Lupe Gets A Walk

[14:23] <Yanmei> Dark clouds bunched up overhead, making it look as if it was about to rain. Yanmei was, nevertheless, ready for a walk. She was all buttoned up in her heavy coat, and she clutched an oversized dog leash haphazardly, tensing for the moment that the elevator would open up to the deck. -
[14:24] <Yanmei> She wasn't alone, although she was starting to wish that she was. There was Lupe, of course, just as cheerful and friendly toward her as ever, but there were also two other companions.
[14:32] <Minaplo> [One was Rei, wearing a long blue dress and a knitted red sweater; next to her was Nana, wearing a cute ruffled skirt with black tights and a violet jacket.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Lupe was rubbing his head against Rei's leg, who was giving him lots of skritches; Nana, on the other hand, was standing next to Yanmei and smiling. "Those are some cute clothes, Yanmei~"]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "Thanks." The clothes in question were a ruffled green top, slim black jeans, and her thick brown coat. There was a short pause. "You seem to have a little taste yourself?" she added politely.
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Some of it I learned off you." Said Nana modestly. "You always seem fashionable, so…"]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "How nice." She gave a small, tight smile, and silently cursed Isaiah for the company he'd suggested for this walk. "Of course, it's not hard to come up with original ideas either? China has countless fashion magazines to snag inspiration from."
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Julie-chan showed me some. I tried asking Chii-cchin for fashion advice and I ended up looking like a big ice cream…"]
[14:53] <Yanmei> "I can imagine," she muttered. "The only time I've seen her without lace is when she's in her plugsuit. Rumor has it that she and Technical were working on fixing that."
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["H-Huh, really? A frilly plugsuit…?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "It's not that hard to imagine when you see all the other weird designs they have?" With a chime the elevator arrived at last, opening up to let in a chilly breeze.
[15:08] <Minaplo> ["Like that pervert suit? Ooh, it's cold!"]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Something like that?" Yanmei stepped forward, giving Lupe a little tug on his leash. "C'mon."
[15:16] <Minaplo> [Lupe snarled angrily, snapping at the leash, moving only reluctantly with it.-
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["I still have to wear that." Muttered Rei. "It's so embarrassing when you're waiting to enter the plug, and all the technicians are looking at you…"]
[15:22] <Yanmei> "Yeah. It's seriously creepy? Whoever came up with that thing has something wrong with them." She held the leash out to Rei. "Here. He'll be in a better mood if you hold onto it instead."
[15:23] <Minaplo> [Rei took it. "Maybe now that we're outside, we can let him go? A proud wolf like him probably hates being on a leash."]
[15:23] <Yanmei> "Hm. What's the worst that could happen? Let's do it."
[15:24] <Minaplo> [And so Rei took the leash off, and Lupe, revelling in the freedom, bolted, running around the deck joyfully.-
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["Hm. What does Isaiah think of the suit?" Asked Nana curiously.]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "…" Why would she ask a thing like that? "He agrees with me about it being totally inappropriate battle garb?" -
[15:27] <Yanmei> "And speaking of battles, there's something I've been meaning to ask you, Rei."
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?"]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "When you fight - not in your Evangelion, but regularly - you always use that staff of yours to stun people instead of hurting or killing them. How come?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Hm? Why do I stun people instead of killing them?"]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Right. I mean, if you think about it, doesn't it require a lot more skill and risk than, say, using your AT-Field to clear a room?"
[15:42] <Minaplo> [Rei shook her head. "Killing is wrong."]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Always?"
[15:43] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded firmly.]
[15:48] * Yanmei seemed vaguely puzzled. "It's not exactly weird to stay that? But how did you come to that conclusion in the first place?"
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["Isn't it just natural?"]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "I don't know. Is it?" She pulled her jacket tighter around herself, resisting an exhausted yawn as she watched the wolf scamper around. "It's a dog-eat-dog world, after all?"
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["No, it's not." Said Rei, shaking her head slowly.]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "No?"
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["When you're little, you're always told not to hurt other people. 'Don't hurt', 'Killing is wrong'. But when you grow up, people keep finding excuses to do that. Like hurting others because they've hurt someone else. But that's silly, isn't it?"]
