Yanmei S Fears

[14:06] <Yanmei> Sage, cream, gold and glass. A hush broken only by the sound of footsteps in the museum's pristine tiles and the occassional whisper from passersby. -
[14:11] <Yanmei> Yanmei was whispering too, eyes on one of the Hermitage Museum's Egyptian pottery displaya. She was in her white coat again, the bottoms of smart, gray slacks peeking out underneath it, her makeup made up with a slightly heavier hand than usual, as if she wanted to match the style she had witnessed in Russia so far. -
[14:11] <Yanmei> "I'm sure Ni will be a good babysitter. She and Lizzie got on well, after all?"
[14:18] <Minaplo> ["She'll be fine. Ni's got a good head on her shoulders."-
[14:19] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was wearing a dark blue coat over a white dress shirt and smart black trousers as he looked closely at the set of canopic jars.]
[14:24] <Yanmei> "I know, right? She's so responsible…" The distracted drag that come and gone during the trip here was back. "I'm surprised she isn't in charge of the team…"
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["Maybe she's better at following than giving orders."]
[14:29] <Yanmei> "Hm… maybe."
[14:31] <Minaplo> ["What, you disagree?"]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "Ah?" She looked over to him, a little caught off guard. "Nah. I was just thinking about some stuff."
[14:39] <Minaplo> ["What's up? Something's eating at you…"]
[14:41] <Yanmei> A long pause on her part. There were security cameras here. Some that might also be appropriated by -them-? That irritated her even more. -
[14:43] <Yanmei> "Isaiah? When you think of someone who's strong, what do you think of?"
[14:43] <Minaplo> [He paused. "Like, in what way?"]
[14:46] <Yanmei> "Like, in terms of having power, I suppose. Or influence. Or sheer destrctive force."
[14:49] <Minaplo> ["Hm. If it were just power or force I'd say… I'd think of Savage, or an Evangelion. But influence, then, I guess… I dunno, the HIC? Commander Ikari?"]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "Yeah…" She frowned deeply. "It sucks, but we don't even factor on the same scale as any of those guys."
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Well, no, I guess not." Said Isaiah. "But I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing."]
[14:57] <Yanmei> "Yeah, I guess in the sense that it makes us halfway normal? But it also means that we're at their mercy for protection. There's someone else showing up these days who has an interest in our safety as well."
[14:58] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[14:59] <Yanmei> "Have you heard rumors of the Spectre?"
[15:00] <Minaplo> [His face grew dark. "Yeah, I was told about it. It attacked you in Paris a few times…"]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "And here in Leningrad too," she said slowly. "Although there was less attacking and more talking?"
[15:09] <Minaplo> ["It's here!?" He said, his voice reaching a sudden panicked spike. Over at another display, a couple glared over at him.-
[15:10] <Minaplo> ["I-I mean, it's here! The, er, canopic jars of Thutmose III!" Said Isaiah, before lowering his voice to speak to Yanmei. "It's -here-?"]
[15:13] * Yanmei had glanced over at the couple, smiling, and going along with the cover, but now she dropped her voice to a low hiss as well. "Yes. On top of their compound. It called me out deliberately."
[15:14] <Minaplo> ["-Why-?"]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "To talk. Sort of. It… can communicate through cell phones, using text. It's not the first time."
[15:17] <Minaplo> ["Cell phones?" His eyebrows rose. "So it can't… Speak or anything?"]
[15:18] <Yanmei> "Or doesn't want to. She's fiercely private. Maybe it's another type of disguise?"
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Maybe…"]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "She's curious, too. Wanted to know about human beings and stuff."
[15:33] <Minaplo> ["Hold on. 'She'?"]
[15:35] <Yanmei> "I think it's a 'she', yes, based on her appearence and name."
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["I… I didn't know anyone knew what it looked like. Or what it was named."]
[15:39] <Yanmei> "She looks like the sixteenth Angel," Yanmei frowned at that. "The one who destroyed Beijing."
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["… Like Ramliel?"]
[15:41] <Yanmei> "Right. But she said that she was here to protect me, not kill me. Since she saved everyone in Italy, it must extend to all the pilots in Paris."
[15:44] <Minaplo> ["What about pilots elsewhere?"]
[15:48] <Yanmei> "That's a good question? She hasn't done anything to them one way or the other." Yanmei rubbed her chin. "I wonder if any of the others have seen her too."
[15:51] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "It -does- seem to stick to Paris, though. Why does it want to protect you?"]
