She Said Shut Up

[13:28] <William> [A cloudy day hangs over Saint Louis. It's the start of lunch, just after 4th period. The students are milling about their bag racks and lockers, grabbing lunch or books. Slowly the crowds disperse and thin out, leaving just a few people milling about- one of them is Elena Clement, a black-haired, petite 16 year old student. She fiddled with her locker combination, opening it up and pulling out a chemistry textbook.]
[13:33] <Yanmei> She's not alone. Zhang Yanmei was going through her own locker, not far away, having had an unpleasant discussion with an instructor. -
[13:34] <Yanmei> Still, for someone who had just been scolded, her face was unusually calm, mellow. It regarded Elena from afar, its expression unreadable.
[13:37] <William> [Elena placed the textbook on top of the locker and pulled out a satchel, placing the textbook inside. There were a few other things too- writing case, a mobile phone. She started to head off, taking out her phone and fiddling with it as she walked, head down.]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "Oh Eleeenaaa~" Yanmei closed her own locker, a singsongy call preceding her advance. She was beaming. "I heard you did really well on that last test. Well done!"
[13:45] * Elena‘Clement stiffened at Yanmei’s words. She didn't stop walking, nor did she look up from her phone. "Thank you." She replied politely.
[13:48] <Yanmei> "Yeah, the teacher was letting me hear all about it just now. You're sooo lucky. I mean, not everyone around here has a dad that'll do most of their schoolwork for them?"
[13:48] <Elena‘Clement> "I did all of my work by myself." Said Elena neutrally. She continued to walk away.
[13:51] * Yanmei giggled a little as she followed. "Come on. Do you think anyone actually believes that? But I guess it’s better that they do instead of the other alternative…."
[13:52] * Elena‘Clement glanced up momentarily at Yanmei, but didn’t say anything…
[13:54] <Yanmei> "…cheating, of course. How many people do you think landed a near-perfect score on that thing other than you." She made no effort to hide her voice. On the contrary, it almost seemed to be projecting.
[13:56] <Elena‘Clement> "Gabriel-Wei did." Said Elena, her voice cracking just a little. "It must be nice to have a boyfriend who can not only skip school, but is smart enough to keep his grades up -and- stop yours from being completely pathetic."
[14:02] <Yanmei> "He -is- pretty amazing," she said smoothly. "But he also works hard? He has to, unlike certain other people around here, but hey, you do what you have to do to get by." She smiled sweetly.-
[14:04] <Yanmei> "I’m actually a little amazed at all the cheating and kissing up you do too. Not the most admirable of talents, but if you're not good at anything else, you may as well polish them."
[14:04] * Elena‘Clement sighed angrily, finally coming to a stop and turning around. "I get it, ok?"
[14:06] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Yanmei gazed back at her like a patient teacher. "And what do you get, Miss Clement?"
[14:07] <Elena`Clement> "I get that you’re jealous, that you don't get science to the point where you keep failing again and again, and you hate the fact that I can manage it, whilst also making the track and field team, which you can't do because you're too crippled." She said bitterly.
[14:11] <Yanmei> "Is that the best you can do?" Yanmei flipped her hair contemptiously. A small, pleased glimmer had flicked on behind her eyes. "Rationalizing that I'm jealous just to keep yourself from owning up to your inherent uselessness? It's desperate. A little pathetic, even?"
[14:12] <Elena‘Clement> "Shut up." Said Elena angrily, any pretense of ignoring it forgotten. Her hands were balling into fists.
[14:13] <Yanmei> "Or what?" Yanmei smirked.
[14:13] <Elena`Clement> "Just- shut up, ok?" Tears were starting to bead into her eyes. "Why do you always pick on me? Why can’t you leave me alone?"
[14:19] * Yanmei shook her head, and clapped a hand briefly on her shoulder as if they were old friends. "If you want to be left alone? Maybe you should try being less of a target." Cheerfully, she started to break away, passing her on the way down the hall. "Honestly, the saddest part is that you don't even get that it's your own fault~"
[14:20] <Elena‘Clement> "Just-"-
[14:20] <Elena`Clement> "SHUT UP!"-
[14:20] <Elena`Clement> The words were spoken more like a scream than anything else. Yanmei, looking away, wouldn’t see Elena's heavy satchel heading towards her bad knee- but she'd feel it, -hard-, a second later.
