Mingzhu S Return

[14:09] <Yanmei> It hadn't been long since Yanmei had been relieved, but she was already making up for lost time. She was tired, but there was much to do. Besides, she didn't particularly mind this job. -
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Grr. I'm a scary Angel and I will eat you!" -
[14:12] <Yanmei> Menacingly, she poked Mr. Ribbon's head over the edge of the bed so that it was visible to Daji, little Lizzie, and the stuffed bear the little girl was holding in her hands.
[14:17] <Minaplo> ["Ribbon-Ribbon~"]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "Grr?" Yanmei tried again, giving the doll a scary little shake.
[14:24] <Minaplo> [Lizzie giggled, reaching out for the cute toy eagerly.]
[14:29] * Yanmei held back a sigh. Where had she gone wrong? Not an ounce of fear! Reluctantly, she let Lizzie take and cuddle it, frowing at Daji. "What's your excuse? Are you supposed to have an animal's instict for danger?"
[14:32] <Minaplo> [Daji gave her a smug look. "Yip yip!"-
[14:32] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's back pocket vibrated.]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "Hm?" she reached for it, of course, and raised it to her ear. "Zhang here~~"
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["Yanmei, this is Marianne."]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "Hi Marianne! Are you up to anything fun?"
[14:37] <Minaplo> ["Not exactly. I need you to come to the Dignitaries' Lounge."]
[14:38] * Yanmei ruffled Lizzie's hair affectionately. "Right now?"
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["Right now."]
[14:43] * Yanmei held back yet another sigh. So much for family bonding… "All right. I'll take be there as soon as I grab someone to watch Lizzie for me?" -
[14:43] <Yanmei> ^I'll be there
[14:44] <Yanmei> If it was the Dignitaries Lounge, then that meant… important guests? Already?
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["You can bring Lizzie along if you like."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Oh…? Then I will. See you soon."
[14:49] <Minaplo> [The phone call ended.]
[14:50] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before they were both ready to go - after a change of clothes, and some hair-brushing for Lizzie. -
[14:54] <Yanmei> Yanmei led the way, of course, in her smart military dress uniform. Lizzie trailed a step or two behind in a green plaid dress. They paused just outside of the room in question, getting their bearings to face whichever diplomat had arrived. Finally, she opened the door with a bright smile! "Welcome to the Dorian Lachapelle!"
[14:59] <Minaplo> [The Dignitaries' Lounge was lavish and decorated, as per usual. The doors through which Yanmei had just entered were flanked, for example, by a pair of nude ivory Silas Caines wielding golden spears and shields. The floor was white marble, and fat velvet couches sat up against a wall, in front of a clear shallow pool of water.-
[15:00] <Minaplo> [But the people waiting for her weren't dignitaries. Not exactly. Standing by the wall, hands behind her back, was Liu Lin, staring up at a huge painting of Silas Caine wearing ermine capes and silk robes and wearing a golden laurel wreath.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> [And sitting on the couch was Ayanami Nana, her hair violet- a little darker than Yanmei's, more like Yanmei's mother in tint.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> [And speaking of which, Nana was holding onto that very same mother's arm, her head on her shoulder.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Blossom."]
[15:08] <Yanmei> "Mom!!" She stepped forward without thinking. "You got here safely!" Her eyes had widened in astonished delight… and then something inside them paused and frosted slightly, looking to the figure that seemed to be occupying her mother's side.
[15:19] <Minaplo> ["It was a close thing." Said Liu Lin, turning around. "Hello, Captain."]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "M-Major…" That frostiness melted a little bit, but it was replaced by something much more somber. She couldn't help but remember the last time they had met. "Close… then she really -was- after you both."
[15:25] <Minaplo> ["All three of us." Said Liu Lin. "We are lucky. If it were not for Nana's piloting ability, and that Angel, we'd be captured or worse…"]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "What Angel? Not Michael?"
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["No, it was…" Lin paused. "Like that toy, actually." She said slowly, pointing at Lizzie, who was clutching Mr. Ribbons sheepishly. The girl shyly hid behind Yanmei's leg.-
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Elizabeth." Said Mingzhu warmly.-
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Mingming…"]
[15:38] * Yanmei stared down at the toy with mixed feelings. She was -certain- that they had left it behind in their room… "I see," she muttered quietly. Smoothly, she stepped aside, and nudged Lizzie forward a little. "It's been a long time? Why don't you give her a hug, Lizzie?"
