Rei S Wisdom

01[22:46] <Yanmei> It was a nice day on the Dorian Lachapelle. -
01[22:49] <Yanmei> On deck the view was sunny and bright, only slightly marred by the circling presence of terrible squawking seagulls. Further down, the ship's technicians had begun repairs on the EVAs damaged in the last battle, while officers shoved paperwork at each other and the medical staff filled out yet more reports from the latest incident. -
01[22:52] <Yanmei> The Promenade was unusually busy, as those who were off duty milled around, eying the merch in the few shops standing there. -
01[22:59] <Yanmei> One of these shops - a tiny tailor's shop adjacent to a certain bar and grill - had a rare customer. A shady-looking young lady, with a baseball cap pulled down low over her sunglasses, her violet hair arranged in an inconspicuous braid going down her back. The rest of her outfit - a simple NERV workout t-shirt and a pair of matching white and red sweatpants - was far less imaginative. She had entered the shop with an armful of skirtsand one or two pairs of mens pants. Now she was emerging again, empty-handed, peering warily out into the crowd.
[23:00] <Minaplo> [It definitely was crowded out there, and furthermore, worst of worst fates…!-
[23:01] <Minaplo> [She spied two people in the crowd, one person she didn't even know was on the ship- Asuka Langley Soryu and Alexandre Fontaine, walking along, eyeing the shops… Holding hands… Asuka's gaze swept across an accessory store's shop front windows, looking over towards the grill…!]
01[23:04] <Yanmei> "!!!" Without skipping a beat, the mysterious girl ducked into the door of the next shop. It just so happened to be the Bar and Grill itself, which was also crowded, but at least deviod of people who recognized her. Right…?
03[23:04] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[23:08] <Minaplo> [Mr. Blue was staring at her with a faintly disappointed expression from his spot behind the bar. Wait, wasn't he-? Didn't she- how did he…-
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["Looking for a seat?" He asked dryly.]
03[23:11] * Zack is now known as Gerard
01[23:12] <Yanmei> "Of course?" She tossed her hair smoothly, trying to cover for herself… and her confusion. Were there, by chance, two Blues actually running this establishment…? "This is my favorite place to eat, after all."
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Of course it is. The private partition table over there's free."]
01[23:22] <Yanmei> "Thank you~" She strolled off toward it, slipping behind the partition and taking a seat.
[23:23] <Minaplo> [One of the eye-catchingly clad waitresses clopped over. "Hiya, Captain Zhang. Can I take your order?"]
01[23:23] <Yanmei> "I'll just take the day's special? And a glass of wine."
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["Yessir~"-
[23:29] <Minaplo> [She returned fifteen minutes later with a glass of white wine and a tray of pizza and a bowl of deliciously-smelling soup. She placed them down in front of her. "Here ya go, Captain Zhang. That's one glass of wine, and one special. Today it's the Langley-Soryu Pizza- grilled chicken and sausage with cheese, spices and chilis and a bowl of curried spicy soup. You dip the pizza in the sauce
[23:29] <Minaplo> and eat it like that."]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "Unusual…" she murmured. Was this actually the special? Or was it a dish made up to taunt her? In any case… "Thank you very much?"
[23:34] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome, Captain Zhang~" She clopped away.]
06[23:36] * Yanmei eyed the pizza warily. If it really was based off Asuka, the dipping sauce was probably unbearably spicy. Nevertheless, she gave it a try, tearing off a thin piece, dipping it, and then biting into it.
[23:43] <Minaplo> [The sauce was rich and spicy, but not overpoweringly so, at least not for a Sichuan girl; the spices and heat complimented the flavour well, bringing it out and enhancing all the little textures and tastes. It was, in fact, delicious.-
[23:44] <Minaplo> [As Yanmei was enjoying her meal, she'd see a very notable someone enter the grill… A slender girl with blue hair. Rei, as a matter of fact, carrying with her a data tablet. She was wearing a long blue dress that fell to her calves, white stockings in black mary jane shoes, and a familiar yellow scarf. She was asking Blue for something…]
06[23:46] * Yanmei craned her neck, forgetting herself in her curiosity. Just how close were those two nowadays…?
