Lovers Brawl

[07:16] <AdEvaGM> [[Session 55: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 1st of August, 2017. Episode Title: Lovers' Brawl.-
[07:17] <AdEvaGM> [The first two rounds of battles had passed- the teams now moved into the third round. For Paris-2, this meant that their next opponent was…-
[07:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Boston." Said Marianne, standing on her dais once again.]
[07:20] * Yanmei didn't seem too phased. She did, however, bitterly reflect upon the fact that it wasn't the first time she and Isaiah had fought for someone else's entertainment. "What should we watch out for?"
[07:21] * Aline was a bit impassive, though she glanced between her two fellow pilots a few times, as if considering something.
[07:22] <Sept> "You're the one with the most experience against Isaiah, Yanmei. Do you think I could keep him at bay long enough for you to handle the others?"
[07:23] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne looked at Yanmei, impassive, waiting for her Souslieutenant to speak.]
[07:27] <Yanmei> "No. 08's combat style doesn't bode well for anyone trying to attack close up. The best way to handle him is through ranged combat." -
[07:28] <Yanmei> She frowned. "If you're going to keep someone at bay? Make sure it's another pointman. Rei, for example…"
[07:30] * Aline pursed her lips. "So that's that then. I guess that means it's your and my responsibilities to go after him."
[07:32] <Sept> "Hmmh. Yes. I'll have to see if I could do something more. But I'll keep Rei away from you, at least."
[07:34] * Yanmei nodded. "Keep an eye out for the last person, San, and I think we'll be okay."
[07:35] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne nodded. "That's all for now. Let's deploy."]
[07:36] <Aline> "Right." …And Aline would nod gently to her, before heading off to do just that.
[07:37] <Sept> "Yes. Let's go."
[07:38] * Yanmei turned as well
[07:41] <AdEvaGM> [The camera swapped to the commentary room…-
[07:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Wwwwwwwelcome to the Thunderdome!" Proclaimed Julien LaFabre with wide arm swings. "The start of the third round of battles is about to commence. In place of Captain Guillory is a special guest commentator…"-
[07:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Hi!" Came a familiar voice.-
[07:44] <AdEvaGM> ["This is Freya Solheim, enjoying a well-earned break from that dratted university. How's everyone at home? Because the battle's just about to get started, and it's going to possess more testosterone per square inch than a rugby team's changing room."-
[07:44] <AdEvaGM> ["… Really?"-
[07:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Really."]
[07:56] <AdEvaGM> [The virtual battlefield came into view…-
[07:57] <AdEvaGM> [Two white Master Models facing them down the main avenue, with EVA-08's black steel body towering over digital highrises in a corner.]
[08:02] <Yanmei> Yanmei's first move was to make it to cover, eyes on the other EVAs in the field, expecially Rei and San, the two closest enemies.
[08:04] * Aline once again took her time-honored first shot, eyeing the results. It was readily dodged, but… "Hmm. Slightly slower reflexes."
[08:06] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah skidded to the left, falling into a crouch as the morphic wings beat with a huge gust of energy. He propelled into the air, hurtling through the sky and crashing through cover near Yanmei- behind him, San flickered her AT Field out into a full barrier spread.]
[08:14] * Sept kept himself on the defensive, laying down some suppressing fire toward 08.
[08:21] * Yanmei made a noise under her breath, and started on neutralisation at once, firing off a quick shot at her Isaiah once it was done.
[08:22] <AdEvaGM> [The shots were either avoided or bounced off the cover, but…-
[08:23] <AdEvaGM> [Behind the barrier shield, Rei leapt, taking to the air- only to drop down on Yanmei from on high, right leg pointed out like a lance. "Hyah-!"]
[08:24] * Aline meanwhile smiled. "Thanks for the neut, now… Haaaaa!" As she made her own cry, a surge of energy sparked from 00, and then erupted in a cross that rose straight through 08!
[08:36] * Yanmei caught a glimpse of the falling Rei just in time to skip aside. "Oh god… not another fight like this!"
