The Princess S Breakfast In Bed

06[23:15] * Yanmei walked slowly along of the halls of the ship. It was the second day after the death of Vercingetorix, and the fourth after she had openly declared war on the most powerful political organization on the planet. -
01[23:24] <Yanmei> For all of the stress that had come with those, and the additional complications that Isaiah's situation caused, she looked composed. She had thrown on a simple blazer over a pink lacy top for an ultra-professional edge, and had done her makeup carefully to hide the dark circles under her eyes. At the moment, she was talking animatedly with her companion. -
01[23:25] <Yanmei> "He's a nice old man," she said, "He wants to meet you soon and give you cookies? But he needs some time this morning to talk with Grandma Ming-Ming. That's why you're my helper today~"
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["Me help maamaa lots." Said Lizzie, who was running alongside Yanmei, wearing a pink top with a white skirt that fell to below the knees. Running alongside her was Daji.]
01[23:35] <Yanmei> "Of course you will~" Yanmei agreed, beaming down at her. She was carrying a stack of papers, on top of which were several thin picture books and coloring books. It was going to be a busy day.
[23:38] <Minaplo> [Footsteps in front of her. Someone emerged from the left-hand corridor at the intersection in front of her.-
[23:43] <Minaplo> [It was Matthias, wearing his uniform, carrying a tray of what looked like food- although it was hidden under silver covers.]
06[23:45] * Yanmei stopped abruptly to avoid running into him, holding an arm out to get Lizzie and Daji to stop as well. "Holmstrooom~" she sang. "Good morning!"
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["Morning-morning!" Chirped Lizzie, skidding to a halt. "Homstrum!"-
[23:56] <Minaplo> [Matthias stopped, turning to look at them. "Good morning, Zhang. Elizabeth. You doing ok?"]
Session Time: Sun Feb 02 00:00:00 2014
01[00:01] <Yanmei> "We're fine? We're both fighters, you know." She eyed the tray he was carrying curiously. "Don't feel like eating in the cafeteria today, huh?"
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["This isn't all for me. I'm delivering breakfast for Alexandrina."]
01[00:06] <Yanmei> Yanmei's expression crinkled slightly with concern now. "How is she? I thought she'd been released from sick bay by now…"
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["She has. She's resting in her room. She… Could be worse, I suppose."]
01[00:14] <Yanmei> "How encouraging?" she said with a faint little joking smile. "Is she seeing visitors yet?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["She's seeing me. Why don't you come along and see?"]
01[00:21] <Yanmei> "All right. We can make a quick visit, right Lizzie? We'll try to cheer her up a bit."
[00:22] <Minaplo> ["Yeah-yeah!"-
[00:26] <Minaplo> [A short walk later would bring them to the Princess's quarters, which weren't that far from Mazarin's, truth be told. Matthias pressed the button on the outside by-door computer display…-
[00:26] <Minaplo> [("Come in.")-
[00:26] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and Matthias stepped in.]
06[00:35] * Yanmei stepped in after him, of course, peering over his shoulder. "Hello Pilot Wales."
[00:39] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina was sitting up in her bed, wearing a white nightgown, cushions and pillows piled up behind her. Her long silvery hair fanned out behind her, and her face was pale, slightly haggard- she had a wearied, haunted look in her eyes that suggested a lack of sleep.-
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["Good morning, Captain." Said Alexandrina, giving her a nod and a very small smile.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [Matthias walked over to her bedside, setting the tray of food down on the table. "How are you feeling?"-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Terrible." She admitted. "Sleep was hard to find last night."-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["More nightmares?"-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's eyes flicked towards Yanmei momentarily before their gaze returned to Matthias's face. "Yes."]
06[00:50] * Yanmei didn't seem particularly surprised or scornful about that. She came a little further into the room along with Lizzie and Daji. "No one's given you sleeping pills? Castillo once prescribed Isaiah some after a really bad battle."
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["I ought to speak to him, then."-
[00:53] <Minaplo> [Matthias bent down until he was eye-level with Alexandrina- then rested his forehead against her's.-
[00:53] <Minaplo> [The action brought some obvious colour to Alexandrina's otherwise pale cheeks, and when he pulled away a few seconds later she looked down at her hands, embarrassed.-
[00:54] <Minaplo> [Matthias, however, didn't seem to notice. "Your temperature's up." He said matter-of-factly. "You might be developing a fever of some kind."]