[14:25] * Yanmei didn't scream, to her credit. She did fall forward, face knotted in pain, a sharp hiss coming out through her teeth as pain exploded from the spot she was struck and radiated up and down in both directions.
[14:28] * Elena‘Clement didn’t stop. The satchel flew once more, smacking off Yanmei's head- although the hit was awkward and a little off kilter. Elena didn't let that stop her though, throwing her full weight into Yanmei's back in a full-on tackle.
[14:31] <Yanmei> Let her have it. A familiar, cleansing rage was starting to rip through her the numbness she had left over from the shock. But there was a savage delight there too. To have pissed her off -this much-! -
[14:34] * Yanmei swiped at her with an elbow, and tried to shift her weight to a more advantageous position, but it didn't work, and she didn't care!
[14:36] <Elena‘Clement> Hands reached out to grab Yanmei’s arm- Elena's teeth bared, willing to bite Yanmei as hard as she could…!
[14:44] <Yanmei> But Yanmei slipped free just in time, rolling away and onto her feet. She eyed the other girl for a fraction of an instant… and then connected with her cheek with an open-palm slap!
[14:45] * Elena‘Clement let out a yelp of pain, falling backwards onto the ground, stunned a little by the slap.
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Well that was fun," she said dryly, reaching to fix her now-tousled pigtails. She stopped, though, shocked at something else, or at least in any case, distracted. She looked around quickly.
[14:50] <Elena`Clement> [Having emerged from a nearby corridor just in time to see Yanmei smack Elena into the dirt… Was Isaiah. Having taken a second to take stock of the situation, he now stared at Yanmei with eyes that -burned-.]
[14:53] * Yanmei took an faltering step back. She had never seen him use that expression. Not on her…
[14:54] * Elena`Clement hadn’t seen him, instead wiping away at the tears that flowed down her cheeks.-
[14:55] <Elena‘Clement> [Isaiah walked over to them- each step seemed fast and angry. "Elena. Go to the infirmary." He said, his voice hard and taut. He turned back towards Yanmei. "Come with me." He commanded.]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "She was the one who turned this into a shameless brawl," Yanmei said, her gaze slightly averted. But she was stepping forward again nevertheless.
[15:00] <Elena`Clement> ["Be quiet." He said angrily, turning around and stalking away.-
[15:00] <Isaiah> [They ended up in a small school plaza, one hardly ever used by anyone anymore because of the small population.-
[15:00] * Isaiah pointed firmly at a long, low bench. "Sit down."
[15:03] * Yanmei sat. She was in no mood to argue. And in fact, most of the pleasure she’d gotten from this little episode had withered away and dried up. She stared at him, trying hard to keep her face neutral.
[15:04] * Isaiah sat as well, a good metre or so away. "Turn around and put your bad leg up on the bench."
[15:08] <Yanmei> "You don't have to do that." Yanmei frowned a little now. "You're angry, aren't you? After evrything, I don't blame you."
[15:09] <Isaiah> "Just do it, Yanmei." He said tightly.
[15:10] * Yanmei searched him a moment with her eyes, but then complied slowly.
[15:12] * Isaiah took the leg in his hands and pulled the skirt back to above the knee before he gently began to rub it. The pain that radiated through it slowly started to ebb a little. "Are you alright?"
[15:14] <Yanmei> "I'm fine." She shut her eyes for a moment at the massage. "Are -you- okay?"
[15:15] <Isaiah> "I'm not, Yanmei." He said quietly. "I feel sick."
[15:17] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei opened her eyes again and watched his hands. "I know. I'm sorry. Things got really out of hand."
[15:19] <Isaiah> "It's…" His hands were warm, steady and gentle, even if his emotions were a mess. "It's not your fault. I shouldn't be so angry with you."
[15:22] <Yanmei> "I just…" she kept staring at his handiwork, her own feelings jumbled. "…I don't know how to explain it."
