> [Lizzie held her arms out to Yanmei invitingly. "Maamaa pretty~" She cooed, giggling. "Me watch all, maamaa!"]
[14:35] * Yanmei swooped her up for a hug. "I'm glad! Isaiah will be here in just a minute with lots of food, ok? And then there will be dancing." She settled her back in a chair again, beaming.
[14:37] <Minaplo> [Lizzie settled her head on Yanmei's shoulder. "Me dance, maamaa?"]
[14:40] <Yanmei> "Sure! But you have to wait until it's the right time?"
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["About six or seven years." Said Henriette, shooting a smug look at Asuka.-
[14:42] <Minaplo> [Asuka narrowed her eye and jabbed Henriette in the cheek sharply. "Brat!"]
[14:44] * Yanmei repressed a snort, and glanced around. "Who's the DJ for this, anyway? Is the music automated?"
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["Some of it is, yeah." Said Marianne. "Although apparently there'll be a band playing later or something… You might recognise one of the musicians," Said Marianne, nodding out into the crowd.-
[14:47] <Minaplo> [There was a waitress working for Blue- she was just wearing normal clothes, not one of those scandalous outfits. Yanmei would recognise Viviane.]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Ah!" Yanmei brightened. "She made it! I didn't see her in the crowd at first. Think she's nervous?"
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Probably." Said Asuka. "Unless she's taking her mind off it by poisoning the drinks."]
[14:50] * Yanmei seemed to ponder that, her expression growing a little more grave.
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["… Is there something I'm missing here?" Asked Lanfen worriedly.]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "No. No, of course not!" Yanmei laughed. "That girl over there is a friend of ours. She's gone through some rough times, though. Like," she lowered her voice. "Like she was staying in the base that was attacked by Caine's troops, for one thing?"
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["Oh." Said Lanfen gravely.-
[14:56] <Minaplo> [Marianne was giving Yanmei a shrewd look.]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "And other things too. But!" she was trying very hard to pretend she didn't see that look. "This isn't the time to bring this stuff up. I'm sure she wants to forget it too?"
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Well, we all know how you can help her with that." Said Asuka.]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "By cheering her on," she said firmly.
[15:01] <Minaplo> [Asuka smirked.-
[15:03] <Minaplo> [A few minutes later, several people would return all at once. Isaiah, with three plates of food (one for himself, one for Yanmei, and one for Lizzie); Alex with two plates (one for Asuka, naturally); and Rei, bearing a plate for herself and for Alphonse as well.-
[15:04] <Minaplo> [Isaiah sat down next to Yanmei, putting the plates down before leaning over and giving her and Lizzie a kiss. "Hi~"-
[15:04] <Minaplo> ["Daadaa." Lizzie held her arms out, and Isaiah quickly took her off Yanmei, giving the little girl a squeeze.]
[15:08] * Yanmei meanwhile snuck a bite from her plate. "Welcome back? I hope Mom wasn't too hard on you…"
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh? What do you think happened?"]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "I don't know? But aren't mothers-in-law supposed to be harsh? Maybe she scolded you for some faux pas you made~"
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["She was perfectly lovely." Said Isaiah, shaking his head. "We had a perfectly mature, farsighted discussion."]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "About what? Hey, where did she even go…?"
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["The future, and she's over at the buffet."-
[15:19] <Minaplo> [And indeed she was, filling up her plate, chatting to two others in the queue- Mazarin and Tobias Linden.]
[15:24] <Yanmei> Yanmei stared at the trio with a razor-like keenness, her mouth forming a flat, thin line.
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Uh oh. Angry look." Said Isaiah.-
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Angry maamaa…"-
[15:26] <Minaplo> [Alex looked over at Yanmei curiously, then back over to where she was looking.-
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["…" His face lit up.]
[15:28] <Yanmei> "I'm not -angry-." Yanmei huffed, folding her arms. "I'm perfectly fine. And what are you smirking about over there?"
[15:28] <Minaplo> ["I'm not smirking." Said Alex. "This is the face of enlightenment."]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "I don't know what the big discovery would be? Everything is fine," she stressed.
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Oi, Mrs. Gabriel." Said Asuka.]
[15:33] <Yanmei> It took Yanmei a split second to figure out that she wasn't calling for Isaiah's mother. "Oi yourself. What's wrong?"
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["So, uh… Is this really how it's gonna be, seat-wise?" Asked Asuka. "All the girls on one side, all the boys on the other?"]
[15:35] * Yanmei blinked. "I… guess the seating order doesn't matter much? If you want to sit in Fontaine's lap, it's fine by me."
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Damn straight." Said Asuka, who promptly got out of her seat, walked about and flopped straight into Alex's lap.-
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Oof. Seriously?"-
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Like you don't love it."-
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["Tch…"]
[15:45] * Yanmei smirked~~ She didn't think she'd actually do it. "Do you guys need a private room too~~?"
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["On a wedding day? We'll wait." Said Asuka. "It's rude to do things before the newlyweds~"]
[15:52] * Yanmei huffed again. "You shouldn't make those kinds of insinuations in front of impressionable young Lizzie."
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["Speaking of which." Said Marianne. "I've tidied up the Captain's quarters for you and Isaiah tonight, Yanmei. Consider it my treat."]
[15:56] <Yanmei> "E-eh?" She felt her cheeks starting to warm up a little. "But where are you sleeping…?"
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["President Linden invited me to spend the night in her quarters."]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Did she?" She glanced back toward Tobias Linden suspiciously. Was that really the truth?
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["She did."-
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Well, at least you'll be warm." Said Asuka. "Can't quite say the same for us."]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "I'm sure you and Fontaine will find a way to heat things up," said Yanmei airly, as she picked up another meatball. "You've so much cuddling to get done."
[16:11] <Minaplo> ["Now who's making sordid insinuations in front of brats?" Asked Asuka.]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "It's ok when -I- do it." Yanmei tossed her hair. "I'm so sophisticated that I can actually make anything sound not-sordid?"
[16:24] <Minaplo> ["That's rubbish." Snorted Asuka.-
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["As entertaining as it is hearing everyone speculate about how we intend to spend our night," Said Isaiah, "Sweetheart, we should probably open the dancing after you've had your fill."]
[16:26] <Yanmei> "Oh… right. Well, why don't we do it now? The food will still be waiting for us when we get back?"
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["Oh, sure." Said Isaiah, pulling Lizzie off him and putting her back on her chair.-
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["Uuuu." She instantly began to fuss, her little hands balling into fists.-
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["Hey, Lizzie." Said Henriette, nudging her and pointing down at her feet.-
[16:28] <Minaplo> [Lizzie turned. "Jijiji~"]
[16:32] * Yanmei shot Henriette an appreciative look before grabbing Isaiah's hand and quickly trying to lead him off while Lizzie was distracted by whatever Daji was up to. "What do you think?" she whispered. "Should we dance to something slow or something bouncy?"
[16:32] <Minaplo> ["Something slow." He murmured in response. "Bouncy takes effort I'd rather spend admiring you."]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Oho~ I can live with that? When was the last time we danced together, actually?"
[16:43] <Minaplo> ["Would've been on your 17th birthday last year." Said Isaiah, allowing Yanmei to lead him to the floor. "You were wearing that cheongsam. I remember, because you'd grown slightly, and it was a little tighter than usual…~"]
[16:45] <Yanmei> "So those were the details you were paying attention to." Yanmei tsked lightly under her breath. "Well, I've gotten much better at it since then. Probably."
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["You don't give me enough credit." Said Isaiah, his voice a low purr. "Your footwork was wonderful, even in those high heels of yours." He said. "And you were much more confident, because you were gazing into my eyes and not at your feet…"]
[16:54] <Yanmei> "Maybe this time, I'll be the one to catch you if you stumble~" She assumed a proper starting stance. They had now reached the middle of the dancefloor, after all. "You know, make up for our first time."
[16:57] <Minaplo> [He grinned. A big, huge grin. "Oh yeah, I remember that. Your flailing arms and legs, going everywhere, falling into my arms…" He placed a hand on her hip. "That was pretty fantastic!"]
[17:00] <Yanmei> "Preeetty sure the Colonel would've disagreed with that," Yanmei grinned back. -
[17:02] <Yanmei> She glanced over her shoulder at the rest of the crowd as one song began to end and another one picked up. "Let's get started, while everyone's watching us!"
[17:03] <Minaplo> [And indeed they were. All eyes were on the newlyweds…-
[17:04] <Minaplo> [And so Isaiah began to lead, his own footsteps matching Yanmei's perfectly. "Ah, improvement!"]
[17:14] <Yanmei> "Told you," she said smugly. It started off like an informal swaying slowdance - a simple one, centralized in the center of the room. The longer the song went on, the more embellishments they made - longer strides morphing into a waltz that carried them around the edges of the dancefloor, twirls at the end of each verse. They moved as if they had rehersed it over and over - every footstep
[17:14] <Yanmei> and weight-shift perfectly timed to mirror each other.
[17:18] <Minaplo> ["You're so unfair," He murmured as he led her through a perfect twirl ending in a bow.]
[17:20] <Yanmei> "Unfair how?" She was smirking.
[17:23] <Minaplo> ["You look like a goddess, you feel like a goddess and now you move like a goddess. How am I supposed to compete?" He purred.]
[17:29] <Yanmei> "Dance partners don't compete," Yanmei pointed out. "Anyway~, if you're keeping up with a goddess, what exactly does that make you, huh?"
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["I can't say what I am, but I can tell you what I feel I am…"]
[22:11] <Yanmei> "Yeah…?"
[22:12] <Minaplo> [The dance had brought them close enough to talk through whispers. Romantic dancing was good like that.-
[22:14] <Minaplo> ["I feel like a poet who's seen his muse." He said. "And now he's gone blind and can see nothing else."]
[22:21] <Yanmei> "What a line," Yanmei murmured, resting her forehead briefly against his. "Between that and the dancing I'd almost think you had a secret romance coach on the side?"
[22:33] <Minaplo> ["Heh." He smiled. "If I wanted a couch, I wouldn't look for a romantic one, but for an artist, so I could adorn a cathedral with your image. Or a sculptor, to fill the world up with a reflection of your likeness. Or a writer, so I could record my love for you in an epic to last forever. But I'm not an artist, or a sculptor, or a writer. All I have to show my love for you is what I have right now." He said softly. "My eyes, my hands, my lips…"]
[22:33] <Minaplo> <Coach*>
[22:42] <Yanmei> "You could just say 'kiss me', you know," Yanmei smirked, and did just that, gently.