01[01:03] <Yanmei> Oh my~~ But Yanmei knew better than to call attention to it. "Has she been feverish a lot?" she asked curiously instead. "Like… intensely, hot-to-the-touch feverish?"
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["The first night after the battle." Said Matthias.-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["I'm quite fine for now." Stressed Alexandrina. "If I may eat, Matthias?"-
[01:06] <Minaplo> ["Sure. Here you go." He pulled a little bed-table out from under the bed and placed it over her lap, placing the tray on top.-
[01:12] <Minaplo> [With that he uncovered the food and placed the covers back on the bedside table.-
[01:12] <Minaplo> [There were several small plates, each with their own course. One plate had fresh, hot scones with melted butter, strawberry jam and cream; another was made of a small hill of scrambled eggs with hash browns and some bacon.-
[01:13] <Minaplo> [… There was, incongruously, a plate containing four sandwiches, piled high, each containing several rashers of bacon, fried eggs, melted cheese, lamb patties -and- some sort of crumbed chicken patty. The entire thing wobbled mutinously before Matthias plucked it off the tray. Clearly, this was -his- breakfast.-
[01:14] <Minaplo> ["Thank you very much, Matthias." Said Alexandrina warmly.-
[01:15] <Minaplo> [But Matthias could barely respond as he'd already taken a mouthful of the first sandwich.-
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["Are you hungry, Captain Zhang?" Asked Alexandrina.]
06[01:16] * Yanmei quickly glanced aside to glean Lizzie and Daji's interest levels
[01:22] <Minaplo> [Lizzie didn't seem to be paying too much attention; instead she was wandering around the room, looking around and under things curiously.-
[01:22] <Minaplo> [Daji was eyeing the meals carefully, however…]
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01[01:24] <Yanmei> "We had a small breakfast today? Thank you very much, though." She eyed and gestured to a simple nearby chair. "May I?"
[01:25] <Minaplo> ["Of course."]
01[01:26] <Yanmei> So Yanmei sat down, glancing around a little. "I'm surprised not to see Miss Anita-Margaret today. How has she been?"
[01:28] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina glanced at Matthias before looking at Yanmei. "… Fine, although to my surprise when I returned here after the battle I found that Anita-Margaret had been sent into a panic due to the events and had to be coaxed out from under my bed."-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["She's asleep right now." Said Matthias. He nodded his head towards a small bed in the corner of the room. It was easy to miss, but now that Yanmei's attention had been drawn to it, she'd note the lumpy shape under the covers…-
[01:31] <Minaplo> [And that Lizzie's curious searching was getting closer to said bed.]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "L-Lizzie!" she called hastily. "Come over and say hello properly."
[01:36] <Minaplo> [Lizzie turned towards Yanmei, then ran over, her little legs pumping furiously. She ran over to the bed, peering over the top at Alexandrina. "Hi-hi!"-
[01:37] <Minaplo> [Daji soon joined her, standing on her hind legs, her front legs on the top of the bed. At her full size she was a little shorter than Lizzie- for now. "Yipyip!"]
01[01:40] <Yanmei> "We were on our way to return some paperwork together when we ran into Mr. Holmstrom here," she explained. "Lizzie? Why don't you introduce Daji too?"
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["Jiji fox!" Said Lizzie. "Jiji eat lots, but maamaa not like her eat at table." Lizzie giggled, a little bashfully, and petted Daji's neck and back fondly.-
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["That's sweet." Said Alexandrina, smiling more broadly now. "Where did you find a fox like this, Yanmei? It looks almost tame."]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "Melbourne. There are a lot of them there? Isaiah… Isaiah traded some things in order to get her as a gift for Lizzie. She's been with her ever since, as her constant friend."
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[01:53] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina nodded, smiling.-
[01:53] <Minaplo> [But Matthias was staring at Daji curiously. "Tell me, does she seem… Smarter than usual animals to you? Out of curiosity."]
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01[01:59] <Yanmei> "Hm? Sometimes. But, well, foxes are supposed to be clever, right?" She chuckled to herself.