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["C'mon." Nana let Mingzhu go, getting to her feet and walking around to ruffle Lizzie's hair. "Go on."-
[15:44] <Minaplo> [Lizzie slowly walked over to the couch, letting Mingzhu pick her up.-
[15:44] <Minaplo> [Nana, meanwhile… Turned around and practically pounced Yanmei, throwing her arms around her and rubbing her head fondly against Yanmei's shoulder. "Hi~"]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "Pilot Nana," she said smoothly. She didn't recoil, but she didn't return the affection either. "Thank you for keeping my mother and the Major safe."
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Of course, sis~"]
[16:02] * Yanmei smiled oh-so-sweetly. "Speaking of sisters, I bet you're eager to see Rei and the others, right~? They've probably missed you?"
[16:06] <Minaplo> ["I've missed you more~"]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Oh, I don't know about that. Never underestimate how important family is, Pilot Nana."
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["I'm not. You should just call me Nana, sis. Or maybe Little Sis? That sounds nice~"]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "… why don't you explain exactly what happened on the way here? You left the Minifront, and were pursued by Caine's people?"
[16:19] <Minaplo> ["Two Dysangelions, yup."]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "Two of them!" She scowled outright. "I hope that Angel destroyed them properly."
[16:24] <Minaplo> ["They retreated." Said Nana, shaking her head.]
[16:27] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Oh well?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "If they come back, you won't be the only one protecting them? And I'm not talking about any suspicious Angel, either. 04 is stronger than ever."
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["That's right?" Said Nana. Yanmei would be struck by her accent… "You and me can drive off anything if we're together!"]
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Oh, I'm sure I'm can solo them. I don't think you realize quite how strong I've gotten~"
[16:41] <Minaplo> ["I'm pretty strong too!"]
[16:53] <Yanmei> "Heh. Sure?" Yanmei smirked. "Maybe we should spar sometime."
[06:58] <@Minaplo> ["I'd like that." She said fondly, snuggling even closer. "Maybe sweet Zaizai can referee~?"]
01[07:03] <Yanmei> "I was thinking that maybe Director Zhang or the Major would do the honors?" said Yanmei coolly, her gaze lifting to each of them… and lingering on Liu Lin a little longer. "You're both okay, right? No injuries or…?"
[07:09] <@Minaplo> ["We're fine. A few bruises." Said Lin with a brief smile.]
06[07:14] * Yanmei paused for a moment, and then nodded briskly. "Good. And things back home? In the Minfront?"
[07:22] <@Minaplo> ["Fine, although I suppose it's now properly under Caine's control." Said Mingzhu.]
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01[07:28] <Yanmei> "I guess it would be?" said Yanmei nodding a little more slowly now… and frowning. "The Angel you saw back there was the same one who attacked the Synfront a few weeks back. For what it's worth, it appears to be on our side… or at least against Caine, which is good enough."
[07:34] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I thought as much." Said Lin slowly. "If I had to guess, I would say it was affiliated with Vercingetorix."]
01[07:35] <Yanmei> "You know about Vercingetorix?"
[07:36] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I am."]
[07:37] <Minaplo|Ping> Do*
01[07:37] <Yanmei> "Have either of you met him?"
[07:47] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Yes." Said Lin. "I met with him before I left to visit you at the Synfront that time."]
01[07:48] <Yanmei> Oh… that was right. He'd mentioned something like that, hadn't he? She glanced at her mother.
[07:59] <Minaplo|Ping> [Mingzhu looked back with a smile. "Nana, angel, why don't you go ahead and prepare our room?"-
[08:00] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Ok!" Nana kissed Yanmei quickly on the cheek and then ran off.]
06[08:04] * Yanmei watched her go with tight-lipped smile. "You two seem awfully close now," she remarked after the door shut behind her.
[08:16] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Are you surprised?" Asked Mingzhu, who patted the seat next to her gently.]
