Yanmei S Nighttime Tryst

[13:21] <Yanmei> There was no way to make her entry discreet. Not when her only mode of getting to the Dorian Lachapelle from the city of Boston was VTOL. Still, she did her best, picking the timing of arrival carefully. -
[13:24] <Yanmei> At 3 a.m. - five hours until the landship would begin the trip back to France - Zhang Yanmei stepped out onto the landing pad, her trademark hair secured beneath a stealthy knit cap and the collar of her coat popped up to cover her chin.
#1[13:28] <Minaplo> [No one around on the landing pad. Score!]
[13:33] <Yanmei> Perfect. One last glance over her shoulder at the VTOL that had brought her here - and a thumbs up at the helpful pilot as he lingered to shut off the instruments inside it - and she was on her way, ducking through a door and down a short metal staircase. Her room was super-cramped, and there was little privacy, but god, she wanted nothing more than to collapse into it as soon as she could.
[13:36] <Minaplo> [And so on she went through the corridors…-
[13:36] <Minaplo> [… Yet, it must've been how she felt, with her tiredness or what-have-you, but she would more or less find herself in a stretch of corridor that she simply did not recognise.]
[13:41] <Yanmei> The ship… wasn't that big, was it? Yanmei rubbed her eyes, slowing. No. No, something was off, here. She stopped fully to take a closer look around.
[14:06] <Minaplo> [Either she'd taken a wrong turn, or the VTOL had landed on the wrong landing pad, but she didn't know where she was at all. The nearest sign pointed to Engineering, for goodness' sakes.]
[14:09] <Yanmei> "Ugh…" Yanmei scowled and made a flouncey turn. There was no choice… she would have to turn around and retrace her steps until she got back to the landing pad, and then try again. So that's exactly what she attempted to do.
[14:10] <Minaplo> [But… She barely remembered the steps as it was.-
[14:11] <Minaplo> [As she headed down one corridor, she nearly ran into someone walking around a corridor. "Ah-!"]
[14:12] * Yanmei gasped, jolting backward a little. "W-watch where you're going!"
[14:12] <Minaplo> ["You watch it!"-
[14:13] <Minaplo> [… It was Sophie, standing there with a box in her hands, the smell of delicious food wafting from the top. "Oh. Yanmei! What are you doing up so late?"]
[14:18] <Yanmei> "Oh! Well… I could be asking you the same thing?" Yanmei eyed the box. "Although, I bet I could guess, too. Midnight snack?"
[14:19] <Minaplo> ["Midnight dinner. I just got off duty."]
[14:21] <Yanmei> "Ah~ Talk about a late shift?" Yanmei grinned. "As for me, I, uh, couldn't sleep."
[14:21] <Minaplo> ["Is that so, huh."]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "Yup. There was this bad dream, with, you know, all of these seagulls…"
[14:28] <Minaplo> ["That's a cute cover story~"]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "W-what?! What's that mean? It's true."
[14:29] <Minaplo> ["Sure. So you had a bad dream, so you decided to go have a walkabout over here in the Portside Weaponry corridors?" Sophie grinned.]
[14:32] <Yanmei> "Of course?" Yanmei folded her arms and huffed. "It's peaceful and soothing over here." Portside Weaponry corridors. Is that where they were? "And it's not like it's that far from my room. Is it…?"
[14:32] <Minaplo> ["You're lost."]
[14:33] <Yanmei> "No, no, no…" Yanmei chuckled. "I just got a little turned around, that's all."
[14:34] <Minaplo> ["You're most definitely lost." Said Sophie, nodding sagely. "But the question is, why…?"]
[14:36] <Yanmei> "I can't believe you still don't believe me. I said it was a bad dream!"
[14:36] <Minaplo> ["Hmm. If I were Zhang Yanmei, and I were on a battleship over Boston, caught late at night by the beautiful Sophie Gagnier, what would I be hiding…?"]
[14:39] <Yanmei> "Stop reading into things. There's nothing exciting about a simple midnight stroll." #
#1[14:40] <Minaplo> ["Well, you mean a 3 AM stroll…" Sophie winked, putting an arm around her shoulders. "If you tell me, I'll buy you dinner~"]
[14:45] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei was quiet a moment. Her stomach growled loudly. Damn… why did that stuff she was carrying have to smell so good? "I'm not that weakwilled. I-I mean… there's nothing to tell!"
