Marianne S Breakfast

#6[23:09] * Yanmei made her way briskly through the hallways of the Dorian Lachapelle. She carried herself well enough, shooting smiles and light words here and there, a useless gym bag in one hand and a phone in the other. It was an impressive feint in the face of a very bleak morning.
[23:14] <Yanmei> The training hall was already overcrowded again and Asuka was still in no condition to spar with elsewhere. Isaiah had gone off somewhere and couldn't stand in for her in that respect. -
[23:15] <Yanmei> In fact, all of the other pilots were either occupied with their own training, locked away in a padded cell deep within Sick Bay, or not particularly predisposed to fighting for sport for reasons that were beyond her and likely sad anyway. -
[23:18] <Yanmei> The worst had been her little foreray into the EVA hangar, where she had made her way through swarms of technicians only to have her attempts to shanghai the EVA training simulator to blow off steam rebuffed. 'Lack of resources and authorization,' they had said. Authorization! As if she hadn't come up with a good reason for it. One talk with the ship's lord and mistress would straighten this whole business out in no time.
[23:24] <Minaplo> [The door to the Lord and Mistress's room was locked, of course…]
[23:25] <Yanmei> So Yanmei primly fluffed her hair and knocked. Then, after a moment's conideration, she pressed the little buzzer beside the door too.
[23:37] <Minaplo> [The door unlocked, and the intercom spoke. "Come in!"]
[23:41] * Yanmei cheerfully opened the door. "Marianne~~ How're you this morning?"
[23:59] <Minaplo> [Marianne was sitting at her desk, wearing a light blue silky nightgown. She looked a little tired, but at the same time a sort of sleepy relaxedness draped itself 'round her shoulders. She was enjoying a miniature buffet to herself- there was bacon, and scrambled eggs as well as fried ones; cooked banana and pork sausages; hash browns; mushrooms cooked in butter, which smelled delightful; cooked tomatoes; hot croissants, buttered and filled with marmalade and jam; a bowl of vanilla and honey yoghurt; pieces of buttered toast, cut into triangles; perfectly cooked fresh-off-the-leg German ham; several wedges of cheese, along with crackers; and finally, a jug of what seemed to be coffee, but was in fact hot chocolate.-
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["I'm alright~ didn't expect to see you here this morning!"]
Session Time: Thu Aug 08 00:00:00 2013
[00:04] <Yanmei> Yanmei's jaw nearly dropped at the banquet, and she was sharply reminded that she hadn't had anything to eat that day yet herself. -
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Well, I was just passing by and I thought I'd stop to say hello to my favorite awesome, brilliant, super composed Colonel~"
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Hm~" Marianne fanned herself. "Someone wants something~"-
[00:09] <Minaplo> [She punctuated this by placing some sausage, egg, bacon and mushroom on a slice of toast and eating it as a sort of open sandwich.]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?" She laughed, trying not to follow the sandwich with her eyes. "Although, if that's your way of offering to help me out with something, I'll dutifully accept."
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["But of course I'm happy to help. What is it~?"-
[00:16] <Minaplo> [She poured herself a cup of frothy hot chocolate. It smelled so good…-
[00:16] <Minaplo> [She took a mouthful, long and slow.]
[00:18] * Yanmei shook herself mentally. Focus! -
[00:22] <Yanmei> "I had an issue earlier today with some of the Eva technicians. They wouldn't let me access the training simulator with 04 on request. Isn't that awful?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Did they say why?"]#
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Because they were busy. And they said I needed permission from my Commanding officer? But don't you think it would be a great idea if the pilots could have more… unrestricted access to it?"
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["What, whenever they wanted, you mean?"]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "That's right!"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["And I thought you came by to just say hello…"-
[00:32] <Minaplo> [Her voice sounded pretty hurt. Lonely… Like it needed comfort, quickly.]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "I -did-," she hurried a little closer. "The authorization thing was a total coincidence? You're my favorite Marianne, after all!"
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["No, no. It's fine." Marianne held her hand up and tried to look upset and dignified at the same time. "I understand. I've tried, you know… I know you don't have the connection with me that you do with Misato, but I've tried my best…"]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "Misato?!" Yanmei made a face. "She's crude and sneaky and always tries to steal Isaiah! She doesn't stand up to our bond at all~"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["Y-You promise…?"]
[00:51] <Yanmei> "Of course!" She nodded firmly. "How can I prove it to you?"
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["Hugs!"]
[00:54] <Yanmei> Hugs? Easy! She paused, and then held out her arms, moving in to do just that.
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Heehee." Marianne was still sitting, of course. She wrapped her own arms around Yanmei as well, tightly, snuggling in.-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["Just kidding, of course~"]
[00:58] <Yanmei> "What?!" Yanmei pulled back slightly. "You… That's mean!"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["You're right. I'll have to make it up to you somehow…"-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps… I'll let you share my breakfast~?"]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "Well… that would be a good start, at least." Yanmei tossed her hair. Delicious toast and mushrooms… "Enormous room, room service on demand… you certainly get a lot of perks around here."
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["The price is high, though. This big English breakfast- I'm treating myself. I've skipped so many meals in the past three weeks that I've lost nearly three kilograms."]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "That's a little worrying," she muttered. "But now you can sit back and relax and leave all the planning to Wellesley now, right?"
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Mmm, mostly…" Marianne pulled out a chair for Yanmei, as well as an extra plate.]
[01:16] * Yanmei happily took them both, dropping her bag and very carefully placing her phone in her pocket. -
[01:19] <Yanmei> "Mostly? What else do you have to keep track of?"
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["Logistical things, organisation across the branches, our secret side projects, S2's plans, our research projects, the ship's day to day running…"]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Shouldn't at least some of that be handled by the Commander?"-
[01:22] <Yanmei> A pause. "Maybe that's not the best idea, actually…"
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Mmmm." Murmured Marianne. "She's a bit screwed up right now, isn't she?"]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "…" She glanced around the room. Cameras, always cameras… "She's seen better days? Probably, she could be a little worse too."
