Their Future Questions

[20:36] <AdEvaGM> [[Session 60: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Date: 28th of August, Monday, 2017. Episode Title: Their Future Questions.-
[20:37] <AdEvaGM> [Class was starting to fill up in Saint Louis. Mr. Martin was sitting in his chair, smiling a quiet half-smile, a sheaf of papers lying on his table…]
[20:43] * Yanmei had broken off her conversations elsewhere in order to make it to homeroom without being late, beaming at the teacher as she wandered in. "Good morning, Mr. Martin~"
[20:44] * Sept was engaged in the idle pre-class conversation with the people around him, looking to be in a good mood. He gave Yanmei a wave as she came in, but quickly returned his attention to his other classmates.
[20:48] <AdEvaGM> [William was sitting near the front, deeply engrossed in a novel.-
[20:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Good morning, miss Zhang." Said Mr. Martin happily. He waited for the rest to filter in, before taking the role and clearing his throat.-
[20:50] <AdEvaGM> ["Today's a special day, boys and girls- there's no scheduled classes today. We're doing something else instead."]
[20:52] * Yanmei had taken to her seat, waving and smiling back at Sera. Now, she actually perked up curiously.
[20:53] <Sept> Sera seemed less enthused, but gave Martin his attention regardless.
[20:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Today, the school's most senior classes- including yourselves- will be conducting a 'Workplace day'. You will all be randomly assigned a particular sort of job, and you must go around the school, performing this job, until 1 PM, after which you'll be asked to join me for an interview at a set time."]
[21:01] <Yanmei> How interesting~ Yanmei raised a hand as an afterthought. "We aren't being graded on how well we perform, are we?"
[21:02] * Sept looked dubious. At least it wouldn't be more than a few hours. But just what kind of work could they do on the school grounds..?
[21:03] <AdEvaGM> ["No. The only important thing is that you consistently perform." He stood up and began to go row-by-row, placing pieces of paper face-down on the table. Once everyone ahd a piece of paper, he sat back down. "You may now flip your sheets."]
[21:04] * Yanmei did so, slowly.
[21:05] * Sept stared down at his for a moment, first, as if issuing a threat. Then, he turned it around.
[21:07] <AdEvaGM> [William turned his around, and let out a positive little throaty sound.]
[21:08] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei said nothing, but she smoothly flipped hers back over again, to prevent her neighbors from seeing. "Did you get something cool, William?"
[21:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Preschool teacher's assistant." He said, giving her a radiantly happy smile.]
[21:10] <Yanmei> "Hehehe! That's perfect for you! Congrats!"
[21:11] <Sept> "What about yours, Yanmei?" Sera joined in.
[21:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes indeed! What did you get?"]
[21:12] <Yanmei> "W-well…" The interviews would be one-on-one, surely… "Junior Track Coach, of course?"
[21:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Say, so did I!" Said Elena, beaming.]
[21:13] <AdEvaGM> [Mr. Martin looked up quizzically.]
[21:13] <Yanmei> "What a coincidence~"
[21:16] <Sept> "Hahaha. Well, you two have fun with that. I just have to take a pleasant stroll around the building and take some photos." What could go wrong?
[21:16] <Yanmei> "Photos…?"
[21:16] <AdEvaGM> ["I get to work in the library!" Said Lillian.-
[21:17] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm -administration-." Said Windsor-Yamato airily.]
[21:26] * Yanmei very nearly frowned at that…
[21:28] <AdEvaGM> [The bell rang.-
[21:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Let's all get going, hm?" Said Mr. Martin happily.]
[21:31] * Sept gave Martin an amused "really?" look as he heard the various jobs the others had been assigned. He nodded sharply, gathered his things and went off to loot some storage rooms.
[21:33] * Yanmei lingered as the classroom started to empty, dragging her feet. Damn… what was she going to do now…?
[21:35] <AdEvaGM> [William was hovering next to her. "Junior track coach, right? Why don't we go together? We're headed in the same direction…"]
[21:35] <Yanmei> "Why don't you go on ahead. There's something I wanted to take care of first?"
