Yanmei 2

[14:43] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Episode Yanmei 2. Date: 10th of September, 2031.-
[14:44] <AdEvaGM> [It was starting to get late, about 6 PM- about dinner time in the Zhang-Wei household. Elizabeth was still up in her room, leaving Yanmei to prepare…]
[14:46] <Yanmei> And she did so distractedly. A laptop was resting on the kitchen table between the plates, and every so often, Zhang Yanmei would hover over it on her way to and from the stove. -
[14:48] <Yanmei> She was still dressed for work - a stylish gray business suit with the careful hairstyle and makeup she'd used for that day's press conference still applied. -
[14:53] <Yanmei> Today's meal was a simple beef stew and salad combo. She hadn't had time for anything fancier today. Hadn't for some time. Still, it was better than store-bought meals or letting Lizzie fend for herself any more than she regularly did. Even if it was just a few meals a week…-
[14:55] <Yanmei> She trailed off with her thoughts for a moment, and shook her head, starting back for the stove to stir the pot again. Nearly done. "Lizzieee!" She called, turning her head toward the staircase. "Dinnerrr~!"
[14:57] <AdEvaGM> [No response… Not for a few minutes at least. When Lizzie eventually came down, she did so with her mobile phone firmly attached to her ear. "Uh-huh."-
[14:58] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie had grown up healthy, with her caring parents making sure of it, and she'd grown into a unique, intelligent and beautiful young lady who could speak three languages by the time she was ten, with a doctor for a father and a diplomat for a mother. She was already becoming successful, getting top grades at school. She was also, undeniably, popular.-
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, sure, it's a date. See you then." She clapped the phone shut.]
[15:01] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow at that as she ladled out some stew for herself. "Hm. Is that a -date- date~? Or…"
[15:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah." Said Elizabeth with a touch of defiance. "I'm going with Louis and a bunch of friends to Normandie for the weekend."]
[15:09] <Yanmei> "Louis again?" Yanmei shook her head. "Honestly. What do you see in that kid?"
[15:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh god, this again?" Elizabeth sighed. "You don't know him."]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "Oh please! He's hardly a special snowflake? Fun guy, daring, charming smile, can't keep his hands to himself… and the second he gets the slightest whiff of responsibility, he'll turn tail."
[15:17] <AdEvaGM> ["You don't know that!" Said Elizabeth hotly. "He's a lot nicer than you think. He loves me."]
[15:21] <Yanmei> A decade and a half of politics had taught Yanmei much about using body language to reinforce credibility. It was that and that alone that kept her from slapping a hand over her own forehead and groaning. -
[15:24] <Yanmei> "He's sixteen. He doesn't have a clue about what love -is-."
[15:25] <AdEvaGM> ["What? How can you say that?" Said Elizabeth, astonished and annoyed. "You and dad were already together by then!"]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "Completely different circumstances." Yanmei slid gracefully into a chair. "For one, he wasn't a Louis-type."
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh-huh. So that time he took you to a love hotel was totally innocent."]
[15:29] * Yanmei froze, spoon halfway to her mouth, and then slowly lowered it, staring. "What."
[15:31] <AdEvaGM> ["James told me when you last invited him to dinner." Said Elizabeth, putting a hand on her hip and tossing her hair. "Anyway, I think it's pretty rich of you to have a go at Louis when dad obviously wanted you like that…"]
[15:35] <Yanmei> JAMES. Yanmei was very careful to not let her temper show on her face. "I think it's pretty rich that you believe him when he wasn't even there. The love hotel incident was a setup. Or did he forget to mention that too?"
[15:36] <AdEvaGM> ["It doesn't matter. I'm right, aren't I?"]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "Nope. As long as you make assumptions based off half-truths and simplified stories, you'll never be right. Nothing happened or would happen for a long time. Not until we got to know each other."
[15:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Well you see? That's what you're doing right now. You don't even know Louis- barely talked to him- and you're making judgments."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Is that an invitation to get to know him better, then? You could invite him over for dinner, of course."
[15:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Why, so you can snipe at him and he can not meet my dad?" Asked Elizabeth bitterly.]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "I don't snipe. I -investigate-. And your father-" She didn't really have an answer for that part. His latest trip overseas was taking damned forever. "-would be here is he could. You know that."
[15:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Maybe." Said Elizabeth irritably. "Or maybe he just got fed up with your dumb attitude…"]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "Excuse me?" Some more iron found its way into her voice.
[15:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Hell, if you treat him like you treat me he probably enjoys being off the leash."]
[15:49] * Zack is now known as Nanashi
[15:55] <Yanmei> "A leash would imply that I've forbidden you from seeing this loser or restricted you from seeing your friends," she said coldly. "And if you don't want to experience that? I'd suggest you watch your tone when you speak to me."
[15:57] <AdEvaGM> ["He's not a loser!" Snapped Elizabeth angrily. "Holy shit, why can't you just trust me when I say he's a good guy?!"]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "Tone!" she said again, sharply. "And no mother with half a brain would take that at face value. I remember high school, thank you very much."
[16:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Are you sure?" Asked Elizabeth, clearly just incensed. "Those years of adult study say otherwise…"]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "Aaaand… we're done here," said Yanmei smoothly. "You can forget about that date."
