Yanmei S Captaincy

[14:29] <Minaplo> [A gentle rain was falling on Paris-2. They could hear it dimly- it was extraordinarily relaxing.-
[14:30] <Minaplo> [Shortly after the battle, Yanmei, Isaiah and a handful of others- including Aline, Shinji, Asuka and Sera's unconscious body- were taken via VTOL to the battleship. Here the signs of battle were more muted, but still visible- the bodies of Marines and Cultists alike were being ferried off somewhere, and the corpse of an Annihilator was being chopped up and moved off.-
[14:34] <Minaplo> [Isaiah and Yanmei were quartered in a relatively modest officer's quarters. The bed was big enough to fit three people comfortably, and the sheets were luxurious satin, laying beneath thick velvety blankets and silk pillows. The air was cool and perfect, and the light was dark enough to sleep by, but not dark enough that you couldn't see.-
[14:36] <Minaplo> [Isaiah's wounds had been bandaged, biogel had been applied. He now lay in bed, thick wads of gauze around his torso. He stared at Yanmei languidly, clearly exhausted, yet still awake for now.]
[14:42] * Yanmei had also been patched up, her once grimy and blood-matted hair now clean, loose and slightly damp, with light bandaging around her head and a strip of gauze around her neck. -
[14:46] <Yanmei> She'd been… quiet since they were banished to the battleship. The effects of her own exhaustion? Or was it something else? She caught his gaze and smiled. "You did well earlier." It was hardly her first time saying it.
[14:51] <Minaplo> [He smiled in return, nestling a little under the sheets. "I don't remember much of it." He admitted. "Hey… Once you've spoken to the Colonel, come back, ok? You kind of look terrible. You know, in a sexy way."]
[14:58] * Yanmei snickered at that. "Thanks. I will as long as she doesn't find something else for me to do?" She reached for the jacket that was hanging from the bedpost. Like the rest of the clothes she wore, it was too big, but also rather warm. "Time to face the music."
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["Good luck."]
[15:01] * Yanmei grinned. "Keep that bed warm for me, okay~?" And with that she was on her way. Where was Marianne hiding, anyway?
[15:02] <Minaplo> [The best bet would be to look on the bridge.]
[15:03] <Yanmei> So to the bridge she went! Along the way she straightened her shoulders and tried to adopt a more smiley, more professional demeanor.
[15:08] <Minaplo> [The bridge, at least, seem untouched. Lieutenant Archibald was at her console, and Marianne was sitting in the captain's chair.-
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["Geofront has completed stage two undeeping, Colonel." Said Archibald. "Estimates stage four completion in approximately one and a half hours."-
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["Understood."]
[15:13] * Yanmei breezed foward, making her presence known with a quick salute. "Colonel."
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Zhang!" Marianne got to her feet promptly. "Good to see you. Come to the Captain's Quarters, quickly now." Said Marianne briskly, hurrying past and into an elevator.]
[15:22] * Yanmei paused just long enough to offer Archibald a polite nod before following. She saved any puzzled expressions until after the elevator door closed…
[15:23] <Minaplo> [Marianne didn't say anything. Unlike the HQ, this elevator was swift and before long its doors were opening once again. Marianne left the elevator and entered a room at the end of the hall.]
[15:24] <Yanmei> Once again, Yanmei followed. Her pace this time was a little more cautious.
[15:31] <Minaplo> [If Yanmei thought the other rooms were extravagant, the captain's quarters was fit for an emperor. The bed was roughly twice the size of the bed Isaiah was sleeping in; it was a four-poster, where the posters were marble pillars in the Ionian style. Elaborate velvet drapes fell between the pillars, and a desk sat in the middle of the room, made of pure mahogany lined with gold.-
[15:32] <Minaplo> A viewscreen about six metres wide and two metres high dominated an entire wall.]
[15:37] * Yanmei …gaped for a moment. Surely, she should have expected something like this, given the other features of the ship? Yet, the impact of it all… "Well. At least there are some perks to being the ship's captain?" She chuckled, drawing closer to the gorgeous desk. "Think we can convice the Commander to put one of these in your office too?"
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["I don't know if it'll fit." Said Marianne wryly. She went to sit on the edge of the bed.-
[15:51] <Minaplo> ["… How're you doing, kiddo?"]