[23:50] <Minaplo> [They murmured together, then Blue pointed… At Yanmei. Rei turned around, saw Yanmei and smiled, quickly rushing over. "Hi, Meimei. Is it ok if I join you?"]
01[23:52] <Yanmei> "Ah… sure? Have some pizza." Searching specifically for her? Could it be…? "Did someone send you?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Nope. I wanted to speak to you." She sat down. "It's ok, I ordered my own."-
[23:54] <Minaplo> [Rei stared at Yanmei for a moment, a curious, soft look on her face.]
06[23:55] * Yanmei stared back, confused for a split second. Then it dawned on her. "Ah. I do look a little different, don't I?"
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["You look beautiful, Meimei…"]
Session Time: Sun Feb 16 00:00:00 2014
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "Oh! Thank you very much, Rei." She smiled at her.
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Um…"-
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to ask you a few things."]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> "Sure~ What's on your mind?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to see if you were doing ok." Rei put on an encouraging smile. "I know that for many people, finding themselves in a new body can be a strange experience…"]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "It's… an experience," she said slowly. "Like every day is an experiment. Only I'm experimenting with myself? I don't think I'm doing too badly, though."
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded slowly. "Yeah. You end up thinking that 'this is my body', but you keep finding things you don't expect, and that confuses you… How can your own body surprise you?"-
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["If you need any help, I'm available, ok?"]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Rei." She paused for just a split second, as if on the verge of following up with something… and then the moment passed. "The same goes for you, ok? I'm… sorry about what happened."
[00:24] <Minaplo> [Rei's gaze lowered, and she was quiet for a second.-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["I miss him." She said quietly. "I know lots of people didn't like him, and he did horrible things sometimes, and he could be cruel or rude, but I knew the warm side of him. It hurts."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "He's your dad. Of course you would feel that way?"
[00:28] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded slowly. She smiled a little.-
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… I know."-
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["Al's been helping me out a lot, b-but… Sorry, this isn't what I meant to talk about. I mean… Meimei, there's something I heard the other day…"]
01[00:31] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei picked up a full slice of the pizza now, dipping it gingerly into the sauce. "Something bad?"
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["No, something good! I heard you've been picking bodyguards."]
06[00:36] * Yanmei stopped before biting into it. "Well… kind of? They both volunteered. And since one of them is S2, he'll probably want to bring some additional men on board with him."
[00:37] <Minaplo> [A waitress returned with a Langley-Soryu Pizza and a bottle of cola for Rei, informing her that it was 'On the house as always'. Rei thanked her gratefully.-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["I see! Well, Meimei, I had an idea-" She stopped, grabbing a slice of pizza and, unlike Yanmei, dipping it totally into the pizza without any sort of trepidation, before pulling it out and taking big bites out of it with tremendous gusto.-
[00:38] <Minaplo> ["Mmf! Mmmmf! That's so yummy~ Anyway, I thought to myself… How can I help? So I decided to help you organise your guard."]
06[00:39] * Yanmei looked touched. "You'd do that?"
[00:44] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm! Of course, Meimei! Organising a guard requires a lot of work. You need to make sure how you're going to approach it. Do you have a small team of elites, or do you try to complement that with strength of numbers? Old Japanese Samurai warlords would have a small cadre of elite samurai warriors, then they'd have about five hundred soldiers patrolling… Some would even have favoured
[00:44] <Minaplo> Samurai warriors to share their bed at night." She suddenly giggled. "Especially if they were cute and handsome boys."]
01[00:45] <Yanmei> "I see." Yanmei cleared her throat. "Unfortunately, my bed is occupied? Th-that is to say… um."
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Rei, nodding. "And Zaizai's probably a good enough fighter to count as a bodyguard, anyway."]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "…I don't know about that right now. He's not supposed to strain himself for a while? Doctor's orders."
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["Well, I mean, after he's all better."]
06[00:50] * Yanmei nodded good naturedly. "He's still pretty well-trained, yeah."
[00:53] <Minaplo> [She nodded.-
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, I figured one of the most important things is seeing if your bodyguards are up to the test."]
01[00:54] <Yanmei> "How would you do that?" A look of faint amusement crossed her face. "Are you going to try to kidnap me?"