[15:24] <Isaiah> "You don't have to." He says quietly. "You were stressed, weren't you? Really… Really down. About something. What happened?"
[15:30] <Yanmei> "Things. A lot of things." Yanmei's eyes narrowed. "This… team leader thing. Eden Base. That -ball-. Lizzie. Other things too. And then Martin was annoyed at me for doing badly on my homework, and god, she was right -there-."
[15:34] <Isaiah> "…" The rubbing continued, but Isaiah was quiet. If Yanmei looked up at his face she'd see tears starting to trickle down.
[15:34] <Yanmei> "I-Isaiah?"
[15:35] <Isaiah> "I'm sorry." He said glumly. "I-I haven't been taking good care of you at all. I-I should be doing more…"
[15:39] <Yanmei> "It's not you." Yanmei shook her head. "I should be dealing with this better. It's just like before, when I lost control of myself. Only this time…"
[15:42] <Isaiah> "…" He moved in a little closer, although his massage didn't stop. "Yanmei. Listen to me, ok…?"
[15:44] * Yanmei gazed at him and nodded.
[15:48] <Isaiah> "This weekend, you and I are going to go out somewhere. Somewhere like a spa, ok? We can have a soak in nice, hot water, and you'll be able to go for massages to help ease away the tension. A full weekend of just you and me, relaxing and slowing down." A little closer again. "You're under a -lot- of pressure, and I… I've only been adding to it. I should help you. I should be able to give you other ways to release, to vent. I should be supporting you, because I promised I would. I promised you wouldn't do this alone."
[15:51] <Yanmei> "Just the two of us?" Yanmei looked surprised. Then thoughtful. "Can we really do that? There's so much work that we have to do…"
[15:52] <Isaiah> "I promise. Just the two of us. I'll speak to Marianne about letting us off the hook, and I can leave Lizzie with Rei and Sir Guillory for the weekend. No one will bother us."
[15:57] <Yanmei> "It sounds so nice…" she closed her eyes. "Th-thank you, Isaiah. For putting up with me."
[15:58] <Isaiah> "Don't be silly." He murmured quietly. "I love you, remember?"
[16:00] <Yanmei> "Yeah. But I still do some dumb things sometimes?" She moved a hand so that it touched on of his. "Let's both relax on this mini-vacation, okay?"
[16:03] <Isaiah> "Hehe. Alright." He took her hand in his own and squeezed it, before leaning in and giving her a kiss. It was a firm and rather passionate kiss, some of his anger and tension transformed by the act.
[16:09] * Yanmei all too happily kissed back. Things were looking up! And he hadn't even asked her to apologise to Elena.
[16:10] <Isaiah> "Now." He said a few moments later, slightly breathlessly. "I'm going to give you permission to leave early today, alright? Ask Ariadne to pick you up a little earlier."
[16:11] <Yanmei> "Eh?" Yanmei blinked at that. "How come?" She rubbed her own leg now. It felt a lot better. "Just to, um… cool down?"
[16:13] <Isaiah> "To cool down, and because you've had a hard day." Said Isaiah gently. "I'm going to go speak to Elena after you go and see if she's alright. At some point before we go on our vacation, I'm going to take you to her and you'll apologise to her."
[16:16] <Yanmei> "No getting out of that, huh?" Yanmei gave a wry little smile. "Although I don't know if she'd even accept something like that?"
[16:16] <Isaiah> "She will." Said Isaiah gently. "Elena has a hard time, Yanmei. You know she goes home to an empty house every night, right?"
[16:19] <Yanmei> "…yeah, she probably does, huh?" Yanmei frowned to herself.
[16:22] <Isaiah> "I'm not asking you to take her for sundaes. Just… You know. Be nice. Be your beautiful self, ok?" He winked. "If you have to have a go at anyone, go at Windsor-Yamato."
[16:26] * Yanmei snickered at that and drew in a little closer. "I'll try? It might be hard, though"
[16:26] <Isaiah> "Then you're lucky." He pulled her in, kissing her again. "That you have me around."
[16:28] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She grinned at him after the kiss, a bright genuine grin. "I really am!"