[15:53] <Yanmei> "Oh, you know me?" Yanmei drew a little closer, but she didn't sit down next to her just yet. "It's been a rough day, but it's nothing I can't handle."
[15:55] <Minaplo> [Marianne stared at Yanmei flatly. She clearly didn't believe a word.]
[15:57] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei stared back, her confident grin fading. She fidgetted with her jacket for a moment, and then cleared her throat. "Um… So maybe I'm a little worn out."
[15:57] <Minaplo> ["A lot of terrible things happened today." Said Marianne quietly. "C'mon." She patted the side of the bed. "Come to Marianne."]
[16:00] * Yanmei drew closer still, and eased onto the lush, elegant bed coverings. "You're not upset?"
[16:12] <Minaplo> [Marianne put an arm around Yanmei's shoulders. She was warm and comforting. How long had it been since they'd sat like this together?-
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["I was, but I'm not anymore." Said Marianne softly. "I don't think there's much anyone could've done to stop what happened today."]
[16:18] * Yanmei found herself sinking into that warmth… but then she stopped herself. "Are you sure about that? The cell… I-I mean, if there was a clue on it…"
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["Simon studied it." Said Marianne. "The things that we were sure were Gamelin's work seemed more like rants to himself. Rambling babbles about Excalibur, or about how he was trapped, appeals for help… Nothing we could've used."-
[16:21] <Minaplo> ["We found… Well, stuff that seems to be related to the Spectre, though."]
[16:22] <Yanmei> "…"
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["Do you want to talk about it?"]
[16:25] * Yanmei considered that question carefully. "There's a lot I don't know the answers to," she admitted at last. "I asked, but she refused to tell me."
[16:25] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, she doesn't seem like the sort of person to be… Talkative." Muttered Marianne. "Apparently she just sort of shoved her captive to Guillory and walked off to the fight when she arrived without so much as a by-your-leave."]
[16:28] <Yanmei> "Selene." Yanmei managed to look even more grim somehow. "I didn't get much of an explanation on that either? But I know the girl from school."
[16:33] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. I know." Said Marianne quietly. "So… The Spectre, the two of you…"]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "I guess… we're friends? Allies? I don't know." Yanmei shook her head. "She's been monitoring the pilots for a long time. Attacking spawn and mafiosi scum on our behalf, and trying to get to the bottom of all this stuff. She was the one who initiated today's operation."
[16:38] <Minaplo> ["So without her help, you guys might not've come to save the Geofront. I'll have to thank her later, I guess."]
[16:39] * Yanmei nodded. "You… might want to save that until after you see the apartment. Ahem. I'm sure she's sorry for it, though?"
[16:39] <Minaplo> ["It is coated wall-to-wall in blood?"]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Heh, not at all? Only one of the bedrooms got that treatment."
[16:43] <Minaplo> ["Oh."-
[16:45] <Minaplo> ["Well, according to HQ, she's already started to regenerate. We've put Terry on watch in case she wakes up hostile."]
[16:46] <Yanmei> "Terry, huh?" Some of her worry worked its way to the surface. "What's going to happen to her?"
[16:59] <Minaplo> ["That… Remains to be seen."]
[17:05] <Yanmei> Her brows knit further. "She didn't kill Ikari."
[17:05] <Minaplo> ["Are you sure?"]
[17:06] <Yanmei> "No. But if I can figure out a way to prove it wasn't her, will they let her go?"
[17:07] <Minaplo> ["… Maybe. She's done other things. Killed agents…"]
[17:08] <Yanmei> "… yeah. I remember."
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Anyway. I wanted to tell you something. Two somethings, before we move onto the proper debriefing."]
[17:12] <Yanmei> "…ah?" she lifted her head slightly.
[17:13] <Minaplo> [But now Marianne had enveloped her into a tight, tight hug, nearly unbalancing and falling into the endless bedding. "I am so, so proud of you."]
[17:18] <Yanmei> "Wh-wh-?!" She was on her back, wrapped in hugs and velvet and astonishment. Numbly, she found and held onto one of Marianne's arms. Proud? "-Why-?" she blurted out.