[16:13] <Yanmei> "That probably depends on the people who raised you? I'm sure there are many on this ship who were told the exact opposite when they were growing up."
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["And is that right, then?" Challenged Rei.]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "No. It really isn't."
[16:19] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded.-
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Lots of religions say that killing is wrong too." She said. "So it's something many people are told. Just because other people break that rule doesn't mean it's right for you to do it too. If someone killed someone close to you, and you killed them- what are you really doing, except justifying killing someone else, because they justified killing someone else?"]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "It can't be that simple, can it?"
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["Why not?"]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced at Nana. "What do you think?"
[16:36] <Minaplo> ["Hmm." Nana bit her lip. "It's more complicated than that, isn't it? Sometimes you need to protect yourself, or others…"-
[16:36] <Minaplo> ["But you're forgetting that most of the time you're protecting yourself from other people." Said Rei patiently. "Those people should be able to make the decision not to kill."-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["But they don't." Said Nana.-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["They -should-." Stressed Rei. "If I want a world where no one kills each other, how can I hold that belief if I don't put it into practice?"]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> "Is putting yourself at a disadvantage worth it? Like, take that last Angel, for example? If he'd killed us when he had the chance, we wouldn't have been able to stand up against him here in Paris. If you let someone go instead of killing them, they could come back to get you later on."
[23:50] <Minaplo> [Rei shook her head. "You're going about it wrong again, Meimei."]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "How…?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Why are you even fighting in the first place?"]
01[23:56] <Yanmei> "To prevent bad things from happening. Not just to us, but to the whole world?"
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["That's not it!"]
Session Time: Mon Nov 18 00:00:00 2013
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "What, then?" she turned a puzzled stare on her.
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["You're doing the same thing Nana did. You're making it bigger than it is." Said Rei, frowning. "Your reason to fight only exists because someone else has a reason to fight. The thing that makes you fight is the same thing that makes what you're fighting against happen in the first place!"]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "…" There was a certain distaste to being compared to Nana, but that was the least of her problems. "So what do we do? Like, in a big mission like the one coming up?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> [Rei shook her head slowly. "There's not a lot we can do, except try to capture or stun more than we kill." She said quietly. "But in the end, nothing is really going to change unless the cycle gets broken."]
01[00:29] <Yanmei> The vaguest hint of worry… was drowned out by a smile. She clapped Rei on the shoulder. "Our unit's probably going to spend more time running from human guards than attacking them~ We'll have to put most of our energy into capturing you-know-who, after all."
[00:32] <Minaplo> [Rei smiled a little, patting Yanmei's hand. "… But do you get what I'm saying though, Meimei?"]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "I hear you loud and clear? You wouldn't believe it, but… lately I've been talking to a lot of people who have been all about nonviolence. You're the only one who's on the ship, though."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["It's a warship." Said Rei. "Lots of people think that fighting is necessary…"]
01[00:46] <Yanmei> "It's expected from soldiers. It's the same for us, too, since we've been in lots of battles."
[00:50] <Minaplo> [Rei didn't say anything to that.-
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["This is gloomy. Let's talk about something else." Said Nana cheerfully. "How come you have a wolf, Yanmei?']
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "He's Isaiah's." Who asked her to butt in? Still, she went along with it. "He rescued him while on vacation a long time ago."
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Oh yeah?"]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Someone stabbed him in the leg. He wouldn't have survived in the wild if we had let him return? So Isaiah took him home."
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Aw. That's pretty sweet of him. He looks like a big deal, though…"]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "Not if you know how to handle him~ He's totally frien- ah. Tame."
[01:01] <Minaplo> [Lupe turned around at that, giving Yanmei a black look.-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["He doesn't like the idea of being submissive to people." Said Rei. "If you treat him like an equal though, he becomes really warm~"]
01[01:06] <Yanmei> "Feeding him helps too," she added in her most knowing voice. Silly her… that silly wolf couldn't know what they were saying!