[00:55] <Minaplo> ["That'll just be one of fifteen tests I've drafted for your approval." Said Rei, tapping her data pad. "I thought we'd start with something a little more routine, like 100-Man Kumite."]
01[00:57] <Yanmei> "Fifteen tests? 100-Man-?!" Yanmei shook her head. "Ah. Is that a standard way of testing bodyguards?"
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["It's a standard way of testing Ayanamis." Said Rei happily. "I had to do the 100-Man Kumite every week for a year after I was released from the growth chamber. I still do it every so often to keep sharp." She handed the datapad over. "It's not that complex. One-on-one sparring matches, and after you beat that one, you fight another, all the way up to 100."]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "That sounds… a little beyond their endurance." She seemed a little worried.
[01:03] <Minaplo> [Rei frowned. "Then we have lots of work to do." Said Rei darkly, taking another bite of pizza.-
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["There's a different challenge if you want something lighter. Running the gauntlet: they have to sprint down a 100 metre long path, which is lined with strong soldiers who beat them with thick rods as they pass."]
01[01:09] <Yanmei> "That sounds a little better!" Did it? Did it truly? "Do you think you could submit descriptions of the tests to me in writing? I'd like to go over them with my agents and with Jeanne Simon."
[01:10] <Minaplo> [Rei tapped the datapad. "This isn't enough?"]
01[01:12] <Yanmei> "Oh! Ah. Electronic submission are also ok? Just," she shot her an apologetic look. "I don't know the first thing about training bodyguards personally."
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["That's ok." Rei smiled encouragingly. "I've included a list of experts you can rely on too. I've included myself in there… That's not too presumptuous, is it?"]
01[01:14] <Yanmei> "Not at all! I'm happy for the help. I had no idea your training was so intense, though…"
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Rei giggled, patting her stomach. "Meimei, this body isn't just thanks to superior genetics, you know. It takes a lot of work."]
01[01:21] <Yanmei> "No kidding. I'm super impressed. And you know? I bet Alphonse is also~~"
[01:21] <Minaplo> [Rei began to blush, and busied herself with finishing off a slice of pizza and beginning another.-
[01:23] <Minaplo> ["Well, you know…" She mumbled. "H-He is…"]
06[01:28] * Yanmei giggled, and quickly finished off her own slice. Apparently, there were many ways to comfort someone~ "Good to see you two getting along. It's so cute~~"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["I-Isn't it usual for us to get along?"]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "Yup. Which means you're cute all the time~ Unlike certain other couples that are roaming around the area today…"
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["Like who?"]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "Well, you know, Fontaine apparently is paying us a visit? So he and Asuka are hanging out together and probably fighting."
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Hehehe. That's how those two show affection, huh?"]
01[01:37] <Yanmei> "Whatever works for them, I guess? Asuka would be pretty scary if she was all alone all the time…"
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I agree. It's good she has someone to be with, to keep her company."-
[01:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh, hm. Eevi asked you for a favour."]
01[01:38] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["She wanted to know if you'd let her be a bodyguard too."]
06[01:40] * Yanmei looked a little uncomfortable. "She's a little girl, though. Shouldn't she be playing instead of working?"
[01:42] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "That's what I said, but she was pretty insistent, so I told her I'd see what you thought. The fact is, and Eevi knows this, Meimei, is that -none- of the training tests I wrote on that pad would be anything close to a challenge for Eevi."]
01[01:44] <Yanmei> "She really wants to that badly…?" Yanmei frowned to herself. "Maybe it would work if they gave her part-time hours instead of making her work exhausting full shifts. She could probably learn a lot from those two…"
[01:46] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "Yeah, I guess that could work. Or even if it's like… Have her intern. Carrying paperwork or getting coffee…"]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "That's a good idea." -
06[01:48] * Yanmei toyed with another slice. "You know… you did a really good job with her. Raising her and helping her to open up and everything…"
[01:48] <Minaplo> ["T-Thanks, Meimei." She beamed happily. "I tried to look to you for inspiration…"]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "Heh. Thanks. Lizzie is already pretty open, though." She gave a small, distracted smile. "I'm… going to have to find a home for another NeoSpartan soon."