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Daji."-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [The fox turned to look at Matthias. He held up two fingers.-
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Yip-yip!"-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [He held up three.-
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Yip-yip-yip!"-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [He held up one.-
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Yip!"-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [He held up four.-
[02:02] <Minaplo> [The fox stared at him. It looked at one of his sandwiches, then back to him.-
[02:03] <Minaplo> [Matthias's eyes narrowed, before he grudgingly pulled a little piece of bacon out of a sandwich and tossed it to her. Daji snapped it out of the air…-
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["Yip-yip-yip-yip!"]
01[02:09] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared at the little fox a few seconds, speechlessly. Finally… she chuckled loudly, almost a little nervously. "W-well. They're supposed to be really -really- clever?" -
01[02:12] <Yanmei> There… were times when she had been certain that Daji was playing Lizzie and Isaiah against her, deliberately, for table-treats and affection. Now, she had to convince herself again that it wasn't true. Pattern recognition and reward expectations were one thing, but skilled social manipulation…
[02:14] <Minaplo> ["She's from Melbourne. Australia. Chances are she's part of a mutant strain."]
01[02:22] <Yanmei> "There's… no way for us to know for certain," Yanmei pointed out. "We can't find out anything about her pedigree, after all? And the people in Melbourne who actually do raise foxes? Certainly aren't doing it for their smarts."
[02:24] <Minaplo> [Matthias shook his head. "Captain, I'm going to let you in on a little secret."]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "Yes…?"
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["You ever heard of Impact Ferals?"]
01[02:27] <Yanmei> "Of course?" She tossed her hair. "But why don't you give me a refresher?"
[02:31] <Minaplo> [His eyebrows rose. "They're considered to be an important secret by the UN. Are you sure you've heard of them?"]
06[02:31] * Yanmei flushed with embarrassment. "Well. I'm not sure, no."
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["I haven't, myself." Said Alexandrina. "Go on, Matthias."-
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Impact was caused by Adam's S2 Organ exploding." Said Matthias. "It released a massive amount of energy- obviously. The effect can still be seen around Antarctica, the Dead Zone. If you've ever seen a true global satellite picture from a NERV surveillance satellite, you know what I mean."-
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["The energy was S2 energy. It does strange things to biological systems, and Impact ejected huge amounts of it into the atmosphere and all over the world, but especially in Australia. A lot of people and animals ended up dying from exposure to it, but some… Didn't."]
01[02:36] <Yanmei> "You're implying that the energy did something to the survivors. Caused subtle mutations?"
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[02:37] <Minaplo> ["Sometimes subtle, yeah. Some research reports I read talked about animals like this one- animals that could count, or understand human speech."-
[02:38] <Minaplo> ["… And sometimes the mutations aren't so subtle. Some reports from Neospartan training in Australia mention how teams of Neospartans were trained to hunt and kill kangaroos that were fifteen feet tall and could move at up to seventy-five kilometres an hour, or spiders that were four foot wide and capable of tearing through a car."-
[02:39] <Minaplo> ["It wasn't just Australia, but Australia was particularly badly hit. Other examples include the Skald Island Brown Rat, which experienced a five-fold increase in its reproductive cycle, an extremely active adrenaline system and an incredible sense of aggression."]
06[02:44] * Yanmei shuddered visibly at some horrible memory. Those horrible -rats-. "I'm relieved that I apparently ended up in the good part of Australia if the spider reports are true? I don't remember seeing anything like that." She smoothed her jacket. -
01[02:45] <Yanmei> "But Daji isn't the only… uncommonly bright animal we've encountered either. There's Katsuragi's strange penguin, for example? But I was under the impression that its intelligence was because of lab testing. I didn't think it was happening in the wild too…"
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["I'm pretty sure Pen-Pen was naturally intelligent beforehand, and they brought it in for testing because of it." Said Matthias. "It's a hot springs penguin, remember- there's nothing like that in nature, not usually."-
[02:51] <Minaplo> ["The UN destroys most Ferals on sight." He continued. "Most of the obvious ones died out years ago, so only the more subtle ones are left. Intelligent ones like Daji here, or how certain koalas in Australia are capable of hiding as normal koalas perfectly, but are actually voracious carnivores that'll attack passing humans."-
[02:51] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina's eyebrows rose.-
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["It's happened more recently as well." Said Matthias. "Remember Metatron's bombardment of Africa? Apparently there was S2 energy in some of those bombardments, and in certain regions the local animal population has gone berserk. One report I read said that a rare group of African Lion had been given a big dose that tripled its strength and doubled its size, made its hide tougher than
[02:53] <Minaplo> armour, and increased its fertility rate ten-fold, whilst reducing pregnancies to about three months."-
[02:53] <Minaplo> ["Some Iron Guard renegades have begun adopting them as pets."]
