She Said Don T You Think She D Make A Great Girlfriend

[23:30] <Yanmei> It was another bustling morning in the now-crowded Geofront hospital. Dodging nurses, doctors, and wheelchairs, a lithe figure moved slowly through the hallways in ruffly pink civilian garb. In spite of the cheeriness of her outfit, its owner seemed to be a bit on the lethargic side, her eyes concealed by round, blue sunglasses and her gait rather sluggish.-
[23:31] <Yanmei> She was carrying a thermos of some kind, so perhaps she had a remedy for that on hand.
[23:40] <Raphael> Long, crowded hallways littered with patients were the order of the day, and it was in the midst of one of these that Yanmei would spot Raphael Guillory, standing just outside the doorway of one of the wards and chatting quietly with one of the doctors. As Yanmei approached, the two shook hands and the doctor hurriedly departed, leaving Raphael to linger in the hall…
[23:47] * Yanmei paused just a few feet away, silently debated if she should sheepishly keep walking for a fraction of a second, and then slipped up alongside him. "Morning, Group Captain~"
[23:49] * Raphael finds his moment of staring fixedly at the wall interrupted, and glances around with a look of mild surprise. "Ah, Pilot Zhang. It's good to see you."
[23:55] <Yanmei> "Likewise." She took a subtle glance into a neighboring room, but spotted nothing but white privacy curtains erected around a bed. "Checking up on your troops?"
[23:58] * Raphael steps back to avoid a harried nurse and a wheelchair-bound patient, nodding slowly. "Just trying to keep Miss Favager company, but one of my other soldiers is keeping vigil. I decided to leave him to it." He says with a smile.
Session Time: Fri Dec 02 00:00:00 2011
[00:01] <Yanmei> "Favager… the one in the space-bound Dreadnought Give her my regards, would you?"
[00:03] <Raphael> "By all means. You four did a very brave thing in keeping her safe even in the midst of the chaos up there. You've got my greatest thanks - Hers too, no doubt."
[00:09] <Yanmei> "Well~ de Pteres was the one who rescued her and kept her safe. And he managed to do it with no arms, somehow. Talk about determination?" She offered a little grin. "But I'm glad she's okay. Recovering quickly too, I hope?"
[00:13] * Raphael raises an eyebrow at the mention of de Pteres' stunts. "Is that so? Well, I'll have to thank him in person for his trouble. And Marie… she's recovering well enough. They're largely holding her for observation, but she's a little shaken up."
[00:16] <Yanmei> "Asuka, too. Well, she's more pissed off than shaken up. She's probably beating up some poor nurse right about now."
[00:22] * Raphael lets out a long chuckle. "Not a good patient, then?" Raphael asks, only to have to move aside for another clump of visitors. "… perhaps we should have this conversation a little less crowded. If you're not busy, at least."
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Let's. I think there was some space in the reception area." Yanmei took a step back, in that direction. "I'm… not sure if I can stray from this place too far for too long. But enough about that." She held up her thermos. "Can I interest you in some tea?"
[00:30] * Raphael follows along behind, weaving his way through the crowd. "I'd love some, actually. I've been living on coffee for days now."
[00:35] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before they were seated, each cluching a styrofoam cup filled with sweetened tea. The scent of peppermint wafted up from them. -
[00:38] <Yanmei> "So you've probably been busy, huh? I know I've hardy seen Marianne lately…" Yanmei took a small sip. The reception area was hardly devoid of other people, but it was practically a revolving door of uniformed people whisking up to the reception desk, and vanishing into the hallways of the hospital, and then coming back.
[00:41] <Raphael> "Not by her choice, I'm sure." Raphael says, taking a sip of the tea. It earns an approving nod. "With the Colonel gone, she and Captain Katsuragi have had to fill in, and those are some fairly big shoes to fill."
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Yanmei gazed down at her cup for a long, quiet moment. "… the Colonel. She's probably not in the best of moods, either. Are you looking after her?"
[00:53] <Raphael> "As much as I can, but she has a lot to deal with emotionally and almost no time to do it. Hopefully once we get things under control…"
[00:56] * ZackStudy is now known as ZackBreak
[00:59] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei almost fidgeted, but she managed to slip out a distraction for herself instead. "But you're also looking after Misato, too, huh? I don't know how close she was to the Colonel, but she must also be overworked."
