Yanmei S Family

[14:13] <Yanmei> In the privacy of her room, one Zhang Yanmei dressed hurriedly and checked her appearence in a mirror. Hair in twin-tails… makeup perfect… clothes clean, but also hidden by her white and pink jacket. She barely had time to snag her bag from a nearby chair before hightailing it out of the room. This was a very important meeting, and she was already running late! -
[14:15] <Yanmei> She locked the door and rushed to the lobby on foot, ignoring the sluggish elevator running parallel to the staircase. When she made it to the lobby, she let an eager, breathless gaze swoop over sparse crowd, clearly searching for someone… or some people, to be more exact.
[14:28] <AdEvaGM> [There they were. Isaiah, sitting at a table wearing a dapper white shirt and long black pants, a thick coat hanging over his chair… Next to him, in her own little chair, was Lizzie in a light blue dress. He was slowly spooning cheesecake into her mouth, and she kept making a go for the plate.]
[14:33] * Yanmei almost melted right then and there. How long had it been since she'd seen a scene like this? She'd missed this… the luxury of watching the two, even from a distance. She even took her time walking up to them. "Isaiah! Lizzie~"
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> [They turned. "Hey!" Said Isaiah, beaming, pulling out a chair.-
[14:37] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie turned, looking at Yanmei, blinking- then her eyes widened and she started clapping. "Maamaamaamaa!"]
[14:39] * Yanmei of course, was kissing the cute little girl on the forehead and stroking her hair befoe grabbing a seat for herself. "Oh sweetie! You've grown, haven't you? Such a big girl!"
[14:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Big girl~"-
[14:42] <AdEvaGM> ["And she's gotten so clever, too~"]
[14:44] <Yanmei> "Oh? What sort of things have you learned, Lizzie?"
[14:45] <AdEvaGM> ["Bunny~" She picked up a stuffed bunny toy next to her chair and waved it around.]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "Eee, that's right! You're so smart!" She gave her another forehead-kiss. She couldn't resist!
[14:48] <AdEvaGM> [Her hands latched onto Yanmei's collar tightly. "Maaamaa~ <3"-
[14:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Isabelle wanted some time to meditate." Said Isaiah.]
[14:52] * Yanmei lifted Lizzie into her own lap and sat down at the table properly. "I hope the move to Kenya wasn't too stressful for her. How did she seem to you?"
[14:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Placid, a little less aggressive."]
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Hm. Maybe she's doing better after all, then? That place, though…"
[14:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm?"]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "They're staying in the Synfront now, right? So many weird things were going on there. I'm not even sure what the extent of that weirdness actually is."
[15:14] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sure NERV will…" He paused. "Well, I'm sure it'll be safer."]
[15:20] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei held Lizzie a little closer, suddenly gloomy at something. "Isabelle's attentive enough to make sure that nothing harmful comes near them, I'm sure."
[15:21] <AdEvaGM> ["Let's hope so. How're you?"]
[15:24] <Yanmei> "Same as always. There's a new pilot that's been assigned to Paris, though?"
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, I met him. William Weiss-Xylander?"]
[15:25] <Yanmei> "Yup. What do you think of him?"
[15:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmm. He seems like a nice guy." Said Isaiah. "Friendly, at least. He sounded like de Pteres gave him a hard time."]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "I can almost see why? There's something off about this whole situation. Still, I don't think it'll do any good to be mean to him since we're supposed to work together now."
[15:35] <AdEvaGM> ["De Pteres is just an asshole anyway. He'd find some way to have a go at him regardless."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei eyed Isaiah carefully for a moment, and then bounced Lizzie slightly. "Maybe. Out of the three of us, he's probably the most messed up. And that's saying something."
[15:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Maa~" Lizzie bounced, and reached for the cheesecake again.-
[15:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Mm. What do you think of the new pilot then?"]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "I haven't talked with him long, but he seems okay. Marianne wants him to move in with us."
[15:48] <AdEvaGM> [An eyebrow arched. "Really?"]
[15:49] <Yanmei> "She wants to give him Gina's room."
[15:51] <AdEvaGM> ["Why? That seems like a strange thing to do."]
[15:52] <Yanmei> "Not if she wants to keep an eye on him or coach him through adjusting. It would be his first time living in France."
[15:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm. That's true…" Isaiah looked down at the table pensively.]
[15:55] <Yanmei> "Heh. You're not worried, are you~?"
