She Said We D Be Happy Together

[11:54] <AdEvaGM> [As Yanmei drifted off to sleep, things… Changed.-
[11:54] <AdEvaGM> [She found herself standing at the end of the hallway, opposite the doors. Her cheongsam was gone, replaced with the familiar uniform of Saint Louis. The hallway- stark, white- seemed strange and foggy, deformed- the entire thing seemed to tilt left and right without knocking Yanmei over.-
[11:55] <AdEvaGM> [At the far end… At the doors they'd taken him through… Stood Isaiah, back turned to her.]
[11:57] * Yanmei hurried to him with a relieved cry. If he was standing, then he was not dead. If he was standing, then he was not in a coma. "Isaiah!"
[11:57] <AdEvaGM> [She ran. He didn't turn…-
[11:57] <AdEvaGM> [The hallway seemed. No matter how she ran she didn't find herself coming closer.-
[11:59] <AdEvaGM> [His voice murmured. "I heard your voice. Are you alright?" It echoed strangely… As if it came more from within her own head. She saw a barest glimpse of him for a second in the fog to her immediate left.]
[12:05] * Yanmei felt… dizzy. This fog and the gently tilting, shifting hallway weren't helping, and when she spun at the sight of him next to her she was reminded of some of the impossibilities that had taken place during some of her Evangelion battles. "You're the one who's not alright."
[12:06] <AdEvaGM> [Nothing there…-
[12:07] <AdEvaGM> [At some point when she'd been running, Yanmei found herself wearing not her school uniform, but… Her Plugsuit. The Isaiah at the end of the hall looked a little sharper…]
[12:10] * Yanmei paused. Took slower steps. If she couldn't get to him, then… "Let's go back, Isaiah. Please? Back to the hotel? Don't you want to finish our Christmas there? We were supposed to take Rei shopping…" she extended a hand toward him.
[12:11] <AdEvaGM> [He was still so far away. And he still didn't turn.-
[12:12] <AdEvaGM> [… The heat. Suddenly there was heat all around her, in her chest, across her body. A flash of memory- a giant, red eye- fire-… Another glimpse of him to her right.-
[12:12] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm going to get you out of here. I'm going to look after you." His voice…]
[12:17] * Yanmei held herself, remembering. Her body was paralyzed in agony, face twisted in pain and horror. No, no, she didn't want to remember that! "Help me," she whimpered. "Isaiah, please!"
[12:18] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm strong enough to protect you."-
[12:18] <AdEvaGM> [… The heat vanished, replaced by the strange nothingness of the fog. The Isaiah at the end of the hall had reached a hand out onto that door.]
[12:23] <Yanmei> "W-wait…" she could move again, but even though the fire and pain was gone, her fears still pressed down hard on her. She tried moving forward again. So much confusion. "I want to protect you too, but I… if I was better at it, this wouldn't have happened!"
[12:24] <AdEvaGM> [There were hands on her shoulders. Shoulders… The Plugsuit was gone, this time replaced with a holiday sundress…]
[12:28] <Yanmei> The touch made her jump a little. Was that him? She reached up for one of the hands. The dress was pretty, familiar. Maybe the rest of the hallway would change to a different scene to match it, and they would walk away together.
[12:29] <AdEvaGM> [The hand was warm, but she could barely touch it before it vanished…-
[12:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Will I still be a special person to you? Will you still love me?"]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Why are you asking me that? Don't you already know?" She grasped her own shoulder sadly, hand where his had been a moment before. Memories of another older dream filtered in, of her screaming at 04, the Destroyer.
[12:36] <AdEvaGM> [No response. The Isaiah at the end of the hallway… Was he getting closer? Or… His other hand was on the door.]
[12:45] <Yanmei> "Please don't leave…" She didn't understand what was happening, but she was afraid. If he went through that door, would he come out again? "If you don't know, I'll tell you. You are… incredibly important. I want to protect you… protect your dreams. You deserve to be happy." She started walking again, toward him, though she thought it might be futile. "No matter what tries to come between us, I'll stay with you!-
[12:46] <Yanmei> I'll make sure you're not alone!"
[12:46] <AdEvaGM> [The hallway seemed to… Convulse. As if all the air rushed out and was then pumped through. He was definitely closer now.-
[12:47] <AdEvaGM> ["My heart. Can't you feel that, Yanmei? Don't you know that no matter what, it's always belonged to you?"]
