She Said Won T She Look Scrumptious In Her Shiny New Officer

[14:32] <Yanmei> [A chilly spring day in Paris-2, but the sun starting to come out and warm things up a little. For now, three figures sit around a pram, conversing, taking in the flowers that are just barely starting to sprout buds.]
[14:32] <Yanmei> ^sun is
[14:37] <Marianne> [Elizabeth is in her pram, kicking her legs out a little and holding her arms out to Yanmei. "Uuu."-
[14:37] <Marianne> "They say it's gonna be a colder winter than usual this year." Said Marianne, staring up at the clear sky. Gina was sitting on Yanmei's other side with a paper box full of fresh seasoned hot chips.
[15:12] * Yanmei stared at Elizabeth, and then stared at the capful of tea that she was in the middle of pouring from her thermos. Conundrum. "That's impossible? It couldn't get any colder around here in the winter, I'm sure."
[15:12] <Marianne> ["It's some of the ash from the volcano. It won't be -that- colder, thankfully." Said Gina with a smirk, crossing one leg over the other. "But -you- won't be cold, now, will you, Yanyan~?"-
[15:13] <Marianne> ["Uuu!"]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Well, I've done a lot of clothes shopping lately." A little grudgingly, she passed the poured tea and thermos to Marianne, and then reached for Elizabeth.
[15:17] * Marianne took it, stealing a little sip. "Hehehehe. Hey, uh…" Marianne grins. "Gina, did you get that picture? You know the one…"-
[15:18] <Marianne> [Elizabeth cooed as she was picked up, fastening tight to Yanmei, gripping onto her shirt. "Maamaa."]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "Oh god, what sort of picture?" She looked between the two suspiciously… eyed her forsaken tea as well, as a matter of fact, before sighing and gently patting the child in her arms.
[15:23] <Marianne> [Gina took out a mobile phone, flipping it open and showing the screen to Yanmei. A picture showed- of Yanmei and Isaiah walking along holding hands, a Lizzie in Isaiah's free arm… All of them wearing the same matching yellow, white and blue outfits.-
[15:24] <Marianne> "Eeeeee. It's -so- cute~" Cooed Marianne.
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Gggkk-" Yanmei stared. "Wh-why why do you have that?! There was no one even around when I agreed to that!"
[15:28] <Marianne> [Gina -beamed-. "It's amazing how easily I blend in. You look so cute! God, look at you three. Isaiah just looks so -delighted-, doesn't he?"-
[15:29] <Marianne> "Eeee." Marianne put an arm around Yanmei and squeezed. "You'll do anything for him, huh~?"
[15:32] <Yanmei> "He wasn't like this before Lizzie came along," Yanmei muttered. "Pass around embarrassing photos? Him? Never."
[15:32] <Marianne> "Still. You like it." Said Marianne. "You -like- how happy he is, aren't you? He's in heaven."-
[15:33] <Marianne> ["Maa~" Lizzie moved her hand, putting it on Yanmei's cheek clumsily.]
[15:37] * Yanmei poked Elizabeth ever-so-lightly on a dimpled cheek with an index finger. "It could be worse. Much worse."
[15:38] <Marianne> [Lizzie giggled, taking Yanmei's finger with her hand.-
[15:39] <Marianne> "Yeah, I suppose it could." Said Marianne. "You growing used to it yet?"
[15:41] <Yanmei> "I dunno. I don't think I'm as clumsy at it as I was the first couple of nights? I'd say we're warming up to each other at least."
[15:41] <Marianne> "You look like you are."-
[15:42] <Marianne> ["Heh. Yanmei doesn't look very confident, you know, Marianne. But you can tell she cares for Lizzie~ She'd try very hard to protect her." Said Gina with a knowing grin.-
[15:42] <Marianne> [Lizzie curiously popped Yanmei's finger into her mouth~]
[15:43] <Yanmei> Lizzie would find that it tasted faintly like the peppermint tea that had been made for this trip. Not that she would know what peppermint tea tasted like yet.-
[15:46] <Yanmei> "I'm plenty confident!" Yanmei tried to flip her hair using her other hand, but that was impossible because -that- arm was preoccupied with holding Lizzie steady. "…" Yanmei muttered. "Anyway? Enough about that. How are you feeling?"
