Rapidly Merrily Life S Sunny Hours Flit By Gratefully Cheeri

[14:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> [A chilly 21st of January- but a bright, cloudless Saturday nevertheless. Today, Yanmei had promised a certain someone she’d take her on a girl's day out to the new and reinvigorated Paris-2…]
[14:16] <Yanmei> A Yanmei who was now far more experienced with driving pulled into an empty spot in the covered parking lot. She got out and stretched, and looked around with a faint grin. "Looks like there are more and more cars in here these days."
[14:23] * Ayanami‘Rei wasn’t far behind, dressed in a bright yellow turtleneck sweater and a black pleated skirt. "I wonder if Paris-2 will ever be busy like Tokyo-2?" Asked Rei wonderingly, slipping her purse on over her shoulder.
[14:27] <Yanmei> "Depends on how good a job we do with preventing the city from being trashed from now on." Yanmei was in a dark red dress with a cropped black jacket and black tights. "If attacks happened in Tokyo-2, and the pilots weren't able to save enough lives or property, it might end up pretty empty too?"
[14:30] * Ayanami‘Rei walked around the car, over to Yanmei’s side. "I don't want that to happen…" She frowned a little, but then smiled. "I have faith in Onii-chan."
[14:34] <Yanmei> "You know what? I think I do too. He's pretty tough, huh?"
[14:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> "He is! He’s tough and strong. A lot stronger than I remember. When I was little, he was something of a wimp."
[14:42] <Yanmei> "People change, huh?" Yanmei shut her door and faced the entrance to the mall. "Where do you want to head to first? So many stores, so little time~"
[14:43] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Breakfast!"
[14:45] * Yanmei snickered. Maybe in some ways, people didn’t change after all. "To the food court, then!" She started off. "Hey, Rei?"
[14:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah, Meimei?"
[14:50] <Yanmei> "A lot’s happened since you got here, hasn't it? How do you feel? About Paris, and NERV, and the other pilots, and well, everything."
[14:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Those are a lot of questions, Meimei." Said Rei. "Let’s get some food first, alright?"
[14:57] <Yanmei> "No problem! It's the sort of thing that needs some thought too, so take your time? Let's go!"-
[14:59] <Yanmei> The food court was much improved since their last visit, with a wider variety of greasy offerings and a lone, sad salad booth that was pushed off in a corner. Yanmei honed in on one of the coffee booths. "I think I know what I want~ What about you?"
[15:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Uh-huh!" Rei was already beelining towards a fried chickn shop. "See you in a minute~"
[15:06] <Yanmei> "This is breakfast, you know!" she called after her, but it was an effort made in vain. Oh well. Maybe it would just be this once… And with that thought she headed off for a small cup off coffee and a smaller cup of yogurt.
[15:10] <Ayanami`Rei> Eventually, of course, Rei would find a seat and wait for Yanmei- despite the swell of people, the food court could still comfortably accomodate everyone with room to spare. So she sat down, a big box of seasoned fries and a bigger box of fried chicken in front of her.
[15:13] * Yanmei stared at the meal, almost amazed.
[15:14] <Ayanami`Rei> "Would you like some, Meimei?" Asked Rei. Despite the greasy mess that the meal was, Rei ate it in a way that was almost dainty.
[15:19] <Yanmei> "Heh, no thanks. I don’t have a very big appetite today?" She indulged in her coffee just briefly before setting it down again. "Do you mind if we drop by a place to look at some makeup when we're done with clothes shopping?"
[15:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Sure! Maybe you can teach me a few things about makeup, too?"
[15:22] <Yanmei> "No problem! To be honest, though, you don’t look like you need a lot of it. Your skin's so clear as it is." She eyed the greasy mound in front of her, feeling a sudden dissonance with that statement.
[15:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Thank you, Meimei." Said Rei warmly. She precisely tore off a strip of meat from a drumstick, which seemingly vanished into thin air, only the barest hint of a rainbow sheen around her fingers. "How do I feel…"
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Are you…" She caught on. "Oh. The banshee?"
[15:26] <Ayanami`Rei> "Ban-Ban needs to eat, too." Said Rei. "I can’t eat -all- of this by myself."
[15:27] <Yanmei> Better fried chicken than people. Yanmei nodded smoothly. "Hope he likes it, then."
