She Said Stupid Yanmei I Don T Idolise You Even In Secret

[12:35] <Yanmei> 'Ugly' was the word that came to mind as Zhang Yanmei peered up from one of the catwalks that NERV's technicians had been using. She was alone in the sense that she had parted with Marianne, and not alone in the sense that she had to keep up a constant vigil to avoid being jostled by parts and the people carrying them.-
[12:41] <Yanmei> Logic dictated that she just step aside into whatever comfortable niche left to her in this facility and let status updates and stats come to her by way of Dorian. So yes, she was being stupid, attending meetings that could go on just fine without her and looking at equipment that she didn't really understand the first thing about. Moodily, she leaned against a railing and smoothed some stray locks out hair out of her face.
[12:41] <Yanmei> ^was left to her
[12:48] <Asuka‘> [EVA-04 stood in the waiting position, shod head to toe in what could only be called an Eva space suit. The normally lithe and graceful body was now bulky and imposing, thick armored plates clad around its legs and arms; a massive slab of encasing metal protected the torso and head; and large, awkward shoulder pads enclosed the wings. EVA-01 was similarly-clad, although it was still in the installation phase.-
[12:50] <Asuka`> If Yanmei thought her vigil would go unnoticed, she was wrong; furthermore, if she thought she’d go uninterrupted, she was also wrong. An individual emerged from the crowd- a redhaired, one-eyed someone. "Why hello there, -Team Leader-~"
[12:58] * Yanmei hastily shifted her weight to stand properly again. "Asuka?!" For a split second, she seemed to be at a loss as to how to react otherwise, but the silence passed quickly and she tossed her hair. "What, did you get lost or something? You've been here for at least a day, and I haven't seen you at all!"
[13:01] <Asuka‘> "Hmph. You could’ve come and seen me!" Snapped Asuka, leaning against the railing, folding her arms and looking sideways at Yanmei. "They've had me up in EVA-02 or off doing other things or listening to this and that ever since I arrived. It sucks!"
[13:13] <Yanmei> "It's not like you're the only one who's been preoccupied? I've been getting lots of info too." She let her eyes travel back to the spectacle that was 04. "Fighting up there's going to be a whole different ordeal than what we're used to."
[13:13] <Asuka‘> "Well, if you’re -scared-, Team Leader, you can always leave it to me to lead~"
[13:17] <Yanmei> "Nice try, but they picked me for a reason, you know~" She flashed a million-dollar smile, her sunglases glinting. "Don't worry. I promise to treat my -subordinates- fairly."
[13:21] * Asuka‘ glowered at Yanmei with a blue eye that may as well be made of ice. "I’m not -your- subordinate, Yanmei. Just you watch. The moment I get those two Ayanamis I'll be made a Team Leader too! And then I'll beat you, and be made head of -all- Evas!" She pumped her fist.
[13:23] <Yanmei> "You'll have to get through me first," Yanmei pointed out. "After you get your team, that is~"
[13:24] <Asuka‘> "That’ll be a breeze?" Said Asuka- before she suddenly growled and grabbed Yanmei's collar. "Aah! That's you! That's your fault!"
[13:27] <Yanmei> "W-what?!" Yanmei struggled. "What is? What're you doing?!"
[13:27] <Asuka‘> "You! I’m starting to pick up your dumb inflection!"
[13:30] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well, it's natural to mimic someone you secretly idolize? What's the problem?"
[13:31] <Asuka‘> "Urgh." Asuka released Yanmei. "No! No no no." She began saying something in German, as if hoping to somehow get rid of the inflection that way. "Stupid Yanmei. I don’t idolise you even in secret! The day I reign supreme over you is the day I dream of…!"
[13:34] * Yanmei straightened her collar. "Just a dream, my friend~"
[13:35] <Asuka‘> "Whatever." She muttered a little more in German before returning to her post on the railing. "Hey, I have a question. What are those Ayanamis like anyway?"
[13:41] <Yanmei> "You haven’t met them yet?" She glanced around. Come to think of it, she hadn't seen any since the party either. Her face settled into a more neutral expression. "They're developing distinctions from each other. From what I can tell, they're being encouraged to do so. Anyway, it makes it hard to generalize? You should find the ones you're working with and talk to them personally."
[13:51] <Asuka‘> "Meh." She leaned back and stared up at the roof. "I’m working with Hachi and Go. What're they like, then?"
[13:55] <Yanmei> "Uptight and shy respectively, to condense it down." Yanmei went back to leaning back as well. "You seem pretty cool with them being part of your team."
[13:56] <Asuka‘> "Shy, huh." She muttered, before looking over at Yanmei. "I haven’t made up my mind yet."
[14:02] <Yanmei> "You'll probably have more time to do that after we clean up in orbit. But that you're even considering it? Is pretty interesting. Their origins don't bother you?"
