Sisters Cheer

[00:56] <Yanmei> Only an hour or two had passed since the events in Isabelle's chamber, and in that time the guest room that Zhang Yanmei and Lizzie had found themselves in had transformed. -
[01:02] <Yanmei> The same sparse furniture that was uniform to seemingly all guest offices in NERV facilities all over the world were offset by various toys, clothes, and picture books that had been strewn around. A laptop rested on the floor atop a colorful blanket, a cartoon dvd playing loudly on the screen. -
[01:04] <Yanmei> Yanmei herself was draped over one of the twin beds, a stuffed uniformed bear still resting in her hands as the combination of jet lag and tiredness from playing began to take its toll. Her eyelids grew heavier and heavier.
[01:19] <Minaplo|Out> [Lizzie was laying on the blanket, watching the DVD sleepily; she too had had a big day, and those big eyes of hers continued to droop.]
[01:24] <Yanmei> It was a little surreal… the calm after the storm. A stray thought wondering if Isabelle was experiencing something like this made her way into her mind and Yanmei's eyes popped open again. "…"
[01:26] <Minaplo|Out> [At that moment, there was a quick rap-rap-rap-rap at the door.]
[01:31] <Yanmei> "Ngh…" Yanmei crawled to her feet. Fortunately, it was just a few steps to the door. She rubbed her eyes and tried to perk up before swinging it open. "Yes~?"
[01:37] <Minaplo|Out> [Sophia and Elene were standing there; Sophia was carrying a big plastic tray with sealed food containers on them; Elene was carrying what looked like a drinks cooler. "Hi! Wow, you look like shit." Said Elene.-
[01:37] <Minaplo|Out> ["Elene…"-
[01:37] <Minaplo|Out> ["Well, it's true!"]
[01:41] * Yanmei huffed, lifting a hand to her hair. "I can't look that bad-" said hand was still clutching a stuffed bear. Hastily, she slipped it out of sight behind her back. "…did you bring all that for us?"
[01:44] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yep." said Elene. "A veritable feast, you know."]
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[01:48] <Yanmei> "That's so nice of you guys~" She pulled the door open even wider to let them inside. "Lizzie~ Look who came to feed us!"
[01:53] <Minaplo|Out> ["Redred…!" Said Lizzie, looking up and blinking. She rubbed her tummy, suddenly enthusiastic again.]
[01:57] <Yanmei> "Let's clean up, ok?" started to go around the room, tidying up a little. "Ah, you guys can set everything on the desk over there. What have you been up to since we last saw you?"
[01:57] <Yanmei> ^She started
[02:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["Nothing much, Yanmei." Said Sophia, giving Lizzie a fond look as she placed the tray down on the table.-
[02:01] <Minaplo|Out> ["We did a bit of practice, nothing too serious."]
[02:04] <Yanmei> "I see!" She deposited some coloring books into a nearby suitcase, along with General Bear. "Bet they make you practice with all sorts of state-of-the-art weapons, huh?"
[02:15] <Minaplo|Out> ["Well, kinda…" Said Elene with a teasing smile.]
[02:19] <Yanmei> "Come on, you can tell me~ If it's top secret, I won't tell a soul!"
[02:21] <Minaplo|Out> ["Stop that." Sophia nudged Elene in the ribs. "We don't, really; we have a look at those new pulse rifles, but it's not like Elene uses them."]
[02:23] <Yanmei> "Pulse rifle? That sounds… pretty normal." She almost looked confused at that.
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[02:38] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's not like we have super-duper hidden god-cannons or anything. What were you expecting?" Said Elene.]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "Well… just about anything? This place is totally mysterious."
[02:50] <Minaplo|Out> ["Well…" Sophia frowned. "Its true that there's a lot of things we aren't allowed to see."]
[02:55] <Yanmei> "You see! Mysteries everywhere. You never know what's lurking in the next room over." Yanmei found another seat for herself and primly dropped down into it. "The Synfront's so huge that I'm amazed you don't get lost all the time."
[02:56] <Minaplo|Out> ["Well, it's not like we really go out of HQ." Said Elene.]
[02:57] <Yanmei> "Never?" She blinked.
