To The Root Of The Mob Problem

[12:35] <Malachi‘Ansel> [-Continued from ’In the Sunlight'!-
[12:38] <Malachi‘Ansel> [The sunlight continues to stream down upon the school of Saint Louis- a school where a near catastrophe had just occured! A band of students- mostly girls- had chased poor Sera de Pteres through several corridors, before being stopped (and coming to a crash) by Yanmei, Freya and Aline. Shortly after that, the ever-helpful Isaiah had informed them that-
[12:38] <Malachi`Ansel> [The culprit was none other than American-French student, Malachi Ansel… It was toward this devilish evil genius that the three teens now walked.]
[12:47] * Yanmei stalked forward, an unusual glint in her eye. So this was the villain responsible for Sept’s troubles this afternoon? She tried to keep her ever-present smile up. Cool head, cool head.
[12:48] * Aline on the other hand looked more curious than anything. This guy was just stupidly malicious (in a smartish way). Not a real smug asshole. She could deal. For now.
[12:50] <Malachi‘Ansel> [Isaiah, on the other hand, looked a little nervous. He kept glancing over at Yanmei and Aline, hoping to reassure himself.-
[12:52] <Malachi`Ansel> [Eventually, they returned to the large and spacious cafeteria. It was mostly empty; most of the students had run off to play, or had been a part of the mob. Yet nevertheless there was one particular student remained. Isaiah looked at Yanmei… And pointed at him.-
[12:53] * Malachi`Ansel was sitting on a bench- no, -reclining- on a bench, as cool as you please, nibbling on a cookie. He looked in high spirits!
[12:55] <Yanmei> "I see. Thank you for your help." She smiled at Isaiah. "You can hang back if you’d like. We'll handle this."
[12:56] * Aline nodded. "You probably should, really." She… knew better than to make the 'first shot', though.
[13:00] * Yanmei gave Aline a glance that told her to follow, and then approached, beelining straight for Malachi and leaning over him, so that they were face-to-face. At least he couldn't get a running start from that lying-down position. "Good afternoon, Mr. Ansel. It looks like we have a few things to discuss? We can do it here, discreetly, or we could take a walk to someplace more private, like the roof, if you prefer."
[13:02] * Aline made it a point to maneuver to the other side. He might bolt in the -other- direction. It's all tactical. Surrounding an opponent is the optimum state for a stationary conflict against an opponent that cannot split their resources well enough~
[13:04] <Malachi‘Ansel> [Isaiah steps back a little obediently, and nods, his big eyes watching this event as it unfolds!-
[13:07] <Malachi`Ansel> ["Hm~? What’s this?" Malachi looks up at Yanmei and Aline, a lack of concern on his face. "Ah, it's the pretty pilot-" His eyes flick up to Yanmei's face- "And the prettier one." They flick over to Aline. "What, really, do we have to discuss?" He takes a bite from his cookie. "Anywhere's good as anywhere else."
[13:11] <Yanmei> "You'll be upfront with us, won't you?" Yanmei continued smiling. "Did you intentionally incite a mob to chase a terrified Sera de Pteres through the school hallways today? We have an eye witness claiming that you did. You can understand why this would be concerning to us?"
[13:16] <Malachi‘Ansel> ["Maybe~! I wouldn’t say intentionally." He said with a light shrug. "I'm not sure what your eye witness-" He turns to look over at Isaiah, who looks seriously back- "Claims he saw. But I was simply minding my own business when some girls asked me where I got my cookie from. I told them, 'I got it out of a box'. They asked me where the box was, I said 'Sera de Pteres has it'. Which is true, of course. Then I went on my merry way."]
[13:16] <Malachi‘Ansel> [He takes another unconcerned bite.]
[13:18] <Yanmei> "-How many- girls did you explain this to? Clearly, an intelligent guy like yourself should have known the consequences of doing that?"
[13:18] * Aline shrugged. "Either way, your demeanor makes it clear that you were highly amused, and your acumen suggests that you know very clearly what his fame would do. And if you watched the conference closely, you’d also know that that kind of thing would incite some terror in him even without the medical risk of crushing or compressive lung deflation." She shrugged calmly. "…I'm pretty
[13:18] * Aline sure NERV would have your head on a silver platter if it fell that way."
