Yanmei And Isaiah S Tender Moment

[23:29] <Minaplo> [Clank. Clank.-
[23:30] <Minaplo> [The sound hung in the air, distant, but not distant enough. It was the sound of metal tearing, of heavy force coming down on a solid surface- and leaving a mark. It was the sound of the enemy breaking through doors. Coming closer.-
[23:35] <Minaplo> [All around the room were soldiers. Many were Stormtroopers, armed with long, thin pulse rifles, making last-second reloads and weapon checks. Heavy weapons specialists prepared their heavy masguns, replacing overheated barrels. A Lightning AC Suit stood at the back of the room ominously, in stand-by mode, the front armour plate having slid open to reveal the pilot- wearing white armour like Isaiah- sitting in an ergonomic pilot's chair, having a cigarette. S2 agents grimly eyed the door.-
[23:37] <Minaplo> [There were other individuals as well. Surov was working on improving the room's defenses- recessive barrier plating became much more durable as he worked his magic. Blaise Herriott, notable due to toting about a heavy missile launcher, sat nervously with his back against the barrier, looking as though he had adrenaline shakes. Euphrasie Beringer was completely composed, setting to work on patching wounds even as she talked and bantered with cool-as-a-cat Isidor Rurikovich, the latter even taller than usual wearing his power armour.-
[23:38] <Minaplo> [Chiisana, William and Mana Kirishima sat together, not even really talking, just… Sitting. The latter two were preparing their pistols whilst Chiisana had worked on cleaning her blade.-
[23:38] <Minaplo> [And finally…]
[23:47] <Yanmei> There was Yanmei and Isaiah, who stood at the edge of the S2 formation, talking quietly. That wild determination from before was still on her face, but it had softened now thanks to Isaiah's presence and the passage of time. "… wish we had more biogel," she was saying. "Actually? You can take mine. Just in case."
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["What? No, don't be silly." Said Isaiah quietly. "That's yours. I'd rather you keep it…"]
[23:55] <Yanmei> "You're the one who's trained to be a medic. It's better off in your hands."
[23:58] <Minaplo> ["You're sure?"]
[23:59] * Yanmei nodded firmly, holding out the vial to him.
[00:03] <Minaplo> [He took it reluctantly, stowing it away. "You know, of course, that as your private doctor, I must prioritise your safety over all else…"]
[00:05] <Yanmei> "All else except your own safety, I hope?" She gave a faint smile.
[00:06] <Minaplo> ["All else nothing."]
[00:13] <Yanmei> The smile faded somewhat. "Then I'll just have to make sure that nothing triggers your concerns out there?"
[00:26] <Minaplo> [He smiled a little broader. "I- I bet you won't."]
[00:31] <Yanmei> "…" Very subtly, she reached out and clasped his hand. "You should stick close. So you can make sure of it with your own eyes?"
[00:32] <Minaplo> [He squeezed her hand doubly tightly. "Trust me, it'd take a lot for me to take my eyes off you right now."]
[00:38] <Yanmei> "Heh." She let a gaze pass over the other soldiers around her. Could she let some of the external confidence slough off now that the speeches were over and there was less of a spotlight on her? "Think we can hold them back until reinforcements show up?"
[00:39] <Minaplo> ["… Maybe. What if there aren't any reinforcements?"]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "Don't know." She rubbed her forehead briefly, remembering Mina's voice in her head. "If it was a straight-up fight, I wouldn't be too worried even if he was really powerful. Still, I don't imagine Gamelin's lackeys will make it easy to get to him?"
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["He definitely isn't wanting for lackeys…" Murmured Isaiah, rubbing at a part of his chest where he'd been slashed with a katana. Yanmei would no doubt still remember the sight of Isaiah's blood splattering against the wall before he slew his opponent.-
[00:54] <Minaplo> ["You know what I think we need to do?"]
[00:55] <Yanmei> "What's that?" She quickly pulled her eyes away from his chest to his face, trying hard to look not-troubled.
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["We need to seek him out. Seek him out and finish him off during the fighting."]
[01:04] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Yeah… the faster he falls, the better. It seems like that's something he would anticipate, though?"
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but he also anticipates that he'll be able to beat us…"]
[01:16] * Yanmei frowned a little. "It's a gamble, but I don't see any other choice? Heh. I'm actually looking forward to punching him a few times."
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["I think it'll take more than punching."]
[01:26] <Yanmei> "A shame. Think about how satisfying it would be to end things that way."
[01:28] <Minaplo> ["You need to be more epic than that. Something for the songs." Said Isaiah, with a grin. "You need to break through a horde of enemies, and then you need to clash your blade against his for a whole minute, then in one fell swoop break off and behead him."]
[01:31] <Yanmei> "Been watching a lot of epic action movies lately, have we?" Yanmei smirked.
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["You're all the epic action movie I need."-
[01:31] <Minaplo> ["… That wasn't one of my best lines, was it?"]
[01:38] * Yanmei chuckled, moving in for a kiss. "It was pretty awful."
[01:46] <Minaplo> [He happily kissed her, putting his arms around her and pulling her close. No one was watching, they were out of the way and far too busy listening to the distant-yet-growing-louder bangs.-
[01:46] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I see." He said suddenly, staring into Yanmei's eyes mischievously.]
[01:47] <Yanmei> "Hm? See what?"
[01:47] <Minaplo> ["You're thinking of an entirely different type of movie, aren't you?"]