[08:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Guh…" Isaiah winced as the cross ripped through him…-
[08:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Isaiah." Came the quiet voice of Alphonse Wellesley. "Follow my exact orders…"-
[08:37] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah nodded, hearing them- and he leapt from cover, falling next to Yanmei, preparing to strike- just as San opened fire.-
[08:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Aaaaand Isaiah Gabriel-Wei has entered the fray." Said Freya. "Despite taking a high powered AT blast to the chest, he seems to have soaked most of the damage up through sheer force of will. So! What's the bet that he'll bite 04 in half?"-
[08:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Not taking that bet." Said Julien with a huff. "Sheer solid muscle and force couldn't possibly defeat the gamine Zhang Yanmei…"]
[08:43] * ZackStudy is now known as ZackFinalFinal
[08:43] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned, but she had to toss her hair and look as if she wasn't worrying about that. Or she would have, had she not had to brace herself against a firing San!
[08:45] <AdEvaGM> [The shot hit home hard- and even worse, now 08 was bracing to strike…]
[08:46] <Yanmei> But Yanmei launched herself away with a nimble backflip, landing a shorter distance from the Boston pair than she felt comfortable with.
[08:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Sera!" Shouted Marianne. "Get in there and cover Yanmei!"]
[08:52] <Sept> "Yes!" And a wingbeat later, he was there, shoving 08 away and trying to push Rei into the corner to get her off her balance.
[08:54] * Aline leaned forward in her plug. "And with you two covering…!" A barrage of maser fire shot out from 00's shoulder, aiming at 08, trying to overcome his ability to dodge the shots and strike true!
[08:57] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-08 staggered away, directly into Aline's firing wave- the bolts hit home, besides the ones he dodged, and left smoking wounds on his arms and legs.-
[09:05] <AdEvaGM> [But it didn't deter him as a second later, EVA-08's body lashed out, acid maw clamping over 01's left leg and ripping it cleanly off- just as San fired off a synchronised shot aimed at 01's head.-
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Aaaand here come the boys versus boys throwdown." Says Freya. "Do you know, there are exactly three boys out of the twenty-one pilots in the entire Evangelion piloting cohort?"-
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["As a matter of fact, I did-"-
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["And out of those three, two pilot violent berserkers and the third is Sept, who, as everyone knows, takes -all the blows- in combat."-
[09:07] <AdEvaGM> ["What are you getting at, Solheim?"-
[09:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Just saying. The testosterone. It is -everywhere-. That isn't blood on 01's carapace."]
[09:10] <Sept> There was a pained yell from Sera, who gave the metal of the plug a solid punch as he tried to regain focus. "I'm still fine!" he yelled. 01 supported itself against the chest-high wall behind it, still off-balance from the blows.
[09:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Damnit. Cover Sera, pull him back!" Said Marianne quickly. "Regroup in the northern road!"]
[09:28] <Yanmei> "You heard her." Yanmei focused, and then unleashed a full barrage from both her Bolter and the Maser weapon built into her wing. Her yell was almost inaudible over the noise and explosions. "Get back, de Pteres!"
[09:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Zaizai-!"-
[09:41] <AdEvaGM> [When the smoke cleared, EVA-09 fell to the ground, having taken the shots, leaving Isaiah stunned in sheer surprise…]
[09:42] <Yanmei> "…what?! She just…"
[09:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Whoa. Ayanami Rei just took -all- the bullets for Isaiah…" Said Julien in shock. "They must be extremely ~close~…"]
[09:45] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei -glared- at the commentary window.
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["You just haven't an ounce of fear in that entire lanky body, do you, Julien?" Asked Freya casually.-
[09:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Fear is for people who don't specialise in Positron bombs."]
[09:48] <Sept> "Back..? Not before I do -this-..!" Sera stepped forward on a phantom leg, and opened fire. A hail of bullets fell on the off-balance EVA-08.
[09:49] <Aline> …And Aline joined his shot with one of her own, a thick beam of microwave energy igniting the simulated air and impacting 08 right in the damaged torso!
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> ["G-Gaah-gah!"-
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> [The sheer combined firepower served to rip the torso clean apart, sending EVA-08 to the ground in pieces.-
[09:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Whoa! A shocking turnaround here today!" Said Julien in surprise. "Paris-2 is -wiping the floor- with Boston!"]
[10:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei, Sera, move up and take San down now!"]
[10:05] * Aline grinned now, as while they advanced… She pointed a finger towards where EVA-10 was, intoning an oh-so-smug "Bang." before another cross blew through the M-series Eva!
