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[22:54] <CakeyCake> Downtown Boston lay in shambles, and the leftover imprints of the battle that had made it that way were almost as surreal as the massive participants of that battle…-
[23:01] <CakeyCake> A twintailed figure picked her way cautiously through what might have been a grocery store, judging from mashed and twisted shelving sticking out amid hunks of fallen brick, metal, and drywall. The sky was open above her, sunny and clear.
[23:01] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[23:04] <Minerva‘Linden> [In amidst this scene of urban devastation, Kaworu Nagisa sits upon the top of a set of grocery shelves, one knee to his chin, the other dangling over the side. His grey hair and washed out appearance makes him hard to pick at first, but he looks up as Yanmei approaches. A box of cookies are grasped in hand.]
[23:09] <Yanmei> It takes a moment to adjust to this, a presence in a place that she’d thought was empty at first glance. "You look cozy," she remarked, and tried to walk closer to him. She couldn't quite do it without hopping over a small lake of milk, and she groaned, wrinkling her nose when she fell short. "My shoes!"
[23:13] <Minerva‘Linden> [Kaworu smiled coyly. "Your footsteps aren’t so large when you're not 40 metres tall. I like to think that -you- caused that mess…"]
[23:17] <Yanmei> "Ugh." She folded her arms. She was too mature to pout, but her frown was a sullen one as she shuffled her way to dry land again. "I so did not. It was probably one of those upstart robots."
[23:19] <Minerva‘Linden> ["You could be right! How are you, Yanmei?"]
[23:19] <Yanmei> "I’m doing pretty well. What about you, Nagisa? You left France without saying anything?"
[23:20] <Minerva‘Linden> ["I was investigating."]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "Of course," she sighed, and tested her weight against a huge upright chunk of debris. "Well, I won’t pry. I hope you're getting along okay with Wellesley and the Ayanamis, at least?"
[23:29] <Minerva‘Linden> ["You should pry." Said Nagisa wryly. "It concerns you, somewhat. But yes, I am getting along with Wellesley and the Ayanamis."]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Concerns me." Yanmei leaned against the big slab of broken brick wall. "…She’s making sure Isaiah is all settled, I bet."
[23:35] <Minerva‘Linden> [He chuckled. "Close, but not quite. Congratulations, by the way."]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Thanks," she said wryly, and glanced down at her ring as it gleamed in the sun. "But now I have to wonder about what new threats she’ll cook up? And that sword they made him carry… that was her doing, wasn't it?"
[23:39] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Yes. Excalibur. Actually, that sword was why I came."]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[23:48] <Minerva`Linden> ["Excalibur is Adam’s Sword, and thus it has a mind of its own. But… The sword was destroyed during the war between Adam and Lilith, when the Lance smote Adam into destruction."]
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[23:50] <Yanmei> "But it's whole again. Which means it was repaired somehow?"
[23:51] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Yes. During Second Impact, Adam repaired the sword before her S2 Organ overloaded." He frowned. "Cookie?"]
[23:56] <Yanmei> "Ah?" She blinked and held a hand out for it a little distractedly. "Thanks. So why pull out and openly use this weapon now?"
[23:57] <Minerva`Linden> ["I don’t know. They might be desperate. What I do know is that Excalibur was dormant until Ramliel appeared. Do you remember when she broadcasted a message across the entire Earth?"]
[23:58] <Yanmei> "Yes. All too well."
[23:59] <Minerva‘Linden> ["That broadcast wasn’t just felt by human minds. It was a summons."]
Session Time: Wed Feb 22 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Yanmei> "Wh-?! Wait. You mean it woke that sword up?"
[00:07] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Yes."]
[00:09] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei’s frown grew, and she gazed down at her cookie. "That Angel boldly declared that it would wipe out humanity, and that struggling against it was useless."
[00:10] <Minerva‘Linden> ["It did."]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Does Excalibur intend to carry out that declaration?"
[00:20] <Minerva`Linden> ["I cannot say for certain, but I do know that, at the very least, Excalibur’s main purpose is to return to its creator."]
[00:22] <Yanmei> "It attacked Isaiah pretty viciously. But if you know about the engagement, you probably know about that too?"
[00:24] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Yes." Said Kaworu. "He isn’t the only one, in reality. I know for a fact that any of the Ayanamis become violently ill if they get too close, and I think it reacted to Sera the same way it did to Isaiah. It's anathema."]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "What's going to happen to it?"