#1[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Mmm. Anyway, I don't mind her not having control- if she's still loyal to Caine, best for her to be out of touch."]
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I've thought about that too? Eventually, though, we'll have to go back to the Geofront and deal with her in person."
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I think so. After Michael's taken out- V has a few plans for that as well."]
[01:42] <Yanmei> "Is that so?" Her eyes settled on Marianne's closet suspiciously. "Like what?"
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["Armed takeover of the Geofront sound alright to you?"]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "…what, seriously? Do we have the manpower to do something like that?"
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["V could call in a few favours, and if we were quick about it and timed it right, using Eva support, we could probably take it, yeah. I don't think he wants us to hold it, though- enough to take it, clean out anything valuable, then make a break for it."]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Still a little wary, Yanmei took a bite from her eggs. -
[01:52] <Yanmei> "And everyone on the ship is going to be okay with this? If we have spies or dissenters, we'll never pull it off."
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["The people on this ship tend to be pretty loyal to us. People who aren't- we've weeded them out, so to speak. In any case, your fiance gave me a curious idea about that."]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Isaiah…? He knows about this?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["Not about this, exactly. I think it was just a general suggestion- it arose from his talk with Shinji."]
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Hmm. What did he say?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Shinji doesn't want to pilot. Flatly refused when Isaiah tried to talk to him about it. But, since Shinji sees people 'differently' now, Isaiah was wondering if Shinji would consent to basically watching people and seeing if he can suddenly see spies or the like."]
[02:11] <Yanmei> "Um. Can he actually do that? Like, has anyone tested his ability to see who's lying and who isn't?"
[02:14] <Minaplo> ["No, not yet. I'm going to have some tests done on him to try to figure out what exactly it is he can do…"]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "And what do we do about EVA-05? Do we get a replacement pilot for it? Is it even possible to do that?"
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["You know as well as I do that there's only one alternative pilot EVA-05 will accept, and he's busy piloting 08." Said Marianne wryly.]
[02:19] <Yanmei> "I guess…" she glanced aside warily. "No clone business, okay?"
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["I don't think that'd work." Said Marianne with a grin.-
[02:20] <Minaplo> [But that grin faded a little. "That reminds me…"]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["I had a word with Shinji. This was after he talked to Isaiah. He told me something strange about what he saw when he looked at Isaiah, see."]
[02:27] <Yanmei> "…?" Impossible. Isaiah? Strange?
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["He said he saw a woman and a girl next to him. Like ghosts, or something…"]
[02:39] <Yanmei> "…" An odd, vaguely sad look fell over her. "His mother and Rei?"
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["… Yeah, I think. How'd you know that?"]
[02:40] <Yanmei> "Who else would it be? They both effected him so deeply when they died. If anyone was literally haunting him, it would be them?"
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Mmm…"-
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, did Isaiah know Rei for very long?"]
[02:45] <Yanmei> "Not really. But you know how close they were…"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Do you mind if I ask you to tell me about it?"]#
[02:50] <Yanmei> "It's not exactly a secret? They were often playing together when she was around, and his reaction to her death and the news of what was done to 05 was… extreme. Heartbroken. Then there was that incident in Tokyo, when the Ayanamis were revealed…"
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Marianne nodded slowly.-
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["And… I was there-"-
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["… And she called for him."]
[02:52] <Yanmei> "You see?" Her voice was quiet, devoid of triumph. "They realy clicked. I was just hoping he'd healed a little since then?"
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["… Doesn't it seem strange?"]
[02:53] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[02:54] <Minaplo> ["I don't know. Call me weird. They just bonded very quickly- and it carried over to Ayanami Rei, too. You knew she had a huge crush on him, right?"]
[02:57] <Yanmei> "I would have had to be blind to miss that?"
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["And that's not all. Ni's told me some weird things too."]
[03:01] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Do you know Kyuu?"]
[03:10] <Yanmei> "Ugh. That weird one? The last time we were at the Soviet base, she was totally stalking him."
[03:11] <Minaplo> ["Yes. She was."]
[03:15] <Yanmei> "It's fine," she grunted. "Rei's feelings for him - and Kyuu's copying them - originated from the late Ikari Rei and mutated into different forms with those two."
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["But Yanmei, Kyuu's memories, whilst taken from Rei… They didn't include any of Isaiah."]
[03:22] <Yanmei> "But she must have heard about their relationship at some point? And then she started following him, either to be like the original Rei or to see what she thought was so great about him."
[03:22] <Minaplo> [She nodded.-
[03:22] <Minaplo> ["That's basically how it happened. Ni says that she also keeps media tabs on him too…"]
[03:23] <Yanmei> "Creepy," she muttered. "Better keep an eye on her…"
[13:06] <Minaplo> ["Ni's doing just that. Ni's got a good head on her shoulders."-
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["You should give her something nice the next time you see her. She's been doing a lot of dangerous things for us, you know."]
[13:08] <Yanmei> "Dangerous? I know she's running Leningrad, more or less. Do you mean dangerous as in being in danger of collapsing from stress~?"
[13:09] <Minaplo> ["Dangerous as in she spies on people on our behalf."]
[13:10] <Yanmei> "…" she sobered a little. "Maybe I shouldn't ask about the details?"
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["Mmm."-
[13:18] <Minaplo> ["I know I sound like I'm fixated on this, but… I don't know. I remember what you two were like when you first met, and you began spending time together. I remember how you guys built up that bond."-
[13:20] <Minaplo> ["But with Rei and Isaiah, it seemed to happen really quickly. I didn't even realise it until I heard how he reacted…"]
[13:24] <Yanmei> "Rei was eventually supposed to be a pilot, wasn't she?"
[13:24] <Minaplo> ["Little Rei?"-
[13:24] <Yanmei> "Right."