[01:10] <Minaplo> [Speaking of which, Lupe began licking his mouth, staring at Yanmei.-
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["He's pretty cool, though~" Said Nana joyfully. "You should breed him, and sell the cubs!"]
01[01:16] <Yanmei> "Pups," Yanmei corrected gently. "And there aren't many lady wolves around here, unfortunately…" Was it her, or was that predatory look similar to something Asuka would wear? -
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "You know, he could probably use a steak about now? Nana, would you mind running along and finding one for us~?"
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Okay. Do you guys want something to eat too?"]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "I'm ok. Rei?"
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["A big bowl of teriyaki noodles!"-
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["Alright~"-
[01:22] <Minaplo> [And then Nana was off, leaving Yanmei, Lupe and Rei alone.-
[01:22] <Minaplo> [Rei prodded Yanmei in the ribs gently.]
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei half-smirked at her, rubbing her side. "What?"
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["Wolf pups can be called cubs too."]
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "W-well, of course, I knew that?" she tossed her hair. "I was just testing you two?"
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh."]
06[01:31] * Yanmei paced a little bit away, so that she could find a rail to lean against. She exhaled. "An-ny-way~ You should be careful. There's a creepy guy looking for you."
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["Hm?"]
06[01:38] * Yanmei glanced around. 'Heavily monitored'. Visibly seeing no cameras around meant nothing. -
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "The guy who took Alphonse. Apparently, you made quite an impression? He wants to be your lackey now."
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["H-Huh?" The surprise was clear on Rei's face. "That Mister Blue guy…?"]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "That's right?" She studied her carefully.
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["My… Did you say my lackey? Why?"]
01[01:48] <Yanmei> "Like I said? You impressed him. Something about the way you think, and the way you left him standing, even though he's a self-admitted asshole."
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["Hmm…" She thought about this to herself.-
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["That's good news, then, right?"]
01[01:49] <Yanmei> "Is it?" she gave her a dubious look. "He's still pretty much an asshole."
[01:50] <Minaplo> ["If he wants to help, then I'm happy with that."]
06[01:53] * Yanmei blinked hard. "…that's… it?"
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
01[01:54] <Yanmei> "I mean, it didn't take much for you to accept him? You haven't even talked to him in person yet."
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["Well…" Rei shook her head.-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["It's not like I'm totally at peace with what he did. Just remembering how it felt when Al was taken still makes me scared and a little sick. But if he wants to do good, then I should accept him, right? If I turn him away, he'll just keep doing bad." She gave Yanmei a smile. "It'll take a lot of getting used to, but I think it's the right thing to do."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "Mm. Just be careful, okay?" She was frowning. "He has something against Mary Caine, so I can't object too much? I wouldn't mind looking into his history first hand, though."
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["Mm…" Rei rubbed the back of her neck. "Even if he doesn't want you to?"]
01[02:06] <Yanmei> "He doesn't have to know?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> [Rei frowned. "You wouldn't like it if people dug up your history."]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "No, but people have done that anyway…"
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["And that makes it alright?"]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "It wouldn't be for fun! It's just to see if his story checks out. It's the practical thing to do."
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Well I veto." Said Rei firmly.]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "Wh-what? Why?"
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Because it should be up to him if he shares. Personally, I don't care so long as he behaves and does good."]
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "I don't think you should be so trusting. It's dangerous."
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["I don't think you should be so suspicious." Said Rei. "It's unhealthy."]
01[02:29] <Yanmei> "Me? Unhealthy?" Yanmei flashed her a dazzling smile. "You don't really believe that…"
[02:30] <Minaplo> [Rei's expression was firm, and there was something hard in her look.]
01[02:31] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei exhaled again, sharply. "We'll do it your way for now."
[02:36] <Minaplo> [Rei smiled.-
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Thank you, Meimei. I don't like arguing with you…"]
01[02:41] <Yanmei> "Heh. I don't care for it much either?" she gave her a little smile of her own and turned to watch a few pigeons swoop low over the deck. Most of them were keeping their distance from Lupe.
[02:42] <Minaplo> ["How're you handling Nana?']
