Simonides Arrival

[14:43] <Yanmei> It was some minutes past midnight, according to the clock on the cell phone that she was texting with. Zhang Yanmei shivered a little in her thin brown jacket and peered up. She had the feeling that she really should have been someplace less accessible, or better yet still at the hospital, but orders were orders.-
[14:45] <Yanmei> And anyway, there were more than enough soldiers lining the helicopter pad at the moment to at least provide a false sense of security. Now. Where were the guests of the day?
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> [The sound of an engine. Far above, a scout VTOL was heading towards the pad, coming closer, dropping, the sound growing louder- to an almost deafening degree.-
[14:52] <AdEvaGM> [The whine of engines rang in Yanmei's ears; the heat and wind washed over her, her hair and other loose articles of clothing caught in the wind. With a mild clunk, the VTOL landed.]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Just arrived," she muttered, making out the very same words on her phone before sending it off to Marianne. She straightened her shoulders and waited, smiling, for the doors to open and the pilots to emerge.
[15:04] <AdEvaGM> [The doors opened, and out came a girl.-
[15:12] <AdEvaGM> [She was a little taller than Yanmei, slim, with a taut, athletic look to her. Her eyes were a fiery brownish-yellow, and her hair was as vivid and red as Yanmei's was violet. The girl's hair was straight and flowed to her waist, kept in place with a white headband. She was wearing a light blue shirt and denim jeans; she was shrugging a white coat on as she emerged.-
[15:12] <AdEvaGM> [Hair and coat both were blowing in the wind and the wash of the engines, framing her all too dramatically.]
[15:17] <Yanmei> Well, that was the first one. Yanmei stepped forward to greet her, hand extended for a shake. With the wind and engines it was hard to talk and be heard, so she gestured toward a nearby door right after, peering around for any more emerging VTOL occupants.
[15:23] <AdEvaGM> [The pilot took the hand firmly and shook. She had a very strong grip, and her hands were rough and used to work.-
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Elene Simonides." Said the girl once she could be heard.]
[15:29] <Yanmei> "Good to meet you, Miss Simonides. Zhang Yanmei. Welcome to Paris!"
[15:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you. Sophia should be out in a moment-"-
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> [And indeed, another girl- the other twin, Sophia- emerged a few seconds later.-
[15:43] <AdEvaGM> [She was tall, too, and mostly identical to her sister; there were small differences, however, that hinted at a different sort of mindset. Sophia was softer-looking than Elene, less athletic, a little rounder- she wore a large light blue coat with fur trims, all tied up snug and warm- she looked very beautiful in the moonlight.-
[15:44] <AdEvaGM> [Sophia was also holding someone's hand- a little, blonde-haired child…]
[15:49] <Yanmei> It was an extra split second before she could recognize her. She had seen her in so many different stages on the path from childhood to adulthood, and here she was, back at the beginning again. Yanmei stared, and then held her arms out. "Lizzie!"
[15:52] <AdEvaGM> [For a second, it was as though Lizzie didn't hear her properly, or couldn't see her- she just stared. Then-
[15:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Maamaa?! Maamaa!" Lizzie broke her grip on Sophia's hand and tore across the landing pad in quick, clumsy steps, before tossing her arms around Yanmei's legs. "MAAMAA!"]
[16:00] * Yanmei slunk down and folded her arms around her, and hoisted her up at once, kissing her on the cheeks and forehead. She was so light and warm! "Oh Lizzie…!" Her hug tightened protectively.
[16:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Maamaa! Missed you, Maamaa…" Lizzie snuggles into Yanmei's chest.]
[16:08] * Yanmei … was actually at a loss of words at that. It had been two weeks, or twenty-some years, or…? "It's been too long," she decided, stroking her hair gently. It occurred to her suddenly that she was probably being watched, and she looked up to confirm it.
[16:09] <AdEvaGM> [The Simonides were watching her, Sophia smiling softly; Elene's smile was a little more amused and a bit surprised. Elene's arms were wrapped casually around Sophia's shoulders.]
[16:12] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei coughed daintily. It was too late to look professional, but it was hard to muster the ability to care as much as she should have. "Sophia Simonides, yes? Welcome to Paris-2?"