[10:08] <AdEvaGM> ["G-guh…"-
[10:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Pull back, San! Break the neutralisation!" Said Alphonse, beads of sweat forming on his forehead. San nodded and the Eva took off…-
[10:09] <AdEvaGM> [Meanwhile, the speakers in the plugs seemed to pick up a bit of intriguing banter between Yanmei and Isaiah…-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["W-Well done." Isaiah's tired but clearly impressed voice.]
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> "Isaiah! You're okay, aren't you?"
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I'm fine." He laughed. "It hurt. But…"]
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> "But…" Yanmei warm tone. "It's just a game, right?"
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Right." Isaiah's tone, playful.-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["You always do play rough. So it's not like I was -surprised-."]
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> "W-what?" Yanmei's sheepish voice. "It's not like I try to be violent…"
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Heeheehee."-
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["… wait, they're recording this, aren't they?"]
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> "…"
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> ["… Ahem." Isaiah coughed. "I'll see you later. I love you!"]
[10:11] <AdEvaGM> "Love you too!"
[10:14] * Yanmei had moved after San to neutralise, and was raising her Bolter, and then promptly forgot how to -move- for a few moments. 04's head bowed slightly, and its shoulders shook with what was most like complete and utter rage. "Julien… You… YOU…"
[10:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't hurt me!" Said Julien.-
[10:14] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm not your boyfriend!"]
[10:18] <Yanmei> "GrrRR-!!" She started to say something else, but something in the back of her mind screamed something about there being people watching this broadcast from around the world. She rearranged her face into a tight smile. "Oh Julien, you scamp. Ha. Ha."
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> ["So what can you tell us about the potential kinkiness of this relationship, Zhang?"]
[10:22] <Yanmei> "I don't think I know what you mean?" Her voice started to flow a little more smoothly. "And anyway, shouldn't you be paying attention to the battle? It's really heating up. Pilot San is on the defensive, trying to outrun her opponents. How long will she hold out?"
[10:36] <Sept> "Not long." And there was one last burst of 01's rail rifle, forcing San to keep on the ground.
[10:37] <AdEvaGM> [The shots ripped through the torso of EVA-10, and there was a sharp cry as the Eva fell…-
[10:37] <AdEvaGM> ["So Zhang." Said Julien quickly. "Isaiah went down quickly- is he usually this f-"-
[10:37] <AdEvaGM> ["PARIS WINS!" Cries Freya, not hiding her bias at all as she jumps to her feet. "I had money on Boston but hell yes, Paris!"]
[10:38] <Sept> "Hey!"
[10:40] <Yanmei> "A stunning final move from Paris' Sera de Pteres!" Yanmei joined in, ignoring Julien's question entirely. "This is their third victory. It was a good effort from the opposing Boston team, however, and they still have the chance to recover from it. Let's wish them both the best of luck as the Thunderdome battles continue!"
[10:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, you're not a commentator-" Snapped Julien-
[10:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Sorry, Sept- I just wanted to be compensated if Boston lost!"-
[10:41] <AdEvaGM> <Paris lost*>
[10:41] <AdEvaGM> ["ANYWAY." Snapped Julien irritably, flapping his hands like an irate swan. "Well done Paris-2 for their decisive win over the Boston team…"-
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["… Hm? What's this? I've just received a special message. I'll forward it to Colonel Amatore…"-
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["What is it?" Marianne stared at the message- then her brow furrowed.-
[10:42] <AdEvaGM> ["… I am to select a pilot of the Paris team to participate in a one-on-one duel with a mystery challenger…"]
[10:44] * Aline lolled her head around a bit. "Hm. Well, a mystery, is it? That sounds…" She grinned, still on her post-curbstomp high. "Intriguing."
[10:46] <Sept> "I'm not taking that. I need some time to breathe."
[10:46] <Yanmei> "Eh?" Yanmei was warily envisioning a bloodbath with a digitally-rendered Angel, but she kept her face open and calm. "It is intriguing, yes…"
[10:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright. Yanmei or Aline- who wants to do it?"]
[10:47] * Aline waved a hand a bit. "I'll take it… if you don't mind, Yanmei."
[10:47] <Yanmei> "Be my guest?" she smiled at her.
[10:47] <Sept> "Good luck, Aline."