[22:58] <Minaplo> [Isaiah took the invitation. After Yanmei kissed him, he tightened his hold, spun her around and hooked his right leg around her own. Then, supporting her back with his right arm, he dipped her until she was nearly horizontal- and then kissed her, holding her there for a good five, ten seconds. Yanmei could hear the distant whooping and cheering and hoots from the onlookers…-
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["Alright, then." He said, grinning. "Kiss me."]
[23:04] * Yanmei snorted, bopping her head lightly against his. "Baka."
[23:23] <Minaplo> [He began laughing, lifting her back up to their standing position.-
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["I didn't ask for a Langley kiss, you know." He said, rubbing his head for a second.]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "Well too bad. You got both?" Clasping his hand, she began to tug him off the dancefloor. "Right, then? Who's up next?" She peered around the crowd.
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["It's the garter and bouquet couple." Said Isaiah.]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "Uh oh…" No sign of Isha from her vantage point. Had he left the party after the garter incident? "I'm… gonna go track one of them down?"
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["Fair enough. Want me to come with you?"]
[23:43] <Yanmei> "It's ok. I doubt it will take long? Just hang out and relax a little."
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["Alright. I'll be at the table."]
[23:52] <Yanmei> And so, Yanmei squeezed his hand one last time and went off, sweeping through the crowd, exchanging smiles and high-fives with its members, all the while looking for Isha.
[23:54] <Minaplo> [She'd find him sooner or later. He wasn't in the room exactly, but rather had ducked into a little alcove next to the kitchen-
[23:54] <Minaplo> [He was sitting by himself in a corner, one leg straight, the other bent against his chest. He seemed lost in thought.]
[23:56] * Yanmei leaned against the entrance, eyes bright and curious. "Mr Isha?"
[08:57] <Minaplo> [That broke his reverie. He looked up at her, frowning slightly as though surprised. "Oh, Yanmei. What is it?"]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "You all right? It's time for your dance…"
[08:59] <Minaplo> ["My dance- oh. No, I'd really rather not if it's all the same."]
[09:01] <Yanmei> She didn't seem surprised. Just worried. "Hmm. You're really not into the whole garter thing, are you?"
[09:02] <Minaplo> ["It's nothing."]
[09:05] <Yanmei> "So you say? But not many people can resist Madame President's cuteness. If you're not careful, she could find another partner~"
[09:06] <Minaplo> ["She's welcome to it." Said Isha quietly.]
[09:14] * Yanmei scrutinized him and sighed, lightly rubbing the back of her neck. "Sorry. I don't want you to be uncomfortable during my wedding? Let's try to forget about the whole thing."
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["I'd appreciate that. Send Madame President my apologies."]
[09:17] <Yanmei> "She'll understand." Yanmei winked at him as she turned to go. "Don't stay in there too long, ok? The food out here is pretty good. Heh. Not that I've eaten much myself yet…"
[09:18] <Minaplo> ["I'll try." He said. "You go enjoy yourself. It's your big day, Yanmei, you shouldn't be running around for sad sacks like me. You're beautiful and young- just go have fun."]
[09:24] <Yanmei> "So you say, but… you're my friend, and you've done a lot to help me out? So I want to help you out too, by listening or just whatever."
[09:24] <Minaplo> ["Maybe some other time." He gave her a small, wan smile.]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "…alright, then." She gave him a small smile of her own. "I'll see you later, then?"
[09:33] <Minaplo> ["See you."]
[09:35] <Yanmei> So Yanmei left him to his thoughts, drifting back over to the stage instead of the dance floor. There were mics or some other form of voice amplifiers there, weren't there? She cleared her throat when she was set up. "Hey. Attention everyone?"
[09:36] <Minaplo> [There were. Everyone turned to look at her curiously.]
[09:41] <Yanmei> "First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for being here on this special day? I hope you're enjoying the food and the music and company; we're about to add another form of entertainment to the mix. Due to circumstances, we're forgoing the second opening dance, which means that the dancefloor is now open to everyone. Later in the evening, there will also be karoake available? I'll make an announcement about it when it's time. In the meantime, please continue enjoying yourselves?"
[09:43] <Minaplo> [There were murmurs of agreement and acknowledgement, and people began moving onto the dance floor. Yanmei would note that the first people to do so were Minerva Linden and her father, who'd gallantly stepped in to save face.-
[09:49] <Minaplo> [There were a few other dancers in there as well. There was Dr. Tenma, dancing with Ariadne; Hannelore had been led out onto the floor by Dr. Castillo, who had the moves; and there was Tsubaki, swaying around by herself in the middle of it.]
[09:56] * Yanmei eyed some of the dancers with raised eyebrows, and then cheerfully hopped off the stage. -
[09:58] <Yanmei> Her next destination wasn't her table, surprisingly. It was the stoic security chief standing off by himself. Also, she was smiling~~
[10:04] <Minaplo> [Albert St. Francis turned smartly to face her, his expression impassive. He saluted. "Madame."]
[10:09] <Yanmei> "Hi! Just checking to see if you're enjoying yourself too, Mr St. Francis."
[10:10] <Minaplo> ["Enjoying myself, ma'am?" He said, keeping his salute up and standing at attention. "I'm tasked with security, ma'am."]
[10:13] <Yanmei> "At ease." She patted him lightly on the shoulder. "Also, come on. No one's going to fault you if you dance a little. We're on Mars? The chance of something blowing up or attempting an assassination is only, like, 60% by my estimate."
[10:16] <Minaplo> [He lowered his arm. "People earn fault for not doing their job, ma'am." Said St. Francis. "There's no one to replace me yet if I leave duty."]
[10:17] <Yanmei> "You could integrate dancing -into- your duties," she suggested.
[10:18] <Minaplo> ["How, ma'am?"]
[10:20] <Yanmei> "Interrogating suspicious guests descreetly while you dance with them. You know who's super suspicious?"
[10:20] <Minaplo> ["Who, ma'am?"]
[10:21] <Yanmei> "President Linden. I think she said something about wanting to take over the world while we were getting ready this morning."
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["… I'm sorry, ma'am, I'm not sure what you mean." He said blandly.]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "You should interrogate her? And dance with her while doing it," she pressed. "For the safety of everyone in attendence."
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["You want me to investigate my direct superior, ma'am?" He asked slowly.]
[10:27] <Yanmei> "Yes."
[10:28] <Minaplo> [He stared at her for a second.-
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["… I'm sorry, ma'am, I'm not finding this joke very amusing."]
[10:30] <Yanmei> "I-it's not a joke!" She dropped her voice to a low whisper. "It's an -opportunity-. For dancing. And conversation. And fun!"
[10:34] <Minaplo> ["Well, with all due respect, ma'am, President Linden is already dancing, and interrupting that would be inappropriate when I have a duty to fulfil."]
[10:36] * Yanmei looked actually kind of disappointed. "You sure?"
[10:39] <Minaplo> ["Sorry, ma'am."]
[10:47] <Yanmei> "I see. What if I tried to convince her to ask you to dance, then?"
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome to try, ma'am. I wouldn't be able to refuse."]
[11:07] <Yanmei> "Well, then," one could hear the smugness practically dripping off her voice. "I'll see to it, then."
[11:07] <Minaplo> ["I see, ma'am."]
[11:10] * Yanmei gave him a short nod. "Good, then. I'll be back." And with that, she marches off to the end of the dancefloor to wait for the next song to start up.
[11:12] <Minaplo> [It seemed that they were alternating between fast and slow. The current fast song ended, and a slower one began to play. Some of the people on the dancefloor came off, including Minerva, whilst a few went on- Mazarin and Mingzhu for example.]
[11:13] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei stared at Mazarin and Mingzhu. Then looked over at the departing Minerva. Then looked back over to Mazarin and Mingzhu. -
[11:17] <Yanmei> "Grr…!" She hastened after Minerva. She -had promised- after all. And if she hurried, maybe she would have enough time to do something about the -other- problem before the song was even over. "President Linden!"
[11:20] <Minaplo> [Minerva was heading towards the big table! The seating had changed now that the genders could mix. Asuka was still sitting on Alex's lap, of course, but now Rei and Alphonse were together as well to Alex's right (next to Isaiah), eating happily and speaking to Isaiah, who was telling a story about one of his early dates with Yanmei.-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [Minerva heard Yanmei, of course, and turned a little way away from the table. "What is it, Yanmei?"-
[11:20] <Minaplo> [("And then she goes, 'here, why don't we just wag school today? It's so boring and I'd much rather spend the day with you~'")]
[11:22] <Yanmei> "I-" she glanced at Isaiah. He was telling them -that- story?! "I need a big favor," she hurried on.
[11:28] <Minaplo> ["Sure, go ahead and ask." Said Minerva.-
[11:29] <Minaplo> [("And so off we go, still wearing our uniforms- she's a fine sight in a school uniform, by the way… And the first place we go…")]
[11:29] <Yanmei> "Dance with St. Francis? Just look at him standing over there, all sad and lonely…"
[11:31] <Minaplo> ["… Huh?" Minerva seemed surprised by the suggestion, turning completely to face Yanmei now. "That's a weird thing to ask out of the blue."]
[11:34] <Yanmei> "It is? I guess it is. But. But! I could see him during my last dance, and it really looked like he wanted to join in. I tried to ask him myself, but he was worried about what his direct superior would say. That's you, by the way. So I thought the best way to resolve this would be to ask you to ask him yourself. It would just be for one song, and I bet it would make him happy."
[11:35] <Minaplo> ["Well, why don't you go back and tell him he has my permission to dance with you?"-
[11:35] <Minaplo> [("And the waitress is like, "Oh my god you're such a cute couple!", and Yanmei is blushing, but you could tell she was really pleased…")]
[11:39] <Yanmei> "Well, I got the impression, just from talking to him? That he would prefer to dance with you over me."
[11:39] <Minaplo> ["…" Minerva glanced away.-
[11:39] <Minaplo> [("Hmm, that's a good question Rei. She probably did, but she didn't try to kiss me -just- yet…")]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "Ah…" Yanmei watched her carefully. "You don't want to…?"
[11:45] <Minaplo> ["It's not that, exactly, it's just- complicated. And I'm rather hungry, too."]
[11:46] <Yanmei> "Oh. Um. Right."
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["Sorry." Said Minerva, before turning back and heading to the table.]
[11:50] * Yanmei followed a little awkwardly. But for now she had another scheme in mind. "Oh Isaiah~~?"
[11:53] <Minaplo> ["And-" Isaiah looked over. "Hm?"]
[11:55] <Yanmei> Yanmei briefly took a seat next to him. "I have a favor to ask~~? I need you to cut in and dance with my mother for a bit."
