Matthias Family

01[23:17] <Yanmei> It took a few minutes for Yanmei to recover after the conversation with Lucille. When she had, finally, she tossed her hair and took down the hallway with quick, confident strides, the soles of her shoes clacking loudly.
01[23:20] <Yanmei> There was one more guest to confront that day. And when she was finished, she could just hide in her office for a while. Maybe she could get a Brother to give her something to take the edge off. A sundae. Or wine…
[23:25] <Minaplo> ["Captain Zhang!" Came a voice to her right, where she'd just passed an intersection.]
06[23:27] * Yanmei stopped sharply, swiveling with a bright smile. "Yes~"
[23:28] <Minaplo> [It was Matthias. He jogged along to catch up with her. "Hi."]
03[23:29] * Suzune|Sleep is now known as Suzune
01[23:31] <Yanmei> "Holmstrom! How are you doing today?"
[23:34] <Minaplo> ["Busy." He said, slowing into a walk. "Went to get in some practice, and ran into Kirishima from the SOS. We went for a run together. She runs fast. I'm kind of wiped out."]
01[23:39] <Yanmei> "Hmm? I thought you'd have at least as much stamina as those SOS guys? You're in the protection-and-rescue business now too, after all~"
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["But… I haven't eaten."]
01[23:40] <Yanmei> "Well, there's your problem right there? Oh! You know what?"
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
01[23:43] <Yanmei> "We said we would have a meal with UN Attache Delacour together once she was safely with us. It just so happens I'm on the way to her room right now? If you came with, we could probably order some stuff and talk."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you're going to see Delacour…?"]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> "Right. Standard meet-and-greet with the prisoners of war. The nicer ones, at least. What do you say?"
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["Does she really count as a prisoner of war…?"]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "She's part of the UN, so technically yes. But really, she's more like a special guest and potential recruit."
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["Oh, good. Actually, I was wondering if you want to go to Blue's Grill with me? I wanted to talk to you about an actual prisoner- Lilly."]
01[23:59] <Yanmei> "Norling? Hmph. I guess she survived after all, then."
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["Yes, she did, so let's turn around and go to the grill and talk about it."]
Session Time: Thu Feb 13 00:00:00 2014
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "… it's only going to be a short break, ok? I still have to talk to Delacour…"
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Ok, great, let's go!" He grabbed Yanmei's hand and began to tug her along.]
06[00:01] * Yanmei frowned, but let herself be led along. He was awfully eager about this…
[00:02] <Minaplo> [About five minutes would pass as they walked towards the promenade. Matthias seemed to relax as he went…-
[00:02] <Minaplo> [They arrived outside the Bar and Grill. "Here we-"-
[00:02] <Minaplo> [A sign was attached to the front door. GRILL AND BAR CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.-
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["What!?"]
01[00:03] <Yanmei> What indeed? Yanmei stared blankly. "Awfully sudden? I thought business was doing well…"
[00:04] <Minaplo> [The door opened just a crack, and Mr. Blue popped his head out. "Business is doing fantastic, so you know."]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "What's your deal?" Yanmei tried to peer past him, into the Bar and Grill. "Why are you here if you're not even open? What's going on in there?"
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["I'm installin' phase two of the bar and grill." Mr. Blue's eyes gleamed. "Roulette tables, blackjack, and a few arcade machines. Y'know, things like Eva-Eva Lovely Fighter…"]
01[00:07] <Yanmei> "W-what?! That game is forbidden on this ship!"
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Nevermind the game, what about the food?"-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["I can't serve any food whilst the chippies are installin' all the tables and shit. Public health and safety or whatever." And Mr. Blue turned to look at Yanmei curiously. "…Why?"]
01[00:11] <Yanmei> "… No reason. It just -is-." He really didn't know? She tried not to grind her teeth together. "Anyway, we can just order room service as planned? Let's go, Holmstrom."
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["I… But…"-
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Alright." Said Matthias, shooting the Grill a mournful look.]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> Now it was Yanmei's turn to lead him by the hand. "Goodbye, Blue. Remember. Forbidden." -
01[00:16] <Yanmei> It wasn't long until they had reversed all the way back to the intersection where they had met and further beyond it to a certain door with a sentry standing outside. Yanmei saluted to him.
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["Captain Zhang, sir!" He saluted.]
