Yanmei S Frustrations

[14:49] <@Yanmei> The chain suspending the heavy bag a foot or two from the floor of Area 66's otherwise quiet training facility clanged constantly beneath a string of unfocused blows. -
[14:53] <@Yanmei> The person delivering them - a small-framed young woman in plain matching gray shorts and t-shirt - was dripping with sweat, and her breaths were heavy and slightly rasping, but something kept her from stopping. -
[14:57] <@Yanmei> Her face was drawn and tense, less from rage than from frustration. Her eyes were blank… distant.
[15:06] <Minaplo> [There were footsteps behind her as someone else entered the training facility. Would Yanmei hear…?]
[15:08] <@Yanmei> CLANG! *rattle* CLANG! CLANG! Hesitation between the blows. She turned her head, intending just a quick peek at whichever soldier had come to share the gym.
[15:16] <Minaplo> [A white tracksuit, messy, fluffy blonde hair- it was Isaiah…]
[15:18] * @Yanmei blinked. Something stirred now, behind her eyes, and she gave him a tired half-grin. "Hey."
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Hey." He had a bag over his shoulder, and he placed it on one of the benches before turning back to Yanmei. "Practicing?"]
[15:27] <@Yanmei> "Yeah." She turned back to the swaying heavy bag, but she left her hands by her side this time. "…but maybe I'm about done?"
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["… Oh?"-
[15:30] <Minaplo> [He flexed his hands, taking out boxing tape and wrapping them around his knuckles. "… Are you sure?"]
[15:34] <@Yanmei> "…" Yanmei smirked. "You're in a rare mood? All right. I think I can handle a few more rounds."
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["I hoped you might." He flashed her a sly smile before padding over to the sparring court.]
[15:44] * @Yanmei wasn't far behind. She stretched with a tired grunt, and then settled into a fighting stance. "Ready when you are~"
[15:51] <Minaplo> [He grinned wolfishly, then dashed the difference between them, sweeping at her leg swiftly!]
[15:54] * @Yanmei hopped aside, and then countered with a flurry of fast punches!
[15:58] <Minaplo> [He swayed away, the punches connecting with naught but air, before he lunged back with heavy, furious whirls of his fist!]
[16:05] <@Yanmei> The second blow passed her shoulder by mere centimeters, and even then only after she'd just barely turned it. She struck back with the usual, three lightning fast jabs, grinning as she fell into a comfortable groove.
[16:06] <Minaplo> [The first he side-stepped, but the second was too fast, catching him in the arm, where it hit home with satisfying force.-
[16:07] <Minaplo> [He tried to grab her attacking arm and pin it, but…]
[16:12] <@Yanmei> She slipped free, like a fish, unleashing another flurry as she went. "C'mon!"
[16:18] <Minaplo> [He was starting to slow up now as he retaliated once again, lashing out with his fists with a hint of desperation. "S-Slow down, you fox…"]
6[16:25] * @Yanmei giggled, swaying around the blows. A few of her own missed wildly, but a solid hit happened to catch him in the side.
[16:26] <Minaplo> ["Ghk."-
[16:26] <Minaplo> [He staggered for a second before he lunged, trying to tackle her again!]
[16:30] <@Yanmei> She scooted aside, and then leaped at him with the same intent!
[16:37] <Minaplo> [And he jumped away, circling her, trying to find an opening- he tried to trip her with a kick to the leg…!}
[16:39] <@Yanmei> She hopped lightly over the sweeping leg, and then hopped again when she landed, this time at him!
[17:21] <Minaplo> [And he blocked it mid-swing with his own foot- locked in place, he then struck, a quick jab into her elbow, before a reverse palm strike right between the eyes!]
[17:23] <@Yanmei> Stars. Honest to goodness stars swam before her eyes, and she reeled back. -
[17:33] <@Yanmei> "Y-you…" She was springing again, grabbing both of his arms before her head had even cleared. "-Ow-."