01[02:56] <Yanmei> "God help us," Yanmei muttered, rubbing her forehead. She peered down at Daji with new eyes.
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["Yip?"-
[02:57] <Minaplo> [To illustrate the point, Daji leapt up onto Alexandrina's bed, before rolling over, her paws hanging in the air, lifting her head to stare at them, looking incredibly disarming and cute.]
01[03:00] <Yanmei> "…she really -is- doing it on purpose," Yanmei grumbled, shaking her head. "Well, whatever? If she's that bright, I should get her some new toys so she won't be bored. And maybe some extra treats. For not being a terrifying human-eating fox."
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["An intelligent pet is to be valued." Said Alexandrina. "That's why I prefer cats to dogs."]
01[03:03] <Yanmei> "Um… that reminds me. Could a regular housecat also be effected by that energy we were talking about? Because the Spectre's cat is also… highly talented."
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["I don't see why not." Said Matthias. "How 'talented'?"]
01[03:08] <Yanmei> "He's been used as a messanger, can navigate through landmines, knows what the Geofront's door control panels are for, and could apparently fetch help from allied troops when the special unit he was with was incapacitated."
[03:09] <Minaplo> ["Damn." Matthias whistled.]
01[03:12] <Yanmei> "Yeah, exactly. Ask Wellesley the next time you see him? The cat has been staying with him and Rei, so he's been getting a front row seat to its intelligence for days."
[03:17] <Minaplo> ["Ah… With Wellesley?" Murmured Alexandrina.]
01[22:51] <Yanmei> "That's right? Maybe we could ask him to pay a visit with the cat so you guys can see him up close."
[22:53] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina scoffed. "Please. He's probably busy with important things."]
01[23:00] <Yanmei> "I wouldn't know? He hasn't been around as much after the…. incident. But it's obvious why he wouldn't be."
[23:01] <Minaplo> ["Comforting Rei." Said Matthias, nodding slowly. "Understandably."]
06[23:06] * Yanmei nodded too. "I expect we won't see much of him for at least another week. Unless something else big happens to us by sheer bad luck?"
[23:45] <Minaplo> ["Hm. Well, he deserves a break either way, even if it's likely to be a turbulent one." Said Alexandrina, busying herself intently with buttering a scone.]
Session Time: Wed Feb 05 00:00:00 2014
01[00:00] <Yanmei> "It seemed like he took a few nasty hits in that last battle? I don't know if you heard, but it was Raskova who did it to him. Fortunately, his armor was enough to protect him from the worst of it. And, well…" she seemed annoyed by something or another for some fleeting moment.
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["And he was rescued by Mr. Blue." Said Matthias finally.]
01[00:02] <Yanmei> "Yes," she said simply. "He was."
[00:03] <Minaplo> ["I see." Said Alexandrina slowly. "I suppose we owe him our thanks. Isn't he running some type of eatery on the promenade?"]
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01[00:08] <Yanmei> "Somehow. But he has a habit of pestering customers by butting in on their conversations and hitting on their accompanying Operation Directors, so it might not be there long?"
[00:09] <Minaplo|Out> ["What a boor!"]
01[00:11] <Yanmei> "Seriously!" Yanmei nodded her agreement. "Major Liu was probably secretly furious, but she hid it well."
[00:12] <Minaplo|Out> ["He'll probably be there a lot longer than you're hoping, though." Said Matthias, suddenly grinning.]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "What does that mean?"
