Trial S Roster

01[00:08] <Yanmei> The conference room Yanemei took over this time was smaller than the one she and the rest of Rei's counsel had used in their first meeting. The first thing she did after arriving was to check the closet carefully. Then she sat at one of the chairs at the square table in the center of it, swiveling around. -
01[00:10] <Yanmei> Sadly, the chair wasn't large enough to conceal her, so grumpily, she spun back around to face the table again properly as she waited for her informants to arrive.
[00:17] <Minaplo> [Rei was still there, in her red dress and scarf. Both out of affection and to keep an eye on her, she'd brought Eevi along as well, with Felix lying lazily at Yanmei's feet.-
[00:21] <Minaplo> [Eevi sat on Rei's lap, Rei's arms around her securely. Eevi herself was leaning back, looking as though she were dozing a little.-
[00:24] <Minaplo> [After a few minutes, the door would eventually open, revealing two familiar faces in two familiar uniforms- James Riel and Sophie Gagnier.-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Evening, Yanyan~" Said Sophie happily, sitting down opposite Rei and next to Yanmei. She grinned at Rei. "Using my free time on a court case- how exciting. You're looking good, Rei!"-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Of course she's looking good." Said James with a smirk. "Didn't you hear?"-
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["Hear what?" Asked Sophie curiously.]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> Yanmei's ears perked up. Clearly this was about Alphonse…
[00:33] <Minaplo> ["H-Hey…" Rei coughed.-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["She and her dear Major were clashing over this court thing." Said James, walking over to behind Rei. "But they made up and are clashing in different ways now~"-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["S-Stop that! Meimei, make him stop-"-
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["It's true." He crowed, patting her shoulders. "I bet if we took this scarf off, we'd see all sorts of naughty lovebites-"-
[00:36] <Minaplo> ["Shut up!" Rei went red, clutching her scarf protectively. "M-Meimei…!"]
01[00:40] <Yanmei> "Rei… no one's going to take your scarf? James, quit making her freak out!"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["I'm not doing anything~" He said, reaching for the scarf gleefully.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> [Eevi slowly leaned forward and turned her head to stare at him.-
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["…" James laughed, awkardly ruffled Rei's hair, and then sat down quietly.]
06[00:44] * Yanmei tsked at him smugly and then began. "Bet you two can guess why we're having this meeting~"
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["You need us to help you with the case." Said Sophie.]
01[00:52] <Yanmei> "That's right. You two know everything~ So I'm counting on you to let me in on everything you know about the presiding judges."
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["You want to know about the presiding judges?" Asked Sophie, a little surprised. "You're not thinking of bribery or blackmail, are you?"]
01[01:01] <Yanmei> "Nothing quite that risky? I'm just… curious."
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["Alright." Sophie leaned back. "What do you want to know?"]
06[01:14] * Yanmei whipped out something: a dossier. "Let's start with High Judge, Twycross. Obviously, he's done a lot of cases to get where he is. I hear that he's supposed to be fair and reasonable and all that stuff. But… I don't know much about his personal leanings. Like does he have some story? Trends that effect how he rules? Things like that."
[01:27] <Minaplo> ["Twycross, let's see." Sophie pondered. "He's a very by-the-book fellow. Very reliable, very fair, as you said. He was a lawyer who used to work very closely with the Secret Intelligence Service and the Security Service, which is Britain's foreign and domestic intelligence services respectively. He still keeps ties with them, I think. But the point is that he's not a man who really goes
[01:27] <Minaplo> for 'character quality'. He's suspicious, rather cynical. He prefers facts and evidence to anything else."]
06[01:28] * Yanmei made a slightly sour face. -
01[01:33] <Yanmei> "So going heavy on the heart strings will only annoy him, then. Are all the others going to be like that too?"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["No, no. They're a varied bunch." Said Sophie. "They're pretty diverse in what makes them happy or annoyed."]
06[09:26] * Yanmei nodded. "Tell me about them, then." Her eyes moved down the list. "Judge Murtas. What about her?"
