Old Man S Folly

06[23:46] * Yanmei set her new tablet aside on the restaurant table and heaved a small sigh. -
01[23:52] <Yanmei> The previous day's chaos had faded; the promenade was quiet today and an uneasy sense of mourning still hung in the air. It was too difficult to focus on work here. She had sent an important request to Dr. Castillo, but that was all she could restlessly manage for now. -
01[23:52] <Yanmei> She gripped a water glass in her hand, but didn't make a move to raise it. Somehow, it just felt better to have something to hold.
[23:54] <Minaplo> [The table was partially surrounded by a partition, giving her some privacy. It was on this wooden partition that she'd hear a knock.-
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Good afternoon, Yanmei." Said Major Liu Lin with a small smile.]
06[23:57] * Yanmei stood abruptly, brandishing a great smile of her own. "Major! It's good to see you today? <3"
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["It's good to see you as well." Her smile widened a little as she entered the partition, sitting down opposite Yanmei. "You found a good spot."]
Session Time: Mon Jan 27 00:00:00 2014
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "Thanks. There are fewer curious eyes around today than normal but… I figured that we could still use a little privacy." She sat down again as well. "Should we order something?"
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["A good idea."]
01[00:10] <Yanmei> The lunch menu was a simple one, with multiple wraps and sandwiches. Yanmei selected one for herself with sliced beef and warm sauce.
[00:13] <Minaplo> [Liu Lin went with a lamb burger on fresh Italian bread with cheese, a fried egg and lettuce with a plate of 'Special Fries'.-
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["How are you doing, Yanmei? It's been chaotic…"]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "It has," she murmured. "But I've been ok. There's a lot ahead of me, so I can't think about any downtime."
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to say that you've been holding up well." Said Lin, with a smile. "Many doubts have been put to rest by your strength."]
06[00:24] * Yanmei straightened up proudly, lifting her head slightly. "Th-that means the world, coming from you, Major~ Thank you."
[00:27] <Minaplo> [Lin smiled. "I see a little of myself in you right now. You're unsure of yourself, but all you can do is go forward."]
01[00:33] <Yanmei> She… looked unsure of herself? But it was still a compliment. "Thank you," she chuckled, "Again. But I haven't had a chance to do anything yet? It's been paperwork and phone calls, mainly."
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["There'll be plenty of that."-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["I invited someone else to our meeting. Is that alright?"]
01[00:41] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Yanmei blinked, and then smiled once again. "Perfectly fine? Any friend of yours is a friend of mine."
[00:43] <Minaplo> [She smiled, but didn't add anything.-
[00:47] <Minaplo> [Their food would arrive shortly, carried by the proprietor himself. "Good noonin'. One sliced beef wrap with sauce on a sesame seed wrap, and a lamb burger sammich for the lady with the lovely neck."-
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["What?" Asked Liu Lin, looking up at him curiously.-
[00:49] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue placed the food down, then firmly clapped his hands on Lin's shoulders. "Your neck. Why, it's positively swan-like. You know, I happen to run a tailor's just next door…"-
[00:50] <Minaplo> [Yanmei didn't see him place it down, but a catalogue for the tailor shop was suddenly lying on the table.]
06[00:51] * Yanmei had probably missed it because she was so focused on frowning meaningfully and radiating disapproval with every fibre of her being! "We're not thinking about clothes today, thanks?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["I prefer not to think about clothes either." Said Mr. Blue with a grin. "They get in the way." He bent down so he was one eye-level. "But if you need a steady hand and a firm needle to make you something sensual or stylish, just remember the Blue next door…"-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["That'll be all, thank you." Said Lin firmly, yet awkwardly.-
[00:53] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue smirked, floating off.]
06[00:55] * Yanmei fumed! As soon as he was out of sight, she picked her her wrap and bit viciously into it. "Next time, we should choose a place where the wait staff isn't so pushy…"
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["What a boor." Agreed Lin.-
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["… Still, I don't remember the last time I wore a pretty dress."]
01[00:58] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei took a much more -dainty- bite this time, swallowing before speaking. "I wonder how hard that would be to get through other channels? In Beijing it wouldn't be an issue, but on a ship like this one…"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["I suppose it depends on how good his dressmaking is."]
03[01:02] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "I wouldn't know." She eyed Lin's sandwich. "Are you enjoying the meal, at least?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["I am. Are you?"]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "It's not terrible. Don't tell him I said that."
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["You and he don't get along?" She grinned. It was oddly… Boyish.]