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["Padma."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "Yeah. There are some people I have in mind, but there are some complications. I'm hesitating to separate her and Eevi, since they're such good friends. And… she seems pretty attached to the lady looking after her at the moment."
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Lucille, right? But it sounds like Lucille doesn't want the job…"]
01[02:00] <Yanmei> "Yeah. She has some things of her own that she needs to sort through? It's not fair to ask her to look after Padma."
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["I see…"-
[02:01] <Minaplo> ["I wish I could help."]
01[02:03] <Yanmei> "Actually… if you wouldn't mind asking around on the ship, it would help a lot. I have my potential parents, but who knows if they'll say yes or no?"
[02:07] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "I can do that."]
01[02:13] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Rei." She seemed to relax a little. The first step on the road to redemption…? "I was thinking that Major Liu or James Riel might be good fits? But the former lives pretty far away, and the latter is related to someone that Padma probably doesn't remember fondly."
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["What about Mr. Isha?"]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "Ah! He would make a really good dad."
[02:17] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded enthusiastically. "I bet he would, huh? He'd also make a good bodyguard…" She frowned thoughtfully as she ate up another piece of soup-infused pizza.']
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "He's tough, but I'll need his charm for diplomatic missions instead of bodyguarding. He'll be traveling all over the place~"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Hm, I see."-
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["We could always ask President Mazarin. He was interested in Eevi, too!"]
01[02:20] <Yanmei> "That's true! Heheh. I wonder how his daughter will deal with the competition~"
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["Maybe there won't be competition, and they'll all get along." Said Rei happily.-
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["You know, President Mazarin said that Langley-Soryu Pizza was his favourite dish. He was in here the other night…"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "Ah? I hardly ever see him leave his quarters unless it's for a meeting or something. He must really love it~"
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["Well, he was actually in here with your mama, Meimei."]
01[02:25] <Yanmei> "W-what?" Yanmei laughed. "How odd."
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["They seemed to be having fun." Said Rei happily. "Laughing and talking…"]
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "L-laughing and talking about work, surely?"
[02:27] <Minaplo> ["Um, I wasn't paying that much attention." She reddened. "I had… Uh, o-other things on my mind."]
01[23:46] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah? Were you on a date yourself~?"
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["I was, actually…"]
01[23:48] <Yanmei> "Well, Alphonse -is- pretty good at holding a lady's attention."
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["He is." Said Rei, her eyes shining. "He has this way of speaking and acting so that, when you're with him, you almost forget about everything else, and it makes you feel like you're in private even when you're not. He makes you feel like you're all that matters right then…"]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> "I think he only does that with you, Rei. With me and most other people, he's all businesslike. But~" She winked, "that makes it extra special, right?"
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Right! It'd be weird if he entranced everyone…"]
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Session Time: Mon Feb 17 00:00:00 2014
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "You know, I bet he still has a few extra admirers~"
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Y-You think so? Like who?"]
01[00:03] <Yanmei> "Hmmm, that's a good question? Maybe it was… everyone else in the Bar and Grill that night!"
[00:04] <Minaplo> [Rei kicked Yanmei lightly under the table.-
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Yeah right, Meimei. Wouldn't that mean that your mama is interested in Al too?"]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> A very worried expression crossed her face as Yanmei leaned over to rub her leg. "Everyone else except my mom," she amended.
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Rei folded her arms. "Maybe it's Zaizai who has all the admirers. I bet Marketing's making new posters of him right now, since he's so bishy~"]
01[00:07] <Yanmei> "H-hey. They wouldn't do that!"
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Hm~"-
[00:10] <Minaplo> [Rei dug back into her pizza, dunking another hot slice into the spicy, delicious soup. It soaked in the flavour, and she plucked it out, biting into it with a satisfied expression.-
[00:10] <Minaplo> [… Then she scooted over a little, until she was closer to Yanmei. "Meimei…"]
01[00:12] <Yanmei> "…Rei?" Yanmei eyed her curiously.
[00:12] <Minaplo> ["Um. I can tell you anything, right?"]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Of course?"
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["You know how… A while ago, I talked to you about that relationship stuff?"]
06[00:19] * Yanmei nodded, a calmer expression settling over her now.
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["The other night, before our date… We took it to the next level." She reddened, lowering her eyes.]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "I see. And how do you feel about it?"