[09:28] <Minaplo> ["Doctor Maria Murtas… Italian, intelligent, educated. Her background lies in the Psychological community- she's a certified psychologist. I think she's something of a protege to our own Castillo-Delgado." Said Sophie.-
[09:29] <Minaplo> ["Murtas has made a few rulings in the past. She's not really into character witnesses, but." James reached forward, tapped the desk. "In some of her previous cases, she's been known to be swayed by arguments like… 'This person grew up in a bad household!' stuff like that."]
06[09:34] * Yanmei eyed Rei thoughtfully, and made a note in her notes. "I might go back and ask Castillo-Delgado about her, then," she decided. "What about Yukimura? She looks a little younger than the rest of them. Dare I hope that she's relatively inexperienced?"
[09:35] <Minaplo> ["Heh." James snickered.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["Yukimura's relatively new." Said Sophie. "She was a UN liaison to both NERV and the JSSDF a few years ago, but she was absorbed into NERV properly in about 2016, which is when she became part of internal affairs."-
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["Yukimura's a bit…" James snickered again.-
[09:39] <Minaplo> ["… Aggressive." Said Sophie awkwardly.]
01[09:45] <Yanmei> "Aggressive," Yanmei echoed warily. "For example…?"
[09:46] <Minaplo> ["She's a Japanese nationalist." Said James. "Not one of the 'nice' ones, either. More along the lines of 'Glory to the Emperor', ra ra ra types."-
[09:46] <Minaplo> [Rei blinked, clearly confused. "… I don't get it."]
01[09:59] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei thoughtfully tapped her pen in her notes. "It means we can pander to her a little? She might faver you soley based on your nationality. On the other hand, the rest of the defense team is very much not Japanese? So…" She frowned a bit. "Frankly it's pretty weird that someone like that would be working as a judge for an international justice system."
[10:01] <Minaplo> ["In her defense, she's usually fairly level-headed… So long as the issues don't involve Japan in some way." Said Sophie. "You should be grateful, though. Yukimura's a… 'virtuist'. She believes in a real old-fashioned intrinsic character interpretation of people. If you can convince her Rei's got a good character, you'll have her eating out of your hand."]
01[10:04] <Yanmei> "All right, good." Yanmei exhaled. "That shouldn't be a problem for us." -
01[10:05] <Yanmei> "Anything else about her we should be aware of?"
[10:09] <Minaplo> ["Married with three children." Said Sophie. "Eldest is a girl, about fifteen years old, second eldest is a son, ten. Youngest is a son, four. Husband works in the Japanese Ministry of Justice overseeing the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Public Security Bureau. Arranged marriage, and from what I remember, there's a bit of tension at home." Sophie winked. "I know for a fact that he's seeing
[10:09] <Minaplo> another woman, who happens to work for the Chinese Agency for State Security as a spy…"]
01[10:14] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei rubbed her forehead. "You don't say? Well, this will make things… challenging."
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["You think so?" Asked Sophie.]
01[10:15] <Yanmei> "Don't you? Between that and her nationalism…"
[10:15] <Minaplo> ["It's not like -she- knows that her husband's fooling around." Said Sophie with a grin.]
01[10:17] <Yanmei> "Hmm…" Yanmei's grin was a little slower to turn on. "This is what I like about you, Sophie~ You're always so well informed."
[10:18] <Minaplo> [Sophie beamed.-
[10:19] <Minaplo> [But Rei looked a little upset. "That's sad." She said quietly. "I feel sorry for her. An arranged marriage, and a husband who's betraying her… I think I'd feel really bitter and angry about that."]
01[10:21] <Yanmei> "There's really nothing we can do about it, though," Yanmei pointed out. "Besides, she doesn't even know the betrayal's happening?"
[10:22] <Minaplo> ["That doesn't make it any better." Said Rei with a sigh. She hugged Eevi a little closer to her, Eevi wrapping her own arms around Rei's hands.]