01[01:13] <Yanmei> "He has a weird history with the Parisian pilots. He's always up to shady things…" She found herself studying her water glass, somehow embarrassed.
[01:19] <Minaplo> ["We may need shady people like him…"]
01[01:23] <Yanmei> "We already have plenty of those!"
[01:26] <Minaplo> [She laughed quietly. "Like who?"]
01[01:39] <Yanmei> "Jeanne Simon. Surov. Hohenzollern. Pretty much anyone who was at one point the head of a Paris NERV department or the head of NERV itself."
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["Even Colonel Amatore?"]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "Well. She's a little different."
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["I see." A smirk.-
[01:43] <Minaplo> [She turned her lead, looking at something outside of the partition. "Oh, he's here…"]
06[01:45] * Yanmei turned her head as well, curiosity blazing away!
[01:46] <Minaplo> [Liu Lin stood respectfully, leaving the partition to meet…-
[01:47] <Minaplo> [It was an older man, quite short and thin, in his sixties or seventies. He was wearing a neat three-piece suit, and his shoes were shiny and black. His hair was white with age, however, and he had a not-quite-medium-but-not-quite-short beard as well. He wore a pair of spectacles.-
[01:48] <Minaplo> [Lin guided him over to their partition. "I'd like to introduce you to Xiang Xicheng, the Federal Governor of Sichuan Province."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Sir!" Yanmei had respectfully risen as well, extending a hand. A -Federal Governor- was on their ship, and she hadn't noticed until now? "Welcome to the Dorian Lachapelle? I'm Zhang Yanmei."
[01:55] <Minaplo> [He looked down at the offered hand, then slowly reached out and grasped it. His grip wasn't very strong…-
[01:56] <Minaplo> [Unexpectedly, tears began to build in his crinkly eyes.]
01[01:57] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei's smile became more puzzled now. "Sir?"
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["Please… Forgive an old man his folly." He said sadly, shaking his head. "I am Xiang Xicheng, and I was the father of a man named Xiang Huan."]
01[02:05] <Yanmei> "Xiang… Huan…" Yanmei froze up, nearly dropping his hand in shock. Her gaping gave way to a faint, stupid chuckle and she swept an arm toward a chair. "P=please sit down?"
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["Thank you very much." He was still holding her hand, but he moved and sat down.-
[02:08] <Minaplo> [Liu Lin gave them both a silent nod and walked away…]
01[02:11] <Yanmei> Yanmei had no choice but to sit as well. For once, Lin's departure was less of a concern than the other person sitting in front of her… and for once, she simply didn't know what to say. A few seconds ticked by, as she stared at him, fighting her disbelief. -
01[02:12] <Yanmei> "U-um… I almost don't know where to start. Does my mother know you're here?"
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["I don't think so. I'll have to say hello later. I should've said hello to her first, but I so wanted to meet you…" The tears began to come again.]
06[02:18] * Yanmei squeezed his hand. She pulled her chair closer so that they were sitting sit by side instead of at an odd angle. "W-welcome, then," she said, even though she had already said it, and smiled. "We have a lot to share, don't we?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["We do. You must have a lot of questions…"]
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "Lots. I didn't know my father at all? Ah… and I didn't know he had family either? You were in Sichuan this entire time…"
[02:29] <Minaplo> [He looked down at his hands, ashamed. "It is my fault."]
06[02:30] * Yanmei cocked her head questioningly. Her eyes were curious and bright, but not accusing.
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["I tried to find my son, after the country was reunited by Lady Liu. My investigators found that he had died during the Impact, and that all remained was a destitute widow and a daughter I knew nothing about."-
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["I was angry and disappointed, that he had planted that seed within your mother- and we knew nothing about it. And I was even more disappointed when I learned that it was a daughter. I tried to forget about all of it."-
[02:37] <Minaplo> [He sighed. "I had three children, and your father was the eldest. Your uncle and aunt have since left the nest, and… I suppose an old man like myself became lonely. Some years ago I tried to find you and your mother again, to welcome you into my life. But your mother wouldn't have it. She was furious that I didn't help you both after Impact."-
[02:37] <Minaplo> [The tears came again, now, running down his old, tanned face. "She was right to exclude me."]
