She Said Some Kind Of Artificial Implant

[23:08] <Marianne> [Marianne's car drove down a Paris-2 street at a steady, measured pace.-
[23:08] <Marianne> [There were three passengers in the car. Ariadne Delacour; Isaiah Gabriel-Wei; and Zhang Yanmei. The location: the Geofront, to NERV's Medical Division.-
[23:08] <Marianne> "How're you feeling?" Asked Marianne.
[23:10] <Yanmei> "I'm feeling great!" Yanmei beamed at her from the back seat where she sat with Isaiah. "In a little while, I'll be able to run again, won't I?"
[23:19] <Marianne> [Isaiah was holding her hand, giving it a gentle squeeze.-
[23:19] <Marianne> "If everything goes well!" Said Marianne. "I can watch you run again and cheer from the sidelines!"
[23:22] <Yanmei> "You'd…?" For a minute it seemed as if her eyes would mist over, but she ended up glowing instead. She squeezed Isaiah's hand back, and… didn't quite relieve the pressure. "Thank you…"
[23:29] <Marianne> "Hehehehe. I've always wanted to, you know! Hey, Ariadne. You should bring Dorian along to her races~"-
[23:30] <Marianne> ["Huh? Why would I do that? Yanyan doesn't need Grumpyface staring at her whilst she runs, it'd put her off her game."]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Heh. Nothing would put me off my game~" Yanmei tossed her hair with her free hand. "Tell him that it's at least okay to visit while I'm still all drugged up and bandaged and stuff."
[23:35] <Marianne> "We will. Won't we, Ariadne?"-
[23:35] <Marianne> ["Heh, of course. Hey, Yanyan, can we bring Lizzie to your races?"]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Like you have to ask! She might get a little fussy at all the noise, though…"
[23:41] <Marianne> ["Hehehe. I'd keep her calm. Besides, she'd have ice blocks and the like." Said Isaiah cheerfully. "Besides, she'd have to come. Nothing would keep me from watching you race."]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "Hehe, I know that." She shifted a little closer to him. Didn't quite put her head on his shoulder, even though she sort of wanted to. Sweet Isaiah, who had made this all possible…
[23:49] <Marianne> [Isaiah smiled at her gently.-
[23:50] <Marianne> Eventually, of course, the car would pull up into one of NERV's massive automobile elevators- a short trip down, and before long they'd be climbing out into a Geofront parking lot. "So when's the operation beginning?"-
[23:50] <Marianne> ["In an hour." Said Isaiah.]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "An hour, huh?" It would hurt. But it would be for the best. "That's a really long time? But a really short time too."
[23:55] <Marianne> "Hehehehe. I know how you feel." Said Marianne. "But it won't seem very long -or- short after it's done."
[23:59] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah." Yanmei stared out over the parking lot, briefly. Her fingers, still around Isaiah's were tense. "Should we go say hello to the doctors before we get started?"
Session Time: Tue Nov 08 00:00:00 2011
[00:00] <Marianne> "Do you want to?" Asked Marianne gently.
[00:03] <Yanmei> "I guess? It's just Dr. Almerigi, isn't it? With some assistants?"
[00:09] <Marianne> ["That's right."]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Then let's do it! If she's prepping herself, we'll politely go away. But it doesn't hurt to say hello, does it?"
[00:12] <Marianne> "It doesn't. Come on~"-
[00:14] <Marianne> [Marianne led them into the medical division, to a special waiting room adjacent to the operations room where it'd take place. Dr. Almerigi was speaking to someone in the room as the group arrived- she looked over and smiled. "Ah. The girl of the moment."]
[00:19] <Yanmei> "You mean yourself?" Yanmei smiled, stepping a little closer. "This is your show, after all?"
[00:21] <Marianne> ["We're both on stage today, Mademoiselle Zhang. How are you feeling?"]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Fantastic~ I've been through a few medical procedures before, so I know there's nothing to be frightened of. What about you?"
[00:26] <Marianne> ["Oh, I feel alright. Would you like to have a look at your implant?"]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "May I?" Yanmei's eyes widened. Such… an odd offer. Still, her curiosity got the better of her, and she nodded.
[00:29] <Marianne> ["Of course."-
[00:29] <Marianne> ["Ah, Yanyan? I might nip off to the toilet for a second." Said Isaiah, gently letting go of her hand.]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Oh, okay." Yanmei gave him a little nod. "We'll be here when you get back?"
[00:33] <Marianne> ["Alright." He smiled and headed off.-
[00:33] <Marianne> ["Come on. This way." Dr. Almerigi led Yanmei into the operation room.]
[00:36] * Yanmei followed behind, peering around. So this was where she would end up in less than an hour. And as for the part that would be inserted into her…
[00:37] <Marianne> [It was a cold, stark white room, with an operating table and the tools laid out neatly. A large freezer sat in a corner, cold just to stand near. Dr. Almerigi headed over to it. "Are you ready?"]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "Yes." Yanmei steeled herself, eyes on the fridge. For the first time since she had met up with the doctor, she looked nervous.
