She Said Equivalent Exchange If I Tell You You Have To Tell

[12:25] <Yanmei> The school's indoor pool was a place that Yanmei rarely visited of her own free will. Yet here she was, following the stairs leading down to it, during after school hours. She was dressed as usual - stylish boots, neat school uniform, a number of silver colored accessories including dangly earrings and bracelets. A simple silver locket dangled from her neck.
[12:28] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> [Isaiah has nothing much better to do except follow on after Yanmei, of course.-
[12:31] <Eugenia`Ranvier> [The pool was mostly deserted, as it wasn’t club practice day. In fact it was a Thursday, so naturally there wouldn't be many people in here at all.-
[12:31] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> [There were a few people swimming about though, mostly diehards or the very bored.]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "My, my," Yanmeu folded her arms, gaze swinging along at the few who were even present. "Don’t tell me she's late or something?"
[12:34] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> [Isaiah sat down on one of the plastic chairs that dotted the area. "Maybe she’s one of those swimming? Ah… I think she's that one there."]
[12:36] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei squinted at the pool curiously.
[12:39] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> [There was a pale-skinned girl, doing laps of the pool, wearing a swimming cap and a onepiece swimsuit, making swift progress up and down the pools’ length.]
[12:41] * Yanmei selected a chair for herself rather than wander over and interrupt. How rude, though, making them wait while she got in exercise.
[12:44] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> About two or three minutes later, Eugenia emerges from the swimming pool, stretching a little. She grabs a towel from the side of the pool and heads over to where Yanmei and Isaiah sit. "Hi~ Thanks for waiting!"
[12:47] <Yanmei> "Well~ I was admittedly pretty curious about what you wanted." Yanmei cheerfully gestured to a free chair. "Going for captain of the swim team? I see you’re pretty fast."
[12:54] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "I’ve been practicing for awhile. I don't know about captain, though~" Said Eugenia, grinning. She placed her towel down on… Isaiah, then with a dainty twirl, turned around and sat directly on his lap. "I wanted to talk about the presidency!"
[12:54] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["Wh-" Isaiah turned crimson red, trying to sit up in shock and failing obviously.]
[12:56] <Yanmei> "Then… could you do it without sitting on my friend?" Her smile didn’t waver. "He's not used to bearing a lot of really heavy weight."
[12:58] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Aw, that’s not what I heard~ Didn't he drag you out of an Entry Plug once?" She giggled. "Besides, cute boys make the best seats."
[12:59] <Yanmei> "Now how would you hear about a thing like that?"
[13:01] * Eugenia‘Ranvier leaned back, causing no end of discomfort for her poor seat. "I pay attention to what people say."
[13:06] <Yanmei> "Then I guess you must’ve also heard that I don't like having my time wasted?" She gave a little hair toss and stood. "I haven't decided what I'm doing yet, but I doubt I'll make up my mind by talking to you. I think we're done here."
[13:09] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Aw, hold on." Said Eugenia, her tone becoming a little more serious. "I called you here because I respect you."
[13:11] <Yanmei> "Is that so?" She didn’t sit back down. Actually, she preferred standing at a level that was higher than Regina was.
[13:12] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Yes." Said Eugenia, smiling. "You know I’m running for president, right? And Alex said you were too."
[13:14] <Yanmei> "Then Alex was talking without knowing what he was talking about. Huge shocker." She rolled her eyes. "Like I said before? I haven't made up my mind. Elections are totally fun, but I'm going to be more busy than ever this year."
[13:15] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Ah, I understand. What with the whole…" She waved her hand. "Evangelion thing. But I think you should try out anyway."
[13:18] <Yanmei> "Oh, I get it. You’re bored, aren't you? Not satisfied with the other possible candidates?"
[13:20] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "No, that’s not it at all." Said Eugenia. "Right now you and I are the only official candidates. Sure, there might be more who sign up, but… They aren't you." Said Eugenia. "And that means it isn't fair."
[13:28] <Yanmei> "Fair for who? I only get so much free time, you know," Yanmei smirked. "Look. Eugenia, right? Another person would be happy about the lack of decided competition. What are you really after, here?"
[13:28] * Eugenia‘Ranvier looked up at Yanmei with big hopeful eyes.-
[13:30] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "It wouldn’t be fair for me. An election like this… It's all about meritocracy, right? The people choose who they think is best." Said Eugenia. Her expression was serious. "I wouldn't be able to feel… Good about being elected because no one else turned up. I mean, imagine if you ran a sprint and won because there weren't any other runners. What's the point of being the best if you're the only, you know?"
[13:33] <Yanmei> "By that logic, I would have to give it my all if I did decide to run. Otherwise it would be just as pointless." She looked beyond her, now. "Isaiah? What do you think?"