[15:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> "He does!" Said Rei.-
[15:32] <Ayanami`Rei> "Meimei? I really like Paris-2." She said fondly. "The people here are friendly, I think, and I’ve made lots of friends- it's really sort of the place I'd call home if I could."
[15:37] * Yanmei nodded and smiled warmly. "I wish you could stay for a few more years. I bet a lot of other people do too. Group Captain Guillory and the other pilots and Marianne all really like you."
[15:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It’ll be sad to leave them all behind. Raffy-kun has been so kind to me…"
[15:41] <Yanmei> "I bet he turns into a Daddy around you, the way he does with Suzanne."
[15:42] * Ayanami‘Rei suddenly started to giggle. "He does! Misa-bachan bought him this really cute gift at Christmas time…"
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Oh did she~?"
[15:42] <Ayanami`Rei> "Yeah! It was a tie, and it had an anime Raffy-kun on it, and an anime Suzie and me too~"
[15:45] <Yanmei> "She did?" Yanmei gasped. "How cute~ It’s a shame, though. I've never seen him wear it out. Maybe you can convince him to sometime!"
[15:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I should!" Said Rei firmly.
[15:49] <Yanmei> "If only she’d gotten him a matching hat or something too. Maybe that could be a birthday gift suggestion?"
[15:49] <Ayanami‘Rei> "That’s a good idea, Meimei~" Rei nodded happily. "Raffy-kun had a lot of fun in Tokyo-2."
[15:50] <Yanmei> "What did you two get up to when you were there?" she drank from her cup a little more, finding that it was cooling to a more bearable temperature.
[15:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Lots of things! We went to the hot springs, and Daddy came too~"
[15:57] <Yanmei> "W-" she had to pull away from the cup to avoid spluttering with laughter. "Really?"
[15:58] <Ayanami`Rei> "Yeah. It was a lot of fun! But…" She frowned a little. "Al-chan and Misa-bachan got into a fight…"
[15:58] <Yanmei> "Uh oh… They don’t seem to get along, huh?"
[15:59] <Ayanami‘Rei> "They got along better as time went on, but… He -really- made Misa-bachan angry." Said Rei. "Raffy-kun had to tell them to stop."
[16:00] <Yanmei> "That Raffy is always acting like a mature adult. Lucky thing he was there~"
[16:01] <Ayanami`Rei> "It was." Said Rei. "A-And then Christmas Eve came…" She suddenly started to blush.
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Hmmm~" Yanmei had a faint idea where this was heading. "You know, they say that Christmas is one of the most romantic times of the year."
[16:09] <Ayanami`Rei> "T-They…" Rei busied herself with her fries.-
[16:09] <Ayanami`Rei> "W-We- Al-chan and I- went on a date…"
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Where to? Movies?"
[16:11] <Ayanami`Rei> "T-To dinner, a restaurant…"
[16:12] <Yanmei> "A nice one? With candles at the table?" Well done, Alphonse!
[16:12] <Ayanami`Rei> "A-A very nice one, with a sparkly chandelier."
[16:14] <Yanmei> "Nice! I bet it was a fun evening."
[16:14] <Ayanami`Rei> "I-it was. I gave him his present at the restaurant, then we went for a walk in the park, with a big christmas tree…"
[16:15] <Yanmei> "How atmospheric~"
[16:15] <Ayanami`Rei> "I-it… Um." She fidgetted.
[16:15] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[16:16] <Ayanami`Rei> "We h-had our first kiss…"
[16:17] * Yanmei grinned. She knew it! "How was it?"
[16:19] <Ayanami`Rei> "E-Exciting! And… And warm."
[16:20] <Yanmei> "That’s a good feeling. Was he happy too, do you think?"
[16:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah! He really was. We talked a lot…"
[16:25] <Yanmei> "About how you’d like to kiss more in the future~?"
[16:27] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Um…" She reddened deeply. "A little. It… We just talked a lot about everything."
[16:28] * Yanmei nodded. That could mean a lot of things, but she let her go on.
[16:29] <Ayanami`Rei> "Oh! I forgot. He gave me my present. A pair of pink high heels. He put them on me himself…"
[16:31] <Yanmei> Awww. "Pink? It’s one of your favorite colors, right? He knows you pretty well!"
[16:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah…" She nervously nibbled away at a piece of chicken. "Then… After that… We went home."
[16:32] * Yanmei giggled. "A pretty good night! I bet you were walking on air! It’s all so romantic."
