William Confounded

[15:09] <Yanmei> "And so, after that, Asuka retaliated and won," Yanmei was saying. Sprawled on the couch with one of her phones pressed against against her ear, she dangled a little piece of clean gauze over the head of Reggie the cub. "And she bisected it. Luckily, Hachi was okay."
[15:11] <Minaplo> [Reggie crouched, staring up, tail wagging furiously, before leaping up at it.]
[15:13] * Yanmei pulled it just out of reach, keeping him entertained. "Thanks. It ended weirdly well. How about things on your end?"
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["Rrrr." He leapt higher!]
[15:25] * Yanmei pulled it again, and lowered it slightly, letting it dangle at the same height. She shook it temptingly. "I -hate- those things. Be careful, okay? Look out for the big eye-laser."
[15:29] <Minaplo> [Snap! Reggie lunged forward again, the little fluffy end of the tail shaking like a metronome.]
[15:32] * Yanmei let him claim his prize to do with as he would. It was a rather impressive jump, after all. "Who, me? Just in a little funk. Lost something important, and it's been driving me crazy. Heh. That sounds so minor in a conversation like this one."
[15:35] <Minaplo> [Reggie pounced on it, rolled over and began batting at it.]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "A gift from an important friend. I wonder if they'll forgive me."
[15:40] <Yanmei> "I lost it when I was out in town. I've already searched for it a lot." She reached down to pet the happy cub. "Someone probably stole it."
[15:48] <Yanmei> "Well, they're looking into it. We'll see if it turns up?"
[15:52] <Yanmei> "I hope so." She gave a small grin. "Thanks."
[15:58] <Yanmei> "I miss you too. We'll come to visit the next chance I get."
[16:05] <Yanmei> "As energetic as always. Lately she's been worried about monsters a lot."
[16:07] <Yanmei> "Not real ones! I've checked," she assured him. "And anyway, they only seem to manifest in her room and around bedtime."
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Maybe. It's becoming a bad habit…"
[16:11] <Yanmei> "P-please," she huffed. "It's my duty to discourage this sort of thing. Tomorrow, in fact, I'll have a chat with Dr. Castillo."
[16:12] <Yanmei> "That's right. He'll know what to do."
[16:15] <Yanmei> "She can do that during the day," she said firmly. "She can't sleep in our bed forever."
[16:23] <Yanmei> "What do you think~?" If only a phone could transmit kisses!
[16:24] <Minaplo> [A click at the door- the sound of a key turning in the lock.]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "I bet you do miss them~" All the kisses. Oh uh. Someone coming? She lowered her voice. "Maybe I'll send you some pictures to tide you over? Just make sure Marketing doesn't get its dirty mitts on them."
[16:30] <Minaplo> [The door opened, and someone peeked through- William, his hair damp, a cross look on his face.]
[16:32] <Yanmei> "I know you will~" She beamed. "Listen, I've gonna go. Talk to you later?"
[16:32] <Yanmei> ^I'm gonna
[16:34] <Yanmei> "An interesting proposal! I'd like that very much."
[16:34] <Minaplo> [William closed the door behind him, locking it, putting a collection of bags on the ground with groceries inside.]
[16:35] <Yanmei> "You too. Goodbye, Isaiah!"
[16:37] * Yanmei hung up, and then hefted herself into a proper sitting position. "Hello, William. Need some help?"
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["Hey. Oh, no, I'm fine." He said, hefting the groceries up onto the kitchen bench.]
[16:45] <Yanmei> "You're sure?" She resisted the urge to fidget. Since that thing in the Geofront, they'd barely seen each other. Hell, he hadn't even come home the previous night. "Where did you go, anyway?"
[16:48] <Minaplo> ["Geofront. Slept there, did some weapons testing, had a word with that lunatic…" He muttered furiously as he pulled out a bag of double choc chip fudge cookies, which he tossed across the room to Yanmei. "Catch."]
[16:49] * Yanmei did, blinking in surprise. "Thanks! Lunatic, hm? So how -is- Surov doing?"