[21:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, are you sure…?"]
[21:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah, yeah." She flashed a bright smile at him. "Go on. And have fun!"
[21:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright." He nodded and headed off.]
[21:48] <Yanmei> After a little while, Yanmei stood up herself and headed out of the classroom toward… the nearest cleaning supply closet.
[21:51] <AdEvaGM> [Sera would soon be joined in his own wanderings by Malachi Ansel, looking pretty nonchalant…-
[21:52] <AdEvaGM> [… Whilst Yanmei would not meet anyone until after she'd claimed her broom.]
[21:54] <Sept> "Sup," Sera said rhetorically while continuing, hopefully past him, toward his goal.
[22:02] * Yanmei had claimed some other things as well: Rubber gloves, and a large dark kerchief to hide her hair beneath. And a sanitary mask and dark goggles. "Right." She adjusted her head-covering. -
[22:07] <Yanmei> This was a damn horrible job, but if she was going to do it, she would at least make sure that no one -knew- she was doing it. She hurried off toward the nearest classroom, towing a large portable trashbin behind her.
[22:07] <AdEvaGM> [… Bumping into Emile on the way. "Er- oh, sorry-!"-
[22:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Not much, not much." Said Malachi lackadaisically. "What job'd you get?"]
[22:10] <Sept> "You first."
[22:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Whoa. They made you a callboy?"]
[22:11] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei bobbed her head in some sort of a rough acknowledgement. She wasn't going to do anything to let anyone recognize her voice.
[22:13] <Sept> "No. Where are you headed?"
[22:15] <AdEvaGM> [Emile rubbed the back of his neck and passed by, clearly embarrassed.-
[22:15] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm off to the office." Said Malachi cheerfully. "I came by late to class- newsletter stuff."]
[22:18] <Yanmei> Her curiosity about where he was heading had to be wrestled with and stowed away. She could always just ask later. For now… she hurried toward her destination.
[22:19] <Sept> "I see. I'm supposed to grab a camera and play at being a photographer for the day."
[22:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Neat." Said Malachi. "I get to boss people around."-
[22:22] <AdEvaGM> [Yanmei's first jobs were to empty out the upper school bins. It was long, tedious work, and even worse… Dangerous. Dangerous to her reputation… For example.-
[22:25] <AdEvaGM> [She had just emptied the bins in the 11-A room when Selene Pelletier and her little posse of giggling girls began to pass. Selene didn't like Yanmei. She seemed to think that Yanmei was full of herself, all beauty and no brains, and unpopular with the boys.-
[22:25] <AdEvaGM> [These thoughts were probably mutual.]
[22:28] <Yanmei> They were indeed. How hard it was to restrain her eye-rolling or distainful hair flips or snappy comebacks at the sight of that moron. She tried to keep her eyes focused on her task…
[22:28] <Sept> "Pretty sure you do that anyway. You'll want my undoubtedly professional pictures for stock archives, surely?"
[22:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, of course!"-
[22:30] <AdEvaGM> ["… And you know, I hear she's totally knocked up or something, and that's why she wears that dumb ring." Said Selene haughtily, tossing her hair.-
[22:30] <AdEvaGM> [… Yanmei would hear- or rather, not hear- their footsteps come to a stop outside the door.]
[22:35] * Yanmei glanced down at her ring - now hidden by the rubber gloves she was wearing, and seethed. God, she was so damn clueless. Someone like that was in need of some rumors springing up about them soon - asap!
[22:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, someone got made a -trash bitch-."]
[22:41] <Sept> "Ah, there we go. The storage should be right back here, shouldn't it? Good luck with whatever you're planning."
[22:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Ta." Malachi smirked. "Hey, photos aren't that bad, yeah? Could be worse."]
[22:45] * Yanmei started to glare - before she realized something. 'Someone,' Selene had said. So they hadn't seen through her disguise. Meaning they didn't know who she was. Meaning that reprecussions for what she did while she was wearing this getup were…
[22:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, trash bitch! Who're you?"]