[15:47] <Marianne> ["Me? I feel… Alright. Happier with you two." Said Gina, smiling a little. "It's lonely in hospital."]
[15:47] <Marianne> [Lizzie suckled happily. Peppermint tea was yummy~]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "You know, they say that ward is haunted." Yanmei let an evil little grin cross her face. "So by 'lonely' you probably mean 'scared,' right? So glad to come home so that we can protect you~"
[15:50] <Marianne> ["It wasn't haunted." Said Gina with a smirk. "Unless you mean by the screams of the Third Child, which still echo those cold halls~"-
[15:50] <Marianne> "Oh. That reminds me." Marianne gently punched Yanmei's shoulder.
[15:51] * Yanmei was putting up with the suckling. At one time she might have been grossed out by it. Guh, baby spit. Gah, punch! "What was that for? And what screams?"
[15:51] <Marianne> ["The screams of pain. How many times have you been there now?" Said Gina.-
[15:52] <Marianne> "I wanted to ask you something. But I've forgotten what it was."
[15:55] <Yanmei> "Please. It's not that often." Yanmei shook her head smugly. "I don't recall ever getting stabbed, anyway~ Lucky me, that must have -hurt-." She tried nestling a little closer to Marianne, but… physical awkwardness. She almost grumbled again.
[15:57] <Marianne> ["Unfair…" Mumbled Gina.-
[15:58] * Marianne seemed to sense it~ She put an arm around Yanmei, pulling her a little closer whilst mucking about with Lizzie's hair. "Oh! That's right. What did people think of your promotion?"
[15:59] <Yanmei> "Oh, they were… they were cool with it?"
[15:59] <Marianne> "Yeah?"
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Yeah! They were all cool. Even Asuka, you know~?"
[16:01] <Marianne> ["You haven't told them yet."]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "I-!" Taken aback. "I have too! I resent that! Especially when you couldn't possibly know that!"
[16:05] <Marianne> ["You haven't. I can tell. But, if you're so sure." Gina stared at Yanmei with a mean little grin as she started pushing numbers on her phone.-
[16:05] <Marianne> "Huh?" Marianne seemed sort of surprised… "Wait, you haven't? Or…?"
[16:06] <Yanmei> "S-stop her! Marianne, she's doing stuff!"
[16:06] <Marianne> ["Confess~" Said Gina.-
[16:06] <Marianne> "Now, Gina, let's not be silly-"
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Yeah. She's totally silly, isn't she?" She made a valliant attempt to remove her fingers from Lizzie's mouth, as if that would win her some maturity points.
[16:11] <Marianne> [Lizzie tried to follow the finger as it moved! But… She couldn't, instead looking up at Yanmei with a sad look. "Uuu…"-
[16:11] <Marianne> ["Heehee." Gina closed up her phone and put it away, with a smirk. "Your secret's safe with me~ at least until we get home."-
[16:12] <Marianne> "… You did tell them, right? I mean, there's no reason for you to keep it a secret… W-What did Isaiah think?"
[16:14] <Yanmei> "Oh, well he knows. He's proud of me. Er… they're all proud of me too. Everyone else, I mean?" Her hand moved in toward the baby sneakily again and… tickles!
[16:14] <Marianne> ["Eeheehee~"-
[16:14] <Marianne> [Gina glanced at Marianne and smiled a sneaky smile. "I guess we'll see next week~"-
[16:15] <Marianne> "Yes. Yes we will." Marianne ruffled Yanmei's hair. "Still, you know -I'm- proud of you too, right?"
[16:19] <Yanmei> "Thank you, Marianne." Yanmei was practically glowing. "That means a lot to me! Eh, next week? Next…" her eyes went wide as she remembered.
[16:19] <Marianne> ["Won't she look -scrumptious- in her new shiny ~Officer's Uniform~?"-
[16:19] <Marianne> "She will~" Marianne beamed.
