Yanmei 3

[12:04] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Episode Yanmei 3. Date: 3rd of September, 2040.-
[12:07] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm too old for this crap." Grumbled James, a heavy bag over his shoulder, a laptop under his arm.-
[12:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Still complaining, old man?" Asked a pale, redhaired young woman walking behind him. She herself was carrying a few heavy bags herself, but with far greater ease.-
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["I suppose you think this is funny." Asked James, glancing up with a hint of nervousness at the frozen bakelite silo that dominated the room. Visible through the glass was EVA-04, still… As he had been for almost twenty years.-
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["A little." Replied the woman.-
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, well, laugh it up while you can, Evie." Muttered James, running a hand through his greying hair. He looked about, looking…-
[12:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Yo, Yanmei!"]
[12:15] <CakeyCake> A figure perched on a higher catwalk peered over the rail at them. She was short and lean, dressed in a pink, pressed blouse, a pair of black slacks and sparkly jewelry. Her famed violet hair had been chopped short and combed away from her face. -
[12:17] <CakeyCake> "Be right down~" she sang. A smirk and a headbob to the frozen EVA, and in a moment or two she was descending to their level via stairs. "Looking good, Riel."
[12:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, yeah. Kaji's gonna be along in a few minutes, he's trying to get something from the Attache's office. Help me set these up, will ya?"]
[12:31] <Yanmei> "Straight to work, is it? Hello, Eevi." She approached, reaching out to relieve James of one of his bags.
[12:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, Yanmei." Eevi was about thirty years old at this point; but she didn't look a day past eighteen. She never would.-
[12:33] <AdEvaGM> [It'd take them a few minutes to set up. Not only the computer, but external drives, MAGI links, satellite connection, a small hacking module, a pocket generator… Before long a whole table was covered in gadgetry.]
[12:37] <Yanmei> "That's everything, right?" Yanmei glanced first at her watch, and then at the father-daughter hacker team. She'd learned how to do a lot on her own out of necessity, but she knew when she was in the presence of superiors.
[12:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Almost. Eevi, sweetheart, if you could…?"-
[12:39] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course." Eevi turned up to look at the roof, and with a little grin on her face, crossed her arms over her chest and closed her eyes. The air stiffened for a second all around them.]
[12:43] * Yanmei endured it patiently, running a hand through her hair. This part was a touch more routine to her, even if it made her feel funny all over… A not-so subtle reminder of the young woman's troubling past.
[12:44] <AdEvaGM> [The door opened, and Kaji entered. The years were showing on him, too; yet he still had that same relaxed, confident walk, the sort of sprightly spring he always had. "Bingo."]
[12:47] * Yanmei bobbed her head to him and smirked. "The look on your face? Says everything went okay."
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I just broke into the new attache's office and stole her password, and I haven't been shot yet." Said Kaji evenly.-
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Excellent." Said James brightly. "That makes breaking into the UN database much easier."]
[13:00] <Yanmei> "Nice!" Yanmei grinned. The guy really was a pro, even after all these years.
[13:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, let's see… Eevi, can you take over for a sec? I want to have a word with Yanmei."-
[13:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure."-
[13:03] <AdEvaGM> [James got up- Eevi took the vacated seat- and he headed over to Yanmei, putting a hand on her shoulder. "Over here."]
[13:04] * Yanmei went along with this easily, not even sparing a glance backward. "What's up?"
[13:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Listen. I've been having some concerns recently. We're friends, right?"]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "Of course." A more serious expression was starting to sink in. "What's the matter?"
[13:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Listen- Kaji and I are doing this because we want to see Caine brought down." He said quietly, urgently. "We don't have much to lose, and I'm not worried if I die or not. Eevi's more than capable of looking after herself and she can pal out with Savage if she wants. You're different, though. You have a husband, a daughter- Yanmei, if you go through with this there is a very good chance that you'll be killed- or Isaiah will be killed, or Lizzie. If you're ready to take the risk for the right reasons, I won't stop you and this is the last you'll hear… But I have to make sure. You're doing this because you want her taken out, right? Not because it… Feels like it gives you a purpose?"]