01[10:23] <Yanmei> "Maybe not," Yanmei agreed. "But for now, let's move on. This Polzin guy…"
[10:24] <Minaplo> ["Heh." James snickered.]
01[10:25] <Yanmei> "…what?" She blinked, looking around the table. "What is it?"
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["Polzin's the oldest bastard in Internal Affairs, and he shows it. He's been working in law for forty years- he was working legal cases in the old Soviet Union. He doesn't give much of a damn about anything but facts, and if you try to use tricks on him, he -will- call you out on it, because he's done them all himself." Said Sophie.]
01[10:29] <Yanmei> "God. He sounds even worse than Twycross…"
[10:29] <Minaplo> ["He -is- worse than Twycross." Said Sophie. "There's one good thing, though- he's easy to please, so long as you have evidence and good witnesses."]
01[10:32] <Yanmei> "Seems to be a theme among them," Yanmei muttered. "What about his personal life? Anything else?"
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Happily married, four children, all of them adults. The oldest is 46 years old, male, works in the Soviet Army. Second oldest is an actor, male, he's 42. Third eldest is a girl, 36, housewife. The youngest was a girl died in Second Impact." Said Sophie. "Personal life is otherwise fairly neat and tidy, no torrid scandals or the like."-
[10:36] <Minaplo> ["He became part of NERV in 2011, came to us via the UN from the ICC."]
06[10:38] * Yanmei nodded, taking down more notes. "All right. So the last person on this list is Judge Horbart."
01[10:38] <Yanmei> ^Hobort
[10:38] <Minaplo> ^Hobart
[10:40] <Minaplo> ["The American judge." Said James, nodding, smiling wryly. "I've tangled with him before…"]
01[10:41] <Yanmei> "I see? Then he convicted you for something…"
[10:42] <Minaplo> ["What? No. What the hell?" James gave her a black look. "Man, you're cold."]
01[10:43] <Yanmei> "I was joking, James," she smirked. "What happened, exactly?"
[10:44] <Minaplo> ["He used to be a US congressman." Said James. "He was trying to get a bill passed in Congress involving internet control and censorship. Naturally, I fought that from the shadows."]
01[10:46] <Yanmei> "Sounds strict. Naturally, you won?"
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said James proudly. "I managed to pull together huge support from the denizens of the net, and that angry backlash was enough for the bill to fail." He grinned. "It wasn't hard. He was trying to crack down on both file sharing -and- internet pornography…"-
[10:47] <Minaplo> ["…" Rei looked away, going red.]
01[10:52] <Yanmei> "Yes, well," she cleared her throat. "Thwarting lawmakers is pretty impressive work? It's probably a many years overdue, but congratulations."
[10:52] <Minaplo> ["Cheers."]
01[10:53] <Yanmei> "I don't suppose you learned a ton about him while you were taking him down?"
[10:56] <Minaplo> ["I learned all the things." Said James. He grinned. "Credit card numbers, social security number, his personal safe combination…"]
01[11:02] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyebrows crept higher and higher. "I…don't think that stuff is relevant to the case?" she said eventually. "What about his background. What's his life story?"
[11:03] <Minaplo> ["You're gonna have to ask for a few key points." Said James slowly. "Unless you want to hear his entire life story…"]
01[11:05] <Yanmei> "All right. His educational background and family. Maybe one or two highlights from his personal life - the really high points or the really low points.
[11:18] <Minaplo> ["Let's see. Born into a wealthy, traditionally conservative Virginian family in 1962, educated at Harvard Law, which he later downplayed when running for Congress. Married, two children, eldest is a girl of 28." He grinned. "Ah, good times."-
[11:19] <Minaplo> ["Her name's Karen. I know her personally 'cuz she was part of our little internet blockade, which is, ahem, how I got those numbers…"-
[11:21] <Minaplo> ["The other child's a boy. 20 years, currently studying at Harvard as well, business school. Hobart himself has a fairly big stake in a few companies, notably a banking corp. Let's see." He pondered. "He was elected to Congress in 2004, which would be the high point of his life, and the low point would probably be the time he got roaringly drunk at a function and went on a veritable rampage
[11:21] <Minaplo> in 2007… He's -quite- the little booze hound, has been for years, apparently."]