[17:39] <Minaplo> [He grinned ferociously, pulling his arms back, pulling her off-balance before whipping out and locking his arms around her upper body, arms and all.]
[17:43] <@Yanmei> She hissed through her teeth and tried to yank free, but after a few seconds she could tell that it wasn't happening. "Grr…."
[17:44] <Minaplo> ["Surrender?"]
[17:45] <@Yanmei> "…" Yanmei pouted. "-Fine-."
[17:46] <Minaplo> ["Ask for mercy."]
[17:46] <@Yanmei> "What? Never!"
[17:47] <Minaplo> ["I'll be forced to be… Cruel."]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "You? Cruel?" Yanmei smirked. "It's hardly in your nature~"
[14:53] <Minaplo> ["Heh."-
[14:56] <Minaplo> [He moved fast, simultaneously sweeping her legs out from under her as he hoisted her up in his arms. "I wonder what Mr. Fontaine would think seeing you so humbled…?"]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Huh?!" It took her off-balance. Both the words and the powerlift. She clung to his shirt and scowled. "You wouldn't say anything to that jerk, would you?!"
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["I might, unless I was persuaded otherwise."]
[15:00] <Yanmei> "And what would you propose?"
[15:02] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I don't know. You'll just have to make it up on the spot."]
[15:03] <Yanmei> "Hmph." And she did just that, with a standard smooch~
[15:11] <Minaplo> [He returned the kiss, grinning. "A good start~"-
[15:19] <Minaplo> [He walked over to one of the benches, bolted against the wall; he sat down, although he continued to hold her. "Did you enjoy that? I didn't hit you too hard back there, did I?"]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "Don't sweat it. I'm surprisingly tough?" Yanmei grinned at him. "Anyway, you seem like you're feeling a little better."
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["Yeah… It felt good to fight like that. I mean- I dunno. You know what I mean?"]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "I think I do. Like, it makes you feel more free somehow?"
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, exactly." He sighed.-
[15:35] <Minaplo> ["I don't like to admit it, but I've felt really… Stop-gapped inside, like there's something I'm trying to pull out but it just won't come."]
[15:38] <Yanmei> Sounded familiar. Yanmei patted his hand. "Want to talk about it?"
[15:39] <Minaplo> ["… Yeah." He murmured.]
[15:40] * Yanmei nodded. She climbed out of his lap, taking up the seat next to him. "When did you start feeling like this?"
[15:42] <Minaplo> ["It was… I think it was after we arrived here. Before this there was always something to do. Survive and fight in Melbourne, find disguises and resources in Albuquerque, drive to Washington… We were always hurrying, but here, there's nothing for me to do…"]
[15:44] * Yanmei nodded slowly. Extra familiar. "But it might be a good thing? Now you can stop and… and think."
[15:55] <Minaplo> ["It's not like I've been doing much else. I think a lot."]
[15:55] <Yanmei> "About…?"
[15:58] <Minaplo> ["… A lot of stuff. Mostly the Synfront. Dad… The Ayanamis…"]
[15:59] * Yanmei nodded soberly. She nestled against him, trying to convey some silent comfort.
[16:03] <Minaplo> [He put an arm around her waist, drawing her close.-
[16:03] <Minaplo> ["I… Do you know how with some people, you know- like, logically- that they must love you, but you never really… Know?"]
[16:04] * Yanmei nodded again, more slowly, waiting for him to go on.
[16:05] <Minaplo> ["Dad was like that. I knew that he -had- to love me, because I was his son, but… But deep down I wasn't sure. Until he…"]
[16:11] <Yanmei> "He just had a tough time showing it? On top of being badly wounded himself…" The memories of how he died were starting to creep up on her now again. Her brow furrowed.
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["I know that now. I was too angry at him to really see it earlier…"-
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["… Why? Why did he…?"]
[16:15] * Yanmei stroked his hair, bracing herself for tears that she knew were coming.
