Wolf S Contest

[23:17] * Yanmei tossed her hair and tried to act naturally. It was far too warm in here for a coat, but she was still wearing hers stubbornly. What's more, she was trying hard not to let her bad mood show as she approached the door to the Geofront's Bridge and stepped through. "Hi everyone~"
[23:28] <Minaplo> [The bridge was its usual quiet self. Frederic - slouching in his chair, apparently savouring being somewhere that wasn't a battleship- gave her a sideways glance. "What with the coat?"-
[23:29] <Minaplo> [Sophie turned in her chair to look at Yanmei as well, eyes twinkling. The rest of the bridge didn't pay her much attention- although off near one of the doors she saw the unfamiliar forms of the two Varangian pilots, the girl- Lily? - eyeing her curiously.]
[23:35] <Yanmei> W-what was with that ominous look? Yanmei pretended not to care, pulling her coat a bit tighter around herself protectively. "I think I'm coming down with a little bug or something? I've felt a bit chilly lately." She gave a light cough.
[23:38] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you know, I think I've noticed that." Said Sophie.]
[23:41] <Yanmei> "Really?" Trying not to look suspicious at that.
[23:43] <Minaplo> ["I've seen your dark looks and your pining sighs. You're lovesick~"]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "My sighs aren't pining! And I've been as happy as a clam, I'll have you know. Haven't I?" She eyed Frederic.
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Don't ask me…"-
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["It's alright." Said Sophie soothingly. "I'm sure he misses you as well~"-
[23:50] <Minaplo> [There was a snicker from somewhere on the bridge, from the direction of the Varangian squad…]
[23:57] <Yanmei> Grrr… She was pretend those two didn't exist because they were dumb, and why were they even aroound? "-Anyway-, where's Riel? He owes me lunch today."
[23:57] <Yanmei> ^going to pretend
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["He's down in the Science lab, they need to do something with his arm." Said Frederic.-
[23:59] <Minaplo> ["Lunch, huh." Came a voice behind Yanmei.]
Session Time: Wed Nov 14 00:00:00 2012
[00:00] * Yanmei spun around at that, startled!
[00:05] <Minaplo> [It was Lilly, a casual smile on her face. The other one- Holmstrom- hadn't moved much, but was looking over at them both with a solemn expression.-
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["I could get you lunch."]
[00:07] <Yanmei> "…Lieutenant Norling, right?" She offered her the sweetest smile she could muster. "You don't have to do that."
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Of course not." Said Lilly with a matching smile. "I'm offering it as a prize for beating me at the shooting range."]
[00:13] * Yanmei scrutinized her with the smile still on her lips. "Is that so? Why?"
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["Well, I don't really care much myself, but Matthias says you're not a bad shot and he wouldn't mind seeing a contest, see. He's a little too shy to ask…"-
[00:19] <Minaplo> [Behind her, Matthias's eyes narrowed.]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "My, my, a competition with the aces of the Varangian squad. I'm flattered!" Her smile grew broader. "I'll accept? I'm supposed to be spending more time practicing there today anyway."
[00:29] <Minaplo> ["Then it all works out, doesn't it?" Said Lilly with her own bright smile. "Of course, if you lose, you have to do whatever we want."]
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Whereas you only have to put out for lunch? I think not." Yanmei tossed her hair. "If I lose, I'll buy you a meal instead, or something else that's equivalent? That's what fairness is."
[00:35] <Minaplo> ["But obviously you need to compensate for your skill, right~?" Asked Lilly. "Since the challenge is greater for us, the reward should be higher."]
[00:39] <Yanmei> "You're flattering me again, Lieutenant." Yanmei winked at her. "Tell you what. Why don't you think of something within reason during the contest itself?"
[00:40] <Minaplo> ["I'll look into it, Pilot." She said smoothly.-
[00:40] <Minaplo> [Behind her, Matthias's eyes were growing ever more narrower.]
[00:43] <Yanmei> "Sergeant Holmstrom. Would you like to participate as well?"
