Yanmei S Caring

[23:17] <Yanmei> It was Rei, so the dinner could be an informal one. No pricy china or crystal glasses, although she and Marianne had never gotten around to buying much of the stuff anyway. She took cues from Isaiah at the grocery store and let him talk her down from decorating the apartment much. -
[23:22] <Yanmei> Because of that, the prep work was finished in no time at all, and Yanmei strode from kitchen to living room and back again, checking on things in a black lacy skirt and black and white striped top.
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[23:33] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah had ducked into her bedroom to change into some clothes- a white button-up t-shirt and a pair of black trousers. He emerged, his hair fluffy, washed but uncombed- he walked up behind her, hands around her waist. "Someone looks good."]
[23:40] <Yanmei> Pause. Reverse thought processes. Grin. "Why thank you~ Looks like you've cleaned up yourself. Looking forward to this?"
[23:47] <AdEvaGM> ["I am. You?"]
[23:47] <Yanmei> "Hm. Well… I hope everything goes okay. How has she been lately?"
[23:48] <AdEvaGM> ["She's been ok. Back to her usual self, but she's been worried about you." Idle nuzzling of the neck. "You know how she is."]
Session Time: Sat Jul 14 00:00:00 2012
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[00:38] <Yanmei> "She's always been a sweet kid," Yanmei murmured, enjoying that sensation. "An inspiration, almost."
[00:50] <AdEvaGM> ["Mmm." He smelled nice- some lovely sort of deodorant was at work. Playing a bit with the hem of her shirt. "I figure… We should list her as one of the proxies or next-of-kin guardians for Lizzie and any other kids. She's the best person I can think of."]
[00:56] <Yanmei> That… made her jolt around, a bit wide-eyed. "Next of kin? You're already thinking about stuff like that?"
[00:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I mean, it's good to be prepared, right? Just in case."]
[00:58] <Yanmei> "…Isabelle's still here, Isaiah." Her brow furrowed. "Even if she's been in a bad state herself."
[01:01] <AdEvaGM> [He seemed to deflate a little at that. "I know. But…" He looked down at his feet, ashamed. "I- I didn't mean it like that."]
[01:03] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei leaned forward and pecked him gently on the cheek. "I know, sweetie, I know. I'm sorry for jumping on you like that. I guess… I've been worried about her as well."
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded slowly. "I figure… if Isabelle gets better, we should let her live with us."]
[01:05] <Yanmei> "Of course. We could do that." Yanmei nodded firmly. "That way she'd be a part of the family too?"
[01:09] <AdEvaGM> [He nodded. "Right. But… Even then, I think in the future, with our own… I think Rei'd be best just in case, you know?"]
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[01:19] <Yanmei> "Right." Yanmei nodded, but she still seemed a bit… off about it.
[01:28] <AdEvaGM> ["What's the matter?"]
[01:31] <Yanmei> "We just reunited and all," she mumbled. "Maybe we should talk about something else…"
[01:32] <AdEvaGM> ["S-Sorry." He looked away guiltily, then looked back with a smile. "So what's cooking?"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Chicken! And noodles. You said Rei liked it a lot."
[01:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Right!" He nodded. "Right. I knew that."-
[01:37] <AdEvaGM> [An awkward cough. "Need me to help?"]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "It's nearly done. You can taste it to see how it is, though~"
[01:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure, I'm happy to help with that~"-
[01:41] <AdEvaGM> [About half an hour later, they'd hear a knock at the door…]
[01:44] <Yanmei> "That would be her. I'll get it~" Yanmei started for the door, glancing over her shoulder at Isaiah. A deep breath to steady herself and… she opened it. "Welcome!"
[01:45] <AdEvaGM> [Rei was standing there, wearing a long light blue skirt and a thick yellow sweater, a bakery cake box in her hands. "Meimei!"-
[01:46] <AdEvaGM> [Rei, who she hadn't seen in 18 years… The young, innocent girl who died before her time, dying with a smile on her face, died trying to encourage everyone to be happy…-
[01:46] <AdEvaGM> [Whose death had shattered Alphonse…-
[01:47] <AdEvaGM> [Shattered so much so that when the pieces were put back together, the person that remained had been cold, distant, and ruthless.]
[01:53] * Yanmei faltered for just a moment. Suddenly the weight of this dinner threatened to overwhelm all the mental preparations she had made. "Hello, Rei," she managed. Come on, focus! "You're looking well!"
[01:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Thanks, Meimei…"-
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> [Rei stepped across the threshold, and placed her cake box down on the table- a second later she had her arms around Yanmei in a tight, affectionate hug. "Oh Meimei, I missed you- I was so worried…"]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "Worried?" Yanmei tossed her hair, which was awkward to do with no hands, as hers were currently busy with a return hug. "It wasn't anything I couldn't handle~"
[01:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Meimei…"-
[02:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Isn't this sweet." Said Isaiah with a grin.]
[02:02] * Yanmei smirked at him before disengaging. "How did things go over at HQ?"
[02:03] <AdEvaGM> ["They went alright, Meimei. I'm not really supposed to talk about it." She gave an apologetic smile. "I got to see Eevi, though!"]