[16:32] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It really was." Murmured Rei.-
[16:33] <Ayanami`Rei> "R-Raffy-kun and Misa-bachan went on a date too."
[16:33] <Yanmei> "W-what?!"
[16:35] <Ayanami`Rei> "Yeah!" Said Rei with enthusiasm. "They went out on a date."
[16:36] <Yanmei> "Where did they go? Did they talk about it?"
[16:36] <Ayanami`Rei> "They didn’t."
[16:37] <Yanmei> "…?" She leaned in a little closer. "No hints? Nothing?"
[16:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I-I think they said they had a good night. Raffy brought her a present. It was a penguin, and people from NERV signed it telling her how much they respected Misa-bachan."
[16:38] <Yanmei> "That’s oddly cute of him…"
[16:39] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It was really nice." Said Rei happily.
[16:40] <Yanmei> "She must have been happy about it too, huh? And her roommate, too. I bet he thinks of it as having a new friend around."
[16:40] <Ayanami`Rei> "Pen-Pen?" Rei giggled. "He’s so cute~ he bought Raffy-kun a present, too!"
[16:41] <Yanmei> "Wait, the -penguin- did?"
[16:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> "With my help, of course."
[16:41] <Yanmei> "Ah~ Something nice?"
[16:42] <Ayanami`Rei> "Really good beer."
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Heh heh. I bet Katsuragi tried to take it all for herself."
[16:43] <Ayanami`Rei> "Maybe they shared it."
[16:44] <Yanmei> "Would that have been intentional?"
[16:44] <Ayanami`Rei> "Misa-bachan wouldn’t take without asking!"
[16:47] <Yanmei> "No no no. I mean." She made a gesture. "Two consenting grownups drinking beer together and getting relaxed and comfortable. It's a way of bonding. And I was wondering if you meant for that to happen intentionally."
[16:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh."-
[16:47] <Ayanami`Rei> "No, Pen-Pen just thought he’d like the beer."
[16:47] <Yanmei> "Fair enough!"
[16:48] * Ayanami‘Rei giggled. "Do you think Misa-bachan and Raffy-kun would be cute together?"
[16:50] * Yanmei tried to picture them. Stern and straightlaced Raffy, and… Misato. "Well, I’d heard they'd been flirting for a while now, so it makes sense? I was hoping he'd date Marianne, though…"
[16:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Marianne…" Rei considered this, too.-
[16:51] <Ayanami`Rei> "But, Marianne and Julien seem good together too, don’t they?"
[16:53] <Yanmei> "Do they?" Yanmei considered that. "Hm. Julien's a fun guy. I bet he'd make her laugh and keep her from getting too serious when she's off the clock."
[16:54] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah. Plus, he’s really smart, too."
[16:56] * Yanmei nodded firmly, pleased at this development. "I wonder if they see each other that way yet. Hmmm…"
[16:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I’m sure they will, if they're given enough time."
[16:57] <Yanmei> "Right. I'll keep you updated on how it goes!"
[16:57] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Good!"-
[16:58] * Ayanami`Rei focused on nibbling her food for awhile before continuing. "What do you think of Al-chan, Meimei?"
[17:06] <Yanmei> "Alphonse?" Yanmei leaned back in her chair a little. "He’s not as sure of himself as he acts a lot of the time. He seems a little isolated, too. That worries me. But he's still pretty sensible. Very smart and insightful." She beamed at Rei. "I think he's a good guy, and I hope he makes more friends. If you're with him, maybe he'll be more comfortable doing that."
[17:07] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I do, too. I’m sure he will." Said Rei happily… Then she frowned,-
[17:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> "He was pretty upset when he found about about Minerva Linden."
[17:09] <Yanmei> "That Linden girl." Yanmei frowned. "He knew her, didn’t he?"
[17:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> "She was one of his only friends before she disappeared."
[17:11] <Yanmei> "No wonder…"
[17:13] <Ayanami`Rei> "Meimei? I’m worried."
[17:15] <Yanmei> "Alphonse in a professional, Rei. I'm sure he can handle this. And you're going to be with him as a supporter too, right?"
[17:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I will. But what if something happens…?"
[17:23] <Yanmei> "It’s possible that she'll try to psyche him out, true." The situation in the States seemed to be pretty bad even without that. Her brow furrowed a little. 08… "But. So long as Alphonse is surrounded by people like you who support him, and people who desperately need for NERV to win the conflict, and others still who grow to respect him, she'll have a difficult time doing it. Don't you think so?"
