William S Bedside

[23:16] <Yanmei> It was amazing how similar the layout of the Boston Hospital was to the one the Paris' Geofront. Yanmei moved along a hallway more slowly than her usual pace, just taking things in. According to an adorable fluffy-haired contact, the staff had moved William Weiss-Xylander to one of the rooms near here after they had released him from intensive care. So she kept her eyes peeled for the right room number as well as she walked.
[23:20] <Minaplo> [He was in the intensive care ward- in the section put aside for stabilised patients. It was quiet here, almost desolate.-
[23:20] <Minaplo> [Once Yanmei reached his room, she'd find, after she opened the door, William lying in bed, looking pale, a thick gauze bandage covering his eyes, wearing nothing but a hospital gown.]
[23:21] * Zack is now known as ZackDinner
[23:22] * Yanmei stood there a moment. He was still. Sleeping? She couldn't tell with those bandages. "William?"
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["… Yanmei?"]
[23:25] <Yanmei> "So you're awake after all!" She made herself sound cheerful, moving closer. "I came to talk. It must be pretty dull in here right now?"
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["…" He sighed. "This isn't… I failed."]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Failed?" She found a spare chair to sit in, and eased down into it gingerly. "Why do you think that?"
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["Aline…"]
[23:39] <Yanmei> "…" Her voice became a little quieter. "You already heard…?"
[23:40] <Minaplo> [He nodded mutely.]
[23:47] * Yanmei sighed, if only for the few extra precious seconds that it gave her to compose her words. "We talked about that before, right? How is it your fault? It's a hazard that we're all exposed to."
[23:51] <Minaplo> ["No. It's different. I could- I was supposed to look after her."]
[23:52] <Yanmei> "Ah…?"
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["I-I promised."]
Session Time: Thu Jun 14 00:00:00 2012
[00:03] <Yanmei> It bothered her that she could sense something in his despair that felt all too familiar. She got up again, and moved closer to the bed, and took his hand and patted it. "The Angel was to blame. You tried so hard and were so brave, too. I saw you, fighting with everything you had, even though you were hurt too."
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["It- doesn't matter. I've been hurt before, I-I could've done more, something…"]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "Like what?"
[00:07] * ZackDinner is now known as Zack
[00:19] <Minaplo> ["I-I could've- tried to think, taken down the Angel faster…"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "It happened so quickly." She sounded dubious. "And we didn't even know it was happening until it was too late."
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["No- No excuses. Even if I had to- sacrifice myself to do it, I should've done something…"]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "William…" Yanmei shook her head. "Is this the first time you've seen someone you care about badly wounded?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["No…"]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "But it's different this time because of the promise. You keep drifting back trying to see the situation in a new light, even though it hurts, trying to see what you could have done to fulfill that." -
[00:53] <Yanmei> "Does that about sum it up? But do you think Blanc would want you to sacrifice yourself? Do you think she'd hate you for not being able to intervene?"
[00:56] <Minaplo> ["It-it doesn't matter. I-I owed it to her, she-she should've been able to -trust- me with that." He began to sob, beneath his bandages.]
[01:00] <Yanmei> "It does matter," she insisted, but she quietly let him try to calm down a little himself.
[01:11] <Minaplo> [It took him awhile- it was clear from his gripped fists that he was fighting to keep in control. "What do I do…?"]
[01:17] <Yanmei> "If… you think you let someone down, then focus on what's ahead. Future chances, if she comes back? Or think about what it was she was trying to accomplish. It's better to seek redemption than to give in to helplessness."
[01:32] <Minaplo> ["…" He was quiet…]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "I've… promised to protect Isaiah many times. And I've failed magnificently almost as many times." She paused, pained, and then went on. "He doesn't hold a grudge against me, and I'm sure he even worries about me for it. But none of those things mean I'll stop trying fighting tooth and nail to protect him. I don't think I could stand myself if I stopped."
[01:41] <Minaplo> ["I-I don't want to fail again…"]
[01:48] <Yanmei> "I know," she murmured. "God, I know. I'll back you up, and Marianne will too, so that failure is less likely. We'll learn from this and become more prepared. But even if it happens again? I know you'll pick yourself back up again."
[01:52] <Minaplo> [He sniffed. "D… Do you really think so?"]
[01:53] <Yanmei> "Absolutely."
[01:56] <Minaplo> ["… Ugh." He shook his head. "… You must think me ridiculous. I don't- I don't let people see me like this."]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "Heh heh. It'll be between you and me, okay?" And the cameras. But surely saying that to him wasn't good…
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["… Yeah." He tried to wipe at his eyes, failed, and instead groped out towards her blindly. "Mr. Gabriel-Wei is lucky to have your love, you know. You're a fine young lady…"]
[02:07] * Yanmei retorted with another hand-pat to show him that she was still around. "I'm sure he already knows that~ But. How do you feel? You weren't in great shape when they brought us here."
