Yanmei S Anger

[19:57] <Sept> [The avatar of chaos, the Seer, and Lizzie. It was like a formulaic sitcom, except without the laugh track. Or the dialogue. Sera had taken to his plan B, meditation, by now, occasionally facing reality when Lizzie spoke up or otherwise attracted his attention.]
[20:05] <Minaplo> [Lizzie had long since abandoned them for a bad job, heading off to her room, returning with a teddy bear wearing a Russian general's uniform, and plonking on the couch to watch television.-
[20:06] <Minaplo> [Isabelle's handmaiden hadn't said a word in hours, and had practically melted into the background. Less shrinking violet and more shrinking lavender.-
[20:07] <Minaplo> [And it was hard to tell if Isabelle was asleep or not, except that she was still smiling. At some point she vanished into the kitchen and returned with two waffle cones filled with strawberry ice cream, one of which she gave to Lizzie, the other she kept for herself. Isabelle now sat on the couch, watching television.-
[20:07] <Minaplo> [Except not really, as the television was soulless and now Isabelle could prove what many suspected all the time.]
[20:14] <Sept> Occasionally, Joshua would speak up, as well. Sera's lips moved in response, but he was almost afraid to disturb the tv-filled silence in the apartment.
[20:16] <Minaplo> [Lizzie sighed, huffing. "Where maamaa?!"]
[20:21] * Sept paused for a moment. "There's a lot happening. She probably has a lot of important things to discuss with the lady who runs this place."
[20:24] <Minaplo> ["But want maamaa now!"]
[20:27] * Sept exhaled. "Yeah. I know." He wasn't exactly secure in the knowledge that he'd done the right thing, himself, truth be told.
[20:29] <Minaplo> [Lizzie leaned back against the back of her chair. "Want daadaa. When daadaa wake up? Want hugs…"]
[20:30] <Sept> "…" Sera turned to look elsewhere, looking accusingly at an empty chair.
[20:36] <Minaplo> [The chair remained steadfastly chair-like.-
[20:36] <Minaplo> [Lizzie sighed, slumping. "Miss daadaa much." She cuddled the bear tightly. "Miss Fino, miss Reggie, miss Marimari. Wanna go home."]
[20:41] <Sept> "And so do I," Sera said, voice slightly strained. "But it's not -safe- yet. We have to make sure nothing happens to you on the way."
[20:41] <Minaplo> [There was a knock at the door.-
[20:41] <Minaplo> [Lizzie snapped around. "Maamaa?"]
[20:43] <Sept> "I'll get it." He hopped up from the chair, more than anxious to get out himself. He opened the door up a bit, peering through.
[20:51] <Minaplo> [He opened the door to stare into the baleful red light of a Storm Trooper's helmet visor. "We're here to take Isabelle Bellamy and her escort back to the Astrotelepath quarters."]
[20:55] <Sept> "Mm." Sera kept his hand on the door handle, pushing it nearly closed again. "They want you in your quarters, Isabelle. Are you okay with that?"
[20:58] <Minaplo> ["Yes, I think I am. There's too much excitement for me here." She said dryly.-
[20:58] <Minaplo> [She reached out towards Lizzie, a surprisingly tentative gesture. "Goodbye, little Lizzie."-
[20:58] <Minaplo> [Lizzie eyed her warily, then patted her hand. "Byebye!"-
[20:59] <Minaplo> [Isabelle remained seated for a few seconds longer, her hand still outstretched. She gently ran her hand through Lizzie's hair, before standing up and heading towards the door. She kept her head bowed.-
[21:00] <Minaplo> [The Handmaiden followed at her side, moving swiftly.]
[21:04] * Sept shut the door and sat down again. "What's -taking- them so long..?"
[21:20] <Minaplo> ["Want ice cream?"]
[21:23] <Sept> "Yeah, sure. Want me to go get some?"
[21:28] <Minaplo> [Lizzie clapped her hands. "Yeah yeah!"]
[21:31] <Sept> "Gimme a sec, then. Stay right there."
[21:37] <Minaplo> [And so she did.]
[21:40] * Sept wandered into the kitchen, tracking down the ice cream - strawberry. He scooped up two small bowlfuls and brought them back to the main room.
