This Too Shall Pass 3 1 6

[07:52] <Mianplo> [Armin sat on a chair, one leg folded neatly over the other. The occupants of the two transparent cells paid him no mind.-
[07:54] <Mianplo> [In the right-hand cell was Joan, clad in her Solomon robes, although the helmet was gone. Her violet hair had an odd, dishevelled look to it. Joan was leaning up against the wall of the other cell…-
[07:54] <Mianplo> [In that cell was an Ayanami with violet hair and a frightened expression. She was wearing a basic white robe provided by the UEF, although under that could be seen bone-white Phantom armour.-
[07:55] <Mianplo> [The Ayanami was leaned up against the same wall, and in fact had positioned herself as close to Joan as possible. She made patterns on the wall which Joan reacted to with her own swirls.]
[08:04] <Sept> "Hey, Armin!" Sera'd found his way down to the holding cells — miraculously, perhaps, staying outside them. He leaned up against one of the cell walls on his side, arms crossed. "How's it going? Eventful?"
[08:07] <Mianplo> ["Eventful for them." Said Armin.]
[08:08] * Sept raised an eyebrow and took another look at the two. "You mean that?"
[08:09] <Mianplo> ["Why would I not?"]
[08:10] <Sept> "Looks quiet to me."
[08:11] <Mianplo> ["The cells are literally soundproof." Said Armin.-
[08:11] <Mianplo> ["Besides, don't correlate events and noise."]
[08:13] <Sept> "D'you just mean the signing they're doing?"
[08:16] <Mianplo> ["That is part of it, but their general scenario is very eventful."]
[08:22] <Mianplo> ["You don't consider being captured and experiencing personal trauma to be eventful?"]
[08:25] <Sept> "Oh, I see. I guess so. How's she taken it?"
[08:25] <Mianplo> ["Not well. We had to move her daughter into the next cell just to calm her down."]
[08:30] <Sept> "Mm. 'Daughter'." He glanced at the Ayanami again. "Spawn?"
[08:30] <Mianplo> ["No."]
[08:31] <Sept> "Just a soul relation?"
[08:32] <Mianplo> ["No." Said Armin. "The two are bound, however, and Joan refers to her as a daughter."]
[08:34] <Sept> "Well, then I'm satisfied to just call it weird. Mind if I have a chat?"
[08:34] <Mianplo> ["You're free."]
[08:37] <Sept> "Very nice of you to say so." Sera hit the button for the intercom, still facing Armin as he leaned against the wall. "Hey, Joan? Got a moment?"
[08:38] <Sept> «* picked up the phone»
[08:39] <Sept> «with a knock against the wall»
[08:41] <Mianplo> [Joan looked over at him momentarily, then went back to her swirls.]
[08:44] * CakeyCake is now known as Yanmei
[08:47] * Sept considered it for a moment. "I want to know what she has over you. You don't stand to benefit from just going along with the flow, do you?"
[08:50] <Mianplo> [Joan ignored him.]
[08:58] <Sept> "And if you already find comfort in your daughter being here, then there's nothing more you need, right? You've won."
[08:58] <Mianplo> ["Are you trying to aggravate her?" asked Armin.]
[09:03] * Sept exhaled sharply, a sort of sigh. "I'll leave you to it." He hung up. "If I wanted to do that, I'd go and pick up the other phone now."
[09:06] <Mianplo> ["If it helps, she's refused to talk to anyone."]
[09:09] <Sept> "Mm. Of course. She didn't even have to give us her name. I find there's even less of a chance to get her to talk when she's -not- shackled up."
[09:10] <Mianplo> ["When you're in combat?"]
[09:13] <Sept> "She's the type to get too excited to make any sense when fighting."
[09:13] <Mianplo> ["I see. I suppose that means the only real discourse you have if you want to speak to her is to find something she wants."]
[09:17] <Sept> "Yeah. Not easy. I don't -need- her for anything, but we should know what happens if we ever manage to free them. It's our obligation to try and understand."
[09:22] <Mianplo> ["What do you think will happen if you free this one?"]