[11:57] <Minaplo> ["… What? Why?"]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "Because it's tradition for the bride and groom to dance with each others parents," she said matter-of-factly.
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Well… Alright, I suppose. I'll ask her when this song ends."]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "When it ends…?" she peered out at the dancefloor again, fretting. How close were those two planning to get?!
[12:00] <Minaplo> [Mazarin and Mingzhu were dancing quite gracefully. They were talking, smiles on their faces. Mazarin said something, and Mingzhu laughed…]
[12:02] <Yanmei> Ahhhh noooo, they were practically kissing! "W-why not do it now? It's not like Mazarin would mind?"
[12:06] <Minaplo> [Isaiah put his hand on Yanmei's leg gently. "Calm down, sweetheart." He said. "Look, the reception's barely started and you're running around like a mad rabbit. Just sit down, breathe slowly, have a drink, something to eat- enjoy yourself. Don't worry about it."]
[12:10] <Yanmei> "But…" her eyes were still fixed on the dancing pair. She sighed. "-Fine-. Just let me take one more lap."
[12:11] <Minaplo> ["… Okay."-
[12:11] <Minaplo> [Mingzhu and Mazarin were starting to lean in a little closer, too…]
[12:13] * Yanmei kept her eyes fixed on them as she made her way back to report to St. Francis. Yes, she bumped into people. She also muttered hasty apologies to them.
[12:14] <Minaplo> [St. Francis gave her a smart salute again. "Madame Chancellor."]
[12:15] <Yanmei> "Chief St. Francis. At ease. I'm afraid I have bad news…"
[12:15] <Minaplo> ["She said no." Said St. Francis.]
[12:17] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry. She said it was ok for you to dance with other people, though? Like you and me for example."
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["Well, far be it from me to refuse the bride on her wedding day, ma'am." He said, giving her a small smile. "You'd honour me if you did so."]
[12:20] <Yanmei> "Then shall we?" she extended a hand.
[12:20] <Minaplo> [He took it with his own, and led her out onto the dance floor.-
[12:21] <Minaplo> ["I'm afraid I won't be able to match your husband's dancing, ma'am." Said St. Francis apologetically.]
[12:28] <Yanmei> "Heh. I'm sure you'll do just fine?" She didn't… take the lead, exactly, but she nudged him along in a simple slow number.
[07:16] <Minaplo> ["Mr. Gabriel-Wei is fortunate to hold your love, ma'am." He said, following her not-lead competently enough.]
[07:25] <Yanmei> "Thank you very much." She smiled graciously.
[07:27] <Minaplo> ["Ma'am, may I ask a question of a private nature?"]
[07:28] <Yanmei> "Of course! Fire away?"
[07:31] <Minaplo> ["May I ask how the two of you came to meet?"]
[07:38] <Yanmei> "It wasn't that romantic," Yanmei chuckled. "I was out shopping with Marianne Amatore-DeForest - my guardian while I was staying in France, and I ran into Isaiah by chance. I think I was actually kind of mean to him at first? A couple of weeks later, the new school term started and we just happened to be in the same class and started hanging out together for whatever reason. He was a sweet kid. I ended up caring about him a lot."
[07:39] <Minaplo> ["Clearly enough, ma'am." He said with a smile. "What was he like?"]
[07:41] <Yanmei> "He's… very gentle. To children and animals especially, but all people as well. At the same time, he's also one of the strongest people I know?"
[07:42] <Minaplo> ["Was he strong back then as well?"]
[07:43] <Yanmei> "He cried a lot," Yanmei grinned. "And he was always running to me for help? But I think… he still had a strong backbone when it counted. He just hadn't realized it yet."
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["So you drew it out of him, ma'am?"]
[07:52] * Yanmei paused, apparently thinking. "I don't know how much credit to take? I was always trying to protect him. When the tables turned during the Qaphsiel battle, and he ended up rescuing me from a burning entry plug with his bare hands, I was shocked. I'd wanted him to stay shut up in the Geofront where he was safe! The same thing happened when he became a pilot. Maybe he became stronger in spite of me."
[07:57] <Minaplo> ["May I be forward and volunteer a story of my own, ma'am?"]
[07:57] <Yanmei> "Certainly?"
[08:03] <Minaplo> ["When I heard Madame President had been shot down in East Africa, ma'am, I quit my last job and went out to rescue her." He said. "In the end, it wasn't necessary, but I felt I learned a few things on the way."-
[08:03] <Minaplo> ["It sounds to me like Mr. Gabriel-Wei was in the same position. You might thing it was in spite of you, but I think you were the spark he needed right then and there."]
[08:10] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Maybe you're right?"
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["Maybe, ma'am."-
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["Might I ask another private question, ma'am?"]
[08:11] <Yanmei> "Please go ahead?"
[08:13] <Minaplo> ["Was there ever one moment where you realised you loved him?"]
[08:24] <Yanmei> "A moment?" Her eyes flickered up at the ceiling as she thought. "Malchediel, I think."
[08:24] <Minaplo> ["During the angel battle?"]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "After that. We were both in a coma for a few days after that? We woke up together, and there was kind of this warm feeling to it."
[08:32] <Minaplo> ["Belonging?"]
[08:37] <Yanmei> "Yes! A comfort like that. Like 'oh, this is how it should be with us together.'"
[08:47] <Minaplo> ["That's lovely. I hope nothing but the best for you, ma'am."]
[08:55] <Yanmei> "Thank you. You're not the only one?" She grinned again.
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["That's true. You have a lot of admirers, ma'am."]
[09:02] <Yanmei> "Well," If she hadn't been busy dancing, she might have stopped and preened. "I try my best."
[09:02] <Minaplo> ["So you do, ma'am."]
[09:03] <Yanmei> "May I ask you a question now?"
[09:03] <Minaplo> ["Of course, ma'am."]
[09:04] <Yanmei> "How did you reunite with President Linden? After she was shot down, I mean."
[09:05] <Minaplo> ["I crossed Africa, found her safe and happy, and she took me in, ma'am."]
[09:18] <Yanmei> "Oh. Simple enough!"
[21:03] <Minaplo> ["That's right, ma'am."]
[21:04] <Yanmei> "You must have been really relieved."
[21:05] <Minaplo> ["The safety of Madame President has always been my highest priority, ma'am."]
[21:09] <Yanmei> "This are about to get a little crazy. When we return to Earth, I mean."
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[21:21] <Minaplo> ["Understood, ma'am. I'll redouble my efforts."]
[21:22] <Yanmei> "I'm glad. She's very lucky to have you as a bodyguard."
[21:24] <Minaplo> ["Thank you, ma'am."-
[21:24] <Minaplo> [The song was winding down, now. Only another 15 or so seconds left…]
[21:34] <Yanmei> "We're probably going to run into each other quite a lot," Yanmei was slowing down too a little. "Thank you for the dance, by the way."
[21:37] <Minaplo> ["I should be thanking you, ma'am. It was a true honour."-
[21:37] <Minaplo> [The song ended, and St. Francis took a step back, bowing at the waist, a hand on his chest.]
[21:43] * Yanmei stepped back and gave him a small, bobbing curtsy back. She felt a little silly for it, but a bow deserved something like that in return, right? Right. As she turned to leave the dancefloor, her eyes were drawn to her mother and Mazarin again.
[21:54] <Minaplo> [The song had ended, but the two of them were still standing quite close together. Both of them were smiling, a light in their eyes, and there seemed to be a hint of reluctance as the two broke apart.]
[22:01] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face twisted with worry! And yet… she didn't have it in her to march over and break it up and kick Mazarin in the shins. -
[22:02] <Yanmei> With her shoulders sagging in defeat, she turned and retreated, back toward the big table.
[22:06] <Minaplo> [But she'd only be able to go a few seconds before she'd feel a tap on the shoulder.]
[22:06] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She turned.
[22:07] <Minaplo> [It was Mazarin! Looking as stately and dignified as ever. He smiled, cocking his head as the new song came on- a more fast-paced, energetic one.-
[22:07] <Minaplo> ["Might I request the hand of the bride for this following piece?" He asked, holding his hand out with a flourish.-
[22:08] <Minaplo> [… Yanmei would notice behind Mazarin that Isaiah had kept his promise, swooping in seemingly out of nowhere to take Mingzhu's hand and lead her back onto the dance floor. Isaiah said something as he went which Yanmei didn't quite hear, but whatever it was it made her mother blush like a schoolgirl.]
[22:15] <Yanmei> Yanmei… didn't quite frown at the dance couple in the background, although her eyes did follow them for a few seconds before returning to Mazarin. "You hardly need to be so formal." She tossed her hair. "I'd be happy to~"
[22:21] <Minaplo> ["Lovely." He said, taking her hand.-
[22:22] <Minaplo> [And so the dance began. Mazarin was a rather fleet-footed dancer, and a little more authoritative than Isaiah or St. Francis had been. It was hard not to follow his lead.-
[22:22] <Minaplo> ["I trust you were satisfied with my service?"]
[22:23] <Yanmei> "Oh, absolutely! Thank you again for doing the ceremony. I wouldn't have had it any other way?"
[22:33] <Minaplo> ["I'm glad to hear it. And you're enjoying yourself now?"]
[22:34] <Yanmei> "Naturally~? It seems like you are enjoying yourself too."
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["Quite. I noticed you watching your mother and I dance." He smiled. "She's a delightful woman, your mother."]
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[22:43] <Yanmei> "Oh, I wasn't watching too closely?" she said airly. "But she is a delightful dancer, that's true."
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Not quite Isaiah calibre though, is she?" He said, a glint in his eye. "I saw that opening dance. I must say, it was quite passionate."]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "W-well. That was his doing mostly, you know?" She chuckled. "You're not getting any such dance ideas yourself, are you?"
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["A statesman never tells."]
[22:54] * Yanmei eyed him carefully for a second, and then boosted her speed a bit, as if trying to take over leading. -
[22:55] <Yanmei> "Henriette was an awesome bridesmaid, by the way? Super charming and helpful. Don't tell her I said that, though."
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["Ah, you wish to praise her yourself!"]
[22:56] <Yanmei> "What? Er…"
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["Well surely the dear girl needs to be praised for her contribution." Said Mazarin, his eyes widening slightly. "She's very fond of you…"]
[23:02] <Yanmei> "I-I know! I totally intend to?" Whether by design or coincidence, her steps had slowed down again as she grew flustered.
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["Well, I also must admit she's a little fonder of your husband, for whatever reason… He seems to be very popular amongst girls one way or another." He muttered.]
[23:11] <Yanmei> "I think a lot-" she paused for corrections, "I think at least half of the male pilots have had that affect on people. Trust me, I'm fully aware of Isaiah's popularity?"