[01:03] * Raphael nods slowly. "I'm keeping an eye on her, yes. Both of them can use it right now, so I do my best. I don't know if Captain Katsuragi was close to the Colonel, precisely, but I suspect she feels like she should have done a better job protecting him."
[01:08] * Yanmei set her tea down on a nearby end table and folded her hands in her lap, her sunglasses growing glinty-opaque. "May I ask you something, Group Captain?"
[01:12] * Raphael stares over the rim of his styrofoam cup, looking wary. He's worked at NERV long enough to feel fear any time light glints off a piece of eyewear. "… I believe so, ma'am."
[01:14] <Yanmei> "When you say that you're keeping an eye on them both? You do mean in the harmless, comforting sense, don't you?"
[01:15] <Raphael> "…" A long stare. Another sip of peppermint tea. "I hope you're not insinuating anything untoward, Pilot Zhang."
[01:23] <Yanmei> "Not at all, sir." She flashed a little smile. "I know you'd never do anything like that. Presently. I think?" She tried scrutinizing him for clues and reactions.
[01:28] <Raphael> "I assure you, my interest in both Captains is that of a colleague. Perhaps as a friend." His expression is as neutral as ever, but… for just a moment, Yanmei would be able to spot a brief flicker of uncertainty in his eyes.
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei reached for her cup again. "You know. That last Angel was the closest the city's come to destruction yet. And we even lost a lot of people. A lot of really important people." -
[01:34] <Yanmei> There was a flicker of sadness then, but she continued. "We came out of it okay, and those two also came out of it okay… but next time we might not be so lucky?"
[01:55] <Raphael> "… That's true." He admits with a small nod, leaning back in his chair. "And that's something I think about every day. But it's also why I've devoted almost my entire life trying to improve our chances of survival, rather than on love affairs with superior officers."
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Are you sure they feel the same way?" Yanmei frowned. "If something awful happened tomorrow, would they succumb to uncertainty or even regret?"
[02:04] * Raphael shifts slightly at that, and for a moment there's a clear look of concern on his face. "I… don't know, Yanmei." He says slowly. "I'm not sure what you're asking of me."
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[02:25] <Yanmei> "Well~ It’s just that, you know, I'm Marianne's charge. I can't speak for Misato, but I know she at least has her sensitive side, and it would be a problem if she got hurt. And that aside." She smiled again. "I'm flat out curious! There are a lot of rumors going around, after all?"
[02:25] * ZackBreak is now known as ZackStudy
[02:32] <Raphael> "Well… have you considered that perhaps I'm telling the truth? Not all of us share your definition of 'platonic', Pilot Zhang."
[02:35] <Yanmei> "Wh- That's…" Composure! Yanmei made a grab for it, and coughed delicately. "Now -you're- implying untoward things. That are also complicated, mind you."
[02:38] <Raphael> "Oh yes, I saw just how complicated it was." Raphael says cheerily, grinning widely as his jab finds the mark.
[02:43] <Yanmei> "Like you're one to talk! Making kissy faces at Katsuragi in the cafeteria between prepping and battles. Honestly." Yanmei tossed her hair. "I won't even go into the night of Marianne's party."
[02:49] <Raphael> "I was not making… 'kissy faces', Pilot Zhang." Raphael replies flatly.
[02:54] <Yanmei> "You so were. The news is sweeping like wildfire through the Japanese technicians."
[02:57] * Raphael snorts. "The technical divisions of NERV seem to prefer unfounded gossip to actually doing their job. I'd have thought you'd have learned that by now, Yanmei."
[03:00] <Yanmei> "Now, now. They -are- decent when it comes to the EVAs' painting and detailing. Aren't the Thruster guys the same?"
[20:53] * Raphael has to pause at that, just the mention of the Thrusters giving him an odd twitch at the corner of one eye. "I think it would be a mistake to assume that there's /anyone/ quite like the Thruster team."
[20:59] <Yanmei> "I know, right? They're really nice! Their leader really helped me out the other day with a party. You should come to the next one, Group Captain. With a date of your choice?"
[21:02] * Raphael grimaces slightly. "… you're not going to stop fishing for an answer, are you?"