[00:44] <Minaplo> [He looked over. "Are you alright with that, ma'am?"]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "Certainly. Of course, making your own wagers comes with that too."
[00:46] <Minaplo> [He paused for a second. "Pardon?"]
[00:48] <Yanmei> "I mean that if you're victorious, you should be able win a favor from me and your squad leader as well."
[00:49] <Minaplo> ["I see. Very well." He nodded solemnly. "I'll work to craft a suitable condition."]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Excellent!" Yanmei beamed. "You both know where the firing range is, don't you?"
[00:51] <Minaplo> ["Of course." Said Lilly.]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Then, let's proceed," she turned to go, but paused, glancing over at Sophie and Frederic. "If you see James, let him know that I was looking for him, okay?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["Sure thing." Said Frederic, smirking.]
[00:57] * Yanmei eyed him one last time, her gaze sweeping suspiciously to the monitors in front of them before turning to go. "Let' get to it."
[01:03] <Minaplo> [The shooting range was almost deserted. The only other occupants were a pair of Fire Regiment Storm Troopers, their helmets off, chatting in between shots with one of the armory rifles. They seemed relaxed, only breaking off from their conversation when Yanmei and co entered. Their voices carried a distinctly South African twang.]
[01:09] * Yanmei gave the two troopers a little nod before snagging some firearms and headgear of her own and heading toward a booth. She was still in that coat… "It's been a while since I was last here," she chattered cheerfully. "Mostly, they've had me practicing CQC."
[01:11] <Minaplo> ["Well, you don't need as much concentration for CQC." Said Lilly warmly as she grabbed a rifle.]
[01:14] <Yanmei> "Oh~? Don't tell me that you're a close-quarters expert as well?" Yanmei smiled at her as she checked her own handgun.
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I'd say I'm pretty good at both CQC and ranged combat~"-
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Matthias was silent as he religiously checked his rifle for faults or problems.]
[01:24] <Yanmei> "Maybe we should spar one of these days too. But first thing's first?" She tested her bad arm, flexing and straightening it before using it to lift a gun. Not bad. "Let's set the rules for this. Four shots each? Is that's fair?"
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["Let's make it two shots on three targets."]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "Sounds fine to me."
[01:36] <Minaplo> [Matthias took his booth, Lilly took her's. "Alright. I've set up the targets. Good luck, Yanny." Said Lilly cheerfully.]
[01:41] * Yanmei steadied her hand, and pulled off the first shots smoothly, managing to catch one nearly dead center of the target. "Yanmei," she corrected.
[01:43] <Minaplo> [Matthias' shots were near-perfect- Lilly managed to catch her target dead-centre with one shot, but the other went wide. "Yanny wins the first round." Said Lilly with a smirk. "Second round!"]
[01:46] <Yanmei> "Yanmei." Her first shot went wild, and she paused for a second, mortified, before correcting her aim and getting decent hit with the second.
[01:48] <Minaplo> [Much like last time, Lilly made the second shot after missing the first. Matthias, however, saw both of his shots hit the non-scoring areas. He frowned at the rifle suspiciously.]
[01:50] <Yanmei> From near-perfect hits to missing them both. Yanmei also eyed Matthias' gun, surprised, before stepping up and firing her last two rounds.
[01:51] <Yanmei> Two hits! Not perfect, but pretty good for the distance. She had to stop herself from gloating with a beam.
[01:53] <Minaplo> [… But the others also made the same shots, and Yanmei would quickly realise that Matthias's were quite finer than her own.]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "You're… really good, Sergeant." Damn, damn! Damn him and his aim!
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["Thank you, ma'am. You're not bad yourself." He ejected the clip of his gun. "Would you be interested in a one-on-one?"-
[01:56] <Minaplo> [Lilly gave him a strange look from across the booth. "I bet you'd like that, Wolf…" She muttered.]
[02:00] <Yanmei> "Heh. Well, I don't mind?"