01[00:18] <Yanmei> "At ease? We're going in for a friendly chat." She glanced over her shoulder at Matthais, and knocked politely before opening it. "Ariadne~"
[00:19] <Minaplo> [Matthias looked particularly grim-faced.-
[00:21] <Minaplo> [As Yanmei slid the door open, she'd see Ariadne, curled up on the bed, watching the television, which was playing a movie. A beautiful green countryside, a handsome man in a tight Hussar's uniform, riding along on a grey horse…-
[00:22] <Minaplo> [Thankfully, the room itself, whilst decorated, was decorated in a positively tasteful manner. Frescoes had been painted onto the wall, showing verdant pristine wildernesses and gardens full of rich ripe fruit…-
[00:23] <Minaplo> [Ariadne turned. She didn't see Matthias, who was still hanging outside. Ariadne smiled. "There you are! I was hoping you'd come to visit, you little conqueror~"]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> "Hehe… it feels like it's been ages? I brought along a friend, too. I hope that's all right." She stepped aside.
[00:28] <Minaplo> [Matthias sighed a little, entering in after Yanmei, looking awkward.-
[00:29] <Minaplo> [Ariadne stared at him, then grinned, getting to her feet. Quickly, she crossed the distance between them and gave Matthias a huge hug. "Hello, Matty."-
[00:29] <Minaplo> [A faint look of despair crossed Matthias's face as he returned the hug slowly. "Hi, mum."]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "Aww. So you -do- know-" She stopped. She stared. "What did you say?"
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["I said, 'hi, mum'." Said Matthias slowly.]
06[00:32] * Yanmei stared at him. Then she turned her stare at Ariadne. "When?!"
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["Oh boy." Muttered Matthias.-
[00:33] <Minaplo> [Ariadne took a step back, looking a little confused. "You didn't know, Yanmei?"]
01[00:34] <Yanmei> "Of course not! You never told me? And as for you…" she gave Matthais her most accusing look.
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["What?" He said, a little defensively.]
01[00:39] <Yanmei> "You didn't mention it either! Why not?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Do you go around telling everyone who your mother is?"]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "Tch. Everyone already -knows- who mine is."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["It's ok. He's ashamed of me." Said Ariadne, patting Matthias's arm before heading to the bed.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Mum! I'm not ashamed of you, it's just awkward." Said Matthias tersely. "Captain, it just raises a lot of questions."]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "It certainly does?" She trailed behind Ariadne, trying to find a seat for herself as well. "At least now I know why you've been acting funny."
[00:44] <Minaplo> [There were fat cushiony couches lying around…-
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["I bet you wanna know the story~" Chirped Ariadne gleefully, as though embarrassing Matthias had perked her up.]
06[00:46] * Yanmei tried not to laugh as she settled on a cushion. "If you wouldn't mind…"
[00:52] <Minaplo> ["It was 1995." Said Ariadne. "I'd just turned 18, I remember, and I'd been accepted into the Pantheon-Sorbonne to study political science, and Dorian was off to Saint-Cyr to begin his military cadetship."]
01[00:53] <Yanmei> "Right…" A long time ago. Well… obviously it would have to be…
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["We were going out separate ways, of course, but we promised to try to keep in touch." Said Ariadne with a smile. "So the few days before he planned to leave, we… Practiced keeping in touch."-
[00:55] <Minaplo> [Matthias was rubbing his face vigorously with both hands.]
06[00:56] * Yanmei coughed delicately. "I… see."
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["After my first two semesters at the Pantheon-Sorbonne was complete, I gave birth." She beamed.-
[00:57] <Minaplo> ["And then gave me up for adoption." Butted in Matthias.]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Huh? How come?"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["I was a scholarship student." Said Ariadne. "Alone by myself in Paris, little money… And I didn't just give him up for adoption like that, I gave him to family."-
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I remember that." Said Matthias, a little sourly. "I stayed in Normandy, and you'd come along every few months and drop in for a few days…"-
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Sweetie, please." Ariadne beckoned him over, and he grudgingly walked over and sat down next to her, where she promptly threw her arms around him and snuggled close. "He stayed with my sister, Amelie."-
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["About a year before Impact, Amelie married this handsome Swedish man named Rudolf Holmstrom, and moved away with him back to Stockholm. By that point, she and little Matty here-" She gave him an affectionate kiss on the cheek- "Were so close that she asked if she could adopt him, and… I wasn't very happy with it, but I said yes."]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "Hmm. So that's how he got his name. Was Dorian okay with it too?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["Dorian… never knew." Said Ariadne, awkwardly.]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "O-oh…"
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Mr. and Mrs. Holmstrom died about a year after Impact." Said Matthias quietly.]
01[01:14] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry. They sounded like really good people?"