[17:20] <Minaplo> ["You saved the Geofront. You kept Mina from taking it over- without you, who knows what could've happened? You never gave up and you fought -so- hard… You have no idea how much good you've done, how many people owe their lives to you now. And after all that, when you could've executed him- you- you spared his life. I've never been so proud…"]
[17:28] <Yanmei> "You don't…" Confusion swept through her and then parted. She must not have reviewed the tapes thoroughly yet. -
[17:31] <Yanmei> "So many died because we couldn't stop him before he struck. The soldiers facing Mina… they all died horribly. I cheered them on and told they could do it, and they all died!"
[17:35] <Minaplo> ["Not all of them." Said Marianne soothingly. "You'd be surprised. A lot of them are injured, but they'll live. And none of them have a bad word to say about you, I'd bet. And they knew the risks. If you hadn't been there, they really would've all died… And so many more, too."]
[17:44] <Yanmei> "Mmph…" She didn't know how to take that. Her mind was swirling a few hundred miles per hour. "If I'd been a better ki- leader…"
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["You did so much better than I could've asked off anyone." Said Marianne glowingly. She pulled back a little, giving Yanmei a chance to breathe.-
[17:45] <Minaplo> ["Which leads me to my next point."]
[17:51] * Yanmei pushed herself up, blinking at her.
[17:51] <Minaplo> [Marianne reached into her pocket and pulled something out. She held it out to Yanmei.]
[17:54] * Yanmei took it. Stared down at it, not believing. "But… I've only had this rank for a little while?"
[18:00] <Minaplo> ["So? I got bumped up the ranks myself pretty fast too, you know. One day I was a Lieutenant, then a Captain, then a Colonel… I think I skipped Major entirely…" She bit her lip thoughtfully.-
[18:01] <Minaplo> ["Oh well, it doesn't matter. Zhang Yanmei, I'm promoting you to the rank of Captain within NERV's Operations Division, making you third in command after Frederic. Congratulations."]
[18:10] <Yanmei> "Thank you. Thank you, Colonel…" She tried to sit up a little straighter. Captain… Hadn't that been almost on par with Atticus' rank when they'd first met? She was getting closer, at least. "I'll try hard to make you proud."
[18:11] <Minaplo> ["You already have." Marianne pinned the rank bar on Yanmei's collar. "Captain Zhang. I'll let you call your mother and tell her the good news… After debriefing."]
[18:15] <Yanmei> "Rright…" Her mom. This would make her proud too, wouldn't it? Something warm and eager spread through her at the thought.
[18:24] <Minaplo> ["Now." Marianne stood up straight. "Stage two undeeping has just finished, which means we have an hour and a half to go…"]
[18:26] <Yanmei> "Right. So… what do have to look forward to out there?"
[18:30] <Minaplo> ["Well, there's a lot of other things we have to note." Said Marianne. "We're bringing Evangelions from Boston, as well as Russia and Germany. Five units- Kyuu and Ni from Leningrad, Hachi and Go from Berlin, and San from Boston, will be the defensive garrison of the city in our absense."-
[18:32] <Minaplo> ["Asuka, Alexandrina and Juuichi from Beijing, as well as Shinji, Sho and Nana, will form two reserve groups to protect the battleship as it heads to Kenya. That leaves William, Aline, Sera, yourself, Isaiah and Tsubaki on the offensive assigned to the battleship."-
[18:33] <Minaplo> ["The situation… Is bad." Said Marianne grimly. "We've lost contact with just about every city on the African continent. In fact at this point it's entirely possible there's more than ten million Angelspawn in the cities right now. Interception's going berserk with hits. A fair few large Angelspawn as well."-
[18:34] <Minaplo> ["… Statistics predicts casualties at at least fifty million, more realistically in the hundred to two hundred million range."]
[18:37] * Yanmei swallowed hard. "Just a few hours and already there were that many. It's so hard to imagine?"
[18:38] <Minaplo> ["The Angels can persecute war far more effectively than any human military. There were… Bombardments. From what little data we had it seemed some cities were hit with… Well, the equivalent of an N2 mine with an anti-AT Field."-
[18:38] <Minaplo> ["There are other complications too. We've had bad news from Tokyo-2."]
[18:39] <Yanmei> "What? What news?"
[18:40] <Minaplo> ["A squad of Stormtroopers was sent to Tokyo-2. A secret order had been handed to them from the Committee that Director Fontaine was guilty of egregious breaches of NERV's charter and the UN code, including high treason to the human race. They were ordered to summarily execute her on the spot."]