[02:02] <Minaplo> [Matthias reset the targets, then raised his rifle once more.]
[02:05] * Yanmei did likewise, but the shots were hasty. One sailed clear, and the other barely nicked the edge of the target.
[02:08] <Minaplo> [Matthias's were, unsurprisingly, dead on.]
[02:09] <Yanmei> Yanmei's seconds round of shots… were even worse than the previous ones somehow. Her face flushed slightly.
[02:10] <Minaplo> [Matthias's weren't able to land any properly decisive hits either. "Not a good round."]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Yeah. But this one will decide if it's a tie or not?" Yanmei took a deep breath and tried to focus again. -
[02:12] <Yanmei> The first shot didn't hit, but the second one did! A little closer than she thought it would, too.
[02:13] <Minaplo> [And Matthias's second shot lands - but not as high-scoring as Yanmei's.]
[02:17] <Yanmei> "Aha, well done!" Yanmei set her gun aside, beaming. "I guess that means neither of us win."
[02:23] <Minaplo> ["An unsatisfying result, or the way it should be?" He asked quietly.]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Ah? Does that mean you want to keep going?"
[02:25] <Minaplo> ["That depends on you, ma'am. Whether we accept this or choose to go on, either way, I am happy with the outcome."]
[02:26] * Yanmei scrutinized him carefully. "A single tie-breaking round, then."
[02:27] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "Alright, then." He reset the targets.]
[02:29] <Yanmei> And Yanmei fired! Both bullets struck the target, the second one in particular getting close to the center.
[02:34] <Minaplo> [… And one of Matthias's went wide. "The match to you, ma'am."]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but…" she eyed the hole marking where he -had- hit, and how much closer it was to the center than hers had been. "The skill here is really obvious?"
[02:37] <Minaplo> ["There is much skill on display by all involved." He said solemnly as he placed his rifle down.]
[02:40] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[02:43] <Yanmei> "Why thank you~" Yanmei set her own gun aside. "But you know, don't forget the favors you won from that first three-way duel, okay?"
[03:07] <Minaplo> [He gave her a faintly surprised look. "But asking you for the one-on-one was my favour."]
[03:09] <Yanmei> "I-it was?" Now it was her turn to look surprised. "You didn't want lunch, or a car ride somewhere, or…?"
[23:33] <Minaplo> ["I can do those myself." Said Matthias seriously. "But I cannot challenge myself like this. I sought a challenging test of skill, and you provided admirably."-
[23:33] <Minaplo> [Behind Yanmei, Lilly rolled her eyes.]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "Happy to help, I guess?" she said, settling back into a warmer tone. She wanted to smirk over her shoulder, at Lilly, and toss her hair… but she refrained. "How long have you been working for the UN, anyway?"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["Awhile." Said Matthias, packing his rifle back in its box.-
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["You know, Matthias," Said Lilly, "You should've just asked Yanny for a kiss or something~"-
[23:54] <Minaplo> ["Really?"]
Session Time: Fri Nov 16 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Yanmei> What sort of a reaction was that?! She did toss her hair this time. "We were just having a friendly match. There's no need to tease us just because you were left out~"
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["If this is what a friendly match becomes, I'd rather be left out~" Said Lilly with a smirk. She stage whispered to Matthias, deliberately loud enough for Yanmei to hear- "I hear she'll kiss anyone who asks~ Haven't you seen her figurines?"-
[00:02] <Minaplo> [Matthias was staring at them both, his eyes narrowed.]
[00:06] <Yanmei> A muscle along Yanmei's jaw went tight in the second before she piped up again. "And what are you doing wit figurines like that, Lieutenent? Is there something you're not telling us?"
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Actually, there's a more important question to ask: it must've hurt being on your knees for so long-"-
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["Excuse me." Began Matthias quietly.]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Ah?" she regarded him again, pulling her glare away from Lilly and softening it into something more polite.