01[02:40] <Yanmei> "You've spoken to each other before?!" But her incredility could wait. The old man was crying… She patted him hastily on the shoulder. -
01[02:43] <Yanmei> It seemed odd. There wasn't much anger or hatred, even after all of what he'd said. Maybe she was still in shock? Or maybe she just didn't know how to deal with it yet… -
01[02:44] <Yanmei> "How long ago was it? Maybe she'd be more forgiving now…"
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["Six years…"]
01[02:47] <Yanmei> "Six years is a long time to think things over."
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["Maybe. She has a right to be angry."]
01[02:56] <Yanmei> "…" She decided to change tact. "What was he like? What were his siblings and mother like?"
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["Huan? Ah, he was a good boy. He wasn't one for books, although we made him study hard, of course. He was energetic. He loved -activity-. Using his hands. He adored horses, you know. My brother owned a ranch in the countryside, and he'd go there every fortnight to help with the horses. He loved to ride them, groom them…"]
03[23:47] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "Mom said he liked to run too? Maybe he just liked speed…"
[23:52] <Minaplo> [Xicheng laughed softly. "Oh yes. He liked the thrill of moving fast. He was a thrill-seeker to the core."]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> "Why do I feel," she said with a small smile, "that you had to scold him for that a lot growing up?"
Session Time: Thu Jan 30 00:00:00 2014
[00:01] <Minaplo> [He patted her hand warmly. "Don't be fooled into thinking it stopped with him growing up…"]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "Heh. Yeah, I guess that would fit, wouldn't it? But antics or not, he sure did make my mom smile…"
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["I'm glad."-
[00:11] <Minaplo> [The old man bowed his head for a few minutes, then lifted it again to look at Yanmei.-
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["He was always cheerful. Always energetic. He was infectious. He would visit sad and depressed friends and make them laugh."-
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["I don't know many things about his relationship with your mother. But… He was very popular amongst the girls."]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "W-was he?" She looked a little awkward, but she laughed it off. "I bet he had a fleet of girlfriends, then."
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["A fleet? Hmm… He had a few, I think, but never more than one at the same time…"-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["I have the suspicion that he was more serious about your mother, though."]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "They were going to get married. I think. And, well," she looked more sheepish now. "…there was also me…"
[00:24] <Minaplo> [He grinned, patting her hand again. "And a good thing, too."]
06[00:28] * Yanmei blinked up at him again with a new grin. "Hey! You must have questions for me too, right?"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["I do, as a matter of fact."]
06[00:41] * Yanmei nodded firmly. "Where should I start? The press only talks about me as a pilot, but they never talk about my past or the private things I do…"
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["Start with wherever you like."]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Well… I got into running a lot too, you know, when I was in school? I was really good at it! And I made a lot of friends on the track team back home. When I was sent over to France, though, there were… complications."
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Complications? You weren't bullied for your race, were you?"]
01[00:55] <Yanmei> "Ah? No, no. They were pretty welcoming? Both the other kids and my caretaker. No. There was an accident that took me out of running for a long time. It was fixed with surgery a while back, see?" She straightened and bent her knee a few times to show that it was perfectly okay. "It was really rough until it was, though."
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["Oh. So you couldn't run… That would've sent your father mad."]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "Heh. I nearly went mad myself? It was so -frustrating-." She shook her head hard. "But I still managed to make friends. And I learned new things? My french is flawless now, for example~"
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["Would you care to give me an example? I cannot speak it, but I want to see how you sound with it anyway."]
06[01:10] * Yanmei cleared her throat proudly. "Comment allez-vous? Enchanté, grand-père. Bienvenue en France!"
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well done! What did you say?"]
01[01:20] <Yanmei> "'How are you?'" she relayed cheerfully, "'It's good to meet you, grandfather. Welcome to France!'"
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Ah… Thank you very much." He smiled broadly. "Look at you! How accomplished you are…"]
06[01:33] * Yanmei beamed. "Thank you. It was really hard work? Fortunately, my teachers were patient. Oh! You have to meet Marianne. She's the one who looked after me when I came to France? It was a bit strange at first, because she didn't understand a word of Chinese either…"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["You had a foster carer?"]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Yes. I was only 13 or 14 when I started out. It was necessary?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["I see… And it sounds like you and Marianne have gotten along well, am I right?"]
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01[01:41] <Yanmei> "That's right~ She's really smart. In fact, she became my commanding officer a while ago. We couldn't have won as many battles as we have without her cunning tactics."
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[01:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh! This is the same Marianne who runs this flying ship!"]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "So you -have- met her? Or at least heard about her? Yes, she's one and the same~"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["I see! An intelligent and beautiful woman… No doubt she taught you a great deal."]
