Yanmei S Intervention

[13:28] <Yanmei> A young woman sat patiently in a booth within the Hamilton Street Cafe. She had long dark hair, glasses, and she wore a simple t-shirt and jeans combo underneath a warm, brown oversized jacket. -
[13:29] <Yanmei> Even though she looked tired and anxious, she avoided ordering coffee just yet. Not until the guest that she was waiting for showed up.
[13:48] <Minaplo> [The large window allowed her to watch the street, at least…-
[13:49] <Minaplo> [So when a black limousine showed up on the street outside, she wouldn't be surprised when Mr. Freeman- tall, greying, still strong-looking, looking good in a suit- climbed out and walked through the doors, looking around…]
[13:53] <Yanmei> For a split second, she considered staying quiet. The first thing she had noticed on her arrival was that everyone else here was dressed in snappy suits. The limousine made everything that much more worse. -
[13:53] <Yanmei> Instead, she lifted a hand and waved him over.
[13:59] <Minaplo> [He looked over, his eyebrows knotting together as he frowned, walking over to the table. "Miss Liang?"]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "Mr. Freeman. Please, have a seat. How are you doing this morning?"
[14:07] <Minaplo> ["Quite fine, thank you. Would you care to discuss this in the limousine? I believe you'll find it both more secure and more comfortable."]
[14:08] <Yanmei> Secure. She promptly stood up. "I'll gladly accept the invitation. Thank you."
[14:17] <Minaplo> [He smiled, leading Yanmei out of the cafe and back out onto the street, opening the door to the limousine. It was quite roomy inside, and she couldn't see everything…]
[14:20] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei hesitated a moment, considering her options. Eventually, she slid inside.
[14:23] <Minaplo> [Freeman climbed in with her.-
#1[14:23] <Minaplo> [At the far end of the limousine sat a handsome, tall man with black hair and aristocratic features, wearing a fine-looking suit.-
[14:24] <Minaplo> ["This is a bit of a surprise, Captain Zhang." Said Tobias Linden with a small smile. "Your idea of taking a holiday is most irregular."]
[14:26] * Yanmei went perfectly still for a time. Then, shakily, she removed her glasses. "What gave me away?"
[14:30] <Minaplo> ["Your disguise was quite good, all told, but the President is excellent at disguise herself. You learn to watch for the signs. Your gait was probably the most distinctive clue."]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "I-I see…" She folded her glasses and fiddled with them before sliding them into her pocket. It was taking a while to sink in, the knots in her stomach slowly loosening. "Aren't you going to ask what I'm doing here?"
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["I think I know what you're doing. I'm much more interested in the story of how you got here of all places."]
[14:37] <Yanmei> "I escaped from the Synfront before the trial. Isaiah and Eva-08 too." Her eyes grew bright with anger. "They used a clone to stage my appearence at the thing."
[14:38] <Minaplo> ["Makes sense. Continue."]
[14:42] <Yanmei> "We jaunted out of there and crash-landed in Australia and stayed there for a few days until we were able to move the Eva again. It was pretty badly damaged during the escape? But by that time, the clone discovered where we were hiding and came after us, probably on Caine's orders. That woman is completely insane! Aside from the cloning stuff, she manufactured her own Dysangelion too!"
[14:44] <Minaplo> ["A Dysangelion? Like what the LN made?!"]
[14:47] <Yanmei> "That's right! It gets worse. The clone I mentioned is like… some type of human-Angel hybrid? She had a core, and could use AT Fields. She led me to believe that she was a defeated Angel too? The Twelfth. The one that attacked Paris with all of those Angelspawn a while back."
[14:50] <Minaplo> ["… I see."-
[14:51] <Minaplo> [His face grew dark and wary at that. As it should've- it was hardly a good omen.-
[14:51] <Minaplo> ["But how…? No, nevermind. Go on."]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "So… so, we fough them both off, the clone and the Dysangelion." She glanced in Freeman's direction, anticipating an equally dark expression from him too. "And then we came to this country, and hid the Eva, and drove all the way to this city to find someone, like the good Mr. Freeman here, who could put us in touch with President Linden. -
[14:56] <Yanmei> "Because we thought she would be sympathetic to us, and clever enough to hide us for a while? Isaiah's dad was a complete genius, and left us a lot of resources that we used to not blow our cover on the way. And so… here we are."
