Marianne S Decision

[01:38] <Yanmei> There were certain things that could not be said over something as insecure as the entry plug's communication system, and so Zhang Yanmei held her tongue for a damn long while - throughout the flight home, and the tedious landing and docking procedure, and the march along platforms to the Bridge. -
[01:42] <Yanmei> The door opened, and she stood there in a still-dripping plugsuit, dark eyes honing in on the Operation Director's designated seat. Suddenly she found that she couldn't hold it in any longer. "-Why-?!" She stepped further into the room, and the door shut behind her.
[01:44] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne wasn't sitting, but rather standing behind the desk. She was wearing her power armour, her hands gripping the back of the chair. "It had to be done."]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "That's not enough!" Yanmei didn't stop walking. "Tell me you have a plan. Something. Anything! De Pteres is still back there!"
[01:51] * Raphael has joined #nervfrance
[02:00] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm liaising with the other Directors and to Command."]
[02:06] * Yanmei had come to a stop by now, just a pace or two away. "You should have let me stay. If you didn't already have anything in mind, you should have…"
[02:07] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne turned, now, her face dark and lined with anger. "Stay?! So what, Silas could add another Evangelion to his pile of corpses?!"]
[02:13] <Yanmei> A certain rawness flickered behind her eyes. "What kind of a team leader just runs away after getting her squad killed?! -Anything- would be better than this!"
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> ["A responsible one." Said Marianne. "What good would staying do? One Eva against a superior opponent with no chance of victory- would you rather stay and be defeated, or retreat and help win victory from a better position?!"]
[02:28] <Yanmei> Getting a lecture on setbacks and counterattacks? -Her-? "Then what's our position? How are we going to beat him? No one knows, do they?!" Yanmei glowered. "How long is it going to take us to figure it out?"
[02:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Then what would you do?!"]
[02:33] <Yanmei> "I don't know!" Her voice hit a precarious note. Yanmei stopped herself then. Deep breath. She refocused.
[02:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Neither do I." Said Marianne, turning back around. "So that is why we need to slow down, take a breath, regroup, and prepare."]
[02:53] <Yanmei> And wait. That was the unspoken part, for those not in a position of command. "…" Yanmei looked away sullenly.
[02:58] <AdEvaGM> ["…"-
[03:01] <AdEvaGM> ["We're going to see about assembling a strike team."]
[03:04] <Yanmei> "With other EVAs, I take it."
[03:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes." She glanced over at Frederic. "Do we have any word yet from Berlin?"-
[03:05] <AdEvaGM> ["It looks like she won't be able to pilot any time soon. She's lucky she's not dead."]
[03:06] <Yanmei> "Wait. Who?" She glanced back and forth between the two. A sinking feeling took hold - one of a thousand she'd felt that day.
[03:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Asuka." Said Frederic, not looking around.]
[03:09] <Yanmei> "…"
[03:16] <AdEvaGM> ["A Brother managed to infiltrate Berlin using an armored van. The van itself was being used to transport dangerous assassins." Said Marianne. "The Brother managed to find and nearly kill her."]
[03:21] <Yanmei> "Asuka…" she murmured quietly. "When did it happen? I din't even know…"
[03:21] <AdEvaGM> ["After we deployed. We were hoping to bring the Berlin squadron in as a reserve, but the damage wrought was enough to delay them too much."]
[03:28] <Yanmei> "So that's why." Yanmei glowered again, but this time it was at nothing. "How long will she be in the hospital?"
[03:30] <AdEvaGM> ["A month or more. She has broken ribs, a broken arm, her right leg is broken in four places…"]
[03:35] * Yanmei was quiet a while longer. Then, "This means other branches… other pilots, could in danger too, right? If he figures out that we're planning a counterattack…"
[03:36] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. We're putting the bases on full lockdown. That means no one leaves HQ."]
[03:43] <Yanmei> "I see." She rubbed her face. She didn't feel like pouting about it or taking it smoothly either way. Mostly, she just felt sick to her stomach and worn down. "Do you have any instructions for me, Colonel? For how to prepare for whatever's going to be planned?"
[03:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. We're going to start assembling the strike force by the end of the day. I want you to rest up, and then I want you to look over the available candidates and offer opinions on which are appropriate."]
[03:49] <Yanmei> "Right. I can do that."
[03:50] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne looked back at Yanmei- the Colonel looked tired, stressed and burned out, but she extended an armoured hand out to Yanmei nevertheless.]
[03:52] * Yanmei hesitated for just a moment… and then quietly went to her, clasping the hand.
[03:53] <AdEvaGM> [And from then, a pull into a hug. "We'll get them back. I promise."]
[04:00] * Yanmei settled into the hug with an ease that surprised herself. It felt right. But it also made her eyes sting a little. There was another long pause as she straightened herself out and found the firmness in her voice that she needed to, for her own sake. "We will," she agreed.

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