[16:17] <Minaplo> [He hung his head.-
[16:18] <Minaplo> [No tears came yet. "Did… Yanmei, did he- to make me- make the Eva go berserk?"]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "…" She stopped. Didn't draw away, but just stopped the motion in her astonishment. "I don't know." She looked down. "He didn't say anything to me about why he did it. But he was instrumental in getting the authorization to synch you and 08 together. S-so maybe…"
[16:22] <Minaplo> ["… Then… He died for me?"]
[16:27] <Yanmei> "Stop. You can't go thinking it was your fault."
[16:28] <Minaplo> ["I… I know. But h-he didn't have to- like that…"]
[16:34] <Yanmei> "I agree," she murmured, shutting her eyes a moment. What could he have been thinking? "But. He wouldn't have done it if he hadn't felt like he needed to. We have to have faith in his reasons." -
[16:36] <Yanmei> "He was protecting you and me and Lizzie in his own way, ever since he showed up there? To do something that drastic…"
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["… He…"-
[16:37] <Minaplo> ["He was a bastard. I used to be so -angry-, b-but now I miss him…"-
[16:38] <Minaplo> [The tears came suddenly, as they wont to do in these situations. They welled up in his eyes and began to quickly course down his cheeks.]
[16:39] * Yanmei was right there, of course. "Just let it out…" she murmured, and put her arms around him.
[16:46] <Minaplo> [He nestled against her and started to sob, to howl almost against her shoulder. A breakdown that had been waiting for weeks, even a month- and now the dam was breaking.-
[16:46] <Minaplo> ["W-Why…?"]
[16:54] * Yanmei rubbed his back. She didn't have an answer for him. But… this was something he needed too. "We'll figure it out together," she murmured to him, not expecting him to stop. "It will be all right."
[16:55] <Minaplo> ["…" He coughed, trying to stop his tears, but it wasn't working.-
[16:55] <Minaplo> ["S… So sick of… A-All this…"]
[16:59] <Yanmei> "I know, I know…" She pulled back just a little, and rested her forehead against his. "We can't give up. But for now, we can just…"
[17:10] <Minaplo> ["…" He was trembling to the touch. "… Just… H-Hold on…"]
[17:15] * Yanmei simply nodded. She held him tighter. "Together."
[17:20] <Minaplo> [Minutes passed, some ten or fifteen, before he started to seriously calm down, the shaking almost vanishing, the tears almost stemming…-
[17:20] <Minaplo> ["… Yanmei…"]
[17:22] <Yanmei> "Hm?" She pulled back again, just far enough to take a look at him. Her own face was anxious. Worried.
[17:22] <Minaplo> ["… The Ayanamis…"]
[17:24] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gave him a small, sad smile. "No one's heard anything about their recovery yet."
[17:26] <Minaplo> ["Would… Would they've been put into n-new bodies?"]
[17:30] <Yanmei> Lie. Lie to make him feel better… "Yes," she finally relented instead. "That's pretty likely?"
[17:32] <Minaplo> [Perhaps to Yanmei's surprise, this didn't upset him. He nodded, a bit of firmness in the gesture. "That's… That's good. That means I can apologise to them."]
[17:32] <Yanmei> "Y-yeah!" And she was surprised. "Yeah. We'll have to see them eventually, right?"
[17:36] <Minaplo> [He nodded, rubbing at his eyes. "They're… They're good people, the Ayanamis. Aren't they?"]
[17:37] <Yanmei> "Definitely. Especially Rei."
[17:41] <Minaplo> ["We're lucky to have them." He sniffled, rubbing at his eyes again. They were raw and red…-
[17:41] <Minaplo> [He gazed at Yanmei, now, eye-to-eye, giving her a little smile.]
06[22:38] * Yanmei hesitated. "…about what Marianne said…"
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[22:42] <Minaplo> ["… About the Ayanamis?"]
