She Said You Obviously Want To Hold Her

[22:45] * Yanmei was holding a baby, and awkwardly at that. She stared down at her, more acutely aware than ever that she had no idea what she was doing.-
[22:49] <Yanmei> Well, right now, she was heading to a certain office. But in the grand scheme of things, she did not know what she was doing. Only that she had to tell the occupant of that office about Isabelle's last wishes. The baby was not to leave the hospital until various officials had been told and signed off on paperwork or something like that, but fortunately the office she was heading to was also within the hospital.-
[22:49] <Yanmei> She came to a halt in front of it, as a matter of fact, and knocked.
[22:51] <Marianne> ["Come in!"]
[22:51] * Yanmei obliged. "Hi! Are you busy?"
[22:56] <Marianne> [Isaiah wasn't. Sitting at his desk in his NERV uniform, he had, in lieu of reading up on… Something on his desk, he was playing with Lulu, tickling the wolf around the neck. As Yanmei entered, he looked up, giving her one of his warm smiles. "Hey, hon. … D'aww, who's that~"
[22:56] <Marianne> ]
[22:57] <Yanmei> "Elizabeth Bellamy, daughter of the pilots of EVA 07." She eyed Lupe with a sudden renewed wariness that she had not demonstrated for some time and held the child a little more securely. "I just had a talk with her mom a few hours ago."
[23:02] <Marianne> ["Ah…" Isaiah's face softened, and concern came over his features. He shooed Lulu away before turning to Yanmei, gesturing her to come over to him. "How is she?"-
[23:03] <Marianne> [Elizabeth was, it must be noted, awake, staring up at Yanmei with those big green eyes. "Maamaa."]
[23:06] * Yanmei flushed a little with embarrassment, and edged closer so that Isaiah could do his cooing thing. "It's not looking good, Isaiah. She's still in touch with Adrian, and he's still in touch with her, but they're both in pain. And I think she was seeing things, too."
[23:08] <Marianne> [Isaiah stood up and obliged, reaching out to Elizabeth, who promptly took his finger in a solid little grip. His whole face lit up like a christmas tree and, yes, he cooed. "Who's a beautiful little girl~ It's you~ You're the beautiful little girl~" He looked back up at Yanmei, his delight tempered. "… That's horrible. I can't imagine how much she's going through… Do you know if she
[23:08] <Marianne> can recover?"]
[23:10] <Yanmei> "I made her promise me that she would try, for Elizabeth's sake. They're both determined to be with her again." She frowned a little, glancing down at the top of Elizabeth's head. "I don't know… if determination is enough. Even if it is, it will take time."
[23:12] <Marianne> ["Poor Isabelle." Isaiah shook his head. "It's awful. Just… Ugh. I can't even imagine what it felt like." He reached out to pat Elizabeth on the head. "Who'll be looking after Elizabeth?"]
[23:13] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei shifted uncomfortably.
[23:14] <Marianne> ["Yanmei?"]
[23:15] <Yanmei> "Isabelle ordered me to do it."
[23:18] <Marianne> ["…" Isaiah's surprise was obvious, even without the Libido Effect sharing it. He stared at her, his eyes wide with shock, for a good minute or so before he looked back down at the baby- then back up at Yanmei. "What?"]
[23:21] <Yanmei> "I don't get it either. She looked so confident about it, death threats about failure aside." She frowned even harder. "I think we must remind her of Adrian and herself…"
[23:23] <Marianne> ["That isn't too surprising." Mumbled Isaiah. "We both share a Libido Effect. Among other things, both you and Isabelle are a lot better at fighting than I am, or Adrian is… Was?" He frowned, shaking his head. He stared down at Elizabeth again. "… What do you think about it, hon?"]
[23:27] <Yanmei> "I don't know. She was insistant." She shifted Elizabeth a little for a better grip. "I told her I would at least make sure that Elizabeth visited her often as she recovers here. I said I would do whatever I could, so I should just do it, right?"
[23:28] <Marianne> ["This is a pretty big thing, though, isn't it? And I know you don't feel all that confident with looking after a baby…"-
[23:29] <Marianne> [Elizabeth, her left hand still firmly grabbing Isaiah's finger, reached out at Yanmei with her right.]
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Ha." Yanmei tossed her hair and slapped on a confident smile. "It's just a baby. I've met bigger challenges. Jerkface Fontaine. EVA-04. So on and so on. She's not too big a challenge on her own."-
[23:39] <Yanmei> "But I have other obligations. School, piloting, the things my mom wants me to do. Beyond those things I have to protect you and myself, and maybe other people too." She wiggled an index finger in front of Elizabeth. "A baby isn't… something I've factored in."
[23:47] <Marianne> [Elizabeth obligingly reached for it, clasping it in a firm grip.-
[23:48] <Marianne> ["…" Isaiah reached out and gently stroked Yanmei's cheek, running a hand through her hair. "It's alright to be afraid, you know. There's no one here."]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced at Isaiah, at Elizabeth, at Lupe. "So…" she swallowed. "Maybe I'm a little worried in general."