[14:57] <Minaplo> [The two men looked at each other, expressions equally worried.-
[14:57] <Minaplo> ["Yes, we can probably assist you." Said Tobias. "But you might have to assist us first."]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "What do you mean?"
[14:59] <Minaplo> ["You've been out of the loop for some time. Certain events have bypassed you. It'd be better to discuss this in the Secret Operations Room at the Pentagon."]
[15:01] <Yanmei> "All right. If you're sure…" Yanmei nodded slowly.
[15:11] <Minaplo> [A half-hour drive later- ending in the limousine being parked in an underground car park, followed by an elevator ride- Yanmei would find herself bundled into a conference room, digital maps and a holographic projector in the middle of a wide polished wooden desk.]#
#6[15:15] * Yanmei eyed the equipment warily. Aside from the desk part, this was pretty similar to the equipment they used at NERV… at least superficially. What did she know about computers? "You're not going to tell me that there's a rampaging Angel out there that I need to stop, are you?" She smirked faintly.
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["You aren't far from the truth."]
[15:16] <Yanmei> "S-seriously?"
[15:20] <Minaplo> ["Let me explain." Said Tobias, gesturing for Yanmei to take a seat.-
[15:21] <Minaplo> ["A few days after your confession was broadcast, the Synfront was assaulted by a powerful, unknown Angel that defied scanner identification. It broke into the Geofront and abducted EVA-01, 03 and 04, along with Pilot Akagi."
[15:21] <Minaplo> ]
[15:23] <Yanmei> "It… No. No, that can't be right? The Synfront is super protected? It has its own Eva squad and that Dysangelion and whatever else Caine might be hiding."
[15:30] <Minaplo> ["It was a fast attack. Spies report that the Angel cut through a whole squadron of E-Destroyers. It escaped before other units could be mustered, but EVA-21 and EVA-07 were retained by the Synfront."]
[15:33] <Yanmei> "So three Evas are in the hands of an Angel…" She tried to swallow back her panic desperately. "They haven't been located at all?"
[15:34] <Minaplo> ["As a matter of fact, EVA-01 and 03 jaunted into Area 66 yesterday."]
[15:34] <Yanmei> "What? -How-?!"
[15:36] <Minaplo> ["Through a Dirac Sea I'd imagine."]
[15:38] <Yanmei> "That's not what I… I mean, I'm guessing that Akagi just escaped and managed to drag one Eva along with her? Like, instead of the two being infected by an Angel virus and completely berserking on their own, or whatever?"
[15:41] <Minaplo> ["Both Evas arrived in serviceable condition- and with their respective pilots."]
[15:42] <Yanmei> "De Pteres? He was kidnapped by that thing too?"
[15:43] <Minaplo> ["No, apparently. Our spies said his Entry Plug ejected before the Eva was taken, and yet there he is. We're not sure about the details, as the situation is rather… Confused, and Akagi keeps babbling about her 'daddy' and about the 'friendly Angel'."]
[15:44] <Yanmei> "…"
[15:46] <Minaplo> ["Furthermore, we've located EVA-04."]
[15:47] <Yanmei> "You have?!"
[15:49] <Minaplo> [He approached one of the computers, hitting a few commands.-
[15:51] <Minaplo> [The central projector displayed a holographic Earth, with a white square rectangle centred on the mid-Atlantic Ocean. A pop-out holographic screen displayed EVA-04, hurtling across the ocean at top speed, so fast it was causing the sea below to split apart from the sheer velocity.]
[15:52] * Yanmei stared. Incredulously. She felt her heart sink. "…there's someone else piloting it. Or… something?"
[15:53] <Minaplo> ["It's berserk."]
[15:54] <Yanmei> "Either way it can't move like that without a pilot. …can it?"
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["Why wouldn't it? Berserk Evangelions have done all kinds of things. Flying across the ocean doesn't seem so outlandish."]
[15:55] * Yanmei looked more uncertain now, but she seemed to relax just a little. "Where is it heading?"
[15:59] <Minaplo> ["West. Towards the US."]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "… how fast is it going? When's it going to get here?"#
#1[16:01] <Minaplo> ["We're not sure, as it seems to keep taking strange detours. It could be anytime between six hours to two days according to computer estimates."]
