Mingzhu S Tears

[23:43] * Yanmei hurried down the crowded corriders of NERV's Medical Division. It had been a very long wait, and she had spent most of it lost hopelessly in her own twisting, turning thoughts.-
[23:45] <Yanmei> But now, she couldn't focus on much of anything anymore. A nurse had just informed her of the news she'd been waiting for, and the room where she could follow up on it - the room where her mother was now resting.
[23:54] <Raphael> NERV Medical was a maze of samey corridors broken up only by the occasional waiting room or nurses station, but as Yanmei arrived at the room she'd been directed to she'd find one extra distraction: Raphael Guillory waiting on a chair alongside the door, dressed in a grubby-looking NERV field uniform with his eyes half-closed.
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[23:59] * Yanmei came to a screeching halt and stared breathlessly at him. Ikari, Guillory, Ikari, Guillory… Guillory before he changed his look to something less Ikari-like. The pieces of memory clicked together. That he was outside of her room and in uniform proved he was Guillory. "U-um…"
Session Time: Thu Jul 26 00:00:00 2012
[00:06] * Raphael 's eyes snap open and he sits up a little straighter. "Ah… Yanmei." He says with a tired smile. "Pardon me. Doctor Clement was seeing to your mother, so I thought I would wait for you out here… I suppose I am not in the best state for standing guard."
[00:15] * Yanmei glanced at the door again, still slightly out of breath from the race to get here. Clement was in there now? She fiddled with her hands, feeling the pressure of anticipation grow more painful. "It's all right. I can take over?" she offered.
[00:21] * Raphael nods slightly. "Of course. I wouldn't want to keep you… I can imagine it's been a hard few weeks for you." He says, getting to his feet. "… I doubt I need to tell you, ma'am, but you may need to be somewhat gentle with the Director. She had a rather difficult time."
[00:28] * Yanmei nodded soberly, but she followed him with her eyes when he rose. "You saved her, though." She hesitated, trying to find the right words. "I didn't think… I mean, she was…"
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[00:39] <Raphael> Raphael's stare becomes a little more curious - a result of missing everything that came with the Pilots' illusory world - but he doesn't press the issue. "Well she's safe now, Yanmei. Shaken up, certainly, but I'm sure she'll make a quick recovery. She's a strong woman, much like her daughter."
[00:46] * Yanmei stared for a moment, and shook her head, and seemed to reach out make a difficult grab at her composure again as if she needed to come through at the 'strong' part. "Will you tell me what happened? I mean, you look like you could use some rest now? But… later?"
[00:58] <Raphael> Another nod. "Certainly, Pilot Zhang. I apologize for not being able to offer you more right now." He says, rubbing his neck. "… There is one thing you ought to know before you go in, though. When we found the man leading the Children's troops, he was holding your mother and President Wei at knifepoint. He left it up to me to decide which one would be allowed to live."
[01:03] <Yanmei> "He what?" Yanmei blinked hard several times. "W-why? What was his objective?" Her expression shifted.
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[01:08] <Raphael> "I asked the same thing. It was 'a social experiment', according to his words." Raphael says matter-of-factly. His voice is steady, but after a moment he's forced to glance away. "Still, the primary goal of the mission was to secure Director Zhang's safety at all costs, and we had no reliable way to disarm him…" He trails off, leaving the rest to Yanmei's imagination.
[01:12] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei searched his face and then glanced away with that same troubled expression. "I don't know what to say… The President is…"
[01:14] * Raphael nods mutely. "Obviously it's weighing on your mother's mind rather heavily. I thought you should know."
[01:17] <Yanmei> "Does Marianne know?" she blurted out. "What's going to happen now?"
[01:19] <Raphael> "She's aware, yes. And the rest… I don't know." He says slowly. "I suspect there are already contingencies in place. Command must have been aware that something like this could happen."
[01:22] <AdEvaGM> [The door to Mingzhu's room opened, and standing in the doorway was Doctor Clement. "Captain." He said with a polite nod to Raphael, before turning to Yanmei. "Your mother's awake- you can go see her, now."]