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["They were." Said Matthias.-
[01:15] <Minaplo> [Both of them looked downcast. Matthias, who'd apparently lost what he felt were parents… And Ariadne, who had lost a sister.-
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Mum, Kirishima made me run for about an hour today, so I'm going to order in something to eat." Said Matthias, abruptly standing up.-
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh, alright." She smiled at him encouragingly, then turned to Yanmei. "Sorry. This is pretty sudden, isn't it?"]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "It's… all right. I'm the one who was curious?" She smiled a little. "I can't say I'm surprised at the father, at least~"
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?"-
[01:25] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile, Matthias shot her a look before picking up a phone. "Hi, I want to make an order… Yes, four boxes of thick fries, extra salt, two boxes of the ten-pack chicken wings with ranch dressing…"]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "You and the Colonel… heh. I mean, it just makes sense?" She eyed Matthias. "Order some stuff for us too, okay?"
[01:26] <Minaplo> ["What do you want?"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "Ah… a tossed salad? What about you, Ariadne?"
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["Make that two tossed salads."-
[01:32] <Minaplo> [He nodded. ("Two tossed salads, one box of the country chicken…")]
[01:33] <Minaplo> [Ariadne turned back to Yanmei. "Heh. Well, I'm surprised you didn't notice yourself…"]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?" She lowered her voice. "They don't look much like each other?"
[01:35] <Minaplo> ["What? Of course they do. They have the same eyes, the same handsome jawline… They walk the same way."-
[01:36] <Minaplo> [("Four pieces of grilled fish, a box of boiled pork dumplings, two boxes of fried calamari…")]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Yanmei stared, squinting. "They're both kind of grumpy sometimes…"
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["And they're both really intense and focused… And competitive…"]
01[01:43] <Yanmei> "Like seriously. Holmstrom isn't as blatent about it, at least?"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["He's a little softer than Dorian was. Y'know. Rounded around the edges…"]
06[01:49] * Yanmei nodded. She glanced over at Ariadne now, a little cautiously.
[22:39] <Minaplo> ["Also, he's a lot more patient with others than his father was, too~" Said Ariadne, beaming.]
01[22:41] <Yanmei> …there was no contesting that. Yanmei broke down with a small snort of laughter.
[22:45] <Minaplo> [("… And two large meat lovers. Thanks.")-
[22:45] <Minaplo> [He wandered over, sitting back down next to his mother. "I heard everything, you know."]
01[22:49] <Yanmei> "While you were preoccupied with the phone?" Yanmei eyed him skeptically.
[22:55] <Minaplo> ["Of course. And I'm not grumpy. I'm just quiet."]
01[22:59] <Yanmei> "Sorry, sorry~" Yanmei gave him a bright, hopeful look. "Will you use your boundless patience to forgive us?"
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["I suppose." He said flatly. "Didn't you two have business to discuss?"]
01[23:08] <Yanmei> "O-oh. That's right?" She turned to Ariadne. "I wanted to make you a job offer."
[23:13] <Minaplo> ["A job offer? Really?"]
01[23:14] <Yanmei> "Right~ Quit the UN and come work for the Federation as a diplomat!"
[23:16] <Minaplo> ["What's the pay like?"]
01[23:17] <Yanmei> "Highly negotiable!"
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["And other perks? Lodging, vehicles…?"]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "You will be provided transportation and an armed escort on all of your overseas business trips? Permanent and temporary lodging is available in any of our bases. For countries where that is not available, we can work out and pay for your accomodations ahead of time."
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Hmm…"-
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["I'm a little undecided~ what do you think, Matty?"-
[23:23] <Minaplo> [Matthias gave her a flat look. "Stop playing around."-
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Ugh, you're no fun. Fine, I accept~"]
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "Yay~" She pulled out her clipboard and made a little note on it. "And now we can get back to gossip~"
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["Hold on, why don't we walk about what I was going to ask you about?" Said Matthias.]
01[23:27] <Yanmei> "What? Norling?"
[23:27] <Minaplo> [He nodded.]
01[23:29] <Yanmei> Tch. It wasn't like Lily did much that made for good gossip. "What about her?"
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["I want to know what you're going to do with her."]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "Probably hold her until the end of the war? If we let her go, there's no telling what she'll do."
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["You don't think she's worth trying to recruit as well?"]
01[23:41] <Yanmei> "It hadn't occurred to me? But, then, you know her better. What do you think?"
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["She could be a great help, you know that."]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "She could also sell us out to Caine the first opportunity she gets?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["I'm not so sure." Said Matthias. "What do you think of her, then? What do you see in your head?"]
