Yanmei 4

[23:05] <AdEvaGM> [NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Episode Yanmei 4. Date: 7th of September, 2040.]
[23:06] <Yanmei> It was finally finished. -
[23:08] <Yanmei> Zhang Yanmei peered through the windshield of her car to the blue, cloudless sky as she waited for the light to change. Her hands rested in the lap of her suit, perfectly still, still closed around a few index cards. -
[23:09] <Yanmei> "I feel calm," she was saying, as though that was not already apparent. "Everything's been accounted for."
[23:12] <AdEvaGM> ["That's good." Said Isaiah, in the front, hands around the steering wheel. "That's… That's very good."]
[23:16] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei regarded him. He was also in a suit, his hair combed as neatly as its unique sense of gravity would allow, his face taunt. If only he'd gone with Elizabeth to Australia… "I'm sorry, Isaiah."
[23:17] <AdEvaGM> ["You don't have to apologise to me. My place is here, because you're here."]
[23:20] <Yanmei> "Yes, but…" He was suffering because of her, wasn't he? Missing his daughter, thrown to the front lines of a conflict he'd largely stayed out of until now. -
[23:22] <Yanmei> If he'd told her not to go through with it, she might have caved to those worried blue eyes and troubled inflections, but nothing like that passed his lips. She was free to do what she wanted. -
[23:23] <Yanmei> Even if it hurt him. -
[23:24] <Yanmei> "It's not too late," she said. "I could call someone? You'd be taken to a secure place here in Paris. Someplace where she'd have a low chance of getting to you?"
[23:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Heh. Sweetheart, you trust me to keep my promises, don't you?"]
[23:27] * Yanmei blinked. "Of course I do!"
[23:30] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah grinned. He reached into his coat and placed a knife down into a little compartment below the radio. It was the blade given to him by Mingzhu.-
[23:30] <AdEvaGM> ["I made a promise to Mary Caine that if she made me an Eva pilot, I'd make her regret it. It's a promise I'm going to keep."]
[23:33] <Yanmei> "Isaiah…" She leaned to the side and kissed him.
[23:34] <AdEvaGM> [He kissed back, his lips lingering a little on her own for a second longer before he pulled back.-
[23:34] <AdEvaGM> ["Nothing bad's going to happen."]
[23:35] <Yanmei> "No, not in public building full of officials. Even Caine wouldn't be that brazan."
[23:36] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah nodded. Confidence. That's what they needed.-
[23:36] <AdEvaGM> [Even if it was false confidence, all they needed…]
[23:39] <Yanmei> The parking lot was crowded when they arrived. At least one, two, three news vans jumped out at Yanmei at once, and she felt a faint twinge of surprise. -
[23:41] <Yanmei> Even that was a lot, considering how tightly Caine had most news outlets wrapped around her finger these days. When the car stopped, she looked around for anything else that was suspicious before opening the door. "We have some time before the main event. How are you feeling?" As if she needed to ask…
[23:41] <AdEvaGM> ["Feels a bit like the good old days." He says, cracking a mostly convincing grin. He offers her his arm. "Madame Zhang-Wei, allow me to escort you."]
[23:49] <Yanmei> "Such a gentleman~" She took him up on his offer, her other hand tightly gripping a briefcase, and together they began to walk. "I love you, you know."
[23:50] <AdEvaGM> ["I love you too." He gave her a smile. Such a sweet innocent smile- the years hadn't taken away all that much. "I always have. From the very first day I met you, in that silly shoestore…"]
[23:54] * Yanmei giggled. That shoestore had gone out of business ages ago. The entire mall, in fact, was gone. Still, she could see it clearly now, the atmosphere, the news reports that had been playing, and Isaiah… that wimpy looking boy with sad blue eyes. "I never could figure out why? I wasn't very nice." She gazed at him adoringly. "You, though… even back then you were the sweetest kid. You've changed and grown up, but th
[23:54] <Yanmei> - that's still the same."
[00:03] <AdEvaGM> ["You're making it very hard to remain professional right now." He said, looking back at her with utter love and devotion. "Do you want to know a secret?"]
[00:04] <Yanmei> "What's that?"
[00:05] <AdEvaGM> ["You weren't very nice, but I could tell that was a lie." He smiled fondly. "Even back then I could see right through you. I knew what you really wanted was a hug. Maybe someone to remind you of warmer times."]
[00:09] * Yanmei blinked at him, and then her smile spread. Her eyelids came down a few more times, rapidly, as if she was trying to hold back tears. "You… you crazy, brave, sharp-eyed devil…"
[00:12] <AdEvaGM> [He leaned over and kissed her again, a little longer this time, not caring that the cameras went wild around them.-
[00:12] <AdEvaGM> ["There's something else, of course." He whispered.]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Oh?" Her voice was a little hoarse, but she was still keeping it together. Had to. There wouldn't be time to redo her makeup.
[00:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Well." He smiled slyly. "I didn't say so at the time, but you really do -and did- have lovely legs." He said, his eyes twinkling. "And a penchant for short skirts, you seductress. I was fifteen, it wasn't even fair."]
