She Said I Don T Know How Well It S Going To Go

[23:46] <Ayanami‘Rei> [It’s 6 PM within the Geofront; specifically, within one of the fitness halls, this one dedicated to gymnastics and acrobatics. It was large and spacious, and importantly, almost empty; the only inhabitants at this moment were two girls.-
[23:47] * Ayanami‘Rei was doing a handstand on a pommel horse, wearing a bright blue leotard over a bodystocking; the clothes made her look even more pale than usual. She was watching Yanmei closely at the same time.
[23:53] * Yanmei was a short distance away, seemingly practicing hand-to-hand combat with shadowboxing. She had, started out much further away, and had drifted closer naturally. Also, she didn’t seem to be dressed for regular combat practice - she was wearing her own white leotard, with shorts with violet-colored printed hearts on them. -
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[23:54] <Yanmei> Finally, she stopped, and stretched, and peeked behind her. "Oh! Rei! Fancy meeting you here," she said cheerfully.
[23:56] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Hi, Meimei!" Said Rei cheerfully, still holding that handstand. "I was hoping you’d come over."
[23:57] <Yanmei> "You were?" She tilted her head a little, trying to get her bearings with talking to someone who was upside down.
[23:59] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I was! After all, I’ve been busy this week, Meimei. So I haven't been able to get the time to say hello." She frowned.
Session Time: Thu Nov 17 00:00:00 2011
[00:01] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I noticed you weren't around too much. I'm glad I was able to catch up with you. Ah, in the meeting by chance way, of course." She smiled at her.
[00:05] * Ayanami‘Rei smiled innocently, still holding her pose. "It’s pretty lucky that your training saw you come all the way over here, Meimei."
[00:09] <Yanmei> "I know, right? Your own training looks pretty impressive, by the way."
[00:11] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Thank you, Meimei!" Said Rei happily. "It keeps me healthy and I feel good doing it."
[00:13] <Yanmei> "So, hypothetically? If someone wanted to learn how to do it too, would you teach them?"
[00:14] * Ayanami`Rei nodded! Which looked a little strange upside-down. "I would, Meimei!"
[00:18] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei stared at the pommel horse for a moment. "Do you mind if I gave it a try? With some coaching, of course…" She coughed.
[00:19] <Ayanami`Rei> "You want me to teach you, Meimei…?"
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Not exactly? It’d be more like demonstrating what to do and watching while I try it, and pointing out mistakes to correct?"
[00:23] * Ayanami‘Rei frowned, slightly confused. "But that sounds sort of like teaching to me, Meimei… And I don’t think you'd be able to do it just like that anyway."
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Oh? You mean there are fundamentals to learn first?"
[00:26] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded slowly. "If you try to just do what I’m doing without knowing how, you'll just fall over, Meimei."
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Right. I guess there would be." Yanmei nodded a little herself. "It's not like I want to interrupt your training or anything, but… maybe you could show me?"
[00:30] * Ayanami‘Rei tensed up, tightening up for a second before springing upwards, tucking herself into a ball before spinning once and landing in front of Yanmei. "That’s fine, Meimei! I -could- teach you all the time, you know. I'd like it if you came to practice with me."
[00:34] <Yanmei> "Yeah? Heh." She'd been taken aback a little by the dismount, but now she stepped forward, and patted her on the shoulder cheerfully. "Only if you don't laugh at me too much, okay~?"
[00:35] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I wouldn’t laugh at you, Meimei." Said Rei with a cheerful smile. "Let's start!"
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Right!" Yanmei nodded firmly. "You'll take the lead, of course, Teacher."
[00:41] * Ayanami‘Rei giggled bashfully, before taking a step back. "The first thing we should look at are just normal jumps. Can you put your arms at your side and your legs together, Meimei?"
[00:43] * Yanmei followed her directions. "Like this?"
[00:45] * Ayanami`Rei nodded! "Right! And now, just jump."
[00:48] * Yanmei …hopped once! A small one that made her feel a little awkward.
[00:48] <Ayanami`Rei> "Bend your legs a little more this time, ok?"
[00:51] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I’ll try it." Yanmei did indeed bend her legs more deeply, and then jumped higher! "Is that okay?"
[00:51] <Ayanami‘Rei> "That’s a good start, Meimei. But when you push off you're favouring your right leg too much."
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Oh." She looked down at her legs for a moment. "Old habits?"
[00:54] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded. "I thought it might happen, Meimei. Since you’ve spent so much time leaning a little to one side… But you need good balance if you want to do this right, so we need to fix that first."