[16:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you very much." She said in English. "You must be Zhang Yanmei." A curtsy.]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "That's right. How was the flight?" She glanced between the two. "You must be tired. I'm here to show you to your quarters and answer any questions you have."
[16:22] <AdEvaGM> ["The flight was fine, thank you for asking." Said Sophia.-
[16:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Is it alright if we see the facilities first?" Asked Elene.]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "Of course! Right this way, please~" She started for a door, still carrying little Lizzie in her arms. It lead to a stairwell, which in turn lead to a short hallway with an elevator in it. "I understand that you two were here before? It seems we kept missing each other back then."
[16:25] <AdEvaGM> ["There was a lot going on at the time." Said Elene dryly.]
[16:26] <Yanmei> "So there was." She didn't seem too phased. "Not that this time is any exception?"
[16:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed." Said Sophia with wide eyes.-
[16:28] <AdEvaGM> ["First time in real battle. Ought to be interesting." Said Elene levelly.]
[16:31] * Yanmei glanced back at them subtly. "'Interesting' is… definitely a word I would use to describe this. How are you feeling?"
[16:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Excited." Admitted Elene. Sophia gave a small shrug.]
[16:44] <Yanmei> The elevator came to a stop soon enough, and Yanmei led the way briskly through another sterile hallway. It was quiet. Hauntingly so after the activity on the Bridge and in the hospital. There was a reason for that, however. A quick check-in at the reception desk, and Yanmei took them along a row of nearly identical doors.-
[16:46] <Yanmei> "We're staying next door to each other. Actually, all of the pilots are? I'll introduce you when our last guy gets here."
[16:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Last guy?" Asked Elene.]
[16:57] <Yanmei> "He's coming in from Tokyo. Hm. We should all have breakfast together or something, don't you think?" Yanmei opened the door to the twins' room with a security card, and then handed it off to Elene. Inside was similar to a standard spartan guest room, but with two of everything. "Ah… wait. How much have you even been briefed on?"
[17:11] <AdEvaGM> ["We've been told we're gonna fight someone in Italy." Said Elene.-
[17:12] <AdEvaGM> ["The Brothers, right?" Asked Sophia.]
[17:17] <Yanmei> "That's right. Along with their Angel-scale leader, Big Brother." Yanmei set Lizzie down so that she could move about. "He…" She stopped herself and frowned, trying to phrase it delicately. -
[17:18] <Yanmei> "He's incredibly deadly. He proved that just yesterday. But we have a good plan this time, and a better idea of what to expect."
[17:18] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie ran off to jump on one of the beds.-
[17:18] <AdEvaGM> ["Deadly?" Asked Sophia nervously.]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "He's probably going to gloat about it," Yanmei sighed. "But he's defeated three of our guys so far?"
[23:15] <AdEvaGM> ["What can we expect from the git, then?" Asked Elene, folding her arms.]
[23:19] <Yanmei> "Exceptional close and ranged combat abilities. He can apparently imitate a number of ranged weapons, including Heavy Bolters and Grand Positron Cannons, and he may or may not be armed with a melee weapon now as well. Even unarmed he's difficult to deal with? Took down two of our people bare-fisted. And he has groupies."
[23:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Then what's the plan?" Asked Sophia.]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "We'll have to divide our focus? Part of the team focuses on taking down his spawn. The other part will need to disarm and neutralize him from the onset and attack at close range until we can all regroup. The use of an anti-AT field will be important during this… which is why you two are really helping us out by coming here."
[23:25] <AdEvaGM> ["A-ha-." Elene nodded. "Actually, that suits me just fine. I'll get to see how good he -really- is bare-handed." She punched her right fist into her left palm threateningly.]
[23:26] * Yanmei eyed her curiously, grinning. "Judo?" she guessed.
[23:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Kung fu." Said Elene quickly.]
[23:36] <Yanmei> "I see! Do you both practice it?"
[23:37] <AdEvaGM> [Sophia chuckled. "Gosh, not at all, I'm lousy at proper fighting."]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Heh. But… does that mean I'm right in assuming that AT-Field manipulation is your thing?"