[15:57] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm? Worried?"]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "Some new, good-looking foreigner suddenly showing up in the apartment when you're not around…"
[16:01] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah quirked an eyebrow. "Well, now that you mention it, Rei has been very friendly with me recently…~"]
[16:01] <Yanmei> "W-what?! She wouldn't dare…"
[16:03] <AdEvaGM> ["Hahahaha. Of course not." Said Isaiah, giggling. "She's far too attached to Alphonse. And I'm sure the same's true for you~"]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "Well… I couldn't deny that if I tried?" She smiled at him, focusing in on his mouth a moment… and then struggling to break it off, as they were in public and babysitting, no less.
[16:13] <AdEvaGM> [Which didn't go the same, as he smoothly swept in and kissed her instead.]
[16:15] <Yanmei> Well, that settled that! She kissed back all too happily, reaching for his collar.
[16:17] <AdEvaGM> [As the two lovers kissed, Lizzie happily reached over, grabbed the plate of cheesecake, and dragged it over, clumsily grabbing a mouthful and munching into it.]
[16:21] <Yanmei> When they broke, Yanmei was practically glowing. "God, I think I needed that. Things have been tense lately?"
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Hm~" Isaiah murmured dreamily. "What's been on your mind the most?"]
[16:29] <Yanmei> "I think you know~" She winked at him. "But really. Everything about this job has been getting more complicated. New training, and then that Chantry thing, and now the tournament. You were seriously cool in it, by the way."
[16:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Hah. I don't quite think so. You and the others really ruined me."]
[16:31] <Yanmei> "We were all terrified of what would happen if we didn't!"
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah snickered. "Well, you had reason to be worried- but you still took care of me almost effortlessly." He looked down to take a bite of cheesecake.-
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> ["… Hey."]
[16:37] <Yanmei> "Lizzie~ What did you do~?" There was no way she could handle this sternly. Not when she looked so adorable eating her little prize.
[16:38] <AdEvaGM> ["Maa?" Lizzie looked up at Yanmei with a purely innocent expression, as if to say, 'who, me?'-
[16:38] <AdEvaGM> ["…" Isaiah stared, then smiled adoringly. "I can get a new one. You want anything?"]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Ice cream, please~ And coffee?"
[16:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Alright." He beamed, and headed off to make the order.-
[16:59] <AdEvaGM> [It was then that Yanmei would notice, sitting by herself on the outside deck, was Major Lin.]
[17:02] <Yanmei> "…?" She was alone again? Yanmei raised an arm and waved, trying to get her attention.
[17:04] <AdEvaGM> [For a few seconds Lin didn't seem to notice, but a casual glance from her through the restaurant meant that Yanmei soon caught her eye.]
[17:06] * Yanmei tried to wave her over, smiling hopefully.
[17:08] <AdEvaGM> [Lin stared at her for a second, then stood up, quickly passing through the doors and walking to her table. "What is it?"]
[17:10] <Yanmei> "Well… you did mention that you wanted to see Isaiah…"
[17:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, I see. You're inviting me?"]
[17:11] <Yanmei> "Yup! Won't you have a seat? Ah. This is Lizzie. Say hi, sweetie~"
[17:12] <AdEvaGM> ["Hihi!"-
[17:13] <AdEvaGM> [Lin sat down, looking at Yanmei to the baby. "Hello, Lizzie." A glance up towards Yanmei, a questioning one.]
[17:17] <Yanmei> "We're babysitting for a fellow pilot? Isabelle Bellamy, of thr new Kenya team."
[17:18] <AdEvaGM> ["I understand." She reached out to stroke Lizzie's hair gently. "How old is she?"]
[17:23] <Yanmei> "She's two!" Yanmei made an attempt to wipe her face with a napkin. "Before they moved to Africa, Isaiah and I used to watch her all the time. Sometimes, it felt like she was our kid." She chuckled. "It's pretty strange, huh?"
[17:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you still feel like that?"-
[17:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Eee." Lizzie batted at Lin's hands, smearing strawberry cheesecake across them.]
[17:27] <Yanmei> "Ack… Sorry about that. She's still pretty messy?" Yanmei reached for another napkin. "Do I still feel like that? It'd… be pretty unfair to her mom if I did."
[17:28] <AdEvaGM> ["It's fine." Lin cleaned her own hand. "Unfair, but not unexpected."]
[17:31] <Yanmei> "Hm." Yanmei tried to wipe down Lizzie's hands. "Do you have much experience with children, Major?"