[17:26] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded. "She will. I won’t let her hurt him." Said Rei firmly- but her face sooned softened. "But I hope nothing bad happens to her…"
[17:28] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei nodded to that. "With any luck, she'll end up being taken into custody for a little while. At least if that happened, we'd get to learn what happened to her and why."
[17:31] <Ayanami‘Rei> "What do you think happened?"
[17:36] * Yanmei shook her head. "She seemed really unhappy when she was in the Companions program. Maybe it was clinical, but maybe it was something else. If it was, maybe someone from the LN made her an offer that would get her out of there and she took it. There was another Linden working for them, so maybe it was even a relative who came to her rescue."
[17:38] <Ayanami`Rei> "Al-chan says that was her dad."
[17:40] * Yanmei nodded. "Everyone seemed impressed with him at the briefing. Maybe he’s the sort of guy who would do that."
[17:43] * Ayanami‘Rei sighed. Her greasy breakfast was well and truly done by this point as she started putting what she couldn’t eat en masse into a dirac sea. "I wish we didn't have to fight other people. We should be friends, not enemies."
[17:48] * Yanmei groaned. "I can understand what you mean, but things usually aren't that simple. Sometimes fighting with other people is plain inevitable."
[17:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I know." She shook her head. "Meimei?"
[17:49] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[17:50] <Ayanami`Rei> "I’m done. Why don't we get started?" She smiled.
[17:52] * Yanmei gave a smile of her own, and promptly stood. "Right! Let's get down to business!"
[13:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> Rei’s meal finished (a good portion of it vanished away, of course), they headed off into the expanded mall. "Where first, Meimei?"
[14:00] <Yanmei> "Heh heh heh…" Yanmei guided her through the crowd to a store. Rei might be surprised to find various slick-looking buisiness suits displayed in the window. "Why don't we start here? We'll jump to someplace more colorful in a minute."
[14:06] * Ayanami‘Rei peered up through the window, turning to look at Yanmei. "Business suits, Meimei?"
[14:08] <Yanmei> "Yeah? It’ll be a fun. They're not all that uncomfortable, and they look pretty good too. And anyway, you don't want to wear your NERV uniform to every external business meeting you have to go to, right? They're so… bland."
[14:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I think you look nice in uniform though, Meimei."
[14:13] <Yanmei> "Aw, thanks." Yanmei beamed. "But even I don’t want to wear it all the time."
[14:19] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I wouldn’t either. Let's go, then!"
[14:25] <Yanmei> The time passed altogether too quickly as they hopped from store to store, trying on a variety of looks. There was Pretty Office Executive Rei, in a navy skirt suit with dark sunglasses, a crisp white shirt, and a leather briefcase. Red Carpet Glam Rei, in a sparkling slinky red dress with very high heels and dramatic makeup.-
[14:29] <Yanmei> There was an urban safari outfit too - plain white shirt, short khaki shorts, backpack, baseball cap and long dark boots that laced all the way up. Now surfer Rei was in the works, as Yanmei tugged her cheerfully into a swimsuit store and began to look through the things they had on sale.
[14:30] <Yanmei> There was, of course, plenty of time to stock up on more everyday essentials, and for Rei to pick out clothes that she had an eye for too.
[14:38] * Ayanami‘Rei had been greatly enjoying it so far- she’d been encouraging Yanmei to try a few outfits as well. This led to Power Woman Yanmei, who wore a prim white button-up shirt, a long tight navy skirt and a stark, sharp navy suit coat with impressive shoulder pads. Debutante Yanmei, who wore a pretty violet cocktail dress; and Hipster Yanmei, who wore tight jeans, a black turtleneck sweater, and a white scarf.-
[14:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> Now Rei was peering around at the swimsuits curiously. "Meimei?"
[14:42] <Yanmei> "Yes?" She was wrinkling her nose at a neon green two-piece.
[14:43] <Ayanami`Rei> "What makes a good swimsuit? What should I look for?"
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Well. THis is the one area where comfort is just about as important as looks. It has to fit you right, and it has to show off just enough to make you look mature, but not enough to make you uncomfortable."
[14:49] <Ayanami`Rei> "This seems complicated."
[14:51] <Yanmei> "It’s just about knowing what your boundries are, that's all?" She held up a bright pink swimsuit, and held it up to Rei with a slight frown. "No good. You need a gentler color."