01[22:46] <Yanmei> "About their conditioning." She frowned, remembering Isaiah's expression during that conversation. "We'll look for a way that doesn't involve fighting them. But in a worst case scenario, would you be okay?"
[22:47] <Minaplo> ["… I don't want to fight them. I don't want to fight Rei." Said Isaiah, looking away, his expression pained.-
[22:48] <Minaplo> ["But… If it's in an Eva, they'll probably be safer than if I fought them with my hands."]
01[22:50] <Yanmei> "That's true," Yanmei admitted. "And you'd know where to hit in order to avoid hurting them."
[22:51] <Minaplo> ["Right." He nodded slowly, trying to push the doubts from his mind.]
01[22:51] <Yanmei> "If 08 Berserks, we'll figure out a way to contain it," Yanmei said firmly.
[22:53] <Minaplo> ["Right." He said, nodding with more confidence this time. "I'll… Just have to keep it controlled."]
01[22:59] <Yanmei> "It would help," she said with a wry little smile. "Before the whole thing with Gamelin and the Synfront right after, you told me that 08 was restless and bored. Do you think that's still the case?"
[22:59] <Minaplo> ["I… Think so."]
01[23:00] <Yanmei> "Really?" she blinked in surprise.
[23:02] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, I can't really describe it…"]
01[23:03] <Yanmei> "…"
[23:04] <Minaplo> ["… What's wrong?"]
01[23:08] <Yanmei> "Before, like, while you were asleep, I synched with 08. Only for second. It seemed really worried and upset? But I didn't understand why." Her frown deepened, and she glanced aside. "I guess nothing's changed much?"
[23:09] <Minaplo> ["You synched with her?"]
01[23:11] <Yanmei> "Only for a second. I didn't even reach 1% with the synch ratio? But it was part of the plan to wake you up."
[23:14] <Minaplo> ["Oh. … Nothing bad happened?"]
01[23:18] <Yanmei> "Not really?" She scrutinized him carefully. "You're not hearing voices, are you? Like, when you're thinking, it's just your own thoughts coming to you, right?"
[23:19] <Minaplo> ["… Are you hearing voices?"]
01[23:20] <Yanmei> "Me? Of course not."
[23:20] <Minaplo> ["I can't say I am either…" He eyed her with concern.]
06[23:23] * Yanmei nodded. "See, your condition… this permanent synchronization that we talked about, means that you're always connected to 08 on some level. So I was thinking, 'what if your thoughts are connected too'?
[23:24] <Minaplo> ["Oh, you mean…? It -can- happen, but I can block the thoughts out if I want to, so."]
01[23:28] <Yanmei> "Then you're the one in control all the time." Yanmei nodded firmly. "I'd be able to feel it if that wasn't the case? But I thought I'd make sure."
[23:30] <Minaplo> [Isaiah nodded slowly. "You were worried the Eva was taking me over?"]
01[23:34] <Yanmei> "It wouldn't be that weird?" Yanmei muttered. "They're a lot stronger than we are."
[23:36] <Minaplo> [He reached out, stroking Yanmei's cheek with the back of his hand. "… There's a lot of things to worry about now, but… We'll just have to work through them all, right?"]
01[23:39] <Yanmei> "Yeah." She closed her eyes at the touch. "Jerkface and his mom know a lot more about this always-on synch thing. Maybe you should talk to them some more about it when you get the chance?"
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["That's a good idea. Funny, you saying I should talk to them of all people…"]
01[23:44] <Yanmei> "It's not like we have a lot of experts to pick from while we're here. Besides, I hear Fontaine's been paying visits to you anyway…"
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Oh, yeah, he wanted your measurements."]
01[23:50] <Yanmei> "What?!" Her face twisted in horror.
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["What?"-
[23:50] <Minaplo> ["-Oh-, n-no, not like that. Dress sizes and things. He does supply runs into town sometimes, and he wanted to pick you up some nice clothes…"]
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01[23:53] <Yanmei> "Huh? B-but…?!" She shook her head vigorously. "No one asked him to do that!"