01[11:24] <Yanmei> "Hm. Maybe we could send him a bottle of nice liquor before the trial~ But something like that would probably backfire, huh?"
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["Probably." Said James with a grin. "You probably don't need to work that hard, though…"]
01[11:25] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[11:27] <Minaplo> ["He sounds a bit like a hardass, but you have two things on your side- Hobart's a huuuge sucker for personal appeals, especially if they're innocent-looking young girls. Reminds him of his daughter, apparently." A grin.-
[11:28] <Minaplo> ["Secondly, something to remember is that Hobart's patriotic. He loves him some America, you know, but he's not nearly as ethnically nationalist as Yukimura is. You want to score points? Paint Rei as a noble protector of the US."-
[11:28] <Minaplo> ["Just… Don't do it in a way that actually suggests Rei is more American than Japanese. Y'know. 'Cuz of the crazy Japanese racist samurai lady."-
[11:29] <Minaplo> [Rei coughed, trying to stifle a giggle. "Wouldn't I be more Japanese-British than Japanese-American, anyway?"]
06[11:36] * Yanmei recalled Ban-Ban's rather obvious accent and shook her head. "Let's not complicate things~ Two flavors of patriotism is enough."
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["That help, though?"]
[11:38] <Minaplo> [Asked James.]
01[11:39] <Yanmei> "A lot. Thanks!"
[11:44] <Minaplo> ["Anything else I can help with?" Asked James curiously. "With my, y'know. Resources?"]
01[11:52] <Yanmei> "If you can dig up anything else on the more stoic judges - Polzin and Twycross - then go for it. I've a feeling there won't be much to find, though? And…" she regarded Sophie now too, with a bit of a frown. "It's not research, but some honest insight on something would be good from you both."
[11:55] <Minaplo> ["Go ahead." Said Sophie.]
01[12:01] <Yanmei> "This whole time, I've assumed that I was appointed to defend Rei because we were short on manpower - and also because someone out there recognized my awesome talent for these things~ But this whole set up is a little weird, isn't it?" -
01[12:01] <Yanmei> "What do you suppose the higher-ups were thinking when they made that decision?"
[12:07] <Minaplo> [Sophie and James looked at each other.-
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["I'm not sure." Said James. "Did you think that Alphonse himself made that decision, trusting you to mind his ~kitten~?"-
[12:08] <Minaplo> [Rei shot him a dark look.]
01[12:10] <Yanmei> "It's possible?" Yanmei smirked. "But it seems like he's under orders himself."
[12:11] <Minaplo> ["I don't know who really decides these things." Said Sophie slowly. "Traditionally, it'd come down to the Director of your NERV branch, but we're on the battleship, and Hohenzollern's kinda removed from things… Maybe it -was- the Colonel."]
01[12:14] <Yanmei> "She's taken over a lot of Hohenzollern's duties, so it wouldn't surprise me. Anyway, I'll talk with her later to find out what's what? If this happens again, it would be good to know about those details beforehand."
[12:16] <Minaplo> ["For sure." Said James, nodding slowly.]
01[12:17] <Yanmei> "…do you think there will be a next time?"
[12:18] <Minaplo> ["Who knows?" Said Sophie. "I hope not, though."]
01[12:18] <Yanmei> "Me too."
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[12:23] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Ok. We should probably get goin' then, huh?" Said James, stretching.]
02[12:23] * Minaplo (ua.ten.tenii.nyd.72-88-051-421|olpaniM#ua.ten.tenii.nyd.72-88-051-421|olpaniM) Quit (Ping timeout)
01[12:26] <Yanmei> "Thanks again for your help." Yanmei stood too, stepped aside, and pushed her own chair in. "C'mon, Rei. Let's head back to our room for a while."