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["No doubt." Said Mazarin. "I still remember when you came into my office once on Halloween a few years ago, slightly intoxicated and terrified out of your mind at the idea that someone was intending to steal him away from you…"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "That…" she laughed. "Ah, that brings back memories? Things were so simple back then."
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["So simple." Said Mazarin with a smile.-
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["But some things haven't changed. You still fear the idea of someone stealing your loved ones away, don't you, Yanmei?" He asked.]
[23:20] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes narrowed a bit. "What makes you think that I haven't matured past that?"
[23:22] <Minaplo> ["You know I pay attention to the little details." Said Mazarin quietly.]
[23:29] <Yanmei> There was a sullen little pause. "So, then. What are you going to do about it?"
[23:30] <Minaplo> ["I value your friendship." Said Mazarin. "I was your friend before I met your mother, and there are unspoken agreements between friends when it comes to these sorts of things. It would be very- ungentlemanly- to ignore your issues."-
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["So if you want me to stay away from your mother, then you merely need to say the word." He said quietly.]
[23:37] * ZackDinner is now known as Zack
[23:39] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced over at where her mother and Isaiah were dancing. "The problem with that is that your relationship - whatever it is? - gives her comfort in a way that I can't."
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["You're right." Said Mazarin. "In that case, might I offer a compromise?"]
[23:41] <Yanmei> "Ah…?"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["I want to make your mother happy." Said Mazarin. "But you also know that I have your best interests at heart. And I know you have mine- remember those few months where you were obsessed with my security detail?"-
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["So perhaps we can come to an agreement. That you trust me to be able to make your mother happy, whilst I do my best to ensure that your fears do not come to pass."]
[23:53] <Yanmei> "…I want some time to think about it," she mumbled. "You're not a bad guy, Mr President, and I know that? But with anyone it's going to be difficult."
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["I understand. But I'm a parent as well." Said Mazarin. "You know how I handle Henriette, the way I am with her. You don't think I'd try to encourage that in your mother?"]
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[00:06] <Yanmei> "She's a grown woman?" Yanmei's brow was furrowed. "I don't think changing her behavior should be one of the goals of this thing. I just need to work through some stuff. It's like with Nana. Did she tell you about that?"
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["Of course."]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "I still don't like some things about it, but I had to let it go. But that took… effort. A lot of effort. If she wants to be more than friends with you, I can't stop her and I'm going to have to try to do the same thing here. Just please bear with me, because it's not easy."
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[00:27] <Mianplo> ["I understand." Said Mazarin. He smiled, leaning forward to give her a little peck on the forehead.]
[00:35] * Yanmei blinked a few times, glancing around a bit, clearly flustered. She cleared her throat a few times, trying desperately and failing to get back into Chancellor Mode.
[00:42] <Mianplo> ["Now then, let's enjoy this dance whilst it lasts." Said Mazarin cheerfully.-
[00:52] <Mianplo> [("Eek!")-
[00:53] <Mianplo> [Behind him, Yanmei would catch a glimpse of Isaiah, having picked Mingzhu up in his arms before starting to twirl around wildly on his heels. Her mother was clinging to Isaiah for dear life…]
[00:59] * Yanmei stared, possibly more bewildered at that than the forehead kiss. "H-hmph." Hastily, she faced Mazarin again, ready to resume.
[01:14] <Mianplo> [And so they finished the rest of the dance…]
[14:13] <Yanmei> And when Yanmei finally stumbled off the dance floor, she was still feeling a bit dazed, glancing over her shoulder at Mazarin and her mother and Isaiah as she went. -
[14:14] <Yanmei> Her next destination… was a detour away from the big table. The bar, now stocked with glasses and bottles, and decorated with blue and purple ribbon. -
[14:15] <Yanmei> She stood there with her hands on her hips for a minute before carefully slipping onto a stool. "Something… I dunno, strong?" she requested.
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["How very noir." Said Blue, pouring her what looked like a whiskey.-
[14:24] <Minaplo> [There were three other people at the bar. Sitting to Yanmei's right was Hannelore Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. To her left was none other than Misato Katsuragi and Ariadne Delacour.-
[14:25] <Minaplo> [Curiously, all of them had plates of food in front of them and no alcohol whatsoever…-
[14:25] <Minaplo> ["Hey there." Said Hannelore. "What's the gorgeous bride doing down this neck of the woods?"]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "All good weddings deserve a drink?" Yanmei picked up her glass as if to prove it and held it up, looking around warmly at her companions as if giving a toast. "Good times? It's like no one's been dancing with or snuggling up to the mother of the bride at all."
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["Uh oh." Said Misato. "Someone's jealous of that devious fox Mazarin."]
[14:34] <Yanmei> "How did you know it was him? And I'm not jealous? I'm perfectly unjealous."
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["Doesn't this sound… Familiar?" Asked Ariadne. She popped a meatball into her mouth, chewed for a bit, then got out of her seat so she could drape herself across Yanmei's shoulders. "Hmhmhm~"-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["I have my sources." Said Misato. "Besides, it's just natural deduction."]
[14:39] * Yanmei peered at her and Ariadne suspiciously, but made no move to dislodge the latter from her shoulders. "What's so familiar about it, huh?"
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["I remember a cute young lady." Said Ariadne sweetly. "Do you remember this, Misato…?"-
[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Mmhmm…"-
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["A cute young lady who used to go on about how totally unjealous she was about a certain cute young man…" Said Ariadne, grinning.-
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["She was so unjealous. It was platonic, after all." Said Misato.]
[14:44] * Yanmei was actually pouting. "That was a long time ago? Don't listen to them," she warned Hohenzollern. "You either." She eyed Blue.
[14:46] <Minaplo> [Blue held his hands up in a "don't-involve-me" sort of way.-
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["It was a long time ago~" Said Ariadne, her arms curled around Yanmei's shoulders. "That cute young lady grew up to be a mega-hottie~"]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Well." That seemed to molify her. "That much is true~~"
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Still a brat, though." Said Misato airily.-
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yeah." Said Ariadne.-
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Yep." Said Hannelore.-
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm." Said Blue, suddenly leaning on the bar, his hands folded under his chin coquettishly.]
[14:53] <Yanmei> "So -now- you're interested?!" She glared at him and also the lush trio. "Name one bratty thing I've done in, like, the past -year-. I dare you!"
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["You kept being mean to me even though I helped save your life." Said Blue with a smirk.-
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["You went and teased poor Go about how she felt about Armin right after coming back from that weird realm~" Said Misato gloatingly.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["You totally used to pick fights and be rivals with Lilly Norling." Said Ariadne sweetly. "Matty told me~"-
[15:02] <Minaplo> ["And, you got married before your elders." Said Hannelore darkly. "Which is totally rude and disrespectful to us, the head of the Christmas Cake Club."-
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["More like Broken Promises Club." Muttered Blue. "The three most infamous lushes in all the Federation and they don't even get one drink to share."]
[15:08] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah, what's up with that?" Somehow her words had backfired tremendously. Time to find a way out before they pounced even harder? "I know Hannelore's reasons, but what about the rest of you?"
[15:08] <Minaplo> ["Darling, I got savaged, remember?" Said Ariadne. "Doctor Tenma told me to take it easy and try to avoid booze for a bit."-
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["And booze probably isn't a good idea when I'm still on anti-radiation treatment." Said Misato.]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "I see." She peered at her whiskey glass. Picked it up. Took a long, slow sip. "Wow! This is really good booze~ The best I've had in a while?"
[15:13] <Minaplo> ["You monster." Said Ariadne darkly. "If you weren't so beautifully made up I'd give you a knucklerub on your head right now."]
[15:14] <Yanmei> "That's for saying I was bratty," she said smugly.
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["Drinking in front of someone trying to recover…" Said Hannelore, sounding hurt. "Now that's -really- bratty."]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "…" Guilt washed over her. "W-wait! Sorry. I was totally just trying to make fun of those other two?"
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["Triple bratty." Said Ariadne in a stage whisper.-
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Tch. Don't worry about it- this time." Said Hannelore in what she clearly thought was a magnanimous way.]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "Hannelore…" Yanmei tried to snuggle against her arm.
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Hm~" Hannelore let her, wrapping an arm around Yanmei's waist.-
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["But no, really." Said Ariadne. "You were amazing today, you know. You looked beautiful, your vows were lovely, and your dance… Wow. It was perfect~ I'm so glad I was there to see all of it."]
[15:40] <Yanmei> "Thanks. Of course, I couldn't have done it without some assistance."
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["Who did your makeup?" Asked Misato.]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "President Linden. She did the hair too? Pretty excellent, don't you think~?"
[15:45] <Minaplo> ["Wow, seriously?" Said Hannelore. "That slip of a girl did this?"]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "I know, right? It's amazing. Also, a strange thing happened while I was getting ready?"
[15:52] <Minaplo> ["What's that?" Asked Blue sweetly.]
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Someone mysteriously delivered a package to the room with this dress in it? But it was anonymous, so I can't track them down and thank them." She lifted her glass again. "Oh well~ I'll just drink to them, wherever they are, and speculate on who it could be. Probably one of those Honor Guard, trying to make a good impression."
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["… Those Honour Guard have your measurements now?" Asked Ariadne.]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "It's not like they couldn't have done some snooping? Especially if they were planning it before they came on board."
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["That seems pretty unlikely." Said Misato. "Besides, how many people on board actually know your measurements? Isaiah does, obviously…"]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Doctor Tenma," she said immediately. "He'd probably blab if he had a good reason to. Or the jerks who design the plugsuits. That's who nowadays, Surov?"
[16:09] <Minaplo> ["Do plugsuits even need measurements?" Asked Hannelore. "Don't they use suction and things to just conform to your body shape?"-
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["Wait, Tenma wouldn't do that." Said Misato, looking alarmed. "H-He's a professional…"]
[16:11] <Yanmei> "Are you sure~~?" Yanmei smirked. "I mean, who knows? Maybe they'll start manufacturing Misato merchandise with real life proportions."
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["But wouldn't real life Yanmei merch be worth more?" Said Hannelore. "I mean, I know it is because I had access to Marketing's revenue breakdown…"]
[16:15] <Yanmei> "But… but I'm calling the shots," she said haughtily. "They wouldn't do that to their boss. Katsuragi here, though, is fair game?"
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Shirakawa." Said Misato dangerously.]
[16:16] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei paled a little, and glared at her.
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["Oh wait, what about that slimy Riel?" Asked Hannelore.]
[16:17] <Yanmei> "James?" Yanmei snorted. "He -wishes- he knew."