01[08:21] <Yanmei> "A little." She tried to play it cool as she hastened to the couch and sat down next to her and Lizzie. Very, very discreetly, she eyed Mingzhu's arm, as if trying to sort out a puzzle, but the moment was fleeting.
[08:25] <Minaplo|Ping> ["She is a curious girl." Said Mingzhu contemplatively, idly stroking Lizzie's hair. "At first when I met her, she was trying to emulate you down to the very last tic."]
06[08:26] * Yanmei tried to keep from cringing. "It must have been annoying?"
[08:37] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I felt it was inappropriate, so I told her to stop it."-
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[08:46] <Minaplo|Ping> ["But it caused a problem." Said Lin. "It is unhealthy for an Ayanami's social awareness and sense of self to be hindered."-
[08:46] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Yes. So the Major suggested that I might nevertheless help her, since she was still fascinated by you. I took her on as a personal assistant."]
01[08:48] <Yanmei> "So she's with you -all the time-?" Her upper lip twitched slightly.
[08:48] <Aline> * /nf
[08:49] <Aline> ((Disregard))
[08:56] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Quite a lot." Said Mingzhu. "Things developed in a curious manner…"]
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01[08:58] <Yanmei> "What do you mean by that? Curious how?"
[08:59] <Minaplo|Ping> ["She was interested in you." Said Mingzhu. "I told her things about you. Suspicions, perhaps. That you were, perhaps, afraid that I was lonely, or unprotected sufficiently. I said that I regretted not spending a little more time with family, and that things might have been better if you had had a sibling…"]
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01[09:08] <Yanmei> "So that's why she was going on about 'sis' this and 'sis' that." A determined look crossed her face, and she squared her shoulders. "I'm glad you have someone who can be a bodyguard? But I don't have any regrets about you being my only family. I don't need a sibling."
[09:10] <Minaplo|Ping> [There was surprise in Mingzhu's expression. "You don't? Why not?"]
01[09:13] <Yanmei> "Because… b-because just because? I've never had one, and I've gotten along fine? So…"
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[09:22] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You've never had a father, either." Said Mingzhu quietly, looking away. "But that doesn't mean not having is preferable to having."]
01[09:26] <Yanmei> That… left her speechless. Now, a bit awkwardly, she ran her fingernails along the seam of a cushion.
[09:39] <Minaplo|Ping> ["She wanted to please you more than anything." Said Mingzhu. "To allow you to rest easy knowing that someone was taking care of me, and that you would have someone you could rely on for help, like a sister."-
[09:41] <Minaplo|Ping> ["If it makes you uncomfortable, then that's the way it is. But she saved our lives, and she is a good person. You owe it to her to at least give her the opportunity to make you comfortable. Don't reject this out of hand just because. That's childish."]
01[09:55] <Yanmei> Yanmei drew back slightly. Her face was much redder now than it had been moments before. Those last words stung badly… "We should be weaning her off these compulsions?" she mumbled. "It's weird. And it -is- uncomfortable."
[10:01] <Minaplo|Ping> ["By all means, what would you suggest, then, Captain?" Asked Lin politely.]
06[10:02] * Yanmei took a moment to ponder that. Locking her up somewhere until she was over it sounded reasonable. But her mom, she suspected, would not approve. -
01[10:02] <Yanmei> "I don't know," she sighed.
[10:03] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I would be happy to hear your advice." Said Lin, still polite. "Didn't you just suggest weaning her off these compulsions?"]
01[10:04] <Yanmei> "Yes, but I don't know how? I'm not a psychologist. Maybe we should consult one."
[10:09] <Minaplo|Ping> ["In my opinion, I believe that's an overreaction. I am going to concur with the Director- you should simply spend some time with her."]
06[10:12] * Yanmei glanced between the two in shocked dismay. Liu too…?! -
01[10:14] <Yanmei> "You're both serious about this…"
[10:18] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You have doubts. By all means, share them." Said Lin promptly.]
01[10:25] <Yanmei> "Is there some reason why I wouldn't have doubts? She's tried to imitate me, and now she's trying to be the sister I never asked for, and I'm supposed to just deal with it like that's okay?" She folded her arms. "But. I wouldn't never do anything that would make you two disappointed. I can promise that I will at least be nice to her."