[01:52] * Yanmei pressed a hand over her mouth to stifle her laughter. Smooching was one thing, but one could only be so flippant in this atmosphere without risking alienation. "We'll have to do a reenactment later."
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I like the sound of that. I'm sure no one will be looking for us too closely…"]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "Let's hope~"
[01:57] <Minaplo> ["Hm~"-
[01:57] <Minaplo> [His eyes were entirely on her for several long seconds, panning down the length of her body, at first invitingly- but then intrigued when his gaze fell on Excalibur. His brow furrowed.]
[02:01] <Yanmei> "…" She followed his gaze. "What's the matter?"
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["That sword's the replica you got from Excalibur, right?"]
[02:03] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Don't worry, okay? It's harmless. The staff here checked it out ages ago?"
[02:08] <Minaplo> ["Really?" He asked skeptically. "It doesn't do anything?"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Not at all. It looks strange, but it's just a regular weapon." Then again… it was the -current- Tech Division that had examined it and passed along the info on it. She resisted the urge to shoot a dirty glance in Surov's direction. "I haven't felt anything unusual from it, anyway. Why the worry?"
[02:18] <Minaplo> ["I don't think Angels give things without strings attached is all. Can I have a look at it?"]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "…?" She unsheathed it and passed it over to him. "It's no different from inheriting the Imperial Herald or this set of armor, is it? When you think about it, that is."
[02:27] <Minaplo> [He took it with his right hand, holding it straight in the air. His eyebrows rose. "No, but…" He gave it an experimental swing. "Lighter than I thought."-
[02:39] <Minaplo> [He rapped the metal hard with his knuckles. "The sound's weird, too. Doesn't sound like steel or anything." He frowned. "Maybe it's a one time pad…"]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "The material it's made out of is supposed to be, well, alien. Super strong?" She cocked her head slightly. "What's that supposed to mean? A 'one time pad'…?"
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["It's a cipher. A code." He said. "Ah… Imagine you want to send a message to someone. Let's say it has a hundred words. You break it into six-letter chunks and then give each individual character in that message its own unique key to cipher it and decipher it. Each character has a totally unique key- one 'A' might mean a C, but another 'A' might mean an L. If the keys are kept secret, never reused, and are truly random- then the code can't be cracked at all. It's impossible." Said Isaiah.]
[02:54] <Yanmei> "All right… but what does that have to do with the Excalibur replica?"
[02:56] <Minaplo> ["Tech didn't find anything 'special' about it, right?" Said Isaiah. He swung the sword a few more times- it made an elegant 'whrr' as it cut through the air, cleaner and sharper than any Lilim sword. Experimentally he sliced the ground with it- the metal flooring gave easily. "But what if it has properties that only an Angel can detect?"]
[03:03] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei eyed the sword warily now. "God, that's freaky. What would lead you to believe that?"
[03:13] <Minaplo> ["Gamelin. 'Excalibur, Excalibur, Excalibur'…" He frowned. "It's no secret that he wants it. But the thing is, he's not an Eva or an Angel, he's just shaped like you or me. If he -could- grow huge, why doesn't he right now? He came here to destroy the Geofront, but he kept seeking you out, too…"]
[03:18] <Yanmei> "You're saying he's after the sword." She closed her eyes a moment. "'For Whosoever pulleth this sword from this stone and anvil shall rightwisse be King of all the World.' Damn it. In that case? This thing shouldn't even be here on the front lines."
[03:19] <Minaplo> ["On the contrary. It -has- to be here."]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[03:21] <Minaplo> ["Practically, you need it if you want to fight to your fullest. But otherwise…"-
[03:22] <Minaplo> [He smiled. "You learn a few things when you hang around Alphonse for awhile. If a person is in a park, with no walls around them, where can they go?"]
[03:28] <Yanmei> "You're extra handsome when you're clever, you know?" She smiled back for a few moments, and then a more sober expression overtook her. It could all go very very wrong very very easily.
[03:28] <Minaplo> ["Well thank you." He said, leaning towards her, purring against her neck.-
[03:28] <Minaplo> ["But the truth is, a person in a park can go anywhere. You have no idea where they're going. You can't plan for it."-
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["But if a person is in a park, and they want a hot dog, and there's only one hot dog stand in the entire park… Where do they go?"]
[03:34] <Yanmei> "Right. Beeline for the hotdog stand. If it's a moving cart, it can be positioned in a way that's advantageous for that person's enemies."
[03:34] <Minaplo> ["Exactly. Know where the enemy is going and you can plan, you can mine the path, so to speak. It's one dead park-goer."-
[03:35] <Minaplo> [There was the horrendous sound of tearing metal from the south. A few seconds later the closest door to them dented.-
[03:35] <Minaplo> ["Shit." He handed Excalibur back. "We might not have time, so-"-
[03:35] <Minaplo> [He put his arms around her tightly and kissed her as deeply and passionately as he could.]
[03:40] * Yanmei kissed back, firmly, and when they parted, she slipped her other weapon out. "After the battle, we'll make plenty of time for more." She smiled at him, and was still smiling as she faced the door.
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["I like the sound of that." He said warmly, getting to his feet, his own sword held up.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> [The ramming stopped.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> [The soldiers looked to each other, confused, some relieved- but the more experienced soldiers recognised the calm before the storm.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["That… I don't like so much." Muttered Isaiah.-
[03:41] <Minaplo> [What came next…]

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