Yanmei S New Friend

[00:17] <Yanmei> One of the hallways leading toward the training facility. It was quiet, save for high-heeled footsteps, and the steady beeping of cell phone buttons being pressed. -
[00:19] <Yanmei> [Hello Ariadne. Merry Xmas. The Commander's big reveal just went off. Didn't miss much.] Zhang Yanmei highlighted the send button, and paused, wondering if that was enough.
[00:26] <AdEvaGM> [Footsteps coming from a hallway ahead of her, the click of high heels distinct to her own…-
[00:26] <AdEvaGM> [… The new Commander emerged, looking at Yanmei with an expression of surprise. "Zhang! I didn't expect to see you here…"]
[00:29] * Yanmei flicked her phone shut, looking up with a hasty smile. "Ah… likewise? You're a long way from your own party, Commander."
[00:32] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh, the party's hardly for me. I don't really feel like mingling right now- actually, I was wondering whether you'd be up for something."]
[00:33] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[00:33] <AdEvaGM> ["I was going to go for a drive into the city. Care to join me?"]
[00:36] <Yanmei> A drive…? Yanmei slipped the phone away entirely. "That's very kind of you, Commander, but I wouldn't want to impose…"
[00:37] <AdEvaGM> ["It's no imposition. I have plenty of seats, you know… Tell you what, we can stop by a bar on the way for drinks and a proper lunch."]
[00:42] <Yanmei> "All right," she relented. "We can get to know each other better, right?" A cheerful grin flourished.
[00:42] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right! De Orleans speaks very highly of you. He told me to trust you once I arrived, and since he's something of a mentor… Well." She smiled and headed towards the parking lot.-
[00:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Here we are, then. I hope you like it."-
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern's car sat a little away from the others. It was a luxury sports car, no doubt about it, a lamborghini- black, with purple speed stripes. It positively sparkled with class.-
[00:47] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern unlocked it and slipped in behind the steering wheel. "Come on."]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Sure~" Yanmei took the passenger seat, of course, and buckled her seatbelt. It was an impressive machine. Damn impressive. Marianne would have been so jealous. "But, you said that you knew Monsieur de Orleans?"
[00:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah. I've known him for awhile, actually. I think that helped in the Committee." She leaned towards Yanmei sneakily. "Just between you and me, I don't think they like me very much. Shardlake positively hates me, but de Orleans helped me out a lot…"]
[00:54] <Yanmei> "Shardlake hates everyone," Yanmei pointed out. "I wouldn't take it personally."
[00:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, that's true. He's a grumpy old bastard." Muttered Hohenzollern- then blinked. "Ah, you know Shardlake enough for him to hate you?"]
[00:57] <Yanmei> "Not really. I've met him once, maybe twice, if that, and never outside of a professional setting. The impression I got was that 'dislike' is his default setting, if you get what I mean?"
[00:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Absolutely. Hey, you know about Romanov, then?" She drove the car out and into one of the waiting car elevators. Time for a five minute wait…]
[00:58] <Yanmei> "Ah? What about him?"
[01:00] <AdEvaGM> ["Is it just me, or do you think he looks like he, ah… Shoots up a little? You know what I mean."]
[01:04] * Yanmei coughed to cover her amusement. "Those are your words, Commander, not mine."
[01:04] <AdEvaGM> ["But would they be words you don't disagree with~?"]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "Well, I really can't say," she smirked.
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["I see."-
[01:06] <AdEvaGM> ["Hey, do you mind if I ask your opinion on something?" Asked Hohenzollern.]
[01:07] <Yanmei> "Certainly, ma'am."
[01:08] <AdEvaGM> ["Did I…" She sighed, frowning. "Did I drop the ball back there in base? I barely knew what to say, I felt so nervous. Those military guys- they make me feel weird and kind of- you know, like they're judging me. Did I do alright…?"]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "Well, I didn't seem any obvious mistakes?" Yanmei smiled encouragingly to her. "But then, I don't really blend into the military scene myself. None of the pilots do, really. Ah, there was one thing…"
[01:13] <Yanmei> ^see any
[01:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[01:19] <Yanmei> "Like, you know, opening with a bunch of remarks about not giving in to instability and transitioning smoothly into the next administration… and then making a bunch of announcements about a bunch of new major changes to the organization's hierarchy? Not what I would do, personally. It's, like, sending mixed messages?"-
[01:21] <Yanmei> "But I think, content aside, your demeanor was very professional. You did a good job!"
[01:22] <AdEvaGM> ["Thanks." Said Hohenzollern with a smile. "But, God, you're right. I shouldn't have said that." She frowned at the wheel. "It's not like I -wanted- those changes? They just sort of happened…"]
[01:23] <Yanmei> "I gathered that. Committee's decisions, right? But the way to frame that would have been, maybe, by introducing change in a positive light without downplaying the tragic events that led to it."