[13:20] <Malachi‘Ansel> "Only the ones who asked." Said Malachi sincerely to Yanmei, before turning to Aline. "Of course I was amused. Mobs of squealing girls are a staple trope of comedy! Seeing it in real life just makes it sweeter. And…" His eyes glint with either amusement… Or something else. "I’m not really afraid of NERV."
[13:22] * Aline bit her lip. Don't pull the 'I can look up where you live and I drive a giant robot for a job' card. Don't do it it's not ethical and you wouldn't do it and threats don't really pull weight. "This all sounds pointless to me."
[13:24] <Yanmei> "Even if you're not afraid of NERV - and I suppose there's no reason for them to get involved unless you seriously endanger one of us by trampling or otherwise - you're still forced to deal with us for the remainder of the school year, correct?" Smile, smile. "Don't think of this as a threat. Merely a more direct way of ascertaining if you intend to cause more trouble for us, and for de Pteres in particular."
[13:25] * Aline nodded. "Yup! A good way to recognize problems and then identify whether or not they need to be prevented through caution and forward planning~" Maybe dissonant cheerfulness will work? Let's experiment.
[13:30] * Malachi‘Ansel merely beams. "There you go again, assuming I actually meant to cause anything instead of simply being an unwitting, if highly amused, cog in a machine already moving. I think it’s safe to say that the mob was going to happen anyway." He said with a happy shrug, before turning towards Aline. "Relevance is relative, sweetheart. No doubt a lot of the things -you- do are pointless as well." He nibbled-
[13:31] <Malachi‘Ansel> On his cookie. "Anyway, I will ensure to take on board everything you’ve all said today. I'm sure NERV must be pleased to have such a close-knit unit of pilots."
[13:38] <Yanmei> "I'm sure NERV is indeed proud? As if they had anything to really do about it. In any case…" Her smile didn't exactly shrink, but it did shift, ever so slightly, and the gleam in her eye seemed to blaze to murderous proportions. "I hope you will take it all into account? Do be careful. The next time, someone could get hurt from your actions, even if they are unwitting."
[13:40] * Aline just stood there silently. She had no real purpose in this~
[13:42] <Malachi‘Ansel> "I see…" His ’energy' dims a little. He becomes a little more serious. "I'll make sure to be careful, sweetheart. Wouldn't want one of you pilots to be hurt! That could have repercussions for humanity, of course. And I wouldn't want that." He finishes off his cookie, and stares up at Yanmei and Aline. "How does it feel, kids, knowing you have to deal with small fry like me when your job is fighting giant enemy alien things?"
[13:44] * Aline shrugged. "It doesn't really feel like anything." Way to attack with neutrality. Possibly, not 'giving him anything' might help.
[13:46] * Yanmei shrugged, equally cryptic. "How is it supposed to feel? You know we have lives outside of our jobs too?"
[13:47] <Malachi‘Ansel> "Hahahaha." He sincerely laughs. "You’re both just too darn cute, y'know that?"
[13:54] <Yanmei> "You're an interesting fellow yourself, Mr. Ansel." She glanced to Aline to see if she was ready to make tracks.
[13:57] * Aline glanced back… and looked like she had little else to say. "Mm."
[13:58] <Yanmei> "Well then!" said Yanmei. "If that's all, we'll see you in class. Enjoy the rest of your free period."
[14:00] <Malachi‘Ansel> "Same to you!" Said Malachi warmly, rubbing his eyes.
[14:02] * Yanmei led the way back to Isaiah, giving Aline another glance as soon as they were out of earshot. "We may have just made things worse? But it was worth a shot…"
[14:03] <Malachi`Ansel> [Isaiah stepped forward, joining with them. "W-wow. Sounds like you really talked to him… I was watching."]
[14:03] * Aline pondered that, holding her chin. "…Maybe. He seems like the kind who does it for reactions and… well, we reacted. I guess we’ll have to step things up. PLay it like some kind of cold war thing. That way he won't get his little rises."
[14:06] <Yanmei> "Well… I'm more concerned with what he'll do to cover his tracks now. He'll make it harder to trace things back to him, that's for certain. I was hoping we could dissuade him completely, but…" she tried not to frown, glancing back over her shoulder. "Oh well. And yes, we did talk to him. He wasn't scary at all?"
[14:09] <Aline> "No, no, he wasn't." Buuut that was followed by a frown. "But the fact that he was -able- to act unscary makes him more scary." A more helpless shrug than usual. "That he can be so pleased about maybe hurting people for his entertainment, and laugh off our attempts to fight back? Means that this makes him happy. He doesn't care if it's wrong. Once you remove that… It can get worse.