[12:50] <Yanmei> "I know that. I won't doubt you! We've been through so much, so it's too hard to doubt you anymore. The worst part now is doubting myself. I'll try not to, for the same reasons."
[13:19] <AdEvaGM> ["I really do feel sort of like your spouse." Soon he'd be within reach… Yanmei was wearing something else; trousers, a shirt. Something more casual, recent…]
[13:23] <Yanmei> "I feel the same way. But… I don't think we'll end up fighting and getting sick of each other. Anyway, it's like you said. Not all marriages are like that. We'd be happy together."
[13:24] <AdEvaGM> [She was different, now. A bloody cheongsam…-
[13:24] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah turned to look at her.-
[13:24] <AdEvaGM> ["You're the person I trust most in the world." He smiled.-
[13:25] <AdEvaGM> [… The doors opened. He walked through them… And faded away into nothingness.]
[13:28] * Yanmei gaped. "I-Isaiah?" Gone? She stepped forward toward the door, trying to follow. "I trust you too. I-I trust you. I cried in front of you, so I trust you! I'll listen to you! Isaiah? You're there, aren't you?"
[13:29] <AdEvaGM> [As she stepped through the door…-
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> [… She found herself in the same hallway, but it was filled with the chatter of nurses and patients. She was sitting on a chair.-
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> [A doctor was standing over her. He looked tired and exhausted and grim. "I'm sorry. There's nothing we could do."]
[13:34] * Yanmei stared up at him, wide-eyed an uncomprehending. His words settled in, and it was like her chest was suddely caught in a vise. "Liar. He isn't gone. He…" she glared at the doctor furiously. "He was right there! He would never-! N-never go off and leave me…"
[13:34] <AdEvaGM> [The doors opened.-
[13:35] <AdEvaGM> [A nurse pushed the stretcher out through the door. He was mostly covered with a sheet, his face white and dead.-
[13:36] <AdEvaGM> [The hallway tilted, but Yanmei seemed to be the only one who felt it. Dizzy- her white dress smelled of blood and tears.-
[13:36] <AdEvaGM> [… White dress? The faces were distorted. Foggy. The doctor was saying something but she couldn't understand him.]
[13:38] * Yanmei tried to push past him. To get to the Isaiah on the stretcher. Sick… she felt so sick. It hurt worse than anything she'd imagined. "Wake up," she mumbled. "Isaiah, wake up!"
[13:39] <AdEvaGM> [He was ice cold…-
[13:39] <AdEvaGM> [And then he was out of reach, suddenly. Yanmei would see…-
[13:40] <AdEvaGM> [His body disappear behind another pair of doors. In front of them was the smiling, almost angelic face of Dr. Yui Ikari.]
[13:41] <Yanmei> Confusion. Building anger. "What are you doing here? Give him back! He's not yours!"
[13:41] <AdEvaGM> [Yui walked forward. Offered Yanmei her hand.-
[13:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Why don't we bring him back?"]
[13:42] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened in horror. "No. No!" She stepped back. "There's only one of him! You can't replace him like that!"
[13:43] <AdEvaGM> ["… Meimei."-
[13:43] <AdEvaGM> [The hallway vanished. They were in -that- room. The hexagon… There was a cylinder in front of her. A smiling Yui stood next to it. Within floated… Isaiah. "Meimei."]
[13:48] <Yanmei> Not Isaiah. Not him. Isaiah was someplace else. This was just like before, except… even with Rei, it hadn't hurt this much! "How… h-how could you?" She was shaking all over
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Now you won't have to be lonely." Said Yui.-
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Meimei."]
[13:53] * Yanmei stepped backward. Then forward. She was moving toward Yui instead of the cylander.
[13:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei…?" Murmured Yui, still not comprehending…
[13:53] <AdEvaGM> ]
[13:55] * Yanmei pause in front of her and unclenched her hands. She reached for the woman's throat suddenly! "You don't understand. You -STILL- don't understand! How could YOU NOT UNDERSTAND!?!"
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> ["No-"-
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Yan- no"-
[13:56] <AdEvaGM> ["NO!"-
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> [… Yanmei found herself in the hallway, sitting on a chair. Outside those doors… In her bloody cheongsam, her neck aching from her poor sleeping position. The chatter of nurses. The world wasn't tilting this time. She was… Awake.]