[15:53] <Yanmei> "I asked, but she kept dodging the question."
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["What -did- it tell you?"]
[16:03] <Yanmei> "Not much? Somehow I was the one who did all the telling instead, and she'd get totally pissy if I didn't give her thorough answers. I told her about, well… what it was like to reach out to people. She was amazed at how weak we were, and that was the first thing I came up with as a counter."
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Ahh. I think I understand now." Said Isaiah quietly. "So that's why you were curious."]
[16:05] <Yanmei> "Yeah, well…" A noncommital grumble.
[16:11] <Minaplo> [Isaiah put an arm around Yanmei's shoulders. "You don't have to be a supersoldier to be powerful. -I- think you're very strong."]
[16:14] * Yanmei nuzzled him, glad for the closeness. "It's not like I was feeling insecure or anything? But… that's really sweet."
[16:22] <Minaplo> ["It's true." He said, his words warm- was was his skin, especially noticeable considering Leningrad's chill. "I don't think I know anyone so willing to fight for so long…"]
[16:25] <Yanmei> "Well, I'd say I have a few pretty good reasons for doing that~" She glanced aside to make sure that couple from before had moved on before stealing a kiss from him.
[16:27] <Minaplo> [It was a kiss he was happy to give, his hand brushing away a few stray hairs from her forehead.-
[16:29] <Minaplo> [After a little walk down the hall, looking at impossibly ancient fragments of Egyptian pottery, Isaiah spoke up.-
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["Hey, have you, er… Spoken to Kyuu much?"]
[16:34] <Yanmei> "Kyuu…?" Yanmei's brow scrunched ever so slightly. "Can't say I've even seen much of her since getting here? Did anything happen with her?"
[16:40] <Minaplo> ["I think she's following me."]
[16:41] <Yanmei> "What?"
[23:24] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah." He murmured. "I think I've glimpsed her around, staring at me until she sees I'm looking at her…"]
[23:25] <Yanmei> "Um. Yeah, that's… Well, maybe you should go and talk to her?"
[23:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, maybe." Said Isaiah uncertainly.]
[23:31] <Yanmei> "She wouldn't be following you if she wasn't after something. If you find out what, then maybe you two can work something out. As long as it's… you know. Unromantic?"
[23:31] <AdEvaGM> ["That's what I'm worried about."]
[23:32] <Yanmei> "Alternative plan, then."
[23:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "I chase her off for you. She can't be -that- tough."
[23:35] <AdEvaGM> ["Well. I don't think she means anything bad by it." Said Isaiah hastily.]
[23:37] <Yanmei> "Well, what do you want to do, then?"
[23:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Maybe… Um, you could talk to her gently."]
[23:42] <Yanmei> "Gently, huh…" Yanmei folded her arms. "You're sure?"
[23:42] <AdEvaGM> ["She's still Rei's sister, and I don't think Rei would like her to be hurt." Said Isaiah quietly. "She's probably gonna be reasonable about it, so…"]
[23:49] * Yanmei muttered, but she couldn't stay discontent, not about this. He had a point. "All right. I'll just put my best face forward while sorting this out."
[23:52] <AdEvaGM> ["She probably just has some sort of residual thing from, you know…"]
[23:54] * Yanmei closed her eyes a moment, and rubbed his shoulder comfortingly. "I should have guessed at that," she said apologetically.
[23:56] <AdEvaGM> ["It's fine." Said Isaiah, flicking grateful eyes towards her.]
Session Time: Fri Sep 21 00:00:00 2012
[00:05] * Yanmei nodded and then took his hand, moving lose to some sculptures. "I wish I knew more about her. It would make things go more smoothly."
[00:11] <AdEvaGM> [He entwined her fingers with his own. "I bet you could speak to Ni about her."]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Press the babysitter for information. Always a solid plan."
[00:16] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah grinned. "Of course. It's always worked in the past."]
[00:21] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[00:32] <Yanmei> "Hehe. Of course, we'll have to save it until after we're done seeing things here first~"-
[00:36] <Yanmei> And see they did. The next two hours or so were a whirlwind of artifacts and artwork, and both the eroded and shiny. Eventually, they were on their way back to the NERV compound, chattering cheerfully about it all.
[00:41] <AdEvaGM> ["I wonder how Lizzie's going." Said Isaiah. "If she's driven Ni mad yet…"]
[00:44] <Yanmei> "Aw, how could she drive anyone mad~? She's so cheerful!"
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Kids find a way, you know."]