[14:09] <Aline> Quickly."
[14:09] <Malachi‘Ansel> ["Really…?" The boy turned to look over at Malachi, who was subtly wiping away a bit of cold sweat now that the girls had their backs turned. Maybe he wasn’t that scary… But then again, what would Zhang Yanmei consider scary? Isaiah turns back to look at her, his big blue eyes full of silent praise.]
[14:12] <Yanmei> "Um?" Did he have to stare at her like that? Yanmei shifted uncomfortably. "Let's get back to class? I'm sure the bell will ring soon. Blanc, we should talk about this with de Pteres and Freya later. They'll probably want to know what happened?"
[14:16] * Aline tip-tapped fingers. "Right! Though I think Sera's probably not going to be paying as much attention to how to stop it. I bet he'd like to know why it happened, though." …Brief pause in her thoughts, as she looked out in a random direction. "…Freya should be told to train him not to take favors from overly-friendly strangers. Sounds like he didn't learn that lesson when he was
[14:16] * Aline younger."
[14:18] <Malachi‘Ansel> [Isaiah looks away, toward the front, fidgeting slightly. Maybe he realised he was making Yanmei uncomfortable.]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "An odd lesson for someone so skittish to miss?" Yanmei smirked slightly to herself, but shook her head, and started moving off. "Let’s go. You too, Gabriel-Wei."
[14:23] <Malachi‘Ansel> ["Uh-huh." Said Isaiah, a nervous, but warm smile on his face. He was just happy to be included.]
[14:26] * Aline nodded. "It’s the friendliness that makes him not realize it~"
[14:33] <Malachi‘Ansel> [They headed off! Luckily, there weren’t any more classes that day- instead the last two periods had been given over to the clubs.-
[14:34] <Malachi‘Ansel> [The clubs were a big part of student life at Saint Louis! Nearly all students were in a club one way or another. By the first period, all the clubs had opened up stalls and pavilions in the main plaza- where most of the high school students were now milling about. It was, surprisingly- maybe even cheerfully- crowded as students talked and looked about.]
[14:36] <Yanmei> The plaza! Yanmei lingered on the edge of the crowd, having just walked down with Aline and Isaiah. There’s a slightly dull look in her eye, as if she wasn't really expecting much in spite of her words. "Well! Here we are."
[14:40] <Malachi‘Ansel> ["They’ve set up fast." Said Isaiah, peering about before looking back at Yanmei. "Which ones are you thinking of taking, Miss Yanmei?"]
[14:41] * Aline was sort of curious about that, too. "Yeah, which ones?"
[14:44] <Yanmei> "Hm… Good question," she admitted, peering around. It looked as if she was going to talk again, but a not-so distant track and field booth snagged her attention, and she bit her lip, an unmistakable longing filling her face.
[14:45] <Malachi‘Ansel> [Isaiah peers over at where Yanmei’s looking, then back towards Yanmei. "Running?" He asks curiously.]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Huh? Ah… I'm… I'm going to pass on it this year?" She said with difficulty, and shook her head. "There must be some other clubs that can get my heart pumping just as hard. Something physical?"
[14:49] * Aline nodded, with a frown. Painful memories, mostly of guilt… Though she did try to scout out to try to help Yanmei a little. "Ah… uh… Archery? Who knows, I mean the ballistics training has to somewhat transfer…"
[14:50] <Malachi‘Ansel> [Isaiah blinked, tilting his head a little. Meanwhile, nearby, a big redheaded boy was telling anyone who would listen how awesome Judo was.]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "Maybe…" She said. She couldn’t help but glance at the redheadded kid curiously. "But what about you two?"
[14:52] <Aline> "Oh! Oh, sorry. You saw the videos, right? The Evas use guns… we have to know how to use them! Now, I won't do archery, though - I'm already going to satisfy my obligation to the swim team from last year, for sports clubbing."
[14:53] * Malachi‘Ansel nods slowly. "That makes sense…" He said. Big robots needed big guns! But he turned to Yanmei. "Maths. And… I dunno." … He looked down at his feet, blushing.]
[14:54] * Malachi`Ansel is now known as Isaiah
[14:54] * Isaiah nods slowly. "That makes sense…" He said. Big robots needed big guns! But he turned to Yanmei. "Maths. And… I dunno." … He looked down at his feet, blushing.