[18:43] * Yanmei went rigid. -She- was the one being persecuted for treason? By the the Committee of all people? "Have any details been released?"
[18:44] <Minaplo> ["Only that Fontaine… Somehow… Disabled all of her captors at once and managed to escape."]
[18:45] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow at that. "I see…"
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["Thoughts?"]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "I'd rather reserve judgement until I have more information? What about you?"
[14:41] <Minaplo> ["I think it's bullshit." Said Marianne bluntly.]
[14:45] * Yanmei blinked at her in surprise. It was by sheer force of will that she didn't allow her gaze to rove around the room in a futile search for hidden cameras… but then again, this was the captain's quarters. She tossed out any traces of such things like she had with the absurd artwork left over from its previous owner.
[14:45] <Yanmei> ^She probably tossed out
[14:46] <Minaplo> ["We might not like Fontaine very much, but we both know that 'treason to the human race' is nonsense." Said Marianne, folding her arms. "They wanted her dead because she threated Caine."]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Probably," Yanmei ventured. "But why now? Hasn't Fontaine always been a threat to her?"
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["She probably figures at this point she's too powerful to be stopped." Said Marianne bitterly.]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "Sounds about right?" Yanmei glanced aside, feeling sick. "…is she? Unstoppable, I mean."
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["I don't know, and that's the problem. I've got a few reports on her strength, and whilst she could take on the entire world's conventional army and win, I don't know how she'll deal with, say, an Evangelion. I don't know if she has five E-Destroyers or five hundred."]
[14:58] <Yanmei> Yanmei's face twisted slightly, but she stayed quiet after that, examining the room's carpet.
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "It's nothing. I'm just… trying to comprehend it all, I guess."
[15:13] <Minaplo> ["Ahh…"-
[15:14] <Minaplo> [There was a snuffling at Yanmei's feet. Regulus popped his cute little head out from under the bed, looked about- then burst out, bounding around Yanmei's legs joyfully, jumping up at her eagerly.]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "-!" Yanmei jumped slightly, and then dissolved into chuckles, petting him. "I'd almost forgotten about you? Don't scare me like that." A grinning glance over at Marianne. "He hasn't been too much trouble, has he?"
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["Of course not!"]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "Hate to say it, but with all the craziness going on in Paris? I'm kinda glad you brought him with you. Bet he had fun chasing crew members and biting their shoelaces, haven't you, Reggie~?" She scratched him under the the chin. "Lizzie's with someone safe too, you know."
[15:24] <Minaplo> ["I'm arranging to have her brought on board." Said Marianne. "I don't trust anywhere to be safe right now."]
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Um…" Her smile faltered slightly. "But we're heading into a war zone?"
[15:28] <Minaplo> ["Don't worry. The battleship won't be nearly inasmuch danger as you." Said Marianne wryly. "This ship doesn't go to the front lines, remember."]
[15:30] <Yanmei> "That Angel and her spawn are nothing to take lightly, Commander. Even at a distance something could go wrong."
[15:31] <Yanmei> ^Colonel
[15:33] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. But where would you rather Lizzie be? The Geofront? Anywhere's a target right now, so would you rather she be out in the open or in the mobile warship that can take a direct hit from an N2 missile?"]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "But…" She was frowning, deeply, weighing the desperate need for safety against the horror that was Metatron against the desperate need to punch things without innocent, curious, bright green eyes watching her every move. "You'll keep her far away from any monitors, won't you?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["Oho, I see. Fair enough."]
[15:40] <Yanmei> "Maybe you could leave her and Reggie in here? With a babysitter or something? Not the regular bridge crew, but someone -trustworthy-."
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["Archibald is trustworthy!"]
[15:43] <Yanmei> "Archibald will be busy," Yanmei reminded her. "…how are the others doing, anyway? They were at the Geofront during that mess, right?"
[15:49] <Minaplo> ["Yeah…" Marianne's face went dark. "Frederic took a beating. He's still alive, awake, but I don't like it when my bridge grew take casualties. Sophie was out of her mind with fear, but she's ok now."]