[16:50] <Minaplo> ["Not that one."]
[16:54] <Yanmei> "Hm?" Yanmei frowned, considering the list of applicable names.
[16:54] <Minaplo> ["De Pteres!"]
[16:55] <Yanmei> "Oh. Oh lord, what's he done this time? Is anyone dead?"
[16:56] <Minaplo> ["No." William began stacking things away.-
[16:56] <Minaplo> [But eventually this distraction ran out and he stormed back into the living room. "He wants me to get Aline pregnant!"]
[16:57] * Yanmei had started nibbling on one of the cookies by then, and now found herself coughing uncontrollably. "P-preg-!!"
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["And he tells me -I'm- mad for saying it's crazy!"]
[17:17] <Yanmei> "Calm-" she cleared her throat, trying to dislodge the crumbs. "-ck. Calm down, William. He doesn't normally go around advocating family planning. To my knowledge, anyway." She took a deep breath. "What's going on?"
[17:20] <Minaplo> ["He wants Aline and I to share a Libido Effect."]
[17:21] <Yanmei> Now her face creased with outright confusion. "He hates the Libido Effect. That doesn't make sense!"
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["He apparently thinks that it's best if Aline has someone to help her mentally… Or something." William took out a packet of marshmallow bears and began chewing away. "How? How would you even hope to convince Aline of this?"}
[17:28] <Yanmei> "I don't think it would end well. But I'm more freaked out at something else?" She frowned deeply. "Has Blanc been that bad off recently?"
[17:29] <Minaplo> ["Not that I know." Said William, frowning deeply.]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "He knows the effects of the Libido Effect really well, including some of the side effects. What could possibly have him spooked enough about her well-being to suggest something so drastic?"
[17:32] <Minaplo> ["Who knows." Muttered William. "That's not all. I think he's suggesting we abandon Earth to the Angels."]
[17:35] <Yanmei> "What?!" Her eyes widened, and she quickly dropped her voice to a low hiss. "That's practically treason!"
[17:38] <Minaplo> ["I know." He shook his head. "He wants us to move to some other planet, I think."]
[17:40] <Yanmei> "How do we even…? Ugh. Look. Let's not talk about this here, okay?" She leaned back and bit into a cookie with more viciousness than was probably called for. "This is our -home-, damn it!"
[17:41] <Minaplo> [William sighed and collapsed into a chair. Regulus bounded over to him and stared up with big cat eyes at one of the marshmallow bears.-
[17:41] <Minaplo> ["We'll need a big chat when Aline comes back."]
[17:44] * Yanmei looked a little uncomfortable. Instead of answering, she eyed Regulus with a frown. "Also, don't feed him any. You'll make him ill."
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["I won't."-
[17:46] <Minaplo> [William sighed. "What do you think of those new Synfront soldiers?"]
[17:47] <Yanmei> "Eh? Well, they seem polite enough. I haven't really spoken to them much." She tried a grin out on him. "I will say that their equipment looks pretty cool?"
[17:48] <Minaplo> ["I don't even know what weapons they're wielding, and I thought I knew about every type of gun."]
[17:52] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I don't recognize them either. Next time we see them, we should ask. Think they're getting along okay with our guys?"
[17:52] <Minaplo> ["I hope they will." Said William. "Speaking of equipment…"]
[17:53] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[17:57] <Minaplo> ["How're you finding that new armour of yours?"]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "Well, the color's a little drab in comparison. That's fixable, though. At least it's comfortable."
[14:24] <Minaplo> ["Dark purple not your thing?"]
[14:27] <Yanmei> "You can actually see purple in it? It's more of an off-black, don't you think? Not shiny and flashy, like -certain other- people's armor."
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["What, are you jealous? I thought you'd like the dark colours. It's mysterious and menacing."]
[14:31] <Yanmei> "William," she gave him her sweetest look. "You're not implying that I'm menacing, are you~~?"
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["I'm not implying it." He said fearlessly, biting the head off a marshmallow bear.-
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["I'm outright stating it."]