[14:55] * Aline thought. "Well hey, I’m going to go into the Science club too, you know. Mathematical studies are the root of science. I told Yanmei that all the way back in second period!" A little confident finger point up~
[14:57] <Yanmei> "You two don't get enough of those subjects in class?" Yanmei sighed. "It makes my head hurt…"
[14:58] * Aline decided to lean over and pat Yanmei on the head. "Don't worry~"
[14:58] <Isaiah> "They're the only things I'm good at…"
[14:58] * Isaiah also seemed to consider Aline's suggestion as well, nodding to himself and peering about for any science clubs! … And indeed, there was a science club in the distance, being hawked by Elena Clement.
[15:01] * Yanmei gave Aline a wry smile. "Well… I'll let you two find your booths. In the meantime, I'll see what this fellow is saying over here?" She head-jerked at the Judo booth.
[15:02] * Aline hand-waved. "You can do that~. Maybe that means the next time we get run down by a mob you can just judo them into the grooound."
[15:03] * Isaiah turns to look over at the science booth, then back over at Yanmei- and beyond that, the judo booth. "Judo is a sort of fighting, isn't it?"
[15:04] <Aline> "Yup! Wrestling with holds and using momentum against the other person and stuff like that."
[15:05] <Yanmei> "Yes, exactly." She didn't know much about martial arts, but she knew that much. …did that mean getting put into uncomfortable holds by big, sweaty guys? Eww, gross! She hesistated.
[15:06] <Isaiah> [To punctuate the point, Edgar was currently busy asking "ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH FOR JUDO?!" to passersby.-
[15:06] <Isaiah> [("I'm a girl!") "EVEN GIRLS CAN BE MANLY!" ("Jeez, Edgar, tone it down a little.")]
[15:07] * Aline …started to slooowly move towards science club. The swim team she had squared away. Mostly. That'd just be a formality.
[15:08] <Yanmei> Maybe… she would try something a little more refined after all. Yanmei started moving too, taking a survey of the sports clubs
[15:08] * Isaiah followed on. He didn't seem interested in judo either.-
[15:10] <Isaiah> [There were plenty of clubs available to those of the sporty persuasion! As Aline had noted, there was an Archery Club… A fencing club as well, for those who wanted to learn how to fence using thin rapiers! A gymnastics club, for those who wanted to do impressive acrobatic maneuevers…-
[15:10] <Isaiah> [There was of course, the swim club, which Aline was essentially already in- as well as a track and field club. Yanmei knew she wanted in on that- but alas…-
[15:11] * Isaiah peers curiously at all of them. "Swim club…"
[15:13] <Yanmei> "Hm? You want to swim?" Yanmei glanced absently at him. "You could see Aline all the time if you did that!" She herself was edging toward the fencing booth, eyebrows raised.
[15:16] <Isaiah> [Aline, idly, would probably find herself at the Science club! Elena, the girl trying to sell the club's points, turned to her with an expressive curious-surprised look. Would she ENGAGE?!]
[15:16] <Isaiah> "Mm." Murmured Isaiah, shrugging a little, before turning to match Yanmei's gaze. Fencing Club?-
[15:17] <Isaiah> [The Fencing Club was, idly, being hawked by a lean-looking, tall 12th year girl with long black hair. "Learn to fight like a musketeer!"]
[15:18] * Aline decides to ENGAGE in CONFLICT. "Hi, Elena!~ Have a membership slot open for the club, huh?"
[15:19] <Yanmei> "Do you take beginners?" Yanmei had meandered closer to the fencing booth!
[15:22] <Isaiah> [Even though Elena was looking -right- at Aline, she seems to actually be a little surprised that the girl did actually speak to her after all. "Oh! Oh, yes. Of course we do. Er, do you have a specialisation, Miss - I can call you Aline, right?"-
[15:24] <Isaiah> ["Ah… Miss Zhang, right?" Said the girl, peering at Yanmei. Isaiah was ignored. "Yes, of course. All types are taken, and we have to start somewhere."]
[15:26] <Yanmei> "I guess I'll give it a try, then?" she shrugged, and then glanced briefly at Isaiah to see what his interest level was. "Is there a sign up sheet? When are the practices? I've never tried this style of swordsmanship before…"
[15:30] * Aline smiled. "Yes, you can call me Aline. But… well, my specialty is physics, especially mechanics and high-level energy field theory. At least, as most as a teenage girl like me can know." She gave a bit of a sheepish look. "…I'll have to talk to NERV officers about what is and isn't confidential about my -other- specialty."