[01:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Hmmm. You know, you seem to know what you're doing. Maybe I'll get you to write my speeches from now on."]
[01:30] * Yanmei laughed amicably. "I don't know about that. I've just picked up a few things by listening to others talk. Ikari wasn't much of an orator, but Fontaine was amazing, you know?"
[01:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah? I didn't know that. What was she like as a Commander?"]
[01:32] <Yanmei> "…distant. Stern? We never spoke much, I'm afraid."
[01:33] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I don't really like being like that. I like making friends." She sighed. "I don't know if you understand it, but this has been a lot of stress for me. I've been uprooted and taken to a place I don't really know by powers out of my hands. I don't have any friends here, not really."]
[01:37] <Yanmei> "It can be rough, huh?" Yanmei gave her a sympathetic look. "But the new VC is in the same boat. The two of you can look out for each other, right? And there are others who will as well."
[01:42] <AdEvaGM> ["I'm pretty sure Raskova is quite fine by herself. You can't really picture her being put out, can you?"]
[01:45] <Yanmei> "Well… I really don't know," she admitted with a chuckle. "I've only seen her for a minute or two? Do you really think so?"
[01:46] <AdEvaGM> ["I think she'll be quite fine by herself." A deep sigh.-
[01:46] <AdEvaGM> ["Busy week ahead of me. I have to meet with Marketing's director tomorrow morning."]
[01:47] <Yanmei> "Marketing? W-what about?"
[01:48] <AdEvaGM> ["I had the chance to go over Marketing's production and found some… Pretty questionable stuff. You probably don't know about it, and it's better that you don't, but some of their products are… Pandering to fetishes, absolutely inappropriate and little better than pornography. I don't want that."]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "You. You don't?" Yanmei blinked hard. "You mean that?"
[01:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Why would I want that? I want people to see the pilots as worthy of respect." She looked at Yanmei square in the eye. "You're a heroine, not masturbation material."]
[01:58] * Yanmei stared at her. Then she looked away, at the dashboard, trying to sort out a multitude of feelings. "I don't know what to say…" she mumbled.
[02:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, I know what you -could- say." Said Hohenzollern with a grin. "Marketing will want alternative ideas. Why don't you come with me? You can offer him ideas- I bet you have thoughts on how you would -like- to be presented."]
[02:05] <Yanmei> "It just can't be me, though? I'm hardly a representative for all of the pilots. Of course, a second meeting could be scheduled to present ideas from them and from myself."
[02:06] <AdEvaGM> ["An excellent idea." nodded Hohenzollern. "I'll leave that to you, of course, to get them on board. They'll probably listen to you better than they will me, so…"]
[02:12] <Yanmei> "Consider it done~ You know, though. You should really meet the other pilots yourself soon. When you have time, of course."
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> ["When I have time. For now, though…"-
[02:14] <AdEvaGM> [The elevator lurched to a stop, the doors opening into a sunny Paris-2 sky. "Any preference on where to go?"]
[02:19] <Yanmei> "You're the one at the helm. I'm actually rather interested in seeing what places you find interesting, Commander."
[02:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Call me Hannelore." She said with a warm smile.]
[02:24] <Yanmei> "Certainly, Commander Hannelore." Yanmei smiled back.
[02:25] <AdEvaGM> ["No need for the Commander part. It's such a clunky title." She leaned back. "Someone in Command told me about this place in the city called the Lost Lamb. Heard of it? Apparently it's really good."]
[02:25] <Yanmei> "I haven't. Let's investigate it, then!"
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["…" A pause. "Say, do you drive?"]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "A bit."
[02:26] <AdEvaGM> ["Feel like driving for me?"]
[02:28] * Yanmei raised an eyebrow at that. "Do you trust me that much?" she joked. "It's such a nice car…"
[02:29] <AdEvaGM> ["You can pilot an Evangelion, and pretty well, I hear. A tiny car like this should be a breeze."]
[02:33] <Yanmei> A test? Yanmei's eyes lingered on her. Finally, she tossed her hair. "Very well. I think I can manage that."
[02:34] <AdEvaGM> [Hohenzollern pulled over and hopped out. "Shift over and let's see how it goes. Make sure you're comfortable."]
[02:40] * Yanmei did as told, adjusting the seat as necessary. "Have you been out in Paris a lot yet? How does it compare to Cologne?"
[02:40] <AdEvaGM> ["Cologne is very, very pretty, and has so many more people. Paris-2 feels a little empty, honestly…"]
[02:42] <Yanmei> "I know, right? It didn't used to be this way…" Yanmei shifted gears easily and put her foot to the accelerator. "Where to?"
[02:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Let's take us into the middle of the city, and I think I can find us directions from there."]
[02:44] <Yanmei> "Yes, ma'am." And her foot went down. Away they sped!

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