[02:04] <Yanmei> "Oh, did you? You two played together during the Thunderdome, didn't you?"
[02:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, that's right!" Rei smiled fondly. "She's a sweet girl deep down."]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "She is! Wait until she grows and loosens up a little. Then you'll see it shine through even more."
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> ["I hope so…"_
[02:17] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah has a curious look in his eye at Yanmei's words. "Say, we good to dish up?"]
[02:20] <Yanmei> "That's right~ Oh, did you bring dessert, Rei?"
[02:20] <AdEvaGM> [She tapped the cake box. "A caramel fudge cake."]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Sounds nice," Yanmei eyed the box admiringly. "Well. Let's set it in the fridge until it's time to cut it up, okay?"
[02:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Okay!"-
[02:28] <AdEvaGM> [And a few minutes later, they were sitting about the table, a plate of delicious fried crumbed chicken in front of them, each with a layer of Italian sauce under melted cheese. To the left of these plates were one bowl each, full of fat fried noodles cooked in teriyaki sauce.-
[02:28] <AdEvaGM> ["So it's good to get away once in awhile." Said Rei.]
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[02:37] <Yanmei> "Heh. It's not much of a vacation, though?" Yanmei cut into her chicken, handling the knife and fork with unusual elegance. "Will you have much time to hang out before leaving tomorrow?"
[23:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Not really. I have to be on the VTOL by 8 AM."]
[23:24] <Yanmei> "Ah, that's a shame. We can see you off at least, right, Isaiah?"
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[23:30] <AdEvaGM> ["I'll be awake by then anyway." Says Isaiah. "So it's fine. You want to crash here for tonight, Rei?"-
[23:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah- is that ok?"]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "Of course. If you don't have other plans, that is."
[23:32] <AdEvaGM> ["I don't, Meimei. I was just going to stay in one of the guest offices."]
[23:35] <Yanmei> "Oh? Your folks are right here, so I guess I was thinking…" Yanmei paused, and then shook her head and smiled. "In any case, will William's room be okay for tonight?"
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[23:41] <AdEvaGM> ["It should be fine~"]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "Good! I just changed the sheets in there a little while ago, and… oh. Do you know much about pop idols?"
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[23:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Pop idols?" Asked Isaiah curiously.-
[23:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Not really, Meimei…"]
[23:50] <Yanmei> "Oh. Well, you'll see why I asked when you go in there," she said cheerfully. "He's got a pretty big pop music collection too, unsurprisingly."
[23:55] <AdEvaGM> ["How is he, anyway?" Asked Isaiah.]
[23:57] <Yanmei> "He's… going to take a while to recover. I think Marianne keeps checking in on him."
Session Time: Sun Jul 15 00:00:00 2012
[00:08] <AdEvaGM> ["It sounded really horrible, when I was told." Murmured Rei.]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "It's… hard to describe," Yanmei said, her motions slowing down a bit. "Waking up after that and putting your thoughts back together. He might be having a hard time distinguishing reality from the things he saw back then."
[00:19] <AdEvaGM> ["He seems to be having a harder time than you guys." Said Isaiah.]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "He is," she admitted, frowning. "He's so… new at this. Maybe that's why…"
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> ["What's he like, Meimei?"]
[00:36] <Yanmei> "He's very cheerful. Optimistic. Gentle. The two of you would get along well!" Yanmei smiled at her. "Even in the illusion, he was a famous Cardinal who kept trying to help people."
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[00:48] <AdEvaGM> ["I see! I'm glad he's around for you, then, Meimei."-
[00:48] <AdEvaGM> ["He's pretty cute, too, huh~?" Isaiah nudged Yanmei with a smirk.]
[00:50] * Yanmei chuckled. "Please. If my memory's intact, he already has his fair share of romantic complications? Which is why his offically going into the order was a surprise."
[01:00] <AdEvaGM> ["What do you mean, Meimei?"]
[01:03] <Yanmei> "Well," Yanmei coughed. "I shouldn't be spreading rumors about the guy when he's still not feeling well. Let's just say there's a love triangle or two in the works and leave it at that."
[01:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm." Rei frowned curiously at that, but dug into her food instead.-
[23:22] <AdEvaGM> [The rest of dinner passed smoothly- the food was, as always, good. They'd spent most of it relaxed and chatting.]
[23:24] <Yanmei> Finally, after dessert, as Isaiah was clearing things away, Yanmei stretched and stood up with a sigh.
[23:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Meimei?"]
[23:29] <Yanmei> "That was good, wasn't it?" She smiled down at Rei. "Think you could join me for a little fresh air?"
[23:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure!" Rei stood up and headed to the balcony, pulling the door open for Yanmei.]
[23:39] * Yanmei followed, of course, sliding it shut behind her, and peered up at the Paris sky. She doubted it would give them much privacy from anyone but Isaiah, but conditions had been the same in the States during their last conversation, hadn't it? "So. How are you really feeling these days?"