[17:34] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie was clapping her hands together happily and making a fine mess.-
[17:35] <AdEvaGM> ["I do not. I am an only child and I've never married."]
[17:42] * Yanmei nodded. "I was the same way. The truth is that if it wasn't for Isaiah, I would have been too anxious to watch her properly. I'd never done something like it before? But Isaiah, he really likes kids." Yanmei paused, blinking down at the flecks of sugary dessert now on the front of her jacket.
[17:43] <AdEvaGM> ["How have you found motherhood, then?"]
[17:45] <Yanmei> "It's nothing I can't handle!" Yanmei boldly tossed her hair, and grinned. "Besides the scary parts."
[12:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Scary parts?"]
[12:16] <Yanmei> "Like if you take your eyes off the kid for a half a minute and they wander off really fast, and you can't find them right away? Or making sure they're with someone and in a safe bunker when there's an Angel attack, and -still- worrying about it, because bunkers aren't 100% fullproof. Or waking up late at night and finding that they're running a fever, and you can't tell if it's just a cold or if they're
[12:18] <Yanmei> -dying- or something serious." -
[12:18] <Yanmei> [22:18] <Yanmei> "But…" Yanmei gave another champion grin. "I think I've overcome those concerns with time too?"
[12:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I can understand that. They require your constant attention."]
[12:24] <Yanmei> "That's right." Yanmei finally succeeded in cleaning Lizzie's hands off to a reasonable degree. "They're pretty fragile? And they don't know much about self preservation, so someone has to do it for them."
[12:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Maamaa~" Lizzie promptly ruined Yanmei's efforts by grabbing another chunk of cake, but this time she held it up to Yanmei.]
[12:44] * Yanmei gazed down at her, torn amid sighing in exasperation, cooing and lamenting how imminently silly she was going to look. She took a careful little nibble of the cheesecake. "So good~ Thank you, sweetie." She gave her a little kiss on the cheek. "It's good to share."
[12:45] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm surprised NERV allowed such a timesink."]
[12:48] <Yanmei> "Ah?" Yanmei glanced up and tried to make herself look poised. "They probably didn't see any harm in it? Anyway, I had assistance from friends who were willing to help."
[12:48] <AdEvaGM> ["I see."-
[12:51] <AdEvaGM> [The sounds of footsteps as Isaiah returned. He'd clearly seen Lin from afar and had composed himself properly. "Colonel Liu. I-it's an honour."-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm only a Major, actually."-
[12:52] <AdEvaGM> ["R-Right. My apologies." Isaiah sat down quickly, bearing a bowl of ice cream for Yanmei, with her coffee- and another slice of cake for himself.]
[12:55] <Yanmei> "Thanks~" Yanmei beamed at him and then turned back to Lin with a nod. "Allow me to introduce Pilot Isaiah Gabriel-Wei."
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> ["A pleasure. How are you, Pilot Gabriel-Wei?"-
[12:57] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I'm quite fine, Major Liu. H-How are you?"-
[12:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Well. I was just speaking with Yanmei here about Lizzie…"]
[13:00] <Yanmei> "That's right! I was explaining that we had a lot of help caring for her when she was with us, which made a time-consuming job more managable."
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> ["Y-Yeah. A lot of help. From Marianne, Captain Guillory, Rei…"]
[13:04] * Yanmei nodded. "You'd never guess by looking at them, but they're all exceptional babysitters~"
[13:04] <AdEvaGM> ["How does Pilot Ayanami handle children?" Asked Lin curiously.]
[13:06] <Yanmei> "By spoiling them?" Yanmei chuckled. "Lots of playing, and lots of treats and I'm pretty sure she doesn't know the meaning of the word 'discipline'? Lizzie adores her."
[13:10] <AdEvaGM> ["Wayway~" Cooed Lizzie happily.-
[13:10] <AdEvaGM> ["I admit to being a little surprised. I am unsure if my own pilots would be so skilled at caring for children."]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "Well… if you wanted to experiment, you could send them to work in in Minifront's daycare center, if they have one, or at a children's clinic or care group, topside. Supervised, of course?"
[13:20] <AdEvaGM> ["It's a possibility, but I'm not sure it would be worth the effort unless they themselves wanted to do it."]
[13:21] * Yanmei cleared her throat. "Of course! You shouldn't force them."
[13:23] <AdEvaGM> ["I am not sure if I could. What are your thoughts on the Beijing-2 Pilots?"]