[22:52] <Sept> "Yes, it could." Sera left Malachi to plot in the office as he concentrated on retrieving tools, so as to get his 'work' underway as quickly as possible.
[23:00] * Yanmei stared straight at them. Braced herself. And then gave her portabale trash container a mighty shove. -
[23:03] <Yanmei> But either due to the odd angle at which she'd pushed it, or her own weakened body, it didn't reach nearly half the same velocity as she'd been aiming for
[23:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Hahaha. What was that supposed to be?" Said Selene, laughing. "Come on, girls, let's leave trash bitch to it."]
[23:20] <Yanmei> It was only after more seething that it dawned on Yanmei that this might have been a good thing. If something happened involving a mysterious masked student janitor today, it wouldn't take Martin long to connect the dots and figure out who was responsible. -
[23:20] <Yanmei> Still, she wished she could have seen stupid bitchy Selene covered with garbage or wailing her vapid little head off, or -something-. She stewed for a few minutes longer before collecting herself and starting for the next classroom.
[23:21] <AdEvaGM> [And thus, the day's work began.-
[23:22] <AdEvaGM> [Hours and hours of trash-collecting for Yanmei- at least most of the bins weren't that bad- and the rather peaceful taking of pictures for Sera, who also had to get teachers to organise their students. Eventually, 1 PM rolled by, and the students were summoned to their homerooms…]
[23:28] <Sept> A hard day's work if Sera had ever seen one. There were no marmotses caught on film this time, however. Only slightly disheartened by this, Sera made his way back to class.
[23:28] * Yanmei took her time freshening up in the restroom before appearing. There was a dull look in her eyes, and she smelled almost overwhelmingly of the familiar lemon-scented soap that was stocked in there.
[23:29] <AdEvaGM> [They were forced to assemble outside, together, as Martin was in the room doing 1-on-1 interviews.-
[23:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, how come I didn't see you?" Asked Elena, frowning at Yanmei.]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Oh? I was asked to run a bunch of errands for the coach," she said, and feigned a pout. "It totally sucks! I was looking forward to working with the runners instead."
[23:33] <Sept> "How was your assisting, Wililam?" Sera asked as he arrived.
[23:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, it was lovely. They're such good little children, and they were ever so happy to see a new face…"-
[23:34] <AdEvaGM> [Yanmei's lie seemed to go down well with Elena, who nevertheless seemed a little distracted by something- maybe William?]
[23:37] * Yanmei glanced back and forth between the two, somewhat puzzled by this.
[23:39] <Sept> "You seemed to be enjoying your job, Elena. Future career?"
[23:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Nah, I don't think so." She said happily. "What about you, Sera?"]
[23:46] * Sept shrugged. "The kids behaved well enough, got the photos. I'd rather be taking pictures of something more interesting, but it passed the time."
[23:52] <AdEvaGM> [The door opened, and Windsor-Yamato swept out. "You're next, de Pteres."]
[00:03] <Sept> "Ah." Sera instinctively straightened his glasses and swept in, pulling the door shut behind him.
[00:04] <Yanmei> "So how was your morning of thrilling filing and sorting, Windsor-Yamato?" Yanmei tossed her hair smugly.
[00:12] <AdEvaGM> [The classroom was of course empty except for Mr. Martin, who looked a little worn out. "How was your photography session, Sera?"-
[00:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Filing and sorting? I did nothing of the sort."]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Envelope-stuffing, then?"
[00:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Guess again."]
[00:14] <Sept> "Fine. Can't believe someone would do that all year for a living. How're the interviews going?"
[00:17] <AdEvaGM> ["They're going good. Sit down."]
[00:18] * Sept did. "So."
[00:19] <Yanmei> "What, then? They wouldn't give you your own desk or chair or official duties? What were you up to?"
[00:19] <AdEvaGM> ["That's a secret." He said, smiling smugly.-
[00:20] <AdEvaGM> ["We're nearly to the end of your school year, Sera." Said Mr. Martin. "Have you thought about what to do after you graduate?"]
