She Said No Need To Worry When I M Around

[13:27] <Yanmei> The game of kiddie volleyball had finally come to an end. Wearing a uniform that was now slightly rumpled and sweaty, Yanmei stretched in the cool sunlight of the courtyard, her jacket flapping open around her. "That was pretty fun, huh?"
[13:33] * Rosalie followed on, putting her own little jacket on over her slighty sweaty clothes. "Yeah!" Said Rosalie, beaming. "You're so tall and fast, though. How did you get like that?"
[13:38] <Yanmei> "Hm? Well… it just sort of happened. Give yourself time, OK? And training. It'll probably happen to you."
[13:40] <Rosalie> "I hope so!" Said Rosalie. "People say I'm kinda tall for a six year old. Do you think so?"
[13:44] <Yanmei> "I don't know that many six year olds. Compared to the rest of your class… hm." She squinted a bit, as if trying to measure her from memory. "I'd say so, yeah! But don't go around picking on kids because you're bigger than them. You should only do it if they deserve it. And if you're sure you won't get caught." She chuckled and winked at her.
[13:45] <Rosalie> "Deserve it?"
[13:47] <Yanmei> "You know, like if they start it first. Or if there's something about them that you really can't stand. I wasn't being completely serious, in any case."
[13:48] <Rosalie> "Oh." Rosalie nods. "I wouldn't pick on anyone anyway. It's better to just make friends, right?"
[13:49] <Yanmei> "You like making friends, huh?" Yanmei smiled down at her.
[13:50] <Rosalie> "Of course! Don't you?" Asked Rosalie.
[13:56] <Yanmei> "Naturally~ When you have friends, you aren't as alone. Hm… but there are all sorts of relationships out there besides friendship."
[14:02] <Rosalie> "Yeah? Like having a brother or sister?"
[14:05] <Yanmei> "Right! Although I'm an only child." Yanmei glanced at the sky thoughtfully. "A friend of mine once said that siblings transcend love and hate. That means that you're connected to them no matter what, even if you really hate them."
[14:06] <Rosalie> "Hmm. So does that mean that if you hate your brother you can still trust him?"
[14:07] <Yanmei> "Nope. It just means that you have to learn how to live with him."
[14:09] <Rosalie> "Huh." Walk walk. "I don't have any brothers or sisters."
[14:11] <Yanmei> "It's okay. Not everyone does."
[14:12] <Rosalie> "Did you ever want a little brother or sister?"
[14:14] <Yanmei> "Yes. When I was your age I wanted one really badly. It wouldn't happen, though. My mom…didn't seem so interested in men or children."
[14:16] <Rosalie> "Oh." Said Rosalie, sympathetically. "My mum is kind of the same way, ever since Daddy died."
[14:18] <Yanmei> "Yours too, huh?" Yanmei gave a wry little smile. What sort of criteria had the teachers used to match them together, anyway? "Maybe it's for the best. If you had a little brother or sister around, you'd have to share your mom, right?" She chuckled again.
[14:19] <Rosalie> "Yeah, but if I had a little brother or sister, mum'd have to be home more to take care of her."
[14:21] <Yanmei> "!!" Yanmei rubbed her chin. "Clever. That's a good point."
[14:22] * Rosalie let out a little sigh. "I miss Daddy."
[14:23] <Yanmei> "You knew him?" Her voice softened, but she was also… curious. "Was he a good daddy?"
[14:24] * Rosalie nodded. "The best. He used to read me stories at night, and play with me, and he used to work different hours to Mum so he could be home with me and look after me…"
[14:27] <Yanmei> "He did all that?" Amazement. "It sounds like he really loved you."
[14:28] <Rosalie> "Yeah." Said Rosalie, her voice suddenly miserable. She looked down at her shoes glumly.
[14:29] <Yanmei> "…" Oh geeze. What to do now…? "Hey." Yanmei paused. "Do you want to get ice cream?"
[14:32] <Rosalie> "…?" She looked up at Yanmei, blinking away the hint of tears to smile. "Yeah!"
[14:34] <Yanmei> Crisis averted! "C'mon!" She led the way, off the path between the school and Rosalie's neighborhood. "Don't do this unless you're walking with someone else, OK? Like an adult or a bigger group of kids. It'd be no good if you got lost."
[14:35] * Rosalie looked around with big eyes. "Ok. But we'll be ok with you, right?"