[23:53] <Minaplo> ["I know! Apparently he felt like doing it himself."]
01[23:54] <Yanmei> "He must be up to something…"
[23:55] <Minaplo> ["Hm~? Weren't you getting sick of your plain clothes?"]
01[23:56] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but what does he know about my tastes?" Yanmei tossed her hair. "Anyway, I've been getting by with what I have. So it's not like a huge priority?"
[23:57] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I gave him some pointers on your tastes." Said Isaiah cheerfully. "… I suppose now you need to figure out what to do for him in return~"]
01[23:58] <Yanmei> "Grrr…" She held her head in her hands. "Just the thought of being indebted to that guy…!
01[23:58] <Yanmei> ^"
Session Time: Sat Jun 29 00:00:00 2013
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["Maybe you can make him a lovely dinner…"]
01[00:03] <Yanmei> "Maybe I can get him to babysit Lizzie and Daji. That would brighten up his boring little world on this base, right?"
[00:04] <Minaplo> ["Babysit, huh? What'll you be doing in the meantime?"]
01[00:04] <Yanmei> "Relaxing?"
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["Is that so?"]
06[00:05] * Yanmei nodded firmly. "Relaxing is very important to an Eva pilot. It's benefical to both me, Fontaine, and the entire base?"
[00:07] <Minaplo> ["And where will I be during all this relaxing?"]
01[00:07] <Yanmei> "Right alongside me?" She batted her eyes at him.
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Oh, well, that sounds quite lovely… Apart from one problem."]
01[00:09] <Yanmei> "Hm?"
[00:09] <Minaplo> ["Where does my wolf go during all this?"]
01[00:13] <Yanmei> "Lupe lived in the wild for a long time. He's completely capable of looking after himself if the need arises." Yanmei nodded to herself matter-of-factly. "So what we should do is leave him outside of our room to roam freely through the hallways. Nature will provide for him."
[00:14] <Minaplo> ["… Maybe I should look after Lupe." Said Isaiah sagely.]
01[00:15] <Yanmei> "Aw…"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["Unless you want to pawn him off to Kaji and James…~?"]
01[00:17] <Yanmei> "He'd probably tire of them both and try to eat them," Yanmei muttered.
[00:18] <Minaplo> ["It's a risk I'm willing to take to spend some time with my queen~"]
01[00:22] <Yanmei> "A noble sacrifice," Yanmei smirked.
[00:23] <Minaplo> [He grinned- then slowly gave her a softer, warmer smile. "… You're beautiful, you know."]
01[00:27] <Yanmei> "Where's this coming from all of a sudden?" She leaned against him. "If you're trying to butter me up for something you should already know that you don't have to~"
[00:30] <Minaplo> [He put his arms around her, resting his head against her's. "I know. I just feel like you deserve to be told, though. Supporting me, loving me… I need you a lot."]
01[00:38] <Yanmei> "It's mutual." She smiled back at him warmly. "I'm so glad you're here. So so glad…"
[00:45] <Minaplo> ["… How're you feeling now?" He asked, after a few minutes.]
01[00:52] <Yanmei> "Hmm? You should know." A faint grin. "I'm okay. Glad that you came by. Glad that you're feeling better."
[00:53] <Minaplo> ["I'm glad that you're glad." He said with a silly look. "Sorry if I interrupted your workout."]
01[00:56] <Yanmei> "I'm sure I'll get over it." She smirked. "When was the last time we sparred like that anyway?"
[01:07] <Minaplo> ["I don't even remember. We should do it more often~"]
01[01:27] <Yanmei> "We could go for another round now, you know~ I should try to redeem myself, anyway."
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Mmm… I don't mind that at all~"]
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01[01:38] <Yanmei> "Well, then." She hopped to her feet. "Let's get a quick one in while we have the place to ourselves. <3"
[01:39] <Minaplo> [Isaiah joined her, a gleam in his eyes.]

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