[14:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> "What about this?" She held up a clean white one-piece.
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Hm, that might be okay. Are you fine with it being so simple?"
[14:55] <Ayanami`Rei> "Is it… A little too plain?"
[14:57] <Yanmei> "It’s not that it's too plain. It just takes some bravery to wear something with no frills to the beach. Without patterns to catch the eye, people tend to look at… other things. At least…" she reached into her bag and pulled out a magazine with a bikini-clad model on the cover. "That's what my sources tell me."
[14:58] * Ayanami‘Rei leaned forward, blinking. "Meimei?"
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[15:00] <Ayanami`Rei> "It doesn’t matter to me if people look at other things." She said. "Just…" She coloured, looking away. "As long as Al-chan looks, that's ok with me."
[15:04] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei closed the magazine with a little smirk. "Why don't you try it on?"
[15:10] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Alright."-
[15:11] <Ayanami`Rei> She disappeared into a changing booth, and a minute later emerged. It fit well, at least, although the white next to her pale skin looked just a little odd.
[15:13] * Yanmei had found the wrap she was looking for… but upon seeing Rei again, she blinked. "It… doesn’t look quite right, does it? Really, I should have known. You look best in soft colors. Blacks and whites look too stark on you."
[15:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> Rei nodded. "I think so too." …-
[15:23] <Ayanami`Rei> "What about that one?" She walked over to a rack, and picked up a bikini. It was warm orange, with a yellow floral pattern and a wrap-around sarong.
[15:27] <Yanmei> "I think that might be a little better. Want to try it on?"
[15:31] <Ayanami`Rei> "I do!"-
[15:32] <Ayanami`Rei> Once again she returned a little while later. The bikini fit snugly on her, but thankfully it didn’t seem to clash so violently with her skin. The warm, soft orange tone gave it a hint of colour that it needed- a sunny, beach colour. The sarong added a hint of sophistication to the ensemble.
[15:33] * Yanmei gave a soft applause. "Well done! Good eye! Now. Should we send pictures to Alphonse and surprise him~?"
[15:35] * Ayanami‘Rei took a little step back, blushing. "Um… Is that what you do?"
[15:36] <Yanmei> "Hee, I’m just kidding! If you send pictures to him ahead of time, you won't see his reaction when you two are at the beach together!"
[15:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Hm… Meimei?"
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[15:40] <Ayanami`Rei> "Um… What sort of reaction should I expect?"
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Stammering. Probably blushing, but he’ll do that thing when he tries to hide it. You know…" She pretended to play with her bangs to hide her face and glanced away. "Something like that."
[15:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Like Zaizai!" Said Rei enthusiastically.
[15:42] <Yanmei> "U-um… I’m pretty sure he doesn't hide it as well. Not that he, um…"
[15:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh, Meimei~ maybe I can show him my new outfit when we get home and see if he blushes? he’s so cute when he blushes." Said Rei fondly.
[15:52] <Yanmei> "Huh?! Wait a minute! Don't… um…" Damn it. Staring into those eyes she knew she was no Gina. "Wouldn't you rather save it for Alphonse instead?"
[15:53] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh, you’re right!" Said Rei wonderingly. "Then why don't -you- find yourself a nice new swimsuit too, and show him instead?"
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Oh, I already have something to wear. It's not quite as nice as yours, but it does the trick~"
[16:00] * Ayanami‘Rei giggled. "Zaizai~ I bet you like it when he blushes too~"
[16:10] <Yanmei> "I don’t know what you mean," she muttered. "A-anyway, let's hurry and pay for that swimsuit, okay?"
[16:13] * Ayanami‘Rei peered over at Yanmei with an utterly innocent smile. She had found a fun new game~-
[16:13] <Ayanami`Rei> Nevertheless she quickly changed back, and headed to the checkout, paying for it on her card.-
[16:13] <Ayanami`Rei> "Hey, Meimei?"
[16:14] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[16:17] <Ayanami`Rei> "What was your first kiss with Zaizai like?"
[16:25] <Yanmei> "Um. It was actually a little… uh. It was a life and death situation. He’s just infiltrated the Geofront, and I was getting ready to combat a really dangerous Angel. And actually I didn't like him as a boyfriend back then and *mumblemumble* inflitrated the ground emergency crew…"
[16:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> "So a desperate kiss before a dangerous operation?" Asked Rei.-
[16:30] <Ayanami`Rei> "How romantic! He must’ve really loved you to have done all that for you~" She leaned forward.