[03:03] <Minaplo|Out> ["We do sometimes, but a lot of areas are… Factories." Said Elene.-
[03:03] <Minaplo|Out> ["Or soldier barracks."]
[03:08] <Yanmei> "What about the surface? Is there much to do up there?"
[03:10] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's… Mostly empty apartments." Said Sophia.-
[03:10] <Minaplo|Out> ["Or soldier apartments. There are some restaurants and cafes, though." Said Elene, with a frown. "They rely on soldiers, too."]
[03:11] <Yanmei> "That's it? Don't you guys ever get bored?"
[03:12] <Minaplo|Out> ["Yeah, 'course we do." Said Elene.-
[03:12] <Minaplo|Out> ["We… Take the edge off a little with school. We're getting a free education here."]
[03:16] <Yanmei> "Oh, yeah. School can be fun too! Hanging out with people and getting into clubs and stuff." Yanmei glanced down at Lizzie a moment, and frowned, considering something. "You guys were hired right after Isabelle took a turn for the worst, right? Did you get to know Lizzie back then?"
[03:18] <Minaplo|Out> ["No, we didn't." Said Elene.-
[03:18] <Minaplo|Out> ["… We should get to know her over hot food, instead of cold." Said Sophia.]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "Hehe, sorry, sorry!" She reached for one of the containers and pried off the lid.
[01:33] <Minaplo> [Under the lid was a large bed of fried rice topped off with grilled fish cooked in a lemon butter sauce.]
[01:37] * Yanmei wasted no time working some of the fish apart into managable bites and portioning it out for Lizzie, along with a little plastic fork. "Be careful? Try not to spill, sweetie."
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Fishy!" Said Lizzie cheerfully, grasping the fork clumsily.-
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["There's also some curry chicken there for you too, since I hear that's your favourite meal." Said Elene, who sat down to uncover her meal- a truly intimidating pile of fresh fried chicken on a bed of fries, covered in gravy. Sophia gave the greasy monument a narrow look before revealing a set of delicious-looking sandwiches.]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "You two are a godsend?" Yanmei reached for the remaining chicken-filled container. "We were just going to skip the cafeteria today. Maybe ask one of the escorts to grab something for us if it came to that. It's because this place seems to stress Lizzie out a little." A sidelong glance at her. "She recovers quickly, though, it seems?"
[01:54] <Minaplo> [Lizzie, face contorted with concentration, had carefully stabbed a piece of fish and popped it into her mouth.-
[01:54] <Minaplo> ["It's no place for kids." Said Elene with a frown. "It's a giant army camp, basically…"]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah, no kidding. It's no wonder the Director here was so eager to ship her out to Paris."
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Oh, that reminds me. In the way of big-wigs, who've you met here?" Asked Elene.]
[02:00] <Yanmei> "The Operations Director. And… Isabelle, I suppose."
[02:00] <Minaplo> ["So you haven't met the Director yet?" Asked Sophia.-
[02:04] <Minaplo> ["What didja think of ol' Magistrate Narendra anyway?" Asked Elene, pausing in her voracious devouring of a chicken leg.]
[02:08] <Yanmei> "Is that the Operations Director? He was… professional. And he seems to command a certain professionalism as well. He's not from around here, is he?" She scooped up a little curry-covered rice with her fork. "I've been meaning to meet the Director soon. We had a phone conversation once, but I don't think it counts?"
[02:19] <Minaplo> ["He's South African." Said Sophia. "A lot of soldiers are, actually."-
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["Will the Director even meet with you?" Asked Elene.]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Who knows? But it's good manners to at least make the effort?" She wagged a finger knowingly. "Like, you wouldn't wander into someone's house without saying hello to them, right? Barring there being suspicious reasons for you being there, anyway."
[02:25] <Minaplo> [Lizzie reached out with her free hand, wagging a finger as well, a stern frown on her face.-
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["We've barely spoken to the Director ourselves." Said Sophia.]
[02:33] <Yanmei> "Oh? So you wouldn't know what he's like? Hmm." She looked down at her meal again. "I guess he's really busy."
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["It's no surprise. He has to manage a lot of stuff, I mean, you got the army and their new tech and all that…" Said Elene, stripping the last vestiges of flesh from a bone.]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "Naturally? The new director at Paris is all friendly and accessible. Like she has spare time and doesn't mind company. It's weird."