[10:47] <AdEvaGM> [The virtual map disappeared…-
[10:47] <AdEvaGM> [Sera and Yanmei felt their synchs disconnect.-
[10:49] <AdEvaGM> [The map reappeared, as it had been, but with Aline reset against a wall. Opposite her, against another wall, was a dark blue Evangelion. It was a little taller, a little more slender than usual Evas. A cranial horn rose out of its face helmet- the head itself was bowed, staring down at the heavy bolter in its hands.-
[10:49] <AdEvaGM> [The head lifted, revealing a glowing red V-shape visor.-
[10:49] <AdEvaGM> ["T-That unit…?!"]
[10:54] * Aline stared. "What in the…?" But yet she braced herself, ready for… what might turn out to be a savage beating.
[10:58] * Yanmei was climbing out of her plug now, happy to be free and breathing the fresh air of their makeshift bridge center. She stared at the new map… at the new challanger. "What? They constructed another one?"
[10:59] <AdEvaGM> [The new Eva spread its wings and took to the skies, before hurtling in a straight line towards Aline…-
[10:59] <AdEvaGM> ["That's the Executor Concept Model." Said Marianne, brow furrowed. "They mothballed it ages ago…"]
[11:00] * Aline launched high after it, and while buoyed on her own gossamer wings, pumped off a shot at it!
[11:08] <AdEvaGM> [It glided out of the way gracefully, and a split second later it seemed to be directly in 00's face, heavy bolter pointed at its chest.-
[11:09] <AdEvaGM> [The gun roared its shells…]
[11:12] <Sept> "…" Sera had been not quite glaring, but still quite gravely staring at the unfamiliar Evangelion the whole time in silence. His frown only deepened.
[11:12] * Aline braced for it, and knew it was going to hurt. "…Right. Not a duelist." She muttered audibly.
[11:13] <AdEvaGM> [The shells -pulped- 00 beyond recognition.-
[11:13] <AdEvaGM> ["…" Marianne stared, frowning as well. "What the hell?"-
[11:15] <AdEvaGM> ["What indeed." Came an unfamiliar, but male voice. The voice was rich and warm, and sounded… Deeply pleasant, but right now it was disappointed. "This wasn't a fair matchup. Her specs aren't made for a one on one…" A regretful sigh. "Now I look like a bully."]
[11:17] <Yanmei> "And you are…?" Yanmei had been staring quietly at the screen, now blinking a little in confusion, both at the sound defeat and the intruding voice.
[11:19] * Aline was whimpering slightly from the simulated pain, but sighed. "…Yeah, I should've passed it off to Yanmei, but really, who are you?"
[11:21] <AdEvaGM> ["My name's Will- pardon me. This isn't how I should introduce myself." The voice cut off, and the simulated Eva vanished.]
[11:23] <Sept> "…mmmmh. So it's over?"
[11:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah." Said Marianne. "Yanmei, I want you to stay at least- Aline, you might want to as well."]
[11:25] * Yanmei nodded. "Yes, ma'am."
[11:25] * Aline nodded as well, as she started to get out of her sim-plug. "Agreed."
[11:28] <Sept> "I see. Is it about that thing, Marianne?"
[11:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. Chances are we're about to meet its pilot."]
[11:35] <Sept> "I'll stay behind for it, as well. I want to see where this is coming from."
[11:39] <AdEvaGM> [About ten minutes passed. Eventually, the door to the bridge opened, and a young man walked in, drying his rinsed hair off with a towel.-
[11:40] <AdEvaGM> [He was taller than the girls- about 5'6. He had straight blonde hair and bright blue eyes, and he was handsome- devastatingly so. He wore a dark blue plugsuit with white trims. He looked around the room- his eyes settling on Aline for a second- and smiled. "Please forgive the abrupt introduction- command orders. My name is William. William Weiss-Xylander- the Twenty-Second Child."]
[11:45] * Aline looked back, not sure whether to smile back or what - she settled on a light, very light smile. "…Interesting, that after all this there'd be a new pilot. But I guess if they had one last unit left…"
[11:46] <Sept> "You know who we are. Why the suddenness, then? Where did you come from?"
[11:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Germany. Sorry. You can't even tell my accent, can you?" Said William with a hint of pride.]
[11:48] <Yanmei> "Your French -is- excellent," Yanmei remarked. "Welcome to NERV. How long have you been with us?"
[11:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you very much. About three weeks, actually."]