[15:55] * Yanmei nodded slowly. "I'm glad he's alright? He's tough, of course, but still." The corners of her mouth rose slightly. "You totally went into Mama Bear mode, didn't you? Storming into the Geofront personally with troops and battle armor…"
[16:02] <Minaplo> ["You'd know all about mama bears, hm?"]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "I don't know what you're talking about~" Yanmei primly tossed her hair. "I'm perfectly at calm, even in child-related crises."
[16:44] <Minaplo> ["You're full of shit, you know." Said Marianne mildly.]
[16:52] <Yanmei> "How could you say that?" Yanmei huffed. "Anyway, I hope Lizzie's other mom is okay."
[17:01] <Minaplo> ["She should be." Said Marianne slowly. "I'm sure the Synfront has plenty of defenses Metatron needs to eat through first."]
[17:03] <Yanmei> "I should have known? The place is… well equipped."
[17:12] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. But it just goes to show, doesn't it?" Muttered Marianne. "Only an Eva can take on an Angel and hope to live."]
[17:16] * Yanmei leaned back again, taking a moment to enjoy the fine bed linens again. She shut her eyes for a minute or two. "Then let's keep this one from killing any more humans."
[17:21] <Minaplo> ["Agreed." Said Marianne fervently.-
[17:21] <Minaplo> ["… Say, do you want to try on my Captain's dress uniform?"]
[17:22] <Yanmei> "Huh? You want me to?" She imagined calling her mother while wearing one of those, and the thought made her smile.
[02:29] <Minaplo> ["Sure! I mean, I haven't worn it for awhile, and, well." She gave Yanmei a once-over. "It'll be rather big on you, but it's ok for a general impression."]
[02:34] <Yanmei> "Let's give it a try?" Yanmei stripped off her jacket. "…just out of curiosity? The idea for the promotion came mainly from you, right?"
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. Although Commander Hohenzollern was very supportive of it. I think we arrived at the same idea at the same time."]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "I see…" If she was worried about that, she was careful not to let it show. "I trust she was in a special bunker or something during the invasion?"
[02:43] <Minaplo> ["She was in her office." Said Marianne, heading over to her wardrobe and taking out the elegant, impressive-looking dress jacket and skirt. "Raskova was there to guard her. The office doubles as a bunker, but it also gives the Commander full awareness of what's going on."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "So they were watching the whole thing through the cameras? Her and the VC?"
[02:45] <Minaplo> ["Yeah." Marianne walked back over to Yanmei, holding the jacket against Yanmei's chest. "Hmm…"]
[02:49] <Yanmei> "Here." Yanmei pulled it from her and slipped it on over the NERV brand t-shirt she was wearing.
[02:52] <Minaplo> [Marianne began to button the uniform up. "You need to drink more milk, young lady." She said wryly. "Hold on, let me- here, the collar's a bit fiddly…"-
[02:52] <Minaplo> ["There. Go take a look in the mirror now."]
[02:53] <Yanmei> "Th-that dumb wives tale?" But it was done, and she went over to the mirror as instructed, peering into it.
[02:56] <Minaplo> [It was a deep navy blue double-breasted jacket, bedecked with silver linings and silver buttons. The fold-back collar was thick and red, lined with more silver, as were the cuffs of the sleeves. A blue ranking gem acted as a fastener, sitting at the base of her throat. It was a little big for her, and it sat a little looser than it should've. But it still looked…]
[03:01] <Yanmei> Official. Stern and neat, as if she really was an officer. Now how would the Commander's uniform look…? She could only wonder for now.
[03:02] <Minaplo> ["There you go." Marianne patted Yanmei firmly on the shoulder. "You can take that with you for tonight. Show it off to your boy."]
[03:04] <Yanmei> "He's probably dead asleep by now," Yanmei smoothed down her hair. "He was already half-passed out when I left him. Exhausted."
[03:04] <Minaplo> ["Well, in that case, you can wear it for him tomorrow."]
[03:09] <Yanmei> "Thanks." She grinned at her and straightened the sleeves. It was rather stiff, but she liked it. The authoratative feel of it… Could she get away with bossing some people around? Her grin spread a bit wider at that, but a gimpse of Marianne in the mirror made her try to turn it into something sweeter. -
[03:12] <Yanmei> "Ahem. I'm kinda surprised that you even have it with you? You didn't dig it out of your closet at home just for me, did you…?"