[00:30] <Minaplo> [Rei busied herself with a slice of pizza, delaying answering.-
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["It's a little tough to put into words…"]
06[00:33] * Yanmei took a bite or two of her own. "That happens. But do you generally feel that it was a good thing? Or…?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Yes. Yes! V-very much so." She nodded enthusiastically.]
01[00:38] <Yanmei> "Then I can only say one thing: Congratulations." She smiled broadly at her.
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Hehe." She wrapped an arm around Yanmei's own, hugging into it. "Thanks, Meimei. I don't know if I couldn't have done it without you…"]
01[00:42] <Yanmei> "Something tells me you two would have found a way? But you're welcome." She hugged her back gently.
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Rei beamed.-
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["I wasn't expecting to feel what I felt, though. T-the sensations…" She paused, awkwardly.-
[00:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh! Al told me something really awesome, Meimei. You'll never guess what~"]
01[00:46] <Yanmei> "What's that?"
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["He told me that he'd decided he was going to get himself cloned." She beamed affectionately. "He told me, that I didn't deserve to be alone… And he wanted to be with me forever. Isn't that amazing~?"]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "Cloned?" Yanmei looked surprised. "That's… quite a gesture…"
[01:04] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "I know lots of people feel strange about it." She said gently. "But…"-
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["When a person dies, their soul gets reborn into a new body, right? But some part of them still remains unchangeably 'them' even throughout lives." She nodded to herself. "So… If you really love someone, if you love them, then the body's just a body, it's not really them. So it doesn't matter what body they're in or what they look like."]
01[01:12] <Yanmei> "You're right…" Yanmei didn't look quite so anxious anymore. Only a little sad, now.
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["What's wrong, Meimei?"]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "Nothing. You're really wise, Rei. It just reminds me a little of what happened to Isaiah. And to me too?"
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["You mean, your new changes?"]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Yeah. And Isaiah's a little different now too? In even more ways than I am. But he's still him. And even if he'd changed even more radically, he would also still be himself. Right?"
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded firmly. "Right."]
01[01:42] <Yanmei> "Like, if he'd turned into a monster…" She frowned, and then shook her head wearily. "Forget it. I don't want to think about that."
[01:45] <Minaplo> [Rei placed her head on Yanmei's shoulder. "I bet you'd love him no matter what. He'd turn into Godzilla, and you'd be down there going, 'No, Zaizai, no!', and then through love, you'd reach his nuclear heart and he'd calm down~"]
06[01:50] * Yanmei blinked a few times. That big lizard was nuclear-powered? "I would try my hardest to do that, assuming that that Godzaizai didn't eat me. You're right about that too!"
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["Hehehe." Rei beamed. "See? I knew you'd understand."-
[01:56] <Minaplo> [A shadow appeared over the table…-
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Now ain't this cute. Makes me wanna take a picture and hang it up over the door." Mr. Blue tipped his hat. "Food to your standards, Miss Rei?"-
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Mmmhm! It's delicious!"]
01[01:59] <Yanmei> "Asuka would be proud," Yanmei chimed in.
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I bet she would." He said with a smirk.-
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["So, I just figured I'd let you know that I oughta have those clothing jobs done by tomorrow… You sure you don't want me to make you something? Here, why don't I make a suggestion~"]
06[02:03] * Yanmei felt herself turning red. "What would that be?"
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["What about a nice tailor-made cheongsam, hm? Finest Chinese silk, made perfectly to be snug and body-fitting… Slit it to the hips to show off your new legs…"-
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Meimei, would your old one still fit you?" Asked Rei curiously.]
01[02:08] <Yanmei> "It would probably be way too small now." Yanmei sighed. There was some relief in that sigh. "I'm surprised you didn't suggest a tailored military dress outfit. Or some sort of fancy plumed hat. Isn't that what revolutionaries usually wear?"
[02:11] <Minaplo> ["Well, actually, I do have two other suggestions."-
[02:12] <Minaplo> [And suddenly he was sitting down opposite Yanmei…-
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["A military dress uniform for you? I can do that. Dark blue, I think, mmhmm… Gold buttons, no epaulettes, a red sash, and a tight collar. No cords, but a cape…? Hmm."-
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["Black collar with gold lacings, and black hem and cuff, and for the bottoms… Long black skirt and dark stockings, or we could do tight white trousers with black boots…"]
01[02:21] <Yanmei> "How much are we talking about, here?" she said warily.
