Tsubaki S Game

[14:45] * Yanmei tiptoed slowly down a hallway of Area 66's residence wing. There was no yipping or giggling to be found anywhere, so she relied on her sight instead of her ears. -
[14:48] <Yanmei> There were large ornamental plants standing here and there, a broom closet or two, and, of course, a few empty unlocked rooms. "Lizzie, where are you~?" -
[14:52] <Yanmei> "Mama's gonna find you~" Tiptoe, tiptoe. She tried listening again, but the girl was weirdly good at staying silent during these games. And moving silently too. She thought briefly of Gilles de Orleans, and his suspicious maid Lucille…
[14:55] <Minaplo> [Silence…-
[14:55] <Minaplo> [And then, behind her in an unoccupied room-
[14:55] <Minaplo> ["Yipyip…"]
[14:58] <Yanmei> Ah ha! A knowing smile spread across Yanmei's face, and she changed directions, going for the door. How sad of her beloved pet to betray her~ Oh well. She opened the door!
[14:59] <Minaplo> [An empty room, with a bed, a closet, a desk, some shelves, a wardrobe… The fox (and Lizzie) could be hiding anywhere in here…]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "Hmm. Are you… over here?!" She ducked down to look under the bed first.
[15:01] <Minaplo> [Nothing.-
[15:01] <Minaplo> [There was a slight 'whump' behind her…]
[15:02] * Yanmei scrambled back up to her feet, and spun around triumphantly. "Ah ha!"
[15:05] <Minaplo> [… She'd see the closet door swinging idly closed, just as the white tip of a red tail whips around the doorframe before it vanishes out of sight down the hall…]
[15:08] * Yanmei gave chase, chuckling. A good move! "I'm gonna catch you~"
[15:10] <Minaplo> [… An empty hallway, the fox gone. Lizzie couldn't run that fast. Which meant…-
[15:10] <Minaplo> [There was a giggle from behind Yanmei, from the end of the hall opposite where the fox had gone. The fox was a decoy!]
[15:14] * Yanmei turned slightly red. She had simply underestimated Lizzie, that was all. It wasn't like a little three-year-old could really outsmart her… Boldly, she turned around to investigate the source of the giggling. "Not bad, but… you gave yourself away!"
[15:20] <Minaplo> [She couldn't see the source, but the giggle came again, growing more distant, mixed in with squeals of joy…!]
[15:21] <Yanmei> She was… moving away? "Lizzie…" she called. "Don't go too far, Sweetie. Lizzie?"
[15:22] <Minaplo> ["Aaaaaa! Maamaa…" More distant! "Help maamaa~~~ heeheeheehee~"]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "?!" Confusion. But, something was clearly happening to Lizzie! She broke into a run, trying to follow the sounds.
[15:25] <Minaplo> [Footsteps! Someone was speeding up, and they were clearly not the footsteps of a child. More giggling.-
[15:26] <Minaplo> [Yanmei's hall terminated a T-intersection, and to her left- the source of the sound- was a four-way intersection. The distant sound was coming from the right…]
[15:32] * Yanmei threw on a more determined look and turned first left, then right, still following the faint giggling. Her heart was starting to pound now.
[15:33] <Minaplo> [She'd arrive just in time to hear a door slam shut. One of the apartments here was occupied, it seemed, and this was where the kidnapper had taken Lizzie. Lizzie was still giggling…!]
[15:35] <Yanmei> But which apartment? She went to where the giggling was loudest, and twisted the doorknob, not even bothering to knock. If only she had her bolter sidearm…!
[15:46] <Minaplo> [This apartment was clearly lived in. The bed was made with sheets of soft blue with white floral patterns; sunny pictures had been put up on the wall, and on the one free desk, a small handful of photographs- of Tsubaki, Sera, Hyuga, Misato and a woman with dark burgundy-brown hair- had been set up. Incongruously, behind the photographs was a sword rack, on which sat a katana in its scabbard.-
[15:47] <Minaplo> [It was easy, then, to tell who the owner was, not least of which because she was sitting there on the bed, her hands over her eyes, trying to hide Lizzie with her body. Tsubaki…-
[15:47] <Minaplo> [Lizzie herself had her hands wrapped around Tsubaki's neck, peeking out over Tsubaki's shoulder at Yanmei just for a second before hiding with a giggle.]