[13:27] <Minaplo> ["I don't know." Murmured Marianne. "She could've been. She was on the Marduk Report, an A-Type like her brother. But even NERV doesn't typically recruit pilots until they're about 11 or 12 at the earliest."-
[13:29] <Minaplo> ["If we assume that Evas are going to be around after all this is done, then she might've been recruited. Considering her family, it's not entirely unreasonable. And she probably would've made an excellent pilot- you know about her modifications?"]
[13:33] <Yanmei> "Not specifics? I've assumed that there were going to be at least a second generation of pilots. People to take over when the rest of us… became obsolete. Maybe they thought the war against the Angels would take longer than it is."
[13:36] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." Said Marianne. "It's not like the Evas are going to go away. I mean, if you think about it, a lot of the problems and barriers in front of humanity have been removed thanks to them. We've developed infinite energy sources, powerful weapons and equipment- science has been expanded thanks to the AT Field… Space exploration, even. There's talk of using the Evas to travel to other solar systems after all this is over."]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "I guess," she murmured. "If anything could do it without trouble, it would be them?"
[13:47] <Minaplo> [Marianne nodded.-
[13:49] <Minaplo> ["I don't know the full details, but from a few other investigations, I've picked up a broad outline, speaking to Yui, Surov and Riel. Basically, from what I remember, Yui modified Rei in the womb using some of the stable parts of- well…" Marianne looked away, a bleak look in her eyes. "Eugenia, you know…"]
[13:54] * Yanmei shifted uncomfortably. She tried nibbling on her breakfast to dispel the feeling. "Eugenia… She was the first, wasn't she? The first pilot who was different from normal humans."
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["Right. Created with DNA taken from Adam, I think."]
[13:56] * Yanmei nodded. "It makes sense that they would use her for something like that. To create enhancements for another pilot?" -
[13:58] <Yanmei> There was no way Marianne would know all the terrible truths about her origins. Isaiah and stupid idiot Blanc…
[14:01] <Minaplo> ["Right."-
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["And you know Rei was used for the Ayanamis, but they were enhanced moreso on top of that. Basically, genetically speaking, you could assume Eugenia, Rei and the Ayanamis were all relatives."-
[14:02] <Minaplo> ["Which makes things more complex because Eugenia's same material was used for the Iron Guard."]
[14:03] * Yanmei cringed. "I didn't hear about the guards, actually? One big family. Her genetic donors must be proud, whoever they are."
[14:10] <Minaplo> ["…" Marianne tilted her head. "Yanmei, is there something you're not telling me?"]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "… Yes, there is." She faced her very seriously. "I think you and Secretary Linden should go on a date."
[14:18] <Minaplo> ["…" Marianne sighed.-
[14:18] <Minaplo> ["You're doing that thing again."]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "W-what thing?"
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Where you keep information from your closest allies for no damn reason, Yanmei."]
[14:22] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei groaned to herself. "I'm sorry, okay? It's just… uncomfortable. I'll tell you about it."
[14:24] <Minaplo> [Marianne nodded solemnly, and poured Yanmei a full cup of hot chocolate to show that it was alright.]
[14:26] * Yanmei took it gingerly with both hands. It was hot and smelled wonderful. "Gina… she didn't just get her DNA from Adam? Her body was cloned from two people. Two humans. Two humans who happen to be pilots now."
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["Blanc's one of them, I'd guess… The other…?"]
[14:30] <Yanmei> "…Isaiah." Her voice was small.
[14:31] <Minaplo> ["… Hm."-
[14:35] <Minaplo> [Marianne sat back in her chair, frowning. "I see… I'm sorry, Yanmei. I said all that stuff and didn't know…"]
[14:37] * Yanmei shook her head. -
[14:39] <Yanmei> "'s fine. The patterns you were pointing out are important? Did Blanc have a similar relationship with Rei and the Ayanamis too?"
[14:43] <Minaplo> ["No, I don't think she did. They're friendly, affectionate even…"]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "Then their bonding with Isaiah is probably just a coincidence too?"
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." Murmured Marianne.]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "…should we let people know about this?" she said cautiously.
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["… I don't think most people need to know." Said Marianne.-
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Isaiah does, though."]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Seriously?"
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Yes, Yanmei. I think he deserves to know. Wouldn't you be angry if someone used your DNA, and didn't tell you?"]
[14:59] * Yanmei gave her a rather flat look at that.
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["I know, I know, but it's true, isn't it?"]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Fine, fine…" Yanmei mumbled. She took a very long drink from her mug. "I'll tell him tonight?"
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["Someone should tell Aline as well."]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "Are you volunteering? You're her OD, after all."
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["I'll do it. I think I have the better job? I can't be sure, but I think Aline's the sort of person to take this thing in stride…"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Probably. She practically lives for insane science junk? Maybe she'll even be happy."
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["Let's hope so."-
[15:25] <Minaplo> [Marianne sighed. "Maybe we ought to see what Rei's perspective is on this."-
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["… Or maybe we should leave her alone for a little bit."]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "Agreed," she said promptly. "She needs to focus for a while?"
[15:28] <Minaplo> ["Yes. On her battle preparations."]
[15:37] <Yanmei> "Are you feeling left out~? It's basically Wellesley's show now."
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["Left out? I'm happy for Alphonse to take over."-
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["Do you think he'll pull it off, though?"]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Logically, the plan makes sense. He's taken what happened to us in the first battle and learned from it, obviously? But I don't know. Something's off."
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["I know what that 'off' is."]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "Oh?" She tried to think about it seriously and then snapped her fingers. "Limited mobility. For the snipers, I mean. It the Angel evades the blockers like Rei, it could be a disaster for them?"
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["That's part of it. Alphonse's plan involves a huge volume of firepower that takes Michael down in a short amount of time, but if that volume fails…"-
[15:48] <Minaplo> ["The real problem is that Michael spent most of the battle fighting in one way, then ended it with a completely new ability. Simply put, we -know- he hasn't shown off everything he could do…"]
[15:52] <Yanmei> "But that's nothing new? We've gone up against a lot of enemies with unknown abilities. They would just have to adapt on the fly."