[10:31] <Minaplo|Ping> [Mingzhu and Lin glanced at each other.-
[10:34] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I never said any such thing." Said Mingzhu, her voice tight. "I told you to at least give her the opportunity, and if it did not work out, then that would be that. Arrangements would be made to accomodate your wishes."-
[10:35] <Minaplo|Ping> [Mingzhu gently put Lizzie aside and got to her feet. "I am tired, and I feel unwell. I will speak to you both later."]
01[10:46] <Yanmei> "Mom…" she faltered.
[10:53] <Minaplo|Ping> [Mingzhu didn't respond until she was already at the door. "Join me for dinner this evening." She said, before leaving.]
01[10:56] <Yanmei> "Of course," she murmured to the closing door. And then she was alone with Lizzie and the illustrious Liu Lin.
[10:58] <Minaplo|Ping> [Lin was quiet for a few moments.-
[10:58] <Minaplo|Ping> ["That could have gone better." She observed.]
01[11:01] <Yanmei> "Yes, you're right. I'm sorry about that?"
[11:02] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Mm."-
[11:03] <Minaplo|Ping> [Lin turned to face Yanmei straight on, folding her arms, her back straight. "Tell me how you truly feel about all of this. Leave nothing out, no matter how trivial it may seem."]
01[11:06] <Yanmei> "I already have? Mostly." She averted her gaze to the side. "I don't want a sister."
[11:06] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Yes, but why not?"]
01[11:15] <Yanmei> "…" Would it make her look childish? "I barely see my own mom. It's been even worse since I went away to Paris-2? I thought we had worked up an okay relationship regardless. We usually don't fight, and she hasn't died or been captured by Caine, so I thought that maybe we had a shot to make it even better? -
01[11:18] <Yanmei> "I mean, it's been just the two of us since forever. And then in walks this girl while I'm away, and she makes herself at home cuddling up to -my- mother. She already has a family! She has 11 other sisters! It's… ridiculous!"
[11:20] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Maamaa…" Lizzie stared at Yanmei with worried confusion, before hugging her leg and putting her head down on Yanmei's thigh.-
[11:24] <Minaplo|Ping> [Lin let out a small sigh, walking over to the couch and sitting down, taking Mingzhu's spot. "I understand your point of view. Your mother is very work-driven. I know from experience. So naturally, you're going to be defensive, cautious. When this new girl enters the picture, disrupting your plans, doing the same things that you wish you could do…"-
[11:25] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Naturally you're going to be jealous. You're going to be possessive. For someone who has had relatively little affection from your mother, you are naturally inclined to treat her time and energy as a limited resource."]
06[11:31] * Yanmei stroked Lizzie's hair, trying to ease her troubles. To Lin, she nodded firmly, ignoring the twinge of humiliation that followed the 'jealous' remark. It was so… unflattering. But she could correct her later. "You agree, then? I'm not wrong."
[11:32] <Minaplo|Ping> ["… Let's look at it from the other perspectives of the people involved."]
01[11:36] <Yanmei> "…? You mean my mom and Nana?"
[11:36] <Minaplo|Ping> ["And my own as well."]
06[11:37] * Yanmei nodded. "Then, by all means. Please tell me what you are feeling?"
[11:39] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Mine are not as important as your mother's views or Nana's, so if it is alright, mine can be left to last. But let's talk about Nana's perspective. What do you think she's trying to do with all this?"]
01[11:46] <Yanmei> "It's about her building an identity, right? There are lots of other ways she could do that…"
[11:49] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I think that's one part of it. There's another very obvious reason she would seek affection from you and your mother."]
01[11:50] <Yanmei> "…because she answers to both of us at work?"
[11:50] <Minaplo|Ping> [Lin's expression was very flat.]
06[11:51] * Yanmei sighed. "Sorry. But no, what is it?"
[11:52] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Because she wants the affection. Just the same as you do, she wants to feel loved."]
01[12:00] <Yanmei> "… all right," she said grudgingly. "But why us?"
[12:02] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Circumstances. Random chance. Begin with Nana having great respect for you and your mother, and then with your mother reaching out to her, befriending her… The 'why you' is easy to answer."]