[00:49] <Yanmei> "Weren't you just saying a little while ago that you thought they'd get along?" The surface security checkpoint loomed into view, and soon they were stepping through it and toward the elevators.
[00:52] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course!" Said Isaiah hastily. "Of course…"-
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> [They passed through security without hassle.-
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> [Their little Minifront apartment was quiet. Ni sat on the couch, her legs tucked in under her, reading a book. She looked up. "Welcome back."]
[01:08] <Yanmei> "Hello, Ni~" Yanmei started to slide out of her coat. "How did things go?"
[01:08] <AdEvaGM> ["They were fine. I put Elizabeth down for a rest about an hour ago."]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "Great. I knew you could handle her~" A triumphant look at Isaiah. "Would you guys care for some snacks?"
[01:12] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah jabbed her in the side.-
[01:13] <AdEvaGM> ["If it's no trouble." Said Ni with a smile.]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "None at all!" And indeed, it was only a few more minutes before a bowl of salty potato chips and glasses of water were set up for them. "It's been great being here," Yanmei was saying. "I can't believe we have to leave in just a few more days."
[01:20] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm glad you're enjoying yourself. Where are you going next?"]
[01:22] <Yanmei> "After Leningrad? Nairobi. Lizzie's mom is there, and we're going to see her."
[01:22] <AdEvaGM> ["I see."-
[01:22] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah collected a handful of chips into his hand, eating them one at a time. "It'll be good for her."]
[01:27] <Yanmei> "It will," Yanmei smiled. "But we're going to focus on having fun until it's time to hop on the chopper. You guys have been so hospitable."
[01:27] <AdEvaGM> [Ni inclined her head in thanks. "It has been our pleasure."]
[01:29] <Yanmei> "It's unusual, though? We've chatted with you and Volkova, but we haven't really seen Kyuu around much. She must be working hard."
[01:30] <AdEvaGM> ["Kyuu tends to be shy around those she doesn't know." Said Ni after a pause.]
[01:34] <Yanmei> "Aw. We wanted to get to know her a bit better!"
[01:40] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm sure she wouldn't turn away visitors." Said Ni.]
[01:43] * Yanmei nodded. "I think we'll definitely go to see her. Are the two of you close?"
[01:45] <AdEvaGM> ["She trusts me." Said Ni.]
[01:46] <Yanmei> "No surprise there? You seem rather reliable."
[01:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Thank you very much. I strive to be." Said Ni, warmly.]
[01:56] <Yanmei> "I'm a bit jealous? I never had a sister, so I don't know what it's like to have one looking out for me."
[02:00] <AdEvaGM> [Ni smiled. "Is that so?"-
[02:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Rei looks out for you." Said Isaiah with a smile.]
[02:03] <Yanmei> "Hehe, well… is there anyone she doesn't look out for?"
[02:07] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, but she pays extra-special attention to you. And you look out for her as well~" He said fondly.]
[02:14] <Yanmei> "Well, it's pretty hard to deny that," she mumbled. "She's a good kid. Feel a little bad about not being able to drop by and see her and Alphonse this winter. Oh! Say, Ni~ Is there anyone you've started liking since you came here~?"
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["I like many people. Second Lieutenant Natasha, Kyuu, Major Orlov, the technicians…"]
[02:28] <Yanmei> "Naturally~ They're all fine people. But, I mean, 'like' like. You know~" Yanmei winked. "The way Alphonse and Rei are."
[02:29] <AdEvaGM> ["… You mean romantically." Said Ni, but despite her direct way of speaking a faint tinge of red came to her cheeks.]
[02:29] <Yanmei> "That's right~"
[02:33] <AdEvaGM> ["No, I can't say that I do."]
[02:36] <Yanmei> "I see. What about Kyuu~?"
[02:36] <AdEvaGM> ["I do not know." Said Ni, her bashfulness fading quickly, her voice gaining a slight edge. "And if I did I would not tell."]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "Aw… it's not we'd run off and make it public or anything? Unlike certain other departments in this organization…"
[02:43] <AdEvaGM> ["I do not gossip."]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "Why not? Everyone likes to spread news around in Paris."
[02:47] <AdEvaGM> ["Yanmei…" Murmured Isaiah warningly.-
[02:48] <AdEvaGM> [Ni got to her feet. "I have to go."]
[02:56] * Yanmei sighed, and stood with her. "I didn't mean to offend? I was just genuinely curious. I apologise, really I do."