[21:04] * Yanmei just smiled sweetly.
[21:10] <Raphael> "Well, my answer hasn't changed. But if you're snooping around with your heart set already set on the idea, I suppose you'd best hear something from me rather than whenever Technical inevitably catches wind of it. Perhaps it’ll save you from getting the wrong idea." He says, letting out a resigned sigh that suggests he’s not getting his hopes up. "… Captain Katsuragi has requested
[21:10] <Raphael> that I spend Christmas in Japan."
[21:14] * Yanmei gasped, wide-eyed! Christmas! One of the most romantic holidays of the year! But… She made herself settle down again, briefly rubbing her chin. "You'll let Marianne down gently, I'll assume?"
[21:18] * Raphael gives her a flat stare. "You're taking this in the complete opposite way to how it was intended, Pilot Zhang."
[21:22] <Yanmei> "Huh? So… you want me convince you to do otherwise? Heh." She lowered her voice a little. "Between you and me, Marianne's a lot cuter, and she doesn't share her apartment with weird animals. I was rooting for her to be honest. Don't you think she'd make a great girlfriend?"
[21:32] <Raphael> "I think she's a very wonderful lady, yes. And I'm sure your apparent fascination with unrequested matchmaking will find her a gentleman worthy of her - Hopefully one to whom she is -not- a direct superior." He says with a little sigh of dismay. "… Not that it needs to be done on Misato's account, but does the Captain really need to be 'let down gently'?"
[21:39] <Yanmei> "It's not like I'm belittling her ability to deal with heartbreak? But if you're breaking up with someone, it's better to be conscious of their feelings. It's just the considerate thing to do." Her eyes flicked aside. "Whatever you do? You shouldn't do it in a lame way, like sending a text to the person. Email's just as bad."
[21:44] <Raphael> "'Breaking up with-'…?" He says, eyebrows raised as he sets aside his now empty coffee cup with a sigh and steeples his hands. "Zhang, you're aware the Captain and I were not ever romantically involved, right?"
[21:49] <Yanmei> "Huh? Yeah right. Are you sure?"
[21:50] <Raphael> "I… don't think so?" Raphael says, looking a little more uncertain now. Did these things just happen when you weren't looking? The dating scene changes after two decades, but…
[21:52] <Yanmei> Encouraged, Yanmei went on. "All those long evenings working together. Alone, in the comfort of her office. Drinking wine, no doubt?"
[21:57] <Raphael> "As colleagues!" He says, holding onto the word like a liferaft
[21:59] <Yanmei> "Uh huh…" Yanmei drained the rest of her tea pretty quickly. "Well, as long a you act responsibly, it's okay."
[21:59] <Yanmei> ^as you
[22:01] <Raphael> "Y-yes…" Raphael mutters slowly, looking a little shellshocked now. "I really have no intention of hurting anyone, Yanmei."
[22:02] * ZackLibrary is now known as Zack
[22:03] <Yanmei> "I know you don't. You're a good guy." Yanmei reached out and gave him a comforting arm-pat. "Things just get complicated sometimes?"
[22:07] <Raphael> "I suppose so." He gives her a genuine smile, even if it's tinged with a little of that same uncertainty. "I'll think about what you said, Zhang. Thanks for… warning me, I suppose?"
[22:12] <Yanmei> "Anytime!" Yanmei beamed at him. "You helped me out a little too, actually."
[22:12] <Raphael> "Is that so?"
[22:17] <Yanmei> "Yeah. This hopital is a little… well. It feels good to talk about something less serious for now?"
[22:24] * Raphael lets out a a quiet noise of agreement, giving her a sympathetic look. "I'm sure. Listen… I know you've got a lot to deal with right now, so if there's anything I can do to help please let me know. I'm sure Suzanne would be happy to have you and Isaiah around for dinner at some point. Maybe he would be able to stay for the whole meal next time."
[22:28] <Yanmei> "He'd probably love that!" She grinned outright, casually resting an arm along the backrest of the empty chair next to hers. "How -is- Suzanne these days?"
[22:34] <Raphael> "She's keeping me in line." Raphael says, and now it's his turn to grin. "She was definitely shaken by that last battle, but you know how she is. At this point she's more annoyed that it destroyed her school than anything else."