[13:16] <Yanmei> "James…" She was touched, in a way. She was also annoyed. Did he think she hadn't considered the ramifications herself? "Why would you think that? Of course I want to see her brought down! That woman's a menace, and the further she extends her power, the more menacing she gets. Isaiah and I discussed some things. Not details, but…" -
[13:21] <Yanmei> She shook her head. "He understands. He's worried too, of course he is, but it's something I've wanted for so, so long…"
[13:21] <AdEvaGM> [He looked uncertain, but he nodded all the same. "Alright, if you say so…" He headed back to the computer.-
[13:23] <AdEvaGM> [It took roughly an hour, down their in that cold cavernous silo, before solid results can be found. When the results are found, however…-
[13:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, this looks familiar. I can't believe this." Mutters James, half-astonished, half-impressed with himself. "Caine's manipulating so many people that she actually needs a team to organise it all…"]
[13:27] * Yanmei snorted. James' talk had lingered with her, and she'd spent a good deal of time mentally going over the precautions she'd made for Isaiah and Lizzie in a worst case scenario while she worked. Until now, anyway. "So who are we looking at for the team members?"
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Computer specialists, accountants…" He shoots Yanmei a dark look. "A 'bodyguard' who happens to be a Third Generation Iron Guard with marksmanship awards. Yeah, right." He looks back at it. "From what it looks like, the bodyguard gets assigned to clients, and if they fuck up, then…"-
[13:30] <AdEvaGM> ["… Mazarin's on the list."]
[13:34] <Yanmei> "What?" Yanmei stood suddenly. "Mortimer was… I -knew- it! What did I say about that assasination?"
[13:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Seriously." Said Eevi, frowning over James's shoulder. "Old man, can we find some way to actually cohesively prove they're assassinations?"-
[13:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Witnesses." Said Kaji. "We shake a few UN goons down and pry the lingo from 'em."]
[13:41] <Yanmei> "Sounds good. It'll be tough, though."
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> ["We're intending to go public with this, right?" Asked Eevi.-
[13:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. In a big public way that can't be shut down. So even if one of us is killed it still goes on." Said Kaji.]
[14:02] * Yanmei exhaled. "No delays on this, then. The worst thing she can do is slaughter all four of us before we put it out there."
[14:02] <AdEvaGM> ["When do we do it? Tomorrow?" Asked Kaji.-
[14:02] <AdEvaGM> ["I might need more time to make sure the files are sent to every big internet nest I can. I'd say we have about 3 days to a week." Said James.-
[14:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei's led this group- you should decide when, Yanmei." Said Eevi.]
[14:06] <Yanmei> A frown. "Get it done within four days, James."
[14:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes ma'am!"]
[14:08] <Yanmei> "If we use these files as justification for legal interrogations, things will go much more smoothly for us when talking to those witnesses. I'll be ready with a proposal on the fourth day." She closed her eyes a moment. "I doubt I need to say anything? But be careful, James."
[14:09] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm always careful." He shoots her a grin. "But c'mon, let's get this stuff dismantled."]
[14:13] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei reached for a monitor. They chatted quietly as they worked, and through all the smiles Yanmei's head was spinning with relief and fear alike. Before long, there were just the heavy duffle bags and the laptop.
[14:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Let's go." Said Eevi.]
[14:14] * Yanmei hefted up one of the bags as well, rather than letting James struggle. "Anyone feel like a drink later?"
[14:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure, if you're paying." Said Eevi.-
[14:15] <AdEvaGM> ["Cold." Grinned Kaji.]
[14:16] <Yanmei> "But not unexpected," Yanmei groaned. "Whatever. I'm good for it this time?" She headed for the door alongside the others.