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Are we talking price?"]
01[02:23] <Yanmei> "Yup."
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["seven hundred francs." Said Mr. Blue.]
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "…" -
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "You should consider sending the bill to Colonel Amatore?"
[02:26] <Minaplo> ["Nope." Said Mr. Blue.]
06[02:27] * Yanmei sighed. Loudly. "What was your other idea?"
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["Ugh. Six hundred."]
01[02:30] <Yanmei> "I have a baby to feed, you know. Five hundred."
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["Oh pff. Five hundred fifty."]
01[02:31] <Yanmei> "Done~"
[02:31] <Minaplo> [Rei placed a slice of pizza into her soup. "Three hundred fifty."-
[02:31] <Minaplo> ["Three hundred fifty it is." Said Mr. Blue immediately, inclining his head.]
01[02:33] <Yanmei> "Wh-what?" Her eyes darted between the two of them, not quite sure what had just happened.
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Three hundred fifty for the custom-tailored uniform." Said Blue. "It's a fair price."-
[02:34] <Minaplo> [Rei was busy focusing on her pizza.]

01[23:42] <Yanmei> "…" Curious. "You know, earlier Rei and I were talking about how displeasing Eva-based fighting games were…"
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["That true?" Asked Mr. Blue, turning to Rei.-
[23:46] <Minaplo> [Rei shook her head, looking at Yanmei with a quizzical expression.]
01[23:47] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Well, you can't possibly blame me for trying?"
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh." Said Mr. Blue, unconvinced. He smirked, getting to his feet. "I'll begin working on your cheongsam and your uniform right away."]
01[23:51] <Yanmei> "Appreciate it~"
[23:52] <Minaplo> [He walked off, shaking his head.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["Lucky." Said Rei with a smile. "350 is what Al pays for his uniforms."]
01[23:55] <Yanmei> "Really? Hmph. That scam artist…"
Session Time: Tue Feb 18 00:00:00 2014
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "The only reason I was willing to pay that much is because image is super important, now more than ever~"
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["So you need the best, right?"]
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "Yup~ Or at least, so long as it makes me look like a professional." She frowned slightly, leaning back in her seat. "Not that there was anything wrong with the way I used to look?"
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["You mean, your old body…?"]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> Her face darkened. "Just imagine it. There's someone walking around who looks more like me than I do? And she's on Caine's side of all things! What should we do if they try to impersonate me publically again?"
01[00:09] <Yanmei> ^publicly
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["You mean Joan…" Rei frowned.-
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Meimei, what do you mean by that? 'Looks more like me than I do'…"]
01[00:14] <Yanmei> "I mean as far as everyone else on earth is concerned? The only people who are aware of this new look are the people on this ship. If you were to put me and Joan side by side, she more closely resembles the horrible marketing and less horrible news photos that everyone's been accustomed to. Thus, I would look more like the imposter to them. Understand?"
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["I do, but." Rei shook her head.-
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Now you look different to Joan. So to us on the ship, we can immediately tell who's the fake and who's the real. All you need to do is ensure the same elsewhere, right? Then she'll never be able to impersonate you." Rei paused at this, then nodded as if in confirmation. "It won't be as simple as 'She looks like I used to, so people will think she's me'. There's lots of other elements too,
[00:18] <Minaplo> like who you're seen with- if you're seen with Zaizai, for example, or with Colonel Marianne, or with Ms. Fontaine, that makes people think it's the real Meimei too."]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "True… Of course, if she was locked up somewhere or no longer existed, this wouldn't be an issue in the first place?"
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["But she isn't."]
01[00:20] <Yanmei> "Not yet, no."
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["And even if she were, I bet Caine could just create another clone." Said Rei. "Which is why this is actually a good thing."]
01[00:26] <Yanmei> "There is one major downside?"
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["What's that?"]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "If we do try to spread this new face of mine around, it might mean more… marketing."