[02:58] * Rynol has left #nervfrance
[03:04] <AdEvaGM> [Ni took a deep breath, shaking her head. "I do not mean to act stand-offish. But I do not gossip. I do not like to gossip. That is simply how I am. If you are genuinely curious about someone, I suggest you ask them."]
[03:15] <Yanmei> "I understand," she said, trying to keep herself calm. "And I'll keep that in mind from now on. I shouldn't have pushed it."
[20:53] <AdEvaGM> [Ni nodded slowly. "… In any case, I think I really should be going."]
[20:57] <Yanmei> "All right." Yanmei nodded herself, and then moved for the door with an outstretched arm. There was no point in holding her back if she really did want to go. It did feel an awful lot like a defeat, though? "Thank you again for coming by."
[20:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Not a problem. Goodbye, Pilot Zhang, Pilot Gabriel-Wei." She gave Yanmei a half-bow, then allowed herself out.]
[21:02] <Yanmei> "Goodbye." She waited until the door was shut again before sighing, and slinking back over to her chair, and sinking down into it. "Ugh…"
[21:02] <AdEvaGM> [Isaiah let out a little sigh, putting an arm around her. "I'm sorry. It's my fault, I shouldn't have made such a big deal…"]
[21:06] <Yanmei> "No. I hould have been able to handle that better than I did." Yanmei leaned against him, gladly. "Lately, I've been… Hm. Maybe it's just fatigue or something?"
[21:16] <AdEvaGM> ["That might be it. You guys -have- been worked pretty hard, with all those battles- the big ones, too- and the Brother nonsense, the lockdown, then you have the Spectre flying around… I dunno, I think I'd be a wreck…" He said encouragingly.]
[21:25] <Yanmei> "This vacation is helping?" Yanmei smiled at him. "I haven't been away long, but I already feel more balanced again."
[21:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, as your -personal- doctor, there's only one thing I can suggest…"]
[21:27] <Yanmei> "Oh~?"
[21:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Lots of long, romantic days in exotic locations, coupled with plenty of bed rest…"]
[21:33] <Yanmei> "I think that's a prescription I can handle~" Kisses now.
[21:43] <AdEvaGM> ["Good." He said, joining the kisses whole-heartedly, slowly leaning Yanmei back onto the couch…-
[21:43] <AdEvaGM> [… Only to freeze, his eyes focused somewhere above Yanmei's head.]
[21:44] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei had started to shut her eyes. But when nothing followed she opened them again, looked up at him in confusion, and then followed his gaze.
[21:46] <AdEvaGM> [Lizzie stood at the arm of the couch, gazing over at them, General Bear tucked under one arm, her other arm rubbing her eyes, which looked rather… Confused. "Daadaa smooch maamaa?"]
[21:50] <Yanmei> "Er…" Yanmei stared at her, suddenly feeling very wrongfooted. How had they both managed to miss her entrance? In any case, it was time to change the subject so very very much. "L-Lizzie! You woke up. Do you want some apple juice?"
[21:52] <AdEvaGM> [She nodded. "Hungry, too."]
[21:56] * Yanmei held back a very long sigh. She gazed up at Isaiah again, trying to not let her disappointment bleed through. "Let's find something for her."
[21:58] <AdEvaGM> ["…Yeah." He coughed, subtly moving his hand onto the couch- then slowly onto the ground. He paused for a second.-
[21:59] <AdEvaGM> ["…" He managed to awkwardly, rather clumsily, slide off onto the ground- and up. "I'm sure there was an easier way of doing that."]
[22:02] * Yanmei giggled and pushed herself upright, being in a far less awkward position than he was. "Someone needs acrobatics lessons."
[22:06] <AdEvaGM> ["There were complications." He mumbled, blushing.]
[22:12] <Yanmei> "…oh." Yanmei suddenly colored a little herself. She cleared her throat. "Apple juice! Yes! And food! Let's go to the cafeteria."
[22:17] <AdEvaGM> ["Right. And then, we can, uh. What should we do after that?"]
[22:22] <Yanmei> "We'll figure it out?" She held back a wistful sigh, and then started for the spot next to the door where they had left Lizzie's shoes. "Let's get ready to go!"
[22:37] <AdEvaGM> ["Right, right…" Said Isaiah, still a little red. "Maybe she'll nod off on the way back…"]
[22:45] <Yanmei> Turkey sandwiches it was, then, and warm milk instead of juice if she could switch them out without a fuss. Within a few minutes, Lizzie was wearing shoes and a warm sweater, and was holding Yanmei's hand as she led the three of them out the door and toward lunch.

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