01[02:43] <Yanmei> "Oh, I'm… handling it."
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["… You don't sound that enthusiastic."]
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "It's an odd situation? I'm not used to it."
[02:46] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded sympathetically. "It will probably take some getting used to… Maybe you should ask her about her interests? Find some common ground."]
01[02:48] <Yanmei> "Oh, don't you worry?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Conversation's the easy part."
[02:49] <Minaplo> ["What's the hard part?"]
01[02:55] <Yanmei> "That's complicated. Anyway, it's something I need to get over? I've already talked it out with two people, and they told me as much."
[03:00] <Minaplo> [Rei gave Yanmei a sympathetic look. "I dunno if it's that simple, is it?"]
01[22:39] <Yanmei> "It'll be fine, Rei." Yanmei gave her a reassuring look. "Want to know the reason why I'm spending time with her today?"
[22:39] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Why, Meimei?"]
01[22:40] <Yanmei> "Because I’m supposed to find out how to make this work… or if it even -can- work right now."
03[22:41] * Zack is now known as ZackDay2
[22:43] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Hm, I see…" Rei nodded slowly. "Hm. Maybe I can help with some advice?"]
01[22:45] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[22:50] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Try to forget about the circumstances. Don’t think about any of that. Just focus on trying to have fun with her." Said Rei with a smile. "Otherwise, you might find your attitude being coloured and that's no good, is it?"]
01[22:53] <Yanmei> "…no. I guess it isn't," she muttered. "It will be hard to forget, but I can try?"
[22:56] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Rei nodded enthuastically. "Thanks, Meimei."]
01[23:02] <Yanmei> "No worries~" Yanmei beamed back at her. "To be honest, I think it would also be good if you and your other sisters spent more time with her too? From what I’ve heard, she's seemed pretty lonely."
[23:06] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Rei nodded. "Not all of my sisters have been as lucky as I have, Meimei. I want to make sure all of them are taken care of, but I don’t have the time…"]
01[23:09] <Yanmei> "You can't be everywhere at once, Rei. Really, Julie should have been looking out for her. She's the head of the Beijing squad, after all?" Yanmei tsked lightly.
[23:10] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["I don’t disagree." Said Rei. "But if this is the situation, then…"]
01[23:15] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Yanmei shook her head. "Well, there's nothing we can do about the past? Just have to think about how to handle things now that everyone's together for a while."
[23:19] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Rei nodded. "Before the storm breaks."]
01[23:27] <Yanmei> "Speaking of which… are you okay with this? The way our operations are progressing toward rebellion?"
[23:29] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["I don’t like this fighting." Said Rei, shaking her head. "… I don't want to kill anyone, or support that. But we've committed to it now, haven't we?" She sighed. "A part of me wishes I could take Al and run away somewhere. But we can't run from Caine. Anywhere we go, she'll follow."]
01[23:36] <Yanmei> "I don't think anyone wants an all-out war. If it was up to me, we'd bypass dealing with her troops entirely and strike right at the heart of her 'New Order'."
[23:38] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Her?"]
01[23:39] <Yanmei> "Exactly."
[23:40] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["How?"]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "That’s the problem. Any lone assassin we send after her won't be able to touch her. Even if they get past all of her defenses, she still has her own very powerful AT-Field."
[23:46] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Then there’s no other way…"]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "It looks that way," Yanmei sighed. "For now."
[23:50] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [There was the shunting sound of the elevator door opening. "I’m back~"]
01[23:53] <Yanmei> "Hello Nana." Yanmei pivoted in her direction calmly. "They didn't give you any trouble in the kitchen, did they?"
[23:55] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Nah, they were pretty good." Said Nana cheerfully. She handed Rei her box of noodles, and to Yanmei she handed a thermos. "I know you didn’t ask for anything, but I figured some hot coffee would warm you up, Yanmei~" She said fondly. She had a bunch of rare steaks, which she tossed onto the deck for Lupe to dig into.-
[23:55] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [And finally she had a bowl of rice and lemon chicken for herself.]