[09:24] * Sept shook his head. "We've seen what she can do. I couldn't trust her with anything if I wasn't desperate."
[09:32] <Mianplo> ["And if you were desperate?"]
[09:37] <Sept> "I'd rely on her caring for her own, if she had them. I'd hope some part of her brought my memory back because she saw an injustice."
[09:38] <Mianplo> ["I see."]
[09:45] <Sept> "But honestly, Agatha, Augustine, Scholastica all seem more likely to be of any help, if that door ever opens up for us. But I'll keep trying," he concluded, spreading his hands and letting them fall again. "Like I do."
[09:46] <Mianplo> ["No opinion on the Spectre?"]
[09:48] <Sept> "…oh, yeah. I was counting on Aline for that, too. Gh."
[09:49] <Mianplo> ["Mmm." Armin's expression fell.]
[09:55] <Sept> "I'll get on it, don't worry. There's a lot of people on the ship who know her better."
[10:02] <Mianplo> ["I see."]
[10:05] <Sept> "Well, I'll. Go work on it. I'll see you around. Keep it up."
[10:07] <Mianplo> ["Bye."]
[10:11] * Sept stood up straight with a nod and turned away from Armin. Pausing, he traced his own set of swirls on the impenetrable wall, reversed so as to perhaps be just about legible.
[10:11] <Sept> [97609.]
[10:14] <Mianplo> [Joan turned, only for a second, to look at him.-
[10:15] <Mianplo> [Her expression was vacant. After a second she turned back to her daughter.]
[10:16] * Sept headed out, with a final wave behind his back to Armin.
[10:19] <Yanmei> But there was someone waiting for him between the many security checks between the prison area and the rest of the ship. A Chancellor in civilian clothes who was fussing with one of her many phones while leaning against a wall. "Hey."
[10:22] <Sept> "Ah. Hey." Sera stopped in his tracks, looking alert as he faced her. He hesitated between replies for a moment. "Not a very talkative prisoner."
[10:23] <Yanmei> "No. She's pretty good at roughing up prison cells, though. This is her second one?"
[10:24] <Sept> "But she's behaved now that you got them together."
[10:29] <Yanmei> "She's still pretty dangerous? The fact that she could potentially coordinate with one of her phantoms makes it even more important to keep an eye on her. Speaking of which…" she pushed off thhe wall, standing up straight. "I have a job for you."
[10:31] <Sept> "Name it," Sera shrugged.
[10:34] <Yanmei> "Join the Joan-watching guard rotation."
[10:36] <Sept> "What, just sit in with Armin?"
[10:42] <Yanmei> "Not exactly. You'll probably be assigned your own shift, with some other partner if you get one at all."
[10:44] <Sept> "I'm not really confident in my abil- well. I guess I will be after this. You're sure I can deal with it."
[10:50] <Yanmei> "You shouldn't have any trouble. The battleship - or 03 specifically - is mostly suppressing her AT Field. The cells that they're in also have automated defenses? The live guards are just an additional precaution. Just keep an eye on her and call for help if she or her little friend do anything weird."
[10:53] * Sept nodded. "I can do that. Just tell me when."
[10:54] * Yanmei nodded. "Talk with security about it as soon as you can, and they'll get you sorted out."
[10:56] <Sept> "I'll get it done. That's all for the job?"
[11:02] <Yanmei> "Yeah, for the most part. It's not the orphan-centered atonement I initially had in mind for you, but well. I'm sure I don't have to spell out the dangers of Joan getting loose here. We need all the help we can get watching her."
[11:05] <Yanmei> * RETCON *
[11:07] <Yanmei> "For the guard job, yeah. There's also something - or someone - else that I need you to take care of for a while. A friend of Blanc's."
[11:13] * Sept went through the list in his head. There were no matches. "Who?"
[11:18] <Yanmei> "I haven't personally met her either? She's… someone that Surov created. Like Sarasvati or the princess's mini-annihilator friend. Actually, Navah has been watching her since she was recovered from the crash wreckage a few weeks back."