[14:38] <Yanmei> "Sure you will." Yanmei lowered a hand, as if offering to take and hold hers. "Being lost is the scariest thing, especially in a place where you don't know many people."
[14:38] * Rosalie takes Yanmei's hand! "Yeah. I got lost once…"
[14:40] <Yanmei> "Yeah? What happened?" Yanmei led the way across an intersection. After waiting at the crosswalk, of course. "It happened to me a bunch of times."
[14:41] <Rosalie> "Do you remember how last year, there was that big monster, with the big wings and the laser beam?"
[14:42] * Yanmei …almost shuddered. But she couldn't very well show fear in front of a little kid who looked up to her, now could she? "I remember."
[14:45] <Rosalie> "We had to leave the city, mum, me, and lots of other people. But the monster appeared before everyone got away, and the Evas were fighting it, but there were explosions, and everyone was scared, a-and it was dark…"
[14:46] <Yanmei> "You got lost… when the crowd panicked?"
[14:47] <Rosalie> "Yeah." Said Rosalie, pouting a little. "I-I was lucky though. Did you see Rene? In school? His dad's a soldier, and he found me, and then Rene went out and found mom. She was -really- worried."
[14:50] <Yanmei> "I'll bet she was." Yanmei sighed. "That Rene kid? The small kid?"
[14:50] * Rosalie nodded. "The one speaking to your fluffy friend."
[14:53] <Yanmei> "A savior from an expected place, huh? I'd never guess he was from a military family. For what it's worth, I'm glad you made it back safely too."
[14:53] <Rosalie> "I am too!" Said Rosalie. "I had nightmares about that night for a long time…"
[15:02] <Yanmei> "Nightmares. It's not surprising," said Yanmei glumly. Poor girl. "But that thing is dead, so you don't have to worry about that sort of situation."
[15:03] * Rosalie nodded! "Yeah. You'll beat up any more that come here too, right? Like that one the other day?"
[15:05] <Yanmei> "Right! That's right." Yanmei smiled down at her. It -was- right. As terrible as that last angel had been Yanmei had come out of things without gettig hit by… by that attack… She flexed. "No need to worry when I'm around!"
[15:05] <Rosalie> "Right!" Rosalie gave her a big thumbs up. "I'll trust you!"
[22:56] <Rosalie> [Before long, of course, the two of them would arrive in a street- the street upon which Rosalie's apartment block sat. Workers were in the street, clearing up debris and other fragments of the battle; down the road, Yanmei could glimpse giant chunks [22:56] <Rosalie> [Before long, of course, the two of them would arrive in a street- the street upon which Rosalie's apartment block sat. Workers were in the street, clearing up debris and oth[22:56] <Rosalie> "That's where the new monster blew up a building."
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xploded, its hardened walls melting under intense heat before reforming as it cooled, creating a sort of
[22:56] <Rosalie> concrete goop across the road.-
[22:56] <Rosalie> "That's where the new monster blew up a building."
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[23:02] <Yanmei> "…yeah…" There were scenes like this all over the city, weren't there? Odd. She hadn't really considered the damage to city structures so much, but between this girl's neighborhood and te Bellamies' apartment, there was no looking away from it. "You were in a safe place when it happened, weren't you?"
[23:06] * Rosalie nodded. "Uh-huh. There's this sort of basement under our building."
[23:08] <Yanmei> "A basement…? You mean a bunker?"
[23:09] <Rosalie> "Yeah! That's the word!"
[23:12] <Yanmei> Was something like that enough? Well… it didn't matter now. "Your mom was with you, wasn't she?"
[23:14] <Rosalie> "She was at work."
[23:16] * Yanmei winced visibly. "Well… yeah, I guess she would be," she muttered.
[23:16] <Rosalie> "It's ok, though." Said Rosalie. "We've gone to the bunker lots of times, so I know what to do."
[23:17] <Yanmei> "But there must have been other people there, surely. Neighbors?"
[23:18] <Rosalie> "Um, a few." She stared up at the building. "Not many people live here though."
[23:20] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei seemed to be lost in thought for a few minutes as they walked a along. And then she shook her head. "You know? It's pretty brave of you to handle yourself like that. You're one mature kid."
[23:23] <Rosalie> "Hehe." Rosalie blushed a little. "You think so? I was really proud of myself when I did it, too." She started heading off towards the inside of the building.