[16:26] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah." Yanmei tried to smile. To divert attention away from it, she dropped the tickling and snuggled Lizzie a little closer
[16:27] <Marianne> [Lizzie was cozy and warm, snuggling in close and resting her head on Yanmei's shoulder. "Maaaa. <3"-
[16:27] <Marianne> "Man, something odd happened to me the other day."
[16:28] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[13:40] <Marianne> "Yeah. I went to a restaurant with the other Bunnies, and… Someone started crying at me."
[13:43] <Yanmei> "It was Gosselin, huh?" Yanmei nodded knowingly. "…emotional guy!"
[13:43] <Marianne> "No, actually. It was just some random stranger."
[13:50] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei bounced Elizabeth up and down a little. "What did they want?"
[13:50] <Marianne> ["Ehehe." Lizzie giggled, giving Yanmei a big grin and patting at her face.-
[13:52] <Marianne> "They just… I dunno. It was a man, he just broke down and sobbed, saying he'd lost his daughter during the Malchediel attack. He… Seemed really broken up. Said how he'd been filled with anger and despair ever since." Marianne rubbed her chin. "I guess, since we were in our uniforms, he wanted to break down to a NERV officer…"
[13:54] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei didn't glance over at Gina, even though she sort of wanted to. Suddenly her joke from before about Frederic crying seemed in even worse taste as well. "We did the best we could," she mumbled lamely.
[13:55] <Marianne> [Gina shook her head slowly, her emotions evenly balanced. "That man apologised, didn't he?" She asked.-
[13:55] <Marianne> "… Yeah, he did. He said he'd been one of those people protesting, and he said he felt sick about it."
[13:56] <Yanmei> "He's probably not alone? There have been fewer people screaming for our heads lately."
[13:57] * Marianne nods slowly. "It was the earthquake, I think. People here started to realise that we really do try our best…"
[14:01] <Yanmei> "The timing was a relief for us, huh?" she smiled.
[14:01] <Marianne> "It was. I was sick of having people glare at me whenever I entered a shop." Said Marianne with a smile.-
[14:02] <Marianne> ["It's respect. And pride. Suddenly the people of Paris-2 realise that not only are they safe from normal disasters, but they're the home of people who kick volcanoes, shunt antimatter plants into pocket dimensions, and body slam tidal waves." A grin. "Did you see some of the videos on the internet? The 04 ones are particularly good…"]
[14:04] <Yanmei> "I must have missed those," Yanmei said with a blink. She tilted her head just a little. "I did my best to look cool, you know? But there were parts when I just couldn't."
[14:05] * Marianne prodded Yanmei hard in the ribs. "You should focus on doing the job first and foremost."-
[14:06] <Marianne> ["Nevertheless, they're doing that Metal Remix meme on the footage. Applying heavy metal songs to the videos."]
[14:10] <Yanmei> "You mean looking cool isn't part of the job? The organization need their promotional shots and viral videos, don't they Lizzie?" she bounced the little girl again, cheerfully, a distinct babytalk inflection taking hold at those last few words. She reverted back to normal. "What footage did they do it to this time?"
[14:11] <Marianne> ["Maaaaa~ <3"-
[14:12] <Marianne> ["Well, there was one part where EVA-01 kicked a massive trench into Mt. Vesuvius, then started running in circles around a cloud of super-hot gas." Said Gina. "Then there was 00's lightshows- and the part where it formed its own Dirac Sea was overlaid with Latin chants." A smirk.-
[14:12] <Marianne> ["Then there was EVA-04 bodyslamming that wave. But the -real- highlight was 04 ripping open the #Giuseppe Garibaldi# and eating its nuclear reactor."]
[14:17] <Yanmei> "O-of course," Yanmei cleared her throat and gave a little head-toss. "That was just improvisation? If I've had a few minutes, I would have come up with something cooler."