[00:15] <Minaplo|Out> ["When he asked Colonel Amatore about buying a lease for some space on the Promenade, she thought she'd dissuade him by telling him there was only one type of lease- a two-year lease costing 500,000 francs."]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "No… don't tell me…"
[00:16] <Minaplo|Out> ["So he leaves, Colonel Amatore chortling to herself about how clever she is, when twenty minutes later he returns with 500,000 francs in cash."]
01[00:19] <Yanmei> "Of course he would," she grumbled. "He owns the Mafia now, of course he's wealthy…"
[00:20] <Minaplo|Out> ["So now he's here for two years. And so long as he doesn't break the terms of his lease, he's here to stay."]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "Maybe we should abandon this ship and board another one. And then sink this one with him inside."
[00:23] <Minaplo|Out> ["That's pretty extreme." Said Alexandrina. "He may be a boor, but that's no reason to hate him quite that much. He -did- save Wellesley's life, apparently."]
01[00:29] <Yanmei> "I wasn't being entirely serious?" Yanmei smiled. "This ship is too valuable to sink anyway."
[00:32] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's still fairly obvious that you dislike him greatly."]
01[00:36] <Yanmei> "We have a weird history. Even putting that aside, it's as if he actually enjoys actively annoying me. Can you imagine?"
[00:37] <Minaplo|Out> ["Like Langley-Soryu." Said Matthias, practically on cue.]
01[00:39] <Yanmei> "What?! No. Asuka's is…" she frowned. "Well, it's different? She's more punchy and less bouncy about it."
[00:41] <Minaplo|Out> ["Wouldn't that be a good thing?" Asked Alexandrina curiously.]
01[00:50] <Yanmei> "Depends," she ventured, considering his long and dangerous career, "on if he went for full-strength punches the way Asuka does."
[00:51] <Minaplo|Out> ["I mean, the fact that he doesn't rely on punches. Isn't it better that way?"-
[00:51] <Minaplo|Out> ["Maybe the Captain enjoys being punched by Langley?" Asked Matthias curiously.]
01[00:58] <Yanmei> "Who would enjoy that?" She retorted. "Pilot Wales, you know what I mean. She totally goes overboard sometimes, right?"
[01:00] <Minaplo|Out> ["To you? Yes, sometimes. And then the two of you engage in wrestling…"-
[01:00] <Minaplo|Out> ["Wrestling?" Asked Matthias, brightening conspicuously.]
06[01:02] * Yanmei eyed him suspiciously, briefly. "You mean that she engages, while I bravely take the high road and try to fend her off…"
[01:02] <Minaplo|Out> ["You're both equal combatants."]
01[01:05] <Yanmei> "How closely have you been watching us, anyway?" Now her suspicions were upon her.
[01:07] <Minaplo|Out> ["Closely enough."]
01[01:08] <Yanmei> "H-hmph. You should know, then, that those incidents are far and few between?"
[01:09] <Minaplo|Out> ["They're few and far between only when the space between you and Langley-Soryu is far between." Said Alexandrina primly.-
[01:09] <Minaplo|Out> [She buttered another scone, this time handing it to Lizzie, who took it with a 'ta-ta!' and began to eat.-
[01:10] <Minaplo|Out> [Matthias was, himself, taking the opportunity to work on his tower of bread and meat.]
06[01:16] * Yanmei grumbled softly under her breath. "To be honest, I haven't seen her as much as I'd planned to since the battle. Has she been by to visit you lately?"
[01:17] <Minaplo|Out> ["She has, yes."]
01[01:18] <Yanmei> "How was she?"
[01:19] <Minaplo|Out> ["Self-assured."]
01[01:19] <Yanmei> "Unsurprising." She smirked.
[01:21] <Minaplo|Out> ["She was trying to convince me of something ridiculous…"]
01[01:22] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[01:25] <Minaplo|Out> ["She was making a fuss about my state, telling me that I needed ways of blowing off steam. She told me that I should try challenging people to sparring matches, or that I should find some sort of rival to constantly challenge and beat. And that I ought to find myself some kind of a partner for…" She paused. "Certain reasons."]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "'Certain reasons'?" She looked intrigued, and then just tossed her hair. "Well, she's not completely ridiculous on one point? Fighting is an excellent way to blow off steam."
