This Too Shall Pass 3 2 29

[14:47] * Yanmei rubbed her head tiredly. It was only the start of the week, and she was already feeling sluggish. Not that weekends were actually a thing for her anymore? Or full nights of rest either. -
[14:50] <Yanmei> In front of her was a thick stack of reports. It had been there for several hours. Yanmei was trying to pretend that it didn't exist. Instead she toyed with her new necklace, rolling its small jade pendant between her fingers slowly, as she caught up with international news on her tablet. Sluggish as it was in her office today, at least it was quiet…
[14:53] <Minaplo> [The door bounced open, its handle slamming against its back wall.-
[14:54] <Minaplo> [Asuka stood in the doorway, literally trembling- and by the deep scowl, narrowed eye and bared teeth, one could assume it wasn't from fear. She was wearing a simple red jumpsuit over a white top.-
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["What the hell are you playing at?!"]
[14:58] * Yanmei had shot to her feet at the crash. Now, seeing who it was, she nearly gave into the temptation to sit down again. "What's wrong?"
[15:00] <Minaplo> ["My Eva!" Roared Asuka. "You gave it to them to study?! What the fuck?"]
[15:12] <Yanmei> "They wanted a typical production model for it? Yours was one of the few that was still functioning and wasn't prone to, um. Whatever happened to 07 in Eden base that one time." She didn't dare sit down after all. Something about that look on Asuka's face was starting to stir up feelings of self-preservation. "You don't approve?" she guessed.
[15:17] <Minaplo> [Crack!-
[15:19] <Minaplo> [In one long move Asuka had leapt up onto the table and snapped a kick at Yanmei, catching her sharply on the chin. The force of the impact sent Yanmei stumbling back into her chair, which fell over, sprawling her across the floor.-
[15:19] <Minaplo> [A collection of papers and reports fell to the ground around her, and a few pens, jostled by Asuka's landing, rolled off the edge.-
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["You knew." Said Asuka, her voice shaking with anger. "You knew I wanted it fixed, you knew I was climbing the fucking walls waiting to be deployed, and you did this anyway? How fucking stupid are you?"]
[15:32] <Yanmei> It took a second for a proper response, what with fumbling upright through the tumbling papers and making sure her jaw wasn't flat out broken by testing it with a few thick swears. She could taste blood on her tongue. -
[15:33] <Yanmei> "Gdammit…! We aren't even being deployed any time soon! What the hell?!"
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["Oh fuck off." Snapped Asuka. "Surov tells me they'll have it for a fucking month! We're at war, you moron! The UN has us fucking outnumbered! You think we won't be deployed at all in a month?!"-
[15:35] <Minaplo> [She kicked at Yanmei's tablet; it flew across the room and cracked against the wall.]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Enough! Can you talk to me without breaking shit?"
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["Fuck you." Said Asuka. "I've said what I came to say. It's pretty obvious that you don't really give a fucking damn about what I think."-
[15:42] <Minaplo> [… And as quickly as she'd come, Asuka turned, leapt off the table and stormed out.]
[15:55] * Yanmei stared at the door in mute rage. Her hand hovered near the phone, and she thought of half a dozen people to call in security about this… but in the end, she just let her hand drop back at her side. She exhaled deeply and righted her chair. Then she kicked it. It wheeled backward and bounced lightly against the wall next to her desk in a completely unsatisfying manner. -
[15:59] <Yanmei> Yanmei scowled. Whatever. Asuka was practically spitting fire. She wouldn't be hard to track down in that state. Even if she didn't want to talk, they could at least, like, work it out another way. So she pulled off her jacket, let it slump down on the chair, and stormed through the door herself.
[16:02] <Minaplo> [A series of subtle clues and witness testimonies would lead Yanmei to- well, the door to Asuka and Alex's quarters.]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's upper lip curled slightly. What if Fontaine was in there and he was comforting her? She took the chance, pressing the little buzzer next to the door.
[16:06] <Minaplo> [There was no answer… Yanmei would notice that the door was actually unlocked, though.]
[16:07] <Yanmei> Unusual. "I'm coming in," she called out, and slowly pushed it open.
[16:08] <Minaplo> [The doors were button-operated, and slid open at Yanmei's press.-
[16:11] <Minaplo> [Asuka was inside, alone.-
[16:12] <Minaplo> [A chest of drawers sat against one wall; Asuka roughly tore the drawers out and pulled clumps of clothes from each one, before shoving it into an open duffel bag sitting on the bed.-
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["Fuck off!"]
[16:15] <Yanmei> "What… what in the hell are you doing?!"
[16:16] <Minaplo> ["Leaving!"]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "Because of -this-?! Where are you even going to go? Calm down and think a little!"
[16:19] <Minaplo> ["I dunno where." Spat Asuka. "But it's gotta be better than being useless."]
[16:23] <Yanmei> "Why would you even think that?!" Yanmei tried to block the way to the duffle bag, her hands on her hips. She was glaring fiercely.
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["Grrr-!" Asuka lashed out, snapping a quick one-two punch at Yanmei's face. "You think my Eva's better with those fuckers than with me!"]