[14:47] <Minaplo> ["It's so good, too." Said Sophie lightly. "Fresh roasted chicken covered lightly in garlic butter and mixed spices, served in an amazing spicy curry sauce on a bed of rice, with two pieces of hot naan bread…"]
[14:51] <Yanmei> "I'll give you a hint. Just one hint…"
[14:52] <Minaplo> ["Go on~"]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "I may not have been on the ship the entire time tonight…"
[14:54] <Minaplo> [Sophie's mouth opened into a perfect 'o'. Then she grinned. "Oh -my-. I get it now~"]
[14:55] <Yanmei> "You don't have to pretend that it's some scandal," Yanmei grumbled.
[14:56] <Minaplo> ["No no no, I didn't say it was~" Sophie winked and began to guide Yanmei off towards… Somewhere. "So how is he?"]
[14:58] <Yanmei> "Recovering. He and 08 got trashed pretty badly before, so…"
[15:03] <Minaplo> [She nodded. "He better for the visit?"]
[15:05] <Yanmei> "A little. We just talked."
[15:12] <Minaplo> ["No way."]
[15:15] <Yanmei> "Yes way? But. I have a delicate question for you, Sophie."
[15:15] <Minaplo> ["Oh~?"]
[15:18] * Yanmei looked vaguely uncomfortable. "Gosselin said that you were good at romantic advice, so… how do you think you'd handle it if you found out that someone was sending inappropriate gifts to your boyfriend in your name?"
[15:26] <Minaplo> ["Huh? Someone's sending Isaiah inappropriate gifts?"]#
[15:30] <Yanmei> "Right. Through our own marketing department. Supposedly. He hasn't said anything, so I might just be misinformed? But the important thing is catching up to this person and punching them square in - ah. That is, calmly dissuading them from doing this ever again? So I'm looking for leads."
[15:38] <Minaplo> ["I'm not exactly sure what you mean. Inappropriate gifts?"]
[15:40] <Yanmei> "Like…" Yanmei frowned. "Have you every heard of the NERV Store's special Catalogue?"
[15:45] <Minaplo> [Sophie's eyes lit up. "Oh yes!"]
[15:48] <Yanmei> "Well." Yanmei coughed. "Things like that."
[15:54] <Minaplo> ["What, is someone sending him Alines or something?"]
[16:00] <Yanmei> "What? If they did, that would drop a big clue about their identity." She tossed her head. "No. They're sending things based on me."
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Oh." Sophie blinked, as if in surprise, as she ushered Yanmei through into the glorious cafeteria.-
[16:07] <Minaplo> ["Well, that's not inappropriate then, is it?"]
[16:11] <Yanmei> The cafeteria was indeed glorious. But beyond that, it was also familiar. Not time for relief, however, as the very awkward conversation went on. "How is that -not- inappropriate?"
[16:11] <Minaplo> ["Well, he's your boyfriend, it's -you-, I mean… It's not like it's anything he's unfamiliar with."]
[16:12] * Yanmei colored faintly. "But I'm not the one sending it to him!"
[16:13] <Minaplo> ["But it was his birthday!"]
[16:13] * Yanmei stared a moment. "How do you know that?"
[16:14] <Minaplo> ["Know what?"]
[16:18] <Yanmei> "You just said that it was his birthday…"
[16:18] <Minaplo> ["Well, yeah. It was, right?"]
[12:52] <Yanmei> "Well… it was around that time… But! That still doesn't make it okay?"
[12:55] <AdEvaGM> ["Whyever not?"]
[12:57] <Yanmei> "If they wanted to send him a gift, then fine. But they pretended to be me to do it, and without my permission, too. It's fishy."
[12:59] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, look at it like this. If -you- received a sexy gift from anyone but Isaiah, would you use it?"]
[13:01] * Yanmei gasped! "Th-that was their plot?! To tarnish his innocence by forcing him to hug that body pillow? Oh Isaiah…"
[13:01] <AdEvaGM> ["What? No! Don't think like that, you silly duffer…"]
[13:05] <Yanmei> "I bet…" her eyes were bright and worried now, the gears in her mind churning hard, "I bet it was a plot put together by S2 and marketing. They'd take pictures of him hugging it, you see - still frames from the security cams in his apartment - and then they'd leak it on one of those fan websites. Then they'd make some sort of product out of it. A brand new poster, let's say, to turn the popularity of that image into pure
[13:06] <Yanmei> - profit."