[23:54] <Marianne> [Lupe was sitting by Isaiah stoically. Long nights with Isaiah and his books had bred a curious tic into the wolf- he'd nod whenever someone finished a sentence, giving the wolf the odd appearance of actually being a part of the conversation.-
[23:55] <Marianne> ["I'm… Willing to give it a shot, sweetheart." Murmured Isaiah, gazing down at the baby. "But only if we absolutely agree together. I think we can do it. There's not a lot we can't do together, but if you'd rather leave it to someone else…"]
Session Time: Wed Oct 19 00:00:01 2011
[00:07] <Yanmei> "I guess I should think about it a little more?" She was still frowning. "It won't be so bad if we have help, right? Marianne and Gina…"
[00:09] <Marianne> [Isaiah nodded. "We can mind her, but we won't be alone." He put his arms around her and pulled her into a close embrace, giving her a little kiss. "I think it's really brave of you to even consider it, though."]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Mm." She leaned into him. "Isaiah? Can I ask you something?"
[00:13] <Marianne> ["Yeah, 'course." Their foreheads were touching- he gazed down at Elizabeth fondly.]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "You don't think I'm a child, do you?"
[00:17] <Marianne> ["Huh?" He blinks, genuinely surprised by the question. "… No, sweetheart. You do some childish things sometimes, but so do I, so does Marianne- everyone does. You really try hard to improve yourself, and I think that's the most mature thing of all. No- I don't think you're a child. You're a very brave and beautiful young woman."]
[00:23] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Her shoulders sagged a little bit with relief. "I think I needed to hear that. Isabelle was… I think she was making fun of me earlier, but not really. She hit a nerve."
[00:24] <Marianne> ["What'd she say?" He held her a little tighter.]
[00:26] <Yanmei> "That when she looked at me, she saw a scared little kid who was trying to dress up like an adult. But I can't tell if that was something she was just saying or something she was -seeing-."
[00:27] <Marianne> ["…" Isaiah was silent for a moment. "Is… That how you feel like, sometimes, Yan?"]
[00:32] * Yanmei tried to flip her hair, but between Isaiah and Elizabeth, it wasn't quite possible. "No. No, I…"
[00:34] <Marianne> [Isaiah just stood quietly, gently turning his gaze up to meet her's. "It's alright. You're safe with me."]
[00:41] <Yanmei> "… only sometimes, okay? -Sometimes-."
[00:43] <Marianne> ["Heh." He ran another hand through her hair. "Do you want to know a secret?"]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "Hm? What's that?"
[00:44] <Marianne> ["I see myself as that a lot, you know."]
[00:47] <Yanmei> "Heh. So it's no big deal, right?"
[00:51] <Marianne> ["Well… It's something that we should keep to ourselves." He said. "Do you see me as a child, in any case?"]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Nah. You're more mature than I am, you know? Er…" she tried to backtrack. "-Almost- as mature."
[00:57] <Marianne> [Isaiah smiled. "Don't be silly. You know you can be open with me, right? Or…" He gave her a sad look. "… Don't you trust me?"]
[01:03] <Yanmei> "Of course I trust you." She nudged him a little, playfully almost. "It's just been a tough couple of days. Things in my head. People seeing things about me that they shouldn't. And this…" she gazed down at Elizabeth, still at a loss. "Do you think we can do it?"
[01:03] <Marianne> [Isaiah looked back down at Elizabeth as well. "Do you think Isabelle was a good mum?"]
[01:04] <Yanmei> "She was an incredible mom. I wish you could have seen her."
[01:05] <Marianne> ["Yeah…" There's a sad look in his eye, but eventually he rallies, and puts a hand on Yanmei's. "I think, if Isabelle can be a good mum, you can too. There's nothing she can do that you can't, especially if we're together."]
[01:08] * Yanmei said nothing at first. Several moments of silence ticked by as she ran through the issues in her head. "We… can try," she relented at last. "If I think of it as babysitting until she gets better, there's a little less pressure." Her face turned a little more grave. "We'll have to protect her, Isaiah."
[01:11] <Marianne> ["We will. We're good at that. I know I feel safe with you protecting me."]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "Thank you." She smiled at him. But she was also wondering if NERV's armory had some infant-sized bullet-proof vests that she could borrow. "I'll work hard."
[01:14] <Marianne> ["I know you will." … Then he beamed. "But! But! There's all sorts of things we'll have to do." His grin widens. "I'll have to grab a cot! And we can buy a pram, and we can go looking for baby clothes, maybe we can have matching outfits amongst the three of us? And I'll go rent some books on mothering for you and and and-"]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "Isaiah… one thing at a time? We haven't even been approved to take her home yet."
[01:17] <Marianne> ["And I'll have to buy her some toys-" He paused. "What? Then come on, let's go, right now! We can't waste a second~ Hello, little Lizzie~~~~~"]
[01:18] <Yanmei> "Here. You obviously want to hold her~"
[01:22] <Marianne> ["Oh, can I?" He asks, his whole face just lighting up. He holds his arms out and gently takes Elizabeth. "Oh hello, sweetheart~~~ aren't you just adorable. Eeeeee. Can you say 'daddy' for me?"-
[01:22] <Marianne> ["Daadaa."-
[01:22] <Marianne> ["Aaaaawwwww~"]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Such a pushover~" Yanmei grinned, enjoying this, before heading for the door. "Sorry, Lupe! We'll be back to feed you later, okay?"
[01:25] <Marianne> [Lulu nodded, his cunning yellow eyes on Yanmei unblinking before flicking to the baby.-
[01:25] <Marianne> ["Byebye, Lulu~" Isaiah followed Yanmei, cooing endlessly.]

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