[23:24] * Yanmei …followed! Careful to avoid any debris still scattered around.
[23:26] <Rosalie> [The inside wasn't very surprising. Just a typical lobby, identical to Yanmei's.-
[23:26] <Rosalie> [Before long they were heading up the floors on an elevator- and standing outside an apartment. Rosalie opened the door.-
[23:26] <Rosalie> "This is my home~"-
[23:28] <Rosalie> [The plan was identical to Yanmei's of course, but there was a totally different feel. It was colourful in some ways, and highly ornamented with pictures and books… But it had a strange air about it, as though someone had started to care a lot less about it recently.]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "It's a really nice home!" Yanmei beamed down at her. It was… familar. Probably just the layout. "Are you doing a lot of the cleaning?"
[23:35] <Rosalie> "Yeah." Said Rosalie. "It's a lot of work sometimes. But… It doesn't get too messy either. Would you like something to eat, Yanmei? I got cake."
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Some that you made? I'd love to try it. Ah… if you want some other recipes too, I could give some to you."
[23:44] <Rosalie> "Ahaha, I didn't make it, I bought it from the shop." She blinked. "You make cakes?!"
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Well, I've done it before. Sometimes when you know it's going to be a tight month for things like cakes and sweets, it's better to have the ingredients on hand so you can make them. It's also because those same ingredients - sugar, flour, eggs and the like - can be used in lots of other non-sweet recipes too."
[23:49] <Rosalie> "Yeah? You know everything, Yanmei. Even how to cook! C-Can you show me…?"
[23:52] <Yanmei> "Naturally~" Yanmei grinned. "I'll show you some simple things. Healthy stuff and sweets. You can't rely on pre-made meals for everything, especially if you want to do sports."
[23:53] <Rosalie> "It's probably not healthy, huh…"
[23:57] <Yanmei> "Most of them have way too much salt in them." Yanmei breezed her way toward the kitchen. "They're okay in a pinch, but be careful. Hm… What you should do is buy things that don't need a lot stovetop or oven cooking to begin with. Like tuna and fruits and vegetables. Stuff you can make sandwiches out of too."
[23:59] * Rosalie nods seriously, taking in Yanmei's words. "What about spreads like jam or stuff?"
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[00:01] <Yanmei> "Perfect." Yanmei nodded her approval. "Peanut butter's really good too, because it has protein. Speaking of which… eggs are your friends. They have lots of protein and are really easy to cook."
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[00:02] <Rosalie> "Yeah? My mum used to make scrambled eggs for breakfast!" Said Rosalie enthusiastically "… She hasn't for awhile though."
[00:04] <Yanmei> "No problem~! You can learn to make them yourself, just the way you like."
[00:04] <Rosalie> "Yeah? Show me~!"
[00:11] <Yanmei> To the kitchen! It wasn't long before Yanmei was demonstrating things to Rosalie - how to heat oil and butter in a way to reduce splatter, how to put together a simple chocolate cake, stressing how important it was to follow the ingredients she wrote down for her along the way.-
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Experimenting isn't bad. But since you're a beginner, you should try to master the original recipe first. Understand?" She glanced up at the girl, who was currently swimming in an adult sized apron and over mitts. "Also, don't make anything else before tomorrow. I'll get you an apron your size so you don't end up tripping."
[00:14] <Yanmei> ^oven mitts
[00:22] * Rosalie had paid lots of attention to Yanmei during the important lesson! "Uh-huh! I won't, Yanmei, I promise!" Said the girl, waving her hands- most of which were completely enveloped by oven mitts. "What's your favourite cake, Yanmei?"
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Angel food cake. But that's a really tricky one to make compared to this one!" She cracked an egg in a bowl, and handed one to Rosalie, pushing the bowl a little closer as well. "It requires more… elbow grease."
[00:25] * Rosalie fumbled with the egg a little, nearly dropping half an eggshell into the bowl. "Elbow grease?"
[00:29] <Yanmei> "Yeah. You have to beat the ingredients together really hard. It's an advanced technique that even I'm not perfect at." She started to whisk the eggs a little bit to demonstrate, and then turned the bowl over to Rosalie so that she could take over.
[00:34] * Rosalie began whisking in that slightly timid way newcomers did to eggbeating. "Hmmm. So you probably have someone else make it for you? Like your mum?"