[15:50] * Yanmei was still slightly out of breath. For a moment, she just stared. Then… "Akagi?! You… What are you trying to pull?!"
[15:52] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[15:52] <Minaplo> [She didn't respond, still keeping her hands clapped over her eyes.-
[15:55] <Minaplo2> [The pitter-patter of foxsteps could be heard now as Daji returned, rubbing up against Yanmei's leg smugly.]
[15:59] * Yanmei eyed the little fox-accomplice with a stern frown. She was probably in cahoots with the culprit from the beginning! Speaking of which. "A. Ka. Gi." She said loudly, and stepped forward, impatiently flicking her on the forehead. "Whatever you're doing, the jig is up! Who are you and the fox working for? Answer me!"
[16:01] <Minaplo> ["Eek!" Akagi fell backward onto the bed.-
[16:03] <Minaplo> [Lizzie was nearly pinned, but rolled out and, giggling, set upon Tsubaki with vengeance, tickling her furiously. Before long, the air was filled with squeals of laughter.-
[16:03] <Minaplo> [Daji ran past, jumping up onto the bed to start licking at Tsubaki's face. Absolutely no one was taking Yanmei seriously. Not even the fox.]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "You… all of you…" she stared at them, her frustration welling up fast. "You went too far this time!"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa?" Lizzie paused, looking at her in confusion, clearly unsure what Yanmei meant.]
[00:08] <Yanmei> "Well… not you. Or the fox, really. But you! Akagi!" She pointed accusingly. "Don't ever do that again!"
[00:13] <Minaplo> [The fox gave Tsubaki a respite so she could sit up, wipe her face and stare at Yanmei with luminous eyes. "Huh? Do what?"]
[00:15] <Yanmei> "Run -off- with her without -saying- anything to me!"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["W-Weren't we playing?"]
[00:18] * Yanmei scowled. "I didn't know who you were! If I hadn't heard her laughing, I would have thought she was being kidnapped by someone again!"
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[00:20] <Minaplo> ["You mean… You don't want me playing with her?" Asked Tsubaki, her voice sorrowful and hurt.]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "Not if you're going to pull that stunt again!" Yanmei folded her arms, undeterred by the chance of tears. "Really. You should know better!"
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["B-b-but she was cute and and and…"]
[00:31] <Yanmei> "Cuteness is not a reason for child-theft, Akagi!"
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["I wanted to play…" She sniffled, rubbing at her eyes. "I was lonely…"]
[00:38] * Yanmei glared at her in annoyance for a few moments, and then sighed impatiently. "Next time, ask first? Then we wouldn't be having this conversation."
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["C-Can I play?"]
[00:40] * Yanmei paused. -
[00:42] <Yanmei> She seemed to be considering it carefully, but then her eyes swept to Lizzie and Daji, and she sighed again. "Fine. You can play."
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["Yay! Get Yanyan!"-
[00:42] <Minaplo> [And instantly Tsubaki leapt from the bed, reaching out to grab, pin and tickle Yanmei…!]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "W-what?!" She tried to skip aside, but stumbled off balance in her haste. She'd been far from prepared for that sudden mood change!
[00:46] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki's hands quickly grabbed onto Yanmei's side, digging into her ribs, whilst Lizzie, giggling and shouting "Get maamaa!" would latch onto Yanmei's leg…-
[00:46] <Minaplo> [And Daji would bound up over Tsubaki's shoulder and start nuzzling into Yanmei's neck with her tickly soft fur.]
[00:48] * Gerard is now known as Zack
[00:51] <Yanmei> "No! Wai-" She cut herself off with giggles, and then struggled to find herself again, grasping for Tsubaki's hands first. "You'll pay for this!"
[00:56] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki put up a fight, but Yanmei would be able to grab her hands. It wouldn't stop the fox or Lizzie, but…]
[00:58] <Yanmei> Good enough! Pin the ringleader and the rest would fall. So Yanmei attempted to do just that!