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I suppose they will. His plan is pretty solid, though. Two heavy defenders to hit Michael with markerlights, and then we can bring the Battleship cannons to bear…"]
[15:56] <Yanmei> "He wouldn't target the Battleship itself? That would be the smart thing to do, but the Angel really seems to be pulling his punches."
[16:03] <Minaplo> ["He didn't target us last time because the Battleship didn't actually attack him…"]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "But he's aware that there are lots of non-combatants on board? Or he should be, if Messenger Boy is doing his job right."
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. We suspect he'll, if he's attacked, disable the guns and leave us alone…"]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well, that doesn't seem so bad. Except… we'll probably need them for other conflicts too."
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["The cannons can be rebuilt." Said Marianne. "Or… Rebuild themselves, rather."]
[16:17] <Yanmei> "But that will take hours or even days? The Twenty-sixth is not the only enemy we have to be careful of." Yanmei set her empty mug aside. "Think of the position we'll be in immediately after the battle. It would be the perfect time for Caine to strike."
[16:18] <Minaplo> ["I know, I know…"-
[16:18] <Minaplo> ["Why do you think we've designated some units as reserve units?"]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "Do you think it'll be enough?"
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Maybe." She shook her head.-
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["We've been cooking up a bit of a surprise for Caine anyway. A sort of trap. Blanc's idea."]
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Hm? Really?" She raised her eyebrows.
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[16:38] <Yanmei> "Are you guys keeping it a surprise~?"
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["Kind of." Marianne winked.-
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["The plan is to build a fake Paris-2."]
[16:39] <Yanmei> Her eyebrows lowered. "That doesn't make sense? How?"
[11:42] <Minaplo> ["Using huge facades, paint… We're doing it in secret, using Marketing's people in conjunction with our… Experienced rebuilding crews."]
[11:43] <Yanmei> Morketing. Yanmei frowned, her confidence dwindling further. "Are you sure this will do the trick?"
[11:45] <Yanmei> ^Marketing :I
[11:47] <Minaplo> ["Not entirely." Said Marianne. "But the idea seems solid. Basically, the Dysangelions can jaunt anywhere, right? According to Blanc, it requires a lot of mental concentration. So Aline's idea is to throw them off by telepathically broadcasting the mental image of the fake Paris-2 to everyone on Earth, including the Dysangelion pilots…"]
[11:54] <Yanmei> "Hmmm." She looked deeply uncomfortable. "Everyone on earth? That's a whole lot of univolved people we're going to mess with."
[11:55] <Minaplo> ["It's the only way to be sure we hit the Dysses. And it's not like the images are dangerous…"]
[11:56] <Yanmei> "The danger of the images isn't the point?"
[11:59] <Minaplo> [Marianne didn't respond, instead taking a mouthful of hot chocolate and waiting for Yanmei to continue.]
[12:05] <Yanmei> "Maybe you could call it a personal hangup," she relented after a moment. "Even if the broadcast just covered a small area, it would still make my skin crawl. What about you?"
[12:14] <Minaplo> ["Honestly? So long as we're not digging into people's heads and pulling out their innermost fears…"]
[12:20] <Yanmei> "It's not like we have a lot of options?" she sighed, folding her arms. "And far be it for me to mess up your little alliance with -Marketing-."
[12:20] <Minaplo> ["… I beg your pardon?"]
[12:22] <Yanmei> "It's nothing," she muttered.
[12:22] <Minaplo> ["No, no, you said it, you might as well explain it. You can't take it back now."]
[12:27] <Yanmei> "Those guys have always been bad news? You know that, right?"
[12:29] <Minaplo> ["They're mostly nice guys, you know." Said Marianne. "Marketing's one of our biggest departments, they can't all be bad."-
[12:30] <Minaplo> ["If you don't want me using them, that's fine, but if you know any large, organised, well-funded and experienced teams full of artists, designers and imagists who can take a giant scam like this and pull it off, then let me know."]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Fine, fine. It's your call? And I never actually said you couldn't use them anyway."
[12:34] <Minaplo> ["Tsk." Marianne patted Yanmei's hand. "Have you ever actually gone and spoken to them, though? They can be a pretty interesting bunch~"]
[12:36] <Yanmei> "I sat in on a meeting between the Head of the Department and the Commander once? Does that count?"
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Nah, you don't want to speak to the Head, he's an asshole. You need to see the actual people who do the work? Some of them are really talented! A lot of them are kids we've hired right out of university- there's a girl down there I speak to whenever I need clothes, actually. She'll make you a dress perfectly fitted to your body shape, that'd sell for 5,000 francs on the open market, and she'll get it done with a fifth of the cost."-
[12:39] <Minaplo> ["Not that I've ever been able to actually use the flashier clothes a lot…"]
[12:45] <Yanmei> "Tsk. You should go out more, Marianne! I bet you could invite yourself to some galas or restaurant openings, no problem." -
[12:49] <Yanmei> "But, more to the point, I'm surprised that they have people who actually use their powers for good instead of profit?"
[12:49] <Minaplo> ["Sometimes profit and good are the same thing! Especially when it comes to saving the world~ <3"-
[12:52] <Minaplo> ["Marketing does a lot of things that aren't really obvious. It handles merchandising, but it also does PR and makes all our uniforms too. They're a sort of catch-all 'presentation department'. That's why they're really handy- S2 loves them, because Marketing can make them up special disguises and all that."]
[12:57] <Yanmei> "Our… uniforms?" Yanmei was in civilian clothes at the moment - black shorts and a pink and white striped t-shirt - but she looked down at her clothes self-consciously all the same.