Session Time: Tue Nov 19 00:00:00 2013
06[00:00] * Yanmei thanked her politely, and joined them at one of the little benches, glancing at Nana’s choice of food curiously. "Your favorite?" she guessed.
[00:01] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Nah, but it was there."]
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "Oh." She took a sip from her thermos, dreading the next question. "What -is- your favorite?"
[00:04] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Peking duck with fried dumplings." She said happily.-
[00:04] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["Nana doesn’t like spicy food too much." Said Rei.-
[00:04] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Ogh, no. Roku loved testing her early food on me. Curry that’d burn your mouth…" She leaned towards Yanmei, and muttered darkly. "Sichuan Soup…"]
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "Brave girl, that one," Yanmei muttered. "…the curry isn't so bad, though?"
[00:08] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["It’s not -now-, but back then she tried to make everything like vindaloo. Remembered that time I gave you some of her curry…?"]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> "Ah…" That had been a long time ago. Her tongue tingled slightly at the memory even now. "I think I remember a little too well," she said wryly.
[00:12] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Never again."]
03[00:14] * ZackDay2 is now known as Zack
01[00:14] <Yanmei> "Mm." Yanmei took another drink, longer this time.
[00:19] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["What’s your favourite, Yanmei?"]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "Curry~ Especially when it's made nice and spicy <3"
[00:22] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Nana nodded, smiling. "I thought so. It’s not for me, though."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "Do you like desserts, at least? There are a lot of good places to buy them in Beijing."
[00:29] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Oh yeah." Nana nodded happily. "My favourite, it’s this gorgeous strawberry cheesecake with actual strawberries, and fresh cream, with a bright red jelly cover…"]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "Not bad. It sounds like you'd gain a few pounds just from looking at it~"
[00:32] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Nana leaned towards Yanmei. "Wanna know my secret~?"]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> "What’s that?"
[00:38] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Sparring, wearing one of Chiisana’s dresses." Said Nana, deadpan. "Whilst wet. Adds like, sixty pounds of weight. Makes you sweat."]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "Impressive." Yanmei snickered. "What's even more impressive is that you're still alive after doing something like that to one of her dresses."
[00:40] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["That’s why sparring~"]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "Well played."
[00:48] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Hm." Rei frowned, a little concerned.]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Hm? What’s wrong…?"
[00:49] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["That seems like a lot of effort. Do we really put on weight?" She asked curiously. "Our bodies are really efficient, and I’ve never had to go to extremes like that…"]
01[00:51] <Yanmei> This was so not in her expertise. She glanced to Nana…
[00:53] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Of course we put on weight." Said Nana knowingly. "Rei looks taller than she did when you first met, doesn’t she, Yanmei?"]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "Hmmm. Yeah, a little…"
[01:00] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["We have to get that energy from somewhere?" Nana stood up, grinning. "So we’re a little taller, our weight's a bit higher- this is all in your regular checkups, you know." She said with a grin. "You don't realise it because we're always active, our bodies are toned, and the extra weight's distributed pretty well."-
[01:01] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["But why are you asking us anyway?" Said Nana with a cat-like smile. "Wouldn’t Alphonse know this better than anyone~?"-
[01:02] <Mibbit‘Haplo> [Rei reddened, shooting Nana a dark look. "T-That isn’t a chance for you to start teasing me, Meimei. I can see your mind work."]
06[01:03] * Yanmei had started to smirk herself - and now she pouted. "Tch. You're no fun?"
[01:05] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["A-Anyway." Rei nudged Yanmei. "Zaizai’s been over a lot lately."]
01[01:12] <Yanmei> "I've noticed," she said primly. "Of course, I trust you guys are talking about work and emotionally therapeutic stuff?"
[01:14] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["… Kind of."]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She paid closer attention then, pushing away a frown with an encouraging smile.
[01:19] <Mibbit`Haplo> ["We’ve been talking about…" She shifted uncomfortably. "Love."]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "!" She struggled to keep her face from hardening. "Go on…"
[01:25] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["And babies…"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei slooowly shifted her gaze down to Rei’s abdomin. "He didn't…"
[01:29] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["He didn’t, no." Said Rei, grinning. "Meimei, you didn't really believe all that, did you~?"]
