Lift Your Chin And Set Your Shoulders Plant Your Feet And Ta

[23:35] <Yanmei> It was not the first time that Yanmei had fought one-handed, although she was more used to using both hands these days.-
[23:39] <Yanmei> Her left was still bandaged tightly from the surgery, but her right was still relatively speedy, especialy with the rubber practice combat knife she gripped in it. She was growing tired, though - something she was determined not to let her sparring partner see. He'd warned her, after all, about overdoing it the day after she had been released from the hospital.-
[23:42] <Yanmei> But this - she cautiously circled him - this was important. "That's good! You're a lot better at spotting openings now." Her voice carried through the otherwise empty NERV melee training room, and the foam armor she wore creaked when she moved.
[23:46] * Isaiah was circling in the opposing direction, rubber knife held out in front of him. "Thanks! You're hard to hit sometimes." He said, his eyes on her unblinkingly. "How're you feeling?"
[23:47] <Yanmei> "I can still go a few more rounds? What about you? You look sweaty already~"
[23:52] <Isaiah> "Me? I'm fine-"-
[23:52] <Isaiah> He lunged, aiming for her left shoulder.
[23:54] <Yanmei> Yanmei sprang aside, grinning. "How's this. The next one to land a hit has to give Lizzie her bath later tonight. And cook dinner."
[23:56] <Isaiah> "O-ho." Isaiah grinned in return, and he made a lazy swipe at her head. "You realise who the real winner is here, right?"
[23:58] <Yanmei> "Oh?" She blocked that with her own knife, and made a sharp counter aimed for his chest. "Enlighten me."
Session Time: Mon Feb 06 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] * Isaiah snapped the counter aside, aiming for a low sweep at Yanmei's knee. "Marianne."
[00:06] <Yanmei> A short laugh! Yanmei skipped backwards, once, twice, and then prepared to charge in again, digging her feet into the floorpads. "Yeah, well, that's true? For a minute, I thought you were going to say it was Lizzie."
[00:07] * Isaiah crouched a little, as though he prepared to spring. "She wins, too, for having such a lovely mummy~"
[00:12] <Yanmei> "You mean an adorable Daddy~" Yanmei shot forward, her knife like a rubber arc.
[00:18] <Isaiah> Isaiah made to spring backwards, but he wasn't fast enough- the knife struck him in the square of the chest, and he fell backward. "Oof-"
[00:19] <Yanmei> "That settles that~" Yanmei gave her knife a little twirl, and she crouched down next to him to take a breather.
[00:23] <Isaiah> "I've gotten better, but you're still way too fast for me."
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Come on, you gave me a really hard time, you know?" She grinned at him, and rested her knife on the ground. "Thanks, though. For doing this? I've had so much stuff pent up lately."
[00:32] <Isaiah> "Hey, no worries. I'm always happy to help you blow off steam."
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah. But…" Yanmei looked away for a minute. "Aren't there some things that you're worried about too?"
[00:43] <Isaiah> "Hm? Ah…" He frowned slightly.-
[00:43] <Isaiah> "You're worried about the pilot thing…"
[00:47] <Yanmei> "Yeah. More than worried. It's…"
[00:53] <Isaiah> "What's up?"
[01:11] * Yanmei turned back to him, her features intense. "You know that if the HIC tried anything I'd fight to the bitter end for you, right?" she blurted out.
[01:14] * Isaiah stared, taken aback. "Huh? I… I know you would, sweetheart." He said gently.
[01:18] <Yanmei> "Good. That's good." But it didn't seem to calm her down as much as perhaps he was hoping. "Because… that's… not just a hypothetical situation. It's happening again."
[01:20] <Isaiah> "…" He looked away, brow creasing. He brought his left knee up to his chest. "… They just can't leave alone, huh."
[01:21] * Yanmei reached for his hand, almost instinctively.
[01:28] * Isaiah took it, wrapping his fingers around her's tightly. "Listen. Listen. It'll be alright."
[01:32] <Yanmei> "They're pulling out all the stops this time. Leaving no room for counters. Pulling in a new witness." Yanmei shook her head angrily.
[01:32] <Isaiah> "Who?"
[01:34] <Yanmei> "…" She almost cringed. "…Doctor Gabriel."
[01:36] <Isaiah> "…"-
[01:36] <Isaiah> Isaiah's face contorted. "That son of a bitch."
[01:38] <Yanmei> "Easy. I doubt he wanted to get involved in this either."