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Eek!"-
[00:59] <Minaplo> [And before long it was back in Yanmei's hands…]
[01:01] <Yanmei> All according to plan. "Now! Lizzie, Daji, switch sides! Join me, and we will be victorious!"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Eeee~"-
[01:03] <Minaplo> [Lizzie latched onto Tsubaki's leg, pushing as hard as she could, whilst Daji nuzzled Tsubaki now- although her tail kept whipping across Yanmei's face.-
[01:03] <Minaplo> [It was fortunate someone like Alex wasn't here to see this…]
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[01:05] <Yanmei> Indeed. Or -anyone- for that matter. If the room was bugged, she would have to find and destroy the footage immediately. "Now, then. Surrender!" And Yanmei… tickled her viciously.
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[01:10] <Minaplo> ["Eek! Noooo! Ahahahahahaha…" The tickles brought giggles, loud and raucous, and Tsubaki flailed violently, leaping backwards to escape cruel Yanmei…]
[01:11] * Yanmei followed, not willing to give up. "I don't see you waving the white flag yet!"
[01:23] <Minaplo> [Tsubaki fell back onto the bed, trying to protect herself with her knees and arms. "Uncle!"]
[01:26] <Yanmei> "Hah." Yanmei sat up, letting her go, and primly tossed her hair. "Too easy~"
[01:30] * Zack is now known as ZackFiesta
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["That was fun! Mr. Bunny was right…"]
[01:33] <Yanmei> "Mr. Bunny…?"
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[01:37] <Minaplo2> ["Mr. Bunny! He looks after me when I'm fighting in the Eva. He's here now being a big boss."]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "What… Captain Hyuga?" She stood up fully now, and stretched. "What did he say?"
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[01:41] <Minaplo> ["He said that you were really nice and would play with me!"]
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[01:42] * ZackFiesta is now known as ZackRescue
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Did he?" What was with that guy? She recalled him making the case for Akagi being a babysitter too… "Why me? There's really no one else to hang out with around here?"
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[01:46] * ZackRescue is now known as ZackFiesta
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[01:48] <Minaplo2> ["Not always. Onii-chan minds his own business a lot, and I like being with people who aren't mean…"]
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[01:51] * Minaplo2 is now known as Minaplo
[01:52] <Yanmei> "I see. You should visit Isaiah sometime. Or my friend, Mr. Isha. They're both pretty nice?"
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[01:56] <Minaplo2> ["Yay! Isaiah's really fun and cute, I saw him earlier."]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "C-cute?!" Yanmei huffed. "He actually didn't mention seeing you?"
[02:01] <Minaplo2> ["Maybe he forgot."]
[02:03] <Yanmei> "Maybe," Yanmei muttered. "Like, what did you guys do?"
[02:05] <Minaplo2> ["It was lunchtime, so we had lunch."]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "Not curry…?" she said warily.
[02:09] <Minaplo2> ["Pork sandwiches. And milkshakes. They were strawberry, so they were pink ones."]
[02:09] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well, it sounds like a really delicious lunch?"
[02:12] <Minaplo2> ["Lexxie was there too."]
[02:13] <Yanmei> "Lexxie… as in Alex?"
[02:14] <Minaplo2> [She nodded.]
[02:14] * ZackFiesta is now known as Zack
[02:14] <Yanmei> "Hmph. You know, those two used to get along terribly together."
[02:17] <Minaplo2> ["Huh? They didn't like each other?"]
[02:19] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Fontaine was sort of a jerk to him. Since he's such a Jerkface, it's to be expected? But around the time that Fontaine left our school they started being more friendly. Still, I'm a little surprised about him dropping by…"
[02:20] <Minaplo2> ["A jerkface…?"]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "He totally was? Like he was completely smug and mean and hyper-competative at Isaiah and me."
[02:23] <Minaplo2> ["Oh. Like with Asuka-chan. That isn't mean at all."]
[02:27] * Minaplo2 is now known as Minaplo
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[02:30] <Yanmei> "What? Asuka? Wait… what are you implying?"