[16:41] * Yanmei was better prepared this time! She managed to slip just barely out of the way. "That's a lie! It outright sucks not having you on the field!"
[16:48] <Minaplo> [Another sharp punch toward the chin. "Bullshit!"]
[16:53] <Yanmei> "It's true?" She stepped aside again. "The other units aren't hitting as hard as you and 02 do? Approving for you two to be out of it for any longer… it might have been a crappy move."
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["Then why'd you do it?!"]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "I told you! 02 met the requirements! And it was the only unit who did without a history of going berserk! We thought it'd be safer!"
[13:36] <Minaplo> ["That's exactly what I mean." Snarled Asuka. "No matter what you say, it's obvious you don't need me and 02 that much on the battlefield if you're willing to give it to them instead of waiting to give them a different fucking unit!"-
[13:38] <Minaplo> [Asuka made another go of it, striking toward Yanmei's head!]
[13:40] * Yanmei bounded back a few steps this time. "Did stupid Surov even tell you what sort of information they're trying to dig for?"
[13:46] <Minaplo> ["I don't care!"]
[13:54] <Yanmei> "You should, because it could turn the tide of the entire war! We might even be able to use it to beef 02 up even more than it already is!"
[13:57] <Minaplo> [Asuka tried to snare Yanmei's leg. "What the hell do you mean?!"]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "Our understanding of how Evas tick is limited?" Yanmei slipped away and tried to come up behind Asuka, reaching for her arms. "We overcome that through this study, and we can make all sorts of changes to them. Make them stronger, more efficient. And if we do it before dumb Caine can produce those other Devas…"
[14:12] <Minaplo> [Asuka pulled away and grabbed Yanmei's wrist for a few tight seconds before Yanmei managed to slip away. "But you gave her to him!"]
[14:14] <Yanmei> "S-Surov?" She went in for a tackle.
[14:18] <Minaplo> [Asuka sidestepped.-
[14:19] <Minaplo> [For a second, Yanmei thought Asuka was going for her stomach; Yanmei reared back, only to find Asuka behind her, striking Yanmei hard in the joint with a firm chop.-
[14:19] <Minaplo> [For a few dizzying moments, Yanmei's vision swam with pain.-
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["Him! Robert Langley!" Shouted Asuka, her voice cracking. "You're giving mama to the man who betrayed her!"]
[14:24] * Yanmei …wobbled, clutching her injured arm with her uninjured one. It didn't help the pain. She sucked in a few breaths through her teeth, trying to manage both it and the surging rage response. "T-then we won't have him touch her. You're not the only one whose Eva got benched for this project? And he's not the only specialist on the team. We'll have him only examine 01."
[14:29] <Minaplo> [Asuka shoved Yanmei roughly toward the bed; she grabbed her bag of clothes and pulled it over toward the drawers.-
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["I hate this."-
[14:33] <Minaplo> ["Every day Alex comes back here, and he's tired because he's spent all day training, or tuning up his Titan, or preparing for an Op, or he's come back from an Op, and I've been here doing jack shit, just the same thing over and over. Spar, spar, spar. So he talks about it and I get pissed off because I feel fucking useless by comparison! So we he stops bringing it up, but that's not
[14:33] <Minaplo> fair to him when he can't even talk about his day without setting me off."-
[14:33] <Minaplo> [Asuka kicked one of the drawers in as hard as she could; there was a heavy crunching sound as it slammed back into the chest.-
[14:35] <Minaplo> ["I couldn't wait to get back into it, you know? I asked you about it, I figured you'd- understand. That you'd listen."-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["But you did this. And you didn't even speak to me about it first."-
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["I thought you'd be better than that. More fool me."]
[14:44] <Yanmei> "Listen… to me." Yanmei had nearly tumbled headfirst into the bed, but had managed to keep, somehow, on her feet. "I made a very horrible and very stupid mistake, and it will absolutely not happen again? I'm sorry for being so insensitive. If I was in your place, I'd probably try to punch me too."
[14:48] <Minaplo> [Asuka mumbled something, but Yanmei was too far away to hear.]
[14:49] <Yanmei> "Huh?" She stumbled a little closer.
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["I'm worthless." Said Asuka. "All I'm good at is fighting. And now I'm falling apart because I can't even do the one thing I'm good for."]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "You're the least worthless person I know? Even when you're not fighting stuff. You're brave and strong, and you're way better with people than most of the other Eva pilots, and you're smart too."
[15:03] <Minaplo> ["…"]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "I'm serious!" Yanmei was close enough now to give her a light little nudge. "We'll find something for you to do, ok? Actually, you'll have your pick."
[15:06] <Minaplo> ["You're only trying to cheer me up." Said Asuka glumly. "Alexandrina, Sera, a bunch of others- they just think I'm a living weapon and nothing more."]
[15:08] <Yanmei> "Then they're assholes," Yanmei said firmly. "We could prove them wrong? Like, if you assisted with the research on 02."
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, they probably need a guinea pig pilot."]
[15:12] <Yanmei> "Well, I meant helping them like an assistant would with whatever data or, er, measurements and instruments they'll be using?"