[16:02] <Yanmei> Yanmei gripped the edge of the table. "What," she said slowly, her eyes still focused on the image, "would you intend for me to do?"
[16:04] <Minaplo> ["Calm it down."]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Calm it down? Calm -04- down?"
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["… Yes?"]
[16:10] <Yanmei> "…" she was thinking it over carefully. What -would- calm him? What could she even do outside of the entry plug? "If it gets to the shore, it will probably rampage a bit."
[16:10] <Minaplo> ["Er, yes. That's what we want to avoid."]
[16:13] <Yanmei> "I don't know how? I mean, I guess I could talk to it? From a VTOL with an amplifier or something? A fast, manueverable one. That can, you know, dodge attacks pretty well? Or maybe EVA-08…"
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Doesn't it know you? What if it's looking for -you-? Can't you just…"-
[16:15] <Minaplo> [He was clearly desperate.-
[16:15] <Minaplo> ["Stand on the shoreline and wave a flag?"]
[16:20] <Yanmei> "It'd have to be a lot more noticable than a flag? Let me think… Um. The thing it'll notice the most would either be an Angel or another Eva? That's why I suggested bringing in 08. Alternately, one of the Evas from Boston would also work? It'd be a lot easier or them to get here, too."
[16:20] <Yanmei> ^for them
[16:23] <Minaplo> ["One of the MP Evas? Alright, I suppose I can manage that, so long as EVA-04 doesn't attack on sight."]
[16:25] <Yanmei> "If the MP Eva is visibly carrying me, I think it might be more careful. Assuming that it really is looking for me?" She smiled grimly.
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["We'll have an escape route planned in case things go sour. NERV HQ is already aware of the situation…"-
[16:29] <Minaplo> ["… And Amatore is aware of the -situation-."]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "Marianne? I mean, the Colonel?" she focused on him intently. "You two have been in touch?"
[16:32] <Minaplo> ["The Colonel of all people deserves to know about you. She has been incredibly worried about you."]
[16:33] <Yanmei> "No kidding," Yanmei sighed. "I didn't really have a way to talk to her before now. Not without risking us both, anyway? How is she doing?"
[16:36] <Minaplo> ["Well, although stressed. Paris-2 has come under constant attack, and the results have been close. Even with Langley-Soryu and Ikari there, if it weren't for Blanc then the world would probably have already ended."]#
[11:31] <Yanmei> "Blanc, huh…" She raised an eyebrow. "Seriously? Well, maybe I shouldn't be surprised after the way she handled EVA-22…"
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["Mm. In any case, that's how things stand at the present."]
[11:47] <Yanmei> "Has Caine been targeting her and EVA-00 recently? I have reason to believe that she intends to."
[11:56] <Minaplo> ["Not in any overt way."]
[11:59] <Yanmei> "Maybe Blanc's performance has stopped her from doing that blatantly. In any case, if you can talk to Colonel Amatore, you have to tell her to make sure she's protected? Caine thinks that she and her Eva are the lynchpin in some conspiracy…"
[12:08] <Minaplo> ["I'll pass it on, but I suspect that Amatore has already moved to protect Blanc as it is."]
[12:12] <Yanmei> "Ok, good." Yanmei nodded firmly. "And speaking of protection? I have a few companions who could need some. Isaiah and Lizzie, and two friends that we left across the country near 08."
[12:21] <Minaplo> ["Where are they?"]
[12:24] * Yanmei hesitated. "Isaiah and Lizzie came with me to this city, and the men we were with are in New Mexico. If you want to take them someplace safer, I can contact both parties and have them meet your men somewhere?"
[12:31] <Minaplo> ["You're suspicious, I see. Alright, I'll see what I can do."]
[12:33] <Yanmei> "Thank you."
[12:38] <Minaplo> ["Will you stay here in Washington, then?"]
[12:44] <Yanmei> "For now, I'll go wherever I'm needed for the 04 operation. Afterwards… I don't really know. Wherever is safest, I suppose."
[13:00] <Minaplo> [He nodded. "Then we'll take you back to your hotel room, but we'll give you a phone and ask you to keep it on. We'll need you on emergency dial for when we can confirm 04 approaching the coast."]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "I understand. Thank you, Mr. Secretary of Defense."

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