[01:23] * Raphael gives Clement a respectful nod and turns back to Yanmei. "I’ll leave you to it, ma’am. I’m sure you have a lot to discuss. Please give my regards to your mother, hmm?"
[01:24] <Raphael> With a quick salute, he disappears down the hall.
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[01:28] <Yanmei> The idea made her mind spin off into a maze of theories and even more troubled thoughts… but Clement's appearance and the good Group Captain's departure startled her. Yanmei offered Raphael a nod of her own, and watched him head off. "And… thanks…" she added, voice nearly inaudible. She turned back to the door, where Dr. Clement stood.
[01:31] <AdEvaGM> [He stepped aside, and…-
[01:32] <AdEvaGM> [Laying there, eyes open, looking towards the door, smiling wearily, was her mother.]
[01:36] * Yanmei approached slowly. It didn't feel quite real, looking at her again in person. "Mom…" Fortunately, she didn't have far to go and was by her bedside in moments. "Y-you're okay…" Another slight surprise as her mother's face began to blur a little, and she blinked rapidly to try and stop it.
[01:42] <AdEvaGM> [Mingzhu held her arms out to Yanmei. "Finally."]
[01:52] * Yanmei went to her, and her shoulders began to shake. The last time she had been here, she hadn't met Guillory at the door. Her mother had been hooked up to machines and unconscious, unable to talk to her either. Hearing her voice after twenty-three years… "Mom…" she choked again. "It was like a bad dream…"
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[01:54] <AdEvaGM> [Mingzhu put her arms around Yanmei; Mingzhu's face was pained and upset, trying not to cry herself. "Let it all out. I'm here now…"]
[01:59] * Yanmei was already letting it out, quietly. To her credit, it never progressed to the long, aching sobs she really felt like slipping into… but it was enough.-
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[02:00] <Yanmei> Some of the stress of the past day… the past two weeks… even beyond that leveled off, and soon she was just sniffling and wiping at her own eyes, drawing back a little for a better look at her.
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[02:02] <AdEvaGM> [There was a look of regret, sadness, fondness and a myriad other things mixed up in Mingzhu's face and eyes. But she smiled and tried to put on a brave face. "I missed you, Blossom."]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "I missed you too." Yanmei mumbled. Her voice still sounded a little thick, but it was starting to shift back to normal. "How do you feel?"
[02:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Tired, sore. Hungry, too." A wry smirk.]
[02:12] <Yanmei> "'m sorry," she tried to smile back. "Do you want me to flag down a nurse to get you something?"
[02:13] <AdEvaGM> ["A… A steak?"]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "Steak." Yanmei nodded firmly, a glint of steel coming into her eyes. If they wouldn't do it, she would go down to the cafeteria and grab it herself. If they were out, she would risk assassination to yank some from the nearest grade-A butcher. "Wait here…" She hurried to the door to find someone.
[02:18] <AdEvaGM> [There was a nurse- he was talking to a security guard who had just been posted to the room.]
[02:21] <Yanmei> So Yanmei wandered to him, smiling. "Excuse me~"
[02:22] <AdEvaGM> [They both looked at her. "What is it, Miss Zhang?" Asked the nurse.]
[02:25] <Yanmei> "Hi! I know you're busy, but is there any way you could get someone to bring my mom something to eat? She really wants steak."
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Steak?" Asked the guard, looking at the nurse.-
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sorry. We can't do that." Said the guard.]
[02:27] <Yanmei> "Huh?" Her face fell a bit. "How come?"
[02:28] <AdEvaGM> ["We can cut it up for her." Said the guard. "But we're under strict orders not to allow Director Zhang access to any utensil or tool that could double as a weapon."]
[02:30] <Yanmei> "Whose orders? I think there's been some sort of mistake?" Yanmei gave a light, hopeful chuckle. "What do you think she'll do?"
[02:31] <AdEvaGM> ["These orders come directly from Security Director Simon." Said the guard. "We believe there is a possibility she may be compelled into attacking you."]
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[02:34] * Yanmei stared. She shook her head. "No… no, that's just silly. She wouldn't do that. Why would she do that?"