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["What, really?" Elene's eyebrows shot up.]
[02:47] <Yanmei> "Yeah! She let me drive her car once."
[02:47] <Minaplo> ["Ooh," Sophia leaned forward eagerly. "What was the model?"]
[02:52] <Yanmei> "Uh… some kind of luxery model? I think it was a black Lamborghini. High-quality."
[02:52] <Yanmei> ^luxury
[02:54] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm. And she let you drive it?"-
[02:54] <Minaplo> ["Risky." Said Elene with a smirk.]
[02:58] <Yanmei> "Sounds like someone's jealous of my excellent machine manuevering skills." Yanmei tossed her hair smugly.
[03:00] <Minaplo> ["I'd be more jealous of all the work you're sending to builders." Retorted Elene.]
[03:02] <Yanmei> "I so don't!" Yanmei glared. "Collateral damage is a group effort! Why do I always get stuck with the blame for it?"
[03:05] <Minaplo> ["Because you stand out so much, obviously." Said Elene with a grin.]
[03:08] <Yanmei> "Is that your way of complimenting me for being so dazzling and extra-exceptional~? I have half a mind to forgive you now."
[03:10] <Minaplo> ["Extra-exceptional at collateral damage!"]
[03:14] * Yanmei huffed. "At least I'm not extra-exceptional at beating up harmless teammates. Did you and Ikari ever make up, by the way?"
[03:33] <Minaplo> ["Hmph. We came to a warriors' agreement."]
[03:35] <Yanmei> "It's a start, at least."
[03:35] <Minaplo> [Sophia shook her head. "I still can't believe you stabbed him like that."-
[03:35] <Minaplo> ["He started it!"]
[03:36] <Minaplo> <Hit him*>
[03:37] <Yanmei> "You were both in the wrong. Fortunately, there was no time to dish out punishments for it back then…"
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["Lucky for all involved, right?" Said Sophia cheerily.-
[03:44] <Minaplo> ["Luckier for him." Added Elene darkly.]
[03:47] <Yanmei> "Now, now." But Yanmei was distracted. If Elene and Shinji had managed to come to some agreement as a result of a fight, then maybe William and Sera…
[22:19] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["So how's the Colonel going?" Asked Sophia.]
[22:22] <Yanmei> "Busy. I haven't been seeing her as much as I'd like to? Actually, she was against me and Lizzie flying over here."
[22:22] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["Really? Why?"]
[22:25] <Yanmei> "She was worried that we'd be shot down. The Synfront's safe, but the area around it is former LN territory."
[22:29] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["Yeah, I thought that might be it." Said Elene, tearing the skin from one piece of chicken, wrapping it around a bundle of gravy-covered fries and popping it into her mouth.-
[22:29] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["There have been sightings of LN splinters recently," Said Sophia, turning away from Elene with a dignified turn. "But they're mostly fighting each other, it seems. They're usually not much of a threat- the soldiers here use them as combat training."]
[22:41] <Yanmei> "Maybe they do, but it'd be a different story in the scenario she was thinking of. Ugh… with their leaders gone, you'd think they'd just kind of fade away after a while."
[22:44] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["Of course not. There's always other leaders, who say it's -their- duty to revive the LN after they defeat all the pretenders." Said Elene scornfully.-
[22:44] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["… Mind, some of them are genuinely dangerous." Said Sophia.-
[22:44] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["Oh yeah. A company went missing in Rwanda a little while back, didn't they?"]
[22:48] <Yanmei> "They did?" Yanmei frowned and took a few more bites from her meal. "What do you guys think? Will they get more powerful again with time?"
[22:49] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["I don't think they'll ever be strong enough to challenge us again." Said Sophia. "That doesn't mean they can't do damage."-
[22:50] <Minaplo|Dinner> ["There's stories that out there, an army of 3rd Gen Iron Guard are hiding." Said Elene, lowering her voice, taking on a mischievous, even salacious quality. "Led by an invincible Iron Paladin commander who can kill with her eyes…"]
[22:55] <Yanmei> "That rumor sounds oddly plausible." Yanmei adopted a spooky tone of her own. "Maybe they'll try to march on this very base and reclaim it in the night~"
[22:55] <Minaplo|Dinner> [Elene let out a laugh at that, breaking the thin atmosphere.-
[22:57] * Minaplo|Dinner is now known as Minaplo
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["I'd like to see 'em beat the AC Suits."]