[16:29] * Isaiah smiled back in return, bright and affectionate. "And I'm lucky to have you too." He paused for a moment, then chuckled. "You should call Ariadne soonish."

[13:22] <Yanmei> [Time passed. While her classmates filed back into their lectures at the bell signaling the end of the lunch period, Yanmei loitered at the front gates of the school. Isaiah had left as well, so it was just her and her alone for now, watching the street in front of the school expectantly.]
[13:24] <Ariadne> And, as expected, a few minutes later a familiar robust car appeared at the end of the street, coming to a stop in front of Yanmei. The window rolled down, and Ariadne peered at Yanmei curiously over the top of her shades. "Tsk."
[13:28] <Yanmei> "And a fine hello to you too." Yanmei stepped toward the car with a little grin. "I guess I interrupted while you were at work?"
[13:28] <Ariadne> "It's ok. I was only filing paperwork with Dory." Said Ariadne. "But look at -you-. Getting your boyfriend to write you a writ of leave… So shameless~"
[13:30] <Yanmei> "It pays to have friends in high places?" She opened the door and slid in next to her. "…and speaking of such, how much does Dory know about what happened?"
[13:33] * Ariadne smirked. "He knows you weren't feeling well~"
[13:34] <Yanmei> "Good." Yanmei smirked back. "If it stays between you and me, I can give you a bit more info~"
[13:35] <Ariadne> "Oh?" She began to drive. "I won't tell~"
[13:37] <Yanmei> "Things got a little hostile between me and another girl. Just a tiny, insignificant incident, but it worried Isaiah a lot."
[13:38] <Ariadne> "…" Ariadne shot her a look.
[13:40] <Yanmei> "W-what? I mean it." Yanmei peered out the windshield. "If was a scuffle that lasted less than a minute. No one was hurt, and no one saw. Except… for Isaiah."
[13:41] <Yanmei> ^It was a
[13:42] <Ariadne> "So now it's a scuffle." Said Ariadne. She was quiet for a moment, before speaking. "And he was worried by it, huh?"
[13:43] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She looked guilty at that. "It will be the first and last time that happens."
[13:44] * Ariadne tapped her hands on the steering wheel. "I'm a little surprised."
[13:45] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[13:47] <Ariadne> "I dunno, I never really saw you as the type to end up scrapping with other girls." She turned back towards the road. "How'd it happen?"
[13:49] <Yanmei> "It was an argument over schoolwork that escalated."
[13:50] * Ariadne snorted. "An argument over schoolwork?"
[13:51] <Yanmei> "That's right." She glanced at Ariadne calmly.
[13:51] <Ariadne> "Ah, well~" Ariadne smiled sweetly, in that slightly dangerous fashion she sometimes had.
[13:53] <Yanmei> "…" A little flicker of discomfort now. She tried to change the subject. "Hey, listen. Why don't we stop somewhere to relax a little?"
[13:53] <Ariadne> "A good idea~ Where do you wanna go?"
[13:54] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Someplace… private?"
[13:56] <Ariadne> "How private? Private for normal people, or private for us?"
[13:57] <Yanmei> "Us, naturally~"
[13:57] <Ariadne> "Fair~ Is it ok if we stop by a Roman Pizza first? I didn't have lunch."
[13:58] <Yanmei> "Sure. You should try their supreme. It's really good!"
[14:02] <Ariadne> "Too many vegetables. I prefer their teriyaki~ Do you want anything?"
[14:02] <Yanmei> "I'll get the same. I don't think I've ever tried it before?"
[14:03] <Ariadne> "Ahaha~ Alright. Thank you for shouting~"
[14:05] <Yanmei> "H-huh?" Yanmei blinked, and then… rather cautiously reached for her bag. "I won't put up a fuss this time. But only because I dragged you out here."
[14:05] * Ariadne merely beamed.-
[14:07] <Ariadne> [About twenty minutes later, they had left the city's outskirts, the car engine off as it sat on a grassy green hilltop overlooking Paris-2. Wildflowers were in bloom, but the only thing they could smell were delicious pizzas.]
[14:10] * Yanmei stared down at a slice without eating it. Then she gazed out over the pretty scenary. "…so I've been thinking…"
[14:20] <Ariadne> "Oh yeah?"