06[02:00] * Yanmei preened~ "You're too kind. I'm still learning a lot, actually."
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["Really? Please, tell me…"]
01[02:15] <Yanmei> "Like, with military tactics? If communication suddenly stops in the middle of a battle, for example, I can't take over for her and do the job as well as she could. That said? I also couldn't beat her in a game of Xiangqi to save my life."
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so you do play Xiangqi!" His face lit up. "I tried to share my love of it with your father, but he never took to it that much."]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "We should play a match some time! You'll be staying with us for a few days, won't you?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["I will be, yes. Do you have a board?"]
01[02:25] <Yanmei> "Of course~ I'll bring it with me the next time we meet."
[02:26] <Minaplo> [He nodded enthusiastically.-
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["But please, please tell me more about yourself." He grasped her hand and squeezed it. "I want to learn everything…"]
01[02:33] <Yanmei> "A-all right." she nodded firmly to herself. "Let's see. Aside from running, I also like cooking and talking to people. I've made a lot of very good friends among politicians. Some of them are even here on this ship?"
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["Cooking… Do you get that from your mother?"]
01[02:35] <Yanmei> "I'm…not sure," she admitted. "She's okay at it, I think."
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Ah…"-
[02:36] <Minaplo> [There was an awkward pause.-
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Your father wasn't a bad cook either, but he had a terrible habit of making his meals incredibly intense…"]
01[02:38] <Yanmei> "Ah! Like extra spicy curry?"
[02:40] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yes. The day he found a Sichuan cookbook…" A grave shake of the head.]
06[02:45] * Yanmei laughed! "It's no wonder~ Well. I have a few people to cook for, so I can't make it too spicy."
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh? A few people…? A boyfriend?"]
01[02:49] <Yanmei> "Yes! He's one of them. Although… he's not around right now." She became a little quieter. "He got stranded someplace after the last fight? We haven't been able to get to him yet."
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["Oh… I see…"-
[02:52] <Minaplo> [He paused for a moment. "If you don't want to talk about him…"]
06[21:49] * Yanmei shook her head. "You'll meet him eventually? So it's ok!" -
01[21:50] <Yanmei> "In any case he's incredibly likable? He's calm and gentle, and he's quite the cook himself."
[21:53] <Minaplo> ["I see! The perfect partner for an energetic leader?"]
01[21:58] <Yanmei> "C-come on," she chuckled. "I'm totally calm too? Under pressure, I mean. The Beijing pilots can vouch for me~"
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["No, my dear, you misunderstand. A good leader will be charismatic and forceful in public, but in private, she needs a calm and measured mind to give her advice and steady her."]
01[22:04] <Yanmei> "Oh." Yanmei cleared her throat. "I guess he does that too. And when bad things happen, he's always ready with a hug and a kind word."
[22:06] <Minaplo> [He nodded slowly, approvingly. "You seem to find yourself in danger a lot, from what I've heard, so I'm happy he supports you so. Are you thinking of wedding him?"]
01[22:10] <Yanmei> "Yes!" She beamed, pleased that he was open enough to bring it up. "He asked me a few months ago? But we have to wait for things to settle down, too. He has to go to medical school too, and I have to get my own education, er, somehow, while leading this faction. He's going to be a doctor, you know. His mom was a pretty famous one."
[22:10] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
01[22:12] <Yanmei> "Wei Liyi. She invented this powerful healing salve that's become a staple for the way our organization treats our injured."
[22:16] <Minaplo> [His eyes widened somewhat in surprise. "Wei Liyi! I've heard of her, yes."]
01[22:20] <Yanmei> "I thought you might~ His father was also a genius? A French scientist who was instrumental in weaponizing positrons… although he didn't seem too happy about it. Pacifistic ideals."
[22:20] <Minaplo> ["I see."-
[22:21] <Minaplo> ["Both of them gifted… He must be a very clever boy. I remember how saddened I was when I heard Doctor Wei Liyi had been killed."]
06[22:22] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "He was just a little kid when it happened, and it affected him terribly? And now, recently, his father also passed away…"
[22:23] <Minaplo> ["So you're all he has left."]
06[22:26] * Yanmei nodded again, her brow creasing ever so slightly. "He does have friends as well? And also, well. There's a little girl we've been caring for."
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["A little girl…?"]
01[22:30] <Yanmei> "Yes. Her name is Elizabeth, and she's the most talented and adorable girl ever~ Her biological parents are former pilots; her father passed away in a horrific battle, and her mother was ill on and off for a long time afterward. We started taking care of Lizzie by her request."