[14:16] <AdEvaGM> [And before long, they were out.-
[14:17] <AdEvaGM> [The room went back to its usual, quiet state, empty, alone, cold.-
[14:17] <AdEvaGM> [No one saw the eyes of EVA-04 light up, staring out into the metal.-
[14:18] <AdEvaGM> [No one saw the fluid that flowed from those eyes. There was no one around to ask…-
[14:18] <AdEvaGM> [Why the war god was crying.]
[14:32] <Yanmei> …..
[14:32] <Yanmei> [5th of September, 2040] -
[14:34] <Yanmei> Yanmei pulled into a parking space and sighed. This was getting to be a habit, and if it had happened in a more populated area she would probably be getting weird looks for it behind her back. -
[14:43] <Yanmei> There were not many people she could talk to right now. Elizabeth was away and safe. She'd had trouble convincing Isaiah to go with her, but he had his own projects and work duties to attend to as well. It bothered her. It reminded her of the day of the Qaphsiel battle all over again. 'My place is here because you're here,' he'd said. -
[14:46] <Yanmei> She shut her eyes a moment, and then began to go through her purse for a security pass. It was only really good for this sector of the facility. Getting down into HQ proper - the command center, offices or labs - was out of the question. This was good enough, though.
[14:46] <AdEvaGM> […-
[14:47] <AdEvaGM> [Her phone lit up, a song playing- the song customised to Elizabeth's number. Her personal phone…]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Oh sweetie," Yanmei sighed to herself. Calling to complain again, probably. If only she'd listen. Yanmei picked it up. "All right, what is it?"
[14:50] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared straight ahead. "What? I'm sorry, sweetie, can you say that again? Oskar did what…?"
[14:55] <Yanmei> She listened to her daugher's voice, and went all numb at the confirmation. This was… not what she had been expecting to hear, and it was taking time to switch gears. "M-m-married? You ah…" Grind, grind went the gears. "W-well I… I don't know what to say! Sweetie, you…"
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Yes?"
[15:00] <Yanmei> She softened. "Oh Lizzie… of course I will! You know I just want you to be happy. You said May, right?"
[15:02] <Yanmei> "Where will you two be having it? In Germany?"
[15:05] <Yanmei> "Well, it's still September. You have lots of time to decide? If you want to do it next year, that is." She had found a groove, and was easing into it, this alien idea. "Don't let his mother boss you on this, though. You -know- she will try."
[15:08] <Yanmei> "Yes, I know," Yanmei sighed. "But Oskar's still no match for her."
[15:12] <Yanmei> "Well~" Yanmei preened. "Only if I have to? I'd prefer if you left out the 'Mama Bear' part, though."
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Now, go and call Isaiah and tell him the news."
[15:17] <Yanmei> "I love you too. Congratulations!"
[15:21] <Yanmei> Yanmei pulled the phone away from her ear and sighed deeply before she hung up. "Married," she muttered to herself. She was so young! And Oskar… he was Alexandre and Asuka's son. That would make them… inlaws?! She groaned to herself. -
[15:22] <Yanmei> Well, that wasn't so bad. But if one factored Ginevre Fontaine and Mary Caine into things they looked much, much worse. -
[15:29] <Yanmei> Yanmei finished fishing out her security badge, and opened the car door. Her face was growing more grim now as reality set back in. It was something she could worry about months down the line. For now she had to keep herself and her husband alive.
[15:30] <AdEvaGM> [A few minutes of walking and elevators, and she'd find herself…]
[15:32] <Yanmei> In front of -him- again. 04's bakelite prison in that cold, empty, quiet place. There was a reason why she'd showed up for that meeting as early as she had. She made her way back to the same catwalk slowly.
[15:33] <AdEvaGM> [EVA-04 stood, frozen in that bakelite, not moving…]
[15:38] * Yanmei frowned. These last two visits had been unusually close together, but there was no reason to expect an expression of surprise or smugness any other sort of emotion. "Hello." The EVAs could hear even when they were like this, couldn't they? She had no reason to doubt Sera de Pteres on that. Sometimes, she wondered, though…-
[15:40] <Yanmei> A quick glance around to make sure they really were alone. "Let me tell you about some good news I just got," she said, and then began her story.

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