[23:01] <Yanmei> "AC suits? A new type of power suit, I take it?"
[23:03] <Minaplo> ["Sort of." Said Sophia. "Fifteen feet tall armoured suits with heavy weapons, sort of like a fast weapons platform."]
[23:06] <Yanmei> "Fifteen feet," Yanmei echoed, awed. "It can't move very quickly, then, can it? Although, if its weapons are that deadly, it wouldn't need to?"
[23:10] <Minaplo> ["Actually, it has powerful flight-capable thrusters, derived from the T-RIDEN-T, see." Said Sophia enthusiastically. "So it can fly- and do so at very fast speeds."]
[23:11] <Yanmei> "Your scientists really know their machinery." It also figured that Sophia would know it too. Yanmei hid her smirk with another forkful of delicious chicken.
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["So yeah. Don't see those Guard doing much in the way of ~taking back~ the Front." Said Elene with her own smirk.]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "Unless they somehow get incredibly resourceful, yeah. You know, we hired a Guard to work at the Geofront."
[23:22] <Minaplo> [Elene nodded. "I met him, yeah. How'd that happen?"]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "We met him during a Spawn invasion. He helped us out, got arrested by NERV afterward, and somehow - I've no idea how, really - managed to talk them into letting him do security detail."
[23:29] <Minaplo> [Elene's eyebrows shot up. "And you were ok with this?"]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Didn't have a say in it initially, but he's actually a really good guy. He's helped us a bunch of times. Good tempered, alarmingly good at reading people, and despite his history he also comes across as relatable. If you combine those qualities you have someone who's good at appealing to the masses, gathering support by ascertaining what allies want, and inspiring loyalty in followers. He's a decent babysitter too, right Lizzie?"
[23:59] <Minaplo> [Lizzie looked up from her meal. "Right!" She said happily.]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "You see?"
Session Time: Sat Nov 24 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Mummy has a grumpy face, right, Lizzie?" Said Elene with a grin.-
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Right!"]
[00:02] <Yanmei> "W-what?! Lizzie, how could you?"
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa?" Lizzie looked at Yanmei, confused.]
[00:04] * Yanmei made a little face at her, and patted her gently on the head. "Oh, I'm being silly, Lizzie. Keep eating your lunch, okay?"
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[00:06] <Minaplo> ["Ok, maamaa." She turned back to her food.-
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["It's a shame more of them didn't surrender like that." Said Sophia sadly.]
[00:08] <Yanmei> "He's said that he wants to save them. It's anyone's guess as to how?"
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Weird. Most of them don't want 'saving', they prefer to fight." Said Elene.]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "Could be that's what he's talking about? Think about how deeply they've been conditioned."
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Whaddya mean?"]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Like, do they fight because they truly want to, or because that's what they're made to do? Or maybe it's because they have nothing else left to do."
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["They -are- designed for it." Said Sophia. "It's hard to ignore. Their resilience, their strength, their inability to procreate- when everything about you is designed for war…"]
[00:20] <Yanmei> "Yeah, see? So maybe that's what he meant. But," she shook her head, "I can't put words in his mouth or presume to know what the lot of them are thinking either. Maybe if Iron Guard Army shows up, you two can ask directly for me~"
[00:21] <Minaplo> ["If any survive to ask." Said Elene with a cruel little smile.]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "How bloodythirsty," said Yanmei primly, and reached for a drink. She hoisted it slightly. "By the way? Thanks again for dropping by. Hopefully I look less grumpy now, right~?"
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["The food's perked you up a little, at least." Said Elene with a grin. "You still might need a nap though."]
[00:34] <Yanmei> "What sort of hostess would I be if I started dozing off? I'll have to do that later, after we've caught up on everything. Now then, what are all the other rumors that are floating around here?"
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Oh god, you want to know rumours?" Asked Elene.]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Who wouldn't?" And with that, Yanmei leaned back with a small grin, and prepared to put on her listening ears for the rest of the afternoon.

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