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["Although considering how well-endowed those figurines are," Said Lilly more loudly, "You couldn't have possibly modelled for them…"-
[00:27] <Minaplo> ["May I request another favour from you, Lieutenant Zhang?" Asked Matthias sombrely.]
[00:35] <Yanmei> "What is it?" she managed through clenched teeth, haughtily turning her back to Lilly. "If you'd like me to talk to Hohenzollern and see about getting you a less insecure boss, I'm sure I can oblige."
[00:42] <Minaplo> ["Since Lilly owes me a favour as well, I would like it if both of you were to accept my request that you put aside your differences and become friends." He said seriously.]
[00:46] <Yanmei> "That depends on her! She's the aggressor, here."
[00:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh please, Matthias." Snapped Lilly. "She struts around like she thinks she owns the place- it's not like I did anything to earn her anger, she just hates us -both- on principle."]
[00:57] <Yanmei> "Like you know -anything- about me?" Yanmei scoffed. "I have no reason to hate someone I've never even had a conversation with. And quite frankly? This discussion is just proving that you're too childish and clueless to evem get mad at."
[01:04] * ZackStudy is now known as Zack
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["I can see it on your screwed up face-"-
[01:09] <Minaplo> ["Lilly." Said Matthias, sternly, before switching his gaze to Yanmei. "Lieutenant," He continued in that same tone. "It does not matter what happened before, only what happens ahead. Cut down the old tree and plant the new."]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "But suppose that tree turns out to be as warped and twisted as the old one? And petty."
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Ignoring Lilly's outraged expression, Matthias looked squarely into Yanmei's eyes. His eyes were brown and keen, and it reminded her of something she couldn't quite recall. He wasn't angry at her response. "If the tree is malformed, then the blame falls equally upon the caretakers. The only thing to do then will be to continue to replant until the caretakers succeed."]
[01:22] <Yanmei> She was taken aback and trying to hide it, glancing away. "I can offer a truce," she finally said. "I don't know about the friendship part."
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[01:33] <Minaplo> ["This is acceptable." Said Matthias quietly. "Soon you will have to rely on each other in combat, and how does one fight his foe when his attention is on his ally?"-
[01:33] <Minaplo> [Lilly shot Matthias a dark look. "I-I guess that makes sense." She grumbled.]
[01:39] <Yanmei> "Very well. I suppose this means we're officially allies now."
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["I s'pose."-
[01:40] <Minaplo> ["So you both agree, then." Said Matthias, looking quietly satisfied.]
[01:42] <Yanmei> "Hmph, somehow. You would make an excellent schoolteacher someday, Sergeant."
[01:43] <Minaplo> [Lilly grumbled her consent.-
[01:43] <Minaplo> ["I know." Said Matthias with a small smile. "Then, if you're both allies, you won't have any problems about treating me to lunch."]
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[01:48] <Yanmei> "What's that? I thought you'd used up all your favors?" There was a vague hint of her own grin there.
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["A loyal ally is never without a full stomach."-
[01:55] <Minaplo> ["But you eat so damn much." Whined Lilly.]
[01:59] <Yanmei> "It'll be fine if we pool our resources. They say that two or three wallets is better than one?"
[02:00] <Minaplo> [Matthias smiled. "We will have to go topside."]
[02:02] <Yanmei> "Top… oh. I suppose the cafeteria here isn't fixed yet." She sighed. "There's a Roman's Pizza not far from here."
[02:03] <Minaplo> ["That'll do." Matthias smiled. "Do you prefer rank or name, Lieutenant?"]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "Name's fine? Call me Zhang."
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Then you can call me Holmstrom. Although sometimes my friends call me Wolf."]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "Wolf." She nodded. "Then, let's get to it, Wolf. You too, Norly~"
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[02:14] <Minaplo|Sleep> ["Of course… Yanny." Said Lilly in reply.]
[02:15] <Yanmei> Yanmei's smile was more like a set of bared teeth. With a light pivot, she led the way past the rest of the shooting booths.

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