[14:00] * Yanmei didn't move. She still felt sick. Only one Isaiah. Only one irreplaceable, precious Isaiah. She wanted to cry.
[14:01] <AdEvaGM> [If Yanmei were to look, she'd see she wasn't alone.-
[14:01] <AdEvaGM> [Down the hall, sitting together, were Marianne and Misato, murmuring to each other.-
[14:02] <AdEvaGM> [A little closer was Ayanami Rei, being guarded by a very tired-looking Shinji. The girl was lying across two chairs, not asleep, but her eyes filled with tears.-
[14:03] <AdEvaGM> [… The doors- the doors behind which her Isaiah lay- opened. A doctor came out. He looked tired and exhausted and grim. He approached her, kneeling down next to her. "Miss Zhang?"]
[14:06] * Yanmei stared at him, seeing nothing else from the instant that the doctor emerged from the doors. She found that suddenly she couldn't breathe.
[14:06] <AdEvaGM> [The doctor stared. Put a hand on her shoulder.-
[14:06] <AdEvaGM> ["He's just come out of surgery. He's in a critical but stable condition. I can't be certain. But… But we think he might pull through."]
[14:10] * Yanmei scruntinized him. Her own face was exhausted, the mask that she had pulled it into already wavering. She would not cry, but her voice was hoarse. "You mean…?"
[14:11] <AdEvaGM> ["He's alive."]
[14:12] <Yanmei> Alive. Alive, alive, a beautiful word, she started to stand up. "Is he… in a coma?" No, that didn't matter. He was alive!
[14:13] <AdEvaGM> [The doctor stood up. "He's comatose right now, but we don't think it'll last long. A few days, maybe."]
[14:15] <Yanmei> "Can I go to him?" She was shaking somehow. Come on, she had to pull herself together!
[14:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course you can." Said the doctor. He smiled, and put a steadying arm across Yanmei's shoulders as he led her back through those doors.-
[14:17] <AdEvaGM> [The others were aware that something was going on. They were looking over…-
[14:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Meimei…" Came a voice. "… Meimei! Is…?"]
[14:20] * Yanmei looked over her shoulder, pausing and staring back. For a moment her face was still. Then it lapsed into a warm, relieved smile.
[14:21] <AdEvaGM> [Rei stared…-
[14:21] <AdEvaGM> [Then broke out into her own warm smile. The broadest smile Yanmei'd ever seen the girl smile.-
[14:21] <AdEvaGM> [Marianne and Misato stared for a moment, then… Misato let out a huge sigh of relief, whilst Marianne tried desperately not to cry.]
[14:22] <Yanmei> "Would it be okay if they saw him too?" she murmured to the doctor.
[14:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[14:25] * Yanmei nodded. She turned around fully, then steadying herself with a deep breath. "He can have visitors, but he's still very weak, and he won't wake up. So if any of you would like to follow…" She gestured to the doors up ahead.
[14:26] <AdEvaGM> [Misato and Marianne bolted down the hallway-
[14:26] <AdEvaGM> [Shinji gave Rei a little nudge forward. "I'll wait here for Aline. You go on." The girl nodded, then ran after Yanmei.]
[14:29] <Yanmei> These were the people who loved Isaiah too, and who wanted him to pull through all this time. If he didn't know how loved he was, she would tell him when he woke up. Smiling softly, she continued to let herself be guided by the doctor.
[14:31] * Aline arrived a bit later, panting slightly, as she came up behind Shinji. The girl actually stopped and held onto her knees. "Oog, I really need more physical training. But I'm here, I'm here. Let's go." …She did sound honestly concerned underneath the fatigue.
[14:32] <AdEvaGM> [Shinji put an arm around her waist and started to follow them. She would be Supported!-
[14:34] <AdEvaGM> [The doctor led them through… Through another hallway…-
[14:35] <AdEvaGM> [The Intensive Care ward. Through a door… There he was. Separated from them by glass, lying on a bed, a bevy of machines and wrappings keeping him alive. A machine went 'ping'!, the heart monitor beeped steadily, slowly. He looked weak, but… His chest moved.]
[14:36] * Yanmei pressed a hand to the glass. She wanted to move beyond it, to see him and hug him even if he wouldn't hug back.