[23:43] <AdEvaGM> [Sophia smiled. "Yes. It's a bit obvious, isn't it?"]
[23:47] <Yanmei> "Well~ At least one of you has to be. I think."
[23:49] <AdEvaGM> ["It helps." Said Elene, flopping down on a bed and crossing one leg over the other. "I mean, no one says it's a strict rule, it's just how the dominoes fell."]
[23:51] <Yanmei> "I see. It was the way it was with the previous pilots too." Yanmei glanced over at where Lizzie was playing. "Do you know Isabelle? How's she doing lately?"
[23:51] <AdEvaGM> [The sisters exchanged looks, then-
[23:52] <AdEvaGM> ["I haven't got a clue." Said Elene. "She's… Weird."]
[23:52] <Yanmei> "Weird?"
[23:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Doesn't speak to anyone unless she has to. Spends a lot of time by herself." Said Sophia. "Very quiet- she wears a… A veil? Over her eyes these days."]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei suddenly regretted asking. She looked away. "Is she being treated well, at least? I understand that her contributions to the Chantry Operation were pretty successful."
Session Time: Fri Aug 03 00:00:00 2012
[00:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, she's treated ok, yeah." Said Elene, leaning back onto the bed. "Probably better than we are."]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "Hm. But you two are still being treated well too, right? Relatively so…?"
[00:14] <AdEvaGM> [14:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh? Oh yeah, we're good." Said Elene.-
[00:14] <AdEvaGM> [14:11] <AdEvaGM> ["NERV's been very generous with us." Said Sophia. "Indulgent, even."]
[00:16] <Yanmei> "It must have been a shock, though? Suddenly being pulled out of your regular lives to pilot an Evangelion…"
[00:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, actually, we've sort of been working with and for NERV for awhile before that." Said Sophia.]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "…Ah?" Yanmei blinked.
[00:19] <AdEvaGM> ["See, about a year ago they picked us up and offered us a job, telling us all about how we were candidates for the Eva and crap." Said Elene. "But until then they wanted us to help ferret out LN spies."]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "W-what?!" Yanmei stared. "Isn't that, like, incredibly dangerous work? That requires a ton of espionage training?"
[00:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, yes and no. See, -these- spies tended to have a few mutual friends." Elene leaned up and winked.]
[00:23] * Yanmei glanced between Elene and her sister, a zillion questions clearly reflected in her eyes. She only asked one, though. "…what was your connection to them?"
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[00:31] <AdEvaGM> ["The Mafia." Said Sophia simply.]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "…Mafia…" She looked back to Elene for signs of joking.
[00:34] <AdEvaGM> ["The Greek Mafia, to be specific." Said Elene, looking relaxed with her hands behind her head.]
[00:37] <Yanmei> They… didn't look like they were joking. "But you're just ordinary high school girls, aren't you?"
[00:39] <AdEvaGM> [They laughed. In unison.-
[00:39] <AdEvaGM> [Actually, it was a little creepy.-
[00:40] <AdEvaGM> ["What? No." Said Elene, sitting up. "I mean, sure, we -do- go to school, but how did you think we paid the bills before NERV?"]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "The same way everyone… else…" But she didn't have much confidence in that anymore, and almost sighed.
[00:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Greece isn't exactly the best place for breaking even. Hasn't been since Impact." Said Elene.-
[00:52] <AdEvaGM> ["The organised crime syndicates paid well, and it also meant we had protection for ourselves and our mother." Continued Sophia.]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "I see…" Yanmei was frowning seriously. That was right. Greece had a history of instability, didn't it? But she'd still thought these two would be… "Was it exciting?"
[01:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I had fun, but it's not like I ever robbing banks. They paid me to fix their cars, mod them- that sort of thing." Said Sophia.-
[01:03] <AdEvaGM> [Elene simply grinned.]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Oh, I didn't realize you were into machines. You must get your fill of them no that you're with NERV, huh?"
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, absolutely." Said Sophia, her cheeks glowing red as a startling fervour burned in her eyes. "The tech here's amazing, it's so cutting edge!"]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "Heh heh. There are a few people around here that you should talk to before you go, then~"
[01:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "Of course. Ever hear of our First Superheavy Regiment?"