[01:29] <Minaplo|Out> ["I suppose, but surely there has to be other ways…"-
[01:30] <Minaplo|Out> ["Don't discount the value of rivalry." Said Matthias. "So long as it remains cordial."]
01[01:31] <Yanmei> "Hm? Are you speaking from experience, Mr. Holmstrom~?"
[01:31] <Minaplo|Out> ["Of course I am." He said.]
01[01:32] <Yanmei> "You have a rival?" She cocked her head. "Let me guess… Is it William?"
[01:33] <Minaplo|Out> ["Not really. I don't have a rival anymore."]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "…I see," she said slowly.
[01:37] <Minaplo|Out> ["Who'd I take as a rival anyway?" Asked Alexandrina, folding her arms as though to show some disdain for the idea.]
01[01:41] <Yanmei> "There are lots of people! An Ayanami, maybe? Like the ambitious Julie, or the ultra elegant Chiisana? Or maybe President Linden…"
[01:41] <Minaplo|Out> ["That wouldn't be fair." Said Matthias. "Linden's a good leader, but she's a terrible shot."]
01[01:46] <Yanmei> "Fine, fine. But it's not as easy as just picking someone, is it?" Yanmei rubbed her chin. "They have to irritate you too. Is there anyone who does that?"
[01:46] <Minaplo|Out> ["Do they?" Asked Matthias critically.]
01[01:47] <Yanmei> "Don't they?" Yanmei blinked at him.
[01:48] <Minaplo|Out> ["They don't -have- to." Said Matthias.]
01[01:50] <Yanmei> "It certainly doesn't hurt."
[01:52] <Minaplo|Out> ["It can." Said Matthias. "If it's someone you don't like, and you add competitiveness to it, you can turn it into a hatred."]
01[01:55] <Yanmei> "That's only if you take it too far? If done right it adds… I don't know. A certain amount of driving passion."
[01:57] <Minaplo|Out> ["Fine. Then I declare you to be Alexandrina's rival!"]
01[01:58] <Yanmei> "W-what?! You can't do that!"
[01:58] <Minaplo|Out> ["What?! You can't declare that!" Said Alexandrina at almost the same time.-
[01:59] <Minaplo|Out> ["But it'd be a perfect fit." Said Matthias. "You're both talented, you're both driven, and you both irritate each other."]
01[02:02] <Yanmei> "I irritate you?" She eyed Alexandrina.
[02:03] <Minaplo|Out> ["Not particularly." Said Alexandrina. "Do you irritate me?"]
[02:03] <Minaplo|Out> [*Do I irritate you]
01[02:04] <Yanmei> "Of course not."
[02:07] <Minaplo|Out> ["Huh." Matthias leaned back, lowering the sandwich he'd just taken a bite out of. "I guess that means you guys have no choice but to be friends. In that case, you can try to work together to improve each other's skills."-
[02:07] <Minaplo|Out> [He smiled.]
06[02:16] * Yanmei sighed. "While I don't mind the outcome, you set that up in the most exhausting way imaginable."
[02:18] <Minaplo|Out> ["Genghis Khan conquered Mongolia on such tactics, you know."]
01[02:25] <Yanmei> "Overkill~ But." She eyed Alexandrina. "Like I said. It would be interesting having someone around to talk about stuff with. And spar."
[02:31] <Minaplo|Out> ["It's agreed, then." Said Alexandrina.-
[02:31] <Minaplo|Out> ["Plus, the friendship of the Princess of Wales would be helpful to you as the leader of the Federation, Captain." Said Matthias, with only a hint of smugness in his oh-so-clever plan.]
01[02:41] <Yanmei> "You've thought of everything, huh?" Yanmei smirked. "Let's leave politics out of it, shall we~? Except the things we need to vent on about it."
[23:17] <Minaplo> ["I approve." Said Alexandrina. "Although hopefully you won't need much to vent on…"]
01[23:22] <Yanmei> "Heh. We'll see? Then again, my first tastes of politics were dealing with the HIC and the gangers of Melbourne. Surely there's no where to go but up?"
[23:28] <Minaplo> ["One can only hope."-
[23:28] <Minaplo> [There was a rustle of blankets and fabrics from that box near the back of the wall. Rising out of it, clumsily toppling over the side and then clambering to its feet, clad in a pink nightgown, was Anita-Margaret.]