[14:28] <Yanmei> "A Sous-Lieutenent isn't actually a rank that amounts to much, right? It just means that I have to follow Dorian's orders in a fight. Not that I don't already? But I guess now I'll be held accountable for more stuff."
[14:34] <Ariadne> "Heh. Well, yes and no. It -does- mean you're the most senior of all the pilots, and they have to follow your orders in a fight. That's the main thing. They want you to be able to have a grasp of how things are going -on- the field. It creates a sense of cohesiveness if the other pilots realise you're the leader, especially if you're cut off from HQ. But in the grand scheme of things, it's not a huge change. You're still under Gosselin and Gagnier, for example, in rank, as they're Lieutenants."
[14:39] <Yanmei> "You're lucky." Yanmei fiddled with a corner of crust on her slice. "You don't fit into the command structure. Except for the UN, maybe? And they're in their own stratosphere."
[14:40] <Ariadne> "Heh." She shot Yanmei a sidelong glance. "I don't feel lucky, trust me. But." She reached over and poked Yanmei in the arm. "You're worried about this, huh?"
[14:44] <Yanmei> "It's not that I'm worried that I'll fail? How should I say it…" She took a nibble. "It's one thing to be worked over by the machine. It's another to be assimilated into it and to become a cog. NERV's done some awful things before, hasn't it?"
[14:45] <Ariadne> "Oh, haha. I get it." She nodded, smiling. "You don't want to feel like you're a part of that awful-things-doing system, huh?"
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Can you blame me?"
[14:48] <Ariadne> "Well, no. But I do think you don't have anything to worry about." Said Ariadne. "NERV's done a lot of good things, too."
[14:53] <Yanmei> "Yeah, of course. We're…" her voice and posture perked up, and she even added in a little wink, "the pride of France, protecting its heart, Paris, from the menacing Angels! Right?"
[14:54] * Ariadne grinned. "Haha, right. But even below the PR, we're still doing good things. We -are- saving the world. And we support a lot of businesses and industries, too. We helped Italy! And. Let me ask you a question~"
[14:54] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[14:55] <Ariadne> "Has Marianne ever done anything awful?"
[14:56] <Yanmei> "No." Yanmei shook her head. "She's always been great. Dorian too, even if he's grumpy and says annoying things sometimes."
[14:57] * Ariadne giggled. "Uh-huh~ Right. The same goes for Gosselin and Gagnier. What about Vice-Commander Thomas?"
[14:58] <Yanmei> "I know where you're going with this. Not everyone in the organization is a monster."
[14:59] <Ariadne> "-Most- people aren't, though. Out of all the people you know in NERV, how many could you say are actually monsters?"
[15:01] <Yanmei> "I guess it's just the people in the highest positions of authority. Oh, and Technical Division heads? With exceptions, I hope."
[15:06] * Ariadne gave Yanmei a sly look. "Yeah, alright. But that doesn't change anything."
[15:09] <Yanmei> "Unless we're able to resist those people, it does." Yanmei frowned a little. "Can I ask you something?"
[15:10] <Ariadne> "Sure."
[15:11] <Yanmei> "What do you know about SEELE?"
[15:12] <Ariadne> "Hrk." Ariadne choked a little. "…" She eyes Yanmei. "An aquatic mammal."
[15:13] <Yanmei> "An aquatic mammal that was deeply wrapped up in the things that happened at Eden Base? Those feisty little critters…"
[15:14] <Ariadne> "…" Ariadne eyed Yanmei. "… Urgh. Seriously? I can't believe you really want to know about SEELE."
[15:16] <Yanmei> "Those guys really scare you, huh?" Yanmei eyed her back. She was starting to look a little worried about her decision to bring them up.
[15:21] <Ariadne> "They're, er, well." Ariadne sweated a little. "I'm not really supposed to talk about them to people who don't know about them already…"
[15:24] <Yanmei> "I know about them. A little." She glanced around. Were there cameras? Microphones being used by people other than S2? Even in this quiet place, she couldn't be sure. "But since you work for the UN and the HIC in particular, I thought you would know more?"