[12:26] <Minaplo|Ping> ["Ok! C'mon, Eevi~"]
03[12:27] * Minaplo|Ping is now known as Minaplo
01[12:32] <Yanmei> And soon enough, after exchanging partings and a few more smirks with James and Sophie, they were on their way with Eevi and Felix too. -
01[12:33] <Yanmei> "Long day, huh?" Yanmei muttered, as they came to the door. She swiped the keycard pad that would let them in.
[12:33] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Said Rei, shaking her head. "So many things and people to talk to…" Rei walked over to the bed and flopped down on it, Eevi promptly rolling into Rei's side and snuggling up.-
[12:34] <Minaplo> [On that note, Felix padded off to the foot of Yanmei's bed and flopped over lazily- and a few seconds later, Nene, Rei's cat, snuck out from under the bed and curled up against Felix's fluffy belly.]
06[12:37] * Yanmei went over to her desk and sat down with a sigh. She couldn't afford to rest just yet. Instead she went over the notes she had just taken and the defense plan as a whole, trying to hammer more ideas into workable shapes.
[12:38] <Minaplo> [And so Yanmei would be for about fifteen minutes- before the door buzzer would suddenly ring.]
01[12:41] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She closed her folders and stood, rubbing her eyes. "Who is it~~?"
[12:42] <Minaplo> ["Lucille Pettigrew, NERV Internal Affairs."]
01[12:47] <Yanmei> Internal Affairs… Yanmei went to the door and opened it with a great big smile. "Hello~ Won't you please come in? How can I help you?"
[12:51] <Minaplo> [In front of Yanmei was a petite woman, a little taller than Yanmei was. She had red, curly hair down to her shoulders, and clear skin. She wore a black business suit and skirt over dark-tinted stockings.-
[12:51] <Minaplo> [She had blue eyes, and they were light and bright.-
[12:56] <Minaplo> [She held out a hand for Yanmei. Her nails were immaculately manicured. She smiled, her lips having a subtle, understated reddish lipstick. "Hello. It's good to meet you, Miss Zhang."]
06[13:00] * Yanmei accepted the handshake… and almost flushed with embarrassment. Her own nails were plain - clean and neatly trimmed compared to her adventures in Australia, but still no match for this woman's. -
01[13:02] <Yanmei> "The same to you," she said, and threw a quick glance behind her at where Rei and Eevi had collapsed. Were they asleep?
[13:03] <Minaplo> [Rei was asleep, curled up with her arms securely around Eevi.-
[13:04] <Minaplo> [Eevi, however, was still awake, staring at Pettigrew with unerring eyes.]
01[13:06] <Yanmei> Oh shit. "Are you here to speak with Second Lieutenant Ayanami?"
[13:07] <Minaplo> ["…" Pettigrew looked away from Eevi, and smiled at Yanmei. "No, actually. I'm here to speak to you. I'm serving as the prosecutor for Miss Ayanami's court martial…"]
01[13:11] <Yanmei> "…I see. I was wondering who I would be going up against? Please." She gestured inside, at the desk chair, still smiling. "We probably have a lot to talk about."
[13:15] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew nodded, stepping inside, and taking a seat. "I hope this isn't a bad time."]
01[13:18] <Yanmei> "Not at all? I was just getting a little extra reading in." Yanmei hastily swept her notes off the desk and set them on the bedside table before sitting down on the edge of one of the beds. "I'm sure you've been pretty busy too. Did you just arrive on the ship?"
[13:19] <Minaplo> ["I arrived a few days ago, actually." She took a seat.]
01[13:21] <Yanmei> "Before or after the incident?"
[13:22] <Minaplo> ["Just before, actually."]
01[13:22] <Yanmei> "It seems that you have some good timing, then~"
[13:25] <Minaplo> ["In actuality, they called me here to handle the court martial for several technicians who attacked the Emissary Ezekiel, so…"]
01[13:26] <Yanmei> "Oh, right. I heard about that."