[00:43] <Marianne> [The door opened, and a… Thing sat suspended in saline solution. It was organic and blue, and rather shapeless; it had a vaguely ribbed look to it, running vertically, and as Yanmei peered at it she could recognise thick ropey-like things that were tendons.]
[00:48] * Yanmei stared. It looked… alien. A little like the microscopic photos she had see in science books of cells and viruses. "So. This is it…" She moved a little closer. Just a little, as though she was almost frightened of it.
[00:48] <Marianne> ["That's right. That's what we're putting into your leg. It's a copy of the muscle in there, although it's still very elastic so it can meld to your form."]
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Ah… And the estimated recovery time?"
[00:51] <Marianne> ["You should be able to start walking as you are now within a week. Within two and a half, full mobility should be restored."]
[00:53] * Yanmei smiled. "So I'll be back on my feet in no time, if everything goes right!"
[00:54] <Marianne> ["If everything goes right, yes."]
[00:56] <Yanmei> "You can do it, Dr Almerigi!" She turned to face her again, still smiling. "I knew we don't know each other too well, but Isaiah likes and trust you? And on something like this, I can't help but trust his judgement too."
[00:56] <Marianne> ["Thank you, Mademoiselle Zhang. Your faith is important. This is a very special operation for me, too. It's the first time I've done something like this on another person."]
[00:58] <Yanmei> "It'll be a big boost for your research. I doubt it will be the last time you do this."
[00:58] <Marianne> ["Let's hope so. But, ah. You should be getting back to the waiting room."]
[01:00] <Yanmei> "Right! Um." She paused, and then bowed, deeply. "Thank you again for all of this. I can't tell you how grateful I am…"
[01:01] <Marianne> ["It's fine, Mademoiselle Zhang." Dr. Almerigi smiled. "Just use it right, alright?"]
[01:02] <Yanmei> "Yes, ma'am." She straightened up again with her own smile. "I'll see you again soon, then~" She turned to go.
[01:03] <Marianne> [Back in the waiting room, Marianne and Ariadne were sitting in a chair. "What does it look like?" Asked Ariadne.]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "It's… blue. And rubbery." Yanmei made her way over to a chair too, her face pensive. "Just seeing it? Reminds me that this is something that hasn't been done before. It looks like something that belongs in a science fiction movie."
[01:12] <Marianne> "That sounds kind of creepy."
[01:14] * Yanmei laughed a little. "It'll be okay, though. This lady knows what she's doing. And… the payoff is too great for either of us to ignore."
[01:16] <Marianne> "That's true." Said Marianne, a little nervously.-
[01:16] <Marianne> [Isaiah emerged now from down the hall. "Yanyan?"]
[01:18] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei stood up again. "Welcome back!"
[01:19] <Marianne> ["Thanks! But, there's someone who wants to speak to you on the phone." He smiled and nodded his head down the hall. "At the reception desk."]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "Hm. Then~" she gave a light hair-toss, "I'll be right back. If you'll excuse me?" She headed for the door. Who was it? Dorian or the VC or Mazarin?
[01:24] <Marianne> [Isaiah followed at a distance. There was a landline telephone at the reception desk, the receiver lying on the desk itself.]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "Hello?" Yanmei spoke cheerfully into it. "This is Zhang speaking~"
[01:26] <Marianne> ["Hello, Blossom."]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "…" Moment of stunned dead air. "M-mom?" She was using a different language now. Chinese, naturally. "Mom? You called?"
[01:30] <Marianne> ["Isaiah rang through to me on a channel we set up in advance. How're you feeling?"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Good! I have a good feeling about this. The doctor says the recovery time won't be too bad either!" Mom! Her wonderful mom. A manic sort of happiness clasped hold of her. "Did Isaiah tell you much about the operation?"
[01:35] <Marianne> ["He did. Some kind of artificial implant?"]
[01:37] <Yanmei> "Right. Something to reinforce the damaged nerves and muscle in my leg. In two and a half weeks, I'll be good as new again. But, ah…"
[01:37] <Marianne> ["What is it?"]
[01:40] <Yanmei> "May I take up running again? If this operation works out, I mean?" She was fidgetting. Fingers winding anxiously along the bottom of her shirt. "I know it's not that important, but I swear I won't neglect my other responsibilities! So…"
[01:43] <Marianne> ["Well…" There was a moment of silence. "I spoke to Isaiah about this. And he said that he'd make sure you stayed responsible. So I suppose I can say yes, on one condition."]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Yes! Of course! Anything!"
[01:46] <Marianne> ["If you're going to start running, I don't want you wasting your effort on something that's only going to be a frivolous hobby. I want to see you run one day- in a stadium."]