[00:56] <Yanmei> "How do we do that?" So weird… she hadn't even realized that she had been carrying herself that way.
[00:59] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Practice, of course." Said Rei cheerfully. "How much time do we have today, Meimei?"
[01:01] <Yanmei> "Time. I guess an hour or two?"
[01:03] <Ayanami`Rei> "That should be enough to get us started, but we have to keep doing this, ok? Not just today, Meimei."
[01:05] <Yanmei> "How many hours each week do you think?" she seemed to be counting down in her head, even ticking off a few fingers. "Well…" she said after resigned pause. "I think I can handle it in any case."
[01:06] <Ayanami`Rei> "I usually practice for about four hours or so a week, but you don’t need to do -that- much, Meimei."
[01:08] <Yanmei> "Isn't it good for a beginner to practice a lot, though?"
[01:08] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It is! But too much and you might hurt yourself…"
[01:12] <Yanmei> "Tricky! Okay. Just a little while each week, then. Teach me lots, even if it’s for a little while~"
[01:13] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Alright, Meimei!"-
[01:14] <Ayanami`Rei> [And so they practiced, first with just jumps. Eventually, however, Rei would test Yanmei by asking her to do a handstand, which consisted of, for now, Yanmei standing on her hands whilst Rei held her legs.-
[01:14] <Ayanami`Rei> "Does it hurt?"
[01:16] <Yanmei> "Nope," Yanmei grunted. "Easy as pie! How am I doing?"
[01:19] <Ayanami`Rei> "Shift your left hand a little more inwards."
[01:20] <Yanmei> Dangerous wobbling ensued, as Yanmei tried to do so, inching her left palm along the mat.
[01:20] <Ayanami`Rei> "There we go. Now I’m gonna let go! Three, two, one-" Rei released her hands and took a step back.
[01:22] <Yanmei> "W-wait a minute! You can't just-" But her legs were already free! More wobbling! "H-hey… hey am I…?"
[01:25] <Ayanami‘Rei> [Yanmei would wobble, and- a few seconds later- feel her equilibrium fall out of kilter, sending her toppling.-
[01:25] <Ayanami`Rei> "You did really good that time, Meimei!"
[01:28] <Yanmei> "Seriously?" she mumbled into a floormat. She sounded a little tired. And muffled!
[01:29] <Ayanami`Rei> "You stayed up for nearly three seconds!"
[01:31] <Yanmei> "How long have you been able to stay up like that, Rei?"
[01:33] <Ayanami`Rei> "Hours, Meimei."
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Awww." She rolled over and gazed up. "You’re like an expert or something in comparison!"
[01:38] * Ayanami‘Rei giggled, crouching down next to Yanmei. "I’ve been really practicing hard, Meimei. One day you'll be that good too, I know it!"
[01:42] <Yanmei> "Maybe in a decade or so." Yanmei made a little face, and then grinned. "In any case, thanks for the help!"
[01:44] <Ayanami‘Rei> "That’s alright, Meimei." Said Rei. "… Um, Meimei?"
[01:45] <Yanmei> "Hm?" she didn't look like she was getting up soon, but she turned her head to her more properly.
[01:45] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I… I want to ask you for a favour."
[01:47] <Yanmei> "One good turn deserves another! What can I do for you?"
[01:47] <Ayanami`Rei> "There’s a special event happening soon here…"
[01:47] <Yanmei> "Oh? Like a party?"
[01:48] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yeah." Said Rei abashedly. "A party. Mama is bringing my sisters here… For a big introduction…"
[01:52] <Yanmei> "A-all of them?"
[01:54] <Ayanami`Rei> "All eleven, Meimei."
[01:59] <Yanmei> "…" So many of them… and the circumstances of their creation came flooding back too. "Excited?"
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[02:00] <Ayanami`Rei> "Excited and nervous, Meimei. I don’t know how well it's going to go."
[02:03] <Yanmei> "Oh, it will probably be okay? I mean… what's stopping it from going well?"
[02:04] <Ayanami‘Rei> "How people might react. It went a little bad the first time." Said Rei worriedly. "And I’m being asked to organise it, and I don't know them very well."
[02:09] <Yanmei> "Well, it shouldn't be too hard? The sort of environment that's less tense on people. All it will take are some tables and music, and decent food. Maybe something neat, like a chocolate EVA centerpiece?"
[02:12] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded slowly. "Meimei, will you help me direct it all?"
[02:16] <Yanmei> "I don’t know them well either," she pointed out with a grin. "But~ We can come up with something together! Decorations, and invites and and stuff! How much time do we have?"
[02:16] <Ayanami‘Rei> "About a week."