01[22:27] <Yanmei> "I suppose," she said carefully, "if you think of it like that, it's not her fault?"
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["Did you think it was her fault? She wasn't doing this to try to upset you."]
01[22:41] <Yanmei> "I know she didn't. But, it's a little easier to consider her feelings if you think of her as a victim of circumstances?"
[22:41] <Minaplo> [Lin nodded.-
[22:44] <Minaplo> ["Another question is simply 'why' in the first place. Why she needed this affection so greatly."]
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01[22:48] <Yanmei> "Maybe there's something in the way of her getting affection from her own mother."
[22:48] <Minaplo> ["Simply put- she doesn't receive any."]
01[22:49] <Yanmei> "Ah." She shook her head, unsurprised.
[22:52] <Minaplo> ["The other Ayanamis at Beijing have little time for her either. Julie is often occupied with her social obligations, and Himesama actively encourages Nana splitting off from the family. She's practically an orphan."]
01[22:59] <Yanmei> "The Ayanamis of Beijing aren't exactly the nurturing type, no," Yanmei muttered. "That doesn't seem too far fetched?"
[23:11] <Minaplo> ["No. Ultimately, she is very lonely."]
01[23:13] <Yanmei> "And the Director is trying to help her in her own way."
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["Yes. From the Director's point of view, Nana is a helpful, kind girl. The Director enjoys her company, but there is also regret there, I think." Said Lin, leaning back and folding her arms. "With Nana, she is experiencing a full and proper taste of what one might call a family life. Constant contact, and affection available when needed. Your mother regrets not having experienced that
[23:23] <Minaplo> exchange with you as much as she should have. Both in its effects on you and the way it makes her feel as well. She was able to bury her loneliness down, but burying is not the same as dealing with it."]
06[23:29] * Yanmei said nothing. She clenched her jaw a bit, remembering how comfortable the two of them had looked when she had first walked into the lounge.
[23:39] <Minaplo> ["Your mother is very proud, and she is used to hiding her personal feelings behind masks of professionalism." Said Lin, folding one leg over the other. "But Nana is opening her up a little, making her become more involved in these things, and your mother realises that she's enjoying this rediscovered facet to her life."]
01[23:45] <Yanmei> "I see. Well… I'm very happy for her in that case. It does sound like something that's good for her."
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[23:49] <Minaplo|Ping> [14:45] <Yanmei> "I see. Well… I'm very happy for her in that case. It does sound like something that's good for her."
[23:49] <Minaplo|Ping> [14:47] <Minaplo> [Lin shook her head slightly. "But it's good for you as well."]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "How, exactly, is being actively replaced is a good thing for me?"
[23:56] <Minaplo|Ping> ["You aren't being replaced." Said Lin quietly. "Your mother's affection isn't a limited resource, Zhang. There's plenty for you and Nana both. But not only is Nana helping your mother, but she's also trying to help you. She wants your mother to treat you with more affection, to be closer to you, to prioritise you over work. In the same way that she is opening the Director up to affection
[23:56] <Minaplo|Ping> from Nana, Nana is also opening her up to be more affectionate with you as well. She wants to bring you both together."]
Session Time: Sun Nov 10 00:00:00 2013
01[00:03] <Yanmei> "But that's not even necessary? It would have happened even without Nana's interference. We just needed some more quality time together, that's all?"
[00:08] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Are you sure? You have your own life, your own family now, with a fiance and a child. Would someone as professional and work-oriented as your mother truly interfere in that without a concerted push?"]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> "You don't understand? Things already were getting better! They really were…"
[00:18] <Minaplo|Ping> ["I understand a little too well." Said Lin quietly.]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "W-what do you mean?"
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[00:28] <Minaplo> ["When I was eight years old, my mother gave birth to a little baby brother." Said Lin.]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "She did…?" The great Liu Lin had a little brother?
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Before him, I was the only child." She smiled a little. "So this baby came home, and for eight years I'd been the focus of the family, and now this little usurper was taking my place. It was even worse, because he was a boy, so my family gave even more attention to him over myself."]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "What did you do about it?"