[01:48] <Yanmei> For a moment, she thought that her heart would stop. She stared blankly down at the counter, which blurred a little before she blinked fast and willed it into focus again. "You mean it?"
[01:50] <Marianne> ["I do. But only if you truly mean it too."]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Of course I do!" Yanmei nodded hard. "I'll practice every day! And I'll make it so that you can see me run in a stadium. From VIP seats, even!"
[01:58] <Marianne> ["Excellent. That's what I want to hear. But make sure you don't focus on it to the detriment of everything else."]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "I won't let my other duties slip." Yanmei nodded. "Thank you, Mom. I'll make you proud!"
[02:04] <Marianne> ["Good girl. I hope the operation goes well."]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I'll leave a message for you saying how it went as soon as I'm able to."
[02:07] <Marianne> ["Alright. I'll see you when I can. Goodbye, Blossom."]
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[02:09] <Yanmei> "Goodbye, Mom." She felt a twinge, there. The sense of loneliness she usually felt whenever their conversations ended and her mom had to go back to work. But today, she had something she needed to do as well. Gently, she put the receiver back on its cradle.
[02:09] <Marianne> [Isaiah smiled. "How did it go?"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Really supportive? She said that I could run again…"
[02:12] <Marianne> ["That's excellent." Said Isaiah brightly.]
[02:14] <Yanmei> "You're the one who got her on the phone." She was wandering over to him, dazed, "who made the operation possible in the first place…"
[02:14] <Marianne> [Isaiah chuckled bashfully, putting an arm around Yanmei's waist. "… Let's go back to the waiting room."]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "…yeah…" She let herself draw a little closer to him, naturally, and enjoying it while she could. In a little while, she would have to go under the knife, and after that… well, they would see.
[02:18] <Marianne> [It wouldn't be long before they were back in the waiting room. And then…-
[02:19] <Marianne> [Time went by, slowly, but perhaps too fast for Yanmei's liking. A nurse came out. "Dr. Almerigi is ready for you now."]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Right!" She stood up. Gave a smile to Marianne and Ariadne, and a little kiss on the forehead to Isaiah. "Here goes nothing?"
[02:22] <Marianne> ["See you soon, Yanyan~" Said Ariadne perkily.-
[02:22] <Marianne> "We'll be waiting."-
[02:23] <Marianne> [Isaiah gave her a hopeful smile. "We should go out when you come back, to celebrate."]
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[02:24] <Yanmei> "Someplace nice," she agreed. "You pick a place while I'm gone, okay?"
[02:26] <Marianne> ["Alright." He squeezed her hand, then let go.]
[02:32] * Yanmei gave him one last warm, gentle look. Then she stepped forward, toward the white glare of the operating room.
[02:33] <Marianne> [She was taken into a changing room, and given a thorough cleansing and hospital gown. After that, she was placed on a gurney and put under the anaesthetic. Before long she was lying on the table itself, an assortment of faces floating about.-
[02:34] <Marianne> ["Alright, Zhang. I want you to count backwards from one hundred for me."]
[02:37] <Yanmei> "Yes…" She felt dizzy from this angle. So many faces staring down at her. She would do what they wanted. "100, 99, 98, 97…" Her eyelids were too heavy to keep open anymore.
[02:38] <Marianne> [Darknesss…-
[02:41] <Marianne> [When she woke up, she was elsewhere. Lying in a bed. A hospital bed.]
[02:42] * Yanmei blinked slowly. Stared at the ceiling. EVA battle? No… leg surgery. That was why she was here. It came back slowly.-
[02:43] <Yanmei> She had spoken to her mom, and Isaiah and Marianne and Ariadne were here. She tried to move a little bit.
[02:45] <Marianne> ["Heya." Said a voice. There was a familiar sensation of warmth- someone stroking her neck. Isaiah?]
[02:47] * Yanmei stopped squirming and settled down, turning her head to gaze at him. "Hey." It came out as a thin, exhausted croak. She smiled.
[02:48] <Marianne> [He smiled back. "How're you feeling, sweetheart?"]
[02:50] <Yanmei> "Like I could sleep for ten more years?"
[02:52] <Marianne> ["Hehe. You can go back to sleep in a minute. There's something you need to know."]
[02:53] <Yanmei> "Hm? What's that?" Her smile turned into a hazy grin.
[02:55] <Marianne> ["The operation…"-
[02:55] <Marianne> ["… It was a complete success."]
[02:56] <Yanmei> "Success…" Yanmei gave a raw chuckle. "Success! I knew she could… didn't I say it would be all right?"
[02:58] <Marianne> ["You did." He grinned. "You absolutely did."]
[02:59] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" Her eyes were closing again now, in spite of a struggle. This was a big victory, wasn't it? "I knew it. Thank… you…"
[03:02] <Marianne> ["…" He smiled, giving her a final little kiss. "Goodnight, sweetheart."]

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