[02:34] <Minaplo> ["Back at Eden, Lexxie and Asuka-chan were always competing and being mean to each other, but they were really friendly too. It was confusing for awhile, but that must just be how they show their friendship!"]
[02:39] <Yanmei> "Friendship…" Yanmei shook her head. "It wasn't like that? He was genuinely hostile for a while. And then his meanness got more friendly."
[02:41] <Minaplo> ["Confusing… Maybe he thought you were extra-mean."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "But I'm so not? You said so yourself earlier~"
[02:46] <Minaplo> ["But you said he was mean then became less mean, so maybe that happened to you too."]
[02:51] <Yanmei> "I… couldn't tell you."
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["But you're friends now, right?"]
[02:53] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[02:54] <Yanmei> "I guess so. We're not enemies, anyway?"
[02:55] <Minaplo> ["You should share milkshakes and sandwiches and curry, so you can become better friends." She said, nodding firmly.-
[02:55] <Minaplo> [Next to her, Lizzie mimicked the action with the same sort of firmness.]
[02:59] <Yanmei> "Friendships aren't-" She eyed Lizzie before trying to turn her attention back to Tsubaki, "Friendships aren't always that simple? Besides, we have shared meals before."
[03:01] <Minaplo> ["Oh, so maybe not sandwiches and curry. Maybe you should have pasta. Your hair's long, like spaghetti, so…"]
[13:25] <Yanmei> "It is now. They were going to make me cut it, you know." Hair was a less tangled topic than the history of Alexandre Fontaine. She decided to go with it. "As part of a disguise."
[13:26] <Minaplo> ["What did it think of that?"]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "It…? My hair? What did my hair think of it?"
[13:35] <Minaplo> ["I wonder if it wants a different style. Maybe a pixie cut."]
[13:38] <Yanmei> Pixie? Oh god. "Um. Hair doesn't think?"
[13:41] <Minaplo> ["Doesn't think what?"]
[13:42] <Yanmei> "It doesn't think anything. It's just… just hair!"
[13:48] <Minaplo> ["Silly." Said Tsubaki sagely. "That's not what I mean."]
[13:50] <Yanmei> "Eh?"
[13:52] <Minaplo> ["Silly maamaa…" Said Lizzie happily.-
[13:54] <Minaplo> ["Things just can be things, but sometimes they be things differently, and it's only natural. One day your hair looks good as a pixie cut, one day it looks good as a ponytail."]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei fixed her with a long, blank, uncomprehending stare. "Come again?"
[14:07] <Minaplo> ["You should find out what your hair wants to be!"]
[14:07] <Yanmei> "…maybe it wants to be left alone?" Yanmei tried.
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["How do you know unless you try?"]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "I'm not cutting it," she said firmly. "I already did it before, and it's taken this long to grow back?"
[14:16] <Minaplo> ["Cutting it isn't bad if it's good, though."]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "The first time was not good. Trust me… … wait. You -saw- it back then! I know you did. We were at that ski place, and Edgar killed a bunch of wolves…"
[14:22] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but that wasn't you cutting it."]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "What does it matter? It was short!"
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["It does matter." Said Tsubaki seriously. "Clothes you pick yourself are always better than clothes someone else makes you wear. Even if they're pretty."]
[14:32] <Yanmei> It did make a weird sort of sense. …Akagi. Making -sense-? "Maybe I'll consider it one day. But I like my hair now…"
[14:51] <Minaplo> ["Hair is harder to change than clothes…"]
[00:54] <Yanmei> "Why don't you ever cut -your- hair, Akagi?"
[15:06] <Minaplo> ["I do, though."]
[15:06] <Yanmei> "… you do?"
[15:07] <Minaplo> ["Uh-huh. You can't tell?"]
[15:11] * Yanmei squinted at it with a frown. "Looks the same to me?"
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["If I didn't cut it, it'd be longer than this, silly."]
[15:15] * Yanmei stared at her. The she groaned and massaged her temples. "Akagi… you're giving me a headache."
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["Do you want some medicine?"]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "I'll live. I have a question for you first."
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["Huh?"]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "If you had an evil twin running around, would you cut your hair even shorter? Like, styling it in a pixie cut? To differentiate yourself from her?"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["No. She'd have a goatee."]