[21:41] <Minaplo> [Lizzie reached out eagerly. "Berry~"]
[21:47] * Sept took a spoonful from his portion, but seemed content just watching Lizzie enjoy hers.-
[21:48] <Sept> ["How fortunate you couldn't kill Isaiah. This could be your life, now. You'd be looking after this thing day in and day out. That's what Elisha wanted for you. You wouldn't last a day, would you?"]
[21:58] <Minaplo> [There was a knock-knock at the door.]
[22:01] * Sept got up to check the door again, grumbling at his own tactlessness.
[22:02] <Minaplo> ["The door opened to reveal none other than Yanmei. She was looking off to the side, looking a little impatient, before looking up. "I'm back?"]
[22:06] * Sept glanced back at Lizzie, then at Yanmei, looking serious. "Everything okay? What did she want?"
[22:08] <Minaplo> [Yanmei shrugged. "Everything's fine? She just wanted to talk to the Commander and me together. She kind of gave it pretty hard to the Commander." She said, looking a little glum. "I'm not being allowed to leave for Paris or anything, but at least I can visit Isaiah…"]
[22:09] <Sept> "Huh. How did you get her to lift the house arrest?"
[22:15] <Minaplo> ["I had her put a bracelet on my leg that tracks my movement. It's not like I can escape anyway?"]
[22:19] <Sept> "Mmh. All that show for nothing, then..?" Sera opened the door wide, stepping aside.
[22:19] <Minaplo> [Yanmei stepped inside, stretching fully. "Did Isabelle go? How's Lizzie?"]
[22:24] <Sept> "Yeah, she was sent back. Lizzie's missed you, but she's fine."
[22:26] <Minaplo> ["Lizzie? Lizzie!"-
[22:26] <Minaplo> [Lizzie looked over from the television, putting her ice bream bowl aside and scooping up General Bear. She ran halfway across the room. "Maamaa! Maaamaa!"-
[22:27] <Minaplo> [… And stopped to a slow walk. "… Maamaa?"-
[22:27] <Minaplo> ["That's right, sweetie. We're going to go see daddy?"]
[22:32] * Sept leaned back against the wall by the doorway, arms crossed. "There you go. You can give him that hug yourself, Lizzie."
[22:33] <Minaplo> [But Lizzie seemed suddenly unsure. She held tightly onto General Bear, looking down at it, then up at Yanmei, uncertain. "… Daadaa? See daadaa? Hug?"-
[22:34] <Minaplo> ["That's right. Don't you want to see daddy?" Said Yanmei, smiling and stepping forward to take Lizzie's hand. But Lizzie didn't take it.-
[22:34] <Minaplo> ["Uuuu…"]
[22:35] <Sept> "What's wrong, Lizzie?"
[22:36] <Minaplo> ["Maamaa…" Lizzie swayed a little, hesitating. She took a step back-
[22:37] <Minaplo> [And Yanmei swiftly scooped the girl up in her arms, carrying her on her hip. "Come on! Silly Lizzie, she probably has a stomach ache? Too much after-dinner ice cream, I bet~"-
[22:37] <Minaplo> ["Uuuuuu…!" Lizzie scowled.]
[22:42] <Sept> "Yanmei, you -know- we can't afford to bury issues, especially not here. What's wrong, Lizzie?"
[22:43] <Minaplo> ["Weird look!" She fussed, squirming about, clearly wanting out.-
[22:43] <Minaplo> ["Nngh." Yanmei frowned. "Lizzie! Be a good girl! It's- nothing, de Pteres, don't worry about it? She's just a fussy little girl. Come on." Yanmei turned and headed for the door.]
[22:45] * Sept slammed the door shut. "Not before you tell me what's going on."
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["…"-
[22:46] <Minaplo> [For a moment there was nothing but the sound of Lizzie squirming and fighting. "Lemmegolemmego-"-
[22:46] <Minaplo> ["Get out of my way, de Pteres." Said Yanmei angrily.]
[22:48] <Sept> "Let. Her. Go."