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "That," she fought back the blush that was coming to her face, "was very mean, Rei. Did he really tell you about -that-?"
[01:33] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["About what?" Asked Rei innocently.]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "About." She remembered that Nana was there. "About -nothing-. Don’t ever do that again."
[01:36] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["Aw, I’m sorry." Rei frowned.]
06[01:41] * Yanmei patted her on the shoulder to show that it was all right, but there was something distracted in her gaze.
[01:46] <Mibbit‘Haplo> ["A-Anyway." Rei hugged Yanmei lightly, to bring her back to the real world. "We were discussing a lot of stuff. Like Al and my relationship with him, and Ban-Ban, and also some things about Zaizai too. He’s a little worried about you, you know. He's scared you're too stressed."]
06[01:48] * Yanmei chuckled quietly. "He's always so worried about that. It's really sweet~ But." She smiled. "I'm honestly okay."
[22:57] <Minaplo> ["But I bet you'd be even better if he spent more time relaxing you, right?"]
01[22:59] <Yanmei> "Of course~ But I haven't exactly been around much either?"
[23:00] <Minaplo> ["Well, since we've been talking, I bet you can expect Zaizai to be with you all the time now, like an adorable fluffy maid~"]
01[23:04] <Yanmei> "Mmm…" Yanmei brightened a bit. "I wouldn't mind that at all? Thank you, by the way. I don't know the details about what you guys were talking about, but he seems more at ease these days."
[23:09] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "We talked about a lot of stuff. It's probably stuff he's talked about with you as well- I think we both help him feel at ease."]
06[23:17] * Yanmei nodded as well, satisfied. "How's Alphonse?"
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["He's ok. Busy again." Said Rei, shaking her head. "He's so busy all the time…"]
01[23:24] <Yanmei> "Maybe you should visit him while he's working~" Yanmei winked. "Wearing your special plugsuit of course~"
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["M-Meimei!" Rei's face turned a bright scarlet red. "T-That's perverted…"]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> "No more perverted than your shot about babies," she said smugly.
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["W-We could've been discussing Lizzie." Said Rei grumpily.]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> "Lizzie is no longer just a baby." Now Yanmei glowed with pride in addition to that smugness. "She is a caring and talented 'big girl' now. Isaiah would already know this."
Session Time: Wed Nov 20 00:00:00 2013
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["She's too cute to be a big girl. She's an adorable widdle girl."]
01[00:05] <Yanmei> "I'll give you that. She is super cute too~ And a little too smart for her own good. You should see the way she manipulates Isaiah…"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Zaizai likes to be manipulated~"]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Well obvious-" She stopped herself. "I beg your pardon?"
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["By Lizzie! He likes it. It makes him feel like a daddy~"]
01[00:11] <Yanmei> "O-of course! That's exactly what I mean. One look from her big green eyes, and he'll do whatever she wants, cooing proudly the whole time."
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["And her mama is the same~"]
06[00:13] * Yanmei scoffed. "I'm the only one who actually disciplines her."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["She feeds Daji-chan at the table…"]
01[00:16] <Yanmei> "And when she does, I scold her for it! Isaiah will just go on about how adorable it is."
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["It -is- pretty adorable…"-
[00:22] <Minaplo> [Nana grinned. "Yanmei, if you're not careful, then Aunt Rei is going to spoil your little girl rotten."]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "She'll have to get in line behind Isaiah. And Marianne. And the rest of the Bridge crew…" Yanmei grumbled.
[00:24] <Minaplo> [Rei beamed, snuggling up to Yanmei. "It's ok. You'll do better with the next five, right Meimei?"]
06[00:29] * Yanmei flushed slightly. "I don't know what he's been telling you, but that's way too many?"
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["H-Huh? It is?" Rei looked crestfallen.]
01[00:31] <Yanmei> "… you were planning on babysitting all of them, weren't you?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["They'd be so cute." Murmured Rei warmly. "Fluffy-haired babies and violet-haired babies…"-
[00:39] <Minaplo> [Nana shook her head, smiling wryly.]