[15:32] <Isaiah> ["Certainly. Here we go." The girl puts out a long sheet in front of the pair- on that list were, of course, an assortment of names, including Alexandre Fontaine and Niles Windsor-Yamato. "The practices are once a week, on Tuesdays after school. There are catchup sessions on thursday, too, and we encourage members to practice outside of those times.-
[15:33] <Isaiah> ["Oh. Of… Of course! I know how it goes. Kinda." Said Elena, smiling sheepishly right back at Aline. "But sure. Here's the sheet." She puts down the signup sheet. "We get together on Wednesdays after school."]
[15:33] * Isaiah seemed to be interested. He was, at least, peering rather intently at the sheet.
[15:34] * Yanmei signed up! Some of the names gave her pause, but… ugh, Fontaine, again? When she was finished, she stepped aside to see what Isaiah would do. Huh. He didn't strike her as much of a fencer…
[15:34] * Aline calmly started working through the sheet! Even humming a little bit. "Hm-hm, don't mean to be egotistical there, though~"
[15:36] * Isaiah hesitated for a moment after Yanmei had finished. Then he wordlessly signed his own name down- much to the surprise of the girl selling the group!
[15:37] <Isaiah> ["Haha, it's not a problem." Said Elena. "So, how'd you get into science?"]
[15:37] * Yanmei looked surprised too! "Are you a beginner too? Let's try our best, hm?"
[15:38] <Isaiah> "I am…" He said, and for a moment he seemed to -also- be surprised at his action. But then he nodded. "Maybe we can help each other out."
[15:39] * Aline nodded curtly. "Basically just started with old books. A lot of the Impact stuff sorta made me think about that kind of destructive power. Scary, but awe-inspiring. Then it just… went. I started reading things just because I wanted to know how everything worked. I mean…" She winked. "Makes even the smallest of actions feel different if you know how crazy the physics behind them
[15:39] * Aline are."
[15:40] <Yanmei> "Let's!" she nodded, first to him, and then to the booth girl. "Thank you. We'll see you on Tuesday. Now, then. Time to find something else to join too?"
[15:43] * Isaiah nods! "I…"
[15:44] <Isaiah> ["Ah… Yeah, I know the feeling. I do biology myself, actually. It can be a little… Awe-inspiring to see how interconnected things are." Said Elena. She leaned forward a bit. "C-Can I just say, thank you?"]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "Yes?" She peered at him expectantly.
[15:45] <Isaiah> "Um." He blushed. "D-do you like drama?"
[15:45] * Aline quirked her head, a sort of odd confused look on her face. "…Thank…? Ah, for what? Just joining or…?" Chances are by the time her mind made the fame connection, the other end of the conversation will have landed.
[15:46] <Yanmei> "Oh that? It's my elective this year?" She shrugged. "I don't have much experience, but it should be okay."
[15:46] <Isaiah> ["Yeah! For joining! Also for the saving-city-from-monster thing, too." She said with a grin. "But yeah. With you in the club, we're gonna look a lot better- people who normally wouldn't join might end up joining!"]
[15:47] <Isaiah> "Yeah? You too…" The boy nodded slowly. "There's a drama club, too…"
[15:48] * Aline did finally realize it. Just [not] in time. "…Right then! You're welcome, then~"
[15:50] <Yanmei> "Extra practice? Why not?" she shrugged again. "Even with two clubs, and Student Council, and extra French tutoring, I should still have some free time? Let's hope!"
[15:53] <Isaiah> "Y-yeah? Serious?" The boy beams warmly. He's clearly grateful, even if that wasn't Yanmei's intent. "And you're going into Student Council, too… Um." He peers at her hopefully. "If you need help for that… I can be a secretary! I type really fast, 110 WPM…"
[15:53] <Isaiah> ["As are you! Here's your welcome bag~" … Aline gets a cute little bag! With a book inside, and a badge. And a little plushtoy.]
[15:54] * Aline peeeered into the bag right away. What kind of plushtoy would be given out by the science club? IT IS MYSTERY.
[15:55] <Isaiah> [Why, none other than a plush rendition of Albert Einstein!]