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["I… Well, I could be better. It would be nice to have my sight back. The doctors said it'd take a few weeks…"]
[02:14] <Yanmei> "That long? Hm. I don't know how long they'll have us stay here? But hopefully you'll actually get to -see- the city before you get back. They have us following some lame rules for going out, though?"
[02:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh? Protection, guards, restricted areas, I'm guessing."]
[02:16] <Yanmei> "Exactly. You don't seem too surprised."
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["Well, it does seem like the obvious thing to do… After all, Boston is a natural target, especially the pilots."]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "Hmph. I'd rather have my privacy, but whatever." Yanmei tossed her hair. "I guess we should count our blessings? They're not hiding us away down here or sticking us in safehouses again."
[02:24] <Minaplo> ["Again? When was this?"]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "Oh, that was when the war with the LN got really bad. There was a big battle coming up and they were trying to off us before then, so NERV sent us to this place in the country for a few days and wouldn't let us go outside."
[02:33] <Minaplo> ["Sounds relaxing."]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "It was -boring-. Nothing to do but talk to each other and do homework and read."
[02:40] <Minaplo> ["It's better than being caught in the middle of a battle between the Lord's Army and Libyan Caliphatists, you know." Said William wryly. "Being shelled isn't that much fun."]
[02:44] * Yanmei winced, although he probably wouldn't notice. "Sorry to hear that. You and your priest friends made it out okay, though, right?"
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[03:06] <Minaplo> ["… Some of us."]
[03:06] <Yanmei> "I… I see."
[03:06] <Minaplo> ["Don't feel too sad. They died for a good cause."]
[03:08] <Yanmei> "Yeah. I'm sure they did." Yanmei smiled at him. "I must sound like a brat, though. I guess we have it lucky."
[03:10] <Minaplo> ["It's alright. I don't mind listening and helping. Maybe if we -are- placed under house protection again, I can suggest ways we can prepare. To make it more fun."]
[03:14] <Yanmei> "Maybe there won't be a next time, but… why not? I'm sure you can help make things a little more cheerful."
[03:16] <Minaplo> ["I would hope so." He leaned back into his bed, smiling faintly. "Have you ever considered what might have been in another world? One without Impact?"]
[03:17] <Yanmei> "Ah? Another world?" Yanmei blinked at him. "Why? Do you?"
[03:18] <Minaplo> ["Ah, I asked first."]
[03:21] <Yanmei> "It's hard to imagine… I guess NERV wouldn't exist and I wouldn't be here. I'd know people back home that I didn't get a chance to know because they died then. And… well. Just about every country's political circumstances would be different. It's an eerie thing?"
[03:22] <Minaplo> ["Yes…" He sighed. "Do you think the world would've been a better place?"]
[03:26] <Yanmei> "Yes. We wouldn't have to fight in the Evas, but there would still be wars. Fewer people would be dead, but we would have missed out on meeting the people we -do- know now in most circumstances. But I think above that is the security in knowing we and everyone else on the planet won't be in danger of dying evey day. That sounds… nice."
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["What about the next generation? Our children? Will the world we leave for them be better than the one they would have had?"]
[03:33] <Yanmei> "Why should that matter? Isn't the important thing asking if they can live better than we have in this world?" She squared her shoulders. "The goal of an Eva pilot is to make the world a better place."
[03:37] <Minaplo> ["Heh. You're right. Still, for what it's worth, I hope- no, I believe that the children of tomorrow will be better off for it, in the long run. Even if we have suffered."]
[03:42] <Yanmei> "We can dream of it, at least." Yanmei grinned. "Can I get you anything while I'm here, by the way? A drink or a snack?"
[03:44] <Minaplo> ["A drink would be nice. A hug would be nice too, if you're offering."]
[03:46] <Yanmei> "H-huh? A hug?" There was no hiding how much it caught her off guard!
[03:48] <Minaplo> ["Sorry. Did I offend…?"]
[03:51] <Yanmei> "Oh… no, you just surprised me," Yanmei chuckled a bit, and smoothly adapted when it turned out he -wasn't- poking fun at her, holding her arms out and moving for him. "Here."
[03:53] <Minaplo> [He sat up awkwardly, and trusted her to guide him. "I would've figured you'd be rather used to giving hugs."]
[03:55] <Yanmei> "W-what's that mean? What rumors have you heard?" She did embrace him, trusting his arms to fall into place naturally once hers did.
[03:55] <Minaplo> [William rather awkwardly put his arms around her. "Well, what with Gabriel-Wei, and Elizabeth Bellamy, and the Colonel…"]
[03:56] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well… Heh. I can't really deny any of that…"
[03:58] <Minaplo> [A few seconds later he let go and fell back into bed. "Thank you for taking the time to see me. I appreciate it, Yanmei. You're a good friend."]
[04:02] <Yanmei> "Well, I couldn't let you sit around by yourself after everything that happened." She started to rise. "Now, then, let me grab a few drinks and we can chat some more."
[04:04] <Minaplo> ["Thank you."]
[04:06] <Yanmei> And with that, Yanmei left him, closing the door behind her. In the safety of the hallway, she sighed tiredly and rubbed her own bandaged head.

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