01[00:50] <Yanmei> "Hrmph." Yanmei took a long drink from her coffee, nearly finishing it.
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Grrr."-
[00:51] <Minaplo> [Lupe, at some point, had finished his steaks- he ate wolfishly, of course- and had walked back over to them, grabbing at Rei's dress hem and tugging at it.-
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["H-Hey, Lupe, no!"]
06[00:55] * Yanmei eyed him, tsking. "He probably wants you to play with him a while."
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["Guh, ok…" Rei got to her feet, and Lupe let go, bounding away, waiting for her to follow. Rei headed off, and within a minute she was playing with Lupe, chasing him around, catching his tail, even wrestling with him. It was an astonishing change from the demure, lady-like girl who had been talking about babies a little while ago.]
06[01:01] * Yanmei watched her go, smiling. Just smiling.
[01:03] <Minaplo> [Nana sat down next to Yanmei, filling the silence with quiet munching. Eventually she spoke.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["You and Rei get along well, huh?"]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I guess? We've known each other a long time?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> [Nana nodded. "She's very fond of you, you know. I think it's because you helped her find herself."]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "I didn't even do much. Ultimately, she was the one who found herself, and it was through the help of a lot of people, not just me."
[01:09] <Minaplo> [Nana nodded slowly in response. "You trust each other a lot. It's actually impressive…"]
01[01:10] <Yanmei> "Do you have anyone that you can trust?"
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["I have people I can rely on." Said Nana with a smile. "Rei. Your mother. But I don't think I have a bond with anyone the same way you have with Rei, or Isaiah…"]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "Maybe it's just taking you a little time to find them." Yanmei smiled back at her. "Hang in there."
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Mmm." Nana smiled.-
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["… Hey, Yanmei?"]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["Um…" Nana fidgetted a little. "… I'm sorry."]
01[01:23] <Yanmei> Widening eyes shot up at her. "What?"
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["I-I'm sorry." She said, stuttering a little, her own eyes dropping.]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "…about what? My mother?"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["No… N-Not exactly."-
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Um… D-Do you remember when we first met?"]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "Of course?"
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Nana nodded. "I tried to copy you, remember? I saw your fighting style, and…"-
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Nana looked away shyly, and when she looked back, she was… Red. Blushing bright red. "I thought you were the most beautiful thing in the world."]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "Did… you?" This was getting awkward for her too. She fought to not glance away.
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["I did." She nodded. "You were fast, and graceful, but when you landed a blow, you hit with such force- you were like a river that becomes a flood-
[01:45] <Minaplo> [She blushed again, looking away.-
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["… S-So I tried to copy you. I tried to be like you and… I wasn't aware that that sort of thing was… Wrong. I ended up making you feel uncomfortable, didn't I? Trying to copy you."]
01[01:52] <Yanmei> "I… wouldn't say I was uncomfortable?" she said delicately. "Just unsure of how to deal with it."
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["Did you wish you didn't have to deal with it?"]
01[02:08] <Yanmei> "I think, back then, I viewed you more as an exuberant fan. You took it the extra mile, but there were others also trying to borrow my look. It wasn't the end of the world?" She smiled thinly. "But, I hear it troubled my mom a little."
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. She told me to cut it out." Nana smiled, a little wistfully. "She was very protective of your image."]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> If she'd had the luxury, she would have beamed her approval. Instead, she simply nodded again, her face growing neutral. "She must have missed me, then."
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["She missed you so much." Said Nana, nodding vigorously. "You have no idea how she talked about 01[22:53] <Yanmei> "She did?" she straightened up and put on a dignified look. W-what sort of things did she say?"
[22:54] <Minaplo> ["All kinds of things. Sometimes she got really worked up, too." Said Nana, grinning. "Like there was this one time she saw a television show about the government thinking of building a statue of you, and your mother was like 'they'd better not cheap out, after everything she's done for people!'"]
06[23:02] * Yanmei preened. "I can't believe she said that in front of her subordinates! How unlike her~ Hehe."