[22:38] <Yanmei> "Yeah, again." But Yanmei didn't look too put out about it. That was, until she focused on the first part of what he had just said. "Isaiah said he saw her at the refugee camp back then. Lots of younger kids there, unaccompanied.]
[22:39] <Yanmei> ^"
[22:44] * Raphael nods slowly. "I tried to leave her in the Geofront during the battle, but apparently our new Commander is a little stricter about these things." Any mention of the brief time he spent considering 'pulling a Yanmei' is politely withheld. "I -had- left her in Rei's care, but we both know how that worked out.
[22:44] <Raphael> "*
[22:48] <Yanmei> "The Geofront wasn't exactly safe, considering what that Angel had done before. I can sort of understand it this time around." She looked down. "The best thing for Isaiah and Lizzie, I thought, was to get them out of the city, as far away from Command as feasible."
[22:51] <Raphael> "Probably right, in retrospect. I suppose I was thinking that if something happened to the Geofront, then we'd already…" He cuts himself off with a small frown and an awkward little cough, changing the subject as rapidly as possible. "And how's Elizabeth going? It sounds like you two have warmed up to one another."
[22:57] <Yanmei> "Sounds like..? Well, I guess." She hesitated, wondering if she should whip out her phone and show him new pictures. "She's okay. Cheerful as ever. She'll be visiting her Mama tomorrow, if I can get Isaiah to take her. And I've been planning to buy her some new things, but I can't seem to find them anywhere."
[22:59] <Raphael> "The shopping centres aren't exactly in the best state, so I can't say I'm surprised. What are you looking for?"
[23:02] <Yanmei> "A bulletproof crib. Soundproof would be good too. Jerkface Alex says that she hates and cries at gunfire, which isn't too surprising." She rubbed one of her own ears, almost sympathetically.
[23:04] <Raphael> "… Oh." Raphael says slowly, trying to keep the alarm off his face. "Yes, I… uh, imagine those would be hard to find."
[23:07] <Yanmei> "I know, right? Well, if push comes to shove, maybe I can get someone around here to build it? If they can launch EVAs into space, a custom crib should be no problem."
[23:10] * Raphael laughs. "I'd offer to put you in touch with someone from the Thruster division, but I'd be worried about the possibility of them attempting to… /improve/ on the design. They do build excellent armour, though."
[23:14] <Yanmei> "Hm, you don't say? Their current designs, though, are a little…" she felt a faint shiver go up her spine. But the terrifying mask mounted onto Rapheal's Thruster was nowhere in sight, and would have been pretty much ridiculous if it have been at that moment. "Ah. Not to ridicule your robot or anything, of course. It's very powerful."
[23:21] * Raphael gives a dismissive wave at that and shakes his head. "I don't disagree with you on the design front, but so long as it produces results Marianne seems content to allow them a bit of absurdity. Nothing I did could make them get rid of that damned painting on the shoulder, for example - I'm pretty sure they took their inspiration from one of those games they're always fawning over."
[23:22] <Yanmei> "You could always just paint over it yourself in secret," she said, lowering her voice again.
[23:24] <Raphael> "Believe me, I've considered it."
[23:29] <Yanmei> "But you won't do it, huh?" She briefly imagined him sneaking into the Thruster hanger, paint-bucket in hand, ski-mask over his face… and then security turning on him with guns blazing. "Hm. I guess there are some dangers…"
[23:37] <Raphael> "Just a few." Raphael says with a smile, pushing his own chair back and getting to his feet. "Speaking of which, I'm sure they'll be expecting me back at HQ by now. We're in the middle of refits, and I probably shouldn't leave it to Marianne and Sergeant Duval to babysit Julien and his team."
[23:39] <Yanmei> "So soon, huh?" Yanmei stood up along with him, and offered a casual parting salute. "Well, in that case, I'll see you around!"
[23:42] <Raphael> "Most likely, ma'am." He says, returning the salute in short order. "You have a nice day. And remember that offer!" With a last, quick smile he departs from the reception area and rejoins bustling crowds jamming up the hallway beyond.
[23:45] * Yanmei lingered a moment as he left, collecting the discarded cups and fastening the cover to her thermos again. With a lighter step, she disposed of their garbage, and headed back into the hospital to lose herself within a crowd of her own.

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