[00:27] <Minaplo> [Rei giggled.-
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["You're the boss now, Meimei. You can tell Marketing exactly what to do with your image. If you want them to create cool recruiting posters, they will. Or if you want them to write your biography… Or t-shirts… Anything. They won't be able to make little bikini or schoolgirl Meimei figures without permission."]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "I keep forgetting that, you know." Yanmei rubbed her head. So much to get used to… "
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["Hehehe." Rei snuggled a little closer, a look of innocent mischief on her face. "I considered suggesting that you have them create a bunch of figurines and pillows of you just for Zaizai, but… He has the real thing to snuggle with, doesn't he~?"]
01[00:48] <Yanmei> "O-of course~" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Although we've been totally professional lately…"
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["You're lying, Meimei. You know how I can tell?"]
01[00:49] <Yanmei> "Am not. How?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Because if it were me in your place, I'd be totally snuggling Zaizai for weeks." Said Rei with a grin. She winked.]
01[00:54] <Yanmei> "Oh really? You snuggle Alphonse every day, so that's no surprise?"
[00:58] <Minaplo> [Rei coughed. "W-Well… Al deserves to be snuggled whenever possible. Because he's cute and sweet and awesome." Said Rei firmly, despite reddening.-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Fine. I have different proof."]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?" Yanmei smirked.
[01:01] <Minaplo> ["I know Zaizai." Said Rei, with the smile of someone who has unleashed devastating evidence. "I bet he's been snuggling with you every chance he gets since you two got back. In fact, I bet if you think of him in your Libido bond now, you'll find him yearning to snuggle right now, missing his Meimei in his warm arms~"]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> "There's no way you actually know that…" -
01[01:10] <Yanmei> There was a long pause, as Yanmei seemed to work on something mentally… and then she turned very much red. "A-anyway. He's. Um. Busy swimming. Shows what you know~"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["You're going all red. I bet I was right~"]
01[01:15] <Yanmei> "We should finish eating," she said desperately. "Actually, do you think Lizzie would like some of the leftovers? The soup's a little spicy for her, but the pizza's pretty good even without it?"
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Take the soup anyway. She might like some spicy food every now and then~"-
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["But." Rei smiled softly, the teasing edge gone. "Meimei, something I wanna say."]
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei blinked, the redness fading somewhat? "What's up, Rei?"
[01:20] <Minaplo> ["Do you feel happy with your body? Do you feel comfortable in it? Do you enjoy it?"]
05[01:21] -Zack- Did you really think you'd go on vacation and not have to do it at least once?
01[01:24] <Yanmei> "Now what brought a question like that on?" Yanmei smiled.
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["A few things. But… Do you?"]
01[01:25] <Yanmei> "That's a complicated question? I'm… learning to, I think."
05[01:26] -Zack- [Global Notice] I have been informed that Stelas knows fuck all about tropical views and the view to his right does not even approach it.
[01:28] <Minaplo> [Rei nodded. "You're unsure? Or you have some sort of doubts… Or some concerns? Besides the one with Joan."]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "I just don't know if very well yet. Does that count?"
[01:32] <Minaplo> [Rei nods. "Yeah. I know how that feels." She entwined her fingers through Yanmei's own.-
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["When I first came home from the Project E labs, it was very strange. I felt… 'This is my body'. 'It belongs to me'. So I should be automatically used to it, right? Yet even though I knew how to run, walk, fight in it, it still felt unfamiliar. None of my clothes fit. My bed wasn't big enough. All of my photographs showed a person who resembled how I looked, yet…" She shook her head.
[01:34] <Minaplo> "It was disorientating."-
[01:37] <Minaplo> ["Now, Meimei, my case is pretty extreme because I had to deal with totally unfamiliar things like puberty changes, but that doesn't mean it's different to your scenario, which is why it's ok to feel a little concerned, disorientated or unfamiliar." Said Rei encouragingly. "There's an adjustment period. Your clothes will change, your spaces will slowly change to match your own… But in
[01:37] <Minaplo> the end, I think you'll find yourself to be very satisfied and happy in your new form. Besides, you're surrounded by people who love you no matter how you look."-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["But, if I can, Meimei, I'd say that I think your new form matches you. You're taller, and you move really smoothly." She reached out with her free hand to stroke Yanmei's long hair. "You might not be used to it, but there's a new confidence in your walk, and… Do you know how at school, or maybe elsewhere, you find those really dignified, poised women who are more than just pretty, but
[01:40] <Minaplo> have a sort of authority in their form? When they walk through a place, everyone turns their head to look at them, and they know to respect her… That's you now, Meimei. I bet lots of people find how you are now breathtaking, which is how it should be, because it's you."]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "Rei…" Yanmei took in a deep breath. "I don't know what to say to that? Thank you…"
05[01:53] -Zack- [Global Notice] Bye bye RPGCafe. We'll try to fix it before Stelas does.