[15:16] <Minaplo> ["…"]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "What?"
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["I don't want to be around him."]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Oh. I mean, I could put you directly under Fontaine's mom? But you might still end up crossing paths every now and then…"
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["It's hard to even think of anything like that right now." Muttered Asuka. "I'm angry. I'm angry and hurt- I don't get it. Why you didn't speak to me first."]
[15:28] * Yanmei hesitated. Eventually, she glanced away with a frown. "Because I was stupid and selfish about it. I heard about the opportunity and I jumped at it immediately without thinking more about it."
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["I dunno if I can forgive that." Said Asuka. "Not easily, anyway. Not without a lot of effort on your part to stop doing that. Decades of effort. I won't forgive you until you consider me and my feelings for at least 30 years."]
[15:36] <Yanmei> Yanmei sighed. "I guess I'd better get started, then? When 02's finally back in action, we'll have a big party? And we'll have you lead the first battle it goes into. Also, in the meantime, I could probably smack Fontaine for not being more understanding about your situation. A couple of times," she added for good measure.
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["More."]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "I could give you a fancy new rank? And commission a new cape for you too." The highest of honors.
[15:47] <Minaplo> ["I prefer to earn my damn ranks. I want something more."]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "Weapons? A new dorm room? A promise to never, ever do this again? Tell me what you need."
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["Fine."-
[15:53] <Minaplo> [Asuka turned, her arms folded. "I want EVA-02 to get high priority for upgrades- forever. And you should obviously make sure it benefits from anything we find in this dumb project."-
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["Also, some custom weapons would be nice. Like, super custom weapons?"-
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["Oh, and you know, whilst we're on the topic, a customised AC Suit wouldn't go astray either…"-
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["I mean, you all gave Blanc a car with missiles. I know, I saw it devastate a city block. Let's see…"-
[16:00] <Minaplo> ["Oh, and sending me on missions with Alex would be nice. It'd let us train and practice together, you know!"-
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Also, Surov can probably do something for this eye, right? Reckon you could get on that? It'd be nice to have both eyes back?"-
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["Oh! And, I want you to name the first colony on Mars after me…"-
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["One more thing."-
[16:03] <Minaplo> [Asuka took a step toward Yanmei; she placed her hands on Yanmei's shoulders. "I want something only you can do."]
[16:07] <Yanmei> "What would that be?" The barrage had clearly taken her off guard, judging from the dazed expression on her face and her utter lack of snappy comebacks.
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["I want you…"-
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["To call me 'big sis' for a month."-
[16:08] <Minaplo> ["No wait, two months."]
[16:12] * Yanmei grit her teeth. "Why do I feel like that's the request you have your heart set on the most?"
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["Surely it's not too high a price to pay for your best friend…? Or am I not worth it…?"]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "Grrrr… Sure thing… Big…Sis."
[02:15] <Minaplo> [Asuka smirked.-
[02:15] <Minaplo> [… Then she pulled Yanmei into a tight hug.-
[02:15] * Colapso (~431.711.221.981|deR#431.711.221.981|deR) has joined #nervfrance
[02:16] <Minaplo> ["Sorry for kicking your ass. You know I was only upset 'cuz I love you so much, right, dumbass?"]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "It's not like it hurt?" Yanmei scoffed. "Anyway, I already knew that. Where you really going to leave, though?"
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["I dunno. Maybe. Probably? I dunno where I would've gone…"-
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["Would you have come looking for me?" She asked smugly.]
[02:20] <Yanmei> "If I didn't, you'd probably get murdered by roving UN assholes? So yes."
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["Hmph."-
[02:20] <Minaplo> ["Oh, speaking of assholes, I thought of one more thing I want."]
[02:21] * Yanmei eyed her with deep suspicion. "With a lead-in like that, I'm not sure I want to actually know more? But… what is it?"
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["Don't be twisted." Said Asuka, rolling her eye. "I want the Federation to pay for all of my meals at Blue's forever?"]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Of course, you only plan to go there for the occassional weekend meal, right…?"
[02:30] <Minaplo> ["I plan to go there whenever I want?"]
[02:30] * Yanmei grumbled. -
[02:31] <Yanmei> "I'll see what we can actually do?"
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Hmph."-
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["Oh, one more request!"]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "This is your third 'one more'! Is this really the last request?"
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Rude! I was just gonna ask you to spend the rest of the day with me…"]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well." Yanmei tossed her hair. "That one isn't so bad…"
[02:37] * Suzune (moc.rr.ser.yabapmat.551cfh1322356|enuzuS#moc.rr.ser.yabapmat.551cfh1322356|enuzuS) Quit (Quit: )
[02:37] <Minaplo> ["C'mon. Let's go get something to eat at Blue's."]
[02:40] <Yanmei> "Fine, fine…" That… probably meant she was paying out of pocket for her until they made proper arrangements with Blue. She waited for Asuka to go first before sneakily pulling out her wallet and peering into to. Oh well…
[02:40] <Minaplo> ["Fine, fine, what?"]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "Big… Grr… Sis."
[02:41] <Minaplo> [And with that, smirking Asuka left her room behind, her head held high.]

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