[13:09] <AdEvaGM> ["No no no. Stop that. You're leaping to crazy conclusions!"]
[13:12] <Yanmei> "And of course S2 would get a cut of the profit, which would encourage them to abuse their powers even worse! What if…" Her gaze darted sharply around the cafeteria, and she leaned toward her, lowering her voice. "What if they're catching images of us for a t-shirt design right now?!"
[13:12] <AdEvaGM> ["I bought him the pillow, you noddle!"]
[13:14] <Yanmei> "Wh-" Yanmei stopped, pulling back a little. "What?"
[13:14] <AdEvaGM> ["Good lord, I bought it for him!"]
[13:15] <Yanmei> "But… but why?!"
[13:16] <AdEvaGM> ["Why do you think?!"]
[13:20] <Yanmei> "To… to trigger a war between the pilots and the marketing department? Which would lead to controversy about the exploitation of marketable NERV employees?"
[13:21] <AdEvaGM> ["No!" Sophie shook her head. "Because he's a boy far away from his girlfriend, and he probably feels… Lonely sometimes, you know?"]
[13:22] <Yanmei> "Oh…" Yanmei hung her head a little. "I guess maybe he does?"
[13:22] <AdEvaGM> ["That's right." Said Sophie vigorously. "So I sent him a hug pillow and a few more things, and I did it under your name so -he- wouldn't feel creeped out and -I- wouldn't waste eighty francs."]
[13:26] <Yanmei> "But the one who leaked it to me was -your- boyfriend. You didn't even tell him?"
[13:27] <AdEvaGM> ["Of course I did."]
[13:28] <Yanmei> "What?! That Gosselin… How dare he make me think of all those weird things!"
[13:28] <AdEvaGM> ["What did he make you think?"]
[13:30] <Yanmei> "That I was beng impersonated by a mysterious person. For profit," she added.
[13:31] <AdEvaGM> ["Well, you were. And it was for profit, just an emotional profit."]
[13:35] <Yanmei> "I guess you could look at it that way?" she muttered, shoulders slumping as if in defeat.
[13:36] <AdEvaGM> ["I bet he loved it." Said Sophie, happy as could be. She guided Yanmei to a chair. "C'mon, let's eat~"]
[13:44] * Yanmei followed along, not quite succeeding in shaking a creeping sense of bewilderment at how much in stride Sophie seemed to take the misunderstanding. For someone who had worked late and had just been confused with a villainous conspiracy, she was in a pretty good mood.
[13:46] <AdEvaGM> [Then again, Sophie was used to both, in her own way. "What do you want to eat~?"]
[13:49] <Yanmei> "Anything with pork in it would be outstanding?"
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> [Sophie's eyes twinkled. "'Course, I'll go make the order~"-
[13:57] <AdEvaGM> [She returned in a few minutes. "He'll bring it out. So, what did you and Loverboy talk about?"]
[14:05] <Yanmei> "The battle. He was really cool, right before he went down~ But we ended up causing a lot of damage to Philadelphia, even though he was trying to protect it."
#1[14:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah…" Sophie took out her dinner. "Lucky it was Philadelphia, in all honesty. City was already evacuated, and it's relatively small…"]
[14:15] * Yanmei primly tried not to watch her eat. "A good thing, too. And I bet they'll rebuild quickly if Linden has anything to say about it."
[14:16] <AdEvaGM> ["What do you think of her?"]
[14:23] <Yanmei> "She's brilliant and has an amazing personality. It's no wonder she's doing so well for herself? But, because she's made a splash the size she has, I'm also a little worried for her."
[14:23] <AdEvaGM> ["Oh?"]
[14:26] <Yanmei> "She's made a lot of enemies from the previous regime and the former LN or the Children of Adam, or whatever you want to call them. I've backed her as much as I'm able, but sometimes I wonder if she'll survive until the end of her term."
[14:27] <AdEvaGM> ["I hear she's better protected than everyone thinks."]
[14:28] <Yanmei> "I hope so." Yanmei sighed. "Speaking of which… did the Colonel have time to leave the ship herself today?"
[14:44] <AdEvaGM> ["Not really! Only a little bit."]
[14:48] <Yanmei> "Aw, really?" She almost pouted. Not even one small lousy secret liaison with Linden's dad?
[14:50] <AdEvaGM> ["She's busy, you know. She doesn't have time to sneak out for trysts like you do."]