[16:20] <Minaplo> ["But if there's anyone who could hack into the Medical Database, it's him." Said Hannelore.]
[16:21] <Yanmei> "… Yes, but…" But she couldn't find a way to refute that. Suddenly, she was starting to look a little worried.
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["What about Sarasvati?" Asked Misato. "I bet she can figure them out just by looking at you."-
[16:23] <Minaplo> [Blue was staring at the four of them flatly.]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "Good guess. She was the one who made Isaiah's ring, though? Why hide the dress if she didn't bother to hide that?" -
[16:32] <Yanmei> She eyed Blue, barely able to contain a smirk. "You know, it's not as fun if you don't yell at us or something."
[16:32] <Minaplo> ["It's a goddamned disgrace is what it is." Said Blue darkly. "Seriously? Medical measurements? Are you all for real?"-
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["Eh…?" Misato, Ariadne and Hannelore stared at him in confusion.-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["Making clothes is more than just height, weight and bust/waist/hip." He said irritably. "Not everyone has the same things in the same place. Some people can have identical measurements, but different heights gives one a slimmer look. Furthermore, it's entirely possible that the shorter person will actually have longer legs, so you've got to measure heel-to-thigh or heel-to-hip as well." He said. "And from ankle to hip and knee to hip as well depending on how the customer wants their hem to fall, you know. Not if you want things to be absolutely perfect. Shoe size is also important too, and that includes actual measurements of the foot, from heel to toe and across, as well as things like how the arch falls or if it's really flat or not. Do they measure -that- in Medical? Huh? Bet they don't, do they? Bet. They. Don't."-
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["And what about shoulders? Some people have really broad shoulders, some don't, but you don't see that reflected in xx-yy-zz, do you? Oh, sure, you can infer it to a point from the bust and cup measurements but if you want the data you have to take out the tape measure and do it yourself. Nevermind that it can be tricky for an amateur, you've got to make sure your client is standing normally with their backs flat, or else you're going to get things wrong, and that's fine if your dress doesn't have straps or sleeves, but what if it's a jacket? Have you seen how terrible an ill-fitting jacket looks on a man?" He pointed at his shoulders. "Do you think this looks good? It's good because it's perfectly fitted because I'm not a little medical bitch who can't measure shoulders."-
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["And have you even seen the really complex sleeves? Some of them actually hook around the fingers like a glove, so you've got to measure shoulder-to-hand and even the fingers as well. Some people have long fingers, some have short fingers, and if you mess up that measurement you can cause people some pain! Don't see xx-yy-zz solving that now, do you? No, no, no! You've got to have the tape out looking that up yourself. Wrist to shoulder, elbow to shoulder, just like the legs. Get me? Just like the goddamned legs."-
[16:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh, and whilst I have your attention, can I point out how very, very lacking the cup size measurement is? Bust minus band, okay, but that does nothing if the breast is especially pendulous or, as is much more likely, the measurement has been stuffed up. Do you know over 80% of women wear the wrong type of bra? Do you know how hard it is to account for that when making a dress? You can't just infer that from two numbers and a letter, you have to go out there and measure it your goddamn selves."-
[16:43] <Minaplo> [He grabbed a glass, filled it with whiskey, and slammed it back in one mouthful.]
[16:50] * Yanmei had listened, her eyebrows creeping higher and higher as the rant progressed. For a second or two afterward, there was a silence. A stunned one, undoubtedly, from Ariadne, Hannelore and Misato. "Blue," she said sincerely, "The dress is gorgeous and you have my complete gratitude."
[17:02] <Minaplo> ["Well you are welcome." He said grumpily. "It is the best thing I have ever made."-
[17:02] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[17:03] <Minaplo> [The other three were still silent, staring at Blue in stunned silence.]
[17:11] <Yanmei> "Preetty sure you're gonna be the most sought-after tailor in the UEF once word gets out? Right?" she nudged Hannelore.
[17:12] <Minaplo> [Hannelore let out a sigh. "You don't know the half of it." She said. "I have something horrible to tell you, Yanmei."]
[17:12] <Yanmei> "What?"
[17:14] <Minaplo> ["So because of the state of the Battleship, we had the opportunity to make some changes during the repair phase." Said Hannelore. "Strip out a lot of the junk- the statues, the pool area, the elaborate theatres…"]
[17:26] <Yanmei> "And…?" She had a sudden bad feeling.
[17:32] <Minaplo> ["Well, not all of it, some rooms are being kept for morale purposes." Said Misato. "Just the smaller ones."-
[17:34] <Minaplo> ["Most of them are gone though." Said Hannelore. "We're also keeping the promenade- you know, that section where you have all the shopping lots and stuff? Well, as it turns out, the shops that were there previously- their owners are all dead, so we figured we could just lease out all the lots again. Only, there's one lot that's been sold…"-
[17:34] <Minaplo> [Blue beamed.-
[17:34] <Minaplo> ["So basically, whilst we were hoping the promenade might remain empty until after the war, or be soldier-only, as it turns out, Blue's here. Forever. Even after the rebuild."]
[17:36] <Yanmei> "…"
[17:37] <Minaplo> ["So whilst we'll have a smaller cafeteria available, with some alcoholic options," Said Hannelore, "There will be only one place on the battleship where you can get a restaurant experience with harder-to-find alcohol… And only one place that serves as a tailor's."]
[17:40] <Yanmei> "Well." Yanmei said slowly. Her mind whirled as she tried to find a silver lining. "Guess you won't need to run those commercials now, if that's the case?"
[17:41] <Minaplo> ["Warships like this will have a constant rotation of soldiers and staff." Said Blue. "I need to run those commercials so they know I exist."]
[17:44] <Yanmei> "Then you'll need new ones?" she said quickly, "To show off the remodeling you're probably going to have to do. Might I recommend de Pteres as the lead? He's a total natural."
[17:44] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah, he was around here earlier, stealing kisses from Akagi."]
[17:45] <Yanmei> "W-what?! They have that sort of relationship now?"
[17:45] <Minaplo> [The other three were paying close attention as well.-
[17:46] <Minaplo> ["Right on the lips. Would've lasted for about five or ten seconds. It took me and Matthias by surprise."]
[17:49] <Yanmei> "I never would have guessed. I wonder if their roommates know…"
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["Isn't it obvious?" Said Misato. "Sera once told me directly he wishes he could 'be like that' with her… By which I mean, like you and Isaiah~"]
[18:00] <Yanmei> "Unbelievable!" her face darkened. "She must've felt the same way at some point? But this is beyond weird! The whole brother-sister thing…"
[18:01] <Minaplo> ["Then after they kissed, Akagi said she was gonna have a smoke and left." Said Blue innocently.]
[18:03] <Yanmei> "Akagi's also taken up smoking?" Her face darkened a little further. "Clearly his influence!"
[18:04] <Minaplo> [Misato groaned, her head sinking into her hands. "It's not Tsubaki who smokes."]
[18:09] <Yanmei> "What…?"
[18:09] <Minaplo> ["… Ugh." Said Hannelore.-
[18:10] <Minaplo> ["He never actually told us Sera was kissed by -Tsubaki-. He just said -Akagi-. Which leaves…"-
[18:10] <Minaplo> [Blue beamed innocently.]
[18:14] <Yanmei> "That… is still kind of weird, if you think about it?"
[18:16] <Minaplo> ["I didn't mean to blab about what Sera told me." Muttered Misato darkly.-
[18:16] <Minaplo> ["Whoops." Said Ariadne.-
[18:16] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well. He just gave her a packet of cigarettes from Singapore." Said Blue. "And we've been out of cigarettes for awhile, so. Y'know."]
[18:20] <Yanmei> "You… totally did that on purpose."
[18:21] <Minaplo> ["I just said Akagi. Ain't my fault you guys read into it and thought -Tsubaki-." Said Blue. "Sounds to me like you heard what you wanted to hear…"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "Ridiculous. Why would any of us -want- to hear that?"
[23:17] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["That’s what we wanna know." Said Blue. "How rotten…"]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "What? 'We'?"
[23:22] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["It’s only natural for us to think Tsubaki." Said Ariadne. "They're the same age, they're always together…"]
[23:26] <Yanmei> "That's right!" said Yanmei firmly. "They're extremely close? Whereas the elder Akagi is always skulking around out of sight in labs and such. If you were to pick a date for her, it would probably be someone prone to doing the same thing."
[23:27] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Trying to set her up, eh?" Asked Blue.]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Wait. No. Uggh, oh no!" Yanmei’s eyes widened slightly with some realization. "De Pteres is starting to do the same thing too, actually? He requested permission to pester Surov or someone into teaching him about the projects they were doing down there."
[23:34] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Oho, the plot thickens." Said Blue.-
[23:34] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["…" But Hannelore wasn’t listening. She was staring over Yanmei's shoulder towards the dance floor, an incredulous expression on her face.-
[23:35] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Now that Yanmei thought about it, the dance floor did sound rather noisy…]
[23:38] <Yanmei> She stiffened and turned sharply, hand absently touching her sword. A fistfight among the Honor Guard?! A security breach?! Was… was that Mazarin blatantly doing something untoward in plain sight of everyone?!? What could it be?
[23:39] <Mibbit`Haplo> [She wouldn’t see it at first until Hannelore pointed at the air. Rising, about 60 metres high, was Sera…-
[23:40] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [… Then he was falling, only to be caught two-thirds to the ground by a leaping, graceful Sarasvati. She landed, holding him in a princess carry.]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "…"
[23:41] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["…
[23:41] <Mibbit`Haplo> "-
[23:41] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["…"-
[23:41] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Smooth." Said Blue. "Kids didn’t dance like that in my day, no sir."]
[23:45] <Yanmei> "Nor mine," said Yanmei numbly. She nudged her whiskey glass toward Blue again, and then thought better of it in her company. "Um. Just water this time, please. On the rocks."
[23:46] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["You want water with ice." Said Blue flatly. "On -Mars-."]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Oh. Right. Just a nagging habit of mine?" She chuckled. "No ice."
[23:50] <Mibbit`Haplo> [He sourly handed over a glass of water.]
[23:51] * Yanmei beamed at him and took a long drink from it.
[23:57] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Hmph." Said Blue, pouring himself another whiskey and drinking it.]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "So," she ventured, "Is anyone going to say anything about. That?"
Session Time: Wed Feb 04 00:00:00 2015
[00:00] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["What’s there to say?" Said Ariadne. "That he's totally crazy? Been said."]