[11:19] <Sept> "You want -me- to take care of Little Aline."
[11:20] <Yanmei> "Someone has to."
[11:25] * Sept stared her down for a few moments.-
[11:25] <Sept> "Y-Yeah. Alright. I'll do what I can."
[11:27] <Yanmei> "Thank you. I'll pass the news on to Navah and Surov?"
[11:30] <Sept> "Go ahead. I'll get to that t- Ah, if… that's all, there was something I wanted to ask you?"
[11:31] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[11:33] <Sept> "It's about the Specter. She's the Prime I know the least about. I'm trying to get some kind of idea about all of them."
[11:34] * Yanmei blinked. "We've talked a bit, yeah. What do you want to know?"
[11:39] <Sept> "Motivations. What she'd do if set completely free."
[11:46] <Yanmei> "Hmm. I'm not even sure if she knows that? I've talked to her a little about Caine before. She views her benevolently, and just the concept of not following her orders seemed bewildering to her."
concept of not following her orders seemed bewildering to her."
[07:35] * Sept nodded. "Mm, I see. Maybe she differs from the others in that sense. And she's not… dumb, right?"
[07:37] <Yanmei> "No. She just doesn't remember being an Angel. If she did, she would probably have different feelings about it."
[07:40] <Sept> "Of course. I'll try to poke around and see how they feel about each other, if I get the chance," Sera noted offhandedly.
[07:43] <Yanmei> "Um. How? It's not like Caine or the Spectre are on the Dorian right now."
[07:45] <Sept> "We'll keep running into them, one way or another. Don't you think?"
[07:49] <Yanmei> "Maybe. I hope so as far as the Spectre is concerned, anyway." She tossed her hair. "The last time we talked it seemed like she had a lot to think about?"
[07:50] <Sept> "I'm sure they all do. Did your people figure out what it is Joan's doing with her daughter?"
[07:52] <Yanmei> "What, you mean the swirly-swirly thing they keep doing on the wall?"
[07:54] <Sept> "Yeah, that." He glanced off to the side, towards where he'd come from. "I mean, it could just be a lullaby. I heard they were both pretty upset."
[07:59] <Yanmei> "You're not wrong. Joan was completely freaking out before? Right now they're just interacting the only way they can, and it's keeping them calm, which is a good thing because it means she's no longer trying to attack people through the observation window."
[08:04] <Sept> "Did she pose an actual threat..?"
[08:04] * Raphael (~ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.62-69-13-112d|oaT#ua.moc.tensutpo.wsn.lsd.62-69-13-112d|oaT) Quit (Ping timeout)
[08:07] <Yanmei> "Not much of one, no. She was -really- determined, though. I didn't want to chance anything."
[08:11] <Sept> "Ah… You're not saying that just because I have to sit with her?"
[08:15] <Yanmei> "No. The farthest she got was destroying her phone and making a small puncture the transparent surovite. If she tried something like that again, you'd have plenty of time to call for help."
[08:19] <Yanmei> ^in the transparent
[08:19] <Sept> "Heh. Got it." He flashed her a smile. "I'll keep her in there, then."
[08:20] <Yanmei> "Good. Thanks for the cooperation~"
[08:22] <Sept> "I'm not sure if I can promise the same for… my other ward. But I'll do my best."
[08:27] <Yanmei> "Good luck with that. I'm sure you'll manage it somehow?"
[08:32] * Sept nodded. "You can bet your ass I'll come straight back to you if I need something to keep up with this, though," he said, half joking.
[08:38] <Yanmei> "Well, naturally." She puffed up slightly. "Handling Little Aline or dumb Joan should be no problem for me~ I'd be happy to give advice or resources or whatever."
[08:43] * Sept opened his mouth to reply, but hesitated. "Yeah," he finally laughed. "Of course. We've probably both got other business, so. Keep up the good work?"
[08:46] <Yanmei> "Thanks." She started to turn in the direction of the prison cells. "You too. And stay safe?"
[08:47] <Sept> "Definitely." He raised a hand in a wave and headed in the opposite direction.

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