[00:26] <Minerva‘Linden> ["It will be returned to Paris, I believe…" Kaworu frowned. "But…"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "But?"
[00:28] <Minerva`Linden> ["I think it’s more than that. Adam repaired the sword, but why?" He frowned. "I know that at one point, the Lance of Longinus housed Lilith's soul, so what if Adam repaired Excalibur, not as a weapon, but as a recepticle?"]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "For what?" Her voice was uneasy.
[00:31] <Minerva‘Linden> ["For what else? Herself."]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei moved to take a small bite. "Isn’t that all the more reason to isolate this thing and never let it see the light of day? But… her own plans don't bode all that well for humanity either."
[00:41] <Minerva‘Linden> ["I should note, I don’t have any proof. It's a… Hunch, one could say." He said quietly. "But, whilst I agree with what you say, in all honesty, I doubt that the Committee are willing to just let Excalibur lie. They need it… Or they need Adam, or something."]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "There's no proof? No evidence anywhere of what's she's planning even on a general level?"
[00:48] <Yanmei> ^what she's
[00:49] <Minerva‘Linden> ["I’m afraid not. Nothing I have access to, just theories."]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Not even in the MAGI system?" she sounded disappointed.
[00:57] <Minerva‘Linden> [He shook his head. "I’m afraid not. If it is, I can't find it."]
[00:59] <Yanmei> "I see."
[01:00] <Minerva‘Linden> ["What are you going to do now?"]
[01:01] <Yanmei> "I don’t know. What moves -can- I take? I keep asking myself that."
[01:05] <Minerva‘Linden> [Kaworu didn’t seem to have much to add to that. He simply took out a cookie and nibbled it.]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Nagisa? Can you do me a favor?"
[01:08] <Minerva‘Linden> ["What?"]
[01:10] <Yanmei> "I want to learn how to make a custom cell phone."
[01:12] <Minerva`Linden> ["… Of course." He smiled.]
[01:14] <Yanmei> "Thanks. I made an attempt before now, but I messed it up and didn’t have time to correct it thanks to the hearing and this battle."
[01:14] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Interesting. Where did you find the parts?"]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "I bought one or two new phones in Paris, and took them apart. It was to teach myself how they worked too. I even made some notes."
[01:17] <Minerva`Linden> ["I see. So you didn’t intend to -use- the product?"]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "I did. I just thought…" She coughed, a little embarrassed. "I thought distinguishing and discarding the bug itself would be easier than it turned out to be. Like it'd have a little NERV logo stamped on it or something? Don't laugh," she added, frowning.
[01:23] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Sadly not." Said Kaworu, smiling a little more, although not laughing. "But I can teach you. I can even supply unbugged parts."]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "I appreciate it." She appreciated his not laughing as well, although she didn’t say it. "If there's anything I can do to help you out in exchange…"
[01:27] <Minerva‘Linden> ["No, nothing at the moment." He smiled brightly.]
[01:30] <Yanmei> "Well, if anything comes to mind - within reason - let me know?"
[01:32] <Minerva`Linden> ["I will."]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Thanks." She pushed off the broken wall, and stretched a little. "And, I guess that puts an end to my curiosity for now? Although, I have to wonder how those cookies of yours survived the carnage here." She glanced around at the wreckage.
[01:34] <Minerva`Linden> ["I guess you weren’t thorough enough with your urban renewal."]
[01:35] <Yanmei> "Ehh? Did we agree before that this wasn't my fault?"
[01:35] <Yanmei> ^Didn't we
[01:38] <Minerva‘Linden> ["We didn’t, actually." He snickered.]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Geeze," Yanmei pouted. "And to think that I messed up these cute new shoes for your sake too. I'll know better next time."
[01:45] <Minerva‘Linden> ["Hah."]
[01:48] * Yanmei huffed and tossed her hair. "Anyway, we’re due to leave for Paris tomorrow. Let's meet someplace tonight or even in the early morning to give you time to prepare the lesson."
[01:49] <Minerva‘Linden> [He pulled his other leg up, and ran down the length of the shelf, before daintily jumping off and over the milk lake. "I’ll teach you now. There's something I have to do tomorrow."]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Oh-" His acrobatics momentarily made her miss a breath. That… was pretty damned good. "*ahem* All right. You have my attention, Teacher."
[01:53] <Minerva`Linden> ["Excellent. Come on, then."]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Aye-aye." And with a little more focus, she prepared to follow his lead.

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