[15:40] <Yanmei> Another blank stare. Yanmei shook it off, quite literally. "What if she shaved it? Because she was trying to take your place."
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["Oh. No. Why?"]
[15:46] <Yanmei> For the first time that day, Yanme gazed at her with a sense of approval. "Because I have an evil twin too. She's pretty horrible? But I'm not giving up the way I look without a fight."
[15:49] <Minaplo> ["You have an evil twin? That's terrible…"]
[15:50] <Yanmei> "She was at the Synfront. I'm surprised you didn't meet her…"
[15:50] <Minaplo> ["No. I only ran into Evil Twin Aline…" Tsubaki sighed.-
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["I wish you had a good twin, like Rei-chan does. Wouldn't that be cool, to have lots of twin sisters?"]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "I don't know about that… Don't you think it'd be weird to have a lot of sisters that look just like you?"
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["No. It'd be really cool!"]
[15:55] <Yanmei> "Why do you say that?"
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["Because then there's always be someone to spend time with me."]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "But the Ayanamis are all split up now. They live and work in different parts of the world."
[16:05] <Minaplo> ["Some of them work together though. So I bet one Double Tsubaki would be near me!"]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Maybe…" The odds were in her favor.
[16:07] <Minaplo> [Next to Tsubaki, Lizzie stretched and rested her head comfortably against Tsubaki's side, beaming.-
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["But an evil twin is no good." Said Tsubaki sagely, as she put an arm around Lizzie. "You need to make a hat and everything now."]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "A hat?"
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["You need a white hat so everyone knows you're the good twin."]
[16:11] <Yanmei> "Oh. I already have something like that?"
[16:12] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "I can't say. It's not very practical and I don't like showing it much either."
[16:17] <Minaplo> ["Oh. Then you should make it more practical, silly."]
[16:19] <Yanmei> "Somehow. I still have to figure out how?"
[07:47] <Minaplo> ["Hmm." Tsubaki frowned, clearly trying to figure out a solution to this seriously knotty issue. "Doesn't it fit?"]
[07:49] <Yanmei> "It's not an actual hat? If it was something that could be taken off, I would have already done it. Anyway…" She tossed her hair. "You should figure out what you're going to do if the bad guys make someone with your face too?"
[07:49] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I already know what to do."]
[07:49] <Yanmei> "Oh yeah?"
[07:50] <Minaplo> ["I'll just stay with Mama all the time."]
[07:50] <Yanmei> "All day? Without a break?"
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[08:00] <Minaplo> ["I'll steal all the plugsuits so that people will know it's me because I'm wearing one." She said after a second of thought.]
[08:03] * Yanmei actually cringed. "Better. From a objective standpoint, I guess?"
[08:07] <Minaplo> ["Maybe I should wear a hat…"]
[08:11] <Yanmei> "God…" The distant pangs of another headache were starting to manifest again. She glanced at Lizzie to see if she was bored yet and ready to go.
[08:17] <Minaplo> [Lizzie was starting to become a little restless, and the reason became obvious. "Maamaa, hungry!"]
[08:18] <Yanmei> "Well!" Relieved, she held a hand out to her. "Want to get lunch?"
[08:24] <Minaplo> ["Yeah!" Lizzie sprang up, grabbing Yanmei's hand… But she hadn't let go of Tsubaki's arm, either. "Susu come?"]
[08:28] <Yanmei> "…" She held back a defeated sigh. "Yeah, why not…?"
[08:34] <Minaplo> ["I can pay." Said Tsubaki, getting up and smiling. "Milkshakes for everybody!"]
[08:42] <Yanmei> "Very generous." She hoped she didn't intend to buy one for the fox too. Why did she have a feeling that she did? "What do we say if someone buys us food, Lizzie?"
[08:42] <Minaplo> ["Thankoo!"]
[08:42] * Yanmei nodded her approval. "Good girl. Let's go!"
[08:43] <Minaplo> [And so they went, the fox following on, knowing full well it was going to get a milkshake. Its tail swayed smugly left to right…]

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