[23:05] <Minaplo> ["And there were times where she'd talk about how good of a mother you'd turned out to be, and how she was so happy that you'd found a little family…"]
01[23:11] <Yanmei> A good mom… she sobered just a little. "You were with her a lot. She didn't seem sad or left out…?"
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["…"-
03[23:16] * Suzune (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|un) has joined #nervfrance
[23:30] <Minaplo> [Nana fidgetted a little. "A few times she said something like that. Wishing that you and her were closer. A few times I saw her take out her phone, then put it back. I… I promised her I'd try to make you guys feel closer."]
01[23:36] <Yanmei> "I was worried about that," she murmured. "But… we had a little talk earlier? Things are going to be different from now on."
[23:36] <Minaplo> ["Yeah?" Nana's eyes lit up.]
01[23:38] <Yanmei> "Being on the same ship helps a lot? But we're going to include each other a lot more now, regardless of the distance between us. No more hiding things. We'll talk a lot more to each other honestly."
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["Eee, yay~"-
[23:42] <Minaplo> [Nana almost pounced Yanmei, wrapping her arms around Yanmei's chest. "I'm so glad! You're both gonna be so happy…"]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> It caught her off guard, to say the least! She wobbled backward, but caught herself. "You're that happy about it…?"
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm. I just want you guys to be happy. You both deserve it."]
01[23:49] <Yanmei> "That can't be all, can it?"
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"]
06[23:51] * Yanmei leaned forward, scrutinizing her carefully.
[23:52] <Minaplo> [Nana stared back.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["… Y-Yanmei?" She asked, suddenly blushing.]
01[23:55] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei pulled back again with a sigh. "You and mom have gotten really close. You have to be at least a little annoyed about her paying attention to someone else?"
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Part of why I became close was because I wanted to bring you and her together." Said Nana, a little confused. "I don't mind her spending more time with you. I want that to happen. I want you both to be happy, Yanmei. I… I want to spend more time with you as well, so I don't really lose out. Just having a little bit of love makes me happy…"]
03[23:59] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
Session Time: Thu Nov 21 00:00:00 2013
01[00:10] <Yanmei> A small, troubled crinkle formed in her forehead at that last part. Fucking Ikaris, putting her in this situation with their terrible parenting… -
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "That does seem like an inevitable situation. Mom is very attached to you? She said that us getting along would make her very happy."
[00:14] <Minaplo> [Nana's face lit up like a christmas tree with pure joy.-
[00:14] <Minaplo> [… But then she frowned slightly, becoming contemplative. "Um… A-Are you ok with that?"]
01[00:16] <Yanmei> "I am… still getting used to the idea. But I'm willing to try it?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Nana beamed again, and threw her arms around Yanmei super-tight, snuggling in against her. "Thank you! Thank you! L-Let me make it up to you somehow!" She pulled back a little. "I'll mind Lizzie for a few days, and you and Isaiah can have a romantic week together!"]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> "Er, that's not really necessary?" She was somehow glad when she pulled away again. "You can just play with her when she's visiting my mom…"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["O-Okay! But if you and Isaiah ever want a sweet night, y-y'know, with your special plugsuits, just let me know, ok? I'll take care of the little girl… O-Oh man, I'm rambling, I'm sorry…"]
06[00:39] * Yanmei was quite red by now. She gave her a light little shove. "H-hmph. I don't know what you've heard, but we don't have plugsuit nights."
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["You… You don't?" She seemed actually surprised.]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "Not with actual plugsuits." Or curry. But she added that last reference silently, since it would have been lost on her.
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["Oh. So Langley was mistaken after all…"]
01[00:50] <Yanmei> "Langley?!" Dammit Asuka! Yanmei folded her arms. "Don't take anything she says seriously? Especially when it comes to other people's romances…"
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["G-Got it."]
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["I-It's just, with that comment to Rei, I thought…"]
01[00:54] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed. "A-anyway… uh. Let's play with Rei and Lupe for a while!"
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["Ok! Then we should probably go inside. The temperature's dropped like two degrees…"]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "All right." Yanmei stood, dusting off the back of her jacket. "C'mon, Rei! Lupe! We're heading back?"

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