[02:18] <Yanmei> "Right!" Yanmei surged to her feet. "Then this plan will start immediately! We’ll call it… ah. Rei? Help me think of a name for this operation?"
[02:19] * Ayanami‘Rei climbed to her feet too! "Operation Rei-really-wants-everyone-to-like-her-sisters!"
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Right! Operation Rei-really-wants-everyone-to-like-her-sisters!" So long… but she would endure it! "Now then! What’s your favorite color? Yellow, right?"
[02:21] * Ayanami‘Rei nodded. "That’s right! But all my sisters have other favourite colours now…"
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Hm? So they're all different, huh?"
[02:24] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Yes, Meimei. Mama asked them what colour hair they all wanted, and they all chose, so now they all look different. But they also have their own tastes too, sometimes."
[02:29] <Yanmei> "So they’re becoming their own people, then." Yanmei lowered her eyes thoughtfully.
[02:29] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Slowly. But yes."
[02:30] <Yanmei> "…hey. If they’re already figuring out what they like and dislike, do you think there'll be any among them that dislike piloting?"
[02:34] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I don’t know…" Said Rei quietly, shaking her head. "It's possible."
[02:36] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei turned to look her in the eye. "I don't think I've ever asked this before… but how do you feel about it?"
[02:37] <Ayanami‘Rei> "About piloting?"
[02:38] <Yanmei> "Right. I know you’ve never done it before? But you must have an idea of what it would be like from seeing us. Triumphs and dangers… and the fact that you might have to move someplace new to do it."
[02:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> "I helped pilot against Malchediel!" Said Rei, but she nodded. "But I don’t know what it's like to pilot by myself. I don't know how I feel. It's very confusing. I know I'd be good at it, Meimei, and I know it's something I have to do, and -should- do, to protect everyone, like you and Zaizai. Before I came to Paris-2, I was very eager to pilot, but I feel less happy knowing that I have to
[02:41] <Ayanami‘Rei> leave you all to do so…"
[02:45] * Yanmei seemed a little sad herself now. She sighed and sat back down on the mat. "…this sucks, doesn’t it?"
[02:47] <Ayanami‘Rei> "What sucks, Meimei?"
[02:50] <Yanmei> "Everything. Not you or the party or your sisters, but everything else." She was a quiet a moment, and then chuckled. "Ngh, I dunno what I’m saying. Maybe too much blood rushed to my head that last time? I'll hang out here and rest a while."
[02:52] * Ayanami‘Rei tilted her head, her expression worried. "Meimei…" But she shook her head. "I’m done for the day, Meimei. Why don't we go home instead?"
[02:55] <Yanmei> "Well… I'll walk part way with you. I think I can manage that?" She flashed another smile at her. "I have to pick up some things at the store before I meet my math tutor, or else he won't be able to make dinner. Feel like joining us, by the way?"
[02:55] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh, Zaizai is cooking tonight?" Rei blushed slightly. "Is it ok?"
[02:58] <Yanmei> "It’s chicken tonight. Baked." Very important to emphasize the method of preparation. "And yeah, it'll be fine. I'm sure he'd like to see you. Elizabeth too."
[03:00] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Lizzie-tan~ Then I’ll certainly come over, Meimei. Thank you for inviting me. I'll have to invite you over to my place soon. I'm teaching Ban-Ban table manners!"
[03:02] <Yanmei> Urk. "A-are you?" She could all too easily imagine it taking on a human being with a knife and fork. "Is it working…?"
[03:03] <Ayanami‘Rei> "It’s… Going ok." Said Rei awkwardly. "I tried really hard to get him to use the fork, so when he picked it up and speared food with it, I was so happy! … Then he ate the food -and- the fork…"
[03:06] <Yanmei> "Well… eating forks is an easy mistake to make?" she said politely. What the hell was she saying. "Lizzie's learning to feed herself too. A little."
[03:06] <Ayanami‘Rei> "Oh? How cute~"
[03:09] <Yanmei> "She makes a mess every time. Not just of herself, either." Yanmei was starting to lead the way out. "It’s less cute when there's a dripping bowl of applesauce dropping face-down on your favorite new skirt."
[03:10] <Ayanami‘Rei> "But she’s only a little kiddie, Meimei. Besides, applesauce washes out, right?" Asked Rei. "Not like acid or blood…"
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[03:18] <Yanmei> "…th-that's a good point," she admitted. "How do you manage it?"
[03:18] <Ayanami`Rei> "I buy lots of old clothes, Meimei!"
[03:20] * Yanmei chuckled. "That would do it." She opened the door to the gym, and held it open so that Rei could go first.

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