[01:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Oooh, yes, of course!" Said Sophia eagerly.-
[01:22] <AdEvaGM> ["She was pretty bummed out when they told her she wasn't allowed to visit 'em." Said Elene wryly.]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "Ehh? She wasn't? Why not?"
[01:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Not allowed out of the Geofront." Said Elene.]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked a little sheepish. She quickly covered it with a dignified cough, however. "The circumstances might be the same right now, actually? We're comepletely locked down."
[01:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah… In case of assassins or something." Said Elene, sounding profoundly irritated.]
[01:27] * Yanmei nodded. "They're pretty worried about it."
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[01:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey." Cut in Sophia. "You're a local, so I bet you know stuff about the Regiment that not even the books know, right?!"]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Hm. I suppose so~ But if you're looking for stuff that's on the technical side, you should ask Colonel Amatore-DeForest."
[01:36] <AdEvaGM> ["What's she like?" Asked Elene.]
[01:40] <Yanmei> "She's really smart, with a good head for car, computers and tactics, and she's kind, too. Also, she's one heck of leader. She was the one who initally commanded the Dreadnought squad, after all?" Yanmei smiled. "With her leading us, we'll absolutely win."
[01:40] <Yanmei> ^cars
[01:40] <AdEvaGM> ["You seem pretty confident." Said Elene, a little skeptically.]
[01:41] <Yanmei> "And you're not?" Yanmei's smile became a bolder grin.
[01:43] <AdEvaGM> ["She lost once already, right?"]
[01:50] <Yanmei> "That's right. She's not perfect. No one is. But at least she learns from her mistakes." Yanmei folded her arms, and smoothly adjusted her posture. "We'll win."
[01:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, if you say so." Said Elene. "If that's your attitude then we'll simply have to win, huh?"]
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Naturally~" She beamed at Sophia too.
[02:01] <AdEvaGM> [Sophia smiled back. "So what's the team composition, exactly?"]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "All of us are close-quarters fighters to some degree. In addition to us three we have Shinji Ikari and the berserk-prone EVA-05 from the Tokyo branch. From the States is Rei Ayanami, and EVA-09, which has the most durable armor and defenses available to us."
[02:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Ayanami, huh? What's she fight like?" Asked Elene.]
[02:09] <Yanmei> "She protects allies, mostly. And pins down the enemy, so that they can take shots at him."
[02:16] <AdEvaGM> ["A-ha. Right." Said Elene, nodding firmly. "So she'll be in there holding his arms back so we can kick him in the gut."]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Yeah, something like that?" Yanmei chuckled. "But we'll have to make sure he doesn't have a chance to retaliate against her either. Listen, about that Anti-AT Field I was talking about earlier? It's supposed to be intense, right?" -
[02:25] <Yanmei> She crossed her legs primly, arms still folded. "Because you two are piloting together, you're better protected than most pilots would be if they tried to hold one of those things up. Still… I need you to be vocal if using it starts to hurt you."
[02:25] <AdEvaGM> [The sisters glanced at each other, then back to Yanmei.-
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["… Sure, ok." Said Elene. "But we're not afraid of getting hurt for the greater good."]
[02:27] <Yanmei> Slightly startled. "You're not?"
[02:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Why would we be?" Asked Elene, her tone confused.]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked a little thoughtful and amused at the same time. "…you two really aren't ordinary high school kids, huh?"
[02:37] <AdEvaGM> ["If we were, we wouldn't have been so eager to pilot." Said Sophia with a smile.]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "I suppose not!" Yanmei returned that smile. "Thanks again for helping us out here."
[02:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Not a problem."-
[02:44] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie, who had been flopping about one of the bunk beds for the last few minutes, seemingly grew bored of this game and ran over to Yanmei's side, grabbing onto her hand. "Maamaa. Hungry?"]
[02:47] <Yanmei> "You are?" Yanmei ruffled her hair fondly. "Then let's get something to eat! After that it's bedtime, okay? It's so late…" She stood up, still holding the little girl's hand, and bobbed her head to the twins. "Want to come with?"
[02:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure!"]
[02:55] <Yanmei> "Let's go, then~" Yanmei headed for the door, leading the way.

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