[14:17] <Yanmei> ^I'd had
[14:17] <Marianne> [Gina scoffed. "Yeah, right. What could top eating a nuclear reactor?"]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "Well, I don't know! Something with a little more dignity?"
[14:19] <Marianne> "Quit while you're ahead, girl." Said Marianne with a grin.-
[14:20] <Marianne> ["Practical-wise, it -was- the best thing to do, though." Said Gina.]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "Hmph." Yanmei looked a little sulky, but it was a passing expression. "I guess it doesn't matter…"
[14:23] <Marianne> "My grandmama called me about it, actually~"
[14:24] * Yanmei groaned. "There are grandmothers watching that stuff?"
[14:24] * Marianne pinched Yanmei's arm. "I -told- you, she lives in Naples, remember? She was there."
[14:25] <Yanmei> "Ow, ow! Ah… that's right! She make it through without any trouble, huh?" Yanmei brightened a little.
[14:25] <Yanmei> ^made it
[14:25] <Marianne> "Actually, she broke her leg, but she's a tough old bird. She'll make it." Said Marianne. "Anyway, she asked me to pass along a message."
[14:26] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[14:26] <Marianne> "She wants me to bring you to meet her at some point when we have time off. Maybe Christmas?" She tapped her chin. "She's making you a present~"
[14:28] <Yanmei> "Aw… she doesn't have to do that!" Images of knitted sweaters and mittens rolled through her head. "What a nice lady."
[14:29] <Marianne> "That's my Grandmama~" She beamed. "Oh, it's going to be -so- adorable. You should totally come for Christmas. With Isaiah, too~"-
[14:29] <Marianne> ["I wonder if I'll be able to go…" Asked Gina wistfully.]
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[14:31] * Yanmei glanced at Gina, and then looked to Marianne hopefully.
[14:31] <Marianne> "There's no reason why not…"-
[14:32] <Marianne> ["We'll see." Asked Gina quietly. "I hope I'm free, but there might be things coming…"]
[14:34] <Yanmei> "What with that? You're not jumping at the chance to get close to Isaiah by a Christmas fireplace? Hell must be freezing over."
[14:35] <Marianne> [Gina gave Yanmei a dark look. "Clearly we'll be eloping."]
[14:38] <Yanmei> "Y-you wouldn't!"
[14:38] <Marianne> [Gina smirked. "Even I need my delicious christmas pudding~"-
[14:38] * Marianne shook her head playfully. "That's enough, you two. There's a far better game to play~"
[14:40] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[14:41] * Marianne smirked. "Good old Colonel Dorian. Think he and Ariadne will -finally- hook up by Christmas?"
[14:41] <Yanmei> "What an -interesting- question." Yanmei smiled the smile of someone facing a delightful challenge.
[14:44] <Marianne> ["Let's make a bet~"]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "You're on!" She didn't even need to hear the rest.
[14:46] <Marianne> [Gina grinned. "I bet he'll hook up with her by September. Whoever's closest wins."]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Heh. Someone as stubborn as he is wouldn't give in so quickly. You'll see." Yanmei smirked. "It'll happen in December, during a vacation to someplace romantic."
[14:49] <Marianne> "I like that idea." Said Marianne.-
[14:49] <Marianne> ["Alright. What are the stakes?"]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "We could make it monetary?"
[14:52] <Marianne> ["Aw, but I was hoping to win Isaiah or Lizzie…"]
[14:53] <Yanmei> "Too bad~ Although I wouldn't mind a babysitter for a week or two." She seemed to be reconsidering this, eyes flicking upward.
[14:54] <Marianne> ["Hmph. If you want me to babysit, that can be your prize."]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Deal~ And naturally, your prize can be to spend lots of extended quality time with the lovely Elizabeth. Everyone wins!"
[14:57] <Marianne> ["No. Unacceptable~" Eugenia beamed. "My prize will be to have Isaiah to myself for a week."]
[15:00] * Yanmei scowled at that suspiciously. "What are you up to?"
[15:02] <Marianne> [Gina beamed. "So touchy~ Alright, here. If -I- win, then you have to treat me to dinner for a whole fortnight."]