[02:35] <AdEvaGM> [The nurse looked at the guard, who shook his head in response. "I'm sorry, ma'am. But Director Zhang has been in the presence of an enemy with proven persuasive and conditioning abilities. Nothing is certain."]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "Then…" she was weighing her options. It didn't look like he was backing down. She looked around the hallway and then returned her gaze to them. They were being cautious. It didn't actually -mean- anything. After the mission she would be able to talk to Simon and straighten things out properly. "Pre-cut steak? Please?"
[02:40] <AdEvaGM> [The guard sighs and nods, and sends the nurse off on the errand.]
[02:44] <Yanmei> And Yanmei thanked them, turning back toward the room. Before going in, she paused. It was silly, she reminded herself, and smiled. The important thing was that her mom was back and could even -ask- for things like steak. "They said they'll bring some in a minute!" she announced cheerfully.
[02:45] <AdEvaGM> ["That's good." Said Mingzhu quietly. "I… I've been out of the loop about things…"]
[02:47] <Yanmei> "Hm. I can fill you in," she said, coming back over to the bed. "There's a lot going on here. And back home, too."
[02:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[02:48] <Yanmei> "There are Angelspawn coming from all over, heading over toward China. But you know, they haven't attacked yet? And if they do, Major Liu can fend them off until reinforcements get there."
[02:49] <AdEvaGM> [Her face clouded. "I hope so."]
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[02:51] <Yanmei> For a moment, something like regret crossed her face. Yanmei tried to shake it off, and tossed her hair confidently. "You'll see. She's really the greatest. Maybe she'll beat them all, and you can stay here a little longer. In one of the guest offices," she clarified. "Or at my apartment."
[02:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, that… That'd be nice…"]
[02:54] <Yanmei> "…I have a mission in a few days, but aside from that, I'll be here as much as I can." Yanmei nodded firmly to herself. "So you won't be alone while you recover."
[02:59] <AdEvaGM> ["A… A mission?"]
[03:00] <Yanmei> "To Italy. There's some trouble there. It's been taken over. No… not just that. Rome was destroyed. I don't think the media knows about it yet, though?"
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[03:03] <AdEvaGM> ["D-Destroyed?!"]
[03:04] <Yanmei> "It's… it's just a big crater now. The monster that did it is still out there…"
[03:08] <AdEvaGM> ["A-And that's why you're going. To… To kill the monster."]
[03:09] <Yanmei> "We tried before, but it didn't go well," she said quietly. "Even so, we can't give up?"
[03:10] <AdEvaGM> [Mingzhu paled and looked away. "The monster… Wh-what's it called?"]
[03:16] <Yanmei> "…" She'd made a wrong turn somewhere. She didn't want to say the name, knowing what she'd just been through. "M-Mom. Don't worry about it, okay? I don't even know why I mentioned it." She gave a light laugh. "Talking about work when you should be resting…"
[03:19] <AdEvaGM> [She let out a sigh. "Things are going wrong, aren't they?"]
[03:22] <Yanmei> "It will get better. I promise you it will!"
[03:22] <AdEvaGM> ["You promise?"]
[03:24] <Yanmei> "Yes!" Yanmei nodded firmly again, and smiled. "I swear it. This time, we'll turn it around and win."
[03:30] <AdEvaGM> [She took Yanmei's hands tightly in her own. "Please, please do it."]
[03:39] <Yanmei> A little confusion started to creep onto her face, but pride started to sweep it out long before it took over. Her mom had faith in her! "Of course I will! You'll see."
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[03:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't… Don't risk yourself too much, alright? You're very precious to me. You shouldn't have to fight. You shouldn't-"-
[03:45] <AdEvaGM> [Something broke. Some regret, some… Worry- whatever it was, something Mingzhu was holding back broke. Her words dissolved into her sudden cascade of tears and sobs.]
[03:52] <Yanmei> "Mom…" Now it was Yanmei's turn to move forward and hug her, and give her the chance to let it all out. So she did.
[03:54] <AdEvaGM> [And Mingzhu's shoulders shook. A woman of iron who hadn't wept in years, not like this; who had kept it all in, who had strived and fought and endured…-
[03:54] <AdEvaGM> [Sobbed into her daughter's arms.]

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