This Too Shall Pass 3 1 1

[08:03] <CakeyCake> The first things to greet Yanmei as she had groggily stumbled out of the medical wing on the Dorian Lachapelle, were her secretary Lucille and a thick stack of forms that needed to be read and signed off on. They had won, incredibly. The Geofront was theirs again. -
[08:03] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[08:09] <Yanmei> A lot of other things had happened. People had died and been badly injured. Troops had encountered no less than three Solomon Primes during the battle in the facility and had captured one. Allies were starting to notice their return. -
[08:10] <Yanmei> She spent the next few hours in conference with officers and also said allies, and then recieved another bit of news. Their newest prisoner was awake. -
[08:18] <Yanmei> And so, Yanmei found herself passing through various layers of security to the toughest prison cells on the ship, bracing herself along the way. She was alone. Had to be. Stupid Joan would probably try to say all sorts of terrible things to her. Also she had all sorts of very fun things to say in return. -
[08:20] <Yanmei> Joan's cell was easy to pick out from the rest. There was a very tall, very blonde Iron Guard loitering in front of it. Yanmei gave him a brisk nod.
[08:27] <Minaplo> ["Chancellor Zhang." Said Albus Mortens, placing one hand across his heart and bowing. "I had presupposed with some certainty that the proprietary chancellory had been petitioned to cordially present our convivialities to our prisoner."]
[08:35] <Yanmei> "Yes." She was trying her damndest not to look uncertain. She was used to working with language barriers, though. Anyway, she was more concerned with the fact that someone was down here at all, within earshot. "Please don't mind me. I won't be long."
[08:36] <Minaplo> [He gave her another gentlemanly bow, before walking down the hall so that he was a good 20 or 30 metres away.]
[08:40] <Yanmei> And so Yanmei faced the cell, peering through the transparent barrier.
[08:41] * Syntax is now known as Sept
[08:52] <Minaplo> [And there she was. Joan, lying on the bed, face down, hands over her head. Her robe had apparently respun itself around her, shrouding her in red and gold fabric. Her helmet was gone, though, and violet hair spilled out over her gloved hands.]
[08:55] * Yanmei picked up the phone on her side, tapping on the barrier to catch her attention.
[08:55] <Minaplo> [Joan didn't budge.]
[09:07] * Yanmei made an irritated face and began speaking into the phone, her voice haughty. "I don't blame you for being worried? The tables have turned this time."
[09:12] <Minaplo> [Joan turned her whole body, essentially leaping off the bed.-
[09:13] <Minaplo> [Any injuries to her face had long since healed, but her eyes were red, wide and puffy.-
[09:13] <Minaplo> [She stared at Yanmei, eye to eye, straight on.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [Then she -howled- from the bottom of her lungs. The surovite cell was supposed to be soundproof, but Yanmei heard it clear as day.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [In one leap, Joan crossed the distance from bed to door, throwing her weight behind a punch.-
[09:14] <Minaplo> [Her fist struck the transparent surovite- to no avail.-
[09:15] <Minaplo> [Another punch. Another and another, all the while howling wildly.]
[09:21] * Yanmei stared, her expression going a bit smug after the initial shock. And there -was- a shock, or at least a moment when she felt incredibly grateful for the invention of Surovite. -
[09:23] <Yanmei> But there was something more troubling about this too. The sense that she was missing something about all this…
[09:24] <Minaplo> [Meanwhile, Joan's efforts redoubled. She struck at the surovite door in a rapidly increasing rhythm of punches. There was no grace or style there- it was just pure rage channelled into the most powerful strikes she could muster.-
[09:25] <Minaplo> [Her gauntlets began to split, revealing bloodied knuckles. Joan's shriek rose in volume, becoming an ear-hurting keening. She pulled her fist back for one massive strike, and slammed it into the door.-
[09:25] <Minaplo> [There was a crack. One of Joan's fingers bent at an odd angle- and a small dent appeared in the surface of the door.-
[09:27] <Minaplo> [At that second, Yanmei heard a dull alarm sound over the door. A panel built into the cell's roof slid open, revealing a long probe attached to a prehensile mechanical cable.-
[09:28] <Minaplo> [The probe aimed itself at Joan, and fired, a long needle striking Joan at the base of the spine. Something happened- Yanmei wasn't sure- but Joan suddenly seized up, arms snapping backwards- before collapsing to her knees.]
[09:42] * Yanmei watched this all with the smugness slowly fading from her face. First because of the damage to the door itself, and then to the stun dart. She had not even known that was a thing. -
[09:43] <Yanmei> She eyed Joan for a moment or two longer. "Well? Got a hold of yourself yet? Or do we have to do that again?"
[09:47] <Minaplo> [Joan remained kneeling for a few seconds… Only to leap back up to her feet, throwing another punch at the door. Before it landed, the probe shocked her again, and Joan collapsed, letting out a scream of pain.-
[09:48] <Minaplo> [A third time- at this point Joan's knees were trembling tremulously. Before she could even lift her arm, the probe shocked her once more, and Joan collapsed, slumping against the door.-
[09:49] <Minaplo> [She pulled back only far enough to allow her to drive her forehead into it as hard as she could.]
[09:52] <Yanmei> "Stop that!" She said sharply, glowering at her for all the good that would do. "You can't do anything, so just give it up?"
[09:55] <Minaplo> [But she didn't give it up. She brought her head back and smashed it into the door again. And again.-
[09:56] <Minaplo> [After half a minute of this, blood was starting to course down Joan's face and the door was completely unharmed…]
[10:07] * Yanmei sighed. At that point, she stepped back, glancing the way Albus had gone just to read his reactions to this, if he was even aware of what was going on.