[13:26] <Yanmei> "They all seem pretty driven? Like if they identified something they wanted, they'd go after it as fast as they could, punching away obstacles on the way."
[13:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Do you think that's an admirable trait or a liability?"]
[13:30] <Yanmei> "Depends on the circumstance? Like mugging fellow pilots for stuff isn't so good, but if you were, say, running for a political office, or trying to fight off an Angel, it would certainly come in handy. In moderation."
[13:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei has something rather in common with that." Said Isaiah with a grin.]
[13:35] <Yanmei> "Aw, thanks!" Yanmei beamed, and then paused. "Wait, what aspect? I so wouldn't mug anyone…"
[13:37] <AdEvaGM> ["I dunno. You've stolen things before. Like my heart~"]
[13:42] <Yanmei> "Heh." With a different audience, she might have given him a little kiss on the cheek or started up again what they'd been doing earlier. "That's just the sweetest thing~"
[13:46] <AdEvaGM> [Lin didn't seem to react much to that. "There are plenty of strong personalities amongst the pilot corps."]
[13:48] <Yanmei> "There are~" Yanmei managed to drag her attention away from Isaiah, at least for the moment. "Are there any who have impressed you in particular?"
[13:49] <AdEvaGM> ["Langley-Soryu comes to mind."]
[13:51] <Yanmei> "W-well, yeah, she's seriously forceful?"
[13:58] <AdEvaGM> ["She was an impressive threat on the battlefield."]
[14:02] <Yanmei> "She has her moments, certainly? She's been training for a really long time."
[14:03] <AdEvaGM> ["How do you handle her?"]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "Well, she likes to say that she's better than me in hand-to-hand combat, but that's simply not true. The best way to handle it is the take her head-on, with melee weapons, to prove it once and for all!"
[14:05] <Yanmei> ^to take her
[14:05] <AdEvaGM> ["Haven't you lost to her every time?" Asked Isaiah innocently.]
[14:07] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei frowned. "Not -every- time. And this time will be different!"
[14:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I disagree." Said Lin.]
[14:09] <Yanmei> "Huh?! But why?"
[14:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Langley-Soryu is superior in close combat. One on one, she would probably defeat the both of you. Destroying her is best done with close-range superior firepower, such as a bolter barrage."]
[14:19] <Yanmei> "I won't deny that that's a sound strategy? But don't you think there's a certain visceral satisfaction that would come with winning with a sword or a melee attachment?"
[14:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I care not for that." Said Lin flatly. "Efficient victory is the best kind."]
[14:23] * Yanmei was far too mature to pout. But if she hadn't been, she certainly would have been on the verge of it now. "I see," she said, her eyes downturned thoughtfully.
[14:28] <AdEvaGM> ["You disagree?"]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "If there was a consequence to losing, I'd agree with you. But one of the nice things about this competition is that we aren't punished for losing, aside from the physical pain of the moment, and loss of bragging rights. Since that's the case, shouldn't it be okay to experiment around a little?"
[14:33] <AdEvaGM> ["If you so wish." Said Lin.]
[14:38] <Yanmei> "… you really don't think I can win that way?"
[14:40] <AdEvaGM> ["It's possible, but highly unlikely." Said Lin. "Your best chance would be to take her two-to-one with de Pteres, staggered such that de Pteres hits her first and you hit her second."]
[14:43] <Yanmei> "We've pulled that sort of thing off before," said Yanmei with a nod. "Not with Asuka, but other opponents. I'm sure we can manage it."
[14:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Possible."]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Unless our Commanding officer vetos the idea and goes with the ranged strategy." Yanmei gave a little half-grin. "In that case, we'd just have to do it that way."
[14:59] <AdEvaGM> [Lin nodded. "Have you considered investing in Heat Swords?"]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "I have. It seems like they're having trouble integrating it with progressive technology? But on their own it seems like they break through things pretty nicely."
[15:02] <AdEvaGM> [Lin nodded. "This is what makes Langley-Soryu difficult to overcome in CQC."]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "So if we destroy those weapons, we'd have a much better shot no matter what else we did!" Yanmei cheered up.
[15:06] <AdEvaGM> ["And of course, the best way of doing that if with long ranged weaponry."]
[15:11] <Yanmei> "Because they're more effective at destroying limbs, especially when fired rapidly."
[15:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes. But if you're doing that much damage at range, it's more efficient to simply keep firing."]
[15:13] <Yanmei> "I suppose…" she wondered if admitting that was essentially admitting defeat.