[22:31] <Minaplo> ["How long have you been caring for her?"]
01[22:31] <Yanmei> "About… two years now."
[22:34] <Minaplo> ["… I see. Do you see her as a daughter?"]
01[22:37] <Yanmei> "With as long as I've been looking after her, she -is- my daughter. She's so young that she's pretty much always seen it that way too."
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["Hmm."-
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["I would like to meet her, as well. If she's your daughter, then that makes her my great-granddaughter." He said firmly.]
06[22:46] * Yanmei glowed~ But that expression began to level out with caution. "My mother was watching her this morning. If we were to go now it would mean braving her."
[22:53] <Minaplo> ["I'll have to brave her eventually… But perhaps it wouldn't be wise with a little girl around. Are you going to give her a name in Chinese?"]
01[23:05] <Yanmei> "It would be a good idea, wouldn't it?" Yanmei dug through a pocket for a phone. "Probably after we've sorted things out with her biological mom. Ahh. Would you like to see some pictures?"
[23:07] <Minaplo> ["By all means."]
06[23:14] * Yanmei brought up a few and shifted closer, holding the phone up so he could see them. "Here's one with Isaiah in it too?" A pale young man with fluffy blonde hair was holding a giggling little girl on his shoulders. She, in turn, was clumsily holding a stuffed bear on her own blonde head to form a sort of totem pole.
01[23:16] <Yanmei> There were more as well. The same little girl, now with a shorter hair style, chasing around a tiny red fox. They were on a familiar ship deck, with the ocean churning endlessly around them and the wind blowing around their clothes and fur. -
01[23:23] <Yanmei> There was another with her at a table with a mysterious guest. The guest wore an incredibly frilly white dress and glamorous long blue ringlets. She was daintily clutching a delicate teacup, and staring straight at the picture-taker with stern reproach. Lizzie herself was sitting opposite of her, lifted up thanks to a stack of books. She was clumsily gripping a plastic toy tea cup of her own… and seemed to be playfully mimicking her friend's expression.
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["Oh…" He reached out with a slightly trembling hand, before withdrawing it. He stared at the photographs avidly, drinking them in…-
[23:32] <Minaplo> [Then his head bowed and tears began to build up in his eyes once again.]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei quickly put a hand on his shoulder. "W-what's wrong?"
[23:35] <Minaplo> [He shook his head, wiping at his eyes. "Forgive an old man his disgraceful display." He murmured. "It's just… She's so lovely. I'm imagining how delighted your father would have been…"]
01[23:40] <Yanmei> "You think he would be?" She sounded rather awed at the thought herself.
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["To see his daughter grow up to be so successful, so strong, with a lovely daughter of her own- what father wouldn't?"]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> "I'll… have to make him proud, won't I?" she smiled broadly at him.
[23:50] <Minaplo> [He took her hand again, squeezing it firmly. He had firm hands, hands that had worked…-
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["B… But." He smiled, shaking off the tears. "There is something that every Grandfather needs to know…"]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "…ah?"
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["When will Elizabeth be getting a little brother?"]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "W-wh-" Her face started to turn a little red. "N-not for a while? Marriage, med school, and other stuff, remember? And…" she turned even redder still. "There's no telling if it will be a brother or a sister?"
Session Time: Sat Feb 01 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["You'll just have to keep trying." Said Grandfather Xiang, nodding sagely. "Girls are good, too! Don't misunderstand, but there should be a boy to carry on the legacy of our family. In the next six years or so."]
01[00:08] <Yanmei> "…I see," she said seriously. Her father had been the oldest son, so… "I can… try?"
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["Good." He nodded, satisfied. "After all, how long do you expect this old man to live anyway?"]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> That seemed to worry her. "Heh heh. Come on, you'll be around for a good while yet!"
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["I'm 74. You can't take chances at 74."]
01[00:24] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but…" she trailed off, frowning.
[00:26] <Minaplo> ["Hmm?"]
01[00:30] <Yanmei> "Heh. Don't mind me? I guess I don't like thinking about more family members dying…"
[00:32] <Minaplo> ["… Ah, I'm sorry. I didn't mean… I was just…"]
06[00:35] * Yanmei shook her head, giving him another smile. "It's ok? Really. It's something I, realistically, should try to come to terms with."