[00:04] <Yanmei> "And how." Yanmei sighed. She finished her drink and stood up, stretching, leaving her glass on the counter. "Well. Better get back to making the rounds? It's so hard being me~"
[00:06] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Yeah, I’m sure you haaaate being the centre of attention, everyone telling you how gorgeous you are." Said Ariadne, putting her arms right around Yanmei and kissing her on the cheeks. "Which you totally are, by the way~"-
[00:07] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Yep." Said Misato, glancing over at Isaiah with a mischievous look. "Fantasies’ll be satisfied tonight, I'm thinking~"-
[00:07] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Hannelore shook her head. "Tch. See you, Yanmei~"]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Goodbye lovely ladies~ And Blue." She reciprocated the hug, and pulled back to wave goodbye. Then she was weaving through the crowd again, heading back to her big table. Who was left? Were they all dancing or attempting their own acrobatics by now?
[00:26] <Mibbit`Haplo> [Rei and Alphonse were still there, Rei’s head nestled against Al's shoulder. She looked extremely content. Alex and Asuka were on the dance floor, dancing wildly and posing a danger to others.-
[00:26] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Mazarin and Henriette were gone too, Henriette doing out to dance with his daughter, although the height difference made it a little awkward. They seemed to be having fun, though, Henriette enthusiastically trying to keep up.-
[00:28] <Mibbit`Haplo> [Terry was sitting with James, deep in discussion- ("… And so I walked along the bottom of the sea bed for about three hours before I came up right behind their base. They didn’t expect me at all!")-
[00:29] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Marianne, Mingzhu and Liu Lin were sitting together, talking away about what sounded like politics. Minglei was up here too- there were vacant seats due to people dancing- sitting next to Lin, holding hands. Every so often Minglei would pick up a morsel from her plate and pop it into Lin’s mouth.-
[00:31] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [James wasn’t sitting, but was standing nearby, chatting up a vaguely-familiar looking Japanese woman… For some reason she made Yanmei think of Hyuga or Misato. Either way, the woman seemed mostly distracted, shooting dirty looks over at Sera when she thought no one was looking.-
[00:32] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Isha had returned to the table, and it seemed as though he was sharing stories with Ju and Lanfen, the former constantly asking questions about what he said, the latter simply looking at Isha with a dreamy, fond look.-
[00:34] <Mibbit`Haplo> [Minerva was out dancing with her father…-
[00:38] <Mibbit`Haplo> [Meanwhile, Chiisana not next to Isaiah (that was Yanmei’s seat) but to the right of that chair, listening to him tell stories about the time he spent in Boston. Chiisana seemed to be only half listening; she was eyeing Minerva with heavy suspicion.]
[00:40] * Yanmei took her own chair, feeling like an awesome, regal queen. The plate she had left there so long ago was probably cold by now, but she was determined to eat it nevertheless… provided that no one had pilfered it first.
[00:41] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [It had been.]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "I knew it," she grumbled, peering around for anyone who looked guilty.
[00:43] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Hmm?" Asked Chiisana.]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "It’s a sad day when a bride can't leave a meal to go dancing without it being plundered…"
[00:45] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Oh, yes. One of your Iron Guard took it."-
[00:45] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Wait." Isaiah looked up, alarmed. "When was this?!"-
[00:46] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["A few minutes ago. You didn’t see him? He was sitting in this chair the whole time, staring at the food-"-
[00:46] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I did -not-."]
[00:46] * Zack is now known as Noriko
[00:54] <Yanmei> "Tch. I think I know which one you’re talking about? Don't worry Isaiah. He's terrifying and deadly, but completely harmless."
[00:57] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Wow, that’s reassuring." Said Isaiah wryly.-
[00:58] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Do you want me to get you another plate?" Asked Isaiah.]
[00:59] * Yanmei gave him a warm, grateful look. -
[00:59] <Yanmei> "I’d love that."
[01:00] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Then I’ll be back." He said, reaching over to kiss Yanmei warmly before standing and heading off.-
[01:02] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [It was around this time that Yanmei would notice someone entering the hall- Archibald! She looked around, then saw Yanmei and started to head over. She stuck out a little due to her service uniform.]
[01:06] * Yanmei waved at her cheerfully. "Lieutenant~ Welcome~ I guess someone ended up relieving you long enough for you to come down for a bite?"
[01:07] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["That’s right, ma'am." Said Archibald happily. She paused for long enough to take Yanmei in.-
[01:07] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Wow…"]
[01:08] * Yanmei beamed, shamelessly twisting a bit so that Archibald could get a better look. "Thanks~ Although I can’t claim all the credit?"
[01:10] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["No, I suppose not, ma’am." Said Archibald, stepping up to the table. Almost unthinkingly, she reached out to touch Yanmei's dress- before pulling it back awkwardly.]
[01:11] <Yanmei> "It's okay," Yanmei smiled. "It won't break. Touch all you want."
[01:14] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [And so she did, pinching some of it gently and rubbing it between her fingers. "It’s so soft and fine." Said Archibald admiringly.-
[01:14] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Oh, er… Congratulations on your marriage, Chancellor."]
[01:20] <Yanmei> "Thanks! Come, sit, sit. You’re probably tired from all the work you had to do on the Bridge, right?"
[01:22] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["You don’t mind, ma'am?"]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "Of course not? Er. Unless there's another group you'd rather find while you were here?"
[01:25] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Oh, this is quite fine, ma’am." Said Archibald happily. After a second's nervous hesitation, she took Isaiah's seat.-
[01:26] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I wish I could’ve seen the ceremony." Said Archibald. "Macquarie, who replaced me, said it was splendid."]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "It went off without a hitch! Even the reception's been great. See how awesomely the cafeteria's been decorated~?"
[01:36] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I saw that, yes."-
[01:36] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Shame you couldn’t fix the roof." Said Chiisana airily, eyeing the rotunda and its mural. "Maybe we can look at that afterwards? Replace Silas with Isaiah?"]
[01:39] <Yanmei> "Like we have the manpower for that. But~ Come to think of it, if we did paint over it, the ship wouldn't restore the original image would it~?" She peered upward, smirking.
[01:41] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I’m sure we could fix that somehow." Said Chiisana. "Now that we've rebuilt half the ship, perhaps we could go in for a major redecoration? I for one am rather sick of seeing my own naked body on half the walls."-
[01:41] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["What would you replace it with?" Asked Archibald.-
[01:42] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Landscapes, probably." Said Chiisana. "Maybe the odd heroic fresco here and there…"]
[01:46] <Yanmei> "This is a warship." Yanmei folded her arms. "So shouldn’t there be pictures of, like, guns up there?"'
[14:03] <Minaplo> ["Why, so the crew can be reminded what they look like?" Said Chiisana sarcastically.]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "That doesn't make sense? Unless we have a few sentient weapons around here who happen to be actually guns."
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["Quite right." Said Chii. "Landscapes it is."-
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["What's this about landscapes?" Asked Isaiah, having returned with a plate of food for Yanmei. "Oh, hi, Cornelia."-
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["Hello. Oh, I'm in your seat-"-
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["It's fine, it's fine." Isaiah nudged Yanmei. "Up you get."]
[14:14] <Yanmei> "Hey…" Yanmei rose, pouting.
[14:16] <Minaplo> [Isaiah took the seat happily, placing the food down on the table. "Now your seat is much warmer. Come on, sit down~"-
[14:16] <Minaplo> [Chii was watching this, grinning, whilst Archibald looked embarrassed.]
[14:18] * Yanmei was acutely aware of both looks. "G-geez? Who do you take me for? Asuka?"
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so you're gonna let Asuka win, huh… I see…"]
[14:22] <Yanmei> "What?!" She shot a dark look over at where Asuka and Alex had been dancing. "What did she even say? Something like: 'I bet awesome Yanmei wouldn't dream of sitting in her husband's lap,' right?"
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["I think she implies that, yes." Said Isaiah. "Just, with less 'awesome' into the deal."]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "And more talk of me being her idol, right~?" She smoothed down her skirt, and with enough primness to suit a princess, lowered herself into Isaiah's lap.
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." Said Isaiah lightly, wrapping an arm around Yanmei's waist. He was, at least, warm- very warm, which was a relief considering the cold air.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["It's so sweet." Said Chiisana. "The sisterhood between Zhang and Langley…"]
[14:45] * Yanmei eyed her suspiciously. "I guess you could call it that? Also riveting. Not that there's any doubt of who will win said sisterhood."
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Is sisterhood a competition~?" Asked Chiisana sweetly, beaming. "Surely it's about shared triumphs, standing shoulder to shoulder facing down the challenges of love and war as one?"]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Tch. You tell me? You're the one with actual sisters."
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Well, naturally it's both." Said Chiisana sagely.]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Hmph. All of this sounds really flowery. Like something that might be written in one of Go's books."
[14:57] <Minaplo> [Chiisana smirked. "Perhaps I should fetch Go for you." Said Chii. "I'm sure she could offer some reading suggestions for the benefit of the newlyweds' wedding night…"]
[15:00] <Yanmei> "I'm sure she's too busy making eyes at all the cute boys here?"
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["Are you suggesting my dear Go has a seductive streak?"]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "More like a lascivious streak…"
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["W-What?!"]
[15:09] <Yanmei> "What?" She blinked at Chiisana. "How are you shocked about this?"
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["B-Because she's Go! Quiet, shy Go who dreams of romance…?" Said Chiisana uncertainly.]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Kind of like how Isaiah was!" She patted him on the knee. "Noticing a pattern?"
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["H-Hey."-
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["Wait, are you saying Isaiah is… Lewd?" Asked Chiisana, looking scandalised.]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "I'm just messing with both of you. Isaiah is a gentleman aside from this whole lap-sitting business? And Go is… Go."
[15:20] <Minaplo> [Chiisana began looking around the room, her eyes trying to spot a certain lascivious Ayanami.-
[15:22] <Minaplo> [And there she was, standing against a wall on the side of the room, next to none ther than… Albert St. Francis! The two were talking, although Go seemed to be having trouble meeting his gaze.-
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Hmph… Maybe we should have a word, her and I."]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "And what sort of advice would you give her~?"
[15:27] <Minaplo> ["Well what sort of advice would you give?"]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "The same type I would give Lizzie in a few years? Don't go after losers."
[15:32] <Minaplo> ["I see. Who would you consider a loser…?"]
[15:34] <Yanmei> "Someone who's only after a good time and who runs away from responsibilities and who isn't thinking about the future and who is unpleasant and violent to people when he can get away from it."
[15:35] <Minaplo> [Isaiah squinted slightly.-
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Chiisana. After a second, she shot to her feet. "Then I will tell Go of losers, and how to avoid them. And also of how to carefully tend to other matters. Excuse me."-
[15:36] <Minaplo> [And with that she left the table, making a bee-line for Go and St. Francis…]
[15:39] * Yanmei simply beamed, glancing at Isaiah.