[03:13] <Minaplo> ["I moved a bunch of my wardrobe up here ages ago." Said Marianne. "The wardrobe in this room is big enough to fit like, six times my amount of actual clothes."-
[03:13] <Minaplo> ["I did have two special things made for you, though? In case you -did- make Captain."]
[03:15] <Yanmei> "Two?" She blinked at her. "Are they firearms?"
[03:15] <Minaplo> ["… What?"]
[03:16] <Yanmei> "Well, er… I mean, twin guns, like the ones William has? But with a Captain's seal engraved on them? I mean, why not?"
[03:17] <Minaplo> ["You want bolt revolvers? Custom bolt revolvers?"]
[03:17] <Yanmei> "I don't know. You're saying that's not what you had made?"
[03:18] <Minaplo> ["N… No, but I can get them made." Said Marianne, wrong-footed.]
[03:19] * Yanmei laughed. "Don't worry! I was just guessing. Like, a random shot in the dark? You don't have to worry about it."
[03:20] <Minaplo> ["O-Oh right. Well, uh, do you want… Y'know, what I got you?"]
[03:20] <Yanmei> "Of course!"
[03:23] <Minaplo> [Marianne clapped her hands and rushed off to the wardrobe like an excited child. She rummaged about and pulled out…-
[03:24] <Minaplo> [It was a cape. Definitely a cape! An awesome cape with a high collar, like Asuka's, with a fastening clasp that was a sword that latched into a scabbard. It was the same colour as Yanmei's captain's uniform, except the inside was dark purple.]
[03:26] <Yanmei> "W-wow…" Yanmei reached out to feel the fabric. "It's pretty!"
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[03:28] <Minaplo> ["Do you like it?" Marianne threw it around Yanmei's shoulders and did the clip up. "Have a look!"]
[03:29] * Yanmei posed, hands on her hips, cape fluttering dramatically. "…I can see why Asuka wears these things now! Don't tell her I said, that, though?"
[03:29] <Minaplo> ["I won't. Wanna know the best thing?"]
[03:30] <Yanmei> "What?"
[03:32] <Minaplo> ["Fabric's actually resistant to bullets and blades."]
[03:32] <Yanmei> "Really? Like, some kind of armor?"
[03:33] <Minaplo> ["Something like that. It just feels like fabric, but yeah, it'll deflect most old bullets, even slow a railgun shot."]
[03:34] <Yanmei> "Huh." Yanmei held an arm out, letting the fabric drape over it experimentally. "Thank you, Marianne! It's an awesome gift?"
[03:35] <Minaplo> ["It is. There's a few other things I wanna get made for you as well, as soon as Thruster are free, but…"-
[03:35] <Minaplo> [Marianne reached back into her wardrobe and pulled out…-
[03:36] <Minaplo> [A plush toy. It was clearly Yanmei, about one and a half feet long, wearing the uniform. It looked extremely adorable.]
[03:39] <Yanmei> "A…" She hadn't been expecting that. Her momentary confusion soon lasped into a warm smile. "Hehe… custom made, huh?"
[03:41] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. All the Captains get them eventually. Even people like Harken or Misato. I have one around, but I keep it hidden."]
[03:44] <Yanmei> "All of them, huh~? It's a pretty funny tradition." She reached for and took the soft plush doll. "Thanks. I had no idea about this…"
[03:45] <Minaplo> ["We keep it secret. It's kind of embarrassing…"-
[03:45] <Minaplo> ["… Speaking of embarrassing? You know what we need to do?"]
[03:46] <Yanmei> "Hm? What?"
[03:46] <Minaplo> ["Raphael has a plushie, remember?"]
[03:47] <Yanmei> "…" A slow smile spread across her face. "So he does."
[03:47] <Minaplo> ["And do you know who'd love an adorable little Raphael plushie?"]
[03:48] <Yanmei> "I can think of a few people~ But only one of them is visiting Paris right now."
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[03:50] <Minaplo> ["And who is that?"]
[03:51] <Yanmei> "A certain President~"
[03:51] <Minaplo> ["That's right~"]
[03:52] <Yanmei> "So let's go find it? After that phone call, of course."
[03:52] * Guest60184 is now known as SyntaxTerror
[03:53] <Minaplo> ["Of course~"]

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