[15:02] <Yanmei> "Well… I guess I could do that. Do you like my cooking that much~? I'm flattered, but not really surprised."
[15:03] <Marianne> ["I never said you were to cook it -only-. Cook it, buy it… Whatever I choose~"]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "Hm… Well, I'm fine with it either way," she grinned. "Naturally, I'll win, so it wouldn't even be an issue if I wasn't."
[15:04] <Marianne> ["Of course~" Gina stretched.-
[15:05] <Marianne> "Now that the two of you have finished making bets about other peoples' love lives…" She passed Yanmei's thermos onto Gina. "I'm going to fetch myself a nice cold drink from the cafe over there. I'll be back in a second~"
[15:09] <Yanmei> "All right! Don't get lured away too long by any attractive servers~"
[15:09] * Marianne reddened in embarrassment, and ruffled Yanmei's hair violently in vengeance.-
[15:10] <Marianne> ["Hey, Yanmei. Why don't we take Lizzie over to the swings for a bit?"]
[15:11] * Yanmei ruefully tried smoothing down her hair, and started to stand. "Yeah, I bet at least one of us would like that. Let's go, Lizzie!"
[15:15] <Marianne> ["Maa!~"-
[15:16] <Marianne> [It wouldn't take them long to head over and put Lizzie in a toddler-safe swing. Before long Yanmei was swinging her through the air, the little girl giggling wildly whilst her blonde hair bounced about~-
[15:16] <Marianne> ["I have a question, Yanmei." Asked Gina contemplatively.]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "Yeah?" Yanmei was smiling brightly. Outwardly, at least. "What's up?"
[15:20] <Marianne> ["Do you think it's possible for someone like me to live a normal life?"]
[15:23] <Yanmei> "What are you saying?" Yanmei gave another light little push. "You're going to school. Making friends and getting caught up in all sorts of dumb fun things? If you weren't getting caught up in NERV's messes by proximity, don't you think you'd be living a normal life as a student?"
[15:23] <Marianne> ["Eeeeheee~ <3"-
[15:24] <Marianne> ["…" Gina folded her arms, looking pensive. "I… Don't know, Yanmei. Is this really what a normal life is like?"]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "It's… close. Looking around, I think it's become impossible to have a normal life in this city, though? Even putting locations aside, though… do you feel normal?"
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[15:30] <Marianne> ["I feel…" She stared at Elizabeth, who was giggling and waving her arms. "I feel as though my life is very stable right now. That I want it to remain stable…"]
[15:32] <Yanmei> "That's good." Yanmei smiled at her. "It's like you can relax some?"
[15:32] <Marianne> [Gina nodded slowly. "Yes. That's what I've felt. Like… I'm on vacation." A pause.-
[15:32] <Marianne> ["… Yanmei, people don't really want normal lives."]
[15:37] <Yanmei> It struck her rather hard, and she looked up, startled. "What?"
[15:37] <Marianne> ["What is a 'normal life' to you, Yanmei?"]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "It's not having to worry about getting killed," she said flatly, "Or not worrying about having other people - other entities - looking through my personal thoughts and feelings. It's living without cameras, and not having to worry about expectations. Well, besides my mother's maybe? That's normal."
[15:42] <Marianne> ["Exactly my point." Said Gina quietly. "That's not yearning for a normal life…"]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Then… then what is it?"
[15:45] <Marianne> ["It's a more primal human desire. See… For a human being, a normal life is one of worry and fear, of yearning to achieve unattainable goals and then spending the rest of your life full of regret and loneliness. What all human beings really want is -not- a normal life. What they want is the freedom to pursue whatever goal they wish, without hindrance from others, or from the caprice of Destiny." Said Gina.]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "What -is- Destiny?" Just hearing that word made her face go a little sour.
[15:48] <Marianne> ["There are two forms. Low and High Destiny…"]
[15:51] * Yanmei gave another small push to keep up the swing's momentum. She was quiet, at least, listening even though she was frowning.