[14:39] * Aline ended up there, standing and supported, and staring in unconcealed shock. She just… muttered quietly. "Who would… do this…"
[14:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Zaizai…" Rei stood next to Yanmei, staring in. Her eyes wide, full of tears.-
[14:39] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll get the bastard who did it." Muttered Misato.-
[14:41] <AdEvaGM> [The doctor gently led Yanmei along. To an airlock-like structure between the 'observation' room and the actual room where Isaiah lay. "Scrub in." He pointed to the gowns on a hook on the wall, as well as the sterile handcreams and sinks.]
[14:44] * Yanmei patted Rei on the head before she was led in, and she stared down at herself, suddenly acutely aware of the bloody clothes she was wearing. "Yes, doctor. Thank you…" and she followed his instructions. Sink. Gown. Gloves.-
[14:45] <Yanmei> Before long, she stood ready.
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> [The doctor led Yanmei through into the next room. It was cooler than the ones she'd been in before… It reminded her of Paris-2.-
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> [He was… Right there. She could touch him…]
[14:49] * Aline was watching from the outside, looking more than a bit concerned, all the while.
[14:49] <AdEvaGM> [Shinji pulled Aline a little closer. "You feeling alright?"]
[14:50] * Yanmei did, pushing his hair back and grasping his hand. If she hugged him, she realized with disappointment, the sensors and IV's that were hooked up to him might come loose. But this was… enough for now. With the gloves on, she couldn't tell how cold he was, but it was probably an improvement from before. "How long can I stay here?"
[14:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Here in the room? You can't be here without a doctor's supervision. If you want to… Speak to the person, I can wait in the other room. However, you can stay in the hospital as long as you need. We can have a room made up for you."]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "Could you? If you don't mind." She stared down at Isaiah, gripping his hand a little tighter. "I want to be here until he's better."
[14:53] <AdEvaGM> ["That's fine."]
[14:57] * Yanmei nodded, glancing up at the window where everyone else was standing. Most of her face was hidden behind her surgeon's mask, but there was definitely more than a hint of hard apprehension as she looked beyond them, trying to see if there were any other unfamiliar lurkers about.
[14:57] * Aline leaned a bit against Shinji. "…Upset. Worried. I mean, for someone to… /shoot/ him? To shoot Isaiah?… I mean, the pilots are supposed to be targets, to be at risk. But now they're… trying to hurt us with the people close to us."
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> [Shinji. Rei. Misato. Marianne. People she could trust. People who certainly wouldn't -hurt- Isaiah.-
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> ["If they wanted to target a pilot, they could've just shot Yanmei herself." Said Misato.]
[15:00] * Yanmei sighed, looking down again, no less troubled. "Would it be a problem if I visited him every day? The last time he was asleep like this? I read to him a lot."
[15:01] <AdEvaGM> ["I can't let you stay in here unattended. The other room, sure. You can feel free to visit him though when the nurses come to check up on him. They're usually pretty lenient."]
[15:03] <Yanmei> "Got it. Thanks." She stroked his hair a bit more, only ready to leave when she absolutely had to.
[15:05] * Aline nodded. "There is that. So it… bothers me. He isn't… he isn't a 'strategic' target. And I'm not sure what they'd gain by hurting our morale rather than us directly."
[15:06] <AdEvaGM> ["The bullets have been sent to your Section Two fellows for forensics. With any luck they'll find out who did this." Said the doctor. "I'll be in the other room. Give you some privacy." He stepped out.-
[15:06] <AdEvaGM> ["… There's no strategic reason." Said Misato. "So we have to assume…"-
[15:07] <AdEvaGM> ["… That it was an emotional attack." Said Marianne. "Someone wanted Isaiah dead because they wanted -him- dead."]
[15:10] <Yanmei> Alone, Yanmei started talking quietly. "They'll probably be gone by the time you're awake, but a lot of people came to see you. The Section-2 guys were a lot of help too." She closed her eyes. "I'm sorry I couldn't protect you. I couldn't do anything. But I will protect you now."-
[15:11] <Yanmei> Her gaze fell on the window again, an a hard look, but she still didn't think she would see anyone aside from the worried guests. "Somehow."
[15:15] * Aline bit her lip. "I-I'm not sure who. I don't know when she'll be ready to help there, but we'd need to know people who'd hate Isaiah, who'd be jealous of him, or who had some other kind of… reason." As she trailed off with the last sentence, she looked at Shinji oddly, but then sighed and looked back out at Isaiah.
[15:16] <AdEvaGM> [Shinji looked down at her, then back to the window.]

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