[14:04] <Asuka‘> "Of course they do?" Said Asuka. "… I mean, of course they do!" She amended. "They’re sort of like fighting dolls, right? Manufactured soldiers?"
[14:10] <Yanmei> "Sort of. But they're capable of learning and developing their own sense of self too. That means they can grow into being people. But…" she frowned. "It's a delicate situation. I don't know if there's any word to define what they are or what they'll become."
[14:10] <Asuka‘> "So when you put it like that, they’re sort of like children."
[14:12] <Yanmei> "Yeah, you could say that."
[14:13] <Asuka‘> "… So if they spend a lot of time with me, that means I can groom them in a way, right?"
[14:15] * Yanmei eyed Asuka. "H-hey. What are you planning?"
[14:15] <Asuka`> "Ohohohohohoho."
[14:17] <Yanmei> "…those poor girls…"
[14:17] <Asuka`> "Eh? Hey!" Asuka reached out and grabbed Yanmei’s hair. "They'll flourish into beautiful warrior-queens under the tutelage of Asuka the Great~"
[14:20] <Yanmei> "Ngh! Leggo!" She tried to jerk her head free, but that was a mistake. Ow! "Quit bullying your Team Leader!"
[14:21] <Asuka‘> "Ahaha~" Before long she -had- let go- only to move and kick Yanmei’s leg out from under her, then catching her in a headlock. Knuckles rubbed hard against Yanmei's scalp. "Not very leaderly now, huh? What's the matter~?"
[14:26] <Yanmei> "You…!" Yanmei struggled, her face practically glowing red. So many witnesses! "I-insubordination! You're fired! Help!"
[14:28] <Asuka‘> Rub-rub- and then, a release. "Ohohohoho~ As easy as you are to beat up, you’re tougher than you look."
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Wh-who's easy to beat up?!" Finally free, she tried to smooth her hair back down into a more normal state, and huffed.
[14:37] * Asuka‘ smirked. "Have a mirror on hand? Ah~" She leaned back against the railing smugly. "So- how do you feel, Little Miss Team Leader?"
[14:44] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned just a little. Asuka was leading up to something now, but she could take that question and spin it on its head. "A little frustrated? I guess you could call it buyer’s regret. I normally don't care about what the technicians do to 04 in their own time, but because of the last battle we were in, I asked them to focus specifically on its defenses.-
[14:46] <Yanmei> "De Pteres was way overtaxed, with his protection thing, you see? And I thought this would lighten his load. But now I'm worried about its firepower. We're going to need a lot of it?" She gave a small snort. "Isn't that they way it goes? It's always something."
[14:52] <Asuka‘> "Its firepower, huh…" Asked Asuka, looking back over at EVA-04. "What more do you want? Bigger guns?"
[14:55] <Yanmei> "It’d be nice? But then I'd have to learn how to fire it. Do you know how many sets of firearms they've made him practice with, only to drop them for fresh new models after just a battle or two?"
[14:55] <Yanmei> ^made me practice with
[14:56] <Asuka‘> "Ahaha~ Well, that’s the technology curve for you. New weapons come out and you have to train with them~ Oh!" She grabbed Yanmei's wrist and started pulling her towards a door.
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Eh?" But Yanmei followed. "What are you up to?"
[14:57] <Asuka‘> "I want to show you -my- new stuff~"
[15:00] <Yanmei> "You got something new?" She frowned. "I see how it is. Your Tech Division had some stuff set aside for a rainy day!"
[15:01] <Asuka`> "More than that! I was promised this ages ago-~"-
[15:02] <Asuka`> [They emerged into the Evangelion Armory, which was crowded in every way. EVA weapon lockers, most of which once sat empty, were now full of weapons and ammo. Technicians scurried to and fro across the ground and the gantries, doing work on those weapons.-
[15:03] * Asuka` pointed at an open locker- one marked ’02'. Within sat a massive Evangelion longsword with a curious hilt and what looked like a covering over the base of the blade. Below the sword was an Eva Kite Shield.-
[15:03] <Asuka‘> "EVA-02’s glorious arms~ The Progressive Longsword Solingen and the Kite Shield of Victory!"
[15:10] <Yanmei> "I see…" She stared at it thoughtfully. "So you're being all defensey too, all of a sudden~"
[15:12] <Asuka‘> "Hmph. Fighting in space is dangerous? I-I mean, fighting in space is dangerous! And besides, Dame Asuka the Valiant needs her sword and shield~" She crowed. "But the Progressive Longsword Solingen has twice the cutting power of a chainsword, you know."
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Maybe. But you’ve got no range now? We're going to be moving a lot slower in all that bulky junk they're strapping on our EVAs."
[15:20] <Asuka‘> "I still have a bolt pistol!" Said Asuka with a smirk. "And we brought over the heavy railgun they made in Hamburg for EVA-02. I’m not gonna be using it, but…" She turned to Yanmei and folded her arms triumphantly. "Space is different to fighting on the ground, Yanmei. Our reflexes will be a little slow, but we'll still move pretty fast. Especially if you don't think about it~ If you don't stop yourself from moving, you'll just keep sailing forward!"