[15:57] * Aline nodded with approval, then! That'd do. That… would do. "Alright then~ Anyways, I'll go be checking out the other clubs now!" …and she returned to the -throng-.
[15:58] <Yanmei> "Well, I haven't thought that far ahead yet. But I'll keep it in mind?" She nodded. Maybe she was getting used to having this kid around. He wasn't all bad… "Let's see about signing up!"
[15:58] <Yanmei> To the Drama Booth!
[16:01] <Isaiah> [The drama booth was staffed by… Malachi Ansel.-
[16:01] <Isaiah> ["Helloooooshit!" His eternal smile almost falters. "Sup." Excellent recovery.-
[16:03] <Isaiah> [Aline, on the other hand, would start wandering around. There were plenty of clubs that might catch her interest! An art club, staffed by a willowy, tall boy… An actual, bona-fide Roleplaying Games Club, led by the ADVENTURE QUEEN, the ever-cheerful Lillian, who was calling out to anyone who came nearby with her sweet voice.-
[16:04] <Isaiah> [A chapter of the French Comics Club, being hawked by Emile, who was making sincere and genuine pleas to people as they walked past. Nearby was Niles Windsor-Yamato, who was coolly staffing the Debate Club stand with the eyes of a hawk.-
[16:05] <Isaiah> [… Patrice Gosselin was busy espousing the glory of Computer Club, whilst also running over to a small, makeshift stand nearby and telling people to "Join the NERV Fanclub! Honour our heroes!"…-
[16:06] <Isaiah> ["Books are the foundation of culture! Please join!" Said Angelina d'Olesse from her Book Club stand, whilst nearby, Ms. Viviane Fournier asked people to please consider beautiful music. So many choices!]
[16:07] <Yanmei> "Ah, Mr. Ansel. You're in the drama club too? How interesting~" Yanmei goes for the sign up sheet, smiling sweetly. "Let's do our best, shall we?"
[16:10] * Aline …staaared over at the computer club's proprietor for a moment, and decided again that she would save that one for last. Instead, she thought… Hm. Roleplaying Games, huh? …Girl in charge was energetic, though. So Aline decided to investigate that! "Hmm~"
[16:10] <Isaiah> ["I am. It's a fun little club, I mean, I'm not the leader. The guy leading it was busy doing something else today." He said, scratching his chin. "And yes, we might as well try to not suck."]
[16:11] * Isaiah copies his name down after Yanmei is finished!
[16:11] <Isaiah> ["Hmm!" Lillian reaches out and taps Aline on the nose. "Oh, you're cute~"]
[16:16] * Aline blinked suddenly. "Ah!" …Brief ponderance. Pondering. Pondering. "Uh… so are you?"
[16:16] <Yanmei> "Ok, then! That's it for my clubs. You said something about the Math club, so do you want to drop by that booth too?" She wondered why he seemed to be signing up for everything she was. A coincidence?
[16:17] * Isaiah nods slowly. "Yeah. Is it ok if we do?" He asked.
[16:17] <Isaiah> ["Heehee!" Lillian beams. "Ah, that's what I like to see in players! You're here for the roleplay group, right?"]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "You don't have to ask permission or anything? It's what you want to do, right?" She nodded. "Let's go!"
[16:19] * Aline nodded! "I'm at least curious! It's complex and probably a bit fun…" She looked around nervously. "Though to sooome extent you just sold it pretty well."
[16:20] * Isaiah nods! And they start heading off toward the Math Club. An older boy is managing this time, looking a little gloomily at a rather threadbare sheet. "You here for the Math Club?" "Y… Yes, that's right."-
[16:20] * Isaiah signs his name down, before taking a step back. He looks at Yanmei. "That's me done, too…"
[16:21] <Yanmei> "Yes, I see! Let's go find Aline and see what she's up to now? She probably signed up for a lot…"
[16:21] <Isaiah> ["Hahah. Well." Lillian puts her hands on her hips. "That's 'cause I'm the ADVENTURE QUEEN! … No one else runs these things, so I'm the QUEEN by default, haha." She grins. "You played games before?"]
[16:22] * Isaiah nods! He faithfully sticks to Yanmei's side as she heads off to find Aline- who is hanging around the Roleplaying Games pavillion.
[16:28] * Aline tapped her chin thoughtfully. "Ah… no, actually, it was kinda quiet on that front a few years back, actually. Though I've at least sort of looked at them curiously!"