[11:50] <Sept> "What's your training?"
[11:52] * Aline glanced over at Sera with a sort of weird concerned glance. "Sera, manners…"
[11:52] <Yanmei> "Easy, now. I'm sure he has some questions for us as well?"
[11:54] <AdEvaGM> ["It's alright. I don't mind answering." William laughed lightly, turning back to Sera. "Do you want the long-winded answer, or the short answer?"]
[11:56] <Sept> "Of course," Sera nodded to Aline and Yanmei. "But I would -appreciate- the short answer that explains how you defeated Aline with 'three weeks' of training."
[11:58] * Aline made a little pouty-face. "He's only been with /NERV/ for three weeks, and uh… look, I'm not suited for an EVA duel against any normal opponent, because of limitations in time due to neutralization and uh…" She self-consciously shut her mouth.
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[13:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Pardon me. I did not intend to mislead you." Said William with a gentle, apologetic nod of the head. "… But it's as Mademoiselle Blanc says. In truth, I've used firearms ever since I was a child."]
[13:04] <Sept> "Which brings us to my original question. Germany is not a war-torn nation with child soldiers."
[13:09] <AdEvaGM> [William looks at Yanmei, then to Aline, looking a little perplexed, as though this isn't the welcome he was hoping for and honestly isn't sure what he's done to earn it. "I was taken in by Jesuit missionaries as a child." He reached a hand up to his neck, where a crucifix hung over his Plugsuit's collar, almost invisible. "We returned to Germany for about two months a year, but the rest
[13:09] <AdEvaGM> we spent with charities or missions, often near warzones."]
[13:12] * Aline frowned quite openly, and returned the perplexed look with a vaguely sympathetic one, but said nothing.
[13:12] * Yanmei eyed Sera with a frown before turning back to the new pilot. "So you learned from the soldiers there…" She nodded. "Or were trained to protect yourself. Whichever the case, you really know how to handle a gun? Impressive."
[13:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you very much." He smiled.]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "Have you met the others yet? If you're fom Germany, does that mean you'll be stationed with Langley-Soryu's group?"
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm afraid not, to both questions. Sorry. This is pretty abrupt- Commander Ikari wanted it to be like this." Said William helplessly. "But I'll actually be assigned to Paris-2."-
[13:15] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne's eyebrows rose.]
[13:16] <Sept> "Paris… I see," Sera finally said, pushing up his glasses. "You're an anomaly," he said, in a tone that might as well have been an insult or a compliment. "I was hoping you'd have… circumstances that explained why you're here now."
[13:16] * Aline blinked rather heavily. "…A fourth?" She sounded pretty shocked at it, too!
[13:20] <Yanmei> "Ikari's…" Yanmei stopped herself glancing at Marianne with tinges of complete and utter confusion. "Um. Did he say why, Mr. Weiss-Xylander?"
[13:22] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry." Said William again, giving the four of them a benign, slightly helpless smile. "I wish I could give you what you wanted, Monsieur de Pteres, but the truth is that as far as I know, I was assigned to Paris-2 because it's the most important target. Nothing much else…"]
[13:26] * Yanmei exhaled, trying to let this sink in. "We'll be getting to know each other over the next few days of the tournament, then. Will you be participating?"
[13:27] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm afraid not. That'd be unfair, and besides I'm not sure I have much of a taste for it."]
[13:28] * Aline nodded. "It makes sense… He either has no team, or joins ours. Neither is right, and duels are just not as good."
[13:29] <Sept> "I'm sure you'll get enough action introducing yourself to the others, anyway… William, was it?"
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, that's right. William Weiss-Xylander. Or Wilhelm, if you want to be accurate to the birth certificate, but no one calls me that."]
[13:35] <Yanmei> "Well… it's good to meet you, William. And don't worry. I'm sure the other pilots will be friendly enough. -Curious-, maybe, but…"
[13:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Perfectly understandable." He laughed.]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "Actually? Why don't we introduce you to Rei's team now? Blanc, could you lead the way for him?"
[13:40] * Sept promptly hopped up from the bench he'd been sitting on, drying himself up. "I've promised to be somewhere. You'll excuse me if I leave you guys to it."
[13:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Good day, Monsieur de Pteres."]