[13:35] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["I-I t-t-think y-y-you’d w-win." Said Isaiah, his burning red face peeking out over Eugenia's shoulder. "Y-You s-should prove y-you're the best too. I-I'll help!"]
[13:39] <Yanmei> "My campaign advisor has suggested I give it a shot." She shrugged helplessly. "It looks like you might get your way this once. You can thank him by getting off him, by the way."
[13:40] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Hehehe. Alright~ I’ve had my fun." She pecked Isaiah on the cheek and stood up. "Hey, what're you doing now?"
[13:43] <Yanmei> "Heading home. Thursdays are usually free for me."
[13:44] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "We should do something!" Eugenia smiled. "I’d like to be your friend~"
[13:45] <Yanmei> "Aw, that's so sweet. I'd love to be your friend~"
[13:46] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "I’m glad~" Said Eugenia, moving to immediately put a wet arm around Yanmei's shoulders. "I know a lot about you, so this is a real boon for me, you know?"
[13:49] <Yanmei> "Oh? And what should I know about you?" she smiled as if the arm wasn't there, dripping pool water onto her nice clean uniform. "Aside from the obvious fact that you're an interesting transfer student and Alexandre Fontaine's friend, you're a mystery."
[13:50] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Then we should get to know each other. Oops~" Eugenia took away her arm, grabbed her towel. "I’ll go change."
[13:52] <Yanmei> "I'll be waiting right here~" Yanmei saw her off with a cheerful wave and her sweetest smile.
[13:54] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Alright~" Eugenia rushed off to the changing room.
[13:58] <Yanmei> "You should find a place to change too," she glanced back at Isaiah. "And maybe head over to someplace else. Do you have a club meeting? It’s be an excellent excuse to slip away."
[14:00] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["Y-Yeah." Muttered Isaiah, his face still burning. "I don’t have any clubs, but I-I'll just say I had to go into work. Sorry." He said ashamedly.]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "Don't worry about it." She winked at him. "I've half a mind to ditch her myself. I'll see you at dinner, okay? I'll call if I'm running late."
[14:03] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["Alright." Isaiah gave her a hug. "Try not to be home too late. Chicken curry sound good tonight?"]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "Fantastic." She returned the hug and disengaged. "Quickly, now~ She’ll probably be back soon."
[14:05] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["Right. Oh, do you want me to grab your bag? If you’re gonna be out you don't want to be lugging it around…"]
[14:06] <Yanmei> "It's okay. My cell phone is in there, so…"
[14:07] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> ["Alright." He grabbed his bag and started to rush hastily away. "I’ll see you! Take care, Yanyan!"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "Bye!" She waved him off too, and patiently resumed her wait.
[14:15] * Eugenia‘Ranvier emerged a few minutes later, now clad in a knee-length, a white button-up shirt and a cute pink sweater. "Sorry for the wait!" A bag was slung over her shoulder.
[14:15] <Eugenia`Ranvier> «Knee-length skirt*»
[14:27] <Yanmei> "Welcome back." Yanmei stepped back a little, her own bag dangling from one hand. "Why don’t we hit up a cafe? I know a good one! I'll introduce you to it."
[14:28] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Sounds good to me." She said. "Call me Gina, by the way."
[14:32] <Yanmei> "All right! When did you move here, anyway, Gina?" She handled the name as if she had said it readily for years. "There might be lots of places you don’t know. For that matter, where are you coming from? Your name is French, so I suppose another part of the country?" Yanmei led the way cheerfully back to the staircase that would eventually bring them to the school's main entrance.
[14:33] * Eugenia‘Ranvier followed. "Oh, actually I’ve lived in Paris-2 before, but I moved away to Rome for awhile when the attacks began."
[14:35] <Yanmei> "Huh? But then… what made you decide to come back?"
[14:37] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Low living expenses."
[14:40] * Yanmei smirked. "I’m sure."
[14:40] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Hah, ok. You got me~ I had another reason."
[14:44] <Yanmei> "Well?" she glanced aside at her as they reached the school’s main hallway and crossed outside into the courtyard. The gate was straight ahead.
[14:45] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Equivalent exchange. If I tell you, you have to tell me something in return."
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Hm. All right. Something of equivalent value, then? What do you want to know?"
[14:52] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "What’s the most embarrassing situation you've ever been in?"
[14:54] <Yanmei> "You expect me to tell that to someone who's going to be a political rival?" Yanmei sighed, but she carried a smile. "I'll leave you to your secret reasons~"
[14:56] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Ah, but what if my reason was really embarrassing, too? That would negate the danger of your own admission."
[14:57] <Yanmei> "It’s sort of a risk, though. If you went first, I could decide if it really did negate it."