[16:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah, he did. He was so amazing back then. He… said that he had a dream that really scared him, though. I think that was part of it."
[16:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Dream…?" Rei frowned. "I had a dream the other night too. A scary one…"
[16:36] <Yanmei> "About Alphonse?" She looked a little worried.
[16:37] * Ayanami`Rei shook her head. "Al-chan was in it, but…"
[16:37] <Yanmei> "But?"
[16:38] <Ayanami`Rei> "But… There was this… This Angel. It was really big, and it had this fat white skin, and it was pinned to a cross."
[16:42] <Yanmei> "… That does sound scary." There were shivers going all through her. "But, um. How do I say this?"
[16:47] <Ayanami`Rei> "What is it, Meimei?"
[16:48] * Yanmei put an arm around her shoulder and guided her closer for a whisper.
[16:51] <Ayanami`Rei> Rei blinked, then whispered something in return.
[16:55] <Ayanami`Rei> Rei’s expression darkened.-
[16:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Thank you, Meimei…"
[16:57] <Yanmei> "You’re welcome, Rei."
[17:01] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…"-
[17:01] <Ayanami`Rei> "I-I have nice dreams too. Not just bad ones." Said Rei abashedly.
[17:02] <Yanmei> "Oh? What sort?" She smiled.
[17:06] <Ayanami`Rei> "I dreamed that you and I were playing football at school once."
[17:07] * Yanmei giggled. "Who won?"
[17:09] <Ayanami`Rei> "You did, of course~"
[17:13] <Yanmei> "I wonder how it would turn out in real life…"
[17:14] <Ayanami`Rei> "We should have a game sometime. Why don’t you visit me in Boston? Then we can have Al-chan and Zaizai play too~"
[17:15] * Yanmei tried to imagine Isaiah playing foolball… and she ended up giggling again. "We'll definitely do that! It'd be fun~ Oh, that reminds me, too…"
[17:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh?"
[17:22] <Yanmei> "You’ve heard of the EVA battle simulator that we have, right~? Maybe we can get the scientists to program it to do other things. Like have EVA football matches, or tennis matches, or foot-races…"
[17:22] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Eva football…" Rei thought of that ponderingly.-
[17:22] <Ayanami`Rei> "Oh, Meimei! Why don’t we see a movie?"
[17:24] <Yanmei> "Movie? Sure! We have the whole day? What are you in the mood for?"
[23:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> [The movie- a drama about a woman trying to find her way home- the two emerged back into the mall, the light of the sun starting to fade.]
[23:11] * Yanmei eyed a few posters for movies that were coming soon as she and Rei walked out of the theater and into the mall proper. There was one in particular that she was hoping to see, with perhaps a release date. "Did you have fun?"
[23:14] <Ayanami`Rei> "I did!" Said Rei happily. "What about you?"
[23:19] <Yanmei> "Yeah. It was pretty sad in the middle part of the story, though. When she was about to give up, before she found her resolve again?"
[23:20] * Ayanami`Rei nodded. "Have you ever felt like that, Meimei?"
[23:22] <Yanmei> "I’m sure everyone has at one time or another," she murmured.
[23:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Really…?"
[23:29] <Yanmei> "Oh, yeah. That heavy despairing feeling. It can be from something as simple as realizing that you’re going to fail a test, or something as big as fighting an Angel that's trying to eat you. But, like the heroine, I figured out that I couldn't let myself down that way."
[23:32] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded. "Meimei, you’re really brave."
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Thanks, Rei. Have you ever had a time like that? When it felt like you should just give up?"
[23:36] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Um… Twice."
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Twice?"
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[23:41] <Ayanami`Rei> "The first time was after I came home. When I still wasn’t sure who I was, and I went around trying to reach out to my old friends, and you and Zaizai." She said quietly. "No one recognised me, and I felt… Very unwanted."
[23:45] <Yanmei> "…" What could she say to that, exactly? "I'm sorry…"
[23:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It’s alright, Meimei." Said Rei warmly. "I know I'm wanted and loved now, so it's alright."-
[23:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "The second time…" She frowned a little.
[23:59] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei searched her face carefully. "Was it more recently?"