[13:40] * Aline blinked a bit, as if surprised by that, but then smiled a bit. "Right, I can do that." She still looked a bit taken aback, if only for being chosen as the 'lead' for this, but… well, nonetheless, Aline began to lead on…!
[13:40] <Yanmei> "Sera, I'd like a word first."
[13:41] <Sept> "Yes?"
[13:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Mademoiselle Blanc." He turned to her and smiled, bowing. "Thank you for taking the time to guide me. I hope I didn't harm you too much during the battle- if I had things my way I never would've agreed to -metaphorically- cross blades with you." He bowed his head apologetically.]
[13:50] * Yanmei waited for the door to open and close behind them before sighing. "Look. This is weird, and none of us know what's going on, but could you please not alienate the new guy until we do?"
[13:51] * Aline blushed, and nodded politely. "It's… nothing." She walked along a bit further through the halls, still a bit blushy. "I didn't really know what I was going up against anyway, and it was just a little pain, not quite enough to cause damage. At least the feedback suppressants are worthwhile, eh?"
[13:53] * Sept seemed taken aback. "I'm… not alienating anyone. I have to know these things. -We- have to."
[13:54] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne didn't say anything, but sat back and trusted Yanmei to handle it.]
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[14:01] <Yanmei> "Of course we do, but the minute the guy showed up, you were acting aggressively to the point of causing discomfort." Yanmei frowned. "I'm concerned about this too, but chances are, the guy's the way the NeoSpartans or Ayanamis or we were - totally clueless, and pushed into this position by more powerful people. I'm not asking that you be nice to him? But I am asking for some politeness."
[14:07] * Sept looked at her face for a few moments, in silence. "I understand. I'll try harder, Yanmei. You can… tell him I'm sorry, or worn out or. You know."
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Right. Thank you." Yanmei nodded and smiled. "I won't keep you from your engagement. I'll see you later?"
[14:11] * Sept hesitated for a moment. "Yeah. See you, Yanmei."
[14:12] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne waited until Sera left before turning to Yanmei. "… So. What do you think?"]
[14:17] <Yanmei> "Me?" Yanmei glanced around to make sure that they -weren't- still being broadcast. "I think the Commander's explanation is full of crap. And I think all this team training might have been for nothing with the huge monkey wrench that's been thrown into our group dynamics. Did we really mess up the last battle badly enough to warrent a fourth team member?"
[14:19] <AdEvaGM> ["… To be absolutely fair, Azrael was on the brink of wiping out the entire human race. I was nearly fired, you know." Said Marianne darkly.]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced away. "Sorry," she muttered. "So we did mess up. But that doesn't make this any less fishy? Why wasn't there advanced notice? Or consultations? You didn't know about this either, did you?"
[14:25] <AdEvaGM> ["No, I didn't. It's strange. It's like…" Marianne frowned. "It's like the Committee's panicked. Here, let's draft this boy on short notice, we can use an old mothballed design for him. Say, your mother's on the Committee as a Director- why don't you try to ask what's up with this?"]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "I should," Yanmei nodded. "And I'll tell you if I find out anything too."
[14:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Thanks. I'll see what I can find."-
[14:30] <AdEvaGM> ["… So what do you think of -him-, then?"]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "He seems all right. Very good tempered, well-adjusted, polite… do you think he'll have a hard time fitting in?" She cracked a small smile.
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> ["If he can handle interrogations like that, he should be fine." Said Marianne, smiling. "He seems reasonable. I think he'll respond to orders well, so your team dynamic won't suffer too poorly. I wonder if we should let him have the spare room."]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "G-Gina's room?"
[14:39] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne winced slightly. "W-Well, the room -is- free, and it lets us… You know. Keep a bit of an eye on him."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "If you really want to…" There was a troubled look in her eye, but she tried to shake it off. "There was still some things in there. We'll have to get it ready when we go back."
[14:48] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne nodded. She walked over to Yanmei, put an arm around her shoulders. "You did good, hon."]
[14:50] <Yanmei> "Thanks." She smiled up at her. "That means a lot."
[14:55] <AdEvaGM> ["No worries. Why don't you go say hi to that boy of yours?" She winked. "Be gentle~"]
[14:56] * Yanmei colored slightly. "That recording was doctored," she grumbled, but she started to head off regardless. "See you later, Marianne!"
[14:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Bye, sweetheart."]

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