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["No… I should have realised what that meant."-
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Still. I'm serious about what I said." He said, his forehead scrunching up into a playful frown. "I'll put it this way: I need to have plenty of great-grandchildren to spoil…"]
01[00:43] <Yanmei> "I can understand that? Although… I hope you'll spoil your grandchildren too~"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Absolutely." He squeezed her hand. "I have eighteen years of presents to make good on… Name it, and it's yours."]
06[00:58] * Yanmei nodded happily. "Thanks. I can't think of anything right now, aside from that game of Xiangqi you promised? But when I do, I'll come to you."
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["I have some ideas." Said an amused voice from the partition.]
06[01:01] * Yanmei turned. Warily.
[01:02] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue was standing there, holding a plate of food and a drink, which he placed down in front of Xicheng. He was grinning.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> ["Why not spend it on a custom-made cheongsam? Made 100% from silk, fitted to your body, to emphasise your curves?" He leaned over conspiratorily. "I can even pad it a little to help on the 'emphasise' front, because god knows it's needed…"]
06[01:13] * Yanmei -fumed-. "It is not!" she hissed. "And you-" The slightest of pauses. "…you're busy with your grill right now anyway, so you couldn't even do a fitting, right~? It's a shame."
[01:18] <Minaplo> [A tape measure was inexplicably in his hand halfway through Yanmei saying 'a shame'.-
[01:18] <Minaplo> ["She'll come by later." Said Xicheng diplomatically.]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> Yanmei glared at Blue! Where was Lin? Hadn't she been distracting him all this time? What if he had been listening to their entire conversation?! -
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "Grandfather, are you sure?"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["Of course." He said, patting her hand and giving her a warm smile. "Anything for you!"-
[01:22] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue beamed. "It's a fitting date, then~" He slid away, his aura of smug following him with a slight delay.]
01[01:24] <Yanmei> Grrr… But the old man looked so happy. She couldn't ruin that by yelling after the bastard as he left. Besides, a leader as dignified as she was would never do that~ -
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "Thank you for the gift," she managed instead, and smiled back at him.
[01:24] <Minaplo> [Xicheng grinned.-
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["You don't need to get fitted. I just told him that to make him go away."]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> "Oh." She blinked, and then lapsed into relief. "THANK you."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Don't you worry. I'm not so old that I can't spot the obvious. The man irritates you, so…" He made a dismissive 'shoo' motion with his free hand.-
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Do you want something like that, though? Even if it's not from him…"]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "Hmm. I wouldn't mind another dress? But. Don't you think I'm dressed fashionably as it is?"
03[01:32] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.942-632-13-112d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.942-632-13-112d|oaT) has joined #nervfrance
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Well, for a casual setting, I suppose… It reminds me a little of what your cousin wears."]
01[01:37] <Yanmei> "Oh?" A cousin with good taste~ "Is she my age?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["A little younger. About 14."]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "Ah? Ah…" She peered down at her own clothes, seemingly evaluating them.
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["What's wrong?"]
01[01:48] <Yanmei> "Oh, it's nothing? I was just remembering that I became a bit of a trendsetter back home? It's kind of flattering~ Maybe she's taken a few fashion cues from me." She remembered enough of her own meal now to take a bite from it. It was practically cold now… "…are, um. My aunt, uncle and cousins aware that I'm related to them?"
[01:51] <Minaplo> ["I didn't want to inform them without your permission…"]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Hmm." Her gaze sank. "I've made a lot of dangerous enemies lately. Would it actually be dangerous to not keep it quiet?"
02[01:58] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.942-632-13-112d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.942-632-13-112d|oaT) Quit (Ping timeout)
[01:58] <Minaplo> ["It could be." He admitted. "Unless you felt you could protect them."]
03[02:00] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.812-252-732-022d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.812-252-732-022d|oaT) has joined #nervfrance
01[02:04] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked a little sad. "We'll tell them once we've gotten more funds and a stronger footing. For the next month or two, we'll probably be floundering?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> ["I see. Understandable…"]
01[02:10] <Yanmei> "I'm sorry," she said quietly.
[02:12] <Minaplo> ["No, it's fine." He smiled, squeezing her hand again. "Safety is important. But one day, you must promise me, that one day we will have a family union…"]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "I promise," she said solemnly. "I'll tell them so many stories when I finally get the chance!"
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Thank you." He smiled softly.-
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Speaking of stories…"]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Hm? Are you interested in hearing a few~?"
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Always."]
01[02:19] <Yanmei> "I'll right then." She wiped her hands carefully and settled back to make herself comfortable for this long haul. "Let me tell you about my old highschool…"

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