[16:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I won't." Said Elizabeth curtly. "I don't give a shit, you can't stop me."]
[16:08] <Yanmei> "Oh -really-? Challenge accepted. Go to your room."
[16:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Or you'll what?"]
[16:16] <Yanmei> "I don't think you realize what sort of position you're in." Yanmei stared. "Who is it again who pays your cell phone bills? And your driving lessons? And all those other little expenses you've been racking up lately? Just take the room punishment, sweetie. You don't want to escalate this."
[16:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Dad." Said Elizabeth defiantly. "Speaking of which, how're you going boozing through his money?"]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "You -can't- be that stupid," Yanmei sighed.
[16:33] <AdEvaGM> [
[16:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Forget it. Whatever. I'm out." She snapped up her phone and pocketed it. "I'll pack my bags tonight? I'm sorry I'm such a fucking burden. Maybe you should've thought of that before you took another woman's kid."]
[16:53] <Yanmei> Yanmei's stare dropped a good dozen more degrees. "You talk about trust one minute, and then you throw a petty tantrum the next when you don't get your way? Are you a ten-year-old?" Yanmei reached for her water glass. "You're better than that. Grow the fuck up, Lizzie."
[16:53] <AdEvaGM> ["I have! But you still treat me like I'm ten!" She turned on her heel and a few seconds later stormed off, back to her room.]
[17:02] <Yanmei> She heard the door slam and exhaled slowly. It was a minute later before she realized how hard she was clutching her glass, and a minute after that before she remembered the futility of breaking it. It was just a stupid inanimate object, after all - and one she would have to replace. She placed it back on the table and flexed her fingers a little.-
[17:04] <Yanmei> Had she been this difficult when she was sixteen? She had to remember to call Marianne later. For now, she seethed and forced herself to finish her dinner.
[17:05] <AdEvaGM> [An hour passed. Then an hour and a half…-
[17:06] <AdEvaGM> [Nothing from Lizzie's room. Not a peep or a sound…-
[17:06] <AdEvaGM> [Just quiet.]
[17:09] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei looked up at last. Her bowl was cleaned and stowed away again, and she had spent the better part of forty-five minutes on her laptop. Her concentration was gone now, however. She stood up, finally, and headed for Lizzie's room, and knocked.
[17:11] <AdEvaGM> ["S'open…"]
[17:13] <Yanmei> So Yanmei opened it and leaned against the doorframe. "Elizabeth…"
[17:24] <AdEvaGM> [She was sitting on her bed, knees drawn up near her chest, a book in her hands. It was obvious that she had spent a lot of time trying not to cry.]
[17:31] <Yanmei> "…" There was a long pause on Yanmei's part. If Elizabeth -had- been ten, Yanmei would have gone to her and put her arms around her, and explained to her how much she really did care. But she wasn't. And they were beyond that now. "Is Louis really that important to you?" she said.
[17:32] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I dunno." Said Elizabeth. Her hands trembled a little. "I… Not really, I guess." She shrugged and shakily turned another page of her Harry Potter novel. Whether she read the words was anyone's guess.-
[17:33] <AdEvaGM> ["It's… I feel lonely." She mumbled. "Dad's never here anymore, and you're always busy, and… And you and dad, you like to talk sometimes about how the two of you found each other when you were young and stuff, and I-I kinda want that, y'know?"-
[17:35] <AdEvaGM> ["B-But then you go and you ask questions and I know you just wanna look out for me? But I feel like… Like I'm not expected to be smart enough to tell…"]
[17:48] <Yanmei> "That's because…" Yanmei almost fidgeted. She folded her arms to prevent it. "It's because -I- couldn't tell back when I was your age. I didn't have someone to tell me what to look out for. I know you're smart. Just… I'm trying to be there…"
[17:54] <AdEvaGM> ["I…" But whatever she wanted to say dissolved into gibbers as her eyes filled with tears- she started sobbing into her hands.]
[17:59] <Yanmei> "Oh Lizzie…" Yanmei went to her and sat next to her on the bed, and reached out to rub her shoulder.
[18:02] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie's book fell aside and she reached out to tightly clutch her mother around the middle, sobbing into her shoulder. "I-I'm sorry, I didn't mean- I just- you're the best mum…"]
[18:09] * Yanmei stroked her hair. Her little girl… She was tired and it showed, but she was smiling too. "I know, sweetie, I know. It's tough growing up."
[18:11] <AdEvaGM> ["I l-love you."]
[18:12] <Yanmei> "I love you too, sweetheart." She leaned forward and kissed her gently on the forehead.
[18:12] <AdEvaGM> [Sniffle. Sniffle.-
[18:12] <AdEvaGM> ["H-Hey mum? T-This weekend, can we go out somewhere?"]
[18:15] <Yanmei> "Of course we can." She kept stroking her hair comfortingly. "A movie, or park or… Hm. You pick the place, okay?"
[18:15] <AdEvaGM> ["O-Okay…"]
[18:19] * Yanmei let her go, and gave her hand a little pat now. Even if they had some rough patches, she wouldn't trade her for the world. Her little Elizabeth…

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