[15:00] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "But if you went first, I might be cheated out. It might not be embarrassing enough." She sighed. "If your cute boy were still here we could tell him~"
[15:01] <Yanmei> "Do you really like him so much?" Through the gates and down the street.
[15:02] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "What do you mean?"
[15:05] <Yanmei> "You know what I mean. The looks you were giving him in homeroom, and then using him as a chair just now. I don’t see you treating anyone else like that…"
[15:06] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Hahaha. Am I making you jealous?" Eugenia leaned towards Yanmei and smiled. "I can sit on you next time~ <3"
[15:11] * Yanmei smiled and leaned back toward her… and then lifted a hand and flicked her on the nose. "I’ll pass~ I have enough fans as it is."
[15:18] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Ahahaha. See?" Eugenia winked. "I just figured it was high time Isaiah gained a few fans too~" She giggled. "He really is very cute though. I want to eat him up."
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Hm…" there was a violent stirring, like the types she sometimes got when she had spotted Misato Katsuragi snuggling up against Isaiah. She had to force it back down again. "How do you know Alexandre? Old friends from when you used to live here?"
[15:32] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "That’s right." Eugenia winked. "You know what I'm gonna say next, right?"
[15:33] <Yanmei> "What, that you used to date him?" Yanmei smirked. "What a nice couple."
[15:34] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Ahahaha, no." Eugenia shook her head. "That I used to work with him."
[15:35] <Yanmei> "Hm. So you’re like him and Edgar and Asuka and the rest."
[15:35] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "What? No." Eugenia laughed. "I’m not a Neospartan."
[15:36] * Yanmei blinked. "What? You're a civilian, then? One our age…" she looked suddenly uneasy.
[15:38] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "There we go." Said Eugenia. "I’m a sort of scientist."
[15:39] <Yanmei> "An actual scientist? Or someone who just fancies herself one?"
[15:39] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "O-ho-." Eugenia shook her head. "You’re -sharp-!"
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Why thank you~" she winked. "Your interest is metaphysical biology, I'm guessing?"
[15:43] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Well, when I say scientist, I mean…" She paused. "Oops. Equivalent exchange."
[15:45] <Yanmei> "You’re not going to give that a rest, are you?" Yanmei sighed.
[15:46] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "It’s only fair."
[15:47] <Yanmei> "What do you want to know? the embarrassng thing again?"
[15:48] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Not this time." She taps her chin. "I want you to tell me what your most terrifying moment was in the Plug."
[15:51] <Yanmei> "…" If she worked with NERV and Alexandre… if she was what Yanmei thought she was, then she could probably throw her a bone this time. "…that would be the time I nearly died."
[15:52] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "Yeah?" Eugenia stared up at the sky for a moment. "What was it like?"
[15:54] <Yanmei> "When it was happening, it was unreal. Like being in a nightmare. But hours later, when I realized what almost happened, I couldn’t stop shaking."
[15:58] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "That sounds pretty awful." Said Gina quietly. "You know, I’m impressed you told me that. It sounds private."
[15:59] <Yanmei> "It is. Which is why-" her eyes gleamed, "-you'd better not tell anyone."
[16:02] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "I won’t. But." She lifted a hand. "Here you go. I'm a sort of scientist, in that I was kind of a test subject."
[16:03] * Yanmei blinked. "A scientist, but a test subject?"
[16:04] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "More a test subject than a scientist." She winked.
[16:06] <Yanmei> "What were you testing?" she had a strange, sick feeling. Being acquainted with Dr Yui Ikari had lowered her tolerance for lab testing in general.
[16:07] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "Evas. Genetic stuff."
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Hm." She still seemed a little uneasy, but… she could leave it at that. It probably wasn’t the best experience. "Are you still…?"
[16:11] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Not anymore."
[16:12] <Yanmei> "Good. That -is- good, isn’t it?"
[16:13] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Hahaha." Eugenia winked. "Of course."
[16:15] <Yanmei> "So then, from that, I can guess that you came back because you wanted to? Not because of your occupation."
[16:15] * Eugenia`Ranvier smiled. "If I answer that, do you get to tell me about your embarrassing moment?"
[16:18] <Yanmei> "I’m not -that- curious," she huffed, and tossed her hair. "In any case, welcome back."
[16:19] <Eugenia‘Ranvier> "Thank you." Said Eugenia graciously.
[16:20] * Yanmei stopped walking. They had arrived at the cafe… a small place with round tables and floral pink tablecloths visible from the street side window. "Shall we?"
[16:21] <Eugenia`Ranvier> "Oh, this place is adorable. We shall~ You’re paying, too? So nice <3"
[16:22] <Yanmei> "I don't remember saying that. Nice try~" Yanmei tried to beat her to the door.
[16:23] * Eugenia`Ranvier was happy to let Yanmei lead on~

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