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["Hm, what are you so proud about?" He asked curiously, pulling her a little closer towards him.]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "I feel like I've imparted some important wisdom on someone today. By the way, where -is- Lizzie?"
[15:46] <Minaplo> ["She's over there." Said Archibald, pointing.-
[15:49] <Minaplo> [There were a few kids at the reception. Lizzie and Henriette, of course. But also there was 16-year old Jules Vimes, and Suzanne Sartre- in a wheelchair- and a few others here and there…-
[15:50] <Minaplo> [All four of them, along with Daji and a bunch of other kids, were clustered around a wall, many of them sitting (Lizzie in Henriette's lap). They were formed in a rough semi-circle around a strange girl with flowing white hair and a long dress.-
[15:51] <Minaplo> [As Yanmei watched, she'd see the girl- actually, didn't this have something or other to do with Sera's 'spirits'?- whip out a paint brush. The audience bristled with anticipation.-
[15:53] <Minaplo> [The spirit-girl beamed, then began literally painting in mid-air, paint and ink sticking to an invisible 'surface'. With only a few broad strokes an image formed: a medium-sized feline with thick, shaggy, warm-looking grey fur and long whiskers. It landed on all fours, and began to walk around quickly, looking absolutely life-like…-
[15:53] <Minaplo> [The children began to coo and squeal or clap, and the girl beamed.-
[15:54] <Minaplo> [Off to one side was Ezekiel, leaning on his staff, watching it all play out with a soft expression on his face. Around his legs was Anita-Margaret the mini-Annihilator, clinging to him in what resembled timidity, peeking her plague-doctor face out from behind his knees to watch.]
[15:56] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes were wide. Did that really just happen…? Well. Ezekiel was there, so it couldn't be dangerous. Plus the kids all looked happy? -
[15:56] <Yanmei> "We have some strange guests, it seems."
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["No kidding." Muttered Isaiahh. "Isn't that one of Sera's things?"]
[15:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah…? I think. I'm more aquainted with the other one. Tsubaki's twin?"
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Said Isaiah. "Well… I suppose if Ezekiel's there, it's not so bad." He muttered.]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "No fires yet," Yanmei muttered. "And look, Anita-Margaret isn't clinging to Wales for a change. That's an improvement, right?"
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["That's true… She actually looks kinda cute." Admitted Isaiah.-
[16:09] <Minaplo> [Chiisana was still walking, but something would catch Yanmei's eye. As she crossed the dance floor, she intersected with Sarasvati and none other than Hyuga. With perfect grace, Sarasvati spun Hyuga away, right into Chiisana's arms.-
[16:11] <Minaplo> [Wrong-footed and distracted, Chiisana caught him off impulse, and the two had a minute of clumsy dancing as their brains caught up with the situation. Chii would suddenly stop, Hyuga almost tripping over himself as a result. She said something- Yanmei couldn't hear- then firmly grabbed his hand and marched off, leading him… Right out of the reception!]
[16:13] <Yanmei> "!" Yanmei stood up suddenly. "I should use the restroom," she announced.
[16:14] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was half-pulled up with her. He smoothly turned his stumble into something else, curling his left arm around Yanmei's waist. "And I should go with you." He announced. "I mean, I should- go to my own restroom. Which I need."-
[16:14] <Minaplo> [Archibald stared up at them with wide eyes.]
[16:21] <Yanmei> "Seperately," Yanmei emphasized again, and then grabbing Isaiah by the sleeve, quickly pulled him along before the questions followed. Out into the hall they went!
[16:26] <Minaplo> [No sign of Chii or Hyuga… But there was a sign of Shigeru Aoba, Hyuga's greasy-haired colleague. He was peering around a corner; as Yanmei and Isaiah emerged from behind, he held a stern 'shh' finger up, and beckoned them closer.]
[16:31] * Yanmei put on a serious face and crept closer, quietly, trying to get a glimpse around the corner.
[16:37] <Minaplo> [There was a side room, where the door had been left open. Through the door, Yanmei could hear Chii's voice, distantly, a little muffled. "… For a talk."-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["Let's try to get closer." Whispered Isaiah.]
[16:42] * Yanmei nodded silently and then attempted to do just that, easing slowly and quietly for that door.
[16:51] <Minaplo> [Isaiah and Aoba followed, of course.-
[16:51] <Minaplo> [Hyuga and Chii didn't seem to notice.-
[16:51] <Minaplo> ["Alright." Said Hyuga. "Let's talk."-
[16:51] <Minaplo> ["Okay."-
[16:55] <Minaplo> ["Where do we even start." He began. "Okay, uh… Let's talk about that time you came to see me. Ok?"-
[16:55] <Minaplo> ["Okay."-
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["I'm uh… I'm sorry I reacted the way I did." He said. "I didn't mean to be so forceful or aggressive about it. It was just- a really confusing situation that I wasn't sure how I felt about, and I reacted in a panic. So- please forgive me."]
[17:02] <Yanmei> "Eee," Yanmei whispered under her breath. Finally!
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["You weren't the only one in a panic." Said Chiisana wryly. "I panicked too. I played right into von Brandt's hands…"-
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["Same, apparently…"-
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. We both panicked, helped nothing and made everything worse. We're not very good at this, are we?" Said Chiisana.-
[17:06] <Minaplo> ["No, we're really not." Said Hyuga.-
[17:06] <Minaplo> [There was a pause.-
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["About what von Brandt said." Started Hyuga. "There's- he's not- you shouldn't entirely listen to him, but he's… Uh, how do I say it? There's some things he might've said that I wanna talk about."-
[17:07] <Minaplo> [Chii was silent.]
[17:11] * Yanmei was silent too, listening worriedly on.
[17:14] <Minaplo> ["Chii, you're sweet, you're warm." Said Hyuga. "You're clever and beautiful and I love being around you. But… The problem is that you have all of these qualities, but when I'm with you, I have no idea if I enjoy you for you, or if I enjoy you because of your Field."-
[17:16] <Minaplo> ["T-The Field." Said Chii quietly. "I'm sorry…"-
[17:18] <Minaplo> ["No, I… I want to say you shouldn't be, but." Hyuga sighed, then continued. "It's just so confusing. It messes with your head. There are times where it's been so strong that I've felt like I'd do anything you asked, even if it was something I didn't really want to do… That scares me. It really makes me panic. Even when I'm not around you I'm confused. How can I know if what we have is genuine if every time I'm with you, I'm being exposed to a Field that makes me want to be near you?"-
[17:18] <Minaplo> ["… S-Sorry…"-
[17:19] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry, too." Said Hyuga heavily. "I know you don't always think about it, and it's just automatic for you. But I cannot- no, I will not put up with it. If you respect me, you'll respect that, too."]
[17:25] * Yanmei looked a little relieved now! Things were going well. She glanced to Isaiah and Misato's other lackey to see their reactions too.
[17:28] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was listening intently, a slight frown on his face. Aoba was all ears, clearly fighting the urge to peer around the edge of the door.-
[17:29] <Minaplo> ["I'll try, Makoto." Said Chiisana. "I really will. I never wanted you to feel like that, ever- I just…"-
[17:30] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Makoto. "You just wanted me to love you back, and your impulses took care of the rest. But we can agree that's no way to make love work, don't we? That's just like… A love potion from Harry Potter, you know- nothing lasting…"-
[17:30] <Minaplo> ["… Huh?"-
[17:31] <Minaplo> [Aoba promptly clapped a hand over his face, whispering 'fucking nerd' under his breath.-
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["Er, never mind. The important thing is that we agree it's a bad idea."-
[17:31] <Minaplo> ["Agreed."-
[17:32] <Minaplo> ["Okay, good." Said Hyuga with a relieved sigh. "T-There's more, though."]
[17:37] <Yanmei> How much more could there possibly be? Maybe a make up kiss~?
[17:42] <Minaplo> ["I can handle it." Said Chiisana.-
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["Okay." Hyuga took a deep breath. "This… Okay. There's a lot of other things that go into this, too. For example, Chii, you're… Well, physically you're 18, but really you're only three years old. Even if you take in your… Er, older memories, you're only about seven years old at best…"-
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Chiisana, her tone becoming cool.-
[17:48] <Minaplo> ["Please don't be angry." Said Hyuga. "I'm a lot older than you are either way you cut it, and- I dunno how to feel about that. I feel like it's inappropriate, like I'm cheating, because you should have time to think about it and explore and just be- you and your age- without being all entangled up in an old guy like me."-
[17:48] <Minaplo> ["Spare me. You're 28."-
[17:48] <Minaplo> ["That's old compared to 18 or 3!" Said Hyuga irritably.-
[17:49] <Minaplo> ["Gendo was older than Yui by ten years." Said Chiisana stubbornly.-
[17:49] <Minaplo> ["W-Well, that's true, but they didn't meet when she was a teenager!"-
[17:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so if we'd met ten years later it'd be alright." Said Chii.-
[17:50] <Minaplo> ["Ye- n- sure."-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["What about Alphonse and Rei?" Said Chiisana. "Physically they're the same age, but using your other metric they're over a decade apart!"-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["That's-"-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["Different? How?!"-
[17:51] <Minaplo> ["It just is! I dunno…"-
[17:52] <Minaplo> [Chiisana let out a short cry of anger. "So it'd be alright if you were my age physically, then? Hold on, I'll just bring my Eva about and we'll give you a Raphael once-over-"-
[17:53] <Minaplo> ["That's not the same, Chii!" Said Hyuga desperately. "I…"-
[17:53] <Minaplo> ["What?"-
[17:53] <Minaplo> ["I dunno, I…"-
[17:53] <Minaplo> [Chii waited patiently.-
[17:53] <Minaplo> ["Look. It's not just your physical age or whatever." Said Hyuga grudgingly. "Do you know when we first met?"-
[17:54] <Minaplo> ["It would've been early 2016 or something." Said Chii.-
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["About that." Said Hyuga. "It was after they revealed you all. Back then, you were all… So… Little. Not physically, but I mean, socially. I watched you guys learn to interact with other people. I watched you guys begin to develop as people. I was there watching from the start, back when you guys were basically children- dangerous children- and now you're different, and you're grown up, but all I can see is- that little Ayanami who didn't know a lie from a truth, never thought about love or boys or anything like that- just focused on becoming people."]
[14:29] <Yanmei> Yanmei's brow furrowed. Saying that aloud was a bit weird. Were things not going to work out after all?