[16:30] * Yanmei hung back, content to wait while Aline finished up. Roleplaying wasn't really her thing.
[16:30] <Isaiah> ["Well, Aline, it's time to stop looking and start looting!" She giggled. "Or not. That was just me being alliterative~. I usually use some variation on old DnD- trying to find new games is -really- hard here." She pushes the sheet forward.]
[16:30] * Isaiah watches, hanging back as well. He looks at Yanmei. "You're friends with Miss Blanc?"
[16:31] <Yanmei> "Well… Yeah. We work together. And we look out for each other, too?"
[16:32] <Isaiah> "Ohh." He nodded, looking back at Aline. "She is lucky, then. To have a friend."
[16:32] * Aline nodded, scribbling out the details for the sheet. "I see, I see. Maybe some people I know might know a guy who knows a guy. Japan has to have a lot of indie games, right?… America too, I think…"
[16:36] <Yanmei> "…" she tried to stare at him without really staring. What a strange thing to say. Come to think of it, he didn't seem to talk much to other people. "She's pretty friendly? On some days, anyway. If you say hello and chat to her, you two will probably become friends too."
[16:41] <Isaiah> ["Hopefully." Said Lillian cheerfully. "It can be kind of hard to really check in-depth. Shipping is even harder! But maybe we'll come up with something. Either way, welcome to the group, Aline! I'm so glad you're with us~ <3"]
[16:42] <Isaiah> "Yeah?" Said Isaiah seriously, looking back over at Aline, before looking over at Yanmei. "As friendly as you?"
[16:46] * Yanmei chuckled. "Thank you for the compliment. And I think so. Sometimes even friendlier! She's a very honest girl."
[16:49] <Isaiah> "Yeah?" Isaiah nodded. "I would like to be her friend. But I would like to be your friend, too! I hope that is alright, even though I am 'weird'." He said the word oddly, as if he'd picked it up from somewhere else.
[16:49] * Aline nodded quite enthusiastically. "Yay, then~" And she thought, looking around… and eyed that one, last makeshift stand. "But, at any rate… I'll see you on your meeting days. I have one more stop… though it's… okay, not quite a normal sign-up. Wish me luck, and if…" She gestured over to where Yanmei and Isaiah were. "…she comes by and something awkward has happened, tell
[16:49] * Aline her to get ready for damage control." …While her tone was grim-ish, it was clearly a joke. What with the wink.
[16:51] <Isaiah> ["Oho? Certainly! This is a matter of -public safety-." Lillian salutes firmly, but her eyes twinkle with amusement. "We meet up on Friday nights, idly. For obvious reasons."]
[16:54] * Aline nodded. "Right, right. Anyway, off I go!" …And off she went, carefully approaching that makeshift stand for the NERV Fan Club. She could smell the doom. It was sort of like fangirls. Less perfume, though.
[16:55] <Isaiah> [The fanclub! It was, as noted, somewhat makeshift, but Patrice Gosselin was faithfully leading it anyway, a piece of paper in front of him with the list of names… A rather -expansive- list, in fact. "Honour our heroes! Our champions!~"]
[16:57] <Yanmei> "Have you seen Sera de Pteres? He's another friend of mine, and you don't get much weirder than him. So… I think we can be friends, yes," she smiled warmly. "I wouldn't mind that."
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[16:58] <Isaiah> "Oh…" He smiles, flushing a little with happiness. "Thank you."
[17:02] * Aline very very very very nervously drew nearer. And nearer. And nearer. And once she got close enough she just stood there. Her mind drifted to AT-field exercises, and she tried to just… manifest an 'I'm here, notice me' field with the same mental gesture. What was it with Aline and the pretend-psychic stuff? The world may never know. She didn't really know either.
[17:03] <Isaiah> ["Let them know we support them! Let-" Patrice turned, a little 'oh' uttered out as he turned to look at Aline. "Miss Aline! Did you drop by just to see how we're going? Because we're going swimmingly, as a note."]
[17:03] <Yanmei> "No worries. You're a nice guy, Gabriel-Wei. More than I can say for a lot of people around Paris?" she eyed the booth where Malachi was standing in particular.
[17:06] <Isaiah> "You can call me Isaiah, but only if you want." He says, blushing a little deeper as he follows Yanmei's gaze. "… Yeah. Some people here are mean. Some people like to be cruel to me, too."