[12:59] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm, our uniforms. They're the ones with the sewing machines and the fashion designers, after all~"]
[13:02] <Yanmei> "…" Would she have to burn her own uniform now? The question weighed heavily on her mind. "I thought we outsourced that stuff…"
[13:04] <Minaplo> ["Why would we outsource it? It's another industry for NERV to corner! It's not just uniforms- that girl who makes me clothes does so because her actual job involves designing clothes for the open market. NERV Marketing-brand clothes are a big hit, you know- it's a prestigious label by itself."-
[13:06] <Minaplo> ["In fact, I think I recognise a few of their works in amongst some of the clothes you wear…"]
[13:13] <Yanmei> "What?!" Yanmei's face twisted in horror. "I would never wear NERV brand clothes? I'm pretty sure you're mistaken."
[13:15] <Minaplo> ["Well, you have, and you probably will again. NERV uses a few front corporations to get around monopoly laws, so you might not even know you have."-
[13:15] <Minaplo> ["Look, I get why you might not like them, but don't you agree that you're being a bit irrational?"]
[13:16] <Yanmei> "Me? Irrational?" Yanmei tilted her head. "Um, why do you say that?"
[13:17] <Minaplo> ["Because you're freaking out because you bought clothes from Marketing. I don't really… You know, get that."-
[13:17] <Minaplo> ["It's not like they're made in sweatshops."]
[13:21] <Yanmei> "They could be. Suppose they had a few hundred clones or orphans hidden away somewhere, endlessly making t-shirts and gym shoes?"
[13:22] <Minaplo> ["They don't, Yanmei. As I said earlier, they mostly employ professionals or university graduates." Said Marianne, frowning irritably. "There's about four thousand people in Marketing's production department, and they all get paid pretty damn well, let me tell you that much."]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Tch. Whatever. They're totally your new best friends now? Why don't we talk about something else." She took a dainty and mature bite of her toast.
[13:30] <Minaplo> [Marianne swiftly kicked Yanmei beneath the table.]
[13:31] * Yanmei jerked, rattling the table, and hissed with pain. "W-what was that for?!"
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["You're being childish, that's what." Said Marianne authoritatively. "You and this grudge against Marketing… It's becoming tiresome."]
[13:38] <Yanmei> "Tch. If they were less horrible, this wouldn't be an issue?"
[13:38] <Minaplo> ["How are they horrible, Yanmei?"]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "I still haven't forgiven them for the special catalog? Or all the horrible NERV-based products independents have made after being influenced by them. Did James tell you about his horrible videogame?"
[13:43] <Minaplo> ["Cornelia definitely did." Said Marianne. But she reached over and jabbed Yanmei in the chest. "But that's no excuse. I know the Special Catalogue was awful- trust me, I know. Did you think you were the only person here who ended up 'starring' in that thing?" She muttered.]
[13:44] <Yanmei> "Then why aren't you more angry about it?"
[13:47] <Minaplo> ["I am, but I know to be angry at the right people. How many people do you think were involved in actually producing the Special Catalogue crap?"]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "I don't know? The entire Department? I understand that there were a -lot- of items in there."
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["The entire department?! You're kidding, right?"]
[13:55] * Yanmei gave her a rather sullen look. "I see nothing wrong with that assumption?"
[13:57] <Minaplo> ["The actual number is about a hundred and fifty people on average out of a department of four thousand." Said Marianne flatly.]
[13:57] <Yanmei> "…"
[13:58] <Minaplo> ["Have you been inside a NERV merchandise shop, Yanmei?"]
[13:58] <Yanmei> "Once," she said grudgingly.
[14:01] <Yanmei> ^Twice
[14:10] <Minaplo> ["And what does the shop mostly contain?"]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Action figures and models," she grumbled.
[14:11] <Minaplo> ["And hats, and clothes, and the odd comic book about a battle, or mugs, or bags, or GPS modules with the old Colonel's voice, or flags, or…"-
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["Do you see what I'm getting at? How many risque things did you actually see on the shelves which make up 90% of the shop?"]
[14:17] <Yanmei> "Ugh. It feels like I had this conversation before."
[14:18] <Minaplo> ["Then really, sweetie, it should've stuck the first time." Said Marianne, shaking her head.-
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Like, I never spoke to any of the 'Special Catalogue' guys, but I've spoken to plenty of folks in Marketing, and all of them were -happy- that Hohenzollern shut down that crap, because they were afraid people were getting the wrong idea about them."]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "I'm sure," she said dryly.
[14:26] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "It's nothing. Can we -please- stop talking about this?"
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["On one condition."]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["When we get back to Paris, I'm taking you into Marketing, and I'll introduce you to my friends down there, and you'll see what they're actually like."-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["Not the head of the organisation, he really -is- an asshole, you can hate him all you like, but."]
[14:32] * Yanmei sighed. "Fine. You're so… persistent."
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["Would you prefer me any other way~?"]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "Well, it does come in handy sometimes~" Yanmei held out the hot chocolate jug, and shook it slightly, offering some more.
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Hehe." She filled Yanmei's mug up.-
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["I'm a stern mummy, you know that already."-
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, as I was saying before you derailed us, the actual plan is to force the Dysangelions to teleport to the fake Paris, and then a small force ambushes them before they know what's going on, allowing our main force safety to do what we want. Like sack the Geofront."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Won't they just correct themselves and come after us once they figure out they've been tricked?"
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["That's what the ambush force is for. Lock the Dysses down, prevent them from jaunting out…"]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "And who's going to be strong enough to do…" She paused. "…it's Vercingetorix and his Angel, isn't it?"
[14:48] <Minaplo> ["Hee hee hee."]
[14:51] <Yanmei> That creepy jerk… Yanmei shrugged. "Let's hope they can actually pull it off?"
[14:51] <Minaplo> ["It's not just Zeruel. I think the perfect strike team would be Blanc, Zeruel and Isaiah, actually."]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "Isn't 00 still in need of repairs?"
[14:55] <Minaplo> ["Of course. I did say perfect. In a pinch, we can probably sub in someone else. Maybe Chiisana or San, since he and San are good friends and know how to support each other."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Isaiah and I work pretty well together too," she pointed out.
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Hm… Is that true…?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Of course it is?" Yanmei chuckled. "What? You don't think so?"