[23:41] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm feeling better, these days, Meimei." Said Rei, leaning against the side of the balcony casually. "Al-chan was worried, and… Well, after we explained it to him, things started to get better right away."]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "I'm glad." Yanmei didn't look straight at her, eyes still lingering above. "Alphonse… loves you very very much."
Session Time: Sat Jul 21 00:00:00 2012
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[01:23] <AdEvaGM> ["He does." Said Rei, with a wide smile. "I love him very much, too. Actually, I… Get worried a lot…"]
[01:25] <Yanmei> "You do?"
[01:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Al-chan is very smart, Meimei, and he's fast on his feet, and he's good with a gun, but he's only a normal human being." Murmured Rei quietly. "He doesn't have my strength or speed- that's why I like it when he hangs out with Ban-Ban, who's a little stronger."]
[01:37] <Yanmei> "You're worried that he's going to get hurt?" Yanmei loosely clasped her hands together in front of herself. "I guess it's not an invalid worry? But… where is this coming from? Is he getting himself into more trouble lately?"
[01:37] <AdEvaGM> [Rei shook her head. "No, I mean, no more trouble than usual- the Children of Adam… I-I've always been really worried about him since Ahkraziel."]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Hm, I see." Yanmei peered down at the street below. "I want to ease your fears and say that the organization has everything under control, but… we can't always rely on them for everything, even though I'm sure they do their best. Keeping him near Ban-Ban is a good idea."
[01:49] <AdEvaGM> [Rei nodded fervently. "I'm trying to keep Zaizai safe as best I can, too."]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "Thank you." Yanmei smiled at her. "I knew that I could count on you for that. It's hard to help him when he's so many miles away. I never liked that."
[01:54] <AdEvaGM> [A giggle. "You love him a lot too~"]
[01:58] <Yanmei> "Naturally?" Yanmei tossed her head. "We're getting married, after all. It feels like we've been married for a long time already?"
[02:04] <AdEvaGM> [Rei nodded. "You've been together a long time. You were together before I knew you!"]
[02:07] <Yanmei> "We… ah, were still platonic back then," Yanmei pointed out, but she was smiling. "But I mean, it's been more like years and years of knowing him. During that last Angel attack I dreamed that we were married for two decades."
[02:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Two decades!"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "That's right. We were away from each other then a lot too, but it was like he'd become a part of me too. It's hard to explain."
[02:11] <AdEvaGM> ["That was the illusion I've been hearing about. What… Was it like, Meimei?"]
[02:15] <Yanmei> "Endless. Indistinguishable from living life, one day at a time. Sad, and happy, but mostly frustrating."
[02:16] <AdEvaGM> ["That's no good, Meimei." Rei shook her head. "You must be having a lot of trouble handling all this, but… Do you love Zaizai more for it, do you think?"]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "Without question. But I'm also trying to get back on the same wavelength as he is. He hasn't raised a daughter with me yet, or put up with relocations or me going back to school, or been comforted as loved ones passed away one by one."
[02:23] <AdEvaGM> [Rei held her arms out for Yanmei. "He will, though, one day. Meimei, I know you'll be able to handle this."]
[02:27] <Yanmei> "I already am handling it?" But she moved forward, and hugged her. It felt strange, like a long-ago memory come back to life.
[02:28] <AdEvaGM> [Rei hugged her tightly. "I'm not going to ask questions about what you saw, Meimei. I'm here to help you with this life, alright?"]
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[02:30] <Yanmei> Surprise registered on her face for just a fraction of a moment. Did someone ask her to? Isaiah or Marianne or someone? No… it seemed like something she would try to do herself. "Thanks," she muttered. "I'm learning to get along okay as it is? But it's hard to remember things sometimes. I wasn't acting weird tonight, was I?"
[02:31] <AdEvaGM> ["A little, but that's alright."]
[02:32] * Yanmei sighed. "Damn. I thought I was getting smoother at it, too. I guess it will take time?"
[02:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Hehehehe. Don't try to hide it, Meimei! Just act like you feel. It'll take longer than a week for things to go back to normal." She pulled away a little to hold Yanmeii at arm's length. "Spend lots of time snuggling Zaizai, ok~?"]
[02:38] <Yanmei> "We're just talking, you know." Not a hint of anything to betray her lying, save for Rei's own judgement and common sense. "He says he'll be here for a few more days," she added. "So we'll have lots of time to?"
[02:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah." Rei beamed. "You and Zaizai are so adorable together when you think people aren't noticing~"]
[02:43] <Yanmei> "We uh…" … "Hey! I have a gift for you."
[02:56] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[02:58] <Yanmei> "Yes. I need to wrap it and put finishing touches on it, but I'll have it ready for you before tomorrow's flight? I don't know if we'll get a chance to see each other again before your birthday this year, so I'll give it to you while I can."
[02:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright, Meimei!"]
[03:00] <Yanmei> "And… thanks again for looking out for Isaiah when I can't."
[03:07] <AdEvaGM> [She smiled. "He's a very important friend to me, too. I'd do anything to protect him."]
[03:09] <Yanmei> "I'm glad." Yanmei was smiling again, and she reached casually for the door. "Let's go inside. He's probably wondering what we're up to now…"

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