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["You…" Chiisana let out a growl of frustration. "But that's not who I am anymore-"-
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["I know-"-
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["You need to get over it, Makoto."-
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["Chii, you don't und-"-
[14:45] <Minaplo> ["No, I don't understand!" Said Chiisana angrily. "It's a double standard! It's perfectly fine to send us to fight and kill, but to love? Oh no, don't be ridiculous, that's far too important…"-
[14:45] <Minaplo> ["That's not-"-
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Then what do you mean?" Asked Chii, her voice rising in volume and shrillness. "I've fought. That was why I was made, remember? To fight? I've killed people. You've seen me kill people. You were there when I was saving your stupid hide during the boarding attack on the Dory! So no, you'll have to explain it to me, Makoto. Why am I mature enough to be entrusted with killing, but not anything else?"-
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["Chii…" Hyuga let out his own snort of frustration. "Look, this is important, alright? It is, you're talking about your life, your feelings, important things." He said, his voice forcibly calm. "You can't just settle for the first guy you ever saw…"-
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["… Excuse me?"-
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[23:56] <Minaplo> [If Hyuga heard the menace in Chii's voice, it didn't seem to bother him. "Like I said, you were really young when we first met, when I was helping out with you and your sisters in your first few steps. You guys barely knew anybody, hadn't been into the outside world yet… I mean, you know, you guys developed fixations pretty quickly, and I wanted you to have the chance to really explore,
[23:56] <Minaplo> you know? To not just settle for the first person you see like a du…" He abruptly paused.-
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["… Like a duckling." Said Chii icily.-
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Er."-
[23:57] <Minaplo> [There was the heavy sound of someone being backhanded, hard, followed by a high-pitched groan of pain.]
Session Time: Mon Feb 16 00:00:00 2015
[00:03] * Yanmei rubbed her forehead. How could he mess up so spectacularly?! She jerked her head back in the direction they'd come, glancing to Isaiah and Misato's lackey. Any minute now, she would probably storm out in a huff. If she saw them standing there, listening… What sort of horrors would a wrathful and humiliated Chiisana visit upon them?
[00:08] <Minaplo> [Well, she might spare the blushing bride.-
[00:09] <Minaplo> [And Isaiah… Well the Ayanamis always had a soft spot for him, right?-
[00:09] <Minaplo> [Aoba was fucked, but acceptable losses.-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["You son of a bitch." Said Chiisana, but her voice was a lot quieter now. She sounded like she was on the verge of tears. "Is that what you've thought this entire time? That I was just some duckling who didn't know better?"-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["A-Are you going to hit me again if I say yes?"-
[00:12] <Minaplo> [There was a pause.-
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Because I'm not putting up with that." Said Hyuga.-
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["… Go on."-
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["It… Was always something I was afraid of." Said Hyuga. "That I didn't have your affection because of anything I did, or was, but just because I was first… I'm sorry, I know that offends you, but that's just how I felt."-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["I… see." Said Chiisana slowly. "Well, I'm different now." She declared. "I'm an adult, who has fought and killed and been around the world. I've met plenty of other men and women who might've interested me, but none of them took your place."-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["But-"-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Makoto." Said Chiisana, her voice firm.-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Hey, let me go-"-
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["No. You need to listen to me, and you need to understand in every way- I am a woman, not a child. I am capable of making my own decisions, and I choose you."]
[00:26] <Yanmei> Yanmei's jaw dropped. So direct! She wasn't using her Field, was she…? No, no, of course not! She struggled not to peek in to see it for herself.
[00:26] <Minaplo> [Aoba was in fact already trying to squeeze past Isaiah and Yanmei in his quest to get a better look.-
[00:28] <Minaplo> [There was a pause from within the room… then Hyuga spoke.-
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["But… Why?"]
[00:28] * Yanmei scowled up at Lackey, trying to push him back. He'd give them away immediately!
[00:32] <Minaplo> [Aoba pushed back, trying to shove Yanmei out of the way.-
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["What…?" Asked Chiisana, sounding shocked.-
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["I said… Why? Why me? Why choose me…?" Asked Hyuga. "I don't understand…"-
[00:33] <Minaplo> [There was a pause.-
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Oh my God." Muttered Chii, the anger rebounding into her voice. "Are you serious?"-
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["W-What?"-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["This is nowhere near as complicated as you're making it out to be, Makoto!" Shouted Chiisana. "To me it's simple. I love you, you might love me or are at least interested in me, why does it need to be more than that?"-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["But-"-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["But no, first it's "I'm uncertain because I don't know if my feelings for you are real." Then it's "I'm uncertain because I don't know if your feelings for me are real." Now it's "I'm uncertain because I don't know why you love me?" Do you need a damned report, man?"-
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["But I-"-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["No! Shhh! Uncertainty is part of the deal, Makoto! If you wait for a relationship without uncertainty you are going to die a virgin."-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["I-"-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["Do you think Rei and Alphonse had everything ironed out beforehand? No! They were doing that on the fly!"-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["But-"-
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["And what about Yanmei and Isaiah? I suppose they just knew they'd be literal AT soulmates the moment they met, huh?"-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["You-"-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["And what about Raphael and Misato? She's a traumatised military officer! He's a traumatised military officer who looks like my brother! Everything about that relationship is as uncertain as trying to pilot a dinghy in a storm, but they made it work because they took the fucking chance!"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["I-"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Do you remember that? Huh? Where's the Makoto who took Misato aside and shouted into her face that if she gave up on that relationship, she was a goddamned idiot?"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["I-"-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["I know that couldn't have been easy for you because I know you had feelings for Misato at the time, but you did it anyway. She had a chance to get something good for herself, something that'd make her happy, something that she might try to avoid because of her hangups and you smacked that out of her. Now you're doing the same damned thing because you don't ever understand why someone
[00:41] <Minaplo> might want to be with you, even though it doesn't matter why, so long as they do."-
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["But I'm just some guy, Chii!" Shouted Hyuga. "I'm not a kid genius like Maya, I'm not a wunderkind military genius like Alphonse… Aoba's one of the richest guys in the world-"-
[00:44] <Minaplo> [Aoba frowned.-
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["And nothing about Misato is at all average. I am just some guy who got here through chance, Chii!"-
[00:45] <Minaplo> [Behind Yanmei, Isaiah facepalmed.]
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[00:51] * Yanmei resisted the urge to do the same. It was not easy. Out of the corner of her eye she scrutinized Aoba suspiciously. He didn't -look- rich.
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["… Makoto." Said Chiisana. "I don't… Ugh. All this time, I thought you were humble. But you're actually not humble at all, are you? You just don't have a single shred of pride in your achievements at all."-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Well, they're nothing special-"-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Oh, shut up." Snapped Chiisana. "I wasn't going to indulge you like this. I -shouldn't- indulge you like this. But just this once, I will."-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Eh?"-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Let's talk about the reasons why Colonel Hyuga Makoto should be proud of himself." Said Chiisana, and it was a real testament to her character that she made that sentence sound like a menacing threat.-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["Er-"-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Was placed in the 97th percentile of all graduating students in his year." Said Chii. "Was offered a scholarship the moment he left the gate by the Ministry of Justice itself. Joined the Public Security Bureau in 2011, where he performed well enough to be short-listed by NERV for its intelligence services."-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Not to mention that once joining NERV, it wasn't kid genius Maya or depressing moneybags Aoba who became XO for Misato Katsuragi- it was you because you were the reliable one who kept his head under stress and did what had to be done."-
[00:59] <Minaplo> [Aoba had a sour expression on his face.-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["It was your know-how, your sources, that figured out where the 4th Regiment would land." Said Chii. "And you were there to help Misato put her plan together. You always have been."-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["And yes, you might've won a girl's heart when she was young." Said Chii. "But you did the best by her and, in your own stupid way, you still are, because you think you're the wrong decision. And all you want is what's best for her."-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["I-"-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["And when she was shipped off to Beijing of all places by her no-good parents, who was it that kept in touch with her day after day, making sure she didn't feel lonely?" Asked Chii. "It was you. And furthermore, when she was in a foreign land surrounded by a language she didn't comprehend, what did you say?"-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["You said you'd teach her how to read and speak Mandarin, because you knew that. Because you're fluent in five languages, which is amazing, even though you don't think it is because how could if be that amazing if -you- could do it?"-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Yes, you're normal. And who knows, maybe that's actually part of the reason I love you instead of a blocker." Said Chii. "My mother's crazy, and half of NERV was crazy. I'm not normal. My sisters aren't normal. Some of them are flighty and touchy, and my mother is four times as bad. But most of the time you're -reliable-. Most of the time, recent events excluded, you're sensible."-
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["But…"-
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["I'm not going to call you Prince anymore." Said Chii. "I don't want a prince. If I did I could get one. I chose you because I want -you-, not anyone else. If you don't feel worthy of that, then that's your problem, not mine."]
[01:24] * Yanmei scowled at the opening to the room, hands on hips now. Couldn't he get on with it and kiss her?
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["… Sorry, Chii." Said Hyuga.-
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["I feel like I should be mature and tell you to apologise to yourself first, but no, I deserve that apology." She said. Yanmei could hear the rustling of a hairtoss.-
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["You do." Said Hyuga. "You deserve the best, of all things, and I dunno if-"-
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Don't start." Said Chiisana. "You're going to say that you don't know if you can give those to me, right?"-
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Well, good." She said firmly. "I don't want you to give them to me. I want to take them for myself! And I want you there to help me take them together."-
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh-"-
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["Now shut up. It's time you learned a lesson."-
[01:36] <Minaplo> ["A lesmmf"-
[01:36] <Minaplo> [Yanmei could hear the kiss- its sudden start muffling Hyuga's words, the smacking sound of lip on lip for a few seconds, then the end, them pulling away.-
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Hyuga especially sounded breathless. "You said you wouldn't use your field anymore." He mumbled.-
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["I'm not."-
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Oh."]
[01:42] <Yanmei> Well well~ He actually did it? Yanmei relaxed a little again, grinning at her two companions.
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Isaiah grinned back, and tilted his head back the way they came.-
[01:44] * Zack (~gro.tenranul.ffats|kcaZ#gro.tenranul.ffats|kcaZ) Quit (Quit: )
[01:44] <Minaplo> [Aoba, however, was trying to sneak forward again…]
[01:59] * Yanmei simply nodded to Isaiah, slipping back and leaving Aoba plenty of room to peek in on the kissing if he wished. She parted from the lackey with one last smug and approving glance, and then quickly made a break for it.
[02:01] <Minaplo> [Isaiah quickly followed, of course. They had what they came for, and if Aoba wanted to risk his neck…-
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Well, that was eventful~"]

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