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[00:15] <Ayanami`Rei> She nodded. "Yeah." A shy smile. "When I realised that I wanted Zaizai to look at me the same way he looks at you, but knowing that he never would- or should."
[00:17] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei withdrew slightly out of respect. "I’m sorry," she said again. "But you have Alphonse now, right?"
[00:23] * Ayanami‘Rei chuckled, and reached over to latch onto Yanmei, hugging her as a little sister might to a big brother. "That’s right, Meimei. And I wouldn't trade him for anything. Now I'm happy, and you're happy, with your adorable blushy boyfriend~"
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Heh heh…" If Yanmei was Marianne, she might have ruffled her hair. The timing certainly called for it! "You've got a lot of resilience yourself? I'll admit that it's amazing how everything worked out."
[00:40] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It is. But I don’t think I would've been able to be so resilient without you or Zaizai. You're the best, Meimei."
[00:43] <Yanmei> "I don't think I really did much. It's because you're strong, Rei. You adapt easily, and you can make people like you and be earnest at the same time."
[00:45] <Ayanami‘Rei> "…" Rei smiled. "Thank you, Meimei."
[00:51] * Yanmei shook her head. "Look, at this rate, wherever you go next, you’re probably going to be just fine. Still, I want you to take care of yourself and your sisters when you can, okay?"
[00:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I will, Meimei." Said Rei warmly. "Hey, Meimei?"
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[00:56] <Ayanami`Rei> "Can we pick up a big dinner on the way home for us?"
[01:00] <Yanmei> "Of course we can~ Any preferences?"
[01:01] <Ayanami`Rei> "Noodles! Boxes of noodles for all of us, soaked in sauce and vegetables and meat~"
[01:05] <Yanmei> "We’ll get a lot of them!" Yanmei nodded firmly. "Lizzie's started to like eating them too, by the way."
[01:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> "They’re fun for a little kid." Said Mei. "Slurp them up~"
[01:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> Rei*
[01:15] <Yanmei> "I’m worried that she'll choke on accident, but she hasn't yet," Yanmei murmured. "Mainly, she jus sort of chews them, messily."
[01:18] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Lizzie can be messy sometimes, but she’s always cute."
[01:23] <Yanmei> "Did I tell you that she got into one of my bags the other day, and wrecked three tubes of lipstick? Three! She made a big mess on the kitchen floor with them. Isaiah said she was just playing but…" she was glowing, and put a hand to her cheek. "It really resembles some abstract art that I've seen at the Lourve! Eee, she's so talented~"
[01:25] * Ayanami‘Rei giggled.-
[01:25] <Ayanami`Rei> "I’d like to see that. Mummy Meimei sounds so proud~"
[01:27] <Yanmei> "I'm…" She colored slightly and cleared her throat. "We cleaned it up. But not before taking pictures. Come on, let's grab some food and go home so you can see them."-
[01:29] <Yanmei> And it wouldn't be long before they did just that, with a pitstop at one of the foodcourt's noodle booths. Balancing the steaming boxes and some bags, and housekeys, Yanmei staggered up to the apartment door and unlocked it after several minutes. I'm back~ Rei's having dinner with us, okay?"
[01:31] * Ayanami‘Rei carried bags, too! Clothes and other things~-
[01:31] <Ayanami`Rei> ["…"-
[01:31] <Ayanami`Rei> [Isaiah was asleep on the couch, a snoozing Elizabeth cradled on his chest.]
[01:36] <Yanmei> Yanmei’s face softened. She glanced back at Rei to indicate that she should do the same as she found a corner to oh-so-quietly rest some of the bags, and then began to tiptoe to the kitchen with the boxes of noodles to get them all set up before waking the two.
[01:37] * Ayanami‘Rei was -very- quiet. Far quieter than Yanmei, even though she wasn’t exactly making a lot of noise.-
[01:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> "They’re so cute~ I bet you want to go over there right now and snuggle him~"
[01:44] <Yanmei> "…!" Yanmei coughed. "Well, I…" She glanced back in the direction of the living room, first embarassed and then a little sad. "They really are cute together."
[01:50] <Ayanami‘Rei> "You, Zaizai, Lizzie-tan…" Rei smiled. "I think you’re all so good together. I hope one day…"
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Rei?"
[01:52] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah?"