06[23:33] * Yanmei looked up, startled. She had hoped to leave before that happened… and yet, now that it had, she couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor thing. Even its nightwear seemed silly-looking and hard to move in…
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[23:40] <Minaplo> [Anita-Margaret walked slowly towards the bed…-
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa." Lizzie stared at it, wandering to Yanmei's side so that Yanmei shielded her slightly. "What that?"]
01[23:41] <Yanmei> "That's Anita-Margaret," Yanmei murmured to her. "She's Miss Alexandrina's -" Pet? Daughter? Bodyguard? "Friend."
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["She's quite harmless." Said Alexandrina.-
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm." Lizzie scrunched up her face.-
[23:42] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa, me go say hello-hello!"]
01[23:44] <Yanmei> "Ah?!" She glanced briefly at Alexandrina and Matthias before looking back at her, acutely aware of their company now more than ever. "That's… fine, I suppose?"
[23:47] <Minaplo> [Lizzie nodded, then walked around Yanmei slowly towards Anita-Margaret. "Hello-hello?"-
[23:48] <Minaplo> [Anita-Margaret turned to look at Elizabeth, staring at her with those little round empty eyes… It 'blinked', possibly in confusion.-
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["Hello-hello?"-
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa!" Lizzie stomped her foot. "Why it no say hello-hello?"]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> -That- was what she was upset about? She blamed Mr. Ribbons for this. The little girl didn't even show a hint of nervousness. -
01[23:51] <Yanmei> "She's still learning how to talk, sweetie. But she still understands you? Right?"
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Alexandrina.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["Hmmm." Lizzie frowned thoughtfully.-
[23:52] <Minaplo> ["No say hello-hello, then me hug!"-
[23:53] <Minaplo> [And thus Lizzie bounded across the space between them, tackle-hugging the Miniature Annihilator heavily, throwing her arms awkwardly around its chest.-
[23:53] <Minaplo> [Anita-Margaret took a step back, bracing from the blow, its naturally tough and muscular form absorbing the blow…]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> Yanmei's fingers dug into her own skirt, and she fought against the urge to freak out, cross the room, and pull them apart before one of them ate the other in retaliation.
Session Time: Thu Feb 06 00:00:00 2014
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa!" Lizzie giggled, squeezing harder. "Maamaa, it warm!"-
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Anita-Margaret, that is an 'embrace'. It is a sign of affection. Return it." Said Alexandrina, her voice firm.-
[00:20] <Minaplo> [Anita-Margaret was still, then raised its arms and placed them around Lizzie, its tridactyl hands resting on her back.]
06[00:22] * Yanmei tensed slightly again, ready to spring into action… but it didn't seem to be a violent gesture. -
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "You haven't embraced her before?" She dared to tear her eyes away from the scene for half a second to look at Alexandrina.
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Why would I?"]
01[00:26] <Yanmei> A good question. She peered at Matthias with a look of carefully constructed neutrality. "Has she ever embraced you either?"
[00:26] <Minaplo> [Matthias paused, mid-bite.-
[00:27] <Minaplo> [He chewed slowly, swallowing the morsel, putting the sandwich down. "Occasionally."-
[00:27] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina watched him carefully.-
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["Once." He admitted. "Although it was more of a cling-"-
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["Matthias."-
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["There were extenuating circumstances!"]
06[00:34] * Yanmei snickered, clearly enjoying this. "That's so sweet~"
[00:37] <Minaplo> ["It was after the battle." Said Alexandrina firmly. "He was the one to retrieve me from my Plug, and I was still- disturbed."]
01[00:38] <Yanmei> "O-oh…" she sobered a little. "Yeah, I probably should have expected that? He was pretty heroic, swooping past all the gunfire to help you."
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["Yes, it was." Said Alexandrina with a smile. "Like a faithful bodyguard."-
[00:42] <Minaplo> [He smiled, raising his hands in a what-can-ya-do pose. "Someone had to do it."]
01[00:59] <Yanmei> "It would be nice if you carried her around in your arms more often~ Right?" She winked at Alexandrina.