02[23:54] * Suzune (~ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS#ten.nozirev.soif.lfpmat.542-641-19-27-loop|enuzuS) Quit (Quit: )
01[23:55] <Yanmei> "I see someone who's incredibly stubborn and who has no particular reason to cooperate with us."
[23:56] <Minaplo> ["What's informed that opinion?"]
01[23:57] <Yanmei> "Personal experience? Like, say, our last encounter in the Geofront."
Session Time: Fri Feb 14 00:00:00 2014
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["Go on."]
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "She attacked and tried to subdue me and my squad, comparing us to the LN all the way and mocking our efforts."
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["And before that?"]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> "You mean when she kidnapped my daughter on orders and delivered her to Caine's stronghold?"
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["And the time before that?"]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced aside. Why did he even know about that…? "What point are you trying to make, Mr. Holmstrom?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["Answer, please."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "She aided me in the battle against the cultists."
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["And then the time before that was when you first met us, during that shooting competition."]
01[00:19] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei heaved a big sigh. "When we promised to be cordial. Yes, I remember?"
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["There's a unifying reason behind all of those things, and it's not her supposed stubbornness. Do you know what it is?"]
01[00:23] <Yanmei> "What?"
[00:23] <Minaplo> ["Here, I'll try to illustrate. There's a reason why this is important to me, and that's because if it weren't for me, Lilly would never have been chosen as an E-Destroyer pilot."-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["See, after the Holmstroms died, I was taken in by the Norlings. When Lilly went off to the military academy, I went too. I was chosen to be a Destroyer pilot because I was my father's son, but Lilly was chosen purely because of our friendship. If I'd been friendly with someone else, they would've been chosen."-
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Lilly has always been competitive. She's always strived to be the best she can be in anything she does, and she actively delights in comparing herself to others and beating them. I'm much the same, albeit less- energetic- about it, and thus for us it was a boon."-
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["But she understands that she was chosen for her job through who she knew and what she knew, and it's gnawed at her for a long time. Do you understand what I mean?"]
01[00:32] <Yanmei> "Yes. She's like Langley-Soryu, but with an inferiority complex."
[00:32] <Minaplo> [He nodded.-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Before she was assigned to the Destroyer, she respected you. And after being assigned to a position she didn't feel she'd earned on her own merits, she felt she had something to prove, so she went for the top dog."-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Yet you came off as a little distant to her, dismissive. She felt like you weren't taking her seriously, and she resented that."]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "So it's my fault she decided to be totally horrible to me?"
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["No, I'm not saying that." Said Matthias patiently.-
[00:43] <Minaplo> ["What I'm saying is, the world isn't split up into people you like, Captain, and people who you don't like and thus will backstab you the instant they can. It's a little disingenuous to say Lilly's a traitor just because you don't like her."-
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["Here's what I'm saying, and please listen to what I'm saying, don't try to summarise it in one way or another like you just did. Lilly resents you. She wants to beat you and prove she's worthy, better than you, but she also desperately wants you to genuinely respect her in an honest way."]
06[00:47] * Yanmei took a deep breath. "Fine. What would you have me do, then?"
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["What do you think you have to do?"]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "I think the implication is that I should give her a second chance."
[01:12] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "But it'll take more than that. I'm not saying you ought to release her right away, but you should try to pay her regular visits, twice a week perhaps."]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "Once a week. And I'll send someone down at intervals to assess how cooperative she would be with us."
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["No, you can't do that. Twice a week, and you only."]
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "Why? What's the big deal?"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["Like I said, she thinks of you as distant, dismissive…"]
03[01:20] * Zack is now known as ZackAFK
01[01:23] <Yanmei> "Grr…" She glanced at Ariadne, as seeking backup.
[01:26] <Minaplo> [Ariadne shrugged helplessly. "He sounds like he's got a point to me, Yanmei…"]
06[01:32] * Yanmei mulled over it grumpily. "-Fine-. But only because I like you, Holmstrom."
[01:34] <Minaplo> [He nodded once. "Thank you."]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "You're welcome?" she gave him a small smile, settling back into a more relaxed posture, only for a knock to sound at the door.
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["Come in!" Said Ariadne. The door slid open automatically.-
[01:49] <Minaplo> [Several Brothers walked in, each one carrying heavily-laden trays…-
[01:50] <Minaplo> ["Ah." Matthias brightened instantly.]
01[01:53] <Yanmei> Of course, that would put him in a good mood. Yanmei held back a little smirk, keeping her thoughts to herself. "Good timing? Shall we?"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Let's!", said Ariadne. "It'll be like old times, Yanmei~ I'll grab the wine!"]

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