[15:53] <Marianne> ["Low Destiny is the product of natural events that come about due to some uncontrollable source. For example, an earthquake causes a heavy object to crush a person's body, rendering them unable to walk… Then that person might be so filled with anger that they might hurt others." Said Gina.]
[15:56] <Yanmei> "And High…?"
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[16:01] <Marianne> ["The power of the Seeds of Life. One of their greatest tools." Said Gina quietly. "Lilith, and Adam… They have the ability to control the AT Fields of those they spawn. Lilith can know the thoughts of any of her creations, to influence them in a certain direction- towards certain thoughts, ideas or actions- and, in the greatest of cases, directly make the Lilim do whatever she wished, without limit- and those such controlled would never, ever realise they were being controlled, instead certain that they were performing their actions of their own free will."]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei was silent for a very long time. Processing. "And I suppose," she said slowly, "That destroying Lilith so that she's unable to do something like that is a Bad Idea? Otherwise, someone would have already tried it. I'd hope."
[16:08] <Marianne> ["Lilith was designed to be resilient against dangers far greater than any of us." Said Gina. "And how would you kill her? The moment you tried you'd suddenly go 'I shouldn't do this' and put a gun to your own head." Said Gina. "However, the fact that Lilith is so utterly damaged and in pieces means that she can't directly control people. She has to do it gradually, subtly. That's what she did to me. She slowly shaped my thoughts little by little until I bought into the idea of bringing her back." She said.]
[16:14] * Yanmei slipped into a sort of petulant pondering silence. She wasn't looking at Gina anymore, or pushing the swing.
[16:14] <Marianne> ["Uuu…?"-
[16:24] <Marianne> ["In reality… The things you enjoy in life, even your goals, or your affection for others, could all just be Lilith's manipulation…"]
[16:26] * Yanmei started slightly, as if she had gotten a nasty pinprick. "No. That can't be true, can it…?"
[16:28] <Marianne> ["Absolutely possible. Although… Unlikely. Very unlikely. Lilith is so weak right now that most people are, in fact, unaltered by her dabbling- or at least, mostly unaltered. But." Gina smiled wistfully. "The only place you are truly, absolutely safe from Destiny is inside an Evangelion. She can't influence them at all, because of their nature."]
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Ugh…" Yanmei rubbed her face. She suddenly looked exhausted. "He fucking… Ugh, give me a minute, okay?"
[16:34] <Marianne> ["Sorry. Are you alright?"]
[16:41] <Yanmei> "I'll live?" she muttered, her voice still a little on the sour side. She gazed down at the dirt for a while, trying to pull herself together. "I just felt sick to my stomach for a second. Trying to figure out what to… ugh. But, you did say that she was weak, right? That she couldn't touch everyone?"
[16:42] <Marianne> ["She can't actively, directly control anyone, no. She doesn't have enough presence of mind to exercise that power. The best she can do is subconsciously influence people in little ways, a step at a time, towards her own ends."]
[16:47] * Yanmei reached out with numb hands. Started to give the swing a little push again. For a while, there was merely the squeaking of its chains against the supporting bar, and whatever noises Elizabeth was making. "It's like… being tied down to a railroad train, at the point where two trains are about to collide." Yanmei grit her teeth. "It's -infuriating-. How can something like this even be true?"
[16:47] <Yanmei> ^railroad track
[16:48] <Marianne> ["Eee~"-
[16:50] <Marianne> ["Because it is." Said Gina quietly, watching Lizzie's progress. "Because we live as the descendants of gods, to whom us little Lilim are but babies in swings."]
[16:54] <Yanmei> "I hate this." Yanmei kept her hands steady. "I hate them."
[16:54] <Marianne> ["Lucky for you, you can do something about it."]
[16:56] <Yanmei> "Because of the EVA, right?" Conjoured memories of another conversation. Fucking Ikaris…
[16:56] <Marianne> ["Yes. Because as far as I know, Elisha Caine's true goal was to destroy Destiny, and free all of humanity."]