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah took a piece of his cheesecake, and carefully moved Yanmei's untouched bowl away from Lizzie's curious hands.]
[15:25] * Yanmei eyed the bowl as he moved it, as though she'd temporarily forgotten about its existance. "Oh! Isaiah. The Major mentioned before that she'd met your mother."
[15:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Huh?!" He looked up in surprise.-
[15:28] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, that's right. She was quite famous before Second Impact, as a doctor. I helped her out shortly after 2I. Barely alive at the time, but it appears she recovered and had you…"]
[15:32] <Yanmei> "So you rescued her from something back then?" Yanmei was bright-eyed, admiring. "Wow…"
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> ["In a sense." Said Lin.-
[15:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Still. If it weren't for you I probably wouldn't be alive." Said Isaiah warmly.]
[15:36] <Yanmei> "He's right? It's seriously heroic."
[15:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you, but it wasn't that dangerous."]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "Ah?"
[15:39] <AdEvaGM> [She waved a hand dismissively. "Just some well-equipped bandits."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "Of course, bandits probably wouldn't be a match for you~ For an unassuming doctour, though…""
[15:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Indeed. That said, it was rather unusual. Bandits of that nature had no right to be so well-equipped- their weapons were of NATO make."]
[15:45] <Yanmei> "Maybe they got lucky and ambushed some military guys, and took their stuff."
[15:45] <AdEvaGM> ["We don't use NATO make in China even today, and we didn't back then, either. What would European soldiers be doing in China?"]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei glanced away for a moment, troubled.
[15:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Arms dealers?" Offered Isaiah.-
[15:48] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, that's one possibility, yet… Either way, we wiped them out."]
[15:52] <Yanmei> "It's a good thing, too." Yanmei flashed another smile at her. "Um. Was that the only group of bandits - or soldiers - that you encountered with NATO equipment back then?"
[15:54] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes, I believe so. Of course, you always found one or two bandits somewhere with a European gun, but never a full squad."]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "It's very odd," Yanmei remarked, going for her ice cream. "I guess I would have expected more of them? But Europe was probably too busy with its own Second Impact troubles to attempt anything with China."
[16:00] <AdEvaGM> ["That's what I thought, too. There are other explanations, of course- deserting peacekeepers, for example."]
[16:03] * Yanmei nodded. There were S2 agents all around, she reminded herself. Probably cameras too. "That's true! Maybe it was something like that."
[16:04] <AdEvaGM> ["But yes. I fended them off and the good Doctor and her husband- we sent them with couriers back to Jinan."]
[16:04] <Yanmei> "Dr. Gabriel was there too?"
[16:13] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course."]
[16:15] * Yanmei thought about this carefully, the previously unconsidered possibility that Dr. Gabriel had once been younger and possibly less of an asshole. "What was he like back then?"
[16:16] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah shifted uncomfortably.-
[16:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Frantic, very worried. Once he had calmed down he seemed like a very kind and gentle person, too gentle for what he had seen."]
[16:19] <Yanmei> Surprise was written all over her face for a moment. "I… see. I guess he's been through a lot? I don't know if he's around or not, but maybe you two can catch up someday."
[16:20] <AdEvaGM> ["Maybe."]
[16:21] * Yanmei glanced at Isaiah, wondering if he wanted to ask more questions too.
[16:22] <AdEvaGM> ["I-I guess you didn't know my mother that well, if you only met so briefly."-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["I knew her before the Impact, as I noted." Said Lin.-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["What was she like then…?"-
[16:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Driven." Said Lin after a few seconds of thought. "She had a goal in her head, a vision, and it drove her on."]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "You mean her medical research? The biogel she created?"
[16:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Yes and no. The biogel was simply part of her greater dream."]
[16:28] <Yanmei‘> "Ah?"
[16:32] <AdEvaGM> ["She wanted to heal anything, and anyone." Said Lin.]
[16:34] * Yanmei smiled a little. "That’s a very wholesome wish."
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> ["It is."]
[16:37] * Yanmei offered Lizzie a little taste of the ice cream. "Thanks for humoring the questions, Major. But I can't help but feel we've been neglecting something… Won't you grab a dessert for yourself? I'll take care of the bill today."
[16:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Maa~ Mmmmm~"-
[16:40] <AdEvaGM> ["I couldn't impose." Said Lin.]
[16:42] <Yanmei> "Think nothing of it!" Yanmei beamed. "It's the least I can do. You've been so helpful!"
[16:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Since you insist, I accept."]

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