Paris Bridge

[09:43] <Yanmei> It was a few minutes before Yanmei emerged to face the world, first slowly collecting her thoughts, piecing together what had happened, and then calculating the amount of humiliation she was going to encounter by stepping out into the open again. -
[09:47] <Yanmei> She figured that there was slightly less of it now that Marianne was away from the bridge, and that Misato was no doubt focused on either the continuing match or Raphael Guillory. The Bunnies were still there, and so was the new kid. How much worse would it look if she actually decided to stay in hiding? Yanmei thought about it, and then sighed, and then pulled the release mechanism on her plug.
[09:52] * Aline has joined #nervfrance2
[09:52] <AdEvaGM> [The atmosphere was pretty relaxed- or rather, it was tense in a 'watching the grand final' way instead of 'helping coordinate an army' way. Frederic was leaning against the wall, watching intently, and William was nearby, hands folded politely behind his back. He turned to look at Yanmei as she came out. "Well done, sir."]
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[09:56] <Yanmei> "Thanks~" Yanmei put a smile on her face and then looked up at the big monitor. "It's not over just yet."
[09:58] <AdEvaGM> ["No. Blanc and de Pteres took Sho down very easily, thanks to the crippling injuries you inflicted on her, sir."]
[09:59] <Yanmei> "If they keep moving and avoid contact with 05, they could still pull through. Ah… please call me Yanmei, by the way? Everyone else does."
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, Yanmei." William smiled.-
[10:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. Shinji's just hit Sera, by the way." Said Frederic. "He's holding his own though."]
[10:02] <Yanmei> "I dunno how practical it is to keep it up. Shinji's a monster, and Sera definitely has the speed to out-run him."
[10:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Money's on Sera. He's too strong on the defense."]
[10:08] * Yanmei frowned, but settled down quietly, folding her arms.
[10:10] <AdEvaGM> ["I have a favour to ask, Yanmei." Said William.]
[10:14] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[10:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Please don't order too many expensive dishes later." He laughed. "I think we're going to win this."]
[10:18] * Yanmei smirked a little, her shoulders relaxing as she went along with it. "Don't worry. I'll be a perfect lady~"
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> ["What a relief."-
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> [Frederic looked over. "Hm? Are you shouting people, William? Am I invited?"-
[10:19] <AdEvaGM> ["… Ah, I can't refuse, can I?"]
[10:23] <Yanmei> "Your girlfriend will get jealous of you if you eat too many delicacies without bringing something back to her."
[10:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Nah, she'll live. I'll just cover her in chocolate or something…"-
[10:26] <AdEvaGM> ["…?" William looked over in curiosity, then suddenly he seemed to get it, looking away and coughing.]
[10:29] <Yanmei> "This is normal," Yanmei informed him. "In fact his girlfriend is also on the bridge crew, so you'll probably see them making out and stuff."
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Is… Is that so?"-
[10:31] <AdEvaGM> ["To wit, Yanmei likes to take notes." Said Frederic. "Hm, Yanmei? Has Isaiah covered -you- in chocolate yet?" He asked, smirking.]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei huffed at him. "Isaiah is way too innocent for your shenanigans and you know it."
[10:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Is he really?" Asked Frederic, his smirk growing wider. "So I guess that time he asked me for tips was another Isaiah…"]
[10:41] <Yanmei> "W-what?! What are you saying?! He wouldn't-!" -Would he-? For a moment, she was actually filled with doubt.
[10:44] <AdEvaGM> ["The question is, would you -want- him to?"]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "I don't have to answer a question like that. I know my rights!"
[10:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Ooh, invoking your rights, that means you're guilty~"]
[10:45] <Yanmei> "That's ridiculous!"
[10:47] <AdEvaGM> ["You know, you should speak to Sophie. She can broaden your mind a little. You'll thank me for it."]
[10:54] <Yanmei> "She usually mentions these things unprovoked, thank you," Yanmei huffed. "Don't listen to him, Weiss. He's just messing with our heads!"
[10:54] <AdEvaGM> ["I assure you, I was trying." Said William abashedly.-
[10:56] <AdEvaGM> [Frederic laughed. "Don't worry. Isaiah never did come to me and ask. Don't fret." He winked. "Besides, the two of you aren't quite adult enough for any of that. It takes a certain level of… Maturity."]
[11:05] * Yanmei tossed her hair. "We're practically bursting with maturity! Don't blame us if you don't notice it."
[11:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Sorry. Not enough to do what we adults do."]
[11:11] <Sept> And eventually, Sera would emerge into the waking world once more, squinting at his surroundings for a moment before remembering to put on his glasses.
[11:12] <Yanmei> "De Pteres!" Yanmei, for one, sounded almost happy for the distraction. "You did well out there!"
[11:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Welcome back. You did very well indeed!" Said William, sounding equally happy.]
[11:15] <Sept> "…I see. I'll take your word for it. You did well too, Yanmei. I might not have lasted as long as you did."
[11:20] <Yanmei> "I dunno about that? I don't have your defenses, after all, so it was only a matter of time for me." Yanmei returned her gaze to the monitor. "…think she can hold out?"
[11:21] <AdEvaGM> ["She will find some way." Said William fervently.]
[11:29] <Sept> "I don't know. They can't simulate everything Aline has to throw at him. Maybe Misato deserves her moment."
[11:35] <AdEvaGM> [… And then 05 ended it all.-
[11:35] <AdEvaGM> ["…!"-
[11:35] <AdEvaGM> [William stared- then quietly lowered his head, letting out a low growl, his right hand balling into a fist.]
[11:38] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei eyes William, and then tried to cheer him up with a light pat on the shoulder. "Seems like you won't have to treat us after all?"
[11:38] <AdEvaGM> ["… Mm."]
[11:40] * Sept just frowned slightly. At the result, and at William. "We'll do the dinner some other time, then. I should go make some notes on all this. Make sure the engineers pick up on our lessons here."
[11:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, for sure. I'll pass it onto James." Said Fred casually.]
[11:47] <Sept> "I'll get the plans to them. If we can come to an agreement today, they can have a prototype organ ready by the time we return."
[11:48] * Aline emerged into the room with that same calm smile on her face, looking… not distant, but just chill.
[11:51] * Yanmei eyed Sera oddly before greeting thier thir- fourth member with a "Welcome back."
[11:51] <AdEvaGM> ["…" William coughed, then turned to Aline. "Yes, welcome back…"]
[11:53] * Aline nodded. "Yeah. I… just to let you know, I feel better that it was him that ended it, rather than someone else. I did try my very best, though."
[11:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Best not to dwell on it too much. You did excellently against such a rough opponent." Said William, looking off towards the door.]
[11:56] <Sept> "You did well, Aline. I'm sure everyone who saw it agreed."
[11:57] <Yanmei> "It's true. On the whole, we don't have anything to be ashamed of. It was a good fight."
[11:57] <Aline> "Yup! I was just worried you all would be more shaken up or something~" …She actually /was/ relatively okay with it.
[11:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Well- ah, let's have that dinner anyway, why don't we?"]
[11:58] <Yanmei> "Sounds good to me!"
[11:59] <Aline> "Yes, let's eat~"
[12:03] <Sept> Sera hesitated for a few moments. "Yes. Let's," he echoed eventually.

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