[13:27] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew nodded gravely. "I've been busy, but I resolved that case just yesterday."]
01[13:27] <Yanmei> F-fast… "How did it turn out?"
[13:28] <Minaplo> ["Execution, of course."]
01[13:29] <Yanmei> "W-what?!"
[13:31] <Minaplo> ["… Sorry." Pettigrew smiled dryly. "That was a joke."]
01[13:32] <Yanmei> "Of… course." Yanmei cleared her throat and then chuckled. "I knew that. I was just playing along?"
[13:34] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew smiled.-
[13:34] <Minaplo> ["Anyway, they were found unanimously guilty and severely punished, nevertheless.]
01[13:38] <Yanmei> "What was their actual sentence?"
[13:39] <Minaplo> ["Dishonorable discharge and nine years' imprisonment."]
01[13:42] <Yanmei> This time, Yanmei carefully watched her face for clues of more joking.
[13:42] <Minaplo> [No smile or joke this time.]
[13:04] <Yanmei> "…how did the Emissary react? Surely you must have met with him."
[13:14] <Minaplo> ["He didn't seem happy or sad. He just said that it was good that we did not punish them with death."]
[13:21] <Yanmei> "I guess it was an open and shut case, really. Will you also be the one to handle the trial for the technicians who attacked Rei?"
[13:23] <Minaplo> ["No, that's being handled by someone else."]
[13:27] * Yanmei nodded slowly, and then smiled once more. "I bet you'll be glad for a break when this is done. I've only been involved in this one thing, and I'm already tired?"
[13:27] <Minaplo> ["Heh. I'm fairly used to a hectic work schedule myself."]
[13:32] <Yanmei> "How long have you been with us, exactly?"
[13:33] <Minaplo> ["Hm… Since 2012, so that makes it six years in June!" She said, with a smile.]
[13:39] <Yanmei> "Wow! Six years! I hope you'll go easy on me~" She laughed.
[13:39] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew smiled a little awkwardly. "Mmm."]
[23:40] <Yanmei> "So, what did you want to talk about?" she went on smoothly.
[13:45] <Minaplo> ["Well, as I'm the prosecution and you're the defense, I'm required to provide you with certain information, such as the witnesses I've chosen."]
[13:49] <Yanmei> "Oh, of course, of course." Yanmei nodded.
[13:51] <Minaplo> [She had a leather briefcase, black; she placed it on the desk and opened it, taking out several folders and holding them out to Yanmei.]
[13:54] * Yanmei took them and leafed through the papers in them briefly.
[13:55] <Minaplo> [The first one was probably not a surprise- Devon Chambers, the technician himself.]
[13:58] <Yanmei> Not a surprise at all. She went to the next one.
[14:00] <Minaplo> [Alphonse Wellesley.]
[14:01] <Yanmei> Yanmei's eyes widened. She flicked a very quick look at Rei. Still sleeping?
[14:01] <Minaplo> [Still asleep. Eevi still staring.]
[14:01] * Yanmei flashed the little girl a disarming smile and then went to the next witness.
[14:04] <Minaplo> [Ayanami Ni.]
[14:06] <Yanmei> Of course… Yanmei resisted a second glance and then went to the next witness.
[14:16] <Minaplo> [Thomas Williams, head of Psychiatry for Boston.]
[14:17] * Yanmei hesitated; he was someone she had never met before. She looked over his information more carefully than the others before moving on.
[14:20] <Minaplo> [Had been responsible for measuring the psychological health of all three Boston pilots, as well as the Operations Director. In his fifties, American, had several awards.]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "Hm." It bothered her. What could she be planning with this witness? Someone to counter all their work with Castillo-Delgado? She flipped through the others a little more quickly.
[14:30] <Minaplo> [There were a few other witnesses, but none of them seemed too important. Macquarie, one of the other technicians…]
[14:34] <Yanmei> When Yanmei was finished, she set the files aside, and smiled at Pettigrew. "Got it. Thanks for the info."