[17:01] <Yanmei> "… and. What about Azariah Caine? His God Machine." Another scowl, but this one was lighter since they were hopefully moving away from the topic of Elisha's gambit. "Blanc said that he wants to turn people into Angels…"
[17:04] <Marianne> ["That is one of his… Goals, you might say. To strengthen humanity by turning them into Angelic beings. It's a process that's doomed from the start, because he doesn't have the necessary pieces." Said Gina. "Yet. But…" She frowned. "The God Machine has nothing to do with his attempt to uplift humanity. Instead, his goal is to turn Lilith into… An Evangelion, you might say. Not exactly, but something he could synchronise with- and then control at will, and by doing so, grant him the power of Destiny. The power to rule the world."]
[17:08] <Yanmei> "Ambitious. Or desperate?" Her eyes flicked aside. "What's -wrong- with that family? It's like Jerkface is the only halfway normal one."
[17:09] <Marianne> ["They were unfortunate to be the ones to discover the truth about the past. To discover Lilith, Adam, everything." Murmured Gina. "Perhaps it's all Lilith's fault. That she -wanted- to be found, and thus, wanted the Caines to become as they are." Gina paused.-
[17:11] <Marianne> ["Azariah is… A man who, as you know, developed the method of intense conditioning that allows people like… Silas Caine…" A faltering pause- "To control the NeoSpartans. You also probably know that he started off wanting to help people, by conditioning away their phobias or depression. This… Is the insane extreme of that. he wants to make all of humanity healthy. He wants to use Destiny to wipe away their neuroses, fears… To make everyone 'better', because he knows best, or so he thinks."]
[17:16] <Yanmei> "Everyone thinks they know best," she said bitterly. Push~ "It's weird? From your own story and the things that were shown at Eden, you'd get the impression that he was almost a decent person."
[17:16] <Marianne> ["He was." Said Gina softly. "He was one of the gentlest men I've ever known."-
[17:16] <Marianne> ["Uweee~"]
[17:20] <Yanmei> "Out of all the people at the ball, Silas Caine revealed himself to you." She didn't know where she was going with this, but it was a point that stuck out in her mind like a hard little stone.
[17:22] <Marianne> ["He wanted to send me a message. From Azariah."]
[17:22] <Yanmei> "Yeah?" A wry smile. "Was that a private message?"
[17:27] <Marianne> ["A message for me, but…" Gina murmured quietly. "'Kings, Chapter Seventeen, Verse Twenty-Two.'"]
[17:27] <Yanmei> "Huh?"
[17:28] <Marianne> ["It's a bible passage."]
[17:28] <Yanmei> "Oh. Um… I don't think Marianne even has a bible? I'll have to look more carefully."
[17:30] <Marianne> [Eugenia smiled wryly. "'The Lord heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's soul returned to him, and he lived.' A Biblical resurrection. Bringing a widow's only son back to life with the power of God."]
[17:36] <Yanmei> "Hrm." He -did- mean Silas, right? She had a feeling that wasn't all, though, and it sent a little chill through her. "I guess he's bragging?"
[17:36] <Marianne> ["Perhaps."-
[17:36] <Marianne> "Heeeey." Marianne called out, returning with three bottles of soft drink. "Aww, isn't this cute~"
[17:38] <Yanmei> "Wh-what is?" Marianne. Yanmei was back to smiling brightly, even tempering the edges of her mouth a little in confusion.
[17:38] <Marianne> "Yanyan, swinging a widdle baby~ Quick, Gina, get a picture, Isaiah is going to be thrilled~"
[17:38] <Marianne> [The faint snap of a camera phone by a smirking Eugenia.]
[17:42] * Yanmei huffed. "Like I care? Take all the photos you want." That would show them! She was way too mature to make a fuss over something like this.
[17:42] <Marianne> ["Can we upload them online~?"-
[17:42] <Marianne> "Of course~"
[17:46] * Yanmei felt an involuntary twitch from her left eyebrow. These two… But a giggle from Elizabeth drew her attention, making her stop. Oh well. One last push…
[17:46] <Marianne> ["Eeheehee~ <3!"]

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