[01:54] * Yanmei had grabbed a smaller plate for Elizabeth, and was forking noodles from one of the boxes onto it, blowing on then gently to get them to cool down.-
[01:57] <Yanmei> "If you have something like this in Boston… not even an apartment, or a baby, or a boyfriend, but a group like a family that you would do anything for." She paused to blow a little more. "You’ll protect them, won't you?"
[01:59] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Of course I will, Meimei." Said Rei quietly.
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Don’t leave anything uncertain, okay? There are a lot of very cruel and ruthless people in the world. If someone threatens them, you should eliminate those people as soon as you can, as directly as you can."
[02:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Eliminate…?" Rei stared at Yanmei with wide eyes… Before she nodded slowly. "I understand, Meimei. I won’t let anyone hurt the people I love."
[02:11] * Yanmei nodded, and then smiled a little at her. "Isaiah… has had a really rough time overall. Being shot at. Being hurt. I'm hoping that something like that won't be an issue for you, but I wanted to say something just in case."
[02:12] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded firmly. "Thank you, Meimei." She glanced over at the sleeping Isaiah. "I’m really glad you're around to keep him safe…"
[02:13] <Yanmei> "I try to." Satisfied with her arrangement of the noodles, she started to carry the little plate out to Lizzie's highchair. "Do you want to do the honors and wake them up?"
[02:17] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I think you should, Meimei. So Zaizai can wake up and see his beloved, and you can give him a big kiss~" Rei cooed.
[02:19] * Yanmei turned a little red in the face. "Uh…" Fumbling for a response. "Could you fill Lizzie’s cup up with milk, please? It's on the counter. Should be clean."
[02:23] * Ayanami‘Rei beamed. "Of course I can, Meimei~" She ran to fetch the milk and Lizzie’s cup.
[02:24] <Yanmei> With Rei distracted, Yanmei tiptoed back into the living room, looked around, and leaned over to shake Isaiah gently.
[02:26] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Mmm…" He turned his head a little, his eyes flittering half-open. "Mm…?"]
[02:27] <Yanmei> "She tired you out, huh?" Yanmei smiled down at him. "I brought dinner. And Rei!"
[02:32] <Ayanami`Rei> ["Ah… Ah, good!" With an arm securely around Lizzie, he tried to sit up a little, reaching out to stroke Yanmei’s cheek. "I hope the two of you had fun today."]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "We really did." She placed a hand over his hand, and grinned. "We saw a movie, and bought a ton of stuff. I got you a hat."
[02:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["A hat?" He smiled sleepily. "That’s really sweet of you."-
[02:38] <Ayanami‘Rei> Rei had fetched the milk, and was standing away by the kitchen, watching expectantly.
[02:39] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed slightly. "W-well… let’s chow down, shall we? Think Lizzie's up for dinner?"
[02:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["Mmm, lemme see." He nudged her. "Lizzie…~"-
[02:48] <Ayanami`Rei> [Lizzie stirred, her eyes opening, little hands reaching up to rub at them deeply. "Daadaa…?"]
[02:56] <Yanmei> "Hi sweetie~" She -wasn’t- cooing. Just… d'awww….
[02:58] <Ayanami‘Rei> ["… Maamaa!" She stared up at Yanmei, holding her arms out. "Maamaa~"]
[03:01] <Yanmei> "Hehe…" She scooped her up, and held her close, "I bet you’re hungry~ Want mian-mian?" She started back toward the table.
[03:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Lizzie clung tight, arms around Yanmei’s neck. "Mianmian~"-
[03:05] * Ayanami‘Rei pouted at Yanmei accusingly.
[03:05] * Yanmei smiled innocently back, and it wasn’t long before she had Lizzie in her highchair with a bib around her neck.
[03:09] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Before long, Isaiah was up too, sitting at the table. "It smells good, Yanyan. Did you have a good day, Rei?"-
[03:09] <Ayanami`Rei> "I did, Zaizai." Said Rei happily. "Meimei and I bought a lot, didn’t we?"
[03:17] <Yanmei> "Yup! We'll show them off in a little while. A fashion show!"
[00:20] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Isaiah beamed, breaking his chopsticks. "I’ll look forward to it, then. Shall we?"]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Of course." Yanme had, of course, tried to get the healthiest of noodles, requesting steam veggies instead of fried, and a bit less sauce than usual. She dug in, but not without looking around contentedly first. -
[00:24] <Yanmei> More than one happy thing seemed to be drawing to a close. But now, at least, she could savor this happy moment, and even wish for more like them someday.

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