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["You'll have to give me a few examples, of course."]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "How about the Geofront battle? I don't know how much the tapes caught, but we were seriously feeling each other~? We did this thing where I cleared paths for him through swarms of enemies, and he took out the big tough ones with his giant sword."-
[15:09] <Yanmei> "And in the last battle we worked pretty well too? Or… we would have if my synch ratio hadn't dropped so low and if he hadn't been gunned down."
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["Hm… So you, Blanc or San, and Isaiah?"]
[15:14] * Yanmei nodded. "What are you thinking?"
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["I'll think about it. It's not set in stone- a lot of things could change depending on this next battle."]
[15:17] * Yanmei nodded thoughtfully.
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["Might be, all we'll be able to deploy is Rei and Isaiah… Fighting back to back…"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "You really think the fight with Michael will go that badly?"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Mm… Alphonse has told me that if the situation gets too bad, he'll stop trying to go for a kill, and try to focus on evacuating his team. So even in worst-case scenarios, we'll probably be able to retreat with a fair few Evas still ready to fight."-
[15:23] <Minaplo> ["That said, I have faith in Alphonse. He doesn't always get the respect that I do, or Misato, or Harken… But that's not his fault. In the LN War he had two Evas up against an entire regiment of Solaces. I don't know many commanders who -could- win that fight."]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, we'll just have to wait and see how this goes?" Yanmei took another long drink. "The circumstances are much better than the ones during the invasion."
[15:31] <Minaplo> ["Right."-
[15:32] <Minaplo> [Marianne reached over and placed a huge spoonful of scrambled egg and sausages on Yanmei's plate. "You should eat up. You're getting rather thin, you know…"]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "If you insist?" Although, with quality of this food, she was rather happy to accept. "You'd have trouble finishing this by yourself, anyway."
[07:40] <Minaplo> ["… Maybe that was the idea~"]
[07:46] <Yanmei> "What? Don't tell me you were anticipating my arrival…"
[07:46] <Minaplo> ["Maybe not your arrival…"]
[07:47] <Yanmei> "Then… someone else's~?" She eyed Marianne's nightgown and then winked.
[07:55] <Minaplo> [Marianne smiled.-
[07:55] <Minaplo> ["I hear you've actually been speaking to Ni yourself, recently."]
[07:57] <Yanmei> "Ni?" she looked disappointed. That was her breakfast guest? "Only a little. I got roped into Rei's Adopt-an-Angelspawn campaign, and Ni was one of the candidates?"
[07:58] <Minaplo> ["Ni told me, yes."]
[08:00] <Yanmei> "You guys need to appoint that girl an assistant," she said firmly. "Like, a Tactical Operator who can help her out with paperwork and some decision making. It's not fair that she has to handle all of Orlov's work in addition to her own?"
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[08:06] <Minaplo> ["It isn't, no. But it's not like we have a huge amount of choice." Said Marianne, sighing. "The Soviet Union doesn't trust Caine, but it doesn't trust us either, and for some reason Leningrad-2's rotten with dubious elements. I want to make Pilot Wales into Ni's assistant… But there's honestly no promise that she won't try to keep practicing at her current rate at the same time, and
[08:06] <Minaplo> all that's going to do is lead to NERV earning the distinction of killing the heir to glorious Britannia's throne through paperwork."]
[08:10] <Yanmei> "That sounds like her, unfortunately. Besides stalking Isaiah, is Kyuu doing anything much these days? Couldn't she help out?"
[08:11] <Minaplo> ["She probably could, but Ni's afraid that because she's a little… Forthcoming, someone could talk to her and she'd accidentally spill secrets. They wouldn't even need to seduce her."]
[08:14] <Yanmei> "She'll probably benefit the most from having a professional bureaucrat by her side anyway. There must be at least one person in that branch who can step up to the task…"
[08:15] <Minaplo> ["Ni literally trusts none of them. There is about one person who we could trust, and… Well. Orlov. You know how that's going, I'm guessing."]
[08:16] <Yanmei> "I heard the Commander's launching a formal investigation?"
[08:19] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Actually, she left it in my hands, which is good- I've been able to use it to slip a few of our men inside to get a better picture at what's going on. They've been doing an actual investigation, of course- and the results haven't been great." Said Marianne grimly, her eyes flashing with anger.]
[08:27] <Yanmei> "Ugh. Do tell…" More mushrooms on toast.
[08:28] <Minaplo> ["… You sure you want me to tell?"]
[08:33] <Yanmei> "I don't know. Will I regret hearing it?"
[08:35] <Minaplo> ["You might not regret hearing it, exactly. But it might make you upset."]
[08:36] <Yanmei> "Let's hear it," she said firmly, leaning back in her chair.
[08:36] <Minaplo> ["We're fairly certain Volkova was pregnant when she died."]
[08:36] <Yanmei> "…" -
[08:38] <Yanmei> Yanmei, who had just taken another mouthful of hot chocolate, suddenly had trouble forcing it down without spluttering. She coughed when she finally did, raising a napkin to her mouth. "With his…? Ugh, grossss…"
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["We can't be sure if was his." Said Marianne, neutrally. "He certainly wasn't aware that she was pregnant, although apparently on being informed he actually snapped and had to be prevented from injuring himself by our agents."-
[08:53] <Minaplo> ["Orlov's a mess. My investigators have put him into isolation under suicide and medical watch- if we're going to get any information out of him- and, perhaps, rehabilitate him- we need him to be less volatile. So far…"-
[08:54] <Minaplo> ["It seems as though, according to information, that his spiral of self-destruction didn't begin with Volkova's death as we first thought."]
[08:56] <Yanmei> "When, then? Leningrad-2 has been fairly stable until recently, hasn't it?]
[08:56] <Yanmei> ^"
[08:58] <Minaplo> ["Mostly, yes. Orlov's not a stranger to alcohol, but he's always been moderate about it. A few months before Volkova died, however, he started to drink more. He showed up drunk to the Command Centre three times."]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "But why? Was it his guilt about the affair?"