[14:52] <Yanmei> "I was practically there on official business." Yanmei tossed her hair. "Someone has to check up on the injured members of the Boston team."
[14:52] <AdEvaGM> ["You don't do official business at midnight. Unless it's unofficial official business."]
[14:54] <Yanmei> "Says the person who was working well past midnight herself."
[14:58] <AdEvaGM> ["Yeah, but that isn't official business, that's just a shift."]
[15:04] <Yanmei> "There's not that much of a difference~" Yanmei was shooting small, hopeful looks toward the kitchen, while trying not to look obvious about it.
[15:11] <AdEvaGM> ["Did you eat over there, by the way?"]
[15:12] <Yanmei> "Well, I didn't feel like it then. But now…"
[15:19] <AdEvaGM> ["I bet you had other things on your mind, huh?"-
[15:19] <AdEvaGM> [The kitchen door opened and a waiter- the only waiter on duty- came out, bearing Yanmei a plate of perfectly cooked pork chops with a caesar salad and roast potatoes.]
[15:21] <Yanmei> "Merely my official duties, of course? Yay~" Yanmei beamed at the approaching waiter. "Thank you so much! It looks great."
[15:24] <AdEvaGM> ["That'll be 30 francs."]
[15:27] <Yanmei> "Ah?" The words came from across the table instead of the waiter. Yanmei turned to Sophie, the smile frozen on her face. "Didn't someone say that they would treat me to dinner?"
[15:29] <AdEvaGM> ["Didn't someone say you'd tell me they'd tell me what they were up to?"]
[15:29] <AdEvaGM> <-they'd tell me>
[15:33] <Yanmei> "But I did! You're not accusing me of holding back, are you?" #
#1[15:42] <AdEvaGM> ["Ah-ah. You told me a hint, and I had to work out -some- of the truth myself, so you get a hint as to dinner." Said Sophie with a grin.]
[15:46] <Yanmei> "You… you… you scammer!"
[15:50] <AdEvaGM> [Sophie beamed. "Known for it. Now, unless you're willing to negotiate, I'll simply have to take that meal away from you~"]
[15:52] <Yanmei> "Maybe I'll just pay for it myself," Yanmei huffed.
[15:53] <AdEvaGM> ["Sure. Whilst you're off paying, I'll be scraping it onto my plate~"]
[15:58] * Yanmei eyed the delicious platter. Nay, -stared- at it, long and hard. Were those… tears starting to gather? -
[16:00] <Yanmei> Well, whatever it was, she blinked and they were gone. "I told you before that we just talked. That was mostly true."
[16:02] <AdEvaGM> ["Uh-huh~"]
[16:06] <Yanmei> "Because it would be a while until we saw each other again? We did share a few parting kisses. Of course, we kept them proper and professional and everything. Now, about that meal…"
[16:06] <AdEvaGM> [Sophie laughed. "I already paid for the meal earlier."]
[16:07] <Yanmei> "You what?"
[16:08] <AdEvaGM> ["I paid for the meal earlier. You don't have to give me any money."]
[16:09] <Yanmei> "You -lied-? That's… that's just beyond mean!"
[16:09] <AdEvaGM> ["Can you really blame me? You're so timid!" Sophie laughed, shaking her head. "It's kind of funny, really. You're such a -schoolgirl-."]
[16:24] <Yanmei> "I am -not- a schoolgirl." Yanmei stood, sullenly. "And I'm not timid! I'm just hungry. And I have half a mind to take my leave from those who would exploit that."
[16:25] <AdEvaGM> ["…"-
[16:26] <AdEvaGM> [Sophie bit her lip, making placating gestures. "Alright, alright, I'm sorry. I was just playing around!"]
[16:30] <Yanmei> "Hmph…" Yanmei primly sat down again, reaching for the plate. "Luckily, I could never let this go to waste."
[16:31] <AdEvaGM> [Sophie reached over and patted Yanmei's hand. "Forgive me~?"]
[16:33] <Yanmei> "I'll -think- about it. Maybe if you got me dessert too…"
[16:35] <AdEvaGM> ["No way. If I get dessert we're getting something we can share." Said Sophie slyly. "I would've thought you'd had your fill of sweet things today…"]
[16:39] <Yanmei> "I'm sure I don't know what you mean?" Yanmei sliced into a pork chop and raised it to her mouth. Heaven~ "Mmmph~"

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