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["I learned to handle it. My brother was a rather selfish boy, since he was pampered, but he grew up to care and love me, so it would have been wrong of me to reject him. My parents did not stop loving me, of course, and whilst they showered attention on him as he grew up, eventually they respected me for my talents. My maturity, my intellect. At the end of the day, I think every child who
[00:42] <Minaplo> has ever been told that they have a new sibling is cautious and guarded at first. They naturally don't want to give up a share of the attention."-
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["But families aren't a zero-sum game."]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "Of course, there's also the fact that you're too amazing to ignore~" Yanmei pointed out.
[00:51] <Minaplo> [Lin's expression was very flat.]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed delicately, and then leaned back against the couch cushions. -
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "But you're saying that, eventually, I will learn to 'handle it' as well?"
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[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I think so. It would be the same if your mother began to date, and Elizabeth here will no doubt have to learn to handle it in due time."]
01[01:04] <Yanmei> "Date…" She looked suddenly, drastically worried at that.
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Surely you would not stop your mother from dating if she wished?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "…"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["It is your mother's choice." Said Lin slowly. "And if she did decide to move on in that manner, it would be healthy for her to do so."]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "I-I know that? But whoever she choses has to be good enough for her. Don't you agree?"
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["I agree. But she is an adult, and can make her own choices, just like the Director allowed you to make your own choice of partner."]
06[01:12] * Yanmei actually scowled a little now, and shook her head. "You haven't heard anything have you? Rumors, or anything?"
[01:14] <Minaplo> [Lin's expression was very flat.]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "W-what?"
[01:15] <Minaplo> [Lin's expression was still very flat.]
06[01:15] * Yanmei decided that it was best, perhaps, to avoid eye contact for now. "It was just a question, Major."
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Perhaps you should ask your mother personally about it."]
01[01:17] <Yanmei> "Maybe I will? At dinner tonight…"
[01:18] <Minaplo> [Lin nodded. "A good idea."]
06[01:20] * Yanmei gently nudged Lizzie into standing before getting up herself. "Thank you for the advice, Major."
[01:25] <Minaplo> [Lin stood up as well. "You are welcome. I understand that you might feel uncomfortable right now with these changes, but consider it from the point of view that your mother has simply adopted an orphan, like Elizabeth here."]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei held Lizzie's hand a little more firmly. -
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "While we still have a little privacy… I wanted to apologize for what happened at the Synfront. If you and Hohenzollern hadn't come to get us…"
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["It's quite fine. It was all part of the plan." Said Lin with a small smile.]
06[01:29] * Yanmei blinked hard. "What?"
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["Vercingetorix's plan was to deliberately place me in danger, to be subjected to conditioning which I would resist, thus convincing Mary Caine that I was her pawn, when in reality I was not. Simply put, I am an impossible double agent… And the reason I knew about the plot to capture your mother."]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "That's quite impressive. But… I hope you won't have to do something like that ever again."
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["So do I." Said Lin with a brief smile.]
06[01:42] * Yanmei smiled back. "Thank you for saving my mother, though."
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["It was a team effort."]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "You and Nana and Vercingetorix's Angel, huh?"
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["That's right."]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "Then I'll have to spread my gratitude all around, in that case?" She couldn't help a quick glance in Mr. Robbon's direction… and a repressed sigh.
[01:51] <Minaplo> [Lizzie helpfully squeezed the toy tightly.-
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["Zhang. One last thing before you go."]
01[01:51] <Yanmei> ^Ribbons' :|
01[01:51] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[01:52] <Minaplo> ["You've never heard of my brother, have you?"]
01[01:53] <Yanmei> "…no, I haven't. But I didn't want to pry, either?"
[01:54] <Minaplo> [She nodded. "Understandable. He died during Impact."]
06[01:55] * Yanmei nodded. "I see. I'm sorry for your loss."
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["So am I."]
01[02:08] <Yanmei> "Do you want to talk about it?"
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["No, I don't think so." She said quietly. "Just promise me something. You have the chance to gain something incredible here. Don't throw it away on a whim."]
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01[02:12] <Yanmei> "I will try to keep an open mind," Yanmei said with a little bit of difficulty.
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."]
06[02:17] * Yanmei gave her a quick nod and a parting salute before turning to go.

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