[00:23] * Yanmei burst into laughter and squeezed his arm tighter. "I'm not sorry. Not even a little bit. Not after all the women I had to beat away to keep you later on. Although, you know, I don't think it was even necessary in hindsight."
[00:24] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah laughed. "Oh?"]
[00:25] <Yanmei> "We would have stayed together no matter who came between us," she said matter-of-factly. "That Misato, though… she was seriously pushing it."
[00:26] <AdEvaGM> ["She was pushing -us-." Said Isaiah with a grin. "C'mon, does Misato really seem like the sort of person who'd go for a teenage boy?"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "There were rumors…"
[00:27] <AdEvaGM> ["There were rumours you loved Alex Fontaine." Said Isaiah.]
[00:28] <Yanmei> "Gghk." Yanmei made a sour face.
[00:28] <AdEvaGM> [He laughed, clearly having the time of his life. "I love you, sweetheart."-
[00:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Come on. We should get inside."]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "Right, right." Her smile returned, brilliantly. "It's showtime~" -
[00:35] <Yanmei> And it was. Forty minutes later, Zhang-Wei Yanmei walked toward a podium before an impressive collection of world leaders and representatives from the UN. She was impeccable and impassive save for a certain brightness in her eyes. Professionalism was second nature to her now. -
[00:36] <Yanmei> "Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for taking the time to listen to what I have to say." She panned the audience.
[00:40] <AdEvaGM> [They were watching her, eyes wide with interest and anticipation. Isaiah wasn't with them. He was watching from the sidelines.]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "I'm here at this assembly to call attention to some troubling information that I have encountered concerning an individual amongst your ranks. A representative who - if these rumors are true - has betrayed the spirit in which she was appointed to her station. -
[00:48] <Yanmei> "My goal here is not to condemn. Rather, to urge a formal investigation on these matters so that they may be laid to rest or taken more seriously. I will begin by outlining the facts as we know them." A holographic display flickered to life - a projection of the cover letter of one of the reports that James had so cleverly dispersed. -
[00:49] <AdEvaGM> [But the display was barely up before it vanished. Seconds later, so did every light in the room. Everything was plunged into darkness.-
[00:50] <AdEvaGM> [Screams of shock and chaos from the crowd. But Yanmei would feel… A rush of something, something fast nearby.-
[00:51] <AdEvaGM> [Then she felt the knife, plunging into her lungs, expelling the air in a barely audible gasp. A second stab; the other lung- and the third beneath her left armpit, horizontally into the heart.-
[00:51] <AdEvaGM> [The knife was withdrawn- another rush of air, something fast leaving…-
[00:51] <AdEvaGM> [The lights returned.]
[00:56] * Yanmei was barely aware of them turning back on at first. The crowd hung before her at a weird angle, and her arm was pressed against something hard and wet and warm. A glimpse of the podium above her made her realize that the hardness was the floor of the stage. -
[00:57] <Yanmei> Her eyes widened slowly in astonishment, and she opened her mouth to say something. A wet burble came out instead, and her chest seized up in agony.
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> [Things began to grow quiet.-
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> [She couldn't hear the crowd anymore, the cameras, not even her own breathing. Everything except…-
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> ["No. No. No no no-"-
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> [Everything was blurring, all except that face. With such sweet eyes, full of terror and pain.-
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> [She couldn't feel anything but those lovely warm hands, around her own, around her sides, her injuries…-
[00:59] <AdEvaGM> ["No…" The faint splatter of tears…-
[01:00] <AdEvaGM> ["C'mon, you can't… This isn't how it's supposed to end! Yanmei- sw-sweetheart, please- please…"]
[01:03] <Yanmei> His tears… Yanmei reached for him. It took hours for hand to find lovely curve of his cheek. It wouldn't do what she wanted it to do and seemed like it was would veer off target. Don't cry, don't cry…
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> [His hand on her own cheek. His face was getting closer- he pushed his forehead gently against her's.-
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Don't go. I need you. Please…"]
[01:11] <Yanmei> Her mouth moved. She was glad he had come closer. She could see his face so clearly now. "…ove…" She tried again, harder, but this time there was only a wheezing noise. -
[01:12] <Yanmei> Tears gathered in her eyes. Finally, her mouth worked into a slow, knowing smile.
[01:14] <AdEvaGM> [He smiled.-
[01:15] <AdEvaGM> [She didn't have to say anything. He just knew. He returned her smile, even though every muscle in his body ached to scream his sorrow to the heavens.-
[01:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Please wait for me." He mumbled. "I'll see you again. I love you. I love you. Yanmei…"-
[01:16] <AdEvaGM> [But… Even his face was fading, now. She felt so overwhelmingly tired. But so long as he was there, it was alright…]
[01:20] <Yanmei> The smile lingered. She understood. Her eyes began to shut. -
[01:20] <Yanmei> The wedding. -
[01:20] <Yanmei> Would Elizabeth forgive her? -
[01:21] <Yanmei> She smiled at memories of her own until those too faded.

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