[15:28] <Yanmei> "I know? I got the lecture on it too, after all." She was wholly distracted now, though, staring up at the shield in particular. "That stupid Angel… Nothing about it is easy. Nothing at all…"
[15:32] <Asuka‘> "Still." Said Asuka, throwing an arm around Yanmei’s shoulders. "It's tough, but we're tougher, right?"
[15:40] * Yanmei was quiet for a little while. "Yeah. We have to be?" Asuka would feel her shoulders lift deliberately, but only after she had spoken, to back those words up. Her hands, which had discreetly balled into fists, remained like that.
[15:45] <Asuka‘> "Besides, with those guns of yours I need you to cover me so I can go in and kick that Angel’s ass. I'm the only one who can, after all?" … "A-After all!"
[15:53] * Yanmei surprised herself by breaking into an open snicker. "That's the spirit, Little Asuka~ Keep it up, and your bravery will match that of your idol, yours truly~"
[15:55] <Asuka‘> "D-Don’t call me little!" Snapped Asuka. "You're the little one, idiot."
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Oh really? From my point of view, I have at least a half an inch on you even without heels. And you're a year younger too." She reached out to pinch her cheek.
[16:01] <Asuka‘> Asuka batted at her hand! "Stop that. Urgh. I wish people would stop reminding me of my age. Alex does it all the time… Stupid Alex…"
[16:02] <Yanmei> "How is the Jerkface, anyway?" Yanmei rubbed the back of her hand, where the blow had landed. "He came with you, I’m guessing?"
[16:05] <Asuka‘> "Ja. He’s kind of worried about the whole situation~ and me, of course, because he's my willing love slave~" She twirled- then frowned. "Or I wish he was."
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Eh? Trouble in paradise?"
[16:16] <Asuka‘> "No, nothing like that." Said Asuka, waving her hand. "Mm, he doesn’t think I'm mature enough to fully experience all the fun of love, is what I'm saying."
[16:19] <Yanmei> "You actually want to with that guy?" Yanmei sighed.
[16:19] <Asuka‘> "Like your taste in men is so good. Hmph."
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Of course it is? But…" Yanmei shrugged. "Have you ever considered that it’s more about his comfort zone than your age?"
[16:23] <Asuka‘> "What do you mean?"
[16:28] <Yanmei> "I mean, there could be a dozen reasons why he doesn’t feel like it. For example? Maybe he's not feeling mature enough himself. Although I doubt he'd ever admit it."
[16:29] <Asuka‘> "I guess." Muttered Asuka. "Do you ever have problems like this? I bet you’re way worse off~"
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Our problems are a little more unique…" Yanmei tapped her temple with a finger. "But we didn't even get that close until the Libido Effect formed. It's a double-edged sword."
[16:35] <Asuka‘> "Double-edged sword?"
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Sometimes there are things that you don’t want to share. Painful feelings, weird desires, that sort of thing. That same link that connects positive and even romantic emotions can transfer unpleasant ones, too."
[16:41] <Asuka‘> "Oh, I get it." Asuka nods. "So if you’re upset, he feels that too, huh?"
[16:46] <Yanmei> "Yeah." Her eyes narrowed. "Even though I sent him away with the baby to someplace safe, he hasn't necessarily escaped the things going on here."
[16:52] <Asuka‘> "How can he? Everyone on Earth is affected anyway."
[16:56] <Yanmei> "I mean more than usual. Because I’m involved in it more than usual, thanks to my job?"
[16:58] <Asuka‘> "I guess so." Said Asuka. "Eh, you’re not going to flake out on me in battle, are you? Afraid of hurting loverboy?"
[17:01] <Yanmei> "Don't you think it would be a lot worse for him if I did flake out?" she gave a little smile.
[17:02] <Asuka‘> "Huh. Yeah, that’s right…"
[17:07] <Yanmei> "We'll win, anyway." She stared back up at the massive sword and shield one last time, before turning away. "You trust me enough not to botch things, right?"
[17:08] <Asuka‘> "Do you trust -me-?"
[17:09] <Yanmei> "How could I not trust the Great Asuka?"
[17:09] * Asuka` preens. "Good~ You know your place, Team Leader. Then I guess I can trust you not to get us all killed this time~"
[17:18] <Yanmei> "Such intense faith! In any case, it’s about time for me to get going. And I'm sure you want to hang out with your Alex for a bit too, if he's not consoling him mom or something."
[17:19] <Asuka`> "Heh. I doubt it? Er." She glowered, and stamped her foot. "I doubt it! I doubt it! Stupid inflection…"
[17:21] <Yanmei> "Hehehe. Later, Asuka~"
[17:21] <Asuka`> "Urgh. See you later…"

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