[17:08] * Aline wringed her hands together a little… doing so repetitively, and bit her lower lip before speaking. "Was… sort of curious what you guys even did…?"
[17:09] <Isaiah> ["Aww, you seem a bit nervous, Miss Aline! Don't worry. I promise we won't get creepy!" Patrice grinned. "What we try to do is promote feelings of goodwill and support for NERV, especially for those pilots who risk their lives to save our own! Basically, we are your cheerleaders."]
[17:10] <Isaiah> [Patrice punctuates the point with a few starjumps. He looks -foolish as hell-, but he loves it.]
[17:11] <Yanmei> "I can guess who." She sounded a little irked, just thinking about it. Things were never this bad back home. Or if they were, she never had think about it. "Are you happy here, Ga- ah, Isaiah?"
[17:13] * Isaiah fidgets a little. He looks at her with a helpless smile. "No. I wish I was, but I feel miserable here."
[17:17] * Aline …pondered that for a second. "Well, maybe I could at least visit the first meeting as an observer?" Though she did think. "Best keep things relatively reasonable, though! I mean, if something gets weird, I don't want you to make the support blind you to any wrongdoing. Not that I -think- that'll happen…"
[17:19] <Isaiah> ["It's up to you, yeah? I'd be really happy if you came! I think a lot of other people would be, too." Said Patrice. "But I'll try, Miss Aline. I'll try because you said I should, ok? I'll keep the team pure for you!"]
[17:20] <Yanmei> "I thought so." She seemed a little more somber now. She folded her arms and closed her eyes briefly in thought. "They say that we all have to endure things we don't want to in life. But it's pretty hard when it feels that way all the time? Anyway," she shook her head, and opened her eyes again, "hang in there."
[17:21] * Isaiah does a little bow in acknowledgement. "Hang in there, too! Er. If you have to. Do you? I don't know. But if you do, then… Uh." He shakes his head. "Anyway, I think I will try. Hopefully it will be easier… With friends, I mean."
[17:23] <Yanmei> "Of course it will." She nodded, as if she already knew all about it. "Much easier."
[17:24] <Isaiah> "That's good to hear!" Said Isaiah, mustering a smile. "Very good to hear…" … He looks around. "Miss Aline seems to have moved."
[17:25] <Aline> "Right. Again, just to sort of visit. …Thanks for… ah, making this easier than I thought?" She did sheepishly smile… and eyed him. Really, a cute little thing. This is practically in the pet it and love it and feed it cheese category. Sooo for a brief moment she was lost in thought at how amusing that was.
[17:27] <Isaiah> ["Not a problem!" Says Patrice, and he reaches behind the stall for a moment… Suddenly, Aline's being offered a bag.]
[17:27] * Aline browperked! "…What's in the bag?"
[17:28] <Yanmei> "She did. She's awfully busy today? Ah well. Maybe we should head back to the classroom?"
[17:29] <Isaiah> ["I had a friend of mine see what she could whip up in a few weeks. But…" He takes out a booklet that explains the group's principles! … More of a pamphlet, really. He takes out a little badge with "I <3" followed by the NERV logo. And finally…-
[17:29] <Isaiah> ["Limited time only!" … A crude, small, but recognisable plush copy of 01.]
[17:32] * Aline …blinked. "…I… think I'll just read a pamphlet later. You can leave the gifts for the actual members, no?" She sort of stared at the plush a little longer. And seemed to think about it… then nodded. "Anyway, thanks again. I should probably go see where my entourage has gone."
[17:34] <Isaiah> "Alright." Said Isaiah, nodding. "That sounds good to me…"
[17:35] <Isaiah> ["Okay!" Patrice takes the plush back. "We're kind of… Out of 00s. And 04s, actually." He puts it back in the bag. "But yeah. You have a good day, Miss Aline!" He says happily. "I hope you enjoy your school year."]
[17:37] <Aline> "Right~" …And off she went to hunt down the elusive Yanmei.
[17:38] <Yanmei> Heading through the crowd, it wasn't long before she bumped into Aline on the way back to the classroom building. "Ah. Welcome back!"
[17:39] * Isaiah gives Aline a little wave.
[17:40] * Aline waved back kindly. "Indeed~"
[17:41] <Yanmei> "Shall we?" she nodded in the direction of the building before resuming her way.
[17:42] * Aline just made a very short nod, and walked on. Let's shall.

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