[01:00] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina gave Yanmei a flat look.-
[01:00] <Minaplo> ["That could get a little tiring." Was Matthias's contribution.]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "H-huh?" She glanced between them, a little confused. "…what -is- your relationship, anyway?"
[01:09] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina and Matthias looked at each other.-
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["What does it look like?" Asked Alexandrina.]
01[01:10] <Yanmei> "You don't have a little crush on him~?"
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina looked at Matthias.-
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["He's a handsome man, but I can't say I feel that way about him. I trust him, and he's very dear to me, but…"-
[01:17] <Minaplo> [Alexandrina turned back towards Yanmei. "Besides, he's twenty-two, and I haven't turned fifteen yet. How could you even think of that…?"-
[01:17] <Minaplo> [Matthias looked between them helplessly.]
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01[01:24] <Yanmei> "A seven year age difference isn't -that- bad," Yanmei pointed out. Minimal gossip, for sure. "Anyway, if you don't feel that way about him, you don't feel that way? But…"
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[01:27] <Minaplo> ["But what?"]
01[01:29] <Yanmei> "Curious minds wish to know if you do feel that way about someone~?"
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Really." Said Alexandrina, folding her arms.]
01[01:30] <Yanmei> "Really."
[01:33] <Minaplo> ["And if I don't care to say?"]
01[01:34] <Yanmei> "Then I will pester you endlessly for it?"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Why?"]
01[01:35] <Yanmei> "Oh come on. You know why! If I had a secret crush, wouldn't you want to hear?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["But you don't." Said Alexandrina. "You're engaged."]
01[01:42] <Yanmei> "But if I wasn't," she stressed. "Think hypothetically?"
[01:45] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure I would."]
06[01:49] * Yanmei looked disappointed. She spared another glance at Lizzie and the Annihilator, not forgetting the peril her little girl was in. "I guess I'm not that interesting, then…"
[01:50] <Minaplo> ["You don't have to tell anyone." Said Matthias. "But there are some things you do share with friends. Especially other girls, or so I've heard."]
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01[02:13] <Yanmei> "Like you guys don't talk about it either?" Yanmei gave a little scoff. "I've heard conversations between James Riel and Frederic Gosselin. I know what's up."
[02:13] <Minaplo> ["What do you mean?" Asked Matthias suspiciously.]
01[02:14] <Yanmei> "I mean that guys talk about the people they like too. Just in a different way." Yanmei tossed her hair. "What did you think I meant?"
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["That you were lumping me in with those two." Said Matthias. "I've heard some of their conversations… Besides, I've never had reason to talk about anything like that."-
[02:17] <Minaplo> ["It's Wellesley." Blurted out Alexandrina, suddenly.]
01[02:24] <Yanmei> "…" A sly smile slid across her face once the stun wore off. "I see~"
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["But it doesn't matter." Said Alexandrina abruptly. "He's with Ayanami, and he will be for a long time. So it's just some silly flight of fancy and I don't care for it."-
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["Flights of fancy are part of every young person's life, boy or girl, princess or not." Said Matthias.-
[02:35] <Minaplo> ["It doesn't matter." Said Alex firmly. "I am a warrior before I am a woman."]
01[02:40] <Yanmei> "It does matter? If you don't at least acknowledge and come to terms with your feelings, it's just going to give you a lot of grief later on."
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[02:53] <Minaplo> ["Fine. I've come to terms with them." She said decisively. "Time to move on."]
06[23:47] * Yanmei sighed. "Pilot Wales…"
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["Yes?"]
01[23:51] <Yanmei> "I get if you don't want to talk about it now? But if you ever want to, I'll be around, ok?"
Session Time: Fri Feb 07 00:00:00 2014
[00:05] <Minaplo> [She inclined her head. "Thank you, but I doubt it'll be an issue."]
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01[00:42] <Yanmei> "Of course~" she said politely. "Now, then. While the little ones tire themselves out with… playing…." she had to fight the urge, again, to pick up Lizzie and snuggle her protectively to her chest. "…let's talk a little about the political climate since we declared our independence. I don't know how out of the loop you've been, but I can answer some questions if you want?"
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["Thank you. I do, in fact, have some questions…"]
01[00:47] <Yanmei> "Wonderful~" Yanmei smiled. She was sure the paperwork could wait a little longer…

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