[09:00] <Minaplo> ["That was Dr. Castillo's first theory, yes. There might be other circumstances…"]
[09:03] <Yanmei> "Such as?"
[09:05] <Minaplo> ["Orlov was a good leader in the wars around Second Impact. As far as generals go, he was honest and clever, and in a war where a lot of horrible things happened, Orlov was an honestly good man. He served with the Valentine Forces- the Old Colonel met him, you know, it was on his suggestion that we recruited him."-
[09:07] <Minaplo> ["The problem is that Orlov might've been a little too 'honest'. As I said, Leningrad-2's a cesspool, and it has been for awhile. He was thrown right into the middle of it all, having to balance conspiracies and spies with his job, and, apparently, his 'relationship' with his pilots. It's possible that it was all just getting to him- that he was really, just unable to handle the stress."]
[09:09] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "I could see that, yeah. Do you feel sorry for him?"
[09:14] <Minaplo> ["I wish I could say I feel solidly one thing or another, but the truth is I -am- angry at him, and I -do- feel sorry for him. I'm angry for doing a stupid, stupid thing, and I'm angry that he didn't -say- or -do- something about it- talking to us, anything would've been better."-
[09:14] <Minaplo> ["But… It's not entirely clear-cut. There's a few other things about this, you see…"]
[09:16] * Yanmei nodded, waiting for her to go on.
[09:26] <Minaplo> ["Orlov is an unreliable source of information, but apparently the investigators managed to speak to him at one point in a fairly lucid state. He said that he and Volkova were 'semi-sexual'- they kissed and did various other acts, but Orlov wasn't stupid enough to do the whole way, or so he says. The investigators don't think he was lying about this, so either he isn't the father, which
[09:26] <Minaplo> seems a little unlikely- or he doesn't remember it."]
[09:31] <Yanmei> "How did they find out about the pregnancy? An autopsy? Isn't there some way they can find out who the father actually is?"
[09:32] <Minaplo> ["Not quite. They… Didn't really have a lot left of Volkova left. After the battle." Said Marianne, extremely awkwardly.]
[09:32] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shook her head. "Then it's a mystery."
[09:34] <Minaplo> ["As I said, we're fairly certain she was pregnant- which isn't to say 100%. It's more like 90%? The method the investigators used- do you know those fortnightly medical exams all the pilots and officers take?"]
[09:36] <Yanmei> "Of course. Using those, it would have been obvious right away if someone became pregnant. But the medical staff didn't raise a stink about it when they found out? And they even let her go out in her condition? That's a little odd."
[09:36] <Minaplo> ["Ah. Well. That would be part of the problem."-
[09:37] <Minaplo> ["I asked Ni about it, and she's been keeping tabs on the medical staff, too…"]
[09:37] <Yanmei> "…they're all spies," she guessed flatly.
[09:38] <Minaplo> ["Or on someone's payroll. Either Soviet or New World. The investigators spoke to the head of medicine, and apparently he said they told Volkova- and no one else, which is a breach of NERV protocol."-
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["He was evasive otherwise, but they think he was telling the truth about that- which means Volkova knew, but didn't tell Orlov for whatever reason."-
[09:40] <Minaplo> ["Ultimately, the problem is that these doctors could've used that data to blackmail Volkova, or eventually Orlov. They wouldn't even need to know the results- they'd be able to guess what Orlov was up to and blackmail him based on guessing."]
[09:43] <Yanmei> "The doctors themselves… they -have- been detained, haven't they?"
[09:44] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yes. Very detained." Said Marianne darkly.]
[09:47] <Yanmei> "And S2 hasn't been able to get more details out of them yet?"
[09:47] <Minaplo> ["Not yet."-
[09:48] <Minaplo> ["So ultimately we have an already-bad situation, but my investigator gave me a theory that honestly makes it worse…"]
[09:48] <Yanmei> "How could it get worse? Is Caine involved in it somehow?"
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["Not that type of worse. Assume Caine's involved in everything, anyway."-
[09:49] <Minaplo> ["You knew Volkova, right? How would you describe her emotional state?"]
[09:50] <Yanmei> "Fragile, I guess, though I'd thought it was getting better after she was taken to Leningrad-2. Still, even though she looked quiet, she had a dark streak too?"
[09:51] <Minaplo> ["A dark streak?"]
[09:52] <Yanmei> "From the Neospartan training. The killing they made her do stayed with her, and she had that inferiority complex…"
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Marianne softly. "Volkova had a lot of terrible memories. She suffered a great deal in the NeoSpartan program- she had a lot of problems in general. That inferiority complex- deliberate, of course- some PTSD, bouts of depression, a very needy, dependent nature…"-
[09:54] <Minaplo> ["You know how NERV psychology works. If you were Doctor Castillo, and Volkova came to you talking about these, what would you do?"]
[09:56] <Yanmei> "I don't know. Give her some heavy meds? Put her in a support group? Castillo often seems to go the padded cell route too…"
[09:56] <Minaplo> ["The first option would be the most pertinent, yes."]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "So Volkova was drugged up a lot," she assumed. "And the drugs given to her had side effects?"
[10:03] <Minaplo> ["Yes, she had a lot of drugs. NeoSpartan drugs, some of them. Not NeoSpartan growth hormones or steroids or the like- there's a brand of NeoSpartan drugs called Noonarcipics that are used by a few of them to help them sleep- Fontaine, for example. They're not exactly sleeping pills- they suppress memories. Keeps away the nightmares."]
[10:05] <Yanmei> "…so, improperly taken, something like that could have effected her current day-to-day memories? Which means she could have been doing all sorts of stuff without even realizing it?"
[10:07] <Minaplo> ["Yes. There are a few side effects." Said Marianne. "The Noonarcipics can be used to suppress old memories, but if used incorrectly- or, rather, used in a different way- they can induce temporary anterograde amnesia. That is, the recipient can't create new memories during that time. It's dangerous- if done improperly, it can cause permanent brain damage. But Volkova was probably experienced
[10:07] <Minaplo> enough with taking medicine that she could've ensured the right dose and intake for herself."-
[10:07] <Minaplo> [Marianne paused.-
[10:07] <Minaplo> ["Or, if she wanted to, someone else."]