[14:42] * Yanmei stared. And abruptly, that stare hardened, like a glinty, rage-fueled knife stabbing through the heart of an unsuspecting Angelspawn. "Why on earth would you state such a thing?"
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["Because it's true!" Said William, giving her a small, unassuming smile. "I mean right now, you're being all menacing…"-
[14:46] <Minaplo> [Reggie was staring at Yanmei cautiously now.]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "I'm not!" She caught sight of the anxious lion cub, and coughed delicately, aggression dispelling bit by bit. "Honestly. You make it sound like I'm some ogre!"
[14:54] <Minaplo> ["What? No. Ogres are brutish. You're menacing in an elegant way, obviously, like a samurai."]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "That's very sweet of you. I think," she said grudgingly.
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["I would've thought you'd -want- to be menacing."]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "You can't be menacing and charming at the same time. If I had to pick between the two I'd go with the latter. More flies with honey? Except for the unaffected strays that you have to swat into submission either way."
[15:05] <Minaplo> ["See? It's stuff like that." Said William. "You sound totally ruthless and merciless."]
[15:10] <Yanmei> "Hmph. Maybe you're just sensative." Yanmei tossed her hair.
[15:11] <Minaplo> ["Maybe I am." Said William with a grin. "But it isn't true, you -can- be menacing and charming at the same time. And besides, charm won't work in every situation."]
[15:17] <Yanmei> "You're being awfully supportive today." She studied him carefully. "What happened to your bad mood? Did I charm it away~?"
[15:18] <Minaplo> ["Maybe you scared it off with your mean face."]
[15:19] <Yanmei> "H-hey!" She huffed. "You've gotten more witty too, I see."
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["You're just an easy target."]
[15:26] <Yanmei> Why did everyone say that? "I have my moments too, thank you. I'm just going easy on you 'cause you've had a bad day."
[15:29] <Minaplo> ["Well, making fun of you has cheered me up somewhat…"]
[15:31] <Yanmei> "Well, at least we can say that."
[15:34] <Minaplo> [He gave her a fond smile.-
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["You know, I saw something strange on the way here."]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah?"
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["There's this black cat in the downstairs lobby, just watching people."]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Is that so? Well, the owner is probably nearby somewhere. I wouldn't worry too much about it."
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Well, here's the thing. I don't think it has an owner. I think it's been following me." Said William.]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Really? Well… what do you think we should do? We already have a cat of our own. Sort of." She peered at Reggie.
[15:42] <Minaplo> [Regulus had moved on and was staring out the window speculatively, where Fino sat on the balcony, grooming himself.-
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["I dunno. I don't feel like adopting it is the right thing. I guess we could just feed it, though."]
[15:43] * Yanmei smiled at the balcony scene in anticipation. "Yes! Feeding's a great idea."
[15:56] <Minaplo> ["Did you have a pet before Paris, Yanmei?"]
[15:57] <Yanmei> "Nope, not at all. What about you?"
[15:57] <Minaplo> [He shook his head. "Wouldn't be practical."-
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["Brother Joseph had a pet at one point, though. Maybe you can ask him when he gets home."]
[16:02] <Yanmei> "Maybe I will. If he's sober," she grinned in amusement, briefly. "Can I ask you something?"
[16:03] <Minaplo> ["Sure."]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Why did you stay out last night? I would've thought you'd at least want to talk to him or something after the stress you've been under."
[16:06] <Minaplo> ["I was… Tired. I wanted to be alone for awhile, that's all."]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "Hm. Makes sense. Sorry."
[16:09] <Minaplo> ["It's alright." He smiled. "I just needed time to think and pray."]
[16:14] <Yanmei> "So you're okay now?"
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["I think so. What about you?"]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Yeah, everything's okay, I guess."
[16:23] <Minaplo> [A silence.-
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["… C'mon. We should go find that cat."]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "Right. I'm sure we have something it can eat around here somewhere." She stood up. "Let's go."

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