[00:21] * Yanmei frowned. "Fine, then. I'll just keep my day a secret too!"
[00:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Ashamed?"]
[00:24] <Yanmei> "Of what?" Yanmei scoffed.
[00:24] * Sept laughed, suddenly. "You know that's not at the top of my list of priorities."
[00:24] <AdEvaGM> ["I do." Said Mr. Martin solemnly. "You're not the only one who's told me that. But it's something you should be thinking about in some fashion."-
[00:25] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I don't know. Malachi told me some interesting things today…"]
[00:29] <Yanmei> "Don't tell me you believed him?" she said flatly.
[00:30] <Sept> "I know what my options are, if it comes to that. NERV won't be going away. I can -survive- anywhere I want to, and there will certainly always be… -jobs-."
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> [Mr. Martin's brow creased. "But surely there's something you -want- to do?"-
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Why not?" Said Windsor-Yamato. "Has he ever been wrong?"]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei just frowned.
[00:37] <Sept> "Sure. But it's a long way until we get there. By then, there'll be a lot of places where I'm needed."
[00:39] <AdEvaGM> ["The day will come a lot sooner than you think." Said Mr. Martin.-
[00:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Yo." Malachi walked around the corner, stretching and yawning. "Niles, you shouldn't talk about that."]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "That's right. Don't talk about it. Whatever it is." She was frowning at Malachi now, and then back and Windor-Yamato, eyes darting back and forth.
[00:43] <Sept> "I'm sure. But we're all in the same boat, right? Can't be worse than anything else we've done."
[00:46] <AdEvaGM> [Mr. Martin frowned a little. "You don't really want to talk about this, do you?"]
[00:46] <AdEvaGM> ["That's juicy stuff we need to save for… You know." Said Malachi, plonking down next to Elena.]
[00:50] <Sept> "I'm not trying to dodge the question. What do you want me to say? You can't expect me to have any normal aspirations in the middle of this shit."
[00:52] <AdEvaGM> ["Very well. Then you may go and tell Miss Zhang to come in."]
[00:54] <Sept> "…right. Good luck with the interviews, Samuel." And he was out, motioning to Yanmei.
[00:55] * Yanmei was still eyeballing Malachi mistrustfully… but now she stood, nodded at Sera, and then approached the door.
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Come in, Yanmei, and take a seat."]
[00:59] <Yanmei> "Certainly, Mr. Martin~" Yanmei did just that. "What a day! You seem like you've been keeping busy too?"
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> ["I have. Did you enjoy your cleaning?"]
[01:01] * Sept eyed his watch briefly, but then just settled among the people still waiting and chatting in the hallway.
[01:01] <Yanmei> She wished that he hadn't said that out loud. "It was a valuable learning experience. One that I will benefit from as I select my career path and make a proper entry into the workforce."
[01:03] <AdEvaGM> [Mr. Martin snorted. "It was five hours of drudge work and you hated every minute of it, didn't you?" He winked.-
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> [Sera emerged into a currently ongoing conversation. "… A doctor is such an admirable aspiration." Said William, to Elena.-
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you- what did you tell Mr. Martin? About what you wanted to be?"-
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> ["I told him I wanted to be an astronaut."-
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh?! Do you, really?"-
[01:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course!"]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "Hate is such an ugly word. I did, however, wonder why I was the only one who seemed to be doing such 'drudgery'."
[01:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, you must understand that you and Sera are special. Your tasks were chosen by Dr. Castillo, you see." Said Mr. Martin.]
[01:09] <Sept> "Technically, you are already, William," Sera noted, staring somewhere other than at the two. "An astronaut isn't someone who's been to space, it's someone who's trained to do that."
[01:10] * Yanmei blinked. "What? Why? I was assigned that on purpose?"