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["You're welcome." Rei leaned up to kiss Yanmei on the cheek. "You're my sister in my heart, and sisters look out for each other. I'll always be there to help."-
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Now." Rei beamed, digging back into her pizza, dunking one of the last remaining pieces into the soup. "Al's been working very hard recently, so he's been very tired. I haven't been much help there either, since he's had to look after me, or we've been spending time being intimate, so he's even more worn out when he should be resting." Muttered Rei guiltily. "So tonight, I'm going to
[01:59] <Minaplo> leave him alone to sleep, and I'm going to steal Lizzie, and with Eevi, Suzie and Padma, we're going to go have a swim party. Suzie's legs are coming along really good, so she's been looking forward to swimming too~ even better, Sophia-chan and Elena-chan want to come along too. Is that ok?"]
01[02:07] <Yanmei> "Oh, ah… let me see. Lizzie doesn't have a proper swimsuit right now, but I'll pack her something that she can splash around in and get wet and ruin if it comes to it? You have to make sure that she stays warm and doesn't catch a cold? Oh, and, lifeguards! You have to tell them to watch her extra carefully, ok?"
[02:09] <Minaplo> ["Meimei, Eevi and I will be there. If Lizzie gets in trouble, I can just pluck her out of the water with an AT Field. But… I may as well ask Mana-chan and Matthias-san if they wanna come too."-
[02:10] <Minaplo> [… Was that a mischievous glint in Rei's eyes?]
01[02:12] <Yanmei> "Heh. I'm sure the twins will appreciate more people their age hanging out there too~" Yanmei smirked, a glint of her own coming into view. "There's also another little girl that I would ask you to remember when you're handing out invitations?"
[02:14] <Minaplo> ["Who's that?"]
01[02:16] <Yanmei> "The President's daughter only seems to venture out of their big room when she's going to visit Pilot Wales. If you ask her, she might huff a lot, but I'm pretty sure it would make her happy?"
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["Hmm, alright! Maybe I should invite President Mazarin and your mama along as well…"]
01[02:18] <Yanmei> "Th-that won't be necessary? They probably have important work to finish…"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Hmm… We'll see. But thanks for the suggestions, Meimei." Rei smiled.-
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["Here, why don't I take care of your check?"]
01[02:19] <Yanmei> "Really~~?" Yanmei lit up with a brilliant smile. "You're the best, Rei~"
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["But, that's only this once. Next time you have to pay Mr. Blue." Said Rei sternly.]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "I know that?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "He doesn't overcharge on the food, at least."
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["And it's so good, too~ In fact, I'm going to ask him for another two Langley-Soryu pizzas to go. One for me, and the other… I might pay Al a lunch visit."]
01[02:26] <Yanmei> "Lunchtime snuggle visit, you mean…"
[02:28] <Minaplo> ["T-That's a bit… Risque, isn't it?" She asked, reddening.]
01[02:32] <Yanmei> "But hardly unusual when it comes to the people on this ship~ You should ask S2 sometime."
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Why? Have you done it?"]
01[02:35] <Yanmei> "Of course not? Can't you see how proper I am?" She beamed.
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Tch. I'd tell you, Meimei… I thought we were sisters of the heart?" Her eyes widened, her expression becoming sad…]
01[02:38] <Yanmei> "You're just teasing me, aren't you?"
[02:40] <Minaplo> ["A little. But I really would tell you anything, Meimei." Said Rei with a trusting smile. "You can always tell me anything, too. Remember that, ok?"]
06[02:43] * Yanmei smiled back, her heart a little lighter. "Don't you worry? I will."

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