[22:49] <Minaplo> [Yanmei stared, and then she shrugged and put Lizzie down on the ground. The little girl ran off to the couch, trying to hide behind it.]
[22:54] <Sept> "What happened in there?" Sera repeated.
[22:56] <Minaplo> ["None of your business? If you care so much, go ask mummy yourself."]
[22:57] <Sept> "Excuse me?"
[22:58] <Minaplo> ["You heard me." Said Yanmei bitterly. "Or does becoming a shiny new Junior Magistrate mean going deaf?"]
[23:00] <Sept> "What are you going to do without me? You -need- me! I'm on your side!"
[23:01] <Minaplo> ["I'm sorry?" Yanmei laughed. It wasn't a nice sound.-
[23:05] <Minaplo> ["You're on my side? Is that what you call all… This? Being on my side? You're not on my side, de Pteres. You're on Elisha's side or whatever Caine it is you serve today's side, and I just happen to be on one of them sometimes."]
[23:13] <Sept> "I serve them because it's the only way to keep it together, they're the only ones who pretend to care! But whatever it is that finally pushes me over the brink, it'll be for you and you alone. Nothing could make -any part of me- turn my back on you and Aline."
[23:18] <Minaplo> [She backhanded him, hard, across the cheek. It hurt like hell.-
[23:26] <Minaplo> ["Don't. Just…"-
[23:26] <Minaplo> [She covered her face, which had grown steadily red, and turned away. "Just get out."]
[23:29] * Sept took a step back, now up against the wall, half-blocking the door. "I'm not letting you do anything stupid. I'm staying with you."
[23:32] <Minaplo> ["You're not." Said Yanmei angrily. "I'm taking Lizzie and I'm going to see Isaiah. I don't want you near me, and especially not near him."]
[23:32] <Sept> "And -I- don't believe you!"
[23:34] <Minaplo> ["So what, you're going to keep me here? Against my will?"]
[23:40] <Sept> "I'll follow you. Act like I'm not there."
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["What the hell? I said go away! Can't you just listen to me?! Not 'follow me', not 'stalk me', -go away-."]
[23:43] <Sept> "No."
[23:44] <Minaplo> ["Don't make me hurt you."]
[23:46] <Sept> "What have you got to hide?"
[23:46] <Minaplo> ["Nothing! I just- I just told you to go away! Why don't you ever listen to me?! Why are you always trying to decide what's best for me?"]
[23:48] <Sept> "Because you won't ask for help."
[23:48] <Minaplo> ["Because I don't need your stupid help. I'm not warning you again. Get out and go away or I'll drop you."]
[23:50] <Sept> "Who are you?"
[00:01] <Minaplo> [She moved at inhuman speed, grabbing his arm with both hands. With a single movement she pushed and pulled the same bone, snapping it in half.]
[00:04] * Sept screamed in pain, knees buckling. He crumpled onto the floor, hyperventilating, blood seeping through the sleeve of his coat.-
[00:06] <Sept> ["Yeah, that'll win her over. Nice goddamn job, brainless, sewage-blooded rat."]
[00:08] <Minaplo> [She jammed the arm hard into the wall- the pain excruciating- before kicking Sera in the back of the head, sending him sprawling to the ground.-
[00:08] <Minaplo> ["I told you to leave me alone." She hissed angrily, turning back towards the couch. Lizzie stared at her in horror. "N-No…"-
[00:08] <Minaplo> [Yanmei marched over to the couch. Lizzie scrambled away, but Yanmei grabbed her leg and dragged her out.-
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["NO! NOOO! MAAMAAMAAMAMAMAMAMAAMMAAAAA!" She began to scream and cry.]
[00:15] * Sept tried to reach out and somehow take her back, but he could barely move his good arm, now. Without enough adrenaline to prepare his body for the shock, it was impossible.-
[00:19] <Sept> "I'll c-come for you," he cried, voice hoarse and shaky. "You hurt either one of them, and I'm coming for you..!"
[00:20] <Minaplo> [Yanmei picked Lizzie up properly now, and was murmuring shushing sounds even as Lizzie fought. The little girl gripped General Bear as tightly as she could.-
[00:21] <Minaplo> [And so Yanmei turned and headed for the door.]

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