[01:40] <Isaiah> "Urgh." Isaiah sighed. "Only because he wouldn't want to be bothered from his important work for his oh-so-worthless son…"
[01:46] <Yanmei> "What will you do? Will you talk to him? At least try to?"
[01:47] <Isaiah> "I- what would I even say?"
[01:49] <Yanmei> "I don't know," she admitted, frowning. "But if he's getting tangled up in this mess, and making huge decisions about your life again, then why -wouldn't- you talk to him? The importance outweighs the negatives."
[01:54] <Isaiah> "…" Isaiah nodded slowly. "You're right. You're right, of course."
[01:58] <Yanmei> "If it's any consolation? There's someone I need to talk to too." Yanmei smiled grimly. "The head of the Committee is recruiting the newest NERV Director to join them."
[02:01] <Isaiah> "The n-"-
[02:01] <Isaiah> "… She wouldn't."
[02:05] <Yanmei> "She would." That smile turned pained. "Mom… was supportive of us before, but she also has her own agenda to consider. If those two things are in conflict, I can't tell what she'll do."
[02:15] <Isaiah> "Do… Do you really think she'd… She'd try to make me a pilot? She seemed like she was… Changed."
[02:24] <Yanmei> "There's a lot going on here," Yanmei sighed. "Everyone in the Committee knows how desperate the situation is in the States, and they've seen how powerful 08 is too. There are other power relationships in play here too." Yanmei's eyes hardened. "But even if she's unaffected by them, -
[02:26] <Yanmei> she might still vote for you to go of her own violition if she thinks it will benefit humanity. I just… need to get a handle on what direction she's facing in now."
[02:31] <Isaiah> "…" Isaiah sighed. "Some people probably think I'm a coward for not going."
[02:36] * Yanmei eyed him worriedly. "What do you think about it?"
[02:41] <Isaiah> "They…" He frowned. "You've never really lived in the States, but it's a pretty grim place. There's a lot of poverty and unemployment, and even though the President's an elected official, he's dominated by the military's leaders. Ever since the 28th Amendment, the President can be anyone and have unlimited powers so long as they're supported by those same leaders, so it's corrupt and it's
[02:41] <Isaiah> dictatorial." He looked up at the roof. "I don't know this Linden very well, but some part of me hopes she wins, just so she can change it."
[02:47] <Yanmei> "So that's how it is. You never seemed very happy when you talked about the place before." Yanmei frowned deeply. "But there are other elements there too. Rei and…. 08 too."
[02:50] * Isaiah nodded slowly. "I know. I just… I'm worried. If I don't fight, I could be responsible for things getting worse, but if I fight I could also be preventing things getting better."
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[02:55] * Yanmei fidgetted with the padding around her left arm for a moment. "You probably need time to think about it. But time isn't exactly something we have a lot of now."
[02:56] <Isaiah> "Why? How soon is it?"
[02:56] <Yanmei> "We have less than two weeks."
[02:56] <Isaiah> "…"-
[02:56] <Isaiah> "That's really dirty of them."
[02:58] <Yanmei> "You don't know the half of it. But somehow, we still have to play by their rules. They want me to be present for the hearing too, so no matter what you won't be going out there alone."
[03:03] <Isaiah> "Good." He looked at her and smiled fondly.-
[03:04] <Isaiah> "At the end of the day, whether this goes good or bad, it won't be too bad, alright? You've helped me, and you're still with me, and that's all I need. Even if I -am- chosen to fight, the fighting will end one day…"
[03:12] * Yanmei stared back, deeply saddened. "I want… to just think about the good end to this. But here we are, sparring together like we're preparing for something."
[03:13] <Isaiah> "Better to be prepared than not." He said, smiling wryly. He reached over and tapped her in the chest with his knife. "See? I win."
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[03:19] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei let a slow smile come over her, and wiped briefly at her eyes. "Couldn't have done it better myself."
[03:22] * Isaiah stood up, offering her a hand. "Again? New conditions this time."
[03:24] <Yanmei> "Your pick, naturally." She took his hand and let him help her to her feet.
[03:28] * Isaiah grinned. "Winner has to go buy sundaes for everyone. Especially Lizzie."
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[03:29] <Yanmei> "Well, I think I can live with that?" Yanmei flipped one of her pigtails. "Ready?"
[03:30] <Isaiah> "On three."
[03:31] <Yanmei> "One…" Yanmei readied herself with a new stance.
[03:33] <Isaiah> "Two…" He deftly flicked his knife around.
[03:34] <Yanmei> "…Three!"

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