[10:08] <Minaplo> [he was, although he was 30 metres away; he was clearly watching. His expression was impassive.-
[10:09] <Minaplo> [Joan had since slumped against the door, her strength drained. Her screaming had stopped, and Yanmei couldn't hear her now, but her mind filled in the blanks: Joan was sobbing.]
[10:21] * Yanmei simply waited for a time. Waited to see if she would calm herself down. She certainly wasn't going to offer any words of comfort to her.
[10:22] <Minaplo> [It would take a few minutes, but eventually Joan's sobbing would subside, replaced with dull silence. She stared down at the floor blankly.]
[10:29] * Sept is now known as Syntax
[10:30] <Yanmei> "As I was saying. Welcome to the Dorian Lachapelle," said Yanmei smoothly. "You're going to be here for a while, so I'd suggest keeping the outbursts to a minimum unless you want more shocks? Consider this an opportunity to meditate on all the people you've killed and the lives you've ruined since waking up on Earth."
[10:31] <Minaplo> [Joan didn't respond for a few seconds, then shakily picked up her phone. She held it up to her ear.-
[10:32] <Minaplo> ["Give me back my child."]
[10:32] <Yanmei> "What?"
[10:32] <Minaplo> ["Give me back my child."]
[10:34] * Yanmei squinted at her, slowly remembering some things Hauptmann had said during her visit to his own cell. "The Phantom we captured…?"
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Give me back my child."]
[10:36] <Yanmei> "I can assure you that she's unharmed? But there's no way we'd 'give her back'. We do have our security to think about?"
[10:37] <Minaplo> ["Please give her back." Said Joan. "Give her back. You murdered my others, please give her back…"]
[10:39] <Yanmei> "That's not going to happen."
[10:42] <Minaplo> [Joan went still.-
[10:44] <Minaplo> [With a sudden burst of strength she tore the phone out of its socket, smashing the handle across the ground. It shattered into a dozen pieces- faster than Yanmei could track, she grabbed the sharpest, longest piece, leapt to her feet and smashed it into the dented surovite she'd been punching before. Most of it shore away, but a thin spike managed to actually pierce straight through the
[10:44] <Minaplo> surovite door.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [The probe began to shock Joan aggressively, but she was resisting it now. She wasn't even speaking- just a sound-filled furious roar. She stared at Yanmei- but there wasn't even any recognition in that look.-
[10:45] <Minaplo> [Something bulged, shifting around beneath the flesh of Joan's forehead. A second later, it split open, revealing a third eye, the iris an angry vivid violet.-
[10:46] <Minaplo> [The air around the eye shimmered and warped, but only for a second. Joan instead began slamming her fist into the spike, trying to widen the gap, ignoring the shocks entirely.]
[10:59] <Yanmei> Yanmei stepped away from the door - or at least the part of it that Joan was attacking. She waved Albus over.
[11:01] <Minaplo> [Albus was there faster than one might expect.-
[11:02] <Minaplo> [He eyed the cell. "Oh my. This might take a moment."-
[11:03] <Minaplo> [He stared at Joan- and a few seconds later she staggered back, clutching her head. Whatever strength she'd drawn on to ignore the shocks had been driven out of her by Albus, and quite quickly she'd collapsed again, face down, unconscious, body twitching as the probe zapped her every few seconds.]
[11:09] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Yanmei exhaled somewhat, and peered at the spike. "We can't continue to have her fly into these rages. And we can't keep her in a cell that's been damaged like his, even if it's only a little." -
[11:11] <Yanmei> She scowled, wrestling with something. When she was certain she had it under control, she glanced at Albus again. "How long do you think she'll be out like this?"
[11:14] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I estimate two and a half hours."-
[11:14] <Minaplo> [Joan twitched once again, the shock probe having gone into hyper-aggressive mode.-
[11:15] <Minaplo> ["Maybe three. We should remove that probe."]
[11:17] <Yanmei> "We will. We're going to transfer her to another cell while we're at it? Also, we'll do the same with the Phantom she wants. I'll alert security so they can lock the ship down while they're doing that."
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["Ah. You intend to grant her wish."]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "No. We can't have them in the same cell. But on the floor below us we have a few that are separated by this transparent wall instead of by the usual solid ones." She rapped an index finger against transparent surovite. For a moment, the scowl threatened to return. "We'll have to monitor them both extremely closely."
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["Far be it from me to indulge in the practice of volunteering unsolicited counsel, lest like a grubby nun it evolves into an unseemly habit, but may I introduce unto your ponderings the idea that if one such as myself might subjugate a Prime that perhaps a lone unarmed Phantom would not be a burden overlarge on my capabilities?"]
[11:28] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.681-032-13-112d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.681-032-13-112d|oaT) Quit (Quit: Bamf.)
[11:31] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I guess it wouldn't be?" It did take a moment to parse some of his words yet again. "I would also like to have additional guards around. Not to help with the AT-suppression, but it doesn't hurt to have an extra set of eyes to help out."
[11:31] <Minaplo> ["Big G or little g?"]
[11:32] <Yanmei> "Probably a combination."
[11:32] <Minaplo> ["Auspicious. I will forward my recommendations."]
[11:34] <Yanmei> "Excellent. Thank you?" She gave Joan one last look and sighed again, turning to go. "I'll get things started. Help with the transfer should arrive shortly."
[11:35] <Minaplo> [He gave her a bow.]

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