[15:24] <Ariadne> "I do." She mumbled. "… I… Look, if I tell you anything you have to keep it a secret. Not just for me, but for your own sake."
[15:30] <Yanmei> "I understand." A strange sense of vicarious panic was starting to set in now as well. "I…I won't tell anyone, so…"
[15:32] * Ariadne nodded slowly. "… Alright." She paused, taking a slice of pizza and gobbling it quickly. "Ok. What do you wanna know?"
[15:34] <Yanmei> "Is Mary Caine after the same things her father was after?" She looked down. "You don't have to go into detail. A simple yes or no?"
[15:37] <Ariadne> "Y… Yeah."
[15:42] * Yanmei jerked slightly. "…" She tried very hard not to look at Ariadne so that she wouldn't see her expression. "Th-the visions we saw in Eden Base suggested that SEELE murdered a lot of E-gene bearers to further their goals in the past. But I never understood why would they do that?"
[15:45] <Ariadne> "I… I don't know anything about that."
[15:55] <Yanmei> "Oh." She still wasn't looking at her. Either way, she couldn't tell if she meant it, and pressing the matter seemed risky. "Then… why was GEHIRN created? It was Jeremiah Caine's pet project, wasn't it?"
[16:01] <Ariadne> "It… Well." She coughed. "Gehirn was created to act as the 'egg' for NERV. To create the Evas, develop piloting techniques, the MAGI…"
[16:05] <Yanmei> "That doesn't bode well for NERV's purpose, does it? If it's just an extension of the efforts that were put into Gehirn."
[16:07] <Ariadne> "Well… You have to understand that there is a subtle difference between Gehirn and NERV. Gehirn was created and mostly directly controlled by Jeremiah Caine, but NERV is more independent."
[16:08] <Yanmei> "So we're not just puppets here?"
[16:10] <Ariadne> "We're not. Elisha Caine made sure of that."
[16:15] <Yanmei> "…" A vaguely sour expression crossed her face, and Yanmei tossed her hair. "W-whatever. Th-then wouldn't it make more sense for Mary Caine to put more restrictions what what we can do? Or maybe that's something beyond her abilities for some reason?"
[16:18] <Ariadne> "Mmm, she's tried, but it's hard. Elisha set it up so that any changes she tries to make require the NERV Directors to weigh in on them. And Ikari and Fontaine are… Not the sort to want that."
[16:24] <Yanmei> "Those two are in on it too?"
[16:25] <Ariadne> "Those two are in on it what?" Ariadne looked confused.
[16:26] <Yanmei> "His plan to make NERV more independent." Yanmei frowned a little. "I guess that's why Mary Caine and Ginevre Fontaine don't get along"
[16:27] <Ariadne> "Of course they are." Said Ariadne. "And that's partially it. Mary Caine -has- to deal with Fontaine, and they've never gotten along or agreed at all. Ever. She wouldn't be dealing with Fontaine if it weren't for Elisha."
[16:30] <Yanmei> "…Why hasn't she killed Fontaine yet? Or Ikari?" Yanmei's frown deepened. "Surely, that would be easier than having to deal with this protocol?"
[16:33] <Ariadne> "Killing either of them would be an awfully bad idea."
[16:34] <Yanmei> "And why is that?"
[16:38] <Ariadne> "Because they've both spent a lot of time working to build up their own power. Not enough to counter SEELE, but enough to make destroying them difficult." Said Ariadne. "… And that was before, uh… You know."
[16:41] <Yanmei> "…before what? Before the EVAs became active?"
[16:42] <Ariadne> "Well, yeah." A sidelong glance. "I mean, you have EVA-01, and 05… You know. Both are, uh. Pretty protective."
[16:48] <Yanmei> "So they are." Yanmei sighed. "Too bad for Mary Caine? Not that I'm too sad about it."
[02:51] <Ariadne> "…" Ariadne was silent, staring ahead, chewing her lip a little.
[02:52] <Yanmei> "…what?" Yanmei stared.