[01:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Apparently." Said Mr. Martin. "Don't ask me. In any case, this is an interview where I discuss with you whether or not you've found any aspirations for the future, after you graduate."-
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> [William smiled. "I suppose, but technically technically, I'm not an astronaut, because right now my job is that of a pilot, isn't it?"]
[01:18] * Sept tilted his head and looked at a wall, at a point slightly closer to William. "I see what you mean. I'm sure with all this new technology, there'll be a lot to explore beyond Earth. Why do you want to be an astronaut, William?"
[01:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Because of Space. It's beautiful. It's a mystery." He said gently. "It's so boundless and limitless- it represents infinite possibility. The capacity for so many wonders- new life, new civilizations, strange new worlds-"-
[01:21] <AdEvaGM> ["What William's trying to say is that he grew up watching Star Trek. Am I right?" Said Malachi smoothly.-
[01:21] <AdEvaGM> ["You got me." William laughed.]
[01:21] <Yanmei> "Aspirations. Hm." Yanmei primly folded her hands. "That is… difficult to pin down." Her eyes flicked away a moment and then came back to him. "I should have no trouble advancing within NERV or transferring to military service beyond it. And if I were to go into politics, I already have a number of connections? Although that would acquire a degree as well…"
[01:22] <Yanmei> ^require
[01:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Not necessarily." Said Mr. Martin. "Strictly speaking, the only thing a politician -requires- in a democratic system is the mandate of the people- but a degree helps, yes…"]
[01:30] <Yanmei> "I'm interested in hearing your perspective, Mr. Martin." Yanmei smiled at him. "I don't hate school. I just find that a lot of my aptitude - and attention - rested in other things over the last two years?"
[01:35] <AdEvaGM> ["My perspective? On what, exactly?"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "On how far I should take my education after graduating?"
[01:38] <Sept> "…" Sera looked at his watch again, breathed out sharply, and turned to leave. "Well. I'll see you guys tomorrow."
[01:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, let's see." He stroked his chin. "NERV will cover your student expenses completely for up to ten years of study after you graduate from school, so as it stands there are no financial barriers. In this day and age, you can find a university course for just about anything you can imagine. And they're very helpful- I think they'd be useful if you wanted to pursue a tertiary career."-
[01:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Seeya, Sera." Said Malachi.-
[01:40] <AdEvaGM> [William moved to stand, to offer Sera a companion for the walk home, but was intercepted.-
[01:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, William- since we're free, do you want to go study for awhile?" Asked Elena.-
[01:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm? Oh, of course!"]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "Ten years. So I could delay my entry, or part-time it a little at a time." Yanmei nodded. "My mother always wanted me to get a degree, so… I'll find room for that as well."
[01:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Well." Mr. Martin coughed lightly. "It's more important to see what -you- want, Yanmei. With all due respect to Director Zhang, it's your decision, not her's. Have you considered any degrees, nevertheless?"]
[01:47] <Yanmei> "Well… I like history. Military tactics and electronics would be useful, but I don't have any natural talent at either of them?"
[01:52] <AdEvaGM> ["True. Although that said, if you were to join the military, a degree is necessary for an officer's position- and even if you state you have no natural talent, you have some of the training already, and not every officer who ever put on the uniform is a Napoleon. These days all we ask is that you're not a Quinctillus Varus."]
[01:54] <Yanmei> "Right!" She chuckled as if she knew who that was. She couldn't remember if Misato had mentioned that name or not before. "There's still a little time decide, though? I'll think about it."
[01:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course." He smiled. "Of course, I expect that in the long run, you'll probably discuss this more at length with Colonel Amatore and Isaiah."]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "Absolutely." Yanmei grinned. "They're probably really curious about it too. And they'll probably have some insights?"
[02:01] <AdEvaGM> ["I'd imagine so. Well, I think that's all?"]
[02:02] * Yanmei nodded, standing. "Thank you for the chat, Mr. Martin."
[02:02] <AdEvaGM> ["You're welcome. Can you please call Mr. Ansel in for me?"]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "Certainly~" And she moved to do just that, beckoning to him as she stepped back out into the hallway. "You're next."

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