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[00:46] <Yanmei> "Well… no. I just keep trying at it until it comes out right. My mom's pretty busy too, and she's actually in another country."
[00:49] <Rosalie> "Another country?" Rosalie's eyes were huge. "You probably don't see her much at all. Yanmei." She pouted seriously. "If you're lonely you can stay with us."
[00:55] <Yanmei> "Heh heh. It's okay. I'm used to her being away and I'm living with some other people now, so it's okay. But Rosalie, I don't want you being lonely either."
[00:56] <Rosalie> "Ah…" Rosalie had a flicker of sadness on her face before she smiled. "I-I'll be ok when I make more friends."
[00:58] <Yanmei> "Yes, you will." Yanmei smiled back at her, the smile of someone who had been down that road and knew the light at the end of the tunnel. "That's why I suggested doing those things after school. Sports teams and stuff? Because you like them, and there will be people around for you to make friends with. You're a smart, dependable person, so it should be easy to get people to like you."
[01:04] <Rosalie> "Hehehe. Alright." Said Rosalie, nodding. "I-I think I can do really well. If I start going into games, you'll come watch, right?"
[01:07] <Yanmei> "All the time!" Yanmei grinned. "I'll do my best to cheer you on."
[01:08] <Rosalie> "Yay~" Rosalie hugged Yanmei around the middle. "You're the best!"
[01:11] <Yanmei> There was a struggle between the urge to pat her on the head, and the problem of doing so with her eggy and flour-dusted hands. "Heh heh, easy now! Come on, we should finish making this meal."
[01:12] <Rosalie> "Oops, right-" At that moment, the phone rang.
[01:13] * Yanmei blinked over at it. "Hm… Better go ahead and answer."
[01:14] <Rosalie> "Yeah…" Rosalie headed over, picking it up.-
[01:16] <Rosalie> "… Mum?" She blinked, listening for awhile. Then she nodded. "Um, we probably might need eggs and bread when you get bac- oh." She nodded slowly. "Right. Love you, mum." She hung up.
[01:18] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced over her shoulder at her. "You okay?"
[01:23] <Rosalie> "Yeah." Rosalie gave Yanmei a smile- perhaps a little practiced. "Someone got hurt in the cleanup and she's gonna be working on him, so she has to stay late."
[01:25] <Yanmei> "… hurt? She's a doctor, then?"
[01:28] <Rosalie> "Uh-huh." Said Rosalie. "Dr. Paget~ Didn't I tell you about that the other day?"
[01:30] <Yanmei> "Paget." yanmei's brow wrinkled a little. "Familiar…"
[01:32] <Rosalie> "You know my mum?!" Rosalie grabbed a picture frame, and showed it to Yanmei. A pretty woman of maybe 35, dark brown hair and glasses, her hand on a little girl- Rosalie, but with different hair. There was a man there, too, a handsome chap with light brown hair and green eyes.
[01:35] <Yanmei> "!" Family portrait. For a minute she spent more time staring at the fellow and his daughter, noting their cheerful expressions. The mother… -was- familiar. "She was at the hospital back then…"
[01:36] <Rosalie> "So you -do- know her!"
[01:37] <Yanmei> "Yes!" She wanted to ask about her father, if he had woked for NERV before his demise, but she didn't want a repeat of before. "A friend of mine wasn't feeling well, and she helped him. The fluffy one, from back at school."
[01:42] <Rosalie> "Aw. What happened?"
[01:43] <Yanmei> "He got shot, and slipped into a coma."
[01:44] * Rosalie sort of freezes and stares at Yanmei with a sort of horrified expression. She was expecting him to have caught a cold, not a bullet.
[01:47] * Yanmei stared back for a moment, and then looked away. Was that a hint of sheepishness? "Sorry. But… that's what happened. A Dr Paget was on the operating team, so she helped to save his life."
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[01:51] <Rosalie> "W-Well… That's good!" Said Rosalie hopefully. "B-But yeah. She won't be around tonight. I wonder what I should grab for dinner…"
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Omlettes~" Yanmei placed the bowl of mixed eggs on the countertop. "Why not? Let's make a bunch of them and eat them together."
[01:54] <Rosalie> "Hahaha. Ok~!"
[01:59] * Yanmei cleared her throat, and began to rummage around for more ingredients, chattering happily all the while. Soon, over the warmth of the stove, both participants of the cooking lesson felt a little less alone.

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