[10:09] <Yanmei> "…Orlov? Or…?"
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["That was the theory my investigator put forward, yes. That Volkova drugged him, then slept with him- we're not sure why. Perhaps she was afraid, or perhaps she saw the stress he was in and wanted to help, but became scared in the last second…"-
[10:12] <Minaplo> ["… And that's the point where I usually start drinking."]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I would too," Yanmei muttered. She went quiet for a few moments, and then took a deep breath. "The bad thing is that we can't even do anything about it now."
[10:16] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…"-
[10:21] <Minaplo> ["In any case, Ni told me about the altercation you and she and Rei had. She also made a complaint at the time…"]
[10:24] * Yanmei groaned. "About Alphonse?"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, about Alphonse."]
[10:25] <Yanmei> "She's made it clear that she doesn't approve of the relationship. It hurts Rei terribly."
[10:26] <Minaplo> ["That's not surprising." Marianne laid back in her chair. "What do you think of all this? Straight up."]
[10:29] * Yanmei waved a hand dismissively. "Seriously overprotective? I can understand why she's worried? In fact some of her complaints about it make even more sense, based on the details I just heard. But Rei and Wellesley aren't Orlov and Volkova."
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["How would you describe them, then?"]
[10:35] <Yanmei> "They're taking it slow, out of necessity. Rei didn't have much sex ed? So…"
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["… Ni said as much." Said Marianne, wincing. "But you'd say they're emotionally healthy?"]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "Absolutely? At times they even remind me of my relationship with Isaiah~"
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[10:43] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I see that too. She's always saving him from ridiculous threats…"]
[10:49] * Yanmei nodded. "She got pretty intense over the mafia thing, I hear. But that's love for you~"
[10:52] <Minaplo> ["Yes. You and her both do stupid, reckless things over boys…"]
[10:55] <Yanmei> "Stupid and reckless?!" Yanmei pursed her lips together, trying to parse this point of view. It ended in failure. "How so?"
[10:55] <Minaplo> ["I think I remember someone smuggling a civilian boy into the world's most fortified high-security military base…"]
[10:58] <Yanmei> "W-well, yes, but…"
[11:01] <Minaplo> ["And there was that time you tried to take on the five most powerful people in the world and beat them at their own game…"]
[11:02] <Yanmei> "And -won-." Yanmei smirked triumphantly. "At least for a little while."
[11:05] <Minaplo> ["Tsk."-
[11:05] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, what can I say? Those two boys are lucky they have such recklessly brave girlfriends…"]
[11:07] <Yanmei> "Think so?" Yanmei preened. "Reckless is such an unflattering word, though…"
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["What would you use?"]
[11:08] <Yanmei> "'Awesome and brave'." She nodded firmly. "It sounds much better?"
[11:08] <Minaplo> ["Awesome, as in, I'm in awe at your recklessness?"]
[11:11] <Yanmei> "Awesome as in super bold in the most awesome way possible~"
[11:12] <Minaplo> [Marianne shook her head, grinning.-
[11:12] <Minaplo> ["Anyway. Can I use your statement officially? If Ni's made a complaint, then I need to find solid reasons to counter it besides referring to the rules about pilot morale trumping regulation."]
[11:14] <Yanmei> "There's a clause making pilot morale that highly regarded? Hmm…" Yanmei rubbed her chin with a faint smile. "Anyway, that's fine. Do you need me to write something up formally for you?"
[11:16] <Minaplo> ["Sure."-
[11:16] <Minaplo> [Marianne shook her head. "That Ni…"]
[11:18] <Yanmei> "Don't be too hard on her. It would be great if she would stop fighting with her sisters, though."
[11:18] <Minaplo> ["It would." Said Marianne with a sigh. "I get Ni's point, but it was kind of tactless, wasn't it? With Alphonse only just rescued…"]
[11:23] <Yanmei> "It's also right after the news about Orlov broke? She may have been thinking about it for a while, but only recently been able to express her thoughts clearly with all of that now out in the open."
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, that might be it."-
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Well, whatever. I hope they can all solve their things before the battle- or leave it until after. Rei probably doesn't have a choice there, Alphonse has been run ragged…"]
[11:34] <Yanmei> "They'll get some time afterward, definitely. If… we're all still alive afterward."
[11:34] <Minaplo> ["Let's hope the Warmaster keeps being merciful." Said Marianne grimly.]
[11:39] <Yanmei> "It kind of sad, though," Yanmei grumbled. "Have to rely on an Angel's code of honor to survive? I'd almost be less embarrassed if he was predictably bloodthirsty and ruthless."
[11:42] * Raphael has quit IRC (Quit: <Minaplo> I like Louis XIV, because he seems like this incredibly wasteful extravagant partyboy, but beneath that double chin, jowls, fourteen ermine capes, moustache, 15 pound wig and 18th century parachute pants is a cunningly machiavellian mind.)
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["Tsk. No place for embarrassment in war!"]
[11:47] <Yanmei> "Easy for you to say." Yanmei had finished her plate by now, politely setting it aside. "I don't really like stuff like chess or xianqi… but feel like playing a game on the computer before we go off to spend the day hassling people on the Bridge?"
[11:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh? I have an idea for a different game than chess or xianqi~"]
[11:51] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[11:52] <Minaplo> ["James brought me a copy after your 'tournament'." Said Marianne, walking over to her bedside table and taking out a jewel case, the words 'LOVELY EVA FIGHTER' emblazoned on the front. "Sounds fun~"]
[11:53] <Yanmei> "Burn it," she said darkly. "Burn it right now."
[11:59] <Minaplo> ["Tch. Chess it is! Unless you want to play Go with a rokudan~"]
[12:00] <Yanmei> "I'll take my chances with chess?" Yanmei stretched, briefly. "Let's set it up."

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