[14:37] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew nodded slowly. "… Is this your first case?" She asked quietly.]
[14:41] <Yanmei> "M- Yes," she smoothed down her jacket and straightened her shoulders. "Yes, it is."
[14:42] <Minaplo> ["How're you feeling?"]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "Confident! Tired, but confident. I have a pretty good grasp of what I'm supposed to do, so I just have to try my best."
[15:01] <Minaplo> ["Not nervous or anything? I know I was before my first case. I was a total wreck."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "Not yet. I've spoken in front of lots of important people before? I just wish the stakes weren't so high on this…"
[15:11] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew nodded slowly. "Don't try to think about the stakes too much. Just try to focus on fulfilling the mandate of the process. That's what I do."]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "Right," she muttered. "I'll try to do that? Thank you for the advice."
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["Not to worry."-
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["… Listen." Pettigrew shifted a little. "I know this setup seems kind of adversarial, with us having to go head-to-head over this. But I don't want to be your enemy or anything, ok? We're both working for the same thing, here. Let's be friends, alright?"]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei's smile shifted. "The same thing? You mean Rei's freedom?"
[15:40] <Minaplo> ["I don't mean that." She shook her head. "What I mean is, just because I'm the prosecution doesn't mean I -want- to see Miss Ayanami put away. My duty is to present the facts for the judges to decide, nothing less or more. That's all. What we both want to do is the right thing, and it might seem weird, but in a court room, the only way the right thing can come to life is if both defense and prosecution do their best."]
[15:57] * Yanmei scrutinized her carefully. "I understand. I suppose that makes sense?" she said slowly. It was odd. Friends…? "Then, I'll do my best if you do your best? And… maybe we can go out for a drink or something afterward."
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Sure, that sounds like fun." Said Pettigrew with a smile.-
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Did you know you're the second pilot I've had legal dealings with? I was assigned to advice de Pteres after he was charged with that murder…" Her smile faltered a little.]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Then I - and the rest of the pilots - are totally in your debt?" she tilted her head slightly. "Is everything okay?"
[16:06] <Minaplo> ["I shouldn't say…"]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "…? Is it really that serious?"
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["W-Well, not exactly, it's just a bit- gossipy, I suppose."]
[16:12] <Yanmei> "Oh~? Sounds pretty interesting."
[16:12] <Minaplo> [Pettigrew shifted a little uncomfortably. "Just remembering de Pteres' conduct during that case, that's all."]
[16:12] <Yanmei> "Uncooperative?"
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["Sort of uncooperative. It was his attitude. It was like he held the inspecting judge and the police and everything beneath him. He was so rude and haughty to the judge…"]
[16:22] <Yanmei> "De Pteres being haughty. I never would have guessed," she said dryly. "Don't worry about it too much, okay?"
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I don't. I've just… Never seen anyone act like that to a judge, ever."-
[16:30] <Minaplo> ["Anyway." She smiled. "I ought to get going."]
[16:31] <Yanmei> "Oh, right, right. You probably have a lot of other stuff to do." Yanmei stood up. "Thank you so much for coming by?"
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["Not a problem." She held out a hand for Yanmei.]
[16:33] * Yanmei took it warmly and shook it. "I'll see you in court?"
[16:35] <Minaplo> ["And you as well." She shook it firmly, and let go. "Good evening, Captain Zhang. Please give Miss Ayanami my regards."-
[16:35] <Minaplo> [And with that, she headed for the door.]
[16:39] * Yanmei saw her out, still smiling. When the door closed again, the smile shifted again - growing much more clearly amused by something as she turned back around to survey the room.
[16:43] <Minaplo> [Eevi had been watching Pettigrew the entire time. Now that she was gone, she turned to Yanmei, gave Yanmei a little nod and a tiny smile, then rolled over, nestling in against Rei's warm side, and fell asleep instantly.]

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