[02:54] <Ariadne> "I… Guess… I dunno." Muttered Ariadne. "I'm a UN attache, but in reality I'm really just a spy for SEELE, feeding them info about the inside goings-on in NERV. But… I'm trying to help NERV, too, you know."
[02:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah. For the Colonel's sake?" Yanmei winked. "Among other things, I guess."
[03:00] <Ariadne> "Oh you." Ariadne smiled a little despite herself. "But… It's just, I didn't want you to think any less of me. I'm not on SEELE's side. I don't really agree with them."
[03:05] <Yanmei> "I believe you when you say that, whatever your occupation is. Call me gullible…" she grinned at her. "Thanks for answering my questions, Ariadne."
[03:08] * Ariadne reached over, ruffling Yanmei's hair and giving her a hug. "Aww, sweetie~" She cooed, before holding her at arms' length. "But you -really- can't talk about this sort of stuff. I dunno why they killed E-Geners, or why they want what they want. I'm not even sure of the details of that. But as much as Ikari and Fontaine are hardcases, I think they have the right idea, for better or
[03:08] * Ariadne for worse."
[03:14] * Yanmei stifled a pained groan. "We'll see? I promise I won't say anything, at least. And… I'll try not to get in their way."
[03:16] <Ariadne> "Ok, good girl." She smiled. "Do, er… You have any other questions?"
[03:20] <Yanmei> "I think that's it for now?" Yanmei took another larger bite from her pizza even though now it was pretty cold. "Talking about this aloud… was kind of risky, wasn't it? Even though we're all the way out here?"
[03:20] * Ariadne nods. "Yeah. You never know who might be listening." She glanced up at the open sky suspiciously.
[03:22] * Yanmei followed her gaze with a little scowl that was no less suspicious.
[03:24] <Ariadne> "… So! You doing anything this weekend?" Asked Ariadne brightly.
[03:25] <Yanmei> "Romantic getaway," she said, a bit slower to snap out of it. "Doctor's orders…"
[03:26] <Ariadne> "O~ho." Ariadne beamed. "You'll have to tell me all about it? I might be going on my own this weekend~"
[03:27] <Yanmei> "Huh… Don't tell me… but wouldn't you two rather wait until December to do something like that?"
[03:29] <Ariadne> "December?" Ariadne peered. "… Well, I guess Christmas is romantic…" She sighed, glancing away furtively. "It's not actually romantic. It's just a get together to slowly ease us together. Doctor's orders. Literally this time."
[03:29] <Yanmei> "…Castillo-Delgado, huh?"
[03:30] <Ariadne> "That's right."
[03:32] <Yanmei> "Well…" she patted her lightly on the shoulder, "Good luck~ Where are you planning to go?"
[03:33] <Ariadne> "We're going to Reims. -No- phones." Said Ariadne. "He's going to go nuts."
[03:36] * Yanmei snickered. "Take pictures, okay?"
[03:37] <Ariadne> "Heehee, alright." She stretched. "I guess I should get you home? Otherwise your dear little doctor won't have a patient to practice on, huh? A scuffle, seriously…" A chuckle.
[03:39] <Yanmei> "Heeeey, you'll keep that quiet too, won't you, Ariadne?" Yanmei gazed at her with large sparkling eyes. "You wouldn't want to worry Marianne."
[03:40] <Ariadne> "I won't~" Says Ariadne, sweetly. "I mean, she's picking up Isaiah today, so I'm sure I don't need to say anything~"
[03:41] <Yanmei> "S-seriously?!"
[03:43] <Ariadne> "Yup~"
[03:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei caught and clung to the older woman's arm. "Ariadne~ Can I stay over at your place tonight~? It'll be a fun slumber party!"
[03:45] <Ariadne> "I don't think so." Said Ariadne with an evil little smile.
[03:45] <Yanmei> "What a cold thing to say to a person who just bought you a delicious pizza lunch!"
[03:47] <Ariadne> "It's more entertaining this way~" Crowed Ariadne. "Perhaps I'll go download the footage of your scuffle, too…"
[03:51] <Yanmei> "At least I won this time. …At least, that's what I would say if it was worth seeing? Come on," she complained.
[03:52] <Ariadne> "Heehee~ I can't wait to see~"

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